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January 05, 2016

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ADAMS: I'M THE PATSY! PATRICK ADAMS IN COURT FOR BMW SHOOTING

ISLINGTON The younger brother of an underworld crime boss appeared in court with his wife accused of gunning down a BMW driver. Patrick 'Patsy' Adams, 59, and his partner, Constance, 55, appeared at Woolwich Crown Court charged with the attempted murder of Paul Teirnan, 51, and possession of a firearm. The alleged victim was shot as he sat at the wheel of his black BMW X5 at the junction of St John’s Street and Wycliff Street, Clerkenwell, in broad daylight on 22 December 2013. Adams, who is the brother of Terry Adams, the feared former head of the Clerkenwell crime syndicate known by the family name, appeared in the dock wearing a dark blue sweater over a white shirt next to his wife, dressed in a grey jacket over a white top.
  January 05, 2016

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DOYLE:ONE OF GANG RINGLEADERS WAS REAL LIFE ARTHUR DALEY

ISLINGTON, ENFIELD, NORTH LONDON; BENFLEET, ESSEX; DARTFORD, KENT A gas engineer accused of involvement in the Hatton Garden raid admitted he used to drink with three of he gang's ringleaders - and described one as an Arthur Daley character. Hugh Doyle, 48, is accused of allowing the thieves to use his premises to swap loot stolen in the £14m heist. Doyle admitted he was once part of a drinking circle that included 76-year-old mastermind Brian Reader - was was known as 'The Guv'nor or 'Master' by the other gang members. He also drank with convicted robber Terry Perkins, 67, and his wheeler-dealer pal John 'Kenny' Collins, 75, at The Harlequin, in Angel, north London in the early 2000s.
 
January 05, 2016

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NANDAP: ACCUSED LECTURER STABBER IN COURT

ISLINGTON An alleged knifeman accused of the murder of a lecturer who was stabbed to death on his own doorstep was remanded in custody today (Tues). Femi Nandap, 22, is accused of knifing Dr Jeroen Ensink repeatedly outside his home in Hilldrop Crescent, Islington on December 27. The 41-year-old, a biologist at the prestigious London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, suffered multiple stab wounds after being attacked at around 1.50pm. Despite efforts to save him, Dr Ensink was pronounced dead at the scene.
  January 04, 2016

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ERUN:PRISON VAN ESCAPE PLOT GANG TO STAND TRIAL IN MAY

TOTTENHAM, NORTH LONDON Four men accused of a plot to spring two Turkish gangsters from jail whose dramatic arrest led to a father-of-two being shot dead by police will stand trial in May, a court heard. Jermaine Baker, 28, was allegedly part of the plan to free Erwin Amoyaw-Gyamfi, 29, and Izzet Erun, 32, as they were being driven to Wood Green Crown Court for sentencing in a prison van. Baker, from Tottenham, died of a single gunshot wound on 11 December after armed police in unmarked 4x4 vehicles and wearing balaclavas swooped after they were tipped off about the alleged escape attempt. The as yet unnamed police marksmen who fired the fatal shot was suspended, arrested and interviewed under caution after the Independent Police Complaints Commission began a homicide inquiry, but no charges have been brought.
 
January 04, 2016

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HARBINSON: GEMS WERE JUST OLD FAMILY HEIRLOOMS

BENFLEET, ESSEX; ISLINGTON, ENFIELD, NORTH LONDON; DARTFORD, KENT The partner of a London taxi driver accused of involvement in the £14m Hatton Garden heist said gems found stashed behind kitchen cupboards could be seen in family photographs dating back 16 years. Jon Harbinson, 42, is said to have stored three bags stuffed with jewellery stolen in the Easter weekend raid in the garage of his suburban home in Benfleet, Essex, alongside golf clubs, tins of paint and other boxes and bags. The home Harbinson shares with his common law wife, Cherie Wright, and their three children was raided by police after the cab driver was arrested after delivering the holdalls to a pub car park in Enfield, north London. Officers found a clear Tupperware box containing a collection of rings, chains and sovereigns in money bags behind a kickboard in the kitchen.
  December 22, 2015

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HARBINSON: 'I WANTED TO ANSWER QUESTIONS BUT MY SOLICITOR KEPT GIVING ME A BOOT'

BENFLEET, CHESHUNT, BETHNAL GREEN A taxi driver accused of involvement in the £14m Hatton Garden raid said today (tues) he wanted to answer police questions but was repeatedly kicked under the table by his solicitor. Jon Harbinson, 42, was arrested by Flying Squad officers on 21 May after delivering three holdalls stuffed with gems from the Easter weekend raid to a pub car park in Enfield, north London. The father-of-three told jurors he had no knowledge of the bags' contents and would never have stored them at his family home had he known they were full of stolen goods. Harbinson deleted the address of the Wheatsheaf pub from his Sat Nav after his uncle William 'Billy' Lincoln, 60, was arrested over the heist and provided a prepared statement to police after he was supplied a solicitor by the Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association. But he insisted he wanted to help officers, adding: 'I have never been arrested before, I have no criminal convictions.'
 
December 21, 2015

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LINCOLN:JIMMY TWO BATHS WAS WITH BILLY THE FISH - M'LUD

ENFIELD, ISLINGTON, NORTH LONDON; CHESHUNT, HERTS A witness nicknamed 'Jimmy two baths' told a court today (mon) he was with a Hatton Garden suspect he knew as 'Billy the fish' at Billingsgate market during the £14m burglary. James Creighton, who got his nickname from occasionally bathing twice at communal steam baths, said he met with 60-year-old William Lincoln on Good Friday morning after he offered to give him a tour of the iconic East End fish market. The pair knew each other from the Edwardian Porchester spa, in Westminster, where 'gentleman go to relax' and 'schmeiss', or bath with a big soap and brush, jurors heard. Mr Creighton, from Romford, Essex, raised giggles in court as he told how he had his schmeissing (corr - Yiddish for striking) brush in his car and explained Lincoln acquired his nickname as he often used to bring salmon to the steam baths to sell.
  December 18, 2015

SYKES: HAMMER ATTACKER ADMITS KILLING

WOOLWICH; SIDCUP A man admitted battering a pensioner to death with a hammer in his own home today (FRI) but denied murder. Raymond Sykes, 35, attacked 82 year-old Arthur Walters-Girout at his home in Pembury Crescent, Sidcup, southeast London. The pensioner's lifeless body was discovered by emergency services on June 19 and a post mortem revealed he had died from a head injury. Sykes appeared at the Old Bailey to plead not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
 
December 18, 2015

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LINCOLN:HATTON GARDEN SUSPECT JETTED OFF TO RHODES

ISLINGTON, NORTH LONDON; CHESHUNT, HERTS; DARTFORD, KENT A suspect in the Hatton Garden heist jetted off to a Greek island just two days after the £14m burglary after picking up bags of stolen loot, a court heard today (fri). William 'Bill' Lincoln, 60, took a Ryanair flight to Rhodes before hopping on a ferry to Symi where he spent 15 days fishing with an old friend as police hunted the suspects behind the 'largest burglary in English legal history'. Lincoln, who has a double hip replacement and lives off disability benefits, claims he knew nothing of the Easter weekend raid, which saw burglars ransack the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company in the heart of London's jewellery district. He told jurors he bought fish in Billingsgate market before stocking up on fruit and vegetables at Borough market on Friday 3 April, after burglars had used a diamond-tipped drill to bore a hole into the 1940s vault.
  December 18, 2015

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PARLE:MACHETE WIELDING SMASH AND GRAB GANG FACING JAIL

BERMONDSEY, SOUTHEAST LONDON; BETHNAL GREEN, EAST LONDON; MANCHESTER A machete-wielding smash and grab gang behind a £561,000 wave of cash and gem raids are facing jail today (Fri). Alex Parle, 22, Thomas O'Connor, 23, and Conor Gartland, 18, were part of a criminal organisation that targeted jewellers and money transfer shops in London and Manchester. The gang smashed their way into shops using sledgehammers and concrete blocks 'in a violent and frenzied manner' before ransacking window displays or ordering terrified staff to hand over cash. Wearing crash helmets and gloves, the raiders roared off on scooters with handfuls of watches, jewellery and money.
 
December 16, 2015

WOOD:HATTON GARDEN SUSPECT WAS WATCHING TV AT TIME OF RAID

ENFIELD, ISLINGTON, NORTH LONDON; DARTFORD, KENT The wife of a Hatton Garden burglary suspect today (Weds) told a court her husband was at home watching television with her during the £14m heist. Carl Wood, 58, was allegedly part of the gang that used a diamond-tipped drill to bore a hole in the 1940s vault after breaking into the basement through the lift shaft. Identified by prosecutors as 'Male F', Wood is said to be the bespectacled burglar who 'got spooked' and left the conspiracy when he found the fire escape door locked when the thieves returned to finish the job the following night. But his wife Paula, 60, told jurors her husband had not stayed out all night since his 20s and insisted he was at their three-bedroom home in Cheshunt over the Easter bank holiday weekend.
  December 14, 2015

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SYED:JIHADIST GUILTY OF PLOTTING POPPY DAY BEHEADING

HOUNSLOW, EALING, WEST LONDON A British jihadist has been found guilty of plotting a Poppy Day beheading on the order of a 'chilling' Islamic State fatwa inciting followers to bring terror to the West. Nadir Syed, 22, planned to emulate the brutal Lee Rigby murder in the run up to last year's Remembrance commemorations after he was stopped from boarding a flight to Turkey. He was arrested just days before Remembrance Sunday after buying an 11-inch Victorinox knife from Kitchen Ideas, in Ealing, west London moments after he been handed an ASBO for a public order offence. Police found gruesome ISIS propaganda on his mobile phone glorifying the beheading of westerners, and even a homemade video of him stamping on a poppy in the street.

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