Beware of Bogus HMRC Hoax Callers
Officers are reminding resident to remain vigilant following a multiple reports of hoax calls from people claiming to be from HMRC.
During the past week we have received three separate reports from residents in the Northwich area who have received calls from a man purporting to be from Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
On each occasion the victim was told they were being investigated by HMRC for an outstanding tax balance and if they didn’t settle the balance then they would be arrested. The caller was then informed that if they paid the balance within two hours they will not be arrested, and then told that the balance could only be settled using iTunes vouchers.
The victims were then advised to visit a high street supermarket or electronics store to purchase the vouchers and then call back the hoax caller and provide them with the serial numbers from the vouchers to settle their debt.
In each of these cases the victims have been told that they must purchase hundreds of pounds worth of vouchers or face the prospect of being arrested; which has caused anxiety and concern for all of the victims.
Thankfully in all three cases the victims did not fall for the scam and no money changed hands. However, having been made aware of these incidents we are working closely with local supermarkets and electronics stores to help prevent vulnerable residents from purchasing large quantities of vouchers.
I would also like to remind local residents that HMRC would never call you and ask you to settle a balance over the phone using vouchers. I advise anyone who believes that they may have been a victim to call us on 101.
Anyone who believes they have been contacted fraudulently or have been a victim of fraud should call Cheshire Police on 101 and Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
Don’t be driven to distraction by your mobile phone
It’s not fake news that using your mobile phone while driving is dangerous, but drivers appear to be choosing to ignore this fact.
Across Cheshire some motorists are being driven to distraction sending texts, making calls or updating their social media profile whilst on the move.
Cheshire Police is taking the opportunity to remind road users during the National Police Chiefs’ Council mobile phone enforcement week that they face a £200 fine and six points if they are caught in the act.
The campaign, which runs from 10th to 16th of July, will again urge motorists not to be distracted by their phone – the potential consequences of this can be serious which is why new legislation was introduced back in March, doubling the penalty you face if you’re caught.
Our officers are out on the roads 24/7 policing the county and targeting those who flout the law. This week is our opportunity to reinforce the message that using a handheld mobile device is dangerous, completely reckless and will not be tolerated in Cheshire.
The safety of Cheshire’s roads is paramount and our Roads Policing Team will do all they can to enforce the law to keep our roads safe.
More than 250 dangerous drivers removed from the streets of Cheshire
More than 250 people are facing driving bans and large fines after getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or taking illegal drugs.
The operation, which ran throughout June 2017, saw officers from the force’s Roads Policing Unit carrying out additional checks on roads across the county in a bid to reduce the number of offenders and casualties.
In total 121 people were arrested for drink driving, while another 131 were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of illegal drugs. The figures compare to 141 arrests for drink driving and 73 arrests for drug driving in June 2016. All of those arrested are now likely to face driving bans and large fines.
It’s disappointing to see that so many people still believe that it is acceptable to drive under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
The dangers of both drink and drug driving are well known – it affects your reaction time, making it harder for you to judge your speed, judge your distance between you and other vehicles and notice potential hazards. All of this means that you are more likely to be involved in a collision.
All of those arrested as part of this operation will now have to face the consequences of their actions, which will have a significant impact on both their personal and professional lives.
All roads policing officers in Cheshire are equipped with both alcohol testing kits and drugs wipes, which instantly detect whether a driver is under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is extremely dangerous and I cannot reiterate enough how much drivers are risking their own lives and the lives of others.
While this operation has now concluded, our commitment to removing dangerous drivers from the streets of Cheshire continues, and we will use all of tools available to help us achieve our goal.
I also want to urge people to help us by coming forward to report anyone they believe may be under the influence. Together we can help make the roads across the county safer for everyone.
On 12/7/17 speed enforcement was carried out on Sandy Lane, Weaverham where 37 vehicles were caught exceeding the 30mph speed limit.
On the same day also on Station Road, Weaverham, 4 were captured exceeding the limit of 30mph speed limit.
On 13/7/17 on Northwich Road, Weaverham 6 motorists were captured exceeding the 30mph limit between 08:33hrs & 09:53hrs and later on Station Road, Acton Bridge where 13 motorists were caught exceeding the limit.
Dangers of taking Psychoactive Substances ( Lethal Highs)
Officers in other areas of the County including Chester and Cheshire East are warning residents about the dangers of taking psychoactive substances following an increase in the number of incidents. We have had none reported in our area at this present time but would like to warn people of the dangers. Over the past month we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of incidents in both areas involving psychoactive substances. We are extremely concerned these substances could have led to a number of people being hospitalized. We would strongly urge people not to take these drugs and for people to be aware of the dangers of taking these substances.
If people have taken any psychoactive substances and have concerns about their health they should contact the medical services as soon as possible. The drugs are highly addictive and known to leave users in a ‘Zombie’ state. It is believed that psychoactive substances have been linked to hundreds of hospital admissions across the UK.
For further information please visit Frank website http://www.talktofrank.com/drug/new-psychoactive-substances
Updated info regarding Snapchat
Snapchat is a picture sharing app that is hugely popular with young people. As of May 2017, the app was attracting 166m users a day. It is often referred to as ‘the sexting app’ – even though there’s no research showing that to be true, and plenty of anecdotal evidence suggesting that isn’t the reason most teens use it. The app focuses on capturing ‘moments’ quickly with users taking images and videos and sending them instantly.
The unique feature of Snapchat is that images disappear within seconds. Snapchat users can specify how many seconds they would like their images to be seen by the recipient(s). This can range from 1 to 10 seconds. Snapchat’s latest update, as of June 2017, is a location-sharing feature called Snap Map. This feature has prompted some concern from parents and professionals working with children over privacy, and who can find out the exact location of their kids as you don’t need to be friends with a user for them to see where you are.
To combat this, users can specify who they share their whereabouts with – all their friends or just a select few. They can even set it to ‘ghost mode’, where they can see where others are without sharing their own location. Thinkuknow – the education programme of The National Crime Agency’s child protection command CEOP – has created a guide for parents and carers to help them understand the functions and features of Snapchat and ways to help young people stay safe while using it.
This information has been provided by: http://parentinfo.org/article/snapchat-a-parents-guide
Click on the link below to read CEOP’s comprehensive guide to Snapchat.
Rugby Union players Wanted for this coming season
Winnington Park Rugby Football Club situated at Burrows Hill, Northwich are looking for senior players to play for the club. The club has fantastic facilities and run teams from under 8,s to three Senior men’s teams a ladies team and 3 girls teams.
The club would like to recruit players to support this year’s season. Training night are on every Tuesday and Thursday evenings 7pm to 9pm. It’s a great family club so gets your boots out and come along keep yourself fit and play some rugby.
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Inspector Dave Snasdell