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Doorstep Cold Caller Warning 15/09/2017 11:44:02 191568 September 16, 2017

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Subject: Doorstep Cold Caller Warning 15/09/2017 11:44:02 [191568]

DOORSTEP COLD CALLER WARNING
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Cumbria Trading Standards are warning both the farming community and local residents to look out for doorstep callers after an incident was reported in the Bootle area near Millom in the last couple of days.

Individuals are visiting farms and offering tarmac for sale stating that they have “left overs” after working on the local highway. Trading Standards advice is to always say ‘NO’ to any cold callers and we ask that you look out for elderly or vulnerable family, friends and neighbours.

Consumers should be extremely cautious when approached by any doorstep callers offering to sell goods or conduct work on their property. These types of callers often use persuasive or aggressive tactics to get people to agree to have work carried out and then charge far more than was quoted for poor quality work or goods.

They often fail to provide a legally required cancellation notice which enables the householder to cancel the work within a statutory fourteen day cooling off period.

If you have been called in this way and require further advice, or want to report the matter, Trading Standards can be contacted via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06 or by visiting www.adviceguide.org.uk

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Telephone Scam – Nuisance Call Blockers 10/08/2017 11:27:45 188090 August 12, 2017

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Subject: Telephone Scam – Nuisance Call Blockers 10/08/2017 11:27:45 [188090]

Telephone Scam – Nuisance Call Blockers
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Cumbria Trading Standards have received reports of residents being cold called by a London company offering to sell a telephone nuisance call blocking service for £99.00. The company will often claim to work with or on behalf of your telephone company and know some personal information.

The service/device they are offering is unlikely to exist and it is simply an attempt to obtain credit card or other financial information from consumers.

Cumbria Trading Standards and Cumbria Police advice is simple; don’t give personal or financial information to any cold callers. Often these sellers prey on the most vulnerable. For all your goods and services it is better to deal with reputable traders operating out of fixed premises who you know and trust.

Consumers can register their details with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) to reduce the number of unsolicited sales and marketing calls. More details can be found at www.tpsonline.org.uk or contact the TPS registration line on 0345 070 0707.

If you or someone you know has been targeted in this or a similar manner, please contact Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06 or visit www.adviceguide.org.uk

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Volunteering Matters, August 2017 August 10, 2017

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Hello, I hope you’re all well. Here’s the latest edition of Volunteering Matters (No. 18) and the accompanying message from Tina Shelton about submitting material for the Autumn edition :

“Good Afternoon

Please see attached the latest edition of Volunteering Matters.

Please could you upload it to your DutySheet or other communication tool for circulation to all Citizens in policing, and circulated it to your key stakeholders too. Happy for the magazine to be uploaded to internal and external websites as well.

Thank you to those who submitted articles – and for those who wish to feature in Issue 19 (Autumn) if you could send articles and photos in before 4th September please.

I hope you enjoy reading the publication.

Volunteering Matters – Issue 18

Best regards

Tina Shelton

Regional Citizens in Policing Coordinator – North West & Wales
Telephone 07901 678600
Email: tina.shelton@gmp.police.uk

Editor: Special Impact & Volunteering Matters
Employer Supported Policing Contact

Based at: Greater Manchester Police
Police Headquarters, Central Park, 4th Floor, Northampton Road, Manchester, M40 5BP

Postal Address: Greater Manchester Police, Openshaw Complex, Lawton Street, Manchester, M11 2NS

News in the war on wildlife crime July 17, 2017

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You may have heard that the authorities are stepping up efforts in fighting the illicit trade in wildlife and forest products. Here’s a link to an article on a recent meeting by the Africa and Asia Pacific Justice League.

https://wildopeneye.wordpress.com/2017/07/17/africa-and-asia-pacific-justice-league-moves-for-stronger-action-on-wildlife-crime/

Have you seen this cat? Missing from Crosby Ravensworth April 29, 2017

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Missing cat

Lost in Crosby Ravensworth area. Can you keep an eye out and check your outbuildings for The Goldings’ pet cat please?

A friend has lost their pet cat in Crosby Ravensworth area. Please can you keep an eye out and check your outbuildings for this puss?

It’s been gone 5 days. Family anxious.

Please pass any information to Juliet Golding, thank you.

Shap Primary School 10/03/2017 21:16:04 173076 March 11, 2017

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Subject: Shap Primary School 10/03/2017 21:16:04 [173076]

Shap Primary School
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This is a message from the Police. There has been a report of antisocial behaviour within the grounds of Shap Primary School. This has not caused any permanent damage but has lead to disruption as a time consuming clean up was needed. This was discovered on 9th March. If you have any information regarding this please contact Police on 101 incident – CP-20170309-0191.

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Nhwn Our News – E-Newsletter Latest Edition 27/01/2017 12:07:55 168264 January 27, 2017

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NHWN Our News – e-newsletter latest edition
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Dear valued Neighbourhood Watch member,

Here’s the latest edition of our monthly e-newsletter Our News.

(Just click on the words Our News above and you’ll be taken to the newsletter on our website!)

Inside this edition you’ll find:

• How to spot in seconds if your locks are up to scratch with great advice from ERA Home Security.
• News of how the Co-op Insurance is offering members 10% off home insurance policies and working hard to help victims of flooding.
• How to stay safe if you’re on-line dating this Valentine’s Day.
• News of how our Patron – best-selling author Peter James – is supporting police in Sussex.
And much more!

Don’t forget Our News is about you – our valued Neighbourhood Watch members. If you’ve got something to share about Neighbourhood Watch in your area then email lisa.parker and share your good news with Our News readers!

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Advisory on Theft Of Fuel Oil 07/01/2017 21:58:57 165875 January 8, 2017

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Theft of fuel oil Eden
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In the last month there have been 2 reports of theft of heating oil from domestic properties in the Eden area, one report between 22/12/2016 – 23/12/2016 in the Crosby Ravensworth area and the other between 24/12/2016 and 04/01/2017 in the Temple Sowerby area. Please be vigilant and consider the below security advice.
Location of the tank:
If possible locate the tank out of sight of the main road and in view of the house. Hiding the tank behind the garage, shed or some other type of outbuilding is fairly commonplace, but it can give the thief the advantage. Ensure the tank is within a reasonable distance of the road otherwise the oil supply company may not be able to refill it for you.
Securing your oil tank:
Secure your oil tank with a wooden or metal fence, trellis or wall can give significant protection to the tank. A metal grill or cage with a lockable access point across the top of this wall or fence can further improve security. The wall or fence should be as close to the tank and as high as possible. You could also consider chemically “tagging” the fuel.
Control switches:
Control switches that control the flow of oil should be turned off and the electricity supply isolated when the tank is not in use.
Padlocks:
Invest in a good quality lock, close shackle padlocks are the best as they offer most resistance to thieves. Due to their design, close shackle padlocks have very little of the metal hoop (shackle) exposed and bolt croppers cannot get a good grip.
Oil level gauges:
Remote electronic oil level gauges are now available which will set off an audible alarm if the oil level in the tank suddenly drops or falls below a quarter full. These gauges can be located in the kitchen, or perhaps a utility room to warn of any potential problem. Remember to check oil levels regularly, this will help you to monitor usage and check none has gone missing, this could also result in earlier reports of theft.
Security lights:
Consider installing security lights, low energy ‘dusk ‘til dawn’ lights positioned close to the tank should, in most cases, provide sufficient light to illuminate any suspicious activity. This type of light can be both effective and inexpensive. High powered lights can be used but care should be taken not to cause any nuisance to neighbours or road users.
Closed circuit television:
You could also consider the installation and use of CCTV, however before you spend lots of money on equipment make an assessment of your needs.
Securing Diesel in vehicles:
Ensure your vehicle is locked when unattended, consider installing anti-siphon devices. OFTEC or the “Oil Firing Technical Association for the petroleum industry” offers advice and guidance for those who use and store oil at their premises. There are certain rules and regulations that may apply to you and OFTEC will help clarify these for you. They can be reached at: www.oftec.org or by calling 0845 6585 080.
Remember be vigilant and report any suspicious activity including registration numbers of suspicious vehicles to the Police on 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress.

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Pcc Newsletter – December 2016 14/12/2016 11:50:55 164051 December 24, 2016

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PCC NEWSLETTER – DECEMBER 2016
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‘MAKING CUMBRIA AN EVEN SAFER PLACE’
NEWSLETTER – DECEMBER 2016
PETER McCALL

In this edition of my newsletter you can read about:

  • Launch of my Police and Crime Plan;
  • Cumbria’s Independent Custody Visitor Scheme;
  • Property and Community Funding Awards;
  • Public Engagement Events

Police and Crime Plan

In my last newsletter I told you about the consultation we carried out over the summer, in order to understand what your policing priorities are.Since then, I used this feedback to develop the Plan, along with the views of the Chief Constable and Police and Crime Panel. I am delighted now to say that we launched the Plan on 28 November. You can read the plan on my website. Alternatively, if you would like a hard copy, please get in touch with my office using the contact details at the bottom of this newsletter.

Independent Custody Visitor Scheme

As part of my remit, I operate an Independent Custody Visiting Scheme which currently has 45 volunteers. The scheme enables independent members of the local community to make weekly unannounced visits to check on the welfare of people in police custody. In the period June to September 2016 the visitors carried out a total of 63 visits and spoke to or observed 121 detainees in custody. During October the four Panels held one of their 4 monthly meetings when they talked about the visits they had carried out and raised any issues identified. These were then discussed with the local custody inspector.

As part of the scheme our volunteers have the opportunity to attend a North West regional conference. This year it was held on 15 October held at Haydock Park. The day provided seminar and training sessions relating to custody visiting and 18 of our volunteers attended.

If you would be interested in volunteering to be one of our Independent Custody Visitors you can find out more information on our website.

Property Fund Applications

In October, I reviewed applications for funds from my property fund, and I am happy to say that I was able to award almost £3,000 to local community groups from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Property Fund.

The Property Fund was established to reinvest money seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act. Local community groups together with their Community Policing Teams make applications for funding for various projects and initiatives, and put the money to good use for the positive benefit of our communities.

This time round, the following groups were successful:

Ulverston Otters Amateur Swimming Club £500
Gosforth Amateur Dramatic Society £300
Turning Point £1,000
Wigton Youth Station £1,000

I was really pleased to see such a variety of community groups coming forward for funding in conjunction with their Community Policing Teams. The awards include providing support to sporting and recreational clubs which give young people a great opportunity to keep busy and healthy, as well as funding for some of the most vulnerable groups in our communities.

In early December I was fortunate to visit Gulliver House, which is run by Turning Point, in Whitehaven. Gulliver House is a 24 hour supported living, recovery and rehabilitation service in West Cumbria that provides intensive support to nine individuals with significant mental health issues to encourage them to take control over their own life situation

If you would like to make an application to the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Property Fund, please contact your local Community Policing Team and they will be able to work with you through the criteria and process. The closing date for the next round of applications is 28 February 2017. For more information, please see my website

Community Fund Applications
Another funding option for local communities that meet the eligibility criteria is my Community Fund, which is specifically for access by the local community, third sector and voluntary groups within Cumbria. It is aimed at supporting projects that are provided within local communities for the benefit of that community.
The fund is particularly looking to support organisations which believe they can have an impact on the priorities within the Police and Crime Plan:-

  • Anti- Social Behaviour – including Alcohol- Related Offending
  • Youth Justice
  • Rural Crime
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Sexual Violence
  • Support for Victims
  • Preventing Re-offending
  • Veterans
  • Hate Crime which encompasses hate, disability, sexual orientation, race, transgender, and religion
  • Cyber Crime

The objective is to support community groups to deliver a change within their community which benefits members and supports the Police and Crime Plan.
Following my review of applications in the autumn, I am very pleased to be able to provide funding to the following groups:

Maryport Amateur Boxing Club £10,000
Cumbria Youth Alliance £9,750
Age UK West Cumbria £10,000
Appleby Heritage Centre £6,000
Colton Parish Council £7,824
Mirehouse Residents Group £9,420
Ragged Edge Productions £2,430

Triple A Project (CROPT) £10,000

In November I was really pleased to visit the Appleby Heritage Centre to see the training they provide for young people, because it is a great example of what my Community Fund is designed to do – in that we are funding a project that is within the local community for the benefit of that community. Their application appealed to me because I am a firm believer that they can deliver relevant and practical education and training to enable young drivers to drive safely and responsibly.

The aim of the training is for our young people to be more informed about road safety, appropriate driving behaviours and attitudes, as well as understanding the impact of anti-social behaviour on others and themselves. Participants will also learn how to carry out safety checks and repairs on their own vehicles, as well as what they need to do to meet legal standards. All in all it is a really comprehensive package which I am sure will reap great benefits and make our roads safer and ultimately save lives.

The closing date for the next round of applications is Monday 3 April 2017. For more information, please see my website for more information:

Engagement Events

During November I carried out a number of public drop-in events, giving people the opportunity to come along and have a chat about policing, and raise any issues they might have.I have been to the Auction Marts at Longtown and J36, Crooklands, the Network Centre in Millom, the Local Links Centre in Silloth. Some of the issues raised at these events included concerns about the 101 system, rural crime/poaching, speeding/anti-social driving, and fears about the future funding effecting numbers of police officers.

As with any complaints I receive through email, calls and letters about quality of service issues, I feed this sort of intelligence back to the Chief Constable’s office, so that they are aware of what people are experiencing.It also gives them the opportunitiy to look at some of their processes and see how they might improve. In respect of the concerns over the response times for the 101 non-emergency service, this is something I am keeping an eye on, and am receiving weekly reports from the Chief Constable on how the Communications Centre is performing and what steps they are taking to manage response times.

Peter McCall
Police and Crime Commissioner
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Forthcoming engagement dates for your diary:

December
7th Public Accountability Conference, Carleton Hall, Penrith
8th Public Drop-In – Lunesdale Hall, Kirkby Lonsdale 10am – Noon.
13th Anniversary of The Bridgeway Sexual Assault Services Launch, Media event
14th
  • Public Drop-in – Market Hall, Wigton 15:30 – 17:30
  • Town Council Meeting, Wigton – Evening
23rd Festive Friday Walkabout in Carlisle from 3pm
January
Various dates Quarterly meetings with district councils
19th Speaking Engagement at the Probus Club, Penrith
23rd Police and Crime Panel Meeting, Penrith
27th Speaking Engagement, National Holocaust Memorial Day, Dalston
28th The ‘Big Sleep’ Charity Event, Cumbria Foundation Winter Warmth appeal

Contact details: commissioner
Tel: 01768 217734 www.cumbria-pcc.gov.uk

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Barn Broken Into Inglewood Bank, Penrith 05/12/2016 18:01:05 163119 December 5, 2016

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Subject: Barn Broken Into Inglewood Bank, Penrith 05/12/2016 18:01:05 [163119]

BARN BROKEN INTO INGLEWOOD BANK, PENRITH
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Police Alert – A Barn was broken into and a "Steel 410 Stihl Saw" was stolen from the Inglewood Bank Area Near penrith (between Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December) the locks were forced off the double wooden doors to gain entry.
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