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Two Kind Hearted Met Officer’s Raise £5K for robbery Victim

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Two kind-hearted police officers from Lambeth raised over £5,000, for an elderly man who had his life savings stolen by criminals posing as bogus police officers.

Police Constables Ben Ings and Simon Cracknell were so moved by the incident in which two men bullied their way into the Lambeth home of 84-year-old Stan that they set up a collection for him.

Supported by colleagues from the CID and response teams at Lambeth Borough, a grand total of £5,500 was raised.

On Thursday, 22 October at about 16:00hrs, police were called to Stan’s home in Lambeth after two men posing as police officers bullied their way inside, pushed him over and stole £8,000. He was not seriously injured.

Stan, who has no family nearby, later told the officers who were first on the scene that he was saving the money for his own funeral. They were so moved that they wasted no time relaying this to colleagues back at Brixton Police Station, prompting the fund to be set up.

On Monday, 21 December – which was also Stan’s 84th birthday – he was invited to Brixton Police Station where he met the Borough commander, Chief Superintendent Richard Wood, PCs Ings and Craknell – the two officers who were first on the scene – and the investigating officer, Detective Constable Sinem Sari, who presented him with a cheque for £5,500.

Tie-enthusiast and artist Stan was also presented with a tie-themed birthday cake, which was specially baked for him by another Lambeth police constable who was moved by his experience.

Speaking today, Stan said: “I received a wonderful service and help in my time of need from police in Lambeth, after I was brutally assaulted and had my life savings taken from me. Our police live up to the most reputable force in the world and they are an example for the rest of the world to follow.

“I thank them for the human kindness they showed me in all contact I had with the police officers from Brixton Police Station – it was a wonderful tonic.”

PC Ben Ings, said: “We are used to dealing with some very difficult situations, but we were particularly touched by this case.

“The fact that the perpetrator impersonated a police officer made it all the worse – people look upon an officer as someone they can trust, so for Stan to lose his life savings in this way, so close to Christmas, is something that really resonated with us.”

Chief Superintendent Richard Wood, Lambeth Borough commander, said: “It is particularly sad to see the most vulnerable members of our community being targeted in this ruthless way, and I would take this opportunity to reiterate previous appeals for anyone who may have information about who committed this crime to contact the police.

“Everyday, but particularly today, I am immensely proud of my officers who come into work every day not knowing what they are going to be faced with, but never faltering in their dedication to Lambeth and everyone who lives and visits here.”

An e-fit has been released of the main suspect who entered Stan’s home.

He is described as white man of medium build, with dark hair and a dark moustache. He was wearing dark clothing with heavy boots and walked with a limp.

It is thought he spoke with a Midlands accent, possibly Birmingham.

The second suspect is described as white with dark hair of medium build.

Police are asking for anyone with information, or anyone who recognises the suspects to call Lambeth police on 101 or 020 8649 2131. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Scott Findlay subjected young mother to harrowing sex attack & punched her while she cradled 6-week-old baby

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A MAN who raped a young mother and repeatedly punched her as she cradled a six-week-old baby in her arms has been jailed.

Scott Findlay subjected his victim to a “prolonged and harrowing” attack in front of her two young children.

Today, at York Crown Court, Judge Simon Hickey sent the 27-year-old, from Ferryhill, in County Durham, to prison for 15 years for offences including rape, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and threats to kill.

The court heard that the victim pleaded with Findlay, who was armed with a kitchen knife, for her children to be prevented from seeing the attack.

Speaking after sentencing, Detective Constable Katrina Meisuria, of Durham Constabulary’s Safeguarding Unit, praised the victim for her courage in giving evidence.

She said: “Scott Findlay subjected his victim to a prolonged, harrowing and violent attack in front of her two young children.

“It took great bravery by the victim to provide evidence at court reliving those events again.

“There is no doubt these crimes have had a life-changing effect on the victim and her children, but the conviction will provide the family with the opportunity to move forward”.

In a statement released through the police, the victim said: “This has been an extremely difficult time for me and my family.

“The incidents occurred only six weeks after the birth of my daughter who was in my arms as Scott Finlay repeatedly punched me about the head and my seven-year-old looked on in terror begging for him to stop hurting his mammy.

“No child should ever have to witness such an attack”.

She added: “My family and I are pleased with the outcome and relieved it is finally over and we can move forward to rebuilding our life”.

After a four-day trial at Durham Crown Court in May, a jury found Findlay guilty of three counts of rape, one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one count of making threats to kill.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and criminal damage.

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Man attacked staff with a traffic cone at petrol station

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Police are appealing for information after a man was assaulted with a traffic cone at a petrol station in Newcastle.

At around 12.05pm on Monday afternoon police received a report that a staff member at the Shell garage on the Great North Road in Gosforth had been assaulted with a traffic cone.

The male offender had filled up a motorcycle with fuel but was challenged by staff when it appeared that he would not pay for the fuel.

He became aggressive and then assaulted the staff member with a traffic cone before fleeing the scene on foot in the direction of The Three Mile Inn.

The victim of the assault was later taken to hospital with a suspected broken nose and cheekbone. It is also believed the motorcycle the offender left at the garage was stolen.

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and police are now appealing for help from the public to identify the offender.

He is described as wearing all black with a white motorcycle helmet that had the visor down.

Officers also want to speak to any witnesses to the incident as there were a number of people on the garage forecourt who police have still not spoken to.

They are also keen to speak to any motorists who may have dash-cam footage showing the motorcycle in question.

Anyone who knows the man, or witnessed the incident on Monday, is encouraged to contact police on 101 quoting log 423 13/08/18 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can also email the OIC on [email protected] or report online at www.northumbria.police.uk/contact.

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Women takes wrong turn at level crossing sparking police response

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A woman has brought Metro trains to a standstill after a woman took a wrong turn at a level crossing and drove on the tracks.

How on earth she managed to do that we will never know, despite the bumpy journey and being on a train track she continued her journey, Maybe she was taking a shortcut?.

Police raced to the scene and Trains were suspended causing delays between Newcastle Airport and Regent Centre after the car was spotted on the line at Kingston Park.

Nexus Rail worker Danny Usher has told Police Hour that an 89-year-old woman got confused and took a wrong turn and made a mistake,

“The lady was 89 years old the poor women got confused and made a mistake luckily nobody was hurt and the police have taken her licence off her for her own safety”

Police have said the driver had gotten lost and took a wrong turn onto the railway and was heading towards Bank Foot station before she stopped at the platform.

Police responded to the incident at 8.30pm and helped get the woman out of the car to safety.

The track has also been checked for any damage before trains resumed at 9.15pm.

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