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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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Jon Venables Reportedly Attacked With Boiling Water By Fellow Inmate

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Jon Venables attacked with boiling water by a fellow inmate. 

Jon Venables, one of the schoolboys who murdered James Bulger in 1993 has been attacked in prison after an image was released on social media.

Venables who is now aged 35 was attacked with boiling water and sugar after a fellow inmate managed to work out his identity.

Venables have been living under a fake name since 2001 and was sent back to jail having broken the conditions of his release and being found guilty of child pornography.

Venables was banned from travelling back to Liverpool but he had been attending music events and going to Everton Football matches.

He was later found to be in possession of cocaine and was also having a relationship with an underage girl.

Prison Officers were forced to place Venables on lockdown after his identity was revealed and he was attacked with boiling water and sugar.

it is alleged that Venables complained that guards did nothing at first to stop the attack from happening and offered him little help once he had been assaulted.

The Ministry of Justice confirmed to Police Hour that “incidents of this nature happen within prisons and we cannot discuss the nature of individual cases”

Now that the true identity of Venables is known within side the prison after images have been circulated among inmates it will be inevitable that another attack will happen.

Venables is currently serving a three-year sentence for child pornography offences and possession of 1,170 images of children which included babies.

It is believed inmates have been circulating images of Venables from prison to prison in the hope that one prisoner can identity him.

Facebook and Twitter this month removed images from their social media websites of various men who people claimed was Venables.

It is a criminal offence to name or identity Venables on social media due to an anonymity order granted in 2001 that prevents him from ever being named or identified.

Due to the nature of his repeat offending there is mounting pressure to scrap that order in order to prevent further children being targeted.

However due to the nature of Venables sick attack these orders are likely never to be removed.

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Two year old boy and woman aged 31 killed in Warwickshire Motorway crash

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A Two-year-old boy and a woman aged 31 have sadly died in a crash between a car and a lorry as they left a motorway in Warwickshire.

Tragically both victims were travelling in a blue Nissan Qashqai when the incident happened at 10.30pm on Saturday night.

A six-year-old girl and a man aged 35 were also within the car both were injured and taken to hospital, their condition is no believed to be serious and they are stable.

The car was exiting the M6 at Junction 1 heading onto the A426 near Churchover.

Police have now launched an appeal to trace anyone who witnessed the crash.

Inspector Andrew Bennett said: “This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the families of the deceased at this time. Despite the attempts of other drivers and paramedics, the woman and boy were declared dead at the scene.

“We will have officers at the scene today (Sunday) as we continue to investigate how this collision happened.

“There is likely to be some disruption in the area while we investigate. I would like to thank local people for their support and patience.

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Steve White claimed £12K of Police Fed members money on posh travel, fancy meals and luxury hotels

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Steve White the former chair of the Police Federation in England and Wales (PFEW) who once claimed that he stopped the fed drinking away fed membership and funds has claimed over £12,000 in expenses on his corporate credit card in his final three months.

In total White claimed £12,573 of Police Federation membership fee’s almost ten times the amount claimed by his vice chair Calum Macleod, general secretary Andy Fittes and deputy general secretary Andy Ward.

White spent the money during his last three months as PFEW Chair, during his appointment he promised that he would cut fed spending and would make the finances more transparent ensuring national officers were more accountable for spending.

White claimed £2,020 for hospitality, £3,915 for travel and £5,945 for accommodation between October 1st and December 31st.

All the payments were made using a PFEW issued credit card and auditors have now asked for some of those costs back which have been incurred under its expenses and hospitality policy.

White has now taken up a role with the College of Policing and becomes the organisation’s first ever license to practice manager.

A PFEW spokesperson said: “Federation officers and staff are entitled to claim reasonable expenses, provided they are receipted and represent Federation work.

“Every expense claimed is required to have an explanation as to what the spend is for, and any spend must be in line with the policy.

“Any claimed expense that is considered to be outside the policy becomes a personal expense and the Federation is reimbursed by the individual.”

The payments are understood to have been made using a credit card issued to him by the PFEW.

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