Feb 21, 2017

Bottesford NHW Alert: Mobile Catering Truck Stolen / Door-to-Door Fish Sellers

Mobile Catering Truck Stolen:

 

During the last 24 hours a mobile catering truck has been stolen from the football field on Nottingham Road. The padlock securing the gates to the field was removed to gain access. The truck is in a distinctive bright red livery with “Hank Marvin” lettering on the side. It was bearing a vehicle registration number YN07 YHW but this may have been removed by the thieves. If anyone saw this truck being moved in the last 24 hours or knows its whereabouts please notify the police. If it is seen being moved it constitutes a crime in progress so please call 999 to report it, otherwise use the 101 number.

 

Door-to-Door Fish Sellers:

 

On Saturday the 18 February 2017 at about 9am elderly residents on School View, were approached by three men selling fish door to door from the back of a van. These men were selling fish at a high price and were trying to persuade elderly residents to buy for between £40 - £50. Even if the elderly resident said they did not have the money, they were told they could pay by card and their bank details were requested.  One elderly resident refused to hand over her bank details, saying that her daughter dealt with her banking affairs, but the man continued to pressurise her into buying. When she finally relented and bought some fish for cash, no receipt was provided.

 

The fish was in a white transit type van without any refrigeration. The three men were wearing Adidas trainers, Adidas trousers and a white jackets. The fish were in shrink wrapped containers and had a label on them with the name Packed for Northern Seas, Caterhouse Road  Durham, DH1 5HP with a use/freeze by date of 21.02.2021. Internet searches of this business name and address does not return any relevant information. This could still be a legitimate business acting in an over-zealous manner. On the other hand it may be one of an increasing number of disreputable fish sellers offering low quality and possibly illegal products using questionable sales techniques. These sellers also ignored stickers on some residents’ doors indicating that they did not wish to receive unwanted callers.

 

As always NHW advises not to buy from door-to-door callers. If you want to buy fish or any other product please go to reputable businesses who will provide safe and legal products. Door-to-door sellers who are over-insistent and will not leave when requested are committing a crime and should be reported to the police and/or trading standards.

 

If anyone else in the area had problems with these particular sellers please inform NHW so we can gauge the extent of the problem they caused.

 

 

John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Email: JohnS@bottesfordparishNHW.org.uk

Mobile: 07725636626

 

Feb 16, 2017

Bottesford NHW Alert: Another Shed Break In

We have an unconfirmed report of a shed break-in at the Grantham Rd allotments. Please continue to be vigilant. These thieves will make a mistake at some stage and as a community our best interests are served by making sure we are alert enough to spot it and to act promptly when it happens. Report all suspicious activity/persons to the police.

 

John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Email: JohnS@bottesfordparishNHW.org.uk

Mobile: 07725636626

 

Feb 13, 2017

Bottesford NHW Alert: Theft from St Mary's Church / Burglary in Branston

Theft from St Mary's Church

On the 9th of February the donations safe at St Marys Church Bottesford was broken into and contents taken.

 

Burglary in Branston

On the 8th of February a burglary occurred in Branston, jewellery was taken.

 

John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Email: JohnS@bottesfordparishNHW.org.uk

Mobile: 07725636626

 

Feb 12, 2017

Bottesford NHW Alert: Shed Break in / Theft From Redmile Church

Shed Break In

We have received a report of a shed break in at a property in the Grantham Rd area of the village overnight Saturday. Bolt croppers were used to disable the padlock and a number of items including bicycles and tools stolen. It is likely that a vehicle was used to remove the stolen goods. This is the second break-in of this kind in the last couple of weeks so it is clear that there is someone in, or operating in, the area looking for easy pickings. The use of bolt croppers indicates a degree of planning and intent by the perpetrator/s. Please be vigilant and where possible take extra precautions at this time of increased risk. Shed alarms are not expensive and are quite easy to fit. If possible remove more valuable items to a safer location.

 

Theft From Redmile Church

Sometime between last Wed and today someone entered Redmile Church and stole money from the collection pot and from a small safe on the wall. Please be vigilant around our local churches and report any suspicious activity/persons.

 

 

John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Email: JohnS@bottesfordparishNHW.org.uk

Mobile: 07725636626

 

BottesfordNHW Alert: Male Behaving Suspiciously in Plungar

Whilst the following alert has not been confirmed as criminal in nature it reminds us of the importance of maintaining  alertness and awareness.

 

On Tuesday 7 February 2017 at approximately 12 noon, a person called at a property in Church Lane, Plungar enquiring if the motor vehicle parked in the road outside the property was for sale. He also was asking people outside the property the same question. After being told it was not he sat in his vehicle outside the property in question for a few minutes before departing.

 

This behaviour can be a ploy used by criminals to ’suss’ out the property and those surrounding it to se if there is anything of value around, particularly in the gardens.

 

The person in question was; a white male, approximately 5’11” in height, large build with a beer belly, brown short curly hair, wearing a blue zip up top and jeans, He was in a silver two seat pick up truck, VRN and make unknown.

 

 

John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Email: JohnS@bottesfordparishNHW.org.uk

Mobile: 07725636626

 

Jan 31, 2017

Neighbourhood Watch - "999" or "101"? (a reminder)

Thanks to Orston NHW for the following useful advice:

 

The following guidelines will help to ensure we contact the police in the most efficient way

Emergency Calls – 999

Should only be used where police attendance is required immediately such as when a crime is in progress or someone is at risk of attack

 

Local Police – 101

This number should be used for all other enquires including reporting crimes which have already happened (e.g. stolen car / property damage), where there is no sign of an offender. Also, for general police information and advice

 

Meeting a police officer

If you wish to meet with a police officer you can call “101” and make an appointment. Appointments are prioritised depending on the nature of the request.  An appointment is necessary because stations are not always manned.

 

Scheduled appointments free up police officers' time, enabling them to resolve more incidents more quickly than they could if they travelled to see everyone who is a victim of crime.

 

Crimestoppers – 0800 555 111

If you wish to report a crime anonymously use this number

It’s very important to report crimes as otherwise rural communities may not be given the required level of resourcing they deserve.

 

 

John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Email: JohnS@bottesfordparishNHW.org.uk

Mobile: 07725636626

 

 

 

Oct 22, 2016

Bottesford NHW Alert: Stolen Vehicle / Break-Ins

Stolen Vehicle:
Police are seeking sightings of a Silver Honda Jazz reg BL56 ZLO which is stolen and is being used in criminal activity. If seen please ring 101 immediately. Incident number 193 22/10
 
Break-Ins:

On the night of the 16th October, two incidents occured in Harston, where outbuildings and a garage were broken into and property stolen such as power tools and a strimmer. A vehicle was forced open and searched on the driveway at one of the locations.

 

Please ensure suitable measures are taken to make sure outbuildings and garages are secure. If you witness any suspicious activity please don't hesitate to report this via 101 or 999 if crime in progress.

 

John Shilton

Principal NHW Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Mobile: 07725636626