Hampshire Police are advising members of the public to be vigilant after an 85-year-old woman from Southampton was asked to withdraw £5,000 by a man who said he was a police officer.
The woman received the bonus call on Tuesday 6 June, falsely informing her that someone in London had withdrawn money from her account. She was urged to go to the bank immediately and take out £5,000, which the caller would collect.
Thankfully, when she went to withdraw the money in Southampton High Street, eagle-eyed bank staff suspected wrongdoing and stepped in, before reporting the incident to the police.
Sarah Cohen, Hampshire Constabulary’s crime prevention advisor, praised the bank staff for their vigilance in stopping the scam, but admitted these fraudulent calls are “becoming all too common”.
She added: “If someone calls claiming to be a police officer, ask for their name and collar number, hang up and call 101 to check they are genuine.
“A genuine police officer or any official will never ask a member of the public for money in this way.”
Police are reminding people to never give out sensitive information and contact others that may be at risk to ensure they are made aware of the scam.
The summer holidays are fast approaching and many of us will be considering whether to stay in the UK or head overseas. We spoke to the Money Saving Expert, Martin Lewis for advice.
There are more tips in Martin's special holiday programme at 8pm on ITV on Tuesday 20th June 2017.
One of the first in a series of teddy bear picnics has been held to raise money for a new children's emergency trauma department in Southampton.
Actress Sarah Parish and actor husband Jim Murray, who live in Hampshire, are aiming to raise £2 million pounds in match-funding from the government.
They set up the Murray Parish Trust in 2014, in memory of their little girl Ella-Jayne, to make sure the unit has the up-to-date lifesaving equipment it needs. Watch our studio chat with Sarah and Jim about their fundraising efforts here.
For more information, visit their website.
Jim Murray and Sarah Parish, both Founders and Trustees at The Murray Parish Trust.
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Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse has been to an independent car research centre to find out why costs are increasing so much..
Three members of a counterfeit currency racket involved in the distribution of more than £135,000 worth of fake banknotes have been jailed.
James Brennan, 36, of Eastern Gardens, Ashford; Frazer North, 33, of Tillingbourne Green, Orpington; and Daniel Chapman, 42, of The Downage, Gravesend, all admitted their part in the conspiracy, which was investigated by specialist officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.
Brennan was jailed for seven years and eight months when he appeared at Maidstone Crown Court for sentencing on Monday 5 June 2017, with North receiving a custodial sentence of four years and two months. Chapman will spend two years and eight months behind bars.
The offences first came to light on Sunday 10 July 2016 when police discovered £1,000 of forged £20 notes during a search of North’s home for an unrelated incident.
Further enquiries including an analysis of his mobile telephone linked him to Brennan and Chapman, with Chapman believed to have been responsible for obtaining the cash from an unknown third party.
During a search of Chapman’s home on Thursday 10 November 2016 officers discovered a further £40,000 worth of fake notes.
It is believed the group planned to sell each Bank of England note for between £2 and £5 each, and would only accept a minimum order of £1,000 in real cash.
All three men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to deliver counterfeit currency when they appeared at Maidstone Crown Court on Tuesday 9 May 2017.
Brennan also admitted possession of a stun gun, two counts of offering to supply cannabis, and one count of producing cannabis.
Chapman further pleaded guilty to possession of criminal property and controlling counterfeit currency, while North admitted two counts of possession with intent to supply cannabis and one count of controlling counterfeit currency.
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There are calls for young people to receive more financial education, especially with the high levels of debt some students owe when leaving university - having taken out loans to pay for their £9,000 a year tuition fees.
Nearly half of all young people - now go on to higher education. If Labour or the Greens win the election next month university tuition fees of more than £9,000 will be scrapped.
Other parties propose to restore maintenance grants, waive repayments for teachers who stay in the profession or even just abolish tuition fees for certain subjects. However the reality is that tens of thousands of young people currently leave University with huge debts, of typically more than forty thousand pounds.
Student loans have been in the news headlines after the Labour Party released more details of its plans to scrap university tuition fees starting from September 2017, should the party win the General Election in June.
Meanwhile an ITV Meridian investigation reveals that the sum of debt owed by students could be a lot higher than they initially think - because of interest charges which start from the day the loan begins.
This is the first of two special reports from our Social Affairs Correspondent Christine Alsford.
The report contain interviews with: Estelle Clarke, campaigner and expert; Tom Woolf, Founder of EdAid; Jessie Hamil-Stewart, a first year student; and David Tyler, a Financial Advisor. There is also footage from a Student Loan information film.
Up to 600 new jobs are to be created on the Isle of Wight with the opening of a new customer service contact centre.
Staff at the site in Cowes will handle customer queries for the Scottish-based contact centre management specialist Ascensos which manages customer service enquiries for retail companies including Argos; BooHoo; B&Q; Coast; Game; Karen Millen; L.K.Bennett; Monsoon; Oasis; Warehouse; and Wickes.
Ascensos will invest more than £1 million and the Isle of Wight Council agreed to offer a capital investment of £2.1 million as well as a 10 year lease on the site in Cowes - subject to further legal discussions. The local authority has estimated that the business will contribute £35 million to the island's economy. Work to prepare the building will start straight away, and recruitment will also begin so that the business can open by the planned date of September 2017.
“This is a major strategic move for Ascensos, increasing our capacity by 30% and establishing our first UK facility outside Scotland. We’re excited to be coming to the Isle of Wight. The people, the financial assistance and the support in recruitment, training and development made for an unbeatable package.
“Ascensos is growing rapidly and we have become a force to be reckoned with in the UK contact centre sector. We’ve a reputation for doing things differently in this space and we look forward to opening Ascensos Isle of Wight after the summer.”
“We’re already in discussions with the DWP and Isle of Wight College and our recruitment campaign will get underway shortly. Ascensos is known as a great employer and we’ll be bringing the same approach to the Isle of Wight.”
“I am very excited that Ascensos has chosen the Isle of Wight as the location for its major UK expansion. The Island is already home to a number of major, global companies and is perfectly positioned to support the ambitions of Ascensos, with a motivated, skilled and enthusiastic local workforce.
"This move also promotes our ambitions of regeneration for the Island, to create a robust and dynamic local economy that will be sustainable now and in the long term for our future generations.”