Rural Team at Annual Ploughing Match

Safer Neighbourhood Team officers from Atherstone, with Carol Cotterill, Rural Crime Coordinator for North Warwickshire were at the annual ploughing match for the area promoting the Warwickshire Rural Watch scheme.   As well as people becoming members and receiving gate signs, they had leaflets with top tips on keeping their property safe and were shown equipment to help prevent crime.


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Rural Team Visit New Estate in Nether Whitacre

PC Scot Ramsall and  PCSO Jane Owen from SNT West beat with Carol Cotterill, Rural Crime Coordinator for North Warwickshire visited Norman Edwards Estate at Nether Whitacre and met up with Luke Pearson, who is the NHW Coordinator for the estate and a Cadet with Warwickshire Police.

The team were busy all evening, chatting with residents, giving out crime prevention information and advice, plus property marking kits to assist householders.


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Warwickshire Libraries Thank Volunteers

Warwickshire Libraries thank their volunteers at celebration event

On the 8th of September, Warwickshire County Council library service celebrated the successes of its library volunteers in an event held at Kenilworth Library.

Kenilworth Volunteer Celebration31 people gathered from around the county, to get together, eat and chat and be thanked for the valuable contributions that they make to the smooth running of Warwickshire’s libraries. Warwickshire County Council would like to extend this thanks and appreciation to all of its volunteers.

During the last financial year, 210 volunteers gave a total of 8,699 hours. They helped support over 4,000 events which attracted close to 70,000 people. Kenilworth Community Services issued in excess of 111,000 items to housebound readers, mobile library users and nursing homes in almost 23,000 visits. All of these figures would be significantly reduced were it not for the volunteer-led and volunteer–assisted events taking place in our libraries.

Just some of the ways our volunteers support the library service include:

  • Family history support
  • Game groups
  • ICT assistance
  • Reaching out to housebound readers
  • Silver surfer volunteers
  • Hospitality volunteers
  • Writing groups
  • Reading groups
  • Creative/knitting groups
  • Children’s and young person’s volunteers
  • Greeting customers making them feel more welcome and comfortable.

Volunteers enhance Warwickshire services by adding value, engaging with the community, and being advocates for local government. Volunteers are essential for some services such as the delivery of books to those that are housebound and Warwickshire Libraries could not exist without them. Celebration events such as these are a wonderful opportunity to pay tribute to everyone who has given their time to make a difference.

Cllr Kam Kaur, Portfolio Holder for Customers, said:

“It’s very important for us to celebrate the fantastic work of the people who volunteer to help keep Warwickshire’s Libraries Running.”

“They should feel proud of their hard work – they keep libraries across Warwickshire open.”

Cllr. Matt Western, Chair of Resources and Fire and Rescue Committee, said:

“Our volunteers are integral to the running of our libraries ensuing that each are able to continue offering an interesting and engaging agenda of events throughout the year. Well done to all.”

Find out more about Warwickshire Libraries on the Warwickshire Website:

There is more information about Volunteering in Warwickshire on the Warwickshire Website:

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West Mercia Police Make Arrest Following Sheep Worrying Incident

West Mercia Police were called to reports of sheep worrying at a farm in Risbury, Leominster on Friday, 2 September 2016.

A 64-year-old man from Risbury, Leominster, has been arrested on suspicion of Being the owner or person in charge of a dog that is dangerously out of control. He has been released on police bail until 16 October 2016.

This follows an incident in which a large number of sheep had been attacked and killed by two dogs. The incident is believed to have taken place between 12pm and 4pm.

Inspector Daniel Pilkington of West Mercia Police said:

“We would like to remind the public that it’s is an offence for a dog owner and anyone controlling the dog to allow it to worry livestock on agricultural land. If this happens, individuals may be prosecuted or fined and ordered to pay compensation.

“We would like to advise the farming community that we take any reports of this nature very seriously.

“Under the Animals Act 1971 a farmer, landowner or anyone acting on their behalf has a legal right to shoot your dog to protect their property. We would like to remind dog owners to please keep their dog on a lead at all times but particularly where there is livestock in the area.”

Police are appealing to anyone who may have any information leading up the circumstances involving the incident, please call West Mercia Police on 101, quoting incident 520s of 2 September 2016.

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Presentation to Local Residents on Staying Safe

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Following incidents of bogus callers in Wood End and surrounding villages, the rural crime team, consisting of Carol Cotterill, Rural Crime Coordinator, Mark English from Warwickshire Police and local officer PCSO Pete Beale, with Darshak Kacha from Warwickshire Trading Standards met with residents in Wood End Working Mens Club.  A presentation on ‘Staying Safe’ was followed with advice from Trading Standards and a question and answer session.  The group of over 50 people were from The Phoenix group, a charity set up to support dementia sufferers and their carers and members of the local community.  Everyone who attended received a pack with information and items to help them protect their property.   It was a really good afternoon with everyone finding it useful and thanking the team.

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Successful Event at Grendon Flower Festival

Over the weekend Grendon held their well known and very popular flower festival at All Saints Church, which was really well attended by the local community.  Carol Cotterill, Rural Crime Coordinator for North Warwickshire and Tony Hardman, Chair of North Warwickshire Neighbourhood Watch were invited to attend and had a stand on Sunday  afternoon offering advice on crime prevention and property marking to residents of Grendon and the surrounding villages.  As well as crime prevention advice, Carol marked 22 items for the church and gave out a number of crime prevention packs to help residents.  It was a really successful event and appreciated by all involved.Grendon Festival; 003ed.

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Drugs found in Polesworth After Fight in High Street

TWO bags of drugs were found in Polesworth by police officers after a fight broke out in the High Street.

Officers from Atherstone’s Safer Neighbourhood Team were called to the disturbance in the village at 8.30pm on Saturday, August 20.

Despite the main group of aggressors getting away in a white van and ford fiesta, a small quantity of drugs was found and an arrest was made after information was presented to the police by the public.

PC Chris Bell, member of Atherstone SNT, said: “A 999 call was made with reports of a fight in High Street, Polesworth.

“Atherstone’s Safer Neighbourhood Team were in nearby Warton on enquiries but dropped what they were doing and attended within four minutes.

“On arrival it was established the main aggressors had left in a white Enterprise rental van and a blue ford fiesta Mk3.

“Area searches by patrol team and the SNT were unfortunately negative.

“After information from a member of the public given to officers, two small bags containing a white powder believed to be a class A drug were seized by officers.

“One adult male was arrested and after a night in the cells, he was bailed pending further enquiries.

“Did the public see anything in relation to the drugs? “If so, we would like to hear from them.”

According to witnesses, the fight broke out in the High Street and one of the offenders threw the bags of drugs over a wall.

One resident, who stated his daughter witnessed the incident, said: “My daughter and her friends were on their way home when it all happened.

“They had the sense of mind to just stay out of the way and get out of there and home as soon as possible.

“It’s not really the sort of thing you expect children to witness at that time of day.

“My daughter is fine, she wasn’t really in any danger at any point as they stayed out the way, but she was a bit shook up when she got home.”

Anyone with information on crime in the area should call 101, visit or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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Report Areas of Concern to Warwickshire Trading Standards



Please contact us with any further information on the following:


  • Animal Health, Farming standards and Welfare
  • Doorstep Crime
  • Counterfeiting
  • Consumer Credit (Illegal Money Lending etc)
  • Fair Trading
  • Food quality, composition and labelling standards
  • Petroleum and Explosives
  • Product Safety
  • Intellectual Property Crime
  • Scams
  • Weights & Measures
  • Underage sales
Please send this report to: Or post (double enveloped) to:

Intelligence Officer

Warwickshire Trading Standards Service,

Old Budbrooke Road, Warwick

CV35 7DP


TS Intelligence contact details: Warwickshire Trading Standards Intelligence

Tel: 01926 738683





Event Date (and Time if possible)

EXAMPLE: 01 January 2014, 0700am So we know when the incident took place

Person Giving Information

If they wish to give information anonymously just put “anon”

EXAMPLE: Mr John SMITH of 8 Cavern Lane, Smithington WR8 7YB. Tel 01509 854447 So we know who is giving the info/witnessed the incident



Crime / Suspected crime / Reason for report EXAMPLE: Counterfeiting So we know the relevance of the information.




EXAMPLE: Male described as white and in his twenties has been seen selling possible counterfeit alcohol in the Barkshall area of Smithington. As many details as possible to help build up a picture. This should include details of people and vehicles involved even if something doesn’t seem relevant, it may be useful.



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Fish Poaching and Related Crimes Dealt With in North Warwickshire

Officers from Warwickshire police, Leicestershire police, the environment agency and staff from kingsbury water park and the angling trust last night took part in the 2nd joint Operation Leviathan to address fish poaching and related crimes. At Bosworth Water Park one male was found to be fishing without a rod licence so he was issued with a fine. A male from Tamworth was also issued a summons for illegally fishing at Polesworth. Lastly the team went to Kingsbury Water Park. At this location two males were caught leaving the park with a car full of fishing equipment that they had been using to fish illegally. The car that they were using also had no insurance and the driver had no license so he has been summonsed to court. Great teamwork on the night and in the lead up to the operation demonstrates how all the agencies can work together to achieve maximum results. PC1664 Kim Stafford.Op Leviathan 2

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Update on The Adventurous Pigs

Update on the two adventurous pigs who trotted from Dordon to Baxterley.

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Two young pigs who were found wandering the streets of a village near Tamworth have been happily homed, after help from our Rural Watch Co-ordinator Carol Cotterill. Everyone at Warwickshire Police wish both pigs a pleasant “sty” in their new surroundings.

The two young boars, were taken in by a kind lady and her granddaughters after nearly being hit by a car in Baxterley on 26/07/2016.

She called the Police to say she had found them, but nobody had reported them as missing.

Carol Cotterill has found that Pinky and Perky had potentially been sighted in Freasley approximately 4 weeks ago, if this is the case, their hamtastic adventure is quite a pig feat indeed.

PC Kim Stafford, Beat Manager and Wildlife Officer said “Police are now investigating information received possibly identifying the pigs as being from an address in Dordon. If any animal welfare offences can be proven, we will work with partner agencies to bring offenders to justice.”

PCSO Sim Hodson said “It is about time we start crackling down on irresponsible pet owners, if you cannot look after a pet, there are plenty of ways to re-home them responsibly. How anyone could just leave these piggies to fend for themselves is beyond me.”

Have you seen the Dordon Duo in the past month? It would be interesting to hear from you, please call 01827719297 and ask for PC Kim Stafford or PC Chris Bell. Your information may be key in identifying what led to this not-so-boaring pair winding up in Baxterley.

If you cannot look after a pet, please visit for advice.

With the re-emerging trend in keeping livestock as pets, if you cannot look after pigs, sheep, chickens etc.. then you should contact the Trading Standards Animal Health Officers for advice on 01926 736470.

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