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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.

8 hours ago

Even as someone who can't afford their own car, I'm often surprised at how badly some car drivers are.

I was walking back from working at little Wootton Library this Tuesday evening, in the wet snow and I'd just crossed the bridge from Wooldale Road (In between the village of Wootton and the housing area of Grange Park) to East Hunsbury, reaching that roundabout (Not far from the Carvery place), when I saw a large people transporter nearly make a fatal error (5:40 p.m. approx).

The driver on the roundabout (Maybe following Sat Nav instructions?), tried to exit off the IN-COMING slip road from the busy A45!

Luckily, there were no smashes, but lots of tooting of horns and, of course, all well-lit by the bright headlights of the several vehicles around the roundabout and those trying to come off the slip road. A minute passed as the vehicle had to reverse and wonder where it was going and the traffic could resume as normal. I'm glad it wasn't icy at that moment and that nobody got hurt by such carelessness. The people transporter driver continued around the roundabout and took the exit towards the petrol station and the town (A45) instead.

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9 hours ago

Northamptonshire Police

Stuart is still missing, if you have seen him or have any information about where he may be, please call us on 101.We're increasingly concerned for the welfare of Stuart Stocker, aged 53, who has gone missing from the Corby area. Stuart was last seen by family on Sunday, January 20 and has not been in contact with anyone which is out of character. He was last seen wearing a purple/blue pullover top, blue jeans and brown Lonsdale trainers. If seen please contact Northamptonshire Police on 101 quoting missing person reference 34073. ... See MoreSee Less

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Have you seen Alanna? She was last in Duston at about 3.15pm yesterday (Monday Jan 21) & we're growing concerned for her welfare. She was wearing a black puffa-style coat with a fur hood. If you've seen her or know of her whereabouts, please call 101: ... See MoreSee Less

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Gangs are not welcome in Northamptonshire. If you suspect someone is involved in drug, violence or firearms activity, call us on 101, report online at or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 #OpViper ... See MoreSee Less

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A man who raped and indecently assaulted vulnerable teenagers who lived at two #Daventry charity homes where he worked in the 1990s has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

On Friday, January 18, Mark Westley, 56, of Long Lawford, Rugby, was convicted and sentenced for nine charges after a 10-day trial at Northampton Crown Court.

The offences included multiple rapes and indecent assaults which took place between 1994 and 1995 at the Post House and Move On House, where Westley was then deputy manager.

Speaking after court, investigating officer Detective Inspector Simon Barnes, of Northamptonshire Police, said: “I would like to praise the courage of each victim and other residents of the Post House who provided evidence in this investigation.

“Mr Westley maintained his innocence throughout the investigation and trial, forcing each witness to attend court and give their account. I do not underestimate the personal strength and resilience this required from all those that gave evidence. Without their evidence, this verdict would not have been possible.

“Some may think that 24 years is a barrier to a successful investigation and prosecution – it is not. I would like to encourage any victims of crime, recent or not, to report it to the police. Not only can we provide you with support through partner agencies, but as this case shows, we can bring offenders to justice.”

Read our full release here:

Anyone who may have been a victim of this type of crime is encouraged to report it to police on 101. Support for victims and witnesses can be accessed via Voice, regardless of whether a report has been made to police. To speak to Voice, call 0300 303 1965 or visit the Voice Facebook page for more information.
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14 hours ago

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**UPDATED** The road closure and safety cordon in Desborough Road, #Rothwell, has now been lifted (1.10pm). The road was closed from around 11am today due to a gas leak at Rothwell Medical Centre, caused by a vehicle colliding with the building's gas main. Gas network engineers have now isolated the gas supply and made it safe. Thank you for avoiding the area while this incident was dealt with. ... See MoreSee Less

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A Northampton pensioner who almost became the victim of a sophisticated phone scam has shared her story to help prevent others from falling foul to fraudsters.
Eighty-year-old Ann almost lost £4,500 to fraudsters when she was contacted by a man purporting to be a sergeant from the Metropolitan Police. He told Ann they were investigating a bank fraud involving card cloning and counterfeit money being committed by staff employed by her bank, and went on to explain how she could help catch those responsible by withdrawing a large amount of money from her account.
Thankfully, even though she went as far as getting the money from the bank, Ann realised what was happening before she handed any of it over and she was able return it to the bank and report the fraud to the police.
This type of scam is unfortunately all too common and we’re really grateful to Ann for sharing her experience. Click on the link to read what happened when she took the call:
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It's illegal to take, kill or injure a badger, or to dig, block or interfere with a badger sett. Report as a crime on 999 if the incident is taking place, or if non-urgent ring 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. NorPol Rural Crime UK National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) #OpBadger #ruralmatters #wildlife ... See MoreSee Less

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18 hours ago Suspicious activity by a van in East Hunsbury. Please investigate. ... See MoreSee Less

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7 hours ago

15 months and still you haven’t got back to me or given the police the go ahead to investigate my evidence! We have the names and addresses of all involved and they continue to rob people! Outrageous you have ignored my case 😡 ... See MoreSee Less

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1 day ago

Hi Iv been a vitcum if text faurd that involves Vodafone ? I have more information but every one is busy. Got a text called them they said I owed money. So I went to Vodafone to check I o them noting ! ... See MoreSee Less

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1 day ago

Myself plus 2 other Charities was defrauded out thousands since 2013 to 2019, I was advised by police to report this so i spoke with local police and they said report to action fraud. We have had nothing back since what is the point of it ... See MoreSee Less

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2 days ago

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2 days ago

I phoned this morning and spoke to an advisor (Ryan?) And unfortuntely I was cut off whilst on hold.

I have been trying to get through to someone for 2 hours now without success.

Please can you arrange a callback asap?

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2 days ago

"NO ACTION Fraud" should be your title!!! We've been defrauded for over £3000 from a cloned company fuel card and absolutely nothing has been done! The case was opened 31st August! There's even CCTV of the person committing the crime. You never ever get back to us. PATHETIC ... See MoreSee Less

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2 days ago

A scammer - Meir Barak
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4 days ago

i have a crime number who do i speak to for a update ... See MoreSee Less

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