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BOJANG: CUSTOMERS QUEUED UP FOR SMUGGLED TOBACCO AT THE GAMBIAN EMBASSY


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A group of non-smoking Gambian diplomats who cheated the British taxpayer out of £5m requested tax-free rolling tobacco by the kilo had customers queuing up to buy it, a court heard.

Yusupha Bojang, 54, the Deputy Head of the Gambian Diplomatic Mission in Kensington, and his colleagues allegedly ordered 32 metric tonnes of tobacco in just three years.

They abused a scheme which granted duty-free style tax exemption on goods for personal use and used delivery drivers to send them more than half a million 50g pouches, it was said.

In some cases they were ordering tobacco worth more than their annual salary but there is no evidence the eight defendants even smoked, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Deliveries to the Gambian High Commission were usually taken and signed for by Audrey Leeward, 48, who sat on the front desk, it is said.

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October 31, 2014

KAREN CARBERRY: JAIL FOR THE WOMAN WHO STOLE FOR SHOES


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A finance director who stole more than £300,000 from recruitment giant Reed to indulge her 'love of shopping' for designer shoes and handbags was jailed for four years today (FRI).

Karen Carberry, 45, plundered the company accounts to splash out on high street stores, buy a hot tub and shower presents on her disabled 14 year-old daughter.

She got away with the fraud for more than three years before one of her junior staff became suspicious at errors in the accounts.

Bosses at Reed only then discovered that she was not even a qualified accountant and had used a forged certificate to get a job with them eleven years earlier.

When she was arrested by police, Carberry told officers: 'I knew this was going to happen. I'm so sorry. I did this for Charlotte [her daughter]. My husband is going to kill me.'


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  October 31, 2014

HALLIBURTON: HANDYMAN STABBED TO DEATH BY GANG IN ABUSE ROW


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A handyman was hacked with an axe and stabbed to death when he confronted a gang of youths who taunted and spat at his girlfriend, a court heard today (FRI).

Paul Thrower, 46, became 'absolutely enraged' after hearing about the abuse hurled at his partner by the troublemakers hanging around their block of flats in Hayes, west London.

'He had reached a tipping point and he ran out of the flat and after them,' prosecutor Peter Finnegan QC told the Old Bailey.

'He had trouble with groups of youths before and he wasn't going to put up with it again. He'd had enough.'


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October 31, 2014

PYATT: READING ABOUT SUICIDES COULD MAKE A PRISONER KILL HIMSELF


CAMBRIDGESHIRE

A former governor of a maximum security jail told a court that just reading about prisoner suicides in a newspaper could make other inmates kill themselves.

Tony Jones, former governor of HMP Whitemoor in Cambridgeshire was questioned as to why a story concerning a convicted hitman hanging himself in his prison was not in the public interest.

Mr Jones said: 'From our perspective it is difficult to oversee the detrimental effects the leaking of stories of prisoners has on the population.

'You work in an environment with a number of men who are of interest to the press and the outside world.

'And in a prison environment a lot of what we achieve is based on having trust in the staff you work with.


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  October 31, 2014

ROBINSON: NURSE FACES BEING STRUCK OFF AFTER 'NONCE SQUAD' STING


BIRMINGHAM

A Ministry of Defence nurse was sexually motivated when he arranged to meet a 14-year-old girl only to find he had been set up by vigilantes, tribunal decided today (fri).

Bernard Robinson, a psychiatric nurse based in Norfolk, met the girl over the internet dating site 'Plenty of Fish,' the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard.

He arranged to meet her at the Raddison Blu Hotel in Birmingham and sent her £50 to cover her train fare as he booked a double room in a hotel.

When he arrived at the hotel room, he found that the girl did not exist, and he had in fact been speaking to the vigilante gang known as 'The Nonce Hunters'.


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