10 criminals who were locked up in October

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Crimes ranging from financial fraud to drug dealing saw these people locked up by judges in October.

All of the criminals listed below are either from Nottinghamshire, or committed their crimes here.

Most of them appeared at Nottingham Crown Court during October, and were handed down jail terms by judges.

Kylelon Francis

Twenty-year-old Francis admitted carrying a serrated hunting knife in the city.

Francis had the weapon hidden down his trousers and was given 18 weeks custody - after a court heard that it was the third time he broke knife crime laws.

He was first stopped by police and a small bag of cannabis was found.

He was arrested and taken to the Bridewell Police Station. He then said to an officer: "Keep it real," before telling them about the 30-centimetre knife, which had not been spotted.

Kylelon Francis

Kylelon Francis

Lewis Kelsey

Forest Town resident Kelsy kicked a woman and helped to smash up a car with people inside with two others in a planned revenge attack.

He kicked the woman in the stomach after she fled her home when the group turned up with weapons.

Kelsey - holding a crowbar - caused her to fall backwards onto glass on the floor after he delivered one blow as she hid behind a garden bin.

He left her there with cuts before joining his accomplices to help them smash the car with her partner and a child inside in the street.

Judge Stuart Rafferty QC gave him two years - 18 months for the affray and six months consecutively for having the weapon.

Lewis Kelsey

Lewis Kelsey

Mark Dickens, Declan Baguley, Mark Angus and Kimberley Elder

A drugs gang was locked up after police bugged a drugs' delivery car as it toured Nottingham, Ripley and Uttoxeter.

A hearing at Nottingham Crown Court heard one dealer's mobile phone was hidden in a bag of children's clothing, while another offender hid another phone between his buttocks.

Four people admitted conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine between August 17 and September 28 last year.

A five-year term was imposed on Mark Dickens, 28, of Wayford Walk, Nottingham. Prison for four years was ordered for Declan Baguley, 27, formerly of Brancroft Street, Bulwell, a term which will begin after a three-year sentence he is already serving for making threats and having an imitation firearm.

A prison term of 30 months was passed on Mark Angus, 30, of Stoneacre, Bestwood Park. He also admitted possession of 41 wraps of heroin on October 20 last year.

A woman acted as driver for the gang and was jailed for two years. Kimberley Elder, 36, of Hogan Gardens, Top Valley had never been in trouble before.

Saler Said

Counterfeit cigarette crook Saler Said has been jailed after trading standards smashed a conspiracy to flood the streets of Nottingham with potentially unsafe fake fags.

Part of the massive £60,000 haul of tobacco seized in the city did not self-extinguish - posing a fire hazard to buyers if the cigarettes were not stubbed out.

They were found in various locations, including Solens convenience store in Radford Road, run by shop manager Said, 40, of Norton Street, Radford, who was jailed for two years .

The court heard he was also convicted of a trademark offence and a conspiracy to contravene the general product safety regulations.

His five co-accused - Jameel Hamadeen, Shaho Khizri, Twana Karim, Shehram Heideri and Nawzad Salih - also pleaded guilty to all those offences.

Saler Said and Nawzad Salih

Saler Said and Nawzad Salih

Mark Pickering

A financial adviser was jailed after running up £1.1million gambling losses - mostly the savings of elderly clients who liked his personal touch.

Mark Pickering's failed bets were revealed when bookie firm Betfair checked its records for four years.

Judge James Sampson said the eight victims were defrauded out of £844,010 over three years.

He sent Pickering to prison for 40 months and told him: "Not only did they trust you, they probably trusted the company name. You were a financial adviser from a highly reputable company.

Graham Stevenson

A burglar from Basford led the police on ‘a hair-raising chase’ as he tried to escape after abandoning a safe he had taken during a house burglary in a small village.

He drove at speeds of up to 100mph and went through the centre of another village at 48, a judge at Warwick Crown Court heard.

Stevenson, 33, was jailed for four years and four months after pleading guilty to burglary, dangerous driving and possessing cannabis.

Leonard Ward

Wedding guest Ward was locked up for 20 months after he attacked a friend at the reception.

The 37-year-old from Carlton knocked the man, who was also a guest at the wedding, unconscious after punching him outside the Richard Herrod Leisure Centre.

The man - a friend of father-of-five Ward - suffered a skull fracture, with underlying bleeding around the brain.

He was kept in hospital for observation for 48 hours before he was discharged.