- Five new Covid vaccination sites in High Wycombe were announced yesterday and will operate from 25 January. Patients at Penn Surgery and Highfield Surgery, which cover most people in Penn and Tylers Green, will be directed to Adams Park for their vaccination when they receive notification from the NHS. Further sites in the area will be announced shortly.
- Buckinghamshire Council said 12,000 people in the county had been vaccinated by yesterday. The council said everyone aged 70 and over plus care home carers, frontline health and social care workers and clinically extremely vulnerable people in Bucks – 120,000 in all – should have been vaccinated by mid February.
- People travelling to vaccination centres by bus for their jab can use their concessionary bus passes at any time. Restrictions on using a bus pass from 9am Monday to Friday have been lifted for the time being.
- The number of new cases in the area was steadying in the 24 hours to 4pm yesterday. There were 151 in Wycombe, which includes Tylers Green and Hazlemere; 69 in Chiltern, which includes Penn, and 69 in South Bucks, which includes Beaconsfield. The number of deaths of people who tested positive for Covid in the previous 28 days has fallen slightly in the past week with 37 recorded in Wycombe, six in South Bucks and five in Chiltern.
- The local brewery Rebellion Beer said last year was its best year so far for its bottled beer despite – or maybe because of – the lockdown. The Marlow based brewery produced its one millionth bottle of beer before Christmas, the most ever bottled on site for a single year.
Reported crime rises, despite the lockdown
WHEN we had a total lockdown in March and April last year the crime figures for our area, like many others, unsurprisingly dropped. Not so in the November lockdown however.
Reported crime in the Chepping Wye region, which includes Tylers Green and Hazlemere, rose to 94 during November compared to 87 the previous November. In the Chalfonts region, which includes Penn, there were 112 reported crimes compared to 97 in November 2019.
Violent behaviour was the biggest category in both areas followed by anti-social behaviour in Chepping Wye and criminal damage in the Chalfonts, all of which may be linked to the frustration of lockdown restrictions.
It is worth remembering that this area is way below average crime levels in the entire Thames Valley Police area, although somewhat surprisingly perhaps, when looking at the 11 months to the end of November, the South Bucks area, which includes Beaconsfield, has the fifth highest amount of crime per head behind Slough (highest), Oxford, Reading and Milton Keynes.
*Figures from the Police.UK website.