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The Milwich Website has a multi-tiered menu structure. Hover over the Menu Tabs at the top of the page to see the lower level options.

The number of posts on the News and Events Page has been reduced. To see all posts in a particular topic, eg. all the Neighbourhood Watch notices, select “Neighbourhood Watch” in the Category box on the Right Hand Side of the page. To see all Posts, select “News” in the Category Box, there may be more than one page of News.

The Milwich Parish Assembly was held on 17th May. The notes from this can be read here.

Security level raised to Critical: Keeping our communities safe and reassured

Your latest Smart Alert.

Following the announcement last night (Tuesday May 23rd) by the Prime Minster Theresa May to raise the national security level to Critical, we want to reassure our communities that we are working hard to keep you safe.

Moving to the Critical level means we will be increasing our presence of both armed and unarmed police officers at popular locations including tourist spots, transport hubs and busy town centres across Staffordshire. We will also be reviewing key events over the coming days and weeks and providing security advice where practical. These are precautionary measures that aim to keep you feeling safe and reassured whilst not affecting your daily life.

Chief Constable Jane Sawyers said: "We continue to work closely with our Regional Counter Terrorism Unit and the National Security Service to do everything possible to prevent further attacks.

"At this time we continue to ask the public to remain calm but alert. If you see anything that causes you concern, then let us know immediately. I’m sure you can appreciate it is an extremely busy time for our control room, so please remember to focus reports on anything genuinely suspicious. If you see or hear anything that you think could be terrorist-related, trust your instinct no matter how small, then ACT and call 0800 789 321 or 999 in an emergency."

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: paula.james

Regards,
Paula James
Community Engagement Officer
Neighbourhood Watch
Email: paula.james

Alert: Microsoft Tech-support Fraudsters

Your latest Smart Alert.

Action Fraud has received the first reports of Tech-Support fraudsters claiming to be from Microsoft who are taking advantage of the global WannaCry ransomware attack.

One victim fell for the scam after calling a ‘help’ number advertised on a pop up window. The window which wouldn’t close said the victim had been affected by WannaCry Ransomware. The victim granted the fraudsters remote access to their PC after being convinced there wasn’t sufficient anti-virus protection. The fraudsters then installed Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, which is actually free, and took £320 as payment.

It is important to remember that Microsoft’s error and warning messages on your PC will never include a phone number. Additionally Microsoft will never proactively reach out to you to provide unsolicited PC or technical support. Any communication they have with you must be initiated by you.

How to protect yourself:

  • Don’t call numbers from pop-up messages.
  • Never allow remote access to your computer.
  • Always be wary of unsolicited calls. If you’re unsure of a caller’s identity, hang up.
  • Never divulge passwords or pin numbers.
  • Microsoft or someone on their behalf will never call you.

If you believe you have already been a victim:

  • Get your computer checked for any additional programmes or software that may have been installed.
  • Contact your bank to stop any further payments being taken.

If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, please report it to Action Fraud at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ Tel: 0300 123 2040.

For further advice and support about cyber crime visit the force website www.staffordshire.police.uk/cybercrime

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: paula.james

Regards,
Paula James
Community Engagement Officer
Neighbourhood Watch
Email: paula.james

Bramshall Art Group is based in Bramshall Parish Hall, which is situated just off the Stone Road (the B5027) from Uttoxeter. Their regular Annual Exhibition is happening Saturday and Sunday the 24th and 25th June 2017. Its a popular Exhibition and we are naturally keen to let the wider community know about the Exhibition.

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Advice: Wedding Services Fraud

Your latest Smart Alert.

With the upcoming “Wedding Season”, and for those individuals who are considering making plans for next year and beyond, you should be aware of the potential risks of fraud involved.

With wedding costs running into the thousands and involving multiple vendors, by following the prevention advice below could minimise the likelihood of fraud.

Paying by Credit Card will provide you with protection under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act, for purchases above £100 and below £30,000. This means that even if a Company goes into liquidation, you could claim a refund through your Credit Card Company.

Social Media – Some Companies run their businesses entirely via social media sites. Whilst many are genuine, some may not be insured or may even be fraudulent. There are a few things you can do to protect yourself;

•Ensure you obtain a physical address and contact details for the vendor and verify this information. Should you experience any problems, you will then be able to make a complaint to Trading Standards or consider pursuing via the Small Claims Court.

•Ensure you obtain a contract before paying money for services. Make certain you fully read and understand what you are signing and note the terms of cancellation.

Consider purchasing Wedding Insurance – this can protect you from events that would not be covered under the Consumer Credit Act.

Complete research on each vendor, ensuring you are dealing with a bona fide person or company. Explore the internet for reviews and ratings. You should do this even if using companies recommended by a trustworthy friend or source.

For services such as wedding photographers, beware of websites using fake images. Meet the photographer in person and ask to view sample albums.

Remember, if something appears too good to be true, it probably is!

If you suspect you have been a victim of fraud report to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: paula.james

Regards,
Paula James
Community Engagement Officer
Neighbourhood Watch
Email: paula.james

Alert: Set-Top Box Fraud Alert

Your latest Smart Alert.

We have been aware of a new fraudulent trend that may impact the general public in relation to set-top boxes infected with malware intended to steal user’s details to commit fraud.

Safeguarding the public from illegal streaming services via set-top boxes is vital to the UK economy, the Creative Industry and the many people employed in the industry. There are ‘set-top’ boxes imported from various foreign jurisdictions that are enabled so people can view illegal content.

We are aware that set-top boxes, although perfectly legal in their own right, are repeatedly adapted by criminals to unlawfully receive TV channels protected by intellectual laws.

The set-top boxes can come with many common features the person purchasing may be unaware of, such as sites offering access to copyright infringing material and access to illegal sites. The set-top boxes may also contain infected malware that is disguised as something as innocent as a play button and is unknowingly initiated by the user; potentially impacting other electronic devices. The users will normally have used some personal details when setting up the set-top box, which could be used to defraud them. Consequently, what may appear to be a bargain for the consumer may quickly turn into a genuine problem by loss of personal data and or money.

Our advice would be to only purchase set-top/streaming boxes from recognised outlets. Contact your bank if you notice any suspicious transactions on your accounts. When signing up to websites/internet services, use a password or PIN you have not used elsewhere.

If you suspect you have been a victim of fraud you can report this to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: lydia.hooley

Regards,
Lydia Hooley
Community Engagement Officer
Neighbourhood Watch
Email: lydia.hooley

Call for dog owners to help protect Trentham Estate wildlife

Your latest Smart Alert.

We’ll be at the Trentham Estate on Saturday morning (20 May) to advise dog owners of the need to keep their dogs on a lead, to prevent attacks on the Estate’s livestock and wildlife including sheep, deer and ground nesting birds.

Police officers and gamekeepers from the Trentham Estate will be located in North Park between 8am and 12pm where they will be speaking to members of the public and handing out leaflets.

During the event, Trentham Gamekeepers will be releasing lambs and ewes into North Park, Monument Wood and the Wetlands for grazing.

Rural & Wildlife Crime Officer, PC Sean Woodward, said, “This is an educational exercise aimed at highlighting the problem of animal attacks by dogs on the Trentham Estate. The rules are very clear, that dogs must be kept on a lead at all times.

“Under the Hunting Act (2004), it is an offence to let your dog attack a wild animal. Dog owners are responsible for the actions of their dogs and if they are found to be involved in an attack of this nature, the owner will be held accountable and they could face prosecution.

“We are appealing to dog owners to think about the wider issues at play here and the impact their actions may have on the wildlife on the estate.”

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: paula.james

Regards,
Paula James
Community Engagement Officer
Neighbourhood Watch
Email: paula.james