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Police: Alert: Watch out for Facebook Marketplace fraud

Written by RSS Poster ActionFraud's blog

Action Fraud is warning people to watch out for fraud on the Facebook Marketplace after receiving reports from victims who have tried to purchase items and never received them. 

Facebook’s Marketplace lets you buy and sell items with people in your community for free. All you have to do to access the Marketplace is tap on the shop icon at the bottom of the Facebook app and start searching. 

Unlike rival websites such as eBay there is no secure payment facility such as PayPal or feedback systems in place, which means it is up to buyers and sellers to agree on prices and payment methods.

Caution advised

People using the Marketplace should exercise caution as it is easy for fraudsters to post pictures of items for sale that either do not exist or are counterfeit. 

In all the cases reported to Action Fraud, fraudsters have been offering items for sale and demanding that payment is made by bank transfer. When victims ask if payment can be made through PayPal, a variety of excuses are given as to why...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace

"The complexity of the challenges police officers face means that their leaders need to set the highest standards of integrity, honesty and objectivity if they are to be trusted and respected by the public.  You hold positions of great authority.  You have to sustain public confidence. You hold the police to account and it is up to you to demonstrate by example and live by high ethical standards".

These are some of the words of   Richard Thomas, a Member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life when he spoke earlier this week at the CoPaCC "OPCC Transparency" Quality Mark awards.

Perhaps Greater Manchester Police live in a different world.


Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
There are many who bemoan the increase in numbers being given custodial sentences.For those of us with experience of actually making those decisions they are not made lightly.  Indeed they are often arrived at with a heavy heart. The figures released today on offences associated with knife possession illustrate a problem that does not go away.  Judges and magistrates are faced with protection of the public in addition to consideration of the offender.  The public outcry when such a balance goes wrong and further crimes are committed is not pleasant for those involved in the original decision. Transform Justice and the Howard League eg, both lobbyists beloved of the intelligentsia, would have many such offenders rehabilitated without incarceration: so would we all.  In practical, financial and political terms it ain`t going to happen. Whether that is a welcome or unwelcome conclusion is not for this post.  

Police: Supreme Chicken?

Written by RSS Poster The Magistrates' Blog
The Supreme Court is now considering a crucial case that will clarify the power of the judiciary vis a vis that of Parliament. Many of the country's finest legal minds will focus on this matter, and a verdict will be handed down. In the long tradition of European matters dividing our nation, some unscrupulous parties are attempting to discredit the Courts, in particular by focusing on individual judges and any perceived bias they may have. This is an appalling piece of vandalism, the worst offender being the Daily Mail. Recently that paper has given space to the risible Ian Duncan Smith, a failed Tory leader.  IDS' opinion reminds us how lucky we were to be spared his presence in Downing Street.

He repeats the now-customary jibe that judges are unelected. Of course they are, but then so are brain surgeons and airline captains, and we expect and receive a professional and disciplined service from them. Electing judges would fatally damage the public's confidence in the judiciary's utter impartiality.

We are blessed with a judiciary...

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Police: Alert: Fake emails claim you were caught speeding

Written by RSS Poster ActionFraud's blog

Action Fraud has received thousands of reports about fake emails purporting to be from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) that claim you were caught speeding.

Analysis of the reports shows the emails have been sent by cyber criminals to victims across the UK and not just in the GMP area.

The emails claim that GMP are notifying you about a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) and have photographic evidence that you failed to adhere to the speed limit at specific date, time and location.

This is or course not true, but it goes on to say that because you have been named as a driver of the vehicle you have a legal obligation to comply with the provisions of the notice.

The aim of these emails is to get you to click on the link to “check the photographic evidence” which is likely to lead to malware.

NIP’s are never sent by email, they are always sent through the post using a Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) registered address.

Fraudsters website shut down

Following enquiries from GMP, the...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
The Magistrates Association cannot answer the question owing to its becoming increasingly irrelevant to Justices of the Peace and consequently supposedly represents around only 80% of a reduced workforce.  That question which has been in the minds of many interested parties was finally answered two days ago by a written parliamentary answer; to wit the numbers of J.P.s who have resigned over the last few years.  The important word is "resigned" because thousands have been compulsorily retired since 2010.  

Oliver Heald The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The requested information is provided below. Figures are compiled by financial year.
(a) Since 1st April 2016 to date, there have been 842 resignations
(b) During the financial year 2015/16, there were 952 resignations
(c) Since 1st April 2010 to date, there were 8,253 resignations

Latest figures show that in April 2016 there were 17,552 serving...

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Police: Charlie Webster on domestic and sexual abuse

Written by RSS Poster Crimestoppers

Sports broadcaster Charlie Webster is best known for her work with the likes of Sky Sports, but is also heavily involved in charity work and raising awareness of abuse against women.

Charlie Webster An ambassador for the charity Women’s Aid [link], Charlie has spoken openly and honestly about being a victim, or as she explains, ‘survivor’, of sexual abuse.

Here’s the second part of Charlie’s blog, where she shares some of the stories of domestic and sexual abuse she has heard and gives her views as a survivor of abuse herself.

It is a basic human right for all of us not to be violated, not to be detained, scared, or abused, and for our bodies to be our own. Sadly, we still live in a society where this basic human right doesn’t exist for many.

The number of people I have met, stories I have listened to, of hellish violence, rape and manipulation on our very own doorsteps – and lives lost.

Police: FCA urges over 55’s to check investment opportunities

Written by RSS Poster ActionFraud's blog

The FCA is urging over 55’s to take their time to check that investment ‘opportunities’ are legitimate before they hand over their money. 

This comes as new research by the FCA reveals:

  • 22% of over 55’s and 32% of over 75’s believe they have been targeted by an investment scam in the last 3 years.
  • 55% of those who have invested in financial products did so on their own, rather than making the decision with family
  • 14% of over 55’s spend little or no time researching financial investment products before handing over money, rising to 26% of over 75’s.

According to figures from Action Fraud, on average victims of investment fraud lost £32,000 each last year. Recent pension freedoms and low interest rates offering poor returns on savings are making over 55’s an increasingly attractive target for fraudsters. 

The new research is part of the FCA’s ScamSmart campaign, helping to protect consumers from investment fraud. The campaign features an interactive tool, the FCA Warning...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
Currently the fixed penalty for using a mobile phone whilst driving is 3 penalty points and a £100 fine.  For driving without insurance an offender can be fined up to £5000 in court and be subject to 6-8 penalty points or even a driving disqualification of up to 12 months if there are severe aggravating circumstances. Indeed the penalty for mobile phone use will be increased next year to 6 penalty points and a fine of £200.  When it comes to sentencing offenders for multiple driving offences in actual practice benches are ordered to use the principle of totality.  In effect the most serious offence is the one on which punishment is based and other offences are treated as "aggravating".  The logic of this approach has always defeated me when one offence does not follow from another; i.e. the offences are quite dissimilar.  Using a mobile phone when driving and having no insurance compounded by not having a suitable driving license or MOT fall into this category.  

Today the Scunthorpe Telegraph...

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Police: Charlie Webster & Football United: abuse is never OK

Written by RSS Poster Crimestoppers

Sports broadcaster Charlie Webster is best known for her work with the likes of Sky Sports, but is also heavily involved in charity work and raising awareness of abuse against women.

Charlie Webster An ambassador for the charity Women’s Aid, Charlie has spoken openly and honestly about being a victim, or as she explains, ‘survivor’, of sexual abuse.

Here, she talks about her work, and the people she has come into contact with as a result of her campaigning and awareness raising.

Recently we have seen how important it is to have an open conversation about domestic and sexual abuse. We have spent too long letting victims down by turning a blind eye and denying that the ‘well respected nice person’ we see on the outside couldn’t possibly be a bad person.

The myth that abusers are weird creepy violent people that you can spot a mile off is just that, a myth. In most cases the abuser is someone the victim trusts and that is how he or she executes their power over their victim.

Abuse is about power...

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