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September 30, 2014

POLIDANO: CONSTRUCITON FIRM FINED AFTER BUILDING SITE HORROR

LITTLEHAMPTON/CLAPHAM A construction company was fined £140,000 today (TUES) after a crane operator lost part of his leg in a horrific accident. Ben Polidano's legs were crushed under a six-tonne, top heavy L-shaped steel and concrete bridge part which toppled over as it was being winched off a wagon. Mr Polidano, 34, and colleague Kevin Franks, who managed to leap to safety, had no idea the beam was filled with concrete and were 'in the dark' about the risks involved, Southwark Crown Court heard. He was left permanently disfigured by the falling beam which trapped both his legs and left him helpless until a mobile crane could be brought in to lift the beam off him.

 
September 30, 2014
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SOODIN: SUN REPORTER USED 'SHADY SIDE OF JOURNALISM'

GREENWICH, SOUTHEAST LONDON A Sun reporter used the 'shady side of journalism' to boost the tabloid's readership by paying a police officer for inside information, the Old Bailey heard today (tues). Vince Soodin, 39, is accused of paying Sgt James Bowes £500 for confidential information lifted straight from the police computer records. The reporter allegedly landed a scoop on a child being attacked by a fox, and was offered tips on the search for serial killer Peter Tobin's victims by Bowes in June and July 2010. Prosecutor Peter Wright QC said Soodin was 'unquestionably a nice guy' but that did not excuse his actions.

 



 
September 30, 2014
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ORTON: NURSE BLEW IN SICK BABY'S FACE

COVENTRY A nurse with a throat infection left a colleague in shock after she said a sick baby 'shouldn't be here' and blew into its face, a tribunal heard today (tues). Claire Orton walked off giggling after exhaling onto the 'extremely poorly' infant's face at University Hospital, Coventry, Warwickshire, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard. Colleague Daniel Top said a number of nurses were talking about when the baby's care should be withdrawn while they were in the staff room. He said he was shocked when Orton repeated some of the comments at the infant's bedside before deliberately exhaling hard into its face from inches away.

 
September 30, 2014

OGBONNA:GYNAECOLOGIST ADMITS UNNECESSARILY REMOVING OVARY

SALFORD, GR MANCHESTER A gynaecologist admitted 'unnecessarily' removing a woman's left ovary during an operation that was not clinically justified today (Tues). Dr Benjamin Ogbonna took out the organ during a procedure at the Salford Royal Hospital, in Greater Manchester on 9 March 2012. Concerns were raised over his work during two 12-week locum stints at the hospital between February and December 2012, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service heard. The doctor is facing a series of charges relating to 13 patients, at a fitness to practise hearing in Manchester, where he denies misconduct and deficient professional performance.

 
September 30, 2014
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PATEL:BREAKING BAD PLOTTER FELT LIKE 'MEXICAN DRUG WARLORD'

STRATFORD, EAST LONDON A graphic designer addicted to Breaking Bad today (tues) admitted she felt like a 'Mexican drug warlord' as she fantasised about poisoning her own mother. Kuntal Patel, 37, said she felt she was starring in 'her own TV programme' and told jurors: 'I just lost the plot.' She is said to have laced her mother's Diet Coke with Abrin after she banned her from marrying the man she loved. Patel - who was working on a contract for Barclays - used the 'Dark Web' to buy the toxin from USA, Southwark Crown Court has heard.

 
September 30, 2014

CAMPBELL: SHOPPERS WATCH IN HORROR AS TEENAGER IS MURDERED

HACKNEY A teenager knifed a rival to death as he lay helpless in front of terrified shoppers, a court heard. Daniel Campbell, 18, allegedly stabbed Lamarni Hylton-Reid, 20, after chasing him along busy Homerton High Street in Hackney, east London. Campbell was caught on CCTV striking Mr Hylton-Reid in the chest as he lay defenceless, the Old Bailey was told. Horrified onlookers described the alleged killer as having a 'wild look' in his eyes as he plunged the knife into his victim. Prosecutor Mark Heywood QC said: 'The defendant caught up with him (Mr Hylton-Reid) somewhere in the middle of the road.

 
September 30, 2014

MALLEN: NURSE GAVE PORRIDGE TO NIL BY MOUTH PATIENT

NEWTON ABBOT A nurse ignored a series of warnings that a stroke patient was nil-by-mouth and fed him porridge, a hearing was told. Deborah Mallen was made aware of the man's requirements at Newton Abbot Hospital, Devon but flaunted instructions by spoon-feeding him the lumpy breakfast snack. She then retrospectively changed her records to cover up how much porridge she fed the patient, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard. Mallen admitted she had fed the patient solids because she was 'concerned' about him, despite warnings not to at the shift handover on his notes and on signs pinned on his bed.

 
September 30, 2014
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WALSH-ATKINS: DIRECTOR DENIES TAX FRAUD PLOT

BOLTON; MANCHESTER; BILLERICAY, ESSEX; CLAPHAM, ELTHAM, SOUTH LONDON; HAMPSTEAD, TOTTENHAM, NORTH LONDON; UCKFIELD, EAST SUSSEX; ELTHAM, SOUTHEAST LONDON The director of a film exposing wrongdoing in the tabloid press has denied plotting to swindle millions of pounds from the taxman. Chris Walsh-Atkins, 37, won critical acclaim for Starsuckers, which saw newspapers tricked into publishing bogus stories about stars including the late Amy Winehouse, Pixie Geldof and Guy Ritchie. The Guardian writer gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry into press standards, during which a 30 minute excerpt of his film was shown. Walsh-Atkins and Terence Potter - one of the film's financial backers - are accused with seven investment bankers and four others of allegedly taking part in a sophisticated five-year tax scam. The 'complex film scheme' allegedly enabled the investment bankers to submit bogus tax returns to claim tax relief on losses between January 2007 and February 2012.

 
September 30, 2014
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FAIRLIE: PUPILS DISGUSTED BY TEACHER'S 'ELEPHANT' TRICK

IMMINGHAM, LINCS A secondary school deputy head who performed his 'elephant impression party trick' in front of disgusted pupils has avoided a classroom ban. Paul Fairlie, 55, asked students if they had seen his elephant before pulling his trouser pockets inside out. The Assistant Principal at Oasis Academy, Immingham, in Lincs took the jape no further but two female students were 'disgusted' by the performance in November 2012. Mr Fairlie also called pupils 'fannies', told a female teacher he wanted to 'honk' her breasts and twisted the Head boy's nipple between September 2010 and November 2012, the National College for Teaching and Leadership heard.

 
September 29, 2014
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SCHOOLBOY GUN SHOW OFF FACES YEARS IN JAIL

HACKNEY, EAST LONDON A schoolboy who accidentally shot a 15 year-old girl dead while 'showing off' with a loaded gun is facing years behind bars today (mon). The 15 year-old blasted Shereka Fab-Ann Marsh in the neck as he posed with the fake Beretta handgun in his bedroom. He had been keeping the weapon - which had been used in a gangland shooting a month earlier - for a unknown criminal in Hackney, east London. Shereka, who was visiting the boy to give him a birthday present, bled to death after the 7.65mm bullet passed through her wrist and into her neck.

 
September 29, 2014

PERSHAD:BILLINGSGATE FISH MARKET BOSS FACING FRAUD TRIAL

HORNCHURCH, ESSEX A manager of London's famous Billingsgate Fish Market will stand trial at the Old Bailey over a £230,000 swindle. Roshan Persad, 46, is accused of stealing more than £84,000 from the City of London Corporation over an 18 month period. He also falsified accounts to the tune of more than £147,00 while acting as administration manager for the market. It is alleged he misallocated funds received from tenant stall account holders at the market on the Isle of Dogs to cover up a shortfall, intending to make a financial gain for himself.


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