Wilby Parish Council

Serving the People of Wilby

The Horse Shoe

Clerk: Mrs Vicky Smith
18 Bakehouse Lane, Mears
Ashby, Northampton
Northamptonshire NN6 0ED

Tel: 01604 812239

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Wilby Parish Council provides many but not all of our local services and we work to make Wilby a more enjoyable, safer and happy place to live, work and play.

You'll see that our website includes information about how we conduct business and what we do for the community. The Parish Council is made up largely of volunteers, supported by the Unitary Council who want to help make Wilby the best village it can be, for all of us.

Use the search facility (above right), or browse the site to find what you are looking for. If you can't find the information you want then please contact us and we'll do ourt best to answer your questions.

Latest News

5 Facts About Burglary - Protect Your Home This Summer

As the hot sun continues to shine, detectives across Northamptonshire working in the Force's Burglary Team issue advice to help people protect their homes from burglars.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Rogers, said: "First of all I want to make it clear that the only people 'responsible' for a burglary are the burglars themselves and in an ideal situation we would not have to issue crime prevention advice. More »

"However sadly there are people out there who would look to take advantage of an open door or window in this heat to steal from others.

"In Northamptonshire, the numbers of burglaries has reduced significantly since we launched Operation Crooked in 2019, however the team continues working at pace to decrease those numbers even further."

Burglars are often opportunistic thieves who prey on houses and flats. They seek out any opening that they can take advantage of, specifically doors and windows that are left open or unlocked or are easy to force. Anything of value that they might spot through a window will only spur them on. But it really doesn't take much to deter these thieves – just smart thinking.

Please take a look at the below five facts about burglary to give you the best chance of protecting your home from burglars.

- Burglars target homes that they think will contain valuables. A sure giveaway is leaving packaging from expensive items outside your front door

- Burglars often look for homes with windows or doors left open or with vulnerable features that they can exploit

- Burglars are aware of the times when someone is expected to be away from their house such as during the school run or holidays. Don't advertise that you are going to be away on social media

- Burglars typically do not want to be seen or heard and if they see crime prevention technology like CCTV cameras or video doorbells, they are more likely to move on

- Sheds and garages are often vulnerable as they are not that secure and contain tools which the burglar can use to assist them to gain entry to a home. Make sure they're locked and nothing of significant value is inside them

If you witness suspicious activity in your area, please contact us on 101.

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Posted: Wed, 10 Aug 2022 11:53 by Vicky Smith

Warning: Hidden Dangers of Swimming in Open Water

With the high temperatures expected to continue into this weekend (July 23/24), Northamptonshire Police is urging the public not to be tempted to swim in unsafe open waters.

The warning is being issued following the death of a number of young people who have sadly drowned in England over the past few days after getting into difficulties in rivers, lakes, canals, and quarries.

Whilst the Northamptonshire Police Force Control Room has also seen an increase in the number of reports of adults and children swimming in open water at various locations across the county. More »

Swimmers have been spotted at the River Nene at Wadenhoe, Corby Boating Lake, Kinewell Lake at Denford, Summer Leys Nature Reserve at Wollaston, and Naseby Reservoir, however the Force is warning that all open water poses potential hidden dangers.

In addition to weeds and undergrowth which swimmers could become tangled in, there may also be other hidden hazards beneath the water surfaces such as strong currents as well as the risk of cold-water shock.

Cold-water shock forces swimmers to gasp for breath and can cause them to lose control in the water, regardless of whether they are strong swimmers or not, and increases the difficulty in getting out of the water.

If you find yourself in the water:

  • Take a minute. The initial effects of cold water pass in less than a minute so don't try to swim straight away
  • Relax and float on your back to catch your breath. Try to get hold of something that will help you float
  • Keep calm then call for help or swim for safety if you're able

If you see someone else in the water:

  • Do not go into the water to rescue them. You could get into trouble yourself
  • Call 999 and ask for the fire service and be as precise as you can with the location
  • Tell the struggling person to float on their back in a star shape
  • Throw something that may help them float – like a branch, an inflatable ball or even a water bottle
  • Download the what3words app to help give emergency services your precise location
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Posted: Wed, 20 Jul 2022 11:44 by Vicky Smith

Distraction Thefts in Supermarket Car Parks

Distraction Thefts in Supermarket car parks

Thieves are operating in supermarket car parks by approaching unaccompanied women to tell them that damage has been caused to the rear of their car. When going to check, someone then removes handbags or purses from the front passenger seat and uses debit card to steal cash from ATMs. Please take the following steps to prevent this crime:

• Cover your PIN when using your card More »

• If you feel you are being watched or that someone is acting suspiciously inform the store security or customer service desk

• Check your car for damage prior to driving away so that you are aware of the condition of your car

• Once in your car, ensure the doors are locked and windows closed

• If someone knocks on your car window to speak to you, do not open your window or get out of your car. Either pick up your mobile phone to give the impression you are calling for help, or start the car to slowly drive away.

• If you feel scared or threatened call the Police on 101. » Less

Posted: Wed, 13 Jul 2022 09:50 by Vicky Smith