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People smuggler jailed for four years

Kuroglu's yacht

A people smuggler who was caught when his yacht ran aground off the Suffolk coast has been jailed for four years. Hennadii Kurtoglu, 48, pleaded guilty to a charge of facilitating a breach of the UK’s immigration laws when he appeared at Ipswich Crown Court. He was sentenced immediately. The Ukrainian national, of no fixed UK address, was caught in April after a member of the public spotted his vessel in difficulties in the River Ore near Orford Quay. The witness contacted the coastguard and the 28 foot yacht, named Sanders, was escorted to the quayside where it was met by Border Force officers. Inside the vessel, officers found six other Ukrainian nationals – four men and two women – none of whom had leave to enter the UK. Kurtoglu, who identified himself as the yacht’s captain, was arrested. In addition to the sentence, the Judge also ordered the forfeiture of the yacht, which will now be sold and the proceeds returned to the public purse. The six Ukrainians found in the vessel have all since been removed from the UK.

Acid attacker sentenced to 11 years in jail

Jack Psaras

A man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison following an acid attack in Walton earlier this year.

Jack Psaras, 31, of Warde Chase, was with a group of three friends in the Bath House restaurant in January playing pool and buying drinks.

Nicholas Brown and four of his friends entered the restaurant shortly after and the groups started talking to each other.

But when both groups left, Psaras approached Mr Brown and threw acid in his face.

Mr Brown was taken to hospital where he was treated for his injuries. As a result he is left with a partial loss of sight in his right eye and is unable to read through it.

Psaras appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court today where he was sentenced to 11 years for grievous bodily harm with intent.

“This was an unprovoked attack on an innocent member of the public and the lengthy sentence given is evidence of how seriously we take this type of crime where liquids are carried by persons with the intent of using them on others to cause harm. The bravery Nicholas Brown has shown throughout the case is incredible and his cooperation with our enquiries has meant we have been able to bring Jack Psaras to justice.”

– Detective Constable Luke Howard


What do you think of plans to ban new diesel and petrol vehicles?

The sale of new diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned in the UK from 2040.

The government announced the deadline as part of £3 billion plans to cut illegal levels of air pollution that include scrappage schemes and potential "clean air zones" that could see charges for heavy polluting vehicles.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said the government wanted to help the car industry "do the right thing".

We asked what you thought of the change.


Driver killed in A140 crash is named

Colin Fisk died on the A140 at Mendlesham. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A 43-year-old man killed in a crash on the A140 has been named.

Colin Fisk, from Kesgrave died in the collision between two lorries and his Renault Megane on the A140 at Mendlesham, Suffolk, on Tuesday, July 26.

His seven-year-old daughter, who was a passenger in the car, was airlifted to hospital with a suspected broken collar bone.

Both lorries drivers suffered minor injuries.

A 50-year-old man remains in custody after being arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Teenager's arm set alight in Hertfordshire park

The assault happened at Hartham Common in Hertford. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A teenager's arm was set on fire as he walked through a park in Hertfordshire.

The 17-year-old was approached by three young men at Hartham Common in Hertford, close to the children's play area, between 6.45pm and 7.20pm on Monday, July 24.

They sprayed a substance - thought to be deodorant - on his arm before using a cigarette lighter to ignite it. The victim quickly extinguished the flame.

“This was an understandably frightening experience for the victim, who luckily is not seriously hurt.

"This attack could have had a very different outcome and the victim could have suffered life-changing injuries."

– Sgt Michael Clark, Hertfordshire Police.

The three men were between 5ft 2in and 5ft 4in tall and were all wearing dark-coloured hoodies.

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