Mayor of Bewdley’s Hog Roast & Craft Fayre Event

 

Hog Roast

Community Ambassador Training Sessions – May 2024 – Jan 25

Posted on behalf of West Mercia Police

Weekly Fraud Update from West Mercia Police – Economic Crime Unit – 09/07/2024

Posted on behalf of West Mercia Police

                                              STUDENT FRAUD WARNING

In a few weeks’ time the “A” level results will be out and all being well, many younger people are heading off to further education, whether at University or College. Whilst these are exciting times for all involved, there can be areas where new, and existing students may be vulnerable to Scammers and Fraudsters. In fact, many existing student may already searching for the next term’s accommodation.

•    Rental Fraud.
Rental fraud happens when would-be tenants are tricked into paying an upfront fee to rent a property.  

In reality, the property does not exist, has already been rented out, or has been rented to multiple victims at the same time. The victim loses the upfront fee they have paid and is not able to rent the property they thought they had secured with the payment. Rental fraudsters often target students looking for university accommodation.

Protect yourself.                                                                                                                                                                                        Do not send money to anyone advertising rental properties online until you are certain the advertiser is genuine.
•    If you need to secure accommodation in the UK from overseas, seek the help of the employer or university you are going to, or get a friend, contact or relative to check the property exists and is available.
•    Do not pay any money until you, or a reliable contact, has visited the property with an agent or the landlord.
•    Ask for copies of tenancy agreements and any safety certificates such as Gas, Electricity or HMO Licence.
•    Do not be pressurised into transferring large sums of money. Transfer funds to a bank account having obtained the details by contacting the landlord or agent directly after the above steps have been followed. Be sceptical if you’re asked to transfer any money via a money transfer service like Western Union.

Other current scams existing and potential students need to be aware include:

•    HMRC Scams
In previous years Students taking part time jobs have been at increasing risk from fake messages claiming to be from HMRC, often offering tax refunds.

Basically, these are phishing messages to glean personal and financial details off the victim.

HMRC will only ever contact customers who are due a tax refund in writing by post. They do not use telephone calls, emails or external companies in these circumstances. Anyone who receives an email claiming to be from HMRC should send it to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk before deleting it permanently.

 

•    Student Loans 
There have also been phishing scams claiming to come from the Student Loans Company. They often target first year students and dupes them into handing over personal information to steal their identity and defraud them.
They often tell the victim their details are out of date or incomplete, and provide a link to a fake website where they can harvest their details.
If in doubt, contact the Loans Company direct using a listed number

 

•    Money Mules.                                                                                                                                                                                       Be very cautious of unsolicited job offers or opportunities to make easy money. These Fraudsters will pretend to offer legitimate jobs or get rich quick schemes via emails and target vulnerable groups, such as Students, who may think this is an easy way to make money.
Basically the Fraudster recruits innocent people to transfer stolen money overseas using the victim’s bank account, who will then be asked to transfer the money onwards, perhaps also being allowed to keep some money for themselves.
SOURCE: ACTION FRAUD
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Please feel free to share this information with any family, friends, or neighbours that you think it may be able to assist.
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Take Five to Stop Fraud

STOP: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
CHALLENGE: Could it be fake? It’s OK to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
PROTECT: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud

ALWAYS REMEMBER:
•    Avoid disclosing security details
•    Emails, Phone Calls and Texts may not be authentic
•    Always make direct contact with any organisation by using a genuine phone number
•    Stop and Challenge any unexpected requests
•    Protect others by reporting Fraud and Scams
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If you’ve fallen for a scam,
report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via actionfraud.police.uk

Scam Text messages can be forwarded to 7726 to help phone providers take early action and block numbers that generate spam on their networks. You can also report Scam mobile calls by texting 7726 with the word “Call” followed by the scam caller’s phone number.

Forward Fake Emails received to report@phishing.gov.uk

If you think your bank account or personal banking details have been used fraudulently, then use the short phone number – 159 – to contact the Fraud Prevention Department of most major UK banks.

 

Rogue Traders – If in doubt, keep them out!

Posted on behalf of West Mercia Police

Rogue Traders – If in doubt, keep them out!

Rogue Traders are people pretending to be builders or “qualified” trades men or women needing to do ‘urgent’ repairs or sales people offering bargain products.

Things to be aware of:

 

·  They often pressurise householders to make quick decisions to have work done, pay in advance for materials or do poor work at highly inflated prices

·  They will often cold call on vulnerable households and deliberately overcharge for unsatisfactory goods and services. This can include charging for unnecessary work, damaging property deliberately in order to obtain money, leaving work unfinished and intimidating householders

·  Victims of this practice are often vulnerable or elderly and in the most serious cases, offenders will return to the same victim again and again until their savings are exhausted

Police work jointly with local authority trading standards officers and other agencies to target offenders who prey on vulnerable members of the community in this way.

The following advice will help tackling doorstep rogue traders:

·  Close and lock your back door before answering the front door

·  Use a spy hole, chain or window to have a look at the caller before answering the door. If you do not recognise them speak through the closed and locked door

·  Never buy goods and services from people calling unexpectedly or unannounced at your door

·  If the caller is selling something or offering work on your house or garden tell them that you are not interested and ask them to leave

·  If they do not leave tell them you will call the police

·  Always ask for proof of identity. Take it from the person (through the letterbox) and read it carefully

·  Phone the company or organisation the caller claims to be from (use the number in the phone book) to confirm their identity

·  If you have any doubt – keep them out.

Remember it’s your home. Don’t be afraid to say ‘No’

Flooded Roads

Posted on behalf of West Mercia Police

Just a gentle reminder to drive with caution due to the ongoing wet weather.

 

Bewdley and the surrounding villages have lots of narrow country roads which are prone to flooding..   Should you drive up to a flooded stretch of road, the depth of the water can be deceptive so find an alternative route where possible.

 

Age UK H&W Dance-a-thon

Posted on behalf of Age UK

Looking for something for the whole family this summer?

 

Join Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire on 1st August at Worcestershire County Cricket Club to help raise funds and have fun at the summer Dance-A-Thon. Take on four different dance styles throughout the hour with seated options for those who require it. Dance your way to making a positive impact as funds raised will help people:

 

  • Live well with dementia
  • Live independently for longer
  • Stay socially and physically active
  • Get the advice & support they need to live better

 

Doors open at 9.30am for a 10.30am start. All ages are welcome for just £5 entry. Sign up at https://buytickets.at/ageukherefordshireandworcestershire

 

Wyre Forest Chess Clubs

We usually get more younger players along during school holidays . .

All levels and all ages are welcome.

 It’s free to come along for a game.

 

Great to see new players popping into the Kidderminster Club in recent weeks..

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Kidderminster Chess Club

Wednesday evenings from 7pm
Habberley Social Club  Truro Drive  Kidderminster  DY11 6DN

Large Free Car Park

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Bewdley Chess Club

11:30am to 2pm Fridays

St Anne’s Church  Load Street  Bewdley  DY12 2AE

Parking for £0.70p per hour in High St

Free at the Leisure Centre if you don’t mind the 10 / 15m walk

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Stourport Chess Club
2:30pm to 4:30pm Tuesdays

Stourport-on-Severn Library
Civic Centre  New Street  Stourport  DY13 8UN

Limited free parking and P&D opposite

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Bewdley Library Chess Club

Every Thursday  2:30 to 4:30

Dog Lane  Bewdley  DY12 2EF

Dog Lane P&D Car park

Parking for £0.70p per hour in High St

Free at the Leisure Centre if you don’t mind the 10 / 15m walk

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Big Conversation – Visibility and Accessibility

Posted on behalf of West Mercia Police

Following PCC John Campion’s Big Conversation with the Temporary Chief Constable of West Mercia Police, Alex Murray, each section of the 90-minute discussion will take a focus in a brand new series over the coming weeks.

In this week’s clip, PCC John Campion is focusing on the topic you told us is your biggest priority – seeing more police officers visible and accessible in your community.

Police officer numbers are at record numbers in West Mercia, but it’s important you feel and see the benefit of this increase.

In the Big Conversation, the PCC and West Mercia Police’s Temporary Chief Constable discussed plans to improve visibility now, and in the future whilst balancing resources to address crime behind closed doors and ever-changing threats in the online world.

Watch here – https://youtu.be/FKcj4PmLfbE?feature=shared

 

Rock Path Finders Logo

Rock Pathfinders August 2024 Guided Walks

Free guided walks along our footpaths and bridleways taking 2-3 hours, off the roads and into the countryside. Our walks are between 5 and 7miles many of the routes are undulating with stiles. We usually walk at a brisk pace. Everyone welcome but sorry no dogs allowed

 

 

AUGUST 2024

 

Thursday 01.08.24 starting at 17.00pm

EVENING WALK!!

The Manor House of Whittington

Kinver

DY7 6NY

 

Thursday 15.08.24 starting at 10.00am

Tardebigge Church Car Park,

Church Ln,

Tardebigge,

 Bromsgrove B60 3AH

 

For further details and any other announcements or changes please visit website www.rockpathfinders.uk

 

PLEASE NOTE NEW WEB ADDRESS

email:mdsskev@rockpathfinders.uk

Or ring Alan on 01299 400304