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Leeds among worst in UK for mobile phone thefts

Leeds is one of the top three UK areas where mobile phone owners are most likely to have their device stolen, according to a new report by an insurance company.

Leeds second worst for mobile phone thefts Credit: Press Association

Protect Your Bubble, which specialises in insuring modern technology, found that in London 18% of insurance claims are for theft of a mobile phone, the highest in the UK. Leeds was second, on 16%.

Stephen Ebbett, director of Protect Your Bubble, said: "Gadget owners can never be too cautious. Everyday we cart around hundreds, or even thousands of pounds' worth of high-tech gear, such as smartphones, tablets, cameras and e-readers.

"People can reduce their risk of being targeted by keeping their mobiles out of sight in public. Carry them in a pocket or bag with a zip, rather than your trouser pocket, or in your hand."

The survey covered the 30 largest towns and cities in the UK.

According to the data gathered by Protect your Bubble, users in their early 20s were the most likely to be victims of theft.

According to the National Mobile Phone Crime Unit, there are more than 250,000 reported cases of stolen mobile phones each year, with the unit encouraging users to install tracking apps to help trace a device after it has been stolen.


Police investigate theft from Whitby fire engine

Whitby police are appealing for information following a theft from an emergency service vehicle in the town.

It occurred between Saturday 14 December and Monday 17 December 2013, on Ainthorpe Lane, Danby, when someone broke into a fire engine.

The thieves stole a red door enforcer with the serial number X211165, a pair of blue croppers, serial number X212274 and a Halligan bar, bearing the serial number X212273.

A Halligan bar is a specialist tool used by the fire service to force entry to properties.

PC Darren Mortimer, of Whitby Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “This is a despicable theft. Had the fire engine been called to an emergency which required fire fighters to force entry to a property, not having the essential equipment could have led to a tragedy.

Mother's grief at memorial tree theft

Lisa Taylor - Jak's mother

The mother of a boy who died aged 8 says she is "angry and sad" at thieves who stole a Christmas tree planted in his memory.

Jak Taylor died in 2002, when he drowned in a hotel pool in Mallorca.

People living in Bilsthorpe were shocked to discover on Saturday morning someone had cut through the trunk of the 8ft tree in the night and taken it away.


Tree planted in memory of Mansfield boy stolen

Jak Taylor
The tree is lit up at Christmas every year

A Christmas tree planted in memory of an eight-year-old boy has been hacked down and stolen.

The tree has been in the square in the village of Bilsthorpe, near Mansfield, for the last 11 years - in memory of Jak Taylor.

He drowned in the shallow end of the pool in a hotel in the resort of Palma Nova in Mallorca.

" Calculated and despicable crimes" - CPS statement

Former South Yorkshire policeman Jonathan Webb, who stole more than £20,000 from a frail pensioner has been jailed for six years.

" This was a calculated and despicable series of crimes, committed by Jonathan Webb, who was a serving officer with South Yorkshire Police at the time of the offences.

"Instead of upholding the law, he systematically broke it, using his position as a police officer to gain the trust of his victims.

“He stole cash from one victim. He stole a set of treasured Second World War medals from another.

"His third victim was the most vulnerable of all: a 94 year old lady whom Webb deceived and manipulated; gaining control of her finances, and stealing over £24,000 from her. "

– Alisha Kaye, Crown Prosecution Service

BREAKING: Ex-cop jailed for stealing from pensioners

A former South Yorkshire policeman who stole more than £20,000 from a frail pensioner has been jailed for six years.

Jonathan Webb,45, from Millhouses in Sheffield, pleaded guilty to theft, fraud and forgery at Leeds Crown Court.

Webb , a policeman for 20 years, stole the money mainly from a 94 year old woman he befriended while working as a PC.

Jailing Webb Judge Guy Kearl told him he had brought disgrace on himself and the force he served in.

Webb, a father of five who was said to be sixty thousands pounds in debt, blamed his crimes on temptation and greed.

He also changed the woman's will so that he would benefit from her estate when she died. It was said it be worth 400,000 pounds. Webb resigned from the force in May.

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