UK Power Networks Message – Storm Gareth

You may have seen the ongoing forecast of high winds and rain (Storm Gareth) expected to arrive over the weekend affecting parts of the South East and the East of England.

UK Power electricity network is built to be resilient but high winds and rain can damage overhead power lines resulting in some customers losing their electricity supply. Where this happens they work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. They have organised for additional staff in their contact centre to help customers whose electricity supply might be affected by the predicted weather, and have called-up additional engineers to carry out repairs to the electricity network.

Local residents will be able to find regular updates on the website www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk and social media @UKPowerNetworks throughout this period.

Anyone experiencing a power cut can:

· Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network, or 0800 3163 105 (from a corded phone or mobile phone if you have no power)

· Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk for the latest updates

· Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercut and type in their postcode to view our live power cut map

· Tweet @ukpowernetworks to report power cuts or to receive updates

UK Power Network urge the public to stay well clear from power lines and anyone spotting a damaged power line needs to report it to them immediately by calling 105 from a landline or mobile phone.

If you see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public you should call 999.

They will provide extra help to customers on a Priority Service Register during a power cut. Households with older or disabled people, those with children under five, or where someone uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity as well as other reasons can join the register. You can find out more information about our Priority Service on the website: ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority .

If you would like to share information about preparing for the extreme weather or the priority service register on social media you might like to use the following:

UK Power Networks has extra staff on hand to deal with the impact of Storm Gareth. Call 105 to report a power cut and visit https://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/storm-centre-prepare or message @UKPowerNetworks on Twitter. #stormgareth #ukpnnews

If you, or someone you know, need extra support during a power cut? @UKPowerNetworks provides free services to vulnerable customers. Visit https://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/power-cut/priority-services-register for more information. #stormgareth #ukpnnews

Keep Britain Tidy has launched the Great British Spring Clean

Martham Parish Council joins the GREAT BRITAIN SPRING CLEAN with its annual Litter Pick organised for Saturday 20 April at 10am – meeting outside the Coop next to the Green opposite the KA public house anyone welcome to come along and help out .

Keep Britain Tidy (KBT) has launched the Great British Spring Clean for 2019.
This year, the event will be taking place from 22 March – 23 April 2019 and aims to build on the success of last year’s event.
Over 370,000 #LitterHeroes joined forces last year – despite the ‘Beast from the East’ – to collect litter at 13,500 events across the UK, taking a national stand against single-use plastic.

Martham Toilets Refurbishment

Great Yarmouth Borough Council have informed the Parish Council that work has been planned to refurbish the toilets located opposite to the pond in the village.

Contractors will start work this week with closure being kept to a minimum.

If possible the disabled toilet will remain open during the works.

The proposed plans can be viewed at the Parish Council office.

Allotments

The Allotment invoices for 2019 have all been sent out so if you have not received one please email the clerk on clerk@martham.gov.uk or telephone 01493 749938.

Payments can also be made via bank transfer so again please contact the Clerk for further details if you prefer this method of payment.

The Parish Council office located at the Community Centre, Playingfield Lane Martham is open from 10-2pm on Mondays and Wednesdays.

In order to save money in future we will be emailing out invoices where possible so please contact the Clerk to update your details with your most current email address and details.

Any spare plots available will be allocated within the next few weeks so if you are interested in becoming a plot holder please contact the Parish Clerk.

Police Connect message – SCAM ALERTS

Scam Alert – Telephone cold calls claiming to be from Citizens Advice

Police are warning about telephone cold calls claiming to be from Citizens Advice.  This follows a report from a Norfolk resident who received a cold call claiming to be from the ‘Citizens Advice Debt Service’ during which the cold caller attempted to engage with the call recipient about ‘debts’
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Citizens Advice advise that they do not cold call or authorise others to cold call on their behalf.  If you receive one of these calls do not give or confirm any personal information. Hang up and report the call to us via our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06

Scam Alert – Text messages claiming to be from ‘DVLA’ stating you have a ‘vehicle tax refund’

Police are warning about text messages circulating claiming to be from ‘DVLA’ stating ‘you have a vehicle tax refund’ from ‘an overpayment’, the text goes on to offers a link to ‘process your refund’.

These text messages are FAKE. DVLA do not send text messages or emails about vehicle tax refunds. It is also likely that there will be a several versions of this message circulating quoting different amounts.

If you receive this or a similar text message delete it.

Scam Alert – Facebook messages claiming to be from a friend asking if you could ‘receive a payment’ via PayPal 

Police are warning Facebook users about scam messages asking to use your PayPal account to ‘receive a payment’.

These messages come from a Facebook friend’s account but are actually sent by Fraudsters who have hacked the friend’s Facebook account and changed their password and phone number.

The fraudsters then message the hacked victims’ friends to ask them to receive payments through PayPal for various reasons. They often also ask for their phone number, so they can communicate through WhatsApp.

The fraudsters then convince the victim to receive funds into their PayPal account and transfer them into a bank account of the Fraudsters choice.

Having received the transfer a chargeback is then initiated through PayPal, leaving the PayPal account holder out of pocket.

If you receive a suspicious message from a friend on Facebook, contact them directly via other means to check the message is genuine.

You can find out more about keeping your Facebook account secure, including activating login alerts and two-factor authorisation on the Facebook website.

Information Alert – Changes to pension cold calls regulations as of  week commencing (9 January), companies that make unsolicited phone calls to people about their pensions will be liable to enforcement action, including fines of up to £500,000.

The ban has been introduced in a bid to prevent people falling victim to cold calling scams that can lead to them losing their life savings.

As many as eight scam calls take place every second – or a massive 250,000,000 calls a year – according to research from the Money Advice Service.

Victims of pension scams can lose their life savings and be left facing retirement with limited income. According to the Financial Conduct Authority, pension fraudsters stole on average £91,000 per victim in 2018.

If you receive a cold call about your pension, get any information you can, such as the company name or phone number, and report it to the Information Commissioner’s Office via their website or on 0303 123 1113.

If you have been a victim of this type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling them on 0300 123 2040 or by using their online fraud reporting tool.

Cold Calling Alert – Doorstep cold caller enquiring about ‘insulation’

We are warning residents to be on their guard after receiving a report of a doorstep cold caller in the Mulbarton area.

A resident received a doorstep cold call from a man who claimed he was ‘representing the local authority’ and they were ‘inspecting homes for fibreglass insulation’. The cold caller then offered to ‘conduct an insulation survey’. The resident declined the offer and reported the cold call to us.

We advise to be very wary of claims made by doorstep cold callers and never give access to your property, agree to services, buy items or for return visits if approached in this manner.

Impartial advice on energy saving and accessing grant schemes is available from the Energy Saving Trust.

Anyone concerned about doorstep cold calling in Norfolk can contact us through our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their online reporting form or by telephone on 03454 04 05 06.