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Vaccine Scams

The Parish Council have been contacted by Detective Inspector Thompson, Warwickshire Police Intelligence Unit, in respect of a developing national trend:

 “Nationally there have been reports of individuals targeting the elderly and administering fake vaccinations for a fee.

Regionally/Nationally we are also seeing fake emails being sent to the vulnerable and elderly purporting to be the NHS and asking them to click on a link to obtain vaccines.

They are then usually asked to provide a payment or bank details.

 The NHS will never ask for payment or bank details from patients and I do believe the NHS send letters out for patients to book appointments for tests”.

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Rapid Community Testing Initiative

A community testing initiative, in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care, is planned to launch in Rugby next month to help drive down transmission rates.

Roughly one in three people have the virus without symptoms so could be spreading the disease without knowing it. Broadening testing to identify those showing no symptoms will mean finding positive cases more quickly, and break chains of transmission.

With its targeted approach, community testing aims to reduce the prevalence of the virus in the highest risk areas. Taken together with existing restrictions, community testing will help put areas in tier 3 on a path to begin to move towards tier 2.

Rugby will receive a batch of lateral flow tests as part of a new pilot to enable local public health leaders to start testing. Rugby Borough Council’s preferred model of providing multiple testing sites close to communities has not been supported, so a single mass testing site will be provided. A location has been identified and will be confirmed subject to survey. When available, more information will be published at www.rugby.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Testing should be available for asymptomatic individuals from early January 2021.

All efforts to find people without symptoms work hand in hand with the existing free PCR testing service for those with symptoms. Anyone with one or more of these symptoms – a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – should book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. The PCR test centre in Railway Terrace is open seven days a week.

Cllr Seb Lowe, Leader of Rugby Borough Council, said: “We have been working on plans for mass testing for some time with partners in public health, and it is a welcome step forward to have government confirmation that lateral flow tests can begin as soon as plans are finalised.

“While we had hoped to have testing already underway at local test centres, I hope it will not be long before the central test centre will be open.

“I know that all of Rugby’s residents and businesses want Rugby to move to a lower tier of restrictions as soon as possible. If we can identify more positive cases in residents who are asymptomatic we have a better chance of isolating the virus and preventing its onward spread.

“I would urge all residents to take part in the programme once it is up and running in the new year.”

Health Minister Lord Bethell said: “We’ve already come so far since first setting up a national testing programme at an unprecedented pace to help counter COVID-19, but we continue to strive to go further, faster.

“Roughly one in three people have the virus without symptoms so could be spreading the disease without knowing it. Broadening testing to identify those showing no symptoms will mean finding positive cases more quickly, and break chains of transmission.

“I’m delighted that Rugby Borough Council is working with us to roll out community testing in Rugby, and I look forward to seeing the results.”

Baroness Dido Harding, Interim Executive Chair of the National Institute for Health Protection, said: “NHS Test and Trace continues to play a leading role in the fight against COVID-19. Increased community testing is a vital additional tool at our disposal to help identify those who are infected and infectious, but unaware that they might be spreading the disease.

“The work of Rugby Borough Council will be essential in driving down transmission rates in Rugby. I urge all those living in areas where community testing is offered to come forward and get tested.

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Neighbourhood Watch update

The police have recently taken the decision to cease the services of the Mobile Police Stations in villages around Rugby. The police have recently taken the decision to cease the services of the Mobile Police Stations in villages around Rugby.

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 know more or take an active part in Clifton NHW please contact Steve Woodford on 01788 561996 or email stevepenny.woodford@btopenworld.com

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CLIFTON NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

At the time of writing there were four reported crimes in our area during the last period: Violent Crime in Rugby Road. Criminal Damage Arson on Station Road and North Road. Anti-Social Behaviour in Whiley Close

The MOBILE POLICE STATION has been suspended for the time being.

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 know more or take an active part in Clifton NHW please contact Steve Woodford on 01788 561996 or eMail stevepenny.woodford@btopenworld.com

 

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Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Consultation

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Authority has a statutory duty under the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004, to prepare an Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP). As part of the IRMP process we regularly review and assess the full range of foreseeable risks impacting the communities of Warwickshire to ensure that we have the plans, people, processes and equipment in place to ensure that Warwickshire remains a safe place to live and work.

The draft IRMP 2020 – 2025 summary document sets out our proposals for the next five years for keeping Warwickshire safe. It is now available on our website, together with all the appropriate supporting documents.

We are keen that all our residents and stakeholders have an opportunity to have their say on any proposals which may impact them.  With this in mind, we are inviting residents and stakeholders to take part in our consultation survey and to give their views on the following proposals as outlined in our IRMP summary document.

  • Ensure our workforce and ethos reflect the diverse communities we serve
  • Assess our capabilities to improve our ways of working in response to any future pandemics
  • Assess our overall resource capacity to ensure our personnel and physical assets are in the right place and at the right time to deliver our statutory duties
  • Develop further opportunities to support the wider community health outcomes and help to protect Social Care and the NHS
  • Implement digital solutions to enhance our service delivery.

To complete the online survey, please click on the link below and let us know what you think of our proposals.

 Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Integrated Risk Management Plan 2020-2025 Consultation Survey 

It is really important to us that we reach out to all our communities and as many people as possible have the opportunity to give their views on how we deliver our services.