The next meetings will be at 8pm on Monday 8th July and 'provisionally' Tuesday 6th August at the Stonewater Common Room. All residents welcome (but please let us know ahead of the date if you're coming)!!

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Tree Cutting on Longfellow / Wordsworth Green

We were sorry to lose the trees on the green, but the Town Council have told us that these two horse chestnut trees were badly diseased and a tree surgeon had said that they should be removed without delay.  The Town Council have also told us that they hope to be able to plant replacement trees in the Autumn, although they can't say for certain.

Ock Path update

Update from the Vale of the White Horse on the Ock path and the metal fencing that was fallen down.  Good news at last.  We have just heard that they are going to improve the footpath between Chaunterell Way and Tescos.  They say they're going to tarmac it, once it has been cleared and cleaned.  Also that very unpleasant barbed wire fencing is going to be removed and another type of fencing put in its place.

In the recent newsletter we said that we had been back to the Environment Agency about the fallen fence by the weir.  This was after going backwards and forwards between the EA and the Vale, each saying it definitely belonged to the other agency.  We are also pleased to report the the Vale have finally agreed that they are responsible for this fence.  Though they don't say yet what they are going to do about it!

Neighbourhood Watch - Courier Fraud

Thames Valley Police are calling on residents to help tackle courier fraud by taking ten minutes to talk to elderly friends and relatives.  Courier fraudsters phone and trick victims into handing large sums of cash to a courier that arrives at their home.
  • Never deal with cold callers on the phone or in person, no matter how polite or friendly they are.  Saying ‘No thank you’ and shutting the door or hanging up the phone is not rude.
  • Your bank, the police or anyone legitimate will never send a courier to your home to collect your money, your bank cards, and they will never ask for your pin number.  Close the door, lock it, and call 101 to speak to the police.
  • Keep a mobile phone next to the landline, and if you want to make a phone call immediately after hanging up the landline, always use the other phone.
  • If you do hand over your bank details or cards, don’t panic.  Call your bank immediately using another phone, such as a mobile phone, explain what’s happened and cancel your cards.
  • Legitimate callers will never try to rush you, scare you, or force you into anything. If you feel scared or pressured at any point, hang up or shut the door and tell someone what’s happened.
Since mid-December, there have been 13 reported incidents of courier fraud in Abingdon and the surrounding areas.  The victim’s have lost a combined total of over £150,000.

There are many variations of the courier scam, but it usually follows this method:
  • A fraudster will cold call the victim on a landline.   In Abingdon, the fraudster’s have claimed to be from the victim’s bank, the police, a fraud investigator, and even television personality and Money Saving Expert founder Martin Lewis OBE.
  • The fraudster states their systems have spotted a fraudulent payment in the victim’s account, or that they need the victim’s help in investigating fraudulent activity at their bank.
  • In order to reassure the victim that they are genuine, they suggest that the victim hangs up and rings the bank/police back straight away.  However, they don’t disconnect the call from the landline so that when the real phone number is dialled, they are actually still speaking to the fraudster.
  • Finally, the fraudsters will send a courier to collect cash from the victim’s home address, or to take the victim to their bank to withdraw the money.  The fraudster will have then obtained the victim’s name, address, full bank details, card and PIN.
If you receive this type of call, report it to the Police by calling 101, or to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. In an emergency dial 999.