Crime & Police News Nov / Dec 2016

Police News and Crime Reports for November/December will be here.

For the November National NHW News please click here

For the November Southam SNT Police Newsletter please click here.

For the December Southam SNT Police Newsletter please click here

For the November Trading Standards summary please click here.

Burglary at outbuilding at home in Vicarage Road, Napton

Burglary, Vicarage Road

Incident number: 130 of 3 December

Date: 01/12/2016 – 03/12/2016

Please be aware that between 3pm on 1/12 and 10am on 3/12, offenders entered the rear garden of a home in Vicarage Road, Napton and then forced the hasp and padlock off the door of a wooden outbuilding.

Once inside the building, the offenders stole a chainsaw.

If you have information that you believe may be connection to this incident, please contact the Police on 101, quoting the incident number given.

Please remain vigilant around your area and report suspicious persons, vehicles or activity to the Police on 101. Thank you.

Information can also be given anonymously to the Independent Charity, Crimestoppers, by calling 0800 555 111 or by visiting their website:

A message from Thames Valley Police.

Drivers using motorway services stations, particularly those along the M4 in Berkshire, are being warned that thieves could be using technology to prevent people locking their vehicles and then steal from them.
Thames Valley Police officers are warning people to make a manual check that doors are locked before leaving their vehicles.
This advice follows a spate of 14 thefts from vehicles at motorway services in Berkshire. In many of the cases there was no obvious sign of a break in and no damage was caused to the vehicles as items were stolen from them.
Officers are also appealing for anyone who visited the services during the dates outlined below and have any dashcam footage to please get in touch as they may have vital information for the investigations.
At Chieveley Moto Services on M4 at junction 13 between 24 November and 1 December two vans, two lorries and a Mercedes car were entered and items including tools, a suitcase and laptop were taken.
At Reading Moto Services M4 junctions 11-12 between 26 November and 28 November two Range Rovers, a Jaguar, a Mercedes and a Fiat 500 were all accessed by unknown means, ie no obvious sign of a break-in, and various pieces of luggage were stolen from the vehicles.
At Membury Welcome Break M4 at junctions 14 -15 between 24 November and 26 November two Land Rovers, a Mercedes and a Renault were accessed by unknown means. Luggage, wallets and cash were stolen.
Investigating officer, Sgt Alan Hawkett of Newbury Police Station said: “I strongly recommend that any members of the public visiting motorway services stations anywhere in the country keep all valuable items in their possession when away from their vehicle. Offenders may be using technology to prevent your vehicle from locking therefore we would advise a manual check of the doors before leaving your vehicle.
“I am appealing to the public who use in car dash cameras who may have been at any of the above service stations on the above dates and times to contact me. You may have captured an offence or offender on camera. I am extremely keen to review the footage.”
Anyone with any information or dashcam footage relevant to these incidents is asked to call 101 using ref 409 27/11/2016 or email

Police & Crime Commissioner December Newsletter

Police & Crime Commissioner Newsletter – December 2016

A bumper update this month reflecting a particular busy period. In this newsletter, the Commissioner gives information of the launch of his Police and Crime Plan for Warwickshire; his selection by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners as the national lead for emergency services collaboration; as well as the start of work on a new Operations Communications Centre for Warwickshire.

 He also details the launch of the Wildlife Watchers scheme, the award of contracts to support domestic abuse victims and the re-opening of his Commissioner’s Grants Scheme for new funding bids for 2017/18.

 Also, in the run-up to Christmas, there’s also a plea for help in supporting fundraising for Alexander’s Journey, a charity established to help the seriously ill son of a Warwickshire police officer.

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Warwickshire Trading Standards Scam Alert

30/11/2016 Model Agency Warning

Warwickshire residents are warned to beware of ‘model agencies’ that take huge fees for portfolios of photographs and promise modelling contracts that never materialise. One Warwickshire resident reported paying almost £800 after attending a ‘photo-shoot’. She was given assurances that a modelling contract would be forthcoming and paid almost £800 for a portfolio of photographs. However, no contract was offered.

Rogue modelling agencies have little or no links to the genuine modelling industry. They show a great deal of interest in a new client and often makes promises that a contract will be forthcoming in order to get the client to pay hundreds of pounds for a portfolio of photographs, often worth very little.

30/11/2016 ?Nottingham Knockers? operating in South Warwickshire

Warwickshire Trading Standards has received reports from Warwickshire Police that groups of so called ‘Nottingham Knockers’ have been operating in the South Warwickshire area in the past few days. These doorstep callers offer small household products for sale which may be of poor quality and pressure homeowners in to buying by falsely claiming to be ex-convicts on probation schemes.

Warwickshire Trading Standards advise householders not to buy at the door from unexpected doorstep traders. If in doubt, keep your door closed.

01/12/2016 Facebook sellers warning

Warwickshire consumers are warned to be wary of purchasing goods from Facebook sellers where payment is asked for via a direct a bank transfer.

One consumer reported buying a phone from someone advertising via Facebook. The buyer and seller communicated using messenger. However, after the payment was made , the seller blocked the buyer and deleted their chat communication. The phone was not delivered.

Buyers should consider paying in cash and avoid wherever possible bank transfers.

01/12/2016 Government ?money? overpayment scam

Warwickshire residents have reported receiving phone calls to say that they were shortly to receive a cheque from the Government for money that they had overpaid. The callers then go on to try and obtain bank details and other personal and financial information.

Residents are warned never to reveal any personal or financial information to cold callers. This information can be used for identity theft and other crimes.

Make a scam/rogue trader complaint to Trading Standards via Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.

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The November 2016 newsletter for Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe has just been published.

This month, the Commissioner thanks everyone who gave feedback on the draft Police and Crime Plan and gives his reaction to the latest HMIC report on police efficiency.

He also provides updates on Operation Protect; the launch of the regional cybercrime survey; a call to reduce drink-drive limits in England and Wales; and the latest data on child arrests.

 Plus, there’s news on a decision to re-appoint the independent Trust, Integrity and Ethics Committee.

Read the ne?wsletter >>

Bogus summons Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) emails

You’ve Been Summoned!

Fraudsters are sending out a wave of scam emails purporting to be from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) that claim you have to appear in court.

Concerned members of the public have reported receiving the email entitled ?You?ve been witness summoned to court?.
The email entices people to click on a link to view their start time/case details.

This link is likely to lead to malware.
This email has no connection to the CPS and anyone receiving the email should not download any attachments or click on any links.

Make a scam/rogue trader complaint to Trading Standards via Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.

Mobile Phone Enforcement Campaign – November 2016

To support our on-going commitment to road casualty reduction, Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police launched a targeted mobile phone enforcement and education campaign on 1 November 2016, to crack down on blatant offenders who continue to flout the law.

The campaign will run throughout the month and will support the National Police Chiefs Council week of action, which is taking place 14 – 20 November, and will lead straight into the national drink and drug drive enforcement campaign in December.

Please ring 1010 if you wish to report an incident to Police or, 999 in an emergency.