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Please read our latest blog posts below and comment on them if you like. If you want to add a new blog topic of your own choosing just email me the content or use the contact page and I will post it asap, please also let me know if you would like to be directly informed of updates via email. You may be also interested in our Community NewsBe Involved, Whats New, Events and Classified/Lost andFound blog pages. Also, please remember that historical posts can be viewed by selecting the drop down menu at the top of the blog home page. 

 

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Police Newsletters (including some old versions) and other usefull advice leaflets.

See blog posts below for latest information and also the links above

Protecting Your Garden and PropertyChristmas Advice LeafletNo Halloween LeafletHalloween Code Advice
2016 Spring Newsletter2016 Autumn Newsletter2017 Spring NewsletterSenior Citizen Liaison Team
2013 - Issue 12013 - Issue 22013 - Issue 32013 - Issue 4
2012 - Issue 1 2012 - Issue 2 2012 - Issue 3 2012 - Issue 4

 

Also National 'Our Watch' Newsletters and information can be found via their Document Library

 

For further details and your street representative please contact:

Lindsey Stone, Somerset Watch Scheme Administrator, Bridgwater Police Station, Northgate, Bridgwater, TA6 3EU lindsey.stone@avonandsomerset.police.uk Tel: 01278 644 799 (old numbers 01823-363348 Fax: 01823-363389)

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Festive Message and Report

Posted on 6th December, 2018

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Festive Message

This message is sent on behalf of Superintendent Mike Prior.

 

2018 has been a challenging year for many and we head towards the end of year with a certain amount of uncertainly for the Country as a whole. Neighbourhood Watch has continued to bring communities together and this is vital in sustaining and making our communities stronger.

 

I am not sure what the weather forecasters have in store for us this Winter, but if last February was anything to go by there will be times when we need to lean on or support our neighbours. We need that spirit all year round and not just in times of strife, again Neighbourhood Watch comes to the fore. My Christmas plans are still “a work in progress” which is modern parlance for I have not round to doing anything yet! I hope your plans are more advanced and that you all have a Merry Christmas and a Peaceful 2019.

 

To view an E-card sent on behalf of the Avon and Somerset Constabulary follow the following link:

https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/christmas-ecard

 

Monthly report - November

CRIME REDUCTION - don't let a thief spoil your festive celebrations. Remember to keep property and possessions secure - whether that is at home, in the car or when you are out shopping. The office has a general leaflet relating to protecting your home and belongings (a link to a pdf version is below) and one with information about protecting your belongings at this time of year. Copies are available from Lindsey at the Watch Scheme Office via telephone on 01278-644799 or replying to this message.

 

https://www.aspolicestaysafe.co.uk/document/protecting-your-home-and-belongings/

 

Beat Surgery:

6 and 20 December at Winscombe Farmers Market from 10am-12noon

19 December at Banwell Country Craft Shop from 10am-11am

 

PACT/Have Your Say - Agenda item at parish council meetings:

6 December - Locking

10 December - Bleadon

 

Below figures relate to the Weston villages beat area (AN010)

48 reports of crime, including:

8 Assault

2 Assault on Police

1 dwelling burglary (+ 0 attempt)

1 non dwelling burglary (+ 0 attempt)

2 criminal damage - property

4 criminal damage - vehicles

3 theft from motor vehicles

1 theft of motor vehicle

0 theft of pedal cycle

0 theft from shops

remainder miscellaneous

Anti Social Behaviour (ASB) - 1 reports across the beat. Call related to drug dealing and a male was arrested as a result.

Various Updates

Posted on 5th December, 2018

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Windows Computer Scam

There has been a reported rise in the ‘Microsoft virus on your computer’ telephone scam.

 

This scam is where the caller is saying your computer has a virus. The caller claims that if the virus is not removed damage will be caused to the computer. The caller will ask the computer owner to access a website provided by the caller and download software to deal with the virus. Doing this will expose the computer to potential risks like; unwanted Malware, computer viruses or allowing remote access to the computer by the caller even after the call has ended.

 

In a recent case where the software was downloaded as per the caller’s instructions the software reported that there were numerous viruses on the computer. The caller askes the computer owner to provide bank details and personal information so that the viruses could be removed.

 

The simple solution is, if you receive a call of this nature or similar nature then end the call immediately.

 

If you have been targeted by a call of this nature and you have followed the caller’s instructions switch off the computer and isolate it from any network and/or the internet. If you have concerns about viruses on your computer consider seeking advice from a trusted computer specialist.

 

For further advice on cyber-crime visit https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/.

Vehicle Crime

Thefts from motor vehicles often increase at this time of year and leading up to the Festive period. Many criminals are tempted by items (both large and small) being left on display in vehicles that are unattended. If possible you are advised not to leave anything on display, whether it is coins for the car park, shopping, a spare coat for inclement weather, work tools or paperwork - unfortunately it is all tempting to the criminal.

 

Even if they do not steal anything of value - there is the inconvenience and expense of reparations to your vehicle.

 

Always make sure that vehicle windows and doors are kept secure whenever unattended, even when leaving a vehicle open/unlocked when unattended for a short time.

 

Keep car keys in a safe placed at home - away from windows and doors, preferably in a locked cupboard or cabinet.

Somerset

Message sent on behalf of the Police & Crime Commissioner:

 

Residents across the Avon and Somerset Constabulary area are being asked whether they are prepared to pay an additional £1 a month towards policing from April, 2019.

 

Last year the Government unexpectedly gave all Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) across the country the flexibility to raise the policing part of the council tax by £1 a month for the average band D household.

 

Sue Mountstevens is hoping that PCCs will be given that flexibility again this year, she said: “With last year’s £1 rise we were able to start an ambitious programme of recruitment and commit to employing up to 300 police officers. We were also able to protect neighbourhood policing, the police officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in your local area, all thanks to your support for the rise.

 

“The Chief Constable and I have agreed that next year’s focus will concentrate on serious violence. The threat from serious and organised crime has changed rapidly, increasing in both volume and complexity and preying on the most vulnerable in society.

 

“If we are able to increase the policing part of the council tax by £1 a month next year and the Government grant for policing stays the same and there are no additional surprises we are committed to a new focus on burglary and drugs. We must continue to dismantle the recruitment of vulnerable young people into ‘county lines’ drugs gangs. It’s clear that this leads to an increase in knife-crime and serious violence, including stabbings and gang-related disorder and it must be tackled and given the right resources.

 

“I absolutely recognise that any increase in household bills will be felt by residents and it’s not easy to keep asking local people to contribute to the issues that we are facing in policing and as a society. It’s really important that residents tell me what they would be prepared to pay. These are difficult decisions and I need to be sure that I have heard from as many local people as possible.”

 

Sue Mountstevens is asking for people’s views in an online survey on her website http://www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk which closes at midnight on January 14, 2019.

Court Update

Six men from Bristol and Weston-Super-Mare have been jailed for a total of more than nine years for conspiracy to supply cannabis. The men were handed the jail sentences on Friday (October 19) at Bristol Crown Court following a police operation that uncovered a conspiracy to sell 8kg of cannabis. More than £12,000 of cash was also seized during the investigations.

 

The operation identified a wholesale cannabis supply line from Bristol into Weston-Super-Mare. There were ten exchanges between January and March this year.

 

A Proceeds of Crime Act hearing will take place in relation to several of the defendants to seize any proceeds of crime that may have been of benefit to their lifestyles.

Awards

Be Proud Nominations now open

 

The annual Be Proud Awards recognise and reward those hard working police men and women who go above and beyond every day to make the communities of Avon and Somerset a safer place. Every person who works or volunteers within the Constabulary play a role in helping to ensure to be safe and feel safe, and this event aims to highlight the exemplary work of those individuals. The nomination form is available on the Be Proud Awards website https://www.beproudawards.com/

To obtain a paper copy, telephone please call 01278-646188.

Closing date for nominations is 27 January 2019.

 

PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “Opening the nominations for this year’s Be Proud Awards really is an honour. Every year we see examples of dedication, passion, enthusiasm and bravery from all aspects of the constabulary and to be able to recognise and reward those people is humbling. I urge you to nominate those people who make a difference within our communities. Those who keep our communities strong; who put their own safety last; who work day and night to protect us all and whose sole intentions are to keep us safe. I always look forward to reading these nominations and with yet another year of large scale operations, hugely popular events and day to day incidents, I’m sure the calibre will be exceptionally high as always.”

 

The awards recognise the outstanding work of our policing service in the following categories: Neighbourhood Officer of the Year, Response Officer of the Year, Investigator of the Year, Police Staff Member of the Year, Police Support Volunteer of the Year, Special Constable of the Year, Specialist Operations Award and Policing Team of the Year.

 

Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: “Last year’s Be Proud Awards were a huge success and this was down to the high standard of nominations and fantastic winners we were able to recognise. Many officers, staff, volunteers and special constables don’t perceive what they do as anything other than just their job, and that’s what makes these awards so special. I am proud to work amongst people who work so hard day in day out to support victims, bring justice to offenders and support our communities. Every nomination submitted means another person gets the recognition they deserve, and it’s brilliant to see the proud faces of their family, friends and colleagues when they receive their award. I hope that you will submit your nominations and help us to recognise our policing heroes.”

 

An independent panel will select winners across the policing areas and an awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at Cadbury House Hotel, where an overall winner for each category will be announced.

Autumn Newsletter

Please find attached to this message the latest edition of the Watch Schemes Newsletter for your information. It includes items from senior officers and crime reduction information which can be passed on to your members.

 

Paper copies of this document can be supplied if necessary but only on the basis of one per 5 households registered to your scheme – if you have previously asked to be placed on our mailing list for this publication then your paper copies are on their way to you.

 

If you have any queries, or wish to order any of the crime reduction items, please do not hesitate to contact Lindsey at the Watch Schemes office on 01278-644799.

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If you have information about suspicious incidents or activity please telephone the police on the general number 101 or contact via the website link https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact-us/ 

 

NHW August 18 Monthly Report

Posted on 5th September, 2018


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FOR INFORMATION - Please remember to ensure that your property is secure. Doors and windows should be kept closed and locked whenever possible - this is an important tool in helping to prevent `walk-in' style burglaries and costs nothing but a little time.

 

Following is a link to more security advice: https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-advice/protecting-your-home-and-property/ensure-your-property-is-secure 

 

PACT/Have Your Say - agenda item at parish council meetings including:

6 September, Locking

10 September, Bleadon

17 September, Banwell

24 September, Winscombe

 

Beat Surgery - Winscombe Farmers market on 20 September from 10am-12noon.

 

MONTHLY REPORT – August

 

Below figures relate to the Weston villages beat area (AN010)

290 calls to the police from members of the public in the beat area

46 reports of crime, including:

6 Assault

0 Assault on Police

2 dwelling burglary (+ 1 attempt)

3 non dwelling burglary (+ 0 attempt)

2 criminal damage - property

1 criminal damage - vehicles

3 theft from motor vehicles

1 theft of motor vehicle

2 theft of pedal cycle

0 theft from shops

 

Remainder miscellaneous

 

Anti Social Behaviour (ASB) - 11 reports across the beat.

 

If you have information about suspicious incidents or activity please telephone the police on the general number 101 or contact via the website link https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact-us/

Vulnerable Victim Frauds

Posted on 15th August, 2018

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This message is put out at the request of the police's corporate communications department following a spate of vulnerable victim frauds. There are a number of `stories' that are used, one describes being from the NCA investigating the bank, others refer to errors on computers etc.

 

Scammers are quick-witted and their stories are very convincing. We urge you to read this advice from @GetSafeOnline and start a conversation with older relatives, neighbours and friends to make sure they are confident to say no to #TelephoneScams https://www.getsafeonline.org/protecting-yourself/telephone-banking-fraud/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialSignIn

 

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If you have information about suspicious incidents or activity please telephone the police on the general number 101 or contact via the website link https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact-us/

Public Appeal Successful

Posted on 13th August, 2018

 

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Following a recent public appeal, police have now identified next-of-of-kin for the man whose body was found in a tent off the A370 near Weston-super-Mare. 

 

 

It follows a great response from the public to an appeal that was issued.

 

 

PC Andy Henderson said: “I’d like to thank all those who called in with information after seeing our appeal. 

 

 

“We had struggled to track the man’s next-of-kin down but we have now managed to speak to them and put them in touch with the coroner. 

 

 

“We will now continue to provide them with support while the formal identification process takes place.”

 

If you have information about suspicious incidents or activity please telephone the police on the general number 101 or contact via the website link https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact-us/

Police Assistance Required

Posted on 10th August, 2018

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Police appealing for the public’s help to identify the next-of-kin of a man whose body was found in a tent off the A370 near Weston-super-Mare. The man’s body was located on 15 August last year and despite extensive enquiries we’ve been unable to confirm his identity.

 

Inside the tent were a newspaper dated August 2016 and a driving licence and birth certificate.

 

Investigating officer PC Andy Henderson said:

 

“This is a really sad case of a man who appears to have been sleeping rough and whose death seems to have gone unreported.

 

“It would appear he had been dead for up to a year before he was found and due to the condition of the remains it has been extremely difficult to establish for certain who he is. Based on the documentation found, we believe the man to be called Peter Thomas Harrison who was born in Birmingham and would either have been aged 59 or 60 when he died. We also believe he was a driver by trade and had spent recent years in and around the Weston-super-Mare area.

 

Police would rather his next-of-kin not find out about his death in this manner but feel strongly that given the length of time, it is important they know."

 

If you are the man's next-of-kin, or have any information which could us identify them, please contact Investigations via 101 providing the call handler with the reference 5217187006.

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If you have information about suspicious incidents or activity please telephone the police on the general number 101 or contact via the website link https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact-us/

Emergency Services Open Day Sunday 16 Sept

Posted on 27th July, 2018

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This is an important message to those of you who still wish to book tickets for the Emergency Services Open Day on Sunday 16 September at Police and Fire HQ Portishead.

 

The previous round of tickets made available were snapped up via the on-line booking system in only 3 minutes.

 

There will be 2 more issues of tickets and we expect them to be just as popular. These will be released on the following dates:

 

At 1pm on 8 August, and

At 7pm on 28 August

 

The link to book these tickets is: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/emergency-services-open-day-2018-tickets-45970002515

 

PLEAE NOTE - This is a ticketed event only and you will need a valid ticket to attend.

Summer Newsletter

Posted on 8th June, 2018

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This message is sent with the following attachments which you are welcome to forward/copy for your members:

 

Neighbourhood Watch newsletter for Summer 2018

Letter from ACC Stephen Cullen

 

If you have previously requested paper copies of the newsletter, these will be forwarded to you very shortly.

 

If you wish to be added to the list for paper copies of the newsletter please contact Lindsey at the NHW office (01278-644799) who will arrange this for you – please note paper copies of this publication are produced on the basis of 1 per 5 households registered to your scheme.

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Bleadon Burglary

Posted on 16th May, 2018

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During the morning of 11 May a burglary occurred at Celtic Way, Bleadon. Entry gained by forcing open a UPVC door. Search was made inside and jewellery items stolen.

 

If you have information about suspicious incidents or activity please telephone the police on the general number 101 or contact via the website link https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact-us/

Police Misconduct Hearing Panels

Posted on 1st May, 2018

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The Avon and Somerset Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC), Sue Mountstevens, wishes to appoint some additional independent persons to sit on Misconduct Hearing Panels. Hearings take place when there is a case to answer for Gross Misconduct against a Police Officer and this is part of an open and transparent disciplinary process. The purpose of the independent person’s role is to provide an independent and impartial voice as one of three people who sit on a Misconduct Panel and to assist the Panel in coming to a fair and evidence-based judgement about a Police Officer’s conduct in deciding on an appropriate sanction.

 

To download an application pack please visit https://www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/Take-Part/Job-Opportunities.aspx or contact the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner on 01275 816377. Closing date for applications is 12noon on 1 June 2018.