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13/10/20 9788 Somerset – National campaign launched to prevent romance fraud

Dear members,

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!”

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12/10/20 9788 AN004: Public warned to secure property after burglaries in Nailsea

People living in Nailsea are being reminded to take steps to secure garages and their properties following three reported burglaries in recent days.

The incidents we’ve received calls about are:

•A black Range Rover, among other items, was stolen from a property in the West End of Nailsea between 8pm on Monday 5 October and 7am the following morning.

•A break-in took place at a garage in Nailsea Park on Tuesday 6 October at 11pm.

•And a garage nearby was broken into between midnight and 8am on Wednesday 7 October. Nothing was reported stolen.

Sergeant Mark Raby said: “It is unusual to get reports of this nature in Nailsea and enquiries to identify the offender, or offenders, responsible are ongoing.

“It is too soon to know if these incidents are linked, but we’re keeping an open mind.

“Extra patrols are being carried out, while house-to-house and CCTV enquiries are also being conducted.

“But we’d like to remind residents to make sure they take precautionary steps to secure their garages and homes, preventing valuable items being stolen.”

We advise people carry out the following crime prevention tips:

•Don’t leave ladders outside, or chain them up if you have to.

•Double garage doors with a rim latch should be supplemented with a mortice deadlock.

•Most standard ‘up and over’ garage doors are easily overcome by a burglar. You can prevent this by drilling a hole through the channel above the wheels and fitting a padlock. Alternatively, fit a hasp and staple each side of the door with a padlock or fit a specialist lock.

•If the garage is attached to the main building ensure that connecting doors are secure.

•Fit a battery-operated alarm in your property and install a security light or camera to the outside.

•Make sure all doors and windows are locked and no valuable items are left on show.

•Fit a window grille and/or frosted window film to stop a thief seeing into your shed or garage.

If you can help, please call 101and give the call handler the reference number 5220226136


12/10/20 9788 Somerset: Rogue trader warning after Weston-super-Mare couple lose £2,000

Dear members,

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.

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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.

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12/10/20 9788 AN004 Non Dwelling Burglary.

A pavilion has been broken into overnight in a playing field in Oakridge lane, Winscombe on the 8th. A maintenance engineer arrived on the scene to find the offender/s had smashed open the doors and had caused damage to a worktop within, however it appears nothing has been stolen.

You can contact the Police on 101 quoting Reference number: 5220228891 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you for your support.


09/10/20 9788 AN004 Residential Garage Burglary & Theft from Motor Vehicle.

A garage has been broken into during the early hours of the 7th in Horwood Road, Nailsea. The offender has gained access by cutting through the locks and once inside it would appear that nothing has been stolen. The offender has then gone on to unlawfully enter the owners vehicle which had been left unlocked, fortunately again nothing has been stolen from within.

You can contact the Police on 101 quoting Reference number: 5220228519 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you for your support.


08/10/20 9788 Somerset: 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.

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08/10/20 9788 AN004 Residential Burglary & Garage

A home has been burgled in Allington Gardens, Nailsea between 9:45pm on the 5th and 7am on the 6th. The offender/s are believed to have entered the property without force by turning the keys left on the inside of the door. Once inside a thorough search of the downstairs has been conducted and a number of items have been stolen including a safe housing jewellery and a large sum of cash, other items include 2 Xbox games systems, controllers, Nikon Camera and a set of car keys where the owners vehicle was subsequently stolen from the driveway immediately after.

You can contact the Police on 101 quoting Reference number: 5220226136 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you for your support.

08/10/20 9788 AN004 Residential garage Burglary.

A garage has been broken into at 11pm on the 6th in Nailsea Park, Nailsea. The garage door has been heavily bent and there is now a gap at the bottom of the door. The owner is unsure at this stage if anything has been stolen from within.

You can contact the Police on 101 quoting Reference number: 5220227040 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you for your support.

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06/10/20 9788 AN004 Residential Garage Burglary.

A garage has been broken into in Silver Street, Nailsea overnight on the 4th. It is known that this occurred after 11pm and that the offender cut through a bolt and padlock to gain entry through a doorway and once inside has stolen a custom Mountain Bike described as bright Turquoise with a Silver back end and Black forks, it also has a Carbon Fibre frame making this quite a unique bike.

You can contact the Police on 101 quoting Reference number: 5220225379 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you for your support.

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28/09/20 9788 Somerset: County Lines week of action leads to 16 arrests across Avon and Somerset

Dear Members,

‘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.

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16/09/20 9788 Somerset: Victim stories of County Lines drug dealing

Dear Members,

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.

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16/09/20 9788 Somerset: 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.


15/09/20 9788 AN004: Witness appeal following assault in Nailsea

We’re appealing for witnesses to come forward following an assault in Nailsea.

The incident happened outside Kebab Kitchen, Crown Glass Place on Saturday 5 September at around 12.10am.

The victim, a 19-year-old man, was eating his food when he was approached by a man described as white, in his late 40s to early 50s, who was bald, and wearing a pink or red shirt.

The offender punched him to the right cheek in an unprovoked attack, knocking him briefly unconscious and leaving him with facial injuries.

We’d like to hear from anyone who witnessed the attack. If you can help, call 101 quoting reference 5220203043 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


14/09/20 9788 Somerset: HM Courts & Tribunals Service Scam

Dear Members,

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.

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11/09/20 9788 Somerset: PCC Share your Views Survey (Fixed Link)

Dear Members,

A am aware that the link on the previous email titled (11/09/20 9788 Somerset – PCC calls out to local people to share their views on policing) did not work. As such have now provided a direct link to the web page below.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

https://www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/news/2020/09/do-you-have-thoughts-on-your-local-police-service/?utm_source=press-release&utm_medium=url&utm_campaign=opcc-covid-survey


11/09/20 9788 Somerset – Police, camera, action, as open day goes virtual.

Dear Members,

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.

Kind regards

Paul Johnson

NHW Admin (Somerset)

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11/09/20 9788 Somerset – 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.

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09/09/20 9788 Somerset: 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.


07/09/20 9788 Somerset – WANTED: New PCSOs to join Avon and Somerset Police

Dear Members,

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.

Kind regards

Paul Johnson

NHW Admin (Somerset)

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01/09/20 9788 AN004 Residential Burglary.

A home has been burgled in Woodland Road, Nailsea on the 28th between 4pm and 9pm. The offender had gained access to the property via the rear window by prising it open. Once inside they entered a bedroom and have stolen a significant sum of cash from a box and a Nikkon Camera and lenses before making their departure via the same method of entry. The offender has also used the owner’s bottle of bleach to pour onto the window sill to try and remove any evidence.

You can contact the Police on 101 quoting Reference number: 5220195592 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you for your support.


28/08/20 9788 Somerset: Crime Figures Updated

Dear Members,

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/



27/08/20 9788 Somerset: 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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27/08/20 9788 Somerset: Rogue Traders / Gardeners (Tree Specialists)

Dear Members,

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”


26/08/20 9788 Somerset: TV Licence Scams.

Dear Members,

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.

Kind regards

Paul Johnson

NHW Admin (Somerset)

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25/08/20 9788 AN004 Residential Burglary.

A home has been burgled on the 24th at around 7:30am in Link Road, Nailsea. The resident had unlocked the door to the property expecting a visitor. An unknown male, described as white, early 50’s, tall, navy hooded anorak, then entered the property and began rummaging through a bedroom wardrobe until they were disturbed and left. Fortunately it appears no items have been stolen.

You can contact the Police on 101 quoting Reference number: 5220191453 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you for your support.

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21/08/20 9788 Somerset: Important Scam Update

Dear Members,

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:

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how-do-i-know.docx



20/08/20 9788 Somerset: Rogue Traders (Let's get ahead of them)

Dear Members,

My colleague in South Gloucestershire has shared the below Community Alert message and after reading it I felt this may be important to share with you. They could head our way at some point!

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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.


13/08/20 9788 Somerset: Wanted appeal to find Alistair Rutter.

Police are asking the public to help us find 32-year-old Alistair Rutter who we wish to speak to about an ongoing enquiry.

Rutter is described as white, about 6ft, has short receding fair hair, stubble and is of a large build.

We believe he may be in the Somerset area and is known to have links with Ilminster.

Officers wish to speak to Rutter in connection with a dangerous driving investigation that is ongoing.

If you see him, call the police on 999, quoting reference number 5220175101 and do not approach him.

If you have information on his whereabouts please call 101 and quote the same reference code.

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11/08/20 9788 Somerset – Appeal to trace absconder from open prison Shannon Gray.

We’re appealing for help to find a man who has absconded from HMP Leyhill near Tortworth in South Gloucestershire.

Shannon Gray, pictured in the attached document, was last seen at the open prison at about 6pm on Saturday 8th August. He is a white man aged 38, about 5ft 11ins tall and of slight build. He’s believed to be wearing navy blue jogging bottoms, a grey T-shirt and grey trainers.

Shannon is currently serving an indeterminate sentence following his conviction in 2007 for wounding with intent. He has links to the Taunton area.

If you see Shannon Gray, do not approach him but call 999 immediately, quoting reference 5220178468. If you have any other information about his whereabouts, call 101 quoting the same reference.

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10/08/20 7164 AN004: Appeal after damaged mobility scooters dumped in Nailsea.

These mobility scooters were abandoned in Nailsea

We’re appealing for information after thieves broke into a storage room at a Nailsea retirement home and damaged residents’ mobility scooters. The burglary happened overnight Wednesday 5th to Thursday 6th August in Silver Street. Three scooters were found in the store room with damage while two more were abandoned in Tesco car park.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Mark Raby said: “All five scooters will need repair before they can be used again. Many of these vulnerable elderly people have been isolating indoors for months due to the COVID crisis. This contemptible act has now deprived them of their freedom to go outside. It’s stooping really low, and I hope those responsible will come forward to make amends.”

The offenders abandoned two bicycles in the store room and officers also want to hear from anyone who recognises them.

Do you recognise these bikes found in the burgled store room?

If you saw anyone riding these bikes, or spotted the scooters being driven around the town in suspicious circumstances, get in touch.

If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5220176014

You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or 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.

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06/08/20 7315 AN004 CRIMINAL DAMAGE

Please see attachment

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(this relates to a contemptible act of criminal damage to 5 mobility scooters abandoned in Nailsea where the perpetrators left 2 cycles at the scene - pictures are enclosed)


06/08/20 7164 Somerset – 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.

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04/08/20 7315 AN 004 THEFT OF MOTORCYCLE

SYCAMORE CLOSE, NAILSEA, between 4pm on Sunday the 2nd and 9:30am on Monday the 4th of August, someone has broken into a shed, and have stolen a Black SUZUKI motorcycle, index number WP 19 FUJ, the surrounding area has been checked, but at this time the bike is still outstanding,

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 5220173310


04 August 2020 7315 PRESS RELEASE

Residents in Nailsea warned to be wary of rogue traders

We are asking residents in Nailsea and the surrounding areas to be vigilant following a number of rogue traders reported across the area.

A number of incidents were reported between 19 and 30 July at properties on Beechwood Road, Ridgeway, Ash Hayes Road, Heathfield Road and Nailsea Park.

All of the incidents happened during the day and involved a varying number of men approaching home owners offering for work to be done on their property.

In each of the instances, elderly and/or vulnerable occupants were targeted and offered quotes for work to be carried out, only for the suspects to demand large sums of money to complete the work.

In one incident, police successfully worked with the public and partner agencies to thwart an attempt to defraud a victim of £3000.

In light of these recent incidents, 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. More details here: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/


03/08/20 7164 Northeast & Somerset – 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.”


31/07/20 9788 Somerset: Temporary Change of Admin.

Dear Members,

It is that time of year where I am taking a week off to recharge.

I shall be away form this Monday 3rd August up to and including Friday 7th August, returning on the following Monday. My colleague Trevor Willmot will be covering in my absence and can be contacted at this email addresses for any urgent matters, trevor.wilmot@avonandsomerset.police.uk . I will as always reply to any emails upon my return.

Do all please stay safe, and enjoy the fine weather.

Paul Johnson (9788)

Neighbourhood Watch Admin Somerset

Tel: 07889 656 575

Email: paulk.johnson@avonandsomerset.police.uk

Neighbourhood & Partnership Directorate

Taunton Police Station, Belvedere Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1HE

http://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk | Follow us on Twitter and Facebook

trevor.wilmot@avonandsomerset.police.uk



29/07/20 9788 AN004 & AN006: Nottingham Knockers, Nailsea Backwell areas.

Dear Members,

There have been reports of “Nottingham Knockers” operating in the Nailsea, Backwell area. These are cold callers who usually tell residents that they are ex-offenders trying to go straight, then try and sell poor quality and over-priced cleaning products for example. The police want to remind residents they are under no obligation to answer the door to anyone they don’t know or aren’t expecting. If you do talk to them, they are supposed to be able to provide a valid Pedlar’s Certificate and should leave your property when asked.

Remember with the current ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, you cannot guarantee a safe distance or cleanliness of any purchases made.

Police always recommend using a door chain and asking to see the identification of unexpected callers.

• If you are suspicious of a caller ring 999 straight away • keep your cash in the bank, not at home • keep windows and doors secured if you’re not in the room

Remember, genuine callers:

• expect you to check their identification before opening the door • would never try to rush you by claiming there’s an emergency • will happily make an appointment to come back when you can have a relative or friend with you.


29/07/20 9788 Somerset Monthly Crime Figure Update

Dear Members,

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.

https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/your-area/


28/07/20 7164 Northeast & Somerset – 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.

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21/07/20 9788 Somerset: Chief Constable outlines increasing demand as lockdown eases.

Dear Members,

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.

Kind regards

Paul Johnson

NHW Admin (Somerset)

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20/07/20 9788 Somerset Guide to Online Shopping

Dear Members,

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.

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13/07/20 7164 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.

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10/07/20 9788 Somerset: Scam Automated Phone calls (Visa).

Dear Members,

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 below:

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/


08/07/20 9788 AN004: Update from Nailsea Neighbourhood Watch Scheme (For information)

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions our AGM which was scheduled for 24th June has had to be postponed indefinitely.

A new date will be announced as soon as a suitable venue can be found and social distancing rules applicable at that time achievable. A notice period of at least twenty eight days will be given and nomination applications for Committee positions will be able to be accepted by email to nailseanhw@gmail.com or via the Contact Us option from the Nailsea NHW website: /_contact.html.

The June edition of the Newsletter was only produced in electronic format (again due to Covid-19 restrictions). It can be viewed on our website https://www.nailseanhw.org.uk

The April edition of which some members did not receive in paper format is also available there to be downloaded.

From the ‘home’ page a list of sub-menus can be found on the left hand side and ‘newsletters’ can be selected.

As of this time we have had no response to our request for new editors. Because of this the June edition will be the last one.

Co-ordinators are permitted to forward emails to their own members, but due to GDPR guide lines we as an Association are not allowed to request contact details of other coordinators or members of other schemes. The Association does not hold the email addresses of members. Because of this:

Updates and up to date information can be accessed from our website.

We do hope that everyone is staying safe and fit and that...

WE’LL MEET AGAIN, DON’T KNOW WHERE, DON’T KNOW WHEN----but we will !

*The above message is purely for your information, this will not in any way change how you receive Community Alert messages from myself, Paul Johnson, NHW Administrator A&S*

[The links in the original publication were incorrect and have now been corrected above]


25/06/20 9788 Somerset: Covid-19 Related Frauds & Scams a useful guide.

Dear Members,

The attached booklet has been created to address some of the most common Frauds & Scams and to provide some insight on how to best protect yourselves, this includes those currently working from home. Please do take a moment to read through the information as there is also key information regarding the NHS Test and Trace system.

Kind regards

Paul Johnson

NHW Admin (Somerset)

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24/06/20 9788 Somerset: 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.

https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/


18/06/20 7315 AN 004 CRIMINAL DAMAGE

EASTWAY SOUARE, NAILSEA, between 4:30pm on Tuesday the 16th and 9:30am on Wednesday the 17th of June, someone has slashed one of the rear tyres of a car, no attempt has been made to enter the car or steal it,

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

Please quote Reference number 5220132400


05/06/20 9788 Somerset: Loft Insulation Scam Warning – Important Update

Dear Members,

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


04/06/20 9788 Somerset: Another Covid-19 Scam

Dear Members,

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:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works

29/05/20 9788 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


22/05/20 9788 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

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21/05/20 9788 Somerset: Stop-check of car in Romania results in burglary conviction.

Dear members,

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

Kind regards

Paul Johnson

NHW Admin (Somerset)

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18/05/20 9788 Somerset 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


15/05/20 9788 Somerset: Keeping Children Safe Online.

Dear Members

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.

Kind regards

Paul Johnson

NHW Admin (Somerset)

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30/04/20 9788 Somerset: You Are Not Alone – Police launch domestic abuse campaign to victims and survivors to seek help

Dear Members,

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.

Kind Regards

Paul Johnson NHW Admin (Somerset)

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22/04/20 9788 Somerset: Another Covid-19 Scam

Dear Members

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.


21/04/20 9788 Somerset North Area: North Somerset Council Information (Social Isolation).

Dear Members,

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.

Stay safe.

Paul Johnson

NHW Admin (Somerset)

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17/04/20 9788 Somerset: Scams & Fraud Video.

Dear Members

The next of our popular senior safety videos, which discusses the topic of Covid-19 scams and frauds that are being targeted at the vulnerable and elderly, is now available. This may help protect the many frightened and vulnerable elderly citizens in our communities.

Please pass the link to anyone who you think would benefit, or watch and take notes to pass on to those residents nearby who don’t have access to the internet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUWkITYmcQg&feature=youtu.be


16/04/20 9788 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.



07/04/20 9788 AN004 Theft from a Motor Vehicle.

A car has been broken into whilst parked in Eastway, Nailsea overnight on the 2nd. The offender entered the vehicle easily as it had two damaged door locks and once inside has conducted a thorough search. The owner has confirmed that the only item to have been stolen from the vehicle is a bottle hand sanitizer from the glove compartment.

If you contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 & quote Reference number: 5220075531 or Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you.

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07/04/20 Somerset Scams and Fraud Video

Dear Members,

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUWkITYmcQg&feature=youtu.be


03/04/20 9788 AN004 Attempted Theft of a Motor Vehicle.

A car has been broken into in KingsHill, Nailsea with the intention of stealing the vehicle overnight on the 1st. The offender bent the door back and damaged the plastic cowlings in their attempt to gain access and once inside have caused damage to the dashboard in an effort to start the vehicle which has been unsuccessful.

If you contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 & quote Reference number: 5220074207 or Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you.

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02/04/20 9788 Somerset Another Coronavirus Scam (Text Message)

Dear Members

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 below:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-52049616

26/03/20 9788 Somerset: 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/ (link fixed)

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.

Email: paulk.johnson@avonandsomerset.police.uk Mobile: 07889 656 575


26/03/20 9788 Somerset: Press Office Release, Fraud & Scam awareness.

Dear Members,

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.

https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/news/2020/03/beware-fraud-and-scams-during-covid-19-pandemic-stay-at-home-stay-safe-on-line/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=beware-fraud-and-scams-during-covid-19-pandemic-stay-at-home-stay-safe-on-line

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20/03/20 9788 Somerset: Shopping Scam (Vulnerable & Isolation)

Dear Members,

During this challenging period, it is heartening to hear lots of stories of kindness from friends and neighbours caring for one another. This is where many Neighbourhood Watches have excelled in looking after the elderly and vulnerable members of their community – or simply offer to help everyone. This includes phone calls to ensure people are ok, assistance with appointments and the collection of groceries and medications.

We must however remain vigilant and rely upon those we know and trust. I have learnt today of a couple of incidents where callers have arrived on doorways offering to do shopping, claiming to be good Samaritans. They have taken money and a shopping list but never returned.

Unfortunately there are some people who will always take advantage of any crisis to steal from those in need. Please do not fall foul to this and only rely upon people you know or trust to help you.

19/03/20 9788: Man in court charged in connection with numerous burglaries across Somerset.

A 23 year old man has appeared in court charged with conspiracy to burgle.

Claudiu Popa, 23, from Romania, appeared at Taunton Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged with conspiracy to burgle.

He is charged in connection with a number of incidents between 20 and 31 January in which 12 properties in Tickenham, Clevedon, Glastonbury, Nailsea and Wedmore were burgled.

Popa did not enter a plea and has been remanded in custody ahead of his next court appearance at Bristol Crown Court on 17 April.


06/03/20 9788 Somerset: Covid-19 Scam Email

Dear Members,

Please be aware of a new scam email advising that you are entitled to a tax refund (rebate) of £128.34. The email states that this is a precautionary measure in cooperation with National Insurance and National Health Services, It is NOT. It goes on to suggest the funds can help protect yourself against COVID-19 and to access the funds now by clicking on the blue hyperlink, Please DO NOT do this.

North Wales Police (NWP) have advised this has already cost the public more than £800,000 in a month and to contact Action Fraud for advice on: 0300 123 2040



27/02/20 9788 Somerset: Consumer Advice Regarding Intruder Alarms.

If you are considering installing a burglar alarm, then it is suggested that you contact

The Alarms Team at Avon and Somerset Constabulary (01278 646 644)

There are companies who promote their security installations by advising that police do not respond to alarm activations. This statement is incorrect. If you are considering a security installation with the requirement of a police response, The Alarms Team can offer guidance and advice on how this can be achieved.

There are many different types of security systems which can offer you the security you require, these can vary in price and vary in the end result. If you receive a phone call from a security company offering you a deal, please remember that if a deal sounds too good to be true, it invariably is. Consumer advice reminds us to always shop around and compare prices and the purchase of electronic security is no different.

Avoid:

• Door 2 Door Sales people attending your house who are not invited.

• Telesales persons telephoning your home.

• Waiving your rights to a cooling off period.

• Overpriced security systems and unclear contracts.

You can contact the Alarms Team on, (01278 646 644)

(We do not sell Alarm Systems or make recommendations)

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26/02/20 9788 Somerset: Telephone Scams

Dear Members,

There have been a significant number of telephone scams of late, a lot of us will have received the automated message saying your subscription is due for renewal "Please press Option 1". These are scam phone calls and companies such as Amazon will never call a customer outside of their website. If it does not feel right just hang up, you can always call back.

I have attached a copy of the Little Book of Scams for you to read and save.

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  • 12/02/20 9788 AN004 Theft from a Motor Vehicle.

A car has been broken into overnight on the 10th in Heath Road, Nailsea. The vehicle was parked on the owner’s driveway when the offender smashed a rear quarter light window and reached in to access the vehicle. Once inside an untidy search has been conducted and an SDS drill & Corbit drill have been stolen.

If you contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 & quote Reference number: 5220034196 or Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you.

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  • 10/02/20 9788 AN004 Burglary Residential.

A property near Chelvey Road, Nailsea has been burgled on the 8th between 3pm & 4pm. The homeowner was asleep at the time and the offender entered the property via the unlocked rear door and stole a wallet from on top of the cooker before departing again through the rear door. Various bank cards and cash were contained within, the bank cards have since been cancelled.

If you contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 & quote Reference number: 5220032238 or Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you.



  • 06/02/20 9788 Somerset Press Release: Courier fraudsters dupe 28 victims out of more than £127,000 in Avon and Somerset.

Throughout January Avon and Somerset Police have been supporting a national campaign to raise awareness of courier fraud.

A three week campaign led by the National Economic Crime Centre was a combination of awareness raising and enforcement activity and is the first phase of activity to combat fraud.

All 43 forces in England and Wales have been supporting January’s Operation Radium.

Nationally since November 44 people have been arrested on suspicion of courier fraud. Over the past two years there have been more than 3000 victims of courier fraud reported nationally with losses believed to be around £12m.

Figures released by the City of London Police – the national lead force for fraud and the co-ordinators of Operation Radium – have revealed that 28 people in the Avon and Somerset force area reported being a victim of courier fraud in 2019. This amounted to an estimated £127,224 in losses.

Nationally, victims are predominantly over 60 years of age with the most targeted demographic being females aged between 80 and 89 years.

Courier fraud is where fraudsters call someone, pretending to be a police officer or bank official, warning that there are corrupt bank staff, intent on stealing their money, and ask for their help. Typically, the caller then tells the victim to withdraw a sum of money and a courier is sent to collect it.

The ultimate aim of this call is to trick them into handing over money or their bank details.

Common techniques used by the fraudsters include telling the victim to withdraw large sums of cash or go and buy high value items. Sometimes they instruct the victim to leave their bank cards in an envelope somewhere safe. In all cases, a ‘courier’ will then come and pick up the cash, expensive item or envelope, on behalf of the police or bank. They will often come to the victim’s home address.

Last year a taxi driver in North Somerset thwarted a courier fraud incident when he became suspicious when taking a woman to the bank. His taxi had been pre-booked – allegedly by the woman’s relative – but after the taxi driver discovered the woman was planning to withdraw a large sum of money when she got to the bank, he became suspicious.

He alerted bank officials who advised the police and the large cash withdrawal was stopped.

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..

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 of Avon and Somerset Police’s Complex Crime Unit said: “Victims of courier fraud tend to be elderly, living alone and trusting of the police and other official organisations.

“It is important we all play our part in protecting these vulnerable members of our community, informing them this type of crime is happening and encouraging them to report any attempts of courier fraud – successful or not – to Action Fraud and the police.

“As a force we have been happy to support Operation Radium and will continue to do all we can to create a hostile environment for would-be fraudsters,” she said.



  • 29/01/20 7164 Northeast & Somerset PCSO Recruitment Opens

Applications for Police Community Support Officers (PCSO) opened on Tuesday 28 January. Avon and Somerset Police are inviting members of the public interested in a rewarding new career and giving back to their communities to apply for a position as a PCSO.

PCSOs are part of the neighbourhood policing team, who build relationships with local people to provide reassurance and understand the policing issues that matter most to them. PCSOs work with individuals and partner agencies to support vulnerable people and solve local concerns and issues.

For more information about PCSO recruitment please visit: http://bit.ly/13ApplyToBeAPCSO



  • 27/01/20 9788 North Somerset Press Release: Appeal for information after theft of war medals in Nailsea.

We are appealing to members of the public for information following a burglary in Nailsea in which war medals and a significant amount of jewellery were stolen.

The incident occurred at a property on Vynes Way at about 6.30pm on Monday 20 January. The suspects have gone around the back and gained entry by smashing the dining room window.

A number of war medals belonging to the 86-year-old victim were taken including two Victorian naval silver long service medals one which includes “Chief Steward Winfield” engraved on the rim, a silver china medal with “Luck now” relief bar on the ribbon, an Egypt medal bar with “Alexandria 1881”, and a George V Good Conduct and Long Service silver medal.

A significant amount of jewellery was also stolen including wedding rings, necklaces and bracelets, pearls, cufflinks and broaches, as well as an Omega watch, silver cutlery and numerous old pound/shilling notes.

A witness has described seeing an unknown man in the front room of the property at around 6.30pm and police enquiries are ongoing.

PC Emma Leadbeater, of Operation Remedy, commented: “This is a callous offence in which an elderly man has had his home broken into and a large amount of valuable and sentimental items have been stolen from him, including his war medals.

“We are committed to tackling burglary across and Avon and Somerset and will be doing all that we can to identify and apprehend the individual responsible and where possible return the stolen belongings.”

We’re asking for members of the public to keep an eye out on online selling sites for anyone selling items that match the description of the stolen belongings, and are also appealing to anyone who works in antique shops and pawnbrokers to call us with any relevant information.

Residents are encouraged to take note of the following burglary prevention advice, particularly regarding securing your home and boundaries, and looking out for one another including elderly neighbours.

•Lock up and set the alarm, if you have one, at night as well as when you go out.

•Lock all your windows and doors every time you leave your house – even if you are just in the garden – and remembering to double lock UPVC doors.

•Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows.

•Hide any high value items such as jewellery, handbags/wallets and passports etc and where possible store them in a properly secured and hidden safe or bank vault.

•Keep entrances to your property easily visible by ensuring nearby hedges and trees are well maintained.

•Ensure any side gates are securely locked to prevent unwanted access to the rear of your property.

•Make sure boundaries to your property – including fencing and walls – are in a good state of repair.

•If possible, install a visual burglar alarm.

•Where possible install an outside security light, many of which are sensor activated.

•Where possible, leave radios and lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied.

•Ensure you let trusted neighbours know when you are going away so they can keep an eye on your home.

•Consider joining your local Neighbourhood Watch scheme.

If have any information that can help with our investigation please call 101 and provide the call handler with the reference 5220016326.

You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or 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.



  • 24/01/20 9788 AN004 Burglary Residential.

A property in The Hamlet, Nailsea has been burgled between 6pm on the 20th & 8:30pm on the 21st. The offender has smashed a small hole approximately 2 inches in diameter and has managed to open a front window. Once inside, cupboards have been searched in all rooms and at this stage it is unclear if any items have been removed from the property, the offender most likely departed through the front door as this was found to be unlocked.

If you contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 & quote Reference number: 5220016547 or Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you.

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  • 24/01/20 9788 AN004 Burglary Residential.

A home has been burgled in Vynes Way, Bristol between the 13th and the 21st. The owner of the property has returned to the address to find a rear window has been smashed and an offender has accessed the property. Once inside an untidy search has been carried out of all rooms leaving the house in a ransacked state before the offender left. It is thought they may have departed via the front door or via the same method of entry. It is currently unclear if any items have been stolen.

If you contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 & quote Reference number: 5220016326 or Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you.



  • 21/01/20 9788 All - Warning after pubs report receiving counterfeit £50 notes.

Landlords and cashiers are being advised to be aware following several reports of counterfeit £50 notes being used in South Gloucestershire. We have been contacted by four pubs in recent days after customers tried to pay for drinks with counterfeit notes, but we believe several more have been targeted.

Sergeant Ruth Gawler said: “This appears to be part of a crime series within South Gloucestershire with forged £50 notes being handed over to staff. The notes appear to be genuine under ultraviolet light but we have seen several of them use the same serial number and other features of the note are faked. We would ask all landlords to be wary across the force area – not just South Gloucestershire – and to contact us on 101 if they are offered any counterfeit notes.”

The Bank of England provides security advice for businesses and information about what to do if they have fallen victim to counterfeit notes. If you suspect that you have a counterfeit banknote, please take it to your nearest police station.

If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5220011605. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111.

A new polymer £20 note is due to be released on 20 February. In case criminals use this opportunity to defraud people, it’s worth checking the security measures on the new note. Go to https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/polymer-20-pound-note for some helpful advice.



  • 17/01/20 9788 North Somerset Press Release: Appeal to reunite owners with their electric power tools.

We need your help following a series of burglaries in the North Somerset area.

We have recovered a large number of electrical tools from a garage in Weston-super-Mare, which we are trying to reunite with their owners.

The garage is in Severn Road and it is believed that the items could have resulted from more than one burglary incident.

There have been a series of van break-ins in the North Somerset area over the past 12 months, where electrical power tools have been targeted.

The tools include: a Stihl chainsaw; a Kennedy professional retool tool box, a Makita holdall; angle grinder; a Makita cordless screwdriver; Makita circular saw; a JD Sports bag containing various items; a Stihl disc cutter; a Makita nail gun; a Makita jigsaw; a Makita disc sander; Paslode nail guns, plus other items.

We’re keen to hear from anyone who has had tools taken similar to those above.

Images of just some of the items are on the attached PDF file.

Please contact us on 101 quoting reference 5219287205.

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  • 15/01/20 Somerset Press Release: Two duped out of £15,000 in telephone fraud incidents.

We are warning people to be on their guard against a telephone scam, which involves a fraudster claiming to be an official from Amazon.

The bogus official called the victims on their landline and said they were from Amazon and querying either an issue with a payment or a problem with the victim’s Prime membership.

We are aware of three incidents in the Avon and Somerset force area – two of the victims have lost a combined total of almost £15,000.

During the call a pre-recorded message invites the victim to press 1 on their phone to link to an operator. A long conversation follows in which the victim is asked to re-connect to the caller via a computer or mobile device and then allow Amazon to link to their account.

While they continue to talk to the victim, they ask them to log on to their online banking via the remote device to check whether a refund has been made to their bank.

The caller talks to the victim, distracting them from looking at their device, while money is quickly transferred from their bank, or even an application for a loan made while the banking session is open.

Amazon will never call and ask for personal information, including bank PiN numbers and passwords.

Any attempts for permission to remotely access your computer or phone should be a red flag warning.

If you are suspicious or uncomfortable about the call, finish it immediately and call the company who claimed to call you, using their official number and try to use a different phone to ensure the telephone line has not been held by the scammer.

If any link to your device has been added by the scammer – such as TeamViewer – have it professionally removed and keep the device disconnected from the internet.

General advice….

Neither the police nor the banks will ask you for banking details or PiN numbers on the phone. Similarly, they would never send a so-called ‘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 or even a well-known company.

Genuine callers will be happy for you to make an appointment to visit them at a bank branch or police station or for you to call them independently to verify that they have been trying to contact you.

The police and banks 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.

We would also appeal to taxi drivers, who are asked to collect parcels or take people to banks to withdraw large sums of cash – especially the elderly – to be vigilant and contact us if they are suspicious.

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  • 07/01/20 9788 Somerset Telephone Fraud

We are reminding people to be on their guard against telephone fraudsters following incidents in Somerset.

One person was scammed out of £5000 by the heartless fraudsters but two people thwarted the scammers by cutting the callers off. The latest incidents appear to have been targeting people living in the Chard area – particularly the elderly and vulnerable, although they could easily try other areas. We want people to be vigilant and on their guard against telephone fraudsters.

In the latest incident the scammers posed as officers from the Metropolitan Police, claiming that the victim’s grandson had been arrested for using a cloned copy of their bank card, encouraging the victim to confirm their bank card details.

In another call they claimed that there was a major investigation into the victim's bank and local post office, involving counterfeit money. He was asked to support the investigation by withdrawing cash and checking the serial numbers of the notes. They claimed it was fake cash and said a courier would be sent to collect the counterfeit notes for forensic examination. In a third incident the potential victim thwarted the scammer by stopping the phone call.

Neither the police nor the banks will ask you for banking details or PIN numbers on the phone. Similarly, they would never send a so-called ‘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 the elderly – to be vigilant and contact us if they are suspicious. If you believe you have been scammed by a telephone caller, please contact us, quoting reference 5219299839

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  • 19/12/19 9788 Somerset Christmas Closing Message.

Dear Neighbourhood Watch Members,

It’s now time for us to celebrate the festive period and hang up our pens and keyboards for another year. NHW Administrators Trevor Wilmot & Paul Johnson will be taking two weeks annual leave from end of play Friday 20th December to recharge the batteries with our respective families and will be returning to our offices on Monday 6th of January 2020.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank each and every one of you for the efforts you have made over the past year, ensuring that Neighbourhood Watch continues to grow and showing resilience to new and emerging scams.

Please look out for one another over the period. Although the administrator’s office will be closed, the police continue to operate 24/7. Call 999 for emergencies or crimes in progress, otherwise use 101 or report an incident online.

We look forward to speaking to you all again in the New Year, but until then we wish you all the best for the festive period and a very happy and safe new year.



  • 16/12/19 9788 AN004 Burglary Residential.

A property has been burgled in Causeway View, Nailsea between 10am on the 13th & 3pm on the 14th. The property had been unattended overnight and when a family member returned to the property it was established a burglary had occurred. The bedroom window had the lock forced and a muddy footprint was noticed on the carpet. Once inside the property the offender searched just the one room and stole a safe containing cash and old coins.

If you contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 & quote Reference number: 5219288095 or Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you.



  • 10/12/19 9788, Police call on public to sign up for free counter terrorism training.

Dear Members,

Following a couple of failed attempts. I provide the link below which should take you to the ACT website.

https://ct.highfieldelearning.com


Dear Members,

Should anyone experience the link on the previous Alert not working, you can use the one provided below.

https://ct.highfieldelearning.com/

Kind regards

Paul Johnson (NHW Admin)


An award-winning counter terrorism training course is being made available to the public for the first time and Avon and Somerset Police want you to sign up and help protect the UK.

Devised by CT officers and security experts, the ACT Awareness eLearning package was previously only available to staff working in crowded places like shopping centres and entertainment venues.

Now Counter Terrorism Policing has decided to open up the training to anyone who wants to become a CT Citizen so they can learn how to spot the signs of suspicious behaviour and understand what to do in the event of a major incident.

The programme was originally devised in partnership with retail giant Marks and Spencer – and participants needed to be signed up by their employers. Today the online learning is available free of charge to anyone who wants to take part.

The decision to offer the training to the public was not made in response to the recent attack in London. However, the tragic events which took place just 10 days ago, when two people lost their lives to terrorism, were a stark reminder of the ongoing threat and the need for vigilance.

Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Cullen said: “ACT Awareness eLearning is especially useful for anyone working in or regularly visiting crowded places.

“Developed alongside industry experts more than one and a half million modules have already been completed.

“The course has been so popular, with nine out of 10 users saying they would recommend it, we want to open it up to as many people as possible.

“The threat level remains at Substantial – meaning an attack is likely – so giving everyone the chance to be extra eyes and ears for police and local security teams help to keep all communities across the Avon and Somerset area safe.

“The festive period is obviously a very busy one – so this is a good time to join up and become a CT Citizen.”

ACT Awareness is made up of seven modules that take a few minutes each to complete. You can pause and re-join at any time. In total it takes just 45 minutes – so less than an hour of your time could help to prevent an attack or help save lives if one was to happen.

The course is hosted by online training specialists Highfield. To register and start learning, click here.



  • 06/12/19 9788 Forcewide, Help us keep everyone safe this Christmas

We’re supporting the latest Counter Terrorism Policing campaign to help keep crowded places secure over the festive period.

The campaign calls on the public and those who work in our busy towns and cities to remain vigilant and report any concerns to staff, security or – in confidence – to Counter Terrorism police at gov.uk/ACT. It also asks everyone to be the extra eyes and ears of the police, so we can work together to tackle terrorism.

Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Cullen said: “We’re asking everyone out and about enjoying the festive season to look after each other and if they see something which doesn’t look right, to report it. Neighbourhood officers will be patrolling our communities throughout the Christmas period, including Christmas Day itself, just as they are on every other day of the year.

“Project Servator deployments will also be carried out across the force area – these are unpredictable deployments involving specially trained officers who turn up announced at various locations to provide the public with reassurance and to disrupt a wide range of criminal activity, including terrorism.”

ACC Cullen added: “The chances of being caught up in a terrorist incident are extremely low. But sadly, as we saw just last week in London, attacks can be carried out anywhere and anytime. “The national threat level remains Substantial, meaning an attack is likely, so we need to remain vigilant.

“Our message to people across the Avon and Somerset force area is not to worry that you might be wasting our time. If you see something suspicious – ACT. Speak to a police officer or report it to local security or staff or via gov.uk/ACT and let us check it out.

“A few minutes of your time could help save lives.”



  • 04/12/19 9788, Force Area Fraudster Warning.

Bath Trading Standards have alerted us to a number of incidents where residents have been telephoned by someone falsely claiming to be from the ‘credit investigation’ or ‘debt advice’ departments of the Citizens Advice Bureau.

This can be an expensive and worrying time of year for many people, so it can be easy for them to fall prey to scammers, particularly if they appear to be offering some relief from debt. It is also a concern that the scammers are using the Citizens Advice name as that is where consumers are signposted for most problems.

Although these reports have come from Bath, the calls are not likely to be area specific. If anyone has been affected by a similar telephone call, the advice from Trading Standards is to call the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06 or report it online at https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/contact-us/contact-us/consumer-service/

Another suspicious incident occurred in Canterbury Road, Bath. At approximately 3pm on Friday 29 November, a male has called at the home of an elderly female claiming to be from BBC Market Research. He wanted to go inside the property to complete the survey, despite the resident saying she would send it on. The male also suggested he could pay £1,000 towards the TV licence. As he neither wore or showed any form of ID the resident became suspicious and shut the door on him. Remember that you don’t have to answer the door to anyone you don’t know or weren’t expecting. Always use a door chain if possible.

We want to remind residents to be wary of any unexpected callers at your door, especially those offering unwanted services or selling items that may be of poor quality and over-priced. Always use a trader who has been recommended to you by a trusted source. All items must come with a 14-day cooling off period, and any quote should be on company stationery containing the seller’s address and phone number 

(copied as per received Alert message email)



  • Somerset, Festive Period Crime Prevention

Dear Neighbourhood Watch Members,

With just 23 days to go until Christmas, I want to share with you some top tips to protect yourselves during this festive period so you can all enjoy the festivities & have a happy new year.

We all know there are so many scams around at the moment and these appear to change on an almost daily basis, but please do not be alarmed. Common sense always prevails and as they always say “if it seems too good”.

The Golden Rules:

Never give out your bank details (Pin / Password) EVER.

Not sure don’t answer the door, it’s your home!

Be very wary of following links you are sent via email, go through your own trusted sites.

Don’t be bullied on the phone, HANG UP

Please do not advertise what’s in your home, only put waste out on collection day.

Leaving your home unattended? Put the lights on a timer or ask a friend to visit or park on your drive.

(And please check on your neighbours, if you see papers / post building up on the doorstep, just check)

Above all, have a great festive break and thank you for all your efforts. Neighbourhood Watch continues to grow and develop, none of this would be possible without your support.

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  • 29/11/19 9788 AN004 Burglary Residential.

A property in Colliers Walk, Nailsea has been burgled on the 28th between 10:30am & 10:15pm. The offender has entered the property via the living room window and has pushed a sofa out of the way. They have gone on to conduct a messy search of the two bedrooms and have stolen a bag of coins and a jewellery box from the first bedroom and nothing from the second before making their exit via the same method of entry.

If you contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 & quote Reference number: 5219275791 or Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you.



  • 26/11/19 9788 Press Release, Warning after telephone fraud incidents in Somerset.

We are warning people to be on their guard following two incidents of attempted telephone fraud in the Crewkerne area.

In both incidents no cash was taken but we are concerned that there may have been other victims who have not reported incidents to us.

The victims were contacted by callers purporting to be from Lloyds Bank and advised there was a problem with their bank debit card and they would be sending someone to collect the cards and that a replacement card would be delivered to their home.

In the first instance the card was collected and PiN number provided but fortunately the victim realised their error and alerted their bank.

In the other incident someone visited the victim who refused to hand over their card.

In both incidents the bogus caller was wearing a high visibility jacket.

We are urging people to be vigilant and on their guard to such calls. Banks will never personally attend a home address to collect or deliver cards or important documents, and bank details and personal information – including PiN numbers – should never be disclosed.

Anyone with information, or has been a victim and wants to make us aware should call us.

We would offer the following advice:

Police and banks will never ask members of the public to give out personal details, such as bank account numbers or PIN numbers over the phone or send a courier to collect bank cards or money.

We advise people not to discuss their finances with anyone calling you out of the blue, even if they claim to be a police officer or representative from the bank. Genuine callers will be happy for you to make an appointment to visit them at a branch of the bank or police station.

If you receive what you believe to be a scam/fraudulent call, end it immediately and call your bank or police. Before making a confirmation phone call either Wait five minutes or Use a different phone (eg mobile or neighbour’s phone) in case your line has been locked by the scammer

If you have any doubts about who you are speaking to, ask for identification. Police officers and other official callers will expect you to check their identity. They won’t mind waiting while you do so.

Taxi services and courier companies in the county who have been made aware of the courier fraud offending and continue to pick up ‘packages’ from victims could face prosecution.

We would also appeal to taxi drivers who are asked to collect parcels – especially from elderly.

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

If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5219267904

You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or 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.



  • 20/11/19 9788 AN004, Possible Bogus Meter Reader (Check ID)

Good Morning,

I have received a message from one of our coordinators to advise that a neighbour had a visit from a man claiming to be from EDF energy supply. She pointed out that she was not with EDF to which the supposed representative stated this did not matter, further more there was no official company lanyard on display. The neighbour went on to state they had a Smart Meter at which point the man left in a personal vehicle. The same vehicle was later seen in an adjoining road.

Please ensure you are 100% confident before you allow anyone into your home, always check their ID and if in any doubt ask them to come back and phone the company to check it is legitimate. If it is genuine they will have no problem coming back.


  • Avon and Somerset Neighbourhood Watch Association 

Police Crime Alerts!  

Are You Missing Out? 

If you are no longer receiving Police Community Alerts of crime in your area it may be that you are no longer on the Alert email database arising from the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). 

If you believe this may be the case, then there are TWO options for you. 

OPTION 1  – Check & Paper based Re-registration 

For North Somerset/Somerset 

Contact: Paul Johnson
Tel: 01278 649 611
Email: PaulK.Johnson@avonandsomerset.police.uk

For Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset

Contact: Trevor Wilmot
Tel: 01278 644845
Email: trevor.wilmot@avonandsomerset.police.uk

 OPTION 2  -  Online check and direct Community Alert Re-Registration

This option can also help ‘future proof’ your Scheme, provide you direct access to your account and Alert details, and help your Scheme members to register, receive Alerts directly, and select how they receive their Alerts - by email, voice or text messaging.

The direct online Police Community Alert registration option is at;

 https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/account

If you already have an Alert account for your Scheme, and a password, you can check whether this is still recognised - if it is not then you will need to re-register your Scheme. If you do not have already have a password, or have lost it, you will also need to register.

On-line registration is very straightforward and has the advantage that you can check your account at any time, change your details and contact options – as well as assuring the resilience of your Scheme by enabling you to share the login details with a trusted member, or members, of your Scheme. Furthermore, this will help members of your Scheme to register themselves directly by nominating your Scheme - to join and receive Alerts by email, by mobile or landline voice or SMS text as needed.

The online Registration process at:

https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/account

will ask for your email address and for you to create a password. You will then receive a confirmation email from the Alert system checking your email address. You can then login and provide your Scheme’s details and Alert options. It’s simple as that!

LASTLY - AN UPDATE;

Our recommendations for the Alert system to be moved to a ‘post-code’ based approach, to provide more localised alerts in your neighbourhood, have been submitted to the Constabulary, along with the recommendation that Alerts should not be restricted to just members of Schemes but should available to everyone in the Avon and Somerset to improve crime awareness and crime prevention across the Force Area.


  • 05/11/19 9788 Contact Email Address NHW Admin (Somerset)

Dear Coordinators,

Further to my last alert message, should you wish to contact me directly via email you can do so at the below address.

PaulK.Johnson@avonandsomerset.police.uk

Kind regards

Paul Johnson


  • 05/11/19 9788 Contact Details Update NHW Admin (Somerset)

Dear Coordinators,

Good morning to you all.

For your information and to update your records, please can you remove any existing contact telephone numbers you may have for the Neighbourhood Watch Administrator (Somerset), my apologies for any inconvenience you may have encountered trying to contact me.

My correct details are listed below.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.

Kind Regards

Paul Johnson (9788)

Neighbourhood Watch Admin Somerset

Tel: 07889 656 575 / 01278 649 611

Neighbourhood & Partnership Directorate

Taunton Police Station, Belvedere Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1HE

http://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk | Follow us on Twitter and Facebook



  • 31/10/19 7164 FORCEWIDE Suspected Fraud Phone Calls

Please alert any elderly or vulnerable friends, neighbours or relatives to the following scam.

Bath and North East Somerset Trading Standards have been made aware of three residents being contacted by suspected fraudsters who are claiming to be from “Bath Council”, “Safe and Secure” or “Protect Your Home UK”.

The caller say that they are contacting people aged between 50 and 70 to offer home security systems. One resident was offered an ID wrist band for £1, along with a quote for floor sensors which would alert the wristband if there was a flood or fire. The other resident was offered free security equipment, £1 for installation and ongoing maintenance costs to be agreed. Both residents say the caller was extremely convincing. The caller guaranteed that police, ambulance or fire would attend an incident. The telephone number provided to residents does not work and it's believed that this is a SCAM! This may be an attempt to get people’s bank details or to sign residents up to an expensive monthly subscription.

If you have been affected by a similar telephone call, the advice from Trading Standards is to call the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06 or report it online at https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/contact-us/contact-us/consumer-service/



  • 23/10/19 9788 Possible Somerset Brexit Scam

There have been reports from people living in the Devon and Cornwall area about a Brexit Scam. Scammers have been contacting people and claiming that the supply of medicines will be affected by the UK leaving Europe and people will have to pay in advance to ensure their prescriptions won’t be affected. The caller will then try to get their bank details. Although this hasn’t happened in Avon and Somerset as yet, it may only be a matter of time before the scammers try our area.

Always be wary of any unexpected callers who ask for your personal or financial information, especially if they are claiming to be from a bank or the tax office. Scammers will always seize on confusion caused by a major event like Brexit to take money from people. If you have any doubts or concerns about a caller, hang up.

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11/10/2019 9788 AN004 Burglary Residential.

A home in Rickford Road, Nailsea has been burgled between the 27th September & 10th October. The homeowner has returned home to find the bottom of the back door has been kicked in and the offender has gained entry to the property. Offender has searched the bedrooms and it would appear that nothing has been stolen.

If you contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 & quote Reference number: 5219234678 or Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you.


  • 11/10/2019 AN004 & AN006 Nottingham Knockers (9788)

There have been reports of “Nottingham Knockers” operating in the Nailsea & Backwell areas. These are cold callers who usually tell residents that they are ex-offenders trying to go straight, then try and sell poor quality and over-priced cleaning products. The police want to remind residents they are under no obligation to answer the door to anyone they don’t know or aren’t expecting. If you do talk to them, they are supposed to be able to provide a valid Pedlar’s Certificate and should leave your property when asked.

Police always recommend using a door chain and asking to see the identification of unexpected callers.

• If you are suspicious of a caller ring 999 straight away 

• keep your cash in the bank, not at home 

• keep windows and doors secured if you’re not in the room 

• set up a No Cold Calling Zone – contact your local Council Trading Standards Office

Remember, genuine callers:

• expect you to check their identification before opening the door 

• would never try to rush you by claiming there’s an emergency 

• will happily make an appointment to come back when you can have a relative or friend with you.



  • 04/10/2019 9788 AN004 Theft from Motor Vehicle.

A van parked in Hazelbury Road, Nailsea has had its number plates stolen overnight on the 2nd. It appears time was taken to unscrew the front plate, but the rear was ripped off, which may suggest the offender was disturbed.

If you contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 & quote Reference number: 5219228395 or Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you.



  • 26/09/19 9788 AN004 Attempted Burglary Residential Outbuilding Garage.

A property in Newton Green, Nailsea has had an attempted burglary on their garage. The incident occurred sometime between 1am and 3:30pm on the 25th. The offender has damaged the lock on the garage door whilst trying to gain entry. They have been unsuccessful and nothing has been stolen.

If you contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 & quote Reference number: 5219222054 or Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you.



  • 19/09/19 7164 CN201-CS226, Bristol, Somerset Avoiding Burglaries

We have seen a number of burglaries across the force area where the offenders have targeted homes while the residents are on holiday. There are a number of things you can do to make your home look occupied, which can also be used as the nights are starting to draw in. Please see the attached document for some tips to make your home safer.

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  • 17/09/2019 9788 AN004 Burglary Residential

A Flat in French Close, Nailsea was burgled on the 17th September between 7:15am & 4:30pm. Entry was made via a small window in the kitchen, the offender has broken the blinds whilst doing so. A number of items of clothing have been stolen and a bracelet. They then exited through the rear door.

If you contact the Police about this incident, please quote Reference number: 5219214580 or Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you.


  • 11/09/19 7164 Northeast, Somerset, Bristol - Joint Audit Committee Recruitment

The Avon and Somerset Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC), Sue Mountstevens, wishes to appoint three independent members to sit on the Joint Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable Audit Committee. As part of this volunteer role members will be examining inspection reports, by internal and external auditors, on matters including governance, key systems of control, asset management, people, data management and finance within these two organisations. They will also be directly advising the PCC and Chief on risk management. Therefore, experience and understanding of risk management and audit activity would be particularly valuable.

This vital work will help the Police & Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police to adhere to the best governance practices in their roles overseeing policing in our area and discharging their statutory responsibilities. The committee is an important, independent means of enhancing public trust and confidence in the governance of the office of the Police & Crime Commissioner and Avon and Somerset Police.

Further information about the role, and application pack documents are available from the PCC website which can be accessed by following the link below. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on the 9th October 2019.

To download an application pack please visit https://www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/Take-Part/Joint-Audit-Committee-Independent-Member.aspx or contact the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner on 01278 646 188.


  • 09/09/2019 9788 New Administrator for Somerset

Dear NWH Co-coordinators,

It is a pleasure to write to you to introduce myself as your new Neighbourhood Administrator. My name is Paul Johnson and I have been with Avon and Somerset Constabulary for nearly 5 years as a Police Community Support Officer. Thank you all for the continued efforts you have delivered to each and every watch across Somerset and I look forward to speaking with you in due course. I am currently working alongside another administrator to ensure that I provide you the best possible service as soon as is possible.

Kind regards

Paul


  • 04/09/19 7164 AN004 Outbuilding Burglary

A bicycle was stolen when someone broke into a shed in the rear garden of a home in Riverway, Nailsea, during the night of Monday 2 September. If you contact the Police about this incident, please quote Reference number: 5219202790

Sheds and garages continue to be popular targets for criminals all across the Avon and Somerset police area, and we recommend that residents take extra steps to secure their property. This is especially relevant with bicycles, so use a sold secure-approved lock and register it on Immobilise.com.

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



  • 04/09/19 7164 CN201-CS226, Somerset Area Help identify this pair

We need help to identify the man and woman pictured in the attached document. We believe they may have useful information to help us in a telephone banking fraud. The couple were pictured in Bath.

The victim of the fraud – a woman in Shepton Mallet – received a call from someone claiming to be from her bank, who was with a police officer. The “bank official” said they were ringing to notify the victim to advise that her bank card had been stolen and individuals were trying to use it at the bank. Because it was a poor phone line, the victim – who was in her workplace - asked the caller to call her back on her mobile phone number. The caller asked for the card details to be confirmed and then requested the PiN code to verify that it was the stolen card that was being used.

The victim then realised later in the day that her bag containing the card was missing and that she had during the confusion given the card details over the phone, believing her card was in the bag, which she thought she had with her. We are conducting enquiries into the incident and are keen to speak to the man and woman pictured.

We would like either of them - or anyone that recognises them - to contact us, quoting reference 5219175129

We would advise that police and banks will never ask members of the public to give out personal details, such as bank account numbers or PIN numbers over the phone or send a courier to collect bank cards or money.

We advise people not to discuss their finances with anyone calling you out of the blue, even if they claim to be a police officer or representative from the bank. Genuine callers will be happy for you to make an appointment to visit them at a branch of the bank or police station.

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  • 05/08/19 7164 AN004 Attempted Burglary

Some residents of Greenfield Crescent, Nailsea, have reported hearing noises at approximately 1.30 am on Thursday 1 August. This was an attempted burglary, where the offenders have smashed a ground floor window of a neighbouring property in an attempt to gain entry to the home, but have been unable to do so. If you contact the Police about these incidents, please quote Reference number: 5219175791

As we are now in the peak holiday period, we want to remind residents to take steps to make their home look occupied whenever they are away, such as putting lights on timer switches.

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


  • 19/07/2019 Emergency Services Open Day - Somerset

We delighted to announce that this year’s Emergency Services Open Day will take place on Sunday 15 September at Police & Fire HQ from 10.30am-4pm.

This is our opportunity to showcase the incredible work we do, and how we work alongside other emergency services in Avon and Somerset to keep our communities safe.

This year the programme of events will include displays from Avon and Somerset’s Police Dog, Mounted and Firearms section as well as car cutting and search and rescue demonstrations from Avon Fire & Rescue.

Younger visitors are invited to join the Major Crimes team and become a detective for the day. They will be able to visit a crime scene, investigate the evidence and then find out if their hard work has paid off when the offender is revealed at the end of the day.

Beyond the Constabulary and Avon Fire and Rescue Service representatives from Mountain Rescue, HM Coastguard, British Red Cross, RNLI and Wessex 4 x 4 will be at the event.

How can I attend the event?

• Open Day tickets are free and will be available from 1pm on Monday 22 July from http://www.emergencyservicesopenday.co.uk

Tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis and you will be able to buy up to 6 tickets per order. There are no priority tickets for Avon and Somerset employees.

• We will be releasing further tickets in two batches later this summer. We’ll announce release dates for tickets on the website http://www.emergencyservices.co.uk and social media

• If you have any enquiries about the Open Day please email OpenDayMailbox@avonandsomerset.police.uk but please note the only way to order tickets is using the Eventbrite link on the Open Day website.


  • 08/07/19 7164 All Somerset Beats - Distraction Burglary

There were two distraction burglaries in the Burnham-on-Sea area on Sunday 30 June. Please make any elderly or vulnerable friends, relatives and neighbours aware of these offences, as there have also been incidents in the Filton area of South Glos.

A male and two females have entered the home of an elderly resident in Berrow Road and approximately 2.30pm. They have said that they would make the victim a cup of tea while walking around the property, entering every room. At this time it is unknown if anything was stolen. If you contact the Police about this incident, please quote Reference number: 5219147604

A health worker has reported that a female and two males have run out of a home in Poplar Road when she arrived to care for an elderly resident at approximately 4pm. It is thought that they could have been looking for things of value at the location. If you contact the Police about this incident, please quote Reference number: 5219147744

This may be related to an incident on Saturday 15 June, when a vulnerable resident of Friars Way was befriended by a male who has gone into the victim’s home to have a cup of tea. When the male left it was found that an amount of cash had been stolen from the bureau. If you contact the Police about this incident, please quote Reference number: 5219134037

We want to remind homeowners to always use a door chain when answering the door to unexpected callers. Always ensure that any other doors and windows are closed and locked before opening the door. Be especially wary if there are more than one person, as it is easy for one offender to talk to you or ask to be shown other parts of the property, leaving the other visitor alone. Asking to use the toilet or wanting a drink is another way of distracting the resident into leaving one of the callers on their own.

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



  • 02/07/19 7164 AN004 Theft

During the night of Saturday 29 June, thieves have stolen lead from the conservatory roof of a home undergoing renovation at Post Office Lane, Flax Bourton. If you contact the Police about this incident, please quote Reference number: 5219148412

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



  • 27/06/19 7164 All AE, AN, AW BEATS - Shed and Garages Burglaries

As previously reported, there has been a substantial increase in the number of break-ins to garages, sheds and outbuildings across the Avon and Somerset policing area. The attached document gives some crime prevention advice on steps you can take to help secure your property. Please distribute this advice to as many residents as possible.

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  • 30/05/2019 Motorbike Thefts - North Somerset

Please can all Moped & Motorbike owners be extra vigilant and take extra security when it comes to locking their bikes. We are aware of a group of youths riding around the area looking to steal mopeds or motorbikes in the afternoon and evenings. If anyone sees a group of three or four mopeds riding around acting suspicious could they please call 101 to report it, if you see a crime happening please dial 999.



  • 28/05/19 7164 AN001-AN015 Witness Appeal: Weston-Super-Mare Incident

We’re appealing for witnesses following an incident in Weston-Super-Mare.

On Thursday afternoon 23 May, at about 1.10pm a man took hold of a toddler in the Summer Lane ponds area. The boy was with his mother at the time.

The man is described as a white man of slim build, about 5ft 10ins tall, wearing blue jeans and a distinctive light blue hooded top with white patches, similar to a tie-dye effect. He is thought to have left and headed in the direction of the car park at the entrance to the ponds area near Summer Lane.

We’re keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident who may be able to help us with our enquiries or who recognises the man. Officers have been patrolling the area to provide reassurance and receive any information on the incident in order to piece together what happened.

If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5219114866. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111



  • 24/05/19 7164 AN001-AN015, AE016-AE037, CN201-CS226 Telephone Scams

There have been a number of telephone scams reported recently. Once again HMRC has been used, where the caller says that they are from the Tax Office and that you owe money and a warrant has been issued for your arrest. Another scam currently going around is for someone claiming to be from BT saying that there is a problem with your internet. This one seems to be centre on giving them control of your computer to allow them to see if everything is in order. Once they have control they may demand an astronomical fee to solve the alleged “problem” or want a regular monthly payment to ensure everything stays in order. This type of ransom scam may also makes you vulnerable to viruses looking for financial information.

If you receive any form of phone call from someone you don’t know, never give them any personal or financial information and never let them take control of your computer. If you have any concerns, hang up the phone immediately. If you are still worried, contact the company the scammer claims to be from to check the validity of their claim. Use the phone number from an old bill or written communication or use the telephone directory. NEVER use a phone number given to you by the caller as it will go to an accomplice or to a premium price phone line.


  • 07/05/19 7164 AN001-AN015

Help us to find missing Danica

We are appealing for your help to find missing teenager Danica Herbert. Dani as she is known, is aged 16 years and went missing from the Worle area of Weston-super-Mare on Monday 29 April. She is described as a white girl, about 5ft 5ins tall, with brown shoulder length dark brown hair and wears glasses. It is not known what she was wearing when she went missing.

We would like Danica, or anyone recognising her to contact us immediately. If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5219093317.

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  • 03/05/19 7164 AN001-AN015 Missing Motorbikes

Please see the attached document to read about some motorbikes that were stolen from Winford during the night of Sunday 14 April. They are still missing at the time of sending this message.

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  • 03/05/19 7164 AN001-AN015 Small Business Burglaries

Please read the attached document to read about police in North Somerset urging local businesses to avoid leaving cash on their premises overnight after a number of burglaries.

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  • 17/04/2019 NHW Public Liability Insurance – Somerset

Hello,

Please see the attached documents for the Public Liability Insurance for 2019 – 2020.

Regards,

Katie Brimble

NHW Administrator – Bristol

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  • 13/03/2019 - Somerset NHW update

Following Lindsey’s unexpected retirement we will be running a reduced service to Neighbourhood Watch Schemes in the area she previously administrated. We hope to have to have her replacement in place as soon as possible and would like to apologise for any inconvenience.

If you have any questions in the meantime please email: alerts@avonandsomerset.police.uk



  • Message from the office

For the information of all Neighbourhood Watch Schemes

Please note that from today this office will not be staffed as I [Lindsey Stone] shall be on leave and then retiring at the end of March.

I would like to extend my thanks to all Co-ordinators across Somerset, some of whom I have known for many years. I wish you all well for the future.

To contact a Neighbourhood Watch Administrator in the meantime please use the following Email address

#alerts@avonandsomerset.police.uk


  • N092 26022019 Witnesses sought

N092 26022019 North Somerset

Police are appealing for the public’s help following the theft of a large quantity of golfing clothes in the North Somerset area.

They would like members of the public - particularly golf players and those attending car boot sales - to be vigilant for well-known golf clothing being offered for sale.

The items were taken from a golf club in Clevedon Road, Tickenham at about 4.30am on Friday 22 February.

Items taken include: trousers; jumpers, jackets and polo shirts. The clothing is branded – Ping, Footjoy, Proquip and Sunderland. In addition a Titleist Stadry stand-up golfing bag was taken.

We would like anyone spotting the items taken, or being offered them, to contact the police.

Police are also keen to hear from anyone who was in the Clevedon Road area of Tickenham around the time of the incident who may have seen a vehicle or anyone acting suspiciously in the area.

Anyone able to help is asked to contact the Police on 101, quoting reference 5219039226


  • BCU3 25022019 Garden Security

BCU3 25022019 Somerset

Please find attached two documents for your information and which you are welcome to forward to your members. One relates to gardening tips to deter burglars and the other relating shed/outbuildings.

As the better weather and lighter evenings come round this is a good time of year to check security, updating it where appropriate, to help reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime.

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  • N062 05022019 Somerset Newsletter

N062 05022019 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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  • BCU1 14012019 Telephone Scam

BCU1 14012019 Somerset

This message has been sent as a warning to residents:

A telephone scam is circulating across the county where residents have received telephone calls from people claiming to be from Westminster Police.

The caller states that they are investigating a crime or have a suspect in custody who has their bank details. The caller then asks them to reveal their card details for checking. A second call is often made a short while later claiming to be from their bank. Again this appears to be part of the scam.

Please remember never to give bank details to anyone you do not know or trust and do not continue conversations with persons you do not know or trust.

If you experience a similar call, please report it direct to the national fraud and cybercrime centre, Action Fraud on 0300-1232040 or via their website at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk


  • N016 08012019 vehicle crime

N016 08012019 AN004

There has been a rise in the number of vehicles being broken into across a number of streets in Nailsea recently. Breaks have occurred largely overnight and vehicles either forced open, or opened without damage being caused. In the main works tools have been stolen.

This message has been sent to alert residents to the problem and encourage everyone to report all suspicious activity direct to the police via the 101 number as soon as it is noticed.

Please also ask residents to ensure that vehicles are kept secure whenever they are unattended, where possible all items should be removed from vehicles and nothing should be left on display.

Advice leaflet is attached for your information.

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  • N011 07012019 crime report

N011 07012019 AN004

Overnight 5-6 January a garage at a property in North Lane, Nailsea was broken into. A car inside the garage was also entered.

Items stolen from the garage include: drills, circular saw, jigsaw

items stolen from the vehicle include: metal bucket, canvas tool box and numerous hand tools.

During the early hours of 6 January a vehicle parked in Queens Road was broken into.

Overnight 5-6 January a vehicle parked in Birdlip Close was broken into and tools stolen.

Overnight 5-6 January a vehicle parked in Blandford Close was broken into and tools stolen.


Source: Avon and Somerset Constabulary