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July 29, 2015
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DUNFORD:NOTORIOUS SMASH AND GRAB GANG FACING JAIL

ISLINGTON, CAMDEN, HACKNEY; BEXLEYHEATH; WALTHAM ABBEY, ESSEX A notorious gang of smash and grab thieves led by the 'untouchable' nephew of Birds of a Feather actress Linda Robson are facing jail. Reece Dunford, 31, whose aunt is most famous for playing Tracey Stubbs in the hit TV sitcom, masterminded £3m worth of raids. Dunford's model girlfriend Hollie Dowding, 25, then sold on some of some of the stolen designer goods including Prada handbags and Jimmy Choo shoes. In one dramatic raid on Selfridges, in Oxford Street, the gang dressed in burkas to smash the display cases in the department store's jewellery department.

 
July 29, 2015
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HARTOPP:PARAMEDIC CLEARED OF MAKING LEWD REMARKS TO PATIENT

LEICESTER, LOUGHBOROUGH A paramedic has been cleared of making lewd remarks to an elderly patient. Jeffrey Hartopp was said to have made a series of inappropriate comments in front of a shocked care home worker, referred to as Person C. But a tribunal ruled there was insufficient evidence to support the allegation after a witness statement from the woman, Person C, was deemed inadmissible. Hartopp was also cleared of failing to transport Patient B from her Pingle Nook Residential Home in Barrow-upon-Soar in Loughborough when she displayed signs of sepsis.

 



 
July 29, 2015
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BATES:CAUTION FOR SOCIAL WORKER WHO SPAT IN BOUNCER'S FACE

EASTBOURNE, EAST SUSSEX A boozy children's social worker who spat in a bouncer's face and swore at him when he refused to let her back into a seaside pub has been let off with a caution. Amanda Bates was drinking with colleagues in Eastbourne, East Sussex, on a Friday night when a doorman decided she was too drunk to be allowed back into the bar. Bates was said to be 'extremely intoxicated' after necking around five large glasses of wine and a chaser. Bates, who worked as a social worker in the children's department at East Sussex County Council, tried to barge past the doorman but ended up stumbling to the floor.

 
July 28, 2015
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BARTLEY:MARTIAL ARTS ENTHUSIAST CLEARED OF 'PUNCH 4 PUNCH' KILLING

ERITH, SOUTHEAST LONDON A martial arts enthusiast accused of killing a pal with one blow in a game of 'Punch 4 Punch' was cleared of manslaughter after insisting: 'It was macho, boys being boys.' Tommy Main, 23, said 'that's a good one', laughed and collapsed to the floor after he was hit in the chest by Desmond Bartley, 21, as they participated in the dangerous internet craze. Hours before the tragic death on June 29 last year the pair had been giggling together as they jumped on a bouncy castle at The Nursery, in Erith, southeast London. Inner London Crown Court heard the blow caused the father-of-two's heart to stop functioning properly and the keen sportsman died just over an hour after he hit the ground.

 
July 28, 2015
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DORSETT:JAIL FOR ROBBERY VICTIM WHO KILLED HIS ATTACKER

WOOD GREEN, HACKNEY, NORTH LONDON A robbery victim who knifed an aspiring rapper to death after turning the tables on his attacker was jailed for at least 12 years today (Tue). Jaydee Dorsett, 20, murdered Isaiah Ekpaloba, 18, in a 'violent and sustained knife fight,' after the teenager, known as 'Profit' arrived to raid his flat. Ekpaloba, along with 18-year-old Lamont Roper, frantically searched Dorsett's home in Wood Green, north London, before he fought back. It is believed they were hoping to steal drugs and cash, but Ekpaloba was fatally wounded when the robbery erupted into 'extreme violence,' the Old Bailey heard.

 
July 28, 2015
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SMALL: BOXING CHAMPION CLEARED OF PLOTTING TO JOIN ISIS

EAST HAM; BECKENHAM; SHADWELL A former British and Commonwealth champion was today (TUES) cleared of plotting to join the Islamic State in Syria. Anthony Small, 33, was accused of selling five pairs of boxing gloves to fund his travel only to back out of the plan at the last minute when he broke his hand. His friends, 'Britain's first white Muslim terrorist' Simon Keeler, 44, and Michael Coe, 34, were stopped at Dover by armed police as they tried to sneak across the Channel in the back of a truck. But all three were cleared of preparing terrorist acts after a two-month trial at the Old Bailey.

 
July 28, 2015

TYDEMAN:BUNGLING SOCIAL WORKER NOW WORKING AT SCHOOL

VAUXHALL A social worker who failed to call police to deal with a girl with a history of knife misuse is now working in a school for children with behavioural problems, a tribunal heard today (TUES). Luke Tydeman did not properly risk assess the situation after he attended a domestic row between the 14 year-old and her mother at the family home in October 2012. He also failed to recognise the risk to the girl's six year-old sister despite a series of previous incidents. Tydeman, who was employed by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, was suspended for 12 months last year but is now trying to return to the register of social workers.

 
July 28, 2015

BATES:DRUNKEN CHILDREN'S SOCIAL WORKER SPAT IN BOUNCER'S FACE

EASTBOURNE, EAST SUSSEX A boozy children's social worker spat in a bouncer's face and swore at him when he refused to let her back into a seaside pub, a tribunal heard today (Tues). Amanda Bates had been drinking with colleagues in Eastbourne, East Sussex, on a Friday night when a doorman decided she was too drunk to be allowed back into the bar. Bates was said to be 'extremely intoxicated' after necking around five large glasses of wine and a chaser. Bates, who worked as a social worker in the children's department at East Sussex County Council, tried to barge past the doorman but ended up stumbling to the floor.

 
July 28, 2015

PHAN:MARRIED DAD GROPED TEENAGE BABYSITTER

HACKNEY A married father who groped his 15 year-old babysitter after showing her a porn film was spared jail today (TUES). Ty Phan, 42, plied the teenage girl with alcohol and fondled her breast at his home in Hackney, east London. He was convicted of indecent assault after a short trial at the Old Bailey. The judge, Mr Recorder Bruce Houlder QC, sentenced Phan to nine months imprisonment suspended for 18 months.

 
July 28, 2015
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ANDERSON:RICKSHAW DRIVER ADMITS PARLIAMENT WRECKING SPREE

NORTHAMPTON A West End rickshaw driver today (tues) admitted causing £5,500 of damage to the Houses of Parliament during an eight hour stand-off on the roof. Braydon Liam Anderson, 23, sparked a major security alert when he scaled the historic landmark on March 7 this year and refused to leave telling officers he got there 'by magic'. He yanked a golden ornamental crown from the top of a colonnade and used it to smash a stained glass window, shattered 11 further windows and battered a CCTV camera Anderson also used a broom for the attack during which he pulled valuable brickwork and masonry off the centuries-old Gothic building.

 
July 28, 2015

SINGH:LET OFF FOR COP'S SON BEHIND £30,000 FAKE INSURANCE CLAIM

PLAISTOW, EAST LONDON The son of a former Met Police officer who falsely claimed to have been burgled was spared jail after a judge branded his bungled £30,000 scam 'frankly inept'. Birkenjeet Singh, 36, claimed his east London home had been targeted by thieves who stole thousands of pounds worth of his possessions, including cash and jewellery. Jobless Singh hoped to net £30,000 from his insurance company, but was easily rumbled when the firm investigated his false claim. Handing him a six month prison sentence, suspended for two years, Judge John Bevan, QC, highlighted the 'general ineptitude' of his performance.


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