Golden Valley Police Briefing 24 Feb – 9 Mar 2016

Golden Valley Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT)
24th February – 9th March 2016
Crime Trends
A disused pumping station at the turning for Old Clehonger on the B4349 was broken into sometime during the past three weeks; the padlock on the door had been forced off but nothing appears to have been stolen.
Incident reference 163-s-070316

Eaton Bishop
A quantity of oak logs that were stacked in a field belonging to a resident just outside the village were stolen sometime between 6pm on Saturday 5th and 6pm on Sunday 6th March.
Incident ref 603-s-060316

A can of diesel was stolen from the yard of a business premises at 9.35am on Sunday 28th February. The incident was caught on CCTV; a male was seen arriving in a white vehicle with a glass roof, believed a Mercedes but the registration number was not visible. The male was seen wandering around the yard for a few minutes, he then took a large container of red diesel and left.
Incident ref 477-s-290216

Sometime between 1pm on Friday 4th and 1.30pm on Monday 7th March a large (6’tall x 4’wide) tractor mounted 3 linkage winch was stolen from the rear of an open barn at an isolated farm.
Incident ref 339-s-080316

Bogus traders
Beware of bogus traders – taken from the West Mercia Police website
Bogus traders operating door-to-door will often take advantage of poor weather conditions to offer their services, including flooding and high winds, which may have caused damage to your property.
Otherwise they may try and point out ‘problems’ that don’t actually exist. Such traders can be extremely persuasive and elderly and vulnerable people are often targeted. Low prices are quoted, but as the work starts the price tends to increase.
In most cases the work is done to a very poor standard, leaving the owner facing a second bill to have the work redone properly. They use a variety of sales pitches to get you to agree to having work done. These include suggesting that the property, if not repaired, will be dangerous and may cause additional problems to the structure of your home or putting a time restriction on the offer to hurry you into making a decision.
The work will normally be done immediately, before the householder changes their mind, and very often any information provided by the workmen (names, addresses, telephone numbers) are false, making them very hard to trace.
How to protect yourself from bogus traders:
*  don’t be forced into making a quick decision on the doorstep
*  get at least three quotes from local reputable companies who have reputations to maintain, and if possible seek recommendations
*  only deal with firms with genuine verifiable telephone numbers and addresses – beware of companies that only use mobile phone numbers and accommodation addresses
*  anyone who signs a contract on the door step following a visit that was not arranged (unsolicited) does have 7 days in which to cancel it by law.
*  all cancellation rights must be provided in writing to the customer at the time the contract is agreed, usually on the doorstep – it is an offence not to do so
*  if you don’t want to speak to the trader don’t open your door to them – it can be hard to distinguish the good traders from the cowboys so it might be easier to keep the door closed
*  do not allow uninvited callers into your home
refuse to be taken to the bank to withdraw money – if you ever feel intimidated by them, close the door and call the police

Dates for your Diary

On Tuesday 22nd March at 7pm there will be a Rural & Business Communities Crime Prevention Forum at the Peterchurch Village Centre which you are all very welcome to attend – see the attached poster for more details.
Mobile Police Station
The new mobile police station will be based in the Golden Valley from March 22nd – 31st, and we will be at the following locations on the following dates –

Tuesday 22nd Pontrilas Builders Merchants 2pm – 4pm
Wednesday 23rd Dorstone (outside DFR) 10am – 12noon
Wednesday 23rd Cusop Co-Op store 2pm – 4pm
Thursday 24th Hopes of Longtown 2pm – 4pm
Saturday 26th Madley (outside the school) 7pm – 8.30pm
Sunday 27th Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall 3pm – 4.30pm
Tuesday 29th Clehonger (outside the school) 2pm – 3.30pm
Wednesday 30th Moccas Village Hall 2pm – 3.30pm
Thursday 31st Cusop Village Hall 3.30pm – 5pm

We will be happy to see you and discuss any issues you have, and give crime prevention advice. We will also have some property marking equipment with us and will mark any items you bring along for free – this will be with an overt property marking system, ideal for tools, bikes, laptops, in fact, almost everything. Smartwater will also be available.

If you have ideas of any other locations you’d like to see the van, please get in touch. We have had to arrange the times according to when we are working – when we have the van again towards the summer and lighter evenings, we’ll plan more evening events.

I am attaching the monthly briefings from our colleagues at Kington and Hereford Rural South

Finally, I am also attaching details of a free course being offered by The Department for Communities and Local Government on how to become a Health Champion. The two part course is being run in Hay on Wye on Tuesday 12th & 19th April from 6pm – 9.30pm with a meal provided. See the poster for more information and contact details.

Kind Regards

Golden Valley Safer Neighbourhood Team
PS 1954 Nick Green (Based at Ledbury)
PC 2514 Tom Milton
PCSO 6173 Fiona Witcher
PCSO 6433 Lucy Morris
Peterchurch Police Station
101 ext 4820
Team mobile 07779 141232 (Non urgent messages only)
Team Blackberry 07816 172502 ( Non urgent messages only)

Where we work
Abbeydore, Bacton, Blakemere, Bredwardine, Clehonger, Clifford, Clodock, Craswall, Cusop, Dorstone, Dulas, Eaton Bishop, Ewyas Harold, Kerry’s Gate, Llancillo, Llanveynoe/Olchon, Longtown, Lower Maescoed, Madley, Michaelchurch Escley, Moccas, Newton, Peterchurch, Preston on Wye, Rowlestone, Shenmore, St Margarets, Turnastone, Tyberton, Vowchurch & Walterstone.