A pensioner from Dorset who admitted smuggling 30 kilos of cannabis powder into the UK via Portsmouth ferry port has been jailed for three years and nine months. Robert Coulson, 71, of Lyme Regis, was arrested by Border Force officers shortly after arriving on a ferry from Caen in November.
He pleaded guilty to drug smuggling charges at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court. His car was stopped and searched on his arrival at Portsmouth, Coulson told officers he spends three months of the winter in Morocco because of his arthritis and was returning for a medical appointment.
Shortly afterwards officers found a quantity of powder hidden inside four tyre inner tubes in the car’s spare wheel compartment. This was tested and found to be cannabis.
A courageous 72-year-old woman scared off a burglar from her home by shouting at him to get out. The woman left her home in Walsall Road, Portsmouth for 10 minutes to go out to her local shop. When she returned at 7pm on Thursday she found a man in her home. She shouted at him and he ran away.
Nothing was taken. Detective Constable Les Leithes said: “At this time of the evening the local park, Tamworth Park, would have been busy with dog walkers and young children with parents. Did you see anyone acting suspiciously, running through the park or out onto Langstone Road?"
A pensioner is reported to be dazed but uninjured after an explosion at his home in Southsea. Neighbours on Welch Road were evacuated following the blast which occurred in the early hours of this morning.
Officers investigating the death of a man found by the side of the River Thames in Northfleet, Kent, have issued an appeal. Barrie Buxton, 69, was found on May 16 and his death is not thought to be suspicious. But detectives want to trace his whereabout in the days leading up to his death.
Detective Inspector Ivan Beasley said: 'We are trying to build a picture of Mr Buxton's movements in the days leading to his death. Anyone who may have seen him on Tuesday 15 May, or the morning of Wednesday 16 May, please contact us."
Contact Kent Police on 101 quoting reference KP-20120516-0780