Thursday (Market Day) Parking in Bingham

Thursday (Market Day) Parking in Bingham

This Is Bingham has received a few messages from locals asking us to highlight the issue of parking in the market square on a Thursday. Even though the market stalls clear up in the late afternoon, the parking enforcement remains until 6pm – this means that no parking is permitted in the square until after this time. Warden’s are patrolling up until 6pm so tickets are being given to any car parked-up. There are parking signs highlighting this around the square but they are small and not so obvious. Please be careful when...
Nottingham Police Inspectors Suspended

Nottingham Police Inspectors Suspended

Two police inspectors have been arrested and bailed as part of an investigation into alleged fraud offences. Inspector Phil Hallam, local area inspector for Rushcliffe and his wife, Inspector Zoe Hallam, who is a former neighbourhood policing sergeant at Bingham, have both been suspended from duty while inquiries by Nottinghamshire Police continue. Inspector Phil Hallam was arrested at Cotgrave Police Station, where he is based and it is believed that both officers were taken out of the county for questioning. A Nottinghamshire Police spokesperson said: “Two serving Nottinghamshire police officers have been arrested as part of an investigation into alleged fraud offences. “The officers, a female inspector and a male inspector, were arrested at separate locations on Tuesday, November 19. “The 46-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of committing fraud by false representation. The man, also 46, was held on suspicion of assisting and encouraging fraud by false representation, and misconduct in a public office. “Both officers have been bailed following questioning and have been suspended from duty.” Inspector Hallam joined Nottinghamshire Police following a career in the Armed Force. He managed the Public Protection Team and the force intelligence unit before moving to neighbourhood policing as Local Area Commander for Rushcliffe. It is believed Inspector Zoe Hallam is posted to the Bridewell Custody Suite in...
Scam Alert!

Scam Alert!

Involving “Secure Fraud Unit” of well known High Street Bank. Trading Standards officers have been made aware of a fraudulent phone call, posing as the Secure Fraud Unit at a well-known high street bank. The bogus caller went on to say that the victims account was subject to fraudulent activity and that they needed to send them money so that they could catch whoever was involved. The victim was told not to say anything to anyone, but to send large quantities of cash to the criminals. The victim sent a payment of £1,500 by money order and the following day sent a further £1,500 again by money order. The fraudsters were still not satisfied with £3,000, they went on to request further payment, still claiming to be able to catch whoever was involved in the supposed fraud.  Struggling to afford these payments, the victim took out a bank loan of £3,000 and claimed that they needed some extra cash for home improvements. It was only when the victim tried to take out a further loan a few days later, to send onto the criminals, that the bank became aware of the situation,. However, the victim is now responsible for the repayments of the loans they has taken out. It is not yet known if these loans were secured, meaning that there is a real risk that this innocent victim cold lose property if the repayments are not kept up. We are sharing this information with you and we want you to share this with family, friends and colleagues. Around half of us will have been targeted by a scam...
Cash Machines Warning

Cash Machines Warning

Nottinghamshire Police has advised people that there have been a number of fraud devices found on cash machines in the Central Avenue, West Bridgford area over the last few weeks, all with similar mechanisms. The offenders place a strip over the front of the machine where you enter your card; this often contains a camera to record your pin number. Please have a close look at the cash machine before entering your card and check that the plastic panel is fixed securely to the machine. This panel will look very similar to the normal cash machine front panel and may be made from metal or plastic. When using the machine, cover the key pad with your hand to stop your pin number being recorded or seen by anyone nearby. There hasn’t been any reports, that we know of, in Bingham, but it always best to keep a look out. If you have any suspicions when using the machines, please call the police immediately on 101, or in an emergency call...
Bingham’s crime levels drop

Bingham’s crime levels drop

The crime levels in Bingham have fallen by 45% according to the latest figures. Between January and March, of this year, there were 20 fewer crimes in the town compared to the same period last year. Pc John Reason told the town council’s community committee the crime rates was down when the Bingham East and West wards were combined. This makes Bingham one of the lowest ranked areas in the borough. Pc Reason welcomed the figure but said it would be nice if Bingham was even further down in the rankings. Bingham ranks below areas including West Bridgford and Keyworth but rank above Radcliffe. There were 45 crimes in the town during the first quarter of the 2012 financial year and 25 crimes in the first quarter of 2013, However, Pc Reason has warned that Bingham may find itself climbing up the table when the next figures are published. He said “There was a spate of damaged cars in May, which might push the crime figures up.” There have been two house burglaries in the same month. He continued to say that most of the crimes committed in Bingham involved vehicles as there has been a mass of number plate thefts and car damage. “I cannot say we have any particular hotspots but we seem to have more crime in Bingham East than Bingham West. “Bingham East takes in the Market Place and most of the public houses, this seems to be the main area.” There were 11 reports of anti-social behaviour in Bingham during June, which ranks the area 4th out of 6 in Rushcliffe. The council committee...
Post Office Robbery Update

Post Office Robbery Update

Post Office Robbery Update Following from the article about the robbery of East Bridgford Post Office on Thursday 28th February, the police now want to speak to anyone who has been offered a large amount of stamps. Two teenagers, one black and one white, robbed the Post Office, on Main Street, demanding money and threatening staff with small knives  at around 5.00pm that day. A large quantity of stamps were among the items stolen: books of 100, 12 and 6 first and second class stamps, books of 50 large letter stamps, Post Office phone cards and a large amount of foreign currency, mostly Euros and Dollars. Detective Sergeant Jane Bestwick, part of the West Bridgford CID said: ” If anyone has offered to sell you stamps, please get in touch with us, especially if they are in unusually large books. “We are looking to trace these offenders, who were wearing masks and dark clothing. If you saw anything, or any suspicious cars in the area at the time, which may be linked to the incident, please call us.” If you have any information contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident 569 of 28 February 2013, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. For the main story of the incident click...