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Rural Communities Encouraged To Use Online Crime Reporting Facility


Rural residents and workers are being encouraged to use an online reporting form to alert police to any suspicious or criminal activity in their area.

Northamptonshire Police’s rural crime team, whose remit includes wildlife and heritage crime, wants to hear from people about anything which strikes them as out of the ordinary.

PC Abbey Anstead said: “We always want to hear about incidents, and our online reporting form is a really quick and easy way to tell us about non-emergency crime and suspicious activity.

“If you’re a victim of crime or see something that doesn’t seem right, follow your gut instinct and report it to us, because we need the information you have – you are the eyes and ears of your community.

“Don’t worry that you’re wasting our time.  No matter how small an incident, we need to know about it so we have an accurate picture of rural criminal activity to help us take targeted action against it.”

The rural crime team is especially keen to encourage people to be aware of and report wildlife-related crime.

PC Anstead said: “Even a small piece of information helps build a bigger picture. Completing the online reporting form only takes a few minutes, and the information provided really does help us better serve our rural communities and protect people and wildlife from harm.”

Report crime and suspicious activity by filling out the online reporting form here

https://www.northants.police.uk/webform/online-crime-reporting

or call 101. In an emergency, dial 999. Information can also be shared anonymously with Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111.

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Katrina Heath (Police, Neighbourhood Co-ordinator, Daventry & South Northants)



Local Identified Priorities

Dear Resident,

Your local Neighbourhood team in Oundle are working very hard looking at locally identified priorities that have been highlighted. If you have any concerns around anti-social behaviour and vehicle crime in your area then we would like to know so we can effectively deal with these issues.


If so, then please contact Northamptonshire Police on 101.

101 is the number to use to report incidents and for general enquiries. In an emergency dial 999.


To report a crime or incident, provide information or for advice, call 101 or visit http://www.northants.police.uk

To contact your Neighbourhood Team covering East Northants they can be contacted on the following email:

NeighbourhoodTeamEastNorthants@northants.police.uk

You can also provide confidential information should you wish to remain anonymous.  These calls can be made to the Independent Charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit https://crimestoppers-uk.org

Thanks

Steve Ryan


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Northamptonshire Police  Putting Communities First


03000 111 222 - non emergencies & enquiries


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Emergency (crime in progress): 999

Northamptonshire Police switch board: 03000 111 222

Dedicated Watch Line: 01604 432436

CrimeStoppers (remain anonymous): 0800 555 111

Doorstep Action Network (DAN): 0345 2307 702

To contact the team or unsubscribe please email: nbcommunitynetworkteam@northants.police.uk

 

 

Safer Community Teams

Find out who your local Safer Community Team is and what they are doing in the area.

Advice On Spotting Bogus Charity Clothing Collections


Northamptonshire Police has been made aware that bogus, unlicensed charity clothes collections are taking place in the county.

This type of fraud deprives bona fide charities of much-needed funds generated through the recycling of people's unwanted clothes, books and other items. 

Taking a few simple steps will help you check whether the collection leaflet or bag you have received is for a genuine charitable collection:

     •     Check to see if the collection says it is supporting a genuine UK registered charity. Look for the charity’s registration number on the leaflet or bag – don’t confuse this with phrases like ‘company numbers’ or ‘export numbers’

     •     Check if the collection organiser is signed up to the Institute of Fundraising and the Fundraising Regulator’s Code of Conduct

     •     or bears accepted kitemarks, such as the FRSB tick or the ACS/IOF membership logo.  Any of these could indicate that the collection is genuine

     •     Find out if the named collector is a member of the Textile Recycling Association – an up-to-date list of members can be found online here 


Find out more about checking if collections are legitimate here


and learn more about avoiding charity fraud in general at www.northants.police.uk/crime-prevention

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New Ofcom Rules To Better Protect Consumers Come Into Force On 1 October

SENT ON BEHALF OF TRADING STANDARDS

 

New Ofcom rules to better protect consumers come into force on 1 October

 

Consumers will be better protected against nuisance calls, and vulnerable customers treated more fairly, when new strengthened rules are introduced on Monday 1 October 2018.

 

Last year, Ofcom completed a comprehensive review of the General Conditions – the regulatory rules that all communications providers must follow to operate in the UK. The aim of the review was to update their rules to ensure that consumers have the protection they need against sharp practices, and to support Ofcom’s enforcement work. The resulting changes place tougher requirements on all UK communications providers, in a range of areas including nuisance calls, complaints handling and the protection of vulnerable customers.

 

In summary, the new rules will:

 

Help to better protect people against nuisance calls

     •     Phone companies will be banned from charging customers for caller display, a service which helps people to screen unwanted calls;

     •     Telephone numbers displayed to people receiving calls must be valid and allow a person to call the number back;

     •     Phone companies must take steps to identify and block calls which carry invalid numbers – a feature of many nuisance calls – so they don’t get through to consumers in the first place; and

     •     Ofcom will be able to take back blocks of numbers from communications providers if they are found to have been systematically used to cause harm or anxiety to people, such as to make nuisance calls or perpetrate scams or fraud.

 

Require telecoms companies to treat vulnerable customers fairly

     •     Communications providers must introduce policies for identifying vulnerable customers – such as people with learning or communication difficulties or those suffering physical or mental illness or bereavement – to ensure they are treated fairly.

 

Help ensure that complaints and customer requests are handled appropriately

     •     All communications providers must ensure that customer concerns are dealt with promptly and effectively;

     •     Customers must be kept informed about the progress of their complaint and be allowed faster access to dispute resolution services in cases where the matter cannot be resolved by their provider; and

     •     Ofcom is issuing new guidance to providers on handling customers’ requests to cancel their contract. This should include allowing customers to cancel by phone, email or webchat, and ensuring incentive schemes for customer service agents do not encourage poor behaviour.

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Susan Fletcher (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Northamptonshire)

Rogue Traders


Please be aware of an incident whereby rogue traders have tried to deceive a lady regarding unnecessary work needed on her house to the sum of £3500. This has occurred in the area of Nassington. Please report any sus circs as soon as possible. The victim has not handed over any money.

 

If so, then please contact Northamptonshire Police on 101.

 

101 is the number to use to report incidents and for general enquiries. In an emergency dial 999.

 

To report a crime or incident, provide information or for advice, call 101 or visit www.northants.police.uk To contact your Neighbourhood Team covering East Northants they can be contacted on the following email: 

 

NeighbourhoodTeamEastNorthants@northants.police.uk

You can also provide confidential information should you wish to remain anonymous.  These calls can be made to the Independent Charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org

HM Revenue and Customs Alert


What you need to know

Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls, voicemails, text messages or emails to members of the public purporting to be from HMRC.


The fraudsters state that as a result of their non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable to prosecution or other legal proceedings such as repossession of belongings to settle the balance but can avoid this by arranging for payment to be made immediately by method such as bank transfer or by iTunes gift cards.


If the victim is hesitant or refuses to comply, the suspect makes a threat such as immediate arrest, bailiffs or in cases where the victim appears to be of overseas origin; deportation.


Often, the period for which the tax is allegedly due is distant enough to guarantee the victim will have little, if any, paperwork or ability to verify the claims. Once the money is paid the suspects sever all contact.


It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving messages or telephone calls of this nature.


What you need to do

Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn't mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number.


Listen to your instincts. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. No genuine organisation will ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using iTunes Gift Cards, or any other type of voucher.


Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.


Report Phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature and have not lost money, report this as a phishing attempt to Action Fraud.



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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Action Fraud has received more than 5,000 reports about fake emails and texts purporting to be from TV Licensing. The messages contain links to genuine-looking websites that are designed to steal personal and financial information. 


Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.


For more information about how to stay safe online, visit cyberaware.gov.uk

New Website Is One-Stop-Shop For Help And Support


A new website has been launched by Northamptonshire Police’s AIM Team which will support you to live your best life. 


The new website is packed full of useful support, advice and contacts, to not only help ex-offenders looking to ditch a life of crime for something they can be proud of, but to help anyone who feels like they need a bit of extra help. It is also a place for professionals and other support services to find alternative services for the people they work with.


The AIM (Achieve, Inspire, Maintain) Team launched in October 2017 and works with ex-offenders to help them live a crime-free life.   


Chief Inspector Daryl Lyon, said: “AIM is here to support ex-offenders in every aspect of their lives and I’m pleased to see this new website, which is open to all, has now launched, meaning help and support is now only a click away.


“The website contains a whole host of information, from food bank details to mental health support and information on the team’s projects including MY:BK:YD -  a ground-breaking scheme where Northamptonshire Police and the county’s business community work together to address gang related crime by helping people get into employment.” 


Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Stephen Mold, said: “The AIM team carry out really important work, engaging with our most dangerous and prolific offenders and working with them to reduce their criminal behaviour. 


"I was very pleased to be able to invest extra resources to enable this valuable work to take place. This website draws together in one single place, information about all the services available to provide practical support and structure, whether that is advice on employment, or accommodation, or mental health, that can mean the difference between someone staying on the straight and narrow, or returning to a life of crime.”


The AIM team are also looking for new support organisations to join up which is free, quick and easy to do. To access the website, please visit: www.aimonline.org.uk.


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Jennifer Masters (Police, Digital Communications Officer , Countywide)

Locally Indentified Priorities


Pease find attached the Locally identified priorities for East Northants North Neighbourhood Policing team for the next 3 months


Attachments ENN LIPS Feb 2019.docx


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Gareth Cross (Police, Police Community Support Officer, East Northants)

Think Fraud


Oundle and Woodford Halse residents have recently received scam calls from persons pretending to be police officers from the Metropolitan Police.


The Metropolitan Police have created this video which is a reminder to think FRAUD if you receive such a call. See: https://youtu.be/bxqOIjCWPyU

Illegal Sheep Butchery Prompts Push To Report All Suspicious Activity


Northamptonshire Police is urging rural communities to look out for and report any suspicious activity after sheep were illegally butchered near Daventry.


On February 28 officers were called to an incident in Whilton, where five sheep were found to have been killed and professionally butchered in their field.


The neighbouring police forces of Warwickshire and Leicestershire have also recently had reports of sheep being illegally butchered in a similar manner.


Rural crime officers at Northamptonshire Police are urging people who live and work in rural locations to keep an eye out for anything suspicious and report it.


PC Abbey Anstead said: “To find animals have been killed and butchered like this is not only very upsetting but also has financial repercussions for farmers.


“If you see something that strikes you as unusual, out of the ordinary or just a bit ‘off’ please let us know by calling 101 or making a report online.


“Please don’t worry that it’s a silly or trivial detail, as even a small piece of information may be a vital key that allows us to link other reports and bring those responsible for illegal activity to book.


“We also want farmers to be aware that this has been happening.  If you suspect someone has attempted to target your animals, or find that you’ve lost livestock in this way, please report it to the police immediately.”


Suspicious activity and non-emergency crime can be reported to Northamptonshire Police on 101 or online at www.northants.police.uk/reportonline.

In an emergency, always call 999.


Information can also be shared anonymously via Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111.

 

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Katrina Heath (Police, Neighbourhood Co-ordinator, Daventry & South Northants)

Appeal marks the 40th anniversary of the unsolved murder of a Northampton teenager

 

Northamptonshire Police is renewing an appeal for information to mark the 40th anniversary of the murder of a Northampton teenager.

 

A murder investigation was launched in 1979 after the body of 15-year-old Sean McGann was found in an alleyway at the back of Birchfield Road East, Abington, on the morning of Wednesday, April 18.

 

Four decades on, detectives have not given up hope of finding who was responsible for Sean’s death, and officers from the East Midlands Operational Support Unit (EMSOU) Major Investigation Team are reviewing the case in the hope that new evidence and advances in forensic techniques may help identify his killer.

 

Body found

On Tuesday, April 17, 1979, between 5.30pm and 6pm, Sean left his grandparents’ home in Victoria Gardens, Northampton, to visit the funfair at Midsummer Meadow.

 

Sean failed to return home that evening and his body was found by a passer-by at 8.10am the following day, in a service road that runs behind a group of houses in Birchfield Road East. He had been strangled.

 

Detective Chief Inspector Ally White believes someone knows who killed Sean and is appealing to them or anyone who may have information to come forward and help solve this 40-year-old case.

 

He said: “The murder of a loved one has a devastating lifetime impact on those left behind and we do all we can to find those responsible. Forty years on, this murder is no less shocking and the case has always remained open.

 

“Forensic science and investigative techniques have improved immensely in the four decades since Sean was killed and we are carrying out a full forensic review of the original evidence which may identify new lines of inquiry.

 

New information

“We also have a significant piece of new information – a letter addressed to Sean’s family from someone claiming to have important information about who killed Sean. We want to find out who wrote this letter.

 

“Sean left his grandparents’ in Victoria Gardens between 5.30pm and 6pm on Tuesday 17 April, 1979 – it was the Tuesday after Easter. He would have passed the old cattle market and walked across Becket’s Park to Midsummer Meadow where there was a travelling fair.

 

“We don’t know for sure whether or not he got to the fair. We have differing uncorroborated sightings of Sean at the fair. It may be the case that if he did arrive at the fair he was only there for a short time.

 

“Sean’s body was found the following day, Wednesday, April 18, approximately two miles from the fair and Midsummer Meadow, at the back of Birchfield Road East. We believe he was killed elsewhere and taken to this location sometime between 6.45am and 8.10am. His jacket and glasses were missing and have never been found, and his shoes and belt had been left a short distance from his body.

 

Missing piece of the jigsaw

“Forty years is a long time, and the person or people involved may or may not still be alive. But it’s very possible that someone knows who murdered Sean, or has information they didn’t share at the time which may provide that all-important missing piece of the jigsaw.

 

“It was a shocking crime that had an impact on the whole community, and there was a lot of publicity at the time. By reminding people of what happened just after Easter in 1979, we hope someone may recall something they have previously forgotten or perhaps didn’t think was relevant.

 

“There could have been many reasons why they didn’t come forward at the time but, 40 years on, old allegiances may have changed or they may simply want to clear their conscience. This is their opportunity to do that.

 

“The letter is also important. As well as forensic opportunities, the envelope was hand-written – do you recognise the writing? Did you send this letter or know who did? Please get in touch, we need to talk to you.”

Appeal “Sean’s parents and his younger sister and brother have spent 40 years not knowing what led to their son and brother’s death or who was responsible. If you have any information that may help, however small, please call us.” Anyone with information should call Northamptonshire Police on 101 or if they prefer to remain anonymous, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

 

DCI White concluded: “We never forget those people who have had their lives taken away at the hand of another and I hope this anniversary appeal will help us find out what happened in April 1979 and bring some comfort and closure for Sean’s family.”

 

Always remembered

Sean’s family paid tribute to Sean and urged anyone with information to contact police. They said:

 

“Sean was a much loved son, brother, grandson and nephew and is greatly missed.

 

“He was a gentle, loving boy only just past his fifteenth birthday. He enjoyed spending time with his family, loved horses and horse riding and had recently begun volunteering at Favell House. He was always so helpful and thoughtful and his friendship was appreciated by many.

 

“His death has affected the whole family and forty years on we still think of him every day. If anyone has any information about what happened to Sean, please contact the police. He is much missed and always remembered.”

 

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Susan Fletcher (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Northamptonshire)

C S Crimestoppers

 

Worried about speaking up about  crime

In East Northants?

 

We know it can be difficult to come forward with information but our unique service is designed to protect your identity, whether you call us on 0800 555 111 or submit an anonymous online form.

 

Crimestoppers is an independent charity that gives people the power to speak up to stop crime 100% anonymously.

 

Crimestoppers

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100% anonymous.Always.

 

or via the anonymous online form:

crimestoppers-uk.org


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Tim Butter (Police, Community Support Officer, East Northants)

Online Reporting


Isn’t is strange that many of us  use a mobile device to order an item from say amazon, others click on the Just Eat app to order their fast food  but  for some  reason  many still dial 101 …..


….here at Northants Police we have introduced an alternative to make life easier for you......

 

www.northants.police.uk


Click REPORT


then choose from;


Report crime

Road Traffic incidents

Anti social behaviour

Missing Persons

Fraud

Civil dispute

Lost or stolen vehicle

 

…….don’t get us wrong you can still use 101 , but we just wanted to Make clear that we now provide a simple, easy to use alternative without any queues.


In an emergency please dial 999

 

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Tim Butter (Police, Community Support Officer, East Northants)

Non-Emergency Police Callers To Be Offered Call Back Option


Northamptonshire Police has pledged to offer non-emergency callers a call back option in a bid to manage call wait times.


The pledge sets out an aim to answer 101 calls within 60 seconds and prioritise them according to the level of threat, harm and risk.


Once the assessment is done and the call put into the appropriate category, the caller may be offered a call back option, after a set time has lapsed, preventing callers from waiting for long periods to have their concern dealt with.


The force also aims to answer 90 per cent of 999 calls within 10 seconds.


A new campaign has been launched aimed at increasing awareness among the public of how calls are dealt and why some may take longer to resolve.


The control room, which on average takes just over 1,178 calls a day, is often the first point of contact with the police for many people.


With the launch of a catchy new video and outdoor advertising, the force aims to educate callers about why, and how long they may wait, when calling 101 and how they can now report some non-emergencies easily and conveniently online.


Superintendent Ash Tuckley, who heads the control room, said: “Every year, we take hundreds of thousands of calls into the control room. Not all of these are emergencies and not all of these require an immediate police response.


“Inevitably what happens is that the queue builds up because everyone is trying to call one central call centre. This can lead to long wait times. We’re hoping that this campaign and pledge will better inform people of how long they can expect to wait when they call us and prompt people to think about whether they need to make that call or if it’s something that they can do online at their own convenience.


“Crucially though, we hope that the messages will help to educate people about the process of threat, risk and harm assessment that each caller undertakes and which leads to that call being prioritised accordingly.


“We want people to be aware of how long they may wait, and in the case of non-emergencies, may be offered a call back option.


“We know that people don’t like waiting when they call 101, but with large numbers of calls coming in, if it’s not a higher priority it may end up in a queue. 


Last year – 2018/19 – control room operators answered 280,531 calls to the 101 number, averaging 1,178 calls a day, of which 320 were 999 calls. By comparison, on average only 167 crimes were recorded a day.


Calls relating to individuals with mental health issues, social needs, vulnerable cases or people reported missing have increased - calls that often take longer to deal with.


Superintendent Tuckley, added: “We deal with people who are in crisis and they need help and support but at times we’re not the most appropriate service to help them. Often, there are other agencies out there that are better placed to meet those needs, not a police emergency response.


“From our data we can see that last year, just over 20 per cent of incidents were actual crimes. However, almost 40 per cent of incidents were what we call ‘public safety and welfare’. That’s calls to us about things like missing people, immigration, weather related incidents, animal related concerns and even truancy. Almost 16 per cent of calls were transport related.


“With the help of this campaign, we hope people will begin to realise that the breadth of what the modern day police deal with is vast and some non-emergency callers may be expected to wait or offered a call back. Some callers may prefer to go online to report non-emergencies.


“Whatever the reason to contact us – whether on the phone or online, we will always aim to deal with it in a professional and timely manner.”


With increasing numbers of people going online for things like mobile banking, the force hopes to raise awareness of how the public can help reduce wait times by going digital, and thereby free up 999 and 101 for people who really need to speak to the police.


Northamptonshire Police Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold, said:  "The time it can take to get through on the phone to report something that is important, but not as high priority as a 999 call, is something that people talk to me about on a daily basis.  This campaign is just the start of a programme that aims to make it easier for people to get in touch with the police.  We want people to understand that you may have to wait while urgent matters are dealt with and that some things can quickly and simply be reported online.  Then over the coming year we will roll out a programme of initiatives that will ultimately enable people to report issues quickly and simply and in a way that suits them best."


Call and incident data


  2017/18 2018/19


ADMIN 26793 14.15% 27229 14.25%


ASB 25548 13.49% 21013 11.00%


CRIME 39807 21.02% 40809 21.36%


PSW 66305 35.01% 72078 37.73%


TRANSPORT 30911 16.32% 29888 15.65%


1 0.00% 13 0.01%


Sum: 189365 100.00% 191030 100.00%


280,531 calls were answered by an operator and triaged according to threat, rick or harm.  85.4 per cent of these calls were answered within 60 seconds.In 2018/19 -  585,735 calls were made to the 101 number. Around 50 per cent of these calls were directed through the automated switchboard to specific people or departments.


Calls were then prioritised into Priority A or B.


Priority A calls are considered to have a higher level of threat, risk or harm, but are not emergencies. The force now aims to answer these calls within 10 minutes. After six minutes, the caller will be offered a call back within three hours. This is currently being developed and should be in place in the coming months. Last year, the average answer time was 2.34 minutes.


Priority B calls have a low level of threat, risk and harm and are not emergencies. The force aims or answer these within 15 minutes. After 10 minutes, the caller is offered a call back within six hours. Last year, the average answer time was 4.23 minutes.


Click hear to watch the #Whoyougonnacall video - https://youtu.be/y-fgtQf8168


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Sarah Thomson (Police, Communications Officer, Countywide)

Online Vehicle Sales Alert - The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau

What you need to know


Fraudsters have been advertising vehicles and machinery for sale on various online selling platforms, this includes vehicles and machinery used by the agricultural industry.


The victims, after communicating via email with the fraudster, will receive a bogus email which appears to be sent by a trustworthy third party, often PayPal or Escrow.


The emails are designed to persuade victims to pay upfront via bank transfer rather than through a protected payment method via the website. The victim pays the deposit before visiting the seller to collect the goods, believing there is a ‘cooling off’ period to reclaim the payment if they change their mind.


This gives victims the false sense of security that their money is being looked after by this trustworthy third party, when in fact, it is not and the money has gone straight to the fraudster.


It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving emails or messages of this nature.


What you need to do

          Never transfer money for a vehicle you haven’t seen in person.

     •     Avoid paying for the vehicle by bank transfer as it offers you little protection if you become a victim of fraud. Instead, use a credit card or payment services such as PayPal.

     •     If you’re purchasing from a company or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first, or ask friends and family for advice before completing a purchase.

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)