Introduction by Cllr Bob Evans on his role as a Councillor Advocate:

“As a District Councillor my role has many opportunities that can be used to help and inform the Communities I serve, one such opportunity is to enrol as a Councillor Advocate with the Police and Crime Commissioners office. This will allow information be passed both ways, ie local knowledge of issues and concerns from Police to the Community and from the Community to the Police via myself, this is not a Golden bullet to stop all crime but an excellent opportunity to inform and be informed.

The scheme will provide a consistent flow of information that will be passed to the administrator of the Willand PC web pages for publication in this new section, I hope you find it informative and helpful”.

Bob Evans
MDDC Councillor, Lower Culm

Email: revans@middevon.gov.uk

Telephone: 01884 849248

 

 

Useful Contact Details:-

If a crime is in progress residents should always contact the police on Emergency telephone 999.

Reporting a crime or a suspicion to Devon and Cornwall Police (non-emergency)

Email: 101@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk
Online: www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/contact/contact-forms/101-non-emergency
Telephone: 101

Police enquiry office:

www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/contact/police-enquiry-offices

Reporting a crime anonymously to CrimeStoppers

Online: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information-online
Telephone: 0800 555111

Reporting safeguarding concerns to Adult’s Services

You can find details of local Adult’s Services contacts on the Devon and Cornwall Police website.
Online: www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/advice/your-community/adults-at-risk/reporting-abuse

Messages

  • Scam Warning - Fake PayPal Emails
    Action Fraud is warning people selling items online to be on the lookout for criminals sending fake PayPal emails.
    Between January 2020 and September 2020, 21,349 crime reports were made to Action Fraud about fake PayPal emails.
    Victims reported losing a total of £7,891,077.44 during this time.
    Those targeted included people selling jewellery, furniture and electronics via online marketplaces.
    Reports of fake PayPal emails to Action Fraud made up a third of all reports of online shopping and auction fraud during this period.
    How does it happen?
    Criminals have been targeting people selling items online, by sending them emails purporting to be from PayPal. The emails trick victims into believing they have received payment for the items they’re selling on the platform.
    Typically, after receiving these emails, victims will ship the item to the criminal. This leaves them at a further disadvantage having not received any payment for the item and also no longer being in possession of it.
    How can you protect yourself?
    Sellers beware: If you’re selling items on an online marketplace, be aware of the warning signs that your buyer is a scammer. Scammers may have negative feedback history, or may have recently set up a new account to avoid getting poor feedback. Don’t be persuaded into sending anything until you can verify you’ve received the payment.
    Scam messages: Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details.
    How to spot the difference: A PayPal email will address you by your first and last name, or your business name, and will never ask you for your full password, bank account, or credit card details in a message.
    If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud online at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.
  • Simple Home Alarm System - Available for £64.99 (50% off until Nov 2020) Voucher code required

    Following on from our successful burglary campaign last month, our partners ERA are generously offering our members an amazing 50% limited offer on one of their simple home alarm systems.

    ERA tells us “this alarm system is great for homes that don’t want SMART necessarily and just want an alarm to go off if someone opens the door or window and works with a remote control. It includes a siren, a door/window sensor and a remote control…. All of which is upgradeable to larger systems if the customer would like to.”

    The discount will reduce the ERA-VALIANT-R kit to £64.99 (including VAT) on the Response site (RRP £129.99).

    The voucher code for offer is NHWVALIANT (expires 1st November 2020)

    You can find the product here: https://www.responseelectronics.com/shop/home-alarm-systems/wireless-alarms/easyhome-alarm-range/era-valiant-wireless-solar-siren-starter-alarm-kit/?v=ERA-VALIANT-R_RE

    T&C’s:
    The exclusive Valiant NHW offer runs from 06th October 2020 and ends 1st November 2020 at 23:59pm. Please place your order on the website www.responseelectronics.com. The saving is 50% off the retail price for the ERA Valiant Solar Siren kit (ERA-VALIANT-R). The correct voucher code must be entered at the checkout (NHWVALIANT) and checked before payment. The saving applies to the specified product on the above website, where stock is available. The 50% saving does not apply to any delivery charge.  Orders can also be placed by phone by calling:  0345 257 1000 and quoting the reference code (NHWVALIANT). If you have any questions please contact us.

  • Scam Information - Amazon or Amazon Prime

    We would like to make residents aware that we have received reports of various scams taking place where a cold caller, email, or automated call claims to be from Amazon or Amazon Prime.
    Please be wary of all contact of this type – the scams have varied and include the following:

    • an automated call a stating a number should be pressed for various reasons
    • or by someone in person asking for vouchers to be purchased in a shop and codes to be handed over
    • a request to download an app
    • emails with links attached (to phishing sites)

    All of these are scams and instructions should not be followed, please hang up, don’t give out any personal information or click on any links.
    If you want to check a call is genuine  – hang up and make contact the company via a reliable source. Please wait ten minutes before making another call or clear the line by phoning a friend/family member.
    If you have any concerns please phone 101 or email 101@dc.police.uk
    If you have fallen victim to a scam, please report this to Action Fraud: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
    Please report any suspicious emails you receive to the National Cyber Security Centre: report@phishing.gov.uk

  • Scam Information
    We would like to make you aware that we have received reports of the following scam taking place recently.
    Residents have received automated phone calls stating it is from HMRC about non payment/prosecution or similar, an instruction is then given to press a number – please do not follow instructions – this is a scam.
    If you have any concerns please phone 101 or email 101@dc.police.uk
    If you have fallen victim to a scam, please report this to Action Fraud: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
  • Fake Penalty Charge Email

    We would like to make the public aware of a recent fake penalty notice scam which is sent by email, the email looks genuine and official and states that a penalty charge is due, the email normally contains a link to pay online, please do not click on links.

    To check a fine is genuine please use a reliable source of information to make contact to check.
    Please be wary of this type of scam with emails that contain links, links can take you to a phishing website that is used to steal financial information.

    If you have any concerns please phone 101 or email 101@dc.police.uk

    Suspicious emails can also be forwarded to the National Security Centre’s “Suspicious Email Reporting Service” (SERS) report@phishing.gov.uk and if you have fallen victim to a phishing scam, please report this to: Action Fraud: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

    Please pass this information on.
    Thank you.

  • Burglaries - Mid and East Devon

    Police call for vigilance

    Police in Mid Devon are appealing for information after a spate of burglaries this month. In each case, the break-ins have occurred at residential addresses during the day and tools have been used to gain entry. The offenders have then used bleach or other cleaning products to cover their tracks.

    On two occasions, a silver Skoda Octavia was present with two or three occupants, and a false number plate was used.
    Three burglaries occurred on Tuesday 8 September in Cullompton, Bradninch and Newton Poppleford, near Sidmouth. Another burglary occurred in Willand, near Cullompton, on Monday 7 September.

    Residents living in areas close to the M5 are reminded to ensure their homes are secure when going out and to report any suspicious activity to police.

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 or via email at 101@dc.police.uk quoting crime reference CR/075196/20.

  • Day Time Burglaries

    Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after burglaries have been reported to us in the Cullompton and Willand area.

    The incidents have happened between 7th and 8th September during the day time and cash has been stolen.

    Police are also reminding residents to ensure that their property is secure. Crime prevention advice can be found on the Devon and Cornwall Police website.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact police via 101@dc.police.uk or by calling 101 quoting crime reference number CR/75196/20, CR/75749/20 and CR/75462/20.

    Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or reporting online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

  • Doorstep Callers - Mid Devon

    We have had reports of cold callers offering roofing services (power washing and roof tile painting). They were in Honiton on Tuesday 4 August and may now have moved on to another town in Devon.Do not agree to work offered by unsolicited doorstep callers.If you want work doing in your home or garden, take time to get three quotes from reputable businesses you trust and make your decision on who to use in your own time.

    Get business recommendations from friends or via Buy With Confidence https://www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk/

    1. If you are concerned someone is at risk, always call the police.
    2. If you are concerned rogue traders are operating in your area, always report it.
    3. If someone knocks on your door and you are not sure, don’t open the door.

    Find more information here https://www.devonsomersettradingstandards.gov.uk/consumer/scams-rogue-traders-and-doorstep-crime/

  • Face Coverings Become Mandatory In All Shops and Retail Premises

    Face Coverings Become Mandatory In All Shops and Retail Premises

     

  • Scam Cold Caller

    We have received a report of a scam cold caller phoning a resident in Barnstaple purporting to be from an internet/television channel provider and stated that the resident was due a refund.
    The caller asked for the residents’ bank details and subsequently tried to remove money from the residents’ account.
    Please be wary of cold callers, hang up on similar calls and do not follow instructions. Please do not give out your bank details to any cold caller.

    If you want to call the company/organisation that the cold caller purports to be from please, if possible, call from a different phone or make sure that the telephone line has cleared before phoning as the caller could still have the phone line open – this could take 10 minutes to clear, or it can be cleared by making another phone call – we suggest phoning a friend or family member.
    Please use a telephone number from a reliable source and not one provided by the caller.
    Information on scams can be found on the Action Fraud website www.actionfraud.police.uk
    More prevention advice can be found on the Devon and Cornwall police website: https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/advice/your-money/fraud/courier-and-telephone-fraud/

    Please pass this information on to others and consider displaying this information in public areas, noticeboards etc.
    If you have concerns or information please phone 101 or email 101@dc.police.uk quoting crime CR/054477/20.

     

  • Think Twice

COVID-19 FAQs

With the current situation regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) regularly changing, Devon and Cornwall Police have pulled together some of the more commonly asked questions along with their responses. These FAQ’s are available here and have recently been updated –

https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/advice/covid-19-coronavirus/covid-19-faqs/

Thefts from Vehicles - Tiverton

Police issue warning after crime spree

Police in Tiverton are calling for vigilance after thousands of pounds worth of tools were stolen from vans in the town between Thursday 4 June – Friday 5 June.

Vans parked in residential areas close to the junction with the A361 link road were targeted including Priory Road, Bluebell Avenue and Margurite Road.

The perpetrators gained entry to the vans by drilling holes in their doors and various high value power tools including Makita drills, nail guns, angle grinders, circular saws, cordless drill batteries, battery chargers and disc cutters were subsequently stolen.

One eyewitness describes seeing three men leaving the Priory Road area in a grey/silver hatchback in the direction of Lea Road which leads to Gornhay Cross and the A361.

Police would like to hear from anyone who saw suspicious activity in the above areas last night or those who have CCTV cameras which may have relevant footage.

Similar crimes have been reported in the Exeter area, including Pinhoe and Clyst St Mary, towards the end of May.

PC Neil Miles, said: “From the way the vehicles were broken into it suggests the perpetrators are experienced criminals.

“We want to urge people to be vigilant, and ensure their vehicles are secured well overnight and valuable items are removed, while appealing for any information which could help us find those responsible.”

Anyone with any information which could assist the investigation is asked to contact police on 101 or via email 101@dc.police.uk quoting crime number CR/044673/20