luxury yacht which was at the centre of Britain's largest drugs seizure has sold for £176,000 at auction. The Louise was impounded in Southampton two years ago after cocaine with a street value of up to £300m was found onboard. The drugs were found hidden in a compartment beneath the diving platform by UK Border Agency officers. The the 65ft pleasure cruiser went under the hammer in Northern Ireland on Friday night. The vessel was discovered in Southampton aboard a container ship along with other luxury cruisers arriving from the Caribbean. It took six days to find the 90% pure drugs destined for the Netherlands, via England, which had been packed inside the boat while it was in Venezuela. Following a trial in Rotterdam last year, three Dutch men were jailed for a total of 20 years. The vessel, which has been impounded in Southampton since the seizure, was sold under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Thursday, 26 June 2014
It is believed they are Michael Schumacher's, and that they consist of the first few pages of a much longer file, written by the doctors in Grenoble, and intended for the new medical team caring for him in Lausanne. They are being offered for sale to media across Europe: for 50,000 euros (£40,000, $68,000) the details can be bought. And despite threats of legal action from the Schumacher family, despite a police investigation in Grenoble, even if no established media ever publish it, it is probably only a matter of time before the information emerges. Medical records are supposed to be confidential, shared only between patient and doctor. But not, it seems, if you are famous, not if your name is Michael Schumacher, and not in the 21st century digital age, where the perceived "right to information" seems to defeat every other consideration.
Accounts of sexual abuse and improper conduct by Jimmy Savile in 28 NHS hospitals are due to be outlined in a series of reports.
The jury in the phone hacking trail has been discharged. They were unable to reach a verdict on outstanding charges against News of the World editor Andy Coulson and reporter Clive Goodman. Coulson was convicted of conspiracy to hack phones on Tuesday. Goodman had pleaded guilty in 2006 over hacking. The pair faced further allegations of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.
Fraud charges against Barclays in the US over the bank's "dark pool" trading operations have been announced by New York state prosecutors. Dark pools allow banks' clients to trade large blocks of shares while keeping prices more private. Prosecutors said Barclays gave clients "false statements" and misrepresented the kinds of investors that were using the dark pool. Barclays said it is taking the allegations "very seriously".
Saturday, 21 June 2014
Pope Francis has condemned the mafia's "adoration of evil" at a mass in Calabria, the southern Italian base of the 'Ndrangheta crime syndicate. The Pope said the gangsters were effectively "excommunicated" - or banished - in the eyes of the Church. Earlier, the Pope visited the jailed father of a three-year-old boy who had been killed in an apparent mob hit over an unpaid drug debt. The Pope has repeatedly spoken out against organised crime and corruption. His latest condemnation, delivered before a crowd of tens of thousands, described the 'Ndrangheta as the "adoration of evil and contempt of the common good". "Those who in their lives follow this path of evil, as mafiosi do, are not in communion with God," the Reuters news agency quoted him as saying. "They are excommunicated."
A British teenager was left fighting for his life after he was stabbed in a row over a handbag in Turkey. Callum Copson’s slashed stomach wound was so bad he had to push his intestines back in as he lay in the street sobbing: “I don’t want to die”. Other tourists tried to stem the flow of blood after the 19-year-old lad collapsed in front of his screaming girlfriend following the attack by a teenager in a leather goods shop. Callum needed two life-saving operations and was last night believed to be in a stable condition. He was knifed as he tried to shield girlfriend Erin Brown, 18, when angry shop staff allegedly threw belts, bags and shoes at her. The couple had got into a row with them when they returned a faulty handbag. Witnesses said a teenage boy suddenly appeared with a fruit knife and plunged it into Callum’s stomach before fleeing.
Thursday, 19 June 2014
NatWest Gibraltar has warned customers to be wary of any emails purporting to be from the bank. The warning comes after several customers received suspicious emails that appeared very authentic and convincing, but were not genuine. “We would advise customers not to respond to these emails or to click on any attachments or links and request that they forward the emails to email@example.com,” the bank said in a statement. The bank also urged customers to be aware of “voice phishing”, which involves customers receiving unsolicited phone calls pretending to be from the bank or even the police. “If you get a call asking you for your security information, end the call immediately,” the bank said. “If you receive a suspicious or unexpected call, always verify the caller using an independently checked phone number such as a contact number from our website.” “NatWest would never ask customers for their full pin and passwords, or debit/credit card information.” The bank said it would take appropriate action against phishing attacks that impersonate its brands. Anyone who thinks their account may have been compromised as a result of the attack please contact NatWest on 200 77737.
Wednesday, 18 June 2014
THE stepfather of missing Irish teenager Amy Fitzpatrick is due to travel to Spain despite being accused of killing her brother. David Mahon, who is accused of murdering Dean Fitzpatrick, is set to visit Spain for a vigil and attend Mass for Amy. Dean Fitzpatrick is the brother of the 15-year-old Irish girl, missing from the Costa del Sol since 2008. He was found fatally stabbed last May, in an apartment at Burnell Square in Northern Cross, Dublin. The Irish High Court announced the decision to have Mr Mahon’s bail conditions relaxed, and have his passport returned to him between December 17 and January 5, 2015, so he can organise and attend a vigil and Mass for Amy during Christmas. The siblings resettled in Spain with their mother, Audrey and her partner, Mr Mahon in 2004. Amy Fitzpatrick went missing near midnight on New Year’s Day 2008, while walking home from a friend’s house on Mijas Costa on the Costa del Sol. She had been babysitting and was walking a short distance home to Riviera. Following her disappearance, a search involving hundreds of people was launched amidst speculation this was not an abduction. In August 2008, the home of Mr Mahon was broken into, a laptop involved in her search and Amy Fitzpatrick’s mobile phone were stolen. The family’s lawyer believes the burglaries were related to Fitzpatrick’s disappearance, as all the expensive valuables like computers and music equipment were left untouched, while they took financially worthless documents.
A crazed Moroccan mob tried to kill terminally ill teenager Martin Fitzpatrick on the Costa del Sol.
He suffered multiple stab injuries when they knifed him in the kidneys and lung, and tried to slit his throat. His courageous family rushed to the rescue but now Spanish cops want THEM in the dock. And they’ve stuck them on an international ‘WANTED’ list. What Martin’s mother Celine now calls ‘the ultimate Holiday from Hell’ was triggered when big Martin, now 19, and who suffers from deadly primary immunodeficiency, was holidaying with his family on a dream trip to Benidorm in the summer of 2012. The nightmare erupted when Martin, who was 17 at the time, and his brother Daniel Murphy, who was then 24, were jumped by a gang of street thugs from Morocco. But Martin, who bravely survived TWO deadly attacks by the gang in the space of 24 hours, still stands proudly defiant today – saying that neither the Moroccan mob murder attempt, nor his terminal illness,will stop him defending the loyal family who came to his aid and saved his life. In an exclusive interview with the Sunday World, Martin and his mother Celine told of their family’s ordeal at the hands of the gang leader and the Spanish police. Now Celine and Martin want questions answered from the Spanish government, who are trying to say that that Daniel, Celine’s husband Michael and her son-in-law John Paul Morgan, who was even attacked while holding his two-year-old son Oisin, were complicit in injuring a police officer. The family now say that is a ‘trumped up’ charge. “It was supposed to be a dream family holiday,” said Celine last night. “Yet it turned into a two-year nightmare that’s still ongoing.” What happened on that Saturday afternoon in August 2012, will remain in the minds of the Fitzpatrick, Morgan and Murphy families forever. Celine explained: “We’d been out for a big family meal in a local restaurant in Benidorm – one we know and love. “My sons had organised for some friends we have in Glasgow to come over and surprise me. They call me ‘Big C’, and had t-shirts made with my name on them. It was a great day and I couldn’t get over seeing them again. Everything was just perfect.” But things quickly changed after the meal as family members and friends started to leave in small groups to go back to their hotels to get ready for a big night out. At around 7.30p.m., Daniel and Martin said their goodbyes and left to go back to their hotel for a shower. However, as Martin explained, a man pestered them to come into a nearby bar for drinks – and that sparked the stabbing row. “We didn’t want to go to a bar,” said Martin. “We just wanted to go back to the hotel. But this guy wouldn’t leave us alone. He was sweating and looked really dodgy. When he put his hands on us that’s when we got into a fight with him.” He added: “These guys just came out of the woodwork – about seven or eight of them.” Martin’s brother Daniel recalled: “We were both on the ground, taking kicks to the head. I could see that Martin was on the ground, too. All I wanted to do was protect my wee brother, but every time I tried to get up they just kicked me back down again.” Unbeknown to Celine and her family and friends, the attack was going on just around the corner from the restaurant. The first time they knew something was wrong was when Daniel stumbled through the restaurant doors. “My face was swollen up like melon,” said Daniel. “I managed to get through the door and all could say was: ‘They’ve got Martin!’“ In a desperate bid to save Martin, family members rushed into the street, dragging him from the beating. Daniel went on: “We got one of the gang’s ringleaders in the process. I’m going to be honest – we hit him a few times. “At this stage everyone was just in shock at what had happened.” Little did Celine and her family know, that their ordeal had only just begun. “The police just seemed to stand back and watch while all this was happening,” she said. “But then a man wearing a white robe ran up to the police and started pointing at me, my daughter Carrie, and by son-in-law John, who was holding wee Oisin at the time, and was screaming something in Spanish. “One of the attackers came up and punched John in the face while he was holding his son. We didn’t know what was going on.” She added: “The police arrested all of us and threw us in a stinking cell where they held us for two days.” While Celine, her husband Michael, John and Daniel were thrown in the cell, Martin was released after 24 hours, because under Spanish law people under the age of 18 can’t be held for longer than that. Martin explained: “I went back to a restaurant the next day that I knew the rest of our family and friends would be in on the Sunday night. But while we were sitting there I noticed the guy who was handing out flyers the day before, and who started the whole thing was standing outside looking in. “He looked shifty and agitated. All of a sudden the gang came from nowhere and charged at all of us.” Martin’s sister Carrie, whose husband John was still locked up with her mother and brother, told of her horror when the second attack came. “We were being hit with chairs but I was trying to calm things down and get Oisin away from it,” she said. “I saw Martin fighting with one guy in particular, but all of a sudden his face turned grey. “ Martin added: “When I saw the blood I thought I’d just cut myself on smashed plates when the gang threw our dining table over me.” It was only when an ambulance turned up to take Martin to hospital that the family realised he’d been the victim of what they say was a precise and calculated murder attempt. Daniel said: “They stabbed him in the kidneys, the lungs and tried to slash his throat. They only had one intention. Then they ran away cheering and holding their hands in the air while my brother lay there, bleeding.” As Martin lay in hospital recovering, the family’s ordeal took another cruel twist. A police officer who claims he was injured during the original attack wanted to press charges against Daniel, John and Michael – and Spanish courts have issued an international and European arrest warrant for the men, who say they weren’t even told that they were wanted by Spanish authorities. “Now we have a fight to clear our names,” said Celine. “And the man who stabbed Martin, along with his gang, didn’t even turn up in court. They just fled from Spain. “We’ve already paid Spanish lawyers and solicitors £15,000. We can’t afford any more. “We can’t even leave the UK or John, Daniel and Michael will be arrested because of the international arrest warrant. And now the Spanish authorities are trying to extradite them.” “We now feel like we’re prisoners in our own homes – and in our own country,” Martin’s mother said.
Monday, 16 June 2014
TWO British golfers have been drugged and robbed in Fuengirola. Keith Low believes he and a fellow golfer from the Glen Gorse Golf Club in Oadby, Leicestershire, were spiked with the notorious ‘date-rape’ drug Rohypnol. Neither can remember anything after accepting a free shot in a bar during a night out. Mr Low, 59, woke up in a side-street, missing his gold chain and cash from his wallet. Police explained that they were most likely drugged with Rohypnol and then led away from the group and robbed. The UK Foreign Office warns tourists on Costa del Sol to be vigilant, advising that drinks be kept in sight at all times to make sure they are not tampered with.
A glamour model who missed probation meetings to get breast enlargements in Belgium is refusing to do community service - because it makes her 'too tired’.
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The Met turned me into a domestic extremist – with tweets and trivia Spying on an elected politician with no arrests shows that the Metropolitan police has lost sight of what it is there to do
Sunday, 15 June 2014
A teenage girl was attacked by a man who tried to sexually assault her as she walked home from a relatives house in Denton. The incident happened as the girl walked along Mill Lane near the water treatment works at the entrance to the valley. The man assaulted then tried to sexually assault the girl. Part of the area was cordoned off as police investigated.