VEHICLE ROBBERY - DOVECOT
Association of Chief Police Officers Vehicle Crime Intelligent
Service, is warning private car sellers to be wary of prospective
buyers, after a recent spate of car thefts during test drives.
“Private sellers are being duped by thieves who suggest that the car
has a problem, such as a knocking sound or open car boot, which
requires the seller to check the outside of the vehicle. The victim
pulls over and leaves the car to check the problem and the thief
drives off with the vehicle. In one instance the victim sustained
injuries through being run over as the thief drove the car away.
There is an increasing occurrence of car theft in this manner and
these recent distraction thefts highlight the need for private
sellers to put their security first and only leave the vehicle if
the keys are in their possession. Our advice is to never leave the
purchaser alone in the vehicle. Bringing along a friend or relative
will also help to deter a prospective thief, as the vehicle is
always be occupied.” warns Head of AVCIS, Detective Chief
Inspector Mark Hooper.
Most motor policies exclude theft by deception, and a car being
driven off by a thief during a test drive could be classified within
this. Requesting a copy of the prospective purchasers’ insurance and
driver’s license is advocated, as the purchaser must be legally
entitled to test drive the vehicle. Third party insurance cover will
ensure that the seller is covered in the event of an accident when
driven by the prospective purchaser.
The forthcoming Car Crime Awareness Week from 17 May to 23 May 2010,
organised by AVCIS, aims to draw attention to the need for vigilance
by motorists to avoid becoming the victim of crime and drive down
crime rates. Distraction theft is just one of many areas which will
be highlighted during this new annual initiative.
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WITNESS APPEAL - ROBBERY, MOUNT PLEASANT, LIVERPOOL
Police Detectives are appealing for witnesses to a robbery in
Liverpool city centre on Wednesday, 28 April 2010.
The victim - an 18 year old student - was walking home along Mount
Pleasant towards Rodney Street at around 10pm when she was
approached by a man from behind, who assaulted her before stealing
The man then ran off down Mount Pleasant in the direction of the
Adelphi Hotel leaving the victim extremely shocked and suffering
from minor cuts and bruises. She is now recovering at home with her
family. The offender is described as white, around 20
years old, and of stocky build. He was wearing a blue hooded top
with the hood pulled up.
Detective Sergeant Sarah Kenwright from St Anne Street Robbery Team,
said:- "This was an incredibly distressing ordeal for this
young woman who was simply walking home to her flat on the edge of
the city centre. The offender has attacked her from behind and
ripped her handbag out of her grasp, which contained money and
several personal items. Mount Pleasant is a busy road in the city
and even though it had gone dark by 10pm, I'm sure there would have
been other people around. I would appeal for anyone who witnessed
the incident or saw a man matching this description running away, to
call the police. Their information could be crucial in helping us
catch this man."
Call the robbery team on:- 0151 777 4809 or Crimestoppers
anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.
NEXT OF KIN APPEAL - GEOFFREY WILSON
Coroners Office are appealing for the next of kin of a 79 year old
man who died on Saturday, 17 April 2010. Geoffrey Wilson died
following an accidental fall. An inquest is to be opened into his
death. The Coroner's Office has been unable to trace Mr
Wilson's next of kin and is appealing for any relatives to come
forward. Any next of kin, or anyone who has information about
Mr Wilson's next of kin, is asked to contact the office of H M
Coroner on:- 0151 233 4703.