People in the Scottish Borders are being urged to look out for bogus workmen over the festive period.
In particular the community is asked to look out for vulnerable people being targeted.
It follows a recent incident where neighbours of an elderly couple in Oatlands Terrace noticed a group of men carrying out work on the outside of their house. They were suspicious and contacted the police, who found out that the group of men had charged a large three-figure sum to do the work.
Three men were then charged under the Consumer Protection Act and will appear in court at a later date.
"Whilst we are in no way looking to cast suspicion on legitimate tradesman, bogus workmen actively target those in our communities who they regard as vulnerable and offer to carry out genuine work for over inflated prices and very often this is done to a sub standard of workmanship.
By highlighting to family, contacting police or indeed trading standards we can ensure that only legitimate tradesmen carry out work for homeowners within our communities.
I would also ask all members of the public never to allow cold-callers to carry out unsolicited work on your home and always check the identification of anyone claiming to be a tradesman. If you are not entirely satisfied with who they claim to be do not allow them entry to your property and contact police."
A new campaign by Cumbria Police is warning sexual or violent offenders to 'do the right thing' or face the consequences.
It focuses on domestic violence and sexual assaults and aims to make clear that the victim is never to blame by saying that men must take responsibility for their actions.
Dumfries and Galloway Council are showing their support for the 16 Days of Action campaign with a series of events.
The campaign is against gender violence and runs from 25th November to 10th December.
The Dumfries and Galloway Domestic Abuse and Violence Against Women Partnership has organised the following events:
- 19th November to 2nd December: DAVAWP Song Writing Competition Online Public Vote on www.dumgal.gov.uk/davawp/
- 25th November at 5pm: free film screening followed by a discussion – Pretty Woman Examined: Confronting the Realities of the Sex Industry, Robert Burns Cinema, Dumfries
- 25th November: Launch of new Queen of the South FC and White Ribbon Scotland Postcard campaign at the Robert Burns Cinema, Dumfries
- 25th November to 25th January: Domestic Abuse and Violence Against Women Online Survey on www.dumgal.gov.uk/davawp/
- 4th December at 7.30pm: Anti-Violence Against Women concert and Competition Awards Ceremony at the Oasis Youth Centre in Dumfries
- 12th December at 7.45pm: Queen of the South Vs Rangers – White Ribbon Game at Palmerston Stadium, Dumfries
A global campaign against domestic abuse is being supported by the Scottish Borders Safer Communities team as part of a festive safety warning. Dumfries and Galloway Council are also supporting it.
According to police, over the festive season the number of domestic abuse incidents reported to the police rises.
The aim of the global 16 Days of Action campaign, which runs from 25th November to 10th December, is to eliminate all forms of violence against women. Abusers and victims can be male or female, any race or religion and from all different types of background. The abuse can be physical, sexual or mental and emotional and can be committed in the home or elsewhere.
Police figures from 2009/10 showed there were over 800 domestic incidents reports to the police in the Borders, with the vast majority being women.
"Domestic abuse is the most often repeated and the least reported of all crimes. The impact on children and the wider family cannot be underestimated.
Many women find it difficult to seek help - abuse thrives on secrecy and silence but there are specialist services such as Border Women’s Aid, Children1st, and Scottish Borders Rape Crisis Centre who can provide help.
With International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women marking the start of 16 Days of Action today, it is a timely to raise awareness and give a clear message to our communities that violence in any form is unacceptable.”
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse, you can report it in person at a police office, at a remote reporting site, phone 101, or 999 in an emergency.
There is a directory of agencies which can help victims of domestic abuse, available at www.scotborders.gov.uk/domesticabuse.
CCTV images have been released of a man police wish to speak to in connection with an assault on a 16-year-old from Kendal.
It happened in McDonalds on Stricklandgate in Kendal around 8.10pm on the 9th October.
The offender challenged a group of young people about their behaviour before throwing a drink in the victim's face and punching him, resulting in a broken nose.
“We ask that anyone who has information about the incident or recognises the man from the CCTV images to get in touch. The victim was understandably shaken by the incident and we ask for the public’s help in tracing this man.”
A new campaign is telling potential violent and sexual offenders to 'do the right thing'.
It focuses on three areas:
- Sexual assault/rape
- Alcohol fuelled violence
- Domestic violence
In Cumbria between August 2012 and July 2014 there were 746 rapes or ‘other sexual offences’. In 88% of the rapes, and 75% of the other sexual offences, the offender was known to the victim.
The aim of the campaign, by Cumbria Police, is to make it clear that violence of any kind won't be tolerated.
“Normally at this time of year we issue safety messages to people about how to keep themselves safe – for example, don’t walk home alone or don’t leave your drink unattended. This is important advice and we do want people to take steps to keep themselves safe.
However, the truth is many people who are victims of sexual or violent assaults know their attacker, in which case this type of advice will be unlikely to help in their situation.
It also sets up the expectation that these people are somehow responsible for what happens if they become a victim of crime. This is absolutely not the case. No matter where a victim is, how they are acting, how intoxicated they may be, it is never the victim’s fault.
This campaign aims to put the blame where the blame belongs – with the offender. I want to be very clear: there is absolutely no excuse for violent or abusive behaviour and it will not be tolerated in Cumbria.”
As Christmas approaches, Police Scotland and Cumbria Police are warning people about the potential dangers of online shopping and keeping safe over the festive period.
- Don’t leave bags unattended and look after your wallet/purse
- Don’t leave gifts on display in your car
- Think before you post photos on social media. If in doubt don’t post it online
- Only use trusted sites when shopping online - look for the ‘padlock’ in the address line before entering details
- Plan your journey home from a Christmas night out, don’t leave drinks unattended, stay with your friends and look out for each other
- Keep your home secure, lock all windows and doors, and switch on the alarm if you have one
- Don’t advertise an empty home by posting festive plans online.
A 9-year-old boy was approached by a stranger who grabbed his arm outside a school in Carlisle.
The boy managed to free himself from the man and get away from him.
It's believed to have happened around 5pm on 14th November, outside Kingmoor Infant School on Hether Drive.
Police are investigation the incident are have worked with the school in an attempt to reassure parents.
“We appeal to anyone who may have any information on this incident get in touch. Thankfully these type of incidents are very rare in Carlisle and whilst the victim did not receive any injuries, he was understandably upset about the incident.
Cumbria Police have released an image of a man they are keen to speak to in connection with a number of indecent exposure incidents in the Keswick area.
According to police a man exposed himself to a woman and children on separate occasions.
Around 9:30pm on the 2nd October a man followed and then exposed himself to a woman who was walking alone towards Blencathra Street.
At the end of the school day on the 3rd October a man exposed himself to children leaving school, in the area of Brundlholme Road and Crossthwaite Road in Keswick. The children were not approached by the man.
Anyone with information is asked to call Cumbria Police.
“I would like to hear from anyone who believes they may know the identity of the man portrayed in this EvoFIT computer generated image, or anyone who may have any information as to who is responsible for these incidents.”
A 51-year-old man is in hospital after being attacked in Stranraer.
Police say the attack took place at around 9.20pm on Tuesday 4th November. The victim was attacked outside his caravan at the Ryan Bay CaravanPark, Innermessan. He was punched and kicked to the ground and it's believed that a bladed weapon was also used.
He was then taken to Galloway Community Hospital where he was treated for what are described as serious but not life threatening injuries.
The two attackers are described as:
- Male, about 6’1” tall, wearing a dark coloured hooded top.
- Male, about 5’9” tall, wearing dark coloured, hooded clothing
"Whilst this is a rare type of attack for the area, it was clearly a vicious and sustained attack on the victim which has put him in hospital with some serious injuries. We are appealing to anyone who may have been in the area, or who may have any information about this attack to get in touch with Police Scotland at Stranraer through our 101 number, or if they want to remain anonymous, through Crimestoppers on 08900 555 111."