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Archive for April, 2020


Dear supporters,

Neighbourhood Watch’s May 2020 eNewsletter is published.  Click here to read it.

This month’s edition looks at how neighbours are supporting their communities across England and Wales – from setting up a Calling Tree to providing shopping to the elderly, vulnerable or self-isolating. It highlights how Neighbourhood Watch groups, who supported communities through the recent flooding, are proving invaluable during COVID-19. Using local knowledge and a community resilience structure they are well-placed to call residents to action: organising food shopping; collecting medication; and ensuring the most vulnerable are safe and connected.

Neighbourhood Watch Week is fast approaching on the 7th – 13th June. The newsletter explains how we have rethought this years’ theme to recognise and celebrate all acts of kindness and neighbourliness, no matter how large or small they are.

“We have seen communities come together during times of need. Resilience and compassion, when needed and offered, are what makes communities special”
Cheryl Spruce, Head of Membership and Engagement at Neighbourhood Watch Network

We encourage you to share your stories with us on what your Neighbourhood Watch group or local community has been doing in response to COVID-19. To do this, please visit this page.

If you have a further few minutes to spare and have not already done so, please consider completing our survey (click here)  which aims to find out how the lockdown caused by COVID-19 has affected our use of, and trust in, technology. The survey closes this Thursday, 28th May.

Many thanks and keep well,

Central Support Team, NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK

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Message Sent By
Deborah Waller (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, England and Wales)

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Sandon Village Stores

Sandon Village Stores is an ideal place to buy household essentials during (and after) the current crisis. It is our closest convenience store, just a couple of miles down the road.

Liann took over the shop shortly before the crisis took hold and is now open 7 days a week to serve the local community so make sure you support her in her new venture!

Full details of opening hours etc. can be found on the website or by clicking here

Good Luck Liann.

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Parish Council Meetings

Both the March and April Parish Council meetings were cancelled due to the current Covid-19 crisis.

Notes from these meetings for information only (no legal status) can be found on the Minutes page of the website.

Stay Home, Stay Safe!

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Latest update on Corvid-19 related fraud

Coronavirus-related scams

·      The county council has reiterated its advice for residents to remain vigilant following a rise in the number of coronavirus-related scams in the county.  

·      Communities are also being urged to look out for signs of neighbours being targeted by doorstep criminals. Some common scams include: 

·      Online and email scams – mail scams that trick people into opening malicious attachments, placing people at risk of identity theft. Some emails lure people to click on attachments offering information about local people affected by COVID19. 

·      Fake online resources – such as false Coronavirus Maps which when clicked on infect computers with malware.

·      Telephone scams – There is an increasing risk that telephone scams will rise, including criminals claiming to be from a bank, mortgage lender or utility company.

·      Doorstep crime – Criminals targeting older people on their doorstep and offering to do their shopping. Thieves take the money and do not return.

·      Doorstep cleansing services that offer to clean drives and doorways to kill bacteria and help prevent the spread of the virus.

·      Refund scams – companies offering fake holiday refunds for individuals who have been forced to cancel their trips. People seeking refunds should also be wary of fake websites set up to claim holiday refunds.

·      Counterfeit goods – fake sanitisers, face masks and Covid19 swabbing kits sold online and door-to-door. These products can often be dangerous and unsafe.

·      Donation scams – there have been reports of thieves extorting money from consumers by claiming they are collecting donations for a COVID-19 ‘vaccine’.

·      People should report any scams to the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline: on 0808 223 1133 or at the website https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/

Thank you #StayHomeSaveLives | #coronavirus

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Thanks to local residents and Rod and Ruth at The Green Man, fish, meat, fresh vegetables and bakery products are available. You can place your orders and collect at the pub.

Further details are available on on the attached information sheet by clicking here

Keep up to date on all developments in Milwich by joining the Covid-19 Facebook group. Details in the information sheet.

And remember, Sandon Stores has a good selection of fresh produce as well as store cupboard items available and, if you don’t want to go inside, press the bell and they will serve you at the roadside.

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Criminals are using the Covid-19 pandemic to try and scam the public – please don’t become a victim. 
Law enforcement, government and private sectors partners are working together to encourage members of the public to be more vigilant against fraud, particularly about sharing their financial and personal information, as criminals seek to capitalise on the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Action Fraud have already received over 200 reports of coronavirus-themed phishing emails containing links and attachments attempting to trick people into divulging personal information including financial information including banking details, email logins, passwords, etc. Some examples include emails from HMRC offering a tax refund, assistance with funding in the absence of school meals, fraudulent news letters and others.

Always remember:
Stop: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
Challenge: Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
Protect: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud.

For further information and advice please visit the Action fraud website.

#StaySafe

Message Sent By
Sarah Fordham (Police, PCSO, Stafford Borough, Stone Local Policing Team)

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Advice on Visiting Country Parks


There been some confusion around whether people can visit and exercise in the Staffordshire countryside, including Barlaston Downs and other country parks.

We are asking people not to visit these areas and to stay close to home to exercise once a day and at least 2m apart from people outside of your household as per the government guidelines on social distancing.

We understand that there small numbers of local people who live within these immediate areas who may continue to walk dogs and exercise, but cars should only be used for essential journeys and not to travel somewhere to exercise. It is important that groups of people avoid congregating at areas such as car parks or popular beauty spots as it is impossible to stay more than 2m apart from others which is critical to stop the spread of the virus.

We all need to work together to prevent the spread of Covid-19, protect the NHS and save lives. Thank you for your support in staying at home and avoiding unnecessary travel. 

The beautiful Staffordshire countryside will still be there in a few weeks for us all to enjoy 🙂

#StayHomeStaySafe

Message Sent By
Sarah Fordham (Police, PCSO, Stafford Borough, Stone Local Policing Team)

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