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 Alerts

    The Link to the Rutland Neighbourhood Watch App. It is highly recommend you download the App. You will receive all the ALERTS issued by the Police and NHW for Rutland and sometimes beyond.

  • Rutland Neighbourhood Watch Website

    This is a fairly new website and is worth a regular visit to keep up to date with local Neighbourhood Watch matters.

The crime reported for Rutland North beat for July 2020 is as follows: -

Burglary Burley, Great Casterton, Whissendine

Criminal Damage Greetham, Whissendine, 2 x A1

Assault 2 x Cottesmore

Public Order Ryhall

Theft from Vehicle Cottesmore, Egleton, Whitwell, A1

Theft Hambleton, Langham

On 19th July there was also a Rave reported in Pickworth and from this the following crime was recorded: -

Criminal damage x 2

Assault x 4

Public Order x 4

A Rave was reported to police in the early hours of the morning and this was tacked robustly sending officers onto the site and these officers were able to seize the equipment which closed the Rave and disbanded the people gathering. There were several criminal offences linked to the incident and the assaults recorded were to police officers on the scene with suspects being arrested at the location.

The current Priorities for Rutland North beat continue to look at Theft from motor vehicles which we have noted there were 4 reported this month but 2 of these offences were theft of number plates. I would ask all residents to consider carefully where they park their vehicles and please ensure that all valuables are taken out of the vehicle especially when parked in isolated beauty spots in the county.

There has also been an increase in number of reports of motorbikes being driven in the County at speed and this is something that we are tackling. We are currently conducting speed checks and high visibility patrols in the locations that have been reported and have utilised the Force Traffic Motorbike dept who have been out assisting both Rutland North and Rutland South beats to engage and educate the riders. We are also using the Speed Camera vans and they will be strategically located to deal with any of the speeding issues reported.

If you have any issues or concerns and would like to speak to the Beat team you can contact me through either calling 101 or emailing me laurie.appleton@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk or diana.freeman@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk

Many thanks and be safe

Laurie

PC 1742 Appleton

Chief Constable Simon Cole on the Strong But Thin Blue Line 23/7

In recent days there has been another debate about the "thin blue line". This is a badge some police officers wear on their uniform. If you've not seen it, it is the Union Flag with a blue line drawn through it.

Firstly, we are very much part of the communities we serve. Secondly, we need to stand apart at times to protect people and do our duty.

Holding that line is tough.

I'm towards the end of my week on 24/7 call for the force. As ever, it allows me to see the massive commitment to local communities from our officers and staff. Sadly I've had to reach out to a number of colleagues this week who have been injured whilst trying to keep people safe.

It is a fact that a police officer gets assaulted every 20 minutes across the country (my officers are your officers).

In our area, whilst on a bed-watch for someone under the influence of substances, two of our PCs were assaulted. One, working only his sixth shift of duty since joining us, has mild concussion as a consequence. I was in our control room and heard two female colleagues being assaulted; one was kicked to the chest, the other bitten by a woman that they were arresting for racially aggravated public order offences.

I am proud of our diverse workforce. Racial abuse is never acceptable.

Last Sunday we dealt with an unlicensed music event in rural Pickworth, near the Lincolnshire border. Unbelievably someone thought it was a good idea to have hundreds of people together for a rave in the midst of the COVID crisis. The organisers clearly had little regard for public safety. Our duty Superintendent, supported by her teams, acted quickly and we seized the equipment and dispersed the event. One person jumped onto a police vehicle and urinated towards officers (your officers). He found himself in custody. Is this what my officers (your officers) should be doing during a dangerous pandemic?

Sadly, we also had a murder in the City over the weekend. My phone rang at 0330 in the morning with a briefing; its shrill tones dragging me out of deep sleep. I discussed next steps with our on-call Detective Superintendent as she headed out to the scene, trying not to wake her sleeping family up (I had failed to do the same with mine). My officers (your officers) supported the ambulance service as they battled to save a life. Paramedic colleagues are remarkable. They are, in essence, doing operating theatre-level work in the street. Some wear a badge with a thin green line.

For my officers (your officers) this isn't easy. During their career each officer is likely to encounter between 400-600 traumatic events. Most citizens will experience between three or four in their lifetime. Our trauma debriefs are crucial for the wellbeing of our police officers.

The striking feature is that my team (your officers) keep on keeping on.

The morning briefing, in which daily tasks are assigned, crackles with energy and commitment. The homicide investigators, fuelled with coffee and pizza, strive for justice (we have charged a man for this weekend's murder). The response teams deploy energetically time and time again to calls from the public. Our safeguarding teams wrap around the vulnerable. Our tireless call takers give support and help to thousands of members of the public. Our Special Constables volunteer thousands of hours to local communities.

The blue line may be thin but it is strong in Leicestershire – and it knows how to stretch!
All of this takes place during a pandemic. We work in PPE where it is needed. We support health colleagues as they battle, inside and outside of the protected area, to contain this invisible killer.

Your police officers are normal people who do incredible things. Drawn from our local communities, they are doing an excellent job at the most challenging of times.

The thin blue line is tough to be on. But it is our duty and we do it willingly. We have had over 1,000 applicants to join us over the last six months.

Please help us by treating my officers – your officers - as you would your neighbours and other people. We hold that thin blue line with your support.

- Chief Constable Simon Cole

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Are You Shopping Online? 18/7

Have you bought anything online recently?…

Almost 34% of all retail sales during May 2020 were carried out online, and new research suggests that only 16% of UK consumers intend to return to their old shopping habits post-lockdown.

Online shopping fraud during lockdown

Action Fraud, the UK's national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, received over 16,000 reports relating to online shopping and auction fraud during the lockdown, with losses totalling over £16m. Members of the public have reported buying mobile phones (19%), vehicles (22%), electronics (10%) such as games consoles, AirPods and MacBooks , and footwear (4%) on sites such as eBay (18%), Facebook (18%), Gumtree (10%) and Depop (6%), only to have the items never arrive.

Top tips for shopping online securely:

Choosing where to shop:
If you're making a purchase from a company or seller you don't know and trust, carry out some research first. For example, by checking to see if others have used the site and what their experience was.


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.


Scam messages:
Some of the emails or texts you receive about amazing offers may contain links to fake websites. Not all links are bad, but if you're unsure don't use the link, go separately to the website. And remember, if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.


Payment method:
If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one as other payment providers may not provide the same protection.


What to do if you've fallen victim to online shopping fraud

We all make mistakes and these days the scams can be incredibly convincing.

If you think you've visited, or made a purchase on, a bogus website, you should first, take a note of the website's address, then close down your internet browser. You should then report the details to Action Fraud and contact your bank to seek advice.

Whether you've been a victim of fraud will depend on how much information you've provided to the website, so keep an eye on your bank transactions, if you can. Contact your bank immediately about anything that you don't recognise, even small amounts.

For more information about how to stay safe online, please visit www.actionfraud.police.uk/cybercrime

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Social Media Scams 14/7

Good afternoon,

You're probably familiar with some of the ways in which fraudsters approach victims - emails, texts, phone calls, letters and sometimes doorstep scams.

But did you know that social media is also a favourite place for scammers?

This month Get Safe Online's campaign is all about Social Media scams – and the attached leaflet provides some great tips on how to avoid being scammed on social media.

For more tips on staying safe online then visit www.getsafeonline.org

Many thanks
The Get Safe Online team

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July20_SM_Scams_Leaflet.pdf - 506.4 KB

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