Cambridgeshire Police have vowed to crack down on domestic violence after a man was jailed for attacking his partner and snapping her mobile phone.
William Wenman repeatedly punched and slapped his victim in the face in the early hours of January 16, leaving her unable to open her right eye because of the bruising and swelling.
The 38-year-old, from Chatteris, was jailed for a year and 10 months.
With the victim not wishing to attend court, Wenman initially pleaded not guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm and criminal damage.
But he changed his plea to guilty after a judge at Cambridge Crown Court permitted the use of other evidence, such as bodycam footage from officers.
"We hope this sentence will allow the victim to move on with the rest of her life.
"This court result shows that if a victim, for whatever reason, does not want to engage with the court process then we can still pursue justice on their behalf.
"Protecting vulnerable people, including survivors of domestic abuse, is a priority for the constabulary and we will do all we can to bring offenders before the courts."
A dealer who sold Class A drugs by sending coded messages referring to them as 'cement', 'food' and 'coffee' has been jailed.
Zakeria Ahmed, from Camden, also received messages from people saying they couldn't wait until he got a "chain of restaurants across East Anglia".
The 23-year-old admitted being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin. He was sentenced to three years and seven months in prison.
Cambridge Crown Court heard officers arrested Ahmed in 2016 at a property in Staffordshire Street, Cambridge where he was found with an old Nokia mobile phone and cannabis. He also had £500 rolled up in cling film in his underwear.
“Ahmed’s immediate custodial sentence serves as a stark reminder to people wanting to sell Class A drugs in Cambridgeshire. The sale of drugs brings misery to communities, facilitating further crimes to be committed such as thefts, burglaries and robberies. “Cambridgeshire Constabulary will always look to prosecute offenders who are in the business of selling drugs and this case highlights the fact that you don’t need to be in possession of drugs to be found guilty.”
A bungling burglar has been jailed for two years after he targeted a home on his own street... twice.
Elroy Dilla, 38, from Chelveston Way in Peterborough, ransacked a nearby house last summer while the owners were on holiday.
He stole two televisions, an X Box and a key to the property.
He then tried to return for another raid in October - only to find that the locks had been changed and CCTV had been installed.
Unable to get in, Dilla broke into the shed instead and sole boxes of wires and other items.
A CCTV appeal was launched and members of the public identified Dilla after recognising his distinctive red trainers.
He admitted burglary, attempted burglary and shed burglary at Peterborough Crown Court.
“Dilla not only burgled a home in his own street, he attempted to do it twice thinking that he wouldn’t be caught. Thankfully the family had put measures in place to help prevent Dilla entering their home a second time.”
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A nine-year-old boy and a woman have been killed after two cars crashed in Cambridgeshire over the weekend.
Police are appealing for witnesses after a silver Renault Clio and a blue Volkswagen Polo collided on the A1198 at Bassingbourn on Saturday evening.
The driver of the Renault, Claire Bakhtiar, 38, of Mill Road Mews in Salisbury, Wiltshire, died at the scene of the accident.
Nine-year-old Lawrence Carroll, of Tamworth Road in Hertford, Hertfordshire, who was a rear-seat passenger in the Volkswagen, suffered serious injuries and later died in Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge on Sunday morning.
The driver of the Volkswagen, a woman in her 40s, suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries and the front-seat passenger, a 15-year-old boy, suffered minor injuries. They are both being treated at Addenbrooke’s.
Cambridgeshire Police say the non-emergency 101 service is now working again following a technical issue which closed it down.
A police spokesman said they would like to thank people for their patience and apologised for any inconvenience caused.
Cambridgeshire Police are warning that the county's 101 service isn't working.
A police spokesman says IT engineers are working to resolve the issues.
People living in Cambridgeshire are being urged to only call 999 in an emergency.
Two men have been jailed for an aggravated burglary in Peterborough, during which they shot at the victim and a witness with a pellet gun.
Airidas Sulga, 19, and Osvaldas Milius, 18, broke into a house in Welland Road on 1 May, stealing a tablet computer.
When the victim and a witness chased the offenders, they opened fire on them in the street. They continued to give chase, but Sulga and Milius managed to escape.
Both men pleaded guilty in front of Peterborough Crown Court.
Milius has been sentenced to four years in prison for burglary and four months for theft.
He has also been jailed to two months for possession of a Class A drug, which will run at the same time as the other sentences.
Sulga has been to sentenced to five years in a young offender institute for forfeiture and destruction of the weapon used in the incident.
They have each been made to pay £900 in court costs and a victim surcharge of £120.
"This was nasty incident which left its victim and a witness badly shaken.
"This result should act as a warning that we will bring criminals to justice and work tirelessly to investigate crime and keep people safe in their communities.
"Sulga and Milius were identified, charged and convicted thanks some excellent detective, case-building and forensic work. My thanks goes to all those involved."
A £400 CCTV system has been stolen from a Maplins electronics store at the Beehive Centre in Cambridge.
Detectives have issued an image of a man they would like to question in connection with the theft.
A new team of Special Constabulary officers has been launched in Cambridgeshire to support the force's Rural Crime Team.
Senior officers say the new team will provide visible reassurance to remote communities and businesses, supplementing the existing local area patrol officers.
Among the issues facing rural communities and businesses in Cambridgeshire are hare coursing, theft from farms and outbuildings, theft of machinery and straw-stack arson.
Cambridgeshire police has about 300 special constables and is keen for more to sign-up.