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Last updated Saturday 20th January 2018

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Alert: Appeal - Leek

We are appealing for help to trace relatives of a man who has died.

66-year-old John Steel from Barngate Street in Leek sadly passed away on Friday 12th January. There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

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

Any family members of Mr Steel, or persons who can provide information as to possible relatives, are asked to contact Hartshill Coroner's Office on 01782 234794

 


Appeal: Did you witness a road collison in Mill Lane, nr Hulme End?

We're appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision in the Staffordshire Moorlands on Friday night (5 January).
Officers from our Collision Investigation Unit were called to the B5054 Mill Lane, towards Hulme End, at around 10.35pm after a Grey BMW 1 series left the road to the offside and collided with trees.
The driver of the vehicle, a 35-year-old man from Cheddleton, sadly died at the scene as a result of his injuries.
The man's family have been informed and are receiving the appropriate care and support from specially trained officers. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.
A road closure was in place for six hours whilst officers carried out a detailed investigation into the circumstances of the collision.

If you witnessed the incident or saw the BMW beforehand please contact us on 101 quoting incident 813 of 5 January.

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: Fraudsters impersonating Police officers

We have been made aware of a reoccurring crime where fraudsters are cold calling victims purporting to be police officers with the intention of obtaining personal/financial information and money.

Please share this information and advice with vulnerable family and friends

Victims have received a phone call from a fraudster who tells them they are speaking to a police officer from Greater Manchester Police and that they need them to assist in an undercover investigation.   Victims are requested to withdraw cash from their bank accounts which is then collected by a courier later that day.

We would always advise the following:-

The police or your bank would never ask someone to aid an investigation by withdrawing or transferring money.

Never give out or confirm personal and/or financial information to anyone over the phone.

If you receive one of these calls, end it immediately and call us on 101 if they have stated they are coming to collect the money or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 .

For the latest fraud alerts and advice visit  https://www.staffordshire. police.uk/article/8201/Latest- Fraud-Alerts

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: Private school payment diversion fraud (Parents)

Fraudsters are placing themselves in the middle of transactions between parents and private schools. The fraudster contacts the parents outlining details and payment instructions for the latest school fees. Initial contact appears to primarily be made via email and often from the school's own compromised email system. However the NFIB has also seen instances where the email address used is similar to that of the school (i.e. nn instead of an m).

The victim then makes the required payment into the bank account which is in the control of the fraudster. By the time the fraud has been identified, the funds have already been dissipated.

In several instances there has been a strong social engineering element at play within the email, with the fraudster suggesting a discount on the fees can be obtained if the parents pay early.

Advice for parents:

Always verify email payment changes in respect of payment fees with the school directly using established contact details you have on file, especially for ones which are not expected or for a different amount than expected.

Always review requests to changes for payment requests. Check for inconsistencies or grammatical errors, such as a mis-spelt school name or a slightly different email address.

Don't be afraid to verify details when being asked to make fee payments into a new bank account.

For the latest fraud alerts visit: https://www.staffordshire. police.uk/article/8201/Latest- Fraud-Alerts

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: Private school payment diversion fraud (Schools)

Fraudsters are placing themselves in the middle of transactions between parents and private schools. The fraudster contacts the parents outlining details and payment instructions for the latest school fees. Initial contact appears to primarily be made via email and often from the school's own compromised email system. However the NFIB has also seen instances where the email address used is similar to that of the school (i.e. nn instead of an m).

The victim then makes the required payment into the bank account which is in the control of the fraudster. By the time the fraud has been identified, the funds have already been dissipated.

In several instances there has been a strong social engineering element at play within the email, with the fraudster suggesting a discount on the fees can be obtained if the parents pay early.

Advice:

Ensure all administration staff are aware of this fraud. 

Ensure staff are aware of protocols regarding not opening links or attachments from unexpected or suspicious emails in the event the email system may get compromised.

Review password protocols and ensure those that are used are strong, as long as possible and contain a combination of letters as well as numbers and symbols.

Review internal procedures regarding how the fee payments are requested and ensure these are relayed to the parents so they can easily identify suspicious requests.

Ensure computer systems are secure and that antivirus software is up to date.

To help combat "typo squatting" the school could consider registering similar domain names.

Ensure required security updates to computer systems are completed.

Consider using a payment gateway for any monies required to be received from parents.

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


Upcoming roadworks: Hillside Road, St Edwards Road, Cheddleton

On 2 January 2018  works will start for  major footway resurfacing along St. Edwards Road, Westwood Close, and the sections of Hillside Road. 

For more information please see the  Staffordshire County Council website.


CHARITY RECEIVES WELCOME FUNDS

A local charity is celebrating after receiving over £1200 from the Co-op Local Community Fund. Support Staffordshire's Community Transport Scheme was one of three local groups that received the funding through the Co-op donating one per cent to charity on purchases of their branded products. Support Staffordshire's Community Transport Scheme operates three minibuses for local voluntary groups to use to transport their members to regular clubs or special days out. Over the last year the minibuses made nearly 300 journeys, travelling over 5500 miles; carrying some of the most vulnerable members of our local community to meet friends, socialise and have a hot meal.

Sally Bentley, Community Transport Officer for Support Staffordshire, said ‘This money will help make a real difference to our scheme. Keeping three minibuses on the road can be expensive so this funding is very much appreciated. I would like to thank the Co-op and its members for this generous donation.'

If anybody wishes to book our minibuses, would like to become a volunteer driver or has a business and would like to advertise on the vehicles please contact Sally Bentley, Voluntary & Community Transport Officer for Support Staffordshire on 01538 381356 sally.bentley@supportstaffordshire.org.uk
Photo: Sally Bentley, Voluntary & Community Transport Officer for Support Staffordshire, receives cheque from Kristian Stutz, Leek Co-op store manager


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