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Under Police Direct and the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme, we are notified of crimes in the area which may possibly have an effect on our village and these are posted onto this reports section. If you have information on any of the incidents below, this can be reported to our Safer Neighbourhood Team or Neighbourhood Watch.

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To buy a variety of items such as watches, cycles, cameras to gardening equipment, and much more, you could save money by visiting Bumblebee Auctions sells lost or stolen items that, despite the best efforts of the Constabulary, have not been reunited with their rightful owners. Money generated through the sale of items posted by Suffolk Constabulary on the site will support the Constabulary s charity Safer Suffolk Foundation. The Safer Suffolk Foundation aims to support projects and organisations that are looking to address policing, community safety and quality of life issues for those people living and working in Suffolk.

Are you aware of the Community Intelligence Hotline? It's a voicemail facility based in the Area Intelligence Unit. Information can be left anonymously regarding criminal activity or anti-social behaviour. 01284 774029 The number has been introduced as part of the Intelligence Initiative.

Anglian Water advise us that their members of staff NEVER ask for access to premises.  They have a bogus caller helpline - if in doubt call Anglian Water - freefone 0800 145145.

Van Stickers - Please do not leave any equipment or tools in vans overnight as they are a prime target for thieves. We have large some stickers saying “ALL TOOLS AND VALUABLES REMOVED” for anyone who would like one. Contact Wickhambrook Neighbourhood Watch

To reduce cold calls register with the Telephone Preference Service (Visit The Telephone Preference Service or call The Telephone Preference Service - 0845 0700707). It is illegal to make marketing calls to someone registered with the TPS but you may still receive calls from overseas and from companies who break the law regardless.

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Crime Reports

Read the latest crime reports concerning Wickhambrook and the surrounding area.

Neighbourhood Watch

Find out all about Neighbourhood Watch in the village, schemes, how to join, etc.

Rural South Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter

Safer Neighbourhoods Team newsletter for Rural South with plenty of tips, information and news.

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Crime Reduction Leaflets

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September

Wickhambrook – Speeding
13 checks conducted 3 fixed penalty tickets, 7 speed awareness courses issued and 3 verbal warnings given. 1 motorist was also reported for summons, due to exceeding 50mph.

June

Hit and Run - Thursday 5-5.10pm on the Whepstead-Bury Road
Do you travel along the B1066 at around 5-5.10pm on weekdays or were you there last Thurday (19 June)? Did you see or have you seen an old-style silver Vauxhall Corsa on that road at around that time of day? Do you know of anyone who makes that journey in such a car at any time of day? If so, the police would like to know. It may turn out to be a regular traveller. You may have an idea of (part of) the registration number. A cyclist was knocked from his bike and dragged 160 metres along the road before the car stopped and disconnected from the bike, leaving the cyclist n the road. Any information to 101 and quote crime no. BR/14/423.

Roof/Drive Cleaning Touts in Chevington
Two men in an off-white Transit mini-lorry ('02' registration) with large plastic water tank were recently intercepted as they started cleaning an elderly persons roof in Chevington. Having offered to do it for £40, they were proposing to charge £320 when an alert Neighbourhood Watch and RSW participant intervened and summoned a nearby relative. The men left in their unmarked vehicle (no land-line number or ID)

Appeal for woman to come forward after death of man in Lidgate
Police are appealing for a woman to come forward as a potential witness after a man collapsed and died whilst working on a road in Lidgate, near Newmarket. Police were called by the Ambulance service at approximately 10:30am (Tuesday 13 May) with a report that a man had collapsed on the B1063 near to a section where road works were taking place. The man, 37 year old Aidan Gallagher from Ipswich, who had been working on the road works was taken by land ambulance to Addenbrooke's Hospital but sadly died en route. A Home Office post mortem examination was held on Tuesday 20 May, found that Mr Gallagher had internal injuries consistent with an impact. Officers have been carrying out enquiries to establish the circumstances of Mr Gallagher's death and have spoken to two men who were working on the road the same day, who have said that a woman, believed to be driving a car, spoke to them to make them aware that someone had collapsed on the road. Police would like to trace this woman as she may be able to help police with their enquiries. The woman stopped on the B1063 sometime between 10.15am and 10.30am on Tuesday 13 May. As well as identifying the woman who stopped, officers are keen to speak to anyone who had been driving along the road at the time and may have witnessed the collision or who saw any vehicle with damage that may have been caused by a collision to get in contact. Anyone with information should contact the Major Investigation Team on 101.

Scams
Renewed appeal following more scam calls Police are again urging residents not to give out personal information, and to be alert for a scam where callers pose as an officer to get you to hand over cash and bank cards, after two more incidents on Friday. Two residents in Felixstowe – in their 70s and 80s – were targeted on Friday 16 May. Both received calls from a man claiming to be a Metropolitan Police officer, who told them that someone had been arrested who had been trying to use their bank card to make a purchase. In the first case, around 6pm, the victim was told to contact their bank to cancel their cards. The resident hung up and called the number on their card, however the fraudsters were still on the line and made a pretence of handing the victim to the relevant department. The resident then provided a number of details including personal, card and account information and security numbers. Shortly afterwards the victim contacted police, and was informed that this was all part of a fraud, and cards were cancelled. Police were later made aware of a second incident. A resident had taken a call around 7pm and were told to call the number on the back of their card. Again the resident had made the call, but was still talking to the fraudsters. The man on the phone explained the victim needed to place all debit and credit cards in an envelope, along with any cash in the house, and they would be picked up. The man asked for PIN numbers and other details, that were all passed on. About 9.30pm the victim answered his doorbell and found a man, described as of Asian appearance, of slim build, around 5ft 9ins – 5ft 10ins tall, who appeared to be in his late teens to early 30s, on his doorstep. The man asked the resident for a password that had been given over the phone and the resident then handed over the cards and cash and the man left. The next day the resident went to his bank, asked for statement and told them about the phone call, and was informed it was a scam. It appears several attempts were made to withdraw cash before the cards were stopped or cancelled. Officers are urging residents to be extremely careful when dealing with any unknown callers and to NEVER to give out personal information or to hand over cards or money in these circumstances. In carrying out scams such as this, it is thought that the offenders leave the telephone line open, so when the victims believe they have hung up to make another call to either the police or their bank, they are in fact still on the line to the criminals who made the original call. Please remember the following, and please alert older family members and friends to the tricks the scammers can use -

• Your bank or the police will never ask for your PIN, bank card or bank account details over the phone – never give these details out.

• The police will never call you and ask you to withdraw money from your account, and will never ask you to handover bank cards or cash, to give to a courier or taxi driver, regardless of how convincing the caller may seem.

• If you receive such a call leave the landline for at least five minutes to make an outside call. Fraudsters will keep the line open and have been known to play ring tones, hold music and a recorded message down the phone so the victim believes they are making a call to a legitimate number.

• Use a friend's or neighbour's telephone instead.

• Friends, family, carers and neighbours are asked to spread the word to ensure everyone is aware of this scam and not to give out personal details.

Hundon
Police are asking residents in Hundon to remain vigilant after a white "balding" male wearing jeans, a white t-shirt and driving a black Mitsubishi Warrior was seen behaving suspiciously earlier today, Sunday June 1st where he was witnessed taking a sink from a rear garden in Church Street. If you spot this vehicle please contact Suffolk Police on 101, quoting reference number 010614-205.

May

Renewed appeal after death of man in Lidgate
Police are renewing their appeal for information, two weeks after a man died whilst working on the B1063 road at Lidgate near to Newmarket. Officers have today, Tuesday 27 May, been at the scene where the man was found collapsed on Tuesday 13 May. Police were called by the Ambulance service at approximately 10:30am (Tuesday 13 May) with a report that a man had collapsed on the B1063 near to a section where road works were taking place. The man, 34 year old Aidan Gallagher from Ipswich, who had been working on the road works was taken by land ambulance to Addenbrooke's Hospital but sadly died en route. A Home Office post mortem examination was held on Tuesday 20 May, which found that Mr Gallagher had internal injuries consistent with an impact. Today, officers placed collision anniversary boards along the roadside, in the hope that someone who had been driving along the road two weeks ago at around the time Mr Gallagher died, will come forward with information. Also, with the assistance of automatic number plate recognition (ANPR), details of vehicles travelling along the road between 9am and 11am were captured so further enquiries can be carried out. Officers also carried out house to house enquiries in the village of Lidgate. Officers are keen to speak to anyone who had been driving along the road at the time and may have witnessed the collision or who saw any vehicle with damage that may have been caused by a collision to get in contact. Anyone with information should contact the Major Investigation Team on 101.

Were you near Lidgate at 10-11am on Tuesday 13 May?
A second post mortem on a road worker has indicated he probably died from impact injuries consistent with being hit by a car at road works in Lidgate on the B1063 on Tuesday 13 May, some time before 10.30am. No driver/vehicle has yet been identified. The police want to hear from anyone who was driving along the road around that time and may have witnessed the collision or who saw any vehicle driving erratically or with damage that may have been caused by a collision. Even if you saw nothing, the regsitration of any other vehicles around at that time will enable police to contact drivers who may in turn have seen something but not be aware of the appeal for information. Call 101 and ask for the Major Investigation Team.

Arson - Wickhambrook
Police are appealing for information following on from an arson in Wickhambrook. Between the hours of 5:00pm Friday 9th and 6:00am Saturday 10th May a plastic waste bin in a skate park in Cemetery Road was set alight. Damage was caused to the bin and support and to the tarmac surface. An attempt was also made to set fire to the quarter pipe ramp. Police would like to speak to anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity or may know who the offender/s may be on 101, quoting reference number: HH/14/916.

Burglary- Ousden
A house was broken into in Dunstall Green Road, Ousden between 9.15am & 4.15pm yesterday, Tuesday 8th April. Entry was gained after a window was forced, all the rooms were searched and a number of pieces of jewellery were stolen together with wrist watches and cash. Were you in the area between these times? Did you notice any unusual activity nearby? Anyone with information about this burglary is asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101 quoting reference BR/14/245.

Burglary - Depden
Officers are appealing for information after a burglary at a home in Bury Road, Depden on Monday 7th April. The break in occurred at around 3pm; a window was forced to gain entry, the rooms inside were untidily searched and an iMac computer was stolen together with jewellery and cash. Were you in the area on Monday afternoon? Did you see or hear anything unusual? Did you notice any suspicious vehicles nearby? If you have any information that may help please contact DC 546 Clark at Suffolk Police on 101 quoting reference HH/14/663.

March

Bank Card Thefts
Police are reminding residents to be vigilant after linking two crimes where offenders distracted victims by telling them they have dropped money, before stealing their bank card. The first incident occurred at around 11am on Thursday 27 March in the car park of the Aldi on Lordscroft Lane, Haverhill. A male victim left the store and got into his car at which point a woman got into the passenger seat and told the man he had dropped a £5 note. The man checked his wallet and at some point the woman was able to remove a bank card, which was then used to remove money from his account. The woman is described as aged in her mid-late thirties, around 5ft 6ins tall, with long dark hair tied back and wearing a jumper and trousers. She also spoke with a foreign accent.

The second incident occurred at around 2:40pm on Thursday 27 March in the car park at the rear of Wilkinson in Recreation Way, Mildenhall. The male victim left the store with his wife and went to their car where they were approached by a man and woman who stated he had dropped a £5 note. During a conversation between the group the female offender managed to get hold of the victim's wallet and removed two bank cards, which were also used a short time later to remove money from his account. The woman is described as of Southern European appearance, of slim build, with long brown hair tied up in a bun, wearing a dark long sleeved jacket and light brown skinny trousers and light coloured pumps. The man is described as shorter than the woman with short dark hair and was wearing a dark jacket and dark jeans. Police are asking anyone with information in relation to these incidents to contact Suffolk Police on 101 quoting HH/14/574 for the Haverhill crime or MH/14/506 for the Mildenhall. Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111.

Fraud Scam
A vigilant taxi driver foiled an attempt to defraud a 78-year-old man from Newmarket of £3,000 as police continue to raise awareness of, and warn residents about, scam tactics used by criminals.

At around 12pm yesterday, Wednesday 5 March, the victim received a call from a man purporting to be a police constable from Hammersmith in London. He told the victim that his bank card had been cloned and used to purchase a £7,000 watch.

The caller then informed the victim that his bank in Newmarket was subject to a fraud scam and they required his assistance in setting a trap which involved him withdrawing £3,000 in cash and then handing it over to a courier, who they would send to collect it from his home address.

The victim then challenged the caller and asked how he could verify that this request was not a scam in itself. The caller told him to hang up the phone and dial 999 to speak to his local police station, which he duly did.

He then spoke to someone claiming to be a sergeant at Newmarket police station who stated that the request was genuine. However, the victim was still not satisfied and called the number on the back of his bank card, where again he was told everything was ok.

After making a further call to what he believed was his local police station to confirm one more time this was legitimate, the victim then phoned the original caller back and said he would assist them.

After going into town to withdraw the cash, a taxi arrived at his house at around 1.30pm to collect the money. The victim told the driver that the parcel was to be delivered to an address in London which the driver confirmed.

Upon leaving the victim’s address, the taxi driver became concerned that this might be a scam and flagged down a passing police car to inform them of his suspicions. The officers confirmed this was indeed a scam attempt and recovered the money, returning it to the victim.

In carrying out scams such as this, it is thought that the offenders leave the telephone line open, so when the victims believe they have hung up to make another call to either the police or their bank, they are in fact still on the line to the criminals who made the original call.

Anyone with information about this crime, or any similar incidents, is asked to contact DC Ian Webb at Bury St Edmunds CID on 101, quoting reference number NE/14/391, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Officers are urging residents to be extremely careful when dealing with any unknown callers and to NEVER to give out personal information or to hand over cards or money in these circumstances.
 
Please remember the following, and please alert older family members and friends to the tricks the scammers can use –
•         Your bank or the police will never ask for your PIN, bank card or bank account details over the phone – never give these details out.
•         The police will never call you and ask you to withdraw money from your account, and will never ask you to handover bank cards, to give to a courier or taxi driver, regardless of how convincing the caller may seem.
•         If you receive such a call leave the landline for at least five minutes to make an outside call. Fraudsters will keep the line open and have been known to play ring tones, hold music and a recorded message down the phone so the victim believes they are making a call to a legitimate number.
•         Use a friend’s or neighbour’s telephone instead.
•         Friends, family, carers and neighbours are asked to spread the word to ensure everyone is aware of this scam and not to give out personal details.  

Scam Telephone Calls
Warning on scam telephone calls Police are urging residents not to give out personal banking information and never to hand over bank cards after two scams were reported to officers within minutes on Tuesday March 4th. Police were contacted by a man in Ipswich who said that in the past hour he and several family members had been conned out of thousands of pounds. The householder had taken a call from someone claiming to work for a bank who advised that someone had tried to take money from his account. The householder called a number that was supposedly for his bank and gave details of everyone in the family who banked online, including their passwords. Just two minutes later police took another call from a 93-year-old woman who reported that about 8pm she had taken a call from a man claiming to be a police officer at Holborn in London, who told her to ring the number on her bank card. She did this and was told that someone was coming to collect her bank cards. A foreign male then arrived at her address and she handed the cards over. Police are currently speaking with both victims and are making enquiries.

January

The police have asked RSW to circulate this picture of the trailer stolen from Hundon last week after a gravel-touting visit by silver Ford Focus YR 63 YBT (Call 101 Crime No. HH/14/60).

Stolen Trailer

Have you seen this drone aircraft?

Working drone

A farming RSW participant would like to know if you come across this working drone aircraft in the countryside near you, please e-mail RSW for contact details.

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