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Latest Scams, Consumer Alerts and News from
Norfolk County Council Trading Standards – June 2020
This week we’re highlighting the following Scams, Consumer Alerts and News:
- Information Alert – Test & Trace Scams
- Rogue Trader Alert – Doorstep Cold Callers offering ‘driveway work’
- Scam Alert – Online scammers selling Pets
- Rogue Trader Alert – Doorstep cold calling incidents
- Scam Alert – Emails claiming to be from ‘Netflix’
- Safety Alert – DC Thompson Media recalls the key chain supplied with issue #172 of ‘The Official Jacqueline Wilson Magazine’ due to a risk of breakage
- Safety Alert – Primark recalls their ‘Wide Fit Kitten Heel Court Shoe’ due to an issue which could lead to an allergic skin reaction
Online, email and phishing scams
Be on the look out for the following scams which are circulating:
More advice and updates
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- Visit our Consumer Alerts web page and catch up on previous alerts
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Reporting scams you receive helps us continue to build up intelligence on the scammers and how they target people.
You can report scams and get further advice from our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline:
0808 223 1133 (freephone)
Citizens Advice consumer service website
If you’ve been the victim of an online scam you can get advice and support from Citizens Advice Scams Action:
0808 250 5050 (freephone)
Citizens Advice Scams Action website
You can also report Frauds, Cyber Crime and Phishing attempts to Action Fraud, the National Fraud & Cyber Crime reporting centre:
0300 123 2040
Action Fraud website
Free “Exercise at Home Packs” for Vulnerable Adults
Staying active is an important way to keep healthy and resilient to the coronavirus and is so important that the government has identified it as one of the four reasons that people can leave their homes.
However, there are many vulnerable people who are isolating at home and who are also living without access to internet, and therefore unable to access the wealth of online fitness resources and advice.
Active Norfolk is now offering free physical activity packs to support vulnerable adults who are isolating during the COVID-19 pandemic to be active at home.
These packs are specifically designed to support those that are digitally excluded and therefore unable (or unwilling) to access online health resources, although they are suitable for any vulnerable adults needing support to maintain their health and wellbeing at home during this time.
The packs are small and lightweight, containing:
· a guided home exercise booklet;
· a resistance band (yellow, lightest resistance);
· a Sitting Room Circuits DVD which contains a half hour guided walk through of gentle exercises that can be done at home and are suitable for those that currently do little or no exercise; and
· information leaflets with tips on reducing sedentary behaviour and information about a physical activity call-back service for individuals that want tailored 1:1 advice over the phone.
Active Norfolk hope to be able to target distribution to those who are known to be digitally excluded – if that information is known. However, we are happy to provide packs to support all vulnerable adults to be active at home.
Free exercise telephone support for vulnerable adults
A free call-back service is now available through the Norfolk County Council Customer Service line.
People who are vulnerable and without access to internet can call 0344 800 8020 and select Option 5 and speak to someone to request a call back from Active Norfolk.
A qualified physical activity instructor will call them back free of charge and give tailored one-to-one guidance on how they can safely exercise at home.
Parish Council – Nov 19
Since our last newsletter, there have been some changes to the Parish Council.
Councillor Mary Kenny and Clerk Philippa Sewell have left us due to personal circumstances and we would like to thank them both very much for all the work they did.
Jane Hill is still part of the Council, but also due to personal circumstances has stepped down from her role as Chair – a role which she has performed enthusiastically and conscientiously for many years.
We would like to welcome Caroline Boyden as the new Parish Clerk. She has been a Councillor at Great Massingham for 5 years and is also Clerk to Leziate Parish Council.
Graham Rogerson has taken over as Chair who some of you will have seen at the Christmas Party/Quiz and who also with his wife Julie pushes these newsletters through your doors.
Hillington and Flitcham have been given funding for a shared Sam2 unit which you may have seen on the A148 near Pasture Close recently. This monitors traffic speeds and encourages drivers to slow down.
Early analysis of the data suggests that very few drivers significantly exceed the speed limits and most of those that do usually slow down when they see the sign.
On the A148 coming from Fakenham only 6 vehicles per hour registered as exceeding 40mph and only 1 vehicle, every 2 hours exceeded 50 mph. Taking into account the number of Blue Light Emergency vehicles on the road this was surprisingly few.
In November the Sam2 unit will be moved to Station Road.
In addition, a Community Speed Watch team is being set up and we have arranged with Norfolk Constabulary to monitor speed both ways on the A148, both ways on the B1153 and on Wheatfields.
This is not about catching speeding drivers, but simply trying to encourage drivers to slow down. The village has a large elderly population who are not quick at crossing roads and also it is great to see that we are getting an increasing number of children.
Anyone interested in joining the Speedwatch team should contact Graham Rogerson: email@example.com
Following a few problems and complaints, we would like to ask all village residents to be considerate of others when parking.
Please do not park on the pavement as it makes it very difficult for a lot of people to get past without having to walk in the road. Pushchairs, wheelchairs and even just people carrying shopping or with children are being forced into the road.
If you must park on the road can you please ensure that you do not park close to junctions, block access to driveways or park opposite other peoples driveways.
Flu vaccinations are now available from your GP surgery or local Pharmacies – these are free to over 65s or people with conditions such as asthma . It is vitally important that everyone in these groups take advantage of this service.
Did You Serve
If you served in the RAF, including National Service, or are the partner of somebody who served and needs help, get in touch today.
FREE CALL 0800 169 2942 rafbf.org/help
14 Oct 2019
Spring Bulb Planting
Village Bulb planting will take place on Saturday 19 October from 11.00 am.
Meet at the Ffolkes, please wrap up warmly, bring gloves and planting tools
Bulbs sponsored by Anglian Water
Just for Harmony Choir
02 May 2019
Just Harmony are looking for new members. Singing is excellent for general wellbeing and a superb exercise for the lungs. We are very informal and sing songs from a wide variety of genres, mainly unaccompanied and usually in harmony.
Many of our members don’t read music but that’s okay because our leader, the wonderful Angela Brun, teaches mainly by ear. We meet on Wednesday mornings in Dersingham and offer a free taster session for those interested in joining us. I can give prospective members more information if they call me on 01485 779056.
Debbie le May
02 May 2019
The Village Sign is back in its rightful place just in time for the daffodils. Cleaned and repainted with the support of the Tesco bags grant and funds raised at the Christmas Quiz. Thank you to Cllrs Worsley, Kivlin and Wallace for dismantling and re-erecting as well as refurbishing the post.
27 Feb 2019
How to contact the Safer Neighbourhood Team SNTDersingham@norfolk.pnn.police.uk
In an emergency, calls should still be made to 999 or to report a non-emergency crime 101
Local Beat Manager PC Ryan Kerr – 101 Ext.5170
Inspector Rob Button 101 Ext.5172
PC Lee Anderton ( Engagement Officer) 101 Ext.5023 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hillington Sewage Scheme
07 Aug 2018
Notice from Anglian Water –
Residents can now organise their connections to the new sewage system, letters have been sent out to residents
Local Residents break World Record
04 Sep 2014
Local residents Jonathan Worsley, and his son, Hugo, broke the world record playing cricket at the top of Mt Kilimanjaro on 20th September 2014 with 30 other mad keen cricketers raising £80,000 for charity. Details of their challenge and fundraising activities can be found on www.mtkilimadness.com.