Thursday, 1 May 2014

A Long Eaton man who downloaded 40,000 indecent images of children has escaped prison because a judge took pity on him. Vernon Gonsalves,34, of Kedlestone Close admitted possessing the images after police raided his Long Eaton home. Derby Crown Court was told on April 11th how Gonsalves had looked after his ill mother for the last 23 years and was her sole carer. Judge John Pini QC gave him a three-year community order with supervision. He was also ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work and was handed a sex offenders prevention order for five years.

A young girl was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre, in Nottingham, for treatment after being involved in a collision. The incident occurred at around 7.15pm on April 9th. The 11year old girl who collided with a Suzuki Alton in Bosworth Way, Long Eaton, suffered a minor head injury and was released from hospitasl the same evening

Police are appealing for witnesses after burglars stole items including jewellery from a house in Long Eaton. The offenders broke into the Beresford Road property through a window after forcing open a side gate. Cash, cards and bags were stolen from the house along with jewellery including a silver Gucci watch, a gold chain with a pearl pendant and a necklace with blue and off-white pearls that belonged to the victim’s mother. The break-in happened between 4pm on Friday, March 21st and 6.30am on Sunday, March 23rd.
Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information relating to the burglary to call them on 101. You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Burglars who broke into a chalet at Trent Lock drank beer and ate food, before making off with cash a barbecue, fishing equipment and a Draper saw. They gained entry by breaking a window. The chalet owner reported the incident on March 26th but had not been to the property since February 7th. Anyone with information should call 101.

A Long Eaton woman who appeared at Nottingham Magistrates Court pleaded guilty to two benefits offences. The court heard that Melanie Scott, 40, failed to notify Erewash Council and the Department for Work and Pensions about a change in circumstances in that she was living with a man. She claimed housing and council tax benefit between January 9, 2012, and August 20, 2013. She also received income support between January 3, 2012, and August 20, 2013. Scott was given a community order with supervision from the probation service for six months and was ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge.

A Sandiacre man has appeared before Derby Crown Court charged with causing actual bodily harm. The court heard that while Mitchell Robinson had been drinking in Long Eaton on the night of January 26th he pushed another man to the ground and punched him causing a fractured left eye socket and severe bruising. Robinson, 20, of Regent Street, Sandiacre, who played for Long Eaton United's first team, pleaded guilty and was given a 16-week prison sentence, suspended for a year. He must also carry out 180 hours of unpaid work and pay his victim £850.