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BRADFORD ON AVON CRIME UPDATE - 26/03/18 – 02/04/18

Bradford on Avon


54180028962 – Overnight between the 2nd and 3rd April, entry was gained to two vehicles parked on the driveway of a property in Trowbridge Road, Bradford on Avon. A small amount of loose change was stolen from one of the vehicles.


54180030378 – At some point between the 4th and 7th April, entry was gained to an insecure vehicle parked in Budbury Circle, Bradford on Avon. The vehicle was searched and a small amount of loose change was stolen from within.


54180030592 – At approximately 1610 hours on the 8th April, a Iveco Horse Transporter was stolen from the equestrian centre, Widbrook. Two males were seen to arrive at the location in a dark coloured 4 x 4 vehicle, and one of the males drove the transporter out of the yard.


54180029307 – On the 4th April a male received a telephone call from someone purporting to be from Microsoft. They advised him that his computer had been compromised and was infected with a virus. He was advised to download some software onto the computer, which allowed the person on the telephone to access the computer.

The male on the telephone convinced the victim to attend the local post office and make a payment of £2550 via Moneygram.

This was found to be a fraudulent call, and the victim has been scammed of the money.


Remember scammers often pretend to be from legitimate, well known, national or global companies like banks or utilities providers. If in doubt, hang up and phone the company yourself, using a phone number from their official website, yellow pages or letter headed correspondence from them.


A common scan involves someone calling you up and claiming that there is something wrong with your computer and they can fix it for you. This is a hoax.


If you think there is a problem with your computer, or you want to buy or update antivirus software :

  • Ask advice from the store where you bought it.
  • Ask a trusted computer repair technician that you have contacted yourself.
  • Never give control of your computer remotely to a third party over the telephone.
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