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A 39-year-old man from Nuneaton was sentenced at Warwick Crown Court this week (Friday 11 August).

Dean Michael Cocks

Dean Michael Cocks

Dean Michael Cocks of St Mary’s Road, Nuneaton, was found guilty of sexual assault by digital penetration and sentenced to 2 years and 3 months in prison.  He appeared at Warwick Crown Court as part of a week long trial.

He was found not guilty of rape in relation to an incident that happened at a property in the Camp Hill area of Nuneaton in the early hours of Friday 2 October, 2015.

DS Carl Buckley of Nuneaton CID said: “I would like to commend the courage of the victim, a young woman in her 20s, who has shown a great deal of bravery in supporting our investigation and allowing us to bring a sexual offender to justice.

“After a thorough investigation, I hope that our victim feels some sense of closure and that her strength encourages other victims to come forward and report offences to the police.”

Warwickshire Police are keen to reassure the public that they take all reports of rape and sexual offences very seriously and will thoroughly investigating any incidents reported to them.

You are not alone…

If you have been a victim of a sexual assault and live in the Staffordshire area, you can contact SARAC which offers a service to men, women and children who have experienced sexual assault.  You can call them on 01283 535110 or visit their website at www.sarac.org.uk. They offer support for anyone over the age of 13.

If you have been a victim of a sexual assault and live in the Warwickshire area, you can contact Rosa which offers a service to men, women and children who have experienced sexual assault. Call the 24-hour self-referral number 01788 551151 or visit www.rosasupport.org.

Police collision investigation unit

POLICE in Nuneaton are appealing for witnesses to a fatal collision that happened in the early hours of Saturday (1 July) on Vicarage Street.

The collision occurred just before 1am, near to the Nuneaton Justice Centre Police Station. It is believed that a brown Mercedes HGV was travelling from the A5, along the Leicester Road and onto Vicarage Street. It was here that the collision, involving a pedestrian, occurred.

Sadly the pedestrian, a man in his 70s, sustained life-threatening injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The man’s next of kin have been informed.

Police would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision, to help them with their investigation.

Should you have any information, please contact Warwickshire Police on 101, quoting incident 30 of 1 July.

Our thoughts are with all persons involved in this tragic incident.

Police collision investigation unit

WARWICKSHIRE Police is seeking witnesses to a fatal collision that happened on Monday (26 June) along the Queens Road traffic light junction towards the A444 Coton Road, Nuneaton.

The collision occurred at around 11:45 pm and involved a white Yamaha motorcycle which is believed to have been in convoy with a silver Mitsubishi Galant.

A 25-year-old man received serious injuries and was taken to hospital where he was sadly later pronounced dead.

Officers investigating the collision would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or who may have seen the manner in which the vehicles were being driven prior to the collision.

A 29-year-old man from Nuneaton has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He has been released under investigation at this time.

Should you have any information, please contact police urgently on 101, quoting incident number 495 of 26 June.

A 28-year-old man and 19-year-old woman have been charged following the death of a woman in Nuneaton over the weekend.

The body of 27-year-old Dionne Clark from Nuneaton was discovered at a house on Cornish Close on Saturday 17 June.

Dominic Wallis, aged 28 and Elizabeth Ellis, aged 19 both of Nuneaton in Warwickshire have been charged with murder and false imprisonment.

They then appeared at Leamington Magistrates’ Court, at 10am yesterda (Thursday 29).

The 54-year-old man and 58-year-old woman from Nuneaton, arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice, have been released under investigation.

Detective Inspector Anna Middleton of the Major Investigations Unit for Warwickshire Police, said: “I would like to thank the public and the local community for their response and support of our ongoing investigation.”

Police are appealing for information after a woman’s body was found in a house on Cornish Close, Nuneaton on Saturday (17 June) night.

Dionne Clarke

Dionne Clarke

The body of 27-year-old Dionne Clark from Nuneaton was discovered at the house on Saturday. Paramedics attended but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

At this stage police are treating the death as unexplained and are carrying out enquiries to establish exactly what occurred. An initial post mortem was inconclusive and further tests are being carried out to establish a cause of death.

A 19-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man, both from Nuneaton, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and perverting the course of justice in connection with death. They currently remain in police custody.

A 33-year-old woman from Nuneaton arrested on suspicion of murder has been released under investigation.

Following further enquires; a 54-year-old man and 58-year-old woman from Nuneaton have also been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and remain in police custody.

Detective Inspector Anna Middleton of the Major Investigations Unit, said: “We are also appealing to anyone who may have found the deceased’s phone, a Samsung Galaxy, which may have been discarded near to the rocks at Manor Court School.

“If anyone has any information that could help police with their enquiries they should call 101 and quote incident 492 of 17 June 2017. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org”

At Tamworth Informed, our thoughts are with all involved in this incident, particularly the friends and family of Dionne.

Police car bonnet

A TEENAGE boy who was arrested at a school in Nuneaton yesterday has been charged by the Police with a number of offences.

Theboy from Nuneaton has been charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, possession of ammunition with intention to endanger life and possession of an article with a blade on school premises following an incident at a school in Nuneaton yesterday.

 The incident occurred at Higham Lane School on Shanklin Drive, Nuneaton.

Police were called to the incident at the school yesterday (Tuesday 13 June) at 9.15am where the boy was arrested and a firearm and ammunition seized. He was also later found to be in possession of a pocket knife.

The boy has been detained and will appear at Warwickshire Magistrates’ Court today (Wednesday 14 June).

Superintendent David Gardner said yesterday: “We responded promptly and the boy was quickly isolated and the incident contained to ensure there was no risk to pupils and staff.

“We have seized a shotgun and ammunition.

“The initial report was received from the suspect himself and he was cooperative with police throughout. Officers were on the scene quickly and he was placed under arrest.

“I would like to thank staff and pupils at the school for their assistance while we managed this incident. Officers will be at the school for the rest of the day to provide reassurance.

“We will now carry out enquiries to establish exactly what happened and address any issues around the firearm.”

Armed police officers.

A TEENAGE boy has been arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a firearm following an incident at Higham Lane School on Shanklin Drive, Nuneaton.

Officers responded to a report at 9.15am that the boy was in possession of a firearm on the school site.

Superintendent David Gardner said: “We responded promptly and the boy was quickly isolated and the incident contained to ensure there was no risk to pupils and staff.

“We have seized a shotgun and ammunition.

“The initial report was received from the suspect himself and he was cooperative with police throughout. Officers were on the scene quickly and he was placed under arrest.

“I would like to thank staff and pupils at the school for their assistance while we managed this incident. Officers will be at the school for the rest of the day to provide reassurance.

“We will now carry out enquiries to establish exactly what happened and address any issues around the firearm.”

police roof bar trivium

A MAN from the Earls Road area of Nuneaton has been arrested by Anti-Terror police in connection with the terrorist attack in Manchester this week.

Following the arrest, Warwickshire Police have said that they would like to reassure local communities that there are extra officers out on patrol, to offer reassurance and address any concerns from members of the public.

Assistant Chief Constable Martin Evans from Warwickshire Police said: “I know many people in our communities will be very concerned about the raised terror level threat and the recent arrest in Nuneaton, our colleagues from Greater Manchester Police are leading on this investigation .

“We will continue to have increased high visibility police patrols across Warwickshire to provide community reassurance.

“I continue to urge the public to be vigilant, to remain alert but not alarmed and to report any suspicious activity to the police by calling the confidential anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789321. In an emergency always dial 999.”

In a statement Greater Manchester Police have said: “These searches are connected to an attack on the Manchester Arena, but this is a fast moving investigation and we are keeping an open mind at this stage”.

ACT against terroism

Watling Street collision

OFFICERS are investigating a collision which happened on the A5 Watling Street near Higham on the Hill, Nuneaton, on Sunday 14 May, that sadly resulted in the death of local man Connor Elund.

A statement issued on behalf of the family reads: “It is with great sadness that the family announce the death of Connor Elund, aged 22, on Saturday 20 May in the critical Care Unit at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, six days after a tragic accident on the A5 in Nuneaton.”

The incident happened outside the entrance to The King’s Lodge around 11.15am when the silver Renault Clio Connor was driving in the direction of Hinckley was involved in a collision with a red Ford Focus and red Vauxhall Astra.

The driver of the red Focus that was travelling north towards Atherstone, a man in his 40’s, was taken to hospital with hip and chest pain and later discharged.

Police would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision itself and anyone who may have seen the vehicles involved and the manner in which they were being driven prior to the collision.

If you have any information, please call Warwickshire Police on 101 and quote incident number 153 of 14 May.

We ask that people respect the family’s privacy at this difficult time.  Our thoughts are with all involved.

green waste

THE collection of green waste is to be suspended in North Warwickshire.

The green/food waste service will be suspended between Sat 24 December 2016 and Sun 22 January 2017.

The last collections will be on Friday 23 December 2016, starting again on Monday 23 January 2017.

North Warwickshire Borough Council say: “We have decided to suspend the service to assist in the collection of other waste streams. Black bin and recycling tonnages almost double over this period while green/food waste tonnages are at their lowest and are only 25% of what they are earlier in the year.

“This short suspension will allow them to reallocate resources to ensure that our other services can operate as scheduled. We have only provided a 12 month green waste service since October 2013 and prior to this date the service was always reduced over the winter period without any problems.”

The news comes just days after the report from Tamworth Borough Council that they may have to start charging local residents for Green Waste collection.  Read more here.

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