A Luton man has been jailed for kidnapping a pensioner, and driving him to a cashpoint. 51-year-old Leslie DeRoses, of Dunstable Road, broke into the victim's house in Luton on the 14th of March. He then forced the victim to drive to cashpoints at nearby Parkway Station and Santander in George Street, to try to get him to withdraw cash.
Mr DeRoses pleaded guilty to one count of burglary, one count of robbery, and one count of kidnap at Luton Crown Court. He was sentenced to ten years in prison.
“This was a horrific and despicable crime and we’re delighted with the sentence that DeRoses has received. He preyed on a vulnerable, elderly person, putting him through a terrifying ordeal. We’re really grateful to the people who came forward following our appeal."
Suffolk Police have been re-checking an area of Bury St Edmunds where a 25-year-old woman reported being sexually assaulted last week.
She was pushed into a wooded area, and suffered a broken wrist during the attack on Shakers Lane. The police have released the above e-fit of a man they want to speak to in connection with the incident.
Detectives are still appealing for three people to come forward who they believe may have information. These include a man, described as white and in his 50s, who was walking a small black dog believed to be called 'Freddie', and two male cyclists.
The suspect is described as being in his late teens, between 5'8" and 5'11" tall, with dark brown hair and dark eyebrows. He was wearing dark coloured tracksuit and told the victim that he was from Romania, although detectives point out that this cannot be confirmed as fact.
A woman who fell from a hire boat on the Norfolk Broads has died in hospital.
The woman, who was in her seventies, fell into the water near Potter Heigham yesterday afternoon. She was airlifted to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, where she died this afternoon. Her next of kin have been informed.
Norfolk Police say that they are preparing a report for the Coroner, but that at this stage they believe the fall was a tragic accident.
An elderly woman is in a serious condition in hospital after falling into the water on the Norfolk Broads.
The woman, who is in her seventies, fell from a hire boat near Heigham Bridge at Potter Heigham yesterday, shortly before 3.30pm.
The police and emergency services were called, and an air ambulance took her to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital where she is still being treated.
Six people thought to be in the UK illegally have been detained by police in Bedfordshire - after officers received a distressed call from a person in the back of a lorry.
Earlier today, Essex Police put out an appeal to trace a white lorry which had entered the country at Kent and had driven into Essex and along the A414 at North Weald.
Officers had received a call from someone in a distressed state who claimed they were in the back of a vehicle.
A police spokesman confirmed the lorry had been found by officers in Bedfordshire.
An elderly woman, who was the victim of a distraction burglary in Bedfordshire, has died.
The 96-year-old, who was locked inside her house by the burglars, passed away on Sunday - three days after the theft.
At about 9.20pm on Thursday, a man knocked on the door of a house in The Pyghtle, in Turvey, near Bedford, and told the owner he had damaged her fence.
While the woman went outside to speak to him, a second man entered her house.
When the woman went back into the house, the man left, locking the woman inside on his way out.
Both men are described as white and about 16 years old. One was thin and wearing a blue linen-style hat and a navy t-shirt. The second was wearing dark clothing and a dark baseball cap.
Police in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire will be doing targeted patrols through the month of May to catch people breaking the speed limit.
The Beds, Herts and Cambs Road Policing Unit want to highlight to drivers that speed remains one of the most critical factors in fatal collisions. They say that despite this too many people ignore poor road conditions, breaking the speed limit and putting lives at risk.
Throughout May, the unit will be increasing its number of patrols on the region's roads specifically to catch speeding drivers.
A 5-year-old boy suffered head injuries when he was thrown from quad bike in Desborough in Northamptonshire.
The boy was riding pillion along a grass verge in Braybrooke Road at about 6pm on Monday evening. A 39-year-old man, who was riding the quad bike, broke bones in his hands and chest.
Northamptonshire Police say they would like to speak to anyone with information about what happened.
A driver tried to punch another motorist before grabbing his car keys and throwing them into a field.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the road rage incident which happened on the A143 at Haddiscoe, near Great Yarmouth, at about 5.10pm on April 3.
The male victim was driving a silver VW Bora when a man driving a blue Astra got out of his vehicle and approached him.
He reached through the driver’s window and attempted to punch him before taking the victim’s car keys out of the ignition and throwing them into a nearby field. The man then drove off.
Anyone with information should contact Norfolk Police on 101.
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