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Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Radical Islamists with “British accents” are among the coalition forces looking to topple Bashar Assad

Armed members of the Free Syrian Army are seen in the western border town of Zabadani in this undated still image taken from amateur video obtained by Reuters (Reuters / Reuters TV)

Armed members of the Free Syrian Army are seen in the western border town of Zabadani in this undated still image taken from amateur video obtained by Reuters .Radical Islamists with “British accents” are among the coalition forces looking to topple Bashar Assad, says Jeroen Oerlemans, a photographer who was held hostage in Syria for a week. The UK Foreign Office has launched an investigation.

Oerlemans, a famous Dutch photo journalist, and John Cantlie, another photographer from the UK, were captured by a group of between 30 and 100 anti-Assad fighters when crossing the Syrian border from Turkey last week. They were then blindfolded.

"One of the black jihadists freaked out and shouted: 'These are journalists and now they will see we are preparing an international jihad in this place.'" Oerlemans told NRC Handelsblatt newspaper. He said that none of the fighters was Syrian.

"They all claimed they came from countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh and Chechnya and they said there was some vague 'emir' at the head of the group."

About 40 per cent of the militants spoke English. In fact, several apparently talked with recognizable regional British accents, from Birmingham and London.

The two photographers suspected that a ransom would be demanded for their release and tried to escape. Oerlemans was shot twice in the leg during the failed attempt and Cantlie, who has so far not spoken to any media, was wounded in the arm.

The pair’s ordeal ended when the Free Syrian Army, the main anti-Assad force, demanded that their nominal allies hand them over.

"They took us with them like a bunch of gangsters," Oerlemans said, "Shooting in the air as we rode out of there.”

The Free Syrian Army released the men and the two are now resting in Turkey. They expect to travel home in the coming days.

If it is confirmed, Oerleman’s story will add to reports that Syria has become a magnet for radical Islamists, who are there either as mercenaries or because of ideology.

"As soon as Assad has fallen, these fighters want to introduce Islamic law, Sharia, in Syria," said Oerlemans.

UK prison library offering collection of rape, jailbreak films for inmates

Prisoners, mainly sex offenders, at a jail in the UK have a library of 550 films, mainly showing sexual violence and gangland crime. According to The Telegraph, the DVD collection is available to inmates at HMP Usk in Monmouthshire, South Wales, where some prisoners are on life sentence. Inmates can watch Deliverance, which features a notorious male rape scene and Thelma and Louise, which shows an attempted rape. The DVD library was condemned as 'completely and utterly inappropriate' by a prisons expert and leading politicians. "These films clearly shouldn't be freely available to prisoners to watch at any establishment," Glyn Travis, assistant secretary of the Prison Officers' Association, said. "We've got adults who are locked up - some for serious sexual offences, some for violent or drugs offences - and the majority of films that will keep them entertained are completely and utterly inappropriate," Travis added. Graphic 18-rated Menace II Society, which includes strong bloody violence and more than 300 uses of explicit terms, is also there for the prisoners to watch, along with gang war movie Last Man Standing. Other films on the list include Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean and Brokeback Mountain. "It's wrong for any governor to allow such material in to his establishment for prisoners to watch when there's alternative entertainment available which doesn't gratify criminal activity, Travis added. Monmouth MP David Davies said he was shocked by the selection of DVDs available at the jail. "I would be extremely concerned to learn that videos, including violent sex scenes, are being put in to the library there. I'm really quite amazed," he said. A Prison Service spokesman, however, said: "For prisoners over the age of 18, access to DVD players is linked to good behaviour and the earned privileges scheme. (ANI)

Monday, 30 July 2012

Wembley security keys go missing

Police checking security at Wembley Stadium for the Olympic Games lost a set of keys, it has emerged. Officers searching the venue ahead of the start of events misplaced the keys, prompting an investigation by Scotland Yard. Games organisers insisted that security had not been compromised by the incident. They stressed that the keys were internal and that the relevant locks have now been changed. Scotland Yard is not treating the incident as criminal. A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police said: "On the morning of Tuesday 24 July officers on Olympic police operations at Wembley Stadium reported that internal security keys, being used by them as part of searches, were missing." She said fellow officers attended the scene to help look for the keys but nothing was found. "Detectives also attended to ascertain if there was any evidence of criminal offences," the spokeswoman added. "There's none at this time." The spokeswoman said that Wembley officials were made aware of the incident and added: "There is absolutely no security concern in relation to the stadium as measures were taken immediately to secure all key areas of the venue." A spokesman for London 2012 moved to quell any fears that there had been a security breach. "Keys being used by police officers on searches at Wembley Stadium were reported missing on 24 July," he said. "These were internal keys, locks have been changed and the security of the venue has not been compromised in any way."

Sunday, 29 July 2012

NYPD detective suspended after kidnapping victim found in his garage

17-year veteran of the New York Police Department has been suspended without pay after a kidnapping victim was found tied up in his garage. The New York Post reports Ondre Johnson, a detective with the Brooklyn north gang unit, was being questioned in connection with the incident and was forced to surrender his gun and badge. A source tells the Post the 25-year-old victim was snatched off the street on July 26. The victim's friends then got calls demanding $75,000 for the victim's release. The call was traced to Johnson's home, MyFoxNY.com reports. When authorities arrived Friday afternoon, Johnson answered the door and identified himself as a detective with the NYPD. Investigators then found the victim tied up in the garage. Four men have been charged in the apparent kidnapping scheme, MyFoxNY.com reports. 30-year-old Hakeem Clark, who lives in the same building as Johnson, was charged with kidnapping and weapons possession along with 27-year-old Jason Hutson and 27-year-old James Gayle. 24-year-old Alfredo Haughton was charged with kidnapping.

Jamie “Iceman” Stevenson is back on the streets

Jamie “Iceman” Stevenson is back on the streets – less than halfway through his prison sentence for laundering £1million of drugs cash. Scotland’s most powerful mobster has been enjoying meals at expensive restaurants and socialising with pals after being allowed home for a week each month. Stevenson – who was also accused of shooting dead his best friend in an underworld hit – was put behind bars in September 2006 when he was arrested after a four-year surveillance operation by the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency. He was later sentenced to 12 years and nine months for money laundering. But, we can reveal, he is now allowed out of Castle Huntly open prison near Dundee – just five years and 10 months later. A source said: “He seems determined to show his face all around town to deliver the message that he’s back and, as far as he’s concerned, nothing has changed. “A lot of people are surprised that he’s being allowed out so early. Some are not too pleased about it for a number of reasons.” Stevenson, 47, has been spotted at Bothwell Bar & Brasserie, which is run by his friend Stewart Gilmore. He and his cronies have also dined at upmarket Italian restaurant Il Pavone in Glasgow’s Princes Square shopping centre. And Stevenson has joined friends at various other restaurants and hotels, including Glasgow’s Hilton Garden Inn. A Sunday Mail investigation can today reveal that the Parole Board for Scotland could recommend Stevenson’s total freedom as early as February next year. However, the final decision on his release will rest with Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill. Yesterday, Labour justice spokesman Lewis Macdonald said: “I’m surprised to hear this and that anyone in these circumstances should get out of jail before the halfway point of their sentence – far less so when the conviction is of someone involved in organised crime. “The only circumstances where that would be conceivable would be if someone completely changed their lifestyle. But even then that should not be before they’ve served half their sentence. “I’m sure the victims of these crimes – and with drugs there are direct and indirect victims – will also be surprised at this.” To prepare Stevenson for his release, prison bosses have allowed him to stay a full week each month at his modest flat in Burnside, near Glasgow. On Friday, we watched him leaving the property with his wife Caroline and driving off in a silver Audi. A prison service insider said: “The Parole Board expect the prison authorities to have allowed home visits to test suitability for release ahead of the first eligible parole date. In Stevenson’s case, that’s next February. “There are conditions attached which vary but usually include the obvious ones like not mixing with other criminals and staying only at the designated address. “For prisoners sentenced to more than 10 years, the Parole Board make their recommendations to the Justice Secretary, who then decides whether to release on licence. “Stevenson is trying to keep his nose clean to convince the Parole Board that he poses no threat to society. “But, given his high profile and significance, it’s inevitable that the authorities will be careful before making any final decision.” Stevenson headed a global smuggling gang with a multi-million-pound turnover when he was brought down by the SCDEA’s Operation Folklore, which seized £61million of drugs. He faced drug and money laundering charges along with eight other suspects, including his 53-year-old wife. But his lawyers struck a deal with the Crown Office to admit money laundering in exchange for his wife’s freedom and the drugs charges being dropped. Stevenson’s stepson Gerry Carbin Jr, 32, was also jailed – for five years and six months – but was freed in 2010. Stevenson was previously arrested for the murder of Tony McGovern, 35, who was gunned down in Glasgow’s Springburn in 2000. But prosecutors dropped the case through lack of evidence. A gangland source said: “He does not fear any kind of reprisal from Tony’s brothers, nor does he regard any other criminals in Scotland as a threat or even as rivals. He did not fear any other operation in Scotland before he was jailed. Why would he now?” Two years ago, the Sunday Mail exposed a backdoor deal when the Crown handed back Stevenson’s £300,000 watch collection, which had been seized under proceeds of crime of legislation. Last June, he was sent back to high-security Shotts jail in Lanarkshire from an open prison after a major SCDEA drugs probe, Operation Chilon. Detectives believed that the gang they investigated was controlled by Stevenson. Haulage firm boss Charles McAughey’s home was one of 11 targeted in raids. In 2009, we revealed that French police had found 684kg of pure cocaine worth £31million in a lorry owned by McAughey. Chilon resulted in the SCDEA seizing 242kg of cannabis worth £1.21million and the jailing of three men for a combined 15 years.

Four Dead in Gang Related Shooting

Police in Alice are investigating a shooting that occurred near Reynolds Street. According to investigators, it all started on South Nayer Street where police say Isaac Vela was standing on the side of the road waiting for a ride. A vehicle -- with four people inside passed by. One of the passengers, police say, shot Vela in the face. The vehicle fled the scene, but the driver only made it a few blocks before he lost control of the vehicle. It smashed into a nearby school. Three of the four people inside the car died. The other is in the hospital...where investigators will interview him tomorrow. Police say all of the men involved are known gang members.

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Tulisa's Friend, 21, Shot Dead In Gangland Hit

Reece James, 21, a close friend of Tulisa Contostavlos has been shot dead in a reported gangland attack. The 21-year-old, who appeared with Tulisa in a video for rapper Nines, was shot in the head in a "pre-planned and targeted" hit, 100 miles from his home in London, reports the UK's Sun newspaper. Police found James' body in Boscombe, Bournemouth, at around 2.30am near where Somali drug gangs are said operate. A 22-year-old man was arrested. Reece was said to have been in the area with some friends for "a couple of months", though had filmed the video earlier this month with Tulisa and rapper Nines on the Church End Estate in Harlesden, North West London. The former N Dubz star caused controversy at the time, making a "C" symbol to the camera - the same sign that is used by Harlesden's notorious Church Road Soldiers gang. Tulisa claimed it was a reference to Camden, where she was born. Twitter tributes began flooding in last night, with one user writing, "RIP Reece James. Thoughts are with him and his family and friends". Local MP Tobias Ellwood described the killing as "a spill over from the drugs turf war in the capital", adding, "This was one London gang chasing down another, carrying out a professional hit and then going back".

Friday, 27 July 2012

Gangs of highway robbers are targeting British tourists on holiday in Spain.

Hundreds of visitors in British-registered vehicles or hire cars have had their possessions, passports and money taken in ‘quick and slick’ distraction muggings.

The thieves typically trick their victims with loud noises, apparent accidents, supposed vehicle problems or pleas for help – before stealing bags and belongings from their vehicles. 

Thieves: Hundreds of visitors in British-registered vehicles or hire cars have had their possessions, passports and money taken in 'quick and slick' distraction muggings

Thieves: Hundreds of visitors in British-registered vehicles or hire cars have had their possessions, passports and money taken in 'quick and slick' distraction muggings

As millions of families begin their summer breaks, the Foreign Office has warned British-registered cars are ‘an easy target’ for motorway thieves. 

The number of British tourists ambushed on Spanish roads has soared as the euro crisis has deepened, with the British Embassy in Madrid reporting a 10 per cent rise in the first quarter of this year.

 This is likely to increase further as the peak holiday season begins. 

A spokesman for the embassy said:  ‘Motorists may be driving along the motorway and not notice there’s a car close up behind. 

‘Someone in the other car throws a stone at their vehicle which creates a loud bang. The British drivers pull over to see what has happened and the gang is behind them. 

‘They cause a distraction to steal from them or simply mug them. It’s a growing problem.’

Warning: As millions of families begin their summer breaks, the Foreign Office has warned British-registered cars are ¿an easy target¿ for motorway thieves

Warning: As millions of families begin their summer breaks, the Foreign Office has warned British-registered cars are ¿an easy target¿ for motorway thieves

A hotspot for the gangs is the AP7 motorway between the French border and the Alicante region in southern Spain. 

More than 140 cases of theft on this route were reported to British Consulates last year. 

However, a spokesman said there were likely to be ‘hundreds more’ attacks going unreported across Spain because victims usually contact a British consulate only if they have lost their passport. 

Dave Thomas, consular regional director for Spain, said: ‘Be on your guard against anyone who attempts to stop you or ask you for help.

‘They may well be part of a  gang operating a scam in which an unseen accomplice will rob you of your things.’ 

Stephen and Helen Robinson, from Desford, Leicestershire, had their bags stolen from their Audi Q5 as they stopped to walk their labrador retriever Polly at a service station between Barcelona and Valencia. 

The couple, who are in their 50s, were standing at the boot of their car when a man on a mobile phone asked them how to say something in English. 

While he distracted them, their belongings were taken from the front of the car, despite Polly being inside. 

Mrs Robinson said: ‘It was quick and slick. You may be more tired and therefore more vulnerable when you’ve been travelling, so separate your valuables into different places in the car, and when you stop be aware you may be being watched. You won’t see the accomplice of the person who is distracting you.’ 

In a separate incident, Joy and Alan Horton, from Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, were driving a Ford Focus hatchback through Spain when they heard a loud bang and pulled over.

A car that had been travelling close behind them also stopped, and while the driver talked to them, his accomplice stole their possessions without them noticing.

Mr Horton said: ‘If you think your car may have been in a collision and you pull over, lock the car as soon as you get out and mount a guard on both sides of the vehicle. Keep all bags and valuables in a locked boot.’ 

Professor Stephen Glaister, of the RAC Foundation, said: ‘Drivers need to remember to stay alert and be ready for unwelcome surprises just as they would be at home.’



Thursday, 26 July 2012

Crime victims who suffer broken bones lose compensation

Peers approved the move, which will save around £50 million a year from the £200 million annual budget of the Criminal Injury Compensation Board, after hearing that it was necessary to help reduce the deficit. As a result, around 17,000 victims who suffer "temporary" injuries each year, such as fractured ribs or a dislocated jaw, will lose out on compensation altogether. Another 13,000 with more serious injuries, including minor brain damage, a fractured skull or damage to the retina, will see their compensation cut. Overall, an estimated 83 per cent of crime victims will lose out. Labour accused the Government of putting its deficit reduction plan before the needs of the victims of crime. Speaking in the debate before the vote, Baroness Royall, Labour's leader in the Lords, said: "Victims do not chose to be victims, they have suffered through no fault of their own. The Government is putting deficit reduction before humanity."

The biggest fines in British maritime history were handed down to a group of Spanish fishermen on Thursday, for illegal fishing in UK waters.



Leo blog : Romanian fishermen are cleaning up their net from small dead fish
 Photograph: Robert Ghement/EPA
Some of the biggest fines in British maritime history were handed down to a group of Spanish fishermen on Thursday, for illegal fishing in UK waters.
Two companies owned by the Vidal family were fined £1.62m in total in a Truro court, after a two-day hearing, in which details emerged of falsified log books, failing to register the transfer of fish between vessels, false readings given for weighing fish at sea, and fiddling of fishing quotas.
Judge Graham Cottle said the family were guilty of "wholesale falsification of official documentation" that amounted to a "systematic, repeated and cynical abuse of the EU fishing quota system over a period of 18 months".
He said: "[This was a] flagrant, repeated and long term abuse of regulations. The fish targeted [hake] was at that time a species of fish on the verge if collapse and adherence to quotas was seen as crucial to the survival of the species."
The Spanish fishing vessels had been sailing under UK flags and were landing fish based on quotas given to British fishermen under the EU's common fisheries policy. Two vessels were involved, but the companies own several other large vessels, capable of industrial-scale fishing.
The offending fishermen, who admitted their guilt earlier this year, were not in court to hear him, having been given leave to return to Spain last night. The offences, dating from 2009 and 2010, relate to two companies, Hijos De Vidal Bandin SA and Sealskill Limited, both owned by the Vidal family. They were fined £925,000 on a confiscation order, plus £195,000 in costs, and an additional fine of £250,000 levied on each of the two companies. Two skippers who were acting under the family's instructions were fined £5,000 each.
Ariana Densham, oceans campaigner at Greenpeace, who was present for the trial and judgement, said that the fines, while welcome, did not go far enough. "This group of people should never be allowed near UK fishing quota again," she said. "The Vidal's right to fish should be removed completely."
She said the offences showed the vulnerability of the EU's fishing quota system to fraud. "The system that allowed this to happen needs to be fixed," she said. "This case is not a one off. It's a symptom of Europe's farcical fishing rules. The Vidals were permitted to fish under UK flags, using UK quota, and receive huge EU subsidies, with none of the proceeds ever feeding back into the UK economy. The system is skewed in favour of rich, powerful, industrial-scale fishing companies, when really it should be supporting low-impact, sustainable fishermen."
There are currently moves under way in Brussels by the fisheries commissioner, Maria Damanaki, to reform the EU's common fisheries policy. The proposed reforms – which include the ending of the wasteful practice of discarding healthy and edible fish at sea – have met stiff opposition, particularly from the French and Spanish fishing industries. Spain has the biggest fishing fleet in Europe and receives the lion's share of the subsidies available for fishing within the EU. A historic agreement was reached among member states last month on the proposals, but they must now pass the European parliament, which is expected to consider the proposals later this year.

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Tuesday, 24 July 2012

The fugitive of actor Ronnie Barker was remanded in custody today after appearing in court charged with making indecent images of children, after eight years on the run.

Adam Barker, 44,  appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates Court, west London, charged with five counts of making indecent images - two in the highest category of seriousness.

Barker, the youngest son of comedian Ronnie Barker, was remanded in custody until August 21, when he will be committed to crown court.

He jumped bail in June 2004 after being arrested for allegedly possessing child pornography.

But this morning, he handed himself in at a West London police station and was charged with making indecent images of children.

The fugitive, who was a struggling actor at the time of his disappearance, was left more than £2 million in his mother’s will – but it remains unclear whether he will collect his inheritance.

Police allegedly found 1,200 indecent images of children on a computer after raiding his West London home as part of an international investigation into the use of child pornography websites in 2003.

Barker, who appeared in the ITV detective series Wycliffe, was arrested as part of Operation Ore, the UK’s largest-ever police hunt for paedophiles who used their credit cards to pay for child porn on the internet.

He was allegedly one of 7,000 British men identified as subscribers to an American internet portal that allowed access to child porn sites across Europe and Asia.

He was first arrested on 3 June 2003 and bailed to a west London police station until 24 June 2004, but he went missing.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: ‘Adam Barker, 44, an actor of no fixed abode has today, Tuesday 24 July, been charged with five counts of making indecent images of children.

‘He will appear in custody at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court this afternoon, Tuesday 24 July.’ 

Family: Adam Barker is pictured, left, with his father Ronnie, right

Family: Adam Barker is pictured, left, with his father Ronnie, right, and mother Joy, centre

Actor: Adam Barker appeared in the ITV detective series Wycliffe. He is pictured far right as DS Ian Potter with the rest of the cast in the crime drama

Actor: Adam Barker appeared in the ITV detective series Wycliffe. He is pictured far right as DS Ian Potter with the rest of the cast in the crime drama

Ronnie Barker, who entertained millions in shows such as The Two Ronnies, Porridge and Open All Hours, never spoke about his son’s disappearance but was said to have been devastated.

He stayed away from his mother Joy’s funeral in January 2011 after she died aged 78 after a short illness.

He also missed his father’s funeral six-and-a-half years ago, which was monitored by detectives. 

Family: Ronnie Barker, who died in October 2005, is pictured with Adam on his first day at school in 1972

Close: Ronnie Barker, who died in October 2005, is pictured with Adam on his first day at school in 1972

 

Missing: Joy Barker is pictured with son Larry attending Ronnie Barker's funeral. Adam did not attend his father's funeral or his mother's

Missing: Joy Barker is pictured with son Larry attending Ronnie Barker's funeral. Adam did not attend his parents' funerals

His mother, who lived in the Cotswolds, left £6,520,426 in her will to be split equally between their three children.

Adam, his brother Larry, 51, and sister Charlotte, 48, were due to receive about £1,340,000 each after inheritance tax and other expenses.

Experts said there appeared to be no legal reason why Adam should be denied his share of the money, although there could be ethical objections.




Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson are to be charged over the alleged phone hacking of murder victim Milly Dowler, the Crown Prosecution Service said today.

Brooks, a former News International chief executive, and Coulson, David Cameron's former spin doctor and former editor of News of the World, are among eight ex Murdoch employees who will be prosecuted. 

Brooks will face three charges including one relating to the alleged accessing of Milly's voicemails and another relating to former trade union boss Andrew Gilchrist. 

Coulson will face four additional charges linked to accusations of accessing phone messages, including those belonging to Milly, David Blunkett, Charles Clarke and George Best's son Calum Best.

 

Facing charges: Andy Coulson (right), walks to make a statement to the press outside his home in Dulwich, south east London today after it was announced he will be prosecuted

Facing charges: Andy Coulson (right), walks to make a statement to the press outside his home in Dulwich, south east London today after it was announced he will be prosecuted

Rebekah Brooks
Andy Coulson

Investigation: Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, left, and NOTW's former editor Andy Coulson, pictured today, will be charged over the alleged hacking of murder victim Milly Dowler's voicemails

REBEKAH BROOKS WHO ROSE TO THE TOP OF NEWS INTERNATIONAL

Rebekah Brooks was editor of the News of the World from 2000 to 2003, when she became editor of the Sun, before rising to become News International chief executive. 

She resigned from her position in July 2011 after Rupert Murdoch closed down the News of the World after 168 years of publication following allegations that Milly Dowler's voicemails had been hacked after she went missing in Surrey in 2002.

She is charged with conspiring to intercept communications without lawful authority, from 3rd October 2000 to 9th August 2006.

She also faces two additional charges, relating to allegedly accessing the voicemails of Milly Dowler and former trade union boss Andrew Gilchrist.

ANDY COULSON WAS DAVID CAMERON'S RIGHT-HAND MAN

Andy Coulson was editor of the News of the World between 2003 and 2007. He became Downing Street's head of communications and was at the heart of David Cameron's communications operation in opposition and when the Tory leader entered No 10. He quit the role in January last year. 

Coulson was notoriously given a 'second chance' by Mr Cameron after his resignation from the newspaper.

He is charged with conspiring to intercept communications without lawful authority, from 3rd October 2000 to 9th August 2006.

He will face four further charges linked to accusations of accessing the phone messages of Milly Dowler, David Blunkett, Charles Clarke and George Best's son Calum Best.

 

The others facing charges include private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, and a series of former staff members from the now defunct paper.

These are ex-managing editor Stuart Kuttner, former news editor Greg Miskiw, former head of news Ian Edmondson, former chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck and former reporter James Weatherup.

The announcement was made this morning by the Crown Prosecution Service's (CPS) legal adviser Alison Levitt QC, who said a total of 19 charges would be brought.

Today Ms Brooks said today she was not guilty of phone hacking, saying in a statement: 'I am not guilty of these charges. I did not authorise, nor was I aware of, phone hacking under my editorship.

'I am distressed and angry that the CPS have reached this decision when they knew all the facts and were in a position to stop the case at this stage.'

 

Ian Edmondson
Former News of the World chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck

Allegations: Former assistant editor of the News of the World Ian Edmonson, left, faces eleven further charges and former chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck, right, face seven further charges relating to alleged phone hacking

The former Sun editor said the accusations over Milly Dowler were especially upsetting.

'The charge concerning Milly Dowler is particularly upsetting, not only as it is untrue but also because I have spent my journalistic career campaigning for victims of crime. 

'I will vigorously defend these allegations.'

Meanwhile, Coulson today said that he never had done anything to harm the Milly Dowler investigation and would 'fight these allegations'.

Speaking outside his home in south-east London, he said that the now-defunct newspaper had worked on behalf of victims of crime.

He said that he did nothing to damage the investigation into Milly Dowler’s murder.

Thurlbeck said he was 'most surprised and disappointed' that he will face charges over phone hacking and vowed to 'vigorously fight to clear my reputation'.

Glenn Mulcaire
Stuart Kuttner

Charges: Private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, left, will face four charges and ex-managing editor of News of the World Stuart Kuttner, right, faces two further charges relating to Milly Dowler and The Rt Hon David Blunkett MP

Edmondson, who was first arrested in April last year, said he only learned he would be charged when he saw news reports this morning.

He said: 'For the past 18 months my family and I have suffered in silence. I have not given interviews or spoken out in order to get my points across or to correct reported lies or inaccuracies.

'I have much to say on this subject and I now look forward to saying it. I will clear my name at trial when the truth finally emerges.'

Ms Levitt said that 13 files were passed to the CPS by the police and she had decided that there was a 'realistic prospect of conviction' in relation to eight of them.

Greg Miskiw, former News of the World journalist
James Weatherup

Accusations: Former news editor of the News of the World Greg Miskiw, left, faces nine further charges and former reporter at the News of the World James Weatherup, right, faces seven further charges

All of them apart from Mulcaire will be charged with conspiring to intercept communications without lawful authority between October 3, 2000 and August 9, 2006.

All will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on August 16, the CPS said.

Prosecutors will claim that more than 600 people, including Hollywood superstars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, were victims of the alleged offences.

Milly Dowler
Actress Angelina Jolie

Victims: Some of the charges relate to the alleged accessing of voicemails belonging to murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, left, and actress Angelina Jolie, right. Prosecutors say more than 600 people were victims

Ms Levitt told the media that Brooks will face two additional charges, relating to allegedly accessing the voicemails of Milly Dowler and former trade union boss Andrew Gilchrist.

VICTIMS, MPs AND CELEBRITIES: WHOSE PHONE WAS 'HACKED'?

Murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler 

Former trade union boss Andrew Gilchrist

The Rt Hon David Blunkett MP

The Rt Hon Charles Clarke 

Calum Best, son of late footballer George Best

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson

Abigail Titmuss and John Leslie

Celebrity chef Delia Smith 

Actors Jude Law, Sadie Frost and Sienna Miller

Footballer Wayne Rooney

Former Lib Dem MP Mark Oaten

The Rt Hon Dame Tessa Jowell MP and David Mills

The Rt Hon Lord Prescott 

7/7 survivor Professor John Tulloch

Lord Frederick Windsor, the son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent

Sir Paul McCartney and his former wife Heather Mills

Actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

Coulson will face four charges linked to accusations of accessing the phone messages of Milly Dowler, David Blunkett, Charles Clarke and George Best's son Calum Best.

Kuttner is accused in relation to Milly Dowler and David Blunkett, and Miskiw faces charges linked to Milly Dowler, Sven-Goran Eriksson, Abi Titmuss and John Leslie, Andrew Gilchrist, David Blunkett, Delia Smith, Charles Clarke, Jude Law, Sadie Frost and Sienna Miller, and Wayne Rooney.

Edmondson faces charges in relation to David Blunkett, Charles Clarke, Jude Law, Sadie Frost, Sienna Miller, Mark Oaten, Wayne Rooney, Calum Best, Tessa Jowell and David Mills, John Prescott, Professor John Tulloch, Lord Frederick Windsor and Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills.

Mulcaire faces charges over Milly Dowler, Gilchrist, Smith and Clarke.

It is understood that former News of the World journalist Ross Hall, who wrote under the name Ross Hindley, freelance journalist Terenia Taras and former Evening Standard sports reporter Raoul Simons have all been told that no further action will be taken against them.

Police also asked Ms Levitt to defer making a decision over two remaining suspects while they make further inquiries.

Eleven journalists and one non-journalist were due to answer police bail today. When the eight who are facing prosecution do so they will be charged.

Once police have contacted all the alleged victims, a list will be made available, she said.

This morning, Labour leader Ed Miliband, speaking during a visit to Paris, said: 'Everybody was very shocked at the revelations of the hacking of Milly Dowler's phone.

'I said at the time we needed to get to the bottom of what had happened.

'It is now right that justice takes its course. This is now a matter for the courts.'

six people including former Sun editor Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie, have been charged.

Spotlight: A series of former News of the World staff are to be charged today after prosecutors decided it was in the public interest. It follows an investigation by the Metropolitan Police lasting several months

A general view of New Scotland Yard

All the people named today - with the exception of Glenn Mulcaire - will be charged with conspiring to intercept communications without lawful authority, from 3rd October 2000 to 9th August 2006

CHARGE SHEET: WHO FACES WHAT ALLEGATIONS OVER PHONE HACKING?

All, with the exception of Glenn Mulcaire, will be charged with conspiring to intercept communications without lawful authority, from 3rd October 2000 to 9th August 2006.

In addition, each will face a number of further charges of conspiracy unlawfully to intercept communications, as follows:

Rebekah Brooks will face two additional charges, relating to 

1.   Milly Dowler

2.   Andrew Gilchrist

Andrew Coulson will face four additional charges, relating to

1.   Milly Dowler

2.   The Rt Hon David Blunkett MP

3.   The Rt Hon Charles Clarke

4.   Calum Best

Stuart Kuttner will face two additional charges, relating to

1.   Milly Dowler

2.   The Rt Hon David Blunkett MP

Greg Miskiw will face nine further charges, relating to

1.    Milly Dowler

2.    Sven-Goran Eriksson

3.    Abigail Titmuss and John Leslie

4.    Andrew Gilchrist

5.    The Rt Hon David Blunkett MP

6.    Delia Smith

7.    The Rt Hon Charles Clarke

8.    Jude Law, Sadie Frost and Sienna Miller, and

9.    Wayne Rooney

Ian Edmondson will face a further eleven charges, relating to

1.    The Rt Hon David Blunkett MP

2.    The Rt Hon Charles Clarke

3.    Jude Law, Sadie Frost and Sienna Miller

4.    Mark Oaten

5.    Wayne Rooney

6.    Calum Best

7.    The Rt Hon Dame Tessa Jowell MP and David Mills

8.    The Rt Hon Lord Prescott

9.    Professor John Tulloch

10.  Lord Frederick Windsor

11.  Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills

Neville Thurlbeck will face a further seven charges in relation to

1.    Milly Dowler

2.    Sven-Goran Eriksson

3.    The Rt Hon David Blunkett MP

4.    The Rt Hon Charles Clarke

5.    Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

6.    Mark Oaten

7.    The Rt Hon Dame Tessa Jowell MP and David Mills

James Weatherup will face a further seven charges in relation to 

1.    The Rt Hon David Blunkett MP 

2.    The Rt Hon Charles Clarke 

3.    Jude Law, Sadie Frost and Sienna Miller

4.    Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt 

5.    Wayne Rooney

6.    The Rt Hon Lord Prescott

7.    Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills

For legal reasons Glenn Mulcaire does not face the first of these charges. However, he will face four charges, relating to

1.    Milly Dowler 

2.    Andrew Gilchrist

3.    Delia Smith

4.    The Rt Hon Charles Clarke


Monday, 23 July 2012

Names of millionaire tax avoiders to be surrendered to HMRC, under new crackdown

In a fresh crackdown in the wake of the row about comedian Jimmy Carr’s tax affairs, Treasury minister David Gauke is proposing that new powers for HM Revenue and Customs “to demand more information from scheme promoters”. The names would not be routinely be made public - although they could be disclosed if the case went to a tax tribunal. A Treasury consultation published on Monday is intended “to crack down on the promoters of aggressive, contrived tax avoidance schemes”. Other plans include extending current rules on the mis-selling of financials services products to cover the sale of tax avoidance schemes “that patently do not deliver the advertised results”. Mr Gauke will say in a speech to the thinktank Policy Exchange: “We are building on the work we have already done to make life difficult for those who artificially and aggressively reduce their tax bill.

A gym owner has died 12 days after apparently falling two storeys from a walkway leading to his Birmingham gym.

Police said they were now treating the death of the 38-year-old man, who has not been named, as murder.

He was found on 9 July with serious head and spinal injuries beneath the walkway leading to the Dark Arts Gym in Northfield and died on Saturday night.

A 48-year-old Northfield man appeared in court last week charged with wounding and was remanded in custody.

Another man, aged 21, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder on 10 July and was bailed pending further inquiries.

'Good Samaritans' appeal

The victim was tended to by passers-by after being found under the walkway leading to the gym in Bristol Road, before being taken to hospital.

After his death, detectives renewed their appeal for witnesses to come forward with information and contact either West Midlands Police or Crimestoppers.

Det Con Paul Read said: "Almost two weeks on from the incident and we continue to work hard to establish what happened in the moments leading up to the fall that has ultimately resulted in this man's death.

"If we and his family are to understand what happened that night, we need those good Samaritans who fought to save his life to contact us."

Friday, 20 July 2012

Invasion of the pickpockets

Britain is in the grip of a pickpocketing epidemic as Eastern European gangs descend on London ahead of the Olympic Games.

A surge in sneak street thefts means more than 1,700 people fall victim every day – an increase of nearly a fifth in only two years, according to official crime  figures released yesterday.

At the same time, police warned that professional gangs from Romania, Lithuania and even South America who operate in capitals across Europe are heading to Britain, intent on cashing in on unwitting tourists at London 2012.

How they do it: A member of the pickpocket gang approaches a BBC reporter investigating the rise in thefts ahead of the Olympics

How they do it: A member of the pickpocket gang approaches a BBC reporter investigating the rise in thefts ahead of the Olympics

Keeping him occupied: The man speaks to the victim on the pretense of needing directions while another gang member approaches from behind

Keeping him occupied: The man speaks to the victim on the pretense of needing directions while another gang member approaches from behind

A BBC investigation exposed the tactics used by Romanian thieves, who were previously operating in Barcelona, to dupe their victims.

The criminals boasted of their ‘one-second’ theft techniques which leave targets unaware that anything has happened until  it is too late. They can make £4,000 a week taking wallets, smartphones and laptop bags. The goods are then shipped back to Romania and sold on the black market.

 Scotland Yard has made more than 80 arrests already and warned thieves the capital will be a ‘hostile environment’ in the coming weeks.

The Met has even drafted in a team of Romanian police officers to deal with the problem and patrol in the West End of London and Westminster during the Games. They will not have arrest powers.

Distracted: An accomplice (left) then plays drunk so he can get close enough to the target to strike

Distracted: An accomplice (left) then plays drunk so he can get close enough to the target to strike

 

Sleight of hand: The 'drunk' man jostles around with the BBC reporter, making it harder for him to notice what is going on

Sleight of hand: The 'drunk' man jostles around with the BBC reporter, making it harder for him to notice what is going on

 

 

Rich pickings: The sneering thief walks away with the wallet from the unsuspecting victim

Rich pickings: The sneering thief walks away with the wallet from the unsuspecting victim

Teamwork: The thief quickly hands the wallet to another member of the gang, who spirits it away

Teamwork: The thief quickly hands the wallet to another member of the gang, who spirits it away

 

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: ‘These Romanian officers will prove to be a huge asset in cracking down on certain criminal networks who are targeting tourists in central London.’

Official statistics released yesterday showed pickpocketing thefts rose 17 per cent in the past two years.

In 2011/12, a total of 625,000 people fell victim, the Crime Survey of England and Wales showed.

That is an increase of more than 102,000 since 2009/10.

The vast majority of the total are classified as ‘stealth thefts’, but in 83,000 cases the victims’ possessions were ‘snatched’.



Thursday, 19 July 2012

Policeman cleared of Ian Tomlinson death 'subject of string of complaints'

Details of PC Simon Harwood’s controversial disciplinary record – including one complaint which prompted a superior to say his conduct had ‘fallen well below that expected of a police officer’ – can now be reported after the verdict, which  found him not guilty of manslaughter. Mr Harwood was able to retire from the Met while facing disciplinary proceedings for an alleged road rage incident but returned to the force as a civilian employee before later being re-employed as a police officer specialising in public order. Deborah Glass of the Independent Police Complaints Commission said it was ‘staggering’ that he was able to return to the force without a disciplinary hearing. She said despite the jury’s verdict ‘significant questions remain’ about the officer’s behaviour on the day Mr Tomlinson died. The Met said it was clear that insufficient checks meant information about his misconduct was not shared at key points. It added: ‘We got that wrong.’ Allegations against Mr Harwood stretched over several years and included accusations of violence, threats and misconduct. A fellow officer accused him of using excessive force in dealing with a suspect and claimed he ‘went over the top’. The allegation was unsubstantiated. The one upheld complaint was for unlawfully accessing the police computer after a road accident. A group of about 30 demonstrators staged a protest outside Scotland Yard’s headquarters last night, shouting: ‘The police killed Ian Tomlinson.’

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

London and the Olympic Games are clearly not made for each other.

Photo Gallery: London Stage Set for the 2012 Summer Olympics
 Visitors will need determination and, most of all, patience to reach the venues at all. And, for the locals, it all can't end soon enough.It's never easy to be a Londoner, not even on a perfectly normal workday in an English summer.

 

Everyone, whether rich or poor, experiences the same hardships of big-city life in London. For Londoners, the day begins with aircraft noise -- which some never get used to -- partly because double- or triple-paned windows are in short supply, even in Europe's most expensive city.

 

In London, cars, cabs and buses are inefficient forms of transportation for medium- and long-distant trips. As a result, day after day, millions squeeze into the clattering London Underground, the oldest, probably hottest and often fullest subway system in the world. Then, after prolonged inhalation of the melded odors of perspiration and perfume, the crowds pour into downtown London's too-narrow sidewalks before disappearing into their offices. There, they can finally do what some still do very well in this massive, sometimes magnificent but often excessively wound-up city: make money.

The same drama unfolds every evening, only in reverse. About half of London's workforce commutes more than 45 minutes each way -- if all goes well, that is. Is it any surprise that so many people there have a few drinks at a pub before heading home, resorting to alcohol to cast the place where they live - and their lives -- in a somewhat rosier light?

The Economist claims that London "had the best infrastructure in the world" 100 years ago. But, today, the city is already being pushed to its limits on a daily basis. And now this major city is about to host the world's most challenging major spectacle, the Olympics, for the third time, after hosting it in 1908 and 1948.

No Room for Problems

This time around, it's already clear that the London Olympics, which will run from July 27 to August 12, will be an arduous obstacle course for everyone.

Starting this week, the world's biggest financial center will be gripped by a special condition usually only seen in wartime. Its 7.8 million inhabitants are about to be joined by an average of 1 million additional visitors per day. The already overloaded public-transportation system will be burdened with an additional 3 million fares per day. A total of 175 kilometers (109 miles) of the city's streets will be closed off to normal traffic. Almost twice as many soldiers as Britain has in Afghanistan, a helicopter carrier and special forces units armed to the teeth will make the city look like it's under siege.

Transport for London (TfL), the city's bus and rail authority, is nervous -- so nervous, in fact, that it has issued an earnest appeal to Londoners to avoid using the Underground if at all possible during the games.

TfL is urging residents to stay at home, walk, bike, rollerblade or simply go on vacation during the Summer Games. It is also begging banks to set up home workstations for their traders, hoping to dissuade them from using their usual mode of transportation, the Tube. TfL knows that the success of the Olympics will be decided in the Tube's tunnels and stations, some built in the Victorian era, especially those on the Northern, Central and Jubilee lines.

After conducting traffic simulations for years, TfL officials believe they know what's in store for them. But they also know that there is little tolerance in their ancient system for everything that can and will go wrong. There isn't much wiggle room between having things go as planned and total chaos. All it takes to disrupt this delicate balance is a broken-down train, a foolish tourist, a suicide, a panic or a bomber.

Those who have to remain mobile in London during the Olympics are well-advised to rethink their strategy. The German package delivery service DHL, for example, plans to shut down part of its London delivery fleet, knowing that traffic will be moving even slower in the downtown area than at the typical snail's pace of 11 kilometers per hour (7 miles per hour). Instead, DHL plans to have extremely fit jogging couriers making package deliveries during the games.

One Big, Soggy Mess

Even in good times, Western Europe's biggest and most colorful city is a place that demands a high tolerance for stress of its residents. Everything there is almost always simultaneously expensive and full, whether it's buses, restaurants, concerts, hotels or living spaces. As a result, London assumes only a modest spot, 38th place out of 221 cities worldwide, on the Mercer 2011 Quality of Living Survey, far behind Vienna (1st), Munich (4th), Toronto (15th), Hamburg (16th), Berlin (17th) and Singapore (25th).

The Olympics are not about to make life any easier for ordinary Londoners. "To inflict this on London was not kind," says well-known columnist Simon Jenkins.

London's ailing major airport, Heathrow, is already at 99 percent of its capacity during normal operations. But now it will have to handle hundreds of thousands of additional passengers arriving and departing within a short period of time.

In recent weeks, the lines in front of passport control at Heathrow have already grown to seemingly endless proportions. Angry passengers -- including some from the European Union, who receive preferred treatment at passport control -- have sometimes had to wait more than three hours to enter the United Kingdom, which steadfastly refuses to join the Schengen open-border agreement that 26 other European countries have signed. And what does Heathrow do in such a trying situation? Effective immediately, police protection for customs officials is being boosted owing to the anticipated turmoil.

Indeed, the potential for ugly scenes is tremendous. And this is so even if there are no terrorist attacks, a possibility that the British are seeking to avert by positioning soldiers armed with surface-to-air missiles on the rooftops of London apartment buildings. The M4, the most important motorway from Heathrow into the city, was temporarily shut down owing to cracks in an overpass. It's somewhat doubtful whether London will manage to transport the many passengers into the city within a reasonable amount of time.

And then there's England's classic bad weather, which has some wondering whether the Summer Games will turn into a fiasco. The weather has been cold, wet and gloomy since the spring, with last month proving to be the wettest June on record.

The meteorologists' Olympic forecasts are nothing short of dismal: rain, rain and, yes, more rain. And it won't just be falling on the athletes, but also on the most highest-priced seats in the Olympic Stadium. Optimistic planners decided not to cover those seats, unlike the rest of them.

Local Consensus: 'No Thanks!'

With some 28,000 journalists and technicians registered for the event, or almost three for each active Olympic athlete, all of these dramas will be reported on far and wide. Never before in history will so many members of the media be flocking to one place. The US's NBC network is showing up with three chartered wide-body aircraft and 2,700 people. Journalists are even flying in from Afghanistan, Somalia, Kiribati and Nauru.

Oddly enough, however, the global enthusiasm is not shared by locals. "We have, collectively, osmotically, decided that we hate the Olympics," the feared, London-based critic A.A. Gill wrote in the New York Times in April. The Olympics, he adds, are too expensive and will only make life more complicated, so much so that it will be impossible to get a taxi. "But most of all," he writes, "one thing this city doesn't need is more gawping, milling, incontinently happy tourists."

The British celebrate their Britishness with gusto and abandon. In 2011, their national pride led them to observe a grandiosely expensive wedding for Prince William, the heir to the heir to the throne. Prime Minister David Cameron proclaimed a four-day national holiday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Queen's reign.

But the Olympics have nothing to do with Britishness. With sports like women's boxing, taekwondo, beach volleyball, weightlifting and synchronized swimming on the agenda, the Olympics are a foreign world event being imposed upon London from outside. And that's why the British are showing so little enthusiasm for the games.

Like so many Londoners, Mark Shand, 61, the brother-in-law of Prince Charles and brother of his wife, Camilla, will escape the city for the duration of the Olympics. He is terrified of the masses that will shut London down. And he is completely serious when he proposes: "I think the Olympics should be hosted by Greece. They are in so much trouble. I think that if they hosted the Olympics every four years, then it could help them to get them(selves) out of trouble." And, most importantly, he adds: "That way, we wouldn't have it here."

Expensive Fantasies

When then-Prime Minister Tony Blair accepted the awarding of the 2012 Olympics to London on July 6, 2005, to public applause, the proponents held out the prospect of a cheap spectacle accompanied by an economic miracle, with a price tag of only £2.37 billion (€3.02 billion, $3.71 billion). The East End of London, parts of which had been a polluted industrial wasteland for decades, would be cleaned up and blossom like never before. And an entire generation of British children would become caught up in the Olympic fever and turn into athletes.

No one is making such claims anymore.

A parliamentary committee recently concluded that the Games will cost the public sector alone £11 billion. Some critics believe that the total cost for London will, in fact, amount to some £24 billion.

According to a survey, half of the city's bankers are worried that London's mobility problems during the fames could cause serious turmoil on the securities markets. On balance, the Olympics will likely remain a losing bargain -- which Cameron, of course, strictly denies.

And the children? They haven't become athletes, either. On the contrary, the boys and girls of the British Isles are among the fattest in the European Union. London's poor East End now has an Olympic Park and the largest shopping center in the EU -- but it's still poor.

 

Though London has many natural gifts, they aren't of the kind that makes it ideal to host such a major event. And because Great Britain is both a debt-ridden and democratic country, it wasn't possible to radically reshape London for the event, as the Chinese did with Beijing in 2008.

 

The 2012 London Olympics will probably end up looking like the host city itself: a little chaotic, a little infuriating, never perfect, but with a lot of room for improvisation, charm and talent.

Those who live there will be delighted, of course, but only once it's over.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

BBC Rogue Traders presenter Dan Penteado has been jailed for 12 weeks after admitting council tax and houseing benefit fraud worth more than £24,000.


 

Dressed in a black jumper, black trousers, black tie and white shirt, the 40-year-old - who tackles bogus workmen on the television show with co-presenter Matt Allwright - looked dazed as he was taken down to the cells by two security guards.

Penteado had already admitted eight offences of dishonestly or knowingly claiming the benefits while not declaring he earned more than £56,000 from the BBC.

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Rogue Traders' Dan Penteado (left) who is wanted by police for alleged benefit fraud while working for the BBC. Pictured right is co-presenter Matt Allwright (right)

In court: Rogue Traders' Dan Penteado has been jailed after pleading guilty to council tax and housing benefit fraud to the tune of more than £24,000. Pictured right is his co-presenter Matt Allwright (right)

Dan Penteado, who famously uses a motorcycle to track down fraudulent traders on the show, arrives at court on the back of a bike
Dan Penteado, who famously uses a motorcycle to track down fraudulent traders on the show, arrives at court on the back of a bike

Camera-shy: Dan Penteado, who famously uses a motorcycle to track down fraudulent traders on the show, arrives at court on the back of a bike

 

His solicitor Terrence Scanlan told Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court he committed the fraud from 2008 to 2012 because he was on a short-term contract with the BBC and made the 'very poor judgment not to interrupt the flow of housing benefit'.

Debt-ridden Penteado was only caught when a council housing benefit officer recognised him on Rogue Traders and matched the name to his fraudulent application.

Chairman of the bench John Corben told Penteado, who is from Bournemouth: 'This is not a victimless crime, it is actually a crime of stealing from the public purse.

 

'It was planned over four years and it was calculated and we consider it so serious that only a custodial sentence is appropriate - you knew exactly what you were doing.

'You will be sentenced to 12 weeks in prison and it will not be suspended.'

Earlier in the hearing Mr Scanlan told the court that Portuguese-born Penteado was a man of good character but was 'sinking in debt' and owed £20,000.

'He is a man who has always worked hard, trying to improve himself and his circumstances. He is married, he has children, two young children - twins aged nine.'

 

Penteado (left) is accused of pocketing more than £24,000 of government payouts he wasn't entitled to

Guilty: Dan Penteado (left) admitted pocketing more than £24,000 of government payouts he wasn't entitled to

Mr Scanlan explained that Penteado first applied for benefit in 2007 when he was a student at Bournemouth University, and added: 'In March 2008, the BBC contacted him and invited him to return to the programme he had previously worked on, Rogue Traders.

'Between March 2008 and September 2011 he had a series of short-term contracts. There was no continuous employment - a few days every month.

'It was this uncertainty of work that fed into his decision not to interrupt the flow of housing benefit - that was very poor judgment by him.

'This was not a man who was living extravagantly. He and his family were living quite frugally.'

The solicitor said Penteado had 'lost his burgeoning career in broadcasting and that itself is quite a punishment for him'.

Earlier in the trial, the court heard how the offences went back to 2007 when Penteado filled out his first claim form and failed to declare he had another bank account.

The court heard that Penteado repeated the fraud in subsequent years up to 2011.

In that time he failed to tell Bournemouth Borough Council he had been paid more than £56,000 for his work on Rogue Traders from 2008 to 2011.

Rogue Traders sees the camera-wielding, motorcycle-riding presenters go in pursuit of the conmen who take people for a ride

On TV: The BBC's Rogue Traders sees the camera-wielding, motorcycle-riding presenters go in pursuit of the conmen who take people for a ride and brings them to justice

Kerry O'Neill, prosecuting, said: 'On the 17 October 2007 the defendant completed a housing benefit and a council tax benefit application form and on that particular form he failed to disclose that he had another bank account with Nationwide.

'On 1 March 2008 he again signed further forms verifying and clarifying that he didn’t have other bank accounts.

'On 14 January 2009 he signed another verification form stating that information until this date was true and accurate. It was not true as he had failed to disclose the Nationwide bank account.'

Miss O’Neill told the court that in 2008 the council became aware that Penteado had received more than £16,000 from the BBC but had failed to let them know.

She said: 'Between 16 April 2008 and 15 September 2008 it became known to the borough council that the defendant received £16,551.30 from the BBC but the defendant failed to disclose this information to the borough council.'

Penteado continued to fail to tell the council about payments from the BBC while still completing forms for housing and council tax benefit.

 

Dan Penteado's house in Bournemouth, Dorset. There was no answer at his door today

Dan Penteado's house in Bournemouth, Dorset. He said last month the matter was a 'misunderstanding'

 

Between 24 July 2009 and 1 May 2010 Penteado received £15,605.27 for his work on Rogue Traders.

He received an additional £18,016.92 from the 2 July 2010 until 7 January 2011.

Miss O’Neill said: 'On the 28 May 2010 the defendant completed a verification form for housing and council tax benefit application, on this form he failed to disclose that he had been receiving payment from the BBC or that he had contracts for them.'

He also received £6,259.50 between 4 May 2011 and 2 September 2011 but failed to notify the council.

As a result Penteado received £24,077.60 of housing and council tax benefit that he wasn’t entitled to.

Miss O’Neill said: 'Since March 2012 three payments of £70 have been paid back in respect of the sum owed. That leaves the outstanding sum of housing benefit and council tax benefit which he is not entitled to as $23,867.60.'

Earlier, the court heard the council, which brought the prosecution, would be seeking to recover all the cash.

The presenter started working with Mr Allwright in 2001.

He is familiar to viewers of Watchdog as one half of the motorbike-riding team of investigators who chase down unscrupulous tradesmen and bring them to justice.

In the last series of Watchdog, the pair confronted eight business owners who they felt were ripping off the public.

Earlier this month it was reported that he had failed to respond to letters of inquiry sent to him by Bournemouth Council.

As a result he was sent a court summons to appear before magistrates but he failed to show up and a warrant was issued for his arrest. 

It is understood Penteado handed himself in on June 14.



BBC Rogue Traders presenter Dan Penteado could be jailed today when he is sentenced for £24,000 council tax and benefit fraud.

Dan Penteado was warned he could be jailed for benefit fraud
Dan Penteado was warned he could be jailed for benefit fraud Photo: BBC

BBC Rogue Traders presenter Dan Penteado is to be sentenced today for council tax and housing benefit fraud of more than £24,000.

The 40-year-old, who chased down bogus workmen with Matt Allwright on the television show, admitted eight offences of dishonestly or knowingly claiming the benefits while not declaring he earned thousands from the BBC.

Penteado, from Bournemouth, was warned at Bournemouth Magistrates' Court last month that he could face jail before he was granted bail while a pre-sentence report was prepared.

Kerry O'Neill, prosecuting, said the offences went back to 2007 when Penteado filled out his first claim form and failed to declare he had another bank account.

The court heard that Penteado repeated the fraud in subsequent years up to 2011.

US agents to plug UK Olympics security holes

The US Transport Security Administration has reportedly prepared its personnel to be deployed in UK airports for the Olympic Games. The US agents will apply their skills to help their UK colleagues bolster security during the event. TSA personnel are to arrive at UK air hubs a week before and stay a week after the London Olympics, according to a newly reached agreement between UK’s Department of Transport and the US Transportation Security Administration, Sky News reports. "This is an added security layer that has been done to help boost and aid the American airlines in particular that fly in and out of the likes of Heathrow and other airports,” says Sky's correspondent. The agents are not permitted beyond boarding gates or onto UK aircraft. The action is aimed at aiding the US carriers’ security and also that of UK airlines flying in and out of America. UK’s Olympic security has been questioned on a number of occasions.  The latest on July 15th, the Observer newspaper reported that since the start of the month, Heathrow immigration staff have missed a number of people on a security watch list whose arrival must be reported to counter-terrorism police or Britain's domestic intelligence service. Authorities in London are under extreme pressure to provide the necessary security staff after the failure of the private security contractor G4S to deliver personnel to protect Olympic venues. The security personnel provided have had insufficient training and failed to adequately conduct body searches or operate scanners, according to reports. "I can see so many security loopholes for this event. Security staff are given a very short time for their training and there is a very slack approach," said a whistleblower, an expert in weapons and explosives detection. Now the UK government has called in an extra 3,500 troops to guard the events in addition to the 7,500 troops already scheduled to provide security at some 100 sensitive sites.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Athletes are sleepy, hungry and need to pee. Could we get to the Olympic Village please?

An embarrassing shortage of security guards, fears over airport queues and questions about the capital's creaking transport system have overshadowed preparations for the Games. And two stories from American and Australian athletes did little to dispel the sense of farce. US 400m hurdler Kerron Clement, twice a world champion, claimed he spent four hours on a bus after the driver got lost on the way to the London 2012 Olympic village. Games organisers are expecting a busy day with hundreds of athletes checking in but it's not all been smooth running according to Clement - who takes on Dai Greene, Great Britain's current world champion, in the 400m hurdles next month. "Um, so we've been lost on the road for 4hrs. Not a good first impression London," he tweeted. "Athletes are sleepy, hungry and need to pee. Could we get to the Olympic Village please?"

Athletes are sleepy, hungry and need to pee. Could we get to the Olympic Village please?

An embarrassing shortage of security guards, fears over airport queues and questions about the capital's creaking transport system have overshadowed preparations for the Games. And two stories from American and Australian athletes did little to dispel the sense of farce. US 400m hurdler Kerron Clement, twice a world champion, claimed he spent four hours on a bus after the driver got lost on the way to the London 2012 Olympic village. Games organisers are expecting a busy day with hundreds of athletes checking in but it's not all been smooth running according to Clement - who takes on Dai Greene, Great Britain's current world champion, in the 400m hurdles next month. "Um, so we've been lost on the road for 4hrs. Not a good first impression London," he tweeted. "Athletes are sleepy, hungry and need to pee. Could we get to the Olympic Village please?"

activists have shut down 45 of Shell's petrol stations in Edinburgh and London

activists have shut down 45 of Shell's petrol stations in Edinburgh and London, with nine campaigners arrested in the protest, directed at the company's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic. The campaigners are attempting to shut off petrol to London's 105 Shell stations and Edinburgh's 14. In London, 42 have been closed, while three have been closed in Edinburgh, with four activists arrested in London and five in Edinburgh. Protesters have scaled the roof of the Shell stations on Queenstown Road near Battersea Park in London and on Dalry Road in Edinburgh, with police and fire crews attending the scene in Edinburgh. The protest comes as part of Greenpeace's Save the Arctic campaign, which is aiming to prevent oil drilling and industrial fishing in the Arctic by having the region recognised as a world park. The organisation understands that Shell is going to begin drilling in the Alaskan Arctic in the coming weeks, with the Russian oil company Gazprom also due to work in the region. The campaign group's website is running a TV talkshow-style live broadcast covering the protest and showing interviews and videos about the Arctic campaign. Sara Ayech, a campaigner at the Battersea Park station, said: "Shell is preparing, for the first time, to unleash a drilling fleet of huge vessels upon the fragile and beautiful Arctic, home of the polar bears. "It's time to draw a line in the ice and tell Shell to stop. That's why today we're going to shut down all of Shell's petrol stations in the capital cities of London and Edinburgh. We've got dozens of people who will hit over 100 Shell garages throughout the day." A spokesman for Shell said: "Shell recognises that certain organisations are opposed to our exploration programme Offshore Alaska, and we respect the right of individuals and organisations to engage in a free and frank exchange of views about our operations. "Recognising the right of individuals to express their point of view, we only ask that they do so with their safety and the safety of others, including the general public and Shell personnel, in mind. "Shell has met with numerous organisations and individuals who oppose drilling offshore Alaska. We respect their views and value the dialogue. We have extended this same offer for productive dialogue to Greenpeace."

32 mile queue as first Games lane opens on M4

London 2012: 32 mile queue as first Games lane opens on M4 Traffic crawled into London today as the opening of the first Olympic Games lane coincided with an accident on the M4 to create the 'perfect storm' of travel chaos leading to 32 mile queues.

Thousands of drivers face a £130 fine after being caught in the Olympics Games lane on the M4 within hours hours of restrictions coming into force at 5 am.

Other parts of London were close to gridlock as Olympic traffic restrictions began to bite.

Heathrow is expected to witness one of its busiest days ever with 250,000 travelling through including the first of the athletes and officials.

Many drivers, however, seemed oblivious to the Olympic traffic only lane which operates coming into London on the M4 between junctions three and two.

Paul Watters, AA head of Public Affairs, said there was always the risk that if some drivers witnessed others using it they would follow thinking the lane was open for general use.

He said: "It's a bit like a bus lane, if people see a lot of traffic in a bus lane sometimes they follow it into it thinking it is ok. There is always that risk.

"The number plates of cars supposed to be in the Games Lane have been recorded - just like the Congestion charge - if you haven't got your number plate on that list then you will get a penalty."

The Metropolitan Police's former head of traffic, Kevin Delaney, warned even the slightest problem on London's roads during the Olympics could create "the perfect storm" of traffic delays.

Mr Delaney, now head of road safety at the Institute of Advanced Motorists, said: "The problem with the Games lanes is that London's road network runs at, or very close to, capacity almost all day, almost every day of the year.

"Wherever the Games lanes are, they have reduced the amount of lanes for ordinary traffic. You are actually reducing the amount of road space for ordinary traffic.

"Unless everybody heeds the advice to not drive, there are problems. Imagine if there is a situation where we have a breakdown or a crash. The road network just would not cope with that.

"It would be like a perfect storm - the level of congestion that you would normally get would be magnified.

"It is because London's road network actually operates so efficiently that if anything goes wrong it goes badly wrong.

"The best analogy I can make is the blood system in your body - it works fine until you get a clot but when you do get one it has a disproportionate effect."

Only licensed taxis and members of the "Olympic Family" are allowed to use the lane which operates between 5 am and 10 pm.

The Highways Agency confirmed the lane restrictions had come into force at 5 am.

That section of the M4 has only just reopened following repairs to a damaged flyover near junction 2.

Charlie Mullins, founder of Pimlico Plumbers, warned the Olympic road closures would put immense pressure on vehicle-based businesses and even push some firms out of business.

He declared that following the opening of the M4 "Zil Lane" today his engineers will defy the regulations enter the special lanes when necessary when responding to emergencies.

The company, known for his high prices and high level of service, has in the past used Max Clifford for publicity.

Mr Mullins said: “It doesn’t matter if you run one vehicle or hundreds, if you operate a van-based business in London you’ll be hit hard and could end up going to the wall.

"Businesses will watch their income drain away as they sit in jam after jam as the athletes and dignitaries cruise by."

He added: “It’s very easy for them to shut the roads for the greater good of the Olympics and offer advice not to drive in Central London. It’s not so easy when you run a business that’s based on driving around the capital.

“That's why I'm still telling my engineers to join those elite lanes when necessary, since a burst pipe pumps out 3,000 litres an hour and that's going to cause way more damage than a 130 quid fine every time.”

Peak time traffic was at a virtual rush-hour standstill over a huge part of south east London with Olympic re-phasing of the traffic lights at the Kidbrooke interchange on the A2 being blamed.

Traffic trailed back to the Black Prince at Bexley. Conditions were described as "horrendous." 
Surrounding across the south east were much more congested than usual as drivers sought unsuccessfully to get around the A2 problems.

Traffic on the A20 up from Kent was also described as being "much heavier" than usual.

Traffic lights failed on the north side of Kew Bridge causing huge tailbacks and a lorry broke down at Trafalgar Square.

On the Tube the District line, one of the busiest on the network and used by more than 650,000 people a day, service was suspended between High Street Kensington and Edgware Road due to a signal failure.

The line later reopened but severe delays continued into the peak.

 

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Three stabbed at Swedish House Mafia concert in southern England

THREE PEOPLE WERE stabbed at a Swedish House Mafia concert in the southern English town of Milton Keynes last night. The incident happened during the concert at the Milton Keynes Bowl just after 6pm yesterday according to local police and came exactly a week after violence marred the electronic dance group’s performance in Phoenix Park. A total of 11 people were stabbed, and two people died from drug overdoes at the group’s concert in Dublin last weekend with dozens arrested during the course of the day. In a statement Thames Valley Police said that it appeared a fight broke out in the main arena at 6.15pm with three people receiving stabbing injuries. One of the men, 23, sustained a punctured lung and is currently in hospital. Another, 24, received a cut to his head and arm and a 23-year-old man was treated for minor injuries. Police say that three people were also arrested on suspicion of possession and intent to supply class A drugs including a 19-year-old man from Liverpool, a 26-year-old man from London, and a 37-year-old man from Ipswich. All are currently being questioned. Despite this, police said they were happy with how the event passed off. “This appears to have been an isolated incident, and overall we are very pleased with how the event passed off, but we would like to trace the person responsible for this assault,” Detective Chief Inspector Justin Fletcher said.

Three stabbed at Swedish House Mafia concert in southern England

THREE PEOPLE WERE stabbed at a Swedish House Mafia concert in the southern English town of Milton Keynes last night. The incident happened during the concert at the Milton Keynes Bowl just after 6pm yesterday according to local police and came exactly a week after violence marred the electronic dance group’s performance in Phoenix Park. A total of 11 people were stabbed, and two people died from drug overdoes at the group’s concert in Dublin last weekend with dozens arrested during the course of the day. In a statement Thames Valley Police said that it appeared a fight broke out in the main arena at 6.15pm with three people receiving stabbing injuries. One of the men, 23, sustained a punctured lung and is currently in hospital. Another, 24, received a cut to his head and arm and a 23-year-old man was treated for minor injuries. Police say that three people were also arrested on suspicion of possession and intent to supply class A drugs including a 19-year-old man from Liverpool, a 26-year-old man from London, and a 37-year-old man from Ipswich. All are currently being questioned. Despite this, police said they were happy with how the event passed off. “This appears to have been an isolated incident, and overall we are very pleased with how the event passed off, but we would like to trace the person responsible for this assault,” Detective Chief Inspector Justin Fletcher said.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Thirty football fans brought terror to an afternoon at the races when they fought running battles for 15 minutes.

Groups of Swansea and Cardiff City fans clashed at Newbury Racecourse leading to the closure of bars around the circuit and police descending on the site.

Only three people were arrested - two for affray and one for a public order offence, Thames Valley Police said.

It was not clear why the sets of Welsh fans unleashed their violence at the ground in Berkshire, marring the Newbury Summer Festival.

Race track managing director Stephen Higgins said: "There was sporadic fighting over about 15 minutes with approximately 30 people involved. We have absolutely no idea why it started."

Inspector Phil Rogers of Thames Valley Police said there were on a few minor injuries and no complaints were made to police.

Officers were called at 4.03pm by the race ground staff.

Insp Rogers said: "Two arrests were made for affray and one for a public order offence. The remainder left on buses. It appears to be caused by football supporters from Swansea and Cardiff who met in the ground."

Racegoer Julie Davis told the Racing Post: "It was a disgrace and I won't be coming again. It took so long to get it sorted out. Every time you thought it had stopped it started again. I reckon there were at least 30 people involved. It was scary."

Another punter Denise Mathias told the Post: "It just seemed to be a big fight between football supporters from Cardiff and Swansea. It was terrible. I saw a stocky man covered in blood having his head stamped on."




The man who 'killed' WPc Yvonne Fletcher is named by Libyan officials

Salah Eddin Khalifa, a pro-Gaddafi student, is suspected of having fired the fatal shot from the Libyan embassy in London. Unlike a previous suspect named as the killer, Mr Khalifa is known to be alive and could potentially be arrested or questioned. He is currently living in a North African city, known to this newspaper, to which he moved as the Gaddafi regime crumbled. Several sources from the former regime had confirmed the suspect’s name, Mr Shamis said. The transitional government has access to a number of regime prisoners and defectors with knowledge of the incident. Mr Shamis, a prominent London-based opposition figure during the Gaddafi years, was at the anti-Gaddafi demonstration outside the embassy during which WPc Fletcher was shot. Ten dissidents alongside him were injured as automatic gunfire was sprayed from a first-floor window of the building in St James’s Square in April 1984. Within minutes of the shooting, Mr Khalifa left the embassy by a back door before it was surrounded by the Metropolitan Police, Mr Shamis said. Part of a “revolutionary committee” of students loyal to Gaddafi, who had taken over the embassy, Mr Khalifa did not have diplomatic status and could have been detained before leaving the country.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Two men have been found not guilty of murdering newlywed Michaela McAreavey in her honeymoon suite in Mauritius.

The 27-year-old teacher from Northern Ireland was killed in January 2011.

She was the daughter of one of Ireland's best known sports figures, Mickey Harte, manager of the Tyrone gaelic football team.

Avinash Treebhoowoon, 32, and Sandip Moneea, 43, both worked at the hotel where Mrs McAreavey was killed.

In a statement, the McAreavey and Harte families said that following the endurance of "seven harrowing weeks of this trial" there were no words, which could "describe the sense of devastation and desolation now felt by both families".

The trial at the Supreme Court in Mauritius lasted more than seven weeks. It was initially expected to last two weeks but turned into one of the longest trials in Mauritian legal history.

There were cheers from the public gallery in court after the two men were found not guilty.

The McAreaveys have left the court.

Both Avinash Treebhoowoon and Sandip Moneea said they were happy at the verdict but sad for the McAreaveys.

The lawyers of the two men were carried down the stairs of the court on the shoulders of jubilant supporters.

The police and prosecution said Mrs McAreavey had been murdered after disturbing thieves in her room.

The doctor who carried out the post mortem examination said she died as a result of asphyxiation caused by compression to the neck.

Her said her bruises and tissue damage showed this was caused by the grip of a hand to her throat and the pressing of a forearm around her collarbone.

Avinash Treebhoowoon said he had confessed to the murder only after being beaten and threatened by police.

A key witness was another man initially arrested, former room attendant Raj Theekoy.

He had been charged with failing to come to Mrs McAreavey's aid after claiming to have heard her cries for help.

However, he was granted immunity in return for his testimony.

He said he saw both accused leaving the McAreaveys' room around the time of the murder.

Oxfordshire-based forensic scientist Susan Woodroffe said no DNA from either of the accused was found in the McAreaveys' hotel room or on Michaela's body.

Michaela McAreavey with her father Tyrone GAA manager Mickey HarteIn happier times...Michaela McAreavey (right) with her father Mickey Harte, one of the leading sports figures in Ireland

Mrs McAreavey's father, Mickey Harte, is one of the most respected figures in gaelic football, a sport which is hugely popular in Ireland.

Thousands of mourners attended Michaela's funeral near her family home in Ballygawley, County Tyrone.

The 27-year-old had married John McAreavey just 12 days before she was murdered, and was buried in her wedding dress.

Armed forces on Olympics standby

The BBC has learned that the Army is to provide up to 3,500 troops to help with Olympic security. The move comes amid fears that the private contractor G4S would not be able to provide enough trained staff in time. The armed forces are already providing some 13,500 personnel. This could now reach 17,000, meaning summer leave for some troops will likely be cancelled.

Mobile operator O2 hit by nationwide network failure that left users unable to make calls or text

The O2 mobile phone network crashed tonight leaving thousands of customers across the country cut off. Users were left stranded, unable to make or receive calls or send texts, as the firm - which has 23 million customers in the UK - said it did not know when the problem would be fixed. Some customers also had no internet access. O2, Britain's second-largest mobile phone operator, admitted it was unclear exactly how many people had been affected. It said ‘thousands’ may be experiencing problems. The problems began this afternoon for some mobile users, the network said. O2 are urging customers to check their Twitter and Facebook feeds for updates - but the company’s webpage which displays live information about network coverage crashed. A spokeswoman said the problem was not 'location-specific'. ‘The problem is an issue within part of our core network that is preventing some mobile phones from successfully connecting,' she said. ‘The problem is not location-specific. All possible resources across our and our suppliers’ engineering teams are being deployed to restore service as soon as possible.’ Thousands of angry customers took to Twitter to complain. BBC television presenter Huw Edwards (@huwbbc), tweeted: ‘6 hours of non-service and counting, simply not good enough, O2.’ One Twitter user, Kelly Jones (@kelly-92), tweeted: ‘Having a phone that hardly works usually is annoying, but this whole no signal on o2 all afternoon is beyond irritating.’

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

The wife of Tetra Park heir Hans Kristian Rausing alluded to her battle with drugs in a lengthy internet post and spoke of her admiration for the Prince of Wales.

Eva Rausing's drug struggle: 'I fell into the same hole as before'

Eva Rausing
Eva Rausing, the wife of an heir to the Tetra Pak fortune, alluded to her lengthy addiction to drugs in an internet post, writing: "I fell back into the same hole as before."
Mrs Rausing, 49, was found dead in her £70m Chelsea mansion earlier this week. Her husband, Hans Kristian Rausing, heir to the Tetra Pak, was arrested while driving erratically.
Police were today investigating whether her body lay dead for up to a week before she was discovered.
Despite an apparent overdose, pathologists were unable to find an immediate cause of death due to the state of the body, lending weight to the theory that she may have been dead for some time.
Both she and her husband had fought lengthy battles with drug addiction, having first met at a rehabilitation clinic in the United States in the early 1990s.
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(1) Probe into crash link to Musselbrugh pub manager murder (1) Professor Green (1) Proportionately more criminals in Britain are sentenced for violent and sexual offences than in most other European countries. (1) RAF servicemen jailed for cigarette smuggling scam (1) Racist gang's glass attack raises fears of pub owners (1) Reggie (1) Robert Nairac trial views TV interview with murder accused (1) Royal car attack: Duchess of Cornwall laughs off student protest fees scare (1) SIX MEMBERS of a south London gang have been found guilty of the murder of 22-year-old Ezra Mills. (1) SOCA advises cruise agencies and cruise lines how to recognize signs that passengers might be inclined to smuggle drugs or other contraband (1) Sainsbury's techie jailed for loyalty card scam (1) Sally McGrath death: Arrest number two (1) Scotland pressured to free Megrahi (1) Scotland-based crime gang suspected of trafficking women to work as prostitutes in Belfast was arrested this month (1) Scots drugs gang jailed (1) Scots legal upheaval as 3500 convicts win new appeals (1) Scottish criminals 'only jailed after 40 convictions' (1) Seven arrested over drugs (1) Seven men have been arrested after detectives from the PSNI Organised Crime Branch seized £500 (1) Sex crimes up as 14 (1) Sex swap hip hop diva wanted over Claudia Aderotimi 'butt boost' death (1) Shrien (1) Shrien Dewani 'right to be worried' about handling of Anni Dewani murder case (1) Shrien Dewani Mastermind To Murder Or Paralysed Victim (1) Shrien Dewani says he and his wife (1) Shropshire man accused of triple murder appears in court (1) Sinn Fein (1) Sinn Fein leaders 'knew about bank raid' (1) Six arrests following drug raids in Glossop (1) South Africa honeymoon murder (1) South Africa honeymoon murder accused denied bail (1) South African honeymoon murder claim 'is ludicrous' (1) South African police are on the verge of revealing the motive behind the murder of Anni Dewani (1) South Norwood builder pleads guilty to smuggling cannabis (1) Spanish National Police have intercepted a British registered yacht on the high seas off the Portuguese coast (1) Staff from Browne Mackenzie (1) Stella English is a gangster's moll with a troubled past (1) Steven Purcell quizzed by cops on return (1) Student left dying in street after being stabbed by muggers (1) Suffolk (1) Suitcase death spy was not gay (1) Suspect in murder of British woman to publish writings from fugitive days (1) Swindon; and Anthony Belcher (1) Swindon; received seven years. (1) Teacher in murder quiz was having affair with sex shop girl (1) Teenage robbery gang jailed (1) Teenager stabbed to death in south London (1) Ten Ghanaians on board an Accra-New York flight of Delta Airlines (1) The Base pub in Ashington (1) The Elland Mad Dogs and the Lee Mount Loonies (1) The arrests were related to recent 'distributed denial of service' (DDoS) attacks by an online group calling themselves Anonymous (1) The detective leading a murder investigation after a man was found shot dead in a disused Smethwick factory today refused to rule out a “gangland killing”. (1) The faces of the 10 latest suspected criminals hiding from police on the "Costa del Crime" have been published (1) Three arrested over iPhone murder: (1) Three arrests after ‘massive disturbance’ in Malton (1) Three arrests and £60 (1) Three arrests over west Belfast pipe bombings (1) Tom Murphy is not a criminal. He’s a good republican (1) Travelodge in Kingston Raid on hotel results in five arrests (1) Trial of British climate protesters collapses (1) Trio in court over honeymoon murder (1) Tuesday 25 January (1) Twenty arrests over suspected £50m beer and wine fraud (1) Two Scots wanted in connection with unsolved murders are believed to be hiding out in Spain. (1) Two Sussex men and one from Surrey face extradition to Spain after a boat with £8m of cannabis destined for the UK was stopped between Morocco and Spain. (1) Two arrested in Wisbech park murder investigation (1) Two arrests over 'firearm threat' in Cumbria: (1) Two charged with Peckham murder of Sylvester Akapalara: (1) Two charges over £6million Torbay cocaine haul (1) Two gangs of men who fought a pitched battle with baseball bats (1) Two held in Galway drugs gang sting: (1) Two men accused of helping gunman Raoul Moat will face charges of attempting to murder David Rathband (1) Two men are due to appear in court charged with murdering a 55-year-old man in Belfast. (1) Two men arrested in Blackburn murder inquiry (1) Two men arrested over £1.5m cocaine seizure (1) Two men seriously injured during Samurai sword attack (1) Two men were jailed for life after an illegal immigrant was murdered and dumped in a canal following a drugs feud (1) Two more men arrested over Boxing Day gang fight (1) Two slabs of cocaine were found in a false compartment in her suitcase (1) Two teenagers who killed a man in Cheshire in a dispute over drugs have been detained for five years. (1) Two_men_on_motorbike_sought_for_murder (1) UK becomes 'cocaine capital of the western world' (1) United fans await sentence over 'Wild West saloon brawl' (1) VIOLENCE erupted in Burnley town centre on Monday afternoon when two gangs of men confronted each other with baseball bats. (1) Vince Richard Hubbard (1) Vincent Tabak charged with Joanna Yeates murder (1) WALTHAM FOREST: 367 knife crimes in past year (1) Warning over anti-virus cold calls to UK internet users (1) Wartime ‘trophy gun’ fired in gang murder of student (1) Was Browns phone hacked as well? Pressure mounts to re-open Scotland Yard enquiry (1) Wayne Bassnett shot in the head by assassin in Hale (1) Wealthy BA pilot to stand trial for 'murder of estranged wife' (1) Wednesday will see the anniversary of the killing that ended Lennon's iconoclastic career (1) West Derby (1) Whistleblowing MP shops 6 more colleagues to police over expenses fraud | (1) Widnes man shot dead in Pepper Street near Town Lane in Hale Village (1) Widowed British honeymooner Shrien Dewani will be arrested and charged with murder of his wife Anni if he returns to South Africa (1) Wilbert Dyce (1) Williams had been logging onto bondage Web sites and had visited a drag cabaret in the British capital four days before his death. (1) Woman accused of tube murder was undergoing sex change (1) Woman charged with murder of transvestite (1) Woman stands trial for double murder to which ex-lover confessed (1) Woman's body found washed up in Kent bay (1) Women jailed over bodysuit drug smuggling bid (1) Y Waen (1) Yorkshire 'car key burglary' gang locked up (1) Youth killed as Afghan groups clash (1) Zac Olumegbon (1) a British citizen (1) a class-A drug (1) a hammer and pickaxe handle in a car park (1) admitted carrying out the raid at Lostwithiel on 13 August. (1) admitted theft and fraud by false representation. (1) after he arrived at the airport on Sunday night (1) aged 32 from John Mace Road (1) alarm and distress' to people living nearby (1) and Angel Campoverde (1) and Ivan Marshall (1) and James MacPherson (1) and Jayson Hassan (1) and Rackheath (1) and Scott Taylor (1) and found to be carrying 1.515 tons of cocaine. (1) and on Christmas shoppers (1) and uses cash instead of credit cards (1) arrested over knifed pregnant teenager (1) average amount stolen equated to £1 (1) blasted 11 shots at helpless Eddie Boyd - hitting him five times - as his young daughter screamed in terror. (1) but the Navy boat crews recovered two (1) cannabis and weapons were seized by police who raided 25 houses and apartments. (1) central Clydebank (1) central London (1) charged with murder in Great Yarmouth: (1) checks into hotels under false names (1) corrupt police officer helped his drug lord brother by hiding guns and threatening witnesses (1) death of Julian Gardner (1) discovered a world where automatic pistols (1) drag cabaret (1) drugs squad found 13 mature and 35 immature plants (1) dundee-united-stars-david-goodwillie-scott-allan-arrested-after-4am-street-brawl (1) dyes his hair (1) family friendship leads to second murder investigation (1) five Italian gangsters - known locally as the Camorra - are seen sweeping into a restaurant while families are eating before marching up to a corner table where their targets are sitting. (1) fled a club soaked in blood and clutching a 6in wound (1) flew the plane but says he did not know drugs were on board. (1) former girlfriend of gunman Raoul Moat has told a court of the moment the killer shot dead her new boyfriend then turned his shotgun on her (1) found stabbed to death (1) four (1) from Ballygonney Road West In Moneymore were refused bail. (1) from Brixton Hill (1) from Deramore Gardens in Belfast and Warren Martin (1) from Fulham (1) from Moss Lane (1) from Plymouth (1) from Rushey Hey (1) from Tottenham (1) gang drugs war in Greater Manchester. (1) gangland crime in Limerick (1) gangs have shaped the streets and changed the nature of UK crime (1) grieving father of a student who was raped and murdered pleaded with her suspected killer to give himself up (1) had caused 'a great deal of harassment (1) has been charged with importing a class B drug. (1) has made a new and lengthy statement to police (1) have been accused of killing Mr Yepez (1) he claimed he was one of the main players in north London and could get hold of better weapons than Scotland Yard (1) heroin worth nearly £2 million was seized in a single drugs bust in the Scottish capital (1) highest rates of teenage alcohol-related injuries in Europe (1) highlight London's crime rate and youth alcohol problems (1) his brother Ronnie and notorious English serial killer Graham Young escaping from prison. (1) imprisonment of a woman in Wales for withdrawing rape allegations against her husband is a nightmarish addition to the discrimination awaiting women and girls who seek justice (1) in January. (1) in his mid-40s (1) including some in Rochdale (1) is due to appear at South Western Magistrates' Court in Battersea this morning (1) is the first Western on trial in an Iraqi court since a 2009 U.S.-Iraqi security agreement lifted immunity for foreign contractors. (1) jail terms totalling more than 63 years to William Byrne and 14 crooks linked to his gang. (1) just months (1) known locally as Eddie (1) made more than £1m from crime. He must pay £100 (1) major rural crime wave could break out across Wales (1) man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a man who was shot dead in south Manchester. (1) man has been shot dead by an off-duty police officer during a suspected robbery at a petrol station. (1) man in his 20s has been arrested over the murder of a champion kickboxer in Dundalk (1) moved to Thailand in 2006 to study the deadly Muay Thai fighting style (1) murdering honeymooner Anni Dewani in Cape Town (1) night-time signalling between vessels at sea and people on the shore (1) of Ansty Road (1) of Clapham (1) of Common Road (1) of Forest Gate (1) of Haig Avenue (1) of Hapton (1) of Looe (1) of Mount Avenue (1) of Oxford Road (1) of Pennyvoss Road (1) of Queen Street (1) of School Lane (1) often borrowed from friends (1) on 3 January when he was shot in the chest. (1) prison officer has been arrested after attempting to smuggle drugs into Mountjoy prison today. (1) seized 180 kilograms of ketamine in Felixstowe (1) seized a haul of scam post in a bid to tackle the UK-wide fraudulent mail blight. (1) seven men and five women found Hodgson guilty of murder at Teesside Crown Court. (1) sleeps on sofas and floors (1) south Kilmarnock and Dalkeith in Midlothian (1) stabbed both his parents to death after his mother called him a “f------ idiot” for lying in bed all morning with a hangover. (1) submachine guns and even hand grenades were being sold for as little as £50 (1) taxi firm has been denied an operator’s licence following police claims of criminal links (1) teenager was killed and another injured when two balaclava-wearing gunmen opened fire on a group of four young friends (1) the Gilnow Road gang (1) the eldest son of Viscount Trenchard (1) the famous fashion designer recently committed suicide by intake of a mixture of the cocaine (1) three dogs performing searches on vehicles entering the 14 jails across the Republic. (1) using guns in deadly drug disputes (1) was ambushed by four young men at the gates of Park Campus School in nearby West Norwood. (1) was arrested at Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport (1) was arrested by UK Border Agency officers in Coquelles (1) was blasted at least three times outside a relative’s home in South Cantril Avenue (1) was convicted in 2003 of hiring two “mules” to carry cocaine (1) was given three life sentences earlier this month. (1) was given three years and nine months behind bars after police found £1 million from the heist in the boot of his car. (1) was released after several hours of questioning over the shooting of Nicky Ayers (1) was shot at close range at least three times outside his daughter’s home in South Cantril Avenue (1) was shot dead in Tillingbourne Gardens (1) was sitting in a silver Volvo on Utting Avenue (1) were ambushed as they were driven through the vast shantytown of Gugulethu in South Africa (1) were among 13 men from around the country involved in the criminal group. (1) were found in 24 of the 33 pubs in and around Alnwick (1) were gunned down outside Strang House (1) were not legally married. (1) were part of a gang that brought in an estimated 16 tonnes of the drug. (1) which is in liquidation (1) who 'fired shots in party battle' arrested for attempted murder (1) who attended the hearing (1) who has already been sentenced to life imprisonment for the two killings (1) who reached No 3 in April with I Need You Tonight (1) whose ring nickname was Pitbull (1) wife of BA pilot vanishes from £3million B;B mansion (1) will be extradited over the murder of Kinga Legg (1) you can never move on with your life.'" (1) young boy has been shot dead. (1) £100m cocaine gang sentenced to 200 years in prison (1) £48k seized from Amsterdam passenger (1) £6m of drugs seized from Lancashire's streets (1) ‘Sick’ Dewani’s bail strategy (1) “Fragile” Shrien Dewani leaves hospital (1)

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