Appeal after man stabbed in Leighton Buzzard
Message sent by Callum Daly (Beds Police, Channels and Content Officer, Bedfordshire)
Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was stabbed in Leighton Buzzard. On Friday (30 September) at around 3pm, the victim was riding his bicycle down Stanbridge Road when he was involved in a verbal altercation with two men.
One of the men assaulted him and the other stabbed him. They then made off on foot along an alley in the direction of Steppingstone Place.
Both men are described as white, in their mid-20s, of slim build and wearing dark clothing.
Detective Constable Mandy Godfree, investigating, said: “It’s vital we find the two men responsible for this attack.
Thankfully the victim’s injuries were not life threatening, but did require hospital treatment. “The incident took place in broad daylight - if you were in the area at the time and you saw the incident take place, please come forward.
Your information could prove important to our investigation.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC Godfree via 101 quoting crime reference number JD/40042/16. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Search continues for vulnerable missing teen
Message sent by Gosia Grabczak (Beds Police, Administrator, Bedfordshire)
Police are continuing to appeal for help in finding a missing teenage boy. Adam Clough, 16, was last seen at approximately 7am yesterday morning (Monday) leaving his home address in St Neots Road, Sandy. He has learning difficulties and is considered vulnerable, and officers are extremely concerned for his welfare. He is described as white, approximately 5’6”, slim, and was last seen wearing a green bomber style jacket, jeans, and a dark coloured baseball cap. A number of resources have been deployed to help look for Adam including the police helicopter and a 12 person team from the Midshires Search and Rescue. Anyone who has information on Adam’s whereabouts is asked to contact police on 999 quoting reference number 76 of 26 September.
Fraud advice issued following car sale scam
Message sent by Gosia Grabczak (Beds Police, Administrator, Bedfordshire)
Police are reminding the public to be vigilant when buying cars online after a spate of scams. Bedfordshire Police was informed of a fraud investigation by Action Fraud whereby victims believe they are buying a car from eBay. An arrangement is then made for the vehicle to be delivered or for the victim to collect the car. However it never arrives and if the buyer goes to collect the vehicle they find they have been given a fake address. Detective Constable Phil Raikes said: “We were informed of this scam operation by Action Fraud and advised of several victims in Bedfordshire. While we are working hard, alongside our partner agencies, to find the people behind this extravagant deception, it’s really important that the public remain vigilant and careful when shopping online. “There are legitimate sellers of vehicles online, however, we would advise that if you are planning on buying a car over the internet, you only ever hand over money once you have physically seen the vehicle and are sure that it is both in sound condition and legitimately for sale. “If you have any doubts over the validity of an internet sale, don’t hand over any money and instead report your concerns to Action Fraud.” To report a concern to Action Fraud, call 0300 123 2040 or report online. If you believe the vehicle you have viewed is stolen, call police on 101. You can find fraud and cyber-crime prevention advice on the Action Fraud website and further advice on how to stay safe when shopping online on the Get Safe Online website. Advice when shopping online:
- Do not give any personal information (name, address, bank details, email or phone number) to organisations or people before verifying their credentials.
- Look into the seller or buyer – whether a private individual or online store. Look at their profile, their rating and transaction history. New sellers and buyers may not have a very comprehensive history, so be a little more cautious.
- If the seller is a business, check their real-world existence. If they provide a phone number or address, give them a call. Sellers outside the UK may be harder to chase in the event of a problem.
- Check online stores’ privacy and returns policies.
- Be clear about shipping and delivery costs (for example, whether or not they are included and if not, if they are clearly stated).
- Be clear about methods of payment and whether any of these incur a surcharge.
Advice when buying a car:
- Pay for the vehicle when you physically collect it from the seller. Never send money abroad, part with any money (including a deposit) for a vehicle you have not seen and inspected, or to a ‘payment protection’ service.
- If the vehicle is being offered at a much cheaper price, it could be the sign of a scam. Always check the market value by getting a valuation or comparing the price on Auto Trader or similar sites.
- Physically check the vehicle (preferably in daylight) and its documentation – V5C document (also known as the ‘logbook’, service history and MOT certificates) – before handing over any money.
- Check the mileage appearing on the milometer matches its service history and old MOT certificates. On analogue milometers (found on some older vehicles) ensure the numbered barrels line up. Check the general condition matches age and supposed mileage.
- Check thay the V5C is authentic, with a DVLA watermark. Check the serial number in the top right-hand corner – if it falls into the following range it could be stolen and the police should be informed: BG8229501 to BG9999030, and BI2305501 to BI2800000.
- View the vehicle at the seller’s home and check the address is the same as the one listed on the registration document (V5C). Ensure that the seller is the recorded keeper, otherwise they may not be legally entitled to sell the vehicle.
- Get a car history check to find out whether the vehicle has been recorded as stolen, written off, scrapped or is subject to outstanding finance. You can check online to find out what information the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) holds about a vehicle.
Call Spike prompts 999 reminder
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Message sent by: Andrea Stalidzans (Bedfordshire Police, Channels and Content Manager, Bedfordshire)
Bedfordshire Police is calling on residents for help following an overnight spike in 999 calls. The force says that between midnight Wednesday and the same time on Thursday (14/15 Sept) it took 13 per cent more 999 calls than normal – but an unacceptable number were not real emergencies at all.
The 414 calls to 999 included residents who wanted to enquire about lost property complain about parking issues outside their homes or report offences that were several days old. Some did not realise that the non-emergency 101 number – introduced in 2012 and regularly publicised ever since – even existed.
Force Control Room Chief Inspector, Jamie Langwith, emphasised that 999 is for emergency calls ONLY. Each year the force fields an incredible 110,000 of them – most of which are answered within 10 seconds. Emergencies are things like:
• Someone is at immediate risk of harm or injury
• The offence is still happening, or
• The offender is still at the scene.
The 101 number – which will never cost more than 15p - acts as a gateway into all other Bedfordshire Police services and callers are greeted with an automated switchboard. The force takes around 330,000 101 calls a year, the vast majority of which are answered in 30 seconds. It should be used in non-emergency circumstances like:
• To speak to a specific person or department
• To give information about crime in an area
• Where there is suspicion of drug use or dealing
• A car theft or criminal damage overnight
• Anti-social behaviour
• To report a minor traffic collision
In common with other services and businesses, there is always the possibility of reaching a voicemail with some of departments if staff are busy, but callers will be dealt with as soon as possible. One of the busiest departments is the Crime Bureau which takes no less than 50,000 calls a year on all sorts of common “volume” crimes such as criminal damage and burglaries from outbuildings.
Chief Insp Langwith said: “The message I want to get across is that by making inappropriate calls some residents are tying up our call handlers and could be putting someone with a genuine emergency at risk. Please think twice before calling 999 since it is in your interests and ours.”