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Lying Bradford hospital consultant jailed for causing death of young mum

Lying Bradford hospital consultant jailed for causing death of young mum | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

A HOSPITAL consultant whose gross negligence led to the death of a young mother-of-two in West Yorkshire has been jailed for two years.

Consultant urologist Sudhanshu Garg, 44, was led out of the dock at Leeds Crown Court as many of those in the public gallery looked on in tears.


The court heard how 37-year-old Lisa Quinn died at Bradford Royal Infirmary on Monday August 25, 2008 – three days after she went into the Accident and Emergency Department suffering from a kidney infection.

Before that, a judge was told, she had been a fit and health young mother.

Mrs Quinn – who left children aged 10 and 12 – was admitted to hospital on a Friday and her condition deteriorated over the Bank Holiday weekend.

She was not given a crucial ultra-sound scan until two days after she arrived at the hospital and Garg missed vital opportunities to properly investigate what was developing into a life-threatening infection and blockage.

A judge heard how, on the Sunday evening, Garg missed an chance for Mrs Quinn to be transferred for emergency treatment at a hospital in Leeds.

She eventually got the nephrostomy treatment she needed on the Monday evening but died soon after.

Garg admitted gross negligence manslaughter earlier this year.

Sentencing him, the judge, Mr Justice Globe, said he had no choice but to send him to prison.

The judge said: “Your plea means that your breach of duty was causative of Lisa Quinn’s death and cumulatively it amounts to a disturbing picture of a failure to take action.”

He said that if Garg had performed his duties correctly “the overwhelming probability is that she could have survived”.

The judge also described how Garg falsified Mrs Quinn’s medical records in a deliberate attempt to cover his failures.

“It was a blatant attempt to disguise and conceal evidence of your failures,” he said.

The judge said it was extremely rare for a doctor to be convicted of gross negligence manslaughter.

Gage, of Cottingley, near Bradford, stood in the dock wearing an open-neck, short-sleeved shirt as he was sentenced.

The court heard he qualified as a doctor in India in 1991 but all his post qualification training was in the UK and he got his first consultant’s job, at Bradford, in 2006.

Mark Ellison QC, defending, told the court he was now a “broken man”.

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Six "Asian" men jailed for more than 30 years for heroin ring

Six "Asian" men jailed for more than 30 years for heroin ring | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

Three men from Gloucester are among six people who have been handed prison terms of more than 30 years for their roles in a heroin ring.


The convictions of six men from the city and Greater Manchester follows an operation by Gloucestershire Police and the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

Gloucestershire Constabulary

The offenders all admitted their part in the ring during previous court appearances, and were sentenced today at Preston Crown Court.

Drugs seized during the investigation had a potential street value of more than £1 million.

Detective Inspector Neil Carpenter, of Gloucestershire Constabulary’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said: “This investigation started back in September last year and, working with our colleagues in SOCA, we have disrupted a significant heroin supply ring.

“This operation targeted both those bringing drugs into the county, and those then supplying it on to the streets, so we tackled the supply chain from top to bottom. A number of other people are already serving prison sentences or are awaiting court appearances for their involvement in this heroin gang.

“It’s a great example of cross border and cross agency cooperation, and demonstrates the capability of the Constabulary to combat major crime both alone and with other agencies.

“We’re pleased the six offenders are now getting their just desserts and that we’ve taken a substantial amount of heroin, which was destined for sale on the UK’s streets, out of circulation.”

Matt Burton, SOCA’s North West Head of Investigations, said: “Partnerships at a local and national level are vital if we are to tackle the drug chain from one end to the other and protect the public. In this case the amount of heroin seized – enough for over 100,000 street deals – would have caused misery for families and communities. These criminals are not only behind bars where they belong; they have been denied substantial profits.”


The six offenders sentenced were:

Habibul Islam, 24, of St. Michael’s Square, Gloucester. He admitted cnspiracy to supply heroin and was sentenced to five years and seven months imprisonment.

Gias Miah, 29, of Harescombe Drive, Gloucester. He admitted conspiracy to supply heroin and was sentenced to seven years and eight months imprisonment.

Mohammed Azfal Miah, 25, of Bleinhem Road, Gloucester. He admitted money laundering and was sentenced to 22 months imprisonment.

Mohammed Hanif, 39, of Reservoir Street, Rochdale. He admitted conspiracy to supply heroin and was sentenced to five years and five months imprisonment.

Stephan Caldwell, 24, of Park Road, Oldham. He admitted conspiracy to supply heroin and was sentenced to seven years and four months imprisonment.

Raja Miah, 27, of Gowers Street, Rochdale. He admitted conspiracy to supply heroin and was sentenced to four years and one month imprisonment.

The investigation into the gang’s activities started last summer and in September 2011 a car being driven by Mohammed Miah was stopped on the M5 motorway, travelling north between junctions 10 and 9.

Within the car were two large bags of cash, with abnormally large deposits of heroin on the notes.

Later that month, in Rochdale, Habibul Islam and Raja Miah were seen with Mohammed Hanif involved in exchanging drugs, and 11.2kg of heroin was recovered.

Covert investigations were able to establish links between all the gang members and forensic evidence also linked Stephan Caldwell to the drugs.

While 11.2kg of heroin were seized, the amount the gang pleaded guilty to supplying 1.3kg of the drug.

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Ipswich: Restaurant owners given one month to pay £1million court order

Ipswich: Restaurant owners given one month to pay £1million court order | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

A COUPLE who were jailed for employing illegal workers at their Chinese restaurant have been given a further month to pay off a £1million court order.

Phing Woon Pun and his wife Kim Tai Wong, who ran the Temptation Chinese Buffet in Carr Street and the Lucky Star Takeaway in Hawthorn Drive, Ipswich, were ordered to pay a total confiscation order of £1m by a judge last year after they were found guilty of conspiring to breach UK immigration laws and converting criminal property.

Pun, 50, of Penn Close, Capel St Mary, was jailed for six years and was made the subject of a £683,370 confiscation order and his wife was jailed for 30 months and ordered to pay a £322,000 order.

A hearing at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday was told that Pun had so far repaid £181,212 of his order and his wife had repaid £82,633 of her order.

Judge Peter Thompson adjourned the case until June 21 after hearing the couple were in the process of selling their Carr Street premises and arrangements had been made to sell property in Malaysia.

Judge Thompson told Pun that by the next hearing he expected him to have produced £25,000 worth of Rolex watches that had been seen by police officers during a search of the couple’s home, but had not been accounted for since.
In addition to being found guilty of breaching immigration laws and converting criminal property, Pun was also convicted of conspiring to sell goods which infringed trademark and copyright and obtaining a £198,000 money transfer by deception.

The pair were arrested after immigration officers carried out raids at their two restaurants and discovered 20 Chinese and Malaysian illegal immigrants working at the premises.

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Men arrested in immigration raids

Men arrested in immigration raids | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

Four men have been arrested in a crackdown on illegal working in Lancashire.

Officers from the Border Agency arrested a 25-year-old when they raided a newsagents in Blackpool on Wednesday.

They arrested another 25-year-old at a takeaway in the town on Thursday, and two men, aged 25 and 30, at an Indian restaurant in Thornton on the same day.

None of them had the right to work in the UK and three are now due to be deported, said the agency.

The fourth was released on immigration bail.

Simon Cahill, head of enforcement for the UK Border Agency in the North West, said: "We will not tolerate illegal working, which undercuts wages and can exploit vulnerable workers.

"The UK Border Agency is also targeting employers. We are happy to work with businesses and advise what checks need to be carried out on staff, but those who do break the law should know that they will face heavy fines."

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Bradford pizza restaurant fined over cockroach infestation

Bradford pizza restaurant fined over cockroach infestation | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

The owner of a cockroach infested pizzeria in Bradford must pay out nearly £7,000 to the courts after admitting a string of food hygiene breaches.


Mohammed Waheed, who runs Gino’s Pizza, in Carlisle Road, pleaded guilty to eight charges yesterday in front of a District Judge at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates’ Court.

The case follows an inspection by Bradford Council environmental health officers a year ago, who found a large cockroach infestation on the premises and traps covered in the pests.

Waheed, 26, of Farcliffe Place, Heaton, Bradford, had worked at the business for eight years, but had only taken over ownership of it a month earlier from his brother Sarfraz Ahmed.

Council officers had attended the takeaway to check on the premises assuming Mr Ahmed was still in charge, having served him with notices to improve twice before.

The court heard how Waheed admitted he had taken over the business and he voluntarily closed it down for three days while a pest control company was employed to get rid of the cockroach infestation.

Harjit Ryatt, prosecuting for the Council, said Waheed had confirmed he was aware of the problems with cockroaches when he took over and was also aware of the lack of cleanliness at the premises.

“He accepted that when he took over he hadn’t ensured a food safety management procedure was put in place,” said Mr Ryatt. “Despite all this he continued to trade and failed to take adequate steps to sort it out.

“Once the seriousness of the situation was conveyed to him he did engage a contractor and sort out the infestation. Also, he did comply with an improvement notice by September.”

Nigel Hamilton, for Waheed, had applied to the courts to have the case dropped claiming an abuse of process by the Council, saying his client had been assured if he complied with a notice to improve then he would not be prosecuted. District Judge David Stott disagreed and the case continued.

Mr Hamilton said: “Without knowing that he was going to be prosecuted he put in place all of the actions that he had been told to do and all that had been completed well before the September visit from environmental health officers.”

Judge Stott fined Waheed a total of £1,800 and ordered that he pay all the Council’s costs, which amounted to £5,190.

After the case, Ian Bairstow, the Council’s strategic director for environment and sport, said: “This case shows that we are not prepared to tolerate poor standards of hygiene in the district’s restaurants and takeaways. Food premises owners have a duty to make sure that they do not put the health of their customers at risk and this includes maintaining the highest possible standards of cleanliness.”

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Migration to UK is above target

Migration to UK is above target | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it
Net migration to the UK remains more than double the government's target figure, according to new statistics.


In the 12 months to last September, net migration - the number arriving in the UK to stay for more than a year minus those leaving for good - was 252,000.

The figures reflect a drop of just 3,000 on the previous year.

The government has pledged to cut it to "tens of thousands" by 2015 and Labour said it was "failing badly".

Student visas
The figures from the Office for National Statistics show estimated long-term immigration to the UK in the year to September was 589,000, compared with 600,000 in the year to September 2010. The figure has remained at a similar level since 2004.

Estimated long-term emigration from the country over the same 12 months was 338,000, compared with 345,000 for the year before.

The number of National Insurance numbers allocated to non-UK nationals in the year to December 2011 was 671,000, a rise of 1% compared with 2010.

The most common reason for people coming to the UK is to study, as in previous years. This accounted for 250,000 of the arrivals, up slightly from 245,000 in the year to September 2010.

But the government said there had been a drop in the number of student visas issued in the first few months of this year.

Immigration Minister Damian Green said: "Our tough new rules are now making a real difference with a record 62% drop in student visas in the first quarter of 2012, and overall falls in work visas, family numbers and people settling."

Last November the government's migration advisers recommended changes aimed at cutting the number of family visas issued by up to two-thirds. They included an increase in the amount a UK resident would have to earn before a partner from overseas was granted a visa.


'Weak controls'

"As these policies start to bite we are seeing an end to the years when net migration was consistently on the rise," Mr Green said.

"But the hangover from the old system of weak controls means it is still too high and we will continue our programme of reforms to bring net migration down from the hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands."

But Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said the government was "failing badly on its own immigration target".

She said: "David Cameron said 12 months ago, 'No ifs. No buts. That's a promise we made to the British people.'

"Yet these figures show that promise is being broken and the net migration figure of 252,000 is barely changed in the last two years, even with the net rise in British citizens leaving the UK.

"Migration experts have said the government does not have the policies to deliver on the target, so the prime minister is not being straight with the public on immigration. He should not make promises he can't keep on such an important policy area."

Dr Martin Ruhs of Oxford University's Migration Observatory said: "Work, family and 'other' migration from outside the EU are at a very similar level to where they were in 2000, but non-EU students coming to the UK have increased substantially, which has been a big contributor to the challenges that the Government faces in hitting its target. "

'Unacceptable scale'
The Institute for Public Policy Research, a left-of-centre think tank, has criticised the government's attempt to cut the number of student visas, claiming it will damage the UK higher education industry for the sake of the migration figures.

Its associate director Sarah Mulley said: "The government has so far made no progress towards meeting its target of reducing net migration to less than 100,000."

Migration Watch UK, a think tank which campaigns for tighter immigration controls, said it was worried by the figures.

Chairman Sir Andrew Green said: "You cannot expect to repair 15 years of mismanagement in 15 months, but it is still worrying news that net migration is running at a quarter of a million a year.

"There is no sign of any reduction from the huge numbers that developed under Labour.

"The problem is that non-EU migrants are simply not leaving. It is time the Lib Dems understood the extent of public concern, including among 75% of their own supporters.

"The coalition must now take tough measures to reduce this unacceptable scale of immigration."

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Police arrest four in car wash raid

Police arrest four in car wash raid | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

FOUR illegal immigrants have been arrested at an Aylesbury car wash.

Officers arrested the Pakistani men from Pitstop Hand Car Wash on Gatehouse Way after the UK Border Agency received intelligence reports.


Out of the four men who were detained pending deportation, three had entered the UK illegally, while the other overstayed his visa.

Owner of Pitstop Mohammed Rehman, who has run the car wash for around seven years, said all his staff must undergo rigorous checks before they may be employed by the company.

He said: “I’m really gutted that all this has happened.

“We had around six police cars come over, two vans and a police helicopter – it was really quite frightening.

“The police were actually very swift – it only took around 45 minutes, and they were very civil.”

The Border Agency has said the owner of the car wash could now face a fine of up to £40,000 – £10,000 per illegal worker – for employing the men, unless he can prove that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.

Assistant director of the UK Border Agency, Paul Smith, said: “This is the latest in a series of enforcement operations.

“We’re happy to work with businesses to explain the checks they are legally required to do on staff, but those who don’t carry out these checks should know that we are out there looking for them and they will face heavy fines.”


Employers needing advice can visit www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/advice-for-employers.



Alternatively they can call the UK Border Agency’s Employment Helpline on 0300 123 4699.

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Scottish Defence League wins appeal to hold rally in Edinburgh

Scottish Defence League wins appeal to hold rally in Edinburgh | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

The Scottish Defence League has won an appeal to hold a rally in the capital.


The group previously had a request to march through Edinburgh rejected by the City of Edinburgh Council.

At Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Wednesday it was granted permission to gather on Regent Road on Saturday.

Anti-fascism group Unite Against Fascism Edinburgh have said the city’s residents will be “rightly outraged” by the decision.

Luke Henderson from the group said: "This is not about freedom of speech; this is about vile racists bringing a message of hate into Edinburgh. They want to divide communities and spread fear and violence. Edinburgh is one city of many cultures and in this town there is overwhelming opposition to racism and organised racists and fascists."

Following the decision, a spokesman for the SDL said: "We have legitimate concerns about extremist interpretations of Islam and cultural applications of Islam including issues such as forced marriages and honour violence. We have the right to communicate our concerns to our fellow citizens and make them aware of our concerns in the capital of Scotland this Saturday.

"The Scottish Defence League would like to thank the courts for overturning the council and letting democracy thrive in this great nation."

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County Durham Patriots: Labour Kirklees Council leader Mehboob Khan claims nearly as much in expenses as his 78 colleagues put together

County Durham Patriots: Labour Kirklees Council leader Mehboob Khan claims nearly as much in expenses as his 78 colleagues put together | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

Huddersfield Examiner: NEW figures show Kirklees Council’s leader claimed nearly as much for train fares, food and hotel stays as the other 78 councillors put together.


Clr Mehboob Khan received £5,254 in 2011/12 for travel and subsistence outside Kirklees – 46% of the total amount for all 79 councillors.

The figures released yesterday showed that Kirklees councillors claimed £11,195 between them last year for travel and subsistence outside Kirklees.

The information runs from April 1, 2011 until March 31, 2012 and includes 79 councillors, including 10 who either retired or lost their seats at the council election in May 2011.

The expenses are on top of the basic allowance of £12,566 a year which is paid to every councillor.

Senior members of Kirklees also receive a special responsibility allowance, which ranges from £1,227 for serving on the Overview and Scrutiny Management Group to £25,155 for leading the council.

Twenty councillors claimed expenses for work outside Kirklees last year.

Green leader Clr Andrew Cooper was second on the list behind Clr Khan, receiving £1,523.

The Newsome man said: “I don’t claim for food and I never have.

“I have LGA responsibilities that require me to go down to London every now and again. I’m trying to find ways to get the LGA to cover more of those costs.”

Clr Cooper added that his LGA work was worthwhile.

He said: “I chair the Inland Flood Risk Working Group. We’ve had a number of problems with flooding and insurance in Armitage Bridge and I’ve been able to raise that with people in Government.”

Lib Dem leader Clr Kath Pinnock was fifth on the list, claiming £608 in 2011/12.

The Cleckheaton woman said she had reduced the number of journeys to London in the last few years.

Conservative leader Clr Robert Light was 12th on the list, claiming £189.

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Anti-bigotry law fails to protect England fans

Anti-bigotry law fails to protect England fans | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

A CONTROVERSIAL new law designed to tackle bigotry and disorder in football will be powerless against anti-English racism and violence during this summer’s European Championships.
Fans of the Auld Enemy who are abused while watching games in Scotland will not be protected by the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act, which came into force earlier this year.

Instead, police responding to incidents will have to resort to breach of the peace common law, which was deemed insufficient to root sectarianism out of the Scottish game.

The Crown Office always insisted the new law was not just about tackling sectarianism. In his guidelines, issued in February, the Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland said: “The offence is not restricted to behaviour which is ‘sectarian’ but applies to all offensive behaviour related to football that is likely to lead to public disorder.”

However, the act, which he wrote, says the offence has to be attached to a game played in Scotland or involving a Scottish team abroad. That includes fans in the stadium, travelling to a match or watching it in a public place.

But it will not cover the European Championships, which Scotland is neither hosting nor competing in.

In recent years, major tournaments have brought a rise in anti-English sentiments, with attacks on people wearing England shirts in Scotland.

Eddie Bone, chairman of the Campaign for an English Parliament, believes the Offensive Behaviour at Football legislation represents a missed opportunity, as a law is needed to deal with anti-English bigotry. I think new laws are needed to tackle it,” he said.

“Either you produce a piece of legislation to deal with the problem or you don’t bother. I remember an incident in Scotland where a disabled man was dragged out of his car, because it had England flags on, and savagely beaten.

“It seems to me there is a genuine problem and if you have a problem you address it – you don’t just use a sticking plaster.”

Last week, Mulholland was clear that anti-English bigotry in pubs which leads to disorder during the European Championships will not be tolerated, even if it is not covered by the act.

In a message to fans, he said: “Enjoy football in the pub, but bear in mind the law is there to protect everyone.

“People watching and enjoying football in the pub have always got to bear that in mind.”

Opposition politicians said the loophole showed the law is flawed. Lewis Macdonald, Scottish Labour justice spokesman, said: “It exposes to ridicule the nature of the legislation.

“If you go into a pub and it is showing Scotland playing in Paris, for example, and fans in the pub indulge in inappropriate behaviour, then that is covered.

“But if you go in the same pub the next day, and it’s England-Germany, and the same fans indulge in the same behaviour, then it is not. It should be treated in the same way.

“If the SNP has failed to make that the case then it is an even poorer piece of legislation than we thought.

“The anomaly that it does not apply to the same people in the same circumstances, because a different team is playing, is extraordinary.”

Scottish Conservatives justice spokesman David McLetchie added: “I think the legislation is nonsense and it comes as no surprise to me that it should contain such loopholes.

“But I think if we had to have this legislation, then it should cover all types of bigotry at football.”

During the 2006 World Cup there was a spate of anti-English racial attacks by Scots.

The most shocking was on a seven-year-old boy wearing an England shirt, who was punched in the head in an Edinburgh park, by a man who shouted: “This is Scotland, not f***ing England”, before running off.

In 2009, Lucy Newman, 22, who lived in Cheltenham as a child, was assaulted by a male stranger, who said “Get back to England”, before hitting her in the face. She fell and landed so hard that she fractured her left cheekbone when hitting the pavement.

During the last World Cup, police asked Aberdeen kilt-maker firm Slanj to remove “Anyone But England” T-shirts from the shop window due to their “potential to cause disturbance”.

Record chain HMV also removed items with the initials “ABE” from window displays in its Scottish stores.

The Scottish Liberal Democrats argued that common law should be sufficient to deal with all types of football hatred. Justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes said: “We condemn this kind of behaviour, regardless of what team is playing and where.

“People can rest assured that existing legislation fully provides for any act of aggression or violence in relation to football.”

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “We want everyone to enjoy watching football in a safe and friendly environment, but if trouble arises, anyone engaging in threatening or offensive behaviour will be dealt with by the full force of the law – whoever the perpetrators and whoever the victims.”

“With regard to the upcoming European Football Championships, although the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012 does not apply to football matches which do not involve Scottish teams, there are other criminal provisions which can be utilised to cover disorderly conduct in licensed premises associated with the forthcoming European Championships.”

“COPFS has a zero-tolerance approach to football related violence and disorder and there is a strong presumption in favour of prosecution wherever there is sufficient evidence.”

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‘A forced marriage is a form of slavery… it’s time to say no’ Says Baroness Warsi

‘A forced marriage  is a form of slavery… it’s time to say no’ Says Baroness Warsi | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

PARENTS who force their children to marry will face jail under tough new laws being drawn up by ministers.


David Cameron is to act to halt the misery inflicted on up to 8,000 young British women every year.

The PM will make it a crime to push a son or daughter into wedlock without their full consent. He has ordered Home Office lawyers to create a new offence to be unveiled within weeks.

The action is a victory for The Sun’s Stop Child Weddings campaign, which exposed shocking cases in Britain.

We told how a girl from Yorkshire was married off by her callous parents when she had just turned FIVE — and revealed that two teenage sisters were forced to wed strangers on the same day during a trip to Pakistan.

Mr Cameron was spurred into action by Tory chairman Sayeeda Warsi, who convinced ministers that the practice — rife in parts of the Asian community — is a modern form of slavery. The Muslim peer accused governments of pussyfooting for too long on forced marriages, often used as an immigration scam.

In an exclusive interview with The Sun, she declared: “It’s now time to say no. This is not acceptable. The tragedy of these stories is long term. People are trapped in loveless marriages for a long, long, long time.

Shocking … The Sun has led fight against forced marriages
“There is often no relationship and they live as strangers in the same home.

“Forced marriage is akin to slavery and it is going on in Britain today. But it is time to draw a line in the sand and say enough. This is not acceptable.”

Baroness Warsi spoke out after winning a battle with Cabinet doubters opposed to changing the law. Home Office lawyers are now working on the fine print of wide-ranging new legislation to crackdown on forced marriages.

A team of academics and religious experts signed up as advisers will have its first meeting this week. The new law could require all people marrying abroad to declare their intent first with their local registrar in Britain. All religious ceremonies would be void unless they were also entered in the civil register.

This would make it harder for parents to lure their daughters abroad and blackmail them into marriage.

Downing Street said: “This is an issue close to the Prime Minister’s heart and he is determined to act.”

Last year nearly 1,468 forced marriages were investigated by British authorities. But experts believed the true total could be more than 8,000.


Twice-wed Baroness Warsi witnessed tragic cases as a solicitor and during election campaigns. She said: “When you go into an Asian house, you’ll have a conversation with the men, probably in the front lounge. I ask to pop in and see the women in the kitchen.

“At that point you talk to young girls who say, do you mind if I have a word? There is too much of ‘do you mind if I have a word’ still going on.” Lady Warsi told how disabled kids or youngsters with learning difficulties had been coerced into marriage to gain entry to Britain for their new partner.

She added: “The worst cases are the extreme cases where kids are drugged and taken overseas. Lots of intimidation and violence is used.

“But there are many more subtle forms of forced marriage that involve emotional pressure, deals or blackmail.

“You want to go to university? You want me to support you? You can go but you need to marry this young man first. Another one is, I’ll divorce your mother unless you marry him. Or the mother will threaten to kill herself.”


Lady Warsi admitted it had been a tough battle, with some arguing that it would be impossible to prove a marriage was forced. She said: “These arguments were raised about domestic violence and rape within marriage — until we criminalised this behaviour.

“We said society no longer finds this acceptable or turns a blind eye to it.

“This isn’t going to be an easy ride for me, especially as somebody deeply connected to Asian communities.

“I can’t see everybody in Somali, Kurdish or Iranian communities patting me on the back. But this isn’t about keeping everybody happy. It’s about doing the right thing.

“There will be challenges in relation to evidence and I am sure there will be many cases that go to court and there will be no conviction. But we can’t say that because it is going to be hard to prove, we shouldn’t do it.”

Mum-of-two Lady Warsi — born in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire — is swift to draw a distinction between arranged and forced marriages. She said: “Both my marriages were arranged — the first by my parents, the second by a friend who is a cousin of my husband.

“We always want the best for our children but there is a line. A forced marriage is where there is no consent. The time has come to call a halt. This new law will change people’s lives.”

THE Sun told last month how Samina Shah had her childhood stolen when she was forced to marry at the age of five.Now in her 40s, Samina — not her real name — said: “The practice of forced marriage and the denial of human rights must stop.

“Ask those who are victims — male or female — and they will tell you that is immoral, inhumane and nothing less than a prison sentence which can be mental and physical torture.

“This law will give hope and rescue many innocent and helpless victims before they drown in a life of despair and unhappiness.”

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Hamza gets new passport in jail

Hamza gets new  passport in jail | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

And it emerged that his application was rubber-stamped without ANY consultation with Home Secretary Theresa May.


Fanatical hook-handed Muslim cleric Hamza was jailed in 2006 for incitement to murder and is wanted in the US on terrorism charges.

The astonishing discovery was made when the passport was sent to Hamza, 53, at London’s top security Belmarsh Prison. It was then confiscated.

Last night senior Conservative MP Patrick Mercer said: “It is outrageous that the Home Secretary was not given an opportunity to scrutinise this whole sorry mess.”

And a Whitehall source admitted: “It looks very much like someone just signed this application off without thinking too much about what they were doing.

“A decision of this sort against this background is an embarrassment — it looks incompetent.

“When it was reported to the governor he said, ‘He is not having that’ and contacted the Identity and Passport Service. The passport was then returned to them.”

A spokesman for the IPS confirmed Hamza’s passport had been issued without any consultation with the Home Secretary — but insisted rules had not been breached.

Sir Andrew Green, of the independent think tank Migration Watch, fumed: “This is another example of mindless bureaucracy.”

The Government is currently awaiting the final go-ahead from the European Court to extradite Hamza — who is still a British citizen — to the US, although he still has time to appeal.

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Jihadist Anjem Choudary threatening to take Norwegians as hostages to free terrorist Mullah Krekar

The notorious Ilford firebrand Anjem Choudary has called for the kidnapping of Norwegian citizens abroad to exchange for the notorious Oslo firebrand Mullah Krekar, who has been detained after being convicted of death threats towards Norwegian MP Erna Solberg.

The translated article from Dagbladet:


Encourages Muslims to kidnap Norwegians living abroad

British jihadist wants Mullah Krekar out of jail.

The British jihadist Anjem Choudary is calling for Muslims to kidnap Norwegians living abroad in order to get Mullah Krekar out of jail.

Choudary told NRK that it’s the duty of all good Muslims to ensure that Mullah Krekar gets out of jail, and that one has to be willing to use all necessary means in order to achieve this goal.

Anjem Choudary is a lawyer by profession and is linked to at least three illegal Islamic organizations. He has never been convicted of any wrongdoing.

Choudary reacts to Norway’s treatment of Krekar and he believes that the Norwegian authorities have detained Krekar solely to appease the United States.

Choudary has expressed his personal thoughts on the Krekar case on an online video. In it he claims that those Norwegians who are kidnapped will not be harmed and that they will remain in custody until a prison exchange deal with Krekar can be facilitated.

PST (Norwegian intelligence agency) is familiar with the matter, but have no intention of pursuing the case.

“The PST is not going to initiate an investigation based on this video,” Trond Hugubakken, the spokesperson for the PST, tells the public broadcaster.

Minister of Justice Grete Faremo (Labour) also rules out that any further steps in relation to the matter will be taken.

“We have to assume that this matter is being handled appropriately by the authorities,” she says.

Mullah Krekar was sentenced to five years in prison in Oslo District Court in March this year for having made death threats against Erna Solberg. The verdict has been appealed and is of yet not legally enforceable, but Krekar was apprehended by the police and detained two days following the ruling.

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Couple restrained as thieves burgle flat in Omega Court, The Gateway, Watford

A man and woman were restrained by thieves in their Watford flat, before being burgled.

According to police at about 9.05am a woman was leaving her flat in Omega Court, The Gateway, when she was approached by three men.

They took her keys and forced her back into the property.

The thieves restrained her and a man who was in the flat, before stealing jewellery.

They left the Watford address at about 9.50am.

Police are appealing for witnesses and information about the burglary.

The first suspect is described as a black man aged in his mid-30s and five feet eight inches tall. He was wearing a hooded top and baseball cap.

The other suspect was a black man aged in his mid to late-20s and five feet eight inches tall. He was of a large build, clean shaven and wearing a hooded top with a hat underneath.

The third suspect was a black man aged in his early to mid-20s and between five feet six inches and five feet eight inches tall. He was of a slim build and wearing blue jeans, a black jacket with a hood and a hat.


Anyone who saw these men in the area in the morning or who has any information to assist police should contact investigating office DC Rachel Brown on non-emergency number: 101 quoting crime reference number C1/12/2440.

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Camden slaps ban on Islamist group

Camden slaps ban on Islamist group | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

A group which promotes extreme Islamist organisations has been banned from using a taxpayer-funded neighbourhood centre.


The Ministry of Dawah has held lectures at the Camden Council-backed venue in north London for more than two years. Its glorification of Osama bin Laden, and extreme Islamist clerics such as Anwar al-Awlaki, was revealed in the JC last week.

The King’s Cross Brunswick Neighbourhood Association (KCBNA) runs the Kings Cross Neighbourhood Centre. Camden Council is its biggest funder, having given the association thousands of pounds in the past two years.

An event planned for last Sunday night did not go ahead and Dawah supporters were told not to travel to the centre as there were “venue booking issues”. The group had said events would be “cancelled until further notice”.

But Nasim Ali, KCBNA executive director, confirmed that he had suspended the group’s bookings following last week’s revelations.

Council leader Sarah Haywood had told the KCBNA to take responsibility for the Ministry of Dawah’s conduct after being informed that the group’s actions might be breaching the government’s Prevent counter-extremism guidelines.

Last year’s Prevent review included clear directives to local authorities, stating that “propagandists for terrorism and for ideologies taken up by terrorists should not be permitted to make use of publicly owned venues” and that authorities “must be ready to take appropriate action”.

Camden’s Prevent co-ordinator had been made aware of concerns about the Ministry of Dawah earlier this month but the council failed to make clear what direct action it was subsequently taking.

Mr Ali said: “Camden Council raised concerns about the group. We do not want to support any organisations whose activities are a concern to Camden Council or may be detrimental to the work we are trying to do.

“We work with all sections of the community and over the past 32 years have helped to unite this diverse community and provide services to support that ethos. We work with people from all different faiths, ethnicity, culture, sexuality and backgrounds.”

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Black Girl gang savagely attacked two legal secretaries after Royal Wedding street party

Black Girl gang savagely attacked two legal secretaries after Royal Wedding street party | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

Kalee Powell, Precious Gordon and a 17-year-old attacked their victims ‘like a pack’

Daniela Holischeck spent the night in A&E after the attack and had to take a fortnight off from work
Miss Holischeck’s friend Birgit Habersetzer had called them ‘idiots’ after they knocked a pizza out of her hands.


Two members of a girl gang savagely attacked a pair of legal secretaries following a Royal Wedding street party.

Kalee Powell, 18, and Precious Gordon, 19, attacked Daniela Holischeck and Birgit Habersetzer after spending the day boozing at a street party to celebrate the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Ms Holischeck, who worked for City law firm Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, was left a bloodied mess following the savage beating.

Convicted: Precious Gordon, left, and Kalee Powell, right, savagely attacked a pair of legal secretaries during a Royal Wedding day attack

She spent the night in A&E after the attack and had to take a fortnight off from work.

Powell and Gordon, along with a 17-year-old who cannot be named, attacked ‘like a pack’ after they were called ‘idiots’ when they knocked a pizza out of the hands of Ms Habersetzer.

Gordon admitted affray and assaulting Ms Holischeck and Ms Harbersetzer, while Powell was convicted of affray for her part in the attack on Ms Holischeck after a trial at the Old Bailey.

Both were given community orders and told to pay a total of £300 compensation to their victims.

Judge Stephen Kramer QC said Ms Holischeck and her flatmate had been caught up in ‘an ugly incident in which mindless, drunken and unlawful violence was used’.

‘It must have been a shock and thoroughly frightening for the two women who were victims,’ he added.

Victims: Daniela Holischeck, right, and Birgit Habersetzer, left, were savagely attacked on the day of the Royal Wedding last year
‘I am satisfied what you both did you did that night because you were fuelled by alcohol, having gone to a street party and drunk alcohol celebrating the Royal Wedding.

‘You have each come within a whisker of a custodial sentence. I hope you both appreciate that and these courts will never see you in this sort of position again.’

Ms Holischeck told jurors she felt as if it was ‘raining fists’ during the 10 minute attack in Bathurst Gardens, Kensal Rise, northwest London, on April 30 last year.

She became so desperate she kicked out at a car in an attempt to start its alarm.

‘They managed to grab my hair and pull me to the ground, and started to kick me,’ she said.

‘I could feel pizza being rubbed in my hair – bits of cheese coming down on me.

‘There was so much blood everywhere – my face was full of blood, my hair was full of blood.’

Ms Habersetzer, also a legal secretary, was also attacked while two boys from the group stood watching in Kensal Rise, London, just after midnight.

Miss Habersetzer had brought the pizza as a late night snack and was taking it home.

Prosecutor Helen Guest said: ‘As they passed on the pavement, one of the girls knocked the box out of the hands of Birgit Habersetzer, and then followed that up with a punch to her face.

‘She threatened to call the police, and then a girl came to Daniela Holischeck and started to attack her. She ended up on the floor, and they were kicking and punching her.’

The attack only came to an end when a passing police car pulled up. Powell told officers she was drunk but had been trying to stop the fight.

Ms Holischeck said she spent the night in A&E and had to take two weeks off sick.

‘I had some trapped nerves in my back, and was not able to get out of bed by myself for a week,’ she said.

‘I had friends come to help me get out of bed.’

‘I had a nose bleed from punches to the head.’

Attack: Powell and Gordon had spent the day boozing at a street party to celebrate the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton
The two victims – both German – had been celebrating the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton in a local pub but had drunk only fruit juice because they were in training for a charity fun run.

Powell, of Northolt, northwest London, denied affray and common assault on Ms Holischeck and was convicted.

She was given a 12-month community order requiring her to spend a total of 24 hours at a senior attendance centre run by the Probation Service.

She will also be under a nightly 8pm to 8am curfew for three months and will have to pay £100 compensation to Ms Holischeck.

Gordon, of Kensal Rise, admitted affray and common assault on both victims.

She was given a 12-month community order requiring her to spend a total of 27 hours at a senior attendance centre and ordered to pay £100 compensation to each of the victims.

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Illegal immigrant killed Leeds couple drink driving at 100mph on Stanningley bypass

Illegal immigrant killed Leeds couple drink driving at 100mph on Stanningley bypass | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

AN ILLEGAL immigrant has been jailed for nine years after he killed a couple in Leeds when he ploughed into the back of their car at a speed approaching 100mph while drunk.


Eduard Mereohra smashed into the back of David and Dorothy Metcalf’s Fiat on New Year’s Day, forcing it 10ft into the air and causing it to flip end over end before coming to rest.

Mr Metcalf, 68, was killed instantly while his 65-year-old wife was found hanging out of the rear passenger window and later died.

Mereohra had been out drinking on New Year’s Eve and the following morning was collecting parcels in his car with a passenger.

Leeds Crown Court was told how several witnesses had earlier seen him driving at speed, tailgating motorists and forcing them to brake sharply when he overtook them.

Mereohra, from Moldova, who had entered the country illegally on two occasions, was driving along the Stanningley bypass in his Volvo C70 when he crashed into the back of the couple’s car.

The court was told he was twice the drink-drive limit having attended a New Year’s Eve party, later telling police he had drunk beer, whisky and champagne.

Mereohra, 26, ran away from the scene of the accident after initially approaching the wrecked vehicle, and lied in police interviews about who was behind the wheel, the court was told.

Judge Geoffrey Marson said Mereohra had “callously” tried to blame Mr Metcalf for causing the accident and had done “almost everything you could to protect yourself”.

He described the victims as “decent and hard-working”, who had “everything in their retirement to look forward to”.

He added: “You had been drinking heavily throughout the night and early in the morning that dreadful day.

“You were driving your motor car and were collecting parcels at 11 in the morning.

“You have been described as being ‘very drunk’. There then followed a prolonged, persistent and deliberate course of very bad driving at a time when you were about twice the legal limit for driving.

“I emphasise deliberate because the evidence shows that on the dual carriageway you were driving close behind a number of other vehicles, overtaking them at speed and cutting sharply in front of them causing them to brake.

“This was otherwise a clear dual carriageway and the only conclusion I can draw is that in your drunken state you had made a deliberate decision to drive aggressively in relation to other motor vehicles at that time. Your motor car was a weapon achieving a speed of 90mph-100mph in a 60mph limit.”

Mereohra, 26, from Autumn Grove, Burley, admitted two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

After the case, Deborah Martin of solicitor Irwin Mitchell said: “This is an extremely tragic accident that led to the deaths of a much-loved couple. Eduard Mereohra’s reckless behaviour has torn this family apart by stealing David and Dorothy from their two children and grandchildren.

“It is a relief for the Metcalf family that Eduard has been jailed for 9 years and will return to his native Moldova once his sentence is served.”

Mr and Mrs Metcalf’s son and daughter Clive and Lindsay said in a statement: “We would like to thank those members of the public who stopped to help our parents. Unfortunately, the accident was so severe that there was nothing they could do to save them. What those people saw that day will no doubt live with them for the rest of their lives – more lives affected by the selfish actions of one person.

“No sentence will ever be long enough for the person who changed our lives forever on New Year’s Day 2012, when he took away our parents and our children’s grandparents, through his thoughtless, dangerous and illegal actions.

“We have been told that he is sorry, but we simply cannot accept that as a genuine apology.

“Having been deported from the UK once before he chose to return to this country illegally; he chose to drink all night and get behind the wheel of his car; he chose to drive erratically and at extremely high speed, weaving in and out of traffic; he chose to flee the scene of this horrific incident and when questioned by the police, denied being the driver of the vehicle and refused to be tested for alcohol.

“Given those circumstances, we think the only thing he is sorry about is that he was caught.

“Mum and Dad were hardworking, honest taxpayers who had planned responsibly for their retirement and should have had 20-plus more years to enjoy together.

“We were a very close family and we are lost without them. This incident has shocked the community and devastated our family. We are still struggling to come to terms with our loss.

“On top of our grief, we also have a number of questions that we need the Government and the immigration authorities to answer about how Mereohra was able to exist in the UK without detection, especially after his previous deportation.

“While we hold Mereohra responsible for his actions, we feel that our beloved Mum and Dad would still be alive today if the system had not failed by allowing him to be at liberty in the UK.”

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Yazeid Osama Aqqad, 24, of Alfreton Road, Radford, touched one boy when he was sitting on his lap on two occasions and abused another boy after inviting him to sit on his lap.

The mother of the two boys has been “vilified” by the Muslim community for reporting the assaults, Nottingham Crown Court heard.

She has been subjected to “a number of unpleasant incidents” including an episode at her home and damage to her car, Sarah Knight, prosecuting, said.

The mother told the court she felt the acts were aimed at encouraging her to withdraw the allegations because in the eyes of the Muslim community, she had committed a sin.

Aqqad denied the offences during his trial, but was found guilty unanimously of three allegations of sexual assault on a male child under the age of 13 years.

Judge Andrew Hamilton disqualified him from working with children and ordered him to sign the sex offenders’ register for life.

Muslim leaders in Nottingham who were contacted by the Post condemned Aqqad’s actions and said the mother was absolutely right to report him.

Councillor Mohammed Ibrahim, who represents Berridge ward on the city council said: “There are people in every community who break laws and if someone is found to have broken the law, they should be punished.”

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Bogus workers targeted at two North East restaurants

Bogus workers targeted at two North East restaurants | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

BOGUS workers at two North East takeaways were arrested in a series of raids during a crackdown on illegal immigrants.

UK Border Agency officers launched an undercover operation after receiving intelligence about two of the region’s restaurants.

Two Bangladeshi men, aged 26 and 49, were arrested at Shaj Tandoori, on High Street, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland, on suspicion of overstaying their visas.

Specially trained officers also targeted the Dine@Home restaurant, on the Coast Road, Battle Hill, where they carried out checks on members of staff.

A Bangladeshi man, 39, was arrested at the Tyneside restaurant on suspicion of entering the country illegally.

Last night enforcement officers said steps would be taken to eject all the men from the country and vowed to target those who flouted the law.

Wallace Wilson, manager of the UKBA Northumbria local immigration team, said: “Business owners who choose to use illegal labour can expect a visit from the UK Border Agency and to pay a heavy financial penalty.

“Our specially trained officers carry out enforcement visits every week, and we will continue to clamp down on those employers who seek to cheat the system.”

Officers carried out the raid during a co-ordinated attempt to tackle immigration crime.

Both businesses were issued with civil penalty notices of up to £10,000 per illegal worker – a potential total of £20,000 for Shaj and £10,000 for Dine@Home.

The businesses now have 30 days to show that they carried out proper checks on the workers, or face the financial penalty.

Mr Wilson said: “Illegal working costs the taxpayer huge sums of money. We would urge anyone with detailed information about suspected illegal working to get in touch.”

The operation comes just weeks after chefs suspected of working illegally at a Northumberland restaurant were arrested following a co-ordinated raid by immigration officers.

Five bogus employees were handcuffed and led away from the Bawarchi Indian Restaurant, on Brewery Lane, Ponteland, following a planned operation.

Detectives from the UK Border Agency launched the raid after gathering intelligence on the premises, which could result in fines totalling £50,000 for the owners. Last night a spokesman said the UKBA provides support to employers so they understand the rules, from compliance visits to a dedicated telephone and website support. However, they have a responsibility to carry out the checks before they employ migrant workers.


Anyone with information on illegal workers should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, the Northumbria local immigration team on 0191 2380484 or on the UKBA website www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

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Brave Sikhs beheaded in Pakistan for not converting to Islam

Why is 'secular' indian media silent? Brave Sikhs !


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Stoned to death for being ‘Emo’

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I have read reports from different sources that at least 14 young people were stoned to death in Baghdad in the last month.


This is being reported as a deliberate campaign by Shi'ite militants against kids who are dressed in 'emo' style. This subculture is widely perceived in Iraq as both gay and an expression of Satanism, say the reports.

According to Reuters, militants in Shi'ite neighbourhoods where these kids were attacked, had circulated pamphlets on Saturday morning naming at least 24 more youths who will be targeted for death if they do not change the way they dress.

"We strongly warn you, to all the obscene males and females, if you will not leave this filthy work within four days the punishment of God will descend upon you at the hand of the Mujahideen," this pamphlet reads.

Different reports are coming out about these attacks.

The majority of the youths who have been attacked have died from severe skull fractures after being beaten with rocks and bricks, although I have also read they are using concrete blocks.

Others, including two girls, were wounded in assaults, these were warnings…

There are others being targeted and this is a part of a larger trend in the area, where as many as 58 Iraqis believed to be gay have been bludgeoned to death with rocks in the past six weeks.

There were previous attacks in 2009 on those believed to be or known to be gay in Iraq.


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Theresa May takes powers to strip Met of counter-terrorism role

Theresa May takes powers to strip Met of counter-terrorism role | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

The home secretary, Theresa May, has quietly taken powers to strip Scotland Yard of its national counter-terrorism role in the aftermath of the Olympics.


The move, which could lead to counter-terrorism policing being assigned to the new national crime agency (NCA) after it is set up next April, is contained in an enabling clause in the crime and courts bill, which is to be given a second reading in the House of Lords on Monday 28 May.

The 2,000-strong counter-terrorism command of the Metropolitan police was created in 2006 but has its roots in the early 1970s when the anti-terrorist branch and the “bomb squad” was set up to counter the threat from anarchist groups, such as the Angry Brigade, as well take part in the campaign against the IRA.

The home secretary has publicly said that no wholesale review of the future of the Met’s anti-terrorism role will be undertaken until after the Olympics but there is growing belief within Scotland Yard that a firm view already exists within the Home Office.

The national crime agency will include separate commands covering organised crime, border policing, economic crime and child exploitation. It will also include the national cybercrime unit and will for the first time have a national police intelligence role with the authority to “task” other police forces and law enforcement agencies.

Clause two of the crime and courts bill gives the home secretary the power to transfer counter-terrorism functions to the NCA by making an order. The enabling clause specifically rules out any NCA officers conducting operations in Northern Ireland without the express agreement of the chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

A decision to remove such a key national function from the Met is likely to fundamentally change the nature of the force. Cressida Dick, the assistant commissioner in charge of the Met’s specialist operations, which includes the counter-terrorism command, holds a higher rank than Keith Bristow, the Warwickshire chief constable, who is due to become the head of the national crime agency when it is set up next April.

A Home Office spokesman said: “The government has been clear that decisions on the future of counter-terrorism policing will not be taken until after the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games and the NCA is fully established.”

The possibility that the home secretary would seek parliamentary approval for the power to strip Scotland Yard of this role was first set out in the Home Office’s plan for the national crime agency that it published last year. Home Office sources said that it simply negates the need for primary legislation should a decision be taken in future.

John Graham, director of the Police Foundation, an independent criminal justice thinktank, said counter-terrorism work was one of the things that the Met did extremely well. But he said that it took up a large share of resources and if the force were no longer responsible it might lead to an improved performance in its other roles.

Graham added that those setting up the NCA were already “running to catch up” and had a lot of work to do to prepare it for the functions already assigned to it.

Some senior Scotland Yard sources are concerned at the possible disruption to the existing working relationships between the Met and MI5, the regional special branch network, and other police forces. But it is understood that the Met police commissioner, Bernard Hogan-Howe, is relaxed about whether the move goes ahead or not.

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Nelson taxi boss in ‘road-rage’ attack on motorist

A TAXI firm boss kicked a motorist in the head and punched him repeatedly during a ‘road-rage’ attack, a court heard.

Burnley magistrates court heard how Ammer Naveed, 35, who owns Street Cars in Nelson, left victim Scott Wilkinson with four loose teeth and unable to sleep at night.

Naveed, who employs 14 people, has now lost his private hire licence and could face losing his operator’s licence.

Mr Wilkinson, 49, whose son had been with him and had tried to stop the battering, also suffered a cut ear, gashed lip and swelling during the unprovoked assault.

Father-of-five Naveed, of Farrer Street, Nelson, had been convicted of assault after a trial.

The defendant had denied the allegation.

He was given 26 weeks in jail, suspended for two years, with 200 hours unpaid work and must pay £400compensation and £100 costs.

Parveen Akhtar, prosecuting, said Mr Wilkinson, a painter and decorator, had been travelling up Barkerhouse Road, Nelson, towards a mini roundabout, when Naveed’s taxi came out of Netherfield Road, causing him to slam on his brakes to avoid a crash.

The defendant stopped, got out, threw the bottle and opened Mr Wilkinson’s door as the victim tried to close it.

He kicked him, using the flat of his shoe, connecting with the side of his head and dragging his foot down the victim’s ear, causing it to bleed.
The defendant then punched Mr Wilkinson a number of times with such force his head was knocked back.

The victim’s son then tried to stop Naveed who later fled in his cab before police were called.

Miss Akhtar said after the assault, the victim had been to his doctor and had been given sleeping tablets, was nervous about going out on his own and had been feeling down.

He had not worked for two weeks, as the painkillers he had been prescribed had made him drowsy, and he had not wanted to face customers with his injuries.

Naveed had no previous convictions.

The prosecutor added the assault was being reported to the county council.

Kamran Yousaf, for Naveed, said he had been a taxi driver since he was 17, had built up his business and had 14 employees.

The incident last October 18 was isolated and the defendant felt enormous regret.

Naveed would say Mr Wilkinson made a gesture and he accepted he made a mistake in stopping his vehicle and retaliating.

Mr Yousaf continued :” He just saw red. He didn’t realise what he was doing. He can’t understand what went through his mind for him to go and do what he did. He accepts his actions were out of order.”

The solicitor added Naveed was held in high esteem in the community.

Mr Yousaf said: “He has lost his private hire licence and he runs the risk of losing his operator’s licence.”

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Police have been accused of “covering up” a campaign of abuse, threats and violence aimed at “Islamicising” an area of London.

Police have been accused of “covering up” a campaign of abuse, threats and violence aimed at “Islamicising” an area of London. | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

Victims say that officers in the borough of Tower Hamlets have ignored or downplayed outbreaks of hate crime, and suppressed evidence implicating Muslims in them, because they fear being accused of racism.
The claims come as four Tower Hamlets Muslims were jailed for at least 19 years for attacking a local white teacher who gave religious studies lessons to Muslim girls.
The Sunday Telegraph has uncovered more than a dozen other cases in Tower Hamlets where both Muslims and non-Muslims have been threatened or beaten for behaviour deemed to breach fundamentalist “Islamic norms.”
One victim, Mohammed Monzur Rahman, said he was left partially blind and with a dislocated shoulder after being attacked by a mob in Cannon Street Road, Shadwell, for smoking during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan last year.
“Two guys stopped me in the street and asked me why I was smoking,” he said. “I just carried on, and before I knew another dozen guys came and jumped me. The next thing I knew, I was waking up in hospital.”“He reported it to the police and they just said they couldn’t track anyone down and there were no witnesses,” said Ansar Ahmed Ullah, a local anti-extremism campaigner who has advised Mr Rahman. “But there is CCTV in that street and it is lined with shops and people.”
Teachers in several local schools have told The Sunday Telegraph that they feel “under pressure” from local Muslim extremists, who have mounted campaigns through both parents and pupils – and, in one case, through another teacher – to enforce the compulsory wearing of the veil for Muslim girls. “It was totally orchestrated,” said one teacher. “The atmosphere became extremely unpleasant for a while, with constant verbal aggression from both the children and some parents against the head over this issue.”

One teacher at the Bigland Green primary school, Nicholas Kafouris, last year took the council to an employment tribunal, saying he was forced out of his job for complaining that Muslim pupils were engaging in racist and anti-Semitic bullying and saying they supported terrorism. Mr Kafouris lost his case, though the school did admit that insufficient action had been taken against the behaviour of some pupils. The number of assaults on teachers in Tower Hamlets resulting in exclusions has more than doubled from 190 in 2007/8 to 383 in 2008/9, the latest available year, though not all are necessarily race-related.

Tower Hamlets’ gay community has become a particular target of extremists. Homophobic crimes in the borough have risen by 80 per cent since 2007/8, and by 21 per cent over the last year, a period when there was a slight drop in London as a whole.

Last year, a mob of 30 young Muslims stormed a local gay pub, the George and Dragon, beating and abusing patrons. Many customers of the pub told The Sunday Telegraph that they have been attacked and harassed by local Muslim youths. In 2008 a 20-year-old student, Oli Hemsley, was left permanently paralysed after an attack by a group of young Muslims outside the pub. Only one of his assailants has been caught and jailed.

Even during meetings of the local council, prominent supporters of Tower Hamlets’ controversial directly-elected mayor, Lutfur Rahman – dropped by the Labour Party for his links to Islamic fundamentalism – have persistently targeted gay councillors with homophobic abuse and intimidation from the public gallery.

The Labour leader, Josh Peck, was attacked with animal noises and cries of “Unnatural acts! Unnatural acts!” when he rose to speak. The Conservative leader, Peter Golds, was repeatedly heckled as “Mrs Golds” and a “poofter”.

Mr Golds said: “If that happened in a football stadium, arrests would have taken place. I have complained, twice, to the police, and have heard nothing. A Labour colleague waited three hours at the police station before being told that nothing would be done. The police are afraid of being accused of Islamophobia. Another Labour councillor said that the Met is now the reverse of what it must have been like in the 1970s, with a complete lack of interest when white people make complaints of harassment and hatred.”

In February this year, dozens of stickers appeared across Tower Hamlets quoting the Koran, declaring the borough a “gay-free zone” and stating that “verily Allah is severe in punishment.”

The Sunday Telegraph has learned that during a routine stop-and-search at the time police found a young Muslim man with a number of the stickers in his possession. He was released without charge on the advice of the Crown Prosecution Service. Police also had CCTV images of a second unidentified Muslim youth posting the stickers at a local railway station, but refused to release the pictures for several weeks.

Peter Tatchell, the gay human rights campaigner, said: “The police said no-one was allowed to talk publicly about this because they didn’t want to upset the Muslim community. We’ve made very clear the difference between the Muslim community as a whole and these particular fundamentalists, and the fact that the police wouldn’t publicly say what they knew was an absolute disgrace.”

When the CCTV footage was finally released, in early April, the culprit was quickly identified as 18-year-old Mohammed Hasnath, who last week pleaded guilty to a public order offence and was fined £100. Jack Gilbert, of the Rainbow Hamlets gay group, said a more serious charge should have been brought. “The vast majority of the community saw the material as threatening, but the police were not willing to accept it as threatening,” he said.

Hasnath’s “interests” on his Facebook page include Khalid Yasin, a hate preacher who describes Jews as “filth” and teaches that homosexuals must be killed. Yasin has spoken at least four times since 2007 at the East London Mosque, Tower Hamlets’ most prominent Muslim institution. Although the mosque claims to be against extremism, discrimination, and violence, it has hosted dozens of hate, extremist or terrorist preachers and also hosted a “Spot The Fag” contest.

In the same week that it issued a press release condemning the anti-gay stickers, the mosque was also due to host a “gala dinner” with Uthman Lateef, a homophobic hate preacher.

The mosque is controlled by a fundamentalist group, the Islamic Forum of Europe, which says that it is dedicated to changing the “very infrastructure of society, its institutions, its culture, its political order and its creed … from ignorance to Islam.”

The IFE’s community affairs co-ordinator, Azad Ali, is chairman of the Muslim Safety Forum, an organisation officially recognised by the Met as its “principal [liaison] body in relation to Muslim community safety.” Mr Golds said: “This relationship may explain the police’s feebleness.” The IFE also has close links to the Tower Hamlets mayor, Mr Rahman.

There is no suggestion that any mosque official has been personally involved in any act of violence or intimidation. However, in an email obtained by The Sunday Telegraph, one IFE activist, Abu Talha, used the name of the group to threaten a local Muslim woman who ran a dating agency.

“I am asking you kindly to stop these activities as it goes against the teachings of Islam,” he wrote. “Let me remind you that I have a huge network of brothers and sisters who would be willing to help me take this further…If by tomorrow you haven’t changed your mind … then the campaign will begin.” The dating agency has now closed and the woman has left the area.

Mr Ahmed Ullah said: “There has been a gradual increase in these kinds of attacks, that’s for sure.” A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “When any allegation of crime is made to us, we investigate appropriately. We will always take action against hate crime in accordance with, and within the confines of, the law.”

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A CRACK-SMOKING drug dealer was caught in the centre of Oxford by an off-duty policeman.

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A CRACK-SMOKING drug dealer was caught in the centre of Oxford by an off-duty policeman.


Kriston Taylor-Moore, left, was spotted acting suspiciously with a known dealer in the doorway of Globe Newsagent in New Inn Hall Street at about 6.30pm on March 29.

The 21-year-old, who has five previous drug convictions, was jailed for three years at Oxford Crown Court on Thursday after admitting possessing cocaine with intent to supply.

Prosecutor Roger Coventry said Taylor-Moore was handcuffed and placed in the back of a police car but was “seen trying to get two wraps of white powder to his mouth”.

A subsequent search revealed a total of 16 wraps.

Michael Edmonds, defending, said his client had been a drug addict since he was 13 and had been smoking crack cocaine moments before his arrest. Taylor-Moore, who had no fixed address but was staying with friends in Oxford, was delivering the drugs to a dealer to whom he owed £800.

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