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Arrest after couple lose everything in removal fraud

Becky Szenk, 22, and fiancé Mark Higgins, 28, lost all of their possessions when moving home Credit: Good Morning Britain

A man has been questioned by police on suspicion of theft after a family from Bilston lost everything they owned in a removal van fraud.

Becky Szenk, 22, and fiancé Mark Higgins, 28, had their furniture, clothes, photographs and engagement gifts stolen by two men they had booked as removal men over Facebook.

The couple were moving out of their home in Mount Pleasant with their seven-month-old daughter on 25 September when a 'man with a van' drove off with all of their possessions, worth around £10,000. They were moving into their new flat in Walsall.

A 36-year-old man was arrested on 2 October. He has since been bailed pending further investigation.


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Police appeal for bus crash witnesses to come forward

Tributes left at the scene. Credit: PA

Police investigating a bus crash which killed two people in Coventry at the weekend have asked any witnesses who have not yet come forward to contact them.

A seven-year-old boy from Leamington, who was travelling on the double-decker, died at the scene.

His cousin, an eight-year-old girl, was also injured and is now in a stable condition in hospital. Previous reports suggested the boy was eight and the girl was nine.

A woman from Nuneaton, believed to be in her 70s, who was a pedestrian, also died at the scene.

West Midlands Police said they are not naming either of the victims at this stage.

The 77-year-old male bus driver is helping police with their enquiries.


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Free debt advice in Lincoln

A drop-in session will be held at St Giles Community Centre in Lincoln this afternoon, where anyone can take along their debt letters, opened or unopened, and get free, confidential advice from a debt coach.

The initiative is being run by Christians Against Poverty.

"The debt letter amnesty is for you if you are worried about any letters you've received about debts. Perhaps you are not sure what you need to do about them, or maybe you haven't been able to face opening them yet. This is an opportunity to do something positive in a confidential way, with a trained debt coach at no cost. You just need to drop in to the session and one of the team will be able to meet with you privately and discreetly, without any pressure."

– Simon Hoare, Christians Against Poverty

Pub forced to close after concerns over disorder

The Railway Inn near Peterborough Credit: ITV News

A pub near Peterborough was forced to stop trading and close last night over concerns about anti-social behaviour and disorder.

The Railway Inn on Station Road in Whittlesey was given a closure notice by police.

A dispersal order was also issued to prevent people gathering outside of the pub. Officers warned that anyone breaching the orders would be arrested.

Gritters making preparations before cold weather hits

Lincolnshire is preparing for the cold weather ahead Credit: ITV News

Gritters in Lincolnshire have been been making their final preparations this weekend before the cold weather hits.

Teams have been testing out routes to treat nearly 2,000 miles of the county's roads.

Last year the council got through nearly 40,000 tons of salt but hope that new technology will help them use less this winter.

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