November 22, 2017

February WI Meeting

This month our speaker was Inspector Andy Everitt our Ryedale Police Commander talking about his work.

As might be expected, we also welcomed many visitors for this interesting evening.

After joining the police, Andy worked in Thames Valley Police and was stationed at Reading until 1991 then moved on to working as a trainer at the Thames Valley Police training school at Sulhamstead. Eventually posted to York, he performed a variety of operational uniform sergeant roles before being promoted to Inspector.

We were told that reassuringly Ryedale has one of the lowest crime rates in the country (only Broadland (Norfolk) and the Scilly Isles are lower) with much work undertaken to maintain this level and to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour further. We also heard about the ‘stronger families’ agenda being pursued by multi agency action in a bid to prevent some children sleep walking into a life of crime in adulthood.

We heard how belonging to a Neighbourhood Watch scheme really can help reduce crime. Recently, poachers had been caught after a phone call from a concerned resident in Ryedale.

We had a visual demonstration (courtesy of one of our members!) of the arrest procedure including the use of handcuffs, leg restraints and – such is an officer’s life these days, latex gloves and ‘spit bags’ to place over the head if required.

We were introduced to the police radio, stab proof vests, heard how the extendable baton is used as a last resort and how effective the CS gas canister can be (all police trainees are sprayed apparently, to know what it feels like). Thankfully, the taser was on duty elsewhere!

After arrest, we were then taken through the custody procedures.

There was a lively Q& A session including such topics as citizens’ arrest, the use of reasonable force in defending oneself and how we can expect to see more of our PCSO in our villages.

Overall, the evening was a great success.

Neighbour Hood Watch

The following message received from the North Yorkshire Police Community Messaging Service

[Notice to Appear in Court scam]

Please be aware of a recent notification of an email scam entitled Notice to Appear in Court or similar wording that changes periodically. The official looking message indicates it has being sent from the police and does look very plausible. The recipient is asked to download a copy of the ‘court notice’ attached, which is likely to contain a virus.

If you do receive this type of email, please contact Action Fraud either by telephone on 0300 123 2040 or online via the following link

www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud

Neighbourhood Watch

The following message received from the North Yorkshire Police Community Messaging Service

[Suspicious vehicles Ryedale]

The following vehicles were reported to the police on 15 February 2014, occupants suspected of possible poaching. Any sightings please ring 101.

In Sand Hutton near Malton a red Fiesta partial registration number X368.

In the Hovingham area a white Transit registration number NV03CLN.

Neighbour Hood Watch

On Saturday 15th February, Malton Market Place between 11am and 3pm.

PC 1492 Jane Jones will be with members of the Street Angels and Special Constabulary talking about their role.

If you are interested in joining the street angels or special constabulary or have any questions you would like to ask, please come along.

Neighbour Hood Watch

The following message has been received from the NYP Safer Neighbourhood Team on behalf of Barclays Bank Fraud Team:

‘Courier Fraud’ Scams

Please be aware of a growing scam where fraudsters are posing as bank staff or police to dupe people into withdrawing and handing over cash, handing over their card and PIN, or transferring funds to the fraudsters account. Fraudsters often target older and more vulnerable members of the community and many victims have lost their life savings.

The scam begins with a phone call. Fraudsters pose as bank staff or the police and use various stories to trick people into thinking they are a victim of bank account fraud. In most cases a courier is sent to collect cards or money. Sometimes people are duped into transferring money to a fraudster’s account, believing they are moving money to a safe account in their own name.

To add authenticity to the story, the victim may be asked to hang up and call the police control room or the bank to confirm what the caller is saying. However, the caller doesn’t hang up the phone at their end and so the victim unknowingly remains on the line with the fraudster. Reassured that they have verified the story with the police or with their bank, the victim then follows the fraudster’s instructions.

Although the approach can vary, here are some examples of how of people have been tricked:

  1. The caller poses as the bank’s fraud department and claims there is a problem with the customer’s card. The customer will be duped into handing over their debit/credit card to a courier and revealing their PIN, having been convinced this is necessary to keep their account safe. Sometimes a replacement card is given by the courier but the card is not a real bank card.
  2. The caller poses as a police officer and tells the victim that their local bank branch is under investigation. The victim is asked to go to the branch and withdraw cash that can be forensically examined to prove the branch is using fake notes. The fraudsters often try and add authenticity to the request by saying that there will be undercover Police watching them all the time and may ask that money is put in bags so that fingerprints are preserved.
  3. The caller poses as police and asks whether certain transactions are genuine, for example whether the victim used their card to pay for goods at Harrods or another large store. The caller claims they have arrested someone who was using their card in the store and that it is linked to corruption in their local bank branch. The victim is asked to withdraw cash and hand it over to the police for ‘use in the investigation’ or for ‘safekeeping’.

The victim may be duped into disclosing online banking or telephone banking security codes, which the fraudster uses to transfer money between the customer’s accounts to make it look like money has been put into their account to cover the cash they have been asked to withdraw.
Banks try to protect their customers where possible, but it is really important that people are aware of these scams and take steps to protect themselves.

Stay alert, follow these tips and share them with your loved ones:

  • Banks and Police will never ask you to give your card to a courier, withdraw and hand over cash or transfer funds to another account
  • Never hand over cards, money or details at your door to anyone saying they are a courier company or a policeman
  • Never tell anyone your card PIN or enter it into a telephone
    Treat all unsolicited calls with caution
  • Don’t assume a caller is genuine just because they know some personal details about you or because they say they’re from a legitimate organisation
  • When calling back to verify the details, use a different phone line or call someone you trust first to ensure the call was properly disconnected
  • If you’re worried you have fallen victim to one of these scams, contact your bank and your local Police

Neighbourhood Watch

The following message has been received from the Safer Neighbourhood Team at North Yorkshire Police:

There has been an increase in thefts of heating oil. Please check your tank on a regular basis and report anything suspicious immediately.
To report non emergency incidents or to respond to a request for information please call Tel No 101.

Saturday Social

Don’t forget tomorrow’s Saturday Social in the village hall from 10.30am – 12.30pm.

Local produce and plants to buy. Get a sneak preview of this year’s village show. Find out what the local heritage group is doing.

The community library will also be open – we now have over 500 books and DVDs to borrow.

Come for refreshments & home-made cakes with your neighbours!

Neighbourhood Watch Scheme Revisited

The Parish Council is working with North Yorkshire Police to see whether we can rejuvenate the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in Claxton and Sand Hutton. The North Yorkshire Police website describes the scheme as:-
Neighbourhood Watch is a long established countywide voluntary organisation based on the simple philosophy of “getting together with your neighbours to reduce local crime and disorder to make your neighbourhood a safer and better place to live, work and play”.

It sounds to be a really good idea for a rural village community like ours.

But for the idea to work in our villages, we need some residents to want to join and support the scheme. Hopefully you will have worked out that there is a Saturday Social event this Saturday 20th April in the Village Hall at 10.30am! We are hoping that Gail Cook from Ryedale District Council, PCSO Nicki Pounder and also Ryedale South Beat Manager PC Paul Fenwick will come along with leaflets and information and will be able to chat to you about what is involved. It is a great chance to find out more, talk to the police and have a piece of cake at the same time!

Look out for more information on the NHW scheme on this website and notice boards in the coming weeks.