Police target drug gangs in East Anglia

Police in Suffolk carried out a series of dawn raids across Ipswich with the aim of smashing the networks supplying class A drugs.

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Police uncover cannabis factory

Police have uncovered a cannabis factory in Thorpe St Andrew.

Officers raided a house in Boulton Road and found 20 cannabis plants as well as harvested cannabis.

They're describing it as a "sophisticated” set-up

Drug paraphernalia was seized and a man was interviewed under caution at the scene while a 50-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class B drug.

She was questioned at Wymondham and released on bail pending further enquiries.

Jay's mother campaigning against knives

Just six days after the teenager who stabbed her son Jay Whiston to death was found guilty of murder, Caroline Shearer is back campaigning for knives to be taken off our streets.

Hundreds of people turned up to show their support for the Only Cowards Carry charity in Clacton, which aims to get weapons awareness education on the curriculum. Serena Sandhu reports.

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Jay's mum working to prevent further tragedies

After a teenager was convicted of murdering her 17 year old son Jay Whiston, Caroline Shearer says she'll continue working to stop other families from experiencing the same heartache.

Caroline set up the charity 'Only Cowards Carry' six weeks after Jay was stabbed in the heart.

She's now back in the office arranging training visits to educate others about the dangers of carrying weapons.

Click below to see Victoria Lampard's report

Students robbed at gunpoint in Colchester

Detectives are appealing for information after a robbery in Colchester in which two students were forced to hand over their wallets at gunpoint.

The attack happened on Distillery Lane shortly after 3am on Tuesday, April 8.

The two 18-year-old local men had been walking along when the occupants of a parked silver car have got out of the vehicle.

One then threatened them with a black handgun. In fear, they handed over their mobile telephones and wallets.

We examined CCTV footage throughout Tuesday and it appears this car was driven into and out of Distillery Lane from the Tesco side. We are looking to speak with any taxi drivers or people who were working in the area between 3-3:30am on Tuesday morning and who saw any usual activity on Distillery Lane or a car being driven around the area with five young men inside. These two young victims are very shaken up and taking in what happened to them. We want to offer them reassurance by taking this group of people off the streets, but need people’s assistance to do so.”

– DC Adele Brown, Essex Police

The attackers are all described as white, in their early 20s and were wearing hoodies. One man had shaved, ginger hair while another has an eyebrow pierced with a silver bar.

Both young men were pushed around during the robbery, but neither sustained any physical injury.

Police appeal after attack in Chelmsford

Police are appealing for information after a man in his 40's was assaulted while walking through Chelmsford’s Central Park.

It happened over a bridge leading to Seymour Street at 3.45pm on Friday, March 7.

The victim was punched and kicked by two men who were on pedal cycles. They the rode off in the direction of Waterhouse Lane.

The first attacker is described as white, aged between 20 and 30-years-old, of thin build, with short cropped hair, wearing blue jeans and white trainers.

The second was also white and aged in his mid-20s. He was slim and quite tall.

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Youth who stabbed Jay Whiston will be sentenced next month

18 year old Edward Redman will be sentenced for the murder of 17 year old Jay Whiston on Thursday 1st May.

Jay was stabbed to death at a party on Colchester in 2012.

Jay Whiston Credit: Jay's family

Edward Redman was found guilty of murder after a three month trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Edward Redman Credit: Essex Police

His 51-year-old father, Gary Redman; his 20-year-old brother, John Redman; and his former girlfriend, 19-year-old Shannon Fenlon were all found guilty of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

They were all remanded into court custody prior to their sentencing.

Man jailed for attack with a hammer

A man who attacked a love rival with a hammer before turning on his pregnant girlfriend has been jailed.

Craig Downer, 23, lashed out at the 20-year-old victim following an argument in a car park off Huntly Road, Woodston, Peterborough, on April 21, last year.

Craig Downer Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

The victim suffered injuries to his head and legs in the attack.

The victim's heavily pregnant girlfriend was also taken to hospital due to stomach pains after the incident, in which she claimed to have been dragged across the car park.

Downer, of Cowbridge Lane, Essex, was charged with wounding with intent, common assault and possession of an offensive weapon.

He was found guilty following a trial at Peterborough Crown Court and jailed for a total of 47 months.

CCTV pictures issued after theft from 80 year old

Hertfordshire police have released CCTV pictures of three people they want to talk to in connection with a theft in Bishop's Stortford.

The victim, a man in his 80’s, was distracted and had a bank card stolen and money was taken from his account. It happened on Wednesday 26th March in Aldi car park on London Road.

Police have issued this CCTV picture Credit: Hertfordshire Police
Police have issued this CCTV picture Credit: Hertfordshire Police
Police have issued this CCTV picture Credit: Hertfordshire Police
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