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.
This is the terrifying moment a gun gang ambushed security guards in a 100,000 bank raid. Three masked men pounced at a branch of Santander in Walkden in the early hours of the morning. Footage shows how a G4S vehicle was parked in an alley at the side of the bank.
A distinctive Mini Cooper car, with the robbers on board is seen arriving in the street, as an innocent woman pedestrian walks by. One of two guards then alights from the van and starts to walk towards the entrance of the bank. The Mini pulls up at speed next to bollards near the pavement and the guard hurries towards the door of the bank, but one of gang springs from the car and tailgates him into the building.
The robber is then quickly followed by two others.
The armed men can be seen chasing the security guard into the bank
Once inside the building at the Ellesmere Shopping Centre in Bolton Road, one of the gang pressed a pistol into the guard s back after forcing him to lie on the floor. Within 30 seconds the gang emerge from the bank and drive off. One line of inquiry is that the gang had inside information.
As well as a handgun the gang were also armed with a machete. Their red Mini was later found abandoned behind a row of shops in nearby Sportside Avenue. The raid took place at around 1.20am on September 7th .
Neither of the cash couriers were injured but were left shocked by the ordeal. In recent weeks, Salford has also suffered another similar bank raid.
The distinctive Mini Cooper car used as a getaway car leaving the scene
Twelve days later – on Tuesday last week – two men escaped with 30,000 in another early morning bank raid in Salford. A guard was attacked outside the Royal Bank of Scotland in Mather Way, Pendleton, at the city s shopping centre.
The pair struck at 7.10am on September 19th and were armed with a crow bar.
Commenting on the Walkden raid,Sergeant Natasha Evans of GMP s Salford borough, said: This was a horrifying attack, which has left the victims extremely shaken.
Thankfully no-one was injured, but that doesn t excuse the terrifying ordeal that the victims had to endure at the hands of these violent men.
I would urge anyone that was in the area at the time of the robbery that thinks they might have seen anything that could help our investigation to please get in touch.
Visitors to the inaugural Scampton Airshow this coming weekend will have to pass through airport-style security checks on the way in. Following terrorist attacks including in Manchester, London, Barcelona, Paris and Nice, the security services and organisers of the show are leaving nothing to chance during the event on September 9 and 10. There will be several airport-style security scanners that visitors to the show will pass through on entry.
The current terror threat in the UK is classed as ‘severe’, which is the second highest of five after ‘critical’. But organisers say the precautions aim to ensure that the thousands of visitors expected at the show “feel safe”. An air show spokesman said: “Public safety is at the very heart of this air show and we are committed to making sure visitors feel safe at all times.
“A significant number of marshals will be highly visible at this year’s show with support from RAF personnel and Lincolnshire Police .
The team will all be engaging with visitors to ensure an enjoyable safe show for all.
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Lincolnshire Police and RAF police to deliver you a safe and enjoyable show.
“All visitors will enter an through an airport style security system; so please arrive in plenty of time to go through these processes.
“We actively encourage any visitors who see suspicious behaviour to report it to either the police or to speak with other show staff who will act on your information.
“The Scampton site benefits from a dedicated control area which has extensive CCTV which will be continuously monitored and recorded for your safety.
“We wish you all a safe and extremely enjoyable day.”