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Gloucestershire Office of Police & Crime Commissioner – Annual Report

Good afternoon,

Today, Gloucestershire’s Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has released its 2021 Annual Report.

Rounding up a year of work within the OPCC, the report covers everything from the reopening of Cirencester Magistrates Court, and the launch of the Sabrina Centre – the Constabulary’s first dedicated training facility, through to the election of new Police and Crime Commissioner, Chris Nelson.

It is available to download at

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Melissa Hamblett (OPCC, Communications and Engagement, Gloucestershire)


Police Alert – Nitrous Oxide Canisters

A large number of NOS canisters were found between Bourton on the Water and Great Rissington. We urge people to be aware of the dangers of taking NOS and the dangers of taking it with alcohol.

Nitrous Oxide also known as NOS is a colourless gas sold in canisters and usually inhaled using a balloon, NOS can be dangerous when inhaled.

Inhaling too much NOS can make a person faint, lose consciousness or suffocate from lack of oxygen. People have died from inhaling too much NOS and suffocating.

Mixing NOS and alcohol increases the risk of respiratory depression and loss of consciousness.

Other common names for NOS are; Laughing gas, nitro, N2O, NOS, whippet, hippy crack, buzz bomb and balloons.

Remember, we’re unable to accept reports of crime through Your Neighbourhood Alerts. If you need to report something, please complete this online form: Always call 999 in an emergency.

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John Allen (Police, PCSO, Cirencester)


Stow Almshouse Charity – trustee vacancy

Do you want to give back to our community?

Would you consider becoming a Trustee of our Charity?

The Charity provides six one bed homes in Church Walk, built in the mid-19th century, for eligible single residents from Stow-on-the-Wold, Maugersbury or Donnington.  Our almshouses need regular maintenance and repair to provide warm and safe homes and to comply with legal requirements.

The Charity is seeking a new trustee who will take responsibility for overseeing day to day maintenance of the six almshouses. You will work closely with the Contact Trustee, who is responsible for liaison with the residents, and with a local retired builder who is not a trustee but offers an independent assessment as to whether work has been completed satisfactorily and payment can be made.

The Maintenance Trustee will draft tender documents and obtain three quotations for contractors for all approved works, requiring that work and materials to be of a high standard. For larger jobs, a professional advisor can be appointed if the Maintenance trustee feels that this is necessary. Following the completion of works and inspection by our independent retired builder, the Maintenance trustee will ensure that any snagging issues are remedied promptly.

If you might be interested, please contact Ron McAlpine, Trustee/Secretary on or 01451870141.

Stow Youth Club AGM – Monday 26th July, 7pm via Zoom

Stow Youth Centre
Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire GL54 1AF

Monday 26th July, 2021 at 7pm

AGM Agenda

 The AGM will not be held at the at the Youth Centre, but via Zoom


  1. Apologies for Absence
  2. Approval of the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 11th June, 2020
  3. Re Election of Officers:
    • Thomas Green – Chairman
    • Frances Hamilton – Treasurer
    • Debs Coleman – Secretary
  4. Chairman’s Report
  5. Treasurer’s Report
  6. Inspire to Aspire Report
  7. SYC vision
  8. Any Other Business


All are most welcome. It’s a great opportunity to meet the trustees,

share views, ideas and ways of supporting the young people of Stow and surrounding areas. The Youth Centre will be operating during the summer holidays for 8-13 year olds with an exciting programme of events. For further info and zoom link please contact


Or reach out on our Facebook page:


Gloucestershire OPCC Newsletter, Summer 2021

In Tandem, the newsletter from Gloucestershire’s Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is now available to download here.

This is the first newsletter following the election of Gloucestershire’s new Police and Crime Commissioner, Chris Nelson.


Ghost Brokers – Fraud Alert

Just 15% of people have heard of a ‘ghost broker’.* Do you know what one is?
Have you ever heard of a ‘ghost broker’? No, we are not talking about things that go bump in the night – this is a lot scarier. ‘Ghost brokers’ are fraudsters who sell fake or invalid car insurance policies. Victims are sold fake insurance documents for a policy that does not exist, or for a genuine policy that has been set up using false details to lower the price of the premium.

How do ‘ghost brokers’ operate?
Fraudsters lure victims in with the offer of cheaper insurance premiums, usually via social media or by word-of-mouth. These individuals or groups pose as middlemen for well-known insurance companies, claiming they can offer you legitimate car insurance at a significantly cheaper price.

This type of fraud is typically carried out either by forging insurance documents, falsifying your details to bring the price down, or by taking out a genuine policy for you but cancelling it soon after.

Often, the victim is not aware that they have been scammed until they are involved in an accident and try to claim on the policy.

Who do ‘ghost brokers’ target?
‘Ghost brokers’ tend to target vulnerable communities, including members of non-English speaking communities who may not have full knowledge of UK insurance and laws, as well as young people looking for cheaper insurance deals.

Last year, Action Fraud received 694 reports of ‘ghost broking’, with almost a third (29%) coming from victims aged 17-29. The reported losses for these victims alone totalled £113,500, with each individual losing an average of £559.

Figures also indicate that over half (58%) of all reports in 2020 were submitted by men.

What could happen if I drive without valid insurance?
As policies sold by ‘ghost brokers’ are either invalid, non-existent or fraudulent, this means that the driver is technically uninsured, meaning that you could face:

  • £300 fixed penalty notice
  • Six points on driving licence
  • Vehicle being seized and crushed

How can I protect myself from ‘ghost brokers’?
There are simple steps that you can take to spot the signs of these scams and avoid being taking for a ride by ‘ghost brokers’:

  • ‘Ghost brokers’ often advertise and communicate via social media, online forums and messaging apps. If a broker is only using a mobile phone or email as a way of contact, this can be a sign of this type of crime. Fraudsters do not want to be traced after they have taken money from their victims.
  • They may also try to sell insurance policies through print adverts in pubs, clubs or bars, newsagents
  • If a deal seems too good to be true, then it probably is. If you are not sure about the broker, check on the Financial Conduct Authority or the British Insurance Brokers’ Association website for a list of all authorised insurance brokers. You can also contact the insurance company directly to verify the broker’s details. You can also check to see if a car appears to be insured on the Motor Insurance Database website.
  • If you think that you have been a victim of a ghost broker, you can report your concerns to Action Fraud at or on 0300 123 2040.
  • You can also contact the Insurance Fraud Bureau via its confidential Cheatline on 0800 422 0421 or on the IFB website.

*According to a YouGov survey commissioned by the IFB

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)