Annual Soldiers Charity Bike Ride - Sunday 4th September 2016

On Sunday 4th September Stanbridge hosted the 4th annual ABF The Soldiers’ Charity bike ride.

Please see here for an update on the day.



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Fraud advice issued following car sale scam

Message sent by Gosia Grabczak (Beds Police,   Administrator, Bedfordshire)

Police are reminding the public to be vigilant when buying cars online after a spate of scams.
Bedfordshire Police was informed of a fraud investigation by Action Fraud whereby victims believe they are buying a car from eBay. An arrangement is then made for the vehicle to be delivered or for the victim to collect the car. However it never arrives and if the buyer goes to collect the vehicle they find they have been given a fake address.
Detective Constable Phil Raikes said: “We were informed of this scam operation by Action Fraud and advised of several victims in Bedfordshire. While we are working hard, alongside our partner agencies, to find the people behind this extravagant deception, it’s really important that the public remain vigilant and careful when shopping online.
“There are legitimate sellers of vehicles online, however, we would advise that if you are planning on buying a car over the internet, you only ever hand over money once you have physically seen the vehicle and are sure that it is both in sound condition and legitimately for sale.
“If you have any doubts over the validity of an internet sale, don’t hand over any money and instead report your concerns to Action Fraud.”
To report a concern to Action Fraud, call 0300 123 2040 or report online. If you believe the vehicle you have viewed is stolen, call police on 101.
You can find fraud and cyber-crime prevention advice on the Action Fraud website and further advice on how to stay safe when shopping online on the Get Safe Online website.
Advice when shopping online: 

  • Do not give any personal information (name, address, bank details, email or phone number) to organisations or people before verifying their credentials.
  • Look into the seller or buyer – whether a private individual or online store. Look at their profile, their rating and transaction history. New sellers and buyers may not have a very comprehensive history, so be a little more cautious.
  • If the seller is a business, check their real-world existence. If they provide a phone number or address, give them a call. Sellers outside the UK may be harder to chase in the event of a problem.
  • Check online stores’ privacy and returns policies.
  • Be clear about shipping and delivery costs (for example, whether or not they are included and if not, if they are clearly stated).
  • Be clear about methods of payment and whether any of these incur a surcharge.

Advice when buying a car:

  • Pay for  the vehicle when you physically collect it from the seller. Never send money abroad, part with any money (including a deposit) for a vehicle you have not seen and inspected, or to a ‘payment protection’ service.
  • If the vehicle is being offered at a much cheaper price, it could be the sign of a scam. Always check the market value by getting a valuation or comparing the price on Auto Trader or similar sites.
  • Physically check the vehicle (preferably in daylight) and its documentation – V5C document (also known as the ‘logbook’, service history and MOT certificates) – before handing over any money.
  • Check the mileage appearing on the milometer matches its service history and old MOT certificates. On analogue milometers (found on some older vehicles) ensure the numbered barrels line up. Check the general condition matches age and supposed mileage.
  • Check thay the V5C is authentic, with a DVLA watermark. Check the serial number in the top right-hand corner – if it falls into the following range it could be stolen and the police should be informed: BG8229501 to BG9999030, and BI2305501 to BI2800000.
  • View the vehicle at the seller’s home and check the address is the same as the one listed on the registration document (V5C). Ensure that the seller is the      recorded keeper, otherwise they may not be legally entitled to sell the vehicle.
  • Get a car history check to find out whether the vehicle has been recorded as stolen, written off, scrapped or is subject to outstanding finance. You can check      online to find out what information the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) holds about a vehicle.

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Call Spike prompts 999 reminder 

This is a message sent via Beds Alert. This information has been sent on behalf of Bedfordshire Police

Message sent by: Andrea Stalidzans (Bedfordshire Police, Channels and Content Manager, Bedfordshire)

Bedfordshire Police is calling on residents for help following an overnight spike in 999 calls.
The force says that between midnight Wednesday and the same time on Thursday (14/15 Sept) it took 13 per cent more 999 calls than normal – but an unacceptable number were not real emergencies at all.

The 414 calls to 999 included residents who wanted to enquire about lost property complain about parking issues outside their homes or report offences that were several days old.
Some did not realise that the non-emergency 101 number – introduced in 2012 and regularly publicised ever since – even existed.

Force Control Room Chief Inspector, Jamie Langwith, emphasised that 999 is for emergency calls ONLY. Each year the force fields an incredible 110,000 of them – most of which are answered within 10 seconds.  Emergencies are things like:

• Someone is at immediate risk of harm or injury
• The offence is still happening, or 
• The offender is still at the scene.

The 101 number – which will never cost more than 15p - acts as a gateway into all other Bedfordshire Police services and callers are greeted with an automated switchboard. The force takes around 330,000 101 calls a year, the vast majority of which are answered in 30 seconds. It should be used in non-emergency circumstances like:

• To speak to a specific person or department
• To give information about crime in an area
• Where there is suspicion of drug use or dealing
• A car theft or criminal damage overnight
• Anti-social behaviour
• To report a minor traffic collision

In common with other services and businesses, there is always the possibility of reaching a voicemail with some of departments if staff are busy, but callers will be dealt with as soon as possible. One of the busiest departments is the Crime Bureau which takes no less than 50,000 calls a year on all sorts of common “volume” crimes such as criminal damage and burglaries from outbuildings.

Chief Insp Langwith said: “The message I want to get across is that by making inappropriate calls some residents are tying up our call handlers and could be putting someone with a genuine emergency at risk. Please think twice before calling 999 since it is in your interests and ours.”



Central Bedfordshire Council Local Plan

The Local Plan is about to start the next phase which involves publicity and consultation prior to the Draft Local Plan being published at the end of December.  The process is the same as before but the key difference this time round is the amount of involvement local people will have.

• Publicity and awareness raising – Leaflets which cover the content and process of the whole Local Plan timescale have been produced and will be appearing in pop up stands in libraries and leisure centres (and reception of Priory and Watling House) from this week.  These leaflets will be used over the next 18 months and handed out at further displays, exhibitions and events.  CBC's website is shortly being updated to include this information at

•  The first Consultation is called ‘Shaping Central Bedfordshire’ and will run from 13 September to early November. The consultation will inform the first draft of the new Local Plan, which will be published for consultation at the end of 2016.

•  Running alongside these activities is Community Planning.  Events will be held in communities from late October to June 2017.

The ‘Shaping Central Bedfordshire’ Consultation will be available on line at and leaflets with questionnaires will also be available in all of the Council's libraries, Watling House and Priory House reception areas.  CBC will be promoting the consultation to residents and stakeholders as well as Town and Parish Councils.


Ditch Maintenance

We would like to bring it to your attention that Central Bedfordshire Council do not own any land drainage ditches, unless they are adjacent to or abut Council owned land. (This does not include highways)

Therefore if you own land adjoining, above, or with a watercourse running through it, you have certain rights and responsibilities and in legal terms you are a ‘riparian owner’. If you rent the land, you should agree with the owner who will manage these rights and responsibilities.

The riparian owner of a ditch running between the public highway (including pavements) and a field is the owner of the field. They are required to maintain the whole ditch and ensure they meet their riparian responsibilities.

Flooding could occur if a Riparian owner fails to maintain their section of a ditch/culvert. It can have devastating consequences up stream by causing flooding to homes, transport infrastructure and increase the risk of injury. This could result in prosecution or costs as the riparian owner would be liable if they have not met their responsibilities and maintained the ditch/culvert. 

Please ensure that if you are responsible for a ditch, that it is kept clear and maintained on a regular basis.

In view of the recent weather and flooding in the village we would ask that you ensure a check is carried out as quickly as possible and remedial work undertaken where necessary.

If you require any further clarification then please let us know ( 


Parish Council Meetings

Stanbridge Parish Council meetings are normally held at 7:30 pm on the second Tuesday of the month, in the Stanbridge and Tilsworth Community Hall. See Events Calendar for details. 


Central Bedfordshire Council Highways Department

In view of the recent issues highlighted by several concerned residents, regarding the installation of the speed humps in Tilsworth Road, please note you can raise any concerns or complaints on this matter, other speeding or highways issues including pavements, on the following number and email:

Central Bedfordshire Council Highways Department, tel: 0300 300 8049 or click on the following link to their website:

The Parish Council are also in communication with CBC regarding this issue and other speeding problems. You can also raise any Central Beds Council issues with our Ward Councillor Mark Versallion, tel: 0300 300 8555 or email:  or see his Councillor page:

Andrew Selous, MP also has regular Surgeries, see link for details:


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Would You Like To Volunteer For Street Watch?

Bedfordshire Police is keen to hear from residents concerned about anti-social behaviour and crime in their area and would like to join forces to tackle these issues. Street Watch enables residents to promote good citizenship by patrolling their own streets. Members liaise with the force to encourage positive information sharing and partnership working. Juliet Wright, the force’s Watch Scheme Development Coordinator, said: “Our Street Watch volunteers provide visible reassurance and appropriately engage in local issues that matter most to their communities. They commit two hours every month to patrol in small groups, providing that vital link between their communities and the force. “We are looking for volunteers who either want to join a scheme that’s already set up in their area, or anyone who would like to start one.” Bedfordshire has Street Watch schemes in: Ampthill, Barton-Le-Clay, Biggleswade, Caddington, Clifton, Marston Moretaine, Harlington, Houghton Regis, Maulden, Shefford and Wootton, but schemes can be set up in any area. Volunteers are vetted at the same level as police volunteers, and Bedfordshire Police will provide training for any new members or groups. To find out more about becoming a volunteer, please email More information is also available at:  


Bedfordshire Police is on the hunt for more Speedwatch volunteers.
Community Speedwatch allows members of the public to get actively involved in monitoring the speed of vehicles travelling through their neighbourhoods.
It is used in areas where residents have identified speeding as a priority and aims to educate motorists about the dangers of speeding, rather than enforcing as a first option.
Last year the police’s Speedwatch volunteers sent out 7,613 letters for speeding in the county.
Chief Inspector for Community Safety Neill Waring hopes more volunteers will come forward across the county.
He said: "The mere presence of a team of volunteers in a village has an immediate effect on the behaviour of drivers and our teams report a notable change in driver attitude to speed limits where they operate.
"Most drivers will understand the objectives of the scheme is to slow drivers to or below the posted speed limit and for those that don't respond accordingly, the registered owner of any vehicle seen exceeding the speed limit is sent an advisory letter by the police, explaining that speeding is unacceptable to the local community.
"Any driver who accumulates more than two warnings will have a personal visit by a police officer asking them to respect the quality of life for the communities they drive through.
"These visits send a clear message to those that think it is OK to speed."
Anyone can participate, volunteers must be 18 or over and full training will be given.
To find out more about becoming a volunteer, email