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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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3 year old attacked by three men with acid at retail park

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A three-year old boy has been seriously injured in what police have described as a deliberate targeted attack at Hone Bargains on Shrub Hill Retail Park at around 2.15pm on Saturday.

The boy suffered serious burns to his arms and face

He is being treated for his injuries in hospital.

West Mercia Police have released images of three men they would like to speak to about the incident

Chief Superintendent Mark Travis said: “At this time we are treating this as a deliberate attack on a three-year-old boy.

“The incident will rightly shock the local community and I would like to reassure local people that we are carrying out a thorough investigation to identify those responsible.

“At this time, the motive for the attack is unclear. Officers are working hard to establish exactly what happened and what the substance involved was.”

He said that the three men pictured in the images from the store “may have information vital to our investigation.

“I am sure someone will recognise them and I would urge anyone with information to contact us as a matter of urgency.”

A 39-year-old man from Wolverhampton has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm and remains in police custody.

West Mercia Police said anyone with information should call 999 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Families warned to drain paddling pools to stop vampire horseflies breeding after heatwave

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Vampire like horseflies are breeding like never before as Britain enjoys the longest heatwave in 40 years.

They are breeding like never before with the aide of garden pools and the heatwave.

The NHS is now advising members of the public to drain standing water to stop insects multiplying.

These insects love water and the heat will only help them increase in numbers.

The problem comes when they bite you, more that 9000 people have called the NHS helpline 111 to report these insects bites.

They leave a painful bite which often requires antibiotics if they become infected.

According to Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, bites from vampire horseflies can be especially sore.

He told the BBC: “They actually give one of the nastier bites, because they take a chunk out of you.”

“They can be very painful, and can take a while to heal, and as result can get infected and need antibiotics.”

Paddling pools are prime breeding grounds for these bugs.

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Thug attempted to kill cop jailed for less than 2 years… It should be life

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We know you should have faced attempted murder charges, we know your laughing at your sentence. Because you attempted to kill a cop to avoid arrest because you are an idiot.

But be assured when that day comes that you need the police to save your life they won’t hold it against you.

In the early hours of Wednesday, 13 June officers chased a suspected stolen vehicle along the A22 Godstone Bypass, after it had been linked to a burglary in Oxted eight days before.

Officers managed to box the vehicle in (using a manoeuvre known as Tactical Pursuit and Containment TPAC).

During the TPAC, the vehicle swerved into one of the police cars, trying to force it off of the road. Officers managed to box the vehicle in, and it then tried to reverse away from officers, so officers got out of their vehicles and tried to remove the driver (Kidd), this included smashing the windows of the vehicle.

In car video footage shows Sergeant Chris Schultze, of the Area Patrol Team, was on the passenger’s side of the vehicle, but then started to go towards the driver’s side to assist officers.

As Sergeant Schultze was making his way to the driver’s side, Kidd drove forward in what appeared to be a deliberate attempt to knock the officers over the barrier, as seen in the footage.

Sergeant Schultze was initially treated at hospital for his injuries, and was later discharged and is now back on duty

The three occupants (two 19-year-old men from Sutton and a 17-year-old man) were arrested for various offences including burglary, theft of a motor vehicle, and failure to stop.

Ramone Kidd, 19-years-old, of Prince of Wales Road in Sutton, South London appeared at Guildford Crown Court yesterday (12 July), and pleaded guilty to the following:

Dangerous driving

Driving whilst disqualified

Driving whilst unfit through drink / drugs

Actual bodily harm (ABH)

Kidd was sentenced to 23 months in prison, and has had his licence disqualified for three years.

In court, His Honour Judge Moss commended all the officers involved in the initial pursuit and the investigation team.

Detective Sergeant Kerry Akehurst, from the Criminal Investigation Department said: “I would firstly like to echo what His Honour Judge Moss said around the professionalism of the officers involved in the incident.

“The role of a police officer is to protect the public, and each day officers put their lives at risk to apprehend suspects and protect the public. During this particular incident, officers attempted to stop the vehicle, and in doing so, three officers received injuries and four police vehicles sustained damage.”

The 19 and 17 year-old men have been released under investigation for the burglary offences whilst enquiries continue.

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