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Waste & Recycling Collection Day Changes 2019

Advice — 2nd December 2019

Mid Sussex District Council is reminding residents that waste and recycling collection days will change over the Christmas and New Year period.

Collection changes begin on Saturday 21 December and end on Saturday 4 January 2020. Christmas flyers with details of collections over the festive period and other recycling information have been posted to all Mid Sussex homes in the run up to Christmas. Householders can also access personalised information about their collection days online by entering their postcode at www.midsussex.gov.uk/collectioncalendar .

The festive collections are as follows:  

Normal collection date

Festive collection date

Monday 23 December

Saturday 21 December

Tuesday 24 December

Monday 23 December

Wednesday 25 December

Tuesday 24 December

Thursday 26 December

Friday 27 December

Friday 27 December

Saturday 28 December

Monday 30 December

No Change

Tuesday 31 December

No Change

Wednesday 1 January 2020

Thursday 2 January 2020

Thursday 2 January 2020

Friday 3 January 2020

Friday 3 January 2020

Saturday 4 January 2020

There will be no garden waste collections between Monday 23 December and Friday 3 January 2020. Garden waste collections will return to normal from Monday 6 January 2020. Householders with a real Christmas tree can recycle it in their garden waste bin as long as the lid can be closed.  Alternatively there will be temporary sites where residents can drop off real Christmas trees for recycling. These sites will be open between Saturday 28 December and Friday 10 January 2020 and locations can be found at www.midsussex.gov.uk/treerecycling.  

For more information about festive waste and recycling collections visit www.midsussex.gov.uk/recycling, email [email protected] or call 01444 477440.

Beware of Loan Sharks

Advice — 2nd December 2019

Every year around this time people can find their finances tight. Sadly there are plenty of people who will take advantage of this and ‘lend’ money to tide them over and then tie them into a cycle of debt and intimidation.

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Stop Loan Sharks Xmas Campaign Press Release

What Connections Will You Make This Christmas?

Advice — 2nd December 2019

Christmas is all about connecting, whether it’s spending quality time with friends and family… or simply taking time out to re-connect with yourself. 

But in many ways, it’s about connecting online too. Keeping in touch, downloading a movie, buying that special gift (or treating yourself), using those devices and helping your kids get online. 

However busy you are or how much fun you’re having, don’t forget online safety and security. We’ve put together some expert tips to help you. 

Phones, tablets & computers New or pre-owned internet-connected devices – including Apple phones, tablets and computers – should be protected with a security app/software and a PIN or passcode as soon as you switch them on. Ensure all devices are regularly backed up to safeguard your valuable documents, photos and other files. 

Updates Download updates to operating systems, apps and software as soon as you receive a prompt. If you don’t, you could leave yourself open to malware. 

Connected devices & wearables To improve security, the passwords on connected devices such as voice assistants, CCTV cameras, appliances, kids’ toys and fitness watches should be changed from the factory default as soon as you unpack and switch them on. The same applies to phones and tablets. Don’t use the same password for more than one device, website or account. And be careful what you say within earshot of that voice assistant, you can’t be sure who might be listening. 

Apps Download apps only from official sources such as App Store, Google Play or Microsoft Store. Apps from unofficial sources could result in fraud or identity theft. 

Second-hand mobile devices If you’ve bought or been given a pre-owned device, remove the previous owner’s settings and data, if this hasn’t already been done. If you’re selling, carry out a re-set to prevent others seeing your data. You can find out how from the manufacturer’s website. 

Don’t overshare Consider if what you’re posting on social media is really necessary, whether it could be helping a fraudster or giving your kids and friends a digital footprint they don’t want. Posting that your family is at relatives or on holiday is a big clue for burglars that your home is empty. Take a few minutes out over the Christmas break to update your social media privacy settings. 

Out & about with your mobile devices Don’t use Wi-Fi hotspots in cafés, pubs, hotel rooms, public transport or other public areas if you’re doing anything confidential online. You simply can’t assume they’re secure ... or legitimate. Keep the devices themselves secure as they can make attractive targets for thieves. Be wary of people watching your screen over your shoulder. 

Children & young people Help the kids and young people in your life stay safe. Sit down and speak to them about safe and responsible use of the internet, including what they share, who they’re communicating with and what content they’re accessing – including apps and games. Consider downloading a respected parental control app and using ISP filters to block unsuitable content. Make sure bills aren’t being run up for in-game purchases. 

Shopping online Make sure you can spot the difference between genuine and fake websites, secure and insecure payment pages and authentic and counterfeit goods. You can find more information at www.getsafeonline.org/safechristmasshopping

Scams Christmas is a favourite time of year for fraudsters. Clicking on email attachments or links in unexpected emails, text messages and posts could result in being defrauded, having your identity stolen or your device infected with malware. Unexpected phone calls claiming to be from banks, retailers, parcel firms or software support companies should be treated with caution. If in any doubt, always call the organisation on the number you know to be correct. 

Resources: Have you signed up to WSCC's Staying Safe Online E-newsletter? To do so, click here https://public.govdelivery.com/accou…/UKWSCC/subscriber/new…. Simply enter your email address on the following page, and subscribe to ‘Staying Safe Online’ in the ‘E-newsletter’ section. Or if you prefer to follow our advice not to click on links in E-mails, please visit the WSCC website and search for Staying safe online, to find the same location. 

Follow WSCC on twitter and Facebook @WSxSafeOnline.


Roadworks Information

Roadworks — 2nd December 2019

https://one.network/

For those of you not familiar with the above website, all our current and advanced road closures/road works/street works on West Sussex highways are now plotted and available on one.network.

For instance, over the next two weeks you will be able to access all the Christmas Event Road Closures and identify current and future street works

The site covers the whole of England and is updated hourly. It can serve as a useful tool to identify possible congestion and up and coming highway events. It also offers an insight into road closures and street works in neighbouring Parishes

To gain full benefit from this tool, it is best to get logged in. 

Sussex Police launched new Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship with first student officers

Sussex Police — 2nd December 2019

Sussex Police launched new Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship with first student officers.

Wednesday 04 December saw 24 new student officers welcomed into Sussex Police at the final attestation of 2019. These individuals are the first cohort to join the organisation on the new Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA); one of three new entry routes created as part of the Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF).

Chief Constable Giles York, said: “I’m delighted to welcome these officers to Sussex and start them on their policing journey. They begin a career which offers diversity, challenge and great fulfilment; where, together, they can make a real difference to our communities.”

“They also are our first recruits on the police constable degree apprenticeship – an innovative programme which ensures the officers of the future have the skills and knowledge required to police today, while recognising the existing professionalism and expertise of all our staff and officers. I believe this ensures policing remains an attractive and competitive career choice and appeal to many who may not have considered policing as a career choice in the past.”

The student officers will spend nine weeks undertaking intensive training at Sussex Police Headquarters in Lewes before joining their divisions in February 2020. Here they will begin to make a proactive, and positive, difference to the public, while supported by their dedicated Coaching and Development Officer.

The PCDA is a three-year vocational development programme which recognises the commitment, training and professional standards of policing. Using innovative learning approaches, and both on and off job training, supported by Higher Education Institutes, those embarking on this qualification will, upon successful completion, achieve a Degree in Professional Policing Practice.

Jessica Davies worked in HR before joining Sussex Police. Following the attestation, she said: “Becoming a police officer is so important to me and I pulled out all the stops to join Sussex Police once I realised what a fantastic opportunity the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship was.

“Knowing that I will be able to work towards a degree while working as a police officer makes me feel on top of the world!”

Jahidur Choudhury studied Public Services in college and worked in a fast food restaurant before joining Sussex Police. He said: “When I was young I suffered verbal racial abuse and I remember a member of the public giving me words of encouragement when he could that this incident had a negative effect on me.”

“His kind words really motivated me and I realised that like him, I too could inspire people and be a positive role model in the community by becoming a police officer.”

“It was my dream to come a police officer and I am so proud that I will be helping to protect Sussex.”

For those interested in a career in policing, or finding out more about the PCDA, visit www.sussex.police.uk/jobs

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