Friday, 30 December 2011

Murder squad detectives today offered a £50,000 reward for information as they investigated the "horrific" murder of an Indian student blasted to death on Boxing Day.


 

Anuj Bidve, 23, was shot in the head at point-blank range as he walked with friends near their hotel in the inner-city Ordsall district of the city, in the early hours of December 26.

The murder of the Indian student is being treated by detectives at Greater Manchester Police (GMP) as a "hate crime" which may have been racially motivated.

Today senior officers from the force announced the cash reward and said they hoped it would help get the killer gunman caught as soon as possible.

Det Chief Supt Mary Doyle, leading the murder inquiry, said: "It is an extremely unusual, savage and motiveless attack, an absolutely horrific crime, which is why we are taking the step of issuing it (the reward) a bit earlier than we normally would.

"We absolutely understand the need to take whoever is responsible for this off the streets.

"That's the reason we are issuing it now at such an early stage."

Often rewards are offered by the police weeks or months after the crime.

Assistant Chief Constable Dawn Copley, from GMP, speaking at a news conference at the force HQ in Manchester, said: "We are going to issue a reward here and now, for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Anuj's murder.

"That reward is £50,000.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

A gang tried to break into John Terry’s home while the Chelsea captain was away playing in Thursday night’s Barclays Premier League game against Tottenham.


The raiders had broken through the perimeter gate of the property using a scaffolding pole from building work next door and were approaching the house before being chased off the premises by security guards.

Terry’s wife Toni and four-year-old children Georgie John and Summer Rose were in the mansion in Oxshott, Surrey, along with Terry’s mother Sue and Toni’s mother Sue Poole when the intruders struck towards the end of the game.
Terry had hired the extra security due to the intensity of the media spotlight on him following being charged by the Crown Prosecution Service with racially abusing Anton Ferdinand during Chelsea’s game against QPR at Loftus Road in October.

It is unclear whether the attackers were intent on damaging the property or attempting burglary.
A friend of Terry said: ‘They were all completely shocked at what happened, especially with young children in the house and two grandmothers. It was a very scary experience for all of them at a hugely difficult time for the family.’

SOURCE: Daily Mail

This is not the first time thieves have targeted player’s homes when they have been away on playing duty. Wayne Rooney’s house was targeted after he left Everton for Man United and just last week Peter Crouch’s home was broken into and ransacked.

Whatever you feel towards the England and Chelsea skipper such behaviour is atrocious and one can only hope that the culprits are brought to justice.

Firearm find linked to Stephen Pollock shooting murder


Stephen Pollock's body was found in Weaver Terrace


Police investigating the murder of a man who was shot dead in Paisley say a firearm found in the area may be linked to the case.

The body of 21-year-old Stephen Pollock was found at a house in the town's Weaver Terrace on 21 December following a disturbance there.

Officers plan to interview pedestrians and motorists in Cathcart Crescent later in a bid generate information.

The firearm was recovered in the Paisley area on Tuesday night.

Det Sup Alan Buchanan, of Strathclyde Police, said: "We are now one week on into this inquiry and tonight's operation is about speaking to pedestrians and motorists who perhaps use this main road through the Hunterhill area on a regular basis around this particular time.

"Hopefully, we can jog their memories into remembering something they may have seen or heard which could assist our enquiries.
'Terrible crime'

He added: "A team of officers is currently working around-the-clock on this inquiry in an attempt to identify the person responsible for this terrible crime.

Det Sup Buchanan said the firearm recovered "may be linked to the investigation near to Weaver Terrace".

He said: "We are still working to gather as much information on Stephen in order to try and find out the motive for this murder.

"Stephen had a lot of friends and was regularly seen walking his golden retriever dog in the Hunterhill area.

"Extra uniform officers will maintain a presence in the area to provide public reassurance, and I would urge anyone with concerns to speak to officers."

Stephen Lawrence judge warns jury over 'sympathy or anger' verdict


Jurors on the Stephen Lawrence murder trial have been told not to let sympathy impact their deliberations about the accused, David Norris and Gary Dobson.


In his summing up remarks, Mr Justice Treacy warned the jury 'emotion such as sympathy for the Lawrence family has no part to play' in their verdict.
Jurors have been warned not to let sympathy cloud their judgement over Stephen Lawrence's murder (PA)

'Equally, anger at the nature of the attack on Stephen Lawrence cannot guide your decision,' he added.

Mr Justice Treacy said it was possible to find Mr Norris and Mr Dobson guilty of the murder, even if neither were behind the fatal blow.

If the pair are found not guilty of murdering the teenager in 1993, then manslaughter can be considered.


His final summing up focused on the attack itself, contamination of evidence, forensics and the case put forward by Mr Norris' and Mr Dobson's defence.

Mr Justice Treacy also highlighted the steps that have been taken to combat racism in the UK since Stephen's murder.

'Do you have a sense that the well meaning still feel, unless there is a conviction some time in the case of Stephen Lawrence and his senseless death, that somehow racism would have won?

'Racism has long since lost any shred of respect, even one might say, in football,' he said.

Both Dobson and Norris have denied involvement in the murder, with Norris previously telling the court: 'You are accusing me of murder. I am an innocent man.'

chief executives, some of whom earned more than the Prime Minister, used their taxpayer – funded expenses to pay for trivial items such as burgers, Christmas cards and biscuits.



The chief executives, some of whom ranked among the highest-paid public officials in the country spent public money on fine dining, expensive hotel bills, "corporate gifts" for staff and even self-help books.

Thousands of pounds were charged to the taxpayer despite the heads “retiring” from their local authority, in some instances just a few months later.

The disclosures are contained in the financial records for 340 councils across England and Wales, obtained by The Daily Telegraph under freedom of information laws.

Expenses claims and credit card bills show that Maggie Mooney, the former CEO of Carlise City Council spent £85.12 on Amazon.co.uk for six self-help books six months before retiring.

Among her purchases included “Starting Up On Your Own: How to Succeed as an Independent Consultant or Freelance”, “What Color Is Your Parachute?” and “A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers”.
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Mrs Mooney, who earned £104,462 a year, also spent £10.67 on a publication called “Talking to a Brick Wall: Why We Don't Believe Politicians & How to Make Them Listen to Us”.

Her expenses bills show the majority of the book purchases were made on January 31. She retired on August 26, having led a major restructure of the cash-strapped council, and is now advertising her services online as a consultant.

Mrs Mooney, 60, of Stanwix, Cumbria, also spent a total of £267 on champagne, whisky, wine, chocolates, gift wrap and gift sets as “leaving gifts for senior management” on her corporate credit card.

Ron Hilton, the former Staffordshire town hall boss charged exclusive hotel bills to his council credit card on 31 separate occasions, costing the public £5,416 while his council struggled to reduce its budget.

Mr Hilton, who was the highest paid Chief Executive in the West Midlands with a £242,842 a year salary, stayed at a string of five star London hotels including Millinnium Mayfair, Grosvenor House and the Park Plaza before his retirement in January last year.

Expenses claims and credit card bills show Mr Hilton stayed at the Millennium Mayfair on nine occasions between 2008 and 2010. The hotel describes itself as being “amongst the most elegant and luxurious Mayfair hotels”.

He also stayed at The Belfry, a golf and leisure resort in the West Midlands, and Combe Grove Manor, a Georgian mansion in bath.

Staffordshire is struggling to cut £136m in three years and has so far slashed £2.5m from children’s services, £2.2m from highways and £650,000 from road safety. Mr Hilton, 65, now operates his own consultancy.

John Foster, who was paid £210,000 to run Islington Council, in north London, before recently retiring claimed nearly £15,000 including more than £1,700 on his credit card entertaining other public officials at top local restaurants.

Mr Foster, who left the council in May, entertained other chief executives at restaurants such as the Almeida in Islington and Browns.

He treated the leader of Wakefield Council, his former employer, to lunch at the renowned Israeli restaurant Ottalenghi just before his departure in May and also dined at the Butlers Wharf Chop House, La Petit Auberge and the Fig and Olive.

Mr Foster, 63, drew heavy criticism for accepting a £545,000 pay-off when he left his job as chief executive of Wakefield Council in November 2007 only to take up his new post at Islington in April 2008.

Earlier this year this newspaper disclosed that town hall bosses presiding over spending cuts have run up credit card and expenses bills of £2.6 million since 2008, spending on items including golf days, spa breaks and first – class flights.

They showed that some bosses ran up tens of thousands of pounds in expenses and credit card bills on top of their six-figure salaries, despite being ordered to slash their pay and perks by Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary.

Other chief executives, some of whom earned more than the Prime Minister, used their taxpayer – funded expenses to pay for trivial items such as burgers, Christmas cards and biscuits.

Mrs Mooney claimed some of the books were bought in her role as “Mentor” to a council employee, who she did not name, while others were used as council resources. The books, she said, were bought before she knew she was going to retire.

In a statement issued through her former employer, she said the book about the councillors “did not reflect at all my relationship” with them although she found it “useful”.

She said the money was “legitimately spent on leaving presents” and was cleared by council officials.

The new administration at Staffordshire County Council condemned their former chief executive and pledged that officials would stick to cheaper alternatives in future.

Ian Parry, the deputy leader of the Tory council, said: “These expenses would not, and have not, been tolerated since we took control of the finances in June 2009.”

“We take seriously our job of representing Staffordshire people and this sometimes involves attending events and conferences. The hotel choice will, however, always offer the best value for Staffordshire taxpayers.”

An Islington Council Spokesman confirmed Mr Foster had left the council but declined to comment further.

Maggie Mooney’s books. £85.12

Starting Up On Your Own: How to Succeed as an Independent Consultant.

* What Color is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual For Job-Hunters and Career Changers.

* Bounce: Use the Power of Resilience to Live the Life You Want.

* How to be Assertive in any Situation.

* Beyond Authority: Leadership in a Changing World’.

* The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey – How management can effectively rid themselves of ‘monkeys’ – other people's responsibilities that cling to them and prevent them managing efficiently.

* £10.67 on a publication called Talking to a Brick Wall: Why We Don't Believe Politicians & How to Make Them Listen to U

Government has been strongly targeting welfare fraud as a means of saving money.

Figures from the department show the level of reporting has risen from just over 579 in 2006 to over 16,000 this year.

With an annual bill of over €20bn, the Government has been strongly targeting welfare fraud as a means of saving money.

Its means of doing so has included appealing to the public for assistance and the new figures suggest the strategy has been a success.

The majority of reports about fraud were for working and claiming which accounted for just over 7,000 cases. 831 of the reports concerned individuals suspected of claiming here while living abroad.

All anonymous tip-offs are examined and where relevant are referred to an inspector for follow-up.

The estimated potential savings from clamping down on welfare fraud vary from €0.5bn to €20m in a single year.

Eleven people are being held on suspicion of murder after a teenager was stabbed to death on London's busiest shopping street.



The 18-year-old victim, named locally as Seydou Diarrassouba, was killed near the Foot Locker store on Oxford Street at 13:45 GMT on Monday.

A separate non-fatal stabbing took place at the street's junction with Regent Street, several hours later.

The street has re-opened, but there is still a small cordon outside the shop.

Scotland Yard confirmed a Taser stun gun was shown by an officer controlling the crowd following the killing, near the junction with Stratford Place.

Officers are questioning a 16-year-old along with three people aged 17, another five who are aged 19 and two more, both 22.

Less than five hours later, near Oxford Circus, a man aged 21 was stabbed in the thigh.

Earlier, police said three people had been arrested in connection with the second attack but have now confirmed no-one had been detained.

Police reopened the area around Bond Street Tube station early on Tuesday

Police said it was too early to confirm whether or not the two incidents were connected.

However, Insp Bruce Middlemiss, the duty officer for police in Westminster, said: "They are a similar sort of circumstances, youths, possibly from the same south London area."

The first stabbing happened at the height of what is traditionally the busiest shopping day on Oxford Street.

A post-mortem examination of the victim is due to take place later and his next-of-kin have been informed, but his identity has not been officially confirmed.

A man, who was at school with Mr Diarrassouba, said: "I lived in the same block as him and we went to the same high school. We'd go down to play football together.

"When I'd see him in the street, he'd give me a cheeky grin and a nod."

Det Ch Insp Mark Dunne said there appeared to have been two groups of young people "opposing each other" prior to the fatal stabbing.

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"Fighting took place inside the shop and outside," he said.

"A number of weapons have been recovered from that scene. Whether I have got the murder weapon I don't know."

He said there were many potential witnesses because the area was so busy, and he was keen to obtain any video footage which they had filmed.

"There were certainly people in the store, and outside the store, who had their phones recording matters," said Mr Dunne.

"We would be particularly interested in those coming forward."
Store 'closed'

The area, close to Bond Street Tube, was closed between Duke Street and New Bond Street and shops within the cordon were forced to shut.

A worker at one retailer, who did not want to give her name, said: "We stopped trading.

"We closed down the store and we had to stay in, because it wasn't safe."

Oxford Circus was sealed off on Monday evening following the second stabbing of the day

The second stabbing took place near to the junction with Regent Street at 18:20 GMT.

The 21-year-old victim is in a stable condition and his injury is not thought to be life-threatening.

Jace Tyrell, from the New West End Company, which represents shops in Oxford Street and Bond Street, said there had been "shock" among retailers over the stabbings.

"This is an extremely rare event to have happened on Oxford Street, and I think we're still a bit stunned by what happened," he said.

He said police officers had been "very reassuring" and Oxford Street was "open for business" again.

Seydou Diarrassouba died at the scene at around 1.45pm, the latest victim of London’s senseless gang violence.

On Boxing Day he is believed to have left his home on a council estate in Mitcham, South London, with other members of ABM with the intention of using the sales crush as cover for shoplifting.

But the gang ran into their rivals and violence that is usually restricted to deprived areas of London boiled over in front of crowds of shoppers, tourists and families.

Sportswear store Foot Locker became the battleground when the college student was knifed through the heart before staggering outside and collapsing in a pool of blood.

Paramedics battled to save him as crowds of spectators filming the incident on mobile phones pushed against police, trying to get a better view of the dying boy.

He died at the scene at around 1.45pm, the latest victim of London’s senseless gang violence.
Just hours later, a second man aged 21 was stabbed in the leg on the same street in what is believed to be a separate and unrelated attack.

Last night detectives were examining hours of CCTV footage from around the West End to establish whether there may have been a confrontation earlier in the day between the two gangs.

Officers were also looking at video from a number of stores in Oxford Street to work out the victim’s movements in the hours before the stabbing, as well as examining reports of thefts in the area.

Police said the trigger for the fight remained unclear, although there were reports that a row broke out over which trainers to steal from the shop.

Last night details emerged about how Diarrassouba was sucked into the violent world of gang warfare.

Born in Merton, south London, in 1993 to Muslim parents who came to Britain from the Ivory Coast in West Africa, he was the youngest of three.



Murder weapon? A lock knife found at the scene of the stabbing
Forensic officers in white boiler suits work on the scene as the investigation gets underway

Friends said Diarrassouba was one of the ‘bright kids’ at Rutlish High School in Merton, before attending South Thames College. His family, who live in a rundown tower-block on the outskirts of Mitcham, south London, were last night too devastated to speak.

But a series of disturbing images and videos seen by the Daily Mail reveal the teenager glorifying violence and smoking what appears to be a ‘blunt’ – slang for a rolled up cigarette containing cannabis.


Known by the nicknames ‘Nutz’ and ‘TunaRaw’, he was an active gang member for at least two years.

Many teenagers who lived near him would avoid him, aware he was part of the ABM gang and could be armed.

Earlier this month, one teenager said he had witnessed Diarrassouba and a fellow gang member attack another group of boys at a house party in Croydon, simply because they were from an opposing faction.

The three victims of the assault were left with bloodied lips and bruised faces.

One associate said: ‘He may well pretend to be an angel at home, but he’s hardly going to go home and threaten his mother. Seydou was a completely different person when he was with his friends, but that’s gang life.

‘Around other members he was a bubbly character, but not when he came across his enemies. That was a different story.

‘You certainly couldn’t trust him. He had a cold and ruthless side to him, and could turn on you in an instant if you were not one of his own.’

Eleven people - including a boy of 16 - have been arrested in connection with the murder, but police are still trying to trace a number of those involved in the attack.



Investigation: Part of the road was cordoned off on one of the busiest shopping days of the year after the stabbing


Crowd control police are seen keeping crowds back while paramedics try to revive the stabbing victim

Police stand guard over a blood-soaked item of clothing and belongings of a second person stabbed on Oxford Street yesterday


Probe: A forensics officers moves the victims belongings, including trainers, clothing and an Oyster card, into a bag for examination following the stabbing

Seydou Diarrassouba died at the scene at around 1.45pm, the latest victim of London’s senseless gang violence.

On Boxing Day he is believed to have left his home on a council estate in Mitcham, South London, with other members of ABM with the intention of using the sales crush as cover for shoplifting.

But the gang ran into their rivals and violence that is usually restricted to deprived areas of London boiled over in front of crowds of shoppers, tourists and families.

Sportswear store Foot Locker became the battleground when the college student was knifed through the heart before staggering outside and collapsing in a pool of blood.

Paramedics battled to save him as crowds of spectators filming the incident on mobile phones pushed against police, trying to get a better view of the dying boy.

He died at the scene at around 1.45pm, the latest victim of London’s senseless gang violence.
Just hours later, a second man aged 21 was stabbed in the leg on the same street in what is believed to be a separate and unrelated attack.

Last night detectives were examining hours of CCTV footage from around the West End to establish whether there may have been a confrontation earlier in the day between the two gangs.

Officers were also looking at video from a number of stores in Oxford Street to work out the victim’s movements in the hours before the stabbing, as well as examining reports of thefts in the area.

Police said the trigger for the fight remained unclear, although there were reports that a row broke out over which trainers to steal from the shop.

Last night details emerged about how Diarrassouba was sucked into the violent world of gang warfare.

Born in Merton, south London, in 1993 to Muslim parents who came to Britain from the Ivory Coast in West Africa, he was the youngest of three.



Murder weapon? A lock knife found at the scene of the stabbing
Forensic officers in white boiler suits work on the scene as the investigation gets underway

Friends said Diarrassouba was one of the ‘bright kids’ at Rutlish High School in Merton, before attending South Thames College. His family, who live in a rundown tower-block on the outskirts of Mitcham, south London, were last night too devastated to speak.

But a series of disturbing images and videos seen by the Daily Mail reveal the teenager glorifying violence and smoking what appears to be a ‘blunt’ – slang for a rolled up cigarette containing cannabis.


Known by the nicknames ‘Nutz’ and ‘TunaRaw’, he was an active gang member for at least two years.

Many teenagers who lived near him would avoid him, aware he was part of the ABM gang and could be armed.

Earlier this month, one teenager said he had witnessed Diarrassouba and a fellow gang member attack another group of boys at a house party in Croydon, simply because they were from an opposing faction.

The three victims of the assault were left with bloodied lips and bruised faces.

One associate said: ‘He may well pretend to be an angel at home, but he’s hardly going to go home and threaten his mother. Seydou was a completely different person when he was with his friends, but that’s gang life.

‘Around other members he was a bubbly character, but not when he came across his enemies. That was a different story.

‘You certainly couldn’t trust him. He had a cold and ruthless side to him, and could turn on you in an instant if you were not one of his own.’

Eleven people - including a boy of 16 - have been arrested in connection with the murder, but police are still trying to trace a number of those involved in the attack.



Investigation: Part of the road was cordoned off on one of the busiest shopping days of the year after the stabbing


Crowd control: In this video image, police are seen keeping crowds back while paramedics try to revive the stabbing victim

Police stand guard over a blood-soaked item of clothing and belongings of a second person stabbed on Oxford Street yesterday


Probe: A forensics officers moves the victims belongings, including trainers, clothing and an Oyster card, into a bag for examination following the stabbing

Seydou Diarrassouba died at the scene at around 1.45pm, the latest victim of London’s senseless gang violence.

On Boxing Day he is believed to have left his home on a council estate in Mitcham, South London, with other members of ABM with the intention of using the sales crush as cover for shoplifting.

But the gang ran into their rivals and violence that is usually restricted to deprived areas of London boiled over in front of crowds of shoppers, tourists and families.

Sportswear store Foot Locker became the battleground when the college student was knifed through the heart before staggering outside and collapsing in a pool of blood.

Paramedics battled to save him as crowds of spectators filming the incident on mobile phones pushed against police, trying to get a better view of the dying boy.

He died at the scene at around 1.45pm, the latest victim of London’s senseless gang violence.
Just hours later, a second man aged 21 was stabbed in the leg on the same street in what is believed to be a separate and unrelated attack.

Last night detectives were examining hours of CCTV footage from around the West End to establish whether there may have been a confrontation earlier in the day between the two gangs.

Officers were also looking at video from a number of stores in Oxford Street to work out the victim’s movements in the hours before the stabbing, as well as examining reports of thefts in the area.

Police said the trigger for the fight remained unclear, although there were reports that a row broke out over which trainers to steal from the shop.

Last night details emerged about how Diarrassouba was sucked into the violent world of gang warfare.

Born in Merton, south London, in 1993 to Muslim parents who came to Britain from the Ivory Coast in West Africa, he was the youngest of three.



Murder weapon? A lock knife found at the scene of the stabbing
Forensic officers in white boiler suits work on the scene as the investigation gets underway

Friends said Diarrassouba was one of the ‘bright kids’ at Rutlish High School in Merton, before attending South Thames College. His family, who live in a rundown tower-block on the outskirts of Mitcham, south London, were last night too devastated to speak.

But a series of disturbing images and videos seen by the Daily Mail reveal the teenager glorifying violence and smoking what appears to be a ‘blunt’ – slang for a rolled up cigarette containing cannabis.


Known by the nicknames ‘Nutz’ and ‘TunaRaw’, he was an active gang member for at least two years.

Many teenagers who lived near him would avoid him, aware he was part of the ABM gang and could be armed.

Earlier this month, one teenager said he had witnessed Diarrassouba and a fellow gang member attack another group of boys at a house party in Croydon, simply because they were from an opposing faction.

The three victims of the assault were left with bloodied lips and bruised faces.

One associate said: ‘He may well pretend to be an angel at home, but he’s hardly going to go home and threaten his mother. Seydou was a completely different person when he was with his friends, but that’s gang life.

‘Around other members he was a bubbly character, but not when he came across his enemies. That was a different story.

‘You certainly couldn’t trust him. He had a cold and ruthless side to him, and could turn on you in an instant if you were not one of his own.’

Eleven people - including a boy of 16 - have been arrested in connection with the murder, but police are still trying to trace a number of those involved in the attack.



Investigation: Part of the road was cordoned off on one of the busiest shopping days of the year after the stabbing


Crowd control: In this video image, police are seen keeping crowds back while paramedics try to revive the stabbing victim

Police stand guard over a blood-soaked item of clothing and belongings of a second person stabbed on Oxford Street yesterday


Probe: A forensics officers moves the victims belongings, including trainers, clothing and an Oyster card, into a bag for examination following the stabbing

Monday, 19 December 2011

The glamorous wife of Gadget shop founder Chris Gorman has struck a deal with prosecutors in Florida to avoid a prison sentence.

The glamorous wife of Gadget shop founder Chris Gorman has struck a deal with prosecutors in Florida to avoid a prison sentence.

But it means 43-year-old Mary Gorman will agree to take part in a yearlong community service programme that will see her carry out 100 hours of work.

Typically, the work involves menial labour, such as picking up litter and cleaning at drug rehab facilities.




Lawyers for Gorman are expected to push for the community service programme to be completed in Scotland.

A judge in Florida will make the final decision early in the New Year but legal sources said it is likely he will order the work to be carried out in Orlando where the alleged crimes were committed.

Gorman, who is known for her love of parties, will also have to undergo random drug tests.


If she fails a single test, or does not complete her community service, she will be hauled off to jail.

Details of the plea deal came as the mother of four spoke for the first time following her arrest after allegedly being caught in a sex act with a unknown man in an Orlando nightclub toilet.


Gorman was charged with battery of a police officer and possession of cocaine at an Orlando club in August

She told MailOnline: ‘Living under the shadow of this incident has placed our family under considerable strain and so I am very encouraged that a resolution has been agreed.

‘We fully agree with our lawyer and the State Prosecutor’s office that this is the most suitable way to deal with the matter and look forward to agreeing the details in the New Year.’

Gorman and her husband, who have a £45m fortune, had earlier denied all the charges following the sordid incident in the toilet of an Orlando nightclub.

They had vowed to fight the charges. Their lawyer insisted they were innocent following the incident during a family holiday to the Disney theme parks last August.

Gorman, of Bridge of Weir Renfrewshire, was arrested in August after being thrown out of the Roxy nightclub when an off duty police officer saw her engaged in a sex act with a black man she had met at the club.

As she was being ejected, she assaulted officer Noah Pruitt and a search of her handbag revealed two wraps of cocaine.

Gorman was charged with drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and battery on a police officer.

The third degree felony charges carried a maximum of 11 years in jail.

Charges of resisting arrest against her 44-year-old multi-millionaire husband were dropped earlier this month.

Her trial in Orlando was due to start in February, but instead her lawyer Mark Horwitz has thrashed out a deal with prosecutors to avoid a humiliating court appearance.


Nights out: Mrs Gorman, second from left, and adult star Rebecca Jessop, second from right


Incident: The couple were arrested at the Roxy Club in Orlando, pictured, but the other man at the scene was released without charge

Instead, Gorman will now take part in what is known as a pre-trial diversion programme.

It is eligible to first time offenders run by the Orange County State's Attorney's office in Orlando and is aimed at cutting down court costs by reducing the need for a trial.

Under the scheme Gorman will have to complete a minimum of 100 hours of community service.

'The type of work is always very menial and usually very hard, ‘said a source with the Orlando State's Attorney's Office.

‘As Mrs Gorman was charged with a drugs offence she could be put to work in a drug rehab centre. It would involve manual labour, such a cleaning the floors and the toilets.

‘Alternatively many of those in the programme are put on litter duties along the highways and in state parks.’


Young love: The couple wed in the early 1980s after meeting at a training course and renewed their vows in a lavish ceremony years later

Another part of the pre-trial diversion programme will see Mrs Gorman attend anger management classes. She will also undergo counselling for drugs.

A spokesman for the Orange County prosecutor said:’Pretrial Diversion is a diversionary program run by the State Attorney's Office and is usually reserved for first time, nonviolent offenders.

‘The diversion program is similar to probation, in that once you are accepted into the programme you must report once a month to a supervising officer, undergo random drug testing, complete community service hours, and refrain from being involved in any criminal activity,’ he said.

Gorman's Orlando lawyer Mark Horwitz said in a statement that the completion of the pre-trial programme will result in all the charges being dropped and no criminal record for Mrs Gorman.

The businesswoman, who runs a property development company and acts as a management consultant, is thought to have been desperate to avoid jail.


Honoured: Mr and Mrs Gorman pictured when he received his OBE for services to business in 2005

Horwitz said:’It is very positive that the State Prosecutor’s office is in agreement with this approach and the details of the programme will be agreed in the New Year.’

Gorman is now expected to attend a January hearing in Orlando where details of the programme will be decided.

Her lawyer had previously obtained permission from the court to allow Mrs Gorman not to appear but to go on the programme she has to meet with Orange County officials.


Millionaire: Chris Gorman, 44, was accused of 'interfering' with police when they arrested his wife in the toilet of a Florida nightclub, but the case was later closed

Orlando-based criminal defence lawyer Scott Richardson said Mrs Gorman was ‘very lucky’ to be offered the pre-trial programme as one of her charges involved assaulting a police officer.

‘Whatever attorney she has she should thank. He has done a fantastic job so far to get her into the programme when she was facing an assault charge on a police officer.

‘All of those accepted into the programme have to carry out the community service in Florida, but the judge can make exceptions.’

This Government believes that foreign criminals should be returned to their home country at the earliest opportunity and the UK Border Agency always seeks to remove the

Foreign criminals who should have been deported after serving prison sentences have gone on to commit violent crimes, it has been reported.

A leaked report by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) reveals the former inmates were arrested for murders, kidnapping, rapes and other sexual offences, according to the Sunday Times.

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said: "The Home Secretary needs to explain urgently why the number of foreign national criminals deported has dropped so much, and why so many more foreign criminals have suddenly been left in the community instead."

Foreign nationals who are sent to prison for more than a year are meant to be deported automatically once they have served their time behind bars.

Ms Cooper added: "People who shouldn't be in the UK have been arrested for serious crimes, yet the Government are doing nothing to increase removals.

"Home Office figures show 700 fewer foreign national criminals were removed from the UK this year compared to last. Now we learn that the number of prisoners released into communities has increased by nearly 500 foreign criminals in just four months. This new information adds to the deep concern, chaos and incompetence surrounding the Home Secretary's handling of the UKBA."

According to the Sunday Times, the report reveals that as of September 11, there were 10,779 foreign criminals in British prisons, as well as 1,431 foreigners who have served their sentences but are being kept behind bars while deportation arrangements are made.

A further 4,238 criminals from overseas earmarked for deportation are currently "non detained", having been released because there is "no reasonable expectation of removal in the short term", the report said.

A spokesman from the Home Office said: "This Government believes that foreign criminals should be returned to their home country at the earliest opportunity and the UK Border Agency always seeks to remove them. However, we have to operate within the law, and where the courts rule that there is no prospect of removal - because of human rights law or a lack of cooperation from the criminal's home state - they may order that foreign national criminals should be released into the community at the end of their sentences.

"We are doing everything in our power to increase the number and speed of removals. We now start deportation action 18 months before the end of their sentence to speed up the process and we are chartering more flights to remove foreign offenders. We will change the immigration rules to cut abuse of the Human Rights Act, we'll open more foreign national-only prisons, and we'll be able to remove more European offenders through the Prisoner Transfer Agreement." :Text may be subject to copyright.This blog does not claim copyright to any such text. Copyright remains with the original copyright holder.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Spain's longest-serving inmate received a government pardon yesterday that saw him and his family convinced that he would walk free immediately

After 35 years in jail and eight successful breakout attempts, Spain's longest-serving inmate received a government pardon yesterday that saw him and his family convinced that he would walk free immediately – only for him to remain behind bars.

Since 1976, Spanish courts have found Miguel Angel Montes Neiro guilty of more than 30 robberies and armed burglaries, many committed while on the run. But even as a spokesman for the Spanish government, Jose Blanco, confirmed yesterday that Montes Neiro, 61, had received a pardon for two of his multiple crimes, another outstanding sentence – for robbery and illicit possession of firearms – will see him remain in jail.

Montes Neiro, from the province of Granada in southern Andalusia, was predictably delighted when news of the pardon broke yesterday lunchtime, telling his family by phone: "Don't come to the prison gates when I get out, I want to walk the first two or three kilometres so I can feel the fresh air like a free man."

However, it emerged that his pardon was only partial and that a court review of a 13-year sentence was still pending.

Montes Neiro spent his first night in the cells in 1966, aged 16, when he was arrested for stealing a packet of cigarettes. His first formal sentence came a decade later for desertion – but not before he had spent 10 days in army prison for stealing a sub-machine gun.

During his numerous breakouts, the most recent in 2009 when he spent two hours on self-imposed parole to attend the wake for his mother, Montes Neiro found the time to marry twice and have two children – and to commit a string of hold-ups and kidnaps.

Montes Neiro's record is as varied as it is long. He has been convicted of beating up hostages on three occasions, and he once formed part of a gang that broke into a Granada home and threatened to cut off a man's thumb unless his wife revealed the location of his safe.

His escapes include one from a maximum security prison in the Spanish colony of Ceuta in 1979, but perhaps his most dramatic breakout came in 1981: after hanging himself in a staged suicide bid, breaking two ribs, he escaped from prison hospital in a taxi.

On the run for a total of three years, his repeated recapture was facilitated by his tendency to remain in or near his home town. His one spell abroad, in Morocco, ended when he returned to Granada because he missed his family.

Care home owner Dewani, from Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol is accused of arranging the contract killing of wife Anni, 28, in Cape Town in November last year.



The 31-year-old denies any wrongdoing.

Home Secretary Theresa May signed an order for his extradition after District Judge Howard Riddle ruled at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in south east London in August that Dewani should be sent to stand trial.

Clare Montgomery QC, appearing for Dewani, told two High Court judges he had always wished for a fair trial but there is a high risk of him committing suicide, which would be made worse by extradition.

Today the judges hearing the case - Sir John Thomas, president of the Queen's Bench Division, and Mr Justice Ouseley - were due to consider further statements from medical witnesses, who were also to be cross-examined in open court.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Two men who killed a Welsh couple on their honeymoon in Antigua have been given life sentences.



Two men who murdered a Welsh couple on honeymoon on Antigua have been given three consecutive life sentences but have escaped the death penalty.

Avie Howell and Kaniel Martin shot dead Ben and Catherine Mullany, who were 31 and from Pontardawe, Swansea Valley.

Justice Richard Floyd said the "cold-hearted killers" had acted with "extreme violence" but the murders were not the "worst of the worst".

Martin, 23, and Howell, 20, also shot dead a shopkeeper two weeks later.

The pair now face two more murder charges but Justice Floyd said the crimes they have been found guilty of did not justify the death penalty because they were not the "rarest of the rare or the worst of the worst".

The Mullanys were attacked in their hotel bedroom in July 2008 on the last day of their honeymoon.

Antigua's High Court, in St John's, heard that Dr Mullany died almost instantly after she was shot in the back of the head during the robbery at the Cocos Hotel.

Mr Mullany, a student physiotherapist and former soldier and policeman, was flown home to Swansea but died a week after the shooting.

Kaniel Martin, 23, and Avie Howell, 20, also killed a shopkeeper on Antigua

They had been married for two weeks.

The couple were buried in the grounds of St John the Evangelist Church, Cilybebyll, near Pontardawe - the church where they had married.

The month following the killings, Martin and Howell were charged with their murders and that of 43-year-old Jamaican shopkeeper Woneta Anderson.

During their two-month trial earlier this year at which more than 90 witnesses gave evidence, the jury heard a bandana with Howell's saliva on it was found at Mrs Anderson's shop.
Bloody footprint

It was her murder - again by a single shot to the head - that led police to the killers.

As well as Howell's DNA evidence, a bloody footprint and ballistics tests showed all three victims had been shot with bullets fired from the same gun.

Stolen mobile phone SIM cards were traced to the defendants and in turn to a phone which had belonged to Mr Mullany.

Recordings found on Mr Mullany's stolen Nokia phone were replayed, in which one of the voices identified himself as "Sample Dan" - an alias used by Martin.

Ben and Catherine Mullany were on the last day of their honeymoon

An inquest in Swansea in October this year heard that the killers forced the newlyweds to kneel beside their bed before shooting them.

Neighbouring holidaymakers heard screams and gunfire at about 5am local time.

Three spent cartridges were found on the floor of their chalet.

Britain's Metropolitan Police helped Antiguan detectives with the investigation.

Det Supt Keith Niven, who led the Met team, said he believed Howell and Martin had set out to kill the couple.

The pair had forced the door of the chalet and were in possession of a Glock .380 automatic weapon which they had stolen during a burglary on 26 May 2008, he said.
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I am moved by the tragic loss of life of these senseless killings”
Justice RIchard Floyd

Speaking after the guilty verdicts in July this year, he said: "The level of violence inflicted upon their victims in order to steal such low-value property was incomprehensible and leads me to believe that murder was their primary intention.

"Ben and Catherine must have been terrified when they were awoken and confronted in their room by two strangers pointing a gun at them.

Death penalty 'not warranted'

"Throughout this investigation and throughout the trial the two defendants have shown no signs of remorse - not even to Ben and Catherine's parents who have been present in court."

Martin and Howell had faced the possibility of the death sentence - something which has not been carried out on the island since the 1990s.

At first it was thought Howell was automatically exempt from the death penalty, but this month it emerged there was a mix-up over his age and he was 18 at the time of the killings.

Delivering his sentence over about two hours, Justice Floyd said there was no evidence over who led the attacks or what roles each had undertaken.

"I am moved by the tragic loss of life of these senseless killings," he said.

"The victims were in closed quarters. The court can only imagine the horrible events that took place. They must have been terrified before being dispatched."

Mullany Fund

The judge added: "The murders were repugnant and distasteful."

Martin and Howell are now to stand trial for the murders of mechanic Tony Louisa, 43, a Syrian national and student Rafique Kareem Harris, 24.

Mr Louisa was shot in the head after confronting burglars at his home, and Mr Harris was found dead about 50 yards away from his aunt's home on the island. Police believe he was killed during a robbery.

Two months after the Mullany murders, almost 900 people attended a memorial service at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, including the Duchess of York.

The couple's families have set up a charity which aims to widen participation in the field of medicine and physiotherapy by offering grants to students.
'Closure'

The Mullany Fund awards two £1,000 prizes each year to a physiotherapy student and a medical student at UWE and Swansea University's School of Medicine.

Shadow Welsh secretary and Neath MP Peter Hain said: "This is a sort of justice at last for the families after the vicious murder on their honeymoon of Ben and Catherine.

"A fantastic Swansea Valley couple who had so much to give and so much life to live, their murder was an unspeakable tragedy in every way.

"At least this is some sort of closure for their parents, relatives and many friends."

How on earth did the gun get over a fence 14ft away? Was it thrown there by a police officer?"

Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has admitted it "was a mistake" to announce that Mark Duggan, who was shot dead by police officers last August sparking widespread rioting, had been involved in a firefight with officers.

At a pre-inquest hearing at North London Coroner's Court yesterday, IPCC investigator Colin Sparrow was forced to admit that none of Mr Duggan's DNA, blood or fingerprints had been found on a non-police issue gun recovered from the scene in Tottenham, north London, where he was shot and killed on 4 August.

Michael Mansfield QC said his clients had suffered a "complete breakdown in confidence for this investigation".

The IPCC said in a statement that they had asked the firearms officers involved to attend tape-recorded interviews next month "to see whether witnesses need to be asked to clarify their evidence".

In a courtroom packed with Mr Duggan's friends and family, including his fiancée and mother of his children Semone Wilson, Mr Mansfield asked Mr Sparrow: "My first question is, do you appreciate the anxiety the family have about the investigation?

"And are you aware at least that one of the reasons is the misinformation that was broadcast at the beginning, close to the time Mark Duggan met his death? Misinformation suggesting some form of shoot-out, and do you accept that was a serious mistake?"

Mr Sparrow replied: "It wasn't accurate."

Mr Mansfield added: "It was a mistake, wasn't it?"

Mr Sparrow then said: "It was a mistake."

The hearing was told that a gun initially linked to Mr Duggan was actually found 14ft from the crime scene in Ferry Lane, on the other side of a fence.

Mr Mansfield said witnesses had claimed to see a police officer throw the weapon there. He asked Mr Sparrow: "How on earth did the gun get over a fence 14ft away? Was it thrown there by a police officer?"

Mr Sparrow said: "That's a suggestion, yes." The inquest proper will now begin in September next year, and will last between four and eight weeks.

After the hearing, the IPCC released a statement in which it said that Home Office pathologist Dr Simon Poole also found a second bullet had struck Mr Duggan's upper right arm.

It said two police-issue bullets and two police-issue shell casings had been recovered from the scene.

David Lammy, MP for Tottenham, said: "This was the first time the public were made aware of key elements of the case, particularly involving the gun. A gulf has opened up between the IPCC and Mr Duggan's family, as well as the public in general. If the IPCC are not acting on behalf of Mr Duggan's family, then who are they acting for?"

It was anger of the police's lack of contact with Mr Duggan's family that prompted 120 people to march from Tottenham's Broadwater Farm estate to the local police station, which became the starting point for the outbreak of social unrest that spread across London and then to other parts of the country over the next three nights.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

The 12 fakes of Christmas



The exploding candle

Jo Malone scented candles. RRP: £76

‘The glass has been shown to explode when the candle is lit so there is a serious risk of injury,’ says Christine Heemskerk. ‘They could also contain banned ingredients.’

The poisonous playset

Hello Kitty jewellery box (RRP: £9), lamp (RRP: £10) and headphones (RRP: £37)

This candy-coloured range is popular with young pre-teen girls, but the fakes could turn out to be not so cute.

‘It is likely the jewellery box is made using phthalates, which means there are health concerns,’ warns Christine.

‘The headphones probably won’t have the right volume controls and could damage young ears.

‘The lamp is a fire risk — the shade could melt — and the wiring is suspect.’

The dud headphones

Beats by Dr Dre headphones. RRP: £250

Fake copies of these designer headphones are flooding the market. Grant Miller warns: ‘They’re unlikely to last until Boxing Day.’

The toxic charm bracelet

Pandora charm bracelet. RRP: £65 for bracelet, £30 per charm.

‘We have intercepted both the bracelets and boxes of fake charms,’ says Grant of these fake Pandora products, which are popular with teenagers. These could leak nickel, a toxic metal which can cause skin allergies.

The overheating hair set

ghd Precious Limited Edition Gift Set. RRP: £165.

This hair straightener and hairdryer have not been tested to meet EU standards, points out Christine. They could overheat and the user could get burnt.

The bracelet that’ll cause a rash

Links of London friendship bracelet. RRP: £145

These copies of the fashionable friendship bracelets are not sterling silver like the originals and may contain banned metals. These could cause a rash, warns Christine.

The fake designer pens

Mont Blanc fountain pen (RRP: £405); rollerball pen (RRP: £310)

‘The pens have a similar feel and weight to the real thing, but we can tell by the quality of the nib that they are not genuine,’ says Grant.

The unsafe safety reins

Little Life dinosaur animal daysack RRP: £20

rucksacks with a parent safety rein attached are popular with those who have toddlers. But the fixings of the cheap imitations may break. ‘It could give the parent a false sense of security that the child is safe,’ says Christine

The rip-off disney DVDs

Walt Disney complete DVD set. RRP: £179

‘These DVDs will be poor quality. The box is cheap with a lightweight clasp,’ says Grant.

The dangerously dyed bag

Cath Kidston Day bag. RRP: £48

The PVC used to make this rip-off Cath Kidston day bag could well contain chemicals banned in the UK and azodyes (synthetic colours) which are carcinogenic, warns Christine.

The dodgy make-up kit

Bobbi Brown make-up brush set. RRP: £139.

Grant suspects the handles of these fake make-up brushes are made using wood from the ramin tree, an endangered species found in Indonesia and Malaysia. ‘This wood is easy to work with and is often used for products with a quick turnaround,’ he says.

The ‘ugg’ boots made in a sweatshop

UGG Australia boots. RRP: £255

‘The UGG Australia logo disc on the sole has been added later with glue,’ says Grant.

‘This is a common trick counterfeiters use. They send the boots in one consignment and the buttons or labels in another to avoid detection, and the boots are then assembled in a UK sweatshop.’

Monday, 12 December 2011

Tooting-based drugs ring has been smashed after five people were jailed for plotting to smuggle £120,000 worth of cocaine into the UK.

Tooting-based drugs ring has been smashed after five people were jailed for plotting to smuggle £120,000 worth of cocaine into the UK.

The gang were rumbled after police followed Jennifer Weekes, 48, of Childebert Road, Tooting, after she arrived at Gatwick Airport from Barbados with her young son on September 20, 2009.

Within hours of returning to her Tooting address, Mrs Weekes, was visited by John Charles, 40, who emerged minutes later carrying a plastic bag.

He drove away in his car but was stopped nearby by a waiting police car.

Inside the plastic bag, officers found three packages covered with birthday wrapping paper - the packages contained a hard, white substance.

Another bag was found in the car which contained benzocaine - a chemical commonly used to mix with cocaine to increase the quantity of the drug.

When police returned to Weekes' flat they found £13,000 in cash, receipts for designer clothing and documentation relating to nine trips to Barbados in the previous 18 months.

The mother-of-one pleaded guilty to conspiring to import Class A drugs and was handed a seven-year sentence.

Detective Inspector Steve Miles said: "This action has disabled an organised criminal network that brazenly trafficked class A drugs into the UK.

"This illustrates our determination to reduce the harm to communities and the availability of hard drugs."

Police quickly uncovered the rest of the smuggling ring and arrested her co-conspirators Alexander McGuffie, 35, of Hillbury Road, Balham, and her nephew Adrian Weekes, 39, also from Childebert Street.

They were jailed for 15 and 13 years respectively, having pleaded not guilty to conspiring to import Class A drugs.

Charles, from Fulham, and a fifth defendant, Jagjit Rayit, from Catford, also admitted conspiring to import and were jailed for eight and eleven years respectively.

The five defendants were sentenced at Kingston Crown Court on December 9.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Spanish, Italian police smash drug smuggling ring

 

Spanish and Italian police made five arrests while busting a drug-trafficking ring that for years smuggled cocaine from South America to Europe, investigators said on Friday. The group arranged for narcotics to be put on merchant ships headed to Europe. Just before the vessels arrived at their destination, the smugglers would dump cocaine packages overboard, Spanish police said in a statement. Members of the gang waiting in inflatable boats would then pick up the cocaine and take it to shore, from where it was distributed to customers in Spain and Italy, officials said.Two members of the group were detained in the Italian port city of Genoa in March in a joint operation by Spanish and Italian police. Police detained another three members of the group, including its leader, three months later in the northwestern Spanish coastal region of Galicia. "During the search of the home of the ringleader, police found a vault camouflaged behind the wall of the cellar, which housed security cameras that monitored the rest of the house as well as two large safes, cash, valuable watches, computer equipment and documents," police said in the statement. Police also seized 55 kilos (120 pounds) of cocaine, three cash-counting machines and five cars. Spain is the main gateway to Europe for cocaine from Latin America and for cannabis from north Africa

The top ranks of the Government are now coming to the conclusion that the break-up of the euro is inevitable.

 

 I understand that Hague, like the Chancellor, now believes this will happen soon. Osborne told Cabinet colleagues on Monday that the Merkel-Sarkozy plan for greater fiscal discipline within the eurozone was no solution to the current  crisis. Rather, he said, ‘it was like standing over a man having a heart attack and telling him that to avoid one in future he should do more exercise and cut down on cholesterol’. This view that the euro is unlikely to survive is why there are, so far, few worries about Britain being isolated by the eurozone bloc and its allies. The Government is also confident that the differences between the countries in the single currency will remain – that the Netherlands and Finland will continue to take a more liberal attitude to financial services and the single market than the French and the Italians. But there’s little doubt that Cameron’s decision to wield the veto changes Britain’s relationship with the other members of the European Union. The days of Britain carrying on down the same route as the rest of Europe, just at a slower pace, are now over. As one of Cameron’s closest allies says: ‘We are now, inevitably, en route to a very different destiny.’ ... but one rift is healing, at least Labour’s failure to capitalise on the weakening economy has led to renewed tensions within the party’s ranks. Ed Balls, the Shadow Chancellor, is the target of much of this backbiting. Shadow Cabinet sources complain he is more interested in justifying his record in office than winning the argument about what to do now. Balls’ detractors argue that his bellicose statements are drowning out Ed Miliband’s message.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

A lodger wanted in connection with the murders of his landlady and her mother has spent a second night in custody.



Barry Morrow, 51, had not been seen since Saturday December 3, when the strangled bodies of Angela Holgate, 54, and her 75-year-old mother Alice Huyton were found at Mrs Holgate's home near Southport, Merseyside.

Police launched a Europe-wide manhunt for Morrow after he was spotted in France, and he was arrested in the UK on Thursday.

A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: "Merseyside Police have arrested a 51-year-old man from Southport on suspicion of the murder of Alice Huyton and Angela Holgate in Fairhaven Road, Southport."

Avon lady Angela Holgate and her mother were found by a relative at Mrs Holgate's home on Saturday evening. Post-mortem examinations have shown that both women died from asphyxiation.

Mrs Huyton had been married to her husband Jim for 55 years, with Angela their only daughter. Mrs Huyton's son John - brother to Mrs Holgate - said the family was "bewildered and devastated at the loss of two very special people".

He said: "Both Alice and Angela were very popular and led active lives and had many friends. They meant so much in the eyes of different family members and held the roles of: great-grandmother, grandmother, mother, wife, aunty, sister and sister-in-law. The sad loss has had a severe impact on the whole family."

Morrow was last seen in Calais at 7.20pm on Saturday, after apparently catching a ferry across the Channel with Mrs Holgate's white Citroen, registration PN11 RWK.

Police have said Mrs Huyton and Mrs Holgate were discovered together but have not said where in the house they were found.

They have confirmed that the "indication" from the post-mortem examination was that Mrs Holgate died before her mother, but it has not been established how long before.

prisoner with mental health problems who killed himself after being transferred to a jail where he had previously attempted suicide may have been moved because an inspection was due to take place

A prisoner with mental health problems who killed himself after being transferred to a jail where he had previously attempted suicide may have been moved because an inspection was due to take place, the prisons ombudsman has said.

Christopher Wardally, 25, from south London, hanged himself in June 2009 in Wandsworth Prison, south London, after being transferred for a fortnight to Pentonville jail, north London.

The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) reported that the two-week transfer had had been "influenced" by an upcoming inspection of Wandsworth and was not in Wardally's interests.

Wardally, who was remanded in custody for an unspecified offence, was temporarily transferred to Pentonville despite having made a "serious suicide attempt" there previously that year.

The prisoner suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and a possible anti-social personality disorder, and felt unsafe in the north London prison because he hailed from south London.

While provisionally back at Pentonville Wardally made a second suicide attempt, and three days after returning to Wandsworth he was found hanged in his cell.

The ombudsman's report said: "I am satisfied that, on both 26 and 27 May, anticipation of the forthcoming inspection at Wandsworth influenced the thinking of those responsible for the man's movement around the London prison system.

"I consider that the transfer on 26 May was not in his best interests. It was an avoidable disruption to his continuity of care.

"The man was removed from a prison where he said he felt safe and was returned to a prison that had caused him considerable anxiety."

Moors murderer Ian Brady will have his mental health tribunal hearing held in public

Moors murderer Ian Brady will have his mental health tribunal hearing held in public, a judge has ruled.

It is only the second time that such a hearing has ever been held in public.

Judge Robert Atherton granted permission in October for the hearing to be held in public, but it can only be reported for the first time now.

No date has been set and the reasons behind the judge's decision will not be released.

Brady and his partner, Myra Hindley, were responsible for the murders of five youngsters in the 1960s.



Brady carried out the killings along with Myra Hindley, who died in 2002

They lured children and teenagers to their deaths, with victims sexually tortured before being buried on Saddleworth Moor above Manchester.

Pauline Reade, 16, disappeared on her way to a disco on July 12, 1963, and John Kilbride, 12, was snatched in November the same year.

Keith Bennett was abducted on June 16, 1964, after he left home to visit his grandmother; Lesley Ann Downey, 10, was lured away from a funfair on Boxing Day 1964; and Edward Evans, 17, was killed in October 1965.

Brady was given life at Chester Assizes in 1966 for the murders of John, Lesley Ann and Edward.

Hindley was convicted of killing Lesley Ann and Edward and shielding Brady after John's murder, and jailed for life.

In 1987, the pair finally admitted killing Keith and Pauline.

Both were taken back to Saddleworth Moor the same year to help police find the remains of the missing victims but only Pauline's body was found.

Hindley died in jail in November 2002, aged 60.

Brady has spent the last 25 years at the high-security Ashworth Hospital.

Scotland Yard is wading through 300 million News International emails

Scotland Yard is wading through 300 million News International emails as part of its investigation into phone-hacking at the News of the World.

The new Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Bernard Hogan-Howe, revealed the figure to journalists when asked about the scope of the inquiry.

He said 600 phone-hacking victims had been interviewed by police out of a total of 5,700 potential victims.

Mr Hogan-Howe said the inquiry had so far cost £3m in salaries alone.

"There's a balance between doing it properly and doing it quickly. The criticism in the past was that we didn't do it thoroughly and that is what we are going to do this time," he said.

His comments came as News International's chief executive James Murdoch rejected an accusation in a Commons select committee by Labour MP Tom Watson that the company had behaved like the mafia over the hacking scandal and operated a code of silence.

He said Scotland Yard had also spoken to a further 1,200 people who thought their phones had been hacked but had since been reassured that it was not the case.

"Some were people in public life who had things happened to them they couldn't explain and they thought 'maybe I was phone-hacked' and they contacted us," he said.
'No deadlines'

He said that to speed up the task of talking to victims, police were now asking them to come to Scotland Yard rather than travelling to them.

The commissioner said he could not say how long the inquiry would take or cost and he would not give Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers' team any ultimatums.

Around 100 detectives are working on the three inquiries:
Operation Weeting - into the phone-hacking itself
Operation Elveden - into allegations of corrupt payments by journalists to police officers
Operation Tuleta - into the possibility that emails may have been intercepted

Regarding the latter, Mr Hogan-Howe said: "We're yet to understand fully what the nature of that would be."

He conceded that 100 people was a lot to put on one case and that most of London's murder cases had far fewer detectives working on them.

But he stressed that it was important to investigation the allegations properly to reassure the public.

Mr Hogan-Howe said: "I can't say to them 'you will solve this by 31 March'. That is not very wise."

Asked how long the inquiries might take, he joked: "If it takes 10 years, I won't be here by then. I can't tell you when it will finish."

Two men have been charged over a £1m email scam which took money from the bank accounts of hundreds of students


Police said students on government loans were sent phishing emails urging them to provide their banking details.

Damola Olatunji, 26, of Hamsterley Avenue, Manchester, and Amos Mwangi, 25, of Rochdale Way, Deptford, London, face a charge of conspiracy to defraud.

They were remanded in custody until 17 February by Westminster Magistrates' Court, central London.

Their next appearance is due to be at Southwark Crown Court in south-east London.

Mr Olatunji is also charged with possession of an article for use in fraud.

Former police inspector Toby Day, who was found fatally injured along with his wife and daughter, was an award-winning officer hailed for his bravery.



The Melton Times newspaper reported in 2001 that Mr Day was commended for making off-duty arrests while at a supermarket with his daughter.

"We put him forward as his commitment is commendable," Ch Supt George Hannah told the newspaper at the time.

"He is so keen and enthusiastic and has the view he is never off duty."

It has emerged Mr Day had been sacked from Leicestershire Constabulary last week.

The 37-year-old and two members of his family were found with fatal injuries in a house in Melton Mowbray on Thursday.
Fitness enthusiast

Mr Day, his wife Samantha and their six-year-old daughter Genevieve were taken to hospital but died.

Their other daughter, named locally as Kimberley, aged 15, and son Adam, 13, were injured and are in hospital where their conditions are described as stable.

Mr Day, who was once a traffic sergeant at Oakham police station and general-secretary of the Police Cycling Federation, was a fitness enthusiast.

He once ran the London Marathon in memory of a colleague who had been murdered by her ex-partner.

In 2008, he took part in the race to raise money for Crimestoppers, in memory of PC Melissa Ward, who was stabbed to death at her flat, in January 2007.

Speaking about Crimestoppers ahead of the event, he told the BBC: "I have seen through my work how valuable it is and how it can make a huge difference to people who are vulnerable and who wouldn't otherwise wouldn't feel confident contacting police."

Ivan Stafford, chairman of Leicestershire Police Federation, said colleagues had been left shocked by the events on Thursday.

"The force will need time to come to terms with this," Mr Stafford said.

people whose phones were hacked by the News of the World will be about 800

The total number of people whose phones were hacked by the News of the World will be about 800, police have said.

The head of Scotland Yard's hacking inquiry Operation Weeting told the Times she was "confident" her officers had met all the likely victims.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers said some others who were "potential targets, but are unlikely to have been hacked" still need to be contacted.

The scandal led to the closure of the News of the World after 168 years.

It also prompted a major public inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the press.

The Times said a further 1,200 people had been in contact with the inquiry, but they are not believed to have been hacked or are not named in the notebooks seized from the private detective Glenn Mulcaire, who was employed by the News of the World.

Thousands more people will be contacted, but it is thought that because of the lack of personal information about them, they are unlikely to have been hacked, the newspaper said.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Operation Weeting has been in contact with or been contacted by 2,037 people, of which in the region of 803 are 'victims', whose names have appeared in the material."

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

The alleged members of the Dominican-based Trinitarios gang all face charges of racketeering, narcotics conspiracy and gun trafficking

Suspects allegedly sold guns and drugs.

Suspects accused of selling guns and drugs.

Authorities collared 38 Bronx and upper Manhattan gangbangers Wednesday after a two-year probe into a notorious crew, officials said.

The alleged members of the Dominican-based Trinitarios gang all face charges of racketeering, narcotics conspiracy and gun trafficking, authorities said.

The undercover investigation — which involved officers from the NYPD, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Homeland Security — netted about $25,000 worth of drugs and 12 firearms in Wednesday’s raid, police said.

One weapon recovered, a Mac-11 machine gun, was painted the same shade of green the gang uses in its colors.

Federal prosecutors said the crew committed and planned violent acts, including murder, to protect its turf from rival gangs that include the Bloods, Crips, the Latin Kings and Dominicans Don’t Play.

“We believe we put a big dent in the Trinitarios gang,” said Capt. Lorenzo Johnson, the commanding officer of the NYPD’s Bronx gang squad.

Six people who were connected to the gang members were also arrested, police said. Authorities were still looking for about 12 other members of the gang.

Prosecutors said the Trinitarios sold firearms, including semiautomatic rifles, a shotgun and handguns, and transported them across state lines.

Numerous members of the Trinitarios who were arrested are also members of a smaller splinter gang, the Bad Boys, prosecutors said.

Johnson said most of suspects were already “known to the department in some manner,” and had long terrorized several blocks in Washington Heights and parts of the Bronx, including Marble Hill.

“Anytime we can help the community feel safer is a good day,” he said.




Glenn Mulcaire, the private eye at the centre of the News of the World phone hacking scandal, has been arrested

 

Glenn Mulcaire, the private eye at the centre of the News of the World phone hacking scandal, has been arrested by Scotland Yard detectives pursuing a fresh investigation into phone intercepts, according to a person familiar with the inquiry. Officers working on Operation Weeting – the Metropolitan Police’s second probe into phone hacking at News International, which owned the now-defunct Sunday tabloid – announced on Wednesday that they had arrested a 41-year-old man who was being held on suspicion of conspiracy to hack voicemail messages and perverting the course of justice.  Mr Mulcaire is the 16th person to be arrested under the new operation, and has already served a six-month prison sentence in 2007 after pleading guilty to intercepting phone messages. He was arrested at his home in Surrey in a dawn swoop and held in a south London police station. Detectives on Operation Weeting have used the private investigator’s notebooks – which contain the names of nearly 5,800 potential victims and run to around 11,000 pages – as the basis for their investigation, trawling through the documents to identify those who may have been hacked. The hacking scandal was reignited this summer when it was revealed that the News of the World had hacked into the voicemail messages of the murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler after she went missing in 2002, leading her parents to believe that she was still alive. Last month, Mr Mulcaire released a statement through his lawyer, denying that he had deleted voicemail messages on Ms Dowler’s phone. “[He] did not delete messages and had no reason to do so,” the statement read. The Financial Times could not reach Mr Mulcaire’s lawyer for comment on Wednesday. Chris Bryant, a Labour MP and suspected hacking victim, told the FT he was “quite encouraged” that Mr Mulcaire had been taken in for questioning. “I always thought this was a logical next step, but not one [the police] would take unless they had sufficient fresh evidence to put to [Mr Mulcaire], and it seems now they do,” he said. News of the arrest came as lawyers for Andy Coulson, the News of the World’s former editor, argued in the High Court on Wednesday that the tabloid’s parent company should continue to pay Mr Coulson’s legal bills arising from the criminal investigation into phone hacking. It emerged during the course of Mr Coulson’s evidence that News Group Newspapers – a subsidiary of News International – had continued to reimburse Mr Coulson for legal fees relating to his involvement in the judge-led phone hacking inquiry and parliamentary select committee hearings. The court heard that Mr Coulson had received a letter from Tom Mockridge, the chief executive of News International, in August informing him of an “immediate cessation” of payments in relation to criminal legal fees.

co-defendant in the Hells Angels trial last week was found not guilty on several charges.

 

co-defendant in the Hells Angels trial last week was found not guilty on several charges. Timothy David Hill, 45, of Rock Hill was acquitted on charges of attempted murder, attempted armed robbery, kidnapping and criminal conspiracy by a York County jury Friday. Hill was represented by public defenders Harry Dest and B.J. Barrowclough. The main defendant, 58-year-old William "Spook" Sosebee of Rock Hill, was convicted of attempted armed robbery, kidnapping, possession of a knife during a violent crime and first-degree assault and battery, according to a news release from the 16th Circuit Solicitor's Office. Judge John C. Hayes sentenced Sosebee to 10 years in prison with no parole. Sosebee was accused of stabbing Jim Moye of North Carolina at Wall Bangers Social Club on East Main Street. Moye, 58, is a member of Iron Order, another motorcycle club, and had stopped at Wall Bangers, according to the solicitor's office news release. Evidence at the trial showed that Moye, who had never been to the bar before, did not know that the Hells Angels considered Wall Bangers "their bar," according to the release. After Moye arrived, Sosebee approached him and beat him in the head with the handle of a Bowie knife, according to the solicitor's office. Sosebee put the knife to Moye's throat and demanded he hand over his Iron Order motorcycle vest. Moye refused and repeatedly asked to be allowed to leave. Sosebee then stabbed him in the abdomen. Moye survived after undergoing surgery at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Officers were called to the hospital after the stabbing, but Moye would only say "it was a motorcycle thing," according to reports. A witness identified Sosebee to officers. At the time of the stabbing, Hill also had been arrested and charged and was called a member of the Red Devil, a support group of the Hells Angels, in a Rock Hill Police report. However, Hill was found not guilty last week by a York County jury and was released.

The Rise of the Dark Souls, the Black Mask, the Thunder Bikers and the Iron Beast are a sure sign the feared gang is trying to reclaim lucrative territory


The Hells Angels, decimated by a series of raids, are reorganizing under the guise of four so-called puppet clubs, QMI Agency has learned. The emergence of the Dark Souls, the Black Mask, the Thunder Bikers and the Iron Beast are a sure sign the feared gang is trying to reclaim lucrative territory, say experts. Three of the four new Hells puppet clubs in Quebec have quietly announced their presence on the Internet. The Black Mask Facebook page says it has a base in Scott, east of Quebec City. Newly established in four regions of the province, the puppet clubs sport colours inspired by the Hells as well as jackets adorned with distinctive logos and marked "MC" for Motorcycle Club. Undercover Montreal police officers gathered information on the clubs by infiltrating a biker meeting at a Montreal bar in November, sources tell QMI Agency. Sixty aspiring bikers were met by three members of the Nomads, the select Hells chapter once run by Maurice (Mom) Boucher and now based in Ontario. Police gathered evidence, but didn't make any arrests. Montreal police and Quebec provincial police declined to comment for this story. But a provincial police investigator last month confirmed the Hells' push-back into Quebec. "The Ontario Nomads have some influence in Quebec that they had not had before 2009," said Insp. Michel Pelletier. He added that Quebec's Hells leadership needed reinforcements to run their rackets because nearly all of its members were nabbed in Project SharQc, a sweeping 2009 biker roundup. Hells clubs virtually disappeared following Operation Springtime 2001, the first of a set of massive raids that crippled Quebec biker gangs and ended a bloody 10-year war that claimed 150 lives, including those of bystanders. A 2003 report by the Criminal Intelligence Service Canada said biker proxy clubs allow higher-ups to stay out of the spotlight. "The outlaw motorcycle gangs will use clubs ... for criminal acts in order to avoid prosecution," said the CISC report. "However, it seems that the clubs are becoming increasingly rare because it is difficult to control and because of the success of (raids)."

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(1) Woman accused of tube murder was undergoing sex change (1) Woman charged with murder of transvestite (1) Woman stands trial for double murder to which ex-lover confessed (1) Woman's body found washed up in Kent bay (1) Women jailed over bodysuit drug smuggling bid (1) Y Waen (1) Yorkshire 'car key burglary' gang locked up (1) Youth killed as Afghan groups clash (1) Zac Olumegbon (1) a British citizen (1) a class-A drug (1) a hammer and pickaxe handle in a car park (1) admitted carrying out the raid at Lostwithiel on 13 August. (1) admitted theft and fraud by false representation. (1) after he arrived at the airport on Sunday night (1) aged 32 from John Mace Road (1) alarm and distress' to people living nearby (1) and Angel Campoverde (1) and Ivan Marshall (1) and James MacPherson (1) and Jayson Hassan (1) and Rackheath (1) and Scott Taylor (1) and found to be carrying 1.515 tons of cocaine. (1) and on Christmas shoppers (1) and uses cash instead of credit cards (1) arrested over knifed pregnant teenager (1) average amount stolen equated to £1 (1) blasted 11 shots at helpless Eddie Boyd - hitting him five times - as his young daughter screamed in terror. (1) but the Navy boat crews recovered two (1) cannabis and weapons were seized by police who raided 25 houses and apartments. (1) central Clydebank (1) central London (1) charged with murder in Great Yarmouth: (1) checks into hotels under false names (1) corrupt police officer helped his drug lord brother by hiding guns and threatening witnesses (1) death of Julian Gardner (1) discovered a world where automatic pistols (1) drag cabaret (1) drugs squad found 13 mature and 35 immature plants (1) dundee-united-stars-david-goodwillie-scott-allan-arrested-after-4am-street-brawl (1) dyes his hair (1) family friendship leads to second murder investigation (1) five Italian gangsters - known locally as the Camorra - are seen sweeping into a restaurant while families are eating before marching up to a corner table where their targets are sitting. (1) fled a club soaked in blood and clutching a 6in wound (1) flew the plane but says he did not know drugs were on board. (1) former girlfriend of gunman Raoul Moat has told a court of the moment the killer shot dead her new boyfriend then turned his shotgun on her (1) found stabbed to death (1) four (1) from Ballygonney Road West In Moneymore were refused bail. (1) from Brixton Hill (1) from Deramore Gardens in Belfast and Warren Martin (1) from Fulham (1) from Moss Lane (1) from Plymouth (1) from Rushey Hey (1) from Tottenham (1) gang drugs war in Greater Manchester. (1) gangland crime in Limerick (1) gangs have shaped the streets and changed the nature of UK crime (1) grieving father of a student who was raped and murdered pleaded with her suspected killer to give himself up (1) had caused 'a great deal of harassment (1) has been charged with importing a class B drug. (1) has made a new and lengthy statement to police (1) have been accused of killing Mr Yepez (1) he claimed he was one of the main players in north London and could get hold of better weapons than Scotland Yard (1) heroin worth nearly £2 million was seized in a single drugs bust in the Scottish capital (1) highest rates of teenage alcohol-related injuries in Europe (1) highlight London's crime rate and youth alcohol problems (1) his brother Ronnie and notorious English serial killer Graham Young escaping from prison. (1) imprisonment of a woman in Wales for withdrawing rape allegations against her husband is a nightmarish addition to the discrimination awaiting women and girls who seek justice (1) in January. (1) in his mid-40s (1) including some in Rochdale (1) is due to appear at South Western Magistrates' Court in Battersea this morning (1) is the first Western on trial in an Iraqi court since a 2009 U.S.-Iraqi security agreement lifted immunity for foreign contractors. (1) jail terms totalling more than 63 years to William Byrne and 14 crooks linked to his gang. (1) just months (1) known locally as Eddie (1) made more than £1m from crime. He must pay £100 (1) major rural crime wave could break out across Wales (1) man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a man who was shot dead in south Manchester. (1) man has been shot dead by an off-duty police officer during a suspected robbery at a petrol station. (1) man in his 20s has been arrested over the murder of a champion kickboxer in Dundalk (1) moved to Thailand in 2006 to study the deadly Muay Thai fighting style (1) murdering honeymooner Anni Dewani in Cape Town (1) night-time signalling between vessels at sea and people on the shore (1) of Ansty Road (1) of Clapham (1) of Common Road (1) of Forest Gate (1) of Haig Avenue (1) of Hapton (1) of Looe (1) of Mount Avenue (1) of Oxford Road (1) of Pennyvoss Road (1) of Queen Street (1) of School Lane (1) often borrowed from friends (1) on 3 January when he was shot in the chest. (1) prison officer has been arrested after attempting to smuggle drugs into Mountjoy prison today. (1) seized 180 kilograms of ketamine in Felixstowe (1) seized a haul of scam post in a bid to tackle the UK-wide fraudulent mail blight. (1) seven men and five women found Hodgson guilty of murder at Teesside Crown Court. (1) sleeps on sofas and floors (1) south Kilmarnock and Dalkeith in Midlothian (1) stabbed both his parents to death after his mother called him a “f------ idiot” for lying in bed all morning with a hangover. (1) submachine guns and even hand grenades were being sold for as little as £50 (1) taxi firm has been denied an operator’s licence following police claims of criminal links (1) teenager was killed and another injured when two balaclava-wearing gunmen opened fire on a group of four young friends (1) the Gilnow Road gang (1) the eldest son of Viscount Trenchard (1) the famous fashion designer recently committed suicide by intake of a mixture of the cocaine (1) three dogs performing searches on vehicles entering the 14 jails across the Republic. (1) using guns in deadly drug disputes (1) was ambushed by four young men at the gates of Park Campus School in nearby West Norwood. (1) was arrested at Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport (1) was arrested by UK Border Agency officers in Coquelles (1) was blasted at least three times outside a relative’s home in South Cantril Avenue (1) was convicted in 2003 of hiring two “mules” to carry cocaine (1) was given three life sentences earlier this month. (1) was given three years and nine months behind bars after police found £1 million from the heist in the boot of his car. (1) was released after several hours of questioning over the shooting of Nicky Ayers (1) was shot at close range at least three times outside his daughter’s home in South Cantril Avenue (1) was shot dead in Tillingbourne Gardens (1) was sitting in a silver Volvo on Utting Avenue (1) were ambushed as they were driven through the vast shantytown of Gugulethu in South Africa (1) were among 13 men from around the country involved in the criminal group. (1) were found in 24 of the 33 pubs in and around Alnwick (1) were gunned down outside Strang House (1) were not legally married. (1) were part of a gang that brought in an estimated 16 tonnes of the drug. (1) which is in liquidation (1) who 'fired shots in party battle' arrested for attempted murder (1) who attended the hearing (1) who has already been sentenced to life imprisonment for the two killings (1) who reached No 3 in April with I Need You Tonight (1) whose ring nickname was Pitbull (1) wife of BA pilot vanishes from £3million B;B mansion (1) will be extradited over the murder of Kinga Legg (1) you can never move on with your life.'" (1) young boy has been shot dead. (1) £100m cocaine gang sentenced to 200 years in prison (1) £48k seized from Amsterdam passenger (1) £6m of drugs seized from Lancashire's streets (1) ‘Sick’ Dewani’s bail strategy (1) “Fragile” Shrien Dewani leaves hospital (1)

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