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Draft Minutes

Draft Minutes from 24 March 2021 are now available on the website.

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The Agenda for 24 March 2021 is available on the website. The Press and Public are welcome to attend via Zoom.

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Draft Minutes

Draft Minutes from 24 February 2021 are now available on the website.

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SNT Article 5

Good Afternoon All,

With the recent news that some of the lockdown measures are to be lifted due to a drop in Covid cases coupled with the turn from the wet weather, it is certainly an uplifting start to the spring months.

A couple of vulnerable adult cases have been raised to us in recent weeks, where we have attended properties that are in a serious state of disrepair inside causing a health risk to residents within. I appreciate that realistically police are not the right agency to deal with any long term care packages, however we can make the necessary referrals to other agencies if appropriate. If you have concerns about neighbours or community members and don’t know where to turn, then please contact us and we can advise and visit where necessary Leominster.snt@westmercia.pnn.police.uk

We currently have two student officers within the team (Pc Callum Ridyard and Pc Laura Hazlewood) and this weekend has seen them out and about dealing with anti-social behaviour incidents. The team have issued a section 59 notice (anti-social use of a motor propelled vehicle) and ASB notification letters to young person’s riding a quad bike across fields with no permission from the land owners. If they are caught on the quad bike, or the quad bike is used in a similar incident in the next twelve months, we will seize it.

Often anti-social behaviour can by a symptom of vulnerabilities within a family or can highlight safeguarding concerns for individuals, so it is important for us to be aware of any incidents involving young people, please keep on reporting any anti-social behaviour.

The Safer neighbourhood team are taking part in an operation for rural crime over the coming weeks, where we will be working with our rural crime team patrolling and stopping any ‘suspicious’ vehicles. I obviously can’t tell you any specifics, but I will try and keep you updated with progress reports.

Watch this space!!

Kind regards

Steph

On behalf of Leominster Safer Neighbourhood Team.

Pcso Harper 6440
Police Community Support Officer
| SNT Leominster  | West Mercia Police

Enterprise Way, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0LZ
Direct Dial: 01432 347217 Ext. 7723019

Team email: leominster.snt@westmercia.pnn.police.uk

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Research on behalf of Herefordshire Council

From Impact Consultancy and Research

This information has been circulated to key community contacts and organisations including food banks and debt advice support, parish council clerks and all ward members.

We are currently undertaking research on behalf of Herefordshire Council to identify the impact of COVID on local families. In particular we would really like to hear from working families that have experienced very difficult times financially – maybe for the first time. Have you experienced any of the following as a direct result of Covid 19:
• Been unable to pay household bills or buy sufficient food for your family
• Difficulty in paying mortgage or rent
• Inability to work due to having children at home
• Inability to work due to illness (either Covid or another illness)
• Redundancy or reduced working hours
• Loss or closure of business if you are self-employed

Families have faced huge challenges as a result of the Pandemic, and for many this had led to financial difficulties that have never been faced before. Herefordshire Council and partners can offer support but they need to understand what support will be most valuable to ensure that resources are not wasted.

Between 8th February and 17th February we want to talk to between 20-25 families. We want to listen to your story and how and why you have been impacted. We also want to understand what support would be most useful to you – this will help ensure that the Herefordshire Council and partners are able to offer the best support in the future.

Please reply to Claire Carter, claire@impactconsultancy.co.uk, if you are willing to participate in this research. We will then contact you by telephone at a time that is convenient for you. All participants will receive a £20 supermarket voucher.

Many thanks
Sarah Fishbourne
Director
Impact Consultancy and Research
07855 492066 or 01432 860323
www.impactconsultancy.co.uk

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Foster Carers needed in Herefordshire…

HIPSS provide a therapeutic fostering service to help children and young people with complex needs. It offers those who have experienced significant trauma in their lives an opportunity to overcome adversity and have the chance to form stable and secure relationships with their carers and learn to be a child again.

For further information, please click on the links below.  Thank you.

Supported Lodgings Providers
Fostering in Herefordshire
HIPPS Therapeutic Fostering
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Flooding

Received 28 January 2021 from Talk Community Programme:
We are aware that a number of homes and businesses across Herefordshire have been affected by flooding recently. If you or anyone you know have suffered from flooding in the county, please do let us know where and what happened as this may help us to minimise flooding problems there in the future. In order to report flooding, as well as access other useful resources, please visit www.herefordshire.gov.uk/flooding.

Please be aware that Talk Community support is available for all emergencies, including those affected by flooding. Please encourage those requiring support to contact us on 01432 260027 or at talkcommunityhelpline@herefordshire.gov.uk

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SNT Article 4

Received 27 January 2021.
Good Afternoon Folks,

It is now official Pc Max Beswick has started work within our safer neighbourhood team and we bid farewell to Pc Chris O’Donovan. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Pc O’Dononvan for all his hard work and for being a valued integral part of our team over the years. We wish them both the very best in their new roles.

For the next ten weeks, we will also have student officer Pc Ridyard working within our team. The aim is for him to learn about community policing and how the approach to it differs from response/patrol policing.

It has been a fairly busy couple of weeks with RTC’s and broken down vehicles due to the flooding, ice and snow. There has also been a few incidents in regards to dogs which I just want to give you a quick update on as I’m sure most of you will have seen it on social media.

Within a two day period, three separate reports of missing/stolen dogs were noted, two from the Leominster area and one from the Ledbury area. As sometimes happens this was blown up to a huge degree which put a lot of dog owners in unnecessary fear.

The good news is that two of the dogs were found within a short span of time and had evidently just gone off for a wander, as is often the way with animals. The third dog was indeed stolen (it’s still under investigation) but working alongside us (the safer neighbourhood team), the owners hard work and dedication paid off and the dog was returned to his rightful home. An excellent result!

We have seen a few incidents of theft at Aymestrey/Wigmore way, so please be extra vigilant when locking your cars/sheds and outbuildings.

Pc Beswick had a great start to his working week as he arrested a male who was trying to steal items from peoples sheds and gardens. The male had been seen at several properties on the old Ludlow Road acting suspiciously but was found near to the Priory Church. The male was taken to custody and an investigation has been launched.

A slightly longer article than usual but hopefully you find the articles useful and relevant.

Kind regards

Steph on behalf of Leominster Safer neighbourhood team

Pcso Stephanie Harper 6440
Police Community Support Officer
| SNT Leominster  | West Mercia Police

Enterprise Way, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0LZ
Mobile: 07773043483  Direct Dial: 01432 347217 Ext. 7723019

Team email: leominster.snt@westmercia.pnn.police.uk

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SNT Article 3

Received 9 January 2021
Good Afternoon All,

Firstly, we would like to wish you all a happy and safe New Year.

We are now well into our third lockdown and on the whole the majority of local people are adhering to the guidelines for which we are very thankful. We understand that it is still immensely difficult for some people to be isolated in their homes. There is help out there, the difficult first part is always reaching out for it. Just a few ways below if you want to share to community forums or newsletters:

Use the NHS 111 online service, or call 111.

These services also offer confidential advice from trained volunteers.

If you’re under 19, you can also call 0800 1111 to talk to Childline. The number will not appear on your phone bill

The vaccination role out has sadly seen scammers try and take advantage of those most vulnerable due their jabs by way of fake texts and emails.

This URL (the link) takes you through to an extremely convincing fake NHS website that asks for your personal details and also for bank/card details in order to ‘check your identity’. Please advise your elderly friends/relatives and remind them never to give out bank details.

This week has seen us working with our colleagues in Dyfed-Powys on our patch in relation to a warrant for two rural properties believed to be involved in rural crime. Sadly on this occasion the warrant was negative but the message is clear to our communities, we are actively looking for the perpetrators of rural thefts and rural crime, even if it was -3 and snowing in part!

That’s it for now, but if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards

Steph, on behalf of Leominster SNT.

Pcso Stephanie Harper 6440
Police Community Support Officer
| SNT Leominster  | West Mercia Police

Enterprise Way, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0LZ
Mobile: 07773043483  Direct Dial: 01432 347217 Ext. 7723019

Team email: leominster.snt@westmercia.pnn.police.uk

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Leominster Safer Neighbourhood Team

Received 24 December 2020.
In the last article I re-introduced the safer neighbourhood team, so this time I thought you would like to meet police dog Jackson, who has been a frequent visitor to our station since he was a puppy. Pd Jackson and his handler Pc Davies have this week arrested a drink driver who blew 131 on the road side breathalyser, which is nearly 4 times the legal drink drive limit of 35mg.

Don’t be fooled by Pd Jacksons Christmassy demeanour, he is a fierce protector of his ‘mum’ and has really big teeth 🙂

Police dog wearing Christmas hat and scarf

Two people from Leominster have been arrested on warrants as they had failed to appear in court, two people have been arrested for drink/drug drive offences and one male has been arrested for burglary offences.

A couple of incidents of note: There has been a couple of burglary incidents at rural isolated shops and businesses whereby thieves are looking for cash and cigarettes. There has also been a theft of lead from a rural Church which we haven’t seen happen for a while. All these incidents are around the Aymestrey and Wigmore area, but obviously it is worth all our rural villages having this in mind to watch out for.

Rights that’s it for now keeping it short and to the point. As always if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to give one of us shout.

From all of the safer neighbourhood team, we wish a very Merry and safe Christmas

Kind regards
Steph

Pcso Stephanie Harper 6440
Police Community Support Officer | SNT Leominster | West Mercia Police
Enterprise Way, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0LZ
Mobile: 07773043483 Direct Dial: 01432 347217 Ext. 7723019
Team email: leominster.snt@westmercia.pnn.police.uk