NHW – Newsletter

Somerton and Wincanton Newsletter

Avon and Somerset Police

Hello and welcome to our June edition of the newsletter. Below are some of the things that the team have been doing over the last month together with useful information for you.


The Wincanton neighbourhood team will be moving to a new site at Market Place, Wincanton on 14th June. We will still have a front office, which will be staffed between 1000-1800 Monday to Friday. We look forward to the move and settling in. We have welcomed several new PCSOs to the team over the last few months. Covering Wincanton town we now have PCSO Louise Perry and PCSO Daniel Humphrey. If you see them out and about please say hello and stop for a chat.

Theft of dogs

Between 2230hrs 9th June and 0800hrs 10th June two Springer Spaniel (bitches) were stolen from a farm located in North Cheriton, Templecombe. The Spaniels were both liver and white in colour. Any information in relation to this theft of dogs please call 101 quoting – 5221128731. Let’s get these dogs back to their owners!!                                                                             

Rural affairs

The Rural affairs team have been working around our force area to give advice to farmers and try to target harden machinery and property. There are ways of registering property in order to track it should it be stolen.

TER -(The Equipment Register) is Europe’s largest database of plant and equipment

TER assists the police and law enforcement agencies with the identification and recovery of stolen plant and equipment. Our aim is to reduce equipment theft by keeping accurate records of plant ownership – and this is why we recommend registering your agricultural and construction items, so we can return them to you in the case of theft.  https://www.ter-europe.org/

IMMOBILISE – Immobilise is the world’s largest FREE register of possession ownership details and together with its sister sites the Police’s NMPR and CheckMEND, forms a very effective tool in helping to reduce crime and repatriate recovered personal property to its rightful owners. Immobilise can be used by members of the public and businesses to register their valued possessions or company assets, and exclusive to Immobilise all account holders registered items and ownership details are viewable on the Police national property database the NMPR. As a direct result of Immobilise there are hundreds of cases a week where property is returned or information collected that assists the Police in investigating criminal activity involving stolen goods. Immobilise is also the only ownership registration service supported by all UK Police forces, the Greater London Authority, and the Mobile Phone Industry.  https://www.immobilise.com/

You can join the Farm Watch or Horse Watch schemes by emailing us at: ruralandwildlifeunit@avonandsomerset.police.uk The schemes are a partnership between police and communities to reduce crime and provide an early warning system for the farming and equine communities. Suspicious people and vehicles can quickly be reported to the police and we can send live updates alerting members of thefts or criminal activity in the area.

The public play a vital role in our fight against crime and sharing any information they’re seeing or hearing can help inform our intelligence picture of criminal activity and prevent rural crimes from happening in the first place. We want your rural community to be a safer and more crime free area in which to live and work. Help us beat organised rural crime, maybe you can supply a vital piece of the puzzle.

Sparkford to Bruton – Catalytic converter thefts

There was a spate of catalytic converter thefts overnight from 23rd May to 24th May. We have been working with other forces who have been following information in order to make arrest attempts. The neighbourhood team have played a large part in bringing information together and completing house to house. We have been handing out the catalytic converter marking kits, which were advertised last month.

Summer time security

With the warmer weather upon us please can you be mindful to lock doors even when you are inside or in your garden. Don’t leave windows open when you go out, even for a short walk. Look at security of your gates, to prevent criminals snooping around the back of your property. We have alarmed padlocks which may be suitable for some gates. Please contact SomEastNPTSomertonan@avonandsomerset.police.uk for enquiries.


The Parish Council is looking for one new
member and co-option will take place at the
meeting of the Parish Council to be held on
Thursday 21st June 2021 at 7.30pm at Holton
Village Hall.
Anyone from North Cheriton wishing to be
considered for co-option onto the Parish Council
should contact the Clerk: Mr D Chapman, 7
Slades Hill, Templecombe BA8 0HF or email
northvalepc@gmail.com Telephone 01963
370527 by Monday 14 th June 2021.

NHW – 2 vehicle related alerts

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25/05/2021 9788 AE029 Vehicle Crime.

A car has been broken into and further damaged overnight on the 23rd between 5pm and 8am on the 24th whilst parked in Sunny Hill, Bruton. The Volkswagen car located on the roadside had both the rear and drivers side windows smashed and upon entry an Xbox games system and controllers were stolen from within. The offender/s then went on to steal the Catalytic Convertor.

Do please ensure all valuables are removed from vehicles when unattended, particularly any items of value. If items cannot be removed they should be placed out of sight in the boot.

It pays to remain alert to any suspicious activity particularly around the underside of any vehicles. Honda, Toyota, Lexus & Hybrid models in particular, reporting immediately anything you feel unusual, this may include observing more than one person, jacking a vehicle in a hurry and cutting noises.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221113605 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Thank you for your support.


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26/05/2021 9788 Somerset East: Warning issued following series of catalytic converter thefts in Somerset.

We’re asking the public to remain vigilant following a recent series of thefts from vehicles in the East Somerset area.

During the hours of 10.30pm on Sunday 23 May and 12.30am on Monday 24 May, we received seven separate reports about suspected catalytic converter thefts at addresses in Castle Cary, Sparkford, North Cadbury and Bruton.

In a small number of these incidents, the victims were subjected to threatening behaviour by the offenders after attempting to intervene.

An area tour to locate the offenders was conducted by officers on the ground with the assistance of the National Police Air Service (NPAS).

Officers are keen to identify the drivers of two silver saloon cars – a Mercedes and a BMW – seen in the area around the time the thefts took place and are working with neighbouring police forces as part of their enquiries.

Anyone with any information that could help police with their investigation is asked to call on 101 quoting crime ref no 5221113393.

Further advice

Catalytic converter theft is currently both a force-wide and a national issue, and high visibility police patrols have been stepped up in response.

Catalytic converters are attractive to thieves due to the metals inside them such as platinum, palladium or rhodium. These metals have surged in value recently, leading organised crime networks to commit more offences.

They can take less than a minute for a thief to cut and remove.

While hybrid cars – such as older Toyota Prius and Honda Jazz models – are particularly likely to be targeted for their catalytic converters, we’re currently receiving reports about thefts from various types of vehicles. These are occurring during daylight hours as well as overnight.

Many catalytic converters are also being sold as replacements and we are keen to hear from vehicle dismantlers and advertisers, should they be approached by sellers who don’t have the requisite documents to show ownership.

If you witness a theft in progress


• Approach the thieves or place yourself at risk


• Call 999

• Obtain car registrations, and detailed descriptions of offenders, ONLY IF SAFE TO DO SO

If you discover a theft after it has happened

• Report it to police on 101 or via our website as soon as possible.

For advice on how to protect your vehicle from thieves, visit https://crimestoppers-uk.org/keeping-safe/home-property-safety/catalytic-converter-theft

You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111or via their Anonymous Online Form.

No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.

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NHW – Email scam alert

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21/05/2021 9788 Somerset: Gov.Uk Scam Email

Dear Members,

Please be aware that today I have received an email claiming to be from Gov.UK advising that a number of National Insurance Numbers have been disabled following reports of fraudulent activity. The email states that if you are the recipient of such an email then your NIN as they state has been disabled and you must reactivate on the Red (Start Now) button shown on the attached document.

If you receive one of these emails, please Do Not follow the instructions and Do Not click on the Red (Start Now) Button, simply delete it immediately.

Please take a look at the attached document to familiarise yourself with the scam.

Kind regards

Paul Johnson

NHW Admin (Somerset)


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NHW – Reporting advice

Reporting and Alerting Your Local Area
We frequently receive information of crimes and reports of suspicious activities from members of Avon and Somerset Watch, which in turn we forward to the Constabulary. However, reporting to us is often the ‘first port of call’ – when it really should be to the police.

Details to who to call; the options; and under what circumstances are provided on our website at;  https://www.asnwa.org/reporting-crime and https://www.asnwa.org/wildlife-crime. The police, in turn, will send out ‘Alerts’ of formally reported crimes of concern in your area.

In addition to this, alerting each other is also an important and key part of reducing crime and increasing crime prevention in your area and across Avon and Somerset. Not only does this help raise a wider awareness of issues, but it also reinforces community response and helps to dispel that sense of that a crime or issue is local to just you – when in fact it affects, or could affect, many others.

So please use the Telegram system that we have set up for you to Alert others in your area and to discuss issues.

Details are to be found at; https://www.asnwa.org/asw-live and https://www.asnwa.org/asw-rural

Avon and Somserset Live is the general channel, whilst Avon and Somerset Rural is to communicate and raise Rural Affairs issues.


NORTH VALE PARISH COUNCIL. Meetings resumed May 2021. Agenda.

.Meeting request:
All members of the council are hereby summoned to attend the Monthly Parish meeting of the North Vale Parish
Council to be held at 7:00 pm on Monday 17th May 2021 at Holton Village Hall. All members of the public and
press are invited to attend.
David Chapman – Clerk, North Vale Parish Council
.Including The Annual Parish Council Meeting
.Monday 17th May 2021 @7.00pm
.Holton Village Hall
AM21.1 Election of Chairman
AM21.2 Election of Vice Chairman
AM21.3 Appointment of committee members and representatives to other bodies:
Village Planning Contacts
AM21.4 Appointment of Internal Auditor 2021/2022
AM21.5 Review and agree annual Insurance Policy
Electors Question Time/Comments
County / District Councillor Reports
21.01 Apologies
21.02 Declaration of Interest/Dispensations
21.02 Minutes of Last Meeting
Receive and sign the minutes of the last Parish Council Meeting on Monday 17th August 2020
21.03 Matters Arising from Minutes
21.04 Planning Applications
21.004.1 21/00558/FUL– Ellisombe Farm, Gibbet Road, Maperton – the erection of a steel framed building
to cover van existing silage clamp.
21.05 Planning Decisions
21.05.1 21/00689/.HOU– Brick End, Dancing Cross to Holton Cross, Maperton BA9 8EG – ground floor
extension linking kitchen and sitting room and replacement shed / garage / workshop – permitted with conditions.
21.05.2 21/00405/HOU – The Old Rectory, Holton Street, Holton BA9 8AN – proposed single storey rear
extension, single storey hall / reception extension and timber framed double garage – permitted with conditions.
21.06 Correspondence
21.07 E A Gale’s Parish Lands Charity
21.08 Financial Matters
21.08.1 Review of bank balances at 30th April 2021
21.08.2 Review churchyard grass cutting donations
21.08.3 Authorise Cheques
21.08.4 Review and agree internal controls and risk assessment
21.08.5 Complete and sign Audit Exemption form
21.09 Matters of report and items for next meeting.
21.09.1 The next meeting will held on Monday 21st June at 7:30pm in Holton Village Hall.
David Chapman-Parish Clerk

NHW – Important Alert

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30/04/2021 9788 Somerset: Flubot, Text Message Scam.

Dear Members,

We have been made aware of a new text message scam called Flubot. This is a malicious piece of Spyware that is installed on your Android device once you receive a text message asking you to install a Tracking App due to a ‘missed package delivery’. The ‘Tracking App’ will actually steal your passwords and other sensitive data, whilst sending messages to your contacts to do the same.

The text message asks the user to click on a link (PLEASE DON’T), doing so will take you to a website where you will be prompted to download the App (DEFINATELY DON’T).

Please forward any scam messages to 7726 (SPAM on your keypad), which is a free reporting service.

Although this scam only appears on Android phones at the moment, Apple IOS users should remain alert as this could apply to these handsets at some point.

Please see the link below for information on the National Cyber Security Website.


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NHW – Car Crime, useful advice

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15/04/2021 9788 Somerset: Catalytic Convertor Thefts.

Dear Members,

Please take a moment to view the attached guidance which we would like to share with you in light of the current issues surrounding Catalytic Convertor thefts from Motor Vehicles.


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NHW – Car Crime

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22/04/2021 9788 AE029 Vehicle Crime.

A car has been damaged overnight on the 19th in Cabbage Lane Horsington, Templecombe. The owner of the Volkswagen vehicle returned to find the Catalytic Convertor had been stolen.

Do please remain alert to any suspicious activity particularly around the underside of any vehicles. Honda, Toyota, Lexus & Hybrid models in particular, reporting immediately anything you feel unusual, this may include observing more than one person, jacking a vehicle in a hurry and cutting noises.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221085083 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Thank you for your support.

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Planning Application at The Willows, Lattiford

Retrospective Planning Permission sought by the caravan and vehicle storage facility sited at The Willows in Lattiford.

You may be aware of this hitherto unauthorised development at The Willows but may not have been aware of the retrospective Planning Application that has now been put before the South Somerset District Council.  As well as adversely impacting on the neighbouring property, Rose Farm, this development has implications for many residents and properties in the closely surrounding area.

If you would like to update yourself with the proposal the planning application reference is 21/00485/FUL and can be viewed on the SSDC website.  Several North Cheriton residents have already placed objections on file and if, after reading all the objections lodged, you wish to do similar then there is an element of urgency as all objections should be made by this Friday, 23rd April.  Click this link to open the Planning page     https://publicaccess.southsomerset.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=makeComment&keyVal=QOCVO6OWN2C00