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November 26, 2014
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NAWAZ: BRAGGING TERRORISTS BROUGHT BACK AK47 AMMO AS TROPHY

STRATFORD Two Pakistani brothers were unmasked as terrorists returning from a Syrian training camp because they were so desperate to brag about where they had been, a court heard. Mohommod Hassin Nawaz, 30, and Hamza Nawaz, 23, were arrested in Calais trying to get back into Britain on the Dover ferry. In Mohommod's bag were five rounds of AK47 ammunition which he was going to use to show off to his friends, the Old Bailey heard. On their mobile phones the pair had also taken pictures of their camp, including several of Mohommod posing in combat fatigues to show to friends. 'The evidence shows Mohommod particularly wanted trophies of their trip to show where they had been and what they were doing, no doubt to increase their standing amongst those back in the UK who shared their extremist ideology,' said prosecutor Kate Wilkinson. 'Mohommod decided to bring back five rounds of live rifle ammunition to enable him to brag about the trip and demonstrate the strength of his belief.' The brothers were still living with their parents and vanished from home on August 25 last year after telling their family they were 'getting something to eat in Walthamstow.' The family went to police - but then told detectives they were not missing after all - and had gone to Scotland to visit relatives.

 
November 26, 2014

O'DRISCOLL:EXPLOSVISE SCANDALS WERE STORED IN 'WILD WEST SAFE'

WINDSOR, BERKS; BRENTWOOD, SAFFRON WALDEN, ESSEX Unprintable tales of explosive scandals involving politicians and celebrities were stored in a 'Wild West-style' safe in the Sun's newsroom if they could not be used, a court heard. The tabloid's former deputy news editor Ben O'Driscoll, 38, said more than 30 years of unpublished stories were stored in the 7ft high safe. He told Kingston Crown Court the paper kept hold of 'eye-popping' reports, pictures, and videos which had not made the paper because they were not in the public interest. 'At the time I was there, there was an enormous safe, about 7ft high, like something out of a Wild West film, with big metal handles', he said.

 



 
November 26, 2014
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HARTLEY:SUN JOURNALIST CLEARED OF SELLING GOVERNMENT SECRETS

BROCKLEY, SOUTHEAST LONDON; KENTISH TOWN, NORTH LONDON A senior Sun journalist and the girlfriend of a corrupt public official were today (WED) cleared of plotting to reveal the government's closely guarded secrets in exchange for cash. Ex-Whitehall editor Clodagh Hartley, 40, was 'doing her job' when she requested Customs press officer Jonathan Hall be paid for stories about government waste and maladministration. Hall, 43, chief of the HMRC's law enforcement desk, has admitted misconduct in public office after receiving £17,475 over more than three years from The Sun. He convinced his girlfriend Marta Bukarewicz, 45, to let him use her account for payments from News International.

 
November 26, 2014
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KOHLER:MASKED RAIDERS FACE JAIL FOR SAVAGE ATTACK ON LECTURER

WIMBLEDON, MITCHAM, SOUTH LONDON Four masked raiders behind a brutal burglary where a respected university lecturer was savagely beaten are facing jail today (Weds). Paul Kohler, 55, was left with severe facial injuries and bruises covering his whole face when four men broke into his £2million south London home demanding money. The Cambridge-educated academic lawyer, a university friend of Prince Edward, suffered a fractured eye socket and needed facial reconstruction surgery after his brutal ordeal. He was at Kingston Crown Court accompanied by his wife Samantha MacArthur to see Pawel Honc, 23, Mariusz Tomaszewski, 32, Oskar Pawlowichz, 29, and Dawid Tychon, 29, admit aggravated burglary.

 
November 26, 2014
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BROCKHOUSE:JOURNALIST HIGHLIGHTED PROBLEMS BEHIND BARS

SITTINGBOURNE, KENT; TWICKENHAM, MIDDSX A prison officer said today (weds) he saw payments from a Sun journalist as 'appreciation' for highlighting serious problems in jails across the country. Chief foreign correspondent Nick Parker, 53, allegedly paid prison guard Lee Brockhouse, 44, for details from inside HMP Swaleside in Kent. Brockhouse insisted that all he was doing was letting people 'outside the system know what is going inside jails.' He said he also gave stories to reporter Russell Myers at The Sunday People.

 
November 26, 2014
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RATNAGE:GREEDY BANKERS HAVE SUFFERED ENOUGH SAYS JUDGE

ROMFORD, BRENTWOOD, LOUGHTON, ESSEX Two greedy RBS bankers who ran a £3 million property fraud walked free today (weds) after a judge said they had suffered enough. Andrew Ratnage, 50, and his boss Raymond Pask, 54, were both earning more than £100k a year - but wanted more. Together they set up a series of front companies to make applications for loans to 'tart and turn' homes - do them up and sell them at a profit. The mortgage applications were submitted to their own bank without the pair ever revealing who was behind them.

 
November 26, 2014
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ASH-SMITH:PLUMSTEAD RIPPER COULD HAVE KILLED CLAIRE

PLUMSTEAD, SOUTHEAST LONDON; DARTFORD, KENT Tragic schoolgirl Claire Tiltman could have been a victim of the sadistic 'Plumstead Ripper' Robert Napper, a court heard today (weds). The 16-year-old was knifed to death in an alleyway in Greenhithe, Kent, as she made her way to friend's house nearly 22 years ago. The Dartford Grammar School pupil was stabbed at least nine times in a 'seemingly motiveless' attack just four days after her 16th birthday. Claire, who had used the passage as a shortcut, staggered to a nearby road where she collapsed and died.

 
November 26, 2014
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AHMED: JURY WERE WRONG TO CLEAR 'HUFFING AND PUFFING GP

HERNE HILL, SOUTHEAST LONDON A young mother today (weds) insisted to a tribunal 'the jury got it wrong' when they cleared a trainee GP of sexual offences against his patients. Dr Saleh Ahmed, 31, was heard 'huffing and puffing' with frustration as he tried to manoeuvre his stethoscope around the woman's chest, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service heard. He then placed the instrument on both of her nipples before giving her the all clear, it is said. Dr Ahmed allegedly performed inappropriate chest examinations on three young women for his sexual gratification at the Herne Hill Medical Practice, in southeast London.

 
November 26, 2014
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LUNN:ACCOUNTANCY BOSS SIGNED OFF DODGY TAX RETURN FOR TV STAR

TUNBRIDGE WELLS, KENT An accountancy boss cheated the taxman by claiming cash spent on holidays by a children's TV presenter were business expenses, a court heard. Christopher 'John' Lunn, 41, allegedly cooked the books while working at his dad's firm Christopher Lunn and Company (CLAC), who provided services to clients in the media. Lunn signed off a tax return for Abbie Pethullis showing holidays worth more than £3700, and associated spending money, were legitimate business expenses, Southwark Crown Court heard. Ms Pethullis, who presented GMTV kids show 'Diggin' It' between 2002 and 2005, was also told to hand in receipts for hair, make-up and clothes, jurors heard.

 
November 25, 2014
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MCSWEENEY: TOXIC TURKEY LANDLADY AND CHEF COULD FACE JAIL

ROMFORD One of the country's top pub chains is facing a huge fine for serving up lethal toxic turkey in a reheated Christmas lunch. Della Callagher, 46, died and 32 other diners became seriously ill after eating the poisonous yuletide fare at the Railway Hotel, Hornchurch, Essex. Guests paid £39.95 for a meal which had been cooked the day before and given a second blast on a hotplate before it was brought to the table. Prosecutors claimed the food was not allowed to cool when it was first cooked and then not properly reheated, creating a perfect breeding ground for the deadly Clostridium bacteria. Mrs Callager, a mother-of-one, became seriously ill on Boxing Day but Snaresbrook Crown Court heard how she was sent home from Queen's Hospital, Romford to her death.

 
November 25, 2014
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ALARCON:OFFICER'S 'LEG SWEEP' LEFT TEEN WITH FRACTURED SKULL

BARNES, KINGSTON, SURREY A police officer fractured a teenager's skull leaving him permanently deaf in one ear after he kicked his legs from under him, a court heard today (tues). PC Juan Alarcon, 33, became involved in the violent scuffle when arresting Conor Reddings, 17 in Barnes, southwest London. The officer pulled the teenager out onto the pavement after the handcuffed boy started to headbutt the Perspex lining the cage inside the police van. He then performed a 'leg sweep' to floor the suspect, Southwark Crown Court heard.


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