Scam Call Warning From Devon & Cornwall Police

Scam calls with matching numbers

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) is warning the public to be vigilant of scam calls that appear to be coming from numbers similar to their own. Commonly, the first seven digits (07nnnnn) match the victim’s own number. The calls impersonate well-known government organisations, or law enforcement agencies, and will ask the recipient of the call to “press 1” in order to speak with an advisor, or police officer, about unpaid fines or police warrants.

In May 2021, Action Fraud received 2,110 scam call reports where the caller’s number matched the first seven digits of the victim’s own phone number. Of these, 1,426 (68%) referred to HMRC or National Insurance.

Victims have also reported receiving these types of calls, and messaging, via widely-used messaging apps, such as WhatsApp.

What you need to do:

  • Government and law enforcement agencies will not notify you about unpaid fines or outstanding police warrants by calling or texting you. Do not respond to any calls or texts you receive about these.
  • Always take a moment to stop and think before parting with money or your personal information, it could prevent you from falling victim to fraud. Remember, it’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
  • If you receive a suspicious text message, you can report it by forwarding the message to 7726. It’s free of charge.
  • Suspicious telephone/mobile calls can be reported to Action Fraud via their website: actionfraud.police.uk/report-phishing

For more information about how to protect yourself online, visit www.cyberaware.gov.uk and www.takefive-stopfraud.org.uk and follow @DC_CyberProtect on Twitter.

Mary Tavy Post Office & Stores: Goodbye and thank you, Martin, Tracey & Jack

After 8 years, Martin, Tracey and Jack have decided to move on. Their last day will be on Tuesday 11th May and the changeover to the new owners (Sean and Diana Bos) will be on Wednesday 12th May.

The Parish Council wishes Martin, Tracey and Jack all the best for the future and would like to thank them for all the hard work and dedication during their time in the village. They have been a real asset to the parish and the efforts they made to make life easier for people during the pandemic have been simply outstanding. We hope they enjoy some rest & relaxation before setting out on their next challenge.
A brief, Covid-secure presentation of a gift hamper from the Parish Council took place on Sunday 9th.

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Fraud Protection Information From Avon & Somerset Police

Avon and Somerset Police have produced some useful information to help you protect yourself from fraud. A YouTube presentation can be found here. They are also promoting information in The Little Book of Big Scams available below as an attachment.

Should there be sufficient interest, Avon & Somerset Police have offered to hold a local meeting (when Covid regulations allow) or give a virtual presentation via a platform such as Zoom, Skype or MS Teams.

 

Free Introductory Course on Climate Change: Solutions

Information on a free introductory course entitled Climate Change: Solutions can be found here

The Parish Council is posting this item for information but has no direct experience of the course or its content

 

Draft Resource and Waste Management Strategy for Devon and Torbay

A draft of the Devon and Torbay Resource and Waste Management Strategy is now available. The report can be accessed here. Feedback on the strategy can be given via an online survey: this can be accessed using the same link. The consultation period is open until the 14th April 2021.

West Devon Housing Strategy 2021 – 2026

West Devon Borough Council is seeking views and input from the public concerning their housing strategy for 2021 to 2026. Click here for further information and here to access the online survey.

Avian Flu

Avian Flu cases are on the rise in the UK. The disease can seriously affect both wild and domestic birds and while there is a very low risk of transmission to humans it is still a notifiable disease. Information on the disease, including how to spot symptoms and what to do if you suspect wild of domesticated have the disease can be found on the UK Government website. A useful 1 page leaflet can be found here.

New housing measures will come into force on the 14th December:

Government Chief Veterinary Officers are encouraging bird keepers to use the next 11 days to prepare for new housing measures, including taking steps to safeguard animal welfare, consult their vet and where necessary put up additional housing.

Whether you keep just a few birds as pets or thousands, from 14 December onwards you will be legally required to keep your birds indoors, or take appropriate steps to keep them separate from wild birds. We have not taken this decision lightly, but it is the best way to protect your birds from this highly infectious disease.

Poultry and captive bird keepers are advised to be vigilant for any signs of disease in their birds and any wild birds, and seek prompt advice from their vet if they have any concerns. They can help prevent avian flu by maintaining good bio security on their premises, including:

  • housing or netting all poultry and captive birds
  • cleansing and disinfecting clothing, footwear, equipment and vehicles before and after contact with poultry and captive birds – if practical, use disposable protective clothing
  • reducing the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry and captive birds are kept, to minimise contamination from manure, slurry and other products, and using effective vermin control
  • thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting housing at the end of a production cycle
  • keeping fresh disinfectant at the right concentration at all points where people should use it, such as farm entrances and before entering poultry and captive bird housing or enclosures
  • minimising direct and indirect contact between poultry and captive birds and wild birds, including making sure all feed and water is not accessible to wild birds.

Further information can be found here

 

 

 

UK Government Renewable Heating Incentive

The UK Government is running a Renewable Heating Incentive to encourage people to fit renewable heating sources to homes. These are technologies such as biomass boilers, certain types of heat pumps and solar heating of water.

If you are interested, and to see if you are eligible for a grant, information is available on the Government website: click here.

 

 

 

Vacancy for a Parish Councillor

There is currently a vacancy for a councillor on Mary Tavy Parish Council, following a recent resignation. If you are interested in joining the council, please read the information in the attachment below to confirm that you are eligible and then contact Katherine Anness, the Parish Clerk for further information (email , telephone 01822 616047 or use the Contact Form on this website).

Being a councillor need not be the onerous task that many people assume it to be. If you care about the parish and how life in it might be improved then you would be working with other councillors to try to introduce some positive changes.

A list of current councillors can be found in the Parish Councillors section of the Parish Council dropdown menu on this website.