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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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."
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.
Check your letterboxes
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.
AN APPEAL has been made
to find Gurkhas across the
country who have been
affected by an alleged fraud
in which victims are said to
have lost millions of pounds
they had invested.
Almost 300 throughout the
UK, are feared to have been
ploughed £8.5m into a
scheme with CWM Limited
(Capital World Markets).
The fund, which offered a five per cent return to investors, is currently
under investigation by City of London of Police. Last year 13 people
were arrested and released on bail and the investigation is still ongoing.
Now law firm Fieldfisher said it is launching a class action on behalf
of some of the alleged victims. The firm said it appeared that very little
of the investors’ funds were actually traded by CWM. The leader of
hundreds of Gurkhas, who does not want to be named, said the Gurkha
community has been left shocked.
“This has been a really tough period for all the people who invested
in the scheme with CWM,” he said. “We all have extended families in
Nepal and a lot of those who have invested have grown up together in the UK. We have lost a lot of money and our pride too.”
He added: “Not all of the investors from the Gurkha community can speak good English. Sadly, though, I was one of the people to invest money in the scheme because I believed in it.
“I have served in the Army for many years and still do. I also have a wife and children and it has affected us greatly. I just hope things will be put right now so we can get on with things. But we need as many people who invested with CWM to come forward.”
ESSEX Police has issued a warning to motorway drivers after the second theft of a vehicle in three days and it has led to a change in police tactics until the criminals are caught.
On July 26, a silver Ford Mondeo equipped with blue flashing light requested a grey Volkswagen Transporter van pull over on the anti-clockwise M25 between junctions 27 for the M11 and 28 for Chelmsford.
Three men purporting to be police officers made the driver get out of the vehicle. No weapons were seen but one of the men had handcuffs.
Two of the men then got in the van before both vehicles drove off. The driver did not get the index number of the Mondeo. The stolen vehicle was registration RE16 UCV.
Armed robbers seize Mercedes van on M11 near Hatfield Heath
Four days earlier on the M11 near Hatfield Heath, a white Mercedes Sprinter van was stopped and then stolen by four men - one of whom had a firearm - in a silver Ford Mondeo.
The Mondeo was registration LO62 FOU and the stolen Mercedes van KR60 NHZ. The two occupants of the van were left at the side of the road unharmed.
Beware when you hunt for online bargains
BARGAIN hunters could be unwittingly handing over their personal details to criminal gangs if they sign up for online discount vouchers.
Police have warned shoppers about a spate of fraudulent vouchers which have been circulating on Facebook. It comes after Aldi issued their own warning about vouchers offering 40% off at their stories, which turned out to be false.
Members of the public could be unknowingly giving their personal details to criminal gangs when they sign up to websites offering the bargains.
Now police have urged social media users to be vigilant at
all times when using devices that can store personal information.
A spokesman said: “The public needs to be on guard against vouchers appearing on their social media newsfeeds claiming to offer incredible savings.
“Criminals are constantly devising more complex and devious methods to unlawfully take your information and your savings – which is why fraudulent offers can often appear official, however if an offer looks too good to be true, it more than likely is."
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