A NEWQUAY councillor has said he is “fine” after being mugged at gunpoint and kidnapped in the Ukraine.
Pat Lambshead, Cornwall Council’s local member for the Tretherras ward, looked in good health as he addressed members of Newquay Town Council at a meeting yesterday.
Luckily, the former RAF man had never been in jeopardy – he’d had his email account hacked by conmen requesting everyone in his address book transfer £2,550 to fund a flight home from Kiev.
Mr Lambshead told town councillors: “Yes, I was kidnapped in the Ukraine but I’m fine now.”
He was speaking after councillors said they had heard increasingly frequent reports of people receiving scam emails, and quizzed PC Alan Lenton on levels of cybercrime in Newquay.
Mr Lenton said that of the 176 crimes recorded in the resort last month, he had not noticed an abundance of computer-related offences but urged people to report suspicious emails to the police.
The email from Mr Lambshead, received by the Cornish Guardian’s news desk, stated: “I could not inform everyone about my trip to Ukraine for a program because it was impromptu. The program was successful, but my journey has turned sour I was mugged at gun point and all my valuables were stolen (cash, credit cards and phone), where I went for sightseeing before leaving to the airport since my return flight is in few hours. Luckily I had my passport in my hotel room to get me home.
“All I need right now is (£2,550 GBP) but will appreciate whatsoever you can afford to loan me right now. Please let me know if you can help me out? I promise to make the immediate refund when I get home.”
Mr Lenton revealed that crime as a whole in Newquay had fallen around 15 per cent, from 208 incidents in November 2012 to 176 incidents for the same month this year.
Last month there were four robberies, five burglaries at homes, four burglaries at non-residential properties, five assaults, five drug-related offences and 17 incidents of criminal damage.
The remainder of the crimes were ‘non-crime’ incidents, such as call-outs to domestic disputes, drunk and disorderly offences, thefts and other “miscellaneous reports”, Mr Lenton said.