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Last updated Saturday 14th July 2018

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Suspicious Females- Biddulph Town Centre

On Thursday 12th July 2018 at 10:40hrs police received a call from a local shop to report two suspicious Eastern European women in the town. 

The women were both described around 5ft 7inc to 5ft 9inc tall and well dressed with black hair in ponytails. Both women were carrying large handbags. The women were reported to the police for trying to distract shop staff.

At Biddulph Domestics one of the ladies took the shop worker outside the shop while the other sneaked behind the till area before being disturbed by the manager walking in. No money was taken.

The British Red Cross charity shop also reported the women entering the shop and after leaving noticed 12 empty coat hangers where clothes have been taken.

Police are keen for any information on these two women and a witness spotted them leaving the town in a dark coloured car with partial vehicle registration LJ55.
If anyone has any information they are asked to call 101 and quote SP20180712-288

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert

Space is coming home to the Staffordshire Moorlands

It's coming home, it's coming…Space is coming home.

While Leek, Cheadle and Biddulph continues to back Gareth Southgate's World Cup hopefuls in Russia, Staffordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis swapped a soccer ball for a basketball to officially launch the county-wide summer activities scheme.

Mr Ellis joined former Harlem Globetrotter Shawn Jamison and newly-installed Space Champion Olivia Hopwood at Stoke-on-Trent College, to publicise Space 2018, which kicks-off at the start of the school summer holidays at the end of July.

And this year the target is to attract 25,000 attendees across Staffordshire and Stoke, with more than a 1000 activities across the county.

Mr Ellis introduced the Space programme to bring together public, voluntary and private sector organisations to help nurture, support and guide Staffordshire youngsters.

The nine district and borough councils within the county have already signed up for Space 2018, with preparations underway behind the scenes to ensure the 8-17-year-olds of Staffordshire and Stoke have a summer of fun and enjoyment to look forward to.

The summer schedule has been mapped out, with a full list of activities available on the Space website ( staffordshirespace.uk ). Book now, to avoid disappointment.

Speaking to media at the launch, Mr Ellis said: ‘I am really pleased to be launching Space 2018.

‘This is all about young people in Leek, Cheadle and Biddulph, it's about activities and it's about sport and well-being.

‘I brought it back a few years ago and it's been growing, and growing, and growing.

‘I think this year we should have, hopefully, 25,000 spaces filled across the whole of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, with more than 1000 events and activities throughout the county.

‘It's all about confidence, young people and really engaging with them.

‘And I am delighted so many public agencies, community groups and voluntary groups have got involved in supporting Space to be the brilliant thing it's going to be this year.'

Californian Shawn Jamison is a retired basketball player, who previously appeared for the world-renowned exhibition team Harlem Globetrotters, and played top level sport in the US, Switzerland and in the UK.

Now a head coach at Stoke-on-Trent College, he set up Hoopskills, designed to assist local primary and secondary school children in the development of basketball.

He said: ‘Space is about giving the kids activities for the summer, making them involved and to feel active.

‘It's important for youth development, enhancing physical, mental and social development. And we are very proud to be a part of it.'

Use and follow #StaffsSpace2018 on Twitter for updates during the coming months.

To sign up for updates, please go to Staffordshire.space.uk or for further information you can email space@staffordshire.pcc.pnn. gov.uk

Twitter: @StaffsSpace   

Facebook: facebook.com/StaffsSpace/

Instagram: @StaffsSpace


 

Beat the heat!

As this hot weather continues, here are some helpful reminders and tips to stay cool.

 

Know where your children are ... remind them of the dangers of hot weather and open water.

 

Please also remember its not so fun for animals, keep them indoors and cool wherever possible and avoid taking them out in vehicles.

 

If you are out and about remember your sun screen, keep hydrated and enjoy the weather but stay safe and cool!

 


Secure your vehicle!

We are urging residents and business owners to be extra vigilant following a number of vehicle thefts and attempted breaks across the county.

We have received reports of both cars and vans being targeted.

We would remind owners to ensure their vehicles are locked and garaged wherever possible, or parked on a driveway or in well-lit areas.

Please ensure all valuables are removed when unattended - this includes tools and equipment, which are often targeted.  Leave a sign in the window advising that no valuables are left in the vehicle (see attached flyer for your use).

Store vehicle keys away and out of sight.  Thieves will consider breaking into your home to steal the keys and the vehicle!

If you have a keyless entry vehicle - ensure your car fob is stored away in a signal blocker pouch or container.

Visit https://www.staffordshire. police.uk/article/2320/ Vehicle-Crime  or more information and advice.

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Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert

Computer Software Service Fraud

We are aware of a growing trend in reports of fraudsters re-targeting previous victims of this type of fraud.
Computer Software Service Fraud involves the victim being contacted, told that there is a problem with their computer, and that for a fee this issue can be resolved. The aim of the fraudster at this point is usually to gain remote access to the victim's computer and, subsequently, access to their online banking account. No fix actually occurs. The victims will often be cold-called or will receive a pop-up on their computer, prompting them to phone the suspect.

We would always advise the following:

  • If you receive such an unsolicited call or pop-up, do not make a payment. Always ensure you know who you are talking to. If in doubt, hang up immediately.
  • Do not allow remote access to your computer.

  • Don't be rushed or pressured into making a decision . Under no circumstances would a genuine bank, or another trusted organisation, force you to make a financial transaction on the spot; they would never ask you to transfer money into another account for fraud reasons. Remember to stop and take time to carefully consider your actions.
  • Listen to your instincts . If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. Criminals may lull you into a false sense of security when you are out and about or rely on your defences being down when you're in the comfort of your own home. They may appear trustworthy, but they may not be who they claim to be.

If you have been a victim of fraud contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Visit our website for the latest fraud alerts at https://www.staffordshire. police.uk/article/8201/Latest- Fraud-Alerts?p=2&ps=20

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert

Online chat for all residents of Staffordshire Moorlands - 25 June @ 7pm

We will be holding an online surgery next Monday 25 June at 7pm . We welcome all residents to join the chat, its a chance to speak to your local officer regarding any issues or concerns in your community.

To join the chat, make sure you click this link at 7pm on Monday - https://www.staffordshire. police.uk/moorlands

We will also be on Facebook and Twitter if you wish to comment.

Twitter  - @StaffsPolice

Facebook - Staffordshire Police

Areas will include;

Biddulph Town

Cheadle Town

Forsbrook & Caverswall

Leek Rural

Leek Town

Waterhouses Rural

Werrington & Cheddleton


Keep your property secure!

We are reminding residents to take simple crime prevention measures this summer to protect their homes against burglars.
The timely reminder comes following a spate of burglaries reported across the county in the past week.
To keep burglars at bay:-
Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you're just out in the garden.
Check security on sheds and outbuildings and consider secondary locks on items of value stored within.
Hide all keys and valuables out of sight and away from windows or letterboxes.
Install a visual burglar alarm and outside security lighting.
Whilst away leave radios or lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied.
Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition and ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property.
Keep ladders and tools securely stored away; don't leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home.
Consider where you keep your wheelie bins - these are often used to climb over gates or access windows.

For further advice and a comprehensive guide, please see: https://www.staffordshire. police.uk/burglary

Remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to us immediately on 101, or 999 if the crime is in progress.
You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert

Farm watch message

Overnight a Burglary has occurred in the Waterfall area - offenders have gained entry to a secure outbuilding stealing a Stihl chainsaw and a McCulloch brush cutter - if you have any information please contact 101 quoting incident number 359 - 19/06/2018

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert

BT phone scam

We are urging residents to be on their guard following a report of a suspicious automated phone call, which claimed to be from BT. It stated that the home broadband would be disconnected, and to follow the options to either continue or cancel. Fortunately, the person receiving the call did not give any personal information or bank details away, and hung up. They contacted BT, and they confirmed that it wasn't them, and that they wouldn't make contact in this way.

We are reminding residents to never give any personal details to a cold caller. If you have any doubts as to how genuine they are, terminate the call and contact your provider through a verified method.

Please pass this message onto your neighbours and advise them to be on their guard and not to give any personal or bank details over the phone to cold callers.

Please report any suspicious calls or emails to Action Fraud, online at: www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert

Courier fraud in north of the County

Residents living in the north of the county are urged to be on their guard following a number of reports of courier fraud over the weekend. 

A courier scam is when fraudsters call and trick you into handing your cards and PIN numbers to a courier on your doorstep. There are many variations of the scam, but it usually follows this method: 

  • A fraudster will cold call you on a landline, claiming to be from your bank or the police. They state their systems have spotted a fraudulent payment on your card or it is due to expire and needs      to be replaced.
  • In order to reassure you that they are genuine, they suggest that you hang up and ring the bank/police back straight away. However, they don't disconnect the call from the landline so that when you dial the real phone number, you are actually still speaking to the fraudster. 
  • They then ask you to read out your PIN or type it on your phone keypad. They may ask for details of other accounts you hold with the bank or financial service provider, or ask you to verify details      of your last transaction.
  • Finally, they send a courier to you to collect your bank card. The fraudster will have then obtained your name, address, full bank details, card and PIN.

If you receive one of these calls end it immediately, and do not engage with anyone who calls to collect your card or pin.

Protect yourself against courier fraud: 

• Your bank will never send a courier to your home
• Your bank and the police will never collect your bank card
• Your bank and the police will never ask for your PIN

Please share this advice with friends or relatives who may not have access to our updates, particularly elderly parents, grand-parents, friends and neighbours.

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert

Be wary of Vishing Fraud/Phone Scams

To mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (15 June) we are asking people to talk to their elderly family members and neighbours about phone scams - one of the main methods of fraud targeting older or vulnerable people.

Fraud over the phone - or Vishing – is when a fraudster calls claiming they are from your bank or some other trusted organisation e.g. the police. It is easy for them to convince you too, since they can both fake the telephone number on the screen and do their research to find out some of your basic bank and personal details. Remember though, a genuine bank will never ask you for personal or financial details like your PIN number or full banking password (even by tapping it into your phone keypad).

Five things look out for on a scam phone call:

1. The caller doesn't give you time to think, tries to stop you speaking to a family member or friend or is insistent and makes you feel uncomfortable.

2. The caller asks you to transfer money to a new account for fraud reasons.

3. They phone to ask for your four-digit card PIN or your online banking password. Even if they ask you to give it to them by tapping into the telephone keypad rather than saying the numbers out loud, this is a scam.

4. They ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them for safe-keeping.

5. They may say that you are a victim of fraud and offer to send a courier to your home to collect your cash, PIN, payment card or cheque book.

Be vigilant, do not engage in conversation, put the phone down and tell someone you trust. If you have been a victim of such a fraud and you have handed money to someone, please contact 101 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert

Can you help to trace family of Stoke man

Her Majesty's Coroner's Office in Stoke-on-Trent is appealing for help to trace the family of a man who has died.

John Bernard Dyson, aged 72 years who lived alone in Washington Close, Biddulph, Stoke on Trent, died at home on 6June 2018.  His death is not being treated as suspicious.

HM Coroner for Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire needs to trace John's next of kin.

Any family members of friends of John, or persons who can provide information as to possible relatives, are asked to contact Hartshill Coroner's Office on 01782 234793.

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert

Theft - West End, Leek


Between 28/05/2018 and 03/06/2018 a Mongoose Fireline mountain bike has been taken from the rear garden of a property on Westwood Road, Leek. The bike is orange in colour with black wheels.

If you have any information regarding this matter please call Staffordshire Police on 101 and quote serial 288 of 04/06/2018.

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert

Vehicles stolen during test drives in Staffordshire

Motorists are being warned after a number of cars have been stolen during test drives in Staffordshire.

A man pretending to be an interested car buyer has been arranging to meet sellers for a test drive, and has then driven off in the vehicles.

Seven offences have taken place since the 18 April in Lichfield, South Staffordshire and Cannock. The cars have all been advertised for sale on vehicle listing website AutoTrader.
The offender is described as a white man, approximately 6ft tall, of stocky build with stubble. He arrives at the location on foot, and often wears dark clothing with a cap or hat.

Detective Inspector John Quilty, Staffordshire Police CID, said: "We are reminding the public to be alert when selling their cars. Do not hand your keys over to a potential buyer, and be sure to ask for ID or confirmation of insurance before allowing a test drive to take place.

"If you do have an unusual meeting with a prospective buyer, or have any information in relation to these thefts, please report it to us on 101 quoting incident number 719 of 4 June."

Alternatively, to remain anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert

Fraud Alert: Fake emails and text messages from TSB

There has been a sharp rise in fraudsters sending out fake text messages and emails claiming to be from TSB, according to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB).

The message requests that the recipient clicks onto a website link that leads to a phishing website designed to steal online banking details.

The key prevention advice is as follows: 

Don't assume a text or email is authentic: Always question uninvited approaches in case it's a scam. Phone numbers and email addresses can be spoofed, so always contact the company directly via a known email or phone number (such as the one on the back of your bank card).

Clicking on links/files: Don't be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected text or email. Remember, a genuine bank will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your full PIN or password.

If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber-crime, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert

Robbery at Carphone Warehouse, The Strand, Longton

We are urging residents and business owners to be extra vigilant following a robbery at Carphone Warehouse in The Strand, Longton on Friday 18 May.

We are aware that there have been several incidents of this type reported in Cheshire and offenders are targeting Carphone Warehouse outlets.  This is the first reported incident in Staffordshire.

The incident took place at 1:45pm when three men entered the store and threatened staff with a glass bottle.

The men are described as being in their 20's/30's and of Eastern European appearance.  One man was wearing a green/brown hoody and another had long black hair.

If you have any information relating to this incident please contact us on 101 quoting incident number 445 of 18 May.

Please remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to us on 101 or 999 in an emergency, or if a crime is taking place.

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert

HMRC iTunes Voucher Fraud

We are continuing to receive calls from members of the public regarding a scam which attempts to gain money.

Over the last few days, we've been contacted by a number of Staffordshire residents who have received phone calls, voicemails or texts from individuals claiming to be from HM Revenue and Customs, demanding that they hand over cash for unpaid taxes.

They have been told they have an outstanding debt with HMRC or that a complaint has been lodged against them and they must pay a fee, sometimes thousands of pounds, within a matter of hours or face court action. The fraudsters have demanded that the money be either transferred to a bank account of their choosing or that an equivalent value of iTunes vouchers is purchased and then transferred.

We would like to remind you that no government agency, like HMRC, would ring demanding money over the phone and no legitimate company will ask you to buy vouchers to make or receive payment.

Please share this advice with friends or relatives who may not have access to our updates, particularly elderly parents, grandparents, friends and neighbours. 

If you are a retail outlet selling iTunes vouchers be mindful of customers wishing to purchase large amounts who may be the target of this criminal activity.

If you receive a suspicious cold call, end it immediately, and please contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Alternatively, if you are feeling under threat or unsafe, please call 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert


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