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Update 11. January 2019 (note that on Police advice, articles more than one month old are generally deleted)

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Your Neighbourhood Police Stations are:

Northwich Local Policing Unit, Chesterway, CW9 5EP - 0845-458-6378.
NPT Frodsham - Voicemail. 0845-458-6393 (Frodsham, Helsby, Milton Weaver, Cuddington & Sandiway, Kingsley, Forest)
NPT Dragon Hall - Voicemail. 0845-458-6377 (Tarporley & Oulton)
NPT Mickle Trafford - Voicemail. 0845-458-6394 (Mara)

All Incidents (And Important Information) Should Be Reported To The Main Call Centre : 0845 458 0000 open 24 hours, 7 days a week ; or you can call the new National non-emergency number on 101 which will put you through to Cheshire Police at Winsford [we are advised that calls cost a fixed 15p from a land-line or mobile phone].

If You Wish To Pass Information Via An Independent Anonymous Source You Can Call Crime Stoppers On 0800 555 111, OR E MAIL www.crimestoppers-uk.org

PCSO Nichola Devey
Image from Weaver and Cuddington Police

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) - details of Surgeries are now published here.

Surgery dates for Acton Bridge - held in Parish Rooms, Hill Top Road, CW8 3RA
19th Jan, 16th Feb, 23rd March and 20th April - All surgeries held on a Saturday between 2-3pm.

Nichola has also asked us to advertise her surgery dates for Sandiway and Weaverham as well, in case people from the community are able to attend them instead. These are :

Surgeries for Weaverham - held in Weaverham Library
14th Jan, 25th Feb, 18th March and 8th April - All surgeries are between 5.30-6.30 pm

Drop in Clinics held at Weaverham Community Centre -
Thurs 20th Dec 10-11am, Fri 4th Jan 7-8pm, Thurs 10th Jan 10-11am, Weds 16th Jan 7-8pm, Fri 25th Jan 7-8pm, Weds 30th Jan 10-11am, Weds 6th Feb 7-8pm, Mon 11th Feb 10-11am

Surgeries for Sandiway - Held at Sandiway Library
4th Jan, 5th Feb, 9th March, 9th April - All surgeries are between 5-6pm

Residents with any issues or topics on Police matters are invited to raise them with the PCSO - no appointment is necessary.
Weaver and Cuddington Police now have a Facebook page.

20. December 2018 - We've received a National Neighbourhood Watch E-Newsletter, which you can download by clicking here (11-page PDF, 3MB)
These are the most communications from Action Fraud, HomeWatch / neighbourhoodalert.co.uk and related sources, which the Police recommend be held no longer than 30 days, so we are deleting posts more than about a month old. This page also carries occasional warnings from Trading Standards. You can see previous Alerts on the Action Fraud Website
Alert - Fake Tv Licensing Emails 08/01/2019 15:38:12 [251749]

Action Fraud has received more than 5,000 reports about fake emails and texts purporting to be from TV Licensing. The messages contain links to genuine-looking websites that are designed to steal personal and financial information.

Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it's a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

For more information about how to stay safe online, visit cyberaware.gov.uk

Message Sent By Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

HM Revenue And Customs Alert 07/01/2019 15:15:54 [251556]

What you need to know
Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls, voicemails, text messages or emails to members of the public purporting to be 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. It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving messages or telephone calls of this nature.

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.

Message Sent By Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Have You Been A Victim Of ATM Fraud? 06/01/2019 09:27:15 [251424]

Following reports of a strip device attached across the slot of a ATM cash machine in Hartford, please be vigilant when using cash machines.
Have you been a victim?
Seen anything suspicious?
Please ring and report on 101 also making your bank and shop owner aware.
PCSO Michelle

Message Sent By Michelle Gillett (Police, Community Support Officer, Northwich LPU)

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