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Lockdown Library

For those who haven’t already heard…the ‘lockdown library’ is now up and running in Aymestrey church porch. If you are short of a good book during lockdown, you are welcome to choose one (or more) from those in the bookcase. They have all been sanitised (as much as poss!) and left untouched before being added to the bookcase. Please use the hand sanitiser adjacent before choosing your book thereby keeping everyone safe! Happy reading everyone! If anyone would like to donate books please sanitise as much as poss and leave in a bag in the porch clearly marked with the date so that we ensure they are left for plenty of time before being added to the bookcase.

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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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Parish Hall AGM

Unfortunately due to current Covid Restrictions, the PH AGM which was scheduled for 12 Jan has been postponed. Revised date to be advertised later.

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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

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Winter Aymestrey Matters

The winter 2020 Aymestrey Matters is now available on the website.

Please visit the Aymestrey Matters page or click on this link

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From Talk Community

“From lunchtime Friday 11th December you can view the weekly summary about the impact of Covid-19 in Herefordshire on our website. It includes analysis of the published data on cases and deaths, as well as other statistics about numbers of tests carried out and the age profile of confirmed cases. It also incorporates other useful information, as it becomes available, about the wider impacts and vulnerabilities in the county.

The Talk Community Covid-19 helpline continues to operate for those more vulnerable residents who are unable to source support from family, friends or their local community. Please contact us on 01432 260027 or email talkcommunityhelpline@herefordshire.gov.uk or go to Coronavirus – Talk Community support for more information and to complete an online support form.

GP update – vaccinations
General Practice in Herefordshire is preparing to start vaccination against coronavirus in the coming days. The programme is at a very early stage with more vaccine likely to be available to us by the New Year. Though we will be administering the vaccine we know that we have this privilege as the result of the effort of thousands of people in this country and abroad. The programme will be long but the fight has begun. We must not relax our protective measures as we will need time to complete the vaccination programme to the extent that life can go back to normal.

Reducing loneliness
Living Letters is a project that connects people and develops intergenerational friendships to help prevent loneliness during the coronavirus pandemic. The Chickenshed charity has volunteers aged from 18-21 who want to connect with senior members of communities. If you have care homes or group settings that may benefit from this scheme to help prevent lockdown loneliness.

Funding highlights
Learning Together – National Academy for Social Prescribing funding is designed for voluntary organisations, community and faith groups and social enterprises in England, supporting communities through COVID19.
The Local Connections Fund is for community groups to tackle loneliness i.e. book clubs, walking groups and other community projects, designed to help reduce loneliness in the coming months.
Sport England Return to Play Fund has three parts which focus on supporting a safe return to play.
Up to date information on all funding opportunities is listed in the Herefordshire Council funding update.

Restrictions on gatherings – Mixed households can only sit down together in a group of 6 in outdoor settings. As this is taking place inside the hall, mixed households are prohibited. Only those from the same household can sit together in indoor settings and they still must be 2m apart where possible. There are exceptions to restrictions on gatherings.

Use this link for Generation of QR codes for track and trace when needed for a community event

And finally – some seasonal guidance on Carol singing Door-to-door carol singing can take place in a group(s) of no more than six participants. If there are more than six people in total, each ‘group’ must not interact, ‘mingle’ or otherwise socialise. Participants should adhere to public health advice, including to ensure that you maintain at least 2m distance from anyone you do not live with and the threshold of any dwellings. Attendees should walk or cycle to the event and avoid public transport or sharing a car with anyone outside their household in line with safer travel advice. This performing arts guidance covers risk assessments.
Many local communities are getting involved in the BBC radio Hereford and Worcester singalong Doorstep carols

Please note that guidance continues to change, so it is best to check on www.gov.uk regularly.”

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The future of rubbish and recycling in Herefordshire – have your say

Herefordshire Council is encouraging residents and businesses to have their say on the future of rubbish and recycling collection services in the county.

The council’s current rubbish and recycling collection contract is due to end in 2023. Since the current service was introduced the government has announced a new national resource and waste strategy and the council will have to make changes to collections to ensure it meets new requirements.

Making sure that as much as possible is recycled will be an important element of future plans, in line with the ambition for a more sustainable county outlined in the County Plan.

Find out more and to complete the survey at: melresearch.co.uk/herefordshirewastesurvey

People without internet access can call FREEPHONE 0800 0730 348 (Mon – Fri, 9am-5pm) to complete the survey over the phone or request a postal survey. The phone line is being managed by M·E·L Research who are managing the consultation process on behalf of Herefordshire Council.

The survey will close on Sunday 7 February 2021.

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Leominster Safer Neighbourhood Team

Posted 8 December 2020
Good evening/Good day to you all,
Most of you over this year will have been in a position whereby you have had to adapt your working practices to adhere to Covid guidelines and restrictions. The police service has also had to adjust to this the new normal. You will be pleased to note that our criminal side is pretty much the same as it has always been, we are still making arrests! however the new normal has impacted quite hard on our safer neighbourhood team roles. Previously we would have attended police surgeries or gatherings such as parish council meetings/schools/social groups as a personal engagement, but obviously due to the lockdown and tier restrictions over the year, these have all been suspended. We appreciate in some cases we are still connecting to some areas through zoom meetings etc, but this is not practicable for all our areas of business.

This is the reason we write to you today as although we can’t meet face to face, we don’t want to lose our connections with our community members. Working together for our communities is one of the most important aspects of our job, not only to support, but to help problem solve when issues arise.

To ensure we keep connected, we will be looking to produce a small article from ourselves once a fortnight, just with an update of any relevant information that has come to light in those two weeks. Due to GPDR, we need your agreement that you are happy to receive this article via email and that you are happy for us to hold your details.

If you could reply with a quick yes or no, we can then finalise the contact link. If you know of someone who you think should receive the article but hasn’t received this email, please feel free to pass it onto them and they can reply accordingly. We will look to send the first article out next week.

We look forward to hearing from you soon

Kind regards
Steph, on behalf of Leominster Safer Neighbourhood Team.

Pcso Steph Harper 6440
Leominster Police Station
Enterprise Way
Leominster
HR6 0LZ
101 ext 7723019
07773043483
leominster.snt@westmercia.pnn.police.uk