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This is a message from Northamptonshire West Police to members of Neighbourhood Watch in Northamptonshire West.

Distraction Burglaries have recently occurred in other parts of the country where the victim receives a telephone call from a male person purporting to be an engineer involved with Digital Switchover. The male informs the victim that due to having recently had a new Freeview digital box installed, he would like to come along and carry out an examination in relation to the installation work. The victim agrees and is told that he will attend within the hour. Within 15 minutes the male attends the property and is shown to where the television and digital box are located. Later the victim discovers property has been stolen from within the room where this alleged work was carried out. One victim made enquiries with the Digital Switchover Helpline to discover they had no record of this alleged work.

Suspect Description:
Male, White, 5'10", aged in his 40's, medium build, fair hair, balding, clean shaven, no distinguishing accent wearing brown shoes and blue jeans. He was also wearing a navy blue raincoat / anorak type and had in his possession a black leather briefcase with a logo of some kind on the front of the case. The offender was driving a small white van parked nearby, make and model and index number unknown at this time.
If you do have any information in connection with a Distraction Burglary or Rogue Doorstep Trader, you can now call our dedicated number 0345 23 07 702 set up by Doorstep Action Network (DAN) to provide a better service for preventing and detecting Distraction Burglaries and Rogue Doorstep traders.    ** PLEASE REMEMBER: If a crime is in progress you must call 999 **

New Parish Councillors (September 2009)
You may be wondering about the outcome of the recent possible election for the three vacant seats on the council. Only two parishioners have come forward to join the Parish Council so they are elected unopposed, as there were more seats available than candidates. These two new councillors are Mr Andrew Woods and Mr Michael Loggin, both of whom have served on the Parish Council in the past.
Other members of the Parish Council are: Andrea Gladden (chair), Bob Whitrow, Linda Baker and Diana Sheasby
There is still one vacancy so anyone who would like to serve on the Parish Council should contact the Clerk forthwith. The deadline for any applications is Friday 18th September.
The Clerk to the Parish Council is Mrs Nicky Churchill and she can be contacted on 01295 816772 or by email on
If you would like to get a flavour of what goes on at a meeting all Parish Council meetings are open to the members of the public and any parishioners are welcome to attend. Meetings are held in the Memorial Hall on the third Monday of the month. All meetings start at 7.30pm. The next meeting will be on September 21st. A full list of dates for meetings is posted on the Parish notice board located at the village shop.

Charlton Memorial Hall Refurbishment 2009 - NOW COMPLETED

Giant Hogweed (28-Aug-2009)
A potentially harmful invasive plant known as Giant Hogweed, is being stamped out on land adjoining the Great Ouse in Brackley. Giant Hogweed is easily recognisable as it grows up to five metres tall, has a large umbrella like flower head with white flowers and a green or brown stem with dark red/purple spots or blotches. The plant has a chemical in its sap that makes the skin sensitive to ultra violet light resulting in serious blistering on the skin. Brushing against a Giant Hogweed stem or leaf stalks can cause the sap to be released, making it unwise for anyone without protective clothing to go near one. People who touch the plant are advised to wash the affected areas, keep them out of direct sunlight, and seek medical attention.     Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste Mangaement Councillor Mike Hill, said: “As the plant can be harmful if touched, we have been working with the relevant landowners and the Environment Agency in an attempt to control the spread of this non-native invasive weed. “It is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to plant or allow Giant Hogweed to grow.  The Council will therefore continue to work with the various landowners and the Environment Agency to ensure appropriate measures continue to be taken to eradicate the plant."
For advice about Giant Hogweed and how it is treated, please contact the Environment Agency on 08708 506 506

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE COMMUNITY MESSAGING - Northamptonshire West - 31/07/09 BT Service Scam
We would like to advise you of information regarding a telephone fraud (received via a Police Operation being carried out by Norfolk Police.
A professional sounding adult male phones the victim (victims chosen are listed in the phone directory) stating he is calling from BT Collection Service because money is owed to BT. The caller states that the (victims) bank has stopped the Direct Debit and that money is immediately owed else the phone will be cut off.    The amount that is allegedly 'owed' has been less than £10 (typically £9 ). The caller requires the victims credit card details so that payment can be made. The caller also 'proves' he can easily cut off the victims phone telling them to hang up and try dialling out. It is then believed he puts them on 'hold' so that the line is still connected but of course the victim believes their line has been disconnected.
The offender then 'phones them back and again attempts to obtain their credit card detail. The main object is not the £9 but is to obtain the credit card data. The caller is described as very professional sounding" Keep your property secure at all times. It's important that all your doors and windows are locked. It's very important to remember that if your not expecting anyone, you must not open that door until you are sure they are genuine. Please can we ask all residents to pass on the following message to all friends, relatives and neighbours.
We would ask all residents to stay vigilant and remember to report any suspicious activity using the dedicated NHW number 01604 432 436, alternatively contact Northamptonshire West Police on 03000 111 222 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting WB/CMS/438/09

LATEST JULY: The John Cliffe Memorial Summer House Opening! - details and photos on Archive page

The School Holidays usually bring an increase in the number of crimes affecting school buildings and equipment.
We would ask all residents to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity or vehicles close to or on school sites at all times of the day or night.
If you see anything that arouses your suspicion, please report using the dedicated Neighbourhood Watch line 01604 432436, alternatively contact Northamptonshire West Police or Crimestoppers on the numbers below quoting reference WB/CMS/382/09.
Please pass the details of this message, onto any friends and neighbours, especially if around the school where you live.

Northamptonshire Historic Churches -Trust Sponsored Ride and Stride - 12th September 2009 10 am to 6 pm
The next Sponsored Ride and Stride takes place on Saturday 12th September 2009. This annual event is an excellent way of raising funds for a local church as 50% of the money raised goes to the church or chapel of your choice. Last year the Bike Ride raised a total of £25,480 for historic churches in Northamptonshire.     If you do not want to cycle (ride), you can also take part on foot (stride). People of any age can participate as you can choose your own route, taking in as many or as few churches as you wish to visit on the day. Most of the churches in Northamptonshire will be open, and so will those in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Warwickshire – the event is nation-wide. Children can be sponsored for
visiting just a few churches; serious cyclists for a lot. Cyclists plan their own routes and can cross county boundaries.
Lists of open and participating churches and chapels are available, many of them offering refreshments and some with toilet facilities.
Please join the hundreds of others who will be on the roads between the churches on September 12th and have fun! Enjoy the day – Travel safely – Encourage your sponsors to be generous! More information, sponsorship forms and lists of participating churches are available from Deborah Hayter 01295 811176 or visit .

Eight people were arrested in Northamptonshire during June as a result of information passed to Crimestoppers.
During the month, 62 pieces of actionable information were passed on to Northamptonshire Police by Crimestoppers and these led directly to eight arrests and five charges for various criminal offences across the county. Police are keen to encourage even more people to call the charity - which is completely independent of any law enforcement organisation - to pass on information that they would be reluctant to give to the police.
The police rely on people coming forward with information about crime and criminals but know that for a variety of reasons, not everyone is comfortable with calling the police. Crimestoppers offers people a way of passing on anything that they know without fear of being identified.
The police never find out who has supplied the information and never try to find out, the Police simply take action on any crime that is identified.
Chair of Northamptonshire Crimestoppers Roger Nicklin said: "Having just taken over the Chair of Northamptonshire Crimestoppers I am delighted to note that calls to our Contact Centre continue to increase. However, not all people realise that Crimestoppers is an independent charity and is not part of the Police Service. Calls to 0800 555 111 will always be personally answered, callers are totally anonymous, and we cannot trace calls or know who is calling. This means that callers cannot be identified to the police and will not be interviewed or asked to give evidence. If you have any concerns that someone in your community is involved in crime please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

New Plasterboard Disposal Rlues - (April 2009) DIY enthusiasts in the county who want to dispose of plaster and plasterboard are being made aware of a change in guidance which prevents this type of material being sent to landfill with other biodegradable materials.
From April 1 new containers will appear at Northamptonshire County Council’s household waste recycling centres for the disposal of items containing even the smallest quantities of gypsum – the principal component of plaster and plasterboard. -But in order for the gypsum to be recycled effectively people are being urged to make sure the plasterboard is clear of any other debris, such as tiles or wood. Cllr Ben Smith, county council cabinet member for environment and growth, said: “It’s essential that we reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and it’s important that we can recycle as many goods as possible. “Putting more and more rubbish into landfill is just not acceptable environmentally and with the growing cost of landfill tax – is not acceptable for our taxpayers to have to foot such an ever growing bill. “It’s important that we all follow the new guidelines regarding the disposal of items containing gypsum. "However it is essential that the plasterboard is as clean of other items as possible to make sure it is easier to process.” I t should be noted that plasterboard is DIY waste and is therefore restricted at the household waste recycling centres. In addition, whole house renovation works are not accepted free of charge.

Kings Sutton Tennis Club is recruiting new members for the forthcoming year - all are welcome, whatever standard or age. For the more competitive players, the club fields several ladies, mens and mixed teams in the Oxfordshire and Banbury Town Leagues. There are also plenty of opportunities for social tennis throughout the season with weekly club sessions and friendly tournaments. Coaching is available on a regular basis for juniors and by arrangement for adults. This is ideal game to take up if you want fresh air, fitness and fun.
For further details please contact Mary Awre on 01295 788226.

New Recycle My Old Stuff website (February 2009)
Ideas on how to recycle household waste can be found on a new website which has been created by Northamptonshire County Council as part of the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership. The Recycle My Old Stuff website gives a room-by-room guide of how household items can be recycled
and where they can be taken. The website also specialises in showing how good quality items like furniture and old appliances can be reused by various charitable organisations – helping save waste going to landfill.    The website takes the form of a house. Clicking on a room, such as bedroom, lounge or study, brings up information on how goods associated with the rooms can be disposed of. The website can be found at

ALL COUNCILLORS ARE SUMMONED TO A MEETING OF THE NEWBOTTLE PARISH COUNCIL TO BE HELD AT CHARLTON MEMORIAL HALL ON MONDAY 23RD FEBRUARY 2009 AT 7.30 PM. Members of the public and Press are invited to attend and to participate in the Open Forum. All are welcome!

PANTO 2009
Yet another successful panto in the Memorial Hall finished recently, with the Charlton Panto Players presenting DICK WHITTINGTON to full houses on February 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st including a Saturday Matinee. All proceeds were in aid of the Memorial Hall Funds which this year topped an amazing £2,000.00 Unfortunately, we all have to wait until 2011 until the next one! WELL DONE to all those who participated!

Tim Holloway
It is with sadness to hear that Tim, aged 74, passed away in the early hours of Tuesday morning 10 February 2009. Tim was a well respected member of our village community serving on the Parish Council for many, many years. Tim, a well known Auctioneer based in Banbury for many years until his retirement, and even then several times headed Auctions in the village, helping our local fund raising activities. Tim's wife, Elaine Holloway is the founder President of our own village W.I.
Our deepest sympathy is with Elaine and all the family, who were with Tim at his bedside upto the end.

Our own village website has been operating with kind funding of our Parish Council for some time now and upto the end of December we had over 33,500 hits over the last year which is an average of 2,794 hits per month by an average of 361 unique (different) visitors -75% from abroad.
My concern as webmaster that not enough local village patrons, especially all the organisations operating within the village are even participating with any local or newsworthy information, which I find most strange when if you are visiting the site you are certainly using one of the 21st Century methods of communicating, plus the space at present is being offered free to all those wishing to use! All I can add is if you wish this site to run for future generations and for archive storage, you all need to email something to me on the page link. -webmaster.

TIM BOSWELL Member of Parliament for Daventry
If there is an issue that concerns you or do you have a problem that you wish to discuss with your Member of Parliament?
Tim Boswell holds regular Advice Centre every month on a Friday at the District Council Offices in either Daventry or Towcester between 5:00pm and 7:00pm For appointments call the Constituency Office on 01604 859721 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Thursday or 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Fridays or you can always write direct to Tim Boswell M.P. The House of Commons, Westiminster, London SW1A 0AA

Below is a list of telephone numbers which you may find useful when dealing with doorstep callers.
Police non-emergency 08453 700700 Consumer Direct 08454 04 05 0 Fire and Rescue Service 01604 797000
Severn Trent Water 0800 783 4444 Anglian Water Bogus Caller Helpline 0800 145 145 E-on general enquiries 0800 052 0346
Sales agent verification 0800 056 6278 Npower Field sales 0845 601 1102 Meter readers 0800 073 3355
Scottish and Southern Energy 0800 0155 170 EDF Energy 0845 300 1291 Scottish Power 0800 400 200
British Gas meter readers MSL 0800 169 4667 Accuread 0800 393 499 Siemens 0800 015 2221
British Gas Field Sales Advisers 0800 300 100 British Gas Engineers 0845 736 5100 Emergency Gas Escape number 0800 111 999
Call the Northamptonshire Police switchboard on 08453 700700 or dial 999 in an emergency.
Alternatively you can call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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