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Police launch campaign against identity fraud

West Mercia and Warwickshire police launch their #Be Cyber Smart Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Archive/Press Association Images

West Mercia and Warwickshire police are warning people to be extra vigilant with incidents of cyber crime on the rise across the Midlands.

They are launching as new awareness campaign urging people to better protect themselves when they share personal details online.

Identity theft cost the country more than £3 billion last year.

"Identity theft is the UK's fastest-growing method used to carry out criminal activity. Once a criminal has got hold of your personal details they can use them to commit identity crime, such as fraud.

"The internet provides numerous opportunities for fraudsters to harvest the personal data of unsuspecting members of the public and they don't even have to leave the comfort of their own homes.

"While the vast majority of people know what measures to take to stay safe in the real world, by keeping their cars and homes locked for example, some are not as well versed on what they should do to protect themselves in cyber space.

"This phase of our #Be Cyber Smart campaign seeks to highlight the simple and yet effective steps people living and working across Warwickshire and West Mercia can take to help them avoid falling victim."

– DCI Sean Paley, from Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police


20 sheep die as trailer overturns on roundabout

The trailer overturned at one of Hereford's busiest traffic islands Credit: Twitter/ Mo Davies

A trailer has overturned at a roundabout in Herefordshire, killing around 20 sheep.

It happened on the A49 Belmont Island in Hereford, outside Asda, at 6:20am.

The trailer had been carrying around 100 sheep, two of which have escaped.

Emergency Services spent more than an hour clearing the busy roundabout, and police are searching for the two outstanding animals.


Man suffers cardiac arrest on Herefordshire golf course

A man has died after suffering a cardiac arrest on a golf course. Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A man has died after suffering a cardiac arrest on a golf course in Wormsley, Herefordshire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the golf club around 10am, where a golfer had been taken ill on the tenth hole.

Two ambulance crews, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended.

There was a defibrillator in the clubhouse which someone went to get and club members performed CPR while ambulance crews were en-route.

When crews arrived, they continued attempts to try to resuscitate him but despite all those best efforts of everyone involved, he was confirmed dead at the scene.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

'Political speed dating' to get young people into politics

A charity based in Hereford are staging 'political speed dating' today to help get young people involved in politics.

The charity say they feel local young people weren't being addressed or informed in the run up to the election Credit: ITV News Central

The Hope charity is run by young people to support others when a close family member has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.

But their Youth Management Group say they are active in a number of areas of social engagement, so it has arranged the event to allow younger people in Herefordshire. to directly engage with political parties.

MPs from all the main parties were invited to attend, and the charity say all have accepted.

It is being held this afternoon at Hereford College of Arts, with young people from several schools and colleges across the county attending.

Midlands servicemen who died in Afghanistan to be honoured at memorial service

Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan Credit: Ministry of Defence

The family of two Midlands servicemen who died in combat in Afghanistan are due to attend a memorial service at St Paul's Cathedral later to mark the end of military operations there.

Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan from Leicester was killed in a helicopter crash in April last year, alongside Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas from Hereford.

Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas Credit: Ministry of Defence
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