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Two men arrested over murder of Pc Blakelock during Broadwater Farm riots

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 4:59 PM on 1st June 2010

Two men have been questioned by detectives investigating the murder of Pc Keith Blakelock during the 1985 Broadwater Farm riots.

The suspects, aged 52 and 46, were arrested at separate North London addresses on suspicion of murder last Friday.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the two men were interviewed and have been released on bail until September.

Keith Blakelock

Anniversary: This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Broadwater Farm riots, in which Pc Keith Blakelock was killed trying to protect firefighters from a mob

Mr Blakelock, a father of three, was murdered by a machete-wielding gang 25 years ago during riots in Tottenham, North London.

The police spokesman said the two men, who would have been around 27 and 21 years old in 1985, are both originally from Tottenham.

A third suspect, aged 40, who was arrested in Suffolk in February, also remains on police bail.

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October 6, 1985: Riot police tend to an injured colleague in the Broadwater Farm area of Tottenham

Broadwater Farm riots

Aftermath: Police maintained a large presence in the area in the days and months after the riot, arresting and questioning more than 400 people

The spokesman said: 'Police would like to reassure anyone who has information regarding those involved in the murder of Pc Keith Blakelock - or the attempted murder of Pc Richard Coombes who was also attacked and injured during the riots - that they can contact the incident room in confidence on 020 8733 4613.'

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Pc Blakelock's murder at the hands of a mob.

He and Pc Coombes were attacked as they tried to protect firefighters as violence spiralled on the estate.

Pc Blakelock

Plea for evidence: In a bid to encourage people to come forward, the Met released photographs of Pc Blakelock's uniform. Tape surrounds the holes made by weapons used to kill him

The unrest was sparked by the death of Cynthia Jarrett, 49, who collapsed during a police raid on her home.

A fresh inquiry into Pc Blakelock's death was launched in December 2003 after a review identified new lines of inquiry could be pursued.

A team of officers at the Met's homicide and serious crime command, under the lead of Detective Superintendent John Sweeney is responsible for the case.

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Fruitless search: Scenes of crime officers in the rear garden of an address in North London, which police hoped would yield fresh clues

It is understood they have obtained new evidence that has led them to the three suspects.

Six people were originally charged with the murder, including Winston Silcott, Mark Braithwaite and Engin Raghip.

The three men were convicted of the killing in 1987 but cleared on appeal four years later.

Three youths were also charged with murder but did not face trial after a judge ruled their questioning was inadmissible.

One of them was Yardie gang leader Mark Lambie, who was jailed for kidnap and torture in 2002 after terrorising the Broadwater Farm estate.

Sources said the three new arrests do not include any of these six people.

Mr Silcott later accepted £50,000 compensation from the Metropolitan Police for their part in his wrongful conviction.

In 1994, two officers involved in the original inquiry were charged with fabricating evidence but cleared at the Old Bailey.

Ten years later police said they were confident of a breakthrough as they searched the garden of an address in Tottenham.

The painstaking search, a stone's throw from the murder scene, is not believed to have yielded any significant clues.

In 2005, police released images of Mr Blakelock's blood-stained overalls in a bid to encourage witnesses to come forward.

Investigators have repeatedly said people in the area have information about the identity of the killers they have not shared with police.



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Cage fighter behind £53m Securitas heist jailed for 10 years in Morocco

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 8:56 PM on 1st June 2010

Lee Murray has been jailed for 10 years in Morocco for co-ordinating the £53million Securitas robbery

Lee Murray has been jailed for 10 years in Morocco for co-ordinating the £53million Securitas robbery

A cage fighter who masterminded the £53 million Securitas robbery was jailed for 10 years in Morocco today.

Martial arts expert Lee Murray, 30, was told he will spend the next decade in prison at a hearing in Rabat, Kent Police said.

The sentence was for his role co-ordinating the audacious raid at the cash depot in Tonbridge, Kent, on February 21, 2006.

Last June the Moroccan authorities refused to extradite Murray, originally from Sidcup, after establishing his Moroccan nationality.

Since then detectives have worked closely with their overseas colleagues to ensure Murray does not escape justice.

He has been held in prison since his arrest at a shopping centre several months after the raid and has already served time for drug-related offences.

Detective Superintendent Mick Judge said: 'I'm pleased Murray will now begin serving a significant prison sentence for his part in the Tonbridge robbery.

'Officers investigating the £53million robbery have put six men before the courts in the UK and they have been sentenced to a total of 156 years' imprisonment.

'We must not forget the traumatic experience the Dixons and the Securitas employees went through that night in 2006 - held at gunpoint and fearing for their lives.

'I'm pleased that Murray, who played a key role in the conspiracy to kidnap the Dixons and rob the depot, has now been held accountable.'

Five months before the heist, Murray lost 30 pints of blood and was close to death after being stabbed repeatedly at a star-studded West End party.

Just weeks later he was training and sparring again, showing the world he was ready to get back into the ring.

Secretly he was also plotting the £53million raid that would enter the history books.

Last October, Murray's trusted lieutenant Paul Allen, 31, of Chatham, Kent, was jailed at the Old Bailey for 18 years for his part in the robbery.

After the hold-up in February 2006, Allen fled to Morocco with Murray and the pair began enjoying a cocaine-fuelled party lifestyle in the sun.

Both men were seized by Moroccan authorities after four months and were locked up in the rat-infested 'hell hole' of Rabat prison.

Allen was extradited from Morocco to face trial in Britain.

'Worst nightmare': Paul Allen, far left, and Lee Murray, left, were jailed in Morocco after taking part in Britain's biggest cash robbery

Last October, Murray's trusted lieutenant Paul Allen, left, was jailed for 18 years for his part in the robbery

On the night of the raid in February 2006, depot manager Colin Dixon, his wife and young child were kidnapped to allow the gang to gain entry, and 14 staff members were terrorised and tied up at gunpoint as the robbers stuffed cash into a 7.5-ton lorry during the 66-minute hold-up.

Murray was one of two men who, disguised as police, kidnapped depot manager Mr Dixon together with his wife and young child.

He is also believed to be the robber orchestrating the raid in CCTV footage, and identified by police as 'Stopwatch' because of a timepiece worn round his neck.

Early in the robbery he raced into the ladies' toilets to confront a staff member who was in there, forcing her roughly to the ground at gunpoint causing her mouth to bleed.

Footage also showed him clambering over cash cages as the robbers emptied them.

Detectives now know that he was planning the February 2006 heist the previous July, when he was stopped outside the Securitas depot by police.

Kick boxer Lea Rusha, car salesman Stuart Royle, unemployed Albanian Jetmir Bucpapa and garage owner Roger Coutts were all jailed indefinitely in 2008 with minimum terms of 15 years after being convicted of taking part.

Lee Murray pictured after a fight. He has been held in prison since his arrest

Lee Murray pictured after a fight. He has been held in prison since his arrest

Inside man Emir Hysenaj, an Albanian, who filmed inside the depot using a miniature camera, was given 20 years.

Police have recovered £21million of the record-breaking cash haul and are still hunting for the rest of the cash.

Prosecutors say they are determined to track down the rest of the money and recent inquiries have been focused on a country in the Middle East.

Murray was a flamboyant Ferrari-driving star of the martial arts world.

Fellow conspirator Allen said he could 'get himself into mischief' due to his aggression and his pursuit of women. Murray already had a wife and a steady girlfriend.

Allen described how Murray once took on cage-fighting champion Tito Ortiz outside the ring following a martial arts event at the Royal Albert Hall.

The men did not like each other and Ortiz, said Allen, was 'showing off' during an after-party at Chinawhite in Soho.

'Lee knocked him out,' he said. 'Nobody could believe it.'

According to Allen, Murray would earn £30,000 a time from bouts around the world and was one step away from an even more lucrative series of events in Las Vegas.

Murray was said to be in the top 10 in the world at the brutal sport of 'mixed martial arts'.

Footage of Murray's fights was played in court - in one sequence showing him leaping on to a fence at the side of the ring to celebrate knocking an opponent out, and in another, threatening a rival: 'I'm going to smack you up.'

A video taken from another fight showed Murray, who used the name 'Lightning', dressed in an orange boiler suit wearing a Hannibal Lecter-style mask.

The Old Bailey heard that Murray was stabbed outside London's Funky Buddha nightclub in September 2005 - but no one was arrested over the attack.

He was said to have been at a party attended by Big Brother star Jade Goody, footballer Jermaine Jenas, Callum Best and page three model Lauren Pope.

Allen said there was astonishment when Murray was back training just weeks after the stabbing, as seen in footage played to the court.

But despite his hard-man image, Murray was also extremely vain, spending hundreds of pounds on regular hair-straightening treatments and appearing for photo-shoots in a martial arts magazine.

Murray, who drove a yellow Ferrari Modena 360, would also blow thousands of pounds on evenings in West End casinos.

He inadvertently provided a key piece of evidence to police when he crashed his car shortly before the robbery in February 2006, and fled the scene leaving his mobile phone in the vehicle.

Murray had accidentally pressed the record button on the handset during a conversation about the robbery with fellow plotter Lea Rusha, which was later recovered and used by prosecutors to convict Rusha.

Plans are under way to make a Hollywood film about the robbery.



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At least four dead in Lake District gun rampage: Granddad cabbie, 52, on run

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 1:50 PM on 2nd June 2010

  • Police hunt grandfather Derrick Bird, 52, after shooting in Whitehaven
  • Residents warned to stay indoors while search continues
  • 'At least four' dead, number of others injured
  • Search area now extends to Ambleside, Coniston and central lakes

Police were today hunting a gunman who was on the run after shooting dead at least four in the Lake District.

Up to 11 others are believed to have been injured after the cab driver opened fire at a taxi rank in the centre of Whitehaven.

Police said they were searching for 52-year-old Derrick Bird, who has recently become a grandfather, in connection with the incident.

He is now believed to be on foot after leaving the scene of the shootings in a Citroen Picasso. The car was later found abandoned in the Boot area of Cumbria.

Residents have been warned to stay indoors and tune into local radio stations while police continue a huge manhunt.

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Police stand near the covered body of a person shot dead by a gunman in Whitehaven, Cumbria, today

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Cordoned off: Police had warned people to stay inside after the shootings this morning. A body can be seen to the right of the picture in front of the police car

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Derrick Bird, 52, is being hunted in connection with the shootings, which have left 'several' people dead

A local post-mistress, who has known the suspect for many years, described him as a 'quiet man' who was 'very difficult man to drag a conversation out of.'

Muriel Gilpin, 60, postmistress of Arlecdon Post Office, told Mail Online: 'Everybody knows everybody here. That is why everybody is in shock.

'He comes into the post office for milk sometimes. 'He's a cab driver.

'Derrick became a grandfather over a fortnight ago. I think he lives by himself.

'When they said it was a cab driver, I thought someone had shot Derrick.

'He comes from a nice family. He married a local girl. I think they divorced more than 20 years ago.

'I have no idea where it has come from. I was told to shut up the shop.

'The paper delivery man said he'd seen Derrick this morning getting into his car.'

Bird, from Rowrah, near Frizington, is believed to have a number of brothers.

Witnesses described chaotic scenes as they dived for cover after hearing shots being fired. They said they spotted a man sitting in a car with a smashed windscreen wielding a shotgun.

He is believed to have been taking pot-shots at anyone who approached him at the taxi rank.

Helen Owens, who works at solicitors' practice Brockbank, Cain and Hall on Duke Street in Whitehaven, said one of her colleagues saw a dead man on the street.

She said: 'We heard a couple of gunshots and the police running about. One of our secretaries was out at the time and she saw a guy lying dead on the ground covered with a sheet - she saw his trainers sticking out.

'There's police tape across it so we can't see exactly what happened but saw a policeman running across the street.

'We have also heard there was another shooting at Morrisons car park, which is about five minutes away.

'We have the door locked. There's a police station two minutes away, very close to it.'

He said: 'As I turned right I saw people standing around the taxi rank looking stunned. As I turned past the police station I saw all these officers running out and realised something was major going on so I moved over to the right-hand lane.

'Then a car pulled up on the left, stopping at the lights. I saw a man with a large shotgun and his windscreen was smashed. I drove through the red light to get out of the way. I got home safely but was very shaken.'

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Alan Hannah, 68, told the Whitehaven News how the gunman drove up alongside him as he waited at traffic lights.

Babs Park, of Whitehaven, added:  'There are a lot of shoppers just wandering around town wondering what is going on.'

A spokesman for Cumbria Police said: 'Police were called to Duke Street in Whitehaven at 10:35am after reports that shots were fired by a man.

'A number of people have been injured after shots were fired in the Whitehaven, Seascale and Egremont areas this morning. Ambulance crews are in attendance across the area.

'Armed police are working to apprehend the man and are asking members of the public in Whitehaven and Egremont to stay indoors until further notice.

'Police are currently searching for a dark grey/silver Citroen Picasso driven by a man in his thirties with a shaven head believed to be involved.

'Police working to apprehend a man in connection with shots fired in Whitehaven have extended their search to the Seascale area so we are urging all members of the public in the Seascale are to go indoors and stay there until further notice.

'Anyone in the West Lakes area from Whitehaven to Ravenglass are also being urged to shelter. '

The registration number of the car police are looking for is ND55 ZFC



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Five dead and 25 wounded in Lake District massacre: Cabbie, 52, goes on rampage after 'petty row with colleagues'

By Liz Hazelton
Last updated at 4:46 PM on 2nd June 2010

  • Five dead, 25 wounded after horrific shooting spree
  • Cab driver suspect Derrick Bird commits suicide in woodland
  • Witnesses describe gunman shooting victims in head
  • Gunman had rowed with three colleagues last night

Police today found the body of a gunman who shot dead at least four people after going on a bloody rampage in the Lake District.

Derrick Bird, a divorced father-of-two, was discovered in woodland near Boot, Cumbria, by police. The 52-year-old had shot himself.

Witnesses today described horrific scenes as the cab driver shot his victims in the head at point blank range and gunned down others at random  through the shattered windscreen of his car.

It is understood he deliberately targeted three of his colleagues after arguing with them last night.

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Police stand near the covered body of a person shot dead by a gunman in Whitehaven, Cumbria, today

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Cordoned off: Police had warned people to stay inside after the shootings this morning. A body can be seen to the right of the picture in front of the police car

Derrick Bird,

Derrick Bird, 52, was found in woodland near Boot, Cumbria, by police. He had shot himself

Bird began his murderous spree early this morning after driving to the taxi rank at the centre of the picturesque town of Whitehaven.

He is understood to have got out of his car to deliberately target the other cabbies, shooting at least one in the head at close quarters. The grandfather then returned to his vehicle to make his escape.

It as at that point that he began firing indiscriminately through the smashed windscreen as he careered through the town.

Terrified pedestrians were forced to dash for cover as he sprayed the streets with bullets. Others holed themselves up in shops, pubs and houses.

Bird then tore through the area in his Citroen Picasso. As he drove, he continued firing. There were fatalities in Egremont, Seascale and near Gosforth.

In the last location, Bird shot a young farmer in a field where he was working with his uncle.
He is described as a father-of-two in his 30s.

The killer eventually abandoned his car in woodland near Boot before turning the gun on himself. The bloodbath took less than four hours and left four towns devastated. At least five people are dead and 25 injured.

Local landlord Rod Davies said: 'The guy flipped for whatever reason. Whether it was pre-meditated, we don't know.'

A Whitehaven cab driver said he understood a total of three taxi drivers had been shot, two fatally.

The man, who did not want to be named, claimed an argument broke out between Bird and the other three men last night at the Duke Street taxi rank.

He said: 'All of the taxi drivers were friends. But I heard last night there was an argument on the taxi rank.

'I don't know what caused it, but something must have happened last night. Bird took off in his car and went home. I don't know what time of night it was.'

FAMILY MAN WHO BECAME A KILLER

Derrick Bird, 52, had two sons and had recently become a grandfather.

A self-employed taxi driver, he was divorced and lived alone.

His colleagues referred to him as 'Birdy', while neighbours described him as 'quiet'.

Others described him as a 'real nice' and 'fairly popular' man who would often be seen on nights out.

He was from Rowrah, a 'peaceful and quiet' town near Frizington in Cumbria.

He apparently came from a 'good family' and had a number of brothers.

He had marrried a local girl, but the relationship had ended more than two decades ago.

This evening, people were struggling to come to terms with what had happened.

A favourite haunt of holidaymakers, the Lake District is one of the beautiful parts of the country with one of the smallest police forces.

A neighbour of the man believed to have been shot dead in Egremont said he was a 'quiet man', who would walk into the town several times every day.

Tracy Maudling said: 'For him to lose his life like that is terrible. He'd been retired for maybe the last five years or something and he just enjoyed doing his garden.

'It's just horrible. We all go up the street every day, he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.'

A neighbour of the farmer killed near Gosforth said she had thought the shots were her son shooting crows.

It was some time before she released what had actually happened.

Today David Cameron pledged  to do everything possible to help communities 'shattered' by the killing spree.

Updating the Commons at the start of Prime Minister's Questions, he said: 'The Chief Constable of Cumbria is working closely with other forces and other emergency services to ensure a coordinated response to these rapidly moving events.

'The Government will do everything it possibly can to help the local community and those affected and to keep the House informed.'

Bird himself, a divorcee known as Birdy, had appeared to be a quiet man to those who knew him. There was no hint that he could carry out such deadly actions.

A local post-mistress, who has known the suspect for many years, described him as a 'quiet man' who was a 'very difficult man to drag a conversation out of'.

Muriel Gilpin, 60, postmistress of Arlecdon Post Office, told Mail Online: 'Everybody knows everybody here. That is why everybody is in shock.

'He comes into the post office for milk sometimes. He's a cab driver. Derrick became a grandfather over a fortnight ago. I think he lives by himself.

Horror: At least five people are dead after the shootings in Cumbria

Horror: At least five people are dead after the shootings in Cumbria

HOW THE SHOOTING DRAMA UNFOLDED

10.35am: Police called to Duke Street in Whitehaven after shots are fired

10.40am: Officers urge people living in Whitehaven, Egremont and Seascale to stay indoors

12.18pm: Police confirm 'a number of people' have been injured in a series of shootings

12.41pm: Police name the suspect as Derrick Bird, 52, from Rowrah, near Frizington

13.04pm: Reports of at least four people dead as police reveal that Bird had abandoned his car

14.03pm: Police say a body, believed to be that of Bird, has been found in a wood near Boot

'When they said it was a cab driver, I thought someone had shot Derrick. He comes from a nice family. He married a local girl. I think they divorced more than 20 years ago.

'I have no idea where it has come from.'

She said Post Office managers had ordered her to shut up the shop when news of the killings broke.

Mrs Gilpin added: 'The paper delivery man said he'd seen Derrick this morning getting into his car.'

Bird, from Rowrah, near Frizington, is believed to have two sons. He has a number of brothers. 

Witnesses described chaotic scenes as they dived for cover after hearing shots being fired. They said they spotted a man sitting in a car with a smashed windscreen wielding a shotgun.

He is believed to have been taking pot-shots at anyone who approached him at the taxi rank.

Resident Theresa Bagshaw said: 'There's talk in the town that one person was shot in the face three times.

'It's absolutely awful. I've never ever heard of anything like this or a gunman  on the loose before.'

Brian Edwards, a 67-year-old joiner came face-to-face with the gunman in Whitehaven.

'I heard a bang and thought at first it might be the cannon that they fire at the docks - but it was too early,' he said.

'There were four shots and I looked round to see the taxi driver lying on the pavement.

'Seconds before he had been standing in a doorway having a cigarette just ten feet away from us - he was just blasted in the head by the gunman at point-blank range.  

'He was in a terrible state and I didn't think he could still be alive.

'Then a man carrying a rifle with a large telescopic sight on it ran past just feet away and fired again.

'A second driver was shot but apparently he is not too badly injured. The gunman didn't say anything.'

Helen Owens, who works at solicitors' practice Brockbank, Cain and Hall on Duke Street in Whitehaven, said one of her colleagues saw a dead man on the street.

She said: 'We heard a couple of gunshots and the police running about. One of our secretaries was out at the time and she saw a guy lying dead on the ground covered with a sheet - she saw his trainers sticking out.'

Speaking this afternoon, Deputy Chief Constable Stuart Hyde said: 'I can confirm that we've found a body in a wooded area near Boot which we believe to be Mr Bird, together with a firearm.

'A formal identification will be made later.'

Labour MP James Reed said: 'It's an absolute heartbreaking tragedy for the families involved. I am born and raised in Whitehaven and here with my wife and children.

'I have never heard of anything like this in the history of the town. It is just a paralysing shock to us all. These kinds of things don't happen here.

'There is no real history of violent crime in the area. It is a fantastic, really strong community. People do look out for each other.

'The community ties are very, very strong. I am struggling to understand how this happened. It's staggering and it's very, very hard to take in. The whole area is literally stunned at the moment.'

BLASTED IN THE HEAD AT POINT BLANK RANGE: WITNESSES DESCRIBE HORROR OF LAKE DISTRICT SHOOTINGS

GLENDA PEARS, who runs L&G Taxis, said both Bird and the Duke Street victim were self-employed drivers - and friends.

She said Bird had been a taxi driver for 23 years and was divorced with two sons. She described him as a 'real nice man'.

She said: 'We just don't know what's happened. The lad that's been killed was friends with him. They used to stand together having a craic on the rank.

'He was friends with everybody and used to stand and joke on Duke Street.'

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Peaceful: The town of Whitehaven, in Cumbria, has been shattered by the shootings

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Horror: Another victim lies on a footpath in the village of Egremont near Whitehaven

She said a female taxi driver working for her had to swerve to avoid Mr Bird's car immediately after the first shooting.

She said: 'He was driving and she saw the gun. She was hysterical and had to pull over and stop. The gun was hanging out of the window.

'We are just numb at the moment. We just want to know what he's done it for. He's such a nice lad.

'One of my drivers was talking to him last night. He was just working as normal and was going to go to Tesco's to get chicken.'

DEBRA CUNNINGHAM,  co-owner of White Line Taxis, said one of her  drivers and his passenger had been shot.

She said the driver had been shot on Coach Road  along with his passenger and taken to hospital.
She said: 'I spoke to Terry this morning over the radio when he came on shift.

'All I have heard since from the police is that he and his passenger were shot  on Coach Road and have been taken to hospital.

'I don't know how they are doing. I am very worried.'

THERESA BAGSHAW, of Whitehaven, said: 'There's talk in the town that one person was shot in the face three times.

'It's absolutely awful. I've never ever heard of anything like this or a gunman  on the loose before.'

A member of staff from Strandz 9 on Duke Street said: 'We heard a loud bang and  one of our customers came running in to say that someone had been shot.

'We went outside to find out what was going on and there was lots of police and  the road was in the process of being blocked.

'We saw a body lying on the floor, it was a taxi driver and he was dead. He had been shot in the head.'

BRIAN EDWARDS described how he came face-to-face with the gunman in the centre of Whitehaven.

Mr Edwards, 67. a joiner was working on flats above a pet shop in Duke Street and was outside collecting tools from his van when he realised something was wrong.

'I heard a bang and thought at first it might be the cannon that they fire at the docks - but it was too early,' he said.

'There were four shots and I looked round to see the taxi driver lying on the pavement.

'Seconds before he had been standing in a doorway having a cigarette just ten feet away from us - he was just blasted in the head by the gunman at point-blank range.  

'He was in a terrible state and I didn't think he could still be alive.

'Then a man carrying a rifle with a large telescopic sight on it ran past just feet away and fired again.

'A second driver was shot but apparently he is not too badly injured. The gunman didn't say anything.'

ALAN HANNAH, 68, said: 'As I turned past the police station, I saw all these officers running out and realised something major was going on so I moved over to the right-hand lane.

'Then a car pulled up on the left, stopping at the lights.

'I saw a man with a large shotgun and his windscreen was smashed.

'I drove through the red light to get into Lowther Street and get out of the way. I got home safely but was very shaken.'

HELEN OWENS, who works at solicitors' practice Brockbank, Cain and Hall on Duke Street in Whitehaven, said one of her colleagues saw a dead man on the street.

She said: 'We heard a couple of gunshots and the police running about.

'One of our secretaries was out at the time and she saw a guy lying dead on the ground covered with a sheet - she saw his trainers sticking out.

'There's police tape across it so we can't see exactly what happened but saw a policeman running across the street.

'We have also heard there was another shooting at Morrisons car park, which is about five minutes away.'

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Murder investigation after man, woman and baby 'shot dead'

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 5:12 PM on 2nd June 2010


A baby and two adults have been killed in an apparent shooting.

A 44-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman were found dead in a house, while a 23-month-old infant died shortly after being airlifted to hospital.

The main road in the tiny Derbyshire village of Holbrook, near Belper, was today sealed off while uniformed and plain clothes officers investigated the scene.

The main road in Holbrook, Derbyshire

Murder investigation: The main road in Holbrook, Derbyshire, was cordoned off by police today after the bodies of a man and woman were found

Twelve police cars raced to the scene with a police helicopter and an air ambulance after a panicked neighbour dialled 999 around midday.

A murder investigation has been launched but police said they are not looking for anyone else over the incident.

Neighbours said they heard gunshots.

Allan Gilbert, who lives a few doors down from the house said that a young mother and her baby had been living there for the last six months.

He said: 'A lady in her early twenties has been living in the house for the last six months or so.

'I haven't ever spoken to her but she always seems very pleasant. I couldn't believe it when I saw all the police turn up this morning.

'I've never seen anything like it. Some of my neighbours said they heard a gunshot but I didn't hear anything.

'I haven't been told what's going on but the village has been sealed off and there are police everywhere.

'You just don't expect it in a village like this. I couldn't believe it when I saw all the police this  morning.

Fiona West-Hunt, owner of The Spotted Cow pub in Town Street, Holbrook, said an incident room had been set up in the pub car park.

'Everyone is in shock. The whole village has been shut down.

'All police said is that they were dealing with a major incident. Somebody saw a paramedic carrying out a little baby but police are not saying anything else.'

Police confirmed a baby was airlifted to the Royal Derby Hospital but later died.

Resident Andrew West said: 'A police helicopter landed in the field and the village was then surrounded by armed officers.

'It was very chaotic, but it was all over in a few minutes.

A police spokeswoman said: 'Officers are now at the scene assessing the situation. 

'No further information can be released at this stage.'

Assistant Chief Constable Dee Collins added: 'Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of those who have died today.

'We are conducting a detailed inquiry and until we can be sure of what happened at Well Yard this morning, it would be unfair to speculate about the circumstances surrounding these deaths.'

A Home Office pathologist will carry out post mortem examinations to determine the cause of the deaths. 

Officers were tonight still at the scene carrying out house-to-house inquires and forensic work.
 



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Police confirm body parts found in river belong to missing prostitute Shelley Armitage

By Chris Brooke and Amy Oliver
Last updated at 11:15 PM on 2nd June 2010

Shelley Armitage

Human remains recovered from a river are those of missing prostitute Shelley Armitage, police said tonight

The remains of a second woman have been recovered from a river by police investigating the murders of three prostitutes by an alleged serial killer.

Forensic tests have confirmed the body parts of Shelley Armitage were found in a plastic bag in the River Aire in Bradford over the weekend.

West Yorkshire Police had been hunting for the remains of 31-year-old Miss Armitage and another missing prostitute, Susan Rushworth, after recovering the body parts of Suzanne Blamires.

Mature student Stephen Griffiths, 40, has been charged with the murders of all three women.

A massive police operation is continuing in the hunt for the remains of Miss Rushworth. The 43-year-old disappeared in June last year.

Miss Armitage vanished from the area five weeks ago, while 36-year-old Miss Blamires went missing on May 21.

Additional remains recovered from the River Aire last week were found to be 'animal waste' and not human body parts, police said.

Forensic scientists are also examining a suitcase containing tools.

It is believed it may have been dumped by Miss Blamires' killer when her body parts were put in the river.

Police sources have confirmed they are probing at least three other unsolved murders of prostitutes in West Yorkshire.

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Stephen Griffiths

Police have conducted an intensive search of the River Aire after Stephen Griffiths was charged over the murder of three women

Also, two decades of files on women who have either vanished or been attacked in red light districts in Sheffield, Leeds and Manchester are being checked for possible links to the case.

In addition, officers from neighbouring North Yorkshire force have contacted West Yorkshire colleagues probing the murders over any possible links with the case of Claudia Lawrence.

Stephen Griffiths

Police divers and support crew search the River Aire. Police tonight confirmed body parts found in a plastic bag over the weekend are those of Miss Armitage

The 36-year-old university chef vanished in York 14 months ago.

Griffiths will appear again before Bradford Crown Court on video link from Wakefield Prison on Monday.

The 40-year-old was first in court on Friday.




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Slaughter in the Lake District: Taxi driver Derrick Bird's first victim was his twin brother

By Jaya Narain, Paul Sims and Christian Gysin
Last updated at 12:46 AM on 3rd June 2010

Rampage: Derrick Bird killed twelve people on his shooting spree through Cumbria, including his twin brother

Rampage: Derrick Bird killed 12 people on his shooting spree through Cumbria, including his twin brother

A trivial row over rivals stealing fares is believed to have sparked a taxi driver's horrific killing spree which left 13 dead yesterday.

After a heated argument on Tuesday night, Derrick Bird is said to have stormed off saying: 'There's going to be a rampage tomorrow.'

Bird, 52, awoke next morning to commit the worst massacre in Britain since Dunblane in 1996.

After shooting dead his twin brother, a solicitor and a taxi driver, he calmly unleashed carnage across the area to the west of the Lake District over the following three hours.

With a shotgun and high-powered rifle pointing from the window of his Citroen Picasso taxi he went on a 20-mile terror drive, killing another nine at random before shooting himself.

A further 25 were injured with eight still in hospital last night, three of them in a critical condition.

The tiny Cumbrian police force was so overwhelmed that bodies were still lying in the streets seven hours after the killings.

Last night the Queen followed Prime Minister David Cameron in expressing her 'heartfelt sympathy' to the grieving.

'I was deeply shocked by the appalling news from Cumbria,' she said.

'In asking you to pass my deepest and most heartfelt sympathy to the families of all those who were killed or injured, and to the injured themselves, I am sure I share in the grief and horror of the whole country.'

Bird had been suffering financial problems, compounded by what he saw as rivals 'touting' unfairly for fares in Whitehaven. 

A friend, Peter Leder, said Bird had told him hours before the killings: 'See ya Peter, but I won't see you again.'

Another driver, Steven Pater, 27, saw Bird on Saturday night and said his frustration was boiling over.

'Birdy was always complaining about drivers touting for business instead of going to the rank and waiting until they got to the front of the queue. It's because there are too many taxis.

'When I last saw him in Whitehaven he was really drunk, which was unusual because he'd normally be out driving at that time.

Police officers gather close to the site, near the village of Boot, where Bird's body was found

Police officers gather close to the site near the village of Boot, where Bird's body was found

'I called over to him to say I'd drive him home and he replied: 'No, I'm going to sort this out.'

'I'm not surprised he's lost it over this because it's been going on for months and he's been under a lot of financial pressure as a result.'

After Tuesday night's row at the taxi rank, Bird is understood to have gone home and threatened to take his gun and shoot someone, only to be stopped by a friend.

Sources say he then went to a local hospital in a furious mood and asked for treatment from staff before being turned away.

Police are trying to piece together his exact movements that followed. It appears he began his rampage close to home, shooting his twin brother, David, who lived nearby in the village of Frizington.

He then lay in wait at his home for solicitor Kevin Commons, 60, who had made an appointment to visit him, and blasted him in the face.

He drove to Whitehaven to take deadly revenge on fellow taxi driver Darren Rewcastle outside the A2B taxi rank where he worked.

Mr Rewcastle was seen by Bird as one of the worst offenders for stealing fares.

Witness Alan Hannah described how he fled out of Whitehaven after he saw the gunman leaning out of a car window. 'I was waiting at a red light and looked around the corner. I saw a man with a shotgun at the window.

'I just went through the red light and got the hell out of Whitehaven.'

Easy target: Garry Purdham, pictured with his son Flynn, was killed as he worked on a farm

Easy target: Garry Purdham, pictured with his son Flynn, was killed as he worked on a farm

In the carnage that ensued, Cumbria Police and emergency services were so overloaded with 999 calls that they had to call in Lancashire colleagues to help.

As Bird disappeared over a moorland road, police warned locals to stay in their homes and lock their doors.

Among the victims was farmer Garry Purdham, shot dead at point blank range as he worked on his farm with his uncle in the village of Gosforth.

In Seascale, a Bettaware catalogue distributor, Jane Robinson, 66, was beckoned over by the killer who blasted her in the face.

GP Barry Walker, who dealt with victims in Seascale, said the injuries were like nothing he had ever seen.

'I'm just amazed by the deliberateness of the shotgun injuries to people's faces and the callousness of shooting people in the street. These were just indiscriminate killings. There was blood flowing in the streets.'

Bird ended his killing spree after he drove south to the remote village of Boot. There he crashed his car and wandered off to the scenic moorland and woods where he shot himself.

Last night police said they were keeping an completely open mind over the motive but were examining 30 different crime scenes, bagging and labelling items of evidence.

Neighbours say Bird had a gun licence and had inherited a huge cache of weapons from his father after his death 12 years ago.

Last night the reverberations from the shooting were felt across the UK and questions will be asked exactly how, after tighter legislation and security, such atrocities can be prevented in the future.

Additional reporting: JAMES TOZER, CHRIS BROOKE and LIZ HULL

Twelve who died in a three hour bloodbath

Twelve victims lost their lives at the hands of Derrick Bird during three hours of mayhem. They were:

DARREN REWCASTLE

Shot down: Taxi driver Darren Rewcastle was one of the people killed in Bird's shooting rampage

Shot down: Taxi driver Darren Rewcastle was one of the people killed in Bird's shooting rampage

A fellow taxi driver in his 30s described as 'a loveable rogue' by other cabbies, he was shot as he walked to a cafe in Whitehaven.

Well-liked by many who used the town's cab ranks, Bird is believed to have accused him of 'touting' by ignoring queues to pick up fares first.

David Nicholson, 56, said: 'He was a quiet lad, never caused anybody any trouble. He used to love playing on slot machines.'

KEVIN COMMONS

The 60-year-old local solicitor, who had offices around West Cumbria, is thought to have been shot at his farmhouse near Frizington.

He lived with his wife Helen and ran KJ Commons solicitors with branches in Workington, Whitehaven and Carlisle specialising in probate, clinical negligence and personal injury.

Police are seeking to establish whether Bird targeted him after being represented by him or whether he was picked out at random.

DAVID BIRD

Derrick Bird's twin brother, a former mechanic who is believed to have been working as a lorry driver. According to neighbours he was shot in his car close to his home in Frizington.

Friends and relatives said he was far more outgoing than his brother.

SUSAN HUGHES

The 57-year- old was named by neighbours near Egremont as one of the first victims to be picked out at random.

She had two grown-up daughters, one a social worker and the other disabled and wheelchair bound and living in a bungalow nearby.

A neighbour said: 'She was a very quiet and nice person. It has come as a terrible shock.'

KENNETH FISHBURN

Shot dead in Egremont as he returned home from the town centre with his dog.

Aged in his 70s, he was a retired security worker at the nearby Sellafield nuclear power plant.

Local Karl Scarr, 44, said: 'He worked on the gates at Sellafield. After he retired I used to see him in town.

'He always said hello, he was a nice guy.' At the scene a card was left saying: 'RIP Ken - tragically taken but not forgotten'.

It was signed: 'your girls and Marc - Ladbrokes'.

JAMES and JENNIFER JACKSON

The couple in their 60s lived in the pretty hamlet of Wilton, near Egremont, and had a grown-up son and a daughter.

Mrs Jackson was a local church stalwart and arranged the flowers for services.

Friend Michael Garstang said: 'We were having a barbecue just last week with the two of them; you couldn't get two nicer people.'

GARRY PURDHAM

A farmer's son and amateur rugby league player whose brother Rob is captain of Harlequins rugby league side, he was fatally shot as he helped his uncle trim hedges in Gosforth.

Aged in his early 30s with two young children, his father John owned Low Boonwood Farm on Gosforth Hill.

The tough forward had played for Workington Town and Egremont Rangers.

David Bowden, chairman of Workington Town Rugby League Football Club, described him as 'quite simply a gentleman and a real pleasure to know'.

He added: 'As a player he was as honest and industrious on the pitch as indeed he was off it.

'He would think nothing of doing a stint on the farm before turning up to play professional rugby league.'

MICHAEL PIKE

Killed: Jane Robinson, 66, was killed after Bird beckoned her over to his car

Killed: Jane Robinson, 66, was shot after Bird beckoned her over to his car

The retired 64-year- old was blasted as he cycled through his home village of Seascale, his family confirmed last night.

Formerly an active trade union organiser at Sellafield, the grandfather of three lived with his wife Sheena and son Jason, 39.

His son said: 'To the best of our knowledge we think this was a random murder. 'We are well aware my father was not the only person who died today and we feel for all the other people who lost loved ones.'

JANE ROBINSON

The pensioner was well-known in the area for delivering Bettaware catalogues and feeding pigeons at Sellafield with her twin sister, Barrie, and ran a bird sanctuary in Seascale.

Friend William Hogg, 51, said: 'She was just a very nice lady. Her and her sister were animal lovers, they kept lots of birds and were known locally as 'the pigeon women'.

'It's a massive loss for Barrie. Neither of them were ever married, they lived together. They were so close.'

OTHER VICTIMS

A resident of the hamlet of Carleton thought to have been shot in his vehicle.

A further resident of the Egremont area.



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Father who killed ex-partner and son was released by police just days after arrest over 'kill threat'

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Last updated at 2:43 PM on 3rd June 2010

Tragic: Rachael Slack, 38, was stabbed to death along with her son Auden

Tragic: Rachael Slack, 38, was stabbed to death along with her son Auden

A father who murdered his ex and their toddler son had been arrested last week after threatening to kill her, a friend said today.

Rachael Slack, 38, and her 23-month-old son Auden were stabbed to death at their country cottage in the rural Derbyshire village of Holbrook yesterday morning.

The 44-year-old man, known only as Andrew, then turned the knife on himself.

Today, Sahiqa Raja, a friend of Miss Slack's, said the mother had tried to help the boy's father as he battled depression.

She said: ‘This tragedy has happened because this person was mentally unstable.

'This has been going on for three years and she has highlighted it to the authorities.

‘He has had depression for a very long time and she has tried to help him.

‘It's a tragedy that this happened and it certainly could have been stopped. This person should have been sectioned.

'He was arrested last week for threatening to kill her and he has been let out to do just that.

‘Someone, somewhere is accountable for what has happened. Something should have been done.’

The bloody assault was witness by neighbour Norma Way.

The 71-year-old pensioner told how she saw the mother screaming for help from the window of her three-storey cottage.

Mrs Way said: ‘She looked out of the side window which is front of my drive and I heard her screaming in terror.

Village horror: The quaint end-of-terrace cottage (centre) where the murders occurred

Village horror: The end-of-terrace cottage (centre) in Holbrook, Derbyshire, where Miss Slack and Auden were stabbed before the killer turned the knife on himself

‘I was the one who called the police. She started shouting to me 'Norma, Norma, call the police'.

‘The man, I couldn't see, but he had raised his arm. I went to the front door but it was locked. When the police arrived they both went in but by then the screaming had stopped.’

Today there was still a police cordon around the Victorian cottage and Ms Slack's black Renault Scenic, which had a baby seat in the back.

The front door of the house was on its hinges while a kitchen window was open, splintered from when police had tried to break in.

There was a steel climbing frame in the well-kept back garden and police tape around the patio entrance to the house which is lined with well looked after flower beds.

Police said they were not searching for anybody else in connection with the murder of 38-year-old Ms Slack and her toddler son, named after the poet W H Auden. The man is believed to be the child's father.

They discovered the estranged couple dead yesterday morning at the cottage after being alerted by Ms Way. The toddler was critically injured and taken to Royal Derby Hospital by air ambulance but later died.

Ms Slack is believed to have recently moved to the area after living as an ex-pat in Spain.

Police said they expected to name all three, who were found in a cottage in Well Yard, once they had been formally identified.

The cottage is tucked back from the main road that runs through the picturesque village.

Lined with trees and well-kept gardens, Holbrook is in a conservation area in the heart of Amber Valley, Derbyshire.

Last night, neighbours described the deaths as a ‘terrible tragedy’.

Andrew West, 52, landlord of the Spotted Cow, said the woman was a regular visitor to the pub.

Grisly discovery: Forensic officers look for evidence outside the pretty house

Grisly discovery: Forensic officers look for evidence outside the pretty house

He said: ‘She was intelligent and obviously educated. She said she had looked at a couple of places and then settled on one here.’

His wife Fiona West-Hunt added: ‘All the police cars came around 11am-11.30am, about three ambulances and a helicopter.

‘They just turned up out of the blue, loads of sirens and everything, which doesn't happen here. It's a very small, sleepy place.

‘Somebody was walking their dog past and all they saw was somebody bringing a child out of a house and into an ambulance.

‘Another ambulance arrived and didn't go for about half an hour.’

Neighbour Allan Gilbert described Ms Slack as ‘jovial’. He said: ‘We knew absolutely nothing about what happened until the cavalry arrived.

‘The woman lived there with the baby. They hadn't been there long but would say hello. We didn't hear anything and we live only ten yards away. It sounds like one of those domestic tragedies.’

A spokeswoman for Derbyshire Constabulary said: 'Police can confirm that the man found dead in Holbrook yesterday had been arrested last week.

'As a result of this contact, the matter has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.'

Assistant Chief Constable Dee Collins added: ‘Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of those who have died today.

‘We are conducting a detailed inquiry and until we can be sure of what happened at Well Yard it would be unfair to speculate about the circumstances surrounding these deaths.’

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Man who claimed to have killed beauty queen JonBenet Ramsay suspected of recruiting children to be sex slaves

By Daniel Bates
Last updated at 1:03 PM on 3rd June 2010

The man who falsely claimed he killed child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsay is running a cult to lure in girls as young as four, it was claimed last night.

John Mark Karr has founded a group called The Immaculates to recruit young children to be his sex slaves, his ex-fiance Samantha Spiegel says.

He already has string of followers who are giving him food and shelter and to avoid police attention he has become a woman.

John Mark Karr has been suspected of recruiting young children to be his sex slaves by his ex-fiancee Samantha Spiegel

John Mark Karr has been suspected of recruiting young children to be his sex slaves by his ex-fiancee Samantha Spiegel

Miss Spiegel, 19, says Karr 'loves' having sex with children and sees it as something which is 'healthy' for him to do.

JonBenet was found dead at her parents' home in Boulder, Colorado, in 1996.

Samantha Spiegel spoke on NBC's Today show about Kerr and has a restraining order against him

Samantha Spiegel spoke on NBC's Today show about Kerr and has a restraining order against him

Karrr 'confessed' ten years later and despite a graphic confession his DNA did not match that held at the crime scene and he was condemned for being an attention-seeking eccentric.

Miss Spiegel met him shortly afterwards and got in touch because she wanted to help him.

'I think I was just thinking that he was misunderstood,' she said. 'He was a victim of his childhood, of his family, of everybody, and that he needed to be saved in some sort of way.'

In an interview for U.S. TV network NBC, Miss Spiegel said that the relationship escalated quickly and when he proposed she accepted - only to be drawn into his sick world.

She was completely under his control and when he asked her to recruit young girls for him, she agreed.

'I started doing it,' she said, explaining how she would 'size up' children in the street and thought of recruiting her own niece and the young children of friends.

'He was so persuasive and manipulative and it was a family he wanted and I didn't want to get in the way of something he wanted'.

She did not think anything was wrong because she was so brainwashed and thought having sex with children was 'good for him'.

'It just seemed like it was healthy for him, why keep him from doing something he loves, in a sick way'.

JonBenet Ramsay

JonBenet Ramsay was killed in her home on Christmas night in 1996 and John Mark Karr later falsely claimed he was her killer

Since they split up she has sought a restraining order against him due to a series of sick notes he sent her.

One read 'If you cost me my little girls I will hunt you down and kill you' while another said: 'I only kill the girls I love the most'.

Police however have been unable to find where he is and reports in the U.S. media claim he could be in California with his own cult.

It is also reported he has undergone a sex-swap operation and now is called Alexis Valoran Reich.

Miss Spiegel said: 'His mission is to create a cult called The Immaculates of little girls that would have sexual relationships with him and do whatever he wanted and be his little minions.'




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Stephen Lawrence suspect facing years in jail for trafficking cannabis worth £350,000

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Last updated at 3:57 PM on 3rd June 2010

One of the prime suspects for the murder of Stephen Lawrence is facing years behind bars after today admitting drugs trafficking.

Gary Dobson, 34, pleaded guilty to supplying more than 110lb (50 kilos) of cannabis worth around £350,000.

The father of one also admitted possessing a further 4.91kg of the drug with intent to supply during a hearing at Kingston Crown Court, via video link from Belmarsh Prison.

Trial: Gary Dobson, left, one of the prime suspects in the Stephen Lawrence murder case, is facing years in jail for drug trafficking
Trial: Gary Dobson, left, one of the prime suspects in the Stephen Lawrence murder case, is facing years in jail for drug trafficking

Trial: Gary Dobson, left, one of the prime suspects in the Stephen Lawrence murder case, is facing years in jail for drug trafficking

Dobson, from Swanley, Kent, was arrested and charged after a SOCA investigation led officers to a pub car park in Thurrock, Essex, where he was carrying out a ‘drugs handover’ with another man.

Stephen Fennell, 63, appeared in custody alongside Dobson and admitted receiving the drugs from him.

Fennell also had £286,926 in cash - the result of a criminal transaction.

Dobson was one of five men originally arrested for killing Mr Lawrence, 18, in 1993 but was never convicted.

The A-level student was knifed to death at a bus-stop near his home in Eltham, south London.

Dobson, Neil Acourt, and Luke Knight were acquitted of murder in 1996, after a private prosecution brought by the Lawrence family collapsed at the Old Bailey, 

The case against two other suspects, Jamie Acourt and David Norris, was dropped before it reached court. 

However, in court today, Sandip Patel, prosecuting, said although Dobson and Fennell had entered guilty pleas, there would still have to be a special trial without a jury as their roles are disputed by defence lawyers.

The barrister said: 'A basis of plea has been provided to the Crown this morning on behalf of Gary Dobson. It's not agreed at this stage, if at all.

'Stephen Fennell's basis of plea was received some days ago.

‘I've indicated it is not accepted on behalf of the Crown. 

'In particular it's not so much the quantities but the described role of Mr Fennell.

'It's submitted he was simply a custodian acting on behalf others.

‘The Crown's case, supported by the evidence, is that his home was being used as a drugs factory, where the cutting and processing of the cocaine, amphetamines and indeed cannabis occurred.

'In addition to that there's also the large quantity of cash.' 

Graeme Wilson, defending Dobson, said: 'My understanding is that the observation operation was not on Mr Dobson but on Mr Fennell, and maybe others.

'The evidence against Mr Dobson is him observed and filmed, when Mr Fennell turned up, placing ten boxes containing 49 kilos of cannabis into Mr Fennell's van.

'What seems to be the sticking point is the previous hirings of vehicles from the same company - two vans and a minibus between February 10, 2007 and February 22 this year.

'In total there is 13 occasions with either cars or vans being hired by him.' 

Mr Wilson said Dobson may be able to give a plausible explanation for the vehicle's hire.

He added: 'In his case the basis of plea put forward is one of a one-off supply by him on this occasion, and one possession with intent to supply.' 

Peter Binder, defending Fennell, said: 'There's no dispute that a flat that was in my client's name was being used in the manner alleged.

‘That was not the flat he occupied, in the sense of living there on a day-to-day basis.

'In fact his living arrangements were with his partner, a lady who lives nearby. He allowed his flat to be used by others.

'He is not seeking to minimise the gravity of the position, in that he was aware of what was taking place on the premises, and on any view therefore he permitted and condoned what was serious criminal activity.' 

Dobson admitted supplying cannabis to Fennell and possessing a further 4.91kg of the drug with intent to supply.

Fennell, of Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply, possessing 320g cocaine with intent, possessing more than 8,700g amphetamines with intent, and possessing criminal property.

Both men denied conspiracy to supply cannabis and the charge was left to lie on the court file.

Judge Nicholas Price adjourned sentencing until July 9.



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Hit-and-run driver jailed for killing 'innocent' teenage girl during police chase

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Last updated at 5:51 PM on 3rd June 2010

A hit-and-run driver who killed a teenage girl while speeding during a police pursuit has today been jailed for eight years.

Barry Hardy, 25, knocked down ‘innocent’ Jessica Harrison in his Ford Escort after being pursued by officers in a marked police car for not wearing a seatbelt.

Travelling at 50mph in a quiet residential road, Hardy’s vehicle mounted the pavement and struck the 17-year-old, leaving her with serious head injuries.

Jailed: Barry Hardy hit Jessica Harrison, 17, in his Escort while speeding from police
Jailed: Barry Hardy hit Jessica Harrison, 17, in his Escort while speeding from police

Jailed: Barry Hardy hit and killed Jessica Harrison, 17, in his Escort while speeding from police

The court heard how her devastated father, Paul Harrison, cradled his dying daughter in his arms after pulling up at the roadside in Cheadle, Staffordshire, and seeing her lying on the floor.

Jessica, a housekeeper, was on her way to celebrate her grandfather's birthday, when she 'met her tragic and untimely death' on January 17.

Hardy, who had previously appeared in court before for driving offences, fled the scene and torched his car, making it impossible for analysis to be carried out.

He later handed himself into police after phoning a friend, telling him: ‘I had to do one.’

Passing sentence at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court today, Judge Granville Styler said Hardy had behaved 'irresponsibly' by failing to stop to help Jessica.

He said: ‘This tragic loss of a young life was caused in a deliberate decision to get away from the police.

‘You drove well in exceed of the speed limit.

‘You showed blatant disregard for the rules of the road and without any regard for pedestrians.’ 

Prosecuting, Robert Price told the court that Mr Harrison had described Jessica as his ‘perfect, beautiful daughter’ and he said the family had been left 'devastated by the loss'.

Jessica’s sister Hattie described her as ‘so innocent, caring and had a big heart’, he said.

'The police car gained no ground, in fact they were losing ground. The defendant was travelling at least 50mph at the relevant time,' Mr Price said.

‘An eyewitness saw the car run Jessica over, he saw the escort collide with her, and saw Jessica in mid air before she hit the road.

‘The car swerved across the centre white lines, there was no evidence of that vehicle breaking or slowing down at any stage.’ 

He told the court that following the accident on the road, which had a speed limit of 30mph, Hardy, from Leek, Staffordshire, 'sped away from the scene at a high speed'.  

Following the accident, Mr Harrison pulled up near the scene and saw his daughter lying on the floor.

Mr Price said: ‘He held her, comforted her and kept her warm with a blanket’  

Jessica was then taken to University Hospital of North Staffordshire, where she later died.

Hardy pleaded guilty to charges of death by dangerous driving, failing to stop, driving a vehicle without insurance and driving otherwise in accordance with his licence.

He was disqualified from driving for seven years and ordered him to take a re-test before driving a car again.

Chief Superintendent Jon Drake, from Staffordshire Police, said: ‘Hardy's dangerous driving led to the totally needless death of a young woman with her life ahead of her.

‘Our heart goes out to Jessica's family and friends today as they try to rebuild their lives.’ 



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Black man shot dead and his body dragged for ten miles in shocking U.S. killing

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Last updated at 4:55 PM on 3rd June 2010

Murder accused: A mug shot of Gregory Collins, 19, charged with killing Anthony Hill in the head then dragging his body behind his truck for several miles

Murder accused: A mug shot of Gregory Collins, 19, charged with killing Anthony Hill in the head then dragging his body behind his truck for several miles

A white man has been arrested after a black man was shot to death and then his body dragged for 10 miles along an American road.

The body of 30-year-old Anthony Hill was found yesterday morning in central South Carolina.

Police followed a trail of blood to the mobile home of Gregory Collins, 19.

They demanded he come out - but he refused. After a three-hour stand-off, police forced him out by using tear gas.

He was wearing an empty gun holster.

Sheriff Lee Foster, who has been in law enforcement for 35 years, told a local news conference it was 'one of the top three most violent crime scenes he's ever seen'.

Police believe Hill was killed at Collins' mobile home with a shot to the head, and then his body dragged behind a pickup truck.

'That is the part that's absolutely senseless,' Sheriff Foster said. 'Why would somebody do that to a person after they were dead?'

Police said the killing is being investigated as a hate crime. So far they have been unable to find a motive.

Hill and Collins worked together at the Louis Rich turkey factory in Newberry, South Carolina.

Collins has been charged with murder.



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Immigrant on the run after murdering Belgian judge and legal assistant in courthouse in row over housing benefit

By Paul Thompson
Last updated at 7:05 PM on 3rd June 2010

An Albanian immigrant was on the run today after shooting a female judge dead and killing a legal assistant with an axe in a row over housing benefit. 

Isabella Brandon, a Belgium Judge of the Peace who specialised in family matters, and André Bellemans, died instantly from wounds to the head. 

The bloodbath took place just after lunch in an annex of the Palais de Justice in central Brussels, where security had recently been stepped up because of a high profile terrorist trial. 

Murder: The killing of the judge and legal assistant took place at Palais de Justice Brussels in Belgium

Murder: A judge and legal assistant have been killed at the Palais de Justice Brussels in Belgium

‘The man was screaming all kinds of threats when he marched up to the women and shot them both in the head a number of times with a rifle,’ said an eye witness.

‘He had been involved in an earlier case about housing benefit and clearly wasn’t happy with the judgment handed down.

‘He’s thought to have gone home to pick up his weapon and then returned to carry out the murder. 

‘People inside the court were screaming and shouting throughout the drama. There was blood everywhere. Nothing could have been done to save them. 

The man managed to pick up a nasty wound before running away out into the street. All buildings in the area have been locked down, with warnings on TV and radio. Police are trying to find him.’  

The man had shot Judge Brandon in the head before using another weapon, thought to be an axe, on her assistant.

He said to have brought the axe down ‘heavily on the assistant’s back,’ said the eye witness.

The women, both in their 50s, were both married with children and were due to retire soon.

Belgium Justice Minister Stefaan De Clerck said it was the first time that a judge had been killed in a court, and that security was usually taken ‘100 per cent for granted.’

Announcing a national minute’s silence for the victims, he added: ‘What happened was a terrible shock. We are doing everything we can to find the killer and bring him to justice. This is an absolute catastrophe.’

Mr De Clerck said a recent trial involving alleged Islamic terrorists had seen x-ray machines and metal detectors installed at all entrances to the Palais de Justice.
However, Judge Brandon was sitting in a minor court in an annex next door, where security was more lax.

Judge Brandon specialised in matters including divorce, adoption and commitment to psychiatric institutions.

A Brussels police spokesman said: ‘We are looking for an Albanian immigrant in connection with this terrible shooting. All nearby buildings, including a local school, have been shut down. This man remains armed and dangerous.’



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Legal chiefs claw back £5.5m in ill-gotten gains from Scotland's gangsters

THE law stripped crimelords of more than £5.5million of ill-gotten gains last year.

The national police crackdown on organised crime also led to hundreds of arrests and the confiscation of multi-million pound drug hauls.

The money recovered brings the total secured since the launch of proceeds of crime laws in 2003 to nearly £33million.

And legal chiefs pledged next year will see an even more concerted effort to remove gangsters' assets - targeting the estimated 4000 individuals at the heart of serious organised crime in Scotland.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said police forces would continue to target organised criminal gangs and would concentrate on businesses where illicit cash is being filtered.

A "Top 20" hitlist of the major crime gangs has been drawn up - such as the likes of the Daniel family, whose boss Jamie was jailed on Wednesday for a crazed road rage attack.

Speaking in Dundee yesterday, where the Serious Organised Crime Taskforce published their first progress report, MacAskill said: "It brings violence and intimidation to our communities from people who don't care what they peddle or who it costs as long as it brings them profit and power.

"I know decent people are sick of seeing criminals who don't seem to be forced to tighten their belts in the way that others are having to do at the moment. Lifestyles that are being funded through crime, hidden behind supposedly respectable business fronts."

For the seventh year running, the Civil Recovery Unit increased the amount recovered, with more than £3.2million seized.

During the same period, prosecutors secured confiscation orders worth almost £2.3million against convicted drug dealers, money launderers and fraudsters.

The figure does not include the £6.5million from Moscow-based businessman Anatoly Kazachkov which was the biggest single recovery in the last 12 months. That will be included in next year's figures.

Areas highlighted by the government included 600 arrests and the seizure of more than 240kg of class A drugs, worth £16million. The taskforce also set up a 40-strong Scottish Intelligence Co-ordination unit to boost efforts in tackling crime.

It was also confirmed that the top 20 criminal gangs in Scotland are currently being investigated by police forces across the country.

Professional "facilitators" who act as the financial brains that advise serious organised crime are also being targeted.

Lord Advocate Elish Angiolini said: "These latest figures demonstrate that those who seek to profit from crime run a serious risk of having their assets seized by the courts.

"Our message is clear. These figures should be a warning that even if they have escaped justice to date, that we will be relentless in pursuing the fruits of their criminal activity even beyond the grave."

Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police Stephen House revealed that officers were paying particular attention to small businesses through which money is being laundered.

He explained that car washes, nail bars, tanning salons and security companies were being infiltrated by criminals.

Worryingly, House said that he's come across examples of children's nurseries and soft play areas being set up by criminals to cover their illegal activities.

He added police forces across Scotland needed to get more aggressive when it came to asset recovery.


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Scots crime boss Jamie Daniel jailed for 12 months over road rage attack

CRIME clan boss Jamie Daniel was yesterday jailed for a year after a crazed road-rage attack.

Daniel, once the No1 target of the Scottish Crime Squad, pursued a student through the streets of a quiet suburb before cornering him and battering his car with a metal bar.

A court heard yesterday Daniel, 52, admitting "losing it" because Thomas Fullerton, 30, had taken too long to turn at a junction.

His QC, Gordon Jackson, explained: "He was having a bad day."

At Glasgow Sheriff Court yesterday, millionaire drug boss Daniel admitted breach of the peace, as well as two charges of assaulting a fellow prisoner while on remand in Barlinnie Jail.

The court heard the thug confronted his road-rage victim four times. brandishing the metal bar and trying to get into his car, before attacking the vehicle as he cowered inside.

In the jail incident, he throttled Chinese inmate Chang Di Hi after a confrontation in which the other man told him to "f*** off".

He was later admitted to hospital after suffering a heart attack.

The court was also told the Daniel family, who are locked in a bloody feud with the rival Lyons clan, are involved in the "scrap metal business".

Prosecutor Keith O'Mahoney read out an agreed account of the events of October 22 last year.

Thomas Fullerton was stopped at a junction in Jordanhill, Glasgow, and preparing to turn right when he became aware of Daniel in the car behind him.

The gangster, who was driving his partner's Volkswagen Golf, flashed his headlight s and blasted his horn.

Thomas slowed down to see what the fuss was about only for Daniel to draw parallel and start making gestures. Daniel then pulled in front of the the student, who was forced to carry out an emergency stop.

Mr O'Mahoney continued: "The accused then got out of his vehicle and walked towards Mr Fullerton.

"The accused was holding a long sharp object which appeared to be metal.

"In fear of his safety, the witness managed to reverse his vehicle and manoeuvre past both the accused and his vehicle."

The court heard there were two similar confrontations before Thomas was cornered by Daniels in a dead end.

Mr O'Mahoney said: "The accused approached Mr Fullerton's vehicle holding the same metal object.

"The accused repeatedly hit Mr Fullerton's vehicle with the pole, causing a crack to the windscreen and damage to the bodywork around the driver's door.

"He repeatedly attempted to enter the car by the driver's door but was unsuccessful."

On March 29 in Barlinnie, inmate Hi became aware of Daniel following him and swearing, Mr O'Mahoney said.

Half an hour later, Daniel entered Hi's cell and there was a row in which he tried to throttle the Chinese prisoner.

Daniel's QC apologised on behalf of his client for the road rage incident. He said: "When I have spoken to Mr Daniel about this he accepts that he, in his own phrase, 'lost it'. He was having a bad day."

Turning to the Barlinnie incident, Mr Jackson said his client was "extremely unwell".

He added: "It is quite probable that he was in the process of having a heart attack."

Daniel's jail term was backdated until March, which means he could be a free man as soon as September.

The gang boss, who was previously jailed for four years for heroin smuggling in 1983, winked and stuck his tongue out at an associate in the public gallery after his sentence was read out.

  

DEADLY FEUD HAS LASTED A DECADE

The feud between the Daniel and Lyons clans began almost 10 years ago when drugs stolen from the Daniels were bought by the Lyons.

Since then there has been a string of countless beatings, slashings, fire attacks and shootings.

The grave of a Lyons child was even vandalised in 2006 - and blamed on Daniel enforcer Kevin Carroll, known as Gerbil, the partner of Jamie Daniel's daughter Kelly Green.

Later that year, Gerbil survived a shooting but that incident sparked further violence in which Michael Lyons was shot dead.

It led to a bounty of £100,000 being put on Gerbil's head.

And in January of this year, Gerbil was gunned down in the car park of the Asda supermarket in Robroyston, Glasgow. No one has been charged with his murder.


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