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"Lindsay's acknowledged that she did her crime, but the punishment is not fair and not proportionate"

A woman from Redcar facing a firing squad in Indonesia has lodged an appeal against her death sentence.

Lindsay Sandiford was convicted last month of smuggling nearly five kilos of cocaine onto the island of Bali.

Judges refused to consider that she had helped the police to catch other members of the drugs gang when deciding her sentence.

Her new lawyer, who handed appeal papers to the court today, says that wasn't a fair decision.

Police thank public for help following drugs raid

Police have thanked members of the public for their help after arresting six people during a drugs raid in the Stroud and Dursley areas of Gloucestershire this morning (Thursday July 12th).

Today’s operation was part of our wider work to tackle drugs and firearms offences and to ensure that those involved in illegal activity are put before the courts. We are very grateful for the support of the local community this morning and hope that our actions today reflect the Constabulary’s commitment to combat these offences and keep the county’s streets safe.

– Chief Inspector Andy Wasley

The police are encouraging residents to continue to come forward with information about the use or supply of illegal drugs. People can contact police by dialling 101 or pass on information via Crimestoppers.

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Teenager arrested during early morning drugs raid

A 17-year-old girl was among six people arrested on drugs offences during police raids across Gloucestershire this morning. The teenager and five men, who are all from the Dursley and Stroud areas of the county, remain in police custody.

Firearms officers and specially trained dogs were involved in the search, which uncovered what is believed to be both class A and class B drugs and around £3,500 in cash from a number of addresses. Replica firearms and other replica weapons were also seized from one property.

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