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Criminals target cashpoints in Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire Police are reminding people to be vigilant at cashpoints.

Devices to prevent cash being withdrawn were found at cashpoints in Cheltenham and Gloucester earlier this week.

A device attached to record customers’ PINs was found at a cash-point in Stroud.

Police have issued the following advice:

Always cover your PIN when entering it at a cash-point or in a shop;

Check cash-points carefully for anything suspicious and call police straight away if concerned;

If your card or cash is retained, phone your bank immediately, preferably before you leave the scene.

Police Commissioner says crime report is "alarmist"

Martin Surl, Gloucestershire Police & Crime Commissioner Credit: ITV News West Country

Gloucestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Martin Surl has described a report into the recording of crimes in the county as 'unnecessarily alarmist'.

Gloucestershire police was among thirteen forces named in the report by HMIC which says that up to 20 per cent of crimes are not being recorded.

Mr Surl says it doesn't help to instil public confidence in the police, but the HMIC say the public have a right to be concerned.

Antisocial groups will be dispersed by Gloucester police

Gloucestershire Police Headquarters is based in Quedgeley. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA

Police in Gloucester are to be given new powers to deal with anti-social behaviour in the city centre.

A dispersal order in force from May will allow officers to tell groups of two or more to leave an area for 24 hours.

They can use the new powers if they believe a group's behaviour will result in the public being harassed or alarmed.

Gloucestershire police team set up to tackle cyber crime

Gloucestershire Police are setting up a specialist network of officers to combat cyber crime. It comes after new figures reveal there were hundreds of internet fraud and other online offences against victims in Gloucestershire in the last ten months.

Amongst those figures were 89 people or businesses who fell victim to hackers and 240 people were targeted by fraudsters on internet auction sites between April and December last year.

Away from fraud offences, the number of people making reports of offences in which social media sites were mentioned, which typically include allegations of harassment, increased from 55 in 2010/11 to 78 in 2012/13.

"Cybercrime is right at the top of our agenda because of its increasing prevalence and the impact it can have. You just have to look at the number of people affected right here in Gloucestershire to realise how big a concern this is."

"With part of the money from the forthcoming council tax precept increase we are looking at identifying officers in the force to train and specialise in overseeing investigations and mentoring other officers to deal with internet related cases. "

"In addition, we will be working with agencies such as the Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre (CEOP) to bring down online criminal gangs, such as those carrying out sexual abuse and internet fraud."

– Detective Chief Superintendent Bernie Kinsella


Gloucestershire police start recruiting today

Gloucestershire Police are looking for new recruits Credit: ITV News West Country

Gloucestershire Police will begin recruiting new full time constables today. Hopefuls can apply on their website from 10 o'clock this morning.

In January last year, Wiltshire Police had to stop taking applications after just two hours when more than a quarter of a million people logged onto their website.

Police target aggressive beggars in Gloucester

A 45 year old man has been arrested and charged with 3 counts of persistently begging in a public place and charged £180 in total. It come as police in Gloucester say they are targeting people in the city centre who aggressively beg.

Gloucestershire Police say they've seen an increase in men using aggression to get money from people with cases of some asking for £10 to get a bed for the night in a hostel - although hostels do not charge for overnight accommodation.

They will help those who want support but will arrest repeat offenders.

Police are actively dealing with a number of known beggars within Gloucester City Centre offering help and support to those who want it, but we will deal robustly with those who refuse to engage with support agencies and continue to beg.

– PC Steve Crown from the local policing team

CCTV appeal over murder of Gloucester man

CCTV of the three people Gloucestershire Police would like to speak to. Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Detectives investigating the murder of Gloucester man Neil Bennett have released CCTV images of three people that they would like to speak to who were in the area at the time of the incident. Mr Bennett, aged 50, died close to Gloucester Park after being stabbed on the evening of Saturday 27 July.

CCTV images have been recovered from the traffic island on Park End Road and officers are keen to speak to three people in the area at the time.

Plea to dog owners after second sheep killed in 3 weeks

Gloucestershire Police are appealing to dog owners to keep their animals under control. The message follows another incident where sheep have been killed by loose dogs near livestock.

At around midday on Friday August 23 two dogs were seen chasing the livestock on Cleeve Hill in Cheltenham, and then killing a sheep. It is the second dog attack on sheep on this piece of land in three weeks.

This incident should act as a stark reminder as to why there is legislation in place outlining that dog owners must keep their animal under close control. Losing their livestock can have a hugely detrimental effect on a farm owner’s livelihood. Landowners also have the right, as a last resort, to shoot any dog worrying their livestock – so these owners are also putting their beloved pet at unnecessary risk.

– PC Di Butler, Gloucestershire Police
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