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Todwick Village

Neighbourhood Watch

Todwick Neighbourhood Watch "Interim" Newsletter

November 2008

Please Be Aware

We have very recently had a burglary in the village where the raiders struck around 8 o'clock in the morning. Just before the incident a "Y" registered green Vauxhall motorcar containing 2 youths wearing hooded clothing was seen in the close proximity of the property. If anyone has any further information regarding this vehicle, please contact South Yorkshire Police on 01142 202020.

Charity Collections

Over the past few weeks we seem to have had quite a few plastic collection bags and leaflets through our letter boxes asking for donations, clothing, paired shoes and similar items. Whilst most of these collections are genuine, sadly some are not.

A leaflet purporting to be from The Children's Foundation, a registered charity number 1113250, was appealing for clothing to support terminally ill babies and their families. Whilst the leaflet asked for any donation to be left in a plastic bag in a prominent position at 8 am on 26th November, it did not tell you that the charity had been removed from the Charities Commission data base on 24th October 2008 as it no longer operated. The leaflet was issued by Fortune International Ltd of Bedford.

The matter was immediately reported to Consumer Direct, a precursor to the Office of Fair Trading, which has confirmed that the collection was bogus. If you are unsure about any of these collections please immediately telephone Consumer Direct on 0845 4040506 or contact Norman Anderson for further assistance.

Undelivered Parcels

In our November newsletter we warned that PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) were again operating. A card is posted through your letterbox suggesting that PDS was unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to make contact on 0906 6611911.

THIS IS A SCAM originating from Belize and is a premium rate number WHICH WILL COST YOU £15. There is no parcel and we recommend you do not telephone this number. If you do get a card, please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 0207 239 6655.

We have also been alerted to a mobile telephone text message which states **URGENT**. There is a large parcel for you. Please call now on +232 222 70680 for delivery tomorrow. This number does not exist and we are unsure of the underlying reason for the text. It is recommended that it be deleted.

Many thanks to all the villagers who have passed on this information.

Norman Anderson (chair)