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Police Connect – Heating Oil Thefts

Norfolk Police are urging residents to be vigilant as incidents of heating oil thefts often increase during the winter months.

The warning comes after 100 incidents in 2016 where heating oil was a factor. There have been more than 110 in 2017 so far.

General tips to protect your fuel include:

  • 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.
  • Control switches should be located in a secure building and turned off when the tank is not in use.
  • If you’re installing an oil tank or considering repositioning it, they should ideally be situated within sight of nearby occupied buildings. It may not be so aesthetically desirable, but the more remote the better the opportunity to access the tank without being seen.
  • Consider appropriate lighting around the tank so you can see and anyone can be seen. Be considerate to your neighbours and don’t use high powered lights which affect their property. Lighting is not the answer to all problems and site specific advice should be taken where lighting is being considered.

If you have been a victim of oil theft, or have any information regarding heating oil thefts in general should contact Norfolk Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Christmas Bin Collections in South Norfolk

Rubbish & Recycling bins: 
All collection on week commencing 25 December will be one day late.

Usual Collection Day

Revised Collection Day

Change

Tuesday 26 Dec

Wednesday 27 Dec

1 day late

Wednesday 27 Dec

Thursday 28 Dec

1 day late

Thursday 28 Dec

Friday 29 Dec

1 day late

Friday 29 Dec

Saturday 30 Dec

1 day late

Garden Waste bins: There are no collections from 25 December to 5 January.

And don’t forget you can recycle more than ever this Christmas!
Make sure your recycling is clean, dry and don’t bag it. For advice and tips on what you can and can’t recycle this Christmas visit: www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/recycling-at-christmas.

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Police Connect Message – Theft from Motor Vehicles

Police in South Norfolk are urging motorists to be vigilant following a number of thefts from vehicles recently.

A number of vehicles have been broken into in the Loddon area in the last week.

Among the items stolen were tools, sat nav’s and cash.

PC Jim Squires South Norfolk Engagement Officer, said: “I would urge owners to make sure their vehicles are locked and windows are shut every time the car is left unattended, thieves are also targeting works vans, we are finding no forced entry to the vehicles, it could be they have some sort of master key. With this in mind I would advise owners of works vans to remove valuable tools from the vehicle at night”.

Officers have this advice on vehicle security:

  • Don’t leave anything on display in your car
  • Take your belongings with you when you leave the car – if you can’t, lock them in the boot before you start your journey
  • Fit an electronic immobiliser- this will prevent the car from starting
  • Mechanical immobilisers, such as steering wheel locks, are a good alternative to electronic immobilisers
  • Fit locking wheel nuts
  • Get an alarm installed
  • Consider marking all your valuables that you frequently take in your car
  • If you have a garage, use it. If you don’t always try and park in a well-lit open place

Anyone with information concerning the thefts should contact on 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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.

 

Loddon Neighbourhood Team – Police Surgery