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A “nightmare” Worksop tenant has been evicted after a woman was found dead from a suspected drugs overdose at his council flat.

Housing officers found drugs paraphernalia, including used needles, when visiting Gregory Simmonite’s flat in the aftermath of the woman’s death on August 13.

Neighbours also complained about his abusive, threatening and disruptive behavior around the flat on Lancastrian Way.

Simmonite, aged 39, had moved into the ground floor flat in June 2016 and by the end of July,A1 Housing had received multiple complaints that an excessive number of visitors were calling at all hours of the day and night.

Many of were intoxicated and would congregate in the communal areas of the building. Further complaints were received when residents were subjected to verbal and sometimes racist abuse after asking visitors to reduce the noise levels. This was also escalated when Simmonite made threats to kill a resident when they confronted him about damage to their property.

A notice to formally end the tenancy was served on September 15 and, at the request of Simmonite, was considered by A1 Housing’s introductory tenancy appeals board on October 12 2016, which upheld the notice.

Earlier this month, a judge granted possession of the property to A1 Housing and Bassetlaw District Council at Mansfield County Court and also ordered Simmonite to pay costs of £491.75.

Don Spittlehouse, managing director for A1 Housing, said: “Officers of A1 Housing have provided numerous opportunities of help, advice and assistance to Mr Simmonite on how he can sustain his tenancy. However, he did not heed these warnings and in the interests of other residents of this community we have taken the most appropriate action.”

Councillor Julie Leigh, cabinet member for neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “Residents should not be subjected to a living nightmare at the hands of one individual.”

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A serial burglar was caught with 13 wraps of amphetamine strapped to his private parts when police arrested him for an attempted house raid.

Mark Wright confessed “it’s wizz, for my personal use”, when the packages, attached to his penis and testicles, were found.

It is believed he had used cellotape to hold the drugs in place and confessed he had been trying to hide them from his wife.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 43-year-old, who has served prison sentences for burglaries in the past, was arrested by police who caught him trying to break into a house at Close Street in Sunderland on August 25.

Prosecutor Neil Pallister told the court: “While in custody the defendant was subjected to a full body search and 13 wraps of white powder were found strapped to his penis and testicles.

“On them being discovered, he said ‘it is wizz, for personal use’.”

Wright, of Rosedale Street, Sunderland, admitted attempted burglary and possession of amphetamine.

Alec Burns, defending, said, despite Wright’s bad criminal record, he had found work since his last jail term and was staying away from trouble.

Mr Burns said: “He was taking amphetamine to allow him to work longer hours.

“He had to buy the drugs and got into debt.

“He was hiding the fact he was using drugs again from his wife, who would have stopped him had she known. ”

Mr Burns said the attempted break-in was a blip, not a sign Wright, who still has a job open to him, was going back to his “old ways”.

Mr Recorder Christopher Williams sentenced Wright, who has spent a month in custody on remand, to 15 months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with
rehabilitation requirements.

The judge said he accepted Wright had “done well” since his release from prison and told him: “I accept you are disappointed in yourself.

“It is in your hands now.”
Sunderland Echo

ONE OF Britain’s biggest criminals was convicted at the Old Bailey yesterday of taking part in a drugs deal which was foiled by an undercover police operation.

Joseph Pyle, 56, of Morden, south London, will be sentenced later together with Frank Tyson, 62, of no fixed address, who acted as a courier in the deal involving class A drugs.

Peter Gillett, 32, described as a pop singer and bit part actor, was also convicted of taking part in a drugs deal. Gillett, of Burgess Hill, West Sussex, who claimed to have been ‘adopted’ by Reggie Kray, the gangster, while serving six years for armed robbery in Parkhurst prison, was found guilty of dealing in class A drugs.

Pyle masterminded two deals involving heroin and a heroin substitute worth an estimated pounds 300,000, the court was told. The three will be sentenced next month.

A fourth defendant, Terence Plummer, 55, a stuntman, of Leatherhead, Surrey, was acquitted of being involved in drug dealing.

Detectives from the South-east Regional Crime Squad drugs wing uncovered the deal after an informer was approached by Pyle and asked about buyers for heroin. An undercover detective moved in posing as a buyer and Pyle was kept under surveillance despite the fact he practised anti- surveillance measures designed to throw police off his trail.

The jury were told how the first deal to buy pounds 25,000 worth of heroin went wrong when one of Pyle’s men could not open the boot of an unmarked police car in which the drug was supposed to be left.

Despite the failure Pyle was anxious to strike a deal with the undercover officer, named only as ‘Dave’ in court.

He offered to sell the officer thousands of ampoules of morphine sulphate and opium stolen from a Ministry of Defence consignment after the Gulf war. The drugs were used to relieve the pain of wounded soldiers.

Pyle arranged to meet ‘Dave’ at the Sheraton Skyline hotel, Heathrow, in July last year. Before the meeting he was seen by police surveillance officers meeting Gillett at Burgh Heath, in Surrey.

Switching surveillance to Gillett, police witnessed him driving to Brighton where he met Tyson. Both men then went to a lock-up garage where they were seen placing black plastic bags believed to contain the drugs into the car.

They drove to Heathrow where Pyle instructed them to leave it in the back of another unmarked police car. Pyle was paid pounds 14,000 and was arrested as he left the hotel room. Gillett and Tyson were arrested at a neighbouring hotel.

The convictions came at the end of two trials estimated to have cost nearly pounds 1m.

The first, at Southwark Crown Court, was aborted after three members of the jury said they had been offered money to return not guilty verdicts. When they refused they were threatened with violence. During the latest trial, jurors were given 24-hour police protection and armed police were in court.

As a result of the investigation detectives made the biggest police seizure of heroin in Britain: 40kg (88lbs), worth an estimated pounds 8m, were recovered from a warehouse in Wimbledon, south London, in August last year.

Detectives say they did not have enough evidence to link the haul to the defendants although the chemical composition is identical to that seized from a man working for Pyle when the first drug deal failed.

The Independent

GANGSTER Reggie Kray’s ‘adopted’ son Peter Gillett swallowed a bag of heroin when police searched the house he was in, a court heard.

Gillett, 43, of Apsley Close, Bewbush, admitted unlawful possession of controlled Class A drug heroin when he faced Crawley Magistrates Court.

He was found with 6.872grams of the substance when a search warrant was issued to investigate a property in Caburn Court, Southgate.

Gillett hastily swallowed a bag of heroin on the arrival of the police and a bag similar to that he swallowed was found close to his head after he collapsed on the floor.

Another was found in his hand after he arrived at hospital.

Katherine Travis, prosecuting, said: “He went into a coma and was unconscious for seven days.

“The heroin was cut with a number of other substances. The street value was approximately 250.”

Gillett, who has claimed in the past Kray befriended him during their time in prison together and has insisted Reggie “sort of adopted him”, has suffered permanent damage from swallowing the large quantity of drugs.

Geoff White, defending, said: “It is not clear how much he swallowed but it was enough to permanently damage him.

“He is now having difficulty walking and remembering and functioning at all.

“He has done irreparable damage to his nervous system. He has had substantial prison sentences in the past and while in prison he became addicted to controlled drugs. On his release he was heavily addicted.

“He has realised his addiction has taken him close to the end and he has resolved never to take drugs again.”

Gillett was given a conditional discharge for three years and was ordered to pay 70 costs.

Crawley Observer

A vandal who painted offensive graffiti on a random pub and house ‘has no idea’ why he did so.

Kieron Wright, 23, used black paint to daub slogans onto the wall of a house in Hylton Road, and the nearby Railway Tavern pub, Sunderland magistrates heard.

The court was told the properties were randomly selected, and had nothing to do with what was written on them.

Prosecutor Lee Poppett said: “This case concerns three offences of graffiti, for want of a better term.”

Mr Poppett said a rented property was defaced twice, on July 3, and July 7.

And on July 4, he repeated the offence on an outside wall of the Railway Tavern.

Mr Poppett added: “There is no suggestion that either of the premises were targeted in any way, or racially motivated in any way.

“Mr Wright has taken it upon himself to write on them in black paint.”

He was identified from CCTV footage and when police searched his house, they found a small amount of cannabis bush.

Wright, of Rosedale Street, Sunderland, admitted three counts of criminal damage, possession of cannabis, and breaching two conditional discharges.

He has 33 previous convictions for a total of 47 offences, five of which were criminal damage.

Tony Southwick, defending, said: “The second incident on July 7, he painted over what he had previously painted. He added a little bit extra.

“This was not targeted in any way. It’s not racially aggravated because he would not have known who the landlord was.

“He has no explanation as to why he has done this.

“He accepts that the small quantity of cannabis in the house was for his own personal use. He tells me it’s barely enough to make one joint.

“He was laid off from work in May and he uses cannabis more or less on a daily basis because he is bored.”

Wright was sentenced to a six-month community order with 10 days’ specified activity.

He was told to pay a £50 fine, and £110 in compensation.

Sunderland Echo

Well-educated Dominic Taylor, who hoped to become a pharmacist like his dad, is today behind bars after a ‘disgraceful’ stand off with police

Dominic Taylor, jailed for 22 months at Newcastle Crown Court

Dominic Taylor, jailed for 22 months at Newcastle Crown Court

A former soldier threatened to chop off a police dog’s head during a three-hour armed siege.

Knifeman Dominic Taylor sparked a tense stand-off with officers, in which the armed response unit and a negotiator were called to the scene.

A court heard the 24-year-old left school with three good A-levels and hoped to follow in his dad’s footsteps to become a pharmacist.

But his life went on a downward spiral after he split from his girlfriend, ending with him phoning police and threatening to harm himself with a machete.

Now Taylor has been jailed for 22 months at Newcastle Crown Court after he admitted possessing a bladed article and a public order offence.

Judge Edward Bindloss told him: “You are an intelligent young man who obtained three A-levels and joined the army.

“On May 20 the police got a call from you threatening to harm yourself and they attended your address where they found you with a large kitchen knife.

“You came outside and entered a public place with it and for the next three hours there was a stand-off with police, there were at least five officers and a police dog.

“You were shouting and swearing at the police and threatened to cut your throat and said you wanted money from your ex girlfriend.

“You stabbed a wall and threatened to chop the police dog’s head off.

“This was significant disruption in the street and members of the public were walking past, including children who saw this disgraceful stand-off.”

It was around 1.25pm on May 20 that police went to Taylor’s then-home on Shepherd Street, Sunderland.

He was in a rage, claiming his ex owed him £500 and said he wouldn’t put the knife down until he got his money.

Prosecutor Bridie Smurthwaite told the court: “The armed response unit attended and a negotiator tried to calm him down but without success.

“He continued shouting and swearing and stabbed the wall with the knife.

“He threatened to chop off the police dog’s head if it came near him.

“The defendant was finally detained after three hours when he sat on the path to put his dressing gown on.”

Taylor pleaded guilty to having a bladed article in public, a public order offence and breaching a previous suspended sentence.

The court heard he had never been in trouble before the beginning of this year when, amid the break up of his relationship, he damaged his ex partner’s car and was then given a suspended sentence for possession with intent to supply drugs.

Vic Laffey, defending, said Taylor had lost his partner and job within a few weeks and “the situation was spiralling down hill” but he has since found a new job.

Mr Laffey added: “His father is a pharmacist and he wanted to pursue that career but wont be able to now because of his convictions.”

Newcastle Chronicle

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The brother of an alleged murder victim has been jailed for possessing a hand gun and ammunition which police feared may have been used in a revenge attack.

Graham Bryden’s brother Jason died in a violent attack on 4 July in Kilmarnock.

Police raided the 45-year-old’s home in the town on 7 July following a tip-off and found a black Taurus revolver, ammunition and heroin worth £2,590.

Bryden was jailed for five years and eight months after he admitted possessing the gun, bullets and heroin.

Jailing Bryden at the High Court in Glasgow, judge Lord Burns told him: “I have no reason to suppose your possession of these items was in connection with the drugs operation you were conducting from your house.

‘Exact retribution’

“The possession of a gun and ammunition was in some marginal respect as a result of the assault on and death off your brother.”

The court heard that police raided Bryden’s home in Kilmarnock three days after his brother’s death.

Advocate depute Paul Brown, prosecuting, said: “Police were concerned about the prospect of an attempt by the accused to exact retribution on the men accused of committing this crime.

“There was further information available to the police that the accused was also dealing in drugs.”

The court heard that Bryden’s home was searched and the handgun was found on top of a cabinet in the kitchen, alongside a black zipped bag containing nine rounds of ammunition.

Nine wraps of heroin were found under a rug in the lounge and another in the tumble dryer.

Mr Brown told the court: “The revolver was in working order, but it was in a condition that could have been hazardous to the person firing it. In the opinion of expert it could case a potentially lethal injury if fired at a person.”

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