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May 04, 2016
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BALOGUN:FIVE YEARS FOR CORRUPT COUNCIL OFFICIAL

SOUTHWARK, BERMONDSEY, SOUTHEAST LONDON; GILLINGHAM, KENT A fraudster who fleeced taxpayers out of £2.4million by helping illegal immigrants obtain council homes was jailed for five years today (weds). Trudy Ali-Balogun, 55, abused her role as a £25,000 a year housing officer at Southwark Council to help process 24 bogus homelessness claims. She was paid a £2000 'backhander' for each application she approved and treated herself to holidays around the world, Inner London Crown Court heard. Ali-Balogun approved false birth certificates for children who never existed, as well as made-up wage slips, bank statements and fake foreign passports.

 
May 04, 2016
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FAGAN-GAYLE: 35 YEARS FOR 'BANK OF TERROR' GANG

MITCHAM, HOLLOWAY, WEST BROMPON A gang of fraudsters who stole almost £1million from vulnerable pensioners to support ISIS terrorists in Syria were jailed for a total of 35 years today (Weds). The eight 'Bank of Terror' swindlers preyed on victims by posing as police officers to persuade them to transfer cash into accounts controlled by their associates. The gang targeted at least 18 victims from Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Bedfordshire, London and Kent, netting more than £900,000. Judge Anuja Dhir said the impact on the pensioners was 'catastrophic - some lost their life savings'. She added: 'Some were in their 90s and some passed away before the trial took place.' Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wrote a letter on behalf of one of the ringleaders Mohamed Dahir, asking for him to be granted bail when he was first charged with involvement in the scam last year. Dahir, 23, then tried to use the letter after he was convicted in a bid to get bail for Christmas - but it was rejected by the judge.

 



 
May 04, 2016
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CHIN:TEENAGER KNIFED MOTHER'S 'VIOLENT' EX TO DEATH

HACKNEY A teenager knifed his mother's 'violent' ex-boyfriend to death after he forced his way into her flat, a court heard today (Weds). Chevaughn Chin, 19, is accused of murdering 39-year-old Jerome Scott after he came looking for his mum Tameka Belnavis. Mr Scott arrived at the flat Chin shared with Ms Belnavis in Ribstone House, on Morning Lane, Hackney, east London on 18 October last year. He died a short while later in hospital and a post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as a single stab wound to the chest.

 
May 04, 2016

BYRNE:PENSIONER TRIED TO ARRANGE SEX WITH GIRL

SALFORD A pensioner tried to arrange to have sex with a eight-year-old girl after chatting with her 'dad' on a TV chatroom, a court heard. Peter Byrne, 69, was caught out as the girl did not exist and her dad 'Kev' was an undercover police officer, it was said. Father-of-two Byrne made a 300mile round trip to meet 'Kev' at Toddington Services on the M1 but insisted that his desires see just 'fantasy'. Police found a camera in his car which contained photos of him masturbating while watching children being 'seriously sexually abused', Southwark Crown Court heard.

 
May 04, 2016

URBANAVICIUS:ROUGH SLEEPER ZIPPED UP IN BAG AND THROWN IN RIVER

CANNING TOWN, EAST LONDON A rough sleeper drowned after he was zipped into a sleeping bag and thrown into a river by a friend as he snoozed under a flyover bridge, the Old Bailey heard. The body of Lithuanian Vaidas Sakalauskas, 21, was found on the banks of the River Lea by a woman walking to work after he was allegedly murdered by his 25-year-old fellow countryman Saulius Urbanavicius. Only his head, with a swollen eye and blood leaking out of his nose, was poking out of the sleeping bag when the victim was discovered near a stretch known as Bow Creek. The secluded area under the A13/Canning Town flyover where Mr Sakalauskas washed up on the morning of 25 November last year is known to be used by homeless people.

 
May 04, 2016

MAN ACCUSED OF MURDERING HIS SIX-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER BLAMES PEPPA PIG

SUTTON A six-year-old girl allegedly murdered by her angry stay-at-home dad could have died from an accident while copying Peppa Pig, a court heard today (weds). Little Ellie was battered to death by frustrated house husband Ben Butler, 36, in a moment of rage as he looked after her at their Sutton home, it is said. She suffered catastrophic head injuries similar to those caused by a high-speed car crash on 28 October 2013, the Old Bailey has heard. The girl's mother Jennie Gray, 36, is accused of then helping her abusive partner to make their daughter's death look like an accident. Today (WED) Butler's barrister Icah Peart QC suggested Ellie's injuries could have been the result of her imitating her favourite cartoon character and even read jurors a nursery rhyme from the hit BBC show. He said: 'Five little Peppa Pigs jumping on the bed, one jumps off and bumps her head. Mummy called the doctor and doctor said, "don't let Peppa Pig jump on the bed".'

 
May 04, 2016
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MOORCROFT: MUSLIMS SHOULD 'GET THEIR BAPS OUT' SAID DENTAL NURSE

NELSON, LANCS Two dental nurses posted offensive comments on Facebook after a newspaper reported that Muslim staff could escape NHS superbug rules to protect their modesty. The Daily Telegraph article said followers of the religion would be able to ignore the regulations for other staff which stated their arms had to be bare below the elbow when on duty. Lindsey Moorcroft said Muslims should 'get them arms out n get them baps out n get in wi English rules n if you don't like it find a new job!!!' while working at the Dental Department of Yarnspinners Primary Health Care Centre in Nelson, Lancs. . Hayley Camacho, who was also registered as a dental nurse in Lancashire. suggested Muslims took 'any excuse to cause trouble.' The General Dental Council heard the pair were exposed after an anonymous informant took screenshots of their comments. Camacho also wrote that Muslims took: 'Any excuse to cause trouble. 'Well I'll be refusing treatment from a Muslim with plastic sleeves Pmsl. 'I'm not washing my hands then cos it's against my religion and it gives me dry skin lol.

 
May 04, 2016

YATES:SHOP ASSISTANT PINCHED £40,000 WORTH OF DESIGNER SHADES

PLUMSTEAD, SOUTHEAST LONDON A shop assistant pinched almost £40,000 of designer sunglasses from a London opticians and flogged them at a third of the price on eBay, a court heard. Andrea Yates, 30, was employed at the London Wall branch of David Clulow Opticians for two years before quitting suddenly on 18 January this year. Yates told her boss her father was very ill after suffering a heart attack. Staff later noticed hundreds of pairs of sunglasses were missing from the stock room, City of London Magistrates Court heard.

 
May 04, 2016
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RUSSELL:SCHIZOPHRENIC KILLED STRANGER IN FRONT OF GEMMA CHAN

CENTRAL LONDON A paranoid schizophrenic who stabbed a complete stranger to death in front of Humans star Gemma Chan admitted manslaughter today (weds) - almost four years after the attack. Frederic Russell, 30, locked eyes with the former model and current girlfriend of comedian Jack Whitehall, after killing 65-year-old Colin Hammond in a busy London street. The Sherlock actress, who has also starred in Doctor Who and Secret Diary of a Call Girl, later picked out Russell on an identification parade. Russell was locked away in a psychiatric hospital in September 2013 following a short hearing where psychiatrists had found him unfit to stand trial.

 
May 04, 2016

MORAWSKI: CROOKED HANDYMAN NICKED TOOLS

CENTRAL LONDON A handyman used his electronic skeleton key to steal cash and property worth more than £3,000 from companies in central London, a court heard. Michal Morawski, 19, had access to businesses in 154 to 160 Fleet Street through his job with Tradesmen of London. On eight occasions between 12 December and 6 January he accessed the buildings in the middle of the night, City of London Magistrates' Court heard. He allegedly helped himself to three iPhones, a £1,300 Mac Book and a Barbour Jacket, as well as any cash left lying around. He also pinched a £10 picnic blanket, it is claimed. The total value of the thefts was around £2,850. Morawski was arrested after several business, software company Floor Back Base, business data firm Receipt Bank and business consultants Set Advisory Ltd reported the thefts to the police.

 
May 04, 2016

HENRIETTE-TRIP: END OF CAREER FOR CROOKED NURSE

SHEFFIELD A nurse who fleeced the NHS out of thousands of pounds in sick pay has been struck off. Beryl Henriette-Trippe fraudulently claimed £7,843.63 in sickness allowance from the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, between August 2006 and March 2013. Henriette-Trippe claimed for 23 periods of absence and 49 shifts in total. She also claimed £1,260 of sick pay from Palms Row Healthcare during the same period. Henriette-Trippe was also caught working 13 shifts at the Northern General Hospital when on sick leave from Westbourne House in Broomhill, Sheffield, which is run by Palm Row. She earned £9103.63 from both places of work during this time, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard. Henriette-Trippe started working for both the hospital and Palms Row in 2001.


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