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Jail for man who conned elderly into buying home alarms

The trial took place at Bristol Crown Court Credit: PA

A cold calling criminal who conned elderly and vulnerable people out of more than £150,000 has been jailed for five years and disqualified from being a company director for eight years for his part in a fraudulent home alarm business.

Daniel Jody Rivers aged 34 from Yatton, Somerset, a director of ABHG Ltd and also trading as Homeguard UK, was found guilty of fraud and breaching consumer protection legislation at Bristol Crown Court.

Victims were falsely informed that Rivers’ company was working with the local police and they were installing alarm systems either free of charge or at a reduced rate for their post code area. Others were persuaded to have existing working alarm systems deactivated in order to have a new alarm system fitted by ABHG.

Many of the victims lived alone, were elderly and vulnerable. Today’s sentence fully reflects the seriousness and extent of Rivers’ callous exploitation of those poor victims he deliberately targeted.

I would like to send my heart-felt thanks and sympathy to those victims coming forward to provide the crucial evidence in crown court necessary to secure this conviction.

– Cllr Fi Hance, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Trading Standards at Bristol City Council

Bank roof blows off due to high winds

A bank in Yatton has had its roof blown off Credit: ITV News

The roof of bank has blown off in North Somerset due to Storm Imogen.

The high street in Yatton was closed this morning as emergency services helped to clear debris from the roof which had fallen onto the road.

Work is underway to repair the damage caused by the strong winds.

Wind blows off bank roof Credit: ITV News
Bank roof damaged Credit: ITV News

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Fire crews tackling large fire in barn near Yatton

Fire crews are tackling a large fire involving agricultural buildings on Back Lane, Kingston Seymour, near Yatton, North Somerset. Four fire engines were called to the fire at the barn, which contained a large amount of hay and straw, as well as farm equipment.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus used unmanned monitor jets to extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading to other nearby buildings. As a precaution they also moved 60 calfs to safety from a second barn adjacent to the fire. The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental.