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  • 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

For Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset

Contact: Trevor Wilmot
Tel: 01278 644845

 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;

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:

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!


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.

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 | 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

  • 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.


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.


  • 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 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


  • 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

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.


  • 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

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 and social media

• If you have any enquiries about the Open Day please email 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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


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


Katie Brimble

NHW Administrator – Bristol


  • 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:

  • 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

  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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

  • 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.


  • N011 07012019 crime report

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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

  • 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:

You can also reserve your seat by emailing or calling 01278 646188.

If you have any questions you would like to ask you can email us in advance at 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                 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

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.


  • 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:

  • 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: 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                              

  • 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:

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

  • N313 16072018 burglary

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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:

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

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.


  • 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:


  • 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:

(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:

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.


• 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


  • 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:

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

  • 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:

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:

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


(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 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.


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.

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.

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.

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, 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).


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 to use the online submission form or email 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: or call 01275 816377.

29/12/2017 Fraud AN004

On THURSDAY 28th DECEMBER 2017 at around 1430 hours the victim received a phone call stating they were from the Fraud Office and they had seen some suspicious activity on her account, they then put her through to someone who claimed to be from HALIFAX, the person on the phone had a SCOTTISH accent and they stated that they would have to open a new account for her and she would be required to transfer £5000 to this new account. The offender arranged for a Taxi to pick the victim up to go to the bank, the victim has realised that this was suspicious and reported it. 

Please note that several people in the Nailsea Area have been contacted and we encourage anyone who has any information to contact the police on 101 or on our website.

BCU34 20122017 warning

Please note that there have been some instances recently where parcels delivered for individuals have been stolen. Of those the most recent have been:

A parcel delivered in Bridgwater and left in the porch at the front of the delivery address. Victim returned home to find the parcel missing.

A suspect took a delivery card in the name of the victim and collected a parcel in Weston Super Mare

Officers ask you to take care over the security of parcels being delivered. If you are not going to be home to receive them, try to find an alternative where they will be home. If you are buying on-line then many companies use a 'click and collect' service with other more local businesses which can be convenient.

BCU33 13122017 

Somerset Festive message

Thank you all for helping the police and your community through another year. The importance of Neighbourhood Watch as a key part of a strong community is never lost on me. As I travel throughout Somerset and North Somerset it is always good to see Neighbourhood Watch signs on display. Reassuring for me and a deterrent to would-be villains. It also tell me that that community cares and there are often other signs of that - Community Speed Watch, an old telephone box turned into a book exchange or a parish noticeboard crammed with notices of events. It is so important to keep our communities active and many of you will be involved in extra events over the festive period. 

Thank you for being involved in Neighbourhood Watch and also thank you for the other community aspects you support. Together we make this a wonderful place to live and work in.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Peaceful 2018.

Mike Prior

Superintendent Neighbourhood & Partnerships

BCU32 12122017 Somerset

Be Proud Award

Preparations are well underway for this year’s Be Proud Awards, organised jointly by the Constabulary and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. 

The Be Proud Awards aim to highlight the very best of Avon and Somerset Constabulary, acknowledging and rewarding our dedicated officers, staff and volunteers for all their hard work in ensuring the communities of Avon and Somerset are safe and feel safe. 

Last year’s awards saw 22 individuals and five teams recognised for their efforts and hard work in fighting crime, supporting victims and bringing offenders to justice. 

Officers, police staff and volunteers can be recognised 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

- Policing Team of the Year

We are looking for your helping in promoting the awards amongst your communities and encouraging nominations where they are truly deserved.

To nominate visit  

Closing date for nominations is 27 January 2018. Hardcopy nomination forms are also available in police stations, local community buildings and on request please call 01275 816377.

BCU31 11122017 Volunteer Opportunity

Please see attached document seeking volunteers for Prison Circles; Circles for young people and Circles for adults with intellectual abilities. Force is recruiting volunteers for training in the New Year.



BCU30 07122017 Vehicle Crime

Over recent weeks there has been a large increase in vehicle crime. 

Variety of vehicles targeted but in some areas theft from vans has been particularly high. The majority of these are privately owned or contract vans (as opposed to the corporate image vans). Unknown offender(s) have been breaking into the vehicles, mainly by smashing a window and stealing power tools. 

We have also seen an increase in theft from cars. Items such as satellite navigation accessories and handbags have been targeted because they have been left on display inside the car.

We urge members of the public to follow the below advice :-

1. Make sure your vehicle is locked and secured before walking away - if you have an alarm on the vehicle make 

sure it is set 

2. Remove ALL valuable tools and powered equipment from vehicles

3. Do not leave any valuables on display no matter how small or insignificant they are 

4. Remove the sat nav holder from the windscreen and wipe away the sucker smudge from the windscreen. 

You can also register your personal property for free on 

This is a free website whereby you can create an account for yourself. Register any property which has a unique serial number (I.e. mobile phones, laptops, power tools, sat navs etc.)

As always, please ensure you report all suspicious activity to 101, or 999 if crime is in progress.

BCU29 13112017 Firearms Surrender campaign

Firearms Surrender campaign

From 13-26 November, the police are holding a firearms and ammunition surrender campaign. This gives people the opportunity to dispose of these items in a safe place and those surrendering items will not face prosecution.

In Somerset the items can be surrendered at the following stations:

• Bridgwater Police Centre: open 8am – 8pm everyday

• Yeovil: open 8am – 8pm everyday

If you are unable to attend a police station please telephone the police on 101 to discuss alternative arrangements.

There will also be an opportunity to surrender bladed weapons at these stations during this time.

See the full article on the following link:

N385 13112017 AN004, burglary

Overnight 10-11 November a burglary occurred at Sunnymede Road, Nailsea. Access gained into the property and a search made inside - no details of items stolen.

9-10 November number plates stolen from vehicles in Camp View, Parish Brook Road, Silver Street.

BCU29 19102017 Cold Calling

Trading Standards have made us aware that there are companies causing concerns in Somerset. These often have representatives in the area cold calling at houses. They vary in what they are offering, it can be suggesting they can handle compensation claims or talking about cavity wall insulation. Callers can be offering to provide garden services, selling goods etc.

Bogus traders often call at the door without an appointment - their work can be over-priced and poor quality.

Make sure you do not buy from or sell to callers at the door. If you have a chain on your door then ensure it is on before you answer the door to strangers.

Do not have dealings with cold callers - better to close the door and keep them outside. If you do want to have work done then ensure you get written quotations from reputable companies - consider asking family or friends for suggestions.

Remember you can also get bogus calls on the telephone or by Email - never give out ANY personal information on either.

If you think you have been subject of cold calling, bogus traders etc then please contact the police using the 999 emergency number.

BCU28 18102017 ASNWA masterclass

ASNWA Masterclass

Avon and Somerset Neighbourhood Watch Association (ASNWA) in collaboration with the Avon and Somerset Constabulary are running a Coordinator Masterclass on Saturday 28th October, 2017 from 10am to 4pm at the Police & Fire Headquarters in Portishead.

Places are limited so please register for the event quickly to avoid disappointment.

Please take note of the instructions in the attached documents on how to register for the event and to let ASNWA know of any special dietary requirements or allergies they should be aware of as a buffet lunch is provided.

Note: This event if for registered coordinators and deputies only.


BCU27 18102017 Somerset

This message is sent jointly on behalf of the newly constituted Avon and Somerset Neighbourhood Watch Association (ASNWA) and Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

Both organisations are keen to forge closer relationships with local Neighbourhood Watch Groups (Multi-schemes, Associations, Panels, Safety Forums) or any other grouping of NHW schemes within the Avon and Somerset force area.

They recognise that these 'local group schemes' (in some areas this will be known by other names such as local association etc) have their own procedures and ways of working, so wish to formally recognise your grouping to get an understanding of how NHW works for you locally. It is hoped that through dialogue with the association, they can work with you to shape NHW in the force area by working with the Constabulary centrally on policy and locally with beat teams to implement those policies. We believe this will add real value to NHW and help promote and grow it within the force area.

It is important to reiterate that the role of the association is not to dictate or add another layer to NHW; it is there as a consultative and advisory group, to work with NHW schemes, the constabulary and local beat teams to make NHW an effective crime prevention tool, to help reduce crime and the fear of crime within our communities. They want to reiterate that NHW schemes are a resource not a demand on police resources, and that collaboration results in tangible benefits in assisting the police at time when resources are stretched and money from central government is reducing year-on-year.

To that end if you represent one of these NHW groupings, we would like you to make contact with Lindsey at the NHW office to confirm which group you represent. The association can then map where such groups exist and officially recognise you. They would then like to have a conversation with the groups to understand your needs and work with you to implement changes needed to modernise and bring about longevity to NHW within the force area.

BCU26 02102017, Fraud

Police have had a number of reports of fraud where people have been duped out of cash or coerced into purchasing items from fraudsters posing as police officers.

The latest scam involves people being contacted by a man posing as a police officer who is investigating a fraud at their bank. The victim is then persuaded to take part in an undercover investigation by obtaining cash from their account or by purchasing high value items including Rolex watches. 

Arrangements are made for the victims to attend a meeting to hand over the cash or goods – the meeting point is sometimes a railway station. 

A police officer, or any other official, will never ask for money or bank details over the phone or on the door-step or ask you to arrange to take them to a pre-arranged location. If you are unsure if the person is who they say they are, ask for identification such as their collar number and call 101 to check the name and the authenticity of the caller. 

If you want to report being a victim of this type of fraud call 101, quoting reference 5217219020

N318 18092017 North Somerset

Please find attached latest version of the NHW newsletter in both word and pdf versions for your interest and for you to pass on to your members.

Those who have already requested paper copies will find them arriving shortly - if you've not already requested these and would like some please contact this office. Please note these are distributed on the basis of one per five households registered in a scheme.


BCU25 ASNWA Inaugural Meeting/Open Forum

This message is forwarded on behalf of the Avon & Somerset Neighbourhood Watch Association (ASNWA)

Please find attached your invitation to the Avon and Somerset Neighbourhood Watch Association Inaugural meeting and Open Forum.

Please follow the instructions contained within the attachment to register for a ticket to gain access to the event.

Egils Praulitis

Interim Chair



26/07/17 7164 AN201-AN015, AW038-039, AW041, AW052 Rogue Traders

Please be aware of Rogue Traders operating in the area. At approximately 2pm on Tuesday 25 July, two males have cold-called a residence on Balmoral Way, Weston-super-Mare, and have pressurised the elderly residents into having work done on their guttering. The offenders refused to stop work or leave when asked by a relative of the couple and the police have then removed them.

Be wary of all cold-callers offering to do work on your home, as they can offer over-priced or unnecessary services, or put pressure on residents to agree to the work, as has happened on this occasion. Traders must give you a written quote from the business address, which should include a 14-day cancellation period before the work starts. You should always use recognised companies or people who have been recommended to you by a trusted source. If you contact the police with information about this incident, please quote Reference number: 5217170155

Attached document: not-sure-don't-open-the-door.pdf

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


BCU23 18072017 Somerset

Message sent on behalf of Deputy Chief Constable Sarah Crew:

Further to my previous message I am pleased to announce the Avon and Somerset Neighbourhood Watch Association now have the ability to contact you and support your valuable work in the community. They will be in contact in the coming weeks, but I want to encourage all members of Neighbourhood Watch to make contact with the Association and start the discussion around the fantastic opportunities they could bring to further develop the partnership between local policing teams and NHW.

They want to know what matters most to you and will be working hard with us to build and improve the way NHW and Avon and Somerset Constabulary positively affect your community. Contacting them is easy, either via their website, (there is a contact form at the bottom of their home page), or by calling 03330 142815.

Give your feedback (positive or negative) to help shape the future of Neighbourhood Watch. With your assistance I am confident this Association will be a valuable resource for Watches, please make the most of it.

N243 17072017 AN004, Nailsea

Between 8-14 July a burglary occurred at Westway, Nailsea. Victim returned home to find the rear door unlocked. A search had been made inside the property.

BCU22 16062017 Somerset Co-ordinators

Message From Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Sarah Crew - to all NHW subscribers

Following on from the news of their recent launch, we are pleased to announce we will be providing details of coordinators and deputies to the Avon and Somerset Neighbourhood Watch Association. This will enable them to better support Neighbourhood Watch across the Constabulary area. The Neighbourhood Watch Network, though independent, is Home Office funded and is a key partner for policing. Once this is complete you will be able to receive messages from them to better understand how they plan to support Neighbourhood Watch, as well as the resources and events available through them. If you are receiving this and are not a member of Neighbourhood Watch please let us know, so we change your status on our system.

We are excited by the prospect of our partnership with the Association and it is perfect timing to be completing this during Neighbourhood Watch week. There are discussions taking place about resources and assistance for Neighbourhood Watch that will ensure Neighbourhood Co-ordinators across the Constabulary are better supported and have the opportunity to be more involved in their community, if they wish to do so. We will be helping the Association provide the support you want from them, so we would encourage you to engage with them and help make this the success we know it can be. You can find out more details about the Association through, or by calling 03330 142815.

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A public forum will be held with PCC Sue Mountstevens, Chief Constable Andy Marsh and local Chief Inspector Tina Robinson at the Healthy Living Centre, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 3SJ.

Meeting will be on Tuesday 20 June. From 6.45pm (arrival) to finish at 9pm.

Questions should be submitted in advance by Email or by phoning 01275 816377

Please book seat(s) by using the following link:

or by phone on 01275 816377.

BCU21 12062017 Somerset

The following message is sent on behalf of the Chief Constable Andy Marsh and Police & Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens:

We would like to personally thank all Co-ordinators and contact points for the hard work being done in your respective Watch Scheme. Your time is very much appreciated and you really do make a difference.

Your choice to give something back to your local community is generous and inspiring to those around you.

Watch Schemes have long been valuable partners to the Constabulary and local communities. This is being further enhanced by the recent creation of the Avon and Somerset Neighbourhood Watch Association – for those of you in Neighbourhood Watch you can find out more at or telephone 03330-142815.

Thank you for your personal commitment, for the positive messages you take back to family and friends about our organisation and the work we do. You are an intrinsic part of the police family and we are better at serving our communities with your support.

Andy Marsh Sue Mountstevens

Chief Constable Police & Crime Commissioner

BCU20 08062017 Somerset

Please find attached document publicising a group of volunteers called 'Circles' - their aim is to prevent sexual abuse by helping reduce the risk of further sexual offending by a known perpetrator. This group is a registered charity and supported by the Constabulary and Crime Commissioner.


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A public forum will be held with PCC Sue Mountstevens, Chief Constable Andy Marsh and local Chief Inspector Tina Robinson at the Healthy Living Centre, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 3SJ.

Meeting will be on Tuesday 20 June. From 6.45pm (arrival) to finish at 9pm.

Questions should be submitted in advance by Email or by phoning 01275 816377

Please book seat(s) by using the following link: or 

by phone on 01275 816377.

Source: Avon and Somerset Constabulary