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Notice of Conclusion of Audit
(Audit Commission Act 1998 Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2011)
For Markyate Parish Council
Notice is hereby given that the audit for the year ended 31 March 2014 was completed on 02 July 2014 and the accounts are now available for inspection by local electors in accordance with Section 14 of the Audit Commission Act 1998.
The requisite information as defined by Section 13(4) of the Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2011 is not displayed alongside the notice on our notice boards but is available for inspection by appointment.
There were no matters which came to their attention which required the issuing of a separate additional issues arising report.
Dated:  14 July 2014
Please contact the Clerk, Parish Office, Cavendish Road, Markyate, AL3 8PS
Telephone 01582 840110
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Wellfare Reform changes
For the latest advice on the many welfare reform changes please visit
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NHS contact details
It's not a 999 emergency, but you need medical help fast.
There's now 111 number to call 
You should use the NHS 111 service if:
  • You need medical help fast, but it's not a 999 emergency
  • you think you need to go to A&E or another NHS urgent care service
  • you don't know who to call for medical help or you don't have a GP to call, or
  • you require health information or reassurance about what to do next.
For less urgent health needs, you should still contact your GP or local pharmacist in the usual way.
For immediate, life threatening emergencies, continue to call 999
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 Temporary closing of Hicks Road, Markyate

NOTICE is given that the Hertfordshire County Council intend to make an Order under Section 14[1] of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, to prohibit all traffic from using that length of Hicks Road, Markyate from its junction with High Street north eastwards to its junction with A5 Dunstable Road, a distance of approximately 190 metres, except for access.
The purpose of the Order is to enable utility service works to take place.
If you have any queries about the utility service works or the temporary road closure, please contact John Gibson 0331 669 8360 at Openreach or Simon Brazier 0300 123 4047 at Hertfordshire County Council
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Temporary closing and temporary waiting restrictions in The Coppins, Markyate 

NOTICE is given that the Hertfordshire County Council intend to make an Order under Section 14[1] of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, to prohibit all traffic from using that length of The Coppins, Markyate from its junction with Pickford Road north westwards, south westwards and westwards for its entire length.

ADDITIONALLY all vehicles are prohibited from waiting at any time on both sides of this length of road whilst works are in progress.

The purpose of the Order is to enable highway maintenance works to take place.

The section of road will be closed and the temporary waiting restrictions will be in place for approximately 7 days during the period 21 April 2014 and 21 October 2014, when signs are in place. 

If you have any queries about the highway maintenance works, the temporary road closure or the temporary waiting restrictions, please contact Dave Whelan tel.0300 123 4047 at Hertfordshire County Council.

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Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Free home fire safety visit, it won’t cost you a penny and it could save your life.

This service is completely free and they will also supply and fit free smoke detectors where necessary.

Visits are by agreed appointment only, only uniformed staff will call, they will always use an agreed password and show an official ID card.

Please call 0300 123 4046 to take advance of this service. 
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Special Skip Hicks Road

The next date for the Special Skip in Hicks Road will be Saturday 11 October 2014, from 9am to 1pm. 

Please see list of items which should not be disposed of in the skip as listed on our notice boards.
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Bag it and bin it!

Dog owners are asked to bag and bin their dogs' waste to keep the village clean.  Dog mess poses serious health risks. It can carry roundworm - containing the parasite Toxocara canis which can cause blindness, epilepsy, asthma and infections.  So it's vital to reduce dog fouling to protect others, particularly children.  Failing to clean up after your four legged friend when in a public space is an offence.

If your're walking your dog please take a doggy bag, pick up after your dog and use the dog waste bins provided around the village.

If you are aware of the address of any dog owner who does not clean up after their dog, please email dog.fouling@dacorum.gov.uk with the relevant details.
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London Luton Airport Police Unit [MENPAD]
Police officers from London Luton Airport are asking for your assistance.
The MANPAD Neighbourhood Policing Team is a dedicated unit of police officers based at London Luton Airport.
As part of a Goverment led initiative the team are working on engaging with the communities in the area surrounding the airport.  They are asking members of the public to be additional eyes and ears, reporting anything suspicious to them in an attempt to reduce the opportunity for terrorist related incidents.
It is important to note that the security threat to the UK is under constant review.
If you feel that you could contribute to the initiative then please email mpt@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk.
Please note email is their preferred method of contact, thank you.
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Hertfordshire Constabulary  Fraud Prevention Update August 2014

Fraud has become a common way for criminals to attempt to steal your money. During the 2013/14 policing year, more than 4,000 frauds were reported by Hertfordshire victims and banks.

To help you recognise and tackle fraud, Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Crime Reduction and Community Safety Department produces this regular update, informing you of common and emerging frauds that are affecting people both nationally and locally, together with tips to help you stay safe.

PHONEY COMPUTER MAINTENANCE CALLS

Herts Police are issuing a warning to the public following a number of computer scams across the county.

The scammer rings the victim and states they are from a computer or technology company such as Microsoft or Virgin Media. The caller explains that there is a problem with the victim’s computer, for example that it has a virus. They then either go on to say they can fix the problem for a fee, or they persuade the victim to grant them remote access to their computer. This is where a person can control the computer from anywhere in the world, allowing them access to personal files and data, including bank account details. It also allows them to place viruses on the machine, which they will then charge the victim to remove.

During June, more than 40 such scams were reported by Hertfordshire residents. Although most of the intended victims realised it was a scam and ended the call, in nine instances people lost money to the scammers.

Detective Inspector Danny Lawrence, who leads the ERSOU* Cyber Crime Unit, said: "Whilst it is of concern that this type of scam has been successful in a number of cases, most people are recognising the call for what it is and we have been working with Microsoft’s security team and Action Fraud to tackle this scam.

"It isn’t a particular group of people targeted by the offenders: people of all ages have been contacted and it is possible a large number of people have not reported being called, so I would urge people to remember and share the following advice:

 Computer firms, like Microsoft, do not make unsolicited phone calls and do not send unsolicited emails, requesting personal or financial information or offering to fix people’s computers.

 All unexpected calls and emails should be treated with suspicion and if you receive such contact you should hang up or delete the email. Never reveal your personal or financial details in these circumstances. Never allow anyone to remotely access your computer as they could access your personal data and files and cause damage to your machine.

 If you do need to contact the company for assistance or assurance, remember to contact them directly by using the details found on your contract or another trusted source."

Anyone who believes they may have been targeted by this scam or has information in relation to these incidents should contact Hertfordshire Constabulary via the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively you can report the scam to Action Fraud: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud

PHONEY POLICE OFFICER – TELEPHONE FRAUD

We continue to receive at least ten reports each week from Hertfordshire residents informing us that they have received phone calls from fraudsters pretending to be bank or police staff investigating a fraud on the their account and trying to convince them to provide their bank details and PIN or to hand their cards or cash to couriers for safekeeping. Although there have been a number of successful police operations where these fraudsters have been caught and convicted, others continue to operate. Thankfully, most people are now aware of this type of fraud and have ended the call. However, we still receive a small number of reports from residents who have provided their bank details or handed their money to the fraudsters.

Genuine police or bank staff would never ask you to withdraw cash from your account, nor would they ever ask you for your four digit bank card PIN number. Beware that fraudsters sometimes ask their victim to type the PIN into their phone so that it can be checked by an "automated system"…but the fraudsters have equipment which can tell what numbers the tones mean, so dialling it in is as good as telling them verbally.

If callers suggest that you call your local police or bank to check who they are, use another phone or ensure the line has been disconnected by phoning a friend or relative first or by waiting at least three minutes.

PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS FROM PBX FRAUD (TARGETING OF YOUR TELEPHONE SYSTEM)

Since the end of June 2013 there have been nearly 500 Action Fraud reports across the Country relating to this type of fraud - costing victims over £6m.

Private Branch Exchange (PBX) fraud occurs when hackers target these systems from the outside and use them to make a high volume of calls to premium rate or overseas numbers to generate a financial return.

Criminals use technology to hack into the PBX system. This can be straightforward, as often victims leave the passcodes on default settings. Once access is gained, the criminals can make their money by either dialling premium rate numbers to which they are affiliated, or dialling international numbers.

The victims are often small to medium-sized businesses, but also a number of schools, charities and medical/dental practices are being targeted, with losses sometimes up to tens of thousands of pounds.

This type of fraud is most likely to occur during times when businesses are closed but their telephone systems are live, for example in the early hours of the morning or over a weekend or public holiday.

The good news is that some simple steps will significantly reduce your risk of victimisation:

 If you still have your voicemail on a default pin/password change it immediately.

 Use strong pin/passwords for your voicemail system, ensuring they are changed regularly.

 Disable access to your voice mail system from outside lines or ensure the access is restricted to essential users who regularly update their pin/passwords

 If you do not need to call international or premium rate numbers, ask your telecoms provider to place a restriction on your telephone line.

 Consider asking your network provider to block outbound calls at certain times e.g. out of hours.

 Regularly review available call logging information and monitor for increased or suspect call traffic.

 Secure your exchange and communications system, use a strong PBX firewall and if you don’t need the function, close it down!

 Speak to your maintenance provider to understand the threats and remedy any identified security defects

Produced by Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Crime Reduction and Community Safety Department

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