2017/2018 highlights

Fake air-bags

On 22 February 2018, Robert Czernik was sentenced at Inner London Crown Court to two counts under Section 92 of the Trade Marks Act for selling fake airbags. He received five months in prison for each count to run concurrently, suspended for 12 months. He will also have to carry out 135 hours of unpaid …

Christmas campaign

On 22 November, the City of London Police launched its 2017 Christmas campaign. Similarly to previous years, the City of London Police delivered a local campaign targeting businesses, its transient community and residents, alongside a national campaign in its capacity as the national lead force for fraud. To make sure there was consistency across both …

Political engagement

As the National lead for economic crime we were called to give evidence in two select committee hearings. In October 2017, Commissioner Ian Dyson gave evidence before the Public Accounts committee into their enquiry into the growing threat of online fraud, while in January, T/Commander Dave Clark, our lead officer for economic crime spoke to …

#WeWorkwithHeroes

On 4 December 2017 the bravery of Londoners was celebrated at a special ceremony held by the capital’s three police forces. This was the first commendation ceremony celebrating the work of the three forces who serve London, with the City of London Police, British Transport Police and the Metropolitan Police Service recognising the efforts of officers, staff and members …

Firearms seizure

On August 31 2017, Thomas Redford and Michael Parish were sentenced to a total of ten and a half years in prison after being caught transferring firearms and ammunition within the City of London. Five months earlier, Redford and Parish were in a car driving over London Bridge when they were stopped by police. Officers …

#BeatTheBoilerRoom

Every October since 2013, the City of London Police in partnership with the City of London Corporation’s Trading Standards team has run an investment fraud awareness campaign which has helped to highlight the work delivered by the Operation Broadway team. Operation Broadway is an ongoing operation run by the City of London Police, the City …

Ammonia injury conviction

On October 9 2017, a City of London Police investigation led to the imprisonment of Timmy Sullivan, 30, who threw ammonia in the face of two City of London Police officers who had pulled him over for dangerous driving. Sullivan received an extended sentence of 11 years and three months for attempting to cause grievous …

There’s More At Stake When It’s a Fake’

On 25 September 2017, the City of London Police launched its Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) campaign, ‘There’s More At Stake When It’s a Fake’. The campaign aimed to raise awareness of the risk of ID fraud and the safety implications when buying counterfeit goods online. It also provided the public with advice on …

Horsemeat sentencing

On Monday 31 July 2017 Andronicos Sideras, 55 of Southgate, London was sentenced to four and a half years for conspiracy to defraud with a ban from being a company director for 10 years after he was convicted of adding horsemeat into beef destined for the human food chain. He had two accomplices – Ulrik …

David Harris: conspiracy to murder

In May 2017, the City of London Police Major Crime Team secured the conviction of 68-year-old David John Harris for three counts of solicitation to murder, following an extensive investigation. Following a two-week trial at the Old Bailey, Harris was found guilty of approaching a series of people he believed to be “hitmen” and trying …

#AreYouOneofThem

The identity fraud campaign was launched on 27 June, on the same day as the National Economic Crime Co-ordinator, T/Commander Dave Clark spoke at the Identity Crime Conference, held at the QE2 in London. The campaign was launched in partnership with Cifas and Equifax. It was centred on the identity crime conference and YouGov survey …

Ticket Fraud – Surfed Arts

In April 2017 a ticket fraud campaign was launched by the City of London Police and Action Fraud in partnership with Get Safe Online and the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers (STAR). The purpose of the campaign was to raise awareness of this fraud type and to show the need for people to change …