Tuesday, 7 November 2017

@SOA - FENNY COMPTON NW Monthly Newsletter for Compton Chronicle


Southam/Feldon Community Forum - The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 13th December, venue to be confirmed. www.warwickshire.gov.uk/southamforum Everyone is welcome to come along and it is YOUR chance to find out what is really going on in YOUR community. An informal “drop-in” surgery is always held for the half hour before the forum where you can speak to officers from your local Safer Neighbourhood Team, Councillors and Officers from Warwickshire County and Stratford-on-Avon District Councils to raise specific concerns or problems.

House/car burglaries have increased markedly in the last 12 months. For advice on prevention visit the "We don't buy crime" page and links on the Warwickshire Police website - https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/we-dont-buy-crime For help and advice on property marking contact your coordinator. Often homes are burgled primarily for the keys to the car on the drive so don't leave them in a convenient place like the hall table. Some of the latest locking systems on prestige cars can be compromised very quickly; a mechanical lock like a Krooklok or lockable post on the drive provide a visible deterrent. 

Cybersafe - Online safety for parents and children twitter.com/NCCcybersafe 

National NW Newsletter - Convicted burglars tell all, Know your rides, Stop elder abuse and much more bit.do/201710NNWN

Please share your scam/crime experiences with your neighbours - email watch@fcvh.org.uk. Read this and much more in The Stratford District NW Blog which is regularly updated. stratfordnw.blogspot.co.uk 

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

@NAT - Help with cyberbullying and online harassment

Explore cyberbullying and online harassment, and get help
Online bullying can have serious consequences in the real world. You've come to the right place for information. This section includes resources for Schools and Partners.
Advice on Cyberbullying and online harassment
We're working with a number of charities, schools, care professionals, spokespeople and other partners to share information about cyberbullying and online harassment.
We want to offer the support and guidance young people (and their families) need to tackle online abuse, which can have a serious impact on those involved. 
On our cyberbullying pages you'll find:
  • advice for adults and for young people
  • an interview with Worcester mum Lucy Alexander whose son, Felix, took his own life after years of online bullying
  • downloadable images, ideal for sharing on social media
  • links to further sources of information and help.

Monday, 9 October 2017

@WAR - Solar panels may attract rogue trader ‘cleaning’ services

09/10/2017 Solar panel owners warned of rogue trader ‘cleaning’ services

Owners of solar panels are warned to beware of rogue traders door knocking in the Warwickshire 
area offering to clean their roofs. The rogue traders give the false impression that they are working 
on behalf of the solar panel installers and suggest to the home owners that their roof is due a clean 
due to the length of time the solar panels have been installed.
The rogues are reported to be charging between £1300 and £1700 for work that is overpriced and
is more likely to damage the roof (and the solar panels) than clean it.
Homeowners are advised not to allow people to pressure wash their roofs. Pressure washing roofs
can lead to the roof tiles lifting.
The rogue traders may also be involved in other forms of criminal activity and may be taking the
opportunity to scope people's homes for burglaries.
NEVER buy goods or services from an unexpected doorstep trader. Keep you door CLOSED
  • Make a scam/rogue trader complaint to Trading Standards via Citizens Advice Consumer 
    Service on 03454 040506.
  • Warwickshire Trading Standards Website Facebook Twitter
  • Sign up to scam alerts at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/scams
  • Avoid rogue traders. Use Warwickshire Trading Standards No Rogue Traders Here
    approved trader scheme
  • Please feel free to pass on or re-publish this email alert

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

@WAR - Cyber Scam Update October

Some of the topics covered this month:

  • Scammers Using A Simple Con To Get Into Online Bank Accounts
  • Become A Cyber Champion & Help Others In Your Local Area
  • Watch Out For MORE Scam PPI Emails, Phone Calls & Text Messages
  • Action Fraud Launches Counterfeit Goods Campaign
  • Equifax Data Breach - How To Protect Yourself

Monday, 2 October 2017

@NAT - Bogus Police phone call warning

02/10/2017 Bogus Police phone call warning

Fraudsters are pretending to be Police Officers in order to steal bank account information, Warwickshire Trading Standards understands. Members of the public have reported several incidents where they have received phone calls from people claiming to be Police Officers investigating a crime involving their bank cards. The callers then ask for bank card details, including long numbers, sort codes, the security number on the back and PINs. The information is then used to scam them out of thousands of pounds.
No Police Force will ever ask you for bank details in this way.
NEVER divulge any bank/card information to people who phone you. If you believe the caller is genuine, ask to phone back on a publicly listed telephone number.
More information
  • Make a scam/rogue trader complaint to Trading Standards via Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.
  • Warwickshire Trading Standards Website Facebook Twitter
  • Sign up to scam alerts at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/scams
  • Avoid rogue traders. Use Warwickshire Trading Standards No Rogue Traders Here approved trader scheme
  • Please feel free to pass on or re-publish this email alert

Friday, 22 September 2017

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

@WAR - September Cyber Scam Update

Identity Theft At An ‘Epidemic Level’
EasyJet 'Free Flights' Offer Takes Off On Social Media
GOOD NEWS: Cold-Calling Ban On Pension Companies To Include Texts & Emails
LinkedIn Account Email Update Warning
Action Fraud Reissues Courier Scam Warning
SEPTEMBER’S Top Tip: Watch Out For Text Scams

Saturday, 16 September 2017

@WAS - Recovery & Wellbeing Academy Courses - South Warwickshire

The Recovery and Wellbeing Academy aims to support Personal Recovery and Wellbeing.
So what is personal Recovery?
Personal Recovery is about building a meaningful and satisfying life despite difficulties caused by ill health.
There are 3 very important elements of Personal recovery that the Academy supports;
  • Having Control on your life and Illness;
  • Having the Opportunity to build a life beyond illness
  • Having Hope and belief that we can all pursue hopes and dreams.

Monday, 12 June 2017

@SOU - Compton Chronicle NW Entry


CyberTip - Holiday & Travel Booking - Never pay for accommodation by bank transfer; even if you are desperate to get away or how close to the holiday you are booking. Don't advertise the fact that your house will be empty when you are away by posting on social networking or travel tracking sites. Some insurance companies are now rejecting claims if homes are targeted by burglars while the owners are away on holiday and have made reference to it on social media. More precautions to ensure that you get the holiday you planned are here: bit.do/holidaybooking

Data Link is a voluntary scheme for anyone living at home, who might be reassured to know that essential information would be readily available to the Emergency Services, should they suffer an accident or sudden illness. The scheme ensures that vital information is available not only to identify you, but also to advise of relevant illnesses, allergies, medication and contact addresses. The Data Link pot, which holds your information, lives in the fridge - you then display a sticker on the inside of your front door and a second one on the outside of your fridge to indicate its location. We have a limited supply of Data Link pots should you know of someone who would benefit. MORE bit.do/data_link

RUN, HIDE, TELL if you should ever be unlucky enough to be faced with an armed attacker

How secure are contactless card payments? According to the UKCards Association there have never been any confirmed reports of money being ‘stolen’ from a contactless card still in a cardholder’s possession in the UK. Read more: bit.do/Contactless If you are still not reassured why not use a prepaid card for contactless transactions and only top it up enough to make a limited number of purchases. The Monzo (monzo.com) prepaid card is free to use for purchases at home and abroad.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

@SOA - Community opportunities

Here are a few of the services we offer. If you or anyone you know may be able to benefit please get in touch.
  • We have 4 lunch clubs running
  • We have 3 carer respite groups
  • We have a carers café, tea/coffee group
  • We're setting up more activities for older residents each month
VASA recently sent out a survey to find out what services older people would like to access in the district. Read more about it here.

Read more about our lunch clubs and other groups here..

We're recruiting afternoon telephone volunteers so we can keep the phones open longer. If you would like to help please email

Saturday, 13 May 2017

@SOU - Fenny Compton NW June Entry in Compton Chronicle

CyberTip - safeinwarwickshire.com/cybercrime has links to online learning resources; there are 2 modules under Cyber Crime eLearning (popups need to be allowed).

Do you have a car with a keyless entry system? -  Some are vulnerable to hacking even when the keys are inside your home. To be absolutely certain your car cannot be unlocked remotely keep your keys in a metal box. Old fashioned immobilisers such as steering wheel locks are also useful to improve security.

Burglaries - At the beginning of last month there was a spate of daytime burglaries across south Warwickshire including Fenny Compton and Farnborough. Please make it difficult for the opportunist thief; lock your doors and make sure that all windows are secure even when at home. Free loan of security marking kits is available through NW. Do not open your door to strangers, they could be checking to see if the house is occupied or the vulnerability of the householder. Report any suspicious behaviour to the police on 101 and share it with your neighbours.

Read this and much more in The Stratford District NW Blog which is regularly updated.   stratfordnw.blogspot.co.uk 

Saturday, 11 March 2017

@SOU - Fenny Compton NW April Entry in Compton Chronicle


CyberTip - 5 Tips to Protect Yourself From the Spam in Your Inbox bit.do/fightspam In summary
Do not Preview Your Emails / Do not Fall for the Phisher  / Friend or Foe? / Read your Email in Plain Text / Never Respond / It all boils down to  using your common sense (and a quality anti-virus program).

Are you a member? NW is free to join and helps to keep your community safe. More information bit.do/NWInfo Join online bit.do/joinWNW or get in touch with your coordinator (See The Directory). Some home security products are also available to members at a discount .

Handheld mobile phone use is now more costly. £200 and 6 points which means disqualification if you have held your license less than 2 years. Have a look at this bit.do/eyesontheroad and here is a challenge bit.do/mobilechallenge

Read this (with live links) and much more in The Stratford District NW Blog which is regularly updated.   stratfordnw.blogspot.co.uk 

Thursday, 9 March 2017

@WAR - Rogue Trader offering to clean driveways

Rogue Trader in the areas of Cubbington and Bubbenhall

@WAR - Car clamper warning Leamington Spa

27-02-2017 02:12 PM GMT

Warwickshire Trading Standards Service has become aware that a trader may be clamping vehicles on private land in Leamington Spa.
Vehicle owners are advised that it is a criminal offence for anyone to clamp a vehicle on private land if they do not have lawful authority. Lawful authority to immobilise or move a vehicle is restricted to organisations such as the police, DVLA and local authorities.
Further, clamping of a vehicle on a public highway can only be done by public bodies.
If you believe your vehicle has been clamped unlawfully, please contact Warwickshire Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506 for advice.
If it is safe to do so, vehicle owners may wish to consider taking photographs of the clamp in situ and any parking restriction signs etc.
If a vehicle owner feels threatened, they should call the Police.
  • Make a scam/rogue trader complaint to Trading Standards via Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.
  • Warwickshire Trading Standards Website Facebook Twitter
  • Sign up to scam alerts at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/scams
  • Avoid rogue traders. Use Warwickshire Trading Standards No Rogue Traders Here approved trader scheme
  • Please feel free to pass on or re-publish this email alert

@WAR - Storm Doris! Beware of bogus cold callers

Warwickshire County Council

28-02-2017 01:08 PM GMT

In the wake of damage caused by Storm Doris Warwickshire Trading Standards is issuing a warning for people to beware of bogus cold callers.
Rogue traders use unusually stormy weather as a way of persuading people that they need work done on their property – such as repairing loose roof tiles or removing damaged trees.
You can't tell a good trader from a bad one on the doorstep. Avoid buying from unexpected/unknown doorstep traders.
If you are looking for a Trading Standards approved and vetted trader, consider using Warwickshire Trading Standards new approved trader scheme - No Rogue Traders Here
  • Make a scam/rogue trader complaint to Trading Standards via Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.
  • Warwickshire Trading Standards Website Facebook Twitter
  • Sign up to scam alerts at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/scams
  • Avoid rogue traders. Use Warwickshire Trading Standards No Rogue Traders Here approved trader scheme
  • Please feel free to pass on or re-publish this email alert



@SOA - Theft of equipment from site

Theft of equipment from site

Theft, Bridge Street, Barford

@WAR - Warwickshire Police & Crime Commissioner, March Update

Warwickshire Police & Crime Commissioner, March Update

@NAT - Sheep worrying and the law

Sheep worrying and the law

@WAR - Beware - 42% of generic phone and Ecig chargers fail safety tests

Beware - 42% of generic phone and Ecig chargers fail safety tests

@NAT - Stop Loansharks Newsletter

Friday, 24 February 2017

@STT - Community Survey (Stratford Town)

News from the Grants Team
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Your Stratford, Your Say! 
Community Survey
Stratford Town Trust provides around £2 million each year to the community through its grants and activities. Since it was formed in 2001, more than £25 million has been awarded. To ensure our grants are serving the people of Stratford in the best possible way, the Town Trust is developing a community strategy to inform its future direction.

And we need your help
We are seeking input from the whole community on what works, what doesn't and what Stratford needs.

Do you have an idea for a project?
Think mental health services need more support? Or sporting activities? Better facilities for the older population or our younger generation? Tell us that too.

The survey will run from February 23rd to March 24th and is open to everyone - you do not need to be a member of the Town Trust. 

It takes just minutes to complete. Go towww.research.net/r/StratfordCommunityStrategy and be part of it.

For more information, please call 01789 207111.
Stratford-upon-Avon Town Trust, 14 Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6LU

Stratford-upon-Avon Town Trust is a registered charity (no. 1088521) and a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales (no. 4222949). It is also a Trustee of the Guild Estate Charity (no. 217484) and College Estate Charity (no. 217485).

Copyright © 2015 Stratford Town Trust, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:


@NAT - To all NW Coordinators - Please register your Watch Scheme

Registering your Watch Scheme

Good Afternoon,
In order for a Residential Watch Scheme to receive the benefits of third party liability insurance and for the members of your scheme to be able to claim a reduction in their home buildings and contents insurance you will need to register the details of your Residential Watch Scheme with the National Home Watch Network at www.ourwatch.org.uk and enter your postcode to see if you are already registered. This web address also has a wealth of other information to help your Watch Scheme to flourish or indeed help you set up a Watch Scheme.
Alternatively, please follow  this link to take you straight to the registering your scheme page if you know yours is not already registered. https://member-registration.neighbourhoodalert.co.uk/30/Join
If you are not already a member of a Watch Scheme and would like some help establishing one then please contact me on my email address below.
Many thanks
Bob Barnett
Watch Scheme Review Officer

West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police


Email: robert.barnett@westmercia.pnn.police.uk  
Mobile: 07966064540
Internal: (745) 4408
Post: at Ross on Wye Police Station, Old Maids Walk, Ross on Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 5HB.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

@SOA - Warwickshire Rural Watch Bulletin - 22 February 2017

Warwickshire Rural Watch Bulletin - 22 February 2017

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

Incident 169 of 20 February - Aston Cantlow:  During the night of 19 into 20 February, offenders entered an insecure outbuilding at a farm premises in Aston Cantlow and then carried out a search of the vehicle parked inside.  Nothing was stolen.  The offenders also caused damage to galvanised steel on another building but failed to get inside and nothing was stolen.

Incident 292 of 20 February - Aston Cantlow:  At 9pm on 17 February, the resident of another farm premises in Aston Cantlow arrived home and saw a silver coloured Subaru Forrester vehicle parked up at the farm with a male inside.  He also saw a second male trying to cut the padlock off a fuel pump.  When spotted, the second male jumped into the Subaru and both offenders made off at speed.  Nothing was stolen.

Incident 62 of 22 February - Wellesbourne:  During the night of 21 into 22 February, offenders entered the yard of a rural business premises in Loxley Road, Wellesbourne and stole 4 heavy tuck batteries from vehicles parked in the yard.

Incident 114 of 21 February - Hurley:  Between 2pm on 16 February and 11am on 21 February, offenders stole a secure 3 tonne red and black Linde fork lift truck from an open sided barn at a farm premises in Hurley. 

Incident 326 of 21 February - Stockton:  Between 3.30 and 4.30pm on 21 February, offenders smashed the padlock off a chain securing trailers at a farm yard in Stockton and then stole an Ifor Williams trailer.

Read more

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

@WAR - Preparing for Emergencies in Warwickshire – a guide to help you

We have created a colourful and interesting guide to help you prepare yourselves for responding to a major emergency such as a large fire or flooding.
It sets out:
  • Which major emergencies are most likely to happen
  • How you can prepare yourself to deal with them
  • How you can respond to emergencies
  • What the emergency services and other response agencies do to reduce the likelihood the emergencies will happen and how we will respond if they do
  • Where you can find out more information about the risks
  • Advice on how to make a ‘grab bag’ and what to include in it.
The guide is based on the ‘risk assessment’ process, which is explained below.

@SOA - Burglary at home in Banbury Road, Gaydon

Burglary at home in Banbury Road, Gaydon

Please be aware that between 4.45pm on 15 February and 4pm on 16 February, offenders forced open the rear patio doors of a home in Banbury Road, Gaydon by smashing the glass.
Once inside the house, the offenders stole electrical items from the kitchen, artwork from the walls, rugs mirrors and items of furniture including two sofas before leaving through the front door.

Read more

Friday, 17 February 2017

@WAR - Entrust Care Partnership - Holiday Homes

We are delighted to be able to offer these fully equipped and accessible static holiday homes, in
three fantastic destinations, at competitive prices that are below the commercial rates. These
affordable holidays for families caring for a disabled child or young person, or disabled adults with their
friends, family and carers will provide a wonderful opportunity to escape from the ‘everyday’ and
refresh body and mind for all those across Warwickshire and the West Midlands.
SKEGNESSOn the South View Leisure Park, between idyllic fshing lakes, a 9-hole golf course and a four star hotel you'll fnd two of our perfectly equipped and fully accessible Pemberton Harmony homes. These six berth caravans have everything you'll need to enjoy your holiday and as well as actvites and entertainment on site, you're stll only three miles away from the extensive sandy beach and town centre where you'll fnd
the shops and cafes which make Skegness a much-loved holiday destnaton.
BURNHAM-ON-SEARelax at a holiday village featuring a tranquil fshing lake, set on the edge of the prety seaside town yards from the beach and a pleasant stroll along the esplanade to Burnham. Within the Burnham-on-Sea Holliday Village we have two fully accessible and equipped Pemberton Harmony homes. These six berth caravans have everything you’ll need to enjoy your holiday, on a site which offers extensive entertainment, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, eateries, day tme and evening atractons for all the family
Nestled on the outskirts of the scenic Grade 2 listed parklands, you’ll fnd a fully
equipped six berth tmber lodge, a perfect destnaton for relaxing pastmes such as
walking, fshing and exploring the tranquil lake by foot, boat or a train. Close by is a
traditonal funfair, with around thirty rides and the UK’s most popular narrow gauge
railway. With an impressive selecton of actvites, plus plenty of places to eat and
snack as a family, it’s a great destnaton for a weekend/full week’s break away.

Call us now for a friendly and helpful
service on 07549 495474 or email us on


Friday, 6 January 2017

@NAT - Fake Amazon emails claim you have placed an order

Subject: Fake Amazon emails claim you have placed an order

This is a message sent via Neighbourhood Watch. This information has been sent on behalf of Action Fraud (National Fraud Intelligence Bureau)
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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Action Fraud has received several reports from victims who have been sent convincing looking emails claiming to be from Amazon. The spoofed emails from “service@amazon.co.uk” claim recipients have made an order online and mimic an automatic customer email notification.  
The scam email claims recipients have ordered an expensive vintage chandelier. Other reported examples include: Bose stereos, iPhone’s and luxury watches. 

The emails cleverly state that if recipients haven’t authorised the transaction they can click on the help centre link to receive a full refund. The link leads to an authentic-looking website, which asks victims to confirm their name, address, and bank card information.

Amazon says that suspicious e-mails will often contain:
  • Links to websites that look like Amazon.co.uk, but aren't Amazon.co.uk.
  • Attachments or prompts to install software on your computer.
  • Typos or grammatical errors.
  • Forged (or spoofed) e-mail addresses to make it look like the e-mail is coming from Amazon.co.uk.

Amazon will never ask for personal information to be supplied by e-mail.
You can read more about identifying suspicious emails claiming to be from Amazon by visiting https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201489210

To report a fraud or cyber crime, call us on 0300 123 2040.
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