Archive for August 19th, 2009

Man held over police shooting

Independent: Detectives hunting a gunman who shot at two policemen have arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder.

A 20-year-old man was held when armed officers swooped on a street in Rotherhithe, south east London, at 8pm last night.

The suspect was being held at a south London police station today where he will be questioned about the shooting, close to Waterloo railway station.


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Drug addict’s killing of toddler ‘not predicted’

Independent: The violent actions of a drug addict who killed his girlfriend’s toddler son could not have been predicted, a report said today.

The finding was published in a review following the killing of 23-month-old Brandon Muir by Robert Cunningham, in Dundee last year.

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Youths set fire to tourist on train

Independent: A gang of youths set a woman’s hair on fire with a lighter in an unprovoked attack on a train.

CCTV images captured the moment the Swedish tourist was set alight on the service from Hastings to London’s Charing Cross.

The woman, a teacher on a school trip, was walking through the carriage when one of the youths held out a lighter and touched her hair.

She only realised she was on fire when her students started screaming and she was able to pat out the flames.

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Headhunters sue Nomura in row over Lehman staff

Times: The London division of Nomura is being sued for up to £90 million by a City headhunting firm for allegedly failing to pay fees associated with attracting star talent from Lehman Brothers, the US bank, amid its collapse last year.

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Accountants profit as FSA gets tough with banks

Times: The Big Four accounting firms stand to reap millions of pounds in fees since the Financial Services Authority (FSA) turned to outside advisers to investigate the management of banks and other financial institutions.

The City watchdog’s use of “skilled persons reports” has increased this year, according to leading accountants. The increased supervision could be a prelude to action against the senior management and directors of such groups for their conduct before the financial crisis.

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Repeat and serious offenders are escaping court with on-the-spot fines

Telegraph: Repeat and serious offenders are escaping court because police just hand out a string of on-the-spot fines for easy convictions, magistrates have warned.

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Jailed drug dealer gets 18-year sentence for running cocaine ring from his cell

Guardian: Two prisoners ran an international cocaine ring from their jail cells in England and Panama, a court heard today.

George Moon, who led the operation from behind bars in a Doncaster jail, was jailed for 18 years after admitting importing cocaine from South America in packages delivered by Royal Mail, DHL and TNT.

The 62-year-old, who had already been jailed three times for drugs offences, used a mobile phone in HMP Lindholme to contact Leo Morgan, from Birmingham, who was in Panama’s El Renacer prison last year, Liverpool crown court heard.

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