Pensions cold-calling banned

Pensions cold-calling ban comes into effect.

Pensions fraud can be devastating, leaving victims without the means to fund their retirement. One of the most common methods used by scammers to commit pensions fraud is through cold calls, which is why the government has taken action. Research by the Money Advice Service suggests that there could be as many as 8 scam calls every second – the equivalent of 250 million calls per year.

Witness appeal after suspected arson at Bedford Hospital

Police are appealing for witnesses following a suspected arson at Bedford Hospital on the evening of 3rd Jan 2019.

At around 7.15pm, emergency services attended the hospital’s North Wing on Kimbolton Road following reports of a fire at a derelict building on the site.

Loyal energy customers to pay fair price from today

Government delivers on manifesto commitment to protect millions from unjustified price rises as energy price cap comes into force 1 January 2019

The new cap will mean 11 million loyal energy customers on “default” tariffs pay a fair price for their energy
part of the government’s commitment to tackle fuel poverty and protect consumers

Following a consultation, Ofgem set the price cap level at £1,137 per year for a typical dual fuel customer paying by direct debit

BT and Bedfordshire Police gear up for the busiest 999 night of the year

The emergency services 999 line has provided a lifeline for members of the public to contact the Police, Fire, Ambulance or Coastguard for the last 80 years.

It is the most memorable number in the UK and provides a vital service.

As people enjoy the New Year celebrations, calls to 999 are expected to surge, with teams working around the clock to deal with the demands.

Turkey dinner and tax returns

Completing your tax return may not be top of your priorities on Christmas Day, but that didn’t stop 2,616 taxpayers from filing their Self Assessment returns on 25 December.

If you see something suspicious – don’t just tell Facebook

Attendees at November’s Bedford and District Neighbourhood Watch Association meeting were told of the importance of sharing information with the authorities.

Bedford Borough Council Community Safety & Resilience service manager, John McKinney, said that he recently visited a community that had suffered burglaries in a concentrated area.

He found that residents had various bits of information about suspicious activities

Cranfield and Marston Vale Chronicle covers crime news from the police and warnings from consumer protection groups

Crime News and information

The Cranfield and Marston Vale Chronicle keeps you up to date with the latest crime news from Bedfordshire Police and the latest scam warnings from organisations such as Trading Standards and Action Fraud.

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Action Fraud

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You can report fraud or cyber crime to Action Fraud
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