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Supicious Behaviour

Suspicious Behaviour.

At 1.20pm on Tuesday 14th May a white transit van was seen in Stockerston Crescent, Uppingham,  cruising very slowly with two men looking at the properties they were passing.  The vehicle was a Ford Transit van, Year: 2001,  Reg. No. FX51 JR*.   Please be vigilant, lock doors, windows and garages/outhouses at ALL TIMES.   There is no indication of this vehicle committing any offences, but similar behaviour was seen prior to recent night time burglaries in the general Caldecott area where the target was garden equipment and building tools, where the method was a night time approach from the rear (quite often across fields).

Info from Next Door Uppingham.

Duster Salesmen.

Preston was recently visited by duster salesmen (‘pedlars’).  These young men, driven into the area (from as far away as Hull) are dropped off to sell dusters, chamois leathers etc, generally of poor quality.  They are a nuisance and generally have a sympathy story such as just released from prison and trying to get a job.  They should have a pedlers certificate from the Chief Constable of the area where they live, but few have, and so Police advise great care as it is a perfect cover for checking out properties.  If they visit you do not let them into the house; if yu have any concerns contact Police and if they have a car avaiable will attend to check them out.  If illegal their stock will be seized.  If you see them getting out of their ‘transport’ please try to obtain the index number.

Russ Horne

Local Crime Update – 7 days ending 19.5.19.

NB: Under the Data Protection Act, we are advised we should not usually identify, or provide information that can easily identify an individual. In such cases part information will be omitted e.g. an asterisk may be used in place of one letter of a suspect vehicle.

Oakham Beat.

Vehicle Crime -– from Alsthorpe Road, between 1am-1.15am 16.5.19 (Thurs) by 3 males in dark clothing and baseball caps, believed by cloning key fob in house)

  • Theft of motor vehicle a Golf index AF61 KS*,
  • Theft of Clio car (recovered by Police).

Rutland North Beat.

Cottesmore – Theft of KTM 950 SM off road motorcycle, index FN07 AX*, orange and black, distinctive after-market exhausts fitted, very loud. About 11.30pm 12.5.19 (Sun) Two men wheeled away the motorcycle from The Leas and started it at a nearby Filling Station.  Accompanied by a third man in a dark coloured vehicle.

Rutland South Beat.

Ketton – burglary non-dwelling, garage at the quarry at the Castle Cement Works between 4am 11thand 8am 12.5.19.  Tools found in garage used to smash window of adjoining Canteen and force vending machine.

North Luffenham – Vehicle crime,in Kings Road, about 4am 17.5.19 (Fri).  Two vehicles in driveway entered and searched.  No damage, entry believed by cloning fob (in house).  3 suspects drove away at speed in a modern looking 4×4.

Ketton – Burglary dwelling, in High Street, (vicinity of Post Office lay by), about 3am 17.5.19 (Fri) believed key used whilst occupants asleep.  Stolen Hasselblad digital camera, AA0055 44mm.  Door left open and vehicle drove towards South Luffenham.

North Luffenham – Vehicle crime,3.10am-3.40am, 17.5.19 (Fri) Sycamore Road.  Entry by smashing front nearside window, searched, two sets of car keys stolen. Suspects travel to Digby Road and steal two vehicles (i) silver Citroen Berlingo van index PE60 DY* and (ii) Fiat 500, index KY10 BV*

Uppingham Beat.

Nothing appropriate for circulation.

Wanted man arrested

16:19 15/05/2019

Updated News Post

A man who was wanted as part of Operation Lionheart has been arrested today (Wednesday 15 May).

Following an appeal, Lee Ryan Smith, from Leicester was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

The 24-year-old is currently in custody.

Officers have thanked the public for sharing the appeals and assisting with enquires to locate him.


Seven-year sentence for first Op Lionheart defendants

Russ Horne.

Volunteer Director

Rutland Neighbourhood Watch Association.


Other Latest News

Rogue Traders– Trading Standards deal with a large number of complaints regarding doorstep selling and rouge traders.If you think you have been a victim of a rogue trader or doorstep conman please report this to the Citizen Advice Consumer helpline on 03454 040506This may include bogus officials, high pressure sales techniques, or rogue traders telling you that work needs doing and then charging extortionate prices. If someone knocks at your door and tells you that you need work done on your home, don’t be forced into making a decision at the door or on the spot.
We recommend that you:

  • Get personal recommendations for traders from friends, family orneighbours

  • Ask for references from recent clients

  • Describe exactly what you want prior to getting a quote

  • Get a quotation from more than one trader

  • Take your time. Don’t be hurried into making a decision

If you feel afraid or threatened call the Police on 999 or for non-urgent calls 101.
Anyone with information about a crime in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can call Leicestershire Police by dialing 101 (calls cost 15p) or call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Protect yourself from scams

Simple steps to protect yourselves against scams.  Please share.

1. Identity fraud:

Your personal information – your name, address and bank details – is very valuable to criminals. To stay safe, always:

  • Shred or tear into small pieces anything with personal information on it before you throw it away or recycle.
  • Be very wary of unsolicited phone calls, letters or emails from your bank asking you to confirm your personal details, password or security numbers.
  • Don’t click on links sent in emails unless you’re sure you can trust the person who sent them.
  • Never reply to unsolicited texts, emails or letters. If you do, you may be put on a scammer’s ‘suckers list’ and targeted in the future.

2. ‘Courier fraud’

A scammer persuades you on the phone to hand over your bank card to a courier or taxi driver and they often say they’re from your bank or the police. They may ask you to give them your card and PIN, set up a ‘safe’ account, or buy expensive goods like watches or mobile devices and hand these over to them.

Remember – this is a scam. Banks or the police never ask you to do this.

3. Lottery scams

Fraudsters contact you by post or email saying you’ve won a cash prize in an international lottery, sweepstake or prize draw; often Spanish, Canadian or Australian lotteries, but there are others. You’re told to keep your good luck a secret and to respond quickly to claim your ‘winnings’. But there’s no prize money. Often the winner’s certificate looks so convincing that people are taken in. You’ll be asked to pay admin fees such as taxes, legal costs, or banking fees. Each time the scammers will give you reasons why your winnings can’t be paid out – unless you make another payment to reach the ‘next stage’.

Don’t make any payments or give your bank details. Scammers can use them for identity fraud.

4. Investment fraud

Scammers tend to cold-call the over-55s offering high-yielding (but unregulated) investments like wine, land, carbon credits, gold or diamonds. These scammers often seem believable because they know a lot about you and build a ‘friendly’ relationship with you.

Remember – if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

5. Dating sites and chatrooms

Scammers exploit your emotions to befriend you, often making you believe that you’re in a relationship with them. They then try to con money out of you.

They’re clever and convincing. Don’t let feelings of embarrassment stop you from reporting a scam. Remember, it’s often smart, confident people who get scammed. So if in doubt, always contact the police.

6. Computer software fraud

Scammers contact you to say there’s a problem with your computer. They say they’ll ‘fix’ the non-existent issue – for a fee. They’ll get you to hand over remote access to your computer and provide your bank payment details. They then take large amounts of money out of your account. Fraudsters often pretend to be working for Microsoft.

The average loss is £600 and the average age of people scammed is 62.

Remember – Computer firms don’t make unsolicited phone calls to help you fix your computer and tend not to send out unsolicited emails about security updates. Microsoft doesn’t ask for credit card information to validate copies of Windows.

To report a scam or fraud, contact:

Action Fraud – there is a link direct from the App under reporting crim
The UK’s national fraud and cybercrime reporting centre:
Telephone: 0300 123 2040

Metropolitan Police fraud alerts

Facebook will launch a new UK-wide scam ads reporting tool and dedicated complaints team later in 2019. It will also donate £3m to Citizens Advice to deliver a new UK Scams Action project (CASA) that will launch in May 2019

To avoid being scammed and find out how to spot frauds:

Also on the App or read from here  The Little Book of Big Scams, an informative online guide by the Metropolitan Police:

Audio version at:


Scamsmart is a campaign set up by the Financial Conduct Authority to help prevent people being taken in by unsolicited investment offers.
Freephone: 0800 111 6768

Scamsmart has a warning list where you can check investments you’ve been offered:

Other guides:

Our sister consumer organisationWhich?, has useful information about scams and how to spot a scam.

The BBC has an interactive scams guide which includes video:
They also have a Radio 5 Live special on scams, which you can hear at

​​Citizens Advice has useful information about scams on its website where you’ll find more about avoiding and reporting scams:
Common scams
Reporting scams

Fix My Street available on the App and the chosen method to contact RCC for Highways

If you click the top left button on the App one of the choices as you scroll down is Fix My Street.  RCC now require everyone to use this method rather than calling them.  You can add photographs or video to assist them.  You can report abandoned vehicles, fly-tipping particularly if you ever see it happening, graffiti,  lights out, potholes and similar such problems.

It’s very simple to use and effective.