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Trading Standards has issued a warning over a Census Form Scam


Trading Standards have issued a warning, after receiving reports from victims who claim to have been contacted by someone purporting to be from the authority, and acting on behalf of the Office of National Statistics.

The caller suggested that the individual’s Census form was completed incorrectly, and they had to pay a fine. The caller asked for basic identification details, which they said was to confirm the Census record, and the individual’s bank details, so they could process the fine.

The Office of National Statistics are aware of similar scams in other parts of the country where money has been taken from an individual’s bank account. The Office of National Statistics have warned that they would never ask for this type of personal information.

You will only be contacted about the Census by letter – never text or phone.

When filling in the Census you will be asked for personal information such as your date of birth, your occupation and where you live. You will never be asked to provide your national insurance number or financial details.

If you wish to report attempted Scams go to 

Green Recycling Bins

Garden waste green bin collections will restart again from the fortnight beginning 1st March 2021. The regular free of charge waste service currently provided to households will remain unchanged, however Dacorum is continuing to offer the additional service to residents who regularly create more garden waste than they can fit into their green bin, they can sign up to Dacorum Borough Councils Additional Garden Waste Subscription Service.

The service gives people the opportunity to buy an additional 240-litre green lidded bin for £25 each and have them collected on the normal garden waste collection day for a seasonal subscription fee of £55.

Residents can find out when their next green bin collection by using the on line postcode checker: – from here the Waste Collection Calendar can also be downloaded.


Have your say – Dacorum Borough Council is inviting comments on the Local Plan Emerging Strategy for Growth (2020-2038). The consultation runs until 11:59pm on 28 February 2021. For further information about the Local Plan and how to take part in the consultation please visit or email:

Covid Vaccination Update

From Rothschild House (Markyate) Surgery:

As most of our patients are now aware the central Covid Vaccination centre has been set up in Maxted Road, Hemel Hempstead. This hub has been set up by all the GPs in Dacorum and will be the closest vaccination centre for our patients. You will receive a message from your GP surgery inviting you to make an appointment for your jab when it is your turn. If you do not have a mobile phone, you will get a call on your landline instead. We are all running a text/call service using a system called AccuBook.

NHS England is setting up a national central NHS booking system for its larger mass vaccination sites, including one in Stevenage. So some local residents might receive both a text/call from their local GP and a letter from the NHS about the site in Stevenage, which can be confusing. You will have a choice, you can choose to go to Stevenage, or you can wait for the call from your GP Surgery and go to Hemel Hempstead.

Primary care has been entrusted to vaccinate all patients aged 50 and over and we will be doing so by strict order of priority as advised by the JCVI.  We are currently contacting patients in order of eligibility and we ask you NOT to contact the practice in the interim about the covid vaccine so that patients seeking medical help or appointments are able to get through.

Please check that we have your correct contact details (mobile numbers or land line) and if you need to update them visit the website below or phone the Surgery.…/change-of…/

The Rothschild House (Markyate) surgery GPs continue to work as normal.

Parish Office

Throughout the unprecedented times of late the Parish Council has remained contactable by local residents. Whilst we may not have been able to maintain a Reception service at the Parish Office, staff and councillors have continued to be available by email and telephone.

Following Government guidelines our office will remain closed but you can leave a message on 01582 840110 or email us at and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Keep Safe – guidance information

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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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.