Information for the general public about the coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the government site here.
Our neighbouring villages have information too – here’s Lower Withington page on coronavirus for example. More to follow
Cheshire Police have alerted us to more fraudulent activity. Coronavirus-related frauds went up by 400% in March. Please be wary.
Nationally, there have been reports of people visiting homes posing as police officers and health officials in a bid to gain entry to homes of the elderly and vulnerable. Some reports suggest scammers are even promising fake coronavirus tests or offering to deliver shopping and other essentials in exchange for money to assist those who are self-isolating. Whilst there have been no specific reports within the county residents are urged to remain vigilant and be on their guard.
- Police officers will never approach you to take a Coronavirus test.
- If someone knocks at your door, always examine and check their identification. If you are unsure please call the organisation or company they are claiming to work for. If they are genuine they will not mind.
- You do not have to let them in and they must leave if you tell them to.
- Never let anyone in your house unless they are someone you know and trust.
- If someone is trying to rush you into doing something, handing over money or taking a test it is likely that they are involved in a scam.
- Never give money or your card and pin number to anyone.
- Be aware that scammers can be clever, they will have done their homework and will often know a lot of information about people they target. Often they are very organised.
- If you believe that you have been victim of fraud call us on 101 or report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.