Man jailed for sexual assault and possession of extreme pornography – Wraysbury

Source: United Kingdom Thames Valley Police

Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police, a man has been jailed for sexual assault and possession of extreme pornography in Wraysbury.

Anthony Pledger, aged 44, of Percy Avenue, Ashford, Surrey, was jailed for three years at Reading Crown Court on Thursday (24/9).

He was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.

Following a four day trial, a jury found Pledger guilty of one count of sexual assault.

Pledger had already pleaded guilty to one count of possession of extreme pornography.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Ross Fleming said: “Anthony Pledger sexually assaulted the victim while she was sleeping in a house in Wraysbury in 2017.

“During the subsequent police investigation, a number of images were discovered on Pledger’s mobile phone which constituted extreme pornographic images.

The victim of the sexual assault has shown real courage to support the police investigation and court proceedings during which she had to give evidence about a traumatic incident that happened three years ago. She told the court that she did not give consent and Pledger had absolutely no right to touch her.

“I would like to thank the victim for the immense courage she is shown.

“I would also like to thank the witnesses who provided valuable information to the police during our investigation, and those witnesses who attended court to give evidence. Without these good people, the victim would may not have got justice and Pledger might not have been jailed.

“This case demonstrates Thames Valley Police’s commitment to taking all reports of sexual offences seriously. If you have been a victim of a sexual offence, no matter when it happened, please contact the police. You will be listened to and supported.”

JW

Coast Guard crew rescues 2 from Bodega Bay cliffside

Source: United States Coast Guard

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard rescued two men who were stranded on the side of a cliff near Bodega Bay Friday evening. 

Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders received notification from Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay who received a report from a friend of one of the men at 4:45 p.m. reporting that his friend’s vessel had capsized near Bodega Bay.

Watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew and a Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew.

At approximately 5 p.m., the MLB crew located the capsized vessel with the stranded men up on the rocky cliff area at the entrance of Estero de San Antonio river in Bodega Bay.

The Dolphin aircrew deployed a rescue swimmer, who hoisted the two men into the helicopter and transported them to Station Bodega Bay with no reported medical concerns.

“It was a great team effort by Coast Guard Sector San Francisco, Station Bodega Bay and Air Station San Francisco in executing the daring rescue,” said Cmdr. Paul Miller, search and rescue mission coordinator.

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UPDATED: Commissioner and Chief Inspector pay tribute to Sergeant Matt Ratana

Source: United Kingdom London Metropolitan Police

Statement from Commissioner Cressida Dick:

“Earlier today I said I would give more information about the terrible events of the early hours when I could. It is now my sad duty to confirm that our colleague who was killed was 54-year-old Matt Ratana, a custody sergeant.

“He joined the Met in 1991 and was captain of his recruit training class. Posted to Charing Cross and worked as a constable on the streets of the West End and Westminster in various roles. Later, he worked with the Territorial Support Group and in Hillingdon.

“In 2010 he worked as a sergeant in Hackney in the response team and in neighbourhoods. Five years later, in 2015, he moved to Croydon, where he worked in response, in neighbourhoods and then our detention command.

“In all, nearly 30 years spent as an uniformed officer serving the public of London.

“He was originally from Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, and educated, I believe, at Palmerston North Boys School, where he developed a passion for rugby.

“After Otago University, he came to London in 1989 and played for London Irish. He was a leader in his sport, well known as a player in several teams including the Met Police, and as a coach, most recently at East Grinstead.

“As a colleague, he was big in stature and big-hearted, a friendly, capable police officer. A lovely man, highly respected by officers and staff, and by the public, including suspects he arrested or dealt with in custody.

“He was very well known locally and will be remembered so fondly in Croydon, as well as in the Met and the rugby world.

“He leaves a partner and an adult son form a previous relationship. Our thoughts are with them.

“The suspect, a 23-year-old man, was arrested by regular patrolling local officers for possession of ammunition and possession of class B drugs with intent to supply in Pollards Hill, SW16, after a stop and search. He remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition.

“Our investigation is led by homicide investigators from the Specialist Crime Command. We are not treating it as a counter-terrorism incident. We are doing all we can to establish a motive for the murder.

“Having retrieved CCTV and body-worn video, the footage is being reviewed in detail and we are working closely with the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

“I understand the great concern about how this happened and we will establish the facts. We owe it to Matt, his loved ones and all other officers. But we need to give investigators space to do their job. Speculation at this time is unhelpful and may even harm our efforts.

“Every day, the Metropolitan Police arrest several hundred suspects, many of them violent criminals who pose a risk to the public.

“The safety of my officers is a top priority and very close to my heart. We are a large, professional, resilient, and very experienced police service. As we mourn the loss of a much-loved colleague, senselessly killed, be under no illusion that our resolve to protect the public and to tackle violent crime – whoever may be responsible for it – will be undiminished.”

Chief Inspector Phillip Palmer of Met Detention, said: “Matt was a very outgoing character, and a supportive and kind colleague. Anyone who met him warmed to him straight away.

“I met him on his first day on Met Detention two years ago, and he proved to be a very dedicated officer. He often worked his rest days and filled in at other custody suites across London.

“He was well known across the Met, across different communities and nationalities, touching the lives of many in a positive way. He will be sorely missed.”

Appeal to find teenager missing from Greenford

Source: United Kingdom London Metropolitan Police

Police are appealing for the public’s help to find missing teenager Nabeel Junaid, 17-years-old, from Greenford.

Nabeel was last seen on Tuesday, 22 September at 07.00hrs in Upminster.

He is approximately 5ft 4inches tall with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and shirt.

He is known to frequent the areas of Greenford and Upminster.

Detective Sergeant David Jelliman, from West Area Safeguarding, said: “Nabeel, if you are reading this you are not in trouble. We and your family just want to see you home safe and well, so please get in touch with us.

“I am asking the public to urgently contact us if they have seen Nabeel, or know of his whereabouts, on 101 quoting reference number 20MIS031954.” 

Harris County Woman Convicted of Drug Trafficking Violations

PLANO, Texas – A 38-year-old La Porte, Texas, woman has been convicted of federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox today.

Jennifer Lynn Culpepper was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine, following a three-day jury trial before U.S. District Judge Sean Jordan.

According to information presented in court, in September 2019, DEA, Dallas Enforcement Group One, began investigating a drug trafficking organization operating out of Houston and Dallas, Texas. This organization was responsible for distributing multi-kilogram quantities of methamphetamine. Anthony Rae Ruiz agreed with others to transport approximately nine kilograms of methamphetamine from Houston to Dallas and meet at a gas station in McKinney.  Members of DEA Enforcement Group One, the North Texas Criminal Interdiction Unit, and McKinney Police Department established surveillance at the location. Shortly after midnight on Sep. 19, 2019, Ruiz arrived at the gas station.  Ruiz exited his vehicle, removed a duffel bag containing methamphetamine from the trunk, and placed it in his backseat.

While in route to a second location to complete the deal, a traffic stop was conducted on Ruiz’s vehicle. Officers encountered Ruiz and Jennifer Lynn Culpepper. A canine officer alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle and police seized approximately 10 kilograms of methamphetamine from the car.

On Sep. 19, 2019, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration filed a criminal complaint against Ruiz  and J Culpepper.  The complaint charged them with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.  On August 21, 2020, following a guilty plea, Ruiz was sentenced to 292 months in federal prison for his role in the conspiracy.

Under federal statutes, Culpepper faces up to life in federal prison at sentencing. The maximum statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for information purposes, as the sentencing will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.

This case was investigated by the DEA Enforcement Group One, the North Texas Criminal Interdiction Unit, and the McKinney Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys from the Plano office.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ernest Gonzalez and Colleen Bloss.

 

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​Officers injured and arrests made during protest in Trafalgar Square and Hyde Park

Source: United Kingdom London Metropolitan Police

Sixteen people have been arrested today (Saturday, 26 September) during demonstrations in Trafalgar Square, which then moved towards Hyde Park.

Arrests were for a variety of offences including breaching Coronavirus regulations, assaulting a police officer, public order offences and violent disorder.

Sadly, nine police officers were also injured while policing the event. Two of which required hospital treatment for head injuries.

Following engagement by officers, the vast majority of crowds have now dispersed.

Commander Ade Adelekan, leading today’s police operation, said: “As the crowds began to swell in Trafalgar Square, it became impossible for people maintain social distancing and keep each other safe. Likewise, there appeared to be no efforts by organisers to engage with crowds and keep those assembling safe from transmitting the virus.

“This lack of action voided the risk assessment submitted by event organisers the night before. Therefore, today’s demonstration was no longer exempt from the Coronavirus regulations. In the interest of public safety, officers then worked quickly to disperse crowds. I am grateful to those members of the demonstration who listened to officers and went home.

“However, I am very frustrated to see that nine officers were injured during clashes with a small minority of protestors. This is especially saddening in light of the injuries sustained by officers last weekend. We will be supporting those officers who were injured and I wish them a very speedy recovery.

“Our policing operation will continue into the evening and I would urge everyone to keep each other safe by not gathering in large numbers and maintaining social distancing.” 

Update regarding investigation into murder of Sergeant Matt Ratana

Source: United Kingdom London Metropolitan Police

Detectives investigating the murder of Met Police Sergeant Matt Ratana have been working around the clock.

Police officers and police staff from across the Met are assisting the investigation into his murder, since it was launched by homicide investigators from the Specialist Crime Command yesterday, Friday 25 September.

These officers include forensic specialists, search teams and local officers.

Detectives are carrying out enquiries at four locations in both London and Surrey, where detailed searches are taking place. These locations are:

  • -Croydon Custody Centre, where the shooting occurred.
  • -An area of London Road, Pollards Hill where the suspect was initially arrested by officers.
  • -An address on Southbrook Road, Norbury.
  • -A second address on Park Road, Banstead, Surrey, where local police officers from Surrey Police are assisting.

Enquiries at these locations include rigorous forensic searches which are expected to take days to complete.

Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stuart Cundy, responsible for the investigation, said:

“Yesterday was a dark and sad day for the police family, and my thoughts are with Matt’s partner, his family and colleagues here in London and across the world at this terrible time.

“Everyone working on this investigation, from the forensic specialists to the local officers holding the cordons, does so with a heavy heart but a determination to find justice for our colleague and his family.

“Almost forty-eight hours into the investigation, we are pursuing various lines of enquiry and recovering evidence from the four crime scenes.

“We have recovered a gun from custody where Matt was shot, which is being forensically examined.

“We have CCTV of what happened in custody and body-worn video from police officers which is being carefully reviewed by investigators, and will be considered alongside the officer’s accounts.

“The suspect remains in hospital in a critical condition and due to his state we are not able to speak to him.

“Our murder investigation will seek to establish why Matt was shot. One of my priorities is to ensure any future criminal prosecution is not jeopardised. I know this is important to the public too and I’d ask for everyone not to speculate.

“I would like to reiterate that this a murder investigation and not a counter terrorism investigation.

“Finally, I’d like to thank everyone for your continued support which means so much to everyone who knew Matt.”

No other arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing.

​Second arrest in Mitcham murder investigation

Source: United Kingdom London Metropolitan Police

Detectives investigating the murder of Loeike Guei in Mitcham have made a second arrest.

On the evening of Thursday, 25 September, a 28-year-old man [B] was arrested on suspicion of murder and perverting the course of justice.

He remains in custody at a South London police station.

+ A man has been charged with the murder of Loeike Guei.

[A] Raphael Kokkinos, 33 (16.08.87) of Polworth Road, SW16 was charged on Friday, 25 September. He appeared in custody at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court later that day. He will appear at the Old Bailey on Tuesday, 27 September.

The body of Loeike, aged 23 from Thornton Heath, was found on Commonside East, Mitcham on Thursday, 17 September.

This investigation is led by homicide detectives from Specialist Crime.

Appeal to trace missing girl – Eynsham, Oxfordshire

Source: United Kingdom Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is appealing for the public’s help in tracing a girl who has gone missing from Eynsham.

Tenisha Pennington, aged 14, was last seen in Merton Court, in Eynsham, near Witney at around 8am on Wednesday (23/9).

Tenisha is white, 5ft 4ins tall and of a slim build. She has long, dark brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen dressed in a white top, black skirt and flat black shoes. She was carrying a dark coloured handbag.

It is believed Tenisha could also be in Bicester, Slough or Croydon in London. She could be travelling by train. 

Investigating officer, PC James Bremner, of Bicester Police station, said: “We are appealing for the public’s help to trace Tenisha, who was last seen on Wednesday.

“If you believe you have seen her, or have information on her whereabouts, please make contact with police.

“Anyone with information is asked to call Thames Valley Police on 101, quoting reference 43200298974.”

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Ronald Reagan, America Strike Groups conduct integrated operations in 7th Fleet

Source: United States Navy Pacific Fleet

PHILIPPINE SEA – The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and the America Expeditionary Strike Group joined forces, Sept. 25, to conduct Expeditionary Strike Force operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific.

The U.S. Navy-Marine Corps team are conducting a multitude of integrated, high-end warfighting exercises while forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

“Expeditionary Strike Force operations provide us an opportunity to build a team of teams to execute and enhance command and control of integrated forces in a complex maritime environment,” said Rear Adm. Fred Kacher, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 7. “Combining Navy and Marine Corps capabilities of the America Expeditionary Strike Group with the air power of this superbly led carrier strike group creates a more lethal and flexible force than either of our strike groups could ever be alone.”

While operating a number of ships and aircraft together, the “blue-green team” will reinforce battle readiness and interoperability through a series of operations. The Expeditionary Strike Force will conduct evolutions including aviation integration through tactical air control and deck landing qualifications, live-fire training in the Mariana Islands Range Complex, naval surface fire support from cruisers USS Shiloh (CG 67) and USS Antietam (CG 54), and long range tactical recovery of personnel and aircraft missions. These operations allow our Navy and Marine Corps forces to increase their ability to respond to threats, deter hostilities and maintain stability in the Indo-Pacific.

“Versatility is the foundation of the forward-deployed naval forces combat credibility, and the Ronald Reagan Strike Group is excited for this opportunity to hone our skills alongside the America Expeditionary Strike Group in this complex exercise,” said Rear Adm. George Wikoff, commander, Carrier Strike Group 5. “Integrated naval operations in the Western Pacific demonstrates U.S. commitment to our regional allies and partners, support for international stability and security, and the ability to rapidly respond to any challenge.”

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) is the flagship of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5, which includes Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and guided-missile cruisers USS Shiloh (CG 67) and USS Antietam (CG 54).

USS America (LHA 6) is the flagship of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, which includes Commander, Amphibious Squadron 11, dock landing ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18), landing support dock ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).

The 31st MEU is the only permanently forward-deployed MEU in the world and provides a flexible and lethal crisis response force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations. The selective and timely commitment of the U.S. Marines has, on many occasions, served to comfort those in need or restore peace and stability where necessary.

“The Navy and Marine Corps has long maintained forward-postured forces afloat and ashore. This forward posture maintains alliances, enforces international norms, and deters aggression,” said Col. Michael Nakonieczny, commanding officer of the 31st MEU. “The integration of the Expeditionary Strike Group with the Carrier Strike Group is an example of how the Navy and Marine Corps team can enable the naval force to partner, persist, and operate forward as a naval expeditionary force-in readiness.”

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and America Expeditionary Strike Group with the embarked 31st MEU are forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific. U.S. 7th Fleet is the largest numbered fleet in the world, and with the help of 35 other maritime-nation allies and partners, the U.S. Navy has operated in the Indo-Pacific region for more than 70 years, providing credible, ready forces to help preserve peace and prevent conflict.