Crime Roundup 29/07/11 – Immigration offenders arrested, burglar jailed for five years

Posted on - 29th July, 2011 - 10:40am | Author - | Posted in - Crime


Police are appealing for the public’s help in tracing a 29 year old man from Leyland who is wanted in connection with a serious assault.

Detectives would like to speak with John Bentham, of Leadale Road, regarding an incident in Penwortham in May.

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About 9pm on Thursday 12 May, a 30 year old man from Penwortham met with three other men at a roundabout off Penwortham Way near to Booths supermarket.

Once there, the man was assaulted and bundled into the back of a Citroen Berlingo van, which drove off and he was struck about the head and body with a wooden rounders bat, suffering serious injuries.

He was then pushed out of the moving van in Lower Penwortham whilst semi-conscious. He was treated at Royal Preston Hospital for serious head injuries.


Police are now keen to trace John Bentham who is known to have connections in Leyland and the Leighton Buzzard area.

Detective Sergeant Jon Cass said: “The level of violence used in this attack is extreme and it is really important that John Bentham is located as soon as possible. If anybody knows of his current whereabouts or has had any contact with him recently then I would urge them to contact police.

“This was a really nasty incident and if anybody has any information at all about it then I would ask them to come forward”.

Two men from Leyland have previously been charged in connection with this offence.

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

Police are reminding residents to make sure they keep their home secure as a Preston burglar has been jailed for five and a half years.

Emmanuel Akanwo, 32, of Wilmot Road in Ribbleton was given the prison sentence at Preston Crown Court on Wednesday 20 July after pleading guilty to burglary in a dwelling.

He was arrested on 24 March after he was identified by the victim from an e-fit produced by the investigating officers.

He broke into a house on Manor House Crescent on 10 March after the front door was left open and a purse, bank cards, cash and a mobile phone were stolen.

Detective Sergeant Steve Ryder said: “We have a dedicated burglary team in Preston and are committed to thoroughly investigating all crimes and taking prolific offenders off the streets.

“There are steps that residents can take to help prevent them from becoming a victim of crime though. Always ensure that your doors and windows are locked – leaving them open is like an invitation to a burglar.

“It is also worth investing in burglar alarms and using security lights to light up your house”.


Six immigration offenders were arrested in Preston on Sunday morning, in a joint operation by UK Border Agency officers and Lancashire Constabulary.

Seven licensed bars in Preston were visited by the officers at 12.30am on Sunday morning and questioned staff employed as toilet attendants to check they had the legal right to work in the UK.

Five Nigerian men and a Nigerian woman were arrested for Immigration offences.

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Private addresses in Manchester Road and Laurel Street Preston were also visited as part of the operation.

The people arrested have been detained and steps are being taken to remove them from the UK.

The enforcement operation was part of a nationwide campaign to tackle illegal working, sham marriages, bogus colleges and organised immigration crime.

Eddy Montgomery, Operations Director of the UK Border Agency in the North West, said: “We are absolutely determined to stamp down on those businesses that ignore our immigration laws.

“Any employer who takes on foreign nationals without permission to work in the UK is breaking the law, undermining law-abiding businesses and faces fines of up to £10,000 per illegal employee.

“If people ignore our immigration laws, we will find them and remove them from the country”

If you have any information or incidents that you’d like to include, get in contact at joseph(at)blogpreston(dot)co(dot)uk and I’ll include it in the next roundup.

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