“BT” and “Microsoft” Phone Scams

For your information the BT and Microsoft phone call attempt scams are still being made and I have had reports from a number of NHW Coordinators.

They both come in the form of calls from supposed BT or Microsoft call centres usually stating that they will cut your internet connection unless you provide certain personal details.

Neither BT nor Microsoft would ever contact you in this way so please do not divulge any details or engage with the caller, simply terminate the call.

Even if you list the number used on call barring they often manage to get around this by changing their number on a regular basis.

Please be aware and stay vigilant.

Online Purchasing Advice

If you do not know the online shop, do some research. Check review sites, social media pages and look for customer reviews online. These are often the best source of information.

Check the online shop is legitimate. Somewhere on the website there should be an address, a contact telephone number, an email address and a VAT registration number.

Make sure the payment pages are secure. The web page address should start with https:// the ‘s’ stands for secure.
Read terms and conditions, especially the delivery times and returns policies

Remember, you cannot return personalised or custom made goods

Buying outside the UK? Find out if you’ll have to pay for tax import duty before you buy

Visit getsafeonline.org for more tips on how to shop safely online.

Justice in Dover District

1. Shaun Stoneman was sentenced on 10 May 2017 at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court.
He pleaded guilty to drink driving.
On 23 April 2017 the 34-year-old, of Castle Street, Dover, drove a Vauxhall Corsa in Winchelsea Terrace, Dover, and gave a breath test of 157 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.
Magistrates sentenced Stoneman to 90 days in prison, suspended for 24 months, and banned him from driving for 36 months. He must also pay £85 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.
Disqualification can be reduced by nine months if, by 9 June 2019, he satisfactorily completes a course approved by the Secretary of State, the cost of which will not exceed £250.

2. Craig Shane Dunn was sentenced on 10 May 2017 at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court.
He pleaded guilty to burglary, theft and shoplifting.
On 20 March 2017 the 24-year-old, of Stembrook Court, Dov er, stole charity money worth an unknown amount from a bank in Market Square, Dover.
On 17 April 2017 he burgled a shop in Biggin Street, Dover, with the intent to steal.
On 19 April 2017 he stole meat worth £18.30 from a supermarket in Charlton Green, Dover.
Magistrates sentenced Dunn to 90 days in prison. He must also pay £39 compensation.

“Justice Seen, Justice Done”

1. Peter Charles Luckhurst was sentenced on 11 April 2017 at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court.
He pleaded guilty to going equipped for theft, possession of heroin, possession of crack cocaine and two counts of shoplifting.
On 7 February 2017 the 38-year-old, of Edgar Road, Dover, stole a bottle of whiskey and a bottle of cognac worth £52 from a supermarket in Honeywood Parkway, Dover. He also had a quantity of diamorphine, a quantity of crack cocaine and wire cutters in his possession, for use in connection with theft.
On 4 April 2017 he stole meat worth £38.50 from the same supermarket.
Magistrates sentenced Luckhurst to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for a year. He must also pay £85 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.

2. David James Barrett was sentenced on 11 April 2017 at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court.
He pleaded guilty to burglary and fraud.
On 21 February 2017 the 34-year-old, of Colmanton Grove, Deal, falsely used someone else’s prescript ion at a pharmacy in St Richard’s Road, Deal, intending to obtain prescribed medication.
On 22 February 2017 he broke into a pharmacy in High Street, Deal, and stole perfumes and aftershaves worth an unknown amount.
Magistrates sentenced Barrett to 30 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months, and gave him a 16 week curfew to remain at home between 8pm and 6am daily. The curfew runs until 1 August 2017. He must also pay £85 costs and a £140 victim surcharge.