Safer Newsletter & Factsheet
Please find below information received from Trading Standards with measures residents can employ to protect themselves from bogus traders and internet scams.
Crime Update from WY Police – 29th November 2017
AT 11:00 LAST NIGHT TWO MEN KNOCKED ON THE DOOR OF A LADY WHO LIVES IN HORSFORTH PRETENDING TO BE FROM THE WATERBOARD AND CLAIMING A PIPE HAD BURST OUTSIDE. ONCE THEY GAINED ENTRY TO THE PROPERTY THEY RANSACKED IT TAKING MONEY AND JEWELLRY AND LEAVING THE RESIDENT VERY UPSET.
This is has been a very distressing incident, we are informing you not to cause alarm but to help you make sure you do not fall victim to a similar crime.
What you can do to protect yourself:
· If you have a chain always use it when answering the door until you are happy the caller is genuine.
· Ensure other external doors are locked before opening your front door, this prevents criminals working together to use “distraction techniques” where one will come to your front door while an accomplice will try to gain access through a side or back door.
· If someone claims to be from ANY utility company (or similar organisation) check if they are genuine before allowing them access to your home. All genuine companies are aware of scams such as these and so will NOT be offended if you take steps to check the identity of callers, in fact they will encourage you to do this.
· To check a callers identity DO NOT call the telephone number on their own ID card, if the card is fake the telephone number will be too. Use the telephone number on a recent bill or from a telephone directory.
IF IN DOUBT KEEP THEM OUT
If you are on facebook you can follow the Safer Project, this is a Leeds based project working with West Yorkshire Police to prevent scams and frauds.
Yorkshire Water have a phone line 0800 1 38 78 78, you can use this to check the identity of any callers or set up a password which will be given to any genuine callers from them. If a caller does not know the password you know they are not genuine.
If you have any specific concerns you can phone the local police crime number on 101.
If there is a crime in progress phone 999.
Christmas Bin Service
Details of the Christmas bin collection services can be found on this Link
Repair of Water Main – Weetwood Lane Road Closure for 5 weeks from 22nd November
In order to facilitate a repair to the water main Weetwood Lane will need to be closed from the entrance to Oxley Hall student flats to the entrance to The Hollies park.
Access will be maintained for residents but there will be no through route to the Ring Road from A660 Otley Road and vice versa.
Traffic will be diverted via Ring Road Weetwood – Lawnswood Roundabout – Otley Road and vice versa
The closure will come into effect at 10am on the 22nd November and will remain in place for 5 weeks
On the afternoon of Friday 10th November “rogue traders” attended at the home of an elderly person in Pool in Wharfedale and advised her she needed some guttering work doing at her home. This work did not need doing and they quoted an amount of £860. The men asked for cash payment, the resident went out to withdraw cash and thankfully the Post Office were concerned and alerted the Police. No money was handed over to the men on this occasion but please be aware, do not feel pressured to have any work done, if worried call the Police or a family member or friend. The “rogue traders” were using a white Ford Transit van and had left before the Police attended.
Remembrance Day Parade – 12th November 2017
The Annual Remembrance Day Parade took place in the village on 12th November. A large number of residents, including representatives from the British Legion, local cubs, scouts, brownies and guides attended for the Parade from the village hall and service at the Memorial Garden on Breary Lane.
West Yorkshire Neighbourhood Police Team Newsletter – October 2017
Read the latest newsletter from the WY NPT and information on how to stay safe on the dark nights in the SAFER Newsletter October 2017.
West Yorkshire Neighbourhood Police Team Newsletter October 2017
The latest newsletter can be accessed via this link. The newsletter also contains details of funding that is now available for replacement locks.
MAP SCAM – BEWARE!
On the 3rd October a resident attended at Bramhope Medical Centre in their vehicle. Before they got out of the car they were approached by a male who distracted them with a large paper map and spoke with broken English, asking for directions. Whilst the resident was distracted by this male her handbag was taken from the vehicle.
This distraction was used before in our area in Cookridge, residents were followed home from supermarkets after being watched using their chip and pin cards. Handbags were then stolen and the bank cards were used by the suspects who had seen the pin numbers whilst in the shop.
Please be vigilant and if approached do not speak to the person and lock your car door and protect your possessions.
Please report any incident to the Police on 101 or if an ongoing crime via 999.
Vacancy for a Councillor – 30th August 2017
Notice is hereby given that a vacancy exists in the office of Parish Councillor for the Parish Council of Bramhope & Carlton (Bramhope Ward)
Any person willing to fill this vacancy should apply to the Clerk in writing or by email. The applicant’s name must appear on the current register of the Voters List or the applicant should, during the whole of the twelve months preceding the relevant date, have resided in or within 3 miles of the parish or had their only place of work within the parish.
The Closing date for applications is Wednesday 22nd November 2017
If you require any further information please contact the Clerk (email@example.com)
Internet Scams – HMRC & BT Scam
Please be aware of scams that catch people out especially if they happen to be a customer of the company the criminals are purporting to represent.
An HMRC scam is doing the rounds by both telephone and email messages. HMRC don’t ring or email. All their communication is by letter in respect of any monies owning or refunds.
Below is the most recent BT scam doing the rounds.
New BT Online Notification
Your monthly payment was recently declined. The decline could be due to
insufficient funds, card expired, etc.
Since you haven’t provided us new billing information yet, we thought we’d
remind you to please provide us with updated billing information to avoid any
billing problems with your account.
Review account information.
Thanks for choosing BT.
CEO, Business and Public Sector
Please do not respond to such scams. If you are unsure always ring the company direct on the phone number that you would always use rather than the one supplied in the email.
Crime Prevention Information
Following recent burglaries in Carlton, the Neighbourhood Police Team have sent some useful Crime Prevention information for us to share with residents of Bramhope & Carlton.
Current concerns for the Police are around burglary of dwellings and theft from motor vehicles. Some crimes are the breaking into properties to steal car keys and then to take the car. A fact sheet for both of these crimes can be accessed below, additional advice from the Police is as follows:
· Make sure that any Europrofile locks are to a TS007 3 star standard. These are snap proof locks, when fitted they should be fitted flush to the handle so that they cant be snapped.
· Remove all items from display in vehicles – thieves may think you have a sat nav in the glove compartment if you leave the cradle in the window
· Move all keys out of sight or from kitchen drawers at home
· Do not leave keys in the backs of doors
Further information can be found on West Yorkshire Police Website https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/help-advice
Message from Police Action Fraud
There has been a series of recent incidents reported to Action Fraud where a lone fraudster has approached victims whom they believe to be unfamiliar with the local area. They make an excuse to talk to the victims such as enquiring about directions or offering a recommendation for a good hotel.
After this interaction, several other fraudsters will intervene purporting to be police officers in plain clothes and will sometimes present false identification as proof. The fake officers will then give a reason to examine the victims’ wallet, purse or personal items. They may also examine the first fraudster’s items or try to tell victims that the first fraudster is suspicious in order to gain victim trust and appear more realistic in their guise.
After all the fake police ‘checks’ are finished, victims have then reported being handed back their personal items only to later realise that a quantity of money or valuables were missing.
How to protect yourself:
• If an individual claims to be a police officer ask for their name and rank, force, and examine any identification presented; this is always good practice but especially important if they are not wearing a uniform.
• The Police will never ask for your passwords or PIN details. Do not give this information to anyone.
• The Police will never request that you withdraw/transfer any money to them or to a ‘safe’ account.
• If you have been affected by this, or any other fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting http://www.actionfraud.police.uk
Breary Lane East Development – Reserved Matters Application for residential development of 319 dwellings, a convenience store and public open space
The reserved matters planning application for the Breary Lane East development site has been submitted by Miller Homes. The full application is available on the Leeds City Council website on the following Link. The deadline for comments to Leeds City Council is Friday 2nd June 2017.
The Parish Council will be holding a Planning Committee Meeting on 10th May 2017 at 6.00pm to discuss the application and formulate it’s comments. Members of the public are welcome to attend. The Parish Council’s continued aim is to ensure a smooth transition as possible and achieve the best possible outcome for the village.
Department for Transport announcement
Leeds City Council are delighted that the Department for Transport has today given its support to it’s plans to transform public transport in Leeds, with their confirmation of £173.5million funding.
This is just the start of the major improvements needed to make it quicker and easier for everyone to move around the city; and to connect people to jobs, open up more opportunities for businesses, and increase productivity.
Leeds City Council will now work with it’s partners to develop and deliver these exciting plans, but also recognise that much more needs to follow.
The package of improvements includes:
– Easing congestion, improving bus journey times and reliability through bus priority measures on key corridors in the city
– New park and ride services at Stourton and north Leeds joining the new service at Temple Green opening later this year and the successful site at Elland Road
– Improved district transport hubs making use of the latest technologies and better connectivity between local communities and neighbourhoods
– Developing proposals for new rail stations to support job creation and housing growth at Thorpe Park and White Rose/Millshaw Business Park
– Developing proposals for a new parkway station on the Leeds to Harrogate line to serve Leeds Bradford Airport and also act as a park and ride in both directions
– Enhancing access at Cross Gates, Morley and Horsforth rail stations and car park expansion at New Pudsey to increase its park and ride capacity
– Connecting with city centre plans to create modern transport interchanges, enhanced public spaces and maximising the benefits from the remodelled Leeds Station and the arrival of high-speed HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail.
The strategy also looks to encourage more walking and cycling on people-friendly streets, contributing towards better air quality and reduced carbon emissions.
The plans has been supported and guided by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and the Leeds transport advisory panel. The panel is chaired by Director of Strategy for Transport for the North Nigel Foster, and includes leading transport experts and senior figures from transport bodies and organisations, along with representatives from the worlds of business, education, planning, accessibility, equalities and campaign groups.
The transport improvements form part of the wider Leeds City Region economic plan which aims to deliver up to 35,000 new jobs and an additional £3.7billion of economic output by 2036.
Highways Maintenance work in Bramhope 2017/18
Details of Leeds City Council Highways work which will be undertaken in Bramhope during 2017/18 are detailed in the attached document.
Almscliffe Crag Wind Turbines Scheme – Withdrawn
In April 2015 a Huddersfield firm, DC21, submitted an application to erect two 48 metre high wind turbines on green belt land northwest of Almscliffe Crag. The location of the turbines meant that they would appear significantly higher than the crag. Bramhope & Carlton Parish Council objected on the grounds that this would spoil the view from Bramhope across Wharfedale and encouraged neighbouring town and parish councils to object.
Over 450 objections were received, including one from Harewood House, and from the Ministry of Defence as the turbines would interfere with the radar at RAF Topcliffe. The application was eventually withdrawn without going in front of the planning committee, and the outcome announced in March 2017.
The reduction in subsidies for land based wind turbines announced mid-2015 has removed the incentive for this and similar schemes. Unless the funding model for wind turbines is changed, it is unlikely that this proposal will be revived.
West Leeds Neighbourhood Police Team Newsletter
Please find the latest newsletter from the West Leeds Neighbourhood Police Team on the following Link
Thefts from Vehicles in Bramhope
There have been a number of thefts from vehicles in The Birches/Poplars over the past few days. Please ensure that you lock your vehicles and don’t leave purses/phones etc on view in cars.
940 Bus Service – trial stop at St Helena’s Caravan Park
The 940 service will run three journeys (Monday to Saturday) via Otley Old Road, stopping on request at the entrance to St Helena’s Caravan Park. This will be on a trial basis for 6 months initially. Usage will be assessed during that period to decide whether to continue. As the service is a trial there will not be a permanent bus stop. The bus will operate on a ‘Hail and Ride’ basis and will stop on request anywhere it is safe to do so along Otley Old Road. Timetable details can be found on the Metro website www.wymetro.com
Unlicensed Scrap Metal Dealers
West Yorkshire Police and Leeds City Council Licensing Officers ran a joint operation on 14th November in the Bramhope area to enforce breaches of scrap metal licenses. If any resident has concerns that they have been approached by an unlicensed scrap metal dealer, Leeds City Council enforce scrap metal collector licences (0113 222 4444), rather than the police.