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Man jailed for carrying stun gun disguised as iPhone

A 21-year-old man who was caught by police with a stun gun disguised as an iPhone has been jailed.

Police were called to Chapel Close, Blackthorne, Bicester, Oxfordshire, amid reports of a man in possession of a stun gun.

The stun gun, left, compared to an Apple iPhone 4.
The stun gun, left, compared to an Apple iPhone 4. Credit: Thames Valley Police

Officers who attended the scene at around 8pm on January 6 found Marcel Cross with the device, which had been made to look like an iPhone 4.

Cross, of Chapel Close, was jailed at Oxford Crown Court on Monday for three years for possession of a Section 5 firearm, Thames Valley Police said.

Marcel Cross was jailed for three years.
Marcel Cross was jailed for three years. Credit: Thames Valley Police

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Nine arrested over £3m fuel fraud

Seven men and two women from the South have been arrested for their involvement in a suspected £3 million fuel fraud.

Almost 170 officers, assisted by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and Sussex and Hampshire Police, searched 12 homes, 5 business premises and 2 petrol stations in East and West Sussex, Kent, Essex, Hampshire and Somerset yesterday.

The ongoing investigation is focused on the suspected illegal purchase and sale of rebated kerosene and biofuel to motorists as duty-paid road diesel.

It is believed the fraud is worth an estimated £3 million in unpaid excise duty and VAT.

Motorists need to be aware that using illicit fuel can damage and destroy vehicle engines, has a detrimental effect on legitimate fuel traders and deprives the government of money used to fund public services."

– David Margree, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC

Those arrested include:

  • 1 woman aged 48 from Pulborough, West Sussex.
  • · 1 woman aged 63 from Hastings, East Sussex.
  • · 3 men aged 45, 46 and 67 from Hastings, East Sussex.
  • · 1 man aged 43 from Romford, Essex.
  • · 2 men aged 43 and 46, from Belvedere, Greater London.
  • · 1 man aged 46, from Hayling Island, Hampshire.

Large & prestigious medieval tournament in Sussex

It's one of the most prestigious medieval tournaments in the worlds and the largest of its kind in Europe. Thousands of spectators will watch jousting and knights in hand-to-hand combat at Arundel Castle in Sussex this week.

Andy Dickenson took a look behind the scenes and spoke to Andreas Wenzel, a knight marshal, knights Phillip Leitch and Ben van Koert and rider Kyle van Dolah.

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SSE and UKPN pay out for handling of winter storms

Energy provider Scottish and Southern Energy and distributor UK Power Network have agreed to pay out a total £8 million over their handling of last year's winter storms.

An additional £3.3 million has been secured by regulator Ofgem after the £4.7 million already paid out to customers over "exceptional" storms last Christmas in the south of England.

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Jury to resume their deliberations in Jayden trial

Jayden Parkinson
Jayden Parkinson Credit: ITV Meridian

The jury in the trial of a man accused of murdering Oxfordshire teenager Jayden Parkinson, is due to resume its deliberations today.

The 17-year old was found in a grave near her Didcot home last December.

Ben Blakely, who is 22 and from Reading admits killing her but denies her murder.

Man jailed after falsely claiming another man raped him

A man who wasted hundreds of hours of police time after he falsely accused someone of raping him has been jailed for 16 months.

Robert Fisher told Kent Police he had been raped by another man in an Otford car park in 2012. But an investigation by detectives found he had made up the allegations, in order to seek revenge for a friend.

As a result of the allegations Fisher made, a man in his 30's was arrested as he returned from a holiday with his family.

During police interviews, Fisher admitted the allegations had been entirely fabricated and that he had never even met the man he had accused of raping him. He said his victim had previously made a complaint to police about one of his friends. Because of this, he wanted him to experience being arrested and the impact this would have on his life.

Kent Police Detective Constable Jeremy Taylor said:

We treat every allegation rape very seriously and work tirelessly to secure the evidence to prosecute offenders.

In this instance, Fisher clearly perverted the course of justice by inventing false claims about being raped. His reckless actions have not only caused huge distress to the person identified as a suspect, but they have also wasted an estimated 200 hours of police time, at least. This is valuable time which could have been used to help genuine victims of crime.

– Detetive Constable Jeremy Taylor

Men steal £10,000 worth of cameras from Horsham shop

Police have released this CCTV image of three men who threatened staff in a Horsham shop before stealing £10,000 worth of cameras.

The robbery took place at Jessops in Swan Walk just after 4pm on Wednesday 25 June.

Police are hoping someone may recognise the suspects and come forward with information.

All the items have unique serial numbers and police are keen to hear from anyone who may have been offered cameras or lenses in suspicious circumstances.

Detective Constable John Hord, of West Sussex CID, said:

This was a terrifying incident for staff. While no one was hurt, the men threatened to cause them serious harm. They ripped cameras and lenses from displays before making off.

We believe the three men had visited the shop earlier the same day and so we'd also like to hear from anyone who may have seen them or knows who they are.

– Detective Constable John Hord
CCTV image of the three suspects in the store
The three men in the Jessops store in Horsham Credit: Sussex Police
The three suspects
CCTV image of the suspects Credit: Sussex Police
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