A gang of rogue traders who conned victims as old as 99 out of their life savings has been jailed for a total of nearly 28 years.
With the clocks going forward giving lighter evenings police are urging people not to make it easy for potential thieves.
There have been demands today for much tougher penalties for using mobile phones in cars.
Detective Chief Inspector Iain Miller of British Transport Police says the man was shot as he left his car this morning.
A 44-year-old man has been shot in the leg at Shenfield Rail Station this morning.
– Detective Superintendent Gary Richardson
At this stage we believe the victim of this assault was deliberately targeted. We do not believe this incident was gang-related and I would like to reassure the public that there is no reason for any undue concern.
Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances, including the motive behind the attack.
Anyone with any information which they believe could assist the investigation is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, quoting incident reference 48 of 24/01/14
British Transport Police (BTP) have confirmed that man was shot in the leg at Shenfield Rail Station this morning.
In a statement police said:
– British Transport Police
We are able to confirm that a 44-year-old man from Essex arrived at Shenfield rail station this morning in a car shortly before 6am. As he got out of the car he was approached by an unknown man and received a single gunshot to the leg. The man, wearing a balaclava ran from the scene of the incident and left in a vehicle parked nearby. The man was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, with serious injuries, which are not believed to be life-threatening.
At this stage of the investigation, police cannot confirm the vehicle or weapon used.
Police officers are attending a reported shooting outside Shenfield Rail Station.
Officers from British Transport Police and Essex Police were called to the station just before 6am this morning after reports of a man with leg injuries in the car park at the station.
The man who is in his forties with injuries to his leg, he was taken to Basildon Hospital. His injuries are currently not believed to be life-threatening.
Police have yet to confirm details surrounding the incident.
Most people living in Suffolk feel safe according to a new survey. More than 90 per cent of residents who took part in the study said they felt secure in their neighbourhood.
But they did want more police on the streets and a greater focus on anti-social behaviour and speeding.
Police in Luton have begun a crackdown against burglars. Officers will today be calling at homes in the Biscot are of the town giving people advice on how to prevent them from being broken into.
Senior officers say they are determined to reduce the number of burglaries in and around the town.
A search is underway for a man from Leighton Buzzard who has been missing since New Year's Eve.
Bedfordshire Police say they are concerned for the safety of Neil Devlin, who has mild learning difficulties. They are asking anyone who might know where he is to contact them.
The 37-year-old was reported missing after he failed to turn up at work at a local supermarket. His friends have set up a Facebook page appealing for information.
Hertfordshire Police have released a photo of two men they want to speak to in connection with a theft from a shop in Harpenden.
Money was taken from the till at Co-Op in Southdown Road at just after 5pm on Friday 27th December.
Anyone with information can contact the Harpenden Safer Neighbourhood Team via 101.
A 24-year-old woman who was arrested in connection with the stabbing of a man in Ipswich at the weekend has been released on police bail.
Police were called to a flat in Dillwyn Street at just after 6.30pm on Saturday. They found a 42-year-old man with multiple stab wounds. He is being treated in Addenbrookes hospital, where he is in a stable condition.
Last night police arrested the woman on suspicion of conspiracy to commit GBH. She has been released on police bail until Monday the 3rd of February.
Suffolk Police are appealing for information.
A woman has been arrested in connection with the stabbing of a man in Dillwyn Street in Ipswich at the weekend.
The 42-year-old man was attacked on Saturday night, suffering multiple stab wounds. He is in a stable condition in hospital.
Suffolk Police are questioning a 24-year-old woman on conspiracy to commit GBH