Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Growing demand for prostitutes sees rise in human trafficking

The PSNI is becoming increasingly concerned that dangerous crime gangs involved in human trafficking are targeting Northern Ireland because of a highly lucrative demand for prostitutes.

The force's Organised Crime Branch has warned there is a growing interest in the province for traffickers because of a gap in the vice market.

They said that Ulster's crime gangs are increasingly diversifying into the trafficking trade because of the massive profits that can be paid in the province.

It is estimated by police that between 80 and 100 prostitutes operate in the province on a daily basis.

The nature of the criminality has made it difficult for police to calculate how many of these women have been trafficked from foreign countries and forced into the sex trade.

"They believe however that it could be around 10%," said Detective Inspector Dougie Grant, who heads up the Branch's investigations into human trafficking and the illegal sex trade.

"It is a concern for us that because the market is so great there are not enough prostitutes to service that market and that is where the human traffickers are coming in. Because of the demand in Northern Ireland, and there is quite a significant demand for sexual services from prostituted persons, that is attracting persons who control the prostitutes and persons who traffic into Northern Ireland to service that industry. This is the major concern in Northern Ireland at the moment."

Mr Grant revealed that organised gangs are now moving away from crimes like firearms, drugs, extortion and moving towards human trafficking.

It was not until the beginning of 2008 when the Organised Crime Branch launched operation Pentameter 2 that evidence of human trafficking in Northern Ireland was uncovered.

A dedicated human trafficking unit was set up and a number of successful operations were launched.

Within the past year police rescued 23 victims of human trafficking and charged 16 people with trafficking offences and controlling prostitution.

While sexual exploitation remains the main reason behind human trafficking, there is growing evidence of men and women being trafficked for forced labour.

"This could be in agriculture, the catering industry or various manual types of labour," said Mr Grant.

"It is an area we are progressing at the moment to try and see if we have victims in Northern Ireland and looking at the best way to rescue those victims.

"There have been victims of forced labour rescued although the figures are very small compared to sexual exploitation."

Police have also uncovered evidence of victims being trafficked into the province and forced into domestic servitude.

"This is the third area and is quite a small area in Northern Ireland we believe. Although we have had a very small number of victims of domestic servitude rescued," said Mr Grant.



Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Modern Day Fagin Arrested

series of raids have been carried out across south London to break up an organised street gang which targets school children and young girls.

Ten people have been arrested this morning in connection with up to fifty robberies in Wandsworth, Lambeth and Merton

Last night a 26 year old man was arrested.

Met Police Surveillance officer Steve Marshall has told London's Heart they suspect of being a modern day Fagin who recruits chldren into his gang.

"An educated guess is that he was hanging around in that area, potentially looking for gangs of kids and befriending them for that sole purpose. It is quite apparent that he is leading them."


On The Run In Amsterdam

Police have appealed for help to track down six criminals wanted in the UK who are thought to be on the run in Holland.

The men, who are all accused of serious crimes relating to drug smuggling, are believed to be living in and around Amsterdam.

Mark McKenna, Mark Fitzgibbon and Paul Finnigan (Pic: PA)

They include Mark McKenna, 41, from Liverpool, who absconded from Sudbury open prison in Derbyshire in 2008 while serving a 15-year sentence for conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

Also wanted are two Albanian men, Belino Gripshi, 37, and Dejan Shega, 34, accused of conspiring to supply class A drugs and money laundering offences as part of a gang trafficking cocaine into Britain.

It is the second appeal issued by Crimestoppers and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) as part of Operation Return, which aims to trace offenders who have fled to Holland.

Dave Cording, Crimestoppers' deputy chief executive, said: "Not only is the campaign successful in tracking people wanted for serious offences, but it displaces them as well. As we can see, no matter where these wanted individuals run to, law enforcement will find them.

"I hope this further reinforces to fugitives that you can run, but can't hide forever."

Frank Francis, from Soca's international department, added: "We know this level of attention has a significant impact on criminals, and is a vital part of our work to make the Netherlands a hostile place for UK fugitives.

"I encourage every member of the public to look out for these fugitives and pass any information on their whereabouts to Crimestoppers. These are clearly people you do not want living in your community."

:: The public can view the six appeals at, and anyone with information about the wanted men can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

These are the six wanted men:

:: Paul Finnigan, 22, from Liverpool

He is accused of being a key member of an organised crime gang which conspired to import drugs into Britain between 2008 and 2009.

Finnigan, described as slim with brown hair, is wanted by Merseyside Police for fleeing after being bailed following questioning for two counts of conspiring to supply class A and B drugs in 2009.

Eleven other people have already been convicted and sentenced for their part in the conspiracy.

:: Mark Fitzgibbon, 40, from Liverpool

Fitzgibbon, who is 5ft 10in and of medium build, is wanted by Soca on suspicion of possessing and supplying class B and C drugs.

This follows a seizure of 84.4kg (186lb) of cannabis and 57.6kg (126lb) of amphetamine powder at an address in Liverpool.

:: Belino Gripshi, 37, from Peje in Albania

Gripshi, who is known to travel from the UK towards Albania carrying large amounts of hard currency, is believed to be a member of a organised criminal network trafficking cocaine into Britain.

Officers have seized 9.5kg (20lb) of cocaine, £120,000 in cash and manufacturing equipment for the wholesale supply of cocaine as part of the Metropolitan Police investigation.

:: Dejan Shega, 34, from Albania

Shega, who has dark brown straight hair, is wanted for conspiring to supply class A drugs and money laundering offences as part of the same alleged conspiracy.

:: Mark McKenna, 41, from Liverpool

McKenna, who is wanted by Derbyshire Police, was jailed for 15 years for conspiracy to supply class A drugs in May 2005 but absconded from prison in June 2008.

He is described as 5ft 10in, of stocky build and bald, with a ruddy complexion and a small scar next to his right eye.

:: James Tarrant, 56

Grey-haired Tarrant has been convicted for conspiring to supply cocaine and cannabis as well as possession of a gun and ammunition.

He has not been seen since he absconded after pleading guilty and being granted conditional bail in 2009. He is wanted by the Metropolitan Police.

Four people arrested over shooting

Four people have been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting in a Warwickshire village.

Two men and two women were arrested in Coventry after a man was found at a house in Rugby Road, Bulkington, near Bedworth, at 1655 BST on Sunday.

The man, who has not yet been formally identified, suffered serious chest injuries, police said.

A £5,000 reward for information has been offered leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Warwickshire Police have said they believe the victim was deliberately targeted.

'Community shocked'
Witnesses said several men were seen running away from the area.

Detectives said the group were arrested at an address in Coventry and have now all been transferred to Warwickshire where they are all being questioned in connection with the death.

Crimestoppers, which is offering the reward, said the incident had shocked the community.

Anyone providing information to the hotline is guaranteed anonymity, the spokesman added.

"We want to help catch those responsible and we hope that by funding this reward we will play a part in securing more information to support the police investigation."

THE head of a police dog training school in the UK was reportedly recovering today from an attempt to commit suicide after two police dogs roasted to death in his car on one of the hottest days of the year.

Sergeant Ian Craven could face prosecution for animal cruelty after the dogs - a Belgian Malinois bitch called Chay and a German Shepherd puppy, Tilly - were found dying in an unventilated vehicle at the Metropolitan Police's training centre in Kent, south-east England, on Sunday (local time) as temperatures soared to 84F (29C).

It is the second time a puppy in his care has died after being left in a sweltering car in hot weather. He was disciplined following a similar incident three years ago.

The 49-year-old father of three, one of England's most experienced dog handlers, had locked the animals in his vehicle with the windows closed before going to a meeting in east London. He remembered them around an hour later and phoned colleagues to raise the alarm.

Kennel workers cut open the cage, but despite attempts to resuscitate the dogs, they were later pronounced dead by an emergency vet.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police confirmed to The (London) Times today that Sergeant Craven had been admitted to the hospital with a "hand injury".

The spokesman declined to confirm reports the officer had jumped from a colleague's moving car and attempted to slash his wrist.

Kennel assistant, Tina Dale, 54, who was among those who tried to save the animals, described it as the "worst day of my life".

She said on a social networking site, "The suffering those dogs went through is too unbearable to think about. I'm in bits, we tried so so hard, but it was too long, the damage had been done. What a bloody awful way to die."

A Met Police spokesman said it was investigating the incident.

The deaths follow those of two German Shepherd police dogs, who were left to die in a baking hot car outside Nottinghamshire Police headquarters in July 2009. Police dog handler Mark Johnson was handed a six-month conditional discharge after he was found guilty of animal cruelty in relation to their deaths.

Monday, 27 June 2011

pathologist has been unable to establish how a senior Conservative died, after his body was found in a VIP toilet at the Glastonbury Festival.

Christopher Shale, 56, was discovered by officers shortly after 9am on Sunday.
A post-mortem has been carried out but the cause of his death was "unascertained pending histology and toxicology reports".
The coroner said there was no evidence of foul play and has released Mr Shale's body to his family for burial.
The successful businessman was a close friend of the Prime Minister.
The married father-of-three was chairman of West Oxfordshire Conservative Association and helped run Mr Cameron's Witney constituency office.
Speaking in the Commons on Monday, Mr Cameron said: "Some people say in politics there are no real friendships. I think that is completely untrue.
"I think many in this House become extremely close to people who work very hard in our constituencies to help us.

Police found Mr Shale's body in a portable toilet reserved for VIPs
"Christopher was one of those people. He'll missed by me and my family and by many, many people in West Oxfordshire."
Festival chief Michael Eavis initially said he had been told the death was a "suicide situation" but a police source later said it was not thought Mr Shale had killed himself.
Sources had suggested he may have suffered a heart attack.
A police spokesman said: "The results of the post-mortem combined with the inquiries conducted into the circumstances surrounding the death indicate it is not suspicious.
"Therefore Avon and Somerset Police are not treating the death as suspicious."
Mr Cameron said he and wife Samantha were "devastated" by the news.
"He was a great friend and has been a huge support over the last decade in west Oxfordshire," he said. "A big rock in my life has suddenly been rolled away."
He was a great friend and has been a huge support over the last decade in west Oxfordshire. A big rock in my life has suddenly been rolled away.
David Cameron, speaking about the late Christopher Shale
Councillor Barry Norton, the Conservative leader of West Oxfordshire District Council, dismissed suggestions that Mr Shale might have killed himself as "scurrilous" and said his death was a "terrible shock".
He added there was a history of heart problems in Mr Shale's family and described him as "highly respected".
"He was a rock for everybody - somebody you could rely on," Mr Norton said.
A distraught woman, staying in the backstage area between the Pyramid and Other stages, was seen being comforted by officers after Mr Shale was found.
A police cordon, guarded by at least eight officers, was put up around the backstage shower and toilet area.
The camping area where festival production teams and some performers stay was also blocked off.

A TOP Tory official found dead at Glastonbury was unfazed by claims he criticised his party, colleagues said last night.

Prime Minister David Cameron led tributes yesterday for West Oxfordshire Conservative Association chairman Christopher Shale, 56, after he was found dead at the music festival.

The senior member of Mr Cameron’s Witney constituency, who lived near Chipping Norton, was found dead in a portable toilet in the backstage area, where a host of celebrities and performers stay.

Last night the cause of his death was not yet known.

Mr Shale, who was quoted in a Mail on Sunday article yesterday on the difficulties his party faced in recruiting new members, was discovered by officers shortly after 9am.

Mr Cameron said he and his wife Samantha were devastated to hear the news about Mr Shale, the chief executive of Oxford Resources Ltd, a cost reduction company based in Chipping Norton.

He said: “He was a great friend and has been a huge support over the last decade in West Oxfordshire.

“A big rock in my life has suddenly been rolled away. Christopher was one of the most truly generous people I’ve ever met – he was always giving to others, his time, his help, his enthusiasm and above all his love of life.

“It was in that spirit that he made a massive contribution to the Conservative Party both locally and nationally.

“Our love and prayers are with Nikki (Mr Shale’s wife) and the family. They have lost an amazing dad, West Oxfordshire has lost a big and wonderful man and like so many others Sam and I have lost a close and valued friend.”

Barry Norton, Tory agent for the Witney constituency and leader of West Oxfordshire District Council, said: “Everyone in the party locally and nationally will be shocked and saddened by this.

“He has been enthusiastic and hard-working for the constituency association – full of energy – and will be sadly missed.

“Our thoughts are now with his wife Nikki and their three children at this sad time.”

Mr Norton said he had spoken to Mr Shale at 12.30pm on Saturday, adding: “He was enjoying himself with his family at Glastonbury and was very happy.

“We discussed the Mail on Sunday article – he knew it was coming out and took it in his stride. He wanted the party to be more attractive so that people would come and join it.”

David Harvey, cabinet member for environment at West Oxfordshire District Council, and leader of the Conservative group on Witney Town Council, said he had worked closely with Mr Shale.

He added: “I found him to be extremely gracious, very intelligent and the sort of person for whom no task was too daunting. He will be remembered by many people for his kindness, courtesy and consideration.”

Mr Harvey said Mr Shale took over as chairman of the West Oxfordshire Conservative Association earlier this year, after supporting the party in the constituency for the past 10 years.

Mr Shale was previously chief executive of SGL Communications. He is listed on the website of eurosceptic thinktank OpenEurope as a supporter and was a director of the Centre for Policy Studies.

Avon and Somerset Police issued a statement yesterday which said: “At about 9am police were alerted to a body having been found in an inter-stage area of the festival site.

“The man is believed to be in his 50s. Officers are currently working to establish the circumstances leading up to the man’s death, which at this stage is being treated as unexplained.”

Despite earlier reports to the contrary, a police source said ongoing investigations suggested the death was not suicide.

Festival officials also said privately that it was not believed that Mr Shale had taken his own life.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Serial killer Levi Bellfield who was this week convicted of killing Milly Dowler could have killed a further five women.

Today Bellfield's ex girlfriend also told how he sexually assaulted a string of women and would force her to clean up after him.

Johanna Collings, 39, spoke about her terrifying three years as Bellfield's partner and said she believes there are more victims out there.

Sick: Johanna Collings told how Levi Bellfield made her clean up after he had sexually assaulted a string of women

'Levi took great pleasure in telling me how [other women] fancied a kiss and a cuddle. But when he got them where he wanted them, he just took them,' she told the News of the World.

'I would be told to get out of bed and scrub the car out so there was no trace left of whatever he had done.'

Miss Collings also said the twisted murderer would repeatedly rape and beat her during their relationship.

Tragic: It has been claimed that Bellfield may have killed his first girlfriend Pasty Morris, 14

She also said she was also subjected to humiliating sex sessions in which Bellfield would tie a belt around her neck and sexually assault her.

Other times he would burn her with lit cigarettes and once beat her for ironing the wrong pair of work trousers.

Desperate to get away from him, she eventually plucked up the courage to leave in 1997 after she discovered he was cheating on her with Emma Mills.

Another of Bellfield's former girlfriends has also come forward to say she was taken to the same spot where he snatched Milly from.

Lorraine Watson, a former acquaintance of Bellfield whose evidence was read to the trial, told the People she was driven to Walton-on-Thames by Bellfield late at night.

He parked the car before saying to her: 'Do you know what? I could do anything to you now and nobody would know.'

The following March Milly was kidnapped as she was walking home from school.

It has also been claimed he may have been responsible for killing his first girlfriend, Pasty Morris and battering two women to death in Kent in the 1980s as well as the hammer murders of Lin and Megan Russell in 1996.

Patsy disappeared from school during a lunch break and her body was later found hidden in Hounslow Heath in June 1980, but she was not sexually assaulted.

A retired detective who was the head of the Kent CID told the Sunday Express he wants police to consider Bellfield for the murder of two women in Tunbridge Wells 24 years ago.

Abuse: Bellfield is seen here with his former girlfriend Johanna Collings at Yateley Heath - where Milly's body was found years later

Nick Biddiss said officers should re-investigate after it was discovered Bellfield regularly visited the county.

'It would be sensible for Kent detectives to try to establish Bellfield's whereabouts at the time of the two murders and whether he was familiar with the area,' he said.

'My concern is he has two other murder convictions for hitting young women

Killer: Bellfield was convicted for the murder of Milly Dowler last week

over the head with a blunt instrument, possibly a hammer, and has also just been convicted for murdering Milly Dowler and disposing of her body in a remote country area,' said Mr Biddiss.

Wendy Knell, 26, was found dead in her bedsit in June 1987 after being sexually assaulted.

Six months later Caroline Pierce was killed outside her bedsit nearby. Her body was found a month later, dumped in a field 40 miles away.

Solicitor Paul Bacon has also now written to Kent Chief Constable Ian Learmonth calling for him to investigate whether Bellfield was involved in the Russell murders.

Mrs Russell, 45, and her six-year-old daughter were battered to death in woods near their home in Chillenden, Kent, in 1996.

Mr Bacon represents Michael Stone, 50, who was convicted of the killings but he believes there is enough circumstantial evidence to consider Bellfield as a prime suspect.

Christopher Shale, a senior member of David Cameron's Tory constituency, has been found dead after apparently committing suicide in a portable toilet at Glastonbury Festival.

Mr Shale, 56, who was the party chairman in Mr Cameron’s Witney constituency, was found dead in a portable toilet in the site’s VIP area at 9am.
He was featured in an article in today's Mail on Sunday which published a memo written by Mr Shale saying there was little reason to join the Conservative party.
The festival organiser Michael Eavis spoke of his sadness over the death during a press conference later.
The 75-year-old farmer was told it was suicide - but police said it was still too early to say.
Mr Eavis said: “Apparently I'm told it was a suicide situation in the early hours of this morning. It was in the Winnebago area. It's very very sad - I can't say too much about it.”


Saturday, 25 June 2011

Four men have been charged with murder after a man was shot in south London.

Officers found Kenrick Wickham, 36, with bullet wounds in the early hours of 23 June, in Clive Road, near Berry Lane in Dulwich.

Kurt McLean, 26, of Stockwell, Devana Palmer, 20, of Muswell Hill, Samir Yusuf, 22, of Brixton, and Anthony McKenzie, 22, of West Drayton were charged with murder.

All four will appear at Camberwell Green Magistrates' court later.

Police said Mr McLean was from Vassal Road, Mr Palmer, 20, lived in Curzon Road, Mr Yusuf was of Dorset Road in Brixton, and Mr McKenzie, 22, was of Falling Lane.

Arrests made after Mahad Mohammed murder in Battersea

Metropolitan Police officers responding to an emergency call found the 20-year-old on Wye Street in the early hours of the morning.

Mahad Mohammed was stabbed to death in Battersea (MPS)
He had suffered stab wounds and was subsequently declared dead at the scene, despite the efforts of paramedics.
Officers from the Met's Homicide and Serious Crime Command believe the motive for Mr Mohammed's killing may be related to an altercation with a gang earlier in the night.
They arrested a man in his late teens on Wednesday and a further two people late on Thursday night, all in south London.
The three men were detained on suspicion of murder and remain in custody while investigations continue.
Detective Chief Inspector Dave Manning said the key to finding out who was responsible for Mr Mohammed's death is likely to come from the local community.
'We believe that Mahad may have had an altercation with a group of youths earlier in the evening and would like to hear from anyone who witnessed this or who may have seen this group in the local area,' he said.


Friday, 24 June 2011

A man stabbed to death during an alleged break-in was already on bail for burglary

A man stabbed to death during an alleged break-in was already on bail for burglary, police sources have confirmed.
John Bennell, 27, from Hyde, Greater Manchester, died from a stab wound to the chest after four masked men allegedly tried to break into the back door of the terraced house in Salford at midnight on Wednesday.

Householder Peter Flanagan, 59, is still under arrest on suspicion of murder, but his son, Neil, 27, and a woman, 21, have since been released by police.

Police sources confirmed Mr Bennell was arrested in Tamworth, Staffordshire, earlier this month on suspicion of burglary. He was held in custody overnight then released by Staffordshire Police pending further inquiries.

It is believed Mr Bennell was carried from the house on Ethel Avenue, to a nearby street after being stabbed.

Police were first called by a frantic 999 call from a woman to reports of a burglary at the house, then a second call to reports of an injured man being carried along the street nearby.

Mr Bennell was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. A post-mortem examination confirmed he died as a result of a knife wound to the chest.

Police have made an appeal to the public to try to trace his three accomplices.

Mr Flanagan, an engineer by trade, has been described as a hard-working man by locals. Neighbour Sylvia Sharp-Cadigan, 67, said: "We are all upset because it is a quiet little street, we never have any bother. You don't like it on your own doorstep."

The house, part of a cul-de-sac, is next to an open area of scrubland close to a council recycling centre in the Pendlebury area of Salford. The house is still being treated as a crime scene, cordoned off by police tape while forensic officers in white boiler suits continued investigation

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Suspected burglar 'stabbed to death by homeowner' days after Cameron vows to provide legal right to defend property

A suspected burglar is believed to have been stabbed to death by a homeowner trying to protect his property, it emerged today.

The alleged intruder is said to have been part of a balaclava-clad gang trying to break into a house in Salford, Greater Manchester, just before midnight last night.

The 26-year-old died from fatal knife wounds after being carried away from the property by three men who are said to be members of the gang.

Evidence: Police surround a tent that covers the spot where the man who was stabbed was found

Investigation: The house, which has been sealed off, backs on to scrubland. It is believed that the dead man was among a balaclava-clad gang trying to break in

The householder and his son, who were named locally as Peter and Neil Flanagan, are believed to have been arrested along with a woman who is thought to be the younger man's girlfriend.

The incident comes just two days after Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to enshrine in law the right to defend property.

Probe: Chief Superintendent Kevin Mulligan outside Swinton police station

He said on Tuesday: ‘We will put beyond doubt that homeowners and small shopkeepers who use reasonable force to defend themselves or their properties will not be prosecuted.’

Last night’s stabbing could become a test case for the proposed changes to the law, which currently allows homeowners to use ‘reasonable force’ in self-defence.

Today police placed a 100-yard cordon around the terrace house where the stabbing is said to have occurred.

The property backs on to open scrubland close to a council recycling centre in the Pendlebury area.

It is believed four men forced their way into the house and were confronted by the residents.

A disturbance broke out inside the property, during which one of the raiders was stabbed.

The other three suspected burglars are believed to have dragged his body out of the house as the householder rang 999 for help.

Police were called to the scene and discovered the injured man at the base of a tree on a nearby street.

Paramedics arrived and he was rushed to hospital but was later pronounced dead.

It is understood that the householder has told police that he disturbed the four men as they tried to break into his home.  

Neighbour Sylvia Sharp-Cadiga, said: ‘I went to bed at 10 o'clock and about 12 heard all this commotion, all voices.

‘There was four police cars outside.

‘I came down and said to the police, 'What's going on?'

‘He said, 'There's been a break-in.'

‘I said, 'Is anybody hurt?' and he said, 'I can't say any more.’'

Mrs Sharp-Cadigan, 67, said a Mr Peter Flanagan lived at the address with his son, Neil.

She described Mr Flanagan as a ‘worker’ who left early in the mornings and his son as a ‘lad’ who had a lot of visitors to the house.

She added: ‘We are all upset because it is a quiet little street, we never have any bother. You don't like it on your own doorstep.’

Briefing: Mulligan talks to the media outside Swinton Police station, said: ¿We are investigating this matter within the legal framework as it stands and I don't want to speculate on political matters at this stage'

Patrol: Police have been at the scene since midnight when a 999 call was made

Salford Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Kevin Mulligan said: ‘Clearly this is a shocking incident and a man has lost his life.

Neighbour Sylvia Sharp-Cadiga revealed she was woken up by the 'commotion'

‘However, I can reassure the community that we will thoroughly investigate what happened last night and do not believe that members of the public are at risk.

‘I would urge anyone who knows something to speak to officers from the major incident team and anyone else who has other concerns can speak to my officers, who will be providing an increased presence to provide the community with reassurance.’

Asked whether the case raised issues over how far residents can go to protect themselves, he said: ‘We are investigating this matter within the legal framework as it stands and I don't want to speculate on political matters at this stage.

‘If somebody was confronted by a burglar tonight, I would tell them to ring the police and use reasonable force to protect themselves.’

Mr Mulligan appealed for four men, seen in the area wearing balaclavas at around the time of the incident, to contact police.

Commenting on the issue homeowner rights, Shami Chakrabarti, director of the civil rights group Liberty, weighed into the debate today.

She said: ‘This is a problem not of law but the public understanding of it.

‘Of course people facing intruders can use reasonable force to defend themselves.

‘But saying that 'burglars leave their rights at the threshold' is a recipe for vigilante execution and mistaken killings of family members returning home after dark.’

Debate: Civil rights campaigner Shami Chakrabarti, left, said David Cameron's vow to enshrine homeowners' rights to defend themselves could end up being 'a recipe for vigilante execution and mistaken killings'

Greater Manchester police confirmed they received a call  just before midnight following reports of a burglary.

They said a group of men were seen carrying an injured man onto Hospital Road who later died from stab wounds. 

‘Two men and a woman have been arrested and remain in police custody.


43-yr old Levi Bellfield found guilty of abducting and murdering schoolgirl Milly Dowler in 2002

43-yr old Levi Bellfield found guilty of abducting and murdering schoolgirl Milly Dowler in 2002

County police launch crackdown on gangs of travelling criminals

A CRACKDOWN on criminals operating in the Selby area is set to start today and will continue through the summer.

Police are anxious to prevent gangs of criminals from travelling across the north of England to prey on rural communities.

Today the first day of action will focus on policing the roads in a bid to target rural crime and criminal use of the road networks in and around the area. There will be more than 30 officers taking part.

Traffic police and car teams will be working with partners from the fire and rescue service, the Environment Agency and British Transport Police among others to stop, check and monitor suspicious vehicles.

Insp Richard Abbott said: “North Yorkshire is one of the safest places to live in the country and Selby is a very low crime area but we are always looking to reduce crime and the fear of crime.

“Selby district is a bit of an anomaly in that it borders three counties, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and Humberside, so we do suffer extraordinary levels of travelling criminals – the majority of whom, statistics tell us, come from the West Yorkshire area.

“We have had examples of criminals travelling a 300-mile round trip for poaching because we have an abundance of wildlife.

“And I am also aware of criminals deliberately breeding lurchers crossed with pitbull terriers to create a dog capable of bringing down deer. You can see them at game fairs across the county.

“We know who these people are, we know what type of vehicles they are driving and we know what they are after so my advice to them would be not to bother coming. If you do you stand a chance of getting bed and breakfast courtesy of Her Majesty’s police force.

“We have seen a reduction in the amount of poaching but we are not going to give up yet, there is plenty more to do. One of our aims of this operation will be to give a statement of deterrent”

He said liaison between police forces in Humberside, North, South and West Yorkshire was now much improved with regular meetings taking place between the forces to make sure optimum use was made of pooled knowledge.

He added: “We used to work by experience and we didn’t really talk but now we have a point of contact to exchange information. We are now working much more together and we give each other notice.”

In addition he said a successful scheme called Ringmaster to engage local householders had caught residents’ imagination. Insp Abbott said: “We alert them via text and members can also report their suspicions to us.”

A car registration can be quickly sent out to hundreds of people, helping police enormously.

Operation Birch will run throughout the summer on unspecified days designed to keep criminals on their toes.

Insp Abbott said: “It’s going to be a high visibility campaign, working in partnership to reduce crime and the fear of crime.

“Two years ago we reduced crime by 22 per cent and we have held on to this reduction. We have achieved another 3.4 per cent reduction over the last year and we want to maintain that performance.

“Following this operation we will be collating the results, arresting and prosecuting offenders.”

He said each time a day’s campaign was launched during the summer the police would mix and match their partners as to what was needed.

The campaign is due to run until September.

Two years ago the Yorkshire Post reported how organised gangs of criminals from across the country were targeting rural Yorkshire for wide-scale poaching.

Police said that their intelligence showed there was a criminal network operating throughout the north of England and extending as far afield as the Midlands. During Operation Jumbo 138 vehicles were stopped, searches of 47 people were carried out and five vehicles seized. Sixteen people were arrested.


Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Six people have been arrested in a raid by immigration officials on a food company in Bedfordshire.

About 100 police and UK Border Agency officers targeted Honeytop Speciality Foods in Dunstable on Tuesday.

The immigration status of 200 workers was checked at the firm, which supplies companies such as McDonald's and Sharwoods.

The company, based on the Woodside Industrial Estate, makes food including naan breads, tortillas and pancakes.

Simon Excell, of the UK Border Agency, said: "We deployed to Honeytop Foods working off intelligence that illegal workers were present within the company.

Metropolitan Police officer has told the trial of two men accused of murdering a honeymoon couple that a gate behind their cottage could be opened without a key.

A Metropolitan Police officer has told the trial of two men accused of murdering a honeymoon couple that a gate behind their cottage could be opened without a key.

Catherine and Ben Mullany, both 31, from Pontardawe, Swansea, were attacked at a cottage in the Cocos Hotel and Resort in Antigua in July 2008.

Alan Tribe told Antigua's High Court anyone could unlock the security gate.

Avie Howell, 20, and Kaniel Martin, 23, deny the murders. The trial continues.

The pair also deny killing local shopkeeper Woneta Anderson, 43.

Mr and Mrs Mullany were attacked on the last day of their honeymoon on the Caribbean island in 2008.

Mrs Mullany, a doctor, died at the scene, while her husband, a physiotherapy student, was flown back to south Wales where he died in hospital a week later.

On Tuesday Mr Tribe, who is head of the evidence recovery unit for the Metropolitan Police, described arriving at the hotel to investigate on 2 August 2008.

He told the court that his team worked alongside members of the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda, to gather evidence from the murder scene.

He said he made a detailed assessment and described the location of the rear gate of the resort as being close to the cottage where the couple were staying.

He said this gate had two locks and the fencing surrounding it was a wire mesh.

Mr Tribe realised that by reaching through the fence, both locks could be opened without a key, even if the gate was locked from the outer side.

Intensive search
It follows evidence given earlier in the trial by resort security guard Brinsley Barrie who said the gate was not padlocked and could be opened with a simple "hard push."

He said it was his job to close the gate at night but it did not lock properly.

Mr Barrie agreed a guest locked out late at night could "easily" have entered the resort, and when asked if someone could have climbed over the barrier, he replied "most probably".

On Tuesday, Mr Tribe also pointed out that the steps that led from the gate led directly to the veranda of the cottage which was surrounded by much foliage.

He said the foliage concealed numerous obstacles that would present a significant hazard if one was to travel that area in the dark.

During their intensive search of the crime scene, the team took more pieces of evidence including several swabs for DNA testing and numerous photographs.

Mr Tribe told the court that on 13 August, he and other officers went to the home of accused Avie Howell where he and other members of his family were present.

Several items were removed, including a black and silver Nokia cell phone. This was one of several visits the police made to the house.

Mr Tribe returned to Antigua in November 2008 with his colleagues to conduct crime scene analysis at the Morning Glory Sunshine Shop where Wonetta Anderson was murdered.

They also carried out analysis at a home in Union Estate where a robbery earlier that year had resulted in the theft of a Glock pistol. At both scenes, evidence was removed and photographs taken.

All the evidence seized on the several searches was sealed by Mr Tribe and sent to Main House at the Metropolitan Police Building for analysis.

The trial continues.

A press photographer was injured in a shooting as rioting erupted for a second night in east Belfast.

Three shots were fired during the disturbances around the Short Strand area of east Belfast, which has seen its most serious rioting for several years.

The Press Association photographer, who was covering the violence, suffered an injury to the leg and was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital, where he was said to be in a stable condition.

A police spokeswoman said officers were dealing with "serious disorder" in the Lower Newtownards Road area of East Belfast.

She confirmed water cannon had been used and advised the media to stay away from the area for their own safety.

On Monday night, two people were shot in the legs during an intense bout of rioting.

It followed loyalist attacks on houses in the Catholic Short Strand area, which police blamed on the Ulster Volunteer Force.

Police officers faced fresh attacks last night as several hundred people gathered near interfaces close to the Newtonards Road.

A heavy security presence tried to quell serious unrest as bricks and bottles were thrown between nationalists and loyalists.

Masked youths pelted each other with stones and fireworks, while police lines came under fire from missiles.

Police said petrol bombs were also used, and officers discharged several baton rounds.

Officers have been talking to community representatives to try to calm tensions, and motorists have been advised to avoid the area, where roads have been closed.

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness have condemned the riots, as well as a separate bomb attack aimed at police in west Belfast.

Mr Robinson said: "At this time when many are working hard to build a better and brighter future for all in Northern Ireland, it is disappointing and deeply concerning to see this level of violence return to our streets."

He added: "We have given clear commitments to continue to deliver progress for all within the community including in those areas most at need. This type of behaviour damages the local economy and unfairly mars the reputation of the community."

Mr McGuinness said: "A small minority of individuals are clearly determined to destabilise our communities. They will not be allowed to drag us back to the past.

"I call on all those involved to take a step back and to remain calm. I support the efforts of community leaders on all sides who have been working on the ground to restore calm in east Belfast."

The sudden upsurge in violence is being described as the worst the city has seen in years and loyalist community workers blamed simmering tensions at the notorious sectarian interface.

But other observers blamed rivalries inside the UVF, fuelled by anger at restrictions placed on contentious parades, plus the efforts of police to probe crimes from the Troubles as part of an ongoing review of cases by the Historical Enquiries Team.

The UVF is one of the biggest loyalist groups and despite having observed a ceasefire and having decommissioned its weapons, it was blamed for a murder last year.

A paramilitary watchdog found that the UVF's leadership sanctioned what was branded the "public execution" of loyalist Bobby Moffett who was shot dead in front of shoppers on Belfast's Shankill Road.

But the Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC) stopped short of recommending government sanction of the UVF.

The recent appearance of UVF murals in east Belfast depicting masked and armed men was seen as a bid by the group to stamp its mark.

The location of the riot is an inner city area, not far from the centre of Belfast, and has been a long-standing flashpoint.

The Short Strand is a small Catholic community in the predominantly Protestant east of the city.

Local representatives who witnessed Monday night's disturbances gave conflicting accounts of what happened, but the police said the episode was initiated by the UVF.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Images captured on CCTV by the city’s bus fleet have helped solve some of Glasgow’s most horrific crimes.

Police are now using the cameras as a new weapon in the fight against serious crime.

Earlier this year the Evening Times revealed 430 buses operated by First are each equipped with up to 13 CCTV cameras.

They have been installed in a bid to cut violence and vandalism on vehicles operated by the company.

But the police are increasingly making use of CCTV cameras on buses which point out into city streets to solve offences like murder and serious assault.

One of the most horrific was the murder of Moira Jones in 2008. Her body was found in Queen’s Park.

First security manager Alan Pert joined the company in 2002 after working as a police inspector.

He now heads a a specialist analysis unit which includes three former CID officers.

Mr Pert was brought in by First to tackle the problem of yobs who each year were smashing up to 8000 bus windows by throwing stones.

He said: “It was costing us an absolute fortune – over £1 million a year.”

The introduction of CCTV on buses in 2003 meant not only could people causing trouble on board be identified, but the vandals throwing stones were also caught on camera.

But CCTV also picked up other incidents happening on the streets as buses drove past.

In 2008, police investigating the murder of Moira Jones approached First and asked to see film recorded by buses passing Queen’s Park.

Mr Pert said: “One of our buses was passing and picked up images of Moira Jones and the murderer together as he was taking her to the park.

“The images were able to give them a clue to the build and height of the guy.”

The incident was recorded as the bus drove past Queen’s Park at 11.31pm on May 28, 2008 – the evening before the semi-naked body of Ms Jones was found in the park.

First’s involvement in helping convict Slovakian drifter Marek Harcar of the murder resulted in a letter of commendation from Strathclyde Police.

The company has also received commendations for helping out in a number of other major investigations.

First was also asked to check CCTV from its buses during the hunt for Polish student Angelika Kluk, whose body was eventually discovered in St Patrick’s RC Church in Anderston.

She was murdered and raped by Peter Tobin, who was sentenced to life imprisonment and ordered to serve a minimum 21 years behind bars.

Mr Pert said: “We are now approached by the police on a daily basis for help with crimes from murder to robbery. In March this year alone we got 32 requests from the police.”

Video footage taken at the time and place of an incident is passed to detectives who can then go through it in detail looking for anything which may be useful to the investigation.

Mr Pert insisted it is a two way trade and the police are called in to help First if there is an incident on a bus.

He explained: “Earlier this year we were involved with the police when a chap was stabbed in the back while on a bus at Tollcross.

“CCTV evidence gave clear evidence of the person responsible and the gang he was with.”

As well as requests for help from the police, the bus company’s CCTV unit deals with hundreds of other requests each month for film relating to road accidents or incidents on board buses.

Mr Pert said: “Our biggest problem is with school kids congregating round a bus pushing each other to get on.

“Drivers are worried that one of the kids could fall and go under the wheel so we take the CCTV footage to the school and ask for assistance.

“I look forward to the summer holidays when the schools are off and we get a bit of a respite.”

A police spokesman said: “Investigating officers will use all tools at their disposal to help them when working a case.

“Images obtained from CCTV, including First Bus, have aided officers on many cases, including major investigations.”

A crime family have been evicted from the lhouse they used to run their drugs empire

The Fox family have been dealing in Glasgow's east end and  Calton area since the 1980s.
In tenement block, the only flat still occupied was that of the Fox clan.
But yesterday afternoon authorities were finally able to evict Jean Fox.
One local, who refused to be named, said: "We can only hope that this will finally bring an end to the misery that lot have inflicted on the people in this street for years."
Workers from Thenew Housing Association fitted metal barricades to the outer doors before entering the flat which had been home to the crooked clan's most recent operations.
Most of Jean's furniture and belongings had already been removed but some signs of the criminal enterprise remained.
A broken Samurai sword lay on the living room floor ans two 10in meat cleavers and a baseball bat were hidden in other rooms and a replica gun and a walkie talkie handset were dumped nearby.
As the eviction team left the building, members of the Fox family raced up and down the narrow road in their gleaming, top-of-the-range motors.
Jean's brothers - John, Peter, Andrew and Billy - started out as car thieves. Her sister Irene was a prolific shoplifter.
The family drugs trade was started in the 80s by dad Ronnie Snr and mum Ena. Both have since died.
In 2007, the Record exposed Irene, John and Andrew all peddling drugs from flats in the block Jean was yesterday evicted from.
Last night, a spokesman for Thenew Housing Association said: "Eviction is always a last resort but in this case the removal of this tenant is entirely justified and essential."

Monday, 20 June 2011

Detectives investigating the murder of a family friend of footballer Rio Ferdinand have released CCTV images of three men who they want to help them.

Rio McFarlane, 18, was shot in the chest in Peckham in September in what police believe may have been a case of mistaken identity.

Police say the men are not suspects but believe they may have information that could help them with the investigation.

No-one has been charged in connection with the death of Mr McFarlane.

Det Ch Insp Tony Boughton said: "We would like to hear from these three men as we believe they can help us with our investigation.

"They may not even realise that they have information but we urge them to come forward.

"We would also like to hear from anyone who recognises these men, perhaps knows their names or where they live so that we can trace them."

The Sun newspaper is offering a £10,000 reward, in addition to the reward of up to £20,000 being offered by the Metropolitan Police, for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of those responsible for the murder.

Police say none of the men they have released CCTV stills of are suspects
Manchester United and England star Ferdinand, who grew up in the same area of south London as Mr McFarlane, made a video appeal for information leading to a conviction of those responsible for killing his friend.

Five men in total have been arrested in connection with the inquiry into Mr McFarlane's death.

Four have been bailed to return pending further inquiries next July; one was released with no further action.

Mr McFarlane had football trials with both Arsenal and Blackpool.

Criminal gangs are earning millions of pounds a year by stealing generous charity donations

Criminal gangs are earning millions of pounds a year by stealing generous charity donations, a Daily Mirror investigation reveals today.

Thieves cruise areas where genuine charities have arranged to collect second-hand clothing and snatch bags from doorsteps - depriving good causes of up to £12million a year.

Meanwhile, the mostly Lithuanian gangs scoop up more valuable second-hand clothes by posting their own leaflets through letterboxes, claiming links to non-existent good causes.

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Big-hearted Brits raid their wardrobes to help the needy, unaware the haul is bound for eastern Europe to be sold for £600 a tonne.

Last year Kelly Cumber, 39, of Croydon, South London, watched as two women and five children rifled through bags she had left out for the NSPCC.

"I'm just so angry at what they did," she said.

"It was disgusting. They were shamelessly rummaging through the bags and taking what they wanted. If I hadn't seen them I would have just assumed the NSPCC had been to collect the stuff."

Nicola Lloyd, of North London, said: "I have donated clothes to the NSPCC to support the cause of ending cruelty to children. The idea that these clothes could have been stolen and sold for profit fills me with horror.

"Anyone who spots dodgy clothes collectors should call the police."

Clothes Aid, which collects for groups such as the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and the British Heart Foundation, says 15% of all bags left for genuine charities are going astray.

It has received 3,321 reports of bag thefts and passed on 1,392 suspicious cases to police in the past five years.

NSPCC's director of fundraising Paul Amadi said: "Clothes Aid delivers charity bags for us, collects donations and sells the clothes in nearby countries.

So far this has generated over £1.3million towards NSPCC's work to support and protect vulnerable children in the UK.

"We're very concerned about the increasing number of bogus clothes collections and charity bag thefts taking place across the country."

One recent example - exposed by the Daily Mirror's Investigate column - shows the scale of the problem.

In October last year, police raided an industrial estate in Rainham, Essex, and found a lorry bound for a Channel port being loaded with bags of clothes, including four tonnes in stolen NSPCC bags worth £3,000.

Inside the truck were leaflets for a firm - registered by a Lithuanian man - which falsely claimed to donate to Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

From early morning until dusk, vehicles poured through the gates of the industrial estate as women sorted the clothes inside.

The attraction for the criminals is that stores selling second-hand clothing are experiencing a boom in some Eastern European nations.

In cities such as the Latvian capital Riga, traders are paid by weight for clothes, with no questions asked about the source of their goods.

Demand in Latvia and Lithuania is high because there is no shame in wearing second-hand clothes and some shoppers believe used clothes from Britain's high streets are better quality than items in other stores.

In Latvia, official figures reveal that turnover of second-hand clothing grew by 133% last year.

Police mounted a follow-up raid on the Essex warehouse and found a truck heading for Dover.

The Polish driver has since been charged with handling stolen goods, possession of criminal property and three counts of receiving stolen goods.

Six eastern European men living in East London, Surrey and Manchester have also been charged with handling stolen goods.

Police believe these arrests are a major breakthrough, but the scale of the plunder remains breathtaking.

Even clothing collection bins are being hit. Last week two men were filmed stealing clothes from a charity clothing bin in Nottingham.

Worryingly, Clothes Aid has found links to organised crime. One collector was even threatened with a knife.

Fewer than 40 reported thefts of bags have resulted in prosecutions since Clothes Aid set up its Collection Protection hotline in 2006, but police forces are stepping up efforts to stop the scandal.

Two more arrests were made in Eastleigh, Southampton, on April 11 when seven tonnes of clothes bags intended for NSPCC were retrieved.

A Clothes Aid spokeswoman said the crime barons at the top of the chain are getting rich off the proceeds.

Several of the ringleaders caught during recent raids were arrested while driving expensive 4x4 vehicles. "Police now recognise that this is quite a lucrative business that these people are running," the spokeswoman added.

"They are dealing in very large sums of money. But the people they have out on the streets doing their dirty work are not getting much of a cut."

In response, last week City of London Police's National Fraud Intelligence Bureau set up an emergency summit to discuss the problem. Commissioner Adrian Leppard, who is heading the crackdown, described second-hand clothing theft as "a particularly callous and cold-hearted crime".

He said fraud officers are determined to expose the criminal networks, adding: "Up and down the country people are putting charity bags full of their secondhand clothes out on the street thinking they are destined for the charity shops. The reality is in some cases organised crime gangs are sending collectors to steal the bags so they can be sold in eastern Europe, generating millions of pounds of criminal revenue."

Meanwhile, disability charity Scope says it is also losing out on clothing bank sites because local councils have put them out to tender under government pressure to increase revenue.

Andrew Adair, director of retail for disability charity Scope, said: "We understand councils have to make tough spending decisions following cuts, but asking charities to start paying for using textile banks is worrying. This looks like opportunism from councils that think charities are an easy target."

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Friday, 17 June 2011

Australians deport Silence Of The Lambs rapist back to the UK - 44 years after he emigrated

A British rapist, who kidnapped a young woman and tortured her in a 'Silence of the Lambs' -style dungeon is to be deported back to the UK 'within weeks' from Australia.

Leslie Neil Cunliffe, who has been living in Australia as a British citizen, raped the woman in a dungeon, then gagged and bound her to a chair that was bolted to the floor.

He strapped a fake bomb around her and took a Polaroid photo of her and sent it to her family, demanding a £500,000 ransom.

Australian detectives likened Cunliffe's crime to the horror film 'Silence of the Lambs'.

Cunliffe, 63, who served 12 years in prison for the crime, breached his parole conditions by not reporting to police in Melbourne.

Now Australian MP Darren Cheeseman says it has been decided that Cunliffe will be deported back to the UK.

The sex fiend joins a list of other British-born murderers, sex offenders and crooks who have been sent back to their country of birth after being released from prison.

It is a reversal of the early days of the colony when British criminals were deported to Australia.

'This man is universally accepted in the community as a very evil human being',said Mr Cheeseman.

'I certainly know that not only the woman's family, but all of the community, are absolutely delighted that he has been detained today and will be extradited in the very near future.'

Government sources said Cunliffe's extradition could be within weeks and he would then be Britain's responsibility.

It was in 1999 that Cunliffe, impersonating a police officer, pulled over the woman's car before arresting and handcuffing her.

She was bound and hidden under a blanket in his car, before being driven  to his dungeon.

Located in a shed, it was padded with foam and lined in thick plastic in order to muffle his evil deeds.

'I was hysterical but trying to hold in my sobs because I thought he'd hit me with his gun or, worse, give up and kill me,' the woman told police later.


Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Anyone caught smuggling drugs into prison should face longer "deterrent" sentences,

Anyone caught smuggling drugs into prison should face longer "deterrent" sentences, the country's most senior judge has said.

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, issued the warning as he added three years to a jail term of a man convicted of bringing drugs into a prison.

Daniel Kavanagh, 23, from Manchester, brought in class-A and class-C drugs while visiting an inmate at HMP Garth.

Lord Judge said the original 12-month sentence had been "unduly lenient".

Kavanagh pleaded guilty to two counts of smuggling prohibited articles into a prison, at Preston Crown Court in April - but his sentence was challenged by the Solicitor General, Edward Garnier QC.

And Lord Judge, sitting at the Court of Appeal in London with two other judges on Wednesday, ruled it had been "significantly too lenient".

Prison value
Lord Judge said: "The offender was bringing hard and soft drugs into prison for disposal and consumption among inmates."

He said drugs in prisons had "the potential greatly to increase the difficulties of maintaining a safe environment, both for staff and indeed for the inmates themselves".

"Deterrent sentences are therefore appropriate," he added.

Kavanagh was caught last July after prison staff noticed he appeared nervous, looking up at CCTV cameras in the visitor area.

Asked to produce what he was carrying, Kavanagh pulled out of his trousers a package containing light brown powder and tablets.

The drugs had an average street value of £1,500, but in the prison their value would have been about £6,000.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Teenager Shawn Tyson has confessed to killing British tourists James Cooper and James Kouzaris in Florida

Tyson allegedly told another prison inmate ‘I did it’ when asked about the deaths of the two University of Sheffield friends
The 16-year-old also allegedly phoned someone identified as ‘brother’ and said the only physical evidence against him was the same type of .22 bullets used to kill the pair discovered at his home.
‘They found the bullets’ in the house and ‘that’s the only thing that’s gonna f*** me up’, he allegedly said in a  recorded call from his prison cell.
Tyson has been charged with murdering the friends during a botched robbery in Sarasota, Florida, on April 19.
A female witness told officers she saw the teenager running away soon after 25-year-old Mr Cooper, from Warwickshire, and 23-year-old Mr Kouzaris, from Northampton, were shot dead.
They had been forced to strip before being murdered. They were found with their trousers down and shirtless.
Another neighbour in the Newtown area of Sarasota told police she witnessed Tyson jump into a window of his mother’s house.
One of Tyson’s friends also told police the teenager described confronting the two tourists as they walked through the housing estate, the papers allege.
The documents also answer the question of why the pair were in such a high crime area early in the morning.
A taxi driver told police he believed he picked the men up and drove them to a nearby 7-Eleven store.
Tyson has been charged as an adult and will face life in jail if convicted.


Two men have been arrested in connection with the police investigation into the death of printworker Wayne Stockdale who was shot in the street in East London while riding his bike.

His family are still waiting for his body to be released for burial following his death in hospital on May 8, two days after the shooting at Knapp Road in Bromley-by-Bow, less than a mile from his home in Poplar.

A 29-year-old was arrested in Hackney on Friday for questioning and given police bail, to return in July pending further inquiries.

The arrest came days after a 19-year-old was arrested at Poplar and taken to an East London police station, bailed to return later this month.

Wayne was 40 when he gave up work two years ago to look after his partner Anne Tracey who was diagnosed with cancer. Anne has since recovered and was given the ‘all clear’ when Wayne was shot.

man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 44-year-old man was shot dead in Greater Manchester.

Mr Taylor's sisters describe him as a 'friendly character'
Ian Taylor was shot in Wythenshawe, in the south of the city on Monday night.
He had been sitting in the passenger seat of a parked car on Floatshall Road in Baguley when shots were fired into the vehicle.
Mr Taylor was taken to hospital but died a short time later.
Police said a 32-year-old man had been arrested and was being questioned.
Ian's four sisters have paid tribute to him: "Ian was a man born and brought up in Wythenshawe and was well-liked within the community. He was such a friendly character.
"He was a family man who in the past had had his problems, but he had worked hard to overcome them.
"We are completely devastated at losing Ian in such tragic circumstances and we would urge anyone who knows anything about who killed Ian to call the police."
Police tried to reassure members of the local community after the shooting, saying it was understandable there would be "a great deal of concern".
Chief Superintendent Rob Potts said: "At this stage, we do not believe there is any risk to residents and it is being treated as an isolated incident."
Extra police officers will be patrolling the area in the coming days, he added.

Monday, 13 June 2011

VIOLENT foreign criminals and illegal immigrants are avoiding the boot from Britain because of frustrating human rights laws.

Last night, MPs called for “common sense” to be restored as it emerged 102 convicts are hiding behind a ruling which protects their “right to a family life” in Europe.

One of those being allowed to stay here is a drug dealer who beat up his girlfriend and refused to pay child maintenance.
Home Secretary Theresa May had ordered the thug be sent back to his native Trinidad after serving an 18-month jail sentence for cocaine dealing in 2009.

But he appealed and a tribunal ruled he should stay because it would effect the “strong bond” he has with his daughter.

Another man who avoided deportation because of Article Eight of the Human Rights Act is an Iraqi killer who judges said could not be sent back to his own country as he would pose a risk to his own people.

A Sri Lankan robber was also allowed to stay because he has a ­girlfriend in Britain. And a Bolivian crook avoided being booted out partly because he had a pet cat.

Tory MP Dominic Raab said: “Before the Human Rights Act no criminal had ever claimed a right to family life to frustrate a ­deportation order.

“It is high time we changed the law, to restore some common sense and retain public confidence in our border controls.”

MigrationWatch chairman Sir Andrew Green added: “We must find a new balance between the rights of individuals and the rights of the community, which appear to have no weight at all.

“The fact that seven out of 10 who succeed have used Article Eight underlines the significance of an effective review.

“It is not enough to kick this issue into the long grass yet again.”

Figures from HM Courts Service show in 2010, 233 appeals against deportation were made and 149 were successful on human rights grounds. Of those, 102 cited Article Eight alone.

The European Convention on Human Rights was made UK law by the passing of the Human Rights Act in 1998. It takes precedence over other British laws.

3More than 100,000 offenders, including killers, rapists and sex offenders, have been freed from prison only to be recalled after breaching the terms of their release over the past 10 years, Ministry of Justice figures have shown.

Almost 1,000 criminals who should be in prison remain on the run, including 20 murderers and nine rapists among a total of 126 violent offenders.

The MoJ admitted the number of cons being sent back had risen “significantly”.

Merthyr Tydfil, a town in South Wales with one of the worst youth crime rates in the country, could impose a 9pm curfew on teenagers.

Rhondda and Merthyr Tydfil (Explorer Maps)One in 130 16- to 17-year-olds in the town was taken into custody during 2009/10.
Now, a councillor on one of its most crime-ridden estates has called for all under-16s to be kept off the streets before they turn to crime.
Adam Brown, who represents Gurnos estate, said: ‘I’m sick to death of the same examples of anti-social behaviour time and time again. It’s time a much stronger structure is put in place, rather than the namby-pamby, ‘‘there-there’’ attitude this country seems to enjoy.’
Exceptions to the proposed curfew could be made if children are taking part in supervised youth projects or work that improves their life chances.
John Deering, senior lecturer in criminal justice at the University of Wales, said poverty, unemployment and limited housing drove up youth crime in the region.
But he added: ‘The courts are very inconsistent across the country.
‘Merthyr has a bit of a reputation for being a punitive region.’
The arrest figures were branded ‘unacceptable’ by Penelope Gibbs, of the Prison Reform Trust.
She said: ‘Although youth crime is a problem in Merthyr, we are concerned that such high levels of imprisonment are neither fair nor effective.

Saturday, 11 June 2011

The House of Commons is so crime ridden it needs a Neighbourhood Watch scheme after 25 laptop computers went missing in six months

Keith Vaz, the chairman of the Home Affairs committee, said he was shocked after uncovering a “major crime problem” at the Palace of Westminster.
Official figures showed that, as well as the 25 laptops, a sat-nav, iPod, watch, camcorder, a coat and a charm had gone missing since January.
In comparison in the previous five years, just five laptops went missing. The thief was still apparently at large because no one had been prosecuted.
Mr Vaz said he was considering setting up a Neighbourhood watch scheme to prevent the thefts.
He told BBC2's Daily Politics programme: “If this was a street in my constituency, I would be saying that this was a very serious crime area, I would be calling a residents’ meeting, demanding CCTV cameras and probably setting up a neighbourhood watch. And I have not ruled out doing it.”
Mr Vaz, whose committee oversees the work of the police, said he was particularly shocked that the most of thefts this year – 16 – were in May, which was, he said, “the month of very high security because the President of the United States was visiting the House of Commons”.
He had been started to investigate the thefts after his researcher’s laptop and his iPad went missing from his office.
Mr Vaz blamed cut backs at the Commons which have meant that a door into his office block is no longer staffed. He wanted to see a CCTV camera installed at the entrance.
He said: “There should be more rigours and surveillance of what is going on. We would like to see somebody prosecuted. We need our best detectives on this.”
Last night the House of Commons authorities confirmed that the Metropolitan Police had been called in to investigate. A spokesman said: "The Met are continuing their investigation."


Friday, 10 June 2011

POLICE knew a shooting was about to take place minutes before a shop worker was gunned down in a Bolton gangland feud.

Armed response officers arrived at Brookhouse Wines mini-market in Eccles minutes after innocent bystander Nasar Hussain was shot dead by Simeon Henderson.

The murder was said to have been carried out because of a feud between Bolton’s Castle Street Gang and Gilnow Road Gang.

An investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission has concluded that, while it was tragic police had been so close, there was nothing that could have been done to prevent the killing.

It has emerged before the shooting, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) was investigating drug imports — and guns were involved.

SOCA received intelligence reports about an imminent armed robbery, and the information was shared with Greater Manchester Police.

Police believed the robbery would involve a shooting, but did not know where it would be until minutes before the murder on July 4.

The IPCC investigation concluded there was no evidence SOCA or GMP could have prevented Mr Hussain’s death, but surveillance helped catch the gang.

Henderson fled, leaving the gun behind.

When he returned to Oldham, armed police were waiting for him.

IPCC Commissioner Tom Davies said: “The only positive is the firearms team who remained in Oldham helped apprehend the people responsible.”

Another IPCC investigation also found a GMP detective had been at fault in an earlier investigation into getaway driver Ryan Manning.

Henderson, aged 28, of no fixed address, was jailed for life, along with Mohammed Hafiz, aged 43, of Woodlands Road, Cheetham Hill, and Arfan Rafiq, aged 25, of Villa Road, Oldham, after being convicted of murder.

Manning, aged 22, of Bird Street, Higher Ince, was jailed indefinitely for public protection for manslaughter, and Bolton taxi driver, Akmal Afzal, aged 25, of Bradford Street, The Haulgh, was jailed for seven years for possessing a gun and assisting an offender.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Girlfriend charged with murder over death of businessman locked in cupboard

Firefighters found David Twigg’s body in a locked cupboard at his workshop in Burgh Le Marsh, Lincs, after it went up in flames following a suspected burglary.
Shortly after his death, police said Mr Twigg, 46, and his girlfriend Julie Dixon, 43, had been confronted by two men at the premises before the blaze was started.
Miss Dixon, a keen horse rider, later made a statement saying she was "numb with pain" and had lost the "love of her life, her best friend and soul mate".
However, Lincolnshire Police said yesterday that they had charged Miss Dixon with his murder. She appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court and has been remanded in custody.
Dressed in white T-shirt and brown trousers, Dixon sat quietly in the dock flanked by two court security guards during the ten minute hearing and spoke only to confirm her name.


Jailed for murder, Jaswinder Singh, immigrant who should have been deported in 2002

illegal immigrant who made a mockery of Britain’s deportation system was yesterday jailed for life for battering a man to death.

Jaswinder Singh, who was also wanted in Germany, had been in and out of prison and immigration detention centres for almost a decade.

But he was repeatedly freed without being removed and even granted bail by immigration judges.

At one stage, Singh was among 1,000 foreign criminals released from prison without being considered for deportation in a scandal which led to the sacking of Home Secretary Charles Clarke in 2006.

It saw his successor John Reid brand the Home Office ‘not fit for purpose’.

In the latest case, Singh, 60, attacked homeless 31 year-old Harbarjan Singh and two friends with a metal bar as they slept in a cemetery in Ilford, Essex.

The unemployed builder from India lay in wait for the victims to get revenge for being beaten up a week earlier.

Singh, who used 14 aliases and gave false dates of birth, came to the UK illegally in 1995 from either Pakistan or India before moving to Germany.

In 2000 he was jailed there for smashing a beer glass into the face of his then girlfriend and failing to pay maintenance for his son.

After serving two-thirds of his sentence he was released on licence. He was supposed to stay in Germany, but sneaked back to Britain


Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Freemason set up network of corrupt police, customs officials, taxmen and bank staff to gain valuable information

Years ago, Jonathan Rees became a freemason. According to journalists and investigators who worked with him, he then exploited his link with the lodges to meet masonic police officers who illegally sold him information which he peddled to Fleet Street.

As one of Britain's most prolific merchants of secrets, Rees expanded his network of sources by recruiting as his business partner Sid Fillery, a detective sergeant from the Metropolitan Police. Fillery added more officers to their network. Rees also boasted of recruiting corrupt Customs officers, a corrupt VAT inspector and two corrupt bank employees.

Other police contacts are said to have been blackmailed into providing confidential information. One of Rees's former associates claims that Rees had compromising photographs of serving officers, including one who was caught in a drunken state with a couple of prostitutes and with a toilet seat around his neck.

It is this network of corruption which lies at the heart of yesterday's claim in the House of Commons by Labour MP Tom Watson that Rees was targeting politicians, members of the royal family and even terrorist informers on behalf of Rupert Murdoch's News International. The Guardian's own inquiries suggest that Watson knows what he is talking about.

Much of what the police sources were able to sell to Rees was directly related to crime. But Rees also bought and sold confidential data on anybody who was of interest to his Fleet Street clients, to which the police often had special access. The Guardian has confirmed that Rees reinforced his official contacts with two specialist 'blaggers' who would telephone the Inland Revenue, the DVLA, banks and phone companies and trick them into handing over private data.

One of the blaggers who regularly worked for him, John Gunning, was responsible for obtaining details of bank accounts belonging to Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex, which were then sold to the Sunday Mirror. Gunning was later convicted of illegally obtaining confidential data from British Telecom. Rees also obtained details of accounts at Coutts Bank belonging to the Duke and Duchess of Kent. The bank accounts of Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, are also thought to have been compromised.

Confidential data

The Guardian has been told that Rees spoke openly about obtaining confidential data belonging to senior politicians and recorded their names in his paperwork. One source close to Rees claims that apart from Tony Blair, Jack Straw, Peter Mandelson and Alastair Campbell, he also targeted Gaynor Regan, who became the second wife of the former foreign secretary Robin Cook; the former shadow home secretary Sir Gerald Kaufman; and the former Tory cabinet minister David Mellor.

It is not yet known precisely what Rees was doing to obtain information on these political targets, although in the case of Mandelson it appears that Rees acquired confidential details of two bank accounts he held at Coutts, and his building society account at Britannia. Rees is also said to have targeted the bank accounts of members of Mandelson's family.

An investigator who worked for Rees claims he was also occasionally commissioning burglaries of public figures to steal material for newspapers. Southern Investigations has previously been implicated in handling paperwork that was stolen by a professional burglar from the safe of Paddy Ashdown's lawyer, when Ashdown was leader of the Liberal Democrats. The paperwork, which was eventually obtained by the News of the World, recorded Ashdown discussing his fears that newspapers might expose an affair with his secretary.

Computer hacking

The successful hacking of a computer belonging to the former British intelligence officer Ian Hurst was achieved in July 2006 by sending Hurst an email containing a Trojan programme which copied Hurst's emails and relayed them back to the hacker. This included messages he had exchanged with at least two agents who informed on the Provisional IRA — Freddie Scappaticci, codenamed Stakeknife; and a second informant known as Kevin Fulton. Both men were regarded as high-risk targets for assassination. Hurst was one of the very few people who knew their whereabouts. The hacker cannot be named for legal reasons.

There would be further security concern if evidence finally confirms strong claims by those close to Rees that he claimed to have targeted the then Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir John Stephens, who would have had regular access to highly sensitive intelligence. Sir John's successor, Sir Ian Blair, is believed to have been targeted by the News of the World's full-time investigator, Glenn Mulcaire. Assistant commissioner John Yates was targeted by Rees when Yates was running inquiries into police corruption in the late 1990s. It appears that Yates did not realise that he himself had been a target when he was responsible for the policing of the phone-hacking affair between July 2009 and January 2011.

Targeting the Bank of England, Rees is believed to have earned thousands of pounds by penetrating the past or present mortgage accounts of the then governor, Eddie George; his deputy, Mervyn King, who is now governor; and half-a-dozen other members of the Monetary Policy Committee.

Rees carried out his trade for years. His career as a pedlar of privacy stretches back into the 1990s, when he worked assiduously for the Daily Mirror, the Sunday Mirror and the News of the World.

Rees and Fillery had three key media contacts, some of whose conversations with them were recorded by a police bug in their south London office: Doug Kempster from the Sunday Mirror, who was recorded suggesting that "Asians look better dead"; Gary Jones from the Daily Mirror, who was recorded as Rees told him that some of what he was doing for the Mirror was illegal; and Alex Marunchak, the executive editor of the News of the World.

This lucrative career was crudely interrupted in September 1999 when Rees was arrested and then jailed for plotting to plant cocaine on a woman so that her ex-husband would get custody of her children. Sid Fillery similarly ran into trouble with the long of the arm of the law which he was so keen to twist. He was arrested, convicted for possession of indecent images of children and retreated to Norfolk to run a pub. Rees, however, emerged from prison in May 2004 and proceeded to carry on trading, this time exclusively for the News of the World, then being edited by Andy Coulson, who went on to become David Cameron's media adviser.

The scale and seriousness of Rees's activities have worrying implications for Operation Weeting, the Scotland Yard inquiry which finally — unlike its two predecessors — is making a robust attempt to get to the truth of the scandal. Weeting has been told to focus on one private investigator, Glenn Mulcaire; on one illegal technique, phone-hacking; which he deployed for the one newspaper which paid him on a full-time contract, the News of the World. That alone is consuming the full-time efforts of 45 officers.

The truth is that Mulcaire was only one of a dozen different investigators, many of whom used other illegal techniques. And the News of the World, as journalists all over Fleet Street know, was not the only enthusiastic employer of these dark arts. Mulcaire and his phone-hacking became the single focus through the simple fluke that he was clumsy enough to get caught interfering with the voicemail of the royal household — the one target which would finally move the police into taking on a Fleet Street paper. The police famously failed to look beyond him, and it is only now that the rest of the truth is beginning to emerge.

With the new disclosures of Rees's operation there will be pressure on Weeting to expand its inquiry, which would involve recruiting still more officers. And, in the background, there is a small queue of other investigators waiting to have their names — along with their Fleet Street clients — added to Weeting's list of suspects. High among them will be a former Metropolitan police detective who was accused of corruption in the early 1980s and forced out of his job after a disciplinary hearing.

Senior Yard sources say this detective then came up with a novel form of revenge. He acquired a press card and proceeded to act as a link between Fleet Street crime correspondents and the network of corrupt detectives he knew so well.

Former crime reporters from several national newspapers have told the Guardian that they used this detective to carry cash bribes — thousands of pounds in brown envelopes — to serving officers. Scotland Yard for years has been aware of his activity and has attempted but failed to catch him and stop him.

The crime reporters say that one reason for the Yard's failure is that, when the Yard tried to stop the corruption, serving officers tipped them off so they could evade detection.

And there is more. The Guardian has identified a total of eleven specialist 'blaggers' who were paid by wealthy clients, including Fleet Street newspapers, to steal medical records, bank statements, itemised phone bills, tax files and anything else that was both confidential and newsworthy.


Blackpool’s most prolific drug dealers are today behind bars after police smashed a major drugs ring, taking £40,000 of cocaine off Blackpool streets.

Detectives today said the operation had targeted the “figureheads” of an organised crime syndicate who had been operating in Blackpool for years and will have put a massive dent in the resort’s drug supply chain.

Father and son Philip and Warren Elliott, from Grange Park, were among the six-strong criminal gang of who four were handed prison sentences totalling more than eight years.

Preston Crown Court heard how large quantities of drugs were prepared in a garage on Exchange Street in North Shore before being transferred to a “safe house” on Brooklyn Avenue in Layton from where they were sold to the public.

Det Insp Becky Smith, from Blackpool CID, said: “These people were the figureheads in an organised crime group who have been active in Blackpool for the last couple of years.

“Officers have been gathering intelligence over some time which has led to this seizure. It was a successful seizure which took a large amount of class A drugs off the streets of Blackpool.

“This is a really good result which will send out a message to other people we will target them and they will end up in prison.”

The court heard how Lee Garforth, 29, of Burwood Drive, Blackpool, had started supplying cocaine to try to clear a £3,000 drugs debt.

Garforth was handed two and a half years in jail after admitting being in possession of, with intent to supply, the killer drug.

Warren Elliott, 25, also admitted being in possession with intent to supply cocaine and was sentenced to a two-year jail term.

Their arrests came after officers stormed a garage on Exchange Street which had been transformed into the production hub for the drugs ring.

Almost pure cocaine was taken to the premises on a weekly basis to be cut up with a mixing agent to increase its quantity – before being driven to a safe house where the drugs were stored.

When officers raided the garage on Friday, July 16 last year they found a block of pure cocaine weighing half a kilogram and a hydraulic press.

The court heard Philip Elliott, 50, allowed his garage to be used “as a favour to Garforth” while Robert Vallance, 50, of George Street, central Blackpool, acted as a courier driving loose cocaine to the premises.

Philip Elliott pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of class A drugs and was sentenced to one year imprisonment, suspended for 12 months.

He was also ordered to do 240 hours of unpaid work and given a curfew between 9pm and 7am.

Vallance, who was paid £100 per trip for transporting the drugs to the garage every week for three months last year, was sentenced to 27 months for being concerned in the supply of class A drugs and production of cannabis.

Officers also raided a property on Brooklyn Avenue, the home of Catherine Ryden which was being used as the safe-house to store the drugs.

The 52-year-old pleaded guilty to allowing her property to be used in the supply of cocaine and was handed a six month prison term, suspended for 12 months, as well as 240 hours of unpaid work and a supervision order.

In a connected raid, Joey Hoban, 24, of Grenfell Avenue, Grange Park, was sentenced to six months in prison for production of cannabis after a seizure at a house on Meadow Crescent, Carleton.

He was also handed a four month jail term for dangerous driving after trying to avoid arrest.

Det Insp Smith added: “Drugs have a massive effect on the community - they have a devastating effect on drug users and their families.

“We couldn’t do this job without tip-offs from the community and it was intelligence given to us by members of the public which led us to this seizure.

“We’d like to thank anybody who gives us information about drug dealing and let them know that any intelligence they pass on will be used to try to get drugs off our streets

MASKED muggers stabbed a man to death in front of his girlfriend early yesterday after he celebrated his 30th birthday.

He was walking home with friends through a park at 2am when he was set upon by a gang of about five men in hoods.

Named locally as Christopher, the victim was taken to hospital but pronounced dead four hours later. The gang also stabbed one of his friends as they robbed him – but the knife glanced off his credit card.

The park, by the West Kensington Estate in Fulham, West London, is known for drink and drug problems. The victim is believed to be Polish. Musician Will Smith, 25, who lives in nearby West Brompton, flagged down a passing ambulance for the dying man.

He said: “He was lying on the ground. He was stabbed in the left side. There was just one little stab wound – there was hardly any blood. His girlfriend was very upset.”

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “It is believed the victim was in the park area with friends when they were approached by a group of men and an altercation occurred. It is believed the groups were unknown to each other.”

Two British holidaymakers shot dead in a run-down Florida neighbourhood after a night on the town had been chased by two males shortly beforehand

Two British holidaymakers shot dead in a run-down Florida neighbourhood after a night on the town had been chased by two males shortly beforehand, according to court documents.

The new details about the deaths of James Kouzaris, 24, and his friend James Cooper, 25, in Sarasota on 16 April came after a circuit court judge was forced to reverse an order that kept secret several search warrants and other documents relating to the investigation.

Judge Rochelle Curley unsealed the records after a public records request by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune newspaper. They suggest that Shawn Tyson, a 16-year-old arrested 24 hours after the shooting and later charged with the double homicide, had an accomplice.

The documents reveal that detectives believe at least one of the suspects was wearing a red bandana or ski mask at the time, and that a search of Tyson's apartment close to the crime scene later that day yielded a black mask and a .22 calibre bullet, the same kind that killed the Britons.

Robbery was an unlikely motive, the documents say. "The decedents appeared to have all their personal effects (ie wallets, cash, cell phone and camera) and did not appear to have been robbed," Detective M Jackson of the Sarasota police department wrote in an affadavit for a search warrant.

Cooper, a tennis coach from Warwick, and Kouzaris, of Northampton, were on a three-week holiday on the upmarket Florida barrier island of Longboat Key, 12 miles from the murder scene, when they were killed.

Police have still to establish why the men were in the depressed Sarasota neighbourhood of Newtown at 3am, about an hour after they were last seen drinking in a town centre bar a few miles away.

"Residents in the area reported hearing a series of gunshots immediately prior to the 911 call and subsequent arrival of the officers," states another affadavit, which has names blacked out.

One witness "reported seeing two white males matching the description of the decedents being chased in the area by two black males".

The application for a warrant to search Tyson's residence said detectives were seeking evidence of "firearms ammunition, black clothing, mask red bandana and any blood, DNA, hair or other trace evidence relating to the crime of murder".

Tyson had been arrested earlier in April for an unrelated gun crime and should still have been in jail on the night of the killings, US prosecutors have admitted. A judge said he was "a danger to the community" and should not be released but the warning was not passed on at a subsequent custody hearing and he was freed hours before he is alleged to have killed the two Britons.

Curley had earlier agreed with police requests to keep the records sealed to protect the identity of witnesses but agreed to their release with certain information blacked out.

Friends of Kouzaris have announced they are trying to raise £1m to set up a charity in memory of the former University of Sheffield students.

Nana Darko-Frempong, a teenage business student, was killed near his home in a drive-by shooting, police revealed.

Darko-Frempong was gunned down as he left a community centre on an estate in Tulse Hill, south London.
The gunmen fired from a silver car near a children’s playground before speeding off.
Neighbour Yvonne Robertson, 32, who has lived on the estate for three years, said: ‘I heard three gunshots – bang, bang, bang.
‘My son said: “That sounded like fireworks”. I said: “Oh, my God, that’s gunshots.”
‘By the time I came out my flat, which is in the top floor, I saw a silver car speeding off around the corner out of the estate.
‘Then I saw the boy lying there on the floor. Everyone was surrounding him. People were screaming.
‘The police turned up but there was no ambulance for a long time. It was hysterical. It was mayhem.’
The incident happened at about 11pm on Monday.
A man who identified himself as 18-year-old Nana’s father said: ‘We don’t want to speak. We haven’t even spoken to the police yet.’
Large parts of the estate were still cordoned off yesterday as police searched for clues. Chuka Umunna, Labour MP for Streatham, south London, said he had been in ‘close contact’ with police over the incident.
‘My condolences go out to his family and friends,’ he added. ‘This will have rocked them – and the wider community on the estate – to the core.’


Tuesday, 7 June 2011

A woman who was shot dead in Essex had reported to police she was being pestered and harassed weeks before her death, the police watchdog has found.

Christine Chambers, 38, and daughter Shania, two, were found dead at their home in Braintree on Monday.

A 50-year-old man, being treated for gunshot wounds, remains under armed guard in hospital, Essex Police said.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the handling of Ms Chambers' complaints.

The watchdog is investigating the run-up to the incident in Bartram Avenue.

The IPCC said its initial investigations had found Ms Chambers contacted officers on 27 May in the latest of two years of contact with Essex Police.

The watchdog said it was "still collating" previous contact between Ms Chambers and officers.

IPCC commissioner Rachel Cerfontyne said: "Nobody could fail to have been shocked by what happened in Braintree yesterday and my thoughts are with Christine and Shania's family.

"Our independent investigation will focus on the previous reports to police and how they responded.

The police didn't seem to take her seriously and we feel they could have done more”

Stuart Flitt
"We have to be very mindful that there is a double murder inquiry under way and we therefore need to be cautious about the information we make public at this stage so as not to interfere with that ongoing investigation.

"At this stage, it is too early to say whether police responded appropriately to each incident and this is something that will take time to establish, but we will make our findings public as soon as we are able."

Ms Chambers' brother Stuart Flitt said he regularly stayed at his sister's home after she received threatening text messages.

Mr Flitt said: "The police didn't seem to take her seriously and we feel they could have done more."

Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the investigation.

Brave escape
Post-mortem examinations to determine how Ms Chambers and her daughter died are taking place on Tuesday.

Post-mortem examinations will be carried out on Tuesday
Ms Chambers' 10-year-old daughter escaped from the house and alerted family members who called police.

Detectives have commended her bravery.

Assistant Chief Constable Gary Beautridge, has confirmed that the force had been called to the home on a number of occasions over the past two years following reports of trouble.

On Monday a neighbour, who declined to be named, said of Ms Chambers: "She had called the police before on several occasions and there had been a lot of problems in the past.

"Like everybody, she had her ups and downs and we knew there were problems.

"We knew she was worried about what might happen to her and it seemed she was living in fear."

Essex Police have said there would now be a "full and fundamental review into the circumstances surrounding this contact".

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

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