National Warnings Issued About Fraudsters

Dear all,
The following has come from Cotswold District Council. However I am getting a number of alerts in regards fraudulent calls, emails and letters from people pretending to be from TV Licensing, HMRC, local councils, insurance companies and banks. Please read the following and be aware of who is asking you for information.
Kind regards
Cat, Town Clerk

Action Fraud has issued national warnings about fraudsters who are pretending to be from local councils or the HMRC.

People are receiving cold calls and emails about a council tax over payment from individuals who appear to work for a local council. The emails often contain phishing links, which direct the recipient to a website where they will be asked to provide personal data.

Action Fraud has also experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls, voicemails, text messages or emails to members of the public which appear to originate from HMRC.

The fraudsters state that as a result of their non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable to prosecution or other legal proceedings such as repossession of belongings to settle the balance but can avoid this by arranging for payment to be made immediately by method such as bank transfer or by iTunes gift cards.

If the victim is hesitant or refuses to comply, the suspect makes a threat such as immediate arrest, bailiffs or – in cases where the victim appears to be of overseas origin – deportation.

Often, the period for which the tax is allegedly due is distant enough to guarantee the victim will have little, if any, paperwork or ability to verify the claims. Once the money is paid the suspects sever all contact.

What you need to do

Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number.

Listen to your instincts. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. No genuine organisation will ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using iTunes Gift Cards, or any other type of voucher.

Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.

Report Phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature and have not lost money, report this as a phishing attempt to Action Fraud.

Attempted Burglary, Midwinter Road On 29 November

Incident: 211 29/11/18

At around 13:00 on 29/11/18 two unknown males entered a property in Midwinter Road, Northleach via a window. They were scared from the property a dog inside and did not take anything at all. If anyone in the vicinity of Midwinter Road, Tayler Road or The West End has any CCTV or has seen anything at all then we would very much like to speak to you.

Please send me an email via Charlie.Symes @ gloucestershire. pnn. police. uk

I have also heard a few rumours whilst on foot patrol in Northleach that there is a spate of burglaries in the town, this is untrue so there is no need to worry!

PCSO Charlie Symes

(Note from the Town Clerk: There have been a number of people reporting on Facebook that someone entered or attempted to enter their properties. These incidents must be reported to the police so they are aware of the issues and can deal with these appropriately in terms of resourcing and reporting).


Attempted Break In, Northleach on Monday 12th November

Message from Neighbourhood Alerts:

At 22:30 on Monday 12/11/2018 we received a report of suspicious activity in the area of Bassett Rd, Northleach which enabled prompt police attendance. Person, or persons unknown stole a JCB from a nearby business and used it to break through the steel doors of a barn. Fortunately due to the prompt action of the member of the public reporting suspicious activity, it appears that the offenders fled the scene before being able to steal anything from the barn.

If you have any information that may relate to this incident, please phone 101 and quote Incident 466 of 12/11/2018.

Robert Hardie (Police, Reception, Stow)

Police Issue Advice to Dog Walkers on Farm Land

Gloucestershire Police have received calls from concerned farmers regarding dog walkers leaving dog faeces on farm land especially in fields used for livestock. If a dog has worms this can be treated but if cows and sheep pick up the dog worms this cannot be treated and the animals become sick.

The Police are asking dog owners to be responsible and pick up after their dogs in all rural areas and open fields and take the bags to the nearest bin.

The Police have been asked to clarify the following points:

  • The law only covers public areas and footpaths across farm land.
  • The fine of £1,000 is a maximum fine that can be imposed and this is only awarded at court if the dog owner refuses to pay the set fine given by the local authority. This set fine differs from council to council area.
  • The intention is not to single out dog walkers but to raise awareness that if a dog has not been wormed then the dog faeces if ingested by sheep and and cattle can lead to severe illness and stillborn lambs and calves, costing farmers  hundreds of pounds in the loss of their stock.

This message came from PC2201 Nick Westmacott

Cotswold North Local Policing Team

Robbery at Cotswold Stores, Appeal for Witnesses

The local policing team has sent the following statement about the robbery yesterday evening. I have asked them to send someone to our next Council meeting on Wednesday 21st February to give an update.

Kind regards,
Cat, Town Clerk

We are investigating an armed robbery which happened at a Cotswold store last night, Thursday 8 February. Officers were called to the Cotswold Stores, Market Place, Northleach at about 8.05pm after three men had threatened staff with a pick axe and other weapons before making off with cash from the till. Three offenders, all men, had entered the store shortly before 8.00pm.  The offenders, all described as wearing dark clothing and face coverings, left the shop and are believed to have made off in a car.

Investigating officers would like to hear from anyone who was in Market Place, Northleach earlier in the evening and either saw the offenders or an unfamiliar vehicle arrive in or leave the area.

Anyone with information is asked to call Gloucestershire Constabulary on 101 or email quoting incident 412 of 8 February.

Charlie Symes
Police Community Support Officer 9251
Cotswolds LPA
Stow on the Wold Police Station | High Street | GL54 1AB
Gloucestershire Constabulary

Doorstep Callers in Northleach Again

We have just heard that there are some people going around Northleach knocking on doors and trying to sell things. This has been reported it to the police but please report it yourself if you wish. Below is previous communication from the police about this with some information on “Nottingham Knockers”, which is the generic term for this type of seller. A “no cold callers” sticker is attached that may be of use.

“This message comes to you from the Gloucestershire Constabulary. Our telephone number for non-emergencies is 101 and calls cost 15p each. Visit the Constabulary website at

This is a message from the North Cotswolds Local Policing Team. Please continue to encourage your members to report similar incidents in the future so that these door step sellers may be discouraged from entering Gloucestershire.

Here is the advice from the Local Policing Team and Neighbourhood Watch: Continue reading Doorstep Callers in Northleach Again