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Community Safety, News

Police Warn of Ongoing Phone Scam

small-warwickshire (1)The police take phone scams very seriously. Criminals will often use scam phone calls as a way of defrauding people out of their money. On most occasions, people realise that the call is a scam, but we are encouraging people to continue be vigilant.

What to look out for:

Typically scammers will pretend to be from the police, and tell callers that their bank cards have been used fraudulently. Often the callers have stated that they are from the MET police, but they have been known to claim that they are from West Mercia Police, MI6 or the fraud squad. They will often say that they have the offenders in custody.

Usually they will then ask the victim to contact their bank to cancel their cards. In doing so, they will ‘hold the line’, so the victim believes that they are calling their bank, when in fact they are still on the line to the offenders.

They will then encourage the victims to hand over their bank details, including their PIN which they will often ask them to enter into the keypad of the phone.

Following this they will say that the cards are needed and send a courier to collect them. Sometimes they will ask the victims to give a password which the courier will use to make it appear more genuine. Consequently the offenders have been able to withdraw money from victim’s accounts.

On other occasions, rather than sending a courier, they have asked the victims to transfer money to a secure police account, asking them to call back to verify that they are genuine, whilst holding the line.

Sometimes the scammers have told the victims to attend the bank to transfer money but told them that bank employees are involved in the scam, so not to mention it to them.

More recently callers have told victims that they are from Customs and Excise and that they have paid too much tax. In order to get this back they must pay an amount of money via a courier.

These scammers will often target those who are elderly or vulnerable. People with common surnames such as Jones or Smith tend to be targeted more often.

What to do:

We offer the following advice to protect you from these scams:

  • Remember police officers, and banks will never ask for account details or PINs over the phone.
  • Police officers and banks would never come to your house to collect your cards or property.
  • They would also never ask you to transfer money to a secure account.
  • If you receive a call like this, hang up immediately and call 101 using another phone. In an emergency or if a crime is in progress call 999.
  • If you have elderly friends or relatives who may be vulnerable to this scam, please talk to them and make them aware.

General, News, Parish Council

Happy Christmas from Clifton upon Dunsmore Parish Council

hollyFirstly, Parish Councillors should like to wish a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all parish residents. We hope that you will all be able to take some time out from your busy lives to enjoy the festivities with your family and friends; although we appreciate that many people working in the emergency services and caring sectors do not have such a luxury!

As the New Year approaches we would like to reflect on achievements during the past year and our ambitions for 2018. It has certainly been a busy year.

We are really pleased by the success of both the summer and Christmas events that have been organized by the Parish Council this year. It has been so heartening to have had so many residents attend both events and received such positive feedback. We look forward to building on this work next year and forging greater links with many more residents.

2017 also saw the installation of new playground equipment and a trim trail to provide an added dimension to the use of the playing fields for the wellbeing of  youngsters and adults alike.

Early in 2017 a defibrillator was installed by the Parish Council and two training sessions were set up for residents to learn how to use the equipment. Early in 2018 we will be setting up a survey to ask residents if they would like to receive further training in any other areas of interest – including First Aid.

The local Conservation Group continues to work with the Parish Council to help improve and preserve the local environment; undertaking regular remedial pieces of conservation work and litter picks in the parish.

The Parish Council continues to ensure the accountability and transparency of its work through our website, regular newsletters to each household and two facebook sites; one for Parish Council posts (Clifton upon Dunsmore Parish Council) and the other (Clifton Upon Dunsmore events) to provide information on events taking place locally.

We have also worked hard to ensure that the speed and volume of traffic through the village is improved, by continuing to lobby for the  traffic calming scheme, accompanied by a weight limit, and speed restrictions that are to be introduced. We understand that work will start on the traffic calming scheme in the Spring on 2018.

In 2018 the Parish Council will be working with the various partners who are putting the traffic calming measures into place (which WILL happen from early next year!) to ensure they are fit for purpose and achieve their objectives. We will also continue to maintain strong ties with the local authorities to ensure that the measures, such as the new 20mph zone and weight restrictions, are adhered to.  We have already arranged for gateway signs to the village to be installed, which will further alert drivers that they are entering a village and so, hopefully, inform their driving speed.

The Parish Council will again be organising  summer and Christmas events next year, building on the feedback that we received, to enhance the experience provided to residents in the past year. We will be circulating an annual report in the first quarter and will be providing contact details should you have any further feedback or suggestions, or wish to offer your skills and experience to support this work.

News, Traffic

Traffic Calming update – November 2017

Update from Borough Councillor Leigh Hunt

The new WCC officer who is dealing with the traffic calming has done a lot of work in a very short time. A meeting took place with the Chair of the Parish Council and your Borough and County Councillors, together with Warwickshire County Council officers on 20th October.

There was extensive discussion about street lighting requirements. Any speed hump in a 30Mph area requires lighting. 20Mph zones don’t require lighting, but it may be provided if a safety audit shows this is necessary.

There are two humps in the scheme in the 30Mph zone on Newton Road. The cost of providing street lighting is prohibitive, so these two humps will be removed, and the money used elsewhere.

WCC will provide new LED lighting to Rugby Road, Main Street, Church Street, parts of Lilbourne Road and Hillmorton Lane, and South Road. These may be subject to partial night lighting (in other words some of the lights may be turned off at night).

WCC would have liked to provide lighting to North Road, but in order for WCC to adopt the lights underground Low Voltage power would need to be provided – and this could cost around £100,000! The Parish Council can provide overhead LED lighting to the area at their own cost, without the same power requirements.

The lighting will be the first thing to go in, and this could start before Xmas, depending on the availability of supplies.

There will also be illuminated signs at the start of the 20Mph zone at all 4 entrances to the village. WCC are also going to include village gateways in the scheme (at their cost) and parish councillors have been looking at different designs. This is a bonus as the parish council had agreed at the last meeting to provide these. The gateway features could happen quite quickly.

The revised detailed design is being worked up, and there there should be a stage 2 safety audit before Xmas, with the orders to be placed early in 2018. More details on these will be provided when available.

There will be road closures whilst the works are ongoing, and details will be given as soon as they are known. These will cause inconvenience for village residents, but might deter some of the rat-running that we’ve been seeing increasingly of late.

There was also discussion about the placement of bollards in the vicinity of the raised junction at Main Street/Lilbourne Road and Church Street. We have asked WCC to investigate if it is possible to omit some bollards from the scheme so as to allow the cars from the cottages near the TMH to continue to park on the apron outside their homes. Unfortunately, this is unlikely to happen as the road will be at the same height as the pavement, so the bollards are needed for safety reasons.

Further details will be published as they become available.

Community Safety, News, Traffic

Winter Gritting Routes

Warwickshire County Council has once again published maps  containing information on the network of local roads which are gritted during icy conditions.

Winter Gritting Routes (002)

More information on the  Gritting Service can be found on Warwickshire County Council website http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/gritting

Community Safety, General, News

Clifton upon Dunmore Conservation Group

img_20160924_121921Firstly, a big thank you to all those residents that volunteered to be part of the Conservation Group and the contribution made since its launch early 2016.  Due to work commitments however, the number of volunteers has reduced and, to achieve the ambitious targets we agreed at the launch, we need more people to help.

This is a sociable group that has been known to stop work for bacon sandwiches and a cup of tea!  So, if you are able to volunteer we need people that would be willing to restore conservation-group-1Noticeboards, clear weeds, paint, plant bulbs and anything else that will enhance the Parish of Clifton upon Dunsmore.

Contact Councillor Lesley Edwards on 07973849335 or email Lesley.edwards3156@gmail.com for more information.