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Courier Fraud

Courier fraud is a crime in which the victim is tricked in advance into handing over cash, bank cards or other valuable items to a courier who visits them in person.

How does Courier Fraud happen?

Courier fraud occurs when a fraudster contacts victims by telephone claiming to be a police officer or bank official. The caller sounds plausible and may confirm the victim’s name and address, basic information which could be obtained easily.

In some instances, after trust has been gained, the fraudster will claim money has been withdrawn from the victim’s account by staff within the bank. They persuade them to go their local branch and take out a large sum of money from their account. The fraudsters then send someone to collect the money from the victim’s home address.

What can I do to protect myself?

The police or banks would not contact people in this way.

• If you get a call like this hang up.
• If you need to contact your bank to check wait five minutes as fraudsters can stay on the line even after you have hung up, or use a different line altogether.
• Never give any of your details over the phone.
• Install a call blocker on your phone. Telephone companies can assist with call blocking technology to help restrict these types of calls. We would recommend that people talk this through with their vulnerable or elderly family and friends to help prevent this activity.

Please help us by spreading the message. We ask then you pledge to #tell2 people you know so, especially the elderly or vulnerable, so that we can try to prevent other people falling victim to this scam.

Please do not report crime or Incidents via ‘Neighbourhood Link’ as the messages are not always monitored.

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Rebecca Spilane (Leicestershire Police, Economic Crime Unit,Fraud Vulnerability Officer,Leicestershire)

Neighbourhood Watch National Newsletter – Our News January 2021

Happy New Year from everyone at the Central Support Team of Neighbourhood Watch.

2020 brought challenges that we did not think were possible this time last year, but we saw the very best of people within our communities, pulling together to support one another and offer much needed assistance to the vulnerable and isolated. While the difficulties are continuing for the time being, we also look forward to a hopeful future with the vaccine roll-out. It is in times like these that we need the support of our loved ones and neighbours more than ever. We encourage you to reach out to your local Neighbourhood Watch group should you be in need of, or able to offer, support.

Please find attached our January 2021 Neighbourhood Watch national newsletter.  This month we launch the Neighbourhood Watch Crime and Community Survey 2020 findings, recruit for a new Volunteer Development Manager, share crime prevention advice and look at the new community projects we are running. As always, we hope you find the information useful. The final page of our newsletter contains a reminder from the Government ( on how we can all play our part in stopping the spread of the virus.

Best wishes for 2021,



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Rutland CC weekly update

Your weekly update, Friday 8 January

We want to keep you updated about Rutland’s response to coronavirus and other important news. You’ve received this email because you previously told us you’d be happy to get updates from Rutland County Council. Please share it with friends and family who may find it helpful. If you’d like to stop receiving email updates please unsubscribe using the link at the bottom of this email.

Lockdown means tighter COVID-19 restrictions are now in place across the country, including here in Rutland. In Rutland, 111 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the latest week (28 December to 3 January). This is an increase of 38 compared to the previous week and equates to 278 cases per 100,000 people. The total number of confirmed cases in Rutland since the start of the pandemic is 830

Everything you need to know about lockdown
Coronavirus cases are still rising rapidly across the country. Find out what you can and cannot do under the new national lockdown.
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Council Leader responds to the latest restrictions
“Another lockdown is not what anyone wanted but we must keep going and do what’s needed to protect each other.”
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What you need to know about COVID-19 vaccinations
Find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine, including information about which groups are being vaccinated first.
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Get help or support if you’re affected by lockdown
We’re urging people to seek support if they find themselves struggling because of the national lockdown.
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Cabinet to consider Radio Project proposals
Our next Cabinet meeting will discuss a report with recommendations from the independent group leading Rutland’s Community Radio Project
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Planning the future of Rutland’s leisure services
We’re considering a project to look at the future recreation, leisure and wellbeing needs of our county.
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Crime News – Arrests for regional theft of lead

‘Excellent work by a special squad of Lincs Police officers who arrested 4 West Midlands men, who were sentenced to a total of 22 years at Lincoln Crown Court, after admitting stealing lead from 36 churches, largely Grade I and II listed buildings across the East Midlands.  The thefts over about 2 years, occurred largely in Lincs, Leicestershire and Rutland, Northants, and Cambridgeshire.  The value of the thefts exceeded £2m (largely uncovered by insurance), but the grief caused to small communities, who are still attempting to repair the damage to their heritage is difficult to quantify

Constantin Motescu, Paul Buica, Mihai Birtu and Laurentiu Sucea have been jailed for a total of 22 years for carrying out a series of lead thefts from historic churches

Shown above 4 men Constantin Motescu, Paul Buica, Mihai Birtu and Laurentiu Sucea who have been jailed for a total of 22 years for carrying out a series of lead thefts from historic churches.Lead on a church roof which was targeted by a gang of thieves across East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Picture above shows result of theft of Lead on a church roof which was targeted by a gang of thieves across East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

The offences resulted in Lincolnshire Police setting up a specialist unit to track down the offenders.

Constantin Motescu, 32, of Stebbings, Sutton Hill, Telford, admitted 23 charges of theft.

Paul Buica, 25, of George Street, Birmingham, admitted 16 thefts.

Mihai Birtu, 24, of Port Street, Evesham, admitted 14 thefts, while Laurentiu Sucea, 38, of George Street, Birmingham, admitted 13 thefts.

Motescu and Sucea were each jailed for six and a half years.

Paul Buica was jailed for six years, while Mihai Birtu was jailed for three years and seven months.

Detective Chief Inspector Jon Shield, leading the investigation, said: “Working in partnership with other forces and agencies including the Diocese of Lincoln and Historic England, our dedicated Op History team have worked tirelessly to ensure justice is served.

“Some of the church congregations are still struggling to find the funds to repair the damage and restore their significant historical buildings which means so much to them as well as the local communities they serve.“The vast majority of these churches will have had insurance in place, but the insurance only covers a small part of the costs so congregations have been left to foot the remainder of the bill.”Individual churches were left to foot the repair bills themselves, as many could only obtain insurance cover for damage up to £7,500.

Mark Harrison, Head of Heritage Crime Strategy for Historic England said:

“The metal stolen will have historic and cultural value and its removal leads to irreparable damage to protected heritage buildings, which is why tackling this problem is so important.”

The Chief Executive of Historic England, Duncan Wilson, also spoke out on the case, believing it highlights how stealing metal from church roofs is a serious crime

He said: “The outcome of this case highlights the benefits of collaborative working between the Police, Crown Prosecution Service, church communities and Historic England and is an approach we shall continue to use when dealing with metal theft. The theft of metal from historic church buildings is a serious and organised crime Removing large areas of lead or copper from roofs has not just a serious financial effect on church communities but a huge effect on their morale.”