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These are some of the criminals locked up so far this month.

‘Twister’ paedophiles, fraudsters, international drug smugglers, armed robbers, burglars and rapists have been jailed in the past three weeks for offences committed across the region.

In some cases, trials have been held, in others the criminals have admitted their guilt.

But in all cases a judge has decided their crimes are so serious only a custodial sentence will suffice.

An open, transparent criminal justice system is an important part of how our democracy works – so we make no apologies for devoting so much time to letting you know what happens in our courts.

The below list includes the names, faces and stories of just some of the court cases our reporters have covered so far in March 2021.

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Suhail Mogra

Suhail Mogra

A Blackburn man has been jailed after asking a ‘teenager’ to meet him in a hotel room for sex when he was actually speaking to police.

Suhail Mogra, of Whitehall Place, has been jailed for almost three years after being caught by police who were posing as the girl online.

During sentencing, the court heard how Mogra, 25, began a conversation with the ‘girl’ on messenger app, Kik, in March 2020.

In the exchange, which has been described as sexualised, he asked if she would like to meet him in a hotel room and perform sex acts on him. The conversation then moved onto Whatsapp.

Police carried out a warrant at his address in April 2020, seizing his mobile phone and other devices.

At court he pleaded guilty to arranging/facilitating the commission of a child sex offence. As well as the prison term he was also given a ten year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and has been entered on to the Sex Offenders’ Register.

The conversation took place as part of a police operation to target paedophiles using internet chat rooms and messenger apps for the sexual exploitation of children.

DS Peter Denson, of Lancashire Police, said: “Mogra believed he was talking to a 13-year-old girl online when he suggested they meet in a hotel and that the child perform sexual acts on him.

“On this occasion the person he was speaking to was a police officer and Mogra was arrested and subsequently brought before the courts. I am satisfied with the sentence he has now been given, and hope Mogra uses his time behind bars to reflect on the consequences of his actions.

“I also hope this case sends a message that we will not tolerate this kind of behaviour in Lancashire. We take child abuse and exploitation extremely seriously and anybody caught engaging in this type of criminality will be dealt with robustly and proportionately.”

Ibrahim Ajbeer

Ibrahim Ajbeer,
A knifeman who threatemed to stab a woman in Battersea and then threatened others in a rampage has been jailed.
Ibrahim Ajbeer, 30 (16.01.91) of Moor Lane, Preston, Lancashire was sentenced to six years and ten months in prison at Kingston Crown court on Monday, 19 July.
This comes after he was found guilty of one count of attempted grievous bodily harm on Thursday, 20 May at Kingston Crown Court. He pleaded guilty to six counts of making threats with a bladed article in a public place, criminal damage, burglary and theft at the same court on Wednesday, 21 April.
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Ibrahim Ajbeer, 30, from Preston has been jailed

A Preston man has been jailed after ripping off a woman’s clothes and trying to stab another woman in a knife rampage.

Ibrahim Ajbeer, 30, of Preston, has been jailed for nearly seven years following the attack.

The incident took place in a shop in Battersea Park Road, in London, on the evening of October 11, 2020.

At around 9.47pm, Ajbeer seized a knife from behind the counter at the shop and used it to threaten the staff, who eventually managed to chase him away.

However, Ajbeer proceeded to find another nearby supermarket, where he brandished his knife as he stole a bottle of vodka.

After leaving the shop, he “chased a woman passing by, pulled clothing off of her and held a knife over her as she lay on the ground.”

Luckily, brave members of the public intervened and were able to chase him away.

But once again, Ajbeer carried on – to Falcon Road, where he used the knife to shatter a car window then approached two women outside a pub on the road, threatening them before pinning one to the floor.

After this he tried to stab a woman, even while threatening another woman.

Several more heroic members of the public luckily intervened and were able to subdue Ajbeer, detaining him as they waited for police to arrive and arrest him.

Detective constable Emily Dawson, investigating officer at the Metropolitan Police, said: “This was a string of violent, unprovoked attacks in which Ajbeer inflicted fear and intimidation on those in the local community.

“He went out on the streets looking to cause harm to the public and I thank the members of the public who intervened and restrained Ajbeer.

“The consequences of his actions could have been far worse and it took extreme bravery to confront him.

“Ajbeer will now spend a considerable amount of time in prison.”

Ajbeer was sentenced to six years and ten months in jail at Kingston Crown Court on Monday.

His sentence was given after he pleaded guilty to six counts of making threats with a bladed article in a public place, criminal damage, burglary and theft.

Wayne Skinner

Wayne Skinner on a jet-ski in Dubai
Wayne Skinner on a jet-ski in Dubai

An unemployed fraudster from Lancashire who stole £35,000 from his own parents to fund luxury holidays and trips to exclusive nightclubs has been jailed for five years and seven months.

Officers first launched an investigation into Wayne Skinner, 22, in 2018 when concerns were raised by his former employer – an engineering company in Colne – about his fraudulent conduct.

Company bosses had concerns about Skinner when they received a phone call from a leasing company to say police had seized the BMW which the defendant had been driving because he had been continuing to use it despite a drink-drive conviction.

That led to an investigation that discovered Skinner had been using his company card to buy fuel for unauthorised vehicles, as well as creating fake invoices for items and having money paid into his personal bank account.

In total he stole £13,080.62.

In June 2018, the grandmother of Skinner’s then girlfriend, was informed by her bank of suspicious activity on her account, relating to a bill for a takeaway delivery service. She went into the bank the following day and cancelled her card. The following week she was contacted by her bank again to say that train tickets totalling more than £100 had been bought on her card while she was sat in the bank.

Wayne Skinner at Mount Kilimanjaro
Wayne Skinner at Mount Kilimanjaro

When Skinner was challenged about the transactions he admitted photocopying the victim’s card and using it to pay for some food orders, train tickets to Newcastle and Ed Sheeran concert tickets.

He did this without the victim’s granddaughter’s knowledge.

In 2020 detectives were contacted by Skinner’s vulnerable mother who said Skinner had stolen £15,000 from her bank account and was refusing her access to her funds. While police were investigating the matter, Skinner was brazenly continuing to steal money from his mother’s account – taking £1,000 when she had given him her card to buy some food shopping.

As the investigation continued, it was discovered Skinner had stolen £20,000 from his own father. He only reluctantly came to the police to report his son when he began getting letters from debt collectors.

On November 10, last year, Skinner was arrested for an unrelated offence and at the time was wearing a black Apple Smartwatch. It later transpired that he had stolen the Smartwatch from the woman who had agreed to let him use her home as a bail address.

The week before he was due to appear at Burnley Crown Court for those matters, he sent an email to his solicitors purporting to be from the NHS telling him that he had to self-isolate for 10 days after testing positive for Covid-19.

On that basis he asked for the case to be adjourned.

Enquiries with Public Health England revealed that Skinner had not tested positive and the email from the NHS was fraudulent.

Skinner of now fixed address, was convicted of six counts of fraud by false representation, perverting the course of justice and theft by an employee. He was sentenced at Burnley Crown Court.

Judge Sara Dodd imposed an indefinite restraining order, preventing Skinner from contacting his parents directly or indirectly.

Aiden Moore

Aiden Moore, 23, pleaded guilty to attempted rape, sexual assault and trespassing
Aiden Moore, 23, pleaded guilty to attempted rape, sexual assault and trespassing

A man sneaked into a woman’s house and tried to rape her several times as she begged him not to hurt her.

Aiden Moore managed to get into the Lancaster home of his victim, who was in her 60s, at around 6.45pm on December 5, last year, as she waited for her dog to come in from the garden.

He immediately grabbed hold of the woman and threw her into the shower during the “extremely distressing” attack.

Moore told the victim he loved her and forced himself on her as she pleaded with him not to hurt her. During the incident he also boasted about how expensive his Canada Goose jacket he was wearing was.

He later forced the woman into her living room where he attempted to rape her multiple times, as she again pleaded with him to stop.

The 23-year-old left the scene, leaving behind his mobile phone and underwear.

Moore was arrested by police a short time afterwards thanks to the description the victim had given of him – including the “poor state” of his teeth – and he was still in possession of the Canada Goose jacket.

Moore, of Morley Road, Lancaster, pleaded guilty to attempted rape, sexual assault and trespassing.

At Preston Crown Court, Moore was jailed for 11 years with a five-year extended licence period, after he was deemed to be a dangerous offender. He must also sign the Sex Offender’s Register for life.

DC Rachel Crossley, of West CID, said: “This was an extremely distressing incident for the victim and I would like to praise her for the bravery she has displayed throughout the case. Hopefully, the significant sentence imposed on Moore will give her some peace of mind. Even after Moore is eventually released from prison he will continue to be monitored.

“I would also like to praise the professionalism of my colleagues at Lancashire Police and those at the Crown Prosecution Service for enabling us to get this significant sentence and protect the public from this dangerous sexual predator. I hope this case will give other victims of sexual offending the confidence to come forward, knowing that we will listen to them and act on the information they provide.”

Amjid Hussain

Amjid Hussain
Amjid Hussain

A paedophile from East Lancashire who groomed teenage girls via social media and had sex with two of them in hotels has been jailed for 10 years.

Amjid Hussain was arrested by police after officers raided a Manchester city centre hotel in January 2020 following concerns raised by a member of the public about the welfare of a teenage girl.

The 38-year-old from Blackburn was found in a private room with the 15-year-old victim and subsequently arrested on suspicion of rape.

A number of mobile devices were seized and analysis revealed that between 2018 and 2020 he had been engaging in sexual communication with two additional teenage girls via a social media app.

On one occasion, in December 2019, Hussain had met one of the girls at a hotel in Leeds and during this meeting he paid for the sexual services of a child.

Hussain, of Ebony Street, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to grooming and engaging in sexual communication with a child, grooming and sexual activity with a child and paying for the sexual services of a child..

He was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court to 10 years in prison and will be put on an extended licence.

The Judge also order predator Hussain to be subject to a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years and will now be on the sex offenders register for life.

Detective Chief Inspector, Simon Moyles of GMP’s City of Manchester’s Complex Safeguarding Hub said: “I would like to thank the victims for their bravery and co-operation throughout this investigation and commend the work of the officers involved and the multi-agency work conducted across three forces to secure this conviction”

“Hussain groomed these young girls and engaged in sexual communication and activity with them to satisfy his own sexual perversion. I hope today’s sentencing provides a sense of justice to his victims and also sends a stark message that GMP will ensure anyone found to be engaging with a child in a sexual manner will face the serious consequences of their actions.”

Councillor Garry Bridges, Executive Member for Children & Schools at Manchester City Council, said: “Manchester’s Complex Safeguarding Hub exists to co-ordinate the response between police, social workers and other experts to crime involving at-risk young people including child sexual exploitation – helping to prosecute perpetrators and to protect and support those they would prey on.

“This case shows that joint approach in action and we welcome the fact that Hussain has been brought to justice.”

Mark Tucker

Mark Tucker tried to smuggle more than 200kg of cocaine into the country.
Mark Tucker tried to smuggle more than 200kg of cocaine into the country.

A Blackburn man who tried to smuggle millions of pounds worth of cocaine into the UK on a coach has been jailed.

Mark Tucker, of Longshaw Street, was stopped by border force officers in September last year, after he tried to smuggle more than 200kg of cocaine into the UK.

The 53-year-old. alongside Christopher Bullows,50, from Lord Street St Helens, attempted to drive a coach loaded with the Class A drug past customs officials in Dover.

Tucker was told that he would spend 16 years in prison for his exploits while his associate Bullows was sentenced to 14 years and four months.

Mark McCormack, a branch commander at the National Crime Agency (NCA), says that the drugs would have exploited the most vulnerable in our society.

He said: “This was a brazen attempt to smuggle a large amount of cocaine into the UK but it hasn’t ended well for Tucker and Bullows.

“Not only was their lethal cargo seized, they are now facing long spells in jail.

“Drugs smuggling is behind violence and exploitation in our communities, with vulnerable people often paying the highest price.

“We will continue to work with partners like Border Force to break the supply chains behind this despicable trade, and dismantle the organised crime groups involved.”

The NCA investigated driver Bullows, and his passenger, Tucker, after their coach was stopped at Dover Docks in September 2020.

A search by the border force uncovered 243kg of cocaine hidden in a specially constructed wastewater tank onboard the vehicle.

The drugs would have been worth around £19.4 million if sold on the streets of the UK.

Bullows told investigators that he had taken the coach to Belgium so that the air conditioning system, which was under warranty there, could be repaired.

He claimed that his friend Tucker was a friend and had come along “for the jolly.”

Tucker told officials that he was a mechanic and had joined Bullows on the trip to check on the repairs.

However, further enquiries showed that the air conditioning had been mended in the UK just months before the trip was taken.

Bullows and Tucker were subsequently charged with attempting to import class A drugs.

Both initially denied the charge but Bullows changed his plea to guilty at Canterbury Crown Court on 22 April.

Dave Smith, Director of border force south east, said: “This is a significant sentence that sends a strong message that we will use every effort of UK law enforcement to disrupt criminal networks and stop drugs entering the UK.

“Working closely with NCA our investigations and intelligence worked to protect the UK borders from drug trafficking and bring those responsible to justice.”

Tucker was convicted by a jury on May 11, following a five-day trial at the same court.

Aughton farm raid gang

An Aughton farmer shot was twice after four men broke into his home and stole his money and jewellery.

Hired hitman Alan Daniels was the ringleader and part of the group who carried out the brutal robbery in at Home Farm on Back Lane.

The men were carrying firearms and initially discharged bullets at the summer house where 65-year-old Charles Baldwin was sleeping after a day’s work, “blowing the patio doors off.”

The pig farmer was then “frogmarched” inside the bungalow, in front of his terrified girlfriend Patricia, and sat down at his desk in a bedroom, with demands made for money and valuables.

Daniels, who has a history of serious violence and was nicknamed “Docker”, left his DNA on a paper knife used to cut a gold bracelet from Mr Baldwin’s wrist, at the rural property.

He pleaded guilty before any trial, while Anthony Hill, Craig Reynolds and Dean Sanders denied involvement but were convicted by a jury of conspiracy to rob and having a firearm with intent.

On July 19, the four men were jailed and handed huge sentences.


Daniels, who admitted the same two offences, but also wounding with intent due to him shooting Mr Baldwin twice in his knee and ankle, directed the violence on the evening of July 28, 2019. He was sentenced to life imprisonment.

The 38-year-old must serve a minimum of 14 years and 319 days before the Parole Board can consider his release.

Preston Crown Court heard how Mr Baldwin was set to lose his injured foot on Thursday when it is amputated after a battle to save it has ended in vain.

He has undergone 19 operations at three different hospitals over two years “with painful recovery time and infections”, has not walked since and been confined to a wheelchair.


Reynolds was ordered to serve an extended sentence of 28 years, which also took into account a different case when guns were found at his Kirkby home.

Hill was given a sentence of 20 years.

Sanders was jailed for 19 years.

Judge Graham Knowles, QC, told the men: “This was a carefully organised and carefully planned robbery.

“There was an intention to strike terror.

“There was no need to shoot Mr Baldwin at all, the violence was gratuitous and extreme.”


Addressing Daniels, he said: “To continue to attack an injured victim was nothing short of wicked.

“There is no remorse of any value from any these men.

“You present a grave risk to the public of catastrophic harm.

“You pleaded guilty only to save your skin.”

He gave a ruling of dangerousness in the case of Daniels and also to Reynolds.

Francis McEntee, prosecuting, said the violence used by the gang was “excessive” and that Mr Baldwin was “wholly under their control” without any need to discharge the gun.

The prosecutor said the “armed invasion” took place between 8.30pm-9.30pm, and started when Mr Baldwin was asleep in his summer house, having finished work and drunk about five gin and tonics.

He was awoken by a commotion, it was heard, and saw “four fellas with masks on with shotguns putting cartridges in and then blew the patio door away.”

Alan Daniels
Alan Daniels

Mr Baldwin was shot in the knee after he offered to show Daniels and the gang his cash box as it was heard how the mob told the victim his brother had suggested there was “loads of cash” at the bungalow.

Daniels, of Oaklee Drive, Kirkby, began to get annoyed, asking “Have you got any guns?”, adding, “answer me quickly!” as he jabbed at him with the rifle.

The gun thug then held the gun to Mr Baldwin’s ankle and fired it, shattering his lower leg.

Firearms from the farmer’s cabinet were stolen, along with jewellery, bank cards and PIN number.

The armed raid continued until Mr Baldwin feigned a heart attack, which persuaded the gang to leave, before one of the men warned him: “Don’t call the police for an hour, because if you do, I’ll come back and kill you.”

The gang were caught due to Daniels’ DNA being found at the scene, along with strongly-linked evidence of mobile phone cell siting, ANPR cameras catching the suspects’ car in the vicinity, and phone call records showing frantic conversations between the violent robbers.

The men went to a cashpoint on Longmoor Lane in Fazakerley where £300 was withdrawn using Mr Baldwin’s card, and similar amounts were taken on other occasions.

Technology showed how members of the gang undertook reconnaissance missions to Aughton, one 90 minutes before the robbery, and another a day earlier.

Hill, 40, of Oakdale Close, Kirkby, Reynolds, 36, of Birchmuir Hey, Kirkby, and Sanders, 32, of St Andrews Court, North Shields, were all found guilty of conspiracy to rob and having a firearm with intent.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Jason Richardson, of Lancashire Police, said: “This was a particularly savage and brutal robbery which left the homeowner with serious, life-changing injuries which he is unlikely ever to fully recover from, and understandably left both victims absolutely traumatised by this invasion into their property.

“The attackers, under the impression there was a large amount of money at the address, showed extreme levels of violence to try and get what they wanted – making off with guns, cash, watches and jewellery, which have not been recovered.

“From the moment that the victim was confronted by the gunmen, he was under their complete control and offered no resistance to them whatsoever. The level of violence demonstrated by the offenders was significant, careless and totally unnecessary.

“It is clear these individuals are very dangerous and very violent offenders.”

Colin Evans

Colin Evans
Colin Evans

A ‘sexual predator’ who raped a woman while she begged him to stop and leaving her in so much pain that she almost passed out has been given a sentence totalling 23 years.

Colin Evans’s offending came to light in December 2017 after he had been arrested for sexually assaulting a different woman.

Evans was jailed for seven years in 2019 for that offending in Accrington.

When officers from East CID launched an investigation into the latest complaints against Evans, the victim told them that she was in so much pain that she almost passed out and Evans refused to stop sexually assaulting her even when she begged him to stop.

That offending happened in Burnley.

Evans, 35, of no fixed address and formerly of Fielding Lane, Accrington, pleaded guilty to rape and sexual assault.

Sitting at Burnley Crown Court on Friday, Judge Sara Dodd told Evans that he posed a high risk of serious harm to women.

She jailed him for 15 years, with a further eight-year extended licence period after deeming Evans to be a dangerous offender. Evans was also ordered to sign the Sex Offender’s Register for life.

DC Lisa Bennett, of East CID, said: “This was an extremely harrowing case and first and foremost I want to praise the victim for bravery she has shown.

“Evans is a sexual predator who has displayed an appalling attitude towards women and I am pleased that he has now been jailed for a significant period of time.

“The order made by the court means that even once he is released from prison he will continued to be monitored.

“I hope this case will give other victims of sexual offending the confidence to come forward, knowing that we will listen to them and act on the information they provide.”

David Gardner

A police image of David Gardner
A police image of David Gardner

Detectives are encouraging victims of sexual abuse to continue to come forward after a Skelmersdale man was jailed for 11 years for historic abuse he committed in the town.

David Gardner, 65, was also put on the Sex Offender’s Register for life, after being convicted of sexually abusing a boy and a girl between 2000 and 2010.

The victims were aged between 10 and 13 at the time.

Although the victims were too young to fully understand what the defendant was doing to them, one did question what he was doing. In response, Gardner said it was “all just fun”.

He also made one of his victims watch videos of older men raping children.

When Gardner was arrested, officers seized his electronic devices, they found thousands of images of indecent images of children, as well as extreme pornography.

Gardner, of Alderley, Skelmersdale, pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child, causing/inciting sexual activity with a child and possessing indecent images of children.

He was sentenced at Preston Crown Court earlier this month.

DC Dawn Croucher, of West Lancs CID, said: “First and foremost I want to praise the victims in this case for the bravery they have shown in coming forward and disclosing the horrendous offences Gardner committed against them.

“Gardner is a despicable individual who abused children to satisfy his own perverted sexual interests. Although no sentence will ever reflect the damage a defendant has caused, I am pleased Gardner will now spend a considerable amount of time behind bars.

“I would encourage anyone who has been the victim of sexual offending – no matter how long ago it occurred – to contact Lancashire Police. You will be listened to and we will do all we can to bring the perpetrator to justice.”

Nicholas Powis

Nicholas Powis
Nicholas Powis

Police traced a bungling burglar who broke into a veterinary centre and a chippy because he left some blood at the scene of his crimes.

Nicholas Powis broke into Riverbank Veterinary Centre in Watery Lane, Preston, at around 1am on June 24.

The 31-year-old smashed through the door of the property with four charity boxes stolen.

Around 1.30am on the same day, police received a report the Tulketh Chippy in Tulketh Brow had been broken into, again with cash stolen.

Crime Scene Investigators attended the break in at the vets, with some blood spots found inside. A spot of blood was forensically tested, with the DNA matching to Powis.

Further DNA evidence was found at the chip shop, again linking Powis to the crime.

Powis, of Hawkins Close, Preston, was sentenced at Preston Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to committing two burglaries.

He was sentenced to 36 weeks in prison.

Shamilia Tabassum

Sireen Rafiq
Sireen Rafiq

A Lancashire woman has been jailed for her role in a £2.5 million car theft conspiracy.

The gang used cloned wireless key signals to open the car doors on the drive and then drive off, without having to enter the home to steal the keys.

The organised criminals, who targeted homes across Lancashire, Merseyside and Cheshire, appeared at court for sentence on July 8.

The gang were caught following an investigation codenamed Operation Awakening, by Merseyside Police, with the help of Cheshire and Lancashire forces.

Sireen Rafiq, 36, (also known as Shamilia Tabassum) of Seacole Close, Blackburn, was sentenced to 21 months for transferring criminal property.

She was jailed along with six other people in what has been described as one of the North West’s biggest investigations into organised burglaries.

The CPS said that the properties were targeted in a sophisticated operation.

The houses would be entered at night by various means, the car keys located and then the vehicles driven away.

Other luxury items were also stolen in the break-ins. The cars were rarely recovered.

The gang had the means and expertise to change the vehicles’ identification. In some of the break-ins, the number plates of high powered cars were stolen.

Some of the vehicles were sold on to others involved in organised crime.

Lewis Tankard, 20, of Seel Road, Huyton, was jailed for five years and seven months for conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to steal motor vehicles.

Neil O’Brien, 19, of Prestwood Crescent, Knotty Ash, was jailed for six years for conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to steal motor vehicles.

Noah Hassan, 29, of no fixed address, was sentenced to four years and nine months for conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to steal motor vehicles.

Stephen Hooten, 29, of Craigburn Road, Tuebrook, was sentenced to five years and two months for conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to steal motor vehicles.

Paula Heathers, 50, of The Green, Stoneycroft, was sentenced to 14 months, suspended for two years and 115 hours of unpaid work for possessing criminal property. Heathers and the six others all pleaded guilty.

Susan Russell, 20, of Corner Brook, Stockbridge Village, was sentenced to 12 months suspended for two years, 60 hours unpaid work and a curfew, following a trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

Three more men will be sentenced later this year.

Neil O’Brien, Noah Hassan, Lewis Tankard and Steven Hooton broke into homes, stole keys and then the cars. Shamilia Tabassum was involved in selling on the cars. Susan Russell and Paula Heathers received money into their bank accounts from the sale of the stolen cars.

Senior Crown Prosecutor Adrian Evans of CPS Mersey Cheshire said: “The Crown Prosecution Service said that all of these men were acting together and were co-conspirators in a highly organised series of burglaries and thefts across the North West of England.

“The gang were audacious, breaking into the homes of the car owners while they were present, stealing the car keys and then the cars and selling them on.

“A good deal of planning and organisation went into the operation and the rewards for the gang were high. They stole more than £2,600,000 worth of goods and luxury items, over the 13 months of the investigation.

“This has been a complex case for the Crown Prosecution Service, involving many defendants and a number of police forces.

“These thefts and burglaries caused a lot of distress to the owners of the cars and many spoke of the shock and sense of violation that the break-ins caused.

“As with most criminals, this gang thought they were unstoppable but cell-site evidence from their phones, number plate tracing and other forensic evidence has brought them all to justice. We hope this brings some sense of closure to the victims of this gang.”

Michael Shaw

Michael Shaw
Michael Shaw

A dad-of-three broke into the home of two unsuspecting women before performing a solo sex act.

The horrified women woke in the early hours of the morning to discover Michael Shaw crouched in the bathroom with his pants pulled down to his knees and genitals exposed.

The disturbing discovery was only made when one of the victim’s thought she could see her own reflection in the near darkness, only for the figure in the mirror to move.

Shaw, 30, of Railway Path, Ormskirk, is believed to have spent around 20 minutes in the house before he was discovered and then proceeded to perform a sex act on himself after being kicked out.

Prosecuting, Keith Sutton told Preston Crown Court that the disturbing incident happened in February.

He said Shaw climbed through a bathroom window.

Mr Sutton said: “At 1.20am the two females in the property were in bed.

“One of them was awake watching a film, the other was asleep.

“When one got up to go to the toilet, she realised she could hear some noise, it sounded like something on the roof or somewhere else in the house.

“She went onto the landing and could hear something, she woke the other female who went downstairs.

“The first woman saw a reflection in the bathroom mirror which she could see through the door.

“She could see the reflection of something in the bathroom.

“She wasn’t sure what but then she saw that reflection moving as if someone was crouching down.

“The second complainant came back up, there was a brief discussion about what had occurred and then the first female stepped into the bathroom and looked behind the door.

“Her reaction was a scream, it was described by the second complainant as hysterical, and she stepped back.

“The defendant was in the bathroom with his trousers down to his knees.

“The second complainant shouted at him to ask what he was doing, how he’d got in.”

Shaw responded by saying he was sorry and picked up his shoes which he had taken off after entering the home.

He then sat down as if to use the toilet but was told to leave.

He sat down again on the stairs to put his shoes on and was again ordered to leave the house.

Mr Sutton said: “One complainant went to call the police and the first complainant watched him exit and it was clear that he was masturbating outside the property.”

Shaw left and returned to the temporary accommodation where he was then staying.

The women gave a description of him to the police, who visited him the following day and found clothes matching those seen that night.

Shaw was arrested and gave a “confused account” when interviewed.

In a victim statement summarised by Mr Sutton, one of the women said she had been left anxious and unable to sleep without prescribed medication.

She said she suffers from night terrors and no longer feels safe in her own home despite having an alarm and camera system installed.

She said “it still plays on my mind knowing he was in my bathroom watching us for 20 minutes”.

The woman also explained that her fear of catching Covid-19 meant no-one else had entered the house for almost a year and that this safety was violated by Shaw and the officers who came to investigate.

The court heard that Shaw has one previous conviction for possession of a knife which occurred around a month before this incident and resulted in a three-month suspended sentence in May.

At a hearing in April, he pleaded to two counts of exposure and one of trespassing with intent to commit a sexual offence.

Defending, Michael Hagarty said that Shaw had suffered from childhood trauma which had been exacerbated by drug and alcohol use leading up to the day of the offences.

Mr Hagarty explained that in the months leading to the incident, Shaw had been forced to leave the Ormskirk home he shared with his mother as a result of flooding and had been staying alone in temporary accommodation.

He detailed a number of incidents in which Shaw had displayed erratic or concerning behaviour in the preceding months, two of which led to him being detained for his own wellbeing.

Psychological analysis identified issues of childhood trauma which were being amplified by use of alcohol, cannabis and cocaine.

A diagnosis of emotionally unstable personality disorder affecting his ability to control his actions was also made and Mr Hagarty said the issues relating to trauma had been made worse by Shaw being unable to see his own children.

Mr Hagarty said Shaw was confused by his actions and felt remorse for the impact on his victims

Sentencing, Recorder Ben Douglas-Jones QC described Shaw’s behaviour as “frightening, disturbing and offensive”.

Referring to the moment when one woman realised there was an intruder, he said: “Just imagine how frightening that must have been.

“It’s like something from a horror movie.”

Shaw was given a 30-month sentence, ordered to sign the sex offender register for life and made subject to a 10-year sexual harm prevention order.

Daniel Macauley

Daniel Macauley, of Eskbank, Skelmersdale was jailed for possessing heroin with intent to supply
Daniel Macauley, of Eskbank, Skelmersdale was jailed for possessing heroin with intent to supply

A Skelmersdale man has been jailed for six years after being found with a Kinder egg containing 32 wraps of heroin.

Daniel Macauley, of Eskbank, Skelmersdale, was discovered in an abandoned building with the drugs and a knife by police.

Officers found the 28-year-old and a woman on the third floor of the council block in Rhyl, Wales.

After a search, they discovered the drugs worth £320, and £571 in cash.

Macauley had pleaded guilty to possessing heroin with intent to supply just before his trial.

A a judge at Mold Crown Court jailed him for six years for that offence. There was no separate penalty for possession of criminal property – the cash.

Prosecutor Oliver King said two officers had made a “site visit” to a former council building, which had fallen into disrepair, in Brighton Road, Rhyl on July 1 last year.

They found the defendant, who was on the phone, and a woman on the third storey. He said he had gone to the building to score drugs and gave a false name.

The woman “threw drugs towards (Macauley) as the police arrived”,” said the prosecutor.

The officers recognised the woman as often homeless and vulnerable.

On searching the pair, the police discovered the Kinder egg, wraps, money and a lock knife.

They were seized along with his mobile phone, which was ringing constantly, and a miniature phone. There was no incriminating evidence on the phones,the court heard.

The prosecutor said Macauley claimed he had earned the money as wages paid to him by travellers. Forensic tests later found his DNA on the heroin wraps.

Sarah Yates, defending, said her client has had addictions and tried to come clean but fallen back into his old habits.

He has been neglected and in the care system for many years. But he now has a one-month-old son.

On the prospect of going to prison, she said: “The hardest part is that he will miss a number of years of his son growing up. It’s of his own making but he still has to deal with that on a day to day basis.”

Jailing Macauley, the judge, His Honour Judge Rhys Rowlands, said he could see that people introduced to drugs at a young age face “an uphill task to get themselves out of the thralls of addiction.”

But he told the defendant that this was the third traffiking and supply case he had been involved with, and added: “The offences came to light as a result of good police work.”

He hoped the defendant, of Eskbank, Skelmersdale, West Lancashire, could avoid reoffending.

“Perhaps for the first time in your life you have a real incentive to get away from the crowd you have been associating with.

“That child is the incentive for you to sort yourself out and, on your release, never to reoffend.”

The judge sentenced Macauley to six years imprisonment, minus seven days for wearing an electronic tag for a curfew earlier in the case.

Martin Yankey

Martin Yankey
Martin Yankey

A martial arts instructor who used to run classes at schools in East Lancashire has been jailed after plying a vulnerable teenage girl with alcohol and drugs before having sex.

Martin Yankey housed and ‘exploited’ the 15-year-old girl as she fled from her care and then foster parents before she was eventually found hiding in his kitchen cupboard.

The ‘twisted and perverted’ 37-year-old had ‘groomed’ and ‘brainwashed’ her into thinking they were in a ‘relationship’ the court was told with the pair having sex on “numerous occasions.”

And she didn’t realise what had happened to her until she saw a TV documentary on grooming gangs, the court was told.

During the period of abuse which spanned four months, he gave her so much cocaine the septum in her nose was left damaged, whilst she also suffered ‘severe psychological harm’ with the girl, now 19, suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

A judge said Yankey, who used to run martial arts classes at schools in Blackburn and Darwen, had shown “absolutely no remorse” as she jailed him for 13 years.

Yankey, met the girl early in 2018, Rachel Shenton, prosecuting told Manchester Crown Court.

And over a four-month period that year, the girl went missing from the care home in Greater Manchester where she was being looked, after numerous times.

On one occasion a taxi driver who dropped her at the house where Yankey was living in Atherton, described him as “looking a bit dodgy” as he looked up and down the street before she went inside.

On several occasions when she had been reported missing, police visited Yankey’s address, telling him how old she was and showing him pictures of her, but he denied ever knowing her.

However, it is now believed she was likely hiding in the loft or a cupboard in the property.

Due to the number of times she went missing she was moved to foster parents out of the area but the court heard within ten minutes of her arriving there Yankey arranged for a friend to pick her up in a white Range Rover.

His crimes were uncovered when officers again attended at his home in 2018.

He insisted she wasn’t there and complained to officers for repeatedly bothering him until was found hiding in one of his kitchen cupboards.

She told officers in a police interview that she thought they were in a ‘relationship’ and that he loved her.

However she said on one occasion she lost an entire day due to her intoxication and that she only realised when she saw a Snapchat message she had sent the day before.

“I carried on going round and getting off my head, which I thought was normal at the time,” the girl said.

She said that “she did not herself feel the relationship was wrong until she saw TV programme about grooming gangs” Ms Shenton said.

In a moving victim impact statement, the girl said she had been diagnosed with PTSD and had even on one occasion attempted to take her own life.

“I do not think I will ever properly heal from the trauma,” she said.

“I don’t think I will ever have what’s considered a normal relationship.

“You have changed my life in all the worse ways.”

Yankey, of Belmont Road, Hindley, pleaded guilty to child abduction, two counts of sexual activity with a child, one count of supplying a Class A drug, and one count of of possessing an indecent image of a child at an earlier hearing.

Jo Morris, defending, said her client had been suffering with psychosis around that time of his offending, which had been made worse by his drug use and a head injury he suffered in 2013.

She said he had spent 56 days in a psychiatric hospital following the offences.

“It’s not something he would have done had he been well, and that’s why he’s never done anything like that at any other point in his life” she said.

He had worked with young people at a gym in the North West for around 14 years she added and there were never any complaints about his behaviour.

She claimed that until police told him he believed the girl was 17 years-old, something the judge rejected saying she believed he had known her real age all along.

The victim, who was present in court for the sentencing, was visibly distressed as the facts of the case were read out and she wept in the public gallery as the judge handed Yankey an extended sentence, after ruling he is a dangerous offender.

He was sentenced to 13 years in prison, of which he must serve two thirds before being considered for parole and he will have an extended licence period of two years.

Passing sentence Judge Hilary Manley told Yankey: “You exploited and debauched a 15 year-old girl who was particularly vulnerable.

“It was a very troubled time of her life and she was in the care of the local authority.

“You were a 34-year-old man, more than twice her age.

“You had spent years working with young people in your capacity as a martial arts instructor and you will have had to be well aware of child safeguarding issues.”

She said he had “demonstrated the classic characteristics of grooming.”

“You were devious, selifsh and manipulative in your dealings with her and with the police” said.

‘Your attitude indicates that you shown absolutely no remorse at all” she added.

“You have no idea of the damage you have done. It is because you are a manipulative and selfish man who sees yourself as the victim.”

The court heard Yankey now has a partner aged 20 something the judge described as ‘disturbing’ saying it showed he had “a continued interest in relationships when there is a significant difference in age.”

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