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Thieves steal number plates in Derbyshire to commit crimes

Number plate thefts are on the rise in Derbyshire with criminals stealing them to commit other crimes.

In the past few weeks, reports of thieves removing number plates from cars, vans and motorbikes have been reported by residents living in Bolsover and Chesterfield.

Derbyshire police say criminals are using them on vehicles to commit crimes, then discarding them.

Inspector Russell Dakin from the Community Safety Unit said:

We are seeing a marked increase in theft of number plates and we would urge all motorists to be on their guard and report any suspicious activity to police to prevent a crime from happening. We would like to encourage all members of the public who may see discarded or hidden vehicle registration plates to take possession of them and inform us as we may be able to recover forensic evidence or link the number plate to a recently committed crime involving their use.”

– Inspector Russell Dakin, Derbyshire Constabulary

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Most burgled Midlands postcodes named

The top rated Midlands postcode had 29 burglaries per 1000 people Credit: DPA

Two Midlands postcodes have been named in a list of the top 20 UK burglary hotspots.

MoneySupermarket.com have published the figures, which have come from 3.1 million home insurance quotes submitted to their website.

B73, which covers Boldmere, New Oscott and Wylde Green in Birmingham is the most burgled postcode in the Midlands, with 29 burglaries per 1000 people.

It is also the eleventh most burgled postcode in the whole of the UK.

B24, which covers Erdington and Tyburn in Birmingham, also made it onto the top 20 UK list, coming 19th, with 27 burglaries per 1000 people.

'Bizarre' Birmingham card crime investigated

Police have released CCTV of a man they want to speak to after a 'bizarre' crime was committed in Birmingham.

Police wish to identify this man Credit: West Midlands Police

A man's bank cards were stolen from a gym in Great Barr and while the victim was working out he was contacted to arrange an 'appointment' to attend a police station. He was also instructed to cancel all of his other cards.

But when the man went to the police station it became apparent that something was not right.

When he called his banks it emerged that over £6,000 had been stolen from six different accounts withdrawn from banks and cash points in Wednesbury and Dudley. Also stolen from the locker was an Omega De Ville watch worth over £2,000.

Police are encouraging anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV footage to come forward.

Daniel Jones' death 'avoidable' according to review

The Serious Case Review into the death of Daniel Jones has concluded that his death may have been avoidable.

Daniel Jones was found collapsed at the house he shared with his parents in Wolverhampton last year Credit: West Midlands Police

According to the report, twenty-three month-old Daniel died as a result of an event which “had not been foreseen by any of the professionals involved with the family”.

It goes on to say that his death may have been avoided, had professionals involved with the family realised the potential risks Daniel faced as a result of his parents’ drug and alcohol abuse.

An action plan has been drawn up following the review, recommending forty-four ways in which the agencies involved could improve care, including making the family – rather than individuals – the focus of drug and alcohol treatment services and how inter-agency working should be improved.

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Case review into Daniel Jones death published today

The Wolverhampton Safeguarding Children Board, has published the Overview Report of its Serious Case Review, into the death of Daniel Jones.

A post-mortem determined that Daniel, who was just twenty-three months old, died from ingesting heroin when he lost his life on May 29th 2012.

Daniel’s father, Simon Jones, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and his mother Emma Bradburn to causing or allowing the death of her child.

They were jailed for six and four years respectively in July earlier this year.

Police video to help motorcyclists prevent thefts

West Midlands Police have released a short video giving motorcyclists helpful tips on how to prevent their motorbikes from being stolen over the winter period.

The police say that many motorbikes are targeted over the winter months as owners put them away for the season due to the adverse weather conditions.

The video, made by Dudley Police, gives members of the public an insight into how easy it is to steal a motorbike, and how easy it is to prevent a theft by following a few simple crime prevention tips.

Derby man charged with sexual offences

A Derby man has been charged in connection with sexual offences that took place near a school earlier this year.

Robi Sturges, 23, was charged with two counts of sexual assault and one offence of sexual exposure against three girls aged between 11 and 16-years-old.

The offences took place near to Murray Park Community School, Mickleover, between April and June this year.

He allegedly touched two girls over their clothing and exposed himself to another. Mr Sturges will now appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on Friday, November 8.

Woman wasted 177 hours of police time, at a £4k cost

A woman from Sileby in Leicestershire has pleaded guilty to wasting 177 hours of police time with a cost of at least £4,000 to Leicestershire Police.

Maureen Stork, 55, was arrested in September for causing a public nuisance after she was reported to be walking in the road outside of her house and obstructing vehicles.

Police had also been called to the property on several separate occasions after reports that Stork had cut off her hand and that she had fallen down the stairs, breaking her neck. Both reports turned out to be untrue.

She pleaded guilty to five counts of wasting police time and one count of obstructing a highway at Loughborough Magistrates Court on Monday and received a 36 month conditional discharge.

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