A drug dealer who swallowed more than 130 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine in a bid to hide them from police has been jailed.
Thaimloll Conteh, 25, of Cropley Street, London, was spotted by officers on patrol in Market Street, Ely, on Monday, April 29.
He was acting suspiciously, was in the company of a known drug dealer and initially gave a false name, so the officers searched him and seized several mobile phones and £300 in cash. He could also not explain why he was in Ely.
Their suspicions raised he was arrested and taken in for questioning. He was strip-searched but no drugs were found, however an x-ray revealed he had a number of packages in his stomach.
He was admitted to hospital and 139 packages of drugs were eventually recovered.
He pleaded guilty to possessing heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply. The drugs had a street value of between £1,730 and £2,780.
He was jailed for four-and-a-half years at Peterborough Crown Court yesterday.
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Thousands of runners from across our region are heading into the capital for the annual London Marathon. There are nearly 40,000 runners taking part today, including Amy Childs from the ITV reality show The Only Way is Essex.
Many will be travelling from the Anglia region to run the 26.2-mile course. After the events at the Boston Marathon, organisers are hoping runners and spectators will be out in force to show their solidarity.
A pilot killed when his helicopter crashed in central London had recently been flying for an air ambulance in the region.
Peter Barnes was the only person on board when the helicopter hit a crane and burst into flames.
He died, along with a pedestrian who was hit by falling debris.
12 others suffered injuries. Recently, Mr Barnes had been flying the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance. T
his afternoon a spokesperson said he would be greatly missed.
"Pete will be greatly missed and added,..Our thoughts are with his family and with all the families affected by this tragedy."
Anglia Route: lines out of Liverpool Street including Great Eastern main line
There are several big developments on this line. The completion of the overhead line upgrade on the Great Eastern main line, track renewal and new signalling is a major component of the 2014 - 2019 plans.
Another priority is finishing the Crossrail service from Shenfield to Liverpool Street.
That development will lead to:
- More seats and direct services to Thames Valley, central London and Heathrow Airport.
- New Crossrail station at Liverpool Street will free up platform space, enabling opportunities for more services on the Great Eastern main line.
In addition Network Rail are committed to examining how to improve journey times on the line.
Emergency services were called at around 11.30 yesterday morning (August 30) to the coast off Southend, after a member of the public spotted a man in difficulty in the water.
The Coastguard Service, RNLI and police marine unit immediately launched a search, however no one was found. RNLI officers searching the beach found clothing and personal items.
Police say these relate to a 52 year old man from London and are trying to locate his next of kin. A thorough search of the water off the Western Esplanade continues and emergency services will remain to search the area as the tide recedes.
Disruption between Milton Keynes Central and London Euston due to earlier over running engineering works at Bletchley.
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