Major success chalked up for new crime team

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A crime unit that brings together officers from three counties to investigate the most serious crimes has racked up 800 years of jail terms for crooks during its first year of operation.

Detectives from across Herts, Beds and Cambs have been working together in the Major Crime Unit since April 2012.

They investigate murder, manslaughter, kidnap and extortion alongside any other major inquiries for each of the three police forces.

Det Sup Jeff Hill said: “In this first year we have had some outstanding results in some complex and challenging investigations.

“The past 12 months has seen the conclusion of old cases, which had been dealt with by individual forces, and whole investigations progressed from initial investigation through to sentence.

“In total we have seen judges pass down prison terms totalling almost 800 years in sentences or minimum tariffs in life sentences.

“It all adds up to the most dangerous people in society being taken off the streets and making Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire safer places to live.”

In the past year the specialist unit has taken on 38 fresh investigations, including shootings, murders, hijackings and rapes.

Based at two hubs in Huntingdon, Cambs, and Welwyn Garden City, Herts, senior investigating officers direct teams of detectives, family liaison officers, analysts and forensic scientists.

They dealt with the murder of a 30-year-old Grovehill mother, who was stabbed to death by her estranged husband as their two young daughters slept at their home in The Wye, Hemel Hempstead, in May last year.

Mirosla Wosik, 42, was sentenced at St Albans Crown Court to a minimum of 18 years in jail after being convicted of killing Bernadeta Jakubszyk, who, the jury heard, died from two deep stab wounds which had punctured her right lung.