Stories in brief
Cold calling scam alert
Cumbria Police are warning local communities about telephone, computer and cold calling scams. Recently, information has been received relating to a scam caller purporting to be from the Telephone Preference Service (TPS).The caller claims that there have been a lot of nuisance calls in the resident’s area and that they can stop all nuisance calls for a one off payment. After payment the caller claims they will send a box that plugs into the telephone socket or attaches to the telephone that will stop nuisance calls. Whilst the TPS is an actual service, they do not sell boxes that stop nuisance calls. The TPS offer a free service that allows you to opt out of receiving unsolicited calls. Call 0845 070 0707.
Victims services cash bid
Specialist victims’ services in Lancashire could be boosted after the Government announced £12m in funding for Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs). The multi-million pound funding pot is earmarked for providing further specialist services for victims of the most serious crimes and those who are classed as “vulnerable” – and Lancashire’s PCC will be able to bid to bring a slice of the cash to the county. Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said: “More support for specialist resources to help the victims in the greatest need would clearly be a positive thing for the county. There are positive stories, and examples of good practice, and I want every victim in the county to be able to experience those. As soon as information is available about to how to bid for this money, I can reassure residents I will be doing my utmost to bring some of it to Lancashire.”