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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter 25-7-21

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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter 25-7-21
This weekly newsletter is compiled by Maggie Lewis, Area Representative and Administrator for Oxford Neighbourhood Watch. The items are taken from websites, social media, articles, emails and conversations. Contributions will be gratefully received and added.
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1)Neighbourhood Watch
2) TVP Oxford-witness appeals
   South Park
   Park End Street
   Port Meadow
   Ship Street
3) Scams
    Personal experience scams
    Increased scams

The main aims of our Neighbourhood Watch schemes are:
To enable members to reduce the opportunities for crime and to make it more difficult for criminal activity in their neighbourhood.
To reduce the fear of crime, and pass on crime information and other important messages from the police and Neighbourhood Watch
To encourage the reporting of crime or suspicious activity directly to the police or through CrimeStoppers.
To foster a caring, neighbourly attitude to improve the wider resilience and friendliness of the areas we cover.
To help inform the public at large how to stay safe and improve the safety of our communities.
If you are interested in being a NW member or a Coordinator please look on  or you can go to bottom of this Alert to contact me for information.
It takes little time but makes a difference and protects yourself and your neighbourhood.

2)Thames Valley Police Oxford 
South Park (19/7)
Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a suspected robbery in Oxford.
At around 9.55pm on Monday (19/7), the victim, a man in his sixties, was walking through South Park when he found himself on the floor with his wallet missing with no knowledge of how it happened.
The victim had twisted his knee during the incident and two members of the public helped him up.
The victim did not require any hospital treatment.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Timothy Salter, based at Oxford police station said: “I am appealing for these two individuals who helped the victim, or anyone who witnessed this incident, to please get in touch as you may have vital information that could help our investigation.
“You can make a report online or by calling 101 and quoting reference 43210321241.
“If you wish to remain 100% anonymous you can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Park End Street (24/7)
Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following an altercation in Oxford.
Officers were called to Park End Street at around 3.15am this morning following a report of an altercation.
Three men, aged 20, 22 and 26, were found to have stab wounds and were taken to hospital where they remain in a stable condition.
Investigating officer, Detective Inspector Matt Bick, based at Oxford police station, said: “I am appealing for witnesses to this incident, or anyone who may have information about what happened, to please get in touch with police.
“I would also ask anyone who may have dash-cam footage from the local area around the time of this incident to please review the footage in case it may have captured something that could assist the investigation.
“At this time there is a large scene watch in place with both Park End Street and Worcester Street car parks remaining closed.
“There will also be an increased police presence in the local area whilst we carry out this investigation.
“Anyone who has any information can contact police by calling 101 or making a report online, quoting reference 43210329449.
“Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website.”
The man arrested in connection with incident has been released without charge.

Port Meadow (23/7)
Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following an incident of indecent exposure in Oxford.
At around 4.30pm on Tuesday (20/7) the victim, a 34-year-old woman, was sat in Port Meadow, to the left of the bridge going west from the Walton Well Road car park, when she noticed a man stood close by inappropriately touching himself.
He continued to do this for a period of time before returning to where he was sat with a friend.
The offender is described as an Asian man, between 38 to 40-years-old, approximately 5ft 11ins tall with short black hair and medium build. He was wearing a white vest and blue denim shorts.
Investigating officer PC William White, based at Cowley police station, said: “I would like to appeal to anybody who was in the Port Meadow area around the time of the incident and may have witnessed this incident or seen the individual described above to please make a report online or call 101, quoting reference number 43210322795.
"Alternatively, you can make a report online or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 and via their website.”

Ship Street (11/6) Renewed appeal
Thames Valley Police’s Major Crime Unit is continuing to appeal for witnesses as part of an investigation into the death of a man in Oxford in June.
Conrad Welch, aged 63, tragically died in hospital on June 19 this year. Previously on June 11, he had been involved in an incident of assault in Ship Street in central Oxford at 10.50pm.
It is believed that Mr Welch had been struck once to the head, causing him to lose consciousness. He was taken to hospital.
On Thursday 8 July four men were arrested on suspicion of murder. They have since been released on police bail until 4 August.
The investigation has since established that two of the men had travelled on the S3 bus from Woodstock to Oxford city centre on June 11, which departed at approximately 10.30pm. It is believed that Mr Welch got on the bus along the Woodstock Road, Oxford as it travelled into the city centre.
It is thought that the two men and Mr Welch became involved in a disagreement which then continued after the bus arrived in Magdalen Street East, at 10.45pm, and up to the point where Mr Welch was struck in Ship Street.
Senior Investigation Officer, Detective Inspector Mike Roddy, of the Major Crime Unit, said: “Our investigation continues into the circumstances that led to Mr Welch’s death. Our thoughts remain with his family who continue to be supported by specially trained officers.
“We are continuing to appeal for witnesses to come forward and in particular would like to speak to anyone who was travelling on the S3 bus from Woodstock to Oxford City centre on 11 June at around 10.30pm through to 10.45pm, as they may have vital information about the events that led to the assault of Mr Welch.
“I would also like to appeal to any members of the public who may have spoken to Mr Welch or either of the two men during the bus journey into Oxford.
“I’d also like to once again appeal for witnesses to the incident of assault which took place in Ship Street at 10.50pm. It was a busy night in Oxford city centre and therefore likely that people will have seen Mr Welch that night shortly before, or during this incident. Any piece of information could prove to be extremely helpful for this investigation.
“Anyone with information should contact Thames Valley Police through our online reporting system or by calling 101 quoting reference INC-20210707-1280. Alternatively, you can report via the Major Incident Police Portal If you wish to report anonymously you can so by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

It is always distressing to hear about people who have been scammed as below,

One of our NW members has reported details of an impersonation scam.
 "My brother in law was scammed on Friday by a man saying he was Detective Inspector Miller, had found Richard’s card and wanted Richard’s bank details to confirm it was his!  Richard offered to meet him at Hammersmith Police Station!!!  My sister was scammed by a bloke saying exactly the same about 5 years ago – using the same name!!! 
I think police scam warnings should also tell the public how threatening the scammers can be.  Two have accused me of lying!!!!  The first time I was apologetic – the second time I accused them back."

Please be advised the police will never call you and ask for bank details. You should never disclose details to any unauthorised person or allow anyone access to them via your computer.
If you have been scammed, or think you have,  you should contact your bank and also Action Fraud 0300 123 2040 or online  This website allows reporting by the victim, reporting for a victim, a business or a witness.

Increased scams
Scams rocket by 33% during the pandemic
Fraudsters have thrived amid the uncertainty caused by lockdowns and a surge in online shopping, resulting in victims losing more than £2.3bn.
We explore which categories of fraud have been growing the fastest, which cost victims the most money, and how fraud varies across age groups and regions.
There were 413,553 reports made to Action Fraud, the fraud and cybercrime reporting centre for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, between April 2020 and March 2021 – up 33% year on year. More than £2.3bn was lost by victims as a result.
Read more: - Which?

 RSPCA scam warning 
We've recently been made aware that scammers are targeting owners of missing pets on this website. They call and claim to be from the RSPCA, that they have your pet, but it's been injured. They then go on to request payment for emergency treatment. By all accounts, the caller sounds very genuine and plausible. Please do not disclose your bank details or make any payments - this is a scam. The RSPCA will never call you in this way. If in doubt, ask for a photo to be sent of your pe

HSBC has issued an alert with regards to a seemingly new technique being deployed by scammers to defraud  - and there is a specific telephone number to look out for.
HSBC is a familiar name which is sadly being exploited by unscrupulous individuals looking to line their own pockets with others' hard-earned cash. While text scams which prompt people to click on a link are unfortunately common, scammers have seemingly modified their techniques to confuse more savers. People are being told a transaction for a sizeable sum has gone through their account, but instead of clicking a link, the text prompts individuals to call a supposedly official telephone number. 

The text reads: “Your One Time Pass code is 734243 for a payment of £355.53GBP to BOOTS - reference: RBSJ.
“If this was NOT you, please call our dedicated fraud team on 0330 175 5294.”
The number which the text cites has been identified as a non-geographical phone line, but present in the UK.
Telephone numbers which begin with ’03’ are charged at standard rates, but Britons will incur a tariff for calling back.
It could be suggested that the longer a person is kept on the hook to resolve the supposed issue, the more likely they are to lose money through a phone tariff.
However, this is not the scammer’s ultimate aim, and instead, it is hoped people will part with their personal details to “secure” their account.
As the transaction does not belong to the individual concerned, they may be lulled into a false sense of security to share information.
A caller could ask for details such as name, address and bank account information, all of which could be dangerous if falling into the wrong hands.
While people may think they are securing their bank account from fraud, cybercriminals are instead making detailed notes about their circumstances.
They can then make off with large amounts of cash through transactions and identity fraud.
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Maggie Lewis (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)

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