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Drug dealer jailed and ordered to pay back £300,000

A drug dealer who was jailed for 10 years in September 2013 has now been ordered to pay back over £300,000.

David Thabet

David Thabet, 56, and formally of Highfield Avenue, Grimsby pleaded guilty at Harrow Crown Court, on Thursday 12 September 2013, to seven drug offences and was handed a 10 year prison sentence.

The investigation into Thabet began following a search at his home address when police found:

• 33 kilograms of Cannabis Resin

• Three kilograms of Amphetamine Sulphate

• One kilogram of Cocaine; and

• Numerous kilograms of adulterants and cutting agents

Thabet was finally arrested on Tuesday 26th March 2013 travelling along the A1 in Hertfordshire with one kilogram of pure Cocaine and one kilogram of Benzocaine.

He was charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply Cocaine, two counts of possession with intent to supply Amphetamine, two counts of possession with intent to supply Cannabis Resin and one count of production of Cannabis.

The total street value of the drugs recovered in this case is approximately £500,000

Harrow Crown Court found that Mr Thabet had benefitted from £596,410 from his criminal activity ordered him to pay back £322,346 over a six month period. If he fails to pay the money he will receive a further three years and three months added to his sentence, and the amount he owes will increase by a further 8% p.a.

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Level crossing warning at Rescue Day

Visitors to a special Rescue Day have been getting up close and personal with the emergency services in North Lincolnshire.

The centrepiece of the event was a rail crossing specially built at the site in Crowle for the event. It was aimed at showing first hand the devastating effects a collision at a crossing can cause. With the holiday season coming it is hoped it will encourage drivers not to take risks at crossings.

Former police officer pleads guilty to eight offences

A former Humberside police officer has pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual assault and four counts of misconduct in a public office at Sheffield Crown Court.

Sheffield Crown Court

Lee Kershaw was a police constable working at Hornsea Police Station. He was dismissed from the force in May 2009.

Detective Superintendent Mathew Hutchinson said: "Lee Kershaw abused the trust that was placed in him as a police officer and committed a number of very serious offences.

"I would like to praise the victims for their bravery.

"Coming forward to report allegations such as these can be extraordinarily difficult and these women have demonstrated real tenacity and courage.

"Humberside Police would always encourage and support victims to report crime, whoever the offender may be."

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Officers referred to CPS over death in custody

Five Grimsby police officers have been referred to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) after an investigation into the circumstances of the death of a man in custody.

David Hill

David Hill, 57, died in May 2013 after being arrested at his home for offences of criminal damage and affray.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigated his death and have referred it to the CPS to determine whether there is evidence that warrants criminal charges.

Tackling honour crimes

The controversial issue of honour crimes has been put under the spotlight in Barnsley today. Police, women's charities and health services have met to discuss the fight against crimes like Female Genital Mutilation.

South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner hosted the conference which looked at how they can work with others to identify and tackle the crime. He was joined by officers from police forces across Yorkshire including Adil Khan from Humberside.

Chief Constable says economy has driven crime up

Police in northern England are facing rising crime levels because it has been harder hit by the recession than the South, the Chief Constable of Humberside Police has said.

Chief Constable of Humberside Police Justine Curran

Justine Curran said evidence showed shoplifters were stealing essential items such as food due to the impact of the economic downturn.

She said the poorest areas of Humberside showed the biggest rises in crime, which backed up her theory.

She said the latest crime figures showed a North-South divide, with rising numbers in the North and falling or stable statistics for the South.

The Chief Constable said: "We have done intelligence interviews with criminals suggesting that acquisitive crime like shoplifting is moving towards a focus on the theft of essential goods like food.

"Statistics support the fact that upturns in crime are being experienced in the North while levels in the South are remaining static, if not falling.

Chief Constable says economy has driven crime up

"We are not looking for excuses, but it is important that we understand the drivers of crime and that is why we have looked into the possibility of the recession hitting harder in the North, leading to these increases.

"We certainly know that in our area the biggest rises in crime have been in higher deprivation areas."

A Home Office spokesman said: "Under this Government, overall crime is down by more than 10%, according to both the independent Crime Survey and police recorded crime.

"The evidence is clear - police reform is working and crime is falling.

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