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A gang have admitted robbing a security van and trying to steal cashpoint machines from two Coop stores in Devon. The group targeted free standing ATM machines which are often placed close to the doors and windows of larger Coop shops. They broke into the stores at Dartmouth and Paignton and tried to use Land Rovers or vans to drag the machines out of the building.
The men were caught on CCTV as their attempts ended in failure and they were forced to flee without the ATMs or the cash they contained in the raids at Dartmouth and Cherry Brook, Paignton. A pair of brothers from Liverpool, who took part in the raids, went on to hold up a security van in Brixham in May last year and snatch 14,000.
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The six men all admitted playing some part in the series of raids, which sparked a major police operation last year. Jonny Vaughan, aged 21, of Lyme Grove, Liverpool; Robin Vaughan Junior, aged 27, of Huyton and Peter Atkinson, aged 18, of Scotchbarn Lane, Prescot, Merseyside all admitted conspiracy to rob a G4S security guard of 14,000 in Brixham in May 2016.
James Brewer, aged 35, of Brookwood Street, Liverpool, Ian Harris, aged 36, of Hele Road, Torquay; Frederick Pearce, aged 53, of Quinbrookes, Slough; Robin and Jonny Vaughan, all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle. Judge Erik Salomonsen adjourned sentence at Exeter Crown Court until Friday of next week and released Harris and Pearce on bail. Lee Bremridge, for Harris, said his only involvement was helping to supply a VW Golf, a Land Rover, and a white van which were used in the Cherry Brook burglary.
Emily Pitts, for Pearce, said her client is currently working with addiction specialists to address a past problem with heroin and may be suitable for a drug rehabilitation order.
Tarquin McCalla, for Robin Vaughan Junior, said his client had only been involved in the robbery as a driver and had not agreed to the use of weapons or unnecessary violence.
A police officer from the Cornwall force has walked free from court despite admitting child sex offences committed over the course of six years. Jonathan Fulcher, 34, pleaded guilty to three counts of making a total of 290 indecent images of a child between June 2010 and October 2016 and has now lost his job as a serving officer. He also pleaded guilty to possession of ammunition without a firearm certificate.
But Fulcher walked free from Exeter Crown Court where he was handed an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years. He was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO), and placed on the sex offenders register. Fulcher was a serving police officer when the offences were committed but was suspended at the start of the criminal investigation.
The Daily Mail1 reports that he was snared in an online chat room by US Homeland Security officials posing as a 13-year-old girl attracted to men in uniform . A police raid on his home found screenshots of six other girls who he had met in chatrooms, including one who had called herself Jailbait but charges were dropped because it was decided it would be impossible to prove the girls in the pictures were under 16.
A Special Case Hearing was held before Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer in July this year where he was dismissed from the police service without notice.
After the case Assistant Chief Constable Russ Middleton said: “Jonathan Fulcher has acted in a wholly inappropriate and criminal manner for which he has been sentenced at court today.
“As soon as these allegations came to light, Fulcher was suspended from duty and a full investigation launched . He has now been dismissed from the police service.
” Devon and Cornwall Police2 expects the highest ethical and professional conduct from all officers and staff operating within the Force, and robustly investigates misconduct and allegations of criminal offences.
“The vast majority of our staff demonstrate commitment on a daily basis to these professional standards and the Force’s obligation to instill public confidence in the police service.
“Fulcher’s actions have fallen well below these standards and his behaviour has let the police service and the public down.”
Fulcher, of Crediton, Devon, was serving in Exeter at the time .
He was spared an immediate jail term after a court heard he suffered from bipolar disorder meaning he felt ‘invincible’ and was more prone to risk taking behaviour.
A hospital security guard has revealed how he gave up family meals for four years and stuck to a strict diet of oats, protein shakes and vegetables to win a top bodybuilding prize – and get the girls! Alex Rainey, 24, said he took up bodybuilding aged 20 when he saw his older brother was getting all the girls – and he’s made a lot of sacrifices along the way. Alex, who was named Mr Plymouth 2017 at the weekend, has put in years of training around working 12 hour shifts at the hospital – and was stunned to win the prize.
He said: I can t really find words I m still so overwhelmed . At the moment I m just letting my victory do the talking but I m just so, so happy.
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Alex has been training four times a week since he decided to take up bodybuilding, reports plymouthherald1 . He said: I only really got into bodybuilding after my older brother started training and I was seeing he was getting all of the girls.
I didn t take it seriously at first but then I joined Flex aged 20 and the older guys saw potential in me . It was really then that I started to visualise what I wanted to look like and I started working on my body.
You really have to train on a regular basis, and then you have to practice your posing, because in the shows you re tensing for a long time.
It s mathematical and scientific, I guess, because the judges are looking for perfect symmetry with your body.
People hear I do 12-hour shifts and say wow that s a lot , but I think Arnold Schwarzenegger put it perfectly: You have 24 hours a day and 6 hours for sleep . That leaves you with 18 hours to do what you have to do.
So after work I train and then it s a case of food, sleep and repeat.
You can really do anything if you put your mind to it. While Mr Rainey has a tough training regime, he says that the strict diet is the key to success, with his largely consisting of oats, protein shakes, vegetables and water.
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He added: Once I figured out how to train it really became about diet I can t stress how important it is.
I had to live like a monk . I could only eat certain things at certain times and you can t do things like sit down and eat with your family.
But it s all worth it with achievements like this, it s a massive accomplishment. After years of sacrifice was put in to winning his award, Mr Rainey revealed that he treated himself to an amazing blow out meal and it s something that dreams are made of.
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When I finished the show and I took some photos with my friends and family, I had the biggest cheat meal, he said.
I had two large Big Tasty meals, a toffee coffee and some personally-made donuts filled with chocolate and Oreos and much more that my missus made.
Honestly, it was like dipping my hands in gold dust.
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Now he s won the award, Mr Plymouth 2017 plans to take a year out before going even harder again in late 2018 where is aiming to compete in some more competitions. He said: I want to spend some time with my family now, because that s the most important thing to me .
There is no point having success if you can t celebrate it with the people you love.
But next year I ll be back and I ll take it up a notch.
What I like about body building is the fact that it challenges you .
It s like a test for me and a toughening up experience.
The way I see it is that you re a block of ice, and you re just trying to chisel it into the perfect mould.