UK Prime Minister David Cameron And Wife Left 8 Year Old Daughter In A Bar – Didn’t Miss Her Until They Arrived Home Without Her

June 11, 2012

UK – Prime Minister David Cameron left his eight-year-old daughter in a pub following a Sunday lunch, after a mix-up with his wife Samantha.

The couple’s daughter Nancy wandered off to the toilets while they were arranging lifts and they only realised she was not with them when they got home, The Sun said.

Mr Cameron rushed back to the Plough Inn in Cadsden, Bucks, where he found his daughter with staff.

A Downing Street spokesman said: “The Prime Minister and Samantha were distraught when they realised Nancy wasn’t with them.

“Thankfully when they phoned the pub she was there safe and well. The Prime Minister went down straight away to get her.”

Downing Street said the incident happened “a couple of months ago”.

The Camerons were at the Plough Inn – near the Prime Minister’s country retreat Chequers – with Nancy and their other children Arthur, six, and 22-month-old Florence, as well as two other families.

When Mr Cameron left the pub he went home in one car with his bodyguards and thought Nancy was with his wife and their other children in another car. Mrs Cameron had assumed her eldest daughter was with her father.

The mistake was only discovered when they got home.

Mr Cameron drove back to the pub and found Nancy helping staff. She was away from her parents for about 15 minutes.

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Marriage Wrecker: More Than 30% Of UK Divorce Filings Last Year Contained The Word “Facebook”

May 22, 2012

UK – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg changed his status to “married” Saturday and received over one million “likes” from his followers. But the site he founded isn’t always so marriage-friendly. In fact, lawyers say the social network contributes to an increasing number of marriage breakups.

More than a third of divorce filings last year contained the word Facebook, according to a U.K. survey by Divorce Online, a legal services firm. And over 80% of U.S. divorce attorneys say they’ve seen a rise in the number of cases using social networking, according to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. “I see Facebook issues breaking up marriages all the time,” says Gary Traystman, a divorce attorney in New London, Conn. Of the 15 cases he handles per year where computer history, texts and emails are admitted as evidence, 60% exclusively involve Facebook.

“Affairs happen with a lightning speed on Facebook,” says K. Jason Krafsky, who authored the book “Facebook and Your Marriage” with his wife Kelli. In the real world, he says, office romances and out-of-town trysts can take months or even years to develop. “On Facebook,” he says, “they happen in just a few clicks.” The social network is different from most social networks or dating sites in that it both re-connects old flames and allows people to “friend” someone they may only met once in passing. “It puts temptation in the path of people who would never in a million years risk having an affair,” he says. Facebook declined to comment.

Even when extra-marital affairs develop with no help from Facebook, experts say the site provides a deceptively comfortable forum for people to let off steam about their lives and inadvertently arouse the suspicions of spouses. “The difference with Facebook is it feels safe, innocent and private,” says Randy Kessler, an Atlanta, Ga.-based lawyer and current chair of the family law section of the American Bar Association. (See Facebook and Divorce Discussed in WSJ.) “People put an enormous amount of incriminating stuff out there voluntarily.” It could be something as innocuous as a check-in at a restaurant, he says, or a photograph posted online.

When couples do end up in divorce court, lawyers say Facebook posts are used to determine alimony and child custody. Last year, a superior district court judge in Connecticut ordered a divorcing couple to hand over the passwords of their respective Facebook to the other’s lawyers. Kessler says it’s an extremely useful vehicle to gather evidence. “It helps me cross-examine a witness,” he says. Any pattern of behavior that’s recorded on Facebook relating to parenting skills, excessive partying or even disparaging remarks about a spouse that violates a court order could be admissible in court. Of course, it’s not Facebook’s fault it’s being dragged through divorce court, he says, “It’s the people who use it.”

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Gang Of 20 Hooded Savage Black Beasts With Clubs And Knives Stormed North London UK Bar, Dragged Random Man Outside And Stabbed Him To Death

May 22, 2012

NORTH LONDON, UK – A gang of 20 hooded youths stormed a pub after the Champions League final before dragging away a 25-year old man and stabbing him to death in scenes ‘like a horror film’, friends said today.

‘True gent’ Luke Fitzpatrick was killed and his father Bernard, who threw himself on top of his son in a desperate attempt to shield him, remains in a critical condition in hospital after being stabbed four times.

The pair were attacked when a gang armed with bats and knives stormed the north London pub after father and son had watched Chelsea win the cup together at on Saturday.

A forensic tent remained at the scene of the tragedy just yards from the pub near his Dollis Hill home.

Friend Katy McKeon, 22, who has known him growing up, said: ‘Luke was one of the nicest guys around, always looking after people, he actually cared about people, a really nice, funny guy.

‘The amount of flowers that are here just shows how loved he was, this has ruined this community.

‘I was there on Saturday and it was like something out of a horror film.

‘There were about 20 young black guys all with their hoods up armed with sticks and bats and knives. They just ran in the pub and started trying to attack people.

‘It was really frightening. But it should not have happened to Luke, it shouldn’t have happened to anyone, but he was a complete innocent.’

His mother Constance, 56, and brother Ryan, 21, were in Majorca and had to rush home.

Bernard, 56, is out of intensive care and has mumbled a few words but is not fully conscious, Miss McKeon said.

She added: ‘He was just watching the football, but it had nothing to do with the game – Luke was an Arsenal fan.

‘Everyone in the pub knows each other, we all grew up together, we are a really close community.

‘It was such a good atmosphere in the pub then within a minute it was changed by a minority just looking for trouble.

‘A couple of them had tried to start an argument with someone in the shop about two hours before this happened, but it was nothing to do with Luke.

‘Then they rounded all their mates up and stormed the pub. I didn’t see exactly what happened to Luke, but at 17 why have they got knives? It is disgusting. He was a true gent.’

Three people including two 17-year-olds were arrested and have since been bailed. Today a fourth man remained in custody after being arrested an address in Wembley yesterday.

The gang of youths often hung around the shops where the argument took place and three weeks ago an elderly man had been punched in the face as he got off a bus, she said.

Luke’s best friend, Ricci Whiteside, 25, said: ‘There was an argument in the shop opposite the pub at half-time.

‘Luke wasn’t anything to do with it, but we all heard that something had gone on.

‘A group of black guys arrived at the door of the pub with bats and knives and they were looking for someone who had been outside the shop earlier.

‘People were throwing chairs at the door to try and stop them from coming in.

‘There was a lot of confusion. They got Luke and dragged him outside. They were pulling him up the road.

‘His dad was running after them. But by the time he got to Luke he was already on the floor. Bernie threw himself on top of Luke. He was trying to protect him, but it was too late.”

Tess Fitzpatrick, Bernard’s sister, said: ‘The men who came for Luke were like a pack of wolves. My brother ran after them as they were dragging Luke up the street.

‘He covered him with his body, but they had already stabbed Luke all over.’

Pal of the roofer Michael O’Rourke, 25, added: ‘There is not one person who would say one bad word about him, he was one of the most loved people here.

‘He had never done a bad thing in his life but he can’t even go to the pub with his dad and have a pint without getting murdered. Luke was just the nicest guy you could imagine, an absolute gent.

‘Bad things happen to good people. None of the scum bags who did this could ever live up to our friend. It is heartbreaking, absolutely heartbreaking.’

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UK Police Investigate 3 Year Old’s Birthday Party After Mom Tried To Light Candles On Birthday Cake

May 15, 2012

UK – Natasha Bent tried to light the candles on a home-made cake for little Oscar Barlow.

But workers intervened and said the ceremony had to be SUPERVISED by one of them.

They also insisted it must be held in a specific area of the Rumble Tumble play centre in Hanley, Staffs, due to health and safety regulations.

An argument broke out and Natasha, 27, and her family were forced to light the candles in the car park.

Things got worse when police arrived on the scene after a female worker claimed she had been intimidated.

Natasha said: “All we wanted to do was sing Happy Birthday and have Oscar blow out the candles. We tried to reason with a staff member, but she said we were bullying her and told us to leave. Oscar and the other children cried when the police came.”

Natasha’s partner David Meir, 32, said: “I laughed when the police said we’d been accused of intimidation. We weren’t acting aggressively.”

A Staffordshire Police spokeswoman said: “Advice was given to all involved.” Rumble Tumble declined to comment.

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War Zone: UK Military Deploys 13,500 Soldiers, Surface To Air Missles In Parks And On Top Of Residences, Painful Sonic Device With 3km Range, Helicopters, And Fighter Jets For Olympic Games In London

May 12, 2012

LONDON, UK – Britain’s military will be armed with a sonic device that can be used as a high-volume loudspeaker or a non-lethal weapon to disperse crowds at this summer’s Olympic Games in London, the defence ministry said on Friday.

The equipment, which can project a piercing sound over hundreds of metres causing physical pain, has been used during protests at the G20 summit in Pittsburgh in 2009 and against pirates operating off the Somali coast.

The Ministry of Defence said it expected to use it primarily in loudspeaker mode to communicate with boats it wants to stop on the River Thames.

Defence chiefs have already caused controversy by announcing plans to put surface-to-air missiles on the top of residential buildings near the Olympics site in east London.

Fighter jets roared over the capital and helicopters were seen hovering over the Houses of Parliament this month during a nine-day military exercise to prepare for Britain’s biggest peacetime security operation.

The LRAD (Long Range Acoustic Device), made by U.S. company LRAD Corporation, can be mounted on the side of a ship or on the top of a vehicle. Some versions are roughly the same size and shape as a dustbin lid.

It can generate noises up to around 150 decibels, similar to a gunshot, and has a maximum range of 3 km or 1.8 miles.

The device can also emit a warning alarm that sounds like a police siren and “potentially prevents the use of harmful or deadly force”, LRAD says on its website.

Police and military planners say they are preparing for a range of security threats at the Olympics including protesters trying to disrupt events and attacks using hijacked airliners.

Around 13,500 soldiers will help the police during the Games, which run from July 27 to Aug. 12.

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Manchester UK Police And Prosecutors Didn’t Investigate Gang Of Asians Raping White Children For Fear Of Being Racist – 50 Victims Passed Around While Police Did Nothing

May 9, 2012

MANCHESTER, UK – The nine men from Rochdale were yesterday convicted of abusing five vulnerable teenagers after plying them with alcohol, food and small sums of money in return for sex.

However, the true number of victims, who were “passed around” by the gang, is likely to be nearer to 50, police have admitted.

Greater Manchester Police and the Crown Prosecution Service have now apologised after they failed to bring the case of the first victim – Girl A – to trial following her cry for help in August 2008.

One 13 year-old victim became pregnant and had the child aborted while another was forced to have sex with 20 men in one night, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

Complaints to social workers and the police were ignored because they were “petrified of being called racist”, former Labour MP for Keighley Ann Cryer said.

Mrs Cryer, who has campaigned to bring the issue of Asian sex gangs to light, said the girls had been “betrayed” and condemned to “untold misery” by the police and social services.

“This is an absolute scandal. They were petrified of being called racist and so reverted to the default of political correctness,” she said.

“They had a greater fear of being perceived in that light than in dealing with the issues in front of them.”

Girl A told police that she had been raped and provided DNA evidence from her attacker, however the CPS twice decided not to prosecute him.

The 15 year-old’s abuse continued and at its height she was being driven to flats and houses to be raped by up to five men a night, four or five days a week. She was singled out because she was white, vulnerable and under-age.

Her ordeal only ended when her teachers forced social workers to intervene after she fell pregnant and they became concerned by the number of Asian men picking her up from school.

Girl A said that in a six-hour interview she gave police details about her abusers and where the attacks took place. Crucially, too, she handed officers underwear that proved she had been raped by two men in a single attack.

“I hoped they were going to do something and it would stop,” she said.

“But it just carried on. It just started again with different men and more men this time, and that’s when it started becoming up to five men a day”.

Kabeer Hassan, Abdul Aziz, Abdul Rauf, Mohammed Sajid, Adil Khan, Abdul Qayyum, Mohammed Amin, Hamid Safi and a 59-year-old man who cannot be named for legal reasons were yesterday found guilty of running a child exploitation ring at Liverpool Crown Court.

Greater Manchester Police is now being investigated by the IPCC over the failings of its first investigation in 2008.

When GMP did finally pass a file on Girls A’s rape to the CPS the following year, a Crown lawyer decided not to charge anyone because he said she would not be a sufficiently credible witness to put before a jury. A second CPS lawyer backed that opinion.

It was only after social workers notice an upsurge in cases of child grooming that police reinvestigated and made a series of arrests which led to yesterday’s convictions.

It can be reported that the trial was delayed by two weeks when two Asian barristers quit the case due to intimidation by far right groups outside Liverpool Crown Court.

And a tweet from BNP leader Nick Griffin almost caused the trial to collapse when it led to allegations of the jury having a “far-right bias”.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Heywood acknowledged that officers could have dealt with the case “better than we did”.

But he denied that the girl’s complaints had been “brushed under the carpet” because officers were reluctant to confront the issue of race.

“At the time we did what we thought was best,” he said. “We have learned a lot of lessons.

“The issue here is genuinely about vulnerability. It just happens that they are Asian men. In no way did we sweep it under the carpet.”

Steve Garner, head of children’s services at Rochdale Council, denied the teenager had been let down by his department.

“No,” he said. “I think it’s really important to remember that what we know now and what we knew in 2008 is very, very different and what we have done is put the lessons in place”.

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk said: “What’s become clear is that if police had acted seriously on these concerns in 2008 many of the victims of this appalling case would not have had to go through such horrific trauma.

“It is simply unacceptable that these young women were let down in this way by people they should have been able to trust.”

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UK Border Agency Computer System Goes Down, Creating Huge Backlog For Workers, Students, And Visitors

May 4, 2012

UK – A computer crash yesterday left hundreds of UK workers, students and visitors without valid residence permits, creating a month-long backlog for Blighty’s immigration staff to clear.

IT systems at the Border Agency have reportedly suffered outages for the past few weeks, but on Thursday the organisation’s Croydon office completely crashed. People queuing for appointments to get biometric visas and permits, which allow them to stay in Britain, had to be sent home – some reportedly in tears – and they now face the possibility of not being able to travel until their documents are in order.

According to the Guardian, folks were not allowed to rebook on the spot but were made to go home and reapply online.

The freeze-up at Lunar House has had a knock-on effect on Border Agency appointments elsewhere as all available slots are booked up for the next three weeks.

Some applicants complained that the location of new appointments were at the far end of the country. Even people who had paid £1,324 for a 24-hour visa turnarounds were put back into the system and face waits of several weeks.

Biz bosses with foreign workers on their books said the system was not fit for purpose and that the snafu has raised concerns about the Border Agency’s ability to cope with the 2012 Olympics.

The biometric residence permit system in Croydon was supplied as part of the Immigration and Asylum Biometric System (IABS) contract, which involves services and technology from IBM, Fujitsu, CSC, Atos Origin and Sagem Sécurité (SAFRAN Group).

In a statement to El Reg, the UK Border Agency said:

We are experiencing some IT problems in our Croydon Public Enquiry office which we are working to resolve as soon as possible.

In order to complete cases that have been affected, we will be reducing the number of daily appointments until 18 May.

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London UK Police Targeting Whores And Whorehouses Ahead Of 2012 Olympics

April 2, 2012

LONDON, UK – Prostitutes are being “cleaned off the streets” and brothels shut down to make London more presentable in time for the Olympics, it is claimed.

Anti-poverty charity Toynbee Hall says the number of hookers arrested in the Olympic borough of Tower Hamlets this year has already exceeded the tally for all of 2011.

The group says 80 brothels have also been shut down in the five Olympic boroughs — Newham, Tower Hamlets, Greenwich, Hackney and Waltham Forest — in the past year.

This compares to just 29 in all of London’s 32 other boroughs.

Andrew Boff, a London Assembly member and spokesman for the Conservative group on the 2012 Games, said: “This increased activity has happened disproportionately in the Olympic boroughs.”

Mr Boff said he supported police action where local residents had complained about anti-social behaviour, but added he was worried authorities were “clamping down on prostitution without these complaints”.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said a team had been set up in 2010 to address vice-related crime in the Olympic boroughs.

Host nations are known to crack down on groups like prostitutes and the homeless ahead of the Olympics as hundreds of thousands of international visitors fly in for the event.

At the last Olympics in Beijing in 2008, Chinese authorities expelled poor migrant workers and the homeless from the city prior to the Games.

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Nottinghamshire UK Police Smashed Car Window To Save Toy Dog

April 2, 2012

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE, UK – The PC and WPC feared for the animal after being alerted by a passer-by.

They first tried to rouse the “sleeping” King Charles Spaniel.

When that failed, they decided to break a window of the smart Mercedes coupe — then realised their mistake when they picked up the lifelike plaything.

Owner Gordon Williams, 80, returned to find his car covered in glass and a note. It read: “Smashed your window re concern for animal on rear seat.”

The force is now having to pay £180 compensation. Gordon said: “I guess they felt like idiots.”

The retired mining engineer, of Mansfield, Notts, had left his motor in a public car park last Monday when temperatures soared to 18°C (64°F).

Widower Gordon said he bought the toy on holiday — and named him Little Willy.

He said: “He’d been living quite happily on the car’s back seat. But I’ve decided he will be safer sleeping on a chair in my kitchen.”

Nottinghamshire Police said: “Officers believed a dog could be suffering. This is a perfect example of why drivers need to think about what they leave on view.”

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UK Police To Monitor Every Internet User – In Real Time – Every Web Site Visited, Every Text Message, Every Phone Call…

April 1, 2012

UK – Under legislation expected in next month’s Queen’s Speech, internet companies will be instructed to install hardware enabling GCHQ – the Government’s electronic “listening” agency – to examine “on demand” any phone call made, text message and email sent, and website accessed in “real time”, The Sunday Times reported.

A previous attempt to introduce a similar law was abandoned by the former Labour government in 2006 in the face of fierce opposition.

However ministers believe it is essential that the police and security services have access to such communications data in order to tackle terrorism and protect the public.

Although GCHQ would not be able to access the content of such communications without a warrant, the legislation would enable it to trace people individuals or groups are in contact with, and how often and for how long they are in communication.

The Home Office confirmed that ministers were intending to legislate “as soon as parliamentary time allows”.

“It is vital that police and security services are able to obtain communications data in certain circumstances to investigate serious crime and terrorism and to protect the public. We need to take action to maintain the continued availability of communications data as technology changes,” a spokesman said.

“Communications data includes time, duration and dialling numbers of a phone call, or an email address. It does not include the content of any phone call or email and it is not the intention of Government to make changes to the existing legal basis for the interception of communications.”

Nick Pickles, director of the Big Brother Watch campaign group, said: “This is an unprecedented step that will see Britain adopt the same kind of surveillance seen in China and Iran.

“This is an absolute attack on privacy online and it is far from clear this will actually improve public safety, while adding significant costs to internet businesses.

“If this was such a serious security issue why has the Home Office not ensured these powers were in place before the Olympics?”

Shami Chakrabarti, director of the civil rights group Liberty, said that both the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats had resisted the plan when they were in opposition.

“There is an element of whoever you vote for the empire strikes back,” she told Sky News’s Murnaghan programme.

“This is more ambitious than anything that has been done before. It is a pretty drastic step in a democracy.

“It was resisted under the last government. The coalition bound itself together in the language of civil liberties. Do they still mean it?”

Conservative backbencher Margot James said ministers would come under pressure to water down the proposals as the legislation passed through Parliament.

“I am sure there will be considerable pressure brought to bear as the proposals are debated for protections to be built in to protect people’s privacy,” she told the Murnaghan programme.

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Bored London UK Court Clerk Busted Surfing Porn Sites During Rape Trial Pleads Guilty

February 8, 2012

LONDON, UK – A veteran London court clerk caught surfing porn sites during a rape trial said he did so “because he was bored.”

Debasish Majumder, 54, pleaded guilty to a charge of misconduct in public office and five counts of possession of indecent images, the U.K. Daily Mail newspaper reported.

The prosecution alleged Majumder viewed about 30 images between Dec. 9 and 10 during a rape trial. The judge sitting behind him said he noticed the filthy photos as the victim in the case was testifying.

“He said that he watched a lot of internet porn, he said that at work there were moments in his day that were boring and he would surf the net not to get access to sites but to get the titles of sites to use on his home computer and normally sites were blocked,” the paper quoted prosecutor Annabel Darlow as saying.

Police later found evidence of child porn at Majumder’s home, the Mail reported.

He will be sentenced later this month once his medical reports are in.

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UK Police State’s U.S. Talking Video Cameras Warned Everyone Everywhere They Were Installed That They Were In A Restricted Area And To Leave

February 7, 2012

UK – Pressure group Big Brother Watch had said that the cameras, which automatically warn everyone they see to leave, were only acceptable in a ‘in a police state’.

In a statement issued this afternoon, Camden Council claimed that the camera’s pre-recorded American message should never have been turned on in the first place.

“All flash cameras have the capacity to deliver voice messages when activated but in this instance it appears that voice messages were inadvertently activated when the camera batteries were replaced four to five weeks ago. We do not want to stop residents from enjoying their open spaces and communal areas and under no circumstances would we want voice messages to be used in areas where they may be disturbed. The voice messages will be deactivated as soon as possible,” the council said.

The cameras, in the Walker House estate near London’s St Pancras, were installed in September. An American voice warned users to leave, including residents and legitimate visitors. The pre-recorded message says: “Stop, this is a restricted area and your photograph is being taken. It will be sent for processing if you don’t leave the area now.”

Nick Pickles, of pressure group Big Brother Watch, condemned the installation. “This kind of technology may be acceptable in a police state or a science fiction film, but it is absolutely not in modern Britain”, he said.

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Dumbass Cheating Girlfriend Gets Pile Of Steaming Sh*t Tattoo From Boyfriend Instead Of Narnia Trilogy :)

November 28, 2011

UK – A furious woman is suing her ex-boyfriend after he tattooed a steaming poo on her back.

Rossie Brovent wants £60,000 in damages from Ryan Fitzjerald.

Rossie, from Dayton, Ohio, US, wanted a scene from the Narnia trilogy inked on her back.

Instead she was left with a pile of excrement with flies buzzing around it.

Tattoo artist Ryan turned rogue after discovering that Rossie had cheated on him with his best friend.

Rossie originally tried to have her ex-lover charged with assault but she had signed a consent form agreeing the tattoo design was “at the artist’s discretion”.

She said: “He tricked me by drinking a bottle of cheap wine with me and doing tequila shots before I signed it and got the tattoo.

“Actually I was passed out for most of the time, and woke up to this horrible image on my back.”

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Flaw In iTunes Allowed Hackers And Spys Access To Users Computers For 3+ Years

November 25, 2011

UK – A British company called Gamma International marketed hacking software to governments that exploited the vulnerability via a bogus update to iTunes, Apple’s media player, which is installed on more than 250 million machines worldwide.

The hacking software, FinFisher, is used to spy on intelligence targets’ computers. It is known to be used by British agencies and earlier this year records were discovered in abandoned offices of that showed it had been offered to Egypt’s feared secret police.

Apple was informed about the relevant flaw in iTunes in 2008, according to Brian Krebs, a security writer, but did not patch the software until earlier this month, a delay of more than three years.

“A prominent security researcher warned Apple about this dangerous vulnerability in mid-2008, yet the company waited more than 1,200 days to fix the flaw,” he said in a blog post.

“The disclosure raises questions about whether and when Apple knew about the Trojan offering, and its timing in choosing to sew up the security hole in this ubiquitous software title.”
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On average Apple takes just 91 days to fix security flaws after they are disclosed, Mr Krebs wrote.

Francisco Amato, the Argentinian security researcher who warned Apple about the problem suggested that “maybe they forgot about it, or it was just on the bottom of their to-do list”.

In response to reports that FinFisher targeted iTunes, Apple has said that it works “to find and fix any issues that could compromise systems”.

“The security and privacy of our users is extremely important,” a spokeswoman said.

This month’s iTunes update 10.5.1 explained that “a man-in-the-middle attacker may offer software that appears to originate from Apple”, adding that the “issue has been mitigated”.

Gamma International has not commented on the matter. Registered in Winchester, the firm is one of several companies that sell computer hacking services to governments. They offer “zero day” security flaws, which have not been publicly disclosed, so attempts to exploit them are unlikely to be detected by anti-virus programs.

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New Evidence Proves UK Police Killed Newspaper Seller

April 18, 2011

UK – Significant new evidence proves that Ian Tomlinson died from injuries caused by the trauma of being pushed to the ground and not from natural causes, his inquest heard yesterday.

The 47-year-old newspaper seller collapsed at the G20 protests in London in 2009. A film later emerged showing PC Simon Harwood, of the Metropolitan Police’s Territorial Support Group, pushing him to the ground and led to an angry debate over police tactics.

Yesterday, Mr Tomlinson’s inquest heard new evidence which contradicted earlier suggestions that he died of a spontaneous arrhythmic heart attack.

Professor Kevin Channer, from the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield, produced a report on ECG (electrocardiogram) readings taken by paramedics as they tried to revive him, concluding that they were inconsistent with this type of heart attack. His evidence contradicted the findings of the original pathologist, Dr Freddy Patel.

Another pathologist, Dr Nat Cary, agreed with Professor Channer, insisting the new report was crucial. “Mr Tomlinson did not die due to a so-called heart attack, or arrhythmic heart attack, due to coronary artery disease,” he said.

Instead Dr Cary said there was only one realistic possibility; that he had died from internal bleeding. He also concluded that a mark on Mr Tomlinson’s left thigh was the result of a “classic baton strike” and had not been caused by a fall, as Dr Patel had suggested.

Being questioned by Patrick Gibbs QC, counsel for PC Harwood, Dr Cary disagreed that Mr Tomlinson’s liver damage could have been the result of rigorous resuscitation by medics. He described the findings of Dr Patel as “wrong”.

When Judge Peter Thornton asked him whether he believed internal bleeding was likely to have been caused by the fall, he replied: “Yes, because I saw no other evidence for any other trauma capable of causing intra-abdominal bleeding.”

Dr Graeme Alexander, a liver specialist, said that, while the newspaper seller had suffered from serious liver disease, it was unlikely this would have led to major bleeding. He concluded that this was the result of a trauma exacerbated by high blood pressure.

Returning to the stand for the last time, Dr Patel speculated on a new cause of death, not mentioned in his earlier report. Pressed on Professor Channer’s findings that the ECG chart was inconsistent with a heart attack, Dr Patel said Mr Tomlinson may have died from “hypoxia mixed with acidosis” – his body had been deprived of adequate oxygen. Paramedics earlier ruled out suggestions of hypoxia.

Matthew Ryder QC, representing the Tomlinson family, said: “I am sorry to say, Dr Patel … I suggest you are reaching for options because you know, now, or you realise now, the conclusion that you have put forward is not a solid one, and cannot be sustained. That is what I suggest, I’m afraid to say.”

The pathologist replied: “I do not agree with that at all”.

Two weeks ago, PC Harwood apologised in court to Mr Tomlinson’s family, insisting that he had only pushed him to encourage him to move away and was amazed when he fell to the ground. He denied using unreasonable, unnecessary or excessive force.

The police officer said: “If it is the case that in any way I have caused Mr Tomlinson’s death, I am very sorry.”

Last week, judges at the High Court ruled that controversial kettling tactics used against peaceful G20 protesters were illegal and that officers had used “unjustified force”.

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UK Judge Peter Fox Puts Child Molester Back On The Street – Pedophile Had Sex With 13 Year Old Girl And Downloaded Child Pornography

April 4, 2011

UK – A judge has been criticised for allowing a child sex pervert to walk free from court after accepting that the defendant had been ‘seduced’ by a 13-year-old.

David Barnes, 24, engaged in ‘cyber-sex’ with a 13-year-old schoolgirl and downloaded hundreds of pornographic pictures and short films – one of which showed the rape of a handcuffed five-year-old girl.

But Judge Peter Fox QC said a short prison sentence would not prevent him from reoffending.

A national victims’ group hit out saying it was ‘intellectually, ethically, morally’ wrong to lay any blame on the 13-year-old girl and described the sentencing as ‘abhorrent’.

Judge Fox admitted people would be ‘puzzled to say the least’ at his decision.

Shop worker Barnes could have been jailed up to six months, but was allowed discount on his punishment because he pleaded guilty to the charges and was of previous good character.

Barnes, of Darlington, admitted 17 specimen charges of making indecent images and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

The 24-year-old was given a four-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with supervision and 300 hours of unpaid work for the community.

He was also told by the judge that a sex offender treatment programme he was placed upon was not available to him behind bars.

 
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‘Many people must be puzzled to say the very least at the leniency of the guideline sentencing,’ the judge said.

‘I, of course, express no view. If I sent you to prison it would be for a matter of a few weeks only, hence, as I say, the puzzlement that many people would have about that.

‘The weeks you wound spend in prison would do nothing to stop you doing this again. My concern is for the future – the protection of other children.’

Guidelines suggest community sentences for inciting children to engage in sexual activity and up to six months jail for the most serious pornography.
Ruling: Judge Peter Fox admitted people would be ‘puzzled’ by his decision

Ruling: Judge Peter Fox admitted people would be ‘puzzled’ by his decision

Last night, a spokesman for the National Victims Association described it as ‘abhorrent’ that Barnes should, ‘in effect, go unpunished’.

Teesside Crown Court heard how Barnes was arrested at his family home in October 2009 following an operation carried out by Staffordshire Police.

Operation Bamboo officers were investigating chat-room conversations a 13-year-old girl from Stoke was having with a number of adult males.

When they raided Barnes’s home, they recovered computers containing 39 indecent images and movies of children – some in the most serious category.

Paul Newcombe, prosecuting, said one short film was of a five-year-old girl being raped as she had her legs strapped to a bar and her wrists in handcuffs.

During the chat-room conversations, the teenager was encouraged to do intimate things while Barnes watched on a web-cam.

Kieran Rainey, mitigating, said the girl encouraged Barnes – then aged 22 – by saying she liked older people, but accepted he should have ‘disengaged’.

Mr Rainey said his client had a small circle of friends – as the son of a career army officer who moved around the country – and ‘character flaws’.

Judge Fox said it was difficult to reconcile the hard-working and highly thought-of young man written of in references with a child sex fiend.

He said: ‘I accept it has been a dreadful shock to your mother, to your father and to your grandmother and to those others who have known you.

‘And in addition (to the images), there was your perverted activities over the internet with the 13-year-old, who, I accept, appears to have seduced you.’

Teesside Crown Court heard that a woman had been arrested as a result of Melles’ allegations

Teesside Crown Court heard police recovered computers containing 39 indecent images and movies of children from Barnes’s home

Last night, the National Victims Association described as ‘incomprehensible’ the suggestion that the girl could have seduced Barnes.

Spokesman Neil Atkinson said: ‘Thirteen-year-olds have to be protected. It goes without saying, they are children.

‘Intellectually, ethically and legally, this girl – or anyone of that age – could not possibly have been on the same level as a man in his 20s.

‘The judge is right, however, when he says most people will be disturbed by an adult receiving a suspended sentence for engaging in activity such as this.

‘It is abhorrent that anyone in their 20s should, in effect, go unpunished for something that could have led to a far more serious offence.

‘Intellectually, ethically, morally and in every other way you can’t point the finger at a 13-year-old and blame her. She is no match for a 22-year-old.’

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UK Magistrage And School Governor Busted With Extreme Animal Pornography On His Laptop

March 5, 2011

UK – A MAGISTRATE has narrowly avoided jail after being caught with a collection of extreme pornography — including images of women having sex with a gerbil and a FROG.

Michael Hall, 46 — who is also a school governor and worked on a council panel to protect children — downloaded the disgusting images on to his laptop computer.

When police raided his home they found 230 photos and 150 videos showing women engaging in sex acts with horses, a donkey, dogs, a gerbil, a frog and a live snake.

Police acted on a tip-off after learning the magistrate, from Rotherham, South Yorks, had an account on a file-sharing website which was raising concerns.

Filthy

They found the filthy porn stash when they raided his home in Swinton, Rotherham, last September.

Hall admitted 21 specimen charges of possessing hard-core pornography when he appeared before Leeds magistrates.

He was sentenced to a three-year community order which requires him to spend 144 days completing a programme for sex offenders.

He was also ordered to pay £85 towards court costs and he will be supervised by the probation service for three years.

Hall became a magistrate in 2007 and served until October last year when he fell foul of the law.

He was a governor at three schools in Rotherham, St Thomas CofE Primary in Kilnhurst, Swinton Fitzwilliam Primary School and Swinton Community School in Mexborough.

He was also a member of the Rotherham Council’s Children and Young People’s Scrutiny Panel which is made up of councillors and lay members.

Hall helped scrutinise the council’s work in relation to policies and procedures affecting young people such as how children in care are looked after and anti-bullying strategies.

Sally Sharp, head of West Yorkshire Crown Prosecution Service rape and serious sexual offences unit, said: “This case is particularly repugnant involving multiple charges of possessing extreme pornographic images.

“The fact that the defendant was a magistrate and in a position of trust is additionally an aggravating feature.

“The conviction sends out a clear message that no-one is above the law.”

A Rotherham Council spokesman said: “We have been made aware that a Swinton man has been convicted of possessing extreme pornography.

“The council has supported the police with their investigation and we are pleased it has reached this outcome in court.

“We can confirm that this individual was a governor at the three schools and was a member of the Children and Young Peopkle’s Scrutiny Panel.

“He has already resigned from all these posts.”

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Over A Million Dollars Spent On UK Speed Cameras To Catch Fast Motorcycles – Which Haven’t Caught A Single Speeder

March 4, 2011

UK – High-tech cameras on Britain’s most dangerous road haven’t caught a single person speeding – because of a planning cock-up.

The £800,000 cameras were designed to catch bikers on the winding Cat and Fiddle between Macclesfield and Buxton.

But riders are taking a short-cut, making it impossible to prove how fast they were going.

Now the whole system could be scrapped – without a single person being prosecuted.

Macclesfield activist Granville Sellars said: “This whole debacle has been an appalling waste of money. Every biker I’ve spoken to is fully aware the cameras do not work.

“If this had happened in the private sector someone would have lost their job.”

The cameras measure the average speed between fixed points on the 50mph road.

But bikers get round them by coming off onto Ankers Lane, which has a 60mph limit, and rejoining the Cat and Fiddle about a mile further along.

The system was installed last March after campaigners called for action over motorcyclists crashing on the hairpin turns.

The A537 was named the most dangerous in Britain by the Road Safety Foundation, with 34 fatal or serious crashes between 2006 and 2008.

The Cheshire Safer Roads Partnership decided to fix the problem in December by installing an eighth camera and shifting another.

But the move was delayed by bad weather and the system is still being tested.

The councils that fund the partnership have been forced to reconsider because of spending cuts. Cheshire East council alone has withdrawn £600,000, and the partnership now only has enough money to keep it going until the end of March.

David Boyer, vice-chairman of Cheshire Safer Roads Partnership, said: “We’ve needed to have a radical rethink on road safety spending across the partnership.

“We have set up a working group to discuss a way forward, which will ensure that road safety continues to be a priority.

“Speed enforcement, including the use of speed cameras, will still be a part of our work.”

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Central London Police Officer Jo Northmore, In Charge Of Incoming “Anti-Social” Behaviour Emergency Calls, Arrested For Anti-Social Behaviour

February 6, 2011

LONDON, UK – An internal police investigation has been launched after an anti-social behaviour police inspector in charge of emergency calls for central London has been arrested after she was caught drunk in the street.

Jo Northmore, 38, was spotted turning over a road sign by two police officers as she stumbled home at 2am.

They followed her down the road and when challenged about her behaviour she refused to apologise and became abusive before she was arrested.

The City of London officer, who is in charge of handling all 999 calls about anti-social behaviour, was later given an £80 fixed penalty notice for being drunk and disorderly.

The fine came after a night out in Shoreditch, East London, last Sunday.

According to The Sun newspaper, she was tagged in photographs on Facebook less than 24 hours later at different nightclub.

Scotland Yard said: ‘We can confirm Met officers arrested a 38-year-old woman. She was issued with a fixed penalty notice.’

City of London Police said: ‘A misconduct investigation has begun.’

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Cheshire And Staffordshire UK Police Have 238 Accidents In 18 Months – In Their Own Parking Lots!

February 5, 2011

CHESHIRE AND STAFFORDSHIRE, UK – Accident-prone police drivers have been involved in hundreds of crashes – without even leaving their own car parks.

Figures show officers in Staffordshire and Cheshire reported up to 238 accidents involving vehicles in their police station car parks between April, 2008 and December, 2010.

They reveal Staffordshire Police recorded 147 accidents and Cheshire Police dealt with 91 crashes over the same period.
Demolition derby: Two police forces have revealed figures that show 238 police car crashes happened in the station car park (file pic)

Demolition derby: Two police forces have revealed figures that show 238 police car crashes happened in the station car park (file pic)

The incidents included:

* A police vehicle crashing into a post causing £2,149 damage
* A police vehicle crashing into a wall causing £1,450 damage
* A police vehicle hitting a car park height restriction barrier causing £1,069 damage
* A police vehicle reversing into a car causing £1,192 damage.

The combined estimated damage for the forces is £115,784, though the final figures may be adjusted by insurers.

Staffordshire’s £83,902 estimate included injuries or damage to vehicles or property within the car parks, as well as 32 more accidents which involved slips, trips and falls. Now some officers have been told to improve their driving standards.

The figures obtained by The Sentinel newspaper show police station crashes have fallen from 71 in 2007/08 to 50 in 2009/10.

A report to Staffordshire Police Authority states: ‘Accidents within police stations remain an issue. Police divisions have been charged with monitoring driving standards and have been profiling individual officers to improve standards of behaviour and to ensure that training was put in place.’

Staffordshire Police have lost 65 police officers and 155 police staff in the past year as they battle a £6.7 million cut in their £190 million budget.

A spokesman said: ‘The number of accidents in police station car parks has fallen gradually in the last three years.

‘The force has a fleet of more than 550 vehicles, which covered almost 9.5 million miles last year.’

Cheshire Police are preparing to lose 213 police officers and 446 staff over the next four years as they make £36.5 million cuts.

‘The force’s 638 vehicles covered 12 million miles last year.

A Cheshire Police spokesman said: ‘We have 34 car parks at police stations and sub-stations and they are busy. When vehicles are damaged, repairs are carried out as economically as possible.’

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UK Immigration Officer Tried To Ditch His Wife By Adding Her To Terrorist Watch List And Hoping She Couldn’t Fly Home From Pakistan

January 31, 2011

UK – An immigration officer tried to rid himself of his wife by adding her name to a list of terrorist suspects.

He used his access to security databases to include his wife on a watch list of people banned from boarding flights into Britain because their presence in the country is ‘not conducive to the public good’.

As a result the woman was unable for three years to return from Pakistan after travelling to the county to visit family.

The tampering went undetected until the immigration officer was selected for promotion and his wife name was found on the suspects’ list during a vetting inquiry.

The Home Office confirmed today that the officer has been sacked for gross misconduct.

The incident is likely to raise new questions over levels of efficiency in the UK Border Agency, the organisation formed nearly three years ago by then Home Secretary Jacqui Smith to take over all immigration controls.

It has been criticised for poor performance by the Parliamentary Ombudsman and has suffered its share of humiliating incidents – for example the incident 19 months ago when an illegal immigrant escaped from the channel tunnel port at Folkestone by clinging to the underside of a bus carrying Border Agency staff.

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The Agency is charged with putting into operation the Coalition’s policy of reducing numbers of workers from outside Europe allowed into Britain.
Prime mover: Jacqui Smith set up the UK Border Agency three years ago, but these latest revelations have led to calls for tighter vetting

Prime mover: Jacqui Smith set up the UK Border Agency three years ago, but these latest revelations have led to calls for tighter vetting

A spokesman said: ‘We expect the highest levels of integrity. Allegations of misconduct are thoroughly investigated and we always take action swiftly where we find members of staff who have abused their position.

‘On the extremely rare occasions where this occurs, the strongest action is taken.’

The officer in the latest incident to come to light was employed by a unit maintaining watch lists.

He is understood to have worked at the Agency’s headquarters at Lunar House in Croydon, South London.

His wife visited family in Pakistan but when she tried to return to Britain she was not allowed onto the aircraft. Airline and immigration officials refused to explain to her why.

She was forced to remain in Pakistan for three years until her husband’s manipulation of the suspect list came to light.

He is understood to have applied for a promotion that would have meant a higher level of security clearance.

During the vetting process the name of his wife was discovered on the suspect list, to the surprise of security staff.

When questioned, the officer confessed to his alteration of the lists and was sacked.

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Pizza Hut Tried To Cut Losses By Dine And Dash Customers By Making Blacks Prepay For Food

December 8, 2010

UK – PIZZA Hut sparked a racism row after a group of black footballers were told to pay before they ate — “because of the way they looked”.

The furious players with Division One side AFC Bournemouth said restaurant staff told them to shell out up front for their meal.

But salt was rubbed into the wound when a large all-white party was welcomed into the branch and allowed to eat first and pay later.

When the six black players refused to pull out their wallets and pay for their pizza and drinks in advance, restaurant staff called the police claiming they were being “disruptive”.

Officers attended the Pizza Hut in Bournemouth, Dorset, but took no action after the footballers agreed to leave without having their meal after explaining their point.

Apologised

Pizza Hut has since apologised for the incident and launched an investigation into what happened.

The players, including first-team regulars Anton Robinson, Liam Feeney and Marvin Bartley, went to the eatery for lunch after their training session was cancelled due to the bad weather.

Midfielder Robinson, 24, said: “We ordered the food and the next thing the manager came up with the bill and said, ‘Would you mind paying first?’

“It struck us all as pretty odd to be honest.

“We asked if that was the policy and he said ‘no’. When we asked why he had asked us, he said, ‘It’s the way you look’.

“We had a good idea what he was trying to get at, especially when a group of white blokes came in straight after us and they weren’t asked to pay before they had their food.”

He added: “The only thing that was different was the colour of our skins.”

A spokesman for Pizza Hut said they had recently introduced a policy of asking certain customers to pay in advance but this was up to the discretion of staff.

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He added: “We do not tolerate any form of discrimination so immediately investigated this incident.

“While our duty manager’s actions were absolutely not racially motivated we are very sorry for the way this was handled.

“Police recently recommended that the restaurant started asking people to pay for their meal before dining, to combat a number of incidents where customers had left without paying.

“Unfortunately, it seems this approach was not enforced as a blanket policy and we have ensured all staff have been retrained.

“We will be contacting the customers concerned to apologise.”

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Hero Gets A Tiny Slap On The Wrist After Her Tuna Sandwiches Sent 47 Police Officers To The Hospital – LOL

December 8, 2010

BIRMINGHAM, UK – A former British cafe owner was ordered to wear an electronic tag as punishment for poisoning 47 cops with contaminated tuna sandwiches, the Birmingham Mail reported Tuesday.

Cops ordered 100 sandwiches from Muriel Morris’ Meal Machine cafe in Birmingham, central England, on July 3 last year so they had something to eat while policing a demonstration.

But Morris sent them contaminated tuna and chicken sandwiches that made 47 cops ill, with some feeling so sick they thought they were going to die when they were on the way to the hospital for treatment.

Morris, 70, of Birmingham, 120 miles north of London, admitted to four charges of breaching food hygiene regulations in Birmingham Magistrates’ Court. She sold the cafe and retired after poisoning the cops, the court heard.

One officer said in a statement to the court he felt so sick that “I thought my life was coming to an end.”

District judge Robert Zara ordered Morris to wear an electronic tag and obey an overnight curfew. He also imposed a four-month suspended sentence.

The poisoned cops were policing demonstrations between right-wing English Defense League protestors and anti-fascism groups.

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UK To Spend Millions Compensating Victims Tortured By U.S. Authorities

November 17, 2010

LONDON, UK – Bidding to restore the reputations of MI5 and MI6 and to rebuild damaged intelligence links with the United States, the British government said on Tuesday that it had agreed to pay compensation running into millions of dollars to 15 former detainees at Guantánamo Bay and one man still held there who have accused Britain’s intelligence agencies of colluding in their torture in the American-run detention system.

The government move followed years of lawsuits by the former detainees in which British officials have been required to hand over to the courts here intelligence information that came from the United States, prompting high-level American warnings that future intelligence cooperation might be curbed.

The domestic and overseas British spy agencies have seen their own operations dragged into the headlines, with dozens of officers engaged full time preparing to defend the lawsuits.

Against that background, the government of Prime Minister David Cameron chose to “draw a line” under the affair, in the words of the justice minister, Kenneth Clarke, who announced the compensation deal for the 16 men, all of whom are British citizens or legal residents here.

Although Mr. Clarke withheld financial details, saying he was honoring a demand by the former detainees, he said the payments would “save public money” by avoiding years of litigation that could have cost $50 million to $80 million.

Mr. Clarke said the deal “involves no concession of liability” in respect of the torture accusations, and “no withdrawal of the allegations” made by the former detainees. They have said in their lawsuits that agents of MI5 and MI6 worked closely with the C.I.A. and other American agencies involved in their interrogation, and must have known about the torture and mistreatment. They said they suffered so-called stress techniques like sleep deprivation; subjection to extremes of noise: heat and cold, beatings and death threats.

MI5 and MI6 have said that they rigorously opposed torture, but Scotland Yard has been weighing criminal charges against at least one MI6 officer.

In the House of Commons, the deal was greeted with a mixture of reluctant acceptance and outrage, with one Labour Party backbencher saying that “ordinary decent people will be thinking the world’s gone mad,” with the government paying more to the former detainees than to victims of terrorist attacks in Britain, and Dennis Skinner, another prominent Labour gadfly, shouting “money for old rope!”

Mr. Clarke, a 70-year-old lawyer who held many of the top cabinet posts in previous Conservative governments, admitted to a personal unease at the prospect of paying large sums of taxpayers’ money to individuals who were held for years in Guantánamo and other detention centers around the world under suspicion of being linked to terrorist plots against the United States.

He described the deal as one that “everybody is uncomfortable with, and many will dislike,” and added that many people in Britain might conclude that the government was rewarding individuals who were “advancing frivolous claims” against the British secret agencies “and getting away with murder.” Still, he said, the government had concluded that it was “better to draw a line under these cases and move on,” freeing MI5 and MI6 to get on with their work and safeguarding Britain’s “very, very important” intelligence ties with the United States.

Much of the criticism in Parliament focused on the government’s refusal to say exactly how much money was involved in the compensation settlements. Mr. Clarke offered no argument when opposition members said that the estimate of the legal costs saved by the settlement, and estimates of the compensation package running as high as $80 million that appeared in Britain’s morning newspapers, sourced to unnamed officials, were a pointer to the amounts involved. For the government, he said, it was a question of “how many tens of millions were we prepared to spend to engage in interminable litigation?” The settlement with the detainees came only weeks after Sir John Sawers, the head of MI6, insisted that his operatives did not use or collude in torture. In the most declaratory statement anyone from the agency has made, Sir John called torture “illegal and abhorrent under any circumstances, and we have nothing whatsoever to do with it.”

Mr. Clarke used similar words to disavow any British involvement in torture, calling it “a serious criminal offense,” whether committed at home or abroad. “And we will not condone it,” he said.

The path to Tuesday’s settlement in Britain opened in July when Mr. Cameron approved negotiations on a deal. That followed a court order demanding the disclosure of a reported 500,000 confidential documents, prompting Mr. Cameron to say that reviewing the documents would take up huge amounts of time at Britain’s intelligence agencies. Mr. Cameron also announced the appointment of an independent inquiry into the accusations of MI5 and MI6 collusion with the C.I.A. and other foreign organizations in the torture of terrorism suspects.

Mr. Cameron said a retired appeals court judge, Sir Peter Gibson, would lead a three-member panel to review actions by the security services that have led to a dozen cases before British courts in which former detainees have charged that the British agencies of knew — or should have known — that the detainees were being mistreated.

It was men at the heart of those cases who made the deal with the government that was announced on Tuesday, ending the lawsuits and assuring the government that it would not have to disclose any more secret documents.

The former detainees who will be beneficiaries of the government payout include Jamil el-Banna, Moazzam Begg, Richard Belmar, Omar Deghayes, Binyam Mohamed, Martin Mubanga and Bishar al-Rawi. Some of them, especially Mr. Mohamed and Mr. Begg, have become well-known in a broad human rights debate in Britain. Several of the men, including Mr. Mohamed, spent years under investigation by American investigators, accused of plotting attacks against the United States, only to be released back to Britain when the cases were dropped.

One of the 16 men on the compensation list, Shaker Aamer, who remains at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, after nine years of detention, has alleged that MI5 officers were present when he was beaten by American investigators in Afghanistan.

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UK Government To Track Every Phone Call, eMail, And Web Site Visit

October 21, 2010

UK – It will allow security services and the police to spy on the activities of
every Briton who uses a phone or the internet.

Moves to make every communications provider store details for at least a year
will be unveiled later this year sparking fresh fears over a return of the
surveillance state.

The plans were shelved by the Labour Government last December but the Home
Office is now ready to revive them.

It comes despite the Coalition Agreement promised to “end the storage of
internet and email records without good reason”.

Any suggestion of a central “super database” has been ruled out but
the plans are expected to involve service providers storing all users
details for a set period of time.

That will allow the security and police authorities to track every phone call,
email, text message and website visit made by the public if they argue it is
needed to tackle crime or terrorism.

The information will include who is contacting whom, when and where and which
websites are visited, but not the content of the conversations or messages.

The move was buried in the Government’s Strategic Defence and Security Review, which revealed: “We will introduce
a programme to preserve the ability of the security, intelligence and law
enforcement agencies to obtain communication data and to intercept
communications within the appropriate legal framework.

“This programme is required to keep up with changing technology and to
maintain capabilities that are vital to the work these agencies do to
protect the public.

“Communications data provides evidence in court to secure convictions of
those engaged in activities that cause serious harm. It has played a role in
every major Security Service counter­terrorism operation and in 95 per cent
of all serious organised crime investigations.

“We will legislate to put in place the necessary regulations and
safeguards to ensure that our response to this technology challenge is
compatible with the Government’s approach to information storage and civil
liberties.”

But Isabella Sankey, director of policy at Liberty, said: “One of the
early and welcome promises of the new Government was to ‘end the blanket
storage of internet and email records’.

“Any move to amass more of our sensitive data and increase powers for
processing would amount to a significant U-turn. The terrifying ambitions of
a group of senior Whitehall technocrats must not trump the personal privacy
of law abiding Britons.”

Guy Herbert, general secretary of the No2ID campaign group, said: “We
should not be surprised that the interests of bureaucratic empires outrank
liberty.

“It is disappointing that the new ministers seem to be continuing their
predecessors’ tradition of credulousness.”

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Kent UK Police Officers Didn’t Notice Knife Sticking Out Of Dead Man’s Back – Found By Undertakers

October 11, 2010

KENT, UK – A coroner criticised bungling police after they failed to spot a man had been murdered — until UNDERTAKERS discovered a knife sticking out of his back, an inquest has heard.

Antoine Denis, 66, was found slumped on his back in the bedroom of his flat in Chatham, Kent, in January this year.

Detectives at the scene pronounced father-of-four Antoine dead but found nothing that suggested a crime had been committed.

It was only when undertakers arrived to remove the body that they found blood and a 12CM (4.7in) KNIFE stuck up to its hilt in Antoine’s back.

One of the officers received a verbal warning following an internal police investigation into the handling of the as yet unsolved murder.

Mid Kent and Medway coroner Roger Sykes criticised the police handling of the case and recorded a verdict of unlawful killing at an inquest into Antoine’s death held in Maidstone, Kent, on Thursday.

He said: ”My understanding is that in the process of the undertaker’s preparation it was discovered there was some blood and indeed a knife and at that stage investigating officers attended.”

Det Con Linda Robb said: ”That is true. I think because of the flat being in darkness and him lying on his back there was no outward sign of anything untoward.”

Coroner Sykes concluded the inquest by appealing for anyone with information on Antoine’s murder to contact Kent Police.

He said: ”It is always unsatisfactory when I conclude an inquest when the full circumstances have not been revealed.”

Officers had arrived at the scene and discovered retired painter and decorator Antoine lying on his bedroom floor where a police nurse pronounced him dead.

But when undertakers arrived to remove the Antoine’s corpse they rolled him over and found dried blood and a knife in his back.

Detectives recovered the knife and police spent almost three days at the flats carrying out forensic investigations.

In April an internal investigation was opened into the handling of the crime scene and an officer was spoken to about procedural matters.

Coroner Sykes told the inquest Antoine died from a single stab wound, which penetrated his lung due to ”the unlawful act of a person whose identity has not yet been established”.

He said Antoine died on or around December 27 last year because a newspaper, which he bought every day, was found for that date.

Kim Albone, of Chatham, was arrested and charged with Antoine’s murder on January 21 but was later released after a decision by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Det Chief Insp Dave Chewter has appealed for anyone with information on the murder to come forward.

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Names Of UK’s Killer Cops Hidden From The Public

September 26, 2010

UK – The identities of just two police officers involved in 33 fatal shootings have been made public in the last 15 years, a Mail on Sunday investigation has revealed.

Since 1995 a total of 55 officers have opened fire on and killed members of the public, but in only two cases have their names been revealed.

The figures can be revealed as the inquest into the death of 32-year-old barrister Mark Saunders continues – and the policemen who shot him dead in May 2008 are allowed to remain anonymous while giving evidence.

The trend was criticised last night by Tory MP and security expert Patrick Mercer who said that officers should be identified in cases where they drew weapons.

And a barrister who represents bereaved families at inquests said the odds were stacked in favour of the police.

Divorce lawyer Mr Saunders, who was drunk, was gunned down by marksmen in a hail of bullets after he opened fire with a shotgun on his neighbours’ homes from a window of his £2.2 million Chelsea mansion.

Giving evidence at the inquest on Friday, one member of the firearms team said he did not shoot at Mr Saunders because he ‘could not justify it’.

It is up to coroners to decide whether to grant anonymity to police officers and there is nothing explicit in the law to help them reach a decision. The coroners’ ‘bible’ – Jervis On Coroners, first published in 1829 – says ‘any departure from open justice must be a stringently regulated exception.’

It says neither a ‘wholly irrational’ fear of possible reprisal against a police officer, nor a ‘vague and unspecified threat’ is enough to justify the granting of anonymity. And when a police witness is allowed to hide his or her identity, ‘this does not lessen the court’s task but instead increases the need for vigilance,’ says Jervis.

But the laxity of the system has come under growing criticism and last night barrister Stephen Simblet, who specialises in representing bereaved families at inquests, called for new rules to be drawn up.
The victims…but will we ever know who killed them?

He said: ‘At the moment the odds are stacked in favour of the police. It is likely that not only the individual officers will be represented by lawyers at the hearing, but also their force and sometimes the local police authority.

‘There is a tendency for coroners to be outweighed by the sheer number of lawyers making the application for anonymity. All these legal representatives will have been paid for by the taxpayer.

‘It seems to me that public money is being invested in trying to cover things up rather than get to the truth. Police firearms officers are given the extremely rare privilege and responsibility of being allowed to carry a gun on the basis that they are trained, controlled and properly briefed.
Mark Saunders

Divorce lawyer Mark Saunders was gunned down by marksmen in a hail of bullets

‘If we don’t know who they are, how do we know, for example, that a particular officer may not be suffering from psychiatric problems or taking drugs? I would like to see stricter, case-specific reasons (for granting anonymity) based on actual, real and substantiated concerns rather than a feeling that they might be some form of unidentified risk to an officer’s safety.’

Mr Mercer said: ‘Every police officer wears an identification number on their uniform. The reason for that is that they are easily identifiable to members of the public. If that is the case in normal circumstances, I do not see why officers should not be identified in cases where they draw their weapons.’

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said its policy was not to name officers involved in fatal shootings unless they were charged with a criminal offence.

And a Police Federation spokesman said: ‘Firearms officers are often involved in sensitive covert and overt operations. Revealing their identity could threaten their safety and the safety of those around them when deployed on such operations.’

Inquiries by this newspaper revealed that since 1995 there have been only two fatal shooting cases in which police marksmen have been named.

One involved Andrew Kernan, a schizophrenic shot dead near his home in Liverpool, in July, 2001. At a coroner’s court, PC Michael Moore said he decided to shoot Kernan with a high-powered rifle when the 37-year-old refused to drop a 3ft-long Samurai sword.

At the inquest – where no order was made to keep secret the firearms officers’ names – PC Moore described how he and fellow police officer Glen Mitchell had hoped to restrain Kernan with a CS spray, but failed to do so.

A four-year investigation by the IPCC cleared the Merseyside firearms officers from blame and said they had acted ‘bravely’ under the circumstances.

In the other case, PC Chris Sherwood was acquitted of murder and manslaughter after the death of James Ashley, 39, who was shot in front of his girlfriend while he was naked and unarmed.

Sussex Police admitted negligence after the killing at St Leonards in West Sussex, and Paul Whitehouse, the chief constable, resigned. PC Sherwood said he had opened fire in self-defence.

But in 31 other fatal shootings, the identities of police marksmen have been kept secret.

They include that of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes, who on July 22, 2005, was shot dead by unnamed Metropolitan Police officers on board a tube train at Stockwell in South London in the belief he was a suicide bomber. Mr de Menezes was shot in the head seven times.

Following an investigation by the IPCC, the Crown Prosecution Service announced that no charges would be brought against any officers in connection with his death.

Other infamous cases include that of Diarmuid O’Neill, 27, an unarmed IRA suspect, who died in a hail of bullets when police raided his home in Hammersmith, West London. No officers were named and no charges were laid against police.

And in September 1999, decorator Harry Stanley, 46, was shot dead as he walked home carrying a table leg in a plastic bag, which police officers mistook for a gun.

Two officers were arrested after a second inquest recorded a verdict of unlawful killing but the Crown Prosecution Service ruled there was insufficient evidence for the marksmen to be charged. They were never named.

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Crazed UK Police Raid Man’s Home After He Swallowed A Goldfish

September 26, 2010

UK – A YOB bought a goldfish in a pet shop – then GULPED it down in front of horrified staff.

Cruel Chris Caswell was arrested yesterday over the sick stunt that was videoed by his giggling pals and posted on Facebook.

The lout, 30, paid £1.99 for a fish then asked staff to put it in a glass he had brought along, claiming he lived just across the road.

A puzzled shop worker agreed – then watched in horror as he downed the fish in one swallow.

After Caswell ate the creature, his pal doing the filming crowed: “Goldfish down the hatch!” The yobs then marched out of the shop cackling and joking.

Police were alerted after the appalling footage was posted on the web.

Roofer Caswell was arrested in a dawn raid at his home in Newton Aycliffe, Co Durham, yesterday on suspicion of cruelty to animals.

He was quizzed at a police station for an hour then released.

The yob last night insisted he was an animal lover and it was just a prank.

He bleated: “It was over a year ago. We had been out drinking at a friend’s party. I can’t remember much about it. I have just got a puppy. I like animals.”

The RSPCA last night said it was still probing the stunt at the Petals and Pets shop in Newton Aycliffe.

If Caswell is found guilty of animal cruelty he could face a £20,000 fine or six months in jail.

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250,000 UK Toddlers With More Sense Than Others Children Labeled “Racists”

September 24, 2010

UK – More than a quarter million British children have been accused of racism since the country passed its Race Relations Act in 2000, the Daily Mail reports.

Munira Mirza, a senior adviser to London Mayor Boris Johnson, says teachers are being forced to report children as young as 3 years old to the authorities for using alleged “racist” language.

“Teachers are now required to report incidents of racist abuse among children as young as three to local authorities, resulting in a massive increase of cases and reinforcing the perception that we need an army of experts to manage race relations from cradle to grave,” she wrote in Prospect magazine.

According to civil liberties group the Manifesto Club, 280,00 incidents have been reported between 2002-2009.

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Dumbass UK Jailers Released Teens To Take Bicycle Proficency Test – They Jumped On A Train Instead

September 17, 2010

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – Two teenage convicts pedalled to freedom after they were let out of jail for the day to take a cycling test.

Connor Dewhurst, 14, and Sam Thomas, 13, were allowed to sit their cycling proficiency test – an exam British children must take to prove they can safely ride bicycles on the road.

However, the pair proved rather more proficient than supervisors were expecting as they sped away from a juvenile detention centre in Manchester in northwestern England.

Cops think they pedalled 11km to one of the city’s major train stations before hopping on a tram to complete yesterday’s escape bid.

Dewhurst had been convicted of attacking a police officer while Thomas was locked up for robbery, Greater Manchester Police said.

They are still on the run.

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UK Child Banned From Visiting America For Life After Calling Obama A “Prick” In An eMail

September 14, 2010

BEDFORD, UK – A British teenager who sent an email to the White House calling President Obama an obscenity was banned from America for life, The Sun reported Monday.

The FBI asked local cops to tell college student Luke Angel, 17, his drunken insult was “unacceptable.”

Angel said he fired off a single email criticizing the U.S. government after seeing a TV program about the 9/11 attacks.

He said, “I don’t remember exactly what I wrote as I was drunk. But I think I called Barack Obama a p***k. It was silly — the sort of thing you do when you’re a teenager and have had a few.”

Angel, of Bedford, in central England, said it was “a bit extreme” for the FBI to act. “The police came and took my picture and told me I was banned from America forever. I don’t really care but my parents aren’t very happy.”

A Bedford Police spokesman confirmed they had spoken to Angel about the email. Officers will take no criminal action.

Joanne Ferreira, of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said there are about 60 reasons a person can be barred from visiting America.

She said, “We are prohibited from discussing specific cases.”

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Two Joyriding Manchester UK Police Officers End Up Crashing Through Fence Into Garden

September 4, 2010

CHESHIRE, UK – The high-powered Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution was driven across a grass verge, then across the garden of one luxury home and through the neighbour’s garden fence before ending up on its side.

Both officers, who are under investigation, were found inside the vehicle.

They had stopped the car for driving erratically around 2.15am today on Hale Road in Hale, Cheshire.

The 23-year-old driver was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and his car impounded.

Police policy is to wait for a recovery vehicle to take away the car.

The collision is now being investigated by officers from Greater Manchester Police’s (GMP) professional standards unit.

Both officers have been suspended from driving duties with immediate effect.

Chief Superintendent Mark Roberts from GMP, said: ”I can assure the local community that this incident will be rigorously investigated.

”Thankfully, no members of the public were injured. I would like to apologise to residents if this incident has caused any problems or inconvenience.”

The suspected drink driver remains in custody.

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London England Police Continue Using Terror Act To Harass Innocent Photographers

May 11, 2010

LONDON, UK – Just when you thought it was safe to go snapping… City of London Police prove they still haven’t got the memo.

Yesterday, it was the turn of Grant Smith to feel the heavy hand of the law [1]. Smith is a professional photographer. On Monday he was looking for a location on London Wall appropriate to a portrait of one of the architects responsible for the City’s changing skyline. He went to One Aldermanbury Square, where an altercation with a security guard followed.

The security guard asserted that Smith could not take photos of the building. Smith pointed out that the security guard was wrong. The police were called.

Initially, Smith was relieved: on a previous occasion, the intervention of the local police had led to support for Smith and he had been allowed to carry on with his job.

Not this time. According to Smith, four officers arrived, followed by a police van with flashing lights. He was detained, he claims, under Section 44(2) of the Terrorism Act 2000 [2].

This controversial law permits police to stop any individual for the purpose of preventing terrorism. While police officers acting under this section do not require reasonable grounds for a search, they may do so where there are grounds for suspecting the photography is linked to terrorist activity. That said, the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has in recent months made it clear that photographers are not fair game for random stop and search.

In a strongly worded statement, Chief Constable Andy Trotter, chairman of ACPO’s media advisory group stated: “Everyone … has a right to take photographs and film in public places. Taking photographs … is not normally cause for suspicion and there are no powers prohibiting the taking of photographs, film or digital images in a public place.”

This message appears not to have been passed on to City of London Police [3], who continue to use s44 in gung ho fashion to hunt down evil photographers, long after other forces have started to adopt a gentler approach to the subject.

Despite Smith explaining to PC374, who took the lead in what followed, that he was taking photos as part of his job, the police were not satisfied. According to Smith, PC374 said: “The very fact you were here at all is the reason we’ve stopped you.”

He says he was then restrained forcibly by another officer, PC29, while the first officer went through his pockets, removing his camera and mobile phone. Smith’s description of events suggest the police action was intrusive and intimidatory, with officers cheered by his discomfiture, both mental and physical.

He claims: “PC [374] went through my pannier, flipping through personal notebooks, gingerly peeking in a plastic bag that contained a towel and swimmers, still wet from my earlier swim. He located my wallet, and pulled out my drivers licence with obvious glee. Each time I attempted to move PC29’s grip on my arms became firmer.”

Smith attempted to obtain further explanation from the police in respect of their actions. He claims: “The answer they gave was because of my obstructive and non-compliant attitude.”

At the end of the search, the police departed, having failed to return Smith’s mobile phone to him. This, in ordinary circumstances, might be considered theft – although s.45(2) of the Terrorism Act does entitle a PC to seize any item which “he reasonably suspects is intended to be used in connection with terrorism”.

The difficulty in this case is that if the PC genuinely believed Smith to be carrying the tools of terror on him, it was clearly perverse to leave him free to carry out the rest of his mission, photographing buildings around the City of London.

We asked the City of London Police to comment on this incident – specifically asking them for their views on the removal of the phone and whether it constituted theft. An official spokeswoman told us: “A man was spoken to by officers yesterday after police were called by security personnel. He was later searched under terrorism powers.”

What about the phone? No comment.

What about suggestions that the City of London continues to abuse s44 powers long after other forces have learned their lesson? She added: “We continue to work to make sure the city remains a safe place to work and visit.”

Unless, presumably, your work includes taking photographs, in which case the safety of neither yourself nor your property can be guaranteed.

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Drunk Driving Charges Dropped After UK Lawyers Prove Cops Are Stupid

July 25, 2009

LONDON, UK – Leon De Jager, a 31-year-old IT consultant from north London, was astonished when he was charged with failure to provide a sample after blowing into a breathalyser machine exactly as was told by police.

But the case was dropped after Driving Defences, a specialist road traffic law firm, proved that officers had incorrectly fitted a one-way valve into the breathalyser machine, making it impossible for the driver to provide a sample.

Every year thousands of motorists who are suspected by the police of driving while under the influence of alcohol are banned from driving because they fail to give a breath test at a police station.

Failure to provide breath test when asked by a police officer carries an automatic two year driving ban.

Mr De Jager, who had been stopped by police while driving back home from a friend’s house late at night in May 2008 in his Renault Clio, said: “I couldn’t understand it. It didn’t matter how hard I blew, it didn’t register my breath.

“The police thought that I was deliberately avoiding the test and charged me – I couldn’t believe it. I even asked for another chance so that I could prove that I wasn’t over the limit.

“But the police weren’t interested. They said that I’d had my chance. They just wanted to charge me with failure to provide.”

The case against Mr De Jager was dropped in December last year when legal experts at Driving Defences asked to see the valve through which he had attempted to give the breath test.

A simple DNA test carried by the Crown Prosecution Service revealed that he had been blowing through the wrong end.

Martin Hammond, a principal at the firm, said the case meant thousands more drivers may have grounds for appealing against convictions.

“The problem lies in the mouthpiece,” he said. “It is designed to allow air to pass in only one direction. But we have shown that with a breath testing machine used by many of country’s police forces, the mouthpiece can easily be inserted into the device the wrong way.

“This means that no matter how hard they try, it’s impossible for innocent motorists to provide a specimen. If they are charged with failure to provide a sample, drivers can face more serious consequences than drink driving itself.

“Thousands of motorists could have been wrongly convicted and they can now appeal.”

A survey by The Daily Telegraph found that some of the biggest forces in the country, such as the Metropolitan Police, use the same breathalyser. Out of 32 forces surveyed, five forces used a breathalyser with the same mouth piece. The others are Essex, Cheshire, Suffolk and Sussex. Eleven forces declined to say which type of breathalyser they use.

At least 17,189 motorists were tested across the five forces last year, although the number is likely to be much higher. The Metropolitan police used the kit to test around 12,800 people who were arrested after failing or refusing a roadside breath test.

Since 2001 around 8,000 drivers a year have been banned from driving for failing to “provide a specimen for analysis (breath, blood or urine)”.

In 2007, the last year for which figures are available, 8,232 drivers were banned.

A Home Office spokesman said: “Type approval of policing equipment such as alcohol breathalysers is a rigorous procedure designed to ensure that readings produced by a device are consistently reliable and accurate and so can be depended on for evidential purposes”.

A spokesman for the Association of Chief Police Officers said “no problems or concerns” had been raised about the mouthpiece generally, “but as with any piece of equipment of this nature, it is important it is used in accordance with the training provided”.

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Obama Administration Wants To Continue Hiding Torture And Rape Pictures From George Bush’s Gitmo Torture Prison

May 28, 2009

LONDON, UK – A former U.S. general said graphic images of rape and torture are among the photos of Iraqi prisoner abuse that President Barack Obama’s administration does not want released.

Retired Major Gen. Antonio Taguba, who oversaw the U.S. investigation into the abuses at Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib prison, was quoted as telling Britain’s Daily Telegraph in an article Wednesday that he agreed with Obama’s decision not to release the pictures.

“I am not sure what purpose their release would serve other than a legal one and the consequence would be to imperil our troops, the only protectors of our foreign policy, when we most need them,” Taguba was quoted by the Daily Telegraph. “The mere description of these pictures is horrendous enough, take my word for it.”
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It was not exactly clear what photos Taguba was referring to.

A U.S. military official in Baghdad, however, said “the photos referred to are ones that Taguba is not aware of.” The official spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because he was not authorized to release the information.

On Thursday, the Obama administration asked a federal appeals court in New York on Thursday to cancel its decision ordering the images’ release. The court papers cite two partially secret statements from top U.S. generals David Petraeus and Ray Odierno.

The administration had planned to release the photos until Obama reversed the decision this month, saying their release would endanger U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Releasing the photos poses “a clear and grave risk of inciting violence and riots against American and coalition forces, as well as civilian personnel, serving in Iraq and Afghanistan,” according to the motion filed with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court.

The photos were ordered released as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union. The Bush administration had fought their release, and lost. The court ruled in September 2008 that general concerns about public safety were not specific enough to merit blocking the release of the photos.

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The motion filed Thursday also notes the government plans to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court. Congress is also considering stepping in to block the photos’ release.

The military referred all questions on Taguba’s comments to Washington. The Obama administration did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Iraqis called for an investigation into the Daily Telegraph report.

“The Iraqi government must demand the reopening of the Abu Ghraib scandal case again,” said Ali Kadom, 45, who works at the Ministry of Transportation.

Khalid Bashi, 35, a trade office owner in Baghdad, said Obama should release the photos to put a stop to a possible scandal.

“Sooner or later, more scandals will appear that show crimes against humanity carried out by American troops in Iraq,” Bashi said.

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The prisoner abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib exploded after photos taken by soldiers appeared in 2004.

According to the Telegraph, the new photos depicted much more serious abuses than previously documented. One photo reportedly showed an American soldier apparently raping a female prisoner and another was said to show a male translator raping a male detainee, the paper reported.

The Telegraph said the photos related to 400 cases of alleged abuse between 2001 and 2005 at Abu Ghraib and six other prisons. It was not immediately clear from the newspaper report who had seen the photos or how they might have been obtained.

The newspaper said the images in the photos were backed up by statements from Taguba’s report into prisoner abuses at Abu Ghraib obtained under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.

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Chief Executive Of UK Speed Camera Firm Loses License After He Was Caught Driving At Over 100MPH

May 6, 2009

SUFFOLK, UK – The boss of a speed camera firm has been banned from driving for six months after admitting speeding at more than 100mph on a 70mph road in Suffolk.

Tom Riall, 49, is a chief executive of Serco, which has provided more than 5,000 speed cameras in the UK.

He appeared at Sudbury Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to driving at 102.9mph on the A14 on 4 January, 2009.

Riall was fined £300, banned from driving for six months and had six points added to his licence.

Riall, from Ufton Nervet, near Reading, was caught speeding in his blue Volvo by a police patrol car on the eastbound dual carriageway just before 1300 BST, the court heard.

Outside court, he said: “I accept the decision of the court. I recognise that speeding is not acceptable.

“I very much regret what happened and I have made a full apology to the court.”

On Serco’s website it states the company prides itself on providing “robust evidence” of drivers’ speeding.

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Chief Executive Of UK Speed Camera Firm Loses License After He Was Caught Driving At Over 100MPH

May 6, 2009

SUFFOLK, UK – The boss of a speed camera firm has been banned from driving for six months after admitting speeding at more than 100mph on a 70mph road in Suffolk.

Tom Riall, 49, is a chief executive of Serco, which has provided more than 5,000 speed cameras in the UK.

He appeared at Sudbury Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to driving at 102.9mph on the A14 on 4 January, 2009.

Riall was fined £300, banned from driving for six months and had six points added to his licence.

Riall, from Ufton Nervet, near Reading, was caught speeding in his blue Volvo by a police patrol car on the eastbound dual carriageway just before 1300 BST, the court heard.

Outside court, he said: “I accept the decision of the court. I recognise that speeding is not acceptable.

“I very much regret what happened and I have made a full apology to the court.”

On Serco’s website it states the company prides itself on providing “robust evidence” of drivers’ speeding.

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UK Police Raid Senior Citizen’s Empty Home Because She Was A Witness In Upcoming Court Case, Knock Down Door And Send Her A Bill For Fixing It

April 23, 2009

GLOUCESTERSHIRE, UK – Police kicked in a pensioner’s door when she failed to answer her phone – then charged her £100 to repair it.

Officers burst into Mary Reason’s home while she was out because she was due to be a witness in a trial three days later and they could not contact her by phone.

‘I’m a pensioner who has had a stroke and I shouldn’t have to deal with stuff like this from the police,’ said the 73-year-old, from Staverton in Gloucestershire.

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UK Police Raid Senior Citizen’s Empty Home Because She Was A Witness In Upcoming Court Case, Knock Down Door And Send Her A Bill For Fixing It

April 22, 2009

GLOUCESTERSHIRE, UK – Police kicked in a pensioner’s door when she failed to answer her phone – then charged her £100 to repair it.

Officers burst into Mary Reason’s home while she was out because she was due to be a witness in a trial three days later and they could not contact her by phone.

‘I’m a pensioner who has had a stroke and I shouldn’t have to deal with stuff like this from the police,’ said the 73-year-old, from Staverton in Gloucestershire.

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Former Pig Farmer Released After Bogus Arrest By Thames Valley UK Police For Ornamental Pig In His Garden

April 14, 2009

THAMES VALLEY, UK – A dad was hauled out of bed and arrested for having an ornamental PIG in his garden – after his policeman neighbour claimed it was put there to poke fun at him.

Shocked Robin Demczak, 57, was dragged off to cells and held for more than 6½ hours as the constable’s colleagues grilled him about the porcelain porker.

He was finally freed without charge after explaining the black pig with white spots had been there for eight years – while the officer had only lived next door for FOUR.
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Fuming window fitter Robin – who used to have a PIGGERY in his back garden – slammed the swoop yesterday.

The pig issue … sign Robin put up after getting rid of hogs

The pig issue … sign Robin put up after getting rid of hogs

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He said: “I was in bed and I could hear police cars outside.

“I was thinking, ‘What’s going on?’ Then I was dragged out by police, arrested and chucked in the back of a police car.

“I was held by them for almost seven hours because having the stone pig apparently counted as harassment.” Neighbour PC John Ablett called in his colleagues

following a simmering 18-month feud over a footpath that splits his back garden from Robin’s in Witney, Oxfordshire.

The traffic cop insists the former pig farmer has no right to use it.

Robin said: “PC Ablett had me arrested because he didn’t like me keeping my 12-inch porcelain model pig in the back garden.

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“He seems to think it is offensive to policemen.”

The dad, who got rid of his hogs years ago and now uses the sty as a shed, told how his neighbour also failed to see the funny side over a sign he painted saying: “No pigs”. He denied it was a dig at the cop.

Robin explained: “When I got rid of all the pigs, I painted a sign saying there weren’t any left in there. That was in case someone was worried about them.”

Feud … PC neighbour John Ablett

Feud … PC neighbour John Ablett

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Although he was freed without charge, Robin was ordered to REMOVE the ornamental pig from the garden of his £200,000 home.

He was also told to STOP calling his outbuilding a sty.
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Robin said: “The reason I call it that is because it used to be a piggery – it has still got troughs and slurry dips in the floor.”

Yesterday Thames Valley police confirmed officers were still looking into the complaint made against him.

A force spokesman said: “We can confirm that a man was arrested on suspicion of harassment in relation to the incident.

“He has been released without charge. But the investigation is still ongoing.

“There was an ornament in the garden and also some writing on a wall.” PC Ablett was last night unavailable for comment.

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UK’s Top Counter Terrorism Officer Bob Quick Quits After Exposing Secret al-Qaeda Documents To News Media

April 9, 2009

UK – Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer has quit after admitting he could have jeopardised an operation to thwart a possible UK al-Qaeda terror plot.

Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick resigned after he accidently revealed a secret document to photographers.

Police were forced to bring their operation forward and arrested 12 men – 11 of whom are Pakistanis.

Gordon Brown said Mr Quick had said sorry for what went wrong and he had thanked him for his long service.

The prime minister also said Pakistan’s government “had to do more” to root out the terrorist elements in its country.

Sources say the planned attack was to be “very soon” and “very, very big”.

‘Lives at risk’

Former home secretary David Blunkett has questioned whether there should be tighter controls on photographers outside Number 10.

The Labour MP for Sheffield Brightside told BBC Radio 4’s PM programme it was right to ask what restrictions may have to be introduced.

He said: “I have got to ask the question… is it appropriate when we are talking about security, safety, when we are talking about the revelation from a photograph, that we should have that carrying on in Downing Street in quite the same way?”

The bit I don’t understand is why on earth a document like this is not locked in a briefcase as a matter of routine?

He added he did not blame photographers for Mr Quick’s resignation but that he had paid a “terrific price” for his “foolish” mistake.

After announcing he was to quit his post, Mr Quick said: “I have today offered my resignation in the knowledge that my action could have compromised a major counter-terrorism operation.

“I deeply regret the disruption caused to colleagues undertaking the operation and remain grateful for the way in which they adapted quickly and professionally to a revised timescale.”

The senior Metropolitan Police officer has faced intense criticism from opposition politicians after revealing the confidential document to photographers after arriving for the Number 10 briefing in his anti-terrorism role and for the Association of Chief Police Officers.

The memo, marked “secret”, carried an outline briefing on an ongoing counter-terror operation.

It contained the names of several senior officers, locations and details about the nature of the overseas threat.

‘Right thing’

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said it was “with great sadness” that he had accepted Mr Quick’s resignation.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the senior officer had a “very, very distinguished” career and that the memo incident had been “extremely unfortunate”.

The mayor confirmed Assistant Commissioner John Yates would replace Mr Quick as head of counter-terrorism.
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A man was arrested at Liverpool John Moores University

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson paid tribute to Mr Quick who he said had “served with dedication and professionalism throughout his career”.

“I hold Bob in the highest regard, as a friend and colleague, and that opinion has not changed,” he said.

In a statement, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said she had been informed of Mr Quick’s resignation by Sir Paul.

“Although the operation was successful, he felt that his position was untenable. I want to offer my sincere appreciation of all the outstanding work he has done in this role,” she said.

Shadow home secretary Chris Grayling said resigning was “the right thing to do”.

“The bit I don’t understand is, why on earth a document like this is not locked in a briefcase as a matter of routine? I’d have just thought it would be blindingly obvious.”

Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne agreed that such a “misjudgement” meant Mr Quick had to step down.

Eleven of those arrested in the police anti-terror operation are Pakistan-born nationals on student visas and one is a UK-born British national. Their ages range from a teenager to a 41-year-old, police said.

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UK’s Top Terrorism Cop Bob Quick Reveals Secret al-Qaeda Briefing Document To News Media

April 9, 2009

UK – A huge MI5 and police counterterrorist operation against al-Qaeda suspects had to be brought forward at short notice last night after Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism chief accidentally revealed a briefing document.

Twelve people were arrested, ten of them born in Pakistan, at eight separate addresses after a long covert surveillance operation involving MI5 and police from the North West Counter-Terrorism Unit was compromised.

Senior sources believe that there were plans to attack the Birdcage nightclub in Manchester city centre or the Trafford Centre shopping complex. The nightclub, which hosts cabaret and dancing showgirls, attracts thousands of people each week.

Detectives believe that the venue, near The Printworks entertainment complex, was being targeted as a “symbol of Western decadence”. The Trafford Centre in Manchester attracts 140,000 shoppers each weekend.

The operation was nearly blown when Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick walked up Downing Street holding a document marked “secret” with highly sensitive operational details visible to photographers.

The document, carried under his arm, revealed how many terrorist suspects were to be arrested, in which cities across the North West. It revealed that armed members of the Greater Manchester Police would force entry into a number of homes. The operation’s secret code headed the list of action that was to take place.

The assistant commissioner had been scheduled to see the Prime Minister and Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, about police reform in his capacity as a member of the Association of Chief Police Officers, but the document indicated that he was planning to outline to Gordon Brown that police raids were imminent.

Police sources indicated that the blunder could end Mr Quick’s career. A Scotland Yard source said: “It’s a hugely serious situation — he’s made a big blunder and the consequences have been huge. There is pressure on him tonight to step down.”

As soon as the photograph was circulated, MI5 and Scotland Yard took immediate steps to stop its publication, fearing that even a reference to Mr Quick’s arrival in Downing Street might tip off the suspects.

A rare D-notice — guidance issued from the Ministry of Defence to safeguard issues of national security — was slapped on media organisations.

However, the photograph of the document had already been distributed abroad, where the D-notice system carries no weight. Getty Images, which took the photograph, agreed to take it off its website, but foreign media organisations that have contracts with Getty had already received the picture, along with every national newspaper in Britain. A Californian magazine also had the picture.

Frantic discussions took place between the police and MI5 and a decision was taken to bring forward the raids from 2am to 5pm.

As newspapers mulled over the contents of the D-notice, police officers from the terrorism unit, supported by officers from Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Lancashire, carried out a series of moves. Instead of a planned operation in the early hours, the armed police had to swoop on the addresses while it was still light.

A senior officer said: “This was a massive compromise of the whole operation.”

Last night Mr Quick apologised to Sir Paul Stephenson, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, for the security blunder that nearly put paid to months of surveillance work.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “Assistant Commissioner Quick accepts he made a mistake on leaving a sensitive document on open view and deeply regrets it.”

The arrests appear to have foiled a major terrorist plot. Senior detectives said that there was an “imminent and credible” threat of an atrocity by an al-Qaeda-linked group. One officer said: “These are the most significant arrests for some time. There was information which led us to believe that these men were planning something major. It was not clear when or where they would strike, but they were collecting material for a large explosion. We are talking about something big.”

Two men were arrested at a house on Galsworthy Avenue in Cheetham Hill, Manchester, two at a premises on Cheetham Hill Road, one on the M602, three at Cedar Grove in Merseyside, one near Liverpool John Moores University, one on Earle Road in the Wavertree area of Liverpool, and two at a Homebase store in Clitheroe. The suspects included a teenager and a man aged 41.Mesu Raza, an unemployed man from Pakistan who lives in a flat above Cyber Net Café, said: “I saw police arrest two people. There were a large number of police vans.”

Witnesses to the arrests on Galsworthy Avenue said that the two men tried to make a run for it. Bushra Majid, 33, a mother of four and Urdu-speaker, said that she recognised the men as speaking Pashtun, a dialect from Afghanistan. She said: “Six or seven men used to live there and every day they went to the al-Falah mosque [an Islamic centre on Haywood Street].” She said that the men were aged between 25 and 50. She said there were lots of people coming and going all the time. At about 5pm she opened the door after hearing noises and saw police dragging a man without shoes along the pavement. She said the men arrested were “darker and had longer beards” than the predominantly Pakistani population in the area.

A woman living near the Cheetham Hill house where three men were taken away told the BBC: “They were just nice neighbours, not noisy, never did anything to disturb anybody.”

Police have also sealed off a terrace of properties in Earle Road in the Wavertree area of Liverpool and witnesses said a man was arrested at a flat above a shop just before 5pm.

Witnesses at Liverpool John Moores University said that two Asian men in their mid to late twenties were held by armed police outside the main library. Greater Manchester Police said that just one man was arrested there.

Craig Ahmed, 24, a business student from Maghull, Merseyside, said: “There was all shouting and commotion outside so I went to the window and saw about eight police officers. One of them was armed and was pointing his gun at two men who were ordered to lie face down on the ground.

“For about half an hour they held the men on the floor. The police were shouting things at them but I couldn’t hear what was being said. They looked like students. One was wearing tracksuit bottoms and a hooded top and the other had a Puffa-style jacket on.

“The police searched a satchel belonging to one of the men and a carrier bag belonging to the other one. The two men were then searched as they were on the ground and cuffed and taken away.”

Police also removed evidence from a Homebase DIY store in Clitheroe.

It is the second time in recent months that Mr Quick has had to apologise. He was the officer who ordered the arrest of Damian Green, the Shadow Immigration Minister, in November, after an investigation into leaks of Home Office information by a civil servant to the Conservative Party. He later accused “the Tory machinery” of undermining his investigation. He had to apologise after the Tories denied his accusation of dirty tricks.

Cheetham Hill has been the centre of terror investigations before. In November 2007, Abdul Rahman, 25, from Pakistan, became the first person in Britain to be convicted of disseminating terrorist information. He ran a cell largely based at a council house in Cheetham Hill. He recruited young Muslim men for a “holy war” against coalition forces in Afghanistan.

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London UK Police Officer Comes Forward After Attacking Innocent Pedestrian Who Latter Died

April 8, 2009

LONDON, UK – The police officer thought to be shown in video footage of a G20 protest in London pushing a man who later died has come forward.

An independent criminal probe has begun into the death of Ian Tomlinson, 47, who had a heart attack minutes later.

Additional video footage from 1 April shown on Channel 4 News appears to show an officer striking him with a baton.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is trying to identify officers who were at the scene.

The IPCC has ordered a second post-mortem examination as part of its investigation.

Mr Tomlinson’s stepson Paul King said the footage has “deeply touched” the family and said “we cannot lay our father to rest” until the relatives get justice.

The IPCC began its investigation before footage surfaced of Mr Tomlinson being shoved.

The IPCC said it would examine the footage from 1 April and discuss it with the Crown Prosecution Service.

Following Mr Tomlinson’s death the IPCC had initially said it would oversee an investigation into the incident to be carried out by the City of London police.

Deborah Glass, of the IPCC, explained the decision to take over the investigation: “People are rightly concerned about this tragic death and this footage is clearly disturbing.

“In light of new information which we became aware of yesterday (Tuesday) evening, we have now taken the decision to independently investigate.

“People have been calling for a criminal investigation. I want to stress that, from the outset of all our investigations, we consider whether criminal offences have been committed.

“This is a criminal investigation and we will, of course, be discussing it with the Crown Prosecution Service.

“At the moment the investigation is focused on identifying the officers in the footage. Several have already come forward and all efforts are being made to trace those who haven’t.”

Heavy landing

Ms Glass appealed for more people to submit any other video footage of the incident.

The video, shot at 1929 BST at the Royal Exchange Passage on 1 April, initially shows Mr Tomlinson, who was going home from work and not protesting, walking away from a group of police officers.

Deborah Glass, IPCC: ‘We continue to appeal for more information’

The footage, recorded by a New York fund manager, shows Mr Tomlinson receiving a two-handed push from an officer, landing heavily before remonstrating with the police.

Minutes later, Mr Tomlinson collapsed and died of a heart attack, after walking to nearby Cornhill where he received first aid from police.

Earlier the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson said the images raised “obvious concerns” and pledged full support from the Met.

The Guardian newspaper obtained the video and has handed it to the IPCC.

Opposition MPs have called for a criminal investigation into the death.

The police have well-established powers to use reasonable force if they think there is a threat either to themselves or the public, but these are enhanced during a protest or riot.

* The key concept is that of “reasonable force” – i.e. force that is in proportion to the threat faced either by the public, the police or property
* Thus “reasonable force” may literally range from putting a hand on someone’s elbow, to shooting them dead
* The legislation governing police powers during demonstrations (mostly the Public Order Act 1986) must also be seen in context of human rights’ legislation
* Under European human rights’ laws the police are required to actively protect the public’s right to peaceful protest
* Policing during a protest, therefore, is a negotiation between the rights of police to use reasonable force to protect the public, and their responsibility to allow peaceful protest to take place

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Man Beaten By London UK Police Died Of "Natural Causes"

April 6, 2009

LONDON, UK – A British man who died last week amid protests of the Group of 20 economic summit in London was hit by police with a baton, witnesses say.

An official examination found that Ian Tomlinson, 47, who was not taking part in the protests, died of natural causes Wednesday after suddenly collapsing while demonstrators crowded near the Bank of England in the City of London financial district. But witnesses claim Tomlinson struck his head after being pushed from behind and was struck by a police baton, The Times of London reported Monday.

The newspaper said investigators from the Independent Police Complaints Commission were set to look out media photographs of Tomlinson’s death and would issue a call for any more images that may exist.

“I saw a riot police officer rushing towards him from behind and grabbing hold of him from behind and charging with him,” photographer Anna Branthwaite told The Times. “He (the officer) grabbed him by the scruff of the neck and used his own body to propel him forward.”

Another unnamed witness told the newspaper that Tomlinson was pushed from behind and fell forward on his head.

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Man Beaten By London UK Police Died Of "Natural Causes"

April 6, 2009

LONDON, UK – A British man who died last week amid protests of the Group of 20 economic summit in London was hit by police with a baton, witnesses say.

An official examination found that Ian Tomlinson, 47, who was not taking part in the protests, died of natural causes Wednesday after suddenly collapsing while demonstrators crowded near the Bank of England in the City of London financial district. But witnesses claim Tomlinson struck his head after being pushed from behind and was struck by a police baton, The Times of London reported Monday.

The newspaper said investigators from the Independent Police Complaints Commission were set to look out media photographs of Tomlinson’s death and would issue a call for any more images that may exist.

“I saw a riot police officer rushing towards him from behind and grabbing hold of him from behind and charging with him,” photographer Anna Branthwaite told The Times. “He (the officer) grabbed him by the scruff of the neck and used his own body to propel him forward.”

Another unnamed witness told the newspaper that Tomlinson was pushed from behind and fell forward on his head.

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Innocent Teen Jailed By Nutcase UK Police After Turning In Lost Cell Phone – Charged With "Theft By Finding"

April 1, 2009

UK – A college student who found a mobile phone while out celebrating his 18th birthday was arrested after handing it in to police.

Teenager Paul Leicester was arrested for ‘theft by finding’ and detained for four hours.

The Southport College A-level student eventually had the case against him withdrawn but said it was a ‘shocking experience’.

Paul Leicester was arrested after handing in a mobile phone that he found

Paul said: ‘Being arrested isn’t a way to celebrate your 18th birthday. What are you supposed to do when you find a phone? I told the last caller I would drop it off at the police station the next day. But they arrested me for theft by finding.’

The teenager was kept by Merseyside Police in Southport police station for four hours and had his fingerprints taken, along with a DNA swab and a photo for police records.

Officers then grilled him for 15 minutes about the alleged ‘theft’.

Paul, who is of good character, has a Saturday job at a jewellers and is held in high regard by his teachers.

The former Birkdale High School student, who lives in Seaforth, added: ‘I want people to be aware of what happened. I thought I was doing the right thing and had it thrown back in my face.

‘I would not go to the police in future. I would arrange for it to be collected by the last caller. All I was doing was the honest thing. It was a shocking experience.’

Paul’s father Vinnie Leicester, 37, said: ‘I’m disgusted and angry. It should never have happened. Paul’s mum and I have brought him up the right way. It’s ridiculous.’

A police spokesman explained the complaint of theft was subsequently withdrawn and Paul was released without charge.

Sefton Area Commander, Chief Supt Ian Pilling, said: ‘Merseyside Police has contacted Mr Leicester in relation to the incident and he does not wish to make a complaint against the police. As a matter of course we are reviewing the circumstances of the arrest.’

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Innocent Teen Jailed By Nutcase UK Police After Turning In Lost Cell Phone – Charged With "Theft By Finding"

April 1, 2009

UK – A college student who found a mobile phone while out celebrating his 18th birthday was arrested after handing it in to police.

Teenager Paul Leicester was arrested for ‘theft by finding’ and detained for four hours.

The Southport College A-level student eventually had the case against him withdrawn but said it was a ‘shocking experience’.

Paul Leicester was arrested after handing in a mobile phone that he found

Paul said: ‘Being arrested isn’t a way to celebrate your 18th birthday. What are you supposed to do when you find a phone? I told the last caller I would drop it off at the police station the next day. But they arrested me for theft by finding.’

The teenager was kept by Merseyside Police in Southport police station for four hours and had his fingerprints taken, along with a DNA swab and a photo for police records.

Officers then grilled him for 15 minutes about the alleged ‘theft’.

Paul, who is of good character, has a Saturday job at a jewellers and is held in high regard by his teachers.

The former Birkdale High School student, who lives in Seaforth, added: ‘I want people to be aware of what happened. I thought I was doing the right thing and had it thrown back in my face.

‘I would not go to the police in future. I would arrange for it to be collected by the last caller. All I was doing was the honest thing. It was a shocking experience.’

Paul’s father Vinnie Leicester, 37, said: ‘I’m disgusted and angry. It should never have happened. Paul’s mum and I have brought him up the right way. It’s ridiculous.’

A police spokesman explained the complaint of theft was subsequently withdrawn and Paul was released without charge.

Sefton Area Commander, Chief Supt Ian Pilling, said: ‘Merseyside Police has contacted Mr Leicester in relation to the incident and he does not wish to make a complaint against the police. As a matter of course we are reviewing the circumstances of the arrest.’

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UK Metermaid Does A Lamp Post Pole-Dance While A Co-Worker Ticketed Illegally Parked Car

March 31, 2009

UK – They’re not exactly known for their gaiety whilst on patrol.

But there is one simple pleasure traffic wardens enjoy above everything else.

And for this enforcement officer the writing of yet another fine just had to be celebrated.

Whilst her colleague filled out the necessary paperwork she raised her arms in the air – and danced.

Not content with her mini workout though, the traffic warden then chose to ditch the rumba – for a little pole work.

Overjoyed that her colleague has booked a motorist, this parking officer breaks into a dance

Unaware she was being filmed the woman wrapped herself around the nearest lamp post and continued with her victory dance.

The mobile phone footage was captured by an anonymous bystander who watched the bizarre dance from a high-rise building opposite the car park in Hull, East Yorkshire, last week.

The two-minute film begins with the two traffic wardens approaching a white van parked illegally.

Leaving her colleague to write out the ticket the woman – dressed in full uniform – begins her routine by waving her hands in the air before bobbing up and down.

As if mimicking the hokey-cokey she then skips back towards her colleague before turning once more, this time kicking her legs up and down in the air alternately.

Finally she bobs up and down before the climax of her dance – around the car park lamp post.
The traffic warden dances and gyrates against a lamp post

The traffic warden dances and gyrates against a lamp post

She and her colleague then casually slip away and move on in their hunt to find illegally parked motorists.

Speaking from his home in Hull, the amateur cameraman, who was quick to draw his mobile phone camera as the one-woman street dance broke out, said it looked
as if she was doing a victory dance as her partner wrote out a ticket.

The man, who did not want to be named, said: ‘It was absolutely unbelievable. I was just staring out of the window at work and I spotted the two wardens checking out the white van.

‘Then, as one of them was checking out the van, the other just burst into this ludicrous dance. From where I was standing it definitely looked like she was dancing for
joy.

‘I might be wrong but to me it looked like a victory dance.’

A spokesperson for Hull City Council said: ‘Whilst the video footage does not show a civil enforcement officer placing a penalty charge notice on a vehicle, it does show unacceptable behaviour by another enforcement officer in the vicinity.

‘Our enforcement contractor is undertaking an investigation.

‘Parking enforcement is used as a means to encourage sensible parking and civil enforcement officers do not have any targets to achieve with regard to the issue of penalty charge notices.’

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UK Metermaid Does A Lamp Post Pole-Dance While A Co-Worker Ticketed Illegally Parked Car

March 31, 2009

UK – They’re not exactly known for their gaiety whilst on patrol.

But there is one simple pleasure traffic wardens enjoy above everything else.

And for this enforcement officer the writing of yet another fine just had to be celebrated.

Whilst her colleague filled out the necessary paperwork she raised her arms in the air – and danced.

Not content with her mini workout though, the traffic warden then chose to ditch the rumba – for a little pole work.

Overjoyed that her colleague has booked a motorist, this parking officer breaks into a dance

Unaware she was being filmed the woman wrapped herself around the nearest lamp post and continued with her victory dance.

The mobile phone footage was captured by an anonymous bystander who watched the bizarre dance from a high-rise building opposite the car park in Hull, East Yorkshire, last week.

The two-minute film begins with the two traffic wardens approaching a white van parked illegally.

Leaving her colleague to write out the ticket the woman – dressed in full uniform – begins her routine by waving her hands in the air before bobbing up and down.

As if mimicking the hokey-cokey she then skips back towards her colleague before turning once more, this time kicking her legs up and down in the air alternately.

Finally she bobs up and down before the climax of her dance – around the car park lamp post.
The traffic warden dances and gyrates against a lamp post

The traffic warden dances and gyrates against a lamp post

She and her colleague then casually slip away and move on in their hunt to find illegally parked motorists.

Speaking from his home in Hull, the amateur cameraman, who was quick to draw his mobile phone camera as the one-woman street dance broke out, said it looked
as if she was doing a victory dance as her partner wrote out a ticket.

The man, who did not want to be named, said: ‘It was absolutely unbelievable. I was just staring out of the window at work and I spotted the two wardens checking out the white van.

‘Then, as one of them was checking out the van, the other just burst into this ludicrous dance. From where I was standing it definitely looked like she was dancing for
joy.

‘I might be wrong but to me it looked like a victory dance.’

A spokesperson for Hull City Council said: ‘Whilst the video footage does not show a civil enforcement officer placing a penalty charge notice on a vehicle, it does show unacceptable behaviour by another enforcement officer in the vicinity.

‘Our enforcement contractor is undertaking an investigation.

‘Parking enforcement is used as a means to encourage sensible parking and civil enforcement officers do not have any targets to achieve with regard to the issue of penalty charge notices.’

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Crazed UK Police Identity 200 Children As Potential "Terrorist"

March 28, 2009

UK – Two hundred schoolchildren in Britain, some as young as 13, have been identified as potential terrorists by a police scheme that aims to spot youngsters who are “vulnerable” to Islamic radicalisation.

The number was revealed to The Independent by Sir Norman Bettison, the chief constable of West Yorkshire Police and Britain’s most senior officer in charge of terror prevention.

He said the “Channel project” had intervened in the cases of at least 200 children who were thought to be at risk of extremism, since it began 18 months ago. The number has leapt from 10 children identified by June 2008.

The programme, run by the Association of Chief Police Officers, asks teachers, parents and other community figures to be vigilant for signs that may indicate an attraction to extreme views or susceptibility to being “groomed” by radicalisers. Sir Norman, whose force covers the area in which all four 7 July 2005 bombers grew up, said: “What will often manifest itself is what might be regarded as racism and the adoption of bad attitudes towards ‘the West’.

“One of the four bombers of 7 July was, on the face of it, a model student. He had never been in trouble with the police, was the son of a well-established family and was employed and integrated into society.

“But when we went back to his teachers they remarked on the things he used to write. In his exercise books he had written comments praising al-Qa’ida. That was not seen at the time as being substantive. Now we would hope that teachers might intervene, speak to the child’s family or perhaps the local imam who could then speak to the young man.”

The Channel project was originally piloted in Lancashire and the Metropolitan Police borough of Lambeth in 2007, but in February last year it was extended to West Yorkshire, the Midlands, Bedfordshire and South Wales. Due to its success there are now plans to roll it out to the rest of London, Thames Valley, South Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, and West Sussex.

The scheme, funded by the Home Office, involves officers working alongside Muslim communities to identify impressionable children who are at risk of radicalisation or who have shown an interest in extremist material – on the internet or in books.

Once identified the children are subject to a “programme of intervention tailored to the needs of the individual”. Sir Norman said this could involve discussions with family, outreach workers or the local imam, but he added that “a handful have had intervention directly by the police”.

He stressed that the system was not being used to target the Muslim community. “The whole ethos is to build a relationship, on the basis of trust and confidence, with those communities,” said Sir Norman.

“With the help of these communities we can identify the kids who are vulnerable to the message and influenced by the message. The challenge is to intervene and offer guidance, not necessarily to prosecute them, but to address their grievance, their growing sense of hate and potential to do something violent in the name of some misinterpretation of a faith.

“We are targeting criminals and would-be terrorists who happen to be cloaking themselves in Islamic rhetoric. That is not the same as targeting the Muslim community.”

Nor was it criminalising children, he added. “The analogy I use is that it is similar to our well-established drugs intervention programmes. Teachers in schools are trained to identify pupils who might be experimenting with drugs, take them to one side and talk to them. That does not automatically mean that these kids are going to become crack cocaine or heroin addicts. The same is true around this issue.”

But Inayat Bunglawala of the Muslim Council of Britain said the police ran the risk of infringing on children’s privacy. He warned: “There is a difference between the police being concerned or believing a person may be at risk of recruitment and a person actually engaging in unlawful, terrorist activity.

“That said, clearly in recent years some people have been lured by terrorist propaganda emanating from al-Qa’ida-inspired groups. It would seem that a number of Muslim youngsters have been seduced by that narrative and all of us, including the Government, have a role to play in making sure that narrative is seen for what it is: a nihilistic one which offers no hope, only death and destruction.”

A Home Office spokesman said: “We are committed to stopping people becoming or supporting terrorists or violent extremists. The aim of the Channel project is to directly support vulnerable people by providing supportive interventions when families, communities and networks raise concerns about their behaviour.”

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