Courier scam victims lose £14,000

Members of the public are being warned about courier fraud scams after two recent cases resulted in victims losing a total of £14,000.

Earlier this month, officers in Ely and Cambridge were alerted to incidents where fraudsters posed as a fictitious detective – DC Harris – from a fictitious force – Hammersmith Police – to persuade their victims to hand over large amounts of cash.

In one instance, the suspect called an elderly woman from a withheld number and claimed to be from the police. They claimed to have arrested two men in connection with fraudulent activity at her bank in Ely. They explained her account had been compromised so she needed to withdraw £6,000 as part of the investigation.

This initial phone call was then followed by another asking her to read out serial numbers on some of the bank notes she had withdrawn. The man on the phone then claimed the notes were fraudulent and needed to be handed over as part of the investigation and arrangements were made for the suspect to visit the victim’s home in Ely and collect the notes.

In another similar incident a second elderly woman was contacted by fraudsters using the same sham story.

In this instance, the man on the phone claimed those arrested had been found with bank cards in her name and counterfeit money. The victim was asked to call 999 while still on this call and request to be put through to the fraud squad to verify the caller’s details (in these instances, the fraudsters remain on the line and the call never goes through). She was asked to confirm her name, date of birth, address and what bank accounts she owned. She was then asked to go to her banks in Cambridge and withdraw £6,000 from one account and £2,000 from another, being careful not to get fingerprints on the notes. A man then met her in Cambridge to collect the money.

Cyber and fraud prevention officer Kate Thwaites said: “These crimes often have a devastating impact on the health and wellbeing of the victims and their families.

“We urge residents to please be vigilant to this and pass the message on so others can be vigilant too.

“Please remember your bank and the police will never:

  • Ask for your bank account details or PIN over the phone
  • Ask you to withdraw money and hand it over to them
  • Ask you to send them your bank cards or any other personal property

If you receive a message from an unknown number claiming to be a family member, pause and check in on their usual number before proceeding

Further information about courier fraud can be found on the police website.

Barton Greenways Public Meeting

A public meeting will be held at Barton Village Hall on Tuesday 12th December between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm to view the final drawings for Barton Greenways. Members of the Greenways team will be present as well as members of Barton Parish Council. The project is split into phases and work on this phase will start in the New Year and will be from the A603 (New Road) to the shared pavement on Comberton Road. The approved drawings are for this section only.

There will also be an opportunity to talk to Barton Councilors about traffic, transport and travel in general and priorities for the next Local Highway Improvement (LHI) bid due in January 2024.

We look forward to seeing as many residents as possible at this public meeting.

Christmas in Barton 2023

The lights go ‘on’ – Saturday 2nd December

The Barton Christmas Spirit Committee is raring to go and is delighted to invite you all to the annual village Christmas tree lighting and Barton Primary School carols on Saturday 2 December, next to the village pond, between 4.30-6.30pm. Join us for mulled wine, mince pies and wonderful community Christmas cheer.

Barton’s annual festive ‘dress up’

Following the enthusiasm for previous Christmas displays around the village, this year we are taking the idea of village scarecrows and raising it to village ‘snow pals’. This December we hope lots of residents will join in with bedecking the village with their creation of a snow pal in their front garden, window, tree, anywhere visible for all to see.

Every kind of snow pal creation is welcome  – snowmen, snow angels, snow dogs, snowcats….snow horses…snow spacemen (?!).There are no rules, we welcome you all to indulge your wildest artistic imagination and join in the fun.

(Any households who would like to feature on the Snowpals Map, please drop a line to ).

December dates for your diary:

Saturday 2 December, 4.30pm – 6.30pm – Official lighting of the Village Christmas tree at the village green by the pond. Details above.

Friday 8 December, 5-7pm – Barton Primary School will be hosting their Christmas fair. All are welcome.

Tuesday 12 December, afternoon – Barton Primary School Choir will be singing at Burwash Manor. This is weather dependent.

Friday 15 December, from 1.30pm – The children of Barton Primary School will be a-carolling around the village.

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Comberton Road Closure (5 Nights)

Dear Councillors and Parish Councils,

You will be very well aware of the ongoing works outside Comberton Village College.

I am emailing to let you know that for five nights from 4 to 8 December (8pm to 6am) the road will be closed between Kentings and Bennell Court with diversions in place, while crews resurface and add new road markings to the road. We have booked five nights but in practice we hope to complete the works more quickly.

A diversionary route will be in place and further details are available in the letter, attached, which will be distributed to affected residents next week (Monday 20 November).

Protocols are in place for emergency vehicle access and there are no scheduled bus services during the closure hours.

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, you can contact our contractors, Milestone Infrastructure, directly:   or on 0800 0281363.

Alternatively raise your concerns with us and we will liaise with the contractors.

We would welcome your support in notifying residents of the upcoming closures and for your patience and understanding through this disruption.

Kind Regards,

Martin Meehan

Barton Greenways Update

Barton Parish Council was shown the detailed plans for Barton Greenways (village centre). Once the plans have been approved by Highways, we will hold a public drop in to show residents what is happening. (This will not be a consultation as this was held last year. This will be the final plans that will be implemented in Barton early next year.)

Bullet Points from the meeting:

Barton Greenways Update (October 2023)

  1. The current plans are split into early works and those that require more detailed design and land purchase.
  2. Early works include the section from the New Road/A603 junction through Barton centre to join the existing shared pavement on Comberton Road (near farm cottages opposite 9 Comberton Road). They do not include the New Road/A603 junction itself (traffic lights). This junction is part of the later scheme.
  3. Early works will start after Comberton Greenways scheme is finished (centre of Comberton). This is likely to be end of 2023 start of 2024.
  4. New Road will be 30 mph up to current 20 limit. Shared pavement will be widened to 3 m reducing the width of the carriageway.  There will be a pedestrian and cyclist crossing next to the entrance to Burwash Manor.
  5. Kingsgrove junction will have raised table. There will be radius changes at the junction. There will be signage and street furniture to make it safer for cyclists to rejoin the carriageway. There will be a pavement put in on the Burwash Manor side to the bus stop.
  6. From Kings Grove to High Street there will be sinusoidal humps put in to keep traffic speed down. (Similar humps are on Storey’s Way, where it is possible to drive over these comfortably at 20 mph.)
  7. At School Lane, High Street and New Road/Comberton Road junction, the slip road will be removed (triangle) and the triangle changed so that School Lane will join New Road directly and High Street will join Comberton Road. The 70th jubilee column will be moved, tree canopy adjusted, pavement widened, grass space extended and planting added to enhance the triangle. (Note that there should be more than enough additional parking on High Street where the former road is blocked off to compensate for the loss of parking on the slip road.)
  8. Outside the farm cottages and opposite 9 Comberton Road, the plan is to install a build-out, similar to those on entering Grantchester and on Long Road Comberton. Priority given in one direction to traffic leaving the village. Signage will indicate cyclists crossing to rejoin the shared pavement. This will be a protection for cyclists joining the carriage way coming in to Barton with a separate route through the build-out for cyclists crossing the road to join the shared pavement.
  9. We asked about discouraging cyclists from continuing along the pavement by the pond, and also about pedestrians crossing from the Post Office to School Lane. We also asked that they link in works with CCC Highways plans to resurface the road, and also for them to speak to Cambridge Water about the state of the water mains running along New Road. (It has been repaired three times in the last few years and is likely to fail again due to the age of the concrete pipe.)
  10. The Greenways team will hold another meeting with us when plans are finalised for M11 bridge, A603/New Road junction and bridleway across to Grantchester. These works are not likely to start until September 2024 at the earliest.
  11. Other than the sinusoidal humps, there will be no additional marking on New Road from Kings Grove to the pond as cyclists will cycle along the carriageway, round the bend by the pond, and up Comberton Road, to join the shared pavement opposite 9 Comberton Road at the farm cottages.


Following on from this meeting, John Howland Jackson and Andy Martin had a separate meeting with the Greenways team on 5th October to ask the team to move the build-out slightly and to add “Keep Clear” on the road at the shared entrance to 9, 9A, Low Barn and 11 Comberton Road. This is to ensure easy access to all the driveways of these houses and to ensure that traffic on Comberton Road does not block these driveways.

When detailed approved plans are signed off by Highways safety team, we should have access to the plans and be able to show residents what is happening. We want to have a public meeting at the Village Hall before work starts and hope to do this before Christmas.

We have emails for two residents asking for additional measures to reduce speed through Barton to 20 mph. We responded to both.

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Christmas Open Studio Event

Friends, mark your calendars! It’s time to get the fairy lights out! Sue Rapley is hosting a CHRISTMAS OPEN STUDIO with guest exhibitor Heather Stowell Jewellery on Saturday 2nd December, 11am to 5pm, at Glebe House, 1 High Street in Barton.

This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come along and enjoy unique and joyful paintings, prints, gifts and handmade jewellery. All welcome.

Please download the attached poster for full details.

M11 Road Closures Junction 6 to 13

M11 junction 6 to 13 – Electronic message sign renewal


I am writing to tell you that as part of a series of improvements on the M11, we plan to renew the existing electronic message signs between junctions 6 and 13. Once complete, the new signs will offer reliable information and service to the road users. The signs have been built with a longer lifespan and durability.


We plan to complete this work in three phases over 12 weeks between Monday 4 December and February 2024. We will work between 9pm and 5am on weeknights only, weather permitting.


Closures and diversions

To carry out the work safely, we will need to close sections of the M11, and divert traffic as detailed below:


Closures Date Time Diversion
M11 northbound between junction 12 and 13 Monday 4 to Tuesday 5 December


Thursday 7 to Friday 8 December

9pm to 5am M11 northbound traffic will be diverted off the M11 at junction 12 onto the A603, A1198, A14, to re-join the M11 at junction 14 – (See map 1).
M11 southbound junction 10 to 8 Monday 11 to Thursday 14 December 9pm to 5am


Traffic will be diverted via A505, A10 and A120


In addition to the above closures, there will be various lane closures in place between junctions 6 and 13 throughout the duration of the work.


A map of the diversions can be found below.


Other work on the M11 


M11 junction 10 slip road resurfacing Tuesday 28 November to Friday 01 December. While this work takes place, we will close M11 southbound between junctions 12 and 10 on Tuesday 28 November, with traffic diverted onto the A10 and the A505, and the M11 junction 10 southbound exit slip on the remaining days, with all work taking place between 8pm and 6am.


M11 junction 8 to 10 safety improvements work – Saturday 2 December and Sunday 3 December. The M11 will be closed between junctions 8 to 10, southbound on Saturday 2 December and northbound on Sunday 3 December.


Northbound traffic will be diverted off the M11 at junction 8, at the Birchanger Green Roundabout exit onto the A120 west towards Standon, then travel north on the A10 towards Royston. Take the A505 east towards Duxford to rejoin the M11 at junction 10.


On Sunday 3 December, southbound traffic will exit the M11 at junction 10 (Duxford), and travel on the A505 west before joining the A10 southbound at Royston. Take the A120 east towards Bishops Stortford and rejoin the M11 at junction 8 (Birchanger Green Roundabout).


Drainage work will also begin for two weeks in January 2024 between junction 7A and 8.


M11 junction 6 to 7 resurfacing – Monday 8 January 2024 for three weeks. 


The M11 will be closed between junction 6 to 7 from Monday 8 January to           Friday 26 January 2024.


Diversion will be via the M25 to J25 (A10), A10 northbound and A414 eastbound to rejoin at junction 7.



How to find out more

To find out more about these M11 road improvements, please visit our website at

To find out more about road improvements we’re carrying out across the East of England –

If you would like more information, please contact us on 0300 123 5000, or by email at .


School Christmas Events

Put a note in your diaries for the Christmas events that Barton School are holding:

Christmas Fair, Friday 8 December, 5-7pm at school -all welcome

Christmas singalong at Burwash Manor, Tuesday 12 December, PM

Carol singing around the village (various locations), Friday 15 December, from 1.30pm


In addition, the school choir will be singing around the village Christmas Tree on 2nd December.

Herbert Protocol (Dementia)

An elderly man living in a South Cambridgeshire village has been safeguarded thanks to the kind efforts of a concerned member of the public.

The man in his 90s was reported missing from Gamlingay last week after taking his dog for a walk approximately 90 minutes previously.

Within 11 minutes of the call reporting the man missing, a passerby noticed something wasn’t quite right and called us to say they had found a man wandering with his dog.

Checks revealed the man had dementia and we put further safeguarding measures in place with his family, including the Herbert Protocol.

Have you heard of it the Herbert Protocol? It’s a scheme we support that can help find people with dementia if they go missing.

The scheme encourages family and friends to keep a document that will help officers in the event a loved one goes missing by collating key pieces of information, such as a physical description, familiar places, health details and an up-to-date photo.

For more information or to download a Herbert Protocol form, visit our dedicated web page

Neighbourhood Watch Survey

We are delighted to invite you to take part in our annual Crime and Community survey. The survey is in its fourth year, and we want to hear your views on crime, community, and your experience of Neighbourhood Watch. The survey is open to everyone across England and Wales, regardless of whether you are a Neighbourhood Watch member. 

All responses will be anonymised and aggregated, and everyone who completes the 5 – 10 minute survey can choose to opt-in to the prize draw to win one of three £25 Amazon vouchers.

The results will enable us as a charity to better understand crime and fear of crime, benchmark whether membership in a Neighbourhood Watch scheme or living in a Neighbourhood Watch area impacts crime levels, neighbourliness, and the willingness of communities to work together. This information is vitally important to ensure we can better target our work to meet your crime and community needs and concerns.

Last year our survey received a great response, providing us with rich and useful data.

Please complete our survey and share it via email and social with all the various communities you belong to, whether they be a Neighbourhood Watch community or other such as sport, religious or work community.  This will help us receive a good balance of responses from members and non-members, enabling us to compare experiences between these two groups. Alternatively, reshare our social posts (Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn) to your channels.

The survey closes on 17th November.

Thank you for your support.