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Detectives issue warning over “bogus police” fraud

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DETECTIVES are appealing for information after a male in his 70s fell victim to a fraud in the Rossendale area.

Police are linking it to similar thefts in the same area on Sunday 28 September 2014 and another recent theft in the Oswaldwistle area.

The offenders contact victims purporting to be police officers and inform them that their bank details or bank cards have been compromised. They persuade the victims to transfer money into a “safe” account controlled by the police, later attending their address to “seize” the victim’s bank cards. The offenders then withdraw money from the victims’ bank accounts.

On some occasions the victims have been told to call the “officers” back on 101, but the tricksters do not hang up, and when the victim redials they are still connected to the offenders, believing they themselves have called the police.

The “bogus officers” are described as smartly dressed men of Asian heritage in their early 20s.

DS Charlie Haynes from East Lancashire CID said: “These thieves are varying their methods to ultimately gain confidence in the victims who are all elderly. The impact that this type of crime has the victim is devastating to them, not only financially but also emotionally. It destroys their confidence and self-esteem, making them even more vulnerable. These are truly vile and despicable offences.

“The victims have put their trust in people who they believed were plain clothed police officers, and this trust has been violated, leading to the theft of large sums of money.

“I would like to remind the public that no police officer or other official body will ever ask for your bank details or your PIN number; nor would they ever ask you to withdraw or transfer funds.

“If you have any information which may lead to the capture of these offenders or suspect you may have fallen victim of their deception please contact the police immediately by dialling 101. Always ensure you can hear a dialling tone before you make any calls and check the identification thoroughly of anybody you allow into your home.”

Anybody with any information can contact DS Haynes at Lancashire’s East CID on 01282 472518.
Alternatively Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Woman found stabbed to death in back garden in Greenwich

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Police arrest man after the body of a woman was found in the back garden of her home in Greenwich.

She suffered stab wounds, cops were called to an ongoing incident at 11.30am on Saturday.

Upon arrival cops found the body of a woman in the back garden in Tunnel Avenue.

The woman, believed to be in her 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

She appeared to have suffered stab wounds.

Police believe they know who she is, and are informing her next of kin.

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Heartwarming cops share chips with man who hasn’t eaten for days

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Two police officers this evening shared their chips with a man they found on the motorway who hasn’t eaten food in days.

The caring cops showed compassion and humanity when they could have just nicked the lad and sent him off to the cells.

But instead of taking him straight into police custody they stopped off for some chips.

Showing a truly caring side of British traffic cops who often don’t get the best press.

“The cops from the Leicestershire road policing unit tweeted that they had found on motorway suspected to be an illegal immigrant into the UK.

“He’s not eaten for days and we’ve not eaten for hours, so we’ve all shared some fine English cuisine …… a bag of chips!! 👍🏻 🍟”

These truly caring officers have shown this evening that police officers have hearts and they do care about people.

Policing is not always about crime, it’s the small acts of human kindness that go a long way.

We praise these officers for their genuine out of kindness out of their own pocket.

Helen tweeted “I know you’ll probably get people complain but. Compassion, humanity and care are great qualities.”

UK Cop Humour tweeted “Fab stuff and whilst we’re on the topic of spuds: why do potatoes make good detectives? Because they keep their eyes peeled.”

ElAine tweeted “I know some people’s heads will explode at this but well done for your compassion.”

Simply policing at it’s best. What ever your views you have to admit this is compassion and humility at it’s best.

These cops truly deserve to be recognised for great policing work.

Not every job needs to be a tick box, just because it’s a suspected illegal immigrant doesn’t mean they should be treat any different.

Top job with excellent policing skills, that will have ensured this suspect didn’t cause any problems for the officers.

Full up on chips, the officers then processes this man through custody and will refer to the home office immigration services.

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People injured after explosion at London TubeStation

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Police have evacuated a tube station in North London after terrified commuters reported an ‘explosion’ at the height of the rush-hour.

Homeowners and shopowners were told to stay inside after emergency services swamped Southgate Tube Station shortly before 8pm.

There are not believed to be many casualties.

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