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68 year old man conned out of £1.7K for non-existent building repairs

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Police are hunting two men who conned a 68-year-old man out of £1700 for non-existent building repairs.

At around 11am on Monday 11th May 2015, two workmen approached the victim’s house on Arthur Street, Eccles, and knocked on his door.

They told the victim that they had undertaken repairs on his neighbour’s house and as a result, he asked them to take a look at his roof.

Having pretended to examine his roof more closely, the pair told the victim that it would cost him £1700 to repair.

They encouraged him to pay them up front, but once he had handed over the money they left and never returned to complete any of the work promised.

The first offender is described as white, around 35 years old, around 5ft 6in to 5ft 8in tall, of stocky build and short, dark, receding hair. He had a Salford accent and was wearing a blue jumper with ‘roofing contractors’ on the front in white lettering.

The second offender is described as white, in his early 20s, around 5ft 8in tall and of slim build, with medium-length dark hair. He also was wearing a blue jumper with ‘roofing contractors’ on the front in white lettering.

Neighbourhood Inspector Jill Gorse said: “This is a despicable crime, which has left an elderly man seriously out of pocket and with a broken roof still to repair.

“I would urge anyone who has seen these men in the area to contact police as soon as possible, as it is highly likely they will try to con others in a similar fashion.

“Fortunately, this case has brought the best out of his local community, who have rallied to assist the victim in the form of a collection, while a local builder, PTB Contractors, has also been in contact to see if he can assist with the building repairs.

“It is stories like this that restore some faith in humanity, particularly when vulnerable people have been targeted by low-lives looking for a quick buck.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 5228 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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The Wesley Nightclub in Hartlepool is ablaze

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An area of Hartlepool town centre has been closed as flames rip through the former Wesley nightclub.

Police and Fire Fighters were quickly on the scene of the blaze at the former Wesley Nightclub and Chruch in Hartlepool.

The Grade II Listed Building has stood empty for a number of years and is a very iconic building within Hartlepool.

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Trevor Sherwood Police Hour editor said “The flames are reaching 20ft in the air and a large number of fire appliances are on the scene loud explosions can be heard from inside the building”

“I arrived on scene just before the first fire appliance  got there, loud bangs could be heard from inside and the fire quickly took hold”

“It was over 30 minutes before Cleveland Fire could get a hose safely on the building as they needed an aerial platform”.

Hugh flames can be seen for several miles as firefighters tackle the blaze. It took Firefighters almost 30 minutes before they were able to get a hose onto the fire which seemed to be mainly on the roof of the building with flames up to 20ft.

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Firefighters have been called to a blaze at the former Wesley nightclub and church in Wesley Square, Hartlepool.

The Wesley Chruch opened n 1872 and became an iconic image within Hartlepool sadly the church closed in 1973 and later reopened as a nightclub in the early 2000s and then later a gym complex.

The business was closed and has been empty for over 10 years left to fall to bits with many people within Hartlepool hoping the building could be brought back to life.

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Cleveland Fire Brigade was alerted to the fire just after 9pm and with a large number of fire appliances being sent the scene.

Cleveland Police assisted the fire brigade by enforcing a number of road closures on Victoria Road and Raby Road.

We have contacted Cleveland Fire Brigade for comment.

Members of the public are being warned to keep their windows shut as thick smoke is billowing across the centre of Hartlepool.

Cleveland Police have released a statement “Officers have been called to a report of a fire at an empty building known as the Wesley Nightclub on Victoria Road in Hartlepool on Saturday 9th December”

“Police are currently on scene with Cleveland Fire Brigade and it is believed no one is injured at this time.”

“Victoria Road and Wesley Square are currently closed and people are advised to avoid these areas until further notice.”

Anyone who may have witnessed what happened leading up to the fire is requested to contact Cleveland Police on 101.

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On-Duty Police Constable James Dixon has sadly died

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It is with great sadness that we report the death of Police Constable James Dixon and a 91-year-old woman following an incident on the A4 in Berkshire.

PC James Dixon died after the police motorcycle he was riding collided with a car on Bath Road near Hare Hatch at 13:50 GMT.

The pensioner was a passenger in the car and was killed while the driver was rushed to hospital.

Police Hour has now launched a readers appeal to help raise money to support the family of the fallen police officer and the 91-year-old victim who has not yet been named.

The road will remain closed for the remainder of Tuesday.

PC Dixon was a highly respected police

Officer of Thames Valley Police

A force spokesman said officers remained at the scene of the collision and had advised motorists to avoid the area.

The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

IPCC Associate Commissioner Guido Liguori said: “My thoughts and sympathies are with their families and friends and the colleagues of the officer at this very difficult time.

“IPCC investigators are attending the scene as part of an independent investigation to determine the circumstances which lead to the collision.”

PC Dixon was based at Loddon Valley police station, near Reading.

Police said the injuries of the driver involved are “not thought to be life threatening”.

Police Hour has now launched a readers appeal to help raise money to support the family of the fallen police officer and the 91-year-old victim who has not yet been named Please Donate now even if it’s just £5. 

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MI5 have prevented nine terror attacks this year

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MI5 have prevented nine terrorist attacks within the United Kingdom in the past year, its boss has told Downing Street officials.

They have also prevented a total of 13 terror attacks within the last four years Andrew Parker head of MI5 has confirmed.

Mr Parker told Theresa May that the defeat of Islamic State in Syria did not mean that the terrorist threat was over.

Mr Parker warned that social media was the new tool being used to incite terror attacks across the world.

Mr Parker has released the figures ahead of the publication of an investigation of the security services and police amid the wave of increased terror attacks within the UK.

The review looks at whether MI5 and counter terror cops could have prevented the five successful terror attacks within the UK.

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