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Following two distraction burglaries in the county last week, Officers are asking residents to be mindful of security and how to deal with unexpected callers at your doorstep.

In both recent distraction burglaries, the offenders knocked at the doors of elderly people saying they were from their water company and to turn their water off. The offenders then entered the homes and items inside were stolen.

There are some simple security measures everyone can take to help stop you from becoming a victim of crime and we would ask that you speak with your elderly/vulnerable relatives and neighbours to also make them aware -

  • Always use a chain and a viewer on your door to see who is calling. Only open the door if you feel comfortable and always keep the chain on.

  • Always ask for identification from any unexpected callers and do not let them in until you are completely comfortable with who they are and have verified who they work for.

  • If someone calls claiming to be from a utility company such as water, gas, electric or council do not let them in. Close the door and ring your utility company using the telephone number from a recent bill or from the phone book/internet and not a telephone number that might be on their caller’s ID badge. Only once you are completely happy that the caller is genuine should they be allowed inside your home. If you have any suspicions at all, phone the police immediately.

  • Councils and utilities companies will generally contact householders in advance by letter or telephone if they plan to carry out repairs rather than make unsolicited calls.

  • If you have a back/side gate to your property, ensure it is locked with a padlock. A slide bolt is not sufficient on its own.

  • Ensure that your doors are kept locked when you are inside the house.

  • If you need carers or family to have access then consider fitting a key safe on the outside wall near to the front door.

  • Please report anything suspicious as soon as possible to police on 101, if a crime is in progress please dial 999.

You can find further crime prevention advice on the ‘advice’ pages of the Suffolk Constabulary website or you can speak with your local Safer Neighbourhood Team. Contact details can be found here -

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Police Safety Advice Following Distraction Burglaries In Waveney

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Theresa May suggests UK health services could be part of US trade deal

PM insists Government remains 'committed to an NHS that is free at the point of use'

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Theresa May has left the door open for the greater involvement of US corporations in British healthcare as she arrives in America to lay the groundwork for a future trade deal.

Ms May would only say that she was committed to a health service that is free at the point of delivery, but made no comment on whether the NHS would be off the table in any future talks.

Trade and the UK’s economic relationship with the US will be one of the key pillars of the Prime Minister’s visit to Philadelphia and Washington DC.

Asked whether health services might form a part of a potential deal, she said: “We're at the start of the process of talking about a trade deal. We're both very clear that we want a trade deal.

“It will be in the interests of the UK from my point of view, that's what I'm going to be taking in, into the trade discussions that take place in due course.

“Obviously he will have the interests of the US. I believe we can come to an agreement that is in the interests of both.”

Read the full transcript of Ms May's speech here.

Asked again whether the NHS would be off the table she said: “As regards the NHS, we're very clear as a Government that we're committed to an NHS that is free at the point of use.”

The statement left open the possibility of the greater involvement of US firms in healthcare, as long as people do not have to pay for the services they provide at the moment they are received.

A Number 10 spokesman said later: “The NHS will never be part of a trade deal and will always remain free at the point of delivery.”

May refuses to rule out private US firms taking over NHS services

Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said: “The public were told Brexit would mean another £350m a week for the NHS, not that our health service would be opened up to US firms.

“Theresa May must immediately clarify that the NHS will not be up for sale in any future negotiations with Trump. Hollowing out our health service in the name of a trade deal with the US would be an utter betrayal of most of those who voted to leave the EU.”

One of the key factors that led to opposition to the TTIP trade deal between the US and EU was fear over whether it would open up the NHS to vast multi-national corporations who might put the profits ahead of patient care.

Ms May faced repeated questions in the Commons on Wednesday, with Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn urging her to rule out any deal that would give US giants a toehold in British healthcare.

The SNP also raised concerns that a deal could see UK supermarkets stocked with foods that do not meet current safety standards.

OUR NHS - under immense threat from the Tories!

Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STP)   Norfolk and Waveney STP. Since the closure of Oulton Medical Centre I have followed closely on what is happeneing within our NHS. I have been to several meetings...

Following pressure from the Waveney Labour Group to have questions answered
by WDC about the two Fire  Risk Assessments from 2015 and 2017  which came
to light following their publication in the 'Lowestoft Journal in October.

At the WDC Extraordinary Overview & Scrutiny Meeting on Monday 27th
November, 2017 the following additional recommendation was agreed. Waveney
District Council will look at the feasibility of having fire doors fitted to
the entrance of each flat that will last for one hour rather than the 30
minutes suggested.  In addition information updates are to be sent out to
all  WDC Councillors regarding the Fire Risk assessments and the resulting
action plans.  Details of the progress of the installation of the Sprinkler
system will go to the WDC Cabinet on the 17 January 2018.

The Waveney Labour Group will continue to hold the administration to account
on this important issue.'

Any concerns regarding the above mentioned press release please contact

Cllr Sonia Barker
Leader Waveney Labour Group
17 Siskin Green
Lowestoft NR 33 8PP

T: 01502 563297. M: 07794013462

St Peter's Court - Waveney Labour holding the Tory Administration to account.

Following pressure from the Waveney Labour Group to have questions answeredby WDC about the two Fire  Risk Assessments from 2015 and 2017  which cameto light following their publication in the...

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