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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.

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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.

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

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The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete.

 

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NHW September 2020 Updates

Posted on 9th September, 2020

 

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

 

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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.

 

 

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/

 

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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.

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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”

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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

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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.

 

NEVER ALLOW ANYONE TO REMOTELY ACCESS YOUR PERSONAL COMPUTER IF THEY HAVE CONTACTED YOU.

 

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

 

Attachments: how-do-i-know

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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NON DWELLING BURGLARY

 

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

 

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BURGLARY

 

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

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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.

 

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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

NHW July 2020 Updates

Posted on 27th August, 2020

 

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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.

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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

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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.

 

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 

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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

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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THEFT FROM VEHICLE

 

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

 

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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

 

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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.

 

Attachments: catalytic-converter-theft-prevention

 

 

Track and Trace Scam

Posted on 10th June, 2020

COVID19 Track & Trace 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

 

Other COVID Specific Scams can be found here

 

See also Check your mobile phone for a Track and Trace API

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UPDATE 05 JUN 2020: 

Loft Insulation Scam Warning – Important Update

 

We have received numerous calls following the Alert message about the Loft Insulation Scam which was sent on Friday the 29th May. In future, we would like to ask all recipients of this message to contact ActionFraud directly if they receive one of these calls. You can report this by contacting them on 0300 123 2040 between 8am and 8pm, Monday to Friday.

 

Alternatively you can email them at: contact@actionfraud.police.uk

Keeping Children Safe Online

Posted on 19th May, 2020

 

UPDATE 29 MAY 2020:

 

Somerset Loft Insulation Scam Warning

 

Numerous residents in the Somerset area have reported that they have received telephone calls from individuals who claim to be from government funded companies and that they needed to make an appointment so they could inspect their loft insulation.

 

A check online reveals that there have been reports from residents all over the country who have had similar calls, so it is highly likely that this is a scam and your area could be approached soon.

 

Always be wary of any cold callers, whether in person, by email or by phone. Never give out any personal details, especially financial information. If you have any concerns, hang up and contact the company or business the caller claims to represent using a telephone number from a phone book or old invoice or letter. You should always wait at least five minutes before making this call as the fraudster may still be on the line. If possible, use a different phone such as a mobile.

 

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

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Appeal: Can you help us find out how a woman came by a head injury?

 

We’re asking for help after a woman was found with a head injury in Weston-super-Mare.

 

The woman became separated from her friend and was seen near Charlie’s Chippy, and soon afterwards outside the Grand Pier area, at about 6.20pm on Wednesday 20 May.

 

She was found by police officers almost 12 hours later, at 6.15am on Thursday 21 May, in Marchfields Way, with CCTV showing her coming from the Bournville area.

 

We’re now trying to piece together her movements between those times.

 

The woman is described as white, in her 50s, with a South African accent. She wore a black top, a short black skirt and was barefoot having left her shoes on the beach. She may have appeared disoriented or unsteady.

 

She’s now recovering at home. We want to hear from you if you saw or spoke with her, or saw her with anyone.

 

If you can help, please call 101and give the call handler the reference number 5220110000 You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111or via their Anonymous Online Form.

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UPDATE: 26 MAY 2020

 

Somerset Wide: Alert over thefts from vans – North Somerset and Bristol

 

We’re investigating after the occupants of a dark-coloured BMW car were reported as being involved in thefts and attempted thefts from vans in North Somerset and South Bristol.

 

There were four incidents on Saturday night, 16 May:

 

•the first happened at about 10.13pm in Aspen Park, Weston-super-Mare. A witness reported disturbing men who made off in a car. Officers attended and found that three Vauxhall Vivaro vans in the street had been tampered with. Two were damaged but nothing had been stolen.

 

•in Wrington Lane, Congresbury, another Vauxhall Vivaro was broken into and tools were stolen. These included Hilti batteries and impact guns and a number of cordless Makita tools. This wasn’t witnessed and was reported on Sunday afternoon but CCTV shows the incident happened at 10.36pm on Saturday night.

 

•just before 11pm officers were called to Chescombe Road, Yatton. A Peugeot van was damaged but had nothing stolen after the men were disturbed by witness.

 

•finally at 11.30pm a Vauxhall Vivaro parked in Westward Road, Bishopsworth, was damaged in an attempt to break into it. Again a witness called officers after seeing someone interfering with the vehicle.

 

We responded to each report on Saturday night. The area was searched for the suspect vehicle with no trace. House-to-house enquiries have been carried out and an alert issued through Neighbourhood Watch.

 

Neighbourhood Sergeant Mark Raby said: “These witnesses did exactly the right thing by calling us immediately to report this suspicious behaviour. We understand the significant impact of this sort of crime on tradespeople’s livelihoods. We’d be keen to hear from anyone with information which could help, especially who recognises the men in the image above, quoting reference 5220106973.”

 

He added: “We know it’s not always possible to empty a work van overnight, but we’d recommend it if you can.”

 

Other vehicle security advice:

 

•permanently mark tools with your business name or postcode

 

•keep a record of the serial numbers

 

•keep tools inside a secure storage cage or box anchored within the vehicle

 

•set the alarm as well as locking the van whenever you leave it

 

•park it in a secure garage, or with the doors against a wall or another vehicle, to make access more difficult

 

•fit secondary locks

 

•use a tracking device

 

Don’t help to create a market for stolen goods – we’d also like to hear from you if you see tools offered for sale, online or in person, at a suspiciously cheap price.

 

If you can help, please call 101and give the call handler the reference number 5220106973

 

Attachments :Photo

 

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UPDATE: 21 MAY 2020

 

Stop-check of car in Romania results in burglary conviction.

 

The attached document tells how a stop-check in Romania led to a man being convicted of burglaries in Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

 

Attachments: Stopcheck in Romania Leads to Conviction

 

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Keeping Children Safe Online 

Avon and Somerset Police are helping to keep young people safe online during the Coronavirus pandemic, by promoting a new online safety campaign which supports parents to keep their children safe on their devices. Please see the attached document for more information.

 

Attachments: Keeping Children Safe Online during the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Residential Garage Burglary

 

A garage has been broken into in Old Banwell Road Locking, WSM at some point within the last 2 weeks. The offender has managed to gain access through the garage door without causing any damage and once inside has stolen a petrol TrimMac Strimmer in Yellow and a Jerry can of Fuel in Green before making their departure.

 

If you contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 & quote Reference number: 5220098507 or Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you.

 

Attachments: Sheds & Garages

 

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Theft of a Motor Vehicle

 

A van parked in Church Street, Banwell has been stolen between 3pm on the 11th and 10am on the 12th. The Ford Transit van contained a selection of hand tools and a child’s seat and was securely locked. The keys were not present with the vehicle, so it is unclear how the offender managed to start it with it being immobilised.

 

If you contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 & quote Reference number: 5220102699 or Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you.

 

Attachments: Van Security

 

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Potential Scam Calls, (Be Aware)

 

Trading Standards have told us that some residents have been receiving phone calls from a company that are offering “virus ventilation and sanitation due to lockdown” on behalf of Bath & North East Somerset Council. The Council wishes it be known that the company, Pro Day UK, do not represent them so any calls from them should be considered as a scam.

 

Although this offence happened in the Bath area, similar attempts have been made in other parts of the country, so they may well start to try other regions of the Avon and Somerset police area including ours.

 

If you have any information regarding these incidents contact the Police on 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111

 

 

 

You Are Not Alone

 

Police launch domestic abuse campaign to victims and survivors to seek help The attached PDF carries some very important information and highlights that no one should have to deal with domestic abuse alone. Do please share this information as much as possible.

 

Attachments: you-are-not-alone-domestic-abuse

 

(See also COVID19 Safety)

 

Facemask Scam

 

Trading Standards have told us that a number of residents have been called on their landline from a fake 01225 number, claiming to be from the Government. The automated voice said that the Government is instructing them to wear a facemask and to press a number on the keypad to make a purchase. Fortunately the residents have recognised this as a scam.

 

Although these calls were made to residents in the Bath area at present, it is likely that this will become far more widespread and will no doubt include our area. Please remain alert to any potential scam calls.

 

(See Summary of COVID Scams)

 

Theft from an Outbuilding

 

An outbuilding has been broken into in Banwell Road, Hutton between 2:30am and 2:50am on the 24th. The offender had entered the unlocked outbuilding and removed items including a TV and games console before they disturbed the homeowner who appeared at their bedroom window. Making off towards a car they dropped the items on the grass and therefore got away without anything. The homeowner jumped from the bedroom window to make out that the offender made off in a silver car, similar in size to a Vauxhall Vectra (Not thought to be a Vectra).

 

If you contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 & quote Reference number: 5220089428 or Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you.

 

Attachments: securing-your-garden-and-outbuildings

 

April Crime Figures

 

The attached document provides a breakdown of the crimes that occurred in your beat area during April 2020.

 

Attachments: an010.pdf

 

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Link to a Summary of COVID Related Scams

 

North Somerset Council Information (Social Isolation)

 

North Somerset Council have kindly provided the 3 attached files for your information. These provide details of where help and support can be found during this period of isolation. Please do share this information where possible with your friends and neighbours via email & utilise the information provided within.

 

Attachments:

Another Coronavirus Scam and Police Advice

Posted on 2nd April, 2020

UPDATE 19 APR 2020

 

Somerset: Tesco Email Scam

 

We have been alerted by a Neighbourhood Watch scheme of a scam email that claims to be from Tesco saying that “You Are Our Winner”. It doesn’t say what you have won, but asks you to click on a link to confirm your identity. Please don’t click on these links as you may download a virus onto your computer. At the very least it will try and get your personal details. The email comes from a company in Kentucky in the United States.

 

As with any email you get unexpectedly from someone you don’t know, delete this message without clicking on any of the links.

 

(See Coronavirus Scam Summary)

 

More COVID19 Information

 

March Crime Figures – AN010

 

The attached document provides a breakdown of the crimes that occurred in your beat area during March 2020.

 

Attachments: an010.pdf

 

Attempted Burglary Residential

 

A home in Church Road, Winscombe has been the subject of an attempted burglary on the 16th at around 5:50am. The homeowners were alerted by the sound of someone in their rear garden and upon checking could make out the figure of a male dressed in black trying to break through their rear door, the offender was disturbed and left but the glass to the rear door had been smashed in an attempt to gain entry. The man left via Church Road and no vehicle is believed to have been used.

 

If you contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 & quote Reference number: 5220083397 or Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you.

 

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UPDATE 07 APR 2020

 

Somerset Scams and Fraud Video

 

Please find a link to our senior safety video, which discusses the topic of Covid-19 scams and frauds that are being targeted at the vulnerable and elderly. This may help protect the many frightened and vulnerable elder citizens in our communities. Please pass the link to anyone who would benefit, or watch and take notes to pass on to those residents nearby who don’t have access to the internet.

 

Do please stay safe & stay home.

 

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Another Coronavirus Scam (Text Message)

 

The latest scam seems to be that scammers have been sending fake texts to individuals threatening a fine for leaving home. The text claims that the UK Government has been tracking your movements and that you left the home on given dates and travelled a specified distance. You are then told that you have to pay a fine, which will increase the longer you take to pay it. THIS IS A SCAM. It uses the name of a civil authority and preys on your worry that it will cost more if you ignore it. Delete the text and never click on any link in a message from someone you don’t know.

 

The BBC Website has more information on this and can be found by following this link.

 

 

Press Office Release, Fraud & Scam awareness

 

Avon & Somerset Police Press Office have released information regarding recent online Fraud and Scam activity relating to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic.

 

Please do take the time to read through this information, you can either follow the link below or open the file attached.

 

Please Stay in and Stay safe.

 

Beware fraud and scams during Covid-19 pandemic. Stay at home – stay safe on line

 

Attachments:beware-fraud-and-scams-during-covid.pdf

 

Police Enquiry Offices & Reporting Issues

 

The majority of police enquiry offices across the force area have been closed in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

 

Four of them will remain open seven days a week, but should only be used if absolutely essential. Anyone displaying coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating should follow Government advice and stay at home and report matters for the police through our website instead. https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/report/

 

The four in operation from 8am-8pm (weekdays) and 9am-5pm (weekends) are:

•Bridewell Police Station, Bristol

•Patchway Police Centre, South Gloucestershire

•Bridgwater Police Centre, Somerset

•Yeovil Police Station, Somerset

Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Cullen said: “This has not been an easy decision to make but has been made in accordance with the Government’s announcement on Monday that people should remain at home unless absolutely necessary to reduce the spread of this virus. The decision will remain under constant review.

 

“By temporarily reducing the number of enquiry desks open it will allow us best maximise the resources available to the force at what is critical time for policing.

 

“We remain committed to providing a visible police presence in all our communities, and any enquiries that would traditionally have been handled face-to-face will be conducted online through our website, including reporting non-urgent crimes.

 

Further guidance:

• Please only call 999 in an emergency. If you need to call our 101 service, please consider whether you can report online instead via our online reporting tools.

• Visit our dedicated COVID-19 page for links to all the latest news on policing services. • Visit GOV.UK to read the Government’s advice on COVID-19.

• See Government advice for staying at home, for households with possible COVID-19 infection and social distancing to protect vulnerable groups.

• Visit the NHS website for hygiene advice and advice on calling 111.

• For advice on mental health, visit the Every Mind Matters website.

Please also be aware that all NHW Administrators are now having to work from home. This means that they will be available by email and by mobile phone only. All post, both incoming and outgoing will be severely delayed until further notice.

 

Previous scam information

 

More COVID19 Information

 

Theft from a Motor Vehicle

 

A car parked in Elmhurst Road, Hutton has been broken into between 10pm on the 31st and 6am on the 1st. The owner of the vehicle has gone out to the car in the morning to find the door wide open and all compartments within have been searched through, the offender had stolen a box containing locking wheel nuts. There was no sign of forced entry.

 

If you contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 & quote Reference number: 5220073294 or Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you.

 

Attachments: beating-car-crime-cj019.pdf

 

 

Residential Garage Burglary

 

A garage has been broken into in Grenville Avenue, WSM on the 1st between 9:30am and 10am. The offender arrived in a drop tail lorry, wearing a yellow high visability jacket and orange trousers, similar to that of a refuge collector. They entered the garage through a double glazed door without force and stole a Makita Drill and additional battery, charger and a bag of shopping before departing where they were viewed also picking up a food bin.

 

If you contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 & quote Reference number: 5220073437 or Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you.