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Get artistic say Suffolk police in fight against Covid-19

School children across Suffolk are being called on to help in the fight against coronavirus by using their creative art and design talents.
 
 Suffolk Constabulary is running a competition for under 12s during the two-week Easter holidays. 
 
They are being asked to design colourful and bright posters with the tag line ‘Stay Home Save Lives’, to encourage members of the public to remain at home, protect the NHS and give key workers the best possible chance to continue delivering vital services.
 
 Once designed on A4 paper (or bigger), the posters should be displayed prominently in the front window of their home and should mention @suffolkpolice on the poster. 
 
Officers on patrol in local communities will then select random posters they see during the Easter holidays and leave a bag of chocolate eggs on the door step. Officers will ensure that the treats are left in accordance with guidance relating to social-distancing to ensure the virus isn’t inadvertently spread. 
 
 Inspector Andy Martin, one of the force’s Neighbourhood Partnership Inspectors and who came up with the idea said: "Not only will this provide a great opportunity for our young people to support our vital key workers by reiterating important messages in a fun and creative way, but it also comes with a chance of winning a little thank you from Suffolk Police.
 
"If your children are taking part, I would ask parents and carers to post images of the poster designs on their social media feed and tag @suffolkpolice using the hashtag #StayHomeSaveLives to help spread the message”
 
 "Thanks for all your support, understanding and patience at this challenging time and we look forward to seeing some fun and creative designs.”
 

Previous release - Chief thanks public I 31 March 2020

Suffolk Constabulary is thanking the public and businesses after last week's plea urging them to comply with government measures restricting people's movements to tackle coronavirus.

Officers were given the powers on Thursday last week (26 March), to fine people who refuse to stay at home and only go outside if they have a 'reasonable excuse'.

So far, the force has not yet issued any fixed penalty notices in relation to the formal powers. However, if considered necessary, police may take enforcement action if people are not listening and putting others at risk. Officers will apply their discretion and will ask questions to establish individual circumstances.

Chief Constable Steve Jupp said: "Overall, the message does seem to be getting through - compliance with these regulations is an absolute priority to save people's lives and protect the NHS.

"We will continue to police by consent. We will engage, explain the circumstances and encourage people to do the right thing in complying with the government request.

"This is absolutely a community effort. We have no desire to use the formal powers now made  available to policing, but it's right that we're able to enforce against those who disregard these measures and put people at risk. The vast majority are following the government requests, and we thank them.

 "If people see people flouting the rules we want the public to exercise common sense. We will not be able to dispatch officers for minor infringements. Clearly mass gatherings of people is not a minor infringement and we would want to know about that so we can deal with it.

 "I would like to add that people who deliberately spit and cough on emergency workers as well as members of the public will be dealt with robustly. This is an offence and it will be treated as assault.

 "I'd also take this opportunity to pay tribute to all our police officers and staff who alongside emergency workers, NHS staff and other key workers are on the frontline.  They are doing outstanding work in challenging times."

 Police can issue penalty notices of £30, rising to £60 if not paid within 28 days, where they have reason to believe there has been an offence under the regulations.
 

 

Previous release - Reminder about Covid scams I 31 March 2020

Suffolk Constabulary is reminding people to stay alert to criminals looking to continue to exploit the vulnerable during the coronavirus outbreak. 

Whilst the vast majority of people volunteering are doing so for the right reasons, there are a small minority of people who see this difficult time as an opportunity to commit crime. 
 
Therefore  in particular officers are keen for people to be aware of the very simple steps they can take to protect themselves from handing over their money, or personal details, to criminals.  Police are urging people to take a moment to think before parting with their money or information.

County Policing Commander for Suffolk Chief Superintendent Marina Ericson said: "Just take a few moments to think – has the approach come from a cold call, or unexpected text or email? Could it be fake? Do you know or trust the person it’s come from? 

"It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you. Take your time to discuss what is being asked of you with friends or family.

"Remember, the police, or your bank, will never ask you to withdraw money or transfer it to a different account. They will never ask you to reveal your full banking password or PIN.”

The majority of groups are well intentioned and will be working through the voluntary or charity sector and will be very happy to provide you with proof as to who they are.  If you receive an unexpected text or email asking for personal or financial details do not click on the links or attachments. Ensure you have the latest software and application updates installed on all your devices.
 
 If you think you’ve been a victim of a scam, contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via actionfraud.police.uk.
 
 Advice:  
·Only accept help from people you know and / or trust. Never deal with unexpected cold callers 
 
·You do not have to agree to anything you don’t feel comfortable with 
 
· Police, health workers and others will not and do not call at your house to test for coronavirus or ask for money regarding investigations 
 
·Check the person calling at your door has valid identification, even if they are dressed in uniform 
 
·Do not transfer any money across to someone who calls you over the phone, banks will not ask for your personal security details 
 
· Do not trust anyone asking for money transfers or cash over the phone 
 
· Do not make shopping purchases from a company or person you do not know and trust. Use a credit card to pay to protect yourselves. 
 
Further advice can be found on our website:
 
https://www.suffolk.police.uk/sites/suffolk/files/coldcallers1.pdf
 
https://www.suffolk.police.uk/sites/suffolk/files/fraudprevention1.pdf
 
Detailed counter fraud advice is available online, including from 
 
https://www.cifas.org.uk
 
https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/scams/check-if-something-migh... 

Reporting to Action Fraud can be done online at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040. For up-to-date information on COVID19 fraud please follow Action Fraud on Twitter. To report offers of financial assistance from HMRC contact [email protected].
 
 

Previous release - Suffolk Chief urges compliance I 24 March 2020

Suffolk’s Chief Constable has called on communities to comply with new government measures restricting people’s movements to tackle coronavirus.

Steve Jupp said protecting the NHS and the public must be the priority after the government last night (23 March 2020) ordered people to stay at home to stop the spread of the disease.

Public gatherings of more than two people who do not live together are prohibited, and shops selling non-essential items have been ordered to close.

New legislation has been introduced giving police powers to disperse public gatherings and fine those who do not follow the rules.

Mr Jupp said: “It is imperative people comply with these new measures to prevent the NHS being overwhelmed and to ensure lives are saved.

“The moves so far to limit social distancing have not had the necessary effect, with some people still going about their business as if the threat from coronavirus didn’t exist.

“It has to stop. We all need to work together to protect our NHS and other public services so that we can ensure we can help you.

“I appreciate the crisis we are facing is having a massive impact on people’s lives and the vast majority of people in Suffolk are making a real effort to do all they can to help themselves and others by heeding what has been said. I would now urge the small minority who have not done so to adhere to these new instructions from the Prime Minister.

“Our officers will be out in our communities as we are normally. We will use the opportunity to explain the new rules and discuss with people what they are doing, and why they are out. 

“We will continue to work within our traditional policing model, with the consent of the public. The vast majority of the public understand why we may need to use the new powers. We will, of course, negotiate and convince before resorting to the law.

“We must not be complacent. I urge people in Suffolk to follow the advice which is being given, stay at home and help us help the national effort to protect you and our NHS.

“Finally, I would like to say how proud I am of my officers and staff for everything they are doing, along with all the NHS staff and other emergency services.”

The measures announced last night allow people to go out for shopping and basic necessities, daily exercise, any medical need and travelling to and from essential work.

What does this mean for me?

  • Police will need to engage and encourage compliance and may disperse groups of more than two people who do not live with one another. Those who refuse may face a fine.
  • New powers will come into effect on Thursday – in the meantime officers will approach groups and stress the importance of following these rules.
  • Non-essential shops will be closed by Trading Standards – officers will support them if necessary. 
  • Play parks and churches will be closed by local authorities.
  • Day-to-day policing continues

Previous release - Scam warnings I 23 March 2020

Suffolk Constabulary has issued advice on social media channels to combat unscrupulous individuals who look to exploit the vulnerable during the coronavirus outbreak.
 
The messages on social media urge vigilance against criminals who will be using the publicity around the virus as a chance to target the vulnerable.
 
For example, the social guidance includes making clear to always ask for identification of anyone claiming to be from the emergency services or the voluntary sector and not to open the door to anyone, especially from someone you are not expecting.

Other scam include coronavirus tax refunds, fake cures, World Health Organisation  impersonation emails and bit coin payments.
 
County Policing Commander for Suffolk Chief Superintendent Marina Ericson said: "We are living through unprecedented times, and while we are seeing mostly positive and very helpful community based activity to support the vulnerable, there continues to be a heartless and scheming group of criminals who will look to exploit the current situation for their own needs.
 
"Scams are likely to come in many different forms – from, for example, calling on people to say they are testing for the virus, to those fraudulently selling  protective face masks, or offering to do shopping and taking money. 
 
"The majority of groups are well intentioned and will be working through the voluntary or charity sector and will be very happy to provide you with proof as to who they are.
 
"The message is simple, if you have any doubts about the honesty of the person or offer of help, we urge you not to engage further – put the phone down or shut the door and report suspicious behaviour."

Vulnerable people will be most at risk so we ask that people protect themselves and we ask relatives and neighbours of the vulnerable to have a conversation with their loved ones or neighbours to stay alert and be wary of unsolicited offers of help.
 
If you feel in immediate danger call 999 or if you know someone is vulnerable and has been a victim of fraud, please contact Suffolk Constabulary on 101 or Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.ukor call 0300 123 2040. 
 
Advice:  
 
·Only accept help from people you know and / or trust. Never deal with unexpected cold callers 
 
·You do not have to agree to anything you don’t feel comfortable with 
 
· Police, health workers and others will not and do not call at your house to test for coronavirus or ask for money regarding investigations 
 
·Check the person calling at your door has valid identification, even if they are dressed in uniform 
 
·Do not transfer any money across to someone who calls you over the phone, banks will not ask for your personal security details 
 
· Do not trust anyone asking for money transfers or cash over the phone 
 
· Do not make shopping purchases from a company or person you do not know and trust. Use a credit card to pay to protect yourselves. 
 
Further advice can be found on our website:
 
https://www.suffolk.police.uk/sites/suffolk/files/coldcallers1.pdf
 
https://www.suffolk.police.uk/sites/suffolk/files/fraudprevention1.pdf

Previous release - Coronavirus Information and Advice

The coronavirus outbreak which began in Wuhan, China, is still a rapidly evolving situation. On Thursday 30 January the World Health Organization declared this as a global health emergency with UK Chief Medical Officers continually reviewing the UK response to it. This response is being led at a national and local level by Public Health England.

The NHS and partners are continuing to work together around their response to UK cases of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and have robust infection control measures in place to respond immediately to them.

Locally, Suffolk Resilience Forum partners are meeting regularly to discuss the potential risks and impacts for Suffolk and are well-prepared to respond to incidents.

Suffolk Police will continue to review the situation and are following all advice from Public Health England.

If you have any health concerns, check the NHS website for up-to-date advice and guidance, and for regular updates on travel information, symptoms and precautionary measures.

If you are concerned that you are unwell or unsure about your symptoms, review the online 111 NHS advice.

PHE has published some frequently asked questions on the coronavirus which can be found here. 

 

Coronavirus scam and fraud warning

Coronavirus scam

Since February 2020, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has identified 21 reports of fraud where Coronavirus was mentioned, with victim losses totaling over £800k.

Of the 21 reports, ten were made by victims that attempted to purchase protective face masks from fraudulent sellers. One victim reported losing over £15k when they purchased face masks that were never delivered.

We have also received multiple reports about coronavirus-themed phishing emails attempting to trick people into opening malicious attachments or revealing sensitive personal and financial information.  

One common tactic used by fraudsters is to contact potential victims over email purporting to be from research organisation’s affiliated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

They claim to be able to provide the recipient with a list of coronavirus infected people in their area. In order to access this information, the victim needs to click on a link, which leads to a malicious website, or is asked to make a payment in Bitcoin.

Reporting numbers are expected to rise as the virus continues to spread across the world.

 

Protect yourself

Watch out for scam messages:

Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for your personal or financial details. 

Shopping online:

If you’re making a purchase from a company or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first, and ask a friend or family member for advice before completing the purchase. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, as most major credit card providers insure online purchases.

For more information on how to shop online safely, please visit: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/shoponlinesafely

 

Protect your devices from the latest threats:

Always install the latest software and app updates to protect your devices from the latest threats. For information on how to update your devices, please visit: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/securing-your-devices

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information: how to stay safe

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/