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These young lads who go door to door, selling household products. Often they have some form of ID which they display, but this is bogus. They may also hand over a card saying they are deaf / dumb / just out of prison / in the process of being reformed and working towards a better life. The bag of household products is supplied by the man who employs them. We did have a man who lived in the Thames Valley area, who organised the local lads. Traditionally they came from Nottingham – hence the name, but now, they are recruited from anywhere.

How does it work? The lads are supplied with the full bag and charged a minimal sum for the contents – it used to be £35. They can keep whatever they make, above this amount. Usually they are deposited in an area from a Transit Van and given a list of streets to work. An hour or so later they are picked up and dropped off, in another location. They often work from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. They will knock on a door, offering cleaning items, they know to be rubbish, which the householder also knows to be rubbish.

That is part of the scam.

Many people will purchase items pay them something, just to go away. The price for whatever has been purchased usually comes to a note – usually £10. The householder disappears to get this – this is when the scam begins – when the note is handed over, the lad examines the condition and how long it took the person to get it. If it is crumpled, they accept it and move on. If it is crisp flat and new – they are much more interested and may engage the person in more conversation, to obtain details about them. As they leave they will smell the note. If it is slightly musty – this is an indication that there is more in the property. Those addresses are noted. The addresses of elderly / vulnerable / gullible people are all noted. These are handed to the employer and there is a small amount of cash handed over for each one.

These addresses are then sold in prisons and pubs. If there is a later break-in, the employer expects a further cut of the proceeds. These lists are purchased by all sorts of people including – tarmaccers, tree workers, roofers, dodgy builders etc. Once on a list, your address could be sold on and on. Hence the repeat nature of these persistent callers. In almost every case of a stop check – the lads have long strings of convictions, for burglary and violence. They use the skills learnt during their criminal activity to identify possible targets.

N.B. If any salesperson comes to your door, we’d suggest you ask to see their Pedlar’s certificate.

These are only issued to individuals under very strict conditions. If they are in your area, please call us immediately on 101 with a description of them & any associated vehicle they may be using.

“…Thames Valley Police Area. They do not have this licence. They are not allowed to sell you items at the door or accept payment from you”.

 It’s a CRIME don’t Support it

“ If they come to you please call 101 and report it, then call your neighbours and warn them not to answer the door. If you feel threatened call 999

“ My visitor in Milcombe was very aggressive and I felt my family and property was at real risk of attack.”

Please don’t support this crime and they may go away.

These fake ID’s for door to door seller – these come in various types and sizes, some plastic others photocopies, some with or without photos…. None are genuine!

Thank you Sent by Bicester Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team Comment from PCSO Claire Brennan, Banbury.




Last week, Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld launched a new website to support victims of crime.  Victims First is a new online resource for victims of crime which has advice on what to do and how to get help.  It includes information and advice for victims including signposting them to services to help them cope and recover from the impact of the crime. It also includes a section on the Victims Code explaining clearly what help victims can expect from the police and other criminal justice agencies if they report the crime.

The focal point of the website is a directory which allows victims to find relevant support in their area. Members of the public will be able to use the website to refer themselves directly to the PCCs own support services or find information and contact details for other organisations. This support is available regardless of whether or not the victim has reported the crime to the police.

TELEPHONE –  0300 1234 148.

Sarah Stokes PR and Communication Support Officer
Direct Line: 01865 541954 Internal: 300-6703
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
The Farmhouse Thames Valley Police Headquarters
Kidlington OX5 2NX

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Crime News


Speeding is one of the factors that most affects the quality of life in communities. It contributes to the severity of road traffic collisions and increases the impact on the lives of people in the community.

Community SpeedWatch is a traffic monitoring scheme coordinated by Thames Valley Police in partnership with local councils and other stakeholders, but managed and run by neighbourhood policing teams and community volunteers.

How it works SpeedWatch can only operate in areas up to a maximum 40 miles per hour speed limit. Community volunteers work alongside Thames Valley Police officers to identify vehicles which break the speed limit. Registration numbers are entered onto a database which produces a letter informing the registered owner that their vehicle has been noted to have exceeded the speed limit and asking them not to do so in the future.

If the same registration number is logged in another SpeedWatch anywhere within Thames Valley, the owner will receive another letter advising them that if they are caught a third time, the information will be passed onto Roads Policing, who may take further action.

Speed detection operations. Locations are suggested by the community. A neighbourhood police officer or police community support officer (PCSO) will risk assess the location. Roadside volunteers are issued high-visibility jackets, roadside signs and are trained to use the equipment and record the information. Confirmation of £5million public liability insurance for roadside working must be included on the Parish Council’s insurance cover.

If you would like to start a Community Speed Watch group in your village please contact

PCSO Lana Smith C9930 from the Banbury Rural Neighbourhood Team at: or call 101


We have recently seen an increase in “Nottingham knockers” out and about in the rural area. Traditionally “Nottingham Knockers” go door to door selling household products but they could sell anything. Traditionally they come from Nottingham hence the name “Nottingham Knockers” however they could be from anywhere. Door to door sellers or their correct term Pedlars, require a license to be able to sell door to door. This only covers working in the area stipulated on the certificate. They often print off false licences attach their pictures and use these as ID when selling door to door. We currently only have a small number of licensed pedlars who can work in the Cherwell area. Occasionally these individuals can be quite aggressive in their sales technique, please remember you are under no obligation to buy anything for them. Always ask to see their pedlar’s certificate as these are only issued to individuals under very strict conditions. Call 101 as soon as possible if you see Pedlars in your area this allows officers when available to attend and check their licenses. If you do not want cold callers coming to your door, you can display a “No cold calling sticker” on your door. If you would like one of these stickers please contact your Neighbourhood Policing Team on or via 101 and we can arrange for one to be sent out to you.

Neighbourhood Disputes

Recently Thames Valley Police and Cherwell District Council Anti-Social Behaviour Team put together an advice sheet for people experiencing difficulties with their neighbours. I thought I would take this opportunity to share this advice with you.

1) Talk to your neighbour: Before making a formal complaint or getting others involved, try to discuss the problem with your neighbour. If you’re worried about approaching them, write a letter, explaining the problem clearly and sticking to the facts. If the problem affects other neighbours, involve them as well. It can be easier to settle a dispute if the complaint comes from a number of people. A tenants’ association might help if you’re a member of one.

2) Contact your neighbour’s Landlord:

3) Use a Mediation Service: There can be a fee for mediation, but this will still be cheaper than hiring a solicitor and taking legal action. The Citizens Advice Bureau is a good place to start.

4) Noise and environmental health complaints should be made to the council:

This could include –

* noise (loud music and barking dogs)

* artificial light (except street lamps)

* dust, steam, smell or insects from business

premises * smoke, fumes or gases

* a build-up of rubbish

5) High hedges, trees and boundaries Ask your council for a complaint form

6) Parking

7) Call the Police All the above should be  utilised before involving the police


Heating oil tank Heating oil deterrent


With the recent increase in the cost of fuel, domestic heating oil is becoming a target for thieves. Following these simple ideas can act as a deterrent.

Don’t be left out in the …

CCTV – can deter thieves and record any tampering or theft

Oil levels – check these often and report any irregularities

Location – of your oil tank, so it is in view of the property

Defensive – planting can deter thieves, grow prickly hedges

Consider using security lighting to illuminate your tank, use an alarm for oil levels or build a cage around the tank.  It is difficult to secure such a valuable asset as it is kept outside, often in full view and has to be accessed easily by your fuel supplier. If damaged by thieves it could also cause an environmental catastrophe.  Sergeant Becky Fishwick from Banbury Bicester Rural Neighbourhood Team said: “We would urge residents to put locks on their heating oil tanks and, where possible, keep any access gates to gardens locked and secure as a preventative and to deter offenders from targeting  “Remember to check the oil level in your tank regularly. Look for spilt fuel, marks on locks or anything else suspicious and report this through the non emergency 101 enquiry centre.” If you have been a victim of heating oil theft we urge you to report it to us immediately on the 101 no. if you witness a crime occurring, please call 999.

Sargeant Rebecca Fishwick

You may have seen recently in the news of the sad and tragic death of a teenager in London linked with the use of nitrous oxide and alcohol and more recently a published article by us in the Banbury Guardian relating to the use of Nitrous Oxide. We have recently seen an increase in the use  of  Nitrous Oxide amongst the youths in the Rural Community. This is really concerning as I am not sure that some of those using this recreational drug understand the risks. Whilst it isn’t illegal to possess and isn’t a classified drug that does not mean that it is not dangerous to those who use it. It can have significant life changing or potentially fatal side effects. When inhaled it leaves uses feeling euphoric and relaxed but can also cause hallucinations. Prolonged use of nitrous oxide causes significant loss of vitamin B12 causing brain and nerve damage and it has been associated with anaemia, tinnitus, numbness in the extremities and even death. Due to the fact that the effects are very short lived, Nitrous oxide is psychologically and not physically addictive. Its repeated use to stay “high” is known as “binging”. This leads to oxygen deprivation. Oxygen deprivation leads to loss of consciousness. As Nitrous oxide suppresses the gagging reflex, this can lead to choking, asphyxiation and death. My aim is not to scare people, but to educate the young people in the area of the dangerous side effects and the risks in using this recreational drug. To those of you who are unaware of what the canisters of nitrous oxide look like I have attached a picture below, if you find any of these out in the community please do not remove them, please contact us in order that we can arrange for them to be collected and it also helps us to map a picture of where Nitrous Oxide is being used.

  A picture of where Nitrous Oxide is being used.

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I would like to remind residents not to open the door to anyone before you’ve checked who it is – look out of the window or use a spy hole in your door. If you open the door, keep the chain on while you find out who is calling and what they want. If you’re not expecting someone and you don’t know them, don’t let them into your home, no matter what they say to you.

If a caller is genuine they will understand your concerns. If someone claims to be from a company, such as a gas or electricity provider, always double check their identity via phone call to the company they are saying they are from.


There have been reports of scam telephone calls in the Banbury Rural Villages. Please note the following advice….. Your Bank and the Police will never ring you and tell you that they are coming to collect your bank card. If you receive a call like this put the phone down it is a scam. Do not give out any personal, credit card or online account details over the phone unless you made the call and the phone number came from a trusted source. Sign up with telephone preference Service to prevent marketing phone calls. Make sure that you report a scam- call 999 if an immediate Police response is necessary or 101 for a vulnerable victim. Non urgent fraud matters can be reported to Action Fraud on 0300123 2040

Crime Reduction 

A burglar will select a target because it offers the easiest opportunity to carry out the crime unnoticed. A building that presents itself as unoccupied or unsecured is far more likely to be targeted than one which is properly secured. To reduce the chances of becoming a burglary victim: Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property Lock all windows and doors remembering to double lock UPVC doors Do not leave ladders and garden tools in your garden, lock them away in your shed Improve natural surveillance trim high hedges Consider fitting security lighting and a burglar alarm.

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Over the past few weeks there have been a number of thefts of money and credit cards from purses and wallets where the victim has been approached and asked for change. Victims are usually elderly. They will have come out of a store where they have used their card and the suspects will have been close to see the PIN being entered. The suspects will then approach the victim outside the store, waving money and either speaking very broken English or in a foreign language. They will gesticulate and try and get the victim to open their purse or wallet as they want change. Once the wallet or purse is open they will wave their hands around whilst speaking and distracting the victim. During this they remove credit cards or money. This all happens very quickly. The suspects for this offence are of Eastern European origin and are either a male working alone or with a female. Descriptions so far – Male 5′ 10″, 50’s, slim build, short brown hair, smartly dressed. Female, 50’s, short with short black hair. Sometimes described as Polish. There has also been an increase in thefts from unattended bags or shopping trolleys. Cat bells are available from local Police stations, that can be attached to purses to warn victims if they are moved.

Police warning over bank card courier scam

Thames Valley residents are advised to be on their guard to a new type of scam which is becoming prevalent across London and is now spreading to other areas. The courier fraud scam often targets the elderly and vulnerable and takes the following steps: 1. The victim receives an unsolicited telephone call from fraudsters saying they are from  their bank (or in some cases claiming to be the police), stating that their systems have spotted a fraudulent payment on their card or that their card is due to expire and needs to be replaced. 2. The person may be asked to ring the bank back using the phone number printed on the of their bank card. This helps to convince the person that the call is genuine. However,  the fraudster has kept the telephone line open so even though the person has called the bank, the call does not go through. Instead they are unknowingly connected straight back to the fraudster. 3. The fraudster then gains the person’s trust by pretending to be from the bank and seeming to offer assistance. In many cases the person is asked to provide their full bank card details and key in their PIN so that their existing card can be cancelled and their new one activated or authorised. The fraudster will then explain that the bank will need to collect the card. 4. The fraudster will then attend the person’s address or send an innocent courier company driver to collect the card and sometimes provide them with a replacement card which is subsequently found to be fake. Therefore, the fraudster has obtained the person’s name, address, full bank details, the card itself and the PIN. The bank cards are then used fraudulently without the victim’s knowledge. There are a number of variations to the scam, including:  Fraudsters pretending to be from the police cold calling members of the public and telling them that their bank account has been compromised by criminals. The fraudster suggests that the person should transfer their bank balance into a ‘safe’ police bank account.  Fraudsters pretending to be from the police attending people’s addresses and retrieving  the person’s card and PIN.  Members of the public receiving letters on bank headed paper informing them that their account has been the subject of a fraud. The letter advises them to transfer their funds to a  ‘safe’ account and that an official will be in contact to provide them with a new card and PIN.  Fraudsters contacting members of the public requesting them to cut their cards in half because their account has been compromised. They are then asked to post the cut card to an address where fraudsters simply tape the card together again and can use the details to commit fraud.

Police advice is that if you receive such a call, end it immediately. If you have elderly or vulnerable family members, friends, or neighbours, let them know about the scam.

Please be aware that:

  • Your bank will never attend your home.
  • Your bank and/or the police will never collect your bank card.
  • Your bank and/or the police will never ask for your PIN If you receive this type of call.
  • Report  it to  Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040,  or via their website. In an emergency, dial 999.

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Neighbourhood Watch

Please consider joining your local Neighbourhood Watch. Neighbourhood Watch is all about people getting together with their neighbours to take action to cut crime.

How does Neighbourhood Watch work?

Neighbourhood Watch schemes are community initiatives owned and run by their members. They work by developing close liaison between neighbourhood households and the local police. It is an active partnership.

Neighbourhood Watch schemes can

 • Cut crime and the opportunities for crime.

• Help and reassure those who live in the area.

• Encourage neighbourliness and closer communities. 

In the past we have seen an increase in burglary over the autumn and winter months. Here are some ideas on how to keep your property safe whilst you are out during those darker nights.

• Close and lock all your doors and windows when going out or to bed

• Keep valuables out of sight

• Don’t advertise that you’re out, invest in a light timer switch

• Invest in outdoor security lighting on your  property

• Register your valuables with www.

• For crime updates sign up to www.


For more information on how these schemes work, their benefits, and running a scheme in your local area, please contact your local

Watch Administrator Deb Hextall at Banbury Police Station, deborah.hextall@thamesvalley.

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CRIME REDUCTION For further crime reduction advice you can also visit our website or call and ask to speak to a Crime Reduction Adviser via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101 Have Your Say – meeting date 29th August 2014 0900-1000 – The Library, Hook Norton You can contact the team by emailing: or you can call us on 101 our non-emergency number. Please dial 999 in an emergency

 Vehicle fraud drives us round the bend, costing victims £17.8 million in 2013

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This information has been sent on behalf of Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network

Online vehicle fraud is costing the nation a road-rage inducing £17.8 million each year, according to new figures released by Get Safe Online and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) today. This is the equivalent to 89 Aston Martin Vanquishes   In 2013, more than 6,600 UK residents reported online vehicle fraud to the police, with an average loss of £4,078 per victim. The loss range is huge; from smaller losses of less than £50, which mainly related to holding deposits, to one unlucky victim who lost £300,000 where multiple vehicles were involved.

Fraudsters used the following methods to steal their victims’ cash:

  • Part or full payment for the vehicles and then loss of contact with the “seller” accounted for nearly half (49%) of frauds
  • More than a third (37%) of cases involved the payment of a deposit rather than the full amount
  • Bank transfers (58%), fake eBay Invoices (14%) and fake Google Payment Systems Invoices (12%) offering non-existent “buyer protection” for the transaction were the most commonly cited payment methods
  • Some victims paid funds to holding accounts on the basis that funds will be held until the buyer has received the goods and is satisfied with them
  • Other victims received texts from well-known websites requesting refundable fees for car inspections

Further statistics show that

  • Nearly three quarters (71%) of victims were men
  • People in their forties reported a quarter (25%) of all online vehicle fraud
  • London was the most targeted city for online vehicle fraud, followed by Bristol and then Birmingham

Tony Neate, CEO of Get Safe Online, commented:  “Vehicles are valuable goods and because of this, trading them isn’t a decision that people take lightly, so it’s awful that fraudsters are exploiting popular vehicle websites. Hopefully our latest campaign will make people more aware of the risks before going online to buy or sell a vehicle.”  For more information on the risks of buying and selling vehicles online, and how to stay safe,

please visit:


Mark Harman is CDC’S Environmental Enforcement Officer and heads a team of 4 others, all of which are authorised to issue fixed penalty notices, for dog fouling, to owners. There are also other CDC employees so authorised and they are the 5 members of the Antisocial Behaviour Team.

Dog fouling is soon to be legally considered as Anti Social Behaviour.

If dog fouling is reported then an officer will attend. Officers nor-mally work in pairs, especially if the area is ‘out of the way’. However, the offence of dog fouling can only be committed on roads with a speed limit of 40 MPH or below, and not on farmland, rural common land or marshes. Reports should be notified to the following contact details: Mark Harman, Environmental Enforcement Manager, Direct Dial 01295 221624, Extension 1624, E mail: mark

The caller will be asked to leave details but you will have the expectation of confidentiality. In some cases you may be asked as a witness if a prosecution is planned but this is unusual and you can decline. Successful enforcing relies on intelligence and most offenders are creatures of habit. An offender one day is likely to offend at the same time and place on other days, so report-ing gives the officers a fair chance of success, especially if offenders have been witnessed over multiple days. Failure to dispose of a used bag responsibly is also an offence.

There are still some dog owners in the village who continue to behave irresponsibly with regard to dog fouling. Many residents have become so upset by this continued unpleasant activity, that they have signed a petition and want ACTION! A number of parents are also very concerned regarding the well documented health risk, especially to young children. I would ask you all to be vigilant and not hesitate to contact myself or Mark Harman and action WILL be taken with regard to the offenders.

Incidentally, one Milcombe resident has already been fined and another made to clear up the mess and warned. Isn’t it so much easier to ensure that you have a ‘doggie bag’ on you! I feel certain that most of the dog owners in the village are aware that the ‘doggie bags’ can be obtained free of charge, in the local church or the village shop. However, we have found that the supply of bags can quickly diminish and would ask that you only take a modest supply in order to enable others to also benefit.



You have been warned! 


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