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Police set sights on seven taxi firms with alleged gangland links

SEVEN taxi businesses are facing closure due to alleged gangland links.

Police have spent months compiling dossiers on Partick Private Hire, Online Private Hire, Tower & Fort Cars, Fairfield Cars, 50/50 Cabs, Great Western Taxis and Greg Campbell.

On Tuesday, police will ask Glasgow councillors to block their applications for booking office permits.

It's the most extensive use yet of new licensing laws. Previously, only cars and drivers needed permits, so criminals could run firms.

In some cases, police will argue that while named applicants are clean, the firms would be run for the benefit of criminals.

One application is thought to be linked to George Mullen, 54, a former co-accused of gangster Jamie "Iceman" Stevenson.

Mullen has had taxi licences refused in Glasgow and South Lanarkshire due to links with gangster Peter Smith, 41, who was jailed for three years after being caught with £400,000 of drugs cash in 2006. Mullen was with him at the time.


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Teenager 'stabbed to death a neighbour who was attacking his mother'

By Paul Bentley
Last updated at 11:22 AM on 1st May 2010

A teenager yesterday allegedly stabbed to death a next- door neighbour who is thought to have been attacking his mother with a kitchen knife.

James Killen, 18, was believed to be defending her after she was attacked by the man, who was on heavy medication for epilepsy.

Air stewardess Sandra Killen, 53, is now fighting for her life in hospital with multiple stab wounds.

Detectives called to the £600,000 semi- detached home in St Albans, Hertfordshire, found the victim lying in a pool of blood.

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Ambulances and police gather at the crime scene in St Albans where Jonathan London was found dead and Sandra Killen is in hospital


James, a 'bright boy' who is studying A-Levels at Sandringham School in St Albans, was arrested on suspicion of murder. Jonathan London was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 46-year-old, who had been 'going through a bad time', lived next door to the Killens with his elderly parents, Jack and Maureen London.

His sister-in-law Jane London said: 'This is so tragic. I can't believe what has happened to Jonathan.

'He was so gentle. He had been going through a bad time as well. He was epileptic and was on a lot of medication.'

Mrs Killen lived alone with son James after separating from husband Peter a number of years ago.

She has been an air stewardess for 30 years and is based at Luton airport.

Family friend Jane Gamble, 52, said Mrs Killen was a 'tiny gentle' woman. and that James was protective of her. 'Over the years I have noticed that they are very close,' she said. 'He is protective of her. He always looks after his mother.'

An 83-year-old neighbour said the incident was 'horrific'.

She said: 'The emergency services were all here this morning with their sirens blaring  -  I saw the police, ambulances and an air ambulance.

'People said they saw the woman outside her house covered in blood in her night dress after being stabbed.'

Detective Superintendent Michael Hanlon confirmed that a knife had been recovered and was being examined by experts.

'We are not looking for anyone else in connection with the inquiry,' he said.



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Admin says: A sad story but another with which my sympathy lies with the teenager who was protecting his mother - who would, undoubtedtly, be dead if it wasn't for the intervention of her son. I sincerely hope the mother pulls through and that her son doesn't face any punishment. He was only behaving as anybody would in that kind of situation. And yet the sister-in-law of the dead man can only find it in herself to say that it is tragic what happened to her brother-in-law? Well yes, it is - but then what was he doing in the Killen's household attacking Mrs Killen with a knife? I couldn't care less if he was 'going through a bad patch' or not - we ALL go through bad patches - does this mean it's acceptable behaviour to go at our neighbours with kitchen knives?? Perhaps the sister-in-law should also spare a thought for Mrs Killen, who is currently fighting for her life because of Jonathan London and his 'bad patch', and the bright young son, who's life will probably never be the same.


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Woman, 23, held over fire which killed two young children

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 8:33 AM on 1st May 2010

A woman has been arrested over a house fire which claimed the lives of two young children.

Police officers are expected to question her later today.

Niamh and Cayden Maynard, aged five and two, died in the blaze at their home in Buxton, Derbyshire, last Friday night after they became trapped upstairs.

Their mother, Fiona Adams, jumped to safety from a bedroom window on to a trampoline with her eight-month-old son Kiernan.

Tragic: (left to right) Cayden, Kiernan and Niamh. Only Kiernan survived the fire

Tragic: (left to right) Cayden, Kiernan and Niamh. Only Kiernan survived the fire

Last night Derbyshire Police said a 23-year-old woman had been arrested over the incident.

A police spokeswoman said: 'The woman, who is from the Fairfield area of Buxton, was arrested this evening. She will be interviewed by officers in due course.'

The spokeswoman said police were 'keeping an open mind' about the cause of the fire.

In the days following the tragedy at the end-terrace house, it emerged Ms Adams had reported noise and anti-social behaviour in her back garden just an hour before the fire started.

Derbyshire Police also revealed that officers had been called to the address several times in the past three years - mainly in relation to domestic-related matters and on a few occasions in relation to reports of anti-social behaviour or damage.

But Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cotterill said detectives had no information to indicate the family had been the victim of a 'dedicated campaign' of anti-social behaviour.

A 17-year-old youth arrested in connection with the fire was released on Sunday and ruled out as a suspect.

A police officer outside the house in Buxton, Derbyshire, where the fire took place

A police officer outside the house in Buxton, Derbyshire, where the fire took place



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Admin says: I always find stories in which children have died in house fires particularly disturbing. I don't know whether it comes from a deep rooted fear I had for may years as a child, but fire scares me. I think it takes a brave person to stay and fight a fire, yet it also takes an even braver person to jump from a fire, knowing that there are still loved ones inside.  I know without a shadow of a doubt that if my house was burning down, I don't care what part of the house my kids were in - I'd get to them, and if I couldn't get them out, then I'd stay. Simple as.


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Gerry McCann breaks down as he tells how hunt for Madeleine 'is shaking his Catholic faith'

By Vanessa Allen
Last updated at 12:42 AM on 1st May 2010

Kate McCann longed for death after her daughter Madeleine’s disappeared, she admitted yesterday.

Choking back tears, she told for the first time how she had wanted her life to end but insisted she had never contemplated suicide.

Mrs McCann, 42, faced criticism because she appeared cold and did not break down. But she revealed how in her bleakest hours, she wanted to die to stop the pain. 

Suffering together: Kate and Gerry McCann during their interview yesterday

Suffering together: Kate and Gerry McCann during their interview yesterday

The former GP and her husband Gerry, 41, gave their most honest and moving
interview to the BBC World Service to mark the third anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance on Monday.

Madeleine was three when she vanished from her parents’ rented apartment in the
Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz as they ate at a nearby restaurant with friends.

There have been no confirmed sightings since. But the couple, who also have twins
Sean and Amelie, five, have not given up.

The McCanns, of Rothley, Leicestershire, have launched a ‘holiday pack’ of stickers
and posters showing Madeleine’s face. They hope holiday-makers will distribute them
around the world to try to find Madeleine.

Longing for death:

GERRY: Really early on, there was a time when I was worried because Kate said she
wanted to go into the ocean and keep swimming and swimming and swimming. That
obviously caused great distress. The emotions are so raw early on.

KATE: I used to have thoughts like maybe we’ll get wiped out in the car on the motorway. So it would just happen, we’d all be gone and the pain would be away. But there’s always somebody left behind with that pain. We have got family who have been fantastic, friends who have been fantastic.

It was just so painful and it’s just so hard to describe, that heavy, suffocating feeling day in day out, that pain of missing Madeleine and anxiety for her.

There were times when I did want it to end. I wouldn’t have done anything, I have never
thought of doing anything, but what I do know now for sure is that I don’t want that.

Things have changed. I am desperate to be here with Sean and Amelie and to help find Madeleine.

What they believe has happened to Madeleine:

KATE: You just hope that it’s somebody who is looking after Madeleine. Who knows why they’ve taken her but I hope they’re looking after her and that she’s comfortable in the situation she’s in, that she is not at harm and that she’s getting love and happiness. That’s all I can hope for.

GERRY: Early on we couldn’t think of anything else but the worst case, where everything was negative, that she’d been taken, abused and killed and dumped, or maybe left seriously injured and dumped out in the freezing cold.

There have been individuals who, for whatever reason, have seemingly not wanted to find Madeleine. That’s how it appears to us… There are many people who’ve tried to derail what we’re doing along the way.

I can promise you we could think of almost no other scenario. Of course, that scenario is still possible… but there is no evidence of physical harm to Madeleine. As parents, we can’t accept she’s dead without absolute evidence of that.

KATE: In my heart, I feel she’s out there. I really do. And that, together with the feeling that I have of this not being over, of her still being there. The hardest thing, obviously, is how do we find her?

Sean and Amelie:

GERRY: Sean, in particular, talks about having an aeroplane and flying all over the world looking for ‘that man who’s taken Madeleine’ and when he gets him he’s going to rescue her and take his sword out.

KATE: At the moment they don’t show any signs of anger. A month or so ago, I went for a run and I suddenly started thinking about Sean and Amelie getting much older, they will understand more.

They’re going to feel the same kind of pain and loss and anger that we’ve felt over the last couple of years. I suddenly thought, ‘I don’t want them to feel that’.

I know how hard it has been for us, I don’t want them to have to go through that in addition to not having their sister with them.

Kate’s dreams:

I HAVE only had three dreams, all the same, they’re when I find her. It’s actually when I see her. They are actually incredibly painful.

The first one I was in Portugal and it was very tangible… I think I got rung by the nursery where she went to and they said ‘Madeleine’s here’. I went but then I was holding her and it felt like I was holding her and then I woke up and I was hysterical, actually, it was horrible.

Why they left children:

Torture of not knowing: Mr McCann said he will not accept Madeleine is dead until he has proof

Torture of not knowing: Mr McCann said he will not accept Madeleine is dead until he has proof

KATE: It just felt so safe, subconsciously, that was the restaurant for the apartments where we were staying. I think it took me 37 seconds to go back to the apartment.

The fact that I didn’t have to consciously think, ‘Is this right or is this wrong, is this safe or is it not?’, implies that I thought it was totally safe. I had a flashback recently of
that, of me and Gerry just holding each other and saying ‘We’ve let her down, we’ve let her down’, just because we weren’t there. I would never in a million years have anticipated something like that.

GERRY: If anything, prior to this, I would have said Kate was overprotective. The fact that she was so comfortable, we were all comfortable… It wasn’t a debate, we just didn’t perceive risk at all.

Police investigation:

KATE: If this was a murder inquiry there’d be an active investigation because they’d want to find the perpetrator. But as it stands we have a perpetrator who’s still at
large and therefore puts – potentially puts – other children at risk, and we still have a missing child.

So why is there no active investigation? I’m angry and frustrated really, this is our daughter, she’s still missing and there’s no investigation to find her. It’s a farce.

GERRY: Officially for 18 months and longer, law enforcement are not proactively doing anything to find Madeleine, and who took her, and I just think that is fundamentally unacceptable… There have been individuals who, for whatever reason, have seemingly not wanted to find Madeleine. That’s how it appears to us… There are many people who’ve tried to derail what we’re doing along the way.

KATE: I also think there’ll be some people who would be greatly embarrassed if Madeleine was found and that scares me. That might affect their want, or not, for Madeleine to be found.

Belief in God:

GERRY: If anything, when this first happened it strengthened my faith. I felt that there was such support and I really felt that may have been God’s work, that something good was going to come out of this.

I’m struggling much more now, without a doubt. I think that for one child to have been the recipient of so many millions of prayers, you think, ‘Well I do have my doubt’. If those prayers were going to work, they should have worked a long time ago.

KATE: I don’t hate God… I just can’t understand why so much could be allowed to land on one family and go seemingly unchallenged. So I would be angry with God but then I would voice that, I would let it out.

Prayers for abductor:

KATE: I usually pray for them to see the error of their ways, to have compassion and courage to come forward… The pain and the fear that it’s caused Madeleine and the
pain it’s caused to our family makes it incredibly difficult to sit here and say ‘Yes, I forgive him’. It would be important to know who’s taken Madeleine and why.

GERRY: Until we find Madeleine and who took her we don’t know what we will be asked to forgive.



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Admin says: "The former GP and her husband Gerry, 41, gave their most honest and moving interview to the BBC World Service to mark the third anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance on Monday". Surprised? I'm not. Only the McCanns could mark an anniversary with a media show.

 I have never been able to shake off the feeling of suspicion I have whenever I see or hear about Gerry & Kate McCann. Kate McCann is quoted as having said that they left their three young babies "only 37 seconds away" from where they were the fateful night Madeleine was abducted. First of all - how precise. Secondly - why are these two not being charged for the neglect of their children, which ultimately resulted in their daughter being taken from them? They can bleat all day long about how guilty they feel, and how their faith is being shaken - did they feel even the tiniest bit guilty when they locked up their three babies for the night to allow them to go and get pissed?

 The police are not to blame, the holiday complex is not to blame - no one is to blame for this except Gerry & Kate McCann. Yes, we all do stupid things sometimes. We don't all play russian roulette with the lives of our children. Wherever Madeleine McCann is, I hope for her sake, that she is at peace - the alternative is just too awful to contemplate. As for Gerry & Kate and their guilt - they should just accept it as their own doing and stop searching for sympathy that quite frankly, they don't deserve.


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Pictured: Courageous bank customer tackles robber to the ground during daylight raid

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 1:10 PM on 2nd May 2010

Shocking CCTV footage has captured the moment a courageous bank customer foiled a daylight robbery by flooring a dangerous criminal with a flurry of punches.

Hero Mark Piddington sprang into action when two robbers appearing to be armed stormed the bank and demanded cash.

Pensioners standing in line at the counter initially ordered the robbers to 'Get out, we don't want this' when they raided the Oldbury, West Midlands, branch of Lloyds TSB. But when they refused, Mr Piddington took down career criminal John Hickinbottom with a barrage of blows before he and other customers pinned him to the floor.

'You're nicked': Mr Piddington (wearing yellow) grabs Hickinbottom as he tries to make his escape from the Lloyds TSB branch in Oldbury, West Midlands

'You're nicked': Mr Piddington (wearing yellow) grabs Hickinbottom as he tries to make his escape from the Lloyds TSB branch in Oldbury, West Midlands

Masked Hickinbottom, 43, is captured on dramatic CCTV footage attempting to rob the bank on Oldbury's Hagley Road West.

He ordered staff to 'Give me all the money' and warned customers to stand back during the raid in November last year.

Footage of the second robber, who is still at large, appears to show him pointing at something in his pocket.

Wolverhampton Crown Court heard how Mr Piddington saw what was happening and lashed out, striking the robber in the head,  Brave Mr Piddington grabbed hold of Hickinbottom?s hood, landed several firm punches and pulled him to the floor.

Mr Julian Elcock, prosecuting, told the court: 'Several other men came at this point - some of the customers and some builders working at the back of the bank.

'Together, they held the defendant on the ground until the police arrived.'

His hooded accomplice can be seen dashing for the door, which had been held open by a broom handle for a quick getaway, as another customer gives chase.

Hickinbottom is viewed struggling for several minutes as customers sit on him and hold him down until the police arrive.

Going nowhere: A group of customers pin Hickinbottom to the ground as he tries to escape, before he gave up and asked for them to adjust his balaclava because he couldn't breathe

Going nowhere: A group of customers pin Hickinbottom to the ground as he tries to escape, before he gave up and asked for them to adjust his balaclava because he couldn't breathe

The court heard how he had to ask the have-a-go heroes to pull down his balaclava as he was struggling to breath once he had been apprehended.

Mr Piddington told police afterwards: 'I just did what I could and what I thought was right at the time.'  He received a £500 reward after a judge praised his fearless actions and those of the bank customers and staff.

Hickinbottom had been out of prison for just two weeks following his early release from a six-year jail sentence for another bank robbery.

He was today beginning an indefinite prison sentence lasting at least three years.
Hickinbottom?s accomplice in the bank fled in a getaway car. The Honda Civic had been stolen in Brierley Hill earlier in the month and was driven by a third man.

The raid happened on November 26 last year at around 2.15pm and Hickinbottom, of Blakeley Hall Road, Oldbury, admitted attempted robbery and being carried in a stolen car.

Judge Michael Challinor praised the 'considerable courage' of the bank staff, customers and especially Mr Piddington who, he said, 'put himself at considerable risk'.



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Horrified classmates defend 'hero' pupil arrested for murder of neighbour 'who attacked his mother'

By Steve Farrell
Last updated at 1:56 PM on 2nd May 2010

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Arrested: Sixth-former James Killen is accused of killing a neighbour who is thought to have attacked his mother

The friend of a teenager arrested on suspicion of murder described him as a 'hero' today for trying to defend his mother from a knife attack.

Schoolboy James Killen, 18, was held by police after next-door neighbour Jonathan London, 46, died of stab wounds.

It is believed Mr London attacked the teenager's mother, former air stewardess Sandra Crawford, at her home in St Alban's, Herts on Friday.

Mr Killen was arrested on suspicion of stabbing to death Mr London but later released on bail.

It is believed the teenager, a student at nearby Sandringham School, attacked Mr London after he discovered him slashing his mother.

Today his close friend Ben Riddell, 18, also from St Albans, said 'kind and gentle' James was desperately trying to defend his petite mother.

Ben, a fellow sixth-form pupil at Sandringham, said James came downstairs and initially thought his mother was being punched repeatedly by Mr London.

He said: 'James is one of the kindest, most gentle people I've ever known.

'I went to the station last night for when James was released. I spoke to him very briefly and we brought him a KFC and some clothes. He was crying.

'Apparently at 8.40am on Friday morning the man just walked in off the street and James came downstairs to his mum's screams and thought the man was punching her.

'He jumped on his back and got the knife and managed to kill him. James panicked and was running down the street and got arrested at the end of the road.

'James' dad was at the police station but no one saw James until he got let out 12 hours later. He can't go back to his house or get his clothes or his phone.

'He went to see his mum in hospital yesterday. She has had heart surgery and is still heavily sedated.

'There had been no problems before whatsoever. My grandmother knows the Londons and apparently they are the nicest family. It's horrible situation for everyone.

'I've known James and his mum since I was three and have played football with him in the same team for ten years.

'It was a freak tragedy and James was a hero for getting his mum's attacker off her and for killing him.'

Jonathan London's elderly parents Jack and Maureen lived next door, and was described by his sister-in-law Jane London as epileptic and on medication.

Yesterday, an au pair described the bloody aftermath of the fight.

Livia Frakas, a 27-year-old au pair from Slovakia, was taking her employer’s two children to school when she heard a man’s ‘furious yell’ before finding Ms Crawford ‘covered in blood’ outside her £600,000 home in St Albans, Herts.

She said: ‘She was in a nightdress and pyjamas, blood was everywhere, all over her body and her face as well.’

She said a younger man, believed to be James, then emerged from the house looking ‘shocked and desperate’.

She added: ‘He was crying for help. He was in his school uniform. He was on the phone to the ambulance and I heard him give the name of the road.’

Police said there was no evidence of an ongoing dispute between the neighbours and they could find no reason for the attack. 

Other neighbours described their shock as the drama unfolded.

One said: ‘Officers were getting out of the car with guns, there were paramedics on the scene – we just didn’t know what was going on. 

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Ambulances and police gather at the scene of the attack in St Albans

Then an air ambulance landed in a field at the local school – it was absolute chaos.’

He added that Ms Crawford and her son were ‘nice people, quiet, they keep themselves to themselves generally’.

Another nearby resident, who was walking his dog past the house as paramedics treated one of the victims, said: ‘I saw somebody on the lawn, they were trying to revive them.

‘There was a young lad there in a bit of a state.’

Police said Mr Killen had been bailed to ‘a date in June’ and they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the attack.

Sources at Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said Mr London was known to take medication to control epilepsy. The source also revealed there were no records to suggest he had received any treatment at a mental health institution.

Another schoolfriend of James, who refused to give his name, said he is studying for his A-levels and is planning to go to university.

He said: ‘I have grown up with James and he is the nicest, most peaceful
person I know.

‘Nobody would have anything bad to say about him and I know he’s never had a violent encounter in his life.’

Ms Crawford is being treated at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge



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Admin says: Which mother wouldn't be proud to call this boy 'son'? James Killen, who saved his mother's life, is being branded a hero, and I wholeheartedlyy agree. I believe he was arrested and charged with the murder of Mr London, although he has been released on bail. I'll be keeping an eye on this one, as it will be nothing short of an outrage if this boy is sent to prison - his crime being that he wasn't prepared to stand back and watch his mother being butchered by a knife wielding maniac in her own house.


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Two boys arrested after knife attack on fellow pupil at prestigious boarding school

By Rebecca Camber
Last updated at 4:47 PM on 2nd May 2010

A pupil at one of Britain's top public schools was allegedly stabbed with a craft knife today after a midnight water fight turned violent.

Two teenage boys were arrested on suspicion of assault after a fight broke out at Stowe School in Buckinghamshire.

Police were called to the prestigious school, which charges fees of £27,000 a year, to reports of a brawl in a dormitory in one of the boarding houses involving three schoolboys.

Enlarge   The south facade at Stowe House, Buckinghamshire, England

The incident at Stowe started around midnight when several pupils started throwing water at each other, which quickly escalated into violence

It started around midnight when several pupils started throwing water at each other, which quickly escalated into violence.

In the fracas, a 17-year-old boy was cut with a craft knife, whilst another boy received a bloody nose after being hit by an object thought to be a mug. 

The 17-year-old boy was taken to Milton Keynes General Hospital for stitches to a minor arm wound before being released two hours later.

Whilst the other two boys were treated at the school's medical centre for superficial cuts and bruises.

Police later arrested the 17-year-old and a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The knife attack at the top school, which counts Sir Richard Branson, David Niven and Prince Harry's girlfriend Chelsy Davy amongst its alumni, has stunned parents and pupils alike.

A spokeswoman for the school said: 'Nothing like this has ever happened at Stowe.'

She said the headmaster had spoken to the boys in the boarding house to explain the situation and offer reassurance.

In a statement, headmaster Dr Anthony Wallersteiner said: 'Aggressive behaviour will never be tolerated here.

'All our pupils are aware that Stowe does not condone violence and adopts a policy of zero tolerance in any unacceptable use of a knife.'

Police removed a number of items from the school yesterday including a craft knife.

A police spokesman said: 'Thames Valley Police is investigating an allegation of assault at Stowe School in Buckinghamshire.

'Police were contacted by the school at 12.51am after a 17-year-old pupil at the school, sustained a minor cut to his arm from a craft knife, following an altercation with another pupil.

'He was taken to Milton Keynes General Hospital where he received treatment in Accident and Emergency before being released at about 3am.

'A 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy, both from the school, have been arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.'

The school, which is housed in a neo-classical palace set in 750 acres of parkland, teaches 750 boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 18.

In March this year, the school hit the headlines when it emerged that a kitchen porter had been arrested on suspicion of lacing a soup with poison.

Police were called after a chef tasted the carrot and coriander soup due to be served to pupils as part of their evening meal and spat it out, saying it tasted acrid.

The porter was released on bail while forensic investigations take place.

Police said there was no apparent motive for the alleged act.



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Broken Britain: Boy, 14, beaten to the brink of death for his iPod

By Rebecca Camber
Last updated at 9:51 AM on 3rd May 2010

Surrounded by tubes and medical technology, a 14-year-old boy clings to life in intensive care.

Tyler Molloy was beaten nearly to death by a gang of teenagers after they stole his iPod.

He was in a coma for two days and will not be able to return to school until September at the earliest.

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Tyler Molloy: In hospital, his face obscured to stop the gang identifying him

Last night his mother called for action on the gang culture.

'One of the worst mistakes this Government has ever made was taking away the rights of parents to chastise their children,' said Jerry Molloy, from Clapham, south-west London.

'Maybe if there was more discipline and better parenting, these children wouldn't end up in gangs, destroying people's lives.



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Admin says: The headline here sums things up quite well - 'Broken Britain'. What is wrong with people? There's not really much I can say about this, except perhaps that sometimes I feel very guilty about having brought my children into such a cruel, sick world.


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Prisoner hacks off his ear... and is sprung from ambulance by armed gang on way to hospital

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Last updated at 1:07 PM on 3rd May 2010

On the run: Michael O'Donnell cut off part of his own ear so he would be ferried to hospital in an ambulance

On the run: Michael O'Donnell cut off part of his own ear so he would be ferried to hospital in an ambulance

A prisoner cut off part of his ear so he could escape from an ambulance on the way to hospital, Greater Manchester Police said today.

Michael O'Donnell, 28, told staff at Forest Bank prison in Salford at around 1.30am yesterday that he had been injured in his cell.

An ambulance was called to take him to Hope Hospital, also in Salford, but on the way four masked men pulled up in a stolen BMW.

They smashed the ambulance windows with baseball bats and bolt-cutters and O'Donnell, who was escorted by three prison guards, escaped.

He was handcuffed to one officer, who released him during the ambush.

O'Donnell was waiting to be sentenced for conspiracy to rob and commit burglary.

Assistant Chief Constable Ian Hopkins appealed to the public for help in finding him.

He said: 'Officers from the major incident team, who usually investigate murders, are working round the clock now following up a number of lines of inquiry to try and find Michael O'Donnell, but we need your help in finding him.

'This was a terrifying attack on an ambulance and, though nobody was physically harmed, it certainly left the people who were looking after O'Donnell at that time feeling understandably frightened.

The ambulance transporting O'Donnell from Forest Bank prison to hospital was intercepted by an armed gang in the early hours of yesterday morning

The ambulance transporting O'Donnell from Forest Bank prison to hospital was intercepted by an armed gang in the early hours of yesterday morning

'O'Donnell had been warned by a judge that he was facing a long prison sentence. He needs to be caught and put back where he belongs.'

Police said the public should not approach O'Donnell, who is white, 6ft and has short, fair hair.

He has links to Stockport and south Manchester, and possibly the travelling community.

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Admin says: Ouch. This guy must really not want to go to jail. However, I'm of the cynical nature that he will end up getting caught, and then have a longer term to serve because of his escape. And he'll be one ear down. I don't understand why he didn't just fake appendicitis or something that didn't include hacking off a body part.


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Boy, nine, dies after quad bike accident on his parents' farm

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Last updated at 3:28 PM on 3rd May 2010


A nine-year-old boy died after an accident on a quad bike.

Robert McAlister was involved in an accident at his parents' farm at Rothesay on the Isle of Bute in Argyll at around 6.20pm yesterday.

It is thought no one else was involved in the accident and the boy was on his own when it happened.

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Crash: The accident took place on the boy's home yesterday evening (file picture)

He was taken to the Victoria Hospital in Rothesay by ambulance, the Scottish Ambulance Service said.

Strathclyde Police said inquiries were at an early stage as they tried to establish what happened.

A post-mortem examination will be carried out and a report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

One local farmer, who did not want to be named, said: 'It has been a very sad time.'

On his Bebo page, Robert said he lived on a farm and wrote: 'Luv it up there with the quad'.

He also said he liked football, shinty, golf and fishing, and that he was happiest when with his mates.

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Firefighters called to 71 homes after thieves cause massive power surge

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Last updated at 4:07 PM on 3rd May 2010

Firefighters were called out to 71 homes today after the theft of cables from an electricity substation caused a massive power surge.

Panicked residents dialled 999 after their houses began to fill with smoke and household appliances caught fire. In some cases, people heard the sound of a small explosion as fuse boxes blew out.

The massive power surge in Westhoughton, Bolton was caused after thieves stole a vital part of cabling from an energy sub-station.

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Damge: Nicola Platt with her TV and electricity meter, which were damaged after thieves stole a copper component from a nearby substation

Around 400 homes were cut off the energy supply after the copper safety component, worth just £20, was stolen.

No-one was hurt but householders suffered thousands of pounds worth of damage to electrical appliances, including televisions, washing machines, freezers, microwaves, and digital boxes.

The alarm was first raised shortly before 8am when people called the fire brigade to report their appliances had started smoking and catching fire, including one house where a damaged baby monitor had set a cot alight.

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The electricity sub station in Bolton where thieves stole an essential part of the mechanics

United Utilities engineers arrived at the substation, which carries deadly voltages of 6,600, to find the copper neutral switching gear had been stolen.

Mark Williamson, a spokesman for the supplier, said: 'We have got staff on site. They are starting to repair the neutral connection in the sub-station and people's power will hopefully be restarted some time this evening.'

He added: '230 volts is the normal voltage and when you lose the safety gear, that voltage can start to fluctuate and can go up to 400 volts, which is far over what most appliances can handle.'

Staff from the power suppliers were visiting a number of homes in the area to inspect their internal wiring and power sockets.

The spokesman added: 'We want to stress that the copper stolen had such a small monetary value.

'Anyone going into a sub-station is risking their lives. There are thousands of volts in the sub-station and if someone takes a wrong turn, then they could be dead, and it just isn't worth the risk.'

According to United Utilities, this break-in was similar to one carried out in the area 10 days ago. Another incident was also reported to police in mid-April.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: 'At around 8am we started to receive a large volume of calls in the Westhoughton area of Bolton.

'All these calls were caused by the electrical power surge in houses in the area,' he said.

'Of the 71 incidents attended, 48 resulted in damage to electrical equipment, including 36 fuse boxes, a number of televisions, washing machines and electrical appliances.

'There were no injuries from the incidents and no substantial fire damage.

'Within the properties, though, a number were affected by the smoke.

'The cause of the power surge was the theft of a copper component, which is now under investigation by Greater Manchester Police.'

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Workers from United Utilities work to reinstate power to more than 400 homes after this morning's huge surge



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Admin says: Whatever happened to nicking cars?? The power surge was responsible for breaking Miss Platt's TV and electricity meter, but I don't see how that would have affected any mirrors in her house...


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'Baby-faced' Pakistani gunman faces hanging after being found guilty of Mumbai massacre

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Last updated at 3:59 PM on 3rd May 2010


An Indian court on Monday found a Pakistani man guilty of involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, the first verdict delivered in a case that has worsened ties between New Delhi and Islamabad.

The court found Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving gunman from the Mumbai attacks, guilty of charges including waging war on India and murder. Sentencing will be tomorrow and he could now face the gallows.

Enlarge   A gunman identified by police as Ajmal Kasab walks through the Chatrapathi Sivaji Terminal railway station in Mumbai, India.

'Baby-faced' Kasab was seen strolling through Mumbai's main train station carrying an AK-47 rifle and a knapsack. Nearly 60 people were gunned down in the crowded station. Found guilty, he could face the gallows

Mohammad Ajmal Kasab after his capture

This picture released by Indian police shows Kasab shortly after his capture

'Baby-faced' Kasab was caught on tape strolling through Mumbai's main train station carrying an AK-47 rifle and a knapsack on his back, prosecutors say. Nearly 60 people were gunned down in the crowded station.

Kasab, wounded by police and arrested on the first night of the attacks, initially admitted his role and then said he had been framed.

At least 166 people, including foreigners and some of India's wealthy business elite, were killed by 10 Pakistani gunmen in a three-day rampage through some of Mumbai's best known landmarks including two luxury hotels and a Jewish centre.

Two Indian nationals accused of being members of the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and of conducting reconnaissance in Mumbai before the attack, were aquitted of all charges, according to the court.

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The terror attacks targeted two luxury hotels including the Taj Mahal, pictured, a Jewish centre and the train station

Enlarge   Handcuffed to a chair, this is one of the last images released by Indian authorities of Kasab

Handcuffed to a chair, this is one of the last images released by Indian authorities of Kasab

The Mumbai attack prompted New Delhi to break off peace talks with Pakistan, saying Islamabad must first act against militants operating from its soil, including the LeT, of which Kasab is accused of being a member.

India had charged 38 people in connection with the attack, most of them living in Pakistan.

The verdict comes days after the prime ministers of India and Pakistan held talks in Bhutan and asked their officials to take steps to normalise relations, signalling a thaw in ties that analysts say should not be affected by Monday's verdict.

One risk to normalising relations is another major militant attack in India and the ensuing political pressure that could force the government to break off the dialogue process.



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Schoolgirl, 15, rushed to surgery after tongue piercing ruptures vein

By Chris Brooke
Last updated at 5:31 PM on 3rd May 2010

A teenage schoolgirl underwent emergency surgery after a routine tongue piercing procedure went disastrously wrong.

Reece-Marie Hall, 15, had the piercing at a city centre shop after lying about her age and claiming to be 16.

But she began bleeding heavily after the £15 silver bar was put in and she was later taken to hospital by ambulance.

The piercing is believed to have caused a vein to rupture and doctors at Hull Royal Infirmary were forced to give her a general anaesthetic to remove the jewellery from her mouth.

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Reece-Marie Hall, 15, was rushed to hospital after a piercing she had done punctured an artery in her tongue

The family has consulted solicitors about suing the piercing shop in Hull, who deny allegations of negligence.

Recalling her ordeal, Reece-Marie said: 'At first my tongue didn't bleed, but after I left the shop was  tongue started pouring with blood. I kept choking.'

She returned to the piercing shop, where staff gave her some gauze. She later called into another shop, where she was earlier refused a piercing because she did not have parental consent, and was told to go to hospital.

Reece-Marie said: 'I went home to my mum who called an ambulance. I was really scared.'  The schoolgirl was immediately sent for surgery.

She said: 'The doctors put me to sleep using an oxygen mask, which kept filling up with blood, and they surgically removed the bar.'

Her mother Leeanne Hall, 35, said: 'I called an ambulance and Reece-Marie was taken to hospital while I tried to find someone to look after my two young boys.

'I had a phone call off the surgeon saying I would have to come down straight away and sign a consent form for surgery.

'When I got there I nearly passed out there was so much blood. Reece-Marie now has a lisp and I can't always understand what she's saying. I hope it isn't a permanent thing.'

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Reece-Marie Hall shows the stitches in her tongue after having the emergency surgery

Reece-Marie, who also has trouble eating following her ordeal, added: 'I am taking iron because I lost too much blood and I am also on antibiotics and paracetamol. 

'My tongue is not as swollen as it was, but it has stitches in it and it's very painful.' 

Steve Rowe, of Classic piercing and tattoo studio, who carried out the procedure, blamed the teenager for causing the problem. He insisted she must have 'interfered' with the piercing after leaving his shop.

He said: 'She was on our premises for at least 10 minutes after she had the tongue pierced, she paid me and she left happy.

'She didn't come back for about half-an-hour, and when she did I applied minimal pressure for about one minute and the bleeding did stop.

'But she wouldn't leave it alone and kept making it worse. I think she took the bar out herself and put another bar in. She didn't like the size of it.'

Mr Rowe said he was adamant he had not caused Reece-Marie's injury.

He said: 'I have been doing this for 30 years and before I puncture the tongue  I check for veins and turn away two to three people a day because their veins  are in the way.

It's a mystery, because she stayed on the premises for 10 minutes after with no ill effects.' 

A spokesman for Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust confirmed Reece-Marie was admitted into hospital and underwent emergency surgery.

A spokesman for Hull City Council said its Environmental Health department had been informed about the incident.

Tattooing and piercing parlours are covered by the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provision) Act 1982.

Under the act, people offering tattooing and piercing need to be registered with the local authority, as do the premises.

The act covers sterilisation procedures on the premises and looks at the cleanliness of operations.

However, unlike tattoos, legal guidelines do not impose a minimum age for body piercings.

Tracy Harsley, of Hull City Council, said: 'There is no lower  age limit for skin piercing, but when we register operators who provide piercing services we recommend they don't pierce young people under the age of  16 without consent from a parent or carer.'



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Admin says: I have never understood the urge, nor the attraction in having a pierced tongue. It's unhealthy, vile and so f**king irritating if you are talking to someone who insists on continually clicking their bloody piercing off their teeth. Makes me want to click my fist off their teeth.


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U.S. Supreme Court refuses to review case of British grandmother on death row

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Last updated at 4:37 PM on 3rd May 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review the case of a British woman on death row in Texas for killing a young mother.

The justices today rejected an appeal from Linda Carty, who was convicted of kidnapping and killing a woman whose child she also snatched in Houston in 2001.

Carty has complained that her trial lawyers were deficient. The British government and human rights groups have aided Carty's cause.

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Death row: The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review the case of British grandmother Linda Carty over the 2001 killing of a young mother

Carty is one of 10 condemned women in Texas. She is a former teacher from St Kitts in the British Virgin Islands.

In September, a taped voice recording of Carty begging Britons to help save her life was broadcast into London's Trafalgar Square.

In 2002, she was convicted of ordering the kidnap and murder of Joana Rodriguez, 25, whose body was found in the boot of a car Carty had been leasing.

The reason for the murder, the prosecution argued, was that she wanted to steal Rodriguez's four-day-old baby, who was unharmed.

Although Carty already had a grown-up daughter, she was alleged to have told her former partner, Jose Corona, that she was pregnant.

Prosecutors say Carty masterminded the abduction so she could masquerade as the child's mother in an effort to salvage her troubled relationship with Corona.

The British human rights group Reprieve has argued that the case against Carty was full of inconsistencies.

Reprieve also said Carty should have received assistance from the British consulate at the time of her arrest but did not.



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Chinese snipers shoot dead man who threatened child hostage

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Last updated at 4:00 PM on 3rd May 2010

Police marksmen killed a man who held a five-year-old girl hostage on a residential street in Beijing today - the latest in a series of attacks involving children just as China puts its best face forward for the World Expo.

The man grabbed the girl from her father and threatened to harm her if police did not help him see a woman he had met through the Internet but who refused to meet him in person, the Xinhua news agency said.

Police shot the agitated man shortly after noon 'after persuasion failed', Xinhua said.

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Tighter security: Chinese policemen show teachers how to defend themselves as authorities across China demanded stepped-up security at schools after a wave of knife attacks targeting children

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Five bloody attacks in six weeks on schools and kindergartens have brought attention to China's societal strains, even as the modernity of its richer cities was showcased at the Expo's opening in Shanghai on Saturday.

China's senior official in charge of security issues, Zhou Yongkang, called for security measures at schools and 'urged local governments to prevent any extreme issues', Xinhua said.

In the latest school attack, a hammer-wielding man doused with gasoline burned himself to death after injuring five children and a teacher in Shandong province last week.

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Executed: Zheng Minsheng stabbed eight schoolchildren to death in an attack in March

His widow said he was in despair over government orders to knock down his new home.

Zheng Minsheng, a 41-year-old former doctor, was executed last Thursday for an attack on a school in March, when he killed eight children outside an elementary school in the south-eastern city of Nanping.

The attack shocked the nation, as Zheng did not have an apparent motive for the attack or a history of mental illness.

China's inadequate mental health network has left millions of unstable people without the help they need. 

Many otherwise healthy Chinese also feel frustrated and powerless because they aren't able to adapt to the constant social upheaval, and because they believe the changes favour the corrupt.

Authorities across China have ordered stepped-up security at schools and increased police patrols near campuses.

Policemen have also been dispatched to show teachers and other school workers how best to fight off an attacker.

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