Storm Gareth

You may have also seen the ongoing forecast of high winds and rain (Storm Gareth) expected to arrive tomorrow (Wednesday 13th March), affecting parts of the South East and the East of England.

Our electricity network is built to be resilient but high winds and rain can damage overhead power lines resulting in some customers losing their electricity supply. Where this happens, we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.  We have organised for additional staff in our contact centre to help customers whose electricity supply might be affected by the predicted weather, and we have called-up additional engineers to carry out repairs to our electricity network.

Both you and your local residents will be able to find regular updates on our website www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk and social media @UKPowerNetworks throughout this period.

Anyone experiencing a power cut can:

  • Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network, or 0800 3163 105 (from a corded phone or mobile phone if you have no power)
  • Visit ukpowernetworks.co.uk for the latest updates
  • Visit ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercut and type in their postcode to view our live power cut map
  • Tweet @ukpowernetworks to report power cuts or to receive updates

We urge the public to stay well clear from power lines and anyone spotting a damaged power line needs to report it to us immediately by calling 105 from a landline or mobile phone.

If they see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public they should call 999.

We provide extra help to customers on our Priority Service Register during a power cut. Households with older or disabled people, those with children under five, or where someone uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity as well as other reasons can join the register. You can find out more information about our Priority Service on our website: ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority  .

If you would like to share information about preparing for the extreme weather or the priority service register on social media you might like to use the following:

UK Power Networks has extra staff on hand to deal with the impact of Storm Gareth. Call 105 to report a power cut and visit https://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/storm-centre-prepare or message @UKPowerNetworks on Twitter. #stormgareth #ukpnnews

Do you, or someone you know, need extra support during a power cut? @UKPowerNetworks provides free services to vulnerable customers. Visit https://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/power-cut/priority-services-register for more information.  #stormgareth #ukpnnews

I hope this information is helpful and please do share it with local residents and members of your community who would find it helpful.

With best wishes,

Julie Seal

Community Affairs Officer

UK Power Networks

Fore Hamlet

Ipswich

IP3 8AA

 

 

Tenancy Deposit Scam Alert

Action Fraud has received several reports where fraudsters are claiming to be landlords of properties offered for rent online.

How it works

  • Prior to viewing a property, the criminal requests that the individual pays a deposit.
  • After the victim pays the money, the scammer sends a bogus email purporting to be from a Tenancy Deposit Scheme confirming they have received their deposit.
  • This email is false! The money was sent directly to the criminals’ account.
  • The victim is left out of pocket and without the home they thought they were renting.

What You Need To Do

  • Always make sure you have viewed the property with an agent or landlord before agreeing to rent a property.
  • Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision.
  • Only transfer funds when you’re satisfied a genuine property, safety certificates and valid contract are in place.
  • Only pay for goods or service by bank transfer if you know and trust the person. Payments via bank transfer offer you no protection if you become a victim of fraud.

Before you pay a deposit check it is one of the government-backed Tenancy Deposit Schemes https://www.gov.uk/tenancy-deposit-protection

Report it

For advice and to report issues to KCC Trading Standards contact
Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06
Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Lonely Hearts Romance Fraudster Alert

Lonely Hearts Romance Fraudster Alert

The NFIB have become aware of techniques used by romance fraudsters against people using dating sites. Not only will they steal your heart they will steal your money and your identification.

When you think you’ve met the perfect partner through an online dating website or app, but the other person is using a fake profile to form a relationship with you. They’re using the site to gain your trust and ask you for money or enough personal information to steal your identity.

A dating fraudster, previously involved in deceiving people that wanted a friendship explained how they would create fake accounts with social media platforms so that their details matched and could be searched. By appearing to be a real person their fake persona could be corroborated by prospective partners searching their background and believe them to be genuine. The fraudster said:

“People like to live in fairy tales to say it won’t happen to me. I make sure all my conversations are bespoke. I will show insecurity myself about trusting people and this helps allude to them that I’m genuine.”

The fraudster will also utilise as many accessible online research tools to explore people’s information for their own personal gain or sell onwards. The fraudster elaborated and explained:

“I use various online directories to find out about the person. Once I have enough, I use it to milk everything I can using their details or sell them on to other fraudsters via the dark web”

When asked how people could check if a person is real. The romance fraudster offered advice for others searching for a relationship. They told us that after you see a picture of them:

“Ask for them to send you another photo of themselves posing with their thumbs up or waving. It’s like a form of 2 factor authentication and makes it hard to do if it’s not an original picture”

What you need to do

· Avoid sharing too many personal details when on online dating profiles. Revealing your full name, date of birth, or full home address may lead to your identity being stolen.

· Never respond to any requests to send money, or have money transferred into your account by someone you don’t know and trust. These types of requests should always raise a red flag. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it.

· Pick a reputable dating website or app, and use the built-in messaging service. Fraudsters want to quickly switch to social media or texting so there’s no evidence of them asking you for money.

Message Sent By
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Firearms Campaign Success

Residents handed in more than 170 firearms and nearly 4,000 rounds of ammunition during Kent police’s firearms surrender.

The initiative which ran between Monday 21 January and Wednesday 6 February 2019 saw a total of 172 firearms and 3,857 rounds of ammunition being handed over to officers.

The campaign allowed people to dispose of unwanted or illegally held firearms or ammunition.

Originally the initiative was due to finish on Friday 1 February 2019 but owing to the success and response by the public officers made the decision to extend the surrender until Wednesday 6 February 2019.

Officers received various firearms as part of the initiative including pistols, revolvers, shotguns, rifles and air weapons.

Some of the most interesting items included a deactivated Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle which was handed in to officers on 24 January along with magazine and dummy rounds. Three Italian starting pistols and a Walther PPK blank firing replica pistol with some blank rounds were also surrendered.

On the first day of the campaign a Colt ‘New Service’ .445 calibre revolver was surrendered. This firearm was made in 1898 and had been used by British and Commonwealth forces until the end of the Second World War.

On 22 January, 12 firearms were handed in at North Kent station and of these three handguns, all revolvers; a Hopkins and Allen, a Webley Second World War service revolver and a Colt revolver, were viable live firing guns.

The Webley .380 calibre service revolver is believed to have been used in the First World War but may have been used in the Second World War.

Detective Chief Inspector Patrick Holmes said: ‘We had an excellent response to this year’s surrender. Many firearms are held innocently with owners unaware of their illegality, or are overlooked heirlooms forgotten in people’s homes.

‘The initiative gave residents the chance to hand in unwanted firearms ensuring that they were safely removed off the streets and preventing them from being acquired and distributed by criminal networks.

‘Every firearm off the streets is another weapon which has been prevented from being potentially used in criminal activity and potentially another life which has been saved, so I would like to thank all those residents who used the surrender as an opportunity to hand in their unwanted or illegally held firearms and ammunition.’

PSE 59727 Andrew Judd 

Volunteer & Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officer

South East Kent Police

Parish Council Elections – Prospective Candidate Event, 4 March 2019

Are you up for a challenge? How well do you know your community? Could you represent local people? What can you bring to local democracy? The next Parish Council elections will be held on Thursday 2 May 2019 and now is the time to discover whether you’ve got what it takes to be a local councillor. You don’t need to be a member of any political party – but you do need a genuine interest in what happens in your local area.

Councillors come from all walks of life, age groups and backgrounds, so don’t rule yourself out just because you think you don’t fit the councillor ‘mould’.

To become a candidate you must be:
1) a British, qualifying Commonwealth or European Union Citizen

2) at least 18 years of age.

In addition to those two qualifications, you must also:

a) have an entry on the electoral register in the Parish or Parish Ward in which you are standing as candidate, and/or

b) have lived, worked or owned property in the Parish Council area or within 4.8 km of the Parish for the whole of the previous 12 months.

An event for prospective candidates will be held in the Council Chamber at the Council Offices in Whitfield on Monday 4 March 2019 at 6pm. It will cover how to complete the required paperwork for standing as a candidate at both District and Parish Council elections and nomination packs will be available for collection at the end of the presentation.

To reserve a place at the event please email the Elections Team on elections@dover.gov.uk or call 01304 – 872344. Please note that space is limited due to the size of the venue so booking is advised.
For any queries regarding electoral matters or to receive a nomination pack by post please contact the Elections Team using the details above.
Further information on standing as a candidate can be found on the Electoral Commission website – www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/candidate-or-agent
For more details on your local Parish Council, please contact the Parish Clerk by email or by calling clerk@eastrypc.co.uk 01304 614320

https://www.eastrypc.co.uk/documents/Parish%20Council%20Elections%202019%20candidate%20event.pdf

Kent Teenagers Launch Podcast for ‘Time To Talk’ Day

Teenagers in Gravesend are launching a new podcast this week for ‘Time To Talk’ Day – the national campaign encouraging conversation around mental health.

Called ‘Thrive’, the podcast will be available to listen to online from the morning of Thursday 7 February and hopes to show others that they are not alone and that support is on hand with conversations that are energetic, insightful, poignant and funny.

Four young people, aged 15 to 19-years-old, host and feature in the show, talking about everything from what it is to be a young person in 2019, including the daily pressures they face, school and careers, social media, bullying, friendships and stress. The podcast aims to break down barriers and discuss subjects they might never talk about openly.

Mason aged 16, Princess aged 18 and 15-year-olds Emma and Jamal, who are all from Gravesham, have now recorded three episodes of the show together, with the aim to release one a month. Mason said: “We regularly discuss a range of different issues that affect young people when we meet at The Grand, so it seemed a natural fit to put it online as a podcast. We cover some difficult topics but we laugh a lot too. We want to normalise those awkward and embarrassing conversations which many of us may feel shy to approach, and hopefully help to break down the stigma surrounding these issues.”

The Grand Healthy Living Centre in Gravesend has assisted the young podcasters to produce the show, working with locally based media professionals who will teach the group the technical skills needed to record and edit the discussions. The long-term goal is that the group will run every element of the production.

Youth workers at The Grand have conversations with young people every day about the challenges they are facing. The new podcast allows every young person in the borough to hear from their friends and their peers, to get advice, hear opinions and know that support is on hand from the youth team in the borough.

Jackie Coupar, Youth Work Manager at The Grand, said: “We want to reach any young person who feels isolated, is struggling with life or just wants to hear the views of their friends and peers. It deals with the real things kids are facing these days. It’s frank, it’s funny, it’s refreshing and importantly, it lets our young people know that there are services available locally to help them.

“We work face-to-face with hundreds of young people, but we know there are thousands more in Gravesham who don’t access the advice on offer. Having a podcast means that anyone can listen at any time of day – in the privacy of their own home or on the bus to school.”

The Grand’s youth service, called Gifted Young Generation, offers young people a peer-to-peer support group, a professional counselling service as well as a wide range of creative workshops, which see young people grow in confidence, learn new skills and make new friends. Thrive podcast is available to listen to online at: https://anchor.fm/thegrand

KCC Deputy Director for Public health, Allison Duggal said: “We know that talking and sharing feelings and thoughts help. It can also be the first step to accessing professional support if it is needed. At the same time, we know that talking and sharing is hard so we have provided lots of useful information, videos, access to training and information on services on the Kent Resilience Hub at www.headstartkent.org.uk

“These resources help young people, parents, carers and workers start that conversation by recognising all the strengths in a young person’s life which are contributing to their resilience, their wellbeing and are helping them to cope and thrive even when things are tough.”

KCC commissions community mental health support services for adults through Live Well Kent which is run by charities Porchlight and Shaw Trust. More information can be found at www.livewellkent.org.uk

It is also reminding residents of its ‘Release the Pressure’ helpline this Time to Talk day – call free on 0800 107 0160 where support is available from trained and experienced staff 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The campaign website www.releasethepressure.uk also includes case studies from people in Kent who have turned their lives around after attempting suicide.

 

Power Networks Bulletin – Storm Erik

You may have seen the forecast of high winds and rain (Storm Erik) (Friday 8th February), affecting parts of the South East and the East of England.

We are currently monitoring the weather closely and we are in regular contact with the Met Office as the forecast develops.

Our electricity network is built to be resilient but extreme weather can damage overhead power lines resulting in some customers losing their electricity supply. Where this happens we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.  We have organised for additional staff in our contact centre to help customers whose electricity supply might be affected by the predicted weather, and we have called-up additional engineers to carry out repairs to our electricity network.

Both you and your local residents will be able to find regular updates on our website www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk and social media @UKPowerNetworks throughout this period.

Anyone experiencing a power cut can:

  • Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network, or 0800 3163 105 (from a corded phone or mobile phone if you have no power)
  • Visit ukpowernetworks.co.uk for the latest updates
  • Visit ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercut and type in their postcode to view our live power cut map
  • Tweet @ukpowernetworks to report a power cuts or to receive updates

We urge the public to stay well clear from power lines and anyone spotting a damaged power line needs to report it to us immediately by calling 105 from a landline or mobile phone.

If they see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public they should call 999.

We provide extra help to customers on our Priority Service Register during a power cut. Households with older or disabled people, those with children under five, or where someone uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity as well as other reasons can join the register. You can find out more information about our Priority Service on our website: ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority.

If you would like to share information about preparing for the extreme weather or the priority service register on social media you might like to use the following:

@UKPowerNetworks has extra staff on hand 24/7 to deal with the impact of Storm Erik. Call 105 to report a power cut and visit https://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/storm-centre-prepare  #stormerik #ukpnnews

Do you, or someone you know, need extra support during a power cut? @UKPowerNetworks provides free services to vulnerable customers. Visit https://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/power-cut/priority-services-register for more information.  #stormerik #ukpnnews

I hope this information is helpful and please do share it with local residents and members of your community who would find it helpful.

Yours faithfully,

Michael

Michael Horwood

Public Affairs Manager

UK Power Networks

Newington House

237 Southwark Bridge Road

London   SE1 6NP

 

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Port of Call – Addiction Help

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Thieves Demand Cash in Dover Burglary

Burglary victims reported being threatened when intruders entered their Dover home and stole their belongings.

On Saturday 5 January 2019 at around 9pm two men, described as white and in their early twenties, burgled the property in Terrace Road, Elvington and threatened the occupants, demanding cash.

One of the suspects went upstairs before they both left the house with a mobile phone, watches and jewellery.

It is believed the suspects have local accents, one of them was wearing a black padded jacket and the other had a tan-coloured jacket. They were both wearing hooded tops that covered their faces.

Detective Sergeant David Cox said: ‘Luckily no one was injured during this incident and whilst our detectives carry out their enquiries we would ask any witnesses who may recognise the descriptions or saw what happened to contact us straight away.

‘We also believe a van parked in the same street was broken into and another car was damaged at around the same time.’

Anyone with information regarding these incidents should call the East Kent appeal line on 01843 222289 quoting reference 46/3356/19.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers in Kent anonymously on 0800 555 111.

PSE 59727 Andrew Judd 

Volunteer & Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officer

South East Kent Police