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August 31, 2020 4.13 pm

Behind bars: Lincolnshire criminals locked up in August

Including a drug gang jailed for over half a century

A county lines drug gang, a man described as a “vile rapist”, and a pensioner who admitted a series of historic sex offences against young girls were among the Lincolnshire criminals jailed in August.

Here’s a round up of significant cases resulting in prison sentences in the county from The Lincolnite and Lincolnshire Reporter:


County lines drug gang

Jordan West, Leslie Aytoun, Craig Owen, Lisa Michaelson, Trevor Willoughby and Dean Hall have all been jailed. Photo: Humberside Police

Six members of an organised crime group operating in Grimsby were jailed for a combined total of 20 years after a complex investigation into county lines drug supply and dealing.

Five others were sentenced in June this year, giving a total for all 11 members of 56 years and seven months behind bars. A twelfth member of the group will be sentenced at a later date.

Scott Hendry, Andres Vassou, Jamie Shaw, Reece Navarro and Lee Healey are all behind bars. Photo: Humberside Police

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Henry Froggatt

Henry Froggatt was sentenced to 14 years and 10 months in jail. Photo: Humberside Police

A man described as a “vile rapist” has been jailed for over 14 years after viciously attacking and raping a woman in Grimsby. Henry Froggatt, 25, was sentenced to 10 years and 10 months in prison, with an extra four years added on as he has been classed as a dangerous offender.

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John Baldwin

John Baldwin admitted to numerous child sex offences in court. Photo: Lincolnshire Police

A pensioner who admitted a series of historic sex offences against young girls was jailed for ten and a half years. John Baldwin, 78, from Pinchbeck was told he had caused “immense harm” to his two victims.

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Eduard Atanansov

Eduard Atanansov will serve eight years in prison for the stabbing in 2019. Photo: Lincolnshire Police

Bulgarian man Eduard Atanansov, 27, who stabbed another man in the stomach during a street fight in Boston, was jailed for eight years.

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Steven Lea and Gary Cartwright

Steven Lea (left) and Gary Cartwright (right) will be jailed for a combined six years and one month. Photo: Lincolnshire Police

A masked man armed with an axe was overpowered when he tried to rob a Louth shop. Steven Lea was jailed for four years and getaway driver Gary Cartwright was put behind bars for two years and one month.

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Jack Nicholls

Jack Nicholls, 25, has been jailed for over three years. Photo: Lincolnshire Police

Jack Nicholls, 25, from Lincoln was jailed for three years and three months for downloading more than 12,000 images of child abuse images, some of which were downloaded while on bail.

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Daniel Sleeth

He has 23 previous convictions to his name. Photo: Humberside Police

Daniel Sleeth, 39, who has 23 previous convictions, was jailed for an extra three years and four months after admitting to more burglaries and thefts.

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Charlie Ledbury

*No photograph available

Grimsby man Charlie Ledbury, 21, was jailed for two years and three months after causing a crash that resulted in the death of a woman near Cadwell Park.

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Murray Knox

Murray Knox, 23, was jailed for two years. Photo: Lincolnshire Police

Banned 23-year-old driver Murray Knox, who rammed a police car and spat at an officer after a 100mph pursuit out of Boston, was jailed for two years.

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Martin Twist

Martin Twist, 41, stole £15,000 from a 79-year-old client. Photo: Lincolnshire Police

Gardener Martin Twist, 41, was jailed for 18 months after stealing thousands of pounds from an elderly client who trusted him to look after her finances.

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Roger Hicks

Roger Hicks, 58, used a chatroom to chat to what he believed to be teenage girls. Photo: Lincolnshire Police

Married dad Roger Hicks, 58, was jailed for 16 months after being caught talking to teenage girls by a paedophile sting set up by the Metropolitan Police.

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Colin Merritt

Colin Merritt, 52, has been jailed for 16 months. Photo: Lincolnshire Police

Colin Merritt, 52, from Sleaford, threatened to kill his estranged wife and daughter with a meat cleaver and was jailed for 16 months.

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Kevin Baker

Kevin Baker was jailed for 15 months. Photo: Lincolnshire Police

A banned motorist who drove at 80mph in a bid to evade police was jailed. Kevin Baker, 31, who was over the limit and had no licence or insurance, was jailed for 15 months.

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Violent Grantham gang

Tyler Haynes (top left), Jake Deakin (top right), Jack Gaskin (bottom left), and Daniel Pattison (bottom right) will serve jail for numerous assaults. Photo: Lincolnshire Police

Four men from Grantham were jailed for between 12 and 22 months each after multiple incidents of overnight violence on an evening rampage.

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Roger Barnes

Robert Barnes has been jailed for another 12 months. Photo: Lincolnshire Police

An intruder from Spalding, who had only just been released from prison after attempting to burgle a war hero, has been jailed again for entering a home with a knife. Robert Barnes, 29, was sentenced to a further 12 months back behind bars.

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Matthew Verity

Matthew Verity was jailed for two years. Photo: Lincolnshire Police

A registered sex offender, who was jailed last summer after being caught by a paedophile hunter, is now back behind bars for breaching a court order by deleting dating apps from his phone. Matthew Verity, 42, was jailed for eight months.

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Charlie Gray

*No photograph of the defendant available from police

A transit van driver ran down a woman leaving her with horrific injuries then tried to escape blame by telling police his vehicle had been stolen. Charlie Gray, 26, was jailed for six months and 23-year-old Casey Dent was left with lifelong injuries.

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