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Show patience and compassion when visiting pharmacies

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens is urging Avon and Somerset residents to be patient and compassionate when visiting local pharmacies, following concerns of violent and threatening behaviour towards pharmaceutical staff across the UK. Click here for more information.

Police message

Trading Standards have told us that a number of residents have been called on their landline from a fake 01225 number, claiming to be from the Government. The automated voice said that the Government is instructing them to wear a facemask and to press a number on the keypad to make a purchase. Fortunately the residents have recognised this as a scam.

Although these calls were made to residents in the Bath area at present, it is likely that this will become far more widespread and will no doubt include our area. Please remain alert to any potential scam calls.

Police issue scam and fraud safety video

Avon & Somerset Police have published the latest of their popular senior safety videos, which discusses the topic of Covid-19 scams and frauds that are being targeted at the vulnerable and elderly. This may help protect the many frightened and vulnerable elderly citizens in our communities.

To watch the video, click here

Warning over Tesco email scam

Police have been alerted by a Neighbourhood Watch scheme of a scam email that claims to be from Tesco saying that “You Are Our Winner”. It doesn’t say what you have won, but asks you to click on a link to confirm your identity.

Police urge you not to click on these links as you may download a virus onto your computer. At the very least it will try and get your personal details. The email comes from a company in Kentucky in the United States.

As with any email you get unexpectedly from someone you don’t know, delete this message without clicking on any of the links

Witness appeal after anti-social driving

Police have just released details of an incident last Thursday (April 9) when officers were called to Cheddar Gorge following reports of several vehicles being driven dangerously.

One motorist was stopped after trying to make off from officers.

The male driver was reported for allegedly driving without tax, driving without due care and attention and not maintaining the car to a safe standard due to insufficient tyre tread.

The driver had previously been warned regarding antisocial driving and following this latest incident the vehicle was seized.

The vehicle was searched and the 29-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of a class B drug and possession of class B drug. He has been released under investigation.

Enquiries are being carried out to try to identify other vehicles involved, one of which is believed to be a red BMW 3 Series.

PC James Fowler said: “We take reports of antisocial behaviour and driving in Cheddar Gorge extremely seriously, no more so now than when we are all being asked to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

“We will continue to patrol the Gorge to try to prevent a repeat of this antisocial behaviour.

“If anyone can help us identify the other drivers involved, please contact us.”

Anyone with information can report it online and give reference number 5220079552. Alternatively, if you cannot report it online, call 101. 

Planning Application

Land At Wrington Lane Congresbury

Date Mon 23 Mar 2020
Application TypeVariation of condition
Development Application to vary condition 6 attached to planning permission 16/P/1521/O (Outline planning application for the erection of up to 50 residential dwellings (including up to 30% affordable housing), structural planting and landscaping, informal public open space, surface water attenuation, vehicular access point from Wrington Lane and associated ancillary works. All matters reserved with the exception of the main site access point) to amend approved highway improvement scheme

Link to full details

Good News from Police

This week, two officers attended a trailer that had been dumped in Hallen. After some investigation by the brilliant officers, it transpired that the trailer had been sold to Michael Eavis of Worthy Farm Glastonbury some years ago. The trailer now belongs to his farm manager and had been stolen the day before.

When the farm manager and his wife collected the trailer, they explained they had owned it for 20 years and it had even been used five years ago by Banksy for an event at Glastonbury! I’m glad officers were able to reunite the couple with the stolen trailer, especially as the week before the Eavis’ and their team kindly donated thousands of litres of hand sanitiser, gloves and face masks to police and NHS workers.

Click here for more stories.

Police warning of a scam

The latest scam seems to be that scammers have been sending fake texts to individuals threatening a fine for leaving home. The text claims that the UK Government has been tracking your movements and that you left the home on given dates and travelled a specified distance. You are then told that you have to pay a fine, which will increase the longer you take to pay it. THIS IS A SCAM. It uses the name of a civil authority and preys on your worry that it will cost more if you ignore it. Delete the text and never click on any link in a message from someone you don’t know.

The BBC Website has more information on this and can be found by clicking here.

Parish council website updated

Congresbury parish council’s website has been updated and now includes useful links and information about the coronavirus pandemic including where you can get help and advice. Click here

If you need help

The Parish Council is working with Love Congresbury to provide support to those who require help. Details of cards that can be posted through your neighbour’s/friends’ doors are available here and a list of contacts are here.

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