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Copyright: the London Advocate, November 2014, №84, pp. 9-10


The sentencing of a drugs mule who tried to smuggle cannabis through Southend Airport has been postponed for the second time in a week due to bungling translators and prison officers.

Spaniard Juan Puebla, 51, who is currently in custody, admitted smuggling 1.153kg of cannabis resin. He came over to Britain with the class B drug on an easyJet flight from Malaga to Southend Airport on August 28.

He was due to be sentenced at BasildonCrown Court on Monday, but Chelmsford Prison did not bring him to court, nor did a Spanish interpreter turn up, in what Judge David Owen- Jones described as a “disgrace”.

The sentence was adjourned until yesterday, but it was botched again after the same errors.


Police across Shropshire and Mid Wales have spent more than £2.5 million on foreign language interpreters over the past five years, according to new figures.

The money has been spent helping prisoners in custody and providing support for victims, and translations have been made for people speaking Polish, Romanian and Dutch.

But the amount spent by West Mercia Police, which covers Shropshire, has been declining year on year. Officials have put the shrinking figures down to a "downward trend" of overall crime.

The figures for West Mercia Police and Dyfed-Powys Police have been revealed through a Freedom in information request, which revealed the two forces had racked up a combined total of £2,557,475.58. West Mercia Police spent £2,037,726.56 since 2008, while officers in Powys spent £519,749.02.

Money spent in West Mercia has been declining since 2008/9, when £527,061.62 was spent. The highest spend for Dyfed-Powys was in 2009/10 at £136,749.34, while costs rose again in 2013/14 to £100,855.19.


A preliminary hearing for three men facing charges of burgling the Leslie Davis jewellers has been adjourned until tomorrow.

Bogdan Acsinte, aged 27, of Colegrave Road, Stratford, London; Robert Caia, aged 27, of Prosser Street, Wolverhampton; and Gheorghe Cretu, aged 26, of no fixed abode, were charged with conspiracy to commit a burglary other than a dwelling with intent to steal.

The charge relates to a conspiracy to burgle a number of jewellers between August 1 and October 16, in which offenders entered as a trespasser with intent to steal at Swag Jewellers, Beaverbrooks, Ernest Jones and Gordon Scotts in Watford, Hertfordshire, on August 29 2014 and Leslie Davies Jewellers in Milton Keynes on Thursday (October 16).

But despite being scheduled to appear at Milton Keynes Magistrates' Court this afternoon, the case was adjourned until tomorrow morning as a Romanian interpreter could not be found to translate for them during proceedings.

They were remanded in custody overnight to appear again tomorrow morning.


A court case involving an alleged double assault at a college has been adjourned while an interpreter is found.

Osama Osman, aged 21, of Henrietta Street, Swansea, is accused of assaulting two people at Gower College Swansea's Tycoch campus on August 28. No pleas were entered during a brief hearing before city magistrates.

Osman's solicitor, Stewart John, said that while his client had a decent level of English he would need an Arabic translator before the proceedings could continue.