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Adam Everett

These are the faces of 43 Merseyside criminals who were jailed in June

A woman who was outed as a paedophile after calling the police on her pervert ex, a firearms dealing kickboxer and two killer drivers high on laughing gas were among the Merseyside criminals jailed over the past months.

Also locked up were a couple who lured on old man to a flat for sex before attacking him with a hammer and robbing him. Meanwhile, Liverpool Crown Court heard that a charity boss stole £150,000 from the organisation she worked for before fleeing to Turkey.

Here are the faces of 43 criminals from our region who were imprisoned in the last few weeks:

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Stephen Townsend

Stephen Townsend (Cheshire Police)

Members of staff cowered behind the bar in fear as a cocaine-fuelled customer launched pool balls across a crowded pub and shouted "I'll slice yous all up".

Stephen Townsend asked "do you know who I am?" when he was challenged over his thuggish behaviour before kicking a police officer in the face. He appeared to be in tears as he was locked up on the eve of his 31st birthday over the incident.

Townsend admitted affray and assaulting an emergency services worker. He sat with his arms folded in the dock as he was jailed for 14 months, having been seen dabbing his eyes with a tissue earlier in the hearing.

Thomas Stanley

Thomas Stanley (Merseyside Police)

A convicted child rapist shared vile materials with a fellow sex offender who he met in prison.

Thomas Stanley struck up a friendship with the other inmate while they were behind bars together before sending him an indecent image over WhatsApp once released. In one sickening message, he even apologised that the child abuse picture was "not of the best quality".

Stanley admitted distributing indecent images, possession of indecent images, three counts of making indecent images and breaching a sexual harm prevention order. Appearing via video link to HMP Altcourse, he was locked up for a further 32 months.

Peter Steinitz

Peter Steinitz (Merseyside Police)

A serial sex offender claimed his young victims "laughed at him" when he exposed himself to them as they walked home from school.

Peter Steinitz spotted the girls near to a McDonald's then began to follow them around as he performed a sex act on himself. The pensioner has now amassed convictions for 20 separate sexual offences.

Steinitz admitted outraging public decency and breaching a sexual offences prevention order. He was jailed for 32 months.

Stanley Feerick

Stanley Feerick (National Crime Agency)

A grandad used his job as a lorry driver as cover as he transported hundreds of thousands of pounds of heroin across the country.

Stanley Feerick handed over a hold-all packed with several kilos of the class A drug when he was pulled over by police at a motorway service station, Liverpool Crown Court heard today. The pensioner was also part of a gang behind a £1million amphetamine lab who carried out their dodgy dealings in a Costco car park.

Feerick admitted conspiracy to supply heroin and participating in the activities of an organised crime group. He was jailed for eight-and-a-half years.

Andrew Carter

Andrew Carter (Cheshire Police)

A laughing pervert instructed a '13-year-old girl' to practice kissing using apples and oranges.

Andrew Carter was also caught telling the supposed teen "age is just a number". But, unbeknown to him, he was actually being ensnared in a paedophile hunter sting.

Carter admitted arranging a child sex offence, attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and attempting sexual communications with a child. He laughed before leaning forward and resting his head on the front of the dock after he was jailed for 33 months.

Nasrin Saleh

Nasrin Saleh was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday (June 5) (Merseyside Police)

A mum high on nitrous oxide killed her passenger after crashing into a roundabout at speed.

Nasrin Saleh, of Colville Street in Wavertree, had been driving along East Prescot Road after a night out in Manchester in the early hours of October 10 2021. Witnesses reported seeing her speeding at up to 80mph in a Volkswagen Golf GTI before it collided with the traffic island at its junction with Pilch Lane, sending the car flying through the air and rolling onto its roof before bursting into flames.

Front seat passenger Luqman Mehboob died as a result of his injuries aged 28. Saleh, 26, admitted causing death by dangerous driving and was jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Donna Wells

Donna Wells of Bridgeway East, Runcorn outside Liverpool Crown Court (Handout)

A charity boss fled to Turkey and remains on the run after stealing more than £150,000 from the organisation and "effectively putting it out of business".

Donna Wells brazenly jetted out of the UK two days before she was due to face justice over her long-running campaign of fraud and is believed to remain abroad. The "greedy" conwoman transferred tens of thousand of pounds out of her employers' bank account and into that of her friend's butty van, as well as swiping cash and purchasing gift vouchers for herself using the company credit card.

Wells previously admitted fraud by abuse of position, fraud and money laundering. She was jailed for four years in her absence.

Carl Ashall

Carl Ashall (Merseyside Police)

A mum discovered that her teenage son had been recruited to deal drugs when she checked his old phone.

Carl Ashall and Neil Swift put the boy to work selling cocaine and manning their graft phone in return for small sums of cash. He was left living in fear of reprisals from the two older men, whom he perceived as "dangerous" dealers.

Ashall admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to supply and was jailed for five years. Swift, who appeared in court via video link to HMP Liverpool, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and was imprisoned for three years.

Lee Barnes

Lee Barnes, aged 23, of Cygnet House, St James Drive in Bootle was sentenced to a total of 45 months for drug offences and received a nine-month concurrent sentence for possession of criminal property (Merseyside Police)

A county lines drug dealer set up a new graft phone just one day after being questioned by police.

Lee Barnes, 23, of Cygnet House, St James Drive in Bootle was found in a home in Bootle by Merseyside Police on June 10, 2022 during an investigation into county lines drug dealing in the city. A court heard Barnes had taken over the home to operate a county line graft phone and exploit vulnerable people to carry out drug offences.

He was arrested on suspicion of drug offences and money laundering, but was released under investigation so police could obtain further evidence. Just one day later a new phone line came into operation within the same area contacting the same customer list as the previous phone.

Following further investigations, Barnes was arrested again on Thursday, August 4, and later admitted being concerned in the supply of Class A cocaine and heroin and possession of criminal property. He was jailed for 45 months.

Shaun Tinsley

Shaun Tinsley, 28, of Deysbrook Way, Liverpool, had pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, causing death by driving while uninsured and causing death by driving while disqualified as well as failing to stop and failing to report the collision (Cheshire Police)

A Mercedes driver huffed on laughing gas and sped at up to 134mph before killing another motorist.

Shaun Tinsley, from West Derby, smashed into the back of Wirral man Paul Loller's car "like a missile" on the M62 in the early hours while high on nitrous oxide. He then careered into the central reservation and fled, leaving the innocent 61-year-old dying at the scene.

Tinsley admitted causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop after an accident, failing to report an accident, causing death by driving while disqualified, causing death by driving while uninsured and driving without insurance. He showed no reaction as he was jailed for nine years and four months, holding a hand up to the public gallery as he was led down to the cells.

Yohammes Eyob-Berakhi

Yohammes Eyob-Berakhi was jailed for two years and six months (Merseyside Police)

A gang lurked around cashpoints before stealing people bank cards and spending tens of thousands of pounds.

Yohammes Eyob-Berakhi and Abdulla Mohammed were identified as being part of a wider group of fraudsrers following an investigation into an incident on Hanover Street in Liverpool city centre, in April 2018. A man was withdrawing cash from an ATM and during the process of entering his pin he was closely watched by one of the men who was stood near him.

The court heard his bank card was later stolen and used fraudulently with more than £19,000 spent at high end stores in Manchester city centre and ATMs in Liverpool city centre. Following further enquiries, the men were linked to five other similar incidents in Liverpool and Manchester. During these occasions, people who were withdrawing cash during a night out were targeted in the same way.

Eyob-Berakhi, 35, was jailed for two years and six months plus a concurrent three years and six months for a separate drugs offence. Mohammed, 30, was also jailed for two years and six months for fraud.

James Owen

James Owen (Merseyside Police)

A perverted chef who sexually assaulted a semi-conscious student on Concert Square has been jailed again after groping a girl on a train.

James Owen, who has a shocking record for sex offences, drunkenly attacked the teenager as she travelled on the service with a friend.

Owen admitted sexual assault shortly before he was due to stand trial, as well as a further charge of failing to comply with notification requirements after neglecting to inform the police of a change of address. He was jailed for two years and told to sign the sex offenders' register for a further 10 years, as well as being handed an indefinite restraining order.

Paul Lipson

Paul Lipson (Merseyside Police)

A purse dipper feigned innocence and pleaded "I wouldn't do that, that's the lowest of the low" when he was confronted by an elderly woman after targeting her in an Asda supermarket.

Paul Lipson callously stole from several OAPs aged up to 97 as they shopped in stores including Tesco, Marks and Spencer and Sainsbury's. When challenged on another occasion, he brazenly claimed that his victim had dementia and he was her carer.

The drug user admitted four counts of theft, one of attempted theft and six counts of fraud. He was jailed for 44 months.

Garry Earle

Garry Earle (Merseyside Police)

A heroin and crack cocaine dealer who offered "fat bags for 20" was caught out when he ordered a taxi.

Garry Earle was described as being a "trusted lieutenant" for the "Bevo Line", having been tasked with manning its graft phone. But he was rumbled when he used the same mobile to book a lift home.

Earle admitted being concerned in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine and possession of cannabis. He was jailed for three years with forfeiture of the drugs, paraphernalia and phone also ordered.

Carl Roberts

Carl Roberts (North Wales Police)

A drunken burglar fell asleep for four and a half hours during a break-in but was still able to escape while wearing the victim's jumper.

Carl Roberts also stole tens of thousands of pounds of jewellery and luxury watches when he targeted another house. But some of the goods he pilfered were retrieved when a quick-thinking pubgoer pretended to be a police officer and spooked him.

Roberts admitted two counts of burglary and possession of cannabis. Appearing via video link to HMP Altcourse, he was jailed four years.

Ornela Borisova

Ornela Borisova, 22, of Clough Lane, Huddersfield, pleaded guilty to burglary and theft (Cheshire Police)

A woman targeted an 85-year-old in a café and then broke into her house.

Ornela Borisova managed to steal the victim's keys during the interaction before ransacking her address, stealing a large amount of money along with jewellery and medication. The 22-year-old was jailed for 16 months after admitting burglary.

Jacob Dickinson

Jacob Dickinson, 19, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday (Merseyside Police)

A teenager carrying a knife in a Tesco bag stabbed a delivery driver and tried to steal his bike.

Jacob Dickinson, 19, and another man - who has not yet been identified - approached Alex Byers, who had just made a delivery on his electric bike, on Bridge Road in Brighton-le-Sands on March 30 2023. Dickinson brandished a kitchen knife told him: "Give me your bike or I'll stab you."

The victim was knifed in the shoulder during an ensuing scuffle. Dickinson pleaded guilty to robbery and wounding and was given six years in a young offenders' institute.

Tracey Bailey and Samuel Patterson

Tracey Bailey (Merseyside Police)

A couple lured an old man to a flat on the promise of sex but instead attacked him with a hammer and a crow bar and robbed him.

Tracey Bailey and Samuel Patterson set the honeytrap on an online dating website, inviting their 75-year-old target around for a sordid romp before threatening to "break his kneecaps". He feared he was "not going to make it out alive" and was then accused of rape after he went to the police.

Patterson admitted robbery and was jailed for six years and nine months. He turned to his two supporters in the public gallery, although he discovered one of them was asleep, before being led down to the cells.

Samuel Patterson (Merseyside Police)

Bailey pleaded guilty to robbery and fraud. She was imprisoned for four-and-a-half years.

James Tully

James Tully was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday (Merseyside Police)

A drunk thug knocked a grandad to the floor and took out his tooth with an elbow to the face.

James Tully attacked the 80-year-old man in Newsham Park while fishing with his granddaughter. Unprovoked, he then hit the pensioner in the face with his elbow, knocking him to the floor and knocking out a tooth.

Tully was found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm after a trial. He was jailed for nine months.

Kieran Cowley

Kieran Cowley, of Noctorum, Birkenhead (Merseyside police)

A thug who dragged his girlfriend down the street after rowing with her at a New Year's Eve party drunkenly attacked a good Samaritan as he tried to intervene.

Kieran Cowley, of Noctorum, was out with his partner and two other couples including Benjamin Crane and his fiancée to celebrate the New Year. Liverpool Crown Court heard the 27-year-old and his girlfriend began to argue while at the Shrewsbury Arms in Oxton and Cowley was persuaded to leave the pub.

However, he later returned and began to drag his girlfriend down the street in the direction of the Oxton Bar and Kitchen. Mr Crane flagged down a police car and begged officers to remain nearby, but as the car left a struggle broke out between Cowley and his girlfriend's friends, during which Cowley grabbed Mr Crane by the throat.

Cowley and the women fell to the ground, and as Mr Crane rushed to help his fiancée, Cowley jumped up and punched him in the face, fracturing his eye socket at around 12.45am on January 1 2022.

Cowley would later spin a web of lies after the incident. He provided a false name, date of birth and address to police when they stopped him in the street and when officers visited his home he claimed he had been in "all night".

But the whole incident was caught on CCTV. The 27-year-old was found him guilty of assault causing grievous bodily harm and was jailed for 16 months.

Thomas Dean

HMP Altcourse, Liverpool (Liverpool Echo)

A prison inmate launched an attack on a guard for seemingly no reason.

Thomas Dean punched the officer in the face after he asked the prisoner if he wanted a towel after his shower. The 34-year-old was serving time in a segregation unit at HMP Liverpool, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

The inmate had been escorted to the showers at the Walton prison on July 29 last year and was taken back to his cell by three members of staff when one asked him "if he needed a towel". Christopher Taylor, prosecuting, described how the defendant responded by saying "what?", at which the worker repeated himself.

Dean, of no fixed address, then swung his left fist at the officer - hitting him on the right-hand side of his mouth and leaving him requiring seven stitches and with a scar. The prisoner was then restrained and taken to the floor before being carried back to his quarters.

The 34-year-old was originally jailed for 42 months in May 2022, then received a further year in February for assaulting a prison officer. Dean admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He was jailed for an additional 24 weeks.

Elliot Harris

Elliot Harris (Merseyside Police)

A disabled teenager fled from her drunken boyfriend's clutches after he throttled her at the Hard Days Night Hotel and hid in another guest's room.

Elliot Harris downed shots and cocktails on the Albert Dock during a planned romantic weekend away before strangling his partner and telling her "I wouldn't care if you were dead". She was left "thinking she was going to die" when she looked into her abuser's eyes while lying helpless as he wrapped his hands around her neck.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that Harris had been in a relationship with his 19-year-old victim, who the ECHO has chose not to name, for around a year when they booked a weekend in Liverpool city centre, checking into the North John Street hotel on Friday, November 18, last year.

The couple had been drinking around the Albert Dock are, but Harris "had a lot more to drink than she did". While "things had been fine throughout the night", upon returning to their room at around 2am the following day the 20-year-old "started an argument with her concerning her father, whom it seems the defendant doesn't particularly like or get on with" as she undressed.

His crying girlfriend, who suffers from a disability which causes the paralysis of the left-hand side of her body, "begged him to stop screaming" as he shouted her and got up off the bed to leave. But Harris - of Cavendish Close in Old Hall, Warrington - took hold of her by her right arm and pulled her back into the room, pressing her against a wall and shouting in her face.

He then knocked on the wall and said "the walls are thick, no one will hear you" before dragging her onto the bed and wrapping both of his hands around her neck as he lay on top of her.

She recalled "looking into his eyes and thinking she was going to die" as he squeezed at her throat while continuing to shout at her. Next, Harris pinned her against wall and chillingly told her: "I wouldn't care if you were dead, because you are your dad's daughter."

He put his hands around her throat again but, despite being left struggling to breathe, she fought back and managed to break free - running out of the room screaming.

Harris, who has no previous convictions, was found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm during a trial before Liverpool Magistrates' Court. He was handed 14 months in a young offenders' institute and given a restraining order preventing him from contacting his victim or entering her street indefinitely.

Jamie Middleton

Jamie Middleton (Merseyside police)

A man flew into a violent rage and brutally attacked his friend after he told him to "shut up".

Jamie Middleton, of Southward Road, Newton-le-Willows, viciously kicked Zak Taylor repeatedly in the face and head after knocking him unconscious in the middle of the street at around 3am on March 22, 2021. The men decided to go out and look for the women, and a short time later Mr Taylor came across Middleton, 29, rowing with his partner in the middle of a street.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that Mr Taylor told the couple to "just shut the f*** up, you need to go home". He carried on walking, with the defendant and his girlfriend walking behind.

The court heart that there was a "white flash and bang" and Mr Taylor suddenly lost consciousness. The next thing he remembered was waking up with his mouth "pouring with blood".

The incident was witnessed by a woman living nearby, who looked out of her window and called 999. Middleton continued to kick his victim "while he was unmoving and unconscious". He then left the area, and the witness saw Mr Taylor regain consciousness and stagger out of sight.

Mr Taylor returned to his mother's house, and was taken to Warrington Hospital. He was then transferred to Aintree Hospital, where he was treated for a broken jaw.

Middleton initially denied the attack, which happened while he was on licence for robbing a pizza delivery man in April 2016. When a forensic investigation found Mr Taylor's blood on one of his Nike trainers, he claimed he had come across his friend being beaten up by another man and had ran to get help.

He later pleaded guilty to assault causing grievous bodily harm. He was sentenced him to three years and five months in prison for the assault, and a further one month for breaching his bail conditions at an earlier date, taking his total sentence to three and a half years.

Daniel Cooper

Daniel Cooper (Merseyside police)

A man preyed on a teenage girl while pretending to be helping her study for her GCSE's.

Daniel Cooper, of Canford Close in Great Sankey, Warrington, engaged in sexual acts with a 15-year-old girl when he was in his early 20s. He began messaging her and sent her an unsolicited video of him performing a sex act on himself.

He then continued to flirt with her over a number of months and encouraged her into a sexual acts. Cooper pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

In a statement, the victim told the court she had been diagnosed with depression and anxiety in 2018, and had to attend counselling with a therapist. She said Cooper was "manipulative". Cooper was sentenced to two years and three months in prison.

Phillip Rogers

A man was jailed for ten and a half years for sexual offences against two children.

Phillip Rogers, aged 64, of Hornby Road, Walton was found guilty of two counts of attempted sexual assault and four counts of indecent assaults. The offences were against one child in the 1970s and another child in the 1990s.

Rogers, who is originally from Wirral, had earlier pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images of a child. As well as his prison sentence, Rogers will also be placed on the sex offender register for life.

Erica Jones

Erica Jones, 22, jailed for 24 months after admitting child sexual offences committed alongside her former lover, Phil Hudson (Merseyside Police)

A jealous woman who went to police about her ex-lover's horrific crimes against children has also been locked up after detectives realised she was heavily involved.

Erica Jones, 22, was working at the Pets At Home store in Garston in 2019 when she began a sexual affair with co-worker Phil Hudson, who had a girlfriend. Their fling involved twisted shared fantasies about abusing children, as proven by text messages sent between the two.

In August last year, 33-year-old Hudson, formerly of Lincoln Street in Garston, was jailed for 27 months at Liverpool Crown Court. However Jones, of Holmefield Avenue in Runcorn, has now followed him into a prison cell - being jailed for two years after pleading guilty to possessing indecent images of children and arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sexual offence.

Benjamin Carter, Jack Elliott and Christopher Davidson

Benjamin Carter, of Sprucewood Close, Liverpool (Cheshire Police)

Members of a county lines drug gang, known as the "Scouse Jonno" line have been jailed.

Benjamin Carter, Jack Elliott and Christopher Davidson have been sentenced to more than 12 years behind bars, between them. The court heard that Carter, of Sprucewood Close, Anfield, and Elliott, of Welton Green in Speke, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs, mainly crack cocaine and heroin.

The investigation into the team began in 2021, when detectives became aware of four mobile phone numbers which were being used to sell illegal drugs. The numbers were regularly travelling from Liverpool into Chester, sending out hundreds of flare messages to addicts in the area, offering to supply them with illegal drugs.

Following extensive enquiries, officers identified that the phones were controlled by Carter and Elliott. Davidson allowed his home on Cemlyn Close to be used as a secure base to produce crack cocaine and heroin and bag it up ready for delivery.

Christopher Davidson of Cemlyn Close, Chester (Cheshire Police)

Carter, aged 35, was sentenced to seven years. Twenty-five-year-old Eliott, was jailed for three years and Davidson, aged 41, was jailed for one year and four months.

Steven Parle

Steven Parle was jailed for 12 years (Merseyside Police)

A shotgun wrapped in a towel was found following an extensive search at a Kensington home.

Steven Parle, 36, appeared before Liverpool Crown Court after a firearm was found in his home. Officers carried out a drugs warrant at a property on Minto Close and found suspected class A drugs on a table.

Following further searches of the house, officers found a shotgun wrapped in a towel, which had been placed inside a bag. The gun, which had the word Beretta on the side, was seized and a forensic examination of the weapon found Parle’s DNA on the firearm.

The 36-year-old was convicted of possession of a firearm, possession of controlled drugs with intent to supply and possession of criminal property. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Thomas Walker

Thomas Walker, 43, formerly of Walton (Merseyside police)

A depraved paedophile who raped and abused a young girl for years was caught by undercover police.

Thomas Walker, formerly of Walton, carried out a sick campaign of sexual abuse against the teenager around 20 years ago, starting when she was just 13 years old. The victim finally gathered the courage to come forward in 2020 after she learned Walker had been jailed after being caught arranging to rape an 11-year-old and molest a toddler online.

Walker, 43, was convicted of a further 11 offences last month, including three counts of rape, three counts of sexual assault by penetration, two counts of sexual activity with a child, two counts of sexual activity in the presence of a child, and one count of assault causing actual bodily harm.

Ian Harris, defending, told the court that Walker continues to maintain his innocence. He was jailed for 16 years.

Liam Chung

Liam Chung (Merseyside Police)

A cocaine dealing kickboxer supplied a semi-automatic firearm as part of a secret plot to shoot two brothers.

Liam Chung also directed the trafficking of huge, multi-kilo quantities of heroin, cannabis and amphetamine in the Merseyside area from his base hundreds of miles away in Spain. The thug who planned the shooting claimed that he "wouldn't stop" until his target had been shot.

Chung admitted conspiracy to supply heroin, cocaine, amphetamine and cannabis, conspiracy to transfer a prohibited weapon and possession of criminal property. Wearing a white shirt and a sky blue shirt in the dock, he nodded as he was jailed for 20 years.

Kristofer Kearney

Kristofer Thomas Kearney has been jailed for four years and eight months concurrent for two offences of disseminating terrorist publications (Metropolitan Police/PA Wire)

The "head of fitness" at far-right organisation Patriotic Alternative was jailed for sharing manifestos that encouraged extreme terror attacks.

Fitness guru Kristofer Thomas Kearney, who went by the name Charlie Big Potatoes on Telegram, pleaded guilty to two offences of disseminating terrorist publications. The two offences relate to Telegram posts on January 23 and March 8 2021 which saw the 38-year-old share dozens of documents encouraging extreme right-wing terror attacks.

These included the manifestos of Christchurch mosque killer Brenton Tarrant and Anders Breivik, who murdered 77 people in Norway. Kearney posted a numbered list and links to 89 extreme right-wing documents in 2021. The court heard material on his profile depicted violence or encouraged violence in the battle against "white genocide".

Kearney, originally from Liverpool, was based in Alicante before he was extradited from Spain to face charges last September. The court heard Kearney had previously told Telegram users Adolf Hitler "showed people the way" and "did nothing wrong" as he shared posts encouraging violence against Jews and Muslims.

The defendant, who was part of the parachute regiment for two years, regularly featured on right-wing podcasts and had set up a channel called Fascist Fitness to hand out exercise and fitness tips. The self-described British fascist was jailed for four years and eight months.

Derek Smith

Derek Smith was sentenced at Chester Crown Court (Cheshire Police)

A paedophile who continued his sick activity after he had been charged by police was arrested at Cheshire Oaks after messaging adults acting as child ‘decoys’.

Derek found guilty of a total of 24 charges - including the possession and taking of indecent images of children, engaging in sexual communication with a child, inciting a child aged 13 to 17 to engage in sexual activity and multiple counts of rape. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison with five years extended licence.

Gary Groves

Gary Groves, 55, of Jean Walk, Fazakerley, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court (Merseyside Police)

A masked gang broke into a woman's house on Christmas Day before attacking her in front of her granddaughter and kidnapping her.

Gary Groves is the third person to be jailed over the incident and was found guilty of robbery following a trial. On Christmas Day 2019, Sarah Howitt knocked at the door of a home on Cleveland Close in Kirkby pretending to be in need of help.

Two masked men, now known to be Gary Groves and Geoffrey Hayes, forced their way into the property and searched for valuable items. While in the property, a woman was assaulted and later forced her into her own car, an Audi TT, before it was driven away by Hayes.

The car was then involved in a collision shortly afterwards on Bank Lane in Melling and the victim sustained serious injuries. Groves was handed 14 years behind bars, with his two accomplices having been sentenced in December 2020.

Ian Roberts

Ian Roberts, 51 years, of St Luke’s Close, West Derby (Merseyside Police)

A vile man grabbed a sex worker by the throat before punching her face.

Ian Roberts, of St Luke’s Close in West Derby, attacked the vulnerable woman on Sunday, March 5, last year at an address in Liverpool. The 51-year-old grabbed her by the throat, punched her and stole various personal items.

The victim suffered facial injuries and Roberts was arrested the same day before being charged with assault. He pleaded guilty on day one of trial at Liverpool Crown Court to theft and the assault and was imprisoned for one year and four months.

Zak Mortimer and Nathan Slemen

Zak Mortimer (Merseyside Police)

Two childhood friends of 40 years turned on one another as a prison drug smuggling ring unravelled.

Zak Mortimer and Nathan Slemen were part of a gang who plotted to fly up to £650,000 of drugs, tobacco and mobile phones into HMP Liverpool using drones. Pilots even used specialist technology in order to hack into the miniature aircraft and enable the gadgets to enter into the no-fly zone over the jail.

Nathan Slemen (Merseyside Police)

But when the police began to close in on the conspiracy and raided Mortimer's mum's house, he subjected Slemen to a brutal street attack and left him with a permanent disability. He admitted four counts of conspiracy to convey a prohibited article into a prison and inflicting grievous bodily harm, and was jailed for seven years and three months.

Slemen pleaded guilty to the four charges of conspiracy to convey a prohibited article into a prison. He smiled in the dock as he received five years and one month in prison.

Thomas Linsner

Thomas Anthony Linsner, 31, of Bravery Court, Speke (Merseyside Police)

A man was jailed after a scrambler bike shooting which terrified residents.

Thomas Linsner, of Bravery Court in Speke, was found guilty of conspiracy to possess firearms with intent to cause fear of violence. It came after a shooting on July 24, 2019, at the junction of Erin Close and Laxey Street in Dingle.

The incident occurred at around 8.15pm with two scrambler bikes reportedly being involved in the incident. Witnesses reported hearing the bikes in the street and then three loud bangs, with families living in the area being left frightened to let their children play out in the streets following the dramatic incident.

Linsner was sentenced to six years in prison in Liverpool Crown Court on Monday. Earlier this year four other men were sentenced for conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence in relation to the Dingle discharge.

Tyler Rogers

Tyler Rogers, 22, from Crosby (Merseyside Police)

A perverted voyeur used a hidden camera to secretly film nude women in the changing rooms of Crosby Leisure Centre.

Tyler Rogers, 22, concealed his phone in a black sock with a hole in it before sliding it under the door of a cubicle where a 15-year-old girl was changing at around 9.45am on May 25 2023. The girl noticed what was happening and went to her mother's cubicle in tears.

Rogers, from Crosby, pleaded guilty to eight counts of voyeurism and one count of making an indecent image of a child. He was jailed for 16 months.

James Eedle

John Eedle appeared at Liverpool Crown Court this morning (Merseyside Police)

A man who grew cannabis to partly fund his addiction returned home to find police officers raiding his loft.

James Eedle pleaded guilty to two charges relating to his involvement in a cannabis farm. Merseyside Police executed a misuse of drugs warrant at an address on East Millwood Road, Speke, on May 31 this year and found 28 cannabis plants with flowering heads in the loft.

The 34-year-old pleaded guilty to the production of cannabis and abstracting electricity. He was jailed for a year.

Lewis Wright

Lewis Wright, of Howard Florey Avenue, Netherton (Merseyside police)

A teenage tearaway who mowed down and killed Litherland running man with a stolen car lied to police about trying to brake moments before the fatal crash.

Lewis Wright, 17, lost control of the speeding Audi S8 as he attempted to drive the wrong way around the roundabout at the bottom of The Marian Way, Netherton, just after 9pm on April 13 2023. He crashed through a set of iron railings and ploughed into the 63-year-old runner, David Francis, crushing him between the car and the garden wall of a property on Morgan Mews.

He suffered multiple severe injuries and died at the scene. Wright pleaded guilty to causing his death by dangerous driving, causing death while driving uninsured, causing death while driving without a licence, and taking a vehicle without the owner's consent and was given four years in a young offenders' institute.

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