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BBC: 'Black cab rapist' John Worboys to stay in prison

'Black cab rapist' John Worboys to stay in prison 19 November 2018 Related TopicsJohn Worboys case Image copyright Metropolitan Police Image caption John Worboys was jailed in 2009 for a string of sex attacks on women in his taxi The "black cab rapist" John Worboys must stay in prison, the Parole Board has ruled. Worboys who is now known as John Radford, was jailed in 2009 for assaults on 12 women in London. Among reasons given for refusing the 61-year-old parole were his "sense of sexual entitlement" and a need to control women. In January the Parole Board said he would be freed after serving 10 years, but victims challenged the decision. The High Court overturned the board's original ruling and sided with the legal challenge. The BBC has seen a summary of the reasons why the Parole Board has now refused to release Worboys, which include "risk factors" such as Worboys' "sexual preoccupation, a sense of sexual entitlement and a belief that rape is acceptable". Image copyright Metropolitan Police Image caption The black cab used by Worboys in his attacks At his trial at Croydon Crown Court in 2009, jurors were told Worboys picked up his victims in London's West End. The court heard Worboys claimed he had won the lottery or had won money at casinos and offered his victims a glass of celebratory champagne laced with sedatives. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionVictim: 'The police assumed I was some drunk' Worboys was convicted of 19 offences including one count of rape, five sexual assaults, one attempted assault and 12 drugging charges. As well as being ordered to serve at least eight years, Worboys was given an indeterminate sentence, meaning he could be kept in prison as for as long as he was deemed to remain a danger to the public. Launch of legal bid against Worboys' release Would London ban be enforceable? Victims told Worboys would serve life-sentence Police believe Worboys may have carried out more than 100 rapes and sexual assaults on women in London between 2002 and 2008. Image copyright Metropolitan Police Image caption Police found a "rape kit" with contraceptives and drugs in Worboys' cab Among the documents considered by the panel were a 1,255 page dossier on Worboys and personal statements from seven victims. It concluded: "After considering the circumstances of offending, the progress made while in custody, and the evidence presented within the dossier, the panel was not satisfied that Mr Worboys was suitable for release or progression to the open estate." The Parole Board said under current legislation Worboys will be eligible for a further review "within two years", but this would be at a date set by the Ministry of Justice. View the full article

NCA: After nearly four years on the run, drug trafficker jailed for seven years

Home News After nearly four years on the run, drug trafficker jailed for seven years Return to News 19 November 2018 A man who went on the run for almost four years to escape drug trafficking charges has been jailed for seven years and three months. Michael Lloyd, aged 31, originally from the East London/Essex area, was wanted by the National Crime Agency (NCA) in connection with an attempt to import 15 kilos of cocaine in 2014. Three British men were arrested for their involvement in the conspiracy but Lloyd went into hiding. He was located during a joint operation with the Spanish authorities to track down a separate fugitive, Jamie Acourt, wanted by the Metropolitan Police as part of an investigation into unrelated offences. The two men were found residing together in Barcelona. Lloyd was extradited back to the UK and pleaded guilty to conspiring to import class A drugs on 6 July 2018. Today (19 November) at Birmingham Crown Court he was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison. Colin Williams, NCA Branch Commander, said: “Our ability to work closely and quickly with our Spanish partners led the arrest of Lloyd and his subsequent extradition back to the UK. “After four years on the run, he’s been forced to face up to his crime and a seven year jail term. “Many criminals believe they can evade law enforcement and slip under the radar. This case is another example of the fact there is no safe haven for fugitives.” Share this Page: View the full article

Shocking moment thug almost knocks a woman police officer under a BUS with a flying kick

In mobile phone footage posted on Twitter two men can be seen punching and kicking the male and female officer as scores of people pass without intervening. A lucky escape for one of the officer's, passing bus could have easily resulted in serious injury 😡

BBC: Brexit: PM to continue battle for withdrawal deal

Brexit: PM to continue battle for withdrawal deal 19 November 2018 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright PA Theresa May is set to renew her efforts to sell her draft Brexit withdrawal agreement, using a speech to say it has been "agreed in full". She will tell business leaders in the CBI it will deliver a fair immigration system, in which EU nationals can no longer "jump the queue". It comes as some Tory MPs continue to press for late changes to the deal. Ministers from the remaining 27 EU countries are meeting in Brussels ahead of the deal being finalised on Sunday. They are working on the political declaration setting out their future relationship with the UK, which is due to be published this week. May: Ousting me won't help Brexit May and Corbyn interviews and reaction Reality Check: What does the draft agreement reveal? Rules for any challenge to Theresa May There has been widespread criticism of the 585-page withdrawal agreement - setting out what the UK and EU's future relationship could look like - which is set be signed off at a summit this weekend. Two of the prime minister's cabinet ministers resigned over the deal, while others are believed to be trying to change its wording. Speculation continues over whether the number of Tory MPs submitting letters of no-confidence in Mrs May will reach the 48 required to trigger a confidence vote on her leadership. What's the PM's next move? Mrs May will join Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in addressing the business lobby group the CBI at its annual conference in London. Analysis: Right audience, wrong message She will tell them that her plan will provide a fair immigration system that will help young people in the UK get jobs and training. She is expected to say: "It will no longer be the case that EU nationals, regardless of the skills or experience they have to offer, can jump the queue ahead of engineers from Sydney or software developers from Delhi. "Instead of a system based on where a person is from, we will have one that is built around the talents and skills a person has to offer." She will also reiterate that she is not willing to reopen discussions with Brussels over the withdrawal agreement, saying "the core elements of that deal are already in place". She is due to say that she expects to hammer out a framework for a future trade relationship in Brussels this week, before signing off the deal at a summit on Sunday. CBI president John Allan is expected to call for MPs to back Mrs May's deal - despite it not being "perfect" - and warn of the consequences for businesses and the economy if the UK were to simply crash out of the EU. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBBC correspondents explain 585 pages faster than you could print them... on a BBC photocopier Why are people unhappy with the deal? The draft document sets out the terms of the UK's departure, including details such as how much money will be paid to the EU, details of the transition period and citizens' rights. Both the UK and the EU want to avoid a hard Northern Ireland border so they agreed to include in the deal a "backstop" - or back-up plan - in case they cannot reach a long-term trade agreement which does this. This would mean Northern Ireland would stay more closely aligned to some EU rules, which critics say is unacceptable. And the UK would not be able to leave the backstop without the EU's consent. What is the latest Tory reaction? Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson used his column in Monday's Daily Telegraph to renew his criticism of the draft agreement, describing it as a "585-page fig-leaf [that] does nothing to cover the embarrassment of our total defeat". Calling for the scrapping of the Northern Ireland backstop, he added: "We should massively accelerate our preparations to exit on World Trade Organisation terms, with a new secretary of state responsible for all the cross-government work. "There would, of course, be some disruption in that outcome, but by no means as much as sometimes predicted. "And it is our failure to make proper preparations that has so gravely weakened our negotiations." Meanwhile, former Tory chief whip Andrew Mitchell has warned against trying to replace Mrs May. He told the Times: "It will end making us look like we're hunting the prime minister down as happened with Margaret Thatcher. It will do the party untold damage in the eyes of the public." What were the key Brexit developments over the weekend? The European Commission has proposed 31 December 2022 as the ultimate end date for any extension to the post-Brexit transition period The key Brexiteer group of Tory MPs has published its rebuttal of the draft plan - saying it will make the UK a "rule-taker" Labour leader Mr Corbyn says his party, which has 257 MPs, will not support the deal A poll of 505 Tory councillors found more were against the deal than for it - but a majority wanted MPs to back Theresa May Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed her MPs would vote against the deal View the full article

Performance pay and short-term cyber experts should be part of modernising forces, College of Policing say

Radical plans to modernise the police by linking pay to performance and recruiting outside experts on short-term contracts have been proposed by the police chief in charge of standards. So anyone expecting good news from this I wonder? Do you agree pay needs reforming and if so how?

NCA: An Oxford man wanted to ‘see a boy raped’ while using an online video conferencing platform sentenced

Return to News 18 November 2018 An Oxford man who said he wanted to ‘see a boy raped’ while using an online video conferencing platform has been sentenced following an NCA investigation. Julian Brewer, aged 28, from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment – suspended for two years, 120 hours’ community service, a 35-hour rehabilitation requirement and an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order. Brewer was sentenced yesterday (Thursday 15 November) at Oxford Crown Court. He had pleaded guilty to making indecent images of children at an earlier hearing on the 26 October 2018. The National Crime Agency received information in September 2017, that Brewer was using an online video conferencing platform to view indecent images of children. Investigators executed a search warrant at his home in John Morris Road and seized computers and mobile phones. During interview, Brewer admitted to investigators that he watched child abuse videos Brewer’s devices contained 114 Category A (the most severe) indecent images of children (IIOC), 23 Category B and 23 Category C. Brewer had streamed videos so that he could rewatch them for his own sexual enjoyment and he told investigators he was sexually attracted to young boys. Graham Ellis, NCA Operations Manager, said: “Brewer had more than 150 images and recordings of children and behind every single image is a child who has been abused. “NCA officers are dedicated to preventing child abuse and bringing to justice criminals who participate in and perpetuate their suffering. “Those who view child sex abuse and exploitation on the internet should expect to be found and prosecuted.” Share this Page: View the full article

West Midlands Police officers 'kicked out of Sikh temple as they try to recruit worshippers'

This is the moment Sikh activists demanded police officers leave their temple as they tried to recruit worshippers.

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