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Issue 13

October 2017

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The unique ever changing credit card could be the end for fraudsters

Unique card idea is très bon By Peter Faulkner LAST year criminals stole £500 million from people's accounts leaving more and more residents concerned about how to protect their money. And with card fraud rising yet again, everyone is worried that the fraudsters are winning. Maybe no more... Card fraud – where criminals get hold of your details and then use them to take money out of your account – could be a thing of the past thanks to a French bank . At present fraudsters need only copy down the details on the back of your credit card – the three security numbers - to be able to be able to buy a lot, and rather quickly, before you even notice that your money has been spent.

Now a French bank is attempting to keep its customers safe, by introducing new high-tech ebank card that has one very special feature...the 3-digit security code on the back of the card changes every hour. This means that by the time a fraudster has jotted down your card details and accessed a computer to start a spending spree, the details would already be out of date. The game-changing technology comes from Oberthur Technologies, a French digital security company that has developed what they call a ‘MotionCode’ card. While the card looks and feels like the type of regular credit or debit card you already own, the back of the card has a digital window which displays three digits. This number is programmed to change every hour, for three years - rendering the

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previous three digits worthless. And it is hoped it will be trialled in Britain very soon. The company says that as most fraud happens a few hours or days after you’ve had your card details recorded, plumping for a MotionCode card could mean the difference between having your money stolen and keeping your account under lock and key. Société Générale and Groupe BPCE (two of the country’s biggest banks) are preparing to roll out the card this year, having run successful trials in 2016. The only issue? If you like to have your bank card details memorised so you can do your internet shopping anywhere, anytime - you’ll have to go back to checking your card with every purchase. A small price to pay!

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Home and away US scams shocker NASDAQ has acquired London-based regulatory technology firm Sybenetix which uses algorithms to catch rogue traders. The Stock Exchange said it is paying an undisclosed amount and intends to fund the purchase with cash. “Nasdaq is investing in the technologies, talent and capabilities that solve the complex challenges our clients face," said Adena Friedman, president and CEO of Nasdaq. “We believe behavioral science, cognitive computing and machine intelligence are essential to a successful, holistic surveillance offering and critical to efficient and effective organizational compliance with an increasingly intricate global regulatory environment." Sybenetix, based in Union Street, Bankside, uses algorithms to learn individual or group behavior at an organization. The software can then detect any unusual trading behavior and report that to the compliance team. Nasdaq already has some of its own risk and surveillance solutions, and the latest acquisition will add to its offerings.

India’s cyber crimewave FROM the global ransomware attacks that hit hundreds of systems to phishing and scanning rackets, at least one cybercrime was reported every 10 minutes in India in the first six months of 2017. That’s higher than a crime every 12 minutes in 2016. According to the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), 27,482 cases of cybercrime were reported from January to June. These include phishing, scanning or probing, site intrusions, defacements, virus or malicious code, ransomware and denial-ofservice attacks. With more Indians going online, cyber

experts said putting in place critical infrastructure to predict and prevent cybercrimes was crucial.

Forgiving brave gran A BRAVE grandmother helped police catch a cruel crook who conned vulnerable pensioners out of more than £50,000 – and then FORGAVE her. Heartless Cheryl Mitchell, 35, of Aberdeen, targeted her elderly victims by pretending to be a council and utility company worker when she turned up on the doorstep of their homes. Many of the old age pensioners she took cash off were living in care homes and sheltered housing accommodation in the west end of Aberdeen. The oldest victim was 102 years old. Mitchell stole their bank details then spent the cash on high value car rentals, mobile phone top-ups and luxury family holidays abroad. She even hatched elaborate plans to con her elderly neighbours, taking advantage of one woman who saif her 79-year-old husband who was expected to die after suffering a major stroke. Mitchell was found guilty of the crimes as well as claiming more than £60,000 of benefits she was not entitled to. She was jailed for five years.

Medical cheats charged THE Justice Department said that it has recently charged more than 400 people, including 56 doctors, with committing health-care fraud that generated $1.3 billion in false billings. “Too many trusted medical professionals like doctors, nurses and pharmacists have chosen to violate their oaths and put greed ahead of their patients,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at a news conference where he was joined by other top U.S. lawenforcement officials. “They seem oblivious to the disastrous consequences of their greed,” the attorney general said. Justice Department officials said the initiative was the “largest health-care fraud takedown operation” in U.S. history.

Letter was a fake A KIKLMARNOCK man who received a scam letter saying he had won £385,000 is warning other people not to be taken in. Allan Greig of Bellfield took the letter, which is fraudulently using the People’s Postcode Lottery’s logo, to the police, his bank and Trading Standards. Said Mr Greig: “At first when I read the letter I thought it said we had won £385. But then I saw all the zeros and realised it was

for £385,000. “I knew I wasn’t in the People’s Postcode Lottery and hadn’t entered any draw, so I felt right away something wasn’t right, so I went to the police and my bank.” The dodgy letter asked Mr Greig to call to claim his winnings, which were a share of £45 million prize pot. A spokeswoman for the People’s Postcode Lottery told the Standard: “Legitimate lotteries, such as People’s Postcode Lottery, will not under any circumstances request a payment in order to receive your ‘winnings’. If you are at all suspicious, then contact our customer service team on 0808 10 9 8

No-go areas for crooks CHARLTON Central Neighbourhood Watch is turning 10 streets into no-go areas for by setting up no cold calling zones. The anti-cold calling campaign has been possible thanks to a £740 grant from Greenwich Council’s ward budget scheme. Ten streets between Victoria Way and Charlton Church Lane, south of Charlton station will become no cold caller zones raising awareness among the 800 households about rogue traders. “Every household will receive a door sticker to ward off unwelcome callers and signage will be put in the area to promote the campaign,” said the council. Charity cold callers, burglar alarm salespeople and scammers with sob stories about getting locked out of their homes have also plagued the area. You can download your own signs telling cold callers to clear off and get useful tips about dealing with all kinds of unsolicited sales calls at MoneySavingExpert.com. The Charlton Society has also been given money from the fund – £1,620 to support its events programme. The society says it is hoping to attract more families to events and is considering events which could increase the membership range of age.

Goods were dangerous A WOLVERHAMPTON shop offering dangerous tumble dryers and a broken microwave covered in bird droppings for sale has been fined £1,000 with £2,622 costs. Harbans Lal, the owner of East and West Aid, a registered charity on Moor Street South, Blakenhall, has also been hit with a £200 fine and a further £2,622 costs. Both the 54-year-old from Regent Road, Tettenhall and his shop admitted breaching consumer protection and unfair trading regulations when they appeared at the city's Magistrates Court. City Council Trading Standards Officers found a variety of dangerous items for sale when they visited the shop but their safety advice was repeatedly ignored.

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Government figuresreveal that deaths from candle fires have trebled in just two years

Candles, the Xmas killer THE number of people killed in fires started by candles has trebled in two years, prompting fire authorities and councils to issue a warning about their use over Christmas. Candle fires have risen by 10 per cent, from 991 in 2013/14 to 1,087 in 2014/15 – a rate of three a day - while injuries caused by them have increased by 9 per cent over the same period, from 353 to 384, according to latest government figures. Deaths caused by candle fires have trebled from five to 15 between 2012-15. The Local Government Association (LGA) which represents more than 370 councils and all fire authorities in England and Wales, is urging people to take sensible precautions with candles during winter and the festive period when they are more likely to be used. Recent candle fires and related inquests include: A seven-week-old baby was injured after a Christmas candle decoration made at school caught fire, filling a home with smoke A baby and two adults were taken to hospital after a candle left burning in a living room

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set fire to a Basildon flat. Firefighters tackled three fires involving candles in the Wrexham area in less than a week. A woman drowned in her bath in Sheffield after breathing in smoke during a house fire – which reached 600C - caused by a candle. A night-time bedroom fire in Reading is believed to have been caused by an unattended candle which destroyed the house. Industry figures show candle sales have increased by 17 per cent in 2016 and more than a quarter of British households now buy fashionable scented candles. Cllr Simon Blackburn, chair of the LGA's safer and stronger communities board, said: "Candles and tealights have become increasingly popular, but it's important to remember that they are not just another decoration. “Left unattended, the naked flame from a candle could result in a devastating house fire, injuring or killing you as a result. “Three fires are started by candles every day and insurance companies may not pay out if a fire is deemed to be a result of negligence. “People using candles should avoid becom-

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ing a fire statistic by following important safety advice. Candle safety advice  Always place candles and tealights in a fire resistant holder and on a flat and stable surface. Scented candles are designed to liquefy when heated to maximise fragrance  Never leave burning candles unattended. Put burning candles out when you leave the room and put out completely at night  Place your candles carefully. Never put them under shelves, other enclosed spaces, or place them out of the reach of pets and children, and keep them away from flammable objects.  Don't move candles once they are lit  Do not burn several candles close together as this might cause the flame to flare  Burn candles in a well-ventilated room, out of draughts, vents or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning.  Fit a smoke alarm and test it regularly.  Make sure that everyone in your home knows what to do if a fire should occur practise your escape route.

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London court news Two jailed for possessing loaded gun and a knife

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TWO men who were caught red-handed with a loaded gun and a large knife just a short distance from one of south London’s busiest high streets have been jailed, after a vigilant member of public called the police. Raheem Whittaker, 21], of Cedars Road, Clapham, and Tre MathurinWrightson, 21, of Charles Barry Close, Brixton, were each sentenced to eight years' imprisonment at Inner London Crown Court. Both men pleaded guilty at the same court at earlier date. They told the court that they had attended the area to have sex with escorts. They claimed that whilst they were in the area, they found the firearm wrapped in a sock under a bin. The judge rejected their version of events. Whittaker was convicted of possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of prohibited ammunition without a firearms certificate and having a sharply pointed or bladed article in a public place. Mathurin-Wrightson was convicted of possession of possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of prohibited ammunition without a firearms certificate and possession of a Class B drug (cannabis).

Child abuser sent to jail A MAN who sexually abused a young girl on multiple occasions a decade ago has been jailed. Sydney Mimer, 69, of Oban Street, Poplar, was jailed for 18 year and two months at Snaresbrook Crown Court. He had pleaded guilty mid-trial to five offences against a girl, who was aged between seven and nine years at the time of the assaults. As a result of his plea, the jury was then directed to find Mimer guilty of: two counts of rape of a child under 13, one count of sexual activity with a child under 13 and two counts of causing a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity. One count of sexual activity with a child under 13 was not proceeded with. The abuse came to light in March 2016 when the victim, then aged in her late teens, confided what had happened to her Mother. She revealed that over a period of years around 2006, Mimer had sexually abused her on a number of occasions at an address in Poplar. Mimer also abused her in a vehicle he owned.

Dodgy bank employee A FRAUDULENT HSBC bank employee who stole more than £150,000 from an elderly man with dementia has been put behind bars. Issachar Stainrod-Holness, from Balham, changed the victim’s telephone banking details to his own, siphoning £156,700 into his own bank account. Stainrod-Holness, who worked at the HSBC branch in Bayswater, transferred the money on several different dates. The crime was only spotted after the victim

had died, when his widow noticed the fraud and alerted the bank. The bank worker, of Old Hospital Close, pleaded guilty to one count of fraud by abuse of position. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison at Southwark Crown Court.

Robbers behind bars TWO violent armed thugs who robbed a cash in transit vehicle before endangering members of the public as they sped away from police have been jailed by Croydon Crown Court. Ishmael Baptiste, 27 (16.03.90), of Cypress Road, Crystal Palace, was sentenced to eight years and four months imprisonment for robbery and six months for aggravated vehicle taking to run concurrently. Robert Richards, 27, of Heathfield Drive, Mitcham was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years for robbery. The court had heard how on Monday, February 27, there was a robbery of a cash delivery to a petrol station. Baptiste and Richards attacked the two guards at the rear of a cash machine. One guard was knocked to the floor by the two men and the other guard was struck across the head and chest with a blue crowbar.

Bed-bound woman conned A GRAVESEND fraudster who scammed a bed-bound 92-year-old Bromley woman with dementia out of more than £300,000 has been jailed. Graham Clark, 59, of Cross Lane West was jailed for five years and 10 months at Kingston Crown Court after pleading guilty to fraud. Over a period of three years between 2011

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and 2014, while acting as the victim’s financial carer, Clark transferred £301,737.39 from the victim’s bank accounts into his accounts. Clark was charged with fraud and denied the offence throughout the investigation, before pleading guilty. He was immediately jailed and the victim, who was his distant relative, in the case has since passed away. Clark, who has another property in HenleyUpon-Thames, is subject to an ongoing investigation under the Proceeds Crime Act.

Fraudster caught out A FRAUDSTER who leapfrogged to the front of the council house queue by using a fake British passport has been jailed for 18 months. Christopher Aghalibe used the £50 forgery to live in the rented property for 12 years before he was found out.The deception cost the public purse more than £112,000, a court heard. Using a false UK passport in the name of Kehinde Osula, Nigerian-born Aghalibe moved into the house in Dagenham, east London, in 2004. He gave the game away last August when fraud prevention officers called to interview him. Aghalibe invited them in for a cup of tea but could not find his British passport. So he gave them a Nigerian one instead, London’s Snaresbrook Crown Court was told. The former bus driver made matters worse when he later turned up at the council offices with a copy of the forged British passport. Aghalibe, 63, was found guilty of using a false instrument, obtaining services by deception and possession of a false identity document with improper intention.

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Thieves can now steal your car without having a key so take precautions

Put your car keys in the oven WHEN you go to bed your new, expensive car is a target for clever thieves using sophisticated transmitters to steal modern keyless cars especially now the darker nights are here. So the next time you go to bed don't take your car keys with you – put them the microwave, the fridge or the freezer. Now this may seem, to you, to be a strange if not stupid suggestion because what good are they in the microwave or the freezer. Well it is a fact that microwave's and freezer's cannot be penetrated by the signal transmitted by the unique device used by thieves because the metal blocks the signal. Cars that use a keyless system can be stolen to order because the thieves have obtained devices that unlock the vehicle even though the owner's key is inside the house. An £80,000 Mercedes and a £60,000 BMW X5 were recently stolen off the driveway using the transmitter as the owner slept. CCTV showed two men sprinting towards the house. One goes to the car door while the

other, holding a bag, stands by the front door of the house. One of the men can then be seen moving the bag around outside the front door, apparently trying to detect a signal. Moments later, the car lights come on and the two men are inside and away. Keyless vehicles do not have traditional ignition keys, instead coming with a plastic fob that contains a computer chip and security code. When the fob is nearby, the code is detected by the car’s computer, allowing the driver to start the engine at the press of a button. It is thought that thieves could be using a ‘relay’ strategy with a pair of radio transmitters. One gets as close as possible to the key fob inside the house by holding a transmitter close to the wall. The second holds his device by the car door. The devices relay a signal to unlock the vehicle. With modern technology you don’t even have to put your car keys in the ignition to get started on your journey, just jump in with the

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keys in your pocket and press the start button, off you go! This is a great invention, but it’s also a great invention to help the modern electronic savvy thief to steal your car! If your vehicle has keyless entry, your key will be emitting a unique radio signal which your vehicle recognises, some vehicles even unlock when your key is close and automatically lock when you leave your car. So long your key is within the required area of your vehicle, you will be able to start your car and drive on your journey. How to stop your car being stolen When you’re at home you could put your keys in any of the following places to help prevent the signal being scanned by a thief who could be lurking outside your property. Inside your fridge or freezer Microwave (don’t turn it on though) Place it in aluminium foil A metal biscuit tin or container You can also get pouches for contactless credit cards so the thieves cannot read your keys signal whilst they're in your pocket.

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NEWS in brief Businsesses hit by fraud BRITISH businesses lost at least £40m last year from frauds perpetrated by their own employees, with London accounting the biggest losers, new data has revealed. Losses from employee fraud were highest in the Greater London area covered by the Metropolitan Police, at £7m in 2016/17, according to government figures obtained by accountants RSM. City of London businesses suffered the second-largest losses, at £4.7m, meaning London as a whole accounted for 29 per cent of the total losses from employee fraud reported to ActionFraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber-crime reporting centre. Meanwhile the average size of the frauds reported in the City of London was the second-highest in the UK, at £338,380, with only Gloucestershire experiencing a higher rate of losses. Essex businesses were hit by the third-highest losses, at £4.4m

No laughing matter A LUXURY car dealer has been ordered to pay back £2 million to the HMRC or face a further decade behind bars for his VAT fraud offences. Sarju Popat, of Rowlands Avenue, Pinner, was jailed for five-and-a-half in 2015 for his part in an operation which involved the sale and export of cars including Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Porsches. At St Albans Crown Court the 51-yearold was told that he could face a further 10 years behind bars if he does not repay his ill-gotten gains. The order comes after the HMRC discovered that the former car dealer had used the cash to buy properties in Cricklewood, Hatch End and Muswell Hill.

Be on your guard after cyber attack A CYBER attack on one of the world’s biggest credit rating agencies, Equifax, threatening the data of up to 44 million people in the UK, has sparked a major secuity warning. The response of US-based Equifax to the massive breach, in which it lost the personal information of 143 million people to hackers, has also been criticised. The hack compromised a wealth of personal data, including names, birthdays, addresses and social security numbers - as well as credit card numbers for more than 200,000 people. Equifax admitted UK consumers were affected by the breach but did not say how many, however the company is understood to hold the data of 44 million British consumers. The company took 40 days to inform the public that it had been hacked and there was outrage after it emerged three senior executives at the New York Stock Exchange-listed firm had sold-off shares worth almost $1.8m (£1.4m) before the breach was publicly disclosed. UK data watchdog, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), said it is investigating the incident and has urged Equifax to contact affected customers as soon as possible. In a statement the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said it was "aware of a cyber incident" and encouraged the public to contact Action Fraud if they believe they have been the victim of cyber crime. Matt Hancock MP, the minister for digital, said: “Clearly making sure that people have good cybersecurity - and then when there's an

incident making sure that people know the consequences of that - is incredibly important." Consumers are warned to be alert for any suspicious phone calls, texts and emails from fraudsters claiming to be from their bank, the police or other trusted companies, following the potential data breach. Fraudsters use the publicity surrounding such events to make their scam approaches appear more credible, and play on the fears of their victims. Katy Worobec, Head of Fraud and Financial Crime Prevention, Cyber and Data Sharing at UK Finance, said: “Criminals often seek to exploit data breaches, so it’s vital to be alert. Be extremely wary of any call, text or email out of the blue, even if they state there has been fraud on your account. Fraudsters may already have some information about you, so do not take this as confirmation that their approach is genuine. “Never give out any personal information if you are at all suspicious. Instead contact your bank on a number that you know, waiting five minutes before you make the call.” Be wary of any calls, texts or emails purporting to be from your bank, the police or a telecoms company asking for personal or financial details, or for you to transfer money. Be wary of cold callers who suggest you hang up the phone and call them back. Fraudsters can keep your phone line open by not putting down the receiver at their end.

Cops test new bikes THE Metropolitan Police Service is helping reduce harmful emissions in London’s air by launching an 18 month trial to test hydrogen powered scooters. In line with the Mayor of London’s work to tackle London’s toxic air, the Met’s Fleet Services will trial seven Suzuki 'Burgman Fuel Cell', zero emission hydrogen scooters as part of their operational capability. The trial will enable them to assess their suitability for the various roles the scooters could perform. On a broader scale, it will help us to understand where this clean technology could be adopted across the fleet in the future. The Suzuki Motor Corporation is loan-

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The Ask for Angela poster that will help women stay safe

Girls can celebrate in safety AN innovative campaign enabling women or anyone who feels vulnerable in pubs and clubs to discreetly approach staff and request assistance is being rolled out across London following a successful pilot in south London. Available at participating venues throughout London, the ‘Ask for Angela’ initiative aims to reduce sexual violence and vulnerability by providing customers with a nondescript phrase they can use to gain assistance from staff members in order to be separated from the company of someone with whom they feel unsafe due to that person’s actions, words or behaviour. The initiative - originally launched by Lincolnshire County Council - has already proved successful following a Metropolitan Police pilot in Merton, which has seen more than 50% of venues sign up and continues to grow. By “asking for Angela”, an individual is alerting staff that they require help. They will be taken aside, or to a safer location, so they can speak in confidence to that staff member about what assistance they need.

Options available to staff include: offering to call a taxi for the individual; contacting their friends or family; or requesting that an individual causing the distress leaves the venue. Officers from the Met Licensing teams have been delivering the posters advertising the service to venues across the capital. They will be placed in the toilets of those establishments, so as to be discreet. Inspector Wayne Matthews, from the Central Licensing Team, said: “This is a simple yet effective scheme which empowers members of the public to seek help if they are feeling vulnerable, by allowing them to raise their concerns with staff. “It may be that they are in the company of someone who is not what they seemed and they want to get away safely and with minimum fuss. “ This initiative will facilitate this and hopefully prevent situations from escalating into something more serious. Of course where scenarios do develop we know bar staff will contact police so they can deal with it in the usual manner.”

Already the pilot in Merton has raised awareness amongst bar staff and encouraged them to look out for potentially vulnerable customers. In turn customers have been reassured that staff are open to offering discreet assistance. Since the initiative was implemented, there have been incidents on the borough which could have escalated without the intervention of bar staff. Security staff at a Wimbledon nightclub noticed two men plying a lone female with drinks, whilst they remained sober. Believing their intentions to be dishonourable, staff called police. The men were removed from the club and police gave the woman a lift home safely. Similarly, an incident in a bar in Wimbledon whereby a man was “harassing” two females at the bar. One of them looked towards security staff and asked for help. Staff intervened and the man became violent. He was removed and arrested for affray.

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NEWS in brief Caught in the act FLY-tipper Anthony Lawrence thought an illegal traveller site in Harvey Road, Blackheath, was the perfect spot for his lorry load of illegal waste. What he didn’t realise as he dumped his rubbish was that Greenwich parks staff were watching. So within minutes of breaking the law Lawrence, of no fixed abide, was arrested. It ended with Lawrence being charged then found guilty of illegally dumping waste. He was fined £400 and ordered to pay £85 towards court costs as well an additional £40 surcharge.

No red letter day AKILAN Selvathiravia ended up in financial trouble after building up considerable gambling debts. Selvathiravia, of Church Drive, Kingsbury, thought he could solve his headache by forging and cashing cheques worth £32,955 from Red Letter Days in Southgate where he worked as a financial advisor. He didn’t realise it was all caught in CCTV and when he was confronted Selvathiravia admitted the offence. At Wood Green magistrates court he pleaded guilty to fraud and was given a 20 month sentence suspended for two years, community service …and he must repay the money.

Banned from Sutton

Firefighter Mark is walking into history FIREFIGHTER Mark Hastings will realise a dream next month when he goes on an historic march to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battle of Passchendaele that his grandfather fought in. Mark has spent seven years gaining permission for 500 people to walk between Poperinge to Passchendaele over two days on November 5-6. It will culminate in a church service to remember the estimated 180,000 who died. To promote the event a website has been set up by Mark who served as a mechanic in the British Army for 10 years before joining the Brigade. People who wanted to take part paid £45 for the privilege and the money raised will help pay to run the event. Two camp sites have been organised and there is plenty of accommodation available for those who wish to stay in the local area. Mark, from Twickenham, has spent several years organising the event. He said: "My grandfather – Lt Kenneth Herbert Thompson – died in October 1973 when I was nine and I had a very special bond with him. "His death still upsets me today and I remember making a promise to him that whatever I did in my life I would not let him down. “After researching the war I realised how lucky I was to be alive. The Ypres Salient of which Passchendaele was part was a ghastly place, your comrades and enemies could be killed in any

number of ways and just sink into the mud in front of you. The ones that didn't sink in the mud just rotted because it was too dangerous to pick them up and bury them. "When they were finally buried, notes were taken of where they were and passed down the chain of command so that in time the remains could be recovered and given a proper burial. “Two things usually happened, either the notes were lost (with or without the carrier) or a shell landed on the grave and the remains disappeared.” The event has been organised by the Firefighters Memorial Trust, with the support of London Fire Brigade, the FBU, the Fire Officers Association, Retained Firefighters Union and the Association of Principal Fire Officers. Nearly 300 London firefighters were called into the armed forces in 1914, with more than half of these personnel returning to their units in the Royal Navy. Firefighters Joseph Knowles and Arthur Shearing have their names on the Menin Gate War Memorial to the missing in Ypres, Belgium. Many firefighters went back to work for the LFB including Firefighter James Fay, who on January 30 1918, was one of seven firefighters who lost their lives when a building collapsed following a fire at the Albert Embankment.

SURREY magistrates have banned 31 year old Sidney Cranfield from parts of Sutton for the next five years for being drunk and begging. Cranfield will be banned from three areas of the town and is also not allowed to associate with a group of people who police believe are a “considerable factor” for his disruptions. Sutton Police had been receiving daily complaints regarding Mr Cranfield who they say drank excessively, and begged aggressively.

£1500 fine for deli A SUDBURY deli has been hit with a hefty £1,500 fine for showing a careless attitude towards waste disposal. Mieszko Polish Deli, in Greenford Road, was hit in the pocket after it ignored Harrow Council’s demands to dispose of its rubbish properly. Director, Jolanta Wrobel, was served a fixed penalty notice of £100. He fail ed to pay the fine so was charged £1,530.66 at Willesden Magistrates Court.

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Racial and religious hate crimes against black police officers have risen dramatically in two years

Facing hate on the beat POLICE officers in London are being subject to more and more racial or religious hate crimes according to the latest figures. A total of 667 police officers were victims of racist or religious hate crimes in 2016-17, a shocking 50% rise from 428 in 2014-15, a BBC Freedom of Information request has revealed. The figures have staggered the Metropolitan Police Federation who said the 56% increase was "abhorrent". The Met Police said it was committed to prosecuting those that abuse its officers in this manner. A total of 4,215 officers employed by the Met Police are black or minority ethnic, making up 13.4% of the force, compared to 40% of the capital's population overall. Leroy Logan MBE, a former superintendent and founding member of the Metropolitan Black Police Association, said he was "saddened" by the findings.

"We're talking about things that happened 20, 30 years ago but are coming back," he said. Mr Logan said he experienced racism as a police officer, both inside the police force and on the streets. "When I was a constable, I'd get it internally and externally, especially from youngsters," he said. "One time I was in an estate in Islington and I heard someone shout the n-word from the balcony. I think unfortunately we are not seeing public attitudes improving today." As well as the 667 police officers, 54 civilian police staff were victims of hate crime in 2016-17, bringing the total to almost two offences each day last year. Offences ranged from harassment to racially or religiously aggravated grievous bodily harm but also included nonviolent offences, which highlighted "the welcome rise in victims willing to report hate crime to the police," the force said.

Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, condemned the rise as "abhorrent". He said: "In this day and age, I just don't get it. But we're doing everything we can to assist our colleagues in any way we can when it's brought to our attention." Louise Haigh, Labour's shadow police minister, said: "There must be a zero tolerance approach to race or religious hate crime and it is vital officers are able to carry out their roles protecting the public." The Met said it was committed to increasing the rate of formal sanctions including charges and cautions - and successful prosecutions. The figures may include crimes against officers from other police forces, but all of the offences took place in the Met's jurisdiction.

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Where is the woman who helped a conman? THIS is the photograph of an evil money-grabbing fraudster with no morals and the type of man elderly people should avoid. His name is Justin Sewell, but fortunately he won’t be around for a while to pester and steal from old people. Sewell, 43, of Beulah Road, Thornton Heath, was charged with two counts of fraud and one count of possession of a controlled drug. He pleaded guilty at Croydon Crown Court and was given 33 months' imprisonment for each count to run concurrently. The court heard that Sewell - who was not known to the victim prior to this offence - managed to have his name added to the 91-year-old pensioner's savings account. On that day he attended a Natwest bank with an unknown woman who pretended to be the victim they fraudulently completed the relevant paperwork to have Sewell's name added to the account. On March 9, Sewell transferred £50,000 across from the victim's account to his own and the fol-

lowing day transferred a further £40,000. Less than a week later he was in a Natwest bank in Croydon when staff alerted police to his request to make a further withdrawal. He was arrested by officers from Croydon that day - during this arrest he was found to be in possession of cannabis. Detective Constable Sam Bennett from Croydon CID, said: "This was a deceitful crime in which Sewell stole a significant sum of money from an elderly lady's bank account. “A swift police investigation established that Sewell had withdrawn two large sums and was seeking a third withdrawal when he was caught. “Anyone who believes they have been a victim of fraud should call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040." The woman who accompanied Sewell on his first visit to the bank posing as the victim has not been traced - anyone with information should contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Evil conman Justin Sewell

City businesses taking action against terror CITY businesses have made sure they will be able to cope with any immediate casualties in the event of another terrorist attack on the capital. City of London Police were keen to make sure that potential casualties could be treated quickly so they introduced an Emergency Trauma Packs scheme. These have all been delivered to prominent buildings and business premises in the Square Mile and each pack is stocked with a collection of specialist medical equipment to treat casualties, with the location of the kits plotted on a map so that the City of London Police control room are able to make use of the packs in the event of a major incident. By having fully-stocked Emergency Trauma Packs on their premises, first responders, businesses, and members of the public will have the tools readily-available to respond in the event of an emergency. City of London Police and Ultimate Security presented the emergency trauma packs and training to the first 35 recipients at a special seminar. At the event, Landsec properties in the City were used as the pilot to demonstrate how police respond to a major incident and the

type of injuries that may need to be treated. In addition to the numerous local businesses which have already signed up to the scheme, the City of London Corporation also plans to equip a number of Corporation sites within the Square Mile with the useful packs. Superintendent William Duffy from the City of London Police said: “As we have seen over the recent months, the first aid that is administered within the first few moments following an attack can be life-saving. “Due to the nature of major incidents, the public will inevitably be at the scene. If businesses and other premises have enhanced medical equipment on-site we can give people access to the tools needed to save lives. “The availability of these kits is in many ways a natural accompaniment to the

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CitizenAid app that launched at the start of this year.” City of London Police is not paying for the kits but has given advice, in conjunction with the London Ambulance Service, on what should be included, and is advising businesses on kit we believe would be of use. Currently the scheme is being piloted within the City business and the initiative will be made available to others within the City including local schools and licensed premises. Inspector Chris Hay from City of London Police said: “The aim of this initiative is simple - to augment the ability of first responders and members of the public to treat casualties in the event of a major incident. “The concept works in line with recent recommendations from the London Resilience Board, which is to equip members of the public to help save lives. “This is done by providing accessible, industry-leading medical supplies to both members of the public and emergency services. “Having the locations mapped and accessible to City Police control room staff enables a co-ordinated response with businesses assisting to mitigate the impact of a major incident.”

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