Warning to motorists after spate of nearly 50 vehicle breaks

Police are asking motorists to please be vigilant following a spate of nearly 50 vehicle breaks since April where tools have been stolen. Between 1 April and 15 June, 47 thefts from vehicles were reported around the county, with work vehicles mostly being targeted. 
Doors or locks are being forced before offenders search inside the vehicles and steal items. We’re encouraging workmen to use “no tools left in this vehicle overnight” signs and forensic markers that will help to identify any stolen tools that may be recovered, as well as keeping a record of tool serial numbers.

Warning issued over dangers of swimming in open water

Gloucestershire Constabulary and Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service are warning people not to attempt to swim in open water as they enjoy the warm weather which is due to return next week.
It follows a number of reports about people swimming in lakes, quarries and other water sources over recent weeks.
As the hot weather continues during the summer, the two agencies are offering a reminder about the risks involved, including hypothermia. Other hidden dangers include strong currents which can overwhelm even good swimmers very quickly.

 Please find the latest updated District  report  from Cllr Julia Judd. It provides us with some useful local information some of which, villagers may already be aware. To access the report, Click here 

                                          Neighbourhood Watch July 'Our News' newsletter

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The time has come once again to grab that cup of tea, put your feet up and enjoy our newsletter. This month we reflect on perception of crime in lockdown and the successes of Neighbourhood Watch Week.
Kind regards

Page last updated & Checked Thursday 09/07/2020.

                                              Coronavirus in the County

Not from CDC but Councillor Julie Judd thought that this is practical advice which you may feel is worthy of being shared: Click here

                        Meanwhile Gloucestershire County Council has offered us the following advice:

Does your neighbour need your help?
Its is important that we do all we can to help those in our communities that are likely to become more isolated as measures are put in place to delay the spread of Covid-19. There are some simple but effective things we can all do to help:
* Making sure they have enough food and other general supplies to cover a few days - there is no need to panic buy though.
* Walking their dog, picking up a prescription, putting out their bins or taking in a parcel.
* Phoning, Skyping of Facetime them so they can see a friendly face, helping to reduce their isolation.
* Sharing child care or other caring responsibilities.
* Checking if any of their planned appointments have been cancelled before they travel.
* Making sure they have some simple recipes to hand, if they are not the normal chef or have done some batch cooking for the freezer

There is already a strong response from our communities that should be celebrated.  To help promote good practise happening in the county, we would ask you to share what you’re doing via social media, using the hashtag #gloscommunity on Twitter.      

Please visit their webpage for more information and to find resources that you can use in your local community. 
It’s important that we all continue to follow the national advice and guidance which can be found at www.nhs.uk.  

For help please contact via the website - 
Click here

CoronaVirus & Brimpsfield.  No new updates today. Last update - 8th July. 

(Most recent updates are directly below)

Morrison’s 06.30 am cyclonic. Tesco’s, good, occasionally busy later. Sainsburys, moderate to good, sale on Corn Flakes. Asda, slight to moderate, heavy crowds by evening. Marks and Spencer’s and Co-Op, fair. Waitrose fair to moderate, spillage in aisle 7. Lidl, rough at first, moderate later. Poundland, lows from west
Boots 4 to 5 veering north -lows

Viking Ikea.
Spec savers low visibility.

And that's the end of the Shopping Forecast.

Covid Support Leaflet

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The Family Information Service is here for you!

Many families may be finding current circumstances difficult and worrying.  Whilst having more time together as a family can be a pleasure, the additional pressures of home schooling, managing your child’s anxiety and not seeing friends and loved ones is a challenge for us all. A free confidential advice line is providing guidance and emotional support on any aspect of parenting and family life.

Phone Scam - 02 July 2020

Police have received a report of a phone scam that is alleged to come from HMRC. The person states they have a claim number and you must press 1 to continue. Please hang up your phone at this point as you will be put through to someone who will try and gain your personal details and possibly bank details to obtain money.

Many thanks
PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
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Nicholas Westmacott (Police, PC, Cirencester)

This page has been set up to provide local updates on the Virus, but specifically shared experiences within the Village and what people are doing. With children who are no longer at school in mind, we might share ideas as to how village parents can entertain the children and shortly there will be a Village Quiz that can be undertaken around the village but, (with social distancing and being contactless, kept in mind), run at different times so that people do not congregate together. Other ideas are very welcome, but more importantly, the page just might be a useful 'Suggestions and shared experiences/ideas" portal. If you have any suggestions, or have anything to contribute or help to give or require help then please Contact us.

The caption above reads:

"We apologize to all those, who have recently complained that the taste of the Shish Kebab has changed. This is because the staff are now washing their hands. Please show some understanding. We assure you that everything will soon return to its normal place.”

Of course we must take the Corona Virus and the actions to combat it very seriously however, a little levity from time to time will help see us through and it is always gratifying to receive contributions to help lift us:.

A friend had just returned from Melbourne and mentioned two stories  ...

A lorry load of toilet rolls caught fire which caused some hilarity!
A newspaper issued a large supplement which was usable as toilet paper.

Another was about a cleaner who contacted her clients to say she was
"working from home" and sent them a list of instructions 

If you have any pictures relating to what you are doing during this period and would like to share, then please send them to us through the Contact us page

Coronavirus-Related Scams - How To Protect Yourself

Criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to try and get their hands on your money and personal information. To date, Action Fraud has received reports from 2,378 victims of Coronavirus-related scams, with the total losses reaching over £7 million.

How you can protect yourself from Coronavirus-related scams:

There are some simple steps you can take that will protect you from the most common Coronavirus-related scams. Here’s what need to do:

1 - Watch out for scam messages
Your bank, or other official organisations, won’t ask you to share personal information over email or text. If you receive an email you’re not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS): report@phishing.gov.uk

2 - Shopping online
If you're making a purchase from a company or person you don't know and trust, carry out some research first, for example, by checking to see if others have used the site and what their experience was. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, other payment providers may not provide the same protection.

3 - Unsolicited calls and browser pop-ups offering tech support
Never install any software, or grant remote access to your computer, as a result of a cold call. Remember, legitimate organisations would never contact you out of the blue to ask for financial details such as your PIN or full banking password.

NHS Test and Trace scams:
The NHS Test and Trace service plays an important role in the fight against coronavirus and it’s vital the public have confidence and trust in the service. However, we understand the concerns people have about the opportunity for criminals to commit scams.

What you need to know:
Contact tracers will only call you from the number 0300 013 5000. Anyone who does not wish to talk over the phone can request the NHS Test and Trace service to send an email or text instead, inviting them to log into the web-based service.

All text or emails sent by NHS Test and Trace will ask people to sign into the contact tracing website and will provide you with a unique reference number. We would advise people to type the web address https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk directly into their browser, followed by the unique reference number given to you, rather than clicking on any link provided in the message.

The NHS Test and Trace service will never:

ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to them (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product or any kind
ask for any details about your bank account
ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone  
ask you to download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else
ask you to access any website that does not belong to the government or NHS

If you think you have been a victim of fraud, please report it to Action Fraud at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.​​​​​​​

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

News from Gloucestershire Opcc 30 June 2020

Today’s latest roundup from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner covers a concerning rise in reports of domestic abuse as we come out of lockdown; the reintroduction of virtual speed awareness courses for those caught speeding in Gloucestershire; and highlights the success of a fantastic scheme which has donated bikes to key workers to help them get back to work during the pandemic.​

Domestic Abuse calls increase in Gloucestershire after lockdown
A truer picture of how lockdown has resulted in more people being abused at home is beginning to emerge.
Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence advice is available in Gloucestershire advice lockdown
Figures, comparing the same period this year with last, which showed a big fall in the number of people calling for help, may have given the wrong impression say police.
Much more realistic, and worrying, they say is the sharp rise in calls now that lockdown is being eased

​Speeding drivers return to the classroom
Drivers who are caught breaking speed limits could be the next group to benefit from online tuition.
Along with home schooling, Pilates, yoga and many other fitness classes that have been led in homes doubling as virtual classrooms during the lockdown, speed awareness courses are due to be rolled out this month.
Actual classroom based courses stopped on 20 March with the result there is now a waiting list of around 1700. 

Gloucestershire Bike Project’s gift-a-bike scheme has helped over 100 key workers 
ead on to discover three stories of how the Gloucester Bike Project’s ‘Gift-a-bike scheme benefited key workers during the pandemic.
Over 100 bikes donated to help key personnel get to work when public transport carried the threat of infection. One key worker said it restored her faith in human nature

Covid-19: Help us keep children safe from abuse and neglect

During the lockdown we are all spending more time at home self isolating or social distancing, but some children may be at a greater risk of abuse, neglect and household adversity.
Keeping children safe and protecting them from harm is our top priority. We are asking everyone to play their part and report any concerns they have about a child’s safety or welfare