Neighbourhood Watch Alerts

On this page we will display any NHW alerts which we think will be of benefit to the village community.

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11th Jan 2019

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Thefts From Motor Vehicles Across Peterborough


We have seen an increase in Thefts from motor vehicles across Peterborough in the last few weeks and ask you all to take some simple steps to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of vehicle crime.

Never leave your vehicle unlocked, even for a short period of time. We regularly receive reports of thefts from insecure vehicles.

Some of the most common items stolen are easy to access and portable, such as sat navs, mobile phones and wallets.

Remove all valuables from sight, ideally by taking them with you. If not possible place them in the boot. Remember to remove the signs of valuables being in the car like chargers and cradles and the mark they leave on the windscreen.

Even when at home, try to park either in a garage or well-lit area.

Keep car keys in a safe place, away from view. if you have a keyless car entry system, then please place keys in a signal blocker pouch.

Ideally use police approved car park which display a "Park Mark Safer Parking" sign.

If parking on a driveway then consider using a driveway alarm. These require no DIY skills and are very effective.

items such as jackets, other clothing and sunglasses are attractive to thieves. Even if you know nothing of value is inside, the thief doesn't.

To protect your valuables mark them with easily identifiable information such as your postcode. You can also use to register your valuables to make them easier to identify if stolen.

We have a limited supply of driveway and vehicle alert alarms, perfect for anyone who parks their vehicle off the road and on a driveway. We can sell these for £8 to you. We also have a very small supply of signal blocker key pouches for £4.  If interested please send an email to myself Amanda Large or Helen O'Driscoll and we can reserve one for collection from Thorpe Wood Police Station. Do not just turn up, as the enquiry office staff do not have access to these.




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Amanda Large (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Peterborough)


Jan 7th 2019

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News From The Police And Crime Commissioner


Good afternoon
As you have been asked to be updated on news from the Police and Crime Commissioner, the Commissioner has today launched a survey asking people to provide their views on how much they are willing to support policing as part of their council tax.
In a press release issued today, the Commissioner says:  
“Chief Constable, Nick Dean and I have been working hard to ensure our Force is as efficient and effective as it can be. Last year, we introduced a new structure for local policing which brought an additional 50 officers to the front line. And, as a result of last year’s increase in the policing part of the council tax, a further 55 officers were also recruited and are now in training. Whilst those additional officers are very welcome, there are some harsh policing realities that we face. Demand on policing is growing. Cambridgeshire is a safe county, but police now spend more time tackling ‘hidden crimes’ such as domestic abuse, child sexual exploitation and modern day slavery. They also spend time working with partners to tackle vulnerability, such as people in mental health crisis.
“Our police force is still one of the lowest funded forces in the country and one of the most efficient costing  42p per person per day against a national average of 51p (per person per day).  Cambridgeshire’s population is forecast to grow by 20% by 2031 but with government funding not currently linked to population growth, this is something we continue to press for change.
“We will continue to identify further efficiency savings, however in order to meet future demand, I propose to increase the policing part of the council tax by £2 per month per household (based on a Band D property). This equates to 50p per week or £24 per year. I would be grateful if you could spare a minute to complete a short survey. Your views will then help inform my final decision on how much to raise the policing part of the council tax.”
A link to the survey can be found here:  
The survey runs from Tuesday 8th until Monday 28th January 2019.
Please note - views can also be given by telephone: 0300 333 3456 or by email:
Many thanks

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Catherine Kimberley (Police, OPCC Communications Officer, Cambridgeshire)


Jan 7th 2019

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Hm Revenue And Customs Alert


HM Revenue and Customs Alert

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.


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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)


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Cyber Extortion


I wanted to either remind you, or tell you about a common form of cyber extortion scam but now with the introduction of ransomware.
Emails are being sent across Cambridgeshire by criminals telling the recipient similar to the following:

  1. That their devices have been compromised with spyware or a key logger.
  2. The email will often include a part or complete password that the victim will be able to identify with, or the name of a spouse or relative all to make it appear more believable.
  3. The content of the email will make accusations that the victim had been viewing illegal material online, or that they have illegal files stored on their device. There will then be a demand for a bitcoin payment. Approximate cost of the blackmail if paid, £300.
  4. The criminal may allege that they have been monitoring the victim for weeks or months.
  5. The criminal may invite the victim to click on a link in order to see the material for themselves, this is nothing more than a link to a criminally controlled website that installs ransomware onto the device. A further demand for payment will be made to un-encrypt the data.


  1. It is unlikely that the device had already been compromised prior to the delivery of the email.
  2. It is highly likely, that the email address and password had previously been obtained from a data breach via a website/server unbeknown to the victim and sold or shared amongst the cyber criminals.  
  3. The accusation of possessing illegal material is malicious social engineering, it is designed to put fear into the person reading the email and to cause a reaction in this case to pay a ransom.
  4. It is highly unlikely that the criminal has been monitoring the email account for days, weeks or months. A number of cyber criminals are lazy and they do not desire to spend any time researching victims, they just send out blanket emails and wait for a response.
  5. NEVER open an attachment or click on a link to an email you are not 100% satisfied to who actually sent it.
  6. The advice of the National Crime Agency and UK Policing, is never to pay a ransom.

For more information:

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Amanda Large (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Peterborough)


Christmas Reminder from NNHW


This is a busy time of year for on-line shopping. So as a reminder, here are some key points to help protect on line activity.

  • All mobile phones should be protected with a pin number
  • Always choose strong passwords
  • Install security software to protect from viruses and hackers
  • Make sure your privacy settings on social media are set to private.
  • Delete old accounts – don’t leave information on line if you don’t need it.
  • Never enter personal information online unless the website is secure - the 's' in https stands for secure.
  • Never open attachments from people you don't know.
  • A respectable company would never ask you to confirm your password, PIN or personal data via e mail.

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Just a reminder at this time of year: Don’t forget to keep an eye on your neighbours, especially those that are elderly or live alone.  A quick knock on their door, or a phone call may be is all it takes to check on their welfare. If NNHW can help then please let us know. The Co-ordinators contact details can be found on Newborough Village Hall website.

Stay safe

Sean Gleeson


Merry Xmas from Newborough, Borough Fen & Milking Nook Neighbourhood Watch

December 4th 2018

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Crime Update


Dear Members

We have been made aware of a number of reports of individuals knocking on doors allegedly canvassing for money for the Child Brain Injury Trust. The calls that we have received have raised concerns that strange questions were being asked. We have been in contact with this organisation this morning. It is based in Oxfordshire, and does not carry out door to door requests for charitable donations. Fraudsters use the name of genuine and often well known charities to obtain money. We advise residents not to buy at the door. If you wish to give to charity, please ensure that you are able to make an informed choice, in your own time and be absolutely certain that you are giving to a genuine cause.

To read more Action Fraud advice on this subject please go to:

Rogue Traders operating
We have been informed today that rogue traders have been operating in the Newcastle Drive area of Orton Longueville.  Please make sure that you do not buy any services from the door and please do keep an eye on older neighbours also.  If you have any suspicions about a trader in your street then do call 101 and also let me know.  Please keep any leaflets that you receive and if you have an opportunity to safely record any vehicle details then that would be greatly appreciated.

Theft from vehicles - we are seeing work vans being targeted for tools and other items so please do make every effort to remove valuables from your vehicles at night.  If you park on the driveway of your home then please invest in a driveway alarm to alert you to intruders. 

We have also had a number of vehicle index plates being stolen -

How to protect your plates:

  • Use a garage at night if you can
  • Park in busy, well-lit areas if you have to park on the street
  • Use safe, well-lit public car parks
  • Consider using security/tamper proof screws which can be turned easily using a screwdriver to fit them but can’t be undone using normal tools.  Available from stores like Halfords.
  • Consider using theft-resistant number plates which may cost a little more but are designed to resist known attack methods and will break apart if someone tries to remove them by force.


22/11/2018 00:24

Fane Road, Peterborough
Entry gained to rear of Ford Transit van and a number of high value tools have been taken.  Suspects have made off in a dark coloured saloon vehicle.


22/11/2018 00:20

Fane Road, Peterborough

Two unknown males have forced entry into a parked van and stolen items from within. They have then made off in another vehicle.


21/11/2018 22:00 to 22/11/2018 08:00

Tollgate, Bretton

Number plates stolen.


18/11/2018 12:00 to 22/11/2018 08:50

Tollgate, Bretton

Rear number plates stolen.


21/11/2018 18:00 to 22/11/2018 09:15

Turnstone Way, Stanground
Tools stolen from work van.


22/11/2018 13:00 to 22/11/2018 13:20

Crawthorne Road, Peterborough

Van broken into and items stolen by unknown offender/s.



Clayton, Peterborough

Index plates stolen.


21/11/2018 22:00 to 22/11/2018

Field Walk, Peterborough
Window of a Transit van smashed and several items stolen including tools and clothing.

Many thanks
Helen O'Driscoll






















To those of you who use yahoo as your e-mail account please be aware of 'a false warning' by way of a 'yahoo e-mail' requesting your account will be shut down within 24 hrs due to non-verification.

If you receive such an e-mail it is not from Yahoo. DO NOT open attachment at foot of e-mail, as you may compromise your details. Simply delete the e-mail & consider changing your password.

Keep safe,

Sean Gleeson Newborough NHW


PS. Apparently fake e-mails purporting to be from AOL are also doing the rounds, so please take care when viewing.


11th November 2018

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Fish Sellers - Rogue Trader Alert


We are receiving calls from residents who have been scammed by door to door traders selling fish.  The trader asks residents to enter their PIN number into a handheld machine.  Residents have not been aware how much they have been charged and were not given receipts.  In one case,, a later bank check showed that the account had been debited for £176.00.

In another incident, 4 males attended an address in Hinchcliffe and tried to sell a large quantity of fish to an elderly male and wanted to gain entry to the property to look at his freezer.  Three attempts where made on his bank card totalling over £800.  Thankfully the bank blocked the payments.  Males described as white, wearing white coats and one with a flat cap.  The two males that spoke had strong northern accents and one was carrying a card machine.

Do you know anyone that has bought fish from these door to door sellers?  Please let me know by email - and do warn all relatives/friends and neighbours NOT to buy anything from the door step or let any strangers enter their home.

Many thanks
Helen O'Driscoll
Crime Reduction Officer

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Helen O'Driscoll (Police, Community Safety Officer, Peterborough - Southern)


1st Niovember 2018

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Scams To Look Out For


TWO SCAMS TO BE AWARE OF.  Please spread the word to family members and/or older neighbours and friends.

 Gift Card Fraud

Please be advised that we had this scam reported to us yesterday and the victim was an elderly male.  The caller advised he was from Lloyds Bank and there had been an issue with his card and they needed him to make sure all was fine by encouraging him to purchase store gift cards from Curry’s.  He was assured that the money would all be returned to him by the bank.  Fraudsters are using online store gift cards to collect money from victims because they can be easily redeemed and sold on. The fraudsters don’t need the physical card to redeem the value and will instead use tactics to persuade victims to purchase gift cards in large amounts and read out the serial code on the back over the phone.

We often see this scam linked to iTunes gift cards and more recently ASDA and Argos.

Action Fraud is now working with retailers to help raise the profile of this fraud type with the general public.

How to protect yourself from gift card fraudsters:

  • Gift cards can only be used to purchase goods and services from the retailer named on the card. Never provide the numbers on the back of Gift Cards to someone you don't know.
  • No genuine organisation will ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using Gift Cards, or any other type of voucher. If you’re contacted by anyone that asks you to do this, you’re very likely the target of a scam.
  • Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Even if someone knows your basic details (such as your name and address), it doesn’t mean they are genuine.  Never give out bank details to anyone via the phone or email.
  • Genuine banks or other trusted organisations will not pressure you to make a financial transaction on the spot. If something feels wrong then it’s usually right to question it.  

Fake TV licensing emails

  • Fraudsters are sending out fake TV Licence emails regarding refunds and payment issues to people across the UK. They will use headlines such as ‘correct your licensing information’, ‘billing information updates’ and ‘renew now’ to trick people into clicking on the link within the email. 
    When a victim clicks on the link, they will be led to a convincing looking TV Licencing website. The website is designed to harvest as much personal and financial information as possible from the victim. 
    Although all the emails are different in style, they all lead to the same website which is being hosted on different domains. The emails claim that TV Licencing has been trying to contact customers regarding the payment of a bill or a change to their personal information. 
    The fraudulent website will prompt victims to add their payment details, including the Card Verification Value (CVV) code on the back of their card, account number and sort code. With this information, fraudsters could drain bank accounts and commit identity fraud. It may also ask for the victim’s name, date of birth, address, phone number, email and even mother’s maiden name which suggests fraudsters will try to access other online accounts.

    TV Licensing has the below useful tips for spotting a scam email:
  • Never answer an unsolicited email from TV Licensing - the organisation will never email you, unprompted, to tell you that you’re entitled to a refund or ask for bank details/personal information. 
  • Check the email contains your name – TV licensing will always include your name in any emails they send you. 
  • Check the email subject line - anything along the lines of "Action required", "Security Alert", "System Upgrade", "There is a secure message waiting for you", and so on, should be treated as suspect.
  • Check the email address - does the email address look like one that TV Licensing use? For example Look closely as often the address may be similar.
  • Check for a change in style - often the scammers will take the real emails and amend them. Look out for changes in the wording used, especially if it seems too casual or familiar.
  • Check for spelling and grammar - are there any spelling mistakes, missing full stops or other grammatical errors?
  • Check the links go to the TV Licensing website - hover over the links in the email to see their destination and check the web address carefully. If you are not sure, go directly to the TV Licensing website.
  • All of TV Licensing's guidance on this issue is available on their website.
    If you think you have been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud online or by calling 0300 123 2040.  Your local Crime Reduction Officers will also be happy to help and can offer support and guidance – call 101 and let us know.

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Helen O'Driscoll (Police, Community Safety Officer, Peterborough - Southern)


30th October 2018

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Extortion Scam


Cyber criminals send victims their own passwords in extortion scam

Cyber criminals are attempting to blackmail unsuspecting victims by claiming to have used the victims' password to install spying malware on the victims' computer. The criminals claim they’ve recorded videos of the victim watching adult material by activating their webcam when they visit these websites. What makes this scam so convincing is that the email usually includes a genuine password the victim has used for one of their online accounts. We believe criminals obtain the passwords from data breaches.

What to do if you get one of these emails?

Don’t reply to the email, or be pressured into paying. The police advise that you do not pay criminals. Try flagging the email as spam/junk if you receive it multiple times. Perform a password reset as soon as possible on any accounts where you’ve used the password mentioned in the email. Always use a strong, separate password for important accounts, such as your email. Where available, enable two-factor authentication (2FA). Always install the latest software and app updates. Install, or enable, anti-virus software on your laptops and computers and keep it updated.

If you receive one of these emails, report it to Action Fraud’s phishing reporting tool. If you have received one of these emails and paid the ransom, report it to your local police force.

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)


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