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Jailed this month: The criminals sent to prison in Bristol in November 2021


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This reporting forms an important part of the UK’s open justice system, that justice can be seen to be done.

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Here are the criminals we reported on who have been jailed in November 2021.

You can read more about why we publish defendants’ names and addresses here.

James Richardson, 24 years

A man attempted to kill his parents with a crow bar.

James Richardson, of no fixed address, was jailed for 24 years at Bristol Crown Court on November 22.

He pleaded guilty to attacking and injuring his parents at a residential address in Yatton, North Somerset, on Saturday, April 10.

The 34-year-old used a crowbar to injure his parents, who are both in their 60s, before fleeing the scene.

A significant police operation, which included firearms officers, was carried out to apprehend Richardson, who was arrested in Kewstoke a few hours later.

James Richardson, of no fixed address
James Richardson, of no fixed address

Richardson’s father has recovered from the physical injuries he sustained, but Richardson’s mother continues to require care after sustaining a significant brain injury.

Richardson pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder. He also admitting assaulting a police officer, after throwing a hot drink at a PC, causing no injury.

Read the full story here.

Aaron Jefferies, 11 years

Robbie Shore, six-and-a-half years

Aaron Rafique, five years and five months

Aaron Jefferies and Aaron Rafique from Bristol were both sentenced.
Aaron Jefferies and Aaron Rafique from Bristol

A Bristol gang was found with packaging for £1.1 million worth of cocaine inside a Jaguar.

Police also found an imitation firearm, a truncheon and three knives while searching Aaron Jefferies’ vehicle.

The court was told that Jefferies, 31, of Allington Drive, Barrs Court led the criminal operation. He was sentenced alongside Aaron Rafique, age 30, of Milner Gardens, Bishopston and Robbie Shore, age 25, of Williams Close, Melksham.

Connor Forrester, age 25, of Meadow Road, Melksham, pleaded guilty before the trial.

Jefferies and Rafique were also found guilty of conspiracy to produce cannabis after a cannabis grow was found at a flat in Stokes Croft, Bristol.

Officers found packaging from at least 38 separate 1kg blocks of cocaine, worth £1.1m, inside Jefferies’ car.

Also in the car was a plastic bag containing 188g of cocaine, worth £14,000, a green rucksack with a further 9.5g of cocaine inside, eight sandwich bags each containing 1oz of cannabis, an imitation firearm, a truncheon, a small lock knife, and a sports bag with three sets of scales and three knives.

Read the full story here.

Paul Clayton, five years

Unnamed woman, 29 months

Paul Clayton

A former detective constable admitted having sexual activity with a woman – in the presence of her child.

Police in Bristol investigating a separate child exploitation case uncovered a man in Hull having conversations with an offender online.

Bristol Crown Court heard police were able to trace Paul Clayton, a former Humberside police officer, and establish a series of offences relating to him.

Clayton, 45, of Anlaby in East Riding, pleaded guilty to encouraging or assisting an offence to be committed, downloading and possessing child abuse images, sexual communication with a child, causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, sexual activity with a child and engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

A woman aged 43, who Bristol Live is not naming, pleaded guilty to two charges of distributing two photos of her child to Clayton, facilitating him having sexual activity with her child and engaging in sexual activity with him in the presence of her child.

Judge Martin Picton jailed Clayton for five years and the woman for 29 months.

The judge said: “These are really serious offences.

“The harm on the victims will be life-long.”

Read the full story here.

Marcus Grist, four years

A Southville man attacked people with a hammer at a Bedminster pub.

Bristol Crown Court heard Marcus Grist became involved in a confrontation in the smoking area of The Assembly in East Street.

The court was told Grist emerged from the pub with a hammer and attacked three people with it – one a youth – leaving them badly hurt.

Grist, 40, of Stackpool Road, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm and two offences of assault occasioning actual bodily harm in July.

Judge Michael Longman jailed him for four years.

He told Grist: “You hit three victims with a hammer.

“All suffered injuries at your hands.”

Read the full story here.

Craig Scragg, 24 months

Craig Scragg

A driver’s momentary lapse of attention had catastrophic consequences for a man’s life.

Craig Scragg was driving to work when he cut across the road into the path of motorcyclist Thomas Long.

Bristol Crown Court heard Mr Long was thrown from his machine and suffered serious, life-changing injuries.

Instead of stopping at the scene Scragg drove on – and was heard on the telephone telling a pal: “I’ve hit someone”.

With the help of the public police found his damaged car, put a note through his door and he handed himself in.

When interviewed, however, he said he gave a prepared statement saying he had been attending to a loose shoe, his wing mirror smashed and he thought he had clipped a parked car.

Scragg, 35, of Downend Road in Kingswood, pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving on December 4 last year, failing to stop after an accident and failing to report an accident.

The court heard he had previous convictions for careless driving and driving with excess alcohol.

Judge Anna Richardson jailed him for 24 months.

Read the full story here.

Andrew Lowry, 22 months

A “totally out of control” man with an axe and a knife caused a commotion in Shirehampton.

Drunken Andrew Lowry swung the axe towards a workman before damaging his van with the weapon, Bristol Crown Court heard.

After making threats to others he assaulted police called to the scene.

Lowry, 48, of Crowley Park in St Mary’s Road, Shirehampton, pleaded guilty to having two blades, assault, assaults on two emergency workers and criminal damage following events on January 29.

Judge Mark Horton jailed him for 22 months.

He told Lowry: “You were responsible for an extremely serious episode fuelled by alcohol.

“As a result of drink you threatened and assaulted a member of the public and you threatened people with very serious injuries.

“The public, and most particularly the police, are entitled to understand they are not people who can be assaulted or put in fear or put into a position where they have to take a risk for their own safety with a man totally out of control and holding an axe and a knife.”

Read the full story here.

Joseph Vaughan, 20 months

A drunken man with a knife who caused havoc in a Bedminster pub was found with a large stash of blades at his home.

“Very intoxicated” Joseph Vaughan threw a pint in the face of a woman celebrating her birthday in the beer garden of The Three Lions, Bristol Crown Court heard.

After a scuffle ensued he was thrown out, but returned wearing a balaclava and armed with a machete – cutting a man before being ejected again.

Police called in found a knuckle duster and an array of “Rambo knives” at his home, many of which were said to be replicas of film weapons and one signed by Rambo star himself, Sylvester Stallone.

Vaughan, 24, of West Street, pleaded guilty to affray, possessing a knife, possessing cannabis, possessing an offensive weapon, two assaults and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The recorder Mr James Bromige jailed him for 20 months, which included activation of a previously suspended three months.

He told Vaughan: “Your strange behaviour increased to aggressive behaviour which terrified a family celebrating a birthday.”

Read the full story here.

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