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Thursday, 31 March 2011

A man has been arrested over the shooting of a five-year-old girl and a shopkeeper in south London.




The Metropolitan Police said a 19-year-old is in currently in custody at a south London police station.
It comes after one of the youths thought to have been the target of the gang responsible for the shooting in Stockwell contacted police.
Detective Chief Inspector Tony Boughton revealed the development as a £50,000 reward was offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the shooting of Thursha Kamaleswaran.
Police are hunting for three youths who are believed to have opened fire after chasing two others into a shop in Lambeth at about 9.15pm on Tuesday.
As the pair hid inside, the gunman stopped at the door and opened fire indiscriminately, hitting Thursha and the 35-year-old shopkeeper.

Boxing legend Frank Bruno has told how he was stopped by police recently on suspicion of stealing his own car.

Frank: Fighting Back Frank Bruno
He said the "two youngsters" involved were "a disgrace" and should have checked beforehand that it was his car, which has its own number plate.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live that the incident had happened "in the last month" at Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire.

"They said 'there's a lot of high performance cars, sir, being stolen around the area'. I could see them laughing like two hyenas in the car, but I didn't find it funny."

Asked if they had recognised him, he said: "They recognised me, like Tom and Jerry, and Peter Pan, and Batman, but I think, I didn't want to give them no hassle, showed them the documents, waited there for 10 minutes, and done what I had to do.

"Because the police are the police, they are the law of the land, you've got to keep up to the rules and regulations of the law of the land."

He said there were some police officers around the area of his home, in Bedfordshire, who were "good as gold".

"You're going to get a little bad bunch here and there, but they were a disgrace, to stop and ask, 'have you nicked the car?'. I thought they were joking, I thought it was Candid Camera, but it weren't Candid Camera, it was serious."

A spokeswoman for Hertfordshire Police said: "Hertfordshire Constabulary takes pride in its reputation for treating members of the public with the utmost respect and dignity at all times.

"We take complaints from members of the public who believe they have not been treated in this manner extremely seriously. To date, we have not received a formal complaint in relation to this alleged incident and would encourage anyone who believes they have not been treated in an appropriate manner to contact us without delay."

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

five-year-old girl has been shot in a south London shop.

 A 35-year-old man is also being treated for gunshot wounds. Police say the victims are not related.

The young girl and the man were taken to a hospital in south London - their conditions are described as critical but stable.

Police were called to reports of shots being fired in the Stockwell Food & Wine shop, in Stockwell Road, south London on Tuesday night at around 9.15.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Emergency services found a five-year-old girl and a 35-year-old man suffering from gunshots wounds."

It is understood the 5-year-old girl had been shot in the chest.

Police said the two victims were not related.

The parade of shops was cordoned off on Wednesday morning and five police cars were parked outside.

It is incredibly shocking, I think the whole community at the moment is numb and horrified, and rightly so.
Cllr Peter Robbins

Stockwell Green Court, an access road behind the main road, was also sealed off by the police.

Detectives were struggling last night to identify the second body in the Sian O’Callaghan murder investigation as they admitted that all initial forensic tests had drawn a blank

 

Police officers have spent four days removing the remains of the second victim from a field in Gloucestershire. She was aged between 23 and 30 when she went missing between 2003 and 2005.
Forensic specialists have failed to link her to anyone listed on the missing persons’ database and have resorted to trawling the nationwide DNA database to see if her profile lies on file.
Unless she was previously suspected of a crime and had her DNA taken by police, it is unlikely to be on the register.
Detectives admitted that if the DNA checks also drew a blank, it would take them “some time” to identify the woman.
Her remains were found at the weekend on ploughed land belonging to Baxters Farm near the village of Eastleach, about 10 miles north of Swindon.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

BOGUS dentist who earned £230,000 by using a fake degree to land work at a string of NHS ­hospitals was yesterday jailed for three years.

Where There Is No DentistBOGUS dentist who earned £230,000 by using a fake degree to land work at a string of NHS ­hospitals was yesterday jailed for three years.

Vinisha Sharma, 37, practised for nine years until she was exposed by claims she had removed the wrong teeth from a patient. Sharma, of Willenhall, West Mids, admitted forgery and fraud.

At Wolverhampton crown court, Judge Amjad Nawaz said her offences were ­“highly criminal”.

Monday, 28 March 2011

murderer who was caught after his victim’s thumb was dropped from the sky by a bird

murderer who was caught after his victim’s thumb was dropped from the sky by a bird has been jailed for life along with his co-accused in sentences totalling 78 years.

Mohammed Riaz, 34, kidnapped Mahmood Ahmad, 41, before torturing him to death in an attempt to track down his estranged ex-wife Nahid Ahmad.

He enlisted the help of five other people to kidnap, imprison and murder the father-of-two with a mechanical butcher’s saw.

The only remains of fastfood worker Mahmood’s body that have ever been found is a severed left thumb after he disappeared from Watford, Hertfordshire, when he finished work in the early hours of March 7 last year.

Three days later his severed thumb, still attached to the knuckles of his left hand, was discovered by a security guard on a street in Ilford, Essex.

A CCTV camera captured the thumb falling from the sky, leading police to believe it may have been dropped by a bird which had picked it up.

Mahmood’s brother-in-law, Riaz, exercised a reign of terror over his wife, Nahid, and her family, leading to a divorce.

Riaz hatched a plan to kidnap Mahmood and torture him to try and get Nahid’s new address.

On March 7 neighbours say him being bundled into a car by Faisal Chowdhury and Arnold Yousuf on the doorstep of his home.

He was then taken to Hussain’s home in Manor Park, east London, where he lived with his girlfriend, Sabra Sultana, who is also Riaz’s sister.

Neighbours reported hearing cries of “leave me alone” and “let me go” and a scream “full of fear or terror” between 2am and 4am on March 7. Mahmood was never seen alive again.

Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by jailed drugs baron Curtis Warren - but condemned detectives who caught him for "a sustained and deliberate act of law-breaking".




Warren said his conviction should be quashed because police acted unlawfully
Warren, 47, told judges his conviction should be quashed because police had illegally bugged his gang's car to provide crucial evidence against him.
The court agreed the police had acted wrongly but dismissed his appeal because of the "difficult balancing act" between the public interest in serious crimes being prosecuted and ensuring that the criminal justice system was not undermined.
Warren and five others were convicted last year of a plot to flood Jersey with cannabis smuggled from Holland, via Belgium and France.
During the investigation Jersey police asked those three countries for permission to secretly fit the gang's hire car with a tracker device and a listening bug.
The unwise advice of a senior member of the Law Officers' Department... to some extent mitigated the gravity of the misconduct of the police.
Lord Dyson
Permission was granted for the trackerbut refused for the bug - but police went ahead and bugged the car anyway.
The island's Law Officers' Department had advised the police they would probably be allowed to use such illegally-obtained evidence at a future trial. 
The evidence proved crucial in the successful prosecution.
The Supreme Court judgement, delivered by Lord Dyson, said there had been a strong case for allowing the appeal and freeing Curtis and his gang.
"The police were unquestionably guilty of serious prosecutorial misconduct. They misled the authorities of Jersey and three foreign states.

Warren was jailed for 13 years for the drugs smuggling plot
"Further, without the product of the unlawfulness, there would have been no trial."
But Lord Dyson listed the arguments for dismissing the appeal, including the fact that the gang were accused of a serious crime, it was an urgent investigation and that Warren was "a professional drug dealer of the first order".
He added: "The unwise advice of a senior member of the Law Officers' Department... to some extent mitigated the gravity of the misconduct of the police."
Detectives on the case are already being investigated by Hampshire Police after Jersey's Chief Officer Mike Bowron admitted that "one aspect of the evidence-gathering process against Warren and his co-conspirators was flawed".
Should we fell just a tad of sympathy for drugs baron Curtis Warren? I don't think so, but look at it from his perspective.
Martin Brunt's blog on Curtis Warren

POLICE were yesterday hunting for two thugs after a 29-year-old man was shot in the street.

POLICE were yesterday hunting for two thugs after a 29-year-old man was shot in the street.
The man was approached by the pair at 2.45am on Saturday on Pinkston Drive, in Sighthill, Glasgow.
One of the men then blasted him with a weapon.
The 29-year-old was taken by ambulance to Glasgow Royal Infirmary where he remained for treatment yesterday.
Hospital staff described his condition as stable after the attack.
The two suspects, both described as white and about 30, ran off towards one of the high flats in Pinkston Drive.
Yesterday, residents said they had been shocked to hear about the shooting.
One man, who did not wish to be named, said: "People are saying this is to do with a feud.
"The guy was shot just near St Stephen's Primary School.
"It's scary to think that something like this could happen in an area where there are often kids playing on the street during the day."
Another local added: "There were police everywhere on Saturday looking through the grass and speaking to people."
Detective Sergeant Jim Diamond called on anyone with information to come forward.
He added: "The man has not been seriously injured. However, it could have been much worse.
"We are viewing CCTV from the area and officers have been carrying out door-to-door inquiries."

Sunday, 27 March 2011

COCAINE dealer was found guilty of killing a butcher who was gunned down for his shop takings.



Jurors took just under seven hours to find Michael Fagbuaro, 22, guilty of the manslaughter of Asif Bashir.

But the jury cleared him of murder.

Mr Bashir was blasted in both legs by three armed and masked men as he visited his ex-girlfriend.


He survived the attack and was released from hospital three days later on crutches. But four weeks later he was struck down by unexpected complications and died the following day.

Fagbuaro admitted robbery and possession of a firearm with intent to commit an offence on August 6, but he denied murder on the grounds he thought the firearm was a “blank”.

But jurors convicted Fagbuaro, of Grove Way, Edge Hill, of the unlawful killing.

Liverpool Crown Court remained quiet as the unanimous verdict was delivered, despite a tense atmosphere.

Police officers were on guard both inside and outside the courtroom after previous conflict between Fagbuaro’s supporters and those connected with Mr Bashir.

Following the verdict, Fagbuaro’s family and friends were ushered out of the Derby Square building by Matrix officers, while three police vans were positioned outside to prevent any further confrontation.

During the trial, Fagbuaro admitted he was delivering cocaine to Mr Bashir’s ex-girlfriend, Laura Boylan, who lived on Edinburgh Road, Kensington.

While outside the property, Fagbuaro became aware Mr Bashir was counting cash inside.

He told jurors he believed it was “10 or 20 grand”.

In fact, Mr Bashir had £700 in takings from his family’s butchers shop on Smithdown Road, Wavertree.

Over the next few minutes, Fagbuaro rang a pal to plot the robbery and shortly after midnight CCTV cameras picked up a Volvo pulling up outside Miss Boylan’s house.

The footage then showed three men getting out of the car and Fagbuaro kicking down the door. An unidentified male was carrying the gun.

Andrew Menary, QC, prosecuting, told how Mr Bashir attempted to fight the men off and they were rebuffed. But instead of giving up, they regrouped outside, the gun was passed to the other unidentified accomplice and they went back in.

During the following struggle, Fagbuaro stripped Mr Bashir of his watch and jewellery before he was blasted through both legs with one bullet.

The gang fled, but police were already on their trail. Officers pursued the gang through Kensington before they abandoned the car. Fagbuaro was found hiding under a caravan. Mr Bashir’s jewellery, phone and bank cards were next to him.

High Court judge Mr Justice Irwin adjourned sentencing on Fagbuaro until Monday. His accomplice, Aaron Quarty, 22, of Selbourne Close, Toxteth, who pleaded guilty to robbery, will also be sentenced at the same time.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

second body has been found by police investigating the murder of Sian O'Callaghan after the suspect in her death told them of a buried corpse.



Officers have been searching the site near the Uffington White Horse where Sian O'Callaghan was found 

detectives have not disclosed who they believe the body was, saying only that they believe it was a young woman abducted in Swindon between 2003 and 2005.
They will have to use dental records and DNA to work out the identify of the body, which was found at a field in Gloucestershire where they had been digging for more than two days.
Taxi driver Chris Halliwell led them first to Miss O'Callaghan's body then told them of a second burial site prompting a major dig by forensic scientists using JCBs.
Det Supt Steve Fulcher said the 47-year-old man being held in connection with the two murder investigations had "indicated he killed a young woman between 2003 and 2005.
"He could not be specific about the date but he said she had been taken from the Swindon area."

blunder by an undercover policeman has revealed how the Metropolitan Police spied on the private lives of members

A blunder by an undercover policeman has revealed how the Metropolitan Police spied on the private lives of members of an anti-capitalist group.

Newsnight has obtained an audio tape in which the officer is heard discussing the personal lives of Globalise Resistance activists with other police.

Calling himself Simon Wellings, he infiltrated the group from 2001-2005.

In January, Newsnight uncovered the story of Pc Mark Kennedy, who spent years posing as a climate activist.

This tape will reinforce concerns about the operations of undercover police generated by the unmasking of Mr Kennedy.

Friday, 25 March 2011

Police are searching for human remains near Eastleach

Detectives investigating the murder of Sian O'Callaghan are searching for the body of another person who went missing "several years ago".

Miss O'Callaghan, 22, had not been seen since leaving a nightclub in Swindon early on Saturday morning.

Her body was found on Thursday in Oxfordshire after her suspected killer guided detectives to the spot.

The man also took officers to an area near Eastleach, Gloucestershire, where officers are searching for a body.

On Friday afternoon magistrates in Swindon granted police an extra 24 hours to question a 47-year-old man.

He remains in custody at Gablecross police station in Swindon.

The suspect, named locally as taxi driver Christopher Halliwell, was arrested at a supermarket on suspicion of kidnap and two murders on Thursday morning.

Det Supt Steve Fulcher, of Wiltshire Police, said he was taken to locations near Uffington and Eastleach by the suspect.

Police are using mechanical diggers to excavate the corner of a field near the Oxfordshire-Gloucestershire border in their hunt for a second body.

They have removed part of a dry stone wall and excavated two trenches in the corner of the field, where officers in protective clothing could be seen on their hands and knees in the mud.

Det Ch Insp Sean Memory, who is leading the search at that site, said officers had received "relatively specific" information from a man held in connection with Miss O'Callaghan's death but that no remains had yet been found.

"We were given some indication of where there might be a find. Of course, it isn't as simple as that. It was tricky last night in the dark.

"We will use as much light as we can and then decide what we will do when it gets dark."

Det Supt Fulcher said it was believed the second body was of an adult who went missing several years ago.

'Trademark smile'
He added: "Wiltshire only has one outstanding missing adult and that's from several years ago."

The detective said post-mortem tests were being carried out on Miss O'Callaghan's body.

He added: "This is a tragic situation, I have spoken to the family... our thoughts are with Sian and her family."

flying instructor from Anglesey was used as a "front" by a gang trying to smuggle cocaine worth millions of pounds into Britain

Anglesey: Past Landscapes of the Coastflying instructor from Anglesey was used as a "front" by a gang trying to smuggle cocaine worth millions of pounds into Britain, a court has heard.

David Lloyd, 65, from Llangristiolus, is accused along with three others of conspiring to bring 14kg (31lb) of the drug into the UK.

But his defence team told a jury he had no part in the plans.

The three other men also deny conspiracy to smuggle drugs at the trial in Liverpool Crown Court.

Defending, Meirion Lewis Jones, said Mr Lloyd had been used to "provide respectability" and as a "front" for the drug smugglers.

He told the jury that Mr Lloyd had served for 25 years in the RAF, including lengthy spells in search and rescue, as well as being part of the crew which flew Terry Waite home after his four years held as a hostage in Lebanon.

"Would a man of these attributes willingly involve himself with a plot of this kind?" asked Mr Lewis Jones.

The jury was told how Lloyd met two of his co-accused through his job as chief instructor at the Mona Flying Club.

Paul Roche, 55, from Prestwich, Manchester, and David Watson, 54, also from Prestwich, had both been taught to fly by Lloyd.

He told how he had flown with them to France on several trips prior to the one that led to his arrest.

Mr Lloyd said he only knew the men through the flying club and did not mix with them socially.

He was arrested when their plane landed at Mona airfield on Anglesey in July 2009.

£3.5m cocaine
Blocks of cocaine were found neatly packed in the base of a pilot's bag belonging to 29-year-old Matthew Lockwood, also from Prestwich. Other blocks of cocaine were found stashed in a pillow case and one was found lying loose in the plane.

The jury has been told that the drugs had a street value of £3.5m.

Plane passenger Lockwood has pleaded guilty to the drug smuggling charges.

Paul Roche was also on-board, but has denied being part of the conspiracy.

The owner of the plane, David Watson, was in America at the time, but it is alleged he is one of the main organisers, a charge he denies.

His son Andrew has also been implicated in the plot, but the court has been told that he has so far evaded arrest.

Another man, Richard McArthur, 45, from Northern Ireland, admits smuggling drugs but denies conspiracy to smuggle cocaine on the grounds he only acted as a courier, driving the drugs from Spain to Le Touquet in France

One other man, Michael Cahillane, has also pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge.

The trial is continuing.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

the Night Stalker, Delroy Grant, 53, raped and assaulted elderly victims over 17 years in south London.

man has been branded one of the most prolific and depraved sex attackers in British history after being convicted of a string of assaults.

Dubbed the Night Stalker, Delroy Grant, 53, raped and assaulted elderly victims over 17 years in south London.

Police said he was responsible for some of the most "awful and disturbing crimes" in the history of Scotland Yard.

But they also apologised for missing chances which could have stopped him.

Police have linked Grant to incidents involving 203 separate surviving victims - but fear his actual number of victims could be as many as 600.

They think many of his victims may have died without reporting what had happened.

Det Ch Insp Colin Sutton, from the Metropolitan Police (Met), said: "Officially we have looked at 203 offences but my guess would be you could probably double or treble that number."

man has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping 22-year-old office worker Sian O'Callaghan.



Miss O'Callaghan disappeared on Saturday after leaving a nightclub in Swindon, but a text message sent to her phone enabled police to place her in nearby Savernake Forest, where officers have been searching since.
Chief Superintendent Steve Hedley announced the latest development following an earlier police appeal for sightings of a green taxi.
He said: "Sian's family have been informed.
"Further information will be released in due course but it is not appropriate for me to make any further comment at this time."

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

87-year-old brother of the late TV game show host Leslie Crowther has appeared in court charged with murdering his wife.

The 87-year-old brother of the late TV game show host Leslie Crowther has appeared in court charged with murdering his wife.

Winifred Crowther, 83, was stabbed to death at the home she shared with her husband Frank in Sutton, south London, in December.

He was remanded in custody until a hearing at the Old Bailey in June.

Leslie Crowther hosted The Price is Right and other television programmes. He died in 1996 aged 63.

Kenneth Noye, one of the UK's most notorious criminals, has lost his appeal against his conviction for a road rage murder in Kent.

Kenneth Noye, one of the UK's most notorious criminals, has lost his appeal against his conviction for a road rage murder in Kent.

Noye, 63, stabbed 21-year-old Stephen Cameron during a fight on an M25 slip road at Swanley in 1996.

He fled to Spain afterwards but was extradited in 1998 and jailed for life at the Old Bailey in 2000. He denied murder, on the grounds of self-defence.

Two previous appeals by Noye, in 2001 and 2004, were unsuccessful.

Mr Cameron was stabbed in front of his fiance, Danielle Cable, who is now in a witness protection scheme.

Noye's case was being looked at again following a decision by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) to refer it to the Court of Appeal.

Clare Montgomery QC had told Lord Judge, the Lord Chief Justice, and two other judges that key prosecution witnesses at the trial were now "so discredited" that Noye's conviction should be quashed.

husband accused of battering his wife to death wept at his trial yesterday

husband accused of battering his wife to death wept at his trial yesterday as his ­neighbour described finding her face down on a bed starting to “turn blue”.

Robin Garbutt, 45, who claims he found Diana’s body upstairs at their post office, dashed around to ­neighbour Pauline Dye’s house after dialling 999, a jury heard.

Yesterday, the postmaster cried in the dock as Mrs Dye said she found Mrs Garbutt, 40, on the bed with a bloody pillow. She told Teeside crown court she and the defendant were unable to find a pulse under instructions from the emergency operator.

400 volunteers, many of them family and friends of Sian O’Callaghan, 22, yesterday joined police in searching the 4,500-acre Savernake Forest, near Marlborough, Wilts, for signs of her.

400 volunteers, many of them family and friends of Sian O’Callaghan, 22, yesterday joined police in searching the 4,500-acre Savernake Forest, near Marlborough, Wilts, for signs of her.
Mobile phone records put her phone in the area 32 minutes after the office administrator left Suju nightclub in Swindon at about 2.50am on Saturday, to walk half a mile to the flat she shared with her boyfriend.
Police said her phone emitted a signal to a telephone mast in the forest. CCTV footage showed her leaving the nightclub alone, and when she failed to come home, her boyfriend, Kevin Reape, 25, a quantity surveyor, sent her a text message at 3.24am which read `I’m worried’, but she failed to reply.
As an anonymous donor offered a £20,000 reward to find Miss O’Callaghan, detectives were trying to establish how her LG E900 Optimus mobile phone came to be in the forest area.
They estimate it would take between 20 and 25 minutes to drive there from the nightclub at that time of night.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

New powers will come into force this week enabling law enforcement agencies to seize more money from criminals.

New powers will come into force this week enabling law enforcement agencies to seize more money from criminals.

Changes to the Proceeds of Crime Act extend the range of offences from which profits can be seized.

These will now include illegal money lending, distribution of obscene material and supply or intent to supply unclassified video recordings.

The threshold at which profits can be stripped from criminals will also be lowered, from £5,000 to £1,000.

The Scottish government said the legislative changes would create greater opportunities for law enforcement agencies to recover criminal profits.

These are then reinvested back into projects through the Cashback for Communities scheme, which has already received more than £40m since its launch in 2007.

Announcing the new powers, Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said: "Serious organised crime committed by these gangsters affects us all.

"It brings misery to thousands of Scots families through the evil trade they peddle - whether it's drugs, prostitution, extortion or intimidation and fear.

"Their criminal activity undermines legitimate hard-working businesses and we have had enough of it."

Saturday, 19 March 2011

murder victim was on his way to meet police to be warned his life was in danger when he was kidnapped and killed, it can be revealed.



Paul Brady, 44, from Buersil, Rochdale, was heading to the town's police station when he was dragged from his van, battered and bundled into a car.

Detectives had been about to warn the father-of-four and were prepared to offer him a hiding place in a safe house.

He was kidnapped by up to 15 masked men carrying baseball bats, metal bars and a sawn-off shotgun. His body has never been found.

Building site manager Mr Brady, who led a double life as a drug dealer, had delayed meeting officers because he had £350,000 of cocaine hidden under his settee.

He had agreed to speak to them after 2pm on August 1, 2009, but was ambushed in Weir, Rossendale, on his way there.

Det Supt Neil Hunter said: “We give safety warnings for a very good reason and we would have certainly made it clear that there was a genuine risk.”

Paul Devalda, 35, of Padiham Road, Burnley, has been sentenced to life in jail for the killing.

He was found guilty of murder and conspiracy to kidnap following a nine week trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

Friday, 18 March 2011

Two brothers who conned thousands of customers into visiting what they claimed was a Lapland-style theme park have each been jailed for 13 months.


Victor Mears, 67, and Henry Mears, 60, offered visitors a winter wonderland with snow-covered log cabins, a nativity scene, husky dogs, polar bears and other animals, as well as a bustling Christmas market.
Instead, disappointed families found a muddy field, a broken ice rink and fairy lights hung from trees. Within days of the Lapland New Forest attraction opening in November 2008, hundreds of disgruntled visitors complained to trading standards officials that they had been ripped off.
Less than a week later, the attraction closed, with the brothers blaming the media and sabotage by "New Forest villains" for the decision. Dorset Trading Standards prosecuted the brothers under consumer protection laws.
Victor, of Selsfield Drive, and Henry, of Coombe Road, both Brighton, denied eight charges of misleading advertising but they were found guilty in February on all counts at Bristol Crown Court.
With visitors charged £30 a ticket and up to 10,000 advance bookings online, some for multiple tickets and worth hundreds of pounds each, the Mears brothers were set to gross £1.2 million. They advertised the theme park on its own website, in local newspapers and with flyers.
The eye-catching website offered a "snow-covered village near Bournemouth" with a "magical tunnel of light", "beautiful snow-covered log cabins", a "bustling Christmas market", "wonderful ice rink" and "delicious hot and cold seasonal food".
In bold, the website stated: "The attention to detail of our theme park will truly wow you." People travelled from as far as west Wales, the Midlands and the south-east of England to visit the "attraction" at Matchams Leisure Park, near Ringwood, Hampshire.
Victor Mears told the court: "I showed due diligence. I did everything I could to account for everything." Henry Mears told jurors the attraction was everything they promised customers it would be. "Whatever you do, you will find the public complain about something," he added.
Jailing the pair, Judge Mark Horton said: "You told consumers that it would light up those who most loved Christmas. You said you would go through the magical tunnel of light coming out in a winter wonderland. What you actually provided was something that looked like an averagely-managed summer car boot sale."

Irish High Court judge will decide if a Briton can be extradited to France for questioning over the murder of a film-maker on Friday.

Irish High Court judge will decide if a Briton can be extradited to France for questioning over the murder of a film-maker on Friday.

Former journalist, Ian Bailey, 53, is wanted by authorities in Paris over the killing of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, 39, who was beaten to death in west Cork in 1996.

Mr Bailey was arrested twice by gardai in connection with the murder investigation but he was never charged.

He denies any involvement in her death.

Ms Toscan du Plantier was found dead outside her holiday home at Toormore, near Schull, two days before Christmas 1996.

Under French law, authorities can investigate the suspicious death of a citizen abroad but cannot compel witnesses to go to Paris for questioning.

Investigating magistrate Patrick Gachon was appointed by officials in Paris to conduct an inquiry into Ms Toscan du Plantier's violent death after the Director of Public Prosecutions in Ireland announced nobody would be charged.

A European arrest warrant was issued for Bailey.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

GANGSTER has been jailed for life sentenced and told he must serve at least 21 years in prison after being found guilty of master-minding the kidnap and murder of a private housing manager.

GANGSTER has been jailed for life sentenced and told he must serve at least 21 years in prison after being found guilty of master-minding the kidnap and murder of a private housing manager.

Father-of-four Paul Brady, 44, was lured to a homes complex near Bacup, where he was battered by between 10 and 15 masked armed attackers and bundled into a van. His body has never been found.

Paul Devalda, 35, was yesterday found guilty of conspiracy to kidnap and murder following more than 14 hours of jury deliberation.

There were cheers in the public gallery at Liverpool Crown Court as the unanimous decision was read out.

Leaving the courtroom in floods of tears, one member of Mr Brady's family shouted “scum” at Devalda, of Padiham Road, Burnley.

In contrast Devalda showed little emotion despite his girlfriend and co-defendant Stacia Crossley, 28, also of Padiham Road, crying hysterically next to him in the dock.

The jury was unable to reach a unanimous or majority verdict on Crossley, who was charged with assisting by helping Devalda cover his tracks.

British reggae star Smiley Culture died of a single stab wound to the heart during a police raid at his home, a post-mortem examination has found.

Cockney TranslationBritish reggae star Smiley Culture died of a single stab wound to the heart during a police raid at his home, a post-mortem examination has found.

The singer, whose real name was David Emmanuel, died at the property in Hillbury Road, Warlingham, on Tuesday.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is carrying out an investigation into his death.

His family expressed their "deep sorrow and anger" and said they were determined to find out what happened.

Relative Merlin Emmanuel said: "As a family we are in a state of shock and confusion and we are determined to search for the truth of what happened.

"My uncle David Emmanuel is now dead. He was a father, an uncle, a friend and a mentor to many and is a British icon who died under the most peculiar of circumstances."

The singer, whose biggest hit was 1984's Police Officer, died when Met Police officers carried out an arrest warrant at 0700 GMT.

Mr Emmanuel, 48, had been due to face trial next week accused of drugs charges.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

MUNEEB Nasir was a straight-A student who left his home in northern Pakistan to follow his dream of becoming a doctor.



Described by tutors as a great hope for the future and highly intelligent, Mr Nasir was set to follow his dad and generations of his family before him into the medical profession.

But within two years of arriving in Liverpool, the 21-year-old was dabbling in different kind of drugs than those he hoped to administer to one day to save lives.

Immersed in a murky world selling the designer drug known as “miaow miaow”, he was set up in a “brutal, cold and ruthless” robbery which turned to murder.

Planned by one of his “customers” and executed with the help of two heavies, Mr Nasir was stripped half-naked, bound with duct tape and stabbed in the leg before being left to bleed to death in the bedroom of his Wavertree student house.

He had arrived in the UK aged 16 from his home in Islamabad to complete his education.

Originally living with uncles in Bristol, he finished college before moving north to study at Liverpool university.

He worked hard through his first year but in his second year, tutors noticed his concentration and grades slipping.

Police believe that was the start of his problems with drugs.

poster campaign featuring the faces of a drugs gang jailed for 66 years has been launched by North Wales Police.

poster campaign featuring the faces of a drugs gang jailed for 66 years has been launched by North Wales Police.

The posters warn: "Serious Crime... Serious Time" - highlighting the face of Rhyl criminal John Gizzi.

The 39-year-old was jailed for 11 years earlier this month after he admitted conspiring to bring cocaine into Wales.

Police say they hope the billboards in areas where the drugs gang operated will act as a deterrent to others considering a life of crime.

"We want to highlight to those involved in drugs, their families and associates, that no matter how small a part they play in a drugs operation the North Wales Police will seek to bring them before the courts," said Assistant Chief Constable Gareth Pritchard.
"North Wales Police will continue to target those who deal in controlled drugs and those who help these dealers in anyway”

ACC Gareth Pritchard
"Increasing the supply of drugs to an area causes a rise in drug use and can lead to an increase in crime to pay for the drugs. This increase in crime disrupts the lives of many law abiding people in the community."

The posters are being placed in and around Rhyl, Pensarn and Colwyn Bay.

Two men found dead on a traveller site after being shot were embroiled in a dispute

Two men found dead on a traveller site after being shot were embroiled in a dispute after a shooting earlier this year, detectives believe.
Police said it was the second shooting incident in weeks at the site in Beck Row, Suffolk.
Officers investigated after a vehicle was shot at on February 17. No-one was hurt but a number of people were arrested and released on bail pending further inquiries.
Police are trying to establish whether there is a link between the two incidents at the site, which is near the United States Air Force base at Lakenheath.
Officers are attempting to identify the two men, whose bodies were both found at the site. One was found on the ground, the second in a burning car, officers said.
The investigation continued after David Cameron said the killings were a "dreadful crime".
Speaking at Prime Minister's Question Time earlier, Mr Cameron said the deaths were "very disturbing". But he reassured MPs that the police would do "everything they could" to bring the killers to justice.
Chief Superintendent Stewart Gull said armed officers were patrolling the area.
"We believe the deaths are connected to an ongoing dispute," he said. "We are looking to establish what happened. Our primary aim is to establish the identity of these two men."
He added: "We will be looking to establish whether there is any correlation between these shootings and the previous incident."

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

mayor of Wolverhampton has been arrested after cannabis plants were found by police at an industrial unit.

mayor of Wolverhampton has been arrested after cannabis plants were found by police at an industrial unit.

Liberal Democrat Malcolm Gwinnett was detained by Staffordshire Police on Saturday on suspicion of growing cannabis after the raid in Wombourne.

Mr Gwinnett, 58, said he had been "temporarily" arrested and strongly denied any wrongdoing. He has been bailed by police.

He said the plants were found in an annexe near a unit he rents out.

'I don't smoke'
The councillor for Spring Vale, who was elected mayor in May 2010, said: "It just happened to be next to my unit but it has nothing to do with me.

"I have no history with the police, in fact they thought it was funny.

"I don't smoke and I haven't been down to the unit since December," said Mr Gwinnett, who has been a councillor for 21 years.

The leisure firm boss from Pendeford in Wolverhampton said he did not think his arrest would damage his reputation or compromise his position on the council.

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said a drugs warrant had been executed at A1 Tyres in Ounsdale Road, Wombourne, at 1000 GMT on Saturday.

He said a 58-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of the cultivation of cannabis and bailed pending further inquiries.

PEACHES Geldof may be grilled by cops after a shop assistant claimed she grabbed a £70 dress and legged it without paying

Peaches Geldof Signed PhotoPEACHES Geldof may be grilled by cops after a shop assistant claimed she grabbed a £70 dress and legged it without paying.
The daughter of Live Aid hero Sir Bob is said to have been recognised by the girl as the vintage dress was torn off a hanger.

The store owner yesterday contacted cops to report the alleged theft. Officers are investigating, and Peaches, 22, could be questioned soon.

There was no CCTV in place at Vintage King in Camden, North London. But a source said: "The assistant says she recognised Peaches as she came in.

"She says she saw Peaches rip the dress from a hanger and run out of the shop with it. It was apparently very blatant.

"The assistant ran after her, but didn't want to leave the shop unattended."

Peaches has been involved in THREE previous shoplifting claims, but was not prosecuted after either returning or paying for items.

A source said: "There have been a number of misunderstandings over Peaches leaving shops without paying.

British reggae star Smiley Culture has died during a police raid in Surrey.



The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has said it will investigate the death of the musician, whose real name is David Emmanuel.

The IPCC said he died of a suspected stab wound when Met Police officers carried out an arrest warrant at a house in Warlingham at 0700 GMT.

Mr Emmanuel, 48, had been due to face trial next week accused of conspiracy to supply cocaine.

His biggest hit was 1984's Police Officer.

The record reached number 12 in the UK charts. His other singles included Cockney Translation and Schooltime Chronicle.

Karl Ness was convicted of a string of offences after a five-week hearing at Newcastle Crown Court.

Karl Ness was convicted of a string of offences after a five-week hearing at Newcastle Crown Court.
Fellow conspirator Qhuram Awan was sentenced to life with a minimum of 20 years.
Ness, 26, from Dudley in North Tyneside, was with Moat on the night he shot his ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart and killed her new boyfriend Chris Brown - who he believed was a police officer - last July.
Both men now have a long time in which to reflect on their cowardly actions.
Detective Superintendent Jim Napier
Awan, 23, from Blyth in Northumberland, was the driver 24 hours later when Moat was "hunting for officers" to murder.
PC David Rathband was left for dead in his police patrol car after Moat shot him twice. He survived but was left blind.
The pair had claimed they had been held hostage and were forced to help Moat at gunpoint, but during the trial the jury was shown CCTV footage of them carrying out shopping trips for supplies as Moat hid miles away.
In sentencing the two men, Mr Justice McCombe said: "While the offences may not have been committed without Moat, it is difficult to see that they could have been committed in the manner they were without Ness and Awan respectively.

Monday, 14 March 2011

Crime boss Hugh McGeough and his wife Jackie were found at their Legahory Court flat last Monday night.

funerals of the husband and wife murdered in Craigavon took place yesterday.

Crime boss Hugh McGeough and his wife Jackie were found at their Legahory Court flat last Monday night.

Both had been shot in the head in a gangland-style killing.

They were buried following Requiem Mass at St Anthony’s Church in Craigavon.

The media were told to stay away from their funeral.

Security sources investigating the murders believe McGeough knew his killer, who is said to be from the Craigavon area.

A prolific drug dealer, McGeough was well known to police and was jailed for nine years over the 2001 killing of Craigavon teen Peter McNally.

The McGeoughs married in 2000 — and their wedding day ended in violence with a police riot squad moving in to clear guests.

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head of an organised crime gang who ran an international prostitution ring from Pembrokeshire has been ordered to hand over almost £2million of criminal profits.



SOCA, the Serious Organised Crime Agency, was granted a Confiscation Order for £1,902,496 in Cardiff Crown Court against Thomas Carroll from Carlow, after His Honour Judge Bidder QC ruled his assets, including properties in Wales and South Africa, were purchased with the proceeds of crime.

Carroll is already serving a seven year prison sentence, and will face another 10 years if he fails to meet the order.

HHJ Bidder QC said: "This defendant has shown that he is prepared to squirrel away in properties abroad the proceeds of his prostitution business. He is a convicted money launderer. He is determined and astute."

Thomas Carroll, aged 49, ran his business from a rented house in Castlemartin with his partner Shamiela Clark, aged 33 and his 27 year-old daughter Toma Carroll.

One room in the house was a dedicated call centre where they coordinated their clients’ calls.

They could receive up to 300 calls a day for their brothels throughout the UK and Ireland. A Confiscation Order was granted against Shamiela Clark at Cardiff Crown Court for £360,000 in September.

If she does not pay within six months she will serve a further three years in prison.

Two more men have been charged with the attempted murder of a man who was shot in north Manchester.

Two more men have been charged with the attempted murder of a man who was shot in north Manchester.

Police found the victim with a gunshot wound to his thigh when they were called to a disturbance at Carmel Court in Blackley at 0730 GMT on 2 March.

The man was taken to hospital where he is continuing to recover.

Two men, both aged 20 from London and St Albans, are due to appear at Manchester City Magistrates' Court later.

Two other men, both aged 23, have previously been charged with attempted murder.

POLICE divers have searched a stretch of the Old River Ancholme in Brigg, as the hunt continues for the remains of Adam Vincent.



The same police dive team which found a human leg in Tetney Lock, and sparked raids and searches across Humberside, was called in again to search Brigg for the remaining body parts.

Humberside Police confirmed that the search under the A18 road bridge, where it crosses the Old River Ancholme in Brigg was in relation to the Adam Vincent murder inquiry.

A police spokesman said: "Investigations are continuing with searches continuing in and around the Tetney Lock and areas of Humberside to recover the remains of Mr Vincent."

Police search teams began sweeping the River Thames after they received a tip-off a murder weapon had been dumped by Wandsworth Bridge.



On Wednesday morning, officers launched an initial three day hunt for the gun used to shoot Darcy Austin-Bruce, 20, from Fulham, who was killed outside Wandsworth Prison after going to visit an inmate on May 1, 2009.

After receiving fresh information the gun had been thrown into the Thames from Wandsworth Bridge, police began scouring the river bed around the bridge.

However, the search has been extended into this week after a barge on the south side of the river bank was unable to be moved and prevented police from searching that area.

Detective Chief Inspector Gordon Allison, of Operation Trident, who is leading the investigation team, said: “We received intelligence that the firearm may have been flung into the river.

“We want to send out a message that we are going to keep going, and we are going to go that extra mile.

“We will put as many resources into the job as possible and it is something that we haven’t forgotten.”

Rupert Ross, 29, of Vera Road, Fulham, Khori Hines, 34, from Rosebury Road, Fulham, and Casper Smith, 27, of no fixed address, have all been charged with murder.

They appeared at a case management hearing in February and will face trial later this year.

A man convicted in his absence for his part in a £750,000 stolen car ring has been arrested

A man convicted in his absence for his part in a £750,000 stolen car ring has been arrested, police have said.
Joanas Bondarenko, 36, was held by the Metropolitan Police in Edmonton, London, Essex police said.
Bondarenko was jailed for seven years at Chelmsford Crown Court on July 1 last year and circulated later as wanted, an Essex police spokeswoman said.
He will appear before Chelmsford Crown Court tomorrow, she added.
The case followed a police investigation into a gang of Lithuanians who received stolen cars taken from homes across London and the Home Counties where burglaries were committed to obtain the keys before the vehicles were driven away.
Essex Police probed the theft of up to 70 high-value cars in an operation codenamed Nidus.
The crimes were discovered after gang members hired an Audi A4, a Mercedes C180 and a Vauxhall Astra from hire companies at Stansted airport in April 2009. All three of these cars were not returned and were later recovered with cloned identities.
Further investigations revealed the thefts which followed the burglaries.
The gang specialised in handling stolen BMWs, Mercedes, Audis and top-of-the-range Volkswagens.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Thousands of pounds worth of second hand clothes are being stolen from clothing banks in Westminster.

Thousands of pounds worth of second hand clothes are being stolen from clothing banks in Westminster.

Westminster Council said gangs were using bolt cutters to break in to the area's 25 clothing banks and in some cases have lifted the banks on to lorries.

A council spokesman said the gangs were taking up to £200 worth of clothing in each of the area's 25 banks.

Collections are being increased and wardens are monitoring the banks.

'Criminal groups'
All items deposited in the clothing banks are given to London branches of the charity Scope, which raises funds for people with cerebral palsy.

National recycling manager for Scope Nick Wilks said all of their textile banks had a number of key safety and security features which they were continuously looking to improve.

"It is shocking that anyone would steal a donation intended for sale in a charity shop.

"While I'm sure the public will be pleased to know that the vast majority of stock generously donated to us is sold through our shops and raises the maximum possible for our work with disabled people, we are concerned by the actions of what appears to be organised criminal groups in this area."

MURDER suspect is being quizzed after phoning to tell police he was bringing them a dead body.

MURDER suspect is being quizzed after phoning to tell police he was bringing them a dead body.

The man, 22, was held after taking the body of a 49-year-old man to Chester ­station by car yesterday.

A woman, 20, held over an assault in nearby ­Frodsham, ­Cheshire, on Friday, was also quizzed on suspicion of murder.

A post-mortem is due on the unnamed victim.

Police corruption was a debilitating factor to those earlier inquiries. This was wholly unacceptable

Three men walked free over the axe killing of 37-year-old Daniel Morgan 24 years ago amid claims police concealed damaging evidence about supergrass witnesses.

Private detective Daniel's family yesterday called for a judicial inquiry into the handling of the case.



The dad of two was bludgeoned to death in the car park of a pub in Sydenham, South London, in March 1987.

His business partner Jonathan Rees is said to have paid his ex-wife's brothers, Glenn and Garry Vian, £25,000 to kill him.

Det Sgt Sid Fillery, an officer on the original probe, retired a year after the killing and took Daniel's job. Cops suspected he colluded with the killers.

They sank vast resources into the investigation, spending £245,000 in 2002 on a HOUSE next to a suspect to bug him. Three supergrasses - one convicted over a drug smuggling plot and a second with a personality disorder - were also rehoused at the taxpayers' expense.

In April 2008, Rees, Fillery, the Vian brothers, and alleged getaway driver Jimmy Cook, 56, were charged over the murder.


Victim ... Daniel Morgan lies dead in car park
More than 750,000 pages of documents were handed to the defence after FIVE police probes in 21 years.

But the supergrass evidence was gradually eliminated in 18 months of legal argument costing millions.

They were found to have lied or covered up their own criminality, which police were accused of failing to disclose to the defence.


Cleared ... from left, William Rees, Glenn Vian and Garry Vian
Last year a murder charge against Mr Cook, 56, of Kingsworth, Surrey, was dropped. Earlier, a charge of perverting justice was thrown out against Mr Fillery, 64, of Thurne, Norfolk.

The CPS yesterday threw in the towel against Mr Rees, 56, of Weybridge, Surrey, Glenn Vian, 52, of South Croydon, Surrey, and Garry Vian, 50, who is serving 11 years over drugs.



It came after the Old Bailey heard yet more evidence had not been disclosed. Met homicide boss Det Chief Supt Hamish Campbell said: "Police corruption was a debilitating factor to those earlier inquiries. This was wholly unacceptable."



He said: "We recognise the severe disappointment this will cause to Daniel's family and friends."

Daniel's brother Alistair, 62, said: "For almost a quarter of a century, my family has done everything possible to secure justice.

"For much of this time we have encountered stubborn obstruction, and worse, at the highest levels of the Metropolitan Police."

 

man was found dead in the street in Hammersmith on Friday night.

man was found dead in the street in Hammersmith on Friday night.

Police were called to reports of a street fight in Sulgrave Road at 7.40pm where a man, in his late 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene by London Ambulance Service paramedics.

The victim has yet to be formally identified and a post-mortem is being arranged.

A 31-year-old and 27-year-old man have been arrested in connection with the incident and the death is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police's Homicide and Serious Crime Command team.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Polish Roma criminal gangs are luring poor Poles to the UK

BBC’s 5 Live Investigates programme reports that Polish Roma criminal gangs are luring poor Poles to the UK, only to steal their identities in a welfare benefits scam.
 
Anna, who is featured in the programme, was a single mother in Poland who had been abandoned by her partner. In that vulnerable state she was approached by what was an old school friend, who promised her a job and accommodation in the UK.
 
When she got to the UK, however, she was taken into the hands of a criminal gang to stole her identity and used her details to claim welfare benefits.
 
“In some areas of Poland unemployment is 20 percent. So if they are promised to be paid all the expenses, accommodation and travel, then why not come [to the UK]?”, Polish researcher for the BBC, Kasia Kopacz said.
 
"At the time, when I came to the UK, I was not able to speak or read in English,” Anna told the BBC.
 
“I had no idea what she, as my interpreter, said on my behalf, and what kind of questions the Jobcentre officer asked her. I had no idea what is legal and what is not.
 
"The gang applied, on my behalf, for child benefit, working tax credit and child tax credit - and they registered me as self-employed."
 
A self-employed person can claim up to 7,000 pounds in benefits in the UK.
Anna has since escaped the clutches of the Polish Roma gang. But many other Poles from poor areas of Poland are thought to have been caught up in what Interpol believes is a mainly UK phenomenon.

Jonathan Rees was acquitted of the murder of his former business partner, Daniel Morgan, who was found in a south London car park in 1987 with an axe in the back of his head.

man cleared of murder can be named as a private investigator with links to corrupt police officers who earned £150,000 a year from the News of the World for supplying illegally obtained information on people in the public eye.

Jonathan Rees was acquitted of the murder of his former business partner, Daniel Morgan, who was found in a south London car park in 1987 with an axe in the back of his head. The case collapsed after 18 months of legal argument, during which it has been impossible for media to write about Rees's Fleet Street connections.

The ending of the trial means it is now possible for the first time to tell how Rees went to prison in December 2000 after a period of earning six-figure sums from the News of the World.

Rees, who had worked for the paper for seven years, was jailed for planting cocaine on a woman in order to discredit her during divorce proceedings. After his release from prison Rees, who had been bugged for six months by Scotland Yard because of his links with corrupt police officers, was rehired by the News of the World, which was being edited by Andy Coulson.

The revelations call into question David Cameron's judgment in choosing Coulson as director of communications at 10 Downing Street in May 2010. Both he and the deputy prime minister had been warned in March 2010 about Coulson's responsibility for rehiring Rees after his prison sentence.

Nick Clegg had been informed in detail about Jonathan Rees's murder charge, his prison sentence and his involvement with police corruption – and that he and three other private investigators had committed crimes for the News of the World while Coulson was deputy editor or editor.

In September 2002 the Guardian published a lengthy exposé of Rees's involvement with police corruption and illegal newsgathering. But since April 2008 the press have been prevented from revealing Rees's connections with the News of the World, or placing it in the context of News International's denials about any knowledge of illegal activity on behalf of the company.

News International had until recently claimed there was just one "rotten apple" at the company and that the paper had no knowledge of the illegal activities of another private investigator, Glenn Mulcaire, who was paid £100,000 before being sent to jail in 2007.

Rebekah Wade, now chief executive of News International, was deputy editor of the News of the World from 1998-2000 and editor from 2000 to 2003. Coulson was deputy editor of the News of the World from 2000 and editor from 2003 to 2007. Rees worked for the paper until 2000, when he was jailed for seven years, and then again after his release from prison in 2005.

Rees, now aged 56, worked regularly for the Daily Mirror and the Sunday Mirror as well as for the News of the World. His numerous targets included members of the royal family whose bank accounts he penetrated; political figures including Peter Mandelson and Alastair Campbell; rock stars such as Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger and George Michael; the Olympic athlete Linford Christie and former England footballer Gary Lineker; TV presenters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan; and people associated with tabloid story topics, including the daughter of the former miners leader Arthur Scargill and the family of the Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe.

Jonathan Rees paid a network of corrupt police officers who sold him confidential records. He boasted of other corrupt contacts in banks and government organisations; hired specialists to "blag" confidential data from targets' current accounts, phone records and car registration; allegedly used "Trojan horse" emails to extract information from computers; and – according to two sources – commissioned burglaries to obtain material for journalists.

AXE murder trial involving claims of police corruption collapsed yesterday

AXE murder trial involving claims of police corruption collapsed yesterday exactly 24 years after the horrific crime.

The fresh probe into a private detective’s execution ended in fiasco when the prosecution offered no evidence against the defendants.

An axe was embedded to the hilt in Daniel Morgan’s face after he uncovered an alleged drugs network of “bent” Scotland Yard officers.

But yesterday Glenn Vian, 50, was cleared of murder, along with brother Garry, 52, and Daniel’s business partner Jonathan Rees, 56.Ex-detective Sid Fillery, involved in the original inquiry, had already been cleared of perverting justice after months of legal argument at the Old Bailey.

Police have carried out five separate inquiries costing £30million into the brutal murder in Sydenham, South London, in March 1987.

The latest case revolved around three supergrasses whose evidence was discredited. One, Gary Eaton, claimed he had turned down £50,000 to carry out the hit but watched as Glenn Vian allegedly attacked Daniel, 37, with an axe in the Golden Lion pub car park. His evidence was ruled inadmissible after a professor had dismissed him as a “psychopath”.

Karl Ness and Qhuram Awan wept in the dock as a jury found them guilty of attempting to murder PC David Rathband, who was shot and blinded by Moat.

Karl Ness and Qhuram Awan wept in the dock as a jury found them guilty of attempting to murder PC David Rathband, who was shot and blinded by Moat.

Ness was also found guilty of the murder of Chris Brown, new boyfriend of Moat’s ex-girlfriend Sam Stobbart.

Previously unseen footage of their arrest, four days after the deranged killer shot and seriously injured Sam and murdered Chris, 29, was released by Northumbria Police, along with a haunting image of PC Rathband’s shotgun-riddled patrol car.

The officer held hands with wife Kath in the public gallery of Newcastle crown court as the verdicts were announced. She and his son Ash, 18, wept as victim Sam, 23, broke down behind them.

Chris’s mother Sally and sister Beckie hugged each other for comfort, tears rolling down their cheeks.

Outside court, PC Rathband said: “I am extremely pleased with the verdicts. They have lied throughout the trial and both will now go to prison.

“I have a lifetime to live, they have a lifetime to reflect. I am sure that I am in a better place than them.”

Armed cops used stun grenades to capture the duo, who kept Moat one step ahead of Britain’s biggest manhunt.

Friday, 11 March 2011

DRUG dealing granny who was previously ordered to hand over £30,000 of drugs money to the courts has been hit in the pocket again.




Joyce Burnside, who has also been known by the name of Joyce McDiarmid and has convictions for drugs offences, has had confiscation orders slapped on her to fork out £37,200 under the Proceeds of Crime Act in the last seven years.

In the latest court proceedings, the 54-year-old granny will lose £2,200 which was recovered from her home in Harbour View during a police raid.

An order for forfeiture was made at Inverness Sheriff Court despite the twice-convicted drug dealer claiming it was not drug money.

The raid took place in December 2009 and the search disclosed a small quantity of cannabis, drug-related paraphernalia and cash.

Burnside claimed the cash had been obtained legitimately. But this explanation was rejected by Sheriff Ian Abercrombie and no appeal was lodged by her.

The biggest cash penalty involving Burnside came in 2004 after a police raid four years earlier recovered 13.5kg of cannabis with a street value of around £70,000 from her then home at Rowan Road which she shared with her son Stephen Burnside.

The pair both avoided jail sentences, but the Criminal Confiscation Unit and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service pursued the case and the Court of Session ordered the confiscation of £35,000 of her assets.

At the time, Burnside attacked the decision, claiming she was being used as a "political pawn" and claimed she would have to sell her flat to pay up.

The news of the latest drug money confiscation order came in the same week another city drug dealer was hit heavily in the pocket by the proceeds of crime legislation.

Thirty-six-year-old Jamie King, who was jailed in 2009 for 12 years for being concerned in the supply of class A drugs, was ordered by the High Court in Edinburgh to pay £22,645.

And a few months ago an order for forfeiture of £1,570 was made against 46-year-old David Robertson of Knocknagael, Inverness.

Money recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 is invested into community projects aimed at alleviating crime.

A Northern Constabulary spokesman said: "We welcome all cases where the Proceeds of Crime Act is enforced which takes back from those who have financially gained by criminal means."

Lesley Thomson, from the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, added: "Working with police and law enforcement agencies we will continue to target those who seek to benefit from crime, disrupt and dismantle their illegal enterprises and ensure they are brought to justice.

"In addition to any sentence the courts impose, we will use the effective tools available to us under Proceeds of Crime legislation and be determined in our efforts to confiscate their cash and assets so they can be put to good use for the decent law abiding people in our communities across Scotland."

drugs baron who was jailed after hatching a plot to smuggle cocaine has failed in a bid to overturn his convictions.

drugs baron who was jailed after hatching a plot to smuggle cocaine has failed in a bid to overturn his convictions.

But cocaine dealer Golay Gonal, 49, formerly of Tiverton, did have his prison sentence slashed at the Court of Appeal.

He was caged for 26 years at Bristol Crown Court last May after he was convicted of a string of drugs and money laundering charges.

Yesterday, Lord Justice Richards, Mr Justice Bean and Mr Justice Spencer rejected criticism of the guilty verdicts, but said the sentence was too long and cut it to 22 years.

REPORTS of attacks on staff by inmates of Walton Prison

REPORTS of attacks on staff by inmates of Walton Prison paint an alarming picture of life within its walls.

They suggest a worrying breakdown in discipline and a disturbing and dangerous lack of respect for authority in the jail.

Appallingly, it appears the gang violence we have too often seen on the streets of Liverpool is becoming part of prison life in the city.

So serious has been the situation in Walton that it had to be put into lockdown as there were fears of a riot.

This followed assaults on five prison officers in one morning. Around 30 prisoners were identified as ringleaders after the unprecedented scenes of violence and transferred out of Liverpool.

That officers should feel unsafe as they go about their daily duties is a truly terrible state of affairs and one which has to be addressed if we are to ensure that it isn’t the prisoners who end up running our prisons.

There is also a clear suggestion that a reduction in the number of prison officers in Walton in recent years has had a major bearing on the situation – though, in the current climate, the idea that more staff could be hired is probably pie in the sky.

The violence may involve a minority, but it is a sizeable minority – and such troublemakers are capable of causing a great deal of harm, both to staff and other inmates.

All prisoners are inside to be punished – as well, hopefully, as rehabilitated – but they, like the staff, have a right to safety.

There must simply be zero tolerance of attacks on staff, with severe penalties – in the form of extended sentences – handed out to those who wish to bring anarchy to the jail system.

And the transferring of those at the heart of the trouble is something that could possibly be built on – splitting up those identified as gang leaders inside the jail by moving them to other prisons could be one way of preventing future flashpoints.

POLICE were last night still questioning a 27-year-old man over the murder of a Barnsley dad shot dead in his home.



Lee William Gray, aged 32, of Greenwood Avenue, Worsbrough, was killed in the early hours of Saturday. Worried neighbours claim his toddler son was asleep beside him.

A man in his 30s, arrested on Monday, has been released without charge.

Police today confirmed Mr Gray was involved in a car crash hours before he was killed. West Yorkshire Police are investigating the collision in Newmillerdam, Wakefield. A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “We have not yet established whether the road traffic collision has any connection.

police hunted for three men, one of whom had threatened an officer with a handgun.

Hundreds of schoolchildren had their lessons disrupted yesterday as police hunted for three men, one of whom had threatened an officer with a handgun. Two schools – Blatchington Mill and Hove Park – in Hove, East Sussex, were placed under lockdown and parents were unable to collect their children until the threat level receded. Earlier in the day a policeman encountered three men at a subway in Aldrington train station. One was brandishing a machete and another pulled out a gun and threatened him. The gang fled as the officer took cover. The search for the men was continuing on Thursday night.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Adam Vincent's leg was discovered by a passer-by at Tetney Lock, Lincolnshire, on 3 March

Six men have been charged by police investigating the murder of a Grimsby man whose body parts were found in a canal.

Adam Vincent's leg was discovered by a passer-by at Tetney Lock, Lincolnshire, on 3 March. Further remains were found by police on 4 and 6 March.

Officers are continuing to search for more of the 33-year-old's remains.

The six men are due before Grimsby magistrates charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Road rage killer Kenny Noye yesterday launched an appeal against his conviction for murder

Road rage killer Kenny Noye yesterday launched an appeal against his conviction for murder after a key witness at his original trial was branded “dangerously incompetent”.

Pathologist Dr Michael Heath had to resign after 20 complaints against him in unrelated cases were upheld, the Court of Appeal in London heard.

His evidence helped convict Noye, now 63, of murder after he stabbed Steven Cameron, 21, at Swanley, Kent, in 1996.

During the original trial, Dr Heath claimed that Noye must have used “severe force” to pierce Mr Cameron’s heart. But Clare Montgomery QC, representing Noye, said that he waved the knife at Mr Cameron in a bid to ward him away and then struck twice in self defence as his victim punched and kicked him.

And another pathologist, Dr Nat Cary, said “moderate force” was a fairer description. The case continues.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Road rage killer Kenneth Noye is appealing against his murder conviction

Road rage killer Kenneth Noye is appealing against his murder conviction today.

Noye, now 63, was jailed for life at the Old Bailey in 2000 for the fatal stabbing of 21-year-old Stephen Cameron on an M25 slip road at Swanley in Kent in 1996.

In 2001 he had a conviction challenge dismissed by appeal judges.

His case is now being looked at again following a decision to refer the case to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), the independent body which investigates possible miscarriages of justice.

Noye previously applied to the CCRC in 2003 for a review of his case, but in October 2006 it decided not to refer the conviction.

But last year a spokesman for the CCRC announced: "Having carried out a thorough review of Mr Noye's case, that has included consideration of the pathology evidence at trial and new expert evidence acquired since the original decision in October 2006, the Commission has decided to refer Mr Noye's conviction to the Court of Appeal on the grounds that there is a real possibility that the court may quash the conviction as unsafe."

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Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Drug crimes linked to cruiseships soar 52%

Cruise Ship StoriesDrug crimes linked to cruiseships soar 52% — Lloyd's list DCN: "Drug crimes linked to US cruise ships soared by 52% last year to 663, according to the US Border Agency.


UK based, Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) told Lloyd’s List there had also been a sharp increase in drug smuggling on cruise ships, which prompted it to issue a specific alert to cruise lines.

SOCA said that despite its alert, cruise operators are down playing the problem and continue to rely on existing security measures to deal with the problem.

The upsurge appears to be linked to professional drug gangs increasingly targeting cruise vessels.

According to the law enforcement agencies, drug gangs have turned to cruise ships because drug enforcement agencies have worked hard to stifle smuggling routes using yachts, fishing boats, cargo vessels and aircraft.

The gangs now see cruise ships as alternative vehicles for carrying drugs."

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Convicted gangster John Gizzi given fresh 11 year term

Convicted gangster John Gizzi given fresh 11 year term: "convicted gangster from Conwy has been jailed for 11 years at Caernarfon Crown Court for running a drugs gang.

John Gizzi, 39, from St George near Abergele, admitted conspiring to bring cocaine into Wales.

Nine other men from Towyn, Rhyl, Kinmel Bay and Liverpool were imprisoned for between four-and-a-half and nine years for their part.

Judge Merfyn Hughes QC told Gizzi - who was once described as a bully and thug - he had a 'primary role' in the gang.

In 2006 millionaire Gizzi was jailed for five-and-a-half years after a trial heard he was a 'thug' and 'bully' who assaulted homeless people and preyed on the weak and vulnerable in the Rhyl area.

His sentence was later extended when he was ordered to repay £2.6m under a Proceeds of Crime Act ruling.

He was eventually freed in March 2009 after a judge at Mold Crown Court heard he had repaid £1m, after all his assets were sold.

His latest cocaine crimes were uncovered following an undercover police operation which at one stage discovered £29,000 stuffed under the seat of a car."

Murder investigation after Barnsley man shot in head

Murder investigation after Barnsley man shot in head: "A murder investigation has been started after a man was shot in the head in a South Yorkshire town.

Lee William Gray, 32, was found dead at his home in Greenwood Avenue in the Worsbrough area of Barnsley on Saturday morning.

A post-mortem examination revealed that he died from a gunshot wound to the head.

South Yorkshire Police said a man and woman aged in their 30s had been arrested on suspicion of murder."

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Stewart Downing in court over £500k fraud row with former agent

Stewart Downing in court over £500k fraud row with former agent : "Aston Villa winger Stewart Downing has claimed in court that a former agent defrauded him of more than £500,000.

The England star, 26, was a prosecution witness in York Crown Court on Monday as 53-year-old Ian Elliott - Downing's agent when he signed his first contract at Middlesbrough worth £11,000 a week - denied four counts of fraud.

Downing, who was introduced to Elliott by Chris Waddle, said: 'I relied on him to do most things on the business side. I then discovered a lot of money missing.'

The case is expected to last three weeks."

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Monday, 7 March 2011

Two bosses of a corrupt London-based safety deposit box business have been locked up for encouraging criminals to stash money and illegal guns and goods.

Two bosses of a corrupt London-based safety deposit box business have been locked up for encouraging criminals to stash money and illegal guns and goods.
Customers were even advised how to store items to avoid suspicion and detection.
Criminals flocked to the three sites in London's Park Lane, Hampstead and Edgware operated by Safe Deposit Centres Limited.
When the Metropolitan Police raided the premises as part of Operation Rize they discovered weapons, firearms, jewellery, fake passports, driving licences and stolen marriage certificates.
Crooks were charged tens of thousands of pounds to store their ill-gotten gains - which also included paintings, gold ingots, gold dust and millions of pounds in cash.
The investigation recovered £13 million and sparked 900 other criminal inquiries. Detectives say Operation Rize hit underworld networks dealing in child pornography, people- trafficking and international jewel crime.
Milton Woolf, 55, Jacqueline Swan, 47, and Leslie Sieff, 63, were sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on Monday after admitting a series of offences.
Woolf, of West Heath Drive, London, was jailed for four-and-a-half years having admitted 14 counts including money laundering and possession of a firearm. Swan, of Hexham Road, Barnet, was sentenced to 12 months behind bars after pleading guilty to seven counts of failing to disclose acts of money laundering.
Sieff, of Ranulf Road, London, was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £750 costs after admitting possessing 60,000 counterfeit US dollars.
Detective Superintendent Mark Ponting, from the Met's Economic and Specialist Crime Command, said: "Rize was an innovative money-laundering investigation targeting those who offered a service to organised crime, and in so doing has taken the proceeds of crime away from criminals and put cash back into the public purse. Already around £13 million has been returned to public coffers, with many more investigations outstanding.":Text may be subject to copyright.This blog does not claim copyright to any such text. Copyright remains with the original copyright holder.

Duchess of York admits Duke arranged for convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein to pay off her debts

Duchess: An Intimate Portrait of Sarah, Duchess of YorkDuchess of York admits Duke arranged for convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein to pay off her debts - Telegraph: "n her only interview since the scandal she confirmed that the Duke of York handled the negotiations, as first revealed by The Daily Telegraph.
She said that his office arranged for Jeffrey Epstein to give £15,000 to her former personal assistant, Johnny O'Sullivan, and apologised for a 'gigantic error of judgment'.
She said: 'I personally, on behalf of myself, deeply regret that Jeffrey Epstein became involved in any way with me. I abhor paedophilia and any sexual abuse of children and know that this was a gigantic error of judgment on my behalf.
'I am just so contrite I cannot say. Whenever I can I will repay the money and will have nothing ever to do with Jeffrey Epstein ever again.'
The revelation of the Duke's direct role in arranging the payment is likely to intensify pressure on him to step down from his role as trade ambassador."

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Arrests at Arsenal and Anfield in ticket touts probe

Arrests at Arsenal and Anfield in ticket touts probe: "Eight men have been arrested at the home grounds of Liverpool and Arsenal in an investigation into ticket touts.

Four were arrested near Arsenal's Emirates Stadium in north London before a match on Saturday. They have been released on bail until next month.

Another four were arrested close to Anfield Stadium on Sunday. They remain in custody.

The eight arrested men are between the ages of 23 and 47.

Det Ch Insp Nick Downing, of Operation Podium which is targeting illegal ticket sales, said: 'Ticket touting is an illegal business run by people to gain financially through the exploitation of clubs and their fans.

'Genuine fans need to be aware they are not only fuelling criminal activity when they buy from a tout, but also putting themselves at risk as they could find themselves amongst opposing supporters.'

The Metropolitan Police worked in partnership with Emirates Stadium, Anfield Stadium and Merseyside Police to carry out the operations."

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York murder: Three women and two men arrested

 York murder: Three women and two men arrested: "Three women and two men have been arrested in connection with a suspected murder in York.

A seriously injured 40-year-old man was found at a house in Middleton Road on Friday afternoon and taken to York Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

North Yorkshire Police arrested a 29-year-old man on Friday evening.

A 34-year-old man and three women, aged 26, 30 and 49, were arrested on Sunday. The 49-year-old woman was released on conditional bail.

The others were still in police custody on Monday.

The scene of the incident remained under police guard over the weekend to allow forensic investigators to carry out a detailed examination."

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Murder probe after more body parts found near Cleethorpes

Murder probe after more body parts found near Cleethorpes"MURDER inquiry has been launched following the discovery of body parts in countryside near Cleethorpes.

Police recovered a human leg from the Tetney Lock area of Lincolnshire, last Thursday and further searches of the area led to the discovery of other body parts on land near by on Friday and Sunday.

The victim has now been identified as Adam Vincent, 33, formerly of Alexandra Road, Grimsby.

Five men are now in custody being questioned over the grisly finds.

Four men aged 43, 31, 21, and 19 were arrested in the Grimsby area on Sunday, and a fifth man, aged 34, was arrested this morning.

Several properties in Grimsby and Scunthorpe have been cordoned off.

Police believe Mr Vincent’s death may be connected to his use of drugs."

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High Wycombe man remanded on murder charge

 High Wycombe man remanded on murder charge: "A man has been remanded in custody charged with the murder of a woman in Buckinghamshire.

Anthony Edward Mullett, 45, of West End Street, High Wycombe, is charged with murdering Danielle Van Der Zyden, 28, from the Downley area of High Wycombe.

She was found with stab wounds by police at an address in West End Street on Friday.

Mr Mullett, who appeared before High Wycombe magistrates, is due to appear at Reading Crown Court on Tuesday."

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Link to sex offender puts heat on Prince Andrew

Link to sex offender puts heat on Prince Andrew: "Prince Andrew could be axed by the government as the country’s roving trade ambassador because of his friendship with a convicted U.S. pedophile, newspapers reported on Monday.

The 50-year-old prince, Queen Elizabeth’s second son, has been a special representative for a government body promoting British businesses abroad and seeking to attract foreign investment since 2001.

However, government sources have told the media that his position was now in jeopardy because of his relationship with New York financier Jeffrey Epstein who was sentenced to 18 months in jail for child sex offences."

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Friday, 4 March 2011

The brother of murder victim Lesley Howell has said he is suspicious about the death of his father.

The brother of murder victim Lesley Howell has said he is suspicious about the death of his father.

Harry Clarke died just 11 days before his daughter Lesley and Trevor Buchanan were murdered by Colin Howell and his lover Hazel Stewart.

He had been staying with his daughter and son-in-law at the time. No post-mortem was carried out and cause of death was given as heart failure.

Chris Clarke said there was a 'very real possibility' he had been murdered.

Colin Howell has always denied harming his father-in-law.

However, Mr Clarke told BBC NI's Spotlight programme he was not convinced by Howell's denials

'He was a man in late middle age, he had a sudden death - I'm well aware men in late middle age do have sudden deaths,' he said.

'But when you look at the sequence of events in retrospect, he went from somebody in good health to dying very suddenly, very unexpectedly and I suppose you have to say at a very convenient time.'"

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Police raid Gateshead college suspected of immigration crime

Police raid Gateshead college suspected of immigration crime : "FIVE people were arrested today in a series of raids targeting a North-East college suspected of being used for immigration crime.

The arrests follow an extensive investigation into Castle College, in Gateshead, carried out by the UK Border Agency's North-East Immigration Crime Team.

In the wake of the arrests the independent college's licence to enrol overseas students was suspended.

Agency officers were on site at the college premises today advising and assisting genuine students arriving for studies.

Four of those arrested are senior staff at the college, described as a privately-owned institute of further education."

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police discovered details of 100,000 stolen credit cards and a trail back to the Gh0stMarket website.

Teenagers jailed for running £16m internet crime forum | UK news | The Guardian: "Three teenagers who founded and operated one of the world's largest English-language internet crime forums, described in court as 'Crimebook', have been sentenced to up to five years in custody.

Police estimate that losses from the thousands of credit details traded over the site, Gh0stMarket.net, amount to £16.2m. The web forum, which had 8,000 members worldwide, has been linked to hundreds of thousands of pounds of registered losses on 65,000 bank accounts.

Nicholas Webber, the site's owner and founder, was arrested in October 2009 with the site's administrator, Ryan Thomas, after trying to pay a £1,000 hotel bill using stolen card details. They were then 18 and 17. Webber was jailed for five years on Wednesday and Thomas for four years.

After seizing Webber's laptop, police discovered details of 100,000 stolen credit cards and a trail back to the Gh0stMarket website. Webber and Thomas jumped bail that December, fleeing to Majorca, but were rearrested when they flew back to Gatwick airport on 31 January 2010."

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GUNMAN was being hunted last night after a suspected gangland hit left a man badly injured

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Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Pair remanded over burnt-car murder

Pair remanded over burnt-car murder: "Two teenagers have been remanded in custody charged with the murder of a young television executive who was found dead in the boot of a burnt-out car in south east London, police said.
The body of Gagandip Singh, 21, was found after officers on patrol came across a blue Mercedes on fire in Angerstein Lane, Blackheath, south east London, at 2am on Saturday.
Harvinder Singh Shoker, 19, of Charlton Park Lane, Charlton, south east London, and Mundill Mahil, a 19-year-old woman, of Maidstone Road, Chatham, Kent, were remanded in custody at Greenwich Magistrates' Court.
They are due to appear at the Old Bailey on June 6 for a plea and case management hearing.
The body of Mr Singh, from Bexleyheath, an owner of new broadcaster Sikh TV, was discovered after police called the fire brigade to put out the blaze.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said another 19-year-old man was arrested on Minday on suspicion of Mr Singh's murder. He is in custody at a south London police station."

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Murder inquiry launched into death of man in Handsworth flat

Murder inquiry launched into death of man in Handsworth flat - Birmingham News - News - Birmingham Mail: "THE body of a man who had been stabbed to death was found slumped on the floor of a Birmingham flat.

Police were called to the ground floor flat in Austin Road, Handsworth, at 1pm on Sunday after an emergency call from a member of the public worried the man had not been seen for some time. Detectives said they were treating the death of the 53-year-old as suspicious.

Neighbours said they had heard the man had been stabbed and one claimed he had been repeatedly knifed in a premeditated attack.

The resident, who asked not to be named, said: “I knew him well and he used to look after me.

“I was with him last Wednesday. Someone phoned to say they were coming round to ‘sort him out’. That was the last time I saw him.”"

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Man gets life for party murder

Man gets life for party murder: "A knifeman who stabbed an innocent 16-year-old partygoer to death in Croydon in what a judge said was any parent's 'worst nightmare' has been jailed for life.
Wesley Sterling was simply 'in the wrong place at the wrong time' when he was killed by Carleto Salmons outside another youth's 16th birthday party.
Salmons, 28, was convicted of murder and told he must serve at least 20 years behind bars for the 'cowardly' crime, to applause from the public gallery.
The Old Bailey heard he may have mistakenly believed - simply because of the clothes that the victim was wearing - that Wesley was part of a gang who 'rushed' people as they left the Croydon sports arena last April.
In fact the teenager, who was training to be a carpenter, was an invited guest who had done nothing wrong and was trying to get back into the venue when the trouble flared up outside."

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Relative held over boy's murder

Relative held over boy's murder: "Police investigating the murder of a 14-year-old boy have arrested a relative, a senior officer said.
Northumbria Police said the teenager was found with serious stab wounds at a house in Newriggs in the Fatfield area of Washington, Tyne and Wear, at 12.15am on Tuesday.
He was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1.45am.
A 31-year-old man has been arrested and is currently in police custody.
Acting Chief Superintendent Alan Veitch said: 'This is a tragic loss and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the boy. A man has been arrested and is in police custody.
'This was an isolated incident that has happened inside the house, between two people who knew each other. They're relatives and we're not looking for anyone else in connection with this death.'
A post-mortem examination was due to be carried out later."

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Ex-head held in school fraud probe

The Headteacher Ex-head held in school fraud probe: "The former headteacher and deputy head of a school at the centre of claims of financial mismanagement have been arrested.
Sir Alan Davies, 64, former head of Copland Community School in Wembley, north-west London, is understood to have been arrested in relation to conspiracy to defraud the school.
Dr Richard Evans, 53, the former deputy head, is understood to have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud.
A 50-year-old woman is also being held on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and theft.
Scotland Yard said the arrests were in connection with an investigation into the alleged misappropriation of funds at Copland School.
All three are being interviewed at police stations in north-west London.
In January last year, Scotland Yard announced it was considering whether to launch a full criminal inquiry into allegations of financial mismanagement at the school.
It came after claims from a teacher at Copland that almost £1 million in bonuses had been paid to the senior leadership team over a period of seven years."

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(1) Ford prison riot adds to chequered history (1) Forfar man Christopher McIntosh jailed over heroin trafficking (1) Four Sussex men suspected of attempted murder after pub brawl (1) Four arrested as police raid wedding ceremony (1) Four in court over teenage footballer's murder (1) Four men arrested on suspicion of murder (1) Four men jailed over Manchester street stabbing murder (1) France (1) Fraud prevention detectives have today (1) Gallaghers' dad gets cop warning (1) Galo Bemudez (1) Gang caught loading van with 100kgs of heroin (1) Gang shootings and fights ‘commonplace’ (1) Gang war results in one death and five injured on the streets of Folkestone (1) Gangs of muggers stole thousands from student protesters (1) Gardai arrest 45 people over drug trafficking (1) Gardaí continue to quiz three over weapons (1) Garry Waring (1) Gipsy Hill murder: Six jailed for shooting 'peacemaker' (1) Girl (1) Gorleston (1) Great Yarmouth (1) Gun gangs targeted in police swoops (1) Gunman jailed for attempted murder in Bolton (1) Gunmen Christopher Bailiff (1) Gypsy gangs train five-year-olds to pickpocket on the streets of Britain (1) Harold Landry murder trial: (1) Hate crime figures paint a grim portrait of life in Britain (1) Hertfordshire Constabulary's ANPR Intercept Team stopped a vehicle travelling on the M11 near Bishop's Stortford (1) Holidaymakers flee Tunisia violence: (1) Honeymoon bride Anni Dewani's text 6 days before murder (1) Honour kill pair jailed (1) Ian Bowrem (1) Ian Griffin (1) Inside the Violent World of Britain’s Street Gangs (1) Jail for truckers in £2.3m drugs and gun smuggling gang (1) Jail increase for £53m Securitas raid matermind (1) Jail threat to Cumbrian gang-fight man (1) James 'Pancake' Taylor (1) Jamie Daniel is thought to be worth £10million (1) Jamie ‘The Iceman’ Stevenson in fight over stress files (1) Jeremy_Bamber (1) Jilted teenager who stabbed Asha Muneer to death facing life in jail (1) Jo Yeates Murder Accused Remanded (1) Jo Yeates murder inquiry: Arrested man still held (1) Jo Yeates murder: Hunt is like a jigsaw with pieces missing (1) Jo Yeates murder: New evidence uncovered (1) Jo Yeates: Accused Back In Court (1) Joanna Brown's husband charged with her murder (1) Joanna Yeates 'may have been strangled with own sock' (1) Joanna Yeates murder suspect Vincent Tabak 'had split with girlfriend (1) Joanna Yeates murder: Mother wants to play Jo in Crimewatch reconstruction | (1) Joanna Yeates murder: Similarities to unsolved murder of Glenis Carruthers in 1974 | Mail Online (1) Joseph Buckley (1) Just one criminal jailed for every 96 crimes (1) KERRY KATONA has been left devastated after her home was raided by thieves (1) Khuram Antonio Khan Garcia (1) Kitted out in body armour (1) Lancashire (1) Lancaster (1) Lance Lewis (1) Latvian man (1) Laurence Henry Shaw (1) Lawrence Taylor Co Ltd are believed to have cold-called investors (1) Layabout son killed parents over hangover row - (1) Lee Wallace (1) Leyland (1) Limerick double murder investigated (1) Lincoln arrests edge police closer to cracking drug syndicate (1) Liquidators to the Weavering Macro Fixed Income hedge fund were appointed in March (1) Liverpool drivers could hold key to solving Eddie Pybis murder (1) Liverpool teenager charged with stabbing murder (1) London fears new wave of gang deaths (1) Lostock Hall (1) Madeleine McCann is in America Private investigator claims (1) Magdalena Januszeska murder suspect arrested in Malton (1) Maidenhead arson murderer jailed for life (1) Man arrested over Bradford prostitute murders (1) Man arrested over murder of exiled Pakistani politician (1) Man bailed over "murder in the mist" killing of Liverpool FC fan Joey Cummins (1) Man released in Louth murder investigation (1) Man shot dead in Liverpool street (1) Mark Woodward (1) Martin Day (1) Matthew Clement (1) Mesut Karakas was under investigation for alleged corruption when he was secretly recorded discussing the kidnap and plot lines from the hit US TV series (1) Michael Caine puts Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan to shame (1) Michaela McAreavey murder accused held in Mauritius Alcatraz (1) Millionaire jailed for ex-wife murder bid (1) Miss Gentle (1) Missing Joanna Yeates: Similarities to Melanie murder are frightening (1) More arrests over Cheltenham iPhone murder (1) More than one murder a week is committed by a thug on bail (1) Murder case extradition ruling due (1) Murder investigation launched as post-mortem reveals Joanna Yeates was strangled (1) Murder probe after street stabbing (1) Mzoli's is in a dangerous area at night (1) NDLEA arrests first drug trafficker in 2011 (1) NRI man sentenced to life for murdering his wife (1) Naked Charles Bronson covered himself in butter (1) Naming of journalists in hacking scandal ordered (1) Napoli gangs attack Liverpool fans (1) New Asian sex slave gang arrests (1) New witness 'saw killers leave murder room' (1) Newly-wed cleared of murder after five months marriage (1) Newlywed Briton's wife killed after armed robbers hijack taxi in South Africa (1) Nightingale Road in Eston and West Dyke Road in Redcar (1) Nikitta Grender murder: Man (1) Nine arrests in York drug raids (1) Norfolk (1) Norwich area (1) Now Ian Huntley throat-slitter is held over prison murder of notorious child sex killer (1) One brother acquitted of Co Laois murder (1) Organised Crime Group sentenced to 39 years (1) POLICE have arrested a man in connection with the killing of Robertsbridge dad Julian Gardner (1) PSNI officer link to Dungannon murder case (1) Pat Finucane murder probe moves steps closer (1) Pentney (1) Pet crematorium owner Emma Bent pocketed cash and dumped pets in ditches (1) Plaistow (1) Police 'determined' to catch killer of Liverpool man (1) Police arrest 22 in Essex and east London drugs raids (1) Police arrest 44 in Gwent day of action (1) Police chief Jim Trotman 'set fire to car and tried to blame lover's husband' (1) Police crime scene officer killed in horror crash (1) Police dismiss link between Bannatyne’s shooting and ‘gangland’ crime (1) Police force plans to axe community officers (1) Police have identified 17 organised crime gangs (1) Police investigate attempted murder after car hits man (1) Police probe as cousin of gangster Stewart 'Speccy' Boyd found dead on woodland path (1) Police searching for the body of Mrs Brown last night sealed off part of Windsor Great Park as her husband was charged with her murder (1) Police shoot gunman dead after West Yorkshire siege (1) Police suspect murder after youth hit by bus (1) Police swoop in Haydock in 'organised crime' crackdown (1) Police want to trace a taxi driver (1) Police want to trace brothers over Salford stabbing (1) Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha claimed Mr Ross was tortured for 13 days before escaping from his captors in the village of Boliqueime (1) Prison Officers' Association said the violence started after staff tried to breathalyse prisoners. (1) Probe into crash link to Musselbrugh pub manager murder (1) Professor Green (1) Proportionately more criminals in Britain are sentenced for violent and sexual offences than in most other European countries. (1) RAF servicemen jailed for cigarette smuggling scam (1) Racist gang's glass attack raises fears of pub owners (1) Reggie (1) Robert Nairac trial views TV interview with murder accused (1) Royal car attack: Duchess of Cornwall laughs off student protest fees scare (1) SIX MEMBERS of a south London gang have been found guilty of the murder of 22-year-old Ezra Mills. (1) SOCA advises cruise agencies and cruise lines how to recognize signs that passengers might be inclined to smuggle drugs or other contraband (1) Sainsbury's techie jailed for loyalty card scam (1) Sally McGrath death: Arrest number two (1) Scotland pressured to free Megrahi (1) Scotland-based crime gang suspected of trafficking women to work as prostitutes in Belfast was arrested this month (1) Scots drugs gang jailed (1) Scots legal upheaval as 3500 convicts win new appeals (1) Scottish criminals 'only jailed after 40 convictions' (1) Seven arrested over drugs (1) Seven men have been arrested after detectives from the PSNI Organised Crime Branch seized £500 (1) Sex crimes up as 14 (1) Sex swap hip hop diva wanted over Claudia Aderotimi 'butt boost' death (1) Shrien (1) Shrien Dewani 'right to be worried' about handling of Anni Dewani murder case (1) Shrien Dewani Mastermind To Murder Or Paralysed Victim (1) Shrien Dewani says he and his wife (1) Shropshire man accused of triple murder appears in court (1) Sinn Fein (1) Sinn Fein leaders 'knew about bank raid' (1) Six arrests following drug raids in Glossop (1) South Africa honeymoon murder (1) South Africa honeymoon murder accused denied bail (1) South African honeymoon murder claim 'is ludicrous' (1) South African police are on the verge of revealing the motive behind the murder of Anni Dewani (1) South Norwood builder pleads guilty to smuggling cannabis (1) Spanish National Police have intercepted a British registered yacht on the high seas off the Portuguese coast (1) Staff from Browne Mackenzie (1) Stella English is a gangster's moll with a troubled past (1) Steven Purcell quizzed by cops on return (1) Student left dying in street after being stabbed by muggers (1) Suffolk (1) Suitcase death spy was not gay (1) Suspect in murder of British woman to publish writings from fugitive days (1) Swindon; and Anthony Belcher (1) Swindon; received seven years. (1) Teacher in murder quiz was having affair with sex shop girl (1) Teenage robbery gang jailed (1) Teenager stabbed to death in south London (1) Ten Ghanaians on board an Accra-New York flight of Delta Airlines (1) The Base pub in Ashington (1) The Elland Mad Dogs and the Lee Mount Loonies (1) The arrests were related to recent 'distributed denial of service' (DDoS) attacks by an online group calling themselves Anonymous (1) The detective leading a murder investigation after a man was found shot dead in a disused Smethwick factory today refused to rule out a “gangland killing”. (1) The faces of the 10 latest suspected criminals hiding from police on the "Costa del Crime" have been published (1) Three arrested over iPhone murder: (1) Three arrests after ‘massive disturbance’ in Malton (1) Three arrests and £60 (1) Three arrests over west Belfast pipe bombings (1) Tom Murphy is not a criminal. He’s a good republican (1) Travelodge in Kingston Raid on hotel results in five arrests (1) Trial of British climate protesters collapses (1) Trio in court over honeymoon murder (1) Tuesday 25 January (1) Twenty arrests over suspected £50m beer and wine fraud (1) Two Scots wanted in connection with unsolved murders are believed to be hiding out in Spain. (1) Two Sussex men and one from Surrey face extradition to Spain after a boat with £8m of cannabis destined for the UK was stopped between Morocco and Spain. (1) Two arrested in Wisbech park murder investigation (1) Two arrests over 'firearm threat' in Cumbria: (1) Two charged with Peckham murder of Sylvester Akapalara: (1) Two charges over £6million Torbay cocaine haul (1) Two gangs of men who fought a pitched battle with baseball bats (1) Two held in Galway drugs gang sting: (1) Two men accused of helping gunman Raoul Moat will face charges of attempting to murder David Rathband (1) Two men are due to appear in court charged with murdering a 55-year-old man in Belfast. (1) Two men arrested in Blackburn murder inquiry (1) Two men arrested over £1.5m cocaine seizure (1) Two men seriously injured during Samurai sword attack (1) Two men were jailed for life after an illegal immigrant was murdered and dumped in a canal following a drugs feud (1) Two more men arrested over Boxing Day gang fight (1) Two slabs of cocaine were found in a false compartment in her suitcase (1) Two teenagers who killed a man in Cheshire in a dispute over drugs have been detained for five years. (1) Two_men_on_motorbike_sought_for_murder (1) UK becomes 'cocaine capital of the western world' (1) United fans await sentence over 'Wild West saloon brawl' (1) VIOLENCE erupted in Burnley town centre on Monday afternoon when two gangs of men confronted each other with baseball bats. (1) Vince Richard Hubbard (1) Vincent Tabak charged with Joanna Yeates murder (1) WALTHAM FOREST: 367 knife crimes in past year (1) Warning over anti-virus cold calls to UK internet users (1) Wartime ‘trophy gun’ fired in gang murder of student (1) Was Browns phone hacked as well? Pressure mounts to re-open Scotland Yard enquiry (1) Wayne Bassnett shot in the head by assassin in Hale (1) Wealthy BA pilot to stand trial for 'murder of estranged wife' (1) Wednesday will see the anniversary of the killing that ended Lennon's iconoclastic career (1) West Derby (1) Whistleblowing MP shops 6 more colleagues to police over expenses fraud | (1) Widnes man shot dead in Pepper Street near Town Lane in Hale Village (1) Widowed British honeymooner Shrien Dewani will be arrested and charged with murder of his wife Anni if he returns to South Africa (1) Wilbert Dyce (1) Williams had been logging onto bondage Web sites and had visited a drag cabaret in the British capital four days before his death. (1) Woman accused of tube murder was undergoing sex change (1) Woman charged with murder of transvestite (1) Woman stands trial for double murder to which ex-lover confessed (1) Woman's body found washed up in Kent bay (1) Women jailed over bodysuit drug smuggling bid (1) Y Waen (1) Yorkshire 'car key burglary' gang locked up (1) Youth killed as Afghan groups clash (1) Zac Olumegbon (1) a British citizen (1) a class-A drug (1) a hammer and pickaxe handle in a car park (1) admitted carrying out the raid at Lostwithiel on 13 August. (1) admitted theft and fraud by false representation. (1) after he arrived at the airport on Sunday night (1) aged 32 from John Mace Road (1) alarm and distress' to people living nearby (1) and Angel Campoverde (1) and Ivan Marshall (1) and James MacPherson (1) and Jayson Hassan (1) and Rackheath (1) and Scott Taylor (1) and found to be carrying 1.515 tons of cocaine. (1) and on Christmas shoppers (1) and uses cash instead of credit cards (1) arrested over knifed pregnant teenager (1) average amount stolen equated to £1 (1) blasted 11 shots at helpless Eddie Boyd - hitting him five times - as his young daughter screamed in terror. (1) but the Navy boat crews recovered two (1) cannabis and weapons were seized by police who raided 25 houses and apartments. (1) central Clydebank (1) central London (1) charged with murder in Great Yarmouth: (1) checks into hotels under false names (1) corrupt police officer helped his drug lord brother by hiding guns and threatening witnesses (1) death of Julian Gardner (1) discovered a world where automatic pistols (1) drag cabaret (1) drugs squad found 13 mature and 35 immature plants (1) dundee-united-stars-david-goodwillie-scott-allan-arrested-after-4am-street-brawl (1) dyes his hair (1) family friendship leads to second murder investigation (1) five Italian gangsters - known locally as the Camorra - are seen sweeping into a restaurant while families are eating before marching up to a corner table where their targets are sitting. (1) fled a club soaked in blood and clutching a 6in wound (1) flew the plane but says he did not know drugs were on board. (1) former girlfriend of gunman Raoul Moat has told a court of the moment the killer shot dead her new boyfriend then turned his shotgun on her (1) found stabbed to death (1) four (1) from Ballygonney Road West In Moneymore were refused bail. (1) from Brixton Hill (1) from Deramore Gardens in Belfast and Warren Martin (1) from Fulham (1) from Moss Lane (1) from Plymouth (1) from Rushey Hey (1) from Tottenham (1) gang drugs war in Greater Manchester. (1) gangland crime in Limerick (1) gangs have shaped the streets and changed the nature of UK crime (1) grieving father of a student who was raped and murdered pleaded with her suspected killer to give himself up (1) had caused 'a great deal of harassment (1) has been charged with importing a class B drug. (1) has made a new and lengthy statement to police (1) have been accused of killing Mr Yepez (1) he claimed he was one of the main players in north London and could get hold of better weapons than Scotland Yard (1) heroin worth nearly £2 million was seized in a single drugs bust in the Scottish capital (1) highest rates of teenage alcohol-related injuries in Europe (1) highlight London's crime rate and youth alcohol problems (1) his brother Ronnie and notorious English serial killer Graham Young escaping from prison. (1) imprisonment of a woman in Wales for withdrawing rape allegations against her husband is a nightmarish addition to the discrimination awaiting women and girls who seek justice (1) in January. (1) in his mid-40s (1) including some in Rochdale (1) is due to appear at South Western Magistrates' Court in Battersea this morning (1) is the first Western on trial in an Iraqi court since a 2009 U.S.-Iraqi security agreement lifted immunity for foreign contractors. (1) jail terms totalling more than 63 years to William Byrne and 14 crooks linked to his gang. (1) just months (1) known locally as Eddie (1) made more than £1m from crime. He must pay £100 (1) major rural crime wave could break out across Wales (1) man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a man who was shot dead in south Manchester. (1) man has been shot dead by an off-duty police officer during a suspected robbery at a petrol station. (1) man in his 20s has been arrested over the murder of a champion kickboxer in Dundalk (1) moved to Thailand in 2006 to study the deadly Muay Thai fighting style (1) murdering honeymooner Anni Dewani in Cape Town (1) night-time signalling between vessels at sea and people on the shore (1) of Ansty Road (1) of Clapham (1) of Common Road (1) of Forest Gate (1) of Haig Avenue (1) of Hapton (1) of Looe (1) of Mount Avenue (1) of Oxford Road (1) of Pennyvoss Road (1) of Queen Street (1) of School Lane (1) often borrowed from friends (1) on 3 January when he was shot in the chest. (1) prison officer has been arrested after attempting to smuggle drugs into Mountjoy prison today. (1) seized 180 kilograms of ketamine in Felixstowe (1) seized a haul of scam post in a bid to tackle the UK-wide fraudulent mail blight. (1) seven men and five women found Hodgson guilty of murder at Teesside Crown Court. (1) sleeps on sofas and floors (1) south Kilmarnock and Dalkeith in Midlothian (1) stabbed both his parents to death after his mother called him a “f------ idiot” for lying in bed all morning with a hangover. (1) submachine guns and even hand grenades were being sold for as little as £50 (1) taxi firm has been denied an operator’s licence following police claims of criminal links (1) teenager was killed and another injured when two balaclava-wearing gunmen opened fire on a group of four young friends (1) the Gilnow Road gang (1) the eldest son of Viscount Trenchard (1) the famous fashion designer recently committed suicide by intake of a mixture of the cocaine (1) three dogs performing searches on vehicles entering the 14 jails across the Republic. (1) using guns in deadly drug disputes (1) was ambushed by four young men at the gates of Park Campus School in nearby West Norwood. (1) was arrested at Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport (1) was arrested by UK Border Agency officers in Coquelles (1) was blasted at least three times outside a relative’s home in South Cantril Avenue (1) was convicted in 2003 of hiring two “mules” to carry cocaine (1) was given three life sentences earlier this month. (1) was given three years and nine months behind bars after police found £1 million from the heist in the boot of his car. (1) was released after several hours of questioning over the shooting of Nicky Ayers (1) was shot at close range at least three times outside his daughter’s home in South Cantril Avenue (1) was shot dead in Tillingbourne Gardens (1) was sitting in a silver Volvo on Utting Avenue (1) were ambushed as they were driven through the vast shantytown of Gugulethu in South Africa (1) were among 13 men from around the country involved in the criminal group. (1) were found in 24 of the 33 pubs in and around Alnwick (1) were gunned down outside Strang House (1) were not legally married. (1) were part of a gang that brought in an estimated 16 tonnes of the drug. (1) which is in liquidation (1) who 'fired shots in party battle' arrested for attempted murder (1) who attended the hearing (1) who has already been sentenced to life imprisonment for the two killings (1) who reached No 3 in April with I Need You Tonight (1) whose ring nickname was Pitbull (1) wife of BA pilot vanishes from £3million B;B mansion (1) will be extradited over the murder of Kinga Legg (1) you can never move on with your life.'" (1) young boy has been shot dead. (1) £100m cocaine gang sentenced to 200 years in prison (1) £48k seized from Amsterdam passenger (1) £6m of drugs seized from Lancashire's streets (1) ‘Sick’ Dewani’s bail strategy (1) “Fragile” Shrien Dewani leaves hospital (1)

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