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Police: Stamping out Scams

Written by RSS Poster Crimestoppers

Age UK Lancashire’s Community Engagement Manager, Anne Oliver, writes about the impact of scams against the elderly in the local community and what the charity has been doing to support the launch of Crimestoppers and Post Office’s campaign to tackle the issue last month.

Age UK Lancashire logo

During August, Age UK Lancashire is working with the Post Office and Crimestoppers to promote awareness of the different postal and online scams that are currently being perpetrated in the UK (find out more about the campaign).

Last month, Age UK Lancashire’s Community Engagement and Promotions Managers joined staff from the Post Office, Crimestoppers, Think Jessica, Trading Standards and Lancashire Police at the official campaign launch at Chorley Post Office.

The event was promoted in the media and was attended by local radio stations Rock FM and 2BR, while BBC Radio Lancashire transmitted an interview with me.

Since the launch, we’ve supported the campaign by displaying posters in our offices, posting stories on social media of how people have been...

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Fire: 75 years of protecting Tyne and Wear

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Photo caption: The old and the new. Right, Watch Manager Dave Irwin with a Salvus light oxygen rebreather used extensively during World War 2, and left, Watch Manager Dani Forster wearing current breathing apparatus. Today (Thursday, 18 August) Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the formation of the National Fire Service. The first fire brigades were established as a result of the Great Fire of London in 1666, which destroyed 13,000 homes, 84 churches, 44 livery halls plus numerous commercial and public buildings. Remarkably, only six people were killed. These first fire brigades were formed and maintained by insurance companies and a plaque unique to each insurance company identified properties covered, for example in 1751 Newcastle fire Assurance Co. had three fire engines. During the mid-1800s, public fire brigades were put in place across Tyne and Wear. It was not until the passing of the Fire Brigade Act in 1938 that the provision of a Fire Brigade became a...

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Fire: Ongoing fire incident at Glazewings site in West Dereham

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Public Information Notice

Ongoing fire incident at Glazewings site in West Dereham

Following a site meeting on Tuesday (16 August) at Glazewings, representatives from the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, the Environment Agency, the Police and Norfolk County Council have issued an update on the situation at the recycling plant Glazewings in West Dereham as the fire is ongoing and likely to continue for the next couple of days.

  • Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service has been using sprays to mitigate the impact of the smoke plume, and this has resulted in a reduction in the amount of smoke coming from the site.  The next steps will be to progressively excavate the burning material and extinguish it over the next few days.

 

  • Air quality monitoring visits have been carried out at various locations since Saturday (13 August) and are set to continue.
  • To date, local rivers and ground water have not been polluted. The Environment Agency will...

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Police: How to protect your email account from hackers

Written by RSS Poster ActionFraud's blog

Email accounts often contain a lot of personal information, making them a valuable target for hackers and cyber criminals. Make sure yours is protected. 

While email can be a convenient way to communicate between friends, family and work, it can be a nightmare if you get hacked. Not only is it a hassle, but you can also fall victim to fraud. 

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau’s (NFIB) Proactive Intelligence Team recently spoke to a convicted hacker who said: “You’ll be surprised what information people send on email. I’ve got hold of people’s bank account numbers because they have sent them on Hotmail. When I’m in someone’s email account I search for things such as invoices, PayPal receipts, online shopping and anything financial. Once I’ve got these, I’ll try and log in!” 

It is easy to see why hackers like having access to your email accounts, which is why it is important you take some steps to protect yourself. 

Consider using different emails for different purposes

It is...

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Fire: Fire prevention teams visit Toxteth to reassure residents following serious fire

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Fire prevention teams visit Toxteth to reassure residents following serious fire


Police: AFTER THE CIRCUS OF GOLD MEDALS WE`LL RETURN TO REALITY

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace


It is gratifying to note that amongst the hysteria of gold medals at the Olympic circus damning observations of courts` efficiencies or lack of them are becoming increasingly frequent. This will cause a certain discomfort where it is overdue. It has taken some years for the inevitable daily problems in our courtrooms of which every court practitioner is only too well aware to become the stuff of media comment. The Public Accounts Committee of the House of Commons report in May highlighted the continuing breakdown in the courts` system.  Since the...

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Police: Beat cyber criminals at their own game in the City of London

Written by RSS Poster ActionFraud's blog

This week the City of London Police, Action Fraud and Get Safe Online will be talking to people throughout the City about cyber crime and offering advice on how they can protect themselves from online fraudsters after the release of the Crime Survey for England and Wales which has shown that 2 million people are believed to have been victims of cyber crime in England and Wales.

On Thursday 18 August, from 10.30am to 5pm, the City of London Police in partnership with Get Safe Online will host a cyber awareness event at Bishop’s Square, Spitalfields. There will be the opportunity to try out a Formula 1 racing car simulator and learn about the cutting edge technology used by Formula 1 teams to protect their cars and systems. People will also have the chance to be quizzed about their fraud and cyber knowledge using a fraud defence test designed by the City of London Police.

Victim reports by gender and age

Earlier this year a national cyber profile revealed that men lost on average almost
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Police: Guest blog by DCC Louisa Rolfe: “Tea & Medals”

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

I hope, like me, you are excited to watch the Olympic games.  I’m less keen on all the pomp and ceremony but I’m gripped by the personal stories of success against all the odds, the huge personal endeavour and the success shared by proud families, communities and countries.  When years of hard work evaporates in a fall or is just not quite good enough for the podium this time, I really feel that disappointment.  Thankfully policing is not quite so ‘all-or-nothing’ but it does require perseverance, belief and optimism.  The rewards when we make a difference to someone’s life can be a bit like winning ‘gold’.  Having seen recent recommendations for Chief Constable’s Commendations and Good Citizen Awards I know there is no shortage of ‘medals’ material here but I do know our staff are struggling to find the time for a cuppa.

Deputy Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe

Deputy Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe

Right now it is tough.  We are in the midst of our busiest time of the year, we are accelerating...

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Fire: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service join in the 22 push-up challenge

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Staff at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service have joined in the latest social media craze that is sweeping the world. The 22 Push-up Challenge is an American initiative which began after figures revealed that 22 former servicemen and women in the US take their own lives each day. To raise awareness of PTSD, people have been challenged to do 22 push-ups every day for 22 days. In support of this initiative and alongside the Mind Blue Light Programme which also supports and challenges the stigma of mental health, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is delivering safety messages to ensure that our communities have a safe and enjoyable summer. By using this concept it will also deliver a different summer safety message related to water safety; road safety; camping, BBQs and drinking alcohol by a different individual or group over 22 days. The campaign will run from Friday, 12 August to Friday, 2 September. Group Manager Dave Jefferson, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue...

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Police: TO ARREST OR NOT TO ARREST? THAT IS THE QUESTION

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
"Have you ever been arrested?"  Not an everyday sort of question but exactly the sort of question that can be on an application form for eg some types of insurance, a job, a visa or another inquiry where personal integrity is a pre requisite.  This is not so surprising as there has to be a prima facia case of law breaking. To quote the appropriate government website, "To arrest you the police need reasonable grounds to suspect you’re involved in a crime for which your arrest is necessary." According to Citizens` Advice..........

 

When can the police arrest you

Police can arrest you if they have a valid arrest warrant. There are also some situations where they can arrest you without a warrant. These are where:
  • you are in the act of committing certain offences
  • they have reasonable grounds for suspecting you are committing certain offences
  • they have reasonable grounds for suspecting you have committed certain offences
  • you are about to commit certain offences
  • they have reasonable grounds for...

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