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At a meeting held in public on 27th September, Wilby Parish Council members voted unanimously to support the relocation in Sept 2024 of the village school to the new, purpose built school in Glenvale Park.
The minutes from that meeting recorded:
"This decision, which is unanimously approved by Wilby Parish Council, follows consultation with Governors and Teachers at the school which included a fact-finding visit by a majority of Members to the School to see a typical school day in action. More »
They were struck by the challenges being faced daily, caused by the restricted site, and the ongoing maintenance needs of an old deteriorating building, where there is also insufficient space. Funding to merely address some of these problems, without delivering any pupil benefits, is prohibitive. Put simply they felt the current site is not fit for purpose and that the children deserve so much better.
It is acknowledged that the proposed relocation is an opportunity to resolve all the current challenges through the provision of an ideal environment for them to grow and prosper.
In reaching this decision, the members are very mindful of the need for transport facilities to be made available to the Wilby children moving to the new school, in view of where the proposed new site is located."
The public consultation by NNC is open until 5th October. Click on the link below to have your say:
Posted: Thu, 28 Sep 2023 14:10 by Vicky Smith
Large community and religious WhatsApp groups are being targeted by scammers who infiltrate them to try and deceive their members into sending them money. Since January of this year, 268 people have reported falling victim to this scam.
The fraud often begins when a member of the group receives a WhatsApp audio call from the fraudster, pretending, or claiming, to be a member of the group. This is done in order to gain the individual's trust, and often the scammer will use a false profile picture and / or display name, so at first glance it would appear to be a genuine member of the group. More »
The fraudster will then call the victim and say they are sending a one-time passcode which will allow them to join an upcoming video call for group members. The scammer then asks the victim to share this passcode with them so they can be "registered" for the video call. What's really happening is that the scammer is asking for a registration code to register the victim's WhatsApp account to a new device where they then "port" their WhatsApp profile over.
Once the fraudster has access to the victim's WhatsApp account, they will enable two-step verification which makes it impossible for the victim to access their account. The scammer will then message other members of the group, or friends and family in the victim's contacts, asking them to transfer money urgently as they are in desperate need of help.
Oliver Shaw, Detective Chief Superintendent and Head of Action Fraud and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) said:
"WhatsApp continues to be a popular platform for community and religious groups, but sadly also for fraudsters. Here, the scammers rely on the goodwill of group members and their intrinsic desire to help others in distress.
"We urge people always to be wary when receiving contact via WhatsApp or other messaging platforms. This is particularly the case when being asked to provide account information – despite the fact that you may recognise the individual's profile picture and / or name.
"Never share your account information with anyone, and if you think it's a fraudulent approach, report the message and block the sender within WhatsApp. To make your account more secure, we advise setting up two-step verification to provide an extra layer of protection. This makes it increasingly more difficult for fraudsters to gain access to somebody else's WhatsApp account".
Analysis of Action Fraud reports indicate that victims targeted by this scam are often part of large WhatsApp community, alumni and academic, work groups, and religious groups (such as church or prayer groups).
What can you do to avoid being a victim?
- Never share your account's two-factor authentication (2FA) code (that's the six digit code you receive via SMS).
- Set up two-step verification to give an extra layer of protection to your account. Tap Settings > Account >Two-step verification > Enable.
- THINK. CALL. If a family member or friend makes an unusual request on WhatsApp, always call the person to confirm their identity.
- You can report spam messages or block a sender within WhatsApp. Press and hold on the message bubble, select 'Report' and then follow the instructions.
If you have been a victim of fraud or cybercrime, report it at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040. In Scotland, victims of fraud and cybercrime should report to Police Scotland on 101.
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Posted: Fri, 04 Aug 2023 10:26 by Vicky Smith