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Man jailed for trying to smuggle drugs into Lewes prison

33 months in prison for Hastings man who tried to smuggle drugs into Lewes prison Credit: Sussex Police

A Hastings man has been sentenced for attempting to smuggle drugs into Lewes prison.

Michael George O'Brien, 32, of Duke Road, Hastings went to Lewes prison on 11 February last year to visit an inmate.

When he entered the search area, the drugs dog gave a positive indication that he was carrying illegal substances. O'Brien was searched by prison officers,and a quantity of cocaine, cannabis and steroids were found concealed in his underwear.

On Wednesday 14 January this year O'Brien appeared at Brighton Crown Court, having pleaded guilty part way through a trial earlier in the month, and was sentenced to a total of 33 months imprisonment for the three offences of bringing the each of the drugs into the prison.

Detective Constable Paul Gray of Sussex Police said; "HMP Lewes staff and Sussex Police work jointly together in over any offences committed within the prison. Anyone who attempts to or brings prohibited articles into a Prison, by any means, will be dealt with robustly and charges will be sought. As this case shows, you may wel go there as visitor, but if you commit offences whilst there, you face the possibility of becoming a inmate.".

Abandoned dogs being taken to RSPCA rescue centre

Two of the nine dogs rescued last week are being taken to RSPCA rescue centres Credit: Winchester City Council

The nine dogs abandoned near Winchester last week are being taken to RSPCA rescue centres for the next stage of their recuperation.

The poodle-crosses – named Sian, Dave, Faye, Justin, Kate, William, Maria, Martha and Mavis – are moving to Ashley Heath, the Ark at Stubbington and Mount Noddy near Chichester.

The dogs remain in the overall care of Winchester City Council. At the rescue centres the RSPCA will continue to build up the dogs’ strength, socialise, train and exercise them until they are well enough to go to new homes. This is expected to take several weeks.

People interested in putting forward their names to provide a home for one of the dogs should contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.

The ninth poodle-cross, named Kate, who remained with the vet, is now much-improved. She has started to eat and is set to join the others at the RSPCA rescue centres.

The nine dogs were abandoned last week (21 January) at four locations near Winchester: one at Alresford; three on the Morestead Road; three at Lower Baybridge Lane, Owslebury; and two at Longwood Dean Lane, Owslebury.

Experienced animal welfare officers say it is the worst case they have seen. The dogs were almost unrecognisable when they were found: they had long, matted coats, they were caked in mud and filth, they were undernourished, with stones in their feet and overgrown claws. They were unable to see or walk properly because of the sheer weight of fur. It took vets three hours to shave up to 12 kilos of fur from each of the dogs – half their bodyweight.

The plight of these animals has touched the hearts of many, and I would like to thank everyone for their support and kind words about the work of the team caring for the dogs.

There has been national and international interest from nearly 100 media organisations, fundraising campaigns, thousands of visits to social media sites and over 10,500 views of our own film of the dogs.

The Councilcontinues to put the welfare of the dogs first – that is our toppriority. No clear evidence has emerged so far that would enable us to identify those who mistreated and abandoned the dogs but we continue to investigate and work through the messages we receive.

– Cllr Jan Warwick, Winchester City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, Health and Well-Being

Anyone with information that may help authorities find those responsible should email telephone 01962 840222.

Microchipping will become a legal requirement from April 2016 which will help local authorities in reuniting stray and lost dogs with their owners.

The advice from Winchester City Council’s animal welfare team is: don’t buy puppies over the internet; make sure you see them ‘at home’ with their mother.

Man left with broken jaw and another with fractured shoulder after Basingstoke attack

Were you in Basingstoke town centre in the early hours of the morning of Saturday, January 24? Did you see an assault taking place?

Police are investigating after a 30-year-old man was left with a broken jaw and his 27-year-old brother sustained a fractured shoulder.

The two brothers and their friend were walking near the rear of Alexander and Dry Funeral Directors in Seal Road at about 3.15am when the incident took place. A group of about 10 men were initially involved in a verbal altercation which then escalated and the victims were assaulted when they tried to walk away.

Police release CCTV after alcohol stolen from shop

Thames Valley Police is realising a CCTV image after an incident of shoplifting in Kidlington. Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is realising a CCTV image after an incident of shoplifting in Kidlington.

The offence took place at 3.20pm on 12 January in Sainsbury’s, Oxford Road.

Two men entered the store, selected a large number of bottles of spirits and left without paying.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact investigating officer PC Rob Bull, of Bicester police station, via the 24-hour enquiry line 101.

If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.


Lorry driver to appear at court charged with causing death by dangerous driving

Simon Shore from Highworth in Swindon, Wiltshire, was pronounced dead at the scene after a crash on the A34 Credit: Thames Valley Police

Police can now provide an update following a fatal road traffic collision on the A34 on Saturday, January 24.

At around 5.45pm on the northbound carriageway near the Tufton crossroads a Vauxhall Zafira was involved in a collision with an HGV lorry.

Sadly the front seat passenger of the Vauxhall Zafira, 53-year-old Simon Shore from Highworth in Swindon, Wiltshire, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, a 40-year-old man, and two rear seat passengers (a 13-year-old girl and 38-year-old man) sustained minor injuries.

The driver of the HGV, 48-year-old Piotr Janowski from Poland, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by damgerous driving. He will appear at Basingstoke Magistrates today.

Pensioner with 5 drink-driving convictions banned from the road again

Empty pint classes with car key Credit: Press Association

A pensioner from East Sussex with five drink-driving convictions has been banned from the road again.

Harry Brown was stopped by police in St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, on December 1 and arrested after he was seen driving erratically.

The 75-year-old, of Willingdon Way, St Leonards-on-Sea, who also has six convictions for driving while disqualified, pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified, driving without insurance and possession of cannabis when he appeared at Hastings Magistrates' Court last week, Sussex Police said.

He was banned from driving for five years, given a 12-week suspended prison sentence, fined £50 and ordered to pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.

Drink-driving is totally unacceptable and we will continue to target those who drive after drinking or taking drugs but we need the public's help. If you know or suspect someone is drink-driving, callus immediately so we can take action. We need to get offenders off the roads before they kill or seriously injure people.

– Superintendent Jane Derrick, head of roads policing in Sussex and Surrey

A total of 38 people have so far been convicted of offences as part of the force's December campaign to tackle antisocial driving. People can text officers on 65999 with the details of anyone they suspect of drink- or drug-driving or visit

Flood alleviation scheme gets the green light

Flood clearance: TfB's super sucker helps clear a resident's garden of flood water Credit: Buckinghamshire County Council
Sandbag station: help for residents to keep floodwater at bay in the Pound Lane, Marlow, area Credit: Buckinghamshire County Council

Work begins in June on Marlow's flood alleviation scheme, to protect homes in the Pound Lane and Firview areas of the town, following confirmation that the £8.5 million cost has been covered.

Since the severe weather of Winter 2013/14, which left parts of Marlow under several feet of flood water, a consortium of councils and the Environment Agency has been working together to find funding for the project.

So far Buckinghamshire County Council has given £1.25m, while the Government is contributing £3.25m and Marlow Town Council £60,000. Wycombe District Council will provide officer time and expertise.

Today the consortium announced confirmation that the remaining £4m would come from the Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee Local Levy, a £10.5m fund supported by councils in the Thames Valley.

The project, to be led by the Environment Agency (EA), involves building protective earth embankments, excavating flood attenuation ponds, and installing heavy-duty pumps to control surface water levels, between homes in Pound Lane and Fairview and the River Thames.

Work on the ground will start in June and take around five years. Meanwhile EA is overseeing preparation, such as archaeological recording, site access and temporary road closure notices needed at times during the work.

Commuters speak up aboard the 'train of shame'

Millions of us take to the roads, trains and buses every day. But how much of an issue will transport play during the election. There are certainly some controversial issues like extra airport runways, HS2 and the current crowding on the roads and trains. Well to find out our Transport correspondent Mike Pearse took a ride on the worst performing train in Britain, the 0729 from Brighton to Victoria.

Mike Pearse spoke to the following people: AA President Edmund King, Gatwick Campaigner Sally Pavey, Chief Executive of Gatwick Airport Stuart Wingate, and Stephen Joseph from Campaign for Better Transport.

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