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BBC: Oxford University employee charged with Chicago murder

Oxford University employee charged with Chicago murder 20 August 2017 From the section UK Image copyright Chicago police Image caption Wyndham Lathem (left) and Andrew Warren were arrested more than 2,000 miles from the crime scene An Oxford University employee has been charged with murdering a 26-year-old in Chicago. Somerville College's Andrew Warren, 56, and US professor Wyndham Lathem, 42, are accused of fatally stabbing Trenton Cornell-Duranleau in Mr Lathem's flat. Chicago Police charged the pair with first-degree murder after they were returned to the city from California. Mr Cornell-Duranleau, a hair stylist, was found with more than 40 stab wounds on 27 July. Mr Warren was suspended from his university job as senior treasury assistant after the body was found. A post-mortem examination showed Mr Cornell-Duranleau had the drug methamphetamine in his system. Lathem, who has been sacked as a microbiology professor at Northwestern University in Illinois, was in a personal relationship with the victim, police have said. He plans to plead not guilty, according to his lawyer. View the full article

BBC: UK terror threat increased by IS losses, security minister says

UK terror threat increased by IS losses, security minister says 19 August 2017 From the section UK Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIS is inspiring home-grown attackers rather than sending them to the front line, Ben Wallace saysThe UK terror threat is increasing as so-called Islamic State loses territory in Syria and Iraq, the security minister has said. Ben Wallace said extremists were trying to carry out attacks in the UK because they were either unable to join IS overseas or had returned from there. He said Europe was now under "constant attack" from terror groups. Mr Wallace also warned there needed to be more understanding of the anti-terrorism programme Prevent. It comes after IS claimed responsibility for the Barcelona attack on 17 August when a van drove down Las Ramblas, killing 13 and injuring scores more. The terror group lost its Mosul stronghold to Iraqi forces last month and international efforts to bring down its "capital" Raqqa in Syria continue. IS seized Raqqa in 2014 and established its headquarters there, with former prime minister David Cameron calling it "the head of the snake". Mr Wallace told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I think the threat is still increasing, partly driven by the fact Isis is collapsing in Syria and people are either unable to get out there to fight for Isis and so they look to do something at home, or also because people have come back and tried to inspire people with their stories and tales of the caliphate. "I think those two things mean that the threat is to some extent increasing." Image copyright Getty Images Image caption IS claimed responsibility for the Barcelona attack on 17 August The security minister also said it was vital for people to engage with the government's anti-terrorism programme, Prevent, which aims to stop people from becoming radicalised. But he said he disagreed with comments from the police lead for Prevent who said the programme should be compulsory. Under the scheme, police and other organisations try to build relationships with the public - including faith leaders, teachers and doctors - and urge them to report any concerns to them, but currently any engagement is voluntary. Mr Wallace added that he had ordered the release of more information to increase understanding of Prevent and its successes to get more people to engage with it. "There's no ifs and buts nowadays. "If we're going to stop these people who use everyday items such as vehicles and kitchen knives to murder people on our streets, we are going to have to all engage together with Prevent and we are having real success when we do that." Mr Wallace added: "We must offer an alternative and help people be protected from that [radicalisation]." View the full article

BBC: Michael Barrymore to get damages over rape and murder arrest

Michael Barrymore to get damages over rape and murder arrest 18 August 2017 From the section England Image copyright PA Image caption Former TV presenter Michael Barrymore has faced a lengthy court battle for damages The entertainer Michael Barrymore is to get "more than nominal damages" after claiming his wrongful arrest by police destroyed his career. The 65-year-old was detained ten years ago on suspicion of the rape and murder of Stuart Lubbock. Mr Lubbock's body was found in the swimming pool of Mr Barrymore's home in Roydon, Essex, in 2001. Essex Police admits Mr Barrymore's arrest was unlawful. A figure for the damages to be paid is yet to be set. Image copyright Other Image caption Stuart Lubbock was found dead in Michael Barrymore's swimming pool in 2001 View the full article

Watch: Post Office gang RAM police car and injure officers in 99mph chase after takeaway raid

This is the dramatic moment a gang RAMS a police car, injuring the officers in a desperately bid to escape. Birmingham Mail Birmingham seems to be turning into London, massive issues with knife crime, gangs running riot, more and more people aggressively challenging police officers. Or it could be that the media are picking up more of the negative stuff than before.

Chief Constable backs officer under investigation for 'swearing at' rider

Police are investigating after an officer appeared ‘to flip the bird’ at an illegal biker who was laughing in the face of the law. Full Story - Birmingham Mail This story is absurd on so many levels i don't know where to start, however good to see the officer getting support from his CC, instead of a witchhunt being launched because of a video on social media.

BBC: East Harling stabbing: Man charged with Peter Wrighton murder

East Harling stabbing: Man charged with Peter Wrighton murder 14 August 2017 From the section Norfolk Image copyright Norfolk Police Image caption Peter Wrighton had taken his dogs for a walk before his body was found in woodland near East Harling in Norfolk A 23-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a grandfather who was attacked as he walked his dogs. Peter Wrighton, 83, from Banham, Norfolk, was repeatedly stabbed in the neck and head. His body was found in woodland near the village of East Harling on 5 August. Alexander Palmer, of Dereham Road, Bawdeswell, has been remanded in custody and will appear before magistrates in Norwich later, Norfolk Police said. Image copyright Norfolk Police Image caption The retired BT engineer's body was discovered on the edge of the heath Mr Wrighton, from Banham, had been stabbed in his neck and head - with his body found near the Fiveways Junction, three miles south of East Harling. The retired BT engineer had been walking his dogs Gemma and Dylan when he was attacked. View the full article

BBC: Eleven traveller family members convicted following slavery trials

Eleven traveller family members convicted following slavery trials 11 August 2017 From the section Lincolnshire Image copyright Lincolnshire Police Image caption The 11 defendants will be sentenced in September Eleven members of a traveller family have been convicted following a series of trials for modern slavery offences. The 10 men and one woman ran a driveway resurfacing company which used workers housed in caravans without running water or toilet facilities. Their victims worked long hours to fund what police said was a "lavish lifestyle". One had worked for the family for 26 years. The defendants will be sentenced in September. Police began operations against members of the Rooney family in September 2014, when seven warrants were executed in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and London. A number of victims were found during the raids or were later traced and the UK Human Trafficking Centre concluded 18 men had been illegally trafficked to the sites. Ch Supt Nikki Mayo said Lincolnshire Police was aware "through intelligence" the workers at two travellers sites were being kept in poor conditions and worked for little money. "The extent of these conditions soon became apparent - the victims were accommodated in caravans without running water or access to toilet facilities," she said. Image copyright Lincolnshire Police Image caption The defendants lived in comfort on the hard work of their victims Image copyright Lincolnshire Police Image caption The victims lived in squalor, police said The victims were all described as vulnerable adults, aged between 18 and 63, who were often homeless and had been picked up by the defendants from across the UK. Ch Supt Mayo said: "They were being completely exploited - working long hours on driveways and block paving for the family. "They were not given training for the manual labour and although not physically trapped, they were financially, emotionally and physically abused making any escape seem impossible. "This exploitation was illegally funding a lavish lifestyle for the defendants. "While their 'labourers' were suffering, company profits helped to fund luxurious holidays to Barbados, Australia, Egypt and Mexico, the purchase of high performance BMWs, spa days and even cosmetic surgery." She said the victims had become completely institutionalised and were only fed when they worked and at times that was restricted to the family's leftovers. The investigation also found around £100,000 worth of stolen goods and that some members of the family had targeted elderly homeowners, getting them to sign over properties into their names. A total of four trials relating to the 11 defendants took place between November 2016 and August 2017. Ten of the 11 were released on bail ahead of the sentencing. Those convicted: John Rooney, 31, of Drinsey Nook, Sheffield Road, Saxilby - Conspiracy to require a person to perform forced or compulsory labour, conspiracy to defraud, fraud by false representation, two counts of theft Patrick Rooney, 31, of Drinsey Nook, Sheffield Road, Saxilby - Conspiracy to require a person to perform forced or compulsory labour, fraud by abuse of position, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, two counts of theft Bridget Rooney, 55, of Drinsey Nook, Sheffield Road, Saxilby - Conspiracy to require a person to perform forced or compulsory labour Martin Rooney, 35, of Sainfoin Farm, Gatemoor Lane, Beaconsfield - Conspiracy to defraud, two counts of converting criminal property Martin Rooney, 57, of Drinsey Nook, Sheffield Road, Saxilby - Conspiracy to require a person to perform forced or compulsory labour, unlawful wounding Martin Rooney, 23, of Drinsey Nook, Sheffield Road, Saxilby - Conspiracy to require a person to perform forced or compulsory labour, assault occasioning actual bodily harm Patrick Rooney, 54, of Sainfoin Farm, Gatemoor Lane, Beaconsfield - Converting criminal property John Rooney, 53, of Chantry Croft, Pontefract - Two counts of conspiracy to require a person to perform forced or compulsory labour Peter Doran, 36, of Washingborough Road, Lincoln - Conspiracy to require a person to perform forced or compulsory labour Gerard Rooney, 46, of Washingborough Road, Lincoln - Conspiracy to require a person to perform forced or compulsory labour Lawrence Rooney, 47, of no fixed address - Conspiracy to require a person to perform forced or compulsory labour Two others, Eileen Rooney, 32, of Drinsey Nook, Sheffield Road, Saxilby and Nora Rooney, 31, of the same address, were both acquitted. View the full article

BBC: Operation Sanctuary: Police defend payment to informant

Operation Sanctuary: Police defend payment to informant 10 August 2017 From the section EnglandImage copyright Northumbria Police Image caption Left to right, row by row, starting top left: Eisa Mousavi, Mohammed Ali, Nashir Uddin, Monjur Choudhury, Taherul Alam, Habibur Rahim, Badrul Hussain, Carolann Gallon, Saiful Islam, AbdulHamid Minoyee, Prabhat Nelli, Abdul Sabe, Jahanger Zaman, Nadeem Aslam, Mohammed Azram, Yassar Hussain, Redwan Siddquee, Mohibur Rahman Northumbria's chief constable has firmly rejected claims that paying a child rapist to help secure convictions of sexual exploitation may have placed some victims at greater risk. Steve Ashman said the man's information led to the conviction of 17 men and a woman for abusing girls in Newcastle. The informant was paid £10,000, and headlines have focused on criticism of that, rather than on the case. The paedophile had himself served a prison sentence for rape. The last of four trials, spread across two years, ended on Wednesday and in total 18 people, mostly of Asian backgrounds, were convicted of sexual exploitation and drugs offences. Most of them were men from Pakistani, Bangladeshi or Indian backgrounds. The court heard how vulnerable girls and women were abused at parties or "sessions" in Newcastle. Newcastle child sex network convicted"Vile crimes committed by evil men"Northumbria Police asked a previously convicted child rapist if he could get them more information about the parties.The NSPCC said that using him in this way was a decision that "crossed the line". Jim Gamble, former head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, said: "Personally, I can't envisage circumstances where I would have authorised payment to someone convicted of rape. "I can't imagine how you could have control mechanisms in place with an informant of that type that you were going to task that would give reassurance that they still didn't represent a risk to young and vulnerable women." But Northumbria Police's Chief Constable Steve Ashman rejected suggestions that the informant was encouraged to go to the parties in order to report back to them. In fact, Mr Ashman said the informant was specifically told he would be arrested if he attended the parties himself. He said: "In this specific instance, we used an informant in very controlled circumstances. "The recruitment and registering of any informant is carefully risk assessed against what are the potential gains we can get from using that individual." The defendants were convicted of abusing girls who were plied with alcohol and drugs before being forced to have sex. A court heard that the vulnerable victims, some as young as 14, were exploited by a "cynical organisation". Over the course of the four trials, 20 young women gave evidence covering a period from 2011 to 2014. The 18 defendants and their convictionsMohammed Azram, 35 of Croydon Road, convicted of conspiracy to incite prostitution, sexual assault, supplying drugs to a victimJahanghir Zaman, 43 of Hadrian Road, convicted of conspiracy to incite prostitution, rape, supplying drugs to a victimNashir Uddin, 35 of Joan Street, convicted of conspiracy to incite prostitution, supplying drugs to a victim Saiful Islam, 34 of Strathmore Crescent, convicted of rape. Jailed for 10 yearsMohammed Hassan Ali, 33 of Bentinck Street, convicted of sexual activity with a child, supplying drugs to a victim. Jailed for seven yearsYasser Hussain, 27 of Canning Street, convicted of beating, possession of drugs. Jailed for two years Abdul Sabe, 40 of Dean House, convicted of conspiracy to incite prostitution, trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation, drugs offencesHabibur Rahim, 34 of Kenilworth Road, convicted of causing or inciting prostitution, drugs, sexual assault, trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitationBadrul Hussain, 37 of Drybeck Court, convicted of drug offencesMohibur Rahman, 44 of Northcote Street, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to incite prostitution, supplying drugs to a victimAbdulhamid Minoyee, 33 of Gainsborough Grove, convicted of rape, sexual assault, supply of drugs Carolann Gallon, 22 of Hareside Court, pleaded guilty to three counts of trafficking Monjour Choudhury, 33 of Phillip Place, convicted of conspiracy to incite prostitution, supplying drugs to a victimPrabhat Nelli, 33 of Sidney Grove, convicted of conspiracy to incite prostitution, supplying drugs to a victimEisa Mousavi, 41 of Todds Nook, convicted of conspiracy to incite prostitution, rape, supplying drugs to a victimTaherul Alam, 32 of Normanton Terrace, convicted of conspiracy to incite prostitution, supplying drugs to a victim, attempted sexual assaultNadeem Aslam, 43 of Belle Grove West, convicted of supplying drugs to victimsRedwan Siddquee, 32 of West Road, pleaded guilty to causing or inciting prostitution, supply or offering to supply a class BThe police investigation, Operation Sanctuary, is continuing.There have been about 100 convictions so far. 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