Police are investigating after an elderly Rye couple lost £13,000 when a bogus caller pretended to be a police officer and got them to withdraw cash from their accounts. On June 25, the man phoned them, claiming to be from the ‘Metropolitan Police fraud squad’, according to policePolice said over the next six days he convinced them to go twice to a bank and withdraw a total of £13,000, telling them it was necessary as part of an investigation into fraud within their own bank’s HQ in London.On each occasion one of the couple then had to go to locations near their homes and hand the cash to someone driving a van. Only when family members visited and overheard one of the phone calls was the fraud stopped. Detective Constable Sam Collyer 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.”Police advised people of … [Read more...] about Bogus police officer forces Rye couple to withdraw £13,000
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A ruinous crack cocaine habit was the motivation behind Colin Fryett's "constellation of offences". The 32-year-old offender - described in court as an otherwise pleasant and mature young man - burgled homes across Teesside and beyond. Teesside Crown Court heard the catalogue of crimes committed by Fryett to fund his use of the Class A drug. They started with the burglary of two homes in Guisborough on January 5 last year. He sneaked in through the front door of the first house on Rufford Close, Guisborough, went upstairs, searched drawers while the householders, including a retired man, watched television. He stole eight war medals belonging to the retired resident's father, along with cufflinks of sentimental value, four watches, a running medal, holiday money, cash, a debit card and house deeds. The war medals were recovered two days later, but the victim said nothing like that happened to him for more than 20 years and the burglary unsettled him and his partner, leading to sleep … [Read more...] about Burglaries and police chases
I was greatly humbled to read of Beryl Quigley's sense of forgiveness towards the IRA gang who murdered her first husband, assistant prison governor William McConnell, in front of her and their three-year-old daughter Gail in March 1984. I was the Detective Chief Inspector in charge of CID for that area and it was my responsibility to lead the investigation. As a result of my involvement in the case - and so many other murderous events during the Troubles - I have become somewhat inured to feelings of that nature. I'm not proud of that, but it's where I am and I can't aspire to Beryl's level of understanding. A contributory factor to my state of mind is the fact that the investigation involved a much greater depth of evil than that which has been mentioned. This particular IRA murder gang - consisting of two men and a woman - took over the house immediately across the street from where the McConnells lived on the evening before the murder. It was occupied by a genteel retired couple … [Read more...] about Alan Simpson: If anyone is considering a return to violence, read the sorry trail of human misery that links the murders of Mary Travers and William McConnell
Balbriggan is suffering from a serious seagull problem but residents are fighting back, writes Michael Clifford.ED GILDEA had murder on his mind when he climbed through a skylight window in his own home.It was early in an April morning last year, somewhere around 3am, when he was driven to act with serious intent.There were two seagulls on the roof of his home in the area known as Bath Road in the north Dublin town of Balbriggan. Their residence suggested they were incapacitated, unable to fly away.Ed couldn’t put up with it anymore. He earns his living driving trucks, which requires him to start at 4am most days. He needs his sleep. Yet for months, he could barely get a wink with the racket from the roof.So at the end of his tether he wanted to kill them. He went out onto the roof, but survival instincts got the better of the pair of birds and they managed to leap beyond his reach.“That’s what I was reduced to,” he says.“They had made my life a misery. I … [Read more...] about The coastal town fighting back against a seagull infestation
Produced by James Stolz and Jaime Hellman After three murders with chillingly similar scenarios occurred in Austin, Texas, police began to wonder if they were chasing a serial killer. But whomever committed the crimes left no evidence, no DNA. Cops went into a frantic investigation. The hunt for clues changed when a man testing out a new thermal imaging scope recorded the nighttime movements of a stranger the night of the first murder. As "48 Hours" correspondent Maureen Maher reports, it was evidence cops never expected – and would help them break the case. A SHOCKING CRIME These days in Texas, it seems like all roads lead to Austin. The sleek skyline of the Lone Star capitol---glittering. A boom town that welcomes newcomers, chasing dreams. It's a city charged with life -- an unlikely place to find tragedy as dark as the death of a dreamer, like Kathy Blair. Kirsten Mathieson | Kathy Blair's sister: She loved life … you loved being around her. Maureen … [Read more...] about Was a killer filmed on his way to committing a murder?