Percy the statue stolen from a Launceston garden

Percy, a moving statue, was stolen overnight from a front garden on Roydon Road in Launceston, sometime between 6 to 7 December 2016. Police are appealing to the public to secure the safe return to distraught owners.

Percy is described as being 6ft 2ins, of slim build. He was wearing American sunglasses, a red waterproof coat and a Gieves and Hawkes red chauffeur’s hat.

According to owners, Mr and Mrs Clark, Percy was looking forward to being dressed up as Father Christmas and waving to all the passers-by.

Percy retired to Cornwall about 20 years ago having had an exciting life in charge of Gillham Service Station in Midhurst West Sussex. In the 1980’s he toured with Sussex Fire brigade and the local cricket club. He has been the star of numerous local news bulletins the most exciting one was when he was dressed as JR Ewing, from US television soap, Dallas and was shot in the head.

DC Rebecca Exley-Deane said: “Naturally the Mr and Mrs Clark are distraught and are anxious that he is returned safely. I would ask the public to help us locate Percy and bring him home. It’s possible this theft was kids perhaps playing a prank and if Percy is returned unharmed the matter will be closed.”

If anyone has any information about the whereabouts of Percy email [email protected] or call 101 quoting CR/086456/16. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Wolverhampton man faces life behind bars for murder of Joshua Price

A Wolverhampton man is facing at least 29 years in after a jury at Wolverhampton Crown Court convicted him of murder today (Wednesday 7 December). Another man also on trial for murder was acquitted.

The court heard how David Watkins, from Clem Atlee Court, Stowlawn, lured father of one Joshua Price to his death on the evening of 27 September 2014.

The 27-year-old had arranged to buy a small quantity of cannabis from Joshua, but never intended to pay for it. He arranged to meet him in Treynham Close, Stowlawn, just after 9pm along with his friend and co-defendant Jake Henson, aged 21 from Wellington Road, Bilston. Both dressed in dark clothing with scarves around their faces and rode to the location on bicycles.

Meanwhile 21-year-old Joshua left his partner to put their two-year-old son to bed, saying he wouldn’t be long. Sadly he would never return.

As soon as Joshua met up with his acquaintances Watkins launched an attack on him, piercing his vital organs with a knife five times. As they ran off, Joshua tried to return home, but collapsed a short distance away.

Meanwhile, Watkins and Henson returned to where he lay and Watkins callously took his only means of calling for help − his mobile phone. A phone which would have revealed the texts between both parties arranging the meet.

As Watkins made his getaway a second time to get rid of evidence, change clothes and concoct an alibi, Joshua was found by a passer-by and two dog walkers. They alerted emergency services, but in spite of open heart surgery being performed at the scene, sadly Joshua could not be saved and he died where he lay.

A major investigation was immediately launched to catch his killer.

Detective Inspector Warren Hines led the enquiry. He said: “We had a very clear picture of the events of that evening from CCTV cameras in the area and witness accounts, but the offender had dressed himself in dark clothing and covered his face, so we had difficulty in identifying him.

“Then at the end of October Henson told his mother a distorted version of the truth about his involvement in Joshua’s death. His mother, who knew Joshua and his family, was put in a difficult situation, but did the right thing and reported what she knew at a police station.

“Henson and Watkins were arrested a short time later.”

Both sought to weave an incredible web of lies, denying being at the location and even blaming each other for what happened that night, but an intensive police investigation uncovered the attempted deception and the jury found Watkins guilty of Joshua’s murder after a three week trial, which also saw Henson acquitted.

DI Hines added: “We will never know the reason for the attack on Joshua, but the tragedy is that Joshua had his whole life ahead of him with his partner and his son and this was cruelly cut short.”

Just after his death Joshua’s girlfriend Megan Campbell, said: “I loved Josh loads…we have been together for four years. He was a great father and partner and will be deeply missed.”

Watkins was sentenced to life in prison and will have to serve at least 29 years before he will be considered for parole.

Source:: West Midlands Police News

Have you seen Anne-marie Zaazaa?

Believed to be in Tavistock area.

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of Anne-marie Zaazaa, aged 54, who has gone missing.

Anne-marie, who lives in Upton Cross, Liskeard, is described as white, 5ft 6/7in tall, medium build, and long dark hair and was wearing a blue waistcoat.

She may also be in a grey Renault car.

If you have seen Anne-marie or have any information that can aid the police with their search, please contact 999 quoting police log 0209 for the 7th December.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

“Lawless” biker suspects arrested in blitz on road menaces

More than 20 people have been arrested and an array of motorbikes seized in the biggest West Midlands Police offensive yet on biker louts.

Up to 40 warrants have been executed across the force area – from Coventry to the Black Country – by officers on the hunt for bikers who’ve brought chaos to the region’s roads in a series of “lawless” rallies.

A total of 25 people were arrested in the three-day blitz (Dec 5-7) on suspicion of causing a public nuisance, dangerous driving and other motoring offences.

And 27 motorbikes, including scramblers, pit bikes, mini moto’s, scramblers, road bikes, quads and even a beach buggy (pictured), have been impounded and face being crushed.

Early indications are that four of the seized bokes are stolen, while the raids also uncovered four cannabis farms.

The arrests are in connection with a rally dubbed “Take Back the Streets” on 26 June that saw tens of bikers clogging up main roads, intimidating road users, ramping up pavements, damaging grass verges and performing stunts like ‘donuts’ and wheelies in the road.

Chief Inspector Jack Hadley, said: “What we saw in June, and subsequently on Halloween, was pure lawlessness on our roads.

“The public told us they wanted firm action taken and we vowed to find those responsible – and this week we’ve followed through on that promise with the single biggest execution of warrants ever seen in West Midlands Police history.

“We’ve made lots of arrests and seized more than a dozen bikes. We will be pushing for court convictions and driving bans against these people and they can expect to have their bikes seized and destroyed.

“People need to understand that if they ride recklessly on public roads, showing disregard for communities and endangering other road users, they run the risk of being taken to court and hit with a hefty fine, a community order and a driving ban.”

The men arrested range in age from 18 to 38 and include 20 men from Birmingham, two from Wolverhampton, one from Solihull and one from Oldbury. A 51-year-old woman was also arrested from an address in Stechford on suspicion of cannabis cultivation.

All will be bailed until a date in March to allow officers more time to investigate and to build a compelling case against them to present to prosecutors.

Meanwhile, West Midlands Police has issued images of more riders and motorbikes they want to trace in connection with the 26 June event.

Chief Insp Hadley, added: “I would ask members of the public to help us in our battle to target this kind of anti-social behaviour on our roads. If anyone recognises any of the people in these images, or have seen the bikes or know where they are kept, I’d ask them to contact us so we can take action.”

Anyone with information is asked to call West Midlands Police on the 101 number and quote Operation Wraithbane, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Source:: West Midlands Police News