Two elderly women from East Yorkshire have been conned out of a total of £206,000 between them by conmen posing as Metropolitan Police officers.
The first was persuaded to transfer £129,000 and a second woman £77,000 after falling foul of the scam.
In both cases the women were called by someone claiming to be from their bank’s head office, who told them their accounts had been compromised. He transferred them to a second man who claimed he was a Superintendent with the Met, who advised them to transfer funds to a secure account, which he provided details for.
In the last month, a 74-year-old woman was targeted twice in two days, transferring £44,000 and then £85,000 to the conmen. An 83-year-old was also hit twice in two days, handing over £50,000 and then £27,000.
Three others have also received similar calls, but did not transfer any money.
These are very unpleasant incidents, targeted at vulnerable victims, where a woman has been scammed out of a large amount of money by highly believable and unscrupulous criminals. Officers are working alongside colleagues from Action Fraud to thoroughly investigate the incident and bring those responsible to justice. Our aim now is to spread awareness of the scam to prevent others falling foul of this con. Firstly, police would never ask a member of the public to transfer or hand over money. If you are unsure, call your bank or the police – from a different phone – to check whether the call is legitimate.
Police are appealing for witnesses to a bank robbery in a busy student area of Hull.
The thieves stole a large amount of cash from the Newland Avenue branch of Lloyds Bank at around 5pm yesterday evening. At least three men were involved.
Police say they used a ladder to break in through the roof. Staff were still at work at the time, but no-one was injured. The gang then fled in a grey Nissan Qashqai before changing vehicles near Loveridge Avenue. They were all described as being of slim build, around 5ft 8 inches tall and wearing dark clothing and balaclavas.
We are looking into a number of lines of enquiry. However, this is a really busy student area and someone must have seen something. Did you see anyone in the area with a set of ladders? Did you see the vehicle in Newland Avenue or the surrounding area? Was there a strange vehicle parked in the Loveridge Avenue area? We would urge anyone with information to get in touch.”
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A father and son from Sheffield are heading to Downing Street today to demand tighter regulation of the gambling industry. David Bradford served eight months in prison after stealing £50,000 from his employers to fund his secret gambling addiction.
Later the family discovered their home had been re-mortgaged to pay off David's debts and now they face losing their home of 30 years in the next couple of weeks. David's debts total nearly £500,000.
Two historic bank notes issued in the 19th century by a privately-owned bank in Hull are each expected to fetch hundreds of pounds at auction.
The £5 and £10 notes were issued by the Hull and Kingston upon Hull Bank which printed its own money. At one time the bank was partly-owned by William Wilberforce's family.
They will be auctioned at Spink Auctioneers in Bloomsbury, London, next week.
A charitable trust that helps to restore the graves of soldiers who have been awarded the Victoria Cross, fears it will struggle to carry on cleaning them due to a lack of funds.
The Doncaster-based Victoria Cross Trust has been restoring graves in the region - like Albert Shepherd's in Royston in Barnsley, for four years. It's now appealing for support from the public to help carry on the work.
Supermarket giant Morrisons has announced that its Northallerton store in North Yorkshire is among the 11 it is planning to close across the country.
The closure announcement was made last week, following the revelation that half year profits to August had fallen by nearly 50% compared to the same period last year. But the Bradford-based chain did not disclose which stores were to go, saying the decision had only just been announced to staff.
The full list has now been revealed, with most of the closures in the North of England, Morrisons' traditional stronghold. Supermarkets in Salford, Manchester and Sunderland will all close, while the Midlands, the West Country and London have been hit too. The move will result in a one-off cost of £20 million and is in addition to the closure of10 supermarkets which shut earlier this year.
We have looked extremely carefully at whether the stores can be turned around but unfortunately we cannot see a way of making them viable. We are therefore proposing their closure. We are consulting with colleagues and unions and we will be discussing how to reduce redundancies and redeploy colleagues around our business.