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Hull Daily Mail - Friday 3rd April 2009.

CCTV of attack by Ben Cockayne.

Ben Cockayne and Steven Hayward assaulting Kiel Thompson.

The CCTV footage showed the shocking attack carried out by Hull Kingston Rovers star Ben Cockayne on a man during a night out. The footage clearly shows Cockayne repeatedly punching and kicking 21-year-old Kiel Thompson in the head as he is prone on the floor. At one point, Cockayne lifts his victim's head up and savagely kicks him in the head again. Others try to pull Cockayne away, but he keeps coming back. The brutal attack took place in the West Yorkshire town of Normanton on November 10, 2007. Cockayne, 25, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, along with his co-accused, 20-year-old Steven Hayward. Judge Alistair McCallum yesterday sentenced Cockayne to 12 months in prison, but suspended it for two years. Hayward was given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.


BBC News - Mon 19th July 2010

CCTV studied after Hull football fan violence in York

Police are studying CCTV footage to try to identify football fans involved in disorder in York. St Helen's Square was closed off on Saturday after violence erupted among Hull City fans before their team's pre-season friendly against York City. A 36-year-old man from York has been charged with using threatening language or behaviour and will appear at York Magistrates' Court on 28 July. Three other men were arrested on suspicion of disorder offences. Two of those men were released on bail and the third was given a fixed penalty for disorder. The Archbishop of York and the leader of Hull City Council have condemned those involved in the violence. Police in riot gear and dog units contained the group of 40 to 50 Hull fans inside the Lendal Cellars pub, where the trouble first flared. Two hours later the police escorted the group to the railway station where they were put on a train back to Hull.


BBC News - Sunday 10th October 2010.

CCTV released of Hull attack suspects.

Police have released CCTV footage of two men they want to speak to after an assault in Hull which left a man needing plastic surgery. The 22-year-old victim and his wife were leaving the Crow's Nest pub on Douglas Road when two men became abusive to them at the main entrance. Police said one man grabbed the victim while the second hit him. He has had plastic surgery for cuts to his face. No one has been arrested since the attack at about 2300 BST on 22 July. Anyone with information is asked to contact Humberside Police.


BBC News - Mon 25th October 2010.

CCTV released after nine sex attacks in Hull.

Police investigating nine sex assaults committed against women and girls in Hull have released CCTV of a man they want to trace. Humberside Police said the victims, who were aged between 14 and 22, were attacked between 17 and 23 October. They were all approached by a man on a bicycle who indecently assaulted them before cycling away. Detectives are linking the attacks and want to speak to a man captured on CCTV on the city's Osborne Street. The man involved in the incidents is described as aged between 35 and 45 and about 5ft 8in tall. He is believed to be balding with scruffy looking dark brown hair. Anyone with information is asked to contact Humberside Police. Det Insp Aiden Clark said: "These offences have been deeply upsetting for victims and are being taken very seriously by Humberside Police. "We are keen to identify the man featured on the CCTV as soon as possible so he can assist us with inquiries."


Hull Daily Mail - Wednesday 30th March 2011.

Residents hope CCTV will cut crime in West Hull street.

Long suffering residents in a West Hull street hope new CCTV cameras will reduce crime in the area. Aylesford Street, off Airlie Street, has been blighted by antisocial behaviour over the years. Between July 17 and November 8 last year, there were 33 arson attacks on empty homes, wheelie bins and rubbish. There have also been problems with unruly behaviour and theft in the street, next to the old Boulevard Stadium. Now, the CCTV camera has been installed to combat the problems.

Resident Evelyn Blackburn, 70, has been campaigning to improve the street for years. She said: "Myself and fellow resident Kay Chadwick have been campaigning of different issues since 2002. "We have fought tooth and nail to get CCTV and we have had great help from our local councilors, the fire service and the police. The big problem is absentee landlords who have left properties empty. We had also been looking forward to regeneration. Many were hoping to have moved out by now but that won't happen for a while".

"It is disheartening, but we do have some people from eastern Europe who have moved in and are brilliant."

Mrs Blackburn's husband Trevor, 76, believes the house prices have plummeted in recent years due to the area's problems.

He said: "The council had offered to buy our home for over £50,000 for regeneration, but it is probably worth nearer £28,000 to 30,000. We have been here for 48 years and these were little palaces when we first moved in. "But landlords bought up the homes and rented out to less desirable people." Phil Leake, of Humberside Fire and Rescue, chaired the Arson Task Force which helped fund the camera. He said: "We had some issues in the area with fires being set alight. "We managed to secure funding to install the camera which will be used to identify those setting things alight and also those fly-tipping. "It will also act as a deterrent and allay the fears of residents." Jeremy Wong, of estate agent Cody's, believes the area has deteriorated over the years. He said: "It is quite an awful place at the moment. It is very deprived and full of empty properties. "The street needs council of Government intervention."


Hull Daily Mail - Monday 18th April 2011.

Beer thief caught with illegal CS gas spray is spared jail

SERIAL OFFENDER: James Mercer stole lager worth £10. A CRIMINAL caught with an illegal CS gas spray after stealing beer from a shop has been spared jail. James Mercer, 19, was caught with the illegal spray in his pocket after he stole a £10 crate of lager from a newsagent's in east Hull. Hull Crown Court heard Mercer was captured on CCTV and when police went to arrest him a month later, they found the CS spray in his pocket. Although he claimed initially the thief on the CCTV footage from McColls Newsagents in Greenwich Avenue was not him, he later pleaded guilty at Hull Crown Court to theft and to possessing a prohibited weapon. Mercer, of Annandale Road, east Hull, has 30 previous convictions for breaching an antisocial behaviour order, animal cruelty, theft, handling stolen goods and dishonesty. Sentencing him to a 12-month community order, Judge Jeremy Baker QC warned Mercer he faces being locked up if he does not comply with the order. He said: "You have an unfortunate list of previous convictions that aggravates the situation and you couldn't complain if this court decided to impose an immediate custodial sentence in relation to these matters. "However, I accept you have pleaded guilty and, in all the circumstances, the court can just hold back from imposing a custodial sentence." Mercer was jailed last June for breaching a court order after he caused unnecessary suffering to two pet dogs. He and his mother, Kerry, were banned from keeping animals for 15 years after leaving their dogs under-fed and with serious skin conditions. Archie, an elderly Terrier cross, and Morgan, a two-year-old German Shepherd, were both seriously underweight and had infections. Archie also had untreated arthritis. Both have now been rehomed.


Hull Daily Mail - Tuesday 10th May 2011.

Ram-raid thieves take £6,000 bikes from Hull cycle shop

​Thieves used a stolen car to ram-raid Hull’s oldest cycle shop before taking bikes worth £6,000. A Volkswagen Caravelle was ploughed into the back of Cliff Pratt Cycle Shop in Spring Bank, central Hull. Ian Bolton, who has owned the shop for more than 30 years, said: “I am thoroughly browned off, as you can imagine. “It has caused a real mess. There is an enormous hole in the back of the shop. “Three bikes were stolen. We have estimated the damage at between £8,000 and £10,000. The back of the shop will have to be rebuilt.” Shortly before the raid in the early hours of Friday, the car was stolen from outside a house in Cottingham. Thieves had broken into a house and stole a handbag containing the car keys. CCTV captured the moment the car was driven into the shop. It has been handed to police, although the footage is grainy, according to Mr Bolton. He said: “About 12 years ago, we had a motorbike deliberately driven into the shop. After that incident, we had steel doors fitted and bollards put in the pavement to try to stop future ram-raiders. “But they have smashed the doors to bits. It must have been one hell of a force.” Mr Bolton said the shop has remained open, although there has been disruption. He said: “We have had to patch it up as best we can until the insurers pay out. The gas has had to be switched off. “I have been busy ringing the insurers. Obviously, I would prefer to be busy selling bikes.” A spokesman for Humberside Police said: “Between 11pm on Thursday and 2.45am on Friday, offenders entered a property in Dunswell Road, Cottingham, via an insecure patio door, while the occupants were asleep. “The offenders then stole various items, including a black Compaq laptop and a Hotter handbag and its contents. “The keys for a silver Volkswagen Caravelle were also taken and used to steal the vehicle. “The VW was then used in a ram-raid at Cliff Pratt cycle shop in Spring Bank between 2.45am and 3.24am on the Friday.” The Volkswagen Caravelle was found abandoned in Thorpepark Road, Orchard Park, a few hours later


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