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Coach driver admits causing death of 96-year-old woman pedestrian

A coach driver has pleaded guilty to causing the death of a woman pedestrian by careless driving in Colchester.

Kenneth Reeves, 61, of Fordwich Road, Brightlingsea, appeared at Colchester Magistrates Court today, Tuesday, October 6, charged with causing death by careless driving.

The collision in East Hill, Colchester, on January 16, resulted in the death of 96-year-old Nora Hewitt.

Mr Reeves will be sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court during the week commencing October 26.


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 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


Drugs gang jailed for 74 years

Fourteen members of a drugs gang who supplied cocaine and ecstasy across London and East Anglia have been jailed for a total of 74 years and four months.

Officers from the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit launched an investigation into the organised crime group in 2013.

The gang used a recruitment agency business in Slough to cover as a front for the drug dealing and also used street dealers to supply cocaine and MDMA across the region.

An undercover investigation led to arrests in Hertfordshire, Essex, London, Slough and Reading.

Officers seized 3.3kg of cocaine with a street value of £138,000, 4.4kg of MDMA with a street value of £560,000 and £60,733 in cash.

Twelve men and a woman pleaded guilty to various drugs offences and were sentenced at early hearings. A further defendant was also jailed after being convicted following a trial.

“This was a complex and organised crime syndicate which was supplying a large amount of drugs across the eastern region. “ERSOU conducted a large scale investigation into their activity to ensure we could dismantle the operation, seizing a significant quantity of drugs which had been destined for the streets of our cities and towns and securing enough evidence to ensure they received lengthy custodial sentences.

– Detective Inspector Gary Bloomfield

The following defendants from our region were sentenced.

Mark Glencross, 46, from Stevenage, jailed for seven years and four months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine. He had 259 grams of cocaine with a street value of £10,360 on his arrest.

Nadeem Younas, 37, from Stevenage, was sentenced to six years and four months after admitting possession of cocaine with intent to supply. He had 995 grams of cocaine with a street value £39,800.

Darren Hester, 35, from Bedford, was sentenced to four years for possession with intent to supply cocaine. He had 250 grams cocaine with a street value of £10,000.

Stephen Dandy, 45, from Bedford, was jailed for three years and four months for possessing cocaine with intent to supply 290 grams of cocaine with a street value of £11,600.

Smoke from Essex industrial estate fire is seen for miles

Smoke from the fire was seen from miles away Credit: Martin M

Forty firefighters have been called to a fire in a industrial unit at Wickford in Essex. Crews from across South Essex were called out. Essex fire said the building on the Herons Way industrial estate was well alight when they arrived.

Forty firefighters are tackling the blaze Credit: Martin M
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