Two "barbaric" burglars who tied up a couple in their home and poured boiling water over their heads have had their sentences almost doubled. In April last year, Kacey Adams, 34, and 33-year-old Daniel Wallace broke in to the bungalow in Halstead, near Sevenoaks, of 66-year-old John Buswell, as he watched TV and his wife Janis, 64, knitted clothes for her expected great-grandchild. The intruders used cable ties to tie up the couple and subjected them to almost two hours of torture to demand the codes to their safes. Both men admitted aggravated burglary and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
They had earlier been found guilty of conspiracy to murder after a man was shot in the face in a revenge attack. At Chelmsford Crown Court in April, Adams of Ilford, and Wallace, of Dagenham, were jailed for life with a minimum term of 12 and a half years before they are eligible to apply for parole.
But at the Court of Appeal in London yesterday three judges increased the minimum term to 23 years. Lady Justice Sharp, sitting with Mr Justice Popplewell and Judge Picton, said it was a "quite exceptional case" and the original sentences did not reflect the extreme gravity of the crimes. The appeal judges also increased the sentence imposed on 25-year-old Edward Dooley for his part in a drive-by shooting in May 2016, which the victim survived but was left with life-changing injuries.
Dooley, of Romford, was given a 16-year sentence for conspiracy to murder but that was replaced with a life sentence with a minimum term of 15 years.
An investigation is underway after a taxi driver was robbed in Gosport.
The 52-year-old victim drove his vehicle to an address in Tribe Road, at around 1am on Monday to collect a passenger.
A man who used his arms to cover his face, approached the vehicle from an alleyway and opened one of the car’s doors. He jumped into the front of the vehicle and threatened the driver, demanding he hand over cash.
The driver then fled from the vehicle, which he had started to reverse, and ran into Vernon Road, followed by the unknown man.
The driver threw money at the man after which the man ran away in the direction of Whitworth Road.
Police want to hear from anyone who was in Tribe Road or Vernon Road at around this time? Did you see what happened or see a man running away?
Police are searching for three men who stole £14,000 from a cash-in-transit driver in Bitterne. The thieves grabbed the cash box from the delivery driver who was delivering to Santander at around 1am this morning.
A dark coloured Volvo and the cassette box containing the money were later found abandoned in nearby roads. Officers are appealing for anyone who saw the robbery to get in touch.
Police investigating a violent robbery in Reading want to speak to a group of men pictured on CCTV.
A man was attacked and robbed in the early hours of Sunday 10th April as he walked in Beresford Road.
One of the men police want to speak to was dressed in fancy dress.
After the assault the victim noticed his wallet was missing which contained cash and bank and ID cards.
The victim sustained minor injuries including cuts and bruises. He did not require hospital treatment.
Police would like to speak to the people shown in the CCTV images as they may have information which could help with the investigation.
A world shooting champion says he's been left "mentally scarred forever", after masked raiders broke into his home, beat him with a hammer, and stole trophies and guns. George Digweed and his wife were tied up by the robbers at their home in the quiet village of Northiam on the Kent Sussex border. The men ransacked the house, and then made off with the family car. Andrea Thomas reports.
A man armed with a metal bar has robbed a convenience shop on the Isle of Wight.
The man stole cash and smashed a display stand at around 10:20pm on Monday at the Welcome Store in Avenue Road, Sandown.
The shop assistants were left shaken and the man made off on foot in the direction of the Tap Pub.
The Earl of March says he and his wife are recovering after being tied and up and robbed at their stately home in Sussex.
More than half a million pounds worth of family heirlooms were taken in the raid at Goodwood House near Chichester.
A 26 year-old man from Hampshire arrested on suspicion of robbery has been released on bail.
Penny Silvester reports
Police are appealing for information after a man was robbed in broad daylight in Basingstoke on Monday afternoon.
The 20-year-old was approached by two men on a grassed area of Vivian Road, close to Oakridge Towers, Oakridge, around 4.15pm.
The men demanded property from him, grabbed his sunglasses and went through his jeans pockets before the victim was able to break free.
The men got away with the sunglasses valued at around £5.
The victim suffered some reddening to his face but was otherwise uninjured.
The offenders are described as:
- white man
- 5ft 8ins tall
- average build
- wearing a white t-shirt, grey jogging bottoms with a blue stripe up the side
- white man
- 5ft 8ins tall
- skinny build
- curly brown hair to the top of his ears
- wearing blue, baggy jeans and dark coloured (possibly blue) jumper
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Simon Merritt at Basingstoke police station on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.
Detectives in Weymouth are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward after an alleged robbery in the town.
The incident happened at around 6pm on Friday 19 June 2015 in Weymouth Cemetery.
A man approached a group of teenagers before allegedly threatening one of them and stealing their mobile phone and then heading onto Abbotsbury Road.
A 20-year-old Weymouth man has been arrested in connection with the incident and released on police bail pending further enquiries.
“I am appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact me. I would also particularly like to speak to a man who was walking his dog in the vicinity at the time of the incident as I believe he may be able to assist me with my enquiries. Anyone with further information about this incident should contact Dorset Police in confidence on 101.”
Police are appealing for information following a robbery in Southampton.
At some time between 11.40am and 12.30pm on Sunday, May 17 the 18-year-old victim was walking along Cuckmere Lane towards Totton town centre, pushing a pram.
She was approached by a man who was shouting abusive words at her. The man then took hold of the changing bag and tried to pull it off of the pram.
The victim tried to hold onto it and it fell to the floor. As the woman went to pick it up, the man pushed her away, picked up the bag and cycled off towards Totton. He was with another man who was also on a bicycle.
The man is described as:
- Wearing dark blue jeans, light grey jumper and a dark grey hoody
- Riding a bicycle
“Did you witness this incident? Do you have any information that could assist us? If you do, please get in touch with us as soon as possible.”