Episode 13 Crimewatch Roadshow


Episode 13

An appeal for the public's help in finding some rogue traders who conned an elderly couple out of £4,500. Plus, how Gwent police are cracking down on metal thieves.


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This morning on Crimewatch Roadshow... A rogue trader who

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ripped up a retired couple's driveway before ripping them off

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Hello. And welcome to Crimewatch Roadshow. We're live and as usual

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we're asking for your help to catch those criminals who think they've

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got away with it. Let's make sure they don't. On the programme

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today... Nikitta Grender was killed last year while heavily pregnant, a

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murder which shook the nation. We talk to the family liaison officer

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who supported her parents. The thief who joined prayers at a

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mosque. He came back later to steal from them. We have it all on CCTV.

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And the pensioners who were victims of a very elaborate scam. Instead

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of getting a new Drive, they were conned for thousands of pounds. We

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need your help to catch the rogues responsible. The roadshow team are

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out travelling the country for a month, investigating crime where

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you are. They were in Wiltshire yesterday. Today we've crossed the

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border into Wales. Dave Guest is in charge out on the road. So where

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exactly are you today Dave? Hi Rav. Today we're with Gwent Police in

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the centre of Newport. It's fairly bustling here in the town centre.

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This is the first of three days here in Wales. These things have

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become familiar in the UK. Later we will tell you how cash machines are

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becoming a major target for criminals. We also joined by a new

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member of the team today, Nicholas Smith. -- Nicola Smith from BBC

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Wales who's joining me for the rest of the week. Nicola. Thanks Dave.

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Yes, I've been a reporter on this patch for years. And later we'll be

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appealing for help on a theft from a mosque which is just up the road

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from here. Rav. Thanks Nicola. Now our first appeal

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today. And it's the tale of rogues who promised a retired couple

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they'd repair their driveway. Instead they led them a merry dance

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before fleecing them for thousands of pounds. I think it is a scam

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that has probably been used countless times and will carry on

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being used. How could I have fallen for such a stupid thing? I was

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livid about it! Anybody seen a red- headed gentleman with a fawn jacket,

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please let me know. Maureen and Eric James have lived in the same

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house near Newport for 52 years. Due to their work with the church

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and local community groups they are well known in the area. It is not

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often strangers drop by. But one caller would betray their trust and

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con them out of thousands of pounds. On Saturday 19th made, 2012, Mr

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James was in his front garden when a male drove past in a small white

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van and parked just by his neighbour's home. There it's

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original block paving was five years old and looked worn. --

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Eric's. A white van pulled up and a gentleman got out and said I have

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been looking on my laptop and we did this about five years ago. He

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was a ginger haired gentlemen, I remember that well. He said the

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guarantee was up. The is was the first part of the scam, the mention

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of a guarantee on the dry voice barked Eric's attention. He had

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been given the impression the repairs would be done for free. The

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seed had been sown. The man called himself Chris. There was a

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discussion about the driveway, nothing solid was agreed. Now the

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second part of the scam. The man told Eric the damage driveway would

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only need a small amount of work. - - damaged. Under guarantee we would

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only have to put some dustbin and build it up to get it more firm,

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that would be OK. -- dust in. He said he would come back next week.

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He told Eric he would send a member of the team round to doing

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valuation. -- do a valuation. A did not agree to any work, just that he

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would come back and say what they could do. Chris left and the trap

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was set. Eric and Maureen were about become victims of a Kroll

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scam. This was just the start of their ordeal and their trusting

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natures would be well and truly abused -- of Kroll scam. Mrs James

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was at home alone cleaning when she heard a noise outside. She came out

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and saw a man taking up the block paving on the driveway. I was

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upstairs cleaning, I came down to put stuff in the washing machine

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and heard a noise. I looked out of the kitchen window and there was a

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man on the drive digging up the drive. What are you doing? Doing

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the drive. But somebody asked you to? That would be a shock to anyone.

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And later in the programme you can find out what happened next. First

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up, Warren Jones. Police have been looking for him for the past six

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years. He was due to appear before Preston Crown court in February

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2006 in connection with a charge of Actual Bodily Harm but he didn't

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turn up. He has tattoos on his right arm of a skull with "United"

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above it and a heart with "true love Karla" written on it. Do you

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know where Jones is now? Our next two wanted faces are connected.

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Roman Sojak and Lucas Mirga are both wanted by detectives in

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Lancashire in connection with affray and possessing an offensive

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weapon. They failed to appear in court in November last year and

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warrants were issued for their arrest. Both men have Polish

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accents and Sojak has tattoos of faces on his arms. They have

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connections to the Preston area but could be anywhere in the country.

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Have you seen them recently? Our last wanted face today is this man,

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Scott Hamshire. Detectives from six different police forces want to

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speak to him in connection with a series of thefts from supermarket

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tills totalling over �25,000. He has connections to the Essex area,

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particularly Dagenham and Rainham. But where is he now? If you know

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where any of these wanted faces are, please get in touch. The number to

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call is... 08000 468 999. Or text us on 63399. Text CW, space and

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then your message. And please, leave the space or your message

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won't get through to us. Or, email us. [email protected] Now back to

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Nicola in Newport. Thanks Rav. Now South Wales has a huge population.

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Many people live in the valleys, and commute to the big cities of

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Newport, Cardiff and Swansea to work. Such a large population

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provides the forces here with a wide of range challenges. Tucked

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into the south-east corner of Wales, Gwent Police had a mixture of urban

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and rural areas, over 600 square miles in size. The force is led by

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one of the few female chief constables in the UK. Our focus is

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on the priority crime areas in relation to burglaries, violent

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crime and making the area and environment that is safe. We will

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follow Gwent officers as they target scrap dealers in the fight

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against metal theft. We have so much on board I do not think you

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can account for it. And we take a look at the sometimes forgotten

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side of policing. Caring for victims and their families.

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never dealt with it, I don't think we ever will. Over the border, we

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will also join the neighbouring South Wales police force as they

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face the challenges of policing a major capital city. A nearly 200

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times a year we are concerned with Premiership football, Six Nations

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rugby, Royal and VIP visits. Police in a capital city is a privilege

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but it has demands on the force and we respond professionally to those.

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We also look at the ground-breaking work being done at the forensic

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support unit, jointly run by both forces. Or we are looking to see if

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the detail within the crime scene marks and if there is any

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identifiable features. And as usual, local police officers will appeal

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for your help to solve crime in the area. South Wales Police urgently

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need your help with this next crime. It happened very recently - just

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over two weeks ago on Tuesday 12th June when a cash machine outside a

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Waitrose store in Cardiff was targeted in broad daylight. They

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got away with a substantial amount of money and the robbers are still

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at large. Now we've got some CCTV of the incident. Now the first

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thing we see is the security van pulling up outside the store. A

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security guard gets out and goes to the back of the van to pull out the

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first case of cash he's going to be putting into the cash machine.

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There's another guard there and they spend around fifteen minutes

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filing the cash machine from the security can. Then the thieves

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strike. And here they come. The white transit van pulls up

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alongside the security van. You can see one man getting out of the

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passenger seat and another three jump out of the side door. They run

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towards the cash machine. Now you can't see this on camera but they

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wait for the security guards to co me out of the ATM pod. They then

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punch one of them and pin the other one against the wall. They grab

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five cases of cash and run back to the van, which by then has been

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turned around. And they make their escape... And off they go. DS Rob

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Cronick is one of the investigating officers. You have a case similar

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to the one that went missing. five of them. This was a violent

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attack. Three of the men have Liverpool accents, two wearing

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orange railway clothing but in particular, the driver has a mole

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on the right side of his face, on his cheekbone. We must find them.

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Where was the white van abandoned? It was found abandoned and secured

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on Hollybush Heights near the scene. We suspect they have driven away in

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Strangely, a child's body was found in the back. By it is unusual. --

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Yes, that push chair belongs to somebody. We need to find that it

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was. This ban was also used in Chester in a robbery on 18th May.

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Plenty of clues there. We need to find these men because they could

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be doing it again. For Ben Duke. Lot of clues there. Were you around

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on 18th May been Chester or June fall off in Cardiff? -- 12th.

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Hopefully you can help us with some leads on that robbery. Now an

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appeal from Hertfordshire Police about a very nasty con. The

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deception involves lying to people to get hold of their PIN number. DC

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Rebecca Primrose from Hertfordshire Police is here and Rebecca you're

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aware of five of these cons which have all happened this year. Yes,

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we have five different fraud cases from the St Alban's area which have

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an identical modus operandi. They happened in April this year. It

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basically involves the offender making a call to the victim's

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landline claiming to be from the bank security department and

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telling them the card has been cloned and fraudulently used.

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victims are vulnerable and in the same area. They are all over 80 and

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all in the St Albans area and all the locations are close to each

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other. The call sounds convincing to these people. They are talking

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about machinery, technology they use and so on. What are they doing?

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The tale the victim they should never give their PIN number out but

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then go on to ask them to enter the number into their hands set to

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confirm the identity which a bank would never do. The victim then

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enters the PIN number into the phone and the offenders had

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somewhere of decoding that at the other end and they then have the

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PIN number. And it is rubbish, of course, but a good ruse. Then they

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actually sense somebody round, don't they? They then confirm to

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the victim that your card has been fraudulently used and we will send

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somebody round to the house to collect it so the bank can

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investigate the matter. So somebody claims to be a courier, collects

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the card, then goes away. Here we have some CCTV picture of somebody

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We don't have this is the person but they are using a stolen card.

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He matches the description provided by each victim of the person. We

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are keen to speak with that person to identify them and also the

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female in the footage with him. have a female and a male. They fit

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the description. The description of the person who comes to collect the

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card is an Asian male in his late twenties, early 30s, chubby built,

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approximately five foot seven and the person who collects the card

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present a business card to the victim bearing the name of Victor a

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Hopefully someone can help out. Someone must recognise those two.

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Still to come, Nikitta Grender was murdered last year while expecting

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her first child. Her parents speak about their ordeal following the

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loss of a daughter and granddaughter. We find out how

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rogue traders persuaded an elderly couple to hand over thousands of

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pounds. And he prayed with them, but he was not there to worship.

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Help us track down the man who stole from a mosque. Time for some

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dodgy deeds caught on CCTV. This one will really make you sick.

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University College Hospital in London. Look at at hand gelled

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dispenser. These men are showing a bizarre interest in it. It seems

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they are trying to get it from the wall, possibly because it contains

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alcohol. Eventually they get it, causing �500 worth of damage. If

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you recognise these men, helped the police.

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Next, we are in Norwich in February this year and a man barges into

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convenience stores. He is brandishing what is possibly a

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firearm covered with black material. He demands cash and he wants it now.

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His voice is picked up by the camera. When he reaches over to the

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tale, there is a number 72 on the sleeve of his top. Help police stop

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this thief in his tracks. The kitchen of her hairdresser's in

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Alderley Edge in Cheshire. 80s February but this man is not after

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a short back and sides. He sneaked in to help himself to the handbags

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of the staff. One, at two, three. The haul includes designer handbags,

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cash and mobile phones. Who is he? If you recognise anyone or anything

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in those videos, you know what you need to do. Now back to Nicola in

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Newport. Early last year this city was

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shaken to the core by the murder of a young pregnant woman, and it is

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one of the more shocking cases I have ever come across. While the

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police were working to track down the murderer, behind the scenes,

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one of the key members of their team, the family liaison officer,

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was supporting her parents. In February 2011, Nikitta Grender was

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brutally raped and murdered before her house was set on fire. She was

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due to give birth two weeks later. We will never deal with it.

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Obviously it was mind-blowing. went along with the family liaison

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officer, at Ian Hodgkinson, to need Nikitta's parents and find out

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their story. The family liaison officers provide support to people

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who have been affected by major crime as well as finding out what

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they can from the family that could help the investigation. I am a

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police officer, but I am still a father. It is a traumatic time.

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was 19, in the prime of life, pregnant with her baby daughter.

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But when police were called to Nikitta Grender's flat in February

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last year, they found her in the burned-out bedroom. She and her

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unborn baby were both dead. Immediately after the discovery of

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her body, suspicions were raised that she may have been murdered.

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How do you get called on to a particular investigation? On Sunday

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morning, I had a call asking if I would attend. His first job was to

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introduce himself to the parents of Nikitta. What were your first

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impressions? My first impressions were I thought he was going to be

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like a normal police officer, but he ended up being a pretty good

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friend. How do you the, family liaison officer? It is something

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you are asked to do and you put yourself forward to do. You are a

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link between the investigating team and the family. You need to update

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the family all the time. What did he do for you? He got to know us on

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a personal level. He found out about us and other members of the

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family that he meant. The role of a family liaison officer is not just

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to offer emotional support during the terrible ordeal of having a

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loved one taken away. It is to ensure that any information the

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family has is passed on to the investigating officer. I needed

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information very quickly as to what the family knew, I needed a

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background history. I needed to know the day-to-day activities of

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the victim because those things eventually lead us to the killer.

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As the investigation continued, Nikitta's parents as to see Nikitta

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and her unborn child. Unfortunately, because of the circumstances, it

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was not possible for the family to see Nikitta. But they did get to

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hold the child. It was very emotional. There was someone with

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us. It stopped us from being on our own. Carl Whant, the cousin of

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Nikitta's boyfriend, was arrested a few days into the investigation.

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This was a dramatic turn in the investigation. He arrived the day

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after her murder to deliver flowers, before the investigators knew he

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was responsible. It was up to the family liaison officer to break the

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news 2 Nikitta's parents. He must have had to tell you some

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incredibly different things? He was more like a friend. The things he

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was telling us seemed easier to accept. As the investigation ended,

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the trial began and Ian Hodgkinson's will develop to

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support Nikitta's parents through their continuing ordeal. To get the

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support from the officer, so they can understand why some of these

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things are happening. Rather than going in and not

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knowing what to expect, we knew exactly what to expect. Carl Whant

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was found guilty of murdering Nikitta Grender. The judge

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described him as calculating and devious. 35 years, I will remember

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that, but to me, it is not long enough. Once Carl Whant was sent to

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prison, the family liaison officer's visits to the family were

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less frequent. If someone wants to speak to me, they have got my phone

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number and I am always contactable. We know if there is anything

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playing on our minds, we can pick up the phone and chat with him.

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his day-to-day life for you now? Terrible. You have to learn to live

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with it. It is hard. People say you get over things. We are never going

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to get over it. Family liaison officer Ian Hodgkinson joins me now.

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At terrible experience for any key to's parents but clearly you

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support was a comfort? I hope so. They have a long way to go. If we

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help them through the early stages, hopefully we have done our job.

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do you deal with having to be strong, to be constant for the

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people you're working with? I work in an organisation with a large

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team so there is support from within and they are always on hand

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to give guidance. You work day-to- day in very difficult

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circumstances? In it is a career I have chosen. I feel comfortable

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doing the job, but ultimately it is the family we're concerned with.

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What other kind of situations do you have to deal with? Whatever is

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dictated by the investigating officers. They could be suicide, a

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could be any death until we know the circumstances. We offer

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assistance to the family through the investigation. I imagine that

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often you have to break the news that a loved one has died? Yes. It

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is something that is not expected and it is information that we have

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to pass to the family. We have to be careful. It is hard for you as

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well as the family's? It can be hard, but we are looked after a

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very well and there is always someone on hand for us to speak to

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if it is required. Thank you for joining us this morning.

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Next, more on the story of a retired couple who were shocked to

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find their driveway being dug up by a complete stranger. Here is what

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happened next. Pensioners Maureen and Eric from near Newport had been

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visited by a man who claimed he was from a paving company. He told

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Derek that he could carry out some small repairs to the driveway and a

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guarantee. The following Monday, 21st May, Maureen was in her home

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cleaning when she heard a noise outside. When she came out she saw

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another Mail on her driveway taking up the paving. I heard a noise

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outside. I looked out if the kitchen door and there was a fellow

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it on the driveway. He was just speeding up the driveway. Mrs James

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was quite shocked. She had not expected anyone to be working on

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her driveway. The man said that he would call his boss, and shortly

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afterwards, Mr James returned home. There was a work man on the

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driveway, taking up the paving. sorted it out and arranged it with

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you. What is going on? I started talking to him and he got hold of

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for the boss and told him that that he would come. The boss said that

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he would be along shortly. When the boss turned up, Eric would be in

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for a nasty shock. The simple cosmetic job they discussed was

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spiralling out of control. He said, we have a problem, and we

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will have to go deeper and build up and relaid the brakes on top of

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that. -- and Lady paving on top of that. I kept asking him, how much

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will it cost? He came up with a price of �4,500 and it has to be in

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cash. They told aerate it had to be in cash so they could get the

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building materials cheaper. There was just time for one last element

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to this elaborate scam which would stop the couple getting suspicious.

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The cement mixture -- the cement mixer turned up and it left quickly,

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before it was used. It may have given the operation more

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credibility. The couple went off to collect the cash and they were soon

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back to hand over the cash. As honest people themselves, they

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realised that as have the driveway had been lifted, the men were bound

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to finish the work. At 12 o'clock, the work men were still here. My

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wife and I told him that the money was here, what do you want done?

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What is happening? He said, can you give the money to

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the work men? I said, yes. I gave him the money, and he said, we will

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be back later. The final part of the money -- the final part of the

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scam, getting the money. The couple had handed over a sizable part of

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their retirement fund. We thought they would go to the suppliers. We

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thought they would collect the materials necessary and bring them

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back and start the work. With �4,500 of the couple's money in his

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pocket, the work man left to get the building materials on foot.

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have not seen him since. When the builders had not returned after two

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errors, the couple realised they had been scammed. -- two hours.

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is a particularly nasty crime. The individuals involved have targeted

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a couple who have worked hard all their lives. The problem is that

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you believe people, you think they are honest, you believe what they

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say and you accept it on face value. How could I have possibly have

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fallen for such a stupid thing. I was livid about it. If I could get

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hold of them, I would have I have Detective Inspector Justin

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O'Keefe here with me now. This wasn't just work then doing a bad

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job, was it, this was a crime. left in no doubt it was. I may let

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the place in a mess. -- and they left the place in a mess. They were

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�4,500 out of pocket as well as the cost of clearing up the mess.

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left behind vital evidence, didn't they? The a did. They left items at

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the scene. Mr James got them to sign a receipt, there were other

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items recovered that we believe they have handled and those have

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been explored for forensic opportunities. For DNA. If you get

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to sample it means you can eliminate anybody we bring in who

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is innocent. Correct. A any evidence this has happened

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elsewhere? Thankfully we are lucky this is a rare event in Gwent. But

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these things do go on around the country and we are looking to tried

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to investigate as many opportunities and links as we can.

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What advice can you give to people? Don't pay money upfront. If you are

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getting work, get references and if you are unsure of the people

:31:39.:31:49.
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working for you, please ring. A betting shop in Dalston,

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Northampton. A man props up his bike and comes inside, face covered.

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He produces what witnesses say is looks like a barrel of a gun. No

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joy the first time so he moves to the female cashier but no winnings

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there, either. So he has no choice but to cut his losses and leave

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empty handed. If you know this would-be thief take a punt and give

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us a name. January last year, Sheffield community centre in

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Stevenage, Hertfordshire. These to try to get in the front entrance

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but fail. They have more success round the back. Once inside they

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still some alcohol. But it is about to get nastier. When they come

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across a woman who works there they let a fire extinguisher off in her

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face. They won the keys to the safe. They don't get them and leave the

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just the alcohol but these two must be Court. -- they want. If you

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recognise these men, all their clothes, names please. April this

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year in Suffolk. It is the dead of night. But it is not quiet for long.

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Someone has stolen a bigger and is now driving at and 80 m on a bank

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wall. The driver rams the ATM with considerable determination. Yes,

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the police have been digging around but they still need information

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about these heavy duty vandals. Now as you saw in that last CCTV clip

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of those clowns smashing a JCB in to a bank, cash machines are real

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magnets for criminals. And Nicola has some advice for you now on how

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to keep yourself safe. There are 64,500 cash machines around the UK

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As organised gangs go after your cash, we have got some advice for

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you on how to avoid getting ripped off when you're getting some cash

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out of the hole in the wall. I'm with Tony Blake who is from the

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Dedicated Cheque and Plastic Crime Unit, a joint body of police and

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banks that helps stamp out organised card and cheque fraud

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across the UK. Good morning. We have our cash machine. What should

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I look out for? Firstly using a cash machine is a safe thing to do

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but sometimes criminals fit cameras above the pin pad. So make sure you

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cover your pen properly, not just half covering it. Make sure you

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cover it properly to get away from these cameras. There so I am

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putting my card in the machine. We have a hidden camera in this

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machine so you can see what the bad guys see, I suppose. How did I do?

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Not too well. You half covered the PIN number, but my tip to people is

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put your wallet or purse across it and then put your hand underneath.

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The cameras will not pick it up. These cameras are hidden, you will

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not see them. Don't look for the cameras, just make sure you cover

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the PIN number properly with your wallet, or purse. Not with your

:35:06.:35:14.

hand, they can still get your number. A what about the card?

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Criminals can use an electronic device to get details from the

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magnetic stripe on your card and the other way as they track the

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Cardena machine so if your card does not come at it is possibly

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been captured by a criminal. So make sure you have the phone number

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of your bank so you can call them straight away before you leave the

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machine. Once you have walked away the criminals take your card and if

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they have your PIN number they can use it. Thank you. Really useful

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device. Dave has a story now that shows that to some criminals

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nothing is sacred. We need your help to catch a thief who targeted

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a local mosque. One just up the road from here. A stranger turned

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up to worship at the Central Newport mosque. He was welcomed

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there by the people with open arms. Little could they have suspected he

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was not just interested in worshipping. A designer of the

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mosque. Everybody is welcome. everyone is welcome from all

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different races. The doing this any place of worship is unacceptable.

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By Saturday 19th May worshippers arrived at the Jam-e Masjid mosque

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as usual for open prev. Worshippers paid little attention to this

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newcomer as the mosque has an open- door policy. You trust people who

:36:52.:36:56.

come here because it is a spiritual time. Sadly, they would remember

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this particular stranger for the wrong reasons. Prayers had begun

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but rather than join in the intruder slipped out of the few and

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made his way downstairs -- view. He opened a back door, leaving it open,

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police say the stranger clearly planned to return later. He then

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headed upstairs and joined the other worshippers. Halfway through

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prayers the other person came in, carried on praying as normal, but

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His clothes to doubt a little bit compared to what people normally

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wear here. He had a typical Arabian her dress, his face was obscured,

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typical white robe that was when people wear. It stuck out a bit but

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not in a negative way, just not normal here. Although an unfamiliar

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face, the worshippers did not suspect that the stranger joining

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them in prayer was simply taking advantage of their welcome. After

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prayers the congregation left, leaving the Imam to lock the mask

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as usual. Little did he know the back door was ajar, which would

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make it easy for the stranger to get back in. Just 10 minutes later

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CCTV picks up a man in the alleyway behind the mask. Although wearing

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different clothes, police believe he is the same person who had

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joined evening prayers are earlier. When he returned to the building it

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is obvious he is aware of the CCTV cameras. We clearly Court and on

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hour surveillance camera so we could see what he did. -- caught

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him. It is hard not to see him coming in and out. The tries to

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avoid it and goes to the top floor of the building. He spends about 18

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minutes in the building looking around. He returns to the middle

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floor of the building and commits the burglary. Out of sight of the

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cameras the intruder set about breaking into the office. He broke

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into a filing cabinet and still about �200. He also stole a small

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mobile phone. The hats too late, he cut a CCTV camera cable while

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making his escape. -- perhaps too late. It is pointless. We have him

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for more than 20 minutes in the building before the burglary and

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when he enters for the burglary again. Less than two hours later,

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when the worshippers returned for evening prayers, they were dismayed

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by what they found. The reaction was shock and horror. The you never

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expected to happen in a place of worship. -- you never. You don't

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expect somebody to come in and burgle the place, someone who

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preyed next two. We don't believe he has been to the mosque before.

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He is a stranger from the street. None of the other person's he used

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the mosque recognise him. intruder left with more than a

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phone and money, he took with him the trust of a once open community.

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Sadly the mosque has been forced to review security and can no longer

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leave their doors open. I have Yusuf Hall and Mujahida Ali who are

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worshippers at the Mosque with me now. I suspect you feel betrayed?

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Were do. He has betrayed a principle which is worse than

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betraying a person, or people -- we do. He has also risk tarnishing our

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society. You had the CCTV put in when you opened the mask, you are

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glad about that now because you have vital evidence. The definitely.

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It is the first time we have had to use it. We are delighted that the

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results. Was there anything distinctive about this man? He was

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very tall. His dress code was what you would see typically worn in the

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Middle East which does not seem too common in the local area. Other

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than that he fitted in well. turned up part-way through prayers,

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is that normal? It is quite normal. People during prayers throughout

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the duration. Has this made you more suspicious about welcoming

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strangers to your Moscow? really. It defeats the object of

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everything, we are an open Moss, we welcome anybody to come and worship.

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-- mosque. You still welcome strangers. Let's hope we get a

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Just an update... We have been getting names on the Waitrose

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robbery and the men who conned the elderly couple out of thousands of

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pounds. They did that by digging up their drive. A police officer has

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got in touch with information on the man who stole from the Newport

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mosque. So we had just heard from Dave they're speaking to the guys

:42:19.:42:23.

from the mosque. That really encouraging. Thank you to everyone

:42:23.:42:26.

who got in touch. What are you doing tomorrow? Were are moving on

:42:26.:42:30.

to Swansea tomorrow. We will discover how police and scientists

:42:30.:42:34.

are using advances in technology to help track criminals through these,

:42:35.:42:38.

apparently shoe prints can be as unique as fingerprints and may have

:42:38.:42:42.

been using them to get some convictions. And we out with the

:42:42.:42:45.

officers clamping down on scrap- metal dealers. There are sure you

:42:45.:42:54.

join us. So sounds good. -- make sure. That's it for today. Head to

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Live from the centre of Newport, Crimewatch Roadshow appeals for the public's help in finding some rogue traders who conned an elderly couple from Malpas to give them £4,500. In Cardiff, Rav Wilding looks for help in finding some wanted faces. We follow Gwent police as they crackdown on metal thieves, and ask for help in catching a thief who prayed with fellow worshippers at a mosque before stealing from them.


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