Community News and Information

After a suggestion made at a Community Council meeting we have set up a new 

Kirkbean Community Facebook Group 

which can be found here:

This is a Closed Group at the moment;  however although the Community Council may have reason to post to the group, the main idea is that it is used for local information, events, recommendations and any suggestions that might be relevant and useful to all the residents, members and perhaps even visitors within the community.

The group can be searched, followed and is visible to everyone but you must join the group to be able to add a post or comment on a post.

Are you ready for winter?

As the nights get colder and darker, the chances of severe weather increase.  Since 1990, gas and electricity network companies have invested over £80bn to make the UK’s gas and electricity supply more reliable than ever before. But storms, floods and other extreme weather can still cause damage and disruption.

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 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. 

Action Counters Terrorism (ACT)   is Counter Terrorism Policing’s brand platform which brings together communications to warn, inform and reassure the public and encourage them to take action to help save lives.

With the UK terror threat level at SEVERE, key advice is to follow the ‘Run, Hide, Tell’ guidance, until police arrive on the scene. Insight shows that this messaging is not always effectively reaching younger audiences.

As a result there is currently an ‘Act for Youth’ campaign ongoing across the UK, to complement the existing ‘Run, Hide, Tell’ guidance. This campaign, supported by national media and involving high profile celebrities is designed to help educate 11 to 16 year olds in particular on how to stay safe in the rare event of a firearms or weapon attack.

The atrocities in London and Manchester have sadly resulted in some of the youngest victims of terror this country has ever seen, and if we are able to teach children to act in a way which could potentially save their lives then it is our responsibility to do so. We are particularly concerned when we see people – young and old – using their mobiles to film scenes when they should be moving away from the danger. The recent incident in Parsons Green is a good example of this.

Research has shown that many young people think filming would be a good thing to provide evidence for police. We must get them to understand that the priority must be their safety.

Children are being taught to RUN if they are able to, HIDE if they are not, and TELL police of the threat only when it is safe to do so. They are also being advised to warn others about an on-going threat, and crucially told NOT to stop and use their phones until they are safely away from danger.

The campaign is being supported by National Media and features TV personalities Bear Grylls and Ant Middleton, Leicester City footballer Jamie Vardy, England rugby star James Haskell and double Olympic gold medallist Jade Jones, who will tell young people that when caught up in a terror attack: Real champions run.”

A key part of the campaign is also to help and support parents who are understandably anxious about discussing such a topic with their children. The NSPCC has released advice for parents who want to talk to their children about terrorism. This includes:

What can parents do to talk to their children about what’s happened?

  • Listen carefully to a child’s fears and worries
  • Do not panic a child by speculating on reasons or fears of future attacks.
  • Offer reassurance and comfort and avoid complicated and worrying explanations that could leave them more frightened and confused.
  • Help them find advice and support to understand distressing events and feelings.
  • Children can always contact Childline, adults can contact the Helpline free and confidentially 24/7 on 0808 800 5000.

Further information can be found at the Action Counters Terrorism website -

Please be aware of an increase in the following crimes:

  • Door step crime / Bogus Workmen - Please do not accept work from workmen / doorstep salesmen turning up unannounced at your door.
  • Phone / Internet Fraud - Do not pass out bank details to anyone phoning you pertaining to be from Banks, Microsoft, Fraud Squad, etc.

If suspicious then please contact Police at the time.

If anyone wishes a security survey or further crime prevention advice then please contact us via

Many thanks,    Graeme StittSergeant, Community Policing Unit

Pete Minting  

mobile: 07747 270581 email: 

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