Attempted Distraction Burglary in Wilby Last Night

Northamptonshire Police are appealing for information regarding an attempt distraction burglary that took place on Mears Ashby Road, Wilby. Unknown males (possibly 3) knock at front door of the elderly victim. The victim unlocks the door, but does not open it. The males state they were present due to a gas leak, however the victim had not reported a gas leak. The victim does not open door, and tells the males he had not called them and the males then go away. The males were not wearing uniform consistent with them being staff from appropriate utility company. This happened between the hours of 22:00hrs & 23:55hrs on Saturday the 27th of January.

Did you witness anything?

Did you see any person(s) in the area that looked suspicious?

Did you see any vehicle(s) that you were suspicious of?

If so, then please contact Northamptonshire Police on 101 quoting Ref:  18000043487

We are asking anyone who has contact with an elderly or vulnerable person to pass on the gentle crime prevention reminders to help prevent them from becoming a victim of doorstep crime.

‘If you are not sure, don’t open the door’

  • Make sure you can see who is at the door before you answer it. Where possible fit a spy-hole to identify callers. Alternatively talk to them through an adjacent windows.
  • Don’t feel pressured into opening the door. Don’t feel you are being rude, genuine callers won’t mind.
  • Set up passwords with your utility companies, genuine callers will need to recite this password to you.
  • Don’t use telephone numbers on ID cards, if the person isn’t genuine the ID and the telephone number won’t be either. Obtain telephone numbers direct from the phone directory. Alternatively make a list of your important numbers and keep them near the phone.
  • Look out for those who are vulnerable within your family, or neighbourhoods.
  • In Northamptonshire many agencies have come together to form the Doorstep crime Action Network (DAN). If you have any suspicions or concerns that doorstep rogue traders or distraction burglars are operating in your community or targeting someone you know, please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated doorstep crime hotline: 0345 23 07 702.
  • For help finding a reliable local trader, check out the Trading Standards service ‘Buy with Confidence’ scheme.

If you require any further information or advice please feel free to contact a member of the Wellingborough Neighbourhood policing team on 101 or

If you have any information in relation to anyone involved in doorstep crime, please contact us on 101. You can also provide confidential information should you wish to remain anonymous. These calls can be made to the Independent Charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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Good Neighbour Schemes

Please click on the Press Release link below if you are interested in finding out more.

Press Release 13th November 2017

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Wilby Playing Fields Update

The committee of Wilby Playing Fields Trust spent the other Sunday afternoon tidying up the newly planted hedge area, weeding, and planting a few new hedge plants to replace those which have not done so well. We hope you feel this will be an attractive feature of the park (once the hedge plants have grown), separating the car park from the grass area, creating a wildlife habitat too.

We have also asked the Woodland Trust for some additional hedge plants to improve this area and to plant around the playing fields.

We have been very successful in our grant applications this year.  We set ourselves the 2 tasks of replacing the tractor which we use for cutting the grass and many other jobs, and to provide outdoor gym equipment for adults and older people.  Thanks to Leora and Lopes hosting a wonderful garden party in the summer we raised over £1200 for the playing fields.  We have also been awarded £1k by Tesco’s Bags for Life fund, £1500 from the Maud Elkington Trust and now £4891 by the Northamptonshire Community Foundation all to provide the outdoor gym equipment.  The Committee are delighted with these grants and will be arranging to meet suppliers of this type of equipment to negotiate the best deal to install a range of equipment.

We will keep you posted with our news and developments.

We welcome involvement in and comments on our work.  Please contact me or any committee member through the website if you would like to be involved, or you would like to comment.

Helene Vancliff, Chair

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2017/18 Waste Collection

The Waste Collection calendar for the period October 2017 to September 2018 has been published and you can view this by clicking below:


Note that the last date for Brown bin collection this year in Wilby is Friday 17 November and collection of these bins then resumes again on Friday 9 March next year.

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Two Messages from Wilby School

There is a new school lottery and you can find out more by clicking below


There is also a vacancy at the school – click below for details

LTS Advert



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Important Crime Prevention Guidance from the Police

Message sent by
Rob Stevens (Police, PC1368, Wellingborough)


Even if the house is occupied the front and back doors should be locked Check doors are definitely locked and keys away from anywhere obvious
Keep car keys away from front and back doors, particularly where there is a cat flap or letterbox in situ Keep car keys away from front and back doors, particularly where there is a cat flap or letterbox in situ
If you leave a room, simply remember to pull any windows shut and lock them Leave timer switches on lamps from early evening until bedtime. Some people prefer leaving a landing light on overnight
Remove any loose tools from within the garden areas If you hear a noise downstairs and are

quite certain it’s a burglar, dial 999

Set your burglar alarm every time you leave the property, even if you are just popping out If you have an alarm that can
be part activated downstairs,
use it!
Use your spy hole before answering the door. If you’re not sure, don’t open the door! Take a cordless or mobile phone with you to bed in case of emergencies
Don’t leave cooking unattended Switch off and unplug things that don’t need to be left in
Try to make the home looked lived in, even when you are out Shut internal doors


Avoid leaving matches and lighters within easy reach of children. Ensure smoking materials are not still burning and ashtrays are emptied.
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The George Inn – Log Cabins Update

The Borough Council advises that the Planning Application for the 3 cabins on agricultural land which was refused consent last November, has gone to appeal.  Any representations must be received by the Planning Inspectorate by 22 September 2017.

Full details can be viewed on the Planning Applications page by clicking George Cabins Planning Appeal

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