Bogus Workmen Alert

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Dear All,

Police Scotland have received reports of possible bogus workmen in the North West of Edinburgh offering gardening/ building maintenance services. Thankfully they were not always successful and were deterred by the homeowner.

We would like to remind residents to be vigilant, look out for vulnerable neighbours and keep this advice in mind;

If someone calls on you:
LOCK – Keep your front, back, and side doors locked, even when you are at home.
STOP – Before you answer, stop and think if you are expecting anyone. Check that you have locked the back door and taken the key out. Look through a door viewer (‘spy hole’) to see who it is.
CHAIN – If you decide to open the door, put the door chain or door bar on first if you have one. Keep the chain or bar on while you are talking to the person on the doorstep.
CHECK – Even if they have a pre-arranged appointment, check identity cards carefully. Close the door while you do this. If you are still unsure, look up a phone number in the phone book or online and ring the organisation to verify their identity. Do not use a phone number on the identity card as this may be fake.
Bogus callers may be smartly dressed and claim to be from the council, police, or utility company. They can also turn up as builders, gardeners, or other trades and try to trick you into paying for unnecessary work. You should never agree to have work done by someone who is just passing by or ‘cold calling’ you. If you think work needs done get at least three quotes from trusted companies. Use The Edinburgh Trusted Trader Scheme to find tradespeople who have been checked and vetted by both Police and Trading Standards officers. Information on this Scheme can be found on: or by phoning 0131 513 9921.
If you think a bogus caller or doorstep criminal has called on you, or been in your street, report this to the police immediately on ‘101’ (non-emergency) or ‘999’ (in an emergency).
If you would rather remain anonymous, you can report any incidents to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
For further crime prevention advice go to or contact your local Crime Prevention Officer by contacting ‘101’.

Kind Regards,
PC Kaiser-Ferris
Prevention, Intervention and Partnerships Department
Edinburgh Division

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Sonja Kaiser-Ferris (Police, Constable, Edinburgh)
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Community Covid-19 Resource Updated Around Test and Protect and Restarting Services

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Supporting Communities Safely

Updated advice for community groups, organisations and volunteer networks

Supporting Communities Safely has been updated to reflect the latest changes to Scotland’s Covid-19 response.

This free, online resource, developed by SCDC and Public Health Scotland, features a range of practical information and advice, with two new sections added.

The Test and Protect page includes details of Scotland’s contact tracing program, while the restarting services section provides a series of questions around how community groups could think about re-opening safely at an appropriate stage in Scotland’s recovery. 

In towns and villages across Scotland, community organisations and volunteers are fighting Covid-19 and this resource is designed to help them do this as safely as possible.

The resource also includes updated information around:

-How to safely promote an organisation’s services
-Keeping volunteers safe and fit to provide services
-How to get help with complex care needs
-Safely collecting and delivering items
-How to cook and transport hot meals
Click here to view the resource
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Varrie McDevitt (NHWN, Admin Assistant, NW Scotland)
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Edinburgh Council Pay and Display Parking Charges Update

Dear Sir/Madam

Pay and Display Parking Charges

As you may know, in response to the global Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown restrictions introduced by the government, pay and display parking charges were suspended in Edinburgh on Tuesday 24 March 2020.

I’m writing to you to inform you that it is proposed to re-introduce pay and display parking charges on Monday 22 June 2020. From this date any vehicle parked incorrectly in a public, shared-use or residents’ parking place may be issued with a parking ticket.

Residents who hold a valid Residents’ Parking Permit were granted dispensation to park their vehicles in pay and display parking places located within their own zone, provided those bays are not subject to a suspension. I can confirm that this dispensation will continue to remain in place until further notice and we will be writing to residents to inform them in due course.

It would be most helpful if you could distribute this information through your networks to help inform members of the public who may be affected by these changes.

If you have any queries regarding this e-mail please visit our website

Yours faithfully


Gavin Sherriff

Parking Contract Manager

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The Friends of Wardie Playing Fields

The Friends of Wardie Playing Fields are a group of local residents who wish to preserve this green space for future generations.

During the lockdown period, the Fields have proved a valuable resource for people to take their daily exercise. Dog walkers, joggers, and families have enjoyed the open aspect and the wonderful spring weather.

The Friends, in conjunction with the Council, are hoping to plant a wildflower meadow in the strip of land adjacent to Granton Road, to encourage biodiversity. We need to raise £300 to help with the costs. There is now an easy way for residents to contribute to this project.

You can donate £3 by texting WARDIE to 70085, or up to £20 by adding the amount: eg. donate £5 by texting WARDIE 5, or donate £10 by texting WARDIE 10.

You can find out more or become a Friend by visiting

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Trinity Community Council Online Meeting on Monday 8th June

Join Trinity Community Council on Monday at 7pm by Zoom for an interactive discussion of “Ideas for a Post-Covid Edinburgh” as input to an upcoming Cockburn Association online event.  Use the following link to join us.

Meeting ID: 896 1092 0064        Password: 170286    Or by phone at 0131 460 1196

The meeting agenda can be accessed here:

Here’s some background meantime:

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BBC Scotland Debate Night “Join the Audience”

Scotland’s topical TV discussion programme is coming to Edinburgh and the Lothians.

BBC Debate Night is on a virtual tour of the country, and on Wednesday 17th June the focus will be on Edinburgh and the Lothians.

All residents from across the region are invited to apply to be part of the small audience to join the discussion and put your questions and concerns to Scotland’s politicians and public figures. Please share this opportunity with communities, colleagues, friends and family, (flyer attached) and please note that we welcome applications from members of the general public applying as themselves and not as representatives of a company or organisation.  

Apply now by visiting and clicking ‘Join the Audience’.

Previous episodes are available to watch via BBC iPlayer:  

Why take part?

Debate Night is the only place where people are regularly able to put their questions and experiences directly to Scotland’s policymakers in their own words. Despite the restrictions in place we are determined to continue to give people the opportunity to question those in charge.

Maybe you are a key worker, have been self-isolating or your work has been affected by Coronavirus; whatever your situation, we want you to apply and be part of the discussion.

Help me spread the word

I would be most grateful if you could share this opportunity far and wide amongst your colleagues, friends, family and communities by forwarding this email or sharing our flyer.

We look forward to receiving your audience application.

Best wishes, 

Stephen Jardine, and the Debate Night Audience Team​​

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The Heart of Newhaven and Men of Leith’s Shed Partnership

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Welcome to the first of HoN’s partnership productions. 

HoN is committed to working together in partnership with local groups. 

This one has been produced by Charlie from the Men of Leith’s Shed. 

We hope it will whet your appetite for more to come, as we try to share some traditional, and maybe even non-traditional skills with everyone. 

We believe that working together we can produce more than the “sum of the parts” and although it is a challenge to work together virtually, we are all learning as we go. Older and younger people have much to learn from each other!

We hope that everyone will enjoy watching and learning how to “make things” and we would love to see photos when you’ve finished and whether it was a present, who for and what they thought of it!Box Workshop with Charlie 

We would appreciate your feedback and comments, should you wish and if you have any ideas for more, or perhaps can offer a similar type of video, please get in touch with us

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Scam Share Update

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This week’s SCAM Share update gives information and advice on current Scams. Those highlighted this week include:

Counterfeit Goods online
Council Tax Scam
TV Licence emails Scam
IPTV – illegal streaming
Business Grant Scam
Care Home Complaints Guide
Supermarket Voucher Scam
Unfair Pricing
PPE/Fake Medical Products
Travel Advice
Stay Safe Online
Guidance for Businesses
Ongoing Advice – Doorstep Scams
Academy of Money
Illegal Money Lending

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Bike Register and Selecta Data

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Dear All,

Police Scotland recently recovered a stolen bike and it was quickly reunited with the delighted owner, as it had been registered with BikeRegister – The National Cycle Database. Please consider registering your pedal cycle with BikeRegister and visit for further details about registration and security marking.

Selectamark, the company behind the BikeRegister and SelectaDNA, is also offering Neighbourhood Watch Alert members a discount on their SelectaDNA forensic marking kit. Please see attached flyer for instructions.

Kind Regards,

PC Kaiser-Ferris
Prevention, Intervention and Partnerships Department
 AttachmentsBikeRegister – PostCard Flyer – A6 – DA0009-22 Email Version.pdf – 4,385.6 KBSelectaDNA NHW offer flyer 2020.pdf – 829.3 KB
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Sonja Kaiser-Ferris (Police, Constable, Edinburgh)
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Volunteer Shopper Required in Trinity Area

Trinity Community Council have recently received this request:

“Looking for someone in Craighall Road area to help occasionally with shopping for a 75 year old who isn’t always able to get to the shops herself.  If you live locally and would be able to take this on, pls get in touch with contact details and we will make connections.” 

If you are interested in helping please let us know by sending a message direct through the website or our Facebook or Twitter pages.

We will then ensure that your contact details will be forwarded on to the relevant people.

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