Phone Scam Gang
A total of 21 years in prison was handed out to a gang of 8 men convicted of a phone and courier scam. The 8 men, all of Asian origin scammed 50 victims out of £200,000 in cash. The victims were all vulnerable people aged between 49 and 96 years old.
The scammers operated across several counties between April and June 2016. The victims were called on their landlines and asked to hand over money which 15 of the victims did. The offenders posed as police officers investigating fraud at a local bank
Detective Inspector Emma Wright at West Mercia Police said the investigation was very complex and involved an organised crime group from London, Manchester, Oxfordshire and Cardiff. The police take this type of organized crime very seriously and the police work very hard to stop it. It often targets the vulnerable who cave into to a barrage of persistent calls and devastates lives.
The police urge everyone to be super cautious about giving out bank details or transferring money unless you know the recipient.
The Independent Monitoring Board has found serious concerns at HMP Cardiff in the recent inspection. The level of self-harm within the prison is the most worrying issue with prison violence a close second. Both have increased since the last inspection.
HMP Cardiff is a Category B Local Prison, holding male adult prisoners. The number of lifers held at HMP Cardiff is reducing as arrangements are made to facilitate moves to establishments best able to meet long-term needs.
Concerns at the prison were the level of mental health care and the waiting time for appointments. This was often so long that inmates often left the prison without seeing anyone! During the winter there had been a serious lack of heating and often the showers were not working properly with no hot water for weeks on end. Another serious concern was the lack of settled accommodation sorted out for the men on their release. Settled accommodation is very important in rehabilitating prisoners and preventing reoffending.
Effective action has been taken to reduce the level of self harm in prison and IMB Chairperson Jaci Rankmore said there had been “positive developments’ at the prison and that the staff and management had worked very hard to achieve this positive progress. Let’s hope it continues.