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March 11, 2015

PACSKOWSKA:POLISH WOMAN FACING JAIL FOR HYDE PARK HOME SCAM

CENTRAL LONDON; CROYDON, SOUTH LONDON; HACKNEY, EAST LONDON A Polish woman is facing jail today (weds) for trying to sell a £1m Hyde Park home from under its elderly owner's feet. Tamara (CORR) Pacskowska, 56, is the third member of a gang to confess to trying to fleece the pensioner of 6 Clarendon Mews, in November last year. Pacskowska and daughter-in-law Monika Brzezinska, 28, used bogus passports and driving licenses to try and secure the sale of property that was let by owner Georgina Bagnall-Oakeley. They were caught in a solicitor's office on the cusp of completing the sale with third fraudster Benjamin Khoury, 26.

 
March 11, 2015
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GRANGER:CARE WORKER FLED TO AVOID SEX WITH HONEYTRAP VICTIM

ISLINGTON, NORTH LONDON; GILLINGHAM, KENT; BARKING, ESSEX; LEWISHAM, SOUTHEAST LONDON A care worker accused of luring a professional gambler to his death in a 'honeytrap' murder claimed she did not know he would be killed when she fled his flat to avoid having sex. Leonie Granger, 25, admitted she enjoyed being wined and dined by poker ace Mehmet Hassan, 56, after she introduced herself in the exclusive Palm Beach Casino, in Mayfair. Mr Hassan treated her to dinner at a top West End restaurant, bought champagne and handed her cash to gamble with as he was seduced by pretty Granger, the Old Bailey heard. But the dates were a plot allegedly hatched by boyfriend Kyrron Jackson and Nicholas Chandler, both 28, to rob the high roller.

 



 
March 11, 2015

RAHMAN:WIDESPREAD FORGERY AT DISPUTED MAYORAL ELECTION

TOWER HAMLETS A handwriting expert today (WEDS) told the High Court there was a 'possibility' of widespread forgery at the disputed Tower Hamlets mayoral election. Robert Radley said he had never seen a case in his 37 year career in which up to a quarter of ballot papers displayed a 'particularly distinctive and idiosyncratic form' of X. Mr Radley said it would have to be 'a very considerable coincidence' for so many voters to make the same 'shaky and laboured' markings on their ballots. He was speaking at a electoral trial in which Mayor Lutfur Rahman, 49, is being investigated over claims he stole the controversial East End election, after local campaigners compiled a vast dossier of evidence against him.

 
March 11, 2015
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ABDULBAGY:BLACKMAILERS CLAIMED THEY COULD SELL ROYAL FAMILY SNAPS

WHITE CITY, ACTON, WEST LONDON Three blackmailers demanded £600,000 from the Qatari royal family after stealing 'private' family photographs and boasting they could be sold to the country's enemies, a court heard. Chauffeur Awad Abdulbagy, 48, allegedly thieved cameras and USB sticks when he was driving the family's private photographer during a visit to London in May 2013. He said he could sell the photos to TV stations and enemies of the country and demanded a 'reward' through the gulf nation's embassy in Mayfair. Diplomat Ali Al-Hajri told jurors the 'big' blackmail plot was a 'very, very sensitive' situation.

 
March 11, 2015
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CULLUM:MUM FACING JAIL FOR SHELTERING KILLER OF SABRINA MOSS

KILBURN, HARLESDEN, WEMBLEY, NORTHWEST LONDON A mother who sheltered one of the killers of nursery teacher Sabrina Moss hours after she was gunned down as she celebrated her 24th birthday is today (Weds) facing jail. Fiona Cullum, 25, provided a safe haven for Hassan Hussain, 30, as he and fellow murderer Yassin James, 20, were hunted by police. She then lied to officers when quizzed about Hussain after he was arrested on 2 October 2013 over the murder on Kilburn High Road, northwest London. The gangsters sprayed bullets at mother-of-one Miss Moss and her friends as they sheltered from the rain in their party dresses outside a bar.

 
March 11, 2015

SHUMAN:LET OFF FOR CURRY HOUSE BRAWLER

BECKTON, WHITECHAPEL, EAST LONDON A waiter who piled into a 30 man brawl among the curry house owners of Brick Lane was spared jail today (WEDS). Abul Shuman, 28, was captured on CCTV throwing punches and brandishing a stick when a fight broke out among the fiercely competitive restauranteurs on 12 October last year. At least 30 men threw themselves into the four-minute brawl but Shuman and a second man, Kabir Hussain, 44, were the only two to be arrested. Michael Williams, prosecuting, said: 'The Crown's only evidence is the CCTV footage, no-one from the scene was willing to come forward to give a reference as to what precisely occurred or why it had occurred.

 
March 11, 2015

TRUNKFIELD:PRISON GUARD DID NOT WORK IN SAME AREA AS VENABLES

WEST NORWOOD, CROYDON, SOUTH LONDON; SLOUGH, BERKS A prison guard accused of leaking stories about Jon Venables did not normally work in the area where the notorious inmate was being held, the Old Bailey heard. Richard Trunkfield is said to have sold tips to The Sun about Venables during the inmates stay at HMP Woodhill in March and April 2010. Angela Curtis, head of security and intelligence at the prison, said Trunkfield was an Operational Support Grade officer who worked alongside traditional prison guards. Asked about the annex where Venables was being held, she said: 'That area was always staffed by an officer but the door leading to that area would have been left open.

 
March 11, 2015
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DAN DARE OF THE WATERWAYS - FINE FOR THE SPEEDBOAT ROCKETEER

TWICKENHAM A speed boat captain called Dan Dare flooded a yacht with his wake as he rocketed down the Thames to pick up a friend on his party boat. Daniel Dare, 36, doused the crew of a Dutch boat as he flew over the water at up to 34 knots - three times the river's speed limit. Onlookers called the river's traffic managers as the rented rigid-hulled inflatable boat known as a rib roared by, Westminster Magistrates' Court heard. Tim Williamson, prosecuting, said Dare was in a rush to meet a friend at midday at Festival Pier, where the pair planned to set off on in the £150,000 vessel they had rented from London Party Boats.

 
March 11, 2015

JAMES:CANCER LIE NURSE SHAVED OFF HAIR TO FOOL COLLEAGUES

WESTON SUPER MARE A lying nurse who shaved her hair off to convince colleagues she was receiving life-saving cancer treatment was suspended for six months. Debra James told colleagues at Beach Lawns Nursing Home, Weston-super-Mare, that she had been diagnosed with skin cancer. For two years James went to work with a shaved head and eyebrows, plasters on her body wrapped in scarves to protect her from photo sensitivity. Doctors had told the nurse lesions on her skin were non-cancerous, but she convinced herself she was ill and began undergoing Chinese and homeopathic remedies.

 
March 11, 2015
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GASCOIGNE: 'I TOLD THEM I WAS BEING HACKED...THEY THOUGHT I WAS NUTS.'

CENTRAL LONDON Former England legend Paul Gascoigne wept today today (Weds) as he claimed phone hacking 'ruined my life'. Gascoigne, 47, told the High Court he wanted to 'trade his phone in for a coffin' after hacking by three MGN tabloids, the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and The People. The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has long been battling alcoholism and has checked into rehab seven times during his fight with drink and drugs after repeatedly falling off the wagon. Mr Gascoigne told the court his alcohol problems were made worse by journalists hacking his phone. His hand shook as he held the Bible to take the oath and his voice cracked with emotion as he gave evidence. The father-of-three was speaking at a civil trial which is assessing the extent of the phone hacking at the Daily Mirror, the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday People, as well as the amount of damages due to eight victims. 'I knew at the time there was something going on with my phone and knew I was getting hacked by the Mirror,' he said.

 
March 11, 2015
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WYATT:EX-WIFE OF WIND POWER MOGUL WINS LANDMARK DIVORCE PAYOUT

STROUD, GLOUCS; LOWESTOFT, SUFFOLK; SUNDERLAND; BATH The ex-wife of a wind power mogul today (weds) won a landmark bid for a payout almost 20 years after the couple divorced. Supreme Court judges ruled former New Age Traveller Kathleen Wyatt, 55, is entitled to apply for £1.9m from Dale Vince - despite legally separating in 1992. Mr Vince, a chief of one Britain's biggest green energy companies, was not required to make payments when the couple split, as he had no income. But by the mid-1990s, Mr Vince launched his green energy firm, Ecotricity, in Stroud, Gloucestershire, and was quickly propelled into the front rank of 'green entrepreneurs.


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