SHIFNAL CRIME- Rural Watch – East Shropshire

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Fraud Alert: Phantom debt collectors and bailiffs

We have been made aware by Action Fraud of an increase in the number of calls to members of the public by bogus bailiffs requesting payments for a “phantom” debt.

The fraud involves being cold-called by someone purporting to be a bailiff working on behalf of a court, attempting to recover funds for a non-existent debt.

The caller will request payment by means of bank transfer and if this is refused, will threaten to visit the premises to recover the debt that is owed. A range of different businesses and individuals are being targeted.

Please make family and friends aware of this activity.

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CCTV images released as part of Priorslee attempted robbery investigation

Detectives in Telford have released CCTV images of a man they would like to identify following an attempted robbery that happened around 9.30pm on Saturday (28 October) at the Co-Op store on Priorslee Avenue.

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A man is reported to have approached the till area and demanded money from a female member of staff, before turning around and leaving the store empty-handed, travelling through the car park in the direction of Lapwing Gate and Telford Town Centre.

DC Lizzi Waterworth of Telford CID said: “We would like to speak to the individual pictured as he was in the area at the time and may have important information about the incident.

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“Anybody with information is asked to contact us on 101, quoting incident number 817s of 28 October.”

Alternatively, if you want to give information but don’t want to give your name you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or use their anonymous online form at Crimestoppers are not part of the police, when you contact them you won’t be identified. The only person who knows you have given information is you.