#AceNewsReport – Oct.18: He was found guilty of ten counts of indecent assault on three boys aged 8 to 13, two counts of sexual activity with a boy aged 13 to 15 and two counts of causing the same boy aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity: The first ten offences took place between 1988 and 1995, when Hughes was employed as a youth worker at youth clubs in New Addington and worked as a voluntary football coach. Further offences were committed in 2017 and 2018 independently of his employment….
#AceDailyNews Court Report: Former football coach found guilty of non-recent sexual offences against boys: David Hughes, 66 (26.07.55) of King Henry’s Drive, New Addington, was convicted at Croydon Crown Court of 14 offences against four boys aged between eight and 15.
CASE NOTES: On three occasions he had bought the boys football tops or football boots before indecently assaulting them. He groomed one boy by treating him to a trip to the cinema to see Jurassic Park in 1993 as well as giving him attention and other gifts. He indecently assaulted another boy while on an organised camping trip: Hughes was arrested on 21 December 2018. He had with him a black holdall with children’s underwear inside. More items of new underwear were found during a search of his address: He was charged on 28 February 2020: Hughes was remanded in custody to be sentenced, provisionally on Thursday, 25 November.
Detective Constable Pete Brewster, from Central Specialist Crime, said: “In committing these offences Hughes demonstrated premeditated, predatory behaviour spanning almost 30 years: Hughes worked as a youth worker and children’s football coach in New Addington throughout the 1980s and 1990s, seeking employment and other opportunities that granted him access to children. He should have been someone the children, and their families, could trust. Hughes betrayed this trust, abusing vulnerable children who described feeling unable, ashamed and embarrassed to tell anyone what he had done to them: Those who suffered at the hands of Hughes in the 1990s describe how his offending continues to affect them today and say their reports to police in 2018 and 2019 were an important step in ‘moving on’ with their lives: It is only through the bravery of all of the victims in this case to report the abuse they suffered and support the police investigation that Hughes has been convicted of these offences: If you have been the victim of abuse, no matter how long ago, please report it to police so we can help you.“
#AceNewsReport – Oct.09: But 33-year-old Mohamad, who also used the name Nazar Masefi, was arrested by NCA officers while in the process of arranging an attempt to smuggle up to 21 people across the channel on a small boat in November 2019…..
#AceDailyNews reports that a gang leader who bragged of smuggling more than 100 women into UK has been jailed for 10 years in a covertly obtained recordings by National Crime Agency investigators, Nzar Jabar Mohamad, from Hull, was heard telling criminal associates in Europe that “I brought too many women, I swear to God I can say I brought more than a hundred over.”
Mohamad appeared at Hull Crown Court on Wednesday, 21 April where he admitted a charge of conspiring to facilitate illegal immigration. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison at the same court on Friday, 8 October: The investigation involved the support of the Belgian authorities, whose enquiries continue.
CASE NOTES: During the conversations, recorded at his home in Waterloo Street prior to his arrest, Mohamad also referred to a £6,500 dinghy he had bought which had gone missing. Migrants were to be charged up to £10,000 each to make the crossing to the UK: In irate exchanges with other crime group members based in France and Belgium, Mohamad demanded the return of the dinghy, motor, fuel and 21 lifejackets or his money back: But the crossing attempt never happened as he was arrested at his home on 15 November and subsequently charged with conspiring to facilitate illegal immigration.
NCA Branch Commander Martin Clarke said: “Heartless criminals like Mohamad prey on the desperation of migrants seeking to cross the channel: The primary motivation of these individuals is financial gain, and they could not care less about the welfare of those on small boats or in the back of lorries: Unfortunately for Mohamad, his cover was blown while he was arranging a dangerous small boat crossing. Our intervention helped protect the welfare of those he was seeking to exploit: Working alongside our partners we are determined to do everything possible to disrupt and dismantle the organised criminals behind this despicable trade.”………Dozens of images of small boat equipment, including outboard motors, were found on Mohamad’s phone when it was searched by NCA investigators.
COURT NOTES: Hull Crown Court heard that the crime group he was part of initially smuggled migrants from Belgium and the Netherlands across the channel in HGVs, but diversified into using inflatable dinghies: Mohamad himself came to the UK illegally in April 2019, hiding behind the wind dam of an HGV cab before claiming asylum. During this period, phone records taken from migrants found in lorries showed a handset which was later linked to Mohamad was being regularly used by people smugglers to arrange illegal crossings: NCA officers showed that Mohamad was in contact with two men acting as agents in the Dunkirk migrant camp for individuals wanting to travel to the UK: In other parts of the covert recordings, Mohamad was heard talking about logistical and financial arrangements for transporting migrants on small boats: He also mentioned sending profits home to his family and displayed an in-depth knowledge of people smuggling methods, including weather patterns, risks and the best pick up points to use.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.02: Since the beginning of the year, operational cooperation between UK law enforcement agencies and EU Member States via EUROPOL has continued effectively and without interruption…..
#AceDailyNews reports on the NCA Director General Dame Lynne Owens and EUROPOL Executive Director Catherine De Bolle having signed a working arrangement between the NCA and Europol which will sit under the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement…..
The Working and Administrative Arrangement, which complements and implements the TCA by providing further clarity on how cooperation should be undertaken at operational level, will ensure this continues.
Shared capabilities protected under the TCA, and now also the new arrangement, include the presence of UK/NCA liaison officers based in Europol headquarters, access to EUROPOL’s secure messaging system, the ability to attend and organise operational and other meetings at EUROPOL, the ability to contribute to EUROPOL analysis projects in order to benefit from the agency’s coordination and analytical functions, and the fast and effective exchange of data…..
In the last nine months, the continued working relationship between the NCA and our EU partners via Europol has resulted in:
The takedown of both the Emotet malware and the DoubleVPN cybercrime service;
The arrest of a man wanted by Belgium authorities in connection with the smuggling of 39 migrants found dead in a lorry in Essex in October 2019;
The capture of six fugitives wanted in Romania, Hungary and Lithuania for offences linked to modern slavery, human trafficking and people smuggling.
Attended or initiated more than 150 operational meetings between Jan and May 2021
NCA Director General Dame Lynne Owens said: “This arrangement with EUROPOL supports our continued work to tackle the full range of crime threats facing the UK and our European neighbours: We are relentlessly focused on tackling serious and organised criminals, including those who abuse children, who fuel violence through trafficking drugs and firearms, who steal money and information through fraud and cyber crime, and those behind the people smuggling which risks the lives of migrants for profit: The TCA, and our arrangement with EUROPOL, reflects the scale of the NCA’s contribution in protecting the UK from serious and organised crime, and we look forward to continued collaborative working with our EU law enforcement partners.”
Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “Keeping the public safe remains the Government’s top priority: This arrangement builds on the security measures we negotiated with the EU in our Trade and Cooperation Agreement last year. It will ensure we can continue effective cooperation with our partners, both to protect the public from serious organised crime and bring criminals to justice.”
#AceNewsReport – Oct.03: Officers believe the man shown in this CCTV image has information which could assist their investigation…..
#AceDailyNews report that ‘British Transport Police have issued CCTV images of a man who could help with further details over a sexual-assault on passenger that took place before 8pm on Sunday 22 August after a man boarded a train at Rugby, which was headed to Birmingham New Street station…Can you help?
The man sat next to the victim, engaging her in conversation, before pressing up against victims’ legs twice.
If you know who he is then contact BTP by sending a text to 61016 or call 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 2100062583. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.01: Ashton is not under fire and being called “racist” for saying something false. No one seems to be disputing his assertions on any factual basis. ….
#AceDailyNews says that the UK: Chairman of Lincolnshire football club says supporters have backed him following refugee comments,” by Oliver Pridmore, Lincolnshire Live, September 26, 2021: But a meeting of Grantham Town’s supporters’ club on Saturday, September 25, met to vote on a statement that would have asked the team’s chairman, Darren Ashton, to apologise for his comment and to retract it.
But the group has confirmed to Lincolnshire Live that the statement was not backed because it felt that it would be “inappropriate” to comment whilst the FA were investigating the matter.
The investigation also meant that the supporters’ group didn’t want to offer any further comment to Lincolnshire Live.
Mr Ashton claimed that only two people in the meeting voted in favour of the statement, and that the supporters’ group has around 300 members, although he does not know how many were in attendance at the meeting as he wasn’t able to attend.
A representative from the supporters’ group told Lincolnshire Live that the number of members was in fact 113.
The Urban Hotel on Swingbridge Road in Grantham is currently home to refugees from Afghanistan after the British Government pledged to take in 20,000 refugees from the landlocked country over the next five years following the recent withdrawal of British troops.
In a tweet posted about this on the evening of Thursday, September 9, Mr Ashton said: “True story, I’m the chairman of Grantham Town, and we had one of our players staying there on a long-term agreement.
“Last Friday they informed him he had to be out by Monday. No consideration for an 18-year-old lad away from his family and friends trying to make a career for himself.”
He then posted a further tweet in the conversation, which read: “Those refugees are as we speak roaming the streets of Grantham trying to get drugs.”
Mr Ashton then tweeted again on Friday morning saying: “It would appear I upset a few people last night with some of my responses to there [sic] messages.
“I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to absolutely NO ONE. Good day to you all.”
Speaking to Lincolnshire Live following the result of the supporters’ group meeting being announced, Mr Ashton said: “A massive majority voted in my favour which I’m very happy about because a lot of people have misrepresented what I said.”
Mr Ashton says that he didn’t single out Afghan refugees in particular, as he claimed that refugees of other nationalities are staying at the hotel.
He said: “All along I’ve asked for people to point exactly to something I’ve said which was racist and they can’t.
“I have already said that the way I worded the tweets was a bit poor and I’ve apologised for that side of things, but I’m a council lad who hasn’t got a degree like most other people so sometimes my wording is poor.
“But I won’t apologise for the actual content of what I said because I’m not a racist, and I’m not right-wing as some people have said.
“What I’ve learnt during this process is that if you happen to disagree with someone who is on the left, then you are labelled right-wing.”…
#AceNewsReport – Oct.01: During one offence a gun was pointed at a customer’s head and in another the violent thieves grabbed jewellery from a staff member.CCTV shows Richings with a gun and Negrobar stealing a cash drawer…..
#AceDailyNews Court Report: On shop robbery gang who have been jailed for 20yrs for there armed raids on three shops in just six days in Coventry in 2020 ….
CASE NOTES: It started on 9 December last year when Richings, holding a handgun, and knife-wielding Negrobar stormed Subway in Walsgrave Road: The masked pair ushered staff into a back room, snatching a bracelet and gold chain, before taking the till drawer and making off in a stolen Citreon Berlingo: Three days later they repeated the tactic at the Seven Stars convenience store in Tile Hill Road where they assaulted the manager: On that occasion they made off empty handed but on 14 December stole cash and cigarettes from the Local Store in Allesley Old Road: Getaway driver Leon Wyatt, aged 21, helped the pair escape in the Berlingo – stolen from Ludlow Road, Coventry on 20 November – but we recovered it in Selcombe Close on 17 December: It was forensically examined and returned a DNA hit to Negrobar. Behind bars: (l-r) Richings, Negrobar and Wyatt: Extensive mobile phone analysis placed Richings at the scene of the raids and when we arrested him on 2 January from Roseberry Avenue, Wood End, officers seized clothing matching that worn by one of the offenders: Richings and Negrobar were charged with conspiracy to rob and at Warwick Crown Court on 23 September jailed after admitting their roles in the plot: Richings was jailed for eight years and Negrobar, who is already serving a seven-and-a-half year term, had an extra four-and-a-half years added to his sentence: Wyatt admitted one count of robbery and given a five year prison term: We also discovered Richings’ sister, Hollie Richings, met the men following the Subway offence and agreed to sell the stolen chain and bracelet in the Jewellery Quarter: The 26-year-old, from Second Avenue in Coventry, admitted handling and received a six-month sentence suspended for a year and ordered to complete 80 hours of unpaid community work……
Our Detective Constable Chris Parry, said: “These were really nasty offences in which victims believed they were going to be subjected to violence. This must have been an awful experience for them and I wish them well for the future: We secured compelling forensic, CCTV and phone evidence against the three which left them with little option but to admit their guilt at court.”
#AceNewsReport – Sept.28: Labour’s conference is expected to pass a motion later calling for this to be party policy:
#AceDailyNews says that U.K Media reports Keir Starmer in row with Labour’s left over minimum wage increase as Frontbencher Andy McDonald resigned on Monday, saying the leadership had ordered him to argue against the rise, making his position “untenable”………….The leadership is keen to avoid an open row on the issue………It says it will not encourage members to back or reject the motion, which, if it passes, will not automatically become Labour policy.
The Unite union is putting the motion, calling for the minimum wage to increase to £15, to a vote on Tuesday.
The current minimum wage is £8.91 for those 23 and over, £8.36 for those aged 21 and 22, and £6.56 for 18 to 20-year olds.
The wide-ranging Unite motion also says that, for Labour to win the next election, it “must be an anti-austerity party, defending jobs and improving living standards”.
It includes demands for stronger union rights, higher taxes “on the very wealthiest”, an end to zero-hour contracts and a “better work-life balance”.
Today’s conference motion is not binding so the argument over it is symbolic. The left argue it is more proof that they are radical where Sir Keir Starmer is lukewarm. And it’s a way of fighting back after Sir Keir changed the party’s rules to make it harder for a Corbynite candidate to get into a future leadership contest. The leadership is turning down the invitation to have a fight about this vote, saying it’s not bothered if the motion passes. Nonetheless, there’s a war between Starmer and the far left and this is today’s battleground. There will be another one soon. Shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that Labour’s current policy was to raise the minimum wage at “at least” £10 per hour. He insisted that the party leadership was “perfectly happy” for conference delegates to back the £15 motion.However, he said Labour would only reassess its current policy closer to the next general election, adding this was the “responsible thing to do”.Raising the minimum wage was not one of the 10 pledges Sir Keir made when running for the Labour leadership last year.But he supported a campaign in 2019 for fast food chain McDonald’s to improve pay and conditions.At the time, he said: “They’re not asking for the Earth. They’re asking for the basics – £15 an hour, the right to know their hours in advance and to have trade union recognition. That ought to be the norm in 21st Century Britain.”But, in a scathing resignation letter, Mr McDonald claimed the leader’s office had instructed him go to a meeting at the party conference and “argue against a national minimum wage of £15 an hour and against statutory sick pay at the living wage”.”After many months of a pandemic when we made commitments to stand by key workers, I cannot now look those same workers in the eye and tell them they are not worth a wage that is enough to live on, or that they don’t deserve security when they are ill,” he added.Labour pledges £28bn a year to make economy greenerLabour: Has Starmer stood by his pledges?Meanwhile, former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has accused the party’s current leadership of wanting to “prop up, not challenge” wealth and power. Writing for the i news website, he added: “If our leadership won’t champion that path, our movement must and will.”Mr Thomas-Symonds told the Today programme he rejected Mr Corbyn’s analysis, adding Sir Keir had a “passionate sense of social justice”.Former shadow chancellor John McDonnell, a senior figure on Labour’s left, said: “Questions have got to be asked about Keir Starmer… the conference is falling apart.”And former shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, also on the left of the party, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme it was “nonsense” to suggest there was a campaign to undermine Sir Keir.She added: “Andy’s not the sort of person to say anything the leadership wants to keep his job.”Mr McDonald was one of only a few members of previous Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s frontbench team who continued to serve after Sir Keir took over.Responding to his resignation, Sir Keir said: “I want to thank Andy for his service in the shadow cabinet. “Labour’s comprehensive New Deal for Working People shows the scale of our ambition and where our priorities lie.”
#AceNewsReport – Sept.28: A search by Border Force uncovered the cocaine hidden in plastic wrapped packages which had been placed in boxes on top of the legitimate goods….
#AceDailyNews reports that a lorry-driver jailed for 9yrs on 24/09/2021 in £3.2m cocaine smuggling plot: The National Crime Agency investigated Vladimir Mrdak after the Slovakian-registered lorry he was driving was stopped at the Channel Tunnel terminal in Coquelles, France, on 12 July this year.
The drugs would have been worth around £3.2 million if sold on the streets of the UK: Mrdak, 37, of Derventa, Bosnia and Herzegovina, told investigators he did not know how the drugs ended up in the trailer of the lorry: He was subsequently charged with attempting to import class A drugs, which he pleaded guilty to during a hearing at Canterbury Crown Court on on 16 August.
NCA Branch Commander Mark Howes said: “Organised crime groups rely on people like Mrdak to feed supplies of lethal class A drugs to the UK, so this intervention would have dealt them a blow: The trade in cocaine is synonymous with exploitation and violence, and this seizure would have dented the profits of those who poison our communities by distributing it: Our work with partners like Border Force to pursue the organised criminals behind drugs smuggling will never stop.”
Ian Hanson, Director, Europe and International of Border Force, said: “Results like this are a testament to the hard work of Border Force officers and the close relationship with have with our NCA partners: I know that my officers are absolutely committed to preventing the flow of illegal drugs into the UK and disrupting the organised criminal gangs who rely on it: Thanks to their work a significant quantity of cocaine has been prevented from entering the country, and subsequent work with and by the NCA has led to a significant jail term for the man responsible.”
#AceNewsReport – Sept.28: Mr Ghafar suffered significant knife wounds and one of his arms had been severed after he was attacked across a number of rooms in Holly Road, Handsworth: Swaby fled through a kitchen window when officers arrived but he was quickly chased down and arrested..…
#AceDailyNews reports that a killer is convicted over Handsworth murder after David Swaby inflicted more than 50 injuries on Hassan Ghafar during the early hours of 7 February this year…
CASE NOTES: The 34-year-old claimed he had been defending himself but offered no consistent version of events around what happened: After searching the address we found a number of items including knives, scissors, rolling pin, poles and a dumbbell containing 22-year-old Mr Ghafar’s blood: Swaby, of Holly Road, Handsworth, was convicted of murder following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court. He was remanded ahead of sentencing on 15 October.
Detective Inspector Ranj Sangha, who led the investigation, said: “This was a brutal and prolonged attack on Mr Ghafar who sustained blows across his body along with significant stab wounds: No-one should be put through such an ordeal and this has been a harrowing experience for Mr Ghafar’s family, who have had to live through what happened to him during the trial: We may never truly know what led to the events in Holly Road. We recovered CCTV showing the pair arriving at the address in the early hours of the morning with no hint of anything being untowards between them: Tragically, nothing can ever be done to bring Mr Ghafar back and our thoughts will always remain with his loved ones.”
#AceNewsReport – Sept.27: The scheme is also being extended to 5,500 poultry workers: The transport secretary said he did not want to “undercut” British workers but could not stand by while queues formed.
#AceDailyNews says according to BBC Business News hauliers and poultry workers to get temporary visas U.K. government confirmed that 5,000 fuel tanker and food lorry drivers will be eligible to work in the UK for three months, until Christmas Eve.
By Alex Therrien BBC News
But the British Chambers of Commerce said the measures were the equivalent of “throwing a thimble of water on a bonfire”.
And the Road Haulage Association said the announcement “barely scratches the surface”, adding that only offering visas until Christmas Eve “will not be enough for companies or the drivers themselves to be attractive”.
Marc Fels, director of the HGV Recruitment Centre, said visas for lorry drivers were “too little” and “too late”.
However, the news was welcomed by freight industry group Logistics UK, which called the policy “a huge step forward in solving the disruption to supply chains”
A shortage of lorry drivers has caused problems for a range of industries in recent months, from supermarkets to fast food chains.
In recent days, some fuel deliveries have been affected, leading to lengthy queues at petrol stations – despite ministers insisting the UK has plenty of fuel.
There are reports of dozens of cars queuing in London by 07:00 BST on Sunday morning, while many filling stations had signs up saying they had no fuel.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told the BBC’s Andrew Marr that there was enough fuel in the country and that if people were “sensible” and only filled up when they needed to there would not be shortages.
As well as allowing more foreign workers, other measures include using Ministry of Defence examiners to increase HGV (heavy goods vehicle) testing capacity, and sending nearly one million letters to drivers who hold an HGV licence, encouraging them back into the industry.
Recruitment for additional short-term HGV drivers and poultry workers will begin in October.
Mr Shapps said: “We are acting now, but the industries must also play their part with working conditions continuing to improve and the deserved salary increases continuing to be maintained in order for companies to retain new drivers.”
A survey from earlier this year suggests a number of reasons for the driver shortage
Logistics UK estimates that the UK is in need of about 90,000 HGV drivers – with existing shortages made worse by the pandemic, tax changes, Brexit, an ageing workforce, and low wages and poor working conditions.
The British Poultry Council has previously warned it may not have the workforce to process as many turkeys as normal this Christmas because it has historically relied on EU labour – but after Brexit it is now more difficult and expensive to use non-UK workers.
The Department for Transport said it recognised that importing foreign labour “will not be the long-term solution” to the problem and that it wanted to see employers invest to build a “high-wage, high-skill economy”.
It said up to 4,000 people would soon be able to take advantage of training courses to become HGV drivers.
This includes free, short, intensive courses, funded by the Department for Education, to train up to 3,000 new HGV drivers.
These new “skills bootcamps” will train drivers to be road ready and gain a Cat C or Cat C&E license, helping to tackle the current HGV driver shortage.
The remaining 1,000 drivers will be trained through courses accessed locally and funded by the government’s adult education budget, the DfT said.
Fuel tanker drivers need additional safety qualifications and the government said it was working with the industry to ensure drivers can access these as quickly as possible.
Mr Fels said many young people were “desperate” to get into the industry but couldn’t afford the thousands of pounds it costs to get a HGV license.
He called for the government to recognise the industry as a “vocation” and offer student loans to help fund training.
Sue Terpilowski, from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, said conditions for drivers also needed to improve, pointing out that facilities such as overnight lorry parks were much better on the continent.
Richard Walker, managing director at supermarket Iceland, said it was “about time” ministers relaxed immigration rules in a bid to solve the HGV driver shortage and called for key workers, including food retail workers, to be prioritised at the pumps.
On Saturday the BBC spoke to a number of drivers who had queued or struggled to get fuel.
Jennifer Ward, a student paramedic of three years for Medicare EMS, which provides 999 frontline support to the East of England Ambulance Service, said she had to travel to five stations to get diesel for her ambulance.
Matt McDonnell, chief executive of Medicare EMS, said a member of staff cancelled their shift because they had been unable to get fuel and said he was waiting to see if the government would introduce measures to prioritise key workers, like they had for shopping during the pandemic.
‘Thimble of water on a bonfire’
Industry groups the Food and Drink Federation and Logistics UK both welcomed the visa changes, with federation chief Ian Wright calling the measures “pragmatic”.
But the British Retail Consortium said the number of visas being offered would “do little to alleviate the current shortfall”.
It said supermarkets alone needed an additional 15,000 HGV drivers to operate at full capacity ahead of Christmas.
Labour’s shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy said the changes were needed but described them as “a sticking plaster at the eleventh hour”.
“Once again the government has been caught asleep at the wheel when they should have been planning for months for this scenario,” she told the BBC.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.25: A search of the property uncovered 897 plants over eight rooms together with associated growing equipment: A 16 year-old male was arrested at the scene on suspicion of production of a controlled drug Class B. He currently remains in custody…….
#AceDailyNews reports that a Cannabis farm was raided in South Road, Waterloo at around 10.05am on Thursday 23d September, attended at the property in South Road. Through metal bars and plastic sheeting on the windows they were able to see a growing room full of cannabis.
A video in which Matt Brown, Head of our CDT, explains how you can spot signs of cannabis being grown near where you live can be found here –
Some of the signs that cannabis is being grown are:
– Strange smells and sounds – Frequent and varied visitors to a property, often at unusual times – Gardening equipment being taken into a property, such as plant pots, fertiliser, fans and industrial lighting – Windows are sealed and covered or the curtains are permanently closed – Heat from an adjoining property – Birds gathering on a roof in cold weather
Individually these activities may seem commonplace, however, together may indicate something more suspicious
This is the second significant find in two days with over 1000 plants recovered from a property in Anfield on Wednesday.
Matt Brown, who leads the Cannabis Dismantling Team (CDT), said: “This was the second significant discovery – with nearly 2000 plants seized in just two days: We know that cannabis farms are often linked to serious criminality and their locations, frequently in residential areas, pose a real danger to neighbouring properties: If you spot any signs that cannabis is being grown near where you live and work please let us know so that we can continue to take action.
Anyone with information on suspected drug production or criminal activity in their community can contact @MerPolCC, call 101 or come forward anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.24: Two boys, both aged 14, were convicted of murder on 26 July at Reading Crown Court following a five week trial. During the trial both boys pleaded guilty to a count each of perverting the course of justice and one boy was convicted of a further charge of the same offence.
#AceDailyNews reports that three teenagers sentenced in connection with death of Olly Stephens – Reading: Today they were sentenced at the same court to be detained for life with a minimum term of 12 years, 105 days, and 11 years, 105 days respectively……And a 14-year-old girl was also detained today for three years and two months’ for her role in Olly’s death. She had pleaded guilty before the trial began to one count of manslaughter and one count of perverting the course of justice.
Due to the ages of the defendants, it is against the law for any material relating to this trial to be published which names them or may identify them.
CASE NOTES: Olly was killed on 3 January this year in Bugs Bottom Fields, Caversham, approximately 200 yards from his home address: The court heard how the three defendants conspired between them to lure Olly to the field, following an argument he was involved in with one of the group on social media: When Olly arrived at the field, the two boys, one of whom was 13 years old at the time, started a fight with Olly: As the fight progressed, the younger boy drew a knife that he had brought with him and stabbed Olly twice before all the defendants fled the scene, leaving Olly critically injured: Significant attempts were made by members of the public and medical professionals to save Olly’s life, but tragically, his wounds were too serious and he was declared dead at the scene: A police investigation was launched, and the defendants were identified and arrested within a few hours. They were charged on 6 January.
Senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Howard, of the Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit, said: “Today’s sentences mark the conclusion of an extremely harrowing period for all of Olly’s family and friends, and I would like to start by paying tribute to their immense bravery and dignity throughout this entire process: While I am pleased that justice has been done, and those responsible have been held accountable for their actions, there is no sense of victory for anyone involved in this incident, or investigation: A 13-year-old boy who had his entire life ahead of him, with so much unfulfilled promise and potential, has been killed in violent and needless circumstances: Three other young lives have also been changed forever. All of this could so easily have been avoided if those involved had not carried a knife that day: The circumstances of Olly’s death are truly shocking but it is vital that his death is not in vain. I know that Olly’s family are determined that his death is the foundation of something far more positive; in particular education and intervention for young people to try and prevent others from finding themselves in this type of destructive scenario: All of us as an adult community have a responsibility for children; we have a duty to set the right standards and values for our younger generations, to educate them around the risk of carrying knives, to intervene and provide them with suitable deterrents, to provide constructive ways to fill their time and support them in developing friendships and relationships that are not solely based on virtual contact. Most importantly we have to teach them and make them realise that life is precious: Nothing can bring Olly back to his family now, but I hope that lessons can be learned from this distressing case to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in future.”
#AceNewsReport – Sept.24: Around 30 activists, from the Insulate Britain pressure group descended on roads around the main ferry port early this morning: Police are at the scene say 39 people have now been arrested with two protest sites now cleared, disruption remains at a third location on Jubilee Way at the Port of Dover.
#AceDailyNews says that according to GB News: Insulate Britain mounted a blockade of Dover Port: Around 30 activists, from the pressure group descended on roads around the main ferry port early this morning causing chaos ….with police arresting around 39 in total from two sites ….
Mark White Home and Security Editor: Published friday 24 September 2021 – 09:33 Last updated friday 24 September 2021 – 11:04
BREAKING: Insulate Britain mount blockade of Dover Port
Earlier this week, National Highways was granted an injunction at the High Court to ban protesters from blocking the main orbital motorway.
It followed five separate days of action which blocked multiple junctions around the M25 and snarled up traffic for many hours, infuriating motorists.
Reacting to the news of this morning’s blockade of Dover, the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told GB News: “I’m aware of the protests this morning and am in touch with authorities there.
“Obviously the first priority is to stop this.”
He added: “It’s completely counter productive, they are being incredibly irresponsible. This cannot continue.”
The High Court injunction only bans activists from taking action around the M25.
Authorities had feared the group, which vowed to continue its protests despite the ban, would simply move on to disrupt other routes.
MET Officers make further arrests over M25 protests …..
Metropolitan Police officers have made two further arrests in relation to the ongoing investigation into the actions taken to block the M25 by protest group Insulate Britain.
A 36-year-old man was arrested at his home address in Streatham on suspicion of conspiracy to cause public nuisance on Wednesday, 22 September.
A 51-year-old woman was arrested at her home address in Warrington on suspicion of conspiracy to cause public nuisance on Thursday, 23 September.
This follows three arrests made last week for the same offence. A 55-year-old man, 45-year-old woman and a 49-year-old man were arrested for conspiracy to cause public nuisance on Monday, 13 September.
In total, Met officers have made 28 arrests for those obstructing the public highway.
Those arrested have been released under investigation whilst the crime team fully investigate all lines of enquiry and pursue all possible offences committed given the amount of material they have seized.
#AceNewsReport – Mar.06: The sentence comes as a result of NCA’s Operation Venetic, a large scale crackdown on criminal use of encrypted communications platform Encrochat.
Five and a half years in jail for drug dealing money launderer: ‘Operation Venetic uncovered various conversations between Oliffe and other criminals facilitating the exchange of up to £50,000 at a time which Oliffe said that he would then launder through associates in Dubai’ over crackdown on EncroChat’
‘The messages illustrated that the initial exchanges of £50,000 were done to build trust so that Oliffe could then begin laundering amounts between £200k and £500k………There was also discussion of a criminal associate who was looking for somebody to launder £4m for them’
Richard Oliffe, 34 of Beckenham, Kent had been using Encrochat to communicate with fellow criminals to arrange the laundering of criminal cash over a period of at least two months. He also used the platform to buy cocaine which he then sold on.
Oliffe appeared at Southwark Crown Court yesterday, 05 March, where he received the five years and six months sentence.
Messages also showed that Oliffe was engaged in the supply of cocaine.
On 25 September 2020, Oliffe was arrested at Euston Train Station in possession of a bag containing £34,960. He was later charged with money laundering by OCP officers.
Officers searching Oliffe’s house in Hayes, Kent and found small amounts of cocaine and a £1k of cash.
Oliffe pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cocaine and money laundering.
Matt McMillan OCP Operations Manager said “Richard Oliffe believed he could use an encrypted device to conduct his criminal activity under the radar, using it to launder large quantities and to supply cocaine: “ Cash is the lifeblood of organised crime, and money launderers like Oliffe provide an essential service, allowing criminal networks to benefit from their crime and invest in further criminality: “ Removing Oliffe from the chain will have dealt a blow to the criminal networks he worked for: “ This investigation shows the commitment of the NCA and Metropolitan Police to ensure money launderers and drug suppliers face justice.”
#AceNewsReport – Mar.06: Richard Newing set fire to Malcolm Turner’s mobility scooter at his home on Jenner Street in the early hours of Tuesday 20 August. The blaze quickly took hold, filling the property with smoke, with the force of the flames blowing out the windows. Richrd Newing has been jailed for manslaughter:
Mr Turner, who was heavily reliant on his scooter, was unable to leave the building as the fire was started at the only exit of his home.
Newing, aged 43, then walked away, leaving the house in flames and 69-year-old Malcolm for dead. Fire crews were quick to attend, however due to the ferocity of the blaze, Malcolm sadly died at the scene.
Newing, who was also charged with arson with intent to danger life, was caught on CCTV only moments later on Foleshill Road, where he was captured igniting a mattress on the front drive of a house. The property instantly lit up in flames, but fortunately the occupants were able to escape via a back exit.
Detectives investigating Malcolm’s death and the subsequent arson attack, conducted a CCTV trawl of the area tracing Newing’s movements during both attacks. He was arrested two days later after officers spotted him in Coventry city centre.Malcolm Turner sadly died as a result of the fire
Although the motive to the attacks is still unclear, during police interview Newing confessed to knowing of Malcolm, after drinking at the same pub as him prior to the attack.
Today he has been sentenced to 13 and a half years for manslaughter and six years for arson to run concurrently.
In a victim impact statement read in court, Malcolm’s sister said: “Malcolm was our brother, and our lives have changed forever, due to your actions.
“We had the privilege of him being a much-loved son, brother, uncle, husband and father before he was so senselessly and cruelly taken from us and there will always be an emptiness inside of us due to his death at the hands of you, Richard Newing.
“We, as a family, truly hope that each day you are locked up, you think of our brother and what you did, and that you see our brother’s face each time you light a match or see a flame and realise the pain and heartbreak that you have caused us.
“We can at least have the knowledge that whilst you are locked away, and I hope that is for a very long time, that you cannot put any other family through what you have put us through, and that this haunts until the end of your days.”
Detective Chief Inspector Jim Munro said: “I am very pleased that Newing has recognised what he has done and saved Malcolm’s family the trauma of a full trial: “ Newing was clearly obsessed with fire and tragically the consequences of his actions led to Malcolm’s death: “ Although the residents of Foleshill Road were fortunate enough to survive the fire, their home and belongings were destroyed, so I hope they also find some comfort knowing Newing will now face time in prison: “ I hope this case outlines the seriousness of starting fires and how quickly they can spread and devastate lives.”
#AceNewsReport – Jan.19: Police in Northern Ireland reported a suspected car bombing in Londonderry on Saturday that local politicians said had caused no apparent injuries as people were urged to stay away from the area: An image released by police on Twitter showed what appeared to be a burning vehicle in Bishop Street in the center of the city: Two local politicians said the suspected blast occurred outside the city’s courthouse #AceNewsDesk reports
“This pointless act of terror must be condemned in the strongest terms: Grateful to our emergency services for their swift actions which helped ensure there have been no fatalities or injuries,” Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster said on Twitter: Her party colleague from the area, Gary Middleton, said police had confirmed to him that there were no injuries. He added that the vehicle was hijacked, without citing a source.
Northern Irish police gave no further details and said they were carrying out initial investigations:
An eyewitness told the BBC: “The remains of the car could still be seen burning in the middle of the road.
“A cordon has been set up around the scene and police are evacuating more buildings on Bishop Street.”
In a statement issued on Facebook, the PSNI said: “As far as we know no one injured.”
However, they said that there is another car they “are not happy about” and are evacuating the area and advising residents in the area to make preparations to leave.
At the scene, BBC reporter Dean McLaughlin
Businesses and other properties have been evacuated and the cordon on Bishop Street has been extended.
One business owner said she heard a bang and was lucky to be inside at the time. She said she could have been on the street minutes later.
Bishop Street is within Derry’s famous city walls.
The PSNI has asked members of the public to stay away.
A 1998 peace deal mostly ended three decades of conflict that killed 3,600 people and was fought between mainly Protestant unionists who want Northern Ireland to remain part of the United Kingdom and predominantly Catholic nationalists.
Some sporadic violence continues among small, splinter groups but car bombings are rare in the British-run province:
Reuters Reporting by Amanda Ferguson; Writing by William Schomberg and Padraic Halpin; Editing by Robin Pomeroy
Police in Northern Ireland report suspected car bomb in Derry: MP for the area, Sinn Féin’s Elisha McCallion, condemns attack and says she believes no one has been injured #UKhttps://t.me/liveuamap/5097
#AceNewsReport – Mar.17: “A total of 23 diplomatic employees of the UK Embassy in Moscow are declared personae non gratae and must leave [Russia] within a week,” the statement read: The ministry also revoked its agreement on opening and operation of the UK Consulate General in the Russian city of St. Petersburg, according to the statement ……A source in the ministry told Sputnik that the UK side would get the necessary time for closing the facility #AceNewsDesk reports
#AceNewsServices – BRUSSELS – November 03 – German chancellor Angela Merkel would reportedly prefer the UK to leave the EU than have Downing Street limit the free movement of people EUobserver reported.
Unnamed sources in the German government told the German weekly Der Spiegel that if UK plans to place a cap on unskilled EU migrants would be a step too far for the German Chancellor.
“Should Cameron persist [in this plan], chancellor Angela Merkel would abandon her efforts to keep Britain in the EU. With that a point of no return would be reached,” the source said.
Merkel’s opposition to changing EU rules on free movement may have influenced another decision by the UK over the weekend to drop quotas on EU migrants and instead plan to impose a ban on those who do not have a job or cannot support themselves after three months.
The Sunday Times says prime minister David Cameron, in an upcoming speech, intends to lay out his anti-immigrant ideas that would instead stretch EU rules “to their limits” in order to appease Merkel.
Merkel’s “point of no return” admission is significant because it is the first time she has floated the idea of a possible UK exit from the EU.
The German chancellor is not opposed to placing restrictions on EU nationals who abuse another member state’s social system but is firmly opposed to the fundamental right of free movement of people being curtailed.
“Germany does not want to touch the basic principle of free movement of persons within the EU,” said one German official.
The welfare abuse restrictions already generated controversy last year when the then EU commission for justice Viviane Reding warned against “unfounded wrong perceptions” about welfare tourism. Under EU rules, member states can ask an EU national to leave if they become a “burden”.
UK politicians, including home secretary Theresa May and Ukip leader Nigel Farage, spoke out against potential mass migration in the run-up to lifting all restrictions on Romanian and Bulgarian workers in January 2014.