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Showing 1 - 10 of 12 results for crime type "Violent crime" & area "North West"

Teenagers guilty of causing death of Reece Tansey

A 16-year-old boy has been found guilty of murdering 15-year-old Reece Tansey in Bolton in May 2021. A 15-year-old boy was found guilty of manslaughter.

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

Student admitted step-grandmother’s murder in truth or dare game

A 21-year-old man was jailed for life today at Preston Crown Court for murdering his step-grandmother.

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

Man jailed for the murder of a psychiatrist and her daughter

A husband and wife have been sentenced today (05/10/2021) at Preston Crown Court after two bodies were discovered in Burnley on 1st October 2020.

Shahbaz Khan was jailed for life, with a 34-year minimum term. His wife, Rabia Shahbaz was jailed for 30 months.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

Two men jailed for the murder of 16-year-old Sarmad Al-Saidi

Two men were jailed for life today at Preston Crown Court for the murder of 16-year-old Sarmad Al-Saidi.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

Kendal woman jailed for assaulting her blind husband

A 50-year-old woman has been jailed for 12 months for assaulting her husband, who is registered blind, on numerous occasions between November 2019 and May 2020. She was also given a three-year restraining order.

| Press Release , Domestic abuse, Violent crime , North West News

Man jailed for murdering baby daughter

A 29-year-old man has jailed for 16 years for murdering his four-month-old daughter in Layton, Blackpool in December 2020.

| Press Release , Violent crime , 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

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

Offenders jailed for coughing and spitting at North West emergency workers

CPS prosecutors in the North West continue to bring criminal charges against people who deliberately cough or spit at emergency workers and other essential workers while claiming to have coronavirus.

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

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