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Drugs gang jailed for 74 years

Fourteen members of a drugs gang who supplied cocaine and ecstasy across London and East Anglia have been jailed for a total of 74 years and four months.

Officers from the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit launched an investigation into the organised crime group in 2013.

The gang used a recruitment agency business in Slough to cover as a front for the drug dealing and also used street dealers to supply cocaine and MDMA across the region.

An undercover investigation led to arrests in Hertfordshire, Essex, London, Slough and Reading.

Officers seized 3.3kg of cocaine with a street value of £138,000, 4.4kg of MDMA with a street value of £560,000 and £60,733 in cash.

Twelve men and a woman pleaded guilty to various drugs offences and were sentenced at early hearings. A further defendant was also jailed after being convicted following a trial.

“This was a complex and organised crime syndicate which was supplying a large amount of drugs across the eastern region. “ERSOU conducted a large scale investigation into their activity to ensure we could dismantle the operation, seizing a significant quantity of drugs which had been destined for the streets of our cities and towns and securing enough evidence to ensure they received lengthy custodial sentences.

– Detective Inspector Gary Bloomfield

The following defendants from our region were sentenced.

Mark Glencross, 46, from Stevenage, jailed for seven years and four months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine. He had 259 grams of cocaine with a street value of £10,360 on his arrest.

Nadeem Younas, 37, from Stevenage, was sentenced to six years and four months after admitting possession of cocaine with intent to supply. He had 995 grams of cocaine with a street value £39,800.

Darren Hester, 35, from Bedford, was sentenced to four years for possession with intent to supply cocaine. He had 250 grams cocaine with a street value of £10,000.

Stephen Dandy, 45, from Bedford, was jailed for three years and four months for possessing cocaine with intent to supply 290 grams of cocaine with a street value of £11,600.

Teenager killed after car overturns

The crash happened at Gosmore Credit: ITV Anglia

A 19-year-old man died after a crash near Hitchin in the early hours of Sunday October 4.

The crash happened at 3am on Preston Road, Gosmore and involved one car, a blue Peugeot 106, which overturned. The car had been travelling south from Hitchin. Emergency services attended and a 19 year old man sadly passed away at the scene.

He's been named as Jack Mudd, from Stevenage.

Another occupant of the car was taken to the Lister hospital for treatment. Officers are keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision or anyone who saw Jack Mudd in Hitchin town centre in the hours leading up to the collision.

A 19-year-old man from the Hitchin area has been arrested in connection with the incident.


Smoke from Essex industrial estate fire is seen for miles

Smoke from the fire was seen from miles away Credit: Martin M

Forty firefighters have been called to a fire in a industrial unit at Wickford in Essex. Crews from across South Essex were called out. Essex fire said the building on the Herons Way industrial estate was well alight when they arrived.

Forty firefighters are tackling the blaze Credit: Martin M

Two teenage girls charged with burning Suffolk school

Exning school was devastated by the blaze Credit: ITV Anglia

Two teenage girls have been charged with arson following a fire at Exning Primary School in September.

The 16 and 17-year-old girls, who can’t be named because of their age, have both been charged with arson – damaging the school to the value of approximately £200,000.

The two teenagers were arrested within days of the fire that happened in the early hours of Friday 4 September. Both were interviewed by officers before being bailed to allow further inquiries to be carried out.

Both answered bail on Friday, 2 October, and were charged. They are now due to appear at Bury St Edmunds Youth Court from 9.20am on November 3.


Plea for information after dogs found abandoned

Charles the Cocker Spaniel Credit: RSPCA

Two dogs have been found dumped at a waste site in Cambridgeshire.

The RSPCA says a female black and white terrier, now named Eva, was very emaciated and suffering from extreme dehydration. Her companion - a chocolate Cocker spaniel now named Charles, was a lot healthier and bright, but distressed at being abandoned.

They were both discovered at Ely Road, Waterbeach on Monday, 14 September. They were taken straight to a vet who said that Eva’s condition was so poor she had to be put to sleep to end further suffering.

“Poor Eva was in a terrible state when she was found. She was so weak she could barely lift her head - all she could do was blink really. The vets did all they could to save her but sadly she did not respond to any treatment. It seems she must have been neglected for some time.

“Charles was in a better state of health, but had still been left without care to wander around alone in a hazardous spot. Who knows what would have happened to him had they not been found.

– RSPCA inspector Richard Lythgoe

The RSPCA say anyone with information should ring them on 0300 123 8018.

Cat recovering after getting collar caught

Bea the cat is recovering Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was found collapsed on a Suffolk doorstep with severe injuries caused by her collar which had become caught around her mouth.

The female black and white cat, now named Bea, was found in Byron Road in Ipswich on Sunday, 20 September.

Her collar had got caught around her neck and mouth, which had caused two deep holes in her neck which had become infected.

Bea is not microchipped and it is not known who she belongs to.

Poor Bea was in a terrible state and must have been in so much pain. She could barely even walk...She is now being cared for at the vets. She is still very weak, and traumatised from her ordeal, and will only eat if somebody sits with her. But she is getting stronger by the day and will hopefully make a good recovery soon.”

– RSPCA inspector Jason Finch

Police release picture of man who's admitted murdering 86-year-old

Alexander Kerry, 23 Credit: Norfolk Police

Police have released this picture of Alexander Kerry, from Norwich, who's admitted the murder of an 86-year-old recluse in the city.

The 23-year-old violently assaulted Pauline King in her home in The Avenues leaving her with fatal injuries.

The two had not been known to one another prior to the incident on 22 February 2015.

Kerry was remanded in custody to appear at Ipswich Crown Court for sentencing tomorrow.

The judge told Ipswich Crown Court his admission had saved the jury from listening to some distressing evidence.

He'll be sentenced tomorrow, when he's been warned to expect life.

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