Higham Ferrers Town Council

Serving the people of Higham Ferrers

Mayor 2019 - 2020

Clerk: Mrs Sandra Mitcham
The Town Hall, Market Square
Higham Ferrers
Northamptonshire NN10 8BT

Tel: 01933 312075

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Latest News

Covid-19 Update from Assistant Chief Constable Simon Blatchly

Covid-19 Update from Assistant Chief Constable Simon Blatchly

"Police forces in the UK have a relationship with the public that is the envy of the world and we would always rather work with the public than against them."

These are the words of a senior police officer at Northamptonshire Police as no COVID-19-related fines were issued by police officers across the county over the weekend period.

Assistant Chief Constable Simon Blatchly, said: "Firstly, I would like to thank the public in Northamptonshire who have sent a clear message over the weekend that they want to save lives and work with us and the government by staying at home. More »

"We police by consent in this country and we have a relationship with the public in the UK that truly is the envy of the world. We engage, we listen, and we educate, and we would always rather work with the public than against them.

"We have been given powers that in all honesty, we would not normally wish to have. However, extraordinary times often call for extraordinary measures.

"That being said, we want to ensure that we continue to hold respect at the heart of everything we do and that a dialogue between the police and our communities continues to exist.

"Where our police officers and PCSOs have come across people outside over the weekend period, they've been able to educate them on why it's so important to follow the government's guidance to stay home, save lives and protect our NHS.

"Make no mistake, we will use enforcement and issue fines if we have to, but at the moment, our communities in Northamptonshire have been fantastic in their resilience to respond to such an unprecedented situation. Though there will always be people who will break the rules, and we will deal with them, it's heart-warming to know that the majority support us."

To enforce social distancing, people in Northamptonshire are being asked to stay at home and only go outside if they have a 'reasonable excuse'. These include shopping for necessary food, household and medical supplies, travelling to and from work where working from home is not an option, and daily exercise that adheres to social distancing guidance. Full details of the measures are available: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Northamptonshire Police can issue penalty notices of £30, rising to £60 if not paid within 28 days, where they have reason to believe there has been an offence under the regulations. These penalties are doubled for each repeat offence up to a £960 cap, with no reduction for early payment. Due to the exceptional nature of these powers, the regulations will be reviewed at least every 21 days to ensure they are still necessary.

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Posted: Tue, 31 Mar 2020 14:42 by Donna Anderson

Action Fraud Have Received Reports of Covid19 Related Scams

Action Fraud Have Received Reports of Covid19 Related Scams

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

Protection advice

Detailed counter fraud advice is available online, including from Scamsmart, ActionFraud, CIFAS, TakeFive, Citizens Advice, Trading Standards and the National Cyber Security Centre. More »

Reporting to Action Fraud can be done online at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

To report offers of financial assistance from HMRC contact phishing@hmrc.gov.uk. » Less

Posted: Mon, 30 Mar 2020 11:43 by Donna Anderson

Press release from LRF Northamptonshire Local Resilience Forum

Press release from LRF Northamptonshire Local Resilience Forum

Council Leader hails tremendous response to plea for volunteers
A staggering 8,319 individuals have come forward after an appeal for volunteers to help those most in need during the COVID-19 pandemic was launched on Monday.
In just three days, almost 800 forms have been submitted to the Northamptonshire COVID-19 Community Resilience team, with individuals and groups coming forward in droves to offer their support across the county.
The Community Resilience team are working daily with District and Borough Council colleagues in building community hubs, which will be able to coordinate support for those who need it most in their borough or district. Alongside the many offers of support that have come forward, there are also a large number of established community groups such as Age UK, the Red Cross, Neighbourhood Watch and many other recognised organisations actively involved in the effort.
As these groups and individuals mobilise and start to support their local communities, some of the key roles that they will expect to be involved in include: supporting with supply of medicines and food to those in at risk categories, selfisolating or vulnerable, as well as offering to support those who are feeling lonely. More »

Matthew Golby, Leader of Northamptonshire County Council, said:
"The response to the plea for help earlier this week has been overwhelmingly positive. The community spirit shown by these groups and individuals will play a significant and vital role in supporting those most in need during this period.
"I want to sincerely thank everyone who has committed to supporting this effort, whether it be through the offer of shopping, making a phone call or collecting medicines, your effort is making a significant difference to those most in need across Northamptonshire.
"We are still looking for more groups to come forward and help us to fill gaps in provision so we would love to hear from you if you are part of a group who has not yet registered. You can either complete the online form here https://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/coronavirus-updates/Pages/volunteer-to-help
those-in-need-coronavirus.aspx or email: nccg.communityresilience.covid19@nhs.net
Next week, we will be releasing further details for those who are in need of help. We will be issuing details of a support line and an online form so that we can ensure those who need certain offers of help are receiving it.
We will also be sending regular updates to these groups and individuals to ensure that they are regularly briefed and kept informed of latest developments. » Less

Posted: Fri, 27 Mar 2020 17:16 by Donna Anderson

Social Distancing