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Special Constabulary Training Update Suspicious Vehicle Chipping Campden A New Way To Report Drink Drivers Police Satisfaction Survey - Mickleton Christmas 2018 Loan Shark Campaign Burglaries and Stolen Number Plates
Fraud At Christmas Suspicious Vehicle Low Loader Arrests in Raid at Cleeve Prior Seasonal Increase in Burglaries How to Shop Online Safely Stolen Tools - Bibury And Moreton
Crime Prevention Chipping Campden Cash Point Stolen Drugs Information Alert Know an A417 User? Commemorating end World War I Burglary at Saintbury Property
Scam Phone Calls From Police Fire Service Safe And Well Checks Stolen Vehicle Number Plates Cyber criminals send victims passwords Cyber-criminals use weaknesses in software Neighbourhood Watch News Oct 2018
Horse Tack Stolen - Stow Stow Travellers Horse Fair Date Change Touring Caravans Stolen Overnight National Hate Crime Awareness Week Lost Dog Police Survey
Door To Door Sellers Attempted Theft Of Valuable Vehicles Fraud Phone Calls From HMRC Fake TV Licensing emails Email Fraud, Itunes Vouchers Anti Poaching Operation
Fake Netflix emails Scam Offer Priority Access New Special Constables Vehicles Entered Overnight Horse Mane Platted Car Jacking Method
Hare Poaching Offences Theft of Vehicle Registration Plates Bogus Overseas Officers Nominate Your Best Neighbour Of 2018 Fake Gas Refund emails Fake LinkedIn emails
Speed Checks in North Cotswolds Fake Argos texts offering refunds Doorstep Scams   Alerts Before July 2018  


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Scam Fraud Alert
We have received 2 calls in one day from 2 residents in the Cirencester area where both have received phone calls from people claiming to be employees of the police. One caller has been described as having a foreign accent. It appears the callers who are portraying themselves to be working for the police are trying to make potential victims believe that their credit cards have been used. They then are asking for details of bank accounts etc.
Please do NOT give any personal information over the telephone as it is likely to be a scam. PLEASE MAKE FRIENDS AND FAMILY AWARE.

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Mark Doyle Police Community Officer 9296XXX
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Beware Calls From Fake Telecoms Providers
We have recently received a number of calls from members of our community who have been phoned by individuals claiming to be from their telecoms providers. These scam callers state that you will have your Internet and or land-line cut off unless you follow their instructions ...... you should hang up and phone your provider on the number supplied on your bill, or other correspondence you are sure is bona fide. If the call is a scam please report it via ActionFraud. Further useful advice may be found on the ActionFraud website: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

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Robert Hardie (Police, Reception, Stow)
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Special Constabulary - Training Update
PC Nick Westmacott assisted the new recruits in training this weekend. The students are about to be sworn in next week and go out to their respective police stations. A typical role play is that the students were called to a street fight and arrest the suspect.

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Nicholas Westmacott
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Suspicious Vehicle In Chipping Campden
Early evening on Friday 7th December 2018 the below vehicle was seen in suspicious circumstances at the junction of Cherry Orchard Close and Catbrook in Chipping Campden. The male and female with the car told our caller that they were waiting for the AA but then drove away a short time later. The car we wish you to look out for is a blue VW Golf, registration PA05GMY. If you see this car back in Campden then please give us a call on 101, or e-mail your local Neighbourhood Policing Team, and quote incident number 351 of 7th December.
This time of year generally sees an upturn in the numbers of residential burglaries in the early evening and we consider the presence of this car in Campden as suspicious. We are not directly linking this pair to a crimes being committed in the town at this time but urge you to remain watchful. Many thanks for your help.

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A New Way To Report Drink Drivers
We want to hear from you if you have any information about habitual drink or drug drivers.
Our new online form is part of the Choose Zero Christmas drink-drug drive campaign and aimed at targeting the small minority of people who continue to get behind the wheel over the limit. The more specific the information you submit the better and if you don't want us to contact you back we won't.
To report please visit: www.gloucestershire.police.uk/do-it-online/report-an-issue/report-drink-or-drug-driving/
If you are reporting someone getting behind the wheel drunk in real time that is still an emergency so please call 999. Our roads policing unit and Special Constabulary will be carrying out patrols and operations throughout December and Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service will be giving educational talks throughout the county in the run-up to Christmas.

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Police Satisfaction Survey - Mickleton
Gloucestershire police incident 114 06/12/18
Police are able to confirm a partner agency contacted a member of public yesterday to complete a satisfaction survey.
Police ask independent agencies from time to time to conduct satisfaction surveys on behalf of police. If you receive a call like this please confirm the details of the company acting on behalf of police and if not happy with the details they have given hang up the phone and report this to us, the police. I have asked our police head quarters to inform me of any future surveys so I can put out a community alert to make the public aware these calls may be genuine. As with all cold calls , the best option is to hang up and contact your phone supplier to ask them to block calls from unknown numbers. This service sometimes has a cost depending on the phone company policy.

Many thanks, PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
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Christmas 2018 Loan Shark Campaign
Christmas 2018 Loan Shark Campaign Christmas campaign launched to crackdown on loan sharks. With the festive season fast approaching, the Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) are urging families not to borrow from loan sharks amid fears a small loan could lead to massive repayments in the New Year. The IMLT – a national team that investigate and prosecute loan sharks – work closely with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), local Trading Standards and the Police to crackdown on illegal money lending. The IMLT are launching a social media campaign to give users advice on how to avoid falling victim to loan sharks and report illegal money lending in their area.

The campaign runs from Wednesday 5th to Wednesday 12th December and will consist of tweets, advice articles and media links being shared from the Stop Loan Sharks Facebook page and Twitter account. With an estimated 310,000 households in the UK borrowing from loan sharks every year, the team are warning people to avoid unauthorised lenders at all costs amid fears that illegal loans could result in hard up families repaying the lender into the New Year and beyond.
The resources available from the Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) can be found at the following: https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/gsab/christmas-2018-loan-shark-campaign/

Many thanks, PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
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Burglaries Involving Stolen Cars and Stolen Number Plates
There is a national rise in stolen cars and stolen number plates. This is being targeted by all police force areas as a priority.
We are asking the pubic to report any stolen cars and number plates as soon as possible so these details can be added to the PNC ( Police national computer). Once on our systems these number plates will register on ANPR ( Automatic number plate recognition). Most of these stolen vehicles are then being used in residential and commercial burglaries.
We will put out alerts of any number plates stolen that we know are being used in crime so the public can assist us in locating the offenders. These crimes are being committed by OCG's ( Organised crime groups). This is a national problem and efforts are being made to bring these criminals to justice.

Many thanks, PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
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Fraud At Christmas Sent At Request Of Ps Garrett Gloyn
Christmas shoppers were defrauded of over £11 million in 2017/18
Online shopping fraud has increased by 24% during the Christmas period between 2015 and 2018.
Over 15,000 reports of online shopping fraud were made to Action Fraud during the 2017/18 Christmas period.
Don't get caught out by the Christmas rush! Fraudsters take advantage of Christmas shoppers who are anxious to get their Christmas shopping done quickly. Think about your internet security and always check out the company or person that you are sending money to. If something seems too much of a bargain, it's probably poor quality, fake or doesn't exist. Don’t pay for goods or services by bank transfer unless you know and trust the person. Payments via bank transfer offer you no protection if you become a victim of fraud. Use a credit card. If you have been a victim of fraud, do report it online or by calling 0300 123 2040.
People are being defrauded on popular social media websites and online auction sites. Action Fraud works together with platforms including Gumtree to combat fraud and to issue protect advice to consumers. Mobile phones were once again the most common item that people tried to buy from fraudsters. Victims reported being hooked in with bargain deals on some of the most popular models of smart phones, only for the phone to never actually arrive. Apple iPhones accounted for 74% of all mobile phones purchased that turned out to be fraudulent. Electrical goods (including games consoles), household items, computers, clothing, and accessories also featured in many of the reports. Examples including Fingerling toys, UGG Boots and Apple MacBooks were among the most popular items on which victims reported losing money.

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Suspicious Vehicle - Low Loader Lorry
Via the community alert system police have received a report of a suspicious lorry in the Moreton-in-Marsh area.
The registration is DK58 EJG. On the police national computer it shows as a white MAN curtain sided lorry. The lorry bearing this registration in Gloucestershire was a white low loader with Recovery written on the side. Police believe this lorry is on cloned number plates. If seen driving please call 999. If seen parked up please call 101 or email 101@gloucestershire.pnn.police.uk quoting incident 245 27/11/18

Many thanks, PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
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Two Arrested in Raid at Cleeve Prior
On Wednesday 21th November officers from South Worcestershire supported by the Local Policing Priority Team, Thames Valley Police, OPU (Operational Support Unit), Wiltshire Police, Gloucestershire Police, the National Crime Agency, South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) and West Midlands ROCU, executed warrants in Cleeve Prior as part of Operation Protect - our campaign to tackle Serious and Organised Crime.
Detective Chief Inspector Leighton Harding said: “The operation was part of our Protectcampaign to tackle serious organised crime. At the site in Cleeve Prior, warrants were executed which resulted in several arrests and the successful seizure of stolen property, multiple stolen vehicles, drugs and a firearm. A 65 year old man from Cleve Prior was arrested for burglary, a 42 year old man was arrested for drugs supply offences, aggravated burglary and obstructing a police officer. Other arrests are likely to follow.
The broad-ranging Protect operation covers four key areas of activity:
•Pursue - prosecuting and disrupting those involved in SOC (Serious organised crime)
•Prevent - stopping individuals from becoming involved in SOC
•Protect - increased levels of protection against SOC
•Prepare - reducing the impact of SOC where it occurs.
A further person was arrested on another travellers site. This takes to total arrest to date, to three. Police are unable to give further details at this time as crime enquiries are on-going.
Detective Chief Inspector Leighton Harding said: “We will have an increased presence of officers in the area to reassure the local community and I invite the public to come and chat to us about their concerns or thoughts. I would also urge anyone who does have information about crime or suspected crime in their area to contact us.”
This can be in an emergency 999 or non emergency 101 or email 101@gloucestershire.pnn.police.uk


Many thanks, PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
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Seasonal Increase in Residential Burglaries
Gloucestershire police want to make residents aware of the normal rise in seasonal burglaries.
Residential burglaries always increase as soon as the clocks change and afternoon's become darker.
Our advice is to set a timer for lights to come on earlier in the evenings if you are at out or at work. Keep a radio on.
Keep curtains half closed so opportunists cannot look into your property.
Alarm and CCTV systems have dramatically dropped in price and some are able to be fitted by a competent DIY enthusiast.
Remember to shut all windows and lock all doors, even if just popping into a rear garden. This should help reduce the seasonal upturn in burglaries.
Anyone who would like further advice or a PCSO visit to assess your property for security, please email Cotswold.NPT@gloucestershire.pnn.police.uk

Many thanks, PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
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How to Shop Online Safely
Software updates
Make sure you’ve installed the latest software & app updates. Criminals use weaknesses in software to attack your devices and steal information, such as your payment details.
Email accounts
Use a strong, separate password for your email account. Criminals can use your email to access other online accounts, such as those you use for online shopping.
Phishing
Don’t click on a link in an unexpected email or text. The volume of online shopping related phishing emails increases significantly during the holiday period. Remember, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Payment methods
Don’t pay for goods or services by bank transfer unless you know and trust the person. Payments via bank transfer offer you no protection if you become a victim of fraud. For more information on how to stay secure online, visit www.cyberaware.gov.uk.


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Stolen Tools - Bibury And Moreton-In-Marsh
Two vehicles were broken into over night between Sunday 18th and Monday 19th November where tools inside were stolen.
Incident 65 19/11/18 - Bibury
Incident 218 19/11/18 - Moreton-in-Marsh.
These were high value theft of work tools worth thousands of pounds. Police are requesting no tools be left in work vehicles over night and that owners place signs on their vehicles to show this to prevent theft and damage to their property.
Anyone with any information is asked to call 101 or email 101@gloucestershire.pnn.police.uk quoting the incident numbers above.

Many thanks, PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
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Crime Prevention
Criminals will target addresses in the early evening as the clocks have gone back and it is dark earlier. They will look for properties that are in darkness and appear to have nobody at home. PLEASE, please, consider leaving a light on or using a timer switch so that a light will come on and off regularly.
DO NOT LEAVE YOUR HOME AS A TARGET.
Please also look out for your neighbours if you know they are not at home and if you see anything suspicious, report it. I have a number of Crime Prevention items to buy including light timers, shed alarms, personal alarms, indoor CCTV and window alarms. All at very reasonable prices as these are sold NOT FOR PROFIT, which means that we sell them for the same price that we buy them. If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
For more information, please visit our website: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/staying-safe/
Remember, we're unable to accept reports of crime through Your Neighbourhood Alerts. If you need to report something, please call 101 or report online: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/do-it-online/report-a-crime-or-provide-information-anonymously/ Always call 999 in an emergency.

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Cassie Wilford (Police, PSCO, Stow-on-the-Wold)
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Cash Point Stolen - Chipping Campden
Gloucestershire police incident 31 15/11/18.
At 03:50 am on Thursday 15th November a cash machine was attacked and pulled out of the wall next to Huxley's café in Chipping Campden High Street. The offender stole a local Landrover and JCB to commit the crime and escaped in a pickup and possibly a dark coloured BMW or similar. Gloucestershire Police were on the scene within 20 minutes of the call and were assisted by West Mercia and Thames valley officers that made it to the area.
Police are asking for any witnesses or anyone that has CCTV in the area of Chipping Campden that covers the roads leading out of the town to contact them.

Many thanks, PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
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Drugs Information Alert
Please be aware that it has recently come to the attention of local police that the ‘Blue Punisher’ ecstasy tablets have been in circulation within the district and are known to have been used at a recent party attended by young people. These tablets contain the controlled drug MDMA in a larger than normal dose. In the case of the recent party that Cotswold Neighbourhood Policing Team know of, one young person who took this type of drug was taken ill and required hospital treatment. Nationally this type of pill is known to have caused serious illness and in extreme cases, even death.
We are asking that parents remain vigilant and mindful of talking to and warning their children of the dangers of selling, buying or taking illegal drugs. In particular parents should look out for small coloured pills in pockets or bags that bear logos and look like sweets.
If you find such pills or have any information to pass on about who or where they are being used then please call us on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers. The website below offers guidance in the first instance: www.talktofrank.com

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Do You Know Someone Who Uses The A417?
From today 14 Nov 2018, Gloucestershire Constabulary will be actively policing the A417 between Crickley Hill and Cirencester using a highly visible vehicle equipped with a variety of equipment. The aim is to improve road safety and reduce crime. Officers will be stopping any vehicle they deem appropriate to do so whether it is because of poor standard of driving, the condition of a vehicle, criminal intelligence led enquiries or other intelligence like missing persons.
You can help make the A417 safer by keeping a safe distance from other drivers and being mindful of your speed.

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Communications Team WWDW (Police, Communications Team, Gloucestershire)
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Commemorating 100 Years Since the end of World War I
Cirencester community held an event to try and break the world record to form a human flower. The current world record stands at 3,000 people.
Cotswold police team were proud to help out with standing in the Poppy centre in all black uniform. Others wore red, black and green ponchos to form the shape of a Poppy. 3,300 people form around the area turned out to set a new world record and show their respects for the fallen.
“Lest we forget.”

Kind regards, PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
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Burglary At Rural Property Near Saintbury
Between 22:30 on 31/10/2018 and 06:30 on 01/11/2018, person, or persons unknown used a vehicle to force open the electronic gates to gain access to the grounds of the property. They have then broken in to the property by forcing a ground floor window before entering and stealing the keys to a car parked in the garage. The offender(s) have then taken the black Audi S4 TFSI Quattro registration VU17UBP from the garage and driven off. If you have any information relevant to the above incident, please phone 101 and quote Incident 57 of 01/11/2018.

Many thanks, Robert Hardie (Police, Reception, Stow)
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Scam Phone Calls From Police
Gloucestershire police have received a report of a person pretending to be police officer and has told the victim their bank card has been used fraudulently.
The person has asked the victim to hang up and report this to their bank immediately. When the victim has tried to call their bank before it could ring someone has said ‘Emergency services, how can I help you?̵&; The call has then been transferred and the false police officer speaks to the victim stating more money has been fraudulently taken from their bank account.
The victim has finally hung up for some considerable time and managed to call their bank to find out no fraud has taken place on their account. Police are advising that if you receive scam calls of this type, hang up and then report it to Action Fraud. Be mindful that a line will stay open if the caller doesn't hang up and when you pick up the receiver you could still be connected to the scam caller.
If possible report this to Action Fraud by email or use another phone such as a mobile. Gloucestershire police are happy to log these incidents and will give you an incident number. Action Fraud can be contacted online at : https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or phone 0300 123 2040

Many thanks, PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
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Fire Service Safe And Well Checks
Fire Service - Safe And Well Checks Did you know that Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GRFS) conduct Safe and Well checks at the homes of vulnerable people or in fact anyone concerned about fire risk? If you know of a person who you think could be at risk from a house fire you can refer them directly to GFRS (with their informed consent) via this link:
http://www.glosfire.gov.uk/forms/Newhomesafety.asp
You just need the name, address, contact number and the person's consent.

Many thanks, PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
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Stolen Vehicle Number Plates
Police released the details of a Grey Suzuki Swift registration WU65 AXZ after a burglary on White Shoots Hill Bourton-on-the-Water Sunday 18th November.
The number plates on this vehicle have been found dumped in Sherborne and were stolen from a car in Lechlade. The Grey Suzuki is now thought to be on more stolen number plates - registration MK59UPE.
A burnt out vehicle at Dormy House Hotel has been found not to be this vehicle (Gloucestershire police incident 424 18/11/18 refers) If this vehicle is seen driving please call 999, if parked up please call 101 or email 101@gloucestershire.pnn.police.uk

Gloucestershire police have received a number of reports of stolen vehicle number plates over the past two days.
Incident Number and date:
48        30/10/18 Lower Swell
140        30/10/18 Blockley
141        31/10/18 Willersey
172        31/10/18 Willersey
If you are victim of theft of your vehicle number plates please report this immediately to Gloucestershire police so we can update the Police National Computer to show your number plates are stolen. This enables us to stop any vehicles show as having stolen plates that could be used in further criminal activity. Offenders will use stolen plates to put on stolen vehicles that match the make model and colour. These vehicles are then used in organised crime, such as cash point thefts and theft of valuable vehicles.

Many thanks, PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
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Cyber criminals send victims their own passwords in extortion scam
Cyber criminals are attempting to blackmail unsuspecting victims by claiming to have used the victim 's password to install spying malware on the victim 's computer. The criminals claim they 've recorded videos of the victim watching adult material by activating their webcam when they visit these websites. What makes this scam so convincing is that the email usually includes a genuine password the victim has used for one of their online accounts. We believe criminals obtain the passwords from data breaches.
What to do if you get one of these emails?
Don’t reply to the email, or be pressured into paying. The police advise that you do not pay criminals. Try flagging the email as spam/junk if you receive it multiple times. Perform a password reset as soon as possible on any accounts where you 've used the password mentioned in the email. Always use a strong, separate password for important accounts, such as your email. Where available, enable two-factor authentication (2FA). Always install the latest software and app updates. Install, or enable, anti-virus software on your laptops and computers and keep it updated.
If you receive one of these emails, report it to Action Fraud 's phishing reporting tool. If you have received one of these emails and paid the ransom, report it to your local police force.

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)
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Cyber-criminals use weaknesses in software and apps

Do update your software and apps

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Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter October 2018

Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter October 2018.

Many thanks, PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
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Horse Tack Stolen - Stow
Gloucestershire police incident - 273 16/10/18
Police have received a report of a stolen saddle from the Stow area on Saturday morning at 06:30hrs. The offenders were disturbed and had also tried to steal the quad bike at the same address.
The stolen saddle is postcode marked WR11 8TJ. Anyone that is offered the £700 saddle for sale and sees the postcode is asked to call police immediately quoting the incident number above.

Stolen Horse Tack Stow - Update
West Mercia police have served a warrant at a travellers site in Evesham today 17th October and recovered stolen saddles and bridles from a burglary in Stow.
The victim has identified the saddles and bridles as being the one stolen from a yard in Stow last week. West Mercia and Gloucestershire police will now investigate this crime and suspects will be interviewed in due course.
Thank you to one of our community alert members for sharing the Facebook page of West Mercia with me that helped identify the stolen items.

Many thanks, PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
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Stow Travellers Horse Fair - Change Of Fair Dates
Stow Horse Fair has been widely advertised as being held on Thursday 25th October 2018.
Gloucestershire police are able to confirm the fair will now be held on Thursday 18th October 2018.
The fair is a one day event where the travelling community attend to buy and sell horses and set up market stalls in a field off the Maugesbury Road, Stow-on-the-Wold.
Many thanks, PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
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Touring Caravans Stolen Overnight
Gloucestershire police incidents 276 13/10/18 and 145 14/10/18.
Police have received two reports of caravans stolen from a storage site in Broadway overnight. Police have traced one caravan by its tracer system and hope to recover it.
Anyone with any information or who has seen suspicious activity close to Broadway Tower overnight is asked to call 101 or email 101@gloucestershire.pnn.police.uk quoting the incident numbers above.

Update Stolen Touring Caravan
Surrey Police have recovered one of the stolen caravans from the Broadway area where it was in storage.
The caravan had a tracker fitted to it and lead police and the tracking company straight to it. This goes to show fitting tracker systems to caravans, cars and agricultural machinery is worth while and helps police recover stolen property.

Many thanks, PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
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National Hate Crime Awareness Week
National Hate Crime Awareness Week commences on Saturday 13th October 2018, and the following list shows some of the things being undertaken by partners in the Gloucestershire Hate Crime and Incident Strategic Group. The intention of this message is just to raise awareness of this important matter.
* Gloscats Trans support group - will be hosting a talk about hate crime and the importance of reporting.
* Cheltenham Borough Homes, Victim Support, and Gloucestershire University – will be running a pledge campaign on their social media accounts with images of people pledging their support.
* Cheltenham Synagogue, Cheltenham Borough Council, Tewkesbury Borough Council, Stroud District Council, and local youth services – will be hosting poster/information displays in their public access areas
* National Star College - are running an internal awareness event.
* Gloucester City Homes, Gloucester City Council, Cheltenham Borough Homes, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust, Gloucestershire Care Services, and 2gether Trust – are running internal intranet articles to raise awareness amongst their staff.
* Inclusion Glos – are hosting a client discussion at their disability drop-in with the Victim Support County Hate Crime Coordinator.
* The Disability Adult Social Care Team – had a team meeting discussion about the issue and have pledged to enable hate crime training for staff.
* Gloucestershire VCS Alliance – are producing a piece about NHCAW for their countywide bulletin.
* Beaufort Academy School Gloucester– will be showing a short awareness raising film in their tutor time.
* Barnwood Trust and Victim Support – are putting on a workshop for local professionals that highlights how we can all be better upstanders and allies to hate / intolerance and everyday prejudice, in often simple but powerful ways.
* Remembering Srebrenica and Victim Support – are hosting Gloucestershire’s first ‘We are one’ awards, highlighting and celebrating those in our county who are standing up to prejudice and hate.

Remember that if you see someone being subjected to hate related incidents or crime you can report it; it’s not only the victim who can report it, so too can anyone who witnesses it. If you witness any incident of this type report the matter to the police on 101 or if you believe a crime is taking place and someone is at risk of harm dial 999. You can also report non-urgent matters to the police by email at 101@gloucestershire.police.uk

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Lost Dog
Police have been asked by a member of public at Moreton Market to put out an alert for a lost dog.
The dog is described to be female border collie brown and white in colour. She was wearing a collar with brown and white checks and has been missing from Chastleton from 20th July, 2018.
Anyone with any information is asked to call : 07860307768

Many thanks, PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
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Can You Help Us By Answering A Few Questions
We'd really like to know what you think about Neighbourhood Policing in Gloucestershire.
Can you help us by answering a few questions?

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Door To Door Sellers - North Cotswolds
Gloucestershire police incidents : 150, 164 , 207 and 438 27/09/18
The above incidents were called in where males were seen selling cleaning products door to door. This is an offence, unless the seller has a licence. The offence is “Peddling without a Licence.”
We advise the public not to buy from these people as they are on the lookout for vulnerable residents to sell details on and these persons sometimes become victims of burglary. They use a few tricks , such as smelling the money that is given to them to see if it smells musty. This tells them the resident keeps their money in the house somewhere and possibly don't use a bank. The best advice is not to get into an argument but be stern and say NO and close the door. Then call police. We accept 999 calls of this type of incident as they are still in the area and we need to stop them and deal with them.
If we get three complaints and residents are happy to make statements they can be arrested and either summons to court for Peddling without a licence or given a £90 fine on the spot and have their selling bags seized.

Many thanks, PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
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Attempted Theft Of Valuable Vehicles
Police have received a number of calls over the past few day of offenders trying front doors of properties with expensive vehicles on the driveways.
It appears no attempt has been made to force entry and these offenders are opportunists. Police are asking residents to lock doors at night to prevent walk in burglaries.
Anyone who suspects they may have had similar incidents and have CCTV on their properties are asked to call us on 101 or email 101@gloucestershire.pnn.police.uk quoting incident 24 25/09/18.

Many thanks, PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
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Fraud Phone Calls From HMRC
Gloucestershire police have received reports of persons receiving phone calls from HMRC stating they owe taxes.
The caller asks the person to pay money into a bank account. This is a scam and police are asking the public not to pay any money into any accounts that state they are from HMRC or police.

Many thanks, PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
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Watch out for these fake TV Licensing emails
We've seen a sharp increase in reports about fake TV Licensing emails claiming to offer refunds. The emails state that the refund cannot be processed due to “invalid account details”. The links provided in the emails lead to phishing websites designed to steal personal and financial details.
Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it's a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)
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Email Fraud - Itunes Vouchers
Email Fraud - Itunes Vouchers Gloucestershire police have received a report that a person has been contacted by email and asked to purchase £600 in iTunes vouchers , pretending to be the persons daughter. The email was similar to her daughter's but not identical.
Police are warning the public to be vigilant and not to reply or act on directions from emails asking to purchase iTunes vouchers or similar. Once the codes or images of the codes have been sent to the fraudster the victim loses their money.

Many thanks, PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
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Anti Poaching Operation
Operation Firefly - 20-09-18
Gloucestershire police have run an anti poaching operation from Tewkesbury that has covered all rural areas in Gloucestershire on Thursday 20th September.
Police were called to suspect poachers in the Quenington Area driving three cars on a farmer field. The farmer used his Landover to block the gateway before police arrived. On police attendance it was found that the youths driving the cars were not poaching but driving in an anti-social manner. All owners of the vehicles were issued with a Section 59 notice which means they have been warned that if they are found driving their car or anyone else's car within the next twelve months that car will be seized.
During the evening a Grey Landrover Defender Pick Up registration RH07 WGH, was stolen from a farm in Tewkesbury and was last seen driving towards Twyning. Gloucestershire Police incident 437 20/09/18 refers. Anyone with any information is asked to call on 101 or email 101@gloucestershire.pnn.police.uk

Many thanks, PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
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Watch out for these fake Netflix emails
We've seen an increase in reports about fake Netflix emails claiming that there's an issue with your account, or that your account has been suspended. The email states that you need to “update” your account details in order to resolve the problem. The link in the emails leads to genuine-looking Netflix phishing websites designed to steal your username and password, as well as payment details.
Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it's a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.
For more information on how to stay secure online, visit www.cyberaware.gov.uk

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)
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Scam Calls Claiming To Offer Priority Access To The Emergency Services
A resident of Upper Rissington contacted us today to say that they have just received a telephone call from a person stating that they were in the area today and could offer (for one day only) for %99.00 a device which would give priority access to Police/Ambulance/Fire services. The company would also contact friends and relatives when the purchaser activates the device. There is no such device and calls like this should ignored; do not engage with the caller.

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Robert Hardie (Police, Reception, Stow)
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New Special Constables
PC Westmacott has been helping train 16 new special constables that will soon be deployed around Gloucestershire.
Special constables are volunteers who give up their free time to assist regular police officers. Specials do not get paid.
Special constables hold all the same powers a full time police officer has and can arrest suspects.
We are grateful for these members of the public giving up their time to help in the community they live in.
Anyone considering becoming a special or police volunteer worker please visit Gloucestershire police website for more information. www.gloucestershire.police.uk

Many thanks, PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
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Vehicles Entered Overnight
Gloucestershire police incidents: 33, 37 , 65 , 70 and 204 - 06/09/18
Overnight police have received a number of calls after vehicles have been broken into in Mickleton, Moreton-in-Marsh and Chipping Campden.
It appears the same offender have targeted the vehicles to steal work tools and in one case entered a garden to steal furniture.
Anyone with any information is asked to call 101 or email 101@gloucestershire.pnn.police.uk quoting the incident numbers above.

Many thanks, PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
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Suspicious Circumstances - Horse Mane Platted
Gloucestershire police have received a call from a resident in the North Cotswolds that found their horses mane had been platted over night Saturday 1st September. Although this could have been done innocently police have received reports before where this marks the horse to be stolen. The platting is usually a single plat on the mane. Anyone who has had a similar experience recently is asked to call police quoting incident 93 03/09/18.
Many thanks, PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
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Police Warning - Car Jacking Method
This is the new thing these days with people out of work and needing cash. Beware, it's headed our way.
Just last weekend on Friday night we parked in a public parking area. As we drove away I noticed a sticker on the rear window of the car. When I took it off after I got home, it was a receipt for gas. Luckily my friend told me not to stop as it could be someone waiting for me to get out of the car. Then we received this email yesterday: You walk across the parking lot, unlock your car and get inside. You start the engine and shift into reverse. When you look into the rearview mirror to back out of your parking space, you notice a piece of paper stuck to the middle of the rear window. So, you shift into Park, unlock your doors, and jump out of your car to remove that paper (or whatever it is) that is obstructing your view. When you reach the back of your car, that is when the carjackers appear out of nowhere, jump into your car and take off. They practically mow you down as they speed off in your car.
And guess what, ladies? I bet your purse is still in the car. So now the carjacker has your car, your home address, your money, and your keys. Your home and your whole identity are now compromised!
So beware.
If you see a piece of paper stuck to your back window, just drive away. Remove the paper later. And be thankful that you read this e-mail. I hope you will forward this to friends and family, especially to women. A purse contains all kinds of personal information and identification documents, and you certainly do not want it to fall into the wrong hands.
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Operation Firefly - Poaching Offences - North Cotswolds
Gloucestershire police incidents 175 and 251 24/08/18
Gloucestershire police were looking for a Vauxhall Zafira on Irish plates , 08MO2704 in connection with a poaching and criminal damage offence in Moreton-in-Marsh. After placing the vehicle details on the PNC (Police National Computer) the car was stopped and seized by Derbyshire Police. If the vehicle recovery and storage charge is not paid within 21 days the car will destroyed. Gloucestershire police would like to thank the public for their response to the original community alert asking for information.

Many thanks, PC 2201 Nick Westmacott

Police were called to land near the A40 at Great Barrington after a report of 5 males on land with dogs hunting hares without permission, were seen getting into a Mitsubishi Shogun. The vehicle hit a gate at the location causing damage and failed to stop to give details. These males were then seen swapping cars near the A40 getting into a Vauxhall Zafira and went on to commit poaching offences on land near Moreton-in-Marsh.
Police have seized the Mitsubishi Shogun on the A40 under the Hunting Act and unless claimed back will be destroyed. Police are looking for a Vauxhall Zafira on Irish plates , 08MO2704 that failed to stop after ramming a farm vehicle on land in Moreton-in-Marsh.
Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or email 101@gloucestershire.pnn.police.uk

Many thanks, PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
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Theft of Vehicle Registration Plates from Weston Subedge
At approximately 00:15 on 18/08/2018, person, or persons unknown stole the registration plates from a black Range Rover that was parked outside a property on Parsons Lane in Weston Subedge.
If you have any information that may be of use, please phone 101 and quote Incident 129 of 18/08/2018.

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Robert Hardie (Police, Reception, Stow)
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National Fraud Intelligence Bureau Bogus Overseas Officers
Fraudsters are contacting overseas students and visitors who are in the UK via their mobile phone or social network account and purporting to represent UK or foreign law enforcement. After fraudsters have claimed to work with their respective embassy or government, they tell the victim that there is evidence in the form of forged documentation or parcels which implicate them in a crime such as money laundering, fraud or immigration offences. After demanding further personal details from the victim such as their name, current address and copies of personal documentation, they threaten the victim by suggesting a warrant exists for their arrest which will result in their deportation and imprisonment unless they transfer a payment to them in order to cancel the arrest or pay a fine. Once the money is transferred, all contact between the victim and the fraudster is severed.

What You Need To Do:
Police will never ask you to withdraw to transfer money so “it can be checked”, neither would they demand money to in order to cancel an arrest.
Do not be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details no matter who they say they are; protect your information and have the confidence to question and refuse unusual requests.
If you have made a payment to someone claiming to be the police or government department, and you think you might be a victim of fraud, you can report it to Action Fraud any time of the day or night using our online fraud reporting tool. You can also get advice about fraud or cyber-crime by calling 0300 123 2040.
If you are a student you can ask your Student Union or University for advice, help and support.

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)
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Nominate Your Best Neighbour Of 2018
Neighbourhood Watch and our sponsor Co-op Insurance has just launched a nationwide search to find and celebrate some of the best and most considerate neighbours of 2018!
We’re urging people to nominate the most deserving good neighbours and there is also an opportunity to put forward your Hero Next Door for a true act of heroism. Neighbourhood Watch and Co-op Insurance are working together on these exciting awards and anyone can nominate their good neighbours today. We're talking about the local heroes in your street and community whose acts of kindness and neighbourliness really set them apart. We want to recognise the people who are making such a vital contribution to community life and encourage others to follow in their footsteps. You don't need to be a Neighbourhood Watch member to nominate and the person you nominate doesn't need to be a member either. Click here to join in before nominations close on September 5th – and you'll be taken to the nomination form where you can share your stories of great neighbourly activities and acts of kindness.
You can also share the link to the nominations page by cutting and pasting it from below.
https://joinin.coop.co.uk/opportunities/159
So nominate your good neighbours today!
To read more about the awards on our website click here. With best wishes,
Neighbourhood Watch

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Lisa Parker (NHWN, Register Administrator, England & Wales)
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Watch out for these fake British Gas refund emails.
We've had an increase in reports about fake British Gas emails claiming to offer refunds. The links provided in the emails lead to genuine-looking British Gas phishing websites that are designed to steal the usernames and passwords for British Gas accounts.
Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it's a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.
For more information on how to stay secure online, visit www.cyberaware.gov.uk

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)
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Watch out for these fake LinkedIn emails
We've received multiple reports about these fake LinkedIn emails. They claim that your LinkedIn profile has appeared in multiple searches and provide links you can click on to get more details. These links lead to malicious websites designed to steal your personal and financial details.
Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it's a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)
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Speed Checks in the North Cotswolds
Police have recently conducted speed checks in the North Cotswolds in conjunction with a student from Chipping Campden Secondary School. In total 6 cars, 1 local bus and a van were stopped for excess speed over 35m.p.h. in a 30 m.p.h. zone.
Because the student was using the speed device, none of these vehicles could be ticketed, but were given stern words of advice.

Many thanks, PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
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Watch out for these fake Argos texts offering refunds
These fake text messages purport to be from Argos and claim that you're owed a refund. The link in the messages lead to phishing websites designed to steal your personal information, as well as payment details.
Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it's a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)
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Doorstep scams
Scammers commonly target older people for doorstep scams. In fact, 85% of victims of doorstep scams are aged 65 and over according to National Trading Standards. We'll show you some simple steps that you can take to help you stay safe on your doorstep.
Doorstep scams are when someone comes to your door with the aim of scamming you out of your money or trying to gain access to your home to steal items from inside. While there are many legitimate tradespeople and officials, it’s wise to be on your guard when you answer your door. Doorstep scammers can be pushy and persuasive and it can be easy to fall victim. It's especially important to be vigilant and aware if you live on your own.

Whenever you answer the door remember to lock, stop, chain, check.
Lock: secure all your other outer doors as the person at the door may intend to distract you while an accomplice gets in through a back door.
Stop: think about whether you're expecting anyone.
Chain: put the door chain on or look through the window or spyhole to see who's there.
Check: ask for an identity card and examine it carefully - you can always tell the caller to come back another time when someone will be with you.

You could put a ‘no cold callers’ sign up on your door or window, which should deter any cold callers from knocking on your door. You can download a free sign (PDF 236 KB)from Action Fraud.
Find out if you have a nominated neighbour scheme where a neighbour can help to make sure if callers are safe. Contact your local Neighbourhood Watch or your local Safer Neighbourhood police team to find out more.
You should always check a seller or trader's credentials before agreeing to purchase their products or services. See our guide Avoiding scams (PDF 327 KB) for tips on how to do that.
Finally, remember that you can dial 999 if you're suspicious or the caller won’t leave. Call the police non-emergency number 101 if you're not in immediate danger but want to report an incident.
If you've been the victim of scam there's no shame or embarrassment in falling victim to a scam – it happens to lots of people. If you report it, it may help to prevent others from experiencing the same thing.

You can report it to Action Fraud – they may be able to track down the fraudster. You can also contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service for advice. Remember, we're unable to accept reports of crime through Your Neighbourhood Alerts. If you need to report something, please call 101 or report online: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/do-it-online/report-a-crime-or-provide-information-anonymously/
Always call 999 in an emergency.

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Andrew Biddell (Police, PCSO, Cotswolds)
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