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Suffolk Constabulary's £2000 for charity

Suffolk Constabulary has raised over two thousand pounds for a local charity following the force’s Family Day. The annual event for all family and close friends held at Martlesham Heath police headquarters in early September last year raised £2,240 for the ‘Fresh Start – New Beginning’ charity.The funds were raised through entrance to event, a barbeque and cake stall, a huge raffle of prizes that were kindly donated by businesses and organisations across the region as well as a tombola stall.

Gang of seven jailed for a series

of violent break-ins

Seven men have been jailed for a total of 127 years over two violent break-ins Tilbury and Horndon-on-the-Hill, including an ordeal described as ‘torture’ when a man in his 70s was struck over the head with a metal file by a gang who broke into a caravan, including Jeremiah Johnson, right.

Library thief escapes being sent to prison

Nicholas Binks,  26, of no fixed address, was sentenced to 46 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months by Hatfield Magistrates  after pleading guilty to burglaries at libraries in both Croxley Green and Oxhey in 2018 He was also fined over £2,275 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £115

During the burglary at Croxley Green library on August 15 he stole £200 in cash, but did not manage to take anything on the other two occasions.

Chelmsford man jailed for his part in huge investment scam

A fraud case involving 30 victims and £434,043 investments ended with five men, including Timus Radford-Mathurin (pictured left), of Pyms Road, Chelmsford, being jailed for a total of 11 years and six months. Mathurin was given an 18 month sentence for his role in the fraud.

Timus Radford-Mathurin Jeremiah-Johnson

Man guilty of flying plan near Heathrow airport

A man has pleaded guilty to contravening the Air Navigation Order 2016 by flying a model aeroplane near the perimeter of Heathrow Airport. George Rusu, 38, of Blunts Avenue, West Drayton entered the plea at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court earlier this month. He was subsequently fined £2,000 and must pay costs of £85 and a £200 Victim Surcharge. Police arrested him on Xmas Eve and  charged him with flying an unmanned aircraft without permission of air traffic control. The court also ordered that his model plane be destroyed.

Couple guilty of trafficking women and forcing them to be prostitutes

A man and a woman have been found guilty of trafficking young women into the UK from Hungary and forcing them to work as prostitutes. Karl Ring, 34, (right) was found guilty of human trafficking, controlling prostitution for gain, and money laundering. Ivett Szuda, 32, was found guilty of human trafficking, controlling prostitution for gain, and money laundering.

Karl Ring

As of today, companies that make unsolicited phone calls to people about their pensions will be liable to enforcement action, including fines of upto £500,000.  The ban has been introduced in a bid to prevent people falling victim to cold call scams that can lead to them losing their life savings.

  As many as eight scam calls take place every second - or a whopping 250 million calls a year – according to research from the Money Advice Service (MAS). Reports made to Action Fraud show how highly sophisticated fraudsters have tricked people into transferring their pensions into fraudulent schemes.

  Victims of pension scams can lose their life savings, and be left facing retirement with limited income.  According to the Financial Conduct Authority, pension fraudsters stole on average £91,000 per victim in 2018. The ban prohibits cold-calling in relation to pensions, except where: the caller is authorised by the FCA, or is the trustee or manager of an occupational or personal pension scheme, and the recipient of the call consents to calls, or has an existing relationship with the caller.

Cold calling is currently by far the most common method used to initiate pension fraud. Other scam tactics include:

Unexpected contact about your pension via post or email; Promises of guaranteed high returns and downplaying the risks; Offering unusual or overseas investments that aren’t regulated by the FCA e.g. overseas hotels, forestry, green energy schemes; Putting people under pressure to make a quick decision, for example with time-limited offers, and sending a courier round with paperwork to sign; Claiming to be able to unlock money from an individual’s pension (which is normally only possible from age 55).

  If you receive a cold call about your pension, get any information you can, such as the company name or phone number, and report it to the Information Commissioner’s Office via their website or on 0303 123 1113. If you have been a victim of this type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling us on 0300 123 2040 or by using our online reporting tool.

Cold-calling pension scams outlawed