54 people Jailed in January for crimes linked to Merseyside

These are the faces of 54 criminals jailed in January for crimes linked to Merseyside.

One judge had to deal with a serial woman abuser who took a knife to the neck of an innocent dog, while another sentenced a terrorist murderer who “executed” three people in a park.

A court heard about a convicted killer who battered his girlfriend when she threatened to falsely accused him of rape and a man who was part of a love triangle and stormed his former partner’s home.

Judges had to sentence two mums who glassed each other in a pub brawl caught on CCTV, which left both women scarred for life.

Meanwhile another court heard about a young man who groomed girls on Snapchat before subjecting them to sexual abuse, some of which the sick pervert filmed on his mobile phone.

And the drug boss who directed the torture and murder of a Liverpool dad in one of the most brutal killings in the history of this city was finally brought to justice.

Here is an overview of some of the most serious cases to have concluded this past month.

Steff Jones

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Steff Jones had sexual activity with a schoolgirl and was caught with indecent images of another child.

Police said the “dangerous” 19-year-old, of Marie Curie Avenue, Netherton, preyed on two teenage victims.

He was arrested on October 23, 2020, after one of the girls found the courage to report him to the police.

Jones admitted sexual activity with a child, who police said was 14, and possessing indecent images of another girl.

He was jailed for four years.

Arif Mian

Arif Mian poured hot liquid over an OAP for no reason leaving his victim with “extremely painful” burns to his back.

The 42-year-old gave the voluntary mental health patient, 65, superficial burns in an unprovoked assault on October 30, 2019.

Mian, of Belmont Road, Anfield, also punched two nurses, including a woman, and threatened to throw hot water and sugar over them.

The thug, who has 11 previous convictions for 31 offences, had been sectioned at Clock View Hospital in St Helens at the time.

On November 17, 2019 he called his family and threatened to petrol bomb relatives’ homes, including his mother-in-law’s house.

Mian admitted assault causing actual bodily harm, two common assaults, and malicious communications.

Psychiatrists said he had a mental disorder, but this didn’t impact on his ability to make decisions or lessen his culpability.

He was jailed for two years and two months.

Mark Cunningham

Mark Cunningham hurled racist abuse at a shopkeeper who refused to exchange items he had tampered with.

The 35-year-old entered the Shell Garage, on Linacre Lane in Bootle, at around 7pm on December 31, 2020.

When the store assistant denied his request, Cunningam approached the counter and tried to attack the victim.

He also hurled “disgusting racist abuse” and the shopkeeper retreated into a locked staff area and called police.

Officers arrested Cunningham, of Thornton Street, Bootle, who was convicted of racially aggravated fear or provocation of violence.

He was jailed for 14 weeks.

Akash Sondhi

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Akash Sondhi hacked into nearly 600 Snapchat accounts to force girls and women to send him “intimate images”.

The 27-year-old blackmailed his victims by threatening to expose existing sexual photos to their friends and family.

He targeted 573 people aged between 16 and 25 – including seven victims from Merseyside – from 2015 to 2020.

His victims included girls and women across the UK and around the globe, including Australia, Hong Kong and Romania.

But the pervert’s home in Hedingham Road, Chafford Hundred, Grays, Essex was raided by police on March 19, 2020.

Sondhi admitted a total of 65 offences including hacking, blackmail, and voyeurism.

He was jailed for 11 years.

Gareth Edwards

Sex offender Gareth Edwards was jailed but didn’t even see the inside of a cell before a judge bailed him.

He was handed a 16-week prison sentence after going to Center Parcs with a woman he was seeing and her three children.

The 30-year-old had also stayed over at her home on weekends, without telling her that he was a convicted sex offender.

Edwards, of St Monica’s Drive, Netherton, was previously sentenced in 2016 for inciting a female under 16 to engage in sexual activity.

He was handed a 16-week jail sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for seven years.

However, he admitted two breaches of his notification requirements, after meeting the woman online and worming his way into her family’s home in 2019, without revealing his disturbing past.

A district judge locked him up at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court, but immediately released him on bail, with a condition of residence, pending an appeal against the conviction.

Claire Byrne and Paula Breen

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Two mums glassed each other in a horrifying pub brawl which left both women with facial scars.

Claire Byrne, 35, launched an unprovoked attack on Paula Breen, 40, in an argument over a bar stool at The Clock in Kirkdale.

Byrne took a stool from the table where Breen was sitting, at the pub in Walton Road, at around 10.30pm, on January 10, 2020.

Shocking CCTV footage showed Breen approach Byrne, who suddenly and repeatedly hit her in the head with a wine bottle.

In “retaliation”, mum-of-one Breen then hurled a glass into a crowd of people, striking mum-of-three Byrne square in the head.

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Byrne followed Breen outside, where she glassed her in the face, then back in the pub hit Breen with a bottle, after she fell to the floor.

Both women admitted affray and a judge said their use of glasses and bottles as weapons was “incredibly serious” and merited prison.

Byrne, of St Alexander Close, Kirkdale, who had a past conviction for threatening behaviour and a caution for common assault, was jailed for 12 months.

Breen, of Craine Close, Anfield, who had no previous convictions, was jailed for 10 months.

Paul Chew

Serial drug driver Paul Chew was left “screaming in pain” after smashing into a van during a police chase.

He keeps getting behind the wheel, despite being banned from driving after demolishing a roundabout and speeding past police at 120mph.

The 33-year-old, who has been convicted of drug driving three times, was spotted by officers in Everton Valley, at 11.40pm, on June 27, 2020.

Chew sped off, hitting 50mph in 30mph Anfield Road, before he lost control and hit the van, and when police found him, he “smelled strongly of intoxicants and was screaming in pain”.

The results of a drugs test on this occasion were not returned, but Chew, of St Bernard’s Drive, Bootle, admitted dangerous driving, driving without insurance and driving whilst disqualified.

Chew, who has 11 past convictions for 24 offences, was jailed for eight months and banned from the road for three years after his release.

Connor Chapman

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“Nuisance” ASBO yob Connor Chapman went on the run but was found shacked up in a hotel with his girlfriend.

At just 20, he has 19 past convictions for 43 offences, is banned from parts of Wirral, and once sped away from police in a stolen Audi.

Chapman, formerly of Woodland Road, Birkenhead, was given 10 months in a young offenders institution on January 10, 2020 for possessing a bladed article, handling stolen goods, driving while disqualified and breaching a criminal behaviour order.

He was released from custody on June 11, with his licence due to expire on November 12, but by August 15 had “dropped off the radar”.

Prosecutors said a recall was issued on September 16 after he failed to return to a hostel in Great Howard Street in Liverpool city centre.

After three months at large, police traced him to a hotel in Holland Road, Wallasey, where he was arrested at 6.45am on December 9.

Chapman, who admitted remaining unlawfully at large, was recalled to serve the remainder of his sentence.

He was jailed for four months.

Lorraine Ennis

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Lorraine Ennis and Jacqueline Preston punched and kicked a taxi driver after aiming racist abuse at him.

Ennis hurled vile racist insults at Desmond Thabo as he drove her and Preston to an off licence in Knotty Ash late on October 18, 2019.

When he refused to continue the journey, Ennis punched him in the face, breaking his glasses, and both drunken women punched and kicked him as he lay on the ground, in the early hours of October 19, 2019.

Ennis, who had a previous conviction for a racist assault on a dog owner, even hit the taxi driver with an “unknown object”, cutting his head.

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The women, both aged 58, were found guilty of racially aggravated assault and found guilty following a trial.

Ennis, of Mardale Road, Huyton, who initiated the violence and called the victim the N-word, was locked up for 20 weeks.

Preston, of Blenheim Drive, Prescot, who was said to be “effectively of good character”, was handed a 16-week sentence, suspended for 12 months, with a 20-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement.

Dean Lockley

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Dean Lockley dragged a schoolgirl into woodlands and sexually assaulted her in an “unimaginable” and “terrifying” ordeal.

The 30-year-old targeted the teenager as she walked home from school along the Loop Line in Aintree, near Orrell Park, at around 4pm.

The dad-of-one tied and gagged his victim – using her school uniform – stripped her naked and molested her, then claimed he was “sorry”.

DNA linked him to the attack, near Helsby Road, on September 21, 2020, but Lockley, of no fixed address, denied any involvement.

Only after she identified him in a parade did he admit false imprisonment, sexual assault and causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

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Lockley, from the Aintree area, had no previous convictions for sexual offences, but a record for violence including robberies and assault.

The cowardly beast said he was too ashamed to attend his sentencing, because he didn’t want to listen to his horrific crimes laid bare.

He was sentenced in his absence, when Judge David Aubrey, QC, said his victim accepted she would die after he threatened to kill her.

Lockley was jailed for for 12 years, with an extended five years on licence.

Sam Gedd

Sam Gedd made fake profiles of his ex-girlfriend on a swingers website after she left him because of his dark past.

The victim, who the ECHO chose not to name, felt unable to leave her home alone after discovering numerous fake accounts had been created by Gedd in a “character assassination”.

Gedd, aka Sam Anderson, created multiple fake profiles using the woman’s details on Fab Swingers, plus dating apps Hily and Bumble.

He spitefully created the accounts after she broke up with him, having learned of his criminal past through the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS).

The 30-year-old, formerly of Bridge Street, Birkenhead, has eight previous convictions for 30 offences, including harassment, sending indecent messages and offences linked to creating fake profiles on websites of other victims.

Gedd, who admitted stalking his latest victim in late 2019 and early 2020, was jailed for three and a half years.

Anthony Foat, Connor Johnson and Daniel Starkey

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Cocaine dealer Anthony Foat was caught with a gun and bullets wrapped in a tea towel in his kitchen cupboard.

Police raided the 30-year-old’s flat in South Ferry Quay, Liverpool City Centre at 10am on November 9, 2020.

Hidden behind a wooden panel where spotlights were mounted was the converted Turkish blank pistol, a magazine and nine modified bullets.

Foat and his girlfriend, 19, were arrested but he admitted responsibility for the haul and she was released without charge.

He was previously caught bagging up cannabis with Connor Johnson, Daniel Starkey and others at a flat in Seaforth.

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Police went to Alexander House, in Sandy Road, when investigating an unrelated matter on February 16, 2018.

Officers discovered 3.3 kilos of cannabis, worth around £31,500, and half an ounce of cocaine, worth some £1,000.

Foat, formerly of Grange Mount, Oxton, Wirral, was caught with the gun when awaiting trial over the drugs offences.

He admitted possessing the gun and bullets, possessing cocaine and cannabis with intent to supply, and breach of bail.

Foat was jailed for six years and three months.

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Johnson, of Ellel Grove, Tuebrook, was also caught transporting cannabis in a car on West Derby Road on February 8, 2019.

The 27-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing cannabis with intent to supply and was jailed for 16 months.

Starkey was also sentenced for a 70mph motorbike chase in Liverpool city centre on Sunday, November 11, 2020.

The 23-year-old eventually crashed near roadworks on the Strand, hit railings and fled, but was caught by police.

Starkey, of Morecambe Street, Anfield, admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply, dangerous driving and driving while disqualified. He was jailed for 18 months.

Stephen Williams

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Stephen Williams broke his girlfriend’s neck after flying into a rage during an argument at his home in Hunts Cross.

The disgraced soldier tipped his partner Katherine Wilson out of bed when she decided to sleep in the spare room.

Later, he grabbed her by the throat and threw her to the floor, which caused her to smack her head on the bed frame.

Ms Wilson heard a large cracking sound of her neck, and felt “incredible and immediate pain,” which left her fearing the worst.

When informing Williams, 38, that she thought her neck was broken, the serviceman told her: “F*** off, don’t be stupid.”

He advised that she take painkillers and lie on the bed, before agreeing to drive Ms Wilson to hospital on August 8, 2020.

She had sustained a hyper-extension injury to her neck, or broken neck, referred to by prosecutors as a “hangman’s fracture”.

Ms Wilson had to wear a halo brace for five months, leaving her unable to drive, work, or perform simple daily tasks.

One month beforehand, Williams had similarly grabbed his girlfriend by the throat, for a few seconds, before leaving the address.

Williams, of Alderman Road, who was said to have 20 years “exemplary” service in the forces, admitted causing grievous bodily harm.

He was jailed for 14 months.

Khairi Saadallah

Khairi Saadallah who murdered a Liverpool teacher in a terror attack in Reading was jailed for life.

The 26-year-old murdered three men in a “swift, ruthless and brutal” knife attack on June 20, 2020.

Former King David High School teacher James Furlong, 36, was one of his victims in Forbury Gardens, Reading.

Saadallah shouted “Allahu akhbar” as he stabbed friends James, Dr David Wails, 49, and Joseph Ritchie-Bennett, 39.

Prosecutors said he “executed” each man with a single knife blow to the back of the head in less than 30 seconds.

Three other people – Stephen Young, 51, Patrick Edwards, 29, and Nishit Nisudan, 34 – were also injured in the rampage.

Saadallah then threw away the eight-inch knife and ran off, pursued by an off-duty police officer.

As he was detained, a Muslim member of the public told him: “You have nothing to do with Islam, b******.”

The failed Libyan asylum seeker, of Basingstoke Road, Reading, admitted three murders and three attempted murders.

Since arriving in Britain in 2012, he had been convicted of various offences including theft and assault.

Saadallah was given a whole-life term, meaning he will never be released.

James’ family previously said he was “the best son, brother, partner and friend we all could ever have wished for”.

John Harrington

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Pervert pensioner John Harrington followed two young children in Lidl as he exposed himself and performed a lewd act.

The children were doing Christmas shopping with their mum at the Southport supermarket when he followed them on an electric mobility scooter and looked the little girl “up and down” with his genitals exposed.

Their mum said the family were left “traumatised” and the young boy was “afraid the man was going to get him” after the 2019 incident.

The 75-year-old exposed himself to an 18-year-old student the next day at a bus stop and, after he was charged for those crimes, performed a sex act in front of an elderly dementia sufferer at a care home.

The creep had waited for a previous suspended sentence to expire before finding his victims and told police he “done it because he could”.

Harrington, of Albert Road, Southport, admitted two counts of breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO), imposed following a previous exposure, and three counts of exposure. He was jailed for eight months.

Merseyside Police said they did not have his mugshot as he attended a voluntary interview.

Stephen Maguire

Hammer thug Stephen Maguire threatened Sayers staff on Christmas eve.

The 49-year-old raided a bakery on Speke Road in Hunts Cross and demanded money on December 24, 2017.

He fled with fistfuls of cash, but wasn’t arrested until he was tracked down in Cheshire on December 8, 2020.

Police said his victims were left “incredibly shaken” by the incident, at around midday, just over three years ago.

One woman said she was forced to move stores, felt “very anxious and nervous” and underwent counselling.

Another victim told a court it had ruined her job and she was now “constantly on edge and hyper vigilant”.

Maguire, of East Dam Wood Road, Speke, admitted robbery and threatening a person with an offensive weapon.

He was jailed for five years and five months.

Jethro Hardy

Jethro Hardy teamed up with a fellow prisoner to ambush another inmate by launching a flying knee drop into his head.

He planned to mete out violence on Lukasz Solarz because his victim had issued threats a day earlier at HMP Altcourse, it was claimed.

Together with Dylan Smith, 27-year-old Hardy trapped their target and rained down punches and kicks on him, while he lay on the floor.

The attack happened on the upper landing of the Fazakerley jail, on June 20, 2019, when Mr Solarz was punched and fell to the deck.

Hardy, from Manchester, was seen to jump into the air and then land with his knees on Mr Solarz’s head.

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The victim sustained injuries to his face, a lump to his head and back pain.

Smith tried to restrain Hardy at the end of their attack, before Hardy returned to hurl abuse at the injured victim.

Hardy, a dad-of-one, of Fernclough Road, Manchester, had previously been locked up for seven years for an aggravated burglary.

He admitted assault causing actual bodily harm and breach of bail, after missing a hearing in August 2020, when Smith received 20 months in prison.

Hardy was jailed for two years,

Christopher Lane

Christopher Lane tried to burn down his ex partner’s house while she and her two children were still inside.

Emergency services were called to a home in Lever Street, Clock Face, St Helens, at around 4am, on May 18, 2020.

It followed a report that a car had been deliberately set alight, destroying the vehicle, and a front door torched and damaged.

Lane’s former girlfriend, who had tried to end a brief relationship with Lane, and her two young children were inside the home.

Fortunately no injuries were caused, but police said the woman was left extremely distressed and was threatened by Lane afterwards.

The 30-year-old, of no fixed address, but from the Whiston area, originally denied any wrongdoing – prolonged his victim’s ordeal.

On the second day of a trial he eventually admitted arson with intent to endanger life, witness intimidation and possessing cannabis.

Lane was jailed for 10 years.

Peter Wharton

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Peter Wharton was caught trying to hide £430 of heroin and crack cocaine up his sleeve.

A member of the public tipped off police that drug dealing was taking place in woodland next to Humphreys Close in Runcorn.

An officer visited the area on July 14, 2020 and saw 42-year-old Wharton, of Lowerson Road, Clubmoor, talking to another man.

Wharton and the man panicked, got inside a parked car and tried to drive away, only to be stopped by the officer and arrested.

The plastic package Wharton tried to conceal in his clothing contained 25 wraps of heroin and 18 wraps of crack cocaine.

Wharton, who also had £850 in cash, admitted two counts of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply.

He was jailed for four years.

Jason Lawlor

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Speeding driver Jason Lawlor killed a carer and left her disabled friend “fighting to walk again” for the second time in her life.

Lyndsey Green, 30, was sent spinning into the air after Lawlor “lost concentration” and hit speeds of 50mph as he drove along a 30mph stretch of West Derby Road in Kensington.

She was killed when the pair tried to cross the road, by its junction with Boundary Lane, to get a taxi at around 10.45pm on March 17, 2018.

Tragically, Ms Green had planned a night out that St Patrick’s Day to raise a toast in memory of her late mum, Mary Green.

Nicola Worrall, then 22, suffered devastating injuries to her head, abdomen and elbow, multiple broken bones, and spent months in rehab.

When challenged by a witness at the scene, Lawlor, of Doric Road, Stoneycroft, lied and tried to suggest that he wasn’t speeding.

He then claimed his victims had “run across the road” in his first police interview, but changed his story after CCTV footage proved they had walked at a normal pace.

Prosecutors said if the dad-of-two had been driving at a normal speed, he could have avoided the crash.

He was initially charged with causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving, but eventually admitted the lesser charge of causing death by careless driving, which was accepted by the Crown.

Lawlor was previously convicted of driving without due care and attention and speeding in 2015, when he ‘tailgated’ another car on the M62.

A judge accepted the Marks & Spencer team leader was genuinely remorseful but jailed him for nine months and banned him from the road for two years, beginning from the date of his release.

Ricky Hope

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Ricky Hope was caught red handed in a cocaine factory but claimed he was only selling the drug because of the coronavirus crisis.

Police found him lying under a blanket on a sofa during an early morning raid at a flat at the Churchill Mansions tower block in Runcorn town centre on Wednesday, October 14, 2020.

The 29-year-old told the officers “you’ll find what you’re looking for”, before they recovered 708 grams of the cutting agent boric acid, two hydraulic presses, a food blender, and various scales.

Firefighters were then called to cut their way into a large metal safe discovered in a cupboard.

Inside, officers found 162.5 grams of cocaine split into 262 deals, worth up to £13,810 on the street, plus £7,002 in cash.

Hope’s mobile phone contained text messages showing his involvement in supplying cocaine between May and July 2020.

The cocaine user told a judge he only started selling the drug after his job was put on hold and he left his family home.

Hope, of Caithness Court, Runcorn, admitted possessing cocaine with intent to supply and being concerned in its supply.

He was jailed for five years.

Anthony Cousins

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Anthony Cousins repeatedly stabbed a friend after a day-long cocaine and booze bender.

Dad-of-two Darren Nolan pleaded “stop stabbing me” and begged passers-by not to let him die as Cousins stood over him in the street.

When a neighbour intervened to save the victim, Cousins fled, only to return and spout lies about a gang of intruders being responsible.

Cousins, 32, of Ruskin Close, Bootle even claimed he tried to save Mr Nolan from ‘robbers’, who he alleged had stolen his Rolex watch.

He was set to stand trial for attempted murder over the June 5, 2020 attack, but admitted wounding with intent, which was accepted by the Crown.

Cousins had 27 previous convictions for 16 appearances, including offences of battery and criminal damage.

He was jailed for 11 years and eight months, with an extended four years on licence.

Anthony Cahill

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A gang ram raided a corner shop in a failed attempt to pull out a cash machine with a pick-up truck.

Four masked men broke into a crane hire business, then stole a Volkswagen Golf and a Ford Ranger truck from a car dealership, in the early hours of June 28, 2019.

The gang, including Anthony Cahill from Kirkby, then crashed the truck through the front of a Co-Op in Kilkhampton, Cornwall.

CCTV footage showed them attaching heavy-duty slings, stolen from the crane hire firm, to the cash machine and the truck.

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However, one of the slings snapped and they had to make do with only bottles of alcohol and a vaping kit from the store.

The break-in caused thousands of pounds worth of damage and the gang abandoned the Ford on their way back to Liverpool.

Cahill, 35, who denied all knowledge of the crimes when arrested and interviewed, was traced through CCTV and forensics.

He admitted conspiracy to commit burglary and was jailed for four years.

Three other suspects were also arrested, but later released without charge.

Carl Brown

Racist thug Carl Brown left a student partially blinded after punching him during a cocaine-fuelled bender.

Abdrabuh Albalawi required three operations – one of which included having part of his eye transplanted – as a result of his ordeal.

Brown walked up to Mr Albalawi near Tesco Express, at Mount Pleasant, on December 4, 2019 and said: “Where are you from?”

Mr Albalawi, who was in a hurry to return to a class at the Liverpool School of English Language, didn’t respond.

Brown, 27, then punched the victim in the face, causing Mr Albalawi’s glasses to shatter in his eyes as he fell to the ground.

Mr Albalawi now struggles with day-to-day activities and has been bullied due to his appearance.

Brown, of Cefndre, Wrexham, who has a previous conviction for being drunk and disorderly and a caution for battery, admitted grievous bodily harm and racially aggravated wounding.

He was jailed for 22 months.

Dominic Lyons

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Prolific shoplifter Dominic Lyons has been banned from nearly every shop in Runcorn after failing to learn his lesson.

The 26-year-old, of Fenwick Lane, Halton Lodge, is now only allowed to enter Runcorn Shopping City and the Premier Store in Halton Lodge.

Lyons was hit with a five-year Criminal Behaviour Order on April 10, 2019, which barred him from entering Asda and three Co-ops in the town.

Cheshire Police said Lyons was undeterred and his latest thefts included three raids at Aldi and Co-op branches in December and January.

CCTV captured all the offences and Lyons admitted three thefts and three breaches of his Criminal Behaviour Order.

He was jailed for six months and ordered to pay £128 in costs.

Kevin Dowling

Kevin Dowling had to be wrestled to the ground after throwing a knife at a member of the public.

Children were walking to a nearby primary school when the 53-year-old was seen running in the street at the junction of Oxton Road and Poulton Road in Wallasey, shouting, with a blade in each hand.

A brave witness, Martin Smith, chased Dowling and tried to disarm him, but the thug responded by throwing a knife at him.

Mr Smith grabbed him and detained him until police arrived – but not before he tried to trick his way out – on November 2, 2020.

Dowling, who claimed the knives had been used to cut cheese, later told officers he had been drinking apple cider until 3am the night before.

He said he had also “taken all his medication in one go”, which included Diazepam, Pregabalin, and antidepressants.

Dowling, of Liscard Road, Wallasey, admitted affray and two counts of possessing a blade in public.

He has 12 previous convictions for 14 offences, including two previous offences of carrying a blade.

Dowling was jailed for one year and three months.

Mark Thomas

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Mark Thomas hurled a brick at a police car outside Liverpool Crown Court – just four days into a three-year ban on entering the city centre.

He was given a Criminal Behaviour Order on January 8 for a variety of offences and complaints about his “aggressive and violent” behaviour.

The order imposed a personal no-go zone on the 29-year-old, stretching from Lime Street and St Johns Shopping Centre to Chavasse Park.

It included Derby Square, where Thomas was spotted throwing a brick at a police car parked outside the Queen Elizabeth II Law Courts on Tuesday, January 12 – just four days after receiving the order.

Thomas, from Bootle, was jailed for eight weeks.

John Phillips

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Predatory rapist John Phillips, who targeted children as young as three, was dragged back to court after a new victim came forward.

The paedophile groomed his victims by showering them with gifts and money, but also used violence and threats to keep them quiet.

He was previously locked up for 22 years in 2018, after being convicted of raping and sexually assaulting eight children.

But another man, who was repeatedly assaulted and raped by Phillips from the ages of three until around 14, did not feel able to come forward until after that case concluded.

Phillips was re-investigated by Cheshire Police and charged with nine counts of rape, some of which incorporated multiple incidents.

The now 50-year-old also faced one count of attempted rape, six counts of indecent assault, and two counts of indecency with a child.

Phillips, who lived in Winsford at the time of his first arrest, but who also has links with Widnes and Runcorn, admitted all of the offences.

He was handed a further seven years in jail – taking the total to 29 – of which he must serve at least two thirds behind bars.

Michael Trevillion

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Michael Trevillion told police he was feeling ill in order to escape from hospital.

The 41-year-old forced his way into a home in Court Hey Avenue, Huyton and snatched jewellery on Friday, December 11, 2020.

He was arrested a short time later and found to have also carried out an attempted burglary earlier that day, in Archway Road, Huyton.

Merseyside Police said Trevillion was taken to hospital, but escaped the following day, before being arrested again, just hours later.

Trevillion, of Barkbeth Road, Huyton, was convicted of burglary, attempted burglary and escape from lawful custody.

He was jailed for four years and four months.

Jonathan Doran

Jonathan Doran flew into a rage after finding another man in bed with his girlfriend.

The 35-year-old battered both victims and left them with black eyes and cuts after returning home earlier than planned.

Thomas Bates’ injuries included a bleed on the brain and a broken nose, while Rachael Frost suffered a two inch cut to her head and bruises.

Doran had been due to travel abroad on August 17, 2020, but returned to his Birkdale home to collect his passport and found the pair in bed.

Mr Bates later told police nothing romantic had happened, but couldn’t recall why he had removed his shirt after being invited in by Ms Frost following a night out, when she had been crying about her relationship.

Doran, of Canterbury Way, Netherton, said he was extremely remorseful and had lost his home, job and relationship as a result of the “red mist” descending when he “found another man half naked in bed with his partner”.

Doran was admitted two counts of wounding and was jailed for two and a half years.

Alan Reid

“Career criminal” Alan Reid was captured on camera while carrying a knife.

The 49-year-old was seen by CCTV operators acting suspiciously in Warrington town centre at around 3am, on January 2 this year.

Police were called out to Mersey Street and arrested the prolific thief at the scene, when he was found to have a blade in his pocket.

Reid was previously jailed for two years and eight months in February 2017 for carrying out a burglary when disguised with a wig.

He broke into a hotel in December 2016, smashed open gaming machines and a pool table with an axe, then stole around £1,200 of cash and alcohol.

This week Reid pleaded guilty to possessing a bladed article in public and was jailed for six months.

Toni Cross

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The discovery of a mobile phone SIM card busted a county lines heroin and crack cocaine ring known as the ‘Jay Jay’ line.

Detectives identified a Merseyside-based gang flogging Class A drugs across Barrow-in-Furness after arresting Toni Cross.

The 41-year-old driver and drug mule, of Coleus Close, Walton, was first collared by Merseyside Police on October 4, 2019.

Officers caught her with 55 wraps of crack cocaine, with an estimated street value of £550, and 44 wraps of heroin, worth £410.

She was later bailed, but Cumbria Police stopped her vehicle on Park Road, on the outskirts of Barrow, on November 26 that year.

They recovered a SIM card – the ‘Jay Jay’ line – used by dealers to communicate with their customers.

Cross was also carrying a kinder egg, which showed traces of heroin and crack cocaine.

She admitted supplying both drugs and was jailed for four years.

Heather McCarthy

Heather McCarthy lied to a judge about having a baby to avoid jail but was found out and sent to prison.

The 33-year-old was spared prison in November 2020 when she told a court she had a 10-month-old baby at home.

The fraudster was instead given an eight-month suspended sentence for stealing £7,700 from her employers to feed a cocaine habit.

Judge Paul Lawton said he took McCarthy at her word about the baby, not believing that anyone “would be so brazenly dishonest”.

But the same judge jailed her for eight months after McCarthy of Tewkesbury Close, West Derby, admitted being in contempt of court.

Judge Paul Lawton said: “It was an outrageous untruth in the face of the court, and it evidences a willingness by you to lie whatever the circumstances, and whatever the potential consequences.

“How you thought you would not be found out is beyond me.”

Graeme Hughes

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Knife wielding Graeme Hughes begged a female shopkeeper to let him go when she grabbed his hand.

The cocaine and heroin fuelled crook produced a blade at Best-One convenience store in Mill Lane, Wallasey.

But the woman – the wife of the shop owner – who was working alone stacking shelves, was having none of it.

Masked Hughes, who was holding a six-inch flick knife in his right hand, ordered: “Open the till and give me the money.”

Prosecutors said he took hold of his right hand and pushed him out of the door, as he was “pleading for her to let him go”.

Hughes, of Portland Court, New Brighton, fled in his own car after the botched raid, at around 1.25pm, on October 12, 2020.

The 55-year-old, who had 20 past convictions for 31 offences, was captured on CCTV and a witness noted his car registration.

Hughes, who admitted attempted robbery and possessing a knife in public, was jailed for three years and four months,

William Hesketh

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William Hesketh kept an astonishing arsenal of weapons at his home including a deadly gun under his bed.

The 58-year-old admitted eight firearms offences after his property in St Helens was raided by police in December 2019.

In an outside shed, officers found his large collection including 23 air rifles, 24 air pistols and 11 imitation firearms.

A total of 176 items were seized including axes, machetes and swords; flick, gravity, butterfly and zombie knives; a knuckle duster, brass bullet cases, ball bearings, and blank rounds of ammunition.

A search of Hesketh’s home in Mill Lane, Sutton Leach, found another prohibited firearm in a drawer under his bed.

This turned out to be a loaded Kimar Lady K 9mm PAK semi-automatic pistol – an illegal weapon converted from a blank firing gun.

A number of the weapons were held legally, but were also surrendered to police.

Hesketh, who also collected bizarre items including Lynx deodorants, said he kept the lethal gun “in case we were broken into”.

He said he had been a victim of a burglary in the past and “forgot it was there”.

Judge Stuart Driver reduced the mandatory minimum five-year jail sentence for the lethal gun because of “exceptional circumstances”.

Hesketh was jailed for three years.

Lee Knox

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Lee Knox directed the torture and murder of dad-of-one Joseph McKeever over a £900,000 cannabis importation plot gone wrong.

The 54-year-old victim’s battered body was found in the boot of a stolen Ford Focus, set ablaze on a field in Everton, late on June 15, 2017.

He had suffered two “shattered” kneecaps, broken eye sockets and ribs, brain damage, a crushed voice box, had bone chopped away from his jaw and was strangled at least twice with a ligature.

Knox, 43, formerly of Canal View, Melling, escaped to Spain within hours of the killing and spent nearly three years on the run until his arrest in Belfast in April 2020.

Murder victim Joseph McKeever
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Crying in court, he claimed that he was a “terrified” witness to the violence and fought to save Mr McKeever’s life by giving him CPR.

But a jury unanimously convicted the dad-of-two of false imprisonment and murder after a 17-day trial.

Knox had a criminal record including offering to supply crack cocaine and dealing ecstasy, possessing an offensive weapon, and battery.

Judge Andrew Menary, QC, “rejected completely” the killer’s claim that he tried to give his victim CPR and said the missing load was his cannabis, which he wrongly blamed Mr McKeever for failing to arrive in Liverpool after it was seized by customs.

Knox – the sixth person convicted in connection with Mr McKeever’s gruesome death – was jailed for life with a minimum of 30 years.

Victoria Webster

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Victoria Webster, who funded Islamist terrorism, contacted her extremist ‘husband’ from jail with a phone hidden in her bra.

Radicalised mum Webster and ex-wannabe WAG and model Amaani Noor sent around £50 each to a terrorist group in Syria.

Mum-of-two Webster, then 28, from Lancashire, admitted providing money for terrorism and inviting another person to do the same.

Noor, then 21, from Wavertree, who married a jihadist fighter, was found guilty of providing money for terrorism and locked up for 18 months.

When Webster was jailed for 17 months in December 2019, she claimed she was now “on a path to reform”.

But she had secretly ‘married’ Ricardo Langaigne aka Ricardo MacFarlane – an extremist thug linked to a roll call of British extremists, including Fusilier Lee Rigby’s murderer Michael Adebolajo.

Prison officers at HMP Styal searched Webster and another woman’s cell on July 29, 2020 and found Webster’s mobile phone.

She had used the device to contact Langaigne – who she claimed to have ‘married’ but not in British law – 301 times.

Webster, 29, formerly of Pine Street in Nelson, admitted possessing a mobile phone in and transmission of calls from prison.

She was jailed for eight months.

Connah Jenkinson, John O’Brien and Joseph McEwan

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The heartbroken family of Robert Beattie, who was set on fire in a brutal drug-related murder, described his killers as “inhumane”.

The 48-year-old was squirted with petrol by a hooded gang who knocked on his door in Skelmersdale before setting him ablaze.

Five men – two of whom are still at large – had travelled from Liverpool to West Lancashire to enforce their dominance of the local heroin and crack cocaine trade.

Mr Beattie, who was a drug user, was targeted at his home in Waverley, at around 12.30am, on September 26, 2019.

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He suffered terrible burns and fought to stay alive for the next two weeks, while sedated, but lost his battle.

Ringleader Connah Jenkinson, now 26, of Kremlin Drive, Tuebrook, was found guilty of murder and arson with intent to endanger life, the latter charge in connection with a separate attack earlier that evening.

His accomplices, John O’Brien, now 33, of Ingrave Road, Walton, and Joseph McEwan, now 19, of Damsire Close, Fazakerley, were cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter and the same arson attack.

Jenkinson and his recruits believed their “Ronnie and Reggie” mobile telephone line, used to peddle Class A drugs to addicts, was being usurped by a rival telephone line, nicknamed “Nathan”.

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The gang thought Mr Beattie was part of the competing dealing group and paid a visit to the town to “deter disloyalty,” prosecutors said.

Hours before targeting him, they also firebombed a separate home on Willow Hey, where they perceived rivals to live, but the occupants managed to escape.

Mr Beattie’s family condemned the three men for “laughing and joking” during the trial, which they said “showed little respect”.

Jenkinson was jailed for life, with a minimum of 30 years behind bars.

O’Brien and McEwan were handed sentences of 15 years and 13 years respectively.

Kevin McNeece

Kevin McNeece, 37, of Edgewell Drive, Childwall
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Kevin McNeece “destroyed” a man’s life by swindling his savings in a £215,000 scam.

The “devious” liar was a director at Barcode Tech Ltd, which traded in barcode printers from Wavertree Technology Park.

But the dad-of-three was also a “confidence trickster”, who stole more than £284,000 from four unsuspecting victims.

They included a solicitor, who broke down in tears when describing how his finances were left in ruins by the “disgrace” in the dock.

McNeece, 37, of Edgewell Drive, Childwall, convinced the man to invest some £215,000 in 2017 before he went to the police in 2018.

He failed to honour a repayment arrangement and also sent him texts and made phone calls, to try to get him to drop the complaint.

McNeece, who also ripped off suppliers at three different companies, didn’t have any previous convictions.

He admitted four counts of fraud and perverting the course of justice.

McNeece was jailed for four years.

David Lightfoot

David Lightfoot, 46, of Princes Road, Ellesmere Port

David Lightfoot was caught wearing a stolen watch and coat when taken to a police station.

The 46-year-old broke into three houses in one night, during the early hours of February 4, 2020, in the Ellesmere Port area.

He stole a car, wallet, watch, coat, iPad mini, mobile phone, laptop and bottles of Chanel perfume from properties in Yewdale Drive, Randle Meadow and Yeoman Way.

However, when identified and arrested at his home, he didn’t even take off the watch and coat he had taken from the home in Yeoman Way.

Lightfoot, of Princes Road, Ellesmere Port, admitted three counts of burglary, three counts of handling stolen goods and disqualified driving.

He was jailed for four years and three months.

Anthony Moss

Anthony Moss, 31, of the Bechers, Hough Green, Widnes
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Anthony Moss stormed his ex-partner’s home with his new girlfriend and attacked her with a bat.

Moss, 31, has two children with Gayle Smylie and one child with Kelly Featherstone and is said to have previously ‘two-timed’ the pair.

But after Miss Featherstone allegedly made controversial remarks about Smylie’s family online, Moss and Smylie invaded her property.

The 42-year-old was dragged into the living room of her Clock Face home, struck in the leg by Moss with a bat, and repeatedly hit by Smylie.

The victim threw a mug at Smylie to defend herself, but Smylie picked up a broken shard and held it towards her neck, on October 20, 2018.

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Moss, of the Bechers, Hough Green, Widnes, admitted common assault and unrelated offences of theft by employee, burglary and theft.

He stole goods worth £2,757 while working for DPD at Stonebridge Industrial Estate in December 2017, and a £25,000 Mercedes van after breaking into Swift Despatch at Huyton Business Park in December 2018.

Moss was jailed for 21 months. 

Mum-of-three Smylie, 29, formerly of the same address in Widnes but now of Huyton, admitted affray.

She received 12 months in jail, suspended for 18 months, with a 25-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement.

Jacob Bullen

Jacob Bullen, 26

Jacob Bullen stashed thousands of pounds worth of cocaine in his girlfriend’s fridge.

Police raided his partner’s property in Appleton Road, Walton on December 16 last year.

They found Bullen with two large blocks of the Class A drug, worth up to £50,000 in total.

One block was 77% pure cocaine and the other 23% pure cocaine, while there were also snap bags of other drugs.

The 26-year-old was already serving an eight-month suspended prison sentence for dealing cannabis.

Bullen admitted possessing cocaine with intent to supply and breaching his suspended sentence.

He was jailed for six years and eight months in total.

Matthew Gomez

Matthew Gomez, 23, of Crabtree Close, Netherley
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Matthew Gomez groomed a girl on Snapchat before meeting in woods near her home to sexually abuse her.

The then 20-year-old pretended to be 16 when he targeted two 13-year-old victims on the social media platform.

The paedophile sent the girls disgusting images of himself and asked them to provide him with sexual photos in return.

The now 23-year-old, of Crabtree Close, Netherley, secretly recorded photos of the children on his phone by using an iPad.

He later met up with one girl in Widnes, filmed her on his phone performing a sex act on him, then repeatedly asked for sex.

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But when she told him to stop because he was hurting her, Gomez called her a “d***head” and as he walked away, revealed that he had recorded her.

Gomez admitted three counts of possessing indecent images of children, featuring girls he had filmed on Snapchat, aged as young as eight.

He denied any other wrongdoing, but was found guilty after a trial of five sexual offences in respect of one 13-year-old girl, and two sexual offences in respect of a second girl, also aged 13.

Gomez was jailed for six and a half years.

Kelly Robertson

Kelly Jane Robertson, 45, from Birkenhead

Kelly Robertson smuggled drugs into Jersey inside Kinder eggs that were stuffed into a condom.

The 45-year-old, from Birkenhead, was stopped soon after she arrived off an EasyJet flight from Liverpool on August 8 last year.

She immediately admitted that she was concealing drugs internally, and later removed three Kinder eggs, which were wrapped in a condom.

In total, the plastic toy capsules contained 70g of cocaine, with a street value of up to £9,100 if it had been bulked up before selling, and a small amount of cannabis.

Robertson was in Jersey previously to attend her brother’s funeral, and while there met someone who offered her £3,500 to bring the drugs into the island at a later date.

The mum admitted possessing the drugs with intent to supply and was jailed for four and a half years.

Mark Collins

Mark Collins, 46, of Prenton Lane, Prenton,

Convicted killer Mark Collins left his girlfriend with a broken face in a fight over a false rape claim.

He threw a phone at his victim, who the ECHO chose not to name, punched her and bit her nose.

The 46-year-old left the woman with bruising on her brain and a deep cut to her face from the bite.

They were both drinking on July 14 last year when she began punching him and bit him on the wrist, then threatened to make the false allegation, before he launched the brutal assault.

Collins, of Prenton Lane, Prenton, has a previous conviction of manslaughter in 2010, when he was locked up for five years and five months.

On that occasion he stabbed a criminal associate, who turned up to his home with another man and dog to attack him, and the man later died.

Collins admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm against his girlfriend and was jailed for two years.

Andrew Cousins

Andrew Cousins, 30, of Kilkeel in Northern Ireland
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Andrew Cousins was caught with cocaine worth up to £500,000 hidden in the back of his lorry.

Police stopped the 30-year-old when he was driving a white Volvo HGV along Princess Way, outside Seaforth Dock.

Police dogs recovered five kilos of cocaine, thought to be destined for Northern Ireland, from a box in his trailer.

Cousins, of Kilkeel in Northern Ireland, admitted possessing cocaine with intent to supply over the November 13 incident.

The dad-of-two, who has one previous conviction for careless driving in 2019, said he was a cocaine addict struggling for cash to feed his habit and provide for his family when his work as a HGV driver dried up thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

He was jailed for six years.

Philip Strange

Philip Strange, 33, of North Road, St Helens

Philip Strange opened his door to a neighbour and then battered him with a pool cue.

The 33-year-old left Billy Joe Walsh partially blind after striking him with the cue at his St Helens’ flat.

Mr Walsh was also chased from the scene by Strange, as his face poured with blood, on June 21 last year.

The neighbours had argued about where Strange left rubbish at his rear door and a comment he made to Mr Walsh’s daughter.

The victim went round to Strange’s home in the early hours of the morning, but in the resulting incident suffered a dislocated eye lens and damage to his iris.

Strange, of North Road, who admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm, has previous convictions including battery, burglary and robbery.

He was jailed for two and a half years.

Adam Routledge

Adam Routledge, 36, of Stenhills Crescent, Runcorn.

Rogue builder Adam Routledge swindled tens of thousands of pounds from victims.

The 36-year-old, of Stenhills Crescent, Runcorn, targeted householders including the elderly in Manchester, Runcorn and Northwich.

He used faked documents and even a non-existent building inspector to aid his duplicitous schemes from 2016 to 2018.

Routledge admitted fraud and asked for two other frauds to be taken into consideration against him.

He was previously spared prison in December 2020 over banging a kitten against a wall in front of a child.

On that occasion he was sentenced to 14 weeks in jail, suspended for 12 months, for animal cruelty and driving matters. 

But this week Routledge was jailed for three years and nine months.

Liam Mooney

Liam Mooney, 30, of Chaucer Street, Bootle
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Liam Mooney burgled the homes of young families and women recovering from cancer. 

The 30-year-old, of Chaucer Street, Bootle, routinely took people’s credit cards to then commit fraud.

But he even stole a little boy’s piggy bank, containing money the child had saved to buy his family Christmas parents.

The spree, from August to December 2020, centred around properties in Sefton, some close to the crook’s own home.

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An eight-year-old boy whose piggy bank was taken repeatedly asked his mum afterwards: “Will the bad man come back?”

Meanwhile, a traumatised girl of the same age now has “nightmares of thieves breaking into our house and stealing her toys”.

Mooney admitted seven counts of burglary, five counts of fraud, one count of attempted burglary and dangerous driving.

The “third strike” burglar was jailed for seven years.

Joshua Edge

Joshua Edge, 27, stabbed a dog after it growled at him while he was rowing with his girlfriend. He also hit her over the head and punched her. He was jailed for 25 weeks and banned from keeping dogs for life.

Joshua Edge stabbed a dog when the pet started growling at him as he argued with his girlfriend.

He picked up a kitchen knife and slashed nine-year-old West Highland Terrier Alfie to the neck when he started barking.

Alfie was left with a “significant laceration and bleeding” but was treated by vets and has since recovered.

The 27-year-old had already hit his partner, Ellie Carr, over the head with a piece of gym equipment and later punched her in the face.

The pair had been together for 18 months when the incident took place on Boxing Day last year, at around 3am, following drinking.

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They argued in the street, Edge picked up gym equipment from a nearby garden and struck her in the head, causing a two inch cut.

When she returned to her Everton home at around 6am, Edge became abusive and then attacked Miss Carr’s mum’s dog.

Edge, of no fixed address, but formerly of Wavertree, has previous convictions for serious assaults on another former partner.

He admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, criminal damage, three counts of assault by beating, and possessing cannabis.

Edge was jailed for 25 weeks and banned from keeping dogs for life.

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