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Keeping Safe – Do you know about Ask for Angela


Dear St Mary’s CofE Primary School

Keeping safe

Sometimes you can find yourself in a situation that isn’t safe or that makes you feel uncomfortable. In premises that operate Ask for Angela, you can discreetly ask for help from a member of staff if this happens.

We all do our best to stay safe when we’re out but sometimes we may need a little extra help.

Ask for Angela training means staff follow the right procedure to support and assist you through uncomfortable situations with no fuss, so you don’t need to worry about it causing a scene.

The assistance you receive might be reuniting you with a friend, seeing you to a taxi, or if it’s a serious safety issue, alerting venue security and/or the police.

Ask for Angela aims to ensure no-one need feel unsafe.

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Angie Roberts
(Police, Senior Police Community Support Officer, Shropshire)

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E Scooters – Do you know the law??

Dear St Mary’s CofE Primary School

Make sure you know the law and consider safety before buying, or allowing your child to ride, an e-scooter or
hoverboard.

In the West Mercia policing area of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire there is only one e-scooter trial, based in Redditch.
Therefore, unless part of this loan scheme e-scooters and hoverboards can only be ridden on private land with the permission of the land owner.

Electric scooters

Although e-scooters are available to buy they are currently illegal to use on public roads, pavements, cycle lanes and pedestrian-only areas. E-scooters are currently classed as Personal Light Electric Vehicles (PLEVs) by the Government and fall under the same laws and
regulations that apply to all motor vehicles in terms of requiring insurance, tax, MOT, licence and registration.

There is no mechanism in place at the moment to obtain any of these for e-scooters so as this requirement can’t be met their use in public areas is illegal.

Please be aware that should E-Scooters be seen ridden on public areas there could be a possibility they will be seized.

  

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Angie Roberts
(Police, Senior Police Community Support Officer, Shropshire)

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Staying Safe When Out and About!

In the street!

  • Keep valuables such as your mobile phone out of sight
  • Avoid carrying around large sums of money
  • Check no one’s hovering behind you before you use a cash machine.
  • Keep your bag in sight at all times
  • If you use a wheelchair, keep your belongings beside you rather than hanging them on the back of the chair

Public Transport!

  • Try to wait for public transport in busy, well-lit areas
  • If someone makes you feel uncomfortable, don’t feel embarrassed to move away
  • You might feel safer if you sit near other people

In Taxi’s!

  • Find a company you trust and feel comfortable with, use the same company.
  • If you feel unsafe, ask to be dropped off somewhere you know that’s busy and well-lit

  

Message Sent By
Oliver Morris
(Police, PCSO, Wem)

Spark Young Writers for KS2

Spark Young Writers is a creative writing group which meets once a month on Saturdays at Shrewsbury Library, from 10.30 – 12.30pm.

The sessions are a fun, relaxed way to explore a range of writing styles, led by a professional writer.
Parents will need to book their young writers on via the website
www.sparkwriters.org

Prices are £9 per two-hour session (£10 for a taster session), and there are bursary places for students eligible for pupil premium or free school meals.

Spark Young Writers is a project of Writing West Midlands, the Literature Development Agency for the West Midlands Region, funded by Arts Council England.

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Foot Patrol in Shawbury

PC Harper and PCSO Morris have been on foot patrol on the Shawbury playing fields to speak with residents about any concerns they may have

If you didn’t get chance to speak with either of us please contact your local SNT

  

Message Sent By
Oliver Morris
(Police, PCSO, Wem)

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WEEKLY FRAUD UPDATE FROM WEST MERCIA POLICE – ECONOMIC CRIME UNIT – 20/05/2024

                                             YOUR DIGITAL FOOTPRINT

We all need to think more about the trail we leave online, and how it may affect us, our families and friends now, and into the future.

DID YOU KNOW?

Every time you use visit a website, send or receive a message or email, buy or book anything online, comment on a post, upload a photo or find directions on your phone, you’re adding to your digital footprint. When you stream music, make a video call or use a smart speaker that adds to your digital footprint too.

What happens when you have a digital footprint?
Your digital footprint is part of your online history and can potentially be seen by other people, or tracked and held in multiple databases, however careful you are with your privacy settings. Here are just a few examples of what can happen:
•    Prospective or current employers can look into your and family members’ background.
•    Applications for schools, colleges, universities, scholarships, clubs or even sports teams could be rejected.
•    You, family members or friends could fall victim to fraud or identity theft … or both.
•    Your children could be at risk of criminal activity threatening their online or physical safety.
•    Records of your online activity could fall into the wrong hands, including organised crime groups.
•    Tech companies such as browser and search engine providers can track and record what you’ve searched and viewed. This, in turn, could be shared with other parties
•    You could be refused life, medical, property or vehicle insurance based on information you have shared online.
•    Advertisers can track your movement from site to site to gauge your areas of interest.
•    Companies can target you with specific marketing content on social media and other websites. You could also receive emails, letters or phone calls from these companies.
•    Entertainment providers (such as music or films) could target you with unwanted recommendations for content based on what you download or stream.

HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS?

•    Think twice before sharing information about yourself, family members or friends that would be better kept private. That applies to social media, forms on websites and apps, responding to texts and messages, and when taking part in surveys and quizzes.
•    Think before you post. Even if your social media privacy settings are set up correctly, there’s no guarantee that your posts or photos will not be shared beyond those who you want to see them.
•    Be aware that every time you visit a website, your activity is visible to tech companies like website owners, browsers and search engines.
•    Read terms and conditions and data privacy policies on websites and apps before providing any personal data or making transactions. What can the providers do with your data, and why would you agree to it? If you’re not comfortable with the information being requested, don’t provide it.
•    Check geolocation settings on mobile devices, apps and cameras. If you don’t want anybody to know your whereabouts – or where you’ve been – disable them.

Finally, never stop enjoying the many excellent benefits of using the internet, but always bear in mind the digital trail you may be leaving, who may be able to access it, and how they may be able to use or abuse it.

SOURCE: Get Safe Online.
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Please feel free to share this information with any family, friends, or neighbours that you think it may be able to assist.

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Take Five to Stop Fraud

STOP: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
CHALLENGE: Could it be fake? It’s OK to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
PROTECT: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud

ALWAYS REMEMBER:
•    Avoid disclosing security details
•    Emails, Phone Calls and Texts may not be authentic
•    Always make direct contact with any organisation by using a genuine phone number
•    Stop and Challenge any unexpected requests
•    Protect others by reporting Fraud and Scams
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If you’ve fallen for a scam,
report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via actionfraud.police.uk

Scam Text messages can be forwarded to 7726 to help phone providers take early action and block numbers that generate spam on their networks.

Forward Fake Emails received to report@phishing.gov.uk

If you think your bank account or personal banking details have been used fraudulently, then use the short phone number – 159 – to contact the Fraud Prevention Department of most major UK banks.

 

Message Sent By
Michael Barbour
(Police, PSV, Economic Crime Unit – Fraud Protect’ )
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