|False claims of Telephone Preference Service:
Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, falsely stating that they are calling from one of the well-known UK telecommunication service providers. They call victims claiming to provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’ – an enhanced call-barring service, which includes barring international call centres.
The fraudsters ask victims to confirm/provide their bank account details, informing them that there is a one-off charge for the service. Victims instead see monthly debits deducted from their accounts, which they have not authorised. The fraudsters often target elderly victims.
In all instances, direct debits are set up without following proper procedure. The victim is not sent written confirmation of the direct debit instruction, which is supposed to be sent within three days.
On occasions when victims attempted to call back, the telephone number provided by the fraudster was either unable to be reached or the victim’s direct debit cancellation request was refused.
During 2017, there were 493 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud.
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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|The appalling conditions and heavy snowfall impacted massively on communities in Devon and Cornwall. Police and partner agencies worked tirelessly to safeguard lives and to minimise disruption and on many occasions, without having to be asked, local volunteers pitched in to help.
We now want to thank the #SnowHeroes who went above and beyond to help the emergency services during these busy days.
If you know of someone who gave their time to help, no matter how big or small their efforts, please nominate them on the Devon and Cornwall Police website www.dc.police.uk/snowheroes
Chief Superintendent Glen Mayhew, commanding the Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police operations department, said: “During the first few days of March, while our counties were gripped in the teeth of the Beast from the East and Storm Emma, local volunteers went above and beyond to help the police and other agencies.
“Volunteers helped in many ways such as taking food to stranded motorists, freeing vehicles stuck in snow and visiting vulnerable people to check on their welfare.
“Sometimes the people they helped were friends or family or neighbours, and at other times they were complete strangers. The community spirit we witnessed during those days was extraordinary.
“Now we would like to recognise the contribution of these real snow heroes. Devon and Cornwall Police would like to hear about these volunteers and how they went above and beyond to help. Please nominate your snow hero before Sunday 25 March.”
Nominees will receive a letter of recognition from Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police Shaun Sawyer. Those chosen for special commendation will be invited to a day “behind the blue line” at Police Headquarters in Exeter and meet members of operational policing teams such as the dog unit and the drone team.
Closing date for nominations Sunday 25 March 2017 #SnowHeroes
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We are pleased to announce the return of the Devon BASH Awards (Be Active, Be Safe, Be Healthy) which will take place on 23rd March 2018 at Westpoint, Clyst Mary, Exeter.
Nominations are now open and we are welcoming entries which help us celebrate the achievements of people with disabilities in Devon.
The award categories for nomination include seven areas based on being active, keeping safe and staying healthy as follows:
• Making healthy choices
• Taking up a new sport or activity
• Learning and achievement
• Act of kindness
• Keep safe ambassador
• Community champion (volunteer)
• Act of bravery
These awards recognise the winning individual/s and runners up for their positive achievements. Winners will each receive an award whilst runners up will receive a personalised certificate.
Nominations can be made by the general public, people with disabilities or their carers. For more information about the BASH awards and to make your nomination, visit www.dc.police.uk/bash18
Please help spread the word of the fantastic event to any disability groups or individuals you may have links with and refer them to the above web link for full information.
Any queries please don’t hesitate to e-mail email@example.com
With thanks in advance,
Sergeant 4167 Sally Kingdon
Diverse Communities Team – Devon
Address: Room GE16, Middlemoor, Exeter EX2 7HQ
Telephone: 01392 226887 (int 303887)
Mobile: 07738 736890 / Mobex: 870897
Devon and Cornwall Police are searching for a 35-year-old missing person, Daniel Dawes. CLICK ON THE DOCUMENT LINK, ABOVE, FOR A PHOTOGRAPH.
Daniel has been missing from his place of residence in Ivybridge since Friday 29 December. Officers are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare.
Daniel is described as a white, 6ft tall of slim build. He has short brown hair, dark stubble and brown eyes. It is not known what he was wearing when last seen.
Daniel has previously been located on Dartmoor and in rural isolated locations. Daniel is believed to be on foot.
Anyone who has information or who has seen Daniel is requested to contact the police via firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 101 quoting Log number 289 30/12/17.
Anyone who has information or who has seen Daniel is requested to contact the police immediately quoting Log number 289 30/12/17.
Throughout December Devon and Cornwall Police will be making sure that the region’s roads are a safe place for everyone. The annual Christmas operation to stop people driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, through awareness raising and rigorous enforcement, is under way.
Any drivers involved in a collision and any motorists whose driving may lead police to suspect they are under the influence of alcohol will be breathalysed. If drug driving is suspected, drivers can also be tested at the roadside using a mouth swab device.
Devon and Cornwall Police is keen to dispel some commonly held myths about drink and drug driving.
Roads Policing Inspector Richard McLellan emphasised that being “under the limit” for a breath test does not necessarily mean that a driver’s judgement and abilities are not impaired.
He said: “If the police have observed you driving in a careless or dangerous fashion whether you have had a collision or not, you could still be arrested, charged and prosecuted for a Section 4 offense of driving a mechanically propelled vehicle whilst unfit through drink or drugs, even if your breath test indicates a level below 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.”
Inspector McLellan continued: “Drivers also need to stop assuming that they can “sleep it off”. From a sample of 98 people that had a positive, failed or refused breath test in June 2017, seven were found to be significantly over the limit the morning after.
“One 38-year-old man blew 147 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath at 9.24 on a Wednesday morning. Sleep has nothing to do with reducing the alcohol level in your blood, only time.”
“Our message is clear and simple: don’t drink or take drugs and drive, and give due consideration to the morning after. It is simply not worth it.”
Police are also emphasising that the effects of a collision caused by driving with impaired judgment due to alcohol or drugs extend much further than initial damage, injury or fatalities.
Inspector McLellan said: “If you drive while impaired you not only increase your chance of causing serious injury or a death through a collision, but also risk consequences in trying to carry on with a normal life. The penalties when caught have far-reaching implications on any drink driver’s life financially, emotionally, psychologically and on their family and friends.
“The punishments for drink driving are rightly severe because there is no excuse for doing it. If convicted of drink driving you will have a criminal record, lose your licence and potentially your livelihood and you could spend time in prison and receive a large fine. Convictions can also significantly increase insurance premiums and prevent travel to certain countries.”
Preventing death or injury is as simple as pre-booking a taxi back from a party or having an alcohol free designated driver in your group.
Since 2013, the average percentage of drivers who have been stopped in Devon and Cornwall that were positive, failed or refused alcohol breath test is 20%. The national average from figures released by the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) this year is 10%.
Inspector McLellan concluded: “Drink driving cannot be tolerated at any time of the year but we will ensure very close attention is being paid over the festive period. This is intelligence led policing and it means that in Devon and Cornwall you are twice as likely to get caught if you are selfish enough to do it.”
Current drink-driving penalties are listed here: https://www.gov.uk/drink-driving-penalties
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If people thought the South West was a soft target for the supply of drugs, think again.
This week, Monday 9 October to Friday 13 October, police across Devon have been targeting dangerous drug networks as part of a large-scale operation into drug dealing in the county.
Officers carried out a number of arrests in a major crackdown of suspected drug suppliers. So far this week, 11 people have been arrested with over 20 charges stemming from the arrests as part of the crackdown.
Det Supt Ken Lamont said: “This activity, named Operation Cleft, is the result of us talking to the community and listening to their concerns about the sale and use of drugs in the area.
“This week, we worked together as one team to safeguard communities and neighbourhoods by targeting dangerous drugs networks, referred to as ‘DNN’s’ – a term used for urban gangs supplying drugs into our local market and coastal towns.
“The operation is a campaign with police and other agencies to find long-term solutions to restricting the supply of drugs, reducing demand and rebuilding communities.”
The Chairman of the Safer Devon Partnership, Dr Virginia Pearson, said: “We fully support the actions of the police in using their powers to tackle this problem and prevent it from escalating. This is an issue that involves the whole Safer Devon Partnership, and our focus is not only on supporting the police to bring offenders to justice, but also on protecting our most vulnerable individuals and communities from their criminal activities.”
Det Supt Ken Lamont continued: “This operation is targeting the supply of Class A drugs heroin and crack cocaine with the ultimate aim of to disrupt some of the major supply lines into the county and maximise the provision of safeguarding activity to vulnerable people who suffer exposure to DNN’s.
“National, regional and local learning has shown how DDN’s target vulnerability in many guises to move both drugs and money. This includes the exploitation of children, the exploitation of vulnerable adults, human trafficking, and sexual exploitation of women. Gangs can typically take over the homes of local vulnerable adults in a term referred to as ‘cuckooing’.
“We have developed our understanding of the vulnerability of traditional street dealers who may have previously been viewed as offenders. However, often these are vulnerable people who are used by suppliers to run drugs. DNN’s target the most vulnerable in society and we are here to protect them.
“Intelligence and ongoing proactive work shows thatClass A drugs are being supplied across Devon by organised crime groups utilising members of the public who originate from the Metropolitan area of London, Manchester, Liverpool and the West Midlands areas.”
Arrests and searches have been carried out at addresses throughout the city this week with the operation running for another day. A significant amount of Cannabis, heroin and cocaine have been seized during the searches.
Det Supt Ken Lamont added: “We have used methods of intelligence to identify and locate suspects to be arrested. This has been led by our Pro-Active Team and assisted by Intelligence teams, FSG and PDU.
“Detectives have worked through the night to secure over 20 charges to date and most suspects have subsequently been remanded in custody. Neighbourhood Teams have been visible throughout the community to reassure the public. We have worked with partners to close down addresses associated with drugs and anti-social behaviour.
“The week of action was not only about taking action against those suspected of being involved in drugs. It was also about offering help and support. Numerous people were referred to support services during the week to hopefully provide them with the help and support they need to escape alcohol and drug misuse.
“We are committed to tackling drugs in the area. The operation is a sustained response to the potential threat, risk and harm to Devon communities, linked to the activities of the Organised Crime Networks.
“Months of work has been carried out by officers and we hope it will reassure local residents that police are taking the issue extremely seriously.”
Police are keen to hear from anyone who is concerned about illegal drugs or drug-related crime in their neighbourhood. If anyone believes their neighbours are being cuckooed or having their addresses taken over, especially if vulnerable, they should report this immediately.
The support we receive from local people is vital in helping us make our communities safer and every piece of information is greatly appreciated.
If you have any concerns, contact police via email@example.com or by calling 101. If you don’t want to speak to the police directly, you can call the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.
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Rise in Speeding on Salcombe Harbour
The Salcombe Harbour Office reports that there has been an unwelcome rise in the number of vessels caught speeding this year, within Salcombe Harbour and surrounding areas.
Despite the highest allowed speed in the harbour being 8 knots (9 mph), some vessels have been stopped for travelling at speeds of over 30 knots (35 mph). The areas affected by speeding are Salcombe Harbour, including the estuary right up to Kingsbridge, the ‘Bar’ and Harbour entrance but also in South Pool Creek and Widegates.
The Salcombe Harbour Master, Adam Parnell said: “My team has stopped 35 boats for speeding, and some have been travelling so fast that our patrol boat, which can do in excess of 35 knots, has struggled to catch up.
“We know that this number represents the tip of the iceberg. We receive many calls and emails from members of the public who witness speeding, but unfortunately they often don’t tell us until hours or even days later, so it’s often too late to do anything about it.”
To deal with the rise in speeding, the Harbour Authority is increasing additional speeding patrols both at the Bar and in Widegates. “It appears that not only are these vessels speeding, but they’re not even aware of who and what is around them, and that’s a real concern,” said the Assistant Harbour Master, Cameron Sims-Stirling.
“What is particularly disappointing,” said Cllr Julian Brazil, Chairman of the Harbour Authority, “is that many of the vessels the team stop, are actually locals who should know better.”
All vessels caught speeding were given either a verbal or written warning, but in the worst cases, they received a formal interview under caution.
“A lot of people don’t realise that speeding is regulated by Harbour Bye-laws, a breach of which is a prosecutable criminal offence” said the Harbour Master. “Unlike speeding in a car, which is a civil offence, the helm of a speeding vessel can end up with a criminal record and be fined up to £1000.”
“They don’t realise the damage that their wake is causing behind them. We’ve had reports of paddle-boarders being washed off their boards and smaller vessels capsized.” The Authority is particularly concerned at reports from local marine businesses that the poor behaviour of a few is having on the reputation of Salcombe as a safe harbour, with paddle-board companies concerned for the safety of their customers.
Anyone witnessing a speeding vessel is strongly encouraged to report it to the Harbour Office as soon as possible so that the appropriate action can be taken. You can report this by phone on: 01548 843791 or by Twitter @Salcombeharbour.