May 25, 2017

Bottesford NHW: Request for Assistance

Bottesford NHW is a Parish-wide NHW scheme which is built around 11 Area Co-ordinators each with responsibility for a small geographical area within the Parish. We currently have two Area Co-ordinator vacancies – one for Muston and one for Easthorpe. The role is not especially taxing or time consuming but is critical to the successful running of the scheme and as such can be very rewarding. If anyone feels they would like to actively support NHW by taking on one of these roles, please contact me for further details.

 

We are also seeking a few hours help from someone with multimedia skills who could help us refresh our map of the area showing the Area Co-ordinators’  boundaries so it can be published/circulated for community information. Once again please contact me directly if you are able to help.

 

John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Email: JohnS@bottesfordparishNHW.org.uk

Mobile: 07725636626

 

 

John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Email: JohnS@bottesfordparishNHW.org.uk

Mobile: 07725636626

 

May 10, 2017

Bottesford NHW Alert: Have You Lost a Black and White Cat? - Update

Ted, the subject of this alert, has been successfully re-united with his owners. Thanks to all who emailed in about this and to those who facilitated the re-union.

 

 

John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Email: JohnS@bottesfordparishNHW.org.uk

Mobile: 07725636626

 

Bottesford NHW Alert: More Info on Solar Panel Checks

Pl see below from another local resident:

“I too had a similar cold call yesterday re solar panel maintenance although the caller said he was from the Solar Advice Centre. I agreed to a visit to take place today and was told that I would get a phone call to say who would be calling. I found out from companies house that the Solar Advice Centre had ceased trading in 2012. This morning I got the promised phone call but this time the caller said they were from Green Planet. The background noise on the call was reminiscent of a call centre. I said I had changed my mind and put the phone down. After each call I dialled 1471 and was told that the caller had withheld their number.

It certainly seems to be somewhat suspicious.”

 

 

John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Email: JohnS@bottesfordparishNHW.org.uk

Mobile: 07725636626

 

May 9, 2017

Please see the message below from one of our local residents:

 

“Just flagging a cold call we've had just now as I'm a bit dubious and others may be approached too.

 

I had a call from a firm in London who claim to offer a free system check on solar panels. We have some. He said they  have people in the area. I said yes initially. I tried to ring them back but number unobtainable. I then got a call from someone else to say then their local guy Mark could call and I arranged for him  to come 20 mins later. I looked them up online  before he arrived. New company one woman director no accounts.

 

When the guy arrived I made an excuse and put him off but asked few questions. Who pays for the service? Could I call them back for another appointment?. He showed me his folder with 08453402983 on it. I rang this  and got a woman at the company.

 

Apparently it is a free service, ( the original caller and guy at the door said the gov funded it!)that they used to market themselves in the hope of future business. She was interested to know how I got their number. 

 

The company is called the Green  planet advisory service. The guy smart, southern accent driving a BMW ml63aye”

 

 

John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Email: JohnS@bottesfordparishNHW.org.uk

Mobile: 07725636626

 

May 8, 2017

Bottesford NHW Alert: Have You Lost a Black and White Cat? / Tourists Targeted By Fake Police Officers

Have You Lost a Black and White Cat?

An elderly black and white cat is reported to be visiting one of the units at Winterbeck Industrial Estate on Orston Lane. He is very, very thin and keeps begging for food. Staff at the unit are feeding and watering him during the week but are concerned for his welfare over the week-ends. Contact NHW if you have lost such a cat.

Tourists Targeted By Fake Police Officers

 

The following alert has been circulated by Action Fraud:

 

There has been a series of recent incidents reported to Action Fraud where a lone fraudster has approached victims whom they believe to be unfamiliar with the local area. They make an excuse to talk to the victims such as enquiring about directions or offering a recommendation for a good hotel.
 
After this interaction, several other fraudsters will intervene purporting to be police officers in plain clothes and will sometimes present false identification as proof. The fake officers will then give a reason to examine the victims’ wallet, purse or personal items. They may also examine the first fraudster’s items or try to tell victims that the first fraudster is suspicious in order to gain victim trust and appear more realistic in their guise.
 
After all the fake police ‘checks’ are finished, victims have then reported being handed back their personal items only to later realise that a quantity of money or valuables were missing.
 
How to protect yourself:

  • If an individual claims to be a police officer ask for their name and rank, force, and examine any identification presented; this is always good practice but especially important if they are not wearing a uniform.
  • The Police will never ask for your passwords or PIN details. Do not give this information to anyone.
  • The Police will never request that you withdraw/transfer any money to them or to a ‘safe’ account.
  • If you have been affected by this, or any other fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

 

 

John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Email: JohnS@bottesfordparishNHW.org.uk

Mobile: 07725636626

 

Apr 29, 2017

Bottesford NHW Alert: Burglary in Bottesford

Sometime over the last week while occupants were on holiday a property on Fleming Avenue was broken into and jewellery and cash were stolen. When an attempt to force the rear windows failed a glass panel in the rear door was smashed to allow entry.

This is the second incident inside a week and someone is clearly targeting properties in the area. Please take extra precautions at this time of heightened risk. If you are going on holiday ask a trusted neighbour, family member, friend or your local NHW Co-ordinator to keep an eye on your property. Make sure all windows and doors are locked and where possible bolted. If you have an alarm – use it. Try to avoid leaving small high value items like jewellery and cash in the property. Where possible secure access to the rear of your property or make access as difficult as you can.

Finally another plea to all residents to report any suspicious activity to the police promptly.

 

 

John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Email: JohnS@bottesfordparishNHW.org.uk

Mobile: 07725636626

 

BottesfordNHW Alert: Attempted Break-In / Suspicious Cold Caller / VW & Audi Owners Beware

Attempted Break-In

At about 9pm on Thursday night an attempt was made to force entry into the rear of a  property on High Street. The perpetrators made off when they were disturbed and the attempt was unsuccessful.  Please be extra vigilant; take precautions to protect your home and property; and always report suspicious activity to the police. Emergency or crime in progress 999, otherwise 101.

 

Suspicious Cold Caller

Please be aware that there is a male going around selling kitchenware from the back of his vehicle(Mercedes 4x4 with a European number plate).

He claims to have been at a display/exhibition at Belton, and before going back to Switzerland he is trying to sell his excess stock at knock down prices. Belton House, Belton Garden Centre and Belton Woods have been contacted and none have heard of "Timeless Products" or had an exhibition with kitchenware. A check on the internet also came up empty.

NHW advice is always to discourage cold callers and not to give out financial information to strangers. In this case residents clearly need to be extra cautious.

 

VW & Audi Owners Beware

Notts police advise that there has been a recent “spike” in thefts from cars. In particular VWs are being targeted and in-built Sat Nav systems stolen. There is obviously a market for these.  

Most vehicle crime is preventable. It can take as little as 10 seconds for a thief to steal something from your car.  

Please take particular care to secure your vehicle and make sure you leave nothing on display. Just leaving a coat on the back seat might result in considerable damage to the vehicle from a break-in if the culprit suspects something valuable may be in a pocket.  

Also, where you park can make a big difference to the safety of your car and your belongings.

 

John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Email: JohnS@bottesfordparishNHW.org.uk

Mobile: 07725636626