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Four sentenced for plans to sneak drugs and phones into prison

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THREE men and a woman have been sentenced at Preston Crown Court today (Friday 24 January 2014) for their role in conspiring to smuggle drugs and mobile phones into Garth Prison.

Bernard Jolly, 42, of Princess Street, Swinton, Manchester; Kevin McLoughlin, 55, of Croft Close, Kirkby Stephen; and Dean Cleworth, 33, of no fixed address, received custodial sentences of 51 weeks, 49 weeks and 49 weeks respectively. Cleworth’s sentence is to run consecutive to a current prison sentence that he is serving.

They had all earlier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class B drugs, class C drugs and prohibited items into HMP Garth.

Faye Burke, 25, of Churchill Street, Stockport, had earlier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply prohibited items into HMP Garth and received a 29 week prison sentence suspended for two years.

The sentencing comes after two separate attempts to give packages to prisoner Dean Cleworth at the A&E Department at Chorley Hospital in September 2012.

On the first occasion, Jolly and McLoughlin left a package in a toilet for Cleworth – who had been taken to hospital after he claimed to be ill – to pick up. Cleworth was however taken to a different toilet and the package was recovered by Jolly and McLoughlin before they left.

On the second occasion, as Cleworth arrived at the hospital, McLoughlin was brought in by an ambulance claiming to have chest pains. Burke attended shortly after and told staff her father had been brought in with chest pains. Once on the ward, Burke put a package in a toilet. Cleworth was taken to the toilet and recovered 150 grams of cannabis resin (class B) and 25 subutex tablets (class C) and two mobile phones, which had been left by Burke. McLoughlin checked the toilet after Cleworth had left and then walked out of the hospital.

Staff at the hospital raised the alarm when McLoughlin could not be found. Cleworth was searched on his return to prison and found to have the drugs and mobile phones on him.

DC Martin Hulme from Chorley CID said: “Drugs and mobile phones have a much greater value inside a prison then they do on the streets. We estimate that the drugs and phones that were recovered on Cleworth would have had a value of around £9,000 inside the prison.

“This has been a complex investigation that shows that, despite the best efforts of organised criminals to cover their tracks, the police will remain committed to tackling the supply and use of illegal drugs across Lancashire.

“These offenders have used the services of the NHS and the North West Ambulance Service with no regard whatsoever for the needs of genuine patients. This disgraceful misuse of public services demonstrates the selfish and greedy attitude of the offenders.

“We work closely with colleagues from other forces as well as the prison service to combat drug supply and we will take action against anyone we suspect to be involved. I would urge anyone who has any information about drugs to tell us so that we can continue to take action.”

Governor of HMP Garth Steve Lawrence added: “Drugs and mobile phones are dangerous and illegal items within a prison environment. As criminals try to find new ways to supply such articles into the prison system, we will continue to work with our criminal justice partners to catch them at it.”

Jim Lloyd, Security Adviser at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are thankful that our staff were so vigilant. This was an isolated incident and our staff do routinely check the public toilets in our hospitals. We have worked closely with both Lancashire Constabulary and the prison service to ensure that security is heightened when prisoners are brought into our hospitals.”

Information about drugs can be reported to the police on 101 or to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Scott Findlay subjected young mother to harrowing sex attack & punched her while she cradled 6-week-old baby

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A MAN who raped a young mother and repeatedly punched her as she cradled a six-week-old baby in her arms has been jailed.

Scott Findlay subjected his victim to a “prolonged and harrowing” attack in front of her two young children.

Today, at York Crown Court, Judge Simon Hickey sent the 27-year-old, from Ferryhill, in County Durham, to prison for 15 years for offences including rape, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and threats to kill.

The court heard that the victim pleaded with Findlay, who was armed with a kitchen knife, for her children to be prevented from seeing the attack.

Speaking after sentencing, Detective Constable Katrina Meisuria, of Durham Constabulary’s Safeguarding Unit, praised the victim for her courage in giving evidence.

She said: “Scott Findlay subjected his victim to a prolonged, harrowing and violent attack in front of her two young children.

“It took great bravery by the victim to provide evidence at court reliving those events again.

“There is no doubt these crimes have had a life-changing effect on the victim and her children, but the conviction will provide the family with the opportunity to move forward”.

In a statement released through the police, the victim said: “This has been an extremely difficult time for me and my family.

“The incidents occurred only six weeks after the birth of my daughter who was in my arms as Scott Finlay repeatedly punched me about the head and my seven-year-old looked on in terror begging for him to stop hurting his mammy.

“No child should ever have to witness such an attack”.

She added: “My family and I are pleased with the outcome and relieved it is finally over and we can move forward to rebuilding our life”.

After a four-day trial at Durham Crown Court in May, a jury found Findlay guilty of three counts of rape, one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one count of making threats to kill.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and criminal damage.

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Man attacked staff with a traffic cone at petrol station

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Police are appealing for information after a man was assaulted with a traffic cone at a petrol station in Newcastle.

At around 12.05pm on Monday afternoon police received a report that a staff member at the Shell garage on the Great North Road in Gosforth had been assaulted with a traffic cone.

The male offender had filled up a motorcycle with fuel but was challenged by staff when it appeared that he would not pay for the fuel.

He became aggressive and then assaulted the staff member with a traffic cone before fleeing the scene on foot in the direction of The Three Mile Inn.

The victim of the assault was later taken to hospital with a suspected broken nose and cheekbone. It is also believed the motorcycle the offender left at the garage was stolen.

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and police are now appealing for help from the public to identify the offender.

He is described as wearing all black with a white motorcycle helmet that had the visor down.

Officers also want to speak to any witnesses to the incident as there were a number of people on the garage forecourt who police have still not spoken to.

They are also keen to speak to any motorists who may have dash-cam footage showing the motorcycle in question.

Anyone who knows the man, or witnessed the incident on Monday, is encouraged to contact police on 101 quoting log 423 13/08/18 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can also email the OIC on [email protected] or report online at www.northumbria.police.uk/contact.

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Women takes wrong turn at level crossing sparking police response

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A woman has brought Metro trains to a standstill after a woman took a wrong turn at a level crossing and drove on the tracks.

How on earth she managed to do that we will never know, despite the bumpy journey and being on a train track she continued her journey, Maybe she was taking a shortcut?.

Police raced to the scene and Trains were suspended causing delays between Newcastle Airport and Regent Centre after the car was spotted on the line at Kingston Park.

Nexus Rail worker Danny Usher has told Police Hour that an 89-year-old woman got confused and took a wrong turn and made a mistake,

“The lady was 89 years old the poor women got confused and made a mistake luckily nobody was hurt and the police have taken her licence off her for her own safety”

Police have said the driver had gotten lost and took a wrong turn onto the railway and was heading towards Bank Foot station before she stopped at the platform.

Police responded to the incident at 8.30pm and helped get the woman out of the car to safety.

The track has also been checked for any damage before trains resumed at 9.15pm.

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