Theft Of Garden Furniture #UpperRissington

Message from the Neighbourhood Policing Team on 16 May:

Police have now received two reports of theft of garden furniture in Upper Rissington.

The first was reported on 07/05/19 and we have now received another overnight 15th May.

Police are asking residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity in the Upper Rissington area.

Anyone with any information is asked to call 101 quoting incident 444 15/05/19

Many thanks
PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
Stow Neighbourhood Policing Team

Thefts of Vehicles & From Vehicles in North Cotswolds

We have received an alert from the local Police about a multiple thefts of vehicles and from vehicles in the North Cotswolds, targeting tools and valuables left in vehicles. The messages below are not meant to worry anyone; but please be aware of the advice from the community policing team, below in bold.

Police have received the following reports:

  • Inc. 443 05/04/19 – Ebrington theft from vehicle with trailer and tools stolen.
  • Inc. 503 05/04/19 – Sherborne theft from vehicle parked in National Trust car park, hand bag stolen.
  • Inc. 100 07/04/19 – Northleach theft of a grey Mitsubishi L200 registration WR57 GUW, vehicle contained tools. Stolen with keys.
  • Inc. 102 07/04/19 – Ebrington theft of two vehicles Blue BMW M140 registration LJ67 XVX and a Grey Audi A3 sport registration KS58 AXP both stolen with keys in burglary.
  • Inc. 163 07/04/19 – Northleach theft from vehicle tools stolen.
  • Inc. 182 07/04/19 – Northleach theft from vehicle tools stolen.

Police are advising residents not to leave valuables in vehicles either at isolated car parks or outside their homes. Vehicles have been mainly targeted for tool thefts that cost the owner thousands of pounds to replace.

Also high powered vehicles are being stolen by organised crime groups to use in further crime. Police are advising that keys are not left on show in homes near to where cars are parked on driveways. It is best to either buy a key protection bag for keyless entry cars (available from police stations) or hide the keys.

This is an unusually high number of incidents over the past weekend.

Many thanks,
PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
Stow Neighbourhood Policing Team

Major Incident: Gas Leak, Upper Rissington 23/02/2019

Message from Glos Police via Neighbourhood Alerts:

This afternoon officers were called to a house in Upper Rissington after the occupants were not responding to the door. After gaining entry the officers found two males unconscious around the house. It was suspected that the boiler could be leaking gas and potentially harmful carbon monoxide.

Both males were given CPR and first aid by officers until the ambulance service and fire service arrived. Two heli-meds arrived to take the males away to be treated and they are both in stable conditions.

The road and nearby houses were evacuated until the gas board deemed the area to be safe again. We would like to thank the public for leaving their properties and waiting at the edge of the cordon for around 2 hours whilst emergency services worked on the males.

We would also like to make sure that residents have working carbon monoxide alarms in their homes as the gas is extremely dangerous, has no odour and you cannot see it. With alarms in the property this situation would have been averted.


Charlie Symes
PCSO 9251
Stow Police Station

Say ‘No’ To Door to Door Sellers & Why They Are Called ‘Nottingham Knockers’

Message from the Neighbourhood Policing team:

Gloucestershire police incidents:
214, 221, 226 and 229 – 08/02/19

Police have received a number of calls about door to door sellers from residents in Cold Aston, Andoversford and Withington. Police would like to thank the public for calling in all of these incidents as police were sent out to find the persons selling items without a licence (peddling without a licence)

The persons were told to leave the area. It is advisable not to buy any products or take orders for delivery of products from cold callers. Police stayed in the area until they were picked up by a van and taken away.

Cotswold police would like to thank the public for reporting these incidents.

Many thanks
PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
Stow Neighbourhood Policing Team

After receiving a complaint for calling door to door sellers ‘Nottingham Knockers’, here is the history behind it:

The origin of the term comes from historic records where The Sheriff of Nottingham would allow peddler to have a licence to sell their wares. This tradition has continued and now anyone who wants a peddlers licence must contact their local Chief Constable to apply for a peddlers licence to sell products door to door.

One of the conditions are you must not have any convictions. This is why we always stop these door to door sellers as they will tell the householder they have recently come out of prison and trying to earn some honest money. Their licences are usually fake or a copy of an original. They now try to use other tactics such as place orders at the door and take money in advance. This is still peddling and an offence without the correct licence.

The law states we must have at least three complaints willing to give police statements before we can act by arrest or issue of a fixed penalty notice of £90. This is why we only tend to move them on and out of the county.

Every Constabulary in the country refer to these seller as Nottingham Knockers. If you search this online there is a massive amount of information all over England and Wales, where these person are using their sales tactics to eye up potential burglary victims or use the opportunity to gain access to a vulnerable person’s home and steal from them. They will smell the cash given to them to check if it is musty and therefore is most likely stored in the house and not a bank. They will watch where the home owner goes to get their purse or wallet and if distracted will enter the property and commit offences. They are also known to be intimidating and aggressive when challenged.

The best course of action is to say “NO”. Shut the door and call police. Better still do not answer the door at all and call the police.

I hope this help explain why they are called this name. We apologise to anyone from Nottingham who we may of offended.

Many thanks,
PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
Stow Neighbourhood Policing Team