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December 2021 Enewsletter - Firelink

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Welcome to the December edition of the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service e-Newsletter.


Fire and rescue service effective, efficient and inclusive according to inspectors

England’s independent fire and rescue service watchdog has praised Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service’s work to keep communities safe from fire and to create a fair and inclusive workplace.
In its latest round of inspections Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) rated the Service as ‘good’ across all three of its inspection criteria. This means it is ‘performing as expected’ in the way it prevents and responds to emergencies, spends its money and it looks after its people.
The findings represent an improvement on the last routine inspection in 2018, which suggested the Service needed to do more to promote a positive workplace culture and ensure the wellbeing of staff.
Find out more - Fire and rescue service effective, efficient and inclusive according to inspectors

2022/2023 Draft Annual Action Plan Consultation

Cheshire Fire Authority has launched a consultation on its draft annual action plan for 2022-2023.
The Plan was developed to review progress against its key objectives that are set out in the Authority’s 2020-2024 Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) and to outline any emerging risks and new proposals to address these risks.
Read the draft annual action plan and have your say

Cheshire Fire wishes everyone a happy and safe Christmas

We’re all dreaming of a happy Christmas this year, just like the ones we used to know before covid.
As well as hoping everyone is able to spend the festive season with family and friends we at Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service want to share safety advice to help keep everyone as safe and protected from the danger of fire and other incidents as possible.
Find out more - Cheshire Fire wishes everyone a happy and safe Christmas

Do You Know Where To Report Scam Messages?

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Do You Know Where To Report Scam Messages?


Fake emails and text messages are a common tactic used by cyber criminals, their goal is often to convince you to click a link. Once clicked, you may be sent to a dodgy website which could download viruses onto your computer, or steal your passwords and personal information.
In order to try and convince you that their messages are legitimate, criminals will pretend to be someone you trust, or from some organisation you trust. This could be your Internet Service Provider (ISP), local council, even a friend in need. And they may contact you by phone call, email or text message.
Reporting suspicious emails:
If you have received an email which you’re not quite sure about, you can report it by forwarding the email to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service at: report@phishing.gov.uk
As of 31st October 2021, the number of suspicious email reports stands at more than 8,100,000, with the removal of more than 67,000 scams and 124,000 URLs.
Thank you for your continued support.
*In a small number of cases, an email may not reach our service due to it already being widely recognised by spam detection services. The vast majority of reports do reach our system so please keep reporting any suspicious emails you receive.
Reporting suspicious text messages:
You can report suspicious text messages to your mobile network provider, for free, by forwarding the text to 7726.
If you forward a text, your provider can investigate the origin of the text and take action, if found to be malicious. If 7726 doesn’t work, you can find out how to report a text message by contacting your provider.
(On many Android devices and iPhones, pressing and holding on the message bubble should present the option to forward the message)
For more of the government’s latest advice on how to stay secure online, visit the Cyber Aware website: ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware
Thanks for reading! If you found this information useful, please help us spread the word by forwarding this email to your friends.

SWANSWAY SANTA PATROL 2021 IS A SPECTACULAR SUCCESS

 

Family owned business thanks 19 partner charites for their incredible work distributing donated toys and gifts to underpriviledged children across the North West in time for Christmas.

20 December 2021

Family owned Swansway Group, with new and used car and van dealerships located across the North West and Midlands, gives sincere thanks to 19 partner charities from across the North West, for delivering Swansway Group’s donations of gifts and toys to children, young people and families that need them the most this Christmas.

Operating as the “Swansway Santa Patrol”, gifts on behalf of the 23 dealerships and accident repair centre, from Birmingham in the Midlands to Carlisle in the North, representing Volkswagen, Audi, Land Rover, Jaguar, SEAT, CUPRA, Peugeot, Honda and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, plus 6 Motor Match non-franchise locations were sent to 19 different partner charities for them to distribute in time for Christmas.

Each of these charities has undertaken amazing work to make sure that the gifts have been delivered in good time, to reduce anxiety for parents and carers, and to make sure that the magic of Christmas is present for so many underprivileged children during this difficult year.

Director David Smyth said,

“We are very grateful to all our partner charities for helping us make this contribution to families in need in the areas where we do business. During the Swansway Santa Patrol we rely on our charity partners to help us realise our ambition of giving gifts and toys to those children who may not have anything to open on Christmas Day. These organisations have had a lot of challenges to overcome these last 18 months, and we are so grateful to them for all their efforts to improve the lives of those in our communities.

We have been delighted to be able to run the Swansway Santa Patrol once again in 2021 and we would also like to thank all our customers for their enduring support over the years which has made this possible.”

Visit our car blog for detail of all the participants in the 2021 #SwanswaySantaPatrol.

Festive Greetings

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Festive Greetings


Festive greetings!
As 2021 draws to a close, we reflect on the year gone by. Communities across England and Wales have once again faced significant challenges and losses, and we want to thank every single person who has stepped up and supported their neighbours, loved ones, and colleagues throughout the year. Every small act makes a difference, especially in difficult times.
Acknowledging the amazing neighbourly spirit that has helped us weather the last 2 years, in September we launched the NEIGHBOUR OF THE YEAR 2021 AWARDS with Co-op Insurance, including three categories of NEIGHBOUR OF THE YEAR,  YOUNG NEIGHBOUR OF THE YEAR and COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR. We were blown away by the number of people who have gone out of their way to do all they can to care for others over the past year. In case you missed it on BBC One’s Morning Live on Monday morning, we are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s NEIGHBOUR OF THE YEAR AWARDS in partnership with Co-op Insurance. Please open the attached PDF to see the winners and hear their stories.
We are thrilled to be celebrating Neighbourhood Watch’s 40th Anniversary next year – and we want you to join us! In celebration of our rich past, present and future, we have a range of events planned throughout the year that we would love you to get involved with. We will update on these in January, but for now make sure you mark in your diary - Neighbourhood Watch Week 2022, with the theme of 40 YEARS - 40 ACTIONS between Monday 30th May – Sunday 5th June 2022.
It is thanks to our amazing volunteers throughout England and Wales that since the first scheme was set up in Mollington, Cheshire in 1982, we have continued to support communities and adapt to the ever-changing nature of crime. And we look forward to supporting communities for the next 40 years!
With many people facing isolation and loneliness again this season, we ask you to consider not who is my neighbour, but how is my neighbour, and support them how you can (always prioritising your own safety of course).
All the Central Support Team and I would like to wish you a safe and festive season and a Happy New Year!
Best wishes,
Thank you and see you in 2022!


Are You Leaving The Door Open For Hackers?

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Are You Leaving The Door Open For Hackers?


Why are software updates important?
Software updates are an important part of staying secure online. But why? You’ll often hear about the new features or performance improvements in a software update, but what isn’t talked about as often are the bug fixes and security improvements. Out-of-date software and apps contain weaknesses. This makes them easier to hack. Companies fix the weaknesses by releasing updates. When you update your devices and software, this helps to keep hackers out.
Why would cyber criminals target me?
Your device contains a lot of personal data that is highly valuable if it fell into the hands of a fraudster. The likelihood is your device will contain your full name, date of birth, address, bank details, passwords, as well as many other forms of personal data such as private photos or videos.
Improve your online security by using automatic software updates
We understand it can sometimes be annoying to remember to update your devices every time a new update is released, that’s why we encourage you to enable automatic updates wherever it’s available. That means you don’t have to manually install updates every time they’re released.
We’ve provided some useful links below where you can find step by step instructions on how to enable automatic updates for your devices and apps.


For more of the government’s latest advice on how to stay secure online, visit the Cyber Aware website: www.cyberaware.gov.uk

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Saturday, 11 December 2021

Tuesday, 7 December 2021

Counter Terrorism Policing and Community Vigilance Action Counter Terrorism Webinar

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Counter Terrorism Policing and Community Vigilance Action Counter Terrorism Webinar


Hi Jan
We are delighted to invite you to attend a webinar this Thursday 9th December, 5-6pm on Counter-Terrorism Policing and Community Vigilance: Action Counters Terrorism.
The webinar will be held on Microsoft Teams with expert presenters from the National Counter Terrorism Security Office and Counter-Terrorism Policing Communications.
Counter-Terrorism Policing is a collaboration of UK police forces working with the UK intelligence community to help protect the public and our national security by preventing, deterring and investigating terrorist activity.
The webinar will outline our Counter Terrorism Policing efforts from a national and local perspective and the current terrorist threat.
In addition to explaining how their staff and officers keep you safe, they will address how you can protect yourself and others by utilising their free resources and remaining vigilant. There will an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session.
Visit ourwatch.org.uk/webinars to book your place now!
Kind regards
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team
Follow us.. ourwatch.org.uk / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn
Neighbourhood Watch Network is a charity registered in England & Wales, CIO no: 1173349
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Cheshire Residents Warned To Be Vigilant Following Reports of Courier Fraud Scams Across The County

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Detectives are warning the public after a spate of courier fraud scams have left Cheshire victims without thousands of pounds.
Since November there have been four incidents, one in Wilmslow, one in Crewe, one in Handforth and another in Warrington, reported to Cheshire Constabulary.
Courier frauds are mainly committed by organised crime groups (OCGs) and a member of the OCG, known as the ‘victim communicator’, makes a phone call to vulnerable potential victims, persuading them that they are a police officer or work at a bank.
They then manage to get the victim to cooperate with an ‘operation’ designed to gather evidence or identify offenders responsible for a fictional offence.
The victims are asked to withdraw money from their bank, purchase an expensive item and/or provide their bank details or card to assist with the operation.
Money, items or documents are then handed over to the ‘courier’, who attends the victim’s address or meets them nearby, on the promise that the money or item will be returned or compensation will be provided.
Sadly, no compensation is provided and the money will not be returned. Leaving victims, in some cases, out of pocket of thousands of pounds.
Detective Sergeant Chris Jacques from Cheshire Constabulary’s Economic Crime Unit said: “In the last couple of months we have had reports of people being a victim of this type of crime.
“We therefore want to warn others to prevent them from also becoming a victim and to also encourage people to tell elderly relatives and neighbours about it so they are aware of the signs.
“These scammers will stop at nothing to make a criminal gain and can be extremely convincing and very persistent.
“By using these methods they can often blindside their victims into believing them, before taking hard-earned money.
“It is important for the public to remember that police officers, banks and other services will never ask you to withdraw money or provide card details over the phone.
“Telephone numbers can be easily spoofed and you should never trust a number displayed on your telephone.
“Another concerning trend is that scammers have been asking victims to call back on 999, 101 or 162 to verify that they are genuine.
“This is part of the scam and they keep the line open so that the victim continues speak with the scammers believing that they are genuine officials.
“Anyone who is receiving calls asking for money to be withdrawn and handed over to a courier should call 101 or report it to Action Fraud.”
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Council asks parents attending school Christmas events to be covid safe


With positive covid cases very high in Cheshire East, the council is asking parents and carers to maintain covid safe behaviours when attending Christmas events at nurseries, schools, or colleges. 

While some settings have taken the difficult decision to cancel their Christmas performances based on their risk assessment, others across the borough are continuing with their planned nativity plays, concerts and festive themed pantomimes.

Dr Matt Tyrer, director of public health at Cheshire East Council, said: “Positive covid cases have been the highest in the 0-19 age group for quite some time now.

“I don’t wish to dampen the spirits of children, young people and our schools who will have spent a great deal of time planning and looking forward to their first Christmas performances since the pandemic began.

“But I want everyone to be covid safe with rising cases in Cheshire East and the potential risks of the Omicron variant. That means taking a lateral flow test before leaving home, sanitising hands on arrival and departure, and for all adults to wear a face covering during performances.

“If you do feel unwell before you plan to leave or display any Covid-19 symptoms, to stay at home and arrange to get a PCR test.

“Our schools will all have undertaken a risk assessment before deciding to proceed with their performances and will have the necessary Covid-19 safety measures in place.  

“Small steps really can make a huge difference and it’s in our hands to look after each other by staying safe at any festive event attended.”

For more local information, advice, and support, visit the council’s Covid-19 webpages at: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/covid19

Monday, 6 December 2021

SANDBACH RUGBY CLUB RELATIONSHIP REACHES TRY STATUS

 

Family owned business continues to invest in grass-roots rugby.

29 November 2021

Crewe based Jaguar dealership, Swansway Jaguar Crewe and sister dealership Crewe Audi build on their longstanding commitments to invest in the area where they do business, with their fifth consecutive year of sponsoring local Midland Premier League team, Sandbach RUFC.

The Jaguar centre on Crewe Green Roundabout have renewed their 1st XV team main shirt sponsorship at the club, after a successful four year relationship which began back in 2017.

Crewe Audi, which is located at Gateway in Crewe, in close proximity to family-owned Swansway Group Head Office, have also renewed their main shirt sponsorship packages for the 2nd XV and 3rd XV Sandbach teams. And both dealerships now have agreements in place to continue to support Sandbach with its local grass-roots rugby ambitions, for the 2021/22 and 22/23 seasons.

Matt Hill, Head of Business at Swansway Jaguar Crewe, commented,

“It’s a great pleasure to be able to once again show our support for Sandbach RUFC, and for us to help them build on all the great work they do to encourage and inspire participation in sport in the local area.

“Sandbach has such a rich history in the local community, and has teams for all ages and all abilities – men, women, boys and girls are all welcomed. As a family-owned business, that’s something we really believe in.”

Director of Rugby, Andrew Bird commented

"To have Swansway Jaguar supporting our club really contributes to our clubs aims of providing the most professional experience for all players regardless of experience or team they play for. We value every player as Swansway value every customer and we are delighted to have their continued, generous support. We very much look forward to welcoming new members, supporters or rugby fans to Bradwall Road in coming weeks. Please check out our social media pages for a comprehensive up-to-date diary of events on and off the pitch.”

Crewe Brass at Christmas


Crewe Brass have a busy December ahead with several performances planned in Crewe, Shavington and Audlem.

They will perform Christmas classics including Merry Christmas Everyone, Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree, Troika, O Holy Night, Sleigh Ride, and A Christmas Festival Overture.

Christmas performances will take place on:

-Saturday 11th December (10am-3pm) - Christmas carols at ASDA, Crewe.

-Thursday 16th December (7:30-10pm, eyes down 8pm) - 'Christmas Bingo' at Shavington Social Club. Their performance will take place at 9pm. Proceeds will go to the Band (registered charity no 1125938).

-Sunday 19th December (10am-3pm) - Christmas carols at ASDA, Crewe.

-Wednesday 22nd December (from 7:30pm) - 'Christmas around the tree' in Audlem around the large Christmas tree on the village square.

Crewe Brass is a third section competing brass band in the North West area and are well known throughout South Cheshire and beyond. They have a history going back forty years. They were formed when the North Midland Co-operative Society sponsored one of the best youth bands in the country - South Cheshire Young Brass - and included players from the United Co-op Youth Band.

A representative from Crewe Brass said: “The past two years has really hit Crewe Brass hard; we love nothing more than performing for the people of Crewe & Nantwich, under normal circumstances we would have a Christmas Concert in St Mary’s Church (Nantwich) and one in our new home, the Exhibition Hall at Crewe Heritage Centre, but the unfortunate circumstances of the past 12 months has left us unable to perform in these venues. However, the band is undeterred, and will perform carols outside ASDA once again as we have every year since 1992. We hope that we can bring some festive cheer to shoppers during the Holiday Season.

“We are also holding our Christmas Bingo organised by the band’s “Mum” Joan Wearne in her home village, Shavington, on Thursday 16th December, it’s FREE too!! Just come along, bring your dibbers and your dabbers and its eyes down at 8.00pm with a 40-minute concert by the band at half time before another round of bingo. There are prizes galore and it’s always a brilliant night so come and support us.

“The final festive gathering is the fabulous “Carols around the Tree” in Audlem on Wednesday 22nd December where it’s always a seasonal night of Carols & Christmas Songs from 7.30pm onwards.

“Crewe Brass, your local band, Crewe’s “Town” Band, need your support and help, and every penny we raise will help the band to grow and develop in the coming months.”

To keep up to date on where the band are playing and all the latest news, visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/crewebrass or website http://www.crewebrass.com/ , or email: crewebrass@yahoo.co.uk

Full statement from Cheshire and Merseyside’s Directors of Public Health:


We want to start by saying that we are extremely thankful to everyone across Cheshire and Merseyside for their efforts so far. We are now 20 months into this pandemic and every day we are blown away by the resilience, kindness, and commitment we see from our local communities.

With each hour, we are learning more about the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 that has been described as a Variant of Concern (VOC) by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). Early indications suggest that it is highly transmissible, and we may see an increase in cases, as well as an increase in hospitalisations. However, we must wait until we learn more over the coming weeks before we can be sure of the impact this will have. There is no evidence yet that it causes more serious disease.

We can absolutely understand that, especially in the run up to the festive season, this is incredibly unwelcome and frustrating news. We can understand those who want to see fewer restrictions and reminders of this pandemic, not more, and as Directors of Public Health, we are desperate to see a return to normal. However, it is our duty to respond to situations as they arise and provide you with the advice that will help keep you, your community, and your loved ones safe, as well as protect our local NHS.

There are many reasons to remain positive and hopeful; as time as gone on, we know more and more about this virus and have had time to prepare for situations like this, we also have the hugely successful COVID-19 vaccination programme, without which we would most likely be looking at much stronger restrictions and perhaps even a lockdown.

To avoid a situation where our infection rate gets out of control, causes harm to those who are vulnerable and overwhelms our local hospitals, your actions and behaviours will be vital. We must work together and continue to do what we’ve already been doing for quite a while.

We are reminding those living and working in Cheshire and Merseyside to:

  • Join the 46 million people in the UK who are fully vaccinated – if you haven’t had the time, you now need to make time. It’s been shown to be both safe and effective and it is the best way to keep yourself from getting seriously ill
  • Get a booster shot if you are over 18 and it’s been three months since your second jab – the effectiveness of any vaccine slightly drops over time, so it’s very important to get a ‘top-up’ to ensure you are as safe as possible
  • Continue to wear face coverings – from Tuesday 30th November, it is a legal requirement to wear face coverings in shops and on public transport, but please consider wearing one in other crowded spaces with lots of people. A global study found that wearing face coverings was linked to a drop 53% drop in cases, so we know they work.
  • Continue to practice good hand hygiene, in particular hand washing
  • Make an effort to ventilate spaces – ensuring a constant flow of fresh air can make a big difference, you can open windows, doors and vents. We know it’s cold outside, but even opening for 10 minutes to let some fresh air can really help.
  • Keep getting tested:
    • If you develop COVID-19 symptoms (new continuous cough, high temperature, loss or change in taste or smell), self-isolate immediately and get a PCR test. You should self-isolate at home while you get a PCR test and wait for the results. You must self-isolate if you test positive. You must self-isolate from the day your symptoms started and the next 10 full days, or from the day your test was taken if you do not have symptoms and the next 10 full days. This is the law, regardless of whether you have been vaccinated.
    • Take tests if you do not have symptoms to help manage your risk. Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have any symptoms. This means they could be spreading the virus without knowing it. Testing regularly increases the chances of detecting COVID-19 when you are infectious but are not displaying symptoms, helping to make sure you do not spread COVID-19 by staying at home and self-isolating immediately. Rapid lateral flow testing continues to be available free of charge. You can get tests from pharmacies or online.
  • Self-isolate if you are told to do so by NHS Test and Trace or local authority public health teams and minimise your contact with others if you know you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive. If you are self-isolating, there is support available to you during this period from national and local government.
  • Get tested before meeting up with others and don’t go if your test is positive

We are also urging businesses and workplaces in Cheshire and Merseyside to support your workforce resilience by supporting staff to have regular testing and give time to allow them to take up their vaccination offer.

Thank you for your continued support and helping us keep local communities safe. Your efforts are recognised, and we are confident that together, we will see each other through what unfortunately is shaping up to be a difficult winter. 

Stay safe,

Dr Matt Tyrer

Director of Public Health for Cheshire East

Ian Ashworth

Director of Public Health Cheshire West and Chester

Dr Ifeoma Onyia

Director of Public Health for Halton

Dr Sarah McNulty

Director of Public Health for Knowsley

Professor Matt Ashton

Director of Public Health for Liverpool

Margaret Jones

Director of Public Health for Sefton

Ruth Du Plessis

Director of Public Health for St Helens

Thara Raj

Director of Public Health for Warrington

Julie Webster

Director of Public Health for Wirral

More information/notes to editors:

Cheshire and Merseyside’s Directors of Public Health work together as the Champs Public Health Collaborative. To learn more about the Collaborative, please visit www.champspublichealth.com.

Anyone who gets a positive result from a rapid test can book a PCR test by calling 119 or visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.

Directors are also keen to stress how important it is for anyone with the Coronavirus symptoms of a new persistent cough, a high temperature or a loss of sense of taste or smell, to self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test by calling 119 or visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.

Latest data, looking good for covid

Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Council leaders urge residents to ‘do the right thing’ with new Covid threat


Cheshire East Council leaders are asking residents to do the right thing and keep Covid safe with the threat of the new Omicron variant of concern.

Mask wearing in all shops and supermarkets is a requirement from 4.00am today (Tuesday 30 November) and these restrictions will initially remain in place for three weeks.

Councillor Sam Corcoran, leader of Cheshire East Council said: “We have a duty to keep our residents safe, to prevent transmission and work with health partners to save lives.

“Although only a small number of positive cases of Omicron have so far been reported, we are taking the threat of this new variant very seriously.

“With Christmas little more than three weeks away, I am asking all of our residents to do the right thing and to please follow the latest Covid safety guidance.

“Please remember the basics of ‘Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air’ – wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, wear a face covering in crowded indoor spaces and maintain social distancing. The spread of coughs, colds, flu, Covid-19 and winter vomiting are all restricted by these simple measures.

“Wearing a mask in supermarkets and on public transport is now compulsory and a legal requirement. Wearing a face covering in high risk crowded or indoor places, is not a big sacrifice to make and if we all follow the guidance, we will break the train of transmission and slow the spread of this new variant.”

Deputy leader of Cheshire East Council, Councillor Craig Browne, said: “What we are seeing and hearing about this new variant is extremely worrying.

“I would like to thank our residents who have been doing a great job in getting out to their local high streets and supporting our local economy, especially in the run-up to the all-important festive trading period.

“It’s in our hands to look after each other by continuing to stay safe and that means wearing a face covering every time you enter a shop or travel on a bus or train.” 

Dr Matt Tyrer, director of public health at Cheshire East Council, said: “Getting vaccinated is the very best thing any of us can do to protect ourselves against Covid-19 and to boost our own natural defences against this new variant.

“Early indications suggest this variant may be more transmissible than the Delta variant and if for whatever reason you have not had your first, second or booster jab yet, then please get yourself booked in without delay.

“It’s also critical that anyone with Covid-19 symptoms, however slight, self-isolates and gets a PCR test immediately.”

Other measures being brought in include:

  • In England, pupils in Year 7 and above are being "strongly advised" to wear face coverings in communal areas. The guidance also applies to staff and visitors at all schools and childcare settings
  • All contacts of suspected Omicron cases will be required to self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of a person's vaccination status and will be contacted by NHS Test & Trace
  • From 4.00am on Tuesday, anyone entering the UK will require a PCR test within 48 hours of arrival and will need to self-isolate until they receive a negative result.
  • Booster jabs will be offered to everyone aged 18 and above and the gap between second doses and the booster is reducing from six to three months
  • People with immunocompromised conditions will be offered a fourth jab
  • Children aged 12 to 15 will be invited to get a second dose.

To book a confirmatory PCR test visit: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test and select 'My local council or health protection team has asked me to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms' or call 119.

All residents in the borough are still being asked to take no-symptoms Covid-19 tests, called Lateral Flow Tests (LFTs) regularly and twice a week if possible.

For full information on where to get tested or pick up home testing kits visit: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/covid-testing

Cheshire East Council has a range of materials for businesses including a free Covid-19 toolkit along with a ‘Wear your mask’ poster retailers can print off and use at: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/council_information/coronavirus/covid-19-business-toolkit.aspx

November 2021 Enewsletter - Firelink

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Welcome to the November edition of the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service e-Newsletter.


APPLY NOW! Wholetime firefighter recruitment

Changing lives...saving lives, every day is different for a firefighter
If you’re passionate about changing lives in your community, and want to contribute to saving lives by reducing the risk of incidents, then being a firefighter is the role for you.
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service does not just fight fires and rescue people.  In fact, only around five per cent of a firefighter’s time is spent attending incidents.  They are actively involved in their communities, carrying out prevention work to reduce the chance of fires happening in the first place, delivering road safety campaigns to reduce the number of road traffic collisions and working closely with young people through programmes such as The Prince’s Trust Team, Fire Cadets and Respect courses.
Our wholetime firefighter recruitment registration window is open until 12 midday Wednesday 8 December 2021.
Apply now! Wholetime firefighter recruitment

2022/2023 Draft Annual Action Plan Consultation

Cheshire Fire Authority has launched a consultation on its draft annual action plan for 2022-2023.
The Plan was developed to review progress against its key objectives that are set out in the Authority’s 2020-2024 Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) and to outline any emerging risks and new proposals to address these risks.
Read the draft annual action plan and have your say

Lucky escape from house fire in Chester

A Chester woman has spoken out about her lucky escape from a house fire, believed to have been caused by an electrical device, to help warn others.
The mum wants her story to help people understand the dangers of using electrical extension leads but also to highlight the importance of having smoke alarms fitted correctly.
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Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Sunday, 28 November 2021

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

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Tatton Park is ready for One Snowy Night


Tatton Park teams are busy setting up their festive Garden event, One Snowy Night, to make sure it’s a magical experience for visitors when it opens this Saturday 27th November.

One Snowy Night: a Christmas Garden Tale

Tatton Park’s winter gardens host a magical event for families and friends which starts on Saturday. But before visitors start arriving, Tatton Park staff are working hard to make sure the Gardens bring Nick Butterworth’s ‘One Snowy Night’ story, and much-loved Percy the Park Keeper character, to life this Christmas.

Turning Tatton Park Gardens into Percy’s Christmas home

Preparation of the trail started in earnest last week with the delivery of three Christmas trees. Iconic illustrations from the story are being put in place to decorate the garden route for families to follow fun activities along the way. Fairy lights are being added to the Orchard area and Tower Garden, the iconic African hut is being transformed into Percy’s festive hut for Christmas, a Wish Tree is going up in Charlotte’s Gazebo and the fire pit at Percy’s Potting shed is being stocked ready for children to warm up by the fire and toast marshmallows. The gardeners are also preparing spring bulbs so that children can help with planting while they’re here. Vicky Rowbotham, one of the Tatton Park Managers involved in the Christmas Garden event, says

“Bringing One Snowy Night to life in Tatton’s magical winter Garden is a real team effort and brilliant fun. The installation comes after weeks in the planning and working with different teams at Tatton and our talented suppliers. In the days leading up to the event, it’s ‘all hands on deck’ and a real test of everyone’s imagination, creativity, and stamina! Especially when it comes to the best places for photo opportunities with Percy cut-outs, which we think people will love. We can’t wait to welcome visitors to enjoy the festivities with Percy and friends!”

To book tickets in advance of your visit, go to www.tattonpark.org.uk/christmas

Northern Chamber Orchestra Concerts on 10th December

The Northern Chamber Orchestra is performing a traditional festive concert in the Tenants’ Hall at Tatton Park. Due to popular demand, they’ve added a matinee concert this year at 3.30pm as well as the 7pm performance. Expect performances by the Northern Chamber Orchestra, festive songs sung by the Choir of St Nicholas Catholic High School, Northwich, and much-loved carols for all to sing. The concert tickets include a glass of winter punch and a concert of classical masterpieces, carols and songs.

Christmas Carols in the Stableyard on 19th December

Why not come along to Tatton Park’s Christmas Carols in the Stableyard on Sunday 19th December at 3pm? You’re invited to belt out some of your all-time-favourite carols with friends and family, accompanied by the King Edward Musical Society Band and Choir.

Pop into the Stableyard shops for last minute gifts and bespoke Christmas hampers, warm up with takeaway food and drink from the Stables Restaurant or book Festive Afternoon Tea in the Gardener’s Cottage.

For more details of Christmas events at Tatton Park and to book tickets, visit www.tattonpark.org.uk/christmas

About Tatton Park

Tatton Park is managed and financed by Cheshire East Council on behalf of the National Trust. This impressive heritage visitor attraction receives in the region of 800,000 visitors every year, all of whom come to enjoy its picturesque Parkland, 18th century Mansion, medieval Old Hall, award-winning Gardens and rare breed Farm. For further information, images or interviews:

carole.hyde@cheshireeast.gov.uk, 07912 294445

caroline.jackson@cheshireeast.gov.uk, 07879 014648

The Best Way To Keep Hackers Out of Your Online Accounts

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The Best Way To Keep Hackers Out of Your Online Accounts


Enabling two-factor authentication (2FA) is the single most important thing you can do to improve the security of your online accounts.
What is 2FA?
Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a way of strengthening the login security of your online accounts. It's similar to how an ATM works. You need both your debit card (first factor) and your PIN (second factor) to get access your account and withdraw cash. The main objective is better security. If your card is stolen, they still need your PIN. If your PIN is stolen, they still need your card.
Enabling 2FA will help to stop hackers from getting into your accounts, even if they have your password.
How do I enable 2FA on my accounts?
Here are links you can use to enable 2FA on some of the most popular online services and apps:

For more of the government’s latest advice on how to stay secure online, visit the Cyber Aware website: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware
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Op Shield Going County Wide

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Op Shield Going County Wide


As part of our ongoing work to deter people from committing crime in Cheshire, we are investing in forensic property marking to identify those responsible for theft. The work we are doing in this area of prevention is branded Operation Shield.
What is Operation Shield?
Operation Shield is Cheshire Constabulary’s unique DNA marking system that protects homes and businesses by reducing burglary opportunities, deterring offenders, and identifying and recovering stolen property.
Whilst Operation Shield is already present in parts of Cheshire, Neighbourhood Policing Teams are visiting households and business premises throughout the county to introduce the forensic property marking. They will be offering free SelectaDNA kits which are made by the UK company Selectamark Security Systems plc.
What is SelectaDNA?
It is a cutting-edge way of protecting your property from theft. Each bottle within the kit contains thousands of tiny microdots, each with a unique DNA code, which, when applied, will identify it as being registered to you.
SelectaDNA is unique, in the same way as human DNA, but is manufactured artificially. There are billions of different combinations so no two bottles are the same.
The solution is hypoallergenic and harmless to animals; when dried it is almost invisible so it is difficult for offenders to see. It will not damage the property in any way and remains traceable for years after application, even when exposed to the elements.
Why use SelectaDNA?
Over 90% of UK police forces now use SelectaDNA in crime prevention schemes. It is a proven deterrent against theft and burglary because criminals fear the power of DNA technology. By discreetly marking your items with the solution, registering your kit on the secure database and displaying warning stickers on your property, you will make your home a less desirable target for thieves.   
The DNA coding in the liquid is registered solely to your address and added to the SelectaDNA Secure Asset Register, meaning that any stolen items can be traced back to you. No data is held by Cheshire Police.
Many insurance companies actively recommend forensic property marking to their policy holders.
Taking action against theft
Officers in Cheshire are equipped with UV torches that can identify the forensic property marking on stolen items and offenders. This instantly links criminals to crime scenes and increases the chance of convicting thieves.
All people suspected of planning or committing crime in Cheshire are scanned by officers to check for traces of the DNA.
All property recovered by Cheshire Police is scanned. If any evidence of the liquid is detected, the information is uploaded to the database of registered addresses and items can then be traced back to the owner.
With our deployment of Operation Shield, we are sending a clear message that anyone considering committing a theft or burglary in Cheshire will run the very serious risk of facing criminal conviction.
Special offer
As well as the free kits that officers will be distributing, Cheshire residents can purchase additional kits, using a unique code, for £27 inc. VAT and postage (RRP £59.50). Go to https://www.selectadna.co.uk/nhw and enter the unique code: NHWSHIELD   

Council launches ‘Wish for you the world’ fostering recruitment campaign


Cheshire East Council has launched a heart-warming winter campaign to help recruit much needed foster carers.

With more than 520 children and young people in the care of the local authority, the council is reaching out to residents asking if they will consider becoming Cheshire East Council foster carers.

Councillor Kathryn Flavell, lead member for children and families, said: “Children and young people spend time with foster families for different reasons, and many children who need fostering have sadly been through some very traumatic experiences.

“We want the very best for all of our cared for children and young people. Along with our one hundred and twenty fantastic foster carer households who give them so much support, we really do wish for them the world. 

“If you have the time, patience and understanding to safely care for a child or young person and can work alongside other people in the child’s life, then please do take the next step and find out more. Our fostering service are waiting to hear from you and will happily answer any questions you might have.”

Permission to use ‘I Wish for You the World’ music track for the fostering video campaign was kindly given by singer-songwriter and musician Alistair Griffin and publisher Sentric Music. His songs have been used to montage some great British sporting events including Wimbledon, the Olympics, FA Cup, and the British Open golf.

To view the short fostering film, go to the council’s YouTube channel at: https://youtu.be/QLPypaa8p-4

Cheshire East Council welcomes enquiries and applications from people from all walks of life irrespective of marital status, sexuality, religion, ethnic background, whether you have your own children or not, or if you own or rent your home as long as you have a stable tenancy.

For more information about becoming a foster carer in Cheshire East, visit the website at www.togetherforfostering.com or telephone 0300 123 3223.

Cheshire East Council advises residents to support Christmas events with Covid safety in mind

Cheshire East Council advises residents to support Christmas events with Covid safety in mind

With positive cases of Covid-19 still very high in Cheshire East and surrounding areas, the council is advising residents to not let their guard down when it comes to Covid safety.

Towards the end of this month and into December, there will be many local and well attended light switch-on and Christmas market events.

Dr Matt Tyrer, director of public health at Cheshire East Council, said: “I recognise it’s been a difficult year, and appreciate our residents continuing to keep themselves and others safe in Cheshire East.

“Together, it’s in our hands and we can all continue to look after each other this Christmas by staying safe.

“Covid is not going away and it’s not a big sacrifice to make to wear a face covering in crowded and especially in busy indoor places, to wash your hands regularly or use hand sanitiser, and to keep a safe distance from others, especially those you do not live with. 

“I would also ask residents to take a quick lateral flow test before going to any organised event or high-risk place. It takes minutes, and if unfortunately, your result does come back positive or you are displaying symptoms, you will be doing the right thing by immediately self-isolating until you get the result of a confirmatory PCR test.”

For more local information, advice and support, visit the council’s Covid-19 webpages at: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/covid19

15M Lost To Online Shopping Scams Last Christmas

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15M Lost To Online Shopping Scams Last Christmas


Online shopping scams cost shoppers £15.4 million over the Christmas period last year.
New data from Action Fraud, the national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, reveals that 28,049 shoppers were conned out of their money when shopping online over the Christmas period last year – an increase of almost two thirds (61 per cent) when compared to the same period in the previous year.
Ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Action Fraud is warning the public to take extra care when shopping online as reports of online shopping fraud have continued to surge. Here are some simple tips to help you and your family enjoy a secure online shopping experience this festive season.
Where to shop
Buying from an online store you haven’t used before? Carry out some research first, or ask a friend or family member if they’ve used the site and about their experiences before completing the purchase.
Your information
Only create an account if necessary or to save you effort if you’re going to use that site a lot in the future. Be cautious if the website asks you for details that are not required for your purchase, such as your mother’s maiden name or the name of your primary school.
Payment method
When it's time to pay for your items, check there's a 'closed padlock' icon in the browser's address bar. Use a credit card when shopping online, if you have one. Most major credit card providers protect online purchases.
Phishing
Some of the messages you receive about amazing offers may contain links to fake websites. If you’re unsure about a link, don’t use the it – go separately to the website. Report suspicious emails you receive by forwarding them to: report@phishing.gov.uk. Report suspicious text messages by forwarding them to: 7726.
Email accounts:
Make sure that your really important accounts (such as your email account or online shopping accounts) are protected by strong passwords that you don't use anywhere else.
Need help changing your email account password? You can use these links to find step by step instructions: Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Outlook, BT, AOL Mail.
If things go wrong
If you've lost money to an online shopping scam, tell your bank and report it as a crime to Action Fraud (for England, Wales and Northern Ireland) or Police Scotland (for Scotland). By doing this, you'll be helping to prevent others becoming victims of cyber crime.
For more of the government’s latest advice on how to stay secure online, visit the Cyber Aware website: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware
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SWANSWAY GROUP DONATES TO THE DONNA LOUISE CHILDREN’S HOSPICE IN STOKE

Swansway Group a family owned and operated business with multiple dealerships, accident repair centre and head office functions in Crewe has once again donated to the Weston Lights project for the fifth year in a row, on behalf of all the Crewe based Swansway teams.

For the last eight years at Carters Green Farm in Weston, Graham Witter and his family has put on a spectacular display of Christmas lights to fund-raise for The Donna Louise Children’s hospice. This event began as a way of remembering Graham’s late sister, Jessica, who spent time at the Donna Louise and who loved twinkling lights, bright colours and sounds.

Sadly this year due to operational issues, Graham will not be “lighting up” our local area with his spectacular light show, but this has not prevented Swansway Group from continuing to show their support to this important charity that does so much to help children and families.

For the 2021 campaign, Swansway Group has donated £2,500 to the Weston Lights project, for Graham to pass on to the Donna Louise.

Swansway Group Director, David Smyth commented,

“I live locally and visiting the Weston Christmas Light Display with my family has been one of our Christmas highlights for years. Whilst it is disappointing the display will not be going ahead, Graham’s commitment to raising as much money as he can for the Donna Louise hospice is to be admired, so we were very happy to make a contribution to this worthwhile cause.”

WASTE AND RECYCLING FIRM NAMED TOP CHESHIRE EMPLOYER


Ansa Environmental Services, Cheshire East’s waste and recycling provider, has been named as south Cheshire’s ‘Employer of the Year’ at the prestigious, South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce Awards 2021.

The company, which employs over 400 staff across its Cheshire East sites including Middlewich, Macclesfield and Crewe, was praised by judges for its continued commitment to the support and development of its workforce, as well as, demonstrating commercial success and strategies for growth.

The awards, which were held at Reaseheath College in Nantwich last Friday (19th November), recognise the very best in local businesses that show resilience, generosity to local good causes and nurture local talent. They are also widely regarded as the best in the region.

Kevin Melling, Ansa’s Managing Director said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have won ‘Employer of the Year’ at this year’s South Cheshire Chambers of Commerce Business Awards.

We truly value our team and place them at the heart of everything we do. We have strived from the very beginning to create a culture of support, recognition, and equal opportunities for all our colleagues and to be recognised for that with this award is a very proud moment for us all.

It’s not just our workforce that we want to provide a brighter future for, we are also committed to improving the future of our environment and we have many plans in place such as trialling electric refuse collection vehicles, as well as our collaboration project with Cheshire East Council and Storengy on our new hydrogen fuelled vehicles. Our industry is in the spotlight now, and we aim to lead the way with best practise as well as new innovations.”

Councillor Steve Hogben, Ansa Chair added:” We are thrilled to have won the ‘Employer of the Year. Not only is it a great boost for our business but is testament to the whole team’s dedication in making Ansa a place where people want to come to work.

Everybody in the company, from our apprentices to the Board, we have has put the effort in and worked together to make the business succeed over the last 20 months.”

For more information on Ansa Environmental Services, please visit, www.ansa.co.uk. Alternatively, to learn more about the South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce Awards, visit www.southcheshirechamberbusinessawards.co.uk

Hundreds Fall Victim To Lottery Scams In Just Seven Months

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Hundreds Fall Victim To Lottery Scams In Just Seven Months


What is lottery fraud?
Criminals will contact unsuspecting victims informing them they have won a lottery or prize draw. The victim is then informed that they will need to pay an advance fee in order to receive their winnings. In reality, the winnings are non-existent and it is an attempt to steal the victims money, personal or financial information.
Between April and October 2021, Action Fraud received 629 reports of lottery fraud, with 89 per cent of reports mentioning well-known prize draws. Impersonation of People’s Postcode Lottery accounted for almost half (49 per cent) of all reports. Almost three quarters of victims (70 per cent) were aged over 50, with those aged over 65 accounting for 40 per cent of reports.
Fraudsters use gift cards as a form of payment as they can be easily redeemed and sold on. The criminals don’t need the physical card to redeem the value as they ask the victims to share the serial code on the back of the card with them. In other instances, victims reported being asked for personal and financial information in order to obtain their alleged winnings. Some victims reported providing their bank details thinking they would be sent a small payment to verify the account. In reality, criminals will use these details to steal the victim’s money.
How to protect yourself
Stop: Unsolicited offers of large sums of money in return for a small upfront payment should always raise a red flag. Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
Challenge: Could it be fake? Remember, you can’t win a prize in a competition you didn’t enter. It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
Protect: If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud online at actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.
You can find further protection advice around lotteries and competition on the Gambling Commission’s website.
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Thursday, 11 November 2021

Commissioner Launches Police and Crime Plan

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Commissioner Launches Police and Crime Plan


Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer, has launched his Police and Crime Plan for 2021-24, setting out his priorities for policing, crime and community safety in the county for his term in office.
In addition to outlining the Commissioner’s wider vision, the Plan sets out the strategic direction for Cheshire Constabulary and how the Commissioner will hold the Chief Constable to account in delivering on the public’s priorities.
The six key priorities for policing and crime in Cheshire outlined in the Plan are:

  • Prevent and tackle crime
  • Make Cheshire’s roads safer
  • Deliver justice for victims of crime
  • Protect vulnerable and at-risk people
  • Improve public confidence in policing
  • Modernise our police service
John Dwyer, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, said: “I’m delighted to be launching my Police and Crime Plan and letting the public know how I’ll ensure that our police service delivers for them over the next three years.
“This Plan has been developed via consultation with the public, as well as in conjunction with organisations and agencies that work regularly with the police, so that it truly reflects people’s priorities for their communities.”
The Plan also maintains the Commissioner’s commitment to increasing Cheshire’s police officer numbers to the highest level in modern times – 2,345 officers – in order to ensure police visibility across the county and reassure communities as a result.
John Dwyer added: “Being ambitious with our officer numbers helps towards delivering on each of the public’s priorities set out in the Plan and will improve people’s confidence in our police service.
“I also want to stress that this is a living document. In the Plan I commit to refreshing it each year, so that it continues to address people’s priorities and tackle the challenges we face head on.
To read the Police and Crime Plan 2021-24, go to www.cheshire-pcc.gov.uk/what-i-do/making-cheshire-safer/police-and-crime-plan
To request a hard copy of the Plan, please email pcc@cheshire.police.uk

Wednesday, 10 November 2021

Tasty together-time treats at Tatton Park


It’s beginning to feel a lot more like Christmas planning, thanks to us being able to arrange together time this year with our nearest and dearest. If you want an al fresco get-together, fancy afternoon tea in a cosy tearoom or want to treat friends and family to foodie gifts this Christmas, Tatton Park’s Stableyard shops and restaurants have it all.

Winter walks and hot picnics

Why not warm yourselves with a Hot Picnic Box after a bracing walk around Tatton’s Parkland or Gardens this winter? The Stables Restaurant Chef, Adam Arundel, has prepared a perfect sharing picnic of tasty bites using Tatton Park’s estate-reared lamb and vegetables grown in the Kitchen Garden. Boxes are available to pre-order and take away from the Stables Restaurant, and include hot drinks, homemade chocolate cookies and mincemeat flapjacks. Adam said

“We are very fortunate to be able to use fresh, quality produce for our menus, grown and sourced right here from Tatton Park. We’re passionate about giving visitors the chance to taste fresh ingredients grown or reared on the estate in our seasonal recipes.”

You can choose from hourly slots to collect your picnic which you can then enjoy in the Stableyard, out in the Parkland or take home with you!

Catch up and celebrate over afternoon tea

Fancy cosying-up in the charm and warmth of the Gardener’s Cottage Tearoom? If you’re wanting to treat someone special or just celebrate catching up this Christmas, you can reserve a Festive Afternoon Tea at tattonpark.org.uk/Christmas. Tatton Park’s Catering Team has added a festive twist to their delicious Afternoon Tea menu, served up in the cosy Gardener’s Cottage Tearoom. For those wanting extra fizz, you can add a glass of Prosecco, alongside your Christmas tea or coffee. Mini Festive Lunches are available for little ones.

Great gifts for foodies

If you’re yet to discover the delights of shopping at Tatton Park, make your way to the Housekeeper’s Store on your next visit and peruse their selection of locally sourced artisan food and drink. You can even assemble your own bespoke gift hamper for your favourite foodie this Christmas. The Housekeeper’s Store has a long history of supplying Tatton-grown food to local estates and villages, so this hidden gem prides itself on supporting local producers of chutneys, cheese, beer, gin, wine, chocolates, biscuits, desserts and tea! If you’d rather call and collect, the Store team will be happy to help you with your order on 01625 374424.

www.tattonpark.org.uk/Christmas

*£8 vehicle Parkland entry applies

For other happenings at Tatton Park:

v www.tattonpark.org.uk – for opening times, tickets and event details

v e-news – sign up on our website and receive email updates from Tatton Park

v Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – find us @TattonPark

v Candide Gardening App - download onto your phone to enhance your visit to our Gardens

Have Your Say on Policing and Crime In Cheshire

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Have Your Say on Policing and Crime In Cheshire


Today, Monday 8 November, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer, has launched his Autumn Survey. He wants to hear from people across the county about policing and crime in their communities, and over the course of the week surveys will be landing on every doormat in the county.
Following the launch of his Police and Crime Plan last week, the Commissioner is seeking people’s views on more in-depth subjects like their experience with the police, crime in their community, what they think about the police budget, and how they feel about their police service.
John Dwyer, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, said: “Seeking the public’s views on policing and crime is important to me. I can’t do my role effectively without knowing what people are thinking. By sharing your views with me via my survey, I can feed your thoughts and needs into the work the Constabulary does.
“It’s vital that people know about the role that their Commissioner carries out on their behalf, and that I know what they expect me to deliver. This will help me to scrutinise the Chief Constable and deliver on the public’s priorities set out in my Police and Crime Plan.”
Another of the Commissioner’s key responsibilities is to set the police precept, the part of council tax that goes to policing. In the survey he outlines the possibilities for next year’s decision on the police precept and asks residents for their thoughts on what should happen.
John Dwyer added: “A small rise in the police precept will be necessary in order for the police to keep up with inflation. But I want to know what amount, if any, residents would be prepared to pay above this if it meant the Constabulary had more resources to devote to communities.
“Every response I get will feed into my police precept proposal that I will take back to the public early next year. I want every resident to have their say on what matters to their community and how they want their police service to deliver on their priorities.”
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23M People Used 123456 As A Password

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23M People Used 123456 As A Password


Whether it’s your Facebook, Amazon, or Netflix account, the explosion in popularity of online apps and services means more and more of us have to remember an increasingly long list of passwords.
Unfortunately, some of us cope with this challenge by resorting to practices that leave our data, devices and money at risk - by using the same password across multiple accounts, or by creating simple passwords that could easily be guessed by hackers. Bad password practice is more prevalent than you might think - the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre carried out analysis of passwords leaked in data breaches and found that more than 23 million users worldwide used 123456 as a password. You can read more about it here: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/news/most-hacked-passwords-revealed-as-uk-cyber-survey-exposes-gaps-in-online-security
Here are some top tips that will make your life easier and your online accounts more secure:
1: Creating memorable passwords
A good way to create strong, memorable passwords is by using 3 random words. But remember, don’t use words that can be guessed (like your pet’s name). You can include numbers and symbols if you need to. For example, “RedPantsTree4!”
2: Saving passwords in your browser
Saving your password in your browser means letting your web browser (such as Chrome, Safari or Edge) remember your password for you.
This can help:

  • make sure you do not lose or forget your passwords
  • protect you against some cyber crime, such as fake websites
It is safer than using weak passwords, or using the same password in more than one place.
Here are some useful links on how you can start saving passwords in your browser: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Safari.
3: Email account passwords
If a hacker gets into your email account, they could:
  • reset your other online account passwords
  • access personal information you have saved about yourself or your business

Your email password should be strong and different to all your other passwords. This will make it harder to crack or guess.
Need help changing your email account password? You can use these links to find step by step instructions: Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Outlook, BT, AOL Mail.
For more of the government’s latest advice on how to stay secure online, visit the Cyber Aware website: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware
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