Wednesday, 29 October 2014

@WAR - Q&A with Warwickshire's decision makers, 4th December

Dear all,

This is a note to inform you that the above event is taking place on Thursday 4th December at Stratford Racecourse, 6 - 9 pm where there will be an opportunity for you to meet with key decision makers in an open Q&A session to ask questions about the strategic things that affect us all and how we can listen and learn from each other in terms of what works well.

This is a one off event of which we will have a limited number of attendees so I would encourage you to complete the attach invitation early and disseminate to anyone who you feel might like to attend.

Our confirmed speakers are:-

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Leader of the County Council
Cllr Chris Saint, Leader of the District Council
Gillian Entwistle, Chief Officer for South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group
Ham Patel, General Manager Arden Division, West Midlands Ambulance Service
Chief Constable Andy Parker, Warwickshire Police
Eric Wood, Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner

Once you have confirmed your attendance you will receive an email notification and we will then send a form asking you to submit your question in advance of the meeting.  

Kind regards
Amanda Wilson-Patterson
Localities & Communities Officer
Warwickshire County Council
Telephone:     01926 413642 (internal 3642)
Mobile:          07780 995817
For further information on the Stratford-on-Avon Area Office visit

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

@ALL - LIGHTEN UP CAMPAIGN - Make your home safer with lights

Lighten Up Your Home To Avoid Becoming A Victim Of Burglary
Warwickshire Police is encouraging residents to take a few simple steps to keep their homes safe and secure, particularly during the darker months.
The message comes from Warwickshire Police as part of its ‘Lighten up’ campaign, which reminds people that their home is less likely to be burgled if it appears occupied.
Overall numbers of burglaries in Warwickshire decreased by 6% in the period 2012-2013, and year to date figures for 2014 show a further decrease of 35% compared to the same period last year (April to September 2013), however over the last five years a peak in burglaries has been observed in October and November. 
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Judge, Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police burglary lead said: “With the clocks going back this Sunday (26th October 2014), and the onset of dark nights, unlit houses can be a target for thieves.
“You can significantly reduce the chance of becoming burgled by taking a few simple precautions, especially at this time of year when we observe a peak in house burglaries. Most house break-ins are opportunistic, so don’t give thieves an opportunity.”
The ‘Lighten up’ top security tips are:
  • A well-lit home gives the impression someone is in
  • Use timer switches to turn lights on when you are out
  • Save energy and money with low-energy light bulbs
  • Lock windows and doors and keep gates and side entrances well secured
  • Don’t leave car keys or valuables near windows, doors or letterboxes, where burglars can reach through to steal them
  • Invest in external lighting
People are also urged to property mark valuables and make the details viewable to the police by registering them on Immobilise: Belongings can be registered for free and it improves the chance of getting them back if they are lost or stolen.
Further home security advice is available on the force website:
You can support the campaign by using #beattheburglar
Kind regards
PCSO 6099 Katrina Taylor
Telephone 01926 684984
Mobile 07919 887674
Voicemail 16099

Please access our website for the latest news in the Stratford District and also Southam SNT newsletters. In a non emergency or to report a crime dial 101

@SOU - Marston Doles, Stolen Trailer

Between 20.15hrs and 23.36hrs on Wednesday 22nd October 2014 an Ifor Williams trailer was stolen from an address near Marston Doles. The trailer did not have any registration plates attached to it, it is described as having mesh sides.
Please contact 101 quoting incident 379 - 22/10/2014 if you have seen or heard anything, please also report any suspicious activity.
Kind regards
On behalf of Southam Farm Watch
Southam Farm watch
Telephone 01926 684984
Voicemail 14984

Please access our website for the latest news in the Stratford District and also Southam SNT newsletters. In a non emergency or to report a crime dial 101

Friday, 24 October 2014

@SON - Stratford District's Rural Crime Coordinator Events - Tack and property marking

Upcoming events that may be of interest:

8/11/14 - Long Compton 'Property Marking Day' 11am-1pm – (with Tom PCSO, Mick Sheppard Comm. Safety Ambassador PCC)

27/11/14 - Salford Priors Over 60's Club

29/11/14 - Shotteswell Village Property Marking Day & Tack Marking 11-2pm

6/12/14 - Redwings Horse Sanctuary Tack Marking Event 10am-12 (organised by  Hayley PCSO (Mick Sheppard Comm. Safety Ambassador PCC)

6/12/14 - Henley In Arden - Christmas Lights 4pm-6pm – (with local safer neighbourhoods team)

MORE about the new RCC and her role in the district

Friday, 17 October 2014

@WAR - Warwickshire’s Longest Serving Police Dog retires after 10 years

16 October 2014 14:12
Warwickshire’s Longest Serving Police Dog Gets Top Prize At Awards Ceremony

Warwickshire Police’s longest serving police dog Jake and his handler PC Andy Crouch were celebrated last night (15th October) for their outstanding contribution to policing.

They were recognised by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Ron Ball who gifted the 12 year old Springer Spaniel a new collar with a medal for his achievements and for protecting the people of Warwickshire from harm.

Andy and Jake have together uncovered an estimated £4.5 million in illegal drugs, an assault rifle, a shotgun and 13 ammunition hides.

Police dog Jake has now retired after 10 years of service and has gone to live with Andy and his family at his home in rural Leicestershire.

Ron Ball, Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner said:

‘Jake has made an incredible contribution to policing during his sterling ten year career in the force, helping the force crack down on drugs, firearms, ammunition, as well as tracking down £650,000 in cash.

‘He thoroughly deserves this award, and we hope he has an enjoyable retirement.’

@WAR - Special constable recruitment drive

Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police are currently recruiting for special constables. If you would like to find out more about the role of the Special Constabulary or are interested in becoming a Special please visit

@WAR - Scams target the vulnerable

Police Warn Residents To Be Vigilant After Scams In Warwickshire

Police are warning residents to be aware of distraction burglaries and scams after elderly victims have been targeted in Warwickshire.

The first incident happened yesterday (Wednesday 8 October) on Headland Road in Welford-On-Avon at around 12.15pm.

A man approached the home of a 77-year-old woman and claimed to be an undercover police officer from Bromsgrove. He asked her if she had any money stolen ‘as there was a man in custody with a large amount of notes’. The man followed the victim around the property but nothing was believed to be stolen.

He is described as white, mid 30s, six foot tall, of a slim build with distinct blue eyes. He was wearing a long sleeved grey top, jeans and a flat cap.

The second incident also occurred on Wednesday 8 October at around 11.40pm.

A 78-year-old man, who lives in Banbury, received a call from somebody who claimed to be a police officer from Hammersmith, stating that his card had been cloned. The victim then transferred around £9,000 to what he believed was a ‘police holding account’ before becoming suspicious and contacting his bank.

The third incident occurred on Wednesday 8 October at approximately 3pm.

A 63-year-old woman, who lives in Exhall, was contacted by a man purporting to be from the ‘Fraud Squad’, and claimed that her account had been subject to fraudulent activity. The victim provided her bank and card details before becoming suspicious. It is believed £70 was then taken from her account.

The public are reminded to never give out their bank details over the phone. If there is somebody at your door claiming to be a police officer, ask for their collar number and to see their warrant card. If in doubt, call the real police on 101. If possible, make sure the line is clear. You can do this by using a different telephone to the one that received the suspicious call, or making a call to someone you know before calling 101.

Police are also urging residents to look out for elderly relatives, friends and neighbours following these incidents and to report any suspicious activity to police.

Anyone who saw a man of the description is asked to contact police on 101, quoting incident number 131 of Wednesday 8 October.

You can also give information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by visiting their website

Issued: Friday 10 October

@WAR - Robbery at Santander Bank, Stratford-upon-Avon - Witness Appeal

15 October 2014 15:20
Robbery at Santander Bank, Stratford-upon-Avon - Witness Appeal

Detectives are investigating a robbery at Santander Bank, Wood Street, Stratford-upon-Avon which occurred at 11.10pm on Tuesday 14th October 2014.

At that time G4S staff who were performing duties inside Santander, were attacked by four males who used specialist equipment to force entry to the bank. The G4S staff suffered slight injuries, and the offenders made off with a security box containing a quantity of cash.

It is believed the cash box was armed with a security device, and so the stolen cash will be evidently contaminated with blue dye.

The offenders travelled toward Wootton Wawen in a dark coloured BMW car, bearing distinctive LED lights above the headlamps.

Anyone with information about this incident, or sees anyone with dyed banknotes is urged to contact Leamington CID on 01926 6841680 or 01926 684036. Alternatively, information can also be passed on anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their
Issued: 3:20pm, Wednesday 15th October

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

@NAT - Pension scams

The Pensions Regulator’s five steps to avoid becoming a victim of a pension scam:

  • Never give out financial or personal information to a cold caller
  • Check the credentials of the company and any advisers – who should be registered with the Financial Conduct Authority
  • Ask for a statement showing how your pension will be paid at retirement, and question who will look after your money until then
  • Speak to an adviser that is not associated with the deal you’ve been offered, for unbiased advice
  • Never be rushed into agreeing to a pension transfer.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

@WAR - So many scams

@SOU - Farm Watch Incidents - Priors Marston, Avon Dassett and Stockton

Dear Farm Watch Member
Three - Four males where seen on various farms today in the Priors Marston area claiming to be looking for a lost Lurcher. Members of the public reported that they suspected they were the same males that were in the area 6-8 weeks ago when a Land Rover was stolen  from Priors Hardwick. The vehicle they were in was a Silver Peugeot Hatchback OY51 *%*.
Please ensure you report any suspicious incidents to the Police on 101 and do not leave your vehicle's insecure.
Inc 388 - 27/09/2014 refers to an incident where 6 lorry batteries were stolen from a farm in Avon Dassett. Unknown offenders have entered the farm and disconnected the batteries from the electric fencing.
Inc 61 - 28/09/2014 refers to a unit being broken into on a farm near Stockton. At approximately 03.45hrs unknown offenders have used an off road vehicle to gain access to the farm across the fields from the main road. Once inside the unit various Snap On tools were stolen. On the same night near to the farm there was an attempt break into a container, offenders were not able to gain access.
If you have any information regarding the above please do contact Southam SNT on 01926 684984 or 101
Kind regards and thank you
Katrina on behalf of
Southam Farm watch
Telephone 01926 684984
Voicemail 14984

Please access our website for the latest news in the Stratford District and also Southam SNT newsletters. In a non emergency or to report a crime dial 101

@NAT - Late Evening/Overnight rural crime

 There have been a number of recent offences, that have featured both plant theft and safe breaks in South Worcestershire and Gloucestershire areas. Previously, there has been a spate of offences involving dragging safes out of premises using ropes and chains. 

Safe offences have involved farm shops/nurseries, whereas the theft offences have involved cutting of padlocks from workshop/farm premises doors.
A suspicious vehicle has been which is a blue Subaru Forester estate.
Please if you see this vehicle or any persons acting suspicious on your premise, obtain the vehicle registration (if possible) and call 101 or if it is an emergency 999 do not engage with the occupants.
May I also remind you at this time to ensure your property is secure, do not leave keys in vehicles and secure your agricultural vehicle or plant equipment in a locked barn with a substantial padlock or door lock, take a photograph of your equipment and mark it with the plant serial number. If you do require crime prevention please contact Southam SNT on 01926 684984.
Kind regards
PCSO 6099 Katrina Taylor
Telephone 01926 684984
Mobile 07919 887674
Voicemail 16099

Please access our website for the latest news in the Stratford District and also Southam SNT newsletters. In a non emergency or to report a crime dial 101

@SOU - Can you help

Incident 168 - 06/10/2014  - Burglary dwelling Banbury Road, Southam - Between 10.30hrs - 13.00hrs offenders broke into a property in Banbury Road and stole money. Did you see or hear anything?
Incident 59 - 06/10/2014 - Between Saturday 4th October at 17.00hrs and Monday 6th October 2014 at 09.00hrs offenders broke into offices situated on Brickyard Road Napton and stole power tools.
Please contact Warwickshire Police if you saw anything suspicious quoting the incident number on 101.
Kind regards and Thank you
PCSO 6099 Katrina Taylor
Telephone 01926 684984
Mobile 07919 887674
Voicemail 16099

Please access our website for the latest news in the Stratford District and also Southam SNT newsletters. In a non emergency or to report a crime dial 101

Saturday, 11 October 2014

@NAT - NHWN Our News October 2014

As easy as one, two, three… four

The leaves are falling, the temperatures are dropping and the nights are drawing in (as well as stretching out into the morning) – and as is so often the case at this time of year, the newspapers are full of home security advice and how best to protect your home against possible break-ins..........


Crimestoppers present at the inaugural National Conference on Anti-Poaching

Building Stronger Neigbourhoods

Neighbourhood Planning

Don’t be a victim – Get Safe Online

NHW Volunteer Campaigning for improved car security


@WEL - Illegal Fishing!

Good Evening,
Incident 61 - 09/10/2014
We have received a report that approximately £1000 worth of Carp fish have been stolen from a pond at the rear of a property in Tysoe road RADWAY.
The theft took place between 16:30 on Wednesday & 08:00 today.
Kind Regards,
Martin Sanford
PCSO 6060
Wellesbourne safer neighbourhood team
Stratford on Avon police station
Rother Street
CV37 6RD

Tel 01789 444600

@WAR - Oil Thefts and ways to reduce your vulnerability

Good Afternoon,
I have just received this valuable information from one of my colleauges at Shipston snt in relation to recent heating oil thefts in the area bordering the Wellesbourne snt.
Please be on your guard and secure your oil tanks as these thefts unfortunatley tend to increase at this time of year.
Do not hesitate to contact us on 999 should you see any suspicious vehicles or persons near to oil storage tanks .     
08/10/2014 TYSOE Theft Heating oil insecure tank rear garden, 3/4 taken from 1000lt tank.  08/10/2014 Smarts Lane TYSOE 150 litres of heating oil stolen from tank 1/4 tank.      
08/10/2014 Smarts Lane TYSOE 500 litres of heating oil stolen from unlocked tank, tank at side of property.
Thanks & kind regards,
Martin Sanford
PCSO 6060
Wellesbourne safer neighbourhood team
Stratford on Avon police station
Rother Street
CV37 6RD

Tel 01789 444600

Siting Your Oil Tank
The position of the tank can have a significant effect on how hard a target it is in the eyes of the thief. If the tank is close to the house, with one or more windows capable of giving a view of it, then the thief may consider the chances of being seen too high. If the tank is close to a road, path, drive or alleyway then it will be a far easier target. Hiding the tank behind the garage, shed or some other type of outbuilding is fairly commonplace, but it does give the thief the advantage.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

@WAR - Trading Standards Update

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