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Police warning as bank scammers target islanders

telephone close-upArran police are advising the public to be vigilant against telephone bank fraud following a number of recent incidents.

The fraudsters phone and pretend to be from the customer’s bank and claim that their bank account has been compromised. The fraudsters then persuade the customer to transfer their money to a ‘safe’ account from which the money is then stolen.

The fraudsters are well practised and convincing and the scam is sophisticated with the fraudster phoning the customer back a number of times to ‘help’ and talk them through the transfer process.

Sergeant Allen Dodds of Arran police is advising the public to be suspicious of any call purporting to be from a bank which asks a customer to provide account information over the phone or to transfer money from their account

He said: ‘Please keep a note of the telephone number for your bank and do not call the number provided to you in any telephone call unless you know it is genuine.

‘Fraudsters will sometimes keep phone lines open by not hanging up and will pretend to ‘answer’ any call you subsequently make to your bank.

‘If you do receive a suspicious call, either wait 30 minutes until the line has definitely cleared or use another phone to contact your bank.’

For further advice contact your own bank or if you think you may the victim of a fraud phone 101.

See next week’s Banner, January 31 for more on this story from Arran.

Historic walled garden could see a big allotment challenge

Brodick castle allotmentsKeen gardeners are being offered the chance to grow produce on the site of a historic Arran garden.

Allotments are being considered for the lower walled garden at Brodick Castle which once produced the fruit and vegetables for the Dukes of Hamilton, their families and their guests.

Now the National Trust for Scotland wants to see the walled garden back in production and they could offer plots to local residents if there is enough interest in taking them up.

Read all about it in the Arran Banner edition of January 24 2015, also online at www.arranbanner.co.uk/digital.

Arran's winter wonderland comes alive

sledging at Corrie golf courseArran has had its coldest night of the year so far with a week of snow flurries and icy conditions.

Temperatures fell to at least -4C on Sunday January 18 2015 and there was no relief from the plummeting mercury for most of the week.

However the island’s youngsters – and those young at heart – didn’t waste an opportunity to enjoy the winter wonderland.

On Sunday the golf course at Corrie was overrun with excited children and their sledges as they took to the iconic slopes.

For more photographs and the full story, see the Arran Banner, January 22 2015, also online here.

Arran healthy outdoors celebrates funding from Arran Trust

native plants for Brodick country parkPlans by the Arran Healthy Outdoors Team to set up a plant nursery at in the Brodick Castle Country Park have taken a step closer.

The team received a welcome injection of nearly £1,000 from the Arran Trust.

The aim of the project is to establish a plant nursery so that native trees and wildflowers can be propagated, enabling the restoration of the native woodland in areas previously inundated with Rhododendron ponticum.

Read the full story in the Arran Banner edition of January 24 2015, or online.

Last gasp victory for triumphant Arran

arran rugby january 2015In one of the closest games of the season so far, Isle of Arran RFC managed to steal an exceptionally tight win on Saturday afternoon, January 17 2015, in the dying minutes of the game.

In a match which really could have gone either way, Wigtownshire RFC were clearly frustrated to lose the game by just one point.

Read the full match report in the Arran Banner edition of January 24 2015, also online.


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