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Warning after woman loses 'thousands' in voucher phone scam

(Picture posed by model) Credit: PA

Police are warning people about a scam after a man claiming to be a police officer scammed thousands of pounds from an elderly woman.

The victim had been contacted by the man over the telephone.

He told her that he was a police officer in London and that he was contacting her with regards to an on-going investigation into a purchase she had made.

She was then asked to send a cheque to an unknown woman.

The man then continually telephoned her for several weeks and asked her to buy thousands of pounds worth of iTunes and Amazon vouchers.

She was then asked to give the voucher codes to the man over the phone.


Cleveland police investigate historic abuse in football

Cleveland Police have confirmed that they have received allegations of historic abuse. Credit: Cleveland Police.

Cleveland Police have confirmed that they have received allegations of historic abuse connected with football clubs on Teesside.

A spokesman has told ITV News that they relate to clubs at all levels of the game.

They've confirmed no further details, but say the allegations will be looked at as part of Operation Hydrant, which is a nation-wide investigation.

Similar allegations are being investigated by the Northumbria and North Yorkshire police forces.

Cleveland Police has received allegations of non-recent abuse associated with football at all levels and these allegations are being investigated.

All information relating to non-recent child sexual abuse allegations received by Cleveland Police is being forwarded to Operation Hydrant for the purpose of national operational coordination.

This involves collating and cross referencing all information received to avoid duplication, and ensure efficient and effective sharing of information.

– Cleveland Police spokesperson

Boy aged 7 injured in four car crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a crash that involved four cars in Redcar.

It happened on Kirkleatham Lane at around 1pm on Friday 2nd December.

The collision involved :

  • a bronze BMW 320
  • a red BMW 330D
  • a white Citroen C3
  • a black Nissan Qashqai

Anyone who saw a red BMW and a bronze BMW travelling along the Trunk Road, Middlesbrough, from Cargo Fleet Lane, passing Cleveland Retail Park and onto the Trunk Road heading towards Kirkleatham Lane is being urged to get in touch.

The 25-year-old male driver of the red BMW and the 43-year- old driver of the bronze BMW were both arrested in connection with the incident.

A man and two passengers - including a 7-year-old boy - from the Citroen C3, and the female driver of the Nissan Qashqai, were taken to James Cook University Hospital with minor injuries.


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