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New laws to directly Tackle fraudsters who make millions by selling or using false IDs.

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In 2012, Project Genesius – the Met’s partnership with the specialist printing industry – proposed the introduction of the new legislation to the Cabinet Office as a way to assist in combating fraudsters who make millions by selling or using false IDs.

Under the new Specialist Printing Equipment and Materials (Offences) Act 2015, police officers across the UK can arrest people who supply specialist printing equipment or materials to criminals. These items include identity card printers, printer ribbons, embossers and hot foil presses.

A printer sells for around £1,000 and is suitable for producing IDs such as company staff passes and membership cards, however, organised criminals use it to create convincing passports, driver’s licences and bank cards – genuine versions of which are produced on higher quality printers, under strict controls 

They produce the IDs in bulk and sell them on for hundreds of pounds each.

The IDs ultimately enable recipients to live in the country illegally, open bank accounts, apply for jobs – including roles involving contact with vulnerable people – and to obtain credit cards, loans and state benefits. Sometimes the IDs are used to obtain genuine documents such as passports and driving licences, helping the holder to hide their fraudulent existence from authorities.

Identity fraud such as this accounts for almost half (41 per cent) of all fraud in the UK, according to the independent fraud prevention service CIFAS. 

Police will use the new legislation to hold to account those individuals who sell specialist printing equipment knowing it is destined for criminal purposes. Its existence will also encourage suppliers who mistakenly supply printing equipment to criminals to carry out better due diligence checks.

The legislation will be a more effective tool to deal with enablers of ID crime. Previously, such people could only be charged where it could be proved that they were part of a wider conspiracy to defraud. Gathering evidence to verify their link to a specific organised crime group – especially where they have only supplied to the group once – can take in excess of a year, if it can be proven at all.

Project Genesius proposed the new legislation three years ago as part of its plan to stamp out ID fraud by sharing intelligence, preventing criminal abuse of specialist printing equipment and increasing the understanding of the scale of identity document abuse. 

Membership to Project Genesius is free, and most of those involved in the secure printing industry in the UK are now members.

Detective Superintendent Jayne Snelgrove, who heads up the Met’s fraud and cyber team FALCON, in which Project Genesius sits, said: “The new legislation will give police a more direct and efficient means of dealing with people who sell printers knowing that they are going to be used in crime.

“False IDs are used to carry out crime, hide criminal identities and allow people to live in the UK illegally. People with false IDs are in jobs they should not be in, potentially posing a risk to vulnerable people. They are accessing money they have no right to and living where they ought not be.

“By using the new legislation to stop the supply of the equipment to make such IDs, we will make life a lot tougher for ID fraudsters.”

Immigration Minister James Brokenshire, said: “Identity crime is a growing menace that costs people in the UK billions of pounds every year.

“More than a quarter of adults are thought to have been a victim at some point and this is clearly unacceptable.

“The Home Office has taken a range of action to combat this crime, including a programme of activity to tackle the manufacture and use of false identities.

“This new offence will be vital in tackling those who knowingly supply specialist equipment to fraudsters.”

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3 year old attacked by three men with acid at retail park

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A three-year old boy has been seriously injured in what police have described as a deliberate targeted attack at Hone Bargains on Shrub Hill Retail Park at around 2.15pm on Saturday.

The boy suffered serious burns to his arms and face

He is being treated for his injuries in hospital.

West Mercia Police have released images of three men they would like to speak to about the incident

Chief Superintendent Mark Travis said: “At this time we are treating this as a deliberate attack on a three-year-old boy.

“The incident will rightly shock the local community and I would like to reassure local people that we are carrying out a thorough investigation to identify those responsible.

“At this time, the motive for the attack is unclear. Officers are working hard to establish exactly what happened and what the substance involved was.”

He said that the three men pictured in the images from the store “may have information vital to our investigation.

“I am sure someone will recognise them and I would urge anyone with information to contact us as a matter of urgency.”

A 39-year-old man from Wolverhampton has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm and remains in police custody.

West Mercia Police said anyone with information should call 999 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Families warned to drain paddling pools to stop vampire horseflies breeding after heatwave

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Vampire like horseflies are breeding like never before as Britain enjoys the longest heatwave in 40 years.

They are breeding like never before with the aide of garden pools and the heatwave.

The NHS is now advising members of the public to drain standing water to stop insects multiplying.

These insects love water and the heat will only help them increase in numbers.

The problem comes when they bite you, more that 9000 people have called the NHS helpline 111 to report these insects bites.

They leave a painful bite which often requires antibiotics if they become infected.

According to Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, bites from vampire horseflies can be especially sore.

He told the BBC: “They actually give one of the nastier bites, because they take a chunk out of you.”

“They can be very painful, and can take a while to heal, and as result can get infected and need antibiotics.”

Paddling pools are prime breeding grounds for these bugs.

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Thug attempted to kill cop jailed for less than 2 years… It should be life

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We know you should have faced attempted murder charges, we know your laughing at your sentence. Because you attempted to kill a cop to avoid arrest because you are an idiot.

But be assured when that day comes that you need the police to save your life they won’t hold it against you.

In the early hours of Wednesday, 13 June officers chased a suspected stolen vehicle along the A22 Godstone Bypass, after it had been linked to a burglary in Oxted eight days before.

Officers managed to box the vehicle in (using a manoeuvre known as Tactical Pursuit and Containment TPAC).

During the TPAC, the vehicle swerved into one of the police cars, trying to force it off of the road. Officers managed to box the vehicle in, and it then tried to reverse away from officers, so officers got out of their vehicles and tried to remove the driver (Kidd), this included smashing the windows of the vehicle.

In car video footage shows Sergeant Chris Schultze, of the Area Patrol Team, was on the passenger’s side of the vehicle, but then started to go towards the driver’s side to assist officers.

As Sergeant Schultze was making his way to the driver’s side, Kidd drove forward in what appeared to be a deliberate attempt to knock the officers over the barrier, as seen in the footage.

Sergeant Schultze was initially treated at hospital for his injuries, and was later discharged and is now back on duty

The three occupants (two 19-year-old men from Sutton and a 17-year-old man) were arrested for various offences including burglary, theft of a motor vehicle, and failure to stop.

Ramone Kidd, 19-years-old, of Prince of Wales Road in Sutton, South London appeared at Guildford Crown Court yesterday (12 July), and pleaded guilty to the following:

Dangerous driving

Driving whilst disqualified

Driving whilst unfit through drink / drugs

Actual bodily harm (ABH)

Kidd was sentenced to 23 months in prison, and has had his licence disqualified for three years.

In court, His Honour Judge Moss commended all the officers involved in the initial pursuit and the investigation team.

Detective Sergeant Kerry Akehurst, from the Criminal Investigation Department said: “I would firstly like to echo what His Honour Judge Moss said around the professionalism of the officers involved in the incident.

“The role of a police officer is to protect the public, and each day officers put their lives at risk to apprehend suspects and protect the public. During this particular incident, officers attempted to stop the vehicle, and in doing so, three officers received injuries and four police vehicles sustained damage.”

The 19 and 17 year-old men have been released under investigation for the burglary offences whilst enquiries continue.

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