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June 27, 2014

ATKINS: MAN 'SENT COMBAT TROUSERS TO TERRORISTS'

WILLESDEN; WALWORTH A man accused of sending a pair of combat trousers to terrorists appeared at the Old Bailey today (fri). Anton Atkins, 30, and Hana Gul Khan, 22, allegedly sent £2,700 to fund terrorism in June and July last year. Atkins alone is accused of sending a pair of combat trousers to extremists. The pair both face two terror charges.
  June 27, 2014

CATTON:TRUCKER CLEARED OF CAUSING LAD'S DEATH BY DANGEROUS DRIVING

SOUTHWARK A trucker who knocked down and crushed a five-year-old boy has been cleared of causing his death by dangerous driving. Schoolboy Hichame Bouadimi was dragged under the wheels of a skip lorry after slipping from his mother's hand and dashing into the road. Lorry driver Lee Catton, 48, was driving at 42mph along a 30mph stretch of road when he hit the runaway boy. But a jury cleared Catton of causing death by dangerous driving and causing death by careless driving after a three-day trial at Woolwich Crown Court.
 
June 24, 2014

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CATTON: LORRY HORROR DEATH OF FIVE-YEAR-OLD

ROTHERHITHE A speeding skip lorry driver ran over and killed a five-year-old boy after the lad slipped from his mother's hand, a court heard. Lee Catton, 48, was allegedly driving at 42mph along a 30mph stretch of road when he hit Hichame Bouadimi, dragging the boy under the wheels of his truck. Hichame, who had been walking with his mother and older sister, had run into the St Georges Road near the Elephant and Castle roundabout, after slipping away from his mother Jacob Hallam, prosecuting, told jurors: 'This is a tragic case; it involves the sudden death of a little boy, Hichame Bouadimi.
  June 06, 2014

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ALEXANDER: UNDERWORLD ARMOURER JAILED FOR 16 YEARS

BARDFIELD SALING, ESSEX; EALING; HANWELL; BRENTFORD; HARWICH; UXBRIDGE A former Army sergeant who ran one of the country's biggest underworld armouries from his prison cell was jailed for a further 16 years today. (FRI) Paul Alexander, 58, a former Royal Engineer, used his expertise to become a multi-millionaire as one of Britain's most infamous illegal firearms dealers. He lived in luxury in a £2.5m farmhouse complete with tennis courts and swimming pool set in four acres in the village of Bardfield Saling, Essex. Alexander was arrested in 2008 following the shooting of 11-year-old Liverpool schoolboy Rhys Jones by a member of the Croxteth Crew gang using weapons he supplied.
 
June 06, 2014

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HASSAN: FRIENDS OF LEE RIGBY'S KILLER JAILED FOR THREE YEARS

WHITECHAPEL; WALTHAMSTOW Two friends of Lee Rigby's killer Michael Adebolajo were both jailed for three years today (FRI) for calling for holy war against Britain and America. British Muslim extremists Ibrahim Hassan, 28, and Shah Hussain, 31, published hate-filled speeches online two days after Fusilier Rigby was brutally murdered on May 22 last year. Hassan, also known as Abu Nusaybah, was arrested moments after filming an interview with BBC Newsnight claiming to be a friend of one of his killers Adebolajo. On the show he claimed Adebolajo had been tortured in Kenya, and had been offered a job by MI5.
  June 05, 2014

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FINCH:PRISON WORKER WHO HAD AFFAIR WITH GANGSTER WALKS FREE

SHEERNESS, KENT; TURNHAM GREEN, WEST LONDON A prison worker who had a secret relationship with a gangster serving life for murder was spared jail today (Thurs). Kathryn Finch, 37, shared dozens of illicit phone conversations with Carl Gordon while she was employed as a clerk at HMP Swaleside, Kent. Former gym instructor Gordon, now 27, was locked up in 2006 for stabbing Michael Campbell, 21, in Turnham Green, west London, after a row over a vandalised car. During his time at the category B prison, Gordon helped former Army sergeant Paul Alexander to run an underworld gun ring from their cells.
 
June 04, 2014

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ALEXANDER: UNDERWORLD ARMOURER FACES JAIL

BARDFIELD SALING, ESSEX A former Army sergeant who ran one of the country's biggest underworld armouries from his prison cell is facing another life sentence today (weds). Paul Alexander, 58, a former Royal Engineer, used his expertise to become a multi-millionaire as one of Britain's most infamous illegal firearms dealers. He lived in luxury in a £2.5m farmhouse complete with tennis courts and swimming pool set in four acres in the village of Bardfield Saling, Essex. The former Royal Engineer was given an indefinite jail sentence for making and supplying 'assassin kits' after his weapons were linked to 28 crimes.
  June 03, 2014

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BURGESS: INNOCENT MAN SHOT BY REVENGE POSSE

WOOLWICH; KIDBROOKE An innocent man was shot dead in cold blood by a 20-strong posse hunting a rival group on 'enemy territory', the Old Bailey heard today (TUES). Marcus Innocent (corr), 35, was blasted in the stomach with a shotgun after refusing to help the gang, it is claimed. The killers had all travelled to Woolwich to take revenge after one of their cars was vandalised, jurors were told. Gunman Daniel Burgess, 34, later confessed to his estranged wife and a prison officer that he shot Mr Innocent but claimed it was an accident.
 
June 02, 2014

IQBAL:MUSLIM STUDENT CALLED HIMSELF 'FATHER OF TERRORISM'

CARDIFF A Muslim student who posted a series of links to extremist videos on his Facebook and Twitter pages under the pseudonym 'Father of Terrorism' is facing jail. Khuram Iqbal, 21, placed articles and other material which glorified terrorism up for sale on six different Facebook pages. Woolwich Crown Court heard Iqbal posted the links using the moniker 'Abu Irhaab', Arabic for Father of Terrorism. He was also caught with nine copies of Al Qaeda magazine Inspire on his Asus laptop when he was arrested on October 8 last year.
  May 30, 2014

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MELDRUM: PEEPING TOM SPARED JAIL OVER LAPTOP SPYING

LEWISHAM A hi-tech peeping Tom who installed sophisticated spy software on two women's laptops to film them taking their clothes off has narrowly avoided prison today (Fri). Andrew Meldrum, 30, planted a programme called Icamsource which allowed him to watch them in their bedrooms at any time of the day from the comfort of his own home. It is believed to be the first time anyone in the UK has been convicted of cyber-stalking. The former Goldsmiths University student who was described as 'jealous and controlling' had 11,000 images of his victims on his laptop.
 
May 29, 2014

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BOMBER COMMAND VETERAN GUARDED MEMORIAL AFTER GRAFFITI ATTACK

MAIDA VALE, EALING, WEST LONDON A proud Bomber Command veteran stood guard at the memorial to his fallen comrades for over a week after a vandal daubed the word 'Islam' on the plinth, a court heard. Andrew Patterson, 31, defiled two war memorials in central London parks, just hours before an EDL protest over the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby. Douglas Radcliffe, 89, secretary of the Bomber Command Association, was so upset by the damage he acted as a sentry at the RAF site for ten days as contractors battled to repair the statue. 'He pledged not to leave until the memorial was eventually cleaned,' said prosecutor Fabio Vitiello.
  May 27, 2014

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O'DONOGHUE:TRAVELLER SHOT TEAM GB BOXER AND HIS BROTHER

BRENTWOOD, ESSEX; WOOD GREEN, NORTH LONDON A traveller who shot a former Team GB boxer and his brother during a bitter row between two warring families has been jailed for more than 16 years. Francis O'Donoghue, 27, blasted European junior champion Martin Ward, in the chest during a heated confrontation on a travellers' site in Essex. He also shot Mr Ward's brother John in the thigh as he tried to break up a scrap between his sister, Roseanne, and O'Donoghue's wife. After wounding the Ward brothers, father-of-three O'Donoghue turned the gun on to their relatives, shouting 'I will do you all in' before running away.

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