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Police warn of unpaid tax scam phone-calls

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Police have warned people living in north and west Belfast to be vigilant after people in these areas were targeted by bogus phone-calls, claiming to be from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Victims were contacted by both male and female callers who claimed to represent HMRC. They said their records showed a sum of money was owed for unpaid taxes and it was an offence to refuse payment. They requested payment over the phone and asked for bank or credit card details demanding immediate payment.

If you have received a similar call, report it to police on the Action Fraud line on 0300 123 2040 to receive a crime reference number or use the online fraud reporting tool here.

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‘Viable device’ at centre of Derry alert

ATO attended the scene in the Cornshell Fields area and following a controlled explosion declared the device viable.

A viable explosive device has been found during a security alert in Londonderry.

The alert was sparked following the discovery of a suspicious object in the Cornshell Fields area on Thursday evening.

A number of homes were evacuated while army bomb experts examined the device.

A controlled explosion was carried out and the viable device taken away for further forensic examination.

Residents have now been allowed to return to their homes.

Police have appealed for anyone who may have noticed suspicious activity in the Cornshell Fields area in the early hours of the morning to contact them.

Homes evacuated in Derry alert

The alert was sparked following discovery of a suspicious object in Cornshell Fields area

A security alert has been sparked in Lononderry.

A suspicious object was found on Thursday evening in the Cornshell Fields area of the city.

A number of residents had to be evacuated from their homes while police examined the device.

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