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Benefice Newsletter 14th April 2023

Please click on this link for the latest waste briefing from Somerset Council, with news on coronation collections and advice on wasting less at coronation events, the move to the new Somerset Council website, an analysis of refuse bin contents, summer recycling site opening and how to safety recycle batteries. SC Waste Briefing April 2023

Age UK “Guide to Later Life in Somerset and North Somerset”

Two-week warning. Act NOW – if you’ve no photo ID, you WON’T be allowed to vote in May. For the Thu 4 May local elections, all voters in England, Scotland & Wales will, for the first time, need ID to vote. If you don’t have any, you can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate, but must do so by Tue 25 Apr. Full info in What ID do I need to vote?


Police Warning

We’ve received numerous reports of people trying car doors across the Avon & Somerset policing area recently. Thieves are always looking out for unlocked vehicles and items to steal and are finding easy pickings everywhere. Many things can distract you from locking your vehicle – taking care of children, talking to passengers, taking your shopping inside or even the weather if you’re rushing to avoid the rain. Please take a moment to check that you’ve locked your vehicle, try the door handle or check with the key fob if you have remote locking.

Please take everything out of your vehicle. It’s easy to think that your belongings are safe inside your car because it’s locked, but criminals don’t care about damaging your pride and joy and think nothing of smashing a window to get in. This can cost you far more to fix than losing the few pounds of small change you’ve left in the centre console or glovebox. If you leave a wallet or purse inside, the thieves can use any debit cards for contactless payments, which can cost you hundreds of pounds before you or your bank stop payments.

You can help reduce car crime by taking these simple steps and share this information with every other driver you know.


Police Message

Motorbikes, mopeds and other two-wheeled vehicles are popular targets for thieves across the Avon and Somerset policing area.

Some of these vehicles are stolen to order and are targeted by criminals but many others are stolen by so-called joy riders who dump the bikes when seen by police or when it runs out of fuel or breaks down and are often found with severe damage or burnt out.

The attached document gives you tips on how to reduce the risk of your motorbike being stolen.


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