Contacting the local police

For emergency calls only, telephone 999

For non-emergency calls, telephone Thames Valley Police on 101

Our local PC is Andy Hipkin and he can be contacted by email here

Our local PCSO is Kirsty Martinson and she can be contacted by email here

Messages can also be left for Andy and Kirsty through 101

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Thames Valley Police issue "The Little Book of Big Scams"

To ensure the public are informed about scams and to allow them to spot them, Thames Valley Police has produced a booklet which aims to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of fraud.

The Little Book of Big Scams, which includes a foreword from Esther Rantzen, includes sections on identity fraud, scam mail, door to door scams and internet scams.

As well as details on different types of frauds, there are a number of helpful hints, 10 golden rules to avoid becoming a victim, and case studies.

THe booklet can be downloaded here

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Thames Valley Police Alerts

TVP Alerts contain up to date information regarding local crime issues in your area, sent to you by email from Thames Valley Police.

In order to sign up, go to TVP Alerts

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Police Alert - Parcel Scam

A scam has come to notice whereby parcels are being delivered to residences with the labels showing a correct address, but an unknown name. The person receiving the parcel has been asked to sign for it by the delivery company.
Soon after the delivery someone visits the address saying they believe a parcel intended for them has been delivered there by mistake. They take the parcel and are not seen again.

A few days later the occupants of the address start to receive paperwork, often including demands for payment for the contents of the parcel.

In one incident three parcels were delivered to an address in Milton Keynes and shortly after black man knocked on the door asking for the parcels.

In other parts of the country the offenders are described as a woman of mixed race, in her twenties, of large build, around 5ft 5ins with significant red hair. Another offender is described as a black man in his mid-thirties, bald, of stout build and wearing a beige jacket.

PC Clifford-Smith at Bletchley Police Station gives the following information “Even if you are expecting a delivery, make sure the label is correctly addressed to you or a member of your household.

“If you are not expecting a parcel, carefully inspect the label and if there are any discrepancies in the details, you must seriously consider declining the delivery.”

PC Clifford-Smith added that people should be aware of the scam and if they had any concerns, to call the police on the 101 number.

Information can also be given to the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111

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Milton Keynes Dog Watch

Dog Watch has been set up in Milton Keynes by SaferMK, Neighbourhood Watch, The Parks Trust, Milton Keynes Council, Enforcement Officers, Wardens and Thames Valley Police.

You are the eyes and ears of the community. As a member of Dog Watch you will be out walking your dogs at various times of the day covering large areas of Milton Keynes and this can have an impact on reducing crime. Most criminals will not break into cars or houses if somebody is walking by. We encourage you to report anything suspicious by phoning the appropriate number provided in this pack. We hope that Dog Watch will help improve the quality of life in your neighbourhood and that you will act as a visible deterrent just by walking your dog. The information you feed back to us will assist in preventing crime, anti-social behaviour and assist in identifying offenders and cleaning up areas.

For more information visit Milton Keynes Dogwatch

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101 - the new Police non-emergency number

Thames Valley Police has gone live with 101, the new national single non-emergency number, which will replace the 0845 8 505 505 number.

The 101 number should be used for all non-emergency calls. In an emergency, call 999. Calls to 101 (from both landlines and mobile networks) cost 15 pence per call.

For more information see the guidance on the Thames Valley Police website.

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Trading Standards Advice about Doorstep Sellers

Residents made a number of complaints about doorstep ‘sellers’ who were both from energy companies and also some representing reputable charities but who residents felt were being overly aggressive.

These complaints were taken up by both the Parish Council and our Ward Councillor and, as a result, Milton Keynes Trading Standards has produced a leaflet which has been delivered to all Castlethorpe households.

The leaflet can be downloaded here.

If you are called by a representative who is overly persistent, ask them to leave. If they do not leave, it is deemed to be aggressive selling under the Consumer Protection Regulations and a criminal offence so please note their details and contact either Trading Standards on 03454 040506 or Thames Valley Police on 101.

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Parking at Hanslope Surgery

The Rural West Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG) has been concerned about a number of parking problems and has asked that Thames Valley Police take some action.

Patients are asked not to park on the road opposite the surgery as this causes an obstruction especially if the vehicle is parked partially on the pavement.

If the surgery car park is full, Hanslope Parish Council has made the car park at the Recreation Ground available which is only 200m away.

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