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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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Update: Hartlepool School Children warned to be vigilant

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A School in Hartlepool has today warned parents and school children to be vigilant following a suspicious incident at the school fence.

Eldon Grove Academy sent a message to parents warning that whilst children were in the playground at lunch time a man approached the fence and spoke to one of the children.

It’s reported that the man approached and offered children ice lollies at Ward Jackson Primary School in Hartlepool.

While someone in a red Volvo was driving suspiciously when a member of staff approached the car drove away erratically.

A spokesman for Ward Jackson Primary School has told Police Hour “Yesterday lunchtime a man tried to engage in conversation with a pupil who was securely inside the school perimeter fence.

“The safety of our pupils and community is paramount and we immediately notified the police and have notified our parents and urged them to be vigilant.”

 

A spokesman for Hartlepool Borough Council told Police Hour: “The safety of children in Hartlepool is our top priority, and as soon as the school made us aware, we notified our other schools as a precaution.”

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Hartlepool School Children warned to be vigilant

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A School in Hartlepool has today warned parents and school children to be vigilant following a suspicious incident at the school fence.

Eldon Grove Academy sent a message to parents warning that whilst children were in the playground at lunch time a man approached the fence and spoke to one of the children.

It’s reported that the man approached and offered children ice lollies at Greatham Church of England School in Hartlepool.

While someone in a red Volvo was driving suspiciously when a member of staff approached the car drove away erratically.

Greatham Church of England School in Hartlepool also warned parents “We have been notified that a man has approached a local school offering children an ice lolly, please stay vigilant.”

Cleveland Police have not commented on the incident.

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Naked runner who terrified over 40 women caught by discarded till receipt

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A NAKED runner who targeted dozens of young women has been caught after determined beat officers used a discarded shopping receipt to track him down.

Over the last few weeks, the serial flasher has been targeting women on the riverbanks in Durham City.

But a discarded till receipt for a packet of Haribo found at the scene eventually helped officers trace an 18-year-old suspect, who was arrested and has now admitted his guilt.

Since April, around a dozen women reported that a man, naked except for his running shoes, had been seen on the riverside footpaths between Durham Rowing Club and the Maiden Castle sports complex.

Police believed that he was waiting for lone women, many of them joggers using the popular riverside routes, before emerging from his hidden vantage point and indecently exposing himself.

Although a dozen women, aged from their late teens to their 40s, reported the flasher, police believe there may have been many more incidents which went unreported.

Durham City Police carried out a series of operations, including plain clothes patrols in which female officers posed as joggers to lure the suspect out.

But the breakthrough came when one of the tenacious officers found a place on the parapet of a disused railway bridge which the culprit used to spot his victims coming.

An empty sweet packet and shop receipt found nearby allowed officers to scour CCTV footage from the store and pinpoint the moment that the sweets were bought, giving them an image of a suspect which matched the description given by the victims.

Officers were then able to trace the suspect to a city centre address, where he was arrested and admitted all the offences.

The man has since been admitted to Checkpoint, a four-month intervention programme to deal with his behaviour.

Sergeant Kay Howarth, of Durham City Police, said: “This was quite an unusual case because the riverside in Durham is usually such a safe place and is visited by families all the time, which made us all the more determined to catch him.

“It must have been very alarming for these women to have a stranger jump out at them while they were simply out enjoying a run.

“We would like to thank all those who rang in to report this man and for all those local runners who helped with our investigation.

“Our officers were determined to find this man and we will continue to work to make sure Durham is a safe place for everyone”.

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