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Rural Crime Advice Day – 14th November 2018

Essex Police would like to inform you of the forthcoming Rural Crime Advice Day, this event aims to provide members of the farming, Business’s and rural community with information regarding crime prevention measures in respect to security and personal safety.

The event will take place on:

Wednesday 14th November 2018 from 10.00am until 3pm at

Slamseys Farm, Blackley Lane, Great Notley, Braintree, CM77 7QW

This will be the fifth Rural Day of advice and awareness hosted by Essex Police.  The event will give you an opportunity to showcase your products and services and liaise directly with members of Essex rural community.

The event will cover the security of; Machinery, tractors, plant, metals, diesel, quad bikes, tools, vehicles, caravans, trailers, Equine/tack, dwellings, barns, stables, and outbuildings.

There will be various companies from the security market with their products and services together with partners and police to provide advice and information


Community Policing Team Update

Details of the Essex Police Local Community Officers who have responsibility for the Braintree area:

 PC 74665       Clare Bailey                Email address

PC 2812          James Draper             Email address

PCSO 70255   Sally Milton                 Email address

PCSO 73377   Jo Macmillan              Email address


The Community Policing Team does have its own email address which is monitored daily

Please remember to call 999 in any emergency or 101 for non-urgent enquiries.

Braintree Integrated Transport Package Consultation

Please see below a message from Cllr Kevin Bentley from Essex County Council:

I am contacting you to provide you with an update regarding the non-statutory consultation for the Braintree ITP project, which launched on Monday 24th September. The first public information event will be held on Saturday 6th October, and to ensure that you have all available information in advance of the events, please follow the link below to the scheme brochure published on our website:

The website also includes a link which allows stakeholders and residents to submit a formal response to the consultation.   

To discuss Braintree ITP with a member of the project team, or for further information on the schemes please attend one of the consultation events at:

·        Braintree Town Hall: Saturday, 6 October, 10am-4pm

·        Alec Hunter Academy: Friday, 12 October, 11am – 7pm


Kind regards


Cllr. Kevin Bentley

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure

Member for Stanway and Pyefleet

Essex County Council




Do you know to whom you are answering the phone?

Telephone Fraudsters want access to your computer and your money (Computer Software Service frauds) – What is this and what can you do.

Telephone fraudsters are now cold calling/ making unsolicited phone calls pretending to be from your internet service provider, telling you there is a problem with your device or router, it could lead to fraudsters asking for credit card information to ‘validate your software’, or access to your computer to fix the problem. These are all scams, so what do you need to look out for.

Common scams that use the brand names include:

* Receiving a phone call from ‘Microsoft Tech Support’ to fix your computer.

* Receiving a phone call from your internet service provider i.e. BT, Sky, EE, Virgin etc.

* Receiving unsolicited emails with attached security updates.

* Being asked for your credit card information to ‘validate your copy of Windows’.

* Being told you have won the ‘Microsoft Lottery’.

They might say that they can fix the problem for a fee, or alternatively they can compensate you for the problem you are experiencing.

What these fraudsters really want is for you to unwittingly grant them remote access to your computer by installing software or visiting a particular website, and for you to give them your payment details. This is a scam.

These are all fraud scams – No reputable computer firm will send unsolicited emails or make unsolicited phone calls to request personal or financial information, or ask for access to your computer to fix it.

How to protect yourself

If you receive such communication delete the email or hang up the phone do not engage in a conversation.  If you require further assurance contact the firm directly using the method and phone numbers obtained from their contract or other trusted sources, never use the numbers or email address supplied by the fraudsters.

* Legitimate companies like your Internet Service Provider (ISP), will never cold call you asking for remote access to your computer or for your financial details.

* Always be wary of unsolicited calls. If you’re unsure of a caller’s identity, hang up.

* Even if the caller is able to provide you with details such as your full name, don’t give out any personal or financial information during a cold call however convincing they sound.

Never grant the caller remote access to your computer,

never go to a website they give you and never Install software as a result of the call.

* If you think you have downloaded a virus, consider having your computer looked at by a trusted technician in order to determine if malicious software was installed on your machine during the call.

Did you know that?

Fraudsters will keep your details so they can contact you again pretending to be a ‘Recovery Company.’ They usually advise victims that they can recover the lost amount for a small upfront fee.

* There are free services like the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) to block unsolicited calls.

* You can protect your friends and family (especially if you think they may be vulnerable) by telling them about the signs to watch out for.

* Having anti-virus software installed on your devices and keeping it up to date will help prevent your computer from being infected with malicious software.

Report and get advice at:

Other places for help and advice:


Scam Mail

Royal Mail is seeking to raise awareness of scam mail in the community.  Royal Mail never knowingly delivers scam mail and understands the distress that it can cause when received.  This type of mail is illegal and targets the most vulnerable in society.

Typically, scam mail involves professional fraudsters sending convincing letters that are designed to trick people out of money or other valuables.  Scam mail can include bogus competitions and fake prize draws.  The mail mostly originates from overseas and is hard to detect.

Should you be concerned that someone you know is in receipt of scam mail, please contact Royal Mail by:

  • Writing to Royal Mail at FREEPOST SCAM MAIL, enclosing any items that are suspected of being scam mail;
  • Calling the Royal Mail Scam Mail Helpline on 0800 0113 466; or
  • Emailing


Bus Transport Contact Information

Please see the links below which may be of interest:

Bus Operator details:

Bus Passes & Concessionary Fares:

Bus Timetable changes:

Community Link: the in house fleet and services

Demand Responsive Transport:

Feedback – your views are important to us:

Infrastructure Team: This team deals with queries relating to Bus Stop Infrastructure, such as shelters, flags, timetable holders or location:<>

Local Bus Consultation:

Park & Ride services in Essex and recent changes:

Traveline: for details of local bus services please visit<>

Travel Trainers: services and how to apply

Travelling to School:

Integrated Passenger Transport Unit
Essex County Council

T: 0345 743 0430

A120 Millennium Way Slips Scheme

Message From Essex County Council:

The consultation, which was planned to start today on the Braintree Integrated Transport Package (ITP), has had to be postponed by two weeks in order to ensure that we have the right information available for those who want to respond. It is now scheduled to commence on Monday 24th September 2018 and will be open for 6 weeks, closing Monday 5th November 2018.

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