Ditchingham Parish Council NEWS!

The following is a Police Connect message:

Police are urging residents in South Norfolk to be vigilant after an increase of fuel thefts and garage and shed burglaries in the county.

Pc Jim Squires has the following advice: “It is not unusual for us to see an increase in this type of crime at this time of year; however, I would strongly urge residents to take simple measures to prevent them from becoming victims.

“Most shed breaks are carried out by opportunist thieves, therefore please ensure that you lock and secure your shed and garage and keep items of value locked away.

“If you do leave items of value in sheds or garages then you should mark your property, this can simply be done by using coloured spray paint. It makes it harder for thieves to sell tools on, don’t leave any items out in the garden put them away. “

With regards to fuel tanks, check oil levels frequently so you are aware if anyone has tampered with your supply, and consider an electronic oil level gauge which sets off an audible alarm in your house if the oil level drops below a quarter full.

Fit a good quality locking device to all fuel tanks – a high quality closed shackle padlock will make access using bolt croppers very difficult. Consider perimeter security for the whole tank, such as a metal cage or fencing. Even a prickly hedge may help deter thieves. Remember, however, that the oil tanker driver will need to access it.

If you are going out consider leaving a radio on or if you are going to be home late, leave a light on so it would appear someone is home as it starts to get dark.

Pc Jim Squires added: “Security measures are just the start – we also need communities to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity. If you spot something unusual at a friend, neighbour or relative’s house, or at a nearby business premises, call police on 101 or dial 999 if a crime is in progress.”

For further crime prevention advice visit www.norfolk.police.uk


Road Users – Look Out for each other in Safety Campaign 

drive-safeDrivers and cyclists are being urged to look out for each other, as part of a joint drive by Norfolk County Council and Norfolk Constabulary to reduce the number of cyclist casualties on the road.

‘Mind out for each other’ encourages all road users to be more considerate towards each other with the aim of helping to make Norfolk’s roads safer – for both cyclists and motorists. Norfolk is regarded as a safe place to cycle, and 1 in 5 drivers cycle at least once a month, however both need to do more to keep each other safe.

This campaign comes in response to the increasing number of adults taking up cycling, and the rising number of cyclists killed or seriously injured on Norfolk’s roads. 48 pedal cyclists were killed or seriously injured (one fatality, 47 serious injuries) on Norfolk’s roads in 2015 – more than in any other year during the last decade. This is a 50% increase on the 2014 figure (32 – no fatalities, 32 serious injuries), and more than double the number killed or seriously injured in 2010 (22 – one fatality, 21 serious injuries). Three out of every four cyclist injury collisions occur at junctions, and cyclists are seven times more likely to be injured on urban roads than on rural ones.

Running until mid-October, the campaign includes bus, radio, press and online advertising. Norfolk County Council will be focusing on making both drivers and cyclists aware of the issues around cyclist safety, while Norfolk Constabulary are concentrating their efforts on enforcement to ensure all road users are obeying the laws of the road.

The council will be offering free workplace seminars to cyclists to cover the economic, health and environmental benefits of cycling, whilst providing advice on equipment, routes and behaviours and delivering key safety messages. As a follow-up, commuter cyclists will be offered a bespoke on-road training session, which will offer an insight into the potential hazards a cyclist could face on their commute to work and advice on their riding behaviours.

Norfolk Constabulary will maintain their ongoing commitment to treat all road users equally; if a cyclist is seen breaking the law or putting themselves or other road users at risk, they will be stopped and dealt with in exactly the same way a driver would be.

Norfolk County Council’s Casualty Reduction Team are taking bookings from businesses for cycling theory workplace seminars. If you are interested in setting up a session, or want more information on what the sessions entail, email roadsafety@norfolk.gov.uk or call 0344 800 8020.

For further information, including tips on how car drivers and cyclists can help keep each other safe, please visit www.think.norfolk.gov.uk/mindout


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Parish Councillor Vacancies

Are you interested in parish matters and would you like to find out more? Would you like to be part of decision making committees, commenting on local planning applications, helping with community projects and generally making Ditchingham an even better place to live, work and visit?
We currently have four vacancies on Ditchingham Parish Council and if you would like to be a Parish Councillor or wish to have more specific clarification of what the role will involve and the intended process in the first instance please contact:
Sally Chapman (Clerk) on 07774 734411 or email: clerkdpc@aol.co.uk


Road Closure – Drapers Lane
15th September 2016 to 16th September 2016

NORFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL has made a Temporary Traffic Order affecting the U76316 Drapers Lane from its junction with C394 Belsey Bridge Road for 500m southwards in the PARISH OF DITCHINGHAM because of BT cabling works.

The road will be temporarily closed (except for access) between 09:30 hrs to 15:30 hrs from 15th September 2016 to 16th September 2016 for the duration of the works, expected to be about 2 days within the period.

Alternative route is via: C394 Belsey Bridge Road, B1332 Norwich Road, C380 Hollow Hill Road/Thwaite Road, U76315 Bakers Lane.

(If necessary the restriction could run for a maximum period of 18 months from the date of the Order).  Penalty: £1000 maximum fine on conviction and/or endorsement for contravention. In the event of the start date being delayed the new start date will be displayed on site in advance.

The person dealing with enquiries at Norfolk County Council is Adrian Stout (Community and Environmental Services) Telephone 0344 800 8020.


Road Closure – Pirnhow Street
24 September 2016 to 25 September 2016

NORFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL proposes to make a Temporary Traffic Order affecting the C379 Pirnhow Street from a point 60m northeast of its junction with C568 Ditchingham Dam for 35m in the PARISH OF DITCHINGHAM because of installation of surface water drain

The road will be temporarily closed (except for access) from 24 September 2016 to 25 September 2016 for the duration of the works, expected to be about 2 days within the period.

Clockwise Alternative route is via: C568 Pirnhow Street/Wainford Road,(SUFFOLK Roads) Beccles Road/Staithe Road/Wharton Street/Lower Olland Street/St Marys Street/Market Place/Bridge Street, C568 Ditchingham Dam (DITCHINGHAM/BUNGAY/BROOME/METTINGHAM|)

Anticlockwise Alternative route is via: C568 Ditchingham Dam, A143 Bungay Road, (Suffolk Roads)A144 Broad Street, Trinity Street/Staithe Road/Beccles Road,C568 Wainford Road/Pirnhow Street


Yard Sale

The Yard Sale in aid of East Anglian Children’s Hospice (EACH)
held on Sunday 24th April 2016 raised £700!

Thank you to all who helped and attended.


More about what the Council does…

The Council was recently forwarded a ‘complaint’ from a local resident that it did not publicise adequately whats going on? Please read: http://ditchinghampc.norfolkparishes.gov.uk/2015/04/15/faqs-about-the-council/

 

 

 

 

 

Police Connect Message

Officers are appealing for witnesses and information following an assault in Bungay.

The incident occurred on Friday, 22 September, at around 5:30pm. A woman in her 20s was walking along Earsham Street, near the junction with Chaucher Street, when she was approached by three women who, following a brief exchange, grabbed the victim by the hair and punched her in the face causing her to fall to the floor. She was then kicked and punched whilst she lay on the floor.

The victim sustained pain, bruising and cuts to her face and the women are believed to have left the scene on foot in the direction of Outney Road.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has knowledge of it should contact the Suffolk Police Neighbourhood Response Team in Lowestoft on 101 quoting reference 62717/17 or use our online reporting link http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something.

Police Connect Message

Engagement Officers launch new project ‘Community SOS’

A new project is being launched by Norfolk Constabulary’s seven Engagement Officers in a bid to build stronger links with local communities.

Called ‘Community SOS’, they will as a group give up a day, when not on duty, to assist with a local project in their district.

The officers have been in post for a year, with their roles supporting existing community relationships by growing new local activities and providing enhanced visibility in every district. This is through the use of social media, Police Connect and frequent face-to-face meetings.
Additionally, the officers are supporting and increasing the use of Special Constables, Police Cadets, Police Support Volunteers, Neighbourhood Watch and Community Speed Watch schemes.

The seven officers are:

• PC Emily Carter – King’s Lynn and West Norfolk
• PC Amy Lucas – Breckland
• PC Adam Binns – Norwich
• PC Hannah Gardiner – Great Yarmouth
• PC Jim Squires – South Norfolk
• PC Andy Mason – Broadland
• PC Pete Davison – North Norfolk

PC Jim Squires said “We have just launched this initiative and need your help!

“We are looking for a community project for each of the seven districts, which could do with a little help.

“If you have a village hall that needs a re-paint or an over-grown garden that needs tidying up, we want to come along and help for the day.

“The Police Cadets are also available to come and help if it requires more man-power.”

The closing date for people to send their ‘Community SOS’ request in is Tuesday 31 October 2017. The Engagement Officers will then choose one project to help with in each district and will contact the coordinator directly to arrange dates and times.

If you have a project suitable for this, please send a brief, which is no more than 500 words, along with any pictures to: squiresjr@norfolk.pnn.police.uk by the closing date.

Overnight carriageway repairs on A143 Bungay Road roundabout, Ditchingham 27-29th September

Ref: HS/12/D9/82/PM2925/PC/FP

For Immediate Release

14 September 2017 

Revision to Previous Notice sent out 12 September 2017

Overnight carriageway repairs on A143 Bungay Road roundabout, Ditchingham

Work will now begin on Wednesday 27 September 2017 not Monday 18 September as previously stated, to carry out carriageway repair works on the A143 Bungay Road roundabout at Ditchingham. The works will take three nights to complete subject to suitable weather conditions.

The site is located at the Bungay Road junction with Broad Street and will include the roundabout and approaches. To minimise disruption the works will be carried out overnight 7.00 pm to 7.00 am.

Whilst the repair works are in progress traffic will be controlled using temporary 4 way traffic signals.

Access to businesses and properties will be maintained and the County Council would like to thank people for their patience while these works to repair the existing worn out road surface are carried out

The work which will cost £25,000 will be carried out by Norfolk County Council’s Community & Environmental Services Department and their contractors.

For Further Information

Dave Barley, Surfacing Engineer   0344 800 8020.

Up-to-date information about roadworks in Norfolk is available on the County Council website at www.norfolk.gov.uk/roadworks

Police Information- Cuckooing

‘Cuckooing’ is the term used to describe the practice where professional drug dealers take over the property of a vulnerable person and use it as a place from which to run their drugs business.

The drug dealers will target those who are vulnerable, potentially as a result of substance abuse, mental health issues, or loneliness, and befriend them or promise them drugs in exchange for being able to use their property.

By using an unassuming property, criminals can operate their drugs supply out of sight in an attempt to stay below the police radar. They are often only in the premises for a short amount of time before moving on to their next victim.

As the victims of cuckooing are vulnerable, they are often fearful of going to the police and worry that they will be incriminated in the criminality.

We are urging the public to watch out for vulnerable neighbours, to ensure they don’t fall victim to this trend.

There are also signs of cuckooing that you can look out for:

  • It usually takes place in a multi-occupancy or social housing property
  • There may be an increase in the number of comings and goings, including people you haven’t seen before
  • There might be new vehicles outside the property
  • A possible increase in anti-social behaviour in and around the property

If you suspect that drug dealers are operating from a property near you, it’s really important that you report it so that we can protect those who are vulnerable and ensure those responsible are brought to justice.

Call police on 101 (or 999 in an emergency) with as much information as possible. If you don’t want to contact police, you can report drug dealers to Crimestoppers, completely anonymously, by calling 0800 555 111 or via their website.

 

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Norfolk on the look-out for new Special Constables

New recruits are being sought to join Norfolk’s team of more than 200 committed Special Constables.

Norfolk’s Special Constabulary is hosting a recruitment evening on Tuesday 25th July 2017 at 7pm in the police headquarters in Wymondham.

The county currently has some 222 special constables who regularly give up their spare time to assist their regular police colleagues in the fight against crime.

Norfolk continues to be on the look-out for committed individuals who are keen to experience the world of policing while supporting their local community.

Specials manager Sue Goode, said: “Being a Special is a very fulfilling and interesting role where no two duties are the same.

“They are entrusted with considerable responsibilities and every time they come on duty they face the same challenges and problems encountered by regular officers.

“We are very proud of the team we currently have in Norfolk and we would be keen for anyone who would like to gain new skills or to give something back to their community to get in touch.

“Whatever your motivation, becoming a Special can be exciting, challenging and rewarding.”

The role of a Special Constable includes providing highly visibility patrols and helping police major incidents and events. They also offer vital links in the partnership between the police service and the public.

The recruitment event is due to take place at 7pm at the Operation and Communication Centre, Norfolk Constabulary, Falconers Chase, Wymondham, NR18 0WW.

Attendees will be given information on the recruitment process, the roles of a Special Constable and have the opportunity to meet a number of those already out on the beat.

To book your place at the recruitment evening, please contact 01953 425699 ext. 2371 or email stepspecials@norfolk.pnn.police.uk

If you are unable to make the evening, but would still like to find out more, please call the above number or visit our website at http://www.norfolk.police.uk/.

Local Police Newsletter – July 2017

Newsletter – July 2017

 

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Bulky Waste?

Police Connect Message – Counterfeit £20 Notes

Police warn local residents and business owners that counterfeit £20 notes are being passed in the Beccles and Bungay area. Any info or suspicious behavior please call 101.


Help us keep our communities safe.

Police advice on a variety of subjects can be accessed via  https://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice

To report something, or to otherwise contact Police, use the link http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us

Alternatively call 101 for non-urgent matters.

Always call 999 in emergencies, or if an immediate police response is required

The Police Connect Team