Fraud Scam – By Action Fraud

The number of the following scam attempts has risen locally so please be aware of this method of fraud.

The victim is called by a fraudster purporting to be a Police Officer, usually a Detective stating that a clone of the victims bank card has been found in the property of a prisoner in Police Custody. Attempts are then made by the fraudster to obtain the necessary details to defraud the victim using their bank card .

The Fraudsters even ask the victim to call 999 to verify their identity.

This is not the way that the Police conduct their investigations so if you receive such a call or a similar type of call just hang up and NEVER reveal any personal details.

Please report any such calls to ActionFraud – National Fraud & Cyber Crime Reporting Centre – Call 0300 123 2040

(Action Fraud)

County lines arrest – By Ferenc Zsinko

A suspected drug dealer was arrested after an eagle-eyed patrol witnessed a drug deal in Folkestone.

The officers were in the London Street area on Saturday 15 January 2022 when they saw two men apparently exchanging drugs. Upon seeing the marked police car, the men ran away but the officers spotted one of them a short while later in the same street and stopped him.

Following a search, a quantity of cannabis was located and another search was carried out at the man’s home address. Officers seized a mobile phone linked to county lines drug dealing and a gas-powered hand pistol.

The man, who is in his twenties and from the Folkestone area, has been released under investigation whilst enquiries continue.

(Police, PC, Folkestone & Hythe Community Safety Unit)

Road safety initiative in Folkestone – By Ferenc Zsinko

On Saturday 15 January 2022 members of the Special Constabulary teamed up with the Community Safety Unit to conduct road safety checks across the town.

Amongst other things the officers were on the lookout for defective vehicles, motorists using their phone at the wheel and those driving without insurance.

Throughout the shift 67 motorists were stopped with 32 being issued with a ticket. Offences ranged from overly tinted windows which obscured the vision of the driver to driving a vehicle so defective it was considered a danger to others.

In addition to the tickets one car was seized for being untaxed and a further two taken off the road for failing to have insurance.

Special Sergeant James Johnston said: Whilst it is encouraging that we were effective in targeting which motorists to stop, it is alarming how many were driving vehicles that were defective and posed a serious risk to other road users.

The vast majority of people do the right thing and invest their hard-earned money into making sure their vehicle is road worthy. They also take the time to complete the necessary safety checks on a regular basis, keeping their tyres inflated and checking for wear – in doing so they are helping create a safer road network for all.

We will continue to conduct similar operations in the future and ask people to check their vehicles are roadworthy and that they have the necessary documentation to use them legally.’

(Police, PCSO, Folkestone and Hythe Community Safety Unit Romney Marsh)

Romney Marsh Patrols – By Ferenc Zsinko

I will be out and about across the Romney Marsh today with my Police Officer colleagues.

Foot patrol will take place in New Romney, Lydd, Dymchurch and surrounding areas.

As always, if you have any concerns or need advice, you can live chat with us, ring 101 or in an emergency dial 999.

If you see anything suspicious, rather than wait, make contact with us immediately.

I wish you all a safe day.

(Police, PCSO, Folkestone and Hythe Community Safety Unit Romney Marsh)

By Ed

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