Congratulations & Well Done Richard E

Well done to Richard Exton, Whittlesey man who has recently been awarded winner – ‘Volunteer in The Community’ – Pride in Fenland awards.
Richard has previously been ‘Citizen of the Year’ his long term commitment to community projects has been well known and this latest accolade is well deserved.
Richard and I went to school together and we have known each other since those times, our interests are very similar – Richard is involved with The Straw Bear Festival for all its 40 years, Whittlesey Christmas Lights, Whittlesey in Bloom and The Whittlesey Extravaganza.
He is not afraid of getting stuck in and getting his hands dirty…Well done again Richard.

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Protect Yourself Against Mandate Fraud

Public urged to protect against mandate fraud

Members of the public are being urged to be aware of mandate fraud and how to protect against it as part of a national campaign.
Mandate fraud is when a scammer contacts someone to request a change of direct debit, standing order or bank transfer mandate, by claiming to be an organisation a person makes regular payments to.

It is a growing problem nationwide, however, between April and September 2018 3,848 mandate fraud crimes in Cambridgeshire have been reported to Action Fraud, amounting to a financial loss of £750,000.

Nigel Sutton, Cambridgeshire police’s fraud and cyber security advisor, said: “An example of this type of fraud may be that you receive a letter in the post which appears to come from the company supplying a monthly magazine to you. It provides details of a new bank account and asks you to change the payment details to reflect this. The direct debit bank mandate is amended as instructed, however the following month your magazine does not arrive and when you contact the publisher you are told that because your payment was cancelled you no longer have a subscription for the magazine.

“Phishing emails are can be aimed at anyone in the hope they make the payment change requested. They come in the form of letters, emails, phone calls, texts or even social media posts and messages. Sometimes the criminal behind these types of scams will look at social media profiles and annual reports to do their homework against the recipient to make them appear more convincing.”

Advice on how to best protect yourself:

•    Don’t leave papers like bills lying around for others to look at and record details of standing orders and direct debits. Always verify changes to financial arrangements with the organisation directly using established contact details.

•    If you are concerned about the source of a telephone call, text message or email, call the company back using established contact details you have on file.

•    Check your bank statements carefully and report anything suspicious to your financial institution.

•    Any changes to a payment should be verified by at least a second person within the family or business, if in doubt ask a trusted friend or work colleague.

•    Read emails carefully, check for spelling and grammar, does the email use a generic salutation such as Dear Sir and not a name?

•    Be suspicious of any urgency or threat to make the payment changes. 

For more information or support please contact Nigel Sutton, the Fraud and Cyber Security Advisor for Cambridgeshire Police, who can arrange to meet with you –cyberprotectcambs@cambs.pnn.police.uk.

Action Fraud is a policing team within the City of London Police, their website provides excellent information on how to protect yourself and your business from fraud and cybercrime, visit their website here www.actionfraud.police.uk.

Kind Regards,
Corporate Communications

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Good Neighbourhood Watch Meeting

12  members of Whittlesey Neighbourhood Watch attended their meeting last night.
Various items discussed being the usual Parking problems especially around schools.
The issue of people (None Patients) appear to be parking at The New Queen Street Surgery has stated again – this was covered a number of years ago, when I conducted a survey on behalf of the Surgery & PPG…. comes around again – It is a private car park and is the responsibility of the surgery.
How to report crimes, Littering, Fly-Tipping and Dog Fowling.
All this and much more on The Whittlesey NHW Website :- Click Here

Excellent report from Robin Sutton on the NHW Website and its content.
Our on-going commitment to helping our neighbours and especially the elderly and those who live on their own….we will be promoting this during this year.

We are planning a presentation and inter-active demonstration on ‘Scams’ during May and once the venue is confirmed will be promoting this further.

The date of the next planned NHW meeting (AGM) will be  at 7:00pm on Wednesday 05th June…. At Whittlesey Town Council Offices.
For further information you can contact:
Roy Gerstner – roy.gerstner@ntlworld.com
Robin Sutton – robin55@btopenworld.com

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We are so H.a.p.p.y…….

Yes it’s that time again, our (2) little friends we’ve had for 40+ years have woken up.
Spring is in the air and the little chap (Timmy) is chasing his female partner (Suntan).
Alas we’ve never had any eggs…
They get weighed before they hibernate and again when they wake up….
Nice to see them looking good…..
He is around 640 grams
She is around 2,350 grams

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Good meet-up @ the Library

This mornings meeting by the Community Safer Partnership, went well, although no police in attendance – they were on a training exercise….We had Ross Cooke from FDC who gave us some updates of what was happening, I did question her about my comments of duplicity between Street Scene Officers and Kingdom Services – which I will cover in another post.
We had several enquiries including Parking Issues/Concerns, Anti-social behaviour, Police and Crime Commissioners Office and associated increases in Precept of 12%., The role of PCSO’s… all addressed.

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WTC Planning Meeting Monday 18th March – Updated

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.
The agenda for this evenings meeting was published on the 16th March – below.
6 members of the public in attendance.
At the Public Forum, 3 members spoke,
(a) Licensing of Catteries
(b) Myself on the presentation of Persimmon Homes at last Wednesdays Full council meeting.
(c) A presentation from a Pondersbridge resident (Sorry didn’t get the name) on the proposed Anaerobic Digester Plant at Pondersbridge.

The main two items which were discussed at length were The reserved matters application by Persimmon Homes® for 220 houses on the Showfields site. Cllr Mrs Kay Mayor made several valid comments about the development, the on-going concerns and issues of flood water at Teal Road and Kingfisher Road, concerns about the so called management committee, the safety concerns regarding the ‘Ponds’, and Road concerns of the B1040 access. No or little notice is taken from historical/local knowledge.
The Town Council recommended refusal of this latest plan.

Remember WTC are only consultee’s and the ultimate decision will be taken by FDC planning committee, on which there are (2) Whittlesey councillors, Cllrs Alex Miscandlon and Dee Laws. (updated).
Cllr Ray Whitwell gave a good argument to refuse the Anaerobic Digester Plant at Pondersbridge. Too close to residential buildings, Noise, Pollution,  Environmental impact and the number of HGV movements in/around a small village.
(Picture shows an indicative AD plant)

This application falls under Huntingdon District Council and representation is proposed when the application comes before their committee.

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Good News – Sweet Pea Nursery – Ofsted Report

On my council report in December about the Sweet Pea Nursery having to move premises and the ‘Ofsted’ report accompanying it taken on 25th June 2018….
My reporting on the meeting of the 12th December was written with the available documentation in the public domain at the time.
On the 11th December there was another ‘Ofsted’ inspection carried out with a greatly improved rating, this would not have been available at the time of the Town Council meeting.
You can see/view the much improved rating by clicking on the link below…..

https://files.api.ofsted.gov.uk/v1/file/50048535

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Why do these ‘Poor People’ Keep Trying – (Scams)

The were ‘scams’ before the “Internet” was invented… postal scams…get rich quick scams and of course The Ponzi Scheme….
Quite poor people in Africa pay their last Naira to become ‘rich’ – No I am not so sorry for these poor people trying to rip off the rest of the world, but their naivety in believing ‘we’ shall fall for their get rich quick scams is somewhat plane stupid, I and several others still on occasion receive the below…..unbelievable….not….

DEAR FRIEND. FOR REASON CONTACT ME THROUGH THIS EMAIL (Removed)ATTENTION:
WE RECEIVE YOUR CONTENT OF YOUR EMAIL FORM THIS DHL MASTER CARD OFFICES FUND OF $USD.9.5 MILLION AFTER THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING,WE DECIDED TO ISSUE YOU AN ATM VISA CARD  VALUED AT  9.5 MILLION DOLLAR.

THIS IS TO BRING TO YOUR NOTICE THAT YOUR VALUED SUM OF 9.5 MILLION DOLLAR HAS BEING TODAY CREDITED INTO ATM VISA CARD AND WE HAVE HANDLE IT TO  OUR REMITANCE  DEPARTMENT  TO SEND IT TO YOU TODAY IN YOUR  FAVOR.WITH THE  VISA CARD YOU CAN BE ABLE TO MAKE WITHDRAW OF $10,000.00 UNITED STATE DOLLARS  DAILIES AS PROGRAMMED UNTIL YOU WITHDRAW YOUR TOTAL SUM IN ANY ATM MACHINE. WE  ARE SENDING YOU THE SCAN COPY OF YOUR ATM VISA CARD WHICH WE HAVE REGISTERED IN OUR  SYSTEM FOR PAYMENT RECORD AS SOON AS WE RECIEVE YOUR INFORMATION AND YOUR HOME ADDRESS YOUR ATM VISA CARD WE BE SEND TO YOU THROUGH DHL COURIER OFFICE
WE HAVE RECEIVED A SIGNAL FROM THE SWISS WORLD BANK TO INFECT YOUR TRANSFER TO YOU WITHIN ONE WEEK, WE HAVE JUST FINISH OUR ANNUAL  MEETING WITH THE CENTRAL BANK OF BURKINA FASO (BCEAO) AND THE END OF THE  MEETING WE HAVE CONCLUDED TO MAKE YOUR PAYMENT TO YOU THROUGH OUR ATM VISA  CARD. AND YOUR VALUE SUM HAS BE CREDITED INTO YOUR ATM VISA  ACCOUNT. WHICH  YOU WILL USE TO WITHDRAW YOUR FUND IN ANY PART OF THE WORLD, WE HAVE ISSUE AND  CREDIT YOUR ATM CARD IN YOUR NAME TODAY .THE CARD WILL BE INSURE AND SEND TO  YOU THROUGH DHL COURIER SERVICE .VIEW YOUR ATTACHED FILE FOR THE COPY OF YOUR  ATM CARD.THIS IS THE PAYMENT DEPARTMENT  EMAIL ID FOR YOU TO CONTACT US (Removed)

YOU SHOULD FORWARD TO THIS FINANCIAL INSTITUTION YOUR RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS AND CALL THE BANK  DIRECTOR WITH THIS NUMBER :+226-79 15 93 02. CONGRATULATION  NOTICE: IF YOU FIND ANYTHING THAT YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND PLEASE KINDLY INFORM  THIS FINANCIAL INSTITUTION FOR URGENT  ASSISTANCE.YOU ARE ADVISE TO SEND YOUR INFORMATION DOWN IMMEDATILY WITH YOUR PHONE NUMBER WHEN THEY ARRIVEL IN YOUR COUNTRY THEY WE CALL YOU.

EMAIL; (Removed)
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DIRECTOR NAME MUSA KAMAL

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Neighbourhood Watch Meeting

There will be a meeting of the Whittlesey & District Neighbourhood Watch Group

Wednesday 20th March
At 19:00
Whittlesey Town Council Offices
Grosvenor Road
(Opposite the Bus stop on Grosvenor Road)
Side entrance and up the stairs.
There is a stair lift if required.

Why not come along and join the largest volunteer organisation in England.

                                     Creating safer, stronger and active communities
                                           Report Crime Online Emergency Call 999
Contact: Roy Gerstner – roy.gerstner@ntlworld.com
or             Robin Sutton – robin55@btopenworld.com

Visit Whittlesey NHW Website for a vast array of information:
https://www.whittleseynhw.org.uk/

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Police & Community Engagement Meeting

This Tuesday 19th March
At 10:00 – 12:00♠
(subject to operational requirements)
Whittlesey Library & Learning Centre
Market Street
Whittlesey

Come and meet the Safer Neighbourhood Team

Representatives from Whittlesey Neighbourhood Watch will be attending and supporting the event

Come along and have a chat.

Visit Whittlesey Neighbourhood Watch Website for updated information.
https://www.whittleseynhw.org.uk/

Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch
Creating safer, stronger and active communities.

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