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Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Spain has expressed anger at links being made between Spanish cucumbers and a deadly E. coli outbreak.



The country's agriculture minister said Germany pointed to Spanish cucumbers "without having reliable data".

Meanwhile, German officials have voiced doubts about whether the Spanish cucumbers they are investigating carried the deadly E. coli strain.

The outbreak has led to 16 deaths - 15 in Germany and a woman who died in Sweden after travelling to Germany.

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Germany's national disease institute, says more than 1,150 people within Germany have been affected by enterohaemorrhagic E. coli, also known as EHEC.

In many instances, the gastrointestinal infection has led to Haemolytic-uraemic Syndrome (HUS), which causes kidney problems and is potentially fatal.

Lord Taylor jailed for expenses fraud

A Conservative member of the House of Lords was jailed for a year on Tuesday for fiddling his parliamentary expenses.
Lord John Taylor, 58, became the fifth lawmaker to be jailed over the scandal which rocked British politics in 2009.
Taylor, a former lawyer who became the first black Conservative peer when he took his seat in the House of Lords in 1996, claimed more than £11,000 ($18,140, 12,600 euros) for travel and overnight subsistence.
In evidence to Southwark Crown Court in London, it emerged he told the House of Lords members' expenses office that his main residence was a house in Oxford, which was owned by his nephew, when in fact he lived in London.
Taylor told his trial that he understood he only needed a "family connection" to a property to call it a main residence on his claim forms.
He also maintained he had pleaded not guilty because he had only been following advice given to him by fellow peers that nominating a residence outside of the capital was a way to earn money "in lieu of salary".
He was convicted of six counts of false accounting by a jury in January.
Sentencing Taylor to 12 months in jail, judge John Saunders said the expenses scandal had "left an indelible stain on Parliament".
The scandal, which emerged after a newspaper obtained details of lawmakers' claims for the reimbursement of everything from ornamental duck houses to porn films, forced a shake-up of the system of parliamentary allowances.
Another Conservative peer, Paul White, known as Lord Hanningfield, will be sentenced next month after he was found guilty last week of fraudulently claiming nearly £14,000 in his Lords expenses.

 

Monday, 30 May 2011

British female prison guard suspended over alleged affair with 'dangerous and perverted' killer

female prison guard in England has been suspended after allegations emerged she was having an affair with a notorious imprisoned sex attacker, it was reported Monday.

The woman, whose name has not been made public, was allegedly having a fling with Leigh Thornhill, a killer serving a life sentence for beating a victim to death, The Daily Mirror reported.

When Thornhill was sentenced in 2004, the judge described him as one of the most "dangerous and perverted" criminals England had ever seen.

Thornhill was convicted of beating mother of two, Corinne Bailey, to death with a piece of wood in South London in 2003. The same night Thornhill attacked another woman who managed to escape.

Police later linked him to several other sexual assaults, including one where he hit a woman over the head with an iron bar.

A former soldier, Thornhill was just 19 when he was arrested.

Now 27, Thornhill's dalliance with the guard came to light when another inmate blew the whistle.

Thornhill has since been transferred from Wakefield prison, England's toughest jail better known as "Monster Mansion."

The jail houses some of the country's most vicious murderers, including the "Crossbow Cannibal" Stephen Griffiths, child killer Roy Whiting, and Charles Bronson, the man dubbed Britain's most dangerous inmate.

 

ex-boyfriend of a murdered Red Cross worker has been found dead near a railway line.


Detectives launched a search for 35-year-old Martin Collett after the body of Angela Hoyt, 34, was discovered at her home in Hertfordshire on Tuesday. His body was found near Hatfield station on Friday.

DEALER addicted to a once-legal high who left drugs and a tick list in a Teesside pub has been given six months to prove himself.

DEALER addicted to a once-legal high who left drugs and a tick list in a Teesside pub has been given six months to prove himself.

Daniel Smith, 26, said he dealt drugs to fund his out-of-control addiction to mephedrone. The drug, also known as meow meow and MCAT, was legal until it was criminalised last year.

Defence barrister Jonathan Walker said: “It was a drug which was abused with abandon by those who described it as a cheap man’s cocaine.

“Then it became illegal.

“This is a graphic illustration of someone who’s gone from a heavy user and morphed into someone who’s selling relatively eagerly.”

Neither of Smith’s arrests last August was for drugs, but each time he was caught with drugs.

First he was caught with 140 diazepam tablets and a small amount of herbal cannabis on Highfield Road, Grangetown, Teesside Crown Court heard.

He had left his wallet containing a “dealer’s list” of names and numbers, £180 cash, more cannabis and another Class B drug, naphyrone, in the pub.

FORMER Army Corporal turned drug user and dealer after he left the Forces because his partner cheated on him

FORMER Army Corporal turned drug user and dealer after he left the Forces because his partner cheated on him, a court heard.

Ex-Green Howard and promising Army athlete Michael Mackie, 30, was shown mercy by the judge who jailed him.

Teesside Crown Court heard of the “tragedy” of his downfall, sparked by his partner’s infidelity while he was stationed away.

Defence barrister Robin Turton said Mackie, once a wild youngster, took a grip of his life and had a successful and fulfilling Army career.

He said: “He was a full corporal, had toured in Afghanistan for six months patrolling in Helmand, putting his life on the line for his country.

“He thoroughly loved his life in the Army. He was also quite some athlete. Initially representing the regiment, he went on to represent the Army.

“His prospects within the Army looked extremely promising.

“He left the Army when his partner was unfaithful to him repeatedly and he just couldn’t cope any more. He had something of a breakdown.”

Mr Turton said the young dad became a “lost soul” and turned to drugs to cope.

Mackie, also known as Michael Hart, developed a major cocaine habit using 12g a weekend, subsidised by selling drugs to a close circle of friends.

He and Mark Dee, 26, were in a house on Hanson Street, Redcar, raided by police on February 12.

Caught with 20 bags of white powder, Mackie immediately told officers: “It’s cocaine. I’ve only been dealing for four weeks and I only deal to close friends.”


Sunday, 29 May 2011

Sean Price, chief constable of Cleveland police, responded by threatening legal action over the "malicious" allegations.

One of Britain's highest paid police officers is being formally investigated over allegations he unduly used his influence to get someone a job with his force. Sean Price, chief constable of Cleveland police, responded by threatening legal action over the "malicious" allegations.

The investigation was announced by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) which will use its own investigators, and Price on Friday night remained in his post.

It is the latest development to unsettle north-east policing. A fortnight ago the chair of Cleveland's police authority quit after inquiries by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) into how the body's business had been conducted. Those concerns led to a criminal investigation being launched into the behaviour of past and present authority members.

The police authority chair, Dave McLuckie, denied any wrongdoing and said he would co-operate with the criminal investigation being conducted by Warwickshire's chief constable, Keith Bristow.

McLuckie has in the past defended a large salary package given to Price by the Cleveland police authority, justifying it by pointing to falling crime.

Price was paid a total salary package of £208,000 in 2009/10, higher than chiefs in an equivalent sized force. He is paid a "retention package" of £50,000 to stop him being poached by a larger force and his basic salary is £130,000.

Cleveland is one of the best performing forces in England and Wales, according to HMIC.

After news of the investigation was announced, Price issued a defiant statement. He said: "I understand that this allegation relates to the recruitment process for a junior member of staff in late 2008. I completely refute the accusation, which I regard as malicious as I took no part in the recruitment process."

He said he believed the allegation was "mischievous" and added: "I am sure that everyone will realise the damage that such an allegation could have on my personal standing and confidence in the force.

"In addition I am taking legal advice regarding any action I may take in the future against those responsible for initiating and spreading incorrect information that defames my character."

Peter Race, chair of Cleveland police authority, said: "Whilst we fully understand the role of the IPCC in investigating complaints, we fully support our chief constable in his clear statement refuting the accusations, which he regards as malicious and mischievous.

"We believe that Sean Price has played a key role in delivering massive improvements in the policing service in Cleveland over the past few years."

The authority said it was delighted in 2009 when Price agreed to sign on for an extra three years, until 2013.

Price also has national roles with Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) in areas including communications and anti-terrorism planning.

The IPCC said: "The Independent Police Complaints Commission will conduct an independent investigation into an allegation against Cleveland police's chief constable, Sean Price.

"The allegation came to light during a review by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary into the manner in which some individuals within Cleveland police authority may have conducted some of its business.

"The IPCC's independent investigation will focus on the allegation that Mr Price used undue influence to have an individual appointed to a position within the police force. A notice of investigation was served on CC Price today [Friday]."

Kingston nightclub Oceana has been named as one of the three worst nightclubs for crime in London.


The news comes as police move to back a campaign to crack down on bids for new nightclubs and bars in a push they hope will stem the tide of night-time crime.

The force’s support for a new set of rules, called a cumulative impact policy (CIP), would declare Kingston town centre has reached saturation point.

In a statement, Superintendent Paul McGregor said: “The police favour a cumulative impact zone.

“Readers of the Surrey Comet will have seen the interview with Chief Superintendent [Martin] Greenslade on April 22. He spelt out his determination to tackle crime resulting from the night-time economy.

“Oceana has featured as one of the top three nightclubs in London for reported crime and this is a situation neither Luminar Leisure [the club’s owners] or the Metropolitan Police can accept.

“We have seen signs of recent improvements and a renewed determination by all to tackle the problem and ensure we retain our strong reputation for safety.”

Kingston Council is set to launch a 12-week consultation on proposals to make it easier to reject new licensing applications, after a licensing committee meeting on Thursday, May 12.

The Mill Street Residents’ Association first called for a CIP in 2007 because of disturbance and vandalism by students returning to halls of residence after pubs and clubs shut.

However, it said the council objected on the grounds of cost, while Councillor Simon James said the police had not supported such a policy until now.

Canbury councillor Andrea Craig said: “It’s a loud message to people who are looking at opening an establishment in a CIP zone that says we feel we have reached saturation point.”

Nicola Duffey, who led a campaign against a new nightclub in the former Gala Bingo Hall in Richmond Road, called for CIP zones to be set in Kingston town centre and Richmond Road.

She said: “I’m disgusted the council have not put one in place before.

“Why are people afraid to walk from the Rose Theatre to north Kingston and take a taxi? It means Kingston is no longer a thriving environment.”

why gangland bosses are recruiting children.

The young mother was hoping the knock on the door was her son. It was, after all, the eve of his ninth birthday and she was desperate to hand over his present.
Instead, Gulistan Subasi was confronted at the door of her mother’s maisonette in Hackney, east London, in March last year, by a figure clad in a white boiler suit brandishing a shotgun. Before she could react, he fired his weapon, blasting a fist-sized hole in her chest. Miss Subasi slumped to the floor, dying in her mother’s arms as her killer fled.
When detectives watched CCTV images of the shooting, they assumed the assassin was a professional hitman, such was the calculated nature of the killing. Instead, he turned out to be a teenager.
They eventually discovered that Sanchez Gayle, then 15, was a member of a street gang specially selected for the contract killing on behalf of figures with suspected links to Turkish crime syndicates in north London. His payment for the job was £200, which he spent on a Dolce & Gabbana beanie hat.
Gayle was jailed for life at the Old Bailey last week, but the troubling questions raised by his story linger. How could a boy grow up to become Britain’s youngest hitman, hired by criminal figures from the other side of the capital? And what had made him someone who could slay a young woman without a flicker of emotion?

 

Martin Collett, a high-flying civil servant who worked closely with several home secretaries is being hunted by police on suspicion of murdering his ex-girlfriend.

He served in the home secretary's private office and as a crime adviser when David Blunkett and Charles Clarke were in the senior political role.
Collett's former partner Angela Hoyt was found dead at her home in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, on Tuesday.
Her identical twin had raised the alarm from across the Atlantic after instinctively knowing that something was wrong.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission has launched an inquiry into Hertfordshire Police's response to Canadian-born Miss Hoyt's pleas for protection from Collett, who family members said had become increasingly abusive towards the Red Cross worker after their relationship broke down.
Miss Hoyt, 34, had asked the police for help just four days earlier after being subjected to harassment.
She had previously worked at the Home Office as a press officer before joining the Red Cross in a media relations role in February 2008.
One friend said: "Angela worked on the planning desk in the Home Office press office and was very highly regarded by everyone.
"It was while working there that she and Martin met.
"It's all been a terrible shock. Everyone who knew Angela is still reeling."
Miss Hoyt and Collett are believed to have split up about six months ago.
Collett, 35, has connections in Southampton, Bristol and Stratford upon Avon. In his former job at the Home Office he was believed to have worked as a diary secretary before being promoted to a specialist role briefing the Cabinet minister on issues including crime and immigration.
Detectives believe Miss Hoyt was killed between May 22 and Tuesday evening, when officers entered her home to discover her remains. A post mortem examination has been carried out but police have not disclosed the cause of the victim's death.
Ami Watanabe, Miss Hoyt's identical twin, said last week that she called British police from her home in Ontario, Canada, to raise concerns after her sister failed to get in touch after returning from a three month trip to Pakistan.
"I knew something was wrong. Call it twin instinct," said Mrs Watanabe.
Miss Hoyt moved to Britain in 1999 to travel and study, but stayed after marrying in 2000. That relationship later broke down.
Dog handlers and a police helicopter were involved in searching the grounds of Hatfield House, near Miss Hoyt's home, on Friday after reports of a man matching Collett's description being seen in the area.
Mr Blunkett said: "I do recall eight years ago a briefing officer of this name but nothing about his personal circumstances. It is impossible for me to comment."

 

Saturday, 28 May 2011

A mother-of-five whose “champagne lifestyle” was funded by her Yorkshire gangster husband’s illicit gains has failed to convince top judges she was too harshly punished.


Maxine Diane Valentine, 38, was jailed for 12 months at Teesside Crown Court in April after she admitted using or possessing criminal property funded by her husband, Dennis Slade.

Mr Justice Walker, sitting with Lord Justice Hughes and Mr Justice Andrew Smith in London’s Appeal Court, yesterday heard Slade was jailed for life at Leeds Crown Court last year for conspiracy to murder and rob. Described by police as a “premier league criminal” his offences included a £1.4m security van heist.

Valentine was never accused of involvement in her husband’s criminal operations, said Mr Justice Walker, but was prosecuted for living the high life on the back of his ill-gotten gains knowing his cash came from crime.

The judge said it was accepted she had scant idea of his criminal profile when she married him, but as time went on she realised his money came from illegal sources.

Despite that, they spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on worldwide holidays, helicopter rides and a flotilla of luxury cars.

They paid for their children to attend exclusive private schools and lived in a £1m home in Sandmoor Drive, Alwoodley, an exclusive suburb of north Leeds.

Valentine bragged on social networking sites about their high-rolling lifestyle, listing her hobbies as shopping and eating out, and stating: “My real job is to shop”.

A photo on Facebook showed the pair with another couple beside a helicopter with the caption: “Going shopping to Cannes – like we do”.

The prosecution used entries from Valentine’s diaries to show she knew, or strongly suspected, that Slade who kept an axe and body armour in their bedroom, was steeped in crime.

“This was hardly the type of equipment that a man in a normal line of work would tend to keep in his bedroom,” said Mr Justice Walker.

He accepted that Valentine was a “devoted” mother who has struggled to raise her family since Slade’s arrest but dismissed her sentence appeal saying she had “lived it up on a grand scale”. Slade is challenging his conviction for conspiracy to murder in separate Appeal Court proceedings.


Three people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after two teenagers were shot dead in an alleyway in Milton Keynes.


Mohamed Abdi Farah, 19, of Birmingham, and Amin Ahmed Ismail, 18, from London, were attacked in Fishermead Boulevard shortly after 2200 BST on Thursday.

The men, originally from Somalia, suffered gunshot wounds to the head.

Police said three males, all from Bletchley, were arrested on Friday evening and remained in custody.

Their ages have not yet been released.

Det Supt Rob Mason, leading the investigation for Thames Valley Police, said: "Although we have made a number of arrests, I am keen to stress that we are still in the very early stages of the investigation.

Friday, 27 May 2011

lawyer, who is the ex-partner of Sir Michael Caine’s daughter, is being investigated by Scotland Yard over allegations he has stolen £3 million from his clients.

Andrew Iyer, a former senior partner in charge of energy deals at the London firm of Ince & Co, is at the centre of a criminal fraud investigation after his company referred it to the police.

An internal inquiry had found £3 million of clients’ money was allegedly moved into companies under his control.


Once part of the family: Andrew Iyer (R) poses for a film gala at the Lincoln Center in New York with (L-R) Sir Michael Caine, daughter Nikki, wife Shakira and daughter Natasha


Mr Iyer, 44, who also writes crime thrillers, resigned from the firm last July after being accused of ‘irregular financial behaviour’.

It has been revealed that Mr Iyer is the subject of two ongoing investigations by the Metropolitan Police’s economic and specialist crime command fraud squad and the Solicitors Regulation Authority.


It is the second financial scandal to involve a top City lawyer in a matter of days.

Last week, it emerged Christopher Grierson, a senior partner with Hogan Lovells, had been sacked for fiddling more than £1 million in personal expenses.

The investigation is embarrassing for Ince & Co as Mr Iyer as senior partner was in charge of large budgets.


Old flame: Michael Caine's daughter Natasha, left, had a relationship with Andrew Iyer, right
He specialised in commercial litigation with a focus on energy, shipping, international trade and insurance law — and was heavily involved with the offshore wind turbine sector.

Mr Iyer has written two legal thrillers The Betrayed and Domino Run.
Before he married fellow Ince lawyer Milena Augusta Zoccarato, he was a regular on London’s party circuit and used to date the daughter of football legend Bobby Moore.

Mr Iyer also owns a yacht, Portia, with which he has won many races on the South Coast.

He was known by his middle-name Andrew and used to live under that name in Fulham, according to the electoral roll.

He is now registered under his first name Nathan in a gated £800,000 five-bedroom house in Bursledon, Hampshire.

Mr Iyer declined to comment on the allegations. An Ince spokeman said: ‘Nathan Andrew Iyer was suspended and subsequently resigned as a consequence of his irregular financial behaviour. No other members of staff were involved.

‘We reported the issue to the police and the Solicitors Regulation Authority. We immediately took steps to ensure no clients would suffer any loss. The matter since then has been in the hands of the police and the SRA.’

A Met spokesman said: ‘I can confirm that an allegation of fraud was referred to the MPS by a law firm based in east London. There have been no arrests and enquiries are ongoing.’

£5,000 is being offered for crucial information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the double shooting where two men, one 19 the other 18, were killed.


The incident happened in Fishermead Boulevard just after 10pm on yesterday (Thursday).
Dave Cording, Crimestoppers’ deputy chief executive, said: “This is a very serious crime, double shootings are thankfully relatively rare in the UK, however to help solve this heinous crime, a reward of up to £5,000 is being offered to anyone who can supply us with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this crime.
“I hope the offender(s) will be swiftly brought to justice and would urge anyone with information to contact the charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111 or our online service at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken and communication routes are not traced or recorded – no one will know who you are.”
The incident is being investigated by Thames Valley Police.
The reward of up to £5,000 is available to anyone providing information to Crimestoppers, which leads to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for this crime.

19-year-old man killed in a shooting in Fishermead last night has been named as Mohamed Farah.


The incident happened in an alleyway at Fishermead Boulevard shortly after 10pm and he died at the scene. An 18-year-old man is in a critical condition in hospital and Thames Valley Police is continuing to investigate.

The Somalian community, including friends and family of the victim have turned out in large groups to show their love and support for him and to pay their respects to a man who was known to many as a bubbly, friendly man.

Family member, Sharmaarke Mohamed, said: “I was called by his mum at about 4am this morning and it came as a complete shock to us all. This is such a shame and shouldn’t be happening to anyone, let alone our family.”

Dozens of people hung around in groups, quietly talking with each other almost in stunned silence.


One woman, who turned up in a taxi around 12pm, took one look at the scene and burst into tears.

Richard Robinson, who has lived on the Fishermead estate for around 30 years, said: “I have lived here for a number of years and I’ve never seen anything like this. I’m not saying anything about the police but they should be questioning people who are out on the streets after a certain time at night.”

Another man, who was standing with the group, said: “You can see how many people have turned out here today. This is the Somalian community paying their respects. when something like this happens it is like it has happened to family.”

Friends and family huddled in groups, hushed at the scenes as they unfolded. Bullets and blood stains lay under police evidence numbers as Scenes of Crime Investigation Officers surveyed the scene.


One friend said: “He was a lovely guy, a really nice lad. 19 is no age to die and we are all gobsmacked. I can’t believe this has happened.”

Det Supt Rob Mason, who is leading the inquiry, said: “We are obviously still at a very early stage of this investigation.

“We believe that the victims in this incident are friends, but we do not know if the offender is known to them.

“The second man is critically ill with a gun shot wound to his head and is currently under armed guard at Milton Keynes General Hospital for his own protection.


“I realise that there is a lot of concern in the community as well as a lot of speculation about the reasons behind this incident. We are still trying to establish the facts and cannot be drawn on rumours and speculation.


Second teenager dies following double shooting in Milton Keynes


The 18 year old - who has not been identified - was gunned down alongside his friend - named locally as 19-year-old Somalian Mohammed Farah.

Mr Farah was blasted in the head at close range in an alleyway on a Milton Keynes council estate and died at the scene.

His 18-year-old friend was also shot in the head. He was rushed to hospital but died from his injuries this afternoon.

This morning, as news of the attack spread, a small crowd of Somali women gathered at the scene of the shootings.

Mr Farah's uncle, Ahmed Hassan, said: 'This is terrible news. From what I have been told he was being chased down the street and someone at the corner of the road shot him.

'Another person was shot as well. I don't know what it was about.'

Mr Farah, whose parents are Somali, planned to go to university next year.

Police said it was too early in the investigation to have a motive for the shooting, which took place in Fishermead Boulevard just after 10pm.


Trail of death: Yellow evidence markers dot the pavement where the shootings took place in Milton Keynes


Somali women gather this morning on the council estate where the shootings took place to see police officers conduct their search of the area


A large section of the estate is now sealed off, but no description of the gunman has been released.

Det Supt Rob Mason of Thames Valley Police assured residents there was now a heavy police presence in the area.

He said that the two victims were friends but it was not known if they knew their attacker.

'Clearly we are at the very early stages of our investigation into this incident,' he said.

'A large area of Fishermead is currently sealed off while officers carry out investigations and protect the scene.

'I appreciate that residents will feel concerned about this incident. However, there is a large and highly visible police presence in the area.


Shock: As news of the shootings spread, stunned residents gathered near the scene



'I also appreciate that there will be a lot of rumour and intrigue in the community. However, we are at the very early stages of this investigation and as such cannot speculate on possible reasons for the attack.

'I would ask that anyone who has any information about this incident contacts Thames Valley Police urgently.'


Police said it was too early in the investigation to have a motive for the shootings, which took place just after 10pm

 

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Robert Brown, a British Airways pilot who dug a grave in a park weeks before killing his wife Joanna was today convicted of manslaughter by means of diminshed responsibility.

During his eight-day trial, Reading Crown Court heard claims that the airline captain had become consumed with greed, desperate to win a large slice of his wife's fortune, despite having signed a pre-nuptial agreement which prevented him from doing so.
The Boeing 747 pilot carried out the killing on October 31 last year, a week before he and his wife were due to come face to face in the High Court for their final divorce hearing.
He attacked his wife with a claw hammer concealed in a plastic carrier bag. Mrs Brown, 46, tried to repel her estranged husband but was overpowered by the impact of at least 14 blows to her head.
Mr Brown then wrapped her body in plastic sheeting, put her in the boot of his car and drove the body to nearby woodland where he buried her in a large plastic box he had earlier purchased from B&Q and hidden in the clearing.
That night he dialled 999 himself and asked to make an appointment, telling officers there had been a domestic row.
After four days in police custody and nine interviews, Brown eventually confessed to killing his wife but denied murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

 

BRITAIN'S youngest convicted hitman — aged 15 when he shot dead a mum for just £200

BRITAIN'S youngest convicted hitman — aged 15 when he shot dead a mum for just £200 — was today jailed for life.
Santre Sanchez Gayle was told he will have serve to a minimum term of 20 years when he was sentenced at the Old Bailey.

Yesterday he was found guilty of blasting to death Gulistan Subasi, 26, with a sawn-off shotgun on her mother's doorstep.

Detectives believe gang member Gayle was trying to live up to the reputation of his two ruthless stepbrothers — already in jail for murders.

An Old Bailey judge ruled that Gayle, known as "Riot" on the street, can now be named.

It was alleged Gulistan's Turkish ex-husband — cleared of murder — had put out a contract on her and Gayle took the job.

He was taken on reconnaissance missions to the flat where Gulistan stayed with her mother in Hackney, East London.

G20 policeman PC Simon Harwood is to be prosecuted for the alleged manslaughter of newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson.


The announcement reverses a decision taken by prosecutors last summer.
It follows a review of the case three weeks after an inquest jury heard new medical evidence and agreed that 47-year-old Mr Tomlinson had been unlawfully killed.
PC Harwood pushed Mr Tomlinson to the ground as he walked away from police lines during violent demonstrations at the G20 economic leaders meeting in London in 2009.
Homeless Mr Tomlinson had been trying to get home through the protest when the officer hit him with a baton and then pushed him to the ground.

Ian Tomlinson's family have welcomed the DPP's decision
He was helped up, walked a few hundred yards, then collapsed and died.
Mr Tomlinson's stepson Paul said: "We should have been here two years ago but we are here now and we are more than happy."
Scotland Yard Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson said the case was "a very, very serious matter for all concerned."
The decision to charge the G20 cop with the alleged manslaughter of non-protester Ian Tomlinson must have been a tough one.
Martin Brunt, Sky Crime correspondent
PC Harwood will appear before magistrates in Westminster next month and is likely to face trial this year.
He could be jailed for life if convicted.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of trying to steal nearly £2 million through false VAT repayment

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of trying to steal nearly £2 million through false VAT repayment claims, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) said.

Two men and a woman were arrested in dawn raids in Staffordshire and Derbyshire and are being interviewed by HMRC officers at local police stations.

An HMRC spokeswoman said the three were arrested on suspicion of attempting to steal £1.97 million through false VAT repayment claims relating to the sale of large screen electronic advertising space.

One man, aged 48, was arrested in Tamworth, Staffs, while a man aged 29 and woman aged 31, were arrested in Swadlincote, Derbys.

Adrian Farley, assistant director of criminal investigation for HMRC, said: "Today's arrests are a result of our investigation to disrupt and prevent what is believed to be a major fraud.

"One of our key priorities is to identify the abuse of our tax systems by organised crime gangs stealing vast amounts of public money for their own gain.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

CANNABIS farmer from Sheffield who made millions growing the drug and lived a lavish lifestyle has been ordered to pay almost £500,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.



Leyakt Sajawal, aged 37, of St Lawrence Glebe, Tinsley, is serving a four-and-a-half year prison sentence for running a cannabis factory network across the north of England.

He was told unless he pays £488,685.42 he will have to spend another four years behind bars.

Sajawal is believed to have benefited from his crime to the tune of £2,137,760 - but only a fraction of the cash has been traced and is available for confiscation.

He has six months to pay before his prison sentence is doubled.


Sajawal pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce cannabis in February 2009 but his case was raised again in court after a lengthy money laundering investigation led by the North East Regional Asset Recovery Team and officers from South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and Cleveland Police.

South Yorkshire Police began investigating the cannabis farmer and associates in 2006 after identifying them as being heavily involved in producing the drug in South Yorkshire.

The investigation led to the discovery of a network spanning the north, with farms found in Sheffield, Huddersfield and Middlesborough.

The value of the crops found in Sheffield was around £500,000, with the value of all the drugs discovered worth around £1.7 million.

Sajawal, who lived the ‘high-life’ on the proceeds of his drug cultivation network, set up two cannabis factories on Staniforth Road, Darnall, and a third on Bawtry Road, Tinsley.

Detective Chief Inspector Lisa Atkinson, of the North Regional Asset Recovery Team, said: “Sajawal played a key role in many criminal enterprises and was even described in court as a ‘regional manager’.

“He lived a lavish lifestyle, only possible due to the extent of his involvement in cannabis production.

“Our detailed investigation has made sure that not only was Sajawal brought to justice but that his criminal assets were removed through confiscation proceedings.”

Two men jailed for life over a love triangle contract killing have failed in their appeals to overturn their murder convictions

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Christopher Hartley, 45, of Tingley, Leeds, was shot dead in a lay-by near Huddersfield, in September 2009, after it seemed he was getting in the way of his gay lover’s new relationship with a woman.

The original prosecution at Bradford Crown Court claimed David Matthew Large, 37, wishing to get rid of Mr Hartley to allow him to continue his heterosexual relationship, paid Simon Keith Mullen, 41, thousands to kill him.

After Large, of Rona Croft, Rothwell, Leeds, and Mullen, of South Shields, were convicted of murder at Bradford Crown Court they both vowed to clear their names.

But at the Court of Appeal in London three senior judges rejected their appeal arguments and upheld the guilty verdicts.

Mrs Justice Rafferty, sitting with Lord Justice Richards and Judge David Paget QC, dismissed the appeal in less than 90 minutes.

The original trial heard that Large had been in a relationship with Mr Hartley for 15 years, but was beginning a relationship with a woman he met online.

However, Mr Hartley was “getting in the way” and Large told the woman they could only be together properly if Mr Hartley was killed.

The prosecution alleged Large enlisted Mullen, who drove to West Yorkshire and shot Mr Hartley after luring him to a rural location for a drug deal.

Both men denied any part in the killing. Large had ensured he was nowhere near the scene and Mullen claimed his meeting with Mr Hartley never went ahead.

The men’s lawyers argued the trial judge had been wrong to tell the jury they could convict even if they were not sure Mullen was the gunman.

They claimed that was not the prosecution case and amounted to serious prejudice rendering the trial unfair.

However, Mrs Justice Rafferty said: “There was nothing wrong or unfair in what occurred. This is a simple and common direction given by a judge, an experienced tribunal. He was perfectly positioned to assess the prejudice, potential or real.”

Saturday, 21 May 2011

man found lying in the street with fatal gunshot wounds was named today

man found lying in the street with fatal gunshot wounds was named today, as police arrested a third person in connection with his murder.

Anthony Prickett, 42, from St Osyth, Essex was found in Park Road in the village on Thursday.

His family today paid tribute to the "much loved son, brother, uncle and good friend".

In a statement released through Essex police they said: "He would light up any room with his fantastic sense of fun and laughter, and his smile was legendary. He lived life to the full and never let anything get him down, he was quite simply one of a kind and will never be forgotten.

"Love you Ant, from all your family and friends xxx."

They have now asked for privacy to grieve.

A third person, a 48-year-old woman from the Clacton area, has now been arrested in connection with the murder.

Two men, aged 36 and 59, had already been detained. All three are being questioned today.

Friday, 20 May 2011

Armed police officers are to be allowed on British trains, stations and the London Underground, to cope with the threat of a Mumbai-style terrorist attack.

plans to arm British Transport Police are to be announced next week by Philip Hammond, the Transport Secretary next week, the Daily Telegraph can disclose.
This move, which has been agreed with the Home Secretary, comes as counter-terrorism officials warn that major transport hubs could be at risk of attack
It is understood MI5 have had warnings of that al-Qaeda could be planning further outrages in Britain, heightened by intelligence found at Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan.
In addition, John Yates, Britain’s most senior counter terrorism officer has insisted that regional forces step up their armed capability to deal with a Mumbai style attack.
While there are a considerable number of armed police officers in London, ministers are understood to believe that British Transport Police should have its own armed capability.

 

The most senior judge in England and Wales, Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, has attacked politicians

The Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge questioned whether it was a good idea for MPs and Lords to be "flouting a court order just because they disagree with a court order or for that matter because they disagree with the law of privacy which Parliament has created".
His comments, which will be seen by critics as an attempt to censor parliamentary proceedings, came at a launch of a major review of injunctions which found that reports of comments made by MPs and peers which set out to contravene court orders may be in contempt of court.
Lord Neuberger, the Master of the Rolls and the senior judge who chaired the inquiry, said the law surrounding the issue was "astonishingly unclear" which was "very unsatisfactory".
It comes after Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming recently highlighted two cases in Parliament.
He asked in the House of Commons about an order obtained by former Royal Bank of Scotland chief Sir Fred Goodwin, which banned the media from calling him a banker, and about another order which banned a constituent from talking to his MP.

 

999 call believed to have been made as a Northampton family was being murdered in their home is being investigated by the police watchdog.



Jifeng Ding, his wife Helen and their two daughters were found stabbed to death at their Wootton home.

Northamptonshire Police said they had referred the response to an abandoned 999 call on 29 April to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The suspect in the case Anxiang Du, 52, has not been seen since 29 April.

Police believe Mr Ding, his wife and the children, Alice, 12, and Xing, 18, were killed on 29 April. Their bodies were found two days later.

A statement from the watchdog said: "The IPCC can confirm we are independently investigating one aspect of Northamptonshire Police involvement in this case.

"With police efforts properly focused on the murder investigation and tracing a suspect in the case, we are unable to give further information at this stage."

Mr Du, who had business dealings with the Ding family, disappeared from his Coventry home on 29 April.

CCTV images show him arriving by train at Northampton before getting on a bus to Wootton.

The investigation moved to London last week when the missing family's Vauxhall Corsa hire car was found in St John's Wood.

Northamptonshire Police, who believe Mr Du travelled to London, said they have CCTV footage of a man matching his description in the capital.

Crimestoppers has put up a £10,000 reward to find the person responsible for murdering the family.

The case is due to be featured on BBC Crimewatch on 24 May.

Former Labour minister Elliot Morley has been sentenced to 16 months in jail for dishonestly claiming more than £30,000 in parliamentary expenses.



He pleaded guilty last month to making excessive claims for mortgage costs from 2004 to 2007 and claiming for a mortgage that had been paid off.

Sentencing him, Mr Justice Saunders said he had "thrown away his good name and good character".

Morley, MP for Scunthorpe since 1987, stepped down at the general election.

As a former environment minister, he is the most senior politician to plead guilty to expenses fraud.

PASSER-by stole a young woman’s mobile phone as she lay dying in the street, a court heard yesterday.



Police were called in the early hours after the 22-year-old woman fell from a multi-storey car park.

Before they arrived – and while a member of the public was trying to help her – Ben Heney helped himself to her phone, JPs were told.

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Yesterday the 24-year-old, from Manchester, was jailed for three months after he admitted stealing the metallic pink Samsung in the city centre. He told magistrates he later sold it for £20.

Det Sgt Mark Astbury said: “To steal from a dying woman instead of offering assistance or comfort is unforgivable.”

Police want to find the phone so the woman’s family can tell friends of her death, which was not suspicious.

The head of one of Britain’s largest ever gun-running plots has had claims that his conviction was prejudiced thrown out by top judges.


Michael Sammon – known as the ‘Merchant of Death’ and ‘Mickey the Fish’ in the criminal underworld – was jailed for 30 years at Manchester Crown Court in January after he was found guilty of conspiracy to possess, import and manufacture firearms.

The charges related to Sammon’s role in a gang which brought in hundreds of blank-firing flare guns from Germany before converting them into lethal weapons to be used by criminals around the country.

Lawyers for Sammon, who went on the run before he was arrested, said the jury at his trial were prejudiced by being shown a TV broadcast screened during the hunt to find him.

Henry Grunwald QC, who headed the gun-runner’s legal team, claimed images of policeman shooting guns into watermelons, which exploded dramatically, created a ‘climate of fear surrounding Sammon’.

But three senior judges sitting at the Court of Appeal in London rejected those claims and ruled that Sammon, who financed a gun factory in Ancoats, should stay in jail.

Lord Justice Pitchford, sitting with Mr Justice Blair and Mr Justice Edwards-Stuart, told the court: "In our judgement, juries are not to be treated as though they cannot, with suitable directions from the judge, distinguish between that which is probative upon the issues they have to decide and that which is merely prejudicial and which they must ignore.

"We no longer adopt a patronising attitude towards juries which requires them to hear nothing which, improperly considered, would be regarded as prejudicial to the defendant.

"We have no doubt that the trial was not improperly influenced by material which risked an unfair appraisal of the critical evidence."

The brutal murder of Stephen Lawrence on April 22, 1993, and the failure to convict those responsible opened Britain's largest police force to accusations of "institutional racism" and transformed race relations law.

The brutal murder of Stephen Lawrence on April 22, 1993, and the failure to convict those responsible opened Britain's largest police force to accusations of "institutional racism" and transformed race relations law.

Yesterday, after an 18-year search for justice, Stephen's parents listened as a judge ordered that two of the original five suspects - Gary Dobson, 35, and David Norris, 34 - must stand trial for murder.

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, said: "The murder of Stephen Lawrence, a young black man of great promise, targeted and killed by a group of white youths just because of the colour of his skin, was indeed a calamitous crime."

He said new evidence was sufficient for him to order a fresh trial but cautioned "the presumption of innocence continues to apply".

An 18-year-old Stephen and his friend Duwayne Brooks were waiting at a bus stop in Eltham, Greater London, when a gang of white youths attacked them. While his friend managed to escape, Stephen Lawrence was stabbed twice.


Frustrated by the failure of the original police investigation, the Lawrence family took a private prosecution in 1996 against Dobson, Luke Knight and Neil Acourt. However, after identification evidence was declared inadmissible, the case collapsed and all three defendants were found not guilty.

In 1999, an inquiry headed by Sir William Macpherson examined the original Metropolitan Police investigation and concluded the force was "institutionally racist". He made 70 recommendations that would have an impact on race relations inside and outside the police and court system. His report also recommended a change in the law relating to double jeopardy.

Quashing Dobson's acquittal, Judge said he had seen new forensic evidence relating to a bomber jacket and multi-coloured cardigan linked to Dobson.

"It does not and could not demonstrate that Dobson wielded the knife which caused the fatal wound, but given the circumstances of the attack on Stephen Lawrence, that is a group of youths in a violent enterprise converging on a young man and attacking him as a group, it would be open to a jury to conclude that any one of those who participated in the attack was party to the killing and guilty of murder, or alternatively manslaughter.

"If reliable, the new scientific evidence would place Dobson in very close proximity indeed to Stephen Lawrence."

Stephen's mother, Doreen, said perhaps "we will finally get justice for him".

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Two men have appeared in court charged with causing grievous bodily harm following a gang fight in West Croydon.



More than 40 gang members clashed in London Road on Sunday, leaving two men seriously injured.

Members of Tamil gangs the Tooting Boys and Jaffna Boys battled it out at around 1am.

Two men, a 19-year-old and a 27-year-old, were found suffering from head wounds and rushed to hospital, where the teenager is still fighting for his life.

According to an eye witness, a group of around five teenagers were hanging around London Road causing trouble when the larger group surrounded them.

The witness, who is too scared to be named through fear of reprisals, said: “A young white couple stopped in a taxi and the five boys started hassling them.

“The man dragged his girlfriend into the car and told the driver to go.

“As the driver sped off they started throwing bottles at the car.

“Within about ten minutes 40 or more men ran over to the boys and they all started fighting.

“The problem is these people have been treated like dogs in their own country so they are not scared of the police.

“In my country if the police came after them they would run as fast as they could, here they just laugh at them.”

Police were called to the area after receiving reports of a group of males fighting.

As they arrived they found an 18-year-old man suffering from head wounds.

A member of the public then showed them to the location of a 27-year-old man who was also suffering from head wounds.

Both men were stabilised before being taken to hospital.

The 18-year-old remains in a critical condition while the 27-year is described as stable.

A Metropolitan Police Spokesman said: “Croydon CID are investigating.”

Two men have since been charged with grievous bodily harm with intent and were due to appear before magistrates on Tuesday.

Prashad Suthilingam, 20, from Edgehill Road, Mitcham and Babiharan Balamurali, 19, of Hawkes Road, Mitcham were remanded into custody.

Tamil Community leader, Patrick Ratnaraja said the problem of young Tamil men joining gangs was growing and he wanted reassurance from the police it was going to be tackled.

Mr Ratnaraja said: “Steve O'Connell has been very helpful in dealing with community issues and has reassured me he will facilitate a meeting with for the Tamil community with the Borough Commander, Adrian Roberts.”

Sean Devalda, 24, fled Salford for the continent while facing charges connected to a plot to raid a cash van in 2007.

A wanted man arrested in a dramatic raid after fleeing to Amsterdam has been jailed for six years.

Sean Devalda, 24, fled Salford for the continent while facing charges connected to a plot to raid a cash van in 2007. After four years at large the Serious Organised Crime Agency tracked him to Spain and then Holland.

In graphic scenes videoed by Dutch police the door was blown off Devalda’s Amsterdam bolthole by an explosive. The property was shelled with smoke bombs before the fugitive was frogmarched out of the building at gunpoint.

The raid on the property – on an island on the outskirts of Amsterdam - followed a European Arrest Warrant being put out on Devalda.

A helicopter hovered over the scene of the swoop, which involved marksmen and police divers in case he tried to leap into nearby water and swim to freedom.

Devalda was extradited back to Britain and later admitted possessing a firearm with intent to commit an offence and conspiracy to rob over a videolink from prison.

He was sentenced to six years after the court heard he played a lesser role in the conspiracy to rob the G4S van, which fell apart after police followed the gang tracking it from its Agecroft depot to Accrington.

Three other men have already been jailed for a total of 25 years.

Judge Roger Thomas QC, sentencing, told Devalda: "Back in the early part of 2007 you joined in a very serious criminal enterprise with some other men a few years older than you.

"The conspiracy to rob you have pleaded guilty to involves you having a balaclava, following a security, cash-in-transit van with a view to it being robbed, and a firearm being in possession of you and your co-conspirators."

Monday, 16 May 2011

bomb warning has been received relating to central London, the Metropolitan Police has confirmed.


The force said the threat did not provide specifics about location or time.

The Mall and other central London streets were closed on Monday morning although a link has not been confirmed.

The warning is thought to be related to Irish dissident republicans but the threat level for Northern Ireland-related terrorism has not been changed.

Threat level
The BBC understands the police received a coded bomb warning.

The Met Police statement said: "All officers have been advised to be highly vigilant to ensure the safety of London."



Officials I have spoken to are trying to stress that it is not as if they have concrete intelligence of a specific attack at a particular time”

Gordon Corera
BBC security correspondent
It told the public to continue going about their business but to be vigilant.

BBC security correspondent Gordon Corera said: "My understanding is that this may have come because of a coded warning, which is why there is more concern about it than normal. Threats come in and out all the time.

"But if it was a specific code word warning, that would suggest something more serious and that would be why we have had this alert."

He added it was significant that the threat level from dissident Irish terrorism had not been raised.

"Officials I have spoken to are trying to stress that it is not as if they have concrete intelligence of a specific attack at a particular time, or that would have gone up high in terms of the threat."

A Home Office spokesman said the UK faced a "real and serious threat from terrorism".

"The overall threat level from international terrorism remains at severe which means that an attack is highly likely.

"The threat level to Great Britain from Northern Irish-related terrorism remains at substantial, which means that an attack is a strong possibility.

"There is a continuing need for vigilance and the public should report any suspicious activity to the police."

Security alert
Earlier on Monday, The Mall and Carlton House Terrace were closed after a disturbed manhole cover sparked an alert.

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed they are investigating a break-in at Carlton Gardens but could not confirm whether or not the incident was linked to the closure.

The building involved is believed to be 2 Carlton Gardens, which houses the Institute for Government think tank.

That is adjacent to the foreign secretary's residence, where William Hague is believed to have been at the time.

BBC pictures from the scene show a van of search dogs, and the Met's underwater and confined spaces search team.

28-year-old man was hit repeatedly with a baseball bat and slashed across the face and head in a "totally unprovoked" attack by two teenagers in Glasgow

28-year-old man was hit repeatedly with a baseball bat and slashed across the face and head in a "totally unprovoked" attack by two teenagers in Glasgow, police have said.

The man was walking along Drumoyne Road following a night out in Glasgow city centre at about 0350 BST.

He was attacked by two young men, aged 15 or 16, who had asked for a light.

The victim was taken by ambulance to the Southern General Hospital where he was detained in a stable condition.

Det Con Scott Holtz said: "This is a despicable crime, totally unprovoked and has left the victim completely traumatised.

"We know the victim had been on a night out in the city centre and got on the night bus to Paisley Road West, close to Asda Govan.

"He was making his way home along Drumoyne Road when he was approached at its junction of Balfron Road by both youths. We think they came from the Elder Park area."

Det Con Holtz said: "I would therefore appeal to anyone who was in these areas around 3.30am to 4am this morning, particularly taxi drivers who would still be out and about.

"I would also appeal to any residents in this area that we haven't yet spoken to, to come forward if they heard or saw anything.

"The victim has never been in any trouble his whole life, and is a completely innocent victim of crime. Two young boys to be out at this time in the morning inflicting such violence must be traced."

The first suspect was described as 15 to 16 years old, 5ft 4in, stocky build, short dark hair and was wearing a bright blue Adidas tracksuit.

The second was also a white male aged 15 to 16, about 5ft 10in to 6ft tall and of slim build.

Romanian man is being treated in hospital after being stabbed in an unprovoked attack in Glasgow.



The 23-year-old was stabbed in the abdomen after being approached by a man who threatened him with a knife and demanded money.

The incident occurred on Coburg Street, just south of the River Clyde, as the Romanian was making his way home from a city centre pub.

Police described it as a "truly shocking crime".

After being stabbed, the victim managed to push his assailant away and run along Norfolk Street and into Bridge Street, where two men came to his aid.

A passing police car was flagged down and the injured man was taken to Victoria Infirmary, where he was said to be in a stable condition.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Four people have been arrested on suspicion of murder following an incident outside a North Yorkshire pizza parlour about midnight this morning.

Four people have been arrested on suspicion of murder following an incident outside a North Yorkshire pizza parlour about midnight this morning.

The arrests come after a 17-year-old man from Stokesley died shortly before 3am at James Cook Hospital, Middlesbrough. He suffered head injuries when he was attacked near College Pizzas in College Square, Stokesley. His identity has yet to be released.

Two 17-year-old youths from Guisborough and a 25-year-old man and a 17-year-old woman from Middlesbrough have been arrested on suspicion of murder and police have seized a charcoal-coloured Volkswagen Polo.

Irish police said Friday they had arrested several dissident republican suspects and an Irish-born convert to Islam ahead of historic visits by Queen Elizabeth II and US President Barack Obama.

Irish police said Friday they had arrested several dissident republican suspects and an Irish-born convert to Islam ahead of historic visits by Queen Elizabeth II and US President Barack Obama.
The arrests come as Ireland prepares to roll out a major security operation for the first visit by a British monarch since independence, followed by Obama's trip to see his Irish roots.
Police said that as part of an investigation of "threats to kill or cause harm" they searched a house in Dublin on Thursday and arrested a man in his 40s.
Police refused to comment on media reports that he is an Irish-born alleged Al-Qaeda sympathiser who is being questioned about remarks in an article in a Sunday newspaper describing Obama as an enemy of Islam.
Under Irish anti-terror laws, he can be questioned for 72 hours without charge.
The queen, who begins a four-day visit on Tuesday, will be surrounded by extremely tight security following the murder of a policeman in British-ruled Northern Ireland last month.
A number of dissident republican suspects have been arrested in the Republic in recent days.
Four men were held in Youghal, County Cork, in the south of the country, on Thursday. They are being questioned under anti-terror laws after ammunition was found in a car.
At a commemoration in Northern Ireland last month a masked member of the Real IRA dissident group condemned the queen's visit, accusing her of "war crimes".
Justice Minister Alan Shatter told the Irish parliament that a pipe bomb explosion that scorched a monument to the Duke of Wellington, a British military hero, in Trim, County Meath on April 21 "may have been some sort of atavistic response" to the announcement of the queen's visit.
"Opposition to Queen Elizabeth's visit is the response of a tiny minority of people," Shatter said.
Police said the VIP visits will involve "substantial security operations". They warned that in addition to road closures and extensive traffic restrictions there would be "periodic searches of pedestrians and vehicles" at key locations.
Adding to the Irish authorities' security headache, British Prime Minister David Cameron will also visit Ireland during the queen's visit.
Obama is due in Ireland the following week when he will meet the Irish president and prime minister and visit the town of Moneygall from where one of his ancestors, Falmouth Kearney, emigrated to the US in 1850.

Indian-origin honeymooning woman raped before murder?

Indian-origin woman Anni Dewani, who was killed in South Africa during her honeymoon, was probably sexually assaulted before being killed, according to the postmortem examination report.

Anni, 28, died Nov 13 last year. She and her 31-year-old husband Shrien were on a taxi in Cape Town when it was hijacked. Both Shrien and the taxi driver escaped unhurt. But Anni was abducted, shot in the neck and her body dumped in the abandoned car. Shrien is accused of arranging her murder.

Earlier, police said Anni had not been subjected to a sexual attack.

But the postmortem examination shows that she was forcefully held by her left calf moments before her death, leaving a bruise.

Experts said this was a 'tell-tale sign' of sexual assault, the Daily Mail reported.

The newly-married woman probably struggled to prevent one of her abductors from raping her, the report suggests.

Police have charged three South Africans in connection with the case and they named the husband as the mastermind.

Shrien is out on bail but is being held at a mental health unit in Bristol. He has denied involvement in the plot to kill his wife.

 

Friday, 13 May 2011

Detectives investigating the killing of two men whose bodies were found at a roadside have arrested two women in West Yorkshire over the deaths.



The men were found dead on New Lane, Tong, in Bradford, on Tuesday night. Both suffered serious head injuries.

They have been named as Shahbzada Muhammed Imran, 27, from Bradford, and Ahmedin Sayed Khyel, 35, from London.

The two woman, aged 63 and 26, were arrested at an address in Leeds Road, Bradford, on suspicion of murder.

Forensic teams are working at a separate address in Heath Terrace in the city as part of the investigation.

'Men left house'
Detectives have revealed that a vehicle that may have been involved in the case has been recovered in the Whetley Lane area of Bradford.

West Yorkshire Police said Mr Imran was also known as Imran Khan in the Gloucester Avenue area where he lived.

Det Supt Dick Nuttall added: "We now know that both men left the house on Gloucester Avenue at around 8pm on Tuesday evening.

"They were together and on foot. I am appealing for anyone who saw the men in the area at this time to contact us so that we can piece together their movements in the period before their death."

West Yorkshire Police said no weapons had been found and they were investigating whether the men had been attacked elsewhere and then moved.

Police said they were not linking the two deaths to a third body which was discovered about 545 yards (500m) away on Thursday.

Firefighters found the third body burning in a bonfire on Holme Lane.

Two men aged 32 and 39 have been arrested on suspicion of murder in relation to the discovery of the third body.

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Shot five-year-old girl 'paralysed from waist down'

five-year-old girl shot by teenage gangsters in a shop has been left paralysed from the waist down, according to The Sun newspaper.
Doctors have told Thusha Kamaleswaran's parents that she is unlikely to walk again, the tabloid daily says.
Thusha was hit in the chest on March 29 when a gunman sprayed bullets at two rivals who ran into Stockwell Food and Wine, South London, where she was visiting an uncle on his birthday.
The bullet shattered into fragments, damaging her spine.
She was taken to hospital in critical condition and had a series of gruelling ops. The Sun reports that her condition stabilised but she only regained full consciousness two weeks ago.
Doctors then realised she had no feeling in her legs, according to the report, which cites a source as saying: "The damage was not clear while she had the operations but doctors have now detected that she has no movement in her lower body."
Her Sri Lankan parents, from Ilford, Essex, are said to be "tormented with grief", The Sun added.
Detectives from the Met's Operation Trident unit are said to be "very upset" about Thusha's injuries.
Roshan Selvakumar, 35, a bystander shot in the face during the attack, faces possible plastic surgery, the newspaper said.
Kazeem Kolawole, 18, Anthony McCalla, 19, and Nathaniel Grant, 20, all of South London, have been charged with the attempted murders of Thusha and Selvakumar.
They were remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on June 10. Three teenagers have been bailed over the shootings, The Sun said.
Thusha and Selvakumar were hit when two youths, believed to be the intended targets, ran into the shop chased by three others on bicycles.
Thusha's mother, 12-year-old brother and three-year-old sister were in the shop during the attack but were unhurt. The store is owned by the children's aunt and uncle.

 

15-year-old schoolboy has died after being stabbed in a street in south London

The teenager was attacked after a fight in Camberwell, south London, just after 4pm, police said.
A murder hunt has been launched and detectives are understood to have made several arrests overnight.
The boy was pronounced dead at 10.30pm, six hours after he was taken to hospital from the scene of the attack in Cormont Road.
Detectives from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command are investigating.
Police are still trying to establish a motive for the attack. It is not yet known if the murder was gang-related.
The boy is the fifth teenager to be stabbed to death in the capital this year.
Family members have been informed but formal identification of the victim has yet to take place.
DCI John McFarlane said: "I am appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the altercation or seen youths acting suspiciously in the area in and around Cormont Road to contact the incident room."

 

third body has been found dumped by the road in Bradford, just hundreds of yards away from where two other men were found dead on Wednesday.

third body has been found dumped by the road in Bradford, just hundreds of yards away from where two other men were found dead on Wednesday.

West Yorkshire Police said the third body was discovered by firefighters on Holme Lane early on Thursday morning.

A Police spokesman said it was too early to say whether the deaths were linked.

"The incident is at a very early stage," he said.

"We're currently working to establish the circumstances surrounding it.

"We're examining whether there is any link between the incidents. At this stage we're unable to establish any connection."

"We're examining whether there is any link between the incidents. At this stage we're unable to establish any connection."
West Yorkshire Police spokesman

Police launched a murder investigation on Wednesday after the bodies of two young men were found on New Lane near Tong.

On Wednesday, Detective Superintendent Dick Nuttall said police are "looking at the possibility this is not a random attack.

"These men may have been brought here after an attack elsewhere."

He said the two men were in their mid-20s to 30s but he refused to speculate on the victims' ethnic origin until they were formally identified.

Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward with any information.

"This is a rural and quiet area of Bradford and people may have noticed any unusual activity, especially at this time of night.

"At this stage we have not recovered any weapons. However, forensic officers are currently examining the scene.

"The area where the first two bodies were found is open countryside - green meadows with pockets of woodland - just a mile or two from the suburbs of south Bradford," Mr Nuttall said.

The scene is just a few hundred yards from a rest area near Tong where a man was shot dead in 2002 in a drug-related killing.

Monday, 9 May 2011

Detective Inspector Eddie Hall falsely claimed Tomlinson fell down before encountering PC Simon Harwood

A senior Metropolitan police officer was "reckless" in his conduct by misleading two pathologists over the possible cause of Ian Tomlinson's death, the police watchdog has ruled.

Detective Inspector Eddie Hall, the most senior Met officer involved in the Tomlinson inquiry, was investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission after it emerged he told two forensic experts Tomlinson had fallen to the ground in front of a police van before the newspaper seller came into contact with PC Simon Harwood.

In his defence, Hall said an IPCC investigator had told him Tomlinson had fallen in front of a van. The IPCC investigator, Chris Mahaffey, denied this.

Hall's claim was formally relayed to two pathologists charged with finding a cause of 47-year-old Tomlinson's death at the G20 protests in London.

Video footage showed Tomlinson being struck with a baton and violently pushed from behind on 1 April 2009 on Royal Exchange Buildings.

An inquest jury found last week that Tomlinson was "unlawfully killed" by the police officer, and died from internal bleeding as a result of injuries sustained by the push.

Jurors heard evidence from four pathologists, including Dr Ken Shorrock, one of the pathologists formally instructed by Hall on behalf of the Met at St Pancras mortuary on 22 April 2009.

The police officer told Shorrock that Tomlinson had been seen to fall to the ground on Lombard Street, minutes before the newspaper seller came across Harwood. The same information was supplied to Dr Ben Swift, the pathologist instructed by Harwood, who was also present during the examination.

Tomlinson did walk on to Lombard Street as he tried to find a route home through the G20 protests and was forcefully escorted out of the road by police officers. But there was no evidence that even suggested he fell to the ground.

Releasing the findings of its inquiry, the IPCC confirmed that "misinformation was supplied by the police to the pathologists". It said there was never any evidence to suggest Tomlinson fell to the ground in front of a van on Lombard Street.

Investigators found that while Hall did not "intentionally mislead" the pathologist, his erroneous briefing jeopardised the investigation, inquest and possible prosecution. "He did so based on what he believed to be the case at the time but he should have ensured he relayed factual information rather than his interpretation of the facts," the report said.

The inquest jury was told to ignore part of Shorrock's report in which he said he could not rule out that the fall in Lombard Street had resulted in the fatal internal bleeding.

The Met said in a statement: "The report concerning information supplied to the pathologists by an MPS [Metropolitan police service] officer found that although incorrect information was given, this was an honestly held belief and there was no evidence of intent to mislead and no lasting damage to the investigation."

Tomlinson's family responded by the report by releasing extracts from a letter the IPCC sent to a top-ranking Met officer in March this year. In the letter, the IPCC said there was a "total lack of evidence" for the fall reported by Hall.

"There is no evidence of any kind to suggest that Ian Tomlinson fell in front of a van," the letter said. "No media footage portrays a fall; it was not said in any Gold Group [a forum designed to 'add value to the response to an internal or external critical incident'] meeting; no investigator workbook documents that there was a fall, there is no email traffic revealing such a view and there is no witness evidence that he fell in front of a van."

In a separate development, the Guardian revealed on Monday that senior police were told within 48 hours of Tomlinson's death that police witnesses had seen him being pushed to the ground by Harwood.

The three constables who witnessed the assault did not recognise Harwood, but the significance of their information was instantly realised and passed on to City of London police investigators.

The IPCC is now investigating why City of London failed to pass the information on to its own officials, the coroner, the pathologist, the family or the media.

 

FOUR people were yesterday being questioned on suspicion of murdering a gangster outside a party.



Peter Brocklesby, 50, was involved in an angry row with a group of youngsters when he was fatally stabbed.

Eyewitness Wendy Belan 32, said she saw a man with a cricket bat or piece of fencing confront a group in the street outside their home, shouting: “Come on, then!”The mum-of-two, of ­Cleckheaton, West Yorks, said: “A scuffle began, then broke up and the man walked back towards his home. He then ran back and went to swing a punch at one of them and another scuffle broke out.
“We saw one of the group give a punch to the side, this must have been when he was stabbed. The man started walking away but collapsed in the street.”

West Yorkshire Police said two men, aged 20, and two women, aged 19 and 20, were held after the attack.

Mr Brocklesby, who died early on Saturday, had just been released from a 22-year jail term for drugs, kidnap and torture.

One local said: “We are certainly not sad about the loss of ­Brocklesby.”

Two officers in Northern Ireland kicked out of force for being drunk while armed


Hundreds of police officers accused of crimes and misconduct are being sacked in secret hearings, according to new documents.
Forces across the UK are hushing up the dismissal of 160 officers every year for offences ranging from assault to leaking confidential information.The documents, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, give an embarrassing insight into constabularies and raise questions about their transparency.
Offences: Hundreds of police have been sacked in secret, an investigation has revealed 

They tell how one officer in Durham was cautioned for common assault, while two members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland were fired for being drunk while armed.

Other officers have been sacked for perverting the course of justice, breaching discipline and leaking confidential information.

Criminals to be charged by letter in bid to save cash by cutting down on police time
Over the past three years, a total of 477 officers were sacked, 52 demoted and hundreds more fined or reprimanded – all in private hearings.

Many of the accused were suspended on full pay for long periods or had their duties restricted, costing taxpayers an estimated £2.7million every year.
In one case, a Grampian officer was suspended for almost five years before his case was heard.
The information was uncovered in an investigation carried out by The Times into 52 forces across Britain.
Made public: The case of Simon Harwood - the officer who pushed Ian Tomlinson before he fell and died (pictured) - will be heard in public
Researchers found punishments varied – with officers sacked in one part of the country for offences that would trigger only a fine in another.

The IPCC was given the power to order public hearings in 2004, but only one has been held since. Chairman Len Jackson admitted the lack of transparency in the hearings was an issue.

He said: ‘This does tax the commission. We are conscious that it is something we should be looking at all the time.’

Last week the IPCC agreed to hold a  second public tribunal into the case of Metropolitan Police officer Simon Harwood, who shoved Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests in 2009, a few minutes before the 47-year-old died.

Saturday, 7 May 2011

CONMAN who sold music lovers tickets to the Leeds Festival which never existed had been jailed.



Christopher Bundza, 45, was jailed for three years yesterday over the scam and a fraud relating to the purchase of his home in Garforth.

Bundza’s former partner and mother of their four children, Kathryn White, avoided jail after admitting four offences of fraud.

Bundza was found guilty of 18 fraud and money laundering charges earlier this year after a jury heard he sold tickets to the 2008 festival via a number of eBay accounts and through his own website.

Analysis of two eBay accounts traced to Bundza, of Goosefield Rise, Garforth, showed he also sold tickets for the 2008 V Festival in Chelmsford.

Leeds Crown Court heard his benefit from the scam was just under £7,000.

Police were alerted after Bundza failed to meet people to hand over tickets on the day of the festival.

White was found not guilty of the charge connected with scam.

The pair yesterday pleaded guilty to making a fraudulent mortgage application of £107,000 on their home in June 2006.

Both made false declarations about their income and failed to declare Bundza’s previous criminal record.

He was cautioned for a similar scam relating to Robbie Williams concert tickets in 2007 and has also served a sentence for evading excise duty.

The couple also admitted another fraud in which they applied for 6,000 and lied about how much they earned.

White also admitted two other charges of fraud relating to the purchase of a £9,000 car and a £4,420 personal loan.

She was given a 12-month community and supervision order.

Jailing Bundza, Judge Penelope Belcher said: “This was a nasty and unpleasant matter. Secondary ticketing is not illegal.

“But the jury found that you were not selling a ticket and the whole thing was a fraud.

“When you did not get tickets you effectively went to ground.”

John Harrison, for Bundza, said some of the victims who paid on credit card were able to recover the cash and the mortgage on the property in Garforth had been paid regularly.

Denise Breen-Lawton, for White, said the couple’s relationship had ended as a result of the court proceedings.

She said White’s four children were dependent on her and described Bundza as the “prime mover” in the fraud.


4 UK men admit to running international child pornography ring

British police say four men have admitted running an international child pornography ring that distributed millions of images and films to more than 40 countries.
Police said Friday the men pleaded guilty to various charges of making, distributing and possessing indecent images of children.
Det. Supt. Paul Gibson of Lincolnshire Police said officers had first received intelligence from German police in November 2005 that one of the men, 35-year old Ian Frost, was running a news service that had an association with indecent images of children.
The three others pleading guilty at Nottingham Crown Court to participating in the ring were Frost's 37-year-old brother, Paul; Ian Sambridge, 32, and Paul Rowlands, 34.

 

Friday, 6 May 2011

Howard Marks is one of the most notorious - and likeable - drug smugglers you're ever likely to meet.

Described by the Daily Mail as the most sophisticated marijuana drugs baron of all time, Howard Marks is one of the most notorious - and likeable - drug smugglers you're ever likely to meet.

During the mid 1980s, Howard Marks - or Mr Nice as he's become known - had forty-three aliases, eighty-nine phone lines, and twenty five companies trading throughout the world. Bars, recording studios, offshore banks: all were money-laundering vehicles serving the core activity: dope dealing.

Marks began to deal during a postgraduate philosophy course at Oxford and was soon moving large quantities of hashish into Europe and America in the equipment of touring rock bands. At the height of his career, he was smuggling consignments of up to thirty tons from Pakistan and Thailand to America and Canada and had contact with organisations as diverse as the CIA, MI6, the IRA, and the Mafia.

After many years and a world-wide operation by the Drug Enforcement Agency, he was busted and sentenced to twenty five years in prison at the United States Federal Penitentiary, Terre Haute, Indiana, the site of America's only Federal Death Row. He was released on parole in April 1995 after serving seven years of his sentence.

Now using his charm and appealing personality in another - more legal - way, Howard has become one of the UK's most in demand public speakers, enthralling audiences everywhere with his fascinating and often hilarious stories of his time spent smuggling majijuana around the world.

Spend An Evening With Mr Nice in either Liverpool or Manchester next week, on the following dates:

Liverpool: An Evening with Mr Nice at Mojo, Tues 17th May

Tickets for An Evening with Mr Nice in Liverpool 

Manchester: An Evening with Mr Nice at Black Dog Ballroom, Weds 18th May

Tickets for An Evening with Mr Nice in Manchester

Thursday, 5 May 2011

22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering an economics graduate whose body was found in woodland near her workplace.


A spokesman for Derbyshire Police said detectives investigating the death of Jia Ashton arrested the suspect at a flat in the Amber Valley area this afternoon.


Mrs Ashton, who lived in Somercotes, Derbyshire, and worked for chocolate-maker Thorntons in nearby Swanwick, disappeared on March 10 and was found dead in nearby woods three days later.

The victim, who was 25, left the Thorntons site shortly after 5pm on Thursday March 10 and is known to have walked into Sleetmoor Woods, along a path known locally as the "yellow brick road".

Her body was found in the woods at 4.30pm on Sunday March 13 and a £20,000 reward was subsequently offered by an anonymous benefactor for information to catch her killer.

During the inquiry police have stressed that they are in possession of forensic evidence allowing them to eliminate innocent people from the investigation.

In a statement issued by Derbyshire Constabulary shortly after Mrs Ashton was killed, her husband spoke of his devastation and described her as his "pocket princess".

In the statement, 26-year-old Matthew Ashton said: "At 25, she had already achieved more than most 60-year-olds and I feel that if you hadn't met her by now, one day you would have.

"Those who had met her should consider themselves richer for it."

Mr Ashton met Jia during their studies at the University of Warwick and the pair married in her native China in 2006.

The Dutch next-door neighbour of landscape architect Joanna Yeates today sensationally admitted - in front of her parents - that he killed her.



But Vincent Tabak, 33, denies murdering her.

Miss Yeates's parents David and Theresa were at the Old Bailey as the engineer pleaded guilty to her manslaughter.

The charge states that Tabak 'unlawfully killed' the 25-year-old between December 16 and December 19.


Vincent Tabak has admitted that he killed landscape architect Joanna Yeates


Vincent Tabak appeared in court via a video link from Long Lartin Prison

Tabak was Miss Yeates' neighbour in Clifton where she lived with her boyfriend, Greg Reardon, 27.

But he pleaded not guilty to an allegation of murder and was remanded in custody to face trial at Bristol Crown Court on October 4. The trial is expected to last four weeks.

Tabak, wearing a dark suit and glasses, with a dark tie, appeared in court today via videolink from Long Lartin prison in Worcestershire.


David and Theresa Yeates, Jo's parents, arriving at the Old Bailey in London today

He spoke to confirm his name and to say he was content for proceedings to continue in English without an interpreter before entering his pleas.

During the hearing he sat at a desk, occasionally using a piece of paper to make notes and sipping from a cup.

Miss Yeates disappeared on December 17 after going for Christmas drinks with her colleagues at the Ram pub. Her frozen body was found dumped on a verge in a lane in Failand, north Somerset, on Christmas Day.

She had been strangled and her body was clothed apart from a sock which was missing, while her phone, purse, keys, boots and coat were all found back at her £200,000 flat.

Police also found two bottles of cider, and the receipt for a Tesco pizza, which tests showed was not eaten by Miss Yeates, and has never been found.

Her boyfriend spearheaded a media campaign to find his girlfriend and made a number of public appeals for information on her whereabouts.

Earlier this year he referred to the deep bond they shared in a heart-rending statement in which he said: 'I will always love her'.

His statement was read out close to her favourite Bristol harbourside pub.

'The memory of Jo will always be with me as I look across the harbour and remember our unforgettable and special times together,' his statement read.

The couple had been in a relationship for two years and he spoke of her talents and the friendship she inspired. He said she was 'one of the most lovely and genuine people to grace this Earth'.

He added: 'Jo was a beautiful woman, beautiful in mind, body and soul. She had a great career ahead of her as a landscape architect and would have achieved a great many more things in her life if only she was given the chance.'

Dutch engineer admitted on Thursday to killing his next-door neighbour Joanna Yeates but denied murder, in a high-profile case which has captivated Britain.

Dutch engineer admitted on Thursday to killing his next-door neighbour Joanna Yeates but denied murder, in a high-profile case which has captivated Britain.
Vincent Tabak, 33, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a plea delivered by videolink from jail to a hearing at the Old Bailey court in London.
However, he pleaded not guilty to a further charge of murder and was remanded in custody to face trial on that charge at Bristol Crown Court on October 4.
Yeates, a 25-year-old landscape architect, disappeared in Bristol on December 17 after going for drinks with colleagues from work. After a huge manhunt, her frozen body was found dumped on a country road on December 25.
Tabak is currently being held at Long Lartin prison in Worcestershire. He appeared on the videolink wearing a dark suit, dark tie and glasses, as Yeates' parents David and Theresa looked on in the court.
He spoke to confirm his name and to confirm he did not need an interpreter, before entering his pleas. His trial is expected to last four weeks.
Tabak was registered as living with his girlfriend in a flat next door to the apartment occupied by Yeates and her boyfriend in the Clifton area of Bristol.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Three arrests were made this morning as part of a three-year investigation into rogue traders who prey on the elderly

Three arrests were made this morning as part of a three-year investigation into rogue traders who prey on the elderly. 
Officers swooped on a property in Fen Road, Cambridge and Overbrooke in Landbeach and police in Norfolk executed an additional warrant at an address in South Beach Road in Hunstanton.
More than 60 officers took part in the operation which follows a three-year Trading Standards investigation into rogue trading activity in East Anglia.
So far the investigation has identified more than 100 victims and an estimated £400,000 worth of fraud.
Chief Insp Gary Martin, who led the arrest operation, said: “Today’s operation was in support of an ongoing investigation by Trading Standards to target rogue traders operating in East Anglia.
“Rogue traders deliberately target the elderly and vulnerable and the police and Trading Standards are committed to bringing them to justice.
“Our advice to residents will always be not to use cold callers and to ask for a business card so you can consider what is being offered at your leisure.
“The support and involvement of local communities is essential to fighting crime and people should remain vigilant to activity in their neighbourhood and report anything suspicious, particularly in areas with vulnerable or elderly residents.”
Malcolm Taylor, from Trading Standards, said: “The investigation has already identified more than 100 victims and it is possible there are more out there. If you believe you or someone you know has been a victim of rogue trading contact Consumer Direct.”

Claims Shrien Dewani would be mistreated in jail denied

A man wanted in South Africa for questioning about the murder of his wife would not be mistreated in prison, his extradition hearing has heard.

South African authorities want to extradite Shrien Dewani after his bride, Anni, 28, was shot dead in a taxi in Cape Town last November.

Belmarsh Magistrates' Court heard claims Mr Dewani could face being harmed if kept in a South African jail.

But a South African judge said he would be in a jail like a "five-star" hotel.

Judge Deon Hurter van Zyl told the hearing that if Mr Dewani were to be convicted of murder and sentenced to less than 20 years he would be sent to Malmesbury Medium A prison, located some 40 miles (65km) from Cape Town.

Describing conditions inside the prison, he said: "I thought 'if this is the quality of prisons it looks far too much like a five-star hotel'."

The prison is currently 13% over capacity, but the judge described this as "really nothing".

Bail of £250,000
Malmesbury Correctional Centre has a total carrying capacity of 1,300 offenders, which are accommodated in seven housing units, consisting of double and single cells

Mr Dewani, who denies any wrongdoing, is on bail but is being held at a mental health hospital in Bristol.

He remains subject to £250,000 bail and the requirement that he reports daily to a local police station.

Mrs Dewani, from Sweden, was shot when a cab the couple were travelling in was hijacked in the Gugulethu township in Cape Town last November.

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.

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.




The main suspect in the murder of a family of four had been involved in a long-running and acrimonious business dispute with them,

Police hunting the killer of Jifeng Ding, his wife Helen Chui, and their two daughters yesterday released the name of the man they suspect stabbed the family to death. An Xiang Du, 52, was last seen on Friday near a herbal remedy shop he ran with his wife, Can Che, in Birmingham.
A suicide note was later found at his shop, which allegedly “implied it was time to say goodbye”.
Yesterday Mrs Du, 53, said she and her husband and the Dings had been involved in a financial dispute. The couple won a court battle with the Dings, who owed them money as a result.
Speaking at their shop, Natural Care, in Birmingham’s Pavilions shopping centre, Mrs Du said: “It is horrendous what has happened to this family. I do not know what is going on or where my husband is. We have been under a lot of pressure.”
The dispute is understood to centre on allegations that the Dings sold a property at less than market value in order to avoid paying the Dus what they felt they were owed. Current records show that the two families are involved in a business called Herbmagic UK, which operates shops selling Chinese herbal remedies.
Records show that the murdered couple were the majority shareholders with 49 per cent of the business each, while Mr Du owns one per cent of the business.
Miss Chui opened a shop in Northampton in 2001 with the backing of a group of businessmen, who were understood to include Mr Du.
The company was dissolved in 2008, and police are investigating whether this has any relevance to the murders.
Officers discovered the bodies of Mr Ding, 46, and Miss Chui, 47, and their daughters Xing, 18, and Alice, 12, at their house in Wootton, Northampton, on Sunday evening. They had not been seen over the weekend and the last known activity was when the girls were posting on Facebook about the royal wedding on Friday.
Det Supt Glyn Timmins said the police were anxious to trace Mr Du, but warned members of the public not to approach him because he might be “frightened and quite desperate”.

 

The unlawful killing verdict in the inquest into the death of Ian Tomlinson at the G20 protest relied heavily on video evidence shot on a digital camera by a member of the public,

The unlawful killing verdict in the inquest into the death of Ian Tomlinson at the G20 protest relied heavily on video evidence shot on a digital camera by a member of the public, which was unearthed by a Guardian investigation.

The Metropolitan police initially denied Tomlinson, a 47-year-old newspaper seller, had contact with officers before his death at the G20 protest in London on 1 April 2009.

However, six days later the Guardian exclusively revealed the existence of the video, which showed an officer appearing to strike Tomlinson near the Bank of England at Royal Exchange Passage.

The Guardian handed the video and a dossier of evidence over to the police complaints watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

An IPCC investigator and a City of London police officer visited the Guardian's offices the day the video went online, Tuesday 7 April 2009, to be handed the dossier. They also asked for the video to be removed from the website, claiming it was "jeopardising" their inquiry and not helpful to Tomlinson's family – a request that was declined. The video came to light due to the investigative work of Guardian reporter Paul Lewis, who tracked down the man who shot the footage, a fund manager from New York who was in London on business at the time of the G20 protest.

In its submission to the IPCC the Guardian also included a sequence of photographs, taken by three different people, showing the aftermath of the attack, as well as witness statements from people in the area at the time that were collected by Lewis for a series of articles about the circumstances of Tomlinson's death.

Lewis later won the 2009 Bevins Rat Up a Drainpipe award for outstanding investigative reporting and reporter of the year at the 2010 British Press Awards for his work on the Tomlinson story.

Dewani 'wanted out of marriage to Anni'

Appearing for the South African government on the first day of Dewani's extradition hearing in the Belmarsh Magistrate's Court in London yesterday, lawyer Hugo Keith said a witness came forward earlier this year and made an affidavit claiming Dewani was looking for a way out of his impending marriage.

"He said although she was a nice, lovely girl whom he liked, he could not break off the engagement because he would be disowned by his family. He went on to say to the witness he needed to find a way out of it," said Keith.

The witness, whom Keith was not prepared to name, was befriended by Dewani last September. Dewani told the witness of his reluctance to marry the following month.

Keith said the witness was also prepared to back up his statement with testimony in court, should Dewani stand trial in South Africa.

"I will not divulge information about the witness or too much about the contents of the statement. But one aspect of it will be relevant for the purpose of [the] extradition hearing," said Keith.

Dewani, 31, is wanted in South Africa to stand trial for murder after allegedly ordering the killing of his 28-year-old bride in November last year while on honeymoon in Cape Town. He is alleged to have hired their taxi driver, Zola Tongo, to arrange a fake hijacking in which she was killed.

Tongo admitted to having hired Xolile Mngeni, 23, and Mziwamadoda Qwabe, 28 - who are still awaiting trial - to commit the murder for which they were together paid R15000. He entered into a plea bargain agreement with the state and is now serving an 18-year jail term.

Dewani, who is being held at the Fromeside Clinic, a psychiatric clinic in Bristol under a court order, sat in the dock muttering softly to himself, staring at his hands, never looking up.

On request of his lawyer, Clare Montgomery, QC, he was granted leave to return to the clinic for treatment after attending court for an hour.

Dewani was supported by his family who sat in the courtroom. Anni's family sat apart from them in the balcony and the two sides avoided each other during tea and lunch breaks.

Dewani will return to court in July when evidence regarding his psychiatric condition will be heard.

Yesterday, his lawyers used the parlous state of South African prisons to attempt to stop a possible extradition order. They argued that Dewani was in danger of being gang-raped in custody if he was extradited to South Africa.

Sasha Gear, a former researcher in the Criminal Justice Programme at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, testified via video link that gangsterism and rape have become part of the country's prison culture.

Gear said it "has become accepted in the general public understanding" in South Africa that imprisonment can be associated with sexual assault, and this acceptance implies that inmates deserve punishment beyond incarceration.

Montgomery said the infamous "Pappa wag vir jou" (Daddy is waiting for you) advertisement on South African TV - which refers to sex abuse in prison to deter people from drinking and driving - will be broadcast in court later this week to emphasise the point.

Gear said her research showed that Dewani, as a good-looking, young, alleged first-time offender with no knowledge of the gang structure in South African prisons, would become a particularly easy target of gangs and sexual violence.

She refuted assurances that Dewani would be safe if he was held in a single cell in the Goodwood prison in Cape Town while awaiting trial, and in a single cell in the Malmesbury Medium prison if found guilty and considered a medium risk. The South African authorities have also promised to incarcerate him in a single cell in the Brandvlei Maximum prison if it was found that he was a serious risk offender.

Gear said this would not guarantee his safety as gangs could get to him while he was being transported to court, in court holding cells while moving around in prison, or receiving food.

The case continues today with testimony by former South African judge, Deon van Zyl, who is expected to testify about general conditions in South African prisons and the criminal justice system.

 

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(1) Claims of MI5 link to Real IRA murder investigated (1) Cleveland Police spokeswoman said the consequences of methadone misuse could be 'extremely harmful' (1) Cleveland Police's Serious Organised Crime unit (1) Clifton residents told killer may be in their midst (1) Co Antrim man held in UK-wide SOCA probe (1) Cocaine with an estimated street value of 1m euro (£843 (1) Colchester (1) Coleen Rooney ready to give court evidence on blackmail plot over pictures of Kai (1) Colin Howell thought of murder as he held cable over wife in bath (1) Colombia-UK drug smuggling network busted (1) Cops probing murder of honeymoon wife to ask husband Shrien if he is gay (1) Cops seize £1m in drugs cash (1) Cornwall (1) Counter-terrorism officials launched a major operation over fears of multiple bomb attacks in Whitehall (1) Craigavon: (1) Cricket's match-fixing crisis has taken a sinister twist after Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider fled to London (1) Cumbrian fraud man bids to overturn £7 million payback order (1) Cumbrian restaurant workers to be thrown out of UK after raids (1) Curtis Warren is to take his fight against his conviction for a £1m cannabis plot in Jersey to the highest court in the UK. (1) Customs officers 'told not to look for smugglers at Heathrow (1) Customs officials at Heathrow ignore drug smugglers (1) DETECTIVES investigating the murder of Joanna Yeates have called in the team of forensic experts that helped catch the killer of Rachel Nickell (1) Dane Bowers is arrested over alleged drug dealing at cage-fighting events (1) Danny Fitzsimons (1) Dartford and Canterbury (1) Dead MI6 worker visited bondage sites (1) Decks cleared for Dewani`s extradition to SA over wife`s murder conspiracy: (1) Delay in Briton's Iraq murder tria (1) Dentist Colin Howell admits double murder treated as suicide pact for 20 years (1) Detectives are investigating up to a dozen nurseries in the west of Scotland believed to be linked with gangsters (1) Detectives arrest two and make car appeal over Boxing Day shooting (1) Detectives have been granted another 36 hours to question a man who was arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder. (1) Detectives looking into the death are expected to examine at least one threatening message placed on website Bebo. (1) Dior suspends John Galliano after arrest for street abuse (1) Diplomatic investigation is under way after former world boxing featherweight champion Scott Harrison’s bid to be transferred from a Spanish jail to Barlinnie Prison in Glasgow was halted. (1) Dozens arrested after police anti-drugs raids across Sussex (1) Dozens arrested in drug and gang operation in Sheffield (1) Dr Colin Howell (1) Drug gang king pin jailed over 22 tonnes of cocaine and cannabis (1) Drug gangs in England exporting gun culture to Wales (1) Drug gangs target cruise ships (1) Drug-dealer jailed for Redhill flat murder (1) Drug-smuggling former prison officer loses appeal against sentence (1) Drugs seized and 15 arrests in Merseyside Police raids (1) Drugs worth £500 (1) Dundee (1) Durham city undercover cop (1) East Dulwich bus murder victim 'stabbed 24 times' (1) East Kilbride (1) EastEnders actor bragged on Celebrity Mastermind about committing crime (1) Eddie Boyd will never walk again after the bungled gangland hit in his home (1) Eddie Lyons has been given his first ever court sentence (1) Edward Pybis (1) Eight bales of the drug were thrown overboard (1) Eighth arrest in Limerick murder inquiry (1) Elite crime unit's database of one million suspects 'breaks the law' (1) Elizabeth Veysey went into the jail with cannabis resin hidden under her skirt (1) Emmanuel Ganpot (1) EuroMillions winners 'terrified of being kidnapped' (1) Ex-United man Wallwork arrested (1) Ex-club owner Gary Robb finally admits guilt: (1) Ex-soldier found guilty of trying to murder wife with grenade (1) Ex-undercover Pc Mark Kennedy 'living in fear': (1) Expenses MPs must face trial (1) Eynsham (1) Farmers are claiming that the British and Americans are responsible for the outbreak of the poppy plague (1) Farmhouse killer Jeremy Bamber faces dying in prison (1) Fazakerley murder victim Joey Cummins survived previous attempt on life in street shotgun attack (1) Fife (1) Finchley (1) Five arrested in Leicester over 'violent' gem raids (1) Five guilty of Lincoln man's killing (1) Five held over Michaela McAreavey murder denied bail (1) Flint Mountain. (1) Ford prison riot adds to chequered history (1) Forfar man Christopher McIntosh jailed over heroin trafficking (1) Four Sussex men suspected of attempted murder after pub brawl (1) Four arrested as police raid wedding ceremony (1) Four in court over teenage footballer's murder (1) Four men arrested on suspicion of murder (1) Four men jailed over Manchester street stabbing murder (1) France (1) Fraud prevention detectives have today (1) Gallaghers' dad gets cop warning (1) Galo Bemudez (1) Gang caught loading van with 100kgs of heroin (1) Gang shootings and fights ‘commonplace’ (1) Gang war results in one death and five injured on the streets of Folkestone (1) Gangs of muggers stole thousands from student protesters (1) Gardai arrest 45 people over drug trafficking (1) Gardaí continue to quiz three over weapons (1) Garry Waring (1) Gipsy Hill murder: Six jailed for shooting 'peacemaker' (1) Girl (1) Gorleston (1) Great Yarmouth (1) Gun gangs targeted in police swoops (1) Gunman jailed for attempted murder in Bolton (1) Gunmen Christopher Bailiff (1) Gypsy gangs train five-year-olds to pickpocket on the streets of Britain (1) Harold Landry murder trial: (1) Hate crime figures paint a grim portrait of life in Britain (1) Hertfordshire Constabulary's ANPR Intercept Team stopped a vehicle travelling on the M11 near Bishop's Stortford (1) Holidaymakers flee Tunisia violence: (1) Honeymoon bride Anni Dewani's text 6 days before murder (1) Honour kill pair jailed (1) Ian Bowrem (1) Ian Griffin (1) Inside the Violent World of Britain’s Street Gangs (1) Jail for truckers in £2.3m drugs and gun smuggling gang (1) Jail increase for £53m Securitas raid matermind (1) Jail threat to Cumbrian gang-fight man (1) James 'Pancake' Taylor (1) Jamie Daniel is thought to be worth £10million (1) Jamie ‘The Iceman’ Stevenson in fight over stress files (1) Jeremy_Bamber (1) Jilted teenager who stabbed Asha Muneer to death facing life in jail (1) Jo Yeates Murder Accused Remanded (1) Jo Yeates murder inquiry: Arrested man still held (1) Jo Yeates murder: Hunt is like a jigsaw with pieces missing (1) Jo Yeates murder: New evidence uncovered (1) Jo Yeates: Accused Back In Court (1) Joanna Brown's husband charged with her murder (1) Joanna Yeates 'may have been strangled with own sock' (1) Joanna Yeates murder suspect Vincent Tabak 'had split with girlfriend (1) Joanna Yeates murder: Mother wants to play Jo in Crimewatch reconstruction | (1) Joanna Yeates murder: Similarities to unsolved murder of Glenis Carruthers in 1974 | Mail Online (1) Joseph Buckley (1) Just one criminal jailed for every 96 crimes (1) KERRY KATONA has been left devastated after her home was raided by thieves (1) Khuram Antonio Khan Garcia (1) Kitted out in body armour (1) Lancashire (1) Lancaster (1) Lance Lewis (1) Latvian man (1) Laurence Henry Shaw (1) Lawrence Taylor Co Ltd are believed to have cold-called investors (1) Layabout son killed parents over hangover row - (1) Lee Wallace (1) Leyland (1) Limerick double murder investigated (1) Lincoln arrests edge police closer to cracking drug syndicate (1) Liquidators to the Weavering Macro Fixed Income hedge fund were appointed in March (1) Liverpool drivers could hold key to solving Eddie Pybis murder (1) Liverpool teenager charged with stabbing murder (1) London fears new wave of gang deaths (1) Lostock Hall (1) Madeleine McCann is in America Private investigator claims (1) Magdalena Januszeska murder suspect arrested in Malton (1) Maidenhead arson murderer jailed for life (1) Man arrested over Bradford prostitute murders (1) Man arrested over murder of exiled Pakistani politician (1) Man bailed over "murder in the mist" killing of Liverpool FC fan Joey Cummins (1) Man released in Louth murder investigation (1) Man shot dead in Liverpool street (1) Mark Woodward (1) Martin Day (1) Matthew Clement (1) Mesut Karakas was under investigation for alleged corruption when he was secretly recorded discussing the kidnap and plot lines from the hit US TV series (1) Michael Caine puts Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan to shame (1) Michaela McAreavey murder accused held in Mauritius Alcatraz (1) Millionaire jailed for ex-wife murder bid (1) Miss Gentle (1) Missing Joanna Yeates: Similarities to Melanie murder are frightening (1) More arrests over Cheltenham iPhone murder (1) More than one murder a week is committed by a thug on bail (1) Murder case extradition ruling due (1) Murder investigation launched as post-mortem reveals Joanna Yeates was strangled (1) Murder probe after street stabbing (1) Mzoli's is in a dangerous area at night (1) NDLEA arrests first drug trafficker in 2011 (1) NRI man sentenced to life for murdering his wife (1) Naked Charles Bronson covered himself in butter (1) Naming of journalists in hacking scandal ordered (1) Napoli gangs attack Liverpool fans (1) New Asian sex slave gang arrests (1) New witness 'saw killers leave murder room' (1) Newly-wed cleared of murder after five months marriage (1) Newlywed Briton's wife killed after armed robbers hijack taxi in South Africa (1) Nightingale Road in Eston and West Dyke Road in Redcar (1) Nikitta Grender murder: Man (1) Nine arrests in York drug raids (1) Norfolk (1) Norwich area (1) Now Ian Huntley throat-slitter is held over prison murder of notorious child sex killer (1) One brother acquitted of Co Laois murder (1) Organised Crime Group sentenced to 39 years (1) POLICE have arrested a man in connection with the killing of Robertsbridge dad Julian Gardner (1) PSNI officer link to Dungannon murder case (1) Pat Finucane murder probe moves steps closer (1) Pentney (1) Pet crematorium owner Emma Bent pocketed cash and dumped pets in ditches (1) Plaistow (1) Police 'determined' to catch killer of Liverpool man (1) Police arrest 22 in Essex and east London drugs raids (1) Police arrest 44 in Gwent day of action (1) Police chief Jim Trotman 'set fire to car and tried to blame lover's husband' (1) Police crime scene officer killed in horror crash (1) Police dismiss link between Bannatyne’s shooting and ‘gangland’ crime (1) Police force plans to axe community officers (1) Police have identified 17 organised crime gangs (1) Police investigate attempted murder after car hits man (1) Police probe as cousin of gangster Stewart 'Speccy' Boyd found dead on woodland path (1) Police searching for the body of Mrs Brown last night sealed off part of Windsor Great Park as her husband was charged with her murder (1) Police shoot gunman dead after West Yorkshire siege (1) Police suspect murder after youth hit by bus (1) Police swoop in Haydock in 'organised crime' crackdown (1) Police want to trace a taxi driver (1) Police want to trace brothers over Salford stabbing (1) Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha claimed Mr Ross was tortured for 13 days before escaping from his captors in the village of Boliqueime (1) Prison Officers' Association said the violence started after staff tried to breathalyse prisoners. (1) Probe into crash link to Musselbrugh pub manager murder (1) Professor Green (1) Proportionately more criminals in Britain are sentenced for violent and sexual offences than in most other European countries. (1) RAF servicemen jailed for cigarette smuggling scam (1) Racist gang's glass attack raises fears of pub owners (1) Reggie (1) Robert Nairac trial views TV interview with murder accused (1) Royal car attack: Duchess of Cornwall laughs off student protest fees scare (1) SIX MEMBERS of a south London gang have been found guilty of the murder of 22-year-old Ezra Mills. (1) SOCA advises cruise agencies and cruise lines how to recognize signs that passengers might be inclined to smuggle drugs or other contraband (1) Sainsbury's techie jailed for loyalty card scam (1) Sally McGrath death: Arrest number two (1) Scotland pressured to free Megrahi (1) Scotland-based crime gang suspected of trafficking women to work as prostitutes in Belfast was arrested this month (1) Scots drugs gang jailed (1) Scots legal upheaval as 3500 convicts win new appeals (1) Scottish criminals 'only jailed after 40 convictions' (1) Seven arrested over drugs (1) Seven men have been arrested after detectives from the PSNI Organised Crime Branch seized £500 (1) Sex crimes up as 14 (1) Sex swap hip hop diva wanted over Claudia Aderotimi 'butt boost' death (1) Shrien (1) Shrien Dewani 'right to be worried' about handling of Anni Dewani murder case (1) Shrien Dewani Mastermind To Murder Or Paralysed Victim (1) Shrien Dewani says he and his wife (1) Shropshire man accused of triple murder appears in court (1) Sinn Fein (1) Sinn Fein leaders 'knew about bank raid' (1) Six arrests following drug raids in Glossop (1) South Africa honeymoon murder (1) South Africa honeymoon murder accused denied bail (1) South African honeymoon murder claim 'is ludicrous' (1) South African police are on the verge of revealing the motive behind the murder of Anni Dewani (1) South Norwood builder pleads guilty to smuggling cannabis (1) Spanish National Police have intercepted a British registered yacht on the high seas off the Portuguese coast (1) Staff from Browne Mackenzie (1) Stella English is a gangster's moll with a troubled past (1) Steven Purcell quizzed by cops on return (1) Student left dying in street after being stabbed by muggers (1) Suffolk (1) Suitcase death spy was not gay (1) Suspect in murder of British woman to publish writings from fugitive days (1) Swindon; and Anthony Belcher (1) Swindon; received seven years. (1) Teacher in murder quiz was having affair with sex shop girl (1) Teenage robbery gang jailed (1) Teenager stabbed to death in south London (1) Ten Ghanaians on board an Accra-New York flight of Delta Airlines (1) The Base pub in Ashington (1) The Elland Mad Dogs and the Lee Mount Loonies (1) The arrests were related to recent 'distributed denial of service' (DDoS) attacks by an online group calling themselves Anonymous (1) The detective leading a murder investigation after a man was found shot dead in a disused Smethwick factory today refused to rule out a “gangland killing”. (1) The faces of the 10 latest suspected criminals hiding from police on the "Costa del Crime" have been published (1) Three arrested over iPhone murder: (1) Three arrests after ‘massive disturbance’ in Malton (1) Three arrests and £60 (1) Three arrests over west Belfast pipe bombings (1) Tom Murphy is not a criminal. He’s a good republican (1) Travelodge in Kingston Raid on hotel results in five arrests (1) Trial of British climate protesters collapses (1) Trio in court over honeymoon murder (1) Tuesday 25 January (1) Twenty arrests over suspected £50m beer and wine fraud (1) Two Scots wanted in connection with unsolved murders are believed to be hiding out in Spain. (1) Two Sussex men and one from Surrey face extradition to Spain after a boat with £8m of cannabis destined for the UK was stopped between Morocco and Spain. (1) Two arrested in Wisbech park murder investigation (1) Two arrests over 'firearm threat' in Cumbria: (1) Two charged with Peckham murder of Sylvester Akapalara: (1) Two charges over £6million Torbay cocaine haul (1) Two gangs of men who fought a pitched battle with baseball bats (1) Two held in Galway drugs gang sting: (1) Two men accused of helping gunman Raoul Moat will face charges of attempting to murder David Rathband (1) Two men are due to appear in court charged with murdering a 55-year-old man in Belfast. (1) Two men arrested in Blackburn murder inquiry (1) Two men arrested over £1.5m cocaine seizure (1) Two men seriously injured during Samurai sword attack (1) Two men were jailed for life after an illegal immigrant was murdered and dumped in a canal following a drugs feud (1) Two more men arrested over Boxing Day gang fight (1) Two slabs of cocaine were found in a false compartment in her suitcase (1) Two teenagers who killed a man in Cheshire in a dispute over drugs have been detained for five years. (1) Two_men_on_motorbike_sought_for_murder (1) UK becomes 'cocaine capital of the western world' (1) United fans await sentence over 'Wild West saloon brawl' (1) VIOLENCE erupted in Burnley town centre on Monday afternoon when two gangs of men confronted each other with baseball bats. (1) Vince Richard Hubbard (1) Vincent Tabak charged with Joanna Yeates murder (1) WALTHAM FOREST: 367 knife crimes in past year (1) Warning over anti-virus cold calls to UK internet users (1) Wartime ‘trophy gun’ fired in gang murder of student (1) Was Browns phone hacked as well? Pressure mounts to re-open Scotland Yard enquiry (1) Wayne Bassnett shot in the head by assassin in Hale (1) Wealthy BA pilot to stand trial for 'murder of estranged wife' (1) Wednesday will see the anniversary of the killing that ended Lennon's iconoclastic career (1) West Derby (1) Whistleblowing MP shops 6 more colleagues to police over expenses fraud | (1) Widnes man shot dead in Pepper Street near Town Lane in Hale Village (1) Widowed British honeymooner Shrien Dewani will be arrested and charged with murder of his wife Anni if he returns to South Africa (1) Wilbert Dyce (1) Williams had been logging onto bondage Web sites and had visited a drag cabaret in the British capital four days before his death. (1) Woman accused of tube murder was undergoing sex change (1) Woman charged with murder of transvestite (1) Woman stands trial for double murder to which ex-lover confessed (1) Woman's body found washed up in Kent bay (1) Women jailed over bodysuit drug smuggling bid (1) Y Waen (1) Yorkshire 'car key burglary' gang locked up (1) Youth killed as Afghan groups clash (1) Zac Olumegbon (1) a British citizen (1) a class-A drug (1) a hammer and pickaxe handle in a car park (1) admitted carrying out the raid at Lostwithiel on 13 August. (1) admitted theft and fraud by false representation. (1) after he arrived at the airport on Sunday night (1) aged 32 from John Mace Road (1) alarm and distress' to people living nearby (1) and Angel Campoverde (1) and Ivan Marshall (1) and James MacPherson (1) and Jayson Hassan (1) and Rackheath (1) and Scott Taylor (1) and found to be carrying 1.515 tons of cocaine. (1) and on Christmas shoppers (1) and uses cash instead of credit cards (1) arrested over knifed pregnant teenager (1) average amount stolen equated to £1 (1) blasted 11 shots at helpless Eddie Boyd - hitting him five times - as his young daughter screamed in terror. (1) but the Navy boat crews recovered two (1) cannabis and weapons were seized by police who raided 25 houses and apartments. (1) central Clydebank (1) central London (1) charged with murder in Great Yarmouth: (1) checks into hotels under false names (1) corrupt police officer helped his drug lord brother by hiding guns and threatening witnesses (1) death of Julian Gardner (1) discovered a world where automatic pistols (1) drag cabaret (1) drugs squad found 13 mature and 35 immature plants (1) dundee-united-stars-david-goodwillie-scott-allan-arrested-after-4am-street-brawl (1) dyes his hair (1) family friendship leads to second murder investigation (1) five Italian gangsters - known locally as the Camorra - are seen sweeping into a restaurant while families are eating before marching up to a corner table where their targets are sitting. (1) fled a club soaked in blood and clutching a 6in wound (1) flew the plane but says he did not know drugs were on board. (1) former girlfriend of gunman Raoul Moat has told a court of the moment the killer shot dead her new boyfriend then turned his shotgun on her (1) found stabbed to death (1) four (1) from Ballygonney Road West In Moneymore were refused bail. (1) from Brixton Hill (1) from Deramore Gardens in Belfast and Warren Martin (1) from Fulham (1) from Moss Lane (1) from Plymouth (1) from Rushey Hey (1) from Tottenham (1) gang drugs war in Greater Manchester. (1) gangland crime in Limerick (1) gangs have shaped the streets and changed the nature of UK crime (1) grieving father of a student who was raped and murdered pleaded with her suspected killer to give himself up (1) had caused 'a great deal of harassment (1) has been charged with importing a class B drug. (1) has made a new and lengthy statement to police (1) have been accused of killing Mr Yepez (1) he claimed he was one of the main players in north London and could get hold of better weapons than Scotland Yard (1) heroin worth nearly £2 million was seized in a single drugs bust in the Scottish capital (1) highest rates of teenage alcohol-related injuries in Europe (1) highlight London's crime rate and youth alcohol problems (1) his brother Ronnie and notorious English serial killer Graham Young escaping from prison. (1) imprisonment of a woman in Wales for withdrawing rape allegations against her husband is a nightmarish addition to the discrimination awaiting women and girls who seek justice (1) in January. (1) in his mid-40s (1) including some in Rochdale (1) is due to appear at South Western Magistrates' Court in Battersea this morning (1) is the first Western on trial in an Iraqi court since a 2009 U.S.-Iraqi security agreement lifted immunity for foreign contractors. (1) jail terms totalling more than 63 years to William Byrne and 14 crooks linked to his gang. (1) just months (1) known locally as Eddie (1) made more than £1m from crime. He must pay £100 (1) major rural crime wave could break out across Wales (1) man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a man who was shot dead in south Manchester. (1) man has been shot dead by an off-duty police officer during a suspected robbery at a petrol station. (1) man in his 20s has been arrested over the murder of a champion kickboxer in Dundalk (1) moved to Thailand in 2006 to study the deadly Muay Thai fighting style (1) murdering honeymooner Anni Dewani in Cape Town (1) night-time signalling between vessels at sea and people on the shore (1) of Ansty Road (1) of Clapham (1) of Common Road (1) of Forest Gate (1) of Haig Avenue (1) of Hapton (1) of Looe (1) of Mount Avenue (1) of Oxford Road (1) of Pennyvoss Road (1) of Queen Street (1) of School Lane (1) often borrowed from friends (1) on 3 January when he was shot in the chest. (1) prison officer has been arrested after attempting to smuggle drugs into Mountjoy prison today. (1) seized 180 kilograms of ketamine in Felixstowe (1) seized a haul of scam post in a bid to tackle the UK-wide fraudulent mail blight. (1) seven men and five women found Hodgson guilty of murder at Teesside Crown Court. (1) sleeps on sofas and floors (1) south Kilmarnock and Dalkeith in Midlothian (1) stabbed both his parents to death after his mother called him a “f------ idiot” for lying in bed all morning with a hangover. (1) submachine guns and even hand grenades were being sold for as little as £50 (1) taxi firm has been denied an operator’s licence following police claims of criminal links (1) teenager was killed and another injured when two balaclava-wearing gunmen opened fire on a group of four young friends (1) the Gilnow Road gang (1) the eldest son of Viscount Trenchard (1) the famous fashion designer recently committed suicide by intake of a mixture of the cocaine (1) three dogs performing searches on vehicles entering the 14 jails across the Republic. (1) using guns in deadly drug disputes (1) was ambushed by four young men at the gates of Park Campus School in nearby West Norwood. (1) was arrested at Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport (1) was arrested by UK Border Agency officers in Coquelles (1) was blasted at least three times outside a relative’s home in South Cantril Avenue (1) was convicted in 2003 of hiring two “mules” to carry cocaine (1) was given three life sentences earlier this month. (1) was given three years and nine months behind bars after police found £1 million from the heist in the boot of his car. (1) was released after several hours of questioning over the shooting of Nicky Ayers (1) was shot at close range at least three times outside his daughter’s home in South Cantril Avenue (1) was shot dead in Tillingbourne Gardens (1) was sitting in a silver Volvo on Utting Avenue (1) were ambushed as they were driven through the vast shantytown of Gugulethu in South Africa (1) were among 13 men from around the country involved in the criminal group. (1) were found in 24 of the 33 pubs in and around Alnwick (1) were gunned down outside Strang House (1) were not legally married. (1) were part of a gang that brought in an estimated 16 tonnes of the drug. (1) which is in liquidation (1) who 'fired shots in party battle' arrested for attempted murder (1) who attended the hearing (1) who has already been sentenced to life imprisonment for the two killings (1) who reached No 3 in April with I Need You Tonight (1) whose ring nickname was Pitbull (1) wife of BA pilot vanishes from £3million B;B mansion (1) will be extradited over the murder of Kinga Legg (1) you can never move on with your life.'" (1) young boy has been shot dead. (1) £100m cocaine gang sentenced to 200 years in prison (1) £48k seized from Amsterdam passenger (1) £6m of drugs seized from Lancashire's streets (1) ‘Sick’ Dewani’s bail strategy (1) “Fragile” Shrien Dewani leaves hospital (1)

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