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Man receives prison term for causing death by dangerous driving after killing father

Basanta Thapa was jailed for causing death by dangerous driving Credit: Dorset Police
Mr Brown died at the scene of the car crash in March Credit: Dorset Police

Basanta Thapa, of Taunton, was handed a five-year prison term at Dorchester Crown Court today, Thursday 27 November 2014, for causing death by dangerous driving. He was also sentenced to two years imprisonment for two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving to run concurrently.

The 29-year-old was disqualified from driving for 10 years and told he would have to take an extended test before being allowed to drive again.

Thapa pleaded guilty to the charges on Friday 7 November 2014 at the same court.

The court heard the collision happened at 5.56pm on Monday 24 March 2014 on the A31 at Winterborne Zelston near Redpost.

Thapa, who was driving a Subaru Impreza, was overtaking a lorry on a solid white line at the brow of a hill when he crashed into an oncoming Skoda Fabia, being driven by Mike Brown and an oncoming Mercedes.

Mr Brown, 43 of Wimborne, suffered fatal injuries and sadly died at the scene.

His wife Claire Hooper-Brown and their daughter Josie, now aged eight, suffered serious injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment.

The Mercedes driver was uninjured.

Judge Peter Johnson paid tribute to Claire for finding the strength to give a victim impact statement and to the witnesses who stopped at the scene of the collision to help the casualties.

The sentence handed out today sends a very clear message to motorists in Dorset, who chose to drive dangerously, that they will be dealt with robustly, especially if their actions lead to fatal consequences.

– Senior investigating officer Sergeant Jon Wren, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit

Mike was very much a family man. He took great pride in the upbringing of our daughter Josie. Mine and Josie’s lives have been traumatically ruined. Every day is so hard living without Mike. I cry myself to sleep every night and not a minute goes by when we don’t think of him.

– Mr Brown's wife Claire
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Double murder suspect 'not known' to Lithuanian Police

A suspect wanted in connection with a double murder was “not known” to police in his native country of Lithuania, officers in the country have said.

Viktoras Bruzas, a 38-year-old builder, is a suspect in the killings of Gillian and Patrick Kettyle, who were found with stab wounds at their home in Fetcham, Surrey, in the early hours of this morning.

Lithuanian Police said that based on investigations so far, officers do not believe Bruzas had a criminal record in the country.


Police search for man after woman receives hospital treatment for facial injuries

Sussex Police are searching for George Lee Austin Credit: Sussex Police

Police in East Sussex are searching for 27-year old George Lee Austin who they want to interview about a serious assault on a 22-year old woman known to him at an address in Hughenden Road, Hastings, on Monday 24th November.

The woman received hospital treatment for facial injuries believed to have been caused by kicking and punching and was discharged later the same day.

Austin is white, 5'10", slim, with mousey coloured hair and blue eyes.

Austin frequents the Hastings and Bexhill areas, but anyone who sees him or knows where he may be is asked to contact us via or by calling 101, quoting serial 1250 of 24/11. You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

– Detective Constable Dan Schiraldi

Couple jailed for storing £47,000 worth of amphetamine

Daniel Fleming was jailed for storing drugs Credit: Kent Police
Alyx Costa was jailed for storing drugs Credit: Kent Police

A Sittingbourne couple who stored almost £50,000 worth of drugs in a fridge-freezer have been jailed.

Daniel Fleming, 30, and Alyx Costa, 23, both formerly of White Hart Mews, Milton Regis, stored a significant quantity of amphetamine and cannabis at their home, discovered by police following a raid on Thursday 5 June 2014.

Fleming pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply and was jailed for three years and eight months.

Costa admitted one count and was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment.

Maidstone Crown Court heard how police found two bags of cannabis and a fridge freezer full of plastic tubs containing amphetamine after executing a warrant at a flat rented in Costa’s name.

She was arrested at the scene while Fleming handed himself into Medway police station six days later.

The amphetamine has been valued at £47,000 but the total price could potentially have risen to hundreds of thousands of pounds by the time it reached the street.

Former heroin addict has leg amputated

A former heroin addict who's been forced to have a limb amputated, has issued a stark warning to young people not to get hooked. Jamie Connor from Folkestone had been using the drug for ten years when an overdose left him fighting for his life. He was so ill, surgeons had to remove his left leg. He spoke to ITV Meridian from his hospital bed and pleaded with others not to repeat his mistakes. You may find some of the images in Malcolm Shaw's report distressing.

If you have concerns about drugs, follow these links to drugs charities in the south east that can help:

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100 firearms handed into Hampshire Constabulary

Image of the firearms handed in during the 12 day ammunition surrender Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Hampshire Constabulary has recovered more than 100 firearms during the force’s 12-day firearms and ammunition surrender.

Between November 10 and November 21 members of the public were encouraged to hand in any firearms that weren’t properly licensed and may have been held illegally.

The campaign led to 126 firearms and a large amount of ammunition being surrendered including pistols, replicas, BB guns and a World War 2 submachine gun.

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