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Major Crime Unit reach 3,000 years of sentencing's

24 Jan 2018

Offenders who have committed some of the most serious and horrendous crimes across Beds, Cambs and Herts have together been locked away for more than 3,000 years since tri-force collaboration of the Major Crime Unit in April 2012.

Detective Superintendent Jo Walker leads the unit and said: “Seeking justice for victims and their families is at the heart of what we do. The mix of skills and specialist knowledge of our staff and officers on the unit allow us to track down offenders and build cases to bring them before the court.”

A short video showing a snapshot of the types of investigations the BCH MCU deal with can be seen here.

D.Supt Walker continued: “It is not only the work of my officers and staff who play a part in dealing with these investigations. We work closely with colleagues and partners in many different departments across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire to deliver justice and reassure our communities.”

The tri-force unit is made up of more than 100 detectives and 70 staff who investigate all major crimes across the three counties. The offences they deal with include murder, manslaughter, stranger rape and kidnap and extortion as well as cold case (historic) offences. At any one time the teams are investigating up to 50 cases across the three forces.

The sentencing of four men to 100 years in prison in total for a shooting in Hertfordshire took the total to more than 3,000 years.

The Major Crime Unit reached 2,000 years of sentencing in December 2015. These are some of the operations which have been investigated since that time:

On 4 January 2016 Atul Shah was found dead in his flat in Luton. In September 2016 one man received a life sentence with a minimum tariff of 30 years, another was sentenced to life with a minimum of 26 years. A woman was given an 18 month sentence for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and 12 months for conspiracy to burgle to run consecutively.

In July 2016 a man was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 23 years for murdering 13 month old Noah Serra-Morrison in Luton. The boy’s mother was sentenced to six and half years for causing or allowing his death and cruelty by wilful neglect.

In April 2017 a man was sentenced to five years for the manslaughter of his friend Mark Munday who died from a single punch during an argument in a Bedford pub.

In June 2017 six men were sentenced to a total of more than 60 years in connection with a kidnap which occurred in Luton in June 2016.

In September 2017 a Bedfordshire police officer was sentenced to 18 months in prison for blackmail and 18 months for Misconduct in a Public Office to run concurrently. At the Court of Appeal in November his sentenced was increased to three years for each count to run concurrently.

In October 2017 a woman was given a life sentence and ordered to serve a minimum of 22 years for murdering her sister in Luton.

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