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Welcome to Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter
22-5-22 collated by Maggie Lewis - Volunteer Area Neighbourhood Watch Representative and Administrator covering Oxford LPA. 
This weekly newsletter is for reading and/or sharing in entirety or copying and pasting. 
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Neighbourhood Watch 
1) Past, present and future
2) Trustee

Oxford Neighbourhood Watch 
1) Open invitation to celebration event

Neighbourhood Policing Teams
1) South East
Thames Valley Police (Oxford)
1) Witness Appeal -Plush, Frewin Court
2) Witness Appeal - Norham Gardens
3) CCTV Image - Ledgers Close
4) CCTV Image - St Aldates
5) CCTV image - New Inn Hall Street
6) Witness Appeal - Cornmarket

Crime Prevention
1) Stopping the cycle of theft
2) Check online accounts
3) Keeping your vehicle safe
Crime Information
1) Nightsafe Oxford Network

1) Courier fraudsters

Oxfordshire County Council 
1) VOI escooters update
2) Bus passes
3) How are libraries celebrating the Jubilee?
4) Home library service
5) Live Well in Oxfordshire
Oxford City Council
1) Lord Mayor
2) Abandoned Vehicles Officer
3) Cabinet Officers for Oxford City Council
4) New electric vehicle chargers open around the city

General Information
1) How to block nuisance calls
2) Oxford Bus Company
3) Oxpens Car Park
4) Food Alerts 
5) Road Closures

1) This website has the past, present and future of the Neighbourhood Watch celebrating its 40th anniversary. Please start up and join your local groups - check out with your postcode. https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/

2) Trustee
Neighbourhood Watch Network Trustee wanted

Invitation to members and non-members alike
Webpage for travel information - https://oumnh.ox.ac.uk/visit-us#How

Join us at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History for a lively discussion about Science Together. Oxford Neighbourhood Watch is one of the first community groups chosen to be part of this innovative project. 

Science on the Sofa
What happens when eight Oxfordshire community groups are given access to the world class skills, knowledge and resources of the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes researchers? SCIENCE TOGETHER is a radical new programme which harnesses the power of community-led collaborative research projects to overcome challenges and seize opportunities. This is a brand new, grass-roots programme developed to help address major issues and questions impacting local people’s lives.
Join us to find out more about each collaboration from the researchers, community groups and service users involved, in ‘Science on the Sofa’ - a candid conversation hosted by Science Together facilitator, Oli Moore. For those unable to join this reception in person, the conversation will also be livestreamed.

There are many witness appeals from TVP Oxford this week and although they may not be in your own area you or someone you share with may have valuable information. If you click on the blue links you will see the CCTV images and photos.

1) Plush, Frewin Court 
Do you recognise this man? We believe he may have information about a sexual assault on Friday in Plush and we would like to speak to him. If this is you or you recognise him please call 101 or report online. More info - https://orlo.uk/Hgy7c

2) Norham Gardens
We are releasing CCTV images of four people officers would like to speak to in connection with a burglary in Oxford.
At around 12.50am on 1 May, the offenders accessed a property in Norham Gardens, and stole a number of items.
More https://orlo.uk/FdhpM

3) Ledgers Close
We are releasing CCTV images of 3 boys officers would like to speak to in relation to a burglary at a hospital building in Oxford last year.
The offence took place on Sunday 10 October on Ledgers Close in Littlemore.
Full release: https://orlo.uk/EVS0Q

4) St Aldates
Thames Valley Police is releasing images of four men who may have vital information about a robbery in Oxford
At around 1.40pm on Saturday (14/5), the victim, a man in his thirties, was sat on a bench outside St Aldate’s Church in St Aldate’s.   
Unknown to him, he had been followed by a group of four males.   
Two of the males approached the victim and asked him if the church was open, to which he replied that he did not know.
Without warning or threat, the offenders covered the victim’s mouth, pushed him back off the bench, took his Richard Mille watch, worth approximately £130,000, from his wrist and ran away.   
Investigating officer Detective Constable Charles Smith, based at Oxford police station, said: “This was a violent robbery of a high value watch from a visitor to Oxford.   
“The offence was calculated and organised in nature and happened in broad daylight in a busy street in the city centre.   
“I would like to appeal to anybody who recognises the men in these images to please get in touch as I believe they may have information in connection with this incident.
“Furthermore, if you witnessed the robbery or have any other information relating to it, such as if you recognise the watch, please come forward.
“You can do so by either making a report online or by calling 101, quoting reference number 43220208785.
“Alternatively, for 100% anonymity, you can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or via its website.”

5) New Inn Hall Street
We are releasing a CCTV image of a man officers would like to speak to as they may have vital information regarding an incident of theft in Oxford.
The incident occurred around 5.15pm on Tuesday 8 March at a block of flats on New Inn Hall Street, Oxford.
The offender entered the communal area of a block of flats and stole a parcel containing high value items.
Full release here https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/news/thames-valley/news/2022/may/16-05-2022/cctv-image-released-following-a-theft--oxford/

6) Witness Appeal Cornmarket
Do you recognise this man?
Officers would like to speak to him as he may have vital information following an assault in the city centre.
At around 5pm on Sunday 20 February
Ref: 43220078557
Full details here https://orlo.uk/JX8wa

Oxford South East (attachment)
Thank you to the East Timor community for inviting the local South East neighbourhood policing team to celebrate their 20th anniversary of their independence, also a thank you to Victims First for supporting us over the weekend.

1) Stopping the cycle of theft
Search bike adverts from all the major classifieds

2) Check online accounts
Do you want to find out if one of your online accounts might have been compromised?
Here's a quick and simple way to: https://haveibeenpwned.com/  

3) The five golden rules to keep your vehicle safe

1) Nightsafe Oxford Network
An important part of the Nightsafe Oxford Network is the Safe Places scheme, where Network members with premises provide a place where people can get support in a safe environment. A range of businesses including city centre pubs, clubs and hotels have signed up to join the scheme.
Safe Places organisations will be identified through the Safe Places logo on their windows, or through the Safe Places App which will allow people to find their nearest Safe Place from their current location.
The Oxford Bus Company is also part of our Safe Places scheme.  Drivers will radio through to their control room for assistance if someone is in need of help.
Below are some of the signed up members:
City Centre
The Randolph
The Malmaison
The Westgate
The Four Candles
 East Oxford
James Street Tavern
The Bullingdon
The Library
The O2 Academy
1) Courier fraudsters
Courier fraudsters will typically call you pretending to be a police officer or bank official. 
Your bank or the police will never call you to ask you to verify your personal details or PIN by phone, or to pick up your bank card by courier.
The four most common tricks used by courier fraudsters, according to police, are:
Fraudsters claim a victim's bank card has expired
Fraudsters pretend to be police and ask victim to buy high end items as part of their investigation and hand them over
Fraudsters ask victims to help them with counterfeit cash/bank investigation by withdrawing a large amount of money and the cash is picked up later by a courier
Fraudsters pretend to be a victim's internet service provider and take over their computer 

1) VOI escooters update

Oxfordshire County Council has taken up Department for Transport's offer to extend its trial until November 2022. OCC will continue to consult, and collect data, so that when DfT advise that the trial will come to an end they can take a comprehensive view of how it has gone in the context of wider legislation. While the trial is running it remains illegal to use privately-owned e-scooters on public roads, or on pavements. Only Voi rented scooters are legal on our roads: e-scooters are motorised vehicles: Voi riders need a driving licence & insurance. 

2) Bus Passes
Please note that disabled bus pass renewals need to be made online. Older people's bus passes are renewed automatically. If you receive a bus pass with a C+1 symbol in the top right hand of your pass. This will allow your companion to travel free - but only when they are with you.

1) Lord Mayor (image)
On 18th May we officially welcomed Councillor James Fry as Oxford’s new Lord Mayor
Councillor Fry takes over from Councillor Mark Lygo who has served as Lord Mayor since November 2020.
Thank you to Councillor Lygo for all his hard work during his term.
We look forward to Councillor Fry’s term and everything he has planned.

2) Abandoned Vehicles Officer
The new Abandoned Vehicles Officer is Stuart Grisbrooke who is taking over the role from Pat Woods.

3) Cabinet Members for Oxford City Council  - there have been many changes so please check new contacts 
Contact details

4) New electric vehicle chargers open around the city
There are three new places to charge electric vehicles in Oxford after the installation of six rapid and fast charging points across the city.
The new chargers are located at Headington Car Park, Old Greyfriars Street, and Leys Pool and Leisure centre. They will provide quick electric vehicle charging to residents and taxi drivers. 
Rapid chargers allow drivers to fully charge their electric vehicle in well under an hour, and are critical for high mileage users like electric taxi drivers. 

1) How to block nuisance calls
The scourge of cold-calling scammers are forever doing the rounds - either interrupting our evenings or causing us anxiety so we don’t even want to pick up the phone. However, there is good news, most of the major landline phone providers now offer a free service to reduce the number of nuisance calls that you receive. https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/cordless-phones/article/how-to-block-nuisance-calls-aHkHz1m7wCes

2) Oxford Bus Company
New bus from 22nd  June Service 46: 
Operated by Oxford Bus Company, to a new route and timetable. It will run hourly from 7am to midnight every day between Oxford City Centre and Great Milton, via Abingdon Road, Donnington Bridge Road, Florence Park, Templars Square, Horspath & Wheatley. So the ’old’ 16 route is now replaced by the 5A & the 46. New connections will be provided in Oxford, and more frequent services between Templars Square and Florence Park.

3) Oxpens 
Oxpens car park will close temporarily from 16th May. 
The car park, on Oxpens Road, is being closed so that the decking can be dismantled.
The closure is expected to last for 13 weeks, and then parking will be available again. 
However, more closures may be ahead, as Oxford City Council which is responsible for the car park added that it would only be reopened until it is needed for redevelopment.
The on-site public toilets will also be closed during this time.
Oxford Ice Rink will remain open.
The top deck of the car park was already closed since January 2019.
The reason work needs to be done on the decking, which was put up in 2014, is that it was supposed to be a temporary measure, so must be taken down as its planning permission has expired.
4) Food Alerts
Food Alert - Asian Traders Ltd recalls Parle Premium Rusk because of undeclared milk
Allergy alert - SP Wholesale recalls Wonka Bar because of undeclared almonds (nuts) and peanuts

Lidl GB recalls Starovice Czech Lager 5.0% because of undeclared sulphur dioxide

Allergy alert  -Aye Pickled Ltd recalls Aye Pickled Curried Kraut because of undeclared mustard
5) Road Closures

• A34, from 8pm May 25 to 6am May 27, slight delays (under 10 minutes): A34 northbound, Botley, slip road and lane closures for drainage work, diversion via National Highways network.

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Maggie Lewis (Neighbourhood Watch Network, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)
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