Cat Sebastian Missing from Well Lane

 

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: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-about-existing-case-report/ Always call 999 in an emergency.

Message Sent By
John Allen (Police, PCSO, Cirencester)

 

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 actionfraud.police.uk 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

Message Sent By
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

 

Scam Alert – Covid Vaccine Passport Scam

We have been made aware of a Covid Vaccine Passport scam email going around that purports to be from the NHS and informs recipients that they can apply for their “Digital Coronavirus Passports”

Clicking on the link within the email, takes you to a convincing but fake NHS website that asks for personal and payment details. (for an admin fee)

The website has since been taken down, but in case similar emails/websites appear can you please circulate the attached alert to your residents, members, groups and mailing lists.

And just to reiterate, your vaccination status is obtained FREE through the NHS App, website or by calling the NHS on 119.

More information can be found on the gov.uk website;
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad

Please note that any Phishing scams can be reported to  SERS (Suspicious Email Reporting Service):  report@phishing.gov.uk

Best wishes

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team
Neighbourhoood Watch Network is a charity registered in England & Wales, CIO no: 1173349

 

Keeping to Footpaths – Police Alert

We have been asked by a number of local landowners to remind the public to keep to public footpaths.  This is to protect crops and to protect wildlife in the margins.  Some owners have reported signs placed to remind walkers to keep to footpaths have been torn down and discarded in the hedge rows.

Please follow the Country Code, pick up after your dogs and take all your rubbish home with you.  In Chipping Campden recently, a number of cows had to be slaughtered after ingesting dog mess which made them abort their calves.

Much appreciated,
PC 2201 Nick Westmacott

Message Sent By
Nicholas Westmacott (Police, PC, Cirencester)

 

Stow on the Wold Almshouse Charity Appeal

 

Stow on the Wold Foodbank now open