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Attempted Residential Burglary

A home in Wrington Mead, Congresbury has been the subject of an attempted burglary on the 7th August between 6:30pm and 7pm. CCTV shows the two male offenders approach from the rear garden via a wooden panel fence which was levered open by a crowbar. Once inside the garden they then approached the rear door but were unsuccessful in gaining entry and made off promptly. One of the males was described as wearing a face mask and a dark baseball cap.

To contact the Police about this incident, please call 101quoting Reference number: 5220177670 Neighbourhood Watch / Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you.

Strawberry Line to London via Lands End

We’ve received this lovely story from Michael Greeves. Unfortunately, the email was hidden in Junk mail, but we think it’s worth publishing, even this late. Apologies to Michael.

If you were planning a 1000 mile cycle ride to raise money to help protect the Swans in London’s Richmond Park, few would include ‘The Strawberry Line’ in Congresbury.

But, that’s exactly what Jamie Gould did. He works in Richmond Park as a gardener where a Cygnet died earlier this year. The swan was killed by a vandal who horrified and disgusted the ‘Friends’ of Richmond Park. To raise funds to help prevent this happening again, Jamie 21 and his friend Alex decided to undertake a mammoth 1000 mile sponsored cycle ride. They originally hoped for £1,000 but it looks like exceeding £1,500.

Starting from London they cycled to Margate and followed the south coast to Lands End in Cornwall. They then rode along the North Devon coast and spent Friday 3rd July 2020 camping at Porlock in Somerset.

Where does the Strawberry Line fit in ? 

I was riding my bike from Congresbury to Sandford, a modest 2 miles along the Strawberry Line on Saturday evening 4thJuly. Having stopped to watch a Buzzard soaring over Thatchers apple orchards, Jamie rode along and asked if there was anything interesting. 

In a very brief conversation he said that his companion ‘Alex’s’ bike had a puncture in Bridgwater and needed a new tyre. The nearest open bike shop being in Bristol so he went by train to get it repaired leaving Jamie on his own following the agreed route.  They were due to stay overnight near Bristol and complete their ride back to London on Sunday 5th July. Completing the 1000 miles in time for work on Monday morning.

For anyone wishing to learn more about the fund raising cause and their journey click on the  link; https://www.gofundme.com/f/jamie-and-alex-1000-mile-cycle-ride

At a time when there is so much bad and depressing news it cheered me up to hear Jamie’s story. I always enjoy seeing the wildlife and the fresh air on The Strawberry Line and will now add meeting Jamie the cyclist raising money for the Swans in Richmond Park to my memory bank.

Michael Greaves

4th July 2020

Internet Security

The Parish Council has advised us this letter has been circulated widely in Congresbury. It is linked to an app. Concerns have been raised regarding the security of products and services sourced via this app. Users submit their real names and addresses which can be accessed by other users including commercial enterprises. Please read, research and make your own judgement. Stay safe on line.

Two comments were made about this on Facebook. Dave Robins There is nothing wrong with this social Media App… it has 285 people in congresbury and 444 people in Yatton and 80 in Kingston Seymour alone using it daily as we speak… 

it has been live in this area since 2018 and world wide since 2008….
Facebook and Apple have tried to buy it but were refused…. 
the person who has posted this has just followed the misinformed local rumour mill like Chinese 
whispers…the letter may or may not be a scam as described but the App is international…. 
maybe Google the App and have a look on wikipedia….or the recent BBC article which described the App as the Facebook that Mark Zuckerberg wished he had made.

Love Congresbury As was reported yesterday, the app is genuine and can be used well, but it uses people’s names/addresses without express permissions and can be a site for fraudsters-there are safer ways to help your neighbours during this time.

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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. 

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

Covid-19 scam email

Avon & Somerset Police have asked people to note that there is a new scam email advising that you are entitled to a tax refund of £128.34.

The email states that this is a precautionary measure in cooperation with National Insurance and National Health Services, It is NOT. It goes on to suggest the funds can help protect yourself against COVID-19 and to access the funds now by clicking on the blue hyperlink, Please DO NOT do this.

North Wales Police have advised this has already cost the public more than £800,000 in a month and to contact Action Fraud for advice on: 0300 123 2040

Senior Citizens Lunch Club

With regret, due to the current coronavirus situation, the Senior Citizens Lunch Club which is usually held in the Old School Rooms, has been suspended forthwith. Members will be advised when we are able to continue.

Campaign to save sorting office

Families in Yatton are campaigning to stop the sorting office at their local post office from being closed and moved to Sixways in Clevedon.

Since it is Congresbury’s local sorting office, residents here are also being asked to add their voice to the campaign.

Yatton residents are worried that if the sorting office moves, it could threaten the viability of the post office. “Our growing community of 9,000 people (already without a bank) cannot afford to lose such a vital lifeline and community hub,” campaigners note, adding that there are no public transport services to Sixways.

“We feel that it is critical that Royal Mail should consult with the local community about its plans and be clear about the immediate and potential impacts that customers will suffer as a result. If you are concerned about the plans, and agree that the community should be consulted, please sign this petition and share far and wide.”

You can sign the petition here http://chng.it/HZ46xBwKg2 or write to Mark Taylor – Regional Finance Director, Royal Mail Group, Bristol Mail Centre, Gloucester Road North, Filton, BRISTOL BS34 7ST; Rebecca Mantyk – Area Operations Manager, Royal Mail Group, Bristol Mail Centre, Gloucester Road North, Filton, BRISTOL BS34 7ST and send a copy to The Rt Hon Liam Fox MP, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. You can also write to the Royal Mail CEO, Mr Rico Back at: CEO.office@royalmail.com

Burglary at outbuilding

An outbuilding in Southlands way, Congresbury has been broken into somewhere between midnight on January 22 and 6am on the 23rd.

The thieves have levered the locks out of the frame to gain access and once inside have stolen a selection of tools, including a Makita SDS battery drill, Makita corded drill, Makita cordless drill, Makita drill and impact driver set, Mega continuity tester, Bosch hole cutters, rucksack containing tools, three sets of mega testers and a Bosch jigsaw.

If you contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 and quote reference number: 5220017619 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Police find stolen power tools

Police are appealing for help following a series of burglaries in the North Somerset area. 

A large number of electrical tools have been recovered from a garage in Weston-super-Mare, which police want to reunite with their owners. 

The garage is in Severn Road and it is believed that the items could have resulted from more than one burglary incident. 

There have been a series of van break-ins in the North Somerset area over the past 12 months, where electrical power tools have been targeted.

The tools include: a Stihl chainsaw; a Kennedy professional retool tool box, a Makita holdall; angle grinder; a Makita cordless screwdriver; Makita circular saw; a JD Sports bag containing various items; a Stihl disc cutter; a Makita nail gun; a Makita jigsaw; a Makita disc sander; Paslode nail guns, plus other items. 

Avon and Somerset Police are keen to hear from anyone who has had similar tools stolen.

Images of just some of the items are on the attached PDF file.

Please contact us on 101 quoting reference 5219287205.

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Police warning

There have been reports of “Nottingham Knockers” operating in the Congresbury area. One of which has been particularly rude to one resident recently. These are cold callers who usually tell residents that they are ex-offenders trying to go straight, then try and sell poor quality and over-priced cleaning products. The police want to remind residents they are under no obligation to answer the door to anyone they don’t know or aren’t expecting. If you do talk to them, they are supposed to be able to provide a valid Pedlar’s Certificate and should leave your property when asked.

Police always recommend using a door chain and asking to see the identification of unexpected callers.

• If you are suspicious of a caller ring 999 straight away • keep your cash in the bank, not at home • keep windows and doors secured if you’re not in the room • set up a No Cold Calling Zone – contact your local Council Trading Standards Office