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We Love Manchester Emergency Fund -Registered as a Charity.

Manchester City Council and the British Red Cross’ – We Love Manchester Emergency Fund,  has reached £5.76m bolstered by support from the football community including Manchester United and Manchester City, as well as £100,000 from Wayne Rooney’s foundation.

Following recommendations from the Charities Commission, Manchester City Council has registered the fund as a charity in order to distribute the funds, with former council chief executive Sir Howard Bernstein joining the board of trustees.

My surprise is seeing the £100,000 from Wayne Rooney’s foundation and I applaud him for his actions.

Well done to everyone who has made a donation wherever you are. Terrorism is a scourge of the World, and it must not be allowed to win.Blue Light

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Ashmore Park Activity Maze Vandalised

Councillor Phil Bateman said ” This piece of play equipment has been attacked, I for the life of me cannot understand why this should happen. I reported the matter to both the City Council and the Police.

The City Councils Environmental team says “This piece of natural play equipment, fun for the children to run around and to challenge their balancing skills on the variable height wooden stumps, has unfortunately succumb to thoughtless vandalism.

This will be put right over the coming days but it’s an expense we would rather do without.”

I have also reported the matter to the Local Police team, I have asked if the nearby cctv stretched and covered this far?

I am sure Ashmore Park families are as dismayed as I am about this vandalism. Your three Councillors are always working hard looking to identify resources that can enhance the Park.

If you know who was responsible, I do hope you will inform the Police.

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Smishing – Warning From Action Fraud!

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Smishing – the term used for SMS phishing – is an activity which enables criminals to steal victims’ money or identity, or both, as a result of a response to a text message. Smishing uses your mobile phone (either a smartphone or traditional non-internet connected handset) to manipulate innocent people into taking various actions which can lead to being defrauded.

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has received information that fraudsters are targeting victims via text message, purporting to be from their credit card provider, stating a transaction has been approved on their credit card.

The text message further states to confirm if the transaction is genuine by replying ‘Y’ for Yes or ‘N’ for No.

Through this method the fraudster would receive confirmation of the victim’s active telephone number and would be able to engage further by asking for the victim’s credit card details, CVV number (the three digits on the back of your bank card) and/or other personal information.

Protect yourself:

  • Always check the validity of the text message by contacting your credit card provider through the number provided at the back of the card or on the credit card/bank statement.
  • Beware of cold calls purporting to be from banks and/or credit card providers.
  • If the phone call from the bank seems suspicious, hang up the phone and wait for 10 minutes before calling the bank back. Again, refer to the number at the back of the card or on the bank statement in order to contact your bank.
  • If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, please report it to Action Fraud at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or alternatively by calling 0300 123 2040
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Staying Alert! – If you are concerned about a safety issue? Report It!

Second bomb fears
Policer fear the Manchester suicide bomber may have built a second device which is now in the hands of fellow jihadists. Officers who raided the home of Salman Abedi discovered a working bomb factory with a large stash of explosive chemicals and other components. Security sources now believe that Abedi assembled the bomb himself after learning his trade in Libya. However the amount of material in his home has led to fears that he could have built more than one device and distributed them to other British-based extremists. “The worry is there was enough to build two or three bombs and we can’t rule that out,” an unnamed security source tells the Daily Telegraph.

Councillor Phil Bateman added ” It is important that we all stay alert, yes it is unlikely that we will be targeted. But the truth is you never know!

I would urge all constituents to be on guard, and if you have any security or safety concerns, then report the matter to the Police, using 101 if it is not urgent. Dial 999 if it is a matter of immediate direct concern. Better we remain safe than sorry!”

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West Midlands Police Issue Warnings!

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Lara Horsley (Police Staff, Corporate Communications Officer, West Midlands)

 

Last night the national security state was raised to critical. This means that not only does an attack remain highly likely but a further attack may be imminent.

The prime minister also authorised support from the military alongside the police, known as Operation Temperer.

However at this stage there are no plans to deploy military officers in the West Midlands; therefore the public are unlikely to see military personnel on the streets.

Support from the military will instead free up armed officers from certain guarding duties to release officers across the UK to support the wider national response.

As soon as the prime minister made her announcement, we implemented our locally tailored plan, including keeping officers on duty.

Assistant Chief Constable Alex Murray, said: “We are flexing our resources and increasing our presence at key sites, such as transport and other crowded places and we continue to review key events and entertainment venues.

“At the moment, there is no plan for military personnel to be deployed in the West Midlands; however the public will notice an increase in the number of armed and unarmed officers.

“While this is a precautionary measure, these highly visible patrols will continue for as long as is needed.

“You would expect us to do everything possible to prevent further attacks and keep you safe.”

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson, said: “I am working with the Chief Constable to ensure that the additional armed resources are integrated into our capabilities to offer increased assurance and protection and protection to the public.

“People should continue to carry on with their lives as normal and not let those who seek to divide us to win. I ask people to continue to be vigilant and report suspicious activities to the police.

“West Midlands Police have shown their dedication and commitment in recent days and I’m sure they will continue to do so.”

Please remain calm but alert. If you see anything that causes you concern, then let us know immediately, if you have suspicions about someone’s behaviour call us.

Look out for anything that seems out of place, unusual or doesn’t seem to fit in with day-to-day life

Councillor Phil Bateman said ” This warning is some thing that we all must take into account, lets all follow West Midlands Police advice especially whilst the warnings remain critical” 

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A Message Sent By West Midlands Police- Terrorism.

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Lara Horsley (Police Staff, Corporate Communications Officer, West Midlands)

We remain deeply shocked following last night’s tragic incident in Manchester and all our thoughts are with those affected.

Greater Manchester Police continue with their investigation – at this stage there are no known links between the perpetrator and the West Midlands. We continue to liaise with GMP to establish if there are any victims from our area.

Here in the West Midlands, we are focusing on providing the most appropriate policing response over the coming days. The threat level nationally remains severe, meaning an attack is highly likely. Tragic events like last night’s explosion in Manchester remind us that attacks can occur at any time or place without warning.

Everyone needs to be vigilant – be alert, not alarmed. As ever, we ask the public to be our eyes and ears. If something doesn’t feel right, call us. We act on every piece of information, no click or call will be ignored, we will only take action after appropriate checks have been carried out.

As we saw last night, terrorists wait for those moments when we’re not looking – that’s why vigilance and awareness of everyone is key to combatting terrorism.

There are many ways you can report – through local police on 101 or in an emergency 999, via the Anti Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 and online you can click on the red button on the West Midlands Police website to report online terrorist and extremist material.

Locally our West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit continues to work with national security services to keep our region safe. This includes playing a key role in stopping people getting drawn into terrorism and violent extremism in all forms.

It is really important for us all to remember that acts of terrorism and hate crimes are committed by a small minority of people and those people do not represent the public. This is a time for us all to work closely together and unite against those who seek, through violence and extremism, to intimidate or cause fear.

Looking forward to the weekend, Birmingham plays host to Pride which is a large lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender event and we’re expecting tens of thousands of visitors to the city. This is an annual event with a parade, music and festivities which are enjoyed by many.

I appreciate that people planning to attend may feel a sense of nervousness – I would like to take this opportunity to give you some reassurance that a full policing operation is in place and is subject to ongoing reviews.

We will have a large number of police officers, specials and police staff on hand to keep the public safe – this isn’t only for the Pride event, but also for anyone visiting the city to enjoy all it has to offer.

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Wednesfield North Residents Warned!

Councillor Phil Bateman warned residents of Wednesfield North  – “Beware residents I have received a Police warning relating to ‘Cyber Crooks’ who are looking to use technology to rob you!

Read on and please warn your friends and family of this scam.” here is the warning!

Action Fraud has received the first reports of Tech-Support scammers claiming to be from Microsoft who are taking advantage of the global WannaCry ransomware attack.

One victim fell for the scam after calling a ‘help’ number advertised on a pop up window. The window which wouldn’t close said the victim had been affected by WannaCry Ransomware.

The victim granted the fraudsters remote access to their PC after being convinced there wasn’t sufficient anti-virus protection. The fraudsters then installed Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, which is actually free and took £320 as payment.

It is important to remember that Microsoft’s error and warning messages on your PC will never include a phone number.

Additionally Microsoft will never proactively reach out to you to provide unsolicited PC or technical support. Any communication they have with you must be initiated by you.

How to protect yourself

  • Don’t call numbers from pop-up messages.
  • Never allow remote access to your computer.
  • Always be wary of unsolicited calls. If you’re unsure of a caller’s identity, hang up.
  • Never divulge passwords or pin numbers.
  • Microsoft or someone on their behalf will never call you.

If you believe you have already been a victim

  • Get your computer checked for any additional programmes or software that may have been installed.
  • Contact your bank to stop any further payments being taken.

Report fraud and cyber crime to Actionfraud.police.uk

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Sympathy and Condolences To The People of Manchester Today.

The horrible news coming out of Manchester will shake every family here in Wednesfield North, as it will shake and shatter families in Manchester and World wide.

I know my constituents here in Wednesfield North in Wolverhampton, will want to join in with me and my fellow Councillors Mary and Rita, as we offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to all those individuals and bright lights of this generation who have had their life snuffed out by this diabolical act of terrorism.

Manchester will grieve for them as will every community in the UK and further. But terrorism will not destroy Manchester, nor will its actions blunt the resolve and the determination to see our laws upheld, and our life styles continue.

We must all stand strong and continue our every day lives, help the police and the front line services do their job, and stand full square with Manchester on this sad and disastrous day.

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A Very Barmy Police Idea!

There are times when as a Labour Party member I scratch my head and wonder. This is one of those times.

Now I have first hand knowledge what this Conservative Government are doing for public service. I know how much damage they are reaping with regards to loss of services, cutting back Social Care, Under funding the NHS, ripping out Youth service funding and on top of that reducing our Police by 20,000 staff.

But I find it incredible to read that our own Crime Commissioner and the hierarchy in West Midlands Police are planning a ‘self service crime reporting policy?!’
Its incredible but West Midlands Police is planning to introduce “self-service” online reporting of “less serious” crimes, such as criminal damage or shoplifting, as part of a cost-cutting drive.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said people would “always be able to speak to the police”, but the plans would offer “greater choice”. However, Police Federation chairman Steve White described the proposal as “barmy”, adding: “Relying on victims of crime to do their own investigations is ridiculous”.

I fully agree with the Police Federation on this one…..It is a barmy notion, but it shows how badly stretched our Police Force is.

Anyone trying to report a crime will have experienced the hopeless 101 telephone service, and I have had stacks of local people tell me that they have reported crime, yet have had none or little response. Some people do not report minor crime, so what happens the statistics start getting miscued.

If you believe in having a fully operational well resourced Police Force, you have the chance to vote for one on June 8th, in the General Election.

With this article you can see what is coming down the road, a very broken thin blue line if the Conservatives get in again!

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Wednesfield Parents Beware!

WEDNESFIELD PARENTS BEWARE!

 

There have been two incidents of a white male in his 20’s to 30’s driving a BMW X1 approaching lone school girls and attempting to engage them in conversation. The two incidents thus far have occurred in Walsall and the targets have been senior school girls. If anything is seen please inform the local police on 101 or 999 if there is an immediate risk.

Councillor Phil Bateman said “ Parents please be aware, speak to your kids, warn them of this, and If you do know anything contact the Police now…..”