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July 25, 2014

REZA: DEAF MAN'S MASSIVE BENEFITS SWINDLE

CAMDEN, BARNET, PERIVALE, PLUMSTEAD A deaf fraudser is facing years behind bars after he admitted his role in a £800,000 benefit swindle for bogus translation services. Shahab Reza, 51, masterminded the four-year con by submitting fake invoices to the Department of Work and Pensions through the Access to Work scheme. His family are also accused of defrauding the NHS and the Student Loans Company, with son Abbas, 25, allegedly receiving a fraudulent bursary. Shahab Reza also lied about his family’s financial circumstances to Harrow Council, netting nearly £100,000 in benefits and tax exemptions between June 2002 and August 2010. His deaf wife Shehnaz Reza, 53, is said to have taken part in the conspiracy, helping to obtain a fraudulent student loan for daughter Zainab, 22.
  July 23, 2014

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END OF CAREER FOR BENT PHARMACIST TIMOTHY RICHARDS

CAMBRIDGE/PETERBOROUGH A crooked chemist who lived a life of luxury by stealing and selling more than £400,000 worth of medicine and equipment has been thrown out of the profession. Timothy Richards, 42, abused his position as manager of a Lloyds pharmacy in Eton Socon, St Neots in Cambridgeshire, to secretly sell machinery and drugs including Cialis sex pills. Between 2007 and 2013 Richards raked in £422,568 selling goods stolen from Lloyds Pharmacy on Ebay. He also ordered and then sold on medicines to other pharmacists who were unaware that he was doing so illegally.
 
July 22, 2014

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HALL: METALS MAGNATE JAILED OVER £3M IN BRIBES

TOTTING A metals magnate who took £3m in bribes while working for an aluminium smelting company in the Middle East has been jailed for 16 months. Bruce Hall, 61, former chief executive officer of Aluminium Bahrain BSC (Alba), claims he was paid the kickbacks by billionaire friend of Tony Blair, Victor Dahdaleh. But Dahdaleh was cleared in December last year after the Serious Fraud Office were forced to drop the case because of changes in Hall's evidence. Hall siphoned the cash through his Swiss bank account and offshore companies between 2002 and 2005, Southwark Crown Court heard.
  July 22, 2014

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SOMAIA: TYCOON GETS EIGHT YEARS FOR £13.5 FRAUD

BAYSWATER; HADLEY WOOD A business tycoon who fleeced wealthy investors out of £13.5million was jailed for eight years today (TUES) after the largest ever private prosecution in English legal history. Ketan Somaia, 52, wooed his victims with luxury trips on private Learjets, champagne parties, extravagant dinners and expenses paid trips to Dubai, Kenya and South Africa. The Kenyan businessman, dubbed 'King Con', boasted about his connections to the billionaire Hinduja brothers while showing off his plush office in Mayfair and a palatial home in the exclusive north London suburb of Hadley Wood. In reality Somaia was shamelessly exploiting his unwitting victims to get his hands on their money to sustain his luxurious lifestyle and prop up his failing businesses.
 
July 21, 2014

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HALL: TYCOON FACES JAIL FOR SMELTING BRIBES

TOOTING A corrupt business tycoon who invested in property using £3m taken in bribes while working for an aluminium smelting company in the Middle East is facing jail today (MON). Bruce Hall, 61, former chief executive officer of Aluminium Bahrain BSC (Alba), claims he was paid the kickbacks by billionaire friend of Tony Blair, Victor Dahdaleh. Dahdaleh was cleared in December last year after the Serious Fraud Office were forced to drop the case because of changes in Hall's evidence. Hall, who siphoned the cash through his Swiss bank account and off-shore companies between 2002 and 2005, is now facing sentence at Southwark Crown Court.
  July 21, 2014

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TREE: MADDIE PHOTO FOUND IN BOGUS BOMB DETECTOR

DUNSTABLE A cut-up photograph of missing Madeleine McCann was found inside a fake bomb detector made by a married couple of fraudsters, the Old Bailey heard today (MON). Samuel Tree, 67, and his wife Joan, 62, claimed the 'Alpha 6' was sophisticated crime-fighting device capable of locating drugs, explosives and even people. They sold the machine for thousands of pounds each after boasting they used technology similar to an MRI brain scanner, jurors were told. In reality they were cheap plastic boxes imported from China and assembled in the couple's garden shed at a cost of just £5.10.
 
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.'

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