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We are being contacted by residents who have received phone calls purporting to be from HMRC, who claim that the resident is being taken to court for none payment of income tax and if they make a payment over the telephone the court case will be dropped. Fortunately all those who have been contacted have realised that this is a scam and have turned their phones off.
This scam has been around for a couple of years unfortunately it has re-emerged again in our areaso please be AWARE !
'There’s a good sense of community in the quiet, rural close where my husband and I have retired to. We have a good relationship with our neighbours. We look out for each other but that didn’t stop someone from breaking into our home.
We decided to go away for the night and that is when it happened. It was our neighbour who realised our home had been broken into and she let us know.
As soon as we walked in we saw broken glass all over the lounge floor where the glass in the patio doors had been smashed. Not much was disturbed downstairs, but when I went upstairs it was a different story. All the bedrooms, except one, had the drawers upturned and our things carelessly thrown everywhere. Someone had rifled through everything.
I keep a small box in our bedroom which holds my mother’s ashes, even this had been tampered with, I knew because when I looked inside the tissue paper was torn. It really upset me that someone had opened it. I was so relieved to find that my mother’s ashes were untouched inside. I don’t know what I would have done if something had happened to them.
I can’t believe this happened to us! My engagement ring was stolen and that can never be replaced. Heart breaking.'
The person responsible for the burglary of this retired couple’s home was convicted and received a four year prison sentence.
To read more stories from people who have shared their experience of being burgled and what happened to those responsible click on this link https://sussex.police.uk/advice/protect-your-home-and-belongings/burglary/burglary-victim-stories/
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