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Showing 1 - 10 of 28 results for area "North West"

Two men jailed for burglary and defrauding vulnerable and elderly Barrow man

Two men have each been jailed for five years at Preston Crown Court for burglary and defrauding an 83-year-old man in Barrow-in-Furness.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , North West News

Convicted murderer jailed for child sex offences

A 55-year-old convicted murderer was today sentenced to 25 years' imprisonment for sexual offences against two children in Manchester in the 2000s.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , North West News

Man jailed for raping teenager

A 45-year-old man has been jailed at Preston Crown Court for 14 years for raping a 17-year-old boy.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , North West News

Six people involved in drug feud murder found guilty

A prolific drug dealer and his associates have been convicted of beating and drowning a man over an unpaid debt.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS, North West News

Two brothers who filmed themselves sexually abusing young girls have been jailed

Two brothers who targeted vulnerable teenage girls in order to sexually abuse them in Greater Manchester have been jailed.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, North West News

Rapist jailed for horrendous abuse over many years

A man who subjected his victim to years of physical and sexual abuse has been sentenced today (26 February).

| Press Release , Sexual offences, Violent crime , North West News

Man jailed for Carlisle manslaughter

Blair Dixon, 25, has been sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment at Carlisle Crown Court for the manslaughter of John Cingelis, 37, at his home in Harraby, Carlisle, on 12 April 2020 and wounding another man.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

Man jailed for stealing penguins and exotic birds from Cumbria Zoo

A 25-year-old man has been jailed for two years and eight months at Preston Crown Court for stealing exotic birds worth over £53,000 plus two penguins from South Lakes Safari Zoo.

| Press Release , CPS, North West News

Mugging gang jailed over terrifying late-night robbery spree

A gang of muggers have been jailed after carrying out a night-time campaign of violent robberies on lone victims.

| Press Release , CPS, North West News

Taxidermist jailed for trading in endangered species

A 29-year-old man has been jailed for 56 weeks for trading in endangered species.

| Press Release , CPS, North West News

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