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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.


ADVICE: Protect your property

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ALERT: Increase of purse thefts

Staffordshire Police have received several reports over the county of purse thefts over the Christmas shopping period.

It's easy for pick-pockets and shoplifters to conceal themselves amongst the crowds in shopping areas at this busy time of year.

Often working in pairs or groups, pickpockets will use various ways to lift your purse or wallet out of your pocket or bag.

One can purposely bump into you, or sometimes distract you while another will adeptly help themselves to your money and cards. You won't feel them stealing from you.

Don't put your money or wallet in a back pocket. Carry your bag close to you and so it opens facing you, keep a hand on it.

Don't leave bags on a shopping trolley, wheelchair, motorised scooter, or pushchairs.

ADVICE: Protect your property

REMINDER: 

Burglars are busy at this time of year. Make sure your Christmas presents go to those they intended for and....

- Keep presents and valuables securely stowed and out of sight 

- Lock windows and doors

- Keep sheds and garages secure 

- Avoid leaving your house darkness - leave lights on and TV's, radios where possible

- Make your property and register it through immobilise.com 

- Invest in security lighting 

- Set your alarms

- Look out for your neighbours

- Report any suspicious activity 

Keep safe this Christmas!

for more information visit https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/crimeprevention 

My Staffs App - Advice & Support

The police are often asked for advice and support, and there is often expectation from members of the

public for us to provide all of the answers. We are not always best placed and are not always the right service to answer some of these questions.

MyStaffs is an online portal for people to access all sorts of services - council, police, fire and voluntary services, where members of the public can report issues such as abandoned vehicles, road defects, fly tipping, noise complaints, etc., and also pay fines, and find all sorts of advice and information for themselves.  

Drug and alcohol advice

  • Benefits support
  • Domestic abuse service and support
  • Mental health support
  • Voluntary and charitable organisations
  • Things to do – Leisure activities, community groups, lunch clubs
  • Volunteering, community, befriending groups and activities
  • Housing, financial, and legal advice
  • Health and wellbeing services
  • Children’s services
  • Parenting services
  • Keeping safe and crime prevention advice

This tool offers a multitude of services easily accessible in one place. We encourage familiarisation and use of this application, as it can provide you with lots of information to support and services across Staffordshire. Please signpost and encourage members of the public to use this online service too which can be easily downloaded as an App to any mobile device.  It can assist us to help people in accessing help and support for themselves at the earliest opportunity, enabling them to feel safe and supported, which is important for all citizens but especially those who are most vulnerable.

Neighbourhood Watch: Suspicious Activity

Overnight on the 4th November the following vehicles were seen driving around a field in High Onn - Church Eaton; A blue 65 plate transit van and black 65 plate volkswagon Golf. An unknown person was also seen shining a spot light into the field, this incident could be linked to poaching.

Do you want to become a Cyber Champion?

Introducing a cyber champion initiative within your workplace will not only raise awareness to cyber safety and security but it will also reduce the likelihood of data breaches and ransomware attacks.

Once you have completed the training, use our template to implement your own cyber champions policy within your workplace and keep up to date with essential cyber safe information.

So, what is Cyber Crime?

Cyber crime is a crime such as fraud, bullying, theft or grooming that is committed online (on the internet) using a device that can access the web, such as smartphones, tablets or other devices. Cyber crime also includes crimes against your computer or device such as contaminating or corrupting it with viruses or taking-over your social media profile, email account or your website.

Halloween

It’s nearly Halloween and the tradition of 'trick or treating'. Although for many this is an enjoyable activity – it isn’t for everyone in our community.  Some residents may not welcome numerous callers to their door and they can find it very unnerving and stressful time.

suspicious Vehicle in Eccleshall

Please be on the look out for a silver Skoda saloon car that was parked up off the High Street in Eccleshall this afternoon around 1300hrs. The occupants of the vehicle claimed to be collecting for charity but left shortly after being challenged by local residents, the occupants spoke with an eastern European accent. If you see a vehicle fitting this description them please call Staffordshire Police on 101.

THEFT OF A CARAVAN

We have received a report of a theft of a caravan from an address in Adbaston today between 09.30-13.30. It is described as a 20 year old white Swift Corniche, & having a registration plate OE62HGJ, although this may have been removed by now. If you have any information about this, please call us on 101 and quote serial number 326/23/2018.

Warning - world cup online lottery SCAM

WARNING:

We have received several reports of local residents from Uttoxeter and Stafford regarding a letter that has come through the post claiming they have won the International Fifa World Cup lottery.

- Please see the attached

Please be aware this is a scam and do NOT give your bank details out.

If this has happened to you, please report this to Action Fraud

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ 

Tel: 0300 123 2040

Secure your vehicle

We are reminding vehicle owners to check their vehicle security following an increase in the number of thefts of, and from motor vehicles.

Most vehicle crime is opportunist and therefore preventable.

We would always advise and remind owners of the following:-

* Ensure your vehicle is locked and secure whenever left.  Always check your doors - don't rely on remote locking fobs.

* Remove all valuables and possessions when the vehicle is unattended.

* Always garage your vehicle or park on a driveway, or in well lit areas, wherever possible.

* Consider installing tracker devices - in the event your vehicle is stolen - it can be located quickly.

* Consider blocking high value vehicles in with a second vehicle... simple but it works!

* Store keyless entry car fobs in a Faraday pouch to block signal from devices used by offenders to steal your car.

* Store all vehicle keys out of view of windows and doors - thieves will often break into your home to locate keys to steal your vehicle.

Lets not make it easy for them!

For more information and advice visit https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/article/2320/Vehicle-Crime

BIKE MARKING

STAFFORDSHIRE POLICE ARE HOLDING A BIKE MARKING EVENT AT ROWLEY PARK . STAFFORD ON SATURDAY 20TH OCTOBER 2018  FROM 11:00HRS - 16:00HRS.

PLEASE BRING YOUR BICYCLES ALONG TO HAVE THEM SECURITY MARKED.

SEE YOU THERE

Cyber security events

October is European Cyber Security Awareness Month and our Digital PCSO will be travelling around the county in our mobile police station to raise awareness of cyber crime and cyber security to members of the public and local businesses.

Advice and support will be available so please come along and say hello! at ??

Thursday 11th October ...

??Hanley, Tontine Square: 09:30 - 11:30

??Newcastle, High Street: 11:30 - 13:00

??Stafford, Market Square: 14:30 - 16:00

Friday 12th October

??Burton, Station Street: 09:30 - 10:30

??Tamworth, George Street: 11:30 - 13:00

??Lichfield, Market Square: 14:00 - 15:30

M6 Closure this weekend Junction 14 Stafford & 15 Stoke on Trent (both directions)

Staffordshire Police are reminding road users to avoid the M6 between junctions 14 (Stafford) and 15 (Stoke-on-Trent), in both directions from 8pm this Saturday (22 September) due to the demolition of the Creswell Home Farm bridge.If you are planning on using this stretch of the M6 Saturday/Sunday, please be advised to:• Plan alternative routes• Allow additional travelling time and expect slower traffic on diversionary routes• Listen to UK and local radio for motoring updates• If you can’t avoid the M6 follow the signed diversion routes not your sat nav.• Or if it is at all possible, avoid travelling on the M6 on Saturday night.The road will reopen on Sunday 23 September as soon as work is completed, and it is safe to use the carriageway.

EMAIL SCAM

There's an email doing the rounds claiming to be from BT advising that your email address will require upgrading, otherwise your service will be disconnected from 12/09/18.

BT has confirmed that this is a scam!

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: patrick.wright@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Supicious activity

We received a report of 3 males & 3 females seen acting suspiciously in Chestnut close Sunday 09/09/18. They appeared to be taking photos of houses, 1 of them was walking & pointing a mobile phone at the houses & appeared to be filming. When challenged, they left. Only description 1 male wearing a blue & black hoody, 1 female wearing white top & black jacket.

Please ensure you keep your property & vehicles secured & keep all valuables out of sight

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: patrick.wright@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Online chat for all residents of Stafford - Thursday 20 September

We will be hosting an online surgery for residents in the Stafford Borough on Thursday 20 September.  This will be your opportunity to chat to local officers about any issues or concerns you may have in your community.  The chat will go 'live' at 7pm - so make sure you follow the link to join the chat and speak to your local officers of stafford!

https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/stafford

Advice: Secure your vehicle

We are reminding vehicle owners to check their vehicle security following an increase in the number of thefts of, and from motor vehicles.

Most vehicle crime is opportunist and therefore preventable.

We would always advise and remind owners of the following:-

* Ensure your vehicle is locked and secure whenever left.  Always check your doors - don't rely on remote locking fobs.

* Remove all valuables and possessions when the vehicle is unattended.

* Always garage your vehicle or park on a driveway, or in well lit areas, wherever possible.

* Consider installing tracker devices - in the event your vehicle is stolen - it can be located quickly.

* Consider blocking high value vehicles in with a second vehicle... simple but it works!

* Store keyless entry car fobs in a Faraday pouch to block signal from devices used by offenders to steal your car.

* Store all vehicle keys out of view of windows and doors - thieves will often break into your home to locate keys to steal your vehicle.

Lets not make it easy for them!

For more information and advice visit https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/article/2320/Vehicle-Crime

Bike thieves targeted in Stafford

Officers from Stafford’s Neighbourhood Policing Team have arrested and charged a man with theft following a crackdown on Monday night (6 August) aimed at targeting bike thieves in the town centre.

Wayne Sweeney, 26, of Barnes Road, Stafford was charged with a number of theft offences and appears at Cannock Magistrates Court today (7 August).

Police also arrested a 36-year-old man from Stafford on suspicion of theft, possession of an offensive weapon and burglary. The bike he was riding was also seized. He remains in police custody and enquiries are on-going.

Following the initiative, a number of other bikes that are believed to be stolen were recovered. Officers are asking the public for help in identifying the rightful owners, so that other offences can be dealt with and property can be returned.

If you have any information or can help to identify these bikes, please call 101 quoting incident 107 of 8 August, or email fraser.glen@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

THEFT OF FARM VEHICLE

A quad cycle has been reported as being stolen from an out building from a farm in Church Eaton today. The vehicle is described as a red Honda, with a registration of DX11CUG, which was taken last night, or early hours this morning. If you have any information as to the whereabouts of this vehicle, or witnessed any suspicious activity, please report it to us.

Alert: Public warning about vishing fraud

We are asking people to make their elderly family members and neighbours aware of phone scammers, after reports of fraudsters targeting vulnerable people in the area this week.

These cold-call scams, known as vishing, typically involve fraudsters deceiving people into believing they are speaking to a police officer, a member of bank staff or a representative of another trusted company or agency.

It is easy for them to sound convincing, since they can both fake the telephone number on the screen and do their research to find out some of your basic bank and personal details.

Usually, the fraudster will try to convince an individual that they have been a victim of fraud and will ask for personal and financial information in order to gain access to their account.

However, another variation of a phone scam involves the fraudster persuading people to transfer money to other accounts or to hand over cash directly to a courier.

To ensure you don’t fall prey to this type of phone scam, remember that in no circumstances would your bank or the police ask you to take such actions, and never disclose the following details:• Four-digit card PIN• Full password or online banking codes• Personal details, unless you are sure who you are talking to is legitimateThis advice follows two incidents in the county yesterday, where fraudsters had convinced elderly couples to withdraw large amounts of money from their bank accounts. Fortunately, staff members were vigilant and felt that the transactions were suspicious so contacted the police.

If you experience a similar call, or have been victim of this type of fraud, please contact 101 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or www.actionfraud.police.uk

Advice: Secure your vehicle!

We are urging residents and business owners to be extra vigilant following a number of vehicle thefts and attempted breaks across the county.

We have received reports of both cars and vans being targeted.

We would remind owners to ensure their vehicles are locked and garaged wherever possible, or parked on a driveway or in well-lit areas.

Please ensure all valuables are removed when unattended - this includes tools and equipment, which are often targeted.  Leave a sign in the window advising that no valuables are left in the vehicle (see attached flyer for your use).

Store vehicle keys away and out of sight.  Thieves will consider breaking into your home to steal the keys and the vehicle!

If you have a keyless entry vehicle - ensure your car fob is stored away in a signal blocker pouch or container.

Visit https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/article/2320/Vehicle-Crime or more information and advice.

ALERT: BT phone scam

We are urging residents to be on their guard following a report of a suspicious automated phone call, which claimed to be from BT. It stated that the home broadband would be disconnected, and to follow the options to either continue or cancel. Fortunately, the person receiving the call did not give any personal information or bank details away, and hung up. They contacted BT, and they confirmed that it wasn't them, and that they wouldn't make contact in this way.

We are reminding residents to never give any personal details to a cold caller. If you have any doubts as to how genuine they are, terminate the call and contact your provider through a verified method.

Please pass this message onto your neighbours and advise them to be on their guard and not to give any personal or bank details over the phone to cold callers.

Please support any suspicious calls or emails to Action Fraud, online at: www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Road closures in place for IRONMAN this weekend

Road closures will be in place for a major triathlon taking place in Staffordshire this weekend.

The IRONMAN 70.3, which takes place on Sunday 10 June, will see a variety of diversions and road closures in place in the south of the county to help keep the athletes and marshals safe.

The following areas will be affected:Abbots Bromley, Admaston, Brownhills, Burntwood, Cannock Chase, Chasewater, Colton, Draycott In The Clay, Fairway, Gentleshaw, Hanbury, Hednesford, King’s Bromley, Kingstone, Kingsway, Lichfield, Longdon, Marchington, Needwood, Newborough, Riverway, Rugeley, Stafford Town Centre, South Walls, Stubby Lane, Tixall, Wolseley Bridge and Yoxall.

Maps displaying all the road closures can be found on the event website: http://eu.ironman.com/triathlon/events/emea/ironman-70.3/staffordshire/road-access.aspx#axzz4kB8MU4FPPlease plan any travel in advance and be prepared to use alternative routes to minimise disruption to your journey. 

Vehicles stolen during test drives

Motorists are being warned after a number of cars have been stolen during test drives in Staffordshire.A man pretending to be an interested car buyer has been arranging to meet sellers for a test drive, and has then driven off in the vehicles.Seven offences have taken place since the 18 April in Lichfield, South Staffordshire and Cannock. The cars have all been advertised for sale on vehicle listing website AutoTrader.The offender is described as a white man, approximately 6ft tall, of stocky build with stubble. He arrives at the location on foot, and often wears dark clothing with a cap or hat.Detective Inspector John Quilty, Staffordshire Police CID, said: "We are reminding the public to be alert when selling their cars. Do not hand your keys over to a potential buyer, and be sure to ask for ID or confirmation of insurance before allowing a test drive to take place."If you do have an unusual meeting with a prospective buyer, or have any information in relation to these thefts, please report it to us on 101 quoting incident number 719 of 4 June."

Alternatively, to remain anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.              

Staffordshire Police Open Day in Virtual Reality

Visitors attending this year's Staffordshire Police Open Day will be able to take part in a virtual reality forensic science experience.

Members of the public are invited to download the HP Reveal and Staffs Uni VR apps (before visiting or during the event) from the Android or Apple app stores and then head over to the forensic science stand to help solve crime through an interactive experience.

Visitors to the forensic investigation activity will be able to take part in three activities. The first is a 360 degree virtual reality experience where your smartphone, with the Staffs Uni VR app installed, will be inserted into a VR headset. Then wearing the headset, visitors will see a mocked up crime scene in which they will be able to look for evidence and help solve the crime.

Our second activity uses Augmented Reality and will enable you to use your smartphone, with the HP Reveal app installed, to locate and log evidence and suggest the causes of the crime in front of you.

The third activity is another virtual reality experience, this time enabling you to actually move items around in a crime scene to gather evidence and help solve the crime.

The forensic investigation activity is just one of many free experiences aimed at helping the public learn more about policing in the county, including live demonstrations, community stalls and lots of family-friendly activities.

Staffordshire Police Open Day will be held on Sunday 3 June, 11am-4pm at our headquarters on Weston Road, Stafford, ST18 0YY.

The event is free and includes a free park and ride facility.  For more information about the Open Day visit www.staffordshire.police.uk/Openday, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @Staffspolice.

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