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Drugs Lord and Associates sentenced to 80 years in jail

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Blackpool drugs lord and his associates sentenced for arranging to flood the North West with cocaine

THE HEAD of a North West crime group who fled the country to Spain and his criminal associates have today (31 January 2014) and yesterday been jailed for over 80 years for their part in the supply of drugs into the North West.

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Lee Broadbent, 33, of Mains Lane, Poulton-le-Fylde was given a 16 year sentence following a seven-week long trial at Preston Crown Court where he was found guilty of conspiracy to supply class A controlled drugs – cocaine.

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Michael Johnson, 32, of Thirlmere Road, Partington, Manchester was jailed for 11 years after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply class A controlled drugs – cocaine.

Adam Boyd, 44, of Brier Hill Court, Manchester, was jailed for nine years after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply class A controlled drugs – cocaine.

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David Wignall, 44, of Claremont Road, Blackpool, was jailed for six years, four months after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply class A controlled drugs – cocaine.

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Jamie May, 38, of Foxdale Avenue, Blackpool, was jailed for six years, four months after previously being found guilty of conspiracy to supply class A controlled drugs – cocaine.

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Gary Gairns, 33, of Marcer Road, Miles Platting, Greater Manchester, was jailed for six years after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply class A controlled drugs – cocaine.

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Kevin Cawdrey, 28, Stickens Lock Lane, Irlam, Manchester was jailed for five years, six months having previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply class A controlled drugs – cocaine.

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Jeremy Lowe, 44, of Brier Hill Court, Manchester, was jailed for four years after previously being found guilty to conspiracy to supply class A controlled drugs – cocaine.

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Michael Oakden, 38, of Wingate Road, Little Hulton, Manchester, was jailed for three years, six months after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply class A controlled drugs – cocaine.

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Waseem Afzal, 32 of Camden Street, Nelson was jailed for eight years after previously being found guilty of conspiracy to supply class A controlled drugs – cocaine.

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Paul Gairns, 35 of Kittybert Avenue, Manchester was jailed for six years after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply class A controlled drugs – cocaine.

Broadbent’s partner Jacqueline Thomas, 31, of Mains Lane, Poulton-le-Fylde was also given a two year suspended sentence after having previously been found guilty of money laundering following a previous trial at Preston Crown Court.

Lancashire Constabulary’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit’s launched Operation Oriole in September 2011 to dismantle the gang, their supply chain and to remove potentially harmful substances from the county’s streets.

As head of the crime group, Broadbent’s role was to organise and delegate tasks to others, based in Lancashire and Manchester, regarding the supply and distribution of several kilos of cocaine. This was mainly done through mobile phone contact which allowed Broadbent to distance himself from the operation.

His partner Jacqueline Thomas also assisted Broadbent by supplying him with an unregistered mobile phone which he used to conduct his illegal business, arranged his travel to go on the run in Spain and she additionally enjoyed the lavish lifestyle that his ill-gotten gains provided.

On 4 October 2011, Broadbent and one of his associates David Wignall, were seen supplying cocaine to another criminal, Gary Gairns, on a car park at Tesco on Clifton Road , Blackpool. A search of Gairns’ vehicle revealed a package hidden under the front passenger seat containing 1003 grams of cocaine of 87% purity, with a street value of £130,000.

Gary Gairns was subsequently arrested and charged with possession with intent to supply cocaine.

That evening, Broadbent left his home address. The day after he fled the country to Malaga, Spain via Glasgow and then Belfast. Despite being abroad, he still continued to distribute cocaine around the North West, giving orders to other drugs suppliers via pay-as-you-go mobile telephones which he believed were unlikely to be traced.

On 10 October 2011, Jacqueline Thomas travelled from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to Malaga, Spain, in order to provide him with a new mobile phone so he could keep in contact with his associates and continue the supply of drugs.

On the same day, a series if calls took place between Jamie May, Kevin Cawdrey, Michael Johnson and Broadbent which led to a meeting between Cawdrey and May, who was in charge of overseeing the movement of Broadbent’s drugs whilst he was out of the country. At this meeting, the three arranged for a package of cocaine to be collected by David Wignall in Blackpool. This exchange took place two days later on 12 October 2011.

Also on that date (12 October), Cawdrey, Wignall, Broadbent, Johnson and May were in touch, arranging another delivery of cocaine to a Manchester crime group controlled by Johnson. This contact culminated in Wignall supplying a kilo of cocaine to Cawdrey who travelled from Manchester to Blackpool to collect it. This exchange was brokered between Broadbent and May.

The day after (13 October), Lowe was seen by police getting into a vehicle with Wignall holding a package believed to be cocaine. He was later seen exiting the vehicle without the package. The car was stopped by police and the 1kg of cocaine was recovered, of 62% purity with a street value in excess of £100,000.

Also on that day (13 October), Oakden, Wignall, Broadbent, Boyd were in contact. Later, Wignall was seen walking with a concealed package under his jacket after visiting an address in Blackpool. He then got into Oakden’s vehicle and after a short drive, Wignall exited the car without the item. Oakden was stopped by police, and over two kilos of cocaine (1002g at 70% purity, 1010g at 78% purity) worth approximately £259,000, along with around £10,000 in cash was found in the vehicle.

Oakden was then arrested and charged with possession with intent to supply cocaine.

Following extensive telephone analysis, Waseem Afzal and Paul Gairns (the brother of Gary Gairns) were also linked to the gang and their activities.

On 11 January 2012, a series of warrants were executed at addresses associated with those involved. During a raid at Adam Boyd’s home address, £69,179.80 in cash was found.

After the warrants, the majority involved were arrested and charged, apart from Broadbent, who was still in Spain, and May, who went on the run also to Spain. He was eventually arrested at a railway station in Madrid on 23 March 2012. He was formally charged on 3 April 2012.

Officers were working to locate Broadbent and bring him back to the UK to be charged with drugs offences. He managed to evade capture until he was eventually caught by the Spanish National Police at the Aqualand water attraction in Torremolinos on 15 August 2012. He was formally charged on 14 September 2012.

Speaking after sentencing, Detective Chief Inspector Graham Gallagher of Lancashire Constabulary’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), said: “I am pleased with today’s results that have come at the end of a long and complex investigation that has spanned well over two years.

“This gang, with Broadbent at its head, were responsible for the planning and importing of cocaine, with large street values, into the North West. I have no doubt that they planned to sell these drugs on within Lancashire and Manchester.

“Drugs cause damage to our communities; they blight our neighbourhoods and fuel other crimes.

“This gang will now be put behind bars and their sentences show the determination of our Serious and Organised Crime Unit in identifying and bringing to justice, professional, organised and lifestyle criminals who cause harm to our communities.

“Let this serve as a warning to other criminals involved in any type of drug-related crime. We will find you and put you before the courts.”
Anyone with information about suspicious activity in their community should contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always dial 999.

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Man who Brutally kicked woman down stairs is beaten up in jail

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A manhunt was launched last year after a woman was brutally kicked down the stairs of a metro station, justice caught up with him and he was jailed. Now he has been subjected to a violent attack in jail.

Svetoslav Stoykov aged 28 carried out a random and vicious attack on a woman in October 2016, at the Hermannstrasse metro station.

His motive for the attack still remains unclear, Stoykov was sentenced to two years and 11 months in jail for the attack on the woman.

But now one year later while at Berlin’s Heidering Prison he has himself become the victim of a violent attack.

Last Friday, some other inmates at the prison hid their faces with T-shirts and rushed into Stoykov’s cell to attack him after a prison guard opened his cell door at at 4.05pm.

Stoykov had apparently been relaxing on a couch at the time, and was beaten by a group of prisoners who quickly dispersed.

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The shocking footage was released and a manhunt was launched after Stoykov was seen holding a bottle and smoking as he sneaks down four steps behind his victim and then kicks her forcing her to fall several feet to the bottom of the staircase.

The woman smacked her face against the surface of the train station floor Stoykow walks back up the steps and strolls away leaving his victim lifeless and laid on the ground.

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10K raised to support police officers seriously injured in Brent

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Within just 9 hours, £10K has been raised to support two Met Police Officers who are in a critical condition after being struck by a car as they returned to their vehicle.

The police constables are based at Brent Borough in North West London were returning to their marked police car on the A406 North Circular Road near Brent Park, Neasden, at around 3.40am on Sunday, when the collision occurred.

A crowdfunding page set up by a close friend of Chris and Sam has now been set up and has raised £10K within less than 9 hours of the appeal launching with the aim of the page to provide support for both officers.

Police have arrested three people including the driver of the car and he is now under investigation, due to this very little details can be released.

Sadly the officers one male and one female are in a critical condition in hospital with loved ones by their beds.

The male officer suffered serious injuries, while female officer sustained a number of fractures. Her condition is described as serious but stable.

Officers have arrested a man in his 50s on suspicion of dangerous driving and failing to provide a specimen of breath.

He has been taken to a north London police station where he remains in custody.

Daryl Asprey set up the Go Fund Me page and wrote “This page has been set up to raise funds for two police colleagues Chris and Sam who have suffered very serious injuries when they were struck by a vehicle whilst on duty in Brent on Sunday 17th December 2017.

“There is an ongoing police investigation and only limited information can be provided on this page

“This is the season of good will and giving, so please dig deep and give as much or as little as you can afford. Every little donation, will I’m sure, be greatly received by our friends who will need considerable support for some time into the future.”

Please consider adding your donation to the crowdfunding page.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or has information that may assist police should contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Alperton on 020 8991 9555 or via Twitter @MetCC. To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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Two police officers in critical condition after being hit by a car

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Two Met Police Officers are in a critical condition after being struck by a car as they returned to their vehicle.

The police constables are based at Brent Borough in North West London were returning to their marked police car on the A406 North Circular Road near Brent Park, Neasden, at around 3.40am on Sunday, when the collision occurred.

The Police Officers have been named only as Chris and Sam have now had over £10K raised to support them on GoFundMe.

Police have arrested three people including the driver.

Sadly the officers one male and one female are in a critical condition in hospital with loved ones by their beds.

The male officer suffered serious injuries, while female officer sustained a number of fractures. Her condition is described as serious but stable.

Officers have arrested a man in his 50s on suspicion of dangerous driving and failing to provide a specimen of breath.

He has been taken to a north London police station where he remains in custody.

Police placed a cordon at the scene which has now been lifted.

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