Council backs empty homes week…

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Beware – Bogus Police – Please Read Advice….

We have received a report from a member of the public about being pulled over on the A47 near Wisbech, by an unmarked black 5 Series BMW, with blue flashing lights in the grille.
Two males dressed in dark clothing with local accents have approached the driver stating that the vehicle was showing up as uninsured.

When the driver has asked for the collar numbers of the two males, this was refused. The driver became suspicious of their behaviour, drove home and contacted the police.

Our advice is….
If you find yourself in a similar position where an unmarked vehicle with blue flashing lights is indicating for you to pull over, and you are unsure if this is a legitimate vehicle, please wait until you are in a safe, well lit populated area to stop.

Call police and give them as much information as possible – they will be able to confirm if it is a police registered vehicle.

Ask for ID and/or collar numbers – no police officer will refuse to do this.

#policingfenland #safetyfirst

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Ice Cream Van On Fire…..Inhams Road

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Free Training – Support & Help

Opportunities for all sorts of people from our area, to obtain free training, qualifications, help and support.
The Work Academy will be visiting Whittlesey Learning Centre/Library monthly (enquire at the library), to help and give information on how to apply, or the contact details on Page 4 of the below document.

Click on the bottom left corner ‘arrows’ to advance pages.

CityCollege-Work Academy
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2019 CCG – AGM

I have attended these very important meetings previously, this year in Ely.
The Cambs & Peterborough – Clinic Commissioning Group, is primarily responsible for delivering most Health Services across its area.
They have an annual budget of £1.2 Billion for the current financial year and as maybe seen in various press articles – are always financially ‘stretched’

Only 12 people attended, of which 6 were aligned health proffesionals and 2 from the press, that left 4 public, Myself, Cllr Mrs Kay Mayor (Chair of FDC) and Mr Bernard Gray-Esson (Lakeside NQS PPG) and 1 other.

Ex Whittlesey NQS GP Mr Gary Howsan has been the Chair of the CCG for 4 years.
Two major highlighs were that the over spend budget of £31 Million has been in effect written off, by agreement with the Government (The pre-arrangement being that if this figure was exceeded- then there would be penalties).
The other highlight being that the area covered is one of the lowest funded in the region.

I did ask questions (as I do!), did the written off money impact any other CCG/Health Groups and the answer was NO.
Peterborough City Hospital, still remains very challenging in funding sevices.

You can visit the Cambs & Peterborough CCG Website by clicking on the link

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FDC Full Council Meeting Wednesday 18th September 2019

Unfortunately I am not able to attend and report on this meeting.
Below is the front page of the Agenda and the ‘link’ to FDC portal with the 206 pages of report pack (including minutes of the previous meeting) (5MB).

Click Here for Link to FDC

FDC -Agenda 18092019 1600 Council

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Fly-Tipping Prosecution – Dumped in Whittlesey

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Never Give Money

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Knife Crime Amnesty

Officers in Cambridgeshire will be joining others across the country next week in an operation to tackle a rise in knife crime.

The week-long initiative, aimed at taking weapons off the streets and tackling associated offending, includes an amnesty where members of the public can hand in knives without fear of prosecution.

Offences involving possession of a knife in Cambridgeshire rose by nearly 10% in 2018/19 compared to figures from the previous year. Despite this, the figure remains below the national average and is in line with a rise in offences across the country.

From Monday (16 September) to the following Monday, knife surrender bins will be located at Thorpe Wood Police Station in Peterborough and Parkside Police Station in Cambridge.

Knives can also be handed in to any police station with an enquiry office across Cambridgeshire.

In addition, officers will be visiting schools to talk about knife crime and test purchases will be carried out at retail outlets. Test purchasing is where someone under the age of 18 attempts to buy a knife to see if they are asked for identification.

It is illegal to:   
–          sell a knife of any kind to anyone under 18 years old. 
–          carry a knife in public without good reason – unless it’s a knife with a folding blade three inches long (7.62 cm) or less, eg a Swiss Army knife 
–          carry, buy or sell any type of banned knife 
–          use any knife in a threatening way (even a legal knife, such as a Swiss Army knife)

The maximum penalty for an adult carrying a knife is four years in prison and a fine of £5,000.

Inspector Matt Snow said: “This amnesty provides us with an excellent opportunity to join with colleagues across the country to get knives off the streets.

“Knives ruin lives and it’s important we are doing all we can to tackle the issue. Please make use of the knife surrender bins next week – you could save a life.

“This is the second knife amnesty since serious street based violence (SSBV) became a force priority.

“SSBV was introduced to address concerns over people carrying weapons in Cambridgeshire and we are focusing on both education and enforcement. 

“The action our officers take next week will follow the same method. It’s important that we’re talking to young people about the dangers of carrying knives and the potentially devastating consequences.

“I’d urge the family and friends of people who carry knives to encourage them to make use of the amnesty. Even if you feel the person would never actually use the weapon, by disposing of it you completely eliminate that risk and you could be preventing them from being prosecuted. 

“If people don’t make use of the amnesty and they are found to be carrying a knife in public, they could face a hefty fine and further prosecution by the courts.”  

Anyone who knows someone who carries a knife is urged to call us on 101 or report online by clicking here.

More information on knife crime is available on the force website.

Thank you,
Corporate Communications

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WTC Planning Agenda Monday 16th September

Planning Agenda Monday 16th Sept 2019
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