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A TAMWORTH motorist has been left car-less after brazen thieves stole their car in broad daylight.

The Ford Fiesta ST was stolen from the carpark at Tamworth Skate Park in the castle grounds at around 3 pm today, Tuesday 12 December.

The registration number for the vehicle is T11 SDX.

The vehicle was parked securely when two persons were seen to pull up in another vehicle and smash the window to gain access.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 376 of 12 December.

You can also report information about crime by contacting the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Lichfield City CCTV appeal

OFFICERS from British Transport Police have released a CCTV image of a man they wish to speak with in connection to a bag snatch from an elderly woman at Lichfield City station.

The theft happened at approximately 11.50am on Thursday 23 November.

An elderly woman was in the booking hall when a man with a crutch walked in. He approached the woman and then stole her handbag when she was not looking.

Although the woman was not injured during the theft, she has been extremely shaken by the incident. The bag had sentimental value to her and the theft has left her feeling anxious when she leaves the house.

Officers would like to speak with the man in the CCTV image as they believe he has important information which could help them investigate.

Anyone with any information should get in touch by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 201 of 23/11/2017.

You can also report information about crime by contacting the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

A SHOPPING centre’s Christmas gifting appeal is proving a huge success, as hundreds of generous shoppers kindly donate presents for three Staffordshire charities.

Since Monday 13 November, Ankerside Shopping Centre has been encouraging its shoppers to drop a present in its donation box in support of Acorn Children’s Hospice, Pathways Project and Community Together CIC.

The Operation Christmas collection box is located in the mall near H Samuel. “This year’s appeal has been extremely popular so far. So much so that we’ve had to empty the donation box multiple times in order to make room for more contributions,” said Jeff Wigley, Ankerside Shopping Centre manager.

Ankerside Shopping Centre Manager, Jeff Wigley and Centre Administrator Lucy Harvey are encouraging shoppers to donate before Thursday, 14 December.

Ankerside Shopping Centre Manager, Jeff Wigley and Centre Administrator Lucy Harvey are encouraging shoppers to donate before Thursday, 14 December.

“Now in our fourteenth year of Operation Christmas, this is the first time we have supported three organisations through the gifting campaign and so far, we’ve received hundreds of board games, cuddly toys and books for children of all ages and we’re expecting even more over the next few weeks,” Jeff added.

No matter how big or small, donated gifts will go to Acorn Children’s Hospice – a charity that offers care for life limited and life threatened babies, children and young people, and Pathways Project, an organisation that works to support adults, young people and children who are experiencing or affected by domestic abuse. Plus, Community Together CIC who work to support the people of Tamworth through a local drop-in hub featuring everything from a community café to advice gateways to healthy lifestyle promotion and children’s activities.

“Over the years the people of Tamworth have been extremely generous during the campaign and we can’t thank them enough for their donations,” he said. “If anyone would like to contribute, we’re asking the local community to pop a present in the collection box near H Samuel before Thursday, 14 December.”

WARWICKSHIRE Police are appealing for help to locate a wanted man with connections to Atherstone.

Lee Hiatt is currently wanted on suspicion of a number of burglaries within the Warwickshire and Staffordshire areas.

The 44-year-old has short, dark-coloured hair and is described as being of medium build and around 5ft 9in tall.

Anyone who has seen Hiatt or knows of his whereabouts is asked to call Warwickshire Police on 101.

You can also report information by contacting the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

WANTED: Lee Hiatt

WANTED: Lee Hiatt

Arthur 'Bob' Gumbley appeal

DETECTIVES in Lichfield are appealing for the community’s help following a vicious attack on an elderly man, who remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Arthur ‘Bob’ Gumbley, aged 87, was attacked and robbed in his own home, in Endwood Drive, Sutton Coldfield, on the evening of 21 November.

Arthur was found lying on the floor and covered in blood. He had been punched in the face and kicked while on the floor. He was taken by ambulance to Good Hope Hospital where he was initially treated for injuries to his chest, neck, arms and face.

Despite being in good health prior to the attack, his condition has now deteriorated and is described as critical and potentially life-threatening.

The robbery is believed to have taken place between 7pm and 9pm, when thieves ransacked the house and stole items of jewellery and cash, as well as a purse that belonged to Arthur’s late wife.

The suspects are both described as white, with one in his late teens and the other in his mid-twenties. One is described as tall and stocky and the other is smaller in height.

A family member said: “This has totally devastated the whole family and we still can’t understand how anyone could do something so wicked and evil to an innocent old man. We are heartbroken and angry that anyone could do this to our dad.

“If you know who did this please tell the police so they can be caught before they hurt somebody else. We don’t want the people who did this to get away with it.”

Detective Inspector John Quilty said: “This was a despicable and cowardly attack on a defenceless, elderly man in his own home. Mr Gumbley suffered terrible injuries and, despite initially showing signs of recovery, his condition has now worsened. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.

“I urge anyone who knows who carried out this sickening crime or has been offered any of the items stolen in the robbery to get in touch with us immediately, so we can bring these callous thugs to justice.”

Anyone who can help us with our investigation is urged to call 101 and quote incident number 828 of 21 November.

You can also report information about crime by contacting the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Police car with do not cross tape and CRIME

POLICE are warning people, particularly the elderly, to be wary of a growing fraud in which criminals pose as police officers and ask their victims to take part in a fake undercover operation.

Seventeen offences have been reported to Staffordshire Police with two losses totalling approximately £20,000. Four further reports were reported directly to Action Fraud but did not report a loss.

Fraudsters are contacting members of the public, usually by phone, claiming to be from the police, or in some cases their bank’s fraud team. They claim they are investigating a fraud at a local bank branch where staff are suspected of being complicit, including issuing fake bank notes, and ask their target to help in the operation.

As part of the fraud, the individual is asked to visit their bank and withdraw a large sum, often thousands of pounds, of the supposedly counterfeit cash to hand over to the ‘police’ for analysis. The victim is assured that the money will be put back into their account after the operation is complete. However, once the money is passed over the fraudster disappears with the cash.

The victim is instructed not to discuss the case with anyone in the branch, giving them plausible explanations as to why they are withdrawing the money. As a result, despite being questioned by bank staff, the victim takes out the cash, convinced that staff are part of the fraud.

In another version of the fraud, the criminal convinces the victim to transfer the money to a so-called ‘safe account’ to protect their funds from ‘corrupt’ bank staff. However, the account is controlled by the offender.

Detective Inspector Rob Harvmann, of the force’s Fraud and Financial Investigation Unit said: “Fraudsters will use whatever way they can to get people to believe in them. Impersonating a bank official or a police officer reinforces that belief.

“It’s important to remember neither the bank nor the police will cold call you asking you to act on their behalf. Be vigilant, do not engage in conversation, put the phone down and tell someone you trust. If you have been a victim of such a fraud and you have handed money to someone, please contact 101 or Action Fraud.”

Advice on how to avoid this fraud:

  • The police will never ask you to become part of an undercover investigation or for you to withdraw cash and hand it to them for safe-keeping.
  • Be wary of any calls, texts or emails purporting to be from the police asking for your personal or financial details, or for you to transfer money.
  • If you are approached or feel something is suspicious, hang up the phone and don’t reply. Then report it to Action Fraud (www.actionfraud.police.uk) and your bank on their advertised number.

Visit the Take Five to Stop Fraud http://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk for more advice on how to stay safe from scams.

Nuneaton Railway Station appeal

OFFICERS from British Transport Police would like to speak to these people in connection with a robbery at Nuneaton railway station.

At around 10.15pm on Saturday 20 October, the victim, a 45-year-old man, was approached by a man and a woman outside the station.

The man grabbed the victim’s arm and demanded money, then racially abused him.

The victim ran to his car in the station car park and was followed by the offenders.

The male offender continued shouting abuse at the victim and as the victim tried to drive away the offender opened the passenger door and punched the victim in the face, causing his glasses to break.

He then searched the victim’s pockets and took a rucksack from the passenger seat.

The victim managed to recover his bag before driving away.

Officers would like to speak to the people shown in the CCTV images as they may have information which could help the investigation.

If you recognise them or have any other information which could help with the investigation, please call BTP on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016, quoting reference number 349 of 21 October.

You can also report information about crime by contacting the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Relay Crime video

POLICE have released what is believed to be the first footage of a ‘relay crime’ in the West Midlands that allows thieves to drive off in vehicles without needing to even see the owner’s keys

The video shows two men pulling up outside the victim’s house, both carrying relay boxes. The devices are capable of receiving signals through walls, doors and windows, but not metal.

In the footage, one of the men can be seen waving a relay box in front of the property.

The box receives a signal from the key inside and transmits it to the second box next to the car.

The car’s systems are then tricked into thinking that the key is present and so it is unlocked.

The thieves then drive off, with the whole crime taking just one minute.

The Mercedes has not been recovered, which happened in the Elmdon area of Solihull overnight on 24 September.

Mark Silvester, from the West Midlands Police crime reduction team, said: “To protect against this type of theft, owners can use an additional tested and Thatcham-approved steering lock to cover the entire steering wheel.

“We also recommend Thatcham-approved tracking solutions fitted to the vehicle.

“It is always worth speaking to your main dealer, to ensure that your car has had all the latest software updates and talk through security concerns with them.”

Sgt Tim Evans, from Solihull Police, said: “It’s important the public are reassured that we are taking proactive steps to tackle this type of crime in Solihull.

“We hope that knowledge of this type of crime will enable members of the public to take simple steps to secure their vehicle and assist us.”

Staffordshire police car roof lights crime

POLICE are warning residents to be on their guard after numerous reports of vehicles being damaged deliberately.

The reports received are that a number of vehicles in Bamford St and Neville St, Glascote have been targetted by vandals.

The damage has included scratches to paintwork and damage to wing mirrors.

PCSO Dave Jones has said: “Over the past few days, we have had reports of vehicles being damaged in Bamford Street and Neville Street.

“The damage reported to the vehicles includes scratches to the paintwork, wing mirrors being broken and locks being tampered with”.

He went on to ask that residents check their vehicles in case of further incidents.

If anybody can offer any further information please contact Staffordshire Police on 101.

You can also report information about crime by contacting the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

News street station sexual assault

POLICE officers from British Transport Police are appealing for help from the public in relation to a sexual assault.

Detectives would like to speak to the male in connection with a sexual assault in Birmingham New Street Station at around 9.45pm on 23 November.

In the disturbing incident, a 20-year-old woman was approached by a man who sexually assaulted her over her clothes.

Do you recognise this man?

Do you recognise this man?

Officers would like to speak to the man shown in the CCTV images as he may have information which could help the investigation.

If you know him, please call BTP on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016, quoting reference number 596 of 23 November 2017.

You can also report information about crime by contacting the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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