Last month the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley launched a Hate Crime awareness campaign to encourage people to come forward and report it.
Hate Crime is a crime or incident against you, your friends, your family or your property because of your actual or presumed sexual orientation, transgender identity, disability, race or religion. It can take many forms such as physical and verbal attacks, vandalism, graffiti, online abuse and threatening behaviours.
The ‘Let’s Hate Hate’ campaign is a continuation of the work of the Office of the PCC in supporting victims of hate crime and features 10 individuals from all walks of life who could be either a victim or a witness of hate crime, or both. The campaign’s overall aim is to encourage both victims and witnesses of hate crime not to accept abuse as ‘normal’, but report it.
The Office of the PCC also run a Third Party Reporting Mechanism for Hate Crime which allows victims and witnesses of hate crime who aren’t comfortable reporting directly to the police, to contact them instead. The service ensures that both victims and witnesses of hate crime have access to the support they need. Reports can be made by phone on 0300 1234 148 or online through its Victims First website www.victims-first.org.uk
That’s why the UK’s gas and electricity network companies have come together to launch the Be Winter Ready campaign. The campaign aims to help the public better-prepare for power cuts and gas emergencies that may result from bad winter weather.
To Be Winter Ready, you should:
- Know your free emergency numbers – in a power cut dial 105 or, for a gas emergency, dial 0800 111999.
- Prepare your home – keep a torch handy and get your appliances serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Vulnerable households can get extra support by signing up to the Priority Services Register. Contact your gas or electricity network to find out more. Visit www.energynetworks.org to find out who your network operator is.
- Keep your eyes open – keep an eye on the weather forecast and, if you have a power cut or a gas emergency, check on your neighbours.
In recent years the chances of unplanned problems with electricity and gas supply have reduced dramatically. Since 1990, network companies have invested £80bn in improving the reliability of local energy networks in the UK. As a result, on average, electricity customers have a power cut just once every two years and gas distribution customers will have their gas supply interrupted without advance notice just once every 40 years.
Despite this, our gas and electricity networks can be affected by natural events, with severe winter weather potentially causing significant damage. The gas and electricity network operators are urging the public to Be Winter Ready. Make sure you’re prepared in case you have a power cut or gas emergency
Oxfordshire County Council is currently carrying out a short, census style survey of households occupying homes that were built in Oxfordshire within the last ten years. The survey asks questions about the characteristics of those moving to new homes in the county and the type of homes they have moved to. This information will provide the local authorities of Oxfordshire with up to date evidence about the type of infrastructure and services that will be needed to support further housing growth in the county and will assist them in their negotiations with developers about funding.
Survey forms were sent out to most new households at the beginning of October, with a deadline for the return of completed forms of Friday 17th November: if you have received a form please take a little time to complete it and return it to the County Council. The survey can also be completed online here: