Category: Crime

Counter Terrorism Policing urges vigilance as lockdown restrictions ease

Counter Terrorism Policing has warned that the easing of lockdown restrictions could provide a greater opportunity for terrorists to operate. So it is appealing for business owners and the public to support the police’s 24/7 effort to keep the country safe by remaining vigilant and reporting anything that doesn’t seem right to the police or security staff.

The threat to the UK from terrorism remains at ‘SUBSTANTIAL’, meaning an attack is likely

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Specialist telephones to crack down on scammers

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has teamed up with Age UK by funding the purchase of specialist telephones which prevent scam callers from connecting to potentially vulnerable individuals and in turn, preventing fraudsters from deceiving older people out of money via telephone scams.

The specialist devices have an inbuilt scam calling blocker, preventing known incoming scam numbers from being able to connect to the client’s home telephone number.

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Antonio Vitiello – English Democrats candidate for Bedfordshire’s police and crime commissioner

Antonio Vitiello is the English Democrats candidate for next month’s Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) election.

The former member of the Thames Valley Police Volunteer Support Team (PVST) was raised by a police inspector and studied law at the University of Westminster. When asked why he decided to stand as a candidate, he said that he considered it his civic duty to “reform the police, to bridge the gap between the public and the police, and to make policing a respectable occupation again“.

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Bedfordshire’s PCC candidates and the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill

The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill has passed its first parliamentary hurdle. The Bill includes major government proposals on crime and justice in England and Wales.

Some of these proposals have led to ‘Kill the Bill’ protests (some violent) around the country.

The Cranfield and Marston Vale Chronicle put questions about the Bill to the four Bedfordshire police and crime commissioner candidates.

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‘Dishonest’ and ‘manipulative’ surgeon previously jailed for staged burglary and mortgage fraud is ordered to repay ill gotten gains

A doctor jailed for staging a burglary, and committing mortgage fraud worth nearly £1 million has been ordered to repay the money he made illegally.

Surgeon Anthony McGrath, 48, of Clarence Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, was jailed for eight years in January 2019, after a Bedfordshire Police investigation found he had attempted to swindle his insurance company out of £180,000 by staging a burglary at a house he and his wife were renting.

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BikeSafe events launched in Bedfordshire

Officers from the BCH Road Policing Unit are once again running the popular BikeSafe events this year to help keep bikers safe on the roads of Bedfordshire and beyond.

BikeSafe is a national police-led motorcycle project aimed at reducing the number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured on the roads.

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Funding which helped detectives jail gunman set to continue in Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire Police has secured renewed funding of more than £500,000 from a scheme which helped detectives snare a gunman set to be featured on 24 Hours in Police Custody.

The latest £539,000 allocation of Home Office surge funding to Bedfordshire Police will allow officers to continue the fight against gangs, serious violence and exploitation in the county.

The government funding has previously allowed the force to invest in innovative equipment and tactics, including obtaining fast track forensic results from incidents of serious violence.

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Community policing in Stewartby and Kempston Hardwick

Sergeant John Killick works alongside PC Kerry Jones and PSCO Chloe Dymock as the local community officers for Stewartby and Kempston Hardwick.

In a message to residents he said the past 12 months, the COVID-19 pandemic has proved to be a huge challenge for all of us. It has affected us all individually and sadly so many people have lost their lives to this virus.

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