One man was shot and another left in a critical condition following the incident in Castlemilk in the early hours of 14 August.
A 27-year-old man was found with a gunshot wound and a 42-year-old with a serious head injury after a disturbance outside a house in Barlia Drive.
Three men - aged 19, 24 and 26 - are being held in police custody in connection with the incident.
They are expected to appear in Glasgow Sheriff Court on Monday.
Saturday, 27 August 2011
THE killer of WPC Yvonne Fletcher was named last night as lowly diplomat Abdulmagid Salah Ameri – nearly 30 years after her death.
Ameri was a junior officer at the Libyan People’s Bureau when Yvonne, 25, died from a single bullet shot in London’s St James’ Square.
A secret report identifies him as the man who fired from an upper window in April 1984.
He was named in a 140-page review of evidence written by a senior Canadian prosecutor for the Met Police. The report was sent to the head of counter-terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service.
Scotland Yard detectives are on standby to fly to Tripoli in the wake of the collapse of Gaddafi’s regime.
WPC Fletcher’s death led to an 11-day armed siege and the expulsion of 30 Libyans – including Ameri.
No one has ever been charged with her murder. Her mother Queenie, 78, said earlier this week the turmoil in Libya offered the “best chance yet” of catching the killer. Last night it was revealed British warplanes have blasted bunkers in Gaddafi’s home town of Sirte.
Tornado GR4s launched a salvo of precision-guided Storm Shadow missiles to stop his followers making a last stand in the coastal town, where more than 1,000 loyalists are believed to have gathered. British, Qatari and French special forces have been helping rebels on the ground.
It is thought they have left an “escape corridor” to encourage Gaddafi’s forces, possibly even the dictator himself, to flee south and end up in Sabha – his only remaining desert bastion. If they do, the rebels are prepared to lay siege to it.
Yesterday rebel political leader Mahmoud Jibril said the transitional government will seek a seat at the UN next month following the fall of Gaddafi’s regime.
But thousands of the tyrant’s minions may be allowed to keep their jobs in police and security services after British officials insisted there should be no purge like the one in Iraq which led to years of violence.
Friday, 26 August 2011
The centre of the city of Canterbury was partly evacuated and army bomb disposal experts were called in Friday
The centre of the city of Canterbury was partly evacuated and army bomb disposal experts were called in Friday as police investigated a suspect package and a fire in a shop.
Trains were stopped in the historic city in southern England and roads closed after a member of the public discovered the package in a road near the railway.
Police were called to a second incident at a branch of food and clothes retailer Marks and Spencers where a small fire had been discovered, although they said it was unclear whether the two incidents were linked.
It was not clear what caused the blaze, which was discovered at 5:10 pm (1610 GMT) in the baby changing area on the shop's second floor, and quickly extinguished.
The BBC and Sky News television both reported the incidents were thought to be linked, although police said they could not formally connect them.
"Police and our partners are dealing with a serious incident which I appreciate is causing some disruption to local residents," said Detective Chief Superintendent Chris Hogben.
"At the moment we cannot formally connect the two incidents."
No injuries were reported at either incident.
Pc David Rathband was held on suspicion of attacking Kath at their home in Cramlington, Northumberland.
Police were called to their £300,000 house shortly before midnight on Tuesday.
It is understood the couple's son Ashley, 18, raised the alarm after becoming concerned about a row between them.
Officers spoke to Rathband at the scene. They also advised Kath about her rights before leaving in the early hours.
Rathband, 43, was blinded in both eyes when Moat opened fire on his patrol car last July.
Kath, 41, stood by him throughout his horrific ordeal and recovery process.
A police spokesman said inquiries into the alleged attack were "ongoing".
Just hours before his arrest, Rathband had some of the 200 pellets the killer left in his face and skull removed.
On his Twitter account, he wrote: "Four pellets out, back on ward. Thanks to the staff at the RVI (Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle)."
The ex-traffic cop told police called to his home he was feeling unwell after the procedure.
He was then "de-arrested" so that he did not have to be moved from the property.
The officers left him once they were satisfied the situation had been resolved.
Conduct In a statement, PC Rathband's spokeswoman Sharron Ashurst said: "We have no comment to make regarding this alleged arrest other than no allegations were made or are being made by any person concerning David Rathband's conduct.
"The family are understandably still coming to terms with the huge impact and changes to their lives as a result of the serious injuries sustained by David whilst on duty and they therefore request that their privacy is respected during this difficult time."
One of the couple's neighbours said: "I never saw anything on Tuesday. But David is regarded as a hero around here. No one deserves to go through what he has."
The Rathbands declined to comment yesterday.
Thursday, 25 August 2011
Two petrol bombs were thrown at a police vehicle during a routine patrol in north London where riots took place.
The missiles landed near the marked police van at about 23:30 BST on Wednesday at Fore Street in Enfield.
A police spokesman said: "Officers became aware of what appeared to be petrol bombs landing near the vehicle".
The officers in the vehicle were unharmed and there was no damage to the vehicle itself. No-one has been arrested over the attack, police said.
Trouble broke out in Tottenham, north London, on 6 August following a peaceful protest over the fatal police shooting of Mark Duggan.
Looting and violent disorder then spread to Enfield and other parts of London, with the worst of the rioting seen on the night of 8 August.
Several shops and businesses were attacked in Enfield and the Sony Distribution Centre on Solar Way was burnt down during the riots.
Police investigating the murder of Vitalijs Janovics in south-east London hope to speak to a witness who may have vital information.
Mr Janovics, 38, of Long Lane, Borough, was fatally stabbed outside Bermondsey tube station at around 1.10am on July 22.
The waiter, who worked in Leicester Square, was attacked near a bus stop on Jamaica Road.
Detectives from the Met’s Homicide and Serious Crime Command have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to. He is being treated as a witness and not as a suspect.
The man was walking away from the underground station as it shut.
Det Chief Insp Amanda Hargreaves, who is leading the investigation, said: “We still need assistance from members of the public who may know something about this murder.
“This man is being treated purely as a witness and I would urge him to come forward and assist us in our investigation as he may have some important evidence.”
A man has had his nose, upper lip and both ears ripped off in a "barbaric" attack outside a nightclub in northwestern England.
Only one of the 31-year-old victim's ears was recovered at the scene and he will need plastic surgery, the Liverpool Echo reported Wednesday.
Describing CCTV footage of the attack, which happened outside Funky Box nightclub early Saturday, police officer Stuart Moore likened it to a lion "wrenching the flesh from a gazelle."
"It is horrific, sickening and it is almost barbaric what takes place," Moore said. "Before fleeing to Subway on Bold Street to wash off blood, the attacker was said to have kicked his victim as he lay propped up against a wall."
A 28-year-old local man charged with assault was remanded in custody to appear at Liverpool Crown Court on Nov. 28. Another man, 27, arrested on suspicion of assault was bailed until November pending further enquiries.
The venue had its license suspended by the city council acting on police advice.
City center chief inspector Mark Morgan said, "Police take a zero-tolerance approach to violence and crime in licensed premises in the city center."
Wednesday, 24 August 2011
suspected gang leader in Gloucester is being questioned by police after being arrested at an address in Stroud.
The 19-year-old was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and possessing a class A drug.
Since July, Gloucestershire Police have received new information about groups of young people robbing, assaulting and intimidating people in the city.
A spokesman said they were "determined" to put an end to gang-related violence.
Working as part of Operation Avenger, officers arrested the man in connection with the contents of a seized home video.
While they were at the address they also found what is believed to be crack cocaine.
Chief Insp Richard Burge said the operation had led to 17 arrests for a variety of offences.
"We are not talking about an issue on the scale of big cities and these 'gangs' are not as tightly knit or deeply rooted, but the situation is a major concern for us.
"I am 100% confident we will apprehend those responsible and make people feel safe in the city again."
The operation began after a shooting incident in Beaufort Road, Gloucester, and a stabbing in Coney Hill in July.
OFFICERS FROM the Metropolitan Police Service raided a west London home this morning (Aug 24) as part of Operation Razorback, a drive targeted known troublemakers and gangs set on causing trouble at this weekend's Notting Hill Carnival.
It is not yet known how many, if any, arrests were made during the morning raid, but the latest images show that that the MET are committed to policing a trouble-free event.
In the light of the recent riots in London, the police have also announced that there will be putting additional officers on duty during the annual street festival.
"We recognise that Carnival this year will be taking place in unusual and exceptional circumstances. The sequence of events that started on Saturday 6th August and continued on into the following week were unprecedented. Certainly unprecedented in respect of the impact they had on London as a city, its people, police, and other emergency services," Commander Steve Rodhouse, the spokesperson for this year's carnival, said.
“At Notting Hill specifically we will have a total of 5,500 officers on duty on Sunday and 6,500 on duty on Monday,” he added.
The police say operation Razorback has already made 35 arrests in the lead up to the carnival.
The funerals of Marion Elizabeth Graham and Kathy Dinsmore, killed while on extended holiday in Kusadasi, will take place separately on Friday.
Several members of the two families were at Dublin Airport to join a garda escort of the women's bodies back to Newry in Co Down, Northern Ireland.
The two women, both aged 53 and travelling on Irish passports, were murdered in woods 75 miles north of the holiday resort of Kusadasi last Thursday.
Police are investigating whether they were killed after Ms Graham refused to allow a local waiter, Recep Cetin - known to the family as Alex - to marry her 15-year-old daughter Shannon.
She was in Turkey with her mother on extended holiday at the time
A former home secretary arranged for two prisoners on day release to paint her home when they should have been doing community work, the prison service said on Wednesday.
Jacqui Smith arranged for the inmates from a prison in Redditch to decorate a room at her luxury property in the town.
It is the latest embarrassment for Smith, who resigned as interior minister in June 2009 after admitting to unwittingly claiming parliamentary expenses for pornographic films ordered by her husband on pay TV.
The prison service said the decision to send the convicts to paint Smith's house had been a mistake and an investigation had been launched.
"The decision to provide prisoners for this work was taken without consultation with (the prison) HMP Hewell or the ministry of justice and was a mistake," said a spokesman.
"Offenders should work on projects which help the whole community.
"The scheme has been suspended while a full internal investigation is undertaken."
Smith was one of the high profile casualties of the parliamentary allowances scandal that rocked the political establishment.
As well as the porn claim, Smith was criticised for questionable housing allowances claimed on her family home. She lost her parliamentary seat in the 2010 general election.
Revelations that MPs were reimbursed for everything from ornamental duck houses to home loans which they had already paid off sparked a national scandal and forced a shake-up of the allowances system.
Several MPs have been jailed after being convicted of charges related to fraudulent expense claims.
Offenders not jailed will be expected to work four days a week and spend the fifth day looking for a job under a shake-up of the much-criticised community payback scheme.
But courts and probation officers will still have the final say in how long an offender works and for how many hours a day.
The move is part of Kenneth Clarke’s attempts to boost the image of community orders in the hope the courts will use them more.
However that would also mean fewer criminals being sent to prison and handed punishments in the community instead.
Around 100,000 people are sentenced to Community Payback each year across England and Wales with more than 8.8 million hours of unpaid work completed last year.
But they have been criticised as a soft penalty and a “get out of jail” card where some punishments have involved little more than making carnival costumes or bird boxes.
The number of hours ordered by a court can also be spread over a 12 month period meaning some offenders doing little more than a few hours a week.
Under the new proposals, offenders who do not already have a job will be made to carry out unpaid “hard” work for eight hours a day, four days a week.
That will include clearing up litter, cleaning graffiti and maintaining parks, community farms and other green spaces.
On the fifth day they will be required to look for work or risk losing their benefits.
Crispin Blunt, the justice minister, said: “If you are unemployed and on Community Payback you shouldn't be sitting idle at home watching daytime television or hanging about with your mates on a street corner, you should be out paying back to your community through hard, honest work.
"The public want to see offenders giving something back to their communities but they are rightly not satisfied with seeing only a handful of hours a week dished out.
"Decent, law-abiding people can work a full five-day week and so should offenders.
Harry Fletcher assistant general secretary of the probation union, NAPO, said: ““The scheme will only be viable if it is properly resourced, if it doesn’t put council workers out of work and that the offenders are fit to carry out the tasks.”
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
THREE men arrested after being accused of making counterfeit money in Manchester last Thursday are scheduled to go before identification parades, the police have said.
The three, whose names have been withheld, were taken into custody following a number of operations by members of the Organised Crime Investigation Division (OCID) and Darling Street Police Post in the parish.
They have been accused of manufacturing several counterfeit Jamaican dollar notes of various denominations, including $5,000, $1,000, and $1,00 notes.
"A printer, a quantity of blank sheets and other material and apparatus suspected to be used in the production of counterfeit notes were seized," a release from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) stated.
In the meantime, a fourth man who was taken into custody during the operations was charged with possession of and dealing in ganja.
He is 37-year-old Kevin Manhu, unemployed, of Wagon Wheel in Hatfield, Manchester, and Abbey Gardens also in the parish.
The police alleged that they seized three large containers and a suitcase containing marijuana weighing approximately 53 pounds during the operations.
Manhu is to appear before the Mandeville Resident Magistrate's Court on Thursday.
King's Cross was today named as London's worst Tube station for crime, with almost 200 offences committed there last year.
In a list released by British Transport Police, King's Cross, Victoria and Stratford had the highest number of reported offences among stations in Zones 1-3.
But crime is falling across the transport network, which the force says is due to a "highly visible policing style".
There were 194 offences reported at King's Cross, 186 at Victoria, 165 at Stratford and 147 at Oxford Circus. Piccadilly Circus, Baker Street, Leicester Square and Old Street all also had more than 100 reported crimes each.
Passengers groups say the figures reflect the fact that these stations are the busiest in London. Old Street's inclusion was a surprise, however 84 of the offences there involved drugs.
The 194 offences at King's Cross included 33 incidents of violence against a person, six sexual offences, three cases of criminal or malicious damage, 95 reported thefts of passenger or rail commercial property, 13 serious fraud cases, seven drug offences and two other serious offences.
Victoria was the most dangerous station as 48 of the offences there involved violence. It was closely followed by Leicester Square with 46 and Stratford with 42.
At Seven Sisters there were three reported robberies.
Victoria also had the most reported cases of pickpockting with 80 followed by Oxford Circus with 72 and Piccadilly Circus with 59 - all are heavily used by tourists.
Jo deBank from London TravelWatch said: "Personal security is hugely important to passengers and making sure stations are safe is vital.
"We have called for better standards at London's stations, and Old Street is one of those in need of significant improvement."
Some stations in Zones 1 and 2 saw almost no on-station crime at all.
Cannon Street and Aldgate were among those which only had two crimes reported last year while at 15 stations, mostly towards outer London, only one was reported all year.
London's transport is safer than its equivalents in almost all other European cities. The volume of crime taking place in Tube stations is steadily dropping, but the amount happening on trains and buses has fallen sharply. Crime on the Tube fell by 20 per cent over the last three years, and on buses by 30 per cent.
The number of robberies taking place on public transport fell by nearly 50 per cent.
British Transport Police said: "The reduction is due to the highly visible policing style that BTP operates on the Tube and the use of intelligence and crime-pattern analysis to ensure officers are deployed to the stations and locations where they are needed most."
Transport for London said: "The Tube is a low-crime environment, with crime rates continuing to fall. This reflects both our close working with the BTP and our successful use of the deterrent of CCTV and other community safety initiatives.
"But there is always more that can be done which is why significant resources are devoted to catching and prosecuting criminals, and CCTV cameras across the network
Four wealthy Russians who used an iPhone to film themselves gang-raping a student at an exclusive private college were facing jail today.
The group had been in Britain for just two weeks when they carried out the horrific two-and-a-half hour attack on the Malaysian teenager at the £30,000-per-year college. The Russians, aged between 19 and 23, gave a sickening running commentary - and even filmed themselves boasting about what they were going to do to her the day before. Guilty: Clockwise from top left, Oleg Ivanov, 23, Norayr Davtyan, 22, Armen Simonyan, 19, and 23-year-old Gregory Melnikov all denied the offence but were unanimously convicted by a jury at Woolwich Crown Court The prosecution fear that she may have had her drinks spiked as she was too drunk to consent. Oleg Ivanov, 23, Norayr Davtyan, 22, Armen Simonyan, 19, and 23-year-old Gregory Melnikov all denied rape but were unanimously convicted by a jury at Woolwich Crown Court today. Davtyan described the girl as a 'machine' and in the witness box referred to her as a 'sl**'. The court heard that Ivanov expressed 'pity' for the victim, when they noticed she was crying but was talked out of it by his friend Davtyan. College: Oleg Ivanov was one of the four 'minigarchs' convicted of rape Peter Clement, prosecuting, said: 'Various members of the gang of four watched each other, encouraged each other, and gave a running commentary as to what they had done and what they were going to do to their fellow student. 'They referred to merely in the abstract as "her" or "she" and in the course of the incident one of the four even has to ask another "What's her name?'' International water polo player Davtyan was holding a party at his dorm at the exclusive college in South London on January 21 this year which the girl attended. The group of Russians filmed the whole attack on a mobile phone She had a shot of whiskey at the party before going to a disco at the school. Although there is no concrete evidence her drink was spiked she felt 'funny, dizzy and peculiar' and was clearly intoxicated before going back to the party and vomiting then falling asleep. The next time she awoke a man was having sex with her but she was unable to move, the jury heard. She told police: 'I just wanted him to stop, I couldn't wake up, I couldn't stand up, I felt really, really, really tired, I couldn't do anything I couldn't move my hand... 'I just wanted to close my eyes, I just wanted to die, I did not consent to it.' Mr Clements added: 'Relatively early on in the footage Mr Ivanov says in Russian "She is crying" but it didn't deter him or any of the others at any point. 'He said "I feel pity for her" but this is only after he and others had had sex with her. 'As she left Davtyan told her that she should not tell anyone about what had happened because she would be the one who was "embarrassed" and "ashamed" but she ignored his warnings and went to a pal before calling the police.' The four men were all unanimously found guilty of rape at Woolwich Crown Court Despite Simonyan texting Davtyan the next day to tell him to delete the footage which spanned between 12.38am and 3.10am it was still on his iPhone when he was arrested. Only Ivanov received Legal Aid and the rest of the group were able to pay for their own top QCs. They had denied raping the teen. In the harrowing footage shown to the court, she can be seen barely moving. They said she was a 'sl**' who 'willingly consented' but they were unanimously convicted by a jury of seven men four women after an eight week trial. They sat emotionless in the dock as the verdicts against them were read out but a cry was heard from the family members in the public gallery. Davtyan was convicted on two counts of rape, Melnikov was guilty of rape and attempted rape while Ivanov and Simonyan were both convicted of one count of rape. They were remanded in custody until they are sentenced tomorrow.
The group had been in Britain for just two weeks when they carried out the horrific two-and-a-half hour attack on the Malaysian teenager at the £30,000-per-year college.
The Russians, aged between 19 and 23, gave a sickening running commentary - and even filmed themselves boasting about what they were going to do to her the day before.
Guilty: Clockwise from top left, Oleg Ivanov, 23, Norayr Davtyan, 22, Armen Simonyan, 19, and 23-year-old Gregory Melnikov all denied the offence but were unanimously convicted by a jury at Woolwich Crown Court
The prosecution fear that she may have had her drinks spiked as she was too drunk to consent.
Oleg Ivanov, 23, Norayr Davtyan, 22, Armen Simonyan, 19, and 23-year-old Gregory Melnikov all denied rape but were unanimously convicted by a jury at Woolwich Crown Court today.
Davtyan described the girl as a 'machine' and in the witness box referred to her as a 'sl**'.
The court heard that Ivanov expressed 'pity' for the victim, when they noticed she was crying but was talked out of it by his friend Davtyan.
College: Oleg Ivanov was one of the four 'minigarchs' convicted of rape
Peter Clement, prosecuting, said: 'Various members of the gang of four watched each other, encouraged each other, and gave a running commentary as to what they had done and what they were going to do to their fellow student.
'They referred to merely in the abstract as "her" or "she" and in the course of the incident one of the four even has to ask another "What's her name?''
International water polo player Davtyan was holding a party at his dorm at the exclusive college in South London on January 21 this year which the girl attended.
The group of Russians filmed the whole attack on a mobile phone
She had a shot of whiskey at the party before going to a disco at the school.
Although there is no concrete evidence her drink was spiked she felt 'funny, dizzy and peculiar' and was clearly intoxicated before going back to the party and vomiting then falling asleep.
The next time she awoke a man was having sex with her but she was unable to move, the jury heard.
She told police: 'I just wanted him to stop, I couldn't wake up, I couldn't stand up, I felt really, really, really tired, I couldn't do anything I couldn't move my hand...
'I just wanted to close my eyes, I just wanted to die, I did not consent to it.'
Mr Clements added: 'Relatively early on in the footage Mr Ivanov says in Russian "She is crying" but it didn't deter him or any of the others at any point.
'He said "I feel pity for her" but this is only after he and others had had sex with her.
'As she left Davtyan told her that she should not tell anyone about what had happened because she would be the one who was "embarrassed" and "ashamed" but she ignored his warnings and went to a pal before calling the police.'
The four men were all unanimously found guilty of rape at Woolwich Crown Court
Despite Simonyan texting Davtyan the next day to tell him to delete the footage which spanned between 12.38am and 3.10am it was still on his iPhone when he was arrested.
Only Ivanov received Legal Aid and the rest of the group were able to pay for their own top QCs. They had denied raping the teen.
In the harrowing footage shown to the court, she can be seen barely moving.
They said she was a 'sl**' who 'willingly consented' but they were unanimously convicted by a jury of seven men four women after an eight week trial.
They sat emotionless in the dock as the verdicts against them were read out but a cry was heard from the family members in the public gallery.
Davtyan was convicted on two counts of rape, Melnikov was guilty of rape and attempted rape while Ivanov and Simonyan were both convicted of one count of rape.
They were remanded in custody until they are sentenced tomorrow.
Sunday, 21 August 2011
teenage son of a company director who joined the riots to “give a voice to the underclass” was locked up for two years and four months.
Michael Fitzpatrick, 18, claimed he looted a shop because he “doesn’t think it’s fair he works but can’t afford things he wants”.
Manchester crown court was told the teenager was frog-marched to a police station after his parents saw photos of him looting.
The court was told he entered a Footasylum store in the Arndale Centre and picked up three shoes.
The teenager then drank from a £40 bottle of champagne, stolen from Kro Bar, where rioters caused £9,500 damage. Judge Andrew Gilbart QC said it was “heartbreaking to see somebody with so much promise throw himself to the rocks”.
He added: “One gets used, as a crown court judge, to sad cases and I don’t think I have dealt with a sadder case in a long time.
“You come from a family of the utmost decency. They were horrified when they realised what happened as, I think, were you.”
Fitzpatrick pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary and one count of handling stolen goods.
In Woolwich, South-East London, a woman walking away from the riots with a haul of loot apparently told police, “Everyone else was getting away with it, why shouldn’t I?”
Victoria Holmes, 19, of Dartford, Kent, denied three counts of theft by finding of items from Gamestation, Argos and Blue Inc, the theft by finding of a travel card and receiving stolen goods.
District Judge Alan Baldwin refused her bail at Camberwell magistrates’ court.
A former soldier who was caught by police with a looted mobile was jailed for 16 weeks yesterday.
Robert Ogden, 21, was seen chucking the £110 Samsung phone over a wall by officers patrolling the streets of Woolwich, South London.
When he was confronted by police he admitted he knew the mobile had been looted during the riots. Ogden pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods.
A law student yesterday appeared in the dock charged with violent disorder for allegedly ransacking a cafe in St John’s Wood, North-West London, with a gang of youths. Highbury magistrates heard Marouane Rouhi, 21, was among 15 people who smashed windows, flipped tables over and set light to towels.
He was granted bail after solicitor James Kelly told the court: “He is a man who, prior to his arrest, was working at a hedge fund as an office assistant.
“He has a long history of working and studying. There is no question that he is going places in his life.”
English student Conrad McGrath, 21, was jailed for 16 months for looting after admitting taking bottles of booze from a Tesco Express in Manchester.
The store was attacked by 40 yobs who stole around £4,000 of stock and caused £7,000 of damage.
Judge Robert Atherton told the Aberystwyth University student at Manchester crown court: “One would have hoped that someone who has had advantages in life such as getting a place at Aberystwyth would not become involved in this.
“It is an unpleasant surprise. You have thrown away a lot. It is a heavy price to pay for such behaviour. I hope that you will seek to continue a promising career after your release from prison.”
His family last night said he deserved to be punished but not by prison.
Stepfather Alan Ridgway, 43, declared: “I would have given him the birch, but 16 months in Strangeways with all those crazy people is plain wrong.”
Another Tesco looter, apprentice bricklayer Lloyd Coudjoe, 20, from Manchester, was also jailed for 16 months after taking alcohol which he dropped when he tried to flee police.
Thomas Downey, 48, who helped himself to doughnuts at a Krispy Kreme shop, got 16 months in prison too.
The alcoholic, who had only been released from Strangeways hours before, admitted burglary and breaching an Asbo by entering part of the city centre.
Dad of four Anthony Winder, 38, from Manchester was jailed for two years after entering a Swarovski jewellers when it was broken into by a mob of up to 100.
Lord Macdonald, who led the prosecution service for five years, yesterday warned some jail terms will be reviewed amid criticism they are too harsh.
Concerns have been raised after two men were jailed for four years this week for using Facebook to incite riots which never took place.
A man who walked into a hair salon and shot his ex-wife had a previous conviction for possessing weapons, it has emerged.
Darren Williams, of Cwmbran, South Wales, went on the run following the shooting and was found dead in woodland five hours later by police.
According to newspaper records, the 45-year-old father of two was jailed for four months in 2004 after being found with "an arsenal of weapons".
The Western Mail reported he was handed the sentence after police found weapons including a stun gun, a .22 pistol, a machete, a hunting knife, canisters of CS gas and bullets in his possession.
Mr Williams used a double barrelled shotgun in the attack on his estranged wife in the salon where she worked in Newport on Friday afternoon.
On Sunday the 45-year-old's family said he "desperately needed medical attention" following the break-up of his marriage. It was reported that Mr Williams had kept the weapons under his bed and had told police he collected the items and they were not intended for use.
Robert Buckland, Mr Williams defence counsel, told the court at the time: "These are weapons which could have serious consequences if used. But there was no use made - they were collector's items and kept well out of the way."
The report also reveals Mr Williams was earlier convicted of two charges of possessing a prohibited weapon, one of possessing prohibited ammunition and one of purchasing a converted firearm without a certificate.
Following the shooting on Friday, Superintendent Dave Johnson, local commander for Newport, said Mr Williams was known to police and did not own a shotgun licence. He also described Mr Williams as enjoying hunting and the "outdoor life".
Gwent Police said they are very interested to find out how Mr Williams came to be in the possession of a shotgun, which is leading their inquiries.
Police investigating the recent riots in London have released more than 50 new images of people they would like to speak to in relation to the disorder.
Detectives from Operation Withern said their "priority is to bring to justice those who have committed violent and criminal acts".
The 52 photographs released relate to the looting and violent disorder in Lewisham, Southwark, Greenwich, Merton, Enfield and Hackney on August 7, 8 and 9.
The Turkish waiter who killed his British girlfriend’s mum and her friend told the girl they had been kidnapped.
Trusting Shannon Graham, 15, believed Resep Cetin, 17, when he insisted that three men had snatched her mother Marion and her pal Kathy Dinsmore, both 54, at a woodland beauty spot.
In fact he had murdered them himself after being refused permission to marry Shannon.
Saturday, 20 August 2011
14-year-old boy from Enfield has been charged with the murder of Leroy James, also aged 14, and possession of an offensive weapon.
Leroy was discovered next to a wall in the middle of Ponders End recreation ground at 5.30pm on Wednesday.
Tributes on a Facebook page set up in his memory included one from Samantha Lautner, which read: "R.I.P I still can't belive it. I was only talking to you a couple of days ago!
"I'll always remember the memories we had. You will never ever be forgotten."
Another from Frankie Kennedy read: "Heaven gained an angel, will always be missed & never forgotten iloveyouLeroy."
A post mortem examination found that Leroy died from a single stab wound. Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode, the investigating officer, appealed for the public's help.
"Leroy James was a young person with hopes, ambitions and dreams.
"Someone has chosen to take those hopes and aspirations away and in doing so has robbed Leroy's family and friends of a much-loved young man.
"We urge anyone who can help, to think about Leroy and their local community. We need to work together to solve this dreadful crime."
Leroy, from Edmonton, north London, was the eighth teenager stabbed to death in the capital this year.
Footage of hooded thugs firing shots at police officers and a force helicopter during this month's riots has been released.
West Midlands Police have taken the "unusual step" in issuing the CCTV images of a group of 30 to 40 young men in the Newtown area of Birmingham on the night of Tuesday August 9.
The force said the group, all masked and all wearing black clothing, caused extensive damage at the Barton Arms pub in Newtown and the surrounding area.
As police arrived at the scene, petrol bombs were thrown at a marked police car at around 11.50pm and as officers attempted to disperse the group, 11 shots were fired at them and at a force helicopter.
A spokesman said a small amount of money was stolen from the pub, but the use of alcohol and petrol leads police to believe that the intention was to start a fire.
A major investigation into arson with intent to endanger life and attempted murder was launched.
Detectives, forensic and ballistic experts, along with local officers, have trawled CCTV footage and made house-to-house inquiries.
Chief Constable Chris Sims said: "Releasing footage that is so disturbing in nature is an unusual step for us as a force, however, the potential for serious harm, or worse, in this incident has led us to this decision.
"Eleven shots were fired at unarmed officers to enable disorder to continue, whilst petrol bombs were also thrown at officers who initially attended the scene.
"This footage shows seemingly co-ordinated criminal behaviour with no regard for people's lives, whether it be through the setting of a fire, shooting at unarmed officers or shooting at the police helicopter.
"This investigation is being treated as attempted murder and arson, and I am only thankful that this is not a murder inquiry.
"This was not only police officers' lives that were put at risk, but also members of the public who may have been passing by.
"To date the public reaction to this operation has been overwhelming and we thank people for their continued support.
"However, I must ask once again that anyone who can help our investigation to come forward."
Friday, 19 August 2011
A man who went on the run today after three women were injured in a shooting at a hairdresser's has been found dead in woods, police said.
One woman was shot in the knee after the gunman went into the shop at about 2.20pm on Friday, another woman suffered an injury to the neck and a third was injured in the arm.
The body of the man wanted in connection with the incident at Carol-Ann's salon near Newport city centre in Wales was found in the area at about 8.15pm, Gwent Police said.
Police said they were not treating the man's death as suspicious or looking for anyone in connection with it.
A grey Mini Cooper police were seeking was also located in the Newport area, they said.
None of the injuries sustained in the incident were said to be life-threatening and police would not confirm whether the second and third woman, whose injuries were described as minor, had been shot.
A spokeswoman said: "A male had entered the premises with a firearm. Officers have recovered a firearm from the premises."
A spokesman for the Welsh Ambulance Service said three people had been taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital.
A hospital spokeswoman added: "We are working closely with Gwent Police on the incident and we will give an update later."
District judges at Manchester and Salford magistrates' courts dealt with a slew of new cases as the accused continued to be picked off the streets and bussed in from police stations.
So many of those facing charges have been refused bail, jails up to 80 miles away have been asked to take them in.
The latest to appear before the courts include a thief left with nowhere to hide after his face was spotted in the M.E.N., and a young mum who took no part in the riots but was jailed for taking a pair of shorts looted by her pal.
In other cases, a road builder faces jail after he was caught on CCTV hurling rocks at riot police in Salford.
Lee Gargan targeted a line of officers on Mulberry Walk at the height of the disturbances near Salford precinct.
When he was arrested, Gargan told police he was drunk and could not remember his crime.
He had been on a week’s holiday from his job when he joined the mob, the court heard.
The 30-year-old, of Camp Street in Higher Broughton, admitted threatening or using unlawful violence.
He has been remanded in custody and will be sent to Manchester Crown Court for sentence later this month.
A looter battered his way into the Spar convenience in Piccadilly Gardens, taking booze and cigarettes, and then raided a bookmakers.
Thomas James Lamb, 18, of Lennon Towers in Brinnington, Stockport, admitted burgling the shop and William Hill.
He was remanded in custody for sentence at crown court.
Another looter wailed when he was brought up to the dock, while his solicitor claimed he was mentally ill and at risk of self-harm.
Kieran Luke Phillipson, 35, of Mullberry Court, Salford, admitted possessing stolen goods after he was caught with a television that had been taken from Cash Generator in Salford precinct.
The judge rejected claims of a disturbed mind, pointing out a medical examination of him had concluded there was no sign of mental illness.
Phillipson – who was remanded in custody to re-appear at crown court for sentence - had stopped wailing by the time he was taken down by the dock officers.
An alcoholic approached police and confessed to a string of crimes – before claiming he had made it all up to ‘get a bed for the night’.
Paul Anthony Matthews, 43, of Debenham Avenue, Newton Heath, walked up to riot cops and told them he had stolen booze from the raided Spar shop at Piccadilly Gardens, and had damaged cars and raided other shops.
Matthews was arrested but tried to retract his claims in police interview.
He has now admitted stealing the alcohol and has been remanded in custody, to re-appear later this month.
A man found in possession of a stolen television after the rioting in Salford pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods.
Stephen Craven, 24, of Sedgefield Close, Pendleton, also admitted theft of a Tesco shopping trolley.
The court heard that damage was caused to Cash Generators at Salford Precinct during the riots. Televisions were taken.
Craven claimed he bought the television from two unknown youths for £20 after he saw them carrying it through the streets. It was worth £300.
He was remanded in custody for sentencing at Manchester Crown Court on August 22.
A 16-year-old boy from Salford, who also cannot be named because of his age, also pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods.
He was stopped by police on a stolen bicycle in the Ordsall area in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The court heard he hurled the bike at officers then ran off before he was arrested in a resident's back garden.
The boy, who is working as a plumber, was remanded in custody to appear before magistrates again later this month.
Darren Fowles, 26, of Hodge Road, Worsley, Salford, was accused of a racially-motivated public order offence in connection with comments he allegedly made to a BBC journalist in Salford during a television interview.
Fowles entered no plea to the charge. He was remanded in custody to appear at crown court next week.
John Eric Smith, 22, of Newhey Road, Wythenshawe, appeared in court charged with robbing two watches worth £345 from a man.
He was remanded in custody and his case was adjourned until later this month.
A string of other defendants appeared before the courts and denied the chartges against them.
They included a teenager accused of starting a £300,000 fire at the Miss Selfridge store in Manchester's Market Street.
Dane Williamson, 18, of the Gateway, Broughton Road, Salford, is accused of arson with intent to damage property, and being reckless as to whether life was endangered.
He denies the charge, which can be punished with a life sentence.
Stock worth £319,000 was ruined in the blaze during scenes of rioting on Tuesday evening.
District Judge Khalid Qureshi refused Mr Williamson bail and he will be remanded in custody until later this month, when his case will be sent to the crown court.
Gemma Booth, 26, of Plane Court, Salford, denied a charge of burglary. She was remanded in custody and the case was adjourned until later this month.
A paratrooper who served in Afghanistan was accused of joining looters on his 20th birthday.
Liam Bretherton, of Larch Road, Wigan, is alleged to have burgled a left-handed Les Paul Gibson electric guitar worth £1,900 from Dawsons music store.
He denies burglary and has been remanded in custody.
Sallah Osman, of Bold Street, Hulme, was remanded in custody after denying burglary and going equipped.
David Joyce, 17, of Cherry Avenue, Openshaw, was charged with burglary after was claimed he was seen carrying a TV set from Cash Generator store on Oldham Street.
He pleaded not guilty and was remanded in custody.
A boy of 15 from Sale, who cannot be named, denied a charge of sending a text message encouraging people to commit arson and was released on bail.
Another defendant - Mark Slater, 22, of Queens Road, Cheetham Hill - denied possessing a home-made mask with intent to steal and will re-appear later this month.
Karlie Kanger-Kamara, 18, off Mordrick Road, Crumpsall, denied two counts of burglary.
He was accused of stealing clothes from Cow Vintage Clothing and lottery tickets from Mahaba news agents.
His case was adjourned until next month and he was remanded in custody.
A 17-year-old boy from Warrington, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded not guilty to a charge of going equipped for theft.
It is alleged that he was found in possession of a motorbike face-mask and a pair of latex gloves in Salford.
He will go on trial next month.
The latest to appear in court include
*A thug left with nowhere hide after his face was spotted in the MEN
*A young mum who took no part in the riots who has been jailed – leaving two young kids behind – because she fancied a pair of shorts her friend had stolen
*A paratrooper who served in Afghanistan – alleged to have burgled an electric guitar as looters rampaged on his 20th birthday
Prisons will be full within a month if judges keep jailing rioters and looters, those running them warned yesterday.
Eoin McLennan Murray, president of the Prison Governors Association (PGA), warned ministers they face a return to the “bad old days” and could be forced to consider early release schemes.
Such a move would be politically devastating for the Tories who were scathing about the last Labour Government’s controversial release scheme, which saw more than 80,000 inmates let out up to 18 days early.
That was introduced as an emergency after prison overcrowding hit a crisis point and the Coalition could be faced with a similar headache within weeks, according to the PGA.
There was space for another 1,500 people in the 88,000-strong prison estate last night but numbers had already swollen by 500 since last week.
If that pattern continues, the prisons will be full within a month, according to Mr McLennan Murray.
He said: “Compared with where we were 10 days ago we have seen a rapid rise in the population and if that continues at that rate we would be in trouble.”
He said sentencing trends had been reducing prior to the right, but “if that reverses then we are back to the bad old days and not one we can build our way out of”.
A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said: “We currently have enough prison places for those being sentenced to custody as a result of public disorder.
“There is substantial capacity in the prison system.”
Two men face jail for their part in a terrifying drive-by shooting that saw bystanders gunned down in the street.
Andre Chiverton opened fire on a crowd of people in Moss Side – sending them running for cover and seriously injuring two.
He was a passenger in a car driven by Daniel Mason, a court heard.
Chiverton and Mason, both from Birmingham, had come to the city two days earlier to join a protest about a pal’s unsolved killing outside the offices of the Crown Prosecution Service.
After the demonstration, they went to Asda in Hulme, where Mason’s new £48,000 Audi TT RS Quattro was trashed on the car park.
The Birmingham men had been chatting to Manchester girls when local youths threw a shopping trolley into the car, smashing the windscreen and the bodywork.
Two days later, Mason drove a Seat Leon on Great Western Street as Chiverton, who was on bail for drugs offences at the time, shot twice from the window.
Bullets struck 17-year-old Portia Taylor and 20-year-old Olushola Watson.
Chiverton, 29, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life at an earlier hearing in March.
Mason, 27, was found guilty of the same offence yesterday by a jury at Manchester Crown Court.
Det Con Tony Simpson, from the Major Incident Team, said: "The Birmingham boys had come to Manchester for the protest on the Friday but Daniel Mason had got dissed on the Asda car park.
"In 2009 one of their mates died in Manchester. They are no fans of the city. By the time the Seat Leon arrived in Great Western Street Andre Chiverton was thinking someone is having it and he didn’t care who.
"At the time of the shooting, there were many young families walking in the street and the nearby park, enjoying the sunshine and it was a miracle no one was killed.
"These two men clearly thought they would take revenge for the damage to the Audi and while I do not condone what happened, the action they took was completely irrational and risked the lives of innocent members of the community.
"Greater Manchester Police with the help of our partner agencies and particularly the public, have worked hard to eradicate gun crime from the streets of Manchester.
"These convictions send out a clear message that if you involve yourself in the criminal use of firearms, we will find you and bring you to justice."
The shooting happened on Sunday, May 23 last year. Detectives believe Chiverton and Mason were looking for those responsible for wrecking the Audi, and expected them to hand over cash for the repair.
Two days earlier, they came to Manchester with family and friends of Julian Webster, 24, who died outside the Pitcher and Piano bar in Deansgate Locks in April 2009. No one was ever prosecuted for his death.
Chiverton, of Peartree Lane, Cradley Heath, and Mason, of Jervoise Drive, Northfield, will be sentenced on September 9.
Two other men, Kyle Pryce, 25, of Kingsland Road, Kingstanding, Birmingham, and Dean Fennell, 29, of Dyas Avenue, Birmingham, were both cleared by the jury of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murdering a 14-year-old boy who died in a pool of blood near a playground.
The boys, aged 14 and 15, are being held in police custody following the stabbing of Leroy James, Scotland Yard said.
The victim was left slumped against a park wall after the incident in Enfield, north London, on Wednesday as young children played nearby.
Leroy's father, also called Leroy, said that his son "will forever be remembered". Attending the scene of the murder, he said he was "just trying to keep sane".
When asked how the youngster would be remembered among his friends and family, his father added: "I can't explain for his friends, but he will forever be remembered by me."
Mr James, from Edmonton Green, said he was due to take the boy to Jamaica to see his mother in December, and Leroy was looking forward to it. "He was a pretty quiet boy," he said. "He didn't really talk much."
With two further teenage stabbings in Oxford Street - Britain's busiest shopping area - on Wednesday night, Scotland Yard moved to dismiss fears that London was in the grip of a wave of gang violence.
Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode, the investigating officer, said: "There's certainly no evidence or any intelligence at this time that this is a gang-related murder."
Ms Goode said in an appeal held at the scene: "We know that the park was incredibly busy at the time of the incident and many more people may be able to help us with our investigation.
"Leroy James was a young person with hopes, ambitions and dreams. Someone has chosen to take those hopes and aspirations away and in doing so has robbed Leroy's family and friends of a much-loved young man. We urge anyone who can help to think about Leroy and their local community. We need to work together to solve this dreadful crime."
Thursday, 18 August 2011
New CCTV footage has emerged of rioters attacking an innocent man in Clapham as he tried to stop a gang from smashing through a shop window during last week's violent unrest.
The footage, which will feature on a BBC Crimewatch special, was captured by a camera at around 10.20pm on Monday, August 8.
It shows a youth dressed in black tracksuit bottoms and a light blue hooded tracksuit top swinging a fire extinguisher at the Carphone Warehouse shop in Clapham Junction.
A man, dressed in a suit, is seen walking into shot from the right and standing in front of the shop window with his hands in his pockets as a gang of around 10 people, all with their faces covered by balaclavas or scarves, gather around him.
The unidentified man, whose face has been blurred out, is shown talking to the gang and raising his hands before a second youth with a fire extinguisher sprays it directly in his face. The gang then pull up the shatter-proof glass and the security gate on the shop's exterior and make their way inside.
The footage will form part of a Crimewatch special on BBC1 featuring the violence and disorder across London in a bid to identify the victim and anyone else who witnessed the incident, and any other offenders.
The Met Police have now charged more than 1,000 people in connection with last week's violence and disorder across the capital.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stephen Kavanagh said: "I want to thank all those people who have come forward with information already.
"What we need to do now is build on that sense of community that we have seen across the UK. There will be images and CCTV of incidents across London coming out.
"Please keep checking our Metropolitan Police Service Flickr page and your local papers to see if you can help us to identify those who were part of the disorder across London."
Leroy James, 14, seen in 'altercation' with another youth before 10th fatal stabbing of a teenager in London this year
Detectives are appealing for help in finding the killer of a 14-year-old boy who was stabbed to death in a daytime attack in a busy north London park.
Police and an air ambulance were called to Ponders End recreation ground in Enfield at about 5.30pm on Wednesday. They arrived to find Leroy James fatally injured in the centre of the park.
Attempts to resuscitate him failed and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers, who believe the boy was stabbed by another youngster, said there was no evidence his death was gang-related. Officers said the victim had been in an altercation with at least one other youth.
The teenager's father – also called Leroy – visited the scene on Thursday to pay tribute to "a pretty quiet boy" and football enthusiast who would live on in his memory.
Mr James, a 41-year-old scrap metal dealer from nearby Edmonton Green, said he found out about the attack when one of his son's friends called him.
"I was at home," he said. "[Leroy's friend] just said to me if I heard what happened. He said Leroy has been stabbed and he's been taken to the Royal Free hospital.
"But actually he was still in the park until 2am."
Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode of the Metropolitan police appealed for more witnesses to come forward.
"We know from what witnesses have told us so far that Leroy was in an altercation with at least one other boy," she said. "I'm completely open-minded as to the motive at this stage.
"There's certainly no evidence or any intelligence at this time that this is a gang-related murder."
Goode described Leroy as "a 14-year-old young man who didn't deserve to lose his life", adding: "People who were there will know who has done this. We want to hear from anyone who was in the park at 5.30pm and can help us … There will be a lot of people who were in the park and a lot of talk in the community. We plead with people to come forward."
Darren Griffiths, who lives in a flat backing on to the scene, said he had seen police taping off the area at 5.30pm. "I knew it was something fatal," said the 39-year-old. "It's normally peaceful around here. They've just built an outside gym here which is where the kids hang out and where it's taken place.
"Last week, we had the kids walking through the park from the riots, but apart from that it's quiet."
The murder – the 10th fatal stabbing of a teenager in London this year – was met with sadness and anger in Ponders End. But one resident said he was not surprised, adding: "Things happen in that park at night."
Many in the area complained that the local police station, which is only 50 metres from the entrance to the park where Leroy was killed, had recently closed.
Hazel Nelson-Williams, founder of an anti-youth crime group, the Nelson Williams Foundation, said it had been a mistake to close the station. "If that young man had had the opportunity to run away, where would he have run to?" she asked."In light of what's happened, cutting police numbers is so not the right thing to do."
Enfield, which has significant areas of deprivation alongside streets of comfortable suburban homes, experienced a night of riots and looting earlier this month. The disturbances spread from the town centre towards Ponders End to the east.
According to Scotland Yard figures, knife crime involving young people in London has risen almost 10% over the past year, with a bigger increase in the number of youths injured in knife attacks in the past few years.
16-year-old boy charged in connection with the murder of Richard Mannington Bowes has been refused bail.
The Hounslow teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at the Old Bailey this morning through video link.
His application for bail was refused and he remains in custody in secure accommodation ahead of another hearing at the same court on September 9.
Mr Bowes, 68, of Haven Green, died last Thursday night after being beaten to the ground after trying to stamp out a fire in Springbridge Road, during the violence which swept through Ealing last Monday.
He died three days later at St Mary's hospital after his family decided to turn off his life-support machine.
The youngster was also charged with violent disorder and four counts of burglary, including alleged looting at a William Hill bookmakers, a Tesco Express, a Blockbusters store and a restaurant.
His mother, 31, was also remanded in custody after appearing at the Old Bailey at the same time accused of perverting the course of justice.
Ealing Council has set up the Richard Mannington Bowes Relief Fund in his memory to help businesses recover from the devastation of the disorder.
Proud residents have hailed him a hero and are calling for the street where he was found unconscious to be renamed in after him.
The work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, has said Britain is in the "last chance saloon", with the riots a warning that social problems could get worse.
In an interview with the Spectator, Duncan Smith said: "This is our warning. That wasn't the crisis, but the crisis is coming. We can't let this go on any more, and I think the prime minister sees that."
The former Conservative party leader also said dealing with the causes of the riots would define Cameron's premiership in the way that responding to 9/11 defined Tony Blair.
He has been asked by Cameron to lead a ministerial group alongside the home secretary, Theresa May, looking at measures that could be introduced to deal with the problem of gangs.
In the interview, Duncan Smith said the riots would force the government to focus on the social problems facing Britain.
"The prime minister made it clear that this, now, is his big focus," he said. "It is not possible to have watched or experienced any of these riots without realising that we're in the last chance saloon. This is our warning."
Asked whether the riots would have the same impact on Cameron as 9/11 did on Blair, Duncan Smith said: "Well, I think [Cameron] sees it like that.
"He's now determined this is what he wants to do. It's like a reinvention of Thatcher's great drive. I always argued that the last Conservative government freed up the markets, but what was missing was the next bit – getting society in Britain ready to meet that change.
"We never did. We ended up with a sort of mid-20th century society, many locked away in welfarism, and a 21st-century economy. We see now that one cannot meet the results of the other."
Cameron has said the government will use intensive intervention to turn around the lives of 120,000 problem families. Duncan Smith said he believed that intervention during the early years could make a huge difference.
"I'm passionate about it because, if we get this right – as they have shown in Colorado over 25 years – whole communities are turned around by early intervention," he added.
Duncan Smith said early years intervention was cost-effective because, if nothing was done to stop young people becoming adult offenders, they cost the state much more in the long term. In Washington state in the US, there is even a Which?-style buyers' guide saying how much could be saved within five years for every dollar invested, he said.
The government could use this principle to persuade investors to pay for early intervention by getting them to buy a "social bond", he said.
"We could suggest to the private sector we create a social bond," he added. "We'd say: you can put your money into this for five years, and we'll give you a guaranteed return because we think it saves us money. We'll give some of it back to you."
Duncan Smith also suggested that he was opposed to May's decision to stop the former US police chief Bill Bratton from applying for the post of commissioner of the Metropolitan police. May has decided only British citizens can apply for the job.
Duncan Smith said: My answer to everybody who says we don't want him is why wouldn't you want to learn from someone who knows what they're doing?"
Monday, 15 August 2011
THE suspected knifeman behind the Jersey massacre had been suicidal over the breakdown of his marriage before the killings of six people including his children, neighbours believe.
Detectives are waiting to question a 30-year-old Polish suspect in hospital over the murders of his wife, their two children and her father.
A family friend and her young child were also understood to be among the victims of the horror attack which has rocked the island.
Neighbours told today how they fended off the “mumbling” attacker with a traffic cone before he turned his knife on himself.
The attack spilled from a flat and into the street yesterday afternoon in an area described by a detective as “one of the safest places in the western world”.
One local, who did not want to be named, said the suspect had been rowing with his wife recently and had tried to take an overdose last month.
Another resident in the same block of flats in St Helier said he saw a man chasing a woman with a knife before then stabbing himself in the chest.
Bryan Ogesa, 24, said he and his two friends used a traffic cone to try to defend themselves as the man then came towards them. As he ran away he saw the body of another man lying in the doorway of the flat with a knife sticking out of his back.
Mr Ogesa, who ran outside after hearing screaming, said: “A man was chasing a woman with a knife, it was quite long.”
He said he had first seen another woman lying on the ground and had gone to help her as he thought she had simply fallen over.
“She was responsive, but just mumbling,” he said. “That’s when the guy started coming towards us.
“He was mumbling as well.”
Another man, who would give only his first name of John, said he had been in his garden nearby and ran to the scene after hearing a woman scream.
“She shouted ‘please help me, please God help me’,” he said.
Mike Bowron, chief officer for Jersey Police, called for local communities to remain “dignified and calm” as he said all the victims, who have not been named, were from Poland and four were from the same family.
“Jersey is an incredibly safe place, one of the safest in the western world, and incidents of this nature are exceptionally rare,” he said in a statement.
“It makes such a tragedy even more difficult for people to come to terms with, and no-one could fail to be affected by the events that unfolded here yesterday.
“Inevitably, perhaps, such an incident will raise tensions locally and I would appeal to everyone to remain calm and dignified and allow my officers to continue with what is a complex, demanding and difficult investigation.
Three children and three adults killed in a knife attack in Jersey on Sunday were all of Polish descent, it has been reported.
The victims were said to come from two families. In one family the mother, a six-year-old girl, a boy of 18 months, and the mother's father died, Sky News reported, citing the Polish embassy as its source. They were said to be Polish citizens.
Another woman and a girl also died and are said to be of mixed Polish and Jersey citizenship. One of the women died from her injuries after surgery.
A 30-year-old man in police custody at Jersey general hospital, also said to be Polish, is in a stable condition after undergoing surgery for knife injuries. The suspect was related to the family of four.
Jersey police would only confirm that one family was of Polish origin, although both were local. Det Supt Stewart Gull, who is leading the investigation, told a press conference the names of those killed in the incident at a flat in St Helier were unlikely to be released until later this week.
Two victims were found outside the building and four inside. Gull said the Polish family lived at the flat where the incident took place but would only say the other family were from Jersey.
The suspect was part of the Polish family. No motive was known and it would be "pure speculation" to try to guess.
He did not know of any police involvement with the families in the past. "Police are working closely with leaders from both the local St Helier and Polish communities to support the investigation and local people affected by the tragic incident.
"Forensic analysis of the grounds around the scene is under way, and crime scene investigators from Devon and Cornwall police are en route to the island to support the complex examination of the scene and evidence."
Home Office pathologists have arrived in Jersey to conduct postmortems. Jersey's chief minister senator, Terry Le Sueur, said the island was "saddened and shocked". He said the authorities would ensure support and counselling to local people as he appealed for the public not to speculate on the incident at a flat in St Helier.
States of Jersey police said that officers were called to a flat in Victoria Crescent, Upper Midvale Road, in the town just after 3pm after reports of a multiple stabbing.
The immediate area was sealed off while a major incident room was set up at police headquarters in St Helier. The area, made up of smart houses, many of them converted into flats, was quiet on Monday morning though the scene was still being guarded by police, including armed officers. A forensic team could be seen searching through undergrowth.
A local resident said that on Sunday he saw a woman's body on the ground covered in blood and watched as paramedics carried the bodies of two little girls out of the flat.
He said: "I've never seen so much blood. They were completely limp. The paramedics were crying. They were completely drenched in blood. One of the paramedics had to change his clothes."
He said the girls were blonde and were both wearing dresses. He said the woman was lying in the road and was also covered in blood, and appeared lifeless.
The man, who would give only his first name, John, said he had run to the scene after hearing a woman scream.
"She shouted, 'Please help me! Please, God, help me!'" he said. Another witness, Andre Thorpe, said two ambulances attended the scene, which was within a mile of the ambulance station.
"Then four or five police vehicles came," he said. "They were trying to access a private house in the crescent. It was an old Victorian terrace – a lot of them are split into flats.
"I saw police come running out with a child. It was a small child. I just saw the legs. They went off in an ambulance. When the paramedic came back, her shirt was covered in blood."
He said the incident had happened in a secluded area and not on a main road, adding: "You have to drive up a dead end to get in. You would not happen to be passing."
The attacks occurred in the flat and in the street, according to police, who are not believed to be looking for anyone else but are continuing with inquiries.
A force spokeswoman said: "This is a close-knit community and we have had a fantastic response with information from locals that they believe would be useful."
Gull said on Sunday that a number of the victims had been attacked "with a knife or knives" and that it had been a "pretty traumatic" incident for emergency teams to deal with.
The island has fewer than 100,000 residents and crime has recently fallen to its lowest level in the past 10 years.
"Jersey is an incredibly safe island, probably one of the safest places in the western world, and incidents of this nature are an extremely rare occurrence," according to Gull, who later said that he believed the last murder on the island took place in 2004.
Police figures for the first half of this year show violent crime down 20%. Nine out of 10 adults in Jersey considered their neighbourhood very or fairly safe, the 2010 Jersey annual social survey found.
Gull, who led the Ipswich serial murders inquiry in 2006, said: "It goes without saying that when you are dealing with multiple deaths of men and women and, in particular, young children, you would be inhuman not to be shaken yourself."
Le Sueur said: "I was deeply saddened and shocked by yesterday's tragic events and I would like to extend my sincerest condolences to the friends and relatives of those involved.
"This is now a police inquiry and we fully support States of Jersey police officers as they carry out their investigations.
"I have every confidence in the ability and professionalism of our police force in handling this investigation. We must now avoid speculation and allow them to continue with this important work.
"Jersey is a very safe place and events of this terrible nature are very rare. This has greatly shocked the island's community. Many will need support and counselling in the days ahead and we will ensure this is provided," Le Sueur added, thanking emergency services and "especially paramedics and hospital staff for their tireless work".
Monsignor Nicholas France, head of the Catholic church in Jersey, said there was "great distress and anxiety" at the horrifying attack, and that prayers had been offered at a Polish mass on Sunday night for those involved. He told BBC Breakfast: "One's picked up a great sense of sadness that this could happen, especially to a family. On a small island like this it's a wound for the whole family, the whole community."
The hospital's emergency department was closed for more than two hours due to the volume of victims being admitted, and staff were called in on days off to help colleagues.
Three Polish children are among six people who have been killed in a knife attack at a house on Jersey in the Channel Islands.
Three children are among six people who have been killed in a knife attack at a house on Jersey in the Channel Islands.
The attack spilled from a flat and into the street yesterday afternoon on the island described by a detective as "one of the safest places in the western world".
The victims were two women, one man and three young children who are believed to be Jersey residents but whose identities have not been disclosed.
Sky's Katie Stallard, who is in St Helier, said that locals have said they were thought to be part of the same family and possibly of Polish descent, although police have not confirmed this.
A 30-year-old man is under arrest at Jersey General Hospital where he is in a serious but stable condition after undergoing surgery.
Inquiries were continuing to establish a motive but it is understood no-one else was being sought over the attacks.
Jersey is an incredibly safe island, probably one of the safest places in the western world and incidents of this nature are an extremely rare occurrence.
Detective Superintendent Stewart Gull
Detective Superintendent Stewart Gull, leading the inquiry for States of Jersey Police, said: "It goes without saying that when you are dealing with multiple deaths, of men and women and in particular young children, you would be inhuman not to be shaken yourself."
Speaking at a news conference yesterday, he added: "Jersey is an incredibly safe island, probably one of the safest places in the western world and incidents of this nature are an extremely rare occurrence, particularly in Jersey and across the UK."
Mr Gull, who led the Ipswich serial murders inquiry in 2006, said it was a "challenging and quite complex" case for emergency teams to deal with but praised their response.
The alarm was raised just after 3pm by a member of the public reporting a multiple stabbing at a flat at Victoria Crescent, Upper Midvale Road, St Helier.
Five people were initially confirmed to have died but a sixth victim - a woman - was later also pronounced dead at Jersey General Hospital.
The hospital's emergency department was closed for more than two hours due to the volume of victims being admitted, and staff were called in on days off to help colleagues.
Witness Andre Thorpe said: "I saw police come running out with a child, it was a small child. I just saw the legs. They went off in an ambulance.
"When the paramedic came back, her shirt was covered in blood. We have quick response ambulance cars here and two pulled up, grabbed a kit and ran inside."
Mr Thorpe also said he saw police taking a dog around various driveways. He added that the area where the incident happened was quite secluded and not on a main road.
He said: "You have to drive up a dead end to get in, you would not happen to be passing. I was in the area collecting a friend's car.
"I was first aware something was happening when I saw people looking out for the ambulances as I walked up the road."
A major incident room has been set up at police headquarters in St Helier and a number of witnesses have come forward to help officers.
Speaking last night, Mr Gull said: "Clearly this complex investigation is in its very early stages as we try to establish exactly what happened.
Sunday, 14 August 2011
family of a teenager accused of looting an electrical shop are the first to served with an eviction notice over the violence.
Daniel Sartain-Clarke, 18, and his mother have been served with an eviction notice on their £225,000 taxpayer-subsidised flat.
Sartain-Clarke is charged with violent disorder and attempting to steal electronic goods from the Currys store at Clapham Junction, South London, on Monday night.
Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth council which served the notice, said: "In Wandsworth we are determined to take the strongest possible action against any tenant or member of their household responsible for the truly shocking behaviour perpetrated on local homes and businesses earlier this week.
"This council will do its utmost to ensure that those who are responsible pay a proper price for their conduct. Ultimately this could lead to eviction from their homes."
Sartain-Clarke was arrested after more than 100 looters raided mobile phone shops, jewellers and sports shops on Monday night.
THE Metropolitan Police secretly ditched an emergency plan to combat civil unrest in favour of neighbourhood policing, a former commander claimed at the weekend.
Under the plan, between 3000 and 6000 riot-trained officers could be summoned within hours to flood an area and deal decisively with public disorder, said Tarique Ghaffur, a former assistant commissioner in charge of public order. It was abandoned four years ago because it would have taken officers away from the politically favoured policy of neighbourhood policing, he said.
"The Metropolitan Police service used to pride itself on its ability to bring 3000 to 6000 officers into central London at very short notice," Mr Ghaffur said. "We had the ability to press the button and summon that response as part of our operational capability and we used to regularly test it."
His claim was backed by other senior officers.
It also emerged that the Met ignored warnings in an internal report that gang culture based on "acquisitive crime" was taking control of socially deprived areas in Tottenham, Peckham, Hackney and Brixton -- all scenes of gang looting last week.
Mr Ghaffur criticised the Met for not taking more seriously the warnings in an internal report in 2005 that it faced "a new environment" in which gangs had taken control of whole estates and some inner-city areas.
These crime networks preyed on problem families, providing "dysfunctional" role models to disadvantaged youngsters of gang leaders living beyond their means.
The disclosures will intensify the row between police chiefs and ministers about who was to blame for the riots getting so far out of control. One minister said at the weekend the Met's failure to deploy the right tactics during the first three days of rioting showed it had been "cowed by a wave of criticism" of its handling of the student fees and G20 protests.
Acting commissioner Tim Godwin defended his officers from claims they had not responded strongly enough.
"To say that the Metropolitan Police has been timid I find extremely hurtful and untrue. I have some of the bravest, most courageous men and women that anyone has had the honour to lead."
Scotland Yard chiefs never gave orders to hold back, he said, comparing the task facing police with the aftermath of the July 2005 London bombing attacks.
"At the end of the day, if we are successful, I would imagine that we would be putting 3000 or so people through the courts," Mr Godwin told reporters.
"That's yet to be worked through, but we have lots and lots of images, we have lots and lots of CCTV and there were lots of people involved."
More than 2140 people have been arrested, and about 1000 have been charged.
Joshua Donald, 26, and a 17-year-old male appeared last night at Birmingham Magistrates Court charged with the murder of three men hit by a car while defending their neighbourhood against looters.
Senior British police went on the defensive after former New York police chief Bill Bratton agreed to visit London to advise on dealing with gangs. He was key to "zero tolerance" policing in New York and cutting crime after the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
Mr Bratton was a key figure in imposing "zero tolerance" policing in New York and cutting crime after the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
John Tully, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file officers in London, criticised the British Prime Minister's decision to bring Mr Bratton on board.
"Although he has a glittering record across in the States, it's a different style of policing. The gang culture's different," the BBC quoted him as saying.
Six people, including two children, have been killed after a stabbing incident in Jersey, police have said.
Police were called to a flat at Victoria Crescent, Upper Midvale Road, at 15:00 BST after reports of a multiple stabbing incident.
A 30-year-old man is in police custody at Jersey General Hospital where he is also recovering from surgery.
Two men and two women were also killed. The identities and ages of the deceased have yet to be confirmed.
The hospital's emergency department was temporarily closed, but a hospital spokeswoman confirmed that the hospital had now re-opened.
A number of witnesses have come forward and are currently being interviewed by police as officers make efforts to identify the victims.
Forensic officers are at the scene, together with a number of uniformed officers and detectives.
The acting head of the Metropolitan Police has clashed with the Prime Minister over a suggestion that the Army could be deployed to quell rioting in London.
Tim Godwin told David Cameron he would agree to troops on the streets of London only after ‘every one of my officers and borough commanders are standing on the police front line’.
The row happened last Tuesday morning in a meeting in Downing Street between the two men and Home Secretary Theresa May.
Met chief Tim Godwin, left, is reluctant to agree to troops on the streets of London and Sir Hugh Orde, right, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, has openly questioned the appointment of former US police chief, Bill Bratton
It took place shortly before a meeting of Cobra, the Government’s national security committee.
News of Mr Godwin’s intervention comes after a series of disagreements between the Government and the police over the handling of the riots.
Last week Mr Godwin implicitly attacked the Prime Minister when he criticised politicians ‘who weren’t there’ for making judgments about Scotland Yard’s response to the violence.
It is understood that Mr Cameron was keen to explore a number of options and contingency plans as the riots spread across the capital.
One of these was bringing in the Army. But later at the Cobra meeting, Mr Godwin repeated his objections to using soldiers.
Last week the Prime Minister told MPs that ‘far too few’ officers had been deployed when the trouble started and that the police had initially treated the violence ‘too much as a public order issue’ rather than as one of criminality.
His comments have antagonised senior police officers. Sir Hugh Orde, the president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, dismissed politicians’ claims that Ministers had ordered the tougher approach that ended the violence.
Saturday, 13 August 2011
Gang rivalries, an unsolved murder and a code of vengeance are at the heart of the events which sparked the rioting and looting last week.
The events can be directly traced back to the death of a 23-year-old man stabbed through the heart as he left an East End night club and the actions of his friend who believed he was honour-bound to avenge his death.
The dead man was Kelvin Easton, known as Smegz, who was an elder in the "Bloodline", from the Broadwater Farm estate in Tottenham, one of London's "post code" gangs.
The club where he died had been heaving: more than 500 people were inside at the time of the attack. But this is a world where the "stooly" who talks to the police is an outcast.
Tragically, it was not - until last week - an unusual story: London has seen 92 similar gang related murders in the last two years. The gangs control the drugs trade on their territories, sometimes little more than a few streets, and will kill and maim rivals to defend it.
The young foot soldiers in this world are bound by a warped code of honour and their movements restricted for fear of breaking down the uneasy truces between them.
There have been "chaotic" scenes in magistrates' courts as hundreds of people stood to face charges related to looting and violence in cities across the country.
Courts in London have been working through the night in order to process the unprecedented number of people.
Proceedings have been taking place in Westminster, Birmingham and Manchester.
Lawyers, journalists and members of the public flooded the small public galleries of Westminster Magistrates Court to watch justice unfold.
In court, Sky's Lia Hervey said bleary-eyed court clerks and lawyers who had worked through the night to process nearly 100 people battled to deal with the large numbers arriving in the morning.
Files were lost, some defendants did not have lawyers and the secure area where defendants are brought in in prison vans was jammed, causing a delay.
The Metropolitan Police also confirmed that around half of the 240 people who appeared in court so far over the London riots were under 18.
One case involved 16 people charged with violent disorder after two cafes were attacked in St John's Wood on Tuesday night.
Around 50 youths were said to have tried to set fire to a car and two cafes with customers inside.
The prosecution claimed missiles were hurled and burning rags thrown into the cafes while customers cowered.
All of those 16 charged either failed to indicate a plea at this stage or denied the charges.
Those who have appeared at courts around the country so far have come from a wide range of ages and backgrounds.
They include an 11-year-old boy, a millionaire's daughter, a teaching assistant and a lifeguard.
33-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing a fire which destroyed the Reeves Furniture store during rioting in Croydon on Monday
He is the fourth person to be arrested in connection with the blaze which destroyed the family-run store.
The man has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life and burglary, a police spokesman said.
He is being questioned at a south London police station.
Meanwhile, a man has been remanded in custody over the robbery of an injured Malaysian student during the recent riots.
20-year-old Reece Donovan appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court accused of stealing a Nokia phone and a Sony PSP from Ashraf Haziq Rosli.
Mr Rosli was attacked in Barking on Monday and left with a broken jaw.
Donovan, from Romford in Essex, spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.
The prosecutor stressed that Donovan, who the court heard also uses the name Reece Reegan, was not accused of attacking the victim nor of taking his bicycle.
The defendant was denied bail and will next appear at Wood Green Crown Court on August 19 for a plea and case management hearing.
Elsewhere, police investigating the murders of two brothers and another man during riots in Birmingham have arrested two more people.
Detectives have been given an extra 12 hours to question three people already in custody over the deaths.
Haroon Jahan, 21, died alongside brothers Shazad Ali, 30 and Adbul Musavir, 31, in the early hours of Wednesday.
They were all hit by a car on Dudley Road in the Winson Green area of Birmingham.
A 26-year-old man and two youths, aged 16 and 17, are still being questioned by police over the incident.
A 32-year-old man arrested last week was bailed on Thursday.
More than 70 police officers are working on the investigation into the deaths, with a significant amount of CCTV footage recovered.
However, officers have appealed for help in locating a black Audi A3 that may have been in the area at the time of the incident.
A man and a teenager have been charged with the murders of three men hit by a car in Birmingham during the riots.
Haroon Jahan, 21, died alongside brothers Shazad Ali, 30 and Adbul Musavir, 31, in the early hours of Wednesday.
They were all hit by a car on Dudley Road in the Winson Green area of Birmingham.
David Cameron today tells the police to take a “zero tolerance” approach to street crime in the wake of the worst rioting to hit mainland Britain in 30 years.
The Prime Minister uses an interview with The Sunday Telegraph to promise a series of tough measures, to be unveiled in the coming months, to fight crime and reclaim the streets from rioters, looters and gangs.
He pledges to support “zero tolerance” — a tough system of policing first popularised in the US which sees even minor offences prosecuted vigorously to send out the message that no form of law-breaking will be tolerated.
“I will be saying much more about that because I think it is true,” Mr Cameron says. “We haven’t talked the language of zero tolerance enough but the message is getting through.”
Mr Cameron has recruited Bill Bratton, the former US “supercop”, to advise him as he plans his autumn enforcement drive.
The Prime Minister is expected to give details of the new strategy in a major speech in the next few weeks.
Standing between the police and the rioters, I saw masked youths, black and white, tear the scarves from their faces as they marched up to the police lines and challenged them to a fight.
Behind the riot shields of the line of helmeted officers in front of him, a sergeant with red epaulettes held his arms wide and screamed: “Come on then!”
And the rioters responded in kind with a volley of bricks that came close to smashing into the faces of the advancing officers, protected only by well-manoevered shields.
Brandishing pieces of wood the rioters charged back at the police who were forced to retreat, then set fire to large wheeled rubbish bins and drove them into the police lines.
Two youths carried a pole as a battering ram, glass bottles came raining down and the van, by now with its headlights on and alarming screeching, began to explode.
“Who could complain?” he asked, sitting in his office in Manhattan. “It’s a beautiful day in New York - temperature in the 70s, no humidity for a change. Perfect.”
Mr Bratton, 63, may not have much of the US summer left to enjoy. The former head of the police in New York, Los Angeles and Boston, famed for his “zero tolerance” approach to crime, has been called by David Cameron and will soon be advising Britain’s bruised bobbies.
Mr Cameron is even understood to have wanted Mr Bratton for the vacant role of Metropolitan Police Commissioner, but was overruled by Theresa May, his Home Secretary.
The so-called “supercop” can barely disguise his disappointment. “There has been a decision made to restrict it to British citizens, so it is what it is,” he said. “I have been asked to engage on a very specific area, and I’m honoured to be doing that.” But sad not to get the top job? “It is what it is,” he repeats.
Not that the task awaiting him is inconsiderable. Mr Bratton, now chairman of Kroll, a private security company, must devise a plan to deal with the criminality and gang culture among some of Britain’s inner-city youth that was paraded this week in horrifying detail.
Friday, 12 August 2011
Gangs of rioters intent on causing mayhem were bussed into areas where violence was erupting, a police chief revealed today.
Detective Superintendent Jo Oakley, the acting chief of police in Croydon, said minibuses had been laid on to ferry yobs into and around the town.
It is the latest claim that the violence has been escalated or orchestrated behind the scenes by gangs of thugs already renowned for terrorising the streets.
Crowds lurking on the streets of Manchester during the riots
Det Supt Oakley said: 'It all started happening and escalated very quickly. We had a lot of officers in and around the town centre.
'However, there were incidents going on across Croydon. The geography caused problems.
'There were so many individual incidents across Croydon. For some of the areas, there was no intelligence that was going to happen.'
A spokesman for the Police Federation, the police trade union, said : 'I heard similar stories about events in North London being organised...
'People in North London were claiming the problems were caused by organised people coming in from outside.'
A rioter walking through a burning barricade in Liverpool
The revelation about the tactics used by the rioters came as David Cameron vowed there would be a crackdown on gang culture in the UK.
And he suggested social networks used as part of the bid to incite and coordinate violence could be targeted in a bid to curtail disorder.
He told MPs in an emergency statement to the Commons: 'Everyone watching these horrific actions will be stuck by how they were organised via social media.
'Free flow of information can be used for good. But it can also be used for ill. And when people are using social media for violence we need to stop them.
'So we are working with the police, the intelligence services and industry to look at whether it would be right to stop people communicating via these websites and services when we know they are plotting violence, disorder and criminality.'
Looters carrying boxes out of a home cinema shop in central Birmingham
Many have claimed rioters were using BlackBerry instant messaging, which is encrypted and hard to trace, and social networks like Twitter.
Messages were sent out about particular locations and times for when groups should gather and start agitating.
In Manchester, a suspected gang boss Dominic Noonan was seen allegedly helping organise riots on his mobile phone, according to The Telegraph.
Amateur footage showed Noonan, the subject of a 2007 documentary A Very British Gangster, talking to a group of looters carrying a plasma TV.
Peter Fahy, chief constable of Greater Manchester Police, has said he believes the violence was 'organised and orchestrated'.
Home Office sources said earlier this week that 'several hundred' ringleaders had already been traced as part of the intelligence operation.
One official said: 'Many of these people are part of organised criminal gangs. We know who they are and we can see who else they are talking to. We are using all the resources at our disposal. This is a national priority.'
Research in Motion, the firm behind Black-Berry, has said it will 'engage with the authorities'.