Neighbourhood Watch

Last updated: 25 July 2016.

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Important Notices/Warnings
Last updated: 25 July 2016.

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North Yorkshire Police logo Any suspicious sightings should be reported as follows:
By phone: by 101 -
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or 999 (if serious).
or By Email: from here.

Watch Co-ordinator
Safer Neighbourhood Team Officer
P.C. Julian Sutcliffe
phone 101
(when using this number DO NOT ASK TO BE PUT THRU' TO BEDALE but explain why you have rung!)
E-mail: from here.

Important Notices/Warnings Village Committee,
Action fraud information
Courier fraudsters con . .
Latest scam from Trading Standards.
Marking your Property.
Police Warning - Fraudulent Charity Collectors - .Nov'14
Police Warning - Possible burglaries - Feb'14
Police advice to women - Jan'11
Distracton Burglaries - Dec'10
Bogus Builders - Nov'10
Verifying Doordtep Callers - Aug'10
Rogue Scrap Dealers - May'10
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Little Crakehall
Position Vacant
Village Co-ordinator
A684 (Leyburn Road)
Liz Capstick Mastil Lane, Mastil Close & Coronation Bungalows
Harry Lillystone Coronation Road & Hackforth Road
John Howard Ashdowne, Ashdowne Court & Ashdowne Close
Great Crakehall
David Smith East side of A684 & Langthorne Road
Vacancy A684 from 'St. Edmunds' to Station Road
Norman Warriner Station Road from A684 to 'Pinfold Rise'
Victoria Thomas From 'Pinfold Rise' to 'Black Horse'
Councillor McIntosh Powrie St. Gregory's Close & the A684 from the Garage to 'The Briars'
Jo Senior Kirkbridge

Action Fraud Information . .
. The following link will take you to the Action fraud website which includes useful information about reporting scams and cold calling telephone calls - .
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Courier fraudsters con . . .
. . . have been identifying themselves to victims on the telephone as "Detective Constable Martin Beaton of New Scotland Yard Fraud Department". The fraudsters will invent a story regarding fraudulent activity on your card and request your bank/card details. If you have handed over any details to the fraudster, call your bank and cancel your cards immediately, If you want to call the bank, then do it from another telephone. If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud, you can report it online or by telephone 0300 123 2040 .
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Latest scam from Trading Standards.
North Yorkshire Trading Standards have received two reports in the last 24 hours of elderly residents being called from a company calling themselves the Claims Advisory Group advising the resident they had been overcharged by their bank by several thousand pounds. In order to obtain the refund they must obtain £200 of UK cash vouchers which the company will collect prior to releasing the funds into the residents bank accounts.
Please report anything suspicious on 03454 04 05 06
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Police Warning on Fraudulent Charity Collectors.
Charity collectors fraudulently claimimg to be working on behalf of The Children's Trust have been observed in the Albany Avenue area of Harrogate. The collectors failed to show any identification when asked. All legitimate charity workers should have identification and are instructed to show it when asked. Should you come across these people, please report any activities on 03454 040506 and ask for your message to be passed to Andy Fox, Divisional Officer, North Yorkshire Trading Standards.
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Police Warning on possible burglaries.
The Police have issued a warning that black masking tape is appearing on gates and fences in the area. This could be a recce for a potential burglary and have asked that if you come across this type of incident that you ring 101 and report it.
In the meantime, please remember to lock all outside sheds and garages and do not leave attractive items out over night on display.
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Marking your Property
Worried about Theft or Burglary - have you considered marking your property?
Smartwater Kits are available for £15 - this technology has seen a significant reduction
in crime, it is an easy to use forensic coding security system. It carries a unique code
just like DNA and is virtually impossible to remove completely.
It can be used on anything from garden tools, pedal cycles to equestrian equipment.
A cheque for £15, made payable to North Yorkshire Police should be sent to
PC1446 Fricker, Northallerton Police Station, DL7 8ES.
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National Lottery Scam.
National NHW have issued a warning about a National Lottery scam that seems to be occurring more frequently. Often scammers will send letters, text messages, emails or make phone calls informing the recipient that they have won a huge amount of money, despite never buying a ticket. One of the current scams in operation involves a message from the UK National Lottery Organisation informing winners that they have won £1,000,000. Winners are falsely requested to make contact with the organisers to claim their free prize. Scammers will then use this information to obtain personal details which may in some cases involve the recipient providing bank details and sending in administration fees, consequently falling victim to the scam. Don’t become a victim. Take the following steps to protect yourself: • Ask yourself, how could you win a lottery if you had never purchased a ticket • Remember that, if you have won something, you shouldn’t have to pay anything to get your prize • Never reveal credit card or bank details unless you are sure who you are dealing with If you have been caught out by a scam or wish to report a scam, please contact Consumer Direct for advise on 08454 04 05 06. For more information about other scams in operation and how to protect yourself, please visit the Office of Fair Trading Website.
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MORE Police advice to women.
In light of the recent kidnapping and now murder of Leigh Mathews, I think it is important to read the following info for your own safety. Things women should know to stay safe: Please take the time to read these pointers. There may be just one or two you hadn't thought of. After reading this, forward it to someone you care about. It never hurts to be careful in this crazy world we live in. 1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do: The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do! 2. if a robber asks for your handbag, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you..... He is probably more interested in your handbag than you, and he will go for the handbag. RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION! 3. if you are ever thrown into the boot of a car: Kick out the back tail lights, and stick your arm through the hole and start waving. The driver won't see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives. 4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc, and just sit (doing their cheque book, or making a list). DON'T DO THIS! A predator could be watching you and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, and attack you. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE. 5. A few notes about getting into your car in car park: a) Be aware: look around you, look into your car, look at the passenger side floor, and check the back seat. b) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most attacker’s surprise their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars. c) Look at the car parked on the driver's side of your vehicle, and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the shop, or work, and get guard/policeman to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.) 6. ALWAYS take the lift instead of the stairs. Stairwells are horrible places to be alone, and the perfect crime spot. 7. if the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; and even then, it most likely WILL NOT BE A VITAL ORGAN 8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP IT! It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women, He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked "for help" into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim. 9. Another safety point: Someone just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last, and she called the police because it was late and she thought it was weird. The police told her, 'Whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.' The lady then said that it sounded like the baby had crawled near a window, and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over. The policeman said, 'We already have a unit on the way. Whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.' He told her that they think a serial killer has a baby's cry recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes, thinking that someone dropped off a baby. He said they have not verified it, but have had several calls from women saying that they hear babies' cries outside their doors when they're home alone at night.
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Police advice to women.
This actually happened a few weeks ago on the M3 FLEET SERVICES!!!
It was early evening, and a young girl stopped to get petrol. She filled her tank and walked into the store to pay for her petrol. The cashier told her, 'Don't pay for your petrol yet......walk around the store for a while, and act as if you're picking up some other things to buy. A man just got into the back of your car. I've called the police, and they're on their way'. When the police arrived, they found the man in the back seat of the girl's car and asked him what he was doing. He replied, he was joining a gang, and the initiation to join is to kidnap a woman and bring her back to the gang to be raped by every member of the gang. If the woman was still alive by the time they finish with her then they let her go. According to the police that night, there is a new gang forming here, originating from London . The scary part of this is, because the guy didn't have a weapon on him, the police could only charge him with trespassing.... He's back on the street and free to try again. Something similar to this happened at the Tesco garage on Cardiff Road in Newport recently, but luckily the cashier saw the man get into her car. Please be aware of what's going on around you, and warn your family and friends. LADIES, you or one of your family or friends could be the next victim. Please forward this on to everyone you know. Please do not discard this message; it is very important that everyone knows what is happening. Please be careful when leaving your vehicle, and make sure it is ALWAYS LOCKED to prevent this from happening to you.
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Distraction Burglaries.
On 11/12/10 a number of distraction burglaries of elderly people with a Water Board Modus Operandi occurred in West Yorkshire. Violence was used on one occasion where the elderly victim was punched. Sightings of a Black Ford Focus, BF51GYA, were reported from the scenes, with a number of occupants within. The vehicle is reported to have no current keeper. This vehicle is believed to be currently used by a group of travelling criminals actively involved in distraction offences. Please can all persons be aware of this vehicle. If sighted please contact North Yorkshire Police on 0845 6060 247.
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Bogus Builders.
Bogus builders have approached elderly victims falsely stating that work needs doing to their houses. The work is then carried out and either vastly overcharged or no work has actually been completed. On occasions these builders have taken the elderly victim to the bank to get cash out to pay for the alleged works. Please be aware of this scam and be vigilant on behalf of your elderly neighbours. Report any suspicious incidents as soon as possible to NYP on 0845 6060 247 and please make a note any vehicle registrations or descriptions of the suspects.
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Verifying Doorstep Callers.
Yorkshire Water have provided a number you can call free of charge to verify the identity of a doorstep caller claiming to represent them. Simply call 0800 1387878 Remember that all electricity, gas and water companies offer a doorstep password scheme. You create the password and when a representative calls they will give you this unique password to confirm they are legitimate. If you haven't already done so we recommend you contact each to set up a password. Choose passwords that are unique and that you will remember. Keep them out of sight but where you can easily find it if needed, close the door first. Continued vigilance and challenge is key to beating doorstep crime. If you aren't sure, don't open the door.
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Rogue Scrap Dealers.
We would like to draw your attention to an increase in the number of scrap dealers who have been traveling the area touting for business. Typically vehicles are Ford Transit Flatbacks or similar, one of these vehicles being a White Nissan Pickup reg V865NMA which was seen in Sowerby near Thirsk recently.
On the afternoon on 19th May we received a report of a suspicious vehicle in our area loaded with scrap. The occupants were going from house to house asking for any scrap metal. Officers attended and searched the vehicle. They found that the men where also taking other items that they did not have permission to remove. All the occupants were arrested and taken to Northallerton police station. Further enquiries and searches were carried out on our behalf by Cleveland Police. As a result one person was charged and will appear at court. Other enquiries are continuing. Please continue to look out for such vehicles and people and pass on sightings as soon as you can to North Yorkshire Polce on 0845 60 60 247.
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