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Jailed: Paedophile who told 14-year-old he was 18

James Craig Credit: Derbyshire Police

A 28-year-old man who met a 14-year-old girl on Facebook and told her he was also a teenager has been jailed for four years.

James Craig pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual activity with a child under 16 and one count of causing or inciting a child to be involved in prostitution or pornography.

He has been sent to prison for four years and ordered to sign the sex offenders register for ten years.

The case against him began in January when police were called to a house in Langley Mill in Amber Valley, Derbyshire.

A 14-year-old girl was in the hosue with Craig, who told police he was 18. But when officers checked their records, they found he was actually 28. The girl told police they had begun talking to each other online via Facebook before meeting up.

Craig, of First Avenue, Carlton, was sentenced at Derby Crown Court on Friday, April 17.

Amber Valley residents warned about scammer impersonating a policeman

Residents are being warned about a scammer pretending to be a policeman Credit: ITV News Central

Police are warning residents in Amber Valley about a scammer who is calling people claiming to be a West Midlands Police officer.

Derbyshire Police says the man calls people telling them money has been taken from their account and asks them to withdraw some so it can be forensically examined.

He then visits the house to collect the cash. In some cases the man has picked people up to take them to the bank where the money is withdrawn and handed over.

We have noted that recent incidents have been primarily targeted at the elderly and vulnerable members of society, and while they are not the only victims of the crime, we would like to urge everybody to pass on this message to their parents, grandparents and elderly neighbours.

I would like to remind residents that the police would never contact you and ask you to withdraw cash under any circumstances.

– Sergeant Gareth Fuller, Derbyshire Police

Police to offer safety tips in Amber Valley after spate of burglaries

Police officers in Derbyshire will visit residents in Amber Valley after a series of burglaries in the area.

Safer Neighbourhood policing teams will give homeowners tips on safety and security in the wake of seven burglaries and two attempted burglaries in the town since the start of the year.

The most recent incident took place overnight on January 21-22 in Dunfield, with an attempted burglary at a property on Ecclesbourne Close.

There have also been incidents in Leabrooks, Codnor, Heanor, South Normanton, Alfreton, Riddings and Ripley.

Derbyshire Police revealed that two people have been arrested on suspicion of burglary in connection with two of the incidents.