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Fraudsters con pensioners in Sutton Coldfield pretending to be policemen

Conmen posing as police officers called three pensioners in Sutton Coldfield telling them their cards had been used fraudulently and made off with thousands of pounds of cash.

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The man who met these women has been described as black and smartly dressed.

In the first report, on 24 June, a 73-year-old woman was called by a man who said he was from Hammersmith police station.

He said that there had been fraudulent activity on her account and that the only way to make the money safe was to withdraw it from her account. She then met the bogus officer on her driveway and handed over £5,000.

In another similar call on 29 June, an 80-year-old woman was also contacted by a man saying he was an officer from the same police station.

He said her grandson had been arrested for using her bank card. The woman doesn’t have a grandson, but gave her PIN over the phone.

The conman then asked her to put her bank card in an envelope and hand it to another police officer who would collect her card. He asked her to use her mother’s maiden name as a code-word which she gave to the officer who came to collect the card. The card was used at a nearby cashpoint and £300 was taken.

In a third call, also on the same day, an 87-year-old man was contacted by a man claiming to be a police officer from London.

He was told that his nephew had being arrested due to him taking money from the pensioner’s account. He was asked to go to his local bank and withdraw £5000 and keep it at home.

The elderly man does not have a nephew and said he was going to call West Midlands Police. The fraudster swore at him and hung up. Fortunately no money was taken.

Police have launched an investigation and would like to remind people that this cruel scam involves people calling and pretending to be police officers reporting suspicious activity on their bank account.


Floods: Crews rescue people trapped in cars

Emergency services have been inundated with calls after torrential rain overnight.

Staffordshire and West Midlands Fire Services say they've received more than nine hundred 999 calls related to the flooding.

Emergency crews were deployed to help people trapped in cars in Sutton Coldfield.

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Eight cars and two double decker buses in ‘pile up’

Eight cars and two buses were involved in a crash in Sutton Coldfield on Thursday afternoon.

The ‘pile up’ happened outside the Sutton Dental Surgery in Coleshill Street just before 5.00pm. Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Three patients needed ambulance assistance and all were discharged at the scene.

The crash in Sutton Coldfield. Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

When the call came in, we did wonder what we would find, but thankfully it wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been.

In the end, ambulance staff only assessed three patients: A 29 year old woman who was the driver of a car that was in collision with a bus and then hit a lamp post. She initially complained of abdominal pain but chose not to go to hospital and was going to see her GP;

The driver of the bus, who was his 60s, had a minor foot injury but was discharged after assessment;

A 25 year old lady on the bus who said that she had hit head and shoulder on the window. Although shaken, she was uninjured and also discharged.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman
The car that hit the lamp post. Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

'No one to blame' for BHS collapse

BHS in Sutton Coldfield Credit: ITV News Central

Hundreds of jobs are at risk across the Midlands as BHS has confirmed it is going into administration.

It comes less than a month after the struggling retailer was granted a lifeline by creditors who agreed a plan to reduce the rent on some of its high street stores.

BHS owner, Dominic Chappell, insisted no one was to blame:

"No one is to blame. It was a combination of bad trading and not being able to raise enough money from the property portfolio.

"In the end, we just couldn't reach an agreement with Arcadia over pensions."

– Dominic Chappell
BHS in Sutton Coldfield Credit: ITV News Central

The beleaguered high street chain will file for administration today, threatening almost 11,000 jobs.

BHS in Sutton Coldfield Credit: ITV News Central
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