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PARAMEDIC ATTACK BY YOB
999 call ends in assault by ‘drunk’ teen
A PARAMEDIC was repeatedly punched by a youth he was treating after he had collapsed in a street.
The teenager had been with a large group hanging around Ashridge Gardens in Honicknowle. The youth, who is believed to be aged 14 to 16, was seen collapsing on the pavement causing members of the group to become ‘hysterical’, according to witnesses.
by CARL EVE Crime Reporter
Residents told The Herald that one neighbour raced from their home to help the teen, covering him in a blanket and placing a cushion under his head. Paramedics from South Western Ambulance Service were called and placed the injured youth
onto a stretcher before transferring him to the ambulance where he was treated. Police officers were also called to the scene to disperse the large and vocal group, as well as take a number of statements. One girl, said to be ‘hysterical’, was taken home by officers. One resident – who asked to remain anonymous – said he had gone over to help, covering the youth with a dressing gown. He said: “The boy’s girlfriend was sitting on him, shouting and yelling about him being on
Ritalin and drinking alcohol. All these other girls were around them shouting. She had to be pulled off by another girl. “The police cleared the others off and took the girlfriend home while I helped the paramedics put the boy into the ambulance.” Another neighbour told The Herald the street went quiet for around 15 minutes – but then more shouting was heard. The neighbour said: “The next thing we knew ■ Turn to Page 2
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‘STREET GANG’ LOSES ASBO FIGHT
Four fail to overturn sanctions
FOUR alleged members of a notorious city gang have lost their legal battle to overturn wide-ranging anti-social behaviour orders.
Plymouth magistrates have decided not to lift orders on Jake Allen, Adam Langdon and brothers Jonathan and Joshua Webb, accused of being leading members of the so-called Honicknowle Defence Regiment. But the bench removed or lessened
by STUART ABEL Court Reporter
some of the restrictions – including one which prevented the group from wearing hooded tops regardless of whether the hood was up or down. The court heard that the Webb brothers had a large number of ‘hoodies’ they had been bought by their mother. A previous bench agreed in April to impose interim orders on the group after an application by the city council
backed by the police. Police and the council claimed that the four were members of a gang linked with 300 crimes and incidents of anti-social behaviour in and around the inner-city area. The order banned the four from
associating with each other and imposed curfews at their home addresses. Breaking any one of the clauses in the orders could lead to a five-year jail term.
It is the first time such a ‘class Asbo’ has been issued in Plymouth. A full hearing is set to be held at a later date when magistrates will decide whether the four are gang members and consider extending the orders ■ Turn to Page 2
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MANHUNT AFTER TWO WOMEN ATTACKED ATTACKED: Wendy Holland was punched several times by the robber
TWO women were robbed in separate attacks just 40 minutes apart as they walked home from work late at night.
Police have launched a manhunt after the women, both in their twenties, were attacked in Plymouth on Monday evening. Both were left terrified and feared they would be raped. Police, who believe the same man may be
by ELEANOR RADFORD Herald Reporter
responsible for both attacks, have urged women walking alone to be on their guard. Wendy Holland, aged 23, was punched several times in the shoulder as the robber tried to take her bag at Lipson Road, Greenbank, at 11.55pm. “I was petrified,” said Wendy. “The first thing that raced through my head
was that he might do something really bad. I thought he could drag me into the Nuffield Centre and sexually assault me.” She had just finished work and was walking home when she heard footsteps approaching her from behind. “I was a bit paranoid when I heard the footsteps, which seemed to get quicker. I tried to get my phone out of my bag but then he ■ Turn to Page 3
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SHAMEFUL GUILTY PLEA: Kenneth Watkins, 76
Treasurer siphoned off thousands of pounds from Scout group fund A PENSIONER embezzled thousands of pounds from a Plymouth Scout group, plunging it deep into debt, a court heard.
Fraud and false accounting by former treasurer Kenneth Watkins left the 35th Whitleigh troop facing closure after he stripped every penny from its two accounts, leaving one £1,500 overdrawn. The troop, which includes 52 Scouts, Cubs and Beavers, has now been forced to borrow £5,000 from district funds to stay afloat, and has no cash left to send children on camps and outings. Watkins, aged 76, from Chard Barton, Honicknowle, yesterday pleaded guilty at Plymouth magistrates to two counts: fraud by abuse of po-
EXCLUSIVE by GRAHAM BROACH Court Reporter sition and false accounting. His misguided aim was to help his adult son, who had got into financial difficulties, the court heard. Looking sick and frail and leaning on a stick, he listened impassively as Crown Prosecution Service prosecutor Angela Furniss described how, as a member of the Scout group for 20 years, he was asked to be treasurer in 2005. His job was to pay bills, produce monthly financial reports and be one of three people authorised to sign cheques. When Watkins took over, the troop had £9,000 in its main account and £4,745 in its 30-day account. The troop had to pay £1,500 a year for
insurance, and a similar amount to the district treasurer. The 52 members paid £1.50 each per session, packed bags in supermarkets in exchange for donations, rented a room to a childcare group and hired out their marquee at £130 a time. In 2008, the troop was alarmed to hear gas and electricity bills were unpaid and they were about to be cut off. Fees to insurance and alarm companies and rent to a farmer were also unpaid, it emerged, though Watkins had filed monthly reports saying the accounts were thousands in credit. When confronted by the police, he admitted he had produced false reports and had taken money from the Scouts’ accounts, but had intended to repay it. Tracey Baker, defending, said it was impossible to say how much money had been lost, though it ran into several thousands of pounds. ■ Turn to Page 2
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WOMAN IN NAVY BOMB HOAX CASE Warship and shore station evacuated A WOMAN has been charged with making three bomb hoax calls which caused the evacuation of a Plymouth warship and part of Devonport Dockyard.
Rhiannon Leigh, aged 28, is accused of claiming that explosives were on board HMS Northumberland and in the HMS Drake shore base. Plymouth Magistrates’ Court heard that the frigate was evacuated, along with nearby ships. Louise Howard, prosecuting, said the northern part of the dockyard had to be cordoned off. She said the Royal Navy estimated that the total cost of the alarm was about £10,000. Leigh, of Laurel Dene, North Prospect, entered no plea to three charges that she made three calls to different personnel falsely claiming there were explosives on
by STUART ABEL Court Reporter HMS Northumberland and HMS Drake. All the calls were said to have been made on April 8, just days after HMS Northumberland had returned home from a six-month deployment which saw her tackle pirates and deliver humanitarian aid to war-torn Somalia. Miss Howard said of the hoax calls: “It caused a great deal of upheaval.” Leigh, bespectacled and smartly dressed, spoke only to confirm her pleas and give the court her personal details. Plymouth magistrates decided that the case should be heard at Crown court. Leigh was released on unconditional bail to appear back before magistrates on September 10 while her case is prepared. HMS Northumberland was the first vessel to safely escort World
Food Programme ships along the 1,500-mile Somalian coastline, infested with pirates. The crew of the Type 23 frigate
helped deliver food sufficient to fee 2.5 million people to the Somalian ports of Boosaaso, Berbera and Mogadishu.
ALERT: HMS Northumberland, above, and HMS Drake, left, were evacuated after the hoax calls, at a cost the Navy puts at £10,000
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