KEPit, Usit, DntL0sit!
|(or Lock it, Mark it, Keep it, Use it, Don't
lose it! for those less familiar with the language of "texting")
That's the message from the Metropolitan Police Service in a mobile phone crime prevention
campaign. It is aimed particularly at schoolchildren but the advice applies equally to
phone users of any age.
Precautions to take:
1. Record your phone's IMEI number - which is unique to each phone. If the phone is
stolen, this number can then be used by police to prove that the phone is stolen and to
return it to the rightful owner.
2. The IMEI number is displayed by pressing * # 0 6 # ("star", "hash",
"zero", "six", "hash")
3. Get you phone property marked.
4. Keep your phone out of sight when you are in public places such as when you are walking
in the street.
5. Use any security features that are built in to your phone, such as additional security
6. If you are not using your phone then keep it turned off.
7. If your phone is lost or stolen then report it immediately.
|Responsibility for high Council tax
lies with No 10 Downing Street says Conservative Local Government Finance Spokesman.
Visiting North Norfolk, David Cameron, Conservative MP for Witney and front bench
spokesman for Local Government Finance pointed the finger of blame at central Government
for the unacceptably high rates of council tax now paid by residents in North Norfolk.
David said: Central Government has piled extra responsibilities onto local
councils and has not given them the money to carry them out. As well as all the new laws
councils have to comply with, they also have to pay Labours new National Insurance
charges, pension taxes, higher fuel duty and bed blocking fines. Council
Leaders must feel like Elton Johns hairdresser. Every year they have to do more and
more with less and less. David pointed out that the average band D council tax
is now £1200, an increase of 95% since 1997.
David explained that he was visiting North Norfolk for two reasons:
- To support Iain Dale, the Conservative candidate for the North Norfolk parliamentary
- to listen to local concerns about Council Tax and other local government finance issues.
David will also be meeting with Conservative District and County Councillors, including
Alison King, Leader of Norfolk County Council.
About Iain Dale, David said: Iain is an outstanding candidate. He is intelligent,
forthright, hardworking, will stand up for people in North Norfolk and make a strong
impact in the House of Commons
On the issue of Council Tax, David said: The current level of Council Tax is causing
people real pain; it has risen too quickly and gone too far. People are really struggling
to pay their bills and cannot understand why the tax has gone up by 95% in 7 years and
simply do not see the increase in service to match.
Is Sergeant Tony Toynton testing us?
I write with regard to his recent Community Police column in issue 35 of the @ Sheringham
where he states the Yellow Zig Zag lines and SCHOOL KEEP CLEAR markings are
not a NO WAITING zone and that people can park there if they do not cause an
obstruction to the coaches leaving the school. Apparently a £30 ticket can be issued for
obstruction if one is being caused.
I have studied the Highway Code which can be found on-line at www.highwaycode.gov.uk and
under sections 213-226 Waiting and Parking it states that:-
You MUST NOT wait or park where there are restrictions shown by school entrance markings
on the carriageway.
It also says:
DO NOT park your vehicle on the road where it would endanger, inconvenience or obstruct
pedestrians or other road users, EG do not stop near a school entrance.
These points seems to contradict Sgt Toyntons clarification that the yellow
zig zag markings are to allow the coaches to return once the passengers have been dropped
off or collected.The school coaches actually drive into the school grounds through the
gates and drop the children off there.
The other point he made was about the speed of cars along Weybourne Road as local
residents are concerned they are going too fast. According to Sergeant Toynton the average
of 45mph which a cross section of cars were doing when checked is well below the national
speed limit of 60mph which applies to this stretch of road. According to the speed limit
signs along the Weybourne Road the national speed limit of 60mph does not apply until you
leave Sheringham past the cemetery. It is 30mph until the Golf Club and then 40mph until
you go past the cemetery and leave the town. Or is this the stretch of road that local
residents are concerned about? There are just fields either side of this stretch of road-
hardly necessary to employ a policeman to check the speed of cars along there surely?
Perhaps these points could be cleared up as I know of several parents who are astounded by
the comments he made about the parking outside the school.
I was the concerned parent writing in the last issue about the danger my
children face every time we walk past the cars near the school entrance. These cars are
not just parked but pulling up, dropping off, reversing, and sitting with engines on This
even includes the Ice-cream Van which sits there at 3 oclock.
I am amazed that a local police sergeant can give the green light to parents to continue
to park outside the school. I can only hope that a child is not killed or run over before
something is done about the situation. It cannot continue as at is.
Yours Sincerely, An extremely concerned parent.