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Be Aware Of Cyber-Fraudsters Spoiling Your Christmas

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LANCASHIRE Constabulary is running ‘The 12 online frauds of Christmas’ campaign to protect thousands of people across the county from falling victim to cyber-fraudsters.

Kicking-off on ‘Black Friday’ (28 November 2014), which marks the start of the busiest four days of internet shopping of the year, the force will be doing all it can to raise awareness of a dozen online frauds that have the potential to ruin people’s festive fun.

Working in partnership with the City of London Police, which is the National Policing Lead for Fraud, Lancashire Constabulary will be looking at the ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ of online shopping.

So far in 2014, 74% of all adults nationwide have bought goods or services online, and this December around 50% of UK citizens are expected to use the internet to buy more than half of their Christmas presents.

The majority of people will still have presents delivered to their doorstep or into their email account without a hitch.

However, the reality is there will also be tens of thousands of people across the UK whose Christmas will be damaged, and in some cases destroyed, after finding out they have fallen foul of heartless criminals who specialize in tricking internet users with the promise of great online deals and big cash savings.

Following ‘Black Friday’, the focus will be on ‘Cyber Monday’ (1 December 2014) and the hazards of opening Christmas e-Cards sent via email which, unknown to the recipient, may be carrying a virus (malware) that can embed itself and then corrupt their smart phone, tablet or laptop.

Over the following two weeks, Lancashire Constabulary, along with other forces and organistaions, will look at the threat of ten more online festive frauds, identified by the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB).

Throughout ‘The 12 online frauds of Christmas’ campaign officers will be talking to local people and sharing top safety tips via traditional and social media. More internet safety advice can also be found at http://www.getsafeonline.org/ and http://www.cyberstreetwise.com

Lancashire Constabulary Detective Superintendent Lee Halstead, head of cyber crime, said: “So many people will be doing their shopping online this Christmas and we want to make sure they don’t fall victim to cyber-fraudsters and their scams. People need to understand the threat of cyber-crime and what they can do to stop themselves becoming a victim.

“Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting loads of tips on our social media channels on how to stay safe and we would urge people to follow us and take the advice on board.

“If anyone falls victim to one of the dozen festive frauds, or any other type of cyber-fraud, they are encouraged to report it to Action Fraud – the City of London Police-based national reporting centre – on 0300 123 040 or at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/.

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BREAKING British and French scrambled to North Sea

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British and French jets have scrambled to the North Sea amid reports that Russian planes have entered the UK airspace.

The RAF Typhoon fighter jet is supporting Airbus Voyager plane deployed from Newcastle after 3pm today.

The French have also supported in the deployment supporting with a fighter jet.

In total four jets were seen over the North Sea on mapping.

The RAF has declined to comment on the situation describing it as an ongoing military operation.

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Fancy being locked in a haunted police cell?

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Forget Halloween Fancy a spooky night of fun, locked in a haunted cell for 24 hours to raise money for charity. Then we have an event that is right up your street.

Following on from the success of the PC Edward Walker Tour, Jules Berry a DDO with the Met Police is back with her spooky haunted cell idea to raise money for COPS UK and WMP History Museum, That is exactly what you can do this Feb.

Met Police Detention Officer Jules Berry is arranging the whole event in partnership with the WMP History Museum and is hoping to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

The event will take place on the 8th and 9th of February 2019, but be quick as places are limited.

Unfortunately, Police Hour will no longer be live streaming this event to our 2.5 Million Followers, But we hope our readers can still attend and support this event.

Need we say any more, Simply watch this video then sign up

Hats off to Kerry Blakeman for his fantastic advertorial.

The event is being held to support the restoration of the West Midlands Police Museum and COPS UK.

About COPS

COPS is the UK charity dedicated to helping the families of police officers who have lost their lives in relation to their duty, to rebuild their lives.

Since being founded in 2003, they have helped hundreds of families shattered by the loss of their police officer.

They aim to ensure that surviving family members have all the help they need

to cope with such a tragedy and they remain part of the police family.

What COPS do?

COPS is a peer support charity, enabling Survivors from around the UK to support other Survivors in practical ways. They arrange local and national events that enable Survivors to build friendships and bonds that support them through the good times and bad.

Families are rightly proud of their officer and COPS to help ensure that they remain part of the police family.

What about the WMP History?

The West Midlands Police Museum at Coventry was opened in 1959 and celebrates the history of Coventry City Police which existed between 1839 & 1969, before becoming part of Warwickshire and Coventry Constabulary and in 1974, West Midlands Police.

The site at Sparkhill has been operating since 1995 when it moved there from the force’s training facility at Tally Ho! where it been operating as a CID training facility since the mid 1970s. Several of the exhibits had originated from the old Forensic Science Service laboratory when it moved from Newton Street to Gooch Street.

The Sparkhill museum contains items of policing memorabilia and old records from the West Midlands Police predecessor forces of Birmingham City Police, Walsall Borough Police, Dudley Borough Police, Wolverhampton Borough Police and West Midlands Constabulary. Some records are also held of Staffordshire County Police and Worcestershire officers as parts of those forces now fall within the West Midlands Police area.

You can also drop an email [email protected] to sign up, you must raise a minimum of £250 sponsorship.

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What on earth is happening in Salisbury? Two people fall seriously ill

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Emergency Services have launched a major incident after two people have fallen ill in Salisbury.

Officers have placed a cordon around Prezzo Restaurant after a man and woman were taken ill.

Police have declared a major incident. Police do not believe this is linked to Novichok.

Police received a call from the ambulance service to Prezzo restaurant, in High Street, at approximately 6.45pm. Two people, a man aged in his 40s and a woman aged in her 30s, had become unwell.

Due to recent events in the city and concerns that the pair had been exposed to an unknown substance, a highly precautionary approach was taken by all emergency services.

Both were taken to Salisbury District Hospital and were clinically assessed. We can now confirm that there is nothing to suggest that Novichok is the substance. Both people remain in hospital under observation.

The major incident status has now been stood down.

At this stage it is not yet clear if a crime has been committed and enquiries remain ongoing.

Salisbury District Hospital remains open as usual.

A cordon will remain in place around Prezzo at this time as part of ongoing routine enquiries. All other areas that were cordoned off will now be reopened.

We’d like to thank the public for their patience as a result of the impact of this incident.

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