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Police: Police arrest fraudster over complex mobile phone scam targeting students

Written by RSS Poster ActionFraud's blog

A man from Surrey has been arrested by The Metropolitan Police over a scam designed to dupe unsuspecting students out of hundreds of pounds.

The 22-year-old male was arrested, alongside 22 others previously connected with the scam.

The arrest is part of the Met’s, National Mobile Phone Crime Unit (NMPCU) ongoing investigation into the mobile phone fraud targeting students at universities across the UK.

Cash incentives

University students in Surrey are being warned to remain vigilant after a number of victims fell for the scam, running up large telephone debts in the process.

Fraudsters have been offering students cash incentives to sign up for personal mobile phone contracts, which are then being used for the benefit of a private company.

Invariably, students subsequently receive a high value smart phone on a lengthy contract, but then send the phone and SIM card to the private company for a small, often monthly, cash incentive.

It is believed these students may have revealed...

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Police: Domestic abuse offence could cover emotional as well as physical harm

Written by RSS Poster Surrey Constabulary Blog

Government launches consultation on strengthening law by explicitly stating that domestic abuse covers coercive behaviour

Domestic violence. A new criminal offence could protect abuse victims whose partners cause psychological harm. Photograph: Pekka Sakki/REX

A new criminal offence of domestic abuse could be introduced to include emotional and psychological harm inflicted by a partner within a relationship.

The government launched a consultation on Wednesday to look at strengthening the law by explicitly stating that domestic abuse covers coercive and controlling behaviour as well as physical harm.

The move comes after the way that police respond to domestic abuse in England and Wales was condemned as “alarming and unacceptable” in a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) in March.

The consultation document says that police fail to see abuse, particularly in its nonviolent form, as a serious crime, adding: “Creating a specific offence of...

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Police: Sleeping lion created for Surrey Police memorial garden

Written by RSS Poster Surrey Constabulary Blog

Sculptor Tom Kenrick said the sleeping lion represents peace and tranquillity

A stone sculpture of a sleeping lion has been created as a centrepiece for Surrey Police’s memorial garden.

Somerset sculptor Tom Kenrick, 32, spent nine weeks carving the life-size artwork, which weighs about two tonnes, out of Bath stone.

The force commissioned the lion for a memorial garden being created at its Guildford headquarters, in honour of colleagues who died.

The project has been funded entirely by voluntary contributions.

Surrey Police said the garden was designed to provide a space for staff to remember colleagues who have contributed to policing in Surrey or to take a quiet moment of reflection.

The idea came from officers and staff who wanted a central place for a memorial.

Donations have come from Surrey Police Federation members, members of the union Unison, Chief Constable Lynne Owens, the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner Kevin Hurley, an external sponsor and retired staff.


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Police: Psssst….Met….How Happy Are You?

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

In a week which saw the Daily Fail pronounce that morale in the Police Service has never been so low, I thought I’d take a look.

The somewhat smaller print reveals that we are talking about Police Staff, but I’m sure Police Officers’ morale is not much better, however this study was based on a sample of only 3,335 people across the country.

70% of the staff surveyed  (from 999 call takers to detention officers and crime analysts) claimed that an increased workload is the main reason why they are stressed,

76% of them  have felt increasingly stressed over the last year.

Around 60% blamed job insecurity for their worries, with three quarters of those surveyed saying they have seen job cuts and redundancies in their area of work since 2010 (no surprises there then).

Almost two thirds (63%) said job cuts had hit morale, while 55% suffer from anxiety, 48% say they are demotivated and 47% suffer from insomnia.

Half had concerns about lack of support from management while 52% were worried about their pay...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace

When sitting  at the building where all matters except trials are conducted my colleagues and I generally enjoy the experience where we can be fully occupied with overnights, remands,  first appearances, breaches and sentencing.   With invariably a high number of cases at each such sitting I personally leave feeling a combination of being depressed when the detritus of humanity has to go through the criminal justice system instead of being diverted to institutions where their addictions can be treated, satisfied when judgement and/or insight has succeeded in isolating a previously...

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Police: Statement RE alleged murder of James Foley

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

The MPS Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) is investigating the contents of the video that was posted online in relation to the alleged murder of James Foley. We would like to remind the public that viewing, downloading or disseminating extremist material within the UK may constitute an offence under Terrorism legislation.

Police: The Tories and the Police: The End Of The Affair

Written by RSS Poster Surrey Constabulary Blog

Click the picture or here – The Tories and the Police: The End Of The Affair


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Reporter who outed police blogger cautioned

What the job desperately needs now is Leaders NOT managers. The service doesn’t seem to know the difference. Sadly, Leadership is not the only element lacking at the top. Public confidence and that of the troops will never fully return until there is distinct evidence that the Chief Officer standards and qualities are beyond reproach. Over as many months, 18 Chiefs and SMT ranks either disciplined, arrested, or dismissed for unprofessional and even criminal conduct is an indictment of how so many clearly feel they are above the law they are meant to uphold.

How do you instil moral compass values in a hierarchy that doesn’t seem to know the difference between crooked and straight?

Police: Writer's block

Written by RSS Poster A Just Future: Fair for All
It is August, it is sunny and I am still recovering from probably one to many pasties/pints of Rattler after returning from 10 days in Cornwall last week. Maybe it is that. Maybe it is a strong sense of weary déjà vu on so many issues around policing & criminal justice these days... Perhaps it is down to a growing deep sadness at the anomie across the world resulting in more and more tragic episodes of hate, violence & desperation.

I don't know. All I do know is that I am wrestling with writing another blog on topic at the moment. I am experiencing a sort of writers block. (I am still writing about other stuff: there is my 'leadership in films' series on one of my other blogs, of course.)

I will probably get over it in a couple of days... but crime, PCCs, community safety, criminal justice... what is there let to say...?

Please tell me!

PS: there is a PCC election in the West Midlands tomorrow. I wonder how many people will vote?


Written by RSS Poster The Thin Blue Line

The Tories and the Police: Robin Aitken examines the apparent close relationship between the Conservative Party and the police force. A relationship which was cemented with an unprecedented pay rise in the 1970s by Margaret Thatcher. A relationship which has soured over recent years culminating in a damning speech by Theresa May to the Police Federation conference earlier this year. Robin Aitken talks to Conservative politicians who have been key players in the story of this marriage of law and order over the last four decades including former Home Secretaries Ken Clarke and Michael Howard.
Former PC James Patrick, (who exposed the police recorded crime scams) also contributes to the 36 minute BBC radio documentary. Well worth a listen.

Police: Courier fraud charges

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Two men have been charged and another released on police bail, following a police investigation into courier fraud in the south west.

Rahim Choudhrey and Abdul Shafee, both aged, 18, of Wheeler House, Quaker Street, Tower Hamlets in London, were charged with a total of 10 counts of conspiracy to defraud their victims out of a total of ?168,600.

They will appear at Bristol Magistrates Court today (Wednesday August 19).

Rahim Choudhrey faces 10 charges, with sums ranging between ?1000 – ?42,600, while Abdul Shafee faces five charges, with sums between ?10,000 – ?20,000

They were arrested on Monday by detectives from Zephyr – the South West’s regional organised crime unit – in a joint operation with officers from the Metropolitan Police.

A third man – also aged 18 – who was also arrested as part of the investigation, was released on police bail, pending further enquiries.

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