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APPOINTMENT OF A CO-OPTED PARISH COUNCILLOR

We are pleased to announce that we have now filled the vacancy for the one remaining Parish Councillor.

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A local resident, Martyn Jobe, has been appointed as a co-opted Councillor for the Parish.

A warm welcome to Martyn from all in Lawley & Overdale Parish  – we look forward to working with you!

 

 

WEST MERCIA POLICE’S MAKE THE RIGHT CALL CAMPAIGN

West Mercia Police have launched a series of help and advice pages and downloadable leaflets on their website to assist members of the public to ‘make the right call’ in the event they wish to contact the Police about a specific issue.

Their aim is to reduce the number of inappropriate calls going in to the West Mercia Police Communications Centre, meaning that their staff are available for emergency calls and to reduce the waiting time for anyone calling in on 101.

The issues covered in the leaflets on the website include:

Neighbour disputes
Unless a crime has been committed or someone is in immediate danger, the police are unlikely to intervene in neighbour disputes.

Noise
The prosecuting authority in England for noise nuisance is the local authority – Telford & Wrekin Council. The police within England and Wales have very limited powers to deal with noise nuisance.

Highways and road faults
Road related faults and highways enquiries should be directed to the local authority not the Police.

Road traffic collisions
The leaflet explains when an accident should be reported to the police.

Fly tipping
Fly tipping is the illegal dumping of waste. Often, this will involve dumping large items that are dumped instead of being legally disposed of at a household waste and recycling centre or commercial site. This should be reported to Telford & Wrekin Council

Civil dispute
A civil dispute can be a disagreement over ownership of property, dissatisfaction with a product or service provided, disputes over debts or bills and many other things where there is a difference in opinion between two or more parties over what was agreed.

Dogs fouling and barking
Information on dog fouling, dog barking and dog incidents are included on the website. Dog fouling and dog barking should be reported to Telford & Wrekin Council

Parking
Parking issues on adopted roads are handled by a mixture of local authority and police powers, depending on the situation. The website provides details of what should be reported to the Police

The link below will take you to the “Make The Right Call” Help and Advice pages for each of these topics.

Make The Right Call

 

WEST MERCIA POLICE TARGET DRIVERS USING MOBILE PHONES

West Mercia Police stop 48 motorists in crack down on drivers using a mobile phone at the wheel

In the 72 hours since the start of the national crackdown week (22 Jan – 28 Jan) on people using their mobile phone while driving, West Mercia Police officers have been out targeting those breaking the law. West Mercia Police stopped 48 motorists in the last three days and these numbers are likely to increase by the end of the operation on Sunday evening.

Each motorist stopped received six points on their licence and a £200 fine. They will have been reminded by the officers why they were stopped and why using their phone is so dangerous, and illegal.

West Mercia Police Chief Constable Anthony Bangham, National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Roads Policing, said: “Driving while distracted by a mobile phone is completely unacceptable and puts everyone on the roads at risk of serious harm. We are making use of the tougher penalties to clamp down on this dangerous behaviour – but we have to be clear that when you get behind the wheel it is your responsibility to stay focused and alert. It’s concerning that we still have drivers out there who are willing to risk driving whilst distracted and it is a year round commitment for us to challenge this behaviour across West Mercia.”

It’s nearly a year (March 2017) since new legislation was introduced, increasing both the fine and licence points if caught using a mobile phone whilst behind the wheel. Drivers caught twice face a lengthy ban – which could also then lead to a £1,000 fine. While new drivers – those who have passed within the last two years – could have their licence revoked if caught just once. Since March 2017, 1,268 drivers in West Mercia have been caught using their mobile phone whilst at the wheel.

The Department for Transport launched a new national campaign under the THINK! Banner late last year toward the end of October asking drivers to put their phones away by highlighting just what you miss when you glance at your phone http://think.direct.gov.uk/mobile-phones.html The campaign highlights that it only takes a few seconds of distraction to change lives forever. It urges Android smartphone users to download the Car Mode app or if using an iPhone, it’s drive safe mode, which automatically detects when you’re driving, and silences incoming calls and messages.

Superintendent Paul Moxley who is overseeing the operation this week said: “This is some fine work by our officers targeting those putting, not just themselves, but other people at serious risk of injury and potentially far worse. The hope is this deters such reckless driving and means, in the future people will put their phones in their glove box or bag – and never drive distracted.”

TRADING STANDARDS ADVICE ABOUT COLD CALLERS

Cold Callers and Distraction Burglary Advice

Police and Trading Standards often receive reports of traders cold calling at the door and telling residents that they need work to be done to their home or garden, for example that their roof or guttering are damaged or their trees are unsafe and need work. The work has then been badly done or sometimes the price has jumped by ten times because the trader “helpfully” found other things that also needed to be fixed!

We also receive reports about cold callers offering to do gardening work, driveways or roof cleaning. In some driveway cleaning cases the traders have persuaded the customer to have the back patio cleaned as well as the front drive, causing the price to jump up hugely from the original estimate.

Trading Standards and Police advise that you never have work done by anyone who cold calls. No reputable trader ever approaches a customer in this way.
It is a good idea to display a “No Cold Callers” sticker in your window and turn away any callers you don’t know, if possible without opening the door.

If you think your home or garden needs work, please use a trader recommended by a neighbour or friend or call the Citizen’s Advice Consumer Service on 08454 040506 to find a reputable local trader, approved by Trading Standards. You should also obtain three quotes to check the price is competitive and the work really needs doing – never rely on the word of a single trader.

Any contracts over £42 that are agreed in a customer’s home are subject to 14 day cooling off rights. The homeowner must be given written information about their right to cancel, about the identity of the trader who is doing the work and the total cost of the work to be carried out. A statement on a flyer or business card about a 14 day cooling off period is not enough. If the customer requires the work to start within the 14 day cooling off period, they must authorise this in writing.

Distraction Burglary

These are committed by cold callers using a distraction to gain access to an address. For example a person posing as a water board official who knocks on the door and states there is a problem with your water supply and they need to check your water through the taps. Whilst the person walks through with you to check the water and runs the the tap, his associate will sneak in and go through your possessions. The sound of the water will distract any noise from your attention.

This type of crime is often aimed at the elderly and vulnerable.

NEVER LET ANYONE IN WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT OR WITHOUT IDENTITY


Check with the company they represent
“No Cold Callers” stickers can be obtained from your local policing team or from your local Citizens’ Advice Bureau.

If In Doubt KEEP THEM OUT

POLICE APPEAL FOR INFORMATION ABOUT DISTRACTION THEFTS

Police are asking Telford residents to stay vigilant after a series of attempted ‘distraction thefts’

Five incidents that we believe to be related have been reported across Telford. All took place on Wednesday 17 January between about 3.30pm and 7pm.

During these incidents a man – in three cases a group of two or three men – visited the home of an elderly or vulnerable person and falsely claimed to be from a water supplier, investigating a burst pipe or similar emergency. This claim has been an attempt to gain access to the property.

In four of these incidents, access to the property was granted by the residents. It appears that the visitors then searched the properties. One of the residents later noticed that some of their possessions were missing.

While these incidents are being investigated there will be an increased police presence in the area. Officers are conducting house-to-house enquiries and are also urging residents to come forward if they have seen or heard anything suspicious.

Detective Sergeant Jonathan Taylor said: “We believe that these are incidents of distraction theft, where a bogus visitor pretends to be an official to gain access to a home, then steals from the occupant. In general, these thieves can be very convincing and will go a long way to make you think they have a legitimate reason for being there.

“Please remember that officials from gas, electricity, phone and water companies shouldn’t need to come into your home (for example, to test water pressure or repair a leak), even in an emergency. If for some reason they do need access, they should always send you a letter in advance to make an appointment. They should also invite you to check their ID card when they visit.
“If you’re in any doubt at all about a doorstep visitor, shut the door to them (don’t feel rude, legitimate staff will understand) while you phone the company they claim to be from and verify that the visitor is genuine. Use a phone number you know to be correct – not one the visitor gives you.

“If you live around Telford and you know an elderly or vulnerable person who might benefit from this information, please let them know to be vigilant about bogus visitors.”
If you’ve seen or heard something you think might be relevant to this investigation, please phone the police non-emergency number 101. Or, to report information anonymously, please phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.