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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



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.



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




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



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



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



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




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



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