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Five arrested after phone scam which targeted 300 elderly people

Five men have been arrested in relation to a scam that saw hundreds of elderly victims being targeted by conmen.

In total, 49 people had money stolen, with a combined total of more than £200,000 taken.

The sting, which was carried out in partnership with the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Organised Crime Unit, Metropolitan Police and West Midlands Police, led to the arrest of a 24-year-old and two 23-year-olds from the London area and a further two 24-year-olds in Birmingham.

They remain in custody on suspicion of fraud and money laundering.

More than 300 incidents were reported in the Humberside force area alone – with more victims targeted nationally.

The conmen claimed they were police officers, bank officials or HM Revenue and Customs officers and told their victims they were the victims of fraud.

They asked the victim to hang up and call their bank to confirm their story and to transfer funds to a safe account.

However, the call with the fraudster remained connected and when victims believed they were speaking to their bank, they were in fact speaking to the original caller, handing over personal details.

In some cases, the victim was persuaded to transfer cash to a ‘safe’ account or to hand over money to a courier, who was sent to collect the funds.

In total, 49 people had money stolen, with a combined total of more than £200,000 taken.

Scunthorpe teenager missing for 5 days

Concern is growing for missing Scunthorpe teenager Joshua Mansfield, who has not been since last Thursday.

Joshua has been missing for five days Credit: Humberside Police

The 16-year-old, who has been missing before, is described as white, of slim build, with short, wavy blond hair.

He was last seen wearing a Nike hooded jacket, matching dark blue jogging bottoms and black and white Airmax trainers.

He was riding a pale blue pushbike.

Great Grimsby MP 'glad to hand reins over' to George

George Kavanagh is passionate about his home town Credit: George Kavanagh

The Great Grimsby MP Melanie Onn says she would be happy to give George Kavanagh her seat in Parliament.

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If you were watching ITV Calendar this evening, you may have seen our report on the launch of the Grimsby & Cleethorpes Monopoly Board and in particular, ten-year-old George who says those who have their doubts about his home town of Grimsby 'need to be slapped in the face with a wet fish'.

What we did not have time to mention is that George is also an ambassador for St Andrew's Hospice in Grimsby - which also features on the board. Sadly, George lost his father to cancer and George is deeply grateful to the hospice for its help in his final days.


Hungry pupils being fed by teachers

More teachers in Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire are having to bring food into school to feed pupils in the morning.

It's been revealed that almost half of teachers are providing snacks for children who arrive at class hungry.

The figures were released on the day Hull City Council announced more help for families struggling to pay for school meals. Michael Billington reports from Craven Primary Academy.

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