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Fraud – Action Fraud Reports 57 Attempts.



As of 7 January 2021, Action Fraud had received 57 reports from members of the public who have been sent text messages claiming to be from the NHS, offering them the opportunity to sign up for coronavirus vaccinations. The texts ask the recipient to click on a link which takes them to an online form where they are prompted to input personal and financial details. In some cases the online form has looked very similar to the real NHS website.

Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud, said:
“Remember, the vaccine is only available on the NHS and is free of charge. The NHS will never ask you for details about your bank account or to pay for the vaccine. If you receive an email, text message or phone call purporting to be from the NHS and you are asked to provide financial details, this is a scam.”


How to protect yourself:

In the UK, coronavirus vaccinations will only be available via the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a local GP surgery or pharmacy, to receive your vaccination. Remember, the vaccinations are free of charge and you will not be asked for a payment.

The NHS will never:
• ask for your bank account or card details
• ask for your PIN or banking passwords
• arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
• ask for documentation to prove your identity, such as a passport or utility bills

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk. Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726, which is free of charge.


If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.


*Please forward this email to any friends, family members, or colleagues that may find this information useful*



Crime Stats for November Balloon Upwards!

Crime in Wednesfield which includes Wednesfield North & South has ballooned upwards in November 2020. The statistics were published by Police UK .

Councillor Phil Bateman Wednesfield North said “A whopping 66 new crimes were reported to Police in November, over the October stats. That equates to an increase of 34.7%

I cant say that these results make happy reading.

The three top crimes that are driving these figures in November are –
Violence and sexual offences 99
Anti-social behaviour 43
Vehicle crime 27

“These are not good results, and it continues to fuel the communities call for more Police Officers for Neighbourhood Policing in Wednesfield. Plus the community I represent continues to call for the retention of Wednesfield North Police Station. These statistics sadly help to provide renewed evidence for our pleas.”

Hail West Midlands Police Specials- for their commitment!


West Midlands Police Specials
@SpecialsWMP

Councillor Phil Bateman Wednesfield North said today ” Please take note of the huge contribution that West Midlands Police Special Constables make to “on the street ” policing here in the West Midlands.

These are huge statistics from a Voluntary force made up of our own individual community members. I think it is a magnificent achievement, I hope that Wednesfield North residents and other Wards in the West Midlands County, will also support their awesome achievements.”

WMP – Over the last 12 months our officers have volunteered over 55,000 hours to
covering over 8500 duties. Amazing achievement during what has been a difficult year.

Police Plan Response Priorities – Covid-19

Wednesfield North residents should know that your Councillors have received a briefing relating to the way Wednesfield and West Midlands Police will be Policing following the legislation, and the Policy that the Government has introduced to be delivered through this Autumn Covid-19 surge.

West Midlands Police are to continue to prioritise the response to COVID-19, maintaining a major incident response in partnership with the Strategic Coordination Group (SCG).

Targeted enforcement will focus on key issues including:
Use of face coverings on public transport
‘Rule of six’
Licenced premises opening hours

All four areas of national intervention (Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Solihull) have some form of partnership enforcement cell which meets regularly to plan for joint enforcement activity.
‘All out’ enforcement days are being arranged to focus on the highest risk infection areas and within sectors where compliance is lowest. This will ensure focused and purposeful interventions.

West Midlands Police will be visiting as many premises as possible, across the force, to advise them about the new regulations that come into force on this day. Subsequent activity using the 4E’s approach will continue with licensed premises to ensure compliance with the new regulations is gained.

The Police inform us that they “will continue to be transparent with the public and seek to change behaviour. They go onto explain that “We will tell the public where we will be, what we will be doing and why. We will then show the public what we have done and share the balance of compliance and breaches that we find.”

Councillor Phil Bateman added “I think that this approach will be seen to be welcome.”

The Police say that they “will ensure our communications reflect our targeted enforcement, ‘all out’ enforcement days and areas of high infection. We will make it clear that we are not here to catch people out but to keep people safe and encourage personal and collective responsibility.”

West Midlands Police also informed us that they are currently seeing around 200 calls a day pertaining to Covid-19 issues, and they expect that number to rise.

Speaking on behalf of Cllr Rita Potter, and Mary Bateman – Phil Bateman added “I hope Wednesfield Residents will find this information interesting, and also useful, in helping to allay fears about what the Police may be doing in our community and neighbourhood.

West Midland Police Inform

Councillor Phil Bateman said today ” West Midlands Police have asked that I inform Wednesfield North Residents that from tonight, pubs and restaurants have to shut at 10pm as part of efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus.”

This is what West Midlands Police have informed “We’ll be out making sure they stick to the rules, and helping and encouraging the public to do their bit.

If you go to a pub or restaurant, you now have to wear a mask when you’re not seated.
The country is at a critical point and we all need to do our bit – people who don’t face fines starting at £200.

So please help us by doing your bit, thank you.”

So do your bit folks, please be aware, stay safe, socially distant, wear the Face covering, and Wash your hands!

Police Warn of Catalytic Converter Crime.

Councillor Phil Bateman warned this morning that ” West Midlands Police are warning motorists in our City of increased crime. Including here in Wednesfield. Please read the Police warnings and take heed of their advice.”

Wolverhampton Police have issued a warning to drivers in the region to be on their guard against catalytic converter thefts, as we have seen an increase of such incidents in Wolverhampton.

In recent days, we have recorded an increase of thefts of catalytic converters from vehicles in various areas including Bilston, Wednesfield, and Blakenhall. Take steps to protect your vehicle, such as parking in well-lit places or in a place where access to the vehicle is restricted.”

Converters are targets for thieves because of the precious metals they contain but drivers could be doubly affected by such thefts because hitting the road without a converter in place could see the car in question break legal pollution limits.

If you notice that your check engine light comes on or if your exhaust sounds a lot louder than usual, getting louder as you accelerate, take your car to your local garage immediately.

How to prevent catalytic converter theft
Wherever possible, motorists should park vehicles in a locked garage as close to their house as they can, or somewhere that’s overlooked by local residents. You may also want to consider installing a Thatcham approved alarm to your vehicle that is activated if the car or van is lifted or tilted.

If you see someone acting suspiciously underneath a vehicle, report it to the police straightaway – and make sure you note down the vehicle registration.

Businesses can help to protect their fleets by employing defensive parking techniques so that the most vulnerable cars or vans are parked somewhere particularly inaccessible. High clearance vehicles could be blocked in by low clearance ones to prevent thieves from gaining access.

Always check your perimeter security on a regular basis, as boundaries can help deter opportunistic thieves from targeting you and your company. Set up monitored CCTV cameras so you can catch people in the act and light up dark areas where intruders may possibly attempt to operate.

You might well think that your vehicle will be safe during the day but it seems that this is not the case, with reports coming in that thieves are now stripping cars of their converters in broad daylight… so do be vigilant no matter what time of day or night it is.

Please report suspicious activity to https://west-midlands.police.uk/contact-us and live chat with an adviser between 08:00 and 00:00 hours or call 101 non emergency or in an emergency call 999.

Cllr Phil Bateman added ” It goes without saying if you know who may be involved with that sort of crime, please tell our local Wednesfield Police.”

Looking Towards Better Crime Statistics

As we approach the end of the month the latest Police UK Crime statistics should be being prepared,
the last statistics we have seen where these for June 2020.

I am hoping that we will have seen a downturn in some of the key crimes that is affecting Wednesfield.

These Police UK statistics include the crimes that have taken place in both Wednesfield North and Wednesfield South.
They also include crimes that take place in Wednesfield High Street and Bentley Bridge Retail AND Leisure Park.
The West Midlands Police manage the two Wards together, and that is why Police UK measure and publish the figures in this way.

As one of your Local City Councillors, I will be looking to see the July crime statistics going down.

Crime levels overview
Jul 2019 197 8.6%
Aug 2019 196 8.5%
Sep 2019 171 7.4%
Oct 2019 182 7.9%
Nov 2019 190 8.3%
Dec 2019 179 7.8%
Jan 2020 184 8%
Feb 2020 231 10%
Mar 2020 220 9.6%
Apr 2020 171 7.4%
May 2020 197 8.6%
Jun 2020 184 8%

Amongst those facts are the individual Crimes that they relate too.
Violence and Sexual offences are consistently standing out for me.along with Anti Social behaviour
which is also a stand-out number. With more than 16% (ASB) of these crimes making up the total.

Anti-social behaviour 30 16.3%
Burglary 11 6%
Criminal damage and arson 9 4.9%
Drugs 4 2.2%
Other theft 6 3.3%
Possession of weapons 1 0.5%
Public order 16 8.7%
Robbery 2 1.1%
Shoplifting 11 6%
Vehicle crime 10 5.4%
Violence and sexual offences 76 41.3%
Other crime 8 4.3%

Burglary is yet another horrible Crime here in Wednesfield North, and that will be a crime that will attract our attention also.

Simon Foster Calls “Let’s Prevent Knife Crime”

Here on my Blog – I often like to raise the big issues. There is not many bigger than the increase in Knife Crime across the UK.

Recently I have been in conversation with Simon Foster Labours Candidate for the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, about the concerns we all have, when we read or hear about Knife Crime and the dangers it poses to our young people.

Simon is rightly concerned about the regional impact of knife Crime. Its a potential problem for every Ward in the West Midlands County. So I support very much what Simon is attempting to do. Though its important here to say that when I ask about Knife Crime here in Wednesfield North the statistics are very low, something I am so very grateful for.

But I remain keen to be part of the drive to Prevent Knife Crime.

Simon told me that “It is the first duty of government to keep its people safe and secure. However, when it comes to knife crime the Tory government has failed in its duty to keep our young people safe and secure. This is having a catastrophic and devastating effect on young people, their families and communities.

In England and Wales, between 2014/15 and 2018/19, there has been an increase in Police recorded knife crime committed by someone of age 24 or under of 80%.

The causes of knife crime are complex. Not every case is the same. However, the Tory government is well aware of the urgent action needed to prevent knife crime but the action taken has been far too fragmented and small scale. There has been a lack of political will and an abject failure to do what is needed.

We can prevent knife crime if we take the following action: strengthen community policing; restore high quality youth services; reduce exclusions from school; invest in the violence reduction unit, focusing on prevention, early intervention and the underlying causes; and ensure a joint approach bringing together communities and local agencies – health, education, local authorities, police, youth justice and the third sector to prevent knife crime.

Together, we can take the steps necessary to prevent knife crime, protect our young people and save lives.”

Councillor Phil Bateman added ” I like those issues that Simon raises, as I am sure every Parent in Wednesfield North would echo many of those sentiments.”

I am of course interested in receiving your comments.

A Question Framed About Speed!

This is the question that I have asked relating to the constant concerns that residents in my Ward of Wednesfield North continually asked of me.

“Please can you set out what the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership is doing with regards to tackling speedsters operating after 8.00pm at night in Wards like my own in Wednesfield North?

Can you explain what the Police Strategy is in Wolverhampton with the Traffic Police to deal with this increasing issue?

We have a speed camera in Lichfield Road and Linthouse Lane? When will they Be brought back into use?

My residents are asking this question and others. They see the increase in speed activity, after 8.00pm.

They quite rightly want to know what is being done to deal with the problem.”

The matter is being addressed by West Midlands Police, and I am hoping for a response soon….I will of course make it public.

Wednesfield Crime Statistics to June 2020

These are the crime statistics that relate to Wednesfield. These statistics make up the
Wednesfield Police Beat – which includes our Ward of Wednesfield North. The Police administrative
area includes the Bentley Bridge Shopping Park. So when you are looking at issues relating to for instance
Shop Lifting. Those statistics in the Wednesfield Police Beat relates to Bentley Bridge, as well as in other shops and stores across the area.

Crime levels overview
Jul 2019 197 8.6%
Aug 2019 196 8.5%
Sep 2019 171 7.4%
Oct 2019 182 7.9%
Nov 2019 190 8.3%
Dec 2019 179 7.8%
Jan 2020 184 8%
Feb 2020 231 10%
Mar 2020 220 9.6%
Apr 2020 171 7.4%
May 2020 197 8.6%
Jun 2020 184 8%

Amongst those facts are the individual Crimes that they relate too.
Violence and Sexual offences are consistently standing out for me.along with Anti Social behaviour
which is also a stand-out number. With more than 16% (ASB) of these crimes making up the total.

Anti-social behaviour 30 16.3%
Burglary 11 6%
Criminal damage and arson 9 4.9%
Drugs 4 2.2%
Other theft 6 3.3%
Possession of weapons 1 0.5%
Public order 16 8.7%
Robbery 2 1.1%
Shoplifting 11 6%
Vehicle crime 10 5.4%
Violence and sexual offences 76 41.3%
Other crime 8 4.3%