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'Brazen' crack-dealing pensioner wore flamboyant hats

Police say Alvin Ricketts was "truly brazen", wearing a variety of flamboyant hats and dinner scarves around Soho.

Alvin Ricketts caught on CCTV in Soho
Alvin Ricketts caught on CCTV in Soho Credit: Metropolitan Police

The senior officer leading the operation, Detective Chief Superintendent Kevin Southworth said:

"Alvin Ricketts was one of a group of drug dealers arrested as part of Operation Rense who congregated in Soho. Ricketts was truly brazen in his offending, wearing a variety of quite flamboyant hats, dinner scarves and other outfits that made him stand out.

"The 74-year-old would regularly travel from his sheltered housing accommodation to sell class A drugs in the heart of the West End."

Alvin Ricketts seen in a distinctive hat in Soho while dealing crack
Alvin Ricketts seen in a distinctive hat in Soho while dealing crack Credit: Metropolitan Police

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Pensioner jailed and given an ASBO for dealing crack

A pensioner who left his sheltered housing to deal crack on the streets of Soho has been jailed for two years. 74-year-old Alvin Ricketts from north London pleaded guilty to two counts of supplying crack cocaine. He was also handed a five year ASBO.

Alvin Ricketts
Alvin Ricketts Credit: Metropolitan Police

Alvin Ricketts was one of 38 drug dealers convicted and jailed for more than 70 years in total under a major crackdown on drugs around Soho.

Candy Crush could float in ambitious expansion plan

The Soho-based makers of Candy Crush appear to have ambitious plans for expansion with an expected floatation on the Nasdaq exchange. The Daily Telegraph reports the game's creator, King, could be valued at more than £3 billion.

Candy Crush Saga is still the most played game on Facebook
Candy Crush Saga is still the most played game on Facebook Credit: Facebook/Candy Crush Sage/King

If the floatation goes ahead, it will be one of the biggest of any British technology company.

Soho drug dealers jailed as part of major operation

Four men have been jailed for a total of 62 years after dealing heroine and crack cocaine in Soho, central London as part of a major sustained crackdown on drug and associated crime in the area.

Caswell Shaw - jailed for five years and eight months. Credit: Metropolitan Police

A total of 32 defendants have previously been jailed as part of the second stage of Operation Rense by Westminster officers.

Menelaus Yiannaki - jailed for five years and eight months. Credit: Metropolitan Police

The latest convictions represent several months of intensive targeting of Class A and B dealers in Soho and the West End with 43 suspects arrested in May 2013.

Henock Seyoum - jailed for five years and eight months. Credit: Metropolitan Police
David Winton - jailed for five years. Credit: Metropolitan Police

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Unlicensed minicab driver jailed for raping passenger

An unlicensed minicab driver has been jailed for more than seven years, for raping a woman after driving her home.

Mohamed Hacene Chaouch aged 46, had been touting for passengers in Soho, when he picked up his victim, who had been on a night out with friends.

He attacked her outside her home address after she fell asleep in the car.

Police say they are working to crack-down on illegal minicabs and are warning people to stay clear of unlicensed operators.

More Soho drugs arrests

Police have now arrested 28 suspected heroin and cocaine dealers who operate in Soho as part of a major sustained crackdown on street crime in the area.

Last week Officers made a series of arrests during raids on dealers' home addresses in dawn swoops.

Now a further three people have been arrested for breaching the terms of their ASBOs and one arrest was made in relation to an assault in Soho.

Raids were an extensive intelligent led operation, say police

Police have made 23 arrests in the latest drugs crackdown

Police have now arrested 23 suspected heroin and cocaine dealers who blight the streets of Soho in the latest phase of a major sustained crackdown on drug and associated street crime in the area.

Officers from Westminster swooped on suspects operating in the very heart of the West End last night, following an extensive intelligence led operation into the supply of class A and B in and around Soho.

The latest wave of arrests come just weeks after the final sentencing of 30 drug dealers who were jailed for a total of 100 years after they were arrested during the first stage of the crackdown in May 2012.

ASBOs have been secured against many of the 30 convicted which prevent them from re-entering the area on their release from prison.

In addition, a further 32 drug dealers and users have had ASBOs secured against them, banning them from large areas of Westminster.

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