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|Residents urged to be alert to courier fraud scam|
Residents are being warned about a courier fraud scam operating in Norfolk by suspects claiming to be police officers.
In the last few weeks, police have seen a rise in incident where cold-callers will make efforts to defraud victims of money, often stating they need to withdraw large sums in connection with an investigation.
Officers are investigating an incident which happened on Tuesday (6 July) where a woman in West Winch was conned out of £4,200. Following a cold-call from a man claiming to be a police officer, the victim went to her bank and withdrew the money, believing she was helping an investigation into counterfeit money. After withdrawing money, she returned home where a ‘courier’ collected the cash, and telephoned the victim later on to confirm it was counterfeit.
A second attempt that day is also being investigated after a man from Clenchwarton was cold-called by someone claiming to be from Hertforshire Police who said they were investigating a theft from the victim’s bank account. The man was asked to withdraw £9,000 which would be collected following day. The victim managed to withdraw £2,000 and told a family member about the incident who immediately reported it to police. No money was handed over.
Detective Inspector Richard Weller, from Swaffham CID, urged people to make elderly or vulnerable relatives and neighbours aware of the scam.
He said: “This type of courier fraud is nothing new; suspects will often approach victims under the guise of a police officer, bank or government department, in an effort to win trust and encourage people to go along with the scam.
“They will often use a range of techniques and in these most recent incidents, cold callers claim to be police officers investigating bank account thefts and counterfeit money. These scammers can be really convincing, making the caller feel they are helping a genuine police investigation, compelling them to withdraw the money. Suspects will then arrange to collect the money from the victim.
“More often than not, we’re talking large sums of cash into the thousands which is ultimately people’s savings and funds they rely on.
“Police officers will never ask you to withdraw money, or send someone to collect money. We know scammers target the elderly and I would urge people to make their family members, friends and neighbours aware of this scam and the warning signs.”
Further advice includes:
If anyone has received a similar type of telephone call or has any information about these incidents. Contact Norfolk Police on 101 quoting Operation Radium.
Alternatively, Contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111.
If you believe a crime is in progress, always call 999.
For further advice, head to the Action Fraud website: www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040.
Regulation 14 Consultation period extended
Following requests for further time to consider the final draft of the DDNP, the closing date for the consultation has been extended by 2 weeks to Wednesday, 18th August at 5.00 pm.
Roydon Parish Council,
Thursday, 1st July, 2021.
Recent tree planting on Brewers Green
Last year the parish council applied for, and received, a grant of £500 to purchase a young Hornbeam tree to plant in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of VE/VJ day. The planting was delayed by Covid restrictions but, after being delivered in May, the tree was finally planted last Saturday, the 19th June. Thanks are due To David Powley who transported the tree to the Green from my home and then dug the substantial hole, and set its support posts in place, under the experienced guidance of Andrew Daniels.
A circular bench is on order which will be placed around the tree base with a small plaque affixed to note the purpose of the planting. This will take place at a date to be arranged when a short ceremony will take place to mark the event.
In addition to the Council’s planting, the two Rotary Clubs of Diss planted 75 sapling, native trees on the Green last December, also to commemorate VE day. With Covid restrictions eased, members of both Clubs gathered to mark the event at the end of May, a small memorial stone having been set amongst the trees. The photo shows the presidents of the Rotary Clubs, Graham Wuidart and Beverley Blake, with the memorial stone.
Photograph copyright Michael J Bootman
RPC is aware of the ploughing of the footpath from Roydon garage to Roydon Fen and is in communication with the farmer regarding reinstatement.
A public meeting is being held on 24th March 2021 @ 6pm
To join in please use this link:
From Monday 8th March Factory Lane will be closed to enable work to be undertaken. Please see the attached links for the information:
Saturday 20th February update:
No further home testing kits are available from the pick up points. You can still book tests at the three mobile testing units. These are open seven days a week until March 4th.
Friday 19th February Covid update:
The Parish Council’s Chairman and Clerk, Paul Curson and Wendy Benson, attended a virtual meeting today at which the Deputy Director of Public Health Norfolk clarified the situation and testing processes in our parish and in Diss.
Norfolk County Council & Public Health England have sent a letter to all households with details of the testing sites and procedures, a copy of which can be accessed below:
If you know of residents who are not able to access the internet but who wish to attend one of the testing centres for which an appointment is necessary, please encourage them to contact either 119 or obtain help via the South Norfolk HelpHub on 01508 533933. Unfortunately this was not made clear on the letter.
Those residents who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable and are shielding and other vulnerable groups will be contacted in a door to door targeted scheme to enable them to be tested. This will start from Monday. If you have any questions regarding this please call the HelpHub.
The walk-in centre at the White Hart allows for you to pick-up a test to take at home and then return to them, and is open from 9.00 – 19.00.
You will receive your results with-in 2-3 days of testing. Following this the infection rate in our area may rise, as testing will pick up those people with the virus who are A Symptomatic (showing no signs of the virus). We have been advised that this is to be expected.
Please continue to be careful, keep social distancing, wearing face masks and regularly washing your hands.