Issue 98

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Welcome to Issue 98 of the LNWA Newsletter – e-mailed to all 32 Boroughs plus the City to maintain contact. If you’re receiving this for the first time, it’s because you are identified as a contact in your Borough. LNWA is anxious information reaches the grassroots so please ensure all Watch members in your Borough are encouraged to read this Newsletter, also accessible with hyperlinks active via our website, http://www.lnwa.net

NEIGHBOURHOOD & HOME WATCH NETWORK (NHWN)

The latest edition of the NHWN newsletter is now available at:

http://www.ourwatch.org.uk/resource_centre/document_library/nhwn_our_news_november_2015/?cat_id=159

Meanwhile, after receiving the good news revealed on police budgets on 25 November, NHWN regrets the previously announced cuts in spending on policing, along with the reduction in funding allocation to the Home Office. Jim Maddan the national chairman said:

“We will have to wait to hear how the spending review will impact on individual police forces and how Chief Constables and Police & Crime Commissioners react. In these troubled times, it’s important to remember the value of voluntary organisations such as Neighbourhood Watch, whose members alone contributed the equivalent of £1 billion in time last year.

Without strongly developed community cohesion, the opportunity for criminal activity at all levels, from theft to terrorism, from fraud to child sexual exploitation, increases considerably. A pound spent on prevention can be worth a hundred pounds down the line dealing with the effects of criminal activity.”

Finally, on Wednesday 27 January 2016, Holocaust survivors and MPs will help to launch resources for Holocaust Memorial Day. The theme is ‘Don’t Stand By’, which ties in with Neighbourhood Watch efforts to tackle hate crime and discrimination. NHWN will be backing this campaign on Wednesday 27 January 2016 on social media. More information, useful and in-depth resources are available to all members of the public wishing to be involved at:

http://hmd.org.uk/resources/theme-papers/hmd-2016-dont-stand

MET TRACE

A first arrest has been made as a result of the Met Trace Project. Go to:

HOW TO TRUST A WEBSITE WHEN BUYING ON-LINE

The folk at “buyagift”, well-known for special on-line gift purchases, have produced a useful guide to buying on-line, adopted by Action Fraud for its Christmas campaign. Find it at:

http://www.buyagift.co.uk/Content/design/infographics/howtotrustawebsite/how-to-trust-a-website.html

NATIONAL LITTER TSAR

A Coordinator in Waltham Forest who runs a Borough wide anti-litter project called Litter Action Waltham Forest is using the project to call upon the government to create a new post of National Litter Tsar. To that end, the Coordinator has set up a petition on change.org and would be delighted if we could all sign it. Litter and fly-tipping are closely linked to anti-social behaviour, as you know, but it will require an enormous culture change in this country if we are to ever eradicate it.  Individual councils cannot bring about this change, as it requires a national strategy. Cut and paste the link to the petition, below, for more details:

https://www.change.org/p/secretary-of-state-for-the-department-of-environment-food-rural-affairs-create-a-new-post-of-national-litter-tsar?recruiter=282411271&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink

That’s it for this month. As usual, LNWA thanks you for your work and support.

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