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Lambhill shooting
One man died and two were injured in the shooting.


Three men have appeared in court after a triple shooting in Glasgow last year in which one man died.

Raymond Anderson, 45, his 21-year-old son Raymond and James McDonald, 33, were arrested in connection with the incident in Lambhill on 6 December.

They have been charged with the murder of Michael Lyons and involvement in the attempted murder of 26-year-old Stephen Lyons and Robert Pickett, 41.

The men made no plea and were remanded in custody at the city's sheriff court.

The three accused were arrested on Friday by officers investigating the shooting at a garage on Balmore Road.

Michael Lyons died after the incident at 1415 GMT on 6 December.

His cousin Stephen Lyons lost a leg and Mr Pickett was also seriously injured.






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Michael and Shakira Dosunmu
Shakira gave CPR for 15 minutes.




A teenager murdered in his bedroom was shot dead with a machine-gun.

Michael Dosunmu, 15, was murdered by two gunmen in his home in Peckham, south-east London, on 6 February.

He died of multiple gunshot wounds and detectives have now identified the weapon that killed him as a Mac 10 machine-gun.

The revelation comes as his sister spoke to Crimewatch of how she desperately tried to resuscitate him before he died later in hospital.

Police believe the shooting of Michael, who had turned 15 two days earlier, may have been a case of mistaken identity, linked to a fatal stabbing of a 21-year-old in an adjacent road three days before.

I said, 'Michael you can't leave me like this... Michael, Michael, Michael - wake up, wake, wake up', but he didn't respond
Shakira Dosunmu

Speaking about how she tried to resuscitate her brother, Shakira told BBC One's Crimewatch: "I did CPR for him, I did it for the 15 times I put air in his mouth - nothing. I did it again - I was just screaming.

"I said, 'Michael you can't leave me like this. Michael, Michael, Michael - wake up, wake, wake up', but he didn't respond."

His father, Rasak, said his wife was visiting Nigeria when the shooting took place and he did not tell her Michael was dead until she returned.

He added: "What goes around will turn around one day. It might be Michael today. It might be their own family tomorrow."

'Peace-loving boy'

Michael's family described him as a "peace-loving boy", a regular churchgoer who was honest and not involved in any local gangs.

Michael was one of three south London teenagers shot dead in less than a fortnight in February.

James Andre Smartt-Ford, 16, of New Malden, south-west London, died after he was shot in front of hundreds of people at an ice rink in Streatham, south London.

A few days later Billy Cox, 15, was shot dead at his home near Clapham North Tube Station in south west London.

Five people - two men and three youths - have been arrested over Michael's murder and released on bail.


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Jason Campbell and Daniel Springer (l-r)
Campbell (l) and Springer (r) were sentenced at the Old Bailey.



A gunman who murdered a father-to-be has been jailed for life by a judge who wanted to send out a message "loud and clear" to armed gang members.

Matthew Smith, 21, was fatally wounded as he sat in his car with friends in a car park in Streatham, south London.

Jason Campbell, 23, from Stockwell, will serve a minimum of 30 years for the murder, in January last year.

Daniel Springer, 21, from Streatham, was also jailed for 12 years for manslaughter at the Old Bailey.

Mr Smith's girlfriend was pregnant with his child at the time of his murder.

Anyone who goes round as a member of an armed gang can expect to spend most of their lives in prison
Judge Jeremy Roberts

He had been sitting in his car with three friends in a car park in Streatham when a gang of men tried to rob them.

Mr Smith was shot at as he tried to escape.

Despite being injured, he managed to drive a few metres before coming to a stop.

He opened the car door and fell onto a grass verge outside the block of flats.

He later died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Judge Jeremy Roberts said: "The public, and in particular the vast majority of people in south London, who are decent and law abiding, are thoroughly fed up of gangs of young men who go round carrying firearms and are prepared to use them, with complete disregard for human life.

He added: "A message needs to go out loud and clear that anyone who goes round as a member of an armed gang can expect to spend most of their lives in prison."

Campbell was also convicted of three counts of robbery and pleaded guilty to firearms offences. He had denied the charge of murder and three counts of robbery.

Springer, who was found guilty of three counts of robbery, gave evidence against Campbell at their trial. He pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him.


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6 March 2007

TEN teenagers were responsible for more than 1600 crimes in Edinburgh in the past three years, it has been revealed.

Police say the boy thugs, aged 14 to 17, have each been charged with dozens of offences.

These include housebreaking, assault, having drugs and even extortion.

And the worst offender has amassed 233 charges at the age of just 14.

Despite the lengthy crime sheets, most of the trouble-makers are still roaming free on the streets.

The 14-year-old, who lives in the east end of the city, has fire raising, car theft and assault on his rap sheet.

Four 15-year-olds have 704 offences between them, three 16-year-olds have 407 and two 17-year-olds account for a further 289 crimes.

Six of the top 10 have repeatedly been charged with racial abuse while a 16-year-old in the south of the city has been arrested for extortion. It's believed only one of the top 10 is in a detention centre, while all the others are free despite their repeat offending.

The statistics were released yesterday after it was revealed more than 40 under-16s have been arrested for dealing drugs in the city in the last three years.

They include a 12-year-old boy and two 14-year-olds caught selling Ritalin, used to treat children with attention deficit disorder.

Yesterday, politicians said the shocking figures showed a need for more secure units for young offenders in the capital.

The call came just weeks after two 14-year-old joyriders in the city were freed by the Children's Panel because there were no spaces in a secure unit to detain them.

That led to a plea for tougher measures to be available to the police and the Children's Panel.

SNP justice spokesman Kenny MacAskill said: "The statistics support our argument that more secure places need to be created."

And Tory justice spokeswoman Margaret Mitchell said: "Youngsters like these should be going to youth courts to look at their behaviour at the earliest possible stage.

"The system needs more powers such as the ability to order weekend or evening detentions and drug treatment orders."

Lothian and Borders Police admit the number of offences each teen has notched up is "horrendous".

But youth justice officer Inspector Andy Gilhooley said the youngsters are not just part of a growing antisocial problem.

He said: "These are not the kids involved in antisocial behaviour, underage drinking and vandalism.

"These are young criminals carrying out serious offences.

"It can't be denied the statistics make horrendous reading.

"We're working with schools, social workers and other agencies to try to stop them becoming career criminals but there's no simple answer."


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Reward to catch Jessie's killers...
Jessie James
Police say some people know the identity of Jessie's killers
A reward of £20,000 has been offered by police to help catch the killers of teenager Jessie James in Manchester.

Jessie, 15, was shot dead in Moss Side in September last year as he rode his bike through Broadfield Park.

Det Supt Shaun Donnellan, leading the inquiry for Greater Manchester Police, said: "I know there are people who know who killed Jessie James."

The police have offered protection for anyone who can provide information that would lead to a conviction.

Since the shooting, police have held meetings with the community, taken part in BBC One's Crimewatch reconstruction, and placed video clips on the Youtube website to encourage people to come forward.

Although there has been some success, police still need to speak to "key individuals" to try to trace Jessie's killers.

Think about Jessie's family, their suffering is terrible - your courage could convict a killer
Det Supt Shaun Donnellan

Detectives say it is hoped the £20,000 reward will act as an additional incentive for those with information to contact them.

Det Supt Donnellan added: "Some people have been reluctant to come forward and it's because they fear for themselves or their families.

"I promise I can protect you and your family, I can arrange for you to give evidence behind a screen, to have your voice distorted so that nobody in your community will ever know you gave evidence.

"Your courage could convict a killer. Think about Jessie's family. They too are victims and their suffering is dreadful. Do the right thing, tell me who took Jessie from them."

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A 22-year-old man has been arrested after a student was shot in the abdomen during a concert at Loughborough University early yesterday.

The shooting happened at 2.45am at a gig by American urban act Pretty Ricky. Tickets were available on the door on Saturday night to members of the public for £9.

The victim, a 21-year-old student at the university who was employed as a security steward for the gig, was taken to hospital. His injuries are not thought to be life threatening. His family have been informed but he has not been named.

Six other people were taken to hospital by ambulance as a result of violence during the concert after a member of the audience set off a CS gas canister. They included a 26-year-old woman who had been punched in the face.

Detective Chief Inspector Phil Taylor, of Leicestershire police, who is leading the inquiry, said it was believed a number of people left the campus before the police had a chance to speak to them.

"It is important that we ascertain the circumstances leading up to the incident," he said. "Early indications from witnesses suggest that at some point , a CS gas canister was discharged." He urged witnesses to get in touch.

The man who has been arrested is not a student at the university. He is being questioned and has not been charged with any offence.

Students at the university were warned last month to be on their guard after a series of sexual assaults and attempted assaults on students.

Five women have been attacked since October, when a 20-year-old was subjected to a serious assault. Leicestershire police believe the same man is responsible for all the attacks.

In a joint statement from Loughborough University and the students' union, the vice chancellor, Professor Shirley Pearce, said: "The incident this morning has shocked us all at the university and union. We are a small close-knit community and events such as this are, thankfully, incredibly rare. Our first thoughts are with the victim and their family."

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14 held after three teenagers stabbed.

Published: 13 March 2007

Fourteen men have been held after an attack in which three teenagers were stabbed, police said.

Two 18-year-old men are in a critical condition after being airlifted to hospital from the site of the incident in Hornchurch, Essex, Scotland Yard said.

They were found by police who were called to a disturbance in Ardleigh Green Road at around 4pm yesterday.

A third 18-year-old man turned up at hospital, also suffering from stab wounds, and is in a stable condition.

Police said 14 males ranging in age from late teens and early 20s up to 40s were arrested in the vicinity of the incident and are being held in east London police stations.

Roads were closed last night and a forensic examination of the scene is under way.


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This is the Prime Minister as you have never seen him - dressed as a teenager with hoodie and bandanna.

This picture was projected onto the House of Commons last night as a trailer for a demonstration in Parliament Square tomorrow.

Hundreds of teenagers are expected to attend wearing identical hoodies bearing the slogan "Tell Us Where To Go".

Blair hoodie

Hug this Cameron: The image of Tony Blair projected on to the side of Parliament

Political campaigner Oona King will also be presenting a report to Chancellor Gordon Brown called the Make Space Youth Review.

It will give a stark warning of how society is letting young people down through a lack of activities and places to go.

Craig Jones, of the Make Space inquiry team, said: "Our consultation follows the Unicef report which found that the wellbeing-of Britain's teenagers is the worst in all developed countries. We are aware of the problems of gun crime and gang violence among young people and our findings show that teenagers have nowhere to go and nothing to do.

"By projecting Tony Blair in a hoodie we hope to send across a provocative message. Too few young people are involved in politics and we hope that this image on the Houses of Parliament will speak to them."

The Make Space Youth Review, one of the largest ever national consultations, asked the opinions of more than 7,000 young people over the last six months.

Ms King, who chaired the report, said that society must take care of its young people or they will become disillusioned. "The recent spate of gun crimes against young people sends an urgent message that something must be done," she said.

"Young people are getting a bad deal from society. This limits their opportunities, creates alienation and leads to violence and disorder. Our consultation shows that young people are fearful for their own safety, they have few safe places to go and very little to do every day.

"We invest on average 17 pence per young person per day on youth services. We have to build young people back into communities.

"Not doing this costs us billions dealing with the consequences of anti-social behaviour, crime and violence and even more in the emotional consequences of a dispossessed generation of teenagers."


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15 March 2007

EIGHTEEN people were arrested yesterday in the second day of a major police drugs operation.

Cops raided 14 premises in Edinburgh early in the morning, seizing heroin, crack cocaine, amphetamines and cannabis.

Addresses in West Pilton, Leith, Southside, Oxgangs, Craigmillar, Slateford, Restalrig and the city centre were targeted.

Meanwhile, 22 people arrested in a similar blitz on Tuesday have been charged with 315 offences, mostly possession and supply of drugs.

The raids, planned for more than a year, are aimed at trapping street dealers, particularly those involved in crack cocaine.

A police spokesman said much of their information came from residents angry at the open drugs trade.

Detective Chief Superintendent Iain Livingstone said: "These are the most significant seizures of crack cocaine we have seen in Edinburgh. The drug is more common than it has ever been."


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Police raid
Police raided 15 locations across Edinburgh
At least 81 people have been arrested or reported as a result of three days of raids in Edinburgh connected to trade in illegal drugs.

Up to 40 people have already appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court from the first two days of the dawn raids.

Officers said that heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis were among the substances which had been seized.

A police spokeswoman said the operations had been designed to disrupt drug dealing networks.

Major blow

Det Ch Supt Iain Livingstone, of Lothian and Borders Police, was in charge of the three-day blitz.

He said: "These dealers didn't know what hit them when we started arresting them on Tuesday and our sustained effort has dealt a major blow to the drugs network in Edinburgh.

"This was an intelligence-led operation with many officers gathering painstaking information over the previous six months which resulted in this week's successes.

"These dealers have been making people's lives a misery in the city and it was important we, and our partner agencies, sent out a strong message that drug dealing will not be tolerated in Edinburgh.

"They have been preying on homeless, vulnerable and desperate individuals and threatening the very heart of our communities."

Areas of the city that were targeted included Oxgangs, Restalrig, Southside, Craigentinny, Slateford, Leith, Southside, Craigmillar, Drylaw, South Gyle and the city centre with 51 addresses being searched.

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Four charged over stabbing death...
Kodjo Yenga - picture courtesy MTV Generations
A makeshift shrine has been made to the teenager
Four teenagers have been charged with murdering 16-year-old Kodjo Yenga, who was stabbed to death in London.

Kodjo, of Portland Road, Notting Hill, died after he was stabbed through the heart on Wednesday.

The four youths, two aged 13, one aged 15 and a 16-year-old, are due to appear at West London Magistrates' Court. Five other youths were given bail.

Friends of the victim have left tributes at a makeshift shrine close to where he died in Hammersmith Grove.

'Getting worse'

Kodjo was interviewed about knives on television five days before his death.

He told an MTV programme: "Stabbings are getting worse but the media is also making it bigger than what it is."

Kodjo was also asked about the prevalence of knife crime.

He said: "I don't think it happens all the time but it happens quite a lot."

Detectives searching for the murder weapon have focused on the area around Hammersmith Grove.

Police have said at least 40 people have come forward with information about the attack.



Kodjo Yenga's shrine
Friends of Kodjo Yenga from west London have flocked to the shrine

Barely 48 hours since his death, the shrine to Kodjo Yenga has taken over the genteel corner of west London where the 16-year-old was stabbed.

Written in brightly-coloured marker pen, phrased in teenage street language, heartfelt tributes are scrawled along a wall near the spot where Kodjo's life was brought to an end.

"Always finkin of U," says one. "Pray 4 betta dayz," implores another.

A third states: "You were my best friend, my brother, everything."

Several messages pay tribute to Kodjo - or Kizzle, or Kizz, as he was nicknamed - as a "fallen soldier".

'Lovely guy'

One 17-year-old friend, who gives her name as Louise, brushes a tear from her eye as she makes her pilgrimage to the shrine's bouquets and candles.

"Kodjo was a lovely guy. Laid-back, friendly, you can see how many people loved him," she says.

"He was into his music, he was always there for his friends. It sounds obvious, but I can't believe he's gone."

Janina Eckhardt
When I moved to this area I thought it was safe
Janina Eckhardt

The street where Kodjo breathed his last is no inner-city ghetto.

Hammersmith Grove, W6, is a tree-lined road of smart Victorian terraces which has counted actor Ralph Fiennes, BBC Today programme presenter John Humphrys and Downing Street chief of staff Jonathan Powell among its residents.

But like most affluent corners of central London, it cannot insulate itself from the capital's poverty and social problems.

The sprawling White City estate lies just to the north. And Hammersmith Grove itself includes housing association properties and 1970s blocks of council flats.

Wealthier householders are being reminded of the deprivation faced by many of their near-neighbours.

"You can't just shut the door on the outside world," says housewife Sonia Staunton, 37, who has lived on the street for five years.

"There's a great community round here, but you also see the drug-dealing and the car theft that goes on as well.

"Something like this is a shock, but it shouldn't be a surprise to us."

Restaurant manager Janina Eckhardt, 20, lives just across the road on Hammersmith Grove from where the shrine has sprung up on adjoining Richford Street, and heard the commotion when Kodjo was stabbed from inside her flat.

"When I moved to this area I thought it was safe - lots of professional people and families," she says.

"It looks like I don't know it as well as I thought."

'Going wrong'

Rana Datar Singh, 52, who witnessed Kodjo's death from the window of the off licence he has run for 19 years, knows Hammersmith Grove all too well.

He says it is a popular thoroughfare between the Shepherd's Bush and Hammersmith districts, which has brought its expensive cars and smart houses to the attention of thieves.

"Most people round here - not just on this street - are wonderful, whether they're rich or poor," he adds.

Kodjo Yenga's shrine
Many tributes have been laid at the scene

"But when you see things like this happening in front of you, it makes you start to wonder where we're going wrong as a society."

In a seven-storey block of flats at the junction with Goldhawk Road, 19-year-old student nurse Amira Brown says she is shocked.

She adds: "There's more community on this road than in the rest of London. But you can't just block the rest of the city out."

But in a council flat on the street one single mother, who asked not to be named, insists her wealthier neighbours are too complacent.

"People round here need to wake up," she says.

"Just because they've got the nice house and the right postcode, they think this doesn't affect them.

"It's not a black and white thing, it's a teenage thing, a city thing. Real life is going on under their noses."

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Mother of stabbed teen rejects calls for revenge.

Sunday March 18, 2007

The family of a 16-year-old schoolboy stabbed to death in London, last night pleaded that his death should not be avenged. Clutching a photograph of the dead boy, the mother of Kodjo Yenga said: 'I don't like violence. My son was a very nice, very beautiful boy.' Ladjua Lesele spoke of 'justice' but dismissed revenge, adding: 'I don't like that.'
Her comments came shortly after four teenagers appeared in court charged with the murder of her teenage son. The four youths, two aged 13, one aged 15 and a 16-year-old, were all remanded in custody to appear before a youth court this Wednesday. Five other youths have been given bail by police in connection with the death.
Kodjo's uncle Lubi described the family's loss as 'awful beyond words'.


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20 March 2007

A FORMER Hibs starlet was blasted with a shotgun as he celebrated the club's CIS Cup triumph.

A masked man sprayed 24-year-old Jamie Ewart with pellets while he enjoyed a cigarette outside a pub packed with jubilant fans - including children.

Witnesses revealed blood-stained Jamie, who played for Hibs as a teenager, struggled back into the bar before collapsing. He was rushed to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

His attacker, whose face was partly covered by a scarf, fled into a nearby housing scheme.

Yesterday, Jamie had an operation on an injured arm after the incident outside the Clermiston Inn in Edinburgh on Sunday night.

It is understood he will be transferred to St John's Hospital in Livingston for plastic surgery.

But police - who confirmed his injuries are not life-threatening - admitted they were baffled as to why Jamie was targeted.

Detective Chief Inspector John Hawkins said it appeared to be "a motiveless attack" and confirmed they were treating it as attempted murder.

The gunman struck at 11.30pm on Sunday - just hours after Hibs demolished Kilmarnock 5-1 at Hampden Park. Jamie had travelled to the match on a supporters' bus before joining more than 50 Hibs fans, including children, at the celebration.

He only caught a fleeting glimpse of the gunman, who shot him as he stood on steps at the rear of the pub with another smoker.

The suspect is aged between 19 and 25, about 6ft and slim.

One reveller, who did not want to be named, said: "After he came back in and collapsed, you could see people trying to stand him up in the middle of the floor."

A woman who lives in nearby Rannoch Place said yesterday: "I heard a loud bang and went to my window, then I saw this man running past my house.

"He had a hood up around his face so I couldn't make out his features."

Jamie's parents Debbie and James and his girlfriend Heidi Bonnar, 21, all from Clermiston, were at his bedside yesterday.

Defender Jamie, who had played with Hibs, Brechin City and Whitehill Welfare, is currently on the books of leading junior side Bonnyrigg Rose.

Chairman Tom Milligan said everyone at the club was deeply shocked.

He added: "I've never head anyone say a wrong word about Jamie Ewart. He is a solid, clean-living guy."


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Snoop Dogg is denied UK tour visa...
Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg was held overnight in Sweden earlier this month
US rap star Snoop Dogg has been denied a visa to enter the UK on a European tour alongside fellow rapper P Diddy.

He was due to play in London on Tuesday, followed by Manchester, Glasgow, Cardiff and Nottingham.

The performer accepted a police caution last year after being arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and affray at Heathrow Airport.

His spokeswoman said he was "mystified" at the decision. Tuesday's London show will go ahead regardless, she added.

P Diddy will appear at the Wembley Arena show, she said.

"Snoop and his team are hoping the British government will reconsider this decision, especially as he has toured here before and sees the UK as being the highlight of the tour," the spokeswoman said.

"He has asked how he can help rectify the situation and would happily talk to and give assurances to officials."

The 35-year-old - whose real name is Calvin Broadus - was held overnight by police in Sweden earlier this month on suspicion of using drugs.

He is also currently facing weapons and drugs charges in the US stemming from three separate arrests in 2006.

Snoop Dogg came to prominence as part of the 1990s gangsta rap scene, scoring hits with What's My Name? and Gin and Juice.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it could not comment on individual cases.

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