A 31-year-old man has been charged with a number of offences including causing death by dangerous driving following a fatal road traffic collision in Grimsby.
Anton Watson from Bowers Avenue, Grimsby has been charged with six offences including death by dangerous driving, failing to report an accident, failing to stop, failing to provide a specimen for analysis, and driving while disqualified and without the correct insurance.
It follows an incident reported to us on Scartho Road on the night of Saturday 7 December just before midnight. A man was found seriously injured in the street who sadly later died in hospital.
Anton Watson is due to appear at Grimsby Magistrates Court today.
The deceased man, who was a pedestrian, has been named by his family as Mark Andrew Batty, 41, from Grimsby. Mr Batty’s family are being supported by officers.
We would like to thank everyone who has helped with our appeal so far, but we’re still appealing to anyone who might have seen what happened, might have CCTV or dash cam footage, or who saw a red Ford Focus in the area around the time to contact us.
Declan William Kelly (25) of Second Avenue in Grimsby appeared at Grimsby Magistrates Court on Monday 14 October charged with seven offences.
He was charged with four burglaries (a burglary on Weelsby Street and three burglaries on Duke Street, Grimsby all on 4 October 2019), one case of fraud by false representation, theft of a motor vehicle and two motoring offences.
Declan Kelly was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Grimsby Crown Court on 11 November 2019.
*Three men who we arrested in connection with this have now been charged with drugs offences.
Hong Pham, 50, Tuan Pham, 29, and Quang Ho, 48 all of no fixed abode have been charged with being concerned in the production of a controlled drug, namely cannabis.
They are due before Grimsby Magistrates Court today Wednesday 31 July.*
Three men have been arrested after a suspected cannabis grow with an estimated street value of between £2.5million and £4 million was uncovered by our officers.
Our teams carried out a warrant at the premises in an industrial unit in Park Farm Road, Scunthorpe, on Sunday, 28 July.
Detective Inspector Kerry Bull said: “This premises has been converted into an industrial sized professional cannabis grow.
“I believe that there are in excess of 15,000 plants in various stages of cultivation.
“Our forensic teams and specially trained search officers are working on site to secure evidence and remove the plants and equipment for destruction.
“We will continue to identify and close down these operations and bring to justice those involved in the production and supply of controlled drugs which we know can bring misery to our communities.”
If you have concerns about drug-related crime and antisocial behaviour in your area, please call our non-emergency 101 line or, if you would rather not give your name, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
Reports of commercial burglaries in North East Lincolnshire have fallen by 62% following a number of key arrests and convictions in the area.
Five of the men responsible are already behind bars, having admitted being involved in breaking into premises in Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Immingham, ranging from DIY stores to pubs.
Two more have been handed suspended prison sentences and another three have been charged with offences and are due to go before the courts in the coming weeks.
Detective Sergeant Tom Kelly said: “When you run a business you put your heart and soul into it, as well as your time and money, so when someone breaks in and steals from you or causes damage, it can have a real impact.
“We know that and that’s why we’re so pleased to have caught so many of those responsible for these kind of offences and put them before the courts.
“It’s often a small number of people who are responsible for the majority of crime reported to us, so when we are able to successfully prosecute those people it has a big impact – as the 62% fall in reported incidents shows.”
The latest to appear before the courts was ‘career criminal’ Dean Bellamy, 33, of no fixed abode, who was jailed for two years on Friday, July 12, after admitting to burglaries at Lees’ furniture shop and B&Q in Grimsby.
Others who have appeared before the courts include:
Christian Willoughby, 37, of Salacon Way, Grimsby, was jailed for two-and-a-half years after admitting burglary, fraud, stealing a car, three theft offences, driving while banned and without insurance.
Shaun Parker, 30, of St Peter’s Avenue, Cleethorpes, was jailed for 36 weeks and order to pay a £115 Victim’s Surcharge after admitting breaking into a St Peter’s Avenue food store on April 19 with intent to steal, breaking into a DIY store off Peaks Parkway and stealing drills on November 30 and December 1, as well as four counts of shop theft.
Liam James, 26, of Duncombe Street, Grimsby, was jailed for three months after admitting attempted theft from a hostel and criminal damage on April 23.
Michael Winchester, 33, of no fixed abode, was jailed for eight weeks and ordered to pay a £115 Victim’s Surcharge after admitting stealing perfume from a store in Freshney Place on February 19, along with six further counts of shop theft.
Shane Edwards, 30, of Grafton Street, Grimsby, is charged with breaking into a social club on March 24. He was jailed for 12 weeks, suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to undertake a six month course of treatment for alcohol dependency and complete a 12 day rehabilitation activity requirement.
Sean Bunce, 38, of Elsenham Road, Grimsby, was jailed for 15 weeks, suspended for 12 months after admitting to breaking into a Grimsby pub and stealing cash. He was also ordered to pay a £85 costs and a £115 Victim’s Surcharge.
The three men yet to appear before the courts are:
Mark Gibson, 37, of no fixed abode is due to go on trial before Grimsby Crown Court on Monday, September 9, charged with breaking into an optician’s and stealing glasses to the value of £600 on Tuesday, June 18. Benjamin Tuck, of Kings Street, Market Rasen, is charged with breaking into a store in west St Mary’s Gate during the night of April 28. He is bailed to appear before Grimsby Magistrates Court on August 1. Stefan James, 30, of Sherwood Road, Grimsby, is charged with going equipped to steal on Tuesday, June 18. He is bailed to appear before Grimsby Magistrates Court on Tuesday, August 6.
Sgt Kelly added: “Another important aspect of our work is long-term problem solving. Often those who commit these kind of offences are doing it to try and fund an addiction, so by working with them and other agencies such as local health services and the council, to address these issues you can reduce the risk of them reoffending in future.
“We have also been doing a lot of work with businesses to help them reduce their risk of being targeted by burglars.
“Our officers have been visiting firms across the area to offer help and advice and, while we can’t get to everyone personally, we want to spread the word to as many firms as possible to help prevent others being targeted.