Neighbourhood Watch

Suspicious Tradesman

”Man aged 45-55, 5ft 10 to 6ft, short dark hair and stocky build called at my door and offered garden furniture for sale at a discount price following it being left over from a new build project in Fairfield! He offered no ID. He was wearing a green sweater with company name Worldwide Gardens and a logo on the left hand side of the sweater. After asking him some prices I then asked him where was the new build in Fairfield exactly and he could not be specific and was not sure as he said he was not local as he was from Suffolk.  He was in a large black Peugeot van registration MA19 ***.  He did not call on any of my neighbours. The incident has been reported to 101.” N

National Bike Week 2019

Did you know it’s National Bike week? ‘Lock it when you leave it’ bike theft prevention advice

Lock it when you leave it is the latest message from West Mercia Police as officer’s crackdown on bike thieves.

During the summer months there is often a rise in the number of bike thefts and police want to make sure everything is done to help prevent bike owners from becoming victims.
Simple crime prevention measures can make a real difference and complements the work the police are doing to stop bike thieves in their tracks.

Events will be held across Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire and Telford encouraging people to security mark their bike with a UV pen or forensic property marking technology such as SmartWater.

Officers will also be available to offer crime prevention advice to ensure local communities are equipped with the right information to help prevent them from becoming a victim.
Security marking a bike, and registering it with a property marking database, means if it is stolen and recovered police can identify who it belongs to. It also helps catch the thief as a product like SmartWater transfers to skin and while it is invisible to the naked eye, it is detectable under a UV torch.

To help prevent your bike from stolen follow our simple crime prevention messages:

Always lock your bike when you leave it, even if it’s only for a few minutes.

It is worth investing in a good quality lock and, for even better security, use two different types of locks such as a D lock plus a robust chain and padlock.
Always lock it to a secure post or immovable object.
If possible lock your bike at recognised secure bike parking that’s well covered by good lighting and CCTV.

Don’t forget security starts at the garden gate
Don’t leave your bike in the garden if you don’t have adequate security.
If you’re storing your bike in a shed, garage or outbuilding make sure it has a good quality lock and an alarm.

If your bike is kept in a common stairwell, ensure the door is always locked and secure and the door entry system is working.
Make sure you lock the bike too.

Security mark the frame with a UV pen – or forensic technology such as SmartWater
Use your initials, postcode or another mark that is unique to do.
If you use SmartWater you just need to make a mark with the liquid – UV lights will detect SmartWater and if it has been registered identify the property as belonging to you.
Make a note of the serial number, this is normally located underneath the bike and should be written down or photographed and kept somewhere safe.
Consider registering your bike with a property registering database such as or

Consider insuring your bike
Especially if you have a high value bike or there are a number of bikes in the household.

For the full article lease visit the West Mercia Police website

If you would like to download a bike safe leaflet CLICK HERE

Have Your Say on Rural Crime

Have Your Say on Rural Crime

Would you like to see more police in rural areas? What crime issues are important to you? What would make your community safer?

Rural Crime will be the focus of a live question and answer session hosted by the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner.

The meeting will be streamed live on the PCC’s facebook page (@WestMerciaPCC), from 7pm on Monday 24th June 2019. The public are invited to ask the questions which the Commissioner and his Deputy Tracey Onslow will put to West Mercia Police Chief Constable Anthony Bangham, and Deputy Chief Constable Amanda Blakeman.
The meeting is the third to be broadcast live, and is part of a series of regular meetings, focusing on key priorities raised by communities.

Commissioner John Campion said “Building safer, more secure rural communities is something that, I and the Chief Constable are committed to. I get clear feedback that this priority is shared by our communities.
I’d encourage people to take advantage of this opportunity, to have a voice at the highest level. Any questions you have about rural policing, funding to tackle rural crime or particular crime types affecting you and your communities, can be addressed in the most open and transparent way.”

Questions are invited live during the broadcast, or can be submitted in advance as part of a series of summer roadshows, via a Facebook comment or private message, or via email to

For more information about how you can take part visit:

For more information on the Summer Roadshows visit

Car Keyed

This afternoon (Sunday 27th May) the owner of a Black BMW, who was visiting friends, found that his car had been keyed whilst he had been parked in Wood Lane.

If you know who did this or spotted some suspicious activity please telephone the police, tel. 101.

Outbuildings Targeted – Newtown Lane & Chapel Lane

Outbuildings in nearby Newtown Lane & Chapel Lane have recently been broken into, with items being stolen.

Please review your shed and outbuilding security.

If you were in these areas recently and have seen any suspicious activity, please telephone the police, tel: 101.

Incident number 0403s 200519 – NEWTOWN LANE

On Monday 20th May, reported at 3.25pm that between 4.30pm Friday and 6.30am Monday thieves broke into site storage container and stole a numerous building construction tools.

Incident number 0171S 230519 – CHAPEL LANE

On Thursday 23rd May, reported at 10.06am that a workshop was broken into overnight and thieves stole gardening tools, to include a strimmer and a chainsaw.

Amazon Scam Email Not from our Vicar

Several residents have reported receiving an email that claims to be sent from our vicar, Rev. Canon Sue Oliver, requesting the recipient to purchase Amazon Gift Cards.

These emails are coming from a masked email account

The email read something like:

“Here is what I want you to do for me because i’m busy now. I aimed at surprising some of our diligent officers with gift cards this week and this should be between us until they all get their cards. Therefore, I need Amazon Gift card of £100 face value each. I need 3 pieces of it amounting to £300. Get the physical card and scratch the back out and attach the scanned pictures showing the pin and email it to me. Can you get it done in 1 hour? “

Please do not carry out instructions. Please ensure your neighbours are aware.

Police and Village Hall Need YOUR Assistance

On Sunday 21st April the Village Hall entrance gate was unlocked so that the car park could be used for the Easter Sunday morning service at St. Mark’s church.  Unfortunately the padlock was hooked over the open the catch post and when the gate was checked later in the day the padlock was found to be missing.

The gate was then locked using the “twin padlock”

Two days later, Tuesday 23rd April, the regular Tuesday evening hirer unlocked the entrance gate and when they went to lock up found the padlock missing.  They usually clasp the lock, but on this occasion they did not.

Today, the elderly Welcome Club arrived at the Village Hall to find the entrance gate padlocked, someone had replaced the stolen padlock with another padlock lock prevent Hall users from having access to the car park.  Bolt cutters were used to remove the padlock.  The elderly ladies are, understandable, worried and anxious (youngest member is 82 yrs, oldest will 93 yrs next month).

These incidents have been reported to the police and the Village Hall’s solicitor. 

If you know who is committing these acts or you have seen suspicious activity please telephone the police 101, crime ref:  289S240419

Loan sharks

Loan sharks are illegal lenders who often target low income and desperate families. They might seem friendly at first but borrowing from them is never a good idea – even if you feel you have no other options.

Why loan sharks are bad

Loan sharks will start out appearing friendly. And if you keep up your repayments, they might stay that way.

But the reality is, even if you do, any money you borrow will come at a very high price.

There are many risks attached to borrowing from a loan shark:
• you pay far more in interest than you would through any legal borrowing.
• you might be harassed or threatened if you get behind with your repayments – there have been reports of people being intimidated or attacked
• you might be pressured into borrowing more money to repay one loan with another, and end up in a spiral of debt that you can never repay.

How to spot a loan shark

A loan shark might:
• offer little or no paperwork, such as a credit agreement or record of payments
• refuse to give information, such as the interest rate or how much you owe
• take items as security, such as passports, bank cards or driving licences
• increase the debt or add additional charges at any time
• refuse to allow you to settle your debt
• get nasty – they might resort to intimidation, threats or violence.

How to check a lender is legitimate

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) keeps details of all authorised lenders.

If a lender isn’t listed as having a current authorisation to lend money, don’t borrow money from them and don’t let them come into your home.

Check the FCA Financial Services Register to see if a lender is authorised.

Loan sharks and the law

Although some loan sharks resort to intimidation and even violence, they are not beyond the law.

Any lender – authorised or not – who harasses you is breaking the law.

Some loan sharks will threaten you by saying you will be prosecuted and even sent to prison if you don’t pay up.

This can’t happen – an unauthorised lender such as a loan shark has no legal right to recover the debt.

In fact, they have no legal right to make you pay the loan back at all – because the loan is illegal.

Stop Loan Sharks

Stop Loan Sharks investigates and prosecutes illegal money lenders while supporting those who have borrowed money from a loan shark.


How to contact Stop Loan Sharks

You can contact them with general queries through their online form. To report a loan shark:

• Complete their short and safe online form and they will call you at a time to suit you.

• Call 0300 555 2222 at any time of the day or night

• Email

• Text the lender’s details to 07860 022116

Please note emails are monitored between 8.00am and 6.00pm Monday to Friday. If you need to report a loan shark urgently please call their helpline on 0300 555 2222 where someone is always available to talk to you. cent 2;\lsdprio