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Nationwide Crack Down On Home Insurance Claims See 26 Police Forces Visted and 43 Arrested So Far! 

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The Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department, part of the City of London Police, have arrested six people and interviewed a further 42 people as part of a nationwide clampdown on fraudulent household insurance claims this week.
Officers visited 26 police force areas as 43 officers targeted fraudulent insurance claims that cost every policy holder £50 in their annual premium in a three day national operation.

Of the cases targeted today the total claim made against the insurance industry if they had paid out the funds would have been £360,000.

The arrests and interviews were made across the country including in Cleveland, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Birmingham, London, Cumbria, Anglesey, Kent, Essex, Cardiff, Bristol and Brighton.

In a Sunderland case a 43 year old man was arrested on suspicion of Fraud by False Representation after making a £10k claim for a Tiffany ring lost whilst being taken to be polished.

The claim fell apart when it became apparent that the man’s ex-partner still had the ring and told the insurers this after noticing paperwork for the claim.

Frequently fraudsters are providing images of lost items taken after the items were alleged to have been stolen.

A 26 year old woman was arrested in Rainhill, Merseyside on suspicion of Fraud by False Representation after she made a claim for a wedding ring lost on the 23 February. The evidence she supplied to back up her claim showed an image of the ring.

When the metadata on the image was checked it was found to have been taken on the 24 February, the day after the alleged loss.

Metadata can be used to identify the date an image is taken and also highlight what device took the image e.g. phone or tablet.

Other types of fraudulent claims include those were receipts and invoices are doctored and forged.

A 34 year old man and a 30 year old woman were arrested in Staines, Surrey on suspicion of Fraud buy False Representation after making a claim for £45k for a water leak that had caused damage to kitchen and flooring from a faulty boiler.

The invoices provided were found to come from a company that had ceased trading in 2009, six years before the leak happened. 

Additionally, images of the damage caused by the leak were found to be taken before the date of the leak.

Det Ch Insp Angie Roger’s, Head of IFED said “Insurance fraud is not a victimless crime and costs every policy holder £50 each year.

“If people think they can get away with exaggerating or making false claims they should know that the Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department have dealt with 1200 fraudsters since we began in 2011.

“Those caught making false claims will be dealt with, and were appropriate will be put in front of the courts and sent to jail.

Mark Allen, Manager, Fraud and Financial Crime Manager for the Association of British Insurers, said:

“This concerted nationwide action led by IFED demonstrates how the insurance industry is determined to protect its honest policyholders by taking decisive action to identify and enforce against fraudsters. The risks associated with committing insurance fraud are simply not worth it. You’re now more likely than ever to get caught and suffer severe and long-lasting consequences.”

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Woman arrested for driving stolen mobility scooter in reckless manner

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Police in Hartlepool came across an unusual incident while on a routine patrol of the town centre.

The Hartlepool Neighbourhood Police team managed to stop a stolen mobility scooter, now we aren’t too sure if a pursuit was given but if there was we are sure the footage would be unreal.

And we are fairly sure those cops responding to the incident won’t hear the end of this one back in the parade room for the next couple of years.

Anyways getting back to the story because this is, after all, a very serious incident, officers have described it as ‘one of the strangest jobs they’ve dealt with’.

Not only had the woman stole the mobility scooter she could not even drive it. Police Say she was spotted driving the Scooter in a reckless manner while under the influence of alcohol.

Cops managed to get their hands on her and lock her up but now they have the job of finding out whos scooter it is.

The cops admitted this was Perhaps one of the strangest jobs officers have dealt with in recent times.

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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.

Credit: PoliceHour.co.uk

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.

Credit: PoliceHour.co.uk

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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Urgent appeal Heman Mohammed Tahir wanted in connection with Rape of girl aged 16

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Detectives have released an image of the man they want to speak to in connection with a rape.

Police want to speak to him after a 16-year-old girl was raped in Hartlepool.

Cleveland Police now say they want to speak to 24-year-old Heman Mohammed Tahir is believed to have left the Cleveland area and travelled to London but his whereabouts are unknown.

The incident is reported to have happened overnight on Tuesday 26th September into Wednesday 27th September at The Windmill in Dalton Piercy, Hartlepool.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts or anyone who may have seen him is asked to contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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