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TAMWORTH businesses have a chance to get cyber savvy and stay one step ahead of online fraudsters at a free event hosted by the OPCC.

Last year, online fraud was estimated to have cost £10 billion pounds and fraudsters are increasingly targeting businesses large and small.

The event on the 29 November features speakers from the cyber security industry, law enforcement and intelligence services and even a reformed hacker.

The conference will attract senior managers from the private, public and charitable sectors all of which are at risk from ever more sophisticated scams.

Sue Arnold, Deputy Police and Crimes Commissioner for Staffordshire chairs an online fraud forum of local businesses and public sector organisations and leads on cyber-crime for the OPCC.

Speaking about the event, Sue Arnold said: “It’s all too easy to fall foul of online fraud, and the consequences can be devastating. We all have to become smarter if we’re going to reduce the impact of this kind of crime.”

“I would encourage managers across Staffordshire to attend the conference and get cyber savvy.”

The event is free and any managers or directors wishing to attend can book tickets via the OPCC Eventbrite page at staffspcc.eventbrite.com

Dan Wyatt

STAFFORDSHIRE police have today named both the person who sadly lost his life following a knife attack in Tamworth over the weekend, and the man charged with his murder.

Daniel Wyatt, aged 30, from Sorrel, Tamworth, passed away last night after receiving multiple stab wounds during an attack on Kerria Road on Friday evening (8 September).

Tamworth Informed would like to pass their condolences to his family and friends.

Daniel Alston, aged 27, from Bancroft, Tamworth, has been charged with his murder and is appearing at Cannock Magistrates Court today (11 September).

Daniel Alston, 27, charged with murder

Daniel Alston, 27, charged with murder (facebook)

On Facebook, Mr Wyatt’s brother, Julien wrote: “Thanks for all your kind messages and words of support. I’ve not got time or frankly the patience to reply to everyone right now but my brother lost his fight, his body just could not deal with the extent of injury. I just hope the animal that did this never walks as a free man again. If he does then god help him, this will never be forgotten. Anyway; he’s been charged with murder and we now await a court date..

“I’m sorry I couldn’t help in any way or do something to prevent this happening Dan, there are some nasty, cowardly people out there. Love you bro, watch over us please xxx”

He also shared a Staffordshire Police post which announced Alston being charged and added: “If anybody was in the area, saw anything or heard anything, please come forward and let the police know.”

Daniel Wyatt (facebook)

Daniel Wyatt who was tragically killed (facebook)

Tributes to Mr Wyatt have flooded in on Facebook since the news of the death has been announced.

Liam Bonus wrote: “Still hasn’t sunk in that someone has took dans life. Nicest kid I’ve met & he is no way shape or form violent, RIP brother see you when it’s my time Dan Wyatt”

Jordain Rose Claire Baldwin wrote: “Goodbye Dan Wyatt I’ll miss you loads, you was a great friend and was always there for others…”

Danielle Bell simply wrote: “Devastated 😪 r.i.p dan

Tamworth Informed would like to pass their condolences to his family and friends.

 

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POLICE have confirmed that 27-year-old man who was arrested in connection with stabbing a man in Amington, has been charged with Murder.

The victim has been named locally as 30-year-old Tamworth man, Dan Wyatt as the news has spread across Facebook and tributes have been left.

Tamworth Informed would like to pass their condolences to his family and friends.

Sadly the news came late yesterday (Sunday) that Mr Wyatt, who was stabbed in Amington on Friday 8 September had passed away in Hospital.


READ MORE: Appeal after stabbing in Amington


A spokesperson for Staffordshire Police has said: “The 27-year-old man who has been in police custody since his arrest [on Saturday] has now been charged with murder.

“Our thoughts are with the victim’s family at this time.

“Any witnesses with any information are encouraged to phone 101 quoting incident number 955 of 8 September.”

You can also report 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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SADLY the man who was stabbed in Amington on Friday 8 September has passed away in Hospital.

We have learned from a source close to the family that he sadly died earlier today, Sunday 10 September at Hospital.

The male has been named locally as Tamworth man, Dan Wyatt as the news has spread across Facebook.

Tamworth Informed would like to pass their condolences to his family and friends.

Officers confirmed yesterday (Saturday) that they have arrested a 27-year old man in relation to the assault.

A Spokesperson for the force has however said: “We would still urge anyone who may have any information to this incident to please phone 101 quoting incident number 955 of 8 September.”

Emergency services descended on Sorrel in Amington at around 11pm on Friday 8 September due to reports of a serious assault.

Detectives investigating the incident are turning to the public for help from anyone with information or who may have been in the area at the time of the incident.

A spokesperson for Staffordshire Police has said about the incident: “An ambulance was called to the area at around 11pm on Friday 8 September to attend to a man who had received multiple stab wounds.

“We would urge anyone with any information to call Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 955 of 8 September.”

You can also report 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.

Our thoughts are with the man’s family and friends.

Staffordshire Police Insignia in Tamworth

POLICE in Tamworth are appealing for information after man was stabbed a number of times in Amington last night.

Emergency services descended on Sorrel in Amington at around 11pm on Friday 8 September due to reports of a serious assault.

Detectives investigating the incident are turning to the public for help from anyone with information or who may have been in the area at the time of the incident.

A spokesperson for Staffordshire Police has said: “An ambulance was called to the area at around 11pm on Friday 8 September to attend to a man who had received multiple stab wounds.

“The 30-year-old man is currently in a critical condition in hospital.

“We would urge anyone with any information to call Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 955 of 8 September.”

You can also report 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.

We wish the man a speedy recovery.

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DETECTIVES from Warwickshire Police are appealing for information following an aggravated burglary in Kingsbury, near Tamworth.

The incident happened around 11.30pm on Tuesday (29 August) at a residential property near Kingsbury Hall.

Five unknown offenders are reported to have entered the property armed with hammers, a crow bar and a bladed article, demanding money from the resident, a man in his 40’s.

One of the offenders is reported to have hit the man with a broom handle, causing a minor injury to his nose, before all five left the property with an amount of cash and a mobile phone from the victim.

DC Gavin Wallwork of Nuneaton CID said: “The victim has been left understandably shaken by this ordeal but thankfully did not suffer more serious injuries.

“Officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood Team will be conducting reassurance patrols in the area and carrying out house to house enquiries as we investigate this incident.

“The property is located in a rural area and we are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area at the time, or anybody who may have seen four white men and one black man leaving the scene.

“If you have any information, please call Warwickshire Police on 101 and quote incident number 6 of 30 August.”

If you want to give information but don’t want to give your name you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or use their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org Crimestoppers are not part of the police, when you contact them you won’t be identified. The only person who knows you have given information is you.

vehicle crimes

POLICE in Tamworth have issued a warning to local residents after SEVEN vehicles had items stolen from them in just ONE night.

There was saven thefts from motor vehicles, overnight in Dosthill and Wilnecote between 23-24 August.  Six of these being in Dosthill and one in Wilnecote.

Offender(s) gained entry to the vehicles by unknown means and made untidy searches of the vehicles.

Items which have been reported stolen include a vape pen, BMX bike, phone charger, Klipsch headphones, 3x Oakley sunglasses (1 metal framed and 2 black framed) loose change, house keys and Ray Ban sunglasses.

Please contact Staffordshire Police if you have any information regarding these incidents on 101 quoting incident number 0123 24/08/2017.

You can also report 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 ask the you make sure that your vehicles are as secure as possible and that you take security precautuions including motion security lights and CCTV cameras.

Staffordshire police crest with batternberg

THE number of charges brought by Staffordshire Police for hate crime offences has risen by 16% in the last year, in line with nationally reported increases.

Chief Superintendent Jeff Moore, of Staffordshire Police, said the increase in charging for hate crime offences in Staffordshire reflected the national picture reported by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

“We recognise that hate crime has a lasting impact upon victims and Staffordshire Police is committed to bringing those who commit this type of crime to justice, while providing support to those affected. We have seen an increase in the levels of hate crime reported and we want everyone to have the confidence to come forward to us where they have been a victim.”

The CPS reported that hate crime sentence uplifts increased nationally from 11.8% in 2014/15 to 33.8% in 2015/16, the highest proportion recorded to date, while the conviction rate across all strands of hate crime increased from 82.9% in 2014/15 to 83.2% in 2015/16.

The CPS has published new public statements on how it will prosecute hate crime and support victims in England and Wales. It consulted community groups and criminal justice partners to produce these revised statements, covering the different strands of hate crime: racist and religious; disability; and homophobic, bi-phobic and transphobic.

In recognition of the growth of hate crime perpetrated using social media, the CPS has made a commitment to treat online crime as seriously as offline offences, while taking into account the potential impact on the wider community as well as the victim.

CPS policy also acknowledges that victims of bi-phobic hate crime have different experiences and needs to victims of homophobic and transphobic offences and that the CPS has a responsibility to actively remove barriers to justice for disabled victims and witnesses, ensuring they get the right support to enable them to give their best evidence.

Chief Superintendent Moore said: “Staffordshire Police works closely with other partners to offer support to those affected by this type of crime. We are pleased and support the CPS policy update on this that recognises that online crime can be just as impactive on victims as offline crime, and that it also recognises bi-phobic crime.”

The figures have been released as part of Hate Crime Awareness Week.

“The Hate Crime Awareness Week is a great way to increase the visibility of support that is offered and that this type of crime is not tolerated within our communities,” Ch. Supt Moore added.

A hate crime is an offence where the perpetrator is motivated by hostility or shows hostility towards the victim’s disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity.

WANTED: JAMES ATHERLEY

Crimestoppers reward available in urgent appeal for murder suspect James Atherley.

A Crimestoppers reward of up to £5,000 is available for any information leading to the arrest of James Atherley, a key suspect wanted in connection with the murder of Callum Lees.

Callum was stabbed in the neck following what police believe to be a dispute at a house party in Hopwas Grove on Sunday 6 August.

He was found collapsed in nearby Haselour Road by a member of the public and later died in hospital.

West Midlands Police Detective Inspector Jim Munro urged anyone with information on Atherley’s whereabouts to get in touch with Crimestoppers.

Detective Inspector Jim Munro who is leading the investigation, said: “Our inquiries lead us to believe that James Atherley is no longer in the West Midlands and may have links to Weston-Super-Mare.

“If anyone knows where he is, or has seen him in the last few days, I’d urge them to call immediately.”

Callum ’s family have described him as “a beautiful, caring, kind soul who was much loved”.

A statement released on behalf of the family added: “Anyone who knew Callum knew he was a genuine, loving, caring person who always wanted to give to others.

“He was really hard working and worked with his Dad six days a week.

“He always made sure that he looked after people and only a few days before he died, he helped a stranger he met in the street get home safely.

“He was a really sensitive boy and when he was upset he would always phone his mom, and said she always made him feel better.

“Every morning we wake up and we realise our son has gone Callum we’re never going to see him again. The only thing that keeps us going is knowing that we have to be there for our children and family, so we’ve got to get through this but our lives will never be the same again.

“To the person that has taken Callum from us, please do the right thing and give yourself up. We need some sense of closure. Please allow us to bury our boy.

If there are any family or friends out there who have any information and know anything or know of James Atherley’s whereabouts, please, please do the right thing and come forward.”

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Pictured: James Atherley

Three men aged 21, 20 and 18 arrested in connection with the stabbing have been bailed while enquiries progress.

Anyone with information is urged to call 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 reward of up to £5,000 is available from Crimestoppers for information that leads to the arrest of James Atherley.

Staffordshire Police 'Trevor the tractor' and Mitsubishi

STAFFORDSHIRE Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Arnold wants a spotlight shone on so-called ‘hidden’ crimes in rural communities.

Theft of machinery, vehicles and livestock receive the most public attention and according to recent figures, cost the UK farming industry over £39 million a year.

The figures were released this week by NFU Mutual, which calculates the cost based on claims to the insurance sector and shows a slight reduction in Staffordshire of 4.3% compared to the previous year, but there are many issues still to address

Mrs Arnold leads on rural crime issues at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and works with the National Rural Crime Network (NRCN) to identify problems unique to rural communities often caused by isolation.

Speaking about the issue, Sue Arnold commented:

“I’m encouraged by these latest figures which show progress for Staffordshire, but we mustn’t become complacent. We’ve had some success in tackling traditional, farm crimes, but we can’t ignore other issues in rural communities such as domestic abuse and modern day slavery.”

Mrs Arnold is also reminding businesses of their social and corporate responsibility to help eradicate the scourge of modern slavery and human trafficking.

“These crimes can have a devastating effect, but all too often go unreported. Being a large, rural county, Staffordshire has its challenges in terms of policing and requires the support of communities to make a real difference.”

Police in Staffordshire have introduced a number of measures to tackle rural crime. These include green patrol routes that take marked police cars into key areas to help to raise the police presence, deter criminals and reassure rural communities. Police officers have also been issued with DNA kits, which assist in the detection of perpetrators of poaching and hunting with dogs.

Find out more at www.modernslavery.co.uk or call the helpline on 0800 0121 700. You can also find out more at www.staffordshire.police.uk/MDS.

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