Alerts

A Danger to Horses

My horses are kept on my own land in Kirton.  Someone periodically comes onto my property and lets my horses out onto additional grazing.  Please do not do this:  you are endangering their health and ultimately their lives.

My horses are carefully managed to maintain their health and condition.  By letting them into fields full of grass, you risk them developing laminitis, an extremely painful and ultimately fatal condition caused by over eating.  Do not put my horses' lives at risk like this.

All gates are now locked and CCTV is being installed.  I am saddened that I need to do this in a community like Kirton and Falkenham.

Caroline Putus
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Emergency Message from UK Power Networks

Please see the following message from UK Power Networks.
You can also download the information from this link
http://kirtonfalkenham.onesuffolk.net/assets/Misc/UK-Power-Networks-1414.pdf
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Yet another phishing scam - targets BT Yahoo customers

The migration from BT Yahoo to bt.com mail has already taken place and you should not receive any e-mail from BT advising you change anything.
Delete any such e-mails. Do not click on any links in them.
If you do get one of these Phishing e-mails and get taken in then all your subsequent e-mails end up on someone else's screen.
In the case of BT a call to 08081006778 will quickly get it sorted although you must run a virus scan afterwards in case they have managed to get a keylogger onto your computer.
See security advice on the Links page of this site. Read More...

Health hazard warning - Brown Tail moth caterpillar

You may have seen the article in the EADT or Ipswich Evening Star
There are about a dozen clusters on a young oak tree as you leave Kirton, just past Brook Cottage on the opposite side of the road as you head towards the entrance to the fishing lake. The landowner has been made aware.
The larvae are dark brown and hairy with a series of white marks down the side and a characteristic pair of orangey-red ‘warts’ at the rear end.
They spend the winter months in tough webbing nests (above right) and emerge in spring to feed communally until about the end of May.
Although occasionally found on oaks, brown-tail moth larvae are much more common on hedgerow trees such as blackthorn and hawthorn or on scrubby plants, especially bramble.
The hairs of these larvae can provoke an allergic reaction, so contact with the larvae or their nests should be avoided.

Source http://www.forestry.gov.uk/fr/INFD-8GQDW6
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Ofcom – Scam alert

Be aware of a text message scam. Some mobile customers have received text messages claiming to be from Ofcom. It asks consumers to click on a website address and then enter their personal details.
The text message claims to be from the “Ofcom Communications Team” and mobile phone number of the sender is six digits in length.
This is a scam. If you receive the text message then do not click on the website.
Reporting the scam
You can report the scam to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or via the website http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
If you are concerned that you may have submitted your personal details then contact the Information Commissioners Office on 0303 123 1113 or via the website http://www.ico.gov.uk/
To contact the Ofcom Advisory Team call 0300 123 3333.
Ofcom has alerted the authorities for investigation.

Source: http://consumers.ofcom.org.uk/2012/10/scam-alert/
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Driving in France?

Are you planning on taking your car to or through France from today (1 July)?
A new law has come into force in France making it compulsory for drivers to carry two breathalyser kits in their vehicles or risk an on-the-spot fine.
See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18662555 Read More...

Internet security alert

Yes, the clocks have gone forward and it’s security warning time again.

A warning from Suffolk Constabulary (in a letter to a friend following a spate of house burglaries in the Knodishall, Marlesford, Leiston, Heveningham, Badingham and Bungay area). Probably only affects computers with the Microsoft Windows operating system.

Whilst using the internet, a message flashes up onto your screen, which you will also find locks your computer, with words to the effect of it being from the Metropolitan and Strathclyde Police (or similar forces). The message will imply that you have been viewing unsuitable web sites and they have locked your computer to prevent further viewing; you are then asked to pay £100 or a similar amount to have your screen unlocked, but even if you pay you will find your machine remains unusable... Read More...

Roadworks 7-Hills

SCC will be carrying out road resurfacing on the A12 Seven Hills roundabout, North Bound carriageway and the Northern part of the roundabout.  The work is necessary to arrest further deterioration and improve the road surface. The works are currently programmed to be carried out on 31 October & 1 November 2011, (phase 1) and 2 & 3 November 2011 (phase 2).  The affected roads will be temporarily closed overnight between 20:00 – 06:00 with signed diversion routes in place.  Access for emergency services will be maintained at all times, however.

Colin Shaw, Parish Clerk Read More...

Foxhall Road Closed from 22 August for 10 days

Foxhall Road Closed from 22 August for 10 days
Dover Rd To Camden Rd
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Changes to BBC HD channels on satellite on 6th June

From the BBC Internet Blog:-

"Changes to BBC HD channels on satellite on 6th June"

We will shortly be making a change to the satellite transponder that carries BBC One HD & BBC HD. The signal on this transponder is currently broadcast using a modulation scheme called "DVB-S". On 6 June we will be upgrading to a newer "DVB-S2" scheme. This is a more efficient way of operating the transponder and it creates more capacity from the same amount of spectrum. More spectral bang for our buck, if you like.

The change will mean different things to different people:

If you watch TV using Freeview or Virgin Media or can't currently view HD channels you will not be affected.

If you have Sky, you will not notice the change and won't have to do anything on or after 6 June.

If you have Freesat you may need to put your HD box or TV into standby for 30 seconds and then restart to continue to receive the two BBC HD channels. If the channels are still unavailable then carry out a 'freesat channel retune' or a 'first time installation'. Full instructions can be found in the manual for your box or TV. Further help with retuning can be found at
www.freesat.co.uk or by calling their customer support team on 08450 990 990." Read More...

Action Fraud

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Action Fraud is the place for you to find out about fraud. Action Fraud is brought to you by the National Fraud Authority
 
It’s the UK’s national fraud reporting centre. If you’ve been scammed, ripped off or conned, there is something you can do about it – get in touch with them. Read More...

More spoof phone calls

Having received two suspicious phone calls in two days, in spite of having Telephone Preference Service, I thought you ought to be aware.

1.
Caller: Is that Mr R-H?
Me: Who is calling, please?
Caller: Is that Mr R-H>?
Me: Who is calling, please?
Caller: I can’t tell you because of the Data Protection Act.
Me: Don’t be ****** ridiculous!

2.
Caller: Is that Mr R-H?
Me: Who is calling, please?
Caller: This is the Industrial Works Unit [who they? no explanation given]. Am I right in thinking someone in your household used to be employed?
Me: None of your business. Goodbye.

If a caller wants to know who you are, they should identify themselves first. If you are still suspicious, terminate the call. They have your name and phone number so probably have your address. If they are genuine they will write to you. But beware of spoof mail as well!

See this website
Safefromscams – for information on phone, mail, tradesman and other scams.

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Telephone scams again

Telephone scams continue. You may receive a call from a “representative” of BT, informing you that he is disconnecting you because of an unpaid bill. The caller will even demonstrate that he can block your phone. Don’t be fooled. By simply not hanging up, any caller blocks your phone for up to 6 minutes so you will not get dial tone when you try to make a call. If you receive such a call, inform the police.
See the links page (Computers and Internet) for sites that will tell you all about the latest wheezes the criminals are trying. Read More...

Telephone scams

Malware-pushing scammers appear to be stepping up their use of telephone-based pitches, resulting in an increase in reports from the UK of high-pressure cold calls designed to trick people into installing rogue antivirus products and other nasties. See http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/07/05/malware_cold_calling/ Read More...

Break-in on 21 June

Overnight Monday 21st June in Burnt House Lane, Kirton a garage attached to a house was broken into. The up and over door was forced open causing damage and a set of screwdrivers were stolen but no entry was gained to the house.

Were you in the area in the early hours of this morning? Residents at the address were disturbed by a noise at around 4am, did you see or hear anything? Calls relating to this incident should be made to Felixstowe Police on 01473 613500 reference FE/10/1330

Or

Please use this link to pass any useful information to Suffolk Police about this incident.

DO NOT USE THIS LINK IN AN EMERGENCY OR IN A SITUATION THAT REQUIRES AN IMMEDIATE POLICE RESPONSE WHEN YOU SHOULD RING 999.

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Break-ins alert

There have been a lot of break-ins in and around Felixstowe. Make sure your place is locked when you go out.
4 February between 08:10 and 16:30 Church Lane Kirton: jewellery, 2 games consoles, large flat screen TV were among the items stolen from a house break-in. Anyone with information on unusual activities (white van) contact the police on 01473 613500 ref FE/238. Read More...

Helping Suffolk stay safe in bad weather

Information from the Suffolk Resilience Forum 6 Jan 2010

Suffolk Police’s top tips for winter driving
Gritting information from Suffolk County Council
NHS Suffolk advice for keeping healthy, particularly for older people
Look out for vulnerable people
East of England Ambulance Service urges public to use 999 wisely
Take fire safety precautions – advice from Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service
School closures – information from Suffolk County Council
Refuse collections – advice from borough and district councils


Members of the Suffolk Resilience Forum, including Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Constabulary, NHS Suffolk, and district and borough councils, are working together once again to ensure the county’s residents stay safe during the current adverse weather conditions.

The Forum is issuing a series of key messages and top tips to let people in the county know what’s being done to deal with the bad weather and how they can keep safe in the snow and ice.

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Mail scam warning

The scam described below was shut down in 2005 (see http://www.hoax-slayer.com/pds-phone-scam.html). Nevertheless, it is worth bearing in mind for the approaching parcel delivery season. Avoid Premium Rate phone numbers – you don’t know what you are paying.

For information about scams in general (real and imagined) see
http://www.hoax-slayer.com
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A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS Parcel Delivery Service suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 0906 6611911 (a Premium rate number). 
DO NOT call this number, as this is a mail scam originating from Belize.
If you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed £15 for the phone call. 
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As a general rule NEVER forward scam/virus warnings you receive from well-meaning friends – their email and the forwarded parts may contain a virus.
This also applies to cute animal/baby pictures, missing persons notices or any chain letter-style messages.
If you feel you must forward a particular message to all your friends, please remove all the email addresses of the previous recipients. I do not want my email address broadcast to the world and its spammers and neither, probably, do you nor the previous recipients.
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Low flying military aircraft

About 14:50 BST on Friday 5 June a military jet flew westwards across Kirton so low that it apparently swerved to avoid poplar trees between Burnt House Lane and Weir Place.
If you were alarmed by this event call the Ministry of Defence complaints line 02072 186 020.
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Alert

The Trading Standards Office are making people aware of the following scam: Read More...