RUTLAND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH BRIEF
Local Crime Alert
Since the last Neighbourhood watch brief we have had one report of theft from an insecure vehicle in Lyndon Rd, North Luffenham. Unknown person(s) have gained entry and taken property. This incident occurred between 05/10/2018 19:15 & 06/10/2018 08:15.
One report of hare coursing in New Rd, Stretton. This incident occurred on 07/10/2018 at 09:35.
One report of theft from a vehicle in New Field Rd, Exton. Unknown person(s) have forced entry and taken property. This incident occurred between 07/10/2018 17:00 & 07/10/2018 17:30.
One report of theft in Timbergate Rd, Ketton. Unknown person(s) have stolen a vehicle from the driveway. This incident occurred between 07/10/2018 20:00 & 08/10/2018 07:15.
One report of theft from a vehicle in Coniston Rd, Edith Weston. Unknown person(s) have forced entry and taken property. This incident occurred between 05/10/2018 20:00 & 08/10/2018 17:43.
Beat Surgery at Whissendine Store, Main St on 12th October between 17:30 & 18:45.
Beat Surgery at the Hungry Hogs Cafe, Belton on 21st October between 10:00 & 11:00.
Beat Surgery at Uppingham Town Hall on 23rd October between 18:30 & 19:30.
Telephone Fraud - Members of the public are being warned to remain vigilant after a woman was coaxed into handing over thousands of pounds in a telephone scam.
She was contacted on 26 September by a number that appeared to be from a member of her family. However, upon answering, she was told that family member had been arrested and that she must pay money to release him from custody.
The woman, who is from Leicestershire, withdrew more than £3,000 and paid it into a BitCoin machine, as instructed by the caller, believing that this was a bail cost.
She was then told to withdraw more than £6,000 which would release the family member from custody. However, when she went to withdraw this money, a member of staff at the bank became suspicious and intervened.
Detective Constable Steve Wallage, the investigating officer, said: “I would urge everyone living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to take on board this incident and make themselves aware of such a scam currently in operation.
“I would also ask that anyone who has any family or friends who they feel may be vulnerable to such a scam to make them aware and ask that they remain vigilant.
“Police would never ask for payments to be made to release someone from bail or custody and any reputable organisation would ever ask that money is handed over via a BitCoin machine.”
No-one has been arrested in connection with this incident at this time and enquiries are ongoing.
Incidents of this nature should be reported to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk, where further information can also be found.
Anyone with information about a crime in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can call Leicestershire Police by dialing 101 (calls cost 15p) or call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.