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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

Thefts From Parked Cars In Upper Rissington

Message from Neighbourhood Alerts:

Two cars have recently been broken in to in Upper Rissington.

Firstly, between 12:00 on 03/01/2019 and 20:20 on 06/01/2018, offenders have smashed the rear passenger window of a Mondeo parked on the driveway of a private property on Grebe Square. Fortunately nothing appears to have been taken.

Secondly, between 16:00 on 03/01/2019 and 12:30 on 04/01/2019, offenders smashed the passenger side window of a car parked in bays at the end of Wright Road. In this case they stole a Satnav.

If you have any information concerning either incident, please call 101 quoting incident number 0350 of 06/01/2019 or 0150 of 04/01/2019 respectively.

Alternatively, you can give information anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or report it online:  www.gloucestershire.police.uk/do-it-online/report-a-crime-or-provide-information-anonymously/.

Always call 999 in an emergency.

For advice on keeping safe, you can find plenty of crime prevention advice on our website: www.gloucestershire.police.uk/staying-safe/

Message sent by
Robert Hardie (Police, Reception, Stow)

Police Advice On Safer Online Shopping At Christmas

This Christmas, Action Fraud and Gloucestershire Constabulary are reminding shoppers to take extra care when shopping for gifts online. As consumers search online for bargains and gifts for loved ones, fraudsters are seeing this as an opportunity to trick people with the promise of great deals and big cash savings.

The latest report by Action Fraud shows that fraudsters conned 15,024 shoppers out of more than £11 million over the Christmas period last year.

People are being defrauded on popular social media websites and online auction sites. Action Fraud works together with platforms including Gumtree to combat fraud and to issue protect advice to consumers.

Mobile phones were once again the most common item that people tried to buy from fraudsters. Victims reported being hooked in with bargain deals on some of the most popular models of smart phones, only for the phone to never actually arrive and leaving them without presents to give on Christmas Day. Apple iPhones accounted for 74% of all mobile phones purchased that turned out to be fraudulent.

Electrical goods (including games consoles), household items, computers, clothing, and accessories also featured in many of the reports. Examples including Fingerling toys, UGG Boots and Apple MacBook’s were among the most popular items victims reported losing money to fraudsters on.

Last year, more than 30% of reports were made by women aged between 20 and 29, however anyone can fall victim to Christmas shopping fraudsters during the festive period.

This year’s campaign urges all shoppers to look out for the warning signs that mean an offer may be too good to be true. Action Fraud will provide useful fraud and cyber crime prevention tips throughout December to stop people from getting conned out of the Christmas they deserve.

Don’t get caught out by the Christmas rush!

  • If something seems too much of a bargain, it’s probably poor quality, fake or doesn’t exist.
  • Don’t pay for goods or services by bank transfer unless you know and trust the person. Payments via bank transfer offer you no protection if you become a victim of fraud.
  • Make sure you’ve installed the latest software & app updates. Criminals use weaknesses in software to attack your devices and steal information, such as your payment details.
  • Use a strong, separate password and 2FA to protect your email account. Criminals can use your email to access other online accounts, such as those you use for online shopping.
  • Don’t click on a link in an unexpected email or text. The volume of online shopping related phishing emails increases during the holiday period. Remember, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Every Report Matters – if you have been a victim of fraud, report it to us online or by calling 0300 123 2040.


Message Sent By
Robert Hardie (Police, Reception, Stow)