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Pensioner lost more than £200,000 through scam letters

A pensioner has told ITV Meridian how she spent more than two hundred thousands pounds on postal scams - one of the worst cases Trading Standards has ever seen.

Seventy-six year-old Sylvia Kneller, from Farnham in Surrey was bombarded by letters promising prizes. She responded because they were written directly to her - and she thought they were genuine. But the only intention was to rip her off. Andrew Pate reports.


Man dies as car overturns

A man believed to be in his 60s has died in Surrey after his car overturned.

Surrey Police is appealing for witnesses following the collision in Farnham.

Officers were called to Alma Road at around 12.07pm following reports that a silver Mitsubishi Shogun had collided with a black Peugeot 107. The Mitsubishi then left the road and collided with a parked vehicle, ending up on its roof in the garden of a property.

Emergency services attended the scene and the driver of the Mitsubishi was declared dead at the scene. No one else was injured.

Alma Road was closed between its junctions with Bricksbury Hill and Ball and Wicket Lane while an investigation was carried out.


Farnham man jailed for fraud

Adam Ford has been sentenced after admitting fraud Credit: Buckinghamshire Police

A 55-year-old man from Farnham has admitted two counts of fraud and has been jailed for 32 months.

Adam Ford of Mayflower Way in Farnham was sentenced to 16 months' imprisonment concurrently for two counts of fraud.

He had been convicted after pleading guilty to one count of fraud by false representation and one count of furnishing false information.

Ford had been running vehicle contracts and approached his victim, a friend he had known for several years requesting he loaned him £214,000.

The money was given to the accused on the proviso the loan was used to purchase vehicles.

During 2010 and 2012 Ford made fake spreadsheets to show the victim his money was being used as per their agreement, however they were being used to finance Ford's personal and business debts.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Kieran O’Shea, said: “Adam Ford capitalised on his good business relationship with the victim to get his hands on almost a quarter of a million pounds over a two year period."

"The sentence shows that fraud is not a victimless crime. In this case the monetary cost was significant, but fraud offences such as these also cause considerable social and economic harm beyond their immediate financial impact."

Missing girl Esme Smith has been found

Missing teenager, Esme Smith, has been found.

She was found safe and well in north London, Surrey Police said today.

The teenager had been missing since 12th September.

She left school that afternoon, telling friends she was going to Woking and then on to a party.

She boarded a train at Aldershot and got off at London Waterloo at 5pm the same day.

Sister appeals for teenager to come home

The older sister of a missing Surrey teenage has appealed to her sister to come home.

Sian Smith said: "I just want to say please come home or at least get in touch so that we know that you are safe. We are all really worried about you and we just want to make sure you are ok."

Sian described her sister as an “extrovert, vivacious, normal 14-year-old”. She is white, around 5ft 3ins tall, slim to medium build, with shoulder length brown hair that may be tied in a bun. She has brown eyes and a tanned complexion. She wears size six shoes.

Officers are making enquiries in the London area and are liaising with the Metropolitan Police Service as part of the investigation.

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