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War heroes grave constantly vandalised for six years

The tearful mother of a war hero wants his body dug up and buried somewhere else because of an unusual form of vandalism.

Greenwich special constable dismissed from Met after pleading guilty to child sex offences

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Donald Trump blames Sadiq Khan and Immigrants for increase in crime in the UK, is he right?

Donald Trump visit: Sadiq Khan refuses to 'rise to beastly comments' The mayor of London says he will not rise to Donald Trump's "beastly" accusation that he did "a terrible job" after 2017's terror attacks. The US president used an interview ahead of his UK visit to attack Sadiq Khan over the wave of terror attacks in the capital. He also blamed the mayor for a rise in immigration, saying "look at all the crime brought in". Mr Khan questioned why he was singled out as being responsible for terrorism. The mayor was speaking as Labour MP David Lammy accused Mr Trump of being a "racist" who "hates that London chose a Muslim mayor". View Full Story I agree with David Lammy, Trump hates the fact that there is a London mayor who is Muslim, Trump is at best a closet racist. However being the President his views carry alot of weight, thus thought i would start this debate, are immigrants responsible for bringing " large scale crime" to the UK? Should Sadiq Khan shoulder total responsibility for the crime in London?

NCA: Trucker tried to bring £1m cocaine through Channel Tunnel

Home News Trucker tried to bring £1m cocaine through Channel Tunnel Return to News 13 July 2018 A Polish trucker who attempted to smuggle cocaine with an potential street value of almost £1m into the UK via the Channel Tunnel has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years. On 10 June 2018 Border Force Officers stopped the lorry of Zenon Siwik, 48, (below right) at the Coquelles freight zone near Calais. A scan of the vehicle identified a number of dark block shapes. Officers searched the cab and found 12 packages in the driver’s side top locker and behind the lining of the tractor unit. They tested positive for cocaine. Forensic analysis put the value of the haul, once cut, at £960,000. 
The vehicle had travelled from Poland, where Siwik is an independent driver with his own business. A National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation revealed that he had travelled to the UK in the same vehicle on five previous occasions. Siwik pleaded guilty at Canterbury Crown Court on 10 July and today (13 July) was jailed. NCA Dover branch commander Matt Rivers said: “Not only have we stopped this criminal who was intent on causing harm by bringing drugs into this country, we have also hit the supply chain. Organised crime groups rely on professional enablers like Siwik to get their drugs into the country – his was a key part of the chain. “Working with Border Force we will continue to disrupt drugs gangs and stop profits from drugs being reinvested in further violent criminal activity.” David Smith, Deputy Director of Border Force South East and Europe, said: “Border Force officers are at the forefront of preventing illegal substances and other banned goods, including Class A drugs, from entering the UK. In this case, we have prevented a large amount of cocaine from reaching our streets where they could have done so much damage to individuals and communities. “We continue to work with our colleagues from the NCA to stamp out criminality like this and bring those responsible to justice.” Share this Page: View the full article

NCA: Bradford men convicted of supplying heroin across UK

Return to News 13 July 2018 Two men from Bradford have been found guilty of conspiring to supply heroin across the UK. Farriman Khan (46) and Francis Cooper (61) both from Reynolds Avenue were arrested on 18 October 2017 by the National Crime Agency’s Armed Operations Unit (AOU) following a lengthy investigation. On 1 July 2016, Cooper drove a white transit van to Streatham in South London and met Carl Stanley (41). Officers observed Cooper hand something to Stanley before they both drove away in separate vehicles. Stanley’s vehicle was stopped by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in the same street and he was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a class A drugs. They found two blocks in his car which was later confirmed to be approximately two kilos of heroin, with an estimated street value of £198,000. The AOU investigated the handover and identified Farriman Khan as the facilitator of the drugs exchange. Both Khan and Cooper were arrested in October 2017 and officers searched the property in Reynolds Avenue. They recovered a number of mobile phones, SIM cards, computer devices and more than £69,000 cash. Cooper pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs at an earlier hearing on 10th April 2018 and Khan was found guilty on the 12th July following a trial at Leeds Crown Court. Both were remanded in custody until sentencing on the 3rd August. Stanley was jailed for four years in January. Tim Gregory, NCA senior investigating officer said: “Khan has an extensive criminal history and seemingly no respect for law enforcement as he continued to offend while on licence from prison. “He and Cooper have been found guilty of supplying vast amounts of class A drugs across the UK– drugs which fuel further crime, violence and exploitation and I have no doubt the public are safer now they are both behind bars”. Share this Page: View the full article

NCA: Cyber criminals jailed for National Lottery intrusion

Return to News 13 July 2018 Two cyber criminals have today been sentenced for committing offences against the National Lottery, after a National Crime Agency investigation. Daniel Thompson, 27, and Idris Kayode Akinwunmi, 21, were jailed for eight months and four months respectively at Birmingham Crown Court in relation to the 2016 attack. The men used an online application to bombard the victim’s web domain with thousands of attempts to log in to customer accounts. Thompson, of Millfield Avenue, Newcastle, admitted unauthorised computer access with intent to commit other offences, and two counts of obtaining an article for the commission of a computer misuse offence. Akinwunmi, of Kingston Road, Birmingham, admitted unauthorised computer access with intent to commit other offences and fraud by false representation. Between 16 and 28 November 2016 Camelot identified thousands of unique IP addresses attempting to access National Lottery customer accounts and notified the NCA. Investigators established that the IP addresses were linked to Thompson and Akinwunmi who used the online application to force into Camelot’s web domain. Akinwunmi was identified as accessing one customer’s account and removing £13. Thompson was arrested on 30 Nov 2016 – forensic examination of his Lenovo laptop showed he had the ‘brute forcer’ application and evidence of hacking. He admitted downloading files and said he was unaware that he was responsible for tens of thousands of log in attempts. In interview he said he did it because he likes “to see how things work”. Akinwunmi was arrested on 21 December 2016. He told officers: “I was just being silly and naïve really…It was just a naïve act to make a little bit of cash.” NCA senior investigating officer Lauren Morgan said: “No one should think cyber crime is victimless or that they can get away with it. Even the most basic forms of cyber crime can have substantial impacts on victims. “The NCA will purse and identify offenders and any conviction can be devastating to their futures.” Share this Page: View the full article

NCA: Three men convicted for possessing lethal firearms

Return to News 12 July 2018 Three men have been convicted for their role in a plot to import 89 lethal firearms into the UK following an investigation by the joint Metropolitan Police and National Crime Agency’s Organised Crime Partnership (OCP). In early 2017, OCP officers established that an organised crime group were involved in the importation of a large number of illegal weapons from mainland Europe. They shared information with Border Force officers based at Coquelles, France, who stopped a vehicle before it entered the Channel Tunnel en-route to the UK on 1 July 2017. Searches of the vehicle’s trailer revealed 79 viable 4mm and 6mm handguns and thousands of rounds of ammunition, all hidden in specially adapted concealments in engine blocks. The driver of the vehicle, a Polish courier, had collected the engines from Denis Kolencukov, 24, at the Orlen petrol station in Boleslawiec, Poland the previous day on 30th June, unaware of their lethal contents. Kolencukov was arrested as he arrived in Dover from Dunkirk on the same day (1 July). CCTV showed Kolencukov moving two engine blocks into the trailer of a vehicle before the courier drove off. A diary seized from the courier had an entry on 30 June stating ‘engine, Boleslawiec’ and a telephone number for Kolencukov. Five other diary entries were confirmed to be previous importations of engines conducted by Kolencukov, all of which were believed to contain firearms and ammunition. The guns were viable Ekol Arda 4mm Flobert and Atak Arma 6mm Flobert revolvers. These are prohibited firearms in the UK but are freely available in countries across Eastern Europe, including the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Slovakia. Enquiries into the importation led officers to an industrial estate in Seaborough, Slough. On 3 July 2017, they observed two men gain entry to a shipping container, remove an item from the unit and drive away in a van. Supported by armed officers from Thames Valley Police, the van was stopped and an additional nine firearms were found in the vehicle. Steven Spires, 36 and Michael Nicholls, 26, both from Slough were arrested. One further firearm was recovered following a search of the shipping container, taking the total number of firearms seized to 89. Kolencukov was charged on the 3rd July with conspiracy to import firearms, conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life or enable another to do so and conspiracy to possess ammunition with intent to endanger life or enable another to do so. He pleaded guilty to all charges in November 2017 and has been remanded in custody since. On 12 July at Blackfriars Crown Court, Spires was found guilty of possession of firearms and Nicholls was found guilty of possession of firearms and conspiracy to import firearms. All three will be sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court on 3 August. DI John Nolan from the Organised Crime Partnership said: “Kolencukov was the driving force behind the importation a vast number of these extremely dangerous firearms. Not only were they viable weapons, they were packaged up with thousands of rounds of ammunition and I have no doubt that they were being brought into the UK for the sole purpose of causing serious and fatal injuries. “Although the level of firearm crime in the UK remains one of the lowest in the world, since 2016, these weapons have been seen more frequently in the UK so it’s vital that we work collectively with our partners to take action, across borders, to ensure the risk is minimised. “Stopping this supply has protected the public and in no doubt prevented potential fatal gang related shootings. We will continue to target organised networks and disrupt their criminal activity.” Chris Farrimond, NCA Deputy Director of investigations, said: “Our recent threat assessment highlights that handguns are still the most commonly used firearms in the UK. They are easily concealable, making them the firearm of choice by criminal groups. “We know there is a strong connection between drug supply and the use of firearms to protect and enable wider criminal assets, so it’s vital we work with our law enforcement partners – both in the UK and overseas – to take action before lethal weapons reach the UK. The weapons seized in this case can be purchased in the Czech Republic for between €70 and €140, with a tin of 150 rounds of ammunition for €29. They are significantly cheaper and more readily available than other types of weapon. Share this Page: View the full article

NCA: Jailed heroin wholesaler ordered to pay back over £740,000 of illicit earnings

Return to News 12 July 2018 A Wolverhampton man who acted as a wholesaler to drug dealers in the West Midlands has been ordered to pay back £742,270 in a confiscation hearing. Daljinder Bassi, 36, was jailed for 13 years in February this year following an investigation by the National Crime Agency and Met Police Organised Crime Partnership (OCP). Bassi used various hiding places in his home, including under the floorboards, beneath the insulation in the loft and within the wall cavities, to store cash and class A drugs in powder, rock and block. The cash hidden in the walls was only accessible from the loft using a home-made pulley system. OCP officers searching his home in October 2017 seized £737,000 in cash, 22kg of heroin, cocaine and mixing agents. The drugs recovered would have had a total estimated street value of £2.5 million. Yesterday (11 July 2018), at Wolverhampton Crown Court, Bassi was ordered to hand over £742,270 – based on an assessment of his available assets. His total criminal benefit figure was judged to have been £1,187,650. If he does not pay the sum of money within three months, he will be sentenced to a further five years and five months in prison. Matt McMillan from the Organised Crime Partnership said: “Bassi made huge sums of money by selling dangerous class A drugs; a business that directly fuels serious violence and gang culture. “In most cases, the OCP’s work does not stop at a criminal conviction. Wherever possible, we will look to strip offenders of their illicit earnings and make sure they aren’t able to fund a luxury lifestyle once they’ve served their time. “If Bassi satisfies the confiscation order, he’ll be released from his sentence when he expects to be. If not, he’ll serve over five more years and still be expected to pay this bill at the end.” Share this Page: View the full article



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