(BRISTOL, U.K.) SCAM ALERT: Actionfraud & Avon & Somerset Police Report: They have identified and supported a number of fraud victims thanks to a new partnership with supermarkets designed to help prevent ‘gift-card-scams #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.28: Officers have since been contacted multiple times by stores who have recognised the signs of customers being coerced into buying gift cards by fraudsters….

#AceDailyNews reports that a new partnership has been setup that helps police protect victims targeted by fraudsters in ‘GIFT CARD SCAM’ …….

Fraud Protect Officers launched the initiative back in April after seeing a noticeable rise in scam cases where victims were being asked to purchase gift cards instead of sending money in the more typical ways……..

Posted at 08:47 on 20th July 2021 in Prevention:

What are scams involving gift cards?

In most cases the requests for gift cards have been a part of a bigger scam where victims have unwittingly handed over thousands of pounds to criminals over a period of time.

It normally starts by fraudsters trying to gain the trust of their victim, and this process can happen over a period of weeks or months. It can be via the internet with someone posing as a person they are not, often involving an element of romance, or over the phone with a fraudster who is lying, claiming to be working for a reputable organisation, such as the police or HMRC.

Having gained the victim’s trust, they will ask them to purchase gift cards for them and will typically invent a time-critical reason as to why they need the victim to help them.

Once the victim has bought the gift cards they are then asked to provide the individual number on the vouchers. The fraudsters may drain the value of the card, but typically sell the gift cards on.  They will usually then ask the victim to go and buy more for them.

Fraud protect officer Amy Horrobin said: “In a large number of these cases, sadly, the victim is taken in by the scam because they are trying to help others, whether that be someone they believe to be a love interest, or a reputable agency.

“These fraudsters are unscrupulous and are only interested in taking people’s money.

Amy Horrobin, fraud protect officer

“It is brilliant that people are increasingly wary that they shouldn’t hand over banking information or transfer money to people they don’t know, but it means these fraudsters are coming up with more elaborate ways to steal innocent victims’ cash. People don’t tend to associate gift cards so readily with scams.

“If you have been a victim, please report it.”

What are Avon and Somerset Police doing?

We approached several supermarkets in the spring and encouraged them to make their staff aware of these scams and provided them with three simple steps to follow:

  • If a transaction seems suspicious, don’t be afraid to challenge the customer and what the purchases are for
  • Look out for anyone who appears to be nervous or anxious about what they are doing
  • Report it to the police if you think someone is in danger, or a crime is being committed

Fraudsters in years gone by have asked victims to buy iTunes or Amazon vouchers, but we have seen an increasing number of crimes involving the purchase of Steam cards. Steam is an online platform where people can download and play games.

Our proactive work has led to staff at Sainsbury’s stores across the force area – or at Argos stores based within the supermarkets – to recognise several customers as a potential fraud victim. They have referred those incidents to us, allowing us to investigate and support the victim by firstly helping them to realise that they are a victim of fraud, and then providing them with advice and the tools to keep themselves safe in the future.

The incidents reported to us include:

  • Sainsbury’s in Taunton contacted us in May amid concerns for a shopper who had made several purchases of Steam cards totalling £140. When we made contact with the victim, it transpired they had been contacted by several people via a gaming app claiming to be single mothers unable to feed their children. In total, he parted with approximately £2,000.
  • That same month, a customer who had bought a number of Steam gift cards over a period of weeks then tried to buy a £500 voucher. When approached by staff at Argos in Street, she said she had been asked to buy them for a man living in America who wanted to marry her. We made contact with the victim and established she was the victim of romance fraud. She had been in conversation online with someone with a fake profile and had sent a total of £4,000 to the fraudster.
  • And in June a shopper in Bridgwater attempted to purchase two £500 Steam gift cards. They had been phoned by someone claiming to be a police officer, claiming a car had been found in Wales with paperwork linking the vehicle to them and that it also contained drugs and guns. The fraudster said that unless gift cards were bought then the woman could be arrested. We’re continuing to support the victim with advice to help them deal with any future phone scam attempts.

We have contacted other supermarkets too and hope to extend this initiative further in the future to prevent more people being scammed.

Fraud protect officer Jordan Coates said: “We’re really grateful for how seriously Sainsbury’s have taken this issue and supported our fraud prevention work. Their staff have allowed us to intervene and almost certainly prevented victims losing out on large sums of money.”

How to spot the signs of gift card scams

Key signs of a gift card scam are:

  • Someone you don’t know, or haven’t met in person, asks you to buy gift cards for them
  • Often they will claim it is an emergency
  • They will often pull at heart-strings and say you are the only person they can turn to

Our advice to anyone who is asked to buy gift cards is to remember that they will never be a legitimate form of payment under any circumstances, so these requests will certainly be part of a scam. Payment in the form of gift cards is convenient for the fraudster, less likely to be intercepted, and difficult to trace back to them, compared with bank transfers.

Amy continued: “Victims often feel pressurised into buying the gift cards by the situation the fraudster places themselves in. This is a deliberate ploy to prey on the victim’s emotions and seek them to make a decision that rationally they would not make otherwise.

“We would urge anyone who finds themselves in this situation to take a step back and think ‘could this be a scam?’ and to ask someone else’s opinion if unsure. If contacted by an organisation saying they need you to buy gift cards, it’s safe to assume it’s a scam.”

Jordan added: “The police, bank or other reputable organisation will never ask you to obtain gift cards for them, in the same way they will never ask for your PIN number or you to withdraw money for them. If unsure, find a phone number for them – don’t use any number provided by the suspect – and call them to check.

“If you are asked to obtain gift cards by someone you have been speaking to online, you are likely a victim of romance fraud.”

Advice from victims

Some of the victims we have helped in recent weeks and months have offered the following advice to people.

One female victim said: “Tell someone else about what is being asked of you. I have a carer who could have helped me but the fraudster told me I could not tell anyone. I felt very isolated and frightened.”

A male victim advises checking how many profile pictures a new request has and look at their biography or description. He said if he’s never met them, they only have two or three photos and minimal personal details he will not engage with them online.

He added: “The language my scammer used was fractured and often did not make sense.”

He went on to praise the work of Avon and Somerset Police fraud protect team, saying: “Thank you Amy and Jordan for everything you have done and continue to do. You saved me a lot of money and I hope by speaking out it helps others.” 

How to report scams

Under-reporting is a real issue with these sorts of crimes as victims wrongly believe they would be wasting our time, there’s nothing that can be done or they feel embarrassed by what has happened.

We urge anyone in this situation to report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or at www.actionfraud.police.uk

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(BIRMINGHAM, U.K.) WM Police Report: Two men have been charged with attempted murder in connection with an attack on two police officers in West Bromwich on Wednesday morning (21 July) #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.26: The officers were patrolling New Square in the town centre just before 11.30am as they had been granted extra powers to carry out stop checks following an increase in violence and robberies over the last few days.

#AceDailyNews reports that two men have been charged with the attempted murder of two police officers in West Bromwich on Wednesday morning (21 July) around 11.30am whilst on patrol they received injuries and have now been discharged ….

23rd July 2021

They received slash injuries and have now been discharged from hospital. They continue to recover at home with support from us.

Parminder Hunjan, aged 37, and Maninder Hunjan, aged 25 (not 41 as previously reported), have been charged with two counts of attempted murder, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of an imitation firearm. 

Maninder Hunjan has also been charged with possession of a prohibited item.

The men, both of Frank Road, Smethwick, have been remanded to appear at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court today (Friday).

A 31-year-old woman has been bailed with strict conditions pending further enquiries.   

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: July.26: 2021:

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(LONDON) MET REPORT: Officers are appealing for help to identify a man who was found dead in the Grand Union Canal in Greenford on Saturday 24th July #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.26: The death is being treated as unexplained and despite extensive enquiries officers have been unable to identify him or inform his family….

#AceDailyNews reports on MET Appeal after man’s body found in Grand Union Canal officers were called at 11:19hrs on Saturday, 24 July 2021 following a report that a body had been found in the Grand Union Canal off Kensington Road. He was pronounced dead at the scene……Death is being treated as unexplained and they are unable to identify him …..

He is described as being aged between 50 and 60 and is thought to be Asian. He was wearing a black shirt with black trousers and a grey jumper. He was clean shaven and had three scars on his body. The scars are thought to be have come from surgery and are not believed to be connected to his death. 

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD 2948/24Jul. 

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(HONG KONG) JUST IN: Police have arrested five people on sedition charges for publishing children’s books that allegedly incite hatred towards the city’s government #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.23: The arrests were the latest involving suspected critics of Hong Kong’s government that have raised fears about the shrinking space for dissent since Beijing imposed a national security law in June 2020 to put an end to pro-democracy protests in the semi-autonomous city.

HONG KONG: Police arrest publishers of ‘seditious’ children’s books featuring wolves and sheep and the General Union of H.K Speech Therapists could not be reached for comment.

Remember these faces, their trial and this moment in China’s history These people once ran for local office, founded unions and fought for democratic freedoms.

Police said one book, Defenders of the Sheep Village, was connected to the protests.

In the story, wolves want to occupy the village and eat the sheep, who in turn use their horns to fight back.

The two men and three women arrested were members of a speech therapists’ union who produced books for children.

The five were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to publish seditious material under a colonial-era law which had been rarely used before the anti-government protests began in the former British colony.

A person in handcuffs and with a bag over their head is escorted out of a building.
The five people arrested on sedition charges were all members of a speech therapists’ union.(Reuters: Tyrone Siu)

Senior Superintendent Steve Li told a media briefing that police were concerned by the books because the information inside for children “turns their mind and develops a moral standard to be against society”.

Another book told the story of 12 sheep taken by wolves to a beasts’ village where they would be cooked.

Allegedly it could be potentially seen as alluding to the 12 Hong Kong people captured by China in August last year at sea as they tried to flee the city by boat.

Superintendent Li said the story was not factual and incited hatred against authorities.

A third book told the story of wolves sneaking through a hole into a sheep village and shows the wolves as dirty and the sheep as clean.

This aimed to create hatred against the government, Superintendent Li said.

Piles of children's books with Chinese writing on the covers.
All three of the books cited by the police featured wolves and sheep.(Reuters: Tyrone Siu)

First convictions under the sedition law can carry a maximum penalty of two years in prison, the police said.

Now, they’re political prisoners and the faces of dramatic change in Hong Kong.

The arrests came as a Hong Kong court denied bail to four top editors and journalists from the now-defunct Apple Daily pro-democracy newspaper.

They were arrested Wednesday on charges of conspiracy to collude with foreign powers to endanger national security.

So far, eight former employees have been arrested. Apply Daily ceased operations in June after police raided the newspaper’s offices, confiscating hard drives and laptops, and seized its assets.

Authorities have denied any erosion of rights and freedoms in Hong Kong — which returned to China in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” formula aimed at preserving its freedoms and role as a financial hub — but say China’s national security is a red line.

Security officials have said law enforcement action is based on evidence and has nothing to do with an individual’s political stance, background or profession.

Reuters/AP

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(BIRMINGHAM, U.K.) WM Police Report: Officers have arrested a woman following reports of a staff member being stabbed at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton on Tuesday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.22: She remains in police custody this afternoon as our enquiries continue to establish exactly what happened and we are working closely with the hospital on this…

#AceDailyNews reports UPDATE: On the investigation into New Cross Hospital stabbing and them 47-year-old woman was arrested just after midday today (Wednesday) on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

21st July 2021

At this time we’re not looking for anyone else in connection with the crime.

A man arrested by officers at the scene yesterday has been de-arrested. We thank him for his co-operation and he is no longer part of our enquiries.

The woman who was hurt in the incident was discharged from hospital yesterday evening following treatment for minor injuries.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: July.22: 2021:

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(LONDON) MET REPORT: Detectives are appealing for information and witnesses following a stabbing incident on the south bank of the Thames in central London.

#AceNewsReport – July.19: Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and a 19-year-old man was taken to hospital for treatment to a stab injury: Around 20 minutes later, officers were made aware of a second victim with a stab injury in the South Bank area of SE1. The 17-year-old male was taken to hospital for treatment: At approximately 03:40hrs on Saturday, 17 July, a 25-year-old man presented at hospital with a stab injury: All three male are believed to have sustained injuries in the same incident. The conditions of all three are described as not life-threatening or life-changing.

#AceDailyNews reports that officers have launched an appeal following stabbing incident in central London after police were called shortly after 23:40hrs on Friday, 16 July to reports of a stabbing near to the London Eye

Detectives from the Met’s Central South CID are investigating. Officers have recovered two knives which were hidden near to the scene and have identified CCTV footage from the area which is being analysed. Enquiries continue: Six males have been arrested on suspicion of GBH. They all remain in police custody: Anyone with information that may assist the investigation – or any witnesses or anybody who may have captured relevant images or footage – are asked to call 101 ref 9149/16Jul.

To remain anonymous, please contact Crimestoppers.

Hard calls save lives. Are you close to someone on the fringes of knife crime? Do the right thing, please give information 100 per cent anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers. It can feel like a hard call, but it could save the life of someone you love.

No piece of information about knife crime is insignificant or too small. Any information you give to Crimestoppers can make a difference in reducing knife crime and the harm it causes to families.

They never ask your name and they cannot trace your call, your IP address or the device you use. Fill in their quick online form or call 0800 555 111. It could save a life.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: July.19: 2021:

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(LIVERPOOL, U.K.) Merseyside Police Report: On Thursday (15 July) officers arrested four people and seized around 40kg of suspected cocaine in warrants targeting those involved in drug crime and serious violence as part of Operation Venetic #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.16: Officers carried out early morning warrants at six properties in Huyton, and following searches of the addresses quantities of suspected cocaine were seized…..

#AceDailyNews reports Operation #Venetic & takedown of #EncroChat that four people have been arrested and suspected cocaine seized in Huyton warrants as follows below:

A 23-year-old man from Huyton was arrested on suspicion of possession of cocaine with intent to supply.

A 39-year-old female from Huyton was arrested on suspicion of possession of cocaine with intent to supply.

A 30-year-old man from Huyton was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply cocaine, heroin and cannabis.

A 42-year-old man from Billinge was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply cocaine, heroin and cannabis.

It is now more than a year since news of Operation #Venetic and the takedown of #Encrochat – a mobile encryption service exploited by criminals involved in serious organised crime across the UK and Europe – became public. Since then we have arrested more than 130 people, charged more than 100 and seen 31 people convicted and jailed for a total of 366 years.

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Detective Inspector Christopher Lowe said: “Those involved in the supply and distribution of dangerous drugs have no regard whatsoever for the misery they cause, which is why proactive activity such as this is vital in disrupting criminal activity and putting individuals involved before the courts: This operation continues apace and we will continue working closely with forces up and down the country, as well as North West Regional Organised Crime Unit and the National Crime Agency, to protect our communities and prevent harmful drugs from reaching vulnerable people in Merseyside: We cannot do this without the help of the public and would urge anyone with information on the supply of drugs or individuals involved in serious and organised crime, to please get in touch, either directly through us or through Crimestoppers, completely anonymously.”

Chief Inspector Duncan Swan said: “Those involved in the supply of drugs are often responsible for violent incidents on our streets in Knowsley. Every time officers disrupt the activity of criminals by arresting suspects and seizing illicit drugs and cash, it removes their ability to cause further harm and to use the misery of others to line their pockets: We will go on do everything in our power to protect our communities because nobody should have to fear that a person living nearby may be involved in drug supply, or that the disputes criminals get involved in will spill out into their street: Every time someone buys drugs from criminals they are fuelling an illicit business that directly impacts the safety of people in our communities. I would urge anyone aware of drug dealing in their area to let us know so that we can take the direct action we have taken today, and improve the quality of life for people right across Merseyside.”
Activity in the Huyton is ongoing today and the public are advised that extra police patrols will be out and about for the foreseeable to ensure your safety.

Anyone with information on drug dealing is asked to contact @MerPolCC, 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: July.16: 2021:

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(HAITI) LATEST: A deadly gun battle between police and the men suspected of assassinating President Jovenel Moïse has been raging in Port-au-Prince #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.15: Mr Moïse, 53, was fatally shot and his wife was injured when attackers stormed their home early on Wednesday.

#AceDailyNews says Jovenel Moïse Case: Police kill four after Haiti’s president assassinated and according to Police chief Léon Charles said four suspects had been killed and two detained but some remained at large and a manhunt was still under way

Jovenel Moïse
Jovenel Moïse was killed when attackers stormed his home in Port-au-Prince

“They will be killed or captured,” the police chief said.

Police chief Charles described dramatic scenes as officers confronted the alleged assassins. 

“We blocked [the suspects] en route as they left the scene of the crime,” he told a news conference. “Since then, we have been battling with them.” 

EPAThere is an increased police presence around the property where the president was killed

Officials say the suspects are well armed and had taken three police officers hostage, who have since been freed.

Mr Charles urged residents to stay indoors for their own safety. 

People walk in a market as they go about their lives in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, May 24, 2021

Reuters Haiti: Key facts

  • 11 millioninhabitants
  • 59%percentage who live below the poverty line
  • 2004-2017years in which a UN peacekeeping force was present
  • 200,000number of people killed in the 2010 earthquake

Source: BBC Monitoring:

Brazen attackThe acting prime minister, Claude Joseph, has described Haiti as being “in shock” after the killing of Mr Moïse. Heavily armed assassins stormed the president’s home in the hills above Port-au-Prince at around 01:00 local time (05:00 GMT).EPAIt is unclear how the attackers gained access to Mr Moïse’s homeMr Moïse was shot multiple times and died at the scene. The president’s body had a total of 12 bullet wounds, Magistrate Carl Henry Destin told the Novelist newspaper.He said the president’s office and bedroom were ransacked and that he was found lying on his back, covered in blood. First Lady Martine Moïse was also injured in the attack and has been flown to Florida where she is said to be in a critical but stable condition.The couple’s three children, Jomarlie, Jovenel Jr and Joverlein, are reportedly in a “safe location”, government officials said.Mr Destin said that Jomarlie had survived by hiding in her brother’s room, while two domestic staff members had been tied up by the attackers. What do we know about the attackers?Mr Joseph described the gunmen as “mercenaries” and said that they were “foreigners who spoke English and Spanish”. Haiti’s official languages are Creole and French.But Haiti’s communications minister has since said that there were Haitians among the suspects. Video released after the shooting purports to show heavily armed men dressed in black outside the residence shouting in English: “DEA [US Drug Enforcement Administration] operations, everybody stay down!”Haiti’s ambassador to the US, Bocchit Edmond, said that while the attackers had disguised themselves as US drugs agents, he believed there was “no way” they really were US agents.Streets deserted amid fearThe streets of Haiti were deserted after the killing and Haitians mostly heeded the call by the interim prime minister to remain calm and stay indoors.Mr Joseph has declared a two-week state of emergency, which allows for the banning of gatherings and use of the military for police roles, along with other extensions of executive powers.The United Nations Security Council has condemned the assassination of Haiti’s president Jovenel Moïse, calling on all parties to remain calm and avoid further instability.World leaders have condemned the killing. Pope Francis said it was a “heinous murder” and the United Nations Security Council is set to hold a closed-door meeting on the killing on Thursday.The United Nations also made “an emphatic call on all political stakeholders in Haiti to refrain from any acts of violence or incitement”.Rocky times and rival claimsEven before President Moïse’s assassination, the situation in Haiti was marked by instability and there had been widespread protests demanding his resignation. Why are there so many protests in Haiti?Parliamentary elections should have been held in October 2019 but disputes delayed them, meaning Mr Moïse had been ruling by decree. During his four years in office, the president had six prime ministers and on Monday, a day before he was killed, he had nominated a seventh one, Ariel Henry.But Mr Henry had not yet been sworn in, leaving his predecessor, Claude Joseph, in charge.Uncertainty about who should now govern the country is rife.Mr Joseph has said he will take control until elections could be held. But in an interview with Le Nouvelliste newspaper on Wednesday, Mr Henry insisted that he and not Mr Joseph was the prime minister. Haiti’s constitution says the president of the Supreme Court should take over in the event of a presidential vacancy. However, Chief Justice René Sylvestre died of Covid-19 weeks ago.The US said it believed elections should go ahead this year, to bring about a peaceful transfer of power.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: July.15: 2021:

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(BANGLADESH) LATEST: Police have arrested eight people Saturday on murder charges in connection with a factory fire that killed at least 52 people, many of whom were trapped inside by an illegally locked door, a senior police official said #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.11: The blaze began Thursday night at the five-story Hashem Foods Ltd. factory in Rupganj, just outside the capital Dhaka, sending huge clouds of black smoke billowing into the sky. Police discovered piles of bodies Friday afternoon after the fire was extinguished.

#AceDailyNews says that police in Bangladesh have arrested 8-people on murder charges after a factory fire has killed at least 52-people on Thursday night according to AP report

SOURCE: The Associated Press, Julhas Alam

Smoke rises from a food and beverage factory in Rupganj, outside Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, July 9, 2021. At least 52 people died in a huge blaze that engulfed a food and beverage factory outside Bangladesh’s capital, fire officials said Friday, in the latest industrial disaster to hit the South Asian nation. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)

“We have arrested them for murder charges,” Jayedul Alam, police superintendent for Narayanganj district, told The Associated Press by phone. “They are in our custody now.”

Home Minister Asaduzzman Khan said that among those detained is the managing director of Sajeeb Group, which owns the factory.

The minister did not provide further details, but said those responsible would be punished.

“It’s a murder,” Khan told reporters as he visited the factory site Saturday.

By Saturday evening, a court in Dhaka allowed all eight suspects to remain in police custody for four days for interrogation.

Bangladesh has a tragic history of industrial disasters, including factories catching fire with workers locked inside. Big international brands, which employ tens of thousands of low-paid workers in Bangladesh, have come under heavy pressure to improve factory conditions.

In similar cases, factory owners have faced culpable homicide charges for negligence, and it’s illegal for a factory to lock its exits when workers are inside during production hours.

The main exit of the factory that caught fire Thursday was locked from the inside, a Fire Service and Civil Defense official said, and many of those who died were trapped.

One of them was 23-year-old Rima Akter, who made desperate calls to her family as the fire engulfed the factory.

On Saturday, her mother and other family members struggled to identify the young woman’s remains in the morgue at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

“We have checked 36 body bags, but it is very difficult to identify her,” her brother-in-law Arafat Rahman said.

Her mother, Josna Begum, cried as officials tried to reassure several families waiting outside the hospital that their loved ones’ bodies would be returned once DNA tests were completed. Forensic experts worked to identify the dead, taking DNA samples from victims’ family members, and by late Saturday afternoon samples from 33 of the deceased had been collected, officials at the hospital said.

“My daughter worked to provide for her educational expenses. She was attending online classes and exams. I have no one else in the world … what is there left for me to do now?” Josna Begum said.

Prova Barman, father of Kompa Rani Barman, who died in the fire, spoke to reporters in front of the factory Saturday.

“My daughter’s body was found over here. She was on the third floor. The supervisor locked in many girls there, including my daughter, during the fire. Many girls could not escape after the gate was locked,” he said.

Other workers jumped from the upper floors, and at least 26 suffered injuries, the United News of Bangladesh agency reported Friday.

The factory is a subsidiary of Sajeeb Group, a Bangladeshi company that produces juice under Pakistan’s Lahore-based Shezan International Ltd. According to the group’s website, the company exports its products to a number of countries including Australia, the United States, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Bhutan, Nepal and nations in the Middle East and Africa.

Despite the South Asian nation’s rapid economic growth, corruption and lax enforcement have resulted in many deaths over the years.

In 2012, about 117 workers died when they were trapped behind locked exits in a garment factory in Dhaka.

The following year, more than 1,100 people were killed when a building that housed five garment factories collapsed, becoming the country’s worst industrial disaster.

Investigators initially said those accused of wrongdoing would be charged with culpable homicide, which carries a maximum punishment of seven years in jail. They later changed the charges to murder due to the gravity of the disaster.

However, powerful factory owners often take advantage of the slow pace of the legal system, dragging out the process for years. The murder cases in the 2013 factory collapse are still ongoing.

The tragedy did spark tougher safety rules for the garment industry, but many other sectors fail to maintain safety standards and disasters have continued.

In February 2019, a blaze ripped through a 400-year-old area cramped with apartments, shops and warehouses in the oldest part of Dhaka, killing at least 67 people.

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(STOCKHOLM) JUST IN: All nine people have died onboard an airplane carrying skydivers that crashed in Sweden on Thursday night, police say #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.09: The crash is thought to have happened as the plane was taking off: It’s a very severe accident,” Swedish police said on their website. “Everyone on board the crashed plane has died.”

SWEDEN: Skydivers killed in plane crash that was carrying eight skydivers and a pilot when it crashed close to the runway at Orebro airport, about 160km (100 miles) west of Stockholm, on Thursday.

Police officers observe a small aircraft that crashed at Orebro Airport, Sweden

BBC News: The plane was carrying eight skydivers and a pilot

The small propeller plane, a DHC-2 Beaver, had been rented by a local skydiving club for a summer event, local media reported. 

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Prime Minister Stefan Lofven offered his condolences: It is with great sadness and sorrow that I have received the tragic information about the plane crash in Orebro,” he tweeted. “My thoughts are with the victims, their families and loved ones in this very difficult time.”In a similar incident in 2019, nine people died when a plane carrying them for a parachute jump crashed in the north of the country soon after taking off. The crash investigation showed the plane had been improperly loaded.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: July.09: 2021:

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(THAILAND) JUST IN: Immigration police in say they expect to extradite two men to Germany suspected of being part of a European drug trafficking gang #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.08: Maj. Gen. Phanthana Nutchanart identified the two suspects as 42-year-old Alex Kartun, a dual German-Russian national, and 38-year-old Alexander Wolfien, a German citizen.

BANGKOK: Thai police expect to extradite 2 German drug suspects after the men were arrested in Thailand and are expected to be extradited to Germany on suspicion of being part of a European drug trafficking gang, immigration police said Wednesday.

Extradition Independent News

He said the two were arrested Tuesday in southern Thailand at the request of German authorities for allegedly producing and distributing an illicit drug made from chemical and herbal substances. German Embassy officials said the gang distributed the drug in several European countries and some users reportedly died, Phanthana said.

The two suspects were unavailable for comment and it was not known if they had legal representation.

About 20 people suspected of involvement in production and sale of the drug were arrested in Germany, but the two detained Tuesday escaped to Thailand several years ago, Phanthana said. The two men face 14 charges in Germany related to trafficking the drug and two related to producing it, he said.

Kartun, who was accused of being the leader of the gang, was arrested at a luxury villa on Phangan island with a Russian companion, 42-year-old Victor Thubnikov, whom Thai police arrested for alleged possession of marijuana.

Police arrested Wolfien on the resort island of Phuket where he had more than 1 million baht ($31,000 ) in cash, several luxury watches and ownership titles for land in Phuket and Phangan worth more than 10 million baht ($310,000).

Phanthana said police will investigate the source of the two men’s funds. The suspects can challenge their extradition in court, though if they are found to be staying illegally in Thailand they may be subject to deportation without an extradition hearing.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: July.08: 2021:

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(BERLIN) JUST IN: German police on Wednesday raided the living quarters of two possible accomplices of the jihadists who went on a deadly shooting rampage in Vienna last November, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office said #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.07: Police searched the homes of Kosovan national Blinor S. and German Drilon G., who are suspected of failing to report planned offences, prosecutors said.

#AceDailyNews says that on Wednesday german police raided homes of suspected accomplices to Vienna attacker as Austria is still investigating the 21 people as possible accomplices of the terrorist who went on a deadly shooting rampage in Vienna but much remains unknown, including how he got to the area of the attack, officials said on Friday.

: July.07, 20217:51AM: & Previous: 13 November ,2020: 03:51 PM GST: Al Arabiya:

The 20-year-old Vienna native armed with an assault rifle, handgun and machete killed four people in a part of the city center with many bars that also houses Vienna’s main synagogue, which was closed at the time. He was shot dead by police.

“No one else was immediately involved in carrying out this crime on November 2. What we cannot yet say definitively is to what extent accomplices provided support before the act,” the police official leading the investigation, Michael Lohnegger, told a news conference.

Vienna prosecutors’ office spokeswoman Nina Bussek said the number of people remanded in custody over the attack was unchanged at 10, and 21 people in total were under investigation, aged 16-28. As yet unknown additional accomplices are still being looked for.

Austria has admitted to an intelligence failure before the attack since it mishandled information that the attacker tried to buy ammunition in Slovakia in July, and that he met known foreign extremists that month – two from Germany who were under surveillance and two from Switzerland who have been arrested.

It remains unclear how the attacker carrying weapons, ammunition and a dummy explosives belt traveled to the city center more than 10 days ago.

“What we can currently actually rule out here is that the perpetrator arrived at the crime scene by public transport,” Lohnegger said, adding that other forms of transport including taxis were still being worked on.

“Whether it is also possible that he walked to the scene of the crime, I cannot say. That means I also cannot rule it out.”

There’s more below about the case:

Six locations in Vienna targeted in apparent terror attack; 4 dead, 15 wounded

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry condemns ‘Vienna terrorist attack’

ISIS claims responsibility for Vienna attack

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: July.07: 2021:

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: July.07, 20217:51 AM: Reporting by Caroline Copley Editing by Riham Alkousaa

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(LONDON) JUST IN: MET REPORT: An investigation has been launched following the ‘fatal stabbing’ of a teenager in Lambeth on Monday around midnight #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.06: Officers attended along with London Ambulance Service. The 16-year-old male was pronounced dead at the scene: The boy’s next of kin have been informed and will be supported by specialist officers. Formal identification and a post-mortem examination will be arranged in due course.

#AceDailyNews reports a ‘fatal stabbing’ of a teenager in Lambeth: Police were called at around 23:45hrs on Monday, 5 July, to a 16yr-old-teenager stabbed in Oval Place, SW8.

There has been no arrest at this early stage.

Witnesses who are yet to speak with police or anyone with information are asked to call 101 ref 8532/05jul. To remain anonymous please contact Crimestoppers.

Hard calls save lives. Are you close to someone on the fringes of knife crime? Do the right thing, please give information, 100 per cent anonymously, through the independent charity Crimestoppers.

No piece of information about knife crime is insignificant or too small. Any information you give to Crimestoppers can make a difference in reducing knife crime and the harm it causes to families.

Crimestoppers never ask your name and they cannot trace your call, your IP address or the device you use. Fill in their quick online form or call 0800 555 111. It could save a life.

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(ETHIOPIA) Press Freedom Report: Ethiopian authorities should immediately release all recently arrested journalists and media workers, and ensure that authorities cease harassing members of the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.05: Officers detained the employees at the Federal Police Crime Investigation Center, have not brought them to court, and have not stated the reasons for their arrest, according to the family members, who had visited the employees in detention.

ETHIOPIA: Authorities have arrested at least 15 employees of 2 independent media outlets, about 1 p.m. on June 30, police raided the office of the independent broadcaster Awlo Media Center in Addis Ababa, the capital, and arrested at least 12 of its employees, according to news reports, the outlet’s lawyer Tadele Gebremedhin, who spoke to CPJ in a phone interview, and two family members of the detainees, who spoke to CPJ on the condition of anonymity, citing safety concerns.

July 2, 2021 12:55 PM EDTPolice officers are seen in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on June 19, 2021. Officers recently arrested more than a dozen employees of two media outlets in the city. (Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

Separately, police arrested journalist Abebe Bayu yesterday and administrator Yayesew Shimelis today, both with the privately owned YouTube-based broadcaster Ethio Forum, according to Tadele, who is also representing them, those news reports, and Facebook posts by Ethio Forum.

The two journalists are also being held at the Federal Police Crime Investigation Center, Tadele said.

“Ethiopian authorities should immediately release all employees of Ethio Forum and the Awlo Media Center who were recently arrested in a brutal crackdown,” said Angela Quintal, CPJ’s Africa program coordinator. “Authorities’ brazen raid on the media center and the mass detention of its staff for undisclosed reasons, followed by the arrests of Abebe Bayu and Yayesew Shimelis, is alarming, and further evidence that authorities will go to any length to suppress information and criticism.”

The arrested Awlo Media Center employees include reporters Bekalu Alamrew, Fanuel Kinfu, Fana Negash, and Miherete Geberkirestos; camera operators Musse Hadra and Nebeyu Mikael; video editors Melkamfire Yemam and Fikerte Yensu; and at least four non-journalistic employees, including accountants, janitors, and technical staff, according to their lawyer.

Police also arrested Tewlde Taddesse, a lawyer with the media center, at his home, the employees’ family members said.

In May, Awlo Media Center registered with the Ethiopian Media Authority as an online media outlet, as required by new regulations in the country, according to a Facebook post by the authority.

Last week, unidentified men briefly abducted and attacked Abebe, and Ethio Forum announced that it would temporarily cease broadcasting, as CPJ documented at the time. Abede told CPJ in a phone interview following the incident that the men told him to stop criticizing the government, but did not cite any specific coverage prompting the attack.

Both the Awlo Media Center and Ethio Forum have recently covered the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, as well as other news topics, according to CPJ reporting and a review of their recent coverage.

CPJ called Jeylan Abdi, a federal police spokesperson, who said he had no information about the detentions and referred CPJ to the Federal Police Crime Investigation Center. CPJ called Nadew Alehgn, a spokesperson for the center, but he did not answer.

Jeylan later told the Addis Standard, “The journalists were not arrested because of their profession but rather due to their affiliation with a terrorist group which is banned by the parliament.”

Last year, police arrested Yayesew following his reporting on COVID-19, and arrested Bekalu for allegedly disseminating false news. Both journalists were later released on bail, according to news reports.

#AceNewsDesk report …….Published: July.05: 2021:

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(GRT MANCHESTER) GMP Serious & Organised Crime Unit Report: Officers working with other law enforcement agencies have reached a one year milestone on taking down organised crime groups using EncroChat #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.02: In July 2020, GMP alongside nearly ever law enforcement agency across the UK came together as part of the National Crime Agency led ‘Operation Venetic’ The huge scale operation saw enforcement agencies across the UK join together and share expertise in order to takedown ‘Encrochat’, a highly sophisticated global communication service which allowed organised criminal groups to communication with each other freely.

#AceDailyNews reports that Firearms, ammunition, class A and B drugs and over £2.5 million in cash seized as mammoth GMP operation reaches one year milestone with NCA led Operation Venetic and use of EncroChat network

 15:09 01/07/2021

Codenamed ‘Operation Foam’, the force wide operation has been in constant action for the past twelve months:

Operation foam 1 year

The operation was sparked after EncroChat was cracked by an international law team in May 2020, springing UK’s police forces and agencies across the country into collective and direct action.

GMP’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit launched a series of intricate investigations bringing together 16 teams of officers from across all ten districts of Greater Manchester.

To date, under Operation Foam, GMP has:

• Executed over 175 warrants across Greater Manchester
• Arrested 167 people
• Charged 128 people
• Recovered 10 firearms and over 1100 rounds of ammunition
• Seized approximately 12 kilos of class A and approximately 25 kilos of Class B drugs
• Seized over 2.5 million in cash
• Over £300,000 worth of property including luxury jewellery and vehicles.

Detective Chief Inspector Joe Harrop said: “Operation Foam has been a colossal operation that has brought together teams of specialist officers and detectives from across Greater Manchester Police who have carried out endless hours of meticulous investigative work in order to takedown the encrypted communication platform EncroChat: Over the past 12 months we have carried out countless warrants amounting to 167 arrests and 128 people being subsequently charged. These results are testament to the dedication and determination of all involved and their efforts have been integral in continuing GMP’s commitment to pursuing organised criminals and ensuring justice prevails: There’s no place for organised crime across Greater Manchester and the impact of drugs and criminal activity blights communities and can have serious lasting detrimental impact. GMP is committed to ensuring our communities are protected and safeguarded and Operation Foam will continue at pace to ensure we can fulfil this promise.”

Detective Superintendent Paul Denn from the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (NWROCU) said: Since the takedown of ‘EncroChat’ twelve months ago, our officers have continued to work together with our six North West police forces, to identify the criminals who were using the encrypted devices to carry out their illegal activity: Tackling serious and organised crime, and those who cause the most harm to our communities in the North West remains our top priority here at the NWROCU, and we will continue use all our specialist tactics to disrupt these dangerous offenders operating across our region: Since last July more than 400 people have been arrested across the North West and more than £16 million pounds in cash and 400kg of Class A and B drugs seized as part of Operation Venetic: I can reassure communities across the North West that we will leave no stone unturned – we will continue to interpret, analyse and share intelligence and data to target and dismantle the most hardened criminals in our region.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: July.02: 2021:

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(BIRIMINGHAM, U.K) Crown Court Report: A man has admitted killing a person and trying to kill or wound seven others in a series of stabbings in the city in September #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.30: Today (Monday 28 June), 28-year-old Zephaniah McLeod has pleaded guilty to four counts of attempted murder, three counts of wounding and manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility: University library intern Jacob Billington, 23, died and seven others were injured in five separate incidents in the early hours of 6 September.

#AceDailyNews reports BIRMINGHAM U.K. Stabbings: Man admits Jacob Billington killing and according to West Midlands Police: Zephaniah McLeod admitted a charge of manslaughter and four counts of attempted murder

Zephaniah McLeod
Zephaniah McLeod

The events in the early hours of Sunday 6 September began half an hour after midnight when a 33-year-old man was stabbed in Constitution Hill leaving him with a neck wound. Twenty minutes later a 25-year-old woman was stabbed to her shoulder in Livery Street and, minutes after that in Barwick Street, a 29-year-old man was left in a critical condition with a chest wound.

Zephaniah McLeod, 28, of Nately Grove, Selly Oak, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to Mr Billington’s manslaughter.

At Birmingham Crown Court, he also admitted four counts of attempted murder and three of wounding.

Appearing via video link, McLeod was told he would be sentenced on 27 and 28 September.

PA Media: A total of eight people were injured after the attacks in and around the city’s Gay Village

Mr Billington, from Crosby, Merseyside, was stabbed in Irving Street while enjoying a night out with school friends.

A post-mortem examination found the intern at Sheffield Hallam University died of a stab wound to the neck.

His family were present in court and over video link to hear McLeod’s pleas and they heard he has paranoid schizophrenia.

Seven others were hurt in the cluster of attacks across the city centre including Mr Billington’s old school friend and bandmate Michael Callaghan.

In a statement after his death, Mr Billington’s family said he was “the light of our life” and his death had devastated them.

On Monday, in addition to the charge of manslaughter, he admitted four counts of attempted murder.

He pleaded not guilty to three other counts of attempted murder but instead admitted three charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Prosecutor Karim Khalil QC told the court the guilty and not guilty pleas were acceptable to the prosecution.

He added psychiatrists for both prosecution and defence agreed McLeod suffered from paranoid schizophrenia at the time of the events.

“It was unquestionably a condition which affected his ability to understand all that was going on,” Mr Khalil added.

The attacks happened at four locations across Birmingham city centre

He added consultations had taken place before the decision with victims and Mr Billington’s parents.

The Recorder of Birmingham, Judge Melbourne Inman QC, said of the stabbings: “There are many people touched and affected by the case.” He added it was important the psychiatrists involved in assessing McLeod were given time to help the court decide on his sentence.

McLeod’s attacks happened in the space of 90 minutes: Police were first called just after 00:30 to Constitution Hill, where a 33-year-old man sustained a neck woundAbout 20 minutes later they were sent to Livery Street, near Snow Hill railway station, where they found a 25-year-old woman who had been stabbed in the shoulderMinutes later a man, 29, was found in a critical condition with a chest wound on Barwick Street:

West Midlands Police said after leaving Barwick Street, McLeod dumped his knife in a drain, caught a taxi home, rearmed and headed back into the city centre: At 01:50, officers were despatched to Irving Street, where Mr Billington was found with fatal injuries and his 23-year-old friend critically injuredAbout 10 minutes later, police were called to Hurst Street, in the city’s Gay Village, to find a 23-year-old woman had been critically injured and two men, aged 24 and 29, had been stabbed.

Det Ch Insp Jim Munro said the force used footage from the large number of CCTV cameras in the city to help track down McLeod after the attacks: “ We were able to match the clothing McLeod wore to witness and victim descriptions, to identify him and he was arrested from his home address 24 hours later,” he said.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Jun.30: 2021:

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(GRT MANCHESTER) GM Police Report: A total of 13 raids have been carried out in two weeks by officers in the City of Manchester division as part of an operation to crackdown on sophisticated cannabis farms #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.28: The operation, codenamed ‘Operation Download’, was launched at the start of the month after a number of violent disputes believed to be involving criminal groups and cannabis farms in recent months.

#AceDailyNews reports Operation Download: During the #pandemic growth of cannabis farms has grown with organised crime and money laundering as GMP Officers continue crackdown in North Manchester with 13-recent-raids

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Yesterday (24 June 2021), three further warrants were executed in the Strangeways and Moston areas of the city. Last week, on 15 June 2021, the team of officers recovered over 170 plants on Eadington Street in Crumpsall and over 70kilos were found at other addresses on Haversham Road and Huntley Road.

Today’s action follows a number of warrants already executed by the team in the Crumpsall, Blackley, Prestwich and Moston. A total of nine suspected cannabis farms have been dismantled and seized.

Seven men have been charged and one has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Police are set to continue with the action in the coming weeks and appeal to any members of the public with concerns or information to contact them.

Detective Inspector Paul Crompton, of GMP’s City of Manchester North division, said: “This targeted action comes after an increase in violent disputes between rival groups that we believe concerns cannabis farms in north Manchester.

“We are aiming to take out as many of these cannabis farms as we possibly can. Part of our crackdown is about us working with Manchester City Council and relevant local partners to develop an understanding of how these groups are managing to use properties in the city to carry out this alleged activity.

“The local community understandably has strong concerns about such activity and this operation is also to reassure them that we are listening and that we are taking robust action.

“Not only is the production of illegal drugs a criminal offence, but the mechanics of producing such substances pose a really dangerous threat to neighbouring addresses and it is vital we continue this work and seize assets.”

Anyone with concerns or information can contact GMP’s City of Manchester CID on 0161 856 3548. Details can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Jun.28: 2021:

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(HONOLULU0 USCG report; The Coast Guard, Japan Coast Guard, and Kauai Fire and Police Departments are searching for a missing freediver off Kauai, Tuesday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.24: At 11:11 a.m., Monday, Sector Honolulu watchstanders received a report from the Kauai Police Department stating that the freediver did not return and his car remained in the parking lot at Glass Beach:

USCG: Coast Guard, partners searching for missing freediver off Kauai and the 47 year-old male freediver was last seen wearing a black wetsuit and using a clear milk jug as a dive float in the vicinity of Glass Beach, Kauai.

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 06/22/2021 08:20 PM EDTNews Release 

U.S. Coast Guard 14th District Hawaii and the Pacific
Contact: 14th District Public Affairs
Office: (808) 535-3230
After Hours: HawaiiPacific@uscg.mil
14th District online newsroom

Coast Guard, partners searching for missing freediver off Kauai

Editors’ Note: Click on Coast Guard stock image to download a high-resolution version.

Anyone with information regarding the freedivers whereabouts is requested to contact the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center at 808-842-2600.

Watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast notice to mariners and launched multiple Coast Guard assets. The Japan Coast Guard vessel Kojima, currently in Honolulu for search and rescue exercises, will also be joining the search. 

Currently searching are:

  • An Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules airplane aircrew

-An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew

-Coast Guard Station Kauai 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew 

-The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Gerczak (WPC 1126) 

-The crew of the Japan Coast Guard vessel Kojima (The  3rd PL21)

-Kauai Police Department 

-Kauai Fire Department Air One helicopter aircrew

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Jun.24: 2021:

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(PHOENIX, Ariz.) JUST IN: A man in a pick-up truck drove into cyclists taking part in a charity bike ride, that left at least six of them in a critical condition #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.20: Kristine M Sleighter, a spokeswoman for the Show Low Police Department, told reporters: “Our community is shocked at this incident and our hearts and prayers are with the injured and their families at this time.”

Arizona police shoot driver who crashed into charity bike ride when the incident happened at about 07:25 (14:25 GMT) in Show Low, a city about 180 miles north-east of Phoenix

Fire service vehicles and police vehicles at the scene of the incident in Show Low, Arizona
The cyclists were doing a 58-mile bike ride to raise money for a local school

Police said the suspect, described as a 35-year-old white male, fled the scene and was pursued by officers: Police then shot him behind a hardware store over a mile away, leaving him in a critical but stable condition.

The department added that the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office was assisting them, and the Arizona Department of Public Safety was investigating the shooting of the suspect.

Six cyclists were rushed to hospital after the crash, four of whom are in a critical condition, while the other two are critical but stable. Police said another two or three victims took themselves to hospital and are in a stable condition.

Local cycling shop owner Mike Godwin, who sponsored the race, told the New York Times that the group of cyclists who were hit by the vehicle were in the men’s master class group, aged 55 and above.

The race, Bike the Bluff, is a 58-mile (93 km) cycle ride through eastern Arizona to raise money for Mountain Christian School, a religious primary school in Show Low.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Jun.20: 2021:

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(LEEDS, U.K) Crown Court Report: A former professional footballer has been convicted after firearms, ammunition and Class A drugs were seized from his home in a National Crime Agency investigation linked to Operation Venetic #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.18: The NCA launched an investigation when an encrypted Encro phone and drugs were found at Shepherd’s home. He had earlier been stopped in his car by officers from West Yorkshire Police, who found a block of cocaine in his vehicle:

Operation Venetic: ‘Former footballer guilty of northern firearms conspiracy: Paul Shepherd, 43 – who played for clubs including Leeds United and Luton Town – was charged by the NCA with firearms offences after a Glock semi-automatic pistol and a Howa bolt-action rifle, as well as 200 rounds of ammunition were seized from his home on Stainbeck Lane, Leeds, in April last year together with an EncroChat phone’

Image showing Paul Shepherd.

The use of Encro phones can be linked to Operation Venetic – UK law enforcement’s response to the take down of encrypted comms platform EncroChat.

Messages on the seized device linked Shepherd to the firearms and triggered further arrests and seizures across West Yorkshire, Merseyside and the North East. 

Those arrested included Gerard Wignall, 33, from Merseyside, who was sentenced to 16 months in prison last month after his DNA was found on the rifle at Shepherd’s house.

The rifle could be traced back to a commercial burglary and was being looked after by Wignall before it was transported to West Yorkshire.

A further suspect, Carl O’Flaherty, 36, of Leysolme Terrace, Leeds, was arrested in June 2020 and pleaded guilty to multiple drugs and firearms charges in July.

Evidence proved that O’Flaherty helped source the firearm for Shepherd and took eventual payment for it.

A third man from Leeds, Shane Kameka, 40, also pleaded guilty to being involved in supplying firearms.

Kameka acted as a courier and transported the rifle from Merseyside. His sentence will be joined with another hearing where he is due to be sentenced for a separate arson offence.

Investigators believe they were assisted by Clinton Blakey, 36, of Dunstarn Drive, Leeds, who is currently wanted by the NCA after failing to appear at court after he was charged in August.

Today at Leeds Crown Court, Shepherd was found guilty of four charges relating to possessing a firearm and Class A drugs after a three day trial.

Both he and O’Flaherty are accused of further charges around drug supply and are due to be trialled in May 2022, after which, a sentence will decided.

NCA Operations Manager, Nigel Coles, said: “Shepherd went to great lengths to acquire dangerous firearms that were criminally sourced: “ We’re pleased that the evidence presented at court this week has secured a guilty verdict and hope further charges can be proven at a later date: The seriousness of gun crime cannot be underestimated: Had we not intercepted these weapons they would have been used to threaten and intimidate others with the potential loss of life. Criminals like Shepherd, O’Flaherty and Kameka perpetuate violent crime and are only motivated by financial gain. Reducing the availability of illegal firearms remains a priority for the NCA: We are still seeking one other man involved in this investigation.

“Anyone with information on Clinton Blakey’s whereabouts is urged to contact the National Crime Agency on 0370 496 7622 or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Jun.18: 2021:

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