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CENSUS 2021 – BEWARE OF SCAMS

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is carrying out the census for England and Wales. Census day is 21 March and information will be sent by post as a paper questionnaire or letter with an access code needed to fill in the online questionnaire

ONS will not call for information unless you’ve made an appointment with the Contact Centre or made a query or complaint. If in contact with the ONS:

  • All emails will be sent from noreply@help.census.gov.uk
  • All text will be sent from Census2021.
  • If you text ONS, the response will come from 86677

From 22 March 2021, field officers from ONS may visit to offer help to complete the census questionnaire and/or to ensure everyone has been counted.

Bromley Trading Standards supports ONS to remind residents field officers will carry an official ID badge with a photograph and the officer’s name. Field officers and contact centre staff will NEVER ask for your national insurance number, passwords, money, your bank account details or your credit/debit card number. They will work in a socially distanced way and wear PPE but WILL NOT enter anyone’s home. Visits may occur Monday to Saturday (9am-8pm) or Sundays/Bank holidays (10am-4pm).

Call the Office for National Statistics on 0800 141 2021 if you are at all concerned. For more information visit: www.census.gov.uk & www.bromley.gov.uk/census 

KEY MESSAGES RE: SARAH EVERARD

In Bromley, the Police are uplifting patrols of transports hubs and town centres, particularly during the evenings to reassure lone female travellers. Superintendent Andy Brittain from our BCU confirms the message below has also been circulated using the Nextdoor application:

“I wanted to share with you some key messages in relation to the tragic death of Sarah Everard.

  • Sarah’s is an extremely rare but alarming case.
  • The arrest of a Metropolitan Police officer on suspicion of Sarah’s murder has sent waves of shock and anger through the public and through the whole of the Met.
  • We understand Sarah’s kidnap has left some in our local community feeling scared, especially women.
  • Our officers are out patrolling and are there for anyone who feels unsafe.
  • We are here to listen to your concerns and will keep doing everything we can to support and reassure you.
  • Please speak to officers on patrol or get in touch if you have any concerns.
  • We don’t believe women need to, nor are we advising women to take additional safety measures
  • Women, like men, should be able to walk our streets without the fear of abuse or violence.
  • Our advice hasn’t changed from the normal personal safety precautions that we advise everyone in the capital to routinely take.
  • Please follow this hyper-link for further crime prevention advice. https://www.met.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/

I will provide further updates as soon as I have them.”

The following is the Media Statement dated 10 March from The Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick:

“I want to start by saying that my thoughts and prayers are with Sarah Everard’s family and her friends at this very difficult and painful time. As you are aware, a man has been arrested on suspicion of her murder. This evening detectives and search teams investigating Sarah’s disappearance have very sadly discovered what we believe at this stage to be human remains. 

The discovery was made in an area of woodland in Ashford, Kent. As you can imagine, at this early stage we are not able to confirm any identity and indeed this may take us some time. Specialist officers have been with Sarah’s family to update them on the investigation and to continue to support them as best we possibly can.

The news today that it was a Metropolitan Police officer arrested on suspicion of Sarah’s murder has sent waves of shock and anger through the public and through the whole of the Met. I speak on behalf of all my colleagues in the Met when I say we are utterly appalled at this dreadful news. Our job is to patrol the streets and to protect people. The investigation is large, fast moving and very determined.  We have hundreds of officers and staff who have been working around the clock.

Sarah’s disappearance in these awful and wicked circumstances is every family’s worst nightmare. I know Londoners will want to know that it is thankfully incredibly rare for a woman to be abducted from our streets. But I completely understand that despite this, women in London and the wider public – particularly those in the area where Sarah went missing – will be worried and may well be feeling scared. You should expect to see continued high levels of police patrols in that area as well as very significant investigative activity.

Please report any concerns you may have to us.

We have been so impressed, and thankful for the public support for the investigation and for sharing our appeals for information and of course we are deeply grateful to the many people who have come forward to assist us.