Former soldier guilty of racially aggravated assault on Costcutter shopkeeper

A former soldier has pleaded guilty to a charge of carrying out a racially aggravated assault on a shopkeeper at the Costcutter store in Patchway, reports the Bristol Post. Bristol magistrates heard that Ricky Thorne, 26, of Little Stoke, racially abused staff at the Patchway Roundabout convenience store before getting into a fight with the owner, Muhammad Imran Bashir. The

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Jail for Kestrel Close cannabis grower

A Patchway man who allowed his garage to be turned into a makeshift cannabis factory has been jailed for 15 months at Bristol Crown Court, reports the Evening Post. Paul Townsend, 36, of Kestrel Close, had been arrested after his garage caught fire in September last year. Firefighters attending the blaze alerted the police and Townsend subsequently admitted growing 34

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Labour Club thief picks up sentence for benefit fraud

A woman who picked up a suspended jail sentence for stealing £13,000 from Patchway Labour Club has escaped jail again after being convicted of benefit fraud. Hayley Toogood (formerly known as Hayley Wilkins) was yesterday handed a twelve week prison sentence, suspended for two years, for dishonestly claiming £3,490 in Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit between April 2010 and

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