UK Crime Scene: One imposter thwarted in con, another takes senior’s cash
KESGRAVE — Authorities in Suffolk are investigating two incidents in which a man attempted to rob an elderly person by pretending to be a construction worker or a police officer.
Law enforcement officials allege a fake cop with a chubby face didn’t fool one 84-year-old man, but the imposter builder took an 81-year-old for some cash.
It’s unclear if the crimes are related. One man who was turned away by his would-be victim was described as in his 50s with a chubby face and short brown hair. Police are looking for a man driving a white van around the same place at the same time, according to the Suffolk Constabulary.
The fake builder was one of three men who worked a con. One is described as younger than 25, another older than 50 and no description was given for the third man allegedly involved. Witnesses connected these men to a black pickup truck.
The investigation into the con jobs is under way.
Authorities urge people not to let anyone into their homes without proper identification.
Police search for man in assault of Huntingdon girlHUNTINGDON — Police are searching for a man who assaulted a 16-year-old girl in the alleyway at Maryland Avenue that leads to Thames Road, according to a police news release.
The assault took place around 8:50 p.m. on Jan. 18 when a man approached the girl in the alleyway and asked for directions, the release said. The girl said she didn’t know the directions, at which point the man assaulted her, punching her in the face several times. He then ran off toward Maryland Avenue.
The girl suffered minor injuries, the release said.
The release described the man as Mediterranean, 5-feet, 3-inches tall with a heavy build. He was wearing a blue baseball cap, light-colored jacket and dark jeans.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the police at 0845 456 4564 or Crimestoppers at 0800 555 111.
Witnesses to A1 crash urged to contact authoritiesCAMBRIDGESHIRE — Police are appealing to anyone who saw a Hyundai Accent leave the road and crash into an embankment along the A1 carriageway on Jan. 22, according to a police news release.
The incident occurred around 2:55 p.m. on the northbound carriageway close to Brampton Hut slip road, the release said. The driver, a 48-year-old woman from Scarborough, received injuries that were serious but not life-threatening and was taken to Hinchingbrooke Hospital, where she was later discharged.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police at 0845 456 4564 or Crimestoppers at 0800 555 111.
Ramsey man gets life in prison for rape, indecent assaultPETERBOROUGH — A Ramsey man was sentenced to life imprisonment on Jan. 24 after he pleaded guilty to 22 counts of rape, gross indecency and indecent assault, according to a police news release.
The release said Peter Tweed, 48, appeared at Peterborough Crown Court on Jan. 23, where he entered a guilty plea to numerous sexual offenses committed against girls between the ages of 12 and 18. The crimes occurred from 1976 to 1986.
Detective Constable Richard Croft, who led the investigation, said in the release, “I am extremely pleased with the judge’s decision to sentence Tweed to life in prison.” He was sentenced on Jan. 24.
“Tweed inflicted the most horrific abuse on his victims, depriving them of their childhoods and tarnishing their lives forever.”