An Ipswich man is facing nearly three years’ imprisonment after starting fires within two properties in Stowmarket.
Christopher Webster, 35, from Wilson Road, Ipswich appeared before Ipswich Crown Court on 9 June 2014 and entered a guilty plea to two counts of arson following incidents in the Stowmarket area.
Around 2pm on 13 July 2013, Webster started a fire within the kitchen and bedroom of a self contained flat in Union Road, Onehouse. Although there was no one in the flat at the time there were people living in the surrounding flats of which there were about 30.
Local residents became aware of smoke coming from the flat and called the Fire Service. A number of residents had to be evacuated from their flats whilst the matter was dealt with.
Having been staying at the flat Webster was arrested the same day and later bailed after denying any involvement with the fire.
The second incident happened at an address in Semer Close, Stowmarket around 11.40pm on 29 March...
Police in Neath Port Talbot are appealing for witnesses after a man was sexually assaulted in the Afan Valley on Wednesday 23rd July.
The incident happened at around 9pm on a track between Croeserw and Blaengwynfi – known locally as ‘the line’ – when a 36-year-old man was assaulted a short time after he had walked past a group of men.
The men were walking in the direction of Croeserw from Blaengwynfi. The victim was walking in the opposite direction.
A short time after passing the group, the victim was pushed to the ground and sexually assaulted.
One of the group is described as being male, white, aged around 20, 5ft 6ins to 5ft 8ins in height, with dark hair shaven on the sides, wearing a light coloured vest top, dark bottoms and white, grey and black coloured New Balance trainers.
A short time prior to the assault, the victim had spoken to a woman at the Croeserw end of the track who was walking a golden Labrador dog.
A West Bromwich man has been arrested after a suspicious package was left at a business premises causing traffic chaos earlier this week.
A 100 metre cordon was placed around the premises in West Bromwich High Street just after 4pm on Tuesday (22 July) and roads were closed as more than a dozen police officers secured the building, while a police sniffer dog determined if the package contained explosives.
After the parcel was found to be harmless, roads reopened shortly before 6pm with a small cordon remaining around the premises as an investigation into the hoax was launched.
The 60-year-old man was arrested from his home address this morning and is helping police with the ongoing enquiry.
Merseyside Police can confirm five people were arrested last night (Wednesday, 23 July) after a teenager was shot in Tuebrook.
At about 11.10pm emergency services were called to a report of a male who had been shot in Rockhouse Street.
Police and paramedics attended and found a 16-year-old with an injury to his leg consistent with a firearms discharge.
He was taken to hospital for treatment. At this time his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.
The scene has been cordoned off for examination and house-to-house enquiries are underway.
CCTV from the area is being sought.
Enquiries have led to five people, two men aged 20 and 34, a 38-year-old woman and two 16-year-old male youths, being arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm. One of those arrested is the male who sustained the injury.
Detectives believe all five are known to each other.
Patrols have been stepped up in the area to reassure the local community.
A full investigation into the circumstances of how the teenager...
A man was hit about the head with a golf club during an attack in Middleton.
At 8.45pm on Friday 18 July 2014, the 44-year-old was walking on Grimshaw Lane, close to the junction with Sandy Lane, when he was approached by a man.
He said something to him before he was struck with the golf club. The offender then ran away.
He is described as being white, in his early 30s, around 5ft 9in tall of average build and dark hair.
Detective Constable Heidi Edge said: “This was a savage and seemingly unprovoked attack on a man who was simply walking down the road. He was hit across the head causing two deep wounds which required hospital treatment and he is lucky his injuries were not more serious.
“I would ask anyone who may have been walking or driving on Grimshaw Lane at the time of the attack to cast their minds back. Do you remember seeing a man running away from the scene or did you witness the assault itself? If you did, we are keen to speak to you as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 8701 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
South Wales Police officers carried out a series of raids yesterday (Wednesday 23rd July) across Cardiff as part of an operation being conducted by the Force Intelligence & Organised Crime Unit.
Drugs warrants were used at addresses in the Fairwater, Canton, Llanishen, Llanedeyrn and Rumney areas of the city and over 50 kilogrammes of cannabis with an estimated street value of £250,000 and £120,000 in cash was recovered during the operation.
Following the execution of the warrants, six men were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A and class B drugs across south Wales and money laundering.
These include a 52 year-old man from Fairwater, a 25 year-old man from Llanishen, two men aged 52 and 62 from Canton, a 62 year-old man from Rumney and 45 year-old man from Llanedeyrn.
All six are currently in custody.
Detective Inspector Tudor Thomas, from the Force Intelligence & Organised Crime Unit, said: “Today’s raids and arrests are linked to an investigation into the...