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2009 Mere Brow Village News

9th December 2009
TRACING OLD HOLMESWOODIANS
Source: Hubmaker Media

Is there anyone out there from Holmeswood Primary School during the years 1945 - 1951?

Holmeswood Primary School 1945-1951

The photograph is of those classmates and beofre I try to recall ALL of their names, I offer my apologies to those who I either forget or slightly get their names wrong. Back row (L to R) Henry Sephton, N/K, Nicholas Taylor, David Magill, David Marsden Next row (L to R) Billy Williams, ---- Midgely, Ken Tunks, Gilbert Holden Brian Bolton Next row (L to R) Irene Fell - -----, Kathleen Magill, -------- ,' Lena Caunce(I think) Front row (L to R) myself, Robert Sutton, Frank Marsden

It would be great to hear from anyone who may recall the brunt of Miss Dandy's cane or the whimsical tones of Miss Williams.

DO get in touch either by email at swingtail44 (at) aol.com or by letter to:
Malcolm Porter
Elm Cottage
East Waterside
Upton Upon Severn
Worcs
WR8 OPB


3rd December 2009
Council Tax Rebate SCAM
Source: Lancashire Trading Standards

Lancashire residents are warned that they may receive a telephone call from someone claiming to be from The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) or The Local Council. Consumers are informed that they have been identified as being eligible for a rebate on their council tax and are asked for credit card or bank details so that an "admin fee" can be taken to process the refund or so the refund can be put into their account.These calls are bogus and residents should not provide any details to the caller.

Trading Standards have had reports of these calls being received in West Lancashire but believe residents throughout the county may be at risk. A spokesmen for VOA has confirmed that they would never ask for financial details.


17th October 2009
Maurice BOND WINS GIANT PUMPKIN CONTEST
Source: Hubmaker Media

Maurice Bond wins the 2009 Mere Brow Giant Pumpkin Competition

Maurice Bond grew the biggest pumpkin at the Mere Brow Giant Pumpkin contest which was held at Gravel Farm, Banks.

The 785 lb giant pumpkin won both the NFU All England Shield and the Mere Brow & District Shield. Hedley Roberts from NFU Mutual Insurance presented Maurice with his trophy. The Dickinson Family pumpkin came second and last year's winner Gerrard Wright came third.

Click Here for the full list of pumpkin weights at the 2009 Mere Brow Giant Pumpkin Show


25th August 2009
SPEED CAMERA DAMAGE 'NOT SUSPICIOUS'
Source: Champion Newspapers

Officers from Lancashire Constabulary have said this week that they are not treating damage to a speed camera near Holmeswood as suspicious.

Insp David Robinson told The Champion on Monday (August 23) that police officer's covering the force's Southern Division had inspected the damaged camera, on the B5246 between Rufford and Mere Brow, but believed a passing vehicle may have caused the damage.


"The police attended just before 3pm on August 23 to investigate a damaged speed camera but the circumstances surrounding the incident are still being investigated," he said.

Read the complete Champion article


15th July 2009
SWINE FLU UPDATE - THS AUTHORISED ABSCENCE
Source: Tarleton High School

Dear Parents,

Following indications that a small number of pupils and staff were displaying swine flu-like symptoms yesterday, we liaised with the North West Health Protection Agency. We were asked to send you a letter from Dr John Astbury, who is the Consultant in Health Protection. As you will see in that letter, the advice from the Health Protection Agency is that the school should not be closed because such action would fail to reduce the spread of the virus within the community or to pupils and staff.

A number of parents have contacted the school to inform us that they would prefer not to send their children to school during the current time. Clearly, such a decision is only for parents to make, however, if you should take that decision then we will authorise the absence. I would be grateful if you could inform us when you take the decision to keep your child at home so that we can amend our attendance records.

Our ability to keep Tarleton High open is pre-dominantly dependent upon the effects of the virus upon the staff. As of today, four members of staff have reported illnesses which suggest swine flu-like symptoms though only two have been definitely diagnosed as having the virus. We are monitoring closely the effects of the virus on both the pupils and staff. If we reach a critical point at which we have insufficient staff to safeguard the children’s welfare then I may have to close the school either partially or in full. If that occurs then I will inform you immediately of the consequences of that decision.
May I remind you of the advice from the Health Protection Agency that, providing they are well, pupils should continue to attend the school as normal.  If, however, pupils show fever or flu-like symptoms they should stay at home and you should contact NHS Direct on 08454647 or their GP by phone for advice.

Thank you for your help in this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Anthony D Hardiker
Headteacher


13th July 2009
HIGH SCHOOL CONFIRM SWINE FLU
Source: Hubmaker Media

Tarleton High School have today confirmed that a member of staff has been clinically diagnosed as suffering from swine flu.

The Health Protection Agency has concluded that as swine flu is now present and spreading locally it recommends that the school should not be closed as this would fail to reduce the spread within the community.

Children who are suffering flu-like illness should stay off school for a minimum of seven days from the beginning of their flu symptoms and not be sent back to school until they are fully well.

Health Protection Agency - Swine Influenza (influenza A H1N1v)


4th July 2009
HIGH SCHOOL MEMORABILIA SOUGHT
Source: Tarleton High School

We are a small group of staff and pupils at Tarleton High School who would like to find out about its history. Do you have any photos or memorabilia (old exercise books or items of uniform maybe?) from days gone by at the school? What was the uniform like? What subjects did you study? What buildings were there? What rules do you remember? What happened when rules were broken? What were lessons like? What were the highlights?

We are especially interested in the first decade of the school, when it opened at Tarleton County Secondary School in the 1960’s. Were you among the first pupils? We are also interested in memories from the 1970’s and 1980’s.

If you can help in any way, possibly even be willing to visit the school and talk to pupils sometime, then please get in touch.

Any photos can be sent to Ms Lund, Tarleton High School, Hesketh Lane, Tarleton, PR4 6AQ. We can be e-mailed on d.lund@tarletonhigh.lancs.sch.uk or telephoned on 01772 812644. We hope to begin our project on Tuesday 14th July.


3rd July 2009
LEISURE LAKES WIN MOTORBIKE ROW
Source: Ormskirk Advertiser

Leisure Lakes has won its appeal to allow motorbikes to be used on the site in Mere Brow.

The enforcement notice has been quashed and the permission from the council comes with various conditions including the provision of car parking at the site and specific times when the bikes will be able to race.

The site should be used only for motorbikes, quad bikes, 4x4 buggies, 4x4 road vehicles and motorcross training bikes.

However, Leisure Lakes lost their appeal to allow land to be used for storage and caravans for war games and re-enactments by the Phoenix Rebels Western group.

Click here for the complete artilce from the Ormskirk Advertiser


11th June 2009
FOOTBALL FRACTURE
Source: Ormskirk Advertiser

A man suffered a fractured cheek bone following a scuffle during a football match on Sunday, June 7. The fight broke out at Leisure Lakes between two members of opposing teams and the fracture was caused when the man received a punch to the side of his head. Police are making enquiries to try and trace the offender.


22nd May 2009
WEST LANCASHIRE DISTRICT COUNCIL MEMBERS EXPENSES
Source: Hubmaker Media

The total sums paid by the District Council to each Councillor in the financial year 2008/2009 are as follows:

NAME OF
BASIC 
SPECIAL 
DEPENDENT
TRAVEL AND 
TOTAL
COUNCILLOR
ALLOWANCE
RESPONSIBILITY
CARERS
SUBSISTENCE
 
ALLOWANCE
ALLOWANCE
ALLOWANCE
 
£
£
£
£
£
AINSCOUGH, C S
4725.00
36.38
4,761.38
ALDRIDGE, T
4725.00
4,725.00
ASHCROFT, C I
4725.00
4,725.00
9,450.00
ATHERLEY, U
4725.00
66.93
4,791.93
BAILEY, R M
4725.00
2,692.27
38.32
7,455.59
BALDOCK, J T
4725.00
449.11
5,174.11
BLAKE, M D
4725.00
834.34
5,559.34
BULLEN, A
457.26
457.26
CARSON, P
4725.00
4,725.00
COLLING, J
4725.00
4,725.00
COLLINSON, R J
4725.00
69.84
4,794.84
COTTERILL, P
4725.00
4,725.00
CROPPER, W J
4725.00
471.71
5,196.71
DERELI, C
457.26
457.26
DUFFY, D M
457.26
457.26
DUFFY, I
4725.00
4,725.00
EVANS, R
4725.00
4,725.00
FORSHAW, M H
4725.00
4,725.00
1,753.54
11,203.54
FOWLER, A P
4725.00
435.94
5,160.94
FUREY, N S
4280.44
4,280.44
GARTSIDE, P H
4725.00
373.46
5,098.46
GRANT, I D
4725.00
11,151.48
65.30
15,941.78
GREENALL, P V
4725.00
4,064.52
8,789.52
GRICE, S J
4280.44
4,280.44
GRIFFITHS, D J
4725.00
4,725.00
HAMMOND, R G
4725.00
3,958.75
8,683.75
HANLON, S J
457.26
457.26
HENNESSY, N J
4280.44
4,280.44
HOPLEY, V
4725.00
4,725.00
9,450.00
JONES, S J
4725.00
315.77
5,040.77
KAY, J J
4725.00
2,361.96
739.99
7,826.95
LEA, P N
4725.00
4,725.00
MAWDSLEY, C
4,280.44
1,421.94
5,702.38
MCKAY, D I
4725.00
4,725.00
MEADOWS, D J
4725.00
4,725.00
MEE, J
4725.00
4,725.00
MELLING, R
4725.00
4,725.00
NOLAN, R B
4725.00
4,725.00
O'TOOLE, D M
4725.00
5,670.00
349.70
10,744.70
OWENS, A E
4725.00
6,756.79
11,481.79
PENDLETON, M
4725.00
4,725.00
PENDLETON, R A
4725.00
231.06
177.04
5,133.10
PHYTHIAN, D
4725.00
4,725.00
POLLOCK, R
4280.44
187.23
4,467.67
POPE, E G
4725.00
4,725.00
PRATT, G E
4280.44
42.43
4,322.87
RICE, A T
4725.00
3,306.96
630.00
8,661.96
ROBERTS, G M
4725.00
1,651.13
412.75
6,788.88
ROBERTS, J A
4725.00
4,725.00
ROBERTS, W G
4280.44
4,280.44
SAXON, D
4725.00
50.24
4,775.24
SKILLING, M
457.26
228.58
155.21
841.05
STEPHENSON, D J
4725.00
644.03
5,369.03
SWIFFEN, D
4725.00
2,361.96
7,086.96
TATTERSALL, M H
4725.00
4,725.00
VICKERS, A D
4725.00
4,725.00
WEST, D M E
4725.00
4,725.00
WESTLEY, D A
4725.00
4,725.00
9,450.00
WESTLEY, F M
457.26
457.26
WHITBY, M
4725.00
4,725.00
TOTAL
254,781.64
65,193.34
630.00
7,233.32
327,838.30

16th May 2009
LANCASHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBERS EXPENSES
Source: Hubmaker Media

Members' Allowance Scheme 2008/09 - payments

Member Name

Basic Allowance

Special Allowance

Travel & Subsistence

N  ABRAM               

10,039.00

2,420.39

0.00

N  AHMED               

10,039.00

1,398.90

209.58

T  ALDRIDGE            

10,039.00

3,544.00

1,865.26

T  ASHTON              

10,039.00

3,615.61

3,612.00

A  ATKINSON            

10,039.00

17,418.00

6,444.93

M R BARRON             

10,039.00

428.25

862.26

J  BATTLE              

10,039.00

2,321.66

1,102.05

A  BROWN               

10,039.00

16,205.00

1,641.28

T E BURNS              

10,039.00

0.00

0.00

T W BURNS              

10,039.00

13,930.00

2,523.04

M C CALVERT            

10,039.00

3,994.18

4,325.86

M P CASE               

10,039.00

8,473.24

2,112.24

J  CAVANAGH            

10,039.00

15,452.00

9,722.76

S  CHARLES             

10,039.00

0.00

1,077.38

C W CHEETHAM           

10,039.00

2,636.20

2,242.10

C  COATES              

10,039.00

0.00

6.40

W J CROPPER            

10,039.00

0.00

1,542.35

G  DAVIES              

10,039.00

0.00

0.00

F  DEMOLFETTA          

10,039.00

2,910.70

161.97

S  DERWENT             

10,039.00

0.00

1,400.15

G  DRIVER              

10,039.00

17,374.95

0.00

W B DWYER              

10,039.00

0.00

2,171.38

J  EATON               

10,039.00

0.00

0.00

K R ELLARD             

10,039.00

8,269.00

0.00

P R ELLIOTT            

10,039.00

0.00

0.00

S  FISHWICK            

10,039.00

0.00

1,177.82

E  FORSHAW             

10,039.00

3,544.00

1,747.04

H W GORE               

10,039.00

0.00

0.00

C  GRUNSHAW            

10,039.00

2,673.45

1,617.20

J  HANSON              

10,039.00

12,334.22

2,662.40

H  HARDING             

10,039.00

30,119.00

8,404.87

F  HEYWORTH            

10,039.00

7,176.11

234.05

C J HOLTOM             

10,039.00

4,864.00

2,872.88

A W JEALOUS            

10,039.00

0.00

0.00

M  JOHNSTONE           

10,039.00

14,309.14

13,575.55

A P JONES              

10,039.00

0.00

1,622.29

S J LARGE              

10,039.00

4,485.60

5,899.44

R J LAWRENSON          

10,039.00

0.00

437.71

M E LIVESEY            

10,039.00

0.00

420.08

A  MARTIN              

10,039.00

16,205.00

11,800.51

M  MARTIN              

10,039.00

7,527.00

388.55

P  MARTIN              

10,039.00

6,904.85

4,969.00

J D MEIN               

10,039.00

14,254.70

3,717.31

R  MUTCH               

10,039.00

0.00

1,197.85

D M O'TOOLE            

10,039.00

5,790.00

4,561.34

E A OADES              

10,039.00

0.00

576.45

L T ORMROD             

10,039.00

7,527.00

5,718.79

M  PARKINSON           

10,039.00

0.00

3,522.01

V A PATEL              

10,039.00

13,930.00

5,055.74

Y  PATEL               

10,039.00

0.00

0.00

R A PENDLETON          

10,039.00

9,469.95

4,411.14

N D PENNEY             

10,039.00

8,269.00

5,560.95

M  PERKS               

10,039.00

3,459.85

205.10

A E PIMBLETT           

10,039.00

6,228.85

636.71

D  POLLITT             

10,039.00

21,084.00

2,150.97

K V RILEY              

10,039.00

3,544.00

4,406.06

S  ROBINSON            

10,039.00

2,768.00

809.79

G W ROPER              

10,039.00

0.00

557.04

D  RUDDICK             

10,039.00

0.00

642.55

E  SCOTT               

10,039.00

0.00

0.00

S J SERRIDGE           

10,039.00

8,565.00

6,988.99

T E SHARRATT           

10,039.00

0.00

48.78

J S SHEDWICK           

10,039.00

4,487.57

1,128.13

R H SHEPHERD           

10,039.00

0.00

1,077.66

S A SHORROCK           

10,039.00

1,817.57

2,175.22

J  STUART              

10,039.00

0.00

995.83

J S SUTCLIFFE          

10,039.00

4,633.00

1,813.39

A  THORNTON            

10,039.00

0.00

1,649.33

M  TOMLINSON           

10,039.00

15,488.93

3,176.71

C  WALTON              

10,039.00

0.00

1,055.15

M J WELSH              

10,039.00

1,981.32

285.71

D  WESTELL             

10,039.00

5,310.00

2,457.22

D M WHIPP              

10,039.00

12,108.00

0.00

A  WHITTAKER           

10,039.00

0.00

4,627.13

B J WHITTLE            

10,039.00

770.75

893.29

G A WILKINS            

10,039.00

0.00

260.98

R A WILKINSON          

10,039.00

0.00

1,057.96

F J WILLIAMS           

10,039.00

5,310.00

580.03

M  WILSON              

10,039.00

747.86

3,366.49

P  WILSON              

10,039.00

0.00

0.00

V M WILSON             

10,039.00

5,622.00

3,005.88

D  YATES               

10,039.00

8,896.00

7,438.45

J E YATES              

10,039.00

15,550.00

10,125.66

K A YOUNG              

10,039.00

4,091.71

1,097.56


15th May 2009
LEISURE LAKES WIN FOOTBALL APPEAL
Source: Southport Visitor

ADULT football will return to Leisure Lakes after campaigners won a legal battle with West Lancashire District Council.

Football was banned from the site last October after West Lancashire District Council planning officers received complaints from a number of local residents. No planning consent had ever been granted for adults to play football on the Tarleton site but permission was granted for children to play football there earlier this year.

Leisure Lakes appealed against the planners’ enforcement notice regarding adult football and learned this week they had been successful. However, a government planning inspector has ordered that if Leisure Lakes does not carry out works to re-locate the pitch then adult football should cease once again.

Click here to view the full article from the Southport Visitor


7th May 2009
West Lancs 'Poor Relation' on bus pass scheme
Source: Hubmaker Media

Rosie Cooper, MP for West Lancashire, yesterday raised the matter of concessionary bus travel schemes and the potential for fraudulent issuing of tickets by bus companies in Westminster.

She said "My aim is for pensioners to get a fair deal on concessionary transport. Older people in West Lancashire look on with envy as their neighbours in Wigan and Southport travel for free on buses and trains, often into West Lancashire. They, too, would like the chance—and the choice—to hop on a train and visit their friends and relatives and to take full advantage of the social and leisure opportunities in Liverpool, Southport and Wigan.

I have taken to the streets alongside local pensioners, and our petition has collected more than 2,500 names, which shows clearly the strength of local feeling. We have met council officials to discuss the issue, and pensioners have protested at the district council’s budget meeting, holding posters saying, “We don’t want to be Merseyside’s poor relations”, but all to no avail."

On the claims of fraudulent bus tickets being issued she said "I am aware that bus companies are issuing tickets to concessionary passengers that do not reflect their journey. In a more reprehensible practice, bus drivers issue tickets from a pre-printed roll.

I often joke that, as a new MP, I was not issued with the two things that I would have found most valuable: tarot cards and a crystal ball. However, it seems that that is not so for some bus operators. Are they telling me that they are able to predict each customer’s journey in advance, thus allowing them to pre-print their tickets? I would be surprised if that were so. I have complained to local bus operators about these practices and their response has been to change their ticketing policy so that the ticket states the destination. They no longer issue tickets from pre-printed rolls. I have made statements in the local press to raise awareness of such practice and encouraged people to complain if it happens to them."

She continued "Lancashire county council’s internal audit report on the matter was supposed to go to committee on 30 March, many months after the matter was brought to its attention, but there is still no news, no understanding of the scale of the problem, and no idea of the action to be taken or how quickly. The council must act soon to ensure that it gets real value for every pound that it pays, especially if it is underfunded, as it claims. There is no question but that those practices must be stopped."

For a complete transcript of the debate click here


1st May 2009
POLICE SEIZE STOLEN CARAVANS AT LEISURE LAKES
Source: Southport Visitor

POLICE officers have recovered eight stolen caravans worth a total of £100,000 from the Leisure Lakes in Mere Brow.

Officers seized a stolen caravan located at Leisure Lakes Caravan Park at Mere Brow. Following a search of the site a further seven were discovered.

The caravans have been stolen from various locations in the UK. Officers believe sold on by the thieves to innocent members of the public who have been duped into buying them.

Click here to view the full article from the Southport Visitor


19th March 2009
APPEAL FOR 'PINK TIE & TIARA' SPONSORS
Source: Hubmaker Media

Tarleton Young Farmers are desperately seeking Table Sponsors, Raffle Prizes and donations for the auction for the annual "Pink Tie and Tiara" Dinner Dance.

The Dinner Dance will be held at Waterfront Suite in the new conference centre attached to Southport Theatre with this years chosen charity being Derian House Children's Hospice.

The dinner dance held last year raised almost £3500 for Tarleton Young Farmers which included a £800 donation to the North West Air Ambulance. The Young Farmers organisation is solely financed through the clubs fundraising activities such as fetes, shows and social events. 

Organiser, Amy Foster said "Business’s that sponsored us last year, said it was great advertisement and thought it was well worth it.  We would really appreciate both previous and new business’s to get involved and help us to reach our target this year.

If you can help with any sponsorship, prizes or donations or require any further information please contact Amy on 07872 998892


17th March 2009
AWARD FOR TARLETON HIGH SCHOOL PROGRESS
Source: Hubmaker Media

Tarleton High School, a Community Technology College, received a prestigious award last week in London. The Specialist Schools and Academies Trust  held a celebration dinner to recognise schools that have achieved high performance in their 2008 GCSE results. The Specialist Schools and Academy Trust recognised Tarleton High School as one of the top 21 schools which had made most progress between 2007 and 2008. The pupils at the school had achieved 70% five or more A*-C including English and Mathematics representing an increase of 18% over twelve months

The dinner was held at The Royal College of Physicians on Tuesday 10th March and the guest speaker was Dylan Wiliam, Deputy Director at the Institute of Education, University of London.

Elizabeth Reid, Chief Executive of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, said:

“High performing schools are playing a major role to ensure that every young person receives an education fit for the challenges of the 21st century.  I congratulate these schools, their teachers and students for this significant achievement and the contribution they make to their local communities.  By partnering with other schools and sharing best practice through the SSAT’s networks, they are also helping to deliver improvements across the country.”

Anthony Hardiker, Headteacher, said: “This award recognises the consistent hard work by the staff and young people who deserve this accolade. We believe that helping young people to achieve this benchmark enables them to safeguard their future in an increasingly challenging world.  I would like to thank the young people, their parents, staff and governors for their immense contribution in making the school so special.

I was very proud to represent our school and it was a great privilege to receive the award on behalf of everyone at Tarleton”


18th February 2009
Great British Fish and Chip Supper – Friday 15th May
Source: Press Release

Want to do something different? Want to raise money where you live or work? Want to eat Fish and Chips, while raising money for charity? Hold a fish and chip supper on Friday 15th May 2009 whilst raising awareness of spinal cord injury and supporting SIA’s information and support services.

You can hold a fish and chip supper in your own home, at work or hold a larger supper at your local community centre.

SIA will provide a fundraising pack containing hints and tips, recipes, invitations and donation envelopes. By inviting 7 friends and asking them to donate an additional £5.00 means you will raise at least £35.00 from your supper but we will also give you additional fundraising ideas to raise even more money for SIA.

In 2009 SIA will celebrate its 35th Anniversary and being that Friday 15th May 2009 is Spinal Cord Injury awareness day and what a better way to raise funds than eating Fish and Chips and raising money for SIA.

The money raised from the suppers will help the Spinal Injuries Association offer support to individuals who become paralysed and their families, from the moment a spinal injury occurs, and for the rest of their lives by providing services and publications which enable and encourage paralysed people to lead independent lives.

Every year in the UK over 1,000 people experience a spinal cord injury and there are an estimated 40,000 spinal cord injured people in the UK alone.

Donor Development Officer, Elizabeth Wright, says, “The Fish and Chip Supper is a wonderful opportunity for a great evening with friends and family. We are also encouraging people who work to hold a Fish and Chip Lunch in their work places to raise even more funds. You may be even a local community group wanting to run a fun evening with your group.

2009 is the first year that SIA are running the suppers but we already envisage this to be one of our top fundraising initiatives in the SIA calendar over the coming years. Be a part of something special and make a real difference to help spinal cord injured people gain access to the information and support they need to enable them to live full and independent lives.”

For more information or request a fundraising pack call Elizabeth Wright on 0845 678 6633 xtn 229 or email fishandchips@spinal.co.uk or visit www.spinal.co.uk

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13th February 2009
ADDITIONAL SITE VISIT LEISURE LAKES FOOTBALL PITCHES
Source: Ormskirk Advertiser

FOOTBALLERS are still no closer to finding out if they can return to Leisure Lakes pitches in Mere Brow, after councillors voted to conduct a second site visit.

The application to have five junior football pitches, complete with four temporary buildings for use as changing rooms, was discussed by West Lancashire District Council Planning Committee last night.

Councillors agreed to the additional site visit after observations were made about the safety of the site and the potential impact of noise on neighbours.

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15th January 2009
DAVID BORROW RAISES LOCAL Flooding ISSUES
Source: Hansard

Following on from the local public meetings, South Ribble MP David Borrow has raised the issue of flooding and drainage in Westminster.

The Adjournment Debate covered many of the issues perceived as contributing to the problem (sewer capacity planning and maintenance, watercourse maintenance, the planning process) and the agencies who have responsibility for aspects of the problem (United Utilities, Environment Agency, Lancashire County Council, South Ribble Council, West Lancashire Council).

A full transcript of the debate can be accessed by clicking here


8th January 2009
TAX REFUND SCAM
Source: Lancashire Trading Standards Service

Fraudsters are targeting taxpayers with thousands of scam emails in the run up to the 31 January Self Assessment tax deadline HM Revenue & Customs said today.

HMRC also warned the public to be aware of further fraudulent attempts to obtain personal information after the 31 January deadline has passed when many people will be waiting to hear about genuine tax refunds. The scams tell the recipient they are due a tax refund and ask for bank or credit card details so that the fictitious tax refund can be paid out. HMRC is also aware of a growing number of telephone scams with fraudsters posing as tax officials arranging rebate payments. All customers who provide their details to the fraudsters risk their accounts being emptied and credit cards used to their limit. The victim also risks having their personal details sold on to other organised criminal gangs.
HMRC strongly advises:

  • that any email appearing to originate from HMRC and which offers a tax refund should be forwarded unopened to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk
  • Do not click on websites links contained in suspicious emails or open attachments.
    If in doubt, please check it out with HMRC at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk /security/fraud-attempts.htm



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