This week’s police column, written by community beat sergeant Rachel Blackwell, looks at crimes involving roadside conmen.
Sgt Blackwell also talks about planned visits to allotments and a theft from a convenience store.
ROADSIDE CONMEN - UPDATE
Three weeks ago we reported that we had seen an emerging crime series with motorists being flagged down by men at the roadside claiming to need cash for petrol because they are stranded or broken down.
More incidents have been reported in the past week with incidents in Bourne and to the south of Grantham. Earlier incidents were reported in Ryhall Road, Stamford, and on the main road out of Stamford towards the A1 at Carpenters Lodge.
Reports from callers have so far described foreign, Eastern European and Asian men in their 40s, with or without a family group, standing in the road and flagging down motorists claiming to have broken down or run out of petrol.
Some have gone as far as parking their vehicle across the carriageway as a physical barrier, forcing other drivers to slow down.
Some will simply look frantic and ask for money, others will offer gold jewellery that turns out to be fake or a mobile as surety.
We are advising motorists not to stop in these circum-stances and report any incident of this type to us.
ALLOTMENT CRIME PREVENTION PROJECT
The Stamford neigh-bourhood policing team is set to launch a crime prevention project across allotment sites in Stamford over the coming weeks to help prevent allotment owners becoming easy targets for thieves.
With the spring season fast approaching, people will be looking at ways to improve their allotments and green areas, whether this be for upkeep, growing produce or entertaining purposes.
This inevitably means that there is a greater potential for the theft of garden equipment and theft from outbuildings to occur.
We are keen to ensure that potential thieves are deterred and that local residents are aware of preventative measures that could be implemented to reduce the chances of being a victim of crime. The team will therefore be available for crime prevention advice and the steps
Please put these dates in your diaries and come along to speak to the team.
Priory Road: Sunday, 2pm-4pm, Sunday, March 24, 2pm-4pm; Uffington Road, Wednesday, 10am to midday, Wednesday, March 27, 10am to midday; Water Furlong and Queens Walk, Sunday, March 3, 2pm to 4pm and Wednesday, March 20, 10am to midday.
CCTV AND WANTED FACES:
Identification is sought in relation to the man and woman, pictured left, who are suspected of stealing from the Co-op in Billingborough at about 2pm on Sunday, February 3.
The man appears to be covering for the woman, who conceals groceries in a bag whilst he obstructs the view of the camera.
About £65 worth of groceries was stolen, predominantly meat products.
Anyone with information should contact Lincolnshire Police by dialling 101 and quoting the crime number 32130004408.
Alternatively, you can email the officer dealing with the case PC 361 Claire Wilson on Claire.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Report crimes anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.