Criminals are using the COVID-19 crisis to commit doorstep crime Warwickshire Trading Standards is warning.
Reports have emerged of people receiving unexpected doorstep visits from individuals offering to buy or collect shopping on behalf of those who are self-isolating. The thieves then take cash up front and do not return.
Residents should also beware of rogue traders offering ‘doorstep cleansing services’ that offer to clean drives and doorways to kill bacteria and help prevent the spread of the virus.
Fake sanitisers, face masks and Covid-19 swabbing kits are also being sold door-to-door. These products can often be dangerous and unsafe.
Advice from Warwickshire Trading Standards Service
1) Do not buy goods or services from unexpected doorstep callers
2) Do not reveal sensitive information such as your bank card PIN number to a doorstep caller
3) Report suspicious doorstep visits or any type of scam to the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133. Citizens Advice can provide telephone support and advice. They will also alert Warwickshire Trading Standards Service who can provide additional advice
4) Keep up to date on the latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) information, advice and guidance:
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If any of your customers are entitled to free school lunches for their children they can call Warwickshire Welfare for 6 weeks of support for food – 0800 4081448
Coronavirus ( Corvid -19 ) News
CORONAVIRUS AND HELP IN MORETON MORRELL
The safety and well-being of villagers is currently our top priority and in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak, Moreton Morrell Parish Council has prepared this leaflet for your information. In addition, we are also providing contact numbers for four of our parish councillors for villagers needing to self-isolate.
The Parish Council is also compiling a list of ‘Community Volunteers’ who would be willing to deliver essential requirements and/or medicines to those who are unable to leave their homes. If you are willing to help villagers as a community volunteer, please email your contact details to Cllr Anne Parry via email@example.com
In view of new government advice for people aged 70 years and over to self-isolate for 12 weeks, as a means to shield them from the virus and protect the NHS Service, please let us have your contact details (on a strictly confidential basis) if you would like us to keep in touch with you and ensure you have everything you need.
Your Parish Councillor Contacts:
Cllr Eileen Edwards Tel: 01926 650645
Cllr Bernard Keavy Tel: 01926 651544
Cllr Claire Monks Tel: 07723 050413
Cllr Anne Parry Tel: 07917 117737
Public Health Warwickshire
Warwickshire County Council (WCC) and its Public Health Warwickshire team are working round the clock, but in a calm, strategic and proactive way, in close liaison with Public Health England for the people and communities of Warwickshire. WCC is also prioritising staffing resources towards safeguarding children and child-care, vulnerable adults, home care services and schools.
In keeping with the national guidance, WCC is working with colleagues to keep schools open, and people coming to work. However, this is a fast-changing situation and so WCC recognises that things may change over the coming days and weeks, with decisions taken based on scientific evidence.
Warwickshire is also working closely with Coventry and Solihull, which follows the extensive Flu Epidemic Training exercise all three areas and their multi-agency partners carried out together in December 2019, and as a result are better prepared than other regions to respond to Covid-19.
What are the symptoms of the new coronavirus?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the main symptoms of the coronavirus usually include:
These symptoms are similar to other respiratory diseases including flu and the common cold.
When should I seek medical help?
People having difficulty breathing should seek medical attention quickly. But do not go out. Instead, you should call NHS 111. If you just have a FEVER and a COUGH - the main early symptoms of coronavirus - the government now advises that you and your household self-isolate for 14 days. This will help protect others and the NHS service.
If you live alone, ask your friends and family to help you to get the things you need or call one of the parish councillors who will put you in touch with one of the community volunteers. If you live with others, try and stay at least two metres away from other people. Also sleep alone and use a separate bathroom if possible. Stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.
You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. But if your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after seven days contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999. Do not go to a GP, pharmacy or hospital as if you have the virus you may infect others.
How to 'self isolate' if you think you might have coronavirusIf you think you may have the virus, you should try to isolate or quarantine yourself.
This means you should:
Hand hygiene is the first and most important line of defence.
Like cold and flu bugs, the new virus is spread via droplets when a person coughs or sneezes which is why spatial distancing is so important. The droplets land on surfaces and are picked up on the hands of others and spread further. People catch the virus when they touch their infected hands to their mouth, nose or eyes.
It follows that the single most important thing you can do to protect yourself is to keep your hands clean by washing them frequently with soap and water or a hand sanitising gel.
Also try to avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes with unwashed hands – something we all do unconsciously on average about 15 times an hour.
Other tips include:
THIS INFORMATION IS CORRECT AT THE TIME OF ITS PUBLICATION
Moreton Morrell Parish Council/17 March 2020
History of the Parish
Moreton Morrell is an ancient settlement that appears in the Domesday Book as "Mortone". From at least the early Norman times it has consisted of the 'town' of Moreton, and the hamlet of Morrell.
The Parish consists of Litttle Morrell in the North, the village of Moreton Morrell, Moreton Paddox in the South and a small number of houses to the West of the Fosse Way. The boundaries are formed: to the east by the Fosse Way, to the north by Thelsford Brook running from the Fosse westwards; and to the south, by a valley running from Hell Hole on the Fosse to the bottom of Staple Hill.
Until the end of the 19th century, the village was largely self sufficient with 45 occupations recorded in the second half of the 19th century.
The population in 1801 was very similar to that cited in the Doomesday Book in 1086. Throughout the 1800s, the population varied between 183 and 301, according to the prosperity of farming at the time. It rose to 388 by 1911, declining sharply following the First World War.
In the first part of the 1900s, the population rose at a steady rate, with a sharp increase in the late 1960s. This was primarily due to the development of Oak tree Close and Moreton Paddox.
By 2001, there was a further increase following the developments of Wilcox Leys, John Taylor Way and Chestnut Grove in the 1990s, as well as a further increase in students at the college.
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