Inspector Edward Bates

Sergeant Suzanne Lloyd

PC Jim Baines

PC Charlie Jones - Rural Crime Team

PCSO Gary Gwilt - Rural Crime Team

Local Policing Priorities

Local area: Welshpool Rural

Date agreed: 01 April 2020

Action

Rural crime continues to be a concern and the theft of farm machinery and equipment particularly Quad Bikes remains a high priority.

A number of activities are on going including high visibility patrols which are designed to prevent crime. A number of other actions have taken place over recent months as part of operations to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators of these thefts and to recover stolen property.

Welshpool rural Neighbourhood Policing Team are reminding residents to be vigilant and to report any activity they suspect to be suspicious through 101 or 999.”

Date agreed: 01 April 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

 

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Local Notices

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Twitter

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Your local neighbourhood policing team is now on Twitter, follow @WelshpoolPolice for updates from the team

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If you or someone you know has a disability or illness that makes it difficult to communicate, consider joining the Dyfed Powys Police Pegasus Scheme.

It is a service designed to make it easier for people to contact police quickly and easily either on the phone or face to face.

Upon registration, a member is given a Pegasus key fob and a password.

The caller will only have to say ‘Pegasus’ and give their password to be identified by our call handlers. They will then have access to that person’s information and how best to communicate with that person.

Pegasus users are also provided with a Pegasus key fob to carry, so that if they are approached by Officers/PCSOs and find it difficult to communicate with them they can show their key fob and provide their password to allow police to help them.

For more information about the Pegasus Scheme ask your local Neighbourhood Policing Team, follow this link – Pegasus Scheme - or call 101.

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

WelshpoolRuralNPT@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

Severn Road
Welshpool
Powys
SY21 7AR

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

Dyfed-Powys Police does not routinely provide an enquiry office service at this station.

Did you know?

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