Monday, 30 April 2012

Cannabis production booming in Britain

Clandestine cannabis factories are booming in Britain, with the police detecting more than 7,800 in the past year – more than double the number found four years ago. Chief constables say the rise in illicit cannabis production is being fuelled by the increasing involvement of organised crime groups, who see it as a "low-risk and highly profitable criminal business". But the police also acknowledge that the recession and pressure on household budgets has led to a rise in a "grow your own" trade, with intelligence reports showing an increase in sales of seeds and equipment from local "head shops" to customers wanting to grow a few plants at home for their own use. The third "problem profile" of UK commercial cultivation of cannabis, published on Monday by the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo), says police have seized more than 1.1m plants with an estimated street value of £207m in the past two years. The survey, published every two years, confirms a majority of the cannabis used in Britain is now home-grown rather than imported, with some claiming more than 80% is intensively cultivated domestic herbal cannabis. But police chiefs say there is a shift away from large-scale cannabis factories in disused industrial and commercial buildings such as empty cinemas, shops and banks back to smaller houses and flats, often on suburban streets. The organised crime gangs behind the trade in home-grown cannabis are reacting to police crackdowns by moving away from large-scale premises to employing a large number of "gardeners" to operate small-scale "grow sites" or factories across several residential areas. "This spreads the risk and minimises the potential for detection and financial loss," says the report. It acknowledges there has been a proliferation of users claiming to be involved in growing plants at home for personal use. It says the economic downturn and a fall in the weight of the average street cannabis deal have been accompanied by a rise in the amount of home-grown cultivation for personal use. This has also led to a rise in the amount of home-grown cannabis being supplied to friends and acquaintances through "social dealing". But the report says in many cases the number of plants seized in raids is well above 25, which is regarded as the legal minimum to be prosecuted for commercial cultivation and for which the indicative minimum sentence is two to five years. The police say they assume anyone who grows more than 10 plants is likely to have a surplus and therefore to be supplying others. Police say 7,865 cannabis farms or factories were detected in Britain in 2011-12, compared with 6,866 in 2009-10 – a 15% rise since the last time the UK problem profile was published. Just over 3,000 were detected in 2007-08. Police chiefs estimate the crime figures for the year to March 2012 will show 16,464 offences recorded for commercial cannabis production compared with 14,982 for 2010-2011. The report plays down previous claims that so much cannabis is being grown in Britain that it has become a net exporter. "Intelligence indicates that UK organised crime gangs may supply drugs to the continent to fill a gap in the market but there is no evidence of widespread export," it says. The Acpo report admits that tackling cannabis factories is not considered a priority for most British police forces, with operations to tackle the supply of class A drugs such as heroin and cocaine a higher priority. The police also see the dismantling of cannabis factories as a short-term solution which misses opportunities for further investigation into other potentially linked factories. Allan Gibson, of Acpo, said: "Commercial cannabis cultivation continues to pose a significant risk to the UK. Increasing numbers of organised crime groups are diverting into this area of criminality but we are determined to continue to disrupt such networks and reduce the harm caused by drugs. "This profile provides a detailed analysis of the current threat from commercial cultivation of cannabis and the work undertaken by law enforcement agencies to combat the threat. It provides a framework to facilitate future planning and decision-making for preventative, legislative and enforcement activity to make the UK a hostile environment for cannabis cultivators."

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Mersey detective tells court how gangster’s gun scam was ‘obvious’

RETIRED detective told a court it was obvious to him that Liverpool gangster John Haase was planting caches of arms and then tipping off the police. In 1993, DCI John Kerruish was in Merseyside’s serious crime squad which had dealings with Haase, Kingston crown court was told yesterday. Mr Kerruish said when hauls of guns and drugs started turning up in empty flats and cars, after the authorities were “tipped off” by Haase, he knew they were part of a set-up. The court has heard Haase and his nephew Paul Bennett posed as informants after being arrested for drug trafficking and facing lengthy prison sentences. They told their Customs “handler” about 35 stashes of guns and drugs in return for a letter to a judge praising their apparent co-operation. But in reality, the jury was told, they were getting their men on the outside to place the weapons so they could be found. Their HM Revenue and Customs handler, Paul Cook, 60, is on trial accused of knowing about and aiding their scam. He denies charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice and misconduct in a public office. Yesterday, Mr Kerruish said he told Cook he was being “twirled” by Haase. He said the police had another informant who told them of a man inside Walton prison who was rounding up guns, Semtex and drugs so they could be found by the police. The same informant told police about a cache of sub- machine guns in a lock-up in Springdale Close, West Derby, in January, 1994, hours before Haase volunteered the same information, the court heard. Mr Kerruish said: “I remember going to the Close and later that day Mr Cook rang me and directed me to premises in Springdale Close. “He thought it was a residential address and I said to him ‘No, we’ve already been there’. “Even after 19 years, I remember what I said to him, because I’d never used the phrase before – I said ‘Paul, you are being twirled’, meaning Haase was putting the stuff here for us to find. “I was getting a bit frustrated that we were finding weapons when I knew they were being procured by a man trying to corrupt the system.”

John Gizzi, dubbed one of Wales’ most notorious gangsters, has today been made the subject of a Serious Crimes Prevention Order aimed at curbing his activities when he is released from prison.

John Gizzi
John Gizzi

The rare order, made at Mold Crown Court, means that apart from registering his details with the police, his life will be restricted in many ways – including how many phones, computers or bank accounts he can possess and who he can associate with.

Judge Merfyn Hughes QC said that Gizzi was a man with a very serious criminal history who required “the most serious and stringent management” on his release if he was to be prevented from committing serious crime yet again.

The order will come into effect when Gizzi, 41, of The Granary, Bodoryn Fawr, St George, Abergele, is released – expected to be in May 2015.

Teenagers arrested after stabbing

Five teenagers have been questioned on suspicion of attempted murder after a city centre stabbing which left a 19-year-old man with critical injuries. West Midlands Police said a 16-year-old girl and two boys aged 15 and 16 were detained during a search operation shortly after the victim was found with multiple stab wounds in Birmingham early Saturday. Two other youths, aged 14 and 15, were then arrested in the Rednal area later in the afternoon. Officers were called to Belgrave Middleway at 1am on Saturday and found the victim, who has since undergone emergency surgery, collapsed on the pavement. A police spokesman said: "Officers from across the force searched nearby canals and railway tracks supported by the force helicopter. "A girl and a boy aged 16 were arrested nearby along with a boy aged 15. A knife was also recovered and is currently undergoing forensic examination." Detective Inspector Ian Ingram from the force's Criminal Investigation Department said: "This was a nasty incident and our thoughts remain with the victim who is in a critical condition in hospital. "We have spoken to a number of witnesses and we are encouraged by the progress we have made in relation to our investigation but continue to appeal for anyone with information to come forward. "The motive for the attack remains unclear at this time but I can confirm that we are treating this as attempted murder."

Double murder suspect arrested in Leeds after nationwide manhunt

A man who sparked a nationwide hunt after being suspected of killing two people in their own homes was arrested today. James Allen, 36, was held in south Leeds at 7.20am on suspicion of murder in connection with the deaths of Colin Dunford, in Middlesbrough, and Julie Davison, in Whitby. It came after a third police force was drafted into the search following a fresh sighting in Leeds on Friday afternoon. A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said Allen was arrested on Crown Point Road after an off-duty officer saw a man fitting his description. Assistant Chief Constable Mark Milsom, of West Yorkshire Police, said: 'An off-duty officer travelling to work this morning saw a man fitting the description of James Allen on Crown Point Road in Leeds. 'They called for colleagues in support who arrived quickly and an arrest was made. 'We would like to thank all members of the community who have been contacting us to assist in this matter.' An urgent appeal to find Allen was issued by Cleveland Police and North Yorkshire Police following the murders of Mrs Davison, 50 and 81-year-old Mr Dunford. West Yorkshire Police joined the search after Allen was seen on CCTV footage walking along Harehills Lane at 2.41pm on Friday. At that point, police said it was possible Allen had already gone to a different location and urged anyone who saw him to call 999.

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Lock your doors alert as Whitby double murder suspect spotted on run

Detectives hunting double murder suspect James Allen have urged Yorkshire residents to lock their doors and windows after reported sightings of him on the East Coast raised fears the killer could strike again. Allen, a 35-year-old drug user with previous convictions for violence, is believed to have killed his former next-door neighbour in Middlesbrough and murdered a Whitby housewife while on bail for other offences. Police called on him to hand himself in yesterday as they revealed sightings of the suspect had been reported in Whitby, Scarborough and Middlesbrough. More than 100 officers from the Cleveland and North Yorkshire forces are investigating the murders of Colin Dunford, 81, and Julie Davison, 50. Both victims suffered head injuries. The detective leading the inquiry, Temporary Detective Chief Superintendent Gordon Lang of Cleveland Police, said it was a “24/7 operation” that would not stop until Allen is found.

Friday, 27 April 2012

Fake Viagra dealer told to hand over £14m

A man who sold counterfeit medicines, including Viagra, has been told to hand over more than £14m by Southwark Crown Court. He kept customer's details in a folder entitled the "Thick People File". The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said it was the largest confiscation order against a dealer in fake medicines. Simon Hickman, from Tameside in Manchester, was sentenced to two years in jail in June 2009. He ran an illegal online pharmacy which sold counterfeit and unlicensed drugs for erectile dysfunction. A six year investigation by the MHRA and the North West Regional Asset Recovery Team uncovered a lavish lifestyle involving luxury cars and properties. The court found that he made £15.4m from his dealings and ordered him to pay £14.4m. He has been given six months to pay. Danny Lee-Frost, the head of operations, enforcement at the MHRA, said: "The granting of this order today demonstrates the MHRA's commitment to ensuring that those responsible for the sale and supply of fake and unlicensed medicines will not benefit from their criminality. "Fake medicines can be dangerous and the MHRA are determined to protect patients."

Man arrested after London siege on Tottenham Court Road

A siege in central London has ended after police arrested a man who threatened to blow himself up. Tottenham Court Road in central London was shut after police received emergency calls at midday. Scotland Yard sent a hostage negotiator to the scene amid reports the man had held people hostage inside the building several floors up. Pictures emerged of computer and office equipment being thrown through one of the office windows. Joaqam Ramus, who works at nearby Cafe Fresco, said before being evacuated: "There was talk of a bomb and somebody having a hostage in a building. "All Tottenham Court Road is closed and so are we - the police told us to shut. "We don't know what it is but it seems someone has a hostage." Abby Baafi, 27, the head of training and operations at Advantage, a company which offers HGV courses, said the man targeted her offices and was currently holding four men hostage. In a YouTube video by Stephen Hull, executive editor of news website Huffington Post UK, Ms Baafi said the man entered her office and called himself Michael Green. "I recognised him because he was one of our previous customers but he is not quite stable - mentally stable," she said. "He turned up, strapped up with gasoline cylinders, and threatened to blow up the office. "He said he doesn't care about his life. "He doesn't care about anything, he is going to blow up everybody. "He was specifically looking for me but I said 'My name's not Abby' and he let me go." Ms Baafi said the man failed the HGV training course and wanted his money back. Sarah O'Meara, who also works for the Huffington Post, said they evacuated their offices in nearby Capper Street after being alerted by a woman who ran into the building. "A woman ran in off the street saying 'There is a guy with a bomb and he is threatening to blow himself up' and that we needed to evacuate," she said. "Everyone got out. "The police have been moving people back street by street." John Lillis, a consultant at furniture shop Designer Sofas, witnessed the incident unfold from the back of his showroom. Speaking at the cordon in Store Street, he said: "We heard the sirens and looked out of the window. "The buses had been stopped and there was an ambulance crew there, as well as police cars. The road was then cordoned off. "The police asked us to move to the back of the showroom. "I looked across the road to an office block opposite our showroom, and I saw computer screens and computers come out of the window, and then a filing cabinet. "About half an hour after it all started, we were asked to move behind the cordon on Goodge Street, and it has moved back further since then." Asked if he could see who was throwing the items out on to the street, he said: "All I saw was someone in a shirt, I couldn't see him or her." He said there were two customers in the store at the time, and he ushered them out first, before locking up and following directions from police. A police spokesman said: "Officers are in attendance at an incident in Tottenham Court Road where a man, believed to be aged 49, is causing a disturbance. "Police were called at 11.59 on Friday 27 April to an office building on Tottenham Court Road. "Items, including electrical equipment, have been thrown out of a fifth-floor window. "A 300m cordon has been put in place and a negotiator is on scene." Police are advising people to keep clear of the area due to congestion. No injuries have been reported. It is unclear if there are other people in the building, the force said. Rajesh Kalia, of Goodge Law solicitors, who works two floors below where the incident was unfolding in Shropshire House, relived the drama. The lawyer said: "We were in the office and suddenly we were told by the police that there was some problem in the building and asked to evacuate immediately. "The police were very clear about the instructions. There was no panic or anything but they were very firm and got everybody out of the building very, very quickly. "I overheard someone say that there was a man in there with some wires coming out of his jacket. "Now, I don't know how much of that is true but that's the impression they gave us. "They mentioned something about a flame-thrower, the jacket and wires coming out of it, and that's about it. "We're two floors below where this was happening. "We heard some shouting in the stairwell and then were asked to leave by the police so I think the police got there pretty quick." Images on the social networking site Twitter showed various items being thrown from the building, including computer monitors and piles of paper. Huffington Post worker Ms O'Meara said the atmosphere was "tragi-comic" until the police arrived and it turned serious. "He was throwing stuff out of the windows, it looked like someone with a grievance," she added. "But then the police arrived and started telling everyone 'This is serious, this is for your own safety. He has got gas'." A Transport for London spokeswoman said: "TfL is advising motorists to avoid driving into the West End this afternoon if possible, due to the impact of the police incident and cordon in Tottenham Court Road area. "On the Tube, only Goodge Street station on the Northern line is closed as the station entrance is within the police cordon. "Trains are not stopping at the station but are serving all other stations, with a good service on the line." It is not known how the suspect arrived at the scene, whether by vehicle or on foot. Scotland Yard were unable to go into details of whether witnesses had seen him walk to the building or whether they were looking for a vehicle possibly connected to him. Today there was no answer at Advantage Training Services - the business the man is said to have stormed. Actress Frances Barber, 53, was among those who were affected by the incident, ordered to stay within a building as events unfolded. Barber, who appeared in the last series of Doctor Who, kept her followers updated on her Twitter feed. "F*** a duck am in middle of hostage sitch in Tott Ct Road. Can't get out. We are all hostage inside," she wrote. She pointed out she was not detained in the office in question but in a building nearby and police would not let her leave. "Police won't let us out. Tott Ct Rd deserted. All shops, cafes, etc evacuated. Police everywhere. We are not allowed out." Barber later added that she and others had been allowed out and were being "herded" north towards Camden.

Busy London street evacuated over ‘hostage situation’

POLICE have been called to a potential hostage situation after Tottenham Court Road in London, one of the country’s busiest shopping streets, was closed. Businesses and shoppers were evacuated from the area at midday. Scotland Yard said it had sent a negotiator to the scene after reports of a man throwing furniture out of a window several floors up. A spokesman said it was “too early to say if the suspect was armed or indeed had taken any hostages”. Joaqam Ramus, who works at nearby Cafe Fresco, said before being evacuated: “There was talk of a bomb and somebody having a hostage in a building. “All Tottenham Court Road is closed and so are we - the police told us to shut. “We don’t know what it is but it seems someone has a hostage.” A spokesman for Transport for London could not confirm details of the ongoing operation but confirmed they were “aware of an incident”. Staff from news website The Huffington Post UK were evacuated from their building after a man reportedly wearing a gas canister threatened to blow himself up in the adjoining building, they said. People near the scene reported shots being fired and said computers and equipment had been thrown out of the windows of the office block housing the Huffington Post. Huffington Post UK executive editor Stephen Hull posted a video on Twitter of an office worker who saw the man enter the building. Abby Baafi, 27, the head of training and operations at Advantage, a company which offers HGV courses, told Mr Hull the man had targeted her offices and was currently holding four men hostage. In a video posted on YouTube, she said: “What happened is, we were in the office and someone came in. He asked him what his name was and he said it was Michael Green. “I recognised him because he was one of our previous customers but he is not quite stable - mentally stable. “He turned up, strapped up with gasoline cylinders, and threatened to blow up the office. “He said he doesn’t care about his life. He doesn’t care about anything, he is going to blow up everybody. “He was specifically looking for me but I said ‘My name’s not Abby’ and he let me go.” Ms Baafi said the man failed the HGV training course and wanted his money back.

million Americans who have taken out mortgages in the past two years now owe more on their loans than their homes are worth

million Americans who have taken out mortgages in the past two years now owe more on their loans than their homes are worth, and Federal Housing Administration loans that require only a tiny down payment are partly to blame. That figure, provided to Reuters by tracking firm CoreLogic, represents about one out of 10 home loans made during that period.Report It is a sobering indication the U.S. housing market remains deeply troubled, with home values still falling in many parts of the country, and raises the question of whether low-down payment loans backed by the FHA are putting another generation of buyers at risk. As of December 2011, the latest figures available, 31 percent of the U.S. home loans that were in negative equity - in which the outstanding loan balance exceeds the value of the home - were FHA-insured mortgages, according to CoreLogic. Many borrowers, particularly since late 2010, thought they were buying at the bottom of a housing market that had already suffered steep declines, but have been caught out by a continued fall in prices in wide swaths of America. Even for loans taken out in December - less than four months ago and the last month for which data is available - nearly 44,000 borrowers, or about 7.5 percent of the total, now find themselves under water. "The overwhelming majority of the U.S. is still seeing home prices decline," said CoreLogic senior economist Sam Khater. "Many borrowers continue to be quickly wiped out." The problem is not uniform around the country. In some areas, such as Washington, D.C., Miami and parts of northern California, prices are on the rise. CoreLogic predicts the overall U.S. housing market will finally bottom out this year. And the number of homeowners falling under water each month has decreased significantly since the peak of the financial crisis in 2008 and early 2009. Still, Khater said, since October 2010 average home prices have fallen 7.4 percent. Overall, CoreLogic data shows that 11.1 million, or 22.8 percent, of U.S. residential properties with a mortgage are in negative equity, unchanged from the summer of 2010. According to the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city composite index, which tracks home values in 20 major U.S. metropolitan areas, U.S. home prices were down 3.5 percent in February from a year earlier and are now at their lowest level since late 2002. Over the past 12 months, 15 of the 20 major metropolitan areas monitored saw declines. CoreLogic says a significant factor causing recent home loans to slide under water has been the availability of government-insured mortgages that require only a small down payment. These loans, insured by the FHA, require a down payment of as little as 3.5 percent of the purchase price, providing only a small cushion of protection against a drop in home prices that could drive a borrower into negative equity. "This is creating a new wave of under water borrowers," said Gary Shilling, a veteran financial analyst and well-known housing market bear. "We have all three branches of government trying to keep people in four bedroom houses who can't afford chicken coops." The U.S. Federal Reserve, in report delivered to Congress in January, estimated that 12 million American homeowners had negative equity. Of those, the Federal Reserve said, 3 million were borrowers with FHA-insured loans. CoreLogic's Khater said: "Low down payment lending in a weak housing market and weak economy begs the question whether we are setting up the FHA to have a multitude of failures down the line." Jason Opalka took out an FHA-backed loan on his two-bedroom property in the suburbs of Orlando, Florida, in August 2010. He was helped by Certified Mortgage Planners of Orlando, who negotiated the FHA-backed loan with the lender, Freedom Mortgage, based in New Jersey. Opalka was refinancing another FHA-backed loan he had obtained in 2008, for $196,000, then at an interest rate of over 6 percent. Under the refinancing, he borrowed $192,278 at an interest rate of 4.5 percent. Opalka, looking at the paperwork, is still surprised at the down payment he had to make in 2010, for a property valued at the time for little more than the loan was worth and in which he had almost no equity. His down payment was just $3,000 - or about 1.5 percent of the total loan. Less than two years later, local real estate estimates now value Opalka's home at no more than $110,000. "I'm at least $80,000 under water," Opalka told Reuters. "We never expected to go under water. We never expected prices to fall like they have. We definitely didn't see this coming. If I'd known this, we probably would have rented." Florida has seen one of the greatest drops in house values since the housing crash of 2008, 30 percent on average since October 2010 and over 50 percent since the height of the bubble in 2006, according to Case-Shiller. FHA-insured loans were begun during the Great Depression and have traditionally been used to enable lower income Americans to get mortgages. Historically, FHA loans accounted for 8 percent to 12 percent of the mortgage market. According to the FHA, this rose to 30 percent in late 2009 and to about 50 percent for first-time buyers at the height of the financial crisis. FHA officials say they are deliberately reducing their market share of loans as the private sector increases its lending. The agency share of home loans is today down to about 25 percent, and will continue to fall, officials say. Charles Coulter, a deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which oversees the FHA, said it was the FHA's mission to provide affordable housing, particularly in times of financial crisis when private sector financing dries up. "We are the only opportunity for borrowers who can't come up with a 5, 10 or 20 percent down payment to get a home," Coulter said. He said the size of down payments was "an important risk parameter, it's something we have been evaluating and a factor we will continue to evaluate." Coulter said beginning in 2009, FHA took a number of steps to tighten qualification standards for the government-insured loans. In January 2009, the minimum down payment for an FHA loan rose from 3 percent to 3.5 percent, and the upfront premium for mortgage insurance has also been raised. In October 2010, only borrowers with a credit score of 580 or above could get a loan with a 3.5 percent down payment. Those with credit scores between 500 and 579 faced a 10 percent down payment. Those with credit scores below 500 do not qualify for an FHA loan. FHA officials say the credit score of the agency's average borrower is 700. A Fair Isaac Corporation score - known as FICO and the standard evaluation of creditworthiness in the United States. - of less than 620 is usually considered sub-prime. Manny Bongiovanni, a mortgage broker in Phoenix, who has processed mainly FHA-backed loans in recent years, said most such loans were issued at a 30-year, fixed low interest rate. "Most of the people I have dealt with have ended up paying less on their monthly mortgage payments than they were when they rented. The good thing is, we have got lots of young families into these homes. "And if they stay put, they will eventually get equity."

Victoria Osoteku, who has been jailed for her part in the killing of a 15-year-old schoolboy.

Victoria Station stabbing
 Photograph: Metropolitan Police/PA

The only female member of a gang that hunted down and killed a schoolboy in front of hundreds of commuters at Victoria station in London has been jailed for 12 years.

Victoria Osoteku had helped set up the confrontation on Facebook the night before 15-year-old Sofyen Belamouadden's death in an attack which was captured by CCTV cameras in the station.

Osoteku, 18 at the time of the killing, is the 13th teenager to be sentenced in what is one of the most high-profile teenage gang killings of recent times. Her jail term brings the total sentences handed down to those responsible to 124 years.

Osoteku was convicted of manslaughter after a four-month trial in which she gave evidence for 21 days – the longest testimony at the Old Bailey in recent years. She was also found guilty of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.

Sentencing her on Thursday to 12 years in a young offender institution, Judge Christopher Moss QC told her: "You played a pivotal role in the events of and leading up to that day and must take a substantial share of the responsibility for that."

The attack was the result of "simmering tensions" between students at a sixth-form college in Ladbroke Grove, west London, and Sofyen's fellow pupils at Henry Compton school in Fulham, which exploded in the violent attack on 25 March 2010. The day before, the two groups had confronted each other at the station and one youth was left with a bloody nose.

Determined to get revenge, the Ladbroke Grove group used Facebook that night to recruit "troops and weapons", the Old Bailey heard during a series of trials.

Osoteku, who was taken into care at the age of eight, was at the centre of the conversations and agreed to buy a £3.99 set of kitchen knives from Argos as part of the plan.

The following day her group arrived at Victoria on two number 52 buses at 5.14pm to confront their rivals. Armed with a samurai sword, knives, sharpening steels and metal bars, they charged the group of which Sofyen was a part.

Witnesses said they saw "knives glinting in the air" as the teenager was chased down the escalator into the underground station.

He was pushed or fell down the steps to the ticket hall and was set upon by several youths as he lay defenceless on the floor, all of which was caught on camera. Sofyen was kicked, punched, beaten and stabbed repeatedly in front of dozens of commuters including a priest. His blood was found on at least three knives and a sharpening steel.

Osetoku was caught on CCTV running down the escalator and landing a kick on Sofyen's prone body. She claimed in court that she had just nudged the boy "to see if he was OK".

Three other teenagers, Samson Odegbune and Christopher Omoregie, both 18, and Obi Nwokeh, 19, were convicted of murder during a series of trials last year and jailed for 18 years each last week.

Femi Oderinwale and Adonis Akra, both 18, and Samuel Roberts, 19, were each given 12 years after they were convicted of manslaughter.

Enoch Amoah, 19, and Tyrone Richards, 17, were jailed for seven years after they were found guilty of violent disorder.

Lewis Sinclair, Olawale Olaribigbe and Melvin Mensah, all 18, along with Selassie Ahiaku, 19, received two years each after they pleaded guilty to violent disorder before their trial got underway last September.

Prosecutor Mark Heywood QC described Sofyen's murder as "brutal and merciless".

"Such was their arrogance they carried out that kind of attack in the heart of the capital in a public place," he said.

"That confidence and arrogance came no doubt from the security of acting together as a group in sufficient numbers and with a common purpose.

"It came too from the security of knowing that between them they were so heavily armed as a group that no one individual, small group, police officer or member of station staff could withstand them or stop them or detain them in the course of what they were doing.

"It explains why they did something so truly terrible that many will not, even now, acknowledge that they had any real part to play in it at all.

"It explains why for a trivial slight, they executed a truly terrible revenge."

Osoteku was the last of the attacking group to leave the scene and the prosecution claimed that she had "very great" responsibility for Sofyen's death.

Heywood said: "Victoria Osoteku was one of those who set up and organised the confrontation that led to the death."

Osoteku admitted she was at the scene of the attack but denied being involved. She told the jury she was just following her friends and was shocked to see Sofyen being stabbed.

"I just froze there," she said. "I couldn't believe what I was seeing."

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Credit card fraud websites shut down on three continents

Three men have been arrested and 36 criminal websites selling credit card information and other personal data shut down as part of a two-year international anti-fraud operation, police have confirmed. The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), working with the FBI and US Department of Justice, as well as authorities in Germany; the Netherlands; Ukraine; Australia and Romania, swooped after identifying the sites as specialising in selling card and bank details in bulk. The move comes as a blow to what is a growing black market for stolen financial data. Detectives estimated that the card information seized could have been used to extract more than £500m in total by fraudsters. SOCA claimed it has recovered more than two and a half million items of compromised personal and financial information over the past two years. “The authorities have shut down 36 websites but it is difficult to know how many other people had access to that data. They could spring back up somewhere else if a gang is not eradicated completely,” said Graham Cluley of internet security firm Sophos. He added: “This is big business and, just as in any legitimate company there are people who specialise in different things, so there are those who actually get their hands on the personal data and those who sell it on; they are not often the same person.” An investigation by The Independent last summer found that scammers were making a “comfortable living” getting their hands on sensitive information and selling it online. Card details were being offered for sale for between 4p and £60 per card – depending on the quality – according to one source in the business. Some cards would be sold with incomplete or unreliable information; others ready to use. Some of the card details for sale on the websites shut down by SOCA were being sold for as little as £2 each. Investigators said that the alleged fraudsters were using Automated Vending Carts, which allowed them to sell large quantities of stolen data. They are said to be a driver of the growth in banking fraud over the last 18 months because of the speed with which stolen data can be sold. Lee Miles, Head of Cyber Operations for SOCA said: “This operation is an excellent example of the level of international cooperation being focused on tackling online fraud. Our activities have saved business, online retailers and financial institutions potential fraud losses estimated at more than half a billion pounds, and at the same time protected thousands of individuals from the distress caused by being a victim of fraud or identity crime.” An alleged operator in Macedonia was one of those arrested, while two British men accused of buying the information were also detained. Britain’s Dedicated Cheque & Plastic Crime Unit also seized computers suspected of being used to commit fraud.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Raids result in 40 drugs arrests

Thousands of pounds of drugs have been taken off the streets of north Oxfordshire in a series of police raids. A five-strong team of officers, lead by Sgt Matt Powell, has been waging war on criminals in Kidlington, Bicester and Banbury since January. Operation Dragnet has seen more than 40 people arrested in connection with drugs, burglary and assault, in 12 raids. As a result, 11 cannabis factories, eight in Banbury and three in Bicester, have been discovered, with 600 cannabis plants seized and destroyed in the past three months. Four people have been charged with possession with intent to supply and attempted production of a class B drug. One person is still on bail and four others were cautioned. Drugs, including magic mushrooms, cocaine, heroin, cannabis and amphetamine tablets, with a combined street value of about £10,000, have been seized, along with about £4,000 in cash. Sgt Powell issued a warning to anyone connected with crime that his team were on their tails, and urged the public to contact police about suspicious behaviour. He said: “The Dragnet team has the flexibility to either go on the hunt for criminality, disrupting and detecting it proactively, or to respond to any emerging issues and intelligence as it is reported by the public. Ads by Google FOSSIL® Summer Collection Discover Our Newest Watches, Bags & More. Free Postage on All Orders! 1080p Police Body Camera HD 1080p Police Camera with GPS, Night Vision & 12 Megapixel Camera “We want to encourage the communities of Cherwell to call in with any information about criminality in their neighbourhood, no matter how insignificant they think it is. “Anyone involved in criminality, or even just on the fringes of it, needs to know that, with the public’s help, they will appear on our radar. “We will then make it our business to disrupt their criminal activity and ensure that they feel the full weight of the law.” The team also has a ‘top 10’ list of known criminals who may receive a visit from officers at any time of the day or night to check on them.

Plans to house London's poor in Stoke attacked as 'social cleansing'

London's housing crisis is about to "burst wide open" according to experts, who say the actions of the Olympic borough of Newham, which tried to rehouse 500 of its poorest families hundreds of miles away in Stoke, are just the beginning.  Political sides lined up to defend or attack the Government yesterday over whether cuts to benefits and continued shortages in affordable housing were leading to "social cleansing" across the capital, as the news of Newham's plans emerged. At the heart of the argument is mounting concern over the ability of Britain's largest city to build enough new houses at a time of stagnant economic growth, painful cuts and a continually expanding population. In the first indication that London's housing crisis is threatening to spill out across Britain, Newham Council admitted yesterday that had been forced to try and look for accommodation hundreds of miles way. Council chiefs have written to 1,179 housing associations asking whether they would be prepared to take 500 families who can no longer stay in the Olympic borough because their rent is more expensive than the cap which the Government recently placed on housing benefit. The revelation has led to angry denials from housing minister Grant Shapps who accused the Labour-led council of "playing politics" in the run up to London's mayoral election. He insisted there was no need for London boroughs to move people out of the capital, and said there were plenty of private properties available. However critics hit back saying less than half of private landlords were willing to take tenants who rely on housing benefits to pay their rent. Historically London has struggled to keep up with the demand for accommodation, leading to inflated rents and significant overcrowding. In recent months, the construction of new affordable housing in London has virtually tailed off altogether. The latest figures from the Homes and Communities Agency show that just 56 new affordable projects were started in the six months between April and September 2011 compared to 15,888 for the previous 12 months. The lack of housing has since been exacerbated by caps to housing benefit which were brought in at the start of the year. The amount of money now available has been set at £250 per week for a one-bedroom property, £290 for two bedrooms, £340 for three bedrooms and £400 for four bedrooms. The maximum anyone can receive in a year is £21,000. The Chartered Institute of Housing estimates that as many as 800,000 homes across Britain will become unaffordable for low-income families now that the local housing allowance has been capped. London Councils, a think tank that promotes the interests of the capital's 33 councils, warned that 82,000 household were at risk of losing their homes because of the changes. Downing Street maintains it is unfair to allow those who receive housing benefits to stay in central London when those who pay their own way are pushed out. But critics say the new measures are a way of clearing poorer families out of central London. As a result of the benefit cap, comparatively expensive inner city boroughs such as Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster and Camden are under pressure to move poorer tenants into neighbouring boroughs where rents are cheaper. That has put pressure on outer city boroughs such as Waltham Forest, Newham and Dagenham and Barking, who already have large waiting lists for social housing and are areas of intense social deprivation. The knock-on effect so far has largely been contained to London but there is evidence, not just in the case of Newham, to suggest the crisis is making ripples outside the capital. The Independent has learned of cases where families in boroughs such as Hounslow and Westminster have been told they may have to move to towns in Staffordshire and Kent respectively. Waltham Forest also admitted it housed 14 families in Luton, five in Margate, and had recently acquired units in Walsall to relocate people to. Meanwhile, Labour councillors within Tory-led Westminster Council say they have seen proposals to move poor tenants to Nottingham and Derby. The Labour MP John McDonnell said that he had been contacted by families living in the Tory-led Hillingdon borough who had been told to move to Milton Keynes, more than 50 miles away. Yesterday Westminster Council insisted only 13 families had been rehoused outside of London. Hounslow said it had moved people into neighbouring boroughs but had no plans to relocate people beyond the capital, while Hillingdon denied Mr McDonnel's claims. Observers say the full effects of the benefit cap have yet to be felt because families are assessed only on the one year anniversary of their previous claim. If their rent is above the cap limit they are given an additional period of protection to find somewhere else to live. Karen Buck, Labour MP for Westminster north said that unless rents dropped, more boroughs would be forced to move people out. Case study: Fruitless search for family home on a budget Stacey Loftus, 37, lives in Hackney Wick, east London, with her four children. After a nine-month notice period, she was told in February that her housing benefit would be capped, but has been unable to find another property within her budget. "I live in a four-bedroom house, but ever since I heard the housing benefit cap was coming in I've been looking for something smaller – but I haven't been able to find anything. Estate agents have been looking, and the council, but no one's had any success. It's impossible to find a three-bedroom house for £350-a-week throughout Hackney. I wouldn't have a problem moving to a two-bed. My kids are settled in school, and I don't want to leave the area."

Dengue Fever Asian Mosquito Could Invade UK

Asian Tiger Mosquito

The mosquito can carry dengue and chikungunya viruses


A mosquito that spreads tropical diseases including dengue fever may be poised to invade the UK because of climate change.

The Asian tiger mosquito has already been reported in France and Belgium and could be migrating north as winters become warmer and wetter.

Scientists have urged "wide surveillance" for the biting insect across countries of central and northern Europe, including the UK.

The mosquito can carry dengue and chikungunya viruses, both of which cause high fevers. The infections usually occur in tropical regions of Africa, Asia and South America.

Scientists led by Dr Samantha Martin, from the University of Liverpool, used climate models to predict how changing conditions might affect Asian tiger mosquito distribution.

They wrote in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface: "Mosquito climate suitability has significantly increased over the southern UK, northern France, the Benelux, parts of Germany, Italy, Sicily and the Balkan countries."

The research shows that parts of the UK could become hot-spots of Asian tiger mosquito activity between 2030 and 2050.

The mosquito has been introduced into Europe from Asia via goods shipments, mainly used tyres and bamboo.

Climate change is now shifting conditions suitable for the insect from southern Europe to central north-western areas.

The mosquito could survive in water butts and vases, and may find winter protection in greenhouses, said the researchers.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Chainsaw gang raid jeweller’s

 four men burst into WS Jewellers, a family-run business on Carlton Street, Westgate End, on Saturday afternoon. The terrified owner handed over jewellery and a large amount of cash kept in a safe. One eye witness, who was too scared to be named, tried to stop the gang from escaping by blocking the street off with his car. He said: “They were shouting at me to move and then one of them came at me with a chainsaw. “I was trying to slow them down to give the police time to arrive. “But they tried to over take me, they bashed into the back of me two or three times and then they got away.” The man, who also owns a business in the area, knew the victim well. He said: “He told me they took his life savings – and they made him empty it. “His wife and kids are usually in the shop with him on Saturdays – the only good thing is they weren’t there at the time. “It’s a tight community round here, no-one can believe something like this could happen.” Detectives have launched a major investigation into the armed robbery which involved two stolen cars. It happened at around 3.40pm when the men arrived in dark blue Mitsubishi car which had been stolen from Hebden Bridge. After escaping from the shop the car was found abandoned behind Westgate Common WMC, on Park Grove Road. There a getaway car, a black Audi RS4 Quattro, which had been stolen from Sheffield, was waiting for the robbers. It sped off towards Horbury Bridge and was later found abandoned at The Crossings in Birstall. The gang got into another car and drove towards Huddersfield.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Evidence on death of MI6 agent Gareth Williams to be public

 Evidence at an inquest into an MI6 agent's "controversial" death will be heard in public, a coroner has ruled. But Fiona Wilcox said some sensitive information would be withheld because of the "real risk of harm" to national security and public interest. The body of Gareth Williams, 31, originally from Anglesey, was found padlocked in a bag in a bath at his flat in Pimlico, London, in 2010. The inquest is expected to examine whether another person was involved. Opening the inquest at Westminster Coroner's Court in London, Dr Wilcox said no evidence would be heard in secret and that summaries or "gists" of any withheld evidence would be revealed in court. The inquest will hear from Mr Williams's colleagues from MI6 and the GCHQ, toxicology experts, bag experts, as well as a statement from his sister. Most of the 37 witnesses will give evidence in person, but some agents will be able testify anonymously and behind screens. Release of evidence Barrister Caoilfhionn Gallagher - representing three broadcasters and five national newspaper groups - applied for photographs, video and documents referred to in open court to be supplied to the media. But a lawyer for the Met Police, Vincent Williams, said there was a "live complex ongoing investigation" into the death and charges were still a "real possibility". A "careful line must be struck between open justice" at the inquest and a criminal investigation, he said. "It is because there may be criminal proceedings further down the line that the Commissioner feels that the pattern of disclosure... has to be done with some care." Ms Gallagher noted that the law set a "high bar" for restricting contemporaneous reporting of legal proceedings on those grounds. Dr Wilcox suggested that the lawyers agree a compromise outside court. A lawyer for Mr Williams's family said that they opposed the release of video footage showing an attempted reconstruction of how he may have climbed into the bath. GCHQ codes expert Mr Williams was a mathematics prodigy who worked as a cipher and codes expert for GCHQ, the government's communications surveillance agency, and had been on secondment to MI6 when he died. Post-mortem tests failed to establish the cause of his death. Police originally found it would have been impossible for Mr Williams to have locked himself inside the holdall, which was found in the bath in his flat in August 2010. But they have been unable to establish whether he died at the hands of a third party. Dr Wilcox told a pre-inquest hearing in March that whether the code-breaker was able to lock himself in the bag would be "at the very heart" of the inquest. Lawyer Anthony O'Toole told the pre-inquest hearing that Mr Williams's family believed a third party was present at his death or later destroyed evidence. "The impression of the family is that the unknown third party was a member of some agency specialising in the dark arts of the secret services - or evidence has been removed post-mortem by experts in the dark arts," he said.

The police released grainy photos on Monday of a man suspected of shooting a former Russian banker near London's Canary Wharf

The police released grainy photos on Monday of a man suspected of shooting a former Russian banker near London's Canary Wharf financial district in a case that has raised fears that Russian gangland violence could be spreading to Britain.

Financier German Gorbuntsov, 45, was shot five times as he entered a block of flats where he lives near the River Thames in the east of the capital on March 20.

He survived the attack, but was critically injured and is recovering in hospital where his condition was described as stable.

London's Metropolitan Police have made no arrests in the case and say they are keeping an open mind about the motive. The inquiry is focusing on organised crime in Russia, according to unconfirmed media reports.

Gorbuntsov had been due to give evidence in an investigation into the attempted murder of a former business associate, his lawyer told Reuters last month.

More than a month after the shooting, police released grainy security camera images of a man they believe tried to murder Gorbuntsov, who once owned four Russian banks.

The pictures, taken moments after the shooting, show a tall white man wearing a dark hooded top and carrying a bag. Detectives found a gun, bag and hooded top near the scene.

"We are continuing to examine CCTV (closed circuit television) footage from the area and are keen to speak with anyone who may have information about the shooting," Detective Chief Inspector Russell Taylor, who is leading the investigation, said.

"Did you see anyone acting suspiciously in the area? Did you see the man in the CCTV stills taking off a dark hooded top or leaving a bag?"

Diplomatic relations between Russia and Britain have been tested by a series of disputes involving Russian emigres.

Russia has refused to extradite the man suspected of murdering former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko by putting radioactive polonium in his tea in London.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Bermuda governor George Fergusson 'loses eye' after being mugged as he walks through a cemetery

A senior British diplomat has lost the sight in one eye after being attacked as he walked through a cemetery. Bermuda's new governor George Fergusson took a short cut through Hammersmith Cemetery at 7.30pm on Friday evening as he was late for a dinner party where his wife was waiting. Keen to make up time, the father-of-three was searching for the address on his BlackBerry when he was punched so hard he fell to the ground.

Convicted fraudster and Liberal Democrat donor Michael Brown is being extradited to the UK from the Dominican Republic

Michael Brown, Liberal DemocratsA 2009 report cleared the Liberal Democrats of any wrongdoing related to Michael Brown's record donation (Picture: EPA)

The 46-year-old fled the UK after being convicted of fraud at Southwark Crown Court in 2008, three years after he donated £2.4 million to the Lib Dems ahead of the general election.

Dominican police said Brown had been arrested in the resort town of Punta Cana in January, where he assumed the name of Darren Nally.

Brown was found guilty of defrauding investors out of £36 million through a Ponzi scheme, including £8 million from former Manchester United chairman Martin Edwards.

The court heard how he posed as a successful bond dealer with royal connections to steal the money.

As well as the £2.4 million donation to the Lib Dems - the party's biggest donation to date - he spent the money on funding a lavish lifestyle.

Police in the Caribbean said Brown would be flown to Spain where he would be handed into UK custody.

It is understood his extradition was cleared after local complaints of fraud against Brown were dropped.

Despite the 2008 fraud conviction, a report by the Electoral Commission a year later found the Lib Dems had accepted the money in good faith and did not need to repay any of it.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Wayne Rooney launches phone-hacking claim

Wayne Rooney and England rugby union World Cup winner Matt Dawson are among the new wave of high-profile figures suing Rupert Murdoch's News International over alleged News of the World phone hacking. The England and Manchester United football star, his agent Paul Stretford, Dawson, now a BBC rugby commentator and Question of Sport team captain, actor James Nesbitt and Sir John Major's former daughter-in-law, Emma Noble, are among 46 new phone-hacking cases filed at the high court in London. Times Newspapers, the News International subsidiary that publishes the Times and Sunday Times, is also facing its first civil damages claim, from Northern Ireland human rights campaigner Jane Winter, who is also suing NoW publisher, News Group Newspapers. Winter's claim is related to an article in the Sunday Times in August 2006, her solicitor confirmed. A reference to the article was made in a witness statement she submitted to the Leveson inquiry in February. Winter alleged in evidence to the inquiry that her emails to the former British army intelligence officer Ian Hurst were hacked by NoW. A News International spokeswoman said Winter's case would be "defended vigorously". Others who have filed claims in the past few days seeking damages for alleged invasion of privacy from News Group, the News International subsidiary that published the now-closed Sunday tabloid, include former Conservative cabinet minister and chief whip Lord Blencathra and former Fire Brigades Union general secretary Andy Gilchrist. The list of new claimants also features Michelle Bayford, the former girlfriend of the victim of the 2006 so-called "elephant man" drug trial case. Her then boyfriend, Ryan Wilson, spent three weeks in a coma and lost all his toes and parts of his fingers to gangrene. Another claimant, Anne Colvin, was a witness in the Tommy Sheridan perjury trial. At a case management conference at the high court in London , Hugh Tomlinson QC, representing victims of alleged phone hacking, told Mr Justice Vos that he had 44 new cases filed while two others had submitted their claims via another legal representative. The court also heard that law firm Harbottle & Lewis has a number of "sensitive clients" who wish to remain anonymous. It is expected that up to 200 new claims will be filed over the coming months, Tomlinson told the court in a previous hearing. Claims filed in the past week bring the number of new cases against News International to 46. This figure includes earlier claims filed by public figures including Cherie Booth, Alex Best, the former wife of the late footballer George Best, and Colin Stagg, the man wrongly accused of murdering Rachel Nickell. Others who have filed claims include comedian Bobby Davro, actor Tina Hobley's former husband Steve Wallington, TV personalities Jamie Theakston and Jeff Brazier, the former boxer Chris Eubank, and footballers Peter Crouch, Kieron Dyer and Jermaine Jenas. The cases are part of a second wave of civil actions which Vos is managing following the settlement of more than 50 cases earlier this year including claims by Jude Law, Charlotte Church and Lord Prescott. Tomlinson did not disclose the names of the claimants on Friday, but court documents show that new cases submitted to the high court in the past week bring the number of new actions faced by News International to nearly 50, a number that is expected to rise considerably. Tomlinson told the court that News International had received 100 requests for discovery of preliminary disclosure. He said there were 4,791 potential phone-hacking victims, of which 1,892 had been contacted by the police. The police believed 1,174 were "likely victims". Court 30 in the Rolls Building of the high court was packed, with more than 50 law firms acting for victims. Vos said there were 58 firms of solicitors representing only 100 victims, which he told Tomlinson was "unbelievable". The judge added that he wanted to ensure costs are reduced for claimants. "Many of them have seen the light and have instructed lawyers who have specialist knowledge of this case," said Vos. He suggested possible tariffs of costs for each element of the legal action. This would mean fresh claimants could access to information relating to the News of the World's phone-hacking activity already produced on discovery in earlier cases, without incurring the costs associated with a full action. "I will have no sympathy for outrageous cost estimates," he said. "A claimant is entitled to have a solicitor, but what he is not entitled to have is a solicitor who knows nothing about the case and charges the defendant for that."

How 'charity muggers' drive shoppers from the high street

Charity fundraising gangs have become unwelcome in almost three out of four of the towns in the country, according to a report yesterday. It said that aggressive 'charity muggers', or 'chuggers', who accost shoppers are generating complaints from the public in more than two thirds of the high streets where they operate. In more than half, the chugger teams are believed to have driven down trade for stores and businesses by deterring shoppers from visiting town centres. The Local Government Association (LGA), which carried out a survey of councils, called for new laws to rein in the gangs employed by big charities and give a better chance of competing to old-fashioned tin-rattling collectors who typically turn out for small and local voluntary groups.

Gang snatch £100,000 wristwatch

Police are searching for a gang of thieves who approached a stranger to shake his hand - before stealing his £100,000 watch from his wrist. The 40-year-old victim was approached by the group of three or four men in Berkeley Street, Mayfair, central London, at about 2.25am on Saturday, April 14, Scotland Yard said. The men, described as dark skinned Eastern Europeans aged in their mid 20s, shook the victim's hand before one of the suspects managed to remove the watch from his wrist and ran off towards Berkeley Square, Mayfair. The Breguet Tourbillon watch is one of only 60 in existence and has a rose gold rectangular face and a black crocodile skin strap, with the inscription 'Limited Edition 819AK' on the back. Police said no one had been arrested following the incident, which is being investigated by officers from the Westminster robbery squad.

Friday, 20 April 2012

Mike Tyson has for the first time revealed his lowest point ever in a searingly candid interview.

Once known as the ‘baddest man on the planet’, his life has taken more than a few dark twists and turns.

But now Mike Tyson has for the first time revealed his lowest point ever in a searingly candid interview.

The former heavyweight champion said that back in 2009 he was in a hotel room with seven prostitutes, a morphine drip in his arm, a pile of cocaine and a bottle of cognac when he began to feel paranoid.


Candid: The former world champion gave his most honest interview yet - revealing the drug-fuelled night that made him turn his life around and get clean and sober

Convinced the women were trying to steal from him he started beating them up and threw them out - to stop them from 'taking his soul'.


 Tyson said: ‘That’s when I realised it wasn’t just demons - it was the devil himself.

‘It was the lowest point of a very low life, but it was my own knockout punch to clean up life, get whole, get well - and I haven’t done anything in three years now. 

‘I’m clean. I’m sober.’

Tyson’s recently swapped the boxing ring for the cabaret stage in a six night comedy show at the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas, where some of his biggest fights took place.


World Champion: Mike Tyson lands the knockout punch to the jaw of challenger Larry Holmes during fourth round of the World Heavyweight Championship in Atlantic City 1988


In an interview with Las Vegas Weekly to promote the show, he was asked to talk about the moment he realised he had to turn his life around.

Tyson, 45 said: ‘Laying in bed in a hotel room - I try never to be alone, even if it’s a prostitute, a dog. 

‘This is really dark. I am in my hotel suite, I’ve got seven women there, and I have a morphine drip, and I had my cocaine, and I had my (Viagra like pill) Cialis, I had my marijuana, I had the Hennessy, and I am at my lowest point because I got paranoid and I thought these women were trying to rob me and set me up. 

‘I started beating them. I was in a dark place. There was a purpose, though, because I didn’t want to give them any more of my soul.

‘So this is my devil, this is where I am, I am locked up alone. There is nobody there telling me that I’m doing too much. 


Troubled: Tyson's first marriage to actress Robin Givens fell apart amid allegations of him being violent - he is now married for the third time



Mug shot: In 1992 Tyson was jailed for raping Desiree Washington - a beauty pageant contestant - he was released from prison after three years

‘That is the devil, he won. I kicked them all out. So that was my lowest point. Oh, man. I am just very grateful to be here - my heart should have blown apart. I was sweating wide awake. No more cocaine. No more. Three years clean.’

In his turbulent life Tyson has been married three times, fathered eight children and became the youngest heavyweight champion the world has ever seen at just 20.

But fame ruined him and his troubled upbringing - his mother was a prostitute and he never knew his pimp father - came back to haunt him.

In the interview he claimed to have earned $300million in winnings but admitted that he was so bad with money he was ‘forced to live paycheck to paycheck’.

In 1992, three years after his first marriage to actress Robin Givens fell apart, he was jailed for six years for raping Desiree Washington, a contestant in the Miss Black America pageant.

Released having served three years, he fought Evander Holyfield in the fight that became one of the most notorious bouts in boxing history when he bit part of his opponent’s ear off.

Reflecting on his life Tyson told Las Vegas Weekly that he was now the happiest he has ever been, and is just trying to be a good husband to his third wife, and a good father to his children.

Tyson said: ‘In order to wear the crown, you have to have a miserable life, and that is the one that inherits the crown. 

‘I don’t know, you have to go from the worst to reach the best. I’m just that extreme type of person. That is who I am, the guy that has no limits.’

EU condemns Repsol state seizure

 The European Parliament has passed a resolution condemning a nationalisation that has strained relations between Spain and Argentina. Argentina has nationalised YPF, wiping out the Spanish firm Repsol's controlling-stake in the oil firm. The resolution asks the European Commission to consider a "partial suspension" of tariffs that benefit Argentine exports into the EU. Shares in Repsol has another decline, falling 2.3% on Friday. Over the week, Repsol stock has lost almost a fifth of its value. MEPs in the European Parliament said the institution "deplores" the decision taken by Argentina and describes it as an "attack on the exercise of free enterprise". Decisions such as that taken by the Argentine authorities "can put a strain on the climate of understanding and friendship needed to reach" a trade agreement between a South American bloc and the EU, it said. The resolution, which is non-binding, received 458 votes in favour, 71 against and 16 abstentions. 'Not valid' It also emerged that Repsol may be obliged to buy a minority shareholder's YPF stake if it ever lost majority control, which Repsol denied. Twenty-five percent of YPF is owned by Argentina's Eskenazi family through its firm, Peterson. Continue reading the main story Nationalising YPF Spain's Repsol has hitherto owned 57.4% of shares with 25.5% belonging to Argentina's Petersen, 0.02% to the Argentine government and 17% traded on stock exchanges The Argentine government proposes to seize 51% of the shares, all of which will be taken from Repsol's stake, leaving the Spanish firm with 6.4% The expropriated shares will in turn be divided between the Argentine government and provincial governors Following the expropriation, Petersen will retain its 25.5% stake and 17% of the shares will continue to be traded Argentina's risky energy seizure According to regulator filings of a 2008 agreement, Repsol must "maintain directly or indirectly through controlled companies an ownership interest greater than or equal to 50.1%". If it does not, Repsol is obliged to buy back the loans used to secure the Eskenazis' shares. But Repsol told the BBC that the expropriation of its stake in YPF had invalidated the agreement. "The agreement is not valid under Spanish law in these conditions," said Kristian Rix, a Repsol spokesman. "The law is unequivocal, there is no debate." Trade war brewing? Spain has threatened retaliation against Argentina over the forced nationalisation of oil firm YPF, raising the prospects of a trade war between the nations. Spanish Trade Secretary Jaime Garcia Legaz said the European Union would intervene over Argentina's seizure of YPF. Argentina is taking over 51% of YPF, wiping out Repsol's 57.4% majority stake. The move has wide support in Argentina but has provoked outrage in Spain. Spain's Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo said US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had also offered support. Repsol has said it wants around $10bn (£6.2bn) for its stake in YPF, but Argentina has said it does not accept that valuation. YPF, Argentina's biggest oil company, was privatised in 1993. Last year it announced huge new finds of shale oil and gas.

Black firefighter claims police shot him with Taser in racist attack

Edric Kennedy-Macfoy has lodged a complaint of alleged racism against six Metropolitan Police officers over the incident in which he claims he was also subjected to a tirade verbal abuse. The 28-year-old claims he was trying to tell police about a man he had seen hurl a rock at a police van when the group attacked him like “wild animals”. He said he was off-duty and driving through Harrow, north west London, when he witnessed the disturbance and had only pulled up alongside a line of police to tell them what he had witnessed. Mr Kennedy-Macfoy alleges the officers charged towards him, dragged him from his car and beat him, then shot him with the stun gun as he was walking backwards with his hands in the air. The case has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) – the 10th instance of alleged racism it has received in the last three weeks alone.

Murdochs to appear at UK media ethics inquiry

News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch and his son James will give evidence next week to Britain's media ethics inquiry. The inquiry, headed by Lord Justice Brian Leveson, was launched to determine why an initial 2006 police investigation into phone hacking at Murdoch's News of the World tabloid failed to uncover the scope of the problem. The Leveson Inquiry has heard extensive sworn testimony about gross criminal acts committed by tabloid reporters, including descriptions of how reporters hacked into the phone of a missing girl later found murdered. The Leveson Inquiry said Thursday that James will appear on Tuesday and Rupert will appear on Wednesday and possibly Thursday.

Mugging and robberies increased last year despite an overall fall in crime

Mugging and robberies  increased last year despite an overall fall in crime, combined data from the Office for National Statistics showed. Serious sexual crimes went up by 2% on police records. Burglaries went up by 1% while vehicle-related thefts increased by 2% in 2011, according to the separate Crime Survey for England and Wales. The survey showed "no statistically significant change in overall crime" with police recording 3% fewer incidents. But recorded figures for theft from the person showed the most dramatic swing after the street-related crime fell for three consecutive years. The ONS report said: "These latest figures represent the largest year-on-year increase in these offences since 2002; and represent a return to roughly 2008 levels of these offences, following a substantial decrease between 2004 and 2008."

no more Brits for Jamaica Police

The Government has revealed it has no intention of continuing to bring in senior police officers from the United Kingdom (UK), as it has done in recent years, to assist their Jamaican counterparts in crime-fighting and other law-enforcement endeavours. That’s the word from National Security Minister Peter Bunting. Speaking with The Gleaner yesterday, Bunting said the almost decade-old programme had served its purpose. “The demand (for British police) would have reduced over the period and, therefore, you would see a reduction in the number of these officers giving of their expertise,” Bunting said in response to Gleaner queries yesterday. “Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Les Green spent a long time accomplishing his objectives.” Green is scheduled to depart the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in June as he goes off on retirement. Nation benefited Bunting noted that since the arrival of Deputy Commissioner Mark Shields and Green, as well as ACPs Paul Robinson, John McLean and Justin Felice, the JCF has benefited from an infusion of talent, techniques, technology and other capacities that were previously scarce. Shields, who was the first to join the JCF in 2005, and Robinson have already left the force. McLean is a member of the Strategic Review Implementation Team and Felice remains engaged in the task of assisting Jamaica to deal with the scourge of corruption within the police force. The overseas assistance programme started under the previous People’s National Party administration during Dr Peter Phillips’ tenure as minister of national security and continued under the three portfolio ministers who served during the Jamaica Labour Party’s four years as government. “It would be an indictment on any programme if it did not meet its objectives after 10 years,” Bunting asserted. “It was a People’s National Party (administration) which initiated such a strategy … . Theirs (the British officers) was a huge contribution to the country,” stressed Bunting. Bunting, who had just concluded addressing journalists on his first 100 days in office, stressed however that he was still open to utilising the expertise of the British police officers in the future if needed.

Hacking scandal: the net tightens on the Murdochs

 Rupert Murdoch's grip on his media empire was dramatically challenged yesterday after his company was labelled a "toxic shadow state" which launched a dirty tricks campaign against MPs and now faces a salvo of phone-hacking claims in the United States. On a tumultuous day for the media mogul, the lawyer who brought the first damages claims against the News of the World in Britain said he had uncovered new allegations of the use of "dark arts" by News Corp in America and was ready to file at least three phone-hacking lawsuits in the company's backyard. The sense of a legal net tightening around Mr Murdoch and News Corp was heightened by the announcement that he and his son James will testify separately next week before the Leveson Inquiry into press standards during three days of what is likely to be uncomfortable scrutiny of alleged widespread criminality in their British tabloid newspapers. In a separate development, the royal editor of The Sun became the latest journalist on the paper to be arrested on suspicion of making corrupt payments to public officials. The arrest coincided with the publication of an incendiary book on the scandal which levelled new accusations that the NOTW set out on an extraordinary campaign of intimidation of MPs to try to blunt their investigations into its alleged law breaking. Last night senior MPs called for News International (NI) to be investigated by the Commons for potential contempt of Parliament over the claims that members of the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee were targeted by attempts to dig dirt on their private lives. Dial M for Murdoch, written by the Labour MP Tom Watson and The Independent's Martin Hickman, also alleges that: l Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of NI, was bugged in her own office shortly before she resigned last summer over the phone hacking of Milly Dowler, the murdered schoolgirl. l On his release from prison, Glenn Mulcaire, the convicted NOTW hacker, allegedly was contracted to give security advice to a private security company, Quest, whose chairman is Lord Stevens, a former Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. l NI intermediaries approached Mr Watson with a "deal" to "give him" former NOTW editor and Downing Street press chief Andy Coulson but that Ms Brooks was "sacred". NI, which runs Mr Murdoch's British newspapers, said it had no comment to make on the book. At a packed Westminster press conference, Mr Watson, who is a member of the Culture, Media and Sport committee, said the claim that the NOTW set out in 2009 to undermine the MPs investigating it came from Neville Thurlbeck, the NOTW's former chief reporter. In the book, Mr Thurlbeck, who has been arrested in connection with phone hacking, says: "An edict came down... and it was find out every single thing you can about every single member: who was gay, who had affairs, anything we can use." Mr Thurlbeck told The Independent last night that the order to target the MPs, which involved assigning two politicians each to a group of six reporters, had not originated from inside the paper but instead came from "elsewhere inside News International". He insisted that NOTW staff had been reluctant and there was a "degree of procrastination" before the plan was "suddenly and unexpectedly halted about 10 days later". Mr Watson, who has received an apology from NI after he was placed under surveillance, said he believed the campaign was nonetheless successful and had contributed to a decision by the media committee not to demand that Ms Brooks give evidence to it in 2010. He added: "Parliament was, in effect, intimidated. News International thought they could do this, that they could get away with it, that no one could touch them; and they actually did it, and it worked." Labelling News Corp a "toxic institution", he added: "We conclude that the web of influence which News Corporation spun in Britain, which effectively bent politicians, police and many others in public life to its will, amounted to a shadow state." Former Plaid Cymru MP Adam Price, who is gay and was a member of the DCMS committee, is described in the book as having been warned by a Conservative colleague that their private lives would be raked over if they called Ms Brooks to give evidence – "effectively they would delve into our personal lives in order to punish us". Hours after publication of the book, Mark Lewis, the lawyer who has doggedly pursued hacking claims, told a press conference in New York that he was investigating allegations of impropriety at Mr Murdoch's US media companies, including Fox News. He said a high-profile trip to America to prepare claims on behalf of victims whose phones were allegedly hacked on US soil had generated a slew of new allegations about wider use of "dark arts" to obtain private information. He said: "The investigation in the UK began with one claim by one client and look where it is now. While it starts in America with three cases, it seems likely it might end up with more." The allegations will provide an awkward backdrop for the Murdochs to their appearances before the Leveson Inquiry. Rupert Murdoch, who is the first witness before the inquiry to be scheduled for two days of testimony, will be questioned about practices in his British newspapers and whether he had knowledge of those activities. Chris Bryant last night confirmed that he would be asking Parliament to investigate the claims that NI carried out targeted intimidation. Royal editor of The Sun arrested The royal editor of The Sun was arrested yesterday after News Corp handed over information to detectives investigating alleged illegal payments to public officials. Duncan Larcombe, 36, who had previously worked as the newspaper's defence editor, was arrested during an early morning raid at his home in Kent on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt and conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office. Officers from Scotland Yard's Operation Elveden also arrested a 42-year-old former member of the armed forces and a woman, 38, at their home in Lancashire. All three were later released on bail. Mr Larcombe was the paper's royal correspondent from 2005 to 2009 before being appointed defence editor for 14 months. He returned to the royal beat last year and led the newspaper's coverage of the wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William. He was the second Sun defence editor to be arrested during the police inquiry.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

British police arrested three people, including the royal editor of Rupert Murdoch's Sun tabloid

British police arrested three people, including the royal editor of Rupert Murdoch's Sun tabloid, a source familiar with the situation said, in an escalation of a long-running phone hacking scandal which reaches into Britain's political establishment.

Thursday's arrests and the fact they stemmed from information given to the police by Murdoch's company itself is likely to reignite tensions within the media group, just days before parliament gives its verdict on how the culture of illegality came about.

Next week Rupert Murdoch and son James will also appear before a judicial inquiry to answer questions over the conduct of the press, which will focus on the close ties between Murdoch, his executives and the political establishment.

James Murdoch will appear in court room 73 at the Royal Courts of Justice on Tuesday while lawyers at the inquiry have cleared a day and a half to grill the 81-year-old Rupert on Wednesday and Thursday.

"This was always going to be an important six weeks in this affair, with the Murdochs and politicians going before the Leveson judicial inquiry, but it will be exacerbated by the arrests and the imminent committee report," said Steven Barnett, communications professor at the University of Westminster.

Police made the arrests one day after prosecutors confirmed they had started to examine the police case against four journalists and seven others to establish whether they should be charged with a range of offences including perverting the course of justice.

Press reports have speculated that one of those named in the files is Rebekah Brooks, a former editor of the News of the World and Sun tabloids and a close friend of both Murdochs and Prime Minister David Cameron.

Brooks has been arrested twice, once for corruption and intercepting communications, and more recently for perverting the course of justice, along with her husband, Charlie Brooks.

The three arrested on Thursday were detained at dawn and questioned over inappropriate payments made to police and public officials.

The source familiar with the situation said one of those was Duncan Larcombe, royal editor and a former defence correspondent at the Sun, Britain's biggest selling daily newspaper.

A spokeswoman for Murdoch's British newspaper arm News International confirmed that one of those arrested was a Sun journalist but declined to give further details.

Larcombe was previously a defence correspondent at the Sun and another person arrested on Thursday was described by police as a 42-year-old former member of the armed forces. A woman aged 38 has also been arrested on suspicion of aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office.


Murdoch's British newspaper arm has been rocked in the last year by allegations that journalists at the Sun's sister title, the News of the World, had routinely hacked into phones to generate salacious front-page stories.

The police investigation, which forced the closure of the 168-year-old News of the World, has since moved on to the Sun newspaper and whether its journalists paid police and public officials for stories.

While damaging the reputation of Murdoch, the intense spotlight has also revealed the extremely close links he and his executives have with politicians and senior police officers, embarrassing many with tales of horse rides and Christmas drinks between the upper echelons of Murdoch executives and politicians.

Police said the latest arrests were prompted by information provided by the Management and Standards Committee, a small team set up by Murdoch's News Corp to co-operate closely with the police in a move that has infuriated newspaper staff.

The 81-year-old Murdoch was forced to travel to London in February to reassure journalists of his commitment to the Sun after a string of earlier arrests caused a showdown at the paper by staff who felt they had been abandoned by their management.

Since then, the Sun has launched a Sunday version and both the Sun and Murdoch's Times newspaper have noticeably hardened their position towards the government, which turned on Murdoch at the height of the hacking scandal last year.

That antagonism is likely to be exacerbated in the coming weeks when the parliamentary select committee, which summoned James and Rupert Murdoch at the height of the scandal last year, publishes its findings.

The committee investigated allegations of phone hacking after they first surfaced in 2006 and it has since looked at whether it was misled in its initial inquiry by a host of News International executives who pleaded innocence.

Paul Farrelly, a leading member of the committee, told Reuters they hoped to publish the long-awaited report by May 1.

Tom Watson, a member of the committee who has campaigned against Murdoch, told reporters he thought News Corp had become a toxic institution which operated like a shadow state

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(1) Two men arrested in Blackburn murder inquiry (1) Two men arrested over £1.5m cocaine seizure (1) Two men seriously injured during Samurai sword attack (1) Two men were jailed for life after an illegal immigrant was murdered and dumped in a canal following a drugs feud (1) Two more men arrested over Boxing Day gang fight (1) Two slabs of cocaine were found in a false compartment in her suitcase (1) Two teenagers who killed a man in Cheshire in a dispute over drugs have been detained for five years. (1) Two_men_on_motorbike_sought_for_murder (1) UK becomes 'cocaine capital of the western world' (1) United fans await sentence over 'Wild West saloon brawl' (1) VIOLENCE erupted in Burnley town centre on Monday afternoon when two gangs of men confronted each other with baseball bats. (1) Vince Richard Hubbard (1) Vincent Tabak charged with Joanna Yeates murder (1) WALTHAM FOREST: 367 knife crimes in past year (1) Warning over anti-virus cold calls to UK internet users (1) Wartime ‘trophy gun’ fired in gang murder of student (1) Was Browns phone hacked as well? Pressure mounts to re-open Scotland Yard enquiry (1) Wayne Bassnett shot in the head by assassin in Hale (1) Wealthy BA pilot to stand trial for 'murder of estranged wife' (1) Wednesday will see the anniversary of the killing that ended Lennon's iconoclastic career (1) West Derby (1) Whistleblowing MP shops 6 more colleagues to police over expenses fraud | (1) Widnes man shot dead in Pepper Street near Town Lane in Hale Village (1) Widowed British honeymooner Shrien Dewani will be arrested and charged with murder of his wife Anni if he returns to South Africa (1) Wilbert Dyce (1) Williams had been logging onto bondage Web sites and had visited a drag cabaret in the British capital four days before his death. (1) Woman accused of tube murder was undergoing sex change (1) Woman charged with murder of transvestite (1) Woman stands trial for double murder to which ex-lover confessed (1) Woman's body found washed up in Kent bay (1) Women jailed over bodysuit drug smuggling bid (1) Y Waen (1) Yorkshire 'car key burglary' gang locked up (1) Youth killed as Afghan groups clash (1) Zac Olumegbon (1) a British citizen (1) a class-A drug (1) a hammer and pickaxe handle in a car park (1) admitted carrying out the raid at Lostwithiel on 13 August. (1) admitted theft and fraud by false representation. (1) after he arrived at the airport on Sunday night (1) aged 32 from John Mace Road (1) alarm and distress' to people living nearby (1) and Angel Campoverde (1) and Ivan Marshall (1) and James MacPherson (1) and Jayson Hassan (1) and Rackheath (1) and Scott Taylor (1) and found to be carrying 1.515 tons of cocaine. (1) and on Christmas shoppers (1) and uses cash instead of credit cards (1) arrested over knifed pregnant teenager (1) average amount stolen equated to £1 (1) blasted 11 shots at helpless Eddie Boyd - hitting him five times - as his young daughter screamed in terror. (1) but the Navy boat crews recovered two (1) cannabis and weapons were seized by police who raided 25 houses and apartments. (1) central Clydebank (1) central London (1) charged with murder in Great Yarmouth: (1) checks into hotels under false names (1) corrupt police officer helped his drug lord brother by hiding guns and threatening witnesses (1) death of Julian Gardner (1) discovered a world where automatic pistols (1) drag cabaret (1) drugs squad found 13 mature and 35 immature plants (1) dundee-united-stars-david-goodwillie-scott-allan-arrested-after-4am-street-brawl (1) dyes his hair (1) family friendship leads to second murder investigation (1) five Italian gangsters - known locally as the Camorra - are seen sweeping into a restaurant while families are eating before marching up to a corner table where their targets are sitting. (1) fled a club soaked in blood and clutching a 6in wound (1) flew the plane but says he did not know drugs were on board. (1) former girlfriend of gunman Raoul Moat has told a court of the moment the killer shot dead her new boyfriend then turned his shotgun on her (1) found stabbed to death (1) four (1) from Ballygonney Road West In Moneymore were refused bail. (1) from Brixton Hill (1) from Deramore Gardens in Belfast and Warren Martin (1) from Fulham (1) from Moss Lane (1) from Plymouth (1) from Rushey Hey (1) from Tottenham (1) gang drugs war in Greater Manchester. (1) gangland crime in Limerick (1) gangs have shaped the streets and changed the nature of UK crime (1) grieving father of a student who was raped and murdered pleaded with her suspected killer to give himself up (1) had caused 'a great deal of harassment (1) has been charged with importing a class B drug. (1) has made a new and lengthy statement to police (1) have been accused of killing Mr Yepez (1) he claimed he was one of the main players in north London and could get hold of better weapons than Scotland Yard (1) heroin worth nearly £2 million was seized in a single drugs bust in the Scottish capital (1) highest rates of teenage alcohol-related injuries in Europe (1) highlight London's crime rate and youth alcohol problems (1) his brother Ronnie and notorious English serial killer Graham Young escaping from prison. (1) imprisonment of a woman in Wales for withdrawing rape allegations against her husband is a nightmarish addition to the discrimination awaiting women and girls who seek justice (1) in January. (1) in his mid-40s (1) including some in Rochdale (1) is due to appear at South Western Magistrates' Court in Battersea this morning (1) is the first Western on trial in an Iraqi court since a 2009 U.S.-Iraqi security agreement lifted immunity for foreign contractors. (1) jail terms totalling more than 63 years to William Byrne and 14 crooks linked to his gang. (1) just months (1) known locally as Eddie (1) made more than £1m from crime. He must pay £100 (1) major rural crime wave could break out across Wales (1) man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a man who was shot dead in south Manchester. (1) man has been shot dead by an off-duty police officer during a suspected robbery at a petrol station. (1) man in his 20s has been arrested over the murder of a champion kickboxer in Dundalk (1) moved to Thailand in 2006 to study the deadly Muay Thai fighting style (1) murdering honeymooner Anni Dewani in Cape Town (1) night-time signalling between vessels at sea and people on the shore (1) of Ansty Road (1) of Clapham (1) of Common Road (1) of Forest Gate (1) of Haig Avenue (1) of Hapton (1) of Looe (1) of Mount Avenue (1) of Oxford Road (1) of Pennyvoss Road (1) of Queen Street (1) of School Lane (1) often borrowed from friends (1) on 3 January when he was shot in the chest. (1) prison officer has been arrested after attempting to smuggle drugs into Mountjoy prison today. (1) seized 180 kilograms of ketamine in Felixstowe (1) seized a haul of scam post in a bid to tackle the UK-wide fraudulent mail blight. (1) seven men and five women found Hodgson guilty of murder at Teesside Crown Court. (1) sleeps on sofas and floors (1) south Kilmarnock and Dalkeith in Midlothian (1) stabbed both his parents to death after his mother called him a “f------ idiot” for lying in bed all morning with a hangover. (1) submachine guns and even hand grenades were being sold for as little as £50 (1) taxi firm has been denied an operator’s licence following police claims of criminal links (1) teenager was killed and another injured when two balaclava-wearing gunmen opened fire on a group of four young friends (1) the Gilnow Road gang (1) the eldest son of Viscount Trenchard (1) the famous fashion designer recently committed suicide by intake of a mixture of the cocaine (1) three dogs performing searches on vehicles entering the 14 jails across the Republic. (1) using guns in deadly drug disputes (1) was ambushed by four young men at the gates of Park Campus School in nearby West Norwood. (1) was arrested at Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport (1) was arrested by UK Border Agency officers in Coquelles (1) was blasted at least three times outside a relative’s home in South Cantril Avenue (1) was convicted in 2003 of hiring two “mules” to carry cocaine (1) was given three life sentences earlier this month. (1) was given three years and nine months behind bars after police found £1 million from the heist in the boot of his car. (1) was released after several hours of questioning over the shooting of Nicky Ayers (1) was shot at close range at least three times outside his daughter’s home in South Cantril Avenue (1) was shot dead in Tillingbourne Gardens (1) was sitting in a silver Volvo on Utting Avenue (1) were ambushed as they were driven through the vast shantytown of Gugulethu in South Africa (1) were among 13 men from around the country involved in the criminal group. (1) were found in 24 of the 33 pubs in and around Alnwick (1) were gunned down outside Strang House (1) were not legally married. (1) were part of a gang that brought in an estimated 16 tonnes of the drug. (1) which is in liquidation (1) who 'fired shots in party battle' arrested for attempted murder (1) who attended the hearing (1) who has already been sentenced to life imprisonment for the two killings (1) who reached No 3 in April with I Need You Tonight (1) whose ring nickname was Pitbull (1) wife of BA pilot vanishes from £3million B;B mansion (1) will be extradited over the murder of Kinga Legg (1) you can never move on with your life.'" (1) young boy has been shot dead. (1) £100m cocaine gang sentenced to 200 years in prison (1) £48k seized from Amsterdam passenger (1) £6m of drugs seized from Lancashire's streets (1) ‘Sick’ Dewani’s bail strategy (1) “Fragile” Shrien Dewani leaves hospital (1)

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