Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick District Councils are considering a proposal to merge, creating a new District Council covering the whole of South Warwickshire (the areas currently covered by Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick District Councils).
The public consultation on the plans to create a South Warwickshire Council starts this week on Monday 6 September and runs until Sunday 24 October.
The consultation document and online questionnaire can be viewed and completed at: www.southwarwickshire.org.uk
Due to the current situation the risks of domestic violence and child abuse are increased, please do not suffer in silence. If you need to leave your property to seek help please do so and go to your nearest Police Station or try to get a message to friends/family/neighbours that you need help.
If you hear/see incidents of this nature please report them immediately to Warwickshire Police on 999 if there is a risk of harm to individuals involved, it could save a life.
If you are unable to speak on the phone, there are systems in place to connect you to the right service: If you are calling from a mobile phone, you can use the ‘Silent Solution' system. Press 55 and the operator will transfer the call to the relevant police force as an emergency. The police call handler will then ask you a series of simple yes/no questions. If you're still not able to speak, listen to the instructions you are given so the handler can assess your call and send help. Please note that calling from a mobile does not allow the police to track your location.
If you are calling from a landline, pressing ‘55' will not work. If you can't speak you should stay on the line and the operator will connect you to a police call handler. If you need to put the phone down, the line will stay open for 45 seconds. If you pick it up again during this time and the operator is concerned for your safety, they will put you through to a police call handler. Calling 999 from a landline means the police may be able to retrieve information on your location to send help.
Find out more about domestic/child abuse -
Are you suffering with noisy neighbours? Are people making your life a nightmare because of their behaviour? Are you unsure where to turn? Or have you reported it and no one seems to be listening?
If you have seen or been the victim of hate or abuse, no matter how small you might think it is, that it is reported so something about it.
It's important to look after your mental health during this time.
The spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be a major national and international concern. Unfortunately these concerns are now being used by fraudsters and hackers. There has been a significant rise in phishing emails being sent in the hope of playing on people's concerns in an attempt to encourage them to share information such as their email login details, bank details or other personal information. These spoof emails include communications from the likes of the World Health Organization and HM Revenue and Customs.
Below is guidance on how to protect yourself from falling victim from such scams. Tips for identifying and avoiding phishing emails:
Business Crime -Warwickshire Business Watch is a team which provides information and advice to businesses, helping them to protect themselves from becoming victims of crime. The team provide a Business Watch alert scheme, to receive alerts on all information of relevance on the topics of business and cyber crime, as well as information on latest incidents please visit www.warwickshirebusinesswatch.co.uk Twitter: @WarksBusiness
Cyber Crime- For all the latest cyber crime information, news and safety advice, www.cybersafewarwickshire.com or follow the Cyber Safe Team on facebook.com/cybersafewarwickshire; Twitter @CyberSafeWarks; and Instagram cyber_safe_warks