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NEWMARKET — A 21-year-old senior airman was cautioned by British authorities after he allegedly broke into a Newmarket veterinary office and fell asleep, according to the Suffolk County Constabulary and U.S. Air Force records.

The incident occurred Dec. 4 between 1:50 and 2:15 a.m. when the airman allegedly broke a window, climbed into the office and passed out in the Rossdale and Partners Veterinary Clinic, according to Suffolk County Constabulary spokesman Mike Nunn. He said his office could not release the name of the suspect because he was not formally charged.

Nunn described the incident as alcohol-related and said there was no intent to steal anything from the vet’s office. The suspect apologized and agreed to pay restitution.

Man fined for bomb scare at horse trackNEWMARKET — A British man was sentenced to 300 hours of community service, ordered to pay a fine of 297 pounds and put on a strict curfew after he pleaded guilty to public drunkenness and communicating false information in connection with a July incident.

Gary Eels admitted to screaming that he had a bomb at a Newmarket horse racing track in the days following the London subway bombings.

Eels, 39, was put on a six-month curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., which includes wearing an electronic tagging device, according to the Crown Prosecution Service. Eels entered his plea Dec. 1 at the Ely Magistrate Court, a Crown Prosecution Service spokeswoman said.

The incident occurred July 22, the same day London police shot and killed a Brazilian man at a tube station and a day after the botched London bombings. Eels reportedly yelled that he was a bomber while a concert was under way at the racetrack.

Truckloads of PlayStation 2 consoles stolenFELIXSTOWE — It’s Grinch 1, Santa 0 for British children hoping to get a Sony PlayStation 2 for Christmas.

Two truckloads of the video game consoles, worth about 500,000 pounds, were stolen from a holding yard in Felixstowe late last month.

Both trucks have been recovered — minus the PlayStations — and officials are offering a reward of up to 50,000 pounds for the recovery of the game consoles.

The stolen PlayStations were in yellow gift boxes and bundled with an EyeToy USB camera and EyeToy Play 3 game.

Anyone with information on the thefts is asked to call the Felixstowe police at 01473 613500.

For those on U.S. military bases in the United Kingdom, PlayStations were still available at the RAF Lakenheath exchange last week for about $150.

Drop in alcohol-related incidents seenCAMBRIDGESHIRE — The Cambridgeshire Constabulary announced that the number of alcohol-related incidents reported in the county decreased the weekend after the introduction of late-night licensing laws.

RAFs Alconbury and Molesworth are both in Cambridgeshire.

In a news release, the police reported that the number of incidents dropped from 70 the weekend before to 38 the weekend after the law was instituted.

“This weekend has been a positive start to the introduction of the new licensing laws in Cambridgeshire,” said acting Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hopkins.

As of Nov. 23, pubs are allowed to apply for licenses to stay open past 11 p.m.

Also, there were no significant changes in the levels of alcohol-related incidents in West Suffolk, which is home to RAFs Lakenheath and Mildenhall, according to a police news release.


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