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Durham Fraud Detective wins national police award

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Tony Murray a Fraud Detective with Durham Constabulary has won a National Police Twitter Award.

Using the account @DurhamFraud DC Tony Murray of the of the Specialist Crime Operations Unit, has used Twitter in a creative way to send key messages to prevent fraud and inform members of the public how they can avoid being a victim.

@DurhamFraud has been active for less than a year, and has already garnered a substantial following and has now a Policing Newcomer award.

Durham Fraud took the category by storm fending off three other policing newcomers with the aim of the account to educate in the field of fraud prevention.

A particular success for @DurhamFraud has been the #Tell2 campaign, which encourages people to tell another two people about the key advice they have learned.

“We could all do with being a little bit more aware of the dangers fraud presents. I’d love to tell everyone, but if we each tell just two people, the message will spread”.

DC Tony Murray of the Durham Fraud Team has been raising national awareness of fraudsters and how easy it is to prevent ourselves from becoming a victim of fraud.

With a wealth of operational experience, DC Murray offers practical advice on how to defeat phone fraudsters not just on a local level, but on a national scale. Leading the fight against fraudsters.

DC Murray shares daily experiences on Twitter using @DurhamFraud to help prevent us from becoming victims to real-life fraud that is happening around us every day. In the hope, you will Tell 2 people.

Tell 2 Campaign

DC Murray has now launched the innovative Tell 2 Campaign to prevent us all against fraud.

The aim of the Tell 2 campaign is to tell 2 people about a current fraud that is happening within the UK at this moment in time to ensure they won’t fall victim of the same fraud.

Is Fraud really happening!

Fraud is happening every day and it is important we ‘Tell 2’ people because these criminals who are targeting our banks and data are very organised and professional criminals. They are simply after your money and once they’ve got it you’ll never get it back.

Companies may seem genuine but we really should not be doing business on the telephone, especially sharing personal banking or payment details with companies who have called us out of the blue.

DC Murray say’s the message we are trying to get out is; ‘Hang up on fraud’

“Even though it may be the company you deal with and even if it genuine just says; ‘I’m sorry I don’t do business on the phone. We are in that situation now where we have to say that.”

5 key areas Fraudsters target. 

Fraudsters can only really gain access to your details and money with what DC Murray calls ‘5 key enablers’ of Fraud.

These areas are your Home Telephone, the Internet, Your Mobile Phone, Your Letterbox and your door step.

DC Murray also goes on to say that we should ‘never assume any email, text, phone call, knock at the door or letter is genuine’ Fraud hurts people and once they’ve managed to get hold of your money it’s going to be hard to get it back.

There are over 50 Different Fraud but only 5 key ways to get into our homes! 

DC Murray told Police Hour “I want to stop all fraud and there are over 50 different fraud but only 5 key ways they will get into our homes Telephone, Internet, Mobile phone, Doorstep and Letterbox.”

“If we protect and #takefive around these key enablers and then #tell2 we can stop fraud .
“The telephone enables a 1/3 of all reported frauds in the U.K. So it is so important to tell people in your family, tell work colleagues, friends.
“The tell2 campaign is a way of engaging everyone to do their bit to help stop fraud , I want people to tell2 others about fraud and how to protect  E.g don’t trust caller ID , it can be spoofed by criminals to look like a genuine number.

“Did you know that when you hang up a phone call , a fraudster can keep the home phone line open for up to 10 seconds and even sooof a dial tone.”
“It is so important to hang up , TakeFive ( make a brew) and then verify via a trusted method.”
Please go and start talking about fraud , we can make a difference and a conversation with a loved one or friend can protect – #tell2″
Never do business on the phone or on your doorstep if it’s ANY cold call.”
Tony Murray Top Tips to prevent telephone Fraud!

1) Am I at risk?

A, Yes. While a lot of older people have become victims of telephone scams PC Murray says fraud can affect anyone.

2) What should I do if I get a suspicious call?

Hang-up immediately. Police say it is no longer safe to conduct any business over the telephone.

3) What should I do after I put phone down?

Before making any other calls you must make sure your phone line is clear. You can do this by calling a friend or your own mobile.

4) Then what should I do?

Once you know your phone line is clear call the police immediately. The quicker you report fraud the more chance you have of getting any stolen money back.

5) What can I do to reduce the risk?

Police say it is essential to chance your passwords regularly in light of recent cyber-attacks.

Action Fraud are offering the following advice in order to protect yourself:

•HMRC will never use calls or texts to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty or ever ask for payment in this way.

•Telephone numbers and text messages can easily be spoofed. You should never trust the number you see on your telephone’s display.

•If you receive a suspicious cold call, end it immediately.

To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use the online fraud reporting tool on the Action Fraud website.

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Four Iraqis win damages against MoD following their treatment during invasion

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Four Iraqi Citizens have won a high court damages against the Ministry of Defence.

The case was relating to their ill treatment and unlawful detention during the invasion of Iraq.

It was heard that they were unlawfully imprisoned and ill-treated by British armed forces.

The Judge ruled that all four would be entitled to compensation under the Human Rights Act with one of those men being awarded more than £30K.

After Mr Justice Leggatt’s ruling, lawyers said the result of the four test cases could form the basis of settlement of more than 600 unresolved claims in what is known as the Iraqi Civilian Litigation.

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‘Trauma Teddies’ police officers give our teddies to children they meet at incidents they attend

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A scheme where police officers give a cuddly toy to young children they meet during their daily patrols has been expanded across the North East.

The ‘Trauma Teddies’ scheme was launched in September but was started as a pilot operation that just covered part of Newcastle.

It involved knitted teddy bears being stored in patrol cars of response officers so that they can hand it to young children they meet when responding to incidents.

They could be handed to children who were involved in a road traffic collision or to a young child who had gone missing.

In the last month, the scheme has received an overwhelming response from local communities with more than a hundred teddies donated across the force.

Now the decision has been made to expand the pilot forcewide so patrol cars in Gateshead, Sunderland, North Tyneside and Northumberland will carry ‘Trauma Teddies’.

Chief Inspector Clare Langley has overseen the implementation of the scheme in Northern Area Command and said they could be a vital tool to help comfort young children.

She said: “This is a really fantastic scheme that has already had a number of success stories in Newcastle during the pilot.

“We have had an overwhelming response from the public and more than a hundred knitted teddies have been handed in by members of the public.

“It made sense to expand this scheme across the force as in the short time we have been running it we have found there is clearly an appetite to keep it going.

“Many of the children we come into contact with are scared, frightened and have never had any contact with the police before.

“Our officers are fantastic at comforting these young children but giving a child a teddy bear can be the thing that really builds a connection with them.”

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, said: “I very much welcome this initiative to Northumbria. It recognises the effect a traumatic experience can have on a child and such a simple gesture is a step towards making a child’s experience less painful.

“Our officers sometimes have to attend devastating road traffic accidents or are called out to domestic incidents where a child has witnessed frightening scenes which result in seeing someone they know, and even love,
being taken away.

“A teddy won’t fix things but if it can help officers distract a child from what’s happening and offer them some comfort. I’m very thankful to everyone who has donated these bears – they will make a difference.”

Trauma Teddies were first introduced in Australia in a bid to comfort young children whose families had been left homeless by forest fires.

It was then adopted by the Red Cross to comfort young refugees before arriving in the UK when it was adopted by some police forces.

Victims First Northumbria suggested the scheme in the region and collected the first batch of teddies as well as producing a number of colouring books to hand out.

One of the early success stories includes a four-year-old boy who went missing and thought he was in trouble when he returned to see police at his house.

He was inconsolable until police handed him a teddy at which point his face “lit up” and he realised police weren’t just there to tell him off.

And last week a two-year-old boy was handed a ‘Trauma Teddy’ to comfort him after his mother was involved in an incident in North Shields and had to be spoken to by police.

Chief Inspector Langley said the teddies were really important to help show children at a young age that they could speak to their local police.

She added: “A lot of the work we do in schools and in our local communities is all about breaking down those barriers between children and police.

“We don’t want kids growing up with a negative view of the police and an opinion that our only role is to lock them up when they’ve done something wrong.

“This is about showing them that we are people to and that they can come to us whenever they have any concerns.”

Rachel Hardman, of Victims First Northumbria, said: “The Trauma Teddies appeal has been imperative in providing support to children across Northumbria.

“At VFN, we are keen to work with our partners to provide an excellent service to victims across Northumbria.

“Once a child receives a teddy and a safety colouring book, VFN receive a notification and we make contact with that family to provide support.

“This means that once the initial incident has been taken care of by our partners the Police, VFN can continue to provide independent support and coordinate a range of needs the family or indeed the child may have.

“We are really pleased and grateful for all the donations that have been received and are confident that the appeal will continue to be a success.”

Anyone who wants to help, or donate a bear, can get in touch by emailing either [email protected] or drop them off at their local station.

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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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