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Drug grower told: Pay £120,000 or get two more years in jail

A convicted drug grower from Leicester has been ordered to surrender just under £120,000 or face a further two years in jail.

Karen McCann, 59, is already serving a sentence of three years and four months after she admitted production of cannabis, abstraction of electricity and money laundering.

Earlier this week a judge at Leicester Crown Court decided she had benefitted from her criminality to the tune of £341,861.01 and that she had realisable assets of almost £120,000.

She now has six months to come up with the cash or face a longer jail term.

Police found 26 cannabis plants growing in a bedroom, another 40 in her loft, and £18,000 in cash when they raided her home in March.

She pleaded guilty to the offences in August, and was sentenced the following month.

Seizing assets from criminals is one of the ways that we ensure crime doesn’t pay. Thanks to this order, Karen McCann won’t have a nest-egg from years of drug production when she comes out of prison.

The cash will be split between Leicestershire Police, the Crown Prosecution Service, HM Court Service and the Home Office, and will help fund other crime-fighting work.

– Mick Penfold, Leicestershire Police

Frail 84-year-old woman injured in 'despicable' attack

A man attacked a frail 84-year-old woman and stole her handbag, leaving her with a fractured wrist and cuts to her face.

The pensioner suffered a fractured wrist and sever bruising Credit: West Midlands Police

The attack happened as the woman was walking home from a shopping trip on Larch Walk in Yardley on Sunday 16 November at 4.15pm.

She was approached from behind by a man who pulled on her handbag, causing her to fall over. He then stole her bag and shopping. These were later recovered, but he did take £60 cash and her debit card.

This was a despicable attack on a vulnerable elderly lady, who was walking home after getting some grocery shopping and one which has caused great physical and emotional distress.

Although we haven’t got much of a description at this stage, we believe as the attack took place in a fairly busy area someone will have seen the incident and may be able to give a better description, and we ask they should contact police at Stechford on 101.

– DC Cheryl Ray, West Midlands Police


Nearly 300 pledge to tackle obesity 'ticking time bomb'

Nearly 300 pledges to tackle obesity have been made by individuals and organisations following a major conference in Wolverhampton aimed at tackling a “ticking time bomb” facing the city.

Nearly 300 pledges to tackle obesity have been made by individuals and organisations Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Obesity Summit, held at Wolverhampton Racecourse earlier this month, saw around 300 health professionals, businesses and community organisations come together to join the fight against obesity in Wolverhampton.

It comes as more than two thirds of adults in the city are either obese or overweight with an increasing number of young people following suit.

Family pay tribute to son who died in crash in Oldbury

A family of a man who died in a road accident in Oldbury on Sunday have paid tribute to him.

Adam Hancox Credit: West Midlands Police

26-year-old Adam Hancox was driving a Ford Ka when he was involved in a crash with a VW Passat on Wolverhampton Road at the junction of Bleakhouse Road at around 9.30am.

Adam was a much loved son and brother, taken away from us too soon. We will miss him greatly. Words cannot express our loss.”

– Adam Hancox's family

Kasim Mohammed, aged 26, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving and will appear at Warley Magistrates Court today.

Police appeal for public's help in finding pensioner

CCTV released after teenager touched inappropriately on bus

CCTV has been released of a man police want to speak to after a woman was inappropriately touched by a passenger on a bus in Coventry.

Police want to speak to this man after a woman was inappropriately touched Credit: West Midlands Police

It happened at around 3pm on Wednesday 15 October, as the woman travelled on the No 21 bus from Coventry city centre to Willenhall.

A man got on the bus on the London Road, sat beside the 19-year-old and touched her inappropriately before getting off the bus on St James’ Lane.

A witness appeal has been launched.


Investigation continues after man stabbed in attempted theft

Investigations are continuing after a man was stabbed during an attempted theft at a bank in Long Eaton.

A man was stabbed during the attempted theft at a bank in Long Eaton. Credit: PA

Three men targeted a G4S cash delivery van at Santander bank on the High Street in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The delivery driver was stabbed twice in his side, he was taken to hospital and later discharged.

Drunk wrong-way motorway Polish lorry driver jailed

A Polish lorry driver who drove the wrong way down the M6 while he was three times over the legal drink-drive limit has been jailed for eight weeks and banned for three years.

Tomasz Kruchowski was stopped by police at around 2am on Monday when they saw the lorry travelling away from the M6 junction on the wrong carriageway.

The 35-year-old pleaded guilty at Walsall Magistrates Court.

Can you help find these stolen rings?

Police are appealing for help to find a number of items stolen from a house in Sileby, including two rings.

These are two of the items stolen in the burglary Credit: Leicestershire Police

A 22 carat gold ring set with a large bloodstone gem, and a silver ring engraved with the initials 'CJB' were stolen.

A white projector, crystal earrings and a bracelet, a designer ladies watch and two gold sovereign rings were also taken in the burglary.

The house in Wattle Close was burgled between 7.40am and 4.05am on Monday 27 October.

Have you been offered these rings or any of the items of distinctive jewellery for sale? Do you know where any of the items may be? We would like to hear from you if you have any information that could help with our enquiries.

– PC Chris Hayton, Leicestershire Police

Two sheds and summer house burned to ground in suspected arson

Police are appealing for information about the suspected arson attack on two sheds and summer house at an allotment site in Leicester.

The damage after the suspected arson Credit: Leicestershire Police

The Rowley Fields Allotments, off Meredith Road, was targeted overnight on Friday, with the damage discovered on Saturday morning.

Police say they are linking the fires which they believe to have been started deliberately.

The fires caused significant damage with the buildings being raised to the ground.

The allotments are overlooked by houses so I’m asking residents to think back to Friday night – do you remember seeing anyone acting suspiciously in the area? Do you know something that could assist our enquiries? Whoever is responsible may have returned home smelling strongly or smoke or some kind of accelerant. If this sounds familiar, call officers immediately.

– Sergeant Siobhan Gorman, Leicestershire Police
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