Local Information

Proposed Review to Bus Subsidies Supported by Norfolk County Council

Norfolk County Council have recently announced proposals to review the amount of money they provide to bus subsidies.  This means it is likely some bus services will change or even stop.  Norfolk County Council have published a list of bus services potentially affected, of which the Konect 4 bus which serves Honingham, is one of them.  We urge all parishioners to complete the feedback form on the Norfolk County Council website and help us to try and protect this vital service to the village.

https://norfolk.citizenspace.com/consultation/bussubsidy/

Police Connect – Message Regarding Heating Oil Theft

The following is a Police Connect message which may be particularly relevant to residents in Honingham.

Norfolk Police are urging residents to be vigilant as reports of heating oil thefts often increase during the winter months.

The warning comes after 100 incidents in 2016 where heating oil was a factor. There have been more than 110 in 2017 so far.

Community Safety Superintendent Jason Broome said: “An increase in the price of heating oil can result in oil tanks being targeted by thieves and we would urge people to take some simple measures to secure them.

“Just keeping an eye on oil levels in your tank and fitting a good quality locking device is a good start, but we’d also recommend installing security lighting or CCTV cameras.

“We’re also asking communities to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity. If you spot something suspicious at a friend, neighbour or relative’s house, or at a nearby business premises, call police on 101 or dial 999 if a crime is in progress.

“This also includes calling police immediately if you are cold called by someone trying to sell you heating oil at a discounted price. It is likely the individual will be a rogue trader so you should turn them away. Always buy from a reputable source, and once your delivery has been made make sure you re-secure your tank and gates.”

General tips to protect your fuel include:
• Check oil levels frequently so you are aware if anyone has tampered with your supply, and consider an electronic oil level gauge which sets off an audible alarm in your house if the oil level drops below a quarter full.
• Fit a good quality locking device to all fuel tanks – a high quality closed shackle padlock will make access using bolt croppers very difficult.
• Consider perimeter security for the whole tank, such as a metal cage or fencing. Even a prickly hedge may help deter thieves. Remember, however, that the oil tanker driver will need to access it.
• Control switches should be located in a secure building and turned off when the tank is not in use.
• If you’re installing an oil tank or considering repositioning it, they should ideally be situated within sight of nearby occupied buildings. It may not be so aesthetically desirable, but the more remote the better the opportunity to access the tank without being seen.
• Consider appropriate lighting around the tank so you can see and anyone can be seen. Be considerate to your neighbours and don’t use high powered lights which affect their property. Lighting is not the answer to all problems and site specific advice should be taken where lighting is being considered.
If you have been a victim of oil theft, or have any information regarding heating oil thefts in general should contact Norfolk Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Useful Police Information

Could you tell the difference between a bogus police car and a real one based on the lights?

– Remember, an unmarked police car can stop vehicles but it must contain a constable in uniform.
– If an officer is in a vehicle and wants you to stop, make sure you are stopping in a safe place; well lit, with other vehicles passing, away from the dangers of the roads.
– Keep your doors locked, ask the officer to hold their warrant card showing their identity up against your closed window, the warrant card will show the officers name and photograph.
– If you suspect an officer is not genuine call 999 and ask the operator to confirm their identity.

Further advice can be found on the ‘Ask The Police’ website > https://www.askthe.police.uk/content/Q587.htm

Mobile Library Newsletter

Please find attached details of the recent newsletter from the Mobile Library Service.

DEC 17 Mobile Library Friends Newsletter.

Library Van Weds 29th Nov 17

Library Van will be visiting Honingham next Weds, 29th Nov. Usual times and places, Fellowes Road at 0940 and The Pump at 10am. Please please use this service if you can – we are in danger of losing it due to NCC cuts.

Police Connect – Rural Crime Report

The following is a Police Connect message.

Welcome to this weeks rural crime newsletter. Below there is a summary of some the incidents across Norfolk.  We would like to thank you for all your calls to Norfolk Constabulary; every piece of information, no matter how small helps us make Norfolk a safer county.

You are our eyes and ears and we depend on your assistance to reduce rural crime.

If you do not wish to leave your details, you can also call anonymously or via Crime Stoppers.

Query  Who to contact  Non Urgent  Urgent
Farm / Agricultural & general advice DC Andy Brown Tel 101 or 07900 407106 OperationRandall@norfolk.pnn.police.uk  999
 Metal Theft DC Andy Brown  Tel 101 or 07900 407106 OperationRandall@norfolk.pnn.police.uk  999
 Wildlife Crime Insp Jon Papworth Tel 101 or WildlifeCrime@norfolk.pnn.police.uk  999
 Community concerns & Newsletter feedback Sgt Danny Leach  OperationRandall@norfolk.pnn.police.uk  999
 All other enquiries DC Andy Brown  OperationRandall@norfolk.pnn.police.uk  999

Crime Summary

Incidents of Hare coursing reported in AshillBanhamBarroway DroveDickleburghField Dalling,HempnallThelveton , Walpole St Peter,  Walsingham and Wereham, Docking, suspicious green coloured Toyota, spare wheel on rear, dark top/metallic bottom half. Thorpe Abbotts: suspicious silver Nissan Nirvana seen with persons and dogs in. Feltwell: silver Suzuki Vitara with 3 male/3 dogs

50 Sheep stolen from Raveningham

Ifor Williams Trailer stolen from Gressenhall

North walsham: Outboard speed boat motor stolen from boatyard.

Watton: Work van broken into overnight from location in, high value tools stolen.

 

Good news !! Vehicle, and 3 dogs seized in Terrington Driver arrested

 

Register your valuables. This makes them identifiable if they get stolen. It’s free !! and links into the National Police system.

https://www.immobilise.com/articles/garden-and-shed-home-security


Please help reporting Hare Coursing.

Hare coursing is a blood sport and is a completely banned and illegal activity, yet it unfortunately remains common in Norfolk.

Hare coursing is the pursuit of hares using hounds. Traditionally participants spread in a line across a field and disturbed the hare from its home. We now find that it might only be a couple of people with dogs, who then release their dogs to give chase. The types of dog commonly used are Lurchers. Coursing is more likely to take place at dawn or dusk but it can also take place in broad daylight. The most obvious sign is vehicles parked in a rural area perhaps by a gateway to farmland, on a grass verge, on a farm track or bridle path. We are committed to protecting Norfolk landowners’ property and crops along with the declining population of brown hares and prosecuting those involved in hare coursing. In order to do this we work in partnership with farmers, landowners and gamekeepers. If you see an event taking place we would advise you not to approach the participants but contact us immediately on 999.

If possible record as much information as you can such as vehicle registrations, makes models and colours. Description and number of people and dogs and whether they have been seen in fields.

 

Wildlife Crime:     WildlifeCrime@norfolk.pnn.police.uk

If you are aware of an incident or offence taking place there and then or shortly afterwards please dial 999. The above inbox will not be monitored 24/7 but it will provide you with a direct way to contact our Wildlife Crime Officers.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Your local Wildlife Crime Officers:

Name Area
Insp Jon Papworth WCO Lead Breckland
Sgt Andy Tomlinson Breckland
PCSO Helen Maxwell Breckland
PC Ben Clark Kings Lynn / Downham Market
Pc Maria Asker Kings Lynn
PC Jim Squires South Norfolk
PS Richard Bedder Broadland
PC Jason Pegden North Norfolk
PC Stu Doe North Norfolk
DI Tom SMITH Norwich
PCSO Mac Cornaby Norwich

 

Crime prevention visits

Please make contact with us to request crime prevention visits. We will be happy to visit and offer advice

Bellfolk Open Evening

Bellfolk Handbell Ringers are hosting an open evening on Thursday 7th December at 7.30 p.m in Honingham Village Hall. It’s their usual practice night and they will be playing mostly music for Christmas along with a few other concert pieces. They will be using all their bells, not just the 12 that they use when they play outside.  It’s a very informal evening, there’s no charge to attend, and coffee, tea and mince pies will be available. There may also be a chance for people to “have-a-go”.  Everyone is welcome so please pop along and see what they get up to.