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Kent’s Cuckooing Awareness Week

Cuckooing is a form of crime in which a drug dealer or group of drug dealers takes over the home of a vulnerable person to use it as a base for “county lines” drug trafficking. County lines gangs use vulnerable people such as teenagers and children to transport drugs from cities like London to rural cities and towns.

Cuckooing has a significant impact on the community including anti-social behaviour and violence. There are many signs of cuckooing and our Kent Community Safety Units have created this video to help you to identify the signs of this crime.

See it, report it!

You could hold a vital piece of evidence that could allow Kent Police to prevent or stop cuckooing. Please always call 999 in an emergency or 101 for non-emergencies. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you suspect, or are concerned, that someone is a victim of Cuckooing please report this via the contact numbers above. All information is investigated to prevent this type of crime continuing. Please share all material in this email to friends, family and other networks and across social media platforms to promote awareness of this campaign.

Domestic Abuse Support Services from Kent Police

Kent Police have also provided the following social media links:

We're still here

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse, you can report it. Limited contact with the outside world during this pandemic may make you or someone you know feel unsafe, but our specialist teams are still here 24/7. Visit: https://www.kent.police.uk/police-forces/kent-police/areas/kent-police/campaigns/campaigns/2019/social-isolation-domestic-abuse/ #KentTogether #Covid19

Posted by Kent Police on Thursday, 14 May 2020

TWBC launch new social website

A new website has been launched. With social distancing measures currently in place many people are experiencing social isolation and loneliness. To help combat this, and the impact on people’s mental health and wellbeing, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has launched a new community website ‘Tunbridge Wells Social’.

The site is a collaborative project between the Council’s Culture, Health and Housing teams, the Community Safety Unit and partners including Town & Country Housing, St Giles Trust, KCC’s Early Help, Salus, DAVSS and Age UK. The site is free to use. More content will be added over the coming weeks and months, and the site will continue to be available as a community resource after lockdown measures are lifted.

Tunbridge Wells Social offers something for everyone. It’s a one stop shop of information and support as well as entertainment and fun. There is an interactive weekly podcast ‘Tunbridge Wells Talks’ airing lighthearted views about what’s going on, as well as updated and relevant content to help connect people.

Stars from the stage and small screen with local connections have given their support to the initiative. Comedian, writer and presenter Jo Brand recalls her school days in Tunbridge Wells; local actor Philip Martin Brown (Waterloo Road and Coronation Street) reads a favourite poem; Olympic medallist Jayne Torvill shares a message of support, commending how the local community has come together, and TV presenter Nick Knowles, who went to school in Tunbridge Wells, is also supporting the project sharing funny poems and a message.

Please do share this email and the website with your contacts and networks, families and friends. It would be also helpful to note that the Council has set up a local helpline to support people who need urgent help, supplies or medication as a result of the coronavirus. The number is 01892 554497.

Keep well and stay safe

Best wishes The Social Isolation Group
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.

Coronavirus Related Scams

PROTECT ALERT
Fraudsters are exploiting the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus to facilitate various types of fraud and cyber crime.
Since February 2020, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has identified 21 reports of fraud where Coronavirus was mentioned, with victim losses totalling over £800k. Ten of these reports were made by victims that attempted to purchase protective face masks from fraudulent sellers. Reporting numbers are expected to rise as the virus continues to spread across the world.
Fraudsters are also sending out coronavirus-themed phishing emails in an attempt to trick people into opening malicious attachments or revealing sensitive personal and financial details.
Some of the other tactics we’ve identified from victim reports:
• Fraudsters purporting to be from research organisation’s affiliated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) contact potential victims over email. They claim to be able to provide the recipient with a list of coronavirus infected people in their area. In order to access this information, the victim needs to click on a link, which leads to a malicious website, or is asked to make a payment in Bitcoin.

PROTECT ADVICE

What to do next?
Watch out for scam messages:
Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for your personal or financial details.
Shopping online:
If you’re making a purchase from a company or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first, and ask a friend or family member for advice before completing the purchase. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, as most major credit card providers insure online purchases.
For more information on how to shop online safely, please visit: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/shoponlinesafely
Protect your devices from the latest threats:
Always install the latest software and app updates to protect your devices from the latest threats. For information on how to update your devices, please visit: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/securing-your-devices

Update from Public Health England – COVID19

  • The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has confirmed that as of 9am 4 March a total of 16,659 people have been tested in the UK, of which 16,574 negative and 85 positive. DHSC will be publishing updated data on this page on a daily basis at 2pm until further notice.
  • As of today, due to the number of new cases, DHSC will no longer be tweeting information on the location of each new case. Instead, this information will be released centrally in a consolidated format online, once a week (Friday).
  • Today (4 March) the next phase of the public information campaign has launched and focuses on handwashing – the latest materials are available on the Campaign Resource Centre.
  • A new blog has been published about five things you can do to protect yourself and your community
  • DfE has set up a helpline offering guidance for anyone with education related questions.
  • Follow us on Twitter: @PHE_SouthEast

An Exciting Opportunity

CRANBROOK & SISSINGHURST PARISH COUNCIL

is seeking a

DEPUTY PARISH CLERK

Cranbrook and Sissinghurst Parish Council is succession planning. We are seeking to appoint a full time additional Clerk to share the increasing workload and with a view to taking over the role of Proper Officer to the Council.

The ideal candidate will be proactive and an excellent communicator with a ‘can do’ attitude who can demonstrate strong administration, organisational and management skills. We are planning to go paperless imminently, so excellent I.T skills are crucial. The post involves managing emails, phone calls and letters from local residents, contractors and other service providers. The Parish have some exciting new projects in which you will be involved.

Experience or an understanding of Local Government would be desirable but not essential. The successful candidate will be prepared to study for and attain the CiLCA qualification.

The post is based in the Parish Office in Cranbrook. It requires a flexible approach, including attendance at regular evening meetings (generally 2-3 per month). Salary will be dependent on qualification and experience and is expected to be in the region of £26,317.

The appointee will be eligible to join the Kent County Council Local Government Pension Scheme.

Please send your application to Cranbrook and Sissinghurst Parish Council, The Old Fire Station, Stone Street, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3HF. Closing date: 20th March 2020.

Public Health England Bulletin 27/01/2020

Please find below the latest update on Wuhan Novel Coronavirus. This information was provided by Public Health England at 20:37, Monday 27 January 2020.

Figures

·  As of 27/01/2020, in mainland China, 2,744 patients with confirmed WN-CoV have been reported, with 80 deaths in total.

·  There are 56 confirmed cases internationally, outside of mainland China.

·  As of 27/01/2020 09:00, there have been 73 individuals tested in the UK and all were negative.

Guidance for primary care

PHE has today issued interim guidance for primary care. The advice for primary care on infection control can be used in other settings as well (e.g. non-healthcare community settings, hotels, university accommodation, libraries, gyms).

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wn-cov-guidance-for-primary-care/wn-cov-interim-guidance-for-primary-care

All PHE guidance on this topic is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/wuhan-novel-coronavirus.

Primary care services dealing with possible cases of WN-CoV should contact their local Health Protection Team who will advise them on where the patient can be assessed and infection control measures.

References / sources of information

All PHE guidance is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/wuhan-novel-coronavirus

You can find the latest relevant and useful information on PHE’s web links below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-health-and-social-care

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Please see the online Q&A blog.

Notification of major gas works: A229/ Hartley Road, Cranbrook

I am writing to make you aware of the forthcoming upgrade to our gas network in A229/ Hartley Road, Cranbrook. Our project involves the essential replacement of old metal gas mains with new plastic pipe to ensure we continue to provide a safe and reliable gas supply to the local area. Our contractor RHP Pipelines will be undertaking this work on our behalf.

In consultation with Kent County Council, we will start our project on Monday, 27 January. Over the coming 9 weeks our engineers will be working in Hartley Road, starting from the junction with Orchard Way and progressing westwards towards Champion Crescent.

To ensure everyone’s safety, we will need to install temporary traffic lights around our work area. The traffic lights will move with us as we progress westwards along the road.

We are planning a separate project to upgrade the gas network in Cranbrook High Street. We’re working closing with the local authority on our programme of works. We will share all the information with you once details have been confirmed.

We understand that roadworks can be frustrating. However, the new plastic pipe has a minimum lifespan of 80 years. This means that when the work is complete, residents will continue to enjoy the benefits of a safe and reliable gas supply for years to come.

SGN, St. Lawrence House, Station Approach, Horley, RH6 9HJ

sgn.co.uk

Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter: @SGNgas

Smell gas? Call 0800 111 999
Find out how to protect your home from carbon monoxide

Celebratory Officer Vacancies

The Kent Registration Service is looking for Celebratory Officers to register and conduct their civil ceremonies; these include marriages, civil partnerships and renewal of vows. If you are customer-focused, confident and reliable, then this opportunity could be for you. Not only do you work as part of a great team, but you also get to work a range of beautiful venues and be a part of a couples’ very special day.

We have annualised hours contracts available across the county for 248 hours and 136 hours per annum, with the salary paid in equal monthly instalments over the year regardless of the hours worked that month.

The greatest proportion of the work will take place from June to September inclusive, for which you will be required to work Fridays and/or Saturdays dependant on your contractual hours. Ceremonies also take place on other weekdays and bank holidays.

Whilst you will be allocated to a District base, the ability to travel across a wide geographical area in a timely and flexible manner at various times of the day is essential. This role can require long periods of standing.

Candidates must be available to attend the following:

  • One of our Assessment Days which will be held on 13th February, 17th February and 18th February 2020
  • Interviews which will be held week commencing 24th February 2019
  • Training for successful candidates which will take place during April and May 2020

Salary is £20,222 pro-rata (This equates to £1426 or £2602 p.a. depending on the size of the contract taken)

To apply, please visit https://kenthrbc.referrals.selectminds.com/jobs/celebratory-officer-4114 . For more information about the position, please telephone David Todd on 03000 414738.

Winter Safety advice from Kent Police

  • Stay with Your Vehicle

It’s fairly common for people to warm up their vehicle in front of their homes during the winter months. But be careful! If you warm up your vehicle unattended, a passing auto thief may just hop in and steal your vehicle. To prevent this, stay with your vehicle when you’re warming it up. Don’t give anyone an opportunity to take advantage of your absence. In addition, never leave your vehicle running in your garage with the garage door closed! Having the engine running in a closed area can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.

·       Lock Your Doors

Lock all the doors of your vehicle and home, including the garage door. Any opening is an invitation for crime. Thieves can infiltrate your garage and break into your car, or even worse, your home. You should make sure all entrances and exits are secure at all times (this includes windows!).

·       Keep Valuables with You

Whether you’re out shopping or in the comfort of your home, never leave your valuables out of your sight. One common mistake people make is leaving their valuables in their car, only to find that their car has been broken into. Keep your valuables in a safe, if you own one, and make sure to hide it in a place no one would think to look. If you’re out shopping, keep your wallet in your front pocket and your purse in front of you.

·       Stay in the Light

Many people take advantage of the darkness to perform their crimes. Staying in visible areas is one key to winter crime prevention. When in your home, make sure your outdoor lamps are lit at night, if you have them. When outdoors, try to stay in well-lit areas. You should never walk alone at night! People always take advantage of loners, and the cover of darkness makes it much easier.

·       Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Thieves and other crime-doers take advantage of people who seem distracted. Nowadays, many people use their mobile phones when they should be paying attention to their environment. Don’t use your mobile phone too often, and appear confident in where you are going. There is a lesser likelihood that a predator will go after you if you appear confident and aware of your surroundings.

  • Leave a light on!

If you are going out for the night make sure your house is well lit! Burglars will try to identify houses that look empty – if all your lights are switched off it will look as though no one is home, setting up the perfect opportunity for crime.

You could use a timer switch to turn the lights on when you are out.

Fake/simulated TV units can give the impression that someone is in when your home is empty (never leave your actual TV on).

Do not leave items of value on show through ground floor windows eg laptops, tablets, car keys and games consoles etc.

Everyone at home should get into the habit of locking the door, even when they are at home – remove the keys from the lock and keep them out of reach/view but know where they are in case of an emergency.

Winter Maintenance Strategy 2019-2020

It is the individual responsibility of every parishioner to take due care and attention in adverse weather conditions.

The Cranbrook & Sissinghurst Parish Council have made no arrangements this winter for snow and ice clearance, salting or gritting of the Regal, Tanyard or Jockey Lane Car Parks.

Cranbrook & Sissinghurst Parish Council will not undertake clearance of pavements within the parish.  Residents and businesses are encouraged to clear the areas in front of their own property, although this will be entirely at their own risk.

There are salt and grit bins throughout the Cranbrook and Sissinghurst parish for use by parishioners.  Spreaders are available from the Parish Office at the corner of Stone Street, under the Vestry Hall. 

Throughout the winter season all residents and visitors to Cranbrook and Sissinghurst must use the roads, car parks and pavements with due care and attention.  It must be clearly understood that all users of the car parks do so at their own risk.

Can you Help?

KEEP THE AIR AMBULANCE FLYING
Some years ago the late Eileen Starkey, finding herself with an empty shop and wanting to do something for the community, decided to start a charity shop.
That was when “Charities at Home” came about. Over the years many thousands of pounds have been raised for charity, 50% of the profits going to the Air Ambulance and the remaining 50% being distributed by Cranbrook & Hawkhurst Rotary Club to local charities such as Hospice in the Weald, Cranbrook Blind Club and Cranbrook in Bloom as well as numerous other worthy causes that are so important to the wider community.
Sadly now many of the volunteers are being overtaken by age. In order to keep this valuable service open we desperately need additional volunteers to undertake a two-hour slot Monday to Saturday.
If you feel able to help please contact Mrs Liz Tapper 01580 713836 or Peter Martin 01580 752222 or alternatively email nfreeston2002@aol.com with your telephone number and we will get back to you.

Norman Freeston

Cranbrook & Hawkhurst Rotary Club