Merry Christmas – Healthy and Prosperous New year

After 1765 posts on this site, even I need a rest – so no better time – unless anything deemed to be urgent that needs to be in the public domain comes my way –
I will kick off again at the start of 2019


Just a few High-Light Photo’s of the Year Past

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Further (New) Planning Application – Saxon Pit

You can view and comment on the application by going to Cambs CC Website – Planning Portal by clicking on this link – Click Here
The Application Number if you wish to search yourself is F/2015/18CW

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More Police & CPS Results..

Dear Roy,
Following recent feedback from our eCops user survey we will now be sending out round-ups of convictions. These will be broken down by the district in which you have chosen is relevant to you, however if you wish to see all news please visit the news section on our website https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/News-and-appeals.

On 22 August, a man killed a motorcyclist while high on drugs and driving a car he had stolen from a garage forecourt. Neville Smith was tailgating a car on Bretton Way, Peterborough, when he cut a corner to turn onto Deerleap Road. Sweeping across the carriageway, he struck a motorcyclist who was riding in the opposite direction. Smith was sentenced to six years and four months in jail and was disqualified from driving for five years. Read more at: https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/drug-driver-neville-smith

Members of an organised crime gang which committed more than 200 burglaries in an 11-month crime spree have been jailed for a total of 71 years. The gang, who raided homes and businesses across the region, including nearly 100 in Cambridgeshire, costing victims more than £2 million, were convicted earlier this year. Read more at: https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/burglary-conspiracy-jail-Norwich

An elderly woman was left for dead following an attack by a man she thought of as a friend. Stephen Leonard, 57, of St Michael’s Gate Peterborough, brutally stabbed Fay Mills, 60, leaving her with life changing injuries. Leonard was found guilty following a trial at Cambridge Crown Court. Read more at: https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/man-guilty-attempted-murder

A sex offender breached the terms imposed on him by a court by forming a relationship with a woman and going on holiday with her and her children. Alfie Fisher, 54, admitted having been in relationships with two women, both of whom had children, therefore breaching notification requirements under the Sexual Offences Act 2003. On 3 December he was jailed for 12 months at Peterborough Crown Court. Read more at: https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/sex-offender-jail-Fisher

A man who used an improvised recording device to film up skirts of women in Queensgate shopping centre, Peterborough has been jailed for 20 months. Peterborough resident Nigel Matt pleaded guilty to outraging public decency. Matt also faced further charges of voyeurism and taking and possessing indecent images of children for which he was also sentenced. Read more at: https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/Man-jailed-for-outraging-public-decency

A Peterborough drug dealer who used his profits to fund a ‘lavish lifestyle’ has been jailed. Abrahim Farooq, 25, was found with drugs worth more than £21,000 when officers raided his home in Redmile Walk, Welland, in February this year. At Peterborough Crown Court, he was sentenced to serve five years and three months in prison. Read more at: https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/Drug-dealer-Farooq-jailed-for-more-than-five-years

Kind regards,
Corporate Communications

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Crime Updates – Convictions

Dear Roy,
Following recent feedback from our eCops user survey we will now be sending out round-ups of convictions. These will be broken down by the district in which you have chosen is relevant to you, however if you wish to see all news please visit the news section on our website https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/News-and-appeals.

Members of an organised crime gang which committed more than 200 burglaries in an 11-month crime spree have been jailed for a total of 71 years. The gang, who raided homes and businesses across the region, including nearly 100 in Cambridgeshire, costing victims more than £2 million, were convicted earlier this year. Read more at: https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/burglary-conspiracy-jail-Norwich

A delivery driver who killed a young father-to-be in a crash on the A1307 has been jailed. Ricardas Taraska was driving at 3.17am on 29 August the year when he hit a motorcyclist travelling towards the Dean Road crossroads near Linton. Taraska was jailed for 14 months and disqualified from driving for 31 months, after which he must take an extended driving re-test. Read more at:
https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/driver-jailed-fatal-crash

Kind regards,
Corporate Communications
 

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More Elderly Targeted – Help Your Elderly Neighbours

I just wanted to share a recent crime against the elderly reported to me today.

An elderly couple who live in Cambridgeshire received a Facebook message from someone they thought was a Facebook friend.

The messaged stated that they could earn £40,000 by buying £550 of iTunes vouchers and then sending the code from each voucher to someone via Facebook Messenger.
They were told that this person would later contact them.

It is assessed that the suspect identified the victim because their profile picture shows someone who looks elderly. It would then appear that the suspect has looked at their friends list, (which was not set to private) copied a picture of their friend and messaged them using a fake profile set up in their friend’s name. The victim believed the message was from her friend so didn’t suspect the request was a scam. The victim later received a phone call from a male via Messenger and his profile picture showed someone in Australia who they were supposed to send the codes to. Fortunately, they got suspicious at this stage and did not send any iTunes codes to him and called the police.
A PCSO visited the couple, looked at their Facebook profile and everything was open to the public. The PCSO subsequently has locked all their Facebook settings down so only they could see their friends list and no one else had access. It is not clear how many iTunes vouchers the victim bought at this time, but none of the codes were sent to the suspect.

Please feel free to share the attempted crime to friends and family.

Mr Nigel Sutton (8517)
Economic and Cyber Security Advisor

Specialist Crime Team (Serious & Organised, Fraud & Cyber)
Intelligence and Specialist Crime Department
Cambridgeshire Constabulary

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Report II on WTC Monthly Meeting of 12th December.

Disclaimer: These observations are not the ‘official’ minutes of the meeting, these are supplied by Whittlesey Town Council, normally (1) month following the meeting and can be viewed on their website.
I attended the AGM of the CAB of which there is a report.

My correspondent(s) inform me that Whittlesey Town Council meetings in general are taking far too long – Wednesdays started at 7:30 and went on past 11:00pm –
Toooo Long.

Cllr Garratt apologies Cllr Curtis stuck on a train.

Police gave very interesting and comprehensive presentation explaining the structure of Neighbourhood Policing Team and how the Inspector has to “bid” for resources.
Fenland has a proactive approach to local queries ie dispersals. There is some covert work going on in Whittlesey. They are committed to an action team and high viz impact team Luckily for us Whittlesey has fewer incidents than other towns.

Burglaries 18. Robbery 1 theft cars 4 theft from cars 4 Antisocial behaviour 23
(Crime Stats for our area can be seen on the W’sey NHW Website –Click Here

Public Forum : Raised concerns about the new planning application at Saxon Pit – and issues of safety of motorists using Love Lane (Near Park Lane School)
Sweet Pea Nursery getting evicted from the Scouts hut in Scaldgate was discussed at length and a presentation by Mrs Whitwell. (See item at end of this report).

Cllr Dorling raised the matter of racial comments on Facebook™ it is an offence so always report to the police.
A new reporting portal has been launched: www.cambs.police.uk/report
It has been used it to report the social media issue ref above.

Speeding patrols can take place any time anywhere any-day –
All Officers now trained to use equipment.
Resources can and are deployed from Peterborough.

Green dog walker scheme 100 have signed up so far Cllr Curtis raised the matter of the disposal of diesel, a generator and a diesel tank from the new council premises as a result all councillors were provided with a copy of the “Nolan” principles by the clerk of the council.

Cllr Bristow informed everybody that Lark Fleet Homes have a charitable fund within a 10 mile radius for a charity that is of benefit to the community Cllr Bristow is happy to assist with bid writing.

The trophy for Citizen of the year is valuable so in the future will be kept in a display case in new council offices and the recipient of the award will be given a token.

Lengthy discussion about Mayors Chain of Office –  repair/replacement.
Lengthy discussion about keeping ducks on allotments, Cllr Dorling to submit a bid for green energy for new council offices to Glassmoor Wind Turbine Fund.

Concerns over funding for King’s Dyke Bridge ??? – (I am making enquiries about this RG)

The Coates Tommy is missing. Council to try to find out where it has gone…

Discussion over adoption of bus shelter at Pondersbridge and Speeding Motorists.

CCTV shared services to be combined with Peterborough.

Sweet pea nursery offered temp accommodation at Manor.
Ofsted reports have not been very good on this establishment – June 2018 –  Inadequate
Previous Inspection July 2017 – Requires Improvement – see reports on Ofsted Website:
https://files.api.ofsted.gov.uk/v1/file/50009590

Maybe Councillors should have done some reading and research first….!!!!!

Effectiveness of the leadership and management Inadequate 4
Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Inadequate 4
Personal development, behaviour and welfare Inadequate 4
Outcomes for children Inadequate 4

 

 

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Major Electrical Issue – Market Street

Last 3 nights big team of workmen working in Market Street – UK Power Networks

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Excellent NHW Meeting

12 members of Whittlesey NHW attended the meeting last night, we welcomed new member Kim K to the group and we have signed 2 further members this month.
Neighbourhood Sgt Richard Lugg along with our (2) PCSO’s were in attendance.
We covered a vast array of local subjects concerning our community, crime statistics being fairly level and NOT what peoples perception think crime levels are – I am talking of ‘reported’ crime – NOT all is reported and therefor is NOT recorded.
The group is very mindful of supporting vulnerable, elderly and lonely people within our area – we hope to be expanding in these area’s in the near future.
Secretary Robin Sutton is today having a meet up with PCC Jason Ablewhite and this will be one of the subjects to be discussed, another issue being the 101 None Emergency Call Centre.
Another major concern, which has been reported to both our local police and at HQ in Hinchingbrooke is that of Social Media – ‘Hate or Racism’ posts, the police are very aware of incidents and are looking into it – there is a very fine line between someone’s personal views and those that encourage/promote or entice hatred or racism….. just be careful is the advice.
Sgt Lugg also gave an update on other investigations currently going on and his team is producing some good results – they can’t be everywhere at once, but he has been given more resources.
For more information and a vast array of help please visit the Whittlesey NHW Website.
https://www.whittleseynhw.org.uk/

Why not join the UK’s largest volunteer group –  https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/ to sign up…..

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Parking Issues – Lots of Feedback

The Very Emotive Issue – Parking….. Posted on 30th NovemberClick Here to see
Has provoked a lot a ‘mainly’ positive feedback – in that the issue needs addressing – as it has done on many occasions….My article will be circulated amongst The Whittlesey Business Forum members for them to discuss and possibly lead a lobby to our Councils/Councillors (January’s Meeting)

In the meantime a correspondent sent me the following :-

For some drivers, parking on the pavement comes as second nature. For others, it’s a complete nuisance. Now new research reveals the UK has a near perfect 50/50 split on the issue. Half the country thinks that we should ban pavement parking while the other thinks we should allow it.

Research shows that 1 in 10 drivers park daily on the pavement which equates to about 3 million a day leading to the government potentially planning to act and create a nationwide ban on pavement parking.

Change in law

Back in 1974 when the Road Traffic Act was created, pavement parking was made illegal and never enacted. This was mainly due to high contention from multiple organisations and pressure from citizens; it was ultimately repealed in 1991 and pavement parking, aside from a few spots namely London and other major cities.

Now over 40 years later, the Scottish Government has under their new Transport bill allowed local governments to fine for pavement parking. Along with some areas in London, at the minute these are the only places one cannot park on the pavement.

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Report on the WTC Meeting Wednesday 12th December

Disclaimer: These observations are not the ‘official’ minutes of the meeting, these are supplied by Whittlesey Town Council, normally (1) month following the meeting and can be viewed on their website.

Since I attended the AGM of the CAB I was not present at last nights meeting, however I will have a report to publish of the main points of the meeting sometime during the weekend.

What has come to me is the Council meetings are Far – Far – too – long, I understand that last nights meeting went on until after 23:00 that’s some 3½ hours – blimey The Brexit issues took less time in parliament this week……Come on get a grip – have timed agenda and stop revisiting the same items over and over – maybe some Chairmanship training is required…..The few members of the public who turn up are getting ‘bored’ with the length of the meeting.

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