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Man faces sentenced for mass cannabis production

Credit: Essex Police

A 51-year-old man is beginning a two and a half year prison sentence after police uncovered a cannabis factory in an industrial unit in Southend.

Steven Laidlaw from Alton Gardens admitted to playing a part in the production of over £250,000 worth of cannabis.

Around 500 plants were discovered when officers raided an industrial unit in Baron Court off Chandlers Way on September 23 last year.

Laidlaw was jailed at Basildon Crown Court on October 8 2015.

Man faces jail and deportation for seafront assault

Credit: Sussex Police

A 26-year-old man has been sentenced to almost two years in prison and faces deportation for an assault in Brighton.

Mohammed Abusetta has been sentenced to 21 months for punching a 27-year-old man from Kent in the face.

The incident happened on the Kingsway, near to the West Pier, at around 6pm on June 10.

Abusetta broke the man's eye socket, was arrested and charged with GBH.

He pleaded guilty at Lewes Crown Court on August 28.

Abusetta broke the victim's eye socket after a minor verbal altercation on the seafront.

This level of violence is completely unacceptable and pleased that he has been punished for his actions.

– DC Tom Coll, Sussex Police


Do you recognise these people?

Police want to speak to this man. Credit: DORSET POLICE
Police want to speak to this woman. Credit: DORSET POLICE

Police investigating shoplifting incidents in Dorset have released images of two people they want to speak to.

The first is a man, who walked in and picked up three sets of pruners and left without paying in Moles County Stores, Gillingham at 11.50am on August 31.

The other is a woman with a pink pram, who smuggled an ornamental duck into her bag in Pramacare on Salisbury Street, Blandford around 3pm on August 6.

PC Natalie Skinner said: “I am now in a position to release CCTV images of the individuals we would like to speak to in connection with these incidents.

“Anyone who can help identify those pictured should contact police, in confidence, on 101.”

Rise in reported crime in Dorset

Dorset Police has recorded a rise in reports of crime Credit: Dorset Police

Despite a rise in reported crime for the first time in eighteen years, Dorset police say the county is still one of the safest in the country.

From April to June this year crime increased twelve%.

The Force says this is mostly due to changes in the way crimes are recorded.

Widow's home targeted by thieves as she mourns at funeral

A widow whose home was burgled while she was attending her husband's funeral says she's been left devastated by the break-in.

Thieves took jewellery and money after ransacking the family home in Brighton. They also found the keys to Paula Palmer's car that was parked outside - and used it to escape.

Police believe criminals targetted the property, knowing she was in mourning. Andy Dickenson reports.


Kent men jailed after armed robbery

Two men have been jailed after pleading guilty to carrying out robberies in Swanley, one of which included a 15-year-old victim.

21-year-old Charlie Leigh, of Everest Place and 19-year-old Kane Gaymer, of Oliver Road, both from Swanley, will serve a total of more than six years between them.

Kane Gaymer Credit: Kent Police

Leigh admitted punching and robbing a 15-year-old boy of his mobile phone near London Road.

Charlie Leigh Credit: Kent Police

Both men admitted threatening a car park attendant - one of them holding a knife - and taking the money he had collected.

Leigh was sentenced to 3 years in prison, while Gaymer was jailed for three years and four months.

Don't let pickpockets ruin your Christmas

They're making very rich pickings - at our cost. As the Christmas shopping spree reaches fever pitch, pickpockets are out in forces taking advantage of crowded high streets and shopping centres to help themselves to our hard-earned cash. So how can you prevent them ruining your Christmas? Well as Callum Watkinson reports, police have now released a video highlighting what we need to watch out for.

Thames Valley Police response to Crime Data Report

Thames Valley Police is recognised for its victim-centred approach, in a report issued today (18/11) by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).

HMIC’s Crime Data Integrity report examined the extent police-recorded crime can be trusted. It set out to look at how confident the public can be in the accuracy of police-recorded crime data, how effective police leaders are in their oversight, how well victims are served by the police and whether the outcomes achieved are appropriate.

The report states the Force promotes a victim-centred approach through its policies and communication with officers and staff. Regular victim satisfaction surveys are undertaken as required nationally and the victim satisfaction level remains high at 89.1 per cent.

Thames Valley Police is above the England and Wales average for compliance for reports of crimes which are subsequently recorded as crimes, when sampled by HMIC. Additionally Thames Valley Police’s accuracy of ‘no crime’ decisions is also above the national average.

HMIC highlighted the recording of rape and other sexual offences to be a matter of serious concern on a national level in the report. However it stated all TVP officers who were spoken to have a clear understanding of the policy for dealing with reports of rape.

Reports of rape within the Thames Valley are monitored effectively which ensures correct and timely recording.

“It is important that we have an accurate picture of the crime in Thames Valley so that we can prevent crime and disorder, bring offenders to justice and put our resources where they are most needed.

“Nationally the report paints a mixed picture – not all Forces are recording crime accurately -and 800,000 crimes which are reported to the police are unrecorded each year.

“While we recognise that there is still work to do, we are addressing areas for improvement. Overall the report is positive as it shows the police recording of crime can be trusted in the Thames Valley.

“This is reflected in the fact that crime in the Force area is at its lowest for 25 years.”

– Chief Constable Sara Thornton
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