Merseyside Police comment
following sentencing a 24 year old who burgled a 92 year old's home
MERSEYSIDE Police, on Wednesday, 20
April 2016, said that they are delighted to hear, 24 year old, Owen Lake, has
been jailed for 4 years, for a distraction burglary at the home of 92 year old
pensioner, in Netherton. Owen Lake was convicted at Liverpool Crown Court
earlier in April and this week jailed following the burglary at the home of a 92
year old lady in St Christopher's Avenue. It was heard in Liverpool Crown Court
that Lake called to the house in September 2014 and told the 92 year old he was
from the Council to look at her guttering. She invited him into her home and
while they were stood in the rear garden of the property he asked her if she
could change a £20 note. The lady went back into her house and returned with 2
£10 notes. Lake told her he no longer needed the change and walked back into the
house and left through the front door. When the lady got back into her house she
realised her purse, containing cash and debit cards and her passport was
Detective Inspector Matt Caton said:- "When he was interviewed Lake denied
the burglary and claimed he was only in the area as part of his window cleaning
round, asking residents if they wanted his services. He denied ever entering the
lady's house. Following a trial at Liverpool Crown Court he was sentenced to 4
years and we hope the sentence serves as a warning to other people who try to
take advantage of vulnerable and elderly people. We would always advise people
to check the ID of strangers who come to their door. Genuine, legitimate callers
will always make an appointment 1st and will always carry proper identification.
They will not mind waiting outside while you look up their company and call to
check who they are. And if you still have any doubts, ask them to come back
another time when you can have a friend, neighbour or relative with you.
Neighbours can also play a big part in helping protect the more elderly or
vulnerable members of our community by keeping an eye out for them, making sure
they are okay and reporting anything untoward or suspicious to the Police."
Anyone wanting to report suspicious activity is asked to call Merseyside Police
on 101 or the confidential Crimestoppers line on:- 0800 555 111. To report a
crime in progress call:- 999.
184 weapons and ammunition
handed handed in during firearms surrender
MERSEYSIDE Police have had a total of
184 weapons and lots of ammunition handed in during the force's 2 weeks firearms
surrender, including 37 firearms. The Force joined with 5 other Police Forces to
take part in the 'Give up the Gun' firearms surrender, which ran
from Monday, 4 April to Monday, 18 April 2015. It was designed to give people in
possession of firearms an opportunity to hand them in. It also extended to
giving people a safe disposal route for antique, replica and decommissioned
firearms which could be capable of being reactivated and used for criminal
The hand-in included:-
► 20 handguns / revolvers.
► 17 shotguns / rifles.
► 30 imitation / deactivated weapons .
► 52 air weapons.
► 14 blank firers/starting pistols.
► 29 separate lots of viable ammunition including over
750 shotgun cartridges.
► 15 other ammunition (pellets/bb's etc).
► 7 items miscellaneous.
Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Holland said:- "We are extremely pleased
with the results of the surrender and the firearms that the public have handed
in and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their excellent
response to the surrender operation. Our commitment is to protect the lives and
livelihoods of the law abiding members of our community and I want to reassure
people that we will continue our fight against those who are involved in
criminality and who continue to make other people's lives a misery through
firearms, drug dealing and serious and organised crime. The surrender has run
alongside the pro-active work that we do every single day and we will stand
shoulder to shoulder with the community in our pledge to disrupt criminal
activity, take guns off our streets and put the people responsible behind bars.
I am delighted to see that the public have heeded our message about surrendering
firearms, weapons and ammunition so that they don't fall into the hands of
criminals and used to cause fear or intimidation. In just a 2 week period a
substantial number of viable weapons and a large quantity of ammunition has been
handed into Police stations across Merseyside. Just removing 1 weapon from our
streets means that there is 1 less chance of it being used to seriously injure
or kill someone."
If you know of people involved in illegal firearms call the MSOC gun crime
hotline on:- 0800 230 0600 or the confidential Crimestoppers line on:- 0800 555
111. Merseyside Police will act on all information provided in relation to gun
The last firearms surrender carried out by Merseyside Police resulted in 126
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Southport men are bailed on
suspicion of cyber crime
TITAN, the North West Regional
Organised Crime Unit (NWROCU), have confirmed that 2 males aged 21 years have
been arrested at separate addresses in Southport, Merseyside, on Thursday, 21
April 2016. The rades toook place at around 7.30pm. The rades were led by Titan
and supported by representatives of the international law enforcement community
including:- the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA), the Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI), Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) and its Joint
Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT). Also an internet content and cloud
computing security company provided technical support.
We are told that this criminal investigation is focused on the
alleged supplying of software used by computer hackers, which is an offence in
the UK under the Computer Misuse Act (1990) and Police and Justice Act (2006).
We understand that both males were kept inside the properties
while specialist Titan Officers forensically examined various electronic devices
using a mobile cyber forensic lab provided by Europol. During a thorough
forensic examination of the properties and of various computer equipment found
inside the houses.
We are also told that specialist investigators from Titan
have seized funds in the form of the electronic currency known as 'Bit
We are told that 1 of the men was arrested at a house in Moreland
Drive, Southport, Merseyside and the other man was arrested at a property in Old
Park Lane, also in Southport, Merseyside.
Detective Superintendent Jason Hudson, head of operations at Titan, said:-
"These arrests are a significant step forward in our relentless fight against
cyber crime which is a type of criminality that really does affect us all. Not
everyone will understand yet what cyber crime is or how it impacts on normal
people, but it is an increasing threat to anyone who uses the Internet and
organised crime groups often sit behind it. Cyber criminals who hack into your
computer or that of your business or your bank account or your social network
can do so from anywhere in the world. So it is vital that law enforcement
agencies in different countries work together by sharing intelligence about
potential offenders and pool resources and expertise to tackle this common goal.
That is why Titan is grateful for the assistance of the NCA here in the UK, the
FBI in the United States, Europol and specialist companies from the private
sector in supporting this investigation. It demonstrates just how well we work
together to combat a global threat. There is still much for the Police to do in
terms of raising awareness of cyber crime amongst the general public and educate
people on what basic steps they can take to protect themselves, their families
and their personal or financial information online. The most crucial ones are
ensuring you have the best and latest anti virus software on your computer and
that you always update your computer's software when it prompts you to. These
are your 1st lines of defence and can prevent you from falling victim to cyber
We are told by Merseyside Police that both males have been
interviewed and released on Police Bail, pending further enquiries.
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