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HMRC and Royal Courts of Justice scams

Dear Watch Member,

This week we have had 18 HMRC reports, equating to a loss of £21,934 although 15K of that was lost by one person. In some of these the offenders claimed to be from the CPS or the Royal Courts of Justice rather than HMRC.

We also had 3 reports of people receiving texts from the courts telling them that they were being summonsed for jury service. The text contained a link which takes you to a fake HM Gov website where you can confirm your attendance or pay £35 for 6 months to defer.

Typical examples:

Voicemail saying “I had to phone back HMRC on a London number. It was time sensitive and there would be legal consequences if I didn’t phone back. I phoned back and very harsh man said there was a tax miscalculation and a warrant for my arrest. I asked if I could pay to avoid any further proceedings and he put me through to his boss, who was very convincing.”

“A phone call claiming to be from the Crown Prosecution Service, claiming that they had a warrant for my arrest had been issued on behalf of the HRMC for tax invasion.”

“Received a call from an unknown number claiming that I owed £999 due to miscalculated tax from 2018-2019. They were able to call me from a number registering to the Royal Court of Justice. They explained that I could pay the balance fee now, and when found innocent I could get the money refunded to me”.

“On Saturday 12th September 2020 at 1050hours was contacted on the phone by whom was described as the Inland Revenue. Was told that I owed unpaid tax £1200.00 from some years ago and a warrant was issued for my arrest. Was told that if I paid the money in full that I would not be arrested on Saturday 12th September 2020 for the non-payment”.

As you can imagine these are all scams, HMRC or the Royal Courts of Justice will never call you, if you receive these calls, politely close the call and do not provide any details, and report to

If you need to reply regarding this message, tap on this email address:

Terry Morris
Watch Liaison Officer
Tel: 01707 355807

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The Hertfordshire (Temporary Closing of the footbridge situated above A5183 Dunstable Road, Markyate) order 2020

Hertfordshire County Council

The Hertfordshire (Temporary Closing of the footbridge situated above A5183 Dunstable Road, Markyate) order 2020

NOTICE is given that Hertfordshire County Council intends to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, to prohibit all pedestrians from using the footbridge situated above A5183 Dunstable Road, Markyate from its junction with Harps Hill south eastwards, south westwards, south eastwards and north westwards to its junction with Hicks Road (“the Footbridge”), a distance of approximately 90 metres.

An alternative route will be via the footway situated on the north side of A5183 Dunstable Road and the footway situated on the south side of A5183 Dunstable Road.

The Order is needed because waterproofing and painting the footbridge is proposed to be executed on the Footbridge.

If the Order is made, it shall come into force on 5 October 2020 for a period of up to 6 months. However, the restrictions specified shall only take effect at the times indicated by signs on or near the Footbridge.

A copy of the proposed Order may be inspected free of charge at County Hall, Hertford between the hours of 9.00am and 5.00pm (excluding weekends, bank and public holidays).

If you have any queries about the proposed Order, please contact Stacey Greaves tel. 07393 148 395 at Osborne or Deanna Braggs tel. 0300 123 4047 at Hertfordshire County Council.

Police guidance during Covid-19

Not reasonable exercise at this time A long drive for a short amount of exercise or a short walk to sit on a park bench for a long time or sunbathing in a park

Food Bank at Village Hall, Cavendish Road

The Parish Council has placed a plastic container outside the Village Hall entrance asking residents to kindly drop any food they would like to donate to the Food Bank.

The food will then be taken to St Johns Church.

The church is open 9am -4pm everyday for people to access the food bank which is well stocked at the moment.

We thank you in advance for any contributions, no matter how small, to help those in need during this difficult time.