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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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Bike thieves targeted in Stafford

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

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

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

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

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

THEFT OF FARM VEHICLE

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

Alert: Public warning about vishing fraud

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Advice: Secure your vehicle!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ALERT: BT phone scam

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

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

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

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

Road closures in place for IRONMAN this weekend

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

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

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

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

Vehicles stolen during test drives

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

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

Staffordshire Police Open Day in Virtual Reality

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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