Horsham Bulletin

Alert message sent 19/02/2019 11:02:00

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Tuesday 19th February 2019

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Police warn social media users about ‘cash flipping’ scam
Police have issued a warning to social media users after a teenager was targeted by a scam known as ‘cash flipping’.
‘Cash flipping’ is used by criminals who lure vulnerable victims into parting with a small amount of money – and their bank details – with the promise they will receive a larger sum in return for their services.
Their account is then used to move money in and out of.
Offenders will often create excuses as to why no reward is deposited, as previously promised.
While the financial loss can be minimal, detectives are warning young people that they could unknowingly assist in money laundering, which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years’ imprisonment.
Detective Inspector Andy Westwood said: “We are currently investigating a recent offence whereby a 13-year-old boy from Worthing was targeted by an unknown man on Instagram. He was asked to pay £2 into the person’s account and provide his account details in return for an investment.
“Thousands of pounds was transferred in and out of the victim’s account, at which point he became suspicious and rightly raised his concerns with his mother, who contacted us.
“Enquiries are ongoing and we are liaising with young people in the area – and local schools – to offer support and advice on how to protect themselves from such scams.”
Police are advising anyone concerned not to voluntarily hand over any bank or personal details, and to report any suspicious activity.
DI Westwood added: “If something seems too good to be true, then it most likely is. Use your instincts, remain vigilant and protect yourself from criminal activity.”
Parents are also being advised to monitor their children’s social media channels, and to report any unusual banking activity or expensive purchases which may be out of the ordinary.
For further advice, visit www.actionfraud.police.uk
Music teacher gets 12 years for offences including sexual assaults on young boys in Warnham and South London
A freelance choirmaster, music teacher and organist has been sent to prison for a series of sexual offences against young boys in Sussex, South London, and Germany.
Andrew Simon Wilson, 57, a self-employed music teacher and organist, of Norwood Way, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, was sentenced to a total of 12 years' imprisonment at Lewes Crown Court on Friday (15 February), having been convicted three days earlier after a 17-day trial of 19 offences, including 16 offences against a total of three boys aged between nine and 14:
- two cases of indecent assault and two cases of gross indecency on a boy at locations in Warnham, West Sussex, in the mid-1980s;
- eight cases of indecent assault and two cases of gross indecency on another boy at locations in Warnham in the mid-1980's;
- one case of sexual assault and one case of meeting a child for sexual activity, both relating to another boy between 2008 and 2011, at locations in South London, and in Germany on choir tours;
- three cases of making a total of 1366 indecent images of children
During the trial the judge had directed the jury to return a verdict of not guilty in relation to one case of alleged indecent assault on another boy in Warnham in the mid-1980s.
Wilson will be a registered sex offender for life and was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) to last until further court order, severely restricting his access to young children and computers.
The prosecution followed an investigation by detectives from the Sussex Police Public Protection Command.
The offences in Warnham occurred while Wilson was choirmaster at St Margaret’s church in the village.
The offending in South London and Germany occurred while he was a choirmaster and music teacher at St Mary’s Church in Beddington, Surrey.
The indecent images, all believed to have taken from the internet, were found when police searched his address after his arrest.
Detective Constable Gemma Nickols of the Sussex Police Complex Abuse Unit said: "Wilson has been a committed and highly capable musician over many years, well known in the world of all-male choirs and choral music. His criminal behaviour involved grooming certain boys in his choirs, singling them out for special treatment, flattering them with his notions of how special they were and then luring them into a sexual relationship with him.
"Our investigation started three years ago when one of his Warnham victims contacted us via the recently established Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) and we subsequently traced the other two victims.
"We arrested and first interviewed Wilson in September that year, but he denied any wrongdoing and has done so throughout the trial.
"This meant that all three victims had to give their evidence and were subject to cross-examination. We very much admire their courage and fortitude in coming forward, and in supporting the prosecution throughout."
Police emphasise that there are no current safeguarding issues in relation to this case and that officers have had full co-operation from the Dioceses of Chichester and Southwark throughout the investigation.
See the Sussex Police website for advice and sources of support about child abuse  
 Alerts/Press Releases sent out this week click the link to see full details.

Crime summary

Burglary Other than Dwelling  
Reference:  0762 18/02/2019
Location:  Tower Hill Horsham
Date and time: Between 18th January and 13th February   
Details: Access was gained to a shed by forcing the lock. A chain saw was stolen
Frauds and scams come in many forms, and they do not discriminate; regardless of our age, financial situation or personal circumstances, anyone of us can fall victim to fraudsters.
We have some great advice in our ‘Little Book of Big Scams’ to help arm you against frauds and scams.
You can download a digital copy of our 'Little Book of Big Scams' here https://bit.ly/2TUWS9u  alternatively you can get one free from your local Police Station.


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