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Aylsham businessman jailed

A man has been jailed for four years after he stole nearly half a million pounds from his elderly mother to pay off loans and fund his lifestyle.

Gary Woodley, 66, of Norwich Road, Aylsham and formerly the owner of The Forge and Aylsham Garden Centre, pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position and theft following a previous hearing at Norwich Crown Court.

The court heard how Woodley became a power of attorney, along with his brother, for his mother in 2013 in relation to property and financial affairs after 89-year-old Kathleen Woodley was unable to do this herself and was moved into a care home.

In February 2016, Woodley’s brother raised concerns and invoked his power of attorney after significant withdrawals of money had been taken from a number of the victim’s bank accounts over a number of years. In total Woodley stole £480,000 from his mother.

Police were informed and Woodley was arrested on September 15, 2016. He was subsequently charged on December 19, 2016 with one count of fraud by abuse of position and one count of theft.

Mrs Woodley sadly passed away during the investigation in March 2017.

Today (Thursday, October 11), Woodley was sentenced to four years for count one and 12 months for count two to run concurrently. A Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) confiscation hearing will take place in due course.

Det Con Bridget Milne, from Norfolk Constabulary’s adult abuse investigation unit which carried out the investigation, said: “Gary Woodley abused the position that he held as power of attorney to his elderly, vulnerable mother. Instead of managing the victim’s money in her best interests and providing for her, Woodley used the money very much to further his own lifestyle.

“Norfolk Constabulary will continue to work with partner agencies to protect the most vulnerable members of our community from these types of crimes.”

 

 

Warning after spate of vehicle break-ins

Police have warned Hellesdon drivers to make sure their vehicles are kept locked, even if parked on a driveway, after a spate of thefts overnight on Thursday October 4.

Cars were targeted in Wood View Road, Gowing Road and Kinsale Avenue. Bank cards stolen from one vehicle were later used in fraudulent transactions in Norwich.

Most the vehicles targeted had been left unlocked.

It is believed two suspects were involved. They are described as white males, wearing dark clothing and they had pushbikes with them.

Police are urging anyone who believes they’ve been a victim who hasn’t yet reported it to do so, and they are asking for people to check any CCTV covering the areas mentioned.

Anyone with information should contact the police on 101.

Police warning after Sprowston burglaries

Police are urging residents to keep their doors and windows locked after two homes were burgled in Sprowston.
Between 11.25pm on Tuesday, July 18, and 7am on Wednesday , July 19, properties on Colindeep Lane and Recreation Ground Road were entered through unlocked doors and an Ipad, cash and the contents of a handbag were stolen.
Broadland Engagement Officer PC Andy Mason says people need to be more security conscious during the summer months.
“During the warm weather windows and doors will often be opened but it is important to make sure they are shut and locked when your home is left empty and before you go to sleep. Criminals are opportunists who will seize any chance they get to take advantage of an insecure residence. Don’t give them that opportunity.”
If you saw anything suspicious during those times, contact Det Con Scott Malcolmson on 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

Get scam aware with Norfolk Trading Standards

People will get the chance to boost their scam awareness this month as a series of events take place aiming to give people the knowledge to spot scams themselves and allow them to help, friends, neighbours and relatives to be scam alert.

Nationally the cost of scamming to UK consumers is between £5bn and £10bn a year so, as July is Scams Awareness Month, Norfolk County Council’s Trading Standards officers will be in Wroxham, King’s Lynn, and in and around Norwich giving scam awareness advice.

Margaret Dewsbury, chairman of the communities committee, said: “We want to be as helpful as we can by giving people the best chance of spotting a scam and avoiding the financial loss and worry often caused by scammers. Do remember if something seems too good to be true – it probably is!

“Our knowledgeable Trading Standards officers will be on hand at the events this month to give face-to-face advice to anyone who thinks they may have been contacted by a scammer whether it’s over the phone, on the doorstep, or by post. And do bring along any letters you think may be a scam and we’ll take a look and suggest how best to deal with it.”

Also at the events people will be able to pick up free stickers for their front door telling cold callers they are not welcome. And Trading Standards officers are keen to help people to become a Friend Against Scams – this is a national scheme Norfolk County Council Trading Standards and the Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board have joined forces to promote here in Norfolk. It’s open to anyone who wants to protect themselves, their neighbours or their loved ones against scams. Sign-up is easy and training is free. Visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/friendsagainstscams for more information.

The top tips to follow to protect yourself or others from a scam:

Get advice

from the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06 or at www.citizensadvice.org.uk/sam17 who can provide advice and pass details on to Trading Standards

Report

scams or suspected scams to Action Fraud at 0300 123 2040 or visit www.actionfraud.police.uk

Tell

a friend, neighbour or relative about any scams you become aware of

See the offers at:

Friday 7 July – Wroxham Library Health Fair: Wroxham Library – 10.30am-2.30pm

Tuesday 11 July – NatWest Scams and Friends Against Scams Awareness Event: NatWest, Tuesday Market Place, King’s Lynn – 10am-3pm

Wednesday 12 July – Scams and Friends Against Scams Awareness Event: Tesco, Blue Boar Lane, Sprowston – 10am-4pm

Thursday 20 July – Scams and Friends Against Scams Awareness Event: Tesco, Harford Bridge, Norwich – 10am-4pm

Friday 21 July – Barclays Fraud and Scams Awareness Event: Barclays, Drayton Branch – 10am-2pm

Monday 24 July – Barclays Fraud and Scams Awareness Event: Barclays, Aylsham Road Branch, Norwich – 10am-2pm

E-fit of man over Northrepps assault

Police have issued an E-fit likeness of a man they want to speak to in connection with a sexual assault on a woman in the Cromer area.

The incident took place at around 1pm on Saturday, September 10, when the victim, aged in her 20s, was assaulted on a caravan site off Northrepps Road in Northrepps.

The victim was attacked by an unknown man who grabbed her by the shoulders and sexually assaulted her.

The male is described as white, around 6ft tall, aged in his late 20s to early 30s, with dark hair, a muscular physique and a tattoo on his arm. The man may have a silver mountain bike and a long haired Alsatian-type dog.

The offender ran off after the attack.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who believes they may recognise the man from the E-fit image.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Norfolk Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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CCTV appeal on North Walsham sex assault

Police have release a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with a sexual assault.

The incident happened in a Market Place shop in North Walsham around 9.25am on Thursday, February 4, when a male shop worker, aged in his 30s, was approached by a man who touched him inappropriately.

Anyone who may recognise the man in the picture or anyone with information should contact PC Richard Jeffery from North Walsham Police Station on 101.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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