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Man jailed for sexually abusing six-year-old girl

A man from Kent who sexually abused a young girl for four years has been jailed. 65-year-old Roy Cleaver, previously of Lavender Close in Margate, was found guilty of indecent assault and rape.

The victim was six years old when the abuse started in 2000. She was friends of Cleaver's family and would go to his house regularly.

Roy Cleaver carried out the abuse over a series of years

On one occasion when she was upstairs Cleaver came into the room got undressed and pulled her trousers and knickers down and sexually assaulted her.

The victim had recurring dreams about the abuse and finally told her mother in 2013. Cleaver was sentenced to 13 years in prison at Canterbury Crown Court.

"It was an emotional case for everyone involved. The sentence reflects the seriousness of the crimes committed.

"The family showed tremendous courage throughout the trial and I hope the lengthy sentence means they can now rebuild their lives."

– Investigating officer Detective Constable David Hopwood


Police 'delighted' with response to home puppies

Earlier in the week, Essex Police were looking for temporary homes for puppies who were too young to start their duties.

They've since announced that they've had more than seventy responses, and no longer need to appeal for volunteers.

Police have been delighted with the response to their appeal

"We received more than 70 expressions of interest and were delighted with the response. We are now unable to accept any further expressions of interest."

– Essex Police


Driver fined for pretending a thief had crashed his car

A driver from Sussex who crashed his car and then lied that it had been stolen was caught when his DNA was found on the airbag.

27-year-old Ciaran Fitzgerald, of Ruskin Road, Hove, crashed into two cars on Norton Road, before he fled the scene. Later that day he called the police to report that his car had been stolen.

When his DNA was found to be on the airbag, he admitted he had lied and accepted a police caution for perverting the course of justice.

He was also charged with driving without due care and attention, failing to stop after an accident and failing to report an accident.

He pleaded guilty to all the charges when he appeared at Brighton Magistrates' Court on 12 March and was given eight points on his licence, fined £183 and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

"Fitzgerald thought he could get away with crashing his car by claiming his vehicle had been stolen but good work by our CSIs meant we could prove he was behind the wheel when the impact happened. "Leaving the scene of an accident is a serious offence in itself. If you are involved in a crash, stay put and call us so that we can investigate."

– Police Constable Dan Patterson
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