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Campaign to raise domestic abuse awareness

Police are continuing a drive to raise awareness of domestic abuse among young people. The force and Fylde Coast Women’s Aid (FCWA) have been speaking with pupils at a school after a poster competition was held. The Year 5 pupils were asked to design a poster encouraging young people to speak to an adult they trust if they were experiencing problems and needed support.Detective Chief Inspector Sue Cawley, from Lancashire Constabulary’s Public Protection Unit, said: “We’re currently doing a lot of work with regards to young people and domestic abuse. “It’s really important that young people understand what abuse is and what support and advice is available to them.”

Community groups can bid for funding

Local community groups are being urged to bid for vital money which could make a real difference in their neighbourhoods. So far Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has given away more than £28,000 from his Community Action Fund – with just over £21,000 still to be allocated.

Clive Grunshaw is keen to ensure grassroots projects across Lancashire are benefitting from the money, and criteria for applying for the fund has been changed to focus more on local community groups. Visit www.lancashire-pcc.gov.uk/Partnership/Commissioners-Community-Action-Fund.

Scam warning after ‘phishing’ letter con

Police are warning of a ‘phishing’ scam in operation to lure people into providing personal and banking details. A resident in the north of the county has received a letter purporting to be from a Financial Institution in the USA. The email relates to a ‘floating’ bank account located in the same surname of the recipient in which there i $15 million waiting to be claimed. It goes without saying that this is the first step in a ‘phishing’ operation to lure vulnerable people in to providing personal and banking details further down the line leading to identity theft/fraud.

Please disregard, inform your local Trading Standards office and dispose/delete the correspondence.

Police specials in week of action

Special constables across Lancashire worked over 3,000 hours during a week of action designed to raise awareness of the work that they do. The volunteer officers from Lancashire Constabulary took part in a range of operations across the county between Wednesday, October 30 and Tuesday, November 5. They took part in a variety of policing activities, ranging from policing the busy towns and cities during the evening and carrying out reassurance patrols, to getting involved in specialist operations for Halloween and bonfire night. A total of 3,314 hours were worked by 237 officers from the force’s Special’s.