Police warning to West Sussex residents about bogus phone callers Police are reminding West Sussex residents, especially the elderly, to stay on the alert for bogus phone calls and visitors after seven cases of courier fraud or attempted fraud in nine days Thankfully six of the attempts failed due to alert residents, and one case bank staff. But in one case the thieves got away with £4000. In each case residents have received phone calls from someone purporting to be a 'Detective Chief Inspector Mark Andrews' from London's Charing Cross Police station. The caller alleges that there has been unauthorised use of a debit or credit card that someone has been arrested and there is an investigation ongoing. The caller later alleged to some of the residents that there was an employee at his bank who was passing fraudulent money through his or her account and that they should go to the bank and withdraw cash, in sterling or Euros, to send to the 'officer' via a courier who would call at their home, to take away for a check on whether it is fraudulent. Calls were received by residents in Bersted, Bognor, Westergate, Chichester and Hambrook, between 8 and 17 January. All attempts failed except one made to a Bognor resident in his sixties on 15 January. He went to his bank on instructions from the bogus caller and withdrew £4000 which was collected by a man in a car later the same day. In one of the other six cases the attempt almost succeeded in obtaining £4000 but was prevented by eagle-eyed bank staff. The 82-year-old Chichester woman went into her bank in the city to withdraw £4000 cash as instructed but bank staff become concerned about her welfare, spotted that something was not right, and called the police. Police attended on each occasion and have been providing support, including advice and assistance on prevention measures. PC Bernadette Lawrie, the Sussex Police Financial Abuse Safeguarding Officer said; "Remember - no police officer, or bank staff on the phone, will ever ask for your bank details or for cash. Don't give your details or cash to anyone in these circumstances! "One of the attempts was prevented due to the good work of bank staff, using the nationally agreed police/banking protocol who has trained bank staff in how to spot the signs of this type of crime." For further advice and information on preventing this type of fraud, see the Sussex Police website For further information about the banking protocol see here https://news.sussex.police.uk/news/police-warning-to-west-sussex-residents-about-bogus-phone-callers-353575 Modern Slavery - its closer than you think A new campaign has been launched to raise awareness of the signs of modern slavery in Sussex. The campaign starts on Monday 21 January and will run for three weeks on the Sussex Police Facebook and Twitter accounts. Modern Slavery is a crime hidden in plain sight involving the criminal exploitation of people who are often forced to work in horrendous conditions, live in cramped and often overcrowded accommodation and are at risk of violence and sexual exploitation. Signs of modern slavery aren’t easy to spot and we’re asking our communities in Sussex to take a closer look, it’s closer than you think. Detective Superintendent Jeff Riley who leads Sussex Police’s fight against modern slavery said: “Victims of modern slavery cannot be defined by any one particular behaviour, circumstance, industry or characteristic but a combination of these could indicate that someone is a victim. Some of the signs to be aware of include people living in overcrowded or cramped conditions; being picked up for work very early in the morning and being dropped off late in the evening. Sometimes people are isolated from the community they live or work in, barely speaking or not joining in conversation, they may avoid eye contact and not interact with people around them. There is no one stereotype to define victims of this crime, they can be from the UK or abroad, men, women or children, all coerced into a situation against their will. Typically victims are being forced to work, are owned or controlled by their employer, can be physically or psychologically constrained and can be subjected to physical and mental abuse. The perpetrators control their victims, trading in human misery for financial gain. Modern Slavery is a priority for Sussex Police and it is a crime that is seen as hidden within communities, which is the undetected and underreported physical, emotional and psychological abuse of a person or people.” Police are asking people within our communities to be aware of the symptoms and behaviours attributed to victims of modern slavery as described and to report something thought to be suspicious. Modern slavery is a hidden crime and by raising awareness we are hoping to uncover this crime in our communities to catch the perpetrators and prevent further harm to vulnerable victims. Richard Lancashire is the force’s Modern Slavery Manager. His post is funded by Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, and he is responsible for coordinating the continuing training of our officers and staff and raising awareness with partners and the public of modern slavery. He will be delivering talks at two church conferences in mid-January to engage with communities about the impact of modern slavery. Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “Modern slavery is happening in Sussex and is currently an under-reported crime. This campaign is calling on the public to be more aware of things happening in their peripheral vision, where too often the signs of modern slavery are present but going unrecognised and opportunities to report are missed. Help keep our community safe by being vigilant and reporting any concerns you may have either anonymously via Crimestoppers or directly to Sussex Police.” Police investigate reports of modern slavery and equally importantly help to identify and safeguard vulnerable people, whether from with the UK or overseas, who are at risk of becoming victims to it. In the six months to the end of September 2018, Sussex Police had identified more 80 cases of potential victims of modern slavery, involving people originating from both the UK and overseas. Over the same period more than 30 arrests had been made on suspicion of offences potentially linked to modern slavery. If you think you have information that might identify or locate a potential victim or suspect for modern slavery, or someone you know is a victim of modern slavery, or even a location where you think exploitation might be happening, please report it online or call us on 101 (always call 999 in an emergency). You can also contact the national Modern Slavery helpline on 08000 121 700 or the Salvation Army Modern Slavery helpline on 0300 303 8151, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Support the campaign by following Sussex Police Twitter and Facebook accounts and sharing the posts. You can find more information on our Modern Slavery advice webpages. https://news.sussex.police.uk/news/modern-slavery-its-closer-than-you-think-353880 Alerts/Press Releases sent out this week click the link to see full details. Crime summary Burglary Reference: 1328 15/01/2018 Location: Broadwater Road, Worthing Date and time: On 13th January Details: A handbag was stolen from an insecure porch
Reference: 1181 17/01/2019 Location: Wallace Avenue, Worthing Date and time: On the 17th January Details: A patio door was broken to gain access to a property. Jewellery and cash were stolen.
Reference: 0979 18/01/2019 Location: Windermere Crescent Worthing Date and time: Between 6:30am and 6:45pm on the 18th January Details: Entry was gained to a property through a kitchen door. Cash was stolen.
Reference: 1209 18/01/2019 Location: Vancouver Road Worthing Date and time: Between 4:30pm and 9:30pm on the 18th January Details: Access was gained to a property by breaking a bedroom window. A passport and cash were stolen. Other than Dwelling Reference: 0250 16/01/2019 Location: Ravens Road, Shoreham Date and time: Overnight on the 15th January Details: An attempt was made to break into a garage. No entry was gained. Other
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