Weekly Fraud update from West Mercia Police – Economic Crime Unit – 17/01/2023

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 Regular reports of bank account fraud are being received both locally and nationally.

The first sign that Bank Account Fraud has occurred is usually when transactions you have not made, show up on your bank statements.

Do not let criminals steal your identity, this may be done by taking personal documents thrown out with your rubbish, or contacting you by phone or email and posing as a legitimate organisation.

How do you protect yourself?

·         Always shred any paperwork with your name, address , personal or financial details before throwing it out

·         Beware of unsolicited emails or phone calls form callers claiming to be your bank or building society; most banks will not           contact you this way

·         Always hang up, wait 5 minutes and then ring back on a designated number on your bank statement or bank card to check;         always check you have a dialling tone and where possible phone back on a different phone

·         Check your bank statements regularly for unrecognised transactions

·         If you move house make sure your post is redirected by Royal Mail

·         Notify your bank immediately if you see any unusual activity on your bank account – you can call straight through to most major banks by dialling 159 as the fastest route


A further short reminder as we approach the deadline for self-assessment returns. This is the key time to be aware of messages, or even phone calls, claiming to be from HMRC.


·         Scammers may text or email people to tell them they are due a Tax Rebate from HMRC; this may also include a link that asks for personal details which can be used for further scams

·         Scammers are also using phone calls to gain people’s details

·         Automated phone calls may be used to say people owe tax, and arrest warrants may be issued by HMRC unless they pay the       outstanding tax

·         Fake web pages have also been used which can copy the genuine HMRC website


Before you give out any personal details first consider:

·         Were you expecting to be contacted? Check it is HMRC really contacting you

·         Are you being pressured?  If the request is for an urgent money transfer or for personal details be very wary

·         Are you being threatened with arrest? HMRC will never call you and threaten arrest

·         Is it sounding too good to be true?  Are you really expecting a Tax rebate?

·         Is the website or email address genuine? Always double check these details if you are unsure. Some more refined scams may use official details and logos so be aware

·         Check your personal tax account online to see if there are any genuine messages

·         If you think it is a scam, report it to HMRC as soon as possible for further investigations

Please feel free to share this information with any relatives, friends or neighbours you think may be vulnerable.

Take Five To Stop Fraud

      .  Stop: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.

  • Challenge: Could it be fake? It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
  • Protect: If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud online at actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

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Neighbourhood Plan Update – January 23

South Lenches Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan Update January 2023

Happy New Year! It was great to see so many people rallying round to discuss a recent planning application in Church Lench, and proof that there remains enthusiasm for the right level of development in the Parish. Since the last time the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee met in 2022, we have been busy behind the scenes, developing the Vision, Aims and Objectives of the Neighbourhood Plan followed by the Policies, supported by all the evidence that the community has brought together in the previous years.

There are 3 critical consultation milestones that we need to reach for the Neighbourhood Plan to be adopted. Regulation 14 – when the draft Plan is reviewed by the whole Parish.

Regulation 16 – when the draft Plan (including any changes from the Parish consultation) is reviewed by Wychavon District Council; then final Examination (from an external Planning

Examiner) and Referendum to approve the Plan from the whole Parish.

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee is due to meet on January 16th, 2023, when we will discuss the steps to be taken to get the Neighbourhood Plan ready for Parish consultation. The aim is to have the Plan ready by Spring this year and to reach final adoption by the end of this year.

To meet these targets, we need your help and support. The people on the Steering Committee along with the Parish Council are representing you and your views of how our Parish should develop in the coming years. But it is YOUR plan. A Plan that will play a vital role in the future development of the South Lenches communities.

There are many tasks and activities to be completed before we reach the Regulation 14 consultation – if you have some time to volunteer and can be a part of our Steering Committee, please let us know! We will update you via the Parish magazine again next month.

Carolyn Hodges.


Safer Neighbourhood Team Newsletter

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Design Code consultation – Wychavon Central and North

Wychavon is working with Create Streets to come up with a design code for the district. This is a chance for you to influence how your town, village or street is developed.

Design codes will become an important part of the planning system in the future. They will set out to developers, housebuilders and architects what is required, in detail, from their proposed plans before they are even submitted, guaranteeing standards are upheld and removing the uncertainty which can lead to delays in the planning process.

The codes can include everything from the type of material that can be used to whether buildings should avoid being north-facing so it’s easier to install solar panels on them.

Having a design code will not replace the need for planning permission or remove the rights of residents to object or comment on individual planning applications. But by requiring developers to build to the design code, it means planners can ensure new development is better suited to towns and villages and is good quality, sustainable and helps communities flourish.

Input from residents is critical to the process of producing the code and consultations for the Evesham, Pershore and Droitwich Spa areas are now live. The Evesham South consultation took place in the autumn of 2022.

Using the links below, you can visit the Create Streets interactive map where you can comment on different buildings and aspects of current design in your area, as well as make your own suggestions about good design you would like to see more of in the future.

The deadline to have your say is 1 February 2023. If you are unsure which area you fit in then click on the links and the areas covered by that consultation will be shaded in red on the map.

Take the Wychavon Central (Evesham, Pershore and surrounding areas) design code consultation.

Take the Wychavon North (Droitwich Spa and surrounding areas) design code consultation.


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Community Speed Watch Volunteers wanted.

Volunteers required to help run active schemes to monitor the speed of vehicles at safe and specified locations.

For further information see attached poster.


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Mobile: 07870 519 449  Direct Dial: 101 Ext. 7744439

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Notice of Conclusion of Audit ending March 2022

Advice 2-Step Verification and why it can protect you and your family

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Criminals are clever these days and protecting your life on the internet is just as important as locking your front and back doors. Setting up 2SV can help protect your online accounts, even if your password is stolen.

What is 2-Step Verification (2SV)?

2-step verification (often shortened to 2SV) provides a way of ‘double checking’ that you really are the person you are claiming to be when you’re using online services, such as banking, email or social media. It is available on most of the major online services. 2-step verification (2SV) is also known as two-factor authentication (2FA) and multi-factor authentication (MFA).

When setting up 2SV, the service will ask you to provide a ‘second step’, which is something that you (and only you) can access. This could be a code that’s sent to you by text message, or that’s created by an app.

Why should you use 2SV?

Passwords can be stolen by cyber criminals, potentially giving them access to your online accounts. However, accounts that have been set up to use 2SV will require an extra check, so even if a criminal knows your password, they won’t be able to access your accounts.

The NCSC (National Cyber Crime Centre) recommends that you set up 2SV on your ‘important’ accounts; these will typically be the ‘high value’ accounts that protect things that you really care about and would cause the most harm to you if the passwords to access these accounts were stolen. You should also use it for your email, as criminals with access to your inbox can use it to reset passwords on your other accounts.

Some online services will already have 2SV switched on. However most don’t, so you will need to switch it on yourself to give extra protection to your other online accounts, such as email, social media and cloud storage. If available, the option to switch on 2SV is usually found in the security settings of your account (where it may also be called ‘two-factor authentication’).

The Cyber Aware pages on the NCSC website contain up-to-date links to the instructions on how to set up 2SV across popular online services such as Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Outlook.

What if 2SV isn’t available?

While many major services do offer it, there are still some that do not. If 2SV is not available on one of your important accounts, like email, you should ensure that it has a strong unique password. You may even want to consider changing services to one that does offer 2-step verification.

For more information and advice, visit our website.

Report it

Parish Issues – Who to report to?

Please contact https://e-services.worcestershire.gov.uk/OnlineReporting/  in regard to the following:

Potholes, Drainage/Flooding/Spillage issues on the road; overgrown shrubbery causing obstruction/visibility issue; other issues with roads and pavements; streetlights; public rights of way.

If your report relates to an immediate public safety issue, please contact the Police.

Wychavon District Council: https://www.wychavon.gov.uk/report-it  also has a section on items to be reported e.g.  Dog Fouling; Japanese knotweed; Nuisances (opens in a new window) i.e. smoke, noise, light, accumulations, dust/odour insects/flies, bonfires); problem with a litter or dog bin; Abandoned Vehicles; Damaged Street Sign; Dead Animal; Fly Tipping; Travellers on public land; Untidy front gardens; On street parking;  Report a planning enforcement issue


Footpath BP-543 Bishampton and CL-526 Church Lench for its entire length.

Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (As Amended)
(Footpath BP-543, Bishampton and CL-526, Church Lench) (Temporary Closure Order) 2022
Order made: to close Footpath BP-543 Bishampton and CL-526 Church Lench for its entire length.
The Order is being made to allow for the construction of ground mounted solar farm.
Exemptions: to permit access to any land or premises having a frontage to the highway affected where there is no other form of access; and to allow the necessary works to be undertaken.
Alternative route: Bishampton footpaths BP-519, BP-523, BP-516 and BP-517; Church Lench footpath CL-525; C2022 and vice versa.
The proposed Order will continue in force for a period not exceeding 6 months or until the works which it is proposed to be carried out have been completed, whichever is the earlier.
However, it is anticipated that the Order will only be operative for 6 months commencing on 1 August 2022.

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Code of Conduct

South Lenches Parish Council has adopted the new 2022 model Code of Conduct.