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 I am one of the three Tamworth Borough Councillors for the Mercian Ward, elected in May 2011.  Do you have an issue I or any of my colleagues on Tamworth Borough Council and Staffordshire County Council can help with?

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Investment Fraud Alert – National Savings and Investments Clone

scam alertFraudsters have set up a bogus website claiming to be the official site of National Savings & Investments and are contacting members of the public, cold calling them and offering them the chance to invest in 65+ Bonds (also known as Pensioner Bonds).

Members of the public who are searching for the official website (for example on search engines) may be directed to the fake one which then asks them to supply contact information.  Victims are then receiving a follow-up e-mail and/or phone call from the fraudsters who are requesting evidence of identity documents and bank account details either over the phone or by sending the victims fake forms to fill out.  A common name that appears on the emails sent by the fraudsters is ‘Kevin Archer’.

Avoid being a victim of fraud.  Do not pass personal or banking information to companies that cold call you.

National Savings & Investments (NS&I) do not make sales calls to potential customers (cold calls) so do not enter into discussion with cold callers claiming to be NS&I.  Please note that the only domain name (website address) that is legitimate is http://www.nsandi.com.

If you have been a victim of fraud or suspect a company of fraud please contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via the online reporting tool at www.actionfraud.police.uk.

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Happy St George’s Day

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Parcel Delivery Scam – Blind Lady from Tamworth Conned

Neighbourhood WatchTamworth’s Neighbourhood Watch has issued the following alert after a blind lady was conned.

A female approached a dwelling of a vulnerable elderly partiality blind lady in Gillway Lane, and asked if she could accept a parcel for delivery at another address.

The following day a male attended with a package and a hand written label with the lady’s name and address on it.  The male asked her to make a payment of £1 by card payment using a device.

The male pretended to take the payment using a digital calculator or fake device. Once imputed the male asked her to type in her PIN number, once she did this he said the card was stuck and the PIN has not been accepted.  He told her he could get a key to open the device and release her card.

He went off to a vehicle parked in another street taking the card with him but did not return and he then made a cash withdrawal of £250 at Morrisons store nearby.

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How Not to Knock Doors During Election Time

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James Anderson Breaks Sir Ian Botham’s England Wicket Record

James AndersonJames Anderson surpassed Sir Ian Botham as England’s highest Test wicket-taker in history with his 384th dismissal in his 100th match.

Anderson, 32, had West Indies’ Denesh Ramdin caught at first slip on the final day of the first Test in Antigua.

The seamer, who began the Test on 380 wickets, roared with delight and was mobbed by his team-mates.

Ramdin’s departure left West Indies 294-7 as they attempted to bat out the final day to secure a draw.

Lancashire’s Anderson, who made his Test debut in 2003, has helped England win three Ashes series and rise to the top of the Test rankings in 2011.

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VE Day 70th Anniversary

VE dayTo mark the 70th Anniversary of VE Day, The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has issued the following statement:

“On VE Day 1945 millions of people across the UK shared an unprecedented moment of relief and euphoria that the war in Europe was over.  Service men and women were coming home; families no longer needed to live in fear and young evacuees could return from the countryside where they had been sent for their protection. Britain could finally catch its breath, and start to think about how it would rebuild. Within every community today there are people who will remember that day.

At the weekend William Hague announced details about the celebrations and commemorations the Government has planned to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day on Friday 8th May, and across the weekend of 9th and 10th May.  I am sure you will want to remember and celebrate this important day in your own areas, and I know that in some communities plans are well underway. Communities will want to choose the events that mean the most to them, and to VE Day veterans from their areas.

I encourage you to support your communities in their celebrations. To tie in with commemorations that are happening nationally, you might want to consider:

  • Participating in the national two minute silence at 3pm on Friday 8th May.
  • Lighting beacons on the evening of Friday 8 May, to reflect those that will be lit across the country
  • Celebrations on the evening of Saturday 9th May, to support the VE concert that will be live on the BBC
  • Holding or facilitating picnics and street parties on the afternoon of Sunday 10th May
  • Illuminating landmarks or buildings which are important to your areas to remember the buildings that were lit up on VE Day in 1945.

As part of the preparation you might also want to make links with your local branch or area office of The Royal British Legion; with local schools (encouraging them to visit www.tes.co.uk/dfe for ideas and resources); with local churches and cathedrals (who are being encouraged to get involved with bell ringing) and other faith institutions; and older people’s services to make sure veterans are the VIPs.

You have great experience in supporting communities celebrate national events. To help you remove any red tape or burdens from these fantastic celebrations, we have reissued our guidance on street parties and on bonfires (to refer to if you will be lighting beacons).  These and more information and resources for you and your communities are available on the website www.gov.uk/veday70 and more will follow in the coming weeks.

We want this to be a national celebration and look forward to seeing and supporting what you and your communities have planned.”

THE RT HON ERlC PICKLES MP

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3,750 Cars Behind Bars in Staffordshire

cars behind barsOver 3,750 vehicles have been seized by Staffordshire Police officers in a landmark crackdown on car insurance dodgers.

Cars Behind Bars was instigated by Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis and has proved popular with people across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

The campaign carried out by Staffordshire Police has seen 3,772 cars, vans, motorcycles, mopeds, lorries and even a tractor seized – with over 1,200 vehicles scrapped – since it was launched in May 2013.

More than 70 higher-value uninsured vehicles have been sold off at auction with the proceeds going back into local communities in Staffordshire.

The number of car insurance dodgers in Staffordshire is being driven down as the crackdown gathers pace. Annual figures released by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau show there were an estimated 1,214 fewer uninsured vehicles on the road in Staffordshire in 2014 compared to 2013.

Mr Ellis said, “The crackdown on insurance dodgers remains far and away the most popular thing raised with me by people I’ve spoken to across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

“Over 3,750 people have had to learn their lesson the hard way thanks to tremendous work by officers from Staffordshire Police, which has really gained momentum in recent months.  It’s clear that the message is hitting home as the number of insured motorists on Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent roads has risen significantly.

“Those who drive without insurance can’t hide in Staffordshire, they are being caught and dealt with by having their vehicles seized and, in many cases, scrapped or sold at auction.  It’s definitely struck a chord with law-abiding motorists who are hit by rising premiums because of these law-breakers.  Why should all pay more because some people don’t pay at all?”

Some of the vehicles seized since the campaign launched can be viewed at www.staffordshire.police.uk/carsbehindbars.

Cars Behind Bars uses Staffordshire’s extensive automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) system that identifies those flouting the law.

Assistant Chief Constable Jon Drake, from Staffordshire Police, said, “Thanks to Staffordshire’s extensive ANPR network system we are able to identify vehicles that are uninsured, as well as those that have no tax or are suspected of being involved in other crimes.

“We are committed to this area of policing and on a daily basis our officers seek out and target those committing these offences.  ANPR is a vital tool in our crime-fighting armoury, as all too often those who choose to drive on our roads without insurance are linked to other criminal offences such as theft and burglary.”

The fixed penalty fine for people who are caught without insurance was increased nationally from £200 to £300 in 2013.  Motorists also face their car being seized, could be summoned to court and be disqualified, and an endorsement of six penalty points. Drivers re-claiming their car when they have proof of insurance have to pay £150 car recovery costs plus £20 per day storage.

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