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Welcome to Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter
24-4-22 collated by Maggie Lewis - Voluntary Area Neighbourhood Watch  Representative and  Administrator covering Oxford LPA. 

This weekly newsletter is for reading and/or sharing in entirety or copying and pasting. 
The index is available so you can read all or just the items of interest.  Any information, contributions and replies will be gratefully received.

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Please share and care. 

Oxford Neighbourhood Watch (to share)
1) Final lap

Thames Valley Police
1) Missing teenager

Neighbourhood Policing Teams
1) Rosehill, Littlemore and Iffley

Crime Prevention
1) Van Theft
2) Password names

Crime Information
1) Fearless for young people
2) Oxford Rape Crisis

1) 159
2) Gyms
3) Council tax rebate

Oxfordshire County Council
1) Help the NHS

Oxford City Council
1) Silver Joggers

General Information
1) It's ok not to be ok
2) PDF to JPEG
3) Freegle
4) Food Alerts
5) Motorcyclist safety

1) Final lap of the survey
The bike theft reduction survey is extended to April 30th. We have has a great response and interesting results that will be shared on our celebration day on June 7th at the Natural History Museum (details to follow).

The more replies the more accuracy so please copy and paste or share the newsletter with family, friends and anyone who  is or has been a cyclist  in the last 5 years and lived or worked in Oxford. Thank you to all the project team from Oxford University and my colleague, a NW Coordinator for all your hard work. We are doing this as volunteers and there is plenty of work to do before the celebration even so we hope to get lots of support on the day.

1) Missing person appeal (attachment image)
Can you help Cumbria police trace a missing teenager?
He may be in the Thames Valley.
Please read their appeal below and contact Cumbria police on 101 if you have seen him.

Have you seen missing teenager Lewis Dighton?
Officers are appealing for anyone who knows where Lewis, 15, might be to get in touch.
He is missing from the Eden area of Cumbria.
Lewis has not been seen since Thursday (April 14) at about 5.10pm.
It is believed he may have travelled by train to attempt to get to Kent.
Lewis also has links to the following areas: Thames Valley, Wiltshire and London.
Lewis is described as 5ft 10ins tall, of slim build, with short brown hair.
Lewis was believed to have been wearing a red hooded top, with a black t-shirt, with grey ripped jeans and black trainers.
Officers are concerned for his welfare and are asking for anybody with any information of his whereabouts to contact police immediately.
If you see Lewis please call 999.

1) Rosehill, Littlemore and Iffley (attachment)
Rosehill, Littlemore and Iffley NHPT at the Littlemore Hospital on 21st April. They thanked  the Orchestra of St John's who played to the residents of Morrell Crescent.

1) Van Theft 
It  isn’t always practical to remove tools every night. But please consider security measures where possible, including:
 Don’t leave valuables on show
 Hide keys and fobs
 Lock doors and close windows
 Install a tracker
 Take photos of tools and serial numbers and mark your property

2) Password names
From BBC News
Millions of British people are using their pet's name as their online password, despite it being an easy target for hackers, a survey has found.

1) Fearless for young people
http://Fearless.org is a 100% anonymous service which enables young people to speak up about any information they may have about crime without having to worry about the repercussions. 

2) Oxford Rape Crisis 
Women & girl survivors, we're here for you, no matter when it happened or what you're going through 
Phone support: 0800 783 6294 (freephone)
Text support: 07537 432 442

1) Important number -159 (attachment)
Please remember or keep this number handy. We know that you can ring your bank and the scammers are still on the line and confirm that the bank is ringing. This is an important service to keep us all safe.

75,000 calls have been made to 159 since it launched at the end of September 2021.
159 has now been upgraded to enable a major expansion of the service so it can accommodate an even larger number of the UK’s banks. The Co-operative Bank, the Nationwide Building Society and TSB have all now joined 159.
159 is a collaboration between telecoms providers and banks that connects customers safely and securely to their bank, providing potential scam victims with a route back to safety if they receive an unexpected call on a financial matter.

2) Gyms

David Lloyd Clubs and PureGym are being spoofed in fake emails promoting competitions that are nothing to do with either brand.

It’s important to ensure that a communication is genuine before parting with any sensitive information. If you’ve received an email out of the blue offering something for nothing, check the sender and the website it’s attempting to send you through to.
If you’re not sure, get in touch with the brand it’s purporting to be from via its official channels – do not use contact information found in the suspected fake.

3) Council Tax Rebate
Scammers are calling UK households and asking for bank details in order to qualify for the government’s £150 energy rebate. The government announced details of a £150 council tax rebate earlier this year, to help ease the rising cost of energy bills. But, it hasn’t taken long for scammers to seize on the opportunity and the Local Government Association is warning a recent spate of cold calls offering energy rebates are scams.

The scammers claim to be associated with the council and explain a refund is due. They then ask for your bank details in order to pay out the £150 rebate. According to those who’ve fallen foul of this scam, handing over these details led to large sums of money being deducted from their bank accounts shortly after the phone call. While local authorities are administering the council tax rebates, the Local Government Association has said councils don’t ask for bank details over the phone.
Read more: https://www.which.co.uk/news/2022/04/fake-council-tax-energy-rebate-scam-targeting-households/ - Which?

1) Help the NHS (attachment)
If you have been loaned equipment that you no longer need, please hand it back, and help us get this equipment to the people who need it.
We need the following items: wheeled commodes, walking and toilet frames, crutches, male urinals, and perching stools. Please note: make sure the item has an NRS/ Millbrook sticker and barcode.
Call NRS Healthcare on 01869 225 420 to arrange a collection. Lines open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm. Or email enquiries@oxfordshire.nrs-uk.net.
Items can also be dropped off at the NRS depot (Unit 8, Longlands Road, OX26 5AH) or at any of the CSS Centres:

1) Silver Joggers (attachment)
Have you always wanted to start jogging but don't know where to start? Our friends, The Silver Joggers, are offering a FREE couch to 5km programme which is starting next Thursday 28 April. Why not come along and give it a go! Registration is advised, but not compulsory. If you are interested in registering please visit the below link

1) Are you ok?
People can experience difficulties with their mental health at any point in their lives and sometimes you just don't know where to turn. There is help available, just go to https://www.nhs.uk/.../find-an-urgent-mental-health-helpline to find a service that closest to you. It's ok not to be ok

2) Freegle
Got stuff you don't need? Looking for something?
We'll match you with someone local. All completely free.
Don't throw it away, give it away!

3) PDF to JPEG 
I receive a lot of information to share often in pdf but can only be shared in jpeg on social media. I am pleased to find this free easy way to do convert  and won't need to keep asking other people to do it! 

4) Food Alerts
Allergy alert – 18 April 2022:
Sainsbury’s recalls Taste The Difference Pesto Swirled Houmous because of undeclared milk

Allergy alert – 21 April 2022:
Everfresh Natural Foods recalls Everfresh Sprouted Stem Ginger Cake because of undeclared pecans (nuts)

5) Motorcyclist safety 
The average driver spends less than a second looking each way at junctions so, as a motorcyclist, you need to ensure you are as visible as possible to other road users.
Dress to be seen, use dipped headlights and consider your road positioning for visibility.
When out on your motorbike, always wear protective gear – it can make the difference between a few bruises and more serious injuries.
A correctly fitting helmet with a visor or goggles, protective clothing, boots and gloves will all help to protect you if the worst happens.
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Maggie Lewis (Neighbourhood Watch Network, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)
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