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Showing 1 - 10 of 54 results for area "Wessex"

Southampton man sentenced for sexually assaulting young child

A 33-year-old man has been sentenced today (8 October 2021) at Southampton Crown Court for sexually assaulting a four-year-old child in Houndwell Park, Southampton.

Giovanni Sagaria, from Southampton, assaulted the girl in August 2021 whilst she was playing in the Play Park.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , Wessex News

Dangerous rapist sentenced to 21 years

A 34-year-old man has been sentenced to 21 years today (4 October 2021) at Southampton Crown Court for rape and sexual assault of two women, and for sexually assaulting a third woman.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , Wessex News

Drug driver jailed for causing fatal road traffic collision

A man from Salisbury has been jailed for 16 months today (27 August 2021) at Bournemouth Crown Court after pleading guilty to causing death by careless driving when exceeding the prescribed drug limit.

| Press Release , Driving offences , Wessex News

Retired Army Major guilty of dishonestly acquiring historic military vehicles from foreign governments

A retired Major in the British Army has been sentenced today (13 August 2021) for acquiring tanks and other military vehicles of historic value from foreign governments and museums in an audacious deception.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , Wessex News

Portsmouth man jailed for killing his brother

A Portsmouth man has been sentenced for six-and-a-half years today (16 July 2021) at Portsmouth Crown Court after he admitted killing his brother in January 2021.

| Press Release , Violent crime , Wessex News

Man jailed for defrauding elderly victims to fund his lifestyle

A man has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison today (14 July 2021) at Portsmouth Crown Court for defrauding two elderly victims of nearly £35,000.

Sam Kimmence, aged 25 and from Essex, pleaded guilty to fraud offences at an earlier hearing in April 2021.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS, Wessex News

Man detained for vicious attack on police officer

A man has been detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act today (12 July 2021) at Salisbury Crown Court after he attacked a police officer with a knife.

Timothy Walsh, aged 52 and from Southampton, stabbed a police officer several times in a frenzied attack in October 2020.

| Press Release , Violent crime , Wessex News

School bus driver sentenced to jail for causing serious injury by dangerous driving

A school bus driver has been sentenced to three years in prison today (9 July 2021) at Winchester Crown Court after the bus he was driving collided with a railway bridge whilst transporting 74 children to school.

| Press Release , Driving offences , Wessex News

Former choirmaster sentenced to 40 years for sexual abuse

A former choirmaster and teacher from Portsmouth has been sentenced to 40 years in prison today (30 June 2021) having been found guilty of sexually abusing 12 boys and a girl over a period of three decades.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, Wessex News

Man sentenced to four years for rape

A 39-year-old man has been sentenced to four years in prison today (25 June 2021) at Bournemouth Crown Court for raping a woman after a party in 2015.

James Lidbetter, from Ringwood, was found guilty after a trial in May 2021.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, Wessex News

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