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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter 27-2-22

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Welcome to Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter 27-2-22 
collated by Maggie Lewis - Voluntary Area Neighbourhood Watch  Representative and  Administrator covering Oxford . 

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Neighbourhood Watch Network
1) Student Watch

Thames Valley Police
1) Witness Appeal (Thame)

Thames Valley Police (Oxford)
1) Witness Appeal (Hythe Bridge Street)
2) Witness Appeal (Worcester Street)
3) Witness Appeal (Bayswater Road)
4) Witness Appeal (Mercury Road)
5) Section 60 Stop & Search Order in Oxford
6) PCSO applications

Neighbourhood Policing Teams
1)  East Oxford
2) Littlemore

Crime Prevention
1)  Home Security

Crime Information
1) Knife Crime
2) Identity Fraud

Scams 
1) Five most common scams

Oxfordshire County Council
1) Trading Standards approved traders 
2) Road closures

Oxford City Council
1) Out-of-hours duty service
2) Recycling
3) Changes in bin collections
4) Redbridge Recycling Centre Temporary Closure
5) Zero Emission Zone pilot
6) Areas not to leave or lock bikes

General Information
1) Highway Code and mobile phones
2) Community Speedwatch
3) Domestic abuse
4) Highway Code changes 
5) Food Alerts
6) Changes in Covid restrictions
7) Older Drivers' Forum 
8) Mobile phones
9) Latest population figures

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK
Student Safety (attachment)
We are excited to share with you Issue 2 of the popular student safety magazine THE LOOKOUT. Read it here: ourwatch.org.uk/lookout. The Lookout is created by Student Watch – a student safety initiative by students, for students - in partnership with Neighbourhood Watch and Co-op Insurance with The Hype Collective StudentSafety
www.ourwatch.org.uk

THAMES VALLEY POLICE

Witness Appeal (Thame)
A man his eighties has become the second person to die in a crash in Thame.The crash happened at 1pm on Sunday on the A418 when a Toyota Yaris was involved in a collision with a Volkswagen Up.
The female driver of the Volkswagen was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigating officer PC Lyndsey Blackaby of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm that a man who in the Toyota Yaris has now passed away in hospital.
“My thoughts and the thoughts of all of Thames Valley Police remain with the family and friends of both people who have died as a result of this collision.
“I am today issuing a further appeal to anybody who was in the area of the A418 on Sunday afternoon who witnessed this collision to please get in touch with Thames Valley Police.

THAMES VALLEY POLICE (OXFORD)
If you live in the vicinity of any of the crimes mentioned and have CCTV or a video doorbell, can you please check the footage. If you have any that might be of interest to the police, can you please make contact with them, quoting reference number given.
1) Witness Appeal (Hythe Bridge Street)
We are appealing for witnesses to a violent public order incident where offenders have used weapons to attack a male in the early hours of Sunday 20th February 2022 on Hythe Bridge Street in Oxford.
Anyone with information about this incident should call 101 or make a report on our website, quoting reference number 43220077783
“Or you can report information completely anonymously by calling the independent charity, Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.”

2) Witness Appeal (Worcester Street)
Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses to an assault occasioning grievous bodily harm in Worcester Street, Oxford.
Between 3am and 4am on Saturday (19-2), the victim, a young man, was punched at least once in the head, causing him to lose consciousness.
The victim was taken to John Radcliffe Hospital for further treatment, where he remains at this time.
An 18-year-old man from Kidlington has been arrested on suspicion of attempting to cause GBH with intent.
Investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector James Senior, based at Oxford police station, said: “This assault happened in the early hours of the morning and I am confident that someone will have witnessed what happened so I am appealing to anybody who saw this to get in touch with police. 
“I am appealing for witnesses as we believe another young man was involved in the incident, and would be particularly keen to hear from anybody who was in the area and may have any mobile phone footage. 
“Anyone with information should call us on 101 or make a report online, quoting reference number 43220080234.
“Or you can report information completely anonymously by calling the independent charity, Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.”

3) Witness Appeal (Bayswater Road)
Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a distraction burglary in Headington.
At around 1.55pm on Wednesday (23-2) on Bayswater Road, the victim answered their front door to a man. While being distracted, two men entered the rear of the property.
While driving away, the vehicle the offenders were in was located in Oxford.
Following a short pursuit by officers, two passengers left the vehicle, with one running towards Sainsbury’s and the other towards Heyford Hill Roundabout with the vehicle then being driven off.
All of the offenders were wearing dark clothing and baseball caps.
The vehicle is described as a silver Rover. 
Designated Investigator Michelle Newman, based at Abingdon police station, said: “We would like to appeal to anybody who may have witnessed this vehicle leaving the scene, and for any dash cam footage regarding this incident to please get in touch.
“You can get in touch by either making a report online or by calling 101 quoting reference number 43220082886.
 “Alternatively, for 100% anonymity, you can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

4) Witness Appeal (Mercury Road)
Following an incident last night in which a man aged in his forties was stabbed, Thames Valley Police have this afternoon (25-2) made an arrest.
A 16-year-old boy from Oxford has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and he remains in police custody.
The arrest relates to a serious assault in Mercury Road, Oxford, last night (24-2), at around 8.50pm.
The victim has been taken to hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries.
Anybody with any information, or who witnessed the incident is asked to call 101 or report online, quoting reference number 43220085013.
Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111.

5) Section 60 Stop & Search Order in Oxford
Thames Valley Police has extended a Section 60 Stop & Search Order in Oxford following an incident on Thursday night (24-2) in which a man was stabbed.
The order temporarily enhances powers for officers, meaning they can stop and search anyone in the area shown on the map.
The order will continue for further 24 hours until 1pm tomorrow (27-2).
At that point, the order will be reviewed.
The southern boundary of the order will be Grenoble Road up to the Oxford Science Park, with the eastern boundary on the B480, the northern boundary in the vicinity of the Sandy Lane Sports Ground and west to Sandy Lane West.
The order has been put in place following a serious assault which occurred in the area of Mercury Road, Oxford, at around 8.50pm on Thursday, in which a man aged in his forties was injured. He remains in hospital in a non-life threatening condition.
A 16-year-old boy from Oxford has been arrested in connection with this incident. He has been bailed while enquiries are ongoing.
Superintendent Emma Garside said: “This order has been put in place following the incident in the Mercury Road area of Oxford.
“It is in place to ensure public safety, while also giving police extra power to search people who they think could be involved in violence, and to take weapons off the street.
“I understand that an order of this nature could cause concern, but whilst a Section 60 order may sound alarming, enhancing our stop and search powers provides us with another tactic to quickly identify and disrupt those carrying weapons.
“If you are stopped by an officer, please do not be worried as this does not mean that you are in trouble. You will see more police officers in the area whilst the order is in place and we expect to carry out more stop and searches than usual.
“Officers who are out and about are there to reassure you as well as using their powers under Section 60 so please do stop and speak with them about any concerns that you have.”
For more information on Stop & Search, please visit https://orlo.uk/TLvDd

6) PCSO applications
As a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) you will make a difference in your community every day. Become part of the team that helps keep Thames Valley safe.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity, apply today to become a PCSO: https://orlo.uk/4fmT9
Closing date for applications is Monday 28 February.
Join TVP and be the difference you want to see.

NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING TEAMS
1) East Oxford (22/2)
Parking Enforcement
PCSO's from the East Oxford Neighbourhood Team took part in a parking enforcement operation along the Cowley Road this evening where we issued tickets for those parking on the pavement causing obstructions, misuse of disabled bays and parking in bus stops.

Bike Operation (25/2)
PCSO's from the East Oxford Neighbourhood Team took part in a bike operation down the Cowley Road today for an hour where we issued tickets to cyclists that did not have any lights fitted, and gave further advice to those just having one light fitted.

2) Littlemore (attachment)
A reminder that Rosehill NHPT will be holding a Have Your Say for all LITTLEMORE residents outside the St Nicholas Road shops between 12:00-15:00 tomorrow. This will be your chance to raise any concerns you may have. Hope to see you there.

CRIME PREVENTION
1) Home Security (attachment information)

CRIME INFORMATION
Metropolitan Police
1) Knife Crime
Excellent website about knife crime
https://www.met.police.uk/StopKnifeCrime
2) Identity Fraud
These websites will check to see if your identity data has been breached
https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/a-z-of-fraud/identity-fraud-and-identity-theft
https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/files/data-breaches-ind-fam-infographic.pdf

SCAMS 

The five most common scams of 2021 reported by Which
1) Amazon
There’s a problem with your Amazon account’ The enduring Amazon Prime scam continued to do the rounds in 2021, and was by far the most reported to us. This scam targets victims through phone calls using a recorded message that prompts you to call back to fix an issue with your account. Sometimes a real person may be calling from a call centre. They may threaten to close your account if you don’t act quickly – which usually means handing over your payment details.
2) National Insurance
'Your National Insurance number has been compromised’ In November, Ofcom reported that 45 million people in the UK received a scam call in the last year. It ordered telecoms networks to block calls from overseas from being masked with local UK numbers – a common tactic. But networks are skeptical, saying this won’t have much effect due to internet calling technology.
3) Royal Mail
'You’ve missed a delivery’ The most common text message scams last year were warnings about missed deliveries or outstanding delivery charges. The delivery company most impersonated last year was Royal Mail, according to the number of reports we received, followed by Hermes and DPD.
4) Covid Passports
We were inundated with reports about texts, calls and emails impersonating the NHS.
Many scams requested payment or bank details in order to book a test or a jab when these services were completely free. We saw some very convincing cloned NHS websites which were cleverly designed to dupe people into entering sensitive information, thinking they were booking their vaccinations.
5) Online ads and social media scams 
There’s a high chance you’ve been targeted by at least one of these scams in the past year. Online scams also featured heavily in our data, particularly dodgy retailers advertising on social media.

OXFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
1) Trading Standards approved traders
Trading Standards does not recommend specific traders other than through membership of the Trading Standards trusted trader scheme called Buy With Confidence. Traders who become members of this scheme are:
Vetted and approved by Trading Standards
Committed to operating in a legal, honest and fair way
Criminal record checked (if going into homes)
Qualified, experienced and fully insured
Monitored to ensure a high level of customer service
Advised on Trading Standards legislation
The Buy with Confidence website can be accessed here: https://www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk/

2) Road resurfacing and closures
Where Marsh Lane
Start date 24-01-2022
End date in 6 weeks
Why Carriageway resurfacing
Road Closures: 
Oxford
• M40, from 8pm February 26 to 6am February 27, slight delays (under 10 minutes): M40 southbound, junction 9 to junction 8a, Lane closure for maintenance works.
• A34, from 9.30am March 7 to 3.30pm March 18, slight delays (under 10 minutes): A34 northbound and southbound, Peartree Interchange, Lane closures on exit slip roads for Oxfordshire County Council works.

OXFORD CITY COUNCIL
1)  Out-of-hours duty service
Anyone needing to contact the Council in an emergency can call the out-of-hours duty service on 01865 249811, available between 5pm and 8am Monday to Friday, weekends and bank holidays.
2) Recycling (attachments)
Dry recycling
Did you know we collect over 14,000 tonnes of dry recycling from households every year? 
 If you're not sure whether it can be recycled, check with our WasteWizard  http://bit.ly/34LTYOC 
Find out some top tips for reducing your waste at home  http://bit.ly/3rJA3sP
Garden Waste
Did you know we collected over 4,500 tonnes of garden waste last financial year?  That's heavier than 45 Boeing 747-200 passenger aircraft! 
Find out how to sign up  http://oxford.gov.uk/gardenwaste
Get yourself a discounted home compost bin  http://getcomposting.com
Food Waste

Did you know? Over 30% of what we throw into Oxford's green bins is food waste?  
That's why we offer a weekly food waste collection service!  
If you need a food caddy to get started, you can pick one up from one of our offices  https://bit.ly/3JgpnYk

3) Big changes to bin collection days
Domestic recycling and waste collection rounds in the city have stayed the same for the last 10 years, but during this time the quantity and quality of materials collected have changed dramatically.
We've been working with ODS to adjust some of the collection routes and times to take account of the changes and a new schedule will take effect from 4 April. The schedule will help to tackle the climate emergency and improve services for you. 
While the changes will apply to all types of collections, the overall collection schedules will remain the same: food recycling will be collected weekly, rubbish and mixed recycling will be collected fortnightly, and garden waste will be collected fortnightly for those subscribed to this service.
The changes will affect around 35,000 households - around half of properties in the city. We are writing to all residents this week to announce the change, and further information will be provided closer to the time. We will also be attaching information tags to all bins.

4) Redbridge Recycling Centre Temporary Closure
Further to recent storms, Redbridge Household Waste Recycling Centre remains closed due a number of unsafe trees around the site. Our contractors will remove 10-11 trees starting on Monday 28th February, and therefore the site will remain closed until at least Tuesday 1 March, and potentially Wednesday 2 March. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. However, your safety and that of our site teams remains our priority. Further updates will be provided by close of play on Monday 28th February, and all other sites remain open as normal if you are unable to delay your visit until then.

5) Zero Emission Zone pilot
 On Monday (28 February), the UK's first Zero Emission Zone pilot will launch in a small number of streets in Oxford.  
Under the pilot scheme, all petrol and diesel vehicles, including hybrids, will incur a daily charge unless you are eligible for a discount or exemption.
Payment systems will launch on Monday on Oxfordshire County Council's website, discounts and exemption applications are already open. 

6) Areas not to leave or lock bikes
Areas not to leave or lock bikes as they can be tagged and removed by the Council or the property owner if they are hazardous to pedestrians.
Railings
·        Sign post
·        Lamp columns
·        Street nameplates
·        Trees and tree guards
·        Side of Bus shelters
These all have issues with blocking footways and causing issue to disabled users ( wheel chairs , blind people etc

GENERAL INFORMATION
1) Highway Code and mobile phones
Rule 149 of the Highway Code, the recognised legal authority for road usage, states that “you must not use a hand-held mobile phone, or similar device, when driving or supervising a learner driver”. If you wish to hold your phone to use it, you must park your vehicle. The only exception to this is to call 999 or 112 in a genuine emergency where it is unsafe or impractical to stop the car. 
However, the law does allow you to interact with the phone if you have hands-free access, which means you can use a Bluetooth headset or use voice commands.

2) Community Speedwatch
Community Speedwatch Online
Volunteers will need to complete a short on line training course. Please note volunteers will be insured by Thames Valley Police following training - Community Speed Watch has never been insured as a Neighbourhood Watch activity.
Speedwatch activity is not about interfering with neighbours' behaviour; it is a proactive solution to improve the safety and quality of life for everyone in their local community.
For further details please contact lee.turnham@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

3) Domestic Abuse
Domestic abuse takes many forms and you might not realise you are a victim.For more information and help, visit: https://nationaldahelpline.org.uk/What-is-abuse

4) Highway Code changes 
Rules for all types of road users have been updated in The Highway Code to improve the safety of people walking, cycling and riding horses. 
There are 8 changes that you need to know about. 
1. Hierarchy of road users 
2. People crossing the road at junctions 
3. Walking, cycling or riding in shared spaces 
4. Positioning in the road when cycling 
5. Overtaking when driving or cycling 
6. People cycling at junctions 
7. People cycling, riding a horse and driving horse-drawn vehicles on roundabouts 
8. Parking, charging and leaving vehicles
For more information - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/the-highway-code-8-changes-you-need-to-know-from-29-january-2022

5) Food Alerts
Food alert – use by dates and product details on website
a) Abbott recalls two infant formula powders because of the possible presence of Salmonella and Cronobacter sakazakii
Read more: https://www.food.gov.uk/news-alerts/alert/fsa-prin-11-2022-update-1
b) Tesco recalls Tesco Hog Roast Style Pork with Apple Sauce because it may contain Salmonella  
Read more: https://www.food.gov.uk/news-alerts/alert/fsa-prin-12-2022
c) Waitrose recalls Waitrose & Partners Green Pesto with Basil because of the presence of salmonella
Read more: https://www.food.gov.uk/news-alerts/alert/fsa-prin-13-2022 
d) KP Snacks recalls Popchips Veg Vibes Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar because of undeclared milk
Read more: https://www.food.gov.uk/news-alerts/alert/fsa-aa-08-2022
e) Montezuma’s recalls Hot Pickle (Chilli & Lime) Milk Chocolate Bars because of undeclared almonds (nuts)
Read more: https://www.food.gov.uk/news-alerts/alert/fsa-aa-09-2022

6) Changes in Covid restrictions
From 24 February:
People who test positive for COVID will no longer be legally required to self-isolate; however, until 01 April, they will be advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least five full days.
Fully vaccinated close contacts and those aged under 18 will no longer be legally required to test daily for seven days.
Routine contact tracing will end.
Self-isolation support payments will end.

From 01 April:
Free symptomatic and asymptomatic testing for the general public will end.
Limited symptomatic testing will remain available for a small number of at-risk groups and in targeted health and social care settings.
Current government guidance on COVID passports will end, including venue check-in on the NHS COVID app.

7) Older Drivers' Forum 
In March, the Older Driver's Forum will be carrying out online webinars about the recent changes to the Highway Code. 
Do you know what the changes are?
Do you have questions about the changes?
Alongside speakers from various agencies, PC Liz Johnson, of the Road Safety Team will be on the panel to answer your questions. 
These webinars are scheduled for:
Thursday 10 March at 2pm
Monday 14 March at 7pm
To register for a place, please visit the Older Drivers Forum website  at https://olderdriversforum.com/webinars/ 

8) Mobile phones
In that quick glance at a mobile phone, a driver travelling at 30 mph will miss 100 feet of the road they are travelling on.
Think of the possible consequences of being distracted by your phone. Put it on silent or put it out of reach. No call or text is more important than a life.

9) Latest population figures (Office of National Statistics)
The UK population at mid-year 2020 was estimated to be 67.1 million; this was an increase of roughly 284,000 (0.4%) since mid-year 2019.
In the calendar year of 2020, the number of deaths in the UK exceeded the number of live births for the first time since 1976.
There were 681,560 births and 689,629 deaths in the UK in 2020.
The UK population is projected to rise by 2.1 million to 69.2 million over the decade to mid- 2030; this would be a 3.2% increase.




 
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