Scam Alert!

Scam Alert!

Involving “Secure Fraud Unit” of well known High Street Bank. Trading Standards officers have been made aware of a fraudulent phone call, posing as the Secure Fraud Unit at a well-known high street bank. The bogus caller went on to say that the victims account was subject to fraudulent activity and that they needed to send them money so that they could catch whoever was involved. The victim was told not to say anything to anyone, but to send large quantities of cash to the criminals. The victim sent a payment of £1,500 by money order and the following day sent a further £1,500 again by money order. The fraudsters were still not satisfied with £3,000, they went on to request further payment, still claiming to be able to catch whoever was involved in the supposed fraud.  Struggling to afford these payments, the victim took out a bank loan of £3,000 and claimed that they needed some extra cash for home improvements. It was only when the victim tried to take out a further loan a few days later, to send onto the criminals, that the bank became aware of the situation,. However, the victim is now responsible for the repayments of the loans they has taken out. It is not yet known if these loans were secured, meaning that there is a real risk that this innocent victim cold lose property if the repayments are not kept up. We are sharing this information with you and we want you to share this with family, friends and colleagues. Around half of us will have been targeted by a scam...
Bingham Swimming Club Wins Awards

Bingham Swimming Club Wins Awards

The Rushcliffe Sports Awards were held last night at The Becket School. The awards are a big event in the sporting calender and it is a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the Borough’s sports people. The Sports Awards mark the achievements, dedication and determination of athletes and invaluable contribution of voluntary coaches, officials and administrators. The Disabled Sports Person of the Year was won by Oliver Pratley, from the Nova disability squad of Bingham Penguins, a charity based swimming club that supports disability swimming. They meet every Sunday between 6.30pm and 8pm at Bingham Leisure Centre. The award was to recognised Oliver’s sporting achievements at the highest level of a disabled sport person. But not only did the Bingham swimming club receive this award, Andrew Zawadzki, a coach at the club, won Community Coach of the Year which recognised a qualified coach, coaching in the community who has made a major contribution to the lives of people through their coaching which includes a voluntary element and has also shown commitment to their own personal development as a coach. Other category winners were: Junior team of the Year – Nottingham Rowing Club Junior Double Sculls to recognise the success achieved by any junior team in their sport, including achievement under difficult circumstances or success at a local, county, regional or national level. Amateur Team of the Year – West Bridgford Hockey Club Mens XI to recognised the success achieved by any amateur team in their sport, including achievement under difficult circumstances or success at local, county, regional or national level. Secondary School/College Team of the Year – West...
Holiday Activities to be axed in Bingham

Holiday Activities to be axed in Bingham

The younger generation in Bingham are among more than 5,500 children who could have their school holiday activities cut after a council axed a contract with a charity which is now at risk of closure. Newark and Sherwood Play Support Group is 12 months into a three year contract, jointly with Mansfield Play Forum,with Nottinghamshire County Council. The council is ending the contract early to save money. Jill Musson, the support group’s co-ordinator, said she was devastated at the impact it would have on children and families. “We target areas of deprivation so it is poor families who are going to be hit. “If you have three children and a six-week summer holiday to cover, having a free event you can go to makes a big difference.” Jill Musson said that the charity would struggle to raise money through grants. It would have to cut its service, and could face closure. She contiuned to say, “Free play is not on the council’s agenda at all as far as I’m aware.” Heidi Bell, who lives in Bingham with her eight children, childminds three children and said the group was just starting to establish itself in Bingham. “A lot of families need help. We have been told recently that Bingham is the best place in the country to bring up a family but there’s actually not a lot to do here. “I have some sympathy with the council because there is no money and it is difficult to know what to cut but these children are our future.” Newark and Sherwood Play Support Group said it was encouraged to tender for...
Derbyshire man wins MEP’s Photo Competition

Derbyshire man wins MEP’s Photo Competition

Derbyshire resident Martin Hollingworth has today been announced as the winner of the East Midlands Photo Competition, which East Midlands Conservative MEP Emma McClarkin held earlier this year. The winning entry – a photo of the sun setting over the Trig Point at the top of Mam Tor, near Castleton, was judged by Miss McClarkin to be the best of all the entries submitted from across the East Midlands. As his prize, Mr Hollingworth will receive return travel to Brussels and accommodation for 1 night in a Brussels hotel for 2 people. Miss McClarkin, Conservative Spokesman for Culture & Education in the European Parliament, is a keen amateur photographer following in her father’s and grandfather’s footsteps. She said: “I’m delighted to announce Martin as the winner of the photo competition. The quality of entries was fantastic, but after much deliberation I decided his entry was the best. “I look forward to welcoming Martin to Brussels; I’m sure there will be a photoshoot or two involved!”...
Cash Machines Warning

Cash Machines Warning

Nottinghamshire Police has advised people that there have been a number of fraud devices found on cash machines in the Central Avenue, West Bridgford area over the last few weeks, all with similar mechanisms. The offenders place a strip over the front of the machine where you enter your card; this often contains a camera to record your pin number. Please have a close look at the cash machine before entering your card and check that the plastic panel is fixed securely to the machine. This panel will look very similar to the normal cash machine front panel and may be made from metal or plastic. When using the machine, cover the key pad with your hand to stop your pin number being recorded or seen by anyone nearby. There hasn’t been any reports, that we know of, in Bingham, but it always best to keep a look out. If you have any suspicions when using the machines, please call the police immediately on 101, or in an emergency call...