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Northampton among top three cities for mobile phone theft

Northampton has been named in the top three cities where people are most likely to have their mobile phone stolen, according to Protect Your Bubble.

Dudley in the West Midlands was found to be the safest place for mobile phone owners with less than 5% of the claims the insurance company received being for theft.

250,000 cases of stolen mobile phones are reported each year Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

People in their early 20s are said to be the most likely victims of mobile phone theft.

There are more than a quarter of a million reported cases of stolen mobile phones every year according to the National Mobile Phone Crime Unit.

Stephen Ebbett, director of Protect Your Bubble, said: "Everyday we cart around hundreds, or even thousands of pounds' worth of high-tech gear, such as smartphones, tablets, cameras and e-readers. This makes many of us prime targets for thieves."

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Shocking wreckage of police car rammed in Dudley

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An officer from West Midlands Police has tweeted a picture of the wreckage of a police car after a suspected drink driver ploughed into it last night in Dudley.

Two officers had to be taken to hospital after the smash at the junction of Smithy Lane and Tansey Green Road in the early hours of this morning.

Article: Two officers hurt after suspected drink driver rams police car

Lawnmowers fitted with GPS to tackle shed burglary

Burglars beware - everyday tools are being fitted with specialised tracking systems to help police catch crooks who target garden sheds.

Lawnmowers, hedge trimmers and power cleaners are being fitted with the trackers by police in Dudley, as part of a 'capture shed' scheme to help reunite victims with their stolen goods.

Lawnmowers are being used to fight crime in Dudley
Lawnmowers are being used to fight crime in Dudley Credit: Johnny Green/PA

The kit uses tiny CCTV cameras and satellite information to track the items which have been stolen, and can be fitted inside sheds, garages and other outbuildings.

The 'capture sheds' will be set up in areas where there have been a spate of burglaries reported in the past - as burglars often return to people they have targeted before, knowing they will have replaced their goods.

Officers will unveil the technology at en event at the Ryemarket in Stourbridge today.

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