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Police: Surgery manager convicted of NHS fraud

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Asif Butt, a former practice manager at an NHS surgery in Birmingham, was today [Friday, 19 December] handed a two-year prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, at Birmingham Crown Court for fraud, contrary to the Fraud Act 2006.


He was also handed a 12-month supervision order, must pay £800 costs and was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.


Between 13/06/2012 and 04/08/2012, Asif Butt registered six people onto the NHS register allowing them access to free health care to which they were not entitled.


Mr Butt was caught by an undercover reporter for BBC’s Panorama. He asked to be paid £5,800 for the registrations of six people – all of whom did not exist.


The defendant knew that the six “people” he registered were not entitled to NHS health care as they were not legal residents in the UK.


The undercover reporter posed as one of these fictitious people and went on to obtain a free MRI scan as a result.

Ben Reid, senior prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service...

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Police: Pair sentenced after vehicle taxi carrying heroin intercepted

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Two men have been sentenced after police thwarted their attempts to flood the streets with heroin worth £6.5million.

Joseph Salmon (29/11/1977), of no fixed address, admitted possessing heroin with intent to supply.

Billal Baig (29/07/1982), of White Lodge Close, Isleworth, Middlesex was found guilty of being concerned with the supply of heroin.

Billal Baig Joseph Salmon

At Minshull Street Crown Court today, Friday 19 December 2014, Salmon was sentenced to eight years and Baig to 11 years in jail.        .

At about 8.55pm on 2 May 2014, officers from GMP’s Tactical Vehicle Intercept Unit stopped a Mercedes E270 private hire taxi on Chester Road in Mere.

Twenty two wrapped parcels were found in a large laundry-style bag and bin bag.

Salmon and the taxi driver – who was later released without charge – were arrested.

The parcels were recovered and tested positive for heroin. They were further expertly tested at a later date and found to a high-purity heroin of 60% or above.

The taxi driver...

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Police: A statement from Chief Constable Sir Jon Murphy QPM, and PCC Jane Kennedy regarding the tragic death of Constable Neil Doyle.

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A statement from Chief Constable Sir Jon Murphy QPM, and Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside Jane Kennedy regarding the tragic death of Constable Neil Doyle.

Chief Constable Sir Jon Murphy:

You will realise this is a sad day for Merseyside Police and I now have to brief you about the loss of one of my officers Constable Neil Doyle.

The briefing will be all that I have to say; The investigation is still at a very early stage as detectives try and ascertain the full circumstance of events.

In the early hours of this morning Constable Neil Doyle, a married 36-year-old officer with 10 years police experience lost his life.

On behalf of everybody connected with Merseyside Police I extend their heartfelt and sincere condolences to his wife Sarah, and the rest of his family.

Constable Doyle was enjoying a Christmas night out with his work colleageus. Around quarter past three this morning Neil left he...

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Police: Police confirm Norwich fatal flat fire is not being treated as suspicious

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Police investigating the death of a man following a flat fire in Norwich yesterday afternoon (Thursday 18 December) can confirm they are not treating it as suspicious.

Officers were called to an address on West Pottergate shortly before midday following reports of a fire in a flat.

Firefighters attended and the body of a man was found inside. Paramedics made attempts to resuscitate the man but he was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers can confirm they are not treating the death as suspicious and a file will be passed to the coroner in due course.

Police: Birmingham parents convicted of causing son’s death

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The parents of Birmingham toddler, Levi Blu Cassin, have today (19 December) been found guilty of causing or allowing the 21-month-old’s death.

Danielle Cassin, aged 26, of Frensham Close, Chelmsley Wood, and Marcus Piper, aged 31, of no fixed abode, were this morning found guilty following a four week trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

The toddler died on 20 February 2013 at an address in Nightingale Avenue in Castle Bromwich.

The child’s mother, Danielle Cassin, called for an ambulance at 4.54am that day stating her son was not breathing. Levi Blu was taken to hospital but despite efforts by medics he was pronounced dead a short time later.

A post mortem examination revealed that the toddler had suffered severe abdominal injuries which had caused his death.

A police investigation into the death was launched and both Cassin and Piper were arrested on the day of the boy’s death and subsequently charged in June this year with murder, causing or allowing the death of a...

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Police: Pensioner jailed for 18 years for acid attack on teenage ex-girlfriend

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A Smethwick pensioner has been jailed for 18 years after attacking his teenage ex-girlfriend with acid when she dared to end their relationship.

Shannon Michael Heaps Steven John Holmes Mohammed Rafiq

Vikki Horsman was left with serious burns to her face and neck after the caustic liquid was thrown at her when she answered the door of her Tividale home on 15 April.

Ms Horsman, who was aged 19 at the time of the attack, had informed her 80-year-old partner, Mohammed Rafiq, that she was leaving him due to his controlling behaviour. A short time after their split Vikki was attacked and left with horrific injuries.

During a three-week trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court, the prosecution detailed how Rafiq, of Cheshire Road, masterminded a plan to injure his ex-girlfriend in revenge for her decision to leave.

He enlisted the help of 25-year-old Steven Holmes and 23-year-old Shannon Heaps to carry out the attack, who were later arrested and charged with causing grievous bodily harm.

Heaps, of Queens Avenue, and Holmes,...

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Police: Jewellers shop robbed in south Manchester

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A jeweller’s shop was robbed in south Manchester.

At 2.50pm on Thursday 18 December 2014, four men wearing balaclavas got out of a BMW one series and made their way to the shop on Wilmslow Road.

One of them smashed the front door with a sledge-hammer before walking inside.  They threatened staff and demanded jewellery was handed over.

The offenders continued to smash the display cases when a member of public intervened and was hit in the back.

A quantity of gold was stolen and the men got back into the car, which was driven by a fifth man and made off towards Warmer Street, Rusholme.

The member of public sustained minor injuries and was treated at scene by paramedics.

Detective Constable Chris Clarke said: “Thankfully, the victim did not receive serious injury but was very lucky not to be hurt more.  Due to the time of the robbery and the location, we believe a lot of people would have been driving past.

“I would ask anyone who may have witnessed the robbery or saw the car being abandoned to contact us as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 6151 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”

Police: Appeal for information following a shooting in West Belfast

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Detectives are appealing for information following a shooting incident in the Falls Road area of West Belfast last night, Thursday 18 December.

Shortly after 9pm it was reported that 3 masked men entered a fast food outlet close to the junction of Falls Road and Thames Street. They went to the rear of the premises where they shot an 18 year old male twice in the right leg. The man was taken to hospital for treatment for his injuries that are not believed to be life threatening. The three men are described as being dressed in black and wearing balaclavas. They made off on foot along Thames Street.

Detective Inspector Jenna Fitzpatrick appealed for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information to contact CID at Woodbourne Police Station on the non-emergency number 101. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police: Harrow Borough commander issues statement following murder

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Chief Superintendent Simon Ovens, Borough Commander for Harrow, said:

“On behalf of all the officers and staff at Harrow police I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Alison’s family and friends at this terribly difficult time.

“I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Alison in her role as the Vice-Chair of our borough’s Safer Neighbourhood Board. She was held in high regard locally, and truly cared about the borough. Her friends within the local community will be devastated by her loss.

“Her input to policing as a ‘critical friend’ has been invaluable, someone who always provided honest feedback.

“The Homicide and Major Crime Command quickly arrested a man on suspicion of Alison’s murder, and their work is ongoing to establish the motive behind this crime. Locally, we do have additional uniform officers out on patrol, if you have any concerns please go and speak to them.”

Police: Appeal to trace witnesses after passengers threatened with violence on train between Leeds and Sheffield

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Officers from British Transport Police (BTP) are appealing for anyone who witnessed an incident involving a man doing martial arts moves and threatening passengers on a train between Leeds and Sheffield to come forward.

The incident took place at around 1.30 pm on Saturday, 13 December on board an Arriva Cross Country train as it travelled between Sheffield and Leeds.

The man was reportedly acting strange and doing martial arts moves on Sheffield station before he boarded the train to Leeds. Once on the service he began to verbally threaten a number of passengers with violence.

The train was met at Leeds by BTP officers, and a 27-year-old man from Sheffield was arrested in connection with the incident. He has been released on police bail until 8 January 2015.

PC Gary Reader, investigating for BTP said: “We would like to here from anyone who may have been travelling on the service and witnessed the man’s actions. I would...

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