Two men who used paving slabs and sledgehammers to smash their way into homes across Beds and Cambs have been jailed.
Aiden Long, 20, and John Stanley, 21, were sentenced to three and a half years in prison at Luton Crown Court on Friday (4 June 2021) after admitting a string of offences where cash, jewellery and cars worth more than £20,000 were stolen.Read More
A victim has shared her experience of being stalked and blackmailed by a man she considered a friend, after he was jailed for two and a half years.
Anwar Hussain, 27, from London pleaded guilty to stalking the woman for a period of six months, during which he threatened to release a compromising video of her if she didn’t pay him money. The video, in fact, never existed.Read More
Takadas Ali, 25, of Cairns Street, Walsall, pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman and dangerous driving, and was sentenced at Luton Crown Court on Tuesday (16 February).
On 25 August 2020, Ali dragged a woman out of a car parked in Seaforth Gardens, Bedford, and assaulted her by kicking and punching.Read More
As his abuser is sentenced for 10-and-a-half years, a man in his 30s, haunted by prolonged sexual abuse as a child, has told of his relief at finally being able to open up and speak about what happened to him.
The abuse began when he was aged around 10 in 2000, and continued for approximately five years, only stopping when he was in his mid-teens and at middle school. He finally found the courage to speak to police in 2018, after confiding in his partner about what had happened.Read More
A 35-year-old man from Luton has been handed a jail sentence after spitting at two NHS workers in Luton on Monday.
Marcin Chojna, of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with two counts of assault by beating. He pleaded guilty to the offences at Luton Magistrates’ Court today (1 April 2020).Read More
Bedfordshire PCC pledges almost £100,000 to revolutionise the lives of families with drug and alcohol problems
Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway, has become the first PCC in the country to fund Family, Drug and Alcohol Courts (FDACs) which have been proven to be 50% better than any other method of care proceedings at helping parents to shake off addiction and retain care of their children five years on.
Commissioner Holloway has agreed to provide £50,000 of funding and also to pay for a specialist Domestic Abuse Expert to support parents attending the Family Drug and Alcohol Court.
She also provided the lead Judge – Judge Patrick Peruško – with the services of her Chief of Staff to help other key partners across Bedfordshire, such as those in the NHS, Public Health, Mental Health services and Safeguarding leads of the three local authorities to work together to bring all these parties into partnership to fund and support the unique FDAC process.
Family Drug and Alcohol Courts require a parent with addiction to agree a formal rehabilitation plan and work very regularly with the Family Court Judge and an FDAC team of specialists over a 26 week period, to address their behaviour and build better relationships with both their children and themselves.Read More
Police have issued a reminder to jurors after a man was given a suspended prison sentence for discussing a case outside of court.
The juror in question was overheard discussing a case while out for a meal with friends and family in January last year, including details of the trial and weapons that were used in the incident.Read More
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