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Tory MP supports policing changes in Essex

Witham MP Priti Patel has backed the changes Credit: ITV Anglia

Witham MP Priti Patel has backed the changes announced by Essex Police today.

“Old and under-used properties can be expensive to maintain and many of my constituents want to see resources focused on ensuring that police officers investigate crimes, apprehend criminals and support victims. It is right that the Police respond to modern policing challenges by making themselves more accessible through modern means of communications and through the provision of specialist teams, such as the officers handling domestic violence cases. Policing will need to be more intelligence led and closer working with local authority and health service partners will deliver improvements to policing and savings.”

– Priti Patel, MP


Man who kept loaded shotgun under bed gets suspended sentence

A man who kept firearms and ammunition illegally, including a loaded shotgun under his bed, has been sentenced at court.

Peter Frenette, 73, was formerly a firearms dealer but his licence was not renewed in April last year, Peterborough Crown Court heard.

However, police received information that he was still acting as a dealer and carried out a warrant at his home in Greath North Road, Little Paxton, in September last year. They found guns and ammunition for which he did not have a licence.

Frenette denied eight offences, including failing to comply with the conditions of a shotgun certificate (related to keeping one under his bed).

He was found guilty on all counts yesterday (Monday) following a four day trial and was given a 21 month prison sentence, suspended for two years. He is automatically banned from possessing any firearm for five years.


Teenage boy threatened with knife in Great Yarmouth

A teenage boy was threatened with a knife during a robbery in Great Yarmouth.

The boy was approached by a man, who asked him asked for a cigarette, while he was walking along Peter's Plain, near Ravelin House, at about 3.15pm on Saturday.

The man then threatened him with a knife and demanded money. He gave the man a small amount of cash before he ran off.

The offender is described as a white man, about 30-years-old, with a spotty complexion. He was skinny and 6ft 4ins tall. He was wearing a black baseball cap, black hooded zip up top, light blue jeans and black and white trainers.

Police are keen to hear from any witnesses.

Man who kept cocaine hidden in cushion on sofa is jailed

Sarkot Hama Credit: Essex Police

A 34-year-old man found to be hiding a kilo of cocaine in his flat in Westcliff has been jailed for five years and four months.

Sarkot Hama was arrested in August after officers raided his flat on Westborough Road and discovered cocaine worth £45,000 concealed in a cushion on his living room sofa.

Hama was charged with possession with intent to supply class A drugs and possession of class B drugs.

He pleaded guilty to the offences and was sentenced at Basildon Crown Court.

"To be found in possession of this quantity of drugs shows an involvement in a high level of Organised Crime.

"The lengthy sentence passed shows that the supply of drugs into our communities will not be tolerated.”

– Dc Lee Warrington

Did you see BMW driver who left scene after collision with motorcyclist?

The crash happened near the Orwell bridge Credit: PA stills

Police are hunting for a BMW driver after a collision that left motorcycle passenger with a leg injury.

The crash happened on the A14 at Nacton on Friday 2nd October just past the Orwell Bridge.

The motorcycle rider managed to keep the bike upright, however the male passenger fell off and hurt his leg.

The car, which failed to stop, is described as a saloon blue BMW 3 series and was being driven by a man.

Anyone with information about the BMW or the driver involved or anyone who saw what happened is asked to call Suffolk and Norfolk Roads Policing and Firearms Operation Unit by calling Suffolk Police on 101.

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