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Police warning after sharp rise in Telford burglaries

Burglaries are on the rise in Telford Credit: Julian Stratenschulte/DPA/Press Association Images

Police are warning residents to be vigilant after a sharp rise in burglaries in Telford.

Twelve burglaries have been reported to police in the Hadley and Leegomery areas since the beginning of this year. Ten of those were 'sneak in' burglaries - that means that the homeowners were in when the offenders walked in through unlocked doors.

Jewellery, purses, designer luggage, mobile phones, game consoles and tablets were amongst the possessions which were taken.

“Our message to the public is to keep all doors and windows locked when they are unattended. Ensure they are locked before going to bed at night and also in the morning after letting your pets outside.

“We do not want to panic the public but urging them to be vigilant, as this is a repetitive theme and the offenders are taking full advantage."

– Detective Sergeant Jonathan Taylor, of Proactive CID in Telford

Another police officer given misconduct notice over Jamie Reynolds

Another West Mercia Police officer has been given a misconduct notice over the way the force dealt with a previous attack by a convicted murderer.

Jamie Reynolds, who killed Georgia Williams and tried to strangle another teenage girl five years earlier Credit: West Mercia Police

Jamie Reynolds was jailed for life for the murder of Georgia Williams in 2013.

In 2008, he lured a young girl back to his home in Telford and tried to strangle her.

A total of eight officers and one member of police staff have been served with misconduct notices by an investigating force.


Georgia Williams murder: Eighth misconduct notice served

Georgia Williams Credit: West Mercia Police

An eighth West Mercia Police staff member has been served with a misconduct notice over the way the force dealt with a previous attack by Jamie Reynolds.

Reynolds murdered schoolgirl Georgia Williams in 2013. Just five years earlier, he had lured a young girl back to his Telford home and tried to strangle her.

Devon & Cornwall Police is investigating allegations of misconduct against West Mercia Police force. Six officers were served with misconduct notices in September, and a seventh in November.

Jamie Reynolds, who killed Georgia Williams and tried to strangle another teenage girl five years earlier Credit: West Mercia Police

In a statement, the Force said:

“On Monday 12th January officers served a misconduct notice in relation to professional standards on a West Mercia Police staff member.

“Following an initial investigation, Devon and Cornwall Police officers served misconduct notices in relation to professional standards on six West Mercia police officers between Thursday 4 September and Monday 8 September.

“A seventh serving West Mercia police officer was served with a misconduct notice on Friday 14th November in relation to the ongoing investigation.

“All of the complainants are being supported and regularly informed of the progress of the investigation.

“Devon and Cornwall Police continue to carry out a thorough investigation with a view to presenting a final report to West Mercia Police.”

– Statement from Devon & Cornwall Police
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Teenager charged after 'dangerous' ecstasy batch deaths

A teenager has been charged with supplying ecstasy after three men died as a result of taking a potentially dangerous batch of the drug.

Adrian Lubecki, 19, of St Matthews Street in Ipswich, will appear before magistrates tomorrow to face counts of supplying the drug, and possession with intent to supply.

Two other men also from Ipswich, aged 20 and 26, were also arrested on supplying controlled drugs and have been bailed while investigations continue.

The arrests came after two men, aged 22 and 24, died in Ipswich on Christmas Eve and New Year's Day, along with a third man, 20, in Rendlesham, Suffolk.

The death of a fourth man from Telford, Shropshire, is also being linked to the rogue batch, believed to be red and emblazoned with a Superman logo.

Police are urging anyone who has any of the pills to hand them in.

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People told 'they have nothing to fear' by handing in dangerous ecstasy pills

'Superman' ecstasy pills Credit: Suffolk Police

Suffolk police investigating the deaths of three men in their twenties, one on Christmas Eve in Ipswich and two others on New Year's Day in Ipswich and Rendlesham, are urging people to hand in 'superman' ecstasy pills.

Detectives think the 'bad batch' of the illegal drug is to blame for the deaths, which also left a fourth person seriously ill.

Now it's emerged that a fourth death in Telford may well be linked.

"We are eager to hear from anyone who has been offered drugs in the Telford area recently. Alert police so that we can remove these dangerous drugs off the streets."

– Det Chief Insp Sean Paley, West Mercia Police

"I can fully understand people's reluctance in this situation, but we are not looking to arrest or prosecute people - they are really dangerous and we are talking about saving lives."

– Superintendent Louise Pepper, Suffolk police
John Hocking died on New Year's Day in Rendlesham Credit: Alban Donohoe

20-year old labourer John Hocking from Rendlesham in Suffolk has been named as one of the men who died on New Year's Day.

Body found in river confirmed as missing Daniel Hodgin

A body discovered in a river at Cressage in Shropshire has been formally identified as missing Daniel Hodgin from Telford.

Daniel Hodgin went missing after a night out in Shrewsbury in November Credit: West Mercia Police

The 20-year-old, from Madeley in Telford, was reported missing in the early hours of Sunday 23 November following a night out with friends in Shrewsbury.

Extensive searches have been carried out since his disappearance and several appeals have been released by West Mercia Police, in liaison with Daniel’s family.

His body was found at around 12.25pm on New Years Eve. His family and the coroner have been made aware.

His death is being treated as unexplained at this time.

Our thoughts go out to Daniel’s family and friends at this very sad time. This is a tragic loss of life, of someone so young.

All of our officers involved in the investigation into Daniel’s disappearance have shown a great deal of commitment and professionalism and we’d particularly like to thank West Midlands Search and Rescue for their integral role in the search.

– DS Rob Mountford, West Mercia Police
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