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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.


Suspicious Vehicle

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Suspicious Vehicle

It has been reported to the police that the following vehicle has been involved in a theft of items from a shed in the Church Eaton area. The vehicle appears to be on a foreign VRM plate given as OBCX508, and described as a Ford Mondeo estate light blue/turquoise colour with 2 males seen with it. They drove off towards Gnosall. Please ensure that you keep all your buildings secure and if you see this vehicle then please contact the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency 

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

Warm Weather Advice

As the warm weather continues, it is important to remember to keep safe as opportunist thieves will seize the chance to burgle your property.

We would remind all residents to ensure all doors and windows are closed and secure – even if you are in the garden or upstairs – thieves can ‘sneak in’ and take your property.

Store valuables and keys away out of view of doors and windows.

Ensure all bikes, toys and garden furniture are securely stored away and/or suitable locking devices used.

Please ensure all sheds and garages are left secure – always use good quality locks.

Remember to keep hydrated – plan your journey and allow extra time for stops.

If you see an unattended child in a locked car or a distressed animal call 999 immediately. 

For further information about crime prevention and how to stay safe at home visit the force website at www.staffordshire.police.uk.

Always report any suspicious activity to us on 101 or 999 in an emergency or if a crime is taking place.

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

Open Day at Police Headquarters

Join us on Sunday for our Open Day

Due to the unprecedented success of the previous years we are once again hosting an Open Day at Police Headquarters, to give you the chance to take a look behind the scenes at Staffordshire Police. The event, this Sunday 4 June between 11am and 4pm, will be a family fun day packed full of activities for both adults and children.Our Open Day is one of the highlights of the calendar for us and, based on past attendance levels, it is for our communities. It has been a truly heartbreaking week after the horrific events in Manchester. We have reviewed the security of the open day and taken all the necessary steps to allow the event to take place. Staffordshire Police Officers and staff have worked extremely hard over the last week to keep out communities safe and reassured and the open day will not affect the level of this policing.

This will be the fourth open day and hopefully the biggest and best yet. Following the amazing popularity of the Police Car Experience last year we have doubled the size of the track and increased the numbers of police cars. Children can have the opportunity to be driven around our test track with highly trained police drivers.

Some of our officers will be getting hot under the collar during the public order demonstrations. Officers in their protective equipment will be walking through fire and face a barrage of missile including water bombs thrown by children in the crowd.

The event is free of charge with a free park and ride service available from the County Showground. There will be a range of hot and cold refreshments available and souvenirs to buy.

All proceeds on the day will go towards the Police UK Memorial fund.

Visit our website for more information on the day - https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/article/7800/Join-us-on-Sunday-for-our-Open-Day 

Security level raised to Critical: Keeping our communities safe and reassured

Following the announcement last night (Tuesday May 23rd) by the Prime Minster Theresa May to raise the national security level to Critical, we want to reassure our communities that we are working hard to keep you safe.Moving to the Critical level means we will be increasing our presence of both armed and unarmed police officers at popular locations including tourist spots, transport hubs and busy town centres across Staffordshire. We will also be reviewing key events over the coming days and weeks and providing security advice where practical. These are precautionary measures that aim to keep you feeling safe and reassured whilst not affecting your daily life.

Chief Constable Jane Sawyers said: "We continue to work closely with our Regional Counter Terrorism Unit and the National Security Service to do everything possible to prevent further attacks."At this time we continue to ask the public to remain calm but alert. If you see anything that causes you concern, then let us know immediately. I'm sure you can appreciate it is an extremely busy time for our control room, so please remember to focus reports on anything genuinely suspicious. If you see or hear anything that you think could be terrorist-related, trust your instinct no matter how small, then ACT and call 0800 789 321 or 999 in an emergency."

 

Appeal: Fatal Road Traffic Collision on M6

We are appealing for information following a fatal road traffic collision on the M6 in which five people have died and one person is critically injured.The collision, which occurred at around 4.30am this morning (Wed), involved a lorry and a car.It happened on the southbound stretch of the M6 between J15 (Stoke South) and J14 (Stafford North).As a result of the collision that stretch of the motorway is closed and will be for some considerable time.Motorists are advised to seek alternative routes and we thank you for your patience and understanding.A detailed investigation into the incident has begun.Witnesses are asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident 68 of May 24.

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

Alert: Microsoft Tech-support Fraudsters

Action Fraud has received the first reports of Tech-Support fraudsters claiming to be from Microsoft who are taking advantage of the global WannaCry ransomware attack.

One victim fell for the scam after calling a ‘help’ number advertised on a pop up window. The window which wouldn’t close said the victim had been affected by WannaCry Ransomware. The victim granted the fraudsters remote access to their PC after being convinced there wasn’t sufficient anti-virus protection. The   fraudsters then installed Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, which is actually free, and took £320 as payment.   

It is important to remember that Microsoft’s error and warning messages on your PC will never include a phone number. Additionally Microsoft will never proactively reach out to you to provide unsolicited PC or technical support.   Any communication they have with you must be initiated by you.

 How to protect yourself:

  • Don't call numbers from pop-up messages.
  • Never allow remote access to your computer.
  • Always be wary of unsolicited calls. If you’re unsure of   a caller’s identity, hang up. 
  • Never divulge passwords or pin numbers.
  • Microsoft or someone on their behalf will never call you.  

 If you believe you have already been a victim:

Get your computer checked for any additional programmes or software that may have been installed.Contact your bank to stop any further payments being   taken.

If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime,   please report it to Action Fraud at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/  Tel: 0300 123 2040.

For further advice and support about cyber crime visit the force 

Set Top boxes with Malware

We have been aware of a new fraudulent trend that may impact the general public in relation to set-top boxes infected with malware intended to steal user’s details to commit fraud.  

Safeguarding the public from illegal streaming services via set-top boxes is vital to the UK economy, the Creative Industry and the many people employed in the industry. There are ‘set-top’ boxes imported from various foreign jurisdictions that are enabled so people can view illegal content.

We are aware that set-top boxes, although perfectly legal in their own right, are repeatedly adapted by criminals to unlawfully receive TV channels protected by intellectual laws.

The set-top boxes can come with many common features the person purchasing may be unaware of, such as   sites offering access to copyright infringing material and access to illegal sites. The set-top boxes may also contain infected malware that is disguised as something as innocent as a play button and is unknowingly initiated by the user; potentially impacting other electronic devices. The users will normally have used some personal details when setting up the set-top box, which could be used to defraud them. Consequently, what may appear to be a bargain for the consumer may quickly turn into a genuine problem by loss of personal data and or money.

Our advice would be to only purchase set-top/streaming boxes from recognised outlets. Contact your bank if you notice any suspicious transactions on your accounts. When signing up to websites/internet services, use a password or PIN you have not used elsewhere.

If you suspect you have been a victim of fraud you can report this to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

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

Advice: Urgent - Ransomware Incident

Following the ransomware cyber attack on Friday 12 May, please find below some protection advice to keep safe.

Install system and application updates on all devices as soon as they become available.Install anti-virus software on all devices and keep it updated.Create regular backups of your important files to a device (such as an external hard drive or memory stick) that isn’t left connected to your computer as any malware infection could spread to that too.Only install apps from official app stores, such as Google’s Play Store, or Apple’s App Store as they offer better levels of protection than some 3rd party stores. Jailbreaking, rooting, or disabling any of the default security features of your device will make it more susceptible to malware infections.

Phishing/smishing

Fraudsters may exploit this high profile incident and use it as part of phishing/smishing campaigns. We urge people to be cautious if they receive any unsolicited communications from the NHS. The protect advice for that is the following:

An email address can be spoofed. Don’t open attachments or click on the links within any unsolicited emails you receive, and never respond to emails that ask for your personal or financial details.

The sender’s name and number in a text message can be spoofed, so even if the message appears to be from an organisation you know of, you should still exercise caution, particularly if the texts are asking you to click on a link or call a number.

Don’t disclose your personal or financial details during a cold call, and remember that the police and banks will never ring you and ask you to verify your PIN, withdraw your cash, or transfer your money to another "safe" account.

If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, please report it to Action Fraud at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

For more information visit the force website at www.staffordshire.police.uk.

Advice: Home Security Systems

We have been made aware of companies cold calling people selling alarm and security systems.

Our advice would be to never purchase items from cold callers/doorstep traders or indeed over the phone.

If you are considering purchasing a security system, our advice is always to contact either the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) on 0191 296324 www.nsi.org.uk, or the Security Systems and Alarm Inspection Board (SSAIB) on 01628 637512 www.ssaib.org.uk both organisations hold a register of approved installers. Your nearest approved supplier will be advised based on your postcode.

An approved supplier can visit you at an agreed time to assess your needs and advise on the most suitable system.

Please report any suspicious callers or rogue traders to us on 101.

Review Your Home and Vehicle Security

Residents are being urged to review car and home security measures following several reports of burglary overnight where the cars at the property are believed to have been the target.Thieves are targeting homes with vehicles, not always high value, that are parked at the address.After breaking into the house, they are searching for the car keys and then stealing the car.

We have seen an increase in the number of incidents being reported over the last few weeks, and offences are occurring across the county.

Officers are reminding residents to ensure their properties are left secure at all times and that items of value and keys are securely stored away out of view.

For more information about crime prevention and home/vehicle security visit: www.staffordshire.police.uk/crimeprevention.

Anyone with any information, is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101.Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. 

Keeping Your Property Safe and Secure

We are appealing to residents and homeowners in the remote areas of Staffordshire, to be vigilant and property safe.

It follows a number of burglaries in the Alrewas area and across the south of the County.

During these incidents items including jewellery and keys to high value motor vehicles have been targeted by the thieves who have entered properties.  The thieves are then stealing the vehicles parked at the properties using the keys.

Temporary Inspector, Jo Rea from our Lichfield local policing team said: “ I would like to remind residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity in the area.

“We are working to ensure that you feel safe, and have increased patrols to ensure we catch those responsible for these crimes.

“I would urge you to not only report suspicious activity but to check your home is safe and secure at all times. Following our crime prevention advice can always help reduce the chances of being a victim of crime.”

Top tips for keeping your home safe:

•  Always keep house and car keys away from doors and windows.  Store valuables and keys away out of view.

•  Always keep your windows and doors locked even when you are in – if you pop upstairs or in the garden make sure the room you are not in is secure.

•  Consider installing movement activated security lights at the front and back of your property or an alarm/CCTV system. If you have these already installed, ensure they are in good working order and are switched on.

• If you have valuable tools and garden equipment in your garage or shed, make sure you keep it locked and fit an inaccessible bolt/lock to your garden gate.   Consider fitting locking devices to high value bicycles.

• Try to avoid storing large bulky items, like wheelie bins, near to your property as these can be used to access properties.

If you see anything suspicious please call 101, or 999 in an emergency.

FRAUD IS ON THE INCREASE

PLEASE DO NOT BECOME A VICTIM.

Do not give anyone your personal details over the telephone and do not allow anyone remote access to your computer. If you receive a telephone call and are unsure whether it is genuine or not, discontinue the call. If the caller has stated they are from one of your service providers, call them back on a number you know to be correct. 

Suspicious Vehicle

We have received information of a vehicle seen in suspicious circumstances. The vehicle has been described as a black V.W. possibly a Golf with the VRM DG54FSZ, with two males on board in their early twenties.  The driver being described as big build wearing a flat cap and cammo jacket.  The car was full of dogs with at least two lurcher.  It is believed that they are connected with poaching in the area. Any sightings of this vehicle or anyone acting suspiciously,  please contact the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. 

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

Poaching around Gnosall

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Warning - forceful doorstep Cold Caller

On Monday 30th January a cold caller, offering to carry out second hand jewellery valuations, was knocking on doors in Gnosall.  This is a scam.  The Parish Council has been told the caller is quite forceful and puts his foot across the threshold to prevent the door being closed.  Please be aware and ensure your family, friends and neighbours, especially the elderly and more vulnerable residents are aware of this.  If you come across this cold caller please inform the police..

HMRC scam resurfaces

After receiving several calls from concerned residents we are reminding people to be aware of the trend of victims being contacted by offenders claiming to be from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs. The caller, usually male, claims to be from HMRC and tells the victim that they owe tax money to the Inland Revenue. He then says that you have two options – fight it through court or pay it back through iTunes vouchers.THIS IS A SCAM – Please tell your parents, grandparents, elderly family and friends about this.Victims, often elderly and vulnerable, are contacted in a variety of methods with offenders claiming to be from a government agency collecting outstanding debt. In most cases offenders ask for payment in iTunes voucher codes or security bonds.iTunes vouchers can be easily redeemed and easily sold on. The offenders do not require the physical card to redeem the value and instead get victims to read out the serial code on the back over the phone.

Please hang up immediately should you receive such a call

National Fraud Bureau - Alert

The NFIB has gathered information identifying an emerging fraud whereby social media platforms are being used to attract members of the public to donate money to animal welfare charities overseas that do not exist.

The NFIB has discovered that criminal groups based in Spain or Cyprus and are using social media to target donors from the UK. The money is then laundered from the UK to overseas and rather than be used to tackle animal cruelty it is simply used to support a criminal lifestyle in the sun.  They will canvass for contributions through their existing social networks which will expand over time, attracting more donors.

The NFIB were informed that the people committing this fraud are merely supplementing their income as they are always linked to organised crime groups in the UK and overseas.

Sometimes the article or post on social media may indicate the payments are for charitable organisation or  a “worthy cause”. Sadly not in all instances are these genuine, and if any doubt please undertake your own due diligence.

Other signs to look for include:

Genuine charities are registered with the Charity Commission and print their registration details on all documentation, collection bags, envelopes, electronic communications etc. Check these details exist and also contact the Charity Commission to confirm they are authentic. You can call them on their helpline 0845 300 0218 or by visiting charity-commission.gov.uk, where they have an online charity register.

·    If the collection is for a charity you know is genuine, check the collection is authorised by asking the charity directly, using contact details from the phone book or a website that you know is genuine.

·    Watch out for poor grammar and spelling in emails and other documents, including collection envelopes.

·    Send your donation to the charity directly. This may mean going to a little more trouble, but at least you can

be sure your donation will get to where it’s intended.

·    If  you  have  any  concerns  you  can  also  gain  further  information  from  the  government  website  -

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/charity-commission/about

·          If you have been affected by this, or any other fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

BEWARE BOGUS PHISHING E-MAILS

We are alerting residents and businesses to bogus phishing emails that are being sent out purporting to be from The Metropolitan police.

Action Fraud have received a high number of reports concerning a phishing campaign targeting personal and business email addresses with the subject heading

„Crime Prevention Advice‟, with the intention of distributing malware.

The email sender is potentially spoofing a Metropolitan Police email address,

showing the sender as „crime@content.met.police.uk‟. The email contains the text:

“TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC;

See attached document to read more about crime prevention advice. Regards,

Metropolitan Police Service.”

The email includes an attachment titled „11212527.zip.‟.

DO NOT OPEN THIS ATTACHMENT - it contains malicious content which downloads the iSPY key logger to the victim‟s device. This key logger records keystrokes, steals passwords stored in web browsers and Skype conversation records, takes pictures via webcam and stores the license keys of software like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop.

Having up-to-date virus protection is essential; however it will not always prevent you from becoming infected.

Please consider the following actions:

DON‟T click on links or open any attachments you receive in unsolicited emails or SMS messages. Remember that fraudsters can „spoof‟ an email address to make it look like one used by someone you trust. If you are unsure, check the email header to identify the true source of communication. THINK: Would the police, Inland Revenue, or council send you emails of this nature? If you are unsure, check with the organisation first.

Information on how to locate email headers can be found at https://mxtoolbox.com/Public/Content/EmailHeaders/

Always install software updates as soon as they become available. Whether you are updating the operating system or an application, the update will often include fixes for critical security vulnerabilities.

Most anti-virus software contains an „anti-spyware‟ scan which may be able to detect key loggers. If your current software does not offer this function, consider installing software which does - both free and paid for anti-spyware is widely available.

Create regular backups of your important files to an external hard drive, memory

stick or online storage provider. It‟s important that the device you back up to is not

left connected to your computer as any malware infection could spread to that device as well.

If you think your bank details have been compromised, you should immediately contact your bank.

If you have been affected by this, or any other fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting  www.actionfraud.police.uk.

Break-in at Gnosall Veterinary Practice

There has been a break in of a veterinary practice in Newport Road, Gnosall.

The break was discovered at 11:30pm last night Monday 5 December by a passing motorist.

Offenders forced the front door of the premises before making a tidy search and stealing charity boxes and a cash tin.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 799 of 5 December.

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

Reminder to be Extra Vigilant to Cold Callers

Residents are being reminded to be more aware of who is calling at their door during the Festive season. As you might be expecting more visitors in the run up to Christmas, please make sure you know who is at your door.Detective Sergeant James Byrne said:"Never trust anyone calling at the door without a prior appointment. Should you receive such a call, leave the door locked. The caller will hear you through the door when you ask them who they are. If they state they are from a utilities company, ask for your account number, they should have this if they are genuine, if not – do not let them in and tell them to leave and that you are calling the police."Do not allow anyone to carry out work on your home, or sell you anything when they cold-call at the door. If you require work to be done INSTIGATE IT YOURSELF, by phoning three companies and asking for like for like quotes. Then decide."Even if someone claims to be an official – check their ID - and that includes police officers and council representatives."Always reports any suspicious behaviour to the police. If you think it is suspicious, it probably is."Residents are asked to remain vigilant at all times and to follow this advice:Follow the STOP, CHAIN, 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 doorCHECK – Ask to see ID and double check this.Keep your doors locked even when you are home.Please remember, there is no such company as the Water Board, Gas Board or Electric Board. These words are only used by offenders, so be alert if they are used by anyone at your door.If you have not asked for any work to be done, do not engage with anyone claiming to be carrying out work at your home.Anyone who has information regarding unlawful activities in the county is asked to call Staffordshire Police on 101.

Theft of unattended vehicles

Now the cold weather is settling in, please ensure you stay safe when out on the roads.  Please plan and allow extra time for your journey.  Make sure your car is fully defrosted before setting off.   Do not leave your car unattended with the engine running whilst defrosting your vehicle.  Thieves will seize the moment!  We have been made aware by the Central Motorway Police Group of six incidents this morning, Tuesday 29 November (7:44am) of motor vehicles being stolen whilst unattended with the engine running. 

#SaferXmas Stop & Think Campaign - Never Drink or Drug Drive

Staffordshire Police will be targeting irresponsible and dangerous drivers in a bid to reduce fatal and serious road traffic collisions and protect other users and forms part of the force’s wider #SaferXmas Stop & Think campaign.

The campaign will run across the county throughout December with more operations to catch those who risk their own and other people’s lives by drink or drug driving.

We always carry out tests throughout the year on anyone involved in a road traffic collision or anyone who is suspected of drink or drug driving.

During this campaign we will also be generally stopping motorists and carrying out tests. These operations will not just be at night, they will also be run in the mornings and throughout the day.

Mistakenly people think after a night of drinking or using drugs that if they have slept or have eaten they are fit to drive. There is nothing that can make you sober. The alcohol has to be processed through the body and the more you’ve drunk the longer it will take before you are sober. If you drink or take drugs and drive then there is a high likelihood that you will be caught.

Visit www.staffordshire.police.uk for more information about #SaferXmas Stop & Think campaign.

#SaferXmas Stop & Think campaign,

As part of our #SaferXmas Stop & Think campaign, here are some tips on how to take precautions at home to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of opportunist thieves.

People often put their presents under a Christmas tree by a window but opportunist thieves will also be able to see them and take it as an invitation to steal them. Consider putting your tree away from a window. 

Thieves are also wise to people storing bigger presents prior to Christmas - such as bikes - in sheds and garages. Keep thieves out by making sure you have strong locks and keep storage areas locked.

Alternatively, find somewhere in your home or with a relative or friend to store them safely.

 Visit www.staffordshire.police.uk for more information about #SaferXmas Stop & Think campaign and crime prevention advice.

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

**Be Aware* Postal/Delivery Card Scam

It appears that this postal scam is starting up again on the run up to Christmas.

Residents receive an unexpected delivery card through the door stating a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) have tried to deliver you a package but weren't able to.  They advise you to call a premium rate number, possibly 0906661911, to arrange a new delivery date.

If you are not expecting a parcel from a courier or delivery service please be aware.   Always check the cost of a premium rate call as this is where possible scammers make their money.

If you believe you have received such a card you can report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or Royal Mail Fraud on 0435 113 413.

Please pass this information on to any elderly family or friends who have not got Internet access.

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

Distraction Burglary

We have received a report of a distraction burglary in Bromstead Common, Newport.  An elderly resident has been contacted by a company claiming to be offering a survey for a free boiler as part of a Government backed scheme.   A representative of the company arranged to visit the resident at his home to conduct a survey. The offender, who is described as in his 40’s and casually dressed, inspected the property as arranged and went upstairs unaccompanied.  The resident later found his wallet, containing a quantity of cash missing. No details about the company or caller are known and no paperwork was left.  The male was driving a small car type van.

A further male attended the property on Tuesday 28 November also claiming to be from a company surveying as part of the Government scheme and also inspected the property, but this time the resident accompanied the male around the property. The caller advised he was nothing to do with the other suspect and left a note stating he was working for UK Power.   The male was described as white, smartly dressed and aged 40.

Please be on your guard and remind vulnerable family, friends and neighbours to never allow any unsolicited visitors into their home.   Always take the telephone number from callers to verify their identity and check identity cards and paperwork. Please report any suspicious callers to the Police immediately on 101.

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

#SaferXmas Stop and Think Campaign - Online Shopping and Safety

As part of our #SaferXmas Stop & Think campaign here are some tips on buying online, and how to keep children safe using the web.

Online shoppers can help to protect themselves from cybercrime/fraud by ensuring they only make purchases from reputable websites, being careful when entering credit/debit card numbers. Open a Pay Pal account – it’s a more secure way of purchasing off the web.

If you are buying a mobile phone, or other online device for your child, we would urge you to set up parental controls, monitor their use and talk to your child about staying safe on line. Lots of information is available to parents, carers and children on the

www.knowaboutcse.co.uk website. The internet is a source of information and entertainment but there are those who can and do use it to harm children. If you have concerns then please contact Staffordshire Police on 101.

You can download Hollie Guard app to help if you are ever in danger – if you shake the phone it will automatically send a text to 3 or 4 people you have nominated with your location. You could also set it up as a red button on your front screen.

Consider downloading a ‘track my phone’ app so if you lose it you can use another phone to text your phone which will automatically text back its location.

People can register their smart phone, tablet or gaming consoles and any other items for free on www.immobilise.com for the best chance of getting it back if lost or stolen. You just need your IMEI number which can be found by dialling *#06# and serial numbers for your other items. If police recover lost or stolen property they check

Visit www.staffordshire.police.uk for more information about cybercrime/fraud, how to keep children safe on line and the #SaferXmas Stop & Think campaign.

#SaferXmas Stop & Think Campaign - Black Friday/Cyber Monday

Black Friday (25 November) is a time when shops and online retailers offer great bargains in the run-up to Christmas.

Online retailers also offer many bargains on Cyber Monday (28 November) which has proved to be one of the busiest online Christmas shopping days.

 Be extra vigilant on these key shopping days as online fraudsters are watching and waiting to capitalise on the biggest shopping frenzies of the year by conning buyers out of their presents and purchases. 

Trust your instinct – sounds too good to be true? It probably is so double check

Check the URL in the web browsers - fraudsters slightly change the address.

Ensure the website address begins ‘https’ and has padlock sign at the payment stage – never be too busy to think twice before you click

Only deal with reputable sellers.

Avoid paying by money transfers as they aren’t secure - open a PayPal account which is, or pay by credit card rather than debit card as there is more protection.

 For more information on how to keep safe online visit

https://www.getsafeonline.org/christmas2016/

 To report a fraud or cybercrime/online fraud and get a crime number speak to a specialist fraud adviser at Action Fraud on 0300 123 20140 or through their online reporting tool. Visit www.actionfraud.police.uk

HMRC scam alert

We are reminding people to be aware of the trend of victims being contacted by offenders claiming to be from HMRC following a report received in South Staffordshire.

The male caller claimed to be from HMRC and told the victim that she owed tax money to the Inland Revenue. He told her that she had two options – fight it through court or pay it back through iTunes vouchers.

The woman purchased £500 worth of vouchers and gave the numbers from the back to the caller when he rang back a short time later. He then told her that someone would come to her house later to collect the vouchers and issue her with a cheque to the same value.

At this point she became suspicious and told the man that she thought this was a scam, he then hung up.

The phone number that called her was 0161 850 3938.THIS IS A SCAM – Please tell your parents, grandparents, elderly family and friends about this.

Victims, often elderly and vulnerable, are contacted in a variety of methods with offenders claiming to be from a government agency collecting outstanding debt. In most cases offenders ask for payment in iTunes voucher codes or security bonds.

iTunes vouchers can be easily redeemed and easily sold on. The offenders do not require the physical card to redeem the value and instead get victims to read out the serial code on the back over the phone.

Please hang up immediately should you receive such a call.

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Stay Safe When Christmas Shopping

#SaferXmas Stop & Think Campaign

Staffordshire Police has launched its #SaferXmas Stop & Think campaign to keep you safe this festive period and will include crime prevention advice for shoppers, drink/drug driving, alcohol related violence and disorder, and domestic abuse.

In the run up to Christmas we are urging shoppers to take precautions to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of opportunist thieves and pickpockets.

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. Sometimes one will distract you by drawing your attention to something, asking for directions or simply bumping into you while another will adeptly help themselves to your money or cards.

Our officers work closely with store staff and CCTV operators to take early action against anyone seen acting suspiciously.

At this time of year opportunist thieves take advantage of busy shoppers leaving parcels openly on view and their vehicle insecure.

If you put items you have just bought in your vehicle before heading back to the shops, put them in your boot, remember to lock your car and make sure no one is watching ready to pounce.

We urge people to ‘Stop and Think’. Be vigilant and take extra precautions to reduce the risk of becoming a victim.

Here are some top tips you can take to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of opportunist thieves and pickpockets whilst out shopping:

  1. keep purses and wallets safe by keeping them secure in a closed handbag worn across the body or an inside pocket of your clothing
  2. vehicles with shopping on view are easy pickings for opportunist thieves. If you are taking shopping back to your vehicle before doing more shopping, be aware of who is around you – make sure no one is watching what you are doing. Put shopping out-of-sight in the boot and check your vehicle is locked
  3. no one thinks twice about using a mobile phone on the go, but it does make us vulnerable to a thief who can quickly snatch it and run. With increased numbers of people in town centres, it’s easy for a thief to snatch your phone and disappear into a crowd.

Visit www.staffordshire.police.uk for more information about #SaferXmas Stop & Think campaign. 

Remember to call 101 to report any incidents of crime or 999 in an emergency.

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

Donations fraud

We have received a report that someone purporting to be from the Police Community Group has been contacting Staffordshire residents and asking them to make a donation which will go towards helping victims of anti-social behaviour.

Staffordshire Police would like to make it quite clear that it has no connections to any such group and nor would it ask anyone to make a donation towards any such cause.

Anyone receiving similar calls should hang up immediately and report them to Staffordshire Police on 101.

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

UK Parking email fraud warning

Fraudsters are sending out emails purporting to be from a legitimate company called UK Parking Control LTD (UKPC) that claim you have a parking ticket.

Please see below link from Action Fraud for more details.

www.actionfraud.police.uk/news/fake-parking-ticket-emails-loaded-with-malware-nov16

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

Multiple car tyres slashed in Gnosall!!

Several vehicles had their tyres slashed in the Gnosall area sometime overnight Saturday 29 October/Sunday 30 October.

Incidents were reported in Wharf Road, Parsons Drive, Glebe Lane, Monks Walk and The Cloisters and anyone with any information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 352 of 30 October.

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

Little Book of Scams

Please follow the below link to view the Metropolitan Police's Little Book of Big Scams.

www.met.police.uk/docs/little_book_scam.pdf

Van content thefts

You may be aware that there has been a spate recently, across Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent, of vans being broken into and having large quantities of tools stolen.

It is believed offenders are cutting wiring to disable central locking systems, or using gadgets that enable them to bypass locking mechanisms and enter vans without causing any damage, leaving them free to steal the contents.  There are many products available over the internet to combat this problem and van owners are being asked to consider having their vehicles sufficiently protected.

Simply type ‘ford transit anti pick lock’ into your internet search engine to find companies offering for sale van security products.

You can also find more vehicle security advice at www.thatcham.org.

Trick or Treat Guidelines

Staffordshire Police want youngsters to enjoy the Halloween festivities at the same time as respecting others in their communities.For many taking part it’s a great fun activity, but for others who may not welcome numerous callers to their door, it can be a very unnerving and stressful time.It is a time young people should be extra careful and be aware of who they ‘scare’ when out ‘trick or treating’.If someone has a ‘no trick or treat’ card in their window, or no one answers the door, it means they do not want to participate. No one should feel obliged to answer their door and trick and treaters should just walk away.Local Policing Commander, Superintendent Elliott Sharrard-Williams, said: “The behaviour of some could badly affect others, particularly the elderly and vulnerable members of the community. There are also safety issues for people taking part.”Police and Special Constables will be out and about to help keep young people and our communities safe during the Halloween celebrations. They will target those few who become intent on acting anti-socially, harassing residents or damaging property.If your children are planning to go ‘trick or treating’ please follow some simple guidelines to keep them safe and to avoid them behaving anti-socially:

  • • an adult should always accompany young children making sure they wear lighting coloured clothing and being very careful crossing the road
  • • only go in well-lit areas and carry a torch so everyone can be seen
  • • unless pre-arranged don’t let children visit elderly or vulnerable people
  • • keep ‘tricks’ within the law. Anything that results in damage or other offences will be dealt with accordingly
  • • children should only knock on the doors of people they know and never go inside someone’s home
  • • children of all ages should always stay in groups, remembering road safety.

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

Break-in at Cowley farm

There was an attempted break-in of an outbuilding at farm premises in the Cowley area of Gnosall last night Wednesday 26 October.

It happened at approx. 9pm last night when offenders cut a padlock off the building but fortunately nothing was stolen.

Tyre marks in the field suggest the offenders made off in a vehicle and anyone with any information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 840 of 26 October.

Could you also please take time to review your own security arrangements and make sure your properties, including outbuildings, are as secure as possible at all times.

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

 

What is cyber crime?

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Message re Cyber Crime from the office of the Police & Crime Commissioner

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, computers 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. What is illegal offline is illegal online.

You can find more about cyber crime on the Staffordshire Police website: www.staffordshire.police.uk/cybercrime

What is Cyber Safe Staffordshire?

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire (OPCC) and Staffordshire Police has recently launched the Cyber Safe Staffordshire campaign.

The Cyber Safe Staffordshire campaign aims to raise awareness about cyber crime and how people can protect themselves and their families online. It also aims to highlight cyber crime to businesses across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

 

Quad bike stolen in Gnosall.

A green Yamaha 350 quad bike has been stolen from a property in Lowfield Lane, Gnosall.

The bike was stolen from an insecure shed at the side of the property sometime between 8am and 3:45pm yesterday Tuesday 11 October.

In a seperate incident there was an attempted theft from a Western Power van in Lowfield Lane at approx. 3pm yesterday when offenders removed a window from the van but were prevented from stealing anything due to a metal shutter.

Anyone who was in the area yesterday, and who may have seen anything suspicious, is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 541 of 11 October.

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

Cyber Crime - Survey

Cyber criminals can target anyone online. The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire and Staffordshire Police are carrying out work to gain a more detailed picture of the impact of cyber crime across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

We are looking for your help to prevent and tackle cyber crime. All you need to do is complete the short survey on the Staffordshire Police website. You can click on this link ( www.staffordshire.police.uk/SMARTccSurvey ) to access the survey, which should only take 3 minutes to complete:

You can also copy and paste the link into your website browser - www.staffordshire.police.uk/SMARTccSurvey

Thank you.

This message is from The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire and Staffordshire Police

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

Outbuildings broken in at Norbury

A super moto motorcycle and a selection of tools have been stolen from sheds at a property in Norbury.

The incident occurred sometime between 9am and 4pm yesterday Tuesday 23 August and a vehicle would have been needed to take the items away.

A blue Transit van had been seen in the area and also in the Woodseaves area yesterday and anyone who can offer any further information about the van or the break in is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 654 of 23 August.

Could you also please take time to review your own security arrangements and make sure your properties, including sheds and outbuildings, are as secure as possible at all times.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address

patrick.connor@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Olympics Ticket Fraud

The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro begin on 6 August 2016 you are now able to purchase tickets from the Rio 2016 ticket offices. Purchasing from an unauthorised seller or a ticket tout could leave you out of pocket; not only are the tickets advertised at inflated prices, there is a risk that the tickets purchased are counterfeit or do not exist. Any individual with a counterfeit ticket will be refused entry.

To help protect yourself, the list of authorised sellers has been published on the official website and provides a list of trusted resellers; this can be found at www.rio2016.com . Equally, tickets purchased that are no longer needed can be sold through the Rio 2016 website for a 100% reimbursement of the amount paid if the tickets are resold.

The attached document provides further information and advice.

Download Associated DocumentsDocuments accompanying this message are linked below. Click to download and open a file which use the popular PDF format. If you experience problems downloading or viewing a file please visit this help page.

Rio 2016 Olympics Ticket Fraud (313 KB)

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

Boardwalk Fire - Good News

Good news as two arrests were made this morning.

Thank you to "Gnosall community" for the support you have given this week and to the volunteers who were able to help this morning and to those who have offered to help in the days ahead, to Gnosall Skip Hire for the free skips and The Co-op for the free refreshments. The parish council will meet early next week to start making plans for the repair/replacement of the boardwalk. Thank you 

Arson at the Boardwalk!

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Last night a huge section of our lovely boardwalk was set on fire over the pools. It is awful. The Environment Agency are on their way to see what environmental damage has been caused. It is completely impassible and will take a long time to repair. We need to catch whoever is responsible, anyone who has any information please get in touch. 

If anyone is available at 4.30pm today to have a community photo to show how upset and appalled we are about the boardwalk fire please be at the play area car park (walk of possible as parking is limited) . We need to show 'strength of community feeling' . Thank you

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Secure your shed

After a few incidents of shed breakings and item stolen from sheds and outbuildings here are a few reminders and crime prevention advice to help protect your garden. 

Sheds can make appealing targets for thieves as valuable items like bikes, mowers and tools are often stored there.

Despite this, many people don’t think about security. Take some simple steps to reduce the chance of being burgled:

Think about what you keep in your garage or shed. Valuable tools can be stolen or even used to break into your house.

Lock your garden gate and/or use an inaccessible bolt.

Never leave doors unlocked - especially if your garage has a door which links through to the house.

Fit strong padlocks, and remember to put tools away and relock your shed or garage when you have finished.

 - register them for free at www.immobilise.com

use gravel pathways as its noise underfoot can deter burglars forensically mark your property with a liquid solution with a chemical or DNA code. It glows under ultraviolet light, allowing the police to detect it if it has been stolen and recovered. Forensic marking providers SmartWater, SelectaDNA, Red Web and Crimestoppers are all accredited by Secured by Design.

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

 

Theft of Catalytic Converters!

There have been several recently reported incidents of catalytic converters being stolen, please warn your neighbours to be on their guard and to make sure their vehicles are as secure as possible at all times.

A thief can’t get to your catalytic converter if they can’t get to your car. Keep your car stored in a garage if you have one, or park in busy, well-lit areas. If your car is isolated, it’s easier for a thief to crawl under the car and saw the converter off, this can take seconds.

Some converters are only attached by bolts to the exhaust. Have a garage weld the converter in place to make it more difficult for a thief to remove. Consider fitting a ‘cage clamp’, this locks around the converter to make it more secure.

Forensically mark, or etch a serial number on the converter. It won’t prevent theft, but you can report the number to police if it does get stolen and they can check it against recovered or seized converters.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 281 of the 30/06/16.

Please encourage friends and neighbours to sign up to smart alerts or their local neighbourhood watch scheme by visiting www.staffordshiresmartalert.uk together we can fight crime.

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

Theft of garden equipment

Officers are urging residents to secure their garden equipment and ornaments after several incidents have been reported to us where unknown offenders have stolen items including various garden ornaments, flower pots, and plants. Anyone who can offer any further information about the thefts?should contact Staffordshire Police on 101.The theft of garden ornaments, furniture and planters is another Spring/Summer trend. Please consider the security of your property and remember that valuable planters and ornaments are safer in the back garden where passers by can’t see them. Secure garden furniture using an anchoring device making it harder to remove. These can also be used to protect expensive planters and ornamental trees. Use brackets to protect hanging baskets. Consider security marking your valuables. If they are difficult to mark, take aphotograph of them to help with identification if the worst happensand they are stolen.More information about how you can secure your garden, can be found by visiting our new website - www.staffordshire.police.uk and searching for garden security.Please encourage friends and neighbours to sign up to Staffordshire Smart Alert via www.staffordshiresmartalert.uk - together we can fight crime.If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: jayanti.chowdhury@staffordshire.pnn.police.ukRegards,Jayanti Chowdhury Police Manager Neighbourhood Watch Email: jayanti.chowdhury@staffordshire.pnn.police.ukPolice 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.

Bin the Blade

Staffordshire Police is appealing for people to ‘Bin the Blade’ with a four-week knife surrender, starting at 9am on Monday 27 June 2016.

The four-week surrender will see safe and secure knife bins available at 18 locations across the county.

 During this period, those surrendering knives will not face prosecution for carrying them and they can remain anonymous.

Secure bin locations and station opening hours can be found at www.staffordshire.police.uk/bintheblade

Scam Warning: Whereby offenders offer cheap costume jewellery

Staffordshire Police would like to warn residents of a scam whereby offenders offer cheap costume jewellery for cash or try to steal items of jewellery from victims whilst distracting them.Offenders have been described as being of Eastern European or Asian appearance and usually stop victims on the pretence that they need to get to hospital to visit a sick relative or their car has broken down.Incidents have been known to occur on busy roads or in and around Town Centres and the latest incident reported occurred in Stafford Road, Stone on Tuesday 14 June.Could you please be vigilant at all times and report any suspicious behaviour to Staffordshire Police immediately.Please encourage friends and neighbours to sign up to smart alerts or their local neighbourhood watch scheme by visitingwww.staffordshiresmartalert.uk – together we can fight crime.If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: patrick.connor@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Cast iron bench ripped out of the pavement!

Can anyone help? In the early hours of Saturday morning (about 2am), a secured, extremely heavy cast iron bench was ripped out of the pavement on Newport Rd and dragged into the middle of the road and abandoned. If a vehicle has crashed into it, this would have caused considerable damage and possibly serious injury. Fortunately, two residents who were disturbed by the noise acted quickly flagging down an oncoming vehicle who helped return the bench to the pavement. Three men were seen but police have not been able to track them down. If you have any information please let me know. Please share. Thank you. Please email clerk@gnosallparishcouncil.org.uk

Garages broken into in High Offley

Two detached garages have been broken into at a property in Grub St, High Offley, Stafford .Offenders broken off 3 padlocks from the garage doors by unknown means to gain entry sometime between 21:00 hours on 08/06 and 6:00am on 09/06 and a petrol push mower stolen was reported.Anyone with any information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 0094 of the 09/06/2016.Could you also please warn your neighbours to be on their guard and to make sure their properties, including sheds, garages and outbuildings, are as secure as possible at all times.If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: jayanti.chowdhury@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Vehicle theft via unknown means

It has been reported that offenders are gaining entry to vehicles via unknown means to commit theft of items contained within, without leaving any trace of forced entry. Leading the owners to wrongly believe that they may have left the vehicle unsecure.Vehicle owners, especially tradespersons leaving equipment in their vehicles are reminded to be vigilant and to report any instances where items are taken from vehicles. Furthermore any suspicious incidents must be reported to the Police via 101.If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: patrick.connor@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Fraudsters claiming to be from HMRC

Please be aware of a scam involving fraudsters claiming to be from HMRC and asking for payment by iTunes vouchers.Please follow the below link for further information. http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/news/alert-hmrc-and-itunes-gift-card-scam-may16 If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: patrick.connor@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Smart Alert: Diesel stolen

Approximately 1800 litres of diesel have been stolen from a property in Coley, Newport.Offenders approached the property sometime between 6pm on Monday 30th and 8am on Tuesday 31st May and removed the fuel from the pump.  Anyone with any information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 0137 of 31/05/16Could you also please warn your neighbours to be on their guard and to make sure their properties, including sheds, garages and outbuildings, are as secure as possible at all times.If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: lisa.pitchford@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Urgent: seeking information as to the whereabouts of a 46 year-old woman

Staffordshire Police are urgently seeking information as to the whereabouts of a 46 year-old woman who has gone missing from?Bishops Offley this morningAnn Burdett was last seen?yesterday (Wednesday) at her home in Bishops Offley near Stafford.Ann is described as white, 5ft tall, of slight build with blond shoulder length bobbed hair.  She is believed to be wearing a black running top with a reflective strip on the back, with the words "wind stocker"also on the back of the running top.  She is believed to be wearing walking boots. ? Staffordshire Police are concerned for her immediate welfare.Anyone who has seen her or who may have any information?on her whereabouts is asked to ring 101 quoting incident 75 of 26 ?May.

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

Smart Alert - Bogus Officials

Residents are being reminded of security advice after suspected bogus official incidents in Stafford.

We received a call just after 2pm on Wednesday 18 May, reporting a suspicious incident at a residential property in County Road, Stafford.A man called at the house stating he needed to check the garage at the property, and said he was from British Gas. When the resident asked to see ID, he had none. The man walked around the lounge area of the house but left when he was asked to leave.The man was wearing dark green trousers and a fluorescent jacket.The home owner contacted British Gas to see if the visit was genuine and they said that he was not from them. (Incident number 400 of 18 May).In another incident, we received a call from a resident in Marlborough Way, Stafford, at 10am on 18 May, reporting a suspicious phone call.The caller stated that they were a local energy company officer. When asked who they worked for, the caller hung up. (Incident number164 of 18 May).In both of these instances, the residents followed our advice and nothing was stolen and no information given.?Here is our advice on how to avoid being a victim of a bogus caller at the door or by telephone:Keep your doors locked even when you are home.Residents should also follow the STOP, CHAIN, 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.Do not allow anyone to carry out work on your home, or sell you anything when they cold call at the door. If you require work to be done INSTIGATE IT YOURSELF, by phoning three companies and asking for like for like quotes. Then decide.Do not keep large amounts of cash in your home.

Anyone with any information on the above incidents is asked to call Staffordshire police on 101, quoting the relevant incident number.

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

Bogus Officials Warning

There have been incidents today Tuesday 10th May in Barton under Needwood and Stafford whereby males have cold called on elderly residents offering to do guttering or roofing work.

Two males in a black van took some money after doing unwanted work on a roof at a property in Aspen Road, Barton and two males were prevented from doing guttering work on a property in Rowley Grove, Stafford.

Could you please warn your neighbours to be on their guard, especially the elderly and vulnerable, and remind them not to buy or sell at the door.

Anyone requiring any home improvement work should, in the first instance, obtain three different quotes from three different reputable companies.

Any suspicious callers should be reported to the Police immediately. If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address:  patrick.connor@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Theft from vehicle in Meadow Close, Gnosall, Stafford

Overnight on 8th March an unknown offender has approached a vehicle parked in Meadow Close, Gnosall, Stafford and using unknown object has removed the rear driver side wheel and stolen the wheel.Could you please warn your neighbours to be on their guard and to make sure all vehicles are locked and secured.Anyone with information in relation to this crime can call the Police on 101 quoting incident no 0278 of the 09/03/16.If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: jayanti.chowdhury@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Theft from a farm in Gnosall, Stafford

Overnight on 27th/28th February an unknown offender approached a field in farm premises in Coton, Gnosall, Stafford and stolen an Energiser and a battery. Anyone with information in relation to this crime can call the Police on 101 quoting incident no 0699 of the 28/02/2016.If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: jayanti.chowdhury@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

 

Police forces have become aware of a fraud that is circulating targeting elderly and vulnerable members of the community.

Some older people have received telephone calls from a caller who purports to be from their GP's surgery and is asking for an appointment to discuss their mobility needs. During the appointment, the older person is persuaded to buy mobility aids which are either unnecessary or inappropriate and always expensive.

Could you please warn your neighbours to be on their guard, especially the elderly and vulnerable, and tell them that if they receive a call like this, to please check with their GP's surgery first before agreeing to see anyone.

for your info ... a warning

There was an incident reported on 09/12/15 in Gough Close, Stafford, that 2 men knocked on the door saying they are from Staffordshire Rural Homes and they have come to check what decoration they need to carry out on the property. One Man went checking upstairs and the other stayed downstairs. £200 cash was stolen from the owner’s wallet. The men were described as in their late 20s with stocky built and not wearing any uniform.

Please warn all your neighbours to be on guard and observant at all times and please do not give access to anyone without prior appointments and without checking their identity.

Anyone with information in relation to this crime can call the Police on 101 quoting the incident number 0361 of the 09/12/15.

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

Theft from motor vehicle in Moors Wood, Gnosall, Stafford

Between 17:00 on the 27/11/15 and 10:00 on 28th unknown offender has approached an unsecured and unattended vehicle parked in Moors Wood, Gnosall, Stafford and stolen a laptop and a silver Apple iPad.Please warn all your neighbours to be on guard and observant at all times and please make sure all vehicles are locked and secure.Anyone with information in relation to this crime can call the Police on 101 quoting incident no 0374 of the 28/11/15.If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: jayanti.chowdhury@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Bogus Officials heading towards Staffordshire

We have received a report from colleagues in the West Midlands that they have had reports of 'Bogus Officials' operating in the Walsall area.

Two males have been knocking on doors of elderly residents stating their boss had left something in their garden and they need to come through the house to get it.

It is thought the males left the Walsall area heading towards Staffordshire in a LandRover with a large white box on the end of it and with a part reg: E890 MS and we would ask that you warn your neighbours to be on their guard, especially the elderly and vulnerable, and remind them not to let anyone into their homes without a prior appointment and even then not without checking and verifying their ID.

Any sightings of this vehicle should be reported to the Police immediately.

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

Burglary in Monks Walk, Gnosall

Overnight on 19/09/15 unknown offender has broken into a secured garage in Monks Walk, Gnosall and have stolen a Scott Spark 930 Mountain Bike, a Boardman comp Road Bike and a Scott scale Junior Mountain Bike.

 Please warn all your neighbours to be on guard and observant at all times and please make sure all doors and windows are locked and secure.

 Anyone with information in relation to this crime can call the Police on 101 quoting incident no 0171 or call crime stoppers on 0800 555 111.

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

Attempted burglary in Audmore Road, Gnosall

Overnight on the 16/09/15 unknown offender has attempted to break in to a garage in Audmore Road, Gnosall. by focing the lock.  Entry have not been gained. Please warn all your neighbours to be on guard and observant at all times and please make sure all doors and windows are locked and secure. Anyone with information in relation to this crime can call the Police on 101 quoting incident no 0088 of the 17/09/15 or call crime stoppers on 0800 555 111.If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: jayanti.chowdhury@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Burglaries in Cartwright Drive Gnosall

Overnight on Wednesday 5th August in there has been a couple of burglaries Cartwright Drive Gnosall, an unknown offender has gained entry by unknown means and made an untidy search of the properties.

Please warn all neighbours to be on guard and observant at all times.

Anyone with any information in relation to this crime is to call police on 101 quoting incident number 0348 & 0404 or call crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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

Attempted burglary in Audmore Road Gnosall

Overnight on Wednesday 29th July in Audmore Road Gnosall unknown offenders have gained entry through a rear patio doors by unknown means.

Please warn all neighbours to be on guard and observant at all times and make sure all windows and doors are locked and secure

Anyone with any information in relation to this crime is asked to call the police on 101 quoting incident number 0123 or alternatively call crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Theft of Vehicle Registration Plates.

There have been numerous reports of theft of Vehicle registration Plates in the local area.

Please be on your guard and observant at all times.

Anyone with information relating to to these incidents is asked to call the police on 101.

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

Overnight on Monday 1st June a burglary took place in Knightley Road Gnosall offenders gained entry into a garage by unknown means item stolen were :-
  • Chainsaw
  • Strimmer 
  • Cut off Saw 
  • Impact Saws 
  • Impact Drivers 
  • Movers

Unfortunately there is no description of the offenders.

Please warn your neighbours to be on guard and observant at all times and make sure all windows, doors and garages are securely locked. Anyone with any information in relation to this crime is asked to call the police on 101 quoting incident no 0191 or alternatively call crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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

Overnight on Tuesday 26th May a vehicle was broken into by unknown means in Hollies Brook Close, Gnosall, items stolen Jigsaw, Circular saw, Hammer drill and Drill bits.

Unfortunately there is no description of the offenders.

Please warn your neighbours to be on guard and observant at all times and make sure all vehicles are also locked and secure.

Anyone with any information in relation to this crime is asked to call the police on 101 quoting incident no 0063 or alternatively Call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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