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Dealer gets five years in prison for 'cannabis factory'

Jabari Collins Credit: West Midlands Police

A dealer has been jailed for five years after a cannabis factory was discovered at his home in Birmingham.

Police officers discovered cocaine and 21 cannabis plants with hydroponic equipment to assist their growth at Jabari Collins’ address in Ryland Road in Erdington back in January. More than £11,500 in cash was also found.

They searched the property after finding cannabis on another man who had been seen leaving the address.

Collins, aged 33, admitted cultivation of cannabis, but denied possession with intent to supply cocaine and possession of cash as criminal property.

He was found guilty after a short trial and sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court last week.


Man charged following fatal crash

Georgie Ann Evans was pronounced dead at the scene Credit: West Midlands Police

A man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving following a fatal crash in Dudley.

Kuba Oles, is due to appear in court on Monday, October 31, accused of causing the death of a teenager on the evening of Thursday, October 27.

18-year-old Georgie Ann Evans was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident and a passenger suffered injuries which are not life threatening.

The 24-year-old, of Wolverhampton Street has also been charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident, failing to report an accident and an offence for dangerous driving earlier this month.


Police arrest man over Dudley crash which killed teenager

Georgie Ann Evans was confirmed dead at the scene Credit: West Midlands Police

Police have a man arrested over the death of a teenage girl in a car crash in Dudley.

18-year-old Georgie Ann Evans died at the scene of the crash on Priory Road on Thursday night, while the driver of the other vehicle abandoned the car at the scene.

A 24-year-old man handed himself in to a local police station last night and is being questioned on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Police and Crime Commissioner responds to conviction of retired West Midlands Police sergeant Allan Richards

54-year-old Allan Richards Credit: West Midlands Police

Retired West Midlands Police sergeant Allan Richards has been convicted of 40 charges including historic sex offences against children as young as eight in a catalogue of abuse spanning four decades.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson have released the following statement in response to the conviction:

Allan Richards has let down the public and the force.

His crimes are the ultimate breach of trust. He exploited his position and the victims he was meant to be protecting at the lowest point of their lives.

It is extremely worrying that he was able to remain an officer until as recently as 2011, only a year before the introduction of PCCs.

I have commissioned a public report into the failings of West Midlands Police to ensure nothing like this can ever happen again. West Midlands Police needs to rapidly rebuild publ ic confidence to make sure Richards's vile crimes do not undermine the good work of the vast majority of officers.

The force has very serious questions to answer and I will make sure the Chief Constable provides the answers the public - and Richards's victims - deserve.

Whilst the force have unequivocally apologised, West Midlands Police also needs to examine the cultures at the time and re-assure the public that they have made the changes required to prevent the offending of a criminal like Richards taking place now.

– West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson
Allan Richards as an officer Credit: West Midlands Police

The ex-policeman and former Scout leader, formerly of Thaxted Road, Tile Cross, Birmingham, was convicted at Birmingham Crown Court today (21st October) of carrying out nine indecent assaults against six boys aged between 11 and 15 at camps, swimming baths and other locations, between 1982 and 2003.

Richards had already been found guilty earlier this year of a further 31 sex offences against other boys, including two rapes, going back as far as the 1970s.

The force said it "removed him from public contact" in 2004, but he remained with the force until he retired in 2011.

He was also removed from his post with the Scouts.

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