Cottesmore Parish Council

Serving the people of Cottesmore

Clerk: Kerry Nimmons
17 Crocket Lane, Empingham
Oakham LE15 8PW

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

Information on this page has been supplied by Neighbourhood Watch for Rutland or from the Leicestershire/Rutland Police Force

  • Rutland Neighbourhood Watch

    The Link to the Rutland Neighbourhood Watch Website. Recommend you download their App.

  • Car Park Scams

    This is not from Neighbourhood Watch but well worth reading and being aware. It is a link to a Sage web page.

Tenancy Deposit Scheme Alert 21/2

Action Fraud have received several reports where fraudsters are claiming to be landlords of properties offered for rent online. Prior to a viewing the suspect requests that the individuals pay a deposit and sometimes a month's rent upfront, claiming that this money will be put into the Tenancy Deposit Scheme, and is therefore protected under government legislation.

After the individual pays the money, the suspect sends a bogus email purporting to be from the Tenancy Deposit Scheme confirming they have received their deposit. However, this is not the case as the money was sent directly to an account associated with the suspect and the victim is left out of pocket and without the home they had thought to be putting a deposit on.

What You Need To Do

  • Always make sure you, or a reliable contact, has viewed the property with an agent or landlord before agreeing to rent a property.
  • Don't be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Only transfer funds when you're satisfied a genuine property, safety certificates and valid contract are in place.
  • Only pay for goods or service by bank transfer if you know and trust the person. Payments via bank transfer offer you no protection if you become a victim of fraud.
  • Once you've paid your deposit, you can check whether it's protected by entering your tenancy deposit certificate code on TDS website (www.tenancydepositscheme.com).

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

Local Neighbourhood Watch 20/2

There has been another visit from the duster sellers today (Tuesday) .. this time In Ryhall. They appear to have been resuming their last journey, calling on homes they missed when darkness fell last week.

Would you please let me know once again if your own village was visited, and, if so, give any details you may have gathered.

Just so you know, from previous responses, I can tell you that the sellers called on the following villages (at least) last Tuesday: Barrow, Market Overton, Thistleton, Little Casterton, Belmesthorpe and (possibly) a small part of Ryhall.

RUTLAND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH BRIEF 18/2
Local Crime Alert
Since the last Neighbourhood watch brief we have had one report of criminal damage in Horn Lane, Empingham. Unknown person(s) have damaged a large amount of crops by driving through them. This incident occurred between 10/02/2019 19:00 & 11/02/2019 07:00.
One report of a burglary residential to a shed in Knossington Rd, Braunston. Unknown person(s) have forced entry but nothing taken. This incident occurred between 15/02/2019 07:00 & 15/02/2019 13:00.
One report of theft in Wing Hall Drive, Wing. Unknown person(s) have taken a caravan from a park site. This incident occurred between 10/12/2018 12:00 & 11/12/2018 08:00.
One report of theft in Braunston Rd, Brooke. Unknown person(s) have taken a trailer from farm yard. This incident occurred between 14/02/2019 20:00 & 16/02/2019 07:00.
One report of criminal damage in Cottesmore Rd, Exton. Unknown person(s) have damaged rear vehicle windscreen. This incident occurred between 16/02/2019 13:00 & 16/02/2019 14:30.
One report of criminal damage in Stapleford Rd, Whissendine. Unknown person(s) have damaged a barbwire fence and hedge. This incident occurred between 14/02/2019 00:00 & 15/02/2019 23:59.
Two reports of theft of vehicles from Stamford Rd & Hambleton Close, Oakham. Both incidents appear to be keyless entry thefts. One suspect detained and currently helping Police with their enquires. These incidents occurred in the early hours of 18/02/2019.
Events
Beat Surgery at Barrowden Community Shop on 23rd February between 11:00 & 12:00.
Beat Surgery at Uppingham Town Hall on 26th February between 18:30 & 19:30.
Beat Surgery at Whitwell Harbour on 5th March between 10:30 & 11:30.
Beat Surgery at Costa Coffee, Oakham on 13th March between 10:00 & 11:00.
Latest News
Refresher Driving Courses - Rutland County Council is offering refresher driving theory courses aimed at drivers in Rutland. These courses are for Rutland residents who would like to update their knowledge as well as learn how to drive more safely and efficiently. The courses are currently free for Rutland residents and cost £30 for non-residents. They consist of a 21/2 hour theory discussion and a voucher for a one hour practical session with a local driving instructor at a later date.
The next courses are being held at our offices in Oakham on the following dates:

  • 1st March, 10.00am to 12.30pm
  • 15th March, 10.00am to 12.30pm
  • 18th March, 1.30pm to 4.00pm
  • 22nd March, 1.30pm to 4.00pm

For more information or to book your place telephone: 01572 758248 or email: tbarnwell@rutland.gov.uk
Fundraising House to House (Charity) Collections Please be aware that Appco UK will be carrying out a fundraising programme on behalf of British Red Cross & Breast Cancer Now between 04/03/19 & 31/03/19. Appco UK fundraisers wear photo ID at all times and a free phone helpline is in operation so that any member of the public can verify the legitimacy of a fundraiser and the activities they are undertaking. Tel: 0800 031 9811 (open 09:00 – 21:00 Mon - Fri & 09:00 – 17:30 Sat).
Fundraisers are also instructed not to knock on any household displaying a sticker requesting 'no cold callers'.
Anyone with information about a crime in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can call Leicestershire Police by dialing 101 (calls cost 15p) or call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Message Sent By
Will Ryan (Police, Enquiry Officer, Rutland)

Courier Fraud 15/2

On the 13/02/2019 a Rutland resident received a call from the suspect purporting to be a Police Officer. The suspect advised the victim they were working on a fraud case concerning the victim's bank account and requested assistance with an investigation. The victim was then asked to withdraw a large sum of money from their bank account to be sent for forensic analysis. The victim withdrew the money and was given a password and told to go home and await the arrival of an Officer. An hour and half later a black male aged between 22 – 30 years old with plaited pointy hair, smartly dressed wearing a suit, tie and long coat arrived at the victims house and said he was from the collection agency and gave a password previously given. The male was then given the money. No ID was shown. No vehicle was sighted. The person that previously called also said the victim would receive a refund for the taxi fare to the bank and a £500 reward for their assistance, later that evening.
The Police will never ask for money to be withdrawn/handed over to assist with an investigation.
There are currently no identifiable suspects and enquiries are currently ongoing. If anyone has any information please call 101 quoting 19000079339.

Message Sent By
Will Ryan (Police, Enquiry Officer, Rutland)

Be A Step Ahead From The Scammers Dont Let Them Fool You 12/2

Dear Members

Scammers use clever techniques to part people from their money and gain their personal details that are then used to commit fraud. Trading Standards has some tips as to how you can avoid becoming a victim of scams and protect your personal and financial information.

• Don't assume those contacting you, whether that is over the phone, by e-mail or in person, are genuine, even if they tell you information about yourself or show you some kind of identify card that looks 'official'. Contact the organisation they claim to be from to check they are genuine using the details on their website rather than any the caller gives you
• Remember, a genuine organisation will never ask you for security details such as your PIN or passwords. If you're not 100% sure who you are talking to, DON'T give out ANY personal or financial information, even if you are told you have been a victim of fraud or a scam.
• Be confident to refuse unusual requests for your personal or financial information. Don't be afraid to end conversations you're not comfortable with.
• Sign up to the Mail Preference Service (0207 291 3310) and Telephone Preference Service (0345 070 0707) to stop unwanted e-mails and telephone calls
To report a trader to Trading Standards or for consumer advice contact Citizens Advice on 03454 040506. You can also report non-emergency matters to your local Police on 101.

Furthermore Severn Trent Water has recently advised us that they can setup a password if anyone has to attend your premises. This is obviously to reduce the fraudsters faking they are from the company cold calling at your door and to reduce Distraction Burglaries. Only the owner will know the password and so should the 'real' staff from Severn Trent Water.

Stay Safe

PCSO Ali Haq
Wigston Police Station

Message Sent By
Ali Haq (Leicestershire Police,PCSO,South Leicester)

RUTLAND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH BRIEF 11/2
Local Crime Alert
Since the last Neighbourhood watch brief we have had one report of theft in St Albans Close, Oakham. Unknown person(s) have taken a garden table from a side patio. This incident occurred between 08/02/2019 00:30 & 08/02/2019 06:00.
One report of a burglary residential to a secure dwelling in Aldgate, Ketton. Unknown person(s) have forced entry via a ground floor window. An untidy search was carried out and property taken. This incident occurred between 09/02/2019 19:15 & 10/02/2019 00:15.
One report of a burglary residential to a secure dwelling in Lyndon Rd, Manton. Unknown person(s) have forced entry via upstairs windows. An untidy search was carried out and property taken. This incident occurred between 10/02/2019 12:30 & 10/02/2019 14:30.
Events
Beat Surgery at Ryhall Post Office on 14th February between 10:00 & 11:00.
Beat Surgery at Uppingham Library on 15th February between 10:00 & 11:00.
Beat Surgery at Barrowden Community Shop on 23rd February between 11:00 & 12:00.
Latest News
Beat Updates
Oakham Town & Barleythorpe - You told us that youths and street drinkers are causing Anti-Social Behaviour inside the Bus Station preventing people from using the facilities. Damage had been caused inside the premises and abusive language was being used. We are working closely with the Community Safety Team from Rutland Council who manage the site. Young people caught on CCTV causing damage have already been identified and measures put in place to prevent them offending again. We will speak to the young people and ask them why they spend so much time in the Bus Station. High visibility patrols will take place and inappropriate behaviour will be challenged.
Local residents bought to the Beat Teams attention that drugs and alcohol were being used by our young people in Oakham and Barleythorpe. The ages ranged from 15-21yrs of age. This is having a detrimental effect on these young people and the surrounding premises. Local Officers have been actively targeting areas that have been identified as locations where drug activity takes place as well as using intelligence led policing to challenge people and vehicles suspected to be involved in drug use activity. We have used Engage which supports young people with alcohol and drug related issues to direct them away from using illegal substances.
Uppingham - There has been a rise in the number of reports of drug dealing/taking at licenced premises in Uppingham, and amongst youths hanging around in the street. You have told us this through messages on Facebook, Twitter, in person and telephone calls to police. We are working with local pubs to combat this issue, raise awareness and enforce bans. - We are conducting pro-active patrols in affected areas, and will in some cases carry out "plain clothes" patrols to catch the offenders red handed. - We have created a "Problem Management Profile" which helps co-ordinate the beat teams' response to the issue, as well as highlighting it to senior management to gain support. - We are seeking help from specialist teams within Leicestershire Police to help identify the source of the drugs and target it at the root.
Burglaries dwelling update. Patrols of area with a view to stop check vehicles. • Use of covert vehicle for static early morning patrols – double crewed by local officers. • Regular checks of BOF cameras to see if vehicles linked to door to door selling gang are on Rutland area, and aim to stop check vehicles. • Deploy ANPR camera near to Uppingham on A47 – with double crew. • Engage with CST to see what target hardening tools they have, to be delivered to residents of Firs Avenue. • Deliver "no cold callers" stickers to residents of Firs Avenue. • Discuss possible use of Ring.com devices? • Regular foot and vehicle patrols on Firs Avenue, The Beeches and Ayston Road. Use the pull in near the doctor's surgery as a place to sit up and complete agile work. Be visible and productive. • Patch walk along Firs Avenue with CST and partner agencies.
Anyone with information about a crime in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can call Leicestershire Police by dialing 101 (calls cost 15p) or call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Message Sent By
Will Ryan (Police, Enquiry Officer, Rutland)

Watchout For DVLA Car Tax Scam

25/1

Dear Members

I sent a message previously about a scam email being sent relating to TV Licencing. Trading Standards are warning residents to be aware of e-mails claiming that payments made for car tax have failed and asking for billing details to be updated and verified so that system can 'try again'. Trading Standards advise not to respond to these messages or provide any personal or banking information to stay safe from scammers. If residents have any queries or concerns about their car tax, they should contact the DVLA using that organisation's official contact details. If you think you have please scammed please report it to Action Fraud https://www.actionfraud.police.uk or call them direct on 0800 123 2040.

Stay Safe

PCSO Ali Haq

Wigston Police Station

Message Sent By
Ali Haq (Leicestershire Police,PCSO,South Leicester)

Door Step Pedlars - Potential Scam 25/1
They are doorstep callers who target areas offering small household products for sale. These callers may claim to be ex-convicts attempting to mend their ways, however they are not part of any recognised rehabilitation scheme.
Please warn your neighbours, particularly elderly or vulnerable neighbours, not to open the door to strangers or buy or sell on the doorstep. Some doorstep callers may offer poor quality goods at inflated prices and if a caller is not genuine, they may be gathering information for future crime.
Please keep in mind that if cold callers don't get any sales in your area, they are less likely to return.

How they work

The sellers may say that they are on a "rehabilitation course" arranged by probation services or other organisations trying to find people work. This is not the case and often they are known criminals. Probation services do not run such schemes.
They may show a card which claims to be a "Pedlars Licence" or work permit.
They may also hand over a card saying they are deaf or dumb.
According to the police, the bag of household products is supplied by someone who employs them. The lads are supplied with a full bag of household products (including the typical tea-towels!) and charged a minimal sum for the contents – it used to be £35. They can keep whatever they make, above this amount.
Usually they are deposited in an area from a transit van and given a list of streets to work. An hour or so later they are picked up and dropped off in another location. They often work from 9am to 9pm.
They will knock on a door, offering cleaning items which they know are cheap and of very poor quality; the householder also knows they are rubbish but that is part of the scam. Many people will purchase items and pay them something, just to get rid of them. There have been cases of elderly residents handing over large sums as these lads can be very persistent and confrontational.
The price for whatever has been purchased usually comes to a note – usually £10. The householder disappears to get this – this is when the scam begins, according to the police. When the note is handed over, the lad examines the condition and how long it took the person to get it. If it is crumpled, they accept it and move on. If it is crisp flat and new – they are much more interested and may engage the person in more conversation, to obtain details about them. As they leave they will smell the note. If it is slightly musty – this is an indication that there is more in the property. Those addresses are noted. The addresses of elderly / vulnerable / gullible people are all noted.
These are handed to the employer and there is a small amount of cash handed over for each one.
These addresses are then sold in prisons and pubs. If there is a later break-in, the employer expects a further cut of the proceeds.
Police advise that in almost every case of a stop check – the lads have long strings of convictions for burglary and violence. They use the skills learnt during their criminal activity to identify possible targets.
TURN THEM AWAY
REMEMBER if cold callers don't get any sales in your area, they are less likely to return.

Message Sent By
Will Ryan (Police, Enquiry Officer, Rutland)

FROM RUTLAND COUNTY COUNCIL 23/1

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Wednesday 23 January 2018

Ref: RCC-025-2019

RESIDENTS WARNED ABOUT SCAM EMAIL

Rutland County Council is warning residents not to respond to unsolicited emails offering refunds for an overpayment.

Several Rutland residents have contacted the Council after receiving an email that appears to come from HM Revenue & Customs and claims to offer a refund following a City Council overpayment for late 2017.

Councillor Gordon Brown, Portfolio Holder for Revenues and Benefits at Rutland County Council, said: "Always be wary of unsolicited emails offering refunds, discounts or asking for you bank details. If we need to contact you about a refund then, in the vast majority of cases, we will do this by letter. Only in exceptional circumstances, when someone has moved address without telling us, will we try to contact you by email and this will only ever come from a Rutland County Council email address. If you receive a scam email you should contact Action Fraud straight away to report it."

Contact Action Fraud, the UK's national fraud and cybercrime reporting centre, on 0300 123 2040 or through the Action Fraud website: www.actionfraud.police.uk.

ENDS

Have You Heard About The County Lines Campaign 23/1

Dear Members,

I wanted to bring to your attention the County Lines Campaign as we want communities to know the signs. If you are concerned by the behaviour of your child/adult or any friend family we would like to know. Below are types of examples;

Know the signs of county lines (Young Persons):
Repeatedly missing from home or school and decline in academic performance
May be carrying a weapon
Gang association or isolation from peers or social networks
Unexplained relationships with new or older people

Know the signs of cuckooing:
Signs of drug use
Decline in a neighbour's wellbeing
Increase in people or vehicles visiting a property
Increase in Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB)

You can find more information via our website link below:

https://leics.police.uk/advice-and-information/information-zone/county-lines

If you are a parent, carer, teacher or someone who works with young or vulnerable people; it's worth checking out the leaflets attached and being aware of what County lines and Cuckooing is.

Stay Safe and #KnowTheSigns

PCSO Ali Haq
Wigston Police Station

RUTLAND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH BRIEF 21/1
Local Crime Alert
Since the last Neighbourhood watch brief we have had one report of criminal damage in Alpine Close, Oakham. Unknown person(s) have smashed rear vehicle window. This incident occurred between 16/01/2019 23:00 & 17/01/2019 11:30.
One report of the attempted theft of lead from St Botolphs Church in Main St, Wardley. Unknown person(s) have attempted to remove lead from the Knave. This incident occurred between 01/01/2017 12:01 & 18/01/2019 11:54.
One report of the attempted theft of a vehicle in Welland Way, Oakham. Unknown person(s) have attempted to force door lock. This incident occurred between 17/01/2019 22:00 & 18/01/2019 07:30
Events
Beat Surgery at Uppingham Town Hall on 29th January between 18:30 & 19:30.
Beat Surgery at Oakham Town Hall on 6th February between 10:00 & 11:00.
Beat Surgery at Ryhall Post Office on 14th February between 10:00 & 11:00.
Beat Surgery at Barrowden Community Shop on 23rd February between 11:00 & 12:00.
Latest News
Transforming our online services
As more and more people use the internet in their daily lives there is an expectation that organisations will offer their services online. We are improving our service to the public by enabling members of the public to do more online.
The Single Online Home (SOH) is a national website that offers the public an easy to use digital platform where they can communicate effectively with their local police. To date, 40 forces have signed up to the platform meaning we can offer a range of nationally consistent online services to the public but with our own local identity. It will allow the public to do everything they can do via 101, through an online channel.
The SOH will be delivered over three phases, starting in January 2019 and finishing in March 2019 with a new force website – moving it from a repository for news and information to a more customer-friendly format built around demand and online services.
Kids & Teens – New information zone for kids and teens. Lots of advice and information for Young People of all ages, Teachers, Professionals & Parents and Carers. https://leics.police.uk/advice-and-information/kids-and-teens
Online thanks and complaints service – Your feedback helps to shape us. So whether you'd like to say thanks or make a complaint we'd like to hear from you.
https://www.service.police.uk/fo/feedback/tc/thanks-and-complaints/?frc=33
Report a road traffic incident - If you've been involved in a road traffic collision, or think you might have witnessed an offence on the roads, find out how to report it using our simple online tool. Just answer the quick questions below to make sure we give you the right advice and gather all of the relevant details.
https://www.service.police.uk/ro/report/rti/report-a-road-traffic-incident/?frc=33
Anyone with information about a crime in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can call Leicestershire Police by dialing 101 (calls cost 15p) or call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Message Sent By
Will Ryan (Police, Enquiry Officer, Rutland)