Police Updates

Garage Burglary

A garage in Pitsford Hill was broken into between 1 and 8.30am on Tuesday 28 January. Some tools were stolen but these have been left on the lawn which suggests that the offender(s) were disturbed. If you contact the Police about this incident, please quote either Reference number: 5220021772

If you have any information regarding this incident, contact the Police on 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111

PCSO Recruitment Opens

Applications for Police Community Support Officers (PCSO) opened on Tuesday 28 January. Avon and Somerset Police are inviting members of the public interested in a rewarding new career and giving back to their communities to apply for a position as a PCSO.

PCSOs are part of the neighbourhood policing team, who build relationships with local people to provide reassurance and understand the policing issues that matter most to them. PCSOs work with individuals and partner agencies to support vulnerable people and solve local concerns and issues.

For more information about PCSO recruitment please visit: http://bit.ly/13ApplyToBeAPCSO

Claire’s Kitchen Street Food Nights

Dear All,

Welcome to Claire’s Street Food Trailer nights.

I will be in Timberscombe Village Hall car park from 5pm-7pm every Monday starting February 3rd.

I have taken the option of hiring the hall to as weather can be so cold and rainy this time of year.

Street Food on the evening will be:

Home reared Pulled Pork rolls with stuffing, crackling, apple sauce if desired with delicious roasties (pork gravy available to) £6.00

Crispy, finger lickingly good homemade chicken fillet with smoky paprika breadcrumbs served in a roll with a siracha mayo, crispy lettuce served with double cooked fries £6.00

(Vegan/vegetarian) Mixed bean and apricot tagine with fresh basil and coriander served a basmati and wild rice £6.00

Puddings-

Homemade Chocolate Brownie with clotted cream £2.50

Homemade Lemon Posset £2.00

or

Menu for pre-ordering by Friday 31st January please,either call me on 07799066638 or email clairelynch@live.co.uk

Chicken or Vegetable Tikka Balti served with pilau rice and mini naan £6.00

Pork belly served with a creamy chive mash and carrots

£6.00 Vegan Cottage pie with sun-dried tomatoes, lentils, mushrooms and a butternut squash and potato topping £6.00.

Homemade Chocolate Brownie with clotted cream £2.50 Homemade Lemon Posset £2.50

 

Police Warning

Two duped out of £15,000 in telephone fraud incidents.

We are warning people to be on their guard against a telephone scam, which involves a fraudster claiming to be an official from Amazon.

The bogus official called the victims on their landline and said they were from Amazon and querying either an issue with a payment or a problem with the victim’s Prime membership.

We are aware of three incidents in the Avon and Somerset force area – two of the victims have lost a combined total of almost £15,000.

During the call a pre-recorded message invites the victim to press 1 on their phone to link to an operator. A long conversation follows in which the victim is asked to re-connect to the caller via a computer or mobile device and then allow Amazon to link to their account.

While they continue to talk to the victim, they ask them to log on to their online banking via the remote device to check whether a refund has been made to their bank.

The caller talks to the victim, distracting them from looking at their device, while money is quickly transferred from their bank, or even an application for a loan made while the banking session is open.

Amazon will never call and ask for personal information, including bank PiN numbers and passwords.

Any attempts for permission to remotely access your computer or phone should be a red flag warning.

If you are suspicious or uncomfortable about the call, finish it immediately and call the company who claimed to call you, using their official number and try to use a different phone to ensure the telephone line has not been held by the scammer.

If any link to your device has been added by the scammer – such as TeamViewer – have it professionally removed and keep the device disconnected from the internet.

General advice….

Neither the police nor the banks will ask you for banking details or PiN numbers on the phone. Similarly, they would never send a so-called ‘courier’ to collect bank cards or money.

Our message is – don’t discuss your finances with anyone who calls you out of the blue, even if they claim to be a police officer or a representative from a bank fraud department or even a well-known company.

.Genuine callers will be happy for you to make an appointment to visit them at a bank branch or police station or for you to call them independently to verify that they have been trying to contact you.

The police and banks will never ask you to withdraw cash on their behalf; arrange for cash to be collected by a courier; ask for details about your bank card; or ask for the PiN on your card.

If you know someone who may be vulnerable to this type of offence, please speak to them and share our crime prevention tips and remind them of the threat from telephone fraudsters.

We would also appeal to taxi drivers, who are asked to collect parcels or take people to banks to withdraw large sums of cash – especially the elderly – to be vigilant and contact us if they are suspicious.

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