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Two Latvian gangmasters jailed for exploiting migrant workers

Ivars Mezals Credit: Cambridgeshire police
Juris Valujevs Credit: Cambridgeshire police

Two Latvian gangmasters from Wisbech and King's Lynn have been jailed for a total of nearly three years for intimidating migrants into working for as little as £1 a week.

28-year old Ivars Mezals from Wisbech and 36-year old Juris Valujevs from King's Lynn used fear and debt to exploit migrant workers picking vegetables in Cambridgeshire.

Yesterday a jury found the pair guilty of acting as a gangmaster without a licence between 2009 and 2013.

Today Mezals was sentenced to 18 months and Valujevs to 16 months.

Man jailed for stealing £60k from 'vulnerable' great aunt

A man who stole more than £60,000 from his great aunt has been jailed for more than three years.

Paul Lattimore Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Paul Lattimore, 39, started acting as a carer for his 78-year-old relative, who has dementia and lived by herself in Wisbech, after being released from a jail term.

However, he used the role to gain access to her bank cards and made cash point withdrawals, purchases and transferred money from the victim's account to his own.

He even paid a deposit for a Volkswagen Golf with her money and set up a hire purchase against her current account of £199/month.

He registered the car in her name then ran up about 40 fines for driving in a bus lane and some for speeding.

Investigations revealed Lattimore had also signed up to a finance agreement in the victim's name for a large television.

The theft offences took place between April last year and January.

In January this year, the victim told police she thought her money was being taken by her great nephew.

Lattimore, of Burrett Gardens, Wisbech, was arrested by police and refused to answer questions. However this week he appeared at the Old Bailey in London and pleaded guilty to theft of £60,000 and fraud.

He was jailed for 40 months and the goods he had fraudulently acquired were forfeited.

Lattimore callously took advantage of his vulnerable relative, who does not live near other members of her family.

The victim was forced to sell her home to help towards her losses and is now settled in a care home.

These were appalling offences and I hope the jail sentence reassures the victim and her family that justice has been done.

– DC Ralph King, Cambridgeshire Police


Man bailed in connection with Una Crown murder

A 44-year-old man from Wisbech has been released on police bail, following his arrest on suspicion of the murder of Wisbech pensioner, Una Crown, yesterday.

He has been bailed to return to a Cambridgeshire police station on 13 January 2015.

The 86-year-old’s body was discovered in her bungalow in Magazine Lane on 13 January 2013.

Police continue to appeal for information in relation to Una’s death and ask people to call 101 with any information.

Man arrested in connection with Una Crown murder

A 44-year-old man from Wisbech has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of Wisbech pensioner, Una Crown.

Una Crown Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

The man is currently in custody at Thorpe Wood Police Station in Peterborough.

The 86-year-old’s body was discovered in her bungalow in Magazine Lane on 13 January 2013.

Police continue to appeal for information in relation to Una’s death and ask people to report it via 101.

Men arrested in murder inquiry released without charge

Una Crown was murdered in her home in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire in January 2013. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Two men arrested over the murder of an elderly woman in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire have been released and told they'll face no further action.

The body of 86-year-old Una Crown was found at her home in January 2013. A post-mortem found she'd been stabbed multiple times and her body set alight in an attempt to cover-up her killing.

Bike thieves assault cyclist in Wisbech

Wisbech bike robbery Credit: ITV Anglia

Police are investigating a robbery in which a man was pushed off his bike by two robbers.

The 34-year-old victim was riding his bike in Norwich Road, Wisbech, near its junction with Park Street, at about 7.30pm on Saturday (September 13) when he was pushed to the ground.

One of the men rode off on the bike along Norwich Road while the other made off on foot towards the park.

The man suffered a serious but not life threatening injury to his head and was treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

"We know there were people in the area at the time so I would encourage them to come forward, if they haven't already.

"In particular, we would like to speak to a man who was in Seyon Store at the time who we believe saw the robbery."

– DC Shelly Reeve


Councillor to be sentenced over firearm

Jonathan Farmer Credit: ITV News Anglia

A former Wisbech mayor is due to be sentenced today after a Second World War pistol was found at his home. Jonathan Farmer was found guilty of illegally possessing a firearm after a two-day trial at Cambridge Crown Court.

The 56-year-old had argued the weapon was an antique and he didn't know it was loaded. The judge said he should expect a custodial sentence.

Dispersal order in force at Wisbech recreation ground

Police have issued a dispersal order for a recreation ground in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire following 33 incidents of anti-socail beahvour in the last three months.

Map showing area covered by dispersal order Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

The order, which will be in force until 18 January 2015, covers the area known as the Spinney in Waterlees.

It gives officers the power to break up groups of people and take under 16s home between 9pm and 6am.

Waterlees residents have been subjected to appalling anti-social behaviour by a small minority of people over a sustained period.

This dispersal order enables the police to take positive action, particularly towards those who have been coming into the area from elsewhere to target vulnerable residents.

– Fenland District Councillor Virginia Bucknor
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