Crime report from PC Tom Gibb

I have had a look at the incidents reported for the parish of Ashmanhaugh since 01.07.18 to give the community an overview of what has been going on during the summer Months. This list is specific for the Parish and is not comprehensive as it is based on incidents recorded on our deployment system and not on crime figures. None the less it should give the community an overview of what we are doing.

We have dealt with one road traffic collision on the main Stalham Road, two missing persons enquiries, one concern for safety of a person, one internet based crime, two domestic incidents and two abnormal load escorts. In summary the village remains largely crime free, however it is the time of year when we do seem to experience more acquisitive crime such as burglary and residents should be vigilant to any suspicious activity and vehicles. If it looks out of place take the registration and let me know. If a vehicle is legitimate we can soon establish this. I have been into the village with the speed gun. No speeding offences identified but a few verbal warnings given re seatbelts. With the nights starting to draw in I urge residents to think about their home security, locking doors and making sure their security lights are working. Likewise it is time to make sure cars are in good condition and lights are working correctly now we are heading towards the winter.

If anyone need to speak to me I am happy to be contacted on the details below.

Thanks and best wishes Tom Gibbs

Officers urge businesses to be vigilant after cold caller scam

The following is a Police Connect message.

Police have issued a warning to businesses to be vigilant to cold callers following two incidents in Norfolk and Suffolk.

It comes after a company based in Harleston, Norfolk received a call on Monday 17 September from someone claiming to be ‘Sergeant Mark Shepherd’ from Suffolk Police and asked to speak with the director.

He then stated he ‘was doing a campaign involving going into schools and talking about safety issues and requesting sponsorship’. When the call recipient declined, the caller put the phone down.

On Wednesday 26 September a company based in Hadleigh, Suffolk received a similar call from someone claiming to be ‘Mark Shepherd’. He stated he was from the media department of the police and was asking for charity donations. When challenged he stated he was a freelancer and provided an invalid phone number.

Later in the day a further call was received from a man to a sister company which shares the same address and was answered by the same member of staff. The man was challenged after he repeated his request to speak to a director and he then gave his name as ‘Steven Gerrard’ before the call was ended.

Officers have this advice:

  • Never give out personal information about your bank account to anybody over the phone.
  • If someone calls claiming to be a police officer, ask for their identification number and police force. Hang up and call 101 using a different phone. If you can’t use a different phone, wait at least five minutes before calling back. A genuine police officer will not mind waiting while you check.
  • Police and banks will never ask you to give out personal details such as account numbers or PIN numbers.
  • If you have given out information which could compromise your bank account security in any way, call your bank to cancel your cards as soon as possible.
  • Never hand over money to someone at the door to be sent off elsewhere.

Anyone with concerns about such calls should contact Norfolk Police on the non-emergency number 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress. Alternatively, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Highway Ranger visit – report issues for repair

Our Highway Rangers can visit your parish in the next 3 months  – if there is work identified for their attention. If you have any specific highway maintenance issues, we would be grateful for any information to the Parish Clerk by  03 Oct. to ensure these issues are considered by the Street Scene Inspector (formerly Highway Inspector) who will be taking account of maintenance needs of the road network in your area.

Our key concern is maintaining the safety of the road network. At this time of year the following highway defects are generally our highest priority –

  • Potholes – an accurate location and dimensions (including depth) really help us to judge their priority.
  • Regular incidences of Standing water – location and area affected are important, in addition any knowledge of any features which may be blocked, does the ponding eventually clear over time, does this only occur during heavy rain. Recently heavy rain falls and wash from fields has caused issues over which we sometimes have no control. We can clear gulley pots and back ditches and grips within the highway boundary.

Other maintenance activities are listed below. These may be identified for action but will be lower priority and given a longer timescale for completion.

  • Side out a carriageway or footway – where an encroachment of silt, verge growth or weeds etc has reduced the width of the carriageway or footway
  • Hedge/Tree/Vegetation Encroachments – We will intervene where important signs are obstructed from view. Ideally, where encroachments exist we would contact the property owner so they may make their own arrangements at their own expense. Any information leading to identifying who is responsible for a certain feature will both be treated in confidence and reduce the time taken for the issue to be addressed.
  • Damaged or dirty signs – If a damaged sign has been recovered, details of where this can be collected will be appreciated

Norfolk Police crime figures for August

09-18 Cluster 12 Scottow Hoveton and St Benet

North Norfolk Big Society Fund – Cut-Off date for Applications

The Big Society Fund is provided by North Norfolk District Council to help build strong communities in the district. It aims to help communities to develop new and innovative projects which will improve their social and
economic wellbeing.

The Fund is available for projects that support people and activities within the North Norfolk District geographical area for example:

·       Local voluntary organisations, charities (whether registered or not) and community groups

·       Parish and Town Councils within North Norfolk

·       Larger regional or national charities or organisations if the funding is to deliver a specific project in North Norfolk

·       Community businesses, social enterprises and other not-for profit organisations

A couple of things to do before you complete an application are

·       Read through the Big Society Fund Prospectus to ensure that your organisation is eligible to apply to the Fund, and that what you would like the funding to be used for meets the criteria for the Fund

·       Contact Sonia Shuter on 01263 516173 to discuss your potential application.

Once it has been confirmed your application meets both the eligibility and the criteria of the Big Society Fund,
1.     Download from the Big Society Fund webpage ( ) the North Norfolk Big Society Application Form and complete using the guidance notes to help you.
* Note – Section Six – Declaration must have an original signature.

2.     Download from the Big Society Fund webpage ( ) the North Norfolk Big Society Independent Referee form and ask someone who is familiar with and has knowledge of the project to complete it.
* Note – an original signature is also required on this form.

3.     Lastly, download from the Big Society Fund webpage ( ) the North Norfolk Big Society Supporting Documentation Checklist.
* Note – all quotes must be on company headed paper, no email quotes will be accepted.

The fund is open to applications throughout the year, although to ensure your application is eligible to go through for consideration to the 3rd December Grant Panel, only applications received by  5th November which are fully completed, signed, and accompanied by all the requested supporting documentation will be accepted

A hard copy of the application pack is available by contacting<> / 01263 516248 or 516173.