READ - Police issue scam warning

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PACT MEETING – Fourteen residents attended the September PACT meeting at 4 Jubilee Street, Read.

Community Beat Manager PC Sally Biggar chaired the meeting and gave her report on criminal activity in Read and Simonstone over the past month. Although it had been relatively quiet compared to last month, householders were asked to be aware of door-to-door callers. She advised to always ask to see identification, even on those wearing a uniform. Some people who claim to be collecting for charities, and in some cases selling goods, are persistent and can sometimes be difficult to get rid of, some also being aggressive.

PC Biggar also reported a scam involving puppies. These puppies are considerably cheaper than buying from a reputable breeder, the drawback being that one has to send payment in advance to the Orkney Islands.

A petrol theft from Thorougoods petrol station was reported. A radiator had also been taken from outside a house in Bylands Close. Other instances included a significant amount of cannabis plants dumped on Black Hill, near the border with Sabden. There was insufficient evidence to prosecute those responsible for the damage to the Village Bakery shop window. A large quantity of Accrington brick has been taken from the pumping station at Simonstone.

Philip Wild agreed to become the Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator for Carleton and part of Harewood Avenue, Simonstone.

To report any suspicious activity, contact the police as soon as possible on 01254 51212 or 01200 443344. The next PACT meeting will be on Wednesday, October 5th, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.