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9 December 2006
THE MOLE HUNT...

THE Lyons crime clan are hunting an informer who tipped off the assassins who gunned down three of the family.

Michael Lyons, 21, was executed in front of his uncle, David, as the family gathered for a council of war over their feud with the rival Daniel crime clan.

His cousin Stephen, 26, lost a leg in the shooting and enforcer Robert Pickett, 41, was badly injured.

The venue for the family summit - a garage in Balmore Road, Lambhill, Glasgow - was meant to be top secret and the family believe someone tipped off their enemies.

Clan head Eddie snr was believed to have been the main target.

But the 48-year-old was running late and was only minutes from the garage when the gunmen struck.

A source said last night: "The Lyons had chosen the garage as a rendezvous for a war council. "There are various places they've used in the past and the garage has been one of them. The gunmen knew exactly who they were looking for when they went in. "Now the Lyons family want to find out how they knew they were in there.

"They're convinced someone has passed on the information to the Daniel family."

One of the two gunmen shot Michael Lyons in the head while his uncle was held at gunpoint and forced to watch.

Stephen Lyons's life was saved by a bullet-proof vest but he lost part of his leg.

Career criminal Johnny Lyons, 40, brother of Eddie snr, was also at the garage during the shooting. He was also wearing a bulletproof vest.

He was bundled into a police car and taken away within seconds of detectives arriving. Mark Lyons - David's son - was also on the garage forecourt when the gunmen arrived.

The source added: "Everyone is bracing themselves for more violence.

"The Lyons family won't rest until they find out how these guys knew they were there and get some revenge."

Yesterday, Eddie Lyons was holed up in his luxury home at Cumbernauld, near Glasgow, as police kept watch from nearby. On Thursday, cops kicked him out of the controversial community centre he ran in Milton, north Glasgow.

As the police patrols kept a close guard on the gangster's detached villa, the council officially closed the Chirnsyde Community Initiative and voted to terminate its grant.

A council review group was already looking into the centre before Wednesday's violence.

The review group told the executive committee there was "too great a risk to public safety to allow the community centre to remain open".

Councillors also agreed yesterday to make arrangements for the centre's services to be relocated.

And the executive committee agreed that the review group's investigation into the community centre should be completed.

On Thursday, Eddie Lyons handed over the keys to the centre to officials before speeding off in one of the centre's vans.

Glasgow councillor Billy McAllister, who has crusaded against the Lyons and Daniel families' crime empires, hopes the centre is quickly re-opened for the benefit of local people.

He said: "We don't have any other facilities inMilton and need the centre open now.

"I have been fighting for other facilities in Milton for years but the current centre's all we've got."

Police last night said the car used by the gunman was probably a high-powered sports saloon.

Detective Superintendent Campbell Corrigan, who is leading the hunt for the gunmen, said: "A blue car, possibly a Subaru Impreza, was seen parked near the garage just before the shooting.

"It is believed that two men, wearing calf-length coats, dark in colour, walked from the car to the garage, carried out the shooting then returned to the vehicle."

He added: "It is possible that it headed off in the direction of Auchenhowie in Balmore Road."


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LET THE COMMENCE, NEVER HEARD OF ANY OF THESE GUYS, ARE THEY FROM POSSIL OR LAMBHILL? OR CUMBERNAULD? HEARD SO MANY RUMOURS.


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LET THE COMMENCE, NEVER HEARD OF ANY OF THESE GUYS, ARE THEY FROM POSSIL OR LAMBHILL? OR CUMBERNAULD? HEARD SO MANY RUMOURS.

Cj I don't know if you can read mate but it states quite clearly where these folk live....as for rumors?...well you keep them off this site unless we have FACTS we don't want to know


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11 December 2006
STOP THE BLOODSHED.

THE fiancee of a gangland shooting victim last night appealed for an end to the violent feud terrorising a city.

Heartbroken Nicola Stevenson called for calm after the murder of her partner, Michael Lyons, 21.

Michael Lyons

It came amid fears that Glasgow was being dragged deeper into a spiral of gangster violence.

Nicola, mother of Michael's 11-month-old daughter Ellie, spoke for the first time about the murder and said his death had left the notorious Lyons crime clan grief stricken.

He was gunned down on Wednesday, the latest victim of a bloody feud between his uncle, gangster Eddie snr, and their rivals, the Daniel family.

The shooting was followed by a massive blaze at a multi-million property development linked to the Lyons family on Saturday.

Nicola, 22, appealed for underworld figures to resist the temptation to avenge her partner's murder.

She said: "The Lyons family are grieving enough. No one wants to see anything else happening.

"Ellie has been shouting for her daddy. I show her photos of him and she kissed the photo. I told her he is in Heaven."

It was claimed Michael was killed as the family gathered at his uncle David Lyons's garage for a council of war over their feud with the rival Daniel clan.

His cousin Stephen, 26, lost part of a leg in the attack and enforcer Robert Pickett, 41, was badly injured in the shooting in Balmore Road, in Glasgow's Lambhill.

Sources say the men were targeted in a revenge attack for a double shooting on the Daniel family last month.

But yesterday, Nicola claimed Michael was simply picking up his car when he was gunned down.

She said: "His car had been in his uncle's garage getting fixed and he left the house to go and pick it up.

"He was coming back and we were going to get a Christmas tree.

"He wasn't going to have a meeting with his family. He was coming to get me and go and get a tree. Then I got a phone call to tell me what had happened. Whoever did it are evil, sick b******s."

The couple, who had been together for five years, held an engagement party four weeks ago.

A week before he died Michael celebrated his 21st birthday. Nicola cherishes the last photo of the three of them taken together at his party.

She said: "We were going to get engaged last year but I was pregnant so we decided to wait so Ellie could join in too. We were planning on getting married sometime next year.

"Michael was a family man with a baby to think about. I don't care what they say about the rest of his family. Michael lived for me and Ellie."

She added: "Everyone is saying the Lyons are evil and that's rubbish. People have got it wrong about them. They are the most genuine people you'll get.

"I couldn't care less what his family are supposed to have done. He didn't want to be involved in nothing.

"He valeted cars himself for a living but he didn't have anything to do with the garage.

"He was in seeing David Lyons and picking up his car. His car was supposed to be getting fixed for ages. That day, his uncle says, 'It's fixed, come down and pick it up'.

"I don't think it was meant for him. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"Everyone is making up their own stories and making out like Michael deserved it. He didn't."

Nicola insisted she did not know the motive behind the shooting but said: "You get sick people who are jealous and can't see anyone happy. In my opinion, that's what it is. I just want who did it behind bars."

Last night, Nicola stood in battering wind and rain to lay a floral tribute which spelt out the word 'Daddy' outside the Apple Row Motors MOT garage.

The card said: "To Daddy, Missing you every minute of every day. Love you forever. Watch over me. Love Ellie."

The gates of the garage where adorned with more than a dozen floral tributes and messages of sympathy from family friends.

They included Michael's sister Kirstin, 18, who laid flowers on behalf of her and their mum Lorraine, with the message "Gone but never forgotten. Love and miss you always."

Kirstin said: "He was such a kind loving guy who got on with everyone. People around him were always laughing and smiling. Everyone knew him. Were all just in shock."

Another friend said: "Michael was over the moon when he became a dad and said they would try for a boy next year. Nicola has hardly eaten or slept. I don't think it's sunk in yet."

Uniformed cops in marked police cars kept watch at either end of the garage last night.

Less than half a mile away, a police cordon remained at the site of the destroyed housing development on Kilfinan Street just off Balmore Road. Police stood at either end of the flats - which used to be Mallons pub - which are linked to Eddie Lyons Jnr's WIT Construction firm.

Witnesses to the fire, which spread to the roof of a neighbouring tenement, said they heard two massive explosions.

Eleven people were evacuated as a precaution following the blaze at 5.30pm on Saturday.

A police spokeswoman said it was not yet known if the fire was started deliberately.

But she said detectives were investigating if the blaze was linked to the triple shooting, adding: "We are pursuing all lines of inquiry."

Up to 15 flats were planned in the four floor development, with a total value of £2 million.

A source said: "If there is any question of links with criminality, the insurers will use it as a get out not to pay. This could cost Eddie Lyons jnr £2million, which is a serious sting in the pocket on top of the shooting."

Detectives investigating the triple shooting have now found a burnedout vehicle which they believe may be the getaway car.

The light blue Mazda 6 was recovered from Vaila Street at around 9.30pm on Friday night - just half a mile from the scene of the shootings.

The police officer leading the investigation, Detective Superintendent Campbell Corrigan, said: "This is a distinctive car and we believe it has been in the Cadder area for the past few days.

"We are anxious to trace any person who may have seen it being driven into Vaila Street, or who may have seen anyone behaving suspiciously around the vicinity.

"This vehicle will provide vital information relating to our inquiry, but we also need to hear from anyone who may know where this vehicle came from."


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Senior Met officer fears corruption...

The man who led the reinvestigation of the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence has said he feared that corrupt officers may have helped shield the killers.

 

Deputy Assistant Commissioner John Grieve led the third squad which tried to find enough evidence to gain murder convictions for the 1993 stabbing of the gifted student at a south-east London bus stop.

 

He is the most senior police figure to give any degree of credence to allegations buffeting the Met about corruption in the Lawrence case which were broadcast last night in a BBC programme. The Met continues to deny any knowledge or evidence about corruption among the squad that first investigated the murder.

 

Mr Grieve, now retired, said: "During the investigation I led, we feared corruption might have played a part in the failure of the first investigation."

Last night the BBC broadcast allegations by a former regional crime squad detective that a colleague and senior detective in the first Lawrence murder team was bribed by the gangster father of one of the prime suspects. Detective Sergeant John Davidson denies the claims that he was in the pay of Clifford Norris, whose son David was one of the main suspects.

Neil Putnam, who was jailed for corruption, went on to allege that he first alerted Scotland Yard about Mr Davidson in 1998, but he claims his testimony was kept from the inquiry into the murder.

Mr Putnam yesterday said that the Met had not contacted him about his allegation in the four years since they were first made public in 2002. He had told detectives from the anti-corruption squad interviewing him that Clifford Norris was bribing Mr Davidson, but his testimony had been covered up.

Mr Davidson worked alongside Mr Putnam at the south-east regional crime squad, south London, which he joined after serving on the first Lawrence murder Investigation. He now runs a bar in Spain.

Mr Putnam, who the Met describes as a witness of truth, says the response from anti-corruption detectives left him shocked: "They decided not to pursue any corruption matters on that because it's not in the public interest. I remember the words. It was likely if it came out it could destroy the Metropolitan police, those were the exact words, destroy the Metropolitan police."

The murder squad led by Mr Grieve had a limited investigation into corruption, believing it offered a chance of bringing fresh charges against some or all of the five prime suspects.

Scotland Yard said: "There was an investigation into John Davidson and any possible corrupt behaviour in the Lawrence case by him. If we had found any information or evidence we would have brought that to the inquiry's attention."

In the BBC programme, John Yates, who headed the corruption investigation that arrested Mr Putnam and is now a deputy assistant commissioner in the Met, branded Mr Davidson as corrupt. "From all the evidence I've seen, the intelligence I've seen, I have no doubt he was corrupt."

Mr Putnam was arrested in 1998 and told Scotland Yard's anti-corruption team, CIB3, which was led by Mr Yates, that Mr Davidson was one of a group of corrupt detectives in the south-east regional crime squad. Five would later be jailed, in part as a result of Mr Putnam's testimony.

In statements Mr Putnam claimed he and Mr Davidson acted corruptly together and said that:

· The two men split the £250 proceeds from a stolen consignment of Omega watches.

· In December 1994, Mr Davidson gave him £40 or £50 he described as "Sargey's Christmas box" - part of the proceeds from the sale of a recovered haul of electrical goods from a hijacked lorry.

· In spring 1995, after a cocaine dealer was stopped at a Dulwich pub, "I saw Davidson take from the car a white carrier bag. I could see that there was a brick-shaped object inside ... He just turned around and walked away". The next day, he gave Mr Putnam £500 in an envelope, saying it was his share of the proceeds.

Mr Davidson denies each of these allegations and he was not prosecuted.

In his report, published in 1999, Sir William Macpherson criticised Mr Davidson's conduct but appeared to exonerate him from being motivated by corruption: "We are not convinced DS Davidson positively tried to thwart the investigation."

The inquiry concluded that the investigation had been "marred by professional incompetence, institutional racism and a failure of leadership".

Sir William refused to discuss the case. "I've played my part", he said, and of the allegations, he said: "It's for others to consider."

 

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SECTARIAN FEUD CLUE IN ICE VAN SHOOTING...

AN ICE cream man blasted with a shotgun as he worked in his van was targeted in a feud over his son, police believe.

Jim "Flash" Allison, 57, was shot at close range, seconds after selling sweets to young kids. He was critically ill in hospital last night.

Sources say Allison had threatened revenge on youths who battered his son William, 24, for singing sectarian songs.

And a police insider told the Daily Record: "We are looking at the possibility that a feud has spiralled out of control."

William Allison, an Orangeman thought to be associated with a flute band, was badly beaten last month.

Sources have told police that his father was heard vowing to recruit friends in Ireland to help him take revenge on the attackers.

It also emerged yesterday that Allison senior is a convicted rapist. He was sentenced to 12 years in 1970, when he was 21, for separate assaults on three girls.

Two other men were also locked up for the attacks. Detectives do not believe Allison's rape conviction was a factor in the shooting.

It's understood a grey-haired hitman waited for Allison for three hours before gunning him down in his home town of Penicuik, Midlothian.

Some youngsters had just bought sweets from the van.

And Detective Superintendent Brian Doneghan, leading the hunt for the gunman, believes five kids, aged between eight and 14, were nearby when Allison was shot.

The children have told police they saw the gunman run off.

Mr Doneghan was horrified by the contempt the attacker showed for the children's welfare.

He said: "The level of violence and complete disregard for public safety is staggering. It is very concerning to us that an individual capable of carrying out such an attack, while children were nearby, is still at liberty and could still be carrying a firearm."

Witnesses saw the suspected gunman pacing up and down the street before the shooting.

When Allison drove up to the scene, playing Christmas jingles to attract customers, his attacker coolly walked up to the serving hatch in the side of the van and opened fire.

Allison was gunned down at 6.30pm on Monday in Strathesk Road, Penicuik. Onlookers reported hearing two shots but police believe the second may have been an echo.

Locals rushed into the street to find Allison bleeding heavily from his stomach. Three teenage Army cadets used first-aid training to help him.

One of the boys, Daniel Sturrock, 15, said: "I was walking home from my friend's house when I heard two loud bangs. Then I heard a voice shouting, 'Help! Help! I've been shot!'

"My pal phoned an ambulance. We found a shirt in the van and pressed it to the wound to stop the bleeding and told the man to take deep breaths.

"He was in shock and pale-faced and finding it hard to breathe. It was quite bad."

Daniel's friend, Liam Dugan, said: "We thought it was a bit of a joke to start with but then he moved his hand and he had quite a wound.

"Then it just suddenly kicked in and we started doing the first-aid training we'd learned at the cadets."

The gunman is described as 5ft 9in and slim. He was dressed all in black, apart from his white trainers, and had a black beanie hat.

The scene remained sealed off last night as police with sniffer dogs searched the area.

About 18 police were working on the case. Cops made door-to-door inquiries and an incident room was set up at Dalkeith police station.

Allison, an ice cream man in Penicuik for about 25 years, was in intensive care at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, with wife Jacqueline, 46, and daughter Kasie, 16, at his bedside.

ARMED cops swooped in the heart of Glasgow last night after reports of gunfire.

Part of busy Woodlands Road, near the city centre, was sealed off and it's thought one man was arrested.

An eyewitness said: "Two men started arguing outside a shop. The next thing I saw was one of them pull out a handgun and fire it at the ground.

"He then dropped a black bag he had been carrying and ran off."

A local resident said: "About 8.30, I heard a blast like a firecracker.

"Within moments, police arrived. It looked like a man was being arrested."

A police spokeswoman said: "There was a report of a firearm being discharged. Inquiries are ongoing."

She added that there were no reports of any injuries.

16 December 2006
PAEDO QUIZZED ON ICE VAN SHOOTING...

A CONVICTED paedophile has been quizzed by police over the shooting of ice-cream man Jim "Flash" Allison.

David King, 47, is a suspect in the attempted murder of Allison, himself a convicted rapist.

Police believe the two former neighbours fell out after King was unmasked as a pervert nine years ago.

King had to flee his home in Penicuik, Midlothian, after his conviction was revealed.

He is understood to blame Allison for the information becoming public.

Police raided King's home on Monday and the married dad was questioned for six hours at Dalkeith police station.

King denied all knowledge of the shooting.

His disabled wife and 18-year-old son were also questioned. None of the family was charged and they were all allowed to go home.

Allison, 57, was blasted in the stomach at close range after serving sweets to children on his ice cream round 12 days ago. He is recovering at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

King was convicted of indecent assault on a young girl in Penicuik in November 1996.

He was found guilty of touching the girl's leg, breast and buttock, and kissing her.

King claims he was "run out" of seven houses in Penicuik after his conviction became public knowledge. Leaflets "warning" parents about him were distributed, and the word "paedophile" was daubed on the doors of houses where he stayed.


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Eleven in court over Securitas raid.

Eleven people have appeared in court charged in connection with a £53 million raid at the Securitas depot in Kent in February.

Mr Justice Penry-Davey at the Old Bailey remanded the defendants to another hearing on March 16 next year. They are due to face trial on April 16.

Car dealer John Fowler, 60, of Staplehurst, Kent, was charged with conspiracy to rob, three counts of kidnapping the depot manager, his wife and son, and handling stolen goods.

Warehouse worker Raluca Millen, 25, of Tunbridge Wells, Kent, garage owner Roger Coutts, 29, of Welling, south-east London and sales assistant Katie Philp, 23, of Tonbridge, Kent, were charged with conspiracy to rob and conspiracy to kidnap.

Car salesman Stuart Royle, 47, of Maidstone, Kent, unemployed Jetmir Bucpapa, 25, of Tonbridge, roofer Lea Rusha, 34, of Southborough, near Tunbridge Wells, and Ermir Hysenaj, 26, of Crowborough, East Sussex, were charged with conspiracy to rob.

Hairdresser Kim Shackleton, 39, of Maidstone, has been charged with handling stolen goods. Signwriter Keith Borer, 53, of Maidstone, was accused of handling stolen goods. Hairdresser Michelle Louise Hogg, 31, of Woolwich, south-east London, was charged with conspiracy to rob and conspiracy to kidnap.


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DNA discovery in Orkney murder case
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Detectives investigating one of Scotland's most notorious murder mysteries have made a major breakthrough in the hunt for a man who gunned down an Orkney waiter.


Shamsudden Mahmood was shot dead at an Indian restaurant in Kirkwall 12 years ago – now advances in DNA technology mean police could finally catch his killer.

Michael Ross


Mr Mahmood was working at the Mumutaz Restaurant in Kirkwall when he was brutally gunned down. The horrific murder in June 1994 was featured on stv's Unsolved programme.


The 26-year-old was shot in the head with a 9mm pistol in front of 14 horrified customers.


A year later, a report was sent to the Procurator Fiscal naming Michael Ross, as the prime suspect. He was 15 at the time of the killing and has always denied any involvement. His father Eddie Ross Eddie Ross, a former Orkney policeman, was jailed for four years in 1997 after being convicted of deliberately hindering the murder investigation to prevent suspicion falling on himself or members of his family.


Now, following a cold-case review, Northern Constabulary believe they have made a breakthrough. It is understood advances in DNA genetic fingerprinting have finally helped to identify a suspect.


A spokesman for the force said they continue to look at the case as a live inquiry and all relevant information is being passed to the Crown Office and the fiscal.

Shamsudden Mahmood


The local councillor says he hopes the breakthrough will help catch the elusive killer - for the sake of the victim's family and for the community.


Councillor Alistair Gordon of Orkney Islands Council said: "I hope it isn't a baseless rumour, because it would be very cruel for all parties involved. Particularly the murder victims family but also those who were in the restaurant at the time and those who were subsequently involved locally as well. But for the sake of justice, generally speaking, it would be great if someone was brought before court."


Tonight Mr Mahmood's family said they were shocked but delighted by the latest development.


Speaking from his home in Bangladesh, his brother Bulbul said it brought them some satisfaction and comfort that police had not given up.


They remain convinced the murder was racially-motivated, and they are praying detectives will finally be able to bring the young man's killer to justice.


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19 December 2006
HORSE HEAD-BUTT CURED BLINDNESS...

AN OLD soldier blinded in one eye in World War II has had his sight restored - by a racehorse.

Don Karkos, 82, was headbutted by the horse, named My Buddy Chimo, and the animal did what doctors have failed to do for six decades.

Don lost the vision in his right eye after shrapnel gashed his forehead in an explosion aboard a tanker in 1942.

But the paddock security guard got it back after colliding with the horse at Monticello race track in New York. Don explained: "I was putting a collar around his chest and he whacked me real hard with his head.

"It was totally out of character. He's been a good horse, very well mannered, then he did this."

The horse's head hit Don in exactly the same spot as the shrapnel.

He said: "I was pretty shaken up, kind of dazed. Then, later that night, I started to get the vision back in my right eye.

"It was unbelievable. I've been seeing doctors all my life and they've always told me nothing could be done."

His vision still isn't perfect, but Don said he can now see about 15ft with his damaged eye.

Experts said the blow may have knocked a dislocated lens in Don's eye back into place.

He said: "What happened is still a mystery to me.

"But I do know I had got used to not seeing things and bumping into walls and I don't do that anymore."

Dr Douglas Lozzaro, chief of ophthalmology at Long Island College Hospital, said the blow could have knocked a dislocated lens into place.

He said: "Doctors would have been very reluctant to do anything because of the strong possibility that there was also damage to the back of the eye.

"But what could have happened here is the second trauma moved the lens again, and there was no damage to the eye, letting Mr Karkos see again."

Don added: "I'm on very good terms with that horse now and he gets special care from me."


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HIDDEN COCAINE ALMOST KILLS PIMP...

THE boss of a dodgy escort agency nearly died when a bag of cocaine hidden up his bottom burst, a court heard.

Wayne Hoyte, 26, suffered a seizure and started foaming at the mouth after his car was stopped by police on a motorway.

He spent nine days in hospital and doctors feared he had suffered brain damage.

Hoyte was given a suspended sentence of nine months at the Old Bailey in London.

He had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing money from the proceeds of crime and possession of cocaine.

Anita Arora, prosecuting, told the court Hoyte was found in bed with a woman while surrounded by £16,417 of cash in carrier bags in May last year.

He claimed the money came from a legitimate escort agency who offered massages only and was released on police bail.

The drugs burst through their plastic wrapper when he was stopped the following September on the M25. Around £840 was found in his car.

Hoyte, of Stoke Newington, London, then accepted the escort agency was a front for prostitution.

He also admitted possessing £840 and £16,417, all from the proceeds of crime, as well as 271mg of cocaine - what was left of the drugs in his bottom.

The court was told he had previous convictions for cocaine possession and firearms offences.

But judge Richard Hone QC gave him a suspended sentence after hearing Hoyte had been working as a mortgage adviser, saying: "I don't think he is a wholly bad character."

The judge said he hoped it would teach him "that cocaine does not agree with you".


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SHARON SUSPECT FLED IN VEIL...

ONE of two men wanted for the murder of PC Sharon Beshenivsky fled the country dressed as a Muslim woman wearing a veil.

Mustaf Jama, 26, used his sister's passport and wore a niqab - a headcovering with a slit for the eyes - at Heathrow Airport.

He was not asked to reveal his face at passport control.

BAA, who run Heathrow, said a visual check should be made at check-in and during boarding - both the airlines' responsibility.

Home Office rules say the eyes, nose and mouth must be clearly visible in passport photos.

Immigration officers can ask travellers to lift their veils - in a private room in front of a female official if they wish. But a spokesman said it wasn't policy to do so as a matter of course.

Shadow home secretary David Davies said: "The idea that in any circumstances you could be let through passport control wearing a veil is barely credible.

"Doing so when an all persons bulletin for murder has been issued demonstrates that our borders are not just porous but non-existent."

Piran Khan - alleged mastermind of the Bradford travel agency robbery where Sharon, 38, was shot dead and PC Teresa Milburn was injured - is also thought to have fled Britain.

Khan, 58, escaped to Pakistan where he is said to have turned to religion.

But he has fallen out with his family there. One relative said: "He has shamed us."

On Monday, Jama's 20-year-old brother Yusuf, who fired the shot that killed Sharon, was convicted of murder at Newcastle crown court.

Brothers Faisal and Hassan Razzaq were cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter, robbery and firearms offences.

Muzakker Imtiaz Shah had admitted murder, robbery and firearms offences. They will all be sentenced on Friday.

Diplomatic efforts have begun to secure the return of Mustaf Jama and Khan.


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TORY LORD IN AIR RAGE ARREST.

A LORD who was Scotland's top lawman has been arrested over an alleged air rage incident.

Lord Fraser of Carmyllie was escorted off a flight by police at Dundee Airport.

The Tory peer was Lord Advocate, the top prosecutor in Scotland, from 1989 to 1992.

Witnesses claimed he smelled of drink and argued with a female steward on Tuesday night's delayed ScotAirways flight from London City Airport.

A passenger said: "When he got on the later one, he had been hanging around for quite a few hours.

"He berated a female member of the cabin crew about the delay. He was smelling strongly of drink and requested more drink but was refused.

"When that happened, he became disruptive again and the female crew member became alarmed, as did some of the passengers."

Last night he was unavailable for comment but his wife, Lady Fraser, said: "It was just a tragic mix-up. His plane was delayed for an hour so he had a whisky."

Speaking at the family home in Carmyllie, near Arbroath, Angus, she added: "They didn't serve him on the plane. I don't know why that was."

Last night, Tayside Police confirmed that a 61-year-oldman had been charged and a report sent to the procurator fiscal.

It is believed to be the first time an ex-lord advocate has been charged with a criminal offence.

Lord Fraser, born Peter Fraser, was among passengers whose ScotAirways flight was delayed for more than three hours due to fog in London.

Travellers were put on to a later flight whose pilot called ahead for police assistance after a stewardess complained Fraser was being disruptive.

 

Officers were waiting for the flight when it touched down in Dundee at about 9.20pm.

Fraser - a former Tory minister - was asked to stay in his seat until other passengers had cleared arrivals.

He was arrested and taken to police HQ at Bell Street. The QC was not held overnight.

Police refused to give details of the charges against the politician, who was MP for Angus South then Angus East.

He was appointed solicitor general, the No2 job in the prosecution service, under the Thatcher government in 1982.

After seven years, he got the top job in the Crown Office and was made a peer.

Now one of his successors, current Lord Advocate Elish Angiolini, could help decide how the case proceeds.

Last night, a Crown Office spokesman said: "Crown counsel have considered a report from Tayside Police and have instructed further inquiries before any decision is taken on proceedings."

As Lord Advocate, Fraser had responsibility for the prosecution over the Lockerbie bomb.

He drew up the 1991 indictment against the two accused Libyans and issued warrants for their arrest. He has since cast doubt on the reliability of the main prosecution witness.

Fraser was also appointed to carry out the inquiry into the massive overspend in building the Scottish Parliament.

This month, he clashed with Labour over independence - branding their assault on nationalism "pathetic".

He said: "With a relatively right-wing government in the EU with low tax levels, there is no reason why Scotland could not make a go of it."

Labour saw the remarks as cutting because, in office, Fraser had always been a unionist.

Yesterday, he was in Dundee's Ninewells Hospital for a routine check up on his heart.

 

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A police van and a car were burnt out during the incident
Armed police have left a farmhouse and two men have been arrested following a stand-off at a west Wales farmhouse.

A disturbance broke out on Wednesday after council officials arrived at 1100 GMT to remove a disputed wooden fence.

Officers and negotiators remained around the house near the hamlet of Stag's Head, near Tregaron, overnight.

One of the men, named locally as David and Brian Worgan, demanded their version of events was broadcast on Radio Ceredigion.

A statement from the local radio station read: "He is concerned that Ceredigion County Council had dealt with the fence dispute by serving writs and not seeking judgement off a judicial judge.

The men were taken away in a police van
The men were taken away in a police van on Thursday morning

"He maintains that he was aggrieved with the council in connection with their dealings with the fence issue."

The family who live in the farmhouse or smallholding, which lies between Llangeitho and Lampeter, were said to have moved into the area several years ago.

It has been reported that there were objections to a wooden fence which was erected around the property.

At about 1100 GMT on Wednesday, council officials arrived at the property with a legal notice and a digger in tow in order to remove the fence posts.

Shortly afterwards, the siege began which took 24 hours to resolve.

Part of the fence near the farmhouse
Part of the fence at the centre of the incident

Dyfed-Powys Police confirmed on Thursday that two vehicles parked close to the house - including a police van - had been destroyed by fire.

They also said they were currently searching the property and said later that a crossbow had been found. Earlier on Wednesday there were reports of gunshots being fired.

A force spokesman said two men were in custody after being arrested following continued negotiations with police.

"No-one was injured during the incident," he added.

"The investigation into the incident is continuing and the premises is currently being searched.

"Police are pleased that the incident has been brought to a safe and successful conclusion."

Following the stand-off on Thursday morning, the burnt out shells of a car and a police van could be seen near the farmhouse.

Detectives started searching the property while an officer stood guard outside, and just feet away was the fence at the centre of the incident.


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TORY LORD IN AIR RAGE ARREST.

A LORD who was Scotland's top lawman has been arrested over an alleged air rage incident.

Lord Fraser of Carmyllie was escorted off a flight by police at Dundee Airport.

The Tory peer was Lord Advocate, the top prosecutor in Scotland, from 1989 to 1992.

Witnesses claimed he smelled of drink and argued with a female steward on Tuesday night's delayed ScotAirways flight from London City Airport.

A passenger said: "When he got on the later one, he had been hanging around for quite a few hours.

"He berated a female member of the cabin crew about the delay. He was smelling strongly of drink and requested more drink but was refused.

"When that happened, he became disruptive again and the female crew member became alarmed, as did some of the passengers."

Last night he was unavailable for comment but his wife, Lady Fraser, said: "It was just a tragic mix-up. His plane was delayed for an hour so he had a whisky."

Speaking at the family home in Carmyllie, near Arbroath, Angus, she added: "They didn't serve him on the plane. I don't know why that was."

Last night, Tayside Police confirmed that a 61-year-oldman had been charged and a report sent to the procurator fiscal.

It is believed to be the first time an ex-lord advocate has been charged with a criminal offence.

Lord Fraser, born Peter Fraser, was among passengers whose ScotAirways flight was delayed for more than three hours due to fog in London.

Travellers were put on to a later flight whose pilot called ahead for police assistance after a stewardess complained Fraser was being disruptive.

 

Officers were waiting for the flight when it touched down in Dundee at about 9.20pm.

Fraser - a former Tory minister - was asked to stay in his seat until other passengers had cleared arrivals.

He was arrested and taken to police HQ at Bell Street. The QC was not held overnight.

Police refused to give details of the charges against the politician, who was MP for Angus South then Angus East.

He was appointed solicitor general, the No2 job in the prosecution service, under the Thatcher government in 1982.

After seven years, he got the top job in the Crown Office and was made a peer.

Now one of his successors, current Lord Advocate Elish Angiolini, could help decide how the case proceeds.

Last night, a Crown Office spokesman said: "Crown counsel have considered a report from Tayside Police and have instructed further inquiries before any decision is taken on proceedings."

As Lord Advocate, Fraser had responsibility for the prosecution over the Lockerbie bomb.

He drew up the 1991 indictment against the two accused Libyans and issued warrants for their arrest. He has since cast doubt on the reliability of the main prosecution witness.

Fraser was also appointed to carry out the inquiry into the massive overspend in building the Scottish Parliament.

This month, he clashed with Labour over independence - branding their assault on nationalism "pathetic".

He said: "With a relatively right-wing government in the EU with low tax levels, there is no reason why Scotland could not make a go of it."

Labour saw the remarks as cutting because, in office, Fraser had always been a unionist.

Yesterday, he was in Dundee's Ninewells Hospital for a routine check up on his heart.

 

(Only to find out he ain't got one )

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22 December 2006
I WAS NOT DRUNK AS A LORD.

A TOP Tory peer last night denied he was drunk when he was arrested for air rage.

Lord Fraser of Carmyllie told the Record he was innocent.

And the peer, who was once Scotland's top prosecutor, vowed to fight allegations of a boozy row with an air stewardess.

The former Lord Advocate said: "I amangry and astonished at being accused of drunken air rage and being apprehended by the police.

"The truth is, I had one large whisky in the departure lounge - it's horrendously expensive.

"I am innocent and will resist this vigorously."

Another peer and a shop steward who were on Tuesday's ScotAirways flight to Dundee maintained he was innocent.

The Record revealed yesterday that Lord Fraser, a former Tory MP and minister, was shown into a cell at Dundee's Bell Street station after his arrest.

At his home near Carmyllie, Angus, the QC said: "I was asked for my watch and my braces.

"I explained that since my heart attack I had lost two stones and needed my braces to hold my trousers up. But they insisted on taking them.

"I had to stand with a grip on the waistband to stop them from falling to my ankles.

"I was asked if I wanted a solicitor. I told them I didn't think I needed one."

Labour peer Lord Moonie - formerly Kirkcaldy MP Lewis Moonie - and Peter Court, a shop steward at Dundee's Michelin plant, were on his flight.

Witnesses had claimed the lord, born Peter Fraser, was drunk and had argued with one of the cabin crew on the flight back from London City Airport.

Moonie said it had been a "gross over- reaction" by ScotAirways. Court said Fraser had been polite to cabin crew.

Fraser - an ex-Angus MP - said there was confusion at the ticket desk when he checked in for the 8.10pm flight.

He was given an economy class ticket. He said: "I asked the girl to check her screen because it was booked for club class.

"She didn't issue another ticket but simply wrote 'club' on the bigger section of the ticket.

"I fly to London and back every week and if I'm on House of Lords business my airfare is paid for me and I go club class.

"I almost always get the same seat - A3 - a single seat near the front of the aircraft."

As he waited for his plane, Fraser, 61, had "one large Bell's".

He said: "When we got to the departure gate, that part of the ticket with 'club' written on it was kept and I got the stub.

"I asked the ticket collector how the cabin crew would know I should be in club class and she said she'd phone a supervisor.

"No supervisor showed up. I told the first stewardess I saw on board that I should be in club class. I was told to make my way to the back of the aircraft.

"The stewardess I'd spoken to came back when we were airborne and asked if I wanted a drink. When I asked for a whisky, she told me I was drunk and I wasn't getting any alcohol. I was astounded but I let it pass.

"Since my heart attack a year ago I have some difficulty walking and I thought she might have smelled the whisky and thought I had been staggering.

"I did ask why I was at the rear of the plane when I should have been in club class."

He insists that no more words were exchanged with the crew and settled down with a magazine and a puzzle book.

After the plane landed, he was approached by the pilot. Fraser said: "I thought he was bringing the stewardess to apologise.

"Words can't explain my astonishment when I was told she had accused me of air rage and the police were waiting for me inside the airport terminal."

Fraser was taken to police HQ for questioning. He said: "I was informed that I'd committed a breach of the peace.

"I asked where that had happened and if it was London City Airport then they had no jurisdiction. Breach of the peace wasn't mentioned again.

"Next, it was threatening behaviour. When I asked who I'd threatened and what the precise words were, that was never mentioned again.

"After a couple of hours, I was told I was being released but had to sign an undertaking to report back on January 4 to police HQ.

"I had to sit down to sign it as I was still holding my trousers up with both hands."

The document stated he had been apprehended for a contravention of Air Navigation Order 2005 - legislation used to prosecute air rage cases.

Fraser said police phoned his home on Wednesday to say he doesn't have to report to the police station. He wants the cancellation in writing. He said: "I'mnot risking another arrest."

Fraser has been encouraged by the fact the Crown Office - a body he ran - have asked police to make further inquiries.

He said: "Frommy experience, that's an indication that they don't think the evidence they have merits any further action."

He has been boosted by the support ofMoonie and Court.

Moonie said: "He was perfectly good natured. He just wanted an explanation. As far as I saw, there was no air rage."

Court said he heard Fraser inquiring "politely" why he was seated in economy class when he had paid for club class.

ScotAirways declined to comment. The Crown Office reiteratedWednesday's statement.

A spokesman said: "Crown counsel have considered a report from Tayside Police and have instructed further inquiries before any decision is taken on proceedings."


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PRISON BREAK-IN...

A THOUSAND British troops stormed an Iraqi torture jail yesterday to crush a rogue police unit.

They moved in to the notorious Jameat police station and jail in Basra, fearing the renegade police - linked to local death squads - were about to execute prisoners held there.

At least seven Iraqi gunmen were killed in the dawn raid before the jail was demolished with high explosives.

The troops, using helicopter gunships, a tank and armoured vehicles, raided the jail believing the serious crimes unit were about to execute their prisoners.

About 100 captives, many of whom had been tortured, were freed.

Military sources said the raid had been plotted since July.

Spokeswoman Lieutenant Jenny Saleh said: "We had intelligence to indicate the serious crimes unit would execute its prisoners in the coming days, so we decided to intervene."

Dramatic night-vision images captured the attack as troops blasted through the walls and stormed in.

British troops were fired on with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades as they stormed the building. Its destruction will be seen as a major step in British troops' battle with militia attempting to take control of the southern city.

The militia are issued with police uniforms but operate outside the law, torturing locals who do not obey them and demanding "protection" money from businesses.

In September last year, the serious crimes unit captured two British soldiers, believed to be members of the SAS on a reconnaissance mission.

Military spokesman Major Charlie Burbridge said: "The serious crimes unit was a small part of the Iraqi police force. The body of the force is a good organisation."

Major Burbridge said the assault came as a result of "clear direction" from senior Iraqi figures.

He added: "We identified the serious crimes unit as, frankly, too far gone. We just had to get rid of it."

In Baghdad yesterday, Iraqi president Jalal Talabani said US troops had detained two Iranians who were in Iraq at his invitation.

The detentions follow US accusations that Iran is supplying aid and training to Shia militias in Iraq.

ETHIOPIAN jets bombed two airports in Somalia yesterday. Ethiopia is backing Somalia's government in its fight with hard-line Muslims said to be linked to al-Qaeda.

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