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COMMUNITY WATCH MAGAZINE

Issue 18

May 2018

Actor Lenny warns kids: A knife does not get you respect - P9&10 P24: MP blames McMafia drug barons for knife epidemic


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Cracking down on the moped thieves

Extra jail time for mum

THE Met Police have launched a ‘Be Safe’ campaign to crack down on rising moped thefts across the city. In Barking and Dagenham there were 159 thefts of motorcycles, scooters, mopeds and three wheelers in 2013. By 2015, that figure had risen to 253, and in 2016 it had almost doubled at 311 thefts. The campaign urges bike owners to ‘lock, chain and cover’ scooters.

A MUM who stole more than £31,000 from her daughter’s Hornchurch primary school while out on bail for other fraud offences has been sentenced to a further six months in prison.

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Grenfell ‘victim’ was nothing more than a lying, cheating fraudster FRAUDSTERS don't sink any lower than Joyce Msokeri, who believed she could make out to be a victim of the Grenfell Tower fire horror – and get away with it. For a time 46 year old Msokeri did get away with it claiming financial support for all the furniture she said she had lost in the fire and getting emergency funds plus hotel accommodation. But Msokeri was a liar, a sick liar who used the tragedy for her own ill-gotten gain. Thankfully the woman who falsely claimed to have been a resident of Grenfell Tower was finally exposed by the police after suspicions were raised about the validity of her claims. And last month at the Old Bailey the evil woman from Ambleside Gardens, Sutton, got something she didn't expect – a four and a half year prison sentence for three counts of fraud and nine months, to run concurrently, for possession of an identity document with improper intention. Detectives from the Met launched an investigation after concerns were raised about the validity of Msokeri’s claims. Msokeri came forward to authorities in the immediate aftermath of the fire and was assigned family liaison officers after she claimed that she was a resident of Grenfell Tower and had lost her husband and sister in law in the fire. She provided officers with a very detailed account of how her husband had gone to help his sister who was staying on another floor within the tower. She claimed that her husband had given her a wet towel to shield her face and directed her to leave the building and get to safety. Msokeri stated that she did not see her husband or sister in law again and claimed financial support after saying she had lost all her property during the fire. She was provided with emergency funds and hotel accommodation. As the investigation developed police noticed clear inconsistencies in Msokeri’s story and after looking into of her movements before and after the fire, found that telephone records showed that she could not have been in or near the Grenfell Tower at the time of the fire. Officers traced Msokeri’s actual address to Sutton where she was living at the time of the fire and it was also established that she was not currently married and so does not have a husband or sister in law. She was arrested on suspicion of fraud and charged last September. Detective Constable Ismail Mattar, the investigating officer, said: “Msokeri’s actions in the aftermath of this horrific event are inexcusable. She claimed falsely that she had lost relatives

Joyce Msokeri, police exposed her lies to make sure she profited from the support intended for the true victims of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire. “She went to great lengths to fabricate an elaborate story about her escape from the tower." Detective Chief Superintendent Detective Superintendent Matt Bonner, said: “The distress and suffering caused to so many that night in June is harrowing. People lost their homes, all their possessions, and tragically their families and loved ones. It is terrible that this individual should try to profit from the pain of others. “Not only did Msokeri take money, housing and clothing intended for genuine victims, she diverted police resources away from those who most needed it. “We will continue to use all our powers to investigate anyone who we think is fraudulently profiting from the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower.” Anyone with any information about fraud being committed is asked to contact the team investigating the fatal fire at Grenfell Tower on 0800 032 4539.

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Former priest jailed for sex offences

Carjacking gang jailed

FORMER Church of England priest Ifor Whittaker (pictured right) has been jailed for historical sex crimes. Whittaker, 73, of Rectory Road, Sutton, was sentenced at Hove Crown Court for seven offences against a young boy between February 1987-1991. The man, previously known as Colin Pritchard was sentenced to 16 years for offences against young boys

THREE men who carjacked luxury cars to rob cigarette trucks have been jailed at Isleworth Crown Court. The trio stole around £80,000 worth of cigarettes from Palmer and Harvey delivery trucks.

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Illegal booze and fags uncovered

Illegal cigarettes uncovered in swoops across London AN operation to disrupt the sale and supply of illegal tobacco and alcohol in Croydon, Tooting, Sutton and Streatham uncovered more than 49,180 cigarettes, 2.15 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco and 731.3 litres of alcohol, all believed to be illicit. A further 43.06 kilos of chewing tobacco, 10.98 kilos of oral snuff, and 85.5 kilos of shisha tobacco were also seized, as well as £2,600 in cash. Around 56 officers from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), with support from Border Force, Trading Standards, Licensing Police and local authorities, visited 78 retail premises. The visits, as part of HMRC’s Tobacco Taskforce activity, led to suspected illegal tobacco and alcohol products being seized from 16 premises. This included: Croydon: Officers seized 41,820 cigarettes, 650g of hand-rolling tobacco and 600g of chewing tobacco from six retail premises and £2,600 in cash from the sale of illegal cigarettes.

Tooting: 5,800 cigarettes, 1kg of handrolling tobacco, 42kg of chewing tobacco, 85.5kg of shisha, 10.7kg of oral snuff and 672 litres of beer were seized from four retail premises. Sutton: 1,220 cigarettes, 285g of oral snuff and 58.6 litres of spirits were seized from four retail premises. Streatham: 340 cigarettes, 460g of chewing tobacco, 500g of hand rolling tobacco and 70cl of spirits were seized from two retail premises. Chris Gill, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said: “The sale of illegal tobacco and alcohol will not be tolerated by us or our partner agencies. “Disrupting criminal trade is at the heart of our strategy to clampdown on the illicit tobacco market, which costs the UK around £2.5 billion a year, and the sale of illicit alcohol which costs the UK around £1.3 billion per year. This is theft from the taxpayer and undermines legitimate traders. “We encourage anyone with information about the illegal sale of tobacco or alcohol

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to report it online or call the Fraud Hotline on 0800 788 887.” Gillian Deane, Border Force Assistant Director at Gatwick Airport, said: “By working with other enforcement agencies, such as HMRC and Trading Standards, we will continue to tackle this illegal trade head on. “The black market cheats honest traders and it is effectively stealing from the public purse. People tempted by cheap tobacco and alcohol should think again.” Merton Council’s assistant director of Public Protection, John Hill, said: “This week has seen a coordinated clampdown across Merton on those retailers who are putting public health seriously at risk by selling fake products. “With often a far more dangerously high tar content than the genuine item, such fake tobacco and cigarettes are often filled materials such as excrement and dead flies. “This kind of activity is not only immoral, it is dangerous and illegal and we will continue to work closely with the public and our partners to stamp it out.”


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Hounslow couple in fake marriage ring

Cocaine smugglers

A PAIR from Hounslow who help arranged sham marriages to break UK immigration rules are part of a group who have been jailed for a total of 23 years. The scam came to light after a registry office reported suspicions of sham marriages to an team. Investigators found the ringleaders marriage ring to be Lithuanian Jurgita Pavolvskyte (pictured right) and her husband Ayaz Khan.

DRUG dealers who transported a whopping £4.5m of cocaine across London in a holdall are now behind bars. They have been jailed for a total of 13 and a half years at the Old Bailey.

Read more at https://bit.ly/2HkRCZy FIFA World Cup 2018 tickets are being listed for as much as £5,618.80 each on secondary ticketing sites, and might not even guarantee fans entry to the game, according to a Which? investigation. Which? research found five secondary ticketing websites listing World Cup 2018 tickets for sale in the UK, despite FIFA stating on its website that tickets for all FIFA World Cup Russia matches should be sold to fans directly and exclusively via FIFA.com. The website also states that no other websites or parties have any rights to legitimately sell tickets for the event. Two tickets for the best available seat (category 1) to attend the Tunisia vs England match on Monday June 18 were listed for sale between £480.20 and a staggering £11,237.60. This represents a 3792% increase on the face value of the tickets which were available for $420 (£296.35) from the FIFA website. The investigation found tickets and hospitality packages listed on five sites. Which? is now warning fans tempted to buy from secondary sites that they run the risk of not only paying over the odds, but of not getting to their event on time or potentially not being admitted to the stadium at all. FIFA has warned it is entitled to void any ticket purchased via unauthorised distribution channels. FIFA has also warned that during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, FIFA and local authorities will be conducting strict admission checks. To access any of the Russian stadiums, fans will also need Fan ID, a document that all the spectators of 2018 FIFA World Cup matches must have to get access to stadiums. Alex Neill, Which? Managing Director of Home Products and Services, said: “Football fans need to be aware that if they buy a World Cup ticket from an unofficial source, they risk paying inflated prices and potentially not getting into the game at all.

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Beware you don’t caught out by soccer ticket crooks

Red card for the ticket sites fleecing World Cup fans “If you don't want to risk watching the World Cup from the sidelines, ? you should only buy from the official FIFA reselling website." Advice if you’ve bought FIFA World Cup 2018 tickets from unofficial sources: No other websites or parties have any rights to legitimately sell tickets for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, according to information on the official FIFA World Cup 2018 website. So, you’re at risk of not being accepted into the stadium. Some specialist secondary sites and fanto-fan exchanges have consumer protec-

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tion guarantees, so go back to the company that you bought the tickets from if you have already purchased from them. The second sales phase for tickets closed on April 3, but fans still have the chance to get tickets on a first come first served basis along with any fan resale tickets, in the last minute sales phase which runs from April 18 to July 15 on the FIFA website. Ticket prices for World Cup matches are available on the FIFA World Cup website http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/organisation/ticketing/ticket-prices.html


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London round-up Vet issued fake health cards AN Uxbridge vet has been convicted of helping a puppy farming gang to sell illegally bred puppies by issuing fake health cards and vaccination certificates for more than 4,500 dogs. Daniel Doherty, who ran two MyVet24-7 practices in Uxbridge and Hillingdon , was convicted after a four-week trial at Isleworth Crown Court . A july unanimously ruled that Doherty, of Wood Lane, Iver Heath, had conspired with Simon O’Donnell, Thomas O’Donnell, Thomas Stokes and Edward Stokes, all from Hayes , to commit fraud. Between December 2013 and February 2017, the 49-year-old vet gave falsified paperwork for thousands of puppies sold across the south east. Doherty pocketed cash-in-hand payments from the puppy farming gang who made millions selling sick and dying puppies to unsuspecting members of the public. The buyers were told the dogs were offspring of a family pet, home-bred, and socialised within a local residential family environment. In actual fact, the puppies were farmed or imported and many died from diseases such as parvovirus, which they had supposedly been vaccinated for by Doherty. The RSPCA believes 4,689 puppies were taken by the gang to MyVet 24/7 for their first vaccinations. Doherty charged the gang a discounted £16 fee per vaccine and flea/worming treatment, working out to £75,000 ending up in his pocket. Five other defendants will return to court this month for sentencing.

New PCs go on parade FOURTEEN newly trained Special Constables have officially joined the City of London Police including what the force hope will be their first ever mounted volunteer officer. Special Constables are trained volunteers who work with and support their local police force and have the same powers as regular police constables. City of London Specials have been assisting their regular colleagues in policing the Square Mile for over 100 years. During a passing out ceremony at the Honourable Artillery Company, the new cohort were all presented with their warrant cards.

company, which exclusively supplied Guy's and St Thomas' - apart from two very low value jobs. Through his firm Taylor defrauded the NHS of £598,524.27, the NHSCFA said.

Rogue trader jailed

Ahmed Amizane

Savage attackers TWO men who carried out a sudden vicious attack, leaving their victim with life-changing injuries, have been jailed. Ahmed Amizane, 44, and Stuart Battams, 46, both of no fixed abode, were both found guilty of grievous bodily harm at Blackfriars Crown Court. Amizane was sentenced to two years and nine months’ imprisonment. Battams was sentenced to two years and seven months’ imprisonment. The court heard how on 1 October 2017, Amizane and Battams were with the victim, Dennis Clarke, near Camden High Street. The three men walked to Carlow Street where Amizane and Battams subjected Mr Clarke to an apparently unprovoked attack.

Unlocking the key to cash THE chief locksmith at a major London hospital has been jailed for six years for defrauding the NHS out of £600,000. Andrew Taylor used his position at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust in London to purchase locksmith materials from his own firm at up to 1,200% over market rates. Taylor, 55, from Ondine Road, Dulwich, was found guilty at Inner London Crown Court, of fraud by abuse of position. Taylor was appointed permanent locksmith in 2006. His role included obtaining best value quotes for locksmith supplies. Under Taylor, Guy's and St Thomas' purchased materials from a company called Surety Security between 2007 and 2013. Investigators found Taylor owned the

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A CONVICTED rogue trader went on a £75,000 spending spree while on day release from prison – when he should have been working in a food bank. Alex Hope, 29, of Pan Peninsula, Canary Wharf, was jailed for seven years in 2015 for swindling £5.5 million out of his investors to fund his lavish lifestyle. He was then ordered to serve an extra 18 months behind bars in September 2016 after handing over just £1,000 of a £166,696 confiscation order imposed in February 2016. But the unrepentant swindler wrote to his offending manager, saying he wanted to be allowed out on day release so he could volunteer at a food bank in Brixton. Instead of helping the needy, the fraudster went on a £75,000 spending spree, which included sending a bottle of champagne to pop star Rihanna. Southwark Crown Court heard some of the £75,000 was traced back to West End tickets for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a Rihanna concert, boxing match tickets, and cash prosecco and vodka.

Royal PC dismissed A PC convicted of drink driving has been dismissed from the Metropolitan Police Service. A special case hearing was held for PC Mario Tavasoli, attached to Royalty and Specialist Protection, to answer allegations that his conduct amounted to a breach of standards of professional behaviour in relation to discreditable conduct. On August 26, 2017, PC Tavasoli, who was off-duty, failed a roadside breath test after being stopped by Essex Police. On October 4, 2017 he pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence of alcohol at North Essex Magistrates’ Court and was sentenced to a 19-month driving ban and fined a total of £592. The chair of the hearing found his conduct proven as gross misconduct and he was dismissed without notice.


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Company director avoids prison sentence

Rail station attacker

A HAYES man who evaded nearly £300,000 in tax on a shipping container loaded with shisha tobacco, was given a suspended jail sentence. Company director Harmit Singh, 43, of Hayes End Drive, attempted to smuggle shisha from India through Felixstowe and have it delivered to an address in Southall. It was worth £291,467.55 in duty.

JOHN McDonagh, 19, from Forest Gate has been jailed for six months by magistrates at Southend for an attack that caused actual bodily harm to a 61-yearold man at Leigh-on-Sea railway station.

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Paul’s novel tribute to a canine hero

Paul with canine Hero Sherlock and, right, the new book cover MEET Sherlock, the London Fire Brigade’s fire investigation dog with a nose for saving lives. Now four-legged super-sleuth is about to be immortalised in a new and official book written by his handler Watch Manager Paul Osborn Sherlock The Fire Brigade Dog, due to be published this month to coincide with International Firefighters’ Day, is a joint collaboration between Paul, London Fire Brigade, LFB Enterprises (LFBe) and the publisher, Penguin Books. The book tells the story of the unbreakable bond between Paul and Sherlock formed the moment they first met in 2013 to how four years later, their partnership has become an important and integral part of the Brigade’s firefighting and prevention team. The book provides a fascinating, and often comic, insight into Paul's life with

his best mate, both at work and at home, highlighting Paul's favourite moments including meeting HRH Prince Charles and picking up the Mirror and RSPCA Animal Hero award in 2017, alongside Sherlock's now retired team mates Murphy and Roscoe. Paul Osborne, Watch Manager in the Brigade’s Fire Investigation Team, said: “Sherlock is an invaluable asset to the fire investigation team and I am incredibly fortunate to be able to work with him so closely. “The work Sherlock does always fascinates members of the public and he is always a hit among children and adults alike when we attend fire station open days and school visits and even when we arrive at the scene of an incident. “This book will give the public a real insight into the work we do together and I hope everyone enjoys finding out more

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about how important and well loved Sherlock is not only by myself and the Brigade, but also my family and the general public.” Sherlock assists the Brigade with fire investigation, resulting in a higher level of accuracy and conviction rate of deliberately set fires where an ignitable liquid has been used. The five-year-old working cocker spaniel is trained to identify the presence of 10 ignitable liquids, ranging from acetone to petrol, whether neat, evaporated, burnt or mixed. These are known as his 'target substances'. While at work, Sherlock will identify an area of interest, which is then documented before samples are taken by a police scenes of crime officer for analysis. He can identify much smaller amounts than portable equipment and can do it much quicker, saving time and money.


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Home and away Prudential trademark tussle PRUDENTIAL Insurance has filed suit against a bank in Philadelphia named Prudential Bank for trademark infringement and unfair competition. The New Jersey-based Fortune 500 company has claimed that Prudential Bank’s recent name change, which includes use of a white and blue colour scheme, “creates an overall commercial impression that is confusingly similar to the overall commercial impression created by the combination of the Prudential mark and Prudential design”. The In its complaint, Prudential Insurance states it had tried to resolve the situation with Prudential Bank before filing a lawsuit, but that the two financial services companies failed to reach an agreement.

Indian banking sector reports a fraud every hour THE crisis of confidence in India’s banking sector has come to a head, particularly over the last two months. First, there was the $2 billion loan fraud at Punjab National Bank (PNB) in February 2018 and then, in March, the alleged irregularities at ICICI Bank. However, data show that long before PNB hogged the headlines, Indian banks had reported frauds at an average of at least one every hour in financial year 2017. Between April 2016 and March 2017, Indian lenders reported 12,533 cases of fraud, totaling $2.79 billion, according to a report by Institutional Investor Advisory Services, a proxy advisory firm. “Such high quantum of frauds can be attributed to weak internal controls, which are capable of leaving an indelible dent on the balance sheet of the bank,” the report said. Ironically, public sector banks (PSBs), which lost the most amount of money to frauds, spent significantly more on audits than their private sector peers. “But this has failed to improve audit quality. The focus now needs to shift to strengthening the audit quality by plugging process gaps and streamlining the checks and balances,” the report added.

Fashion house gets $60m A US court has awarded $60 million to fashion brand Salvatore Ferragamo, which had sued a number of websites selling fake versions of its products. Though the award is impressively large, the outcome is described by Securing Industry as “largely symbolic”, because the owners of the roughly 150 domain names cited in the case are unlikely to be tracked down; although the luxury clothing company claimed it could access some of the compensation through PayPal accounts associated with the offending websites. Similarly large damages have been awarded to other design houses, such as Gucci America and Alexander Wang in recent years.

Mama mia, it’s a scam ITALIAN football club Lazio has reportedly been scammed out of €2 million by email fraudsters claiming to be a team negotiating the transfer of a player. The Serie A team was duped into releasing funds after it received an official looking email from what appeared to be representatives from Dutch club Feyenoord, demanding a final payment for the transfer of a player in 2014. Fraudsters with knowledge of the deal, which saw defender Stefan de Vrij transfer to Lazio from Feyenoord, were able to trick Lazio's accountants into sending the outstanding balance of €2 million (£1.75m) to their own bank account,

The Punjabi National Bank, involved in a $2billion loan fraud according to Italian newspaper Il Tempo. Feyenoord claims it had no knowledge of any such communication, and that it never received the funds. According to prosecutors speaking to the newspaper, the money has been tracked down to a Dutch account, but it isn't owned by Feyenoord.

Barclays $2bill payout BARCLAYS will pay $2 billion (£1.42 billion) to settle claims for billions of dollars of losses suffered by investors who bought toxic mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the 2007 financial crisis, the U.S. Justice Department has said. The British bank denied misleading investors about the quality of the mortgage loans backing the instruments and allegations it committed mail fraud and

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bank fraud. The settlement, described by Barclays Chief Executive Jes Staley as “fair and proportionate”, resolves the bank’s largest outstanding legal issue in the United States, and could reassure investors who had been braced for a potentially larger fine. “The settlement is at the bottom end of expectations and has come sooner than expected, so this is a good outcome for Barclays,” Ian Gordon, analyst at Investec Bank in London, said. “It has been a priority for this management team from the start to resolve these historic issues in a timely and appropriate manner wherever possible,” Staley said


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Officers honoured for saving man’s life

Tolu is top cadet

TWO police officers who saved a man’s life using a new portable defibrillator after he collapsed in the street have been honoured for their outstanding professionalism. Merton PCs Knight and Dodson received their award for saving the life of 59year-old Ray Willoughby (right) and were among 60 officers rewarded at a commendation ceremony held at University for the Creative Arts centre in Epsom.

TOLU Duckworth, 17, an A-level student at Townley Grammar School in Townley Road, Bexleyheath, has been named St John Ambulance regional cadet of the year after a three-day contest.

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LENNIE James, star of countless television dramas like Save Me (which he wrote), The Walking Dead and Line of Duty, has stepped into the row over knife crime in this country. The South London raised star, who went to the Ernest Bevin College in Tooting, has written a passionate letter targeted at any youngster who chooses to carry a knife. Here we publish it in full and hope his wise words touch the consciences of anyone who believes that carrying a knife is cool “To whom it may concern, my name is Lennie James. I am a 42-year-old father of three. I grew up in south-west London. I was brought up by a single mother. I was orphaned at 10, lived in a kids' home until I was 15 and was then fostered. “I tell you this not to claim any special knowledge of how you've grown, but to explain how I have, and from where I draw my understanding. “I want to talk to you about the knife you're carrying in your belt or pocket or shoe. The one you got from your mum's kitchen or ordered online or robbed out of the camping shop. The knife you tell yourself you carry for protection, because you never know who else has got one. “I want to talk to you about what that knife will do for you. If you carry it, the chances are you will be called on to use it. It is a deadly weapon, so if you use it the chances are you will kill with it. “So after you've killed with it, after you've seen how little force it takes for sharpened steel to puncture flesh; after your mates have run away from the boy you've left bleeding; when you're looking for somewhere to dash the blade, and lighter fluid to burn your clothes. “When your blood is burning in your veins and your heart is beating out of your chest to where you want to puke or cry, but can't coz you're toughing it out for your boyz. “ When you are bang smack in the middle of 'Did you see that!' and 'Oh, Jesus Christ!' here's who to blame... “Blame the boy you just left for dead. Blame him for not believing you when

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‘A knife or a gun does not get you respect’ you told him you were a bigger man than him. Blame him for not backing down when you made your chest broad, bounced into him and told him about your knife and how you would use it. Blame him for calling you on and making you prove yourself. “Tell yourself if he had just freed up his phone or not cut his eyes at you like he did, he wouldn't be choking on his blood and crying for his mum. “Then blame your mum. When the police are banging down her door looking for you, or she hears the whispers behind the 'wall of silence', tell her it's all her fault for being worthless.. “Cuss her out for having kids when she was nothing but a kid herself, or for picking some drug or some man over you again and again. “Even if she only had you and devoted herself to you, even if she is a great mum, blame her anyway. Blame her for

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not being around more to make sure you took the chances she was out working her fingers to the bone to give you. “When you're done with her, blame the man she picked to make you with. Blame him for being less than half the man he should have been. “When he comes to bail you out and starts running you down for the terrible thing you've done, tell him straight: 'I did what I did coz you didn't do what you should have done.' “Even if he did right; respected your mother, worked to provide for his family financially and spiritually, taught you right from wrong and drummed it home everyday... “Even if he nurtured you as best he could, blame him for the generation of men he comes from, the one that allowed an adolescent definition of manhood to become so dominant. Continued on page 10


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Bogus policeman alert in Hackney

Eviction table toppers

POLICE in Hackney are investigating three incidents in a 24-hour period where a man stole items from residents after claiming to be a police officer. On each occasion, the suspect has approached people in the street and told them he is a plain clothes police officer and demanded to see identification before searching people in the street stating they were stopped because they were acting suspiciously.

ENFIELD has the highest eviction rate in London , according to the Trust for London and New Policy Institute. For every 1,000 rented households, 3.4 per cent of tenants will face eviction.

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From page 9 “The one that measures a man by how many babymothers he has wrangling his offspring, or by how 'bad' his reputation is on the streets of whatever couple of square miles he chooses to call his 'ends'. “Damn them for letting you believe that respect is to be found with gun in hand or knife in your pocket. Damn them and everyone who feeds the myth of these gangsters, villains, thieves and hustlers, anyone who makes them heroes while damning hard-working, educated, honest men as weak, sell-outs or pussies. “If you are black, blame white people for the history of indignities they heaped on you and yours. For the humiliation of having to go cap-in-hand or get down on bended knee or having to burn crap down before you are afforded something so basically fundamental as equality. “If you are white, blame black folk and Muslims for taking all your excuses. Failing that, blame a class system that keeps you poor and ignorant so the 'uppers' and 'middles' can feel better about themselves. “You have good reason to blame them all. I wouldn't be you growing up now for love nor money. Your generation has so little room to manoeuvre. We had more space to step around the bullshit. We weren't excluded at the rate you lot are. “Teachers hadn't given up or lost their authority over us. They still tried to protect and guide us even through our most disruptive years. “The police stopped and searched us, but we fought that right out of their hands - we hoped into extinction. But they want to bring back that abusive

practice. They are still hooked on punishment rather than prevention. “They seem ignorant to the fact that they are feeding you acceptance of an already prevalent gang mentality. As far as you can see, the police are not protecting and serving you, they are coming at you like just another street gang trying to boss your postcode. “When I was where you are now, generations of state agencies, social services, policy-makers and politicians had not abdicated all responsibility for me. We weren't left to our own devices like you have been. Is it any wonder that you end up expressing yourself in such a violently pathetic way?

“We should be ashamed. I am. You have shamed us into a desperate need to do something about ourselves. We have collectively failed you and we should take all the blame that is ours for that... but so should you.

“I blame you. I blame you because as a generation you are selfish, self-centred and have little or no empathy for anyone but yourselves. You are politically stunted and socially irresponsible and... you scare us. “What scares us most is that you would rather die than learn. Your only salvation may be that still most of you aren't playing it out dirty. The vast majority of young men, even with all that is stacked against them, are finding their way around the crap. “The boy you will kill, should you continue to carry that knife, almost certainly had the same collective failures testing him. He probably felt no less abandoned and no less scared. He also, almost certainly, wasn't carrying a knife. “Whatever it seems like, whatever you've read, whatever you tell yourself about protection being your reason, statistics show the life you take will be that of an unarmed person. That is what that knife will do for you. It will make you escalate a situation to where it is needed. It will give you a misguided sense of confidence. It will make you the aggressor. “That knife will make you use it. It will

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bring you nothing worth having. There is no respect there. The street may give you some passing recognition, but any name you think you might make will soon be forgotten. “Your victim will be remembered long after you. Name me one of the boys who killed Stephen Lawrence. Once you've bloodied that knife you may as well be dead because you'll be buried for 10 to 20 years. Banged up for that long, only a fool would look back and think it was worth it. You'll be nothing more than a sad, unwanted, unnecessary statistic. “If you were mine, this is what I would tell you. I would make myself a big enough man to beg. I'd get down on bended knees if I had to. I would beg you to take that knife out of your pocket and leave it at home. “I would tell you that I know you are scared and lost and that I know the risks involved in what I'm asking you to do. “I know that what we could step around, you have to walk through, and that there is always some fool who isn't going to make it any other way but the wrong way. I'm just begging you not to be that fool. “Be a better man than that. Let the story they tell of you be that you exceeded expectations... that you didn't drown. Don't spend your days looking to be a 'bad-man' - try to be a good one. “Our biggest failure is that our actions have left you not knowing how precious you are. We have left you unaware of your worth to us. You are precious to us. Give yourself the chance to grow enough to understand why.”

Be safe. Lennie James


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Cocaine found in woman’s suitcase

Car firm was a scam

A HOMERTON woman has been jailed for nine-and-a-half years after being caught trying to smuggle more than £569,000 of crack cocaine into the UK. Roseanna Shakes, 57, of Coopersale Road, and Karen Anderson, 50, of Enfield were stopped at St Pancras International in August after arriving from Paris and cocaine was found in their cases.

PLAISTOW car mechanic Gurdeep Haire, who set up fake firms as a front for a £5.3 million money laundering scam has been jailed for six years. He ran the scam from the bedroom of his terraced home.

Read more at https://bit.ly/2GNEwEW DETECTIVES investigating a fight outside a bar in Eltham 10 years ago, which left a man still needing constant hospital care, have made a fresh appeal for information on his attackers. On Tuesday, February 26,2008, Marcus Bouskill, then aged 35, was found collapsed at his home address on Parkfield Road. He had been involved in an altercation three days before in the early hours of Saturday, February 23 outside Racks Snooker and Pool bar on Well Hall Road. In the lead up to the incident, Marcus had been to the Crown pub on Court Road with colleagues and friends after work on the Friday evening. He went on to visit Racks Snooker and Pool bar at about 11pm.. Marcus agreed with a colleague that he would be picked up for work at 8.30am the following morning to travel to work. It is then believed that Marcus and two of his friends got into an altercation with a group of youths in the bar. When they were removed from the premises by security staff, a fight is believed to have continued outside. At 1.30am, Marcus called his colleague who was due to pick him up for work to say that he would not be able to attend work later that morning. He explained that he had suffered a ‘bit of a hiding’ but was ok. Marcus refused medical treatment and made his way home on foot. At approximately 9.30 that same morning, the colleague who was due to pick him up for work paid a visit to Marcus’s home to check he was ok. He was found covered in blood with a black eye and broken nose and was unable to recollect who had attacked him or why. At this time, Marcus was in a stable condition and his colleague stayed with him until midday and left after Marcus explained he didn’t wish to attend hospital. In the coming days, Marcus’s condition deteriorated and despite his friends and family making calls to check on him, he wasn’t heard from for the next two days. On Tuesday, his mother went to his

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Marcus is lying in a hospital bed with injuries he will never recover from

Help us find the thugs who attacked Marcus home and could see Marcus collapsed on the floor. Officers forced entry into the property and Marcus was found in a life-threatening condition. He was taken to a south London hospital where he now requires constant medical attention. Numerous arrests have been made and have all since been released with no further action. Police from Greenwich CID continue to investigate to bring those responsible to justice. During the course of the investigation detectives have followed and eliminated numerous investigative leads, viewed many hours of CCTV and have spoken to a large number witnesses. Even after ten years there are still ongoing enquiries into a number of lines of enquiry. Detective Inspector Edward Wilkinson, who is leading the investigation, said:

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“Throughout the last 10 years, we have attempted to trace Marcus’s exact whereabouts and establish what lead to the fight breaking out. “We believe a number of white youths were involved that Marcus had previously met at the Post Office pub just a few weeks earlier however the cause of the altercation remains unclear. “Marcus sustained brutal and shocking injuries which he will sadly never recover from.I know there were a lot of people in the area at the time of the incident and indeed many people who were even in contact with Marcus in the days before he was discovered by police. "Whilst we have made significant progress in establishing what has happened, I am appealing directly to those who have not yet come forward." Anyone with information should contact Greenwich CID on 0208 284 9425; or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111


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Terrorised youths with imitation gun

£40k fire death fine

A MAN whose use of an imitation firearm caused youths in Newham to flee in terror has been jailed for over 10 years. Peter Brown, (right) of Stanford-le-Hope was sentenced to 10 years and nine months at Snaresbrook Crown Court last month. He had pleaded guilty to possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear or violence.

PARC Properties Management Ltd has been ordered to pay £40,000 following the death of 23 year old Sophie Rosser at a fire at a block of flats on the Isle of Dogs.

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Television discount deals could cost you thousands as criminals steal your identity

Switch off this TV discount deal THE National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) is warning about an increase in Action Fraud reports where fraudsters are offering a discount on television service provider subscriptions. Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, purporting to be from a Television (TV) provider offering a discount on their monthly subscription. Victims have been told that their subscription needs to be renewed; that part or all, of the TV equipment has expired and they are due an upgrade on the equipment/subscription. In order to falsely process the discount, the fraudster asks victims to confirm or provide their bank account details. The scammers may also request the victim’s identification documents, such as scanned copies of passports. The fraudsters are using the following

telephone numbers: “08447111444”, “02035190197” and “08001514141”. The fraudster’s voices are said to sound feminine and have an Asian accent. Later victims make enquiries and then discover that their TV service provider did not call them and that the fraudster has made transactions using the victim’s bank account details. This type of fraud is nationwide. Since the beginning of this year, there have been 300 Action Fraud reports relating to this fraud. From the reports received, victims aged over 66 seem to be the most targeted. Be on your guard  Don’t assume a phone call or email is authentic: Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and address or even your mother’s maiden name), it doesn’t mean they are genuine.

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 Criminals can exploit the names of well-known companies in order to make their scams appear genuine.  Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision: a genuine company won’t force you to make a financial decisions on the spot.  Always be wary if you’re pressured to purchase a product or service quickly.  Stay in control: Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information.  Always contact the company yourself using a known email or phone number, such as the one written on a bank statement or bill. Visit Take Five (takefivestopfraud.org.uk/advice/) and Cyber Aware (cyberaware.gov.uk) for more information about how to protect yourself online.


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Now Trygve becomes Safeland

Terror trainee jailed

TRYGVE, the Swediish firm behind the successful App of the same name, wikll be called Safeland in future. It isnchanging it’s name because besides being significantly less stressful to spell and say, Safeland captures who the organisation is and what they do. mission. Safeland is for everyone - police, Neighbourhood Watch, councilis and residents.

ASPIRING Isis terrorist Ahmedeltigani Alsyed, 20, who trained for jihad in Syria with paintballing and gym sessions has been jailed for four and a half years at Woolwich Crown Court.

www.safe.land/gb/home THE 15 most and least trusted charity sectors have been revealed, with cancer claiming the top spot in a new survey on the trust in charities. According to the research Trust in charities and the overseas development sector, conducted by nfpSynergy, 76 per cent of respondents said they trusted cancer charities – 39 per cent claiming they had “a great deal” of trust, while 37 per cent said they trusted the sector “up to a point”. This was followed by rescue services and hospices, which both held the trust of 75 per cent of respondents. The religious and overseas aid development sectors were found to be the least trusted. Just 36 and 32 per cent of people said they trusted the sectors respectively. As much as 40 per cent of those questioned said they didn’t trust religious charities, while 37 per cent said they lacked trust in overseas and aid development. The most and least trusted charity sectors 1. Cancer: 76% 2. Rescue services: 75% 3. Hospices: 75% 4. Health and medical (exc cancer): 72% 5. Dementia: 71% 6. Disability: 70% 7. UK Armed Forces: 69% 8. Animals: 68% 9. Children and young people: 68% 10. Older people: 68% 11. Homelessness and social welfare: 63% 12. Environment and conservation: 60% 13. Sensory impairment: 58% 14. Overseas aid and development: 36% 15. Religious: 32% The overall trust in charities dropped by 6 per cent this year, down from 60 per cent last autumn to 54 per cent in February. However, compared to a year ago, the research found the trust in most sectors has remained stable, except for overseas aid and development. The report said trust in charities has not fallen by as much as anticipated as a result of the Oxfam scandal. “This is probably because overseas

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Cancer tops the poll of most trusted charities charities are already seen differently by the public,” the report said. “They are trusted less, and are seen to need less money – probably as a result of negative media coverage, and potentially the hostility towards the 0.7 per cent of national income spent on foreign aid in recent years.

“So the Oxfam scandal has reinforced the negative views of many about overseas charities, and left the rest of the charity sector relatively unscathed (for now). Compared to other institutions, charities were the eight most trusted sector.

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The research found the NHS to be the most trusted, followed by the Armed Forces, schools, the Royal Mail, the police, Scouts and Guides and small businesses. Charities received the trust of 54% of the respondents, while the NHS received 76%. Political parties were the least trusted at just 11 per cent. Only 1 per cent said they had “a great deal” of trust in politicians. “Given how volatile trust in charities is, there is nothing for anybody to be complacent about,” the report added. “As the Oxfam scandal shows, a media storm about almost any aspect of charities is only just around the corner.”


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Rising crime is a cause for concern

Cocaine smuggler jailed

THE latest crime statistics released by the Metropolitan Police make for unhappy reading with overall crime rising by 6.4% (777,458 to 827,225). Violence against the person is up by 5.26% (237,774 to 20,287), homicides up by a staggering 44% (109 to 157) - eight of these due to terror attacks - and knife crime up by 5.7% (4,446 to 4,700).

DEAN Francis, the third member of a drug-dealing gang that used a helicopter to transport millions of pounds worth of cocaine from Europe to the UK has been jailed for 12 years.

Full statistics at bit.ly/2Hvzklr OLUWATOBI Sunmonu was fascinated with gangsters, not with the likes of Al Capone or the Mafia dons, but the lesser known drug lords of Jamaica, Queens and New York. Sunmonu, 26, of Artillery Place, Woolwich, modelled his gang on the Supreme Team, the legendary players, pimps and dope boys who became outlaw heroes earning a place alongside better known legends in criminal history. Detectives believed Sunmonu modelled the structure of his gang and the way he conducted his criminality on both real and fictional gangsters. He even had a fake driving licence in the name of Thomas Corleone, the surname of the fictional Sicilian family on which the Godfather films were based in. A book titled “The Supreme Team” was found locked in Sunomnu’s safe which details the rise of an organised crime syndicate in New York City in the 1980s. In correspondence between Sunmonu, and two fellow gang members Toni Ferry and Iyisha Levine, Sunmonu often referred to his group as The Supreme Team. But Sunmonu was never in the same league and after seeing him jailed at Harrow Crown Court to nine years and three months for drugs and firearm offences, Detective Sergeant Mark Attridge, from the Met’s Trident and Area Crime Command, said: “Sunmonu was the head of his organisation and compared himself to both real and fictional gangsters as he distributed drugs and firearms across London. “It became apparent he clearly believed that he as the supplier and not the end user of his drugs and firearms was somehow not responsible for the misery he inflicted on London’s streets.” Sunmonu, 26 was arrested as a result of an intelligence-led investigation carried out by the Met’s Trident and Area Crime Command.Co-conspirators, Toni Ferry and Iyisha Levine, were also arrested. On May 20 last year, officers searched a room at the Queens Hotel, Bayswater, where they found four bags locked with padlocks. They contained:  Five handguns;  One semi-automatic firearm;

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Iyisha Levine

Oluwatobi Sunmonu

Toni Perry

Fascinated by the drug lords in New York  One silencer;  A large quantity of live ammunition;  A large quantity of component parts of ammunition;  A large quantity of cocaine and heroin valued at approximately £152,000. Detectives also discovered a false driving licence in the name of Thomas Corleone. The picture on the licence was of Sunmonu. Ferry, Sunmonu’s girlfriend, had assisted in renting and paying for the hotel room where the drugs, firearms and ammunition were stored. The group paid in excess of £28,000 to rent the room over one year and five months. Ferry and Levine played a key part in Sunmonu’s drug enterprise, and would stay in hotel suites for days at a time, preparing and packaging large quantities of Class A drugs ready for distribution. Officers also discovered a number of

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firearms had been purchased and delivered to Ferry’s home in Islington. Throughout the investigation, detectives uncovered an Organised Criminal Network (OCN) divided into two areas of business the supply of firearms and ammunition and the supply of Class A drugs. Sunmonu oversaw the criminality and would purchase firearms and ammunition before distributing them to gangs in a wider criminal network. Ferry, 23, of Lamb’s Passage, Islington, was found guilty of various charges including drugs and firearm offences and jailed for 13 years. Levine, 29, of Westbourne Park Road, Notting Hill, was found guilty of two counts of conspiracy to possess Class A drugs with intent to supply (cocaine and heroin) and sentenced to five years in prison.


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Massive counterfeit wine fraud is uncovered

Cash for cyber skills

THE extent of wine fraud in the Côtes du Rhône has been unveiled, amounting to 66.5 million bottles of counterfeit wine. The scam is being described as a “a massive misuse of the Côtes du Rhône label” by French authorities. Guillaume Ryckwaert, CEO of France’s largest bulk wine negociant Raphaël Michel was arrested last year on suspicion of passing off cheap wine.

UK Police forces have spent over £1.3m on specialist cyber security training programmes for nearly 40,000 officers and staff, according to a new report from the Parliament Street think tank.

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Businesses get burglary advice MET Police officers are working with local businesses to tackle burglars as new crime statistics released The City of London Police is advising all local premises to be savvier with their security to prevent themselves falling victim to burglary. Simple but effective steps can reduce the chances of both opportunistic and more sophisticated burglaries as newly-released statistics highlight the hotspots in the City. Police are encouraging multi-occupancy commercial buildings in particular as criminals will often target these premises where they can steal from numerous offices in quick succession with offenders likely to either force entry or trespass into the building. Officers are asking premises in the City to identify areas vulnerable to forced entry and make them more secure, paying particular attention to windows and doors. They are also encouraging staff of commercial buildings to be wary of “tail-gaters” trying to gain access through staff-only

doors and entrances, and to be confident of challenging anyone they do not recognise. Detective Sergeant Jonathan Ball, of the City of London Police’s Burglary team, said: “While the number of burglaries in the City is relatively low, premises still need to be on alert and regularly checking they have sufficient security measures in place. “Commercial offices often contain a large number of high-value items such as laptops, TVs and phones meaning only one instance of burglary can cause a significant monetary loss to a business. “While some of our crime prevention advice may seem obvious, it is essential businesses don’t become complacent. Things like regularly checking your CCTV cameras are functional and testing your security doors to check the magnets or locks haven’t worn can make a big difference.” “As a force we are committed to tackling burglary and theft; catching and prosecuting those responsible. It is important to us we create good relationships with our local business community and work with them to

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prevent these crimes from happening in the first place.” Top tips  Take steps to ensure the outside of your building is not vulnerable to opportunistic thieves by making sure windows and doors are securely locked, you have CCTV cameras and a monitored alarm installed and there is sufficient lighting around the premises.  Try not to keep cash on the premises and consider moving high-value goods away from display windows overnight.  Help your staff keep their belongings safe while they work by:  Ensuring CCTV cameras cover any staff entrances and this is advertised with signage  Providing staff with secure lockers to store their personal items out of sight  Reminding your employees to be mindful of strangers tailgating them into staff-only area For detailed crime prevention advice visit www.cityoflondon.police.uk/burglary.


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Evil rapist is put behind bars at last

Children were abused

WOMEN in London are safe at last from the evil clutches of Mamun Rashid (right) from Tower Hamlets. He has been jailed at Wood Green Crown Court after being found guilty of five counts of rape, one count of attempted rape, one count of assault by penetration, one count of sexual assault, one count of actual bodily harm (ABH) and one count of threatening to kill.

A COUPLE who subjected three young children to a tirade of physical abuse have been jailed. Yea Ping Chan, 42, and Foo Khong Heow, 49 , from Lewisham, were jailed at Woolwich Crown Court.

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Tips to keep you all safe Follow our top tips to avoid falling victim:  Is it a paid search engine ad? Look out for paid-for search engine results. These are the boxed adverts displayed at the top of search engine result pages. Quite often, the official site is the first or second non-paid-for link that appears below the ads.

Be alert to the copycats FRAUDSTERS can deceive you because they are clever, cunning and they have the ability to convince most people that they are genuine. So when you search the internet for a new passport, tax disc, birth or death certificate or to pay the London Congestion Charge and other toll charges, you assume you are contacting the genuine article. Well Peter Hall, his wife Claire and four others have proved that there are thousands of gullible people out there. Customers of Hall and his gang throughout the United Kingdom were conned out of an astonishing £37 million simply because the crooks were able to set up clone websites that looked like the real thing. Mike Andrews, lead co-ordinator of the eCrime team at National Trading Standards, which investigated the fraud, said: “This was a crime motivated by greed. This group defrauded people so they could enjoy a luxury lifestyle. “They showed no regard for the unnecessary costs they imposed on their victims - I would say they treated them with contempt." National Trading Standards said that the defendants set up copycat websites mimicking

government services. The group also set up sites that copied the American, Turkish, Cambodian, Vietnamese and Sri Lankan official visa sites where people could apply for electronic visas to visit those countries. Hall was sent to prison for 15 years while the remaining five criminals were given sentences totalling 22 years. But the criminal activity throws up the question: How do I know if I am using a genuine Government website or not? Mr Andrews said: “I would urge people to always use the GOV.UK website when looking to apply for any kind of government service such as a passport, driving licence or EHIC card. “Search engines may seem the easiest route but searching using the GOV.UK website is the safest way of ensuring you do not fall victim to a copycat website." Google has been working with the Government and has stopped selling adverts to some of the websites which have been the cause of many complaints. But Google remains very keen to hear from people who feel misled after clicking on such adverts appearing above their search results.

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 Read the homepage: Take a couple of minutes to double-check the site; don’t dive straight into filling out an application form. Visit the homepage and read the text there. It may even say that the site is not officially affiliated with the official body.  Check the web address: Don’t be fooled by a .org web address, as this is no guarantee that it is a body’s official website. Any website claiming to be an official government website should have a .gov.uk address.  Https vs http: Although it’s not always a guarantee, you can check for ‘https://’ at the beginning of the website address. On pages where you are entering personal information, this indicates that there is encryption in place to protect your personal details; websites just with http:// don’t encrypt your details.


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Massive counterfeit wine fraud is uncovered

New murder appeal

FOR those of you out there who are not sure whether you are scam savvy or not, try taking the Barclays quiz.It deals with Vishing, Phishing, Smishing and Identity Fraud and there is also advice on how to keep your bank account safe and tips on what to lookout for when a fraudster contacts you. Give it a try and see if you are safe from the fraudsters.

POLICE have launched a fresh appeal to find the killers of Abraham Badru in Hackney last month and a £20,000 reward is still on offer to anyone with information that leads to a conviction.

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Say no to phone loan deal

Take the Barclays quiz to see if you can beat the fraudsters

NO disrespects to Indian call centres because I am sure that most of them are honest, genuine organisations operating on behalf of bone fide companies. Sadly calls from foreign countries tend to trigger alarm bells because of all the frauds and scams we read about on the internet and in newspapers. So when I received a call from someone purporting to be representing Barclays, I naturally viewed the call with suspicion even though I have been a Barclays customer for 40 plus years. I became even more suspicious when the caller said he was only calling to offer me a preferential rate for a loan. As a Barclays customer for more than 40 years they have never contacted meby phone and, they have certainly never called me to ask if I want to borrow money. So I contacted Barclays direct and they agreed that they would never contact any customer by phone and certainly don’t call customers even though they may have generous loan rates. Not only Barclays, but no other bank would contact its customers direct so if you get such a

call alwayas treat it with suspicion. In fact Barclays said the following: “If you get a call that you think sound suspect don’t engage in a long conversation and always take a breath or two to think about what the person on the other end is saying. “Speak to a friend, relative or neighbour and get their advice because they could save not only you a lot of heartbreak, but could prevent you losing a lot of money too.” Barclays offer security advice on their website www.barclays.co.uk/security and to seeif you would fall for the smooth chatter of an online criminal you could take their online quiz. The banking giant asks whether you recognise a fake caller, spot a phishing email or know when a fraudster is trying to take control of your computer? Their interactive challenge deals with Vishing,Phishing, Smishing, Remote Access and Identity Fraud and can be found at https://www .barclays.co.uk/security/digitally-safe-quiz/#/ There is also advice on how to keep your bank account safe and tips on what to lookout for when a fraudster contacts you.

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How to avoid the fraudsters What to do if you've been scammed Below is a need-to-know checklist of what you should do.  If you've already responded to a scam, end all further communication immediately.  Call your bank and cancel any recurring payments.  Report the scam to the police through Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, or report a scam anonymously on its website.  Speak to the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 040506 or the Financial Conduct Authority's helpline on 0800 111 6768. How do I know if I've been scammed?  You've got unexplained transactions made to your bank account.  Additional financial products pop up on your credit report that you don't remember taking out.  Bank statements meant for your address aren't delivered – this could be a sign of ID fraud.  You're rejected for credit when you've got a good credit history. It's worth checking your credit reference file on a monthly basis to see if someone is making false applications for credit in your name.


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New figures reveal a fraud epidemic

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THE UK has a fraud problem and its growing, according to the latest data released by Cifas, the country’s leading fraud prevention service combining data from hundreds of organisations that show worrying new trends in financial crime. Cases of identity theft reached an all-time high in 2017 with almost 175,000 cases recorded.

MERTON Council handed out more flytipping fines than most local authorities in 2016/17 handing out 5352 fixed penalty notices fewer than Waltham Forest (7394) and Ealing (8398).

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The cost of upfront fees fraud VICTIMS are being scammed out of more than £3.5 million a year by fraudsters tricking them into transferring an upfront fee before they are given a loan, the Financial Conduct Authority is warning. The regulator has seen a 44% increase in loan fee scams, where victims are tricked into paying an upfront fee for a loan which they ultimately never receive, and says the average loss is £740 per person. This is now the most common type of scam reported to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), with more than 1,276 reports in 2017 compared to 888 in 2016. How to protect yourself The FCA says fraudsters target those who are searching for a loan online - usually the most financially vulnerable, including those on lower incomes and with low credit ratings, who have limited access to mainstream credit.

They may give various excuses for charging an upfront fee, such as claiming it's a deposit, admin fee or insurance for those with low credit ratings. While there are legitimate loan brokers who charge fees in advance and are authorised by the FCA, being asked to pay a fee can be a warning sign of this type of scam. Other warning signs include:  Being asked to pay in an unusual way e.g. by iTunes vouchers or a money transfer  Being put under pressure to pay the fee quickly  Being asked to pay multiple fees If you are asked to pay an upfront fee ALWAYS check you're dealing with authorised firm on the FCA register and make sure the details match those you are being given. If you think you're being approached about a scam loan you can report it to the

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FCA or call the contact centre on 0800 111 6768. You can also contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Mark Steward, executive director of enforcement and market oversight at the FCA, said: “We're seeing an increasing number of cases of loan fee fraud reported to us. Fraudsters target people making online loan applications and who think they're being contacted by a legitimate loan provider, when they are not at all. “Scammers take advantage of the excitement people feel when they are offered or accepted for a loan and make the loan conditional of an upfront fee, which can increase to hundreds of pounds. Of course, no loan ever materialises. “Before applying for a loan always check who you’re dealing with, be sceptical, make sure the loan provider is authorised by the FCA."


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Woman guilty of grooming a child

Sex offender jailed

A WOMAN found guilty of grooming and having sexual relations with an underage child has been sentenced to two years and nine months imprisonment. Kelly Wolf, 28, (right) from Enfield, was found guilty at Wood Green Crown Court, of two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence.

STEVEN Burt of Plumstead has been jailed for multiple sexual offences committed over a 20-year period. Burt, 61, was jailed for a total of 32 years and six months at Isleworth Crown Court.

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Scams affect the lives of millions of people across the UK and postal, telephone and doorstep scams are often targeted at disadvantaged customers A Friends Against Scams event supported by NatWest bank

Be a Friend to defeat scammers A CALL to action for individuals, communities, businesses, neighbours and work colleagues to help ‘take a stand against scams’ has been announced by the Government. At an event in Westminster it was confirmed that the Friends Against Scams campaign – run by National Trading Standards to help people spot and report scams – is planning to train up to a million people to be Friends Against Scams by 2020. Scams affect the lives of millions of people across the UK and postal, telephone and doorstep scams are often targeted at disadvantaged consumers or those in vulnerable situations. The National Trading Standards Scams Team estimates that the cost to consumers as a result of these scams is between £5 and £10 billion a year.

Since its National launch last year the Friends Against Scams campaign has already provided training to more than 30,000 people, helping them understand how to spot a scam and empowering them to help prevent relatives, neighbours and friends from becoming victims. “The campaign was launched here in Suffolk at the beginning of January, and as such we ask that you join us in taking a stand against scams, and become a Friend today,” said a Trading Standards spokesman. How to support the Friends Against Scams campaign  Completing a short awareness training session in person or online. People can find out more about the training at www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk..  Becoming a SCAMchampion by hosting awareness sessions to recruit Friends and

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driving Friends Against Scams forward in their communities or workplace. More information about how to become a SCAMchampion can be found hereat www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk..  Signing their company or organisation up to Friends Against Scams. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy recently become the first government department to commit to training all of their staff to become Friends Against Scams. Public figures can become a SCAMbassador by using their influence to raise the profile of scams at a national level. More information about this can be found here. For more information about the Friends Against Scams campaign please visit www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk.


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Detectives appeal to find gunshot killers

Magazine scam alert

DETECTIVES have launched a fresh anniversary appeal to find out who killed Karim Samms just over a year ago. The teenager (pictured right) was found with gunshot wounds on Roebourne Way, Canning Town, after residents reported shots being fired. Samms was pronounced dead at the scene while another man was also found the same evening with gunshot wounds in Claremont Close.

ACTION Fraud is warning consumers and businesses to be aware of a new scam in which fraudsters claim to be collecting debts from legitimate bailiff companies over bogus magazine subscriptions.

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‘McMafia styled drug barons fuelling the surge in London’s crimewave’ LONDON Member of Parliament, David Lammy, claims that the recent crimewave in London that has seen over 50 people killed in knife attacks, has been fuelled by McMafia-styled drug barons. Mr Lammy, the MP for Tottenham, fears that drug lords behind cocaine trafficking and smuggling in the capital have contributed to the horrific bloodshed. The recent hit television series McMafia, saw the Russian mafia flooding the capital – and other major centres across the world – with drugs and were part of a cartel that has developed the trade in Mexico,Turkey, America, Columbia and now London. There have been over 50 murders in London already in 2018, exceeding the murder rate for the same period in New York. Last month in Mr Lammy's own Tottenham constituency a 17 year old girl was killed in a drive-by shooting, an incident reminiscent of the era of prohibition when this type of killing was commonplace. Mr Lammy, speaking to the Evening Standard, said: “I’ve been the MP for Tottenham for 18 years and the situation at the moment and the numbers of families affected is worse than I’ve ever seen it. “We’ve had this vicious spike in knife and gun crime in Haringey, fuelled by a turf war between two rival gangs in Tottenham and Wood Green.” The postcode war claimed the life of privately-educated teenager Kelvin Odunuyi, 19, who was shot dead outside a cinema in Wood Green last month. Mr Lammy said the violence was being exacerbated by battles over "vast quantities" of cocaine passing through London. “Most of these killings are being fuelled by a huge spike in the movement of drugs, particularly cocaine,” he said. “As we see in parts of downtown America, young men - particularly in

Aleksey Serebrayakov as Dimitri Godman and Mariya Shukshina as his wife Oksana, with James Norton behind, in BBC’s McMafia. Photo: Nick Wall/Cuba/BBC communities like mine - become foot soldiers for gangsters and McMafia bosses much further up the tree," he said. He added: “What lies behind the gun violence and the knife crime is a serious drug market that is being driven big time by gangsters and McMafia bosses. “Until our country has a coherent strategy on that, and applies the sorts of resources you need to deal with that, it’s going to be hard to grip some of the young people that will get caught up in that drug traffic, turf wars and violence.” Mr Lammy said drugs passing through London are often sold hundreds of miles away through 'county lines' gangs using children as young as 12 to traffic drugs. Even though the war might be fought out on the streets of London, the market may well be hundreds of miles away. Mr Lammy criticised cuts to the Metropolitan Police, which has slashed £600 million from its annual budget since 2010, as well as to local authorities pro-

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viding youth services which help keep young people off the streets after school. “There is a group of young people falling through the cracks. They tend to come from poorer families, many of them get excluded from school very young," he added. “I’m not someone who wants to excuse the moral responsibility that both parents, communities and young people have themselves never to take a life.” He said that the surge in violent crime in London could continue unless a strategy which echoes that used in Glasgow, where the murder rate fell dramatically in just a few years, is adopted. However, he warned: “Glasgow was only able to achieve that with political consensus, across political parties, with serious resources and with every single agency working hand in hand. Until we get that in London, we will not defeat the problem.”

London magazine for may 2018  

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London magazine for may 2018  

London Community Watch magazine is the official publication of London Community Watch Trust and is delivered online to in excess of 100,000...

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