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The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games provided public and private sectors across the UK with a unique opportunity to increase engagement and communicate with each other - quickly and effectively -  important safety and security messages that may require the attention of as broad an audience as possible.

To this end, the Cross-sector Safety and Security Communications project (CSSC) was established, with the aim to deliver one timely and authoritative security message – fed by the Metropolitan Police and other UK agencies - not sensitive in nature, to a range of UK industries, their employees (from office-based to field and contracted staff) and customers potentially affected by them. A legacy project of the Games, the CSSC project continues to operate, providing up-to-date security messages from the Met Police on safety and security issues.

To find out more and keep up to date, visit the CSSC's official website.

The BSIA is pleased to be an active part of this project, and as part of its commitment to cascading messages to its members, customers and end-users, it will post relevant communication on this webpage, in reverse chronological order, for the information of our website visitors.

Latest CSSC notifications

17/09/2017 - CSSC London Green Message - Threat level changed

Today, Sunday 17th September 2017, the Home Secretary has announced that the threat level from international terrorism has been lowered to SEVERE, meaning that an attack is highly likely. 

The public is urged to remain alert not alarmed.

16/09/2017 - CSSC London Amber Message - Parsons Green incident bridge call summary

Please find attached a summary of the bridge call held this afternoon in relation to the terrorist attack at Parsons Green underground station, South London, on Friday 15th September 2017.

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15/09/2017 - CSSC Amber Message - Updated Business Response Message

In view of the change of threat level for international terrorism in the UK to CRITICAL, please find attached a revised message number 5/5 of this evening. The message looked at the business response to the Parsons Green incident. Please could the previous message be disregarded and replaced with this message. 

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15/09/2017 - CSSC London Amber Message - Move to CRITICAL - Parsons Green Incident

Please find attached a message sent in relation to the change in threat level for international terrorism in the UK to CRITICAL.

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15/09/2017 - CSSC London Amber Message - Bridge call summary

Please find attached a summary of the bridge call held in relation to the incident at Parsons Green earlier today.

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15/09/2017 - CSSC London Amber Message - Terrorist incident

This CSSC message is sent on behalf of London Protect, and the National Coordinator Protect and Prepare.

Please see the attached 'London Protect' Bulletin 3 of 3 regarding the terrorist incident at Parsons Green Underground Station, this morning Friday 15th September 2017.

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15/09/2017 - CSSC London Amber Message - Parsons Green incident 

This CSSC message is sent on behalf of London Protect, and the National Coordinator Protect and Prepare.

Please see the attached 'London Protect' Bulletin regarding the incident at Parsons Green Underground Station, London, this morning Friday 15th September 2017. 

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15/09/2017 - CSSC London Amber Message - Holding Message - Incident at Parsons Green

This CSSC message is sent on behalf of London Protect, and the National Coordinator Protect and Prepare.

We are aware of an incident that has taken place at Parsons Green Underground Station, London this morning, Friday 15th September 2017, and are currently responding to the incident, along with other emergency services. 

We will provide a further update, if appropriate, once we have an more information. We will release facts when we can - our information must be accurate. 

Please follow official statements made to the media, and the following Twitter accounts for regular updates - @LondonProtect and @metpoliceuk

The threat level to the United Kingdom from international terrorism remains at SEVERE - a threat is highly likely. 

Please be ALERT not alarmed.

See It. Say It, Sorted - We’re asking tube and rail passengers and people who use railway stations to help keep themselves and others safe by reporting unusual items or activity on the railway.

See It.
Please remain vigilant for anything that seems out of place or unusual on trains or at stations. This could include:
•        Someone being somewhere they shouldn’t be, for example trying to get through a door marked ‘no entry’
•        An unattended bag
•        Someone checking security arrangements, for example filming CCTV cameras at a station
•        Someone avoiding rail staff and police officers
•        Someone who could be concealing something under their clothing.

Say It.
If you see something that doesn’t feel right, we want to hear from you. Let us decide if what you have seen or what you know is important.
You should tell a member of rail staff or a police officer what you have seen. You can also call us on 0800 40 50 40, or text us on 61016.
In an emergency, always call 999.

Sorted.
We will check any information you give us thoroughly. Every day we receive reports about suspicious behaviour or unusual activity from members of the public and we take your information seriously.


11/09/2017 - CSSC London Green Message - NFIB Fraud Alerts

Courier Fraud Alert – The NFIB has identified a rise in reports regarding courier fraud, whereby victims are being contacted by people purporting to be police officers of bank officials and are being asked to withdraw money from their accounts and hand it over to a ‘courier’ for safe keeping.
 
Horse Racing Investment Fraud Alert – The NFIB has identified an emerging trend of fraudulent investments being made within the Horse Racing industry. 

Timeshare Recovery Fraud Alert – The NFIB has received information regarding fraudulently obtained funds from timeshare recovery frauds being transferred to accounts based in the North West of England. 


18/08/2017 - CSSC London Protect - Amber Incident Further Update Barcelona

This CSSC message is sent on behalf of London Protect, and the National Coordinator Protect and Prepare. 

The attachment contains a copy of a statement made by Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley in relation to the incidents in Barcelona yesterday, and Cambrils in the early hours of this morning.

If appropriate, we will provide further updates through CSSC as information is received and reviewed. It is important that we do not speculate on what has happened until we have an authoritative account of what has happened. 

The threat level to the United Kingdom from international terrorism remains at SEVERE - a threat is highly likely. Please be ALERT not alarmed. 

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04/06/2017 - CSSC London Green Message - Latest statement - Arrests and road closures

Please find below the latest statement released at 2156 hours in relation to the London Bridge / Borough Market Incident. 

This includes information in relation to road closures and arrests made since the incident:

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, provides updated statement following the terror attacks in London Bridge and Borough Market.
2200hrs:

AC Mark Rowley said: “We would like to thank the media for their continued support, restraint and understanding in not speculating as to who the suspects are in this fast moving investigation.

“I would like to assure them and the public that this is directly assisting the progression of the investigation and confirm we will release the identities of the three men directly responsible for the attacks yesterday, Saturday, 3 June, as soon as operationally possible.

“Officers have been working tirelessly to process the crime scenes and release the cordons. We are hopeful that some of the cordons around London Bridge station will be released during the course of tomorrow morning but consult TFL website before you set out on your journey’s into and around London tomorrow.

“The public can expect to see additional police – both armed and unarmed officers - across the Capital as you would expect in these circumstances. And our security and policing plans for events are being reviewed, the public will also see increased physical measures on London’s bridges to keep the public safe.”

Officers have made 12 arrests and are at present searching 4 properties.

[A] 38-year-old woman arrested at address 1 in Barking;
[B] 28-year-old man arrested at address 2 in Barking;
[C] 52-year-old man arrested at address 2 in Barking;
[D] 55-year-old man arrested at address 2 in Barking; 
[E] 27-year-old man arrested at address 2 in Barking; 
[F] 55-year-old man arrested at address 2 in Barking, who has since been released without charge; 

[G] 49-year-old woman arrested at address 2 in Barking; 
[H] 60-year-old woman arrested at address 2 in Barking;
[I] 19-year-old woman arrested at address 2 in Barking;
[J] 27-year-old female arrested at address 2 in Barking; 
[K] 24-year-old female arrested at address 2 in Barking; 
[L] 53-year-old woman arrested at address 2 in Barking;

There have been no arrests at two residential addresses in Newham, although a number of people have been spoken to.

During the arrest stage today no officers have deployed a TASER or a firearm.

All of those arrested have been detained under the Terrorism Act.

30/05/2017 - CSSC London Green Message - Reduction in military support

Please find below a message sent on behalf of the office of the National Coordinator Protect and Prepare. 

Reduction in Military Support

Following the Bank Holiday weekend, military personnel who were supporting police across the UK under Operation Temperer are gradually being stood down. 

The reduction of military support will continue over the next three days. This follows the judgement by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre that a terrorist attack was no longer imminent and the threat level being lowered from critical to severe on Saturday.

Extra police resources, which were also in place for the many public events over the extended weekend, have also been stood down.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, the national lead for Counter Terrorism Policing, said: “I’d like to thank military colleagues for their assistance and the public for their continued support during this challenging time. The extra resources that were in place over the last week are being phased out.

However, military personnel will remain in readiness to support the police should it be necessary.

“The threat level from terrorism in the UK remains severe and the public should remain alert and report any suspicious activity to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency the public should always call 999.”

For further information about reporting suspicious behaviour visit: www.gov.uk/act

27/05/2017 - CSSC London Green Message - Advice for security managers of crowded places

Please find below, a message sent on behalf of the National Coordinator Protect and Prepare.

Advice for security managers of crowded places following a change of threat level to CRITICAL. 

To complement the advice provided to you in the bridge call held on 24th May 2017, we undertook to provide supporting guidance, which I have the pleasure of circulating to you in the attached NaCTSO advice document - Advice for security managers following the change in threat level to critical. 

You may wish to consider its contents in relation to your security planning. It will also be posted on the NaCTSO website: www.gov.uk/nactso 

If you have any questions regarding this advice, please contact NaCTSO on nactso@cpni.gsi.gov.uk 

26/05/2017 - CSSC London Green Message - Statement from Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley

Following the appalling terrorist attack last Monday night, detectives from the Counter Terrorism Command have been working round the clock as part of a fast paced wide ranging investigation.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, national lead for counter terrorism policing, said: 

"I completely understand the desire for information and answers but it is essential to protect the investigation, so at this stage I will not go into detail. Our aim must be to identify, arrest and put before a court of law those who are responsible - I am confident we will do that. I do not want to provide those people with any advantage allowing them to destroy evidence or any opportunity to counter what we have gathered.

"Broadly speaking, as with any investigation of this nature, we are focusing on understanding Abedi's life; forensically examining a number of scenes, reviewing hours of CCTV from the night itself and the hours and before, financial work, communication, digital exhibits, the accounts from hundreds of witnesses and of course enquiries internationally.

"Eight men remain in police custody and we continue to make significant progress."

On Tuesday, 23 May, the threat level to the UK was raised to critical based on an assessment by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre. Police across the country are planning to deliver an enhanced level of policing throughout the bank holiday weekend.

AC Rowley, added
: "Even with all the progress made so far, there still remain important lines of enquiry that will further build our confidence and understanding of the events that led to this ghastly attack. That will enable those who set the threat level to revise their judgement.

"Whilst we remain at critical our aim is simple - we are working with event organisers to advise and support them so everyone in this country can go to the hundreds of events that are on and simply relax and enjoy their bank holiday.

"A complete review of the plans for over 1,300 events across the country has been carried out by specialist security officers and policing has been stepped up.

"There will be extra officers on duty, and that will include hundreds of armed officers. Extra firearms officers have been out on streets because we have backfilled some static guarding posts at key places with military personnel. Their presence at these sites will continue throughout the weekend.

"I would like to thank those military colleagues, who are working hard as part of the UK's policing operation, but also a huge thanks to all those who are working round the clock - those detectives, officers on patrol, support staff, our partners in the security services - to protect our country.

"My request to the public is simple - if this weekend you see something out of place, that causes you concern or raises your suspicions, tell us. If you have those suspicions now about someone - tell us - we will act on all information we are given and together we can defeat terrorism."

24/05/2017 - CSSC London Amber Message - Change in Threat Level for International Terrorism

Please click here for a message sent on behalf of London Protect and the office of the National Coordinator Protect and Prepare.

Last night, the independent Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) raised the threat level for international terrorism in the UK to CRITICAL. This means that their assessment is not only that an attack remains highly likely, but a further attack may be imminent. 

23/05/2017 - CSSC London Amber Message - Explosion in Manchester

London Protect (MPS, CoLP and BTP), together with the office of the National Coordinator Protect and Prepare, are aware of the incident that occurred in Manchester last night, Monday 22nd May 2017.

An explosion occurred at the Manchester Arena at the conclusion of a concert, attended by a large number of young people, and has resulted in a number of fatalities and injuries. The explosion is being investigated as a terrorist incident. The Government's COBRA Committee will sit this morning.

A further update will be provided as soon as possible but, in the meantime, please monitor media news channels for police statements regarding the incident. We would recommend that businesses review their security procedures and ensure that relevant staff are aware of their responsibilities. 

We ask the public to remain alert and report suspicious behaviour to the Anti Terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321 or to call 999.

16/05/2017 - CSSC London Green Message - London Protect Newsletter Edition 4 May 2017

Please click here to read the latest edition of the London Protect Newsletter.

05/05/2017 - CSSC London Green Message - City of London Police - NFIB Alert

City of London Police - Economic Crime Directorate - NFIB Alerts

Please find below the following:

National Fraud Intelligence Bureau's Monthly Fraud Threat Update for April 2017

Current trends in phishing campaigns - The information contained in this alert is based on intelligence collated by the Cyber Protect Team in the NFIB. Its purpose is to raise awareness of the recent trends in phishing campaigns targeting internet users in the UK.

These alerts are not protectively marked and may be disseminated without permission from the NFIB.

28/04/2017 - CSSC London Green Message - London Arrests - Statement by DAC Neil Basu

Please click here for a message sent on behalf of London Protect, and the office of the National Coordinator Protect and Prepare, containing a statement from the Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, regarding a number of arrests that took place in London yesterday.

28/04/2017 - CSSC London Green Message - Incident in North West London - Arrests

Please click here for a message sent on behalf of London Protect and the office of the National Coordinator Protect and Prepare in relation to an incident last night during which a number of persons were arrested for terrorism offences in North West London.

27/04/2017 - CSSC London Amber Message - Incident in Whitehall

The following message is sent on behalf of London Protect and the office of the National Coordinator Protect and Prepare.

A man has been arrested in Whitehall this afternoon, at approximately 14:22, following a stop and search as part of an ongoing operation. 

The man was arrested in Parliament Street, junction with Parliament Square, by armed officers from the Met's Specialist Firearms Command. 

The man, aged in his late twenties, was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism. Knives have been recovered from him. 

He is being detained under the Terrorism Act and is in custody in a South London police station. Detectives from the Counter Terrorism Command are continuing their investigation, and as a result of this arrest there is no immediate known threat.

26/04/2017 - CSSC London Green Message - MPS Falcon Cyber Protect briefing

MPS Organised Crime Command - Please click here for the latest edition of the Metropolitan Police Cyber Protect briefing

21/04/2017 - CSSC London Amber Message - Incident update RE Paris, France on 20/04/2017

Please click here for an Incident Update Message sent on behalf of London Protect and the office of the National Coordinator Protect and Prepare in relation to the incident in Paris, France yesterday, Thursday 20th April 2017.

20/04/2017 - CSSC London Amber Message - Paris Incident

London Protect (MPS, CoLP and BTP), together with the office of the National Coordinator Protect and Prepare, are currently monitoring an incident that has occurred in central Paris this evening, Thursday 20th April 2017.

Early media reports indicate that a police officer has been fatally wounded and a number have been injured during a firearms incident close to the Champs Elysees.

We are currently liaising with the French authorities and our officers based in Paris.

Should there be any information relevant to the United Kingdom, or British interests abroad, we will seek to provide an update through CSSC. 

At this time, the motivation behind the incident has not been confirmed.

05/04/2017 - CSSC London Green Message 

Please click here for the latest edition of the London Protect (Edition 3) - London Region Counter Terrorism Security Update for April 2017. In this edition, we have focused on the events that took place on Wednesday 22nd March 2017 in Westminster, London. 

London Protect is a joint publication by the Metropolitan Police Service, City of London Police and British Transport Police that provides information and advice on Counter Terrorism in the London Region. 

01/04/2017 - CSSC London Green Message

City of London Police - Economic Crime Directorate - NFIB Alert

Law Abiding Citizen Alert - Fraudsters are sending out a high volume of phishing emails to personal and business email addresses, with a Banking Trojan hidden in an attachment. Click here for more info...

22/03/2017 - CSSC London Amber Message 

MPS Bulletin

You will all be aware of the shocking events at Westminster a short while ago. The Metropolitan Police Service is not advising that people change their plans, lock down buildings, or anything of this kind. We do continue to advise, however, that all our communities and partners remain alert but not alarmed. 

Businesses in the Westminster area should be prepared for likely congestion that will potentially last for several days. 

In common with all Police Forces across the UK, the Metropolitan Police continually trains and plans for incidents of this type and several of those plans are being put into place now.  

Many of you will have customers or staff who will look to you for advice/guidance.  

Our advice to you is: 

  • ·         Remain alert not alarmed/clearly brief staff
  • ·         Review your plans
  • ·         Consider early holding message for customers/staff until formal messaging arrives (media can help)
  • ·         Report all suspicious sightings asap. 

18/03/2017 - CSSC London Amber Message - MPS / NCPP Bulletin

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), and the office of the National Coordinator Protect and Prepare (NCPP) are aware of, and monitoring the incident that has taken place in Paris this morning.

Police are aware of two incidents that occurred in Paris this morning, Saturday 18th March 2017. During the first incident, shortly before 7am, a police officer was shot and injured at a road check in suburbs of North Paris.

During the second incident, which took place at approximately 8.30am, a male was shot and killed at Paris Orly Airport by security forces, after grabbing a gun belonging to a soldier before running off.

There are unconfirmed reports that the same male was involved in both incidents. 

The MPS and NCPP will provide further updates through CSSC, if appropriate, once we are able to review information received from relevant authoritative sources. 

Advice & Further Information

The threat from International Terrorism is SEVERE, meaning an attack is highly likely. Police officers are fully aware of the threat level and are operating at a high level of awareness. 

In an emergency call 999
For non-emergencies call 101
For the Anti Terrorist Hotline call 0800 789 321

15/03/2017 - CSSC London Green Message - Police London Protect Newsletter.

Please click here to download the second edition of the 'London Protect Newsletter', produced by the MPS in conjunction with the City of London Police and the British Transport Police. 

07/03/2017 - CSSC Green Message - MPS Falcon Cyber Bulletin

Please click here to download a MPS Falcon team cyber bulletin regarding attacks on PBX telephone systems. 

This type of crime particularly affects small to medium businesses using answering machines to grow their business.

21/02/2017 - CSSC Amber Message - London Protect / NCPP Incident Message - Barcelona Incident

This CSSC message is sent on behalf of the London Protect and the office of the National Coordinator Protect and Prepare in relation to an incident in Barcelona, Spain, this morning. 

Click here to view the full message...

14/02/2017 - CSSC Green Message - London Protect Edition 1

The below PDF is sent on behalf of Metropolitan Police Protective Security Operations. The attachment is the first 'London Protect' newsletter which has been developed in partnership with the City of London Police and British Transport Police. This new monthly newsletter aims to provide regular updates that will advise and inform businesses in the London region of relevant protective security information. 

Click here to view London Protect

06/02/2017 - CSSC London Green Message MPS Cyber Bulletin re Falcon

MPS - Falcon - Click here to view the latest Metropolitan Police Cyber Protect briefing

03/02/2017 - CSSC Amber Message - NCPP / MPS - Paris Incident - 3rd February 2017

The office of the National Coordinator Protect and Prepare and the Metropolitan Police Service are aware of, and are monitoring, an incident that took place in central Paris this morning, Friday 3rd February 2017.

The NCPP and MPS will provide further updates through CSSC, if appropriate, once we are able to review information received from authoritative sources.

26/01/2017 - CSSC London Green Message - City of London Police - NFIB Alert

National Fraud Intelligence Bureau's Monthly Fraud Threat Update for January 2017.

Relish Ransomware Alert - Fraudsters are sending out a high number of phishing emails to personal and business email addresses. This is a 'spoofed' email pretending to come from the London based broadband company 'Relish'.

12/01/2017 - CSSC London Green Message - City of London Police - NFIB Alert

Migrant Helpline Alert - Fraudsters are sending out a high number of phishing emails to personal and business email addresses purporting to be from Migrant Helpline. Please note, the Migrant Helpline is a genuine charity, and not related in any way to this fraud. An example of the phishing email can be found by clicking here.

09/01/2017 - CSSC Amber Message - MPS / NCPP - Fort Lauderdale Incident - 6th January 2017

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and the office of the National Coordinator Protect and Prepare has been monitoring events at Fort Lauderdale overnight and officers have been in contact with US authorities to identify any learning that may be pertinent to the UK. 

We are confident that protective security measures and processes at UK airports are robust. Attacks overseas do have the potential to affect the business community when travelling or operating businesses in affected countries and we encourage you to use the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website to keep yourselves up to date with relevant advice. 

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D'Orsi, the Senior National Coordinator for Protect and Prepare said, 'As a matter of routine, we monitor incidents around the World as they occur and I have spoken to US authorities about this attack. There is an ongoing investigation that will identify motives and our relationship with overseas agancies is such that we share learning where it is appropriate. At this time, we do not see theis specific attack representing an enduring threat to London or UK interests. My thoughts are with those people who will have been affected by this attack including our international emergency service colleagues who bravely intervene in such incidents and deal with their aftermaths'. 

06/01/2017 - CSSC London Green Message - TFL Bulletin RE Tube Strike

TfL advice ahead of planned Tube strike

Travel advice ahead of planned Tube strike
Planned strike action by RMT and TSSA unions will affect Tube services on evening of Sunday 8 January and all day Monday 9 January

If the strike goes ahead, TfL advise customers to complete journeys by 18:00 on Sunday and that most Zone 1 stations likely to be closed
See www.tfl.gov.uk/tube-strike and follow @TfLTravelAlerts, @TfLTrafficNews and @TfLBusAlerts for latest information.

Transport for London (TfL) is advising customers that there will be a severely reduced service across the London Underground network on Sunday evening and all day on Monday should strike action currently planned by the RMT and TSSA unions go ahead. 

Station staff who are members of the RMT and TSSA unions are currently planning to strike from 18.00 on Sunday 8 January for 24 hours. This would mean severely reduced services on Monday. TfL will try to run as many services as possible, but customers are advised to complete their journeys by 18.00 on Sunday, and that most Zone 1 stations are likely to be closed throughout the action. 

Although National Rail services would not be affected by the strike there would be no Underground services from key interchange stations such as Victoria, King’s Cross, Waterloo, Paddington, Euston, Bank and London Bridge.

Piccadilly line services would still run between Hammersmith and Heathrow Terminals 1, 2 and 3, but there would be no service to Terminals 4 or 5. There would be no service at all on the Victoria or Waterloo & City lines, and all other lines would be severely affected with limited services in outer London.

For customers travelling to Canary Wharf from central London, Docklands Light Railway (DLR) services will be running, however they will be busier than usual. River services will also link central London and Canary Wharf.
Customers using the DLR are being advised that there may be changes to services towards Bank, with trains instead terminating at Shadwell or Tower Gateway. 

Should the strike go ahead, buses, roads and rail services are expected to be much busier than usual, particularly those bus routes serving major interchange stations. TfL will be deploying Travel Ambassadors in order to help customers get around the city, over 100 extra buses will be deployed to enhance existing routes and river services will also be enhanced.

There will be posters, digital boards and announcements in stations to keep people informed of the latest level of service and all customers are advised to check before they travel at tfl.gov.uk/tube-strike and use the live update services @TfLTravelAlerts, @TfLTrafficNews and @TfLBusAlerts on Twitter.

06/01/2017 - CSSC London Green Message - City of London Police - NFIB Alerts

Charitable Fraud Alert - Social media platforms are being used to gather donations from members of the public for fake animal welfare charities overseas.

Property Fraud Alert - Organised criminal groups are currently targeting empty properties in the UK to apply for loans, duping mortgage providers and causing distress to members of the public.

Vehicle Leasing Fraud - Overseas crime groups are targeting UK based car leasing companies to fraudulently obtain high performance motor vehicles.