Ar­rest made over grave van­dal­ism

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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.po­ or phone 101 quot­ing 0923805/15. If you want to re­main anony­mous con­tact Crimes­top­pers on 0800 555 111.

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