The Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit has issued the following alert:
NHS TEST & TRACE SCAMS
This government service is extremely important in the fight against coronavirus and it’s vital the public are on board with it; however, people have concerns about the opportunity for criminals to commit scams and some scam texts are already in circulation.
NHS Test & Trace will never ask you for financial details, PINs or passwords and will never visit your home. Also, Contact Tracers will never:
Ask you to dial a premium rate number (eg those starting 09 or 087);Ask you to make any form of payment;
Ask for details of your bank account;
Ask for your social media identities, login details, or those of your contacts;
Ask for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up passwords or PINs over the phone;
Ask you to purchase a product;
Ask you to download software or hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet;
Ask you to access any website that does not belong to the Government or NHS.
Whilst it is possible for criminals to fake official phone numbers, they cannot fake official website addresses. Anyone with concerns about a phone call, text message or email in relation to Test & Trace is encouraged to check the website address provided carefully. If possible, type the official address (https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk) followed by unique characters given to you, directly into your browser.
If you think you have been sent a scam message, please report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
Temporary changes are being made from Monday 15 June to the times of day the Older Person’s Freedom Pass and the 60+ Oyster card can be used on Transport for London services. They will not be valid for use during the morning peak travel period on weekdays from 04.30 t0 09.00. After 9am on weekdays and at weekends they can be used as normal. Disabled Freedom Pass holders will be unaffected by these changes.
Passengers are also being advised, where possible, not to travel immediately after 0900 to help reduce potential crowding on buses and trains where effective capacity has been hugely reduced as a result of the requirement to observe two-metres social distancing wherever possible.
For further information see: https://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/services/freedom-pass/using-pass/bus
The erection of a covered full-size football pitch and the creation of an artificial full-size pitch as part of an extended football academy was approved by Bromley Council’s Development Control Committee on 18 March.
Crystal Palace Football Club’s planning application also included plans for six training pitches of various sizes as well as a full size show pitch with spectator seating in Beckenham. The application proposes that the public will also be able to use the facilities. The council’s Development Control Committee were persuaded that while the proposed indoor pitch is inappropriate development on the Metropolitan Open Land (MOL) in Copers Cope Road, there are very special circumstances to outweigh the harm which would be caused. This includes the benefit to Crystal Palace Football Club and the community use.
Councillor Alexa Michael, Development Control Committee Chairman, said: “This site has been used for sport for over a hundred years and securing the long term future of the site and keeping its sporting use is very welcome news. It will also mean that Crystal Palace Football Club will continue to be intrinsically rooted in our Borough, sharing its roots with Crystal Palace, which is also in our Borough. In addition to the commitment that the facilities will be used by the community, this will be a place where young people will receive football related coaching and a variety of life skills.”
There were concerns raised by local residents about the size and height of the indoor pitch and the impact on Metropolitan Open Land, with the 19 metre maximum height to the apex of the curved roof required for technical engineering reasons.
The academy facilities will be made available to the local community in partnership with the Palace for Life Foundation, with the Foundation delivering programmes for more than 14,000 local children and young adults across south London. The increased access to the new Academy facility will enable this they can extend their reach in Bromley, especially for disability football, girls’ football, health and wellbeing programmes and employability workshops.
The approval decision is subject to the completion of a legal agreement and a section 106 agreement. It is also subject to approval by the Mayor of London.
Lewisham Council are consulting on potential changes to the eastern side of Beckenham Place Park (the Common and Summerhouse Fields) and seeking to secure funding to deliver improvements.
They are very keen to engage the local and wider community at an early stage in the design process to help understand the qualities and character of this part of the park and what needs to be improved and what positive things can be emphasised. The Council will feed all this information into the development of design ideas – which the Council will then be seeking views on in a few months’ time.
The consultation will run until April 26. Go to: Online Survey
Bromley Council is offering residents free bells for their purses and wallets to deter pickpockets.
Shoppers can pick up their anti-theft attachments at High Street charity shops, which alert them to any attempts to nab their valuables.
Supplied by the Safer Bromley Partnership, the bells are free at till points in Bromley, Beckenham and Orpington.
Customers picking one up are encouraged to make a small donation to charity.
Councillor Kate Lymer Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement said: “It’s easy to become distracted when browsing for shopping.
“That’s why the Safer Bromley Partnership aims to keep customers safe and is issuing free bells for purses and wallets to raise awareness.”
New Beckenham Together
St Paul’s Church in Brackley Road is hosting a week-long celebration for the whole local community to join in and come together! There’s a huge range of events for all ages and all interests – an offstreet party on the opening Saturday (7 September), a concert, a film night, fitness sessions and a Jive/Latin dance night, together with workshops, talks and demos, plus a community litter-pick. There’s a pop-up cafe open every day and a Flowerfest and Photofest will run throughout the entire week.
Everyone welcome and there’s no need to book (except for the pasta making workshop!)
See the flyer below for details and timings – and come along!
Southeastern have spent a few pennies at Beckenham Junction Station with a much-needed refurbishment of both the Ladies and Gents toilets. New cubicles and sinks with ultra hygienic taps & hand dryers have been installed.
So it’s a ‘thank you’ from the Beckenham travelling public!
(posted by Copers Cope Area Residents Association)
As part of Transport for London’s programme to upgrade tracks, roads and bridges in the Croydon area, there will be some temporary service changes for trams and buses from Friday 23 August to Sunday 1 September.
During this time, trams will not run between:
East Croydon and New Addington
East Croydon and Elmers End/Beckenham Junction
Between Wimbledon and East Croydon, trams will run at a reduced frequency in both directions.
Local buses will also be on diversion due to road closures:
Routes 119, 194 and 198 (not 189 as originally communicated) will not serve Addiscombe Road in either direction. Instead, they will divert via Shirley Road, Lower Addiscombe Road and Cherry Orchard Road
Route 466 will not serve Shirley Hills Road, Upper Shirley Road or Addiscombe Road. Instead it will divert via Coombe Lane, Coombe Road and Park Hill Road
TfL will increase the number of buses on busy routes and provide some tram replacement bus services. Please plan ahead and allow extra time for your journey.
Plan your journey, see the latest status updates for trams, and the latest status updates for buses on the TfL website.
Information provided by Transport for London (TfL)
Kings Mental Health Strategy – draft strategy out for consultation
Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have published their draft mental health strategy identifying key priorities to provide vision and direction over the coming five years. These priorities have been developed based on the good work already happening across the Trust, with input from clinical and operational staff and early engagement with volunteers, members, patients and Healthwatch organisations. They are now engaging with a range of local organisations and partners.
The strategy aims to build on and spread good practice in meeting the physical and mental health needs of their patients, their families and carers. Click here to read the strategy.
If you have any comments or questions, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org by close of play on Monday 9th September 2019.
You can also attend one of the sessions they will be holding to discuss the strategy.
- 3rd September, Board Room, Hambledon Wing, Denmark Hill, King’s College Hospital. You can attend a session from 5.00 – 6.00pm or 6.30-7.30pm
- 9th September,10.00 – 11.30am, PRUH Education Centre, Princess Royal University Hospital
To register for a place at one of these sessions, please contact: email@example.com
The Avenue, Beckenham will be closed to traffic at the junction of Southend Road from Monday 24/06/2019 for up to three days.
BT need to complete some telecoms and ducting works and the road being closed will minimise the need for temporary lights on Southend Road. Traffic will be diverted via Southend Road, Foxgrove Road and Westgate Road whilst the road closure is in place. Advanced warning signs have been put in place to pre-warn motorists of the upcoming works.
(Information from Councillor Michael Tickner, Copers Cope Ward)
If you’re in an emergency situation and need police help but can’t speak, “Make Yourself Heard” and let the 999 operator know your call is genuine. 999 calls are directed to call centres and answered by BT operators. They ask which service you need. If no service is requested but anything suspicious is heard throughout the process, BT will connect you to a police call handler.
IF YOU CALL 999 FROM A MOBILE – Speak to the operator if you can, even by whispering. You may also be asked to cough or tap keys on your phone in response to questions. If making a sound would put you or someone else in danger, and the BT operator cannot decide whether an emergency service is needed, your call will be transferred to the Silent Solution system. This is a police system used to filter out accidental or hoax 999 calls. It also exists to help people who are unable to speak but who genuinely need police assistance. You will hear an automated police message which lasts for 20 seconds and begins with ‘you are through to the police’. It will ask you to press 55 to be put through to police call management. The BT operator will remain on the line. If you press 55, they will be notified and transfer the call to the police. If you don’t press 55, the call will be terminated. Pressing 55 does not allow police to track your location on a mobile.
When transferred to your local police, the call handler will attempt to communicate with you by asking simple yes or no questions. If you are not able to speak, listen carefully to the questions and instructions from the call handler so they can assess your call and arrange help if needed.
IF YOU CALL 999 FROM A LANDLINE – Because it’s less likely 999 calls are made by accident from landlines, the Silent Solution system is not used. If, when an emergency call on a landline is received there is no request for an emergency, the caller does not answer questions or only background noise can be heard (and BT operators cannot decide whether an emergency service is needed), you will be connected to a police call handler as doubt exists.
If you replace the handset, the landline may remain connected for 45 seconds in case you pick it up again. If you pick up again during this 45 seconds and the BT operator is concerned for your safety, the call will be connected to the police. When 999 calls are made from landlines, information about where you’re calling from should be automatically available to call handlers to help provide a response.
The efforts of our local police have been successful in stopping the recent worrying rise in the number of burglaries in the Copers Cope Area. For blocks of flats the police initiative using a combination of striking ‘Home Watch’ posters for front doors and windows and personal advice to residents and management has resulted in a significant reduction.
But break-ins are still happening, so the police are keen for residents of blocks to be aware that their households are more vulnerable where there is a trades’ button. Trades people know of the hours of access – and so do the criminals. New designs of entry systems do not have trades’ buttons, and they record which flat gave entry to every caller. Think about de-activating your trades’ button and reminding all residents not to blindly open the communal door to anyone who buzzes saying they have a parcel to deliver to another flat. They may do – but equally they may be gaining entry to steal your neighbour’s possessions. Prevention is the best safeguard against criminal activity.
Motor vehicle crime
As theft of vehicles from the Copers Cope area is on the rise, the police are offering prevention advice for keeping cars safe when parked at home, on the drive or in the roadway:
- Keep car keys far enough from the car to prevent them being linked to electronic devices (tablets for instance) held on the street (or put the keys in a Faraday box -or simply wrap them in tinfoil – or in the fridge to stop the electronic link being made.
- The easiest recommended method is to use a simple steering lock!
- There is also a high volume of theft of tools from vans. Do warn any builders and gardeners you contract to keep their vehicles locked at all times.
Copers Cope police priorities and promises
Centrally set priorities are Safe Guarding, Violent Crime, Burglary & ASB. The promises set by the Copers Cope Ward Panel for the next period is to target speeding traffic. The team will set up speed gun operations in key areas and increase Road Watch activity over the next few months.
CCARA members were some of the 122 volunteers who supported the Swift Survey run by the Bromley RSPB Local Group in 2018. The survey was a great success. 252 sightings of low flying swifts were recorded and 49 nest sites were identified within the borough.
Here is a link to the report of the 2018 survey, which includes maps of sightings and nest sites:
The survey is being repeated in 2019 and it would be great if CCARA members could once again support it.
The latest Stakeholder Bulletin from the Bromley Clinical Commission Group (CCG) can be found here
It includes news about a new service specification for emotional and mental wellbeing services for children and young people living in Bromley and the award of a contract for a new primary care provider for care home residents in the borough.
B&Q stores have been donating unsellable materials and products to their local community groups for many years. It’s a great way to reduce waste whilst helping out the community.
The types of material includes:
Wood, including off cuts and single use pallets
Plastic plant pots and trays
Part filled cans of paint. This might be used for a mural or for covering graffiti as well as for decorating
Broken tiles and slabs
Ends of wallpaper rolls
Plants that are not in peak condition and other compostable materials
Old products that have been written off
If your charity, community group, college or school would like to find out more, get in touch with B&Q. They will add your details to their database of community groups. When a B&Q store has something to donate, they will use this list to get in touch with groups in their area.
Please note that B&Q cannot guarantee what will be offered or when due to the nature of the materials they are donating.
The community groups B&Q have worked with for as part of the Community Reuse scheme have included:
- Community garden projects
- Registered charities
- Schools and colleges
- Community Repaint
- Youth groups, Scouts and Guides
- Preschool groups and registered child minders
For more information please contact your local store or email Community@b-and-q.co.uk.
The Government is currently consulting on Pay-As-You-Go fares on the rail network: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/pay-as-you-go-on-rail
The consultation is focusing on three key areas:
- What a pay-as-you-go travel area is, and how it would work in general
- Where a pay-as-you-go travel area could cover
- The changes that could be made within the area
The deadline is 1 May 2019 and the South East is one of the key geographical areas being looked at in this consultation.
Background to this survey
A recent consultation with passengers about rail fares, the biggest ever carried out and delivered by the Rail Delivery Group in partnership with the independent passenger watchdog Transport Focus, has found widespread agreement for change:
- 8 out of 10 wanted the fares system overhauled
- 9 out of 10 wanted smart or electronic tickets across the whole network
- 8 out of 10 wanted fares which encourage travel during quiet periods when there are empty seats
In all, nearly 20,000 people from across Britain took part – with additional input from over 60 umbrella organisations representing over 300,000 other organisations, authorities and individuals, including businesses, accessibility groups and local authorities.
The proposals in the consultation include:
- ‘Easier fares for all’: enabling a transparent, simpler to understand fares system (‘tap-in, tap-out’) across the country
- ‘Best fare guarantee’ of getting the cheapest fare for your journey and hassle-free refunds
- Automatic delay repay payments, enabling train operators to automate compensation payments when passengers are eligible.
- Fares that better reflect modern ways of working: helping passengers get more appropriate tickets for flexible working, with fewer and fewer people now travelling the same journey to and from work, five days a week.
- New types of fares could give season ticket holders with flexible needs the opportunity to save money by travelling at quieter times, incentivising more off-peak travel and helping reduce peak-time crowding.