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NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH – Police Updates

*On Exmoor I offer a Farm and Horse watch scheme, this is a free service and involves me registering the person on the scheme to receive updates just as you do as coordinators, advising them of any farm or horse related thefts and crimes. If you or anyone you know would be interested in this scheme please pass on my details .

*We are also asking people if there is a genuine speed issue somewhere if a speed watch can be considered this is a local community led scheme but we will offer some support and attend initially to help you get set up. The scheme needs at least 3 to 6 people to operate at any one time 3 minimum. If this is something that people would like to do they can contact me and I can explain the procedure to move forward. Site assessments need to take place by the Police to ensure that it is a suitable location.

*I also have a work Facebook account under PCSO Linda Brooks and can easily be contacted on here.  The Facebook site is working really well and I have received great feedback from it. The Facebook site is not to report crime on but general enquiries and a place where I can advertise beat surgeries and any information of relevance. Feel free to add me.

*Over the past few months we have had a few incidents not necessarily reported but noted off facebook that people has been telephoned and asked for various details bank details etc. These range from being asked to provide payment to stop criminal proceedings, from providing updates to computer systems.

The people are very clever in that they sound genuine and work on the basis that most people have computers and sound like they may be talking about their systems.

We have a booklet at the station all about Scams if you would like a free copy please let me know and I will get one to you.

Our advice is never give out any passwords pin numbers or bank details to anyone over the phone. If you have phoned a genuine company to purchase something then you know this is genuine as you’ve called them. Banks will never ask for personal bank details or passwords.

Emails are often another way of trying to Scam you such as your payment has been rejected in relation to a common bill most people have such TV licenses.

*Other crime news unfortunately Dunster Beach parking pay machine has been targeted again thankfully they didn’t get away with any money but a lot of expensive damage to the meter has occurred.

Good news a tractor that was stolen recently on Exmoor area had been located .This is the 2nd good news story regarding stolen tractors within a few months.

Halloween was a fairly quiet one over Exmoor I’m aware of an incident involving eggs and flour at a location leading up to Halloween. But as of yet no reports of any Anti-social behaviour from the evening in the Exmoor area.

Thank you for all of your Support as Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators.

PCSO Linda Brooks

Telephone number -work mobile 07889659856

General enquiries 101

Emergency 999

Email –  linda.brooks@avonandsomerset.police.uk

Police Notice – Suspected Fraud Phone Calls

Please alert any elderly or vulnerable friends, neighbours or relatives to the following scam. Bath and North East Somerset Trading Standards have been made aware of three residents being contacted by suspected fraudsters who are claiming to be from “Bath Council”, “Safe and Secure” or “Protect Your Home UK”. The caller say that they are contacting people aged between 50 and 70 to offer home security systems. One resident was offered an ID wrist band for £1, along with a quote for floor sensors which would alert the wristband if there was a flood or fire. The other resident was offered free security equipment, £1 for installation and ongoing maintenance costs to be agreed. Both residents say the caller was extremely convincing. The caller guaranteed that police, ambulance or fire would attend an incident. The telephone number provided to residents does not work and it’s believed that this is a SCAM! This may be an attempt to get people’s bank details or to sign residents up to an expensive monthly subscription. If you have been affected by a similar telephone call, the advice from Trading Standards is to call the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06 or report it online at https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/contact-us/contact-us/consumer-service/

Quiz Night

 Friday 29th November

 7.00 for 7.30 pm quiz

Timberscombe Village Hall

 £7.50 to include a meal with dessert.

Advance tickets only. Bar and Raffle.

Tickets on sale now from

Timberscombe Post Office.

(Usually sold out so buy early to avoid disappointment.)

 Teams of up to 6 people.

 Come as a team or join up with others on the night.