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Brigade chief calls for tougher safety measures in tower blocks - P7
NEWS in brief New fraud supremo DETECTIVE Chief Inspector Andrew Fyfe has been appointed as the new head of the City of London’s Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED). DCI Fyfe brings with him 26 years of experience as a police officer, most recently within the Police’s National Intelligence Fraud Bureau. He takes over the role of leading the IFED team from DCI Oliver Little, who has become head of the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU) - a special police unit. DCI Little worked in IFED since 2014 and became head of the unit in 2016, leading the team to achieve over 100 arrests, over 150 convictions and more than 300 judicial outcomes.
Cop is sacked A POLICE constable has been dismissed for inappropriate online communication with a young girl following a special hearing. PC Samuel Barton, based at Bromley, faced allegations that he breached the standards of professional behaviour in respect of discreditable conduct. It was alleged that during the evening of May 14, 2016 the officer engaged in inappropriate messaging via Facebook Messenger with a young girl he knew to be aged under 16 years of age. In addition, PC Barton will now be placed on a Police Barred List preventing future employment elsewhere in policing.
Sex beast jailed A MAN who sexually abused two young boys at a scout group in Islington where he volunteered as a helper has been jailed. Ian Barker, 61, of Queen’s Head Street, Islington, was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment at Blackfriars Crown Court. He pleaded guilty to one count of indecent assault with penetration on a boy aged under 14, one count of indecent assault on a boy aged under 14, and four counts of indecency with children. Barker volunteered to assist a scout troupe as a venture scout in Islington in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In 2015, Victim 1 reported to the police that Barker had sexually assaulted him when he was a scout at the troupe between 1979- 1981.
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Help police to solve this 25 year mystery DETECTIVES are turning the clock back 25 years tos ee if they can solve the mystery of what happened to Darren Tunstall. Darren, who was aged 20 at the time, disappeared without trace froim his Walthamstow home and has never been heard of since. Now police have released an artist's impression of what they believe he may look like today in a bid to discover his whereabouts. Darren was last seen by his family on December 3, 1992. He told his family he was visiting friends over the weekend - then disappeared without trace. At the time officers investigated the circumstances of his disappearance and it was deemed non-suspicious. His disappearance was a mystery and the police missing person case file remains open to this day. Darren's mother, father and sister have never given up hope of finding him and have been working with the Missing People charity over the years to appeal for his whereabouts. Darren's mother Ann has appealed to her son to come forward saying: “No words can describe how much I miss you. If you see this appeal, our home telephone number hasn't changed, please please get in touch just to confirm you are okay." She also appealed for anyone with information that may help trace Darren to make contact, saying: "Anybody else who sees this appeal and knows where Darren is, please do get in touch." His father Colin also appealed to Darren to How Darren Tunstall may look today get in touch saying please try and contact us. We are all so worried about you. We miss you and love you always." Darren would now be 45 years old. He is 6ft 4ins tall with size 15 feet. Darren liked spending time on his own and loved the outdoors and open spaces. He would have been familiar with parts of Cornwall and Ireland due to spending previous family holidays in these locations. Detective Sergeant James Hardingham, from Waltham Forest police, said: “At this time of year, when families are looking forward to the festive season, their thoughts often turn to loved ones who are missing. "We would encourage anyone who has not been in touch with their families or friends for a while to either make contact with them, the police or the charity Missing People. If you prefer we will not disclose your whereabouts or circumstances to your families but we will let them know you are safe and well." It is hoped a new appeal for help - alongside the e-fit - may finally encourage Darren or anyone who may have seen him to come forward. Amy Walker, Helpline Manager at Missing People, said: "Darren, we are here for you whenever you are ready. We can listen, talk you through what help you need, pass a message for you and help you to be safe. “The charity is here around the clock, for free and in confidence by phone, text and email. We are here to support anyone thinking about going missing, already away from home or missing a loved one.” Anyone with information is asked to contact Waltham Forest Missing Persons Unit on 020 3276 0936 or on Twitter via a Direct Message @MPSWForest. Alternatively contact Missing People on 116 000 for free, in confidence, 24 hours a day or by emailing email@example.com
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Mayor Sadiq Khan keeps a pledge on more patrolling officers
More officers and PCSOs will ensure Londoners are kept safe from crime and terrorism
Keeping Londoners safe THE Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has delivered on his promise to put the capital’s communities at the heart of his policing strategy, with at least two dedicated PCs and a dedicated Police Community Support Officer now in place in every London neighbourhood. Sadiq’s plan for additional dedicated ward officers, who both know and are known by the community, was his first step in helping re-establish real neighbourhood policing after he took office in summer 2016. In total 529 new dedicated ward officers have been appointed and are now helping to police London neighbourhoods, with additional dedicated officers on patrol in some areas according to local need. In a year in which London suffered four terrorist attacks, the Mayor believes these local officers are the eyes and ears of our police and security services, and have a crucial role in keeping our city safe. Until last year most wards had just one dedicated PC and one dedicated PCSO, with two dedicated PCs in around 100 of the areas with the highest demand. His announcement helps deliver a manifesto
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pledge and the Mayor’s commitment in his Police and Crime Plan, bringing the total number of dedicated officers working across London’s 629 wards - smaller sections of parliamentary constituencies - to 1258, with additional numbers who can work across their borough in areas of high demand. The new ward officers are drawn from existing non-dedicated neighbourhood roles, and ‘ring-fenced’ from being called away to other duties, other than in exceptional circumstances or a major emergency. However, the Met continues to face unprecedented pressures, dealing with rising and more complex crime in the face of a funding crisis caused by Government cuts. Earlier this month, the Mayor warned that if the Government does not provide the necessary real terms funding to keep Londoners safe, the number of police officers across the capital could fall as low as 26,900 by 2021 even lower than previous forecasts. The Mayor of London said: “My top priority as Mayor is keeping Londoners safe, and this starts with real neighbourhood policing. “As promised, I’m putting communities at
the heart of our policing strategy and I’m delighted that every London ward now has two dedicated PCs and a PCSO, who know the community and understand the local issues. “They are our local eyes and ears, and are vital to keeping our communities safe and improving public trust and confidence in our police service. “At a time when the Met is dealing with unprecedented pressures due to the Government’s huge funding cuts and the shift in the threat of terrorism, neighbourhood policing is more important than ever. “I am doing everything I can to protect our frontline in London - but I have been clear that if the cuts continue, it’s expected that our police officer numbers will fall to a 19 year low of around 26,900, putting Londoners’ safety at risk.” Late last year, he announced proposals to increase his share of council tax from April 2018 by an average of 27p a week – the maximum amount allowed by the Government. The vast majority of this will go to the Metropolitan police.
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Home and away Government officials conned HUNDREDS of people, including Eastern Cape government officials, are believed to have lost millions of rands in an investment swindle. The outfit, X-Traders Market, dubbing itself XTM, operated from offices in King William’s Town and Fort Beaufort, and claimed to have a head office in Durban and other offices in Maritzburg, Greytown and Pongolo. It apparently scammed investors of their savings with promises of extraordinary growth in returns. Some of these promises included 100% profits on investments.
ruption trial. Nguyen Xuan Son's lawyer told Reuters he would appeal the verdict. OceanBank is partially-state owned, so Son's crime of mishandling state money was thought to be particularly serious. After leaving the bank, he rose to be head of state oil giant PetroVietnam. The bank's ex-chairman Ha Van Tham, once one of the richest people in Vietnam, was jailed for life on the same charges, and for violating lending rules. In total, 51 officials and bankers stood trial, accused of mismanagement leading to losses of $69m (£50m).
Beefing up security
Soccer boss’s warning
WORLD renowned insurance brokers Marsh has appointed an ex-UK National Crime Agency (NCA) director of cyber crime to its London team, its second former intelligence official in the capital in as many years. Jamie Saunders will join the Tower Place West brokerage as a strategic adviser, in a newly created role. Saunders was director of the National Cyber Crime Unit at the NCA, which is focused on policing organised crime. He was previously director of international cyber policy at the Foreign.
PETER Lim, a former stockbroker who owns Spain’s Valencia football club, has warned members of the public not to fall victim to false claims that he has endorsed investments. The son of a fishmonger, Lim’s net worth is currently estimated at just over $2.1bn (£1.6bn, €1.8bn), according to Forbes Magazine One scam involved several Facebook accounts that were supposed to be Lim’s official accounts. However, a spokesperson representing Lim said that Forbes’ 13th richest person in Singapore and the 973rd richest person in the world does not have any social media accounts. At least one person has been duped into travelling to meet Lim at an overseas meeting. Another fraud claimed that Lim endorsed investments in cryptocurrency, which the spokesperson said he does not.
Women get scam advice THAILAND is offering a free course to help Thai women cope with the highs and lows of inter-racial marriage and avoid potential scams or falling victim to human trafficking when moving abroad. As Thai society becomes more accepting of inter-racial marriages, some women view them as a way to better their economic status, the social development ministry says. Although there is no recent data on such marriages, a 2004 government study showed more than 15,000 women from one of the poorest regions, northeastern Isan, had married foreign men, and sent a monthly total of 122 million baht to their families. The course covers “legal rights, how to seek help through relevant Thai authorities, as well as exploring issues of culture shock,” said Dusadee Ayuwat, an associate professor at Khon Kaen University who helped to design it.
Sentenced to death THE former head of a major Vietnamese bank has been sentenced to death for his role in a fraud case involving millions of dollars of illegal loans. Nguyen Xuan Son, who served as general director of OceanBank, was convicted of embezzlement, abuse of power and economic mismanagement. Dozens of former employees also received lengthy prison sentences in the major cor-
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BT joins Interpol BT has become the first telecommunications provider to sign a data exchange agreement with INTERPOL as it continues to step up its efforts to combat the growing incidence of cyber-crime across the globe. The accord, signed at the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore, provides a framework for threat information exchange focusing on data relating to criminal trends in cyber-space, emerging and known cyber-threats and malicious attacks. The mutual data sharing agreement will foster even greater co-operation between the two parties as they continue their fight to protect families, consumers, businesses and governments against the rising tide of cyber-crime. BT’s threat intelligence experts will provide the IGCI with their knowledge and unique insight into the evolving global threat landscape, helping INTERPOL in its efforts to identify and take action against cyber-criminals operating around the world.
Tackling cyber crime The European Commission has joined the war on cyber-crime, creating a new EU Cybersecurity Agency to co-ordinate responses to and prevent cyber attacks. The agency, a substantial beefing up and changing of the remit of a Crete-based European agency, will organise panEuropean cybersecurity exercises annually and ensure better sharing of threat intelligence and knowledge. It will also prepare plans for rapid co-coordinated responses to large-scale cross-border cyber attacks. The EU will also establish a Cybersecurity Competence Network and centre to monitor developments in the digital world, and a commission directive is helping to beef up criminal law responses by suggesting definitions and common standards of penalties for cyber attacks to member states.
German car riddle AMONG hundreds of thousands of Volkswagen and Audi vehicles that were bought back by the manufacturer under terms of the diesel emissions scandal settlement, at least 69 have gone astray. The cars were supposed to have been stored in the parking lot of the abandoned Pontiac Silverdome football stadium in Michigan with thousands of others. Instead of sitting near the former home of the NFL Detroit Lions, these TDI-badged cars wound up with fake Michigan titles, parked near a wholesale auction in Indiana.
£76m of fakes seized MORE than £76m worth of fake goods were taken off the streets of Dubai last year as the authorities sought to tackle a global trade that damages legitimate businesses and fuels organised crime and terrorism. From knock-off luxury bags from Louis Vuitton and Burberry to cheap unauthorised car parts, sellers were targeted in a large number of raids and seizures. Weight loss drugs and anti-aging treatments were also commonly faked. Once largely sold in the bustling streets of Karama, many are now promoted via social media accounts and WhatsApp and delivered to tourists' and residents' hotels and homes. The value of the seizures was revealed at the Regional Intellectual Property Crime Conference, which aims to strengthen cooperation among international law enforcement agencies. The latest iPhones - or rather cheap imitations that look like genuine models - were also seized. When Dubai police raided a villa in the city earlier this year, they found 214 iPhone 7s and 673 iPhone 6s Plus models, along with more than 20,000 sets of fake headphones.
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The real Andrew McCabe, acting director of the FBI
Make sure you’re not trumped by this bogus FBI email THIS is a photograph of the real acting director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Andrew McCabe who, in his capacity as head of one of the world’s leading crime-fighting agencies, makes many decisions on the instruction of US President Donald Trump. But offering me large sums of cash would not be one of those decisions so the email I received allegedly from him should serve as a warning to residents everywhere. The email is quite a common one as it goes, but this fraudster actually claims to be the real Andrew McCabe and even uses the FBI address on Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington. It came from the email address firstname.lastname@example.org and this is how it goes: The Federal Bureau of Investigation Washington D.C (FBI) write to inform you that we operate 56 field offices in major cities through out the United States of America many of these offices are further subdivided into smaller resident agencies which have jurisdiction over a specific area. These resident agencies are considered to be part of the primary field offices. FBI Headquarters, located in Washington D.C. The FBI have purposely create an office in order for
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us to contact you personally, soon we will provide you with a line you can reach us with for more information about this compensation funds. Our mission is to help protect you, your communities, and your businesses from the most dangerous threats facing our nation—from international and domestic terrorists to spies on U.S. soil…from cyber villains to corrupt government officials…from mobsters to violent gangs…from child predators to serial killers. In regard to the previous mail sent to you concerning your compensation fund of $750.000.00(seven hundred and fifty thousand United States Dollars) which was recently endorsed by the US government to compensate all the SCAM VICTIMS that have been scammed, This is an instruction from the Office of the U.S President Donald Trump. In order for us to secure and protect your information's against impostor/impersonators.You are to contact the paying Bank for the releasing of your compensation fund directly into your account. Therefore, we advise that you follow up their procedure as may be required from you as that will further hasten up the whole process regard
to the release of your compensation fund to you as instructed by government. Just keep us updated on anything you are ask to do by the corresponding bank. Note: this claim will end on the 31th of August 2017 ...The Bank Details will be released to you as soon as you get back to us Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe Federal Bureau of Investigation J. Edgar Hoover Building, 935 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington, D.C., 20535-0001, USA Clearly the FBI would not write or email me offering thousands of pounds from a special scam victims fund and they would only visit me, without warning, if I was on their wanted list. These scams are all too common and frequently come from people posing as ministers,MPs, Lords or Government officials. If you do respond then you can wave goodbye to your savings because that's what 'Mr McCabe' and other crooks like him need your personal details for. Andrew McCabe is real, but he will be horrified to know that fraudsters, usually operating from behind a desk in Nigeria, are posing as him just to try and make you part with your money.
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NEWS in brief Fraud blitz saves £5m A HAVERING Council-led crackdown on tenancy fraud has seen officers recoup savings of more than £5m and visit more than 8,000 homes in the last two years. Since November 2015, the council’s Tenancy Fraud Team have visited 8426 homes as part of a pilot scheme aimed at auditing council owned properties. The project aims to find out exactly who is living in the properties and how they are being used. When it’s suspected that a property is being used illegally, the case will be handed to the council’s fraud team who will launch an investigation. Councillor Damian White, cabinet member for housing and deputy leader of the council, said: “People cheating the housing system costs the council huge amounts each year and hinders our ability to provide accommodation for people in desperate need of a home. “The hard work of our Tenancy Fraud Team has led to the recovery of more than 50 properties and saved the council £5,359,533.
Link to sex attacks? DETECTIVES investigating up to 25 sexual assaults they believe to be linked across south-east London are not ruling out the possibility the attacker's behaviour will escalate. Police released new CCTV footage of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the attacks. The string of assaults against women and schoolgirls as young as eight began in October 2016. Seventeen of the 25 victims are children. The attacks have mainly been in the Lewisham and Greenwich boroughs, but have spread as far as Bromley, Bexley and Southwark.
Charities lose millions to crooked employees CHARITIES are losing hundreds of thousands of pounds a month to fraud, with more than 800 instances of charity employees defrauding their organisations reported to authorities in a six months perdiod last year, according to City of London Police. Detective Chief Inspector Andy Fyfe of the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau at the City of London Police said 823 employee fraud cases against charities had been reported in the six months up to last October. The Red Cross said more than $5m (£3.8m) of aid money was lost to fraud and corruption during the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Auditors found overpriced supplies, salaries for non-existent aid workers and fake customs bills. The largest of the others involved a trustee who defrauded their charity of £1.2m, Fyfe said. He said there had also been 298 cases of victim donation fraud in the same period, worth approximately £200,000 a month. Fraud remained a largely under-reported crime and is believed to cost the charity sector £2bn a year, attendees at the launch event heard, with cyber crimes alone now accounting for 50 per cent of all crimes in the UK. Fyfe said the figures the police had were much lower than the actual prevalence of fraud in the sector, and the figures therefore did not fully represent the scale of the problem across the country. In cases reported to the police of chief executive fraud – which involves people pretending to be senior staff members or suppliers – there had been 4,154 reports by all businesses, including charities, in the past six months, Fyfe said. This meant that average losses across the coun-
try in all sectors from chief executive fraud were approximately £12m a month. Computer software service fraud – where fake technicians pretend to be from IT firms to gain access to computers and personal data – affecting organisations including charities had occurred 11,731 times in the past six months, Fyfe said, and cost approximately £1m a month. He said a number of fake websites were set up in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, with 62 domain names associated with the fire set up in the first week to try to encourage people to make donations. Fyfe said that ransomware attacks – where files are encrypted in order to get a ransom paid to decrypt information – accounted for about 50 per cent of all reports of cyber fraud. Despite the risk of fraud, Dave Carter, head of counter fraud at the British Council, said he was one of only four heads of counter fraud employed in the entire charity sector, highlighting how even larger charities remained susceptible. Helen Stephenson, chief executive of the Charity Commission, said a study by the regulator of a sample of charity frauds found that a third were perpetrated by charity employees, with the highest reported fraud to the commission amounting to £1m. She said that weak financial controls and poor governance were among the most prevalent contributory factors to fraud in the sector, and that strengthening these areas was the "essential foundation for tackling fraud and developing a counter-fraud culture in charities". She stressed the importance of reporting fraud to the police and the Charity Commission, and said doing so would be seen by the regulator as a sign of good governance at the affected charity.
Ghurka soldier robbed A MAN and a woman have been jailed for robbing an elderly former Ghurka soldier in Woolwich. Jaspal Singh, 30, of Littlemore Road, Thamesmead, was found guilty of robbery and jailed for five years. Kelly Rogers, 36, of Greenwich South Street, Greenwich, pleaded guilty to robbery and was jailed for three years. The pair followed a 75-year-old former Ghurka soldier into a lift at the block of his flats in Bentham House, Station Way, and robbed him of a wallet containing £80 cash, his ID card and a valuable religious medal.
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The Red Cross lost almost £4m to corruption last year
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Call for tower blocks to have better fire protection following the Grenfell Tower (inset) disaster last year
Plea for tower block safety LONDON fire chiefs along with architects are calling for tougher fire protection measures to be installed in all tower blocks and other buildings with vulnerable residents. The London Fire Brigade wants landlords to instal sprinklers and the call comes as Waltham Forest Council pledges to install sprinklers in all 61 of its high priority blocks something the Brigade is keen to see other boroughs replicate. Fire Chiefs are also calling for all new high rise buildings to be fitted with sprinklers as standard. Sprinklers improve firefighter safety The Brigade’s Assistant Commissioner for Fire Safety, Dan Daly, said: “Sprinklers are the only system which detects a fire, suppresses a fire and raises the alarm and we believe they are vitally important as part of a package of fire safety measures, particularly in buildings where there are vulnerable people such as care-homes and schools. “We have long been campaigning about the benefits of sprinklers, which save lives and property and also improve firefighter safety. “Waltham Forest Council proves that it’s possible to retrofit sprinklers and more boroughs and housing owners should follow their lead to protect their most vulnerable resi-
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dents, including those with mobility issues.” The work being done by Waltham Forest Council includes fitting sprinklers in three of its sheltered housing buildings. The work is being partly funded by a one-off grant from the Brigade’s Community Safety Investment Fund and existing council budgets. What the Brigade is calling for: • All new residential developments over 18m in height to be fitted with sprinklers• Existing residential blocks over 18m in height should be retrofitted with sprinklers• Sprinklers to be mandatory in all new school builds and major refurbishments• All new residential care homes and sheltered accommodation to be fitted with sprinklers• Existing residential care homes and sheltered accommodation to be retrofitted with sprinklers The Brigade also strongly advocates the use of sprinklers in: • All homes occupied by the most vulnerable in our communities• All other residential properties including hotels, hostels and student accommodation, over 18m in height• All new London Fire Brigade buildings The Brigade will continue to promote the installation in the following types of properties throughout London:
• Heritage buildings• Basements• Large warehouses Similar recommendations have been made by the Royal Institute of British Architects in its submission to independent review of building regulations and fire safety, led by Dame Judith Hackitt. The review was ordered by the government in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire in June. RIBA’s response has been developed by its expert advisory group on fire safety, established by RIBA Council following the Kensington disaster. The RIBA advisory group recommends n re-introduction of mandatory fire certificates for designated premises n Introduction of a Building Regulations requirement for central fire alarm systems in multiple occupancy residential buildings. n Introduction of a requirement for more than one means of vertical escape from new multiple occupancy residential buildings of more than three storeys in height n Retro-fitting sprinklers and fire alarms in existing residential buildings that are over 18 metres in height, or maybe even three storeys for sprinklers.
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London news and court round-up Thugs batter victim to steal a £20,000 Rolex watch WESTMINSTER detectives have released CCTV footage of six men and a woman they want to speak to after a man was brutally beaten for a watch he had intended to pass down to his young son. The victim, in his 30s, was making his way home alone from a night out with friends when he was approached by a man and a woman in Hanover Square, who began walking and talking with him. Shortly after, five men followed them and set-upon the victim in Brook Street, pushing him to the floor. They then surrounded him and started to punch and kick the victim before stealing his £20,000 Rolex watch. The five men fled in the direction of Park Lane and the original man and woman left in the direction of St George’s Street. The victim to a central London hospital with a broken nose and a fractured eye socket. DC Daniel Northcott, the investigating officer from Westminster CID, said: "The victim, who is a serving member of the armed forces, had purchased the watch to pass down to his young child and is extremely devastated by the loss. If anyone who recognises the people in the CCTV we ask them to contact us so we can bring those responsible for this heinous crime to justice." Anyone who recognises the people in the CCTV or has any information should call Westminster CID on 020 7321 7589 or 101 or Tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Jailed for rape and abuse A MAN who abused his position of trust to rape and sexually abuse a vulnerable teenager has been jailed for 16 years at Snaresbrook Crown Court. Stephen Webb, 57, of Weston Green, Dagenham, had been found guilty of one count of rape of a child under 16 and four counts of indecent sexual assault, and had pleaded guilty to three counts of making an indecent video of a child. The victim came out to his family as being gay when he was 14. He started using gay chat rooms online and he became acquainted with a 16-year-old boy. They became friends and spent time together.The 16-year-old told the victim he had a friend on the chat room who they could meet, this was Webb. The victim was interested in meeting other gay friends and so he agreed to go along to meet Webb. Webb met the two boys at Elm Park Underground Station. He picked them up in his car and drove them back to his house in Dagenham. The victim stayed overnight on several occasions in 1999 and 2000.Initially the victim slept on Webb’s sofa and there was no sexual contact. However, the situation soon changed. They began watching porn movies and the victim was not only sexually assaulted, but raped as well. The abuse was reported to police in August 2014 and Webb was arrested.
Fraudsters jailed A DAGENHAM man who was part of an organised fraud network, conning amateur sports clubs and small businesses out of over £300,000, has been jailed for four years. The Nigerian national was sentenced alongside another man who was part of the same fraud network.
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The two men defrauded their victims including amateur football clubs, village halls and solicitors firms - by sending them emails claiming to be from an individual affiliated to their organisation, such as the treasurer or financial director. The email would ask them to transfer a sum of money and the recipient, believing the email to be genuine, would pay the sum into an account run by the fraudsters. Ahmed Otun, 41, of Walfrey Gardens, Dagenham, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and money laundering. He was jailed at Kingston Crown Court for four years for conspiracy to commit fraud and 22 months for money laundering, to run concurrently. Okwudili Chinze, 44, a Nigerian national of no fixed abode had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and money laundering. He was sentenced to two years and eight months' imprisonment for conspiracy to commit fraud, and fifteen months for money laundering, to run concurrently. Both men were disqualified from directorships for ten years.
Volunteer was abuser A MAN who sexually abused two young boys at a scout group in Islington where he volunteered as a helper has been jailed. Ian Barker, 61, of Queen’s Head Street, Islington,, was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment at Blackfriars Crown Court. He pleaded guilty to one count of indecent assault with penetration on a boy aged under 14, one count of indecent assault on a boy aged under 14, and four counts of indecency with children - after Victim 1 gave evidence.
CCTV images of the thugs
Barker volunteered to assist a scout troupe as a venture scout in Islington in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Both victims attended this troupe. In 2015, Victim 1 reported to the police that Barker had sexually assaulted him when he was a scout at the troupe between 1979 and 1981, up to the age of 13. While the victim was a scout, Barker had paid ‘special attention’ to him and singled him out for attention on the pretence that he was coaching him for specialist scout skills. However, this usually resulted in the victim being sexually assaulted by Barker.
Conned out of £34,000 A ROOFER cold called on an older couple in Lorne Gardens, Redbridge, claiming they were doing work locally. He offered to clear weed and grass in the guttering for £10. A few of the tiles were removed without asking. The roofer said that a new roof was required due to wood worm and dry rot. The cost then escalated from £10 to £34,000. Scaffolding was erected. The trader was paid a total of £30,300 and then did not return leaving a hole in the roof. No work was carried out. The resident didn’t need a new roof and the supposed wood worm showed to the resident was likely brought on to the site by the roofer. Cold callers should not be engaged with nor employed as the risks of doing so are too great. The mode of operation is typical - fool the resident that there is a major problem with the roof and that a new roof is required when there is no requirement for a new roof. It is best not to trust anybody that calls on your door – send them away and better still don’t answer the door.
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Trading Standards demands action by the Government
Car clocking could cost lives if a vehicle has covered far more miles than quoted by the seller
Time for ban on car clocking CAR clocking gives the motor industry a bad name, but worse still it can cost lives. Anyone buying a secondhand car wants to know they are buying something with genuine mileage so that the vehicle price reflects the age and miles covered. But Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) chief executive, Leon Livermore, has written to the Department of Transport (DoT), calling for restrictive measures to halt the increase in car clocking following their response to odometer adjustment fraud. Car clocking is the practice of altering a vehicle’s odometer reading to display a lower mileage than the vehicle has travelled. Though altering the mileage is not an offence, the selling of ‘clocked’ vehicles without disclosing the alteration is illegal. Fraudulently selling clocked vehicle can raise the sale price, as well as be used by consumers to avoid mileage penalty fees in car finance agreements. According to HPI, one in sixteen vehicles are predicted to have had its odometer adjusted1.
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In September last year, the government commissioned a consultation paper on road worthiness testing in tractors, within which a number of concerns were raised over clocking in general vehicles. In the Government’s response to the consultation, they issued a non-committal response to the clocking issue, simply stating: “The Government will consider further what measures, if any, are needed.” The response has drawn criticism from various consumer rights groups and car-trade businesses for failing to address the issue. In his letter to DoT Minster John Hayes, Livermore said: “The majority of respondents were in favour of legal changes yet the Government stopped short of giving a timetable when changes would be made.” Elaborating on the detrimental effects clocking has on trading standards, Livermore said: “Those providing mileage correction services can do so with impunity despite very limited occasions where the practice is actually justified. This unfettered ability to reduce mileages places sig-
nificant resource and evidential burdens on trading standards officers who have to investigate and take action.” Livermore is calling for new restrictive measured to stop car clocking. “CTSI would seek to restrict the legitimate changing of a vehicle's mileage to the manufacturer alone,” he said. “We would suggest that anyone other than the manufacturer who changes the mileage should be committing a specific legal offence.” “Vehicle manufacturers should also be encouraged to build in anti-tamper mechanisms or backup data (cloud databases) to actively prevent third party tampering.” Backing CTSI's call, RAC spokesman Pete Williams said: “It is absolutely ludicrous that shady operators are able to advertise their services putting motorists at risk of buying a car with a tampered mileage, disguising its true history and likely level of wear and tear. We strongly urge the Government to outlaw the practice, provide genuine protection for consumers and to ensure that this is stamped out once and for all.”
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NEWS in brief Raids ruin fake trade MORE than £76m worth of fake goods were taken off the streets of Dubai this year as the authorities sought to tackle a global trade that damages legitimate businesses and fuels organised crime and terrorism. From knock-off luxury bags from Louis Vuitton and Burberry to cheap unauthorised car parts that could cause accidents, sellers were targeted in a large number of raids and seizures. Weight loss drugs and anti-aging treatments were also commonly faked. Once largely sold in the bustling streets of Karama, many are now promoted via social media accounts and WhatsApp and delivered to tourists' and residents' hotels and homes. The value of the seizures was revealed at the Regional Intellectual Property Crime Conference which aims to strengthen cooperation among international law enforcement.
Benefit fraud rises BENEFIT fraud has reached record levels after it rose by £200?million in the space of a year, the Department of Work and Pensions has admitted. Fraud swallowed up almost £2.1?billion of the department’s total budget of £174 billion – the equivalent of £40 million per week. It means the DWP now loses almost twice as much money to fraud as the entire £1.1 billion yearly budget of the Foreign Office.
Open for mince pies and a festive hug SHASHI and Pallu Patel get one day off a year – Christmas Day. But they gave up their festive celebration day to offer anyone visiting their Meet and Deep newsagents “a mince pie and a hug”. With help from their sons Deepen and Meeten the Twickenham couple, who have run the shop for 35 years since arriving in the UK from Uganda, used to take Christmas Day off as their one day of rest. But eight years ago when an elderly neighbour was scammed out of all of her pension money by conmen posing as boiler repair men, they invited her over for Christmas Day, starting a tradition that still lives on. “She had no family and was scared,” said Deepen. “We warned others about what had happened to Dorothy, then people started giving donations for her, little sweets or food for her cat. “We invited Dorothy over on Christmas Day. We gave her the big sack of presents we’d collected and she cried and said it was the best Christmas of her life.” From then on, the family realised that other people would be alone and in need of some help over the Christmas period. “Although it’s a lovely time of year, it can be tough for others,” Deepen added. “People feel they have no one to talk to because everyone is preoccupied celebrating, they don’t want to bring them down.”
The family began opening the shop on Christmas Day, welcoming anyone who is lonely to join them for a mince pie and a chat. Their guests have not only included older people, but divorcees whose children are spending the day with the other partner. “One man who came in had just got divorced, so his children were with his ex-wife. He had all the food and the presents at home but no one to celebrate with,” said Deepen. Even though Christmas Day was the one day off they had all year, the family still think it is worth going into work. “My parents are getting a bit old, so we asked them if they wanted to not work. But they said no, they want to make sure they are serving the people who rely on them.” Although the Patels are Hindu, they believe in celebrating all religious festivals. “We have the tree and the decorations, a special meal, light some candles and have a crucifix,” Deepen said. “In Hinduism the main message is to help everybody in life, especially those less fortunate. Everybody should have somebody at Christmas, so we try to be that somebody.”
Sites closed down OVER 15,000 websites have been suspended for selling counterfeit products Between March and November 2017, 15,420 illicit websites selling counterfeit goods have been suspended by the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU). Europol’s Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition (IPC), the US National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Centre and law enforcement authorities from 27 EU Member States and third parties have suspended over 20,520 domain names in total, 15,420 of which were from the UK.
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Kindhearted Shashi and Pallu Patel
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Hillingdon and Sutton Neighbourhood Watch news your part of the road or block of flats, please let them know.
Banning order LEE Taylor from Wallington has been issued with a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) that bans him for five years from drinking alcohol or being drunk in a public place in England and Wales. This CBO ensures that Taylor will be unable to continue to drink and cause disorderly behaviour in and around Wallington, and other places in Sutton or even outside of Sutton.
Fakes crackdown Happy HIllingdon members proudly show off their award
Hillingdon’s top award HILLINGDON Neighbourhood Watch has just picked up an award at the annual Volunteer Awards night. They were nominated by Inspector Rob Bryan, Link Officer for Hillingdon Neighbourhood Watch, who said: “The Watch steering group produce a regular newsletter and they grow and maintain watch schemes across the Borough. “They attend public events to promote neighbourhood watch and hand out free crime prevention kits. Their role requires them to keep in contact with hundreds of neighbourhood watch co-ordinators and ensure every watch is running smoothly. “In the last few years they have increased the number of active watches in Hillingdon
and have achieved this not only in the more affluent parts of the borough but also within those where it was felt it was hard to reach. “Their newsletter and their drive to keep watches active has played a part in the decrease in burglaries in Hillingdon since 2012.”
Coordinators appeal SUTTON is looking for more street coordinators. Although they have members in virtually every street, some residents have moved on so they do not have a street coordinator. A number of roads need more than one coordinator because of the length or density of housing, especially where there are blocks of flats. So if you are able to keep an eye on
TRADING Standards and Sutton Police officers carried out a series of visits to premises in Sutton High Street following concerns from residents about shops selling fake goods. The operation targeted several new arrivals to the High Street and mobile phone accessory shops with several items being seized or removed from sale. Residents are advised to be cautious when buying items which appear too good to be true - they may be fake or unsafe.
New Commander CHIEF Inspector Robyn Williams has taken over as the new Borough Commander of Sutton. Robyn is looking forward to the challenges ahead and said she is looking forward to mobilising the sklills of officers and keen to meet residents..
Moped crime raises concerns SUTTON Neighbourhood Watch Committee recently wrote to the chairman of the Independent Police Complaints Complaints Commission expressing their concern over the rising number of moped crime in London. They were equally concerned that disciplinary action against four officers involved in the pursuit of Henry Hicks has resulted not only in the rise in moped crime but also in the difficulties the police have in pursuing those involved in such cases. Sutton Neighbourhood Watch is one of the largest and most successful Watches in London with 6,540 members and covering 83% of households in the borough. They have a good relationship with the local police and because of that positive relationship Sutton is one of the safest boroughs in London. The letter stated that: “We appreciate the difficulties faced by operational policing, especially with the current level of pressure upon the MPS, and are concerned to note the
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dramatic rise in crimes being committed by those on powered two-wheel vehicles (mopeds or motorcycles) in London, and the apparent inability of the police to pursue such criminals. “It appears to us that the IPCC decision to direct the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to conduct formal disciplinary charges against the four officers involved in the Henry Hicks case has resulted in the MPS decision to instruct officers not to pursue those committing crimes on powered two-wheel vehicles, and that decision has put, and is putting, the public at risk. “There has been a dramatic increase in crimes in this category in the 12 months up to June 2017 in which 16,158 incidents of theft by use of these vehicles were recorded by the MPS. This compares with 5,145 such incidents recorded between June 2015 and June 2016, and the rise to 16,158 to June 2017 represents almost a threefold increase. “Our understanding is that these are not
individuals committing opportunistic crime but the same offenders committing crime time and time again with many deliberately removing motorcycle helmets to prevent being pursued by police. These offenders therefore appear to be “getting away” with committing often violent attacks on innocent members on the public.” Met Commissioner Cressida Dick said recently she had been shocked by the "extraordinary rise" in moped crime but said offences fell by 24% between June and September. Figures show the main London boroughs affected by moped crime are Hackney, Islington, Westminster and Camden and culprits are predominantly aged 14-19. But the IPPC has responded to Sutton saying that although there were 32 deaths as a result of 28 police related road traffic incidents in 2016-17, there is NO instruction to the Metropolitan Police that pursuit drivers should not pursue vehicles.
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Emergency heroes are given New Year honours A FORMER police constable who was instrumental in bringing down serious and organised crime gangs internationally and at home, has been honoured along with other colleagues in the New Year’s Honours. London firefighters have also been honoured in what is seen as a massive tribute to our emergency services. A total of nine officers and one member of police staff have been recognised with these prestigious awards that include a Knighthood. The Met’s Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey has been awarded with a Knighthood for services to policing. The recognition is a result of his many accomplishments including, demonstrating outstanding leadership in UK policing and through what has been a challenging year. Paul Lockhart has been awarded a Queen’s Policing Medal (QPM). Former PC Lockhart recently retired from Brent Borough after a 36-year career serving London. In the late 1990s, he set up a team of plain clothes surveillance officers following a rise in passenger bag thefts at Heathrow Airport, leading to multiple arrests. Later in his career, he identified an organised criminal network who stole 150 catalytic convertors from vehicles across 18 boroughs. Chief Superintendent Richard Wood, Borough commander for Lambeth, is also awarded a QPM. He joined the service as a police cadet in 1987 and became a constable a year later. His borough, once described by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary as one of the most challenging policing environments in Western Europe, has seen a period of stability in community policing and unprecedented crime reduction. Also receiving a QPM is former PC Neill Tully who retired from Bromley Borough in August following a 30-year career. He served the majority of his career as a youth engagement officer and began the Bromley Volunteer Police Cadet (VPC) unit in November 2001 with 14 cadets. He has recruited vulnerable and troubled children, steering some from a life of crime. Due to his commitment and dedication, the VPC has grown steadily over the last 15 years to 150 cadets; whilst raising more than £3,000 to support UK Care of Police Survivors charity . Police staff member and Assistant Director of Legal Services for the Met, Naz Saleh receives the Commander of the Order of the British Empire medal. Since joining in 1988, she has worked on many of the most contentious issues that the Met has faced. She also had a leading role in the inquest into the
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Firefighter Simon Jakeman has been awarded the British Empire Medal death of Diana, Princess of Wales; and her experience in dealing with public inquiries led her to produce a guide which is widely used by lawyers and officers. Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) is awarded to Acting Detective Inspector John Simm attached to the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command for services to national security and counter terrorism. A British Empire Medal (BEM) is awarded to Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack who is attached to the Homicide and Major Crime Command for services to policing and voluntary to education. Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) is awarded to Sergeant Stephen Collingwood; former Inspector Rodney Paul Feichtinger; and Inspector Douglas Ian Thompson, all of whom were and are attached to Royalty and Specialist Protection. Firefighter Simon Jakeman, retired firefighter Peter Clarke and head of training assurance Jackie Adams-Bonitto have all been honoured. . Simon’s British Empire Medal award recognises his work on sustainability and energy saving as ‘Super Green’ champion for the
Brigade. Over the past year Simon, 44, from Chessington, has been encouraging all 412 watches in the Brigade, to embrace environmentally-friendly policies in the workplace. He joined Surrey Fire and Rescue service in 1995 and transferred to the London Fire Brigade in 2007 and has served at Surbiton fire station for eight years. Peter, 63, from Crodyon, gets his British Empire Medal for his work creating “Crossfire”, a multi agency community engagement project designed to reduce hoax calling, deliberate fires and anti-social behaviour (ASB), through education and direct partnership working. Set up 13 years ago, predominantly to tackle the high number of hoax calls and non-accidental fires in the borough of Croydon, the project is currently working in partnership with around 25 agencies and is being rolled out into other London boroughs. London Fire Brigade’s Head of Training Assurance, Jackie Adams –Bonitto, has been awarded an MBE for her services to the fire and rescue service and to equality and diversity.
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Published on Jan 7, 2018