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November 18, 2014
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PHARO:SUN JOURNALISTS FEARED 'DRAGON' EDITOR

WAPPING, EAST LONDON; BRENTWOOD, SAFFRON WALDEN, ESSEX; WINDSOR, BERKS Sun journalists rarely questioned the sources of stories for fear of a dressing-down from the 'dragon' editor Rebekah Brooks, a court has heard. Chris Pharo, 45, the head of news, said he did not ask where stories had come from because he was too junior to 'police' the newsroom. And he claimed no one at the paper would dare challenge a cash payment system personally managed by Mrs Brooks. Pharo, who worked under Mrs Brooks, then Wade, for six years between 2003 and 2009, said his job was to assess the value of stories rather than to find out if information had been obtained through corruption.

 
November 18, 2014

PARKER:REPORTER WENT THROUGH MP'S STOLEN PHONE

MORDEN, SOUTH LONDON; SITTINGBOURNE, KENT; TWICKENHAM, MIDDSX A senior reporter at The Sun went through a Labour MP's stolen phone looking for a story, a court heard today (tues). Chief foreign correspondent Nick Parker, 53, allegedly accessed texts and emails on MP Siobhain McDonagh's mobile after it was stolen from her car. Ms McDonagh, Labour MP for Mitcham and Morden in south London, was a whip in Gordon Brown's government. Michael Ankers, 30, allegedly stole her mobile phone from her car in October 2010 but claims he found it on a London Underground train.

 



 
November 18, 2014
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DRAKE:BIKE BOY KILLER GETS LIFE FOR MURDERING 'A' LEVEL PUPIL OVER £90

BRIXTON, SOUTH LONDON A 16 year-old boy who stabbed another teenager to death in a row over a £90 bike was locked up for life today (tues) for the 'lethal and vicious attack.' Danny Drake had offered to get the bike for 'A' level student Alim Uddin, 17, and took his cash to pay for it. Alim asked for his money back when the bike failed to materialise and Drake agreed to meet him to hand over the money. But Drake turned up with a knife and stabbed Alim seven times, leaving him to die where he fell.

 
November 18, 2014

SHAHZAD NAZ: SPEEDING CAB DRIVER GAVE WIFE THE POINTS

ILFORD A cab driver got his wife to take his penalty points after being caught speeding on duty, a court heard. Shahzad Naz, 38, was taking a fare from London's Covent Garden to Ilford, east London when he was clocked doing 40mph in a 30mph zone. His bosses at Addison Lee later received a penalty notice but Naz responded by saying his wife Nabeela Khan, 37, was at the wheel. Khan paid the fine but later told police that she had made an 'honest mistake'.

 
November 18, 2014
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SHRIMPTON: SPY KILLING IS A 'WILD CONSPIRACY'

WENDOVER A barrister who made a hoax call claiming German spies were plotting to bomb the Queen told a court the poisoning of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko is a 'wild conspiracy theory'. Michael Shrimpton, 57, allegedly called the House of Commons and the Aylesbury Conservative Association to warn them a nuclear warhead was stashed in an east London hospital. The lawyer, who had a 'fascination' for political, military and intelligence, told a close colleague of former Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, that the deadly weapon would be detonated during the 2012 Olympics, it is said. He then bombarded the offices of David Lidington MP with voicemails to repeat his bomb hoax, Southwark Crown Court heard. The lawyer denies communicating false information and is representing himself at his Southwark Crown Court trial.

 
November 18, 2014

POLLIT: JAIL FOR HAMMER ATTACK YOBS

OLDHAM Two cowardly thugs who left a 69-year-old man with a fractured skull after a horrific hammer attack have been jailed for a total of 19 years. Kris Pollitt, 31, and Joshua Fletcher, 24, subjected a couple in their 60s to a terrifying ordeal after kicking open the front door of their Oldham home, in Greater Manchester. One of the pair was brandishing a hammer, which he swung with both hands to strike the homeowner when he confronted the thieves, Manchester Crown Court heard. His 63-year-old wife was able to drag her husband to their bedroom where they used their bodies to barricade themselves in while the duo ransacked their house.

 
November 18, 2014

PILZ: BAN FOR OVERDOSE NURSE

JERSEY A bungling nurse who gave a patient an overdose of medication while under supervision has been suspended for 12 months. Emilia Pilz made a series of clinical errors including failing to administer medication and incorrectly filling out the patient’s chart at Overdale Hospital in Jersey. The senior staff nurse was given a final written warning and a three month supervised practice order after admitting the mistakes in May 2012.

 
November 18, 2014

TEACHER'S SEX FANTASYS OVER 16-YEAR-OLD PUPIL

LEIGHTON BUZZARD A history teacher who revealed his sexual fantasies about a 16-year-old pupil before kissing her at school has been banned from the classroom for at least five years. Jonathan Layfield, 25, sent a string of sexually explicit emails to the teen and told her he fantIcised about having sex with her, the National College for Teaching and Leadership heard. The relationship turned physical when Mr Layfield kissed the girl, known only as Pupil A, while on school grounds on 14 March this year. He was suspended from Vandyke Upper School, in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, a week later after the girl's parents found out about the encounter.

 
November 18, 2014

WHITE: PRISON NURSE HAD SEX WITH LAG

PORTSMOUTH A 'naive' prison nurse formed a relationship with an inmate and continued to visit him after he was moved to another jail, a tribunal heard Lisa White met the man in HMP Kingston, Portsmouth, while responsible for his medication following an operation, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard. When the prison closed in March 2013 the prisoner was transferred to HMP Buckley Hall in Rochdale, where White arranged to visit him. White telephoned the patient 21 times, between March 10 and March 18, and accepted a £300 from him but claims the relationship began when he was no longer in her care. Mary-Teresa Deignan, for the NMC, said: 'There are a great number of telephone conversations.

 
November 17, 2014

WIEDER:BAN FOR TOUCHING TEACHER

HANWORTH, MIDDSX A primary school teacher who inappropriately touched a boy's shoulders back and arms has been banned from Britain's classrooms for at least five years. Adam Wieder, 30, repeatedly made physical contact with the lad while working at the Oriel Primary School, in Hanworth, Middlesex, the National College for Teaching and Leadership heard. He had already been handed a final written warning from the school in October 2009 over his actions towards a year 6 child. Mr Wieder, who qualified as a teacher in 2006, denied any of his behaviour was inappropriate.

 
November 17, 2014

HARTLEY:PRESS OFFICER WAS 'VERY MUCH A WHISTLEBLOWER'

KENTISH TOWN, NORTH LONDON; BROCKLEY, SOUTHEAST LONDON An HMRC press officer who sold stories of government waste and incompetence to a respected Sun journalist was 'very much a whistleblower', the Old Bailey heard. But ex-Whitehall editor Clodagh Hartley said she was 'embarrassed' to learn many of his tips were already in the public domain. The 40-year-old journalist is accused of arranging payments of £17,475 to senior press officer Jonathan Hall over a period spanning more than three years, in exchange for the information. Hall, 43, allegedly convinced his girlfriend Marta Bukarewicz, 45, to let him use her account for receiving thousands of pounds from News International, is is alleged.


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