Steve Wallace wrote letter praising Paul Cooper who admitted theft and possession of drugs

Steve Wallace

Steve Wallace

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A POLICE chief’s letter of praise for a drugs offender, who is seeking to mend his ways, persuaded a judge to show him leniency.

Temporary Superintendent Steve Wallace, former district commander for Basingstoke and Deane, wrote a letter praising Paul Cooper for showing a willingness to change his ways.

Cooper, 44, was in the dock at Winchester Crown Court for sentence, having admitted theft and possession of a Class B and Class A drug.

Russell Pyne, prosecuting, said Cooper also asked for nine thefts from cars and an attempted burglary committed in the borough during two weeks in November last year to be taken into consideration.

Mr Pyne said Cooper, of St Peter’s Road, South Ham, stole four wheels from a car belonging to Cindy Cooper, in Tadley, on November 11 last year.

Eleven days later, he was driving a car in Hackwood Road, Basingstoke, when it was stopped by police officers.

They found cannabis in a tin on the dashboard, and later recovered a wrap of crack cocaine when Cooper was strip-searched at Basingstoke police station. Mr Pyne said there were two other people in the car who were also arrested.

He added: “It was thought this defendant’s involvement was that the wrap of cocaine was payment for driving around others who were involved in dealing Class A drugs.”

Mr Pyne said Cooper told officers he was involved in a series of nine thefts from cars last November, smashing windows to take items, and had also committed one attempted shed burglary.

Paul Harrison, defending, said Cooper’s admissions had led the police to offer to help him move out of Basingstoke.

Judge Susan Evans said the letter from Tem Supt Wallace showed Cooper was willing to change, adding: “That makes a significant difference to me. As a result, I’m prepared to give you a chance.” She sentenced Cooper to a 12-month community order, with a drug rehabilitation and supervision requirements. He was also ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge.

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9:16pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Marina Morris says...

Un-bl00dy-believable
! Willingness to change his ways? What evidence did Mr Wallace have of this? Why haven't the Gazette asked what evidence there is of Cooper changing his ways? Why don't the Gazette enquire as to Cooper's list of previous convictions (including those under his previous name) so people can judge for themselves whether they think he'll ever change his ways? Why are the police helping this offender escape justice? Is it because he took a load of TIC's and helped improve their detection figures? Still at least it will give Mr Wallace something to talk about on his next promotion interview: look how diverse I am!!!. What about all the victims who had their cars damaged and property stolen? I don't see any orders for compensation mentioned - perhaps Mr Wallace's time would be better spent writing to all the victims explaining exactly what the hell he's up to!!!!!
Un-bl00dy-believable ! Willingness to change his ways? What evidence did Mr Wallace have of this? Why haven't the Gazette asked what evidence there is of Cooper changing his ways? Why don't the Gazette enquire as to Cooper's list of previous convictions (including those under his previous name) so people can judge for themselves whether they think he'll ever change his ways? Why are the police helping this offender escape justice? Is it because he took a load of TIC's and helped improve their detection figures? Still at least it will give Mr Wallace something to talk about on his next promotion interview: look how diverse I am!!!. What about all the victims who had their cars damaged and property stolen? I don't see any orders for compensation mentioned - perhaps Mr Wallace's time would be better spent writing to all the victims explaining exactly what the hell he's up to!!!!! Marina Morris
  • Score: 2

9:17pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Marina Morris says...

Un-bl00dy-believable
! Willingness to change his ways? What evidence did Mr Wallace have of this? Why haven't the Gazette asked what evidence there is of Cooper changing his ways? Why don't the Gazette enquire as to Cooper's list of previous convictions (including those under his previous name) so people can judge for themselves whether they think he'll ever change his ways? Why are the police helping this offender escape justice? Is it because he took a load of TIC's and helped improve their detection figures? Still at least it will give Mr Wallace something to talk about on his next promotion interview: look how diverse I am!!!. What about all the victims who had their cars damaged and property stolen? I don't see any orders for compensation mentioned - perhaps Mr Wallace's time would be better spent writing to all the victims explaining exactly what the hell he's up to!!!!!
Un-bl00dy-believable ! Willingness to change his ways? What evidence did Mr Wallace have of this? Why haven't the Gazette asked what evidence there is of Cooper changing his ways? Why don't the Gazette enquire as to Cooper's list of previous convictions (including those under his previous name) so people can judge for themselves whether they think he'll ever change his ways? Why are the police helping this offender escape justice? Is it because he took a load of TIC's and helped improve their detection figures? Still at least it will give Mr Wallace something to talk about on his next promotion interview: look how diverse I am!!!. What about all the victims who had their cars damaged and property stolen? I don't see any orders for compensation mentioned - perhaps Mr Wallace's time would be better spent writing to all the victims explaining exactly what the hell he's up to!!!!! Marina Morris
  • Score: -2

5:47pm Sun 2 Feb 14

jonone says...

Isn't this the same senior officer who tweeted that he wanted to make leaving your own valuables in your own car a criminal offence? Rather than, say, proper policing an punishment of offences? Then again, we don't want to distract officer's from their rest breaks do we....
Isn't this the same senior officer who tweeted that he wanted to make leaving your own valuables in your own car a criminal offence? Rather than, say, proper policing an punishment of offences? Then again, we don't want to distract officer's from their rest breaks do we.... jonone
  • Score: -1

12:40pm Mon 3 Feb 14

laurence86 says...

Proof that police are human, some are hardworking members who keep their head down and get the job done then and others are.....well.....lik
e this guy!
Proof that police are human, some are hardworking members who keep their head down and get the job done then and others are.....well.....lik e this guy! laurence86
  • Score: 0

9:19pm Mon 3 Feb 14

The BestTrip2011 says...

Is it any wonder that people don't report crime, come forward as witnesses or have complete faith in our policing and judicial processes when things like this go on!
Who says crime doesn't pay?
Is it any wonder that people don't report crime, come forward as witnesses or have complete faith in our policing and judicial processes when things like this go on! Who says crime doesn't pay? The BestTrip2011
  • Score: 0

9:29am Tue 4 Feb 14

Folkestone Saint says...

A string of offences and not even a suspended sentence hanging over his head, what about his victims who will have to pay higher insurance premiums for three years as well as an excess on the claims they have had to make, let alone the mental aspect. If you are caught speeding 3 or 4 times you get a ban, why not the same penalty points system in place for these scum bags, you get caught 3 or 4 times you get banged up for say a year, no questions no pleading and no passing "go"
A string of offences and not even a suspended sentence hanging over his head, what about his victims who will have to pay higher insurance premiums for three years as well as an excess on the claims they have had to make, let alone the mental aspect. If you are caught speeding 3 or 4 times you get a ban, why not the same penalty points system in place for these scum bags, you get caught 3 or 4 times you get banged up for say a year, no questions no pleading and no passing "go" Folkestone Saint
  • Score: 4

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