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Drugs Lord and Associates sentenced to 80 years in jail



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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Policing and Ethics Panels… are they really working?



Every Police force across the U.K. has a code of ethics and a panel to go with it.

They meet every six weeks and talk about ethics within policing. These panels expect the highest standards of behaviour and conduct from the police officers and staff within the force.

Surely these code of ethics should also be a reflection and followed by those independent people who sit on these panels.

They expect the highest standards from those officers, but we as members of the public should also expect the highest standards of behaviour from those who sit within these panels.

We should expect these standards to be adhered to within everyday life and within the online social media world. After all if the code of ethics panels cannot adhere to these basic standards how can we expect others too.

What are the code of ethics?

The Code of Ethics is a code of practice for the principles and standards of behaviour that applies to the police service in England and Wales.

The code of ethics applies to anyone working on behalf of the police service which actually also includes those members of the panels which in some cases don’t seem to follow their own ethics.

We expect from those who are working within the police service as a basic. .

  • Acting with honesty and integrity, fairness and impartiality.
  • Treating members of the public and their colleagues with respect.
  • Not abusing their powers and authority.
  • Acting in a manner that does not discredit or undermine public confidence in the police service.

Making Ethical Decisions

The Code of Ethics promotes the use of the National Decision Model (NDM) to help embed ethical reasoning in accordance with policing principles and expected standards of behaviour.

The model allows people to be more questioning of the situations confronting them, more challenging of themselves and better able to make ethical and effective decisions.

The model places the Code of Ethics at the centre of all decision making.

This reminds those in the policing profession that they should consider the principles and expected standards of behaviour set out in the Code at every stage of making decisions.

The NDM is inherently exible. It can be applied to spontaneous incidents or planned operations, by an individual or teams of people, and to operational and non-operational situations.

It can also be expanded as appropriate for specialist and other areas of policing. The NDM also works well for reviewing and debrie ng decisions and actions.

In every case the elements of the NDM stay the same, but users decide for themselves which questions and considerations they apply at

each stage.

Understanding, practising and using the NDM helps people develop the knowledge and skills necessary to make ethical, proportionate and defensible decisions in all policing situations.

In a fast-moving incident, the main priority of decision makers is to keep in mind the principles and standards set out in the Code of Ethics.

You are not expected to know the Code of Ethics word for word. What is expected is that you apply the intent of the Code to your decisions and ask yourself questions such as:

• Is my decision in line with the principles and expected behaviours outlined in the Code of Ethics?

• Will this action or decision re ect well on my professionalism and policing generally?

• Would I be comfortable explaining this action or decision to my supervisor?

• Would I be prepared to defend this action or decision in public?

Independent Ethical Panels

We understand the value that ethics panels add to all levels of the police service but do they add anything to policing? Are they just talking and achieving nothing? Some would say they are an invaluable resource.

It could be argued that some members of these independent ethical panels aren’t adhering to the values of the purpose of the ethical panels, some are publicly acting in a way to deliberately undermine public confidence in the police service to achieve and follow their own agenda publicly targeting police officers and members of the public in a way that is verging on the boundaries of Harassment and malicious communications all in the name of Ethical policing.

These members are going unchallenged because they believe they are simply above the law when it comes to Ethical Policing and we have to questions the motives for these people wanting to be on Ethical Panels.

Members of these panels are not acting honestly, with integrity, fairness and impartiality these panels.

So we would question the direct ethics of these ethical policing panels.

And ask ourselves are they worth the money spent on them?

Do they just create problems that don’t exist? Are they overthinking the whole thing?

Or are they adding value to the service, valuable change and meaningful discussions?

We know that many members of Ethical Panels are adhering to these standards and do have the right intentions but it is now your challenge to ensure other members no longer go unchecked.

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Man arrested after woman shot in East Sussex



A has been arrested after shooting a pregnant woman and one other person, through the windows of a house, in St Leonard’s in East Sussex, at around 8pm tonight.

The area around Bexhill Road was on lockdown with residents reporting on social media that they had been told to stay at home and lock their doors.

One man has been arrested and is in custody.



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Millions targeted in HMRC tax fraud scam doing the rounds #Tell2



Police are urging residents to be alert for telephone scams following reports that a number of residents have been contacted by a caller claiming to be from the tax office, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), this week.

Fraudsters are typically contacting the elderly, intimidating victims with threats of arrest for alleged outstanding debts or unpaid taxes in their name.

Police are thanking those who have reported the incidents and remind members of the public that HMRC will never make phone calls, use text messages or email to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty and will never ask for payment in this way.

For more information on this type of crime do visit:

Alternatively, report incidents of fraud to Action Fraud using their online reporting tool or by calling 0300 1232040.



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