OLNWA could reduce your
home insurance premiums
Being a member of the Old Leake
Neighbourhood Watch Association
could reduce your home insurance
costs. Most insurers will ask if the
policy holder belongs to a NW
As you’re being seen to be taking
active steps to keep yourself and
your home secure, your insurer is
likely to take this into account.
Around a third of insurance provid-
ers offer discounts to households
that are part of an active NW
scheme. Bear in mind that an in-
surer may require proof that you’re
part of a local NW organisation if
you need to make a claim.
Finding An Agent That’s Right For You
POLICE Emergency 999
CRIMESTOPPERS - Call Anonymously 0800 555 111
Lincolnshire Highways Department 01522 782070
Boston Borough Council Enforcement Officer 01205 314200
Telephone 101 or www.gov.uk/report-abandoned-vehicle
OLD LEAKE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NEWSLETTER - Winter 2017 - Edition 1
OLNWA Chair: Vicki Hackl
Next OLNWA Public Meeting:
Tuesday 20 February 2018
7pm Old Leake Community Centre
Cucina Sano make generous
donation to fund speed sign
Lincolnshire Police - Winter Driving Advice
The following are classed as Anti-
Intimidating groups taking over
Vandalism, graffiti, fly-tipping.
Buying or taking drugs on the
Dumping rubbish or abandoning
Excessive, anti-social drinking.
Threatening behaviour or verbal
abuse, including racist abuse.
Inconsiderate and dangerous
If you have any information about
suspicious activity or behaviour,
you can report it in confidence on:
0800 789 321
Cucina Sano, Old Leake’s largest
employer, has made a
substantial donation to the Old
Leake Neighbourhood Watch that
will cover the full cost of a reac-
tive speed-monitoring sign to be
mounted at and moved between
various locations in both Old
Leake and Leake Commonside.
The sign will be of the same type
that can presently be found on
the A52 in Wrangle. The device
displays the current speed of ap-
proaching vehicles and logs that
figure. Data can then be retrieved
and analysed with a view to pre-
senting a road safety case to Lin-
colnshire Highways for a reduc-
tion in the posted speed limit
and/or further traffic monitoring
or calming measures in coopera-
tion with Lincolnshire Police if
Following an unofficial traffic
survey in Old Leake, many vehi-
cles were logged exceeding the
30mph limit with one travelling
in excess of 50mph along a road
with a school, shop, parked cars,
and frequent HGV and agricul-
With two schools, medical cen-
tre traffic and a shop that is well
-patronised by school children
and passing trade from the A52
in Old Leake, it is believed that
there is a strong case to cam-
paign for a 20mph speed limit
along Church Road, Old Main
Road and School Lane where
pedestrian traffic is highest.
Thanks to Cucina Sano’s support
for the local community, the
sign and mountings should be
installed and working in January.
Before you travel
Check the weather forecast.
Make sure you have warm clothing, food, wel-
lington boots, a torch, a shovel and reflective
Plan your route. Keep to the main roads and/or
routes that have been gritted. Check
the Lincolnshire County Council website.
Check your lights are clean and working properly.
Check you have enough screen washer fluid.
Clear all your windows and mirrors of frost. In
heavy snow, clear your whole vehicle, not just the
Check that you have plenty of fuel.
Let someone know where you are going and
what time you expect to arrive.
Keep to main roads and drive slowly.
Use dipped headlights in poor visibility or snow.
Drive in as high a gear as possible.
Avoid harsh accelerating or braking.
Take care when approaching junctions.
Keep a safe distance behind other vehicles.
Keep a careful watch on other road users, particularly
cyclists and children.
If you get into trouble
Stay with your vehicle until help arrives.
Put your hazard lights on to warn other road users.
If you have to leave your vehicle, be visible to other
If you are forced to abandon your vehicle call us imme-
diately to provide details of your vehicle.
Call us on 101 if you have abandoned your vehicle in severe
weather conditions. If you have had an accident and are in
immediate danger, call us on 999.
OLD LEAKE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH MEETING - SEPTEMBER
Wednesday 27th September saw the first public meeting of the Old Leake Neighbourhood Watch As-
sociation (OLNWA) at the Community Centre, Furlongs Lane, attended by c. 50 residents, from both
Old Leake and Commonside, including Cllr. Barrie Pierpoint (Old Leake/Wrangle and Deputy Mayor of
Boston), members of the Parish Council, PCSOs, Fire Chief Bell and a representative from Cucina Sano.
The OLNWA was established by local businesswoman Vick Hackl who presented the meeting and was
the principal speaker for the evening. There was an introductory presentation by Clive Parrish, pro-
prietor of Lincs Locks (http://www.lincslocks.co.uk/) addressing the issue of door and window secu-
rity and the need to have up-to-date fixtures and fittings which are a greater deterrent to potential
burglars than older ones.
The main topic presented by Vicki was the proposal of a 20mph speed zone throughout the village and
the data-gathering steps that would need to be undertaken before a viable application for speed limit
reduction could be made. There was widespread support from attendees, especially with regard to
heavy goods and agricultural traffic. Given that there were two schools in Old Leake and more housing
proposed, it was felt that additional signage was required alerting drivers, especially upon entry into
Old Main Road.
The two PCSOs for Old Leake spoke about credit/debit card security concerns now that contactless
technology was taking off and also to individual residents in the room about any issues they had.
Fire Chief Bell concluded the evening by highlighting fire safety concerns in homes and urged every-
one to complete a home safety check either online or by requesting a hard copy form. Eligible resi-
dents would qualify for a home visit to assist them and this was an entirely free service. See below for
The Old Leake Neighbourhood
Watch Association would like to
thank Cucina Sano for kindly
printing this edition of the
The next edition (Spring 2018) is expected to
be published in March.
If you would like to become a member of the
OLNWA, please come to our next meeting
at 7pm at Old Leake Community Centre
on Tuesday 20th February 2018.
This edition was written and compiled by
Mark Amess and Vicki Hackl.
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FIRE SAFETY IN THE HOME
LINCOLNSHIRE FIRE AND RESCUE
A Home Safety Check is an excellent way of im-
proving safety in your home.
A home visit is carried out by either a specialist
Fire Safety Advocate or an operational crew.
They will offer fire safety advice and guidance to
give you peace of mind in your own home and, if
relevant, will improve your fire safety with the
installation of free smoke detectors or other spe-
cialist equipment. A self-assessment form is a
comprehensive, room by room, of fire risks in
the home and how to reduce those risks.
If you would like to discuss a FREE Home Safety
Check, please contact us at:
Tel: 01476 565441
What is phishing?
Phishing is where fraudsters create genuine-looking emails purporting to be from genuine companies, or even
someone you know, in order to infect your computer with malicious software that will steal sensitive information
such as online bank details, credit card information or passwords.
How is this done?
In email attachments or links within the email text itself. Links usually take you to a site impersonating a bank, Pay-
Pal etc. or can directly infect your computer with malware or ransomeware. Ransomeware affects your computer
by blocking access to your files, usually threatening to delete them, unless money is paid within a certain number
How can I avoid this?
Never respond to emails that ask for personal or financial details; banks will not send emails asking for this infor-
mation. Such emails often address the recipient as “Dear Customer” (a genuine organisation will use your name)