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SCAM ALERT

SCAM ALERT

Posted Tuesday 05 Dec 2017 10:45 AM

The following describes how scammers have recently targeted a vulnerable victim,

“ A telephone call was received on a landline (late November 2017) from scammers advising that they were calling from a bank – they did not specify which bank and this was not questioned. The caller stated he was conducting an internal investigation into bank staff and that the victim was to tell no one that they were assisting with the investigation. He stated that counterfeit money had been put into accounts and that the victim was to withdraw 2 separate sums on consecutive days, and that once withdrawn he would ring them and check random numbers on some of the bank notes to determine if they were the ones that they had introduced and were circulating in the system. The victim was told that a courier from the bank would collect the money and then the bank account would be re-credited with genuine notes. The victim was to leave their phone off the hook when they were communicating so that they would not be contacted by anyone and they were to tell no one why they was withdrawing the money, including the bank staff. Money was withdrawn and the courier, described as male in his 20s and Mediterranean appearance, collected the money the same day. Needless to say the money was not re-credited. ”

Please be aware of any such attempts to obtain cash in circumstances as above, not just for yourselves but for any of your family, friends or neighbours who may be vulnerable to such scams.

Stay vigilant

Folkestone Robber Convicted

Folkestone Robber Convicted

Posted Tuesday 05 Dec 2017 10:17 AM

Armed robber jailed after stealing from Folkestone taxi drivers

A robber from Folkestone who held up two taxi drivers at knifepoint has been jailed for 12 years.

Joshua Prett, 27, of Snowdrop Close, pleaded guilty to the robbery charges along with two counts of possessing an offensive weapon. He also pleaded guilty to an aggravated burglary in Cheriton Road that he’d carried out the previous month.

The court heard how during the early hours of Tuesday 11 April 2017 a taxi was booked to collect Prett from Peto Close. When the driver arrived Prett opened his car door and held a knife to his face. Prett demanded money from the man’s wallet, grabbed his radio and threw it onto the back seat. He then took cash along with the victim’s mobile phone and ran away.

Later that morning another taxi driver who was called to pick up Prett from Eversley Way was also threatened at knifepoint and had his mobile phone snatched. The victim managed to raise the alarm for police but Prett ran away from the scene.

One of the victims was able to identify Prett and he was arrested. Officers found him with one of the stolen phones and linked him to the other, which he had passed off as his own and sold to a local phone shop.

Kent Police also linked Prett to an aggravated burglary on Saturday 25 March 2017. During this incident the victim was woken up to the sound of banging on his front door. When he opened it a group of people pushed their way in and demanded cash. Prett was in the hallway holding a knife and threatened to stab the man if he went near him. The victim’s phone was stolen along with medication and a pair of trainers.

Prett was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday 1 December 2017. He will serve an additional three years on licence upon his release.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Geoffrey Kirya said: ‘These were pre-meditated attacks on innocent people who should never have been subjected to such ordeals. One man was in bed and within the comfort of his own home.

‘Taxi drivers can be left feeling vulnerable when working late at night but should never be at risk due to the spontaneous and vicious attacks carried out by people like Prett.

‘I hope this sentence sends out a positive message to the community that we will diligently pursue all acts of violence and do everything possible to support all victims of crime. ’

The latest updates on avian influenza (bird flu) in winter 2017 to 2018

The latest updates on avian influenza (bird flu) in winter 2017 to 2018

Posted Tuesday 05 Dec 2017 09:53 AM

Last winter the UK experienced several outbreaks of avian influenza – better known as bird flu – and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is asking for help to share information in local communities. This highly contagious disease affects birds including chickens, ducks and geese, and can be fatal to them, devastating farmers’ livelihoods. It is just as much of a risk to those with a few chickens in a back garden as to commercial farmers and anyone who keeps chickens, ducks or geese

For more information visit gov. Uk and search for Avian Influenza (bird Flu) or paste the following into your preferred browser

www. Gov. Uk/government/news/avian-influenza-bird-flu-in-winter-2017-to-2018

Folkestone Murder Appeal

Posted Wednesday 29 Nov 2017 11:04 AM

Folkestone murder detectives appeal for dashcam footage

Murder detectives investigating the death of a man in Folkestone are appealing for motorists with dashcam footage to come forward.

Joe Daniels, 58, was found unresponsive inside the Red Cow pub in Foord Road, shortly before 11. 30am on Wednesday 22 November 2017.

He had suffered an injury consistent with a gunshot and was pronounced dead at the scene, where a firearm was also recovered.

Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate would now like to hear from any motorists with dashboard cameras installed who travelled in the immediate vicinity of the Red Cow between 8. 30am and 11. 30am on the day Mr Daniels was discovered.

The pub is located near the junction with Black Bull Road.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Richard Vickery said: ‘We are continuing to carry out enquiries into the circumstances behind Mr Daniels’ death and cannot yet rule out any third party involvement.

‘A review of any available video evidence forms a vital part of every murder investigation and that includes any footage that may have been picked up by dashboard cameras.

‘I would strongly encourage anyone with footage, no matter how mundane it may first appear, to call the appeal line on 01843 222289 quoting reference 22-0452. People with information can also call Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. ’

High Pressure Sales

High Pressure Sales

Posted Wednesday 29 Nov 2017 10:58 AM

From Kent Trading Standards……………. .

We have received reports of a company using high pressure techniques to sell burglar alarms with a 5 year maintenance contract.

One salesman demanded the 80 year old resident pay the full amount upfront.

Please look out for neighbours and report any suspicious doorstep callers to us.

For advice on what to do if you or someone you know has been pressured into buying a product visit Citizens Advice or telephone them on 03454 04 05 06.

If you require work done to your home get a number of quotes. Use a reputable company who has been recommended by family or friends or use a Kent County Council approved trader via Checkatrade.

How to Shop On line Safely

Posted Wednesday 29 Nov 2017 10:53 AM

How To Shop Online Safely

Check the web address
Always check you’re on the correct website. Criminals can set up fake websites that have a similar design and web address to the genuine site.

Is it a secure connection?
Web pages you enter personal or financial details into should display a locked padlock sign and have a web address that starts with https. This means your connection to the website is secure.

Phishing
Don't click on links or attachments within unsolicited emails. The number of online shopping related phishing emails increases significantly during the holiday period.

Bank transfers
65% of Action Fraud reports during the 2016 Christmas period were linked to online auction sites. Don’t pay for goods or services by bank transfer unless you know and trust the person. Payments via bank transfer offer you no protection if you become a victim of fraud.
Stay vigilant

FREE BUSINESS ADVICE ACROSS SHEPWAY

Posted Wednesday 29 Nov 2017 09:48 AM

A quick note to remind you about our free business advice service, aimed at helping Shepway residents to start up or expand businesses locally.

The service includes a consultation with a trained and experienced advisor employed by “Let’s Do Business”.

The one-to-one sessions are generally held at the Civic Centre, but also at Romney Resource Centre, with the next available dates being:

• November 29th – 3 spaces left!
• 14th December
• January 10th and 24th
• February 7th and 21st
• March 7th & 21st
• April 4th and 18th

For more information please see:
www. Folkestone. Works/funding-and-support/need-business-support/

The booking form can be found at:
http://letsdobusinessgroup. Co. Uk/product/shepway-business-advice-support-sessions/

We will also be holding some linked workshops between now and the end of March.

If you know of anyone based in Shepway that might benefit from this service please ask them to contact kaye. Crittell@ldbgroup. Co. Uk or to speak to me to arrange a booking.
Dave Illsley

Charter For Otterpool ParkUpdate

Posted Wednesday 29 Nov 2017 09:43 AM

In September 2017 we produced a draft Charter for Otterpool Park that set out in more detail our aspirations for this new garden town. The 24 page document builds on the "Development Principles for Otterpool Park" first published in the Expression of Interest that the council submitted to government in June 2016.

Following public consultation and consideration by the Council's Cabinet, revisions have been made to the Charter which is now completed and we have now published it on our website.

www. Shepway. Gov. Uk/more-homes/more-jobs/otterpool-park

Burglary Stone Street Stanford

Posted Monday 13 Nov 2017 14:31 PM

Burglary –
A burglary dwelling has occurred in the Stone Street area of Stanford, Folkestone between the times of 0955 hours on the 8th November and 1000 hours on the same day.
Entry was gained and cash and jewellery were stolen.
If you have any information which may be useful to the investigation of this incident please call 101 and quote crime report number – ZY/54983/17

Thank you for your cooperation.
When to take action and contact Action
Fraud on 0300 123 2040
• If you receive a bill for something you haven’t
bought.
• If you think you may have responded to a
fraudster without realising it.
• If you have given someone your bank details and
you are worried they may not be genuine.
Action Fraud will give you advice on what to do next.
If you have concerns that elderly or vulnerable
neighbours, relatives or family have been targeted,
talk to them and check they are OK.
If you need more advice, contact Action Fraud or
visit their website
www. Actionfraud. Police. Uk

Attempted Fraud Dymchurch

Posted Monday 13 Nov 2017 14:07 PM

Attempted Fraud in Dymchurch


Officers from Kent and Essex’s Serious Crime Directorate are investigating an attempted fraud which targeted a Dymchurch resident.

On Tuesday 7 November the victim, in his 70s, was approached by a man claiming to be a police officer who knocked on his front door. He was told that an investigation into rogue traders who worked on his driveway had begun and he may be called as a witness.

The victim then reports to have received a call stating he was eligible for a £3,000 refund as the rogue traders had been convicted. In order to get this refund he would need to pay the outstanding VAT and an officer would collect the payment.

The victim then told his son what had happened and they contacted Kent Police before any money had been handed over.

Detective Sergeant Marc Cananur said: ‘The victim in this case did completely the right thing when he told his son what had happened.

‘We are keen to ensure people know how to spot the signs of a fraudulent visit or phone call so their finances are not put at risk. I would encourage friends and family members to pass on fraud prevention advice to help protect residents who may not be aware of this type of scam. ’

Protect yourself against courier fraud, remember:

• The police or your bank will never send a courier to your home to collect your bank card or other items and will never ask for cash, valuables, or your PIN.
• If you receive one of these calls end it immediately without providing information.
• If you wish to call your bank use a number known to you, not one provided by the caller. Call from another phone, or call a friend first to ensure the offenders have been disconnected from your line.
• If you’ve handed over any personal bank details to the fraudster, call your bank and cancel your cards immediately.

Scam alert

Posted Tuesday 07 Nov 2017 12:09 PM

We have received reports of scam phone calls from people claiming to work on behalf of the NHS selling medical equipment agreed by their Doctor.
In one report the victim paid £85 for a blood pressure machine which never arrived and their Doctor confirmed they did not make the recommendation.
If you receive one of these calls hang up and contact your GP surgery on a number you know to be true.
Never disclose personal information such as bank details to someone over the telephone, no matter who the caller claims to be.
You can reduce the number of unsolicited sales and marketing calls you receive by registering your telephone number with the Telephone Preference Service. It’s a free service and only takes a minute to register.
http://www. Tpsonline. Org. Uk/tps/index. Html

Lympne Village Hall Loan

Posted Tuesday 07 Nov 2017 11:16 AM

Lympne Village Hall Loan-
The decision regarding whether Lympne Parish Council will invest in the future of the village hall for the benefit of residents has been made.
On the 1st November a discussion lasting over an hour with lots of opposing views took place at the Lympne Parish Council Meeting. The views of the public both for and against the proposal debated, a review of the results of the consultation were discussed.
At the end of the discussion a vote was called for by the Chair and all Councillors present voted unanimously to support the application to the public loan Board to make an application for the loan. The full details of the minutes will be published soon in draft for your to review at www. Lympne. Net.
The Council will ensure that as this project progresses you will be updated both through our online presence and through the local news letter

SCAM ALERT

Posted Tuesday 07 Nov 2017 11:07 AM

Latest scam alert from KCC

We have received reports of scam phone calls from people claiming to work on behalf of the NHS selling medical equipment agreed by their Doctor.

In one report the victim paid £85 for a blood pressure machine which never arrived and their Doctor confirmed they did not make the recommendation.

If you receive one of these calls hang up and contact your GP surgery on a number you know to be true.

Never disclose personal information such as bank details to someone over the telephone, no matter who the caller claims to be.

You can reduce the number of unsolicited sales and marketing calls you receive by registering your telephone number with the Telephone Preference Service. It’s a free service and only takes a minute to register.

Burglary Otterpool Lane

Posted Monday 30 Oct 2017 12:37 PM

A burglary outbuilding has occurred in the Otterpool Lane area of Lympne between the 00. 55 and 01. 05 on the 20/10.
Entry was gained to a garden shed and a male and female Releigh cycle, a Black and Decker saw, a petrol chain saw, a cordless power drill and a corded power drill were stolen. .
If you have any information which may be useful to the investigation of this incident please call 101 and quote crime report number – ZY/50968/17

Scaffolding Scam

Posted Monday 30 Oct 2017 12:22 PM

KCC trading standards have issued the following bulletin. Click on the link or cut and paste into your browser
http://www. Lympnepc. Kentparishes. Gov. Uk/?p=1623&preview=true

November Newsletter Now available

Posted Thursday 19 Oct 2017 17:50 PM

The Newsletter for November is now available through the link on this site

OTTERPOOL PARK STAGE TWO CONSULTATION RESULTS

Posted Monday 16 Oct 2017 20:26 PM

OTTERPOOL PARK STAGE TWO COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT REPORT NOW AVAILABLE
The Stage 2 Community Engagement Report for Otterpool Park, prepared by Kevin Murray Associates, is now available on the Otterpool Park website, a link to which is below.
http://www. Otterpoolpark. Org/

Scam Alert

Posted Friday 13 Oct 2017 11:46 AM

Kent Trading Standards warn residents about criminals pretending to be Trading Standards officers to defraud vulnerable victims out of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

How it works
• The criminal visits or calls residents who have previously been victims of crime claiming to be a Trading Standards officer using false identification.
• They tell the resident that following a Trading Standards investigation into their previous complaint they are entitled to compensation.
• They tell the resident they need to pay some money to release the compensation awarded by the Court.
• Some residents are being told they must also pay the VAT that wasn’t paid from the original crime
What to do
• Tell the caller you need to speak to a friend or relative and hang up.
• If they are at your door politely say you need to speak to a friend or relative and close the door.
REMEMBER: Trading Standards will NEVER ask for cash and you would NEVER be asked to pay money to receive compensation.

WARNING: Telephone callers may insist you hang up and check their ID by calling a number they give to you. This is part of the fraud. Criminals stay on the line and pretend to be Trading Standards to verify the caller. Report these calls to Kent Police at your local Police station.

Residents that have previously been victims of doorstep crime are particularly at risk so please warn neighbours, friends and/or relatives if you think they may be targeted.

Appeal for witnesses

Posted Friday 13 Oct 2017 11:40 AM

Cyclist injured in Hythe collision

Kent Police is appealing for witnesses to a collision in Hythe in which a cyclist was injured by a car that allegedly failed to stop.

The incident is reported to have happened as the vehicle turned into Stade Street from the A259, at about 11. 50am on Sunday 24 September 2017.

A 44-year-old man suffered minor leg injuries but did not require hospital treatment.

Officers would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision by calling the appeal line on 01843 222289 and leaving a message for PC Simon Jones.

Alternatively call Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

DROP EVENING

Posted Tuesday 10 Oct 2017 14:51 PM

Lympne Parish Council invite residents of Lympne to drop into the Village Hall to speak with Councillors, and members of the Village Hall Committee to give their views on the proposal to raise the Council Tax to support the completion of the Village Hall Annex.

The event takes place at Lympne Village Hall on the 18th October 2017 between 7pm and 9 pm.
The decision to apply for a loan to help complete the hall has not been taken.

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