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Callous Black thug and thief jailed for manslaughter

Callous Black thug and thief jailed for manslaughter | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

Andrew Young, 40, rowed with cyclist who was riding on pavement, then his pal hit him without provocation.

 

 

Andrew Young, 40, became embroiled in an argument with Victor Ibitoye after he had told him that cycling on the pavement was dangerous.

The cyclist rode off but moments later his friend, Lewis Gill, approached Mr Young and punched him in the face without provocation.

Horrific CCTV footage shows Mr Young falling backwards by the sudden blow and striking his head on the road surface.

Callous thug Gill, 20, is then seen to walk away but not before looking back to see his victim lying motionless on the ground.

The attack happened in a busy shopping area of Bournemouth, Dorset, in broad daylight and several passersby rushed to Mr Young's aid.

Mr Young, who suffered from Asperger's Syndrome, was rushed to hospital where he died the following day from head injuries with his mother at his bedside.

Gill pleaded guilty to a charge of manslaughter and was jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Afterwards, Mr Young's grieving mother Pamela described the sentence as a 'joke'.

She said: "I saw the CCTV footage in court and you can see that Andrew didn't cause Lewis Gill any harm.

"I sat with him when he died. I wish that awful man who took my son away had pleaded not guilty so he would have got a longer sentence.

"The sentence is an absolute joke. I'm a committed Christian but I think that if someone takes a life they should be prepared to forfeit their own.

"There have been many people who have committed manslaughter or murder in this country and they never even serve a full sentence."

The incident happened at 4.25pm on November 6 last year outside a Tesco Express in Charminster, Bournemouth.

Mr Young was said to be able to speak several languages but had the social skills of a 14-year-old due to his condition.

The court heard Mr Young told Mr Ibitoye during the argument that riding his bike on the pavement was a 'dangerous activity'.

Mrs Young said: "He was very particular because of his Asperger's and he wouldn't have liked seeing someone riding a bicycle on the pavement because it was dangerous."

After the brief argument Mr Ibitoye cycled away from Mr Young and apparently had no idea what Gill was about to do.

Kerry Maylin, prosecuting, said: "The defendant claims he was worried about Andrew Young because he thought he was being menacing.

"He said Andrew Young put his hand to his pocket and he thought he was going to pull out a knife or a gun."

A post mortem examination found Mr Young had no injuries to indicate that the had tried to defend himself.

The court heard Gill punched Mr Young after the victim allegedly made a racist remark.

Steven Perian, defending, added: "He wishes he could turn back the clock and not react in the way he did."

In jailing Gill, from Sutton, Surrey, judge Keith Cutler said Mr Young did not represent a threat to him.

He said: "You are a powerfully built young man.

"You must have known that it was going to cause a significant injury and, very sadly, it did."

Gill was also sentenced to two three-month prison terms to run consecutively after committing the crime while on a suspended sentence for robbery and for handling stolen goods.

He was jailed at Salisbury Crown Court last Friday.

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Police boss furious as migrant burglar is freed after breaking into a family home

Police boss furious as migrant burglar is freed after breaking into a family home | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it
A POLICE chief launched a furious attack on soft-touch justice yesterday after a judge let an immigrant burglar, who ransacked a single mother’s home, walk free.

 

Outraged police and crime commissioner Tim Passmore asked: “What sort of message does that send?”

Mr Passmore spoke out after Recorder Jonathan Cooper handed Lithuanian migrant Mantvydas Kristaponis a suspended sentence despite moments earlier describing his crimes as serious enough to land him behind bars.

Kristaponis broke into the mother’s house near Stow­market, Suffolk, when she and her two children went out briefly in July last year.

He ripped her home apart looking for valuables to steal before fleeing with a diamond ring, necklaces, a £1,500 computer and other electronic goods.

A victim impact statement read to Ipswich Crown Court revealed the mother had been left “utterly shocked” by the burglary and the devastation the criminal had caused to her home. Kristaponis could have been jailed for up to 14 years after he admitted his crime.

But Recorder Cooper, after describing the burglar’s behaviour as “unacceptable”, handed him only a 10-month sentence suspended for two years and ordered him to pay just £300 in compensation to his victim.

Elected Suffolk police chief Mr Passmore, a pig farmer from Witnesham, near Ipswich, called the sentence “excessively lenient”, adding: “I would like people to think about what message this sends to the victims and also what type of deterrent this has to potential offenders.

“People pay their taxes and expect the system to work on their behalf.

“The constabulary spends a lot of time and effort bringing these people to justice. What sort of message does that send to the constabulary and what is the effect on morale when this happens?”

Mr Passmore plans to raise the issue before the local Criminal Justice Board, adding: “It’s important to show that crime doesn’t pay.”

Eastern European migrant Kristaponis, who now lives in Ipswich, cut himself while getting in to the home by smashing a kitchen window and was caught after his DNA was found on a Lithuanian database.

Recorder Cooper told him: “This type of behaviour is unacceptable. This is serious offending. It puts anyone responsible in jeopardy of a severe sentence in order to protect the public and deter other people from offending like you did.”

But the judge still let Kristaponis go free.

Last night a Ministry of Justice spokesman said: “Sentencing in individual cases is entirely a matter for the judiciary based on the individual circumstances of a case.”

Lithuania has been a member of the EU since 2004, and its citizens are free to come to Britain.

 

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Police seek witnesses as teenage girl is inappropriately touched after getting off of bus

Police seek witnesses as teenage girl is inappropriately touched after getting off of bus | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it
POLICE in Swindon are appealing for information and witnesses after a young female was inappropriately touched after stepping off a bus at the weekend.

 

The 16-year-old disembarked the No 17 bus, which she had taken from Penhill, and was walking along Cricklade Road towards Headlands Grove between 7pm and 8pm on Saturday, February 8.

Whilst walking a man approached her from behind and pulled the hood of her body warmer. As she turned to face the man he placed his hand between her legs - over her clothing - before walking away.

The man is described as Asian with a deep voice and around 5’5 tall. He was wearing a black scarf which half covered his face, a black beanie hat with stitching on, a black Umbro puffa jacket with orange around the cuffs and black tracksuit bottoms.

Anyone who witnessed this incident or who has any information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Hungarian ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ fraudsters wanted by Met Police

Hungarian ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ fraudsters wanted by Met Police | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

Laszlo Berki, 32, and Renata Fejer, 26, jumped bail while awaiting sentencing for their fraud involving a money exchange machine in Asda in Colindale.

Harrow Crown Court heard the Hungarian couple pocketed thousands of pounds by using coins from their homeland with a similar size and weight to UK currency in Coinstar machines.

The coins were worth significant less that UK currency but the machine would issue vouchers which the couple exchanged for cash.

They were caught when eagle-eyed staff spotted the Hungarian coins and called the police.

After they were arrested officers found a knife and baseball bat in their car and they were both subsequently charged with 13 counts of fraud by false representation and possessing a knife blade sharp pointed article in a public place.

The pair pleaded guilty and asked for a further 304 offences to be taken in consideration following a police investigation into similar incidents in other supermarkets.

However last month they failed to show up in court for sentencing and a warrant has been issued for their arrest.

Officers have also been granted a forfeiture order allowing them to confiscate £6114.38 from the couple.

PC Stephen Bourne, investigating officer, said: “Brent Police will use every tactic to disrupt, catch and convict people who break the law. I would like to hear from anyone who may know of any of Laszlo Berki and Renata Fejer’s whereabouts and help bring these fugitives to justice.”

Anyone with information should call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Court finds police officer guilty

Court finds police officer guilty | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

A POLICE officer accused of stealing and selling the details of accident victims is facing jail after she was convicted of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.

Pc Sugra Hanif, right, of Bretch Hill, Banbury, and her lover Raza Khan were both unanimously found guilty yesterday of working together to obtain and disclose thousands of personal records.

The jury has not yet reached a decision regarding the charge of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office faced by Paramjeet Kaur, Khan’s wife. She denies the charge.

The crime committed by Hanif and Khan took place over eight months, starting in January 2011, when the 26-year-old police officerbegan an affair with the married garage owner after he was released from prison.

Using Thames Valley Police’s computer system, she would look up information about accident victims and pass it to her former partner and his wife, the prosecution said.

During a three-week trial at Winchester Crown Court, the jury heard how the three defendants used details taken from the force control and command system to allegedly earn at least £26,400 by referring victims to personal injury solicitors.

The prosecution said Hanif and repair garage owner Khan made around £700 per referral, and the court was told the police officer accessed drivers’ records at least 2,500 times, making contact with 644 of them.

After the verdicts were announced, Judge Andrew Barnett told the pair that the “overwhelming likelihood” was that they would be sent to prison for what they did.

He said: “You have both been convicted by the jury of an extremely serious offence.

“And although all sentencing options will be open to me, the overwhelming likelihood is that you will be made subject to a substantial prison sentence.”

Releasing both defendants on conditional bail, after ordering they hand over their passports, the judge told them they will commit a further offence if they do not return to the court to be sentenced on March 7.

He said: “I’m putting you both on trust not to do anything stupid – it will only count against you if you do.”

During the trial, Hanif claimed that her lover had bullied and threatened her into accessing the personal records – even trying to blackmail her by saying he would release sex tapes of them together if she did not agree.

Khan, 26, denied this and branded his co-accused’s story “100 per cent lies” in an interview with police.

But Peter Asteris, prosecuting, said Khan and his wife Paramjeet Kaur, 26, both of Ivy Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, even set up case management companies to sell the information to firms of solicitors.

Cross-examining Hanif, who became a police officer in 2008, the prosecutor said: “You promised to truly serve the Queen with fairness, integrity, diligence and impartiality.

“You said you would prevent offences against people and property and will do so according to the law. Did you do this?”

Hanif replied: “I would like to think that I have stuck to it. However, with this incident that has happened, I can’t say I have.”

Mr Asteris added: “You have failed to act in the proper conduct which was expected of you, haven’t you?”

She said: “Yes, I guess that is one way of putting it.”

The jury will continue its deliberations today.


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Birmingham phone snatcher trapped by DNA from saliva after biting victim

Birmingham phone snatcher trapped by DNA from saliva after biting victim | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

Birmingham Mail reports - A phone snatcher who targeted lone women using footbridges and subways to cross a busy Birmingham road was trapped by police using DNA from saliva found on the hand of a victim he bit.

Jawad Mahmood, from Hamstead Road in Handsworth, bit the 25-year-old woman during a struggle above Great Charles Street Queensway on July 7 last year as she clung on to her mobile.

He eventually prised it from her grasp but police were able to swab saliva taken from the victim’s hand that was later DNA linked to the 22-year-old.

Mahmood was arrested the following day by officers patrolling around Great Charles Street Queensway in response to seven robberies - all against women - using the bridge and subway in Livery Street.

Police were able to link him to a footbridge robbery on July 6 in which a 50-year-old woman was punched in the face before her handbag was stolen, another walkway phone snatch on June 21, and a failed subway robbery on June 21.

Mahmood admitted the offences and at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday (Jan 20) he was jailed for five years. Three other robberies Mahmood was charged with - on May 13, June 15 and July 1 - will remain on court file. 


Investigating officer Det Con Alan Hands, from Birmingham Police CID, said: "Mahmood regularly trawled the area around Great Charles Street Queensway on the lookout for lone, vulnerable females.

"We believe he struck at least seven times in less than two months and, with each passing robbery, was prepared to elevate the amount of force used during the attacks.

"Plain-clothes and high-visibility officers were deployed around the scene and, acting on descriptions of the offender provided by victims, arrested Mahmood on July 8.

He was picked out during ID procedures and also linked by DNA taken from his saliva."

Mahmood left his 50-year-old victim, a lady from Wolverhampton, with black eyes and extensive facial bruising after yanking her bag strap as she climbed the footbridge steps.

CCTV later showed him pocketing two phones and dumping the bag, while the same cameras showed him pacing the footbridge several times on June 21 before pouncing on a 33-year-old woman from Redditch.

Mahmood fled empty handed from the June 17 underpass attack when his 27-year-old target, a woman from Halesowen, screamed in an attempt to attract the attention of passers-by.

DC Hands added: "A link was quickly established between the offences and a strategy put in place to catch the culprit.


"The area around Great Charles Street Queensway was made a priority patrol area for both high visibility and undercover patrols - and it resulted in us arresting Mahmood from descriptions we’d been passed by victims.

"We’d urge phone users to download tracker apps onto their mobiles which will help police trace handsets should they be stolen. We’ve seen some excellent arrests, with robbers caught red handed, thanks to tracker devices."

For information and advice about keeping yourself and your belongings safe visit www.safer-streets.org

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Brave Lucy waives right to anonymity to expose Muslim rapists

Brave Lucy waives right to anonymity to expose Muslim rapists | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it
Brave rape victim Lucy Walsh today spoke out as an investigation to net a third man accused of attacking her continues.

 

Lucy, from Leyland, is reeling from appeal judges’ recent decision to reduce the 16-year jail terms of, Mohammed Ibrahim, now 24, and Rezgar Nouri, now 27, to 12 years on appeal – meaning the rapists will be free in 2017.

Now she is determined to see the third suspect, Kurdish national Araz Latif Najmaden, 22, arrested.

She said: “The reason I’ve waived my anonymity is to publicise his picture as much as possible so he can be caught.

“I am a home girl and love being at home with my family but I had to emigrate because I couldn’t cope.

“It is a life sentence for me and my family.”

Lucy had been out with her brother and his friends on June 26, 2011, in Preston, but decided to stay out when they left The Loft nightclub, because she knew people in there.

She left at around 4am and walked down Fishergate to get a taxi from the train station.

The last thing she remembers is reaching Debenhams.

CCTV shows a gang approaching her. A short time later she was taken to a flat where she was brutally attacked. She remembers waking up in the dirty flat to find herself being pinned to the floor.

Over the next two hours, all three men took it in turns to attack her.

Lucy, who was seriously injured during the attack, was finally thrown out on the street.

She started crawling towards the train station on her hands and knees.

At Preston railway station a security guard ignored her and a taxi driver refused to help her.

Lucy said: “It felt like no-one wanted to help me.”

But Matthew, a 21-year-old who had been out with his friends and who she calls “her hero”, came to her aid.

While his friends told him “just leave her, she’s drunk”, he refused and stayed with her, comforting her and calling the police.

Her mum Kay, 50, said she believed Lucy had come home with her brother until police knocked on the door of their farmhouse at 7am.

She recalls: “I heard Jack and his friends come back and thought she was with them.

“My husband Ian answered the door and the moment I heard male voices, I knew something had happened.

“I walked into the front room and Ian looked grey. The detective said they were investigating a ‘possible sexual assault’ and I said, ‘What are you saying?’

“When he added she needed some shoes, I said, ‘Oh my God, she’s been raped’.”

Lucy was taken to the SAFE Centre to be examined. Kay said: “She was covered in bruises from being dragged and held down, some which only came out weeks later. She looked like a 90-year-old woman.

“But before she could go home she had to be taken back to the scene to identify the house. She was begging to go home.”

Lucy helped police identify a flat with a green door.

The tasks began of telling family and friends what had happened, including Lucy’s grandmas.

Kay said: “I was driving to Burnley to see my eldest daughter, but instead I drove back to that flat. The police were already there and it was taped off. I was so angry – if they had not have been there I would have killed them with my bare hands. I would not tell my husband where it was for the same reason.”

Lucy, who now works as a nanny in Canada, says: “I’m lucky I have a close family, I can’t imagine what it is like for victims who don’t. I would probably be dead in a gutter somewhere.

“I turned to drink and drugs. I was in self destruct mode, playing chicken with my life. I blamed myself.

“I have no doubt he will be caught – they have his name and fingerprints and DNA; it’s just a case of finding him.

“The police said it is like a needle in a haystack which is why its important people look at his picture.”

She added: “It’s not just a life sentence for me, it’s something that affects the rest of the family.

“At the time it was reported I met them and went back to the flat with them. That was not the case at all. I didn’t know them. But even if I had it doesn’t justify what they did to me.”

The men were seen confronting two other women before Lucy, but they managed to brush them off.

They were also seen watching girls in various clubs in Preston and Lucy believes they may have been watching her before the attack.

 

Anyone with information on Araz Latif Najmaden should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

 

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Sikh lawyer's turban 'kicked off his head in a racist attack'

Sikh lawyer's turban 'kicked off his head in a racist attack' | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it
Aravinth Kandasamy (pictured), 26, and Luxmanan Mahendran, 27, allegedly shouted 'let's kick his turban off' as they attacked Rashvinder Panesar in the City of London last year.

 

A Sikh lawyer’s turban was kicked off his head as he was beaten to the ground in a racist attack outside St Paul’s Cathedral, a court has heard.

Rashvinder Panesar and his wife Sundeep were making their way home from a meeting in the City of London when they were set upon, the Old Bailey heard.

When Mrs Panesar, also a lawyer, tried to intervene and retrieve her husband’s red turban, she was grabbed and almost knocked to the ground by Mahendran, it is alleged.

The court heard Mr Panesar suffered a fractured nose, a chipped tooth, injured his knee and had both his contact lenses knocked out in the alleged attack, which took place in Carter Lane, at around 10.45pm on 26 April 2013.

Kandasamy, of Ilford, Essex, and Mahendran, of Arnos Grove, north London, deny two counts of racially aggravated assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Mahendran also denies assault by beating.

Prosecutor Louis French said: ‘Mr and Mrs Panesar are Sikhs and in the custom that Sikhs have Mr Panesar was wearing a turban, quite a colourful one that night, it was red.'

He said the couple had been to a meeting of the Society of Asian Lawyers.

He said: ‘It was about 10.30pm when they left the bar, walking together along Carter Lane crossing a pavement heading towards the cathedral.

‘They went to the roadside and stood hoping to hail down a black cab.

‘The couple noticed three men straight ahead of them, one of those men made an offensive remark “tuck me in b****”.

‘One of the group said “f*** you we are going to put you to sleep, we’re going to tuck you in”.

‘The two other men joined in these remarks which were being shouted.

‘Another said: "F*** you, don’t you know who we are?"'

Mr French said it turned aggressive and the men 'seemed to be encouraging each other'.

He said: ‘These three men closed in on Mr Panesar and the verbal abuse continued, Mrs Panesar was called a b****.’

Mr Panesar was pushed to the ground and then set upon by the gang, the jury was told.

‘They then started to quite seriously attack him 

by punching and kicking him,’ said Mr French.

‘He was desperately stood there out-numbered and trying to fend them off.

‘But in the course of this violent attack he was brought down to the ground where he was kicked and punched to his face, body and his back.

‘One of the men shouted “let’s kick his turban off” and that’s precisely what was done.

‘Mr Panesar’s turban was removed by kicking and another man shouted “kick it away”.

‘Mrs Panesar ran over and went to try and retrieve it but as she did so she was grabbed and almost knocked to the ground.

‘The person who did that was Mahendran.’

Both defendants claim that their alleged victim was aggressive towards them first, the court heard.

The trial continues.

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Gang of Muslims and Eastern Europeans team up to attack British man

Gang of Muslims and Eastern Europeans team up to attack British man | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

Three men have been jailed for a “sickening and mindless” mob attack on a father and his two sons.

Wajid Hussain, 29, already serving a seven-year prison sentence for hitting a man on the head with a hammer, and Zehroon Razaq, 36, of Buxton Street, Dalton Lane, Keighley, were each locked up for two-and-a-half years.

Frantisek Lakatos, 28, of Sunny Mount, Highfield, Keighley, was jailed for 21 months.

A warrant not backed for bail was issued for his brother, Robert Lakatos, who failed to attend yesterday’s sentencing hearing at Bradford Crown Court.

All the men pleaded guilty at earlier hearings to violent disorder on the afternoon of June 9, 2012.

Hussain, 29, of Colenso Grove, Keighley, will serve his sentence consecutively to the seven years he received in August, 2012, for causing Jerome Banks, 37, grievous bodily harm with intent in a gang attack at a family barbecue in Worth Avenue, Keighley.

Prosecutor Simon Haring said a gang of up to ten men of Asian and East European origin set about brothers Sam and Jake Beveridge in an unprovoked attack in the garden of their home in Woodville Road, Keighley.

When Steven Beveridge arrived home he was punched, kicked and struck with a bat. The violence spilled out into the street and was witnessed by fearful women and children.

Lakatos, who joined in late, delivered “a flying kick” to Steven Beveridge when he was on the ground.

Jake Beveridge’s injuries included a head wound needing five stitches. His brother suffered a cut to his face and their father, who was recovering from a heart attack, was badly bruised.

The family’s three cars suffered criminal damage totalling more than £4,000.

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11 now charged in Bristol child sexual exploitation investigation

11 now charged in Bristol child sexual exploitation investigation | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

AN ELEVENTH man has been charged as part of a major police investigation into child sexual exploitation in Bristol.

Mohamed Jama, 22, is accused of one count of rape, two counts of payment for sexual services of a child, one count of attempting to arrange/facilitate the prostitution of a child aged between 13 and 17, and two counts of supplying a class B drug (cannabis).

Known on the street by the name Magic, Jama appeared at Bristol Magistrates’ Court this morning and was remanded in custody until his next court appearance at Bristol Crown Court on January 31.

The charges are the latest brought by Avon and Somerset police as part of Operation Brooke, an investigation by the force’s public protection team.

 

Also charged as part of the investigation are Liban Abdi, 21, known as Leftback; Mohammed Dahir, 21; Jusef Abdirizak, 19; Abdullahi Aden, 19, known as Trigger; Arafat Osman, 19, known as Left Eye; Idleh Osman, known as Sniper, 21; Said Zakaria, 21, of Seymour Road, Easton; and Gama Mohammed, 32, of Gordon Road in Whitehall, Mohammed Jumale, 23; and Jibril Abdi Mohamed, 20, known as Jay Jay.

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Hussain jailed for 17 years for blackmail and rape

Hussain jailed for 17 years for blackmail and rape | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

A MAN who blackmailed a woman by threatening to share photos of her in her underwear in return for sex and cash has been jailed.

Daood Hussain, of St Andrew's Road, Birmingham, was found guilty of 12 counts of rape and one count of blackmail at Birmingham Crown Court today (15 Jan) and was jailed for 17 years.

The court heard that 28-year-old Hussain had mocked up a leaflet which contained an image of his victim in her underwear and a caption with her contact details advertising her as a prostitute.

Unemployed Hussain continued to threaten to share them with her family and friends and demanded sex from her to stop him from doing so.

He continued to force the victim, aged in her 20s, to meet with him a number of times and then demanded that she hand over her £10,000 life savings or he would distribute the leaflet.

She did this but he did not relent and between 23 June and 19 July the pair met at different locations a further ten times − Hussain demanded sex from her on each occasion.

Eventually in August 2012 she reported him to police for the blackmail and later disclosed to officers that he had been sexually assaulting her.

Officers from the force’s Public Protection Unit launched an investigation and Hussain was arrested on 18 August 2012.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges but after an eight day trial at Birmingham Crown Court a jury convicted him of the crimes and he was sentenced to a total of 17 years behind bars.

Detective Constable Gemma Dixon, who led the investigation, said: "Hussain is a controlling individual who blackmailed his victim and forced her to have sex with him.

"Throughout questioning he denied the offences claiming that the sexual acts were consensual and that the cash was his own savings.

"I’m pleased that today he has been jailed for almost two decades and will not be able to put anyone else through the same emotional and physical pain.

"We would urge anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation to come forward and speak to us in confidence. We will take action against those offenders and ensure justice is done."

To contact police in confidence call 101 or contact the indpendent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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Cox found guilty of murder of 14-year-old Kevin Ssali

Cox found guilty of murder of 14-year-old Kevin Ssali | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

Roree Cox, 18 years of London SE14 has today, 15 January, been found guilty at the Old Bailey of the murder of 14-year-old Kevin Ssali in September 2012.

On Saturday 15 September, Kevin, and some of his friends caught the number 202 bus to go home through Lee Green, SE12 . Also on the bus that night, by chance, was a 15-year year old boy, Chay Cox, the brother of the defendant and a group of his friends.

There was a history of antagonism between the Cox brothers and Kevin and that night it was an exchange between Chay Cox and Kevin that started in motion a chain of events that was to lead to his death.

Travelling on the 261 bus behind the 202 was Chay Cox’s elder brother, Roree.
Roree got a phone call from one of Chay’s friends alerting him that Kevin was also on the bus and that they were having a dispute.

When the two buses stopped at traffic lights in Lee Green, Roree got off the bus he was on and ran to the 202. On the way he stopped to pull a concealed knife out of his shoe. He then got on the 202 and ran upstairs to look for Kevin.

At about 2140, in an attack that is said to have lasted no more than five seconds, Roree Cox ran onto the bus, up the stairs and stabbed Kevin once. He then immediately left the bus and ran away.

Emergency Services were called, including the London Air Ambulance, and Kevin was taken to hospital where he died in the early hours of 16 September.

Roree Cox was arrested at his home address later on the night of 15 September on suspicion of attempted murder, he went on to be charged with Kevin’s murder.

He will be sentenced on 28 February at the Old Bailey.

Detective Inspector John Marriott who led the investigation into Kevin’s death said:

“I would like to use today’s verdict as an opportunity to thank all those people who have been brave enough to talk to us and help piece our investigation together. I know that Kevin’s family appreciate the part they have played in seeing justice done for him.

“The events that led to Kevin’s death started as an exchange between two boys that wasn’t violent, or threatening to other people on the bus. Roree Cox’s actions show a young man who was carrying a knife, and prepared to use it. He stabbed Kevin without even considering if his brother was in danger or if Kevin, who was unarmed, could fight back.”

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Care home owner kicked to ground in car robbery

Care home owner kicked to ground in car robbery | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

THE OWNER of an Acocks Green care home was rugby-tackled to the ground by thieves who then kicked her in the head and stole her top-of-the-range car - with many irreplaceable sentimental personal items inside.

Sue Howard says she’s disgusted by the offenders and has asked police to release images of her injuries in a bid to encourage anyone who knows the people responsible to break their silence.

The 55-year-old had finished work at the Victoria Lodge Care Home on the evening of 5 December 2013 when she drove to the nearby Dolphin Fish Bar on Dolphin Lane at the junction with Warwick Road.

After being served, she left the chip shop to return to her car at around 6:55pm, when she was approached by six to eight young lads all aged approximately between 15 and 17.

They forced her to the ground and then repeatedly kicked her in the head and body until the car keys she was holding snapped off from the fob in her hand.

One of the offenders then got into the black Mercedes SLK AMG Sport and drove off on to Warwick Road, whilst the others fled on foot, leaving Sue lying injured in the street.

She describes the moment the offenders approached her: “I saw them running towards me as they pulled up theirs hoods and covered their faces and I locked my car, but they rugby tackled me to the ground and started kicking me in the face. It was very frightening, it was disgusting.

“The attack was just prior to Christmas which couldn’t have happened at a worse time as everybody is busy preparing and not wishing to be out of action and without their mode of transport.

“I’ve been the proprietor of Victoria Lodge care home for the elderly for 24 years, I’m a caring person and passionate about my community; all I was doing was picking up an evening meal for the family when it happened.

“It’s also the mere fact that nobody came to my assistance even though there were others around at the time; I asked people if I could use their phone to call the police but they refused. I’m devastated.”

The offenders are all described as youths aged between 15 and 17; two of the group were noticeably taller and all wore black hooded tops, bottoms and trainers. The thief who took the car is described as Asian and between 16 and 17-years-old.

Detective Sergeant Martin Kelly, from Force CID, said: “This was a particularly nasty attack on Sue, with the offenders continuing to assault her even after grabbing the car keys out of her hand, leaving her with serious injuries to her face

“We know this is a particularly busy area and that there were several people around at the time of the assault and – so someone will have seen something.

“I’m also confident there are people out there who know who’s responsible for this robbery and I would appeal directly to them to do the right thing and come forward.

“We have been following up several lines of enquiry but the stolen car has not yet been recovered and its last known location was on Sydenham Road at Golden Hillock Road on the evening of the robbery.

“Thankfully offences like this are rare, but any robbery is one too many, which is why we are determined to do everything possible to bring these offenders to justice.”

Anyone who can assist with the police investigation should contact DC Richard Simpson in the Force CID Serious and Acquisitive Crime Team on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Rotherham machete 'rampage' murderer jailed for life

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A man who admitted stabbing his boss 51 times before going on a "rampage" with a machete has been jailed for life.

Father-of-three Parvaiz Iqbal, 40, was killed at his shop on Grosvenor Road in Eastwood, Rotherham, on 15 October.

At Sheffield Crown Court Naeem Mehmood, who admitted murder, was ordered to serve a minimum jail term of 27 years.

The 27-year-old ran through Rotherham smashing car windows and threatening people with a machete after the attack, before being stopped by police.

Mehmood, of Herringthorpe Valley Road, Rotherham, also admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent to his co-worker Saeed Hussain, who was stabbed in the stomach when he tried to help his boss.

Sheffield Crown Court heard Mr Iqbal was found at Bismillah Food Store with a 7in (18cm) knife stuck almost up to the hilt in his chest.

Mehmood came to Britain from Pakistan in May 2011 and got a job at the shop in June 2013, the court heard.

He went on sick leave in August after part of his finger was chopped off in a machine, and returned to work the day before the attack.

Sentencing Mehmood, judge Mr Justice Males said: "This was a brutal, sustained and unprovoked attack, beginning with a cowardly stab in the back by a lethal weapon.

"The aftermath, as you left the store and rampaged down the road in broad daylight for about 10 minutes, leaving a trail of destruction behind you, caused real and understandable fear to many members of the public."

He was eventually arrested after he was confronted by an unarmed police officer who persuaded him to put down the 10in (25cm) machete he had picked up in the shop.

Dozens of people in Rotherham posted on Twitter as Mehmood was seen running through the town.

Richard Cattley  tweeted "A man has just ran past me in Rotherham town centre wielding a machete covered in blood shouting move!! Police everywhere!"

Ben Shepherd tweeted "Lunatic running through Tesco, Rotherham brandishing a huge knife, frightened the life out of our secretary. Taken out by 10 police & taser."

South Yorkshire Police said the force began receiving a "large number of calls" at about 14:00 BST on 15 October.

Mehmood was arrested in the car park of Tesco supermarket 12 minutes after the first call, police said.

Det Supt Dave Barraclough said after sentencing: "As the case has not gone to trial, the exact reasons why Mehmood chose to attack his boss and colleague in such a violent way remain unclear.

"He had only recently returned to work and the innocent victims in the case were simply going about their daily business when Mehmood launched his unprovoked attack."

Mahroof Hussain, a relative of Mr Iqbal, told BBC Look North his death had had a big impact on people in the area, particularly as it happened on Eid.

"On that day a lot of people mourned, I don't think anybody in Rotherham that day celebrated Eid at all.

"If you went to Parvaiz's shop he made you feel like you were part of the shop, a member of his community and his family.

"He treated everybody with such respect."


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Record number of foreign criminals cannot be deported

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In 2012/2013 602 appeals were allowed by the immigration courts, including 324 criminals allowed to stay in Britain because of their right to a family life

 

A record number of foreign criminals won appeals against deportation on human rights grounds last year in a major blow to the Government’s tough stance on immigration, The Telegraph can disclose.

Home Office data, disclosed for the first time, shows that 602 appeals were allowed by the immigration courts in 2012-13.

They included 324 criminals who won the right to stay in Britain under the controversial “right to private and family life” set out in Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Article 8 was the focus of a vote in the House of Commons last month that undermined the authority of David Cameron.

Dozens of Conservative backbenchers supported an amendment, tabled by Dominic Raab, to the Immigration Bill that would have stripped the judges of their discretion to allow appeals on Article 8 grounds.

The latest figures, which show the continuing and significant impact of the “family life” measures, will raise questions about ministers’ decision not to back Mr Raab’s amendment, which failed after Labour MPs were ordered to vote against it.

The 602 total was slightly higher than the 600 recorded in 2010-11, and a significant leap from the year before the Coalition came to power, when the figure stood at 507.

Critics of the Government’s record on immigration will seize on the figures as evidence that Theresa May, the Home Secretary, has failed to get tough on human rights abuses by foreign criminals.

The total included 113 offenders who were convicted of serious or violent offences, including murder, manslaughter, rape, indecent assault and child sexual abuse. In 2012-13, three foreign criminals convicted of murder or manslaughter won appeals on human rights grounds – the highest figure on record.

Last year’s figures also included 28 foreign offenders convicted of causing grievous or actual bodily harm, 30 robbers and 16 burglars.

The 113 serious or violent offenders who won appeals was a similar figure to the previous two years, but represented an increase on 2008-09 when the number stood at just 13 and the following year, when it was 82.

The overall number of appeals lodged by foreign criminals also reached a record high last year with 2,329 cases, up 36 per cent year on year.

A Home Office spokesman said: “Those who come to the UK and break our laws should be deported.”

The Telegraph last week disclosed two high-profile cases in which foreign offenders had won the right to stay in the UK. One involved Jason Efred Raje Francis, 26, who took part in the gang rape of a 14-year-old girl. Judges ruled that he cannot be deported because he has fathered two children in Britain, by different mothers.

The other case involved Earl Daren Rodney, 25, who was convicted of looting a shop during the rioting that swept British cities in August 2011.

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Three more Muslim grooming perverts jailed for sex with underage girls

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THREE men will serve lengthy spells behind bars for grooming girls as young as 13 and exploiting them for sex.

Taxi driver Shakil Munir, 32, was jailed for eight years after being convicted of four counts of sexual activity with a child and one of abduction.

Sakib Ahmed, 19, admitted sexual activity with a child and was also jailed for eight years.

Ateeq Latif, 17, was convicted of two counts of arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence and was sent to a young offenders' institution for three years.

All three were made subject to sexual offences prevention orders.

Munir and Ahmed were also banned from driving for eight and six years respectively.

Munir picked up one 14-year-old in his cab and had sex with her in a lay-by. The same week he took a 13-year-old to a chill pad for sex, Teesside Crown Court heard in a trial last year.

He sent one of his victims hundreds of messages on Facebook after he befriended her one night. Many of the messages they exchanged were explicit.

Her mother said the ordeal led the teenager to go off the rails and her education suffered as she was teased at school, with pupils shouting taxi at her.

A total of six Teesside girls were victims of child sexual exploitation, a jury found.

Christopher Knox, prosecuting, said the six girls had suffered considerable, ongoing damage.

He added: "Not just by what happened, but what has happened to them subsequently as a result of them having come forward."

Mr Knox said the young witnesses had been pressured during the trial by locals not to give evidence, and it was impossible to say precisely who was responsible.

"The damage to these girls has been massive," he said.

"They have been repeatedly abused at their schools. They have been subject to name calling - suggestions such as white trash and being goaded in the classroom."

Munir, of Tollesby Road, Latif, of Abingdon Road, and Ahmed, of Cambridge Road, all Middlesbrough, were sentenced at Teesside Crown Court.


 

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Mustafa Ahmed is third man to stand trial in rape case

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A THIRD man will stand trial as part of a rape, sexual assault and perverting the course of justice case later this year.

Mustafa Ahmed, of Harrow Road, London, appeared yesterday at Oxford Crown Court and denied carrying out a rape and a sexual assault in 2011.

The 26-year-old will stand trial together with Bilal Ahmed, 27, and 28-year-old Zeeshan Ahmed on May 19 this year.

Bilal, of Suffolk Road, Maidenhead, denies raping one teenage girl and sexually abusing another in 2011.

Zeeshan, of Palmer Road, Wood Farm, Oxford, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of perverting the course of justice in relation to the two girls.

Bilal was released on bail and Zeeshan and Mustafa are in custody.

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Romanian who featured on Benefits Street faces a police investigation over his 15-year-old bride

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Stefan Stana boasted to the cameras of his 'marriage', to a girl thought to be called Madalina, but Channel 4 did not contact the police or social services.

Police have launched an investigation after a 15-year-old ‘child bride’ featured on Benefits Street.

Neither producers nor Channel 4 contacted police or social services, despite filming the girl’s Romanian husband Stefan Stana admitting that he had flouted British law.

He admitted on camera: ‘My wife is 15 and a half and I am 20. This scares people in England because she is a minor.’

Only a few months later,  the teenager, thought to be called Madalina Balasa,  gave birth to a baby girl in a Birmingham hospital. 

Campaigners accused Channel 4 of turning a blind eye to underage marriage. But a spokesman for the broadcaster said: ‘There was no evidence of coercion or exploitation and the relationship appeared entirely genuine.

'The husband was clearly aware that there are differences in the law between countries and this was made clear in the programme.’

He added that informing the authorities would have compromised the trust the couple placed in documentary-makers Love Productions that allowed them to speak ‘openly, candidly and in confidence’.

But Birmingham Council criticised the broadcaster for putting their programme ahead of the welfare of Madalina, who married Stefan in Romania.

‘We would urge anyone who is aware of someone in a similar situation to contact the police or social services,’ said a spokesman. 

‘Indeed, we would have expected the film company  to have done this.’

The NSPCC, Action for Children, Birmingham Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming and the Children’s Commissioner for England also expressed concerns.  

Police said: ‘We are investigating along with Birmingham Social Services.’ 

The couple no longer live in the street so officers are ‘keen to speak to her’ or anyone who knows her whereabouts.

 

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MOSQUE TEACHER GUILTY OF SEXUAL OFFENCES AGAINST SCHOOLGIRL

MOSQUE TEACHER GUILTY OF SEXUAL OFFENCES AGAINST SCHOOLGIRL | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

Suleman Maknojioa, 40 years old and residing in Blackburn, has been found guilty of five charges of committing sexual activity with a child.

Appearing at Preston Crown Court, Maknojioa denied allegations that he had indecently touched a child during lessons.

He was found guilty of five offences, and he will be sentenced on February 19th.

Judge Michael Byrne said that:

This was contact which stretched over quite a lengthy period of time.

“By virtue of his position, he has access to children generally in the course of his teaching obligations.

“There are serious aggravating features about this case.

“I want to know everything about the defendant’s background.”

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Re-appeal for wanted sex offender from Burnley

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DETECTIVES are re-appealing for the public’s help in tracing a wanted sex offender from Burnley who could be in Greater Manchester.

Dilshad Miah, 32, had been living in the town but is now wanted after failing to notify the authorities of a change of address.

Miah was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman in November 2013 and was given a 19 days suspended sentence and placed on the sex offenders register until December 2020.

He is described as short at around 5ft tall, proportionate build with brown eyes and short dark hair.

It is believed Miah could be in the Rochdale or Manchester areas and police are appealing for anybody with information about his current whereabouts to come forward.

DC Michael Harvey said: “Miah is a registered sex offender who has failed to notify the authorities of his whereabouts. I would strongly urge anyone who knows of his current/recent whereabouts to contact police.

“Sex offenders are managed in the community by police and partners, a system which aims to prevent them from committing further offences. If they do not comply with the obligations of their licence or notification requirements, then we will take positive action to locate them, as we are doing in this case.”

 

Anybody with any information can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org.

No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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Immigrants posing “a high risk to children” finally jailed.

Immigrants posing “a high risk to children” finally jailed. | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

TWO young Wigan brothers narrowly escaped being abducted by two sex prowlers, a court heard.

 

The boys, aged eight and 10, were on their way home after playing in a park near their home in Abram when a car pulled up alongside them.

The two Iranian-born occupants tried to entice the youngsters into the car and the younger boy moved to get in but luckily his older brother pulled him away and they fled home.

Jailing the driver, Hassan Meshedi and passenger Aram Younis, for five years each Judge Norman Wright said that he had concluded that the attempted abduction “must have been sexually motivated.”

He said that Younis did the talking: “You sought to inveigle these two small boys to get into your vehicle. Happily for them they obviously had loving, caring and sensible parents who had brought them up properly so that they knew how to respond to advances by total strangers. The older one had the presence of mind to stop his younger brother being beguiled by your words.”

Both men denied the offence and the court heard today that Meshedi says he is heterosexual but the judge said he rejected that assertion. “I am sure there was a sexual motive behind this plan.”

He said he was not sure whether the men, who claimed they were just out relaxing and enjoying the weather, had planned the incident from the start or just saw an opportunity but it was an “extremely serious offence.”

Liverpool Crown Court heard that pre-sentence reports describe both men as posing “a high risk to children”. A jury had unanimously found Younis, 23, of Irvine Street, Leigh and Meshedi, 31, of Chapel Street, Leigh, guilty last month.

Graham Pickavance, prosecuting, told the court today that statements revealed the impact on the boys, who cannot be identified for legal reasons.

The older boy now struggles to sleep and regularly sleep walks while shouting for his little brother trying to make sure he is safe. He has lost his appetite, is clingy with his parents, no longer wants to play out and has been referred to a pyschologist.

His brother has been suffering from nightmares, will not go upstairs in his home alone and also has trouble sleeping.

Their mother said she will not let them out of sight and feels that the incident has affected their lives and childhood. Judge Wright said that she wrongly blames herself for not having been with them that afternoon but “she had done no more than any mother would have done.” She is now understandably over-protective, he added.

The incident happened on July 13 last year after the boys left Crankwood Park in Abram after their mother rang telling them to come home.

As they were walking along Crankwood Road, which is a cul-de-sac, a light blue Renault Clio approached from the opposite direction. Younis invited them and said “Come on boys, it’s only a ride.”

They ran home in distress to their mother and while a police man was at their home he received radio communication to say that two men matching their description had been detained in Plank Lane, Abram. They were arrested and when interviewed they admitted having been in the general vicinity but again denied speaking to any boys. Meshedi admitted that they had driven down a cul-de-sac. The older boy picked him out on a video ID parade as the driver.

When the vehicle was examined it was found that the front and rear registration plates were attached with Velcro instead of being screwed on. When questioned about this Meshedi said it was in that condition when he purchased it.

The men, who were helped by a Kurdish Iranian interpreter, represented themselves having sacked their legal team. The Home Office will now automatically consider deportation.

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Violent gang leader we can't deport is freed to walk the streets

Violent gang leader we can't deport is freed to walk the streets | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

A violent gang “general” who police believe poses a serious threat to the public is back on the streets after attempts to have him deported ended in failure.

Joland Giwa, 24, who once led the notorious Don’t Say Nothing gang in south London, has been freed from an immigration centre after a judge ruled it was likely to be unlawful to keep him behind bars any longer.

Giwa, who claims he is from Sierra Leone, had been in immigration detention for more than four years after completing a 27 month jail term for two robberies.

Home Office attempts to prove whether he was from Sierra Leone or another African nation ended in stalemate - partly because linguistic experts were unable to confirm his real nationality due to his strong south London accent.

He is understood to have been living for the past few days in a bail hostel in Wales after being released.

Home Office officials insisted Giwa’s movements would be closely monitored and they will carry on the legal fight to have him deported.

A Home Office spokeswoman said: “We vigorously opposed this individual’s application for bail and we are very disappointed by the court’s decision.

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Drug dealer Babar Malik jailed for 9 years

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Court told that Tilehurst man Babar Malik boasted to officers that his heroin was ‘very good quality and straight from the mountains of Afghanistan’.


A Tilehurst man branded by a judge as one of the town’s main drug dealers has been jailed for nine years.

Babar Malik, of Coalport Way, was caught supplying Class A drugs to undercover police during a covert operation last year.

Reading Crown Court heard on Friday how the 30-year-old was unemployed at the time but was paying for his two daughters’ private education and regularly sending money to Morocco.

His co-defendant Rameez Afzal, 22, who had a lesser role in the operation, was jailed for six years.

Sandra Beck, prosecuting, told how two undercover cops had bought 55mg of heroin from Afzal, of Catherine Street, West Reading, for £10 on July 3, 2013.

When police raided Malik’s address the following day they found £2,350 cash, including the marked £10 note they had handed to Afzal for the drugs.

On July 9, officers obtained a mobile telephone number for Afzal which they used several times to order heroin and he would arrange to meet them in the vicinity of Oxford Road to hand over the wraps.

Another undercover officer joined the operation in August and enquired about obtaining larger amounts of drugs which Afzal said he could arrange.

Following further transactions, the officers obtained the mobile number of Malik who Afzal described as his boss.

More purchases were made of half ounce packages of heroin for £700. On one occasion he was also seen supplying another customer.

Ms Beck said Malik told the officers the heroin was very good quality and “straight from the mountains of Afghanistan.”

Officers obtained warrants to search Afzar’s address on October 8 where they confiscated a number of items believed to have connections with drug dealing including bags and a notebook.

Malik’s address was also searched and digital scales were found with drug residue on them, £2,000 cash and various mobile phones.

Police discovered unemployed Malik had been making regular cash payments of £1,200 for one daughter and then £2,340 for two children’s private school fees and would often transfer hundreds of pounds to Morocco.


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Two men & three teenage boys have been found guilty of a series of rapes & sexual assaults in Peterborough.

 Council chiefs have called for a serious case review after two men and three teenage boys have been found guilty of a series of rapes and sexual assaults in Peterborough.

 

Zdeno Mirga, (18), Hassan Abdulla, (33), and three boys, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were convicted at the Old Bailey.

The group targeted five teenage girls and are due to be sentenced on February 20.

Mirga’s brother Dusan, (20), David Ziga, (19), and a fourth teenager were acquitted.

One of the group’s victims was a 13-year-old girl with a severe learning disability.

After a trial lasting two-and-a-half months, the five were convicted of 18 counts of rape, one of causing or inciting child prostitution, one of engaging in sexual activity with a child, three of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, and three of sexual assault.

Speaking afterwards, Peterborough City Council’s Chief Executive Gillian Beasley said: “Listening to the catalogue of crimes committed against these children has been absolutely devastating and we wish they could have been rescued sooner.

“But it was not until our social workers and the police gained the trust of the victims, so they felt able to tell us the full extent of what was happening, that the police were able to arrest the criminals who were responsible.

“We are pleased that we have seen justice done today. We would also like to pay tribute to the victims. Without their courage to stand up in court we could never have secured these convictions

“We have also called for a serious case review. We will be working closely with that review and we look forward to the findings.

“No one is more determined than us to stop criminals like these preying on our children and we will be sharing everything we have learned with colleagues around the country.”

Detective Superintendent Gary Ridgway said: “Today’s convictions are part of the ongoing joint inquiry by Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Peterborough City Council’s Children’s social care to safeguard young people and bring offenders to justice.

“This case was entirely victim-led. We, along with Peterborough City Council Children’s Services, identified young people who we believed were at risk of harm, engaged with them and, as a result, identified a number of people who were exploiting them.

“These girls were targeted simply because they were vulnerable. They were seen as easy targets and exploited by this group of teenage boys and young men who abused them for their own sexual gratification.

“The victims, who were as young as 12 years old, were subjected to horrific ordeals.

“But they have shown incredible strength throughout this process: in particular by giving evidence at court in order to bring these people to justice.

“We are committed to helping those girls pick up the pieces and move on with their lives.

“Our priority has always been, and remains, to safeguard young people. We will continue to work with the city council and other partner agencies to keep young people safe from harm.”

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"Thoroughly dishonest" postal worker jailed for £1m cheque book fraud

"Thoroughly dishonest" postal worker jailed for £1m cheque book fraud | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

A POSTAL worker who stole dozens of cheque books from a Birmingham sorting office and sold them on to fraudsters has been jailed for seven years.

Paul Akuda was arrested by officers from West Midlands Police’s Economic Crime Unit in May 2011 after investigators at Royal Mail caught him stealing post at their St Stephens Street mail centre in Aston.

Suspicions were raised when several banks contacted the postal service after customers’ cheque books were used for transactions despite those people never receiving the books in the first place.

Akuda was spotted on CCTV pocketing the mail and caught red-handed with four items of post in his bag as well as two items of post in his work locker. When officers searched his Broughton Road home in the Handsworth area of Birmingham, they found another 38 items of stolen mail.

It is estimated that in excess of £1m was fraudulently obtained as a result of Akuda’s racket, with in more than 500 cheque and paying-in books reported as stolen between November 2010 and April 2011. Most of them were never recovered.

But Akuda thought he could evade justice and, when he was released on police bail pending further enquiries, he fled the country and went into hiding in Belgium, prompting police to issue a European Arrest Warrant.

The 64-year-old was extradited back to the UK and subsequently charged after being arrested by authorities in Belgium in June 2013 when he tried to claim benefits.

Akuda admitted that he stole 44 items of mail but denied any further thefts or conspiracy to commit fraud. He went on trial on 9 December last year during which he insisted that most of the police evidence had been faked. A jury found him guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud on 12 December.

His Honour Judge Simon Carr described him as a "thoroughly dishonest man" who breached the trust of his employer and the trust of the public. He today (Friday 10 January) sentenced Akuda to seven years in prison at Birmingham Crown Court.

DC Dan Reilly from the Economic Crime Unit’s Serious Fraud Team said: "Akuda is a liar and a thief and has quite rightly been handed a lengthy jail term for his fraudulent activity which took place over a prolonged period of time.

"He repeatedly abused his position and whilst we aren’t sure exactly where the stolen items ended up, we know from the banks involved that they were used to steal more than a million pounds.

"We will always relentlessly pursue people like Akuda because fraud is not a victimless crime; it impacts on all law-abiding citizens who are ultimately forced to pick up the cost."

For further information about fraud and how to report it call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visitwww.actionfraud.police.uk.

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