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Teenager who posed as casting agent jailed for online sex offences

Posing as fake casting agent Credit: PA

A man who committed online sexual offences against 24 children whilst posing as a fake casting agent for a modelling agency has been jailed for eight years.

The victims of 19-year-old David Harmes ranged in age from eight to 18 and included some from the Humberside police force area.

Harmes, formerly of Ellesmere Port, admitted 34 sexual offences following a joint operation run by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre and numerous police forces including Humberside Police.

He pleaded guilty to a range of offences, from taking indecent photographs to causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, and asked for a further four offences to be taken into account,

He will serve a minimum of five years and will remain on the sex offenders’ register for life.

Rescue starts after vehicle falls into Immingham Docks

Emergency services are working to rescue the driver of a vehicle after it plunged into Immingham Docks.

The vehicle, which is believed to be some sort of truck, went into the water at around 8:30am.

Police, fire and ambulance services are all on the scene, including divers who are specially trained to deal with under water rescues.

Concern is growing for the safety of the vehicle's driver.

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Concern growing for 13-year-old missing from Cleethorpes

13-year-old Brandon has been missing since Sunday Credit: Humberside Police

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 13-year-old Brandon who has gone missing in Cleethorpes.

Brandon Fitzgerald was reported missing to police on Sunday 21 February when he was last seen in the Cleethorpes area.

He is described as 5ft 6ins tall, of stocky build and wearing grey Nike jogging bottoms, a grey Nike jumper, a black coat and black Adidas trainers and a light blue Nike baseball cap.

Concern is growing for Brandon’s welfare due to his age and lack of contact with those close to him.

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Men grab woman with child in Scunthorpe park

Police are investigating after a woman was grabbed by two men whilst she was with a child in Scunthorpe.

The a woman was followed by the men and grabbed by one of them as she walked through the park with her two-year-old child.

Both men were said to be white and aged 19 to 20. One wore jeans and a navy hooded top. The second – who is said to have grabbed the woman’s arm – wore a grey tracksuit.

The men fled when a man known to the woman challenged them.

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.

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