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Crime is an unfortunate part of village life.  Neighbourhood Watch is all about reducing crime and reducing opportunities for criminals.  Holcot has a successful Watch, which works due to the cooperation existing between the residents and the Police.

Most crime is carried out by opportunist criminals.  Even taking basic security precautions and removing the opportunities will have a noticeable effect.

We cannot be expected to intervene if you see something suspicious – we are not the Police.  Make a note and pass on the information (for example a strange vehicle parked in the village, bogus callers, or a stranger behaving in a suspicious way).

If you have to look twice, report it!

To contact the Police –

Dial 999 for Crime in progress

Dial 101, or 03000 111 222 for other crime or suspicious event, or to contact specific local officers

Dial 0345 2307 702 for Doorstep Action Group: to report unexpected or suspicious cold callers

Dial 0800 555111 for Crime stoppers (if you have information but wish to remain anonymous)

Email – via the website, or to Daventry Rural Safer Community Team on

If you require additional help, or to discuss any related Police matter, contact the Parish Council/Police Liaison:  Kathryn Buckle  Tel: 07814 531836.

As always, you are asked to keep a lookout for anything you think unusual to your area, be it a person or vehicle acting suspiciously or even strangers knocking at the door asking questions. Please report your concerns immediately to Northamptonshire Police on 101 or, anonymously, to Crime stoppers on 0800 555 111 – it is helpful if you also notify the Holcot NHW coordinator, Bill Coles  Tel: (01604) 781971.


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Police notice : seasonal thefts 22 September

Dear Stakeholder

Northamptonshire has in the past five years experienced an increase in theft offences across the county at this time of year, with last year being particularly high.

To this end, Northamptonshire Police will be running a force-wide operation between 25 September to the 30 November focussing on theft offences which cause the most harm to victims such as dwelling burglary, non-dwelling and theft from motor vehicle. 

There will be dedicated patrols in place over this period.  We will be looking at engaging with communities around crime prevention advice and intelligence gathering.  There will be media coverage around this campaign during this period.

If you could share this information with your immediate contacts that would be appreciated

If you have anything to report around suspicious activity or something you have witnessed please call 101 or in an emergency call 999.

Kind regards

Kev Byrne

Police notice :  new model 22 September

Police notice : Household safety and security routines 22 September

Rob Stevens (Police, PC1368, Wellingborough)
Even if the house is occupied the front and back doors should be locked Check doors are definitely locked and keys away from anywhere obvious
Keep car keys away from front and back doors, particularly where there is a cat flap or letterbox in situ Keep car keys away from front and back doors, particularly where there is a cat flap or letterbox in situ
If you leave a room, simply remember to pull any windows shut and lock them Leave timer switches on lamps from early evening until bedtime. Some people prefer leaving a landing light on overnight
Remove any loose tools from within the garden areas If you hear a noise downstairs and are

quite certain it’s a burglar, dial 999

Set your burglar alarm every time you leave the property, even if you are just popping out If you have an alarm that can
be part activated downstairs,
use it!
Use your spy hole before answering the door. If you’re not sure, don’t open the door! Take a cordless or mobile phone with you to bed in case of emergencies
Don’t leave cooking unattended Switch off and unplug things that don’t need to be left in
Try to make the home looked lived in, even when you are out Shut internal doors


Avoid leaving matches and lighters within easy reach of children. Ensure smoking materials are not still burning and ashtrays are emptied.

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14 September 2017 – New Policing Model – Letter and information booklet from the PCC and Chief Constable

The Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable have announced details of the significant changes to policing to commence on 30 October in this letter and this information booklet.

Letter from PCC and CC

Information booklet

Latest Facebook posts – Northamptonshire Police and ActionFraud.

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We're appealing for witnesses and information after a teenage cyclist was left requiring surgery following a collision with a car in Kettering.

The collision happened at around 7.40am today, Tuesday, May 21, when a male cyclist using a pelican crossing in Barton Road, between Kettering and Barton Seagrave, was in collision with a black BMW i3 car travelling towards Barton Seagrave.

The boy was airlifted to Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, with suspected serious injuries.

Doctors later confirmed the teenager’s injuries were not life-changing or life-threatening, but he will require surgery for a fractured left wrist and right femur.

Anyone who witnessed or has information about the incident is asked to call the ‘Drivewatch Hotline’ on 0800 174615, citing incident 92 of May 21, 2019.
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The family of a man who died in a collision on the A14 have paid tribute to him as a devoted family man.

Lee Johnston, aged 58, of Northampton, was one of two men who died following a collision involving two lorries between junctions 1 and 2 on Wednesday, May 15.

A statement from his family described Mr Johnston as a hard-working man whose family meant everything to him.

They said: “Lee was a hard-working devoted husband, dad, grandfather, son, son-in-law, brother and friend. His family was his life.

“His 22-month-old grandson was his absolute joy and in a couple of months a new little granddaughter is due.

“So tragically taken from us all for doing nothing more than the job he has been doing for the last 32 years. Our condolences to the other family involved.”

A second man, David Thompson, aged 56, of Coventry, also died following the collision.

An investigation into the collision remains ongoing and witnesses to the incident are asked to contact the ‘Drivewatch Hotline’ on 0800 174615, incident 67 of May 15, 2019.
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The family of David Thompson, who died after a collision on the A14, have released the following tribute:

“David was a much loved father, son, grandfather and brother.

“He comes from a loving family and will be greatly missed.

“Condolences to the other driver’s family.”

David, 56, of Coventry, died following a collision between two lorries on the A14 between junctions 1 and 2 last Wednesday, May 15.

A 58-year-old man, Lee Johnston, from Northampton, also died in the collision.

An investigation into the collision remains ongoing and witnesses to the incident are asked to contact the ‘Drivewatch Hotline’ on 0800 174615, incident 67 of May 15, 2019.
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Police investigating the theft of a woman’s purse have released CCTV of two people they would like to speak to.

Between 1.45pm and 2.35pm on Friday, May 17, a woman shopping in Morrisons supermarket in Oakley Road, Corby, had her purse removed from her handbag, which was in her trolley.

Officers would like to trace a man and a woman captured on CCTV in the store at the time as they may have information about the incident. Both wore distinctive blue hats.

The two people pictured, or anyone with information about their identities, are asked to contact Northamptonshire Police on 101. Information can also be shared anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Incident number: 19000252408

Advice for keeping your possessions safe when out and about

• Attach a bell to your handbag or purse so you can hear if it is moved
• Consider using a cord to attach your purse to your bag
• Never hang your handbag on pushchairs or shopping trolleys
• Keep your bag firmly closed and on your person at all times
• Wear shoulder bags with the flap against your body
• Avoid carrying large amounts of cash
• Only keep items in your bag that you need for that occasion
• Protect your pin when withdrawing cash from an ATM
• Be aware of who is around you when you make a withdrawal
• Do not store your pin number in your handbag or purse
• If your purse is stolen, report the loss of your cards immediately to the card issuers. Remember thieves can use cards to make contactless purchases
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Police officers are issuing a warning to the public following a spate of distraction burglaries that have taken place across Northamptonshire.

One of the incidents happened on Wednesday, May 8, in Kane Walk, Corby, between 12.20pm and 12.50pm, when a man knocked on a door in the area and pretended to be from the water board. Once inside a quantity of cash was stolen from the homeowner.

Another incident happened on the same day (Wednesday, May 8) in Tarrant Way, Moulton, between 9.40pm and 10pm, when a man rang the doorbell of a house in the area and distracted the owner before stealing cash and cards.

DC Sam Lyman from the Northamptonshire Police Burglary Team, said: “Many of these distraction burglaries are being committed by people pretending to be from the water board or similar trusted companies.

“Our advice is simple – unless you’re expecting someone as part of a pre-planned appointment, don’t feel the need to open the door to anyone.

“If someone is genuinely from the water board or a similar organisation they will be more than happy to show you identification or come back another time. Call the company to check and if you feel threatened then call the police immediately.

“I’d also like to take this opportunity to encourage people with elderly relatives to make them aware of this spate of crimes so that they are vigilant to anyone who may try and take advantage of them.”


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25% of burglars in this county get in through an open door or unlocked window.

Don’t let them in to help themselves.

Always lock up to keep your home and valuables safe.

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Action Fraud

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David France
DO NOT BUY ANYTHING FROM THIS MAN!!! He's scammed me on gumtree, took my money and then sent me disgusting sexually explicit texts. BUYER BEWARE!!!
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Action Fraud

‪⚠️ Over £27 million reported lost to cryptocurrency and forex investment scams in 2018/19. ‬

‪Many victims reported being lured in by professional looking websites, adverts and social media posts.‬

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I called the police after falling for a scam and was encouraged to contact action fraud. I made a claim all the way back in NOVEMBER of a fraud Scam in which I lost thousands of pounds. I filled in the report in which I provided the scammers phone number, social media details and everything. Not only have I not heard anything back, but every time I call and ask for an update, you keep saying that the case hasn’t been looked into yet and that you’ll raise this case. It’s been over 6 MONTHS and still nothing!!!

I’ve been kept in the dark and made to feel like I’m not worthy of being helped because I haven’t lost say £100k. It may not be much to you but to me the thousands of pounds that I’ve grafted and earned, which now is lost, is a lot of money. I’m sorry for not being rich enough and important enough to help. Feels like I’ve wasted a lot of my time, where nothing has been done. The police aren’t helping, you guys aren’t helping. Why offer a service when you won’t do anything. Don’t even have the courtesy to update me on anything, just hung me out to dry.

Like what do I do? Where do I go from here? Are you saying I should just let the scammers go away Scot-free? You seem more interested in gathering stats than helping people.

You probably won’t even read this but I thought I’d have last one crack and try and reach out to you guys so you can help me
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Where did they get my car registration and correct (albeit abbreviated) bank details from? Has the DVLA been hacked?
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