From murderers to paedophiles, armed robbers to fraudsters, and rapists to violent thugs - in 2018, WalesOnline's reporters covered court cases that saw more than 500 people taken off Wales' streets. A criminal justice system that is open and transparent is a crucial part of how democracy works. Our courts are based on the premise that justice has not only to be done, but seen to be done. So in 2019, we'll continue to devote time, efforts and expertise to make sure what happens in our courtrooms remains visible and accountable to the public. This is a month-by-month list of those locked up in Wales in 2018. January Calvin Dawe and Kirsty Hodgson Dawe brandished a six-inch knife at takeaway staff while his girlfriend Hodgson pocketed cash from the till in a late night knifepoint armed robbery. The pair, who were drunk when they robbed Bite Spice in Bridgend last year, laughed and shouted in the dock as they were sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court . Gareth Jones The former mechanic who … [Read more...] about Locked up in 2018: 521 people jailed in Wales during the past year
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From the love affair police officers who met for 'drug-fuelled' nights in hotel to the dad who dropped three-year-old daughter from bridge and blamed ‘aliens’ The man jailed after a court case collapses over a 'Traveller's Biggest Grass' threat on YouTube. The men involved in a gangland knee-capping outside Albert's Restaurant in Salford. These are just some of the court cases our reporters have covered in 2018. We've seen hardened criminals and gangsters jailed thanks to brilliant, patient police work; first offenders who have found themselves behind bars over one life-changing incident - and a couple of 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 in 2019. January The burglar who broke into a care home … [Read more...] about Locked up in 2018, the people put behind bars in Manchester this year
It's been another busy year in the Nottingham justice system, and we've done our best over the last 12 months to keep you up to date with all the goings-on at Nottingham Crown Court and Nottingham Magistrates' Court. But in case you missed anything, here's a round-up of 101 cases which were dealt with in Nottingham in 2018. From dangerous drivers to violent attackers, and from drug dealers to arsonists, these are some of the defendants who found themselves locked up in prison or in youth custody after their appearance before the courts. JANUARY 1. Dangerous driver collided with bus A dangerous driver was sent to prison after he collided with a bus almost head-on. Father-of-four Zafar Iqbal, 37, was locked up for driving dangerously, driving whilst disqualified and using a vehicle without third party insurance on December 8 last year. Iqbal, of Dale View Road, Bakersfield, was travelling in a car in Carlton Road when he suddenly veered into the path of the bus, Nottingham Crown Court … [Read more...] about 101 criminals who were locked up in Nottingham in 2018
The fire which ripped through one of Chester Zoo's newest attractions is the latest in a string of devastating blazes to have hit our region. Over the past decade, there have been fires at scores od industrial sites, as well as at a funfair and Merseyside's oldest pub. Here we take a look back at some of the most significant incidents which our brave firefighters have tackled over the years, working backwards from the most recent. Littlewoods building A huge fire swept through the Edge Lane site in September which gutted the west wing building and left the clock tower badly scorched. Police have since said the fire was started deliberately. Drone footage later revealed the full extent of the damage which led to a section of ceiling to collapse. A police investigation into the fire is still ongoing. Echo Arena car park The multi-storey car park was ravaged by a huge blaze on New Year's Eve last year which destroyed the entire car park and around 1,400 vehicles. Merseyside Fire and … [Read more...] about Are these the most dramatic Merseyside fires of the past ten years?
The number of Cuba itineraries and Caribbean cruises with port calls at Havana (on the Atlantic coast), Cienfuegos and former capital Santiago de Cuba (both on the Caribbean coast) has soared in the last two years. Between them major cruise lines offer more than 650 sailings. Now, Cuba has signed an agreement with the world’s largest independent cruise port operator to ramp up capacity at the cruise terminal in Havana. The port, on the edge of Unesco-protected Old Havana, will triple its cruise ship berths from two to six by 2024, after an agreement with Istanbul-based Global Ports Holding. “Cuba has been a tremendous success for Norwegian,” said a spokesperson for Norwegian Cruise Line. “Havana is a fabulous destination and guest feedback has been tremendously positive.” A late arrival to the multibillion-dollar Caribbean cruising industry, Cuba is making up for lost time. In 2017, 397,520 passengers visited the island compared with 37,513 … [Read more...] about Havana could see cruise arrivals triple as Cuba’s tourism boom continues