Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Thirteen men in Cheshire arrested as police target online paedophiles

Thirteen men were arrested across Cheshire today in a major operation targeting suspected online paedophiles.

Police targeted those believed to be involved in uploading and distributing indecent images of children on the internet.
The arrests were made between 6.30am and 8am after a police investigation and intelligence identified suspects in Crewe, Middlewich, Sandbach, Winsford, Chester and other towns.
Officers also seized computers and other devices which have internet access.

Detective Superintendent Geraint Jones, who led the operation, said: “Cheshire Police take the issue of indecent images of children extremely seriously.
“We will do everything possible to bring offenders to justice.
“We have a dedicated Paedophile and Cybercrime Investigation Team who are fully committed to tackling this issue, with specialist officers who are trained to adapt to the constantly changing methods of online criminals.
“Behind every indecent image is an abused child and sharing such images online is illegal and results in further abuse.
“The operation has used the most up-to-date technology and intelligence to identify suspects, and this technology will continue to be used throughout the course of the investigations.”
The suspects are now being questioned by specialist officers from the team.
Cheshire Police would like to remind the public that they can report any online illegal activity by calling 101 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
A full list of those arrested include:
A 67-year old man from Crewe
A 24-year old man from Sandbach
A 63-year old man from Middlewich
Four men aged 51, 42, 29 and 20 from Chester
Two men aged 46 and 40 from Winsford
A 68-year old man from Knutsford
A 43-year old man from Widnes
Two men aged 46 and 36 Ellesmere Port

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The Observer view on the release of ‘cop killer’ Harry Roberts

The clamour to keep Harry Roberts, 78, in jail is wrong-headed
The Parole Board for England and Wales has said Harry Roberts, who killed two police officers in London in 1966, can be released. Photograph: PA

The imminent release of Harry Roberts, jailed in 1966 for shooting dead two police officers in cold blood, has prompted widespread revulsion. For the families of the slain men it has dragged up painful memories. For police officers, it has served as a reminder of the ultimate price that some of them pay. And for politicians it has provided a platform to express outrage. The home secretary, Theresa May, has repeated her pledge to introduce a law that ensures “cop killers” die in jail.
Sentencing him to a minimum of 30 years, the judge, Mr Justice Glyn-Jones, said Roberts had committed the “most heinous crime for a generation or more”. The additional 18 years that Roberts has served reflects the lack of remorse he has shown for his actions.
But this is not to say he should never be released. A prison sentence is as much about rehabilitation as it is about punishment. To suggest that the murderers of police officers are somehow different from terrorists or others who have taken lives is illogical.
It would also undermine the parole board for England and Wales, the independent body that assesses when prisoners can be released. It is hard to see how a criminal justice system can function without such a body. Some will argue that the killers of police officers should be made examples of, in order to send a clear message to society. But where to draw the line? Is the life of a policeman worth more than that, say, of a prison officer?
Ultimately, as the former Met commissioner, Lord Condon, has argued, a mandatory whole life sentence will put police officers at greater risk. Someone who has killed one policeman knows that they will spend the rest of their lives in jail. Put bluntly, they have nothing left to lose by going on a killing spree. And that makes them more dangerous to police officers. The parole board has decided Roberts, 78, is no longer dangerous. Let him out.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

New Psychoactive Substances

New Psychoactive Substances have featured in the news and conversations a lot recently with young people and professionals alike. These substances have many different names, from ‘legal highs’ to ‘designer drugs’ or ‘research chemicals’. The labels and nicknames of the drugs change weekly and it is often difficult to keep up but the impact is still the same.
I want to discuss the individuals behind the drugs and the situations that lead them to putting themselves at risk by taking these substances. Drug taking is often, but not always, a result of a person trying to escape or cope with a situation or event. I want to understand why young people are turning to these new substances and so later this week I will be speaking to young people who have experienced legal highs to get their perspective.
Some of these young people may have been affected by crime previously; some may be forced into trying new substances, others may have done it out of curiosity.  These young people are hidden victims of crime that may need an outside perspective from someone who can give them some advice.
I am speaking to officers, young people and professionals so that I can understand the issue better and work with all these groups to see how we can reduce the risk of harm that come with these unknown substances.
Advice around the subject from are:
1.   Know the Law – You may still be arrested if you are found with a legal high.
2.   Don’t trust suppliers – What you buy is not always what they say it is.
3.   Understand the Risks – Legal highs are just as dangerous as illegal drugs.
4.   Do your research – find out all you can before using a legal high.
5.   Don’t be a ‘drug pig’ – “you can always take more – but you can never take less”
6.   Avoid heatstroke – Stay cool when using stimulants – know what to do in an emergency.
7.   Don’t use alone – It is safer to have someone with you.
8.   A pinch is enough – A pinch of synthetic cannabis the size of a match head is an active dose.
9.   Look after your mates – In the same way you would want them to look after you.
10.    Ask for help – There are always people who can help you.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Have police decisions delayed catching the killer of Alice Gross?

‘The yellow ribbons are a lasting symbol of a collective hope … 
But the luxury of hope is not one that an experienced
 detective can have in their armoury.’ Photograph: Laura Lean/PA

The yellow ribbons spread across west London are a lasting symbol of a collective hope that Alice Gross would be found alive and well. Though it diminished as weeks passed with no sign of the 14-year-old girl, that hope united the human spirit. But the luxury of hope is not one that an experienced detective can have in their armoury.
As the international manhunt intensifies for Arnis Zalkalns, the 41-year-old Latvian man with a previous murder conviction who is the prime suspect in the killing, there are parallel reviews into the handling of the Metropolitan police’s investigation into the teenager’s disappearance on 28 August this year.
Reviews of investigations are not unusual, but in this case an additional review is being carried out by the Metropolitan police, focusing on the early days of the inquiry, after Alice was reported missing by her family and the family of Zalkalns had also reported him missing.
This raises questions about whether enough consideration was given to the possibility that Alice might have been abducted or murdered from day one, and what connections were or were not made with the disappearance of a man who had a conviction for murdering his wife in Latvia and who was also arrested in London in 2009 for an indecent assault.
Britain’s murder conviction rate is high, but there are lessons to be learned from particular cases of missing persons investigations which become homicide inquiries.
Cases such as those of Gracia Morton, Carole Waugh and Tia Sharpe suggest that the sooner a missing person’s inquiry is upgraded to a potential homicide the more likely it will be to gather the evidence needed to bring a perpetrator to justice.
In the case of Morton, a mother who went missing in 1997, the pursuit of a missing person’s investigation for more than a year meant the man who was eventually convicted of killing her was treated for too long as a witness, his houses were not thoroughly searched and he was able to hide her body so well it has never been found.
Similarly when Waugh went missing in 2012, her disappearance was treated as a missing person’s inquiry for more than three months. When murder detectives took over the case and searched her bank accounts it emerged she was the victim of a predator who had killed her.
More recently there was critical learning from the Sharpe case, in which the mindset of the inquiry seemed for too long to be caught up in the belief or hope that she was still alive.
The 12-year-old girl’s disappearance in August 2012 was passed to homicide detectives three days after she went missing, but the inquiry seemed to focus on hunting for a living girl, not a victim of homicide. Crucial evidence was not seized, the suspect was not arrested and it was only after four searches of the small property that Tia’s body was discovered in the loft.
It is the experience gathered by investigators on all of these cases which should have been on the minds of officers from the very early days of the Alice Gross investigation.
Senior investigating officers within the homicide command at the Met police have been briefed on the learning from the Sharpe case, and from other cases, including Waugh and Morton. These lessons included the need to seriously consider elevating a disappearance which is entirely out of character to a potential homicide within hours, not days. As well as the need to secure evidence quickly, detectives are given a raft of added powers – for instance to examine phones – once they begin a murder investigation.
In the early days of the Alice Gross investigation it was run by missing persons officers from the local borough – with homicide officers advising – and seemed to focus on the hope that Alice was a teenager who might have taken herself off for a while, but would soon be home.
Six days in, the inquiry was handed to homicide detectives whose early appeals also centred on a plea for her to return to her family.
It was not until 16 September – 13 days after Zalkalns was reported missing by his partner – that the Metropolitan police put out a public appeal to find him. There has been criticism that they did not issue an Interpol blue notice – which alerts international law enforcement agencies – soon enough, and that all the appeals were issued in English, and not in Latvian.
The force has said it has been unable to issue a European arrest warrant because they did not have the evidence required to seek one.
In all likelihood Alice died not long after encountering her murderer. Nothing the police could have done is likely to have saved her life, but only time will tell whether their investigative decisions have delayed bringing her killer to justice.
• The comments on this article are being pre-moderated for reasons of sensitivity

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Intruder Alarm Engineer Required

Do you reside within a 30 mile radius of Sandbach, Cheshire?

Benefits; £20-24k + On Call Allowance +Bonuses + Company Vehicle. We are a NACOSS GOLD Company. Work will consist of planned and corrective maintenance and the installation of electronic security systems. Primarily Intruder Alarms. However, experience of installing and maintaining other security systems would be a bonus (Fire Alarms, CCTV and/or Access Control). Applicants must have at least 5 years relevant experience in one or all of the above disciplines and a proven track record in the security industry. All engineers will be required to carry out on-call duties on a roster basis (1 in 3). TO APPLY PLEASE CALL 01270 879593

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Deadline Date: 2014/12/31

Salary: £20,000 - £24,000

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Intruder Alarm Engineer Required

Do you reside within a 30 mile radius of Sandbach, Cheshire?

Benefits; £20-24k + On Call Allowance +Bonuses + Company Vehicle. We are a NACOSS GOLD Company. Work will consist of planned and corrective maintenance and the installation of electronic security systems. Primarily Intruder Alarms. However, experience of installing and maintaining other security systems would be a bonus (Fire Alarms, CCTV and/or Access Control). Applicants must have at least 5 years relevant experience in one or all of the above disciplines and a proven track record in the security industry. All engineers will be required to carry out on-call duties on a roster basis (1 in 3). TO APPLY PLEASE CALL 01270 879593

or send your CV to;

Deadline Date: 2014/12/31

Salary: £20,000 - £24,000

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Hen party minibus driver pleads guilty over crash death

James Johnson admits dangerous driving charge over death of 18-year-old Bethany Jones in collision on M62 in West Yorkshire

The scene of the crash on the M62 in April 2013. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA

A minibus driver has pleaded guilty to causing the death of an 18-year-old woman in a crash on a motorway as she travelled to a hen party.
James Johnson, of Wyke, Bradford, admitted the charge of causing death by dangerous driving at Leeds crown court.
Bethany Jones died and some of her friends and family were seriously injured when the minibus in which they were travelling collided with a lorry and overturned on the M62 in West Yorkshire in April last year.
Among those injured was bride-to-be Stefanie Firth as well as Jones’s mother and sister.
Lorry driver Kevin Ollerhead, of St Helens, Merseyside, is also accused of causing death by dangerous driving. He denies the charge and will go on trial next month.
Johnson will be sentenced on 21 October.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Police and council chiefs praise CCTV after Crewe town centre stabbings

Police and council chiefs have praised CCTV and local retailers for their help during the Crewe town centre stabbing incident.
A 72-year-old woman and 55-year-old were allegedly attacked by a man with a knife in the Victoria Centre near WH Smiths and Asda during a busy shopping day.

Cllr Les Gilbert (pictured), Cheshire East Council Cabinet member and chairman of the Safer Cheshire East Partnership, said: “Cheshire East’s CCTV operatives, local businesses and the police deserve a lot of praise for their swift action and co-operation to help get the situation in hand so quickly.
“It was superb partnership work involving our CCTV staff and the local traders’ radio network to ensure vital information was shared swiftly and effectively.
“One senior Cheshire police officer told our staff that this was probably the best CCTV interaction and co-operation they have ever had.
crewe town centre stabbings - pic by CreweNPU“It is fantastic that our business community has worked so well with Cheshire East Council and the police to help protect our wider community.
“I am very proud of them – and Cheshire East should be very proud of its strong communities and community spirit.
“I would, however, like to reassure people that incidents such as this are incredibly rare and people should not be afraid to go about their business as usual.”
Chief Supt Andy Southcott said: “Incidents of this nature are very uncommon in our area but when they do happen, strict protocols are followed to ensure the safety of the public is not unduly compromised.
“The  incident took place in a busy shopping area and I would like to acknowledge the assistance offered by the public, Cheshire East Council and local retailers in co-operating with the police investigation and the temporary disruption that was caused.
“Anyone suspected of putting themselves or others in danger by arming themselves with a weapon will be dealt with robustly.
“My thoughts are with the victims and I wish them both a speedy recovery for what was clearly a very traumatic ordeal.”
Police are currently reviewing council CCTV footage as part of the investigation.
Witnesses to the incidents or anyone with information about the stabbings should call the police non-emergency number on 101, quoting incident 409 of August 16.
*Matthew Anthony Bullows, 29, of Old Orchard Street, off West Street, Crewe, is charged with two counts of attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon. He was remanded in custody and appeared at Chester Crown Court on September 3.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Friday, 18 July 2014

21 suspected Cheshire paedophiles arrested in national swoop

Twenty-one suspected online paedophiles have been arrested across Cheshire as part of a national police operation.
Cheshire Police joined 44 other forces in the six-month Operation Notarise, which led to the arrest of 660 suspected paedophiles.
Some of those arrested had unsupervised access to children, including doctors, teachers, scout leaders, care workers and former police officers.
Only 39 of the 660 were registered sex offenders, so the vast majority were not known to the police.
More than 400 children across the UK have been safeguarded.
The operation targeted people accessing indecent images of children online.
Supt Geraint Jones, of Cheshire Police, said: “There is no hiding place for those who seek to abuse children in Cheshire.
“The Constabulary has a dedicated team whose role is relentlessly to pursue the online paedophiles, and ensure they are brought to justice.
“That team has worked long and hard in support of Operation Notarise, and 21 people have been arrested and are on bail.
“More arrests will be made − our work will continue. We also work very closely with our partners in safeguarding to protect those children who are vulnerable to exploitation.
“Our priority is to protect children from harm, and to identify and bring to account those who would seek to cause harm.”
NCA deputy director general Phil Gormley said: “This is the first time the UK has had the capability to coordinate a single targeted operation of this nature.
“Over the past six months we have seen unprecedented levels of cooperation to deliver this result.
“Our aim was to protect children who were victims of, or might be at risk of, sexual exploitation.
“A child is victimised not only when they are abused and an image is taken. They are re-victimised every time that image is viewed by someone.”
Chief Constable Simon Bailey, the National Policing Lead for Child Protection and Abuse Investigations, said: “The vast majority of forces around England and Wales are dealing with an unprecedented increase in the number of reports of sexual abuse of children.
“Forces are investigating exploitation of children and young people by groups and gangs, non-recent abuse including large scale investigations into abuse in institutions over many years and sexual abuse by parents and family members.”
Anyone with information can contact police on the non emergency number 101. Information can also be left anonymously on the Crimestoppers hotline 0800 555 111.

Friday, 9 May 2014

Michael Wheatley: 'Skullcracker' back in custody after alleged raid on bank

Convicted armed robber Michael Wheatley was on the run after absconding during day release from prison in Kent

Michael Wheatley, known as the Skullcracker, pictured during an armed raid in 2002. Photograph: Metropolitan police/PA

An armed robber known as the "Skullcracker" is back in custody after absconding from prison for a third time, only to be recaptured hours after allegedly holding up a building society.
Michael Wheatley, 55, serving 13 life sentences for armed raids on 13 banks and building societies, ended four days on the run in a police cell after officers caught up with him in Tower Hamlets, east London.
The fugitive prisoner had been at large since failing to return to HMP Standford Hill open prison, on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, on Saturday evening after being granted a temporary release.
Having got on a high speed train from Sittingbourne to Stratford International, he had evaded capture despite a nationwide alert and a confirmed sighting in the Twickenham area of south-west London on Monday.
But for a man who once stated his occupation as "armed robber", it would seem old habits are hard to break.
A 999 call from staff at the Chelsea Building Society in Sunbury-on-Thames at 10.20am alerted detectives to the possibility the Skullcracker was back in business.
Less than four hours after shocked staff were forced to hand over cash to a man wielding what appeared to be a handgun, detectives traced Wheatley to east London where he and a 53-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit armed robbery. He was also arrested on suspicion of being unlawfully at large.
It was the third time the career criminal – given his nickname because he brutally pistol-whips his victims – had gone on the run after prison authorities allowed him out on temporary release.
And, on each previous occasion, he had gone on to commit a series of armed robberies before being recaptured.
Having been jailed in the 1980s for nine years for a post office raid, he failed to return to prison after a hospital visit in 1988. While at large, he carried out nine armed robberies before being caught.
He was back in jail in 1989, looking at an extra 11 year stretch on top of his original nine. But three years later, having been allowed to attend an optician's appointment, he went on the run for a second time. Again he committed a string of robberies – this time eight raids. In 1993, having been recaptured, reconvicted, and re-jailed, he had added another seven years to the 20 he was already serving.
In 2001, Wheatley was granted parole. Within weeks he was at it again. In the following ten months, he managed to stage no less than 13 armed raids on banks and building societies, from Southampton in Hampshire to Royston in Hertfordshire. His modus operandi was to target small branches, and he netted around £45,000.
But the levels of violence escalated. Using an imitation firearm – a blank firing semi-automatic pistol – he pistol-whipped a 73-year-old woman in one robbery. His custom, too, was to grab a female customer putting the weapon to her head.
Convicted and sentenced at the Old Bailey in 2002 to the 13 life sentences he is presently serving, he gave his occupation as "armed robber" to the custody officer.
It was said in court that Wheatley returned to a life of crime to pay off debts he had run up during a relationship with a woman he met while in custody.
He was ordered to serve a minimum of eight years before being considered for release.
After his latest spell as a fugitive was abruptly ended, Kent Police said in a statement: "Kent police, in partnership with officers from the Metropolitan police service, have today arrested two men in east London on suspicion of conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
"On 3 May, Kent police began a search for Michael Wheatley, who had failed to return to HMP Standford Hill after being released on temporary licence.
"At 2pm on 7 May, two men, aged 55 and 53, were arrested in the Tower Hamlets area and are now in police custody. The 55-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of being unlawfully at large."
Wheatley is believed to have boarded the 9.20am high speed train from Sittingbourne to Stratford International station on Saturday, with police alerted when he failed to return at 6pm to the prison.
After warning the public not to approach him, police responded to a confirmed sighting of him at 7.55pm on Monday at a property in the Strawberry Hill area of Twickenham, south-west London. Searches were made of other properties in the area, but he remained at large.
When the alarm was raised after the robbery in Sunbury-on-Thames on Wednesday morning, armed officers rushed to the scene. The suspect was said to be a white man, in his late 40s or early 50s, around 6ft with short grey hair. He was wearing a dark woolly hat, dark-rimmed glasses, light blue jeans, a light blue denim jacket and black trainers.
Jodie Aston, 30, who works in a nearby hair and beauty salon, said police told her the suspect was "the man that escaped from the open prison".
Barmaid Chloe Theobald, 26, said: "The police said to my boss 'We think it's the Skullcracker and he's been sighted in Sunbury'."
She received a text message from her daughter's school telling parents that their children should not walk home alone that afternoon.

Monday, 28 April 2014

Policing of Nantwich Jazz Festival a “success” after just seven arrests

Police chiefs have hailed this years’ Nantwich Jazz Festival a success after just seven arrests made during the five-day event.
The number of arrests is a drop on previous years, which Cheshire Police say is down to planning, CCTV, and working with licensees.
Among those detained was an 18-year-old man from Whitchurch, arrested for common assault following a disturbance on Beam Street on Saturday night.
A 40-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent was arrested on Pillory Street for being drunk and disorderly on the same night.
And on Sunday, a 41-year-old Nantwich man was arrested for failing to comply with warnings issued under a “direction to leave the area” section 27 notice.
Chief Inspector Sarah Edgar, who had overall responsibility for policing the event, said: “Our officers and PCSOs offered a highly visible policing presence around the town centre of Nantwich over the course of the weekend.
“In doing so, we have provided a deterrent to would-be troublemakers, and were on hand to deal swiftly with any emerging pockets of disorder.
“With the support of local licencees, and town centre CCTV, our ability to intercept situations before they escalate into criminal acts or violence cannot be underestimated, and has clearly proved to be an effective tool in our policing armoury.
“Happily, the overall majority of visitors to Nantwich over the Easter weekend were in good spirits, enjoyed all the event has to offer, and many welcomed and commented upon the effective policing presence in the town.”
Insp Dave Smithers, head of the Nantwich Neighbourhood Policing Unit, echoed the approach.
“Historically, the Nantwich JazzFest has passed without serious incident, and with a great deal of support from the local community.
“The purpose of the police at events such as this is to ensure that festival goers enjoy the event in a safe environment, and the local community of Nantwich can continue to go about their daily lives unhindered with the arrival of thousands of visitors to our town, often from far afield.
“The impact of this significant increase in visitors is managed by providing a visible and proportionate local policing presence, particularly to deal with the increase in alcohol-related incidents and traffic issues brought about by the festival and the warmer weather we experienced this weekend.”

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Police swoop on drug users and thieves in day of action in Nantwich

Police targeted thieves and drug users in a day of action across Nantwich and other towns in East Cheshire.
Five warrants were issued under the Misuse of Drugs Act at various properties in Nantwich, Crewe, Congleton, Macclesfield and Wilmslow.
Teams of officers carried out early morning raids yesterday (April 10) and made arrests for offences including possession with intent to supply controlled drugs, and theft.

In Nantwich, officers focused on snaring and deterring bike thieves, while plain clothes officers tracked down shed burglars.
Inspector Dave Smithers, of Nantwich Police, said: “We have had an increase in calls from the public reporting shed doors are forced or locks broken, but it is often the case homeowners have failed to take the necessary precautions to protect their own property.
“Thieves seize the chance to steal gardening equipment and tools, but predominantly we see that high value bicycles are being stolen, modified and then sold on.”
Officers and PCSOs focused on the outskirts of town and around the canal system, where a majority of these crimes have been reported.
Sgt Ian Bennett added: “The crimes reported are all very similar in method and occur in the same area – and we believe the same person − or persons − may be responsible.
“We have gathered a significant amount of intelligence in relation to the persistent problem of shed burglaries.
“I urge local residents to report anyone behaving suspiciously − and to take on board basic crime prevention techniques by keeping your shed secure and installing lighting where necessary.”
In Crewe, officers executed drug warrants at house on Seagull Close.
A man, 25, and woman, 24, were arrested for possession of a class B drug with intent to supply. Drugs with an estimated street value of over £1,500 were seized.
Supt Luke McDonnell, who led the operation, said: “We have co-ordinated this day of action in direct response to the issues that our communities tell us are important to them.
“This type of enforcement takes place every day in our towns and villages − the difference is that the policing activity is more visible and we encourage members of our community to engage with officers who are out and about to discuss any issues that impact their quality of life.”

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Crews tackle house fire at West Parade in Fenton

Damage to the house at West Parade in Fenton.
FIREFIGHTERS have tackled a blaze at a house in Fenton.
Crews were called to a property at West Parade at around 1.25pm
Six engines including two from Hanley, two from Longton, one from Newcastle, and one from Ashley attended.
Two main jets and two hose reel jets were in use and four firefighters were wearing breathing apparatus.
A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue spokesman said an investigation will be carried out to determine the cause of the incident.
No occupants are believed to have been in the building at the time.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Business Owners Beware!

If you are being contacted by companies demanding payment for some advertising publishing they say you agreed to several months ago (especially if the related publication is for charity) you may be suffering from what is essentially a scam call. (Usually booklet or wallchart)

SCAM: National Crime Prevention Booklet
I had a call today from a man who said :
” Hello sir I am calling on behalf of the Police”, “We are calling just to say thank you for supporting our latest campaign which I am pleased to say has been a success”
When I asked which campaign he said “The National Crime Prevention Booklet”,  So I asked him the name of his company and he said “I am calling from The Police”, I asked his name he said “PC Dawson”, when I asked where exactly was he based he said “The Editorial Department of Cheshire Metropolitan Police”
I said that sounded odd and asked him for his phone number and he said: 0845 556 7800
I then said If I call that number would I get through to him, he said “No you will get someone else” he then put the phone down.
I rang the number out of curiosity and its a made up number and does not exist.
SO BEWARE – They are now even pretending to be the police.