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Police: Teenager jailed for 10yrs for string of sex offences against children

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

An 18-year-old man was today (20/11) sentenced after he admitted raping and assaulting underage girls.

Archie Collicutt, of Wilcote Riding, Finstock, West Oxfordshire, was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment and an additional three years on licence at Oxford Crown Court.

On 10 September, he pleaded guilty to two counts of rape, two counts of sexual assault, two counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of the attempted rape of a child under 13.

The offences were committed against seven girls in Oxfordshire between March 2012 and September 2013.

In March 2012, Collicutt raped a 13-year-old and said he would kill her and her family if she were to tell anyone.

In another incident in June 2013, Collicutt attempted to rape a 12-year-old girl and again threatened her and her family to stop her telling police.

He was arrested and charged initially in September 2013.

Investigating officer Det Con Ian Gibbard from Banbury Force CID said: “Collicutt...

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Police: Two men arrested on suspicion of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Two men have been arrested as part of an investigation into historical allegations of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.

The arrests were made today (Thursday 20 November) after search warrants were executed at five properties in the Goole area.

The men, aged 35 and 39, have been arrested on suspicion of committing a number of sexual offences against underage girls between 1990 and 2001.

Attempts are currently being made to transfer them to South Yorkshire for interview.

Anyone with concerns about child sexual exploitation should contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Always call 999 in an emergency.

You can also report child sexual exploitation online through the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre


Police: Witness Appeal Following Violent Robbery of 14-year-old girl in Shrewsbury

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

West Mercia police are appealing to the Shrewsbury community following the robbery of a young girl on Tuesday of this week.

The robbery took place between the hours of 3:40pm and 4pm on Tuesday 18th November. The victim, a 14-year-old girl from Shrewsbury, was walking along the tow path which runs alongside the river Severn between Lesley Owen Way and Telford Way when she was approached by four men who blocked her path. The victim handed her bag over to them and tried to walk away but as she passed them one of the men grabbed her from behind and pulled her to the ground. The youngest man in the group then went on to physically assault the girl repeatedly whilst she was on the floor. The victim closed her eyes during the attack and when she opened them again the men were walking away from her towards Castle Fields. One of the men then walked back towards her and spat at her, they then carried on walking away laughing.

The first suspect was described as around...

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Police: Woman arrested on suspicion of drink-driving found not guilty by court

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

A woman who was arrested as part of Sussex Police’s Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers has been found not guilty in court.

Patricia Dowe, 56, was arrested at 9.55pm on 24 December 2013 in Lancing Close, Polegate, by officers looking for people driving while over the limit.

Dowe, of The Ridge, Pound Green, was charged with drink-driving but has now been found not guilty when she appeared at Hastings Magistrates’ Court.

Every motorist charged with an offence during the campaign was named and Sussex Police is proactively releasing the results of each of their cases when they have gone to court.

A total of 135 people have been convicted of offences as part of the Christmas 2013 crackdown. A further five are still going through the courts.

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug driving or visit

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs call 999.

Police: Man charged with theft Hospice theft

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

A man from Harlow has been charged with stealing over £1,500 of diesel from St Clare’s Hospice in the town.

Jake Seaton, 20, of Barn Mead, has been charged with theft and released on police bail to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on December 12th


Police: Murder investigation launched in Southend after double stabbing

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Police have launched a murder enquiry after two men were stabbed at an address in Southend.

Officers were called with reports of two men with serious injuries at a property in St Anns Road just after 10.30pm on Wednesday, November 19.

One man was declared dead at the scene, the other has been taken by ambulance to hospital with stab wounds. He is in a critical condition.

St Anns Road has been closed and forensic examinations of the scene are continuing.

DCI Simon Werrett said: “I would urge anybody who has information about this murder to contact the investigation team at Southend. If you were in St Ann’s Road between 10pm and 11pm and saw a group of men running please contact us. If you do not wish to speak to the police then contact Crimestoppers.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace

Absolute discharge - no further action is taken, since either the offence was very minor or the court considers that the experience has been enough of a deterrent. The offender will receive a criminal record.   

The last decade can arguably be described as one in which the law has become increasingly prescriptive at the summary level.  In 2004 there were 530,847 offenders sentenced at magistrates` courts on non motoring offences of whom 4,507 received an absolute discharge; 0.85%.   Similar figures for the year ending June 2014 are 416,198 and 2,079 or 0.5%.  For motoring offences alone in 2004 of...

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Police: 14yr old girl who made false claim of rape will face no further action

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News
Detectives are no longer investigating an allegation of rape in Brighton

Detective Chief Inspector Carwyn Hughes said: “On Wednesday 29 October we received a report of a 14-year old girl being raped by a man in Sheep Walk, which runs between Rottingdean and Ovingdean. We take all such reports very seriously and were quick to respond. However, an extensive and thorough investigation by local officers and by the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team has now made it very clear, as the girl herself has now admitted, that no such incident took place.”

There have been no other reported incidents in the area before or since 29 October.

No police action is being taken against the girl who made the report and DCI Hughes said; “The girl has been given access to sources of welfare and counselling support.

“We appreciate the public’s support in this investigation and I want to emphasise that we will always investigate fully all such reports. We continue to encourage victims of sexual and other violent offences to contact us and arrange to talk in confidence to experienced detectives.”

Police: Police treating death of Long Melford woman as murder

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Officers investigating the death of a woman in Long Melford on Thursday (13 November) are treating her death as murder, while the death of a man on the same day in Bury St Edmunds is still being treated as unexplained.

Police were called by a member of the public at around 12.10pm on Thursday reporting that a man had been found injured outside the Parkway car park in Bury St Edmunds. The man, who has been named as Oliver Ruse, 37, was pronounced dead at the scene a short while later.

A post mortem examination has confirmed that he died of serious internal and head injuries, consistent with a fall from a height. His death is currently being treated as unexplained by police and enquiries are on-going.

Following the incident in Bury St Edmunds, enquiries led police to an address in Park Terrace, Little St Mary’s, Long Melford and at around 2.40pm the body of 39-year-old Deborah Ruse was discovered at the scene.

A post mortem examination has confirmed that she died of significant...

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Written by RSS Poster The Thin Blue Line
The dishonest politician’s guide to handling the police
Professor Tim Hope offers a five point plan for governments on how to push up approval ratings by destroying the legitimacy of the police.
By: Professor Tim Hope
Date: Thursday, 20 November, 2014

The publication on 18 November 2014 of HM Inspectorate of Constabulary’s final report of an inspection of crime data integrity in police forces in England and report – Crime Recording: making the victim count – prompted me to reflect upon how successive governments have corrupted the police for political advantage. Here’s how to go about it:

1. Give the impression that you know how to reduce crime (but don’t be too specific)

Say that the police service is your main means of reducing crime; don’t discourage the police from their cherished belief that they are the 'Thin Blue Line' against disorder, and that the public loves them for it. Feed the police a lot of barmy ideas about how effective in crime fighting they could be (and watch them...

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