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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.

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More information on the  Gritting Service can be found on Warwickshire County Council website

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 for more information.

Community Safety, News, Rugby Borough

Free helpline launches for a Warmer Rugby

Residents can benefit from free advice on staying warm and saving money on their fuel bills after Rugby Borough Council launched a new helpline.

The freephone number is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, thanks to a partnership with the charity Severn Wye Energy Agency. The project aims to support households who struggle with cold homes or who find it difficult to pay their energy bills.

Cllr Emma Crane, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for communities and homes, said: “With autumn setting in and the nights getting longer, now is the time to make sure you will be able to keep warm and well this winter.

“By following some straightforward tips it is possible to keep warm and reduce your bills, and some householders may be eligible for grants or heating upgrades.

“I’m very much hoping that the Warmer Rugby project will help residents keep warm, stay healthy and save money.”

Caroline Harmon, project manager for Severn Wye Energy Advice, said: “Small changes to how we heat and use our homes can improve energy efficiency, keeping the temperature up and costs down.

“Other residents will find that they will save money by switching energy supplier or applying for a Warm Home discount.

“Our friendly advisors can help residents explore all of their options and help take the first steps towards a warmer home.”

Residents can find out more by calling the free helpline on 0800 500 3076 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Community Safety, General, News, Parish Council, Uncategorized

Come along and learn how to save a life.

Rugby First Responders 2017 Logo Hi-ResThe Parish Council is organising 2 awareness sessions, to be run by Rugby First Responders at the Townend Memorial Hall in Clifton upon Dunsmore on Saturday 25 March 2017.

The sessions will demonstrate life saving skills such as CPR, choking, recovery position etc and  show residents how the new Community Defibrillator works. dEFIB

The sessions will run at 10am and 11.15am. Please book a place to avoid disappointment by contacted the Clerk here or by telephoning 07786 102789.

Refreshments will be served between 10.45 and 11.15am, with an opportunity to complete the residents surveys on the proposed Joint Village Event and the proposed Adult Trim Trail.

Please note that the sessions are considered suitable for people aged 12 years and over.

Community Safety, News

Payment diversion alert

action-fraudAction Fraud (National Fraud Intelligence Bureau) has issued an alert about fraudsters emailing members of the public who are expecting to make a payment for property repairs. The fraudsters will purport to be a tradesman who has recently completed work at the property and use a similar email address to that of the genuine tradesman. They will ask for funds to be transferred via bank transfer. Once payment is made the victims of the scam soon realise they have been deceived when the genuine tradesman requests payment for their services.

Protect yourself

  • Always check the email address is exactly the same as previous correspondence with the genuine contact.
  • For any request of payment via email verify the validity of the request with a phone call to the person who carried out the work.
  • Check the email for spelling and grammar as these signs can indicate that the email is not genuine.
  • Payments via bank transfer offer no financial protection; consider using alternative methods such as a credit card or PayPal which offer protection and an avenue for recompense.

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

Community Safety, General, News

Have you had you Free Healthcheck yet?

HealthcheckAre you between 40 – 74 or know someone who is?  Warwickshire County Council launches a campaign to encourage residents aged between 40 and 74 to have their free NHS Health Check.

To find out more about the free NHS health check visit:


To find out about health and wellbeing services in Warwickshire visit:



Community Safety, News

Latest Scam Alerts and Warnings from Warwickshire Trading Standards

16/01/2017 ‘Migrant Helpline’ exposing computer users to Ramnit malware

Scammers are reported to be sending out bogus emails that purport to come from a genuine charity called Migrant Helpline, to trick computer users in to downloading Ramnit, a type of malware designed to steal personal and corporate banking details.
The email address sending most of the bogus emails is, but this may change. The email itself it titled ‘Thank you for choosing to donate to Migrant helpline’ and makes reference to a donation of
196.  It invites recipients who wish to query the donation (because they haven’t made one) to click on a link in the email. At this point the malware is downloaded on to the recipient’s computer.
This fraud is in no way related to the genuine charity.

This and many other phishing emails are being sent out with the sole purpose of encouraging users to click on a link, leading to a malware download.

Beware of any unusual emails you might receive and delete them without opening them, clicking on any link they might contain or downloading any attachments.

Even emails that appear to come from businesses or people you know or trust should be treated with caution. The email addresses of your family and friends or businesses you trade with could have been spoofed (or forged)!

If you receive an email from a business you buy goods or services from or a bank or utility company, never follow any links in their emails. Instead, always visit the company’s website by typing their web address into your browser.

When choosing a web mail account (such as gmail or Hotmail) make sure it offers spam/junk mail filtering and keep this feature turned on.
Most internet security packages also include spam/junk mail blocking. Ensure that the one you use is up to date and switched on.

13/01/2017 More threatening ‘HMRC’ scam phone calls!

Warwickshire consumers are continuing to report threatening bogus phone calls from scammers claiming to be HMRC.
The recorded phone calls falsely claim that HMRC have filed a lawsuit against them and request that they press 1 to speak to a call handler or the Police.

People who have responded have reported being asked for their National Insurance Number and other personal details, suggesting that this is an organised attempt to steal personal and financial information for the purposes of identity theft and other criminal activity.
This phone scam, along with a number of others appear to be use phone numbers beginning with the Manchester prefix 0161.
Residents are advised to put the phone down immediately on receiving a call of this nature. Never follow any instructions given or reveal any personal or financial information.

10/01/2016 Bogus PPI claim scams

Warwickshire residents are warned to beware of scam phone calls from people arranging delivery of bogus PPI awards.
A Warwick district resident reported receiving a telephone call from someone who claimed to be arranging the couriering of a £3750 PPI award payment to his home.

The resident was asked to hand over a fee of £375 in iTunes vouchers when the courier arrived. The caller knew both the resident’s name and address.

This scam can involve the handing over of forged or stolen cheques in return for the iTunes voucher. In many cases, the courier may simply just try to obtain the voucher’s serial number and not hand over anything.
The perpetrators of the scam only need the voucher serial number to redeem it, they don’t need the physical card. Therefore, the serial number can be passed on to criminal gangs operating abroad.
The phone calls are often made from call centres in the Far East, even though the callers use English sounding names.
Never pay for any goods or services using iTunes vouchers.

06/01/2017 Fake Amazon email warning
Action Fraud has received several reports from victims who have been sent convincing looking emails claiming to be from Amazon.

The spoofed emails from “” claim recipients have made an order online and mimic an automatic customer email notification.

The scam email claims recipients have ordered an expensive vintage chandelier. Other reported examples include: Bose stereos, iPhone’s and luxury watches.

The emails cleverly state that if recipients haven’t authorised the transaction they can click on the help centre link to receive a full refund. The link leads to an authentic-looking website, which asks victims to confirm their name, address, and bank card information.
Amazon says that suspicious e-mails will often contain:

  • Links to websites that look like, but aren’t
  • Attachments or prompts to install software on your computer.
  • Typos or grammatical errors.
  • Forged (or spoofed) e-mail addresses to make it look like the e-mail is coming from

Amazon will never ask for personal information to be supplied by e-mail.
You can read more about identifying suspicious emails claiming to be from Amazon by visiting

05/01/2017 Boiler calls warning
Warwickshire residents are warned to beware of persistent and unwanted phone calls from people claiming to be offering free boilers for householders on benefits.

Consumers are warned that these calls may be being made by people who actually want to sell you overpriced boiler cover or a boiler at a ‘discount’ which may not save you money at all!

Never agree to purchase goods or services from cold callers, or arrange for those callers to visit your home. It can be hard to tell a good trader from a bad one on the doorstep! If you are looking for a new boiler, consider using local businesses and where possible go on recommendation.

Some householders on certain benefits may qualify for free boiler grants funded by energy companies as part of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). To find out if you can benefit from ECO funding, please contact the Energy Saving Advice Service (0300 123 1234)

Make a scam/rogue trader complaint to Trading Standards via Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.

Community Safety, News

Cold weather predicted: reminder for residents to look after the vulnerable

Cold weather predicted: reminder for residents to look after the vulnerable and protect themselves from flu and other winter bugs:

As temperatures drop, and we are predicted to have snow showers and icy conditions in the region, Warwickshire County Council reminds residents that there is still time for a free flu vaccination for those eligible and to protect themselves and others from falling ill with Norovirus – the winter vomiting disease.

Cold and flu viruses as well as tummy bugs such as Norovirus, are now starting to circulate more widely this year. To prevent the spread of Norovirus the advice is to wash your hands regularly with soap and water, stay off work or school for 48 hours after your last symptoms, and do not visit relatives in care homes/hospital until 48 hours clear.

As further cold weather is predicted, residents are reminded to look after those most vulnerable and help to support our health and care services. Cold weather can lead to serious health problems and can kill, even when temperatures are not at their lowest.

Advice to keep snug, warm and well this winter ranges from getting a free flu vaccination for those entitled, to ensuring homes are heated to at least 18C day and night. It is also wise to check if you are due for a free pneumococcal vaccination, which protects against pneumonia and other infections. Older people, those with chronic health conditions and people who have a disability, are particularly at risk during the cold weather.

To view the press release in full, visit:

For information about flu vaccinations, visit