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Photo issued of 88-year-old robbery victim as part of appeal for information


The victim was walking with her husband when someone snatched her handbag from her arm causing her to fall to the ground. The incident happened on Colonel Stephens Way, Weston-Super-Mare at approximately 1.50pm on Thursday, 10 January. After stealing the handbag, the offender ran off down an alleyway leading to Oakford Avenue where it was later recovered having had cash and a bank card stolen from inside.
“Did you see what happened?

“Did you see anyone running away from Colonel Stephens Way and discarding items around the time?

“Or, did you capture anything on your dashcam as you drove through the area?

“Information, no matter how insignificant you might think it is, might prove crucial to us finding whoever is responsible.”

A 30-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and has since been released under investigation.

If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5219006773
You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form.

No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.

Police warning of a scam

A telephone scam is circulating across the county where residents have received telephone calls from people claiming to be from Westminster Police. 

The caller states that they are investigating a crime or have a suspect in custody who has their bank details. The caller then asks them to reveal their card details for checking. A second call is often made a short while later claiming to be from their bank. Again this appears to be part of the scam.

Please remember never to give bank details to anyone you do not know or trust and do not continue conversations with persons you do not know or trust.

If you experience a similar call, please report it direct to the national fraud and cybercrime centre, Action Fraud on 0300-1232040 or via their website at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk

Soup and puds for Pre-school funds

Warm up in chilly February with SOUP AND PUDS  in the Methodist Hall, Saturday 2nd February, 12.00 till 2.00.This event will be raising money for the Pre-School. Last orders 1.30pm. Cost £5 to include hot drink.

Do you have what it takes to be a PCSO?

Avon and Somerset Police are now taking applications for Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). Searching for people with the right skills and a range of life experiences to offer in this crucial role.

PCSOs are part of community police teams. They build relationships with local communities to provide reassurance and understand the policing issues that matter most to them. PCSOs work with individuals and partner agencies to support vulnerable people and solve local concerns and problems. See link for full details : https://www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/News-and-Events/News-Archive/2019/January/Do-you-have-what-it-takes-to-be-a-PCSO.aspx?medium=email&source=govdelivery

Knife crime advice to parents from Avon & Somerset Police

Knife crime has been in the news a lot recently, with many offences carried out by young people. While knife crime is a serious issue the reality is 99 per cent of young people do not carry a knife. One of the most important messages we can share with our young people is that carrying a knife is not the norm. Click on the link below to read more

https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/news/2019/01/knife-crime-starting-the-conversation/

Wreath-making

Julia Thyer hosted wreath making parties again this year and 26 guests made some beautiful wreaths. Liz English made delicious soups with ingredients fresh from her allotment, and puddings were made by Annie King, Barrie Lea, Lizzie Burd, Julia Koblizek, Angela Jones and Mary Faunt. Greenery kindly donated by Liz Chapel, Kate Herbison and Pat Jarvis. Many thanks to everyone for raising £365 for the new village hall project.

 

Lunch Club Christmas lunch

40 members of Congresbury Senior Citizens Lunch Club enjoyed a delicious Christmas lunch last Thursday in the Old School Rooms.  There was a true festive spirit particularly as Christmas Carols were played by pianist & volunteer Nat Nunn. Members meet every 2 weeks to enjoy lunch & meeting old friends &/or making new friends.   We are always looking for reserve volunteers to come & help set up tables & chairs, wash up or cook on occasions – or maybe you like doing admin work at home.  It’s all great fun & very rewarding!   So if you have a few hours a fortnight to spare then please email kateherbison@hotmail.com

CRAG notice

Congresbury Residents Action Group (CRAG) is hoping for a good response to its flyers advertising the drop-in sessions at the Old School Rooms this week-end.
Several Congresbury residents attended the event at Churchill last Saturday where they heard about North Somerset Council’s plan for a 2,800 house new town at Mendip Spring.

£10,000 boost for new village hall plans

Plans for the new village hall/community centre at the King George V Playing Fields have been boosted by a £10,000 grant.    The funding comes from Power to Change, an independent charitable trust endowed with £150 million from the Big Lottery Fund to support and develop community business for charitable purposes.   The money will allow the project team to develop the community share offer and the business plan for the proposed new building.

The fund-raising team is also negotiating to secure an equity investment from the Community Shares Booster Programme. Under this programme, up to £100,000 is available to match applications for shares from the public.  If successful, it would mean that for every pound invested by individuals up to £100,000, another pound will be invested in matched shares.

To read full update including pledges and new community cafe opening  click here

Quilting Exhibition

Quilting enthusiasts raised £300 for the Children’s Hospice South West at an exhibition of their work in Congresbury on Saturday (Oct 27).
The event was staged by the 12 members of Congresbury Quilters in the Old School Rooms, where the group meets every Tuesday.
Pat Baker, who launched the group some three ago, said: “It was amazing. Our members put in lots of energy, enthusiasm, hard work and served some lovely cakes too.”
An exhibition is held every two years for the Children’s hospice.
“New members are welcome – they can pop in any Tuesday afternoon 1.30 – 4.00 pm,” said Pat.Quilting Exhibition

Nominate your police hero for an award

Nominations for your policing heroes within Bath, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Somerset are being called for by the area’s Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens and Chief Constable Andy Marsh.

The annual Be Proud Awards recognise and reward those hard working police men and women who go above and beyond every day to make the communities of Avon and Somerset a safer place. Every person who works or volunteers within the Constabulary play a role in helping to ensure to be safe and feel safe, and this event aims to highlight the exemplary work of those individuals. The nomination form is available on the exclusive Be Proud Awards website.

Garden Club Autumn Show

A GOOD END TO THE SUMMER

After a long hot summer, which ripened fruit and vegetables early, there were fears that the Congresbury Gardening Club Autumn Show would be a wipe out, but the village produced excellent entries on September 29 in the Old School Rooms.

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