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April 27, 2015

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IBRAHIM: DRUG BARON 'GOLDIE' AND HENCHMAN 'SCARECROW' SHOT STUDENT IN REVENGE ATTACK

GREENWICH, SOUTH-EAST LONDON A drug baron nicknamed 'Goldie' and his henchman 'Scarecrow' shot a teenage carpentry student in the head in a revenge attack for moving in on their turf, the Old Bailey heard. Charlie Wright, 17, was shot at close range when he opened the door to a regular customer he thought wanted to buy drugs. Instead, the slim teenager was ambushed by three men and shot during the ensuing 'scuffle', the court heard. Mohammed Ibrahim, 26, Hassan Hassan, 33, and Colin Anderson, 48, are accused of carrying out the murder in the early hours of April 23 2010, at the flat in Calvert Road, Greenwich, southeast London.
  April 27, 2015

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DUDMAN: 'PUT PRESS PROBE TO SLEEP!'

BRENTWOOD, ESSEX; NEW MALDEN, MORDEN, SURREY; ELTHAM, SOUTHEAST LONDON; PORT TALBOT, SOUTH WALES The Sun's former managing editor urged the CPS to 'put to sleep' its beleaguered £20m probe into the press as he was formally cleared of all charges today (mon). Graham Dudman, 51, has suffered three years of 'mental torment' after being accused of paying police officers and prison guards while working at the tabloid newspaper. He was first arrested in January 2012, endured a three month trial that saw him acquitted of one charge, and was facing a retrial on the remain two allegations. But it took just 45 seconds in court three at the Old Bailey this morning to formally abandon the remaining case against him.
 
April 24, 2015

RASHID: TEENAGE TERROR SUSPECT IN COURT

WILLESDEN; LUTON A teenage terror suspect accused of travelling to Syria to join forces with the Islamic State appeared at the Old Bailey today (fri). Yahya Rashid, 19, was arrested on 31 March as he landed on UK soil at Luton Airport on a flight from Istanbul. The Middlesex University electronics student was allegedly returning from Syria after hatching a plan with three other men and a woman to travel to the war-torn country. The party travelled to Marrakesh and then onwards to Turkey before crossing the border with Syria, it is said.
  April 17, 2015

EIGHT JOURNALISTS CLEARED IN ELVEDEN IMPLOSION

The prosecutions of eight journalists have been abandoned as the controversial £20m investigation into press payments to public officials continues to implode. Trials of Sun reporter Stephen Moyes, ex-Daily Mirror journalist Greig Box-Turnbull, and News of the World crime editor Lucy Panton have been dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service. Retrials which had been scheduled for Sun reporter Vince Soodin, ex-deputy news editor Ben O'Driscoll, and managing editor Graham Dudman have also been ditched. The June retrial of former News of the World editor Andy Coulson and Royal reporter Clive Goodman has also been dropped after a widescale review of the controversial Operation Elveden.
 
April 07, 2015

BOX-TURNBULL: ANOTHER ELVEDEN TRIAL DELAYED

MORDEN; ELTHAM Another trial of a journalist accused of paying a public official has been delayed by the sweeping review of controversial £12m Operation Elveden probe. Ex-Daily Mirror reporter Greig Box-Turnbull, 41, was due to stand trial from tomorrow (Weds) for paying a prison guard for stories. He is accused of funnelling funds to HMP Belmarsh officer Grant Pizzey, 49, for a string of stories from inside the maximum security jail. However Stuart Biggs, prosecuting, today (Tues) asked for the trial to be delayed while the CPS reviews all cases of journalists paying public officials.
  April 01, 2015

NOT IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST TO RETRY EX NEWS OF THE WORLD REPORTER

CENTRAL LONDON A former News of the World journalist whose conviction for paying a prison guard for stories was overturned on appeal will not be tried again because it is not in the public interest, a court heard today (weds). The reporter, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office in November last year. But after verdict was overturned on appeal last week, when the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, ruled the trial judge had misdirected the jury. Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC today (Weds) told the High Court the reporter would not face a retrial.
 
March 23, 2015

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FRIEDLANDER:RETIRED CAR SALESMAN WANTED TO MEET THREE YEAR OLD

MANCHESTER; BROMLEY, SOUTH LONDON A retired car salesman caught in a police sting taking Haribo sweets and a lamb cuddly toy to meet a three-year-old girl for sex has been jailed for five years. David Friedlander, 63, arranged to abuse 'Holly' after emailing and chatting online with an officer posing as the child's mother Sarah. In one message he said he wanted to 'let her play with me', the Old Bailey was told. He was arrested when he turned up with his gifts to meet the pair in Bromley, south London, on 26 March last year.
  March 13, 2015

MORTLAKE; SLOUGH; WEST NORWOOD; SOUTH CROYDON A Sun journalist accused of paying an immigration centre guard for stories denied 'prompting' his contact to come up with new information, the Old Bailey heard. Tom Wells, 34, paid nearly £8,000 to Colnbrook immigration centre guard Mark Blake for a string of tips on detainees awaiting deportation. Blake, 42, was the source on Sun articles exposing gourmet food served to detainees, bingo games, fancy dress parties, and a gruesome attack at the centre. Wells said the stories always came from Blake contacting him first, and denied ringing him up looking for a new tip.
 
March 12, 2015

BUTLER: REMOVAL MAN IN COURT OVER DAUGHTER KILLING

SUTTON A removal man accused of murdering his six-year-old daughter will stand trial in May. Ben Butler, 35, is said to have caused a fatal head injury to Ellie Butler at the family home in Sutton, southwest London. Paramedics were called to the house in Westover Close on 28 October 2013. The Avenue Primary School pupil was taken to hospital but nothing could be done to save her.
  March 05, 2015

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JAVEED:SIX YEARS FOR TEACHER WHO PLANNED TO JOIN ISIS IN SYRIA

MANCHESTER; BOLTON; LIVERPOOL A chemistry teacher who planned to commit mass murder with ISIS in Syria was jailed for six years today (thurs). Jamshed Javeed, 30, who befriended former Guantanamo suspect Moazzam Begg in Belmarsh jail, quit his job teaching secondary school children to fight Jihad. Javeed was among a group of young Muslim men from Manchester who became radicalised and determined to join the terrorist group in Syria. He helped his younger brother Mohammed, 21, and two other men by providing money for flights as well as clothing and equipment, Woolwich Crown Court heard.
 
February 27, 2015

BRENNAN: MOTHER JAILED FOR TRYING TO GET RELATIVES OFF MURDER RAP

PLUMSTEAD A mother of three who hatched a plot to get her three brothers and a childhood friend cleared of murder has been jailed for 27 months. Kerry Brennan, 31, coached killer Daniel Burgess on his bogus defence story while he waited trial for killing Marcus Innocent. She told her pal from childhood: ‘Say you don’t know who else was there’ and instructed him to ‘put the blame’ on one of the co-defendants. Brennan offered to buy Burgess a new set of trainers while ‘forcefully’ asserting the bogus story to tell in court.
  February 20, 2015

SARDAR: TERROR SUSPECT IN COURT FOR MURDER OF US SOLDIER

WEMBLEY A terror suspect accused of murdering an American soldier in Iraq in 2007 appeared at the Old Bailey today (fri). Anis Abid Sardar, 38, is charged with killing Sgt 1st Class Randy Johnson, 34, who died when a makeshift bomb detonated near his vehicle in Baghdad. Sardar is also accused of plotting to murder British and American forces in Iraq with roadside bombs between January and November 2007. He was arrested by anti-terror police after they raided his home in northwest London in September last year.

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