Parcel theft



Parcel thiefWith Christmas swiftly approaching there are probably more home parcel deliveries than normal, opportunistic thieves are on the lookout for easy pickings.



Somerset & Avon Police have issued the following warning


Please note that there have been some instances recently where parcels delivered for individuals have been stolen. Of those the most recent have been:

A parcel delivered in Bridgwater and left in the porch at the front of the delivery address. Victim returned home to find the parcel missing.

A suspect took a delivery card in the name of the victim and collected a parcel in Weston Super Mare

Officers ask you to take care over the security of parcels being delivered. If you are not going to be home to receive them, try to find an alternative where they will be home. If you are buying on-line then many companies use a `click and collect’ service with other more local businesses which can be convenient.


Cold Calling & Rogue Traders




Rogue TraderThe following message has been received from Avon & Somerset Police 



Trading Standards have made us aware that there are companies causing concerns in Somerset. These often have representatives in the area cold calling at houses. They vary in what they are offering, it can be suggesting they can handle compensation claims or talking about cavity wall insulation. Callers can be offering to provide garden services, selling goods etc.

Bogus traders often call at the door without an appointment – their work can be over-priced and poor quality.

Make sure you do not buy from or sell to callers at the door. If you have a chain on your door then ensure it is on before you answer the door to strangers.

Do not have dealings with cold callers – better to close the door and keep them outside. If you do want to have work done then ensure you get written quotations from reputable companies – consider asking family or friends for suggestions.

Remember you can also get bogus calls on the telephone or by Email – never give out ANY personal information on either.

If you think you have been subject of cold calling, bogus traders etc then please contact the police using the 999 emergency number.

Local Break-in and theft


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On Friday 14th July between 2:00 and 2:30 pm, a unoccupied property in the village that is currently undergoing renovation was broken into. The thief who seemed to know what they were doing destroyed an internal alarm system, and stole a lawn mower, strimmer, CCTV and tools that were being used to renovate the property.

In the event of anyone having seen something that may be of use to the police, please contact Avon & Somerset Police using the 101 telephone number.

Crime figures for March 2017



Avon & Somerset Police have released the following crime information statistics for their Wincanton Rural South area which includes Yeovilton.

177 calls from your beat area

36 were listed as crimes, including:

1 Assault

0 Assault on Police

0 dwelling burglary (+ 1 attempt)

1 Non dwelling burglary (+ 2 attempt)

3 criminal damage – property

4 criminal damage – vehicles

1 theft from motor vehicles

1 theft of motor vehicle

1 theft of pedal cycles

1 theft from shops

remainder miscellaneous

Anti Social Behaviour (ASB) – 11 reports across the beat. Reports relate to neighbour disputes, loud music and pony racing on the A303

Beat Surgeries include:

Wednesdays, Ilchester coffee morning 10am-12noon

Avon & Somerset Police have also issued the following reminder about securing property.

REMINDER –  ensure sheds, garages and outbuildings are kept secure with good quality locks, hinges and door furniture. Consider securing valuable equipment with extra chains and padlocks. Property mark tools and equipment and consider alarming the buildings.

This advice can be accessed via the following internet link.



Nottingham Knockers


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The following message has been received from Avon & Somerset Police on doorstep callers using tactics that have led them to become known as the ‘Nottingham Knockers’..

“Some parts of the force area have seen an increase in door to door callers, often trying to sell cleaning and kitchen equipment. We are taking this opportunity to remind you all that you should not have dealings with callers at the door. Likewise don’t respond to letters or Emails from unknown sources or have dealings with cold callers on the phone.

If you are looking for someone to provide goods or services then please make local enquiries with companies that you know and trust. Your local Trading Standards office can often help with details of reputable tradesmen.

Please remember it’s your door step, it’s your decision. All suspicious callers should be reported to the police using either the 101 or 999 numbers.”

Below ia an extract from a website giving a example of how these people can work.

“They will knock on a door, offering cleaning items which they know are cheap and of very poor quality; the householder also knows they are rubbish but that is part of the scam. Many people will purchase items and pay them something, just to get rid of them. There have been cases of elderly residents handing over large sums as these individuals can be very persistent and confrontational.

The price for whatever has been purchased usually comes to a note – usually £10. The householder disappears to get this – this is when the scam begins, according to the police. When the note is handed over, the individual examines the condition and how long it took the person to get it. If it is crumpled, they accept it and move on. If it is crisp flat and new – they are much more interested and may engage the person in more conversation, to obtain details about them. As they leave they will smell the note. If it is slightly musty – this is an indication that there is more in the property. Those addresses are noted. The addresses of elderly / vulnerable / gullible people are all noted.

These are handed to their employer usually in a nearby van, and there is a small amount of cash handed over for each one.

These addresses are then sold in prisons and pubs. If there is a later break-in, the employer expects a further cut of the proceeds.

These lists are purchased by all sorts of people.. Once on a list, your address could be sold on and on. Hence the repeat nature of these persistent callers.”

Although doorstep calling is not illegal, the law states that a trader who ignores a resident’s request to leave and not return commits a criminal offence