TIM DREW: Beware the season of the storms and scammers

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SCAMS and storms continue to be the order of the day at the time of writing, and residents in Broadwater have been targeted on at least two occasions by a cold caller who attempted to secure their bank card details.

He called himself Ryan Harris but sounded Asian.

He claimed to work for ‘UK Financial Services’ (there is no such organisation) and said that he was working either with, or in conjunction with, the Ministry of Justice.

He gave a false address and telephone number in Eastbourne, but dialling BT 1471 revealed his real number as 01924 215367, suggesting that the call originated in the Wakefield area in Yorkshire.

Meanwhile, 135 out of the 365 Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators listed on the Worthing database have not yet replied to Terry Rickards so, if you are one of those, please let him know whether your Scheme is still active as soon as possible – it is important that we get as much help as you can give us if we are to provide an accurate reference point whereby all co-ordinators will know where their nearest active scheme is.

Many thanks to all those who have taken the trouble to respond so far; your assistance is very much appreciated.

• PCSO Emma Crane will be hosting surgeries today and also on Thursday, February 27, at the Beach Office, in Marine Parade, Worthing, between 3.30pm and 4.30pm.

There will be a meeting of the Selden Neighbourhood Panel at the East Worthing Community Centre, in Pages Lane, East Worthing, on Tuesday, February 25, from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

Three more surgeries will be held on Thursday, February 27 – PCSO Ben Cruise at West Worthing Baptist Church, in South Street, Tarring between 11am and midday; PCSO Sally Haggis outside Spar in Heene Road, Worthing, between 11am and 11.30am and PCSO Shauna Bowen at Findon Valley Library, in Lime Tree Avenue, Findon Valley, between 11.30am and 12.30pm.

The following day, PCSO Nicola Burstow will hold a surgery between 3.00-4.00 p.m at Worthing Police Station the next day.