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For further details and your street representative please contact:

Lindsey Stone, Somerset Watch Scheme Administrator, Bridgwater Police Station, Northgate, Bridgwater, TA6 3EU lindsey.stone@avonandsomerset.police.uk Tel: 01278 644 799 (old numbers 01823-363348 Fax: 01823-363389)

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Gun Noise Nuisance

Posted on 4th September, 2017

shotgun pic Residents on Bleadon Hill are at the end of their tether with the lack of action by Police, NSC and BPC over the use of guns on land at Accommodation/Bridgwater Road. If you also find the noise disturbing your peace then please contact NSC as indicated below:

 

A resident has told BOB that the police have been informed and that the PCSO for Bleadon, Alisha Mitchell, has been copied in on emails. However as the farm has a licensed gun the police have let North Somerset Council take over. The case officer at NSC Richard Allard (richard.allard@n-Somerset.gov.uk) was sending out diaries to those who complained to gather evidence. On 8th August this year it finally got escalated to planning enforcement. Sound equipment has been installed in some homes over the summer, although it appears that as soon as a property is installed with the equipment the shooting stops..... the day it's taken out it starts again.

 

Residents have now been advised to call the out of hours nuisance noise line 01934 622669 to log the noise. (The address of the noise is Land off of Accommodation Rd). The shooting rarely takes place during office hours making it difficult for officers from NSC to attend.

 

The resident has also informed BOB that the many people that they have seen whilst walking on Purn Hill are under the impression that it is a legal gun club,and residents have to put up with it, when in fact it is not, so more people need to complain to Richard Allard and ring the out of hours line if they want to get this closed down. The local residents have endured this for the last two years and NSC have been aware for the last 18 months.... but it is still going on.

 

Residents are asking for people to contact North Somerset directly if this issue is concerning them too.

Rogue Traders Again

Posted on 27th July, 2017

 

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Please be aware of Rogue Traders operating in the area. At approximately 2pm on Tuesday 25 July, two males have cold-called a residence on Balmoral Way, Weston-super-Mare, and have pressurised the elderly residents into having work done on their guttering. The offenders refused to stop work or leave when asked by a relative of the couple and the police have then removed them.

 

Be wary of all cold-callers offering to do work on your home, as they can offer over-priced or unnecessary services, or put pressure on residents to agree to the work, as has happened on this occasion. Traders must give you a written quote from the business address, which should include a 14-day cancellation period before the work starts. You should always use recognised companies or people who have been recommended to you by a trusted source. If you contact the police with information about this incident, please quote Reference number: 5217170155

 

Attached document: not-sure-dont-open-the-door.pdf

 

If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the Police on 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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PCC Public Forum - 20 June 2017

Posted on 7th June, 2017

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A public forum will be held with PCC Sue Mountstevens, Chief Constable Andy Marsh and local Chief Inspector Tina Robinson at the Healthy Living Centre, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 3SJ.

 

Meeting will be on Tuesday 20 June. From 6.45pm (arrival) to finish at 9pm.

 

Questions should be submitted in advance by Email pcc@avonandsomerset.pnn.police.uk or by phoning 01275 816377

 

Please book seat(s) by using the following link: https://goo.gl/FFXqdJ

or by phone on 01275 816377.

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Following our message earlier this week please find attached amended publication relating to the launch of the Association. If you are unable to open the attachment, or wish to have paper copy please contact the NHW office.

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Update from the Avon and Somerset Neighbourhood Watch Association

23 May 2017

Chief Constable Andy Marsh and Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens met with members of the newly formed Avon and Somerset Neighbourhood Watch Association (ASNWA) Interim Committee to sign a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Thursday 18 May.

The Association is a force level body within the National NHW Network and the Interim Committee hope it will provide support for NHW across Avon and Somerset. The signing of the MoU, marks the official launch of the formal relationship between the Association and the Constabulary. 

The Association’s Interim Chair, Dr Egils Praulitis, said: “I am delighted that we are able to sign this Memorandum of Understanding with the Constabulary and the PCC. This marks a very positive step forward for Neighbourhood Watch in Avon and Somerset.

“Our aim is to provide support to our membership and to work with the police to further develop the role of Neighbourhood Watch and make it more effective and proactive, helping to prevent crime and bring people together to establish cohesive and solid communities.

“The Constabulary is developing a Citizens Syllabus, and we will be working with them to help create masterclasses to help Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators support their schemes, to share best practice, new ideas, and to ensure that together we are providing our volunteers with the skills and knowledge they need to deliver the best possible service.”

Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: “Neighbourhood Watch has long been a valuable partner to both the Constabulary and our local communities. The further development of the Association and the signing of this Memorandum will strengthen the working relationship between the police and Neighbourhood Watch, which can only be of benefit to the public.

“It is vital we all work together not only to prevent crime but to ensure we create unified communities where everyone, particularly the most vulnerable in our society, feel safe. Neighbourhood Watch can play a huge part in helping to achieve this and I am grateful to all the volunteers involved across Avon and Somerset.”

 

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I’m delighted that Avon and Somerset now officially has its own Neighbourhood Watch Association. The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding demonstrates the importance that both the Chief Constable and I place on the volunteer watch schemes operating across Avon and Somerset.

“Neighbourhood Watch is essential in keeping our communities safe. It gives local people a vital role in passing on crucial information,  looking out for fellow residents and ensuring we’re all doing all we can to fight crime and bring offenders to justice.”

Dr Praulitis added: “All NW co-ordinators and NW schemes within the Avon and Somerset force area are automatically part of this new Association.   We are looking for people to join the Interim Committee to help us move forwards, define and influence our next steps and to provide new skills and perspective to refresh the path of Neighbourhood Watch in Avon and Somerset.

 

“The Association wants to hear from you. Please visit the new website https://www.asnwa.org/ to get more information about the ASNWA and send in your questions and suggestions online. We will create a FAQ section where we can reply and start working through the issues you raise. There is also an opportunity for those with IT and media skills to help us develop our online provision, there is more information and contact details on our website.

“We will keep you up-to-date with further developments over the coming month as we move forwards and agree our next steps.  You can also follow us on Twitter @asnwassociation and like us on Facebook accounts (search Avon & Somerset Neighbourhood Watch Association) for our latest news.”

 

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Please find attached message with information about the Avon & Somerset Neighbourhood Watch Association for your information.

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A message to Neighbourhood Watch Members:

Chief Constable Andy Marsh and Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens met with members of the newly formed Avon and Somerset Neighbourhood Watch Association (ASNWA) Interim Committee to sign a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Thursday 18 May.

The Association is a force level body within the National NHW Network and the Interim Committee hope it will provide support for NHW across Avon and Somerset. The signing of the MoU, marks the official launch of the formal relationship between the Association and the Constabulary. 

The Association’s Interim Chair, Dr Egils Praulitis, said: “I am delighted that we are able to sign this Memorandum of Understanding with the Constabulary and the PCC. This marks a very positive step forward for Neighbourhood Watch in Avon and Somerset.

“Our aim is to provide support to our membership and to work with the police to further develop the role of Neighbourhood Watch and make it more effective and proactive, helping to prevent crime and bring people together to establish cohesive and solid communities.

“The Constabulary is developing a Citizens Syllabus, and we will be working with them to help create masterclasses to help Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators support their schemes, to share best practice, new ideas, and to ensure that together we are providing our volunteers with the skills and knowledge they need to deliver the best possible service.”

Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: “Neighbourhood Watch has long been a valuable partner to both the Constabulary and our local communities. The further development of the Association and the signing of this Memorandum will strengthen the working relationship between the police and Neighbourhood Watch, which can only be of benefit to the public.

“It is vital we all work together not only to prevent crime but to ensure we create unified communities where everyone, particularly the most vulnerable in our society, feel safe. Neighbourhood Watch can play a huge part in helping to achieve this and I am grateful to all the volunteers involved across Avon and Somerset.”

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I’m delighted that Avon and Somerset now officially has its own Neighbourhood Watch Association. The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding demonstrates the importance that both the Chief Constable and I place on the volunteer watch schemes operating across Avon and Somerset.

“Neighbourhood Watch is essential in keeping our communities safe. It gives local people a vital role in passing on crucial information,  looking out for fellow residents and ensuring we’re all doing all we can to fight crime and bring offenders to justice.”

Dr Praulitis added: “All NW co-ordinators and NW schemes within the Avon and Somerset force area are automatically part of this new Association.   We are looking for people to join the Interim Committee to help us move forwards, define and influence our next steps and to provide new skills and perspective to refresh the path of Neighbourhood Watch in Avon and Somerset.

 

“The Association wants to hear from you. Please visit the new website https://www.asnwa.org/ to get more information about the ASNWA and send in your questions and suggestions online. We will create a FAQ section where we can reply and start working through the issues you raise. There is also an opportunity for those with IT and media skills to help us develop our online provision, there is more information and contact details on our website.

“We will keep you up-to-date with further developments over the coming months as we move forwards and agree our next steps.  You can also follow us on Twitter @asnwassociation and like us on Facebook accounts (search Avon & Somerset Neighbourhood Watch Association) for our latest news.”

 

 

Manchester

Posted on 24th May, 2017

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Following the recent incidents in Manchester, the following is the latest update from our Chief Constable, Andy Marsh.

 

Our thoughts remain with the loved ones of those who were killed and injured in the heinous attack on Monday.

Last night (23/5) the threat level of international terrorism in the UK was raised to ‘critical’ – meaning another attack may be imminent.

 

This is a national threat level and is based on intelligence that is considered credible and specific. As a result, military personnel will be deployed alongside police at a number of locations across the country. This is to free up armed officers from certain duties and to enable them to support the wider UK policing response to the tragic events in Manchester.

 

There is currently no known threat to the South West and it is unlikely members of the public will see military on the streets of Avon and Somerset although the situation is being kept under constant review.

 

As a precautionary measure we have increased the number of officers on duty to provide a highly visible, reassurance presence - both armed and unarmed - across the force area and we will do this for as long as is needed.

 

We have long and well-established plans in place to deal with attacks of this nature and we rehearse them regularly with partners to ensure we are as ready as we possibly can be. We’re doing everything possible to keep people safe.

 

The public are reminded to remain alert but not alarmed and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity to us on 101 or to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321. In an emergency the public should always call 999.

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The below message is sent on behalf of the Chief Constable Andy Marsh, following the events in Manchester last evening.

 

This was a tragic event and our hearts go out to the loved ones of those who were killed and injured.

The sustained and determined threat of terrorism casts a shadow across all our communities and our priority is to reassure them that we’re doing everything we can to keep them safe.

Prior to this appalling incident, plans were already in hand to review our local security arrangements for venues and crowded places.

We have rigorous major incident plans in place which are regularly tested and reviewed during exercises with partner agencies such as ambulance, health and fire to ensure we are as prepared as we possibly can be.

At times like these it’s more important than ever that we stand together as a community and unite against this kind of horrific attack.

NHW Newsletter

Posted on 19th May, 2017

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Please find attached latest version of the NHW newsletter in both Word and pdf versions for your interest and for you to pass on to your members.

 

Those who have already requested paper copies will find them arriving shortly - if you've not already requested these and would like some please contact this office. Please paper copies are distributed on the basis of one per five households registered to your scheme.

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Senior Siren May 2017

Posted on 12th May, 2017

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We have just been forwarded the latest copy of the Senior Siren Magazine in electronic form. This is attached to the message for your information and onward transmission as you see fit.

http://sclt.us/senior-siren/4573598653

 

Senior Siren logoclick image for BOB copy

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The Avon and Somerset Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC), Sue Mountstevens, wishes to establish a Scrutiny of Police Powers Panel. The Panel will act as ‘critical friend’ to the PCC and to Avon & Somerset Constabulary providing feedback on the use of police powers. The PCC is looking for independent local people to help her monitor the use of police powers such as stop and search, Taser and use of force by the police. The PCC feels it is important that not only are the public’s views represented in policing, but that local people trust and have confidence in their police service and she believes this new Panel will help in delivering this.

• Posters attached;

• The PCC website has further information about the role and application pack documents - see link below;

• Closing date for applications is 12 April 2017;

To download an application pack please visit http://www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/Openness/Scrutiny/Scrutiny-of-the-use-of-Police-Powers.aspx or contact the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner on 01275 816377.

 

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Crime Reduction Masterclasses

Police Headquarters are running two masterclasses which you may be interested in. Details are below – please note there is no reimbursement of fuel/travel costs.

If you are wish to book places please forward names of those who wish to attend, Email address, daytime telephone number to #Citizens Academy CitizensAcademy@avonandsomerset.pnn.police.uk or telephone 01275 816950

Crime Prevention Masterclass, 26th April 2017

40 Spaces available

Date: 26/04/2017 from 6-9pm

Venue: Portishead HQ’s on.

Content will cover:

Workshop 1: 10 Principles of Crime Prevention – John Hitchings

Workshop 2: Interactive CP Home Survey – Kevin Wilkinson

Refreshment break

Workshop 3: Scams – Steve Nickerson

Workshop 4: Security Hardware – Richard Read (TBC)

Speed Enforcement Masterclass, 21st April 2017

30 Spaces available

Date: 21/04/2017 from 6.30-9.30pm

Venue: Patchway Police Station

Content to cover:

A talk by an Enforcement Officer explaining what we do and why and how with any questions and answers.

A tour around the van and bike cameras and the public will be able to see the equipment in action.

Garden Security Reminder

Posted on 8th April, 2017

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REMINDER – ensure sheds, garages and outbuildings are kept secure with good quality locks, hinges and door furniture. Consider securing valuable equipment with extra chains and padlocks. Property mark tools and equipment and consider alarming the buildings.

Use the following link for advisory leaflet. https://www.aspolicestaysafe.co.uk/ViewerJS/#..//wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Securing-your-garden-and-outbuildings_CJ014.pdf

 

Information from Neighbourhood Watch schemes is always valued. When you telephone 101 with information please ask the call handler to `tag the call NHW'. In March we received 4 such calls with information ranging from criminal damage to anti social behaviour, parking issues and an abandoned vehicle - we are sure that there is more than that coming in from schemes on a regular basis.

 

Copy of Link Leaflet

Tumble Dryer Safety

Posted on 3rd April, 2017

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Devon & Somerset Fire Brigade have asked that a warning go out regarding safety of tumble dryers and a copy of their document is attached for your information.

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