Speeding – Shustoke Village

Residents regularly report to Councillors that a significant number of drivers fail to observe the 30 and 40mph speed limits through Shustoke.

The Police operate occasional speed checks and have prosecuted many irresponsible drivers, but an additional option is to form a Shustoke Community Speed Watch Team. Equipped with a radar speed device, the Team would report speeding drivers to the Police who then send them a written warning. With repeat offenders, or those driving well above the speed limit, a police officer would visit them. Details of offending drivers are retained by the Police and prevent such drivers being given the offer of a speed awareness course rather than a fixed penalty / court appearance + endorsement/disqualification.

If you are interested in volunteering for a few hours per week to support a Community Speed Watch, please contact the Parish Clerk via the website contact page.

Where residents note persistent instances with speeding commercial vehicles from specific companies, details can be provided to the Clerk who can advise the companies concerned, and if appropriate, the Traffic Commissioners.

WCC Cyber Scam Update – “Free Government Grants and Loans”

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In this months edition we’re raising awareness of fraudsters targeting people with offers of ‘free’ or ‘low cost’ government grants and loans. Five stars or fake? How to beat online fraudulent reviews, what to do if you receive counterfeit notes or coins and where to report, as well as suspicious Netflix phishing scams that are making the rounds convincing users into clicking a malicious link and handing over their login details and payment information. Also including top tips on how to protect yourself from computer viruses and malware.

Fraudsters targeting people with offers of ‘free’ or ‘low cost’ government grants and loans.
Victims have reported being offered the loans on their doorstep, via telephone, and over social media.

Fraudsters target victims who currently receive government benefits, or are eligible for Universal Credit:
• The victim is contacted by a fraudster offering them a ‘free’ or ‘low cost’ Government loan or grant.
• The fraudster requests personal and financial information from the target and uses these details to apply for Universal Credit in the victim’s name, usually without informing the victim about it.
• The Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) approves the eligible claim and transfers money to the victim’s account.
• The fraudster then requests that the victim transfer them a significant portion of the money as a ‘finder’s fee’.
• The victim receives a letter from DWP about their Universal Credit application and realises that they have been duped. The victim is then left to repay the total amount initially borrowed.
One victim was introduced to this scam by a friend on social media. The friend helped them receive the ‘free grant’ of over £1,000, only to later be asked to transfer £500 to the fraudster’s account as a ‘finder’s fee’. The victim only realised they had fallen victim to a scam after they received a letter from DWP requesting repayments for the loan.
Protection advice:
• Never share your personal or financial information with someone you don’t know and trust, especially if it’s in response to an offer of “free money” or a “free grant”.
• DWP will never approach you in the street or ask for your personal/financial details over social media.
• If you have concerns about your benefits, you should visit www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus
• If you suspect your identity may have been stolen, you can check your credit rating quickly and easily online. You should do this every few months anyway, using a reputable service provider and following up on any unexpected or suspicious results.
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Council Tax Scam

Criminals targeting residents in council tax scam ‘barrage’

Criminals posing as council staff are targeting people across the country in a new wave of council tax scams offering bogus refunds or threatening fines. Fraudsters are contacting residents by text, email and phone to con them out of money and access personal bank details. The scammers tell people they have either paid too much council tax and are due a refund which they offer to claim on their behalf for a fee. A similar scam demands payment for council tax arrears.

Another scam aims to convince people their property is in the wrong council tax band and offers to secure a refund, again in return for a payment – even though a council tax band reassessment is available for free. Fees of £150 have been
quoted in the scams which falsely claim to be from local councils or the Valuation Office Agency in a bid to appear official and trick people into falling victim to them. Some also use the Government’s GOV.UK branding in text messages and emails in a bid to appear more convincing, and often include a link to a fake official-looking website to claim the refund.

Top Tips:
• Anyone who receives an email, text message or phone call offering a council tax refund should not to give out any personal information, particularly bank account details, or debit or credit card details.
• You should delete the email or text, block the sender and make sure they do not reply or click on any links, the LGA said. Any such phone calls should be brought to an end as quickly as possible.
• Residents, who wish to have their council tax band assessed, can do so for free by contacting the Valuation Office Agency.

This information will have been supplied to residents with either a previous or current Council Tax bill.

New Neighbourhood Watch Facebook Group for Shustoke

The Council held a very successful Community Engagement Evening on Monday 24th June, attended by 30 to 40 residents, who were able to meet with local police officers, firefighters, North Warwickshire Neighbourhood Watch and Warwickshire County Council Business Watch + our Parish Councillors.

Following a number of enquiries and requests from residents attending the event, a dedicated Facebook page for Shustoke Neighbourhood Watch has been created for residents to post incidents or suspicious activity. Residents should always report suspicious activity to the Police using 101 and ask for an incident number. You can join the Neighbourhood Watch Facebook Group using the following address:- https://www.facebook.com/groups/NWSHUSNHW/

Audited Council and Hall Accounts Published

Shustoke Parish Council has published its audited accounts for 2018-19. Both the detailed Council accounts and Village Hall accounts can be found in the attached document. SPC Audited Accounts 2018-19 Final – Public Version   Some elements have been redacted to protect the privacy of individuals.

The documents required by the external auditor (signed by the Council Chair and Clerk) have been submitted and are attached here:- SPC Audit 2018-19 – Approved Documents

Examination of the accounts and supporting financial documents is possible within the period 17th June to 26th July 2019, by appointment with the Parish Clerk. Details of those public rights can be found within the following document. SPC Exercise of Public Rights – Accounts 2018-19 Public Notice

 

The Latest News from the Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner

The latest news from the Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner – May 2019

Eleven new police officers will soon be hitting the streets of Warwickshire after passing out of their initial training phase.
The new officers are the latest tranche to complete their training as part of my commitment to boost policing numbers across the county. Across the summer months, further student officers will be completing their Initial Police Learning and Development programme, while transferees from other forces will also be joining, meaning that by the end of the year there will be 150 extra officers in Warwickshire.

This will see the force’s officer strength go from 800 at the start of the recruitment cycle to 950, which will represent one of the largest percentage increases anywhere in the country. I am confident that the public will start to see the real difference this will make and I will continue to do all I can to ensure our police force has the resources needed to keep our communities safe.

Each of the new constables have successfully completed a rigorous training including everything from meticulous classroom-based law and legislation learning to practical exercises which put their knowledge and skills to the test. They also have to undergo fitness tests and academic exams, first aid courses and challenging officer personal safety training to ensure they meet the high standards needed to police our county.
Along with the support of tutor constables, the student officers will now progress their skills by starting their shifts as part of patrol policing across the county and will soon be out on the streets as operational Warwickshire Police officers.

After a 10 week tutor patrol period they will progress to patrolling independently, with regular reviews to complete a total of two year probationary period.

I was delighted to be able to join Assistant Chief Constable Alex Franklin-Smith at Warwick School to see the newly-qualified officers pass out last week. The event is a very happy affair and also gives me the chance to meet the officers’ friends and family. I was pleased to be able to thank them for all they do to support their loved ones in what is a sometimes dangerous and always demanding job.

The new officers have been funded through the increases to the portion of Council Tax which pays for policing in 2017/18 and 2018/19. In addition to recruiting 150 police officers over the two year period, the additional funding will pay for extra Police Community Support Officers, Special Constables and police staff investigators to bolster operational policing requirements.

Further passing out ceremonies are scheduled for July, August and September and I look forward to bringing you news of these as more and more additional officers hit the county’s streets.

New PCC-commissioned services launched

In my March newsletter, I announced that our new general support services contract had been awarded to Victim Support, who are working as part the Integrated Victim Management Unit at Warwickshire Police to deliver tailored support to victims of crime. This is already receiving really positive feedback and, importantly, helping to boost the support given to our most vulnerable victims in Warwickshire.

This month, I can reveal the successful bidders for the remaining three commissioned services. Firstly, a joint bid by Barnardo’s and RoSA is now providing a new county-wide service to help victims of sexual abuse and violence (SAV) and child sexual exploitation (CSE).
Barnardo’s has been working in Warwickshire as part of the multi-agency Warwickshire CSE Team for a number of years and will be continuing to develop the successful ‘Something’s Not Right’ campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of CSE and promote access to help and advice.
RoSA, meanwhile, has been providing free and confidential support for anyone who has experienced the trauma of rape, sexual abuse or sexual violence in Warwickshire for the past 26 years. They work throughout the county supporting women, men, young people and children from age 5 onwards and support is also offered to family members, partners and carers.
Together, they will deliver a range of evidence-based, victim-led personalised support services and interventions, including face-to-face, telephone and online support, ensuring the service meets the current and emerging needs of victims.

The commissioned service also includes expanded provision of Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs) and Children and Young People’s Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ChISVAs) across the whole of Warwickshire. These are trained professionals who work with victims and survivors to provide impartial information about all of their options, including reporting to the police or accessing other services that they may require, such as counselling or advice on housing, social care or benefits.

New support services for victims of CSE, sexual abuse and violence in Warwickshire

Drugs and alcohol, meanwhile, remain a contributory factor in many types of crime and anti-social behaviour, so it is important that those who are struggling with substance misuse are given help and support through early intervention to enable them to have a sustained recovery. This in turn helps to reduce re-offending and enables those who may otherwise have embarked on a life of crime to have a more fulfilling and positive life.

National charity Change, Grow Live (CGL) has been contracted to deliver enhanced drug and alcohol support to those over the age of 18 who are in contact with the criminal justice system in Warwickshire. Co-located with the police Integrated Offender Management teams in Leamington and Nuneaton, CGL will also work with probation services and the courts to support people into drug treatment. Services will include assessment, care planning, outreach and assertive engagement to keep people committed to the treatment process. Find out more in the video below.

New services to deter substance misuse in Warwickshire: Change, Grow, Live

Meanwhile, Compass will base dedicated workers at the Justice Centres in Nuneaton and Leamington to provide services to young people already in the criminal justice system, as well as educational and outreach workers to raise young people’s awareness more generally of the consequences of substance misuse.

Boost for Warwickshire Youth Justice Service

There has been a real push in recent years to ensure that children and young people are diverted away from crime, so it’s really encouraging to see these latest performance figures in which Warwickshire is leading the way both regionally and nationally. It’s a credit to the hard work that has been put in by Youth Offending Teams across the county and all of the partners involved with the Warwickshire Youth Justice Service (YJS).

The YJS is a statutory partnership between Warwickshire County Council, Warwickshire Police, the National Probation Service and Health. The service works with children who have offended, or are at risk of offending, their parents and families, and the victims of the crimes committed, in order to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour and to reduce reoffending.

End of year performance figures for 2018/19 show that on three key performance indicators, Warwickshire is outperforming national and regional rates, as well as those of its most similar ‘family group’ of comparator areas across the country.
The number of first-time entrants into the Youth Justice system in Warwickshire has declined by 31.2 % in 2018/19 compared to the previous year, continuing a downward trend which had already seen figures reduced by 30.94% over the previous recording period.

In Warwickshire, a young person re-offends in just 27.3% of cases, compared with 36.1% across in the West Midlands region and the national rate of 39.9%. The frequency of re-offenses has also fallen by 44.3% which is a tremendous success compared with West Midlands reduction rate of 16.8%, the ‘family group’ reduction rate of 4.8% and the national rate which is 1.1%.
Overall, the number of young people from Warwickshire in custody remains extremely low, with just five custodial sentences imposed on four children during 2018/19. The Warwickshire custody rate per 1000 children aged under 17 years is 0.06%, compared with a West Midlands rate of 0.36%, ‘family group’ rate of 0.20% and a national rate of 0.31%.
The data comes off the back of a recent very positive inspection report, which gave an overall rating of ‘good’ for Warwickshire YJS and found several areas of outstanding practice.
Taken together, this shows that the approach being taken in Warwickshire is having real success. This is good news for all residents in Warwickshire, as the positive work of the YJS is helping to deliver a safer community for people of all ages.

Bike Safe launches in Warwickshire

Motorcycle riders in Warwickshire now have the opportunity to experience a professional police-observed ride, thanks to a new road safety scheme. BikeSafe is a national police-run motorcycle initiative which aims to improve riding and reduce the risk of motorcyclists being involved in a collision, as well as raising awareness of the importance of progressing on to accredited post-test training.

Workshops cost £50 and cover areas including: rider attitude, collision causation, cornering, positioning, overtaking, observation, braking, hazard perception and use of gears. Courses take place with Warwickshire Police motorcycle riders across the summer at Leek Wootton.

Sadly, statistics show that motorcycle riders are disproportionately likely to be killed or seriously injured in a collision on our roads, so I am pleased that BikeSafe is now available here in Warwickshire to help equip riders with the skills and experience they need to ride safely and reduce their vulnerability. It’s a great scheme and I would encourage all bikers to sign up for a course and then go on to take further training in the future.

Reducing the numbers of casualties on our roads is one of my main priorities for the year ahead. I hope that BikeSafe, together with other schemes I will be funding across a broad range of road users, will help to encourage people to modify their behaviour and reduce risk-taking, so that our roads can provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

To find out more and sign up for a course, visit www.bikesafe.co.uk and search for Warwickshire Police.

Picture Special: Force Standard unveiling

Warwickshire Police’s new force standard was unveiled in a special ceremony at Leek Wootton. The ceremonial flag will be used by the force on special civic occasions and is the first standard in the force’s 162 year history. It was presented at Leek Wootton in front of the myself, Chief Constable and some of the force’s new student police officers, who were proud to take part during their lunch break. Additional pictures by Sasha Taylor.

 

 

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

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Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Warwickshire
3 Northgate Street
Warwick, Warwickshire CV34 4SP
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WCC June Cyber Scam Update

WCC June Cyber Scam Update

Fraudsters are continuing to send victims their own passwords in sextortion scam.

Fraudsters are sending victims their own passwords in an attempt to trick them into believing they have been filmed on their computer watching porn and demanding payment. In May alone, Action Fraud has received over 149 crime reports and 1,443 reports to our phishing reporting tool. Many victims reported receiving multiple emails over a short period of time. The emails contain the victim’s own password in the subject line and demands payment in Bitcoin after claiming that the victim has been filmed on their computer watching porn.

Suspected data breach
Action Fraud suspects that the fraudsters may have gained victim’s passwords from an old data breach. After running some of the victim’s email addresses through ‘Have I Been Pwned?’ a website that allows people to check if
their account has been compromised in a data breach, Action Fraud found that almost all of the accounts were at risk.

How to protect yourself:
• Don’t reply to the email, or be pressured into paying: it only highlights that you’re vulnerable and you could be targeted again. The police advise that you do not pay criminals. Try flagging the email as spam /junk if you receive it multiple times.
• Perform password resets as soon as possible on any accounts where you’ve used the password mentioned in the email. Always use a strong, separate password for important accounts, such as your email. Where available, enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA).
• Always install the latest software & app updates. Install, or enable anti-virus software on your laptops & computers and keep it updated.
• If you have received one of these emails and
paid the fine, report it to your local police force. If you have not paid, report the email as a phishing attempt to Action Fraud.

Fake TalkTalk emails regarding refunds making the rounds.

Action Fraud has received over 100 reports this week about fake emails purporting to be from TalkTalk.
The emails state that the recipient’s TalkTalk account is in credit and that they’re owed a refund. The links
in the emails lead to malicious websites.

Top Tips:
• Don’t click on the links and/or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to
messages that ask for your personal or financial
details.
• It is always safest to login to all of your online accounts by entering the address into your
browser’s address bar or via a trusted app.
• Don’t assume an email is authentic, even if
someone knows your basic details (such as your
name or address). Remember criminals can spoof email addresses to appear as companies you know and trust.

Action Fraud report reveals £7 million lost to holiday fraud.

Over 5,000 people reported to Action Fraud that they had lost a total of
just over £7 million to holiday and travel related fraud, an increase on last year, when 4,382 victims reported losing £6.7 million. The average
amount lost was £1,380 per person but, as in previous years, in addition
to the financial cost, victims have also reported the significant emotional
impact caused by this crime.

Over half, 53%, of the crimes reported were related to the sale of airline tickets. The next most common fraud at 25%, related to the sale of
accommodation, with a peak in reported losses in October. This indicates that many victims report their loss after the end of the summer holidays the busiest time of the year for travel and a popular target for fraudsters.
Top Tips:
• Stay safe online: Check the web address is legitimate and has not been altered by slight changes to a domain name.
• Do your research: Don’t just rely on one review – do a thorough online search to check the company’s credentials.
• Look for the logo: Check whether the company is a member of a recognised trade body such as ABTA. If you have any doubts, you can verify membership at abta.com.
• Pay safe: Wherever possible, pay by credit card and be wary about paying directly into a private individual’s bank account.
• Check paperwork: You should study receipts, invoices as well as terms and conditions. Be very wary of any companies that don’t provide any at all. Use your instincts: If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
• Report it: Victims should contact Action Fraud via
actionfraud.police.uk

Tame Valley Wetlands – Circular Walks – Shustoke and Neighbouring Areas

Tame Valley Wetlands provide a range of leaflets for circular walks in Shustoke and neighbouring areas.

Copies are attached.

.0816 TVW Curdworth 12pp LR 0816 TVW Kingsbury 12pp LR 0909 TVW Coleshill 12pp LR 0909 TVW Coleshill Town 12pp LR 0909 TVW Shustoke 12pp LR (002) 1045 TVW Dosthill 12pp LR 1045 TVW Middleton 12pp LR 1161 TVW Hopwas 8pp LR 1161 TVW Tamworth Town Trail 12pp LR 1161 TVW Warwickshire Moor & Alvecote 12pp LR

More information on these walks and the long distance Tame Way wall is available at the website, together with details of the other work and projects being undertaken

Circular walks

Exploring Potential Locations for Fire Stations – North Warwickshire and Nuneaton

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service is currently engaging with our communities on its plan to explore potential locations for fire stations in Nuneaton and North Warwickshire.

Your views are important to us. If you wish to take part please fill in the online survey before 16.06.2019 by visiting our website:-
www.warwickshire.gov.uk/ask

To request a paper version of this survey please either call us on: 01926 423231 or Email us at wfrsirmp@warwickshire.gov.uk, or write to us at
Service Improvement Team
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue
Service Headquarters Warwick St
Leamington
CV32 5LH