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Quick Witted Neighbour Acts!

I have had this message sent to me by a very public spirited resident of Coppice Farm who tells me that

“I’m a resident in Gurnard Close, Coppice Farm. I had to call the police  early hours of this morning around 02.00 hrs , as I saw two burglars in a neighbour’s garden. Would it  be useful to post this on your page to warn others in the community to stay vigilant and to ensure all their properties are secure? .  The police were excellent in their fast response.

Please if you do see anything suspicious happening, please take the action like this neighbour did. Keep alert and make sure everything is locked up and tools are put away. I want to thank our resident for being so quick in her response, and the Police were also quickly on the scene.

 

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Police Warning! – Fraudsters at Work

Fraudsters have been advertising vehicles and machinery for sale on various selling platforms online. The victims, after communicating via email with the fraudster, will receive a bogus email which purports to be from an established escrow provider (a third party who will keep the payment until the buying and selling parties are both happy with the deal).

These emails are designed to persuade victims to pay upfront, via bank transfer, before visiting the seller to collect the goods. The emails also claim that the buyer (victim) has 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.

Protect yourself:

  • When making a large purchase such as a new car or machinery, always meet the seller face to face first and ask to see the goods before transferring any money.
  • If you receive a suspicious email asking for payment, check for spelling, grammar, or any other errors, and check who sent the email. If in doubt, check feedback online by searching the associated phone numbers or email addresses of the seller.
  • Contact the third party the fraudsters are purporting to be using to make the transaction. They should be able to confirm whether the email you have received is legitimate or not.
  • False adverts often offer vehicles or machinery for sale well below market value to entice potential victims; always be cautious. If it looks too good to be true then it probably is.

If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk, or by calling 0300 123 2040.

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Beware Tradesmen- Keep Your Vans Safe & Secure!

There have been a couple of robbery’s on Ashmore Park in the last week with regards to tools & equipment being stolen from vans.

I have been given certain information about these acts and I have passed the information onto the Police. Would tradesman please do their very best and keep their tools safe and secure.

Thank you residents for giving me the information you have, I am sure the Police will react. If I hear any more about these issues I will inform you via my social media sites.

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News from West Midlands Police

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West Midlands Police is working closely with the Metropolitan Police and other organisations and will take “any steps necessary to keep people safe”, says Chief Constable Dave Thompson.

His comments came just hours after the terror attack in London and as officers in the West Midlands continue with their duties.

Chief Constable Dave Thompson said: “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of those who lost their lives in London.  We also think of those who witnessed terrible acts of violence.

“Among the carnage and confusion of this terror attack, the emergency services and ordinary people displayed remarkable acts of courage and human kindness.

“We’re in close contact with colleagues in the Metropolitan Police to offer our support and to understand more about the attack.

“As people would expect, we’re once again reviewing all of our already well-rehearsed plans and will take any steps necessary to keep people safe.

“Locally, we were quick to respond following Saturday’s attack and purely as a reassurance move we temporarily restricted access to Birmingham’s Broad Street while businesses remained as usual. The restrictions were lifted at 3am having been implemented at 11.30pm.

“Other key locations across the region also saw enhanced patrols. Again, this was simply to reassure people worried by events in the capital and not in response to any local threat.”

Policing in the West Midlands continues as usual including the safety and security for the ICC Champions Trophy, at Edgbaston cricket ground in Birmingham and in Coventry for MotoFest.

People can help protect themselves and their loved ones by remaining alert at home, work and when out and about.

Any suspicions should be reported to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or at gov.uk/ACT where online terrorist and extremist material can also be reported.

Following terrorist attacks, West Midlands Police like police forces across the country often see an increase in hates crimes reports.

Tackling this head-on, Chief Constable Thompson said: “Terrorists want to create discord, distrust and fear. We must not let them win.

“Acts of terrorism and hate crimes are committed by a small minority of people and are not representative of wider communities. Following an attack, we all need to work closely together and unite against those who seek, through violence and extremism, to intimidate or cause fear.

“There can never be any excuse for hate crime and I would encourage anyone who is a victim of hate to report it online at: www.report-it.org.uk. Clearly 999 should be used if a crime is in progress or offenders are at the scene.”

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson, said: “After the awful terrorist attack in London my thoughts are with the victims and their families.

“As always the emergency services displayed heroism in the face of danger and I pay tribute to them.

“I am in regular contact with the Chief Constable and am working with him to ensure people of the West Midlands continue to be protected.

“I would urge people to be vigilant, but above all else carry on with your daily lives. We should not be and will not be cowed by those who seek to divide us.”

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Your Vote – We Do Not Want Our Police To Be In A Perilous State!

Why I think we should have a serious think about West Midlands Police numbers.

It is a fact that we should look to be reviewing the Police and the way they function at the moment, I cannot be the only Local Politician that gets frustrated at the current situation. Here in Wednesfield North it is a fact that it is consistently amongst the lowest reported crime beats in Wolverhampton.

That is not to say that it has no crime, nor that the crime it has is any less important than high crime areas.

But we are told time and time again that we have to have police numbers to reflect the crime that is taking place.

My frustration is that there are days when my Ward of Wednesfield North does not have the Police Constable or the Police Community Support Officer on duty. I estimate that this happens a couple of days every week. It’s also hard to get a response from the Officers when you email information or make requests. So if I pass information on to my team electronically about issues, you can wait a week or longer to get a response.

Now in my mind in these dark days this is not the way forward at all.

Senior Officers are shrinking from sight, you never see anyone other than a PC and a Sgt, the link between the force and the public is getting more and more remote. The reason is clearly because the police numbers are shrinking, and shrinking.

In March 2017 Her Majesties Inspectorate of Constabulary for Policing in England and Wales said that policing was in a “potentially perilous state” as government cuts lead to investigations being shelved, vulnerable victims being let down and tens of thousands of dangerous suspects remaining at large.”

In a report on effectiveness in policing, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) uncovered a range of “dangerous” and “disturbing” practices that have arisen out of police forces’ approach to dealing with budget cuts of 20%.

We have a chance now in these very dark days of terrorist attacks in London and Manchester.

The public has a great chance to question where our Leaders are taking us. These heinous terrorist crimes have place a spotlight on the Police and their battle to do a tough job with shrinking resources. At this time in the end days of a General Election, we voters have a perfect right to demand that whichever Party wins the #GE2017 campaign, they immediately sit down and with the public, review the Police service in their area, the resources that are available and the plans to how they are to be used.

Serving Officers are currently unhappy at the way the previous Government has axed thousands of Police Officers from the ranks. We are reading their comments in the national press, and in the social media.

I know that here in Wednesfield North residents like me will blanch at the relevation that some police staff, as reported in the HMIC report,  are deliberately downgrading emergency calls in order to justify a slower response when there is a shortage of officers, HMIC said, while others are reclassifying high-risk domestic abuse victims to a lower level of concern.

Police Officers is some forces are being assigned to investigations that they are not qualified to conduct, the HMIC found, while other forces are struggling to get to grips with the volume of wanted suspects – including murderers, rapists and violent offenders.

Around a third of domestic abuse cases across England and Wales are being shelved because the victim does not support police action – this rises to 50% in five of the 43 forces, which has led to concern at HMIC that officers are not properly discharging their responsibilities in a bid to slash their workload.

HMIC also issued a warning that a shortage of detectives and investigators amounts to a “national crisis”. I have made previous comment about the fact that the Met Police are recruiting with the proviso that new detectives no longer have to come through uniformed ranks! I have also previously made my comments known about the encouragement for the public to self report…..

Its this type of professional report (HMIC) published earlier this year (in March to be precise) that is also helping to fuel the public debate.

There is a great swell of Public Opinion that wants to see MORE police officers not less on the local beats and active in our communities. The Prime Minister who was Home Office Secretary for 6 years and who as Prime Minister has driven forward Police cuts, needs to know that we all want to be safe!

We all want to be safe from crime, we all want to see crime solved quicker, and at better rates than they currently are now here in the West Midlands. We all want to be safe from terrorism also.

I also want to see more PCSO’s not less planned for and delivered.

In my mind the PCSO’s are good value for the money, they are great additions to the Local Force, they get close to the neighbourhood. They work well with community Groups and the Community policing teams. They provide the low level intelligence for the Police teams that operate in our neighbourhoods. They are an extra pair of trained eyes for the constabulary. They also interact well with Councillors and other elected Members,when they need too. There are currently too few PCSO’s across the West Midlands in my opinion.

So as we go into the last days of the election perhaps we can air our opinions so that those seeking our votes know that Policing must change for the better, and that more ‘boots’ needs to be back on the beat, making us safer, and making us feel safer!

This HMIC report clearly placed Government austerity in the dock detailing stretched forces, downgrading calls, and leaving suspects at large. We want our Police back and in a modern force with the resources to protect us, our families, and our property!

We do not want our Police here in Wednesfield or the West Midlands to be in a perilous state.

I do hope my constituents in Wednesfield North will think about these issues when they enter the Voting Booths and vote in the ballot box#GE2017 on Thursday.

I give fair warning to my colleagues on Wolverhampton City Council. I give notice that in this Municipal year I shall be asking plenty of questions about our safety in the City, and how we are going to be influencing the Police & Crime Commissioner, and the new Government to make more resources available to make Wednesfield and Wolverhampton safer for all.

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Police Issue Warnings!

Distraction burglary and bogus callers

Burglars won’t go to the trouble of breaking in if they can just knock and be invited in. So always be on your guard when anyone you’re not expecting – a man, a woman or even a child – turns up at your door. 

Bogus ‘officials’ may be smartly dressed and claim to be from the council, gas board, health authority or other organisation. 

Bogus ‘dealers’ may offer to buy your antiques, furniture or jewellery, at what seems to be a good price. 

If you want to sell something, choose one or two genuine dealers to value it or ask a friend or relative for their advice. 

Bogus ‘workmen’ may say that they need to come in to check something or make urgent repairs.  You also need to be careful of callers who offer to make building repairs or tarmac your drive. Often they’ll ask for money in advance; they may even offer to drive you to the bank to withdraw money to pay them. 

If you need any building work done, get several written quotes from reputable firms, then decide which one is best. If in doubt, talk it through with a neighbour or someone in your family. 

for further advice please call 101 or visit www.west-midlands.police.uk/saferhomes

We Love Manchester Emergency Fund -Registered as a Charity.

Manchester City Council and the British Red Cross’ – We Love Manchester Emergency Fund,  has reached £5.76m bolstered by support from the football community including Manchester United and Manchester City, as well as £100,000 from Wayne Rooney’s foundation.

Following recommendations from the Charities Commission, Manchester City Council has registered the fund as a charity in order to distribute the funds, with former council chief executive Sir Howard Bernstein joining the board of trustees.

My surprise is seeing the £100,000 from Wayne Rooney’s foundation and I applaud him for his actions.

Well done to everyone who has made a donation wherever you are. Terrorism is a scourge of the World, and it must not be allowed to win.Blue Light

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Ashmore Park Activity Maze Vandalised

Councillor Phil Bateman said ” This piece of play equipment has been attacked, I for the life of me cannot understand why this should happen. I reported the matter to both the City Council and the Police.

The City Councils Environmental team says “This piece of natural play equipment, fun for the children to run around and to challenge their balancing skills on the variable height wooden stumps, has unfortunately succumb to thoughtless vandalism.

This will be put right over the coming days but it’s an expense we would rather do without.”

I have also reported the matter to the Local Police team, I have asked if the nearby cctv stretched and covered this far?

I am sure Ashmore Park families are as dismayed as I am about this vandalism. Your three Councillors are always working hard looking to identify resources that can enhance the Park.

If you know who was responsible, I do hope you will inform the Police.

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Smishing – Warning From Action Fraud!

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Smishing – the term used for SMS phishing – is an activity which enables criminals to steal victims’ money or identity, or both, as a result of a response to a text message. Smishing uses your mobile phone (either a smartphone or traditional non-internet connected handset) to manipulate innocent people into taking various actions which can lead to being defrauded.

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has received information that fraudsters are targeting victims via text message, purporting to be from their credit card provider, stating a transaction has been approved on their credit card.

The text message further states to confirm if the transaction is genuine by replying ‘Y’ for Yes or ‘N’ for No.

Through this method the fraudster would receive confirmation of the victim’s active telephone number and would be able to engage further by asking for the victim’s credit card details, CVV number (the three digits on the back of your bank card) and/or other personal information.

Protect yourself:

  • Always check the validity of the text message by contacting your credit card provider through the number provided at the back of the card or on the credit card/bank statement.
  • Beware of cold calls purporting to be from banks and/or credit card providers.
  • If the phone call from the bank seems suspicious, hang up the phone and wait for 10 minutes before calling the bank back. Again, refer to the number at the back of the card or on the bank statement in order to contact your bank.
  • If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, please report it to Action Fraud at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or alternatively by calling 0300 123 2040
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Staying Alert! – If you are concerned about a safety issue? Report It!

Second bomb fears
Policer fear the Manchester suicide bomber may have built a second device which is now in the hands of fellow jihadists. Officers who raided the home of Salman Abedi discovered a working bomb factory with a large stash of explosive chemicals and other components. Security sources now believe that Abedi assembled the bomb himself after learning his trade in Libya. However the amount of material in his home has led to fears that he could have built more than one device and distributed them to other British-based extremists. “The worry is there was enough to build two or three bombs and we can’t rule that out,” an unnamed security source tells the Daily Telegraph.

Councillor Phil Bateman added ” It is important that we all stay alert, yes it is unlikely that we will be targeted. But the truth is you never know!

I would urge all constituents to be on guard, and if you have any security or safety concerns, then report the matter to the Police, using 101 if it is not urgent. Dial 999 if it is a matter of immediate direct concern. Better we remain safe than sorry!”