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Crime & Police Roundup 10/06/2011

Posted on - 10th June, 2011 - 9:55am | Author - | Posted in - Crime

A Preston man has been jailed for four years following a police operation to target drug crime in the city.

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Adrian Allen, 46, of Gamull Lane, Ribbleton appeared at Preston Crown Court on Wednesday 8 June where he was given the prison sentence.

He had pleaded guilty to ten counts of supplying heroin, one count of being concerned in the supply of heroin, one count of being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and one count of possession of heroin earlier in the year.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Webster said: “This case highlights that the police, together with the communities of Preston, refuse to tolerate those who choose to break the law by selling drugs.

“We will continue to use a focused police response to tackle those who blight our communities. The public have sent us a very clear message that they do not want people who deal drugs to live among them and we will continue to take action”

Allen was arrested as part of Operation Nimrod, a nationally acclaimed force-wide operation dedicated to tackling drug-related crime right across the county. The crackdown is a long-term approach that has been running since 2002.

Anyone with information about drug dealing in their community can contact the police on 0845 1 25 35 45 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Detectives investigating the robbery of a cyclist have released an evofit of the suspected attacker.

The incident happened on Tuesday 10 May 2011 on Old Tram Road in Penwortham at around 1:15pm.

The victim, a 19 year old man from Bamber Bridge, had just collected a new bike from a local shop and was riding home along a cycle path. He spotted three men with three dark coloured Staffordshire bull terrier dogs coming towards him.

Two of the men moved out of the way to let him pass, but the third man grabbed the bike and put the victim in a headlock and threatened to stab him, although no knife was produced. A scuffle then pursued with the victim before the offender left the scene, with the victim lying on the floor along with his bike.

Some cyclists passing by stopped to help the victim and the police were notified.

Detective Constable Donna Brown from South Ribble CID said, “I would appeal to anyone who can identify the person in the evofit to come forward and contact police.

“The victim has been left shaken following his ordeal and it is important we find the person responsible. If anyone has any other information that may assist the investigation then I would ask them to contact police.”

Anyone with information should call Lancashire police on 0845 1 25 35 45 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police in Preston are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a man was attacked as he walked home from a takeaway in Ribbleton on Monday 6 June 2011.

The incident happened around 1.20am when the 34 year old victim was walking home after visiting Chester’s Takeaway on Ribbleton Lane.

He was walking around the Peel Hall Street and Deepdale Mill Street areas when he was approached by a woman who engaged him in conversation and propositioned him.

The victim declined and continued on his walk when she began drinking from a can of drink in his hand and shouting at him. She called over at a man who then ran towards him and began to punch him and attack him with what is believed to be a knife.

The victim sustained several deep lacerations to his face, head, right arm and torso before he managed to escape and run home.

The woman is described as being a thin build, over 50 years old, 5ft 5in tall with long black shoulder length hair. She was wearing black trousers and a dark top.

This man is described as white, 5ft 8in tall, 18 -25 years old, medium build with a shaved head.

DI Dave McKenna from Preston CID said: “This was a motiveless, unprovoked callous attack. Someone will recognise the descriptions of these two people and I would urge them to contact the police on 08451 25 35 45”.

Police are appealing for information following the theft of 80 pairs of trainers from a market traders van in Ribbleton, Preston.

Overnight on Monday 16 May into Tuesday 17 May, somebody gained entry to a white Fiat Doblo parked on Cairnsmore Avenue.

They stole 80 pairs of brand new trainers as well as a number of handbags and dresses.

PC Paul Brookes said: “I would urge anybody who has any information about this theft to contact police.

“I would also like to hear from anybody who lives in the area who may have heard or seen anything suspicious on the night in question.”

Anybody with any information is asked to contact police on 08451 25 35 45 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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