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Local scam and items missing from porches.


5.02.18


Items have been taken from unlocked porches in the village. Please be aware and don't leave anything of value in unlocked entrances.

There has been a local scam contact with callers claiming to be Open Reach. They ask for personal detail in order to improve your broad band speeds. Please make sure you don't provide confidential data and ensure conversations re broadband are with your genuine provider.


Fraud Calls / Stolen goods for return after arrest in Wrotham / Request for Hodsoll Street Fete Raffle Sponsor


02.02.18


 Phantom Debt Fraud

Action Fraud has recently experienced an increase in the number of calls to members of the public by fraudsters requesting payments for a “phantom” debt. The fraud involves being cold-called by someone purporting to be a debt collector, bailiff or other type of enforcement agent. The fraudster may claim to be working under instruction of a court, business or other body and suggest they are recovering funds for a non-existent debt.

The fraudsters are requesting payment, sometimes by bank transfer and if refused, they threaten to visit homes or workplaces in order to recover the supposed debt that is owed. In some cases, the victim is also threatened with arrest. From the reports Action Fraud has received, this type of fraud is presently occurring throughout the UK.

It is important to recognise that there are key differences between the various entities who seek to settle debts or outstanding fees in England and Wales. These differences range from the type of debt they will enforce to the legal powers they possess. To learn more, please take a look at some of the helpful information and links on the Step Change Debt Charity website; https://www.stepchange.org/debt-info/debt-collection/bailiffs-and-debt-collectors-differences.aspx

Protect Yourself

You can report suspicious calls like these to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfaud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Appeal to reunite recovered items with rightful owners

Members of the public are being asked to check if they recognise any of the items pictured after two men were arrested in connection with burglary offences across west Kent.

Gardening power tools, believed to be stolen, have recently been recovered by Kent Police and officers and now keen to identity their rightful owners.

Patrols initially arrested the men in connection with a theft after stopping a suspicious vehicle in Wrotham, on Friday 26 January 2018. A 20-year-old a man from East Peckham and a


22-year-old man from East Malling were later released pending further investigation.


Subsequent enquires then led to the discovery of suspicious items at properties linked to the suspects. These are described as follows:

· A red, silver and black petrol hedge cutter, manufactured by Kawasaki and carrying an engine number - 275265

· A red, black and silver Mitox petrol strimmer with a serial number 1211279500

· A green, electric, grass strimmer with a serial number NIF-GT-240/250B

It is believed these items may have been stolen from sheds and outbuildings in rural areas of west Kent, or possibly from areas in Sussex. As well as returning them to potential victims, police are hopeful that identification will also assist with enquiries into any offences committed. Officers are also exploring the possibility that recent reported thefts of car and tractor batteries may also be linked.

Hodsoll Street Fete Organisers are looking for a significant sponsor for the Fete raffle

Any one out there who would be interested in providing significant sponsorship for the fete raffle in June please let us know and I will contact the organisers so you can discuss detail of any marketing v contribution.