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Burglar who targeted elderly is jailed

Candice Cush has been jailed for burglary. Credit: Bedfordshire Police.

A burglar from Bedfordshire who preyed on elderly people has been jailed.

Candice Cush, 28, was sentenced to four years in prison at Luton Crown Court.

Cush, of Edinburgh Close, Bedford, knocked on the door of a man’s house in Spencer Road on February 18.

When the victim - who was in his 80s - answered, she pushed him to the ground and entered the house, stealing about £100.

It is the fourth time Cush has been convicted of targeting elderly people.

"We will not tolerate this kind of behaviour and work hard to protect the most vulnerable people in our county."

– Det Con Chris Avery, Bedfordshire Police.


Two charged after police raids in Norfolk

Two people have been charged following a police operation in Norwich and Long Stratton yesterday morning.

Armed officers, raided addresses in Whitwell Road, Ladbrooke Place and Humbleyard in Norwich and an address in Lime Tree Avenue, Long Stratton.

Steven Wilson, aged 21, of Ladbrooke Place in Norwich has been charged with assault by beating, criminal damage and possession of an imitation firearm; relating to an incident in Palmer Close, Norwich last month.

Maria Walker, aged 24, of Ladbrooke Place in Norwich has been charged with possession of an imitation firearm; relating to an incident in Palmer Close, Norwich, on the 9 December 2014.

A woman, aged in her 30s, from the Norwich area was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and was bailed to return to Wymondham Police Investigation Centre in March.

Police get tough on rural crime

Theft of farm equipment is a key issue in rural communities Credit: Press Association

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.

The Cambridgeshire Rural Crime Team is based in Huntingdon Credit: Press Association

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.


Conmen rob elderly couple

An elderly couple in their 70s from Essex have been tricked out of nearly £25,000 by thieves who posed as detectives.

They were asked to withdraw money from three bank accounts and were also conned into buying an expensive watch. The couple were told by the thieves that they would be working undercover for the police as part of a fraud investigation. Couriers were sent on three seperate occasions to collect the money from their home in the Blackmore area near Chelmsford.

The men police are looking for feature in the CCTV below

Cycle theft CCTV released

British Transport Police have released an image of a man they would like to talk to after a bike was stolen at Peterborough station.

CCTV showing a man leaving the cycle park Credit: British Transport Police

Anyone with information about the man's identity is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Region's police work together to target suspected paedophiles

The region's police have made dozens of arrests as part of a nationwide operation targeting suspected paedophiles.

Led by the National Crime Agency, 45 forces across the country, including Bedfordshire, Essex, Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, and Thames Valley, focused their efforts on people who were accessing indecent images of children online.

In total, Operation Notarise led to 660 arrests and helped to safeguard more than 400 children.

Among those arrested were doctors, teachers, scout leaders, care workers and former police officers with unsupervised access to young people.

Action by the region's forces included:

  • 14 arrests by Bedfordshire Police. One had been charge, 13 remain on bail.
  • 10 arrests of men aged between 18 and 66 by Suffolk Police. All are on bail.
  • Seven men, aged between 29 and 68, arrested in Norfolk.
  • A total of 347 computers and 36 mobile phones seized across Norfolk and Suffolk.
  • 24 men arrested and 20 children safeguarded in Essex. In total 31 search warrants were carried out.
  • Seven people arrested in Hertfordshire. All are on police bail.
  • 30 people arrested and more than 10 children safeguarded by Thames Valley Police.

NCA Deputy Director General Phil Gormley said: “This is the first time the UK has had the capability to coordinate a single targeted operation of this nature.

"Over the past six months we have seen unprecedented levels of cooperation to deliver this result.

“Our aim was to protect children who were victims of, or might be at risk of, sexual exploitation.

"A child is victimised not only when they are abused and an image is taken. They are re-victimised every time that image is viewed by someone.

Force issues first Domestic Violence Protection Order

Police in Cambridgeshire have issued their first Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO).

DVPOs are used to protect someone from violence or the threat of violence and were rolled out across the country in March this year.

The order was granted at Cambridge Magistrates' Court on a 42-year-old man from Cambridge.

It was applied for after an alleged violent incident on July 12 and will be in place for 28 days. It prevents him visiting the home of, or contacting, his former partner - a 50-year-old woman from Cambridge.

Det Insp Alan Page said: "This is the first time DVPO to be issued by the force since we launched them two weeks ago.

"It demonstrates our commitment to use every power available to us in order to protect victims of abuse and reduce the likelihood of further incidents.

"This order will give the victim time to consider the next steps she may wish to take without the threat of further violence."

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