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Bogus police bank scam widespread

Residents to remain vigilant following bank related fraudster scams.

Surrey Police detectives are warning residents to remain vigilant after several further reports of scams involving fraudsters obtaining bank details, cards and cash using bogus telephone calls and couriers across the county.

Over the weekend police received a total of 12 reports from members of the public in the Guildford and Woking areas who had received telephone calls from someone claiming to a police officer or similar who were attempting to convince victims to hand over large amounts of cash and bank cards.

On each occasion the victims reported receiving telephone calls from someone claiming to be a police officer and attempting to convince them to hand over large amounts of cash and bank cards.

Sussex woman loses thousands

Two people in Eastbourne and Rye have become the latest victims of fraudsters phoning and pretending to be police officers. They tell the residents that their bank account has been compromised and that they need to withdraw thousands of pounds for examination and give it to a courier.

An elderly man in Eastbourne was called on 30 September but became suspicious and did not hand over any money. A few days later a woman in Rye however withdrew a large amount of money and gave it to the courier that arrived.

The people that call are working off a script and may ask for money or your bank cards and details to be handed over to a courier they are sending to your home. Do not hand over any money and be alert to the fact that they may keep the phone line open and pretend to be the police if you try to report it, requesting that you not to report it further.

We don't want to scare people but you need to know that there have been many reports in Surrey and across the south east. If you get a call do not hand over money or your bank cards and details. They may ask you to immediately call them back on 999 but be aware that they are keeping the line open.

If you are suspicious that they have left the line open report it to police by mobile phone or ask a neighbour, friend or family member to report it.

Police officers would never have a reason to make such calls and you should never hand over cash or your bank details.

If you get such a call do not do what they say but report it to police.

– Detective Inspector Rob Morland

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Jet skier rescued by lifeboat

The RNLI crew help a jet skier rescue their equipment from the sea Credit: RNLI

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B-842 Hello Herbie was launched to assist a broken down Jet Ski over the weekend. The Jet Ski had been tied to the wall of the River Rother just inside the harbour mouth.

Due to the tide dropping fast, the Jet Ski was left hanging causing the rear of the craft to become submerged.

Woman killed in car crash is named

A woman who died after a crash in Rye on Tuesday 7th May has now been formally named. 62-year old Sandra Collison, of Holmwood Farm Lane, Camber, was driving her blue Peugeot 107, towards Rye, when it was in collision with a white Mercedes goods van that was travelling towards Winchelsea.

She died at the scene.

The van driver, a 51-year old Maidstone man, received minor injuries and was taken to the Conquest Hospital at Hastings for treatment.

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Two men have been bailed after shooting man in the face

John Adams is at risk of losing an eye after he was shot in the face with an air rifle on Saturday night. The Environment Agency worker tried to prevent thieves stealing his white Toyota van, when he was attacked out side his home in Harbour Road in Rye.

A 41-year-old from Ashford and a 28-year-old from Maidstone were arrested on the 15th August in conjunction with Kent Police. They have been released on conditional bail until 11 September.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses who may have seen Mr Adam's Environment Agency van being towed between Rye and Charing in Kent, late on Saturday night. The van's s bumper was damaged whilst it was being towed.

Thieves shoot man and take his van

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 43-year-old man was injured as he tried to prevent thieves from stealing his van near his home in Rye.

The victim was told men were trying to break into his Toyota Hilux van in Rye Harbour Road just before midnight on Saturday, 11th August.

He went out to investigate and was confronted by men, who drove at him with their dark coloured car. He jumped out of the way and was shot at with an air rifle suffering injuries to his face. The callous thieves then towed away his van, which has an Environment Agency sign on it, and made off.

This was a violent attack and we are doing all we can to trace these men. The van was found just over an hour later in Charing, Kent, and it is being forensically examined. The victim is being treated for pellet wounds to his face and we will be talking to him to get as much information as possible. Extensive enquiries are being made and I would urge anyone with information to contact detectives on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

– Detective Inspector Hannah Willard, Sussex Police

The victim is being treated for his injuries at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford and his condition is stable.

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