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Protect against fraud, Give the gift of protection this Christmas #Tell2

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Two children from Ebchester Primary school County Durham, who are also members of Durham Constabulary Mini Police, teamed up with PC Tony Murray from the City of London National Coordinators Office who tweets from @CityPoliceTell2 on Twitter.

In the lead up to Christmas, they wanted to warn people about the dangers of telephone enabled fraud which has been hitting people hard nationally and internationally.

Working together for the small screen they produced a taster video to remind people to be cyber Aware, have strong and different passwords and use at least three random words.

That taster video has been a internet sensation on twitter creating thousands of impressions , being viewed in excess of 35,000 times across the UK and the globe, including Canada, USA, Malaysia, Indian, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Malawi, Falklands, Italy, Brazil, Spain, France, Iceland, Tahiti and many more , it was also RT’d by three Royal Navy vessels , HMS Enterprise, HMS Dragon and HMS St Albans , the latter seen escorting a Russian warship, that was sailing close to English waters, on Christmas Day.

PC Tony Murray who runs @CityPoliceTell2 said ‘it’s fabulous that people took time in run up to Christmas to support such a positive message and show how far the mini police message could travel.’

‘ It was so exciting to watch people join in and support, it was even RT’d from an oil rig in the middle of the North Sea and from RSS James Cook, the British Antartica Survey vessel which was 55deg South, travelling through Drakes Passage just north of Antartica’.

iTunes Red Flag

The latest ‘mini’ video, which also shows the fun the two brilliant children had with a blooper section at the end, highlights the serious problem where criminals are preying on vulnerable people in their own homes and asking them to pay fines via gift cards, often iTunes.

The campaign #iTunesRedFlag raises awareness to people, that may not know a fraudster has called them purporting to be HMRC or other authority , if they are being asked for payment in iTunes vouchers, this is a red flag and they should hang up immediately.

Christmas is a fantastic time to catch up with friends and family, give them the gift of protection.

‘People in our community are being targeted daily, we can stop all telephone fraud by hanging up on all unsolicited calls, take 5 mins to check it out as authentic via a trusted method and if #iTunes cards are mentioned then it’s a fraud. ‘

‘Please share with friends and family, start with #tell2, a campaign which encourages us all to play our small part to stop the hurt caused by fraud.’

I want you to tell everyone, Tell2 is a good start. Christmas is a fantastic time to catch up with friends and family, give them the gift of protection.

Unbroken chain of 26 Tell2’ers can reach 67 million people

Did you know that an unbroken chain of 26 tell2’ers would reach 67 million people, more than the UK population?

Together we can make a difference. Fraud and cybercrime is half of all crime in England and Wales and funds other serious crime such as child sexual exploitation, human trafficking and terrorism.

Lets fund genuine business and not crime by making sure we deal with authentic business and on our terms, not as a result of cold calls.

Finally and importantly I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and I wish you a happy new year from me and all at City Of London Police National Coordinators Office.

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Dangerous prisoner fails to return after attending family funeral

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Police are appealing for help in tracing a Hollesley Bay prisoner who has absconded.

34-year-old Aaron Johnson was reported missing to police at 11.15pm  last night, Friday 17 August,.

Johnson had been granted a special purpose temporary licence to attend a funeral yesterday but failed to return to the prison as arranged. He was last seen in West London.

Johnson is serving a 9 year sentence for robbery, wounding and assault.

He is described as black, 6 feet tall, of medium build, and had a beard. He was wearing a black jacket,  blue jeans, white t-shirt and trainers.

Members of the public are advised not to approach him.

Anyone who believes they may have seen Aaron Johnson or who has any information regarding his whereabouts, is asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101 quoting CAD 480 of 17 August.

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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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