Crime & the Law

Man jailed for illegal monkey trading and other crime stories

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Human Langur monkey Image: © Yann Forget / Wikimedia Commons, GFDL.

A man has been jailed for trading illegal items such as monkey heads.

Daniel Stocks from Kingkerswell, Devon had been using his legal business selling artificial shrunken heads to sell items including stuffed monkey paws, pickled lizards, macaque skulls and langur monkeys.

The court heard that Stocks was discovered after a chameleon specimen was found addressed to him from Philadelphia.

He did not have the right license to import the lizard.

His house was consequently searched and many other illegal specimens were found.

He said that he did not know that he was breaking the law.

The court imposed a sentence of six months imprisonment.

Member of crime group jailed after seizure of pink cocaine


A man has been jailed after smuggling liquid pink cocaine from Barbardos.

The drug was in liquid form and was found after border enforcement officers at Gatwick Airport examined the containers and found the substance tested positive for cocaine.

Investigators found 26 Kilos of the drug with a street value of £2 million.

The cylinders were emptied, refilled with sand and sent to continue their journey to Wanstead, North London.

When 54 year old Errol Watson attempted to retrieve the cocaine, police overheard his conversation with a contact in Barbados explaining that the drugs had gone missing.

Police arrested Watson and he has since been sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Three men and teenage boy arrested after police officers in Hackney threatened with firearms


Police officers were threatened when patrolling Hackney on the 16th of January.

They’d pulled up next to what they thought was a suspicious vehicle.

The Met Police say the passengers fled and as the officers approached, the driver threatened them with a gun.

The Met say the driver said he was going to shoot.

Armed police pursued the vehicle finding weapons inside.

But the assailant managed to escape.

Three men, aged between 20 and 22, and a fifteen year old youth have been arrested for possession of a firearm with intent to cause violence, and suspicion of assisting an offender.

Metropolitan Police appeal for witnesses after man falls from Waterloo Bridge


The Met Police say the man, who was in his twenties, fell from Waterloo bridge on the 17th of January.

The London Ambulance Service treated him for injuries sustained when he fell onto the Thames side walkway.

He remains in hopital and his condition is described as critical.

No arrests have been made but police are appealing for any information about the incident and for witnesses to come forward.


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