Operation Randall – Rural Crime

This is the latest newsletter regarding Operation Randall. It contains useful local information, including fraud guidance and what to do if you witness hare coursing:

Rural Crime newsletter

 

Casual vacancy

Notice of one casual vacancy for Great Ellingham Parish Council

Casual vacancy notice

Norfolk Community Foundation

Parish Councillors are delighted to announce that the Parish Council’s application to the Norfolk Community Foundation for funds, to support the Great Ellingham Coronavirus Support Group’s activities, has been successful.

The Norfolk Community Foundation has awarded a grant of £1,000.

This money will be used to pay for printing, telephone and other support costs; to send flyers on services like shopping, prescription collection, dog walking and support by phone.

Message from Norfolk Police

Norfolk Constabulary wants to reassure victims and survivors of domestic abuse that they do not need to suffer in silence during this challenging time as the county tackles coronavirus.

The force is aware that social isolation can have a serious impact on victims, including children, who could be locked in with an abuser. We want victims and survivors to know they are not alone and that we are here to help support you.

As pressures increase around finances, jobs, school closures and more people working from home, we know that stress can escalate. A lack of contact with family and friends outside the home can also cause tensions and add to the possibility of abuse within the home.

Temporary Detective Superintendent Andy Coller, head of safeguarding at Norfolk Constabulary, said: “We realise that the challenges we currently face mean those who are vulnerable, such as victims of domestic abuse, whether children or adults, are more likely to be at risk during self-isolation. Norfolk Constabulary wants to reassure those who are victims, that you should not suffer in silence and alone, we are here to help you.

“A home can be more like prison for those living or sharing one with an abuser. If you are in immediate danger, or you know someone else who is, you should still call 999 or call one of the organisations and charities we have listed on our website.

“This is a particularly stressful time for those locked into an abusive situation and stress levels can be high. Our message to abusers is that your behaviour will not be excused, we take domestic abuse very seriously and will be dealing with incidents robustly.”

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Lorne Green, said: “I would like to reassure victims and survivors of domestic abuse that my team has been, and continues to work tirelessly with our commissioned services to ensure the right help and support is out there.

“Supporting victims and reducing vulnerability is one of my absolute key priorities as Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner and now is a time more than ever when we must work together to continue to give a voice to the women, men and children in our county who have been or continue to be affected by this crime.

“My message to those who feel isolated and alone is simply, you are not. Whatever the situation, you do not need to live with the heartache, the pain or the trauma that you are suffering. Life can be better and there are people there to offer you support.”

If you are in immediate danger you should still call 999. Police 101 is the non-emergency number. Some charities and organisations will also be offering support over the telephone or online, please see the list on our website if you need to contact someone for support or advice: https://www.norfolk.police.uk/advice/assault-abuse-threats/domestic-abuse

Silent Solution

The Silent Solution system helps filter out accidental or hoax 999 calls from those who need genuine police assistance.

If speaking or making an immediate sound would put you in danger and you need immediate help, call 999 and stay on the line, then press 55 when prompted and the call will be transferred to the police, who will know it is an emergency call.

Follow our Norfolk Constabulary account on Facebook and @NorfolkPolice for our domestic violence messages under #youarenotalone

Helpful contact details (please check websites for updates to services):

Norfolk services:

Leeway: 0300 561 0077 Email[email protected]

Covers: Norwich, Broadland, Breckland, West Norfolk

https://www.leewaysupport.org/

Spurgeons (Norwich Connect): 01603 628122 Email[email protected]

Covers: Norwich

https://www.spurgeons.org/what-we-do/norwich-connect

 

Orwell (Haven Project): 0845 4674876/ 01508 533933

Covers: South Norfolk

https://www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/residents/south-norfolk-help-hub

 

Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care: 0300 303 3706 Email: [email protected]

Covers: Norfolk

https://www.nsvictimcare.org/contact-us/

 

SARC – Sexual Assault Referral Centre – The Harbour Centre: 01603 276381 (24/7)
Email[email protected]

Covers: Norfolk

ttps://www.theharbourcentre.co.uk/

Daisy Programme: 01953880903 Email: [email protected]

Covers: Breckland

Pandora: (contact online)

Covers: West Norfolk, North Norfolk

https://www.pandoraproject.org.uk/

Sue Lambert Trust: 01603 622406 Email[email protected]

Covers: Norfolk

https://www.suelamberttrust.org/

Norfolk Community Law Service: 01603 496623 Email[email protected]

Covers: Norfolk

https://www.ncls.co.uk/

4 Women’s Centre: 0300 131 7983 Email[email protected]

Covers: Wensum, Coast and Boards

https://www.homegroup.org.uk/4women

Additional national helplines and services:

Women’s Aid – 24hr National Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0808 2000 247 or www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/Contact-us.

Website: https://www.womensaid.org.uk/information-support/

Refuge – National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247 or contact the helpline via Refuge’s contact form at www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk. Website: https://www.refuge.org.uk/

GALOP (LBGT): 0800 999 5428
http://www.galop.org.uk/

Mankind Initiative (Male Victims): 01823 334244
https://www.mankind.org.uk/

Respect (working with abusers to change their behaviour and male victims of domestic abuse): 020 3559 6650
http://respect.uk.net/

 

Great Ellingham Helpline

Helpline postcard

Norfolk Constabulary Thanks Communities

Norfolk Constabulary continues to follow its commitment to engage, explain, encourage and enforce the government’s measures restricting people’s movements.

Chief Constable Simon Bailey said: “We police by consent in this country, and my officers follow a very fair four-step escalation model with the public and businesses.

“Our focus is to reassure, inform and engage with people so they understand why these restrictions are in place. Our communities are looking out for each other and listening to the government’s message to stay at home, and I thank them for that. Complying with these regulations is an absolute priority to save people’s lives and protect our NHS.

“We will always try to disperse people rather than use enforcement but it’s also right that we act against the few who choose to break the rules and disregard these measures, and put people’s lives at risk.”

Officers were given the powers on Thursday (26 March 2020) to fine people who refuse to stay at home and go outside without ‘reasonable excuse’ following the introduction of government measures to tackle Covid-19.

To date (Tuesday 31 March 2020), Norfolk Constabulary has used its formal powers only once following an incident in Great Yarmouth yesterday morning (Monday 30 March 2020) when a woman repeatedly ignored officers’ requests to return home on three separate occasions. The woman, who is aged in her 40s, was reported for the offence and will receive a summons to attend magistrates’ court in due course.

Mr Bailey added: “The majority of people are already making sacrifices to save lives, and we continue to urge everyone to follow the advice that is designed to keep us all safe.

“If people see others flouting the rules we ask that they exercise common sense. We will not be able to dispatch officers for minor infringements. Clearly mass gatherings of people are not a minor infringement and we want to know about these so we can deal with them.

“It’s also important to add that people who deliberately spit and cough on emergency workers as well as members of the public will be dealt with robustly. This is an offence and it will be treated as assault.

“I’d also take this opportunity to pay tribute to all our officers, staff and Special Constables who, alongside emergency workers, NHS staff and other key workers, are on the frontline. They are doing outstanding work in challenging times.”

People are being encouraged to report non-urgent crimes or concerns via online reporting at http://www.norfolk.police.uk/.

Please only dial 999 in an emergency or if you believe a crime to be in progress. Non-urgent crimes can be reported via 101 but where possible we would encourage the public to report matters via our website.

Norfolk Police also regularly updates its social media accounts with the latest news, general advice and guidance on a number of issues, including personal safety, fraud and home security. You can find us on Facebook or Twitter @NorfolkPolice

NHS : Coronavirus Message from the Clinical Commissioning Groups

Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Saves Lives

Please help us to spread this important message: Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives.

Anything you can do to help spread the ‘Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives’ message is appreciated.

Easy Read Coronavirus Resources

Here are some helpful general resources about coronavirus (covid-19) which have been produced to support people with a learning disability and their families and carers – please share as appropriate:

The NHS in Norfolk and Waveney is encouraging local people to keep up the fight against coronavirus (Covid-19) by following the latest Government advice and staying at home.

A new Government campaign launched this week called Stay Home, Save Lives which reinforces the single most important action we can now all take, in fighting coronavirus – is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

Dr Anoop Dhesi, a GP at Stalham and Chair of NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We’re asking everyone to help save lives, by staying at home because anyone can spread coronavirus.

“Only leave your home to shop for basic necessities, to pick up medicine or to provide care to those who need it or to exercise once a day, alone or with members of your household.

“Only travel to work when you absolutely cannot work from home.

“If you have to go out for any of these reasons always stay two metres apart.

“Do not meet others outside your household; even friends and family. The message is simple stay home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.”

It comes as letters are sent to vulnerable patients urging them to shield themselves from the virus by staying at home and avoiding face-to-face contact for the next 12 weeks.

The letters provide information about accessing health and social care during this time and extra support available for them, their families and carers.

All those who receive a letter are encouraged to register now by going to www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable or call 0800 028 8327, the Government’s dedicated helpline.

This will tell whether or not they are in touch with friends, family or a support network in their community who can support them to get food and medicine, and follow the advice in the letter they have received.

 

Scam advice from Norfolk Police

Criminals are using the #COVID19 pandemic to scam the public – don’t become a victim. Criminals are experts at impersonating, they spend hours researching you for their scams, hoping you’ll let your guard down for just a moment. Read more  https://nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/news/fraud-scams-covid19 

MOT extensions

6 month extension given to MOTs due from 30 March 2020.

Full information can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-mots-for-cars-vans-and-motorcycles-due-from-30-march-2020

COVID-19 Advice from Norfolk County Council

Staying Safe

Keep yourself safe:

  • This is a highly infectious virus and if you become infected, you are likely to infect others. By keeping yourselves safe, you help stop the spread of the virus and keep people around you safe.
  • Follow Government advice on preventing the spread of the virus and social distancing.
  • Avoid any physical contact with vulnerable groups or those who are self-isolating.
  • If you are unwell, follow NHS guidance and do not seek to help others.

Advice to residents:

  • Only accept help from someone you know and trust
  • Never give anyone your cash card or credit card and PIN – always give cash and ask for a receipt
  • If someone is doing shopping for you, provide them with a list and budget, based on what you can afford
  • It is your home and you do not have to agree to anything a visitor may ask
  • Never deal with unknown cold callers
  • If you are in doubt, or feel pressurised or threatened close the door, call a friendly neighbour or in an emergency ring 999

We want to help keep the people of Norfolk up to date by highlighting scams which are using the current situation as part of their approach. The latest information and advice is available at: https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/business/trading-standards/scams/consumer-alerts

Supporting your community

Key principles                       

  • Always make sure residents wanting to help put their own health first and do not inadvertently spread the virus further.
  • Residents should be aware of and follow Government advice – maintain good hygiene, such as regularly washing your hands and reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission by providing support over the phone and social media.
  • For grassroots activity, hyperlocal works best – advise people to support their own neighbours on their street or a couple or roads nearby as large scale won’t be effective.
  • For those wanting to undertake higher risk activities with safeguarding risks, they should volunteer for an existing charity.

 

Six Ways to Help:

  1. Be a great neighbour

The most immediate form of help that residents can provide to their community during this time is to look out for vulnerable neighbours.

  1. Donate

Anyone looking to donate money can be advised of the following routes:

  1. Give time

Voluntary Norfolk will be using their volunteering portal to gather the various roles that are needed in the sector. This can be found here: https://www.voluntarynorfolk.org.uk/volunteering/. More options will be added as more gaps arise.  This is a great option for those wanting a more structured way to help or to do roles which require safeguarding and training.

  1. Support community groups

If you speak to people running an existing community group who are looking for guidance and advice, Community Action Norfolk are supporting in this way.  Their website has several resources for the VCSE sector: www.communityactionnorfolk.org.uk.

  1. Advise local businesses

New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership via the New Anglia Growth Hub is offering free advice and guidance to local businesses, whether they are experiencing supply chain issues, order or booking cancellations, a reduction in sales, or any other challenge, they contact the Growth Hub to speak to one of their qualified business advisers. They are also offering free support and advice to help businesses to access the support measures put in place by Government.  Email: [email protected] or telephone 0300 333 6536 (Mon- Fri 9am-5pm).

More information about the measures put in place by the Government to support businesses can be found here: https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/care-support-and-health/health-and-wellbeing/adults-health/coronavirus/business-support

  1. Support vulnerable people

If residents feel a member of their family is at risk due to their age or an underlying health condition, the advice is to practice social distancing and consider isolating themselves before any symptoms occur.  The government has issued advice on how to self-isolate and reduce the possibility of transmission.

The NCC website has further information about supporting vulnerable people here: https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/care-support-and-health/health-and-wellbeing/adults-health/coronavirus/supporting-vulnerable-people.