Arrest made over grave vandalism
A RUISLIP drug dealer is behind bars after being caught out when he asked for a tissue to wipe his nose.
Ross Tomlinson, of Queens Walk, was convicted at Isleworth Crown Court last Wednesday (November 25) of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and sentenced to three and a half years in jail.
The court heard how on March 19 this year, police officers were patrolling Hunters Hill in Ruislip where they saw Tomlinson walking towards them.
After spotting the officers, the 25-year-old dropped a white bag and ran in the opposite direction.
Police chased and caught him but found nothing on him. At this point, Tomlinson asked the officers if he could take out a packet of tissues from his pocket to wipe his nose. He started to search his pockets for tissues but could not find any.
Meanwhile, other officers were hunting for the suspicious bag Tomlinson had discarded earlier. It was found close to where Tomlinson was first spotted and inside they found 40 wraps of cocaine.
Tomlinson denied it belonged to him, however next to the bag officers also found a packet of pocket tissues.
Officers searched Tomlinson’s home where POLICE have arrested a man on suspicion of causing criminal damage to the ANZAC war graves in Harefield.
News that somebody had sprayed the First World War graves with blue paint at St Mary’s Church, sent shockwaves through the community last week.
But a 29-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday (November 25) over the offence and has been bailed to a date in December.
Councillor Jane Palmer tweeted an image of the damage on November 29, which she said moved her to tears.
She said: “The ANZAC they found more than £1,000 in cash as well as three more packets of tissues of the same brand next to the bag of drugs.
Tomlinson was arrested for possession with intent to supply class A drugs and later charged.
Sergeant Liam Moore from Hillingdon Police Partnership Tasking Team, said: “Tomlinson running away resulted in him being chased by the officers and his runny nose linked him to the bag of drugs.
“Hillingdon Police take drug dealing very seriously as it ruins the lives of those who take it as well as their families and the wider community.
“We will do whatever we can within our powers to catch those involved in this activity and urge members of the public to contact us if they suspect anyone dealing drugs in your area.” graves are a very, very big part of Harefield village. It’s something they’ve been brought up with and they’ve been brought up to respect and when they’re desecrated like that people take it very, very seriously.
“The community will come together as a result of it and they’re very angry at what’s been done. People were coming down to look at it whilst I was there and were obviously, visibly moved by it.”
Rob Bryan, the Safer Neighbourhoods Inspector for North Hillingdon, said: “This is a positive first step in this investigation, but it does not end here.
“I reiterate my request for anyone with information about this crime to come forward. Someone knows the truth of how these gravestones came to be damaged and I urge them to speak up”.
Police have also seized a vehicle as part of investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Inspector Bryan directly at rob.bryan@ met.police.uk or phone 101 quoting 0923805/15. If you want to remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.