Friday, 27 March 2015

eCops: Crime Update 27/03/2015

There has been 6 crimes reported since our last crime alert, please see below for details.

On the 26/03/2015 at the approximate time of 14:00hrs unknown offenders have smashed glass to a front door of a property in Oakington Road, Cottenham. Offenders were disturbed whilst inside and left by the same window. Nothing was reported stolen.

On the 26/03/2015 unknown offenders have stolen the front and rear number plates to a red Honda Jazz whilst parked on New School Road, Histon.

We have had two separate crimes overnight on the 27/03/2015 unknown offenders have forced entry into two vehicles whilst parked on Ring Fort Road, Orchard Park. Various tools were stolen from within.

On the 26/03/2015 unknown offenders have attempted to gain entry via a downstairs window to a property in High Lane, Landbeach.

Between the 26/03/2015 and the 27/03/2015 unknown offenders have stolen the front and rear number plates to a Mercedes in Westmeadow Close, Willingham.

Kind Regards

Safer Neighbourhood Team

eCops: Crime Prevention Advice For Your Home

We have noticed  a small increase of burglaries in the Histon sector, please may I ask that all residents be extra vigilant and to report any suspicious people or vehicles that are seen in your village.See below for crime prevention advice.

  • Ensure that perimeter fences/ hedges are in a good state of repair. The recommended height for rear boundaries is 1.8m (6ft); you can also use trellis to increase the height of existing fences or walls. Use thorny shrubs as barriers and to fill in gaps in hedges. Plant prickly/ thorny shrubs along the bottom of fences or walls to increase security.
  • Garden gates should be the same height and as strong as your fence or wall, fit strong locks to gates such as a padlock or press bolt on the inside gate. 
  • Any bushes or shrubs in a front garden need to be well maintained and kept below 1m in height to allow for natural surveillance.
  • Do not lave tools out in the garden; they may be used to break into your home. Keep them locked in a shed, garage or outside store. Ladders should be locked away or securely chained and padlocked to a strong post or wall. Secure garden furniture using anchoring devices.  These can also be used to protect items such as ornamental trees.
  • Install outside security lighting which will come on automatically. If you have a burglar alarm fitted why not extend it to cover outbuildings and sheds?
  • Consider using gravel for paths on driveways and under windows and doors as it is loud underfoot
  • Take photographs of valuable items such as statues/ ornaments. Consider using a property coding or registration system, such as Immobilise which is a free online system. 
  • Check that your household insurance policy covers theft from your garden and outbuildings.

Kind Regards
Safer Neighbourhood Team

eCops: Vehicle Crime Prevention Advice

We have noticed a recent increase of vehicle crime in the Histon sector, please see below crime prevention advice.

1) Never leave valuables items in your car, including sunglasses, the removable radio cover and your Sat Nav.
2) Wipe away the Sat Nav mark on your windscreen.
3) Consider fitting anti-tamper screws to your number plate.
4) Never leave your car keys where they can be seen from the front door.

Kind Regards
Safer Neighbourhood Team

Monday, 23 March 2015

Cambridge MP wins fight to bring Hinchingbrooke back into NHS

MP Julian Huppert has won his fight to bring Hinchingbrooke Hospital back into public management after the failure of the £1 billion private contract with Circle.

Work is taking place to terminate an agreement with Circle and make the Trust’s transition back into NHS management on March 31.

Julian said: “I am relieved that Hinchingbrooke Hospital will be once again run by the NHS and not a private company and we can put right the mistakes made in 2009.

“This was a hugely expensive experiment initiated by Labour that went spectacularly wrong. It demonstrates the danger of involving private companies that have to satisfy their shareholders.

“Labour acted against union advice and signed off the £1 billion tender. By the time they left office the following year every NHS-led bid had been rejected making sure the contract went to a private company.

“But, when Circle failed to make a profit it pulled out in the middle of the winter leaving the hospital’s future uncertain. Now we can bring the hospital back into public management and start addressing the problems it has, putting patients first.”

Within hours of Circle making the decision to quit, Julian had launched a petition calling for Hinchingbrooke to be brought back ‘in-house’ in a bid to put it on a stronger footing.

He raised the issue with the government and the Lords Minister for Quality Lord Howe told him in a letter that the NHS Trust Development Authority is working with Circle on a termination agreement.

“Under the terms of the franchise agreement the Trust Board functioned in a different way from a ‘typical’ NHS trust,” he said. “The NHS TDA is working to revert the Trust’s governance system processes and structure to those of a ‘typical’ NHS Trust.

“At this stage, both parties are working towards a termination date of 31 March. After that date the new board will take over responsibility for management of the Trust. It will work with local partners on the development of a new strategy that aligns to the wider Cambridgeshire and Peterborough strategic review that is currently underway.”

Julian added: “We have seen the danger of putting our health services out to private ownership. That is why I fought so hard to make sure we kept the private sector out of the running of our elderly people’s services.

“Healthcare should be run by the people who know it best – the NHS.  I hope that lessons can be learnt from this for the future of healthcare.”

Friday, 20 March 2015

Lib Dem Councillor raises concerns over consultation on cycle projects

Cambridgeshire Liberal Democrats are calling for earlier consultation with all road users on future cycling projects after recent schemes led to negative feedback.

They claim that in some cases cyclists were consulted earlier than other road users creating resentment.

The call for change comes from Cambridgeshire County Councillor, Ian Manning who wants to see the council adopt the recommendations of the Cambridge Cycling Campaign’s Make Space for Cycling report.

He believes by doing so the council could benefit all road users and make more efficient use of public money.

Cllr Manning said: “We will be receiving more government money for cycling after the announcement of £214 million nationally and this will be hugely beneficial for our county. But I want to make sure that we consult properly with all road users so that we devise schemes which bring the most benefit to all users and don’t result in conflict.

“We have to avoid solving one problem only to create another. It is really important that we listen to all views so that the investment we receive is spent wisely for the benefit of all.”

Negative feedback was received by the council about schemes at Cambridge’s Perne Road roundabout at its junction with Hills Road and the shared use of a cycle path on Eddison Bell Way, Cambridge which resulted in conflict between cyclists and pedestrians.

A cycle path scheme at Ermine Street in Huntingdon was also criticised for failing to provide provision in an area considered to be at the highest risk for cyclists.

Cllr Manning will raise his concerns in a motion to full council on March 24.

The full wording of the motion is as follows: 

This Council recognises:
  • the recent announcement of £214m for cycling schemes announced by the Government.
  • work done by officers of this Council towards securing a portion of this money for Cambridgeshire.
  • redesigning existing layouts, and providing adequate space for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians is very challenging.

However, Council regrets:
  • negative feedback on recent cycle schemes including, but not limited to:
  • the Perne Road roundabout and the Hills road/ junction
  • yet another shared use path on Eddison Bell Way – resulting in conflict between cyclists and pedestrians
  • Ermine Street in Huntington, where no provision is made in the highest risk area
  • that negative feedback on these often comes from all road users: pedestrian groups, disability groups, cycle campaigners and from motorists.
  • that consultation in some cases took place earlier with cyclists than with other road users – this should not be the case, as it creates resentment amongst the other groups.

Council believes that adopting the recommendations of the Making Space for Cycling report could mean more efficient use of public money to the benefit of all road users: motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.  As this is of benefit across a number of Council areas, Council resolves to:
  • ask all the Service Committees to review and adopt, if appropriate, any recommendations of the Making Space for Cycling report relevant to their remit;
  • ask the Economy and Environment and Highways and Community Infrastructure Committees to use the report’s recommendations when developing or commenting on schemes that are funded from money designed for cycling improvements;
  • consult with all road users earlier in such projects; and
  • by doing so, ensure that any such schemes benefit all road users, and tax payer money is spent more wisely.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

EU Court rules against plans to restrict London euro-trading

In a landmark judgement, the EU's General Court has annulled plans by the European Central Bank (ECB) to require companies handling large trades in euros to base themselves in the eurozone, ruling that this would go beyond the ECB's competence.

The case was brought by the UK government, following concerns that the proposals could threaten London's status as Europe's financial capital and undermine the EU's single market.

Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder commented:

"This ruling confirms the primacy of the single market over the eurozone and strengthens the case for Britain remaining at the heart of EU decision-making.

"Outside the EU, the UK would not have been able to challenge this decision and achieve this result.

"Eurosceptics should admit that leaving the EU would mean losing the ability to defend Britain's economic interests at Europe's top table."