County Policing issues

Poaching Fish – Bourton And Lower Swell

Police have received two reports of person fishing the rivers at Lower Swell and the River Windrush at Bourton Bridge over the bank holiday weekend.

Vehicle details have been given at Lower Swell and a photo of a suspect was taken at Bourton Bridge, which police have circulated for identification. The suspect at Bourton was seen leaving in a silver Mitsubishi L200 pick up and headed towards Cheltenham on the A436. No registration was taken.

Anyone who may have any further information is asked to call police on 101 quoting incident 55 24/04/19

Many thanks, PC 2201 Nick Westmacott, Wildlife Crime Officer, Stow Neighbourhood Policing Team


Computer Scam – New Blackmail Scam

Police have received a report that a computer email scam is being sent out.
The email suggests the user has visited a pornographic website recently where a virus has been downloaded to their computer.
The email is blackmailing the user to pay an amount in bitcoins ( This is money that can be purchased to be used online).
The amount will also be shown in US Dollars – Suggesting this scam has originated outside the UK.

Police advice is not to open any attachments to emails that you do not trust. Never reply to these emails. It is best note the content of the message and then to delete these emails. These reports can be directed to Action Fraud and details can be found at:

If an attachment has been opened, run your anti virus program to check for an virus attacking your computer. If no sure how to do this contact a computer specialist.

The offenders normally state they can send any incriminating evidence of you to all your contacts as they have hacked your email account.

You can protect yourself by regularly changing passwords on your computer. You can also block thee type of emails and mark them as spam. the computer should then automatically send the emails into a spam folder , which is then automatically deleted after a period of time.

The main advice is:

  • Do not respond or send any money.
  • Do not open any attachments
  • Note content of email and delete
  • Have anti virus software on your computer
  • Report these incidents to Action Fraud online.

Many thanks, PC 2201 Nick Westmacott, Stow Neighbourhood Policing Team


Knife And Violent Crime – Local Context To A National Issue

The use of knives and other pointed weapons is very much in the news at the moment and it’s very easy to see Gloucestershire through the prism of some of our other bigger cities which have different problems.

This link: puts the issue into context locally.

Message Sent By Beth Cox (Office of the Police and Crime Commisioner, Staff, Communications & Engagement Officer)

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