Weekly Policing Update
Very happily, there are no items to mention in our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community this week, covering the period 5th to 10th June.
An Item Of Local News From The Police Web-Site:
A St Ives man was sentenced to 2 years and 4 months in jail at Peterborough Crown Court last Friday, 4th June, after pleading guilty to attempting to incite a girl aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity at an earlier hearing.
The man had used an on-line messaging app to contact what he thought was a 13-year-old girl, although it was in fact an under-cover police officer.
More details are on the police web-site at:
And Finally … Census Text Scam
A Somersham Ecops subscriber contacted me this week to let me know about a scam text he has received about the recent UK national Census.
The text reads as follows: “CENSUS: There is missing information from your Census application. Update your application – visit …” – followed by a suspicious web-address.
The text may go on to threaten you with a fine if you do not comply.
This kind of text is most definitely a scam, and you should NOT click on the link to the web-address in the text message. The government will not issue a fine so long as you have sent in your Census form.
The Census Office has issued the following information about this kind of scam:
“We will not contact you via a text message, email or phone call asking for your details or regarding a fine …. Please do not engage or respond to these messages and do not click on any links provided … If you wish to report the scam to us, you can send us a message using our web-form, providing as much detail as possible.”
More details are on the Census Office web-page at:
You can also send any suspicious text message that you may receive to the National Cyber Security Centre by simply forwarding it to 7726. This is a free service and enables your Internet Service Provider to investigate.
My thanks to the Ecops subscriber for sending me the details of this scam.