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Alert: May20th, (9-7-8-8), AN004 – Nailsea National Association NHW (Email Issues)

Dear Coordinators,

I have very recently been advised by Mr Jeremy Blatchford (Chairman of the Nailsea National Association) that they are having issues with unsolicited emails being delivered to some of their members, these emails claim to originate from their Association email address.

As a rule the Association do not email their members and place any updates on their website. As such any emails claiming to be from Nailsea.NHW@gmail.com or similar should for now be discarded.

This in NO WAY affects your Community Alerts from us at Avon and Somerset Police.


Alert: May 20th, (9-7-8-8), Somerset Areas – The little book of BIG scams, 5th Edition.

Dear Coordinators,

The 5th edition of The Little Book of Big Scams has just been released, I am very pleased to be able to share an electronic copy with you. This book has a whole host of useful information and it is highly recommended to save this for future reference.

Do please share this as much as possible.

Kind regards

Paul Johnson

NHW Admin

Somerset Areas

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Alert: May17th, (9-7-8-8), Somerset Areas – Energy Bill, Rebate Scam.

Dear Coordinators,

We have been made aware of the following scam by one of our own NHW Coordinators, do please take a moment to familiarise yourself with the attached document. Once again this highlights the need to be alert to this type of scam and their attempts to trick you into clicking on unsafe links.

Kind regards

Paul Johnson

NHW Admin

Somerset Areas

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Alert: May16th, (9-7-8-8), Somerset Areas – PCC urges residents to be aware of courier fraud.

PCC Mark Shelford is urging local people to be on their guard after a new list of tactics used by courier fraudsters has been unveiled by the City of London Police.

Typically, courier fraudsters target their victims by claiming to be a police officer or member of staff from a victim’s bank, and they often pressure people into making quick financial decisions to assist with fictious investigations.

In 2021 alone, 3,625 people across the country were victims of courier fraud with loses totalling more than £15.2 million.

An analysis of data from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has highlighted four modus operandi (MOs) that are now more commonly being used by fraudsters:

- Bank card expiry: Fraudsters claim to be from the victim’s bank and say their card is no longer valid. The scammers ask for the pin number and then send a “courier” to collect the card before using it for fraudulent purposes

- Purchasing high end items: The suspects pretend to be police officers and ask the victim to help with an undercover operation by purchasing expensive items like watches, jewellery and gold. Once the item is bought, the victim will hand over the item to the criminals

- Counterfeit cash/ bank investigation: A person claiming to be the police or bank official informs the victim that they need to help with a banking corruption investigation. The victim is told to withdraw a large amount of money and the cash is picked up later by a “courier” to “check for fingerprints or to identify counterfeit bank notes.”

- Computer takeover: The fraudsters telephones the victim, purporting to be from their internet service provider, saying that they have had an issue with their internet connectivity and the victim is due compensation. The victim is persuaded to download a remote access application, giving the suspects access to their home computers. The fraudster persuades the victims into thinking they have been paid too much compensation and the victim then withdraws cash to pay the money back, which is later collected by a “courier”.

PCC Mark Shelford said: “Victims of courier fraud typically tend to be between the ages of 70 to 89 years old, with women more likely to be targeted than men.

This highlights yet again that fraudsters scam some of the most vulnerable people in our communities in order to make financial gains.

“These scammers pose as trusted officials, apply pressure to individuals in the hope they will let their guard down. We need to be one step ahead of these fraudsters and ensure as many of us as possible know how to spot the tactics and warning signs. By having this conversation with loved ones, it could prevent them from being a victim of fraud.”

Signs of courier fraud:

• Courier fraud usually starts with an unsolicited telephone call to the victim.

• Typically the suspect will pose as a bank official, police officer or a computer or utility engineer.

• Courier fraudsters will usually request the victim purchases high value items such as Rolex watch and gold bullion, withdraws cash or provides a bank card for collection from a courier.

• Fraudsters will instruct victims not tell any family or friends about what they are doing.

• When carrying out courier fraud, criminals will request the victim hangs up the phone to ring their bank for confirmation while keeping the line open. The suspect then purports to be bank official and provides false confirmation.

• Fraudsters will also make arrangements for a courier meet the victim to collect the item they have purchased.

Anyone who receives an unexpected call from someone claiming to be one of these officials should verify they are speaking to someone genuine: hang up, wait five minutes and call back on a number they know is genuine.

Anyone who is contacted by someone they do not know, or cannot verify the identity of, to follow the Take Five to Stop Fraud advice.

Take Five To Stop Fraud advice

Stop: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.

Challenge: Could it be fake? It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.

Protect: If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud online at police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/contact-us


Alert: May12th, (9-7-8-8), Somerset Areas – Detectives find missing 15-year-old Maddie.

At 12:45pm today officers located missing 15-year-old girl Maddie at an address in Bristol.

Maddie had been missing from her home in the Southmead area of the city since 26 April.

Three men inside the address have been arrested on suspicion of child abduction.

Both Maddie’s foster parents and family have been informed.

Detective Inspector Laura Miller said: “We’re delighted to confirm Maddie has been found.

“Three men are in police custody and will soon be questioned by officers.

“We’re extremely grateful for all the support the public gave us in our search for Maddie and would like to reassure them she is now being provided with all the care and support she needs.

“We appreciate there is significant interest in this case and I’d ask people not to speculate and to think about the impact it may have on Maddie and her loved ones.”

Enquiries are ongoing.


Alert: May 9th, (9-7-8-8), AN004 – Criminal Damage / Burglary.

May 9th, (9-7-8-8), AN004 – Criminal Damage to Property.

A section of fencing was damaged overnight on the 6th around the Barrat Homes site, Engine Lane, Nailsea.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting reference number: 5222107675 stating

NHW release. Or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Thank you for your support.

May 9th, (9-7-8-8), AN004 – Burglary Non Dwelling (Commercial).

Around 8pm on the 5th a Commercial Unit / Premises was broken into on Blackfriars Road, Nailsea. The offender forced entry via a rear door by cutting through with a Reciprocating Saw. Once inside it appears nothing was stolen before the offender made off via the same method of entry. The male offender wore Black Shorts, White T-Shirt and Red Shoes.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting reference number: 5222106749 stating

NHW release. Or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Thank you for your support.


Alert: May 9th, (9-7-8-8), Somerset Areas – Urgent appeal to find teenage girl missing for 11 days.

Detectives leading the search for missing 15-year-old girl Madison are appealing for anyone with information about her whereabouts to contact police urgently.

Madison, known as Maddie, has not been seen or heard from since Tuesday (26 April).

She left her foster parents’ address in the Southmead area of Bristol saying she was going to the shops but never returned.

Detective Inspector Stuart Toms said: “It’s been 11 days now since anyone has heard from Maddie and we’re increasingly concerned for her safety.

“Maddie is known to use social media to meet new people who provide her with money and a place to stay.

“She’s a vulnerable teenage girl who is at risk of being exploited and we urgently need the public’s help to locate her and make sure she’s ok.

“Maddie – if you see this please let someone know you’re safe and well. Your family, foster parents and friends are worried about you.”

DI Toms added: “This is our third public appeal for information. Our previous appeals have not generated a great deal and so we’re asking people to share this appeal far and wide so we can reach as many people as possible.

“Maddie is very active on social media but she changes her accounts frequently. As well as appealing to anyone who might see Maddie to contact us, we’re also keen to hear from anyone who sees her online to get in touch.”

Madison is white, about 5ft tall and of average build with shoulder length brown hair.

Anyone who sees her is asked to call 999 and provide the call handler with the reference 5222098703.

Anyone with information about where Maddie might be or who sees her online should call 101 quoting the same reference.

If you can help, please complete our online appeals form.

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Alert: May 3rd, (9-7-8-8), Somerset Areas – Fraud Awareness Webinars.

Dear Coordinators,

Attached (PDF) is a message from Ashley JONES, Regional Fraud Protect Advisor.

He has 4 upcoming Fraud Awareness events from May to August 2022.

Kind regards

Paul Johnson

NHW Admin

Somerset Areas

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Alert: April 28th, (9-7-8-8), AN004 – Attempted Residential Burglary.

A home has been subject of an attempted burglary around 4am on the 27th in Bucklands View, Nailsea. Awaking to the sound of a loud noise, a resident went downstairs to find the lock barrel had been removed from a rear door. Entry does not appear to have been established.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting reference number: 5222099357 stating

NHW release. Or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Thank you for your support.


Alert: April 27th, (9-7-8-8), Somerset Areas – Public asked to report suspicious activity after drain cover thefts.

We are asking people to call us if they see suspicious activity following the theft of a number of drain gully covers across Avon and Somerset.

In recent weeks incidents have been reported in areas, including Dundry, Wrington, Nailsea, Southville and across the Chew Valley.

Detective Inspector Angela Burtonwood said: “We have had several calls from members of the public providing us with information and we are grateful for those details, which we’re reviewing and assessing.

“With crimes of this nature, the best way of apprehending the offender or offenders responsible is by catching them in the act. So we would ask members of the public who see suspicious behaviour, including people in his-vis jackets seemingly lifting or inspecting drain covers late at night, to call us right away.”

Police are also working with scrap metal merchants across the force area asking them to call if they see anyone trying to offload the covers.

Det Insp Burtonwood added: “Not only will it cost taxpayers money to have these covers replaced, but there are also clear health and safety concerns with drain gully covers being removed. We are working with local authorities across the force area to help mitigate those.”

Cllr Mike Solomon, North Somerset Council’s Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Services, said: “Earlier this month gully covers were stolen from roads in Nailsea, Wraxall and Wrington.

“Apart from being incredibly dangerous, incidents like this can end up costing thousands as we have to ensure each gully is kept safe, while we arrange for replacement covers to be installed. This may seem like a minor crime but to put it into perspective, the cost of replacing them is the equivalent to a crew fixing potholes for a month.

“We’re working with the police to find those responsible. If you have any information which could help the investigations, please contact them.”

Cllr David Wood, cabinet member for Neighbourhood Services at Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “More than 40 drain covers have been stolen across B&NES. A significant amount of time and money will be needed to resolve this issue.”

If you see any drain covers being stolen, please call 999 and give reference number 5222091286. Or if you have information relating to the thefts call 101.

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


Alert: April 22nd, (9-7-8-8), Somerset Areas – Grants available for communities to help prevent crime.

Dear Coordinators,

Please take a moment to look at the attached PDF file. This provides information on how applications can be made to the Commissioner's Crime Prevention Fund for grants to support community based projects and activities across Avon & Somerset.

Kind Regards

Paul Johnson

NHW Admin

Somerset Areas

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Alert: April 19th, (9-7-8-8), AN004 – Burglary Non Dwelling.

A new build development site off Engine Lane, Nailsea has been broken into on two occasions. The most recent of which occurred overnight on the 11th where a metal store was accessed with several high value power tools were stolen, these include Rotating Lasers, Pipe Lasers, Whacker Plates, Suppression Bottles, Radios, Gas Detector and a Steel Saw. Entry was made by forcing and damaging the gates. The site closes between 6pm and 7am, we would ask any unusual activity is reported to police immediately.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting reference number: 5222086283 stating

NHW release. Or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Thank you for your support.


Alert: April 12th, (9-7-8-8), Somerset Areas – GPS trackers to be made available as part of Dementia Safeguarding Scheme.

Dear Coordinators,

Do please take a look at the attached PDF file regarding GPS trackers.

This part of a Dementia Safeguarding Scheme with some useful links included.

Kind Regards

Paul Johnson

NHW Admin

Somerset Areas

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Alert: April 11th, (9-7-8-8), AN004 / AN007 – Sergeants Update, April Newsletter.

Dear Coordinators,

Please see attached newsletter for April 2022.

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Alert: April 8th, (9-7-8-8), AN004 / AN007 – Reminder, NHW Online Teams Event (Tuesday 12th April)

Dear Coordinators,

Here is a quick reminder from PS Lee KERSLAKE regarding the below event taking place online via MS Teams, next Tuesday at 7pm. Links and further details are provided below. It would be great to have as many attend as possible.

Should there be any issues with the below links, please refer to the attached PDF file.

Dear All

Just a reminder of our NHW online Teams event at 1900hrs next Tuesday, 12th April. Hopefully all who have expressed an interest thus far have received the link, however if you have yet to receive it please contact lee.kerslake@avonandsomerset.police.uk. Alternatively the link can be found here:

Microsoft Teams meeting

Join on your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only)

+44 20 7660 8323,,187030700# United Kingdom, London

Phone Conference ID: 187 030 700#

We look forward to seeing you.

Regards

Lee Kerslake

Nailsea NPT Sergeant.

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Alert: March 22nd, (9-7-8-8), Nailsea – Have you seen wanted Jack Davey?

Can you help us find 26-year-old Jack Davey from Nailsea?

We want to talk to Davey in connection with an ongoing assault investigation.

Davey is described as male, white, of average build and approximately 6ft tall. He has short black hair and beard, plus brown eyes.

If you see Davey, please don’t approach him, call 999 quoting reference 5222000035, or ring 101 with any other information.

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Alert: March 22nd, (9-7-8-8), Somerset Areas – Multi-Force Operation Against Drug Crime.

Dear Coordinators,

Please see the attached document for details of Operation Scorpion, a multi-force operation against cross-border drug supply activities.

Kind regards

Paul Johnson

NHW Admin

(Somerset Areas)

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Alert: March 21st, (9-7-8-8), Somerset Areas – Payment Diversion Fraud Awareness.

Dear Coordinators,

Do please take a moment to view the attached PDF file and share where possible.

Payment Diversion Fraud, spikes annually in March because of increases in business activity associated with company’s financial year-ends. The aim is to raise awareness of this type of fraud and deliver key protect messaging to potential victims.

The attached document provides some helpful advice on 'What is Payment Diversion Fraud', a short video link and 'Take Five to Stop Fraud advice', together with some additional useful links.

Kind regards

Paul Johnson

NHW Admin (Somerset Areas)

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Alert: March 17th, (9-7-8-8), AN004 / 005 / 006 / 007 – NHW Online Teams Event.

Dear Coordinators & Members,

Please see the below message from Neighbourhood Sergeant Lee Kerslake:

Dear Neighbourhood Watch.

I have often mentioned the desire to reignite our relationship with NHW and to build a communication between my team and NHWs that creates a positive and productive relationship where you really feel the value of being part of NHW. I think NHW is vital for the local community, especially when the local policing team gets behind you. I want to invite all NHW members (not just coordinators, members) in our policing area to an online event as a starting point. There will be physical events also, however this is the easiest starting point for me as to set up a physical event often comes with hurdles. I want to get our relationship improving sooner rather than later. As such, you are invited to be part of an event held on Microsoft Teams:

NHW and Nailsea Area Neighbourhood Policing Team – Working Together – April 12th 2022, 7pm via Microsoft Teams

It is a closed event (NHW only) as such you will have to let me know if you want to attend as I will need to send you a link via email. If you are interested please email me at lee.kerslake@avonandsomerset.police.uk I will then reply with the link to the event in early April, as I am off on holiday as of Friday for two weeks…

The event will include a short presentation on Nailsea Area NPT and our offer to you – events, services, opportunities. It will then move to a question and answer session where we can look at taking this forward. Microsoft Teams is available on most devices (including Apple) and is free. Coordinators - Once you have the link you can forward to any NHW member interested in attending.

If you can’t/don’t want to attend this, don’t worry. We will have further events later in the year which will be in person and you will be invited to those also – we will also be holding Facebook Live events and other opportunities. The key for me is keep in contact, attend the things that interest you and lets focus on making this partnership strong and something we can all be proud of. It would be great if we started as we mean to go on and had a great attendance at this Teams event on 12th April, 7pm.

Thanks

Sgt Lee Kerslake


Alert: March 9th, (9-7-8-8), AN004 / AN007 – Sergeants Update, March 2022

Dear Coordinators,

Please see attached the latest update from Police Sgt Lee KERSLAKE.

Kind regards

Paul Johnson

NHW Admin (Somerset Areas)

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Alert: March 4th, (9-7-8-8), Somerset Areas – Covid Scam.


Dear Coordinators,

Criminals are once again using Covid to try and steal your money. Since January the 1st, 412 victims have reported losses totalling over £531,000. Fake text messages pretending to be from the NHS are circulating, so remember that the NHS will NEVER ask for payment or for your financial details. To report suspicious text messages, forward them to 7726 (free of charge), or visit #CovidFrauds.

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Alert: March 2nd, (9-7-8-8), AN004 – Residential Burglary.


A home has been burgled in Rickford Road, Nailsea, between 6:13pm and 6:26pm on the 1st. The two male offenders jemmied a side window and reached through to the latch to gain entry. Once inside a watch a two rings were stolen before the offenders made off. No further details.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting reference number: 5222050199 stating

NHW release. Or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Thank you for your support.

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Alert: March 1st, (9-7-8-8), AN004 – (Reminder) Nailsea NHW Association, Notice of AGM

Dear Coordinators,

This is a reminder that the first part of the Nailsea NHW Association AGM takes place this evening online at 7:30pm. Details can be found on the attached PDF document.

The subsequent physical meeting will take place tomorrow at the United Reformed Church, Stock Way North, Nailsea, BS48 1AQ again at 7:30pm. In attendance will be Police Sergeant Lee Kerslake and members of the Avon and Somerset Fraud Protect Team Amy and Jordan.

Again all information is provided on the attached PDF file.

Kind regards

Paul Johnson

NHW Admin (Somerset Areas)

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Alert: February 17th, (9-7-8-8), Somerset Areas - Major incident declared as red weather warning issued for Storm Eunice (PDF Attached with working Links)

Dear Coordinators,

Following on from the earlier message, you may have noticed we have been experiencing numerous issues with the hyperlinks. Whilst our IT team try to work through these issues, the message has been issued again as an attached PDF document with working links at the bottom of the document.

Kind regards

Paul Johnson

NHW Admin (Somerset)

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Alert: February 17th, (9-7-8-8), Somerset Areas - Major incident declared as red weather warning issued for Storm Eunice.

Storm Eunice has been declared a major incident by the Avon and Somerset Local Resilience Forum due to the potential for severe disruption.

A red weather warning has been issued by the Met Office for extremely strong winds between 7am and midday on Friday 18 February.

The storm has the potential to cause significant disruption and dangerous conditions along the length of the west coast of Somerset through the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary into Gloucestershire.

The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for Severn Beach and flood alerts for Porlock Weir, along the Severn between Avonmouth and Sharpness and along the Avon into Bristol. You can check your area's risk of flooding on their website.

There is also a risk of 90mph gusts of wind causing coastal flooding and affecting trees and temporary structures. This could cause disruption to the road and rail network, flights, power and communications systems with a high likelihood that both the M4 Prince of Wales bridge and the M48 Severn Bridge will be closed.

Members of the public are asked to avoid travelling on Friday morning wherever possible and to follow weather and travel bulletins on local radio or check on local media websites.

Travel information will also be shared by National Highways, Travel Somerset, Travel West or you can check with your local public transport provider.

Emergency services, local authorities, National Highways and other voluntary and statutory agencies are on stand-by to put well-rehearsed plans into place.

You can report trees fallen into a major road to National Highways and on local roads to your local authority.

Please call 999 if there is an immediate risk to safety such as a fallen live power cable.

Links: (Please note the links below are working correctly - N-NHW Web Admin.)

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/

https://check-for-flooding.service.gov.uk/alerts-and-warnings

https://nationalhighways.co.uk/travel-updates/

https://www.travelsomerset.co.uk/

https://travelwest.info/travel-updates

Alert: February 17th, (9-7-8-8), AN004 - AN007: Sergeants Update.

Dear Coordinators,

The attached Sergeants Update has been created for you, by PS Lee KERSLAKE. Do please take a few moments to view and save for future reference.

Kind regards

Paul Johnson

NHW Admin (Somerset Areas)

Attachments:

  • 2022-01-sgts-update.docx (Note the Chrome web browser returns an Untitled blank page but the link works in Edge - Copy Link Address and Paste into the Edge browser - N-NHW Web Admin.)
(Nailsea NHW Members, please read Lee's Update - it's very interesting and informative - N-NHW Web Admin..)



Alert: February 16th, (9-7-8-8), Somerset Areas – Fraud Safety Webinars

Dear Coordinators,

Please take a moment to have a look at the attached PDF.

This has kindly been sent to me by Ashley Jones, Regional Fraud Protect Advisor for the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit or (ROCU).

He will be running a number of webinars with a maximum capacity of 250 attendees at each.

Kind regards

Paul Johnson

NHW Admin (Somerset Areas)

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Alert: February 11th, (9-7-8-8), Somerset Areas - Key Safes (Corrected Links) - see Note below

Dear Coordinators,

Following on from yesterdays message regarding key safes. It has been pointed out that the links did not work as they should, my apologies for this.

Please see the correct links below to Secured by Design & Sold Secure.

http://www.securedbydesign.com

http://www.soldsecure.com

Please note the links above still do not work either - N-NHW Web Admin..

From Nailsea NHW: This is the type of Key Safes that are available - https://keysafe.co.uk/products/key-safes/police-preferred.html and https://personalalarms.ageco.co.uk/pages/key-safe



Alert: February 10th, (9-7-8-8), Somerset Areas - Key Safes

Key Safes are a useful way of allowing authorised people access to a key to enter a property. They could be used by medical or healthcare professionals and by holiday lets or where a number of people need to get into a building, such as sports clubs or other businesses.

It is important that people use a high quality key safe, and one that is Secured by Design (http://www.securedbydesign.com/) or Sold Secure (http://www.soldsecure.com/) approved. The safes should be fitted using the instructions provided by the manufacturer, and should be mounted in a place out of sight. Check the Key Safe on a regular basis to ensure the fitting hasn’t loosened and that it is working properly.

Please note the links above do not work - N-NHW Web Admin..

From Nailsea NHW: This is the type of Key Safes that are available - https://keysafe.co.uk/products/key-safes/police-preferred.html and https://personalalarms.ageco.co.uk/pages/key-safe


Alert: February 9th, (9-7-8-8), AN004 – Theft from Garden Sheds (Allotments)

A number of sheds have been broken into on an allotment located in Whitesfield Road, Nailsea, overnight on Saturday the 5th. The offender used a screwdriver or similar implement to force the screws and lock prising the doors open. A quantity of tools have been reported stolen from within.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting reference number: 5222030975 stating

NHW release. Or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Thank you for your support.

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Alert: February 4th, (9-7-8-8), Somerset Areas - Renewed appeal to trace missing Robin

We’re renewing our appeal to trace Robin, believed to be sleeping rough after leaving an address in Weston-super-Mare on 27 January.

He could be anywhere in the South West and officers are concerned for his welfare as he needs regular medication. Please check outbuildings and caravans to see if he has sought shelter.

Robin is 42 and described as white, about 6ft 6ins (2m) tall and of large build, with a shaved head.

He was wearing a black and white checked shirt, black trousers and trainers and had a grey hooded jumper with him.

Robin, if you see this, please contact your family or ring 101.

If you can help us trace him please get in touch.

If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5222022181, or complete our online appeals form.

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Alert: February 3rd, (9-7-8-8), AN004 – Nailsea Neighbourhood Watch Association AGM, Information.

Dear Coordinators,

I have recently spoken with members of the Nailsea NHW Association who are pleased to advise they will be holding their AGM on the 2nd March in the Nailsea United Reformed Church, Stock Way North, Nailsea BS48 1AQ.

Members of Avon and Somerset Constabulary will also be in attendance.

Do please take a moment to view the attached document, for more information.

Kind regards

Paul Johnson

NHW Admin (Somerset Areas)

Attachments:


Alert: January 28th, (9-7-8-8), Somerset Areas - Spotting the signs of investment scams on social media.


Dear Coordinators,

Please share the attached message where possible.

PCC Mark Shelford is encouraging social media users to spot the signs of false investment scams/frauds to stop more people becoming victims of fraud.

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Alert: January 28th, (9-7-8-8), AN004 – Residential Garage Burglaries.

A garage has been broken into around 2:40am on the 27th in Yeomead, Nailsea. The homeowner was awoken by the disturbance and looked from the bedroom window to see two males. One of the suspects had already taken a bicycle from within, described as a Trek Marlin 4 in Black, and was already at the top of the driveway. The other male was mid process of stealing another cycle but made off when shouted at by the owner, heading towards Southfield Road. Entry had been established by bending the garage door open from the bottom.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting reference number: 5222021257 stating

NHW release. Or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Thank you for your support.

Another garage has been broken into overnight on the 26th in Bibury Close, Nailsea. The offenders forced the lock securing the door and once inside stole two bicycles described as Specialised Rock Hopper’s, one in Red the other Charcole. A child seat affixed to one of the cycles was found nearby.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting reference number: 5222021436 stating

NHW release. Or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Thank you for your support.

A garden shed has also sustained damage in an attempt to gain access during the early hours of the 27th, most likely around 3am, in Cherington Road, Nailsea. The offenders tried to lift to roof, but failed in their attempts.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting reference number: 5222021896 stating

NHW release. Or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Thank you for your support.

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Alert: January 27th, (9-7-8-8), AN004 to AN007 – Message from Police Sergeant Lee Kerslake.


To All Neighbourhood Watch across the Nailsea Neighbourhood Policing Area – We have seen an increase in the number of burglaries across the Constabulary and whilst we have had success in identifying offenders and bringing them to justice in all areas of the Constabulary, our priority is to help prevent these offences in the first place. Your Neighbourhood Policing Team based at Nailsea Police Station want to make you aware of the services they can offer to proactively prevent crime before it happens – we want to increase the relationship between the policing team and local watches and are offering a series of events and activities that will help you work with us to maintain safer communities. These events include:

- Bike Register Events – where we can attend your area and register all local bikes on the Bike Register Scheme for free (usually £12.99 each) and discuss local policing issues with residents

- Crime Prevention Masterclass – a 2 hour session either in person or online where we provide information on keeping you and your area safe

- Talks to local groups on keeping safe and local policing issues

- NHW Coordinators Masterclasses – where we bring together local Watches to discuss how we work together more proactively and share practice and ideas

- Community Security Sweeps – where Neighbourhood Watch, Local Authority and local policing staff and volunteers sweep an area looking for vulnerabilities and security issues with a view to addressing them

Dates and locations of the events can be made to fit local groups availability. If you are interested in any of these events please contact PS Lee Kerslake via email – lee.kerslake@avonandsomerset.police.uk


Alert: January 21st, (9-7-8-8), Somerset Areas - Catalytic Converter Theft.

Dear Coordinators / Members,

This message is sent on behalf of Crimestoppers. There have been numerous incidents across the Avon and Somerset policing area recently, so please read the attached document to see why Catalytic Converter theft is one of the fastest rising crimes in the UK.

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Alert: January 18th, (9-7-8-8), AN004 – Theft from a Shed (Allotment)

A shed has been broken into in Engine Lane, Nailsea (Between Blackfriars Road and The Bramleys), sometime between the 9th and 17th January. The offender forced a padlock from a clasp securing the door and once inside stole a Challenge 40cm Petrol Lawn Mower in Yellow.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting reference number: 5222013276 stating

NHW release. Or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Thank you for your support.

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Alert: January 12th, (9-7-8-8), Somerset Areas – Scam Updates

Dear Coordinators,

We have been made aware that the TV Licencing scam email appears to be going round again, no doubt a lot of you may have seen this before, if you have not, an example of what to look out for is attached to this alert. It is worth noting it may look different in other versions of the scam so do please remain alert and watch out for the obvious errors, such as:

- Sent from a random email address

- Spelling mistakes

- Poor grammar

- Obvious attempts to gain your personal details

A second scam has also been highlighted following fraudsters claiming to represent the Postcode Lottery. A withheld number called one of our members stating they had won £349 and an amount of Holiday vouchers. As the call progressed the NHW member began to suspect all was not as it seemed and at the point the gentleman with the oversees accent asked for updated bank details the call was fortunately terminated.

Do please remain aware of these attempts and if in any doubt, stop and check.

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Alert: January 12th, (9-7-8-8), AN004 – CCTV appeal after man assaulted in Nailsea.

Can you help us identify this man?

We’d like to talk to him in connection with an assault in Nailsea during the early hours of New Year’s Day.

A man in his 30s was the victim of a sustained attack by another man outside Kebab Kitchen in Nailsea on Crown Glass Place at 12.30am.

The victim required hospital treatment for facial injuries.

The offender is described as white, of medium build, aged in his late 20s and about 6ft tall. He had short dark hair, light stubble and a moustache and wore a navy blue Hugo Boss long sleeve top and dark blue jeans.

If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5222000035, or complete our online appeals form.

You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111or via their Anonymous Online Form.

No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.

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Source: Avon and Somerset Constabulary