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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

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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.



  • BCU28 29112018 Windows Computer Scam

BCU28 29112018 Somerset

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

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

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

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

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

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



  • N522 27112018 non dwelling break

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During the early morning of 26 November a garage at a property in The Bramleys, Nailsea was broken into. Entry gained by forcing open a side door to the garage. Tools were stolen including a Makita drill, nail gun and Dewalt drills.

Overnight 25-26 November - Dorchester Close, Nailsea. Van broken into and power tools stolen

Overnight 25-26 November - Dorchester Close, Nailsea. Van at another property broken into and tools stolen.



  • BCU27 26112018 Vehicle Crime

BCU27 26112018

This is a message for members of all schemes:

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

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

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

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



  • N481 07112018 burglary

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This is a brief overview of crimes that have occurred locally over the past week or so:

31 October-1 November - burglary at Dunster Gardens. Access forced through rear door. Search made but intruders disturbed.

1-2 November - High Street, attempt break to a house.

4 November - Greenfield Crescent - vehicle broken into and coins left on display stolen.

26 October-5 November - Kingshill - theft of equipment from a works vehicle.


  • N479 07112018 Public Forum

N479 07112018 North Somerset

Residents of North Somerset are invited to put their local policing questions to Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens and Chief Constable Andy Marsh on Tuesday 4th December, 2018.

The public forum, is to be held in the Auditorium at Nailsea School and will be attended by PCC Sue Mountstevens, Chief Constable Andy Marsh and North Somerset Chief Inspector Leanne Pook. The forum will begin with a welcome from the PCC and Chief Constable, before a presentation on policing in the area, by Chief Inspector Leanne Pook. This will be followed by an open question and answer session with the PCC, Chief Constable and Chief Inspector.

The forum will be held in the Auditorium at Nailsea School, Mizzymead Road, Nailsea, BS48 2HN and will take place between 6.45pm-9pm on Tuesday 4th December.

Register for your free ticket now by clicking this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pcc-police-public-forum-nailsea-tickets-52091827057

You can also reserve your seat by emailing pcc@avonandsomerset.pnn.police.uk or calling 01278 646188.

If you have any questions you would like to ask you can email us in advance at pcc@avonandsomerset.pnn.police.uk. We recommend you do this if you have a question that might need some research (for example regarding a specific issue in your area).

You can also tweet us your questions to @AandSPCC using the hash tag #YourPCCYourVoice.


  • BCU26 06112018 Somerset

BCU26 06112018 Message sent on behalf of the Police & Crime Commissioner:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For further information or to request a copy of the survey please call 01278 646188.


  • N465 23102018 non dwelling break

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Between 20-22 October a garage at Nightingale Gardens, Nailsea was broken into. Entry gained by cutting a padlock on the side door. Two nail guns were stolen from just inside the garage door.


  • BCU25 18102018 Awards

BCU25 18102018 Somerset - Be Proud Nominations now open

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

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

Closing date for nominations is 27 January 2019.

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

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

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

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



  • N439 05102018 Autumn Newsletter

N439 05102018 Autumn Newsletter

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

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

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

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  • N423 26092018 Beat Officer update

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Firstly to confirm your local beat team is:

PC 3494 Pete Rooke, PCSO 9779 Julie Berchall and PCSO 7948 Kate Turner

Message from PC Rooke:

I am PC 3494 Peter Rooke and with my colleagues, PCSO 7948 Kate Turner and PCSO 9779 Julie Berchall we police the town of Nailsea.

We work within a team of 1 Sergeant, 4 Constables and 7 police community support officers from Nailsea fire station. Between us all we cover a large geographical area, including villages as far apart as Long Ashton to Blagdon.

We actively patrol our area working to reduce any crime, anti-social behaviour and promoting crime reduction to make our neighbourhood a safer environment.

If you have any priorities or matters you think I should be addressing please contact me on:

3494@avonandsomerset.police.uk



  • BCU23 25092018 Crimes Against Older Persons

BCU23 25092018

This message is sent at the request of the Crown Prosecution Service and Senior Police Officers across the Force.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have launched a public consultation on the revised public policy guidance on Crimes Against Older People.

The policy guidance has been developed in partnership with two National Scrutiny Panels, which consist of members with experience and expertise from a community and academic perspective.

In advance of its finalisation, we would welcome views on five specific questions regarding the policy guidance. Any other comments outside these questions are also welcome.

The consultation can be found on the CPS website at: https://www.cps.gov.uk/consultation/public-consultation-crimes-against-older-people-policy-guidance and will run until 28 October 2018. The final policy guidance will be published later in the year.


  • N358 22082018 criminal damage

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The police are appealing for information after the roof of the new youth shelter in Millennium Park was damaged.

The incident happened at about 8.45am on Tuesday 7 August.

The shelter was built after requests from local youths and money raised by the community. The police worked hard with partner agencies to see a reduction in anti-social behaviour in the park. It would be a shame to see the damage caused by a few affecting the good behaviour of a large number of youths.

If anyone has information they can contact the Nailsea Neighbourhood team on 101.

  • BCU21 15082018 warning message

BCU21 15082018

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

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


  • BCU20 07082018 Somerset

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

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

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

At 1pm on 8 August, and

At 7pm on 28 August

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

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


  • N313 16072018 burglary

N313 16072018 AN004

On 11 July a burglary occurred at Yew Tree Gardens, Nailsea (reported on 13 July). Access was gained through an unlocked door and damage caused inside the property. Cash was also stolen from a pot in the kitchen.



  • BCU19 13072018 Somerset

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

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

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

At 1pm on 8 August, and

At 7pm on 28 August

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

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


  • BCU18 29062018 Emergency Services Day

BCU18 29062018

We are delighted to announce that we will be opening the doors of Police and Fire HQ at Portishead on Sunday 16 September for our annual Emergency Services Open Day.

The incredible work of all the emergency services working across Avon and Somerset will be showcased during the action-packed event giving members of the public the opportunity to see first-hand how the emergency services and partners work together to keep our communities safe.

As well as displays by the mounted and dog section, exhibits showing the work of the fire and police services, organisations representing Mountain Rescue, SWAFST, HM Coastguard, British Red Cross, RNLI and Wessex 4 X 4 and more will be there.

Open Day tickets are free and will be available from 10am on Friday 6 July using the following link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/emergency-services-open-day-2018-tickets-45970002515.

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

  • BCU17 07062018 Summer Newsletter

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

Neighbourhood Watch newsletter for Summer 2018

Letter from ACC Stephen Cullen

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

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

Attachments:


  • N253 06062018 burglary

During the morning of 5 June a window was broken to the rear of a property in Yew Tree Gardens, Nailsea. This activated an alarm at the property which alerted the victim to the offence. It is thought that the alarm sounding disturbed the intruder who made off. Nothing appears stolen.


  • BCU15 30052018 Invitation to event

BCU15 30052018 Somerset - this message is sent on behalf of the Avon and Somerset Neighbourhood Watch Association:

The Avon and Somerset Neighbourhood Watch Association (ASNWA) would like to invite you to attend a Neighbourhood Watch Network (NWN) event on Wednesday 20th June 2018 at Police Headquarters, Portishead. The event will run from 9.30am (Registration) then 10am to 4:30pm.

The NWN are holding regional events to showcase new, practical Crime & Vulnerability Toolkits and NW Development Seminars.

In consultation with their principle funder the Home Office they have secured funding to develop a set of 5 practical Toolkits on various crime and vulnerability issues.

This is to support what they have heard from a range of NW leads that some coordinators and members want to do more but are unsure how. The toolkits will be information and practical guides, from a NW perspective, to help address a range of crimes and issues that can cause significant harm to victims.

Anyone - member, coordinator or Association lead - with an interest in gaining information, additional knowledge and the chance to share this within your area with other members and coordinators will be the perfect participants for the toolkits and seminars.

The 5 themes of the toolkits are:

• Domestic Abuse – which as we know affects all communities

• Serious Violence – particularly knife crime

• Vulnerability and loneliness – to increase community cohesion

• Fraud and scams – particularly relevant for vulnerable people

• High harm crimes – Modern Slavery, Child Sexual Exploitation

The Toolkits contain information, best practice, printable and downloadable materials and practical advice on using them and developing a local project or programme. The advantage of working with local NW’s is that the information and materials will be relevant and usable by coordinators and members.

While some of these themes may not at first appear to be traditional themes for NW there is a key role we can all play in supporting our communities and our police partners to address these significant issues which affect all our communities especially vulnerability, scams and domestic abuse.

They are also planning an additional toolkit later in the year focused on using social media, benefits and issues and sharing good practice.

There are two key aims for each event:

1. Neighbourhood Watch into the future

The NW Development Seminars will be the chance for NHW Coordinators, Deputies and Members to feed into and help develop NW’s Strategy for the future. Half of each Seminar will focus on the strategy development work that has been initiated with NW local leads, the staff team, the board and partners. Attendees will discuss and input into the strategy to develop and modernise the organisation over the next three years.

2. Launching Crime and Vulnerability Toolkits / Training for Champions

Crime in England and Wales is changing and we’re providing new practical information and help for our members to support the police in the detection and reduction of these crimes. Our network of 2.3 million member households is a force to be reckoned with. So we’re finding more practical ways we can empower our members to look at some of the crimes that cause such significant harm to victims and communities. A simple example of this would be that if you regularly see different people going into a nearby house or minibuses turning up this may be a sign of Human Trafficking or if you are aware of an elderly neighbor regularly getting people knocking on their door they may well be being targeted for scams.

The NWN are looking to attract interest across England and Wales at these Seminars and for participants to share their knowledge in their local area so even more people can get the important information they need to help coordinators and NW members. This may simply mean sharing the information contained within the toolkits, developing a local focus on one or more of the areas or perhaps running a local project if they or local coordinators want to.

If you would like to attend the Seminar then please email Sian Dawon at the NWN direct: sian.dawson@ourwatch.org.uk

SIAN IS ADMINISTERING THIS EVENT. PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL OR CONTACT ASNWA AS WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BOOK A PLACE FOR YOU


  • BCU14 25052018 Message sent on behalf of Avon & Somerset Neighbourhood Watch Association

This message is sent on behalf of the Avon and Somerset Neighbourhood Watch Association (ASNWA). If you have queries regarding this message please DO NOT reply to this email but instead contact ASNWA direct at: info@asnwa.org

(As mentioned previously the Police will be forwarding advice to co-ordinators regarding the GDPR in due course)

The message from the ASNWA reads:

Further to our last email, the Association has developed an online PDF GDPR consent form.

This will allow you to email the PDF template to your new members who will be able to fill it out on the screen and email it back to you, therefore negating the need for unnecessary paperwork. It is offered as an alternative way to get new members to fill out their GDPR consent form from the 25th May.

You are not required to use this method if you don't want to, and can continue to use the existing form provided in our previous message.

This method requires Adobe Reader (which is FREE to download) using a PC or Tablet and can be found at: https://get.adobe.com/uk/reader

There are 3 files:

1. NW GDPR Consent Form

The base template you will send to new members.

2. HOW TO Use the on-line NW Consent template

Instructions on the procedures needed to add your contact details to the template, send it to the new member and how they fill in their details and return it to you.

3. HOW TO Sign the on-line NW Consent form

Detailed instructions for members on how to 'sign' the template and email it back to you.

Attachments:

• how-to-sign-the-on-line-nw-consent-form.pdf

• how-to-use-the-on-line-nw-consent-template.pdf

• nw-gdpr-consent-form.pdf

Attachments:


  • BCU16 25052018 PCC Email updates

This message is sent on behalf of the Avon and Somerset Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

From 25 May 2018, new data protection rules mean that we need your permission to stay in touch even if you are already a subscriber or you are currently receiving updates from us.

If you would like to receive email updates from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, please follow this link: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKAAS_POLICE/subscriber/new

You will be required to input an email address but all other questions are optional and as such do not have to be filled out. Press submit as soon as you are happy with your preferences.

If you do not want to receive updates from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, you can ignore this message.

You can unsubscribe or manage your subscription preferences at any time by clicking on the link in the email footer.

If you have any questions please get in touch by emailing pccmailings@avonandsomerset.pnn.police.uk

  • BCU13 10052018 Data Protection

This message is sent on behalf of Nick Gough, Chairman of the Avon and Somerset Neigbourhood Watch Association, NOT Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Please do not reply to this message but email any queries to: info@asnwa.org

Please find attached a PDF and Word versions of GDPR guidance which is a culmination of work by the NWN (Neighbourhood Watch Network - the national NHW Charity), the ICO (Information Commissioner's Office - the UK data regulator) and Associations around the country.

There has been a lot speculation on what GDPR means for NHW, and we have been corresponding with many Co-ordinators and local Associations over the past few months to allay any fears.

Despite press woes, the regulations are not onerous for NHW and only affect NEW members signed up on or after the 25th May - when the new regulations come into force.

We are also working on an online PDF version which would allow you to send out the form on email, have the recipient electronically sign the document and email it back so it can be electronically stored, negating the need to print/scan documentation.

If you have any questions or concerns about this guidance, can you please email your queries to the Association (NOT Avon and Somerset Constabulary) at: info@asnwa.org

(Please note: the Constabulary will issue a separate statement regarding this matter in due course)

Attachments:

(Note from Nailsea NHW - this is primarily intended as a guidance/checklist for independent Coordinators - please refer to our Nailsea NHW GDPR Policy statement.)


BCU12 01052018 Message from the PCC

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

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


BCU11 30042018 Insurance docs

The free Public Liability Insurance for Neighbourhood Watch, Street Signs and other activities has been renewed for this financial year (1 April 2018-31 March 2019). Please find a copy of the Certificate and Policy Documentation attached.

If you would like us to send you a copy of the Certificate and Policy Documentation, please contact your local Neighbourhood Watch Administrator.

Attachments:


N174 19042018 non dwelling break

During the early morning of 18 April a shed at a property in West End, Nailsea was broken into. Number of items stolen including disc cutter and chainsaw.


BCU10 16042018 Somerset

We have been receiving a number of enquiries from watch scheme co-ordinators regarding the implementation of the new General Data Protection Legislation or GDPR, and any implications this may have for co-ordinators who may hold computer records of personal details of scheme members.

The General Data Protection Regulation is EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union and comes into force on the 25 May this year, replacing the current 1995 Data Protection Directive.

As an organisation we are currently working to ensure compliance with the new regulations in all areas of our business.

We are awaiting guidance from our Corporate Information Management department. Once this is issued, if necessary, you will be contacted. Until such time please continue as normal.


N159 11042018 Court Result

A man who murdered his wife and left their two young sons to find her body has been jailed for life. Andrew Tavener repeatedly stabbed his wife, Claire, at their Nailsea home in early January.

The 45-year-old then fled his Brendon Gardens address and attempted to take his own life by lying in front of a train.

Shortly after the initial 999 call was made, police were informed of a man on the railway at nearby Nailsea and Backwell Station. On arrival at the station, officers found Tavener with a significant injury to his hand after he had been hit by a train. He admitted to officers while on the platform that he had just killed his wife.

After treatment in hospital Tavener was charged with murder and appeared at Bristol Crown Court on 10 April. He was given a life term and told he would serve a minimum of 16 years and eight months behind bars before he will be considered for release.


N115 19032018 non dwelling break

Overnight 16-17 March a shed at a property in Eastway Square, Nailsea was broken into and fence panels at the property also damaged.

Between 14-16 March damage caused to property in St Austell Close, Nailsea

On 18 March pedal cycle stolen from a parking area at High Street, Nailsea.


Senior Siren Publication

BCU6 14032018 Senior Siren

Please find below a link to the very latest edition of the Senior Siren magazine featuring an exclusive interview with respected national treasure, Nerys Hughes, as well as a variety of other lifestyle and senior safety advice.

This magazine will now be published twice a year and the next edition is expected in the Autumn of 2018.

http://www.sclt.us/senior-siren/4573598653



W199 14032018 Bogus Callers

Once again police are asking members of the public to be alert when dealing with callers at the door, cold callers on the phone or by Email. Recent incidents include:

(a) Rogue traders calling at a property and informing the owner that they need to fix ridge tiles. The charge was to be over £900 for a job that was unnecessary. Fortunately a neighbour came out and stated they had called the police. The callers left the property.

(b) Calls and Emails have been received by members of the public that purport to be from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC). These either indicate that there is a tax refund available or that there is tax owed and that it needs to be paid in iTunes vouchers. Please be aware that this department will not telephone or contact by Email in this way and they will never ask for any refunds to be done in voucher form.

It is difficult to keep up with different types of scams but remember: if the offer is too good to be true then it probably is; if you need work or services then make your own enquiries to find firms to provide them; do not have dealings with callers at the door.

We have a limited number of leaflets giving advice about cold callers – contact Lindsey at the office for details - or use the following link to the police website for more advice.

https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-advice/protecting-your-home-and-property/know-the-signs-of-doorstep-crime/


BCU5 21022018 Feedback survey

Avon and Somerset Constabulary are currently conducting a Quality of Service Feedback Survey, and we have had some people receiving our telephone survey calls concerned it may be a scam.

Please be aware that as your contact details are registered with us, from time to time you may receive a telephone call from a market research company called SMSR asking you to take part in a survey. Members of the public calling or Emailing the police may also receive a call regarding this feedback survey.

It is a Home Office requirement that all Police Forces carry out user feedback surveys. SMSR operates on our behalf strictly within the Market Research Society Code of Conduct and under no circumstances will your details be used for any other purpose.

This process is directed by the Chief Constable, acting as force data controller, operating under a strict set of terms and conditions and in accordance with the Data Protection Act.

Your valuable feedback is used to identify opportunities for us to further improve the quality of service we provide.

If you do not want to take part in this survey please contact the Constabulary on 01275 816332 and leave a recorded message to be removed from the ‘user satisfaction survey’.

Further details can be found by following the link below.

https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact-us/telephone-survey/



Force-wide message - Livestock Worrying

This message is sent on behalf of our Rural Crime Teamed and aimed at all dog walkers and we would be grateful if you could pass this on:

Livestock worrying is a big issue especially as we approach the Spring. We are seeing an increase in such reports and would like to take this opportunity to politely remind dog walkers to keep their animals on leads around livestock.

Remember to follow the Countryside Code, https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-countryside-code/the-countryside-code especially during lambing season.

If your dog attacks livestock, you could end up being responsible for offences including criminal damage and sheep worrying, as well as potential prosecution for offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Farmers also have the right to shoot dogs that are worrying or attacking livestock. We don’t want anyone to lose their beloved family pet.

The Avon and Somerset Police Rural Crime Team recommends:

• Always checking for livestock in fields when walking your dog/s

• Always making sure you shut gates behind you

• When in or near fields with livestock, keep your dog/s on a lead and under control at all times. The only time you should release your dog is in the event of being chased by cattle. By restraining the dog in this circumstance you put yourself at risk of being injured

• If you live near livestock and own a dog/s make sure that your property and garden are secure so your pets cannot escape

Leading rural insurer NFU Mutual saw a 50% rise in dogs attacks on livestock in the UK in 2016.


N052 02022018 Newsletter

Please find attached to this message the latest edition of the Police Newsletter for your information. We would be grateful if you could forward the document 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 are unable to read the attachment or wish to check whether you will receive any paper copies please contact Lindsey at the office who will try to assist (Tel 01278-644799).

Attachments:


N049 02022018 Murder investigation - update

Following our message sent to schemes in January the police have now charged a 45-year-old man with murder in connection with the death of Claire Tavener.

Claire, 27, was found dead at a house on Brendon Gardens in Nailsea on 8 January. A post mortem examination confirmed she died from multiple stab wounds.

Specialist officers continue to provide support to her family.

Police would like to thank the public for their support during this investigation.


N042 29012018 burglary

During the afternoon of 24 January a burglary occurred at Woodland Road, Nailsea. Entry gained by forcing open a window. A search was made and jewellery stolen.

Overnight 24-25 January lead stolen from roof of building in Church Lane, Nailsea.

Overnight 26-27 January damage caused to vehicle at Elm Lodge Road, Wraxall


N032 22012018 non dwelling break

Overnight of 18-19 January a garage at a property in West End Lane, Nailsea was broken into. Two pedal cycles stolen.


N022 15012018 AN004

Overnight 11-12 January a burglary occurred at Yew Tree Gardens, Nailsea. It is thought that access was gained by breaking a window to the rear of the property. A handbag and cash was stolen from inside.

Overnight 11-12 January damage caused to the window of a vehicle parked in Shaftesbury Close, Nailsea.



BCU2 09012018 Pride Awards

Is there a police officer, volunteer or member of police support staff who you would like to thank for their work? If you know anyone who works within Avon and Somerset Constabulary that goes above and beyond their role, you can make sure that they get recognised!

The Be Proud Awards celebrate the best of policing in Avon and Somerset and we want your nominations for those people who work hard to keep our communities safer and stronger.

There are less than two weeks to make sure that your 'policing hero' is recognised for their work within Avon and Somerset Constabulary, so make sure you submit your nominations for the Be Proud Awards 2018 before the deadline of the 27th January.

Go to http://www.beproudawards.com to use the online submission form or email PCC@avonandsomerset.pnn.police.uk to email your nomination.

N015 09012018 Major investigation

As you are probably aware from the media the police have launched a murder investigation after a woman died at a property in Nailsea yesterday.

A male was arrested shortly afterwards and investigations continue.

Police would like to assure local residents that this is believed to be an isolated incident.

Police are also appealing for information and if anyone saw or heard anything suspicious in the Brendon Gardens area prior to the incident occurring yesterday morning please call the police on 101. You should tell the call handler that you are calling in relation to log number 108 of 8 January 2018.

N011 08012018 non dwelling break

Overnight 5-6 January a garage at Parish Brook Road, Nailsea was broken into and a pedal cycle stolen.


BCU1 08012018 PCC Drop in Session

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens is holding public drop-in sessions around County on Wednesday 10th January, to speak to residents and ask their views on the proposal to increase council tax to support policing. The proposal would increase council tax by £1 extra a month for the average ‘Band D’ household and the PCC would like to hear your views on this. You can speak with Sue or a member of her team at any of the following places:

10AM – 11:30 AM, The Galleries, Bristol.

1PM – 2:30PM, Angel Place Shopping Centre, Bridgwater.

3:15PM – 4:30PM, The Sovereign Shopping Centre, Weston-super-Mare.

6PM – 7PM, Sainsburys, Chard.

If you are unable to make any of these locations, please send your views by Email to: PCC@avonandsomerset.pnn.police.uk or call 01275 816377.

Source: Avon and Somerset Constabulary