Thursday, 30 April 2015

@WAS - Attempted courier fraud incidents in Leamington Spa

Please could you advise any vulnerable/elderly friends or relatives of the following?
Police warning following attempted courier fraud incidents in Leamington Spa
In the past two hours, there have been nine attempted courier frauds in Leamington Spa, where offenders have called victims pretending to be from the police. They will state that the victim's bank cards have been used fraudulently, and then ask them to contact their bank.
The fraudsters then stay on the line, in order to obtain bank details before sending a courier to collect the bank card, and use it to obtain cash. Fortunately each of the victims have realised this is a scam, and have not handed over any details.
Warwickshire Police are issuing the following advice:
  • If you receive a call like this, please hang up immediately and call 101 from a different phone. If there is a crime in progress, please call 999.
  • Please share this message with any elderly friends and relatives.
  • Remember the police and bank would never ask for your PIN or send a courier to collect your card.
Issued: 1.30pm, Wednesday 29th April 2015, Sarah-Jane Lynch, Operational Communications Assistant
Kind regards
Katrina
Southam Farm watch
Telephone 01926 684984
Email SouthamFarmWatch@Warwickshire.pnn.police.uk
Voicemail 14984

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

Monday, 27 April 2015

@WAR - Rural Watch & Horse Watch Bulletin

Rural Watch & Horse Watch Bulletin – 23 April 2015


Please be aware of the following incidents, which have occurred at farms and rural homes across Warwickshire over recent days:

Incident 218 of 15 April - Bidford on Avon

Between 1 December 2014 and 15 April 2015, offenders removed 34 fattening lambs from farmland off Georges Elm Lane, Bidford on Avon.

Incident 181 of 21 April - Harbury, Leamington

At some point before 2.40pm on 21 April, offenders stole an electric shepherd energiser fence unit from a field containing horses at a farm premises in Ring Farm Road, Harbury.

Incident 28 of 19 April - Dordon

During the night of 18 into 19 April, offenders stole ironstone-edging rocks from the front of a rural home in Dordon.


Incident 280 of 18 April - Curdworth

Between 5.45am on 15 and 2pm on 18 April, offenders forced padlocks off stables at a rural home in Curdworth and then entered the premises.  It is not clear exactly what was stolen.

Incident 336 of 19 April - Ilmington

At around 10.30pm on 19 April, offenders attempted to get in to an agricultural workshop at a farm premises in Ilmington. The offenders quickly made off on foot once they were discovered and it is not clear if anything was stolen.

Incident 90 of 18 April - Combrook, Warwick

During the night of 17 into 18 April, offenders prised open the door of a garage at a rural home in Spring Lane, Combrook and entered the premises to steal a quad bike, a kids motorbike and a Kubota vehicle.  These vehicles were found abandoned in a nearby field and the offenders made off, leaving open a gate, causing sheep to get out of their field.

Please remain alert, on the lookout for suspicious persons or activity around your land and buildings and please report anything unusual, or of concern, to Police on 101.

Thank you
Julie Dale

Warwickshire Police

Sunday, 26 April 2015

@WAR - Update from Trading Standards


Warwickshire Trading Standards email alerts.

Please feel free to cascade this information to whomever you feel appropriate (including using the information in your newsletters/websites etc.).

  • 20/04/2015: Southam area rogue roofers warning
  • 20/04/2015: North Warks and Rugbycomputer ‘fix’ scam warning
  • 20/04/2015: Warwickshire Butchers are a Cut above the Rest

20/04/2015: Southam area rogue roofers warning

By Simon Cripwell on Apr 20, 2015 02:19 pm
Warwickshire Trading Standards is warning householders living in the Southam area to beware of rogue roofers. Reports indicate that residents are being charged thousands of pounds to clean moss off their roofs which are then painted 'for protection'.
Although the rogue traders claim the work will take a few days, they typically only spend a few hours at the consumer's property before disappearing, leaving behind them 'work' which is massively overpriced and often unnecessary.
The rogue traders, who are well dressed and operate door to door also leave behind worthless warranties and other paperwork.
You can't tell a good trader from a bad one on the doorstep. Never accept offers of work from unexpected door to door traders. Seek local traders with recommendations to maintain.
What rogue roofers do
  • Rogue traders often offer to replace loose roof tiles, or pressure wash or ‘treat’ a roof with special ‘heat insulating paint’.
  • Loose Roof Tiles: Rogue traders often falsely claim that an owner’s property has loose roof tiles as it is difficult to for a householder to verify if this is true or not. Once on the roof, rogue traders can then ‘find’ other jobs to do and may even damage roofs on purpose, just so they can charge to repair them.
  • Jet Spraying Roofs: Rogue traders may offer to jet spray a roof to clean it and remove moss. However, roofing experts warn that roof tiles should not be subject to high-pressure washing. To do so can potentially damage or break the tiles and remove any aesthetic granular tile finish.
  • ‘Insulating Paint’: Rogue traders may offer to paint your roof with ‘special insulating paint’. There is no evidence that the products they would use would have any insulating qualities. Further, to allow them to carry out this ‘work’ may damage your roof.

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20/04/2015: North Warks and Rugbycomputer ‘fix’ scam warning

By Simon Cripwell on Apr 20, 2015 01:55 pm
A North Warwickshire resident reported receiving a phone call from a bogus computer 'fix' caller. The scammer claimed his name was John Edwards and that he was calling from Microsoft Security , based in Manchester. He claimed the call recipients email had been compromised and was sending out spam mail (although the email address he gave was not the residents). He went on to ask if the resident carried out Internet banking or on-line shopping. The caller then gave a genuine Microsoft Office telephone number to the resident and said he would call back later. A number of further scam calls were then made from what was believed to be the same Far Eastern call centre.
A similar incident was also reported by a Rugby resident.
  • Microsoft does not cold call consumers
  • Never reveal personal or financial information to unexpected or cold callers, even if you think they are genuine
  • Always put the phone down quickly, don't attempt to engage scammers in conversation, it only encourages them
  • Consider screening your calls using an answer-phone or similar.



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20/04/2015: Warwickshire Butchers are a Cut above the Rest

By Simon Cripwell on Apr 20, 2015 01:12 pm
Warwickshire butchers are a cut above the rest! That’s the verdict of Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service following their inspection of 20 premium independent butchers based across the County.

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Friday, 24 April 2015

@WAR - Superfast Broadband April Update



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@WAR - Door to door trading warning


14/04/2015: Door to door training warning

By Simon Cripwell on Apr 14, 2015 09:10 pm

Residents are warned to beware of high pressure sales people selling training courses door to door. A Warwickshire resident reported signing up to a course on the doorstep for which he agreed to pay £100 cash and them a further £100 per month. He received four books and a DVD and was subsequently sent a further demand for £2000 for 'reading material'. Warwickshire Trading Standards advice to consumers is not to buy from unexpected traders on the doorstep.   More information on doorstep sellers
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@SOU - Planters stolen from outside a home in Avon Dasset

NHW SA Planters stolen from outside a home in Avon Dassett.  
INC 98 of 22 April

Please be aware that between 6pm on 19 and 9am on 21 April, offenders stole two wooden barrels, used as planters, from the verge at the front of a home in Avon Dassett.  The planters contained pansies and would be very heavy to move.

If you have information that you believe may be connected to this incident, please contact Police on 101, quoting incident number 98 of 22 April.


Thank you

Julie Dale

Warwickshire Police

Thursday, 23 April 2015

@WAR - Superfast Broadband Roadshow 18th May - 8th July


Upcoming events – we’re coming to a location near you!
Over the next few months we will be coming to each of the Districts with our spring/summer roadshow. We’ll be explaining where we are with the project, showing the latest maps, and answering all of your questions.
 
All are welcome to attend, and if you can’t make the date that is in your area then you are welcome to attend one of the others (although some information will be tailored to the location for each event).
 
Booking couldn’t be more straightforward, simply go to our Eventbrite page, select your chosen event and complete registration form.
 
Why should you book? Because it will help us to understand where attendees are from, and will enable us to keep you posted with event updates.
Go to our Eventbrite page to book: http://www.eventbrite.com/o/csw-broadband-3997770867
 
We look forward to seeing you there!
 
Monday 18th May               6:30-9pm           Rugby Borough Council CV21 2RR
 
Wednesday 27th May        6:30-9pm           Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council CV11 5AA
 
Monday 15th June              6:30-9pm           Shire Hall, Warwick CV34 4RL
 
Wednesday 18th June     6:30-9pm           Stratford District Council CV37 6HX
 
Wednesday 8th July           6:30-9pm           North Warwickshire Borough Council CV9 1DE
 
Go to our Eventbrite page to book: http://www.eventbrite.com/o/csw-broadband-3997770867
 
Thank you for all your hard work and support!
Kind regards, 

Joanna Smith 

CSW Communications Assistant

CSW Broadband
Warwickshire County Council
Tel:  01926742026 
Email:
broadband@cswbroadband.org.uk
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@WAR - Do you want a say in policing Warwickshire

Do you want a say in policing the communities of Warwickshire ?

Are you:
  • a local, independently minded person?
  • prepared to voice your opinions?
  • able to attend up to 4 meetings a year?
  • able to identify and raise issues on policing matters?


If the answer is yes, then we need you to join one of our groups, now !

If you are interested and want more information,
please call me,
Jo-An Golding on 01926 415141 or   
email jo-an.golding@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk

Please note that you may be subject to security vetting by Warwickshire Police.


View our new Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police websites at: www.warwickshire.police.uk and www.westmercia.police.uk

@WEL - Police Incidents

Incident 90 18/04/15 - Burglary ( other ) Combroke.

A garage door has been prised open at a property in Spring lane Combroke between 23:30hrs Friday 17th and 08:15hrs Saturday 18th April 2015.

A Quad bike, Motorbike, and Kubota pick up were taken but abandoned nearby after it is thought the offender/s were disturbed. All the vehicles have been safely returned to their owners after being forensically examined.

Incident 269 18/04/15 - Theft Elliot Drive Wellesbourne.

Fence panels and posts valued at approx £50 have been stolen from Elliot drive Wellesbourne between 1700hrs & 1800hrs on Saturday 18th April 2015.
The fencing had just been delivered and were stacked up in front of a garage.

Enquiries into both incidents have commenced. As usual please phone 101 should you have any information relating to  these or any other incidents.

Thanks & Kind Regards,

Martin Sanford
Police Community Support Officer 6060
Wellesbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team
Stratford on Avon Police Station

Tel 01789 4446000

@WEL - Wellesbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team Report 20

Wellesbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team Report 20 – 22.04.15

This report from the Wellesbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team covers the wards of Snitterfield, Wellesbourne, Kineton and Burton Dassett.

The following incidents, for the period between 15.04.15 to 22.04.15, have been reported and the team are appealing for witnesses:

Wellesbourne – Elliott Drive
Suspicious Circumstances – 17.04.15/188

Inner panel of front window double-glazed unit damaged – hole 6”x5”. No items stolen or evidence of entry to house. Informant was out of house for about 10 minutes and left side door unlocked.

Wellesbourne – Sports and Community Centre
Anti-social behaviour – 20.04.15/294

Reports of vehicles revving engines and concern they will start racing through village. The SNT are continuing to make patrols in the area.

Walton – Walton Estates
Damage – 20.04.15/128

Paint has been sprayed to the walls and outdoor surfaces of this isolated holiday cottage. SNT have visited and discussed the incident.

Radway – Tysoe Road
Burglary – 22.04.15/102

An antique oak table, with two shallow drawers, has been stolen from this church which is normally unlocked.

Southam – Farm Location
Burglary – 15.04.15/381

Padlock sawn off door and a sensor light smashed, but entry was not gained to this outbuilding.  

Do you want a say in policing the communities of Warwickshire?

Are you
  • • a local, independently minded person?
  • • prepared to voice your opinions?
  • • able to attend up to 4 meetings a year?
  • • able to identify and raise issues on policing matters?

If the answer is yes, then we need you to join one of our groups, now!
If you are interested and want more information, please call Jo-An Golding on 01926 415141 or    email jo-an.golding@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk

Reporting Suspicious Incidents or Circumstances

The team would like to express their appreciation for your reports of suspicious activities in the neighbourhood. If you wish to report anything, such as rogue traders, then this is best done by telephoning 101 so that the incident is logged.

The SNT telephone or email box is not monitored 24/7 and therefore there may be a delay in the response or notification via this messaging system.

If you have any general concerns, questions or suggestions for the Wellesbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team please call this number: 01789 444600, or by email to: wellesbourne.snt@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk

C7678 Barry Saunders
Police Support Volunteer
Stratford Police Station

Warwickshire Police

Friday, 17 April 2015

@ALL - What can I do to help keep rats away?


Introduction
Rats carry a number of serious diseases including Weil’s disease, typhus, salmonella, and other zoonotic diseases.
Here are some ways in which you can help prevent and control rodent infestations in your area.
Rat Control (Good Housekeeping)
  • Rubbish and overgrown vegetation should be completely removed around houses and outbuildings as rats do not like exposed situations - deny them cover and you may well deny them access.
  • Rats need to be excluded from buildings so it is advisable to fill any holes in the brickwork of houses (holes round cables and pipes) and outbuildings which ideally should also have a solid base.
  •  Vines and other plants growing on walls should be cut back.
  • Cats and dogs will deter rodents but they will not get rid of an established infestation
  • Fine mesh should be fitted under compost bins to prevent rodent ingress
  • Air bricks and original metal air vents need to be in good repair. Optionally these should be covered with metal wire mesh to prevent any access.

Advice on Feeding Wild Birds
  • Given the choice between bread and nuts or rat poison a rat will more than likely go for the tastier option. By following these guideline on wild bird feeding you will maximise the effectiveness of any pest control treatment.
  • ·    Do not feed wild birds during pest control treatments for maximum effect
  • ·    Never put waste food on ground
  • ·    Peanut feeders are best as no residue lands on ground
  • ·    Remove feeders at night so not to feed rats
  • ·    Always wear gloves or wash hands when handling bird feeders
FURTHER ADVICE ON CONTROLLING RATS FROM The British Pest Control Association


Thursday, 16 April 2015

@WEL - Wellesbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team Report 19

 Wellesbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team Report 19 – 16.04.15

This report from the Wellesbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team covers the wards of Snitterfield, Wellesbourne, Kineton and Burton Dassett.

The following incidents, for the period between 05.04.15 to 15.04.15, have been reported and the team are appealing for witnesses:

Snitterfield – Church Road
Theft – 14/04/15/072

Report of a green wheelie bin stolen.

Wellesbourne – Ettington Close
Anti-social behaviour – 05.04.15/301

There have been several reports of vehicles, possibly modified, being driven noisily around the area, blasting horns and disturbing the neighbourhood late at night. Registration numbers have been noted.

The SNT will pay attention and engage when they are on late shifts.

Wellesbourne – Walton
Damage – 09.04.15/054

The rear windscreen to a secured and unattended Seat has been smashed, probably
around 23.30 hrs. It is thought that a barking dog disturbed the offenders and there was no entry to the vehicle and nothing was removed. The SNT have visited the owner.

Wellesbourne – Loxley Close
Burglary – 09.04.2015/096

There has been an attempt to enter a garden shed. The informant heard the shed doors rattling at about 03.00 hrs and believed that the offenders were disturbed when a light was switched on. Nothing has been reported as being removed. SNT have visited, made house-to-house enquiries and offered crime advice.

Ashorne
Theft – 10.04.15/090

Heating oil has been stolen. Fencing was damaged and there was a spillage. SNT visited and carried out house-to-house enquiries.

Wellesbourne Market
Theft – 10.04.15/0218

A wallet was removed from inside and a Barclays DD card used to withdraw £500 from a cash machine in Leamington.

Wellesbourne – Mountford Sports Field
Damage – 13.04.15/227

Offenders have damaged the large wooden gate entrance to the sports field.

Wellesbourne – Market
Theft – 14.04.15/128

Victim was visiting the market on Saturday and a purse, which was inside a handbag, was stolen whilst they were in the toilets. It contained £108 cash, Lloyds bank cards and house keys as well as the PIN number to a post office account. £250 has also been withdrawn from the PO account.

Kineton
Theft – 06.04.15/144

Approx 1100l of heating oil stolen. SNT visited and provided crime prevention advice.

Temple HerdewykeFalkland Place
Theft – 15.04.15/195

Two children’s bicycles have been stolen: yellow bike for a 3 year old (security tagged); silver, with butterflies, girls’ bicycle for an 8 year old.


 If you have any concerns, questions or suggestions for the Wellesbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team please call this number: 01789 444600, or by email to: wellesbourne.snt@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk

Sunday, 12 April 2015

@WAR - Trading Standards Scam Updates, 12/04/15

08/04/2015: Bogus council callers

By Simon Cripwell on Apr 08, 2015 05:34 pm
A North Warwickshire resident reported receiving an unexpected phone call from someone claiming they were calling from Warwickshire County Council to ask for their 'views'. A number of these bogus phone calls have been reported. The calls appear to come from foreign call centres and the caller usually falsely claims to represent a local council, phone provider or social care organisation. It is unclear why the calls are being made although it is possible they are to gather information on individuals that can then be sold on to businesses wanting to market goods or services.
NEVER provide personal or financial information to cold callers.
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08/04/2015: Cold caller con

By Simon Cripwell on Apr 08, 2015 05:17 pm
A resident alerted the service after receiving several unexpected phone calls relating to a 'call blocking service'. The caller claimed the resident owed £49. However, resident had never spoken to the caller before or purchased a call blocking service.
The phone calls appeared to be coming from an overseas call centre.
NEVER give out personal  or financial information to cold callers
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08/04/2015: It’s a complete cover-up!

By Simon Cripwell on Apr 08, 2015 03:46 pm
Warwickshire Trading Standards has issued guidance on the news laws that came into effect on 6th April relating to the sale and display of tobacco products in small and medium sized shops.
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08/04/2015: Bogus citizens advice pensions caller

By Simon Cripwell on Apr 08, 2015 03:35 pm
Warwickshire Trading Standards are warning residents to beware of cold caller pension fraudsters after a complaint received from a Rugby resident. Residents should NEVER provide any personal or financial information to cold callers and be particularly wary of any cold callers trying to give the impression they work for Citizens Advice by using combinations of the words 'Citizens', 'Pensions', 'Bureaux' and 'Advice' in the title of any service or business they claim to represent. Citizens Advice will not cold call you to offer you pensions advice.
Trading Standards Officers are concerned that residents may think they are receiving a phone call from Citizens Advice Bureaux staff working for Pension Wise, a new Government pensions guidance service which is delivered by the CAB.
Pension Wise has issued some information on how consumers can avoid falling for pensions related scams
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08/04/2015: White line scam warning to owners and operators of car parks

By Simon Cripwell on Apr 08, 2015 02:31 pm
Individuals and organisations that own or operate car parks, including Parish and Town councils, churches and pubs/social clubs are warned to beware of cold calls from people falsely claiming to work for 'Highways' (and using an 0800 number). The caller begins by saying they are phoning about faded lines in the car park. They go on to claim they work for 'Highways' and have been painting lines on public roads but have left over paint and could repaint the car park lines.
This is a scam perpetrated by rogue traders. These individuals have nothing to do with Warwickshire County Council or the Highways Agency. Residents are advised to refuse any offers of work and report them to Warwickshire Trading Standards on 03454 040506.
Rogue traders typically charge thousands of pounds more than a job is really worth and their workmanship is very poor.
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07/04/2015: It’s World Health Day 2015

By Simon Cripwell on Apr 07, 2015 05:18 pm
It's World Health Day 2015 Warwickshire Trading Standards help to ensure food safety by routinely attending livestock markets to ensure that animals are fit for sale, are correctly identified and accompanied by the correct licences to ensure traceability of animals before they enter the abattoir and food chain. #safefood

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