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May 28, 2015

NORMAN:BELMARSH GUARD CONSIDERED PUBLIC INTEREST FIRST

SWANSCOMBE, KENT; WOOLWICH, SOUTHEAST LONDON A guard accused of being the Daily Mirror's 'mole' inside Belmarsh prison said he considered the public interest before leaking any information. Robert Norman, 54, received £10,000 for feeding tips to the tabloid on the prison's notorious inmates and staff conditions, the Old Bailey has heard. He was the source of a string of stories by Mirror reporter Stephen Moyes between 2006 and 2011, funnelling the money he received through his son Daniel's bank account. Norman, giving evidence, said he always considered the public interest, and would refuse to give information to Moyes on occasions.
  May 26, 2015

NORMAN:BELMARSH GUARD WAS HIGHLIGHTING ATROCIOUS CONDITIONS

WOOLWICH, SOUTHEAST LONDON; SWANSCOMBE, KENT A prison guard who was paid £10,000 for stories about one of the country's most secure jails insisted today (tues) he was highlighting 'atrocious' conditions. Robert Norman, 54, was a 'mole' inside south London's HMP Belmarsh and allegedly sold details of prison riots and guards having affairs with inmates. He was also given cash for information which led to a story about Jon Venables being moved from one prison to another to protect him from other inmates. Venables was not being held at Belmarsh, but then Daily Mirror reporter Stephen Moyes paid Norman for the article, it is claimed.
 
May 20, 2015

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NORMAN:PRISON GUARD PAID £1,000 FOR STORY ABOUT BULGER KILLER

SWANSCOMBE, KENT A prison guard was paid £1,000 for a front page story one of the killers of Jamie Bulger, the Old Bailey heard. Robert Norman, 54, was a 'mole' inside Belmarsh jail and allegedly sold details on prison riots and guards having affairs with inmates. He was also given cash for information which led to a story about Jon Venables being moved from one prison to another to protect him from other inmates. Venables was not in fact at Belmarsh, but Daily Mirror reporter Stephen Moyes paid Norman for the article, it is claimed.
  May 19, 2015

NORMAN: GUARD WAS JAILHOUSE MOLE

BELMARSH A prison guard was handed £10,000 for acting as a 'paid mole' inside one of the country's most secure jails, a court heard. Robert Norman, 54, allegedly sold confidential details to the Daily Mirror and News of the World about notorious inmates at Belmarsh Prison - including hook-handed cleric Abu Hamza. He was paid £10,000 for the services he provided to journalist Stephen Moyes for stories about prisoners and colleagues at the high-security jail over a five year period, the Old Bailey heard. Norman allegedly received a total of 40 payments from the tabloid papers, which he routed through his son Daniel, between 2006 and 2011.
 
May 13, 2015

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NOWAZ:CPS BRANDED A DISGRACE AS THREE CLEARED OF MURDER

HACKNEY, STOKE NEWINGTON, EAST LONDON The Crown Prosecution Service was branded a 'disgrace' today (weds) after a murder case against three men accused of a triple shooting collapsed days before trial. Joseph Burke-Monverville, 19, was shot dead in front of his two brothers more than two years ago as they sat in a car in Hackney, East London. Two masked gunmen opened fire on the victim, his twin Jonathan and older brother David, 24, in Hindrey Road in a case of suspected mistaken identity. Shahed Nowaz, 19, Roshane Reid, 21, and Scott Andrews, 27, were arrested and charged in relation to the shooting on 16 February 2013.
  May 08, 2015

NYKOLYN: PRISONER IN COURT FOR TV MURDER OF CELLMATE

WANDSWORTH A prisoner accused of battering his cellmate to death with a television was remanded in custody at the Old Bailey today (FRI). Taras Nykolyn, 46, allegedly murdered 66 year-old Egyptian Wadid Barsoum while on remand at HMP Wandsworth. Mr Barsoum was found dead in the cell at around 7.35pm on Monday 4 May. Nykolyn appeared at the Old Bailey by video link from Belmarsh Prison for a preliminary hearing.
 
May 05, 2015

PHONE RECORDS OF JOURNALISTS TO BE HANDED OVER TO POLICE

CENTRAL LONDON The phone records of two journalists exposing their contact with public official sources must be handed over to the police, an Old Bailey judge said in a landmark ruling. Met Police detectives in the controversial Operation Elveden investigation will be handed evidence that two officials were in contact with the reporters. Mr Justice Sweeney today (Tues) ruled the phone companies must surrender the information, including subscriber details and billing records, after hearing it could be used as evidence in future prosecutions. Two of the orders, which were contested in court, are for a reporter and a public official who are still facing trial for charges brought under Operation Elveden.
  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.

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