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HMRC Alert What you need to know Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls and voicemails, to members of the public purporting to be from Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC). Fraudsters are spoofing genuine HMRC telephone numbers to deceive their victims over the phone. The fraudsters state that as a result of the victim’s non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable for prosecution or other legal proceedings in order to settle the balance. The fraudsters suggest victims can avoid this, by arranging payment to be made immediately by methods such as bank transfer or by purchasing iTunes gift cards. If the victim is hesitant or refuses to comply, the suspect makes a threat such as immediate arrest, sending bailiffs to the victim’s address or, in some cases, deportation. Often, the period for which the tax is allegedly due is distant enough to guarantee the victim will have little, if any, paperwork or ability to verify the claims. Once the money is paid the suspects sever all contact with the victim. In genuine cases, HMRC will initially make direct contact with you via post/letter and potentially follow up that letter with a phone call at a later date. If HMRC contact you via telephone they will quote the reference number on the initial letter you should have received. HMRC will not discuss something you are not already aware of, like a tax investigation, and will NOT demand immediate payment. It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving messages or telephone calls of this nature. What you need to do Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number. Legitimate organisations wouldn’t ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using an iTunes gift card, or any other type of voucher. If you’re contacted by anyone that asks you to do this, you’re likely the target of a scam Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot. Report Phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature and have not lost money, you can report this as phishing to Action Fraud Message Sent By Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National) ... See more
Please Beware In the last couple weeks residents in different areas of Bedford have been victims to having their catalytic convertors stolen off their vehicles, mainly during the hours of darkness. Thieves are cashing in on lucrative prices for rhodium, palladium and platinum in the devices, and they can be stolen in just under a minute. Please be mindful of this and report any suspicious activity on 101 or 999. Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com if you would like to discuss this any further or would like any crime prevention advice. Many thanks Pc Kate Rowley 5763 Message Sent By Kate Rowley (Police, PC, North Community Team) ... See more
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Proposed Temporary Road Closure – Felmersham Road, Carlton Contact/Applicant: For further information please contact John Futter at Anglian Water, Tel: 01522 341545. Reason for Closure: Fire hydrant repair. Date: This temporary road closure is anticipated to be in operation 24 hours a day between Wednesday 19th June 2019 and Friday 21st June 2019 inclusive. Alternative Routes: Continue in a northerly direction on Bridgend, Carlton. Continue straight onto Carlton Road, Harrold, then Odell Road, Harrold to High Street, Odell. Turn right onto High Street, Odell and continue to Felmersham Bridge, Sharnbrook. Turn right onto Felmersham Bridge, Sharnbrook and continue to Hunts Lane, Felmersham. Turn right onto Hunts Lane, Felmersham and continue onto Carlton Road, Felmersham. Continue straight onto Felmersham Road, Carlton to site and vice versa. ... See more
Message from BABUS Dear BABUS Member As you may know , the Bedford Area Bus Users Society (BABUS) exits to represent the interests of bus users within its geographical sphere, encourages people to use buses and acts as a focal point between bus users, bus companies and local authorities whilst maintaining good relations with all three. However, it has become apparent to the committee that we require members to come forward and put themselves up for election to the committee at this years AGM. This will be held on Saturday 20 th July 2019 in the small meeting room at St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Square, Bedford, starting at 11.15am. Of the five committee members remaining only myself, Ray Smith and Frances Horwood are responsible for the day to day administration of BABUS. This situation has been exacerbated by the fact that Suzy Scott has stepped down from her role of Newsletter Editor/Website Host. The committee would like to thank her for all her hard work over the years. Added to this, our original Membership Secretary and Treasurer Simon Norton died suddenly on February 12th 2019. Both myself and Frances Horwood were honoured to attend his funeral at Golders Green Crematorium on the 24th February. I would like to record my thanks to Ray Smith for taking on the role of Membership Secretary. May I ask all members to contact him to make sure their membership is fully paid up please. His contact details are: 8 St Peter’s Close, Sharnbrook, Bedford, MK44 1PD, Tel: (01234) 782664 or you can email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org . As for myself I am also looking at stepping down as Chairman at next year’s AGM. Therefore I am asking you to seriously consider putting yourself forward to join the committee and to not only fill the vacant roles of Treasurer, Newsletter Editor (including its distribution to members) and Website Host, but to play a bigger role in how BABUS is run. Do you know a member who might be willing to serve on the committee? If the response from members is poor and nobody offers their services then the committee will be forced to consult with Bus Users UK, which BABUS is affiliated to, in order to ask for their advice as to whether we merge with a neighbouring bus users group, or disband BABUS altogether. Is the membership prepared to sit back and do nothing to help in our hour of need and risk BABUS disappearing completely after over thirteen years of loyal service to bus users and its members? Or are you prepared to do your duty and step forward and offer to help? It’s no good sitting back and thinking that somebody else will come forward as the future of BABUS is at stake? The decision is yours. ... See more
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Proposed Temporary Road Closure - Mill Road, Sharnbrook Length Affected: Approximately 20 metres either side of the railway bridge. Contact/Applicant: For further information please contact Louise Pape at Centurion Traffic Management, Tel: 01132 775360. Reason for Closure: To facilitate a bridge inspection. Date: This temporary road closure is anticipated to be in operation between 09:30 and 15:00 on 20th June 2019. Alternative Routes: Head west on Mill Road and continue to Templars Way. Turn right onto Templars Way. Turn right onto Rushden Road, Sharnbrook (The A6). At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Mill Road to site and vice versa. ... See more
The bottle bank is full. Please do not bring clear glass, the other sections are still OK. I have reported it for collection but do not leave bottles at the site.
Summer Gardening Events at The Higgins Bedford 19th June: Lunchtime Lecture with Professor Christiana Payne – ‘Round and Round the Garden’ 23rd June: Round and Round the Garden Family Afternoon 30th June: Your Garden Questions Answered with Jane Perrone, Kathy and Simon Brown 4th July: Lunchtime Lecture Edward Bawden – Art and Gardening 3rd July, 25th July, 18th August & 7th September: Garden Tours - Transforming the gardens at The Higgins Bedford There are lots of garden-themed events and activities at The Higgins Bedford this summer, inspired by the current exhibition Round and Round the Garden – A Celebration of Horticulture in Art. Explore the Castle Gardens in a free tour on the 3rd July, 25th July and 7th September at 11:15am or the 18th August at 2:15pm. Discover more about the volunteer-led project to rejuvenate the gardens and grounds. Support from the SDC Community Fund has provided the materials and tools for the project but donations are welcome to aid in transforming the gardens. Join Professor of History of Art at Oxford Brookes University, Christiana Payne, for a free lunchtime lecture of the Round and Round the Garden exhibition, on the 19th June from 12pm to 1pm. This lecture is sponsored by Oxford Brookes University. Enjoy an afternoon of free garden themed activities for families on 23rd June, including a seed bomb workshop with Jane Perrone. Entry for this event is free and runs from 2pm until 5pm. Experts are on hand to answer all things gardening in an informal gardener’s question time with Jane Perrone, Kathy and Simon Brown. Your Garden Questions Answered is free for all to enjoy on 30th June from 2:30pm to 3:30pm. Join Keeper of Fine and Decorative Art, Victoria Partridge, for a lunchtime lecture on 4th July from 12pm to 12:30pm and explore Edward Bawden’s favourite gardens. Entry for this lecture will cost £3 per person with concessions available at £2.50 Cllr Doug McMurdo, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said “Gardens have always been an inspiration for artists, and Round and Round the Garden is such a fantastic exhibition for inspiring all of us to look at our own gardens in a new light. These activities are a great chance to explore this exhibition in a very practical way, and a great chance to pick up some tips for your own gardening adventures.” Booking is essential for Garden Tours and the Lunchtime Lectures with Professor Christiana Payne and Victoria Partridge. To book your place or make a donation towards the garden project, please email email@example.com. ... See more