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Thanks to P.C. Lee Thomas, I have the reported crime statistics for April (up to the 21st).
On the 3rd, there was a report of anti-social behaviour at the Recreation Field, and subsequent damage to a child’s bike.
On the 9th and 14th there were reports of an off road motorbike being ridden on land off Marsh Road.
On the 12th, the police were informed of 2 catalytic converter thefts – one from Mentone Crescent, the other from Playdale. It should be noted that similar crimes have been committed in Newport recently as well. Residents are therefore encouraged to immediately report any strangers hanging around vehicles.
Sadly, there have been reports from the landowners of the Rockhole area of various incidents. These concern damage to the land and trees, dumping of litter, and fires being lit. In our endeavour to deter any further incidents, the Newport Safer Neighbourhood Police Team will be making patrols of the area. Parents are asked to ensure that their children are aware that, despite the Rockhole having a footpath through it and that children have used it to play without issue for a very long time, the land is privately owned. In any case, it is a criminal offence to cause damage there (or anywhere else for that matter).
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This year's Annual Parish Meeting will take place via Zoom on the 13th April at 7.00pm. This is the meeting where local Groups and Organisations are invited to come along and share what they have been doing for the past year. Local residents are all invited to share their thoughts and ideas on issues of concern that they may have and also on how Edgmond Parish can be improved for everyone.
This year's hot topic will no doubt be the future of The Lion - join us to find out more and ask questions!
Notice is hereby given that Telford and Wrekin Council has received a notification from the owner, of an intention to dispose of The Lion Inn Public House situated at Edgmond, Newport, TF10 8HH which is an asset of community value under the Localism Act 2011.
The Council invites any eligible community interest group to express an interest to be treated as a potential bidder by no later than 9 April 2021.
An eligible community interest group is any community interest group that has a local
connection with the Asset and falls within one or more of the following categories:
Would YOU like to get involved with you Parish Council and stand for election in May?
Jackie Weaver certainly stirred up some interest in local councils and will be joining a public meeting along with 5 panel members hosted by the Shropshire Association of Local Councils (SALC). Click this link and find out more about the enthusiasm, passion and sheer excitement in standing for election this May!
There were no crimes reported in the village during January.
For the rest of the report, I would like to quote exactly what P.C.Lee Thomas (of the Newport Safer Neighbourhood Team) emailed to me:-
"A resident did report a dubious caller to their home on 14th January, offering to tarmac their drive very cheaply – this kind of activity does occur sporadically and our advice is always to say no – any such work will normally be done to a very poor standard (if at all) and the people carrying out the work will suddenly demand payment of several times more than any amount agreed.
A thank you must go out to the residents who called in re males potentially hare coursing on fields out near Rock Lane last week - not enough evidence when I located them leaving the area to progress hare coursing offences but they were all from different addresses in Walsall and claimed they’d come all this way just to walk their dogs !! – so they were given £200 fixed penalties for Covid-19 lock down breaches. I’ve no doubt in reality they were disturbed before they got chance to get up to wrong-doings though.
Repeated message therefore that if people see strangers with dogs or vehicles, especially 4x4 types, parked in fields or laybys in rural areas, please consider they may be hare coursing and call police on 101.
Some of you may remember that the Parish Council purchased wild flower seeds, including red poppies in 2014 to mark the anniversary of the War. These were provided by TWC and planted in flower beds around the Parish. It was hoped that we would continue to have a display of poppies each year at least until 2018. Unfortunately, however, the weather and growing conditions were not good and the poppies have not re-appeared.
The wild flowers, however, still flourish and many local residents like to see the butterflies, bees and other insects around when they are flowering.
Edgmond might be the first village in the UK to initiate a village Hedgehog Survey!
Criminals are using the Covid-19 pandemic to scam the public – don't click the bait, don’t become a victim.
Action Fraud have received reports of #COVID19 related scams. The majority relate to the online sale of protective items such as facemasks and other items in short supply due to the outbreak, that don't exist.
What scams are we seeing?
The majority of reports are related to online shopping scams where people have ordered protective face masks, hand sanitiser and other products, which have never arrived. Other frauds being reported include ticket fraud, romance fraud, charity fraud and lender loan fraud.
Citizens Advice launched two local numbers and a new email advice service this week. The public can get help and advice on issues such as benefits, debts or employment worries as well as consumer advice, legal help and much more. Despite the challenges, Citizens Advice Telford & the Wrekin is determined to carry on. They can be contacted by:
Phone: 01952 567193 or 01952 567173
Advice Line: 0300 330 1165
In the light of the present crisis Citizens Advice Telford & the Wrekin have established a network of staff and volunteers working from home to offer services to local people through websites, telephone calls and emails. You can also write to them.
Citizens Advice Telford & the Wrekin CEO, Caro Hart said:
“Our staff and volunteers are working together to ensure that we can offer a full range of services at this difficult time, we can answer general questions as well as provide specialist help on debts and claiming Universal credit. Don’t sit at home worrying, email or phone us now!”
Telford Mind remains operational during this crisis to offer help and support to people across Telford & Wrekin. Our dedicated staff of Wellbeing Support Workers, Workplace Wellbeing Facilitators and Social Prescribers are working tirelessly to support as many people as possible through this difficult time.
Our number is 07434 869248 between 10.00am and 8.00pm or more information is on the website at wwwtelford-mind.co.uk
There is a poster to go with this press release. Click here to view.
Newport is fortunate to have its own X-Ray unit which is owned and maintained by Newport League of Friends.
In association with Wellington Road and Linden Hall Surgeries and Newport Rotary Lite, the League of Friends is looking to upgrade the X-Ray equipment to continue to allow more medical care close to home.
They need to raise £150,000 and hope to do so by May 2020. This needs to be a community effort and they would like to encourage local people and groups to help with the fundraising.
If you would like to get involved please contact Dr Nick Tindall by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Donations can be made at Newport League of Friends Shop at Baddeley Court, Wellington Road Surgery or Linden Hall Surgery.
Harper Adams University is at the very centre of research into 'hands free farming'. Further funding is now allowing the project to enter another phase. See what HAU says about this project:
'The team behind the Hands Free Hectare (HFHa) were the first in the world to plant, tend and harvest a crop with robotic machinery and drones. The project is now to be scaled-up to a 35-hectare farm. The Hands Free Farm (HFF) will be located on Harper Adams University land to the south of the B5062,with the first crops being autonomously planted this autumn.
The first project aimed to spark conversation to move forward the level of automation in agriculture; proving that it is already possible with off-the-shelf technology. The new farm aims to explore the challenges of running the machinery on a larger amount of land whilst also tackling everyday obstacles that farmers face; such as telegraph poles and public footpaths.
The team and Harper Adams University are thrilled that the project has received further funding following the incredibly positive publicity the hectare has received. It’s amazing that this world-first project that’s received publicity in 86 countries originated from Edgmond. For more information and to view our safety procedures please visit https://www.handsfree.farm/ and to follow our progress: https://twitter.com/freehectare.'
Your Parish Council continues to help improve local rights of way so that you can clearly see where you may walk, cycle or ride in the countryside.
The two new short posts on Birchmoor Lane have been provided by T&W and installed by volunteers from the Parish. More fingerposts and short posts will be installed over the coming months. If you are not sure where you may walk in the Parish and beyond, and you don't have an OS map, you can have a look at the map in the notice board on the car park, or have a look at the simplified map on this website.
Footpaths are for people on foot only; bridleways are for horses and cycles as well; restricted byways are routes open to all non-motorised traffic. The standard colour coding across the country is that footpaths have yellow waymarkers whilst bridleways and restricted byways have blue. In Edgmond some of the fingerposts are also marked with their status (however, they are not all correct!).
We would like to make you aware of a parasite called Neospora. This is a microscopic parasite that infects cattle in two ways: either by ingesting the eggs from the environment, or as an unborn calf when Neospora crosses the placenta from an infected cow.
Infection can arrive on a farm by several routes: Via purchase of an infected cow, via recently infected dogs, or in feed or water contaminated by dog faeces. Dogs are a vital part of the Neospora story. They become infected by eating Neospora infected placentae, foetuses, calves or wildlife. The parasite multiplies in their intestine and eggs are passed in faeces for two to three weeks. After this the dog is immune and no longer a risk. The eggs are thought to survive in the environment for many months.
After being eaten by a cow the eggs multiply and then become dormant. This has no ill effects on the cow which continues to appear healthy. The danger comes during pregnancy when the parasite re-activates and travels to the placenta and unborn calf. What happens next can include:
• The birth of a healthy, but infected, calf which may go on to abort during its first pregnancy
• The birth of a calf showing signs of nervous disease, however, this is uncommon.
Infected cows remain infected for life and maintain Neospora in the herd by giving birth to infected heifer replacements. There is no evidence of direct cow-to-cow spread. This is a serious problem and can mean that otherwise healthy animals have to be destroyed causing great distress to the farmer.
More information can be found here.
As a courtesy to other walkers and to help reduce the risk of spreading disease we urge all dog owners who walk their animals in the countryside to keep to the footpaths and to clean up after their pets.
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