Police Report

This is the crime summary for the month of October 2015 for the parishes of: 

Ashmansworth, East Woodhay, Highclere, Burghclere, Newtown, Litchfield, Ecchinswell & Sydmonton and St Mary Bourne & Stoke.

Total Crimes reported - 20            
  House Burglary – 1
Criminal Damage – 5
Burglary other than a Dwelling – 2
Theft from Vehicles – 0
Theft of a Vehicle – 1
Other Theft – 3
Other Crime – 8

The current Neighbourhood Policing Priorities for the Basingstoke and Deane District are:-

House Burglary

29th October – 1700 – 1830 – A dwelling property in the area of Headley was targeted for a burglary – An investigation is ongoing

Non Dwelling Burglaries


20/10/15 – 29/10/15 – Unknown offenders have forced entry to a workshop in the area of Stoke, Chainsaws were taken from within.

Traffic issues

We have received an update from Community Speedwatch in Woolton Hill. The following charts show the cumulative results from Speedwatch since it began. Unfortunately, the results do show that the overall speed of those exceeding the limit are travelling slightly faster on average, although, the percentage of speeders has reduced.

Incidents of note


09/10/15 – Ecchinswell – Unknown offenders have caused damage in a play area at Ecchinswell Village Hall by starting a small fire.

Poaching incidents/Suspicious activity on farmland – We have seen an increase in reports of possible Hare coursing offences, damage to newly planted crops and pheasant poaching throughout October.

Action Fraud

Fraudsters have set up a high specification website template advertising various electrical goods and domestic appliances. These goods are below market value and do not exist. The fraudsters will request your card details via the website; however the purchaser will then receive an email stating the payment failed and they must pay via bank transfer.

The fraudsters entice the purchaser and reassure them it is a legitimate purchase by using the widely recognised Trusted Shop Trustmark. The fraudsters are using the Trustmark fraudulently and have not been certified by Trusted Shops and therefore the purchaser is not covered by the Trusted Shop money-back guarantee.

Protect yourself:

Check the authenticity of the websites before making any purchases. Conduct a ‘whois’ search on the website which will identify when the website has been created, be wary of newly formed domains. You can conduct this search using the following website -https://who.is/.

Carry out online research in relation to the website, company name and the business address provided to identify any poor feedback or possible irregularities.

Check the Trusted Shops Facebook page where warnings about websites using their Trustmark are published. If you are in doubt about the legitimacy of a Trustmark then you can contact Trusted Shops on 0203 364 5906 or by email service@trustedshops.co.uk. They will confirm whether they have certified that website.

Payments made via bank transfer are not protected should you not received the item. Therefore always try to make the payment via PayPal or a credit card where you have some payment cover should you not receive your product.

If the item advertised seems too good to be true, then it probably is.

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it onlinehttp://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

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