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Pensioner imprisoned for selling illicit tobacco

A 75-year-old Plymouth man has been sentenced to an 18-month custodial sentence, half to be served in prison, for selling illicit tobacco and evading £162,000 in duty. Patrick White, of … Continue reading

Bridgwater businessman sentenced for fraud

A Bridgwater businessman has been sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to carry out 200 hours community after pleading guilty to nine offences under … Continue reading

Somerset farmer fined for breaching animal ban

A Somerset farmer has been ordered to pay over £10,000 after being found guilty of breaching an order banning him from keeping animals. At Taunton Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 26 … Continue reading

Devon farmer avoids jail after breaching animal ban

A Devon farmer who was banned from keeping animals has narrowly avoided jail after admitting farming a flock of over 500 sheep. At Exeter Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 15 January, … Continue reading

Rogue handyman who defrauded pensioner given two year suspended sentence and told to pay over £13,000

A rogue handyman has been sentenced for fraud after charging a vulnerable pensioner £100,000 for gardening and maintenance work. At Taunton Crown Court on Wednesday 16 October, Thomas Samuel Godfrey, … Continue reading

Rogue handyman admits defrauding elderly lady over ‘years’

A rogue handyman has pleaded guilty to fraud after charging a vulnerable pensioner £100,000 for gardening and maintenance work. At Taunton Crown Court on Monday 16 September, Thomas Samuel Godfrey, … Continue reading

South Hams farmer banned from keeping animals

An Ugborough farmer has been banned from keeping animals after pleading guilty to animal welfare offences. William Luscombe, 61, of Stone Farm, Ugborough, South Hams, was sentenced on Tuesday 3 … Continue reading


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