February 2017 Updates
PAYMENT DIVERSION ALERTS
This is fast becoming a very concerning scam with some reporting the transfer of monies for buying a house to the wrong people. Always ring and check the account the money is being transferred to actually belongs to the correct provider. Click HERE for full article.
BEDFORDSHIRE POLICE - "WE HAVE" VIDEO
TEN NEW PCSOs JOIN BEDFORDSHIRE POLICE
Ten new Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) have joined Bedfordshire Police. The new recruits were sworn in at an official ceremony on Friday 20 January, and will soon begin their roles working within rural communities across the south of the county. Some will also be posted to Luton. Click HERE for full article.
ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR PROMPTS CLOSURE NOTICE AT FORMER PUB IN TODDINGTON
Toddington residents will be happy to hear that Op Sentinel carried out yet another successful closure order. Click HERE for full article.
Click HERE to see previous BedsAlert update.
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 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: http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/travelling/roads-safety-and-highways/report-highways-fault/default.aspx
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: email@example.com or see his Councillor page: http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/modgov/mgUserInfo.aspx?UID=5231
Andrew Selous, MP also has regular Surgeries, see link for details: http://www.andrewselous.org.uk/surgery-dates
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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 Juliet.Wright@Bedfordshire.pnn.Police.uk More information is also available at: www.street-watch.org
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 firstname.lastname@example.org