Category Archives: Warnings & Alerts

Barbeque Safety

Northants Fire & Rescue Guidance

Barbecues can take a long time to cool down and should be completely cold before embers are thrown away, residents are being reminded.

This advice follows a fire last week in which a fence, two wheelie bins, a children’s paddling pool, the back door and bathroom window on a house, as well as garage guttering, were damaged at a property in Northampton.

The cause is believed to have been accidental resulting from the disposal of barbecue materials. This has prompted a reminder to people about safe barbecuing guidelines.

This is not the only barbecue Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) has attended this summer and people are reminded that it is very easy for fires to be caused through their use.

Barbeque Fire

Lisa Bryan, Prevention, Safeguarding and Partnerships manager at NFRS, said: “People have been spending more time at home and in their gardens because of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and barbecues can be popular when the sun is shining.”

“We really want people to enjoy the summer, but we would remind people that barbecue coals can still be hot, even many hours after a meal has been cooked. Doing something like throwing a disposable barbecue or hot embers into a bin can cause that bin to catch fire and flames can spread quickly, putting property at risk.

“We would say, leave plenty of time for your barbecue to thoroughly cool before disposing of it.

“Other simple precautions such as having a bucket of water nearby just in case it is needed, and positioning the barbecue well away from anything that could ignite can help to keep you safe while having fun.”

Barbecue Safety Messages

  • Only have barbecues in designated areas and avoid setting any open fires in the countryside.
  • Always stay with a barbecue and do not leave it unattended.
  • Never use accelerants such as petrol or paraffin on or near barbecues or fires.
  • Whether at home or elsewhere, make sure barbecues are kept away from sheds, fences, trees, shrubs or garden waste.
  • Barbecues can remain hot for a very long time. Ensure they are cold and have been extinguished properly before disposal.
  • Keeping a bucket of water handy, or having a garden hose nearby is a useful precaution.
  • Enjoy yourself, but don’t drink too much alcohol if you are in charge of the barbecue or any cooking.
  • Never use a barbecue indoors. Bringing barbecues into enclosed spaces can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Keep a bucket of water, sand or a garden hose nearby for emergencies.
  • Follow the safety instructions provided with disposable barbecues.
  • Empty ashes onto bare garden soil, not into dustbins or wheelie bins. If they’re hot, they can melt the plastic and start a fire.

Scammers Beware

The 2020 Scams Awareness fortnight starts on Monday 15 June

Northamptonshire Trading Standards is alerting residents to the danger of scams.

scam awareThis year protecting people against scams is more important than ever. The coronavirus crisis means more people are facing life changing issues – from employment and debt, to housing and health – resulting in them being in vulnerable situations. Added to this, the overall heightened uncertainty, anxiety and loneliness caused by the pandemic is making everyone more susceptible and more likely to fall victim to a scam. Empowering the public against scams is crucial during these uncertain times.

Scams are crimes that can happen to anyone and we can all take a stand to help stop them. There are actions we can all take to report them, share stories and raise awareness of scams to safeguard ourselves and others.

Please see attached promotional materials in relation to the campaign. I would be grateful if you could publicise this campaign within your organisation and share with friends, family, colleagues and the wider public to raise awareness.

If you have not already done so then now would be a good time to become a ‘Friend Against Scams’ and to encourage others to do the same at:  Friends Against Scams

If you would like a ‘No Cold Calling’ sticker to display on your front window or door of your house (please email Crime Prevention – to get yours free of charge).

For hints read or download this leaflet…

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Watch Out For Rogue Traders

Northants Police Appeal & Warning

Northamptonshire Police LogoDaventry Neighbourhood Policing Team have had an increase in calls regarding rogue traders cold calling in villages and in Daventry Town.

These cold callers have been offering to clean/jet wash driveways also offering gardening services and roof repair.

Please be vigilant when answering your door, if you do not know who it is, or you are not expecting visitors DO NOT ANSWER. Rogue traders will generally target the elderly and the vulnerable.

How You Can Help

Information that is helpful to the police:-

  • Registration of the vehicle including make and model
  • Description of those involved, number of people, clothing.

For more information about crime prevention advice and what is going on in your community please sign up at Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Alert

If you suspect that rogue traders are knocking on doors in your area please call 101 or in an emergency 999. The police need to know.

Fraudsters Still Busy

A Warning from Northants Police…

Detectives from Northamptonshire Police’s Fraud Team are warning local residents of a scam in which people are pretending to be police officers in order to steal money and personal details.

Northamptonshire Police LogoIn April 2020, the Force received 12 reports of fraudsters posing as police officers in an attempt to commit courier fraud. Those targeted were aged between 70 and 89, and their total financial losses were £7,100.

What Is “Courier Fraud”?

Courier fraud involves fraudsters telephoning a potential victim, claiming to be from their bank, the police or another law enforcement authority, and tricking them into revealing their PIN number, bank card and personal details.

They often do this by claiming that they need help with an ongoing fraud investigation, or that they have arrested someone who has cloned the victim’s bank cards.

These fraudsters commonly target the elderly and will sometimes even turn up in person to collect cash from their victims.

Police Advice

Detective Sergeant Tim Craven, said: “Criminals are experts at impersonating people, organisations and the police. They spend hours researching you for their scams, hoping you’ll let your guard down for just a moment. Stop and think. It could protect you and your money.

“We are encouraging everyone to help us spread the word about this kind of scam to prevent any more people in our county being taken in by it.

“Please tell your friends and relatives, especially the elderly ones, that if they receive a telephone call of this kind, they should never give out any information or agree to assist the caller, however plausible they may seem.

“A police officer will never ever ask for money under any circumstances and they will also not mind you wanting to ring 101 to verify their details. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.”

How Can You Protect Against Courier Fraud?

If you are approached unexpectedly remember to:-

  • Stop: Taking a moment to think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
  • Challenge: Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
  • Protect: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen victim to a scam and report it to Action Fraud.

Remember: The police, or your bank, will never ask you to withdraw money or transfer it to a different account. They will also never ask you to reveal your full banking password or PIN.

Confirm requests are genuine by using a known number to contact organisations directly. The police non-emergency number is 101. For your bank, use the number printed on your bank statement or bank card. Use a different phone to make this call whenever possible as fraudsters can keep phone lines open.

 

Woodford Branch GP Surgery & COVID-19

Important Information On Woodford Medical Services

The following information has been provided by Byfield Medical Centre, the Patient Participation Group and Woodford cum Membris Parish Council….

The branch GP surgery that was held in the Memorial Hall has been closed since the middle of last year due to IT problems. It will re-open shortly, possibly within the next two weeks or so.

At the same time, an isolation room, to support any local needs for dealing with suspected Corona Virus cases will be set up.

Village groups and individual hall hirers may wish to reconsider their use of the Memorial Hall for meetings as the level of risk for hall users will be higher than it previously was.

(We’ve added a page to collect up posts related to the Covid-19 outbreak. You  can find them here:  COVID-19 News page)

Cross Country Event

11th March 2020.

Each year. Woodford plays host to the Northamptonshire Schools Cross Country Event with up to 30 schools from across the county taking part.

This year’s event takes place on Wednesday 11th March between 3:00pm and 6:00pm.

runnersInevitably, with coaches delivering and collecting children, there may be traffic congestion around the bottom of Scrivens Hill and its junction with Byfield Road and Woodford Hill. PCSO Carl Barton will be in attendance but if you can avoid the area then it will ease any problems that do arise.

Edward Newton, Headteacher at Woodford Halse C.E. Primary Academy has passed on his thanks for everyone’s patience with the event.

Bogus Callers Exploiting Storms

Northamptonshire Trading Standards Warning.

Northamptonshire Trading Standards and the Police have issued a warning about bogus traders exploiting households with storm damage.

HOMEOWNERS WARNED TO BEWARE OF BOGUS COLD CALLERS

Northamptonshire County Council Trading Standards is advising people affected by the impact of storms Ciara and Dennis to be alert for bogus cold callers offering home repair work.

Trading Standards is warning homeowners that rogue traders could use the damage caused by the storms as a way of persuading people that they need work done on their property.

Their advice is not to buy goods or services from a doorstep caller, even if they claim that the work needs doing immediately.

Those who have suffered damage as a result of the storms should first check with their insurance company to see if they are covered for repairs, as some policies include emergency assistance support.

People who rent their property should contact their landlord and their contents insurance company. Most insurance companies will appoint their own trades people to carry out the work.

For those who are not covered by insurance for any repairs, they can find a reliable trader through the Trading Standards approved trader scheme called Buy With Confidence.

County Council Cabinet Member for Place, Highways and the Environment, Cllr Jason Smithers said: “While we haven’t received any direct reports, we are encouraging homeowners to be on their guard against less reputable traders who may take advantage of any damage caused by these storms and try to convince homeowners to pay for unnecessary or over-priced repair work.

“If people are concerned about a caller at the door or suspect that rogue doorstep traders or distraction burglars are operating in their community, they should contact the dedicated Doorstep crime Action Network (DAN) by calling 0345 23 07 702.”

For More Information

For more information about Buy With Confidence, the Trading Standards approved trader scheme, visit Northamptonshire County Council Approved Traders or telephone 01392 383430.

Trading Standards in partnership with Northamptonshire Police can also provide No Cold Calling stickers on request by calling the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133. They can also provide consumers with information about their legal civil rights.

Floods Latest

Keeping You Up To Date

The Environment Agency has updated their advice regarding the River Cherwell between Charwelton and Upper Heyford.

Environment Agency Logo“Flooding is possible – be prepared

Property flooding is possible. River levels remain high and are still rising along the upper River Cherwell as a result of heavy rainfall overnight, particularly around Banbury and below. The risk of flooding remains high. Further light rainfall is forecast over the next few hours with a band of rain crossing the area this evening. The river will remain high for the next few days. We are closely monitoring the situation and our incident response staff have been in the area clearing weed/trash screens today. Please remain safe and aware of your local surroundings and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated this evening, 15/11/2019, or as the situation changes.

This information was last updated at 11:28am Friday 15 November 2019

You can access Environment Agency warnings directly at their web site.

And you can track the water level at the Hinton Road Cherwell Bridge here (yesterday it was at 2.6m, now, 13:30, its down to 1.7m).