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April 2021 NHW Updates

Posted on 1st April, 2021




The death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.


Andy Marsh, QPM, Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police, and Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said:


“On behalf of all our colleagues we offer our sincere condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family on the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip.


“We join with the nation in mourning this sad news. The Union Flag will be flown at half-mast at Police and Fire headquarters as a mark of our deepest respect for the Duke of Edinburgh and his service to the United Kingdom of Great Britain.”


Attachments: hrh-the-duke-of-edinburgh



Residential Burglary.


A home has been burgled between midday and 1pm on the 1st in West Garston, WSM. The homeowner had gone out to take some exercise and upon returning to the property noticed that a Blue Handbag had been stolen from a dressing table containing an electronic tablet a quantity of cash and bank cards. It is possible that a rear door to the property had inadvertently been left insecure as there was no evidence of any force being used to gain entry.


Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221070160 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Thank you for your support.




Caravan Security


As the restrictions around Covid-19 are being eased and many people are looking at “Staycations” rather than holidays aboard, Caravans are becoming increasingly popular. Unfortunately criminals have also noticed this, so please take steps to increase the security of your Vans.


Secured By Design is the official police security initiative which provides a recognised standard for all security products, and a recent addition to this listing is Caravan iD. This scheme provides an individual identification number for your caravan and motorhome that can be checked to see if it has been stolen. For more information, visit their website at https://caravanid.com/


Other similar products are also available on the SBD website. All these products are police approved products https://caravanid.com/


Attachments: caravan-security




March 2021 NHW Updates

Posted on 2nd March, 2021



Buying & Selling on Social Media / Online Platforms. (Market Places)


We are seeing an increase in burglaries from garages and sheds where the offenders are clearly seeking out motorcycles, specifically dirt bikes such as KTM & Yamaha. It appears that a number of these bikes have been listed for sale on social media platforms, where a potential buyer arranges to view the vehicle but then doesn’t turn up. Not surprisingly, a day or so later the Garage / Shed is broken into and an attempt is made to steal the bike or it is stolen.


If you are considering selling your vehicle - or any expensive item - follow the guidance provided on the website. Do not automatically assume it is safe to pass over your address details and or photos of your vehicle outside of your garage, especially if it shows your street name and garage number. If you do so and the purchaser doesn’t turn up, be aware and pay close attention to the item you are selling and the security of the location it is stored.


Sadly, this may not just affect you. If your garage is broken into, your neighbour is likely to be targeted and may also sustain damage to their garage in the process.


Remember, whenever you place an advert you are also advertising what you have to steal. Read the guidance provided by the website carefully, and ask yourself if you really need to provide your address or do you meet somewhere public nearby? Always meet any prospective buyers in a well-lit, public area.

Attachments: motorbike-scooter-security and sheds-and-garages



Rogue Trader / Fraud / Potential for Distraction Burglary.


An elderly resident living in rural Yeovil was on Wednesday (24th March) visited by a man claiming to work for a Loft Insulation Company. Prior to this they had received a phone call stating that their Loft insulation warranty was no longer valid as the previous company had become insolvent and they had to accept the visit to maintain the warranty. Once permitted access he was then supposedly looking at the loft hatch when the resident’s granddaughter arrived and noticed an unusual car parked on the driveway. Upon entering the property the granddaughter approached the male and noticed his lanyard did not contain his ID but a driving licence, he had no tools and was in poor health. The loft was not entered at any point and as such he was not left unattended with a photo being taken of the man concerned. The man left and was immediately reported to Police where enquiries are underway.


Do please remain alert to any potential bogus callers stating your Loft Insulation needs attention, how could they possibly know? If it needs work you will contact them, and if they are contacting you there is probably a good reason they do not have enough work.



Bristol Disorder Statement.


Please see the attached document for a joint statement about the Bristol disorder at the weekend from the Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner.


Attachments: statement-from-chief-constable-and-pcc-following-bristol-disorder

"UPDATE: our initial information suggested two officers had broken bones. Thankfully the injuries – while still serious – did not involve fractures. We believed the information had been verified but it had not, and while we apologise for that there was no intention to mislead." (PDF)



Scams / Local Numbers


We are hearing several reports of members receiving scam calls from local numbers, these are where scammers are trying to trick you into believing they MUST be real as they are near by. One such example has been received from a member in Martock who had a call claiming to be from Ebay security on a local number, very handy if there was indeed a problem with Ebay as we may be able to visit them to fix the problem (After Lockdown)! but quite clearly a scam. Several others have been reported since from various companies and again the ploy is to instil a sense of trust in the recipient.


Do please remain alert to any calls you receive advising for example you have a slow broadband connection, your loft insulation does not meet current regulations, you have post from Royal Mail that has not been fully paid, your Amazon Prime has expired or has been hacked, these will almost certainly be scams and if in doubt hang up, let the phone line clear for at least 5 minutes and then call the company back on a number you know, preferably on a different phone. And please never press 1 on your keypad when asked.




Residential Garage Burglary.


A garage has been broken into overnight on the 17th in Celtic Way, Bleadon. The owner has reported that the garage door has been ripped open and once inside the offender has stolen 2 Mountain bikes described a White and Red with Black writing “Specialise” and the other is a Viper Bike with a Carbon Frame in Grey. A Black & Decker electric Chain Saw was also stolen.


Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221057627 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Thank you for your support.




Prolific burglars, robbers and thieves to be fitted with GPS tags in Avon and Somerset.


Avon and Somerset Police is one of six forces taking part in a world-first scheme involving burglars, thieves and robbers being made to wear GPS tags on release from prison.


With more than half of those convicted of theft and burglary reoffending within a year, this will be a vital extra source of intelligence to help police catch these persistent offenders.


Under new rules, offenders committing acquisitive crimes that have served a prison sentence of a year or more will be automatically fitted with a tag on release, allowing their whereabouts to be monitored by GPS satellites 24 hours a day for up to 12 months.


Police will work with HM Prison and Probation Service staff to investigate whether those on the tags have been in the vicinity of recent offences. It could provide the crucial evidence needed to catch the perpetrators.


The intention is the tags will also act as a deterrent, protecting the public from further burglaries and thefts and targeting so-called ‘career criminals’.


Minister for Crime and Policing, Kit Malthouse MP said: “Being burgled or robbed is devastating and I understand how frustrating it is when the perpetrators can’t be caught, both for the public and the police.


“Tagging these prolific offenders so we know where they are 24 hours a day should be powerful persuasion to change their ways and will help police find and charge them if they don’t. It’s another tool helping probation staff to cut crime and keep the public safe.”


National Police Chief’s Council Electronic Monitoring Lead, Deputy Chief Constable Jon Stratford said: “Tagging prolific offenders provides a strong deterrent and means officers will be able to quickly arrest and gather evidence against anyone suspected of being involved in a robbery, burglary or other theft.


“This scheme will play a part in our overall work to prevent crime and keep our communities safe.”


DCI Dickon Turner, who leads the Integrated Offender Management team at Avon and Somerset Police, said: “We’re pleased to be one of the initial six forces taking part in this scheme and we estimate around 60 offenders will be tagged within the first six months in our force area.


“This innovative partnership approach will provide another tool we can use to help break the cycle of re-offending and reduce the amount of acquisitive crime committed.


“We know these crimes cause untold misery to victims. We believe this scheme will intensify our ability to tackle these offences head-on and bring prolific offenders to justice.”


The scheme will initially launch in six police force areas (Avon and Somerset, Cheshire, Gloucestershire, Gwent, Humberside and West Midlands) on 12 April and will be extended to a further 13 areas in September.


Police officers will be able to submit any offences they are investigating to a dedicated unit overseen by HM Prison and Probation Service. Trained staff will then be able to check the location history of those on tags against the details of the crime, allowing police to either rule out or investigate suspects further.


The joined up nature of this work builds on the recently updated Integrated Offender Management strategy, which sees police and the Probation Service working together to reduce neighbourhood crime.




Theft from an Outbuilding.


An outbuilding has been broken into sometime between the 11th and the 14th in Wimblestone Road, Winscombe. The offender has rolled back the roof in order to establish entry and once inside has stolen a motorcycle engine described as a Honda CR500 (Scrambler) before making off.


Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221055152 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Thank you for your support.



Vehicle Crime.


A car has been damaged overnight on the 10th in Anson Road, Locking. The owner of the Toyota vehicle returned to find the Catalytic Convertor had been cut away. Do please remain alert to any suspicious activity, particularly around the underside of any cars. Honda, Toyota & Lexus models in particular and report anything you feel unusual, this may include observing more than one person under or around a vehicle whilst jacking in a hurry and cutting noises.


Please read the attached advice. Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221052101 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Thank you for your support.


Attachments: catalytic-convertor-theft-prevention



Attempted Theft from a Garden Shed.


A garden shed was subject of an attempted theft on the 8th at 00:45 in Well Close, Winscombe. The owner observed 3 young males in their garden attempting to force the lock on the shed door but without success, they left quite promptly.


Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221049203 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Thank you for your support.



Phone fraud warning after incidents reported in Somerset


We’re reminding people to be cautious and recognise signs of telephone and courier fraud following a number of reported incidents in Somerset in recent days.


We’re investigating four reports in the Bridgwater area of fraudsters phoning potential victims and claiming to be police officers dealing with fraud.


In one instance, a woman in her 90s living in Sedgemoor, was called by a fraudster falsely claiming to be working for police in Bournemouth. He told her officers had arrested someone who had her account details and claimed her bank were involved in the scam.


He went on to encourage her to take out a four-figure sum from her bank and to lie to cashiers about why she was making such a large withdrawal, before handing it over to a ‘courier’ who would give her a password when he arrived. She duly handed the money to the fake ‘courier’ and also provided personal banking information over the phone, which led to money also being stolen from her account.


Fraud protect officer Amy Horrobin said: “Fraudsters tend to prey on the elderly and vulnerable people but anyone can be a victim. There’s no shame in being tricked by these professional criminals, they can be very convincing.


“We must stress though police will never asking you to make a withdrawal from your bank for an investigation. They will never ask you to hand over personal banking details, such as your PIN. And they will never ask you to hand money to a courier who will collect it. The same goes for banks and other legitimate organisations and agencies.


“It is difficult during a phone call out of the blue to always think clearly, especially if the subject appears at face value to be very serious.


“So if you are unsure if what you’re being told may be a scam, then hang up the phone – the person at the other end of the phone will not be offended by you being cautious, if they are who they claim to be.


“Leave it five minutes, make sure you hear a dialling tone and the person who called initially has cleared the line, before then calling the organisation or company back. Use a number they advertise on their website or in the phone book. Don’t use any number the person gives you.


“Alternatively call police on 101 or speak to someone you know for further advice.”


We are also aware of an unsuccessful attempt to defraud someone living near Glastonbury too over the past week.


Crime prevention advice


Genuine callers, such as from a bank, police or crime agency, will:

* never ask you to withdraw cash for them

* never arrange for cash to be collected by a courier

* never ask for bank card details

* never ask for your PIN

We’d urge any other victims in the Bridgwater area to come forward and contact the police on 101, giving reference number 5221045252.


More information on how to prevent being a victim of fraud is available on Action Fraud’s website and we’d ask people to spread the message to friends and family, especially people living alone, to prevent further victims. https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/


February 2021 NHW Updates

Posted on 1st February, 2021


Lloyds Bank, Text Message Scam


One of our coordinators in Cheddar, has very kindly made me aware of this latest scam. I then had a conversation with a very helpful member of staff from Lloyds bank who offered some useful tips.


The scam itself which you can view on the attached document comes from a random mobile number suggesting a new payee has been linked in your app and to click on the below link if this was NOT you. (Please do not do this)


Having queried this, two details are missing. When contacted in this way legitimately by Lloyds they will always include your name and the last 4 digits of your account number.


If you do receive one of these messages do please take a moment to ensure these details are included, if indeed you do bank with Lloyds.


Attachments: scam-text



Car Crime


A car has been damaged overnight on the 18th whilst parked in The Bury, Locking, WSM. The offender cut the Catalytic Convertor from the Honda make car. Do please remain alert to any suspicious activity particularly around the underside of any vehicles. Honda, Toyota & Lexus models in particular and report anything you feel unusual, this may include observing more than one person, jacking a vehicle in a hurry and cutting noises.


Please read the attached advice.


Attachments: catalytic-convertor-theft-prevention


Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221038273 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Thank you for your support.




National Insurance Scam (Telephone Call)


We have been made aware that a scam has been circulating where the offender is claiming either your National Insurance number has been compromised or has been used in serious crime. This scam is conducted via a telephone call which is automated, promptly followed by the usual request for action on the part of the recipient to press 1 on the keypad, again 'please do not do this'. You may feel pressured into doing so as the message may state they are from the National Crime Agency, 'they are not'. This is a scam.


If you receive a call claiming your National Insurance number has been compromised asking you to press a button on your keypad, please terminate the call.


Any general National Insurance enquiries can be found here (PDF)


Attachments: do-not-press-1




Distraction Burglary


AMBERLANDS CLOSE, BACKWELL, sometime between 3:30pm and 3:45pm on Tuesday the 16th of February, a mixed race male has knocked on a door when answered he said he had a food delivery, the resident refused delivery, the male then asked for a note to say they refused delivery, while the victim went to get some paper the male has stepped inside and has stolen a purse, which contained cash,


Please remind your members, family and friends to ask for identification of callers and if necessary close the door while checking, genuine callers will understand the need for security,


When reporting a crime or giving information through Crimestoppers, No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to a police officer.


If you have any information regarding this incident, contact the Police on 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, or via their online form.


Please quote Reference number 5221034194, Thank you.




Residential Burglary


A property has been burgled between 7pm on the 10th and 3:15pm on the 11th in Bristol Road, Huish, WSM. The offender appears to have forced entry to the property via the front door, tool marks are evident on both the door and door frame. Once inside a search of 3 rooms was conducted before the offender departed with a small amount of cash.


Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221030533 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Thank you for your support.


Attachments: burglary-prevention-advice



Drugs seized after search near Banwell


We seized drugs, cash and an unlawful knife following a search of a rural property near Banwell last week.


Officers from the Operation Remedy team set up to target burglary, drug and knife crime searched the address on Wednesday afternoon, 3 February.


They seized cannabis plants and dried cannabis, growing equipment, a flick knife, cash and also substances believed to be cocaine and heroin.


A man is due to be interviewed in connection with the seizures at a later date.


If you or someone you care for is affected by drug use, there’s information on the support and advice available on North Somerset Council’s website.


If you have information about drug crime, talk to your neighbourhood policing team. You can get in touch online through our website, or call 101.


If you don’t want to talk to us, you can give information 100 per cent anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never tell us who you are, just what you know.




BT Telephone Scam


One of our schemes from North Somerset has kindly notified me of an old scam that has re appeared. Here are the basics of what you need to look out for and be aware of:


A caller will state they are from BT, and you have an unsettled balance on your account of £****, you will be disconnected if immediate payment if not made and the bill will rise when re connected at a later date.


When challenged, they provide a false name, last used was 'John Peacock' and a strong foreign accent was detected, the caller states they can prove they are from BT and goes through a process where they pretend to disconnect the line momentarily. The recipient is asked to end the call and try and call someone else which they find is not possible The reason this is not possible is the caller had initiated the call and only they can terminate, they simply mute the phone to make it appear they are not there, this gives the impression the line is dead. When the Scam caller hears you stop trying to call out, they will clear the line and call you back giving the impression they have re connected your line.


At this point you may feel reassured this is genuine, IT IS NOT.


If in any doubt call your provider and check with them, never hand over your bank details to someone that calls you out of the blue.




Previous Neighbourhood Watch Blogs


December and January 2021 NHW Updates

Posted on 10th January, 2021


Dog Thefts


There were two incidents where dogs were stolen during the night of Tuesday 26 January. On both occasions pure bred dogs or new-born puppies were taken from secure outside pens. One incident was in Alveston, South Gloucestershire and the other at Queen Charlton in Bath & North East Somerset. Whilst both of these were outside of our area, this does not mean it could not head our way and it is far better to be forewarned.


We want to remind all dog owners to review and increase the security of their pets wherever possible. Ensure that they are microchipped and registered, and make sure your garden is secure.


It is estimated that dog thefts have increased by 250% as the Covid restrictions have caused a huge demand for puppies across the country. Although these offences are classified as “Theft”, losing a pet in this way can cause enormous trauma and heartbreak to a family.


You can find advice on protecting your dog on many sites on the internet, one of them being here





Remain alert to Vaccination Scams


A couple of our coordinators have directed me to another potentially hazardous scam claiming to originate from the NHS offering the vaccine for Covid-19. On first impressions it looks quite genuine, until the point at which it asks for payment details.


As we all know the vaccine is completely free, the NHS will never ask for your bank account or card details, your pin or banking password and they will not ask for proof of identity such as passport, driving licence or pay slips.


Please see the attached copy of the scam email.


Here is a link to the NHS website to find more information: 


Attachments: vaccine-email-scam




Potential Scams (Calls & Texts)


I have been contacted by two of our Neighbourhood Watch schemes to advise of the following potential scams, do please remain alert and if it doesn't seem right check and check again, never be afraid to hang up the phone.


Lloyds Banking - New Payee (Text Message)


States: You have successfully been paired with a new device, Call 447780337*** if it is not you.


The member to the mobile phone to a local Lloyds branch that confirmed it is not a message issued by them.



Sky Protect Insurance (Phone Call)


Caller: Claimed she was called Zara from Sky Protect Insurance, provided a call back number of 0203 8077*** this has been checked with Sky and is incorrect, this is an unrecognised London number. Calling this could sign you up to a worthless expensive policy. The official Sky number is an 0800 number.




Residential Garage Burglary


A garage has been broken into overnight on the 20th in Hamwood Close, WSM. The owner was notified by a neighbour who noticed the garage door was open and closed it assuming it had blown open due to the wind. Upon inspection it became apparent that an offender had gained access and had stolen a Trek Mountain bike in Black (Front and Rear tyres are different) and a rare specialised bike with a Red Carbon fibre Chrome frame.


Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221014350 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Thank you for your support.


Attachments: sheds-and-garages



Covid Scam (Fake Text)


Trading Standards and some of our Neighbourhood Watch Schemes have made us aware of a scam being used by criminals. A text message, claiming to be from the NHS, is going around asking you to register to receive the immunisation, but which also asks for your personal information and debit/credit card details.


The vaccination is only available on the NHS, and you will not have to pay for it.


At the moment local surgeries are arranging appointments, and they will not ask your for any bank or credit card details. Attachments: covid-19-scam



Can you help us find this jewellery’s rightful owner?


We’re appealing for help to identify the rightful owners of a quantity of jewellery.


Operation Remedy officers seized the items on Wednesday 16 December as part of their ongoing activity tackling burglary, drug and knife crime.


The items include stone-set bracelets, necklaces and earrings, two watches and a pair of hoop earrings (pictured), which are all suspected of being stolen in burglaries.


If you have any information which could help to identify the rightful owners, call 101 quoting reference 5220197748.


Attachments: jewellery



Ongoing Amazon Scam Calls


I have been advised this morning that unfortunately one of our members has fallen foul to this scam. They received a call claiming to be from Amazon and that a payment request had been made on their account from a company in London and were they aware of any such transaction?. Clearly not aware, the caller stated they must have been hacked and went through a lengthy procedure at the end of which the member checked their online bank account to find a substantial amount of money had been removed.


Please NEVER give out any personal details to anyone claiming to be from Amazon or any other company that calls you out of the blue. Terminate the call and call back on a number you trust and preferably from a different phone, if this is not possible then wait at least 5 minutes for the line to disconnect.



Garage Burgulary


HILLYFIELDS, WINSCOMBE, sometime between 4pm on Wednesday the 2nd and 6pm on Thursday the 3rd of December, someone has kicked the side door of a garage, to gain entry, 4 mountain bicycles have been stolen. The garage had a ground anchor fitted and the bikes were chained to this, the chain was cut off and left on the floor, It is possible a vehicle was used to transport the bikes away, which may have been parked on the A38, 2 males were seen on CCTV


Battery operated alarms can be purchased for buildings without an electricity supply, which may deter some thieves or alert neighbours,


It is suggested that 10% of the value bike is spent on security and secured when left, we also suggest people register the bike on “BIKEREGISTRY” web site, we have been successful in reuniting bikes back to their owners through this site,


When reporting a crime or giving information through Crimestoppers, No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to a police officer.


If you have any information regarding this incident, contact the Police on 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, or via their online form.


Please quote Reference number 5220272221



Find out the coronavirus restrictions in your local area.


As we have just come out of the 2nd National Lockdown, Somerset has emerged into a 2 tier system.


The below link provides some useful information. All you need to do is follow the link, scroll down and insert your postcode, click find, then click on "Find out what the Tier rules are" in green.


I hope this is useful. https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-local-restrictions 



Telephone Fraud Alert (Important)


Two elderly residents in the Clevedon area have been the subject of serious fraud. Both received telephone calls today, 2nd December, stating they were police officers - one from Luton and the other allegedly from Bristol. The supposed officers were very persistent and even asked one of the victims to call 191 to check their identity with a colleague. This was a clever ploy, as the line had not been disconnected and the phone was merely handed to an accomplice.


In both instances they were asked to attend their banks, and were advised by the fake police that they could get around the security measures / questions. On arrival the victims withdrew thousands of pounds between them, which was later collected from their homes by a courier. A password was given by the fraudster to use when handing the money over to the courier to make it even more convincing.


This type of fraud can occur anywhere, so always be wary of unexpected calls. Never give out any personal details, especially financial account numbers or passwords. If you have any concerns, hang up immediately. Contact the bank or organisation they claim to represent using a mobile or different phone in case the offenders are still on the line. Never use any telephone numbers provided by the fraudster. Police will never ask you to attend you bank or withdraw cash.


November 2020 NHW Updates

Posted on 19th November, 2020



HMRC Scam Emails


We have kindly been made aware of a couple recent scam emails that are again going around claiming to represent HMRC. The attached file is for your information and awareness and will show you what to look out for, but as a rule HMRC will not give money away unless it has been claimed for.


Also do please be aware of any unexpected email that suggests you may have had a failed delivery, particularly this time of year and never part with any personal information. Stay safe.


Attachments: scam-emails-hmrc.pdf



COVID-19 Patrols in place as second lockdown comes in


Please see the attached document, which details some of the 41 reports of COVID-19 legislation breaches across the Avon and Somerset policing area from Wednesday 4th to Thursday 5th November, both before and after the new lockdown regulations came into force. There is also a link to the government website which has the most up-to-date information at the bottom of the attached file. (Blue Highlighted Text)


Attachments: covid-19-patrols-in-place-as-second-lockdown-comes-in.pdf



Somerset: Security Tips for Closed Business Premises & Home Working.


As we will enter a second Covid-19 National lock down tomorrow, Thursday 5th November, please find attached some security tips for members who are business owners. These can help you secure your property both at work and at home.


Attachments: security-tips-for-closed-business-premises.pdf




Can you help us identify this man?


We’re releasing a CCTV image of a man we’d like to identify following a GBH in Weston-super-Mare. A man in his 40s sustained a broken arm and fractured ribs when he was assaulted outside Sass Bar on South Parade following an argument with a group of young people.


The incident happened at about 1am on Saturday, 10 October.


The victim was pushed to the floor by a man described as white, aged in his late teens/early 20s, of slim build, with short dark hair which was shaved around the sides but longer on top. He was wearing a maroon coloured short sleeved t-shirt, black trousers which had white piping down the side of the legs and black shoes.


Anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV image is asked to call 101 and provide the call handler with the reference 5220210786.


You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111or via their Anonymous Online Form.


No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.



Crime Figures Updated


Please follow the link below to access your local Beat Team web page, simply insert your post code in the address bar at the top where it says "Start typing your address", then select your address.


Scroll to the bottom of the page where it shows "Beat Crime Statistics"  



See September and October 2020 Updates

Police Coronavirus Recovery Survey

Posted on 14th September, 2020


"This has been a difficult year for everyone and we have a unique opportunity to re-evaluate the policing services we are delivering and ensure that the voices of local people are heard in that process.


Help us understand what matters most in your community by completing our survey. Your feedback will help us ensure Avon and Somerset Police are focusing money and resources in the right areas of policing.


We are collecting this information to help shape and inform our services and no personal data will be collected or stored."


The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete.



See also:

September and October 2020 NHW Updates

Posted on 9th September, 2020


Telephone Scams


We have seen a vast increase in the number of telephone scams in recent weeks from fraudsters claiming to be from HMRC, TV Licencing, Amazon, Utility Companies and many others. What do most of these have in common? When they call you be it an automated call or a person on the phone, most will eventually ask you to press number 1 on your keypad to be connected to a particular department (Please do not do this).


Why did that department not contact you in the first instance? Because they need you to press 1. The most likely outcome is you will be connected to a premium rate phone line charging an extortionate rate for absolutely nothing at all.


Please take care and be wary of any unexpected phone calls.


If you receive a call and you think it is fraudulent then please report it to Action Fraud at this link




Latest Penalty Charge Scam emails


We have been sent copies of the latest Penalty Charge Scam emails (see attached). Although these can look official, they are designed to panic recipients into making a quick payment with the threat of the “fine” being quadrupled in a few days.


There are some simple checks you can make to ensure that you are getting genuine emails: 1. Is the email from an official email address? This one originates in Morocco and has a personal email address. geomedia.ma


2. Is the email written with good grammar and spelling? the date and timestarted below


3. Is it correctly spaced?


4. Does it state exactly where the “offence” took place?


5. Are you able to contact them? 0343 222 3331 temporarily unavailable


6. NEVER click on any links in the email


Attachments: penalty-charge-scam-email.pdf




Operation Drive Insured 2020


Please read the attached document, which gives information about our latest campaign, Operation Drive Insured 2020, which runs between Monday 26 October to Sunday 1 November. This campaign illustrates the impact uninsured drivers can have on people’s wellbeing. Some drivers knowingly driver without insurance, but are you mistakenly uninsured?


Attachments: operation-drive-insured-2020.pdf




PCC launches poll to seek views on police enforcement of coronavirus regulations.


Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens has launched a one-question poll to understand local people’s views on police enforcement of the regulations set out by Government to reduce the spread of Coronavirus. Please see the attached document for more information and how to register your view.


Attachments: police-enforcement-covid-19-survey.pdf




Drone used as officers recover stolen farming equipment in Somerset.


Police working as part of Operation Remedy are investigating after stolen farm equipment was recovered overnight using a drone to conduct a search.


Response officers were initially called to reports of a curtain sided lorry loading what was suspected to be a stolen tractor in a lane near Tintinhull, South Somerset at around 8.30pm yesterday (20 October).


The lorry was located heading into Wiltshire on the A303 and a John Deere tractor stolen from Puckington, near Ilminster was found inside. The driver, a 32-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of theft.


The force drone unit was then deployed to conduct a search for a second item suspected to have been stolen. A high value Manitou Telehandler was located hidden within a large hedge and has now been safety returned to its owner.


Stolen farming equipment hidden in a hedge was located using a drone and then recovered by officers, as shown in the body worn video footage here.


DI Scott Chadwick, investigating, said: “This is a fantastic example of how the use of technology, in combination with intelligence provided to us by the local community, can help us respond to suspected crimes in progress.


“We’re delighted to be able to return the stolen farming property to its owner so they can continue their essential work.


“We continue to urge anyone that spots any suspicious activity to report it to police on 101. If it is an emergency or you witness a crime in progress, please call 999.”


Anyone with information relating to this specific incident is asked to call 101, quoting reference 5219206787.


If you can help, please call 101and give the call handler the reference number 5219206787 You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111or via their Anonymous Online Form.


No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.






National campaign launched to prevent romance fraud


Police forces across the country are working together to fight romance fraud after a 26% increase in reports to the police and Action Fraud.


In one year, scammers are estimated to have stolen over £66 million. Please see the attached document for more information on how to prevent this crime.


Remember, as one victim said: “When Romance turns to Finance – Beware!”


Attachments: romance-fraud.pdf




Rogue trader warning after Weston-super-Mare couple lose £2,000


I wanted to share the below message with you all, as although this occurred in and around Weston-Super-Mare, this could happen in any of our NHW areas at any time.




Homeowners are being warned to be wary of rogue traders following an incident in Weston-super-Mare.


A couple, aged in the 70s and 80s, contacted a firm they found on a price comparison website offering a guttering cleaning service.


Two men turned up in a van at a property in the Hillside area of town at approximately 10.30am on Monday 7 September.


After inspecting the guttering, they told the couple the roof also required fixing before quoting a price of £3,500 for the job. They claimed to need a £2,000 cash payment to purchase materials, before returning to carry out the work.


Having received the cash, they left and never returned to the address.


Both men were white. One was described as wearing a dark black stretcher style earring with very short dark hair. The other appeared older and spoke with Irish accent.


Enquiries have been carried out and show a vehicle we are hoping to track down as part of our investigation. The van is described as being a white Ford Transit, with roof bars and a side bar. Following this incident, residents are encouraged to take note of the following crime prevention advice, particularly regarding being alert to rogue traders and distraction burglaries:


•Never open the door to an unexpected caller until you’ve checked their identification – use a door chain or viewer, intercom or a ‘smart’ doorbell. Genuine callers expect it.


•If you’re not sure, don’t open the door.


•Never agree to have work done or part with money on your doorstep and ideally get written quotes from at least two traders for any work. Always agree a start and finish date and agree a price before any work starts on your home.


•If you are suspicious of a caller tell us straight away – ring 999 if you feel threatened or intimidated, otherwise call 101.


•Store any high value items such as jewellery, passports and cash in a properly secured and hidden safe or bank vault.


•Keep windows and doors secured if you’re not in the room and never keep large sums of money in the house.


•If you see someone calling door-to-door, but only on frail or elderly neighbours, call 999 straight away.


•Ask a trusted neighbour to help you deal with unexpected callers.


•Look out for vulnerable and elderly neighbours and make sure they know what to do when they receive an unexpected caller.


•Join Neighbourhood Watch.


•If you think you’ve been deceived, are concerned about a trader or have any doubts call 101 or Citizens Advice Consumer Services.


Anyone who can help with our investigation, recognises seeing the van photographed or has experienced a similar incident, is asked to call 101 and give reference number 5220203810. Attachments: transit.pdf




Renewed appeal for man missing for two months.


We’re renewing our appeal to trace Lawrence Kemp from Glastonbury who has now been missing for more than two months.


Officers are increasingly concerned for the welfare of Lawrence, who was reported missing on Monday night, 3 August.


He has left home without his wallet, bank cards, cash, motorbike or van. He hasn’t been in touch with family members since late on Saturday night, 1 August and hasn’t been into work, which is out of character.


Lawrence is 32 years old, white, about 170cm (5ft 8ins) tall and slim with a shaven head and a bushy brown beard. He has a tattoo on his right forearm that says “Fear kills happiness” and a tongue piercing. When last seen he was wearing a bright blue checked shirt with a lighter blue T shirt underneath.


The last confirmed sighting of him is in the early hours of Sunday 2 August in Benedict Street, Glastonbury.


Specialist police teams have carried out searches in and around Glastonbury, supported by dog handlers and a drone operator, but have found no trace.


His family have said: “Lawrence’s disappearance is highly out of character. As a family we are beyond worried, and are desperate to know if he is safe and well. He is a much loved son, brother, uncle and brother-in-law, who we are all used to seeing at least weekly. “Lawrence’s nephews and nieces are concerned and struggling to understand why and where he has gone, they miss him terribly. Please if anyone knows anything tell the police or Missing People charity.”


Lawrence, if you see this, please call your family, or ring 101. Everyone just wants to know that you are safe.


If you know where Lawrence is now, call 999 quoting reference 5220174041, or ring 101 with any other information




Attempted Residential Burglary.


A property in Banwell Road, Locking, WSM has been the subject of an attempted burglary on the 26th at 3:30am. Two male offenders wearing hooded tops had attempted to kick in the door of the property but without success.


You can contact the Police on 101 quoting Reference number: 5220219447 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you for your support.




Crime Figures Updated


The crime have figures have just been updated on the local beat pages and can be found at the link below, as usual please insert your postcode to find details relevant to your area. You can also look at neighbouring areas should you wish.


Below the crime figures is a contact the team section, but this is for NON Emergencies.




County Lines week of action leads to 16 arrests across Avon and Somerset


‘County Lines’ is a term used to describe how gangs in large cities export drugs to smaller areas of the country. The criminals will exploit young people or vulnerable residents and may even take over their home to use as a base, known as ‘cuckooing’.


Please read the attached document to hear about the results of the national week of action against County Lines drug dealing and the exploitation of vulnerable people.


Attachments: county-lines-week-of-action.pdf




Attempted Residential Burglary.


A property in Banwell Road, Locking, WSM has been the subject of an attempted burglary on the 26th at 3:30am. Two male offenders wearing hooded tops had attempted to kick in the door of the property but without success.


You can contact the Police on 101 quoting Reference number: 5220219447 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you for your support.




Victim stories of County Lines drug dealing


You may have heard the words “County Lines” used in many interviews with police and politicians and in news reports, but do you know how it can affect people’s lives?


The attached document tells the stories of some of the victims of this crime and also gives hints on how to spot the signs of “cuckooing”, when the homes and lives of people are taken over by criminals.


Attachments: county-lines-drug-dealing.pdf




Missing teenager found safe in Taunton


A missing teenager from Somerset has been found safe and well.


Ozzy Parsons, 16, was located by police in Taunton on Monday 14 September.


We’d like to thank everyone who assisted our enquiries by providing information and sharing our appeal.





HM Courts & Tribunals Service Scam


We have been made aware very recently of a new scam.


An email is titled HM Courts & Tribunals Services and will state in the subject "Your Fixed Penalty Notice Ref:" followed by a series of numbers.


In the actual email itself it will explain the total cost is £25 with a delivery date of 7am to 7pm.


The location for the supposed offence simply states "United Kingdom"


I have attached a copy of the scam I received earlier to familiarise yourselves, the "Click here to Pay" link has been deactivated.


Please, if you receive this in your inbox do not fall for it and advise others that may be unaware.


Attachments: penalty-charge-notice-scam



Police, camera, action, as open day goes virtual.


Due to the current virus situation, this years’ very popular Open Day is going online. Please see the attached document for details on what will be shown online from Sunday 20 September.


Attachments: open-day-goes-viral



PCC calls out to local people to share their views on policing.


Do you have thoughts on your local police service?


Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens wants to hear your views about police and crime services in your community.


Please see the attached document and follow the link to take the survey, which will help us understand which issues matter most to you.


Take the survey. Attachments: pcc-calls-out-to-local-people-to-share-their-views-on-policing and New link



HMRC Scams (Ongoing - Remain Alert)


Fraudsters continue to contact residents claiming to be from HMRC (the Tax Office) claiming that they owe money and that an arrest warrant will be issued if they don’t hand over payment.


A Keynsham resident received a voicemail asking them to call back on a certain number, and when the resident called he was told that he owed money to HMRC and that he would be sent to court if he didn’t pay. The victim was told to purchase Amazon gift cards as the tax office was closed due to the Covid-19 virus and they couldn’t accept debit card payment. Sadly these were purchased and the codes and reference numbers were handed over during another call at significant cost, furthermore I have just been notified of a similar incident in Cheddar, however this time the Scam was spotted by a Neighbourhood Watch member.


These offenders are very convincing, using the fear of arrest to panic their victims into handing over payment for the non-existing debts. They may give passwords and fake identity names and “badge” numbers.


Be assured that HMRC will never telephone you threatening court proceedings as a first contact, and they certainly don’t take gift cards as a means of payment. If you receive one of these calls, hang up immediately. If you are concerned contact your local tax office using a phone number from previous printed communication or from the phonebook. Never use a phone number provided by the scammer.



WANTED: New PCSOs to join Avon and Somerset Police


Avon and Somerset Police launched a campaign to recruit new Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) on Thursday 3 September. Please distribute the attached document as widely as possible. It gives more information on this interesting and rewarding career.


Attachments: wanted-new-pcsos




Theft from a Motor Vehicle.


A car has been broken into overnight on the 30th whilst parked in Meadow Croft, Hutton. The vehicle was parked on the roadside when the offender managed to gain entry via the doors, however no damage has been caused and once inside a couple of socket sets and work holdall together with a number of Spanners / Ratchets and Torque sockets have been stolen.


You can contact the Police on 101 quoting Reference number: 5220197861 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you for your support.



See August 2020 Updates


NHW August 2020 Updates

Posted on 27th August, 2020


Crime Figures Updated


The Crime figures have now been updated on the local beat pages. As always you can follow the below link and simply insert your postcode to take you to your local beat area, you can also check neighbouring beat areas. https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/your-area/




Missing person appeal to find Ozzy Parsons.


We’re asking the public to help us in our ongoing search to find missing Ozzy Parsons.


Ozzy, from Somerset, was last seen at about 1.15pm on Saturday 15 August.


He was wearing at the time a red faded Nike bottoms, a black raincoat with a green camouflage print on the shoulders/hood and a grey Adidas backpack.


He is said to be about 5ft 8ins, slim and has blonde hair.


We believe Ozzy, 16, is known to have links to Taunton, Reading and the Lewisham and Camden areas of London.


We’d ask Ozzy to get in touch if he sees this appeal to let us know he is safe.


Anybody who sees him is asked to call 999 and give reference number 5220185014. If you know where he could be, call 101 and give the call-handler the same reference number.



Rogue Traders / Gardeners (Tree Specialists)


We have been made aware that there has been a sharp increase in calls relating to bogus “Tree Specialists” who have been preying on the older population within our communities, offering to carry out gardening work. Several residents are reported to have paid vast sums of money for poor quality work to the so called "Specialists" who have also taken the money and never returned to complete the work.


There are a few things that you should be wary of before allowing anyone into your home or garden.


1. Did they put a leaflet through your door claiming to offer discounts for OAPs?


2. Do they offer 20 / 30 / 40 % off for calling within a particular time scale of receiving your leaflet?


3. Do they offer Tree work and then claim to offer a host of other services seemingly unrelated?


4. Does it look like a professionally printed leaflet?


5. If you speak to an operator, do not be bullied into committing to their services or an appointment.


6. If they are in your home, phone a friend and ask them to come round.


7. You can ask them to leave at any point during their sales pitch.


These are just a few points to look out for, but the best rule to go by is that if you require any work you should find the person yourself or go by the recommendation of others that you trust.


There are plenty of websites that can steer you in the right direction to find the right company.


And of course there are some genuine, honest companies so make an informed decision, but remember:


“If you’re not sure, don’t open the door”



TV Licence Scams.


I am sure we have all received an email claiming to be from TV Licensing at some point in the past, but this is one scam that appears to keep on going.


One of our members has recently emailed me with a slightly new version of this scam and I have decided to share this with you to make you aware of what to look out for. The email has been sanitised to protect the members identity. I have placed a couple of obvious pointers on there for your information.


On the attached document is some additional useful information provided by the Age UK website. Attachments: latest-tv-licence-scam



Important Scam Update


This morning one of our Coordinators has kindly advised us that another of their members received an automated telephone call claiming to be from Amazon stating that they had opened an Amazon Prime Account.


They are then told if they wish to cancel they should press 1 on their keypad.


The call is then transferred to a fraudster posing as an Amazon operative who will then advise them the purchase went through as a result of a “Security Flaw” on their computer.


They will then ask for remote access to your computer to “rectify this problem”, this is to steal your personal information.




The helpful guidance attached has been sourced from the Genuine Amazon Website:


Attachments: how-do-i-know



Rogue Traders (Let's get ahead of them)


There have been numerous reports of rogue traders throughout the South Gloucestershire area during the last two days. Two males have called on a resident of Bredon, Yate, offering to repair damage to the roof for £800 which was rejected, although it was agreed that the pair would clean the guttering for £180. The suspects then left after 5 minutes, after asking the resident to sign some form of document.


An elderly male was approached by a male as he walked along Quarry Road in Alveston. The suspect claimed that he had done work for the victim before, but fortunately an off-duty police officer noticed what was going on and the offender walked off when the officer approached.


Another vulnerable resident was stopped by a male on Alcacia Road in Staple Hill who said that he had done work for her before and asked if she wanted anything else done. The female said that she needed some damp work done and the offender said he wanted some money in advance to buy some materials. Fortunately the resident remembered that he hadn’t done any work for her before so refused to hand over any money.


We have sent messages previously about cold callers and doorstep traders, but we now want to extend that warning to include anyone who approaches people asking for work and claiming that they know you, or have worked for you in the past.


Always use traders who have been recommended to you by someone you trust. Get a written quote on headed notepaper and never pay in cash. Be wary of anyone asking if you need any work done or someone who “just happened” to notice that there was some damage they could fix straight away



Appeal to trace two key witnesses following Hutton burglary


We are attempting to trace two people who we believe may be key witnesses to a burglary in North Somerset last week.


Between about 3.15pm and 4.30pm on Wednesday 5 August, a substantial amount of cash, plus jewellery and electrical items were taken from a Chinese takeaway and the adjoining flat on Main Road, Hutton.


Police have conducted house to house enquiries and have obtained dash cam footage taken at the time of the incident.


The footage shows a light blue Hyundai i30 N outside the takeaway at the time of the burglary. It also shows a man walking along the road in the direction of the takeaway and a woman stood outside the takeaway as the Hyundai stops.


We are particularly keen to speak to these individuals as they may have crucial information to assist in our investigation.


If you have any information regarding this incident, contact the Police on 101 quoting reference number 5220175601.


Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, or via their online form. No personal details are taken, and they will never trace your call.


Attachments: key-witnesses-appeal-photo



Renewed appeal for missing Lawrence Kemp from Glastonbury


Police are renewing their appeal and growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a man missing from Glastonbury for almost a week.


Lawrence Kemp hasn't been in touch with family members since late on Saturday night, 1 August, and hasn't been into work, which is out of character.


He is 32 years old, white, about 5ft 8ins (170cm) tall and slim with a shaven head and a bushy brown beard. He has a tattoo on his right forearm and a tongue piercing. The last confirmed sighting of him is in the early hours of Sunday 2 August in Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, when he was wearing a blue checked shirt similar to that in the photo, over a pale blue T-shirt.


He is believed to be using a red and black road bike with a slim frame, narrow tyres and curved handlebars. He is known to cycle to local wooded areas and beauty spots including Glastonbury Tor and Coombe Hill Woods near Street. However he has left home without his wallet, bank cards, cash, motorbike or van.


Lawrence, if you see this, please call your family, or ring 101. We just want to know that you are safe.


If you know where Lawrence is now, call 999 quoting reference 5220174041, or ring 101 with any other information.



Appeal for information after several high value bikes stolen in Somerset burglary


We’re seeking the public’s help following a burglary at an address in Priddy, Wells, in which a number of high value mountain bikes were stolen.


The bikes, which were stored in a garage attached to the address, were taken overnight between the hours of 8pm on Monday 3 August and 8am on Tuesday 4 August. The offender(s) removed roof tiles from the garage in order to gain access and open the door from the inside.


Six mountain bikes, thought to be worth around £25,000, were taken in what is believed to be a targeted attack. A chainsaw was also stolen. We’re issuing images of some of the bikes stolen – a LOOK 785 Huez, a specialized P3 and a Deviate Guide Mountain Bike. Please see the attached document.


We’d ask anyone with information that could help with our investigation to call 101, quoting reference 5220174130.


Attachments: stolen-somerset-bikes





MAIN ROAD, HUTTON, near to the junction with SOUTHVIEW CLOSE, between 3:15pm and 4:30pm on Wednesday the 5th of August, a shop and flat above have been broken into, an untidy search was carried out and cash has been stolen, entry was gained via the rear door, exit was the same way,


If you have any information regarding this incident, contact the Police on 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, or via their online form.


No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.


Please quote Reference number 5220175601






SIDCOT, WINSCOMBE, approximately 3am on Monday the 3rd of August, the resident was woken by the alarm sounding, on checking, it was found the family car had a window smashed and the car moved from the front of the garage and the garage door help open by the bins, the sounding of the alarm may have disturbed the intruder, nothing appears to have been stolen.


If you have any information regarding this incident, contact the Police on 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, or via their online form.


No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.


Please quote Reference number 5220173174



Two charged following disorder in Weston-super-Mare


Two men have been charged with a public order offence following a disorder in Weston-super-Mare on the evening of Friday 31 July. The incident happened in the Italian Gardens at around 7pm.


If anyone has information relating to this incident, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5220171472.




Community support helps officers disperse gatherings


We were able to disperse a number of large gatherings across our force area on Saturday 1 August thanks to support from our communities.


Events in Bristol, Bathampton and in Cheddar Gorge were disrupted after members of the public called to inform us they were taking place. It follows recent calls from the force for residents to let us know when events were happening.


We received several reports from 2pm onwards about an unlicensed music event taking place in Dame Emily Park in Bedminster, Bristol, which was attended by several hundred people. Officers attended and engaged with the organisers who agreed to stop the music at 6pm.


Emergency services subsequently received further calls about anti-social behaviour in the park at 9.30pm, with hundreds of people reported standing around a bonfire. Police returned to the park along with the fire service leading to those gathering leaving soon afterwards.


In Bathampton, several calls were made to our non-emergency number 101 about a rave being set up at approximately 11.35pm. Officers engaged with the land owners who did not support the event and additional resources were brought in. A large number of vehicles attempting to arrive were subsequently turned away while a dispersal order was put in place which required those already in attendance to leave.


The local neighbourhood policing team in Cheddar were also called into action when a large number of vehicles started to gather in the Gorge from 3pm onwards. Additional resources were again brought in and officers worked with organisers to bring an end to the event. Several motorists were also issued with individual dispersal notices.


Chief Inspector Nigel Colston said: “Our ability to disrupt large gatherings and raves is significantly enhanced when we have the support of our communities. We’re extremely grateful for the assistance provided to us this weekend which enabled us to take action and bring an end to events which started to frustrate local residents. We hope people appreciate we can’t always charge in to situations to bring them to an early finish and there may well be some disruption until we can safely disperse people from the area.


“All of the events we disrupted this weekend were in motion before officers attended but we were able to negotiate with organisers and participants and encourage them to leave or issue orders requiring them to. The sooner we’re made aware of events taking place the quicker we can act and I’d like to thank all those who called us yesterday to report their concerns, it helped enormously.”


Bleadon Resident Robbed

Posted on 27th August, 2020


A resident has asked that people be made aware that a vulnerable elderly person, who lives Bleadon, was robbed in a nasty way recently.


They bought a few items from a door-to-door seller, that came to £50. The resident then asked the young man to fill in the amount on a cheque, trusted what he wrote, and signed it. Apparently he put £150, not £50, and then cashed it at the bank.


Bleadon became a No Doorstep Trading Village in April 2014, for more info see here

July 2020 NHW Updates

Posted on 27th August, 2020




Monthly Crime Figure Update


As a reminder, we are changing the way we send you the crime figures that you receive every month. In future we invite you to visit https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/your-area/. Simply type in your address in the box at the top of the page you will be taken to your local neighbourhood policing team webpage. This will not only give you the crime figures, but also shows you the members of your local beat team, the local policing priorities and a way of contacting your team. You can also click on a link to see information for other areas of the Avon & Somerset constabulary.


The current figures for June are now available, these are released inline with National figures and as such can and often do take up to 30 days to release.



Police Face Busy Weekend


In a follow-up to the activities of Avon and Somerset Constabulary during the weekend of 17-19 July, please see the attached document to see some of the significant incidents we faced last weekend. Chief Constable Andy Marsh commented on the work of your officers, and how you can help everyone as Covid-19 restrictions are eased.


Attachments: police-face-busy-weekend



Wanted appeal to find Jack Coleman.


Police have issued an appeal to trace a wanted man believed to possibly be in Somerset.


Jack Coleman, 26, is wanted on recall to prison.


He is described as white, with short dark hair, clean shaven, around 6ft and of slim build.


It’s believed that Coleman may be in the Yeovil area.


If you see him please do not approach, call 999 immediately and quote reference number 5220152471. If you have information on his whereabouts that you think may help the police, call 101 and quote the same reference number.




Theft from a Garden Shed.


A garden shed has been broken into in West Rolstone Road, Hewish, WSM on the 21st between 10:30am and 12:15pm. The owner of the shed reported they had gone out between these times and upon returning noticed that the shed had the lock broken off and entry had been gained. Once inside a Blue Mobility Scooter has been stolen from within.


To contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 quoting Reference number: 5220162029 Neighbourhood Watch / Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 Attachments: sheds-and-garages



Chief Constable outlines increasing demand as lockdown eases.


The attached document contains a statement from Chief Constable Andy Marsh, who explains the demand the police faced over the last weekend. Please share this as widely as possible as it provides an insight of some of the things the police have dealt with during just one weekend.


Attachments: chief-constable-outlines-increasing-demand



Somerset Guide to Online Shopping


The current virus situation is just one of the reasons for a huge increase in the number of people doing their shopping online.


ActionFraud has produced a handy guide on how to stay safe when shopping online, and this is attached to this Alert message. Please pass it on to your friends, relatives and neighbours. Attachments: are-you-shopping-online



Update on Weston-super-Mare murder investigation


A provisional trial date has been set for early December for two men accused of the murder of Mikhail Hanid in Weston-super-Mare last month.


Mr Hanid was found seriously injured by officers in Ridgeway Avenue in the early hours of Saturday 27 June. The 47-year-old was taken to hospital in Bristol, but died three days later.


Two men – 30-year-old Samuel Ford and 27-year-old Curtis Ford – have been charged with his murder. They have been remanded in custody and are next due in court on Monday 7 December.


Two men, aged 28 and 31, remain under investigation. No further action is planned following the arrests last month of two other men, aged 30 and 56, in connection with this inquiry.


Detective Chief Inspector James Riccio said: “We continue to investigate what happened but we can confirm we’re reviewing a suggestion since charges were brought that it may have been a racially-motivated incident.


“We would like to reassure everybody that despite this, there is no evidence to suggest there is a heightened risk to any members of the public following this incident. We believe it to be an isolated matter and do not consider Mr Hanid was the victim of a random attack.


“We wish to be as transparent as we possibly can about our enquiries, however as the case is going through the court system, we cannot go into further details at this time for legal reasons as we do not wish to jeopardise the trial, which is provisionally planned for the end of this year.


“We are liaising with SARI and other key partners to assist our local neighbourhood team in managing any concerns within the community arising from what happened a fortnight ago.”


Anyone with information about what happened, and has not yet contacted the police, should call 101 and give reference 5220140603.




Northeast/Somerset Public reminded to report suspicious activity and concerns about vulnerable people


Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cullen is reminding people to report suspicious activity and any concerns they may have about vulnerable people. Please read and distribute the attached document and help keep your area safe.


Attachments: report-suspicious-activity-and-concerns



Scam Automated Phone calls (Visa).


Please be aware that one of our schemes has reported another potential scam. This time an automated call from Visa stating a transaction for £299 to Tesco has been authorised and asking for confirmation. The telephone number that called was 02039 669 829.


Several members have reported to have received the same call already.


Should you receive the same call, simply hang up and notify Action Fraud on this number 0300 123 2040 or report it via their website.




Warning after phone fraud in Somerset costs victim £13,000


People in Somerset are being reminded to be vigilant of telephone fraudsters following several reports of scams in the past fortnight.


We’ve been contacted by one person who lost £13,000, while we’ve received four similar reports this month from others. The five victims live in the area around Chard.


In all five cases the victims received calls from scammers posed as police officers from London. They claimed the victims’ money was at risk from a rogue bank employee and asked them to make a substantial withdrawal from their bank, but not tell staff why they wanted to take out such a large amount of cash. Two of the victims hung up on the call and reported the matter to the police.


The other three victims attended their local bank, but in two cases the bank staff felt the circumstances were suspicious and informed Avon and Somerset Police.


In the third instance, the victim took out £13,000 and left the money to be picked up by a male courier, described as white, 5ft 10ins to 6ft, with messy hair – dirty blond to grey hair in colour – dark trousers, dark grey top, logo on the right side and of medium build, with no discernible accent.


The two victims – both women in their 70s – who were prevented from withdrawing the money by their bank, have issued advice to people who may find themselves in a similar situation.


One said: “My advice would be to discuss it with a family member or talk to someone who is close to you before you proceed.”


The second victim said: “I feel very, very stupid. I feel so small, stupid and pathetic.


“I’ve never come into contact with that side of life so it didn’t occur to me that it might be a scam.”


When asked what advice she would give to others who may find themselves in a similar situation, she replied: “Put the phone down and report it to police.”


Neither the police nor the banks will ask you for banking details or PIN numbers on the phone. Similarly, they would never send a courier to collect bank cards or money.


Our message is – don’t discuss your finances with anyone who calls you out of the blue, even if they claim to be a police officer or a representative from a bank fraud department.


Genuine callers will be happy for you to make an appointment to visit them at a bank branch or police station. They will never ask you to withdraw cash on their behalf; arrange for cash to be collected by a courier; ask for details about your bank card; or ask for the PIN on your card.


If you know someone who may be vulnerable to this type of offence, please speak to them and share our crime prevention tips and remind them of the threat from telephone fraudsters.


People who receive a call on their landline and are asked to contact their local police station or bank to verify the caller’s details ideally need to put the receiver down and not touch it for five minutes, just in case the fraudster has kept the line open. Ensure you have a dialling tone before re-using. Ideally use another phone such as a mobile phone or a neighbour’s phone and use 101 to verify the call.


We would also appeal to taxi drivers who are asked to collect parcels – especially from elderly – to be vigilant and contact us if they are suspicious.


DS Louise Sinclair said: “The trusting nature of elderly and vulnerable victims is often preyed on by criminals who target them.


“Under no circumstances should people withdraw cash from their bank accounts as a result of a telephone call, and if you have received a call like this, or ever do so in the future, please do report it so we can put a stop to this crime.


“I can understand why anyone who has lost money to fraudsters in this way may be reluctant to report it because of feeling ashamed or embarrassed, but there is no need to be. We know how devious and cunning these people are.


“Any legitimate bank employee or police officer would never ask you to withdraw money, transfer it to a different account or send a courier to pick up your money. Bank staff will never ask you to reveal your full banking password or PIN and they would never ask you not to tell bank staff why you are withdrawing money.


“Contact your bank immediately if you think you have fallen victim to a scam and report it to Action Fraud.”


Anyone with information about the incidents in Somerset should call 101 and quote reference 5220128467.


More information on protecting yourself from fraud is available on our website and from Action Fraud.




Residential Garage Burglary & Theft from a Garden Shed.


A garage has been broken into in Leedham Road, Locking on the 20th just before 1am. The informant heard a loud bang closely followed by the sound of the garage door swing open, this was then followed by the sound of footsteps running down the road. A member of the household went out to check what had occurred to find the garage door bent and ripped away from the framework. Nothing has been stolen from within.


If you contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 & quote Reference number: 5220134563 or Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you.


22/06/20 9788 AN010 Theft from a Garden Shed.


A garden shed has been broken into in Shiplate Road Loxton, Bleadon on the 21st at around 3 – 4am. The offender has entered 2 sheds, 1 of which has had the lock cut off to gain entry, once inside nothing has been stolen.


If you contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 & quote Reference number: 5220135449 or Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111






WESTFIELD ROAD, BANWELL, approximately 3am on Sunday the 14th of June, two males both large build and wearing hoodies were seen on CCTV, breaking into a van, power and hand tools have been stolen.


We suggest when leaving a vehicle remove items that are on display, If possible leave the glove box open to show nothing of value has been left make sure the vehicle is locked, it is a laborious task removing items but there will be a cost and an inconvenience in replacing any stolen items and damaged caused.


If you have any information regarding this incident, contact the Police on 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111,


No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.


Please quote Reference number 5220131991




Another Covid-19 Scam


A phone call has very recently been received by one of our members who has reported this to their local coordinator.


The caller stated they were from the NHS track and trace service and according to their system the member had come into close contact with someone who had tested positive for Covid-19, therefore they needed to self-isolate for 7 days and take a Covid-19 test. (First mistake Isolation is 14 Days)


The member queried who this person was and advised this was confidential, but must take the test in 72 hours. The caller asked for the members address and this was provided and was then asked for a payment card and a one off fee of £500 (Second mistake, they will not ask for payment) as there are penalties for not complying.


Fortunately the member spotted this scam and hung up the phone.


It is important to note:


Contact tracers will never:


• ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to us (for example, those starting 09 or 087)


• ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product or any kind


• ask for any details about your bank account


• ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts


• ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone


• disclose any of your personal or medical information to your contacts


• provide medical advice on the treatment of any potential coronavirus symptoms


• ask you to download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else


• ask you to access any website that does not belong to the government or NHS


Guidance on NHS Track and Trace can be found here




Theft & Handling Stolen Goods.


A car parked on the owners driveway in The Chestnuts, Winscombe has had the Catalytic Converter removed at some point between the 6th and 8th. The owner of the vehicle was alerted to the fact when they went out and started the car and it made a strange noise.


If you contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 & quote Reference number: 5220125245 or Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you.


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