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Anti-fraud event to expose latest scams and top cons

Cyber crime, the latest cons and doorstep scams will all be discussed at an anti-fraud event in Warwickshire today.

Leading national experts will be holding the Action Fraud Roadshow at the Shakespeare Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon, talking about how communities across Warwickshire and the West Mercia region can protect themselves against being conned.

Cyber crime is one of the topics being discussed Credit: PA

The Police National Coordinator for Economic Crime, Steve Head, said they would be warning people and businesses about the key threats facing them.

It is very important for communities across the UK to understand how economic crime and cyber crime is an expanding and evolving threat that is increasingly infiltrating our homes and workplaces by telephone and online via computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones.

This event provides an important opportunity for us to pass on the latest and most important crime prevention advice that will help local people protect themselves from these dangers and make life much more difficult for criminals looking to make capital in this part of the country.

– Steve Head, Police National Coordinator for Economic Crime

Armed robbers attack shop worker with shotgun

Armed robbers stormed into a Warwickshire jewellery store and hit a worker with the barrel of a shotgun in a violent raid this afternoon.

Two masked men targeted Gold and Silver Investments in Long Street, Atherstone, shortly before 2.35pm today, stealing numerous items before escaping in a white car.

Two masked men targeted Gold and Silver Investments in Long Street, Atherstone, shortly before 2.35pm today Credit: Google Maps

Armed police are now sweeping the area.

One of the men was around 6ft tall with a gold tooth visible through his mask, while the other - also around 6ft - was wearing a hard hat and a scarf covering his face.

Det Sgt Paul Thompson urged anyone with information about the robbery to call police on 101.

Firearms offences are rare and we believe this was a targeted attack on the jewellers with no risk to other businesses.

Officers are in the area, searching for the offenders and will be for the foreseeable future to provide reassurance.

– Det Sgt Paul Thompson, Warwickshire Police


Warwickshire PCC defends force following report

A report found that Warwickshire Police did not attend certain crime-scenes Credit: ITV News Central

Warwickshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has defended the force after a report by HMIC found that officers did not go to nearly two thirds of crime-scenes involving criminal damage and vehicle crime.

Every crime and incident reported to the force is investigated, either by an officer on the scene or by a crime bureau. Under no circumstances are victims of crime expected to carry out their own investigations.

We are committed to protecting the public from criminal activity, and ensuring that they have every confidence that the police will take appropriate action should they become a victim of crime.

– Ron Ball, Warwickshire PCC

Police: Hoax calls caused victims 'great deal of distress'

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Harrison says the hoax calls made by a man pretending to be a doctor caused his victims a 'great deal of distress'.

28-year-old Ashley Dodd, from Exhall in Warwickshire, made calls to eight families pretending to be a doctor from George Elliot Hospital, telling them a relative had died, and they needed to go to the hospital immediately.

Today, he admitted the offences under the Malicious Communications Act and is due to be sentenced later this month.


Warwickshire charity celebrates its 60th birthday

A Warwickshire based charity that helps vulnerable teenagers is celebrating its 60th birthday.

WAYC - the Warwickshire Association of Youth Clubs - works with a host of young people.

Last year, the charity helped 578 teenagers, including those who are not in education, employment or training, young carers, young people in or leaving care, young people suffering from mental health issues, young people who are finding school difficult and are at risk of being excluded.

Witnesses needed after serious Stratford crash

Police seek witnesses after a car crash in Stratford yesterday Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Police are asking witnesses to come forward after a car accident in Stratford yesterday.

The crash involved two vehicles, a Silver Fiat Sedici and a black Ford Fiesta.

Both drivers were taken to hospital. The woman driving the Ford Fiesta was air lifted to Walsgrave Hospital because her injuries were serious. The man driving the Fiat received minor injuries and was taken to Warwick Hospital.

It happened on the B4632 on Clifford Lane, near Clifford Chambers at 7.45am.

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