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Commissioner consulting on police and crime element of council tax

_61912993_angus-portrait-webPolice and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson is consulting on the police and crime element of council tax for 2014-15.

The Commissioner is considering an increase in the police and crime element of council tax of £3.15 a year for the average home (band D property). This to help reduce the impact of significant central government grant reductions on policing and crime services in Wiltshire and Swindon.

An average increase of £3.15 per household would provide the Commissioner with an additional £740,000 of local income for 2014-15. It would still be the lowest council tax rate for police and crime services in the south west. Looking ahead three years to 2016-17, a proposed increase of £3.15 a year would reduce the potential funding shortfall by £2.3 million, meaning that savings of £12.5 million would be required rather than £14.8 million. Since the start of the austerity period, savings of more than £10 million have already been made.

Mr Macpherson said: “During the past few months we have been reviewing the budget very carefully and it is clear that as central government funding continues to reduce more and more, we have to look at a small increase in the police and crime element of council tax. The council tax rate for policing and crime services in our area has not increased for the past three years and it will still be the lowest in the south west. I do believe people will be willing to pay just a little bit more a year towards sustaining high quality policing and crime services in the county, especially neighbourhood policing. Ensuring value for money for residents in Wiltshire and Swindon while maintaining high quality services is very important to me. That is why we are embracing new ways of working smarter across the public sector, working with other PCCs and police forces in the south west and local partners. As public sector budgets continue to be cut, the aim is to work more effectively together to both improve customer service and reduce costs.”

The current rate of police and crime council tax for an average band D home in Wiltshire and Swindon is £157.77. This would increase to £160.92 under the proposal.

The consultation will run from Monday 6 January 2014 – Monday 3 February 2014. During this time the Commissioner and members of his office will be attending Wiltshire Council Area Boards and Swindon Borough Council Locality meetings to talk with people about the proposal.

People can also read more about the proposal and give their views on the Commissioner’s website.

Parish and town councils and chambers of commerce will too be informed about the consultation.

Mr Macpherson will be speaking with the Police and Crime Panel about the proposal at a meeting due to take place in Swindon on Wednesday 15 January.

The panel are then due to meet again on Thursday 6 February where the Commissioner will formally give his proposal to the panel.

Police Meetings – January/February 2014

Swindon North Neighbourhood Policing Team – Police Meetings 

We are your dedicated policing team who work with the community and partner agencies to address concerns raised by you.

Every three months priorities are set based on what the local community tell us are their concerns. You can raise your concerns by attending one of the meetings listed below or by contacting us at anytime using the contact details provided below.

Venue Date Time
Castle Eaton Village Hall 23/01/2014 10.00-11.00 am
Castle Eaton Village Hall 06/02/2014 10.00-11.00 am
Blunsdon Village shop 04/01/2014  08/02/2014 09.00-10.00 am
South Marston Village Hall 08/02/2014 11.00-12.00 am
Stanton Fitzwarren Stanton Park 04/01/2014 02.00-03.00 pm
Hannington Jolly Tar Pub 28/01/2014 07.00-08.00 pm

Residents are welcome to come to any of the locations stated above. If you need to speak with one of the team before the dates above please contact us via Wiltshire Police non-emergency telephone number 101 or our email address swindonnorthnpt@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk

Community Beat Manager PC Marc Jackson

Police Community Support Officer Juliet Evans

A Message from Wiltshire Police – BRAKE ROAD SAFETY WEEK 18th – 24th November 2013

Your local neighbourhood police team would like to inform you of action being taken in your area with regards to a national awareness campaign.

Road Safety Week is the UK’s largest road safety event, coordinated annually by “Brake”, the road safety charity  and involves thousands of participants. This year it takes place between 18th – 24th November 2013, and the main theme is ‘Tune in to Road Safety’, highlighting the risks to the general public of being involved in a road traffic collision as a result of being distracted. This national event looks at raising the awareness levels of such risks to all road users – vehicle drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

Driver distraction is a major cause of death and serious injury in the UK. Driving is the most dangerous thing that most of us do on a daily basis and requires full attention, but many drivers have a sense of over-confidence, so attempting to multi-task is common. Research demonstrates that reaction times for drivers using a hand-held phone are 30% worse than for driving under the influence of alcohol at the legal limit. However, around a third of drivers contravene the law regarding the use of mobile phones whilst driving. Other distracting activities such as eating or smoking at the wheel have also been shown to increase the risk of crashing, yet lots of drivers admit to doing this. Distraction isn’t just an issue for drivers. For people on foot or on a bicycle, being sidetracked by a mobile telephone, or not being able to hear due to listening to music, or forgetting to hold a child’s hand, can be lethal.

Certain age groups possess intrinsic vulnerabilities. For instance a recent study revealed an 11-year-old pedestrian is 3 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured during school run time than a 10 year old.  Pedestrian casualty rate for girls in particular rises steeply from the age of 11.  By age 12 nearly 73% of children have a mobile phone.  More significantly, they use their mobile phone functions much more than younger children do.  Because of this, 25% acknowledge that they themselves have been distracted by personal technology when crossing a road.

During the 18th – 24th November 2013 the local NPT officers will be conducting patrols of the roads and streets around local schools and advising the community on the issues raised above. We thank you for your co-operation in this campaign.

Pc 1945 Jackson / PCSO 6236 Evans

Community Beat Manager, Rural North

Rural North NPT, Newburgh Place, Highworth. SN6 7DN

Telephone: 101

Email: marc.jackson@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk

Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police – Swindon North Neighbourhood Policing Team

Swindon Rural North Beat

A message from CBM Marc Jackson and PCSO Juliet Evans

We are your dedicated policing team who work with the community and partner agencies to address concerns raised by you.

POLICE MEETINGS- September/October 2013

Every three months priorities are set based on what the local community tell us are their concerns. You can raise your concerns by attending one of the meetings listed below or by contacting us at anytime using the contact details provided.

Venue Date Time
Stanton Fitzwarren Village Hall

 

25/10/2013 3.00pm – 4.00pm
Castle Eaton Village Hall 19/09/2013 10.00am – 11.00am

 

Blunsdon Village Shop 21/09/2013

 

 

9.00am – 10.00am

 

Residents are welcome to come to any of the locations stated above. If you need to speak with one of the team before the dates above please contact us on the following email address: – swindonnorthnpt@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk  or via the Wiltshire police non-emergency phone number 101.

Remember in an emergency always dial 999.

To find out more about Wiltshire police visit www.wiltshire.police.uk – click on ‘policing in your area’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important message from Wiltshire Police

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Shattered glass marks the spot where a parked vehicle was broken into, this type of theft is referred to as “theft without keys”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Following the recent theft of a car from the South Marston School car park, please make sure your vehicle is always locked when you leave it and the keys are removed from the ignition. If a vehicle is stolen when the keys are in the ignition your car insurance would be invalid.

Recently there have been two thefts from motor vehicles at beauty spots in this area, one being Nightingale Wood. Please ensure no valuable items such as handbags, Sat Navs, coats etc are left on show in your vehicle when left unattended. Also, for those who visit these areas for walking their dog etc, if you see any suspicious persons or vehicles please report this to the Police immediately.

Please ensure your sheds, summerhouses and garages are locked when you are not about; thieves/burglars may steal items from these buildings or use items in them to help break into your property. Also thieves/burglars may use these buildings to hide in or store stolen goods which they will later return to collect.

During the hot weather it is very important to remember to shut and lock all windows and doors when you go out. Even a small casement window left open can provide a thief with a quick and simple way into a house. Please don’t be tempted to leave anything unlatched, even during a short absence from home.

Even when you are at home in the back of the house or in the back garden, make sure the front of the house is secure. Anyone can take advantage of an open or unlocked door or window to quickly nip in and help themselves to your valuables!

Crime Prevention Officers for Wiltshire Police can be contacted for home security advice etc, by telephoning 101

Remember!
South Marston is a safe place to live with a very low crime rate but crime can happen anywhere so be sensible and alert!

PC Marc Jackson
PSCO Juliet Evans
South Marston Neighbourhood Watch

PCC launches £1 million Innovation Fund

_61912993_angus-portrait-webPolice and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson is launching a £1 million Innovation Fund today (Friday 7 June). The Commissioner is looking to fund community and voluntary initiatives throughout Wiltshire and Swindon which will help towards achieving his six main priorities as set out in his Police and Crime Plan.

Mr Macpherson said: “I am really excited about launching this £1 million Innovation Fund and making this money available to projects on the ground that can make a real difference to communities.”
The Commissioner’s six main priorities are, working with communities are partners to:

  • Reduce crime and anti-social behaviour
  • Protect the most vulnerable in society
  • Put victims and witnesses first
  • Reduce offending and re-offending
  • Drive up standards of customer service
  • Ensure unfailing and timely response to calls for assistance

Mr Macpherson added: “This fund is about supporting innovative new ideas which will make a lasting difference to community safety and I’m particularly interested in projects that help to break cycles of crime and anti-social behaviour, including supporting repeat offenders.”The funding will be awarded in three tranches as follows:

  • £400,000 by 31 July 2013 in respect of applications received by 15 July 2013
  • £300,000 by 30 November 2013 in respect of applications received by 15 November 2013
  • £300,000 by 31 March 2014 in respect of applications received by 15 March 2014

Any organisation with aims and activities that meet the criteria can apply for funding. Any funds not awarded in one tranche will be ‘rolled-over’ to the next funding tranche. The £1 million Innovation Fund is being funded from Office of the PCC reserves.

The Commissioner will consult with an advisory panel, made up of representatives from Wiltshire Police, Wiltshire Council, Swindon Borough Council and The Community Foundation for Wiltshire and Swindon, before deciding which applications to fund.

For more information, including a downloadable leaflet and an application form, visit www.wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk.

If you have any other questions about the fund, please call the Office of the PCC on 01380 734022.

Car theft from School Car Park

This morning, a parent has had her car stolen from her parking spot by the gate into the field.

The school children were leaving via coach for a trip to the coast and many parents were there to wave them off.

During this short time the car was stolen. The owner is reporting this to the police as I write this. I am told that the driver had left the keys in the car ignition, as she only expected to be parked for a few minutes.

The following has been provided by the school

We are shocked to report that a car belonging to a parent was stolen this morning, at about 11.10am, as we were waving the Year 6 children off on their visit to the Isle of Wight. Unfortunately the keys were left inside as they only expected to be here a couple of minutes.

The car is highly noticable so please let the police know if you see it. It is a red Kia Picanto which has pink flowers on the back and ‘Powered by Fairydust’ written near the rear numberplate. The registration is P666 JOY which is also very noticable.

The school’s CCTV is purely a camera on the gate so we can let people in and out. It does not record just in case you were wondering.

Finally, please do not leave your car unlocked no matter how short a period of time it may be.

Please inform the police if you observed any related suspicious activity.

Wiltshire Police: Police Community Support Officer: Juliet Evans:

Tel: 0845 408 7000
Email: swindonruralnorth@wiltshire.police.uk

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Community Speedwatch – We need volunteers

speedwatchThe Community Speedwatch scheme run by the Swindon Borough Council in conjunction with the Police gives local people the chance to be actively involved in making South Marston’s roads safer for everyone in the village. We have been operating for nearly two months now and have monitored speeds of nearly 700 vehicles on the three main roads in the village 30mph zone. Overall only 2% of the cars were exceeding 36mph and of these, none were on Highworth Road, a few on Thornhill Road and the majority (three quarters) on Old Vicarage Lane past Manor Cottages.

If you want to join the team, please contact the village co-ordinator Tony Leathart on 827744 or tony.leathart@btinternet.com.

Police and Crime Commissioner hosting first performance meeting: June 4 2013

Logo of Wiltshire PoliceResidents are invited to the first public performance meeting being hosted by Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson.

The event is taking place on Tuesday 4 June at 5.30pm in the Atrium at County Hall, Trowbridge. Commissioner Angus Macpherson will be joined by Wiltshire Police Deputy Chief Constable Mike Veale.

There will also be performance information from Wiltshire Youth Offending Team, which the Commissioner has allocated funded to, and Victim Support, another organisation Mr Macpherson is working closely with.

Mr Macpherson said: “We are holding this meeting to give people an opportunity to hear both from me and Deputy Chief Constable Mike Veale about how the Constabulary has performed in the last year as well as to hear about other organisations I am working with. I will also be speaking about some of the key initiatives in my Police and Crime Plan, there will be a question and answer session and the chance to chat to us over a cup of coffee before the meeting starts.”

A main part of the Commissioner’s role is to ensure there is an efficient and effective police service in the area. These performance meetings will be held quarterly throughout Wiltshire and Swindon giving residents the chance to find out more about police performance as well as other organisations he is working with.

Councillors and representatives from voluntary and community sector agencies in the Trowbridge area are also being invited to the meeting, which is expected to last for about an hour.

Police Meetings May and June 2013

Wiltshire Police – Swindon North Neighbourhood Policing Team

 A message from CBM Marc Jackson and PCSO Juliet Evans

 We are your dedicated policing team who work with the community and partner agencies to address concerns raised by you.

 POLICE MEETINGS- MAY/JUNE 2013

 Every three months priorities are set based on what the local community tell us are their concerns. You can raise your concerns by attending one of the meetings listed below or by contacting us at anytime using the contact details provided.

Venue Date Time
South Marston Village Hall  08/06/2013  11.00am – 12.00am 
Stanton Fitzwarren Village Hall  08/06/2013 3.00pm – 4.00pm
Castle Eaton Village Hall 06/06/2013 10.00am – 11.00am 
Blunsdon Village Shop 08/06/2013  9.00am – 10.00am 
Hannington – Jolly Tar  28/05/2013 7.00pm – 8.00pm 

Residents are welcome to come to any of the locations stated above. If you need to speak with one of the team before the dates above please contact us on the following email address:- swindonnorthnpt@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk or via the Wiltshire police non-emergency phone number 101.

Remember in an emergency always dial 999.

To find out more about Wiltshire police visit http://www.wiltshire.police.uk – click on ‘policing in your area’