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Operation Venetic – 26 year sentence for commercial scale drug dealer at the hub of major conspiracies

A man from Bath who organised the supply of at least £3 million worth of cocaine to the South West and boasted to his contacts that his gun had “a silencer…the whole shebang” has been jailed for 26 years. Romaine Hyman, 30, previously of Portland Place, Bath, was found guilty of 18 offences at Bristol…
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Man who crossed the country to fulfil online plans to sexually abuse a child jailed

An Essex man who travelled to Chippenham with the intention of sexually abusing a young girl has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison. Pawel Suszczynski, 28, formerly of Stirling Close, Rainham, Essex, pleaded guilty in December to arranging or facilitating commission of a child sex offence and distributing indecent photographs of children and was…
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Appeal to find two men suspected of supplying drugs and firearms in the south west

Police are appealing for information about the whereabouts of two men wanted in connection with an investigation into large-scale drugs supply, firearms offences, and money laundering in the south west. Christopher Barbosa, 29, from Sea Mills in Bristol is charged with conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine and money laundering. Billy Foster, 33, from Oldland…
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New C4 documentary follows covert police human trafficking investigation in the South West

A brand new Channel 4 documentary series launching tonight (19 July) gives viewers a rare insight into the covert police tactics used by the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (SW ROCU) as they investigate a human trafficking gang making huge profits exploiting vulnerable women as sex workers in Cheltenham. Filmed over three years, with…
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Two jailed for people smuggling conspiracy

Two people have been jailed for their roles in conspiring to smuggle eight Albanian migrants into the UK in a small boat following an investigation by the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (SW ROCU). James Wisbey, 55, formerly of West Hoe, Plymouth, was the skipper of the yacht, which got stranded off the coast…
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Cyber team named Industry Champion for work in region’s schools and colleges

Pictured is Protect, Prevent and Prepare Officer Ben Johns (right) receiving the Industry Champion award from NCSC’s Chris Ensor A team’s work to encourage young people across the South West to develop their cyber skills – while ensuring they stay above the law – has earned them the title of Cyber Schools Hub Industry Champion…
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