Humberside Police appeal for witnesses to assault in Freeston Street, Cleethorpes

A man who remonstrated with a woman allegedly damaging vehicles in Freeston Street, Cleethorpes has reported being assaulted.

The man was cycling along Freeston Street between 2100hrs and 2200hrs on Saturday 22 November when he reports observing the woman appearing to cause damage to parked vehicles. He approached the woman in an attempt to stop her and as he did so he reports being struck to the side of the head by a man he did not know.

The unknown man accused the victim of following the woman who he claimed to be his girlfriend.

The woman is described as white, aged between 30 and 40, of thin build and with collar length blonde hair.

The man who claimed to be her boyfriend, and is suspected of striking the victim is described as being white and aged between 40 and 50. He was said to be slightly shorter than the woman and of medium build with short black hair.

The victim sustained minor facial injuries which did not require treatment but was understandably alarmed by the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call Humberside Police on 101 quoting crime reference number AC/2082776 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

Humberside: Counter Terrorism Awareness Week – Police Cut Off Access to Terrorist Tools

Restricting the access of terrorists to guns, ammunition and explosives is the primary aim of police activity on day five of National Counter Terrorism Awareness Week.

Terrorists need weapons and equipment to plan and carry out their activities. By increasing awareness about the tools they rely on to operate, the campaign aims to reduce the opportunities terrorists have to gather their supplies and to identify the illegitimate sales, or thefts, of items of concern.

Since October, firearms amnesties have been held across the country, encouraging people to hand in illegally held guns without the risk of prosecution. By significantly reducing the number of weapons on the streets, the amnesties have helped to prevent these weapons from falling into the hands of terrorists and organised criminals.

To disrupt other avenues terrorists may use to access or train with firearms, officers across the force area are today engaging with firearms dealers and shooting clubs. They will encourage people to report any suspicions they may have about the behaviours of other gun owners and users.

Farmers and retailers will also be contacted and asked to inform police of any unusual activity relating to fertilisers and chemicals. In addition, officers will provide them with essential advice about how they can safely store and secure any materials which could be used to make explosives.

Nationally agreed security standards and legislative changes help to reinforce these messages. Under new EU

European Union.

legislation, some chemicals can no longer be purchased without a permit. Sellers of them are also obliged to report suspicious transactions to police.

Assistant Chief Constable Alan Leaver said: “Firearms, ammunition and commercial explosives are heavily regulated in the UK. This means terrorists may turn to alternative chemicals and weapons in order to be effective in their aims. It is essential that those who have access to similar materials for genuine purposes know of their potential appeal to terrorists and how to report issues of concern.

“By working with the public, farmers and retailers we want to make it as hard as possible for terrorists to get access to the equipment and materials they need to fulfil their plans.

“Anyone with concerns about suspicious activity or behaviour can contact the Confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321. In the case of an immediate threat, always dial 999.”

Citizens Advice: Prepayment meter customers “footing the bill for energy firms’ errors”

Citizens Advice has today called for adequate compensation and better service for prepayment meter customers who have been suffering from seven years of faulty meters.

Citizens Advice Chief Executive Gillian Guy said:

“Prepayment meter customers are footing the bill for energy firms’ errors. That overcharging has been going on for seven years shows the second-class service prepayment customers get. Prepayment meter customers are already paying higher charges than direct debit customers, so this is adding insult to injury.

“As a minimum customers now have a right to expect a refund on the mistaken extra charges and any interest on this money. Faulty meters that overcharge them are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to problems experienced by prepayment customers.  It costs prepay customers £80 more a year to heat and light their home, just because they use a prepayment meter.

“As it stands many people are only able to top up their meters by going to a local shop. This often means that people who are housebound or those with children at home have to go without heating or lighting, until they are in a position to leave the house or get someone to go for them.  Energy companies need to make topping up their gas and electricity meters easier, including allowing people to top up over the internet or by phone.”

David Ward MP backs NSPCC campaign to stop grooming in its tracks

Bradford MP, David Ward, is lending his support to an NSPCC campaign to make it a crime for an adult to send a sexual message to a child.

David Ward is backing the charity’s Flaw in the Law campaign, which is calling on the Government to introduce a new offence so that it is always illegal for an adult to intentionally send a sexual message to a child. The campaign is seeking an amendment to the Serious Crime Bill, which is soon due to receive its Second Reading in the Commons.

The law in this area hasn’t kept up with the way that abusers are using the internet to facilitate the abuse of children and the NSPCC is concerned that there is inadequate protection for children from online abuse. Existing laws are fragmented and sex offenders are able to, and often do, exploit the loopholes.

Sex abusers can often get away with effectively ‘fishing’ for child victims on social networks, mobile apps, chat rooms, and in online gaming environments. The law only covers situations where it can be proved that the adult intends to meet a child. However, increasingly abusers online have no intention to meet a child and abuse them physically, meaning this legislation doesn’t cover online grooming.

David and the NSPCC believe the new law would make it easier for police to step in earlier in the grooming process, before abuse escalates.

The NSPCC’s campaign comes as ChildLine, a service run by the NSPCC, saw a 168% increase in the number of children counselled about online sexual abuse last year.

Commenting David Ward MP said:

“Given the alarming rise in online child abuse, it is very concerning that the current law is unable to adequately protect children. Frankly it’s bizarre that such an act is not a criminal offence already.

“That’s why I’m urging the Government to listen to the NSPCC’s concerns and to create a new offence through the Serious Crime Bill so that it is always illegal for an adult to send a sexual message to a child”.

NSPCC Head of child safety online, Claire Lilley, said:

“We are very grateful to David Ward for supporting the Flaw in the Law campaign. We want legislation to keep up with technology and offender behaviour in order to properly protect children. We shouldn’t have to wait for an offender to meet a child before the law steps in. Without clarity in the law, vital opportunities to stop abusers grooming young people online are being missed and in many cases the police and powerless to act.”

“The Serious Crime Bill now being debated in Parliament provides a timely opportunity to introduce a new offence to better protect children online and we hope MPs and the public will back the campaign calling on the Government to do this.”

You can find out more about the NSPCC campaign and sign the petition at www.nspcc.org.uk/flaw and join the debate on social media by following #FlawedLaw.

Anyone looking for advice about keeping children safe online, or concerned about the safety and welfare of a child, can contact the NSPCC’s 24-hour helpline on 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk

Children worried about online safety or any other problem can call the free, 24-hour helpline on 0800 1111 or get help online at www.childline.org.uk

City of London Police launch ‘The 12 online frauds of Christmas’ national campaign

This festive season the City of London Police is running ‘The 12 online frauds of Christmas’ campaign to protect millions of people across the country from falling victim to cyber-fraudsters.

Kicking-off on ‘Black Friday’ (Nov 28) – the start of the busiest four days of the year for internet shopping – the National Policing Lead for Fraud (CoLP) will be leading a UK-wide drive involving 37 local forces to raise awareness of a dozen online frauds that could ruin your holiday fun.

Download their specialist leaflet, created to help you stay safe throughout December.

The campaign starts by shining a light on the ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ of online shopping. This is followed by a special ‘Cyber Monday’ focus on Christmas e-cards and the danger of opening unknown email attachments and links which could be carrying a virus (malware) that can embed itself and then corrupt your smart phone, tablet or laptop.

And then, every 24 hours for the next ten working days, we will be working with all our police partners and a range of public and private sector supporters including the Home Office, Get Safe Online, National Trading Standards, Crimestoppers, Victim Support, British Banker’s Association, Intellectual Property Office and Financial Conduct Authority.

Together we will be flagging up the campaign’s 12 festive online threats, identified by the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB). Our running order is:

  • Nov 28: Online shopping fraud
  • Dec 1: Christmas e-cards
  • Dec 2: Auction fraud
  • Dec 3: Holiday fraud
  • Dec 4: Loan and investment scams
  • Dec 5: Ticketing fraud
  • Dec 8: Donating to charity
  • Dec 9: Mobile malware/malicious apps
  • Dec 10: Money transfers
  • Dec 11: Social media scams
  • Dec 12: Dating/romance scam
  • Dec 15: Mobile payments

So far in 2014 74% of all adults nationwide have bought goods or services online, and this December around 50% of UK citizens are expected to use the internet to buy more than half of their Christmas presents. The good news is the majority of us will still have our presents delivered to our doorstep or into our email account without a hitch.

However, the sad reality is there will also be tens of thousands of people across the UK whose Christmas will be damaged, and in some cases destroyed, after discovering they have fallen foul of heartless criminals who specialise in tricking internet users with the promise of great online deals and big cash savings.

To spread the word far and wide about ‘The 12 online frauds of Christmas’ campaign the City of London Police will be sharing top safety tips via traditional and social media and through its own community engagement teams. More internet safety advice can also be found at www.cyberstreetwise.com and www.getsafeonline.org

The force will also be urging anyone who has had the misfortune to fall victim to one of the dozen festive frauds, or any other type of cyber-fraud, to report to Action Fraud – the City of London Police-based national reporting centre – on 0300 123 2040 or online.

And if the City of London Police has the evidence to take direct action, either sent through from the NFIB or handed to the force by local victims, officers will move swiftly to disrupt and shut down online criminal activity and identify and find those responsible.

City of London Police Commander Steve Head, who is the National Police Economic Crime Coordinator and overseeing ‘The 12 online frauds of Christmas’ campaign, said:

“Easy access to the internet has revolutionised the way we shop and pay for Christmas gifts and festive breaks, and how we go about searching for a New Year romance. Unfortunately it has also made us vulnerable to crooks that specialise in creating online cons that lure people in with the promise of cheap deals and stress-free purchasing, or that corrupt our smartphones, tablets and lap tops with computer viruses.

“The key to staying safe this December, and throughout 2015, is to understand the nature of the threat we face and to have easy access to information that will keep us out of the clutches of cyber-fraudsters. This is why we have created the ‘The 12 online frauds of Christmas’ and set-up a unique nationwide law enforcement and public and private sector partnership to deliver the key online information and safety tips to millions of people who will be using the internet in search of the best possible gifts and the most stress free festive period.”

Minister for Modern Slavery and Organised Crime Karen Bradley said:

“The run-up to Christmas is a prime time for fraudsters and we are determined to stop them taking money from hard-working people. That is why we are supporting this City of London Police campaign. By improving the police’s capability to tackle cyber and economic crime through the National Crime Agency, City of London Police and dedicated fraud units in every region, we are relentlessly pursuing and convicting cyber criminals.

“However, we can do much to protect ourselves, such as using recommended methods of online payment rather than transferring money directly to a seller. Keeping tips like this in mind, and visiting the Cyber Streetwise and Action Fraud sites for more information, will help people stay safe online this Christmas.”

Tony Neate, CEO, Get Safe Online, said:

“Every year there’s a mad rush as shoppers get online to order presents in time for Christmas, starting with Black Friday. Shopping online can be a great convenience for Christmas shoppers but we also need to stay vigilant and take care with what we’re buying, who we’re buying from as well as how to pay for purchases.

“Sadly, year on year we hear about people thinking they have got the perfect Christmas gift for someone but they end up disappointed because they didn’t recognise the most common scams out there. We are urging online shoppers to take a step back and think before they buy – always question if it is too good to be true, do your due diligence to check the authenticity of the site or product and make sure you use secure and protected methods of payment.”

Nick Clegg announces £214m investment in cycling

Big Green Bike RideLiberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has unveiled the biggest single investment in cycling.

The funding worth £214m is designed to make it easier and safer to get on your bike in the UK.

In July Nick said he wanted to see the number of journeys made by bike more than doubled by 2020. Hosting a cycling summit in Bristol, Nick discussed how this will be made possible by the new funding made available.

The investment will include:

- £114m to secure funding to support Cycling Ambition Cities Programme for the next three years (in Bristol, Birmingham, Cambridge, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich and Oxford) to accelerate their development of local cycling networks, increase protection for cyclists at junctions and traffic hot spots and help prevent accidents.

- £100m investment to improve the conditions for cyclists and walkers travelling alongside and crossing Britain’s most important and busiest roads.

This new money brings the total amount invested by this government into cycling to £588m.

Commenting, Nick said:

“I want to bring cycling down from the Alps and onto British streets. The inspiration and legacy of the 2012 Olympics and the Tour de France starting in Yorkshire this year has started a revolution in cycling for everyone, not just in velodromes, not necessarily in lycra, but for going to school or to work or to the shops.

“I’m committed to helping our dream of becoming a cycling nation, similar to places like Denmark and the Netherlands, become a reality.

“The rewards could be massive. Billions of pounds in savings for the NHS, less pollution and congestion, and a happier and safer population. In Government, we’re putting the money down, now we need the public and local authorities to jump on their bikes and get us to the finish line.”

In addition to the new funding, Nick has also launched two new initiatives to help inspire a new generation of cyclists.

These are:

- A new scheme from Halfords which will recondition and donate bikes and helmets to primary school children in disadvantaged areas.

- A new pilot scheme to enhance the Bikeability cycle training programme to provide extra training to schools and parents, each designed to address a specific barrier to cycling.

Help to Buy helps 71,000 people to buy a house

Help to Buy, the government’s flagship housing scheme, has helped more than 71,000 people across the country buy a new home, official statistics published today (28 November 2014) have revealed.

The latest figures show how Help to Buy, introduced by this government in April last year, is opening up home ownership to thousands and supporting the government’s long term plan to help hardworking people secure a better future for their families.

In total over 66,000 households have been helped by Help to Buy: mortgage guarantee and Equity Loan. Help to Buy continues to overwhelmingly benefit first-time buyers, with the vast majority of sales outside of London and at prices well below the national average.

The scheme was introduced to support hard-working people who can afford a mortgage, but struggle to save the deposits required by lenders in the wake of the financial crisis.
Together with the government’s NewBuy scheme – which offers 95% mortgages for those buying new-build properties, the number of new home owners has reached more than 71,000.

View our infographic on the statistics.

First-time buyers: mortgage guarantee and Equity Loan

Today’s figures reveal that 81% of Help to Buy sales are to first-time buyers, helping 54,000 into their first home – showing how although Help to Buy accounts for only a small percentage of overall house sales (recent estimates suggest less than 3% for each part of the scheme), the scheme is continuing to successfully target the people who need a helping hand to get on the housing ladder.

Success across the country

The figures also show how Help to Buy is benefiting every region of the country. The North West is the highest region for the mortgage guarantee, while the Equity Loan – a scheme for new-build properties – is particularly successful in the East and South East. 94% of completions under the scheme remain outside London.

Leeds council is the highest performing local authority across the country for the two parts of Help to Buy – with almost 1000 new homes secured by its residents. While Birmingham council has seen a significant increase of over 300 new completions.

Getting Britain building

Help to Buy is also helping to increase housing supply and get Britain building by driving demand for new-build homes. Over half of the homes bought through the scheme are new-build properties, and private house building is up 20% since the launch of the Equity Loan scheme. In fact, in the past year, we have seen the sharpest rise in house building orders since 2003, with many leading builders crediting Help to Buy for reinvigorating the house building industry and boosting housing supply.

Responsible lending

Help to Buy is supporting responsible lending, with the average house price for the combined schemes at £186,000, or £156,000 for mortgage guarantee and £211,000 under the equity loan scheme – all of which are well below the UK average house price of £273,000.

The average house price to income multiple under the mortgage guarantee scheme is just over 3.5x salary, and capped at a 4.5x ratio to ensure responsible lending.

Figures for the mortgage guarantee scheme also show completions have been least concentrated in regions where house price growth is highest, for instance in London the scheme makes up just 1% of all mortgage lending compared to an average of 3% across the country.

The Prime Minister said:

Getting the keys to your first home is a moment that no one forgets – it’s about being able to start planning for the future and enjoying the security that you’ve worked hard for.

But in the aftermath of the great recession the prospect of buying a first home was nothing more than a pipe dream for many thousands of hardworking people in Britain. Even those with a decent salary who could afford monthly mortgage payments were not able to get on the housing ladder because they could not find a deposit. Only those with access to big savings or the ‘bank of mum and dad’ could get the security together to buy a cherished home of their own.

That is now changing. Today, Help to Buy has helped thousands of hard-working people buy a new home and enjoy the security and peace of mind that comes with that. And crucially, it’s playing a major part in increasing the number of new homes being built around the country – creating jobs and investing in communities.

This is all part of our long-term economic plan to secure a better future for Britain – and, together with cutting income tax, lowering council tax bills and freezing fuel duty, the government is backing those who work hard and get on find the financial security they deserve.

Chancellor George Osborne said:

This government’s long-term economic plan is all about supporting hard-working taxpayers achieve their goals – and for many, their biggest goal is owning their own home.

That’s why this government created Help to Buy, which has helped over 71,000 people across the country buy their new home, the vast majority of whom are first-time buyers. It’s also helping to get Britain building again: housing starts soared by 23% last year, reaching their highest level since the economic crisis. Help to Buy is good for homebuyers, it’s good for the construction industry, and it’s great for the economy.

Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said:

Helping people onto the housing ladder or into a new home is a key part of our drive for a fairer society. Help to Buy also contributes our stronger economy, supporting house-building as Britain continues to benefit from a wide economic recovery.

I am particularly pleased to see that nearly three and a half thousand people across Scotland have taken advantage of the UK-wide mortgage guarantee scheme, demonstrating the value of sharing the rewards of living in a United Kingdom.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said:

The 2008 housing crash left credit-worthy, hardworking people unable to fulfil their dream of home ownership – builders couldn’t build and lenders wouldn’t lend.

Help to Buy is changing all that, offering a valuable alternative to the Bank of Mum and Dad and helping over 71,000 households to get on the property ladder with a fraction of the deposit they would normally require.

On top of that, the scheme is a key part of our long-term economic plan, with private housebuilding up 20 per cent over the last year, and at its highest since 2007.

House builders have also welcomed the role Help to Buy has played in boosting supply. Home Builders Federation Executive Chairman Stewart Baseley said:

The increased certainty offered by Help to Buy has led directly to a significant increase in investment by house builders in land, the supply chain and labour. By unlocking demand and making home ownership affordable for many thousands of young people and families the scheme has provided the impetus for house builders to step up production. Building high quality homes also boosts supply chains and cements tens of thousands of jobs and apprenticeships for young people in communities up and down the country.

Young people considering a career in house building today can be confident that ours is an industry with bold ambition and in need of talented, hardworking and enthusiastic people to build the communities of tomorrow.

Britain’s construction projects are helping create jobs and growth. Find out how we are #BuildingBritain.

Find out more about the Help to Buy scheme and how you could benefit.

Annette Brooke backs campaign for sight loss advisers

Annette with Fazilet Hadi at the RNIB event in Parliament.

Annette Brooke, Liberal Democrat MP for Mid Dorset and North Poole is backing a campaign by sight loss charity RNIB to ensure that everyone diagnosed with sight loss gets emotional support to come to terms with their condition.

Annette attended the launch of The Royal National Institute of Blind People’s (RNIB) new report ‘Being There When it Matters’, which is calling for every eye department in the UK to have access to a qualified sight loss adviser so that people are properly supported as they adapt to life with reduced or no vision. The current picture is bleak; only 30% of eye departments in the UK have access to a qualified sight loss adviser.

Sight loss advisers offer dedicated practical and emotional support. They can offer advice on everything from remaining in employment, to being more independent around the home and reducing the risk of falls whilst out and about. Recent research has revealed that sight loss advisers create significant financial savings for health and social care budgets with every £1 invested in the service delivering a return of £10.57.

The move comes as a new survey, commissioned by RNIB, reveals that 44% of UK adults said they feared losing their sight more than any other long-term health condition.

Adults in the UK are more afraid of losing their sight than they are of developing Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, heart disease or having to use a wheelchair.

More than half of the 2,000 adults surveyed (53%) also said that they believed losing their sight would have a bigger impact on their life than other long-term health conditions, with nine in 10 saying they would lose their independence and eight in 10 concerned they would lose their job.

Annette said:

“I think that it is vital that blind and partially sighted people receive quality and timely support to help them to adapt to their sight loss.

“Sight loss can have a profound impact upon a person’s life. Without the right support people can become unnecessarily isolated and can struggle to adapt. I support RNIB’s campaign for every eye department to have access to sight loss adviser.”

RNIB’s CEO, Lesley-Anne Alexander CBE said:

“Every single day 100 people in the UK begin to lose their sight, but even so, many of us can only imagine how devastating it must be to find out it’s happening to us. It is a profound injustice that the majority of people in this situation are not given any specialised support to help them through this extremely traumatic time.

“In less than 40 years, the number of people with sight loss is going to be double what it is now. We are determined to make the government realise that properly qualified sight loss advisers are not only absolutely crucial for patients, but that they make economic sense too.”

 

 

Starting School in N E Lincs for the First Time in September 2015

All children who were born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011 will be eligible to start school in September 2015. The process for applying for a school place for September 2015 has already started and information packs on how to apply have been issued to all nurseries and early years providers in North East Lincolnshire. The closing date for applications is 15th January 2015.

Application forms and associated information are also available to download from North East Lincolnshire Council’s website at https://nelincs.gov.uk. On line applications can be made using the link on the home page of the website. Parents/carers who prefer to complete a hard copy paper application form will need to return it to the parent/carer’s preferred school or to the local authority’s School Admissions Team.

Parents/carers need to be aware that attending a nursery attached to a school or on the same site of a school does not give a child an ‘automatic’ place at the school.
Places will be allocated on 16th April 2015 for all applications which are received by the closing date.

The local authority’s School Admission Team is available to offer impartial advice to parent/carers on telephone (01472) 326291 (option 4) or via email at schooladmissions@nelincs.gov.uk.

Application forms and associated information are also available to download from North East Lincolnshire Council’s website at https://nelincs.gov.uk. On line applications can be made using the link on the home page of the website. Parents/carers who prefer to complete a hard copy paper application form will need to return it to the parent/carer’s preferred school or to the local authority’s School Admissions Team.

Parents/carers need to be aware that attending a nursery attached to a school or on the same site of a school does not give a child an ‘automatic’ place at the school.
Places will be allocated on 16th April 2015 for all applications which are received by the closing date.

The local authority’s School Admission Team is available to offer impartial advice to parent/carers on telephone (01472) 326291 (option 4) or via email at schooladmissions@nelincs.gov.uk.

Helping carers to get the support and respite they need

Elderly social careTo mark Carers Rights Day, Liberal Democrats are urging people who care for ill or disabled loved ones to find out about the financial and practical support they are entitled to.

Across the UK there are around 6.5m unpaid carers looking after family, friends and neighbours.

These unsung heroes save the country an estimated £119bn a year, which is why Liberal Democrats want to give something back to those who dedicate their time to care for another person.

Carers fulfil a vital role in society but often go without the support they need because they are unaware of the provisions available to help them.

Under our manifesto plans, Liberal Democrats would support carers with a package of measures designed to make their lives easier.

This includes introducing an annual bonus of up to £250; support for more flexible working and a scheme informing carers of their rights and giving them access to facilities.