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30 Apr 2014, 22:08pm
A man who attacked a love rival with a bread knife in a jealous rage has been jailed for 12 years for grievous bodily harm.
Andrew Rockson 24 years of no fixed abode was sentenced on Friday 25 April at Woolwich Crown Court after pleading guilty on Tuesday 1 April to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
On Tuesday 22 October 2013 carrying...
30 Apr 2014, 17:44pm
A businessman who destroyed a bat roost in a Derbyshire building has been found guilty of breaching the Conservation of Habits and Species Regulations 2010.
Hargurdial Singh Rai and his company ISAR Enterprises Limited, both of Birmingham, were convicted by magistrates in Chesterfield on April 28, 2014 of destroying the bat roost in an empty commercial...
30 Apr 2014, 11:06am
An Essex accountant who claimed £340,000 in fraudulent VAT repayments has been jailed for four years and three months, after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
HMRC launched the investigation in 2012 discovering that Shahzad Rubani had recruited friends and associates to help set up a chain of VAT-registered companies purely to commit...
25 Apr 2014, 15:42pm
An officer convicted of theft offences has been dismissed from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).
PC Gary Leaper, 42, a police officer based in Hammersmith and Fulham borough was today, Friday 25 April formally dismissed from the MPS following a misconduct hearing.
He had previously appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 5 February...
23 Apr 2014, 16:20pm
Seven people have been sentenced for their parts in a multi-million pound mortgage fraud.
Alick Ute Kapikanya, 6/6/68, of Chatham Road, Stretford, Bruce Robertson, 18/5/62 and Irene Perciful, 27/6/63, both of Carter Close, Duxford, Cambridge, were found guilty of conspiracy to defraud following a 10-week trial at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square.
23 Apr 2014, 13:24pm
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...
23 Apr 2014, 13:19pm
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...
23 Apr 2014, 12:11pm
Three men within an organised crime group operating across four counties have been jailed for a total of more than 14 years.
Alan Loveridge, 47 from Moorsfield, Great Cornard, Steven Allum, 28 from Henry Street, Debenham and Michael Smith, 29 from Mill Lane, Ellingham appeared before Ipswich Crown Court yesterday, Tuesday 22 April and entered a guilty...
23 Apr 2014, 12:04pm
Three men who stole high performance cars from homes across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire have been jailed for a total of 24 years.
Grant Johnson, Dane Shaw and Karl Morley targeted a string of homes during an eight-month crime spree in 2012.
Detectives from Derbyshire Constabulary and Nottinghamshire Police began separate...
22 Apr 2014, 16:55pm
A thief, who was chased and caught by two members of the public when he robbed a woman in Birmingham city centre, has been jailed for eight years.
Alan Marlow targeted his victim as she walked down the street at the back of the Library of Birmingham on the afternoon of Friday 28 February.
The 43-year-old, of no fixed address, pushed the woman to the...
17 Apr 2014, 15:57pm
A swimming club treasurer has been jailed for three years after stealing thousands of pounds from its funds.
John Crawford left Bootle swimming club in severe financial difficulty after abusing his position of trust over a period of three years.
The 59-year-old who is formerly from Maghull but currently lives in Wavertree acted as treasurer for the...
17 Apr 2014, 11:42am
A man was caught hours after breaking into an Ely home when the car he had stolen triggered an ANPR camera.
Zachary Smith, 28, of Cranwell Road, Nottingham, broke into the property in Allen Road between 8pm and 11pm on April 4.
He stole a camera, laptop, a handbag, watches and jewellery before making off in the Smart car. The burglary was reported to...
17 Apr 2014, 11:23am
A woman has been jailed for 12 months for setting fire to a home in her own street in Peterborough.
Jenny Towell, 37, of Swale Avenue, Peterborough, pleaded guilty to arson reckless as to whether life was endangered and was jailed on Tuesday (April 15) at Peterborough Crown Court.
On Tuesday, November 8, last year, a home in Swale Avenue had some burning...
17 Apr 2014, 11:02am
A company director was jailed yesterday, Tuesday, 15 April, for defrauding a business which was set up by friends and neighbours of over £1 million.
Brian Copsey, 60 (20.01.1954) of Marville Road, Fulham, London, SW6, was found guilty of fraud by abuse of position and was jailed for eight at Southwark Crown Court.
He was also disqualified from being...
17 Apr 2014, 10:50am
Three people who conspired to rob cash in transit vans have been jailed today (Wednesday, 16 April 2014) to a total of 33 years at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
Patrick Claydon, 49 (10.01.65) of Ongar Road, Brentwood, Essex, was sentenced to fourteen and a half years imprisonment for conspiracy to rob.
Tommy Aitken, 38 (19.11.75) of Braithwaite Avenue, Chadwell...
16 Apr 2014, 7:30am
A man has been jailed after stealing over £50,000 from an elderly man.
Sean Mockler (22/08/1967) of Gledhill Avenue, Ordsall pleaded guilty to theft and was sentenced yesterday, Tuesday 15 April 2014, at Manchester Crown Court to two years six months.
In May 2011, Mockler befriended his 75-year-old victim, who had dementia and Alzheimer’s, and...
15 Apr 2014, 16:07pm
Two men have been jailed after a knife-point robbery in Clapham.
Michael Bond, 45 (29.11.1968) of Cedars Road, Clapham and Cecil Graham, 61 (30.10.1952) of Jeffreys Road, Clapham appeared at the Inner London Crown Court today, Monday 14 April, and were sentenced after being found guilty at trial.
Bond was sentenced to 24 moths for unlawful wounding...
15 Apr 2014, 16:01pm
Police found a sawn-off shotgun and 51 rounds of ammunition hidden inside a lawnmower when they searched the home of a burglary suspect.
Teenager Gavin Sohal had been arrested by detectives investigating a Balsall Common break-in where an Audi A4 was stolen after keys and a wallet were swiped from a kitchen drawer.
Eagle-eyed officers identified Sohal...
14 Apr 2014, 17:54pm
A man who fired shots during a ten year old’s birthday party has been jailed for seven and a half years at Croydon Crown Court today, Monday 14 April.
Alfie Gannon, 21 (30.10.1992), of no fixed abode, was sentenced to a total of seven and half years imprisonment for one count of GBH with intent and one count of possession of a firearm with intent...
12 Apr 2014, 0:14am
A 27-year-old man has today (Friday, 11 April) pleaded guilty to the rape of a teenage girl in Ash seven years ago.
He appeared at Guildford Crown Court and was sentenced to 9 years imprisonment.
The victim, who was 16-years-old at the time of the offence, was attacked while walking from Aldershot towards Ash along a footpath through common land near...
11 Apr 2014, 17:15pm
A woman who caused grievous bodily harm to a two month old baby boy whilst circumcising him, has today [Friday, 11 April] pleaded guilty.
Taiwo Shittu, 55 [11/04/1959] of Atwood House, Kingswood Estate, SE21 pleaded guilty to one count of GBH in relation to the incident on Saturday 23 November 2013.
She was sentenced the same day at Woolwich Crown Court...
11 Apr 2014, 16:47pm
Four men have today, Friday 11 April, been jailed for a minimum of 114 years for murdering an innocent victim in an execution-style killing as part of a Turkish gang feud.
Blaize Lunkula, 28 (25.4.85), of no fixed address, was found guilty at the Old Bailey on Thursday 27 February, of the murder of 21-year-old Cem Duzgan, who died on 5 October 2009.
11 Apr 2014, 16:33pm
A man has been jailed for 18 years after being found guilty of raping a child and adult.
Francis Gilbert, of Ridgway Road, Hanley, was sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court today (Fri 11 April) following two earlier, separate trials.
11 Apr 2014, 10:27am
A Birmingham man who built a house the size of Buckingham Palace by dodging taxes has been jailed.
Mohammed Suleman Khan, 41, was arrested from his gated Edgbaston residency three years ago on suspicion of money laundering.
The lengthy police probe – sparked by the concerns of local people – found evidence of tax and national insurance evasion.
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