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Police issue warning after hacked social media accounts used to post indecent images of children

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Social media accounts are being hacked and flooded with indecent images of children, potentially causing distress and reputational damage to the account holder. 

That’s according to Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime.

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Dyfed Powys Police have shared the warning to their social media followers.

Action Fraud say reports of this nature have been increasing month on month since January 2022 and so far this year, over 60 reports have been received.

The group say that after reviewing these reports, there appears to be no financial motivation behind this hacking, with no report received mentioning a ransom demand.

Offenders have not been limited to just indecent images, but have reportedly uploaded videos of the same nature.

The majority of victims were not aware of the hacking until they received an email from the social media platform informing them that their account had been suspended.

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What you need to do

Action Fraud advise that if you come across indecent images of children online, you should report it to the police by calling 101 or visiting your local police station. You should take with you the device you were using when you came across the images.

They warn that you should not, under any circumstances, screenshot, save or share the image. You will not be required to share the images with the police when making a report.

They also urge social media users to use 2-step verification (2SV) to protect your accounts. 2SV can keep people from gaining access to your accounts, even if they know your password.

Action Fraud also urge people to ensure your social media accounts use a strong and different password to your other accounts. Combining 3 random words that each mean something to you is a great way to create a password that is easy to remember but hard to crack.

Victims of account hacking should not pay any ransoms, whether it is monetary or in the form of a ‘testimony’ video.

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If your social media account has been hacked, you should report it to Action Fraud by visiting actionfraud.police.uk, or by calling 0300 123 2040.

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Maesteg woman dies in serious Llangynwd collision

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South Wales Police are appealing for witnesses after a serious collision on the A4063 near Maesteg.

A local woman was pronounced dead at the scene following the collision between a blue Hyundai and a blue Renault Clio shortly before 9.30pm on Wednesday (10 August).

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The accident, between Nicholls Road and Bridgend Road on the A4063 closed the road from the Shwt turn off to Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Llangynwyd for several hours.

Police Sergeant Jason Beaumont said: “Despite best efforts from the emergency services, the driver of the Hyundai a 29 year-old female, from the Maesteg area, was declared deceased at the scene.

“The driver and passenger of the Renault Clio were taken to hospital with minor injuries.”

Officers are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed, has dash-cam footage, or who stopped at the scene to contact them online or by calling 101 quoting occurrence number 2200269545.

(Lead image: Google Maps)

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Neath Port Talbot

Have you seen Leon? Police appeal for sightings of missing 13 year-old

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South Wales Police are appealing for sightings of a missing 13 year-old boy from Cymmer.

Leon was last seen on Saturday 6 August at around 10.30am.

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He is 5ft 5″, has a slim build and brown, short hair.

Leon was last seen wearing a black Nike tracksuit and black trainers.

He has links to the Blaenymaes, Townhill, Gendros and Port Talbot areas.

South Wales Police are asking anyone who may have seen Leon, or who has information which will help them find him, to contact them quoting occurrence number 2200263806 online or by calling 101.

(Lead image: South Wales Police)

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Council say arrests at Tenby hotel used to house homeless residents ‘isolated incident’

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Pembrokeshire Council and Dyfed Powys Police have moved to reassure residents after an incident at Albany Hotel in Tenby resulted in two arrests last week.

Albany Hotel is being used by the council as temporary accommodation for those facing homelessness in the county.

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The council and police have both released statements saying that “this was an isolated incident that was dealt with swiftly”.

Cllr Michelle Bateman, Council Cabinet member for Housing Operations, said: “We are extremely grateful to the owner of the Albany Hotel in Tenby for being able to provide accommodation and support for our county’s homeless residents.

“I am concerned with the negative comments made on social media and in the press in relation to the incident and the arrangement the Council has with this business.

“This is a much needed resource in the county where we are facing an unprecedented demand on our homelessness service and an acute shortage of affordable housing. Without the support of a number of B&B proprietors from across the county we would be in a far worse position with many more of our residents facing street homelessness.

“The support provided by the owner of this hotel and staff to those who are facing hard times in losing their homes is invaluable and as a Homeless Service we are satisfied with the management and support being provided.

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“We ordinarily do not identify the accommodation we use for homeless placements due to the sensitivities and to maintain confidentiality of those residing there, as well as avoiding any negative media attention. The hotel owner also liaises regularly with immediate neighbours in case there are any matters of concern that they may wish to raise with him.”

Dyfed-Powys Police Sergeant Stuart Wheeler said: “The Local Neighbourhood Policing Team provides a visible presence in the community and we will continue to work closely with Pembrokeshire County Council and The Albany Hotel to address any local concerns.”

(Lead image: Albany Hotel / Facebook)

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