National Fraud Survey – from the Neighbourhood Watch Network

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The Neighbourhood Watch Network is looking to learn more about people’s experience of fraud and the support available to victims.

Can you spare us two minutes to take our national survey today?

All results are completely anonymous and will help us understand how Neighbourhood Watch can improve the support offered to victims of fraud.

Click on the link below to take the survey.  

Please note the survey will close on Wednesday 10th January 2018.

Thank you very much.

The Neighbourhood Watch Network team


eCops – Weekly Policing Update – Somersham District 29th Dec to 4th Jan

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I do hope that everyone has had a good Christmas and New Year. Here is our summary of offences and incidents affecting your community this week, reported to police during the period 29th December to 4th January:

Pidley Sheep Lane – Police needed to arrange for the recovery of a car that had left the road and ended up in a ditch on Pidley Sheep Lane on Friday morning, 29th December. Fortunately, the driver was unhurt. (Ref CC-29122017-0143)

Pennway, Somersham – A black Ford car, left parked outside a house on Pennway, Somersham, overnight on Friday 29th / Saturday 30th December, was entered and searched by an unknown person. It is likely that the car had been left unlocked, and nothing was stolen although some items were left behind. (Ref CF0750731217)

A141 Oldhurst – Police were called to an incident on the A141 near Oldhurst on New Year’s Day morning, Monday 1st January, in which a car had left the road, crashed through bushes and ended up across a ditch. The driver was fortunately unharmed, but police needed to arrange for recovery services to pull the car out and tow it away. (Ref CC-01012018-0275)

Norwood Road, Somersham – Intruders broke into a lean-to at the side of a house on Norwood Road, Somersham, at some time between 4:00 pm on Christmas Eve, Sunday 24th December, and 9:00 am on Wednesday 3rd January, whilst the owner was absent. Although the lean-to was searched by the intruders and its door damaged, the main house was not entered and nothing is thought to have been stolen. Investigations are ongoing. (Ref CF0004960118)

Pidley Road, Somersham – Thieves entered an unlocked farm building on Pidley Road, Somersham, on Wednesday morning, 3rd January, and stole a quantity of old tractor batteries. Two suspects were seen leaving the scene in a white van at just after 10:00 am. Investigations are continuing. (Ref CF0004320118)

King Street, Somersham – Thieves entered a shed on the allotments at King Street, Somersham, at some time between Wednesday afternoon, 3rd, and Thursday morning, 4th January, and stole a tractor battery from inside. They also carried out a search of the shed and some metal filing cabinets, but nothing else is thought to be missing. (Ref CF0006280118)

Galley’s Drove, Somersham – Intruders broke into a farm building at Galley’s Drove, Somersham, at some time between 4:00 pm on Wednesday 3rd, and 2:00 pm on Thursday 4th January. The padlock to the building was forced and it appears that the intruders tried to steal a heavy metal hay rack, but were forced to leave it behind due to its weight. (Ref CF0007380118)

King Street, Somersham – Another shed on the King Street allotments was broken into and burgled, this time between Tuesday afternoon, 2nd, and Thursday afternoon, 4th January. Thieves forced the shed’s lock and then stole a pair of gardening gloves from inside. (Ref CF0008870118)

To see details of Policing Summaries for neighbouring areas, please click on the following link and scroll down the page to select areas of interest:

As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using any of these methods:

  • the ‘101’ non-emergency telephone number;
  • the on-line web-chat tool on the new Cambridgeshire Constabulary web-site – click on the green icon;
  • Alternatively, you can use ‘Crimestoppers’ to make a report anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by using their on-line contact form.

In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in progress, always use ‘999’.
Best Wishes,
Chris Shaw, PSV
St Ives Police Station

eCops – DISTRICT WIDE – Distraction burglary warning

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We are warning of a further attempted distraction burglary in the district, this time in Huntingdon, where the offenders have entered the victims property under the pretence of working for the council. Yesterday afternoon, Thurs, Jan 4th, 2 males have knocked on the door of a property in Avenue Road, Huntingdon with some force. The victim has opened the door and the males have identified themselves as council workers, there for the purposes of pest control. The males have pushed their way into the property, and into the hallway, however, as the occupant has become distressed the males have left and nothing has been taken.

The first male is described as white, late teens – early twenties, of medium build with a round face. He was unshaven with short styled facial hair. He was wearing dark clothing which included a black jacket with a green trim around the cuffs. He spoke with a local accent.
The second male is described as white, mid to late teens, of a slim build wearing similar dark clothing.

We are advising residents that are elderly or otherwise vulnerable not to answer their door unless they know who the person is, ask the caller to provide ID and ask them to wait outside whilst you call the company or organisation that they purport to work for.

Lee Hurley (7293)
Online Communities PCSO

Have Your Say On Police Funding In Cambridgeshire

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Feedback request 5Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite is asking home owners how much they are willing to support policing as part of their council tax for 2018/19.

In order to gather views, the Commissioner is running a short survey.
Complete the survey at

Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite says:

“One of my duties as Police and Crime Commissioner is to ensure that Cambridgeshire Constabulary has the resources it needs to keep people safe. The Constabulary is already a very efficient force with savings of £17.2 million made over the last five years to meet budget reductions. This has been achieved in a number of ways including reducing back office staff and collaborating with other forces, other emergency services and partner organisations.

“A recent review of local policing has also found savings to fund an extra 50 front line officers however we still need to do more to respond to an increase in demand, increase our ability to investigate crimes and deter people from criminality.

“As we look forward and plan our budget for 2018/19, it is important for me to understand your views on how much you are willing to pay towards policing the county. Changes in crime types and an overall increase in calls for service means that more officers are needed to keep people safe.

“If each household (in a Band D property) paid just one extra pound each month, it would make a big difference, equating to an additional 55 Police Officers.

“I would like to thank you in advance and look forward to hearing your views.”

A link to the survey can be found here: Your views will then inform the Commissioner’s final decision on how much to raise the policing part of the council tax.

The survey ends Monday 29th January 2018.

Please note – copies of the survey are also available with an Easy Read description

Precept Survey – Easy Read

Views can also be given by telephone: 0300 333 3456 or by email:

If emailing or telephoning, please state whether you agree with:

  • Option 1: you agree to an increase by £1 per month (an increase of 55 Police Officers)
  • Option 2: you agree to an increase by 33p per month (maintain planned numbers with no additional increase)
  • Option 3: no increase (reduce officer numbers of find equivalent savings)

Thank you

Action Fraud eCops – Modelling Jobs Advanced Fee Fraud Alert

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The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Action Fraud have recently noticed that Fraudsters have been setting up fake adverts on social media (including Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp) and job browsing websites to dupe people into believing they are recruiting for prospective models.

Once victims show interest in the job, the fraudsters contact potential victims on the false promise of a modelling career and subsequently advise the victims to come in for a test shoot.

The fraud can then potentially be carried out in two ways;

Firstly, the fraudsters can pressurise the victims in sending an upfront fee to book a slot for the test shoot. Once they have received the upfront fee, the victim will never hear from the fraudsters again.

The second possible method is that the fraudsters will take the advance fee that the victim sends for a photo shoot and arrange a photo shoot with the victim. After the photo shoot, the fraudsters will contact the victim after a few days and convince them that their shoot was successful and offer them a job as a model. The victim will then be asked to sign a contract and pay another upfront fee, usually to secure the modelling contract.

Fraudsters are also creating fake adverts for supposed modelling opportunities for children which do not exist. Fraudsters will inform parents or guardians that a potential career in modelling awaits their child. This tactic convinces the parent or guardian to sign up their child and send an advance fee.

The suspects will also convince the victim that in order to become a model, they will need to have a portfolio. The fraudsters will recommend a number of packages and stress that if a package is not paid for in advance, the process of becoming a model cannot continue.

Over a two year period (September 2015 – August 2017), an average of 28 reports of advance fee modelling frauds have been received per month by the NFIB. In August 2017, 49 Action Fraud reports of this fraud type were received and may continue to rise. The total loss in August 2017 alone was over £71,000.
Tips for staying safe:

  • Carry out your own research prior to paying any type of advance or upfront fee.
  • Be wary if you are asked to pay for a portfolio, as many legitimate agencies will cover that cost.
  • Don’t give your bank account details or sensitive information to anyone without carrying out your own research on the relevant agency.
  • If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting or by calling 0300 123 2040.

eCops – 2 Motorbike thefts, Pidley Road

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A burglary has occurred at a rural property on Pidley Road, Somersham at some time between 12:00 hours on Thursday 28th September and 11:30 hours on Saturday 7th October 2017. In this offence, unknown offenders have smashed a window to an integral garage whilst the occupants have been away, before stealing 2 motorbikes – A yellow BMW R1100S, “W” registered and a 2010 silver BMW 1300 GT EE.
Anyone who believes that they may have seen either of the stolen bikes, or who thinks think may have witnessed something to assist with this investigation, is asked to call Huntingdonshire Burglary Team on 101, or Webchat us at Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

eCops Weekly Policing Update – Somersham District 6th to 12th October

ecopsE-cops imageHere is our weekly summary of incidents and offences affecting your community, reported to police during the period 6th to 12th October:
The Granary, Oldhurst – Intruders broke into an outbuilding in the garden of a house at The Granary, Oldhurst, overnight on Wednesday 4th / Thursday 5th October. After forcing the locked door, they carried out an untidy search of the building, but it is not thought that anything was stolen. (Ref CF0574431017)

Parkhall Road, Somersham – Thieves stole the front wiper blades from a car parked on Parkhall Road, Somersham, at some time between Thursday and Friday afternoons, 5th and 6th October. (Ref CF0574201017)

Pidley Road, Somersham – Police are investigating a break-in and burglary from the garage of a house on Pidley Road, Somersham, thought to have taken place at some time between Thursday 28th September and Saturday 7th October, whilst the owners were absent. Intruders broke into the garage by smashing a side window, then broke the lock off the garage doors and stole two BMW motorbikes, one silver and one yellow. House to house enquiries are being made and forensic investigations are also being conducted. (Ref CF0576391017)

Colne Road, Somersham – Thieves broke a padlock from a metal farm gate in order to steal a farm quad bike that had been left on land off Colne Road, Somersham, on Sunday afternoon, 8th October. (Ref CF0578851017)

Chatteris Road, Somersham – Police were called to an incident on Chatteris Road, Somersham, at 6:30 pm on Wednesday 11th October, in which a motorcyclist had come off his machine – it is thought that he hit a pot-hole in the road surface. An ambulance was called to attend to suspected slight injuries. (Ref CC-11102017-0419)

Church Street, Somersham – Police received a call reporting a group of four suspicious men walking around the Church Street and High Street area of Somersham late on Thursday evening, 12th October. The men were alleged to be behaving intimidatingly towards people, demanding that they buy them food. A police patrol was dispatched and officers searched the area, but the men could not be found. (Ref CC-12102017-0587)
To see details of Policing Summaries for neighbouring areas, please click on the following link and scroll down the page to select areas of interest:

As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using the ‘101’ telephone number. Alternatively, you can use ‘Crimestoppers’ to make a report anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by using their on-line contact form. In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in progress, always use ‘999’.