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Conmen rob elderly couple

An elderly couple in their 70s from Essex have been tricked out of nearly £25,000 by thieves who posed as detectives.

They were asked to withdraw money from three bank accounts and were also conned into buying an expensive watch. The couple were told by the thieves that they would be working undercover for the police as part of a fraud investigation. Couriers were sent on three seperate occasions to collect the money from their home in the Blackmore area near Chelmsford.

The men police are looking for feature in the CCTV below

Woman admits 'faking' cancer

A woman from Essex conned friends and strangers out of thousands of pounds of donations, goods and services by falsely telling them she had terminal cancer

Police were called when 21-year-old Danielle Watson from Rowhedge near Colchester couldn't prove her illness to fundraisers.

At Southend Crown Court the prosecution made the point that the case coincided with the death, from cancer, of actress Lynda Bellingham.


Fraudster sent back to jail

Mohammed Wasi Sheikh Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A benefit and mortgage fraudster has been sent back to prison after failing to pay his Confiscation Order under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Mohammed Wasi Sheikh, formerly of Northview Road in Luton, was sentenced to 15 months in prison in February 2010.

He had also been ordered to repay money to the state through a Confiscation Order, which he has failed to do. As a result he is now beginning a further 21months in prison.


Beauty queen pleads not guilty to fraud

Rachel Hatton, 28, pleads not guilty to fraud at Northampton Crown Court Credit: ITV Anglia

A former Miss Britain competitor has pleaded not guilty to claiming more than £22,000 in benefits as a single parent

Rachel Hatton, 28, of Foxfield Way, Grange Park, Northampton, denied two charges of fraud and two of false representation while allegedly living with her then-partner Nathaniel Simon.

The charges relate to her allegedly falsely claiming housing benefit, council tax, income support and legal aid.

The case was adjourned for trial and she is due at Northampton Crown Court later in the year.