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12 March 2017

Setting Fires

Police have received reports of youths setting fires in Rochford last night (10/03/2017), particularly in the areas of Doggett's Close and Prentice Close.  If you have any information please email the Community Policing Team at: castlepointandrochfordcpt@essex.pnn.police.uk or call the team via Tel No: 101.

Author: PC 917 JUDD Distribution: Rochford District

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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09 March 2017

Rogue Traders

Essex Police have received reports of rogue traders operating in the Rochford area. After being targeted by unscrupulous builders, an elderly resident has handed over a substantial amount of cash in advance for work that was never completed. In addition the victim has been left with a repair bill to rectify the poor work carried out by the builder.

If you are a family member, friend or carer looking after someone in this vulnerable group, then please speak to them and reinforce the following:

  • Keep them out. Never let anyone in who you are unable to verify who they are. Never leave them unattended or allow them to roam around your house. If in doubt call 999.
  • Check they are a bona-fide company. Can they provide you with company details, testimonials, references. Check who they are first, do not commit to anything without verifying them.
  • Never agree to a price without seeing a written all inclusive quotation. Get at least three quotes, use reputable builders or companies. Employing someone on your doorstep puts you at risk and should be avoided. Reputable companies do not operate in this way, so if in doubt close the door.
  • Never pay up front. Be satisfied with the work, get a family member, friend or carer to check the work for you before payment. Never take someone's word for it.
  • Do not agree to go to the bank with them. If you do tell a member of the bank staff who will notify Police.

There are a number of websites & agencies that can assist and provide more information:

Trading Standards - https://www.tradingstandards.uk
Action Fraud - http://www.actionfraud.police.uk
Citizen's Advice Bureau - https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk
Essex Police - https://www.essex.police.uk/advice/fraud...
Crimestoppers - https://crimestoppers-uk.org


Please call 101 if you think someone you care for has been or is being targeted.

Author PC Risden

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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04 March 2017

House Calls

Police have been called to incidents recently around Southend and Westcliff but this may be happening in other areas. A male is calling at houses asking for money. He gives various stories and that he is desperate to get back to Bournemouth. He’s described as a white male, aged 30 – 45, bald / thinning hair wearing a dark coloured coat and dark trousers. He may have cuts to his hairline and he has stated to some people that he is diabetic and produced an epi-pen to the occupants. It’s not believed to be genuine.

If you have any information or can identify this male; please call Essex Police on 101. Alternatively call independent charity Crimestoppers, free and anonymously on 0800 555 111. Thank you.

PC 1325 JOYNES on behalf of PC 76308 COLMANS
Southend, Rochford, Castle Point.

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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04 March 2017

Vehicle Crime

There has been a marked increase in vehicle crime across both Castle Point and Rochford districts, with 93 offences being reported in February. Of this 66 were theft from motor vehicle, 23 vehicles were stolen.

To protect your property, please:

Lock and secure it
Remove all valuables
Fit a good quality steering and / or hand brake lock
Park in a well lit residential area
Utilise CCTV, if you have it
Set alarms and immobiliser if fitted

If you see anything suspicious please call Essex Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Author Pc 70846 Risden

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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22 February 2017

Hare Coursing

Essex Police have joined other police forces in Operation Galileo. This is an operation to tackle Hare Coursing across the county. In order for this to succeed we need to know about every Hare Coursing incident, even if it has finished. Only if you tell us about these coursing incidents can we try to tackle this problem. Follow updates for operation Galileo and other Rural crime operations on Twitter @PcAndyLong or @EssexPoliceUK  .

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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21 February 2017

Nuisance Vehicles

Are you fed up with noisy, nuisance vehicles causing you sleepless nights? Racing up and down your streets, putting you and others at risk?

Essex Police receive daily complaints of this activity in your district, with spring around the corner there will be an increase in this anti social behaviour, however your local community policing team are committed to addressing this blight on our
community.

If you witness ASB involving vehicles, please contact Essex Police and report it. Unless you tell us, we will not know.

Time, date, place, make and model of the offending vehicles would help us to address offending behaviour by utilising Police powers under the ROAD TRAFFIC ACT 1988 and ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR, CRIME AND POLICING ACT 2014. If you have dash cam or CCTV footage that clearly shows the offenders committing road traffic offences then this is excellent evidence which we can use in court should you be willing to provide a statement.

You can contact Essex Police on 101 (999 in an emergency) or report online www.essex.police.uk/doitonline. These are monitored 24/7. Alternatively you can contact your local Community Policing Team via the following method:

Email: castlepointandrochfordcpt@essex.pnn.police.uk

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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20 February 2017

Shed Burglaries

Essex Police have received reports of two shed burglaries in Rochford Garden Way, Rochford between 11th and 17th February.

During these colder months, we tend to not venture into our gardens as much. You can protect your possessions by securing gates, moving bins away from walls and fences as well as investing in good quality padlocks for your shed doors. Inexpensive shed alarms are also available from most DIY outlets.

Author PC 70846 Risden

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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15 February 2017

Another Burglary

A burglary occurred in Rochford Garden Way, Rochford. This was occurred between Thursday 9th February 4pm and Monday 14th February 4pm. Do you have any information that may assist in our enquires. If so please call Essex Police on 101. If you have an emergency please dial 999.

Thank You, PCSO 8507 Ginn, Rayleigh Police Station

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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12 February 2017

Burglary

A burglary was committed in Hockley Road, Rayleigh. This occurred on Friday 10th February between 11am and midday. If you have any information please call Essex police on 101 quoting incident 42/27269/17.

Thank you, PCSO 8507 Ginn, Rayleigh Police Sation

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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12 February 2017

Burglaries

There were two reported burglaries in the Rochford District on 7th February 2017;

Windsor Gardens, Hawkwell between 8am and 7pm
Crouch Park, Pooles Lane, Hullbridge between midnight and 6.30pm

If you were in the above areas and noticed anything suspicious, please call Essex Police on 101 or you can report anonymously via Crimestoppers UK on 0800 555 111 or online.

Author Pc Risden

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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06 February 2017

Begging

Police have received a number of reports in the last two weeks of people begging in the Rayleigh area. A member of public was also approached in Sainsbury’s Car Park at the Rayleigh Weir by a male asking for money for his family, the male spoke in an Italian accent, please be aware of this when out in town centres and general shopping areas. If you see anything suspicious please report the incident to Essex Police on the non-emergency number 101.

Castle Point and Rochford Neighbourhood Policing Team
101 extension: 490161

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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06 February 2017

Reporting Crime

When reporting a crime or suspicious activity; use the 5x WH plus HOW.

(1) WHO - describe the suspect or vehicle including number plates.

(2) WHAT - describe what is happening.

(3) WHERE - provide location in as much detail as possible. Any Landmarks, any direction of travel etc?

(4) WHEN - report promptly and explain how long ago did it occur.

(5) WHY - is it happening?

(6) HOW - is it being done? Any weapons etc?

Never put yourself in danger to obtain information. If you can safely record the incident on your mobile phone that is always useful to police. Names and number plates are important.

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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06 February 2017

Activities For The Young

Just to make you aware of some activities that are available in the Rochford District for children and young people. If you would like more information please contact the relevant groups below.

Massive, Eldon Way, Hockley, youth drop in on Tuesdays 7pm - 9pm, ages 13-19 years – Free - Malcolm Sewell 07980079009

Mushroom Theatre, Brooke Road Industrial Estate, Rayleigh, Drama sessions, fee to be paid - penni@equalpeople.org.uk

Rochford Martial Arts, Swaines Industrial Estate, Ashingdon Road, Rochford, fee to be paid - gavin@shikon.com

Sport Works, Hullbridge Youth Centre, ages 13-16 years, Sports fun for kids, Saturdays 11am - 12pm free (finishing February half term) matt@sportworksltd.co.uk

Youth bus delivery in Rochford - Clements Hall Car Park, free, due to start April 2017- pippa.meades@essex.gov.uk or 07717867443

Stambridge Fishing Project, free, starting 22nd April 2017 (referrals only) - George.ioannou@rochford.gov.uk

Raising attainment delivery in Rayleigh Skate Park/Youth Centre, free, Thursdays 4pm - 6pm, contact Charlie Newton charlie.newton@essex.gov.uk or 07872869709

PC 2203 Howitt - Children & Young Persons Officer
Castle Point & Rochford Districts

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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06 February 2017

Keep Clean

It is an offence to not keep your number plates and lights on your vehicles clean. It only takes a few moments to wipe them before each journey. You could face a hefty fine or even increase the chances of you being involved in a traffic collision.

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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27 January 2017

Websters Way Car Park

A driver has been issued a warning under s.59 Police Reform Act having been seen by Police Officers carrying out hand brake turns in Websters Way car park, Rayleigh in the early hours of 21/01/17.

Police are keen to crack down on poor driving which endangers the safety of the public. Anyone with dash cam footage or other proof of poor driving can email details to the Community Policing Team to make further enquiries. Police cannot successfully deal with offenders without good evidence.

castlepointandrochfordcpt@essex.pnn.police.uk

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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26 January 2017

Crimestoppers

Crimestoppers are an independent charity helping law enforcement to locate criminals and help solve crimes. They have an anonymous 24/7 phone number, 0800 555 111 that people can call to pass on information about crime; alternatively people can send information anonymously via their 'Giving Information Form' on line at:

https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information-online/

You don't have to give your name or any of your personal details. They do not trace calls or track IP addresses. They pay cash rewards of up to £1,000 if the information you give to Crimestoppers leads to one or more people being arrested and charged.

The information you give is passed onto the police in such a way that they do not know who you are; they have never given the police information about their callers. It's a simple and secure way of bringing criminals to justice, without anybody knowing where the information came from.

PC 1325 JOYNES

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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25 January 2017

Fire Protection

In light of the recent press article involving a drug cultivation in London which caught fire causing injuries to a number of people and forcing over 40 houses to be evacuated...now is a very good time to check your smoke alarm is working. It really does just take seconds. Smoke alarms are proven life savers. They give warning at the first sign of fire, waking you and your family up and giving everyone the time they need to get safely out and call the fire service.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service wants to ensure that every single home in Essex has the excellent protection smoke alarms offer and will visit any home in Essex and fit smoke alarms completely FREE of charge.

What a home safety visit involves: Identifying and making you aware of the potential fire risks in your home. Making sure you know what to do in order to reduce or prevent these risks Helping you put together an escape plan in case a fire breaks out in the future Ensuring you have a working smoke alarm and if you don't, Essex County Fire & Rescue will fit a FREE ten year smoke alarm.

To arrange your home safety visit, or if you know anyone who would benefit from a visit, please contact Essex County Fire & Rescue on 0300 303 0088 or complete the on-line form.

www.essex-fire.gov.uk/Home_Fire_Safety/Home_Safety_Visit_Form/

PC 1325 JOYNES

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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25 January 2017

Police Facebook

The Castle Point and Rochford Policing Teams are now on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/EPCastlePointandRochford/

Please 'like' our page and follow all the news and advice as it happens.

PC 1325 JOYNES

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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25 January 2017

Child Exploitation

What are the signs? Children and young people that are the victims of sexual exploitation often do not recognise that they are being exploited. However, there are a number of tell-tale signs that a child may be being groomed for sexual exploitation. These include: • going missing for periods of time or regularly returning home late • regularly missing school or not taking part in education • appearing with unexplained gifts or new possessions • associating with other young people involved in exploitation • having older boyfriends or girlfriends • suffering from sexually transmitted infections • mood swings or changes in emotional well being • drug and alcohol misuse • displaying inappropriate 'sexualised' behaviour. For more information visit; http://www.barnardos.org.uk/get_involved/campaign/cse.htm

PC 1325 JOYNES

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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25 January 2017

Take Note

We regularly receive calls regarding suspicious vehicles or being used in crime but seldom get passed the number plate of the vehicle. It is important to obtain number plates whenever you can to give the police a chance to identify the vehicle. A photograph on your phone, scratching it into a cigarette packet, writing it on the back of your hand or simply remembering it in your head...whatever method; think number plate. Help us to fight crime effectively.

Thank you. PC 1325 JOYNES

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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25 January 2017

Safety Online

Do you know who your child is talking to online?? You may think your child is safe playing games like 'Minecraft' as it is only building with virtual blocks... Isn't it? But there are dangers online and it is important you check regularly who your children are talking to. www.thinkuknow.co.uk Pervert who preyed on teen boys on ‘Minecraft’ and paid kids for sex chats using Paypal jailed. Gaming groomer 'was bullied at school' and more 'comfortable in the online world than the real world' A paedophile has been jailed for grooming children for sex through the online computer game Minecraft. Adam Isaac, 22, asked two teenage boys to send him intimate photos of themselves during online sex chats over Skype.

Minecraft is played by over 100million people worldwide, many of them youngsters, and allows to create their own adventures out of 3D blocks. Isaac befriended the youngsters – aged 12 and 14 – on the game before sending them money for the Skype chats, Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court heard. Prosecutor Rachel Knight said: “The offences occurred after Isaac became the group leader of 20 participants in the Minecraft game involving the two boys. “The defendant sent money to the boys on PayPal and used the game to groom them. “The parents of the boys did not know what was happening. In the case of the 12-year-old he was playing the game at night while his parents were asleep.” The father of the younger boy became suspicious after finding that his chats on Skype involved an adult and asking him about his sex life. The dad then contacted police and Isaac was arrested at his home in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales. In a victim impact statement read to the court the family of the 12-year-old said he was still suffering from the grooming but it was hoped “he would eventually lead a normal life and return to the child he was.”

The court heard Isaac was bullied at school and was more confident in the online world than the real world. Isaac admitted causing or inciting child prostitution or pornography, performing sexual acts in the presence of a child, encouraging a child to engage in a sexual activity and the possession of indecent photos of a child. Susan Ferrier, defending, said “He was subjected to bullying from the age of 12 and is far more comfortable in the online world than the real world.” Isaac, of Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, was jailed for two years and eight months. Judge Richard Twomlow QC handed him a sexual harm prevention order banning him from accessing the internet and storing digital images online. He said: “You befriended these young boys over the internet. 'Minecraft' is a very popular game with teenagers and is an innocent type of game involving construction but your behaviour amounted to a grooming process and the offences were serious over a period of time.” Speaking earlier the dad of Isaac’s 12-year-old victim warned other parents about dangers of paedophiles using the game to lure young children.

The father said: “Isaac started to talk as if he was trying to build a relationship with my son. He was a 12-year-old boy who was vulnerable. “Parents often don’t let their kids use Facebook or Instagram but things like 'Minecraft' are also open to abuse.” A NSPCC spokesman said: “Isaac’s offences are serious involving the use of an online game played by millions of children to contact his young victims. “Online safety is one of the major 21st century child protection challenges as we know the internet is used as as gateway by abusers to commit hundreds of offences against children each year.”

PC 1325 JOYNES

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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25 January 2017

Suspicious Activity

Police rely on information from the public to spot those locations in your own communities where crime may be taking place. Information can be passed to the police in a number of ways; by calling 101, online at www.essex.police.uk or even free and anonymously through independent charity Crimestoppers 0800 555 111. Maybe you have seen people coming and going to a property carrying plant pots and compost. Maybe you have noticed lots of children attending a property where an older person lives and you just get a feeling it isn't right. Whatever your suspicion please report it...and don't forget to write down those important vehicle number plates.

Thank you. PC 1325 JOYNES

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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20 January 2017

Shed Security

There has been an increase in shed burglaries recently particularly within the Rochford District. Please check your sheds and other outbuildings of an evening and again each morning to ensure they are secure, locking them with decent quality padlocks and consider a shed alarm which can be purchased cheaply on-line or in DIY stores as well as security lighting.

Steve JUDD PC 917 - Rochford and Castle Point Districts

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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15 January 2017

Stolen Car

Police have received two reports of a Mercedes AMG vehicle being stolen; this has taken place in the Hullbridge, Essex area. If you own a high powered vehicle please take extra care with your security. Police advice is that if you are able to park the vehicle in a locked garage area then please do so, it also may be worth purchasing steering wheel locks or something similar.

If you see anything suspicious please report this to Essex Police on the non-emergency number 101 and in an emergency please dial 999.

Castle Point and Rochford Neighbourhood Policing Team
101 Extension 490161

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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15 January 2017

Elderly Scam

Police have received a number of reports in the last two weeks from elderly and vulnerable people who have been scammed for a large amount of money. Please do not give your bank or personal details out over the phone unless you are happy that the person you are talking to is working for a reputable company.

Police advice you to report any cold callers knocking at your property and do not accept these people to complete any work on your property. If you wish to have works carried out and are unsure on a company to use, contact your local council who will have a list of businesses. Reporting incidents to police, please phone the non-emergency number 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Castle Point and Rochford Neighbourhood Policing Team
101 Extension: 490140

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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15 January 2017

Vans Stolen

Please be aware that police have received a number of reports in regards to theft of vans. Always keep your van secure by making sure you have locked the vehicle when unattended, you can also attach stickers to the rear of the vehicle stating that no tools are left overnight, this may prevent you from becoming a victim.

If you see anything suspicious please report this to Essex Police on the non-emergency number 101 and in an emergency please dial 999.

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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09 January 2017

Additional Overnight Resources

Following the recent spate of dwelling burglaries in the Castle Point & Rochford districts, additional overnight resources have been put in place to provide reassurance, stop check suspicious vehicles and persons and prevent further offences being committed.

Since 31/12/16 night time patrols have stop checked 14 persons, stopped and checked 26 vehicles and arrested three persons (drugs possession, a drink driver and a female for assault on Police following a vehicle stop). This increased activity has resulted in a sharp drop in dwelling burglaries and suspects for the outstanding offences are actively being sought.

This does not mean we should become complacent and overt and covert patrols continue. Residents are reminded to double their doors, secure all windows and activate alarms and CCTV if installed.

If you witness any suspicious activity or have any information on crime please call 101. You can also provide information anonymously via CrimeStoppers UK.

Author - A/Ps Risden

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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09 January 2017

Burglary

A house burglary occurred in Larkfield Close, Rochford between hours of 18:00 and 19:00 on Tuesday 03/01/2017. If you saw any suspicious activity at the time of the crime or if you see suspicious activity taking place in the area please call 101 or 999 if judged urgent.

PCSO 8620

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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09 January 2017

Lock Your Doors

Over the last 6 weeks there has been a series of burglaries mainly in Canvey Island, Essex. Residents are reminded to secure their property by making sure that windows are locked and front and rear doors are double locked, this means by pushing door handles up and again locking the door with the key. If you are just pushing the handle up this is not sufficient as this will not secure your property and entry could be gained. Police are also advising residents to fit door chains as this will help secure your front door.

Castle Point Neighbourhood Policing Team, Rayleigh Police Station, 101 Extension: 490161

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)