Neighbourhood Policing Week

The local Policing Team have issued the following message:

We are pleased that we will be taking part in Neighbourhood Policing week, which runs from Monday 17th January until Sunday 23rd January. During the week we will focus on the variety of work that your Safer Neighbourhood Teams carry out on a daily basis.

Officers will be taking part in a number of events throughout the week, in addition to responding to incidents and our usual patrols.

Keep an eye on @NewportCops and @TelfordCops on Twitter for more details.

Our engagement van will be out and about during this week and we will publish more details on Twitter and Neighbourhood Matters regarding local events and where you can find us.

Should you wish to contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team, please email newport.snt@westmercia.police.uk 

 

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BLACK FRIDAY BARGAIN OR SCAM?

 West Mercia Police have issued a new fraud warning ahead of Black Friday:

In the heat of the moment, it can be hard to tell, especially in the run up to Black Friday!

Criminals may try to trick you into purchasing goods/services that don’t exist by advertising them at too good to be true prices.

  • Protect your money and information by only using retailers you trust, or authorised sellers named on official websites when shopping for deals online.
  •  Does the the offer sound too good to be true?
  • Are they refusing to provide you with additional photos?
  • Do they want you to pay up front by bank transfer?
  • Only use the secure payment method recommended by retailers and auction sites, where possible use a credit card for purchases over £100 and up to £30,000 as you receive protection under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act

#Take Five – It could be a scam.

  • Stop – Taking a moment to stop and think can keep you and your money safe.
  • Challenge – Keep your money and information safe from criminals by only purchasing items from authorised sellers and doing your research fully before making a purchase.
  • Protect – if you think you’ve fallen for a scam contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

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New art installations for Remembrance from Telford & Wrekin Council

As part of the Remembrance events this year Telford & Wrekin Council are showcasing a touring temporary art installation consisting of a mobile projection of ‘poppies falling’ created by a local artist, Andy McKeown.

The installation will feature in each of the borough towns beginning Monday 8 November projecting onto local landmarks in the towns from 6pm and run for an hour and half.  The schedule includes Monday 8 November, Oakengates at The Wakes, Tuesday 9 November, Madeley at The Anstice, Wednesday 10 November, Ironbridge  at the War Memorial, Thursday 11 November at  Dawley, St. Leonard’s Church Malinslee,  Friday 12 November, Newport at St Nicholas Church . The tour will continue on Saturday 13 November in Wellington at All Saints  Church and on Sunday 14 November the SW1 building at Southwater will be lit up for Remembrance Sunday.

Leader of Telford & Wrekin Council Shaun Davies said: “We are delighted to be able to bring this installation to local residents as part of this week of remembrance. People will be able to see the projection for about an hour and a half each evening from 6pm in an area local to them.”

Mayor of the Borough of Telford and Wrekin, Councillor Amrik Jhawar said “We think this is a really special way to remember together. The week concludes with the Remembrance Festival at The Place – Telford on Sunday 14 November at 8pm.”

Tickets for the Festival of Remembrance are available from www.theplacetelford.com, whilst the tickets are free there is a requirement to book your  place.

 

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Newport Public Toilets Vandalised

Newport local Policing Team have received several reports over the recent weeks regarding vandalism at the public toilets on the Stafford Street car park.

Anyone with information is asked to contact them using the online service at www.westmercia.police.uk/ro

Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800555111

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Neighbourhood Watch Crime and Community Survey 2021

The survey  is open to the public across England and Wales, regardless of whether they live in a Neighbourhood Watch area or not.

The results will enable the Neighbourhood Watch Network to better understand on a national and regional level crime, fear of crime and benchmark whether membership to a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, or living in a Neighbourhood Watch area, has an impact on levels of crime, concern about crime, neighbourliness, and the willingness of communities to work together.

Last year the survey received over 3000 responses and they are aiming to receive a good balance of responses from Neighbourhood Watch members and non-members which will enable them to compare experiences between these two groups.

A good response in all regions will ensure they can publish a national report and provide individual regions with their own reports.

All data will be anonymised and aggregated and will be used by Neighbourhood Watch to ensure their work is effective, inclusive, and representative.

www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CL72YGJ

The survey closes on the 16th of November.

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Reporting Anti Social Behaviour to the Police

The local Policing Team have been made aware of a recent trend on the social media platform ‘TikTok’, where people are filming themselves knocking loudly on someones door and then running away.

“Knock and run” is an old children’s prank which may appear humorous to people at the time, but is also known to cause quite a bit of distress to those experiencing a loud knock on their door, late in the evening. This sort of prank particularly upsets the elderly, the vulnerable, or those living alone, and can lead to serious repercussions, for both the people knocking, and any homeowners who choose to confront those knocking.

We appeal to parents and carers to speak to any children you know about this trend, as it may prevent them taking part in it and causing upset. If an event is reported, at the very least, anyone involved in this sort of behaviour will be spoken to by the Police. It may even be that a criminal offence has been committed by them, meaning a criminal conviction is a possibility.

If you experience this sort of prank at your home, please do not confront those responsible. You can report it to the Policing Team using the reporting page on the Police website using this link https://www.westmercia.police.uk/

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“Sorry, no trick or treat here” Poster

HALLOWEEN

West Mercia Police have issued the following press release regarding Halloween Trick or Treat:

Please remember, Halloween can be a scary time for some members of our community. If you see a copy of our “Sorry, no trick or treat here” poster, please be considerate and avoid the address. Please also consider that residents may be having to isolate, or may be trying to limit contact with others.
If older children are going out with friends, without parental supervision, please ask them to be considerate. Halloween is a time for fun, but not at the expense of others.

You can use this link to find a copy of our “Sorry, no trick or treat here” poster to display in your window if you do not wish to have any trick or treaters this Halloween.

https://www.westmercia.police.uk/SysSiteAssets/media/downloads/west-mercia/halloween-activities/halloween-no-trick-or-treat-poster-bw.pdf

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Telford & Wrekin Council launch the MyTelford app

New MyTelford app launched

Telford & Wrekin Council have launched a brand new app for residents to access council services quickly and easily through a streamlined system.

New MyTelford app launches today!

The MyTelford app is free to download, boasting over 100 different services ranging from the ability to report potholes, request a new bin and to find information on local Leisure offers, Covid-19 information and the latest news from in and around the borough.

Leader of Telford & Wrekin Council Cllr Shaun Davies said, “As part of the Council Plan, we want to provide a community-focussed, innovative council providing efficient, effective and quality services.

“The MyTelford app encompasses this perfectly as it enables residents to access council services immediately, wherever they are in the borough. With such a breadth of information, we hope that the app will continue to help all residents live well in their community.”

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Enforcement, Community Safety and Customer Services Cllr Richard Overton commented, “Easy access to council services continues to be extremely important in helping residents make the most of their community.

“We want our residents to have pride in where they live; the new app will enable them to report things quickly so that we as a community can work together to keep our town cleaner and greener.

“Along with this, the MyTelford app also enables residents to gain specific information about where they live. By helping residents contact local councillors easily, we hope residents will feel empowered to share their thoughts and opinions to make a continued difference in our borough communities.”

MyTelford is the new and improved version of the Everyday Telford app. Both will continue to run alongside one another until Everyday Telford is archived in the near future. This will give residents plenty of time to download the new app.

The MyTelford app is available to download on iOS and Android devices.

More information on the MyTelford service can be found here.

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Home Security Advice

West Mercia Police are advising local residents to take some simple but effective precautions to protect their homes as the nights get darker.

Most offenders target homes with little or no obvious security, those which appear unattended or have access to the side and rear.

What can you do to prevent this?

You can significantly reduce the chance of being burgled by taking a few simple precautions:

  • Set a timer switch to turn your lights on when it gets dark. Unlit houses can be a giveaway that no one is home.
  • Consider leaving a radio on so that it sounds like someone is home. You can also purchase small devices that mimic the glow of a tv, to give the appearance someone is watching tv.
  • Install dusk to dawn lights in your garden. Burglars prefer to stay hidden in the dark.
  • Lock your doors, patios and downstairs windows even when you are home. Make sure you double check them again before you go to bed, get into a routine.
  • If you have a burglar alarm, make sure you set it when you go out and also when you go to bed.
  • Don’t leave car keys, ID cards or valuables near windows, doors or letterboxes where burglars can reach through to steal them.
  • Lock your garden gates and side entrances. Don’t leave tools lying around in the garden which could be used to break in to your home.

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POLICE UPDATE ON E-SCOOTERS

Electric scooters, or E-Scooters, are an up-and-coming mode of transport, but did you know that it is illegal to use them on public roads, pavements, cycle lanes and pedestrian-only areas, unless they form part of a designated trial area?

Telford is not a trial area and unfortunately we are seeing an increase in the use of them. Some people are riding them illegally on public roads and pavements. In order to ride one legally, you would need a driving licence and insurance to use one on the road, which is not currently possible.

As an E-Scooter meets the legal definition of a motor vehicle, if it is being used on a road or public place (outside the conditions of a trial) it can be seized by a police constable and the rider prosecuted for riding a motor vehicle without insurance, in the same way that we deal with mini-moto cycle riders.

If you have purchased an E-Scooter for a child or someone you know, please make sure they are only using them on private land where they have permission.

E-scooters may appear to be toy’s, or an environmentally friendly mode of transport, but they are illegal to use on a road or public space. Unfortunately, there have also been a number of collisions involving e scooters, sadly some of which have been fatal.

Please ensure the safety of yourself and your loved ones by only riding them on private land where you have the land owners permission.

You can report incidents involving E-Scooters to: https://www.westmercia.police.uk/ro/report/rti/rti-b/report-a-road-traffic-incident/

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