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Police: Police investigate after dog attack involving up to six American bulldogs

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Three people have been injured following a dog attack in the Belmont area of Durham City today.

Just after 1pm today officers were called to Coniston Close area of Belmont following a report of a man being attacked by dogs.

Police believe a man and a woman were walking six American bulldogs when the dogs began fighting with a Staffordshire bull terrier that was also being walked by its owner.  The owner of the Staffordshire bull terrier, a 63 year old man from Belmont, was injured during the incident.

He was taken by ambulance to the University Hospital of North Durham (UHND) with injuries to his limbs and head.  His condition is described as serious.

A woman was also injured with bites to her hand.

Immediately after this incident a local woman walking nearby was injured by one of the dogs.  She was also taken to UHND where she is being treated for injuries to her leg.

A 48 year old man from Pittington has been arrested in connection with the incident.  He...

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Police: Epsom man sentenced to five years for drugs and firearms offences

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

An Epsom man has been sentenced to five years in prison after drugs, a firearm and ammunition were found at his home.

Warren Christopher, of Chavecroft Terrace, pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing a class A drug with intent to supply, possessing a firearm without a certificate, possessing a firearm when prohibited, possessing ammunition without a firearm certificate, and two counts of possessing class A drugs.

He also admitted to being in breach of a suspended sentence which was imposed for being in possession of a bladed article, when he appeared at Guildford Crown Court yesterday (Monday 20 October).

Intelligence from the community led officers to conduct the search at his home on Saturday 9 August. On seeing officers arriving at the address Christopher ran off, but three days later he was questioned and interviewed.

Officers found a quantity of drug wraps, some of which was located inside a yellow Kinder Egg container in the kitchen.

More wraps were found in...

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Police: Morecambe man pleads guilty to rape of two females

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

A man from Morecambe has today pleaded guilty to the rape of two women at Preston Crown Court.

Mateusz Otfinowski, 23, of Lord Street, Morecambe pleaded guilty at a Plea and Case Management Hearing this morning (Tuesday 21 October).

The offences relate to the rape of a woman on Bridge Street in Lancaster on 3 March 2014 and the rape of a woman on Cross Street in Morecambe on 26 July 2014.

Detective Inspector Richard McCutcheon said: “I am thankful that today’s plea has spared the victims the ordeal of having to sit through a trial and that they do not need to re-live the details of the despicable crimes committed against them.”

Otfinowski will be sentenced at Preston Crown Court on Friday 12 December.

Police: Police to carry out a test purchasing operation in Inverness over the coming weeks

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Police Scotland Highland and Islands Division will be carrying out test purchasing operations in the Inverness area in the coming weeks.

The scheme consists of a fully briefed teenager (under 18 years of age) entering off-sales premises under controlled conditions and in line with agreed guidelines to purchase alcohol.

If the proprietor does not ask the person their age and allows them to purchase alcohol they will be committing an offence, even if their excuse is that they thought they were 18.

Licence holders will not be duped into committing an offence because if they, as they should do, ask the age of the test purchaser then the youngsters will answer truthfully.

All those who hold licenses to sell alcohol in these areas should be reminded that they could face losing their license if they are caught selling alcohol to a minor.

Police would encourage anyone with information relating to alcohol sale to minors within the community to report it to Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on0800 555111.

Police: Haroon Rashid Aswat extradited from the UK to the US to face terrorist-related charges

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Haroon Rashid Aswat, 40 (22.09.74), has today, Tuesday, 21 October, been extradited from the UK to the US.

Aswat, a British citizen from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire is wanted by authorities in the United States for terrorist-related offences. He is alleged to have travelled to the US in late 1999 with the intention of setting up a Jihadist training camp in Oregon.

He was originally arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service’s Extradition Unit at RAF Northolt on 7 August 2005 following receipt of a US request for his extradition; having been deported from Zambia.

The warrants issued on behalf of the US authorities allege:

1) Between 1.10.99 and 30.04.00 conspired with others to control and manage an association of persons in Bly, Oregon, who would be organised and trained, or organised and equipped, for the purpose of enabling them to be employed for the use or display of physical force in promoting a political object, namely to make...

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Police: Man seriously injured after being attacked by up to eight men

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A man is recovering in hospital after being attacked in Salford.

Shortly before 10.50pm on Monday 20 October 2014, police were called by the NWAS, who had been called to assist a man found seriously injured and unconscious.

Officers attended and found a man, aged 33, slumped on the ground in a walkway between the M602 and St Luke’s Road.

He has been taken to hospital for treatment to multiple injuries, including a fractured skull, fractured ribs and severe bruising. He also lost a number of teeth in the assault.

Police believe the man was accosted by up to eight men on St Luke’s Road and was assaulted between there and where he was found.

The man was repeatedly kicked and hit with bricks during the assault.

An unknown person used the victim’s phone to contact the ambulance service and police are trying to locate this person as well as any other witnesses.

Detective Sergeant Julie Connor, said: “The victim has been given an horrific beating by as many as eight men...

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Police: Prisons Less Safe, Warns Chief Inspector

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Financial, population and policy pressures contributed to a significant decline in safety and other outcomes in adult male prisons in the second half of 2013-14 but there were now some tentative signs of improvement, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, publishing his annual report.

Pressures on prisons were very significant in 2013-14:

  • savings included a reduction of £84 million in public sector prison running costs and £88 million as a result of the closure of older prisons and their planned replacement with cheaper places elsewhere. In the short-term, the planned staffing reductions these changes involved resulted in a significant loss of more experienced staff as old prisons closed. This was exacerbated by long-lasting but unplanned vacancies, particularly in London and the South East of England. The staffing reductions followed the ‘Fair and Sustainable’ programme which changed the role of front-line managers and supervisors, and reduced their number;
  • the total prison...

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A man has been jailed for more than four years after causing the death of a motorist on the M6 in Staffordshire.

Dean Hughes, aged 29, of Curo Park, Frogmore, St Albans, Hertfordshire, was sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court yesterday, Monday.

He was jailed for four years and eight months for causing the death of Stephen Brentnall by dangerous driving. He also received a three year disqualification once released, with an extended re-test.

The collision, on 20 September 2013, occurred on the southbound carriageway, between J16 and J15, at approximately 6.15am and involved a white BMW 1 series and a grey BMW Mini.

The grey BMW Mini left the carriageway and sadly the male driver, Stephen Brentnall, aged 50, from the Grandholm area of Aberdeen, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Following an investigation Dean Hughes, the driver of the white BMW, was subsequently charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

Following the collision the southbound stretch of the motorway was closed...

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Police: Dave Lee Travis will not have his sent to the Court of Appeal says the attorney general

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

“The Attorney General, Jeremy Wright QC MP has decided not to refer the suspended prison sentence given to David Griffin to the Court of Appeal as he does not believe they would find it to be unduly lenient and increase it.

“The judge marked the seriousness of the offence by imposing a 3 month sentence of imprisonment, the maximum under the guidelines being 6 months. It was neither wrong in principle nor unduly lenient to suspend that sentence.”


Griffin 69, was convicted of one count of indecent assault on a woman in 1995. Judge Leonard QC sentenced Griffin to three months imprisonment suspended for two years on September 26th 2014 at Southwark Crown Court.

The Law Officers, (the Attorney and Solicitor General) have the power to refer sentences to the Court of Appeal that they consider to be unduly lenient.  This is a high threshold and is reserved for sentences which are more than simply lenient.  A sentence will only be...

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Police: 10 Questions for UKIP

Written by RSS Poster A Just Future: Fair for All
Twitter is awash with outrage about Mike Read's 'just for fun' UKIP calypso sung in a faux Jamaican accent. Personally, I am now looking for his covers of Al Jolson's Mammy & Peter Sellers' Goodness Gracious Me... But as I have said before, we should not be distracted by these silly antics. Mr Farage and his acolytes are no fools: they know that by consistently creating such ridiculous promos, the public will fail to notice what a) they are really doing and b) the gaping chasm of policies for any serious political party.

Did you know for example that yesterday, UKIP managed to patch together a new European Parliamentary grouping so as to save its funding? You can read the story here: Ukip does deal with far-right, racist Holocaust-denier to save EU funding Funny how that story broke on the same day that Mike Read's single was released...

And if you Google 'UKIP Policies' you get this: What We Stand For, which is about as informative as soggy food label which may contain nuts...

So, I thought I would ask ten questions of...

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