Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Local criminal caught - and slapped on wrist

Some news reaches me about a local criminal, who committed offences on Scrubs Lane, being picked up after spending a break in Jamaica.

On 18th February officers from Hammersmith & Fulham Wanted Persons Unit boarded a flight at Gatwick Airport to arrest an unsuspecting passenger who had committed offences on Scrubs Lane.

Reon Whyte was returning from a break in Jamaica with a group of friends. He was positively identified on board by officers and arrested for drug related offences. After spending the night at Gatwick Police Station he was transported to West London Magistrates Court. Whyte aged 27-years from Janson Close, NW10 was given a 2-year conditional discharge for Possession of Cannabis.

Detective Inspector Sarah Gray who heads the unit said, "This sends out a stark message to those who fail to appear at court or on Police bail that we will use all resources at our disposal to bring offenders before the courts. It is the responsibility of each individual to surrender to bail"

I wouldn't call a conditional discharge a "stark message", more a gentle tap on the wrist, but well done anyway.

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