Inspector Edward Bates

Sergeant Suzanne Lloyd

PC Hannah Richards

PC Charlie Jones - Rural Crime Team

PCSO Gary Gwilt - Rural Crime Team

PCSO Liann Richards

PCSO Graham Jennings

PCSO Aileen Stewart

PCSO Aimee Bartlett

PCSO Melanie Ross

Local Policing Priorities

Date agreed: 01 April 2020

Action

CRIME cannot be detected if police don’t know about it – yet one third of rural incidents are never reported.

That’s a statistic Dyfed-Powys Police is aiming to break down as it continues to emphasise the importance of reporting crimes in isolated areas.

The force’s rural crime teams dedicated days of a national week of action against wildlife and rural crime to speaking with farmers, urging them to get in contact if they become victims of crime.

Officers and PCSOs across the four divisions visited livestock markets, met with farming unions and carried out patrols in rural areas with the aim of spreading the message.

Superintendent Robyn Mason, force lead for rural crime, said: “We are doing all we can to tackle rural crime, but we cannot act on what we don’t know about.

“This statistic from the National Rural Crime Network shows us there are victims out there who are not being supported, and crimes that are not being investigated.

“This is not what we want to hear. We have teams dedicated to our rural areas, who understand the impact crime has on farming communities.

“Please, if you are a victim of crime, report it to us so we can investigate the incident. Likewise, if you see anything suspicious that could feed into our intelligence system and prevent future crimes from taking place, please get in touch.”

Supt Mason added that the force was aware of concerns that sometimes exist in rural communities over sharing information with the police, and highlighted the Rural Crime Hotline as a way of reporting anonymously.

Launched by the National Farmers’ Union and powered by Crimestoppers, the hotline and website allow people to report suspicious behaviour or any type of crime without sharing personal information.

Supt Mason said: “We know that some people in our very rural communities are concerned about sharing information with us, as they feel it is harder to be anonymous.

“We would prefer that you contact us so we can get all the details we need, but we understand why you might to choose to pass information via Crimestoppers and the new Rural Crime Hotline.”

Visit www.ruralcrimehotline.co.uk or call the hotline on 0800 783 0137.

Date agreed: 02 March 2020

Action

Dyfed-Powys Police is warning of scam phone calls from fraudsters pretending to be from HMRC.

A spate of reports have been made this week from people living in Montgomeryshire in particular.

Inspector Gwyndaf Bowen said:

“The caller will say they are a HMRC agent and will tell the victim they have unpaid debt, often in the thousands of pounds. The caller will request a sum of money be transferred to an account to settle the debt to HMRC.

“They will threaten to issue an arrest warrant and send police within the hour if money is not transferred. This is very distressing and understandably causes panic.

“These sophisticated scammers will often target the elderly and most vulnerable people in our communities. Take necessary steps to safeguard family and friends who might be at risk.

“HMRC would never target people in this way and would certainly never ask for money or bank details over the phone.

“Please be vigilant, do not part with any money or personal information. Remember - It is OK not to speak with cold callers - just put the phone down. If you are concerned please contact police.”

Officers have offered tips to avoid falling victim to this type of fraud:

  • Telephone numbers and text messages can easily be spoofed. You should never trust the number you see on your telephones display.
  • If you receive a suspicious cold call, end it immediately
  • Do not enter into conversation with them, provide them with any personal details or send them any money.

For further advice and information on how to avoid being scammed visit www.actionfraud.police.uk

 

Local area: Newtown

Date agreed: 01 April 2020

Action

Fraudsters are targeting members of the public, exploiting fear over the Coronavirus.

 

Some of the scams include;

Victims ordering surgical masks to protect against the virus and not receiving the goods. Always use a trusted way of paying for goods such as PayPal.

 

Fraudsters sending phishing emails to trick people into opening malicious attachments using coronavirus as a reason. They purport to be from official bodies monitoring the virus.

 

For example, they provide the victims with a list of active infections in the area.

 

To access the information the victims needs to click on a link, which redirects them to a credential stealing page. In the same phishing campaign, the fraudsters ask for a donation with payment to be made into a Bitcoin account and a Bitcoin wallet is provided. 

 

Please be extra vigilant when clicking on links and opening attachments in emails.

 

Note:

Anyone who believes they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact NHS Direct on 111, in the first instance and seek advice from them.

Local Events

Surgeries

Venue: Churchstoke Market

Date / time: 07 Jun 2020 - 10:30

Description:

Come along and meet your local Neighbourhood Policing Team to discuss any local issues you may have.

 

Venue: Tregynon

Date / time: 10 Jun 2020 - 18:30

Description:

Come along and meet your local Neighbourhood Policing Team to discuss any local issues you may have.

Venue: Lychgate Tea Room & Deli

Date / time: 10 Jun 2020 - 20:00

Description:

Come along and meet your local Neighbourhood Policing Team to discuss any local issues you may have.

Venue: Broad Street

Date / time: 25 Jun 2020 - 10:00

Description:

Come along and meet your local Neighbourhood Policing Team to discuss any local issues you may have.

 

Venue: Abermule

Date / time: 25 Jun 2020 - 11:30

Description:

Come along and meet your local Neighbourhood Policing Team to discuss any local issues you may have.

Local Notices

Details:

The concept is simple, register your details with Dyfed-Powys Police for free and you will be provided with a number of serial numbered zip ties. Put one on each gate that fronts onto a public roadway and it will assist Police to contact you if we need to, in cases of:

 

  • Damage to your fencing, gates or hedges from vehicles involved in Road Traffic Collisions

 

  • Stock Control, to advise if any of yours have escaped or if someone else’s stock has been temporarily secured in your field,

 

  • Incidents of trespass, if persons are stopped and spoken to in relation to being on your land for any reasons, be it shooting, fishing or any other suspicious circumstances.

 

  • To support the Farm Watch scheme, by updating you of thefts, or suspicious activities occurring in the locality.

 

Your details will remain confidential, and the Serial Numbers will be unique to your property. We will require your Name, Address, Phone number(s) and Email address (if you have one) to register.

Simply contact us on 101 at Newtown Police Station, to register.

Details:

Quad theft continues to be an issue, October saw three quads being stolen in the Radnorshire area; the total in the Powys area since January is in excess of 100.

 

What you can do:

Identification:

  • Take colour photographs of all your Quad bikes; from the side, front and behind
  • Photographs should include serial/chassis numbers, model numbers and distinguishing features Security Marking and Crime Prevention:
  • All Quads should be security marked with your postcode, followed by letters of your farm name
  • Consider the use of a tracking device.
  • Immobilise your quad and store in a secure building.
  • Consider using ground anchor plates and heavy duty chains/padlocks for extra security
  • Avoid leaving quads in isolated locations when not in use and ALWAYS remove the keys.
  • Seriously consider installing CCTV and security alarms in buildings where the quad is kept.
  • Record any suspicious vehicles visiting your property and report them.

 

For further information, advice or a (free) crime prevention survey, contact 101 and ask to speak with a member of the Rural Crime Team.

If you see anything suspicious report it to the police. In an emergency dial 999.

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Details:

Dyfed-Powys Police covers one of the most rural police areas in England and Wales. Agriculture within Dyfed and Powys tends to favour livestock farming and as a result many areas, including open access land, is stocked with sheep and cattle. We regularly receive calls from farmers, landowners and members of the public reporting farm animals being chased by dogs and in the most serious of cases where sheep in particular have been savaged and killed by dogs or having to be put down by a veterinary surgeon. The impact this can have on a rural business can be devastating. Not only does the farmer incur expensive veterinary costs to treat or put the livestock to sleep but for pregnant ewes, in particular, there is the risk of aborting their unborn lambs. This can incur further veterinary expense but also the loss of income from a depleted flock cannot be replaced. During 2019 the Powys Rural Crime team dealt with with a total of 55 incidents.

Please take a look at the attached leaflet for further advice and information.

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Contact The Team

Email

NewtownRuralNPT@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk

This email address is for Neighbourhood Policing issues only. For all other enquiries please use:

ContactCentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk

Telephone

101 (01267 222020 outside Dyfed-Powys)

If you know who you want to speak to at a station, ask for them by name and station and staff will check for you and connect you if they are available, or take a message. In case of emergency you should phone 999.

Local Police Stations

Park Lane
Newtown
Powys
SY16 1EN

Telephone

Non-Emergency Number 101 (01267 222020 outside Dyfed-Powys)

If you know who you want to speak to at a station, ask for them by name and station and staff will check for you and connect you if they are available, or take a message.

In case of emergency you should phone 999.

Front Counter Opening Hours

Monday-Friday 08:00 – 20:00
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 – 14:00 and 14:40 – 18:00

Closed on Bank Holidays

Did you know?

The Welsh Government funds 500 Community Support Officers across Wales, over 70 in our force area.