A man's been found not guilty of killing his mum's partner after a drunken row at a holiday park in Poole.
Men Jailed Over Terrifying Robbery
Four men have been sent to prison for the violent robbery of an elderly man at his Bloxworth farmhouse, following a major investigation by Dorset Police.
Jake Borland, 21, Samir Lammali, 21, Michael Seddon, 23, and Caleb Holland, 43, were all found guilty of robbery at Bournemouth Crown Court on Tuesday, 1 November 2011.
Borland, Lammali and Seddon had threatened, tied up and assaulted the 78-year-old victim at his house during a horrific attack on Thursday, 24 March this year. They stole shotguns, money and a pick-up truck.
Holland drove the men to and from the farm in Bloxworth and provided essential detail about the premises.
Guns were later discovered in Kinson Common and Redhill Common following a surveillance operation by Dorset Police. A cordon was maintained at Kinson Common for three days, while around 100 officers helped to search for weapons and ensure that the public were protected.
Following further enquiries, detectives searched a building in Moore Avenue in Kinson. They found weapons and other property stolen during the robbery.
The four men were arrested in April and subsequently charged.
Borland and Lammali, both from Bournemouth, and Seddon from Bootle, were handed indeterminate prison sentences by Judge Harvey Clark. He told them they would serve a minimum of seven-and-a-half years in jail, before it was considered whether it was safe to release them.
Holland, of Poole, was sentenced to 12 years behind bars.
A fifth man, 21-year-old Ryan Dear of Bournemouth, pleaded guilty to possessing firearms and was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.
Detective Inspector Neil Devoto, of Dorset Police CID, said:
“This is an extremely unusual offence, in which a vulnerable man was subject to a highly distressing and brutal assault.
“A large amount of resources were used during the subsequent police operation to ensure that the offenders were brought to justice and that the guns were out of the hands of criminals, that they could not be sold on and that they could not be used to commit further offences..
“The guns were found in and nearby children’s play areas and so it was essential that they were recovered as soon as possible and that the public were swiftly protected from these dangerous men.”
Teachers have started getting training to help identify youngsters with problems.
More than 150 distracted motorists were pulled over in Hampshire and the Thames Valley in a week-long operation.
Southern Rail's Putting On Extra 200 Trains.
Recently Played Tracks
Deposit £10 to get a £40 Welcome Bonus - That's £50 to play bingo, slots and more!*
Over 50 tracks to make you feel-good. New album out now...
Find your local four day weather report here.
What's happening on the roads where you are?
Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.
Find out more about some of the companies advertising on Heart.
Get some great ideas on how to advertise your business on radio, online and on mobile.