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HOPE: KING POPPER GETS 7 YEARS FOR £5.5M SCAM


cnl_a_hope_web_copy11.jpgCANARY WHARF; BOURNE END, BUCKS;

A foreign currency trader dubbed 'King Popper' after he spent £32,000 spraying himself with champagne was jailed for seven years today for a £5.5m Ponzi scam.

Alex Hope, 26, boasted he was a financial wizard while swindling unsuspecting investors to fund a playboy lifestyle of gambling and exclusive nightclubs.

He blew vast sums in casinos, hotels and clubs around the world in an 'hedonistic' £2m binge.

Hope was promoted as a 'successful and talented' trader by 'mentor' Raj Von Badlo, 57, who lured investors into parting with £4,292,820 with PR stunts and smooth sales patter.

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Foreign currency trader Alex Hope was dubbed 'King Popper' because of his love of champagne, as this video shows. He is now enjoying a seven year prison sentence for a £5.5m fraud.

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January 30, 2015

TAPPENDEN: PENSIONER SPARED JAIL FOR KILLING CYCLIST WITH PEDAL BLUNDER


cnl_k_lane_a_cook.jpg WOODFORD GREEN

A pensioner who mowed down a cyclist in east London when she accidentally hit the accelerator rather than the brake at a junction avoided jail today (FRI).

Marjorie Tappenden, 73, hit and killed 52-year-old Kevin Lane on 9 February last year as she was turning right into Woodford Green High Road from Forrest Approach.

Cycling enthusiast Mr Lane, a semi-professional cyclist in his youth, had been on a 70-mile training ride when he was hit by Tappenden’s Nissan Pixo.

Tappenden, who had been out with her husband, could not regain control of the botched manoeuvre and hit Mr Lane from behind before sliding into a U-turn with the victim caught beneath the car.


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  January 30, 2015

MITCHELL: PLEBGATE MP FAILS IN BID TO CUT HUGE LEGAL BILL


cnl_a_mitchell_web_copy1.jpgSUTTON COLDFIELD

Disgraced Tory MP Andrew Mitchell was hit with a huge legal bill today after a judge ruled he should pay the legal fees for a police officer and The Sun in the aftermath of the ‘Plebgate’ trial.

Mitchell, who was found to have used the insult ‘pleb’ as he tried to cycle out of the Downing Street gates, was not present at the bruising costs hearing today (FRI) at the High Court.

The 58-year-old, who had denied using the word ‘pleb', is facing a massive bill following proceedings that cost an estimated £3m.

After suing The Sun for breaking the 'Plebgate' story, the MP for Sutton Coldfield was himself sued for calling an officer on duty at the time, PC Toby Rowland, a 'serial liar'.


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January 30, 2015

DHARMASENA: FGM VICTIM TELLS OF ORDEAL


HIGHBURY

The female genital mutilation victim stitched up at the hands of a British doctor today described in agonising detail being re-sewn just hours after giving birth to her first baby.

The young mother, who was 24 when she gave birth in a UK hospital, told a court she 'did not remember' being offered pain relief during the illegal procedure.

Scarring from the horrific ordeal still brings her pain to this day, she said, and vowed 'never' to let any daughter of hers be circumcised.

Giving evidence today, the victim condemned FGM - a highly dangerous procedure which risks the health of tens of millions of women worldwide - as 'difficult' and riddled with 'problems'.


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  January 30, 2015

NARINKEVICIUS: WOMAN 'GANG RAPED BY THREE MEN' AT HOTEL


NORTH WOOLWICH

A Lithuanian woman was gang raped by three of her countrymen who acted like 'animals' after taking her to a hotel, the Old Bailey heard.

Edgaras Narinkevicius, 32, is standing trial for raping the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, in January 2006.

The alleged attack happened at the McCreadie Hotel, in Romford, east London after she agreed to get into their car.

The case was closed in 2008, but reopened last year after DNA evidence linked Narinkevicius to the crime, the court heard.


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