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Garden shed break-in

A garden shed has been broken into overnight on the 9th in Weetwood Road, Congresbury. The offender smashed the latch securing the door to establish entry and once inside nothing was stolen. It is thought the offender may have been disturbed during the attempt.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting reference number: 5222006990 stating NHW release. Or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Dog patrols set to increase

North Somerset council will increase the number of dog warden patrols in Congresbury following complaints about dogs fouling the King George V Playing Field and children’s play area.

This is the latest development since the council launched a county-wide crackdown on dog fouling and irresponsible dog ownership towards the end of 2021.

North Somerset Council is asking residents to report locations of dog fouling using the app Pooper Snooper – https://poopersnooper.app/get-started

The reports residents provide through the app will inform the council of the worst offending areas and add to the list of hotspot areas the council already has.

Targeted areas will be patrolled by the council’s contractor Local Authority Support, who will issue fines under the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for:

  • anyone seen not picking up after their dogs
  • anyone seen not disposing of bagged dog waste correctly by taking it home or putting it in a bin
  • not having a receptacle to pick up after their dog (for example a bag)
  • having dogs off a lead in areas covered by the current PSPO
  • walking their dog within a dog exclusion zone.

During the campaign officers will proactively engage with dog walkers to ask them whether they have a means to pick up after their dog. If they cannot show the officer a dog bag, they will be fined £75 for breaching the PSPO and given a bag to ensure they have one for the rest of their walk.

Cllr Mike Solomon, the council’s executive member for neighbourhoods and community services, said: “Unfortunately, due to a minority of dog owners who don’t clear up after their pets, dog mess continues to blight our towns, villages and open spaces. It remains a big concern for many of our residents with 90 per cent of respondents in a recent survey agreeing it was reasonable to issue on-the-spot fines to deal with the issue.

“By proactively asking dog walkers to prove they have a means to pick up after their dog we will be tackling this issue head on. We hope this campaign will change people’s behaviour and improve our local environment, helping North Somerset to become a cleaner and greener place for everyone.”

More information on dog related orders contained within the PSPO and the other offences covered can be found at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/pspo.

Job vacancy at Re:Store Congresbury

Re:Store Congresbury needs a new team member… we’re hiring a Retail Associate. You’ll be warm and friendly, enthusiastic and inquisitive, and reliable and loyal. Working three Saturdays every month, your new role sees you taking care of Re:Store customers by ensuring that their journey to sustainability is as easy, stress-free and fun as possible.

Taking a practical approach to plastic-free, your interest in living in an eco-friendlier way will shine through. You don’t shy away from responsibility as you open and close the shop, serve customers, restock shelves and keep the store spick and span.

If you’d like to find out more about the role and see if its for you, please check out the job description and apply online: https://www.restorecongresbury.co.uk/about.

Please feel free to email us (restorecongresbury@gmail.con) too if you have any questions.

Closing date for applications Monday 24 January 2022, provisional interview dates 27/28/29 January 2022

Renewable energy workshop

The Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE), a charity, is hosting a workshop on behalf of North Somerset council about renewable energy. The council is committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030 and would like to increase local renewable energy generation. Members of the public are invited to a day-long workshop to inform future policies on renewable energy. 

The workshop will take place on 23rd January 09:30 – 16:30 at Hewish & Puxton Village Hall. The CSE notes that you don’t need to know anything about renewable energy to join in and share your views. A free lunch will be provided as well as tea/coffee.

Find out more and register for the workshop here.

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Alert over burglars targeting jewellery

Avon & Somerset Police are urging householders to be on the alert after a number of burglaries in which cash and jewellery were stolen.

Fourteen burglaries have been reported since mid-November in Burnham-on-Sea, Clevedon, Congresbury, Highbridge, Nailsea, Pill, Weston-super-Mare and Yatton.

While the householders were out burglars have forced rear doors, often smashing a glass panel to gain entry. They’re targeting cash, watches and high-value jewellery and leaving costume jewellery and other valuables.

Detective Sergeant Mark Bryant of the force’s team targeting burglars said: “Jewellery and watches are so often gifts from loved ones and have a sentimental value over and above their price which makes them irreplaceable.

“We’re carrying out detailed investigations at each crime scene, including forensic examinations and house to house enquiries as well as issuing Neighbourhood Watch alerts.”

If you have any information about these burglaries please call 101 and give the reference 5221293767. Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111.

DS Bryant also asks people to report suspicious activity at a neighbour’s property straight away.

If you hear an alarm sounding or glass breaking look out if you feel safe doing so and pass on descriptions of people and vehicles.

Call 999 if a crime is in progress or the suspects are still in the area. Otherwise ring our 24/7 non-emergency number 101.

You can deter burglars by:

  • keeping side gates locked and storing tools and ladders securely
  • ensuring doors and windows are closed and locked if you’re not in the room
  • locking up and setting the alarm, if you have one, when it gets dark as well as when you go out
  • keeping cash in a bank, building society or post office account
  • using a specialist storage firm or safety deposit box for high value jewellery
  • if you do use a safe, investing in a good quality one that’s professionally fitted to a solid wall or floor
  • keeping a record of your valuables including a photo and short description
  • wherever possible, installing and using burglar alarms, CCTV and smart doorbells
  • joining or setting up Neighbourhood Watch

You can find out more on our crime prevention page.

Driver arrested after late night crash

A motorist was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving offences after crashing in Congresbury in the early hours of Wednesday morning. He was driving south on Brinsea Road when his BMW Z3 sports car hit a garden wall on the west side of the road before demolishing a front garden fence on the east side of the road. The driver was unhurt.

Singers wanted

Congresbury Singers are looking for new members, in particular tenor and bass. The new term starts January 11th meeting in the Memorial Hall at 7.45pm.

High Street burglary

A home has been burgled in High Street, Congresbury on the evening of December 2nd between 5pm and 8pm. No visible signs of damage were present to suggest a point of entry and once inside a thorough search of the property was conducted, with all rooms entered and cupboards emptied. Nothing was stolen from within.

Any information please contact the police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221283758 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Attempted theft from stables

A stables / store room has been subject of an attempted theft between 6pm on the 25th & 6:45am on the 26th in Langford Road, Langford. The offenders cut through the door lock but were prevented further progress because of the deadlocks and reinforcements on the other side. The offender even tried using a shovel which had been left in the yard space, again without success.

The culprits then gained access to the garage by removing tiles from the roof. At present it is unclear if any items have been stolen from within.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221278142 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Thank you for your support.

Drill stolen from shed

A garden shed has been unlawfully entered sometime between the 27th & 29th in Wrington Mead, Congresbury. The owner had placed a bin and flower pot outside of the shed door as it had opened due to the bad weather. Upon checking on the morning of the 29th, the bin and flower pot had both been moved and a DeWalt drill had been stolen from within.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221280630 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Motorbike damaged

Police are appeal for information following damage to a motorcycle parked on Cobthorn Way, Congresbury at around 7:40am on Saturday. The motorcycle had been set alight causing around 20 per cent damage before the fire was extinguished. Any information please contact 101 quoting Ref number: 5221273403 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Virus Watch – help stop the spread. (A study by University College London)

We are excited to let you know that the Virus Watch study is open to recruitment once again.  Can you help us to spread the news by sharing this message with your family & friends in England and Wales?

Incredibly, over 50,000 people have contributed to Virus Watch over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our study is important because it has been used to understand how to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The focus of our research includes assessing the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines. We are keen to find out whether our immune response to COVID-19 vaccines diminishes over time and if this differs in people that have long term health conditions.  This is particularly important as new variants of COVID-19 emerge.

We would like to invite new households that have never taken part in Virus Watch previously to join the study.  To take part, all that is needed is an email address and internet (at home or on your phone) to complete short, regular surveys about your household.  Adults will be asked to take finger prick blood samples every other month (up to 5 in total) to test their immune response.  As we gather the results from our study, you’ll be able to see them on our website.

For more information about Virus Watch, and how to join the study please visit:www.ucl-virus-watch.net

Please do not re-enrol if you are already taking part in the study as this will create duplicate records. 

If you have recently withdrawn from the study, please ignore this message.  It can take us a little time to update our databases.

Best Wishes

Professor Andrew Hayward and The Virus Watch Team
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
17th November 2021

Burglars steal safe

Police are seeking witnesses to a burglary in Congresbury at the end of October.

A safe was stolen from a residential address in the Station Road area between 6.30pm on Saturday 30 October and approximately 1.30am on Sunday 31 October.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who saw anybody acting suspiciously in the area, or noticed an unknown vehicle parked up in the vicinity, during those times.

If you can help, call 101 and give the call-handler reference number 5221255266. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Play areas set for refurbishment

Dangerous children’s play equipment on both the Millennium Green and King George V playing field has been removed by the parish council as part of plans to revamp the areas.

“We are very pleased with the removal work as the equipment was rotten and dangerous and we did not want it to deteriorate any further especially over the winter months,” said the council.

“We are gathering information on the costs of different equipment. Many of you asked for the zip wire to be replaced and climbing equipment to be included and therefore we are concentrating on looking at different options incorporating these ideas.

“There is currently a considerable lead time for the ordering and completion of any play equipment at the mpment. Hopefully we will be looking at a spring installation for new equipment.”

Burglary in Station Road

A home has been burgled in Station Road, Congresbury, between 6:30pm on October 30th and 1:30am on the 31st. The offender/s forced entry via the rear and once inside an untidy search was conducted with items being stolen from within.

Any information please contact the police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221255266 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.