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Police: Police warn of prolific thieves who steal from cafes and restaurants

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Police are warning shoppers about a prolific pair of thieves who are stealing from people sitting at cafes and restaurants.

Since 20 November 2014, the team of two distraction thieves have struck 16 times across the City Centre. On every occasion the offenders have approached someone sitting at a table and have asked them directions. They have then distracted them with a map or a leaflet which they have placed over the victim’s phone. They have then swept up the phone along with the map and left with it.

They have struck at more than a dozen locations, including cafes and restaurants at Deansgate Locks, Oxford Road, Albert Square, the Corn Exchange and the Northern Quarter. The victims have been aged between 10 and 74.

Police have now released an image of one of the offenders.

Detective Inspector Chris Flint, based in the City centre, said: “This is a cynical tactic sometimes used by thieves to steal people’s phones.

“This pair have targeted people...

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Written by RSS Poster Tony McNally

Police: Will the last police officer turn out the blue light when they leave the station?

Written by RSS Poster A Just Future: Fair for All
We are now less than six months away from the general election. Given that parliament has just put out its Christmas stocking, and most of April will be consumed by campaigning, this leaves about 12 weeks for the Government to achieve anything. And of course, achieve things they must (appear to) so to provide the electoral boost that comes with being the incumbent party... on the case, doing lots of stuff but with major things yet to do!!! (yada yada).

How much exactly will be achieved by a coalition that is beginning to feel like two magnets held together at the north pole is anyone's guess. But this hasn't stopped the Home Office from making a few announcements.

Today for example we have heard in a written statement to parliament that the police services on the ground can expect some more draconian cuts. Here is a link to the statement in full. (I may not have been keeping up quite so much these days, but who is Mike Penning?) Anyway, here are the headline...

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Police: Man found guilty of preparing for acts of terrorism

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

David Souaan, 20 (16.06.94) a Serbian student residing in Camden was today, Wednesday, 17 December, found guilty of preparing for acts of terrorism (Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006).

A still taken from video footage off Souaan's phone with his face covered David Souaan

The court heard that Souaan was arrested on Saturday, 31 May at Heathrow Airport when he was with his mother and checking in to a flight going to Serbia.

The investigation established that Souann claimed to have been involved in fighting in Syria when he visited the region the previous December during his Christmas break from university, that he supported a number of terrorist organisations and that he wanted to return to Syria.

Following his arrest officers were able to examine Souaan’s phone and computer and found pictures of him, when he was believed to be in Syria, holding a gun.

Commander Richard Walton, MPS Counter Terrorism Command (SO15), said: “Souaan had an active interest in Syria and was set on fighting there. I’d like to thank those around him that reported his change in behaviour and extremist views. By coming forward, we were able to prevent him travelling and engaging in terrorist activities.”

Sentencing has been set for 3 February 2015.

Police: A man was assaulted when he confronted men who were acting suspiciously in Rochdale

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

A man was assaulted when he confronted men who were acting suspiciously outside a house in Rochdale.

It happened about 1.15pm on Monday 15 December 2014, when the three men were seen in the front garden of an address on Bolton Road talking to a gardener.

A couple who were driving past thought this was suspicious and thought they may have been about to commit a burglary.

They drove past the address and the man wound down his window and one of the men approached the car and pulled out a bottle and squirted a liquid into his face.  This caused his eyes to sting.

The three men left along Mead Way.

The first offender is described as white, late 30s to early 40s, around 5ft 6in tall, thick set to chubby build with a round face.  He had thin eyes and wore a black woollen hat, pale grey hooded jumper and dark coloured trousers and spoke with a strong Irish accent.

The second is described as white, early 20s, shorter than the first man; he was wearing a...

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Police: Police appeal for fresh information on violent robbery

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Police are making a fresh appeal for information following a violent robbery at an address in Madingley Road, Coton, last month.

The incident, which took place between about 10.00pm on Saturday, November 29, and 2.20am the following day, has left the victims traumatised and in fear for their safety.

Four armed men smashed their way into the house of a couple in their 70s and used violence to demand cash and property. The offenders wore ‘boiler suits’ (similar to those used for decorating or spraying cars) and had their faces and heads covered with only their eyes visible.

It was a sustained ordeal, during which both victims were bound with gaffer tape and assaulted: the female victim had her toe broken by one of the offenders hitting her on the foot with a hammer. The victims were then locked in a room, from which they eventually managed to escape.

Detective Inspector Alan Page, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: “This is a...

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Police: Men charged following aggravated burglary in Weybridge

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

A group of men have been charged following an aggravated burglary in Weybridge on Monday (December 15).

At around 11.30pm a pick-up truck smashed through the front entrance of Mercedes-Benz World and drove away with a cash machine on the back.

It later stopped in the Wokingham area of Berkshire after a police pursuit, following which five men were arrested.

Officers believe a second vehicle and a further group of men may have been involved in the incident and continue to appeal for witnesses to come forward.

Anyone with any information should contact Surrey Police by calling 101 (999 in an emergency) or report it online at quoting the reference number 45140105893.

*Benjamin Eastwood, 22, of Stock Lane, Ingatestone, Essex; Scott Liddiard, 44, of Moors Avenue, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire; John Thomas Cooper, 42, of London Road, Ruscombe, Reading; Jimmy Loveridge, 22, of Chertsey Road, Chobham; Clinton David Barry Bowen, 33, of Caledonian Road, Matson,...

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Police: Further charge in Bexley murder investigation

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Detectives investigating the murder of Olamide Fasina in Bexley have charged another man.

[H] Bliss Buodo – 22 (03.09.92) of Edington Road, SE2 was charged on 16 December with the murder of Olamide Fasina. He appeared in custody at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on 17 December and was remanded to appear next at the Old Bailey on 19 December.

Three other men have been charged as part of this investigation:

Louis Henry [B], 21 (11.03.93) of no fixed address and Alvin Ansah-Baathy [C], 22 (16.03.92) of Old Dover Road, SE2 appeared at the Old Bailey on Monday 3 November and were remanded in custody.

Steven Ngolo [E], 22, (04.10.99) of Portmeadow Walk, SE2 was charged on 11 November with conspiracy to cause GBH.

He appeared at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on 12 November and has been remanded into custody.

We await confirmation of their next court appearance.

Three other men remain on bail as part of this investigation. [F] aged 22 and [G] aged 20 have been bailed to return on a date in early...

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Police: Police appeal following armed robbery at Coventry bookies

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Police are appealing for witnesses after a masked man armed with a handgun stole cash from a Coventry bookies.

The robbery took place on Sunday 7 December between 4.30-5pm at Wilf Gilbert Bookmakers in Holbrook Lane.

A man entered the shop, approached the female cashier and threatened her with a grey handgun.

The cashier, a woman in her forties, then handed over an amount of cash and the raider fled.

He is described as white, aged 20-30, 5’9-6ft tall, stocky and wearing a black balaclava and a hi-vis vest.

DC Jane Hodgkiss from Coventry CID said: “The raider stole around £700 cash and ran off left into Holbrook Lane. There would have been a number of people in the area at that time of day and I would appeal for anyone who saw the robbery or where the offender ran to contact police at Coventry on 101.”

Police: 1 in 7 people arrested in Britain last year was FOREIGN

Written by RSS Poster The Thin Blue Line
  • Figures from Association of Chief Police Officers Criminal Records Office
  • In many cases, the suspects have lengthy criminal records back home 
  • Overall, the police arrested 173,0000 foreign criminals last year 

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    Police arrested 173,0000 foreign crime suspects last year – one in every seven people who were apprehended nationwide.
    The figures from Association of Chief Police Officers Criminal Records Office reveal the extraordinary strain being placed on the justice system by overseas criminals.
    In many cases, the suspects have lengthy criminal records back home which should have prevented them from entering the UK – or would allow for them to be deported.
    Police arrested 173,0000 foreign criminals last year – one in every seven suspects who were apprehended nationwide
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