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The Churchwarden has just had notification of another local Church roof being stripped of lead and is asking all residents to be vigilant especially if you live near the Church or go past it during the day or night.
Please note that over the next 3-4 days, there will be someone working inside and outside the Church with ladders cleaning all the windows. The ladders will be locked away every night.
If you do see anything suspicious please contact the Churchwarden - Margaret Butt on Tel: 01525 862170 or email mkatebutt@yahoo.co.uk or any member of the Parochial Church Council (PCC) including the Vicar. Details are available here https://flitton.3churches.uk/flitton-contacts/ 
Many thanks for helping to protect our Church building. 
14:20, Thursday by Parish Clerk

Image result for neighbourhood watch central bedsFollowing the burglary this week and reaction on the local Facebook site, if anyone would like to set up or be part of a Neighbourhood Watch(NW)  or Street Watch (SW) scheme for Flitton, as none exists at present, please contact the Clerk to the Council on 01525 860377 or email clerk@flittongreenfield.org.uk and the Council will put you in touch with the area coordinator.

There is a NW scheme in Mill Lane Greenfield and they would also be interested to hear from you or for the NW to expand to other parts of the village.

To establish a NW scheme a coordinator is required along with scheme members. It exists to 

  • Encourage vigilance amongst scheme members and actively encourage the early reporting of suspicious incidents to the police.
  • Receive crime information from the Neighbourhood Watch messaging system and distribute these messages to scheme members.
  • Encourage scheme members to be aware of and put into practice crime prevention measures, such as property marking and security devices.
  • Keep a check on vulnerable households and provide advice to members about dealing with callers at the door.
  • Circulate newsletters/other relevant information to scheme members.
  • Welcome newcomers to the neighbourhood and invite them to be part of the scheme.
  • Supply each scheme member with Neighbourhood Watch and crime prevention literature, such as Neighbourhood Watch window stickers and incident report cards.

......so if you would like to take on the role of coordinator and can encourage neighbours to join in then don't delay!

The purpose of a Street Watch scheme is:

  • To prevent crime by increasing visibility and maintaining a caring and cohesive community.
  • To assist the police by promoting effective communication and the prompt reporting of activity
  • To increase feelings of safety by promoting a sense of security and community spirit.
  • By being proactive, Street Watch has been supporting vulnerable members of the community and vulnerable areas, making sure that people take pride in their communities.

Volunteers are asked to commit 2 hours every month to patrol, at timings of their choosing. The clerk has details of contacts if anyone would like to set up a SW group.

 

 

 

A house burglary has taken place in Flitton, when all members of the household were out. This happened mid morning and the fear is that the property may have been watched. A glass door was broken so entry was forced. CCTV footage is currently being examined and will be handed to the police.

There was a light blue van seen in the vicinity at about the right time with two men inside, so please watch out for any sightings of this in future.

 Please be aware of anything suspicious in our neighbourhood and do not be afraid to report this to the police on 101. Please also be wary if you hear anything strange like glass breaking or footsteps when you do not expect anyone to be there. 

We can all be vigilant and try to make sure that our own and neighbours properties are secure, please pass this message on too.

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15:59, Wednesday by Parish Clerk
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Bedfordshire Police is a small force with big opportunities, and are offering people who want to make a difference in our county the opportunity to carve out a diverse career as a police officer. 
 
As a police officer with Bedfordshire Police, you will have the chance to work across a variety of departments, as well as the opportunity to progress your leadership and negotiation skills. Continuous development is something we continue to encourage. 
 
To apply you will first need to submit an online application form, and if you are successful you will be invited to attend an assessment centre to complete a variety of tests. If you pass, you will then be invited to an interview and then successful candidates will be made a conditional offer, subject to vetting and a medical exam. 
 
PC Karanjit Sanghera left his job in the transport industry to join Bedfordshire Police two years ago. 
 
He said: “Joining my local police force was one of the best decisions I have ever made as I am not only doing a job that I really enjoy, but I’m also working to protect and help people in my own community. 
 
“My advice to anyone who is thinking of applying, just do it. It’s not a job that will suit everyone, but it’s definitely a job like no other, so if it’s something that you think you could be good at, then take the opportunity!”
 
We are hosting an information evening on Thursday (17 January) at the Auction House in Luton, from 6.30pm until approximately 9pm. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from serving police officers about their time with the force, and learn more about the application process. If you’d like to attend, please register your interest by emailing r.recruitment@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk
 
Recruitment for police officers is open until 3 February. To find out more or to apply, visit our recruitment pages or read the job advert.

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13:12, Wednesday by Parish Clerk

There will be a temporary Road Closure at the above location to facilitate the carriageway resurfacing take place safely. Details are listed below 

The restrictions are to be in operation only when the necessary signs are erected on site. The Legal Order will be made to cover a 12 month period. Access may be allowed from time to time according to local signing.

 Road:                          Flitton Road, Greenfield

 Application from:      Central Beds Council Highways – 0300 300 8049 

 Reason:                      Carriageway Resurfacing 

Length affected:           High Street – From junction of Mill Lane

                                       Flitton Road – From junction Holmewood Road

                                       Pulloxhill Road – From Oak Drive                          

 Date:                           Closure in place on 17th Feb 2019 08:00 –  18:00

Diversion Route        Head north-west on Pulloxhill Rd towards Flitton Rd, Turn right onto Flitton Rd Continue onto Greenfield Rd, Turn right onto Sand Rd, Continue onto Flitton Rd, Turn right onto High St, Turn right onto Greenfield Rd, Continue onto Pulloxhill Rd, Turn right onto Flitton Rd, and vice versa.

 

15:20, Tuesday by Parish Clerk
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More than 20 warning notices have been handed out to the parents of youths involved in nuisance anti-social behaviour (ASB) across Flitwick and Ampthill.

They form part of an intervention to encourage parents and guardians to take action to prevent their child’s continued involvement in the problems.

A large number of youths have been damaging property, littering, being abusive and intimidating to members of the public. This includes riding bicycles in a manner that has been inconsiderate and dangerous to other road users, potentially causing road traffic collisions, whilst also putting the rider at serious risk of injury, as well as being a general nuisance to the public. 

PC Aaron Dagley of the North Rural Community Team said: “We have taken the step to involve the parents and guardians of the young people regularly associating within a group identified as being responsible for this behaviour, which is causing a major nuisance to residents. They need to understand it’s their responsibility to know what their children are up to when they leave the house and the onus is on them to take action. 

“We have been working closely with Central Bedfordshire Council and the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub to tackle ASB in the area and will deal with offending robustly where evidence is present. By putting intervention measures into place now, it is a chance to try and prevent more serious offending down the line.   

“Following the warning if there continues to be an unreasonable, persistent and detrimental impact on the quality of life of the community by the youths, we will be able to take further action against the parents, guardians or individuals.”

Officers have identified the vast majority of youths, but there are still a few identities outstanding. If you have any information about the individuals involved please contact 101 or you can report information online atwww.bedfordshire.police.uk/report/Report or anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
 
13:31, 14 Jan 2019 by Parish Clerk
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It is with regret that Beds Police advise since 1st December 2018 they have received reports of 19 car key burglaries across the Force area, 5 in the North of the county and 14 in the South.

They have attached below an article which explains in  detail how this crime type operates plus also includes some prevention recommendations which are easy to implement.

If you would like to discuss this topic further then please do not hesitate to contact the CRO team Lesley Johnson 3120 Crime Reduction Officer

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12:42, 10 Jan 2019 by Parish Clerk
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You may have seen articles in the press in December and reminders again this month about an increase in the number of scams being reported to Action Fraud.

Scams can take many forms, either by email, telephone, postal or cold calling and as they become more sophisticated its best to remember that "if something looks too good to be true", then it probably is and its best to be avoided.

The Met Police have put together a very useful booklet on this topic entitled "The Little book of big scams - 4th Edition 2018", which I have attached to this Beds Alert for your information.

The following link will take you direct to the  Action Fraud website https://www.actionfraud.police.uk  

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12:38, 10 Jan 2019 by Parish Clerk

 

16:11, 09 Jan 2019 by Parish Clerk

Community Heartbeat will be presenting a third awareness session on Tuesday 5th February 2019 @ 7.30pm at the Village Hall which will last about 1.5 to 2 hours; refreshments will be available. The agenda covers the sequence of events from when someone collapses to when paramedics arrive. Everyone is welcome but given the very positive feedback from the previous sessions, it might be advisable to book your place; please email or text Julianne Wright @julianne.wright@btinternet.com or 07739 431933.

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16:09, 09 Jan 2019 by Parish Clerk
 
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Budget 2019 consultation

Have your say on council spending plans, savings and council tax


Budget 2019 consultation

Take part in the consultation by 5pm on 29 January, 2019

With increasing demand on services and reduced funding from the Government the council is proposing to (subject to approval):

  • continue to find ways to reduce spending by £14.8million through a range of saving measures, and
  • increase council tax by 1% to contribute towards funding services, that’s 29p extra a week for an average (Band D) property

Taken together these measures would allow the council to cover the gap in funding it faces and provide the services we need.

Find out more, including where we plan to invest almost £94million in things like improving roads and building new modern care homes.


Read more and have your say >

14:16, 06 Jan 2019 by Parish Clerk

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A421 News Update

Our project to widen the A421 into dual carriageway will need two bridges to be extended: the Cranfield Road bridge, plus a footbridge near Hulcote that will safely take pedestrians, horse riders and cyclists over the wider A421 and the M1 (via four public rights of way).

We will need to close the road for the safety of our workers and the public to prepare for these bridges to be extended. We try to limit any road closures to during the least busy times. And, if our contractors finish quickly, then we'll re-open the roads early to minimise any inconvenience to you. 

Weekend Closures

Cranfield Road bridge will be closed from 8pm on Friday 11 January, to 6am on Monday 14 January 2019. This will allow us to get the foundations ready so we can construct a temporary bridge to carry utility company pipes and cables 

Then from 8pm on Friday 1 February, to 6am on Monday 4 February 2019, both the A421 (from Eagle Farm roundabout to Junction 13 of the M1) and Cranfield Road will be closed. This will allow us to lift and put in place three sections of the temporary bridge which will carry the BT, Anglian Water and Western Power services over the existing A421 and M1, whilst we demolish the Cranfield Road bridge. We will have a crane lifting each section into place. 

Cranfield Road Bridge Closure

To extend the permanent road bridge on Cranfield Road, we’ll need to close that road from May 2019. The bridge is expected to be closed for up to 14 months whilst the improvements are done. We are working with our contractor to reduce this period, if possible.

The M1 road will be open, or visit our website for diversion details. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and we thank you for your patience during the roadworks.

11:00, 20 Dec 2018 by Parish Clerk