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July 18, 2014

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BURFORD: MILLIONAIRE STOLE £12.5M FROM HIS OWN COMPANY TO FUND LAVISH LIFESTYLE

GLOUCESTER A multi-millionaire accused of stealing £12.5m from his own company to fund a lavish lifestyle appeared in court today (fri). Adrian Burford, 52, used the money to buy a £9m country estate in Gloucester for his family after channeling the cash from investment company Fern Advisors, it is said. He also allegedly splashed out on fine wines, luxury cars and also invested in West End restaurants between November 2008 and March 2013. Burford denied four counts of fraud by false misrepresentation and one of theft and was committed to trial at Southwark Crown Court.
  July 18, 2014

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SAMWAYS: COUSIN OF SPURS LEGEND VINNY SAMWAYS SPARED JAIL FOR CAR SCAM

BOW, EAST LONDON A cousin of Tottenham FA Cup legend Vinny Samways was spared jail over a £6,334 car insurance scam today (FRI). Lee Samways, 50, took out a Direct Line policy on a Ford Ka after it was damaged in a crash and tried to claim money for its repair. Weeks later he falsely claimed the vehicle - which he did not even own - had been stolen. The fraudster, who has a string of criminal convictions, was sentenced to six months imprisonment suspended for two years.
 
July 17, 2014

ROBINSON: TRIAL FOR EDL LEADER

LUTON English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson will stand trial in November accused of flouting police orders during a right-wing rally. Robinson, 30, faces two public order charges for his involvement in the march, which was planned to go through the centre of one of Britain's biggest Muslim communities in Tower Hamlets, east London, in September last year. The EDL lost a High Court battle over where they are allowed to demonstrate and the protest was prevented from going through the area. Robinson, who appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court under his real name Stephen Lennon, is charged with failing to comply with the law and inciting illegal public assembly.
  July 17, 2014

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ROBINSON: EDL FOUNDER IGNORED POLICE BAN FOR MARCH

TOWER HAMLETS; LUTON English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson will stand trial in November accused of flouting police orders during a right-wing rally. Robinson, 30, faces two public order charges for his involvement in the march, which was planned to go through the centre of one of Britain's biggest Muslim communities in Tower Hamlets, east London, in September last year. The EDL lost a High Court battle over where they are allowed to demonstrate and the protest was prevented from going through the area. Robinson, who appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court under his real name Stephen Lennon, is charged with failing to comply with the law and inciting illegal public assembly.
 
July 17, 2014

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'LORD OF FRAUD' TOLD TO FIND £12M - OR FACE ANOTHER TEN YEARS IN JAIL

CENTRAL LONDON A self-styled lord who led the life of an international playboy while masterminding a huge fraud must repay £12m or face another decade behind bars. Edward - 'Fast Eddie' - Davenport, 48, hosted lavish parties at his £10m mansion and boasted of befriending guests including supermodel Kate Moss and Princes William and Harry. But the socialite was exposed as a fraudster who duped victims out of their life savings through bogus start-up loan schemes. The con artist, born Edward Ormus Sharington Davenport, promised millions of pounds which never materialised after he had pocketed the administration fees and advance payments. Princess Diana's wedding dress designer Elizabeth Emanuel lost the life savings she invested with Davenport
  July 16, 2014

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WIAFE: 'BENT BANKER LEAKED A FORTUNE', COURT HEARS

BRISTOL, HARLESDEN, ILFORD A Santander bank worker helped fraudsters steal £180,000 from the accounts of wealthy customers, the Old Bailey heard. Osei Wiafe, 29, acted as an 'inside man' by passing on the confidential details of ten victims to a criminal gang, it is claimed. Wiafe was employed as a customer services adviser at the Acton branch of Santander during the 21 month fraud dating from February 2011 to November 2012. He is now standing trial alongside two men and two women accused of allowing their accounts to launder the cash: Alison Miller, 33, Gzim Abazi, 32, John Ranasinghe, 28, and Daniela Ferrage, 35. Prosecutor Timothy Godfrey told jurors: 'This fraud was made possible by the participation of an employee of the bank.'
 
July 15, 2014

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KIRKLAND: CHATLINE COP FACING END OF CAREER

RICKMANSWORTH, HERTS; HILLINGDON, WEST LONDON A police officer caught using his work issued phone to call premium rate chatlines while on duty saw his career left in tatters today (tues). PC Andrew Kirkland, 34, spent £250 on a string of personal calls on his Met Police mobile. He would leave his police station and drive to an area where he made the calls before driving back. Kirkland also stole cash from his office and charged London's stretched force nearly £700 to refuel his own car, Southwark Crown Court heard.
  July 15, 2014

DOHERTY: CONMAN TRIED TO FAKE PASSPORT

KILBURN An Irish conman came unstuck when bank staff found he had tried to give himself a false identity by simply gluing an extra page into his old passport. Sean Doherty, 56, went into a bank pretending to be Michael Byrne and offered staff identification in that name. But when a cashier went to make a copy of his passport he found a the page had been amateurishly glued down and was peeling away to reveal a different name underneath. The police were called and Doherty was arrested at the scene. Doherty had bought a property in Princess Street, Kilburn, northwest London, under the alias Michael Byrne.
 
July 15, 2014

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EDGELEY: CASHIER STOLE £150,000 FROM COURTAULD GALLERY

HARINGEY A cashier who stole up to £150,000 from one of the country's leading art galleries was jailed for three years today (weds) after the judge said: 'I love going there.' Daniel Edgley, 38, defrauded the Courtauld Gallery for more than three years to pay off his online gambling debts. Using a 'devious' scheme, the sales assistant voided ticket transactions before keeping the cash for himself at the attraction in London's Somerset House. Following scores of trips to his bank, Edgley managed to gain between £130,000 to £150,000, as unsuspecting visitors browsed works by Van Gogh, Cézanne and Degas.
  July 15, 2014

TREE: BOMB DETECTOR TRIAL HALTED DUE TO JUDGE ILLNESS

DUNSTABLE, BEDS The trial of a married couple accused of making bogus bomb detectors made in their garden shed was halted today (tues) after the judge fell ill. Samuel Tree, 67, and his wife Joan, 62, allegedly sold the fake machines for thousands of pounds each. They claimed that the devices were made in a high security 'laboratory' and could be used to track down drugs, explosives and missing people including Madeleine McCann, it is said. But they were actually just plastic boxes with antennas stuck on top that cost a couple of pounds to build in their back garden, the Old Bailey has heard.
 
July 15, 2014

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NOAD: SHAME FOR THE COUTTS BANKER WHO LAUNDERED A FORTUNE

ORPINGTON, SEVENOAKS A retired banker to the Queen was jailed for three years for laundering part of the proceeds of a £10m fraud run by his son. Roger Noad, who spent 27 years working at Coutts, allowed Matthew Noad, 29, to funnel £655,000 through his bank accounts over six years. The 60 year-old enjoyed the lap of luxury thanks to Matthew's extravagant spending on wines, a new Mercedes, £18,000 worth of jewellery and a family holiday to Dubai. Matthew Noad was aged 23 and living at home when he launched a cold-calling scam with fellow fraudster Clive Griston, now 52.
  July 14, 2014

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TREE:COUPLE CLAIMED BOMB DETECTORS COULD FIND MADDIE MCCANN

DUNSTABLE, BEDS A married couple claimed bogus bomb detectors made in their garden shed could help find missing Madeleine McCann, a court heard today (mon). Samuel Tree, 67, and his wife Joan, 62, sold the fake machines for thousands of pounds each, the Old Bailey was told. They claimed that the devices were made in a high security 'laboratory' and could be used to track down drugs, explosives and even specific people. But they were actually just plastic boxes with antennas stuck on top that cost a couple of pounds to build in their back garden, the court heard.

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