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Issue:- 14 November 2014

Police make 18 arrests in crackdown on burglary

POLICE on Merseyside announced on Thursday, 13 November that they had made 18 arrests, after carrying out warrants at 25 addresses across Merseyside.

The early morning raids are part of Merseyside Police’s 3 month long operation that launched in September, to tackle an anticipated rise in the number of burglaries.

The 18 people have been arrested for various offences including burglary, robbery and possession of drugs and 2 cannabis farms have been uncovered in Sefton and Liverpool North.

Leading the operation, Superintendent Chris Markey said:- "Today’s activity is all about going after those we believe to be committing burglary offences. It also sends a clear message to those individuals intent on committing this offence that there is no hiding place and that we will use all the tools available to us to track them down and bring them to justice. While burglaries are down year on year by 14%, Police on Merseyside, do see these numbers rise by as much as 25% during the winter month. Although we have seen a slight decrease in the number of burglaries, it continues to be a challenging time for us. However, it’s not just about disrupting the activities of these offenders and preventing them from going about their daily business. We have also stepped up patrols in hotspot areas and are working hard to provide home owners with advice on how to keep their property safe. Many burglaries are preventable by simply locking doors and shutting window."

1 in 5 burglaries is down to insecurities and burglars will always take the easy option. It only takes minutes for them to get in through an open window or door.

Police are advising the public to lock front and back doors and use an alarm, if you have one. Light timers are also an effective tool to give the impression that someone is at home.

Anyone who has information about crime in their area can call Police on:- 101 or speak to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111.

E-Fit Appeal following a Street Robbery in Maghull


MERSEYSIDE Police Detectives have released an e-fit of a man wanted in connection with the attempted mugging of a pensioner in Maghull. The 78 year old man was walking from the car park behind HSBC bank to the front entrance to pay cash in from a local church when the offender tried to snatch it off him. The victim resisted and shouted for help and several members of the public came to his aid. As a result, the would be robber ran off in the direction of the Coach and Horses pub. The victm was left shaken and with a minor injury to his hand. Immediately after the incident he went into the bank to pay the cash in before reporting the incident to staff who then called the Police. Detectives from Sefton CID are investigating and are keen to hear from anyone who recognises the man in the e-fit or saw a man resembling him in the area before or after the robbery at 9.30am on Monday, 10 November 2014, to contact them. Call DC Sue Demomme at Sefton CID on:- 0151 777 3014 or Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111.

Bolton accountant arrested for suspected tax fraud

AN investigation is underway into the financial affairs of an accountant from Bolton who has been arrested by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on suspicion of tax fraud offences. In early morning raids carried out on 12 November 2014, HMRC searched 2 properties in Bolton and seized laptops, business records and mobile phones for forensic examination. Sandra Smith, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said:- "This is an investigation into what we suspect is a well organised, professional attempt to manipulate the UK tax system in order to steal around £50,000; money which would otherwise be used to finance the UK’s vital public services. I would encourage anyone with information regarding tax evasion and fraud to contact the Customs Hotline on:- 0800 59 5000." Officers also discovered a significant amount of cash which has been detained as the potential proceeds of crime. The 27 year old male is believed to have set up a scheme to illegally claim income tax rebates on behalf of fictitious clients. He is also suspected of making false claims for VAT refunds and tax credits. The suspect has been bailed until February 2015. Investigations are ongoing.

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