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Publication date:- 2017-28-10

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Fraudster grounded by Jet2.com and Jet2holidays

A criminal who attempted to defraud Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has today been sentenced, thanks to the Jet2.com and Jet2holidays fraud department and their collaboration with Greater Manchester Police (GMP). Kurtis Mulvaney, 30, of Salford was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court after pleading guilty to 2 counts of fraud by false representation at an earlier hearing during which Jet2.com and Jet2holidays gave evidence. He was sentenced to 14 months suspended for 12 months, ordered to 180 hours of unpaid work, and must also repay Jet2.com and Jet2holidays ₤10,000. Between March 2013 and April 2016 Mulvaney used credit cards that did not belong to him to buy airline tickets and holidays with Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, as well as with another airline, totalling approximately ₤15,000. The Jet2.com and Jet2holidays fraud specialists discovered that a credit card had been used fraudulently to make bookings and alerted GMP.  As a result, in April 2016 Mulvaney was then arrested at Manchester Airport when he tried to check in for a Jet2.com flight to Palma using a compromised credit card.  Following an extensive investigation by GMP, which Jet2.com and Jet2holidays played a key role in, he was then charged.  Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said:- "This is welcome news in the fight against fraudsters, and sends out a strong message to anyone who thinks they can get away with it. I would like to pay tribute to our fraud department who work tirelessly to prevent this type of deception taking place, and who work closely with police forces across the UK, such as GMP, to stamp it out." Detective Sergeant Alex Wild of GMP's Airport CID said:- "Mulvaney thought he could live the lifestyle he wanted, with luxurious holidays and flights abroad, without paying a penny for it. Thanks to the work of officers and the help of the airlines he defrauded, Mulvaney was caught and will now pay the real price for his exotic holidays, as he now has a criminal record and has to pay back ₤10,000. Let this be a warning to anyone who thinks they can get away with fraud, you will eventually be caught."


Sam Cook murder investigation

MERSEYSIDE Police have confirmed that a number of people have been arrested and released pending further enquiries following the murder of Sam Cook in Liverpool City Centre on Saturday, 21 October 2017. 2 males aged 20, both from Anfield, were arrested on suspicion of murder and conditionally bailed to appear on a date in November 2017. A 22 year old man from Anfield was arrested on suspicion of murder and released under investigation. A 24 year old man from Anfield; a 28 year old man from Anfield; and a 21 year old man from Tuebrook, were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and bailed to appear on a date in November 2017. A 19 year old woman from Walton and a 19 year old woman from Norris Green were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and released under investigation.

The family of Sam Cook said:- "Words can in no way begin to described the devastation and despair that has gripped our family since the senseless passing of Sam on Sunday. We stand together in a tunnel with no end, in a darkness without light; every question should have an answer and every nightmare an awakening, and yet we turn to each other and can offer nothing. But Sam will show us the way. Sam always wanted to help people. He was happy, caring and passionate about life and he will continue to look after us all... sitting with his Grandad Jack. Sam approached his 21st birthday with a bright future ahead. Under the guidance of his dad, he was to follow in his footsteps and become an electrician. He studied hard and worked harder and earned the respect of all of those he came into contact with. Like so many young men in Liverpool he was immaculate and always tried to look his best, much to the amusement and general mickey taking by his Grandad Dave. He tried to attend every Liverpool game accompanied by his two younger brothers, siblings who have lost their hero and their role model. We are thankful that in such a short life he accomplished so much, made so many friends and experienced the love and companionship of his girlfriend. But he was just 21, a young man with so much more to give. The memories of a happy, beautiful little boy kicking a ball about in the garden or tucking him safely into bed, seem like only yesterday... Our Sam is and will always remain in the hearts and thoughts of his Mum, Dad and Step Mum Claire, Nans and Granddad, brothers and cousins, Uncles and Aunties, Girlfriend and friends. Our lives can not and never will be the same. We hope and pray that throughout his life and in his final days he knew that no one could be more loved. We would like to take this opportunity to thank family and friends for all their support, to thank the brave members of the public and emergency services who fought in vain to save Sam's life and to express our gratitude to the wider Liverpool community who have, in their thousands, offered such tremendous support. No family should experience the desolation of such a cowardly attack. Life is too short and should be treasured above all else. We know the police are doing everything they can and are leaving no stone unturned but we would appeal to anyone who may have any information to come forward so that justice will be done for Sam."

Detectives are also asking for anyone who was in the Empire Club on Saturday and took photos or videos to send them to a dedicated email address:- SamCookMurder@Merseyside.Police.UK for further investigation. Merseyside police said that:- "Please be assured that anything sent will be treated in confidence."

Anyone with further information to assist the investigation is asked to contact detectives on the hotline number:- 0800 230 600, or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.

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