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Courts hand out sentences to dozens of people across the county each month, and June was no exception.

While some were punished for more minor offences, others received jail terms for the more serious of crimes - including for causing death by careless driving and drug dealing.

These are some of the people with Suffolk links who faced justice during the last month.

Lorry driver jailed for causing death by careless driving

Karlin Angelov, 41, was jailed for eight months after admitting causing death by careless driving.

It came after Angelov was involved in a collision with a van along the A134 at Ingham in April.

Nottingham resident Stephen Holleworth, who was driving the van, was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders.

Stephen Holleworth was killed in the crash. Picture: Suffolk Constabulary
Stephen Holleworth was killed in the crash. Picture: Suffolk Constabulary

Shortly after the fatal crash, Angelov pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving.

Man ordered to pay more than £1,200 after abandoning horse box

Harvey Johnsson was ordered to pay more than £1,200 after he abandoned a horse box in a residential area of Newmarket.

He did not attend court but he was convicted in his absence and ordered to pay £805 in costs which included specialist removal charges, as well as a £440 fine and a £44 victim surcharge.

It comes after a large blue Iveco transporter with a 1974 registration plate was found abandoned in November last year.

The large blue Iveco horse transporter abandoned by Johnsson. Picture: West Suffolk Council
The large blue Iveco horse transporter abandoned by Johnsson. Picture: West Suffolk Council

Inspections from the West Suffolk Council enforcement team found it had broken windows as well as grass and weeds surrounding it. It was also without an MOT.

Following identification, Johnsson was sent a seven day removal warning notice. He also called the council and the action he needed to take was explained to him, but was not taken.

On January 5 this year, the council arranged for the vehicle to be removed which included the use of a specialist company due to its size and seized brakes.

A removal letter with a list of charges incurred was sent to Johnsson giving seven days to pay and claim the box back but this was unpaid.

A Fixed Penalty Notice was issued on January 25.

Landlord ordered to pay more than £18,000 after failing to clear waste and undertake works

An Ipswich landlord and property owner was ordered to pay a large fine after failing to clear waste and undertake works.

Francis Investments (East Anglia) Limited, whose registered office is in St Helens Street, along with the company director and owner of the property where the offences took place, Ralph Bernard of Valley View Drive, Rushmere St Andrew, were found guilty of eight offences under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

These included leaving a large pile of waste at a London Road property despite an order to remove it.

The waste at the London Road property, which the landlord failed to remove. Picture: Ipswich Borough Council
The waste at the London Road property, which the landlord failed to remove. Picture: Ipswich Borough Council

Officers from Ipswich Borough Council's Environmental Protection Team investigated the property and, in September 2020, served Community Protection Notices to Francis Investments (East Anglia) Limited and Ralph Bernard for failing to remove the waste.

The CPN also directed that drainage and vermin issues must be rectified.

The landlord failed to comply with the requirements set out in the notice and were therefore prosecuted.

He was ordered to pay a total of more than £18,000 in fines and legal costs at Ipswich Magistrates Court.


'Crooked' director of company which left customers out of pocket ordered to pay £50k back

David Waters, 73, who was the director of a Suffolk mobility furniture company, was ordered to repay tens of thousands of pounds to customers who were left out of pocket.

Waters, of Manwick Road, Felixstowe, was the sole director of Anchor Mobility, whose products were marketed as life-improving and largely aimed at elderly and disabled people.

Ipswich Crown Court ruled that Waters must repay £50,000 in proceeds from his crimes, reflecting the assets available to him.

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture by Mark Westley
Ipswich Crown Court. Picture by Mark Westley

It comes after he was sentenced to 32 months in prison when the same court found Anchor Mobility guilty of 15 counts of unfair commercial practice at a hearing in December 2019.

These offences included fraudulent trading, poor customer service, and misleading consumers by taking large deposits with the promise of delivering goods without ever doing so.

One customer paid more than £8,000 for two beds, which were never delivered, and no refund was ever received.

The fraudulent activity was uncovered when several victims made complaints about the company to Suffolk Trading Standards, which led them to launch an investigation into Anchor Mobility.

More than 20 victims were found to have lost more than £80,000 between 2016 and 2017 alone.

While Anchor Mobility was fined £15,000 for the offences in 2019, additional compensation was sought for all known victims by Suffolk Trading Standards, resulting in a further court hearing today.

Waters is still banned from being a company director until 2029 and has also been made the subject of a criminal behaviour order, preventing him from selling products in a person’s home or having any involvement in a mobility aid company.

Pair who repeatedly left starving cats in filthy conditions banned from keeping animals

Michael Driver, 22, and Bethany Wildman, 26, were banned from keeping animals for five years after repeatedly leaving their cats unattended in filthy conditions without food or water.

The pair were disqualified from keeping all animals for a five-year period after a prosecution brought by the RSPCA was heard at Great Yarmouth Magistrates' Court.

It comes after the animal welfare charity was made aware that four cats had been left unattended in a flat in Lowestoft's High Street last year.

A Lowestoft couple were banned from keeping animals for five years after four cats were repeatedly left unattended. Picture: RSPCA
A Lowestoft couple were banned from keeping animals for five years after four cats were repeatedly left unattended. Picture: RSPCA

It was later proven that the cats were left unattended on four occasions ranging from 24 hours to more than 48 hours.

RSPCA officers, who assessed the cats and fed them through the letterbox due to concerns they were not being fed, reported they were ripping sachets of cat food out of their hands on occasions, such was their desperation.

The court heard how conditions inside the property were poor, as it was 'dark and cold and there was mess everywhere', including three 'very soiled and dirty' litter trays.

The pets were taken to two new addresses by the couple but the RSPCA were able to prove that the cats were not being attended to and again, the conditions inside the properties were filthy.

The animals were seized by police and placed into RSPCA care, and have since been rehomed.

Driver, of Ragland Street, pleaded guilty to two animal welfare offences of failing to meet the needs of his two cats Sparkle and Marble, while Wildman, of High Street, also admitted two offences of failing to meet the needs of a further two cats called HJ and Shadow.

Both were sentenced at Great Yarmouth Magistrates Court last Tuesday, where they were also each fined £120 and ordered to pay £120 costs, alongside a £34 victim surcharge.

Pair jailed for drug dealing after raid

Rhys Shekleton, 30, and Glyn Shekleton, 24, were jailed after cocaine and cannabis were seized during a property raid.

Rhys Shekleton, from Barnet, and Glyn Shekleton, from Walthamstow, were sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court after the raid in Eye.

The pair were arrested in January after police raided a property in Cranley Green and seized drugs, cash and phones.

Glyn Shekleton (left) and Rhys Shekleton (right). Picture: Suffolk Constabulary
Glyn Shekleton (left) and Rhys Shekleton (right). Picture: Suffolk Constabulary

The men were charged with possession with intent to supply cannabis and cocaine, and with being concerned in the supply of cocaine, cannabis and ketamine.

Glyn Shekleton was also charged with possession of cannabis and cocaine, and with obstructing a police officer in the execution of their duty.

The defendants pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

Rhys Shekleton was handed a 42-month prison sentence, while Glyn Shekleton was jailed for 38 months.

Man who admitted stalking former partner avoids jail

Ben Roberts, 46, was handed a suspended sentence after stalking a former partner.

Roberts, of Dullingham Road, Newmarket, appeared at Ipswich Magistrates Court after previously pleading guilty to a charge of stalking without fear, alarm or distress.

It related to a single victim, Daylin Flavell, who had previously been in a relationship with Roberts between 2010 and 2020.

Ipswich Magistrates Court. Picture by Mark Westley
Ipswich Magistrates Court. Picture by Mark Westley

The court heard that, following their separation, Roberts began persistently calling and texting Mrs Flavell.

On some occasions, he would turn up at her work place in Newmarket and her home address to bang on the door and ring the doorbell.

Mrs Flavell said, in a statement read out in court: "Ben is a bully and will use anything in his power to exercise this abuse over me and my children."

Roberts was handed a 26-week sentence, discounted to 22 weeks and suspended for two years.

He was also made the subject of a restraining order for two years, and must wear an electronic monitor for 12 months to prevent him from contacting his victim.

Roberts was ordered to pay £700 in compensation to Mrs Flavell.

Convenience store owner fined for selling illegal tobacco

Ahmed Shokoulty, 36, was fined for selling illegal tobacco after around 2,000 cigarettes were seized from a store during a raid.

Shokoulty, proprietor of Town Mini Market in Lowestoft's Bevan Street East, appeared at Ipswich Magistrates Court after being charged with breaching tobacco packaging regulations.

It came after Suffolk Trading Standards received intelligence that Shokoulty was selling illicit tobacco at his store, and subsequently carried out a test purchase, during which illegal tobacco was sold to an undercover operative posing as a customer.

A Lowestoft shop owner was fined for selling illegal tobacco. Picture: Suffolk Trading Standards
A Lowestoft shop owner was fined for selling illegal tobacco. Picture: Suffolk Trading Standards

Following the sting, a raid was carried out by Suffolk Trading Standards in September 2021 as part of a national initiative in partnership with HMRC to tackle illegal tobacco - Operation CeCe.

This resulted in 2,000 cigarettes and more than 7kg of hand rolling tobacco being seized.

The seized tobacco did not comply with tobacco packaging regulations and contained health warnings which were not written in English, as well as the packaging itself being of an incorrect colour.

In total, Shokoulty was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay a £190 surcharge and £3,302.50 in costs.

Man jailed after spate of thefts across county

Thomas Ball, 22, was jailed for more than four months after a number of thefts across Suffolk.

Ball, of Clifford Road, pleaded guilty to theft at Ipswich Magistrates Court.

It came after an incident on January 13 when Ball stole multiple model railway items with an estimated total worth of £419 from Orwell Model Railways in the town.

Ipswich Magistrates Courts. Picture by Mark Westley
Ipswich Magistrates Courts. Picture by Mark Westley

He chose to work with Operation Converter, an initiative aimed at encouraging offenders to admit their crimes, and 17 further offences were revealed and taken into consideration.

These took place from December 26 2021 to June 1 2022 where a variety of items were stolen from shops across the county including Ipswich, Sudbury, Hadleigh, Aldeburgh and Felixstowe amounting to more than £2,000 worth of goods.

Items stolen included five Barbour jackets from a store in Aldeburgh and two pond pumps from Sudbury.

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