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PC Helen Haines and PCSO Tracey Cooper are the local beat officers for Burley and Bransgore. Regular beat surgeries are held in Burley as detailed below:

Information on Neighbourhood Meeting/Surgery and monthly police reports can be found at:

https://www.police.uk/hampshire/1NW01/

There is also crime prevention information at:

http://www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/advice-and-information/crime-prevention/safer-home-distraction-burglary

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March 2016:

Hampshire Trading Standards Service would like residents to be alert to cold callers on the telephone or at the door offering free drain inspections.  

 

Once at the address the traders will convince the resident to allow them to conduct a survey of their drains using high quality cameras. The residents are then shown footage of this inspection on a small video screen. 

 

In a number of cases they are convinced by the trader that their drains are damaged and will benefit from a relining of the pipework which can amount to thousands of pounds.

 

In some cases there are suggestions that the work is urgent and without the relining the pipes could collapse.

 

Trading Standards would advise consumers not to agree to work that is instigated as a result of a cold call, either on the telephone or at the door, or via a leaflet drop.  Consumers should obtain at least 3 written quotes from reputable businesses or traders who are either members of the Hampshire County Council Trading Standards Buy With Confidence Scheme or a recognised trade association.

 

Members of the Buy With Confidence scheme are fully audited to ensure their trading practices are legal, honest and fair.  All members have been checked for trustworthiness and compliance with consumer protection laws. Details can be obtained by telephoning 01962 833620, emailing buy.with.confidence@hants.gov.uk or via the website www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk

 

Traders who agree work at the home of an individual or at a place other than their usual business premises are required by law to provide consumers with a Notice of Right to Cancel, which gives consumers a 14 day cooling off period from the date the work starts.  So, legally, you may have the right to cancel even though work has commenced..

 

If anyone has any information about traders who are cold calling or requires any advice on doorstep crime they can contact Hampshire County Council's

 

Quick Response Team on 01962 833666

(Monday - Friday 0900hrs to 1700hrs)

  

where specially trained officers are on hand to provide advice. 

 

If assistance is required outside of these hours please contact Hampshire Police on their non-urgent number 101 or dial 999 if you feel threatened or intimidated.

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Trading Standards are would like to bring the public's attention to websites offering Blue Badge parking applications online, and charging a fee of £49.  The websites are not affiliated or associated with any local council, or any other official body or organisation. 

 

It is not obvious from entering the websites that they are not official, or that an application fee is charged.  However, the information is contained in the terms and conditions, and it is recommended that these are looked at before deciding whether to use the sites.

 

It is possible to apply for a Blue Badge online through the official website https://www.gov.uk/apply-blue-badge  or via Hampshire County Council's website  http://www3.hants.gov.uk/bluebadge/treasurers-bluebadgeapply.htm

 

There is a fee of £10 per application, but no other charges.

 

Hampshire residents wishing to find out more information on how to apply for a Blue Badge, or to download an application form, can visit the Hampshire County Council's website Blue Badge, telephone 0300 555 1376 or email to blue.badge@hants.gov.uk.

 

Anyone wishing to make a complaint against an unofficial Blue Badge website or to receive advice, should contact Trading Standards via our partners Citizens Advice Consumer Service  03454 04 05 06.  

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Scams Newsletter from Hampshire County Council Trading Standards can be found at:

http://dmtrk.com/FVQ-3IWCT-81IOU7S185/cr.aspx

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Alert from NFDC regarding Council Tax Scam:

http://www.newforest.gov.uk/article/16558/Warning-about-Council-Tax-scams