Saturday, 30 April 2011

Man gets 43 years in prison for gang-related death

20-year-old Northern California will likely end up spending most of his life in prison for the gang-related shooting of a Redwood City man.
San Mateo County prosecutors say Josue Orozco was sentenced to 43 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty last month to voluntary manslaughter and witness intimidation.
San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti says the sentence came as part of a plea deal, but that Orozco had unsuccessfully tried to withdraw his plea.
The first trial for Orozco ended in a mistrial in December 2009 when jurors said they were deadlocked in the case.
Orozco and five others were later accused of trying to prevent witnesses from testifying during the trial.
Prosecutors say Orozco, who was 14 at the time of the July 2005 shooting, gunned down a 21-year-old man outside a Redwood City apartment complex during a dispute between rival gangs.

 

Police arrested 21 people as violence marred the end of an unofficial street party in Glasgow's Kelvingrove Park.



Thousands of people poured into the park on Friday in response to an invitation on Facebook, in defiance of warnings by the city council to stay away from the event.

Initially the festivities were good-natured, with between 3000 and 5000 people drinking and dancing in the sunshine to sound systems laid on by the organisers.


But by 5pm scuffles had broken out between police and revellers, with bottles and cans thrown at officers and two police vans having their windows smashed.

Police on horseback responded by charging the remains of the crowd on horseback as the gathering began to break up.

Organisers arranged Friday's event through the social media website, prompted by a statement by Prime Minister David Cameron that people should have a street party on the day of the royal wedding if they wanted.

Police patrolled the park and initially appeared to be taking a low-key approach to the festivities.

A handful of union flags were in evidence, but the event was not explicitly linked to the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, which took place in Westminster Abbey, London, several hours earlier.

Glasgow City Council had earlier advised people not to attend the party in Kelvingrove Park because of health and safety concerns.

The council says organisers of legitimate events must have permission to use it. They must also satisfy the council that they will take safety precautions such as providing first-aiders, sufficient public toilets and stewards, as well as obtaining public liability insurance.

The organisers claimed they had a "go ahead" and public liability insurance.

They added: "We have sound equipment, DJs, an afterparty organised. Bring your mates, some food, and make a day of it."

A council spokeswoman said: "We advised people not to attend this unplanned and unauthorised party."

The event was organised after David Cameron attacked "pen pushers and busybodies" for thwarting royal wedding celebrations on health and safety grounds.

Speaking at an event in Harrogate in Yorkshire, on April 11, he said: "They have no right to stop you from having fun. I am the Prime Minister and I am telling you if you want to have a street party, you go ahead and have one."

Only a handful of officially organised street parties have been held in Scotland to mark the royal wedding, the majority of which were in Edinburgh.

Two held over Ukranian's murder

Gardai working with the Police Service of Northern Ireland have arrested two men over the murder of another man from Ukraine.

Dmytro Grytsunov, 29, suffered a fatal chest wound when shots were fired in the Rooney Park area of Kilkeel, Co Down, last Saturday night in what is believed to have been a row between two groups of foreign nationals.

A man in his 20s was detained by gardai on Wednesday when he made inquiries regarding a passport application at Pearse Street Garda Station in central Dublin.

In a follow-up operation, a second man, also in his 20s, was arrested last night in the north of the city.

 

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Twenty people were arrested in dawn raids across London on Thursday ahead of the royal wedding

Twenty people were arrested in dawn raids across London on Thursday ahead of the royal wedding, Scotland Yard police headquarters said.
Officers swooped to execute arrest warrants at three addresses as part of an intelligence-led operation. Those arrested were being held in custody at various London police stations.
"These arrests are part of ongoing proactive work to tackle suspected criminality," a Scotland Yard spokesman said.
"They are not specifically related to the royal wedding but have been brought forward ahead of the event."
Nineteen people were arrested for "abstracting electricity" at an address in Camberwell, south London.
One person was arrested in Hackney, east London, in connection with the disorder following a trade union rally in the capital on March 26.
An address in the village of Sipson, next to London's main Heathrow Airport, was raided but there were no arrests.
MP John McDonnell, whose constituency includes Sipson, said in parliament that the raids appeared to be "some form of pre-emptive strike before the royal wedding".

The lavish "James Bond" lifestyle of a drug smuggling gang first began to unravel in 2009 when police stopped and searched an uninsured BMW at Cullompton Services on the M5 in Devon.



Inside the vehicle, driven by Christopher Leader, officers found 5kg (11lb) of cocaine, worth about £250,000.

The drugs were wrapped up in a parcel made to look "like a present".

The discovery was the start of Operation Stagshaw - in which detectives from Devon and Cornwall Police began work to track down the gang.

Detectives found pictures of the gang's ringleader Timothy Eastgate, 31 and his deputy Paul Flisher, 38, "living a lavish lifestyle".

"They drove around in Ferraris, Lamborghinis, they had a private box at the O2 Arena in London," said senior investigating officer Jim Hinchliffe.

"Mr Eastgate had a very large house in Estepona (on Spain's Costa del Sol).

"He had a yacht called 'Shaken not Stirred', they lived that sort of lifestyle."


The men drove around in sports cars and owned a yacht
Eastgate and Flisher even had mobile phones whose digits ended in 007 and Mr Hinchliffe, who has now retired from the force, said the James Bond image "appears to have been a driver for them".

Gun in freezer
Operation Stagshaw stretched from Essex to Devon as officers used mobile phone records and the number plate recognition system to identify drugs couriers and dealers.

Eastgate was eventually arrested in September 2010 at a hotel in Plymouth.

At his house in Norfolk police found a number of suitcases containing cocaine and benzocaine, a dental anaesthetic which has a similar effect to cocaine.

They also found an X-ray machine, used to test how well the drugs packages were disguised.

In the freezer officers found a handgun, along with a silencer and ammunition.

Other weapons found in connection with investigation included a sawn-off shotgun.


Detectives found an X-ray machine used to test drugs packages
Detectives also found a USB stick belonging to Eastgate, containing a spreadsheet indicating he had delivered more than £3m worth of cocaine to dealers in England.

"Much of that came to Plymouth", Mr Hinchliffe said.

Sean Battle, 42, was Eastgate's man in Plymouth. He owned a large home in Bere Alston, expensive jewellery, cars and property abroad.

Three other men Stephen Procter, 39, from Plymouth, James Wright, 28, from London and Christopher Leader, 54, from Romford, were the gang's couriers, delivering drugs and picking up cash.

Commenting on the gang's conviction at Exeter Crown Court on drugs and firearms charges, Mr Hinchliffe said: "The work done by the police in conjunction with the CPS is done to protect the communities that we all serve.

"I hope this serves as a salutary lesson to people that are out there doing this sort of thing that we will catch you and, if convicted, you will receive substantial prison sentences."

Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed that work would now begin to seize the assets of the drug gang's illicit lifestyle.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

2,000 drugs arrest were made across East Anglia last year, new figures have revealed, as police warn substance abuse fuels crime at all levels of society.

Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show there were 1,073 arrests - including 256 for drug dealing - in Norfolk last year. Offences range from possession of cannabis to drug production and dealing class A substances.

In Suffolk 596 arrests were made and in Cambridgeshire officers made 585 arrests.

Over the same period 19 drug factories have been shut down in Norfolk and 37 in Suffolk. Criminals assets worth well over £1m have been seized through the courts.

Det Supt Nick Dean, from Norfolk police CID, said arrest levels in the county demonstrated the force’s zero tolerance approach to drug crime.

He added: “Whether it’s street dealing or serious organised gangs, drug crime has a detrimental affect on the users but also the wider community.

“We need to send out a message that these offences will not be tolerated in Norfolk and we will work hard to make sure our communities are not exploited by criminal gangs.”

The most recent British Crime Survey shows drug offences were down 18pc nationally but these new figures show the scale of the problem that exists in the region.

In Norfolk drug offences have risen steadily over the last three years, from 923 offences in 2008. There has been a similar increase in Cambridgeshire and a slight drop in Suffolk.

The most common offence in Norfolk was possession of cannabis but there were also 105 arrests for possession of heroin and 48 for possession of cocaine.

Mr Dean said that a number of high profile operations had sent out a message to drugs gangs that the county was not a soft touch.

But he said there was no room for complacency, adding that officers must remain alert to the threat of new gangs moving in to exploit the territory left by those taken off the streets.

His comments come after a series of high profile prosecutions, including a gang from London which turned over about £20,000 a week selling crack cocaine and heroin on the county’s streets through a network of small-scale dealers.

The gang of eight - who used the Norwich landmark of Cow Tower as an unofficial “drugs kiosk” - were jailed for a total of more than 40 years after being caught selling drugs to an undercover police officer.

Three men, described as “foot soldiers” in another London-based gang, were jailed for a total of nine-and-a-half years after being caught smuggling crack cocaine into Norfolk.

And another “highly organised” drugs gang responsible for bringing thousands of pounds worth of cocaine into Norfolk are currently serving sentences totalling more than 17 years.

The gang, who dealt cocaine in Great Yarmouth, Gorleston and Caister areas, were led by Robert Munday, 30, from Cheshire who acted as a wholesaler responsible for the supply of drugs estimated to be worth more than £1m per year.

His arrest was part of a crack down aimed at disrupting the drugs trade, making it difficult for gangs from outside of the county to set up in the area.

Det Supt Dean said: “Whether its officers making street level arrests for more minor offences such as possession, to larger covert operations, we are determined to target every level of the drugs trades.

“The lower level arrests are important as we are targeting the demand that organised gangs prey upon and because it can lead to intelligence which helps us target those further up the chain.

“The number of drug offences in Norfolk has remained relatively steady over the last decade. The nature of the problem is such that gangs operate as professional businesses and, once one gang is removed, another will look to move in on an area and exploit any gaps.

“We are alive to the threat of people coming in from London and other metropolitan areas and recent operations have shown that such activity will not be tolerated.

“That’s what the community would expect and from street level offences to major operations, we adopt a pro-active stance so gangs should know exactly what they’re going to get when they come to Norfolk.”

 

Monday, 25 April 2011

NOTORIOUS pub at the centre of a gangland murder hunt and a police drugs bust has been shut down.


Glasgow's Cambridge bar - where hood George Redmond was shot dead and his gang crony John McGuire injured in 2008 - has lost its licence.

Manager Kirsty Learmont was due in front of Glasgow City Council officials this week but failed to show up.

Crime Scene can reveal attempts were made to track her down but the locks securing the boozer have now been changed and she won't be back. An underworld insider revealed: "Her time's up. The police were unhappy at the number of incidents at The Cambridge and wanted things to change.

"She was called in front of the licensing court to explain herself but it seems Kirsty has no intention continuing in the bar trade, at least not at the Cambridge.


Thugs...Redmond and pal McGuire
"The locals will be hoping they get their pub back, trouble free."

Gangland thug Redmond and pal McGuire, both 42, were gunned down outside The Cambridge - then called The Waldrof - in October 2008.

Redmond was shot in the back as he talked on his mobile outside the bar, while McGuire was badly wounded as he smoked a cigarette.

McGuire was taken to the city's Royal Infirmary in a serious condition but later discharged himself after being moved from intensive care.

A police investigation has so far failed to make any arrests.

Drugs cops also raided the pub in December and two men were charged.

This week a notice from Norfolk- based landlords LT Pub Management went up warning that anyone trying to enter the premises would be reported to the police.

At the licence hearing on Monday, lawyers acting for the firm explained they had tried to track down Learmont.

Their soliticitor said: "An attempt was made to telephone her, but she hung up. I fully understand the board's position, but my clients accept that things have been ongoing at this pub that are completely unacceptable.

"I think Learmont has realised the time is up for her at least."

Board acting chairman, councillor Andy Muir, said he appreciated the landlord's position, but insisted the company was also responsible for the premises and those running it. He added: "This is a very serious matter. With Miss Learmont not appearing we cannot make a ruling now."

He continued the case until the next licensing court sitting to see if she does make an appearance.

No-one from LT Pub Management was available for comment.

MISSING gardener was last seen leaving the home of a notoriously violent gangster,

MISSING gardener was last seen leaving the home of a notoriously violent gangster, 
Graeme Ferry, 24, vanished on April 4 after failing to showup for work at a heritage centre.
His disappearance has baffled police, as there have been no sightings of him since then.
But we can reveal that on April 2 Ferry was in the home of convicted thug Gary Smith in John Bowman Gardens, Bellshill, Lanarkshire.
Smith's home is only 150 yards from Ferry's, in Hooper Place, which he shares with his 56-year-old mum Janette.
Smith, 33, has a lengthy record of violence, including police assault, and was once cleared of a murder charge.
His older brother Lee, who died five years ago, was a suspect in a separate double murder.
It's understood Ferry, who knew Smith, was attending a party in his house with friends.
He left the house in the early hours of April 2 to head for the nearby town of Coatbridge. It was the last time he was seen.
Smith has already been quizzed several times by police about the disappearance.
We can also reveal that Ferry, who worked at Summerlee Heritage Centre, Coatbridge, has served at least two prison terms.
Yesterday, the force said that they were still treating the case as one of a missing person and not as a crime. But a senior force insider confirmed Ferry was last seen at Smith's home.
A Strathclyde Police spokeswoman said: "This is an ongoing and very active missing person inquiry.
"Graeme Ferry was seen at an address in John Bowman Gardens before his disappearance."
A Facebook site set up by friends to help find him has already attracted almost 1000 posts from well-wishers.
His mum Janette, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, has also made unsuccessful public appeals for information on her son, who is also her carer.
In June 2009, Ferry was jailed for four months for having a weapon and in May last year he was jailed for 13 months for attacking a man outside a Tesco in Bellshill.
Officers also want to speak to him about two robberies at a McDonald's restaurant and a Spar shop in his home town.
Two years ago, Gary Smith was jailed for four months for a vicious attack on a policeman outside a Motherwell pub.
Smith's older brother Lee, then 32, was found dead at an Ayr holiday park in 2006.

Police investigating the murder of two British tourists in Florida believe they were ordered at gunpoint into a run-down housing estate where they were robbed before being shot dead.

They are working on a theory that James Cooper and James Kouzaris were confronted by the alleged gunman Shawn Tyson as they tried to find an all-night restaurant.
The 16 year-old is thought to have frogmarched the pair away from a well lit road and into the series of one way streets that make up the “no go” area of the Courts housing project in the Newtown, north Sarasota.
The men were shot multiple times as they ran for their lives after being made to turn out their pockets and hand over their wallets, phones and a camera.
One eye witness has claimed 25-year-old Cooper was shot three times in the chest before tripping over and slumping on the floor where he died.
The witness claimed Kouzaris was shot in the head but managed to stagger over 40 feet from his friend and died by the side of a parked car

 

Police investigating the murder of two British tourists in Florida believe they were ordered at gunpoint into a run-down housing estate where they were robbed before being shot dead.

They are working on a theory that James Cooper and James Kouzaris were confronted by the alleged gunman Shawn Tyson as they tried to find an all-night restaurant.
The 16 year-old is thought to have frogmarched the pair away from a well lit road and into the series of one way streets that make up the “no go” area of the Courts housing project in the Newtown, north Sarasota.
The men were shot multiple times as they ran for their lives after being made to turn out their pockets and hand over their wallets, phones and a camera.
One eye witness has claimed 25-year-old Cooper was shot three times in the chest before tripping over and slumping on the floor where he died.
The witness claimed Kouzaris was shot in the head but managed to stagger over 40 feet from his friend and died by the side of a parked car

 

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Detectives investigating the murder of police officer Ronan Kerr have seized video footage which may identify four gunmen who made a controversial appearance at a republican rally.

Detectives investigating the murder of police officer Ronan Kerr have seized video footage which may identify four gunmen who made a controversial appearance at a republican rally.

Cops are examining footage of what appears to be a group of armed men removing their balaclavas immediately following a hunger strike commemoration rally in Co Tyrone two years ago.

Video footage of the four-man IRA unit taken after the event is understood to have been seized during searches in the Omagh area following Constable Kerr’s murder.

Florida shooting suspect charged with earlier firearm act

16-year-old suspect arrested over the murders of two British tourists shot dead in Florida has been charged with an earlier firearm offence.

Shawn Tyson is accused of firing into a car on 7 April and has been charged with five counts of aggravated assault with a firearm without intent to kill.

He was charged as an adult and ordered to remain in custody without bond.

He is also expected to be charged with murdering James Cooper, of Warwick, and James Kouzaris, from Northampton.

Mr Kouzaris, 24, had been staying with the family of his university friend Mr Cooper, 25, in Longboat Key, about 12 miles away from where their bodies were found.

They were discovered lying 50ft apart in a housing estate in the Newtown area of Sarasota city.

US prosecutors have said they intend to charge the 16-year-old as an adult in connection with the deaths of the two ex-Sheffield University students.

A court hearing for the firearm charges was held in Sarasota County Jail on Friday.

 

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Weeks before he was accused of fatally shooting two British tourists, Shawn Tyson and his friends were seen threatening Newtown residents

Weeks before he was accused of fatally shooting two British tourists, Shawn Tyson and his friends were seen threatening Newtown residents and brandishing a gun during a feud with rivals.


A woman who spoke to police detectives and the Herald-Tribune painted a picture of Tyson, 16, as a hostile youth during the weeks leading up to his arrest for shooting a .38-caliber pistol at an occupied car on April 7.

According to the 22-year-old woman, who asked that her name not be used because Tyson's friends have threatened her family, the feud first began with a verbal confrontation.

She says Tyson and his friends exchanged words with her teenage brother as he stood near a car at Orange Avenue and 22nd Street.

"Tyson pulled a gun out," the woman said. "My brother said, 'Put your gun down.'" Tyson then replied, 'We don't fight. We shoot.'"

When they saw a police car approaching, Tyson and the others scattered.

Several minutes later, Tyson saw her driving with a friend in her car, the woman said. She claims he yelled as they passed by: "I'll kill both of you."

At about 5 p.m., as she and her brother were headed south on Palmadelia Avenue toward 21st street, a group of about 20 people, including Tyson, again started taunting them, she said.

Three gunshots were fired. One shot struck her tail light.

Investigators later told her that the bullet must have fallen to the ground because they could not find it in the car.

She parked her car at her house nearby, she said. The group came into her yard.

According to a police report, her brother saw Tyson display a .38 revolver.

FOURTH suspect appeared in court today charged with the murder of Liverpool doorman Bahman Faraji.



Mr Faraji, 44, known to friends as 'Batman', was shot dead after walking out of The Belgrave pub, on Bryanston Road, Aigburth, in February.

Today (Saturday), at Liverpool magistrates court, Simon Andrew Smart, 32, became the fourth man to appear over the killing.

Charged with murder, Smart, of Kylemore Way, Halewood, was remanded in custody and will appear at Liverpool Crown Court next week.


Three men have already been charged with Mr Faraji's murder. They are Edward Heffey, 40, of Beloe Street, Dingle, former Brookside actor Brian Regan, 53, of St Mary's Road, Garston, and Lee Dodson, 42, of Logfield Drive, also Garston.

They appeared at the crown court this week and were remanded until the next hearing in July.

Friday, 22 April 2011

Rioters in Bristol have caused severe damage to a Tesco convenience store

Rioters in Bristol have caused severe damage to a Tesco convenience store, following the arrests of four people in a nearby squat who police believe were planning to petrol bomb the store.

The store, which attracted protests from locals when it opened last week, was daubed with paint and had its windows smashed in the unrest on Thursday night, which involved around 160 police officers.

Police raided the squat in the Stokes Croft area of Bristol last night after receiving intelligence that petrol bombs were being manufactured inside. Three people were arrested on suspicion of public order offences, and another person on suspicion of threats to cause criminal damage with intent to endanger life.

Officers seized a number of petrol bombs from the property, which are now being forensically examined. Following the arrests, around 300 protesters gathered in the surrounding streets, starting fires and hurling bottles and bricks. Eight police officers and a number of protesters were injured, and four other public order arrests were made, according to Avon & Somerset police.

“Yesterday, there was a very real threat to the local community from the petrol bombs that were being made, and we needed to take positive action,” said Rod Hansen, Assistant Chief Constable. “The safety of the public is paramount in any situation of this kind and we took the decision to carry out a swift arrest operation, following intelligence received about the criminal intentions of those who were occupying the building.”

Tesco confirmed that no staff or customers were harmed during the late-night incident. “We strongly condemn the violence in Stokes Croft and the injuries caused to the members of the police who worked courageously to protect the public and businesses in this area, including ours,” said a spokesman.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Man critical after stabbing in Tesco

Senior UVF figure Harry Stockman was last night fighting for his life in hospital after he was stabbed several times.

Stockman, from the Shankill area, was attacked in Tesco on the Ballygomartin Road in north Belfast at around 4.30pm yesterday.

His assailant stabbed the 50-year-old repeatedly in front of dozens of stunned shoppers.

A 30-year-old man was arrested a short time later in nearby Twaddell Avenue.

A member of Tesco’s staff rang emergency services and the injured man was rushed to the Royal Victoria Hospital.

Police said he suffered multiple stab wounds and was in a serious condition last night after undergoing surgery.

There was speculation that a possible motive for the stabbing was revenge for the murder of Bobby Moffett in May last year.

The 43-year-old was gunned down in broad daylight on the Shankill Road in Belfast.

The Independent Monitoring Commission reported that his murder had been sanctioned at UVF leadership level.

Mr Stockman is a close associate of the UVF leader John ‘Bunter’ Graham and is a senior loyalist figure in the Shankill Road area.

Security journalist Brian Rowan said: “Stockman is one of the most senior and influential leaders in the UVF organisation.

“He is leader of what that organisation calls its 1st Battalion on the Shankill Road.

“He has been influential in the big decisions of that organisation in recent years, including its May 2007 ‘endgame’ statement when it talked about assuming a civilianised role, and then the decommissioning move in 2009 when, off-camera at a news conference, he read the UVF statement.”

Police said inquiries were ongoing and that they could neither comment on the motive for the attack nor on any UVF involvement.

The supermarket, which is normally open until midnight, was closed after the incident as police examined the scene.

Rush hour traffic leaving the city along the nearby Shankill and Crumlin Roads also ground to a halt as police examined the scene

 

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

An eye witness to the murder of James Cooper and James Kouzaris has claimed they were shot as they tried to escape by running in the opposite direction.

According to the witness Cooper tripped and fell over a tree stump as he attempted to flee. The witness claimed he had been shot three times in the chest.
The witness also told the local Sarasota newspaper that Cooper panted, swayed and sat down in the grass where he died.
Kouzaris is said to have been shot in the head and ran across the street where he fell in front of pickup truck.
The witness, who did not give his name, claimed Kouzaris was soon dead.
Both men are known to have died from multiple gunshot wounds and their bodies found 50ft apart.

 

Police investigating the murders of two British holidaymakers in Florida have released a clip of the emergency call made by a woman who discovered one of the bodies.



James Cooper, 25, and James Kouzaris, 24, were gunned down in the early hours of Saturday in a crime-ridden part of the Gulf Coast state described by police as a "no-go" area for tourists.

In the call, a woman said: "We just rode through the old projects, we saw a white dude laying, there is blood everywhere.

"He is laid out. I don't know if he is dead or not."

The woman, who was not entirely sure where she was, said: "We're in the old projects, I don't know what it's called."

An emergency responder asked the woman to repeat herself because of the bad line.

The caller replied: "He is lying on the ground. I think he is dead, mam. I do not know, we just rode through there."

Earlier today, the devastated parents of Mr Cooper described their son as a gentle, kind and compassionate man whose "humour filled every space".

Stanley and Sandra Cooper, from Hampton Lucy, near Warwick, had been on holiday with the two young men, staying in an upmarket area of Sarasota.

In a statement released through Warwickshire Police, the couple said: "As his parents, our lives have been shattered, but through us and his friends and family he will live on.

"God bless you, son, heaven has another angel, but this world is a colder and poorer place without you in it."

Mr and Mrs Cooper spoke of their pride in their only son, who worked as a tennis coach in Warwickshire and once played Andy Murray in a junior tournament.

They added: "We loved our son and he loved us so strongly.

"We are blessed and so very proud to have him as our boy.

"A day never passed without telling each other 'I love you'.

"He was gentle, kind, compassionate, clever and an athlete; but beyond all his achievements he was full of love.

"Always the man to keep his friends from childhood to university to work, together.

"His laugh, his voice, his humour filled every space. In his short life he lived it to the full and helped everyone lucky enough to know him to do the same."

Detectives in Florida have also released video footage of the two friends in a downtown Sarasota bar hours before they were murdered.

Shrien Dewani detained in Bristol secure hospital

A man accused of ordering his wife's murder on their honeymoon has been detained in a secure mental health hospital, a court has heard.

Shrien Dewani, 31, from Bristol, is being compulsorily held at Fromeside Clinic in Bristol under the Mental Health Act.

City of Westminster magistrates' court in London heard he was suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder following the shooting of Anni Dewani.

Mr Dewani denies any wrongdoing.

Although he remains on bail, Mr Dewani will not be able to leave the hospital.

His lawyer Julian Knowles told the court: "Security is effected by staff, he has no ability to leave."

Extradition hearing
Mr Dewani was admitted to Fromeside after he was removed from The Priory when, according to staff, his behaviour became disruptive and aggressive.

South African authorities are seeking to extradite him for his alleged part in the killing of Mrs Dewani, 28, in Cape Town in November.

Mr Knowles indicated Dewani's legal team would fight this on the grounds of his poor mental health and prison conditions in South Africa.

District Judge Howard Riddle renewed Mr Dewani's bail, agreeing that Fromeside's secure environment meant his electronic tag was no longer necessary.

A full extradition hearing will begin on 3 May at Belmarsh magistrates' court in south east London.

The hearing will be split into two parts, with further time allowed for a psychiatric report on Mr Dewani's condition to be carried out.

Further investigation
Mrs Dewani, from Sweden, was shot when a cab the couple were travelling in was hijacked.

Her body was later found in the abandoned car. Mr Dewani had been released unharmed.

Mziwamadoda Qwabe, 25, and Xolile Mngeni, 23, are charged with murder, kidnapping and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

The trial in South Africa of Mr Qwabe and Mr Mngeni has been postponed until 1 June for further investigation.

Taxi driver Zola Tongo, 31, from Bothasig, Cape Town, has been sentenced to 18 years in jail for murder, kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances and perverting the course of justice.

 

US detectives try to piece together the final movements of holidaymakers James Cooper and James Kouzaris

Detectives in Florida have begun to focus on the crucial "lost hour" before two British holidaymakers were apparently led to their deaths in a suspected early-morning ambush in a run-down part of Sarasota in the early hours of Saturday.

Assistant state attorney Karen Fraivillig said that teenager Shawn Tyson, 16, will be tried as an adult on first-degree murder charges following his arrest on Monday. A grand jury will hear allegations within two weeks that he shot and killed James Cooper, 25, and James Kouzaris, 24, after they had enjoyed a night out in Sarasota.

Fraivillig added that although Florida still uses lethal injection for adults convicted of certain types of premeditated murder, Tyson's age at the time of the double shooting keeps it "off the table".

"Despite the fact that he's being tried as an adult, the death penalty simply doesn't apply in Florida to anyone who's under 18 years old, in any circumstances," she said.

"The grand jury is imminent but I haven't set a date because we have to get our ducks in a row and make sure we have a presentation that the jury can understand all the facts of the case."

Tyson remained in custody at the Sarasota county jail, where detectives were attempting to interview him again about the killing of the Britons, who were enjoying a three-week holiday with Cooper's parents on the exclusive west coast barrier island of Longboat Key.

Central to the inquiry is what happened to the pair during the "lost hour" between 2am, when the bars in central Sarasota where they had been drinking in closed, and shortly before 3am, when their bodies were found with multiple gunshot wounds in the street in the crime-ridden neighbourhood of Newtown, several miles away.

Photographs taken on Friday night show Cooper dancing in a bar called Smokin' Joes on Sarasota's Main Street and Kouzaris standing outside his resort, both wearing the same clothes their bodies were found in.

Captain Paul Sutton of the Sarasota Police Department said the pictures helped with the chronology of their movements but that the trail went cold at 2am. "We have quite a narrow timeline," he said. "We'd like to hear from anybody who has any information about what they were doing during that time."

Tyson, who has one previous arrest for gun crime, earlier this month, is said to be uncooperative. Investigators say he did not have access to a car and they believe he was already waiting in Newtown when an unknown third party arrived with Cooper, from Warwick, and Kouzaris, of Northampton, shortly before 3am.

Police have said they believe the two were there of their own volition. "It's plausible they were taken there and confronted by at least one individual," Sutton said. Some reports say that several people were seen running when gunshots broke out, and Sutton added: "We're continuing to investigate the possibility that others were involved."

While he said that detectives were still considering all theories, one that the former University of Sheffield students might have been part of a drugs deal that turned sour seemed to be losing popularity.

Family members in the UK attacked suggestions that Cooper, a tennis coach at the University of Warwick, was buying marijuana.

"He never did drugs. He did not even smoke – he hated people who smoked. He was a professional tennis coach. Taking drugs would be the last thing on his mind," Desmond Walton, Cooper's grandfather, told reporters.

 

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Royal wedding: police consider pre-emptive arrests

Police cannot rule out pre-emptive strikes against anarchists plotting to disrupt the royal wedding, Scotland Yard has said.

In one of the biggest security operations in the history of the Metropolitan police, just under 5,000 police officers - including armed and undercover teams - will be on duty on 29 April in the city of Westminster and around the centre of London.

So far, two groups have indicated that they wish to protest: Muslims against Crusades, who asked to demonstrate outside Westminster Abbey but were refused permission, and the English Defence League. The EDL indicated it would mount a demonstration if Muslims against Crusades did so.

Sixty individuals who have been arrested at past demonstrations, such as the TUC anti-cuts protest and the student demonstration against the introduction of fees, have been banned from the city of Westminster as part of their bail conditions. Action will be taken against them if they enter the city on the day.

In addition, the Met is working with forces across the country and is using "spotters" to identify those within the so-called "black bloc" of anarchists intent on causing trouble.

Should evidence emerge that groups are planning to commit criminal acts, pre-emptive action will be taken, a Scotland Yard spokesman said. This could range from breaking up a squat where individuals are gathered, under breach of the peace legislation, or moving in to break up and arrest individuals if evidence suggests they are conspiring to commit criminal acts.

"It is very difficult to build an intelligence picture, but we cannot rule out pre-emptive action," said the spokesman.

Assistant commissioner Lynne Owens, who is head of public order at Scotland Yard, said: "If anyone comes to London on the day of the royal wedding intending to commit criminal acts, we will act quickly, robustly and decisively so that it is a safe and happy environment for everyone else, who wishes to be here and celebrate."

The Met is also getting intelligence from the Fixated Threat Assessment Centre, a police unit set up in 2006 together with mental health agencies to identify individuals who are obsessed with members of the royal family, politicians or celebrities. Details of a handful of people are understood to have been passed on to police officers.

Under the Serious Organised Crime Act 2005, the area around the houses of parliament and Westminster Abbey is designated an exclusion zone where unauthorised demonstrations are not allowed.

 

Postmistress murder

FOR the residents of the picture-postcard village of Melsonby where “nothing much happens”, the events of March 23 2010 were like something from an episode of Midsomer Murders.

Tucked away in the most northerly corner of North Yorkshire, in the rolling countryside between hills of the Yorkshire Dales and the urban sprawl of Teesside, it is in so many ways an archetypal village community.

There is the pub, the village green with its annual duck race, the Norman church, the mixture of locals and commuting incomers and, of course, there is the post office right at its heart.

Before that March day, nothing of much note is recorded in Melsonby’s history.

Then the community had to cope with the murder of their well-liked postmistress, the fear that a ruthless armed robber may be at large in the parish and finally the realisation that their friendly and popular shopkeeper was being accused of battering her to death.

Villagers all spoke of the terrible shock as an armada of police vehicles and TV trucks invaded their quiet world.

There was an enormous outpouring of sympathy for Garbutt.

Everyone thought they were a perfect couple. After Garbutt’s arrest and even throughout his trial, residents were split over whether he was guilty or innocent.

None appeared to suspect the deep problems the couple were having.

Linda Ling, who worked part-time at the store, said: “I always thought he thought the world of her.”

Colleague Linda Sharp said Garbutt was “absolutely wonderful - a very kind, gentle man”.

She added: “They were just a normal, happy couple.”

Bernard Golding socialised with the Garbutts regularly and, when he was asked to describe them, said: “Very loving. Affectionate. Never, ever in the eight years I knew them had a cross word.”

Locals also talked about the raid Garbutt had reported in 2009 and how the village had “rallied round”.

One said the postmaster was thinking of leaving at that time but was persuaded to stay.

Since the murder, the post office and shop have remained empty.

 

A British man has been killed in Florida, the Foreign Office says.

 


Reports suggest he may have been fatally injured during a shooting yesterday in Miami.

The man's family has been told of his death but his identity has not been released.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We can confirm the death of a British national in Florida on April 16. Next of kin have been informed."

terrifying arsenal was found in the bedroom of a 15-year-old boy who hid the weapons for a pair of gangland killers.



The stockpile included loaded sub-machine guns, automatic pistols and a shotgun, plus ammunition. One of the machine guns was hidden under the bunk beds the teenager shared with his nine-year-old brother.

The cache gives a chilling insight into the firepower of gangs running amok with lethal weapons.

It was found by police investigating the murder of a London schoolgirl shot as she bought a takeaway.

Oxford University hopeful Agnes Sina-Inakoju, 16, was the victim of deadly feuding between rival gangs calling themselves the Hoxton Boys and the London Fields Boys. She was shot by LFB member Leon Dunkley, 22, with an Agram 2000 9mm sub-machine gun, a weapon used by Croatian special forces during the war in the Balkans more than a decade ago. This particular gun has already been linked to at least six shootings across the capital since 2007.

Dunkley and his lookout Mohammed Smoured, also 22, were convicted of murder on Tuesday by an Old Bailey jury who heard that Smoured later joked: “It was funny, the way she dropped.”

They were jailed for life with a minimum term of 32 years.

The arsenal was unearthed after an officer spotted another gang member, Dwayne Wisdom, 16, throwing a rucksack containing the murder weapon over a garden wall.

He was found cowering in a cupboard when police raided his home.

On his cellphone there were pictures of diamond-encrusted weapons and the letters L and F made out of money.

Police were then led to the 15-year-old boy’s home where they found the stockpile of loaded weapons and ammunition, including a .38 revolver and single barrel shotgun.

The Mac 10 sub-machine gun found under the bunk beds had been fired at least four times, including during an attempted murder in September 2009.

The firearm is known as “spray and pray” because it is hard to aim yet is capable of firing a blistering 1 100 rounds per minute.

Wisdom and the 15-year-old were convicted of firearms offences for holding weapons on behalf of older members of the gang and will be sentenced at a later date.

There are said to be 205 gangs in London with a combined membership of about 15 000.

In Hackney alone there are 22 gangs, whose members carve up the streets according to postcodes.

In some parts of London, gang violence has reached such high levels that councils are now ferrying teenagers around in taxis because they are too scared to walk through dangerous areas.

Hackney Council spent nearly £400 000 in 2009 for teenagers to take cabs because they were too scared to walk between the “territories” used by gangs.

It emerged last night that nearly 700 children aged ten to 12 have been arrested since 2006 after being “recruited” by gangs to take part in muggings, burglaries and to act as drug runners.

According to a Freedom of Information request, gang leaders view the children as “little soldiers” who are likely to be let off with a warning if caught by police.

The London Fields Boys have terrorised the Hackney area for more than a decade but the discovery of this weapon haul reveals how their gang rivalry has reached a new and alarming level of sophisticated weaponry.

Members of the gang promoted their love of guns and violence on Facebook and their mobile phones.

They operate around the London Fields park where affluent middle-class newcomers are bringing wealth to an area blighted by years of deprivation.

In 2008, six members were found guilty of the murder of 14-year-old Shaquille Smith.

Army cadet Shaquille, who had no links to any gang, was stabbed to death and his sister had her face slashed as they sat on a bench.

The gang was blamed for the unsolved murder of Reginald Berko, 26, who was stabbed in 2009.

Last May a 27-year-old bystander was shot by a stray bullet as warring gangs clashed at a festival in London Fields.

Detectives believe Agnes’s killers were hunting for members of the rival Hoxton Boys after a fellow gang member had been beaten up.

Dunkley, who used the street name “Bacon”, and unemployed Smoured, who came to the UK from Algeria aged six, had previously been jailed for supplying class A drugs.

Judge Peter Beaumont QC said the sentences were intended to deter gun crime and the killers would not be released until they were until they were in their fifties, if ever.

He said: “Not only did you take a life of a young woman of great promise but you have destroyed a family’s happiness.”

Prosecutor Jacob Hallam said: “Anybody in that shop could have been killed. It was Agnes’s misfortune to be standing where she was.” - Daily Mail

EX-BROOKSIDE star Brian Regan appeared in court yesterday charged with the murder of a bouncer.


Regan, 53, who played Terry Sullivan in the soap for 14 years, is accused of the execution-style shooting of Bahman Faraji, 44.
Iranian-born Faraji, nicknamed Batman, was gunned down as he left a pub in Liverpool in February. A postmortem found he was killed by a single head shot.

Regan, also charged with perverting the course of justice, appeared at Liverpool crown court via video link from HMP Liverpool.

Two other men, Edward Heffey, 40, and Lee Dodson, 42, also face murder charges for the shooting.

All three spoke only to confirm their names during the 20-minute hearing.

They were remanded in custody to appear before the same court on July 8 for a plea and case management hearing. A provisional trial date was set for October 4.

Monday, 18 April 2011

"Back to normality soon," Mr Kouzaris wrote. "U have got to be kiddin, ur a back a week and then we go off to america,” said Mr Cooper. “Miami, Miami!!!” replied Mr Kouzaris.

James Cooper, 25, and James Kouzaris, 24, both graduates of the University of Sheffield, were found dead by police in Sarasota, in the early hours of Saturday morning.
A 16-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with both their murders. Police said that the boy was known to them and had previously been arrested.
It was unclear last night how the men had ended up outside a government-assisted housing block in Newtown, a notoriously dangerous region to the north of Saratosa, in the middle of the night.
The area, which is known as a hotspot for gangs, is responsible for much of the city's crime and 12 people were killed there in the past year.
The pair had been on holiday with one of the men's extended family, and were staying 12 miles away on the more refined island city of Longboat Key, which is home to pricey resorts and white beaches.

Police said they had received a 911 call at about 3am on Saturday. The caller, a local resident, said that a person was lying on the ground covered in blood.
Officers who were sent to investigate also found the second man on the other side of the road, also bleeding. Both were declared dead at the scene.
Police were said to have marked about 20 shell casings on the street and were continuing to collect evidence six hours after the shooting.
Residents told local television reporters that they heard what sounded like "machine-gun fire" before then hearing sirens.
Captain Paul Sutton, of the Sarasota police, said that no motive for the killings had yet been established. The suspect had no link to the two victims.
"We're trying to work out why they were in this area," he told The Daily Telegraph. "It's a residential area and not somewhere that would normally attract outsiders".
Captain Sutton said the men were not carrying weapons, drugs or an unusual amount of money.
A spokesman for the British consulate in Miami said: "British consular officials can confirm that two British nationals were killed in Sarasota, Florida, on April 16. Next of kin have been notified.
Mr Kouzaris, of Northampton, Northants, had been travelling through south America and Taiwan in recent months. It is thought Mr Cooper had worked as a tennis coach.
Last month they exchanged excited comments about their forthcoming holiday on Mr Kouzaris's Facebook page.
"Back to normality soon," Mr Kouzaris wrote. "U have got to be kiddin, ur a back a week and then we go off to america,” said Mr Cooper. “Miami, Miami!!!” replied Mr Kouzaris.

Sunday, 17 April 2011

UPDATED:James Cooper, 25, and James Kouzaris, 24, both from England, were found dead by police in Sarasota

James Cooper, 25, and James Kouzaris, 24, both from England, were found dead by police in Sarasota, in the early hours of Saturday morning.
A 16-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with both murders. Police said he was known to them and had previously been arrested.
The pair were on holiday with one of the men's extended family, according to British consular officials and a city police spokesman. They were staying 12 miles away on the island city of Longboat Key The men were found outside a government-assisted housing block in the north of the city, which is on the west coast of the state.
Police received a 911 call at about 3am on Saturday. The caller, a local resident, said that a person was lying on the ground covered in blood.
Officers who were sent to investigate also found the second man on the other side of the road, also bleeding. Both were declared dead at the scene.16-year-old boy charged with the murders of two British holidaymakers in Florida has been named by detectives.

Shawn Tyson is charged with murdering James Kouzaris, 24, from Northampton, and James Cooper, 25, of Warwick.
The friends, ex-Sheffield University students, were found shot dead 50ft from each other in a street in the city of Sarasota early on Saturday.
Police said the boy had previously been arrested for aggravated assault with a handgun on 7 April.
Officers said there was no known link between him and the two victims.
Police said they were called to the Newtown area of northern Sarasota at about 0300 local time.
A search revealed the bodies of Mr Kouzaris and Mr Cooper, who met at Sheffield University.
Sarasota police said the 16-year-old, who lives close to where the bodies were found, was arrested about 24 hours later.
Local officers said it was "very unusual" to find tourists in the area, several miles from recognised tourist zones.
The two friends had been staying on the island city of Longboat Key, about 12 miles from where they were found.

Sarasota police said they were not carrying drugs but would not confirm whether they had any money or weapons.
Friends and family have paid tribute to the victims, describing them as role models who lived life to the full.
Mr Kouzaris' sister, Emily, posted a tribute to him on Facebook that read: "My brother was a legend and he will be missed and loved by many, many people."
His cousin Lynn Hucker wrote: "To a beautiful cousin who I will never forget. Always happy and full of life."

Two British men 'shot dead in Florida'

The men, who are said to have been aged 24 and 25 and white, were on holiday with family and friends, according to British officials, who have not yet released their names.
The pair are said to have been shot in the early hours of Saturday morning and were found outside a housing block in the north of the city, which is on the west coast of the state.
Police are reported to have received a 911 call just before 3:30am. The caller, a local resident, reportedly said that a person was lying on the ground covered in blood.
Officers sent to investigate are said to have found the second man on the other side of the road, also bleeding.
Local media said that police had marked about 20 shell casings on the street and were continuing to collect evidence six hours after the shooting.
Captain Paul Sutton, of the Sarasota police, told reporters that the men were not carrying drugs. It was reported that he declined to say whether they were carrying any cash or weapons.
Captain Sutton added that no motive for the killings had been established.
A spokesman for the British consulate in Miami said: "British consular officials can confirm that two British nationals were killed in Sarasota, Florida, on April 16. Next of kin have been notified.
"Officials from the consulate in Orlando are providing assistance. The two male victims were on holiday in Florida with other family and friends," the spokesman said.
Asked whether the men had been shot, the spokesman said: "I can neither confirm or deny the details at this time. The Sarasota police are investigating".

seven men and three youths were all either ‘fully-paid members’ or close associates of the Moss Side Bloods,


The thugs charged at members of a rival gang in Moss Side to rescue associates who were barricaded in a house.

The seven men and three youths were all either ‘fully-paid members’ or close associates of the Moss Side Bloods, ruled Judge Clement Goldstone QC at Manchester Crown Court.

He said their behaviour was like that of ‘some feral sub-class’.

Prosecutors said the gang entered the Alexandra Road area to help friends ‘trapped’ in rival Gooch territory.

Members of the Young Gooch Close, an offshoot of the Gooch gang, scattered when they saw the group charging towards them. No-one was assaulted or injured during the incident, on the afternoon of Saturday, April 10, last year, the court heard.

Neil Fryman, prosecuting said that some of the gang carried bricks, bottles and other weapons.

A gun was pointed from a car window at the Gooch gang members during the incident, but police were unable to trace the car or those inside, Mr Fryman said.

Judge Clement Goldstone hailed the efforts of police in tackling gangs in Moss Side.

But he told the ten defendants: “The fact remains that there is a hard core of youths and older individuals who align themselves to rival gangs and are determined to upset the peace and normal lives of law abiding residents of Moss Side, in pursuit of their hostilities.”

Defence barristers for several men argued that their clients were not gang members or associates, and that they had been caught up in the pack.

But Judge Goldstone told all the defendants: “By virtue of your guilty pleas to these charges, appearing as you do alongside each other, never again will you be able to deny that you are, or were at the time of this incident and the period leading up to it, if not fully paid up members then close associates of a gang.”

The oldest member of the group. Emmanuel Richards, 31, of Barnhill Street, Moss Side, admitted violent disorder and was jailed for 12 months.

Adrian Brown, 19, of Fairman Street, Moss Side, admitted violent disorder and will be sentenced at a later date.

Tony Okwabi, 18, of Graeme Street, Moss Side, admitted violent disorder and will be sentenced at a later date.

Lathan Forrester, 21, of Great Western Street, Moss Side, admitted violent disorder and will be sentenced at a later date.

Marcus Dalglish, 20, of Graeme Street, Moss Side, admitted violent disorder and will be sentenced at a later date.

Janaid Naveed, 19, of Quinney Crescent, Moss Side, and Zekiel Ruddock, 19, of Barley Croft Street, Moss Side, both admitted public order offences and were each given 12 months supervision with 150 hours unpaid work.

Three youths, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty to public order offences and were given youth rehabilitation orders.

Howard Winton Cooper, known to broadcast fans by his middle name, was found dead in his luxury home on Friday evening.


His 23-year-old son Joseph was arrested by police shortly after the neighbours made the discovery and he has since been charged with his father’s murder.

The younger Mr Cooper is due to appear before magistrates on Monday.

Retired BBC Radio Sheffield reporter Winton Cooper,64, was found dead at his £420,000 home in Ham Meadow, Marnhull, near Sturminster Newton in Dorset.

His son also lived in the picturesque village, depicted in Thomas Hardy’s novel Tess of the D’Urbevilles as Marlot, but not at the same address as his father.

'Joseph Cooper from Marnhull near Sturminster Newton has been charged with murder,' said a police spokesman.

'He will appear before Weymouth magistrates on Monday, April 18.

'While the deceased man is yet to be identified he is believed to be Howard Winton Cooper, born in 1947, the father of the charged man.

'Detectives are renewing their appeal for information and for anyone with information to come forward.'

Former reporter Winton Cooper covered the Hillsborough disaster during his time on Radio Sheffield.

One of the most popular presenters at the station, he often worked alongside former footballer Emlyn Hughes in the commentary box and hosted a weekly show broadcast on Saturday mornings.

On April 15, 1989 Mr Cooper was reporting at the ill-fated FA Cup semi-final tie between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough.

Speaking in 2009, his former boss at BBC Radio Sheffield Robert Jackson said that Mr Cooper was covering the match from the press box, but did not know the extent of the tragedy that was unfolding.

'People were being laid out on the ground but he assumed they were injured because no-one was covering them with blankets at that stage.'

A post mortem examination was due to be carried out on Winton Cooper to establish how he died, and the Dorset coroner had been informed of his death.

Neighbours said both men were well known in the area, and that Winton Cooper was a popular figure in the village.

'It’s so sad because Winton was a lovely man, he would never hurt anyone,' said pub landlord Gino Gibbs.

It is believed that as well as Joseph, Winton Cooper had two sons - Oliver and Edward.

'The whole village is in deep shock, it’s all anyone is talking about,' added Mr Gibbs - who runs the Crown Pub in Marnhull.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Man faces garden shooting charge

A man has been remanded in custody accused of murder after another man was shot dead in a garden in broad daylight.
Isaiah Bovell, 21, was found with gunshot wounds to his head at around 11.15am on Thursday.
Raymond Andes, 39, of Plummer Road, Clapham, south-west London, today appeared in the dock at London's Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court for a brief hearing before District Judge Susan Green.
There was no application for bail and he will next appear at the Old Bailey on July 22.
Andes was charged after officers were called to an address near Plummer Road, off Poynders Road.
Witnesses are understood to have flagged down ambulance crews but shortly after they arrived in the garden, paramedics treating Mr Bovell heard what they believed to be gunfire and were forced to flee.
They returned when the area was deemed safe however Mr Bovell was pronounced dead at the scene.
It is thought the disturbance may have been the sound of a window being smashed.
Officers from the Metropolitan Police's Operation Trident, which deals with gun crime in London's black community, are investigating.
:: A 27-year-old woman arrested in the vicinity and held at a south London police station has been released with no further action, Scotland Yard said.

 

Friday, 15 April 2011

man has been found guilty of carrying out a building society robbery after jurors seemingly rejected glamour model Danielle Lloyd's alibi evidence.



Craig Mason, 32, was part of a gang of armed robbers who carried out a terrifying crimewave across East Anglia with military precision.  

It is conceivable that Miss Lloyd may face perjury charges arising from the evidence she gave in court, although there is no information to suggest this is being contemplated.


Craig Mason has been found guilty of a building society robbery after jurors seemingly rejected Danielle Lloyd's alibi evidence

The raiders were led by master technician Danny Speed, 29, who has been likened by one Flying Squad officer to the character played by George Clooney in the film Ocean’s Eleven.

In the film, an elite gang steal millions of dollars from a Las Vegas casino using brilliant planning and meticulous execution.

Former Miss Great Britain Miss Lloyd, 26, appeared as an alibi witness for Mason, and told jurors he was at her West End charity event at the time of one of the raids in Brightlingsea, Essex.


But after a retrial, the jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court found him guilty of the seaside heist and a second robbery of the Nationwide in Holt, Norfolk.

Mason and other gang members armed themselves with machetes, a sledgehammer and an axe and escaped with £161,000 from the hold-ups.

The powerboat racing enthusiast denied any involvement with either of the robberies.

Miss Lloyd told both juries Mason attended the Field of Women breast cancer fundraiser at the Embassy nightclub in the early hours of October 11, 2007.


CCTV from inside Nationwide, Holt in Norfolk, shows gang members smashing their way into the branch


One of the armed robbers is seen handing cash boxes from the building society through the broken door to a fellow gang member outside

Miss Lloyd said: 'I saw him a couple of times throughout the night.

'I was very busy trying to organise everything and speak to everybody there.'  She said they left the fundraiser for a party in Chigwell, Essex, at around 3am.

Miss Lloyd said she slept on a sofa at her friend's house and remembered Mason crashing out on another settee.

But the jury of seven men and five women found Mason guilty of the Brightlingsea raid by a majority of ten to two.

Mason was convicted of the Holt heist by a unanimous verdict.


Danielle Lloyd leaves court after giving evidence

Earlier this year Speed - dubbed Mr Meticulous for his brilliant planning - was jailed for 20 years. 

Speed, who splashed out on luxury motors including a BMW X5 and is thought to have invested in property, may have been responsible for carrying out raids totalling £2million.

In one attack, his gang of robbers wore camouflage fatigues to blend in with American servicemen in the town during a heist in Mildenhall, Suffolk - home to a large U.S. military airbase.

Snaresbrook Crown Court had heard how Mason, Speed, Speed's cousin Lee Watson, and a fourth man Mark Richards, 29, carried out the raid in Holt.

Mason and Richards were also involved in the £80,000 raid in Brightlingsea in which a G4S custodian was beaten round the head and neck with a pick axe handle.

Jurors heard three gloves were found in the black holdall and DNA from Mason and Richards was found.

He said in both cases the chance the DNA was from anyone other than the two men 'was one in a billion'.

Three months later on January 29, 2008, the robbers struck in Holt, stealing £81,000.

The gang had been staying at the Lawns hotel opposite the Nationwide and it is thought they later returned to the guesthouse bar to toast their success as the police sirens sounded.

The robbers left behind them a sledgehammer and a black holdall.

The getaway car - a blue Vauxhall Vectra - was found abandoned in the village with two machetes inside. A swab taken from the back-seat of the car had traces of DNA from Mason and Speed.

A copy of Autotrader magazine with Mason's fingerprints on was discovered at the Lawns Hotel and a machete matching those found in the getaway vehicle was found discarded behind the guesthouse.

Mason, of Harrow Drive, Hornchurch, Essex, denied two counts of conspiracy to rob.

In March this year, Watson, 42, was jailed for 16 years and Andrew McCracken, 31, was jailed for 15 years following a 12-week trial.

Richards, described as Speed's 'lieutenant', was jailed for 13 years.

Speed, of Eisenhower Drive, Beckton, east London, was convicted of five counts of conspiracy to rob between November 3, 2005, and September 28 last year.

McCracken, of Earlsdown House, Barking, Essex, was convicted of two counts conspiracy to rob.

Watson, of the same address as Speed, was convicted of three counts of conspiracy to rob and having a firearm with intent.

Mason was remanded in custody to be sentenced on April 20.

A man has been arrested in Leeds over the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy in the Netherlands.

A man has been arrested in Leeds over the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy in the Netherlands.

Danny Gubbels was killed in a caravan in Breda on 14 July last year.

West Yorkshire Police said they arrested the 29-year-old on behalf of the Dutch authorities and his extradition has been requested.

The man was remanded in custody by Westminster Magistrates' Court in London on Wednesday, the Serious Organised Crime Agency confirmed.

Another British man, aged 24, has been arrested in Amsterdam over the death, police said.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Murray, who played EastEnders villain Johnny Allen, was arrested at a flat in Chigwell, Essex, in the early hours of April 7.

The 69-year-old actor, who also starred in The Bill, was questioned by detectives amid accusations he hit out at wife Elaine and singer daughter Lizzie, 27.
Murray, who played EastEnders villain Johnny Allen, was arrested at a flat in Chigwell, Essex, in the early hours of April 7.
He will appear before magistrates next month after being charged with two counts of assault.
An Essex Police spokeswoman said: "We can confirm a 69-year-old man from London was arrested in Chigwell in the early hours of April 7 on suspicion of assault.
"He was later charged with two counts of assault and will appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on May 6."
The couple's other daughter, ex-Hustle star Jaime Murray, 34, was not involved in the incident, sources confirmed.
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Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Seven people have been arrested as part of an investigation into drugs and money laundering.



Avon and Somerset Police said warrants were executed at properties in north Bristol, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

Officers seized cannabis, suspected cocaine and cutting agents, large amounts of cash and several rounds of live ammunition.

Four men arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs have been released on police bail.

A woman and two men were arrested on suspicion of money laundering and have also been bailed, pending further inquiries.

Armed police have made a number of arrests after a total of eight guns and ammunition was found at a Bournemouth nature reserve.



The first gun, an unloaded shotgun, was found by a dog walker on Kinson Common last Friday.

A further seven guns were discovered by officers over the weekend.

A number of arrests were made on Tuesday evening in the Redhill area of Bournemouth and addresses searched as part of the inquiry, police said.

Officers are yet to release details of those arrested.

Britain is a 'transit lounge for war criminals': Furious row as Gaddafi's torturer-in-chief jets out for talks in Qatar

Gaddafi's former right-hand man is 'free to come and go' say Foreign Office
Coalition accused of 'repeating mistakes made with Lockerbie bomber'
The Coalition was accused of turning Britain into a 'transit lounge for alleged war criminals' today after it was disclosed that Libyan defector Musa Kusa had been allowed to leave the country.

Muammar Gaddafi's former right-hand man is travelling to Qatar ahead of a meeting of the international alliance's Contact Group tomorrow.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said Kusa was 'free to come and go', and would be seeing representatives of the Doha government and others to 'offer insights' on the situation.

Irish police have arrested a second man in connection with the murder of IRA informer and former close confidant of Gerry Adams, Denis Donaldson.



The 30-year-old's detention follows the arrest of a 70-year-old man in Donegal on Tuesday.

Donaldson, 56, was Sinn Féin's senior official at Stormont and a political enforcer for the party leadership. He was shot dead at a remote cottage in Doochary, Co Donegal, in April 2006.

Four months earlier, he had been expelled from the party after admitting that he had been a paid British spy for 20 years.

No one has ever been charged with his murder. The two men were arrested on Tuesday evening.

It is understood the 70-year-old man was arrested in south-west Donegal under the Offences Against the State Act on suspicion of withholding information. Both men are being detained at Letterkenny police station. They can be held for up three days.

Donaldson was last seen by the Garda Siochaan, in Glenties on 3 April 2006, about 24 hours before he was murdered.

His body was discovered by a member of the public, who noticed his door open and called police. He had been shot twice, once in the head and once in the arm.

Last week, his family called on the Garda and Police Service of Northern Ireland to do more to bring his killers to justice. In a statement issued through solicitors, they claimed British security agencies had a part to play in his death.

Ex-Brookside star Brian Regan remanded over murder of bouncer shot at point blank range

former soap star has been remanded in custody over the murder of a bouncer shot in the head at point blank range outside a pub.

Brian Regan, who played Terry Sullivan in Brookside, is accused of killing Bahman Faraji who was gunned down in Liverpool.

Regan, 53, and his co-accused Lee George Dodson, 42, both from Garston, appeared together at Liverpool Magistrates' Court today.

Regan is also accused of perverting the course of justice.

Both men spoke only to confirm their names and addresses and were remanded in custody until a preliminary hearing at Liverpool Crown Court on April 18.

A third suspect, Edward Heffey, 40, from Dingle, Liverpool, was charged with murder earlier this month and will also appear at the Crown Court that day.

Father-of-one Mr Faraji, originally from Iran, was killed outside the Belgrave Pub on February 24.

Mr Farjar, who moved to Liverpool 15 years ago, was believed to have been well connected in the Liverpool underworld.

Known to many as 'Batman' and sporting a scar which ran almost down the entire side of his face, he is thought to have manned the doors at several city centre nightclubs and bars in recent years.

Nuclear submarine shooting: Sailor Ryan Donovan remand

sailor charged with murder and three counts of attempted murder after a shooting on board a nuclear submarine has been remanded in custody.

Able Seaman Ryan Samuel Donovan, 22, of Dartford, Kent, was remanded to return to Winchester Crown Court on 10 June.

Lt Cdr Ian Molyneux, 36, of Wigan, Greater Manchester, was shot dead on HMS Astute while it was docked in Southampton last Friday.

A second man, Lt Cdr Christopher Hodge, was also shot and remains in hospital.

There was no application for bail from Mr Donovan.

The Royal Navy serviceman, of Hillside Road, has also been charged with the attempted murders of Petty Officer Christopher Brown, 36, Chief Petty Officer David McCoy, 37, and Lt Cdr Hodge, 45.

The charges follow an incident last Friday in which shots were fired from an SA80 rifle as local dignitaries, including the city council's mayor, chief executive and leader, were being given a tour of HMS Astute.


Lt Cdr Ian Molyneux was "utterly devoted to his family"
Nick Hawkins, prosecuting, said that the case could have been handled internally by the armed forces but it had been agreed it would be held in the civilian courts.

Lt Cdr Molyneux's widow, Gillian, described the father of four as "utterly devoted to his family".

HMS Astute left Southampton on Monday to return to its base on the River Clyde at Faslane, Scotland.

The submarine was berthed at the Eastern Docks on a five-day official visit.

The 97m (318ft)-long craft is the UK's newest nuclear-powered attack submarine.

It was named and launched by the Duchess of Cornwall in June 2007 before being welcomed into the Royal Navy in August last year.

Simon Cowell has described allegations that he helped a friend hide up to £2 billion worth of assets as “scandalous”

The X-Factor judge sent libel lawyers Carter Ruck and a barrister to the bitter High Court battle between Scot and Michelle Young to refute her claims.
In the witness box on Monday, Mrs Young alleged that Mr Cowell, Sir Philip Green, Boris Berezovsky and the restaurateur Richard Caring were all helping to conceal the money.
She said her estranged husband – who was declared bankrupt last year – was a “secret shareholder” in American Idol, the talent show.
The 47-year-old mother of two claims he has hidden his fortune to avoid paying any money to her, while he insists he is £28 million indebt.
Matthew Nicklin, representing Mr Cowell, said his client was horrified to hear of the claims made against him, which he heard for the first time this week.

The Government has lost its final appeal against a human rights ruling requiring Britain to give prisoners the vote.



David Cameron has six months to produce ­“legislative proposals” ending the current blanket ban on inmates voting in national and ­European elections.

The ultimatum was ­delivered by a five-judge panel of the European Court of Human Rights yesterday.

The PM said the Government must comply – or face possible compensation claims running into millions.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Two men have been jailed for life for murdering a 16-year-old girl who was shot in an east London pizza shop.

Two men have been jailed for life for murdering a 16-year-old girl who was shot in an east London pizza shop.

Agnes Sina-Inakoju was fatally wounded at the takeaway in Hoxton Street, Hackney, in April 2010.

The Old Bailey heard she was caught up in a gang feud when she was shot in the neck by a bicycle-riding gunman who fired through the shop's window.

Leon Dunkley, 22, and Mohammed Smoured, 21, both of Hackney, were each sentenced to 32-year minimum terms.

Judge Peter Beaumont, the Recorder of London, said the sentence was to act as a deterrent.

"Gun violence with loaded weapons that imperils innocent people on the streets of London has to be stopped," he said.

To the killers he said: "Not only have you taken a life, you have destroyed a family's happiness and destroyed your own lives too."

Agnes was a "popular and successful" teenager who was considered a potential Oxbridge candidate by her school, the court heard.

Police are questioning four suspects after a schoolboy was killed while "selflessly protecting" his younger brother.


Detectives are hunting up to nine gang members following the death of 15-year-old Negus McClean.
Four males, aged 14, 16, 18 and 20, have been arrested over his death, while relatives have paid tearful tributes to the aspiring musician.
Family members hit out at the "disgusting act of violence", but vowed to pray for Negus's killers.
His cousin, Noel, called for an end to knife crime. Fighting back tears after laying flowers at the scene of the attack in Edmonton, north London, the 25-year-old described Negus as "intelligent, mature and selfless".
"He was dying protecting his brother," he said. "It was a selfless act. He paid with his life."
Speaking at the scene, Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Clayman said Negus died after being chased by "seven, eight or nine" youths riding bikes.
Relatives and a host of school friends arrived to lay flowers as teachers and friends of the teenager came forward to pay tribute to him.
Noel, who declined to give his surname, said: "It was just a disgusting act of violence. I pray that a change happens, I pray for the guy that did this to my cousin."
Negus was preparing to celebrate his 16th birthday in two weeks' time and was hoping to embark on a career as a rapper after leaving school, relatives said.

Monday, 11 April 2011

conman who built a swimming pool at the back of his council house has been sent to prison for his part in a multi-million pound car theft operation.


David Frost, 33, was one of nine men sentenced as part of a covert police investigation, which began in June 2009. The men received a combined sentence of 38 and a half years, with the Judge commending the police operation as impressive and courageous.

The operation consisted of identifying the gangs and individuals involved in two-in-one burglaries and the theft of over 100 executive and prestige cars, as well as uncovering plant and drugs from in and around South Yorkshire.

David Frost - jailed for 10 years after being found guilty of conspiracy to supply stolen goods - built a swimming pool at the back of his council house in Rossington, South Yorkshire.

The pool came to light following an investigation by the landlord, ALMO St Leger Homes.

St Leger Homes said at the time of the investigation: "All applicants for a council home are now assessed financially before they are eligible for a property. Once they become a secure tenant however, legally a change in their financial circumstances does not affect their tenancy.

"We undertake tenancy verification visits on our properties to ensure that tenants are not illegally subletting their homes and to pick up issues such as tenants own improvements where permission has not been sought.  It was on one of these visits that the pool was reported by the member of staff.  

"Permission for the pool was not sought prior to it being built and would not have been granted.  We are currently investigating the history following our staff reporting its existence.  

"If a tenant was undertaking major and costly improvement works whilst on housing benefit we would alert the relevant authorities to investigate potential fraud."

Susan Jordan, chief executive of St Leger Homes of Doncaster, said today: “We are currently aware of the situation with Mrs Frost’s husband and as always will be working to support the police."

Honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani has been transferred to a secure mental health hospital after suffering an "adverse reaction" to his medication.


The British businessman, who is wanted in South Africa over claims he ordered the killing of his new bride there, was on bail at the Priory Hospital pending his extradition hearing.
After experiencing what his psychiatrist believed was a bad reaction to his anti-depressants over the weekend, a district judge ruled he should be moved to Cygnet Hospital Kewstoke in Somerset.
Dr Paul Dedman said it is likely he suffered an adverse reaction to the medication, according to sources close to Dewani.
Set in 16 acres of landscaped grounds overlooking the Bristol Channel, the Cygnet Hospital offers "a tranquil and therapeutic environment to provide care and treatment for those individuals with complex mental illness".
The majority of its beds are in a low secure setting but on site is also an intensive community rehabilitation service for men.
Dewani, 31, from Westbury-on-Trym in Bristol, is said to be suffering from severe post-traumatic stress syndrome after the shooting of his wife Anni Dewani, 28, in Cape Town last November.
The South African authorities want to extradite him and have made repeated courtroom bids to have him remanded in custody.
But at a hearing at Bristol Magistrates' Court, it was decided his psychiatric healthcare needs would be best met at the Cygnet Hospital, his brother Preyen Dewani said.
Mrs Dewani, from Sweden, was shot when a cab the couple were travelling in on their honeymoon was hijacked in the Gugulethu township.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Able Seaman Ryan Samuel Donovan, 22, is due before Southampton magistrates on Monday charged with one count of murder and three counts of attempted murder.


Hampshire Police on Sunday night charged him with the murder of Lieutenant Commander Ian Thomas Molyneux, 36 and the attempted murder of Petty Officer Christopher Brown, 36.
He was further charged with the attempted murder of Chief Petty Officer David McCoy, 37 and the attempted murder of Lieutenant Commander Christopher Hodge, 45.
In a joint statement issued with Crown Prosecution Service, officials said the sailor, from Dartford, Kent, remained in custody.
Nick Hawkins, Chief Crown Prosecutor of CPS Wessex, said in a statement: “I have been working closely with Hampshire Constabulary and now have authorised them to charge Ryan Samuel Donovan with Ian Molyneux’s murder and with the attempted murder of Christopher Brown, David McCoy, and Christopher Hodge.

The Royal Family has been pulled into the News International phone-hacking affair,

The Royal Family has been pulled into the News International phone-hacking affair, dealing a blow to the latest desperate attempt by Rupert Murdoch's media giant to hide the true extent of the scandal, The Independent on Sunday can reveal. Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice are suspected targets of the empire's hacking activities, and their father, Prince Andrew, has privately expressed exasperation at the apparent breach of his family's privacy. Suspicions that the princesses were targets arose after Eugenie was the subject of an attempted mugging while travelling in Cambodia with a friend two years ago. The attack, in Phnom Penh during the girls' gap-year travels, was thwarted by bodyguards but details of the incident quickly found their way into The Sun newspaper and other News International (NI) publications.

This is the first instance of the Royal Family being drawn into the phone-hacking row since the conviction of Clive Goodman, the News of the World's royal editor four years ago. Goodman pleaded guilty to intercepting messages left on phones of aides to Princes William and Harry and was jailed for four months. Glenn Mulcaire, a private investigator used to carry out the interceptions, was jailed for six months.

It is understood Prince Andrew, himself the subject of intense media scrutiny, and his ex-wife, the Duchess of York, also believe they were personally targeted. Prince Andrew, though angered by what he sees as the intrusion into his daughters' lives, has no plans to take the matter further.

Friday, 8 April 2011

Royal Navy officer has been killed and a second seriously injured after they were shot by a colleague on board a nuclear-powered submarine


Local civic dignitaries, including the mayor and council leader were on board HMS Astute, which is visiting Southampton, Hampshire, at the time of the incident.
The Ministry of Defence said the shooting was not terrorist-related and there was no threat to the wider public.
An MoD spokesman said: "Two Royal Navy personnel have been involved in a firearms incident at Southampton docks where HMS Astute is alongside. Sadly, one has now died as a result of his injuries. The Royal Navy is now attempting to inform their families as a matter of urgency.
"A third Royal Navy serviceman has been arrested by Hampshire Constabulary and is now in custody. This incident was not terrorist-related and there is no threat to the wider public."
Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox said: "I am greatly saddened to hear of this tragic incident and of the death of a Royal Navy serviceman. It is right and proper that a full police investigation is carried out and allowed to take its course. My thoughts and sympathies are with those who have been affected and their families."
It is understood that the two victims were male officers and the shooting was carried out with an SA80 service rifle. The gunman is thought to have been on sentry duty and the shooting happened during a weapons changeover between shifts.
After the shooting, it is understood the gunman was grabbed by other navy personnel who handed him over to Ministry of Defence Police who were there as part of the civic visit. He was then transferred to Hampshire police officers when they arrived minutes later.
Southampton City Council's leader Royston Smith, mayor Carol Cunio and chief executive Alistair Neill were among a group of six local dignitaries on board HMS Astute at the time of the shooting. They were not hurt.
The seriously injured navy crew member was taken to Southampton General Hospital, South Central Ambulance Service said. Chief Superintendent David Thomas, of Hampshire Police, said the injured man was now in a "stable condition".

60 schoolgirls were groomed for sex by workers at seedy takeaways linked to the murder of a 14-year-old girl.



Children as young as 11 were targeted by mainly Asian staff at fast food outlets in Blackpool. They were offered food, alcohol and cigarettes in return for sexual favours.

An unpublicised police report produced after 14-year-old Charlene Downes vanished in 2003 found the girls, most if not all white, had been victims of the ‘honey pot’ premises. There were claims last night that the report was suppressed for reasons of political correctness.

Four years later another girl, 15-year-old Paige Chivers, also went missing. Detectives believe she was killed like Charlene, whose body has never been found.

Two Middle Eastern restaurant owners were acquitted over Charlene’s murder in 2007 and the crime remains unsolved.

The pair still run a kebab shop in Blackpool which was also linked to Paige, and she too was identified as a victim of sexual exploitation. Last year police reported that the takeaway was attracting young girls who were being supplied with alcohol and cocaine.

A man was seriously injured after being shot with a suspected machine-gun in south London last night in an attack linked to the murder of Rio McFarlane last year.



Police suspect the victim of last night's shooting in Peckham was the original intended target of a gunman who shot Mr McFarlane in September.

The 34-year-old man was hit in the legs and arms in a burst of fire from a weapon detectives believe is an Uzi-style machine pistol. Police recovered 14 cartridges at the scene.

In a bizarre coincidence the shooting came as England and Manchester United footballer Rio Ferdinand launched a YouTube appeal to catch the killer of Mr McFarlane, who is a family friend.

The 18-year-old promising footballer was gunned down in a drive-by style shooting in Dragon Road, Peckham in a suspected gangland attack. No-one has been charged with his murder.

Mr Ferdinand, 32, said: "I grew up in Peckham with Rio's brother Anthony and have known the McFarlane family for many years, so I wanted to do something to help them get justice for Rio's murder. I believe that the community can make a difference but it's important for people to come forward and talk to police."

He added: "People need to be brave and tell police who murdered him. It's not grassing someone up, it's giving a family justice."
His appeal co-incides with the offer of a £30,000 reward for information leading to the prosecution of those involved.

Mr McFarlane, who had no links to crime, died of a single gunshot wound to the chest on September 6 when he was hit by a bullet as he spoke to two people in a parked silver Lexus.

Detectives believe one of the men inside the Lexus was the intended target. The same silver car was found at last night's shooting scene.
Scotland Yard said that members of the public waved down a passing police car at about 7pm last night after hearing a volley of shots in Magdalene Close.

Officers found a 34-year-old man suffering from gun shot wounds. One of the bullets is believed to have travelled through his arm into his chest.
Police believe the gunman fired at the victim, who ran away until he collapsed in Magdalene Close. Two suspects were seen running away into Pilkington Road.

Detective Superintendent Gary Richardson, from the Operation Trident unit which tackles armed gangs, said: "We need the community to come forward and speak to us about this man. We believe that someone in the local area must know who this dangerous individual is and would strongly urge them to contact police. We believe that this victim may have been the intended target when Rio McFarlane was killed.

"It is imperative that we arrest this man and remove him from the streets of London. I appeal to the heart of the Peckham community to assist us and help us apprehend this man."

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Bar Se7en, in Croydon High Street, became a haven for gangs and violent disorder

nightclub described as a ‘gang magnet’ had its license revoked last night after it was linked to more than two dozen violent incidents including an attempted murder.

Bar Se7en, in Croydon High Street, became a haven for gangs and violent disorder, according to a Croydon police licensing team report.

On three separate occasions, police claimed, one patron was stabbed in the stomach, another was attacked by a bouncer, while another man was shot in the chest after the club was closed down by police on New Years Eve.

It is also claimed entrants regularly carried guns and knives into the club.

Since 2007 there have been 35 reported crimes, 26 of which involved violence, most of which were carried out between 2am and 3am, the report said.

Intelligence received by the police last year suggested the premises were being used by a prostitution ring.

Traces of cocaine were found in the toilet and there were regular sightings of the 'Don't Say Nothing' gang along with rival gang members.

Last night, the Croydon Council Licensing Sub-Committee decided to revoke the club’s license after various warnings and words of advice were given to licensee Seevan Aurokium.

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(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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