Monthly Archives: April 2020

Fraudster Must Repay Almost £40k

As an update to a previous news item, the Horncastle News website reports that Elizabeth Cullen, jailed for stealing £87,000 from her employer, has been ordered to repay almost £40,000.

Her large-scale criminal activities were only uncovered by chance, when her boss paid a cheque into the bank.

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Big Increase In Fake Online Courses

The This Is Money website reports that there has been a surge in scammers selling fake online courses during the COVID-19 lockdown, as more households take up learning whilst in isolation.
The online learning market has become the new Wild West, where learners can easily be hooked by increasing numbers of cowboys.

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Six Months Jail For ‘Persistent Offender’

According to the Belfast Telegraph website, a ‘persistent offender’ with 202 previous convictions on her record, has been jailed for six months.

Rosaleen Mary Bradley admitted stealing around £400-worth of items from two chemists in Belfast city, and damaging a cosmetics set.

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Security Guards May Adopt ‘Hands Off’ Approach

As reported on the Telegraph website, shoplifters may face a “hands off” approach by security guards during the coronavirus pandemic.

The British Security Industry Association [BSIA] strategy is that thieves will largely not be physically tackled, will be told to put goods back and instructed to leave the store.

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Thief Targeted Same Store

The Wales Online website reports that a prolific thief has been jailed for repeatedly targeting the same shop during a shoplifting spree.

Zoe Jefferies stole cosmetics, toiletries and hair care products worth over £500 from the same branch of Boots over a 12-day period.

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Jail For Thief Who Gave False Name

The Ross-Shire Journal website reports that a shoplifter has been jailed for 11 weeks for attempting to steal from Asda and giving police a false name.

Andrew Sanders admitted removing security tags in November of 2019 and also attempting to pervert the course of justice.

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