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Congresbury Wassail

Villagers gathered on Saturday 27th Jan and paraded from the Riverside Car Park  to the Millennium Orchard led by Green Man Brian Kemplay, accordionist Dave Byatt and members of Congresbury Singers singing traditional wassailing songs. There they walked three times round a chosen tree, Wassail King and Queen, Sam and Ellie, hung toast soaked in apple juice on the branches to encourage the birds that feed on pests, and the remaining participants enthusiastically banged on their saucepan lids and rang bells to ward off any evil spirits that might spoil our crop. The Millennium Orchard Volunteers and Congresbury Youth Partnership invited everyone back to Congresbury Youth Club for homemade apple cake, and hot mulled apple juice.

Anyone who would like to help maintain the orchard and share its produce, please contact Thomas.Daw@congresbury-pc.gov.uk

Police Warning on Telephone/Courier Fraud

The Police has informed us that recently a resident in Somerset took a phone call from a man pretending to be a Detective Constable who falsely claimed their debit card was being used by someone else. He said they would hear a bleep and then should dial 999 – in reality the fraudster would hold open the phone line and would not be connected to police but instead would still be talking again with the fraudster or one of their accomplices.

Fortunately, they realised it was a scam and told the fraudster they would hang up and go to a local police station to report it – which we are grateful they did.

However, we are aware of other incidents recently in which people have received similar calls including from fraudsters claiming to work for the ‘Fraud Department’.

Earlier this month another Somerset resident was encouraged to check the legitimacy of an officer by calling 999 – again the phone line was held open, so they remained on the call with the fraudster and did not come through to our control room like they thought.

The victim was encouraged to withdraw thousands of pounds in cash from the bank to supposedly assist with a criminal investigation and was later asked to hand it to a courier who would take the bank notes away for analysis, after giving a pre-agreed password.

The courier attended the residents address in an estate car promising the money back within a few days, but when that date passed it became clear it had been a scam and reported what had happened.

What you should know:

“No police officer will ever ask you to hand over money, sensitive banking information or valuables to help with any criminal investigation.”

That is the message we want people to share with friends and family following several reports recently of fraudsters pretending to be police officers phoning potential victims.

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Break-in and Theft from a Van

The police has informed us that a van was broken into overnight on the 24th whilst parked on a driveway in Southlands Way, Congresbury. The suspect forced entry via the side door of the VW Caddy, where inside power tools were stolen from within.

Any information, CCTV images, please contact the Police on 101 quoting reference number: 5224021253 stating NHW. Or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Thank you for your support.

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Burglary in Cobthorn Way

The police has informed us that a home was burgled in Cobthorn Way, Congresbury, between 1:22am and 1:45am on the 26th. The suspect gained access to the rear garden where they then used a snapper tool to remove a lock from the back door. Inside car keys were stolen from the kitchen before the owner’s vehicle was taken. The car was later recovered.

Any information, CCTV images, please contact the Police on 101 quoting reference number: 5224021843 stating NHW. Or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Thank you for your support.

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Congresbury Youth Partnership’s Code Club

Congresbury Youth Partnership’s Code Club for young people aged 8 to 16 starts the new term on Monday 8th Jan, and has spaces for a few new members.  The club runs every term-time Monday from 3.30 to 6pm at Congresbury Youth Club in the Riverside Car Park.   Please drop in at any time to any session to find out more, or to get one off help with coding or basic electronics projects.  First session is always free, after that we charge £1.50 per week to cover electricity costs.   Contact Alex@congsyp.org.uk for more details.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service Free Training

The Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) is offering free training aimed to help practitioners understand the risk and dangers of fire for those most vulnerable. It will cover topics including; cooking practices, hoarding, candles and smoking safety, electrical safety and how to make a referral into AF&RS.

Details are provided in the leaflet together with dates for the training sessions and how to register: practitioner-hfsv-training-leaflet-2024-dates.pdf.

Message from the Nailsea & Villages Neighbourhood Policing Team

We have seen an increase in the number of Burglaries, Vehicle Thefts and Shed Breaks, especially in the Congresbury, Long Ashton, Nailsea and Abbots Leigh areas but this advice is relevant to all areas covered by the Nailsea & Villages Neighbourhood Policing Team (Nailsea/ Backwell & Wrington/ Redwood/ Yeo Vale).

You can help protect your property by taking some basic steps like installing an external PIR lamp which activates when it detects movement, fit a video doorbell which will alert you when someone approaches your property and acts a deterrent because of the evidential video it captures.

Some criminals will burgle a house just to get the car keys. Always keep your vehicle locked, never keep the keys in the vehicle and store them in a hidden place in your property.

We are also aware of an increase in the number of outbuilding break-ins. We would remind you to make sure your outbuildings are secure, especially if you are storing high value items like Bikes, Lawnmowers and other garden machinery.

You can find more advice on many aspects of crime prevention at our crime prevention microsite: http://www.aspolicestaysafe.co.uk

If you are aware of anyone who is vulnerable and likely to be at an increased risk of being a victim of crime, please advise us so we can conduct a welfare check and do a crime prevention survey for them.

If you have any information about individuals involved in criminality in your area, you can contact the team by emailing us directly at: SomNorthNPTNailsea@avonandsomerset.police.uk (do not report crime at this email address), by ringing 101 or using our online reporting system at: https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/report.

You can visit our local Neighbourhood Policing Team Webpage, which includes information about the officers who cover your area, see what policing priorities have been set, get crime stats, see any events we are attending and there is a form to make contact with us: https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/your-area.

Attatchment: crime-prevention-handbook.pdf

Police Appeal after Attempted Burglary in Congresbury

The police has informed us that it is appealing for the public’s help to identify these youths who it like to talk to in connection with an attempted burglary in Congresbury.

Shortly before 2am on Monday 21 August the window of a garage was smashed, however nothing was taken from the property.

The three people the police want to talk to are described as being aged 16 to 20 years old and as wearing dark tracksuits and balaclavas.

If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5223202213, or complete the online appeals form.

You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via its 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.

Garage Break In – Langford

The police has informed us that a garage was broken into on the 12th at 2:26am in Book Gardens, Langford. The owner was alerted by their video doorbell, where they then observed four males entering via a side doorway. The suspects also checked the owner’s vehicle and tried the rear door of the property, without success. Nothing was stolen from within the garage.

Any information, CCTV images, please contact the Police on 101 quoting reference number: 5223279795 stating NHW. Or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Thank you for your support.

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Night Closure of A370

A resident has reported more bad news for people who need to use the A370!

SomersetLive reported that the A370 will be completely closed for 6 nights from November 27th from Cleeve to the bottom of Rhodyate Hill. (Not at weekends.) There is a notice by the roadside if you’re able to read it in passing!

A diversion will apparently be put in place but there’s no info about this on OneNetwork. Nothing yet on the First Bus diversions list either. Considering the hold ups on the A38 by the airport at present a diversionary route will not be a quick one!

The road closure will affect a lot of residents as well as through traffic.

Garage Break In

The police has informed us that a garage at the bottom of the rear garden of a home on Frost Hill in Congresbury was broken into during the night of Monday November the 13th. The locks were sawn off to allow entry and multiple items were stolen, including two Specialized bikes – a black road bike and a white hybrid version. Various gardening and camping equipment were also taken.

If you have any information about this incident, especially CCTV images, please call the police on 101, giving reference number 5223278050 and ask that the call is tagged as NHW. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Scheme for 90 Houses Behind Park Road & Mulberry Road

Congresbury’s residents are being urged to attend next Wednesday’s meeting of North Somerset Council’s planning committee to demonstrate their opposition to a new housing scheme.

The scheme, for up to 90 houses on a field behind Park and Mulberry Roads, has been hanging over residents for more than 18 months while land agents M7 tried to answer more than 1,000 objections to the plan.

Because the officer has recommended approval, Congresbury’s district councillor Dan Thomas has referred the matter to the council’s planning committee.

Said CRAG’s Mary Short: “This would be a high density, urban development on an ecologically, historically and socially important site which is totally inappropriate.

“Also, M7 seems to be trying to influence the decision by promising to build a new surgery. Their previous attempt at this was not supported by either the NHS or Mendip Vale Medical Practice, so it is a pointless offer.”

The Planning Committee meeting is scheduled for 2.30pm next Wednesday at Weston town hall, entrance through the old building.

Car Stolen in Congresbury

The police has informed us that a car was stolen whilst parked in a layby off Bristol Road (A370), Congresbury, between 7:30pm and 9pm on the 29th. The owner of the blue Ford Focus returned to find the vehicle missing. Keys had not been left with the car.

Any information, CCTV images, please contact the Police on 101 quoting reference number: 5223239778 stating NHW. Or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Thank you for your support.

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Attempted Burglary at Langford

The police has notified us that a home was subject of an attempted burglary in Birch Drive, Langford, between 10:00 PM on the 27th and 4:45 PM on the 28th of September. It is likely the offender entered the premises via a side gate and utilised a snapper like tool to prise the casing from the door handle. They then attempted to remove the internal door lock mechanism. The offender is thought to have left via a rear gate to Jubilee Park.

Any information, CCTV images, please contact the Police on 101 quoting reference number: 5223237370 stating NHW. Or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Thank you for your support.

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Residential Garage Burglary

The Police has informed us that a garage was broken into at some point over the last two nights. This was reported on the 21st, in Wrington Road, Congresbury. The offenders smashed a window but did not progress further into the garage, where they then departed.

Any information, CCTV images, please contact the Police on 101 quoting reference number: 5223202213 stating NHW. Or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Thank you for your support.

August 22nd, (9-7-8-8), AN007 – Residential Garage Burglary.

On the 21st at 1:54am a garage was broken into in Pudding Pie Lane, Langford. Offenders gained entry by climbing onto the roof and removing tiles. Once inside they cut through chains securing two motocross bikes described as KTM 250F in Orange & White, which were subsequently removed via the garage door together with two motorbike helmets.

Any information, CCTV images, please contact the Police on 101 quoting reference number: 5223202708 stating NHW. Or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Thank you for your support.