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Police: Man Sentenced after Northwich Burglary

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Peter Finney, aged 32, of Northwich, was sentenced to three years and seven months imprisonment on Tuesday 22nd April at Chester Crown Court, after admitting burglary of a residence in Kingsway, Northwich.

In the early hours of Friday 21st March police received a call from Alan Spring, a resident from Kingsway, Northwich reporting that a man had been found in his house and had been detained.

The Spring family had woken to find a man in their bedroom and later found out that he had been into every room in the house. Mr. Spring showed great courage and bravery in tackling the intruder despite the man threatening to stab him.

The police arrived a short time later and arrested Finney.  He admitted he had entered the house by smashing a rear window, injuring himself in the process. The house at the time was occupied by two adults and two young children.

With the support of the police, Mr. Spring, a local plasterer, faced Finney in court and described the impact the incident had had on him and his...

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Police: Two remanded in custody following court appearance

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Two men appeared today, Wednesday, 23 April, at Isleworth Crown court in connection with the death of Daniel Spargo-Mabbs.

[A] Nicqueel Pitrora, 18 (16.10.95), unemployed, of London Road, Croydon, appeared charged with being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs, and possession of Class B drugs (cannabis).

[B] Ryan Kirk, 21 (22.03.93), unemployed, of Puffin Close, Beckenham, appeared charged with being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.

Both have been remanded in custody and their Plea and Case Management Hearing (PCMH) has been deferred until the 28 May with trial likely to start on 14 July.

Police: Spate of burglaries

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Residents are being urged to report suspicious activity and check their security after a spate of burglaries.

Burglars have been breaking into homes in a number of villages by climbing through windows or smashing through patio doors.

There were five burglaries and one attempted break-in last night in Knapwell and Papworth, with the majority of offences happening between 8pm and midnight.

Electrical goods and cash are being targeted by offenders.

PC Andy Bates said: “There were six crimes last night in two villages and they happened when people were out in the evening.

“We would urge residents to keep a lookout for suspicious activity, but there are also measures you can take to protect your own home.

“Unless patio doors are fitted with a multi-lock system it is best to fit additional locks. They should be fitted on the bottom of the fixed frame at the centre, and on the side frame at the opening point at the top of the door.

“You can fix blocks or anti-lift devices to prevent doors being lifted off their track. It is also...

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Police: Appeal after armed robbery in Westminster

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Westminster police are appealing for information after an armed robbery in the Paddington area.

Police were called at around 01:10hrs on Tuesday, April 22, to reports of an armed robbery in at a flat in Westbourne Gardens.

A group of males forced their way into the premises, two of the men were armed with handguns and one of the men armed with a knife.

One was armed with a black handgun and one with a sliver handgun. The knife is described as a large butcher’s style knife.

Three men stood outside the property while the robbery took place. The four males who entered the property were described as black and wearing masks. There were seven men involved in total.

A 51-year-old man [victim 1] and [victim 2] a 47-year-old woman – a married couple – and a man aged 59 [victim 3] were in the premises at the time.

They threatened the occupants before making off with a quantity of property including phones, cash, passports and identity documents.

Two mobile phones, around 4,000 in UAE Dirhams (around ?650), ?2,400 in...

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Police: Statement from Kingston Borough Commander re: New Malden murders

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Borough Commander of Kingston, Chief Superintendant Glenn Tunstall, said:

“On behalf of the Metropolitan Police Service and local Kingston officers and staff, I would like to start by offering my very sincere condolences to the family and friends affected by this tragic incident.

“This investigation is at its very earliest stages and I am in close contact with the senior investigating officer and further detail will be provided as it becomes available.

“I would like to reassure the local community that we have made an arrest and we are not looking for anyone else in relation to this incident.

“We also have additional officers are patrolling in the local area and are available to deal with any concerns local residents may have.

“Specially trained detectives are currently supporting family members, who have requested that the media respect their privacy at this very difficult time.”

Police: Armed robbery in Bournemouth – CCTV image released

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Detectives in Bournemouth are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward following an armed robbery at a bookmaker in the Winton area – with police releasing an image of a man they wish to speak with.

The incident happened at approximately 5.25pm on Tuesday 22 April 2014 at Coral on Wimborne Road.

A man entered the shop with his face and head covered and approached a member of staff who was behind the counter. He then threatened the member of staff using what is believed to be a handgun.

A customer who was also at the counter confronted the offender and as a result received a small cut to his head. No one else was injured in the incident.

The offender then left Coral and was seen running up Latimer Road.

He is described as a white man who is bald on the top of his head, and was wearing a black top and a grey hoody. He had a smooth black scarf around his face.

Detective Constable Alan Marks, of Bournemouth CID, said: “Fortunately the...

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Police: More than 300 speeding tickets issued during roads policing operation

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More than 300 traffic offence reports (TORs) for excess speed were issued last week across Cambridgeshire during a Europe-wide crackdown on speeding.

Officers from the Cambridgeshire Roads Policing Unit (RPU) issued a total of 318 TORs as part of the TISPOL speeding campaign last week (Monday, April 14 to Monday, April 21).

Traffic officers were out on patrol enforcing speed limits across the county using laser speed devices and unmarked police cars.

Inspector Mark Rogers said: “Speeding is well known  for being one of the ‘fatal four’ offences which has a proven link to fatal and serious road traffic incidents, along with the use of mobile phones while driving, not wearing a seatbelt and driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

“The traffic department enforces speed limits all year round but last week saw a targeted campaign which took place right across Europe.

“There were 28,000 deaths on European roads in 2012 and it is estimated there were...

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Police: Murder investigation launched in Mortlake

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A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a man in Mortlake.

Police were called at around 20:50hrs on Tuesday, 22 April, to a report of a man stabbed at the Tapestry public house on Lower Richmond Road, SW14.

Officers and London Ambulance Service attended the scene.

The 49-year-old victim was taken by ambulance to St Georges Hospital where he later died at around 02:20hrs on 23 April. Next of kin have been informed.

Whilst officers believe they know who the victim is they await formal identification.

A post mortem examination will be scheduled in due course.

A 36-year-old man from Clapham was arrested at the scene, initially on suspicion of attempted murder, and taken into custody at south-west London police station. He was later further arrested on suspicion of murder. He remains in custody at this time.

Detectives from the Homicide & Major Crime Command are investigating and incident room has opened at Putney.

Anyone that could assist police can call the incident room on 020 8785 8963 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police: Shirley drug dealer sentenced to 34 months behind bars

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A Shirley resident who claimed that a cocktail of drugs discovered at his flat were for him and his friends has been jailed for two years and 10 months.
Oliver Riando was interviewed back in August 2013 as officers from the Shirley neighbourhood team responded to concerns about suspicious activity at his Stratford Road flat.
Members of the community contacted officers to complain that the 32-year-old was hosting parties for friends, with a suspicious pungent smell suggesting the get-togethers were drug fuelled.

In response, officers executed a drugs warrant on Tuesday 6 August 2013 and once inside the property discovered a stash of cocaine, cannabis, steroids and £3,000 in cash.

Riando, who was not present at the time of the warrant, told officers that the drugs were for his personal use, in an attempt to try to evade a more serious charge of processing the drugs with intent to supply.
But as the investigation proceeded, he later admitted the drugs were also for the use of his friends....

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Police: ‘Globetrotting’ woman jailed for large scale benefit fraud

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Tracy Johnson has today been jailed for one year having been convicted of 13 counts of benefit fraud at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court.

Ms Johnson was found to have travelled the globe and set up companies in South America, all while claiming to suffer from severe health problems, including agoraphobia, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. She was found to be in fraudulent receipt of Disability Living Allowance, Income Support, Housing and Council Tax Benefit and Child Tax Credits totalling £48,000 between 2005 and 2007, despite having made multiple trips to India, South America and New York during that time.

Andrew Penhale, Deputy Head of Fraud at the Crown Prosecution Service, said:

“Tracy Johnson plotted a blatant fraud against the public purse. She used taxpayers’ money to fund a lavish, globetrotting lifestyle, all the while exploiting a system designed to support society’s most vulnerable citizens.

“This is...

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