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Forged £20 notes in the Wisbech area - please be aware

When handling cash you should be aware of recent Police warnings regarding fraudulent £20 notes circulating in Wisbech. Staff in other parts of the District should be vigilant too.

FORGED £20 notes are being used by fraudsters in Wisbech and police are warning shopkeepers to be alert.

PCSO Terry McCormack urged people to be on the lookout for the forged cash.

He said the notes had been circulating for about three weeks, with one shop thought to have been targeted six times.

'These notes are very good and will pass a cursory look," he said. "There is a Queen's head water mark - not quite the same as the legal note - but passable.

"With most forgeries the serial number is going to be the same. With this batch of forged notes, not all the numbers are the same. There are reoccurring numbers in the ones that we have recovered.

"The people passing these notes seem to be targeting busy shops where the staff do not have the time or the experience to spot the forgeries."

"Take your time when handling the note and do not let the person buying goods pressurise you by being in a hurry. You are in charge of this transaction. Be Alert."

In addition the Bank of England has published an 'easy-to-follow guide to checking bank notes' at

Please see below for various information and advice from some of our partners:


Energy Efficiency

Age UK Cambridgeshire offer a free information service to Cambridgeshire residents over 60 years old, their relatives, friends and carers. We are able to offer onward referrals for our other services and to our advocacy service for more in depth support. Please call us on 0300 666 9860 or email:


NHS Cambridgeshire - Cross Roads Care - GP Carers Prescription Service

Are you caring for someone? A Carer spends a significant proportion of their life providing unpaid support to family or potentially friends. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems.

Would you like to know?

Your rights; about benefits; what is available to support you; what is available to support the person you care for?

Carers Prescription is FREE.

How to get a prescription: see your doctor, briefly explain your circumstances. Your doctor will write the prescription and they will make sure they record you are a Carer, so they can support you appropriately in the future. You can take the prescription away and contact Crossroads Care Cambridgeshire (contact details below) within 28 days. They will respond quickly and provide the information service and agreed break if you choose, without any charge to you.

For more information telephone: 01480499055 or email:

or visit the web site: or go along to one of the Carers Group meetings at The Olde Griffin Hotel, High Street, March, PE15 9JS.

Re-ablement - being independent following an operation or illness

If you or someone you care for requires social care support following an illness or operation, this would traditionally have been provided by a care assistant providing direct care to the person in need. Since September 2010 a new service, re-ablement, has been providing support to enable older people who have poor physical or mental health following illness or an operation to live in their own homes.

Re-ablement programmes can last for as little as a few days and generally do not exceed six weeks. The ethos of re-ablement is to encourage people to do things for themselves rather than having things done for them. There is no charge to the individual as long as they are participating in the programme.

Re-ablement is now being offered to a wider client group including new service users with a physical disability and new occupational therapy referrals. Future development of the service will look at assisting older people who already have a care package but due to illness or physical issues may now require a higher level of support.

Postal scam... The Trading Standards Office are making people aware of the following scam:

A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 0906 6611911 (a premium rate number).

DO NOT call this number, as this is a mail scam originating from Belize. If you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed £315 for the phone call.

If you do receive a card with these details, then please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 020 7239 6655.

Advice from Trading Standards - Warranties and Guarantees:

When you buy goods, whether on their own (like a washing machine) or as part of a larger piece of work (such as a new bathroom installation), by law those goods must be of "satisfactory quality" and be "fit for their purpose". They must be of a standard that a person would expect, bearing in mind the price paid, and be free from minor defects, be as described, and last a reasonable length of time for a product of that type. So if, for instance, the normal life of a washing machine is 5 years and yours stops working after two years due to a defect, you may be able to claim for a repair or replacement from the business you bought it from. This is the case regardless of whether you bought a warranty or guarantee. So consider carefully whether a warranty gives you anything extra.

Keep yourself Warm this Winter

Help yourself to keep warm and well this winter!

Across Cambridgeshire there are extra services to assist you, your relatives and your neighbours in staying warm and well this winter.

Everything from smart energy information, grants, shopping services and much more.

Heat your home well by setting your heating to the right temperature. 21c during the day and 18c at night, you can keep your home warm and your bills as low as possible.

Get financial advice. There may be extra funding available, depending on your circumstances, to make sure you can keep your house warm during winter.

Eat well. Food is a vital source of energy, which helps to keep your body warm.

Get a flu jab. You can get a free jab from your GP to protect against seasonal flu if you are over 65 or have a long-term health condition.

Look after yourself and check on neighbours or relatives to make sure they are safe, warm and well. Keeping active is important for your health. But if you do go out in cold weather it is important that you wear extra clothes to make sure that you are wrapped up warmly. During very cold and icy weather conditions it is safer for older people, very young children and anyone with health problems to avoid going out.

Have your heating and cooking appliances checked. Carbon monoxide is a killer. Make sure that flues and chimneys are swept and checked for blockages and ventilation points are not blocked. If not connected to gas or electricity mains, and use heating oil, LPG or wood products as the main heating source, make sure that you have a sufficient supply to avoid running out in winter.

To beat the cold this winter call 01223 714452 or email

Stay independent, safe and well this winter

If you or someone you care for needs advice about keeping independent, safe and well this winter, the County Council's adult social care websites Your Life, Your Choice provides information about keeping warm, preventing falls and the help that may be available to older and vulnerable people if they are unable to get out and about. If you are unable to access the Internet staff and volunteers in the library can help you to find the information you need or you can contact adult social care customer services on 0345 045 5202.