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Clifton Neighbourhood Watch

CLIFTON NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

There have been no reported crimes during the previous four weeks. The focus this month’s in on identity fraud. Here are some tips:

POST – Make sure your letter box is secure and no one can take your mail. When you throw away any letters, documents etc. shred them first if they have anything that is confidential e.g. date of birth, PIN, passwords, account details or any other personal information. Criminals can cause problems if they have your name, address and just one other item of personal information.

PHONE – Do not give anyone any personal information over the phone if they call you. To reduce scam calls etc. opt in to the Telephone Preference Service which should stop some calls. If you have a BT phone line opt in to BT Call Protect, BT will automatically block many known scam/nuisance calls and you can block any other calls you do not want. If you receive a call, and to reassure you they ask you to call them back do so from another phone e.g. your mobile. They can hold their call so irrespective of what number you dial they are still on the end of the line. Do not give any callers details of your PC, laptop, iPad etc. even if they say you have a fault on you broadband etc. and they are from BT, Microsoft, your broadband provider etc. If they gain remote access to your device they can steal all sorts of personal information.

COMPUTER/MOBILE – Do not give anyone any personal information, similar to POST and PHONE above. Be very wary of “phishing” eMails/texts, particularly if they ask you to click on a link or go to a website. These may be identified; if the senders address is not genuine e.g. santanderbank@gerrybrown.co.uk , they are addressed to dear sir/madam/customer rather than you by name, or bt.com@customerserviceajs.com saying your eMail service is about to lapse click here to continue using your eMail address.

SOCIAL MEDIA – This can tell criminals a good deal about you and your life even if you have not given them access. If they have obtained your name and address from social media or elsewhere and they note you have said you are having a great time on the beach they will call at your house with a good chance you will be away and they can rummage around at leisure.

There is far more than this, so for more information go to https://www.warwickshire.police.uk and select CRIME AND SAFETY.

Please remember the MOBILE POLICE STATION is available for you in Lilbourne Rd; next visits 23rd May and 27th June 2018 from 11.00am to 12.00pm.

All households in the village are covered by Clifton NHW so there is no need to apply for membership. However, if you would like to take an active part in Clifton NHW please contact chairman David Glover on 01788 535574 djglover1951@gmail.com

General, News

Clifton Tennis Club

The weather is improving, the nights getting lighter and the tennis season has started. If you would like to try your hand at tennis then Clifton Tennis Club is offering several opportunities for you this year; so don’t miss out.

You could join as an individual member or take advantage of the reduced cost of Family Membership. Either way you can enjoy playing 365 days of the year and you can choose to play when it suits you best, with no need to book a court in advance. You can of course enjoy the following as well.

Club sessions are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6.00 pm where there are opportunities to play social tennis with people of a similar standard from beginners to league standard players. If you do not want to commit to joining the club before you have tried our social tennis then just contact Steve Woodford on 01788 561996 or turn up at the courts at around 6.00 pm on Thursdays.

The Club is running a Men’s team and a Mixed Doubles team this year with the hope of being able to run a Ladies team soon. Contact James Waghorn 01788 570794 for the Men’s team or Sue Robinson on 07813 121 589 for the Mixed and Ladies teams.

If you are between 4 and 11 years of age Sue Robinson is running our junior coaching again this year contact Sue on 07813 121 589.

Clifton Tennis Club has frozen its annual membership for yet another year: Junior £15, Intermediate (16 to 21 years) £20, Adult £45 and Family £80.

Clifton Tennis Club is a village club set in a quiet corner of Clifton Playing Field off South Road. The main contacts are:

Chairman, Rod Dolman (A5) 07968 308 290
Treasurer, Lesley Edwards (Rugby Road) 01788 551366
Secretary, Steve Woodford (Shuttleworth Road) 01788 561996
Men’s Team Captain, James Waghorn (South Road) 01788 570794
Mixed/Ladies Team Captain Sue Robinson (North Road) 07813 121 589

Community Safety, News

Green Energy Scams

Many businesses are involved in the legitimate sale of green energy devices, for example solar panels.

Unfortunately Warwickshire Trading Standards has become aware of fraudsters targeting this business sector to sell green energy devices that don’t work together with expensive and unnecessary maintenance contracts. This has resulted in substantial financial losses to many consumers who have fallen victim to this fraud.

Residents who already have solar panels fitted to their homes are particularly at risk of being targeted.

Fraudsters, who make their approaches either on the doorstep or over the phone, often use the following tactics:

  • Informing the resident that their solar panel supplier has ceased trading and the panels installed may be dangerous.
  • Advising the resident that new legislation requires them to have a device installed, and failure to install it would mean the emergency services would not attend if the solar panels caused a fire.
  • Implying that they have taken over from the original supplier and are offering a ?free health check?.

A ‘sales’ visit is undertaken and the resident is sold a device and/or maintenance contract for their system. These devices may not be of any use and the maintenance contracts, which could last up to 20 years may not be insurance backed and therefore may be of little potential value and offer no protection if the company ceases trading. In some instances, fraudsters are taking payment up-front for these contracts (often by encouraging the householder to take out a loan), rather than regular payments and then disappearing, providing no service at all.

Prevention Advice

  • Don’t buy goods or services from unexpected doorstep sellers or telephone cold callers. You can’t tell a good trader from a bad one on the doorstep!
  • Be wary of special offers or warnings about your home.
  • Contact your original installer to confirm any information supplied about their current trading status.
  • Never pay up front, and don’t pay by cash. Pay with a cheque (which can be traced if necessary) or if the service or goods cost more than £100 then use a credit card as this offers extra protection.
  • Doorstep Selling Regulations give you 14 days to cancel the agreement. If you cancel, any monies that you have paid should be returned to you.
  • The trader must give you a written notice of your cancellation rights when you agree the contract. If the trader doesn’t provide you with this information, they commit a criminal offence.
  • The trader can only carry out work within this cancellation period if you have given your agreement in writing. Do not feel pressured into signing a document allowing the installation to be undertaken immediately.
  • If you have been contacted by a company that you have concerns about, contact Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506 or visit Warwickshire Trading Standards

Community Safety, News

False claims of Telephone Preference Service

Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, falsely stating that they are calling from one of the well-known UK telecommunication service providers. They call victims claiming to provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’ – an enhanced call-barring service, which includes barring international call centres.

The fraudsters ask victims to confirm/provide their bank account details, informing them that there is a one-off charge for the service. Victims instead see monthly debits deducted from their accounts, which they have not authorised. The fraudsters often target elderly victims.

In all instances, direct debits are set up without following proper procedure. The victim is not sent written confirmation of the direct debit instruction, which is supposed to be sent within three days.

On occasions when victims attempted to call back, the telephone number provided by the fraudster was either unable to be reached or the victim’s direct debit cancellation request was refused.
During 2017, there were 493 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud. 

Protect yourself:

  • There is only one Telephone Preference Service (TPS). The TPS is the only official UK ‘do-not-call’ register for opting out of live telesales calls. It is FREE to sign-up to the register. TPS never charge for registration. You can register for this service at http://www.tpsonline.org.uk.
  • You will receive postal confirmation of genuine direct debits. If you notice unauthorised payments leaving your account, you should contact your bank promptly.
  • Always be wary of providing personal information, or confirming that personal information the caller already claims to hold is correct. Always be certain that you know who you talking to. If in doubt hang up immediately.

If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

News, Parish Council

Notice of Annual Parish Meeting – Monday 26 March 2018

NOTICE OF THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

 Please join us from 7.00pm when Tea and Coffee will be served, and when representatives from the Local Police Beat Team, Community Safety Wardens, Rugby Community First Responders will be available to speak to and answer questions.

Representatives from the Fire and Rescue Service (Safe and Well at Home scheme) will also be present from 8.00pm. All attendance subject to emergency callout.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the ANNUAL PARISH MEETING of Local Government Electors for the above-named Parish will be held at the Townsend Memorial Hall Lilbourne Road Clifton upon Dunsmore on:

 MONDAY 26 MARCH 2018 commencing at 7.30 p.m.

Councillor Marion Nash, Chair of the Parish Council will preside.

The Annual Parish Meeting is an opportunity for residents on the Electoral Roll for Clifton upon Dunsmore to raise any matters of concern to them that relates to their local community. It would be helpful to have written notice of any matters to be raised but it is not essential. Matters can be raised at the meeting without prior notice. For any queries, please contact the Clerk to the Parish Council.

                                                AGENDA

  1. Welcome by Councillor Marion Nash
  2. Apologies for absence
  3. Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on 27 March 2017.
  4. Annual Report from the Chair of Clifton upon Dunsmore Parish Council, Cllr Marion Nash
  5. Statement of Accounts for Clifton upon Dunsmore Parish Council for 2017-18
  6. Annual Report from County Councillor Adrian Warwick
  7. Annual Report from Borough Councillor Leigh Hunt
  8. Reports from village organisations
    • Tennis Club
    • WI
    • Garden Club
    • Neighbourhood Watch
  1. Open Forum – to consider any matters electors wish to raise
  2. Any Other Business

Councillor Marion Nash
Chair of the Parish Council

16 March 2018

News, Parish Council

Local Council Foundation Award for Clifton upon Dunsmore

FoundationLogo_GreenClifton Upon Dunsmore parish council was extremely proud to be presented with the Local Council Award Scheme (LCAS) certificate at their meeting last week by Borough Councillor Hunt and County Councillor Warwick.

The new LCAS has been designed by the National Association of Local Councils to celebrate the successes of the very best local councils and to provide a framework to support all local councils to improve and develop, to meet their full potential. The scheme offers councils the opportunity to show that they meet the standards set by the sector, assessed by their peers, and to put in place the conditions for continued improvement.

Chair of the Parish Council, Marion Nash, said “Thanks are due to the diligent and committed work of the Clerk to the Council, Christine Lord, to bring together the exhaustive amount of evidence required to achieve the award. We are already well on our way to meeting the criteria for the Quality standard, which will provide further confidence that the Parish Council maintains an accountable and transparent practice in the use of public funds.”

For further information on the LCAS scheme please visit  https://www.walc.org.uk/information/lca

Community Safety, News

Santander Fraud Awareness Workshop

Santander is organising a workshop to raise fraud awareness in the local area as part of Santander’s UK-wide initiative to help elderly customers combat fraud – It is known as the Scam Avoidance School (SAS). Santander is planning a 45 minute workshop at 11.00 am on Thursday 22nd March 2018 inviting people to attend at the Santander Bank in Market Place, Rugby.

Although the SAS workshop is geared to the over sixties, anyone who has an interest in learning more about Scams and how to deal with them is welcome to attend.

If you would like to attend please contact Sharan Dhillon at Santander’s Rugby branch on 05511 430 456 or eMail her harshran.dhillon@santander.co.uk preferably by Friday 16th March.

Community Safety, News

Clifton Neighbourhood Watch

Clifton Neighbourhood Watch has been running for over thirty years and has been very successful in promoting a safer neighbourhood and helping the police to solve local crimes. Sadly, in recent times, and perhaps due to the relatively low crime rate in Clifton, it has become rather passive. However, there have been changes at national level and there is a re-launch of Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) within Rugby. Clifton NHW is following this lead and is being revitalised under the current chairmanship of David Glover.

There will be regular updates on specific crimes, trends, and initiatives being taken by Clifton NHW in conjunction with the police. Local events will be held for property marking and residents will be given the opportunity to record the speed of vehicles driving through the village using the police speed gun and reporting them to the police for further action.

There were zero crimes reported in Clifton during the previous four week period. Speeding traffic in Clifton is currently a priority for the police.

If you would like further information please contact David Glover on 01788 535574 djglover1951@gmail.com

General, News, Traffic

Temporary Road Closure – North Road

WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984, SECTION 14

 TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF NORTH ROAD, CLIFTON UPON DUNSMORE

Warwickshire County Council has made a Temporary Traffic Order closing North Road, Clifton upon Dunsmore from a point outside property number 2, to vehicular traffic.

The closure is required to facilitate works for a hydrant rebuild.

The Order will commence on 4 April 2018 and will last for a period of 18 months, or until the works are completed, whichever is the earlier.  However, it is anticipated that the works will be completed by 9 April 2018.

Pedestrian access to and egress from properties and land situated adjacent to the length of road to be closed will be maintained at all times. Vehicular access will be maintained where possible.

An alternative route will be signed and is available via: North Road, Main Street, Church Street (and vice versa).

The Council regrets any inconvenience that may be caused.  The team dealing with this Temporary Traffic Order at Warwickshire County Council is Network Management (Tel: 01926 412515).

Any enquiries relating to the works being undertaken may be directed to the contractor dealing with this matter on behalf of Severn Trent Water, Total (Tel: 01623 880 650).

S Duxbury, Head of Law & Governance, Shire Hall, Warwick, 29 March 2018

Diversion Route North Road_Clifton on Dunsmore (002)