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May 12, 2014

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HAMMOND:BUSINESSMAN MADE BOGUS CLAIM FOR FIANCEE'S DIAMOND RING

PALMERS GREEN, NORTH LONDON A businessman was caught out making a bogus insurance claim for his fiancee's £20,000 diamond ring when she was spotted wearing it on Facebook. David Hammond, a 27 year-old partner in a furniture company, said the jewellery had been stolen during a holiday in Brazil. He reported the theft to police in Rio de Janeiro and then filed an insurance claim on his return to the UK in January last year. But when the underwriters spotted the tell-tale photo on his fiancee's Facebook feed, he claimed he had found the ring.
  May 12, 2014

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CHOWDHURY:CURRY HOUSE BOSS JAILED FOR BENEFIT CON

COLCHESTER, ESSEX; IPSWICH; POPLAR, EAST LONDON A curry house owner who falsely claimed £41,000 in benefits so his burkha-wearing wife could splash out on designer clothing was jailed for 15 months. Mohammed Chowdhury, 33, pretended he only earned £40 a week as a restaurant waiter despite running a thriving business in Colchester with a turnover of £400,000 a year. He also claimed housing and council tax benefit without revealing their home was rented from his mother-in-law. Chowdhury's partner, mother-of-two Johura Begum, 32, spent £13,000 of the cash on clothing at Burberry and Reiss, £1,200 on bedroom furniture and £130 a time on regular trips to the hairdresser.
 
May 12, 2014

BAINS:CROOKED COMPANY BOSS JAILED FOR £6M SCAM

NOTTINGHAM, NEWARK, NOTTS; LEICESTER One of Britain's most crooked company bosses has been jailed for nearly five years for masterminding a £6m scam to fund a lavish lifestyle. Demitris Bains, 51, and his gang set up dozens of bogus companies in which they bought goods on credit, then re-sold them without paying the suppliers. Bains would then collapse the firms when creditors began demanding their money back, often leaving them bankrupt. His sister Kiran Dillon, 45, used a series of aliases to hide her identity as she secured more funds for the gang's other fake companies, even targeting the very same traders who had just been scammed.
  May 08, 2014

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TAHIR: DOCTOR WHO FORGED PRECRIPTIONS TO SELL ABROAD FACES BEING STRUCK OFF

MAIDSTONE, KENT A doctor who forged prescriptions to sell abroad faces being struck off the medical register. Dr Mustapha Tahir, 53, was sentenced to 15 months behind bars after he was convicted by jury at Maidstone Crown Court last July – reduced to ten months on appeal. The GP, who practised at The Shrubbery and Riverview Park surgeries, in Gravesend, Kent, told the court he was set up by disgruntled partners at the practice. But Judge Martin Joy told him he was satisfied it was for him to sell abroad for his financial gain.
 
May 08, 2014

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REGISTE:LET OFF FOR MODEL OVER BOOTS LOYALTY CARD SCAM

MANOR PARK, EAST LONDON A model who carried out a massive loyalty card scam while working for Boots and blew the lot on make-up has walked free from court. Gianna Registe, 21, amassed 25,000 points on her Boots Advantage Card while working as an optical assistant at the chemist's flagship store in Oxford Street, central London. Registe - listed as a commercial/alternative model for Fusion Management - credited the card with fake sales and rewards by introducing people for eye tests, Southwark Crown Court heard. 'She then spent the £2,500 on cosmetics and other toiletry items,' said prosecutor Peter Zinner.
  May 07, 2014

MIRZA: GAMBLER 'SOLD' FULL DRIVING LICENCES

ILFORD A gambler tried to pay off his £40,000 debts by promising full driving licences for a fee. Naser Mirza, 25, told his dupes his brother worked for the DVLA and that he could get them the permit and the insurance. Mirza would just vanish with the money and even had to go abroad to hide from his creditors He was caught out when his family rang the police on 17 March last year to report him missing.
 
May 07, 2014

SAMANTAR:CONVICTED HEROIN DEALER LIED TO GET ON LAW COURSE

DALSTON, EAST LONDON A convicted heroin dealer claimed he had no criminal record to enrol on a law course and pocket thousands of pounds in grants, a court heard today (Weds). Mohammed Samantar, 33, also told the University of East London he had three A levels in Maths, Psychology and Business Studies to get on the course. After enrolling in September 2012 he applied for grants and loans from the Student Loans Company based in Glasgow, jurors heard. He claimed he had no certificates of his qualifications because the schools he went to had all closed down but hoped the evidence he provided to them would be enough.
  May 06, 2014

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BAILEY:PA TO BOND PRODUCER ACCUSED OF FLEECING MOVIE FIRM

HANWELL, WEST LONDON A personal assistant to James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli fraudulently used a credit card to spend film company cash, a court heard. Darren Bailey, 39, allegedly defrauded Eon Productions, the makers of the Bond movies, while working for the daughter of legendary Bond producer Albert 'Cubby' Broccoli. Bailey allegedly stole £1,400 of Eon cash up until his arrest on May 17 last year. He appeared in the dock at Southwark Crown Court today (TUE) charged with three counts of fraud by false representation and a single count of theft by the employee.
 
May 02, 2014

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BUDI: JAIL FOR POSTIE IN BRITAIN'S BIGGEST MAIL THEFT

LEYTON A postman involved in the biggest ever theft from the Royal Mail wept as he was jailed for eight and a half years today (fri). For three years Ajaz Budi, 33, helped himself to hundreds of parcels from the Mount Pleasant sorting office containing cheques worth more than £2.3 million. Budi and his accomplices wrongly paid the cheques into accounts they had set up, often using an insider within the banks. International legal firm Clyde and Co lost cheques worth £2,271,289 in just three months. Jailing him for eight and a half years at the Old Bailey Judge John Bevan said the theft was on a 'massive scale'. Budi wept uncontrollably as he was led away to the cells.
  May 01, 2014

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JUDGE THROWS OUT FRAUD TRIAL OVER LEGAL AID CUTS

ORPINGTON, KENT; PENGE, SOUTH LONDON; BRIGHTON A judge threw out a major fraud trial today (thurs) after David Cameron's barrister brother called for the case to be abandoned due to legal aid cuts. Alex Cameron QC, argued that his legally-aided clients could not find barristers 'of sufficient competence' because of the reforms imposed by his brother's government. Scott Crawley, 35, was said to have masterminded a £5m scam between 2008 and 2011 through the firms Plott UK, European Property Investments (EPI) and Stirling Alexander. Crawley was accused of conspiracy to defraud alongside Daniel Forsyth, 30, Aaron Petrou, 46, and Brendan Daley, 38.
 
April 30, 2014

PHILLIPS: 'SINGLE MOTHER' FRAUD NETTED £150K IN BENEFITS

DAGENHAM A mother-of-three who illegally pocketed £150,000 in housing and council tax benefits is facing jail. Margaret Phillips, 55, claimed she was raising her three children alone when her husband Abiodan Raji was living with the family. She swindled a total of £150,000 in false benefits and tax credits over a ten-year period. She was due to be sentenced today at Snaresbrook Crown Court but Judge William Kennedy said he wants to know more about the family's circumstances.
  April 30, 2014

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CHIRE: MODEL TOOK FREE TAXI RIDES IN EXPENSES CON

HOXTON, SHOREDITCH, STOKE NEWINGTON, BETHNAL GREEN, PINNER A part-time model who took £2,300 worth of free taxi trips and fraudulently claimed them on business expenses walked free from court today (weds). Diana Chire, 27, invoiced property firm Segro PLC for 65 rides across the capital from while employed in a temporary admin role between December 12, 2013 and January 17 this year. In one instance, she called Addison Lee and ordered a cab from a Christmas party to her mother's house in Pinner, northwest London, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard. Segro, a property investment and development company, had recruited the part-time model on a temporary basis for a basic administration job.

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