ACTION FRAUD have issued a warning through the Wiltshire Community Messaging service concerning fraudsters who attempt to entice victims looking for cheap flights abroad. Victims have reported booking tickets via websites or a “popular” ticket broker, only to discover that after payment via bank transfer or electronic wire transfer, the tickets/booking references received are counterfeit. … Continue reading Be alert to Flight Ticket Fraud
Action Fraud has recently experienced an increase in the number of calls to members of the public by fraudsters requesting payments for a “phantom” debt. The fraud involves being cold-called by someone purporting to be a debt collector, bailiff or other type of enforcement agent. The fraudster may claim to be working under instruction of … Continue reading Phantom Debt Fraud
Last week a villager was called upon by a male ‘working for a homeless charity’ selling items at the door. The villager asked him if he had a Pedlar’s Certificate and when he said he didn’t, sent him away. It was reported to the police via 101, and notified to the Neighbourhood Watch group. His … Continue reading Beware unlicenced pedlars
Keevil War Memorial, Outside St Leonard's Churchyard, Off School Close, Keevil, Wiltshire – List Entry Number: 1451634 Extract from letter to the Parish Council Clerk from Joanne Gould, Listing Coordinator War Memorials, Historic England We have taken into account all the representations made, and completed our assessment of the memorial. I am pleased to inform you … Continue reading Keevil War Memorial awarded Listed Building Status
A Temporary Chief Constable has been appointed at Wiltshire Police. The announcement follows current Chief Constable, Mike Veale’s decision to move to Cleveland Police. Current Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Kier Pritchard will step up into the role,with effect from Monday 5 March, having served as a police officer in Wiltshire since 1993 and as ACC … Continue reading New Temporary Chief Constable at Wiltshire Police
PCC wants to hear from residents on proposed increase to policing precept A public consultation about a proposed increase in the policing part of council tax has reached the halfway point. The Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson, is consulting on a proposal to increase the policing part of council tax … Continue reading Proposed tax increase for local policing…
The inaugural Melksham parkrun took place on Saturday 16th December with 102 runners testing out the new course. The feedback from the runners and the volunteers has been fantastic and hundreds more have attended the two subsequent Saturday events. The free, weekly 5k run takes place every Saturday morning at 9am in King George V … Continue reading Melksham parkrun off to a flying start
A resolution worth keeping - test your smoke alarms every month... Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is asking local people to make monthly testing of their smoke alarms one of their New Year’s resolutions. Many of us see January as an opportunity for a fresh start, and safety should be top of the … Continue reading Resolve to test your fire alarms
“Would you be prepared to pay an extra pound a month to protect our police Force?” That’s the question being asked by Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson. The policing precept consultation is looking for the views of Wiltshire residents on the proposed increase of £12 a year. Currently the average … Continue reading What would you pay to protect local policing?
Individuals and businesses are being warned to watch out for cold calls and online contact from fraudsters who are offering victims the opportunity to apply for Government grants for an advance fee. To make the grants look legitimate fraudsters have set up bogus companies and convincing looking websites that claim to be operating on behalf … Continue reading Fake Grant Fraud Alert…!