Avoid the Romanian connection

SUFFOLk trading standards has discovered that puppies, like the Bishon Frise opposite, may have been imported from Romania without the proper legal vaccinations.

They were called by a local vet who discovered that the Bishon Frise he had just examined would have been vaccinated earlier than 12 weeks so the vaccination was not effective.
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Bishon Frise

Sherwood rip-of

POLICE have issued a warning to holidaymakers after victims were conned into booking breaks that didn't exist.

Officers are currently investigating 18 incidents where victims across the country lost their money after being conned into booking breaks in a luxury lodge in Sherwood Forest that didn't exist.
Humberside Police said the victims paid between £30 and £170 to secure the use of the lodge, which had been advertised for rent via social media.
However, on pressing the suspect for confirmation of their booking – or on asking for a refund after being made aware of others who had been taken in – they found all contact was blocked.
The incidents were reported to Action Fraud and are currently being investigated. More than £64,000 was lost by would-be holidaymakers from the Humberside force area last year, who were conned out of their hard-earned cash by online criminals.
And police say this is not a problem unique to this area, with UK travellers losing a total of £11.5 million in 2015, according to a report by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau.

Brigade's forest tribute to James

A FOREST named after the first chief officer of London Fire Brigade has been officially opened in Rainham.
Braidwood Forest, in Ingrebourne Hill, Rainham Road, was planted as part of the Brigade's 150th anniversary celebrations.
The forest – which is on land donated by the Forestry Commission - was named after James Braidwood, the first Superintendent of London Fire Brigade, after a competition among Brigade staff.
Mr Braidwood's great great great granddaughter, Diana Hamilton-Jones, travelled from The Netherlands for the official opening of the forest and gave a short speech.
Ms Hamilton-Jones said: "James Braidwood is today very much an unsung hero, so to have this new forest named after him means that every visitor who comes to enjoy the peace and beauty of the area will go away knowing who he was and how much he contributed to our society.
"It means a great deal to the family that firefighters have put forward his name for recognition 155 years after his death. When I was kindly invited by the London Fire Commissioner to attend this event, I was only too pleased to fly over from my home in The Netherlands."

Orla shows a nose for success

A STRAY dog trained to sniff out

cash, drugs and ammunition has
completed her first year as an
operational Essex Police dog. Orla,
a springer spaniel border collie
cross, was donated to the dog unit
as a rescue gift dog after she
found underweight, ridden with
fleas and in poor health.
She was initially taken in by
kennels in Rayleigh but came to
the unit in Sandon, Chelmsford
when staff suspected she had
potential to be a great specialist search dog.
The four-year-old bitch was nursed back to healthy by staff at the
Dog Unit kennels before being paired with experienced handler Pc
Paul Arthey in December 2014.
Six months late, Orla became a fully-fledged police dog licensed to
search and detect drugs including heroin, cocaine, amphetamine, MDMA and herbal and resin cannabis. The clever canine can also sniff out cash, weapons, their component parts and ammunition, both fired and unfired.
In her first year as an operational police dog, Orla has completed 72 searches of vehicles, buildings and open spaces and discovered more than £24,000 in cash which was later seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

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FAKE letter boxes are being placed on residential properties by fraudsters in an attempt to harvest the mail. The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has noticed an increase in reports of scams of this nature.
Residents are sometimes unaware of the fake letterbox as the fraudsters will periodically remove the item, which may leave notable markings.
The mail is then used to open various lines of credit with financial providers in the name of the innocent resident.
Action Fraud issued the following advice:
1. Be vigilant and check for any suspicious activity, tampering of your post/letterbox or for suspicious glue markings on the wall.
2. Check all post received from financial institutions, even if it appears unsolicited.
3. Consider reporting theft of mail to your local police force and any cases of identity fraud to Action Fraud.
4. If you have been a victim of identity fraud consider Cifas Protection Registration
5. If you, or anyone you know, has been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040.