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Can anyone identify the male in this photo (cue comments on poor quality, but you may recognise the clothing!?)? Damage was caused at Specsavers on Friday 7th June 2019, we're thinking due to poor sight he got the wrong premises. If you can, please contact PC 2696 Welch on 101 quoting crime number CRI00201839. Many thanks. ... Read MoreRead Less
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2 weeks ago
*Anyone with information please contact us via 101.
POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a 15-year-old schoolgirl was assaulted at a bus stop in Newton Aycliffe this morning, Monday, June 3.
The teenager was making her way to school and waiting at the Williamfield Way bus stop for the Number 5 Arriva bus at about 7.40am.
A man riding a mountain bike has then turned left from Burnhill Way on to Williamfield Way and stopped at the bus stop before resting his bike against it.
The male approached the girl and tried to start a conversation and grabbed her wrist when she trued to leave.
The girl was able to free herself before running away through Hawkshead Place to the safety of a relative’s house.
The suspect is described as white and aged between 60 and 70 years old.
He is about 5ft 10 with short white hair and speaks in a northern accent, but not local to Newton Aycliffe.
It is thought he was wearing a grey jumper and riding a dark blue mountain bike with yellow or green writing in the bars. No make or model is known at present.
If you saw anything suspicious or have any information or CCTV, please call 101 quoting incident reference number 68 of June 3.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers on 0800-555111. ... Read MoreRead Less
We have had reports of the below cyber scam in our area. Please keep a look out for this, and see below for further information. ... Read MoreRead Less
Useful information from Durham Cyber Safety on the trending social networking app YOLO 👇👇YOLO: Q&A app-what is it? 📱📱
YOLO is currently the number 1 social networking app on ITunes in the UK. It is widely popular amongst teens, and is increasing in popularity as the weeks go on. Although not created by Snapchat, the app is an “add on” feature that is for Snapchat users.
The app allows Snapchat users to request anonymous messages from specific friends, or the wider public. You can then reply to the messages via your own snapchat story. There is a lot of attention towards the app at the moment as it became the most downloaded app in the UK and US, just a week after its release.
What to be aware of?
Currently the age restriction for YOLO is 17+ on the ITunes app store. Please be mindful that there are age restrictions for a reason. Children under 17 should not be using the app. If necessary, restrictions should be put in place on devices to restrict the downloading of apps that aren’t age appropriate.
Although the app has anti bullying features in place, there is always the risk that people will receive abusive and hurtful comments. Due to the nature of the app messages are anonymous, unless they are reported for inappropriate content. Please be mindful of teens using the app that there is a risk of inappropriate comments and messages.
If you have teens using the app, stress the importance of SAFE internet use. As with any online app, there is the risk that personal information can be shared or obtained unnecessarily. Ensure that any online usernames do not contain personal information. Stress with children the importance of safe internet use, and what is appropriate to be posting online.
Stress stranger danger with children/teens: It is equally risky to talk to strangers online, as it is in the physical world. If you have children using social networking apps, please make sure that they are only talking with trusted friends or family members.
Monitor online privacy: As this is a social app, it is key to remember that no personal information should be viewable to the outside world. This includes things such as home address, school, employment, and anything containing financial information.
Don’t post or ask anything inappropriate: Our “Digital Footprints” are massive-ensure that we do not post anything inappropriate as this can be shared many times online and prove hard to remove once it is on the internet.
Speak with anyone who has the app: Social networking can be fun and engaging for people of all ages. It’s good to talk, so if you know anyone who has the app make sure they know how to keep themselves safe whilst using it.
For further advice on keeping safe online, please visit www.getsafeonline.org ... Read MoreRead Less
3 weeks ago
HIGH value plant equipment has been stolen from a demolition site in Newton Aycliffe.
Police are appealing for help tracing the Hydraulic Shear and Selecta Grab, which were taken from St Cuthbert’s House, Aycliffe Business Park on Friday (May 24) at around 4.20pm.
The Hydraulic Shear is a VTN HS200 with a serial number of 05314401, this was additionally marked with the firm’s serial number PO80R. The Selecta Grab is a KINSHOFER with no serial number.
Officers believe they were towed away in a white coloured long wheelbase Ford transit and a dark coloured saloon, possibly a BMW.
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting reference number 44 of May 28. ... Read MoreRead Less
Phishing alert-TV License Phishing Campaign STILL in circulation. Please see below for further details 👇👇 ... Read MoreRead Less
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4 weeks ago
Renewed appeal.......do you know this male? Please get in touch if you do on 101. Many thanks.Newton Aycliffe Police are keen to trace this male who is suspected of theft in Aldi. Do you know this male? If so, contact Sgt Boyd on 101 quoting crime reference number CRI00182534. Please do not comment on here. Thank you. ... Read MoreRead Less
Newton Aycliffe Police are wanting to identify the male in this photo. He is suspected of stealing fuel from the Total garage on St Cuthberts Way, Newton Aycliffe on the 12th April 2019. If you have any information, please contact PC 2696 Welch on 101, quoting crime number CRI00190643. Many thanks. ... Read MoreRead Less
PCSO Hill attended a family fun day today in aid of Action 4 ME and The Hub of Wishes. Everyone enjoyed having a go in the Police van and Fire engine! The event is running until 5pm today if anyone would still like to attend. ... Read MoreRead Less
Newton Aycliffe Police were at every junior school again today engaging with parents and drivers around road related issues. We're getting so much positive feedback and support from you, its been amazing. Please keep up the great work in trying to make it safer for our kids particularly around schools. We will be building on this week, carrying out random spot checks at all schools, and targeting persistent offenders. Prizes were also awarded to all school winners of our poster competition, thanks to ROF 59 for contributing to the award. One of our favourite captions from the kids being 'Slow down you silly clown!'. Food for thought!? ... Read MoreRead Less
In response to feedback received by yourselves, officers from Newton Aycliffe Police carried out further Community Speedwatch in Midridge Village, Aycliffe Village, Burnhill Way, and Williamson Way as part of our Road Safety Week. A total of 921 vehicle passed through these checks and 88 were found to be over the specified speed limit for that area. Would you like to get involved in rolling out Speedwatch? If so, please get in touch? ... Read MoreRead Less
The Newton Aycliffe Road Safety week continued today with officers, teachers and mini police outside each junior school engaging with parents. The message seems to be getting through with less issues as the week has gone on, please help us to sustain this in the coming weeks and months. Prizes are to be awarded to the winners of our school poster competition tomorrow! Thanks to Gestamp for sponsoring this initiative. ... Read MoreRead Less
Today Newton Aycliffe Police were supported by Durham County Council in targetting scrap collectors in the area to make sure that they were road worthy and had the appropriate documentation. This was part of our Road safety week tackling issues raised by you. ... Read MoreRead Less
Another fantastic day in Newton Aycliffe as part of our Road Safety week. Thanks to all the parents who are taking steps to reduce issues around our schools and listen to advice being given. Your kids are amazing, please help us to keep them safe! Thanks to Gestamp for sponsoring this initiative. ... Read MoreRead Less
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Newton Ayclilffe Police were supported by the Police Motorcycle Section in carrying out Speedwatch in the area. As part of our Road safety week, speedwatch was carried out in 6 areas including two locations along Greenfield Way, Shafto Way, Westmorland Way, Burn Lane, Woodham Way (locations identified from feedback in yeterdays post). In total 777 vehicles came through these areas and 49 were over the designated speed limit. ... Read MoreRead Less
Road Safety week continued in Newton Aycliffe today when the beat team were supported by the local schools, mini police and the Motorcycle Section to promote safety around our schools. Officers were at every junior school for drop off and pick up times to engage with parents and educate on the dangers associated with inconsiderate parking. Lets work together to reduce accidents at these precious locations. Thanks to Gestamp for sponsoring this initiative. ... Read MoreRead Less
Officers carried out Speedwatch in 9 locations across Newton Aycliffe today as part of a week long Road Safety Initiative. Locations were Middridge, Greenfield Way, Stephenson Way, Pease Way, Woodham Way, Central Avenue, School Aycliffe, Burnhill Way, and Aycliffe Village. In total, 1303 vehicles travelled through these locations and 68 were found to be travelling at excessive speed. Locations have been nominated by the community and at PACT meetings, where would you like us next? ... Read MoreRead Less
Today marked the start of a Road Safety week in Newton Aycliffe. Officers were outside of every primary school in Newton Aycliffe to reinforce the message of safe driving and parking which is supported by teachers, pupils and the mini police. Your children attend these schools, please dont contribute to the next accident by parking where you shouldn't. Thanks to Gestamp who are sponsoring the initiative and St Marys Mini Police for their inspiration in creating these images. ... Read MoreRead Less
A TWO-wheeled trailer has been stolen from a council depot in Shildon.
Police are appealing for help tracing the red Foster three-tonne tipper trailer, which was taken from the depot in Harker Street at some point between 5.25am and 5.45am on Sunday, April 5.
The trailer has a solid bottom and mesh top, with rear-opening barn doors.
Police believe it was towed away by a silver Jeep Grand Cherokee in the direction of Byerley Road nd Auckland Terrace.
Anyone with information is asked to call PCSO James Cleminson at Durham Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. ... Read MoreRead Less
Is anyone missing a bag? If it's yours, please contact us at Newton Aycliffe Police Station on 101. ... Read MoreRead Less
Want to unlock your potential?
Do you want to give something back to your community?
Do you want the opportunity to work for an Outstanding Police Force?
If the answer to these questions is yes then we want to hear from you as we have twenty challenging but rewarding roles as Police Community Support Officers
(PCSOs) in Durham Constabulary.
We are looking for exceptional individuals who want to make a difference by serving the communities of County Durham and Darlington.
Successful applicants will play a significant role in supporting the Police, other agencies, and local communities, in tackling and discouraging issues such as public nuisance and anti-social behaviour. These roles involve work within local schools and youth groups to build knowledge on the issues within their local community.
To find out more, visit: www.durham.police.uk/Join-us/Pages/Recruitment.aspx
There will also be an opportunity to attend Neighbourhood Policing Team locality events throughout the force area as below:
Durham: Friday 17th May – 4.30pm to 6.30pm
Conference Room, Durham City Police Station, New Elvet
Peterlee: Wednesday 22 May - 6.00pm to 7.00pm
3rd Floor Conference Room, Peterlee Police Station
Darlington: Thursday 23 May – 5.00pm to 7.00pm
Central House, Gladstone Street
(Darlington are also doing pop up events in local supermarkets etc.)
Stanley: Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 May – 6.00pm to 7.00pm
Hotel 52, Joicey Square, Stanley DH9 0PG
Bishop Auckland: Saturday, 18 May – 2.00pm to 3.00pm and Wednesday, 22 May – 6.00pm to 7.00pm
Conference Room, Bishop Auckland Police Station
These events will provide would-be applicants an opportunity to attend and observe the operational environment of a Police Station. You will gain an insight into the role of a PCSO within the Neighbourhood Policing Teams with question and answer sessions in relation to the role and requirements.
Places at these events will be limited. To book a place please go to your local Neighbourhood Policing Teams Facebook page by sending a direct message via messenger. ... Read MoreRead Less
This event is going to be awesome, come down and join in, we are definitely going!! ... Read MoreRead Less
Newton Aycliffe Police are participating in a Blue Light community event in Newton Aycliffe Town centre in the summer holidays along with the other emergency services. Do you own, or know someone who has a 'retro' police vehicle? If so, would you like to get involved? If the answer is yes, please private message us. ... Read MoreRead Less
PCSOs Matt Walls and Steve Kipling were out on foot patrol last night dealing with Anti-Social Behaviour, and engaging with the community. Did you see them? These are targetted patrols in response to complaints and feedback from the community through PACT. Where should we patrol next? ... Read MoreRead Less
Newton Aycliffe Police is with Pioneering Care Partnership - PCP.
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Newton Aycliffe Police were at ROF59 today to support the Pioneering Care Partnership who are fundraising for the Hydrotherapy Pool replacement campaign through a Zip Wire Challenge! Bobby the Bull went down well! Please get yourselves along over the next week and support this very worthy cause! ... Read MoreRead Less
Going on holiday? See below for tips on how to keep safe online when on holiday 🌞It’s a bleak morning today, so to cheer us up in the office we have been discussing holidays! 🌞🌞
It’s great when you are going on holiday, however we often forget some basic things which leave us unprotected when we are going away. See our top tips below for Holiday cyber security:
Do not check in on social media: We see this daily-people will tag themselves at the airport or state on social media that they are going away and generally how long for. Think about what you are posting on social media. Do not advertise your home as unoccupied as this potentially makes you a target for crime. Additionally, if your home is targeted and you posted on social media you are on holiday, some insurance companies will be reluctant to pay out as you have advertised your home as unoccupied/insecure.
Social media usage: This links in with the above, but think about what you are sharing on social media. We have a tendency to overshare, so think about what you are posting, and who you are posting about. If you are posting a picture of others, ensure that you seek their permission first. Post holiday snaps when you return, not whilst you are away.
Do not post pictures of your travel documents or passport information on social media: This could potentially leave you open to ticketing fraud.
If using free Wi-Fi, download a VPN: A VPN (Virtual Private Network) helps protect you when you are browsing the internet. Assume that all free Wi-Fi is insecure, as it most likely is. Do not use free public Wi-Fi to do anything confidential on the internet, or input log in information. If you need to do this, use your mobile data or use a VPN when using Wi-Fi.
Back up and update your devices before going away: Updates are important for the security of our devices, so ensure that they are running the most up to date software. This means you won’t have the hassle of updating your device whilst away. Back-ups are important too-if you encounter any issues with your device whilst on holiday, you can restore them from your back up when you return.
Utilise two factor authentication for your accounts: We would advise that you should have this set up anyway on your accounts, but make sure that you have 2FA turned on before you go away. This means that an additional piece of information is required before you log in to your accounts, and can be a useful tool in stopping your account being accessed by someone who shouldn’t. 2FA (two factor authentication) can be found in your app/account settings and turned on from there.
For further advice, visit www.getsafeonline.org or www.internetmatters.org. ... Read MoreRead Less
We are appealing for help in locating Wayne Drakes, of Greenlee Garth, in Newton Aycliffe, who was last seen at his home on Saturday evening.
Officers are concerned the 40-year-old, who has not been in contact with family or friends, may need medical attention.
He is known to have links with Seaham, Sunderland and Peterlee.
Anyone with any information is asked to call Durham Constabulary on 101. ... Read MoreRead Less
Gerrard the dog has been reunited with his owners by Officers this afternoon. Thank you to everyone that helped look for him! ... Read MoreRead Less
Well done Daniel Heaton, latest winner of an ACE award!! Great youth community spirit in Newton Aycliffe......you are ACE!Congratulations to the latest winner of an ACE award; Daniel Heaton, who contacted the Fire Brigade and directed them into the location of a recent fire in the Horndale area. Thank you- Your ACE! ... Read MoreRead Less
Newton Aycliffe Police are supporting this fantastic cause on Friday 3rd May at ROF59 at 4pm which has been organised by the Pioneering Care Partnership. Why dont you come down and have a go, and at the same time contribute to a very worthwhile initiative?
PCP has teamed up with ROF 59 in Newton Aycliffe to fundraise for the Hydrotherapy Pool replacement campaign through a Zip Wire Challenge! The Zip Wire Challenge will take place over a two week period starting at 11.00 am on Friday 3 May and ending 11 May.
We are aiming for 1,700 ‘zips’ and the number is significant, it represents one zip wire for every 10 heroic ‘Aycliffe Angels’ or Royal Ordinance Factory workers and we’re also aiming to achieve this before the deadline of 11th May, to coincide with the historic day in mid-May when the blitz ended, almost 78 years ago. ROF 59 have kindly agreed to donate 50% of all takings to PCP! The zip wire costs £5 per person and if we can get 1700 people to have a go then we’d raise an astounding £4,250 plus any other donations.
The 200 metre line is the only one of its kind in the North-east - with thrill seekers reaching speeds of up to 35mph before coming to a stop on an old London-style double-decker bus landing pad. ... Read MoreRead Less
Do you know this male? He is suspected of being responsible for theft from Tescos, Newton Aycliffe on Wednesday 24th April 2019. Any information to Newton Aycliffe Police on 101 quoting crime number CRI00193078. Please do not name on this open forum. Many thanks. ... Read MoreRead Less
Further Phishing emails in circulation-see below for advice from Durham Cyber Safety ... Read MoreRead Less
A bunch of keys have been found today in Aycliffe Village. If you believe they are yours and you can identify the other items attached then they can be collected from Newton Aycliffe front office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm. ... Read MoreRead Less
Newton Aycliffe Police in conjunction with Great Aycliffe Town Council (sponsored by McDonalds and ROF59) run a scheme in Newton Aycliffe which recognises and rewards youths (Under 18) for doing good things. These include acts of community kindness and spirit, and work that is being done to improve the area. Do you know youths that are worthy of reward? Do you work in clubs, charities or organisations where youths are doing great things? Is so, private message us to let us know! Cheers. ... Read MoreRead Less
Do you know what Smishing is?
See below for advice on how to avoid being caught out by Smishing 👇👇📱📱Yesterday we received a rather exciting text message saying that we were due a tax refund!!
Unfortunately, this is not a real text message, but an example of SMISHING.
What is Smishing?
This is a term used to describe SMS Phishing. Similarly to phishing emails, criminals will send a message in the hope that they can manipulate the recipient into taking various actions which can lead to them being defrauded or a victim of crime.
The fraudulent text will usually claim to be from a trusted organisation such as a bank or HMRC.
Common examples of smishing messages are:
• Your bank, informing you that there is a ‘problem with your account’ such as irregular activity or lack of funds.
• A retailer, offering ‘vouchers’ or ‘gift cards’.
• A technology provider such as Apple or Google, notifying that you ‘need to validate an account’.
• A parcel delivery company, notifying you that you need to ‘confirm that you want a parcel to be delivered’.
• HMRC, informing you that you are ‘due a tax refund’.
How to avoid becoming a victim of smishing
• Do not click on links in text messages unless you are 100% certain that they are genuine and well-intentioned.
• Take time to consider your actions before responding to text messages.
• Ask yourself if the sender, if genuine, would really contact you via this text. DO NOT CLICK ON ANY LINKS OR ATTACHMENTS IN THE MESSAGE.
• Recognise threats of financial issues or offers that seem too good to be true, for what they really are.
• If in doubt, call the correct number of the organisation or individual from whom the text claims to have been sent, to check its authenticity.
• Remember that even if the text message seems to come from someone you trust, their number may have been hacked or spoofed.
• Do not respond to the text message. Doing so could result in your details being added to a ‘suckers’ list’ and you will be inundated with similar messages.
If you have lost any money as a result of smishing, please report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 20 40, or go to www.actionfraud.police.uk.
For further advice on Smishing, please visit www.getsafeonline.org ... Read MoreRead Less
Officers are appealing for information following a one vehicle collision near Redworth village.
The incident occurred just after 7.30am on Monday (April 15) southbound on the A6072.
It is believed the rider of a SYM JET scooter was travelling along the carriageway when he fell from the bike on a right hand turn and collided with a kerb and roadside furniture.
The impact caused serious internal injuries to the rider who was taken to The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.
Anyone who witnessed the collision or has dashcam footage of the collision is asked to contact 101 quoting reference number 44 of April 15. ... Read MoreRead Less
Please be mindful of 'sextortion' scam emails in circulation 👇👇 ... Read MoreRead Less
Newton Aycliffe Police are keen to identify this male who is riding an off road motor cycle around the Jowett Way area of Newton Aycliffe. Do you know who he is or where the bike is from? Any ideas to PC 1168 Schofield on 101. Thank you. ... Read MoreRead Less
POLICE are appealing for information after a scooter rider suffered serious injuries in an accident near Newton Aycliffe.
The incident occurred just after 7.30am on Monday (April 15) on the southbound carriageway of the A6072 near Heighington Village.
It is believed the rider of a Sym Jet scooter was travelling along the carriageway when he lost control of the vehicle on a right hand bend and fell from his vehicle, colliding with the kerb.
The impact caused serious injuries to the rider, a 19-year-old from the Bishop Auckland area, who was taken to The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough for treatment.
Anyone who witnessed the collision or has dashcam footage of the collision is asked to contact 101 quoting reference number 44 of April 15. ... Read MoreRead Less
Keep yourself safe and your information private when gaming online 🎮🎮🎮🎮Good news PlayStation owners! PlayStation owners are finally able to change their gaming ID, which is something long overdue. What is important about being able to change gaming ID’s, and why are Durham Cyber Security discussing this?
Believe it or not, your gaming name or ID can potentially give away personal information about you. When gaming online we urge everyone to protect their personal information, which includes things like real name, age, date of birth and location.
Having a gamer ID such as GAMERDAN09 gives away information such as a name (Dan) and an approximate age/year they were born. We urge people to double check what information have on display on your online gaming profile. If you have children, please check what information they are putting out online, and take any necessary steps to safeguard them
Don’t reveal any personal information about yourself. This includes in your gaming ID/name, or in any game bio’s that you have. Ensure this is the case on ALL online profiles, including Xbox, PC and Nintendo.
Ensure your account is secure with a strong password: This should be at least 8 characters long, and have a mixture of numbers, letters, capitals and lower cases, and symbols.
Monitor who you are chatting to: Be wary chatting with strangers online in games. Do not reveal any personal information about yourself, or any information linked to your accounts. If you are suspicious of an account, report and block it.
Utilise parental settings: All consoles have built in parental settings. Check the individual consoles instructions on how to set these up if you have children. Parental settings can limit things like chat, friend’s requests, in game purchases, and limit inappropriate content such as explicit games and websites.
For more information on how to stay while gaming online, please visit www.internetmatters.org. ... Read MoreRead Less
Some top tips on how to keep safe using public WiFi 👇👇👇Do you use free public Wi-Fi?
If the answer is yes, please be mindful of the potential security risks when using public Wi-Fi hotspots. Unauthorised people can intercept what you are doing online; this could include capturing your passwords and reading your private emails. Similarly, criminals can mimic nearby Wi-Fi hotspots so you do not know which hotspot you are logging on to.
How can you keep yourself safe?
Do not connect to unknown hotspots: Wherever possible, connect to well known, commercial hotspot providers such as BT OpenZone or T Mobile.
If you have to conduct any activity online that requires log in information or anything personal, use your 3G or 4G mobile network. These networks have in built security. If you need to use a laptop/tablet, you can always “tether” it to your mobile device and share your 3G/4G connection.
Use a VPN: VPN’s (Virtual Private Networks) are easy to download, and usually come in the form of an app/program for your device. This means that any data that is sent across the internet is encrypted and harder to be intercepted by criminals. Remember to only use VPN’s provided by reputable service providers.
Remember: Don’t conduct any activity that contains confidential information on a public Wi-Fi network. If you are concerned, wait till you get home and on your secure internet network.
For further advice on safe Wi-Fi use, please visit www.getsafeonline.org ... Read MoreRead Less
Does anyone recognise this male? He is suspected of Fraud in the Darlington area. If you know him, please contact PC 2241 Lawrence on 101 quoting crime number CRI00185107? Many thanks. ... Read MoreRead Less
At approximately 1900hrs on Wednesday 10th April 2019 there was an incident outside of Tesco store Newton Aycliffe involving a male believed to be in his 40’s with a black Alsatian type dog. If you know the identity of this male please can you contact PC 1168 Simon Schofield at Newton Aycliffe Police Station reference CRI00190395. Many thanks. ... Read MoreRead Less
A multi-agency walkabout was conducted around the Shafto St Marys Ward today in Newton Aycliffe. A number of issues raised and actions created. Good to get out and hear your concerns. ... Read MoreRead Less
Do you know what ransomware is??RANSOMWARE ALERT!!
Do you know that there are types of malware that give criminals the ability to lock a computer from a remote location? This piece of malware is called RANSOMWARE. A pop up will be displayed on the device screen which will usually inform the owner that the computer will not be unlocked until a sum of money is paid. The widest known varieties of ransomware that have been used in recent times are Crypto Locker and WannaCry.
Why might you get ransomware?
-Opening a malicious email or attachment.
-Click on a malicious link in an email, instant message, social networking site or other website.
-Visiting a corrupt website-often these are pornographic in nature.
-Opening infected files from web based digital file delivery companies (eg Dropbox).
-Opening corrupt macros in application documents (word processing, spreadsheets etc).
-Inserting corrupt CDs/DVDS
How can you avoid ransomware?
-Do not reply to, or click on links contained in unsolicited or spam emails from companies or individuals that you do not recognise.
-Only visit websites you know to be reputable.
-Always install updates to software and apps-including systems-as soon as prompted.
-Ensure you have effective and updated antivirus/antispyware software and firewall running before you go online.
-Regularly back up all your data, including to a USB connected device stored remotely from your computer. This is because some ransomware can also infect your cloud based storage.
If your computer has been locked by ransomware, do not pay the ransom, and see professional advice from a trustworthy source.
For more information please visit www.actionfraud.police.uk or www.getsafeonline.org.uk ... Read MoreRead Less
Officers are appealing for information following reports of criminal damage to a vehicle in Newton Aycliffe.
The incident occurred outside of St Mary’s Primary school on Burn Lane just before 5pm on March 20.
It is believed the suspect(s) damaged the vehicle parked outside of the school by unknown means before making off.
Anyone with information in relation to this incident is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference number 320 of March 20. ... Read MoreRead Less
On Saturday 23rd March 2019, Nicole Holmes and Lauren Bulmer went to the rescue of a vulnerable female in Newton Aycliffe town centre and stayed with her until officers arrived. Their actions were highly commended by the beat team who were very impressed with the support they offered. Well done girls, you are ACE! Both will be rewarded by McDonalds who are sponsoring this initiative that recognises acts of community spirit in young people. ... Read MoreRead Less
An incident occurred in Clarence Green, Newton Aycliffe on Tuesday 2nd April 2019 at around 1600hrs where a male dog walker was abusive and threatening towards another dog walker. This male is described as white, approx 25 years old, 6' tall, stocky build and bald. He was wearing a grey tracksuit, black trainers and was walking a white/brown/black boxer type dog. Do you know this male? Did you witness this incident? Any information to PCSO Walls on 101 quoting crime number CRI00188643 please. Thanks. ... Read MoreRead Less
See below for Children's cyber safety sessions in the Easter holidays 👇👇👇 ... Read MoreRead Less
PCSO Jen Atkinson and the St Marys Mini Police joined forces with the Civic Pride team on 'Operation Spruce Up' in Central Avenue, Newton Aycliffe last Thursday. This Durham County Council scheme is aimed at cleaning up towns and villages to make environmental improvements and foster civic pride. Well done team!! ... Read MoreRead Less
Be on the lookout for the current TV Licensing Phishing campaign! 👇👇👇 ... Read MoreRead Less
We are appealing for witnesses to a collision which left a biker with serious injuries.
It happened on Emerson Way outside the Iron Horse Hotel in Newton Aycliffe at 2.40pm on Saturday, March 30 and involved a KTM 350 motorbike and Volkswagen Golf.
Both vehicles were travelling in opposite directions when they collided.
The 36-year-old rider of the KTM was thrown from the bike and was taken to James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, with serious injuries.
The driver of the car – a 35-year-old man – received a minor injury.
Anyone who witnessed the collision, or has any information in relation to it, is asked to call Durham Constabulary on 101, quoting incident number 260 of March 30. ... Read MoreRead Less
Today the beat team attended Stephenson Way school to carry out an assembly and speak to the children regarding various topics. We took along our friend Bobby the Bull and one of our motorcycle section. All the kids had a fab time and were given the opportunity to sit on the motorbike. We also took the opportunity to give an ACE Award to Oscar and Harvey. Im sure you all remember that at the Christmas Grotto the brothers came along and donated the contents of their piggy banks to Santa so he could buy presents for less fortunate children. We thought the boys deserved a little treat. Oscar and Harvey we think your ACE! ... Read MoreRead Less
POLICE are trying to trace two dog walkers who may be able to assist in an investigation in the Newton Aycliffe area.
Officers are investigating an incident which took place on Thursday, March 21 in a wooded area beside the disused railway path which runs from Travellers Green to Blue Bridge, an area which is popular with local dog walkers.
Officers are keen to speak to two potential witnesses, a man and a woman who were seen walking their dog in the area between 7pm and 9pm that night.
Detective sergeant Clare Hargreaves said: “This is an area which is very popular with dog walkers and in particular we are keen to speak to a man and a woman who were in the area on Thursday evening.
“They are not under investigation themselves, but they may have information which is extremely helpful to our inquiry and we would urge them to get in touch with us as soon as possible”.
Anyone with information which could help the investigation is asked to call Durham Constabulary on 101, quoting reference DHM-22032019-0271. ... Read MoreRead Less
A litter pick took place in the Western Area of Newton Aycliffe today as part of a multi-agency Time Limited Project (TLP). The police are working with Livin, Durham County Council, Junction 7 and The Hub of Wishes to create a community garden and increase youth provision in an effort to reduce Anti-Social Behaviour. ... Read MoreRead Less
Does anyone recognise this male? He is suspected of stealing from Bargain Buys today (27/03/2019) in Newton Aycliffe. Please don't comment on here, contact PC 2946 Mackintosh on 101. Many thanks. ... Read MoreRead Less
Durham Cyber Safety will be delivering a session tonight at School Aycliffe Community Hall 7pm! ... Read MoreRead Less
Newton Aycliffe Police are keen to trace this male who is suspected of theft in Aldi. Do you know this male? If so, contact Sgt Boyd on 101 quoting crime reference number CRI00182534. Please do not comment on here. Thank you. ... Read MoreRead Less
Officers are appealing for information after a young girl suffered a broken arm after being pushed off a swing.
The incident occurred in Byerley Park, Newton Aycliffe on February 26 at around 12.30pm.
It is believed the suspect approached the victim who was sitting on the swing from behind and pushed her off.
The female suspect is described as being in her teens with long brown hair.
The young girl sustained a broken arm and was taken to hospital.
PC Craig Carter from Bishop Auckland response said: “Anyone with information in relation to this incident please call us on 101 quoting reference number 106 of February 28.” ... Read MoreRead Less
On Friday 15th March at approximately 830pm on Woodham Way, Newton Aycliffe a male has been attacked by a dog. The victim has sustained injuries requiring surgery to his face and bruising to his arm. If anyone has seen the incident or is the owner of the dog please could they get in touch with PC 2884 CRUISE on 101 quoting DHM-15032019-0454 ... Read MoreRead Less
A burglary took place at a compound on one of the industrial estates off Whinbank Road, Newton Aycliffe 10/3/19-11/3/19. Along with a number of tools the attached Caucasian Shepherd dog, 4 months old was stolen. Any information to PC 2525Westerman on 101 quoting crime number CRI00184230 please. ... Read MoreRead Less
Handy advice from Durham Cyber Safety on keeping safe on games consoles 🎮🎮🎮 ... Read MoreRead Less
Does your child play Roblox? Here are some tips below on how to keep them safe whilst gaming online 👇👇👇What is Roblox?
Roblox is a gaming platform whereby multiple players can interact and play online. It is a very popular gaming site, and has a collection of games aimed predominantly at 8-18 year olds. It should be noted however that players of all ages can use the site.
Roblox is currently available to play on PC, phone, tablet and Xbox one. Every game on Roblox has been created by users, and there is a wide variety of games to choose from. Many users like Roblox for its creative and social elements, and it can be a good platform for children to use providing they know about safe online gaming
What should parents be aware of?
Despite the games being aimed at 8-18 year olds, there are no age restrictions in place. This means that both adults and young people can potentially play and communicate with each other on the platform.
All of the games are multiplayer and are played online. They contain a text chat feature in game and this is visible to other players in that individual game.
As Roblox is a creative game, there is a section called the Roblox Studio where players can use their imagination to create their own games to share with others. As the content is user generated, some of the content is not suitable for children (eg may contain imagery of weapons, blood, sexual content etc).
There is in game currency called Robux. This can be bought with real money in the game and then can be used to purchase items in Roblox.
Stay engaged and have regular conversations with your child: We actively encourage parents to show an interest in what games your children are playing. Do this by having regular conversations and even play those games with your child. This is the best way to be aware of what they are accessing. If children know you are interested, they may feel more at ease talking to you about any issues they have when gaming.
Stress the importance of personal information: Make sure that your child understands the importance of keeping their personal information safe, such as real name, date of birth, and address. Ensure that their gaming name does not reveal any personal details, and that their bio on Roblox does not contain personal information either.
Stress that they speak with an adult straight away if the chat in game is inappropriate. Make sure your child knows how to block and report users.
Make sure that your child only has “real” friends in the friends list. Explain what friends are and the importance of “stranger danger”.
Set parental controls that are right for your family. Chat can be disabled, and parental PINs can also be put in place to stop children adjusting these settings.
There are additional safety features for under 13s, so it is important to check that your child’s account is registered with their correct age. Players under the age of 13 have a symbol next to their username at all times, although this isn’t visible to other players. This means they will only have access to games that are age appropriate for them.
For further advice on Roblox, please visit the Roblox site, www.saferinternet.org, or www.internetmatters.org. ... Read MoreRead Less
Are you aged between 11 and 19? Bored and need something to do? Come along to the Youth Club between 630 and 830pm. ... Read MoreRead Less
PACT meeting tonight at the Western Area Community Centre (Silverdale House) at 6pm. Come along and have a chat with PCSO Hill and discuss any concerns you may have. ... Read MoreRead Less
Guys, please can you all take a moment to respond to this post by our friends at LIVIN. Its all part of the ongoing work we are doing in the Western Area as part of a multi agency Time Limited Project to provide new community provisions. Your thoughts and feedback is very much appreciatedThanks to everyone who has taken part in the surveys and drop in to help us develop a new programme of activities for the Western Area Community Centre in Silverdale House. With a new look and new programme planned, we hope the building will become a hub of activities for the whole estate.
When we relaunch the building in the Spring, do you think it should have a different name and what would that be? Or should it remain as the Western Area Community Centre.
Please post your thoughts or message us. ... Read MoreRead Less
Newton Aycliffe Police were in the Cobblers Plantation tonight in response to concerns over under age drinking and associated problems. A number of youths had drink taken from them and work will now be undertaken to educate them and their parents to prevent further issues. Sgt Boyd and PC Schofield were also out on foot patrol targeting ASB hot spots. ... Read MoreRead Less
Town centre PACT meeting Saturday 9th March 2019, 12:30-14:30 town centre shop opposite Savers. Pop in with any concerns or questions, also free bike/scooter security marking. ... Read MoreRead Less
It is with pleasure (it's a very pleasing day for the Centre today), that we can now announce that we have an official start date for the start of the YOUTH CLUB.
This club has been funded by GAMP, and will be overseen by Groundworks NE & Cumbria.
Start date: Wednesday 6th March 2019, from 6:30pm until 8:30pm. ... Read MoreRead Less
An Iphone has been handed in at Newton Aycliffe Police Station, is it yours? Proof of ownership required. Many thanks. ... Read MoreRead Less
SSAFA are doing some cracking work in the community. If you have ever served in the Armed Services and you need any kind of advice or assistance, please get in touch on the number provided. ... Read MoreRead Less
Officers are appealing for information following an increase in criminal damage on Macmillan Road in Newton Aycliffe.
Residents are having ongoing issues with youths throwing stones at windows and running off.
The youths are known to disrupt the elderly residents and on one occasion have smashed the ground floor window of one of the properties.
PC Neal Jones of Bishop Auckland response said: “Newton Aycliffe should be a desirable location for the community to live, we will take all measures to ensure they know we will not tolerate this behaviour.
“We would also ask for support from parents to ensure they know where and what their children are up to in the evenings”.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact PC Neal Jones on 101 quoting reference number 74 of February 20. ... Read MoreRead Less
Newton Aycliffe Police would like to speak to this male in connection with a theft occurring on the 5th February 2019 in the Newton Aycliffe area. If you know this male, please contact us on 101 quoting crime number CRI00177092, please do not comment on here. Many thanks. ... Read MoreRead Less
Officers are appealing for witnesses after a woman was robbed outside of a cash-point in Newton Aycliffe.
The incident happened at around 12.30pm on Friday (March 1).
A woman was using the cash machine outside of Barclays Bank on Beveridge way when the male suspect approached her and took a sum of money.
A 44-year old man was quickly detained at the scene and later arrested on suspicion of robbery.
PC Natalie Winter, from Bishop Auckland CID said: “We would like to thank members of the public for their help in assisting the vulnerable lady.
“Anyone who witnessed the incident or with CCTV/mobile phone footage is asked to call Durham Constabulary on 101, quoting reference 163 of March 1.” ... Read MoreRead Less
🎮🎮Stay safe gaming online🎮🎮🎮TUESDAY TOP TIPS-STAY SAFE GAMING ONLINE🎮
Most modern games now are played online, or have an online element to them such as in game chat or purchases. Many online games are great fun, offer an extra element to multiplayer games, and can improve communication between people. As much as we love online gaming, make sure that you protect yourself when gaming online.
1) In big multiplayer games (think Fortnite, Apex Legends or Black Ops 4) the presence of such a large online community can lead to unmoderated, unfiltered discussions, and can pose a variety of risks such as:
- Inadvertently giving away personal information, including passwords, email, home address or age.
- All the dangers associated with online chat
2) Be wary of criminals when buying in game currency, or currency that can be spent in online stores such as Xbox Live and PSN. Only buy from legitimate sellers or through the online console stores themselves. Be wary of people who approach you online with the promise of discounts and offers.
3) When PC gaming, only play games online when you have effective and updated antivirus/anti spyware software and a firewall running.
4) Verify the authenticity and security of files downloaded, and only purchase games/software from reputable sources.
5) Use strong passwords, and ensure that your real name is not given out online. Ensure that your gaming ID/gamertag does not reveal any personal information about you.
6) If children game online, check what they are playing is age appropriate. Ensure that they do not have any personal information on their games, and that they are only communicating with ‘real’ friends, and not strangers.
7) Utilise privacy settings on your gaming accounts: you can restrict chat settings, what other players can see on your gaming profile, and even what games can be played on certain devices.
8) ALL games consoles have parental settings built in: You can set parental accounts and manage your child’s activity whilst they are gaming. Please refer to the individuals console instructions on how to set these.
For further advice on safe gaming online, visit www.getsafeonline.org. ... Read MoreRead Less
TikTok-What is it? 📱📱📱
It’s a social media app that gives users the opportunity to share 60 second short videos with friends, family, or the entire world. The videos range from funny sketches to lip sync videos with special effects. It is very popular with users under 16 years.
The minimum age is 13 according to TikTok’s terms and conditions.
What are the risks?
When you download the app users can see ALL the content without creating an account, although they are not able to post, like or share anything until they’ve set up an account on the app.
By default, all accounts are public, so anyone on the app could potentially see what your child shares however only approved users can send them messages. There is the potential that users can be contacted by strangers on the app.
What can I do to keep safe on the app?
People should be aware of cyber bullying, and that any online platform can be a forum for this. Ensure you are aware of the reporting tools and how to delete users and report them.
Set your account to private: You can approve or deny users and limit incoming messages to followers only. However note that even with a private account, profile photos, usernames and bio’s are still visible, so ensure that these do not give away personal information or are inappropriate.
Children may be tempted to gain more ‘likes’ or ‘follows’ on the app by doing something inappropriate, so it’s important to have a conversation with your child about what they are sharing and who with.
Stress with any children using the app the importance of their digital footprint, and who they communicate with online. ‘Stranger danger’ is very much applicable in the online world as well as the physical world.
For further advice on keeping safe online, please visit www.internetmatters.org, www.getsafeonline.org. ... Read MoreRead Less
Sgt Boyd was out on foot patrol tonight assisting the team with a dispersal order in the town, dealing with under age drinking in Cobblers Hall park, and locating 2 youths who had been reported missing from home. If you didnt see him, here is where he got to. ... Read MoreRead Less
Newton Aycliffe Police are keen to speak to the male in this photo with regards to an incident at Tescos, number DHM-21022019-0366. Is it you? If so, come and see us at your earliest convenience! ... Read MoreRead Less
Western Area Time Limited Project
On the back of a very successful engagament event at Silverdale House on Tuesday, the TLP members met to discuss an action plan around increased youth provision and a community garden. The project is gaining momentum and further updates will be placed on our page over the next few months This is a very exciting project which will reduce ASB and increase confidence. ... Read MoreRead Less
Congratulations to Skye- Marie; the latest winner of an ACE award. A scheme organised by Great Aycliffe Town Council and Durham Police; for when officers witness random positive behavior from young people around the town.
Skye- Marie used her own initiative to helped a Park Patrol member of staff to clear litter from a play area in West Park, Newton Aycliffe.
Thank you- You're ACE! ... Read MoreRead Less
Big thank you to everyone who attended the engagement event yesterday at Silverdale House in the Western area. This was an event organised to involve the community in coming up with ideas around a Community Garden, and youth provision in the community centre. There was a great turn out from the community, and lots of ideas shared with the project team. ... Read MoreRead Less
We've been contacted by Angie Harker Van Dijk asking for assistance with the following appeal:
This is about my mam
Appeal for witnesses
Can anyone who witnessed a pedestrian knocked over at the Eden Arms roundabout on Tuesday 15th January at 4:15pm please leave your contact details in a PM so I can reach you please.
The lady who was knocked over was wearing a dusky pink dufflecoat over a Sainsburys uniform and we are trying to find witnesses and/or the driver of the car, along with any other information or video, dashcam footage etc.
She has undergone surgery for a broken leg but is hopeful of a full recovery. I’m trying to find the lady at the scene who helped and the man who brought her home.
Please contact Paul Wright or myself if you have any info. Thanks. ... Read MoreRead Less