Essex Police District Statistics for Colchester - for latest figures: click here

Do you wish to speak to the local Community Officers? Click on the link for dates of the pop in sessions: click here 

Essex Police, Annual Report 2022-23
The Annual Report for 2022/23 has been released, to view: click here

Essex Police, Your Local Update
Issue 21: click here 
Issue 20: click here

Essex Police, Dispatch newsletter
Weekly update: click here

Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner Newsletter
Domestic abuse in the workplace: click here
Budget approved for 2023/24: click here
New Police Officers in Essex: click here
New firefighters in Essex: click here
Make a change, break the cycle of domestic abuse: click here 
Read the latest news: click here

Rural Engagement Team Newsletter
November 2023: click here

Organised Crime Newsletter
Oct 2022: click here

Community Safety Briefing
Oct 2022: click here


Help become the 'Extra Eyes' as part of the Essex Horse Rider Volunteer Scheme. For more information: click here


Allotment Watch is a free Essex Police led scheme aimed at individual allotment holders or allotment committees: For more information: click here


Friends Against Scams is a National Trading Standards Scams Team initiative, which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering people to take a stand against scams.
Learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones from scams. Complete the Friends Against Scams awareness session and help to raise awareness throughout your community: click here

Newsletter; Trading Standards, Rogue Traders: click here
Newsletter; Helping people become 'Fraud savvy' and looking after victims: click here

(Most recent scams at the top of the list)
Potential Telephone Digital Switchover Scam: click here
Amazon Refund Scam: click here
Door to door and courier fraud: click here
Asda Gift Card Scam: click here 
DVLA Phishing: click here
Cryptocurrency: click here
Dating Investment Scam: click here 
Covid Passport Scam: click here 
Phishing Scam: click here 
Pet Scams: click here 
Insurance Scams: click here 
Matching Number Phone Scams: click here 
Rental Scams: click here 
Ticket Scams: click here 
Mobile upgrade Scam, Council Tax Phishing: click here 
Online Shopping: click here
Census Scams: click here
Holiday Scams: click here 
Social Media: click here 
Driving Licence: click here  
Fleeceware: click here 
Flubot: click here 
Ticket & Vehicle Scams: click here 
Fake National Insurance calls: click here 
FCA Warning, Bitcoin Investors: click here 
Romance Fraud: click here 


West Mersea Town Council welcomes Community Special Constable Bryant to the Island.
After a lengthy training process, Constable Bryant officially took up his position as our Community Police Officer on 1st November 2022. Some of you may have already seen or met him out on foot patrol, speaking to members of the public, local businesses, and community groups.
Constable Bryant is in discussion with a number of parties in regard to community based initiatives, aimed at making our Island a better and safer place. If you would like SC Bryant to drop by to discuss a concern or simply to say hello, please provide your details to the Council Office and we will be more than happy to pass them on.

Community Special Constables are volunteer police officers, holding the same office and the same powers as regular officers; they wear the same uniform and carry the same equipment and are deployed to the same incidents. Being volunteers, CSCs are not paid but can claim mileage and duty allowances.
Community Special Constable video: click here
Poster: click here 
FAQs: click here 

"Nottingham Knockers" in West Mersea

Following reports on Mersea of "Nottingham Knockers", who are unlicensed door to door salespersons, the public should be aware that there is a requirement to hold a Pedlar Certificate to carry out such practices legally. In the event of an approach, the public should always ask to see proof of this before considering engaging further with individuals. "Knockers" will often claim to be ex-offenders, associated with a non-existent rehabilitation scheme, to gain a sympathetic ear.
A Pedlar Certificate is issued by the Police and is only valid for 12 months anywhere in the UK. If you are not sure about who you are dealing with, you are encouraged not to engage further, as these practices are often associated with poor quality goods, scamming, and other illegal activities.
Please report any further occurrences to Essex Police on 101 or online: Digital 101 | Essex Police (always 999 in an Emergency).
SC Bryant 81187, Community Constable - West Mersea, Essex Police.


Annual Report and Statement of Assurance 2022-23: click here
Bonfire Safety: click here
Volunteer Opportunities at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, for more information: click here
FireBike, motorcycle safety initiative: click here
Chimney Safety: click here
Home Fire Safety Check info: click here
To read about Home Fire Safety, Summer Safety and BBQs: click here
To read the latest news: click here

Online Home Safety Check
Essex residents can now easily check how safe their home is at the click of a button.
A new online home safety check service makes it easier for residents to spot fire risks in their homes and gives advice on how to help them stay safe at home.
To start your Home Safety Check: click here


August 2023: click here


The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), in partnership with City of London Police and Action Fraud, have launched their Christmas Cyber Aware Campaign on 14th November.
The campaign aims to provide three key behaviours for the public:
- Protect your accounts: Use three random word passwords and set up 2-step verification for your email.
- Check before you buy: Research online retailers to check they're legitimate. Read feedback from people or organisations that you trust, such as consumer websites.
- Report suspicious activity: Forward texts to 8826; Forward suspicious emails to; Report websites via the NCSC website, click here for link.
Individuals who think they're been a victim of fraud should contact their bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud online at or by calling 0300 123 2040.


Community Speed Watch (Mersea) is a community based traffic monitoring scheme, delivered by dedicated volunteers who feel passionately about road safety in their area.
For more information, contact Mr Mike Parr on 07802 672522 or email: 
Poster: click here

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Contact Details

West Mersea Town Council
10 Melrose Road, West Mersea
Colchester, Essex, CO5 8JD


Telephone: 01206 382128

Office opening hours:
Monday & Friday
9am to 12pm.

You can still contact us by telephone and email at other times.