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Police urge public to report issues online

The majority of Avon & Somerset police enquiry offices have been closed in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Four of them – Bristol, Patchway, Bridgwater and Yeovil – will remain open seven days a week, but should only be used if absolutely essential. To report an incident click here or for more information click here

Middlecombe Nursery closed

In light of the new restrictions that Government brought in to place on Monday night Middlecombe Nursery in Wrington Road has now closed for business and will no longer be operating a delivery service, until further notice.
Nigel, Isy and daughters would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all their customers for supporting them through this very tricky and uncertain situation.

Police response to COVID-19

A major incident has been declared by the Avon and Somerset Local Resilience Forum (LRF) to help with the multi-agency response to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

This declaration has been made to make sure all agencies are able to work together more effectively in the event of reduced staffing levels and an increase in demand. It has not been made because agencies are unable to cope.

You can find out more by clicking on this link

Warning from Avon & Somerset Police – be vigilant of ‘caring’ doorstep callers

During this challenging period, it is heartening to hear lots of stories of kindness from friends and neighbours caring for one another. But we must remain vigilant and rely upon those we know and trust. Sadly there have been a couple of incidents where callers have arrived on doorways offering to do shopping, claiming to be good Samaritans. They have taken money and a shopping list but never returned. Unfortunately there are some people who will always take advantage of any crisis to steal from those in need. Please do not fall foul to this and only rely upon people you know or trust to help you.

Food Bank help please

Congresbury Methodist Church have collected food for the Weston Food Bank for quite some time. With the current COVID19 situation many people are self isolating, including the organisers, John & Kath Chaplin. So it is suggested the way forward to help the Foodbank, for the time being at least, is by going online and making monetary donations.  The need for donations &/or food is getting greater daily. John & Kath thank everyone, on behalf of the Food Bank, for the donations over recent years, but are sorry they personally cannot deliver any produce at the moment.

Is there is anyone who feels that they can take over the deliveries,? If so that would be great – please email John or Kath on jandkchaplin@hotmail.com or phone 01934 830128

Child Safety Online

These important guides may help you protect your child whilst online.  They are very thorough and each section has actionable items for the parent/teacher.

https://www.vpnmentor.com/blog/the-ultimate-parent-guide-for-child-internet/

BroadbandSearch has written a more comprehensive guide available here

https://www.broadbandsearch.net/blog/online-safety-parental-controls

There’s also this link which you might find useful if you want to know more about anti-virus software https://www.safetydetectives.com/blog/parents-guide-for-safe-youtube-and-internet-streaming-for-kids/

Covid-19 scam email

Avon & Somerset Police have asked people to note that there is a new scam email advising that you are entitled to a tax refund of £128.34.

The email states that this is a precautionary measure in cooperation with National Insurance and National Health Services, It is NOT. It goes on to suggest the funds can help protect yourself against COVID-19 and to access the funds now by clicking on the blue hyperlink, Please DO NOT do this.

North Wales Police have advised this has already cost the public more than £800,000 in a month and to contact Action Fraud for advice on: 0300 123 2040

Local residential burglaries

Avon & Somerset Police have issued statements regarding 3 local burglaries. The properties in Stock Lane, Langford, Silver Street and Silverstone Way, Congresbury, were burgled during the early hours of 16th March. Click here to read full Police statement.

Residential burglary in Churchill

A home in Bristol Road, Churchill was burgled between the 11th & 15th March. The homeowner returned home to find the rear patio door had smashed and all the lights were switched on in the property. The offender/s had conducted a tidy search of the house and at this stage it would appear jewellery has been stolen. The offender had left via the front door.

If you contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 & quote Reference number: 5220062619 or Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111

Senior Citizens Lunch Club

With regret, due to the current coronavirus situation, the Senior Citizens Lunch Club which is usually held in the Old School Rooms, has been suspended forthwith. Members will be advised when we are able to continue.

Campaign to save sorting office

Families in Yatton are campaigning to stop the sorting office at their local post office from being closed and moved to Sixways in Clevedon.

Since it is Congresbury’s local sorting office, residents here are also being asked to add their voice to the campaign.

Yatton residents are worried that if the sorting office moves, it could threaten the viability of the post office. “Our growing community of 9,000 people (already without a bank) cannot afford to lose such a vital lifeline and community hub,” campaigners note, adding that there are no public transport services to Sixways.

“We feel that it is critical that Royal Mail should consult with the local community about its plans and be clear about the immediate and potential impacts that customers will suffer as a result. If you are concerned about the plans, and agree that the community should be consulted, please sign this petition and share far and wide.”

You can sign the petition here http://chng.it/HZ46xBwKg2 or write to Mark Taylor – Regional Finance Director, Royal Mail Group, Bristol Mail Centre, Gloucester Road North, Filton, BRISTOL BS34 7ST; Rebecca Mantyk – Area Operations Manager, Royal Mail Group, Bristol Mail Centre, Gloucester Road North, Filton, BRISTOL BS34 7ST and send a copy to The Rt Hon Liam Fox MP, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. You can also write to the Royal Mail CEO, Mr Rico Back at: CEO.office@royalmail.com

Police give consumer advice regarding intruder alarms

If you are considering installing a burglar alarm, then it is suggested that you contact the Alarms Team at Avon and Somerset Constabulary (01278 646 644). There are companies who promote their security installations by advising that police do not respond to alarm activations. This statement is incorrect. If you are considering a security installation with the requirement of a police response, the Alarms Team can offer guidance and advice on how this can be achieved. Read more & read leaflet

Avon & Somerset Police alert – men acting suspiciously in Backwell

On Saturday 22 February we received reports, in good faith, of an attempted abduction attempt on an 11-year-old girl in Backwell.

Two men were reportedly acting in a suspicious manner in Garstons Close shortly after 1pm. One of the two men in the van got out and approached the girl while the other opened the rear doors of the vehicle. Read full details at https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/news/2020/02/men-acting-suspiciously-in-backwell/

Avon and Somerset Alert for courier fraudsters

Courier fraud is where fraudsters call someone, pretending to be a police officer or bank official, warning that there are corrupt bank staff, intent on stealing their money, and ask for their help. Typically, the caller then tells the victim to withdraw a sum of money and a courier is sent to collect it.

The ultimate aim of this call is to trick them into handing over money or their bank details. Read full article