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90-year-old conned into spending £50,000 on electrical goods by men pretending to be police officers

Detectives have released images of two men they would like to speak to after a 90-year-old woman from Welwyn Garden City was conned into spending £50,000 on electrical goods by men pretending to be police officers.

She bought a mobile phone, iPad and Playstation in her home town before travelling to London where she bought two watches in Selfridges.

Hertfordshire police say she had been targeted in telephone calls from a man claiming to be a police officer on September 23.

The telephone that was used to contact the pensioner is believed to have been topped up in a convenience store in Midland Road, Bedford.

"The two men pictured are believed to have been in the store around the time the phone was topped up and so we would like to speak with them as they may be able to assist our investigation."

– Detective Constable Mark Cotte

Anyone who recognises the men, or has any other information about this incident, should contact Hertfordshire Constabulary's non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference B1/14/2834. They could also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Detectives investigating £50k phone scam release CCTV images

Detectives investigating a scam which targeted a 90-year-old woman in Welwyn Garden City have released CCTV images of two men they want to speak to in connection with the incident.

CCTV image released by detectives Credit: Hertfordshire Police
CCTV image released by detectives Credit: Hertfordshire Police

The scam happened on 23 September when a 90-year-old woman from the town received telephone calls from a man claiming to be a police officer.

He convinced the woman to make a number of purchases of high value goods in Welwyn Garden City and later in London.

The woman bought a mobile phone, iPad and Playstation in the town before travelling to London where she bought two watches in Selfridges.

All of the items were handed over to a man outside the shop in London who identified himself as a police officer.

The woman lost nearly £50,000 to the offender(s).

The telephone that was used to contact the victim is believed to have been topped up in a convenience store in Midland Road, Bedford.

The two men pictured are believed to have been in the store around the time the phone was topped up and so we would like to speak with them as they may be able to assist our investigation.

Anyone who recognises the men, or has any other information about this incident, should contact me straight away via Hertfordshire Constabulary’s non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference B1/14/2834. Alternatively people can call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111

– Detective Constable Mark Cotte

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Health bosses defend decision to close A & E at Welwyn Garden City's QE2 Hospital

Emergency cases won't be treated at the QE2. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Health bosses in Welwyn Garden City have defended the closure of A & E at the QE2 Hospital.

The hospital is being rebuilt and from today emergency cases won't be treated locally.

An urgent care centre will treat non-life-threatening cases, but the remainder of patients will have to go to an enlarged A & E Department at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage instead.

Jacqui Bunce. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"All the major trauma will be going up to the Lister Hospital in Stevenage, but we're opening an urgent care centre here on the QE2 site for the majority of patients who currently go to the QE2.

They'll still be able to come here, but it's for those specialist, major trauma and major A & E patients that will be going up to the Lister Hospital."

– Jacqui Bunce, East & North Herts Clinical Commissioning Group

Witness appeal after fatal crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was killed in a collision on the A1(M) in Hertfordshire.

It happened at 12.20pm yesterday when a grey Vauxhall Zafira hit the central reservation between junctions five and six, near Welwyn Garden City.

Police say they do not believe any other vehicles were involved, but they want to speak to anyone who saw what happened.

“We would like to speak to anyone who saw the collision or who saw this car driving south on the A1(M) before the collision occurred, but who have not yet spoken to police.

“We would also like to speak to anyone who possibly saw the car stopped on the hard shoulder around junction six sometime before the collision.”

– Sergeant Pete Scholes - Beds, Cambs & Herts Road Policing Unit

Witness appeal after motorway crash

Police are appealing for witnesses following a collision on the A1(M) today (Saturday) near to Welwyn Garden City.

At around 12.20pm, a grey Vauxhall Zafira was driving southbound on the road when it collided with the central reservation between junctions six and five.

Police are currently in attendance and the road has been closed southbound at junction six. As of 2.30pm, it is expected to remain closed for at least another two hours while the investigation and recovery of the vehicle is conducted.

No other vehicles are believed to have been involved at this stage however officers investigating the incident are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident, or who saw the car beforehand.

“We would also like to speak to anyone who possibly saw the car stopped on the hard shoulder around junction six sometime before the collision.

– Sgt Pete Scholes, from the Beds, Cambs & Herts Road Policing Unit

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Welwyn Garden City: Serial arsonist jailed for six years

Robert Tamanis. Credit: Hertfordshire Police

A man's been sentenced to six years in prison for carrying out a series of arsons in Welwyn Garden City.

19-year-old Robert Tamanis went on the rampage on December 7.

He set fire to a number of parked cars and garden objects - all in the space of just a couple of hours.

He pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing in June.

'Wanted man' could be in Welwyn Garden City

Police are appealing for the public’s help tracing a man wanted in connection with several alleged offences.

David Small Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Officers want to speak to 38-year-old David Small following reports of actual bodily harm, false imprisonment and threats to kill offences that allegedly occurred in Stevenage between 1 May and 23 July 2014.

Police believe he could currently be in the Welwyn Garden City area but would ask members of the public not to approach him if they see him.

If anyone believes they have seen Small recently or know of his current whereabouts they are asked to get in touch with police using the Herts Police non-emergency number 101. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Investigations continue into Welwyn Garden City house fire where man died

House damaged in fire in Heronswood Road in Welwyn Garden City.

Investigations are continuing into a fire that gutted a house in Welwyn Garden City where a man died after suffering severe burns.

It's believed the blaze in Heronswood Road that broke out Saturday afternoon during the latest fire fighters' strike was started deliberately by the victim.

A stand-in crew from Welwyn were at the scene in 10 minutes. The rest of the family got out before fire crews arrived.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer, John Mills, said: "The fire investigation itself will be a joint investigation between the police and the fire and rescue service.

"We have specialist officers and we also have a fire excellent dog which we will use in this particular incident. A full report will go through the police back to the coroner and they will form their judgement."

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