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Five years imprisonment for Alan Smith

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A BLACKPOOL man was today sentenced to a total of five years, seven months and one week’s imprisonment for a number of burglary, theft and other offences committed between September and November of this year.

Alan Smith, 37, of Chatsworth Avenue, Blackpool, was sentenced at Preston Crown Court having previously been found guilty of one count of dwelling burglary, one count of non-dwelling burglary, one count of shoplifting, one count of possession of a knife in a public place and two counts of assaulting a police officer at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court last month.

The first offence took place on Tuesday 12 November of this year when Smith entered an address on Heddon Road, Blackpool, stealing a laptop, games consoles, other electrical equipment, clothing, a handbag, a sports bag, and alcohol. The second offence took place on Saturday 14 September of the year when Smith entered a property that is part of Blackpool and the Fylde College on Palatine Road, Blackpool, stealing another laptop and a digital camera. The third offence took place on Thursday 5 September of this year when Smith entered a shop on Topping Street, Blackpool, again stealing a laptop. When then being arrested for the third offence on the same date, Smith assaulted two Special Constables. Finally, the forth offence took place on Thursday 19 September of this year when Smith was found to have two kitchen knives in his possession without good reason while at a dental practice on Alfred Street, Blackpool.

DS Steven Hallam of Blackpool CID said; “Smith is a prolific offender in the area who has caused misery to residents across Blackpool.

“We strongly believe he is committing offences to fund a drug addiction he cannot kick, and so, we welcome the court’s decision to imprison him today as he would continue to offend otherwise.”

The sentencing comes as Lancashire Constabulary come towards the end of Operation Julius, targeting criminals and detecting burglaries across the county.

It has run since October, and has seen officers using a range of overt and covert tactics including visits to Lancashire’s top 30 burglary suspects, executing warrants and high-visibility police patrols.

Residents are urged to;
Ensure all your access doors (front, back and patio doors) are locked and windows closed when leaving the house, or going to bed.
If windows are open while you are in during the day, keep them on a secured latch so that they cannot be opened further from outside.
Keep side gates locked.
Consider fitting outdoor security lighting.
Keep an eye on neighbouring properties and if you see anything suspicious contact police.
Further crime prevention advice is available by visiting www.lancashire.police.uk.

Anyone with information or concerns about burglary can contact police on 101 or 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.

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Murder Arrests after disappearance of Gaia Pope aged 19

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Murder Detectives have arrested two people following the disappearance of Gaia Pope aged 19 Dorset Police have confirmed.

Cops have not found the body of Gaia however they believe she was murdered.

CCTV Images and transport hubs have been checked no evidence supports that she has left the area this is out of character leading police to believe she has come to harm.

Gaia who was last seen on November 7th she was staying at an address within Swanage when she disappeared on the afternoon of Tuesday 7th November.

Dorset Police launched a major search to find the missing teenager from the Langton Matravers area

This afternoon police carried out warrants at two addresses in Swanage. They arrested a 19-year-old man and a 71-year-old woman, both known to Gaia, on suspicion of murder.

Senior Investigating Officer Neil Devoto of Dorset Police told Police Hour “It has been almost a week since Gaia’s last confirmed sighting and she has not been seen or heard from since.

“We have looked through CCTV that covers the Swanage area, including transport hubs, and there is nothing to suggest she has left the area. Her disappearance is completely out of character and, following our extensive enquiries, we sadly now believe that she may have come to harm.

“We have not yet found Gaia and our searches will continue. I would appeal to anyone who has information about her disappearance to please contact Dorset Police.

“Our specially-trained officers have updated Gaia’s family and are supporting them at this very difficult time.”

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Please help Cop with PTSD following a serious incident get some Christmas Gifts for his family. Otherwise they’ll get nothing.

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Tonight we are asking you to support your fellow colleague, a cop who is ultimately a hero due to circumstances beyond his control he cannot afford Christmas gifts for his kids this year.

Let’s give him a Christmas to remember as he leaves the Police and walks away from the job he loves.

Before you jump in and judge the situation this police Officer who we won’t be naming needs our support at this dark time of the year.

We know at this time of the year on one really has much money to spare but if you could spare £5 please think about helping this cop out.

This cop is suffering PTSD having attended a serious job we won’t go into those details either but what we can tell you is this police Officer has had zero money for the past 12 months.

This is because he has been on the sick for 3 years having suffered serious mental health issues after attending a job. A job that helped others and put them first leaving him with life long lasting damage.

Sadly it is very unlikely this cop will return to work because of the serious level of PTSD, depression and other mental health issues following an incident at work in 2014.

He‘s been on no pay since November 2016 and will be going through the medical retirement process shortly.

He’s not in a position to provide Christmas presents for his 3 children due to the length of time his been on low or no income.

At this time, Police Hour simply ask that you give a little and support this Just Giving appeal so his last Christmas within our organisation is one to remember from everyones kindness.

Thank you please donate by clicking here

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‘Don’t block my drive’: Letter left on ambulance responding to emergency call

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Crews on an Emergency call out were faced with an unacceptable angry letter which they did not spot until they arrived at the hospital asking them not to block the drive.

Ambulance Crews always try to be considerate when parking while on 999 calls, but it is not always possible there will be times when those ambulance crews may have to park in such a way so that they can keep the road clear and then treat the person who requires their immediate medical assistance.

The person who left this angry letter had little disregard for the person who was suffering a serious medical episode and that for the responders providing vital medical assistance.

Within the property, paramedics treat a person with a serious internal bleed that required immediate medical attention with the crew quickly leaving the scene to transfer the patient to the hospital.

Without a thought for anyone else, one member of the public was more concerned about their drive than the wellbeing and life support that their neighbour required.

Paramedics returned to transfer the patient to the hospital to find a nasty and shocking letter and tweeted “Crew alerted an extremely poorly patient to the hospital… minimal on-scene time, arrived at the hospital to find this note… this patient was TIME-CRITICAL.”

https://twitter.com/WMASTStarkey/status/929027792444055552

The Angry letter was left on the ambulance was tweeted by Tasha Starkey, who works for West Midlands Ambulance Service, tweeted a picture of the letter.

It read: “You may be saving lives, but don’t park your van in a stupid place and block my drive.”

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