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Issue Date:- 25/27 August 2008


HOME Watch in Sefton have been notified about 2 Scams that have taken place in Sefton in recent weeks.


The son of a member put an advertisement in a local Sefton newspaper stating he had a car for sale.  Within an hour, he received a phone call from a firm's representative, stating he could put him in contact with a buyer for his vehicle. 

All they required was a £10 fee for administration.  He was asked to supply the caller with his debit card details so the money could be deducted from his account.

The owner of the vehicle later had second thoughts and contacted the bank to find £80 had been withdrawn by the firm.  He then contacted the representative and was told he had misunderstood, the amount the firm required was £80 but £70 would be returned to him when they had got a buyer for his vehicle.

It is very unlikely that a buyer would have been found for the vehicle and the "firm" had gained £80.

Advise.  Do not give any personal bank or credit card details to anyone who phones you.  These details should only be given if you contact a firm and you are happy they are genuine.


Residents in an area in Sefton received a flyer requesting unwanted clothing to be left out for collection on the Wednesday.  The Flyer stated they urgently required clothing "The Greatest Gift of Love is Sharing" and the company provided jobs in the third world and UK sorting clothes.

Two complaints have been received and upheld regarding the leaflet implying it was from a registered company.  The company stated that they had not distributed the advertisement.

The company number on the leaflet relates to a company which was dissolved in February 2008.

It would appear the people doing this scam are deceiving people into giving clothing and committing theft of the clothing as the company has been dissolved and the leaflet gives the impression you are giving to a charity. 


THE roof has fallen in at the European Parliament, literally, and the catastrophe has prompted calls from Euro-MP Chris Davies for a major reform in the working of the institution.

The Parliament's Secretary-General has informed MEPs that 10% of the ceiling of the vast debating chamber in Strasbourg collapsed.  "Serious damage" was caused to the room, which was opened in 1999 and is often compared to an aircraft hangar in size.

As Parliament was in recess until Monday, 25 August 2008, no-one was hurt in the incident, but with repair work expected to cost more than 1 million euros it is doubtful whether the chamber will be fit for use in time for the next session.

MEPs work for 3 weeks each month in Brussels where there is another fully equipped parliament building.

Under the terms of a treaty agreed by all 27 EU governments they are required to meet twelve times a year in the city of Strasbourg, a procedure said to cost more than £120m annually and often criticised as a 'travelling circus'.  Although the arrangements are deeply unpopular with a majority of MEPs, Strasbourg is regarded by the French and many Germans as a symbol of unity after years of European division and attempts to change the treaty provisions have always faced the prospect of veto.

But the structural problems of the parliament building could allow major reform to take place, claims Liberal Democrat MEP Chris Davies.  He said:- "Instead of being bound by ridiculous arrangements we should put an end to the nonsense of the Parliament's perpetual momentum.

To save taxpayers' money and to do its job more effectively it should be permanently based in Brussels, alongside the other EU institutions."

The treaty agreed by governments may require MEPs to hold 12 sessions in Strasbourg each year, but there is nothing to say how long or how short a session need be.  "We should turn catastrophe into opportunity and meet continuously in Brussels. 

To comply with the treaty we can arrange for all 12 of the required sessions in Strasbourg to be held on just one day a year, successively at hourly intervals."

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