We are only 11 weeks into 2019 and Cambridgeshire's courts have been busy with at least 45 people jailed for a variety of crimes. Fraudsters, drug dealers, burglars and an evil child killer are among the people locked up. Justice not only has to be done, but it also has to be seen to be done - so below are listed all the people reported on the pages of Cambridgeshire Live so far in 2019. The list works backwards from March to the start of the year and details crimes with tales of stupidity, greed and evil. March Thug, Kevin Cosgrove, who broke into his ex's home, beat and threatened to kill her Kevin Cosgrove, of Whittlesey, was jailed after storming into his ex-partner's home, assaulting her and later leaving threatening message on her answerphone. The 36-year-old went to the property in Horsegate Lane on January 10, despite being subject to a restraining order preventing him from doing so. The victim asked him to leave, but instead he punched her to the floor then proceeded to kick … [Read more...] about The stories behind the Cambridgeshire criminals jailed so far in 2019
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From the predatory paedophile who met one of his grown-up victims on the same wing in prison to the gang of thugs who terrorised students in south Manchester during a three-week robbery spree. There was the drug dealer who turned his friend's house into a lab, the thugs who attacked a family in their home, and the 'cowardly and selfish' hit-and-run driver who mowed down 11-year-old Taylor Schofield. These are just some of the court cases our reporters have covered in February. We've seen hardened criminals and gangsters jailed thanks to brilliant, patient police work; first-time offenders who have found themselves behind bars over one life-changing incident; and people driven to take the law into their own hands for revenge. An open, transparent criminal justice system is an important part of how our democracy works - so we make no apologies for devoting so much time and resources to letting you know what happens in our publicly-accountable courts. And we'll be back for more next … [Read more...] about The 83 people locked up in Greater Manchester in February
A woman lost her mother's whole £33,000 inheritance when she was duped by a man she met on a dating website. Care worker Fiona Clark was sentenced to 80 hours of unpaid work for money laundering when she appeared at Hull Crown Court on Tuesday. The 52-year-old was convicted for making electronic transfers totalling £5,200 from her bank account for a man called "Robin Seal", whom she met online and thought was a charity worker from Leeds, reports Hull Live . But in supplying her bank details, "Seal", or unknown fraudsters, "plundered" her account of the inheritance she had been left by her mother. Cathrine Kioko-Gilligan, mitigating, said: "It's right to say when (Clark's) marriage came to an end in August 2014 she began to use dating websites and this is where she met a male who told her he was called Robin Seal. "She believed they were in a relationship and believed all that he was saying, and at some stage he asked her to assist him with the transfer of monies. … [Read more...] about Carer loses mum’s £33,000 inheritance after being duped by man on dating website
FOUR million Brits are set for a £280-a-month boost from Universal Credit, but others could be plunged into poverty and destitution if the dire problems with the system aren't fixed and benefits remain frozen. Amber Rudd hailed a fresh report which said the new benefits system will help pull hundreds of thousands out of poverty in future, but vowed to do more to make it work. New research from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation showed that the system had the potential to help desperate Brits, taking 300,000 working families out of poverty. They think that 3.9million working families are set to see their incomes increase by an average of £3,400 a year on the new system. Since more money was pumped into the scheme in last year's budget - including a £630 hike to the amount people can work without getting their benefits slashed - there will be more winners. The Work and Pensions boss said the research showed that the new system can help parents out of poverty - but vowed … [Read more...] about 4million Brits set for £280-a-month boost from Universal Credit – but others could be plunged into poverty if dire problems aren’t fixed
Press play to listen to this article By JACK BLANCHARD Send tips here | Subscribe for free | Listen to Playbook and view in your browser Good Wednesday morning. There are 44 days until Brexit Day. JOIN US TONIGHT: Playbook will be in conversation with Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell from 6.30 p.m. U.K. time. Watch the livestream. DRIVING THE DAY EAVESDROPPED HER RIGHT IN IT: Theresa May faces a barrage of questions about her proposed Brexit endgame today after last night’s embarrassing revelations from her most senior aide. The prime minister will be in the chamber at noon for PMQs and will face fresh accusations she is running down the clock in order to force MPs’ hands at the end of March. Unguarded comments from May’s chief Brexit adviser Olly Robbins in a Brussels hotel Monday night — overheard and reported by ITV’s Angus Walker — are the talk of Westminster, and suggest there is indeed a semblance of a plan in No. 10 on how to get this … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook, presented by BP: Eavesdropped her right in it — Delaying tactics — Valentine’s Day love-in canceled?