The latest local Police Alerts appropriate to New Milton :-
have you lost a ring in the new milton area
A ring has been recovered in the New Milton area and has an
inscription inside which reads 'All my love, Jan x". If you can help us
reunite the ring with the owner please contact PSI Helen Mills or
Property Officer Atley Greenslade via 101.
See pictures of the Ring in Question
LOCAL POLICE ISSUE AN ALERT ABOUT CAR SECURITY
The sun is shining, nights are drawing out and the local
wildlife is beginning to flourish! Perfect excuses to get out in the
beauty spots in the New Forest for a nice walk, a long cycle ride or a
Have you considered that there may be people in
the area that also see opportunities with this fine weather?
Vehicle crime makes up more than a quarter of all recorded crime in the
Vehicle criminals are opportunists, and most vehicle-related crimes can
be prevented by taking simple security measures.
Always lock your car, wind up the windows and
close the sunroof, even if you’re only leaving it for a few minutes. You
should also double check it’s locked before leaving. It only takes a few
seconds for your valuables to be stolen from an unlocked car.
Leaving valuables in your car can give opportunists the motive to break
a window and have them away, leaving you to claim of your insurance,
replace your valuables and cancel your bank cards.
valuables in your glove box or covering them with a coat may not deter
The New Forest Neighbourhood Police Teams from New
Milton, Lymington and Ringwood will be carrying out dedicated patrols at
random times in the beauty spot car parks in the Forest so if you see us
doorstep rogue traders are targeting residents
in your area - yesterday in barton on sea
Hampshire Constabulary received a report from Lloyds Bank on
the 4th of April that an elderly female from the Barton-On-Sea had tried
to withdraw over £1,000 to pay for minor maintenance of her garden.
We use this term to describe distraction burglary and rogue
Offenders knock on the door pretending to be someone else. They distract
the resident to gain entry and steal items from inside, sometimes with
an accomplice. Offenders may pretend to have lost a pet or claim they
need to use your home phone. They may claim they are from a council,
utility supplier or even police.
If you're not sure, don't open the door. Read our crime
prevention advice and always:
- Lock all doors, even when at
- Use a chain or spy hole
- Stop unknown people from
- Tell the police about unwanted
or suspicious callers by calling 101
- Keep an eye out for you
neighbours and vulnerable people in your area who may be targeted.
If it's an emergency, it's always 999. You can also
provide information to the independent Crimestoppers charity if you wish
to stay anonymous by calling 0800 555 111. if you have suspicions
which you wish to report to police call 101.
Visit our website
below for more details.
UPDATE TO APPEAL TO FIND TWO UNEXPLODED SHELLS
Statement from Hampshire Constabulary.
contacted by the coastguard shortly before 9.30pm on Thursday, March 30,
informing us that a member of the public had called to say he’d found
two unexploded shells.
We contacted the member of the public and
gave him advice to leave them in situ and get out of his car. However,
by the time officers arrived at the scene, the man had returned the
shells to the top of the spit at Milford on Sea.
urgent appeal to find two unexploded shells
Can you help?
Two unexploded shells were found at Hurst Spit in Milford-on-Sea by
a member of the public last night (Thursday 30 March).
were cordoned off and plans were made for an Explosive Ordnance Disposal
team to attend the site this morning. Unfortunately the shells have
disappeared. One of the shells has been assessed as unstable and
potentially dangerous, so we need to find it as soon as possible.
Were you walking on the beach early this morning? Did you see the shells
or do know where they have gone?
If you have any information
about where the shells are, please contact us on 101, quoting incident
996 of today's date.
If you see the shells you should not go near
them. Stand as far away as possible and call us immediately.
drug related arrests in new milton
Police have made three arrests in connection with an
investigation into drug-related activity in New Milton.
The Neighbourhood Policing Team and a specialist team executed a warrant
at an address in Drake Close Yesterday morning, Thursday 30 March.
Three men, aged 30, 35 and 36, were arrested on suspicion of
being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs. Investigations are
Neighbourhood Policing Team Inspector Richard Parsons said:
“The arrests are part of an ongoing investigation. Drug-related activity
and associated harm will not be tolerated in the New Forest. We are
determined to do all we can to keep our communities safe.
“To effectively deal with this activity we rely on community
support. If you witness drug dealing or have concerns for a vulnerable
person who may be at risk please contact us with as much detail as
“I’d like to thank the community for their support please
continue to contact our team if you have any information or concerns.”
If you have any information relating to this case, please call
101 quoting reference '44170117971', or
HAMPSHIRE CONSTABULARY RECOMMEND A USEFUL WEB
SITE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE HAD CYCLES STOLEN
www.findthatbike.co.uk/ is a site that
will send emails to the registered person to advise of any bike put up
for sale on Gumtree or Ebay which matches specifics entered by the
user.i.e the Aggd can enter their bike details and any matching that are
put up for sale will be sent to them by email.
It also has a
section to check for bike serial numbers ( for those thinking of buying
to check if stolen ) and to report stolen bikes also.
Doorstep criminals are targeting residents
in your area.
Doorstep crime: What does it mean, exactly?
Hampshire Constabulary uses this term to describe distraction burglary
and rogue trading.
Offenders knock on the door pretending to be
someone else. They distract the resident to gain entry and steal items
from inside, sometimes with an accomplice. Offenders may pretend to have
lost a pet or claim they need to use your home phone. They may claim
they are from a council, utility supplier, or even police.
advice is: Not sure? Don’t open the door
• Lock: All doors, even
when at home. Use a chain or spy hole.
Unknown people from entering.
Police about unwanted or suspicious callers, phone 101.
• If you feel threatened
• Deaf? Mini-com call users call 18001 101 or send a
text to 07781 480999
• Want to stay anonymous? Call the
independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111
telephone scam alert - please be aware - it
could happen in new milton
Have you received a phone call like this?
Hampshire Constabulary is urging residents to be aware of the latest
telephone scam which has been reported to our officers.
Police have been made aware of two incidents in the Bordon area in
which elderly residents have been contacted by men claiming to be police
officers investigating fraud allegations. In both incidents, the women
were persuaded to take taxis to the bank to withdraw cash which would
later be collected by the men – who claimed they would check if it was
Fortunately, both victims mentioned the calls to taxi drivers during
their journey to the bank and the incidents were reported to police.
The first incident took place between 4.15pm and 4.45pm on Monday,
February 20, when the 84-year-old victim was asked to withdraw £5000. A
similar incident took place between 2pm and 4pm on Thursday, February
23, when an 85-year-old woman was contacted.
Neither of the victims parted with any money. Detective Constable Jo
Martindale, from Basingstoke CID, said: “We are urging members of the
public to be vigilant regarding these scam calls.
“The police will never ask for your bank or card detail, and they
will never ask you to withdraw money from your account. Thankfully these
two incidents were reported to police by taxi drivers. Without this
intervention the victims could have parted with large sums of money. The
offenders appear to be targeting elderly people, so I ask members of the
public to keep an eye out for elderly relatives and neighbours.”
Anyone who receives a phone call of this nature, or indeed any call
that they suspect is a scam, should hang up and call police on 101.
For more information and advice, visit
appeal for information following an attempted
robbery in new milton
We are appealing for information after an attempted robbery in New
Milton on Thursday, February 16. The incident took place between
8pm and 8.40pm in Gore Road, outside the New Life Christian Centre near
the corner of Vincent Road.
A 34-year-old man was punched several times by another man, who went
through his pockets. Nothing was taken. The victim received minor
injuries that required treatment at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
The suspect is described as about 5ft 9ins tall, of heavy build, with
short dark hair and a wispy, untidy beard, and wearing a khaki
sweatshirt. He is believed to be in his 20s and have a local accent. He
was said to be smelling of alcohol.
The suspect was with another man, who was not involved in the
attempted robbery. He was described as having fair hair.
If you saw anything or have any information about the incident,
please contact Police Staff Investigator Keely Osborne on 101, quoting
protecting people from on-line dating and
A victim of online dating fraud is sharing her
experiences ahead of this year’s Valentine’s Day to help others avoid
being affected by this type of crime.
The woman, who wishes to
remain anonymous, lost £20,000 and laundered more than £200,000 after
three years of contact with a man whom she met and communicated with
She is speaking out with the purpose of protecting
people in similar situations where they may become vulnerable to
convincing detailed deceptions.
Woman’s message of
support to people dating online
has recorded an interview with the woman to give a candid and emotive
account of the fraud and its implications for her life.
interview forms part of a Hampshire Constabulary film reconstructing the
events of an elaborate manipulation based on a false promise of marriage
and a new life together.
Speaking during the film, the woman who
is known as Jenny to protect her identity, said: “What I really
want to get across to anybody or everybody is the minute anyone asks you
to send them money, if you’ve never met them or received money from
them, just don’t do it - don’t do it, contact the police or talk to
somebody else about it.
“I never thought that I was naïve; I
didn’t think anything like this could ever happen to me – it could
happen to anybody.”
payment diversion scam
Fraudsters are emailing members of the public
who are expecting to make a payment for property repairs. The fraudsters
will purport to be a tradesman who has recently completed work at the
property and use a similar email address to that of the genuine
tradesman. They will ask for funds to be transferred via bank transfer.
Once payment is made the victims of the scam soon realise they have been
deceived when the genuine tradesman requests payment for their services.
If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report
localpolicealerts.html or by telephone 0300 123 2040.
- Always check the email address is
exactly the same as previous correspondence with the genuine
- For any request of payment via email
verify the validity of the request with a phone call to the person
who carried out the work.
- Check the email for spelling and grammar
as these signs can indicate that the email is not genuine.
- Payments via bank transfer offer no
financial protection; consider using alternative methods such as a
credit card or PayPal which offer protection and an avenue for
latest twist on an old
Are you aware of this latest twist on an old scam?
involves victims being told to pay a fee, in the form of gift vouchers,
in order to access a refund in Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) money.
In a previous scam, fraudsters would call people to tell them they
had an outstanding tax bill and needed to pay it off by buying gift
vouchers to avoid being arrested.
This new version of the
scam came to light on Friday, January 6, when quick-thinking staff at
the Morrisons supermarket in Barton-on-Sea approached a 75-year-old man
trying to buy £375 worth of vouchers.
After speaking with him, they realised he was the victim of a scam.
They stopped him from buying the vouchers and called the police.
Crime Prevention Advisor Sarah Cohen said: “We are extremely grateful
to the staff at Morrisons who realised something was wrong. Thanks to
their quick actions, this man was spared from spending hundreds of
pounds on a scam".
“Our neighbourhood officers regularly liaise with shops where vouchers
are sold, so that they can be mindful of people who may be vulnerable to
this type of fraud.”
If you receive a call from a person claiming that you need to
purchase gift vouchers (usually iTunes vouchers) in order to make a
payment, then please hang up – it is a scam.
receives a phone call that they suspect is a scam should hang up and
call 101. Make sure you hear the dial tone before dialling the number.
For more advice, visit
OPERATION FIGURE - DETECTIVES APPEAL AND OFFER
ADVICE AS BURGLARY SERIES DEVELOPS ACROSS BARTON ON sEA
Police are currently linking 16 burglaries which have occurred
in this area between September 6 and December 12 as part of Operation
Details of some of the incidents are:
December 11 offender/s gained access to a house on Barton Court Avenue
by forcing open a window. Once inside, the burglary alarm was activated
and the offender/s made off. Nothing was stolen. 44160466859
At some time between December 1 and December 4 the offender/s forced
entry to an address on Moorland Avenue through a ground floor window.
Once inside they searched the house and took jewellery, a laptop and a
docking station. 44160457067
On the afternoon of December 5
offender/s attempted to force entry into a house on Chestnut Avenue.
Nothing was stolen. 44160458072
On November 26 offender/s entered
a house in Royston Place by reaching through a top window and opening a
bigger window to climb through. Jewellery to the value of £2,400 was
During the afternoon of November 21
offender/s gained entry to an address on Sea Road and stole jewellery.
At some time between November 2 and November 11
offender/s gained entry to a house on Uplands Avenue by smashing a patio
door. Once inside they stole cash and jewellery. 44160426604
some time between October 3 and October 6 offender/s gained access to a
house on Barton Common Lane. Once inside they searched the house and
stole jewellery. 44160378355
Detective Sergeant, Will Whale,
said: “We are urging members of the community to be vigilant and to
report all suspicious activity to the police immediately.
always we would urge all residents to make sure they keep valuable items
secure and take photos of them for insurance purposes.
carrying out regular patrols in the affected areas and speaking to
members of the community. We have a dedicated investigation team and we
have active lines of inquiry that we are following at this time.
"A lot of valuable and sentimental jewellery has been stolen during
these incidents and we are actively following lines of inquiry into the
stolen property market to trace these items. If you buy jewellery that
is stolen, you are committing an offence; I urge you to call us straight
away if you’re offered any items you think could be stolen.”
are offering the following crime prevention advice to residents:
Leave a light on so your home looks occupied if you are going out for
the evening. If you head out while it is still daylight and won't be
back till after dark then a timer switches (available from most DIY
stores) can be useful in turning your lights, radios and other
appliances on at a set time before you get back.
- Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the
rear of the property.
- Do not leave ladders and garden tools in your
garden, lock them away in your shed.
- Store any high value items (eg
jewellery, passports) in a properly secured safe or bank vault.
a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property.
- Mark your
property with postcode and house number and register your property for
If you have any concerns please call us
on 101 and ask to speak to your local Neighbourhood Policing Team.
If you witness any unusual or suspicious behaviour, please report it to
the police immediately by calling 999.
LLOYDS CUSTOMERS SHOULD
BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A NEW SOPHISTICATED FRAUD THAT INVOLVES FRAUDSTERS
SENDING FAKE BANK LETTERS
letters being sent are a replica template from Lloyds and include their
logo, address and signature from a customer service representative. The
letter tells recipients that there have been some “unusual transactions”
on their personal account and asks them to call a number highlighted in
bold to confirm they are genuine.
call the number, an automated welcome message is played and the caller
is asked to enter their card number, account number and sort code
followed by their date of birth.Victims are then instructed to enter the
first and last digit of their security number.
The fraud was spotted
by the Daily Telegraph who was alerted to it by a reader who had three
identical letters sent to an office address. On separate occasions the
Daily Telegraph ran some tests using fake details and were passed to
fraudsters who claimed to be from a Lloyds contact centre. The bank has
confirmed that the phone number and letters are fake. The letters are
essentially a sophisticated phishing attempt and serves as a warning to
consumers to question written correspondence from their banks.
If you are ever suspicious about correspondence from your bank you
should call the customer serviced number on the back of their card.
To report a fraud and cyber crime, call us on 0300 123 2040 or visit
URGENT REMINDER - LIGHTS ON CAMPAIGN
This initiative is to ensure that absences
aren’t easy to spot and keep any potential burglars second guessing as
to whether there is someone in the house or not. Investing in timer
sockets is a good way of achieving this during longer periods of
absence. Since Friday evening (9th December) in our area, there have
been 4 attempted dwelling burglaries and 1 dwelling burglary where items
had been taken. In the successful burglary, entry was gained by an
insecure back door.
In all cases the suspects accessed the side
and/or rear of the property. This highlights the necessity to secure
side gates as much as possible to deter opportunists. During our patrols
we have been trying to highlight this by speaking to residents and in
some cases helping to secure side gates.
efit : dO YOU RECOGNISE THESE PEOPLE
Police are looking to identify these people as they may have valuable
information following a burglary at a house on Farm Lane South in
Barton-On-Sea that happened on Thursday, November 24.
Entry was gained but nothing was reported as stolen. It is believed
two people matching this description were in the area between 8am and
6pm. They are described as walking on foot in the area carrying a
clipboard. Officers believe they may have information that could assist
Do you recognise them?
The man is described as:
• 5 feet 9 inches
• Hooked nose
• Black hair
• Wearing a red wine coloured parker jacket with hood
• Grey or brown coloured trainers
• Carrying a clip
The woman is described as
• 5 feet 6 inches
• Long ginger hair with ringlets
near the end
• Medium chubby build
• Large chest
• Wearing an Afghan, three-quarter-length
• Light blue
jean and trainers
PC Mike Barnett from the Western Investigation Team said: “If you
recognise either of these people, please contact to assist us with our
investigation. Furthermore, if this is you, please ring 101 and quote
44160444221.” Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
and leave information anonymously.
RENEWED APPEAL REGARDING A MISSING MAN FROM
We are this evening renewing our appeal to help find a man
missing from Lymington.
Phillip McCormack has now been missing for ten days and we are growing
increasingly concerned for his safety.
The 29-year-old was last seen on November 17 at his home in
Ambrose Corner, Lymington.
DI Steve Spencer said: “Since he was last seen by his mother he
has not been in contact with any of his friends or family, which is very
out of character for him.
“Despite extensive investigations we have had no confirmed sightings of
him since that day so we are appealing again to you the public for your
“We have a new photograph of Phillip which we hope will help
trigger someone’s memory, although please bear in mind when he was last
seen his beard was much shorter.
“Have you seen him? Do you know where he is?
“Phillip, if you are reading this, please get in
touch just to your family know that you are ok as they are all very
worried about you.”
Phillip is described as being white, 5ft 10ins tall, of a slim
build and had long dark blonde/mousey brown hair.
He wears glasses and was last seen wearing jogging bottoms, a
brown leather jacket and possibly a baseball cap.
Anyone with information is asked to call us on 101, quoting
Alternatively contact us via the website
non-dwelling burglaries in barton on sea
attended several addresses in the Barton area this morning as a result
forced entry to garages with the theft of several items.
urging you to ensure that you check any garages and or out houses and to
ensure there is an adequate lock /security measures in place.
are now on the run up to the Christmas period so please be more vigilant
and report anything or anyone that you believe is suspicious.
cross border operation targeting and disrupting
suspected criminal behaviour in hampshire and dorset towns
This was the third occasion in 2016 that
Dorset Police has joined forces with Hampshire Police, British Transport
Police and South West Trains to target those who often travel from the
Bournemouth area to Christchurch and New Milton reportedly committing
thefts and burglaries.
Officers used a combination of ticket
enforcement, plain-clothed officers and high-visibility patrols on
trains and at railway stations between Bournemouth and New Milton, and
also in town centres.
Police assisted South West Trains Rail
Community Officers and Revenue Inspectors with ticket inspections and
also used stop and search powers. Fines were issued to those individuals
not carrying a valid train ticket. A Hampshire Police drugs dog assisted
police at New Milton train station.
A 21-year-old man from
Eastleigh was issued with a cannabis street warning.
penalty notices were issued by ticket inspectors and seven people were
reported for summons for ticket offences.
Police Constable Matt
Leeding, who led the operation on behalf of Dorset Police, said:
"Intelligence suggests that suspects board trains from the Bournemouth
area – usually without a valid train ticket – and get off at New Milton
and Christchurch to commit shoplifting, thefts and burglaries as there
is a perception those areas are easy targets.
“Our message to
anyone operating in this manner is that the police will not tolerate
this behaviour and will continue to use methods of both prevention and
enforcement in order to disrupt their activities.”
lead officer, Police Constable Arron Wood, said: “This operation was set
up by the New Milton Neighbourhoods and Prevention Team after an
increase at the beginning of the year of shoplifting in New Milton.
After liaising with colleagues at Christchurch Neighbourhood Policing
Team, we became aware that both towns had similar issues.
"Cross-border working between forces allows us to share information and
work together in order to disturb and prevent criminal activity.”
POLICE ALERT REGARDING SECURITY OF SHEDS AND
We're reminding residents to be vigilant
after a spate of burglaries across the New Forest - including New
Over the last month, 25 non dwelling burglaries have been
reporter across the district.
In total, property to the value of
more than £21,000 has been stolen.
Acting Chief Inspector Richard
Parsons, said: “These burglaries are taking place at various times, both
in the day, and at night. As always, we want to remind our residents to
be vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour to us immediately.
If you see suspicious people or vehicles in you area please note down
the registration numbers and the descriptions of the people. Where
possible photograph the vehicle or individuals present.
believe a number of these crimes have been committed by the same
offenders and are proactively following up leads.”
on this link to read our full article and crime prevention advice -
STATEMENT FROM HAMPSHIRE POLICE ABOUT CURRENT
You may have seen coverage in the news
recently about a craze involving people dressing up as clowns and
jumping out and scaring people on the street. We have had a number of
reports of such incidents across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
including New Milton.
Superintendent Paul Bartolomeo said: “We
don’t want to be killjoys but some of these incidents have been
extremely frightening for those involved.
“We would ask people to
think about the impact of their actions. What to them is a harmless
prank, could be an intimidating and threatening experience to others,
especially young children and vulnerable people. “Also, by taking part
in this craze, people could find themselves in a situation which leads
to a public order incident. They could be arrested and ultimately end up
with a criminal record.
“These incidents are also taking up
valuable police time and resources, and will ultimately have an impact
on other calls coming into the control room and officers attending other
incidents.“This appears to be a national craze at the moment and we
would strongly advise people in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight not to
be part of it.”
If you have any concerns or need to report an
incident, please call us on 101.
police appeal for information after suspicious
incident in new milton
At around 3.25am this morning (Monday, October 3), police were called
after two people were reported to have been trying to open car doors
along Chatsworth Way.
Officers would like to speak to anyone who witnessed this incident or
anyone who may have had their vehicles broken in to, or anything stolen
from their vehicles over night.
Police Staff Investigator, Claire Linton, said: “Do you live in the
Chatsworth Way area of New Milton? Did you see or hear anything
suspicious in the early hours of this morning, or have you had anything
stolen from your vehicle? I would urge anyone with information to come
and speak to us.”
Two men, aged 27 and 33, both from the New Forest, have been arrested
on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle and are currently in police
custody being questioned by officers.
Any Information to 101 or via Crimestoppers
anonymously on 0800 555 111 and Quote Reference RMS Reference
POLICE APPEAL FOR WITNESSES - ROBBERY IN NEW
Police are appealing for witnesses after cash was taken in a
robbery in New Milton.
At around 11pm on Tuesday, September 27, a
21-year-old man was approached by two men as he walked along Chatsworth
He was punched in the face twice by one of the men who then
asked for him to hand over items in his pockets.
parted with £20 cash and an iPhone, but the phone device was handed back
to him because it had a cracked screen.
One of the men was
described as white, aged around 25 years, 5ft 10ins tall, of athletic
build, clean shaven and with blue eyes. He was described as wearing a
white hooded top with a logo on the front and a blue line across it, and
Another man was described as white, aged in his mid
to late 20s, 5ft 10ins tall, of athletic build and had stubble on his
face. He was described as wearing a dark waist-length jacket with a
black shirt underneath.
Officers are appealing for witnesses who
may have seen the incident, or saw two men acting suspiciously in the
area at this time.
PC Graham Wilkins said: “We are interested to
hear from any members of the public who might have seen what happened
that night, or who saw people hanging around the area at this time.
“Officers would particularly like to trace a woman who offered ice
to the victim following the incident.”
Anyone with information is
asked to contact PC Wilkins on 101, quoting 44160366202, or call
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
DON'T BECOME A MONEY MULE
Students are being recruited, sometimes
unwittingly, as “mules” by criminals to transfer illegally
obtained money between different bank accounts.
What is a money mule?
money mule is someone who is recruited by those needing to
launder money obtained illegally. Criminals advertise fake jobs
in newspapers and on the internet in a number of ways, usually
offering opportunities to make money quickly, in order to lure
potential money mule recruits. These include:
Copying genuine company’s websites to create
impression of legitimacy
Sending mass emails offering
Targeting individuals that have posted their CVs
on employment websites
Students are particularly
susceptible to adverts of this nature. For someone in full-time
education, the opportunity for making money quickly can
understandably be an attractive one. The mule will accept money
into their bank account, before following further instructions
on what to do with the funds. Instructions could include
transferring the money into a separate specified account or
withdrawing the cash and forwarding it on via money transfer
service companies like Western Union or MoneyGram. The mule is
generally paid a small percentage of the funds as they pass
through their account.
Money Laundering is a criminal
offence which can lead to prosecution and a custodial sentence.
Furthermore, it can lead to the mule being unable to obtain
credit in the UK and prevented from holding a bank account.
Be aware that the offence of money laundering
carries a maximum prison sentence, in the UK, of 14 years.
Never give the details of your bank account
to anyone that you do not trust. No legitimate company will ever ask you
to use your own bank account to transfer their money.
Don’t accept any job offers that ask you to
Be wary of unsolicited emails or social
media posts promising ways of earning easy money. If it seems too good
to be true, it probably is.
Don’t be afraid to question the
legitimacy of any businesses that make you a job offer, especially if
the recruitment procedure strays from the conventional.
hampshire police and crime commissioner seeks
your views for policing strategy over the next 5 years
Your help is required to prepare the Police and
Crime Plan, which sets out the strategic priorities of Hampshire
Constabulary and gives direction for policing and tackling crime in this
area. Your views are important and this is your opportunity to
help shape the Plan.
Closing Date : Wednesday 14th September.
FRAUDSTERS SELLING NON EXISTANT DRONES
Online shopping websites are being utilised
by fraudsters to advertise nonexistent drones of various specifications
for competitive prices.
Drones are personal flying devices that
often carry cameras and can be navigated remotely by smartphones or
hand-held controllers. Fraudsters are capitalising on their recent
popularity and advertising non-existent drones at a lower value than
their recommended retail price to tempt buyers.
agree to purchase the drone, the fraudsters request payment to be paid
via bank transfer saying that it will quicken the delivery process.
After transferring the money the buyers never receive the drone and the
fraudster blocks the victim to prevent further conversation.
How to protect yourself:
- Check the validity of the post.
- Avoid paying by bank transfer and
instead use an online payment option such as PayPal, which helps to
- Check feedback online by searching the
associated phone numbers or email addresses of the seller. Feedback
will give you useful information about recent transactions other
buyers may have made.
- If the item is below market value
consider whether this is an opportunity too good to be true.
- If you have been affected by this, or
any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040,
hampshire's police and
Your help is required to prepare the
Police and Crime Plan, which sets the
strategic priorities for Hampshire Constabulary and gives direction for
policing and tackling crime in this area. Your views are
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advance fee fraud - courier
People selling their items on online
platforms are falling victim to a new type of advance fee fraud. This
involves a fraudster, posing as a buyer, sending an email to the seller
(victim), agreeing to the full asking price of the item. They state that
they are unable to collect the item themselves and will arrange for a
courier to pick it up instead.
The fraudster then sends a fake
payment confirmation email from a different email address, one which
falsely purports to be from a payment platform. In the course of the
email exchange, the seller/victim is requested to pay the courier fee.
Once the payment is made the contact is broken, the item is not picked
up and the money paid for the ‘courier’ is gone.
An example of
the most recent emails received by the victim/seller, from the ‘Buyer’,
“I want you to consider this a deal as i
am willing to pay your full asking price! i actually want to buy it for
a family member who is urgently in need of it, i have checked through
your posting and i'm fully satisfied with it. Unfortunately, i would not
be able to come personally to view/collect, i work offshore as an
instructor on a oil rig so i dont have time at all, but like i said i am
100% OK with the advert”
If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or
any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or
- Be wary when buyers wish to purchase
items at the full asking price without viewing them.
- Check the validity of the payment
- Avoid paying an advanced fee if you are
a seller; should you choose to use a courier, arrange your own.
- Check feedback online by searching the
associated phone numbers or email addresses of the seller/buyer.
Feedback will give you useful information about recent transactions
other buyers/sellers have made.
Advance warning of event in the New Forest
There will be a large Pony and Cart ride
out across the New Forest on Sunday, August 14, between 11:30 – 17:30.
This is happening between Ashurst and Beaulieu Road and on to Balmer
Lawn and back.
There will be some road use. Please be patient
and allow extra time for your journey.
police appeal for information regarding accident
on a35 near lyndhurst
We are appealing for information after a man and a woman
received serious injuries in a two-vehicle collision on the A35 near
Lyndhurst.It took place at around 10pm on Saturday, August 6, by the
junction with the road that is known locally as Forest Road.
blue BMW motorcycle, travelling eastbound towards Lyndhurst, was in
collision with a black Toyota Celica, which was travelling westbound.
The male rider of the motorbike, and his female pillion passenger,
sustained serious injuries and were taken to Southampton General
Hospital. The injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
other injuries were reported.
Anyone who witnessed the collision
is asked to contact Totton Roads Policing Unit on 101, quoting
POLICE ISSUE ADVICE AS THE LEVEL OF BURGLARIES
INCREASES AS THE TEMPERATURE INCREASES
As temperatures rise, so too can insecure burglary rates
Hampshire Constabulary has seen an increase in the numbers of
burglaries last week in Southampton, New Forest, Eastleigh and Romsey
There have been 35 burglaries between July 15 and July
21. The week before that, when the weather was milder, 28 were
reported. Officers have increased patrols in affected areas and are
reminding people to remain vigilant and report anyone or anything
suspicious to 101.
On July 15, properties on Clysdale Way,
Fishers Road and Blackwater Drive were targeted.
On July 16,
homes in The Dell, Hawkley Green and Burlington Road in Southampton were
burgled, whilst Spicers Hill in Totton and Horseshoe Drive in Romsey
On July 17, houses in Archers Road,
Northumberland Road, College Road and High Road in Southampton were
broken into. Blackwater Drive in Totton and Kings Road in New Milton
were hit, whilst Ridgeway Walk in Chandlers Ford, Barnsland West End and
Horns Drove in Rownhams were also targeted.
On July 18, The Mill
Arms Hotel in Dunbridge near Romsey was subject to a burglary, whilst
homes in Stouts Lane in Bransgore, Ewell Way in Totton and Kingsfield in
Bursledon were also targeted.
On July 19, properties in Summers
Street, Chessel Avenue, Regents Park Road, Suffolk Avenue and
Shakespeare Avenue in Southampton and Keyhaven Road in Milford-on-Sea
were subject to burglaries.
On July 20, Newcombe Road in
Southampton was entered.
On July 21, a property in Crowsport in
Hamble-Le-Rice was reported as being burgled, alongside The White Rabbit
in Lyndhurst, Woodhill School in Chandlers Ford and a home in Poulners
Items stolen include electrical items such as laptops and
TVs, as well as sentimental items of jewellery, bikes and even crates of
red wine. Amongst the property taken, a gents gold pocket watch engraved
with the date ‘1936’ was stolen, along with boxes of Casillero Del
Diablo wine. Seven push bikes have also been stolen in this time from
A black and white hybrid CUBE bike with
a bright green lock fitted was stolen from an address in Totton, as were
two hyrbrid SPECILIALIZED red and black bikes.
A purple coloured
ENDURANCE Mountain bike was taken from the New Milton area also, whilst
a silver or grey CUBE mountain bike was stolen from an address in
Two further bikes were stolen from Hamble, one purple
mountain ORANGE SUB FIVE bike and one black racing bike made by SCOTT
Detective Inspector John McGonigle said: “Not every
address was recorded as being insecure, however at this time of year it
is not unusual for burglary rates to rise along with the temperature.
“The hot temperatures have meant we’re more likely to leave doors
and windows open to keep our homes cool. Although this may make your
house more bearable when you return home, leaving windows open all day
is sometimes an invitation for the opportunistic burglar.
“Similarly, it’s important to lock garden gates and garage doors when
you’re not around. Tidy tools away, don’t leave valuables on display and
ensure you lock up properly before going to bed.
cooled down this week, temperatures remain high.
“If you see
anyone acting suspiciously call 101. If you see anyone enter a property
suspiciously, call 999. If you have been offered any of the property we
have mentioned, call us.”
police urge all hampshire residents to install
latest software updates for phones, tablets and pc's
Published: Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Cyber Streetwise is urging people and businesses across
Hampshire to always download the latest software and app updates
as soon as they are available. Software and app updates contain
vital security upgrades which protect devices from viruses and
hackers. They are, according to CESG, the most important action
people and businesses can take to protect themselves from
• An estimated 2 million cybercrime
offences were committed last year (according to ONS figures*).
• Advice from GCHQ’s cyber security arm, CESG recommends
that software updates are the most effective action Britons can
take to protect themselves online.
the majority of people in the South East don’t always download
the latest software updates for their mobile phone (68%) or for
their computer (64%), as soon as they are available.
GCHQ’s cyber security arm, CESG, strongly
recommends that individuals and businesses regularly update
software on all devices that use the internet to allow the
latest security updates to be installed. This provides greater
protection from viruses and other cyber threats.
The latest Government stats, from Ipsos MORI,
reveal that the majority of people in the South East don’t
always download the latest software updates for their mobile
phone (68%) or for their computer (64%), as soon as they are
• The most common reason respondents across the
UK gave for not downloading the latest software updates for
their computer (29%) was that it was ‘too time consuming’.
• 19% of respondents across the UK felt it was ‘too time
consuming’ to download the latest software updates for mobile.
Yet it only takes a few minutes to download
software and app updates versus the time it can take to recover
from a cyber hack. This is why Cyber Streetwise is launching
The Ipsos MORI research, also found that the
majority of people thought they did not know a lot about the
security benefits of downloading the latest software updates for
computers (77%) or mobile phones (74%).
Hampshire Constabulary's Head of Investigation
Command, Detective Chief Superintendent Ben Snuggs, said:
"Cybercrimes pose an immediate threat to the public we serve,
some of whom do not always understand the increasing risks to
their personal lives and professional livelihoods. Many people
believe software updates are purely cosmetic, but they also
address security vulnerabilities in software, plugging gaps
which hackers could exploit to gain access to your devices,
which could enable them to access your data or harm your device
with malicious software. Software updates may take a few
minutes, but the added security could save you from becoming a
victim of cybercrime.
"Hampshire Constabulary is committed to
providing clear cyber security advice to people so they can be
aware in taking simple steps to protect themselves, such as
"Cybercrime is now firmly a focus of how we meet
the challenges of both the online and offline frontline of
policing. The confidence and co-operation of all our communities
remains essential to recognise and report suspicious behaviour
Lynn Farrar, Chair of Neighbourhood Watch said,
“We wholeheartedly support the #quickupdates campaign and we are
urging everyone to download software updates on mobiles, laptops
and computers as soon as they appear in order to protect against
cybercrime. This is such a quick and easy way to protect
yourself, your family and your community against hackers it
makes sense to get into the habit of doing it as soon as you
Cybercrime is a serious threat to the UK and the
Government is taking action to increase public awareness of the
risk. The Government will invest £1.9 billion to significantly
transform the UK’s cyber security. The National Cyber Security
Programme (NCSP) will support the aims of the 2016 National
Cyber Security Strategy over the next five years and reflects
the importance the Government places on robust cyber security
for the UK. CESG, the cyber security arm of GCHQ, will become
part of the National Cyber Security Centre later in 2016. In
addition to providing guidance, the NCSC will actively protect
the UK from a range of cyber threats and will coordinate
responses to cyber security incidents.
The Cyber Streetwise campaign, funded by the
NCSP, was launched in 2014 with the objective of providing the
public and small businesses with the knowledge to take control
of their cyber security and help protect themselves from cyber
To find out more, including how to set your
device to that it automatically downloads the latest software
TELEPHONE UPGRADE FRAUD
Fraudsters are impersonating telephone
service providers and contacting their clients offering a phone upgrade
on a low monthly payment contract. The fraudsters will glean all your
personal and financial details which will then be used to contact the
genuine phone provider and order a new mobile phone handset. The
fraudsters will either intercept the delivery before it reaches the
victim’s address or order the handset to a different address.
If you have been a victim of fraud report it to Action Fraud on
0300 123 2040 or
- Never provide your personal information
to a third party from an unsolicited communication.
- Obtain the genuine number of the
organisation being represented and verify the legitimacy of the
- If the offer is too good to be true it
- If you have provided personal
information and you are concerned that your identity may be
compromised consider Cifas Protection Registration.
be aware of potential rio 2016 olympic ticket
The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro begin on
6th August 2016 and as of late June, you will be able to purchase
tickets from the Rio 2016 ticket offices. Purchasing from an
unauthorised seller or a ticket tout could leave you out of pocket; not
only are the tickets advertised at inflated prices, but there is also a
risk that the tickets purchased are counterfeit or do not exist. Any
individual with a counterfeit ticket will be refused entry.
help protect yourself, the list of authorised sellers has been published
on the official website and provides a list of trusted resellers; this
can be found at www.rio2016.com.
Equally, tickets purchased that are no longer needed can be sold through
the Rio 2016 website for a 100% reimbursement of the amount paid if the
tickets are resold.
- When purchasing from another company or
individual, ask questions; specifically when you will receive the
ticket and what type of ticket you are purchasing.
- Pay for tickets by using a credit card
or trusted payment service. Payments made by bank transfer may not
- Always check that the payment screen is
secure by looking for the padlock symbol or making sure the
website/url begins with “https”.
- If you have been affected by this, or
any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040,
be aware of spoof emails offering "buyer
Online shopping websites are being utilised
by fraudsters to advertise vehicles for sale which do not exist. After
agreeing to purchase the vehicle via email with the fraudsters, buyers
then receive emails purporting to be from Amazon Payments and/or Amazon
Flexible Payment Service stating that their money will be held in an
‘escrow account’ (a bank account held by a third party, used as a
temporary holding account during a transaction between two parties- for
a 7 day ‘cooling off’ period). Once happy with the purchase the email
indicates the money will be released to the seller, therefore offering
‘buyer protection’. In reality these emails are fraudulent and do not
come from Amazon. The bank accounts are controlled by fraudsters.
If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or
any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or
- Remember that Amazon does not provide an
escrow account to purchase items.
- Meet the seller ‘face to face’ and view
the vehicle before parting with any money.
- Be vigilant of emails that purport to be
from genuine companies and check the ‘domain’ name of the email
address for any inconsistencies.
- Check feedback online by searching the
associated phone numbers or email addresses of the seller.
- If the vehicle is below market value
consider whether this is an opportunity too good to be true!
HAMPSHIRE RESIDENTS ARE WARNED AGAINST "TAX"
On each occasion
the victim received a telephone call from a person claiming to be from
HMRC (Revenue and Customs). They were told that they will be arrested if
they did not settle their unpaid tax bill. Fortunately the victims
knew this was a scam and refused to hand over any money.
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phishing campaign targeting university students
A new phishing campaign which has hit students of UK
universities claims that the student has been awarded an educational
grant by the Department for Education. The email purports to have come
from the finance department of the student’s university and tricks the
recipient into clicking on a link contained in the message to provide
personal and banking details.
One victim reported that after
submitting their sensitive information (including name, address, date of
birth, contact details, telephone provider, bank account details,
student ID, National Insurance Number, driving licence number and
mother’s maiden name), they were taken to a spoofed website which
appeared like a genuine website of their bank, where they were asked to
type in their online banking login credentials.
- Do not click on any links or open
attachments contained within unsolicited emails.
- Do not reply to scam emails or contact
the senders in any way.
- If an email appears to have come from a
person or organisation you know of but the message is unexpected or
unusual, contact them directly via another method to confirm that
they sent you the email.
- If you receive an email which asks you
to login to an online account via a link provided in the email,
instead of clicking on the link, open your browser and go directly
to the company’s website yourself.
- If you have clicked on a link in the
email, do not supply any information on the website that may open.
If you think you may have compromised the safety of your bank
details and/or have lost money due to fraudulent misuse of your cards,
you should immediately contact your bank, and report it to Action Fraud
by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting
new forest residents warned about courier fraud
We're warning residents in the New Forest to remain vigilant
after a 75-year-old woman was conned into sending a large amount of
money to fraudsters.
The victim has been deceived into making a number of transfers
or withdrawals totaling more than £200,000 on a number of occasions
between February and May 2016.
She was tricked into believing she was speaking on the phone to
employees of the Halifax fraud squad who told her there had been
fraudulent activity on her bank account. She was convinced to make cash
withdrawals and told the money would be collected from her home address.
She was also asked on occasions to transfer money into another bank
Detective Constable Dave Wheeler said: “We want to warn
residents that these requests are not genuine and that no police officer
or bank would operate in this manner. Anyone who receives a suspicious
call is urged not to give any details to the caller and report the
matter to the police immediately."
People are reminded to protect themselves using the following
· Never give out any personal information about your
bank account to anybody over the phone.
· If someone calls claiming to be a police officer, ask
for their identification number and police force. Hang up the call and
advise that you will call them back using the 101 number. A genuine
police officer will not mind waiting while you check. Call them back
from a different phone if possible or wait at least 10 minutes before
making the call.
· If you have given out information which could
compromise your bank account security in any way, call your bank up to
cancel your cards as soon as possible.
· Never hand over money to someone at the door to be
sent off elsewhere.
· If someone comes to your door claiming to be a police
officer or staff member, always ask for identification and make a note
of their identification number. Ask them to wait while you verify their
identity. Close the door and call 101.
RMS Crime Reference Number: 44160177513
Anyone who is concerned about similar incidents should contact
police by calling 101. If a crime is in progress, please call 999.
police alert regarding high number of thefts
Officers in the west of the New Forest are
investigating thirty-five burglaries from outbuildings that have taken
place over the last month. Between Monday, April 18, and Monday, May 16,
fifteen reports were received for the Lymington and New Milton areas and
twenty in total for Ringwood and Fordingbridge.
We believe that
some of the burglaries from sheds, garages and other outbuildings are
linked. In many cases garden equipment, power tools, and bicycles have
been taken. In one case an outbuilding on West Road in Bransgore was
broken into last Sunday night (May 15-16) and £15,000 worth of power
tools, including a disc cutter and circular saw, were stolen.
Inspector Richard Parsons said "Please ensure that your outbuildings are
kept secure and not an easy target for thieves. In addition ensure that
expensive equipment is properly secured with items such as ground
anchors and chains. Chaining items together is also an effective way of
preventing thieves from removing equipment.
"Remember to keep
accurate details of your property including serial numbers and
identifying marks, and, wherever possible photographs. This will assist
the us in returning items to you if they are recovered. "I'd also urge
the local community to report any persons or vehicles acting
suspiciously in the New Forest to us by calling 101".
We'd like to take this opportunity to remind you of the following crime
General home and outbuilding
• Keep the boundaries of your property
well-maintained and secure to keep out unwanted visitors
• Ensure all
doors and windows are shut and locked when not in use.
windows and door frames are in good repair.
• Fit adequate locks to
sheds, garages and outbuildings and consider fitting shutters or grilles
to windows, or blocking them completely
• Fit good quality window
• Consider fitting a monitored home intruder alarm
security equipment regularly to ensure it works properly.
• Install automatic security
lights that come on at dusk and go off at dawn.
• Help make your
property look occupied by fitting timer switches to lamps in different
rooms and set them to come on at staggered times.
• Make sure the
manufacturer's instructions are adhered to at all times when using
electrical security devices.
CCTV and intruder alarms
• Consider installing CCTV to provide formal surveillance to the
most vulnerable areas of the property.
• Consider installing an
audible and monitored intruder alarm system.
• Leave vehicles out of sight when not in use.
• Vehicles and plant equipment should be locked when left outside and
the keys kept in your possession or in a locked key safe.
the use of hitch locks, wheel clamps or ground anchors. You may require
a combination of the above to meet insurance requirements.
• All property, including
vehicles and tools, should be uniquely marked, photographed and details
such as serial, chassis and model numbers recorded.
of marking property is:
• To reduce the payoff to the thief –
traceable property may be more difficult to sell on
• To increase the
likelihood of identifying property as stolen – thereby assisting
• To increase the likelihood of re-uniting property with
There are a number of methods for marking property
• Covertly – for example through use of Forensic DNA
marker as liquid, gel or grease; UV pen; tracking or tagging technology;
• Overtly – by engraving/chemical etching; labels;
postcoding or use of bar codes.
Log your property for free on
purchasing pets online
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB)
and Action Fraud have noticed a rise in the reporting of pets, and in
particular puppies and kittens, being advertised for sale via popular
online auction websites. The fraudsters will place an advert of the pet
for sale, often claiming that the pet is currently held somewhere less
accessible or overseas. Upon agreement of a sale, the suspect will
usually request an advance payment by money transfer or bank transfer.
However, the pet does not materialise and the fraudster will
subsequently ask for further advanced payments for courier charges,
shipping fees and additional transportation costs. Even if further
payments are made, the pet will still not materialise as it is likely
that the pet does not exist.
- Stay within auction
- Be cautious if the seller
initially requests payment via one method, but later
claims that due to ‘issues with their account’ they will
need to take the payment via an alternative method such
as a bank transfer.
- Consider conducting research
on other information provided by the seller, for example
a mobile phone number or email address used by the
seller could alert you to any negative information
associated with the number/email address online.
- Request details of the
courier company being used and consider researching it.
- Agree a suitable time to
meet face to face to agree the purchase and to collect
the pet. If the seller is reluctant to meet then it
could be an indication that the pet does not exist.
- A genuine seller should be
keen to ensure that the pet is going to a caring and
loving new home. If the seller does not express any
interest in you and the pet’s new home, be wary.
- If you think the purchase
price is too good to be true then it probably is,
especially if the pet is advertised as a pure-breed.
- Do not be afraid to request
copies of the pet’s inoculation history, breed paperwork
and certification prior to agreeing a sale. If the
seller is reluctant or unable to provide this
information it could be an indication that either the
pet does not exist or the pet has been illegally bred
e.g. it originates from a ‘puppy farm’. A ‘puppy farm’
is a commercial dog breeding enterprise where the sole
aim is to maximise profit for the least investment.
Commercial dog breeders must be registered with their
local authority and undergo regular inspections to
ensure that the puppies are bred responsibly and are in
turn fit and healthy. Illegally farmed puppies will
often be kept in inadequate conditions and are more
likely to suffer from ailments and illnesses associated
with irresponsible breeding.
- When thinking of buying a
pet, consider buying them in person from rescue centres
or from reputable breeders
If you have been affected by this, or any other scam, report
it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting
police release e-fit image following an
attempted robbery in lymington
An efit image has been released by officers investigating an
attempted robbery in Lymington.
A 44-year-old man was walking along the underpass, at the junction of
Wellworthy and Ampress Lane, at 6.20pm on April 3, when he saw two men.
One of the men came up to him and asked the victim for the milk
he was carrying.When he refused he was punched twice in the face before
the man fled empty handed. The victim suffered a bruised eye.
The attacker is described as being white, 5ft 10ins tall, in
his late teens/early 20’s, of a slim build and with short blonde hair on
top and a crew cut on the side which was light brown.
He was wearing a faded dark blue jumper, with a yellow bird logo on the
left side of his chest.
Were you in the area at the time of the incident? Did you see
someone matching this description? Do you recognise the image?
Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Constable
Sharath Ranjan on 101, quoting 44160127612, or Crimestoppers anonymously
on 0800 555 111.
THOUSANDS OF POUNDS WORTH OF POWER TOOLS STOEL
FOLLOWING A BURGLARY IN THE NEW FOREST
Police are appealing for information after thousands of pounds
worth of power tools were stolen during a burglary in Exbury.
Thieves broke into a shipping container within the grounds of a
property in Lepe Road, Exbury, between 5pm on March 29 and 7.30am on
Several Festool power tools, worth approximately £8,000, were
stolen. The items include:
- Two Festool extract machines
- Three Festool Rotex Sanders
- Two Festool cordless jigsaws
- A Festool extra large Domino machine
- A Festool 10.5v cordless drill
- A Festool power plainer
- A Festool cordless plunge saw
- A Festool 10v plunge saw and rails
- A Festool cordless hammer drills
- A Festool cordless dry wall gun
- Six Festool battery charges
PC Dawn Pritchard said: “We are appealing for anyone who may
have information about the burglary or who saw something suspicious in
the area that night.
We would also like to speak to anyone who knows of someone who has been
trying to sell Festool power tools in recent weeks.”
information about the burglary should call PC Pritchard on 101, quoting
44160121827, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
hampshire pOLICe warn about rogue traders
Reports have been made recently to Police,
of rogue traders in the area asking to do tree work. There have been
reports made over the weekend of people being approached by cold callers
with reference to doing tree work at their properties.
have any similar exeriences please make contact with Trading Standards,
with any details of persons or vehicles that call at your address. They
can be contacted on 01962 833620.
Any suspicious activities or
persons in the area please report via 101 for Police attention.
police release cctv image following a theft in
barton on sea
We would like to speak to him after a purse containing £50 and a
Kindle were stolen from the staff room of Gatehouse Residential Home in
Becton Lane, Barton on Sea on Thursday (Feb 25). It is alleged the man
tried the door handle of the garage before entering the staff room at
He was described as:
- White man
- Mid 30s – early 40s
- Slim build
- Cropped hair
- He was wearing a light coloured top, jeans and smart shoes
We would like to hear from anyone who knows this man. Please call
* Picture is copyright of Hampshire Constabulary
ADVICE FOLLOWING A TELEPHONE CALL TO A LOCAL
We are offering crime prevention advice after receiving a
report of a phone scam in which the caller claimed to be from Hampshire
A 61-year-old woman Hampshire woman received the call from an unknown
number shortly before midday on Wednesday, February 3.
The caller, a man, claimed to be from Hampshire Constabulary
and said the force was setting up police community clubs across the
county to tackle drug use amongst teenagers.
He then asked her to buy advertising space in a publication that would
be sent to businesses to raise awareness on anti-social behaviour and
The woman did not agree to hand over money and reported the
call to the police.
Inspector Paul Markham said: “Hampshire Constabulary would
never call members of the public in this way and ask for money.
“If anyone else has had a similar call, please contact us on 101 quoting
People are reminded to protect themselves using the following
- Never give out any personal information
about your bank account to anybody over the phone
- If someone calls claiming to be a police
officer, ask for their identification number and police force. Hang
up the call and advise that you will call them back using the 101
number. A genuine police officer will not mind waiting while you
check. Call them back from a different phone if possible or wait at
least 10 minutes before making the call
- If you have given out information which
could compromise your bank account security in any way, call your
bank to cancel your cards as soon as possible
- If someone comes to your door claiming
to be a police officer or staff member, always ask for
identification and make a note of their identification number. Ask
them to wait while you verify their identity. Close the door and