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Alcester Police South SNT. Latest Weekly Report. Sunday 10th February 2019

Incidents of note from the last week:-

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Alcester Police South SNT. Latest Weekly Report. Sunday 10th February 2019

Hello all.

This is our latest weekly report and prompt to see if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns for the Alcester Police South SNT. Thank you to those that have contacted us this week.

Incidents of note from the last week:-

ALCESTER

  • *Suspicious Circumstances. Ten Acres, Alcester. Man going door to door selling drawings from a folder. Man showed a card to say that he was deaf and was raising money to go to college. No formal ID or Pedlars Certificate shown. Described as a white male. 20's, short mousey coloured hair, wearing a black puffa jacket, jeans and a red back pack. Caller concerned. 6.40pm Saturday 9th February. 0318 09/02/2019

  • *Suspicious Circumstances. Blackthorn Way, Alcester. Man doing door to door, showing a card to say that he was deaf and was looking for money. Described as a white male, 5' 7", early 20's, wearing a fluorescent waistcoat and a back pack. 5pm Saturday 9th February. 0266 09/02/2019

  • *Fraud / Rogue Trader. Gerard Road, Alcester. Man (driving a white van) called at elderly persons house to say that he could resurface the driveway with tarmac for £1000. The man then 'painted' the drive with a black substance. When challenged by a family member he painted the driveway again. He was given a cheque for £1000. The caller was concerned that the work was not up to standard and that the man may return asking for more money. Full details of the man and his vehicle have been passed to police. 26th January and 9th February. 0257 09/02/2019

  • *Suspicious Circumstances. Evesham Street, Alcester. Male going door to door. Described as a white male, 20's. well built, wearing dark clothing. Caller said that a man going door to door had already been around on the 8th but he was more aggressive. 3pm Saturday 9th February. 0210 09/02/2019

  • *Theft. Shop, Alcester. Items stolen from shop by way of shoplifting, by two males. First male described as white, trimmed facial hair, short stocky build, wearing a baseball cap, green puffa jacket and black jeans. Second male described as white, thin build, tall, wearing a navy blue hoody, baseball cap and black jeans. The two men left the shop and got into a grey BMW estate car which then drove off. More detailed descriptions of the males and the car were passed to police. 7am Saturday 9th February. 0068 09/02/2019

  • *Suspicious Circumstances. Evesham Street, Alcester. Man going door to door selling items from a bag. He said that he was on a government training scheme. He was asked for his Pedlars Certificate by one of the residents but could not produce it and left. 4pm Thursday 7th February. 0288 07/02/2019

  • *Burglary Residential. Throckmorton Road, Alcester. House entered through first floor window. Several items stolen including cash and a PS4. Between 8am and 3pm, Wednesday 6th February. 0278 06/02/2019

  • *Theft. Cross Road, Alcester. Theft of aluminium shop fittings from front garden of house. Between 6am and 12 midday Wednesday 6th February. 0229 06/02/2019

  • *Theft. Shop, Alcester. Theft of several items by way of shoplifting. Offender described as white female, late 20's, heavy build, 5' 11", black hair tied up, wearing a black jacket and black leggings. The woman was challenged by staff and became abusive saying that she had a knife (not seen). 7pm Tuesday 5th February. 0358 05/02/2019

WIXFORD

  • *Suspicious Circumstances. Wixford to Exhall road, near to a small 'bridge' into fields. Black bin Bag found by member of the public. Some sort of rotting animal remains inside. Police attended and ascertained that the bag contained several dead Hares. Possibly discarded by poachers? 8th February. 0266 08/02/2019

BIDFORD

  • *Suspicious Circumstances. Roman Close, Bidford. Man going door to door selling items from a black bag. 7.30pm Thursday 7th February. 0404 07/02/2019

  • *Suspicious Circumstances. The Poplars, Bidford. A car was seen and heard speeding up and down the road. A man from the car then got out and banged on a couple of the house doors. The man and the car then drove off. No offences disclosed at the time. 9.55pm Wednesday 6th February. 0395 06/02/2019

  • *Road Incident. Grafton Lane, Bidford. Three people on a quad bike seen riding across fields. 6.20pm Tuesday 5th February. 0336 05/02/2019

SHELFIELD GREEN

  • *Suspicious Circumstances. Shelfield Green. A Black Mitsubishi L200 Warrior was seen acting suspiciously in the area. When they driver was spoken to the vehicle drove off quickly. The registration number ended in something similar to 'WPK'. Full details passed to police. No offences disclosed at the time. 5.20pm Saturday 9th February. 0280 09/02/2019

  • *Suspicious Circumstances. Shelfield Green. A White Ford Fiesta containing a man and woman seen acting suspiciously in the area at two locations. No offences disclosed at the time 3.30pm and 4pm Wednesday 6th February. 0295 06/02/2019

WELFORD

  • *Theft. Binton Road, Welford. Secure building entered and a KVA generator stolen. Overnight 7th & 8th February. 0089 08/02/2019

 

Pedlars and Door to Door Sellers -  Anyone that sells items door to door needs a Pedlars Certificate.  The certificate lets them sell throughout the UK. They must trade on foot and carry their goods with them - for example a bag or small trolley. Pedlars do not need a certificate if they visit customers but do not sell to them - for example they take orders for a later delivery. To be Eligible for a pedlar's certificate a person has to be 17 or over and have lived in the local authority that issues the Certificate for at least 28 days. To apply for a Certificate the person needs to go to a local police station with the following items - 2 photos - a form of identity, e.g. a passport or driving licence - proof of address - and details of a referee. The certificate costs £12.25 and lasts 1 year.

The Pedlar must produce their certificate if someone asks to see it. If a pedlar works without a certificate or uses a friends then they could be fined up to £200. Giving false information to get a certificate or carrying a forged certificate can result in a prison sentence of up to 6 months.

When to call the Police - The police should be called if a person is going door to door selling items without a valid or real Pedlars Certificate. Pedlars that are abusive, over persuasive or refuse to leave should also be reported. Sometimes criminals purporting to be a Pedlar will use that excuse to target vulnerable people and to scope out premises - if you believe this is happening and a vulnerable person needs protecting, call the police on 101 or 999 as required.

Bogus traders - Beware of bogus traders - Bogus traders operating door-to-door will often take advantage of poor weather conditions to offer their services, including flooding and high winds, which may have caused damage to your property. Otherwise they may try and point out 'problems' that don't actually exist. Such traders can be extremely persuasive and elderly and vulnerable people are often targeted. Low prices are quoted, but as the work starts the price tends to increase. In most cases the work is done to a very poor standard, leaving the owner facing a second bill to have the work redone properly. They use a variety of sales pitches to get you to agree to having work done. These include suggesting that the property, if not repaired, will be dangerous and may cause additional problems to the structure of your home or putting a time restriction on the offer to hurry you into making a decision. The work will normally be done immediately, before the householder changes their mind, and very often any information provided by the workmen (names, addresses, telephone numbers) are false, making them very hard to trace. How to protect yourself from bogus traders:

  • •don't be forced into making a quick decision on the doorstep
  • •get at least three quotes from local reputable companies who have reputations to maintain, and if possible seek recommendations
  • •only deal with firms with genuine verifiable telephone numbers and addresses - beware of companies that only use mobile phone numbers and accommodation addresses
  • •anyone who signs a contract on the door step following a visit that was not arranged (unsolicited) does have 7 days in which to cancel it by law.
  • •all cancellation rights must be provided in writing to the customer at the time the contract is agreed, usually on the doorstep - it is an offence not to do so
  • •if you don't want to speak to the trader don't open your door to them - it can be hard to distinguish the good traders from the cowboys so it might be easier to keep the door closed
  • •do not allow uninvited callers into your home
  • •refuse to be taken to the bank to withdraw money - if you ever feel intimidated by them, close the door and call the police
Published 10/02/19