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Robber who 'terrorised' Mansfield businesses jailed

Jamie Lakin has been jailed for seventeen years Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

A man who robbed businesses in Mansfield in July of this year to pay off a drugs debt has been jailed for seventeen years.

Jamie Lakin, 39, of no fixed address, carried out robberies at businesses in the town between 8 July 2015 and 24 July 2015 to pay off a drugs debt.

On the first occasion, he walked into One Stop Shop on Birding Street armed with a kitchen knife and demanded that staff on the till put money into a bag. He left with £90 in cash.

He then targeted Sainsburys Local on Westfield Lane, demanding money whilst holding a red screwdriver and telling the member of staff: “I’m sorry. I don’t want to hurt you.” He grabbed some £20 notes from the till before walking out of the shop.

He went on to rob the Shell petrol station in Leeming Lane and Ladbrokes on Ladybrook Lane.

Whilst trying to rob Ladbrokes armed with a gun and a stick, Lakin was told there was no money in the tills. He then started to climb over the counter and attack the member of staff with a broom handle, striking so hard the stick broke.

He only fled when the member of staff made a grab for his mask, pulling it free. Lakin ran from the shop attempting to cover his face with his arm.

Lakin was arrested shortly afterwards and made admissions in his police interview, expressing remorse for his actions. He told detectives he had committed the robberies to pay off a £4,500 drugs debt.

In court, Lakin admitted three robberies and one attempted robbery. He also admitted possession of an imitation firearm. Six non-dwelling burglaries were also taken into consideration when sentencing.

“Lakin’s month-long crime spree caused great fear in the Mansfield community, not least among the town’s shopworkers.

“Lakin would typically enter a shop late at night looking to profit from scaring and intimidating staff, often women working alone, who showed remarkable composure and bravery when faced with a masked man with a weapon.

“We hope this strong sentence sends out a positive message that we will bring any such person who thinks they can use weapons to terrify people and steal cash that they will be caught and held accountable for their actions.”

– Detective Constable Neil Allsop


Serious case review into death of Amber Peat

Amber Peat Credit: Family handout

The death of Amber Peat has sparked a serious case review in Nottinghamshire.

The 13-year-old was found hanged less than a mile away from her home in Mansfield on June 2.

“Following the sad death of Amber Peat in June of this year, the Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board is conducting a Serious Case Review.

“The review will look at whether anything can be learned from this tragic event which could lead to improvements in the way that agencies work together to protect children in Nottinghamshire.”

– Chris Few, Chair of the Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board

Ice skater sentenced to 3 years for sex offences

A paedophile ice skater from Mansfield has been sentenced to three years in a young offenders institution for a string of sexual offences against girls as young as 12.

Jamie Whiteman Credit: PA

Jamie Whiteman, 20, had competed for the Great Britain team at the Youth Olympic Games and the Junior World Championships.

Last month he admitted 16 sexual offences against five girls, including repeatedly having sex with one of them from when she was just 13.

British figure skater to be sentenced after admitting 16 sexual offences

Jamie Whiteman when he competed in the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/PA Images

A British figure skater, who competed as part of the Youth Team GB Olympic Squad, is due to be sentenced today after admitting 16 sexual offences against five school girls.

Jamie Whiteman, from Mansfield, groomed teenagers who had a schoolgirl crush on him, encouraging them in a string of sexual acts as he moved from one girl to another over 20 months.

Whiteman pleaded guilty to one charge of making indecent photographs of children, eight charges of inciting or causing children to engage in sexual activity, one charge of voyeurism and four charges of sexual activity with a child.


Police are under investigation over Amber Peat tragedy

Police are under investigation for the handling of public information on the tragic death of Derbyshire teenager, Amber Peat.

Officers are being investigated over concerns that they failed to act thoroughly on reported sightings.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating Nottinghamshire Police over its handling.

The IPCC have issued the following statement.

We are conducting an independent investigation into Nottinghamshire Police's response to the missing person's report concerning Amber Peat.

"The investigation is in its early stages and we have made initial contact with Amber's family to inform them of our investigation."

– IPCC statement regarding Amber Peat update

Man bailed over Facebook Amber Peat murder claim

Amber Peat was found dead a mile away from her home in Mansfield just over a fortnight ago. Credit: Family handout

A man who suggested on Facebook Mansfield teenager Amber Peat was murdered has been bailed.

A 19-year-old male was arrested in London on Wednesday by the Metropolitan Police on suspicion of malicious communication, after writing a post on the social networking site during the three day search for the 13-year-old.

Amber was found hanged near her home in Mansfield a fortnight ago. Police are not treating her death as suspicious.

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