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The latest local Police Alerts appropriate to New Milton :-





He may have seen what happened when a 16 year-old boy was assaulted in the alleyway next to Barclays bank off Station Road in New Milton on Saturday 13 May just after 10:45pm.


The victim was left with minor injuries.


If you know who he is please call 101 quoting 44170180131




The burglary of a static caravan took place in Hordle on Thursday 25 May.

The victim returned to the caravan off Silver Street at 3.35pm to see a man with his face covered jumping out of the bedroom window and escaping.

Another man - shown in the e-fit image on our website - was seen in a nearby car, described as a grey, old style Rover.

For the e-fit image and more details see Web Site Page.



Fraudsters have been advertising vehicles and machinery for sale on various selling platforms online. The victims, after communicating via email with the fraudster, will receive a bogus email which purports to be from an established escrow provider (a third party who will keep the payment until the buying and selling parties are both happy with the deal).

These emails are designed to persuade victims to pay upfront, via bank transfer, before visiting the seller to collect the goods. The emails also claim that the buyer (victim) has a cooling off period to reclaim the payment if they change their mind. This gives victims the false sense of security that their money is being looked after by this trustworthy third party, when in fact it is not and the money has gone straight to the fraudster.

Protect yourself:

If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting, or by calling 0300 123 2040.






One victim fell for the scam after calling a ‘help’ number advertised on a pop up window. The window which wouldn’t close said the victim had been affected by WannaCry Ransomware.

The victim granted the fraudsters remote access to their PC after being convinced there wasn’t sufficient anti-virus protection. The fraudsters then installed Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, which is actually free and took £320 as payment.

It is important to remember that Microsoft’s error and warning messages on your PC will never include a phone number.

Additionally Microsoft will never proactively reach out to you to provide unsolicited PC or technical support. Any communication they have with you must be initiated by you.

How to protect yourself

If you believe you have already been a victim

Report fraud and cyber crime to


holiday fraud awareness

Findings from a new report, compiled by the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, reveal the scale of reported crime, and expose common tactics used by fraudsters who stole £7.2 million from almost 6,000 unsuspecting holidaymakers and other travellers in 2016.


Types of holiday booking fraud


In 2016 5,826 cases of holiday booking fraud were reported to Action Fraud. The most common types of fraud related to:


Top tips to avoid becoming a travel fraud victim 


The City of London Police, ABTA and Get Safe Online have published advice on how to avoid becoming a victim of holiday booking fraud – and on how victims should go about reporting it. This advice includes the top tips below: 


For a full list of tips to avoid becoming a victim of fraud please see: 




There has been a series of recent incidents reported to Action Fraud where a lone fraudster has approached victims whom they believe to be unfamiliar with the local area. They make an excuse to talk to the victims such as enquiring about directions or offering a recommendation for a good hotel.
After this interaction, several other fraudsters will intervene purporting to be police officers in plain clothes and will sometimes present false identification as proof. The fake officers will then give a reason to examine the victims’ wallet, purse or personal items. They may also examine the first fraudster’s items or try to tell victims that the first fraudster is suspicious in order to gain victim trust and appear more realistic in their guise.
After all the fake police ‘checks’ are finished, victims have then reported being handed back their personal items only to later realise that a quantity of money or valuables were missing.
How to protect yourself:




We are reminding visitors to the New Forest this weekend not to leave anything of value in their vehicles.

Our Ringwood and Fordingbridge neighbourhood policing teams will be visiting car parks to give out drawstring bags - funded by the New Forest Community Safety Partnership - so you can take your valuables with you on your walk.


Officers can be seen at:

Saturday 29 April:
Woods Corner from 2pm to 2.30pm
Rockford Common 2pm to 2.30pm
Burbrush from 3pm to 3.30pm
Fritham from 3pm to 3.30pm
Oakley from 4pm to 4.30pm
Ashley Walk from 4pm to 4.30pm

Sunday 30 April:
Anderwood from 2pm to 2.30pm
Martin Down from 2pm to 2.30pm
Holmsley from 3pm to 3.30pm
Godshill Enclosure from 3pm to 3.30pm
Burley and Clay Hill from 4pm to 4.30pm
Janesmoor Pond from 4pm to 4.30pm


We will also be giving out crime prevention advice and leaflets, as well as notices telling would-be thieves that your car is empty.


Help keep your car safe by following these simple tips:


- Never leave valuable possessions such as handbags, laptops, phones or sat navs on show inside your car.

- Even items of little value, such as shopping bags and clothing, may tempt a thief.
- Don’t hide your valuables in the boot. Someone may be watching.

- Always lock your car, wind up the windows and close the sunroof, even if you’re only leaving it for a few minutes.

- Double check it’s locked. It only takes a few seconds for your valuables to be stolen from an unlocked car.


For further crime prevention advice, go to:


have you lost a ring in the new milton area


A ring has been recovered in the New Milton area and has an inscription inside which reads 'All my love, Jan x". If you can help us reunite the ring with the owner please contact PSI Helen Mills or Property Officer Atley Greenslade via 101.


See pictures of the Ring in Question




The sun is shining, nights are drawing out and the local wildlife is beginning to flourish! Perfect excuses to get out in the beauty spots in the New Forest for a nice walk, a long cycle ride or a picturesque run.

Have you considered that there may be people in the area that also see opportunities with this fine weather? 

Vehicle crime makes up more than a quarter of all recorded crime in the UK.  Vehicle criminals are opportunists, and most vehicle-related crimes can be prevented by taking simple security measures.

Car security

Always lock your car, wind up the windows and close the sunroof, even if you’re only leaving it for a few minutes. You should also double check it’s locked before leaving. It only takes a few seconds for your valuables to be stolen from an unlocked car.

Leaving valuables in your car can give opportunists the motive to break a window and have them away, leaving you to claim of your insurance, replace your valuables and cancel your bank cards.

Putting valuables in your glove box or covering them with a coat may not deter people.

The New Forest Neighbourhood Police Teams from New Milton, Lymington and Ringwood will be carrying out dedicated patrols at random times in the beauty spot car parks in the Forest so if you see us say 'Hello'!


doorstep rogue traders are targeting residents in your area - yesterday in barton on sea


Hampshire Constabulary received a report from Lloyds Bank on the 4th of April that an elderly female from the Barton-On-Sea had tried to withdraw over £1,000 to pay for minor maintenance of her garden.

Doorstep Crime


We use this term to describe distraction burglary and rogue trading.  Offenders knock on the door pretending to be someone else. They distract the resident to gain entry and steal items from inside, sometimes with an accomplice. Offenders may pretend to have lost a pet or claim they need to use your home phone. They may claim they are from a council, utility supplier or even police.


If you're not sure, don't open the door.  Read our crime prevention advice and always:

If it's an emergency, it's always 999.  You can also provide information to the independent Crimestoppers charity if you wish to stay anonymous by calling 0800 555 111.  if you have suspicions which you wish to report to police call 101.

Visit our website below for more details.




Statement from Hampshire Constabulary.


We were contacted by the coastguard shortly before 9.30pm on Thursday, March 30, informing us that a member of the public had called to say he’d found two unexploded shells.

We contacted the member of the public and gave him advice to leave them in situ and get out of his car. However, by the time officers arrived at the scene, the man had returned the shells to the top of the spit at Milford on Sea.

urgent appeal to find two unexploded shells


Can you help?

Two unexploded shells were found at Hurst Spit in Milford-on-Sea by a member of the public last night (Thursday 30 March).

The shells were cordoned off and plans were made for an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team to attend the site this morning. Unfortunately the shells have disappeared. One of the shells has been assessed as unstable and potentially dangerous, so we need to find it as soon as possible.
Were you walking on the beach early this morning? Did you see the shells or do know where they have gone?

If you have any information about where the shells are, please contact us on 101, quoting incident 996 of today's date.

If you see the shells you should not go near them. Stand as far away as possible and call us immediately.

drug related arrests in new milton


Police have made three arrests in connection with an investigation into drug-related activity in New Milton. The Neighbourhood Policing Team and a specialist team executed a warrant at an address in Drake Close Yesterday morning, Thursday 30 March.


Three men, aged 30, 35 and 36, were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs. Investigations are on-going.


Neighbourhood Policing Team Inspector Richard Parsons said: “The arrests are part of an ongoing investigation. Drug-related activity and associated harm will not be tolerated in the New Forest. We are determined to do all we can to keep our communities safe.


“To effectively deal with this activity we rely on community support. If you witness drug dealing or have concerns for a vulnerable person who may be at risk please contact us with as much detail as possible.


“I’d like to thank the community for their support please continue to contact our team if you have any information or concerns.”


If you have any information relating to this case, please call 101 quoting reference '44170117971', or contact Crimestoppers anonymously.


HAMPSHIRE CONSTABULARY RECOMMEND A USEFUL WEB SITE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE HAD CYCLES STOLEN is a site that will send emails to the registered person to advise of any bike put up for sale on Gumtree or Ebay which matches specifics entered by the user.i.e the Aggd can enter their bike details and any matching that are put up for sale will be sent to them by email.

It also has a section to check for bike serial numbers ( for those thinking of buying to check if stolen ) and to report stolen bikes also.

Doorstep criminals are targeting residents in your area.

Who Will Call On You Today main banner


Doorstep crime: What does it mean, exactly? Hampshire Constabulary uses this term to describe distraction burglary and rogue trading.

Offenders knock on the door pretending to be someone else. They distract the resident to gain entry and steal items from inside, sometimes with an accomplice. Offenders may pretend to have lost a pet or claim they need to use your home phone. They may claim they are from a council, utility supplier, or even police.

Our advice is: Not sure? Don’t open the door

• Lock: All doors, even when at home. Use a chain or spy hole.
• Stop: Unknown people from entering.
• Tell: Police about unwanted or suspicious callers, phone 101.

If you feel threatened call 999
Deaf? Mini-com call users call 18001 101 or send a text to 07781 480999
Want to stay anonymous? Call the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111

telephone scam alert - please be aware - it could happen in new milton


Have you received a phone call like this?



Hampshire Constabulary is urging residents to be aware of the latest telephone scam which has been reported to our officers.

Police have been made aware of two incidents in the Bordon area in which elderly residents have been contacted by men claiming to be police officers investigating fraud allegations. In both incidents, the women were persuaded to take taxis to the bank to withdraw cash which would later be collected by the men – who claimed they would check if it was counterfeit.


Fortunately, both victims mentioned the calls to taxi drivers during their journey to the bank and the incidents were reported to police.

The first incident took place between 4.15pm and 4.45pm on Monday, February 20, when the 84-year-old victim was asked to withdraw £5000. A similar incident took place between 2pm and 4pm on Thursday, February 23, when an 85-year-old woman was contacted.


Neither of the victims parted with any money. Detective Constable Jo Martindale, from Basingstoke CID, said: “We are urging members of the public to be vigilant regarding these scam calls.


“The police will never ask for your bank or card detail, and they will never ask you to withdraw money from your account. Thankfully these two incidents were reported to police by taxi drivers. Without this intervention the victims could have parted with large sums of money. The offenders appear to be targeting elderly people, so I ask members of the public to keep an eye out for elderly relatives and neighbours.”


Anyone who receives a phone call of this nature, or indeed any call that they suspect is a scam, should hang up and call police on 101.

For more information and advice, visit


appeal for information following an attempted robbery in new milton


We are appealing for information after an attempted robbery in New Milton on Thursday, February 16.  The incident took place between 8pm and 8.40pm in Gore Road, outside the New Life Christian Centre near the corner of Vincent Road.


A 34-year-old man was punched several times by another man, who went through his pockets. Nothing was taken.  The victim received minor injuries that required treatment at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.


The suspect is described as about 5ft 9ins tall, of heavy build, with short dark hair and a wispy, untidy beard, and wearing a khaki sweatshirt. He is believed to be in his 20s and have a local accent. He was said to be smelling of alcohol.


The suspect was with another man, who was not involved in the attempted robbery. He was described as having fair hair.


If you saw anything or have any information about the incident, please contact Police Staff Investigator Keely Osborne on 101, quoting 44170061446.


protecting people from on-line dating and romance fraud


A victim of online dating fraud is sharing her experiences ahead of this year’s Valentine’s Day to help others avoid being affected by this type of crime.

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, lost £20,000 and laundered more than £200,000 after three years of contact with a man whom she met and communicated with solely online.

She is speaking out with the purpose of protecting people in similar situations where they may become vulnerable to convincing detailed deceptions.

Woman’s message of support to people dating online

Hampshire Constabulary has recorded an interview with the woman to give a candid and emotive account of the fraud and its implications for her life.

The interview forms part of a Hampshire Constabulary film reconstructing the events of an elaborate manipulation based on a false promise of marriage and a new life together.

Speaking during the film, the woman who is known as Jenny to protect her identity, said:  “What I really want to get across to anybody or everybody is the minute anyone asks you to send them money, if you’ve never met them or received money from them, just don’t do it - don’t do it, contact the police or talk to somebody else about it.

“I never thought that I was naïve; I didn’t think anything like this could ever happen to me – it could happen to anybody.”


payment diversion scam


Fraudsters are emailing members of the public who are expecting to make a payment for property repairs. The fraudsters will purport to be a tradesman who has recently completed work at the property and use a similar email address to that of the genuine tradesman. They will ask for funds to be transferred via bank transfer. Once payment is made the victims of the scam soon realise they have been deceived when the genuine tradesman requests payment for their services.

Protect yourself

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online localpolicealerts.html or by telephone 0300 123 2040.
latest twist on an old scam


Are you aware of this latest twist on an old scam? It involves victims being told to pay a fee, in the form of gift vouchers, in order to access a refund in Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) money. 


In a previous scam, fraudsters would call people to tell them they had an outstanding tax bill and needed to pay it off by buying gift vouchers to avoid being arrested. This new version of the scam came to light on Friday, January 6, when quick-thinking staff at the Morrisons supermarket in Barton-on-Sea approached a 75-year-old man trying to buy £375 worth of vouchers.


After speaking with him, they realised he was the victim of a scam. They stopped him from buying the vouchers and called the police.

Crime Prevention Advisor Sarah Cohen said: “We are extremely grateful to the staff at Morrisons who realised something was wrong. Thanks to their quick actions, this man was spared from spending hundreds of pounds on a scam".  “Our neighbourhood officers regularly liaise with shops where vouchers are sold, so that they can be mindful of people who may be vulnerable to this type of fraud.”


If you receive a call from a person claiming that you need to purchase gift vouchers (usually iTunes vouchers) in order to make a payment, then please hang up – it is a scam. Anyone who receives a phone call that they suspect is a scam should hang up and call 101. Make sure you hear the dial tone before dialling the number.


For more advice, visit




Police are currently linking 16 burglaries which have occurred in this area between September 6 and December 12 as part of Operation Figure.  

Details of some of the incidents are:

On December 11 offender/s gained access to a house on Barton Court Avenue by forcing open a window. Once inside, the burglary alarm was activated and the offender/s made off.  Nothing was stolen. 44160466859

At some time between December 1 and December 4 the offender/s forced entry to an address on Moorland Avenue through a ground floor window. Once inside they searched the house and took jewellery, a laptop and a docking station. 44160457067

On the afternoon of December 5 offender/s attempted to force entry into a house on Chestnut Avenue. Nothing was stolen. 44160458072

On November 26 offender/s entered a house in Royston Place by reaching through a top window and opening a bigger window to climb through. Jewellery to the value of £2,400 was stolen.  44160446568

During the afternoon of November 21 offender/s gained entry to an address on Sea Road and stole jewellery. 44160439938

At some time between November 2 and November 11 offender/s gained entry to a house on Uplands Avenue by smashing a patio door. Once inside they stole cash and jewellery. 44160426604

At some time between October 3 and October 6 offender/s gained access to a house on Barton Common Lane. Once inside they searched the house and stole jewellery. 44160378355

Detective Sergeant, Will Whale, said: “We are urging members of the community to be vigilant and to report all suspicious activity to the police immediately.   

“As always we would urge all residents to make sure they keep valuable items secure and take photos of them for insurance purposes.

“We’re carrying out regular patrols in the affected areas and speaking to members of the community. We have a dedicated investigation team and we have active lines of inquiry that we are following at this time.  

"A lot of valuable and sentimental jewellery has been stolen during these incidents and we are actively following lines of inquiry into the stolen property market to trace these items. If you buy jewellery that is stolen, you are committing an offence; I urge you to call us straight away if you’re offered any items you think could be stolen.”

We are offering the following crime prevention advice to residents:
- Leave a light on so your home looks occupied if you are going out for the evening. If you head out while it is still daylight and won't be back till after dark then a timer switches (available from most DIY stores) can be useful in turning your lights, radios and other appliances on at a set time before you get back.

- Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property.
- Do not leave ladders and garden tools in your garden, lock them away in your shed.
- Store any high value items (eg jewellery, passports) in a properly secured safe or bank vault.
- Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property.
- Mark your property with postcode and house number and register your property for free with
If you have any concerns please call us on 101 and ask to speak to your local Neighbourhood Policing Team.  If you witness any unusual or suspicious behaviour, please report it to the police immediately by calling 999.




The convincing letters being sent are a replica template from Lloyds and include their logo, address and signature from a customer service representative.  The letter tells recipients that there have been some “unusual transactions” on their personal account and asks them to call a number highlighted in bold to confirm they are genuine. 

When victims call the number, an automated welcome message is played and the caller is asked to enter their card number, account number and sort code followed by their date of birth.Victims are then instructed to enter the first and last digit of their security number.
The fraud was spotted by the Daily Telegraph who was alerted to it by a reader who had three identical letters sent to an office address. On separate occasions the Daily Telegraph ran some tests using fake details and were passed to fraudsters who claimed to be from a Lloyds contact centre. The bank has confirmed that the phone number and letters are fake. The letters are essentially a sophisticated phishing attempt and serves as a warning to consumers to question written correspondence from their banks. 

If you are ever suspicious about correspondence from your bank you should call the customer serviced number on the back of their card. 
To report a fraud and cyber crime, call us on 0300 123 2040 or visit




This initiative is to ensure that absences aren’t easy to spot and keep any potential burglars second guessing as to whether there is someone in the house or not. Investing in timer sockets is a good way of achieving this during longer periods of absence.  Since Friday evening (9th December) in our area, there have been 4 attempted dwelling burglaries and 1 dwelling burglary where items had been taken. In the successful burglary, entry was gained by an insecure back door.


In all cases the suspects accessed the side and/or rear of the property. This highlights the necessity to secure side gates as much as possible to deter opportunists. During our patrols we have been trying to highlight this by speaking to residents and in some cases helping to secure side gates.




Police are looking to identify these people as they may have valuable information following a burglary at a house on Farm Lane South in Barton-On-Sea that happened on Thursday, November 24.


Man nd woman - Barton on Sea.jpg


Entry was gained but nothing was reported as stolen. It is believed two people matching this description were in the area between 8am and 6pm.  They are described as walking on foot in the area carrying a clipboard. Officers believe they may have information that could assist their investigation.


Do you recognise them?

The man is described as:

• Asian
• 5 feet 9 inches
• Hooked nose
• Black hair
• Wearing a red wine coloured parker jacket with hood
• Black trousers
• Grey or brown coloured trainers
• Carrying a clip board


The woman is described as

• White
• 5 feet 6 inches
• Long ginger hair with ringlets near the end
• Medium chubby build
• Large chest
• Freckled complexion
• Wearing an Afghan, three-quarter-length
• Light blue jean and trainers

PC Mike Barnett from the Western Investigation Team said: “If you recognise either of these people, please contact to assist us with our investigation. Furthermore, if this is you, please ring 101 and quote 44160444221.”  Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and leave information anonymously.




We are this evening renewing our appeal to help find a man missing from Lymington. Phillip McCormack has now been missing for ten days and we are growing increasingly concerned for his safety.

The 29-year-old was last seen on November 17 at his home in Ambrose Corner, Lymington.

DI Steve Spencer said: “Since he was last seen by his mother he has not been in contact with any of his friends or family, which is very out of character for him.  “Despite extensive investigations we have had no confirmed sightings of him since that day so we are appealing again to you the public for your help.

“We have a new photograph of Phillip which we hope will help trigger someone’s memory, although please bear in mind when he was last seen his beard was much shorter.

“Have you seen him? Do you know where he is?

“Phillip, if you are reading this, please get in touch just to your family know that you are ok as they are all very worried about you.”

Phillip is described as being white, 5ft 10ins tall, of a slim build and had long dark blonde/mousey brown hair.

He wears glasses and was last seen wearing jogging bottoms, a brown leather jacket and possibly a baseball cap.

Anyone with information is asked to call us on 101, quoting 44160436255.

Alternatively contact us via the website


non-dwelling burglaries in barton on sea


Police have attended several addresses in the Barton area this morning as a result forced entry to garages with the theft of several items.

We are urging you to ensure that you check any garages and or out houses and to ensure there is an adequate lock /security measures in place.

We are now on the run up to the Christmas period so please be more vigilant and report anything or anyone that you believe is suspicious. 


cross border operation targeting and disrupting suspected criminal behaviour in hampshire and dorset towns


This was the third occasion in 2016 that Dorset Police has joined forces with Hampshire Police, British Transport Police and South West Trains to target those who often travel from the Bournemouth area to Christchurch and New Milton reportedly committing thefts and burglaries.

Officers used a combination of ticket enforcement, plain-clothed officers and high-visibility patrols on trains and at railway stations between Bournemouth and New Milton, and also in town centres.

Police assisted South West Trains Rail Community Officers and Revenue Inspectors with ticket inspections and also used stop and search powers. Fines were issued to those individuals not carrying a valid train ticket. A Hampshire Police drugs dog assisted police at New Milton train station.

A 21-year-old man from Eastleigh was issued with a cannabis street warning.

Fifteen penalty notices were issued by ticket inspectors and seven people were reported for summons for ticket offences.

Police Constable Matt Leeding, who led the operation on behalf of Dorset Police, said: "Intelligence suggests that suspects board trains from the Bournemouth area – usually without a valid train ticket – and get off at New Milton and Christchurch to commit shoplifting, thefts and burglaries as there is a perception those areas are easy targets.

“Our message to anyone operating in this manner is that the police will not tolerate this behaviour and will continue to use methods of both prevention and enforcement in order to disrupt their activities.”

Hampshire's lead officer, Police Constable Arron Wood, said: “This operation was set up by the New Milton Neighbourhoods and Prevention Team after an increase at the beginning of the year of shoplifting in New Milton. After liaising with colleagues at Christchurch Neighbourhood Policing Team, we became aware that both towns had similar issues.

"Cross-border working between forces allows us to share information and work together in order to disturb and prevent criminal activity.”




We're reminding residents to be vigilant after a spate of burglaries across the New Forest - including New Milton.

Over the last month, 25 non dwelling burglaries have been reporter across the district.

In total, property to the value of more than £21,000 has been stolen.

Acting Chief Inspector Richard Parsons, said: “These burglaries are taking place at various times, both in the day, and at night.  As always, we want to remind our residents to be vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour to us immediately.  If you see suspicious people or vehicles in you area please note down the registration numbers and the descriptions of the people. Where possible photograph the vehicle or individuals present.  
“We believe a number of these crimes have been committed by the same offenders and are proactively following up leads.”
Please click on this link to read our full article and crime prevention advice -




You may have seen coverage in the news recently about a craze involving people dressing up as clowns and jumping out and scaring people on the street. We have had a number of reports of such incidents across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight including New Milton.

Superintendent Paul Bartolomeo said: “We don’t want to be killjoys but some of these incidents have been extremely frightening for those involved.

“We would ask people to think about the impact of their actions. What to them is a harmless prank, could be an intimidating and threatening experience to others, especially young children and vulnerable people. “Also, by taking part in this craze, people could find themselves in a situation which leads to a public order incident. They could be arrested and ultimately end up with a criminal record.

“These incidents are also taking up valuable police time and resources, and will ultimately have an impact on other calls coming into the control room and officers attending other incidents.“This appears to be a national craze at the moment and we would strongly advise people in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight not to be part of it.”

If you have any concerns or need to report an incident, please call us on 101.


police appeal for information after suspicious incident in new milton



At around 3.25am this morning (Monday, October 3), police were called after two people were reported to have been trying to open car doors along Chatsworth Way.


Officers would like to speak to anyone who witnessed this incident or anyone who may have had their vehicles broken in to, or anything stolen from their vehicles over night.


Police Staff Investigator, Claire Linton, said: “Do you live in the Chatsworth Way area of New Milton? Did you see or hear anything suspicious in the early hours of this morning, or have you had anything stolen from your vehicle? I would urge anyone with information to come and speak to us.”


Two men, aged 27 and 33, both from the New Forest, have been arrested on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle and are currently in police custody being questioned by officers.


Any Information to 101 or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 and Quote Reference RMS Reference 44160372867.




Police are appealing for witnesses after cash was taken in a robbery in New Milton.

At around 11pm on Tuesday, September 27, a 21-year-old man was approached by two men as he walked along Chatsworth Way.

He was punched in the face twice by one of the men who then asked for him to hand over items in his pockets.

The victim parted with £20 cash and an iPhone, but the phone device was handed back to him because it had a cracked screen.

One of the men was described as white, aged around 25 years, 5ft 10ins tall, of athletic build, clean shaven and with blue eyes. He was described as wearing a white hooded top with a logo on the front and a blue line across it, and blue jeans.

Another man was described as white, aged in his mid to late 20s, 5ft 10ins tall, of athletic build and had stubble on his face. He was described as wearing a dark waist-length jacket with a black shirt underneath.

Officers are appealing for witnesses who may have seen the incident, or saw two men acting suspiciously in the area at this time.

PC Graham Wilkins said: “We are interested to hear from any members of the public who might have seen what happened that night, or who saw people hanging around the area at this time.

“Officers would particularly like to trace a woman who offered ice to the victim following the incident.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Wilkins on 101, quoting 44160366202, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



Students are being recruited, sometimes unwittingly, as “mules” by criminals to transfer illegally obtained money between different bank accounts.
What is a money mule?
A money mule is someone who is recruited by those needing to launder money obtained illegally. Criminals advertise fake jobs in newspapers and on the internet in a number of ways, usually offering opportunities to make money quickly, in order to lure potential money mule recruits. These include:
Social media posts
Copying genuine company’s websites to create impression of legitimacy
Sending mass emails offering employment
Targeting individuals that have posted their CVs on employment websites
Students are particularly susceptible to adverts of this nature. For someone in full-time education, the opportunity for making money quickly can understandably be an attractive one. The mule will accept money into their bank account, before following further instructions on what to do with the funds. Instructions could include transferring the money into a separate specified account or withdrawing the cash and forwarding it on via money transfer service companies like Western Union or MoneyGram. The mule is generally paid a small percentage of the funds as they pass through their account.
Money Laundering is a criminal offence which can lead to prosecution and a custodial sentence. Furthermore, it can lead to the mule being unable to obtain credit in the UK and prevented from holding a bank account.


Protect Yourself
Be aware that the offence of money laundering carries a maximum prison sentence, in the UK, of 14 years. 

Never give the details of your bank account to anyone that you do not trust. No legitimate company will ever ask you to use your own bank account to transfer their money.


Don’t accept any job offers that ask you to do this.

Be wary of unsolicited emails or social media posts promising ways of earning easy money. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Don’t be afraid to question the legitimacy of any businesses that make you a job offer, especially if the recruitment procedure strays from the conventional.

hampshire police and crime commissioner seeks your views for policing strategy over the next 5 years


Your help is required to prepare the Police and Crime Plan, which sets out the strategic priorities of Hampshire Constabulary and gives direction for policing and tackling crime in this area.  Your views are important and this is your opportunity to help shape the Plan.


Closing Date : Wednesday 14th September.


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Online shopping websites are being utilised by fraudsters to advertise nonexistent drones of various specifications for competitive prices.

Drones are personal flying devices that often carry cameras and can be navigated remotely by smartphones or hand-held controllers. Fraudsters are capitalising on their recent popularity and advertising non-existent drones at a lower value than their recommended retail price to tempt buyers.

After victims agree to purchase the drone, the fraudsters request payment to be paid via bank transfer saying that it will quicken the delivery process. After transferring the money the buyers never receive the drone and the fraudster blocks the victim to prevent further conversation.

How to protect yourself:


hampshire's police and crime commissioner


Your help is required to prepare the Police and Crime Plan, which sets the strategic priorities for Hampshire Constabulary and gives direction for policing and tackling crime in this area.  Your views are important and this is your opportunity to help shape the Police and Crime Plan for Hampshire for the next 5 years.

Closing Date : Wednesday 14th September.

Web Site :


advance fee fraud - courier


People selling their items on online platforms are falling victim to a new type of advance fee fraud. This involves a fraudster, posing as a buyer, sending an email to the seller (victim), agreeing to the full asking price of the item. They state that they are unable to collect the item themselves and will arrange for a courier to pick it up instead.
The fraudster then sends a fake payment confirmation email from a different email address, one which falsely purports to be from a payment platform. In the course of the email exchange, the seller/victim is requested to pay the courier fee. Once the payment is made the contact is broken, the item is not picked up and the money paid for the ‘courier’ is gone.
An example of the most recent emails received by the victim/seller, from the ‘Buyer’, read:
“I want you to consider this a deal as i am willing to pay your full asking price! i actually want to buy it for a family member who is urgently in need of it, i have checked through your posting and i'm fully satisfied with it. Unfortunately, i would not be able to come personally to view/collect, i work offshore as an instructor on a oil rig so i dont have time at all, but like i said i am 100% OK with the advert”

Protect Yourself:

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting


Advance warning of event in the New Forest on Sunday


There will be a large Pony and Cart ride out across the New Forest on Sunday, August 14, between 11:30 – 17:30. 

This is happening between Ashurst and Beaulieu Road and on to Balmer Lawn and back. 

There will be some road use. Please be patient and allow extra time for your journey.


police appeal for information regarding accident on a35 near lyndhurst


We are appealing for information after a man and a woman received serious injuries in a two-vehicle collision on the A35 near Lyndhurst.It took place at around 10pm on Saturday, August 6, by the junction with the road that is known locally as Forest Road.

A blue BMW motorcycle, travelling eastbound towards Lyndhurst, was in collision with a black Toyota Celica, which was travelling westbound. The male rider of the motorbike, and his female pillion passenger, sustained serious injuries and were taken to Southampton General Hospital. The injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

No other injuries were reported.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact Totton Roads Policing Unit on 101, quoting 44160294371.




As temperatures rise, so too can insecure burglary rates 

Hampshire Constabulary has seen an increase in the numbers of burglaries last week in Southampton, New Forest, Eastleigh and Romsey areas. 

There have been 35 burglaries between July 15 and July 21. The week before that, when the weather was milder, 28 were reported. Officers have increased patrols in affected areas and are reminding people to remain vigilant and report anyone or anything suspicious to 101.

On July 15, properties on Clysdale Way, Fishers Road and Blackwater Drive were targeted. 

On July 16, homes in The Dell, Hawkley Green and Burlington Road in Southampton were burgled, whilst Spicers Hill in Totton and Horseshoe Drive in Romsey were targeted. 

On July 17, houses in Archers Road, Northumberland Road, College Road and High Road in Southampton were broken into. Blackwater Drive in Totton and Kings Road in New Milton were hit, whilst Ridgeway Walk in Chandlers Ford, Barnsland West End and Horns Drove in Rownhams were also targeted. 

On July 18, The Mill Arms Hotel in Dunbridge near Romsey was subject to a burglary, whilst homes in Stouts Lane in Bransgore, Ewell Way in Totton and Kingsfield in Bursledon were also targeted. 

On July 19, properties in Summers Street, Chessel Avenue, Regents Park Road, Suffolk Avenue and Shakespeare Avenue in Southampton and Keyhaven Road in Milford-on-Sea were subject to burglaries. 

On July 20, Newcombe Road in Southampton was entered. 

On July 21, a property in Crowsport in Hamble-Le-Rice was reported as being burgled, alongside The White Rabbit in Lyndhurst, Woodhill School in Chandlers Ford and a home in Poulners Hill. 

Items stolen include electrical items such as laptops and TVs, as well as sentimental items of jewellery, bikes and even crates of red wine. Amongst the property taken, a gents gold pocket watch engraved with the date ‘1936’ was stolen, along with boxes of Casillero Del Diablo wine. Seven push bikes have also been stolen in this time from residential properties. 

A black and white hybrid CUBE bike with a bright green lock fitted was stolen from an address in Totton, as were two hyrbrid SPECILIALIZED red and black bikes. 

A purple coloured ENDURANCE Mountain bike was taken from the New Milton area also,  whilst a silver or grey CUBE mountain bike was stolen from an address in Ringwood. 

Two further bikes were stolen from Hamble, one purple mountain ORANGE SUB FIVE bike and one black racing bike made by SCOTT SPEEDSTER. 

Detective Inspector John McGonigle said: “Not every address was recorded as being insecure, however at this time of year it is not unusual for burglary rates to rise along with the temperature. 

“The hot temperatures have meant we’re more likely to leave doors and windows open to keep our homes cool. Although this may make your house more bearable when you return home, leaving windows open all day is sometimes an invitation for the opportunistic burglar. 

“Similarly, it’s important to lock garden gates and garage doors when you’re not around. Tidy tools away, don’t leave valuables on display and ensure you lock up properly before going to bed.

"Although it's cooled down this week, temperatures remain high.

“If you see anyone acting suspiciously call 101. If you see anyone enter a property suspiciously, call 999. If you have been offered any of the property we have mentioned, call us.” 


police urge all hampshire residents to install latest software updates for phones, tablets and pc's

Published: Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Cyber Streetwise is urging people and businesses across Hampshire to always download the latest software and app updates as soon as they are available. Software and app updates contain vital security upgrades which protect devices from viruses and hackers. They are, according to CESG, the most important action people and businesses can take to protect themselves from cybercrime.


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• An estimated 2 million cybercrime offences were committed last year (according to ONS figures*).
• Advice from GCHQ’s cyber security arm, CESG recommends that software updates are the most effective action Britons can take to protect themselves online.
• However the majority of people in the South East don’t always download the latest software updates for their mobile phone (68%) or for their computer (64%), as soon as they are available.


GCHQ’s cyber security arm, CESG, strongly recommends that individuals and businesses regularly update software on all devices that use the internet to allow the latest security updates to be installed. This provides greater protection from viruses and other cyber threats.


The latest Government stats, from Ipsos MORI, reveal that the majority of people in the South East don’t always download the latest software updates for their mobile phone (68%) or for their computer (64%), as soon as they are available. **


• The most common reason respondents across the UK gave for not downloading the latest software updates for their computer (29%) was that it was ‘too time consuming’.
• 19% of respondents across the UK felt it was ‘too time consuming’ to download the latest software updates for mobile.


Yet it only takes a few minutes to download software and app updates versus the time it can take to recover from a cyber hack. This is why Cyber Streetwise is launching #quickupdates.


The Ipsos MORI research, also found that the majority of people thought they did not know a lot about the security benefits of downloading the latest software updates for computers (77%) or mobile phones (74%).

Hampshire Constabulary's Head of Investigation Command, Detective Chief Superintendent Ben Snuggs, said: "Cybercrimes pose an immediate threat to the public we serve, some of whom do not always understand the increasing risks to their personal lives and professional livelihoods. Many people believe software updates are purely cosmetic, but they also address security vulnerabilities in software, plugging gaps which hackers could exploit to gain access to your devices, which could enable them to access your data or harm your device with malicious software.  Software updates may take a few minutes, but the added security could save you from becoming a victim of cybercrime.


"Hampshire Constabulary is committed to providing clear cyber security advice to people so they can be aware in taking simple steps to protect themselves, such as software updates.

"Cybercrime is now firmly a focus of how we meet the challenges of both the online and offline frontline of policing. The confidence and co-operation of all our communities remains essential to recognise and report suspicious behaviour online."


Lynn Farrar, Chair of Neighbourhood Watch said, “We wholeheartedly support the #quickupdates campaign and we are urging everyone to download software updates on mobiles, laptops and computers as soon as they appear in order to protect against cybercrime. This is such a quick and easy way to protect yourself, your family and your community against hackers it makes sense to get into the habit of doing it as soon as you possibly can.”

Cybercrime is a serious threat to the UK and the Government is taking action to increase public awareness of the risk. The Government will invest £1.9 billion to significantly transform the UK’s cyber security. The National Cyber Security Programme (NCSP) will support the aims of the 2016 National Cyber Security Strategy over the next five years and reflects the importance the Government places on robust cyber security for the UK. CESG, the cyber security arm of GCHQ, will become part of the National Cyber Security Centre later in 2016. In addition to providing guidance, the NCSC will actively protect the UK from a range of cyber threats and will coordinate responses to cyber security incidents.


The Cyber Streetwise campaign, funded by the NCSP, was launched in 2014 with the objective of providing the public and small businesses with the knowledge to take control of their cyber security and help protect themselves from cyber criminals.


To find out more, including how to set your device to that it automatically downloads the latest software updates visit




Fraudsters are impersonating telephone service providers and contacting their clients offering a phone upgrade on a low monthly payment contract. The fraudsters will glean all your personal and financial details which will then be used to contact the genuine phone provider and order a new mobile phone handset. The fraudsters will either intercept the delivery before it reaches the victim’s address or order the handset to a different address.

Protect yourself

If you have been a victim of fraud report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or


be aware of potential rio 2016 olympic ticket frauds


The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro begin on 6th August 2016 and as of late June, you will be able to purchase tickets from the Rio 2016 ticket offices.  Purchasing from an unauthorised seller or a ticket tout could leave you out of pocket; not only are the tickets advertised at inflated prices, but there is also a risk that the tickets purchased are counterfeit or do not exist. Any individual with a counterfeit ticket will be refused entry.
To help protect yourself, the list of authorised sellers has been published on the official website and provides a list of trusted resellers; this can be found at Equally, tickets purchased that are no longer needed can be sold through the Rio 2016 website for a 100% reimbursement of the amount paid if the tickets are resold.
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be aware of spoof emails offering "buyer protection"


Online shopping websites are being utilised by fraudsters to advertise vehicles for sale which do not exist. After agreeing to purchase the vehicle via email with the fraudsters, buyers then receive emails purporting to be from Amazon Payments and/or Amazon Flexible Payment Service stating that their money will be held in an ‘escrow account’ (a bank account held by a third party, used as a temporary holding account during a transaction between two parties- for a 7 day ‘cooling off’ period). Once happy with the purchase the email indicates the money will be released to the seller, therefore offering ‘buyer protection’. In reality these emails are fraudulent and do not come from Amazon. The bank accounts are controlled by fraudsters.
Protect yourself

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting





On each occasion the victim received a telephone call from a person claiming to be from HMRC (Revenue and Customs). They were told that they will be arrested if they did not settle their unpaid tax bill.  Fortunately the victims knew this was a scam and refused to hand over any money.


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phishing campaign targeting university students


A new phishing campaign which has hit students of UK universities claims that the student has been awarded an educational grant by the Department for Education. The email purports to have come from the finance department of the student’s university and tricks the recipient into clicking on a link contained in the message to provide personal and banking details.
One victim reported that after submitting their sensitive information (including name, address, date of birth, contact details, telephone provider, bank account details, student ID, National Insurance Number, driving licence number and mother’s maiden name), they were taken to a spoofed website which appeared like a genuine website of their bank, where they were asked to type in their online banking login credentials.

Protect Yourself:

If you think you may have compromised the safety of your bank details and/or have lost money due to fraudulent misuse of your cards, you should immediately contact your bank, and report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting


new forest residents warned about courier fraud


We're warning residents in the New Forest to remain vigilant after a 75-year-old woman was conned into sending a large amount of money to fraudsters.

The victim has been deceived into making a number of transfers or withdrawals totaling more than £200,000 on a number of occasions between February and May 2016.

She was tricked into believing she was speaking on the phone to employees of the Halifax fraud squad who told her there had been fraudulent activity on her bank account. She was convinced to make cash withdrawals and told the money would be collected from her home address. She was also asked on occasions to transfer money into another bank account.

Detective Constable Dave Wheeler said: “We want to warn residents that these requests are not genuine and that no police officer or bank would operate in this manner. Anyone who receives a suspicious call is urged not to give any details to the caller and report the matter to the police immediately."

People are reminded to protect themselves using the following advice:

·        Never give out any personal information about your bank account to anybody over the phone.

·        If someone calls claiming to be a police officer, ask for their identification number and police force. Hang up the call and advise that you will call them back using the 101 number. A genuine police officer will not mind waiting while you check. Call them back from a different phone if possible or wait at least 10 minutes before making the call. 

·        If you have given out information which could compromise your bank account security in any way, call your bank up to cancel your cards as soon as possible.

·        Never hand over money to someone at the door to be sent off elsewhere.

·        If someone comes to your door claiming to be a police officer or staff member, always ask for identification and make a note of their identification number. Ask them to wait while you verify their identity. Close the door and call 101.

RMS Crime Reference Number: 44160177513

Anyone who is concerned about similar incidents should contact police by calling 101. If a crime is in progress, please call 999. 



police alert regarding high number of thefts from outbuildings


Officers in the west of the New Forest are investigating thirty-five burglaries from outbuildings that have taken place over the last month. Between Monday, April 18, and Monday, May 16, fifteen reports were received for the Lymington and New Milton areas and twenty in total for Ringwood and Fordingbridge.

We believe that some of the burglaries from sheds, garages and other outbuildings are linked. In many cases garden equipment, power tools, and bicycles have been taken. In one case an outbuilding on West Road in Bransgore was broken into last Sunday night (May 15-16) and £15,000 worth of power tools, including a disc cutter and circular saw, were stolen.

Inspector Richard Parsons said "Please ensure that your outbuildings are kept secure and not an easy target for thieves. In addition ensure that expensive equipment is properly secured with items such as ground anchors and chains. Chaining items together is also an effective way of preventing thieves from removing equipment. 

"Remember to keep accurate details of your property including serial numbers and identifying marks, and, wherever possible photographs. This will assist the us in returning items to you if they are recovered. "I'd also urge the local community to report any persons or vehicles acting suspiciously in the New Forest to us by calling 101".

We'd like to take this opportunity to remind you of the following crime prevention advice:

General home and outbuilding security

• Keep the boundaries of your property well-maintained and secure to keep out unwanted visitors
• Ensure all doors and windows are shut and locked when not in use.
• Ensure windows and door frames are in good repair.
• Fit adequate locks to sheds, garages and outbuildings and consider fitting shutters or grilles to windows, or blocking them completely
• Fit good quality window locks
• Consider fitting a monitored home intruder alarm
• Check security equipment regularly to ensure it works properly.

Security lighting

• Install automatic security lights that come on at dusk and go off at dawn.
• Help make your property look occupied by fitting timer switches to lamps in different rooms and set them to come on at staggered times.
• Make sure the manufacturer's instructions are adhered to at all times when using electrical security devices.

CCTV and intruder alarms

• Consider installing CCTV to provide formal surveillance to the most vulnerable areas of the property.
• Consider installing an audible and monitored intruder alarm system.

Equipment security

• Leave vehicles out of sight when not in use.
• Vehicles and plant equipment should be locked when left outside and the keys kept in your possession or in a locked key safe.
• Consider the use of hitch locks, wheel clamps or ground anchors. You may require a combination of the above to meet insurance requirements.

Security marking

• All property, including vehicles and tools, should be uniquely marked, photographed and details such as serial, chassis and model numbers recorded.

The purpose of marking property is:

• To reduce the payoff to the thief – traceable property may be more difficult to sell on
• To increase the likelihood of identifying property as stolen – thereby assisting prosecution
• To increase the likelihood of re-uniting property with the owner

There are a number of methods for marking property effectively.

• Covertly – for example through use of Forensic DNA marker as liquid, gel or grease; UV pen; tracking or tagging technology; micro-marking.
• Overtly – by engraving/chemical etching; labels; postcoding or use of bar codes.

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purchasing pets online


The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Action Fraud have noticed a rise in the reporting of pets, and in particular puppies and kittens, being advertised for sale via popular online auction websites. The fraudsters will place an advert of the pet for sale, often claiming that the pet is currently held somewhere less accessible or overseas. Upon agreement of a sale, the suspect will usually request an advance payment by money transfer or bank transfer. However, the pet does not materialise and the fraudster will subsequently ask for further advanced payments for courier charges, shipping fees and additional transportation costs. Even if further payments are made, the pet will still not materialise as it is likely that the pet does not exist.

Protect yourself:

  • Stay within auction guidelines.
  • Be cautious if the seller initially requests payment via one method, but later claims that due to ‘issues with their account’ they will need to take the payment via an alternative method such as a bank transfer.
  • Consider conducting research on other information provided by the seller, for example a mobile phone number or email address used by the seller could alert you to any negative information associated with the number/email address online. 
  • Request details of the courier company being used and consider researching it.
  • Agree a suitable time to meet face to face to agree the purchase and to collect the pet. If the seller is reluctant to meet then it could be an indication that the pet does not exist.
  • A genuine seller should be keen to ensure that the pet is going to a caring and loving new home. If the seller does not express any interest in you and the pet’s new home, be wary.
  • If you think the purchase price is too good to be true then it probably is, especially if the pet is advertised as a pure-breed.
  • Do not be afraid to request copies of the pet’s inoculation history, breed paperwork and certification prior to agreeing a sale. If the seller is reluctant or unable to provide this information it could be an indication that either the pet does not exist or the pet has been illegally bred e.g. it originates from a ‘puppy farm’. A ‘puppy farm’ is a commercial dog breeding enterprise where the sole aim is to maximise profit for the least investment. Commercial dog breeders must be registered with their local authority and undergo regular inspections to ensure that the puppies are bred responsibly and are in turn fit and healthy. Illegally farmed puppies will often be kept in inadequate conditions and are more likely to suffer from ailments and illnesses associated with irresponsible breeding.
  • When thinking of buying a pet, consider buying them in person from rescue centres or from reputable breeders
If you have been affected by this, or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting



police release e-fit image following an attempted robbery in lymington


An efit image has been released by officers investigating an attempted robbery in Lymington. A 44-year-old man was walking along the underpass, at the junction of Wellworthy and Ampress Lane, at 6.20pm on April 3, when he saw two men.

One of the men came up to him and asked the victim for the milk he was carrying.When he refused he was punched twice in the face before the man fled empty handed. The victim suffered a bruised eye.


The attacker is described as being white, 5ft 10ins tall, in his late teens/early 20’s, of a slim build and with short blonde hair on top and a crew cut on the side which was light brown. He was wearing a faded dark blue jumper, with a yellow bird logo on the left side of his chest.

Were you in the area at the time of the incident? Did you see someone matching this description? Do you recognise the image?

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Constable Sharath Ranjan on 101, quoting 44160127612, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.




Police are appealing for information after thousands of pounds worth of power tools were stolen during a burglary in Exbury.

Thieves broke into a shipping container within the grounds of a property in Lepe Road, Exbury, between 5pm on March 29 and 7.30am on March 30.

Several Festool power tools, worth approximately £8,000, were stolen. The items include:

PC Dawn Pritchard said: “We are appealing for anyone who may have information about the burglary or who saw something suspicious in the area that night. We would also like to speak to anyone who knows of someone who has been trying to sell Festool power tools in recent weeks.”

Anyone with information about the burglary should call PC Pritchard on 101, quoting 44160121827, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


hampshire pOLICe warn about rogue traders


Reports have been made recently to Police, of rogue traders in the area asking to do tree work. There have been reports made over the weekend of people being approached by cold callers with reference to doing tree work at their properties.

If you have any similar exeriences please make contact with Trading Standards, with any details of persons or vehicles that call at your address. They can be contacted on 01962 833620.

Any suspicious activities or persons in the area please report via 101 for Police attention.


police release cctv image following a theft in barton on sea


We would like to speak to him after a purse containing £50 and a Kindle were stolen from the staff room of Gatehouse Residential Home in Becton Lane, Barton on Sea on Thursday (Feb 25). It is alleged the man tried the door handle of the garage before entering the staff room at about 11.10pm-11.25pm.

He was described as:

We would like to hear from anyone who knows this man.  Please call 101.  


* Picture is copyright of Hampshire Constabulary




We are offering crime prevention advice after receiving a report of a phone scam in which the caller claimed to be from Hampshire Constabulary.  A 61-year-old woman Hampshire woman received the call from an unknown number shortly before midday on Wednesday, February 3.

The caller, a man, claimed to be from Hampshire Constabulary and said the force was setting up police community clubs across the county to tackle drug use amongst teenagers. He then asked her to buy advertising space in a publication that would be sent to businesses to raise awareness on anti-social behaviour and drug use.

The woman did not agree to hand over money and reported the call to the police.

Inspector Paul Markham said: “Hampshire Constabulary would never call members of the public in this way and ask for money. “If anyone else has had a similar call, please contact us on 101 quoting 44160051531.”

People are reminded to protect themselves using the following advice: