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Courier Fraud, Bogus Police and Bank Officials Alert

Hello Mr Mark Burton,

Individuals have been receiving phone calls from people claiming to be a police officer or banking official. The suspect will say either:

• There has been fraudulent activity at the victims’ bank and the staff at the bank are involved. The victim is then asked to withdraw money to either keep it safe or assist the police with their investigation.

• A business such as a jewellers or currency exchange is fraudulent and they require the victims’ assistance to help secure evidence by purchasing jewellery or exchange a large amount of currency to hand over to the police.

• The victims’ card has been compromised and used to purchase goods by a suspect. The victim is requested to withdraw their money to keep it safe or hand over their bank card to the police.

Occasionally the victim will be told to dial a non-emergency extension of ‘161’ to receive confirmation of the individual’s bogus identity.

The bogus official will advise the victim to lie about the reason for the withdrawal/purchase if challenged by staff, as the staff member is involved in the fraud. A courier attends the victim’s home address to collect the goods the same day. Often the victim is given a code word for the courier as a way of authentication.

Your bank or the police will never:

• Phone and ask you for your PIN or full banking password.

• Ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them for safe-keeping.

• Ask you to transfer money out of your account.

• Send someone to your home to collect cash, PINs, cards to cheque books.

If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, report it to us at Actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: nw

Lydia Hooley
Community Engagement Officer
Community Messaging
Email: nw


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TRAFFIC ALERT: Ironman Staffordshire – Sunday 9 June

Hello Mr Mark Burton,

A reminder that the Ironman is taking place this Sunday 9 June and certain areas will be effected as well as traffic expected.

As part of the event there will be temporary road closures in place to ensure the safety of the competitors and spectators. Find out more and plan ahead if need be by visiting the website – http://bit.ly/IronmanStaffordshireOfficial ….

Also find the attached map.

If you have any questions then please email –

email staffordshire70.3

Good luck to all taking part.

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If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: nw

Lydia Hooley
Community Engagement Officer
Community Messaging
Email: nw

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#APPEAL – Did you witness an assult in Stafford?

Hello Mr Mark Burton,

Detectives investigating an assault in Stafford on Saturday (1 June) are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

The incident happened at around 8.30pm on Sydney Ave and involved two men aged 38 and 24. Both men sustained injuries during the assault which resulted in the 38 year-old needing hospital treatment.

Investigating officer, DC Martin Smith said: "We’re aware there were other people around at the time of this incident who may well have witnessed it. We’d like to hear from them as they may have information which could help us with this investigation. If you saw what happened, please get in touch with us."

Anyone with any information should ring 101 quoting incident 819 of I June.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: nw

Lydia Hooley
Community Engagement Officer
Community Messaging
Email: nw

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#ADVICE – Bogus officials

Hello Mr Mark Burton,

Also known as distraction burglars, bogus callers trick their way into people’s homes to steal money and valuables. They make themselves seem genuine and plausible while your attention is elsewhere.

What is a bogus official?

Examples of bogus officials are people who claim to come from the council or water-board or tradesmen/workmen claiming that your property or garden needs essential/urgent maintenance.

They often work in pairs, one to keep you talking at the front door while the other tries to access your house from a back door or window. Some might even ask for help, such as asking for a glass of water.

While the loss of money or valuables is very distressing, being a victim of crime causes a great deal of stress and may lead to loss of confidence and poor health. Older and more vulnerable people are more likely to be a target for rogue traders, doorstep criminals and scammers.

Being a Good Neighbour

If you see anything in your local area relating to the welfare of a vulnerable person which worries you, check it out. If you are still concerned, contact the police on the non emergency number – 101 or direct message our social media channels

Facebook: Staffordshire Police

Twitter: @StaffsPolice

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: nw

Lydia Hooley
Community Engagement Officer
Community Messaging
Email: nw

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Next Quiz Night will be on Tuesday 18th June

8.00 for 8.30pm start
Four players per team £2.00 per player
Prizes for winning team
Light refreshments provided
Good evening’s entertainment


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Milwich Post Office

As mentioned in previous posts, Milwich Post Office is temporarily closed. First, a few words from our retiring Postmistress, Sue and then news of the future opening:

Thank you to all the lovely people who have shown us friendship and support through the very bad times and many good times we have spent here at Prospect House over the last 14 years. Thanks also to everyone who has used the Post Office and helped to keep it open! Keep it up! Milwich Post Office will still be open – from June11th and your new Post Mistress Caroline, will be there to greet you!

I’m off to the coast and (hopefully) summer climes but I will be back on regular visits to see family and friends so no doubt I will see one or two familiar faces again.

Bye for now!  Sue

The Future:

There will be a change for all of us in Milwich and Fradswell. Now when we go to our Post Office a new face will greet us.

Can we all welcome CAROLINE as our Post Mistress at Milwich Post Office, re-opening June 11th

We wish her every happiness as she joins us

Sue, after many years as our Post Mistress, is moving away and making a fresh start, We have all so much appreciated her smile and all that she has done for us in our Post Office.

So we thank Sue and wish her every happiness in the future.

Do go and greet CAROLINE our new Post Mistress

We are very lucky to have our very own


PROSPECT HOUSE, ST18 0EH (01889 502 381)

It is open:

MONDAY and TUESDAY 9.00 to 12.30pm and 1.00 to 4.00pm


THURSDAY & FRIDAY 9.00 to 12.30pm and 1.00 to 4.00pm


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June News

Milwich & District Produce Guild

On April 25th, we welcomed Carl Woodward, The Maple Man, who gave us an interesting talk on acers.  He brought several varieties of plants, and also lots of seeds. We all took some of the seeds to try and germinate ourselves.  It should be interesting to see how we go on.  We might have some interesting maple trees for sale one day!

June 27th sees a return visit from Derek Higgott, who will talk on Proper Pruning Practices, and Propagation.

July 25th  is the day we pay a visit to Idlerocks Farm, Spot Acre.  We’re meeting at 7pm at Idlerocks.

Our meetings are usually held in All Saints” Village Hall on the fourth Thursday of the month, but in the summer, we go on outings, which are always advertised in Compass.

For further details, please contact Mike Baggaley on 01889 270161, or M_baggaley@btinternet.com

Milwich and Sandon Parish Councils

Community Link Shopper Bus Service from Milwich and Sandon to Stafford

Wednesday 19th June

From Milwich Village Hall 10.00am

Pickup at Pump Square on Hilderstone Road, Sandon 10.10am

Return from Stafford at 1.30pm

£2.50 Return Fare

Contact the Parish Clerk, Brian Boughey, 01889 502757 for further details and to book a seat on the Mini-bus if you have not travelled on the service before.

Milwich Village Hall

Next Mobile Library visit – MONDAYS 3rd and 17th June, from 1.45-2.05pm

Please note change of time and day.

Why not call into the Village Hall for a chat when you have finished in the Library bus? You will be surprised to see who is there!

Green Lea Nursery and wraparound care

Well I really can’t believe we are now in our last half term of the academic year, and we are starting preparations on our annual leavers’ graduation (date to be confirmed) and this half term we are looking back at our leavers’ time in nursery, the friends everybody made, the fun we have all had and all the different things we have learnt. This half term our nursery leavers have been having  some learning and play sessions in class one, in readiness for September. We are hoping this will make the transition into school even easier, as we all know it can be a very unsettling and sometimes scary time, so the more familiar we can make the children with their new class the better.

This year we will be joining the reception class for our Summer trip, and we have various workshops booked at the potteries museum and art gallery (date to be confirmed); the children are thoroughly looking forward to the outing, as we have such a creative group this year.

We are continuing with lots of outdoor activities this half term, especially making sure our newly potted plants are fed and watered. In forest school we are looking at the ancient Japanese art form Hapa-Zome, Hapa-Zome translated means “leaf dye” and the children will be pounding different plants to release their natural pigment on to cloth.

And finally nursery is now full on a Friday, and we only have very limited places on the other days, We would advise anybody who is interested in the nursery contact us as soon as possible to secure a place.

Green Lea Nursery offers the 30 hours funding (subject to criteria) we are also signed up to the tax free child care scheme, please see a member of staff for more information.

Green Lea Nursery runs Monday-Friday, sessions are 9.00am-1.30pm or 9.00am-3.00pm. Green Lea wraparound care sessions are 7.30am-9.00am and/or 3.00pm-5.45pm (term time only) for any further information please contact 07974719522 or 01889505309.

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