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Warnings after phone fraudsters con couple for £87,000

The couple were targeted over the phone
The couple were targeted over the phone Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Police have issued a warning over fraudsters conning people out of thousands of pounds over the phone.

A couple in their seventies from Pershore in Worcestershire were victims of a scam in which fraudsters pose as bank employees to get customer details.

The call was made on Monday 18 August at about 9am, when the man got a call from someone posing as a bank employee,

He said a cheque for £17,000 had been tendered from their account, and that the man should call their bank straight away.

The victim called what he thought was his bank, but the offender had not hung up on the other end of the line, so the call went straight back to the fraudsters number.

The suspect them posed as a member of the bank's fraud department, and advised the victim to transfer funds from several accounts, as his account had been compromised.

A total of £87,000 was fraudulently transferred.

Police have been able to secure some of the funds but they are warning people to be aware of this type of scam. They have issued the following advice:

  • Banks and police officers will never ask for account details or PINs over the phone, and would not come round to the house to collect your cards or property.
  • If you do get such a call, hang up immediately and dial 999 using another phone.
  • If you have already been taken in by this scam, or know someone who has contact police or Crimestoppers
  • If you see any suspicious activity in your local area report it to police.

Woman trapped in car for an hour and a half

Two car accident in Bewdley, Worcestershire
Two car accident in Bewdley, Worcestershire Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A woman in her 60s was trapped in her car for an hour and twenty minutes after a car crash in Worcestershire last night.

Four people were involved in the smash, which happened on the A442 Bridgnorth Road in Bewdley at 9.25pm.

Two patients were treated for minor injuries and a 25-year-old woman was taken to hospital.

The woman in her 60s was cut free by firefighters before being taken to hospital by ambulance.

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Military might to parade through Worcester streets

214 (Worcestershire) Battery Royal Artillery during last year's parade
214 (Worcestershire) Battery Royal Artillery during last year's parade Credit: MOD

Artillery guns from the last century will be parade through as part of the city's annual Artillery day.

The military might will be joined by reservists from the 214 (Worcestershire) Battery Royal Artillery, who will be staging a freedom parade to celebrate their 150th anniversary and mark the centenary of the First World War.

Regimental light guns will be firing as part of Worcester Artillery Day
Regimental light guns will be firing as part of Worcester Artillery Day Credit: MOD

The 214 Battery is part of the Army's 104 Regiment Royal Artillery, and the Regiment's Commanding Officer, Lt Col Frank Whiting, said:

"I'm sure thousands of Worcester residents will want to greet the volunteer men and women of 214 Battery as they parade through their home city, as part of what I know will truly be a day to remember."

– Lt Col Frank Whiting

The parade starts at midday at City Walls Road, and will arrive at Pitchcroft at 12:40 where visitors can see some of the guns in action.

Police urge motorists to avoid M42 near J1 as both directions closed

A viewer picture of the closure on the M42
A viewer picture of the stationary traffic on the M42 Credit: Twitter/@garyptaylor

Police are urging motorists to avoid the M42 near junction 1 where it meets the M5, as both directions are closed.

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We are currently dealing with an incident M42 junc 1. No access to M42 from M5 south & M42 south closed at junc 2. Please avoid the area.

Traffic is stationary on both sides of the carriageway, back to junction 2 on the southbound side, and on to the M5 in the other direction.

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One lane is closed and there is heavy traffic because of a broken down vehicle on M5 Southbound between J5 A38 (Droitwich / Wychbold) and J6 A449 / A4440 Warndon Way / A4538 Pershore Lane (Worcester).

Meanwhile on the Northbound carriageway, there is also slow traffic and a lane closed because of a broken down vehicle between J7 A44 (Worcester / Evesham) and J6 A449 / A4440 Warndon Way / A4538 Pershore Lane (Worcester). There is congestion back to J8 M50.

Thanksgiving service for Worcestershire CCC academy director

Damian D'Oliveira died at the end of June
Damian D'Oliveira died at the end of June Credit: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

A thanksgiving memorial service is taking place today for former Worcestershire County Cricket Club player and academy director, Damian D'Oliveira.

The 53-year-old died in June aged 53 after a long battle with cancer.

It will take place at the club's ground,and many past and present players are expected to attend.

Damian D'Oliveira, the son of Worcestershire and England legend Basil D'Oliveira, played for the Worcestershire between 1982 and 1995.

Girl, 3, mauled by a dog in Redditch

The girl suffered facial injuries after being attacked near Matchborough Centre
The girl suffered facial injuries after being attacked near Matchborough Centre Credit: ITV News Central

A three-year-old girl has been left with facial injuries after being mauled by a dog in Redditch, Worcestershire.

The girl was walking with her sister when she was bitten by the animal near Matchborough Centre, in Matchborough Way at around 3.15pm on Friday 11 July.

The dog, which was tied up outside a shop, is described as being a white or grey-coloured greyhound or whippet.

The animal's owner is thought to have fled the scene and is being sought by police.

A police spokesman said: "We urgently need to speak with the owner as part of our enquiries.

"The owner has been described as being a man in his late 60 or 70s, of large build and wearing smart grey trousers and a light-coloured jacket.

"The owner refused to give his details and fled the scene."

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