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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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Urgent appeal takes 2 seconds to share to help find missing teen from York

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Please share this picture far and wide in hope that we can bring this 13-year-old back home . It only takes one person who shares this to spot her and be that’s difference

North Yorkshire Police is urgently appealing for information to help find a missing 13-year-old girl from York.

Elise Donoghue was last seen leaving her drama class at the York Theatre Royal on St Leonard’s Place just before 8pm on 19 October.

It’s thought Elise is without money or access to a mobile phone, and she is considered vulnerable due to her age.

Police enquiries have been ongoing to locate in York where it is known she has connections in the Fulford and Danesgate areas of the city.

There is also a possibility she headed to York Railway Station and boarded a train heading towards the north-west where she has friends in the Cheshire area. British Transport Police is assisting with enquiries.

Elise is described as white, 5ft 2in tall, blonde hair with a medium build. When she was seen she was wearing a grey hooded -top, black leggings, black Ugg boots and she carrying a shoulder bag.

Anyone who knows where Elise is or have seen a girl matching her description, please call North Yorkshire Police as a matter of urgency on 101, select option 1, and speak to the Force Control Room. Please quote reference number 12170187979.

If Elise you are reading this there is help and support available simply call or text 116000 they will be able to help you free and confidential.

Anyone who is currently missing from home Missing people are here to help you whenever you are ready; they can listen, talk you through what help you need, pass a message for you and help you to be safe. Call. Text. Anytime. Free. Confidential. 116000

They are also on hand to provide support for anyone who has been recently returned home having been missing.

 

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Police Dog Blue finds missing vulnerable teenager hidden in woodland undergrowth

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Police Dog Blue and his handler from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) Dog Unit found a vulnerable teenager on Wednesday (October 18).

Officers were called to an address in Friday Bridge, Cambridgeshire at around 10.45pm after concerns were raised about a teenager who had gone missing.

Due to concerns for her welfare, PD Blue and his handler were also called to assist with the search.

German Shepherd Blue was deployed and began searching the local area. Whilst going down a nearby lane, Blue led his handler into an area of woodland and undergrowth.

It was here that the pair found the missing teenager. They were then able to provide immediate care before other officers arrived to take her home.

Inspector Iain Clark, who is the head of the BCH Dog Unit, said: “The officers had numerous places to search and I am glad PD Blue and his handler were able to provide assistance, which saw the teenager safely found within a short period of time.

“I am proud of their work and this is another great example of how the BCH Dog Unit can support other officers around the three counties.”

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Man admitted to racially harassing security guards at Student Halls

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A man who admitted racially harassing security guards at student halls has been served with a Community Order and a fine.

The 22-year-old from Luton pleaded guilty to two counts of racially aggravated harassment and criminal damage at Luton Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Thursday). The sentencing followed an incident in student halls in Luton on 24 September.

Hate Crime Sergeant James Hart said: “This was an unacceptable incident which was extremely distressing for the victims. We won’t tolerate hate crime in our county as everyone has the right to live free from fear or harassment.

“We hope this case will provide reassurance to victims that we take hate crime offences very seriously. Victims should not have to suffer such abuse and should feel comfortable reporting their experiences to the authorities.”

The man was handed a 12-week curfew with electronic tag and must pay £100 compensation to the victims.

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