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Police concerned by rise in 'sextortion' claims

Police in the West Midlands are concerned by a recent spike in the number of 'sextortion' crimes and are warning people to be vigilant.

There have been eight such reports in the region since the turn of the year and on two occasions the criminals have carried out their threats when their victims have refused to give in to their demands.

'Sextortion' is a form of blackmail, whereby professional extortionists lure men into online sex chats under false pretences, before threatening to post footage online unless they pay thousands of pounds into offshore bank-accounts.


Appeal for witnesses after man robbed in Leicester

Police are appealing for information from the public following a robbery in Leicester Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Police are appealing for information from the public following a robbery in Leicester.

Detective Constable, Sandra Kelly, the investigating officer, said:

"We are appealing for anyone who was in the area and remembers seeing the incident or a group of men matching these descriptions to contact us.

“Perhaps you feel you might know one of the young men involved and can help with our investigation. Please contact us if you think you can help.”

All three men are described as being black and wearing dark clothing.

The first is 6ft tall and of a large build, whilst the other two men are both described as being around 5'2" tall and of medium build.

CCTV image released of man linked to assault

Police are looking for this man in connection with an assault in Birmingham Credit: British Transport Police

The British Transport Police is appealing for the public’s help to identify a man they would like to speak to in connection with an assault on a 65-year-old man at Birmingham Moor Street railway station.

Officers have released a CCTV image of a man they believe will have information which can assist the investigation into the incident which took place in January.

Police appeal for help after man robbed in Leicester

Police are appealing for information from the public following a robbery in Leicester.

The 20-year-old victim was walking in the direction of London Road, when he passed the junction with St James Terrace and was approached from behind by a group of three men.

Two of them grabbed hold of him and stole a wallet containing a small amount of cash. The victim was not injured.


Leicestershire men questioned over weapon smuggling

Pepper spray found by police Credit: ITV News Central

Two men are being questioned by police in Leicestershire as part of an investigation into weapons being smuggled into the UK.

The operation was launched after Border Force agents intercepted international packages containing pepper spray, which is classed as a firearm.

The men, aged 30 and 31, were arrested after officers raided two addresses in Leicester and one in Stony Stanton.

Missing Nottinghamshire girl - police appeal for help

Gypsy Brown Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Police in Nottinghamshire have asked for help in finding a girl who has been missing since Saturday.

Gypsy Brown was last seen by her mum at around 3pm on Saturday 15 February 2014.

She left her Selston home with a packed bag claiming to be staying over a friend’s house that night.

When the 15-year-old did not return home the next day and it became clear she had not stayed with her friend the alarm was raised.

Officers are making enquiries into two unconfirmed sightings of Gypsy in Mansfield and Nottingham. They are appealing to her to call home to let her family know she is safe.

Gypsy is white, around 5ft 3ins tall with long black hair.

She was last seen wearing a pink hooded sweater, a blue body warmer with a fur hood and black trousers. She may also have a gold handbag with her.

Gypsy, who is believed to have little money on her, has links to Mansfield and Heanor.

Coventry crash death - police launch inquiry

An inquiry has been launched following the death of a man in Coventry Credit: West Midlands Police

Collision investigators have launched an inquiry following the death of a man in Coventry over the weekend.

Emergency services were called to Beake Avenue at around 4.50am on Sunday 16 February after a car left the road and collided with a house and parked cars.

The driver, a man in his 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The road was closed for around five hours whilst the damage to the building was assessed. Enquiries were made at the scene and the car, a red Volvo, was recovered.

The man’s family has been informed and specially trained officers are supporting them at this time.

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