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Please be aware that missing child Damian Howes has been located in the Westlciff area today 25/01/2016, Essex Police would like to thank all members of the public for their quick response in this matter.

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13-year-old boy Damien Howes, missing from his Essex home 24 January 2016 Essex Police are asking for help from the local community to locate a 13-year-old boy, missing from his home in Westcliff. Damien Howes was last seen leaving his home at about 2.40pm on Thursday 21st JANUARY 2016, heading towards Southend town centre; officers are concerned for his welfare. Damien is described as white, around 5ft 3in tall with short mousy brown hair. He was last seen wearing grey trousers, a red hoody, a black jacket and blue trainers. Anyone with any information about his whereabouts should call Essex Police on 101.

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Virgin Media email scam We have received a report from a resident of an attempted email ‘phishing’ scam supposedly from Virgin Media. The householder was asked to update their account details by following a link or their account would be closed. This is a variant of the scam where, if the link is followed and personal or banking information given there is a real risk of identity theft or financial loss. If you receive one of these emails our advice is to mark it as a phishing attempt, block the sender and forward it to the security team of the company for their information via the official company website. Clive Mayhew 73351 Essex Watch Liaison Officer Rayleigh Police Station Phone 101 extension 490540 email clive.mayhew@essex.pnn.police.uk

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Essex Police have a new website page called Online Service. This covers noise nuisance, street lighting, pot holes and road repairs, abandoned vehicles. There are also links to the following – Ask the Police, Crimestoppers, Action Fraud and True Vision – Select the following link for further details – http://www.essex.police.uk/contact_us/online_services.aspx

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For information and impartial advice on protecting yourself, your family, your business, your computer and mobile devices whilst online please view the following link. You will find a series of informative video clips – https://www.getsafeonline.org/video/ The website also gives plenty of additional advice and valuable information including safeguarding children and social networking. .

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Drivers should be in no doubt that if they are caught drink or drug driving they risk losing their licence as well as facing a fine and even a prison sentence. You can report drink and drug drivers by: Dialing 999 if you know someone is intoxicated and you see them getting behind the wheel of a car.

  • Calling Essex Police on 101 to give police information about someone who regularly drives under the influence.
  • Calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org
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The Essex Police Crime Prevention Tactical Advisor Emma Clark gives advice on keeping your computer safe this Christmas. Please select the following YouTube link for full details – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dOJ7pXGcWQ

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Alert: Phishing Email The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has been made aware of a phishing attack whereby an email containing two attachments has been sent in order to socially engineer the end user into unpacking compressed files. The malicious emails claim to come from counter terrorism departments at national police forces, including Dubai Police Force. Attached is a PDF file and a.jar file. The PDF is not harmful, but is included as a decoy file. The malware is in the archive .jar file. To make the emails seem legitimate, the criminals have included the names of people employed by the police forces in the signature, and included names of employees at the company being targeted. The email reads “We got a terror alert regarding your business area. Be advised to follow the protective measures (Security Tips) as attacked to keep yourself, your company and your family secured.” Organisations targeted with the malware have generally been in the energy, defence, finance, government, marketing and IT industries based in Bahrain, Turkey and Canada. Although at present the email has not been seen in the UK, with recent events it is thought that this may well spread to other countries. Our advice is to Protect yourself by making staff aware of this MO: ? Do not click or open unfamiliar links in emails or on websites ? Check the legitimacy of the email with the company that has supposedly sent it. It is a good idea to find a telephone number for them independently from the email as the phone number provided may be fake or go straight to the suspect. ? Ensure you have up-to-date anti-virus software and perform regular scans. ? If you have clicked or activated the link you should seek professional advice from a reputable company.

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Everyone is welcome at a public meeting in Colchester on Thursday December 3, 2015, where the PCC, Nick Alston, the Essex Police district commander and the Safer Colchester Partnership will answer questions from the audience. The meeting starts at 6.30pm on December 3, at The Essex Business School, North Towers, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ A map and a parking permit for the venue can be downloaded from: http://www.essex.pcc.police.uk/events/ Discussions will include the recent proposals for police buildings and the future of local policing. More details here: http://www.essex.pcc.police.uk/2015/11/colchester-residents-can-have-their-say-at-pccs-next-public-meeting/

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The next Local Community Action Panel (L-CAP) is Wednesday 2nd December at 10am. And will be held at West Mersea Town Council Offices, Melrose Road, West Mersea. L-CAPs are multi-agency problem solving groups which look to identify and achieve solutions to local community needs and problems. Come along and have your say.

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It has now been a month since 82-year-old Gordon Wilson went missing from his home in ?Leaden Roding? on Sunday, October 25. We’re still trying to trace two motorcyclists who may have helped him in ?Sible Hedingham? that day. He is believed to have been seen in Halstead Road sometime between 2pm and 4pm when two motorcyclists and a pedestrian stopped to help a man fitting his description who had fallen over. However he refused their help and continued walking in the direction of the village. The bikers, both men, wore grey crash helmets, dark leathers and rode dark grey or silver sports bikes. Was this you? Please call 101. More details can be found through the following link- http://essex.police.uk/default.aspx?page=36466

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Two sisters from ?Bedford? have been jailed for the theft of an 89 -year-old woman’s purse. The elderly victim was deliberately targeted by the sisters whilst shopping in Colchester? and her purse that contained a three-figure sum of cash was taken from the front basket of her mobility scooter. They appeared in court and both were handed custodial sentences. Ceca Dadic, 24, was sentenced to six months imprisonment and made to pay a Criminal Courts Charge of £1,000 as well as being ordered to restore the money taken from the victim. Silva Dadic, 19, was committed to a Young Offender Institution for six months and was also made to pay a Criminal Courts Charge of £1,000 as well as being ordered to restore the money taken from the victim

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A House burglary occurred in Bracken Way, Abberton. It was discovered on Friday 20th November at 09:00hrs. Entry was gained by forcing a rear door. An untidy search was conducted of the property. It is unknown at this time what was stolen. If you have any information about this or any other crime, please contact Essex Police on 101. You can also give information anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 0800555111 or on-line at www.crime-stoppers-uk.org

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Essex Police are dealing with a technical fault on the telephone lines – in particular calls in to the Police using the 101 telephone number. Please continue to keep trying, or use 999 if it is an emergency – a further message will be sent once this problem has been resolved. Thank you for your patience.

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Essex Police via Sussex Police news. A 30-year-old man from ?Pleshey? and three women aged 21, 36, and 37 from the ?Brentwood? area were part of a group of fraudsters who netted £256,000 from elderly and vulnerable people in 2011. The convicted criminals posed as neighbours, couriers and workmen and conned 25 victims out of cash by falsely persuading them that their drains needed repairing. They will now have to pay back almost all of their illegal gains to their victims following an investigation by Sussex Police. Full details can be viewed via the Sussex Police website link – http://www.sussex.police.uk/whats-happening/latest/news-stories/2015/11/19/12-convicted-over-bogus-caller-conspiracy-to-repay-victims-across-south-east 12 convicted over bogus caller conspiracy to repay victims across South East Sussex Police – Sussex Policesussex.police.uk

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WARNING There is an increase in items being stolen from cars in car parks at this time of year whilst drivers are distracted loading purchases into their vehicles. When you have finished your shopping please; If you are on your own or need to leave your vehicle, perhaps to return a trolley, lock your car and try to keep it in sight. Do not leave handbags, laptops or mobile phones on the seat at any time even when loading your boot or just returning your trolley. Keep your car door locked when travelling slowly through car parks, in traffic queues or at traffic lights. Keep high value items covered or in your boot out of sight. Boxes of cigarettes are particularly desirable due to their high value and ease of resale. Remove all high value items from your vehicle immediately when you get to your destination. Please always be aware of who is around you and keep safe. Thank you for reading.

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Watch Out for Storm Cowboys Householders are being advised by Essex County Council Trading Standards against using cowboy builders or rogue traders if their houses or fences have been damaged by the recent storms and high winds. Legitimate builders, plumbers, carpenters and other craftsmen will be working at full stretch and Trading Standards is concerned that dishonest traders will take advantage of the situation to rip off vulnerable residents. Traders who knock on your door or leaflet you may provide you with a false address or a pay as you go mobile number which cannot be traced. Trading Standards advise people to speak to their insurance companies before engaging anyone to carry out repair work and to approach businesses approved by the insurers. In the case of flood damage, electricity and gas companies may be able to make free inspections and advise on safety work. If your house or property has been damaged by the recent storm the last thing you need is a rogue trader adding to the problem. We would recommend using one of our Buy with Confidence traders, who have been audited and approved by Trading Standards” You can find a Buy with Confidence trader or obtain advice and guidance on any consumer issue by calling the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 040506, who handle calls for Trading Standards or look on www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk We would also urge residents to ensure that family, friends and neighbours are not ripped off by rogue or doorstep traders.

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Learn more about Restorative Justice at free events across Essex The Essex Restorative Justice Hub, Essex Youth Offending Service and Thurrock Youth Offending service are putting on events between November 16-20 to mark International Restorative Justice Week. These sessions are open to the public and are to raise awareness of the benefits of Restorative Justice (communication between victims and offenders and neighbours in dispute). Tickets are available. And they are free! The story of how Restorative Justice worked for a young boy meeting his attacker can be seen here: http://www.essex.pcc.police.uk/2015/11/restorative-justice-now-open-to-all-as-service-rollled-out-across-essex/ A short but compelling film showing Restorative Justice in action can be watched here: http://www.essex.pcc.police.uk/restorative-justice/ Details of the Awareness Sessions in Chelmsford, Southend and Thurrock can be seen here: Monday 16th November, Chelmsford https://rjawarenesschelmsford.eventbrite.co.uk Tuesday 17th November, Southend https://rjawarenesssouthend.eventbrite.co.uk Thursday 19th November, Thurrock https://rjawarenessthurrock.eventbrite.co.uk Full day session tickets for Chelmsford and Colchester are available using the links below: Wednesday 18th November, Chelmsford https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-facilitate-restorative-approaches-a-taster-session-chelmsford-tickets-19488732323 Friday 20th November, Colchester https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-facilitate-restorative-approaches-a-taster-session-colchester-tickets-19488734329 Restorative Justice is a process which gives victims the opportunity to meet or communicate with those who have offended against them. It holds offenders to account and helps them take responsibility for the harm they have caused. Both parties discuss next steps and the offender can then make amends. Victims are given the chance to explain to a criminal the impact a crime has had on them, ask questions of the offender and seek an apology. It enables offenders to be held to account for what they have done but also take responsibility for the harm they have caused. If a face to face meeting is not appropriate they can do so indirectly via letters or messages. Restorative justice is used for less serious offences or conflicts, such as graffiti or anti-social behaviour. Everyone involved must consent to take part. To enable these interactions to take place the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, Nick Alston, has created a Restorative Justice hub, which is made up of agencies across Essex who work to support victims of crime, reduce offending and support communities.

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Technology permitting, the Essex Police Challenge will be live streamed from 7:30pm on Thursday November 12, 2015, enabling everyone to watch the audience ask questions of Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh and Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston. The video stream will be available from 7:30pm at the link below: http://www.essex.pcc.police.uk/2015/11/watch-the-essex-police-challenge-in-rayleigh/ The Essex Police Challenge is taking place from 7:30pm to 9:30pm, at The Sweyne Park School, Sir Walter Raleigh Drive, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 9BY Full details can be seen here: http://www.essex.pcc.police.uk/2015/11/do-you-have-a-question-for-the-chief-constable-or-pcc/ The twitter hashtag is #EPchallenge

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Everyone is welcome to ask Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh and PCC Nick Alston a question at the Essex Police Challenge event in Rayleigh, either in person or by email. The Essex Police Challenge will be held from 7:30pm on Thursday November 12 at The Sweyne Park School, Sir Walter Raleigh Drive, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 9BY The meeting will concentrate on the proposals recently announced for police buildings and front counters, improving contact between police and the public, and the future of local policing. Full details can be seen here: http://www.essex.pcc.police.uk/2015/11/do-you-have-a-question-for-the-chief-constable-or-pcc/ Nick Alston will aim to ensure that as many questions are possible are answered during the two events. You can email your question to: EssexPoliceChallenge@essex.pnn.police.uk For more details of these and other PCC meetings taking place during the autumn please see here: http://www.essex.pcc.police.uk/events/ The video recording of the Essex Police Challenge event held in Brentwood on October 29 can be watched on the PCC website here: http://www.essex.pcc.police.uk/2015/11/watch-the-essex-police-challenge-held-in-brentwood-on-october-29-2015/

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Have a Job? Have a family? Have 16 Hours a Month to spare? We do. We also have full police powers, uniform and equipment and volunteer in the Essex Police Special Constabulary. We come from al walks of life and work our voluntary hours when we want, providing support for front line Police Officers to help keep our communities safe. You could too. Find out how at www.essex.police.uk/specials

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There’s still time to nominate your local hero for the second annual Police and Crime Commissioner Outstanding Contribution to Community Safety awards. Nick Alston wants to formally recognise outstanding work in Essex in a voluntary or professional capacity to keep people safe, prevent crime and protect the most vulnerable members of our communities. This could include volunteers who go the extra mile, or frontline public servants who go above and beyond to deliver an outstanding service to their community. Full details of how to nominate your local hero and of last year’s winners can be seen on the PCC website here: ow.ly/TFc8W

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WINTER ADVICE FOR BUSINESSES With dark evenings & bad weather approaching, the opportunities for crime & anti-social behaviour will increase, as will issues for personal safety in & outside your business premises. Let`s start with safety. Test timers/sensors for security lighting inside & outside your premises. Service & test lights on company vehicles. Ensure you have high visibility jackets in your company vehicles. Test smoke / carbon monoxide detectors. If you don’t have any, install at least one on each level of your business & near higher risk areas. Ensure you have spare batteries for torches, smoke / carbon monoxide detectors. Have you had an annual Fire Risk Assessment as required by Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005? You can find a number of qualified persons via a web search using words such as Essex – Security and Fire Safety Risk Consultants. They will carry out the risk assessment and must present you with a written report. Have your fire extinguishers been serviced? Report any broken street lighting in your area to your local council (each lamp column has a number on it.) Now let’s look at security. Check locks work on doors, windows, gates, sheds, outbuildings & oil tanks etc. Removing keys from locks is a condition of insurance. Consider a security system being installed (one of the best deterrents against burglary) If you have an alarm, ensure it is set when the building is unoccupied. Is your alarm system monitored out of hours? If you have an alarm, check it has been tested/serviced recently. CCTV is another deterrent & can record good evidence of an incident. If you haven’t got one, could you & neighbouring businesses work together to install a shared CCTV system? This will reduce costs & cover a larger area. Ensure you only gather images of your property & speak with a local security company for a professionally installed system. Ensure the images you are achieving are of the standard required. Check this against your Operational Requirements Table. Your system must be fit for purpose, this is a requirement of CCTV Codes of Practise. Ensure your site is cleared of rubbish & other materials at the end of the working day & during long periods of closure. Test timers/ sensors that switch on security lighting. Set timers to come on at various times. Do not park vehicles against your building if this will aid people to climb onto the roof of your business. Vehicle keys should be secured in a safe or removed from site to prevent vehicle theft. Remove high value items, tools & machinery from parked vehicles out of hours. Ensure the perimeter of your property is secure. Are you in a local Industrial/Business Watch Group? If not consider starting or joining one. Contact the police station for the area your business is based in and ask to speak to the Essex Watch Liaison Officer. For more advice on these & other security issues visit the Essex Police or Essex County Fire & Rescue Service websites.

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Avoid becoming a victim of arson. If possible, please hide your wheelie bins during Halloween and bonfire night celebrations. This warning comes after a number of arson attacks since the 1st September 2015 in Essex. Between September 1st and October 24th, police investigated 12 reported incidents of bins being set on fire. Sergeant Julie Mackay from Essex Police said: “In the run up to Halloween and bonfire night, we encourage residents and businesses to store all bins away to avoid them becoming a target for vandals and arsonists. This includes both wheelie bins and refuse containers.” Advice from police includes not storing your wheelie bin close to a house, building or shed, not overfilling your bins or leaving loose rubbish around them and only placing your wheelie bin out on collection day. Do not store bins or rubbish by windows or doors, as if set alight, the fire could easily spread to the building. If you see an unattended fire please ring 999 and ask for the fire service.

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Be Deer aware during the rutting season. When travelling around the County you may drive through rural locations and as such the The Deer initiative alongside the Highways Agency are giving the following advice. How to avoid a collision – basic tips. Do take note of deer warning signs Such signs are positioned only where animal crossings are very likely – They could happen anywhere Drive with caution During danger periods or on roads where hitting a deer is a possibility, drive with caution at or below the posted speed limit. Beware during peak danger periods Peaks in deer related traffic collisions occur October to December, but also in May. Highest-risk times are from sunset to midnight, and the hours shortly before and after sunrise. Seen one? look for another Be aware that further deer may well cross after the one you have noticed, particularly during the mating season, but also where deer are in herds. Use your lights After dark, do use full-beams when there is no opposing traffic. The headlight beam will illuminate the eyes of deer on or near a roadway and provide greater driver reaction time. BUT, when a deer or other animal is noted on the road, dim your headlights as animals startled by the beam may ‘freeze’ rather than leaving the road. Don’t over-swerve to avoid hitting a deer If a collision with the animal seems inevitable, then hit it while maintaining full control of your car. The alternative of swerving into oncoming traffic or a ditch could be even worse. An exception here may be motorcyclists, who are at particular risk when in direct collisions with animals. Cars behind you Only brake sharply and stop if there is no danger of being hit by following traffic. Try to come to a stop as far in front of the animals as possible to enable it to leave the roadside without panic. Report Collisions Report any deer-vehicle collisions to the police (who should be able to contact the local person best placed to assist with an injured deer at the roadside) Finally, remember to … Stay alert – Deer on Roads

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The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) is reminding the public of a method called “SIM Splitting” used by fraudsters to steal your money. How the scam works Fraudsters in the UK purchase victims’ personal details that are obtained through the spread of Trojan malware. Victims’ detail packages are purchased from overseas fraudsters specialising in the collection of compromised personal data to sell. Specific data is extracted, namely online bank account details and statements. Using the victim’s banking details to gain telephone access to the bank account, the fraudster then opens a parallel business account in the victim’s name. Opening a business account is subject to less stringent security checks once an individual already has a current account with a bank and helps make any transfers of money in the future less suspicious. Details of the victim’s mobile phone, again extracted from the purchased personal data package, are then passed to an individual who specialises in the SIM Split step. This SIM Splitter then: • Uses the bank statement obtained through the hacking to establish the mobile network the victim belongs to; • Uses open source searches, using the victim’s details, to ascertain potential answers to security questions; • Uses open source searches to establish the mobile phone network provider; • Obtains a blank SIM card, either through an insider at a phone company or by purchasing one; • Contacts the phone provider and tells them that the mobile phone has been lost/damaged. The new SIM card is activated while the victim’s is cancelled. Contact details and security questions may be changed with the phone provided to further hinder the victim from reporting the fraud. As soon as the SIM card is activated, the SIM Splitter contacts the fraudster and tells them to transfer funds from the victim’s current account into the newly set up business account. As a security measure the banks will often make a call or send a text to the phone number registered to the account to confirm if the transaction is genuine. The SIM Splitter agrees to the transfer when contacted and disposes of the SIM card afterwards so not to be traced. The fraudster can withdraw or transfer funds away from the business account with a lower level of scrutiny whilst maintaining a certain level of access and control of the account with the stolen details. How to protect yourself against this type of fraud • Always make sure you have suitable anti-virus software installed and that your firewall is switched on. • Always consider what you are downloading – do not open files from unknown sources. • Be wary of ‘pop-ups’ requesting unsolicited downloads. • If you discover a virus on your computer, disconnect from the internet immediately and ask a specialist for advice. • When creating a password, try not to use the same password for more than one account. This will prevent further accounts being taken over if one has been compromised.

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Talk Talk, the phone and broadband provider, has been the victim of a cyber attack on their website commonly referred to as DDoS – distributed denial of service attack. This has led to hackers accessing Talk Talks servers and stealing personal data, which could affect over four million customers. It is currently unknown exactly what data has been stolen but Talk Talk has stated that there is a chance that some of the following data could have been accessed: ? Name and addresses ? Dates of birth ? Email addresses ? Telephone numbers ? Talk Talk account information ? Credit card and banking details Protect yourself ? Be wary of any emails claiming to be from Talk Talk asking for additional information such as passwords even if they are able to tell you specific account details – this is most likely a phishing email and sent to gain access to your account. ? If you have opened an email attachment please ensure you change the passwords for all your bank, email and online shopping accounts. ? As well as emails be wary of any telephone calls claiming to be from Talk Talk that ask for additional information or want to gain remote access to your computer. Again they may tell you specific details about your account. If you get such a call do not give any