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If you have any information regarding these incidents please call the Dorset Police on 01202/01305 222222 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Homewatch reports are now as received from the Police Coordinator, and not edited by me.

August 21, 2017

Message sent by:
Stan Mackrell (Dorset Police, PCSO 6119, Highcliffe and Walkford, Mudeford and West Highcliffe)

We have received a report of a break to groundsmans shed/store at Highcliffe Castle Golf Club overnight, where £3-4k worth of equiment was taken -- if anyone has any information in relation to this theft please call us quoting Incident 'I21:0094'.

We had a minor malicious fire started in the area of the Cliffhanger Restaurant, where a table and bench were set alight, Dorset Fire extinguished this short-time.

We are seeing an increase in scams yet again -- more importantly it MO, is a similar scam to that used last year -- where the 'intended victim' receives a call from a person(s) stating they atre from the police, and have arrested someone in possession of the 'victims' credit/debit cards etc, and they wish to check the 'intended victims' accounts etc, the only difference from last yeatrs version. is that the officers (offenders) state they are from either, Christchurch or Bournemouth police station -- do NOT fall for this one, it is the same scam, but with the edges rounded or smoothed.

Please remain vigilant at all times, and report any supsicious activity to Dorset Police via the 101 number.

August 17, 2017

Message sent by:
Stan Mackrell (Dorset Police, PCSO 6119, Highcliffe and Walkford, Mudeford and West Highcliffe)

We have been made aware of two scam calls in the Highcliffe area of Christchurch since 09:30hrs today.

Both mirror those that had a profound affect on many elderly and vulnerable people across the country, who lost a lot of money over the same period last year.

The scam is once again perpetrated by offenders who claim to be police officers, who have arrested a person in possession of the 'intended victims' back and/or credit cards, and try to glean banking, pin or account detailing, claiming the information will assist in bringing the alleged offenders to justice... This is not the case --- it is an attempt at getting at the 'intended victims' accounts etc, and access/remove their money etc... Both callers claimed to be officers from both Bournemouth and Christchurch Police Stations, this was obviously not the case, luckily both intended victims were aware of the scam from our, and actions frauds advice last year, and either hung up or asked an awkward question, which led to the perpetrators cutting their calls. No money or banking details were passed by either party.


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News Office (Dorset Police, Communications and Engagement, Dorset)

Detectives are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward following reports of a rape near Christchurch - with a man being arrested.

The incident was reported to have occurred in a wooded area near to Hinton Admiral Train Station at around 4pm on Monday 14 August 2017.

The victim – a local woman aged in her 20s – reports that she was sexually assaulted by a man near to a makeshift shelter in the woods to the south of the train line off Station Road. It is understood that they were known to each other.

A 30-year-old man from the New Milton area was arrested on suspicion of rape and is currently assisting police with their enquiries.

Detective Sergeant Leo Glendon, of Bournemouth CID, said: "Our specially-trained officers are supporting the victim following the report to police.

"I am appealing to anyone who was in the area around the time of the incident and saw anything suspicious to please contact Dorset Police."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55170126069. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

August 12, 2017

Message sent by:
Stan Mackrell (Dorset Police, PCSO 6119, Highcliffe and Walkford, Mudeford and West Highcliffe)

Good afternoon

A residential burglary took place yesterday between 12:00 and 16:00hrs in the Yarrow Close Area, of the Hobourne Estate, West Highcliffe.

POE (Point of Entry) was to the rear of the property through an open window, having moved a fence panel -- an untidy search was undertaken by the offender(s), with both cash and Jewellery taken -- exit was the same way as the entry.

Enquiries are ongoing --- I am hoping this is not going to become an increasing trend for the NPT area, please remain vigilant at all times, with some added impetus in view of the forgoing.

Always lock up your home, sheds and garage, even if you are only going out for a short period, close and secure all windows, if at all possible...and arm any alarms....


Mudeford and Highcliffe NPT

August 10, 2017

Message sent by:
Stan Mackrell (Dorset Police, PCSO 6119, Highcliffe and Walkford, Mudeford and West Highcliffe)

Good Afternoon,

Just returned from a tour around our NPT area -- and spoken with a couple of our members/residents.

Just a couple of pointers more than anything else:-

1. Highcliffe -- We have had sporadic reports over the past few months in relation to sus persons' interferring with, and removing clothing items etc, that have been destined for our local village charity shops, this seems to be occurring in the ealrly hours of the morning generally between 00:30 and 02:30hrs. If the opportunity arises take down any registrations without placing yourselves at risk obviously. We can then attempt to trace the offenders, and speak with them.

2. Mudeford -- We have received a couple of reports of youths trespassing in the grounds of Mudeford Junior School during the evening. There is scheduled work (if it hasn't already started) over the summer to improve school facilities, and thus this may be generating additional attention.

3. Avon Beach -- Pinebeach Nursing Home (now derilict), We have had a couple of further reports relating to youths gainind further access to the site, with more damage being caused, and the proerty left insecure to the rear via the fire escapes.. The LA (Community Safety) have been advised and I gather will be getting back in touch with the owners, planning remains in limbo.

If you see any suspicious activity related to any of the above aspects pplease report these via the 101 number.

Message sent by:
PCC Communications (Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Communications and Engagement, Dorset)

Recruitment is currently live for Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs): volunteers who report on the welfare of detainees and ensure they have been given their rights.

ICVs are volunteers from a wide spectrum of backgrounds with a variety of skills and experiences. The ICVs make random, unannounced visits to custody suites in pairs and report their findings.

To allow potential applicants to find out more information about the role, the OPCC will be running a live web chat this Thursday 10 August 2017 at 6:30pm and run for an hour. Set yourself a reminder to join the chat here: https://www.dorset.pcc.police.uk/get-involved/web-chat/

ICVs make an average of one visit per month. So far this year, the ICVs have made a total of 57 visits to police custody, meeting 286 detainees.

Police & Crime Commissioners have responsibility for the appointment and overseeing of ICVs. Dorset PCC Martyn Underhill said: “People detained in police custody can be extremely vulnerable and ICVs provide a crucial service. IPCC statistics released yesterday show that since 2006/7, the number of deaths in or following police custody has almost halved, while the number of recorded apparent suicides following custody has decreased nationally. ICVs play an integral role in contributing to the maintenance of high standards in police custody, by ensuring detainees’ legal rights are respected and their welfare is protected."

There are currently 18 ICVs operating in Dorset. Colin Ellis, who started volunteering at the end of last year, said: “I saw the role as opportunity to give something back to the community; supporting the rights of those detained by the police and supporting the police in their ongoing efforts to ensure those in custody are treated fairly and properly.

“It’s a real eye opener to what police are dealing with. You certainly meet a diverse range of people and you never know what you’re going to be faced with. This is what sets it apart from other volunteer roles. It also offers the opportunity to learn and develop while providing a valuable service.”

Volunteers must be over 18 years old, speak English and have no other involvement in the Criminal Justice System. They must have been a UK resident for three years or more and crucially, must be currently living or working in Dorset.

Those interested in applying should email pcc@dorset.pnn.police.uk. More information can be found at www.dorset.pcc.police.uk/get-involved/volunteering/custody-visiting/

July 5, 2017

Message sent by:
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Action Fraud have recently noticed a rise in the reporting of pets, and in particular puppies and kittens, being advertised for sale via popular online auction websites. The fraudsters will place an advert of the pet for sale, often claiming that the pet is currently held somewhere less accessible or overseas. Upon agreement of a sale, the suspect will usually request an advance payment by money transfer or bank transfer. However, the pet does not materialise and the fraudster will subsequently ask for further advanced payments for courier charges, shipping fees and additional transportation costs. Even if further payments are made, the pet will still not materialise as it is likely to not exist.

Tips to staying safe when purchasing pets:

Stay within auction guidelines.
Be cautious if the seller initially requests payment via one method, but later claims that due to ‘issues with their account’ they will need to take the payment via an alternative method such as a bank transfer.
Consider conducting research on other information provided by the seller, for example a mobile phone number or email address used by the seller could alert you to any negative information associated with the number/email address online.
Request details of the courier company being used and consider researching it.
Agree a suitable time to meet face-to-face to agree the purchase and to collect the pet. If the seller is reluctant to meet then it could be an indication that the pet does not exist.
A genuine seller should be keen to ensure that the pet is going to a caring and loving new home. If the seller does not express any interest in you and the pet’s new home, be wary.
If you think the purchase price is too good to be true then it probably is, especially if the pet is advertised as a pure-breed.
Do not be afraid to request copies of the pet’s inoculation history, breed paperwork and certification prior to agreeing a sale. If the seller is reluctant or unable to provide this information it could be an indication that either the pet does not exist or the pet has been illegally bred e.g. it originates from a ‘puppy farm’. A ‘puppy farm’ is a commercial dog breeding enterprise where the sole aim is to maximise profit for the least investment. Commercial dog breeders must be registered with their local authority and undergo regular inspections to ensure that the puppies are bred responsibly and are in turn fit and healthy. Illegally farmed puppies will often be kept in inadequate conditions and are more likely to suffer from ailments and illnesses associated with irresponsible breeding.
When thinking of buying a pet, consider buying them in person from rescue centres or from reputable breeders.
If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Message sent by:
PCC Communications (Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Communications and Engagement, Dorset)

Dear Resident,

Dorset Police and I would like to hear your views on police use of force.

From July 2017, police forces will be required to regularly publish data on their officers’ use of force in the course of duty. This will include documenting a range of methods used by police, including forms of restraint, handcuffing, use of Taser and deployment of an irritant spray.

This national change in the publication of data will ensure that police are open and accountable to the communities they serve. It will give you the opportunity to feedback on and challenge this data and gain an insight into the difficult situations police officers face every day.

Ahead of this new approach, we would like your views on use of force. The survey will only take a short time to complete and will give you the opportunity to share your views on this important area of police business that rightly warrants scrutiny.

Demand is increasing and policing is stretched. We know that the police service needs to adapt to the changing landscape and the emerging threats we face. How we equip police officers is a key part of this development and any decisions made in this area must be consolidated and legitimised by public opinion.

You can fill out the survey here >

Thank you,

Martyn Underhill

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner

June 21, 2017

Message sent by:
Stan Mackrell (Dorset Police, PCSO 6119, Highcliffe and Walkford, Mudeford and West Highcliffe)

Overnight between the 17th and 18th June 2017 there have been 2 attempted breaks to garages.

These garages were located between numbers 56 and 70 on the Trafalgar House Housing Complex, Nelson Drive, Christchurch, Dorset, at some point during the night as detailed above.

We believe this may be a insolated or localised incident, but we advise all garage owners in the immediate area, to ensure there garages remained locked at all times and to ensure these are locked overnight.

If you see any suspicious activity please report via our 101 non-emergency number, or if you believe a crime is being committed please use the 999 service, and remain vigilant at all times. If your garage has been tampered with please leave as is and report it, if a crime has been committed, this may maximise any evidential content.


June 20, 2017

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Lisa Parker (NHWN, Register Administrator, England & Wales)

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Message sent by:
News Office (Dorset Police, Communications and Engagement, Dorset)

Detectives are appealing for help from the public to locate a Bournemouth man who is wanted after breaching the conditions of his licence.

Lee Ivan James Hogben, aged 33, was released from prison on Saturday 20 May 2017 after serving part of a six-month prison sentence for harassment.

Since his release, Hogben has breached the terms of his licence and a recall notice was issued on Monday 5 June 2017.

He is described as white, around six feet tall and of medium build with brown hair.

Hogben is known to frequent the Boscombe area of Bournemouth.

Detective Sergeant Paul Auger, of Dorset Police, said: “I am releasing a photo of Lee Hogben in the hope that someone will know of his whereabouts.

“While we have no information to suggest that Hogben presents a direct risk to the public, anyone who sees him should not approach him but immediately contact Dorset Police on 999.

“I would like to assure members of the public that officers are making every effort to find Lee Hogben as soon as possible.”

Anyone who sees Lee Hogben should dial 999 immediately. Anyone else with other information should call 101, quoting occurrence number 55170083747 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.

June 6, 2017

Message sent by:
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

With the upcoming “Wedding Season”, and for those individuals who are considering making plans for next year and beyond, you should be aware of the potential risks of fraud involved.

According to ‘bridesmagazine.co.uk’, in 2017 the average wedding cost spend is approximately £30,111. This will be paid out to multiple vendors, including; photographers, caterers, reception venues and travel companies, to name a few. Many of these services will require booking at least several months in advance and you may be obliged to pay a deposit or even the full balance at the time.

Being aware of the potential risks and following the below prevention advice could minimise the likelihood of fraud:

Paying by Credit Card will provide you with protection under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act, for purchases above £100 and below £30,000. This means that even if a Company goes into liquidation before your big day, you could claim a refund through your Credit Card Company.

Social Media - Some Companies run their businesses entirely via social media sites, offering low cost services. Whilst many are genuine, some may not be insured or may even be fraudulent. There are a few things you can do to protect yourself;

Ensure you obtain a physical address and contact details for the vendor and verify this information. Should you experience any problems, you will then be able to make a complaint to Trading Standards or consider pursuing via the Small Claims Court.
Ensure you obtain a contract before paying money for services. Make certain you fully read and understand what you are signing and note the terms of cancellation.

Consider purchasing Wedding Insurance - Policies vary in cover and can be purchased up to two years in advance. They can protect you from events that would not be covered under the Consumer Credit Act.

Complete research on each vendor, ensuring you are dealing with a bona fide person or company. Explore the internet for reviews and ratings and ask the vendor to provide details of past clients you can speak to. You should do this even if using companies recommended by a trustworthy friend or source.

For services such as wedding photographers, beware of websites using fake images. Look for inconsistencies in style; Meet the photographer in person and ask to view sample albums. If you like an image from a wedding, ask to view the photographs taken of the whole event so you can see the overall quality.

Remember, if something appears too good to be true, it probably is!

May 31, 2017

Message sent by:
Stan Mackrell (Dorset Police, PCSO 6119, Highcliffe and Walkford, Mudeford and West Highcliffe)

We have had a residential break to an property in the Braemar Drive area of Highcliffe which was discovered by the owner after returning from a holiday.

The Burglary was between numbers 8 and 20 Braemar Drive, and occurred between 06:45hrs 23rd and 21:45hrs 30th May 2017.

POE (point of entry) was via the lower pane of a rear patio/conservatory. The only theft that we are aware of was £60 in cash, however an untidy search of the bedrooms was carried out at the same time.

Please remain vigilant at all times, and report anything suspicious via our 101 number or alternatively use the 999 service, if a crime has or is occurring. Please ensure properties are secured at all times and advise friends/family if the house is empty for any length or time.

You can also advise your NPT, or the local home-watch coordinator if the house is empty for any length of time.

Thank You

May 30, 2017

Message sent by:
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Smishing – the term used for SMS phishing – is an activity which enables criminals to steal victims’ money or identity, or both, as a result of a response to a text message. Smishing uses your mobile phone (either a smartphone or traditional non-internet connected handset) to manipulate innocent people into taking various actions which can lead to being defrauded.

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has received information that fraudsters are targeting victims via text message, purporting to be from their credit card provider, stating a transaction has been approved on their credit card.

The text message further states to confirm if the transaction is genuine by replying ‘Y’ for Yes or ‘N’ for No.

Through this method the fraudster would receive confirmation of the victim’s active telephone number and would be able to engage further by asking for the victim’s credit card details, CVV number (the three digits on the back of your bank card) and/or other personal information.

Protect yourself:

Always check the validity of the text message by contacting your credit card provider through the number provided at the back of the card or on the credit card/bank statement.
Beware of cold calls purporting to be from banks and/or credit card providers.
If the phone call from the bank seems suspicious, hang up the phone and wait for 10 minutes before calling the bank back. Again, refer to the number at the back of the card or on the bank statement in order to contact your bank.
If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, please report it to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or alternatively by calling 0300 123 2040

May 26, 2017

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Action Fraud has received the first reports of Tech-Support scammers claiming to be from Microsoft who are taking advantage of the global WannaCry ransomware attack.

One victim fell for the scam after calling a ‘help’ number advertised on a pop up window. The window which wouldn’t close said the victim had been affected by WannaCry Ransomware.

The victim granted the fraudsters remote access to their PC after being convinced there wasn’t sufficient anti-virus protection. The fraudsters then installed Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, which is actually free and took £320 as payment.

It is important to remember that Microsoft’s error and warning messages on your PC will never include a phone number.

Additionally Microsoft will never proactively reach out to you to provide unsolicited PC or technical support. Any communication they have with you must be initiated by you.
How to protect yourself

Don't call numbers from pop-up messages.
Never allow remote access to your computer.
Always be wary of unsolicited calls. If you’re unsure of a caller’s identity, hang up.
Never divulge passwords or pin numbers.
Microsoft or someone on their behalf will never call you.

If you believe you have already been a victim

Get your computer checked for any additional programmes or software that may have been installed.
Contact your bank to stop any further payments being taken.

Report fraud and cyber crime to www.actionfraud.police.uk

May 15, 2017

Message sent by:
Amy Crowfoot (Dorset Police, Communications and Engagement Department, Dorset)

The below message is sent on behalf of SafeWise. Please direct any follow up enquiries to the contact details provided in the message.

Dorset Driver Gold (DDG) at SafeWise Bournemouth and SafeWise Weymouth -

Driving skills and confidence sessions helping people aged 65+ drive safely for longer. The theory session costs just £10 per person and lasts up to 3 hours, breaks and refreshments are included – the next theory dates are listed below:

SafeWise Weymouth Monday 15 May – 10am
SafeWise Bournemouth Monday 5 June – 1.30pm
SafeWise Weymouth Monday 10 July – 10am
SafeWise Bournemouth Tuesday 1 August – 1.30pm
SafeWise Weymouth Tuesday 12 September – 1.30pm
SafeWise Bournemouth Monday 2 October – 1.30pm
SafeWise Weymouth Tuesday 14 November – 10am
SafeWise Bournemouth Thursday 7 December – 1.30pm

The practical session costs £45 per person and lasts up to 90 minutes. Once your booking form and payment have been received you will be given details to arrange your drive directly with one of our Dorset Driver Gold Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs).
If you take up a practical and theory session the cost is just £50

For more information please visit the Dorset Driver Gold webpage (safewise.org/dorset-driver-gold/) or contact the DDG Administrator on ddg@safewise.org , ring or text 07713 499 777 (we will call you back) or leave a message at SafeWise head office on 01202 591330.

LifeDrive theory sessions at SafeWise Bournemouth – various dates -

LifeDrive is designed to reduce accidents by helping younger drivers to understand why collisions happen and how to avoid them, developing their skills and experience with free post-test theory and practical sessions. This FREE scheme is open to all young people aged between 17 and 25 who live in Dorset and have passed their driving test within the past four years.

A FREE £50 Amazon voucher is given to everyone that completes the course! The next LifeDrive dates are:

Tuesday 19th September 2017
Wednesday 18th October 2017
Thursday 23rd November 2017
Thursday 7th December 2017

For more information, look at our LifeDrive page (safewise.org/education/life-drive/)

ScootWise, Mobility Scooter Training at SafeWise Bournemouth – 21st June 2017

SafeWise are working in partnership with the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group to deliver safety awareness courses for mobility scooter users in Dorset. The sessions are designed for those already using a mobility scooter or those that are looking to buy a mobility scooter. The sessions cost £10 per person. All sessions must be pre-booked due to limited places available. The next ScootWise dates are:

Wednesday 21st June – 1030hrs to 1300hrs
Wednesday 9th August – 1030hrs to 1300hrs
Friday 13th October – 1030hrs to 1300hrs

For more information, including booking instructions please look at our ScootWise page (safewise.org/education/scootwise/)

Bikeability at SafeWise Weymouth – 27th May & 2nd June -

Take CYCLING seriously: don’t miss out on Bikeability! How ‘awesome‘ would it be if your child could learn about basic bike maintenance, road safety, signalling and manoeuvring skills in an amazing outdoor road safety centre and THEN put the skills they’ve learnt into practice by venturing out onto the roads surrounding the safety centre? What’s more, all of this for FREE!

For more information, including booking instructions please look at our Bikeability page (safewise.org/education/bikeability/) *Places are allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. The day your child is allocated will be dependent on age/ability and numbers.

May 10, 2017

Message sent by:
Stan Mackrell (Dorset Police, PCSO 6119, Highcliffe and Walkford, Mudeford and West Highcliffe)

Apologies for the delay in my message, as I have just returned to duty since Friday.

Unfortunately we have suffered from 2 burglaries on Saturday 6th , which we believe may be linked.

The first was in the Walkford Way area of Highcliffe and occurred (unusually) during the morning - POE (Point of Entry) was via a kitchen window -- initially it was thought nothing had been taken, and the offender disturbed, but it would seem some items have gone missing.

The second was in the Waterford Gardens area of Highcliffe -- in this case the offender was formally disturbed and chased down 'initially by members of the Public' in a garden in the Wharncliffe Road area - as he was being chased a number of items were dropped, these were collected, and police are now determining wher they have all come from.

Offender was arrested and I believe made a court appearance the same day and was charged with the offence -- Our enquiries are ongoing.

As I have previously mentioned please remain vigilant at all times and look out for family, friends and neighbours, generally remain alert, as it is possible that following the recent Hant's burglaries, activity may increase in our area.

May 4, 2017

Message sent by:
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

There has been a series of recent incidents reported to Action Fraud where a lone fraudster has approached victims whom they believe to be unfamiliar with the local area. They make an excuse to talk to the victims such as enquiring about directions or offering a recommendation for a good hotel.

After this interaction, several other fraudsters will intervene purporting to be police officers in plain clothes and will sometimes present false identification as proof. The fake officers will then give a reason to examine the victims’ wallet, purse or personal items. They may also examine the first fraudster’s items or try to tell victims that the first fraudster is suspicious in order to gain victim trust and appear more realistic in their guise.

After all the fake police ‘checks’ are finished, victims have then reported being handed back their personal items only to later realise that a quantity of money or valuables were missing.

How to protect yourself:

If an individual claims to be a police officer ask for their name and rank, force, and examine any identification presented; this is always good practice but especially important if they are not wearing a uniform.
The Police will never ask for your passwords or PIN details. Do not give this information to anyone.
The Police will never request that you withdraw/transfer any money to them or to a ‘safe’ account.
If you have been affected by this, or any other fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

April 29, 2017

Message sent by:
Stan Mackrell (Dorset Police, PCSO 6119, Highcliffe and Walkford, Mudeford and West Highcliffe)

I really hope I am not being too bold, or too soon with this general message.

Mudeford and Highcliffe NPT area remains quiet at this time and has been for the last couple of months, with only a few minor issues which have been dealt with, or enquiries are ongoing.

Friars Cliff Recreation Area, is causing a few issues and this matter is being attended too as best it can, with increased High Visibility patrols, including NPT Officers, Patrol and night units.

There has been no recent burglar activity in either area that we are aware of, but that does not mean we need to lower our vigilance, in any way. Please remain alert and vigilant at all times, look out for your neighbours, friends and families, and continue to report any suspicious to our 101 number, if however you believe a crime may be in progress, please use the 999 service.

April 11, 2017

Message sent by:
Stan Mackrell (Dorset Police, PCSO 6119, Highcliffe and Walkford, Mudeford and West Highcliffe)

There have been 2 burglaries since Friday Evening in the Highcliffe area.

1. The first was in Hurstbourne Ave, between numbers 13 and 25 - POE was via a rear door/window. House has been empty for quite some time, burglary has occurred between Nov 2016 and April 7th 2017. Enquiries are ongoing at this stage, and we are awaiting details of any items etc that have gone missing.

2. The second has occurred in Holme Road, Highcliffe between numbers 8 and 18 and it is believed the break has occurred on the 8th April 2017.. POE (point of entry) was via and small bathroom skylight or quarterlight. An amount of cash and and a valuable ring have been stolen, enquiries are ongoing at this point.

Please ensure you remain vigilant at all times and report any suspicious activity to Dorset Police via the 101 non-emergency number, but if you believe a crime is being committed please use the 999 service. Always ensure you leave your property secure at all times and use any burglar alarm system even if you are out for very short periods.

April 4, 2017

Message sent by:
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Fraudsters are sending out a high volume of phishing emails to personal and business email addresses, pretending to come from various email addresses, which have been compromised.

The subject line contains the recipient’s name, and the main body of text is as below:

“Hi, [name]!

I am disturbing you for a very serious reason. Although we are not familiar, but I have significant amount of individual info concerning you. The thing is that, most likely mistakenly, the data of your account has been emailed to me.

For instance, your address is:

[real home address]

I am a law-abiding citizen, so I decided to personal data may have been hacked. I attached the file – [surname].dot that I received, that you could explore what info has become obtainable for scammers. File password is – 2811

Best Wishes,”

The emails include an attachment – a ‘.dot’ file usually titled with the recipient’s name.

This attachment is thought to contain the Banking Trojan Ursniff/Gozi, hidden within an image in the document. The Ursniff Banking Trojan attempts to obtain sensitive data from victims, such as banking credentials and passwords. The data is subsequently used by criminals for monetary gain.

Protect Yourself:

Having up-to-date virus protection is essential; however it will not always prevent your device(s) from becoming infected.

Please consider the following actions:

Don’t click on links or open any attachments you receive in unsolicited emails or SMS messages: Remember that fraudsters can ‘spoof’ an email address to make it look like one used by someone you trust. If you are unsure, check the email header to identify the true source of communication (you can find out how by searching the internet for relevant advice for your email provider).
Do not enable macros in downloads; enabling macros will allow Trojan/malware to be installed onto your device.
Always install software updates as soon as they become available. Whether you are updating the operating system or an application, the update will often include fixes for critical security vulnerabilities.
Create regular backups of your important files to an external hard drive, memory stick or online storage provider. It is important that the device you back up to is not connected to your computer as any malware infection could spread to that as well.
If you think your bank details have been compromised, you should contact your bank immediately.

If you have been affected by this or any other fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visit www.actionfraud.police.uk.

March 17, 2017

Message sent by:
Stan Mackrell (Dorset Police, PCSO 6119, Highcliffe and Walkford, Mudeford and West Highcliffe)

Good afternoon,

Its a little short and to the point:-

Dorset Police received a call this morning reporting suspicious activity in the area - junction Seaton Road/Seaton Close, in Highcliffe.

There were reports of a male was inside a property, following a check by neighbours who look out for the property owners, they noted a window had been broken - house was empty - similar MO to previous breaks across the Mudeford and Highcliffe.

Both Christchurch units and the local NPT responded - a description was given over the air and a male was arrested in the village shortly afterwards.

Thanks to all involved, including those who reported it.

Working to make Dorset a Safer Place

Mudeford and Highcliffe NPT

March 1, 2017

Message sent by:
Amy Crowfoot (Dorset Police, Communications and Engagement Department, Dorset)

This message is sent on behalf of SafeWise -
SafeWise Bournemouth is working in partnership with the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group to deliver a safety awareness course for mobility scooter users or those thinking of purchasing a mobility scooter in Dorset.

During the combined theory and practical session you will find out about:
· The law and mobility scooters
· Improve your safety, awareness and control
· Improve your manoeuvrability
· Learn useful everyday safety tips

Sessions cost just £10 to attend. As places are limited you MUST book in advance by either by emailing helen@safewise.org or by calling SafeWise on 01202 591330. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Sessions dates:-
· Friday 10 March – 10.30am – 1pm
· Wednesday 21 June – 10.30am – 1pm
· Wednesday 9 August – 10.30am – 1pm
· Friday 13 October – 10.30am – 1pm

For details please see our website safewise.org/scootwise-mobility-scooter-powered-wheelchair-training/

February 27, 2017

Message sent by:
Stan Mackrell (Dorset Police, PCSO 6119, Highcliffe and Walkford, Mudeford and West Highcliffe)

Some Good News - On the 7th February 2017 a Poole man was arrested by our colleagues across the border in the Sway area of the county, while committing a dwelling burglary. During the ensuing investigation he has admitted to a further 22 similar burglaries across Dorset, which included the Highcliffe area. I have no further information at this time, but will advise should any further detail be forthcoming.
On a more negative note - we have been suffering from a recent spate of ASB (Anti-Social Behaviour) between Friars Cliff, Steamer Point, the public seating area junction Glengarry Way, Vecta Close, which we believe is also connected to a number of incidents relating to the now derelict Pinebeach Nursing Home. We are regularly finding it insecure, and note it is, and has been used by local youths, we further believe it may previously have been frequented by one or more vagrants.
It is regularly found insecure, thus is still being used to some degree, and is now suffering from a lot of internal and some external damage, with broken glass and nursing home furnishings, including equipment strewn around the many rooms on both levels in addition to the basement. We regularly have to visit this premise to re-secure it as best we can, sometimes to no avail, as the following day one of more of these exits is again open.

The building internally is now in quite a poor state of disrepair, damp, dank, and being very dark in places (even during the day) especially the basement, it is a veritable rabbit warren of corridors, rooms and obstructions that can disorientate, and could lead to injury or worse.

Both the NPT, and patrol officers are aware of the issues associated with Pinebeach, and will check the area’s, as often as their commitments allow. The council are also aware of the issues, as I believe are the owners, and additionally between us, we have carried out a leaflet drop in the area’s of Glengarry Way, and Vecta Close.

February 13, 2017

Message sent by:
Communications Team (Dorset Police, CED, Dorset)

Dorset Police and Trading Standards will be holding a week of action from Monday 13 to Saturday 18 February 2017, offering advice and encouraging members of the public to spread the word about doorstep crime.

Doorstep crime is:

Distraction burglary – where offenders ‘trick’ their way into gaining access to a victim’s home (e.g. a bogus official, lost ball in the garden) then distract the victim whilst items are stolen by them or an accomplice.

Rogue trading – where offenders turn up at an address unexpectedly to provide a ‘service’ to the victim (i.e. gardening, roof repairs, tarmacking), then overcharge for unnecessary, incomplete or poor quality work, often using intimidation to extort money.

Your local Neighbourhood Policing Teams will be joined by officers from Trading Standards, to offer enhanced crime prevention advice. Your nearest events are:

Date Time Location
Monday 13 February 2017 9:30am Barclays, Christchurch, BH23 1BQ
Monday 13 February 2017 2pm – 3pm West Moors Library, BH22 0HX
Tuesday 14 February 2017 10am – 11am West Moors Parish Council, BH22 0HL
Wednesday 15 February 2017 10am – 12pm Wimborne Library, BH21 1HH
Wednesday 15 February 2017 9am – 10am St Ives Parish Council, BH24 2PH
Wednesday 15 February 2017 11am – 12pm Coffee Lounge, West Moors, BH22 0HT
Thursday 16 February 10am – 12pm Waitrose, Wimborne, BH21 1AN
Friday 17 February 2017 10am – 12pm Waitrose, Wimborne, BH21 1AN
Friday 17 February 2017 10am – 12pm Post Office, Marlow Drive, Christchurch, BH23 2RR
Saturday 18 February 2017 2pm – 3pm Pandora’s Bakery, West Moors, BH22 0AT

Find out more about the week at: https://www.dorset.police.uk/news-information/article/2313

February 7, 2017

Message sent by:
Kristian Ward (Communications Officer, Communications and Engagement, Dorset Police)

Dorset Police has taken part in a week-long crackdown against people using their mobile phones while driving, with 91 fixed penalty notices being issued.

The campaign ran from Monday 23 January to Sunday 29 January 2017 with offenders being reminded of the dangers of being distracted at the wheel and the upcoming legislative changes to mobile phone offences.

Motorists caught using a mobile phone at the wheel are currently given three penalty points and a fine of £100. This is set to double under the new rules which are anticipated to come into effect on 1 March 2017.

The changes will have a significant impact on new motorists who will have to retake their test if caught within two years of obtaining their licence. More experienced drivers also risk going to court if caught twice, with a possible fine of up to £1,000 and at least a six-month driving ban.

During an average week in Dorset, 17 tickets are issued to motorists for using a mobile phone at the wheel representing an 81 per cent increase during the campaign.

Sergeant Joe Pardey, of the traffic unit, said: “This significant increase represents the scale of this issue. We are urging drivers to take responsibility for their actions and leave their phone alone while driving.

“With constant advances in technology, we are now seeing people not only using their mobile to call but also to text, check social media or stream music while behind the wheel.

“Nothing is more important than your safety and the safety of other road users and, while you think you can get away with it, it is vital that drivers realise they could kill someone.”

During 2015 mobile phone use was a direct contributory factor in the death or serious injury of 97 people on our roads across the country.

It has been illegal to use a hand-held phone or similar device while driving or riding a motorcycle since December 2003. However, many motorists still fail to see that it is not possible to use a phone and be in proper control of a vehicle.

A report published by the RAC in September 2016 stated that 31 per cent of drivers now admit to using a mobile phone when driving, up from eight per cent in 2014.

Sergeant Pardey continued: “While enforcement takes place all year round, recent findings underline the importance of campaigns that aim to make using a mobile phone when driving as socially unacceptable as drink or drug driving.

“It is plausible that the percentage of motorists who use their mobile phone at the wheel is even higher than the research suggests, which is why enforcement efforts must be supported by changes in drivers’ attitudes if we are to succeed in keeping our roads safe.”

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Martyn Underhill, said: “A licence to drive can be lethal in the wrong hands. Police officers cannot be everywhere and the responsibility to drive safely should not be dependent on the risk of being caught.

“All motorists have a fundamental responsibility to act with due care and attention, drive safely and ensure they do not put themselves or others in danger.”

February 1,2017

Message sent by:
News Office (Dorset Police, Communications and Engagement, Dorset)

A convicted murderer who was wanted by police for breaching his licence conditions has been located.

Jamie Frater, 43 and of Weymouth, was jailed for life in 1993 after being convicted of the murder of Geoffrey du Rose in Bournemouth in 1992. He was released on licence but was wanted by officers for a breach on Tuesday 17 January 2017.

Frater made himself known to officers in Bournemouth at 11.33pm last night, Monday 30 January 2017. He has been recalled to prison.

We would like to thank members of the public for their help in sharing our appeal.


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