Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Creating safer, stronger and active communities

Fraudulent Pet Sales

Action Fraud has noticed a rise in reports concerning the purchase of pets, in particular puppies, advertised for sale via popular online auction websites.

The fraudsters will place an advert of the pet for sale, claiming to have recently moved abroad and the need to re-home the puppies.
Once a sale is agreed and payment is made, usually by money transfer or bank transfer, the pet does not materialise. The fraudster will usually ask for further advanced payments for courier charges, shipping fees or vet bills.
Ways to Protect Yourself

Stay within the auction guidelines. Be wary of paying fees via a Money Service Bureau, such as MoneyGram and Western Union.

Consider conducting research on other information provided by the seller; for example a mobile phone number or email address used by the seller could alert you to any negative information associated with this number online. 

Request details of the courier company being used and conduct enquiries regarding the company

Agree a suitable time to meet face to face to agree the purchase.

Be wary. If you think the purchase price is too good to be true then this is probably an indication that it is!

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone on 0300 123 2040.


Clean up after your Dog

There are about ten million dogs in the UK, producing around one million tonnes of faeces each year, so it's no wonder dog-fouling is the most offensive type of litter on our streets and is constantly rated by the public as one of the most important issues affecting their local area. 

There is an increasing trend  to introduce more areas where dogs are banned. This is gaining increasing support amongst the public, fuelled by the very small minority of irresponsible owners who do not clean up after their dog. 

Please remember to clean up after your dog. 

Animal Theft

Those of you who keep animals need to be aware that there has been an increase in theft for some time.

There have been numerous cases of dog theft in the country and other pets are also being taken.

As the economic climate becomes even more difficult it would be reasonable to expect this trend to continue.


Read more: Animal Theft

Whittlesey Green Dog Walkers

Whittlesey Green Dog Walkers Banner
Whittlesey Green Dog Walkers now has over 180 dogs registered. Leaflets are available from The Council Office in Peel House and Parkers Newagents. You can also download and print the information and application forms using the links below.

We are asking all dog walkers to support our scheme, which is free to join, and is part of a national community-led programme aimed at helping to reduce dog fouling and encourage responsible dog ownership.

Please try to encourage your friends and neighbours to join too!

What is Green Dog Walkers®?

Green Dog Walkers® is a scheme adopted by over 40 councils across the country. We have joined this scheme as it offers a proven, non-confrontational and friendly way to change attitudes about dog fouling and encourages responsible dog ownership. We know that fines and legislation are not an effective solution to the problem,. 

Most importantly, the Green Dog Walkers® scheme acts as a reminder to others that they need to pick up after their dog has fouled and keep them under control. By acting responsibly you can show the minority who let everyone in our community down the right way to deal with dog fouling. 

In return for signing our Pledge, you will receive one of our Whittlesey Green Dog Walker dog tags to display on your dog’s lead or collar and a roll of doggie bags as a thank you for helping to make our campaign a success.

Whittlesey Green Dog Walkers are the role models for responsible dog ownership and the green tag will be a way of showing everyone that you have taken the pledge and that you are a responible dog owner.

How to Join

The joining forms and information are available from the council office in Peel House and Parker's Newsagents. They can also be downloaded using the links at the top of this article. There is no cost for joining and you can applying for a Whittlesey Green Dog Walkers tag for each of your dogs. You can return the completed forms to the council office.




Fraud, often called Scams, is the fastest growing area of crime and is often not reported.

ActionFraud is the UK’s national fraud and internet crime reporting centre.

They provide a central point of contact for information about fraud and financially motivated internet crime.

Click here to download a leaflet about Action Fraud.