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Burglary in Stock Lane

A property in Stock Lane, Langford has been burgled on the 30th at 00:10. The residence is currently undergoing extension works and the offender has gained entry via an insecure rear window. The offender, described as a male wearing a baseball cap and glasses, went into all rooms of the property which he ransacked.

A number of tools have been stolen including two Makita circular saws, five battery drills, reciprocating saw, 4-inch grinder and a Bosch breaker. The offender then made off back through the same window.

To contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 quoting Reference number: 5220170127 Neighbourhood Watch / Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you.

Local woman ordered to repay £650,000 vice money

A 52-year-old woman from Hewish has been ordered to pay back £650,000 as part of a confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

At a hearing held on Friday 24 July, Bristol Crown Court was told Natalie Davis had financially benefitted from her criminality.

Davis, of Bristol Road, Hewish, was sentenced in January 2019 after admitting controlling prostitution for financial gain over a 10-year period in Weston-super-Mare.

And in August 2019 she was prosecuted by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for benefit fraud she committed while managing the brothel. 

Police and the DWP have since worked together to arrange a confiscation order against Davis. 

She was found to have assets to the value of £650,000 and therefore ordered to pay the full amount to the court. From this money the amount which she had defrauded the DWP, will be paid back to them in compensation.

Dr Kirstie Cogram, manager of Avon and Somerset Police’s Complex Crime Unit, said: “We are committed to seizing any assets gained as a result of criminal activity.

“It is not acceptable that criminals, such as Natalie Davis, benefit from illegal activities and we will relentlessly pursue them through the courts to ensure their proceeds are taken away from them.

“We hope cases such as this show criminals that they will not be allowed to benefit from crime.” 

Youth Partnership awards

Eddie, Macey, Finn, Ellie, Robert, Caleb, Codie, and Chloe with their awards

Congresbury Youth Partnership’s (CYP) annual awards which were due to happen in April were finally presented last week. The award winners, their families plus representatives from the various organisations that had nominated them were able to take part in an open-air celebration on the playing field in Congresbury. 

CYP would like to thank the organisations who took part, Jo Williams and Keith Abbott for their help on the night and the Yeo Valley Lions for sponsoring the event.

Marie Broomfield: Moving on

It was also a sad evening saying farewell to two people who have been involved with CYP. Marie Broomfield is being assigned to another area and will no longer be our PCSO. She has become a very familiar face around the village and will be missed by all residents.

Sarah Storey: Joining the management group

Sarah Storey has worked with young people in the village for the last 16 years providing advice, friendship and comfort to those in need of support. Initially she ran the Youth Club through the North Somerset Youth Service before joining CYP.

The CYP Management committee would like to thank her for her constant enthusiasm and commitment to our organisation. Fortunately, Sarah is not severing all links with CYP and has agreed to join the management group.

Allotments vandalised

Young carrots pulled from the ground at Congresbury Allotments

Allotment holders were shocked on Saturday morning to discover that several plots had been trashed on Friday night.

“It was heartbreaking,” said Allotment Association secretary Susan Hibberd. Potato plants had been pulled up before they were ready to harvest as were young carrots with pea plants tugged out of the soil and let lying around. “It’s just stupid,” said Susan.

“It’s malicious also to pull up strawberry plants, soft fruit bushes and crush a beautiful cultivated blackberry under a paving slab.”

The destruction continued with a whole row of runner beans canes pushed over while flowering artichokes, sunflowers and cottage garden plant were all toppled over and netting torn to get at cauliflowers.

Storage boxes were broken into and tools stolen and a metal incinerator was crushed. There was also more minor damage to other plots with storage boxes tipped out.

“The allotments have been a wonderful refuge during the Covid 19 crisis. There are no vacant plots and the hard work put in for months by local residents really shows,” said Susan.

“This is not the first time we have had unwelcome visitors this year. There have been repeated thefts of tools. Those can be replaced. But such apparently random and ignorant destruction of growing plants has not happened before,” she said.

If anyone has additional information, please contact the Parish Office (01934 838802).The damage has been reported to the police and the offenders possibly caught on nearby CCTV. 

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Congresbury Youth Club

Summer Holiday activities get the go-ahead

Youth Club have arranged the following fun events in the first two weeks of the Summer Holidays for your child to attend.  It goes without saying that there will be strict Covid-19 guidelines which will need to be followed. Once you have booked your child onto activities you will receive a copy of the guidelines but be rest assured that we will take every precaution to make sure your child will be safe.

Click here for full details

The public are reminded to report suspicious activity and concerns about vulnerable people

With the traditional summer holiday period soon to begin and more people expected to visit our towns and cities rather than going abroad, the police are reminding people about the need to be vigilant when out and about and to report suspicious activity.

And in addition to urging people to report concerns about unusual behaviour, we’re also asking the public to let us know if they’re worried someone may be vulnerable to radicalisation.

Click here for the full article.

Automated phone call scam alert

Police are warning of another potential scam. This time an automated call from Visa stating a transaction for £299 to Tesco has been authorised and asking for confirmation. The telephone number that called was 02039 669 829. Should you receive the same call, simply hang up and notify Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or report it via their website below:

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

Village cricket is back!

Recreational cricket will start up again on Saturday (July 11) played under strict covid-19 guidelines from the England Cricket Board.

A Congresbury 1st XI will entertain a Weston-super-Mare CC team at the King George V Playing Field but because of restrictions relating to the pandemic the clubhouse and bar will not be open.

Tomorrow’s fixture echoes the first match Congresbury played after the country emerged from the ravages of World War One in May 1919 which was also against Weston-super-Mare. This match was replayed last year to mark its centenary.

May 2019: Congresbury captain Justin Yau with Weston’s Chris Davidson and a copy of the May 1919 scorebook

Congresbury CC has been running junior cricket for under-9s since mid-June when training in small groups was allowed to resume and more junior cricket is planned in the coming weeks.

“The under-9 sessions are going very well, and are very popular with kids and parents,” said cricket club chairman Geoff Wilcock. “Other age groups are starting soon and we hope to resume our regular Friday evenings with All Stars, girls’ cricket and ladies’ cricket all, of course, suitably managed.”

To celebrate the return of cricket, Congresbury CC is selling its popular book – 175 Years of Village Cricket – at the discounted price of £10. The cover price is £15. All proceeds will go towards supporting cricket, especially junior cricket, and help maintain the playing field as an amenity the whole village can enjoy.

‘Cricket and fabric of village life are woven together’

The book, published last year by Congresbury Cricket Club in association with Congresbury History Group, tells much more than the story of cricket in the village over the generations.

“The more research I did, the more people I spoke to, the more I realised how the fabric of village life and the development of cricket were intertwined,” said local historian and author Clive Burlton, a former player and now a club vice president.

The book, with 112 pages, 60,000 words and 250 images draws on the archives held by both the cricket club and the history group as well as recounting the memories of villagers and players, past and present. 

The book tells far more than the story of Congresbury CC, looking at the development of cricket in North Somerset from the middle of the 19th century with extensive use of newspaper archives since the 1850s.

The book will be on sale at Welcome Congresbury in The Precinct.

It was designed and produced by Bristol Books and can also be obtained online at www.bristolbooks.org

Dangerous driving on M5

Police stopped three cars on the M5 on Sunday night

Police are appealing for witnesses following a report of dangerous driving on the M5.

At about 9pm on Sunday July 5 a witness reported seeing three cars speeding and braking on the northbound carriageway between junctions 21 (Weston-super-Mare) and 20 (Clevedon). Officers stopped three cars near J17 (Cribbs Causeway). 

Police are keen to hear from anyone who has dashcam footage of or who witnessed the manner of driving of two red Ford Fiestas and a black Vauxhall Astra on the M5 between J24 (Bridgwater) and Cribbs Causeway on Sunday night.

If you can help get in touch quoting reference 5220147948

Three drivers have been reported for dangerous driving.

If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5220147948

Latest Yeo Vale police newsletter

Our community police officer Marie Broomfield has published the latest newsletter covering the Yeo Vale area. Click here to read it – plenty of Congresbury news including speeding on Brinsea Road and an update about youths gathering at the weir.

Stolen wheelbarrow

A wheelbarrow was stolen over the last couple of days from plot 58 at the allotments. If anyone has any information about this, please contact us or the police.

Police advice about fraud

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YOUR HELP is NEEDED at Neighbourhood Watch

To help build and develop our online support, and engage more broadly across Avon and Somerset, as well as making much better use of social media and social apps, we are looking for volunteers with social media and IT skills to join us. We are also looking for volunteers to lead and develop the support for Neighbourhood Watch, Rural Watches, and the new Community/Keep Safe Schemes.

These are exciting developments, and if you would like to help and take up a leading role, please get in touch at info@asnwa.org.

It does not matter where you live in Avon and Somerset, as long as you have an internet connection and are willing to help develop our online support – we would be delighted to hear from you.

Dr. Egils Praulitis Avon and Somerset Watch

Revamp for Neighbourhood Watch

Plans to integrate and expand the promotion and awareness of Neighbourhood Watch communities across Avon and Somerset have been announced.

“We have been working with the police Rural Affairs Unit to provide support for Farm Watch and Horse Watch – alongside our existing Neighbourhood Watch commitments and our representation of NW on the national NWN body,” says Dr. Egils Praulitis of
Avon and Somerset Watch

“Bringing Watches closer together makes a lot of sense, as it not only strengthens crime prevention, it also raises public awareness – and reflects the approach already adopted in other police regions.”

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Warning on loft insulation scams

Neighbourhood Watch coordinators based in Churchill and Langford are warning that once again loft insulation scams are doing the rounds.

These people will call you to advise that you may be entitled to a free quote or a government grant or that you may have recently had your loft insulated and they may offer additional services. There is a reason they are contacting you, please do not be drawn in. 

If they were a genuine good company they would have enough work without the need to cold call you; furthermore if you needed their services you could contact them in your own time when it is convenient to you. A call back on one of the numbers used proved it was unobtainable.

Do please remain vigilant to this and advise your friends and neighbours where possible, observing government guidelines on social distancing.

Burglary in Southside

An outbuilding has been burgled in Southside, Congresbury between 2pm and 9:30pm on May 22. The outbuilding, described as a lodge, is located in the rear garden of the property and had been left insecure while the occupant went out.

Upon returning a Nintendo Switch and laptop computer were noticed missing the following morning and a window handle was pointed in the upright position.

A footpath runs behind the lodge to Southlands and Well Park with may prove to be an access route for the offender. 

If you contact the police about this incident, please call 101 & quote Reference number: 5220111813 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Travel disruption expected as bridge transported to Bath

We’re alerting road users to potential disruption on Tuesday 19 May when an abnormal load travels through our area.

Sections of a bridge are being transported from Belgium to Bath.

On Tuesday morning, 19 May, two loads will be escorted by police along the M4, M32, A4174, A4, A36 and A367 to Corn Street, Bath.

Each is 5.2m wide and 34m long and is expected to travel no faster than 12mph.

Road users should expect disruption and ideally avoid the route between 10.30am and 12.30pm.

Bath and North East Somerset Council has more information about the bridge on its website