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Police: Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining For Someone, (And Vice-Versa)

Written by RSS Poster The Magistrates' Blog
The result of the Scots referendum has delighted some people and upset some more.

Had independence gone ahead, it would have been a bonanza for law firms on both sides of the border, as untold thousands of contracts and suchlike would have had to be looked at and made compatible with the new arrangements. One of my relatives is a corporate lawyer with a large company that operates across Europe, and you can imagine the complexity of ensuring compliance with a new jurisdiction, with implications for employment and consumer regulation, especially if Scotland had been outside the EU. The costs would have been horrific.

Meanwhile criminal defence lawyers have won a clear victory over the legal aid cuts imposed by the MoJ. Cynics tend to sneer at the bottom end of the criminal defence community, but low-level criminal cases often involve inarticulate bottom-of-the heap defendants who need legal advice more than most. The rewards payable to legal aid lawyers are very low in most cases, the overall figure being distorted by high-profile silk-heavy matters in the big boys' courts.

Tomorrow is another day, as someone said in the movies.


Police: Cardiff bus driver assaulted

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Police in Cardiff are appealing for information following an incident which occurred on a bus travelling along Newport Road at around 6.00am on Thursday 18th September.

A group of people were behaving rowdily on the number 45 bus as it was heading towards the city centre.  The 28 year old bus driver asked them to leave the vehicle after it came to a halt at a bus stop on Newport Road between Fitzalan Place and Knox Road.

 

One of the group, a black male, approached the bus driver and assaulted him before getting off the bus.

 

Police have published a CCTV image of the suspect and are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who can identify this person to contact them.  The bus was quite busy with a number of early morning commuters on board.

 

Anyone with information which may assist officers in this investigation is asked to contact South Wales Police on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 and quote reference 1400348701.



Police: Three convicted after teenage girl raped in Brent

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Three teenagers, including a brother and sister, who were involved in a rape of a teenager in revenge for “snitching” have been convicted of the attack.

Aliyah Weekes, 19 (23.06.1995) of St Mary’s Road, NW10, and her friend, forced the girl into being raped after she accused the victim of telling others about private information which Weekes told her in confidence.

She perceived this as being “snitched” on by the 15-year-old victim.

Aliyah Weekes and another 16-year-old girl confronted the girl in Brent in April 2013 over the dispute.

They told the victim she would have to have sex with a group of boys they were with or she would instead face violence.

She was then raped by Aliyah’s brother Lacquan Weekes, 18 (29.09.1996) of Lowlands Road, Harrow. He was interrupted by members of the public and the victim managed to get away before she was further attacked.

Detectives from the Mets Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command launched an investigation after the victim’s mother...

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Police: Alice Gross investigation update

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

The investigation into the disappearance of teenager Alice Gross continues to be a fast moving and ever expanding investigation. The public’s assistance has been of huge help so far, and we continue to ask for any information that may help us trace the whereabouts of Alice or Arnis Zalkalns.

As with all live investigations there is information that the police have that they cannot and should not make public. As such we will not be providing a running commentary on the specifics of our investigation.

Detectives need to carefully balance the release of information as the investigation progresses against not damaging what may ultimately become evidence and placed before a jury.

A reward of up to £20,000 is being offered for anyone who has information that leads detectives to find Alice.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the investigation team on 020 8358 0100, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

We have been asked the following questions a number of times today:

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Police: Police appeal after theft of grass mower from Mill Hill FC

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Police are appealing for information after a sit on grass mower was stolen from Mill Hill Football Club.

 

Between 10.30pm on Monday 15 September and 12.30am on Tuesday 16 September, it is believed that the offenders approached the football club on Stancliffe Industrial Estate in Blackburn and cut the padlock on the main gates. They then broke into a garage on the premises and stole the sit on grass mower and a strimmer from inside.

 

The offenders were later captured on CCTV loading the mower into the rear of a white transit van with a black rim around the bottom which was parked outside the gates. The van is then seen leaving in the direction of Ewood.

 

One of the offenders is described as a white male, approximately 170cm tall with short dark brown hair and was wearing a light coloured long sleeved top and dark trousers at the time.

 

A second offender is described as a white male, approximately 185cm, medium build with short dark brown hair and was wearing a light coloured top...

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Police: Occupants of flat forced to flee fire

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

People had to flee a flat in Ramsey after a bin fire almost spread to the property.

Vandals set fire to a large recycling bin in an alleyway off Great Whyte before the flames spread to a nearby building.

Emergency services were alerted to the blaze shortly before 4am on Saturday (September 13).

The heat of the fire caused a window of the flat to crack, however the fire did not take hold of the building.

Detective Constable Sue Swales said: “This was a very dangerous incident and it is only down to sheer luck that the fire did not spread to the nearby buildings.

“I would urge anyone with any information as to who was responsible to call police.”

Anyone with any information should call DC Swales on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.



Police: A man has been sentenced for sexually exploiting a teenage girl in Tameside

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

A man has been sentenced for sexually exploiting a teenage girl in Tameside.

Cameron Wassall (born 25/04/1993) of Market Street, Stalybridge, has today, Friday 19 September 2014, been sentenced at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court to 12 months in prison.

He pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

Wassall was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years.

In the summer of 2013 Wassall befriended a 14-year-old girl in a newsagent’s on Millbrook Road in Stalybridge. He would buy cigarettes for the girl and her friends.

He became friends with her on Facebook and during these conversations, phone numbers were exchanged.

Wassall started to send sexually explicit text messages and then arranged to meet her when he finished work on 7 August 2013.

The girl arrived with her two friends and they all went to his house in Millbrook; he took her into the bathroom where he sexually exploited and raped her.

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Police: Paint stripper poured over Mercedes car in Felixstowe

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Police in Felixstowe are appealing for witnesses after a car had paint stripper poured over it.

 

The incident happened between 9pm on Thursday 18 September and 6.50am 19 September at an address in Hintlesham Drive, Felixstowe.

 

The Mercedes SL63 parked on a driveway had the paint stripper poured over it causing damage to nearly all panels of the car causing approximately £5000 worth of damage.

 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Sgt Peter Street at Felixstowe Police on 101 quoting FE/14/1600 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



Police: Man charged with GBH following Great Yarmouth assault

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

A 28-year-old man has been charged with grievous bodily harm in connection with an assault in Great Yarmouth earlier this week.

 

Viktoras Sukackas, of Northgate Street in the town, was charged with GBH with intent yesterday evening and appeared at Norwich Magistrate’s Court this morning.

 

He was remanded in custody to appear at Norwich Crown Court on Friday 3 October 2014.

 

The charge relates to an incident in Northgate Street at around 9.30pm on Wednesday 17 September 2014.

 

The victim, a man aged in his 50s was taken to the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston where he remains and is described as being in a stable condition.

 

No further action will be taken against a 27-year-old woman also arrested in connection with the incident.



Police: Police appeal for information after a burglary in Bedlington Station

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Police are appealing for information after a burglary in Bedlington Station.
Between 8:30pm Thursday, September 18, and 6:30am Friday, September 19, thieves broke into an industrial unit in Ravensworth Court. They stole tools including a red Deloibus GTI Pro spray gun, a Bosch cordless drill, a Parkside Orbital sander and a silver primer spray gun.
Enquiries are ongoing into the break-in and anyone with any information into the burglary, or the whereabouts of the stolen items, is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 51786B/14.

Police are appealing for information after a bus stop was damaged in Bedlington.
At 11:50pm on Thursday, August 14, vandals smashed the glass panel of a bus stop in Stead Lane.
Enquiries are ongoing into the damage and police are appealing for anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 44671K/14.




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