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Gnosall Parish Council

(Including the wards of Moreton and Knightley)

Our Mission is to improve the quality of life for those who live and work in the Parish of Gnosall and those who visit it.

 

 

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Beware - Fraud and Cyber Crime During Covid-19

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     Beware - Fraud and Cyber Crime During Covid-19          Pandemic


Criminals are using the Covid-19 pandemic to try and scam the public – please don’t become a victim. Law enforcement, government and private sectors partners are working together to encourage members of the public to be more vigilant against fraud, particularly about sharing their financial and personal information, as criminals seek to capitalise on the Covid-19 pandemic. Action Fraud have already received over 200 reports of coronavirus-themed phishing emails containing links and attachments attempting to trick people into divulging personal information including financial information including banking details, email logins, passwords, etc. Some examples include emails from HMRC offering a tax refund, assistance with funding in the absence of school meals, fraudulent news letters and others. Always remember: 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 ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you. Protect: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud. For further information and advice please visit the Action fraud website. #StaySafe

Crime Prevention Advice

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    Crime Prevention Advice - Action Fraud


Criminals are using the #COVID19 pandemic to scam the public, don't become a victim. They spend hours researching you for their scams hoping you'll let your guard down for just a moment. 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 ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you. PROTECT: Contact your bank immediately if you think you've fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud. For the latest fraud updates please visit >>> http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/covid19

Covid19 Advice

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   Covid19 Advice


If you have any questions around #COVID19 please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus for the most up-to-date guidance around #StayHomeSaveLives and #SocialDistancing The only reasons to leave your home are:

  • To shop for basic necessities or pick up medicine
  • To travel to work when you absolutely cannot work from home
  • To exercise once a day, alone or with members of your household

Do not meet others, even friends or family.

  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Stay at home, take care and keep safe.  

Crime Prevention Advice Covid19

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    Crime Prevention Advice Covid19


As the elderly and vulnerable self-isolate, they can be at an increased risk of falling victim to scammers. Theres been reports in the UK of people offering a shopping service for isolated people where they take payment in advance and then never return with the goods. Please be vigilant to this and only give money to people you know and trust such as family and close friends. To report fraud or to find more prevention tips visit www.actionfraud.police.uk  or call 0300 123 2040. Take care and keep safe.  

Coronavirus Related Fraud Reports Increase

 

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   Coronavirus Related Fraud Reports Increase In March


Recently the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) reported a new trend in fraud related to Coronavirus, or COVID-19. Updated figures show there have been 105 reports to Action Fraud since 1 February 2020, with total losses reaching nearly £970,000.  The first report relating to Coronavirus, or COVID-19, was received on 9 February. There were 20 more reports that month. Since then, there have been 46 reports between the 1 March and 13 March, and 38 reports in just four days (14 March – 18 March).  What scams are we seeing? The majority of reports are related to online shopping scams where people have ordered protective face masks, hand sanitiser, and other products, which have never arrived. Other frauds being reported include ticket fraud, romance fraud, charity fraud and lender loan fraud. Phishing emails - We have also received over 200 reports of coronavirus-themed phishing emails. These attempt to trick people into opening malicious attachments which could lead to fraudsters stealing people’s personal information, email logins and passwords, and banking details. Some of the tactics being used in phishing emails include: • Fraudsters purporting to be from a research group that mimic the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organisation (WHO). They claim to provide the victim with a list of active infections in their area but to access this information the victim needs to either: click on a link which redirects them to a credential-stealing page; or make a donation of support in the form of a payment into a Bitcoin account. • Fraudsters providing articles about the virus outbreak with a link to a fake company website where victims are encouraged to click to subscribe to a daily newsletter for further updates. • Fraudsters sending investment scheme and trading advice encouraging people to take advantage of the coronavirus downturn. • Fraudsters purporting to be from HMRC offering a tax refund and directing victims to a fake website to harvest their personal and financial details. The emails often display the HMRC logo making it look reasonably genuine and convincing. Protect yourself 1) Watch out for scam messages Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for your personal or financial details. 2) Shopping online: If you’re making a purchase from a company or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first, and ask a friend or family member for advice before completing the purchase. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, as most major credit card providers insure online purchases. For more information on how to shop online safely, please visit: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/shoponlinesafely 3) Protect your devices from the latest threats: Always install the latest software and app updates to protect your devices from the latest threats. For information on how to update your devices, please visit: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/securing-your-devices For the latest health information and advice about COVID-19 please visit the NHS website.  

Scam Warning Safety Advice

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  Scam Warning Safety Advice


Coronavirus and Amazon Prime Scams. **Action Fraud have received multiple reports about coronavirus-themed phishing emails attempting to trick people into opening malicious attachments or revealing sensitive personal and financial information** Watch out for scam messages: Don't click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails and never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for your personal or financial details. Shopping Online: If you're making a purchase from a company or person you don't know and trust, carry out some research first and ask a friend or family member for advice before completing the purchase. Where possible use a credit card to make the payment, as most major credit card providers insure online purchases. Protect your devices from the latest threats: Always install the latest software and app updates to protect your devices from the latest threats. **Action Fraud have received many reports about an automated call scam impersonating Amazon** See below safety advice: - Never install any software as a result of a cold call. - Unsolicited requests for remote access to your computer should always raise a red flag. - Always question uninvited approaches in case it's a scam. Instead contact the company directly using a known email or phone number. - Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information. Its easy to feel embarrassed when faced with unexpected or complex conversations. But it's okay to stop the discussion if you do not feel in control of it.

Beware of Scammers

 

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   Beware of Scammers


As the elderly and vulnerable self-isolate, they can be at an increased risk of scams. There have been recent reports in the UK of people offering a shopping service for isolated people where they take payment in advance and then never return with the goods. Please be vigilant to this and only give money to people you know and trust such as family and close friends.   If you are at home more often it is good to be aware of other issues such as hoax calls, identity scams and distraction burglaries. If someone phones you or visits your home and you don’t know who they are please don’t share your personal details with them. Even sharing basic details with someone you don’t know, such as your name, can help someone commit identify fraud.   Crime prevention tips:

  • Fit a chain on your external doors to reduce the likelihood of someone gaining access to your house if you open the door.

 

  • If someone comes to your door and you don’t know who they are, lock the door if you need to make a call to verify their identity.

 

  • If you receive a call and you are concerned that the person you are speaking to is a fraudster use another phone to call and report this. Sometimes scammers have technology to divert your phone calls on the line they called you on originally and they will pretend to be a reputable organisation to obtain your personal details fraudulently.

 

  • If you are unable to leave the house make sure you only give money for shopping to trusted people such as family or close friends.

To report fraud or to find more prevention tips visit www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040.  

Keyless Vehicle Theft

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 Keyless Vehicle Theft


We’ve recently experienced an increase in keyless vehicle theft across Staffordshire. Thieves are using sophisticated technology to remotely intercept the fob signal allowing them entry and the ability to drive away keyless vehicles without actually possessing the keys. Signal blocking pouches can be used to protect your keys from remote access, reducing the likelihood of your vehicle being targeted. These are available from many online suppliers as well as high street motoring stores. For more information on how to keep your vehicle safe from potential thieves visit www.staffordshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/theft-of-a-vehicle/vehicle-attracting-thieves

Drivers Urged To Go Phone Free

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 Staffordshire Drivers Urged To Go Phone Free


This week Staffordshire Police have launched a #PhoneFree campaign. The campaign, which highlights the fact that being distracted by your mobile phone while driving makes you four times as likely to crash, runs from Monday 9 March to Sunday 29 March. In the last five years Staffordshire Police have recorded 6,665 offences of driving whilst using a mobile phone, that’s an average of 111 per month. Using a mobile phone while driving has been illegal since 2003. Legislation introduced in March 2017 means drivers caught using their phones at the wheel now receive six points and a £200 fine, and new drivers (within the first two years of holding a full licence) will have their licence removed by the courts. Officers from around the force, along with the Road Policing Team, will carry out roadside stops of vehicles. They will be trialling travelling on buses to observe people, alerting colleagues who will then pull the offending driver over. Colleagues from Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) are also supporting the campaign by using their dedicated HGV to spot people using mobile phones while driving on the motorway. While the emphasis will be on education and highlighting the dangers of driving while using a mobile phone, drivers caught in the act will be prosecuted. Inspector Andy Bulman, Staffordshire Police Road Policing Team, said: “Using a mobile phone at the wheel in any way puts you and others at much higher risk as it only takes a second of lapsed concentration to prevent you from reacting to a hazard. Over 100 people a month are taking that risk in Staffordshire, which is shocking. “Worryingly we’ve seen a move away from people using mobiles to make calls to people now using them to check their social media or use other interactive apps. “This campaign aims to make people think twice before they take that risk. Using a combination of focused patrols on the roads of Staffordshire to target those who flout the law, along with simple yet thought provoking social media graphics and bus adverts which we hope will make an impact on drivers when they’re out and about. “The message is simple. Help us make Staffordshire’s roads safer by going #PhoneFree.”  

Working Together To Safeguard Children

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Staffordshire Police

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 Working Together To Safeguard Children from County    Lines Criminal Gangs


Working alongside Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Staffordshire County Council, particularly Children’s Services, the operation has two aims – to arrest members of organised crime gangs who target young and vulnerable people, but also to identify young people who are at risk of criminality and to help divert them away from criminal exploitation. It also involves educating children and highlighting the dangers and consequences of being involved in gang culture, violence or drugs. County lines is a way to describe a specific type of criminal exploitation – this is where gangs and organised crime networks exploit children to sell drugs. They are often forced to travel to different counties, and they use dedicated mobile phone lines of ‘deal lines’ to sell these drugs. Gangs deliberately target children – some as young as 12 – and these children are often groomed, deceived or threatened into carrying and selling drugs for them. Dealers typically use a single phone line to facilitate the supply of Class A drugs – frequently heroin and crack cocaine - to customers. The line becomes a valuable brand and is protected with violence and intimidation. Common signs to look out for which could indicate that a person is involved in county lines and possible drug dealing: 

  • Change in emotional wellbeing (e.g. secretive, withdrawn, aggressive, emotional)
  • An increase in anti-social behaviour
  • Missing episodes from home or school
  • Receiving more texts or calls than usual
  • Substance misuse and/or drug paraphernalia
  • Unexplained, sometimes unaffordable new things (e.g clothes, jewellery, cash)
  • Isolation from peers
  • May be carrying a weapon
  • Unexplained injuries
  • The following signs suggest that someone could be a victim of cuckooing:
  • An increase in anti-social behaviour
  • Other people seen inside the house or flat who don’t normally live there
  • People coming and going from the property at all hours
  • More taxis and cars than usual appearing at the property
  • Not seeing the person who lives there as frequently
  • When you do see the occupant, they may appear anxious or distracted

If you have information about drug dealing in your area there are options available for reporting.  You can call us on 101 or 999 in an emergency or go to where you can report anonymously.

Doorstep Traders

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Doorstep Traders - Church Eaton - Stafford


We have received a report of a doorstep trader in the Church Eaton area on Tuesday 11th February. The person was selling items from a holdall. Please do not feel pressurised into making any purchases from doorstep traders. Please see below safety advice: How can I spot a Rogue Trader? - They may tell you the work is urgent and needs to be carried out immediately - They will normally ask for payment there and then and may offer to come to the bank with you, if you don't have the cash at hand. How can I protect myself from doorstep crime? - Be on guard if someone turns up unexpectedly. - Keep front and back doors locked. - Use the door viewer or nearby window when answering the door. - Fit a door chain or bar - use it and keep it on when talking to callers at the door. - Don't feel embarrassed - genuine callers expect you to be careful. - Only let callers in if they have an appointment and you have confirmed they are genuine. - Always ask for identification badges of anyone you answer the door to, but don't rely on them. Identity cards can be faked - phone the company to verify their identity. - Never let people try to persuade you to let them into your home, even if they are asking for help - they may not be genuine. If someone is persistent, ask them to call another time and arrange for a friend or family member to be with you. - Never agree to pay for goods or give money to strangers who arrive at your door. - Don't keep large amounts of money in your home. - Remember, its your home!! There's no reason why anyone should ever enter your home against your wishes. - IF YOU'RE NOT SURE, DON'T ANSWER THE DOOR!! Please report any suspicious activity to Staffordshire Police on '101' Non Emergency or via the Staffordshire Police website/Facebook page or '999' Emergency (If a crime is in progress).

Driving In Poor Weather Conditions

 

Driving In Poor Weather Conditions


Snow is spreading over the county! If you do get caught in bad weather, follow these steps to minimise the dangers. Slow right down: if visibility is poor or the road is wet or icy, it will take you longer to react to hazards and you should reduce your speed accordingly. Take corners very slowly, and reduce speed further if your view of the road ahead is obscured. Always stay well within the speed limit and look out for temporary speed limit signs. Never speed up suddenly if fog seems to have cleared. Fog can be patchy and you may suddenly re-enter it. Maintain a safe gap behind the vehicle in front: the gap between you and the vehicle in front is your braking space in a crisis. In wet conditions you should leave four seconds, and in ice or snow, drop right back as much as possible. Stopping distances are double in the wet, and can be 10 times greater in icy weather. Never hang on someone else's tail lights. This can provide a false sense of security and mean you're not fully focused on the road. Be extra vigilant for people and hazards: be aware that people on foot, bicycles, motorbikes and horses are harder to spot in adverse weather. Drive slowly and cautiously so you are able to spot vulnerable road users in plenty of time and not put them in danger. Look out for signs warning of hazards, people, adverse conditions or temporary lower speed limits. Stay in control: avoid harsh braking and acceleration, and carry out manoeuvres very slowly and with extra care. Use lights: put lights on in gloomy weather and when visibility is reduced. Use front and rear fog lights in dense fog. Remember to switch off fog lights when visibility improves.  Image removed by sender.

Storm Ciara - Drive Carefully

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Storm Ciara - Drive Carefully


Emergency Services have been very busy over the weekend due to Storm Ciara. Please remember:

  • Make sure you take extra care on the roads
  • Allow extra time for your journey
  • Please only call 999 if an emergency
  • Call Highways England to report obstructions or issues on the roads.

For the latest updates on the roads please visit www.highwaysengland.co.uk  

Burglary - Coton End - Gnosall

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Burglary - Coton End - Gnosall - Stafford


Sometime between 10pm on Friday 31st January and 4am on Saturday 1st February, unknown offender(s) have gained access into an outbuilding and stolen a Green Yamaha 350 Quad bike and a chainsaw. If you have seen any suspicious activity in and around this area over the past few days please contact Staffordshire Police on '101' Non Emergency or via the Staffordshire Police Website and quote serial ref: SP-20200201-0276 or reply to this message. Please ensure all outbuildings are locked and alarmed where possible. If a crime is in progress please contact Staffordshire Police on '999' Emergency.

Online Cyber Safety Training For All Businesses

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Online Cyber Safety Training For All Businesses


CYBER CHAMPION IN THE WORKPLACE Free training for businesses – Raising awareness of cyber safety and security in the workplace   This initiative is to embed a Cyber Champion within the workplace environment, such as a Fire Marshall or First Aider, the training is delivered by Staffs Police and Regional Cyber Crime Unit RCCU. To find out more or register interest, email CyberCrimeUnit@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk   Majority of cybercrime is human error Majority of cybercrime is easily avoidable Only 20 % of businesses have had their staff attend cyber training in the last 12 months 43% of businesses were breached in 2018   What is a Cyber Champion? Delegates do not require any previous knowledge of cyber security or IT  

  • To have a better understanding of criminality and the digital world
  • To better understand the importance of data assets
  • To widen awareness of social engineering
  • To identify common fraudulent tactics
  • To have an understanding of the current cyber landscape
  • To know the importance of strong passwords and how to create one
  • To have knowledge of low level cyber issues and be able to sign post to appropriate organisations
  • 4 hour training session

  DATES AND TIMES Sandyford fire station, ST6 5ED on 04/02/2020- 0930:1330 Burton fire station, DE14 3SU on 13/02/2020- 0930: 1330 Judges houses, Martin street, Stafford, ST16 2LA on 06/03/2020 - 0930: 1330 Leek fire station, ST13 6EN, 10/03/2020- 0930 :1330    

Tool Theft from Vans

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Tool Theft from Vans


Unfortunately, we're receiving a high volume of tool thefts from vans. Reduce the chances of becoming a victim of this crime by:

  • bringing your tools indoors overnight where possible
  • upgrading your locks
  • marking your tools so they can be identified

To report tool theft you can private message us on Facebook and Twitter, report it online or call 101.  

Theft from Farm Vehicles - Marston-Church Eaton

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Theft from Farm Vehicles - Marston-Church Eaton - Stafford


Overnight on the 13/14th January we have received several reports of thefts from vehicles around the Marston/Church Eaton area. If you have seen any suspicious activity around this time, please contact Staffordshire Police on '101' or via the Staffordshire Police website and quote serial ref: SP20200114-0246. Please ensure all farm vehicles are locked/alarmed and remove any expensive equipment where possible. Please report any suspicious activity to '999' Emergency if a crime is in progress or '101' Non Emergency if the crime has already occurred and the offender(s) have left.

Land Rover Defender Stolen - Audmore Road

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 Land Rover Defender Stolen - Audmore Road -   Gnosall


Sometime between 00:30hrs - 08:00hrs on Saturday 4th January, unknown offender(s) have stolen a Land Rover Discovery from Audmore Road, Gnosall. If you have seen any suspicious activity in and around this area around the times stated, please contact Staffordshire Police on '101' Non Emergency or via the Staffordshire Police website/Facebook page and quote serial ref: SP-20200104-0168. Please find crime prevention advice below for anyone with a Land Rover: - Always leave your vehicle locked and alarmed if possible. - Consider fitting an after-market approved immobiliser. - Park in a locked garage or other secure area if you have one, or in a well-lit open space. - Never leave the vehicle's keys in the ignition, in the same outbuilding as the vehicle, or near your front door inside your home. - Be vigilant when using your vehicle for anyone taking an interest in it. - Consider fitting a transponder-based security marking system and tracker device. - Have the vehicle's window etched with the vehicle identification number. If you're aware of any suspicious activity around Land Rovers or other vehicles please contact Staffordshire Police on '101' Non Emergency or '999' Emergency if a crime is in progress. You can also report Non Emergency crimes on the Staffordshire Police website or Facebook page.

Residential Burglary - Old Barn Close

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Residential Burglary - Old Barn Close - Gnosall


Sometime between 13:00hrs and 21:00hrs on Tuesday 24th December, unknown offender(s) have gained access into a property via smashing the window on the back door. Unknown offender(s) have then made an untidy search of the property and stolen jewellery, an opened bottle of wine and perfume.

If you have seen any suspicious activity in and around this area at the times stated, please contact Staffordshire Police on '101' Non Emergency or via the Staffordshire Police Website and quote serial ref: SP-20191224-0676.

Please ensure all outbuildings are locked and alarmed where possible.

If a crime is in progress please contact Staffordshire Police on '999' Emergency.

Crime prevention tips:

  • - Consider installing a security camera.
  • - Ensure your house is locked and secure, preventing someone entering when you are busy elsewhere in the house or garden. Ensure gates and sheds are locked.
  • - Leave a light on in a room and draw curtains when you go out for the night.
  • - Lock doors and windows before you go out. Remove keys from locks and keep out of reach of windows and doors.
  • - Consider fitting a burglar alarm.

 

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Staffordshire Police Launch - Drinkordrive Campaign 

Police in Staffordshire are encouraging drivers to ‘#drinkORdrive’ and make alternative travel plans this festive period.

The campaign runs from Monday 9 December to New Year's Day, and aims to highlight the ways in which people can avoid drink driving during the party season by planning ahead.

Officers from the force’s roads policing unit will be working with partners including Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service at engagement events to ensure that motorists think twice about driving while under the influence of alcohol. The message will be reinforced through ‘#drinkORdrive’ advertisements on beer mats and straws at local establishments who are also supporting the campaign.

There will be dedicated resources on patrol around the clock carrying out random roadside checks in hotspot areas on drivers they suspect may be driving under the influence of drinks or drugs. They will be paying particular attention in the evenings and then early in the morning, to target those who are risking driving the morning after drinking the night before.

Chief Inspector Mat Derrick of Staffordshire Roads Policing Unit said: "Every day in Staffordshire we continue our aim to reduce the number of fatal and serious road traffic collisions and protect road users. Sadly, there are still some drivers that choose to drink alcohol before getting behind the wheel.

“People often think that one or two drinks don’t matter but even a small amount of alcohol can affect your ability to drive safely so the best advice is to make alternative travel arrangements or avoid alcohol completely if you are driving.

“Alcohol makes people’s reactions slower and makes processing information more difficult so when driving this can impact on decision making and reactions times, which puts drivers, passengers and other road users at risk."This Christmas we are asking people to plan ahead, to think about how you're going to get home, and remember the impact alcohol can still have the morning after.

"This campaign supports on-going work as part of the force’s Operation Lightning, which aims to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on the roads of Staffordshire and to disrupt and deter criminals from using the road network.

The public are also encouraged to report drink and drug drivers with as much information and detail as possible so they can be investigated. If you know someone who drink or drug drives you can report them online or by calling 101

CHRISTMAS SCAM MESSAGE

WE HAVE BEEN MADE AWARE OF A "CHRISTMAS" SCAM. A CARD IS POSTED THROUGH YOUR DOOR FROM A COMPANY CALLED PARCEL DELIVERY SERVICE (PDS) SUGGESTING THEY WERE UNABLE TO DELIVER A PARCEL & THAT YOU  CALL THEM ON 0906 6611911 (PREMIUM RATE). IF YOU CONTACT THIS NUMBER & HEAR A RECORDED MESSAGE, YOU WILL ALREADY BE BILLED £315 FOR THE CALL. IF YOU RECEIVE A CARD WITH THESE DETAILS, CONTACT ROYAL MAIL  FRUAD 020 72396655 

Autumn crime prevention reminder

We are reminding residents to take simple crime prevention measures this autumn as burglaries often increase at this time of year.To keep opportunist burglars at bay:- Always keep doors and windows locked, even when you’re in. Remove the keys from the lock and keep them out of view or reach.- Use timer switches to turn lights on when you are out. Alternate the times and lights that you use.- Make sure your alarm and any outside lights are in working order. Always activate your alarm when you leave the house and go to bed.- Don’t leave items of value on show through ground floor windows (i.e. laptops, tablets, mobile phones, car keys etc.)- Lock your garden gates and side entrances. Keep ladders and tools securely stored away, don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home.- Consider joining our Smart Alert scheme and following your neighbourhood policing teams on Facebook and Twitter so you can receive crime alerts and prevention advice from your local police officers.- Look out for your neighbours, especially the elderly and vulnerable, and remind them to follow the STOP, CHAIN and CHECK rule when people call at the door:STOP: If you are not expecting anybody and they don’t have an appointment, don’t let them in.CHAIN: Use your door chain or bar before opening the door.CHECK: Ask to see ID and double-check this.- Local residents are encouraged to contact the police if they have any suspicions about doorstep callers or witness any suspicious behaviour.For further advice and a comprehensive guide, please see:https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/keep-your-home-safe/To report a crime please call 101, or send a direct message to Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter. Ring 999 immediately if the crime is in progress.

Scam calls - Fake Amazon subscriptions

Criminals are targeting members of the public with automated calls stating that the recipient has been charged for an Amazon Prime subscription. The callers use this lure as a way to gain access to the recipient’s online banking account.

How does it work?

1. The victim receives an automated call stating that they’ve been charged for an Amazon Prime subscription. They’re asked to press 1 to cancel the charge, this connects them directly to the fraudster.

2. A fraudster, posing as an Amazon customer service representative, then tells the victim that the Prime subscription was purchased fraudulently and that they need remote access to the victim’s computer in order to fix a security flaw that will prevent it from happening again.

3. The victim is asked to download an application called Team Viewer, which grants the fraudster remote access to the victim’s computer.

4. The victim is then asked to log onto their online banking account whilst the criminals are able to monitor everything via Team Viewer.

 

What you need to do –

 

Personal information:

Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.

Stay in control:

Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information. It’s easy to feel embarrassed when faced with unexpected or complex conversations. But it’s okay to stop the discussion if you do not feel in control of it.

Remote access:

Never install any software or visit a website as a result of a cold call. Unsolicited requests for remote access to your computer should always raise a red flag.

Halloween Safety Tips

We want you to enjoy Halloween, but remember, not everyone wants to take part!

Please place the attached poster in your window if you don`t want Trick or Treaters!

Here are a few things to remember when you're out this Halloween.

If you’re going trick or treating, make sure you go with an adult and your parent or carer knows where you’re going and when to expect you back.Don’t knock if there’s a sign saying ‘No trick or treat here.’Be careful not to frighten elderly or vulnerable people.Don’t go trick or treating alone - stay with your group.Only visit areas where there are streetlights.Don’t throw eggs and flour.Be careful crossing roads in the dark. Have a great time, stay safe and look out for each other. If you or someone you know is in danger call 999. Read Attached...

Cold weather - never leave your car unattended

Staffordshire Police have taken several reports from over the county this morning of cars being stolen as they’ve been left with the key in the ignition whilst defrosting ??

Please don’t make yourself an easy target for opportunist criminals. Don’t leave your car unattended if the engine is running.

Stay with your car at all times when defrosting to prevent your car from getting stolen!

Please take on the road and allow extra time, please do not rush.Make sure you are able to see, clear all ice from your windows.Ensure that your lights are clean and number plates are clearing visible and legible.Keep your distance of others cars

Drive safe & take your time.

National day of action to tackle rural crime

Officers from Staffordshire Police are taking part in a national week of action to tackle rural crime.

The operation is running for seven days from Sunday 6 October and Rural Crime Officers, supported by Specials, will be visiting farms, rural communities and businesses throughout the county to offer crime prevention advice, help with property marking and promote membership of Smart Alert schemes. Stop checks will be taking place on plant and agricultural vehicles, as police gather intelligence and look for stolen property and wanted suspects. They will also be targeting those who travel throughout the region committing crime such as theft and burglary, particularly in rural areas.

Officers will be checking countryside locations for signs of criminal activity, and conducting intelligence-led patrols in areas where rural crime such as poaching, fly-tipping and trespassing has previously taken place.

They will be working to tackle issues that matter most to local communities, including anti-social behaviour and the unlawful use of off-road bikes.

There will be liaison with partners throughout the week including theEnvironment Agency and Environmental Health to share information and best practice.

An online surgery begins at 7pm on Monday 7 October where people from our farming and rural communities will be able to chat 'live' with specialist police officers about any issues or concerns they may have regarding crime intheir area.

To join the chat please visit: https://app.sli.do/event/xxdqryf9 and to follow the activity taking place throughout the day please search #RuralCrime on social media.

Burglaries - Walton - Eccleshall

Between the hours of 22:30hrs on the 30th September and 05:00hrs on the 1st October unknown offenders have gained access into 2 x seperate properties in the Walton area by cutting off padlocks and entering the outbuildings. The offenders have then stole quad bikes, Stihl Chainsaws, grinder and tools.

**If you have seen any suspicious activity around this area, at the times stated, please contact Staffordshire Police on '101' and quote serial ref: SP-20191001-0245**

Please ensure all outbuilding's are locked and alarmed where possible.

If you do see any suspicious activity in your area please contact Staffordshire Police on '101' Non emergency or '999' Emergency if a crime is in progress.

Neighbourhood Watch: Suspicious Van-Adbaston

At approx 18:30 hrs on Tuesday 10th September 2019, a white Ford Transit van, with the signage 'Dry Verge' in blue letters on the side and front bonnet, was seen acting suspiciously in the Adbaston area of Stafford.

Please contact Staffordshire Police on '101' Non Emergency to report any suspicious activity or '999' Emergency if a crime is in progress.

We will be proactively patrolling around this area.

Please ensure all outbuildings are locked and secure.

Farm Burglary - Norbury

Sometime between the 15th &16th of August unknown offender(s) have broken a lock off to gain access into a farm building. The offender(s) have made an untidy search of the building and stolen powertools.

If you have any information regarding this burglary please contact Staffordshire Police on '101' and quote serial ref: SP-20190816-0763.

If you see any suspicious activity in your area please contact Staffordshire police on '101' Non Emergency or '999' Emergency if a crime is in progress.

We will be proactively patrolling this area and other rural areas.

Farm Theft - Haughton

Around midnight on Friday 16th August, unknown offender(s) have broken into a stable box on a farm in Haughton and stole a quad bike.The quad bike is red and black in colour, with a specially welded plate on the rear. The manufacture is Honda.

If you have information regarding this theft please contact Staffordshire Police on '101' and quote serial ref: SP-20190817-0194.

If you see any suspicious activity in your area please contact Staffordshire police on '101' Non Emergency or '999' Emergency if a crime is in progress.

Staffordshire Police Force open day - 8 September 2019

For a fun and free day out for all the family, come to the Staffordshire Police Open Day this September!We will be opening the gates to at 11am on Sunday 8 September for you to experience live demonstrations, high-speed driving, a chance to meet our gorgeous police dogs, see the latest police technology and hopefully enjoy lots of sunshine food and ice cream.MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW.For live updates please follow our social mediaTwitter: @staffspoliceFacebook:'>@staffspoliceFacebook: Staffordshire PoliceInstagram: @staffspolice

Local Policing Team Facebook pages now live!

Staffordshire Police have now got local Facebook pages make sure you follow your local policing team within your area!

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Summer Holiday Sport Activities

During the school holidays there will be sports activities at various locations around Stafford and Stone for children between 8 and 17 years old.

Doorstep sports will be taken place wednesday afternoons at ;

Westbridge Park 1300-1400

Stone Common Plot (opposite Christ Church Academy) 1415 - 1515

Doxey Primary School 1600 - 1700

Rowley Park Unlimited Fun Pass – FREE passes giving pass holders off peak access between 10.00-16.00 to 3G pitch, tennis courts, MUGA, Crazy Golf; equipment provided. Passes available first come first served basis from Rowley Park kiosk on Monday 22 July, valid until Friday 30 August. On Thursday afternoons between 17.00-18.00 in Rowley Park pass holders can join in a session led by sports coaches using the Rowley Park facilities.

Glow Games, Stafford Leisure Centre, 13-17 yrs, Tuesday 23 & 30 July, Tuesday 6, 13, 20 & 27 August, 14.00 – 16.00

 

Xplorer orienteering sessions – on Thursday 25 July, Thursday 8  & 22 August between 12.30 – 15.00, suitable for families or groups of friends.

Follow the link below to get more information and to book sessions.

www.freedom-leisure.co.uk/staffordholidays

Livestock thefts increase

Over the past few weeks there has been an increase of livestock thefts.

We are warning farmers to be extra vigilant with livestock and also make sure farm machinery is secure and locked away when not in use.

There has been incidents in Yoxall, Uttoxeter, Stowe-By-Chartley and Market Drayton where stock has been targeted and taken in early hours of the morning.

  • CCTV is advised as well as enhanced security
  • Check on stock on a regular occurrence
  • Be a good neighbour

Prevention Advice - hot weather

It looks like its going to be a scorcher of a weekend - Here's a few tips to keep you safe and well: 

  1. Keep your windows and doors locked. Burglaries can be rife when opportunists make use of an open window or door on a hot, sunny day even when you're in the garden. 
  2.  Keep your cars locked (and don't forget about keeping dogs out of hot cars)
  3. Who doesn't love a beer garden in this weather? Just remember to drink responsibly and don't drink and drive.

Keep safe, take care and have a good weekend!

Police urge: Don`t leave your car keys on display

Four cars were taken from three addresses in Staffordshire between about 10pm Thursday 13 June and 6 am Friday 14 June. A VW Passat was stolen from a drive in Wombourne, a Range Rover was taken from Shareshill and two cars were stolen, a Mini and an Audi A4, from a house in Stone. In each case the keys to the vehicles were used to drive them away.Power and garden tools being stored in a shed were also taken during the break in at the house in Shareshill.DCI Rob Taylor from Staffordshire Police’s CID said: " As car manufacturers have improved car security, thieves have had to adapt their methods. The easiest way of making off with a car is to drive it away, which is why offenders now break in to properties to steal the keys."In each of these cases, the keys were used to drive away the vehicles. That's why we're reminding owners not to leave their keys in obvious places. They should be kept out of sight and away from doorways and windows."

Burglaries

There have been two burglaries reported in Gnosall yesterday. Both occasions the offenders smashed through patio doors & untidy search of upstairs rooms. A vehicle seen in the area  is possibly linked to the 2 incidents. It has been described as a Lime Green Renault Clio with black trim. If you have any further information that could help us with our enquiries, please contact us & quote either serial 264/09/05 or 491/09/05

Bogus Officials

Sometime on the Tuesday 30th April 2019, 3 x white males have arrived at a property in Eccleshall in a white van. 1 x male had a clipboard claiming to be from Stafford and Rural Homes. The victim believed this to be identification. The suspects have claimed they were their to repair the bedroom ceiling.

The suspects did enter the property, however on this occasion nothing was believed to be stolen.

Stafford and Rural Homes have been notified and were not aware of any visits scheduled for this property.

Please ensure you always ask for indentification for anyone asking to enter your property. If you are still unsure, decline entry and close the door. Please report any incidents like this to Staffordshire Police on '101' Non Emergency and '999' Emergency.

Graffiti and Damage

There was graffiti sprayed on the Cowley tunnell last night, and possibly damage caused to a narrow boat along that stretch of the canal. If you have any information as to who was responsible for this, please contact us and quote serial 158/18/04/2019.

Bird scarers

We are receiving several reports of what has been described as either "Bird Scarers" or Firecrackers being thrown from vehicles in Gnosall at pedestrians. One vehicle described as, a green Land Rover Deffender, has been mentioned on a couple of occassions, but no registration identified. If you have any knowledge of any of the offenders or vehicles, please contact us

Update:

Regarding the recent spate of "Firecrackers" being thrown from vehicles in the Gnosall area. We have identified one vehicle being involved and the keeper of this vehicle has been spoken to and advice given regarding his and his passengers actions!

Safer Neighbourhood Panels

Safer Neighbourhood Panels, set up by the Staffordshire Commissioner, are made up of local residents who meet regularly with their area’s local policing commander.

The panels shape local policing and community safety and shine the spotlight on the work done by police in their area to ensure greater transparency and help build public confidence. They examine the impact of policing, community resolutions and restorative justice, on their communities.

Panel members receive training to help them carry out their role so that they can be involved in innovative work such as examining body camera footage captured during “stop and searches” by local officers.

Panels are established in Cannock Chase, Staffordshire Moorlands, South Staffordshire, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Lichfield, Stafford, Tamworth, East Staffordshire and the two local policing team areas of Stoke-on-Trent.

Safer Neighbourhood Panels give local people the opportunity to hold policing in their area to account.

Suspicious Vehicle's - Gnosall

We have had a report of vehicle's acting suspiciously around the area of Gnosall. Your local officers are proactivley patrolling this area. However if you see anything suspicious please report it to Staffordshire Police on '101' Non Emergency or '999' Emergency.

Police Contact Advice:Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert.

Burglary - Coley Lane - Stafford

Sometime between the hours of; 10:30am & 12:30pm on Friday 22nd March unknown offender(s) have climbed on a roof and then entered the property via a small window which was left open. They have then made a search in the bedrooms for any valuables.

The unknown offender(s) have stolen a 9ct solid gold women's watch, 14ct gold art deco style women's watch, oval face solid gold women's bracelet watch and approx £250 in coins.

If you have any information or have seen anything suspicious around this time, in this area, please contact Staffordshire Police on '101' and quote serial ref: SP20190322-0496.

Please ensure you check all windows are closed and secure when you leave your house. If you do come across anyone suspicious on your premises please call '999' emergency or '101' non emergency. 

Local people invited to shine the spotlight on local policing

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent residents are being invited to join their local Safer Neighbourhood Panel to shine a spotlight on local policing and make Staffordshire’s Police Service the most open, transparent and ethical in the UK.

Safer Neighbourhood Panels, set up by Staffordshire’s Commissioner, Matthew Ellis in 2015, are made up of local residents who meet regularly with their area’s local policing commander.

The panels examine, challenge and shape the work of police at the most local level and hold Local Policing Team Commanders to account as well as looking at wider criminal justice and community safety issues in their area.

Mr Ellis said: “This is a real opportunity for local people to play a part in holding all responsible for policing in their area to account and I’d urge residents to get involved.

I make no apology for believing that truly local policing, and the public playing a part in influencing that policing, is vital.’Panel members receive training to help them carry out their role so that they can be involved in innovative work such as examining records and body camera footage captured during “stop and searches” and “use of force” by local officers.For more information and details on how you can apply visit www.staffordshire-pfcc.gov.uk/volunteer/available-roles

THREE MEN WANTED FOLLOWING DISTRACTION BURGLARIES IN STAFFORDSHIRE

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We are appealing to the public to get in touch if they have seen, or have any information on the whereabouts of three men we want to speak to following a series of distraction burglaries.John Purcell, aged 28, Michael Purcell, aged 31, and Johnny Delaney, aged 22, are wanted in connection with a series of distraction burglaries which occurred across Staffordshire and North Wales where vulnerable pensioners were targeted.

The men have connections to Staffordshire, Cheshire, West Midlands and North Wales.Anyone with information is urged to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 referring to incident number 413 of 4 March 2019.We are making a series of appeals regarding this case on BBC’s Crimewatch Roadshow.Alternatively, please call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Attempted Burglary - Haughton

Sometime around 0300 hours on the 4th March, unknown offender(s) have entered a farm and have smashed a lock of a container to gain entry. However in the process of doing this they have disturbed the owners of the property, which has caused the offender(s) to flee. Thankfully nothing was stolen on this occasion.

Please be aware, always make sure all outbuildings are locked and secure. If you do come across anyone acting suspicious who shouldnt be on your property please call '999' Emergency, or '101' Non Emergency.

Distraction Theft - Woodseaves

On the 28th February between 1430-1445 hours, a male offender has entered a public house in Woodseaves and called a lady for assistance, requesting some water for his car and whilst distracted, the offender has stole the purse which contained cash, bank cards, jewellery and car keys.

If you have any information regarding this theft please contact Staffordshire Police on '101' and quote serial ref: SP-20190228-650.

We urge people to keep their valuables safe, secure and out of sight. Please report any suspicious activity to '101' Non Emergency or '999' Emergency.

Burglary - Aqualate, Newport

Sometime overnight on the 8th February 2019, an agricultural building was broken into and chainsaws were stolen. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Staffordshire police on `101` and quote incident ref: 0190 09/02/2019.

Any suspicious activity should be reported to Staffordshire Police immediately on `101` or '999' if a crime is taking place or about to take place.