Courier Fraud News – Update


The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has identified an increasing number of reports submitted to Action Fraud from the public concerning courier fraud.
Fraudsters are contacting victims by telephone and purporting to be a police officer or bank official. To substantiate this claim, the caller might be able to confirm some easily obtainable basic details about the victim such as their full name and address. They may also offer a telephone number for the victim to call to check that they are genuine; this number is not genuine and simply redirects to the fraudster who pretends to be a different person. After some trust has been established, the fraudster will then, for example, suggest;- Some money has been removed from a victim’s bank account and staff at their local bank branch are responsible.
– Suspects have already been arrested but the “police” need money for evidence.
– A business such as a jewellers or currency exchange is operating fraudulently and they require assistance to help secure evidence.

Victims are then asked to cooperate in an investigation by attending their bank and withdrawing money, withdrawing foreign currency from an exchange or purchasing an expensive item to hand over to a courier for examination who will also be a fraudster. Again, to reassure the victim, a safe word might be communicated to the victim so the courier appears genuine.
At the time of handover, unsuspecting victims are promised the money they’ve handed over or spent will be reimbursed but in reality there is no further contact and the money is never seen again.

Protect Yourself

Your bank or the police will never:

– Phone and ask you for your PIN or full banking password.

– Ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them for safe-keeping, or send someone to your home to collect cash, PIN, cards or cheque books if you are a victim of fraud.
Don’t assume an email or phone call is authentic
Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and address or even your mother’s maiden name), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Be mindful of who you trust – criminals may try and trick you into their confidence by telling you that you’ve been a victim of fraud
Stay in control
If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information.

For more information about how to protect yourself online visit  and

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Excellent NHW Meeting – Last Night

A good meeting bringing the group attending up to date with all the latest we have received.
I have been asked by the Neighbourhood Sergeant that his report not be published as it sometimes leads to ‘Fake News/Misinformation on other social media sites’ – so all I can say is if you wish to hear or see the Police report – then why not attend the NHW meeting.
Our main concern back to Sgt Lugg was the on-going issues around Whittlesey High Causeway – I did inform him of the most recent incident which was reported here last week.
Our Whittlesey NHW Website has a vast amount of information and tips on keeping safe and is kept well up-to-date….click on the link below….

Date of next meeting Tuesday 11th September 2018

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Wishing Cllr Ralph Butcher a Speedy Recovery

Ralph has had an operation recently and is back home recovering – so lets hope he makes the next council meeting….


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Further Reports @ WTC Meeting on 13th June

Disclaimer: These observations are not the ‘official’ minutes of the meeting, these are supplied by Whittlesey Town Council, normally (1) month following the meeting and can be viewed on their website.

Enforcement makes interesting reading re Whittlesey…












Click on Picture to enlarge…

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Report on WTC Meeting Wednesday 13th June 2018

Disclaimer: These observations are not the ‘official’ minutes of the meeting, these are supplied by Whittlesey Town Council, normally (1) month following the meeting and can be viewed on their website.
Agenda to this meeting was published on this site – 07th June
9 Councillors + Cllr Bristow arrived slightly late in attendance.
Apologies Cllrs Jolley, Butcher & Bodden + Garratt (No apology)

7 members of the public in attendance, Children & 2 Teachers from Alderman Jackobs School.

1/ At the request of the Chairman – No photographs were taken.

2/ A good presentation by Karen Igho from PECT (Peterborough Environmental City Trust) about planting 5,000+ Tree’s in and around Whittlesey. The funding for the tree’s is already in place, and the type of tree’s will be indigenous broad leaf tree’s native to the UK.
The next step is to identify where the tree’s can be planted, and PECT are looking to everyone to help with this – schools, public and council. The scheme they hope to start in the late autumn and will be advertised later on in the year. This is good news….
(See full size poster at the end of this article.

3/ Police matters & CCTV report – Under a new reporting system, I quote the following from the Neighbourhood Sergeant ” This report is shared in the interests of information sharing with key partners under legal information sharing protocols. It is not intended for reproduction in any public forum online or otherwise“.
Therefor I am not able to reproduce or report what I have heard or seen.

4/ Public Forum – I brought up several issues:-
a) The serious altercation which took place on High Street (pedestrian area) between a hard of hearing OAP and a vehicle, where-by the OAP was verbally abused when confronting the vehicle – See my previous posting. I asked our councillors that it was time that ‘someone’ – Police/County CC/Our councillors took responsibility for this on-going problem – See my posting 07th June
b) The state of our ‘Zebra Crossings’ – No paint (last time I complained was told there was no money for paint) – I now believe these ‘Crossings’ do not comply with regulations.
c) The forever on-going Grass Cutting debacle – which Cllr Wicks and others agreed had been an issue for a number of years. Once more I asked why FDC ‘officials’ were not being held to account! – It is all very well that the contractors have had a ‘notice’ placed on them – this was only done after many complaints and local press pressure!
e) The ‘Hole Digging’ campaign at Kings Dyke A605 – 4 holes moving slowly down the road – maybe ‘they’ will eventually find what they are looking for….causing traffic issues – again.
f) Mr Peter Baxter gave a presentation on the reasoning why ‘he’ thought the Kings Dyke Bridge should NOT be built – his argument centred around whether or if ‘An Environmental Impact Assessment’ had been carried out and if not could lead to serious delays in getting the Bridge built including the possibility of a Judicial review

(A JR is a type of court proceeding in which a judge reviews the lawfulness of a decision or action made by a public body. In other words,  judicial reviews are a challenge to the way in which a decision has been made, rather than the rights and wrongs of the conclusion reached.)
g) The leader of Benwick & Chatteris Speedwatch gave a brief update of their campaign.
One vehicle going at speed the detector could not register the speed.
h) Mr Bernard Gray-Esson asked for updates on a question he raised several months ago regarding the ‘issues and concerns’ around Kings Delph Layby.

5/ Other items for discussion
a) Must Farm – meeting held last Wednesday – final proposal for ‘Heritage Centre’
b) Neighbourhood Plan – Poor response by councillors giving input to the proposals for the Draft Policies – on-going.
c) Planning permission for the ‘New’ Council Offices – (Old Police Station) – submitted to FDC
d) Whittlesea Station Lighting – Utter confusion – who owns what and where is ongoing for-ever – now the latest is the ‘temporary’ LED lighting could be installed – which was originally proposed 4+ years ago.
e) Syrian Refugees – No updates.
f) Whittlesey Master Plan – now being rebranded to – ‘Growing Fenland’ under the combined authority.
g) Kings Dyke – Bridge – No update.

Date of next meeting Wednesday 11th July 2018

e&oe Roy Gerstner.

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At Last – Even MP Barclay is onboard – Grass Cutting

The issues with ‘Fenland District Councils’ contractors is nothing new, almost (except last year) every year since it has been contracted out – there has been issues and complaints.
One dimwit councillor blames it on the grass growing fast because of the weather – Hello Mr councillor – rain and sun makes everything grow – or didn’t you know.
All that most residents want is a reasonable job done – surely that’s not asking too much for our fairly high rates we pay.
The excuse that equipment has been stolen (7 times so far this year) and a similar number of times last year does not make an excuse it makes one wonder ‘who’ knows where the equipment is stored and that’s not much of a secret
‘If’ the guys doing the job – just spent 1 or 2 minutes longer (not asking 5 or 10 minutes) the whole job would look tidier, cleaner and smarter to everyone’s satisfaction.
We used to have a saying That if a jobs worth doing – then do it right.
Again I have to ask, since FDC didn’t come clean on this issue very quickly when the local press got hold of the issues – that time our councillors asked some serious questions of the managers and directors in charge of Parks and Open Spaces.
Read MP Barclays story Click Here – Cambs Times

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On-going Issues A605 Kings Dyke

Want a Job – Digging holes in roads in the UK will give you Full time continuous employment – always said so.
How many ‘more’ days are ‘we’ to endure the ‘moving’ hole at Kings Dyke.
If motorist are not already frustrated by the Railway Crossing – we have traffic backed up for many days due to the ‘moving hole’

I dare say someone will give us some excuse….

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Don’t Forget – Your Chance – To Choose >>>>

Want to have an influence of what could be brought to our library….

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Please be Aware & Vigilant

In the early hours of this morning, there was an attempt burglary on Coates road, Eastrea.
Victim believes their windows were damaged with a crowbar possibly around 4am as that’s when the victims dogs started barking.

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Scaldgate Club

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