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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter 13-6-21

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This newsletter is sent from Maggie Lewis, Area Representative and Administrator for Oxford Neighbourhood Watch.
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Neighbourhood Watch is the biggest and most successful crime prevention charity in England and Wales.
TVP Oxford Wanted Man Appeal (Attachment photo)
Thames Valley Police is appealing for the public’s help in tracing a man who is wanted in connection with an incident of violent disorder in Barton, Oxford.
Officers want to speak to Lewis Brown, who is 19-years-old, in connection with an incident that occurred at around 6.30pm on Wednesday 2 June at Underhill Circus, Barton, in which a number of males were involved in violence using weapons.
A 19-year-old man suffered an arm and thumb injury in the incident and was treated at the John Radcliffe Hospital.
He has since been discharged.
Detective Sergeant Matthew Gorman, based at St Aldates police station, said: “We are appealing to anybody who knows the whereabouts of Lewis Brown to please contact police.
“We need to speak to Lewis about this incident, and I would also appeal directly to Lewis to please contact us as a matter of urgency.
“Anybody who sees him are urged not to approach him, but to call 999.
“Similarly, if you know where he is or have any information that can help us to locate him, please call 101, quoting reference number 43210239885.
“You can also make a report 100% anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Thank you to all members of the group who were joined by non-members to clean the environment which has been proven to reduce crime. It is said that it makes others feel better but it actually made us feel better - looking at a street that looked shabby, clearing and then looking back -it looked different and it felt good, so litter picks recommended for chatting to new people and it was fun! It is going to be a regular get-together and trying to get some sponsorship for high-viz jackets so we can promote Neighbourhood Watch. 

Anti-social behaviour (ASB) is a definition for a wide range of issues from crime and serious nuisance to less severe but frequent and annoying behaviour. There may be more!
Pet and animal nuisance
Minor noise nuisance
Assist landlords tackle untidy gardens
Litter, rubbish, refusal disposal and fly tipping
Running a business without permission
Car repairs
Nuisance from vehicles such as untaxed vehicles
Vandalism and damage to property
Access disputes
Parking disputes where no restrictions are in place
Lifestyle disputes where breaches of tenancy cannot be proved
Disputes between children
Use of communal gardens
Gardening disputes

Throughout the pandemic and upon the easing of restrictions, we have seen a clear increase in ASB, particularly in our neighbourhoods.   In many instances, you can take the initiative to resolve the problems which quite often the other party is not aware of.
Talking to your neighbour is best in the first instance.   A friendly approach to make your neighbour aware of the problem is often effective and may prevent it escalating into a bigger problem. 
In some cases, these solutions are not an option and therefore the local authorities may need to become involved.   Who to report to will depend on the nature of the problems.
 Many local agencies respond to specific issues of ASB, such as registered social landlords, the Police and other services within the council e.g. Environmental Health for statutory nuisances, such as noise.   The Community Response team have access to a CCTV equipped vehicle so are able to respond rapidly if an incident reported is deemed as serious but not a police matter.

We are drawing to the end of Carers Week - carers are the unsung heroes/heroines and our NHS and Social Care Services could not manage without them, many of you are NW members and are caring  for your loved ones as well as your neighbourhoods. There are 4.1 million carers in the UK that means 1 in 3 older person is a carer. The pandemic has taken away so much of the help older carers depended upon and important respite care has meant no breaks.  Carers  have great  strength normally but even more so during the pandemic. It has been difficult for many but often carers get forgotten so a huge thank you to each one of you during Carers Week and throughout the year.

Power point presentation is attached

In the same way as carers are unsung, elder abuse is often silent but is there if we are willing to see and listen. Neighbour Watchers use their 'eyes and ears' but this often is missed as emphasis is on younger people and domestic violence.
With a growing global population of elderly people, and as longevity increases, abuse of the elderly is an increasing and serious problem that affects health and human rights and can cause death, so it is vital to raise awareness of it and thus prevent it whenever and wherever possible. Elderly people are particularly vulnerable to abuse and to being unable to defend themselves and get help as fear and infirmity can be major barriers to seeking and getting help, and sometimes spotting and challenging abuse in the elderly isn’t easy, some are isolated having outlived family and friends, and some are abused in institutions where abuse is not spotted or is covered up, and in some cases the elderly are not given priority by authorities in abuse matters. 
The United Nation passed a resolution to acknowledge elder abuse. Neighbourhood Watch have produced a power point presentation and I have attached if you are interested. Hourglass is committed to safer ageing and they have an excellent newsletter on
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Maggie Lewis (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)
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