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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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Neighbourhood Watch News Enewsletter

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 Neighbourhood Watch July Our News Enewsletter Is   Here


Dear Neighbourhood Watch supporter, Our July 'Our News' newsletter is here Click here to read it The time has come once again to grab that cup of tea, put your feet up and enjoy our newsletter. This month we reflect on perception of crime in lockdown and the successes of Neighbourhood Watch Week. As well as looking at what we can learn from our experiences during lockdown we also look to our future and consider diversity in Neighbourhood Watch, summer seminars, the launch of a national burglary campaign, and how we can harness the power of volunteers post lockdown. Kind regards NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team Follow us.. Website: www.ourwatch.org.uk Facebookwww.facebook.com/ourwatch Twitter: twitter.com/N_watch Instagram: neighbourhood.watch.insta LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/neighbourhood-watch/  

People Urged To Stay Vigilant Over Catalytic Converter Thefts

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  People Urged To Stay Vigilant Over Catalytic Converter Thefts


Staffordshire Police is calling on people to stay vigilant as officers look to fight a rise in catalytic converter thefts across the county. The warning comes as intelligence shows many of these crimes take place in broad daylight and in full view of members of the public. Thieves target catalytic converters as they contain small amounts of precious metals which increases their value - the price of these metals has increased in recent years. PC Robert Wheat, from the force’s Resolution Centre, said: “It’s really easy for people to overlook these crimes because many don’t give it a second glance - innocently presuming that the cars are either being repaired or having their tyres replaced. “However, this isn’t always the case and that’s why it’s important for members of the public to stay alert. Offenders tend to travel in groups of three or four and are opportunists – within minutes of targeting their vehicle, they will have stolen the catalytic converter and escaped. “We need people’s help in tackling this issue so we ask if they can look out for this type of activity and record descriptions – noting down anything that could be useful to us. If it’s safe to do so, recording the incident on your phone is also extremely helpful.” Vehicles should be parked in highly visible, well-lit areas. Off-road parking areas or secure compounds with strong perimeter fencing, warning signs and security lighting should be used wherever possible. A monitored surveillance system can also be an effective deterrent and crime prevention of this kind can save on costly repair bills and minimise disruption to businesses. Marking a converter with a unique reference will help police identify the owner should it be stolen, so always make sure that property is marked.  For further security advice please visit our website and to report a crime or suspicious behaviour please call 101, or send a direct message to Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter. You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.  

Theft from Vehicle

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    Theft from Vehicle


We received a report of theft of gardening tools from a vehicle parked in Ranton today at approx. 13.45. A male was seen at the location described as aged approx. 19-24, white male, short dark hair, wearing a black sweatshirt with two white stripes on the shoulder. A grey large type of vehicle was also seen in the area, but no other details known. If you have any information that could help us with our enquires, please contact us on 101 and quote 385/02/07/20.

British Gas Fake Email Scam

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  British Gas Fake Email Scam


Action Fraud has received over 2,600 reports about emails purporting to be from British Gas. The emails threaten to disconnect the recipient's gas service if an outstanding bill is not paid. The links in the emails lead to genuine-looking phishing websites that are designed to steal personal and financial details. Your bank, or any other official organisation, won’t ask you to share personal information over email or text. If you need to check that it’s a genuine message, call them directly using a trusted phone number you already have from previous correspondence. If you’ve spotted a suspicious email forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) on report@phishing.gov.uk  

Help Keep Beauty Spots Safe from Fire

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   Help Keep Beauty Spots Safe from Fire


Staffordshire Police are supporting a Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service campaign, Don’t be Blamed for the Flames, to reduce fires at beauty spots across the county. With covid-19 restrictions limiting the leisure options available, people have been drawn to the county’s open spaces and the dry hot conditions over recent months has sparked an increase of incidents. Since March 2020 Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has attended 715 incidents including 3 large fires at Cannock Chase and there have been reports of campfires on the Roaches. The Service is working in partnership with local landowners, including Staffordshire County Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, The National Trust and Staffordshire Wildlife Trust to get the message out. Sites across Staffordshire will host campaign banners, posters and use social media to alert the public to common accidental fire factors - disposable BBQs, cigarettes, campfires and litter. The Don’t be Blamed for the Flames campaign aims to prevent more serious blazes devastating Staffordshire’s picturesque landscape by encouraging people to take the following actions:

  • Never throw cigarette ends out of car windows  
  • Make sure cigarettes are put out properly and disposed of in dedicated bins  
  • Taking all rubbish home or putting it in a nearby bin  
  • Never leave glass bottles lying on the ground. Sunlight shining through glass can start a fire  
  • Don’t have open fires or BBQs in the countryside – they can easily set fire to the ground and spread, a picnic is a safer option if you want to eat outside.

If you see a fire in the countryside don’t attempt to tackle it yourself, call 999 and ask for the fire service immediately. For more information visit the Don’t be Blamed for the Flames campaign page www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/dontbeblamedfortheflames        

Van Breaks and Attempts In Your Area

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  Van Breaks and Attempts In Your Area


During the evening of Wednesday 17th June a van has been broken into in the Meir Heath Area and tools have been stolen. There was also a number of attempts on other vans in the Meir Heath, Trentham and Eccleshall areas but the offenders were disturbed and made off from the location. We will be carrying out cctv enquiries in these areas but if anyone saw anything suspicious linking to these incidents then please contact Staffordshire Police on the 101/digital 101 or reply to this alert which will come direct to myself. Please can we remind people to ensure that their vehicles are locked and secured and all high value items removed from the vehicles when they are left unattended. Many thanks.

Coronavirus-Related Scams - How To Protect Yourself

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    Coronavirus-Related Scams - How To Protect Yourself


Dear subscriber, Criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to try and get their hands on your money and personal information. To date, Action Fraud has received reports from 2,378 victims of Coronavirus-related scams, with the total losses reaching over £7 million. How you can protect yourself from Coronavirus-related scams: There are some simple steps you can take that will protect you from the most common Coronavirus-related scams. Here’s what need to do: 1 - Watch out for scam messages Your bank, or other official organisations, won’t ask you to share personal information over email or text. If you receive an email you’re not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS): report@phishing.gov.uk 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, for example, by checking to see if others have used the site and what their experience was. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, other payment providers may not provide the same protection. 3 - Unsolicited calls and browser pop-ups offering tech support Never install any software, or grant remote access to your computer, as a result of a cold call. Remember, legitimate organisations would never contact you out of the blue to ask for financial details such as your PIN or full banking password. NHS Test and Trace scams: The NHS Test and Trace service plays an important role in the fight against coronavirus and it’s vital the public have confidence and trust in the service. However, we understand the concerns people have about the opportunity for criminals to commit scams. What you need to know: Contact tracers will only call you from the number 0300 013 5000. Anyone who does not wish to talk over the phone can request the NHS Test and Trace service to send an email or text instead, inviting them to log into the web-based service. All text or emails sent by NHS Test and Trace will ask people to sign into the contact tracing website and will provide you with a unique reference number. We would advise people to type the web address https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk directly into their browser, followed by the unique reference number given to you, rather than clicking on any link provided in the message. The NHS Test and Trace service will never:

  • ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to them (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
  • ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product or any kind
  • ask for any details about your bank account
  • ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
  • ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone  
  • ask you to download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else
  • ask you to access any website that does not belong to the government or NHS

If you think you have been a victim of fraud, please report it to Action Fraud at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040. If you live in Scotland, please report directly to Police Scotland by calling 101.​​​​​​​  

Over 75s Targeted By Tv Licensing Scams

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  Over 75s Targeted By Tv Licensing Scams


The TV Licensing fee changes for the over 75s could mean that you, or someone you know, is contacted by a criminal.   Be wary of emails or texts containing links asking you to update your personal and financial information or to make a payment.   Always log in to your account through a secure app or webpage and contact organisations directly using a known number or email.   If you think you’ve fallen for a scam, contact your bank immediately to report it on a number you know to be correct, such as the one listed on the back of your debit or credit card.   For more tips on scams visit the Take 5 website https://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/ or you can report any scams through the Action Fraud website https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or call 0800 123 2040    

Fraudsters Target Over 1000 People

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 Fraudsters Target Over 1000 People In Staffordshire   During Lockdown


Fraudsters exploiting the Covid lockdown have targeted over 1,000 people in Staffordshire. Since March 1,100 people have been scammed across the County, resulting a combined total of more than £22,000 lost, an average of £2,000 each. As part of Scams Awareness Month, we are raising awareness of the latest scams and how to protect yourself. The majority of reports to Action Fraud are related to online shopping where people have ordered protective face masks, hand sanitiser, Covid-19 testing kits, and other products, which have never arrived. In a lot of cases, if they have arrived, they have been sub-standard. Other frequently reported scams include where suspects advertise vehicles or puppies for sale and use the outbreak as a reason the victim can’t come to see the vehicle/puppy. The suspects persuade the victim to make a payment in advance and the car/puppy are never provided. There have been reports of spoofed PayPal links in these cases. Action Fraud are also seeing a large number of fake TV Licensing emails where there have been minor changes to the messaging and links, with some including a COVID-19 related hook. The emails now being reported claim that the recipient’s direct debit has failed and that they need to pay in order to avoid prosecution. These emails display the subject header “We couldn't process the latest payment from your Debit Card - COVID19 Personalized Offer: You are be eligible for a 1 x 6 months of free TV Licence”. Detective Inspector Kerry Skingle, of the force’s Fraud and Financial Investigation Department, said: “Criminals will use every opportunity they can to defraud innocent people. They will continue to exploit every angle of this national crisis. We want people to be aware of the very simple steps they can take to protect themselves from handing over their money, or personal details, to criminals. “If you’re approached unexpectedly remember to stop – take a moment to think before parting with your money or information that could keep you safe, challenge – could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you. “Protect – if you think you’ve fallen for a scam, contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud via actionfraud.police.uk. Advice and guidance on how to protect yourself, or your business, from fraud and cyber crime is available at www.gov.uk/coronavirus-fraud-and-cyber-crime. There is further advice and up-to-date information about COVID-19 fraud on the Action Fraud website and Twitter page. Reporting to Action Fraud can be done online at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk.  

Council Tax Email Scam

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    Council Tax Email Scam


Criminals are using government branding in emails to convince you they’re genuine and to trick you into giving them your money or information.   If you’ve received an email offering you a council tax reduction, take five to think about it. Don’t automatically click on any links or attachments as they could lead to fake websites.   If you’ve received a scam email forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk and visit the Take 5 website, takefive-stopfraud.org.uk for more information on scams.  

Safe and Sound Online Learning Programme

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  Safe and Sound Online

  Learning Programme


The Safe+Sound programme that is put together by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service which involves lots of other agencies including Staffordshire Police, is up and running on a weekly live broadcast. You can access the live broadcast on a Wednesday morning at 10am and it will also be available to re-watch on demand on the following Friday. To access the link please go to the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue website > Your Safety > Safe+Sound and that will take you directly to the broadcast. The programme is aimed at KS2 children and will run for 12 weeks initially. Topics this week are:

  • Smoke Alarms
  • How to do CPR
  • Roblox - Online Safety
  • Seatbelt Safety
  • Natural Art

We hope to see lots of you watching and tuning in each week. There is some really useful topics for children to learn about and there is also a live chat for any questions you might have. Happy learning :)

Safe and Sound Online Learning Programme

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   Safe and Sound Online Learning Programme


The Safe+Sound programme that is put together by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service which involves lots of other agencies including Staffordshire Police, is up and running on a weekly live broadcast. You can access the live broadcast on a Wednesday morning at 10am and it will also be available to re-watch on demand on the following Friday. To access the link please go to the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue website > Your Safety > Safe+Sound and that will take you directly to the broadcast. The programme is aimed at KS2 children and will run for 12 weeks initially. Topics this week are: • Seat Belt Safety • Home Escape Plans • Road safety • Railway Safety • Online Safety • Relaxation & breathing techniques We hope to see lots of you watching and tuning in each week. There is some really useful topics for children to learn about and there is also a live chat for any questions you might have. Happy learning :)

Neighbourhood Watch Enewsletter

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    Neighbourhood Watch June Our News Enewsletter        Is Here


Dear supporters The Neighbourhood Watch June 'Our News' enewsletter is out! With the lockdown remaining fully in place in Wales and measures in England altering, Neighbourhood Watch groups continue to support individuals and their communities to adapt, stay safe and manage the situation.We have been collecting stories of all the amazing work going on, several of which are in this newsletter. "The range of support offered is fantastic and a real testament to how Neighbourhood Watch groups all across England and Wales have stood up to support others and their communities". John Hayward-Cripps, CEO, Neighbourhood Watch Network We are fast approaching the annual Neighbourhood Watch Week, 7th - 13th June, and there is lots of information in this newsletter on how to get involved and get active in celebrating your neighbours. If you have plans to get involved, let us know by emailing enquiries@ourwatch.org.uk so we can support you.  This year we have slightly separate messages for our English and Welsh supporters in line with the Government's guidance.  Both versions can be accessed on our website here.  Happy reading and thank you for your continued support. Central Support Team, Neighbourhood Watch Network Follow us.. Website: www.ourwatch.org.uk Facebook: www.facebook.com/ourwatch Twitter: twitter.com/N_watch Instagram: neighbourhood.watch.insta LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/neighbourhood-watch/  

Theft from Businesses

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    Theft from Businesses


We have received several reports of thefts from rural properties and businesses recently. Please be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to us. If you have any information that you believe may help us with our enquiries, please contact us on 101

Suspicious Activity - Gnosall

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     Suspicious Activity - Gnosall


Sometime around 03:00am on Saturday 9th May, 2 x unknown males have been seen trying a car door handle in Gnosall. On this occasion they were disturbed by the car alarm activating. The males made off in a silver Insignia. Please ensure all car doors are locked and alarmed where possible and all valuables are removed from the vehicle. Please contact Staffordshire Police on '101' Non emergency or '999' emergency if a crime is in progress or a life is in danger. You can also report all Non-Emergency crimes via Staffordshire Police website or Staffordshire Police Facebook page.

Residential Burglary - Sutton

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Residential Burglary - Sutton - Newport


Sometime overnight on Friday 8th May, unknown offender(s) have gained access into an outbuilding and stolen a number of items, namely bikes, worth a high monetary value. 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 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.

Police Warn of Cyber-Blackmail Scam

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    Staffordshire Police Warn of Cyber-Blackmail Scam


Police in Staffordshire are warning people of a cyber-blackmail scam currently targeting random people, which threatens to post intimate photos or video footage online if money isn’t paid. Over the past few days police have seen a rise in so called ‘sextortion’ cases being reported and are asking people to report any blackmail attempts to them. Sextortion (a combination of sex and extortion) is blackmailing a victim not to post sexually explicit photos or videos on social networking, photo-sharing or revenge porn websites. People have reported receiving emails from fraudsters threatening to post or share videos on social networking and demanding payment. Detective Chief Inspector Dan Ison from Force CID, said: “Over the past week we have seen a rise in the number of cyber-blackmail offences reported to us, but I’m quite sure there a lot of people who have received an email and haven’t told us and I would urge them to come forward and report it. “This is a very distressing crime, which preys on people’s vulnerabilities and worries about any consequences. The welfare of victims is paramount and I want to reassure people that this is highly likely to be a scam, you have nothing to fear. “Do not be too embarrassed to report it and do not attempt to respond to any threat or pay any money. Grab a screen shot of communication and please report it to us online and trust that we will then investigate.” DCI Ison added: “Enquiries are going into these emails and we are working closely with partners such as the National Crime Agency and National Police Chiefs’ Council to crack down on offenders.” You can report any crime via our website www.staffordshire.police.uk or via our Twitter and Facebook channels or call 101. For further information about online safety you can also visit: www.staffordshire.police.uk/cybercrime or www.getsafeonline.org  

Keep Your Dog on A Lead Around Livestock

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      Keep Your Dog on A Lead Around Livestock


We have received reports that dogs are being let of their lead around livestock. Please see below safety advice for any dog owners: YOUR DOG CAN SCARE OR HARM FARM ANIMALS! Your dog might be extremely docile and friendly, but we have to remember that farm animals won't know that. It's best to keep your dog on a lead and under close control around livestock. Farm animals can be very protective, especially at certain times of the year when male and female animals are mixing, once animals have become pregnant, or after calves or lambs have been born. NFU (National Farmers Union) reports that significant proportion of attacks are caused by owners who let their dogs roam from homes adjoining the countryside and aren't aware that they are attacking farm animals. Cattle can also be extremely inquisitive, so if you feel threatened, release your dog so you can both get to safety separately. STAY SAFE - USE A LEAD FOR YOUR DOG AROUND LIVESTOCK, BUT RELEASE YOUR DOG IF THREATENED BY CATTLE!

Burglaries - Gnosall

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      Burglaries - Gnosall


Sometime in the early hours of Tuesday 7th April, unknown offender(s) have gained access into an outbuilding and stolen tools and garden equipment from a property in Audmore. We have also received another report of a burglary in Gnosall. On this occasion the offenders have smashed glass at the rear of the garage and gained entry, garden equipment was stolen from the garage. A large blue transit van has been seen in the Gnosall area acting suspiciously over the past few days. This may or may not be linked to the burglaries. If you have seen any suspicious activity in and around this area over the last couple of days please contact Staffordshire Police on '101' Non Emergency or via the Staffordshire Police Website 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.

Crime Prevention Advice Covid19

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     Crime Prevention Advice To Businesses Amidst             Covid19 Lockdown


We are reminding local businesses to ensure their premises are safe amidst this current Covid-19 lockdown. The force has received a rise in the recent number of reports of businesses break-ins and, as a result, are encouraging business owners across the county to take the necessary steps to prevent themselves from becoming victims of crime during this unprecedented time Opportunist criminals have started targeting local businesses - particularly those left unstaffed, empty and closed following the government announcement to shut all non-essential businesses. The risk factor to your business is dependent on a number of factors, including area, stock, security and local criminality. Business Crime Lead for the force, Chief Inspector Giles Parsons said: “We will maintain a visible presence and are committed to prevent any crime. However, we need your help to ensure that buildings are as secure as they can be. “As a rule, it’s important that you focus on the risks to your premises and regularly review your security. Remember, the restrictions on your movement will be prohibitive so only travel when absolutely necessary – considering the health of yourself and others when doing so. "We ask that everyone adhere to the government guidelines and social distancing whilst carrying out any essential security checks." The following information will help you protect your property:  

  • Conduct a detailed security review of all occupied and unoccupied property and land that you have responsibility for.
  • Invest in a recognised security standard gate and locking mechanism, which is securely fixed to the ground and in alignment with the boundary fence. Ensure your boundary is security rated and high enough to deter someone from climbing over it. We recommend a minimum height of 2.1 metres.
  • A strong vehicle height restrictor can stop larger vehicles from entering your site. You can secure your site with heavy-duty concrete blocks or security rated bollards.
  • In line with “government coronavirus policies” you could employ an SIA licenses security guard at the site – providing a permanent presence. You must always be mindful of the personal safety of your staff when doing this.
  • Ensure your CCTV is an accredited system and correctly installed and positioned so that it covers your premises and any vulnerable areas.
  • Ensure your property has good lighting levels. We recommend constant low level dusk-till-dawn lighting which can be enhanced by detecting movement.
  • Highly visible warning signs, as well as some forensic marking techniques, can be used to show your property is protected
  • Remove the utility supply to the premises – if they’re not needed then cut the electric and water supply to the site. Be aware of any impact this could have on CCTV, alarms or fire regulations.Fit a monitored alarm to the building and ensure all windows and doors are properly protects – with either shutters or grilles.

Take care and keep safe.  

Prevention Advice - Covid19

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    Prevention Advice - Covid19


We urge people to strictly follow the Government’s instruction around social distancing. These measures are to keep us all safe and prevent the spread of #COVID19. Further advice can be found here: https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/c19/coronavirus-covid-19/  So it’s the second weekend where we’re staying home to help stop the spread of #COVID19 and we get that this is tough for some, but please let’s keep up the good work everyone. If you’re topping up your food shopping, please remember to observe social distancing and keep 2m apart from people who are not members of their household. Stay at home and protect lives. #StayHomeSaveLives Take care and keep safe

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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 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!

Our main Facebook page: Staffordshire Police

Local Policing Team to search on Facebook -

Stafford Police

Tamworth Police

Lichfield Police

Newcastle Police

South Staffordshire Police

Cannok Chase Police

Tamworth Police

East Staffordshire Police

Moorlands Police

Stoke Police

Make sure you follow our other social media accounts -

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Twitter: @staffspolice'>@staffspolice'>href='mailto:@staffspolice'>@staffspolice

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.