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/

 

 

 

 

 

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

Police Connect Message – Scam Alerts

Scam Alert – Fake BT bill containing banking malware – 22 June 2017

Norfolk Trading Standards are highlighting a warning from Action Fraud about emails circulating claiming to be from BT. The email, with the subject ‘New BT Bill’, includes a very high level of owing for your current bill and states that they will ‘take your payment from your account as usual by Direct Debit’. The email them provides a link to ‘see your bill here’.

 

The email is not from BT and by claiming a high amount that is owed is designed to panic the recipient into clicking on the link to see the ‘bill’. If the link is clicked a malicious file called ‘BT bill.zip’ will be downloaded which contains banking malware called Dridex. Unusually this is achieved without a website being opened. If downloaded Dridex will attempt to gather personal information like user names and passwords for accounts whilst hidden in the background.

If you receive this email delete it without clicking on any links.

Scam Alert – Telephone cold calls claiming to be from the Telephone Preference Service – 21 June 2017

Norfolk Trading Standards are again receiving reports about telephone cold calls claiming to be from the Telephone Preference Service (TPS).

During the calls the cold caller claims that they are ‘checking details and if you still wish to be registered with the TPS’. The cold caller then attempts to gather credit or debit card details from the call recipient.

These calls are not genuine and are not connected with the TPS in any way. The TPS will NEVER cold call requesting payment or card details.

It is FREE to sign up to the TPS register and once an individual’s telephone number is on the TPS, it will remain on it and there is no need to update the registration.

If you receive a cold call claiming to be from the TPS do not give or confirm any details, hang up and report it to us via our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06

To register with the TPS call 0345 070 0707 or visit www.tpsonline.org.uk

Scam Alert – People’s Postcode Lottery Letters – 21 June 2017

Norfolk Trading Standards are receiving reports about letters claiming to be from the People’s Postcode Lottery. Currently the reports are coming from the Great Yarmouth area but these letters may be being sent to residents in other parts of Norfolk as well.

The letters state that the recipient of the letter has won a prize in a recent draw, in this case £355,000, and details how the prize can be claimed by contacting their ‘Foreign Service Manager’.

The letter also states that ‘all winning must be claimed not later than 30th August 2017’ or ‘the entire fund will be returned to the UK Board of Internal Revenue’.

These letters are a scam and no prize is available. Anyone who makes contact via the details supplied will be persuaded to part with personal details and money as part of an ‘upfront processing fee’.

If you receive this type of letter dispose of it correctly without responding in any way.

Here are some simple steps you can take to avoid lottery scams:

  • If you haven’t entered a lottery then you can’t have won it. Never respond to unexpected communications
  • Official lotteries in other countries operate in much the same way as the UK’s National Lotto. No official lotteries that we know of contact people to tell them of their win
  • We don’t know of any official lottery operators who ask for fees to collect winnings. Any request for a fee payment is a good indication that someone is trying to scam you
  • NEVER disclose your bank details or pay fees in advance to claim a lottery win
  • If they’ve provided an email address to respond to, be very suspicious of addresses such as @hotmail.com or @yahoo.com or numbers beginning with 07 because these are free to get hold of
  • Genuine lotteries thrive on publicity. If they ask you to keep your win a secret it’s likely to be a scam
  • Many examples of lottery scam letters have bad spelling and grammar – see this as a warning that fraudsters are at work

Police Connect Message

The summer has certainly arrived with temperatures being high the last couple of days; however, don’t let this lovely weather cloud your judgement, Norfolk Police are asking you to consider the vulnerability of your vehicle if left for long periods of time at coastal car parks and beauty spots. Motorists are advised to remove all valuables from display and from the vehicle where possible.

Opportunist thieves will be on the look-out for personal property left on view.

Also with this weather please consider your dogs if taken them out with you, do not leave them in vehicles unattended, Pc Squires South Norfolk Engagement officer said: ”Temperatures in vehicles become hotter than the outside and can cause distress to your dogs, if you can’t take them out at your destination then consider leaving them at home.”

Finally, Norfolk is well known for its maze of open waterways and on a hot day the water may look an inviting place to cool down. Please remember the rivers around the broads are unsuitable for swimming in and have hidden dangers such as a sudden change in depth, decreases in temperatures and unseen objects and currents, which can cause even the strongest of swimmers to get into difficulty very quickly.