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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

 

Whats App Scam Calls

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) is warning the public about the continued increase in reports about scams where victims are targeted on WhatsApp by criminals pretending to be someone they know – typically their children.

Between 3rd February 2022 and 21st June 2022, there have been a total of 1235 reports made to Action Fraud linked to this scam, with total reported losses exceeding £1.5mn.

Criminals will usually begin the conversation with “Hello Mum” or “Hello Dad” and will say that they are texting from a new mobile number as their phone was lost or damaged. They will then ask for money to purchase a new one, or claim that they need money urgently to pay a bill

The criminal will provide bank details for the payment to be made to, with some coming back with further demands for money.

 

Detective Chief Inspector Craig Mullish, from the City of London Police, said:

“If you receive a message like this from a friend or family member, don’t send any money until you’ve had a chance to call them and confirm their identity. Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.”

How to protect yourself:

  • STOP. THINK. CALL. If a family member or friend makes an unusual request on WhatsApp, always call the person to confirm their identity.

 

  • You can report spam messages or block a sender within WhatsApp. Press and hold on the message bubble, select ‘Report’ and then follow the instructions.

 

  • Never share your account’s activation code (that’s the 6 digit code you receive via SMS)

 

 

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Telephone scam targeting vulnerable people.

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Phone calls are being made from fraudsters claiming to be police officers from London. They are attempting to persuade people to make bank transfers using several different fake reasons, including checking serial numbers and cloned cards.

Detective Sergeant Jon Cooper said: “No police officer from any force or department will ever ask you to make a payment, withdraw or transfer money or ask for your bank account details.

“These scams can be very elaborate and convincing but it’s extremely cruel, often but not always targeting older, vulnerable people. Please let your elderly family, friends and neighbours know and what to look out for.

“We are currently investigating these scams and urge anyone who has received suspect calls to please get in touch.

“If you receive a call that you’re not sure about, please simply terminate the call and also pass on the information to friends, relatives and neighbours and advise them what to do.

“Please remember the police will never contact you asking for your bank card or cash. If someone does, it’s a scam – provide no details, hang up and report it immediately to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or 0300 123 2040.”

“If you have recently provided bank details or handed over cards or cash, or the caller has arranged for someone to visit your address to collect items, you should call the police to report this on 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.”

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

WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
PUBLIC NOTICE
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.

Map attached.

Code of Conduct

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

Safer Roads Neighbourhood Team Newsletter.

See attached Newsletter – June 22.

Neighbourhood Matters – Action Fraud Bulletin.

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Action Fraud has received 752 reports in four days relating to fake emails purporting to be from Ofgem. The emails state that the recipient is eligible for a rebate as a result of a newly announced government scheme. The links in the emails lead to genuine-looking websites that are designed to steal your personal and financial information.

Please view our tweet to see a screenshot of the fake emails reported to Action Fraud: https://twitter.com/CyberProtectUK/status/1527657160586444800?s=20&t=RdAiopW83gUlsAymvjnu5g

 

For more information on how to stay secure online, please visit: www.cyberaware.gov.uk

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More than £50 million was lost last year to scams where victims are tricked into handing over control of their computer or smartphone to criminals.New data from Action Fraud, the national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime, reveals that 20,144 people fell victim to scams where they were persuaded to grant criminals remote access to their device. Victims reported losing a total of £57,790,384 – an average loss of £2,868 per victim.

What are remote access scams

Remote Access scams will often begin with a browser pop-up saying that your computer is infected with a virus, or maybe a call from someone claiming to be from your bank saying that they need to connect to your computer in order to cancel a fraudulent transaction on your account. Regardless of the narrative the fraudster’s use, their goal is to steal your money or access your financial information by tricking you into allowing them to remotely connect to your computer.

How to protect yourself

  • Only install software or grant remote access to your computer if you’re asked by someone you know and trust, such as a friend or family member, and never as a result of an unsolicited call, browser pop up, or text message.
  • Remember, a bank or service provider will never contact you out of the blue requesting remote access to your device.
  • If you believe your laptop, PC, tablet or phone has been infected with a virus or some other type of malware, follow the NCSC’s guidance on recovering an infected device.
  • Protect your money by contacting your bank immediately on a different device from the one the scammer contacted you on.
  • Report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via actionfraud.police.uk. If you are in Scotland, please report to Police Scotland directly by calling 101.

 

Budget 2022/23

The Precept is the element of your Council Tax that is paid to South Lenches Parish Council annually. The precept demand is submitted to the billing authority, Wychavon District Council, every January. Each year the Parish Council draws up a budget and calculates how much money it requires for the next Financial Year. For 2022/23, the Budget Requirement for South Lenches Parish Council is  the sum of £11,362. This will result in a Council Tax Band D charge of £29.33 on the 2022-23 Council Tax Demand, an increase of 4.2% compared with last year.

The budget to form the precept requirement for 2022-23 was approved at the January meeting of the Council. (Attached).

Community Infrastructure Levy Neighbourhood Fund.

Please view attached financial statement for the year ended 31st March 2021 in relation to Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).