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Update 7. June 2019 (note that on Police advice, articles more than one month old are generally deleted)

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Your Neighbourhood Police Stations are:

Northwich Local Policing Unit, Chesterway, CW9 5EP - 0845-458-6378.
NPT Frodsham - Voicemail. 0845-458-6393 (Frodsham, Helsby, Milton Weaver, Cuddington & Sandiway, Kingsley, Forest)
NPT Dragon Hall - Voicemail. 0845-458-6377 (Tarporley & Oulton)
NPT Mickle Trafford - Voicemail. 0845-458-6394 (Mara)

All Incidents (And Important Information) Should Be Reported To The Main Call Centre : 0845 458 0000 open 24 hours, 7 days a week ; or you can call the new National non-emergency number on 101 which will put you through to Cheshire Police at Winsford [we are advised that calls cost a fixed 15p from a land-line or mobile phone].

If You Wish To Pass Information Via An Independent Anonymous Source You Can Call Crime Stoppers On 0800 555 111, OR E MAIL www.crimestoppers-uk.org

PCSO Nichola Devey
Image from Weaver and Cuddington Police

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) - details of Surgeries are now published here.

Surgeries update (07/06/2019)

Dates for Acton Bridge are June 15th, and July 13th; all at 2pm to 3pm in the Parish Rooms on Hill Top Road, CW8 3RA
...and for Weaverham (Community Centre) are June 12th 7-8pm, June 17th 10-11am, June 26th 10-11am
...and for Sandiway (at Sandiway Library) are June 21st and July 12th 5-6pm

Message(s) Sent By Nichola Devey (Police, PCSO, Northwich)

Residents with any issues or topics on Police matters are invited to raise them with the PCSO - no appointment is necessary.
Weaver and Cuddington Police now have a Facebook page.

These are the most communications from Action Fraud, HomeWatch / neighbourhoodalert.co.uk and related sources, which the Police recommend be held no longer than 30 days, so we are deleting posts more than about a month old. This page also carries occasional warnings from Trading Standards. You can see previous Alerts on the Action Fraud Website
The latest Neighbourhood Watch Network e-newsletter is now available. In this issue we hear about the three new online toolkits the Network has produced for members and coordinators covering social media, burglary prevention and managing a scheme. We also hear feedback to Fundraising and Social Media workshops, advice on how to achieve a great working relationship with the Police and a new campaign to tackle scammers. All this and more in the new issue of Our News - the Neighbourhood Watch Network e-newsletter - download it from our website at: ourwatch.org.uk/new-issue-of-our-news-out-now.
HMRC Alert 07/06/2019 21:53:25 [273131]

Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls and voicemails, to members of the public purporting to be from Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving messages or telephone calls of this nature.

What you need to do

Message Sent By Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)
Courier Fraud Alert 04/06/2019 13:13:39 [272526]

Individuals have been receiving phone calls from people claiming to be a police officer or banking official

The suspect will say either:

What you need to do
Occasionally the victim will be told to dial a non-emergency extension of '161' to receive confirmation of the individual's bogus identity, the bogus official will advise the victim to lie about the reason for the withdrawal or purchase if challenged by staff, as the staff member is involved in the fraud
A courier attends the victim's home address to collect the goods the same day. Often the victim is given a code word for the courier as a way of authentication

Your bank or the police will never:

Message Sent By Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Police Call For Vigilance Following A Series Of Scams 29/05/2019 15:42:13 [271904]

Detectives are urging Cheshire residents to be vigilant on the back of several fraud offences having been reported to police since the start of the Bank Holiday Weekend. Between Friday 28 May and yesterday, Tuesday May 28, Cheshire Constabulary was notified of scammers targeting people across the county. The fraudsters claimed to be representatives of a bank, a building society, HM Revenue and Customs, the police and a Facebook lottery and told victims a range of lies in a bid to convince them to part with cash.

Detective Inspector Alastair Hinze, of Cheshire Constabulary's Economic Crime Unit, said: "Three of the victims are from Warrington and there are others from Knutsford, Scholar Green and Stapeley. Callers purporting to be from HMRC told victims in Warrington and Stapeley that they owed money in unpaid taxes and would be arrested if they did not pay up. The other fraud offences in Warrington involved a caller pretending to be a detective, who asked a victim to move money from one bank account to another to assist with an investigation, and requests for money to enable a victim to receive a large amount of cash they had been told that they had won on a Facebook lottery. A victim in Knutsford received a call from someone purporting to be from a bank's fraud department telling them that they needed to move money from their ISA accounts to 'safe accounts' due to corrupt employees having access to them. Unfortunately, some of the victims have lost large amounts of money as a result of these scams. A victim in Scholar Green also had money taken after being called from someone purporting to be from a telecommunications company. They told the victim that they had detected hacking on their internet connection and needed to run software to thwart the hackers. This paved the way for them to be able to steal money. Sadly, scams like this are very common, with people throughout the county and the country being targeted every day. Over-the-phone fraudsters can be very convincing and use a range of tactics to try to convince victims to part with their money. For example, they may claim to be working for the police and ask you to call 101 or 999 to verify their identity. When you try to do so you will end up talking to an accomplice as they will not put the phone down when you do, ensuring that the line is kept open. Scammers may also pretend to be calling you from your bank, building society, internet or phone provider or HMRC. All these scams are orchestrated by serious organised crime groups. I urge people living in Cheshire to be vigilant and to follow our advice on how to avoid falling victim to such scams.

Cheshire Constabulary's scam prevention advice includes:

Telephone scams

HMRC and lottery scams

DI Hinze added: "If you have elderly relatives, friends or neighbours please ensure that they are aware of such scams and that you do everything you can to safeguard them and their savings."

Anyone who believes that they have been a victim of a scam should contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Cheshire Constabulary can be contacted on 101.

Message Sent By Daniel Millington (Police, Media Officer, HQ Digital Communications)

The Big Lunch 2019 24/05/2019 18:44:41 [271498]

Neighbourhood Watch is supporting The Big Lunch 2019

On the first weekend of June, communities across the UK will be coming together for a day of food, friendship and fun with The Big Lunch. Last year, over 6 million people took part, so don't miss out - get together with your neighbours and community this summer!

Big Lunches take place in streets, gardens, parks and community spaces. They can be big or small, inside or outside, casual or filled with games, activities and excitement. The most important thing is that people share good food, good company and good fun: small acts of connection that we know can make a big difference.

Get your free Big Lunch starter pack, full of information to help you plan your Big Lunch, as well as posters, invites and other handy resources. Head to thebiglunch.com for more inspiration, ideas and support.

Stay connected with Neighbourhood Watch on Facebook and Twitter.

Message Sent By William Murphy (NHWN, Administrator, England and Wales)

Scam Warning - Fake Talktalk Emails 24/05/2019 15:29:27 [271447]

Watch out for these FAKE TalkTalk emails about a refund. Action Fraud has received over 100 reports this week about fake emails purporting to be from TalkTalk. The emails state that the recipient's TalkTalk account is in credit and that they're owed a refund. The links in the emails lead to malicious websites. Don't click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details.

Message Sent By Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Call For Vigilance Following Spate Of Burglaries Across Cheshire 21/05/2019 08:10:44 [270966]

Cheshire residents are being urged to be vigilant following a spate of burglaries across the county. A series of homes, sheds, garages and businesses were targeted by burglars over the weekend. Vehicles parked in front of homes were also targeted, with keys to the cars stolen from inside the properties. The majority of the burglary incidents occurred in Warrington. There were also a significant number of burglaries in Widnes, Runcorn, Crewe and Ellesmere Port over the weekend. Burglary incidents also took place in Winsford, Wilmslow, Congleton, Macclesfield, Mere, Smallwood, Alsager, Chester and Frodsham.

Police are investigating the burglaries and are assuring residents that they are doing everything they can to catch the people responsible and bring them to justice. They are also urging anyone with information about any burglary incidents in Cheshire to come forward and are appealing for residents to take action to reduce their chances of becoming victims.

Chief Superintendent Bill Dutton said: "The public can aid our fight against such crimes by contacting us if they see burglaries being carried out or anyone acting suspiciously in their area. Information in relation to anyone carrying out, or suspected to be carrying out, burglaries will also be gratefully received. Cheshire residents can also help us and themselves by making it as difficult as possible for criminals to break into their homes, sheds, garages and businesses. They can do this by following our anti-burglary advice."

The force's tips for deterring would-be burglars include:

Homes and vehicles



Anyone with information about burglary incidents in the county should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101 or give the details via cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries.

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Message Sent By Dan Hind (Police, Media, Chesh Engagement Unit)

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