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New Chief Constable starts work

The new Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire has taken up his post.

Nick Dean, who's 51, says one of his first priorities is to get out and about to fully understand the concerns and demands of his workforce.

The new Chief Constable began his career with Norfolk Police in 1992. He replaces Alec Wood who has retired.

Cambridgeshire Chief Constable Nick Dean Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

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Man suffers serious injuries after car crashes into Cambridge shop

The scene of the crash in Victoria Road. Credit: BCH Road Policing

A driver has suffered serious injuries after his car ploughed through the front of a shop in Cambridge.

It happened yesterday evening at around 6pm in Victoria Road. A white Nissan hit the front of the Minuteman Press store.

A man in his 20s was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital. Police are investigating and have urged witnesses to call them on 101.

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"We were called at 5.59pm by the ambulance service to Victoria Road where a man in his 20s had left the road in a white Nissan and crashed into a shop front.

"He received serious injuries and was taken to Addenbrookes Hospital. The road was closed by reopened by 7.20pm. An investigation will take place into its cause."

– Cambridgeshire Police

Two men from Cambridgeshire charged with murder of Sam Mechelewski

Sam Mechelewski Credit: .

Two men have been charged with the murder of 20-year-old Sam Mechelewski in Cambridgeshire.

Sam's body was found in Hinchingbrooke Country Park by a member of the public in February. A post mortem revealed he died from a single stab wound.

Jordan Shepherd, 23, from Chatteris, and Ashley White, 20, from Brampton, are due to appear before magistrates in Peterborough today (June 13).

White has also been charged with possession of cannabis.

A man in his late teens from Huntingdon who was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder has been released on bail until July 10.

Three arrests in Cambridgeshire murder investigation

Sam Mechelewski. Credit: .

Three men have been arrested in connection with murder of Sam Mechelewski in Huntingdon.

The 20-year-old's body was found in Hinchingbrooke Country Park by a member of the public in February. A post mortem revealed he died from a single stab wound.

Police have now re-arrested two men in their 20s who had previously been held on suspicion of murder.

Another man, in his late teens, has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

Anyone with information regarding Sam’s murder should call police on 101 quoting CC-01022018-0198.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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Jailed: Cambridgeshire man who attacked partner

William Wenman, from Chatteris, was jailed after admitting assault. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police.

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."

– Cambridgeshire Police spokesman

Jailed: Dealer who sold Class A drugs via coded messages

Zakeria Ahmed was jailed for more than three years. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police.

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.”

– Det Con James Weston

Bungling burglar jailed after raiding house on his own street

Elroy Dilla. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

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.”

– Detective Sergeant Kayleigh Smith
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