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14 cases of fake or unlicensed COVID-19 medical products investigated

An increasing number of bogus medical products being sold through unauthorised websites claiming to treat or prevent COVID-19 are being investigated by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

These include self-testing kits, ‘miracle cures’, ‘antiviral misting sprays’, and unlicensed medicines.

At this time, there are currently no medicines licensed specifically for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19 and there are no CE marked self-testing kits approved for home use

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New operation launched to combat cannabis factories in Bedford

Over the past week, the crackdown by Bedford’s community policing team has already identified and dismantled two cannabis factories in the town.

One location identified contained close to 600 plants.

Community officers will be looking to proactively close down cannabis factories operating in the town, as well as improving the intelligence picture of the problem.

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Home Office to invest £7 million each year to make the 101 service free

From tomorrow (1 April 2020) members of the public should not have to pay for 101 non-emergency calls to the police.

The 101 service was launched nationally in December 2011, providing an accessible number for non-emergency contact with the police.

Currently callers to the 101 number are connected to their local police force, or a force of their choice, and charged 15p a time.

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Bedford Borough Council: Beware of coronavirus scams

Bedford Borough Council’s Trading Standards team is warning people to remain vigilant. This follows reports of coronavirus-related scams as criminals try to exploit people’s fears.

In Bedfordshire, the sale of counterfeit goods such as hand sanitiser and fake coronavirus tests has been reported. Currently, there are no legitimate coronavirus tests for sale.

Look out for people selling other counterfeit goods such as sanitisers, face masks, or coronavirus swabbing kits online or door-to-door.

Trading Standards says that these products are likely to be ineffective and could be unsafe to use.

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Bedfordshire Police’s Community Cohesion team bringing communities together to stay safe

Bedfordshire Police’s Community Cohesion team has recorded messages in Urdu, Bengali and Punjabi to reinforce the government’s advice of staying home, washing your hands and helping to save lives.

Officers from the unit also enlisted the help of people from across the county who they work with on a daily basis to record further messages in Hungarian, Polish and British Sign Language, Tamil, Romanian, Gujarati, Italian and a range of others.

The short videos are already being shared across community groups and people are being urged to share them wider.

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Be vigilant against coronavirus scams

Working with its partners, The Insolvency Service is warning its customers and members of the public to be vigilant in the face of scams connected to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

These scams could take many forms and might take the form of pensions transfers, high-return investment opportunities or health insurance supplements.

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