Neighbourhood / Rural Watch

Neighbourhood / Rural Watch Team Report 39 – 24.10.2015

Wellesbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team Report 39 – 24.10.15

This report from the Wellesbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team covers the wards of Snitterfield, Wellesbourne, Kineton and Burton Dassett.

The following incidents, for the period between 11.10.15 and 24.10.15 have been reported and the team are appealing for witnesses:

Snitterfield Ward

Charlecote – Pheasant Hotel

Burglary – 13.10.15/313

Access was gained to guest rooms. Credit/debit cards, cash and a gold sovereign on gold chain stolen. Cards were later used to withdraw cash from ATM. Police responded to incident. CCTV evidence has been obtained.

Wellesbourne Ward

Morton Morrell – Oaktree Close

Damage – 23.10.15/180

Damage to skate board ramps.

Wellesbourne – Mountford Close

Suspicious circumstances – 20.10.15/122

Wellesbourne – St Peter’s Church area

Suspicious Circumstances – 21.10.15/156

There have been two similar reports of persons, claiming to be from Dublin and speaking with an Irish accent, driving a silver people carrier and/or a transit van, trying to sell machinery left over from an exhibition.

Wellesbourne – Warwick Road – Wellesbourne Fish Bar

Damage – 14.10.15/294

Customer smashed a window with his fist whilst leaving the shop following an altercation with the proprietor. There were witnesses to the incident. A male was detained by the police.

Kineton Ward

Kineton – Park Piece

Vehicle crime – 22.10.15/235

Hub cap removed from wheel and tyre let down.

Lighthorne – Bishop’s Hill – Village Hall Car Park

Vehicle crime – 18.10.15/087

Lock tampered with and rear window smashed but nothing stolen

SDC Council Tax Refund Scam – Please read the following advice from the SDC:

Example 1

Calls have been taken in the Contact Centre recently involving a potential scam targeting residents in the area. In this case, a lady purported to be representing the Stratford-on-Avon District Council’s Council Tax Department. It was in regard to a potential refund of thousands of pounds following a change in Council Tax banding. On this occasion the lady requested bank details up front in order to facilitate the refund as well as a £65.00 upfront payment for admin costs. When the request was refused and the resident requested the number to call the company back on, to verify that they were genuine, the caller slammed the phone down.

This was not a legitimate call and we would not request payment in this manner from residents. If you are in any doubt, please verify with the Council using the Council Tax helpline on (01789) 260990.

Example 2

The Council has become aware of an increasing number of cold calls from fraudsters calling Council taxpayers telling them their Council Tax band has been reduced, and requesting bank details and dates of birth to process the refund.

A reference number is given along with a telephone number 0905 005 0400.

If you receive such a call you may wish to contact the police.

Never divulge information unless you are sure of the identity of the caller.

To check if a call is genuine contact the Council Tax helpline.

Example 3

A resident in the District got in touch to say they had received a call saying that they were entitled to a Council Tax refund.

The caller claims to be from the District Council and will be making a personal call to your property to refund an overpayment of Council Tax.

This is not genuine and they are not from the District Council.

If a council tax payer does overpay, the District Council will arrange a refund direct to the paying bank account or will send a cheque to the account payer. These refunds are not hand delivered.


If any callers come to your house claiming they are from the District Council and that you are owed a refund for Council Tax and you cannot establish their identity by calling the District Council, or if you have any doubt regarding their identity we advise you dial 999 and ask for the police.

All District Council employees carry staff identity cards and will be happy for you to call the District Council on 01789 267575 to check their authenticity.

Lighten Up Campaign

With dark evenings approaching, you may like to refer to the attachments to this news letter.

The team would like to express their appreciation for your reports of suspicious activities in the neighbourhood. If you wish to report anything, such as rogue traders, please telephone 101 to ensure that the incident is logged.

The SNT telephone or email box is not monitored 24/7 and therefore there may be a delay in the response or alert.

If you have any general concerns, questions or suggestions for the Wellesbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team please call this number: 01789 444600, or email: