Gang en­forcers jailed

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk & World Update -

TWO gang­land who posed as po­lice of­fi­cers and put a man through a ter­ri­fy­ing or­deal have each been jailed for five years.

Matthew Parr (38), of Daven­port, Har­low and Adam Woolf (26), of Nightin­gales, Bishop’s Stort­ford, turned up at the home of Joseph Cook, in Moul­ton Chapel, near Spald­ing, on June 24 last year, claim­ing to be from the Se­ri­ous Or­gan­ised Crime Agency.

They told Mr Cook (58) he was be­ing ar­rested for cig­a­rette smug­gling, hand­cuffed him, then bun­dled him into a car and dumped him on the road­side af­ter 100 yards. They shot him with a stun gun and gave him two black eyes and a bleed­ing nose.

Both men ad­mit­ted kidnap, as­sault and pos­sess­ing an il­le­gal stun gun and were jailed at Lin­coln Crown Court yes­ter­day.

The court heard that the pair were with an un­known third man, who they claimed brought the stun gun and po­lice out­fits.

They were sent by a gang in Es­sex to en­force a £135,000 debt owed by Mr Cook to a New­cas­tle or­gan­ised crime gang.

Mr Cook had been work­ing for the New­cas­tle gang but was blamed for two lorry loads of con­tra­band cig­a­rettes be­ing seized by the au­thor­i­ties.

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