North Warwickshire Neighbourhood Watch

North Warwickshire Neighbourhood Watch now has a facebook page and website with lots of information including security items and meeting details.  Please visit at www.nwnhw.co.uk and follow on facebook at North Warwickshire Neighbourhood Watch.

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Incidents Reported in Tysoe

Incident 28 of 17 July - At just after 3.15am on 17 July, a witness saw a hooded offender, carrying a crowbar, make off from the vicinity of a cottage home in Old Tree Lane, Middle Tysoe and then enter the front passenger side of a silver Peugeot 206 hatchback vehicle, driven by a second offender.

The offenders then drove off, without lights, towards Main Street.  It was then discovered that the offenders had attempted to force open the garage doors at a home in Old Tree Lane. The offenders failed to get inside the garage and nothing was stolen.

Incident 361 of 18 July - Between 1am on 16 July and 6pm on 18 July, offenders entered the rear garden of a home in Peacock Lane, Tysoe, through a hedge and then jemmied the padlock off the door of a secure wooden shed.

Once inside the shed, the offenders carried out a search before making off with bolt croppers, a chop saw and a socket set.

If you saw anything or have any information that could help the police with their enquiries please call 101 and refer to the incident number stated above.  Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously.

For crime prevention advice visit our website at www.warwickshireruralwatch.co.uk.

 

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Scrap Lead Stolen From Rural Property in Long Itchington

During the night of the 14th into the 15th July, unknown offender(s) entered the grounds of a rural home in Southam Road, Long Itchington and then went into an open sided stable block.  Once inside, the offenders stole a large quantity of scrap lead and then left the premises across near by playing fields.

If you saw anything or have any information that could help the police with their enquiries please call 101 and refer to inc 111 of 15/7/17.  Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously.

For crime prevention advice visit our website at www.warwickshireruralwatch.co.uk.

 

 

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Theft From Farm in Newbold on Stour

Sometime between 5pm on the 14th July and 5pm on the 15th July, unknown offender(s) entered a secure workshop at farm premises in Newbold on Stour and stole a socket and screwdriver set.

If you saw anything or have any information that could help the police with their enquiries please call 101 and refer to inc 84 of 17/7/17.  Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously.

For crime prevention advice visit our website at www.warwicksireruralwatch.co.uk.

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Horse Tack Taken From Wixford

Incident 179 of 15 July – Wixford:  During the night of the 14th into the 15th July, unknown offender(s) entered a secure building at a premises in Church Lane, Wixford, Alcester and forced off the padlock.  Once inside, the offenders stole 5 head collars and 4 bridles before making off.

If you saw anything or have any information that could help the police with their enquries please call 101 and refer to the incident number stated.  Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously.

For crime prevention advice visit our websites at www.warwickshireruralwatch.co.uk and www.warwickshire-horsewatch.co.uk.

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Vehicle Taken From Farm in Kenilworth

Incident 48 of 14 July – Kenilworth:  During the night of the 13th into the 14th July, unknown offender(s) stole a Suzuki vehicle from a farm premises in Kenilworth.

If you saw anything or have any information that could help the police with their enquiries please call 101 and quote the incident number stated.  Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously.

For crime prevention advice please see our website at www.warwickshireruralwatch.co.uk

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Generator and Tools Stolen From Property in Wootton Wawen

Incident 67 of 14 July – Wootton Wawen:  During the night of 13 into 14 July, unknown offender(s) broke into a home in Salters Lane, Wootton Wawen and stole a generator, chain saw and other items.

If you saw anything suspicious or have any information that could help the police with their enquiries please call 101 and refer to the incident number quoted above.  Alternatively call Crimestoppers o 0800 555 111 anonymously.

For crime prevention advice visit our website at www.warwickshireruralwatch.co.uk

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Van Stolen From Stoneleigh/Ashow Area

Some time between 1030hrs and 1730hrs on Tuesday 18th July, 2017, unknown offender(s) stole a red ’53′ plate Vauxhall Combo van that was parked at the roadside on the B4115 in the Stoneleigh/Ashow area.

If you have information relating to the above offence, please call Warwickshire Police on 101 and quote Warwickshire crime reference: 23S5/29596U/17. Alternatively call CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111.

 

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Operation Leviathan in Rugby

On one of the first operations of the new fishing season, officers from Rugby Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT),The Angling Trust , The Environment Agency and Carol Cotterill, Rural Crime Coordinator for North Warwickshire, visited water courses and fisheries in the Rugby area on Friday evening (14 July) checking for fishing licences and anti-social behaviour offences.

Eight water courses were visited including ones in Wolvey, Rugby and Coombe Abbey. A total of 52 licences were checked, with seven anglers issued with tickets by enforcement officers from The Environment Agency, for fishing without a licence. One angler was found to have no car insurance and has been reported for summons.

Operation Leviathan Rugby
Operation Leviathan Rugby
Operation Leviathan is a multi-force, multi-agency crackdown involving among others, police forces, The Angling Trust and The Environment Agency, tackling fish poaching, theft and anti-social behaviour in and around watercourses.

PC Stuart Baker from Rugby SNT said: “We are very aware of the impact anti-social behaviour and illegal angling can have on the local community and area. Working in partnership is key, it allows us to have a strong presence for the public’s safety and to protect the waterways and prevent further anti-social behaviour and fish theft.”

Richard Nightingale, a Fisheries Enforcement Officer from the Environment agency said “I can only echo the words of PC Stuart Baker. Working together with partner agencies including the police and the Angling Trust to tackle illegal fishing, theft of fish, other fishery offences along with assisting with tackling anti-social behaviour associated with these offences, means a more joined up partnership approach where we can share intelligence, information and utilise each agencies differing skills to ensure a safer community for all. We will continue to work together and proactively target persons who continue to commit offences.”

Dilip Sarkar, National Enforcement Manager for the Angling Trust said:  “This is a perfect example of partnership working in action, the police, Environment Agency and our Voluntary Bailiff Service all working together to protect fish and fisheries, and crackdown on fisheries related rural and wildlife crime. This sends out a very strong message and makes our waterways safer for the enjoyment of all. We are very grateful to all involved.”

If you have any concerns regarding illegal fishing or other offences please report it to 101, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or on the Warwickshire Rural Watch website on the Wildlife Watchers page www.warwickshireruralwatch.co.uk.

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Trading Standards Tackling Tobacco Crime

Over 5.5 million illegal cigarettes and 645 kg of hand rolling tobacco were seized by Warwickshire County Council?s Trading Standards Service and other local Trading Standards within the Central England Trading Standards Authorities (CEnTSA).

The cigarettes and tobacco were seized in the last financial year (2016/2017) with a loss to the tax payer of over £2 million. The total retail value of the illegal goods is estimated to be worth in excess of £2.5 million.

The cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco were often well hidden, in sophisticated concealments using electronic magnets controlled by a switch, in cavity walls and even disguised as BBQ sets. Such hiding places are difficult to detect without the aid of specialist tobacco sniffer dogs.

All offending businesses are subject to a criminal investigation, with some traders already being successfully prosecuted. Some have received financial penalties, others, suspended prison sentences and community orders.

In addition, some shops have had their alcohol licences suspended or revoked for dealing with illegal tobacco products.

Warwickshire County Councillor Howard Roberts, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety said:

“Far from being a victimless crime, the illegal tobacco trade is providing a cheap source of cigarettes for children and young people. Whilst all tobacco is harmful, the illegal tobacco market, and in particular the availability of cheap cigarettes, makes it easier for children to start smoking and harder for smokers to quit and remain smoke free. The loss to the tax payer means less money being spent on local communities, schools and the NHS.??

Bob Charnley, Chairman of CEnTSA said: ??More and more people over the past few years have decided enough is enough and are providing information to Trading Standards, to stop local criminals selling and distributing illegal tobacco. Combating illegal tobacco has become an increasing priority for Trading Standards. The illegal tobacco trade has strong links with crime and criminal gangs, including drug dealing, money laundering, people trafficking and even terrorism. Selling illegal tobacco is a crime.?

Mr Charnley added ??retailers are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their approach, adapting their methods in order to avoid detection. Some businesses had gone to great lengths to conceal the illegal tobacco in secret compartments, including BBQ sets, fake floor boards, false walls, ovens and fridges. You may hide it, but we will find it.??
Illegal tobacco products can usually be easily recognised. They will be very cheap, often less than half the price of legitimate packets and often have foreign writing on them.

Anyone being offered cheap tobacco or any other types of illicit goods should report it to Trading Standards by calling the CEnTSA?s confidential fakes hotline on 0300 303 2636.

For more details on NHS Stop Smoking Services in Warwickshire go to www.quit4good.co.uk or phone 0800 085 2917.

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