June 2018 eNewsletter – FiRELiNK

New Chief Fire Officer announced

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

Cheshire Fire Authority has confirmed the appointment of a new head of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Mark Cashin, currently Cheshire’s Deputy Chief Fire Officer, was selected to become the Service’s new Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive after an interview panel and subsequent Member confirmation at a meeting of Cheshire Fire Authority (May 22).

Mr Cashin (49) will take up the post on 1 July 2018, succeeding Paul Hancock who recently announced his retirement.

Find out more – New Chief Fire Officer announced


IFE Centenary Conference

IFE conference

In September 2017 Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) opened the doors of a new state-of the-art lifeskills centre, Safety Central, aimed primarily at keeping young people safe. This prompted the Service’s decision to focus their forthcoming Institution of Fire Engineers centenary conference on and around young people.

The one day event, ‘100 Years Young – futureproofing Generation Alpha’, hosted by North Western Branch and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and sponsored by Paragon Creative, is on Thursday 19 July at Safety Central, Lymm, Warrington, Cheshire and is open to both IFE and non-IFE members. The title celebrates the IFE Centenary as well as highlighting the focus on young people born after 2011, designated Generation Alpha and predicted to be the most transformative generation ever.

Find out more – IFE Centenary Conference


Drowning prevention – be water aware

Water rescue by firefighters

Around 400 people drown in the UK every year and thousands more suffer injury, some life changing, through near-drowning experiences.

Many people that drown just happen to be near water – such as runners, walkers and fisherman.

Find out more – Drowning prevention


Summer safety

Barbecue

Stay safe during the summer months, use the links below to access fire safety tips and advice:


The Royal Cheshire Show 2018
Children having a discussion about escape plans with a Cheshire firefighter

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service will once again be at The Royal Cheshire Show, engaging with members of the public delivering vital road and fire safety information, along with the famous children’s yellow helmets.

Find out more – The Royal Cheshire Show 2018


Fire Station open days

Ellesmere Port Fire Station Open Day 2017

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service fire stations will be holding free fire station open days over the next few months.

Find out more – Fire Station open days

Find out about your local fire station – where it is, what open days or special events they are holding and how to get in contact with them.

Find out more – Your local fire station

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Tsb Phishing Attacks

There has been a sharp rise in fraudsters sending out fake text messages (smishing) and phishing emails claiming to be from TSB. The increase in the number of reports corresponds with the timing of TSB’s computer system update, which resulted in 1.9 million users being locked out of their accounts. Opportunistic fraudsters are using TSB’s system issue to target people with this type of fraud.

Since the start of May there have been 321 phishing reports of TSB phishing made to Action Fraud. This is an increase of 970% on the previous month. In the same reporting period, there have been 51 reports of cybercrime to Action Fraud which mention TSB – an increase of 112% on the previous month.

Fraudsters are commonly using text messages as a way to defraud unsuspecting victims out of money. Known as smishing, this involves the victim receiving a text message purporting to be from TSB. The message requests that the recipient clicks onto a website link that leads to a phishing website designed to steal online banking details.

Although text messages are currently the most common delivery method, similar communications have been reported with fraudsters using email and telephone to defraud individuals.

In several cases, people have lost vast sums of money, with one victim losing £3,890 after initially receiving a text message claiming to be from TSB. Fraudsters used specialist software which changed the sender ID on the message so that it looked like it was from TSB. This added the spoofed text to an existing TSB message thread on the victim’s phone.

The victim clicked on the link within the text message and entered their personal information. Armed with this information, the fraudsters then called the victim back and persuaded them to hand over their banking authentication code from their mobile phone. The fraudsters then moved all of the victim’s savings to a current account and paid a suspicious company.

Protect Yourself:

Don’t assume an email or text is authentic:

Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. Phone numbers and email addresses can be spoofed, so always contact the company directly via a known email or phone number (such as the one on the back of your bank card).

Clicking on links/files

Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected text or email. Remember, a genuine bank will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your full PIN or password.

If you have received a suspicious TSB email, please do not respond to it, report it to us https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_phishing and also forward it to ku.oc1529423502.bst@1529423502smacs1529423502liame1529423502

Every Report Matters. If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, report it to us online or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Visit Take Five and Cyber Aware for more information about how to protect yourself online.

Source: https://www.cheshirepolicealert.co.uk/da/221614/TSB%20Phishing%20Attacks%20.html

Tsb Port Out Alert

There has been an increase in reports made in May by TSB customers relating to “port-out” fraud. Fraudsters are number porting a victim’s telephone number to a SIM card under their control and then using the number to access the victim’s bank accounts.

The increase in the number of reports corresponds with the timing of TSB’s computer system update, which resulted in 1.9 million users being locked out of their accounts. Opportunistic fraudsters are using TSB’s system issue to target individuals, which follows the increase in phishing and smishing communications also targeting TSB customers this month. Victims’ bank account and personal details including their phone number are collected by the fraudster, providing them with the information to execute the fraud.

Number porting is a genuine service provided by telecommunication companies. It allows customers to keep their existing phone number and transfer it to a new SIM card. The existing network provider sends the customer a Port Authorisation Code (PAC), that when presented to the new provider allows the number to be transferred across. This service can, however, be abused by fraudsters.

To gain control of the victim’s phone number, fraudsters convince the victim’s mobile phone network provider to swap their number on to a SIM card in the fraudster’s control. Once the fraudster has control of the number they are able to intercept the victims’ text messages, allowing them to use services linked to the victim’s phone number. This can include requesting an online banking password reset or access to any two factor authentication services.

Victims have reported large losses as a result of this fraud. One victim initially dismissed text messages received from their network provider containing a PAC number. Two days later £6,000 was removed from the victim’s TSB current account. The victim subsequently contacted their phone provider and was informed that someone contacted the provider purporting to be the victim and had cancelled their contract and transferred their number to a new SIM. This action allowed the banking fraud to take place.

Protect Yourself:

PAC Code notifications

If you receive an unsolicited notification about a PAC Code request, contact your network provider immediately to terminate the request. Also notify your bank about your phone number being compromised.
Clicking on links/files:

Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text. Remember, criminals can spoof the phone numbers and email addresses of companies you know and trust, such as your bank.
Requests to move money:

A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, full password or to move money to another account.

Port-out Fraud versus SIM Swapping

Port-out fraud is often incorrectly referred to as SIM swap fraud. SIM swap fraud works in a similar fashion, however, instead of porting the victim’s number to a new network provider, the fraudster impersonates the victim and requests a new SIM card for their account. Once they have access to the new sim, they have access to the number.

Source: https://www.cheshirepolicealert.co.uk/da/221616/TSB%20Port%20Out%20Alert.html

UPDATE Sandymoor Playing field

Dear Resident,

I write with regards to the Sandymoor Sports development on Wharford Lane, Sandymoor. The land is owned by Sandymoor Parish Council (SPC) and was allocated for a recreational facility for Sandymoor residents as part of the overall Sandymoor Development Plan. The new facility will be built and maintained by the Parish.

Planning Permission was gained by the Parish for the Sports facility development last year, and I now wish to update you on progress of the project.

HBC have been working with SPC to implement this facility, which will be used under a shared use agreement by Sandymoor School and available to book out by residents outside school hours. Further details for how the new facilities can be booked will be advertised in due course.

A main contractor for construction of the works has been appointed and works are due start from 5th February 2018, with full site mobilization taking place from 26th March 2018. Access to the site will be via a temporary access point off Wharford Lane. The construction period is due to take 15 weeks with completion by late June/early July 2018, weather permitting.

The main contractor if fully aware of site constraints and highway restrictions and will work closely with the Parish and Council to minimize disruption to local residents and the adjacent school.

During the construction phase if you have any cause for concern, please do not hesitate to contact me on the telephone number above or on my email address – clerk@sandymoorparishcouncil.gov.uk

Warm regards, Bernadette Tarry, Clerk to Sandymoor Parish Council. 

Sandymoor Playing field, Wharford Lane

Sandymoor Playing field, Wharford Lane.

22th January 2018

Dear Resident,

 

I write with regards to the Sandymoor Sports development on Wharford Lane, Sandymoor. The land is owned by Sandymoor Parish Council (SPC) and was allocated for a recreational facility for Sandymoor residents as part of the overall Sandymoor Development Plan. The new facility will be built and maintained by the Parish.

 

Planning Permission was gained by the Parish for the Sports facility development last year, and I now wish to update you on progress of the project.

HBC have been working with SPC to implement this facility, which will be used under a shared use agreement by Sandymoor School and available to book out by residents outside school hours. Further details for how the new facilities can be booked will be advertised in due course.

A main contractor for construction of the works has been appointed and works are due start from 5th February 2018, with full site mobilization taking place from 5th March 2018.  Access to the site will be via a temporary access point off Wharford Lane. The construction period is due to take 15 weeks with completion by late June/early July 2018, weather permitting.

 

The main contractor if fully aware of site constraints and highway restrictions and will work closely with the Parish and Council to minimize disruption to local residents and the adjacent school.

 

During the construction phase if you have any cause for concern, please do not hesitate to contact me on the telephone number above or on my email address – clerk@sandymoorparishcouncil.gov.uk

 

Warm regards,
Bernadette Tarry, Clerk to Sandymoor Parish Council.

Sandymoor Local Centre

Cllrs,

The Council has been working with the Homes and Communities Agency (as land owner) to bring forward the development of the Sandymoor Local Centre. Both the Council and HCA are in agreement that now is a good time to bring forward the local shops and associated amenities. This will not only provide the growing community with additional local facilities but it will also help support continued house building by making the neighbourhood a more attractive to place live.

You may recall in January 2016, the HCA, supported by the Council, undertook a community consultation exercise with residents regarding options for developing the new local centre. The HCA are now looking to dispose of the site and have engaged a commercial agent to market the Local Centre to developers. A commercial ‘for sale’ board should be going up on site in next couple of weeks as part of the disposal process.

To play our part, and in accordance with the adopted Sandymoor Supplementary Planning Document, the Council has prepared a Planning Brief to help guide development of the site and assess future planning applications against.

I attach a copy of the Draft Developer Brief. Appendix A of the Brief includes a summary of the findings from the consultation of residents in Jan 2016, the Brief makes reference to how these comments (within the scope of a planning document) have been taken into account.

The next step is for the Draft Developer Brief to be taken to the Development Control Committee in either May or June 2017. The HCA anticipate that a preferred developer will be appointed in late Summer 2017, at which point the developer will bring forward their detailed planning proposals for the Local Centre. The Council expects that once a preferred developer is appointed, they will undertake neighbourhood consultation prior to submitting a formal planning application.

Sandymoor Local Centre Developer Final Draft V5 Brief - Final Draft

Sandymoor Local Centre Draft Developer Brief - Appendix B Images

Swans Reach Pond

Please note that arrangements for the aquatic weed to be sprayed shortly have been agreed under Environmental Agency approval. Please note, we will only be able to herbicide 20% of the surface area to avoid creating anaerobic conditions in the pond.

Thank you

Bernadette Tarry

Clerk to Sandymoor Parish Council

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