An Aylesbury man has been prosecuted for claiming thousands of pounds in benefits to which he was not entitled.
Thomas Wheatley, of Scott End, claimed more than £10,000 from the Department for Work and Pensions and Aylesbury Vale District Council but failed to declare he had savings in excess of the permitted limit.
Aylesbury Magistrates heard how Wheatley had received pension credit and council tax benefit since July 2011. A joint working investigation raised suspicions that the 65-year-old had more than £50,000 in his accounts.
When interviewed about his benefit claims, Wheatley admitted that he had deliberately failed to tell the DWP and AVDC about his savings.
He dishonestly claimed £8,730 in pension credit and £1,709 in council tax benefit over a two year period.
Wheatley was sentenced to a community order for 12 months and ordered to carry out 180 hours unpaid work. He was also made to pay costs of £85 and will have to repay the full amount owed to the DWP and AVDC.
“Benefit cheats give a bad name to legitimate claimants who are entitled to receive benefits. This latest prosecution again signals our determination to catch people who are defrauding council tax payers in the district.”
Prime Minister David Cameron has made a surprise visit to a charity shop in Buckinghamshire, after their annual fundraising event was ruined by the weather.
And while he was at the Cancer Research UK shop in Aylesbury he made a £20 donation and posed for a photo.
Shop manager, Lynda Inglis, has been the driving force behind the Cancer Research UK "Wear it Pink” day held annually on the town’s High Street as part of October’s breast cancer awareness month activities.
But last Saturday, and for the first time, it was spoiled by the heavy rain.
Her team of 20 staff and volunteers, who were all in pink fancy dress, were desperate to cheer Lynda up as she had worked so hard to rally everyone together to put this year’s event on.
Then Town Centre Manger, Diana Fawcett, who has worked closely with Lynda to support the event over the years, heard that Prime Minister David Cameron and his family were in Aylesbury shopping, something they regularly do on their way to Chequers.
I was told Mr Cameron was in M&S so went in there to find him. Thinking of Lynda gave me the confidence to go up to him to ask for his help. I explained to the Prime Minister that there was a big Cancer Research UK event going on in the town today and that the rain was really affecting its success. I asked if he could possibly pop into their charity shop to show his support and give them a big boost. Without hesitation he readily agreed and said he would make a visit before he left.
I rushed down to the shop to tell Lynda someone ‘very important’ might be on their way. And true to his word, Mr Cameron kindly came through the door just a few minutes later. It was great to see the look on Lynda’s face!
Thames Valley Police has charged a man in connection with child sex offences.
Mohammed Imran, aged 37, of Springcliffe Street in Bradford, has been charged with two counts of conspiring to rape a girl under 16 years of age, three counts of raping a girl aged under 16 and one count of arranging / facilitating the prostitution / involvement in pornography of a child aged 13 - 17 years.
The charges relate to offences in the Aylesbury area between 2007 and 2009.
Imran has been remanded in custody to appear before Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court today.
Ten men have now been arrested after a series of warrants were executed in Aylesbury and other Buckinghamshire towns this morning relating to child sexual exploitation.
Around 120 officers executed warrants at 11 properties from 7am. Seven warrants were carried out in Aylesbury, one in Milton Keynes, one in Buckingham, one in Chesham and one in Hayes, Middlesex.
A number of other addresses in Aylesbury were visited.
Thames Valley Police has today carried out a series of warrants in Aylesbury and other Buckinghamshire towns relating to child sexual exploitation.
Around 120 officers executed warrants at 10 properties at 7am. Six warrants were carried out in Aylesbury, one in Milton Keynes, one in Buckingham, one in Chesham and one in Middlesex.
A number of warrants are still being carried out.
Eight men, aged between 28 and 45 have been arrested on suspicion of sexual offences and are currently in police custody.
Those arrested are:
- 32-year-old man
- 45-year-old man
- 32-year-old man
- 35-year-old man
- 40-year-old man
- 35-year-old man
- 28-year-old man
- 40-year-old man
The offences relate to two female victims in the Aylesbury area between 2005 and 2012.
“The police action taken today comes as a result of information given to the police earlier this year. We have been working closely with other agencies to investigate these matters, and to provide support and care for the victims. The aim of this operation is to protect victims, bring offenders to justice, and to offer help to any others who we are encouraging to come forward. We will continue to work alongside our partner agencies to offer any support victims need as we carry on with the investigation. I understand today’s events will have an impact on the community and people will be concerned about the nature of these arrests. As you can understand, we are in the early stages of this investigation so may not be able to provide all the information straight away, but we will work hard to make sure the community is kept updated when we can. Our neighbourhood policing teams are carrying out patrols in the area and will be doing their best to answer any questions, so please do not hesitate to approach them. If anyone has any concerns at all about offences relating to child sex exploitation, if they are a victim or know someone who may be, I urge them to contact Thames Valley Police on the 24-hour non-emergency number 101.”
An Aylesbury man who survived his battle with cancer which caused him to lose his voice has released a single to raise awareness of the disease.
Ray Coates from Aylesbury Vale battled with throat cancer since 2008 and some of his treatments saw him lose his voice for 6 months.
The singer decided release a single in order to raise funds and awareness of the disease and recorded a moving video to accompany the track.
Funds received from the sales of the single will go towards research into cures and treatment for cancer.
The song is dedicated to all those who have been affected by the disease; the families of the sufferers, survivors, medical professionals and those who have sadly lost their battle to cancer.
Town Centre markets in the Thames Valley are fighting back against fly-by-night traders who sell counterfeit and illegal goods on the cheap. They're supporting a major campaign to protect their livelihoods. Penny Silvester visited the new-look Aylesbury market. Watch her report here.
An appeal has been launched to find a missing schoolgirl from Aylesbury.
14-year-old Kirsty Winfield was last seen in the Weedon Hill district at around 6.30pm on Monday 14th April.
She was meant to return home at 8pm but was not seen again.
Kirsty was last seen wearing a white vest top, checked shirt, black leggings and plimsoll shoes.
The teen is described as 5ft 3ins, of large build with dark long red/ brown hair with a nose ring.
Police urge anyone with information to contact 101.
Two men have been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting of a man in Aylesbury.
Nicholas Talburt, 22, from Fellows Park Gardens, Walsall, was charged with attempted murder, possession of firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and conspiracy to supply a class A drug
Marcus Macintosh, 20, of Waterside St, West Bromwich, was charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to supply a class A drug.
The men have been charged in connection with an incident on 16 March when a 43-year-old man was shot in Hilton Avenue, Aylesbury.
They both appeared at Wycombe Magistrates’ Court this morning and have been remanded in custody until Monday, when they are due to appear at Reading Crown Court.