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Police: @CrimestoppersUK joins social media elite at #awards night

Written by RSS Poster Crimestoppers

The Emirates Stadium, so used to welcoming some of the world’s elite footballers every week as they take to the hallowed turf that sits in the middle of the 60,000 seat arena, had a different clientele last night as it welcomed Crimestoppers and organisations in both the public and private sector for the UK Social Media Communications Awards 2014.

Crimestoppers, along with our partner Esri UK, were nominated in the category for Best use of Twitter following the 24 hour Tweetathon campaign that we carried out in September last year.

For those that missed it, using Esri UK’s geo mapping technology, we were able to drop pins on an interactive map to highlight where and what type of crime was being reported anonymously to Crimestoppers over a 24 hour period, and share this on Twitter.

The information on the map was sanitised and pinpointed a region, not a town or city, so there was no danger of anyone who contacted us being identified, but gave us an opportunity to give our Twitter...

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Police: Two men sentenced for drug possession totalling £29,970

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News
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Two men have been sentenced today (24th October 2014) to over nine years at Carlisle Crown Court for possession with intent to supply £29,970 worth of drugs.

On 14th August 2014, Dean Gee, aged 23, from Kinder Grove, Romiley, Stockport, and Liam Wilson, aged 21 from Linney Square, Wigan, were arrested in Workington following a stop check and search of their car. Police officers found cocaine, mephedrone, MDMA (ecstasy) tablets and powder, which totalled a street value of £29,970, all hidden in the car.

They both pleaded guilty on 1st September 2014 to four offences of possession of drugs with intent to supply. Wilson was sentenced to five years and four months and Gee received a sentence of four years.

Sergeant Duncan Brooker, who led the investigation, said: “Wilson and Gee were arrested as a result of pro-active policing. Police officers were suspicious of their behaviour, stopped their car in Workington and found a substantial amount of drugs.

“The actions of...

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Police: Top award for detectives who tracked down notorious female serial killer

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

The Tri-force Major Crime Unit has won the Investigation of the Year award for bringing serial killer Joanne Dennehy and her accomplices to justice.

The Operation Darcy/Dante investigation team from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit received the award from the Police Federation National Detective Forum (PFNDF) in Brighton yesterday (Thursday, October 23).

This was one of the largest investigations in recent times involving multiple murders, the disposal of bodies and a subsequent nationwide hunt.

Led by Detective Chief Inspector Martin Brunning and supervised by Detective Sergeants Andy Crocker and Mark Jinks, the team worked tirelessly throughout the cross-border investigation resulting in the arrest and prosecution of both Dennehy and her three male accomplices.

With more than 700 statements taken, nearly 400 officer reports filed and more than 80 taped interviews undertaken with witnesses – some vulnerable – and suspects,...

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Police: Chief Constable Colette Paul

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

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Bedfordshire Police Chief Constable Colette Paul today handed over a cheque for £364.06 to the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) after undertaking the Ice Bucket Challenge at Bedfordshire Police Headquarters in August.

The Chief’s challenge – which can still be viewed on YouTube – took place in front of 63 new officers who were taking part in their Passing Out parade. 58 of them had just completed their twenty week training course, while the remainder had joined earlier in the year and were already out on patrol. All the officers will be helping to deliver local policing across the county, bolstering operational capability and strengthening the frontline. An additional 36 recruits have also just arrived at Kempston Police Headquarters forming part of an on-going recruitment programme.

Chief Constable Paul was one of millions of people across the world who took up the challenge of being doused in ice cold water to raise awareness and funds for MNDA. In the UK a staggering £7 million...

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Police: Burka wearing duo jailed for robbery

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News
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Two men who carried out a robbery at a ‘Phones 4 U’ store wearing burkas have been jailed for a combined total of 10 years.

The men, both ex-employees of ‘Phones 4 U’ had been under investigation by the store for alleged misconduct matters. Sabek had resigned two months before and Khan a month before they carried out the robbery.

They were both sentenced today, Friday, 24 October, at Kingston Crown Court.

Mohammed Sabek, 27 (27.11.86) of Grosvenor Road, W4 has been jailed for five years.

Aneel Khan, 28 (22.07.86) of Gloucester Road, Kingston-upon-Thames has also been jailed for five years.

They were each convicted of one count of conspiracy to rob on Thursday, 16 October, following a trial at the same court.

Detective Constable John Baldwin, from Wandsworth CID, said: “Both Sabek and Khan are now facing a long jail sentence because they thought by wearing clothing to conceal their face and body they could commit crime and not be caught.

“What both of them failed to realise is that the Met...

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Police: Prison cell business smashed by police

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News
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A family-run organised crime group orchestrated from a prison cell has been smashed thanks to Greater Manchester Police.

The four individuals, bonded by family and relationship ties, were responsible for the production and distribution of cannabis in the Tameside area.

The head of this organised crime group was Lee Burgess, who ran the firm from inside a prison cell thanks to an illegal mobile phone smuggled into the prison.

However, their criminality has now been exposed thanks to the Tameside Organised Crime Team.

Lee Burgess (born 04/01/1988), of HMP Risley, pleaded guilty to supply cannabis at an earlier hearing and was also convicted of acquiring criminal property following a trial.

His brother Peter Burgess (born 27/06/84), of High Bank Road, Droylsden, pleaded guilty to supply cannabis, possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply, production of cannabis and abstracting electricity at an earlier hearing. He was also convicted of entering into a money laundering arrangement...

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Police: 8yrs in prison for man guilty of historic sexual offences

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News
Merseyside Police can confirm that a 54-year-old man was sentenced to 8 years in prison at Liverpool Crown Court on Tuesday, 21 October, after being found guilty of a number of historic sexual offences.
Philip Gordon Knowles, from the Oasis del Sur area of Tenerife, was detained after a European Arrest Warrant was issued in April 2014.
He was taken to Madrid where officers from the Matrix Serious Organised Crime specialist Unity team brought him back to the UK.
He was subsequently charged with a number of historic sex offences and was found guilty earlier this week of four counts of gross indecency with a boy under the age of 14 and eight counts of indecent assault on a girl under the age of 16.
As well as being sentenced to eight years in prison he was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and is disqualified from working with children under the age of 16 years.
Detective Inspector Bev Hyland said: “Knowles is starting a long prison sentence after a jury...

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Police: So Just When Will Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe Resign?

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

I’m sure you don’t need reminding that Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe is the ‘top cop’ in the land, the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, Big Cheese, Top Johnny. He is in charge.

Under his stewardship we have seen one of the biggest scandals to rock the Met for decades, (but by no means the only one, where do I start?).  The recording of Crime Statistics for Metropolitan Police District.

It has been known by almost everyone within the Met that Crime Figures have been fiddled, it has been going on for decades and quite probably since the very first year that numerical targets were first introduced.

The then Police Constable James Patrick (amongst others) gave evidence to the Public Administration Select Committee and they eventually reported back that crime figures were being manipulated.

Tom Winsor of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary admitted that the manipulation of crime figures was taking place. The UK Statistics Authority withdrew the Met’s gold standard national statistics status. Sir...

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Police: Man arrested after party-goers threatened with gun

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

A man has been arrested after a number of people were threatened with a gun.

Shortly before 10pm on Thursday 23 October 2014, police were called to an address on Longhey Road, Benchill, following reports a number of people had been threatened with a gun following an argument at a house party.

Armed officers responded and a 25 year-old man was arrested nearby on suspicion of Firearms Offences

He remains in police custody for questioning.

A blank firing pistol was also recovered.

Police have cordoned off part of Brownley Road to allow searches in relation to this incident to take place.

Detective Sergeant Sandra Callender, said: “Following a dispute at a house party a man has left, only to return and threaten those inside.

“A swift response from specialist firearms officers meant a man was quickly arrested and an imitation firearm also recovered.

“There remains a police presence in the area while we conduct a number of searches in relation to this incident to try and preserve and recover any further relevant evidence and I would ask anyone residents with any concerns to come and talk to us.”

Police: What's The Point?

Written by RSS Poster The Magistrates' Blog
(This is a post by Bystander N)

What’s the Point in a Situation Like This?

For an imprisonable offence committed after 1stSeptember:-

“Your offence is so serious that only a prison sentence is appropriate.  You have blah blah blah.  We sentence you to X weeks/months in prison.  There has been no request for compensation.  The prosecution has asked for X as a contribution towards their costs.  You have no fixed address and are not receiving any benefits.  In fact you have no income whatsoever and are sleeping rough so we are not going to order you to pay anything towards the costs.  We are however obliged, we have no choice in the matter, to order you to pay a surcharge of £80.” 

So how is that ever going to be paid by someone with, quite literally, not a bean?  If it were ever to be chased for payment, which is unlikely, how will that be done and what will it cost to do so?  We have discretion not to award costs or compensation based on a defendant’s means, and to deem a fine served but we can’t deem a surcharge...

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