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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.

Pensioner loses hundreds of pounds from scam

A pensioner duped out of hundreds of pounds by a phone con has warned other residents to be wary of thieves posing as police officers.

The 85-year-old from Birmingham handed over his bank card and PIN to "convincing" bogus detectives who called claiming his account had been hacked by card cloners

Police thank residents for their help during floods

Many local people are helping us out by reporting incidents and local farmers have been helping us at some incidents and clearing roads. We would like to thank you all for your support.

The weather conditions are exceptional so please stay safe, stay at home and only make essential journeys if you have to. If you do need to drive, take extra care and reduce your speed.

– Staffordshire Police Chief Inspector, David Bird


More 999 calls than a typical New Years Eve

Staffordshire Police are dealing with an unprecedented number of calls as weather conditions continue to affect the country.

Last night 425, emergency calls were made in the area and 691 calls to the non-emergency number.

The police say they have had more calls than a typical New Years Eve.

They have now set up a multi-agency response team to keep people safe during the floods involving:

  • Staffordshire Police
  • Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • Staffordshire Civil Contingencies Unit
  • Stoke-on-Trent City Council
  • Staffordshire Council
  • Highways Agency

Protect yourself from courier fraud warn Police

Protect yourself against courier fraud:

1) Your bank or police will never send a courier to your home to collect bank cards

2) Your bank or police will never ask for your PIN number

3) If you receive one of these calls end it immediately.

Elderly 'don't be conned' by scams urge Police

Fraud investigators have reported a surge in reports from residents in the West Midlands who have been stung by a "Courier Scam" which sees tricksters talking vulnerable people into handing over bank cards and PIN numbers.

The scam involves callers posing as police officers and panicking targets into believing their bank account has been hacked and that they need to seize the cards and security details, including PIN numbers, to stop further fraudulent transactions.

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