Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Drunken Royal Designer To The Stars Whacked Stewardess When Ordered Off Dubai Flight

Pain In Neck: Leena Romu
 A drunken royal designer to the stars whacked an air stewardess when ordered off a flight to Dubai for her foul-mouthed behaviour.

Leena Romu, 63, who has worked for iconic British fashion designers Vivienne Westwood and Anthony Price, struck Lisa O'Keefe in the back.

Romu, of Bromyard House, Bromyard Avenue, Acton, who now designs bridal and evening gowns, was being led off the Virgin plane.

On boarding she was unsteady on her feet and bumped into the bulkhead and nearly fell into another passenger's lap before getting into a row with a father travelling with his young son.

He told her to stop swearing and when ordered off the plane Romu shouted at him: "Shut up. It's your f***ing fault."

Romu, who has worked on designs for the Royal Family and the Harry Potter film franchise, denied, but was convicted of assault and fined £105, with £300 costs and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge.

Ealing Magistrates Court heard the stewardess noticed Romu boarding the Heathrow flight on December 20, last year with bottles of duty free alcohol.

"She stumbled into the bulkhead of the aircraft, was unsteady on her feet and the passengers behind her told me they thought she had been drinking," said Ms O'Keefe.

"She was asking one passenger where her seat was and nearly fell into the lady's lap. The father of a young boy was asking her to refrain from using foul language."

"Hurt": Lisa O'Keefe
Ms O'Keefe said a colleague detected alcohol on Romu's breath and she was told to leave the plane.

"She was shouting in my ear that she was going to sue Virgin and me and I got a shove, slap between my shoulder blades.

"It felt like the heel of the hand between my shoulder blades and she said: 'I didn't hit you, I pushed you.'

"Two hours into the flight I said to my colleagues: 'I think she's really hurt me' and after going to sleep I couldn't move my neck and saw a physio for six sessions."

Prosecutor Mr. Bhavin Patel told the court the row escalated with Romu asking Ms O'Keefe: "What do you mean?" and "What are you trying to say?"

Staff told first-time offender Romu they had concerns she was well enough to fly.

"She was becoming more unreasonable and it was having an effect on other passengers and Ms O'Keefe went to speak with the captain."

Another passenger described Romu as "angry" and said she deliberately barged into the stewardess.

Police were called and Romu said three pins in her hip made her unsteady and she accidentally stumbled into Ms O'Keefe when she stopped abruptly in front of her.

Romu has also worked on designs for Batman film The Dark Knight, plus Duran Duran and Joan Collins. 

Monday, 30 May 2016

Pensioner Robbed At Gunpoint After Bank Visit: CCTV Released

Police have released a CCTV image of a suspect they wish to speak with after an elderly man was robbed at gunpoint in Woolwich.
At approximately 10.15am on Thursday, January 7, the victim - a man aged in his early 70s - returned to his van in the Wilkinsons car park after withdrawing a substantial amount of money from a bank on Woolwich New Road.
He was approached by the suspect, who got into the car and produced a black handgun, before telling the victim to drive.
They drove past the Woolwich Ferry and turned into Farmdale Road, close to the flyover for the A2, Blackwall Tunnel approach.
The suspect told the man to stop the van before stealing the money and running away.
The suspect is described as black, aged in his early thirties, 6ft 2ins tall and of athletic build.
He was wearing a black coat and had a scarf over his face.
Detectives from Greenwich are investigating and would like to speak with anyone who either saw the suspect get into the van at the car park, or running away from Farmdale Road.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police via 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Millwall v Crystal Palace Pub Punch-Up: CCTV Released

Police hunting two violent thugs after a boozy clash between Millwall and Crystal Palace supporters have released this CCTV image.
The two groups became abusive towards each other after watching football in the Gordon Arms pub, Park Road, Chislehurst on December 13, last year.
They continued drinking for five hours after watching a televised game and at around 10.00pm violence broke out and one of the men is believed to have been armed with a knife.
Three people sustained injuries to their heads, necks and arms and the fight continued outside the pub.
Detective Constable Max Ndobho, from Bromley CID, said: "We are keen to speak to the men in the images.
Anyone who knows their identity or whereabouts, or who witnessed the fight is asked to get in touch with us."
Anyone with information should contact DC Ndobho at Bromley CID via 101, or alternatively, they should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Cheeky Shop Burglar Nicked Cash & Cigs: CCTV Released

Detectives from Tower Hamlets investigating a burglary at a convenience store have issued CCTV footage of a man they wish to identify and speak to in connection with the incident.
On Wednesday, January 6 police were called at around 6.40am to a report of a burglary at a food and wine store on Hackney Road in Tower Hamlets, east London.
The burglary was reported to have occurred at some point between 2.00am and 5.20am that day.
Cash and tobacco were stolen.
CCTV overlooking the front counter captured a man just after 2.00am go behind the till and remove the cash drawer and cigarettes.
The suspect is described as a white man, aged in his thirties and 6ft tall.
He was wearing a dark blue hooded top with a white stripe in the middle of the hood, an Adidas tracksuit and light brown shoes.
Police are keen to hear from anyone who may recognise the man shown on CCTV.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police via 101 quoting reference number 201015 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Greedy £78m Ponzi Fraudsters Jailed For Olympic-Sized Scam

Seven Years: Spencer Steinberg
Three Ponzi fraudsters who used fake contracts with the London 2012 Olympics and international hotel chains to swindle £78m out of family, friends and other investors have been jailed.

A small east London electrical wholesale company was the vehicle used in the scam, which financed the purchase of Rolls Royce, Bentley, Ferrari's and Porsche cars for the organisers, plus yachts and million pound homes.

Chartered accountant Spencer Mitchell Steinberg, 46, of Lodge End, Radlett, Hertfordshire and garment storer Michael Strubel, 54, of Princes Manor, Royal Drive, New Southgate denied the charges.

They were both sentenced to seven years imprisonment.

Both men had pleaded not guilty to conspiring between January 1, 2006 and May 31, 2010 to defraud investors in Saunders Electrical Wholesalers Ltd; Zac Fashion; Camlet Capital Investments; Camlet Capital and Hole In One.
Seven Years: Michael Strubel

They falsely promised Saunders Electrical Wholesalers Ltd had high-value electrical contracts with blue chip hotel chains and with London 2012's Olympic Village. 

Jolan Marc Saunders, 40, of Almonds, Avenue, Buckhurst Hill, Essex pleaded guilty to the same conspiracy charge.

He also pleaded guilty to contravening a company director disqualification order by running Saunders Electrical Wholesalers Ltd. between December 19, 2008 and May 31, 2010.

He was sentenced to six years and nine months imprisonment.

Approximately 91 investors, many from the north and east London jewish community, were cheated.

"Investment deals were around the massive supply of electrical goods to hotel chains and later on those involved in the construction of the Olympic Village in Stratford," said prosecutor Miss Sarah Foreshaw QC. 

"These defendants, using the vehicle of a small electrical company, were saying: 'We've secured the contract for the whole of the athletes village.' The contracts to supply were fictitious."

Investors put money in with the promise they would receive up to 7% interest on contracts to supply the Hilton and Marriott hotel chains with trousers presses, lightbulbs, air conditioning units, television sets and other electrical equipment.

"The vast pool of money was never used to buy electrical goods for hotels," explained the QC. "The defendants skimmed off huge sums of money for themselves.

Jolan Saunders: Six Years Nine Months 
Ironically some investors joked the scheme, which ran from 2006 until May 2010, was a scam similar to notorious Ponzi fraudster Bernard Madoff, 77, serving 150 years for an $18 billion fraud.

"You will hear the name Madoff in this case. Ironically his sentence in 2008 made the news and some of the investors joked whether this was a similar Ponzi scheme because it all seemed too good to be true.

"They were assured by the defendants that it was not. In their joke they had hit upon the truth.

"This fraud involves persuading people to part with their money on the promise these defendants were going to invest it for them in a very good profitable business, but they effectively pocketed the money for themselves.

"It made them rich. Rich at the expense of their investors.

"You will hear about Bentley's, Ferrari's, Porsche's, Rolls Royce's, yachts and million pound houses. You will hear that these defendants, for a while, lived the life of Riley.

"When it all unravelled and the victims discovered what they had done there were tears and expressions of regret from both these defendants.

"Some of those tears may have been genuine because they knew by then they were in trouble, they had been found out.

"Many of those who lent money were friends, they trusted them. The defendants hoped the fraud would continue for longer so the closest of their friends and family members would cash out when the scheme imploded.

"The tears of regret were as convincing as the lies they told to convince professional people to invest money. They are conmen and they do it well."
   

The trio were arrested in December 2010 by the Serious Fraud Office, assisted by officers from the Serious Organised Crime Agency, Met, Essex and Hertfordshire police raided five residential addresses and one commercial premises during Operation Canon.

"Saunders Electrical Wholesalers Ltd (SEWL) was a one man and van set-up," explained Miss Foreshaw.

"It did sometimes do business with hotels on a small scale and that was useful because it had some genuine purchase orders and invoices from electrical suppliers.

"They provided useful templates to create documents that suggested SEWL was involved in a fantastic multi-million pound contract.

"The basic lie was that SEWL had mega-orders that required large short-term financing. 

"Bank statements and company accounts were falsified and emails doctored.

"Vulnerable victims parted with tens of thousands of pounds and sometimes their life-savings.

"Many were business acquaintances, many were from the Jewish community in north and east London, friends, family, people who trusted them, some knew them from childhood.

"The defendants, caught up in gold fever and with the trappings of wealth ploughed on."

Saunders rented space for SEWL at a warehouse run by Strubel in Hainault Business Park, Fowler Road, Ilford.

Strubel has a background in the garment trade and ran Zac Fashion - a storage company - and his accountant was Steinberg.

Both Steinberg and Strubel handed over cash-stuffed envelopes to investors. "They were, these three, the prosecution say, as thick as thieves.

"They bought properties together and went on holiday together during the fraud," said Miss Foreshaw.

"All grew rich from the fraud and Strubel, in particular, treated himself to luxury cars and a yacht."

Saunders forged genuine hotel purchase orders to impress investors, in one case doctoring a genuine £120 lightbulb order to show a fictitious £90,000 order and on another occasion a £4.71 order became one for £79,000.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Lone Woman Mugged In Early Hours: Suspect Named

Police are hunting this suspected mugger after a lone woman had a bicycle lock looped over her head during a terrifying early-hours attack.
She was approached from behind at 1.30am in Ecclestone Road, Victoria on November 12, last year as she spoke on her mobile phone.
When she began to resist, the man dropped the lock and ran off.
Officers at Westminster CID would like to speak with Scotsman Aaron Sinclair, 25, in connection with the investigation.
Sinclair also has links to the London, Surrey and Hampshire areas.
If seen, please do not approach but call the police on 999.
If you have any information regarding his whereabouts please call Westminster CID on 020 7321 7620 or via 101.

Alternatively information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Irish Burglar Wanted

Police are hunting this young Irish burglary suspect, wanted in connection with crimes in east and south-east London.
Officers in Barking and Dagenham would like to speak with 21-year-old Johnny Connors of Northampton following three burglaries in the Dagenham and Orpington areas. 
The offences occurred between March 1 and November 2, last year. 
As well as London, Connors is known to frequent the Kent and Northampton areas.
He is described as white, 5ft 7ins tall, of slight build, with short brown hair and green eyes.
Connors has a six inch scar down his right forearm and speaks with an Irish accent.
Anyone with information should contact Barking and Dagenham Borough's Fugitive Desk on 020 3276 1167 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

NOT GUILTY: Fireman 100% Innocent Of 'Rape' That Never Was

Carnival Threesome: Edwards 
A hunky fireman model was cleared yesterday of raping a drunken privately-educated young graduate in the entrance of a £3.6m house during the Notting Hill Carnival.

Kristian Edwards, 37, who has posed for Firemen Models - an agency specialising in genuine firefighters - claimed the 23 year-old scholar, currently studying for her Masters, consented to a threesome with himself and a mystery black man.

The DNA of a second man was found during tests on the young woman, which supported his evidence and he was unanimously acquitted by the jury in less than thirty-five minutes.

Edwards, of Nevendon Mews, Basildon, Essex, who is based at Poplar Fire Station, always denied raping the woman, who he had just met in a pub, on August 25, 2014.

Harrow Crown Court heard the student and her friend had been drinking all day when they arrived at the ticket-only party at the Prince Bonaparte pub.

Edwards told police: "They were being very flirty with a black guy and I thought: 'Okay, I may have a chance with these two.'

"They started touching my arms and playing with my muscles and kept undoing my top and putting their hands down there."

The muscular six-footer revealed to the jury it was the second time in a few years he had picked-up a woman at the carnival and had sex in the street.

His bio on the modelling website reads: 'Kristian is a charming hunk from the south east. He loves carnival (from Notting Hill to Rio), his pets and family.

"The cutest animal he has rescued was a little hamster stuck in her cage, from a smoke-filled house.'

Pose: Fireman Hunk
The young woman told the jury she had little recollection of events in the pub that night. "It was Carnival. We drank all day, every kind of alcohol under the sun."

She says she was grabbed from behind after leaving the pub at around 9pm: "He was forcing me down and his hands were pulling my tights.

"His arm was around my waist, pulling me towards him while I was bent over. I don't know why I didn't make more effort to get away at the time, I was so drunk."

The pub's CCTV shows the woman kissing Edwards, but she repeatedly replied: "I don't know" and: "I can't remember," when questioned about the night's events.

She had consumed rum, vodka, wine, tequila and sangria that day and prosecutor Mr. James Dawson told the jury: "She had so much she couldn't have agreed to have sex in the street.

"He pulled her tights and knickers down and she was pushed to the ground. She did not even know who raped her and was in a very poor way."

By the morning her mother had reported her missing to the police and the first thing she told her friend was: "I was raped last night."

She did not remember unzipping Edwards' sleeveless gilet to expose his tattooed bare torso and said: "He seemed quite proud of his fingerprint tattoo or maybe it was an excuse to take off his gilet.

"There are huge parts of the night I don't remember, which makes me think our drinks may have been spiked or whatever."

Police tests did not show any evidence of drugs in the complainant's system.

She agreed the pub's CCTV showed her throwing her arms around and "flirting" with Edwards, who claims he also enjoyed a three way kiss with her and her friend.

However, the young woman insisted she did not agree to sex: "We flirted, we kissed, but I did not consent to that. I asked him to stop."

Edwards told police Tanya's friend, referring to the complainant, said: "My mate likes black guys and I like mixed-race guys."

He saw both young women making-out with unknown black men in doorways outside the pub and joined in with the complainant and her companion.

They moved to the house entrance, where she gave them both oral sex and had full intercourse.

"He pulled her trousers and her knickers down slightly. 

"I'm having sex with her from behind, then swapped with the black boy and then we swapped again."

Edwards told the jury: "She seemed to be enjoying it. I did not rape her."

He admitted hoping to have a threesome with the complainant and her friend when he first saw them: "If I was lucky. Yes."

He denied "taking advantage" of the young woman and failing as a fireman to protect her. "There was no way of saying she needed protecting."

CCTV showed the pair returning to the pub afterwards and the woman did not say anything to the staff or many police who were still in the area. 

Monday, 23 May 2016

Pensioner Pickpocketed: Two Scumbags Hunted

Police hunting two heartless pickpockets, who stole £1,000 from a female elderly pensioner, have released these CCTV images of their suspects.
The 77 year-old woman, who is physically impaired, was followed from her bank, where she had just withdrawn the cash, to a Money Store branch, where the thieves struck.
Detectives from Barking and Dagenham Borough are investigating and have issued this footage of the two women they wish to identify and speak to in connection with the incident.
On December 1, last year police were called at around 2.50pm to a report of a theft in the Money Store on Station Parade, Barking.
The victim had placed the money in an envelope into her bag and then zipped it up when she was followed inside.
One of the suspects stood in front of the victim and pick-pocketed the envelope from her bag as they stood in the queue.
The suspects then left the shop and as soon as the victim got to the counter, she realised her envelope was taken.
The suspects are described as: 'Suspect 1' a slim built white woman, with long blonde hair. She was wearing a white scarf, a black jacket, blue jeans and carrying a black shoulder bag.
'Suspect 2' is described as a slim built woman with tied up brown hair held with a black band. She was wearing a black jacket and carrying a shoulder bag with a light coloured strap.
Police are keen to hear from anyone who may recognise the two women shown on CCTV are has any information that may assist officers.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Attempted Break-In: CCTV Released

Police hunting a camouflaged wannabe burglar in east London have released this CCTV image of their suspect.
Detectives from Tower Hamlets Borough investigating an attempted burglary at a residential address wish to identify and speak with in connection with the incident.
On December 15, last year police were called at around 7.00pm to a report of an attempted burglary at a flat at Boston Lodge on Canton Street, Poplar.
The attempted burglary was reported to have occurred at some point between 5.30pm and 6.30pm that day.
The front door to the flat was damaged.
Earlier that day a man aged in his twenties was seen to enter the secure communal front door before allowing another man into the premises.
Once inside the pair tried to break into a flat, and used tools to stop the internal security door from closing shut, to make good their escape.
CCTV on the ground floor from within the premises captured his activity.
His accomplice has since been identified.
The suspect is described as a thin man, aged in his twenties, with short black hair.
He was wearing a camouflage-style jacket over a blue hooded top, dark blue trousers and grey trainers.
Police are keen to hear from anyone who may recognise the man shown on CCTV.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 200531 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Stylist To The Stars 'Keyed' Ex's Car During Drunken Domestic

A stylist to the stars 'keyed' her ex-boyfriend's car during a drunken late-night domestic during which she called 999, wrongly believing she had been locked in the vehicle.

Sharon Marie Ridoynauth, 42, has styled pop star Ellie Goulding and rapper Tinie Tempah for music videos and photo shoots.

She has worked for Cosmopolitan, Esquire and the Sunday Times Style magazine and other celebrity clients include model Naomi Campbell, actress Sienna Miller and Grammy award-winning singer Kelly Rowland.

Ridoynauth, of Ashleigh House, Curtis Field Road, Streatham pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to Dwight Graves-Andy's black 1.8 litre Toyota Avensis outside her home on April 10.

Prosecutor Mr. Brinkman May told Camberwell Green Magistrates Court it was 1.08am when Ridoynauth phoned the police.

"It was during an argument with her ex-partner and she called the police to tell them she had been locked inside the vehicle.

"That was not the case, in fact Mr. Graves-Andy had left the area leaving the car unlocked.

"When the officers arrived she was out of the car, clearly drunk and nearly falling over and told them she thought she had been locked in the vehicle."

Officers left, but there was a second call thirty minutes later from a witness who reported Ridoynauth 'keying' the car.

There were scratch marks to the bonnet, boot and side of the vehicle.

Ridoynauth was questioned by police and immediately admitted causing the damage, explaining there was a disagreement with her former partner.

He later estimated the damage to be £1,000.

Ridoynauth was conditionally discharged for six months and ordered to pay £300 compensation to Mr. Graves-Andy, plus £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

She was Ellie Goulding's personal stylist on the video shoot for the star's first UK Number One hit 'Burn'.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Machete-Wielding Parakeet Snatcher Caught Up Park Tree

Up Before The Beak: Jesurajah
A machete-wielding dad-of-four was caught by police hacking his way to a parakeet nest and snatching four baby birds for his children.

Food factory worker Jenistopher Jesurajah, 42, claims the youngsters were thrilled by the bright green birds in Wembley's Barham Park during a family day-out.

Sri Lankan Jesurajah, of Pleasant Way, Wembley went home for the knife before scaling the tree to slash through the foliage and reach the protected nest.

He pleaded guilty at Hendon Magistrates Court last week to intentionally taking the wild birds, contrary to the wildlife and Countryside Act, on May 1.

He also pleaded guilty to damaging or destroying a wild bird nest and possessing a blade.

Jesurajah was sentenced to a twelve-month community order, which includes 160 hours community service work, plus £85 costs and a £100 contribution towards the birds welfare.

Prosecutor Miss Indira Gohlar told the court: "Police were called just before 8pm to a report of a man hacking at a tree with a meat cleaver.

"He was seen up the tree hacking a hole and a large amount of branches and debris were falling to the ground.

"He was asked by the police officers to come down and after first trying to hide the machete he dropped it.

"He was holding two baby parakeets and in his pocket two further parakeets were found.

"They were all very small and were taken to a local vet and are now at a wildlife centre, where they will stay until they are strong enough to be released back into the wild.

"He told the police he was from Sri Lanka and had been in the UK for twelve years and lives with his wife and four children.

"They had all been in the park earlier in the day when the family noticed the birds and he decided that he wanted them.

"He returned with the meat cleaver and hacked a hole in the tree and took the birds to keep them as pets even though he had nowhere to keep them or nurture them or any cages. 

"He said he did not know it was illegal to take wild birds and during his interview police officers noticed he was visibly upset and remorseful."

First-time offender Jesurajah, who had a Tamil interpreter, told the court it was not illegal in Sri Lanka to take and keep wild birds.

Magistrate Mrs Joy Kay told Jesurajah, who could have received six months imprisonment for taking the birds: "We protect our birds very carefully in this country.

"They cannot be removed from their natural habitat and you cannot go around in public with a machete."

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Everton FC Fan's Wembley Flare Burned 10 Year-Old Girl

An Everton FC fan's illegal flare singed a ten year-old girl's hair and burned through two layers of clothing during the club's FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium.

Thomas McGill, 26, lit the flare moments after an own goal by Manchester United's Chris Smalling brought Everton level at 1-1 just fifteen minutes before full-time.

They eventually lost the match 2-1.

McGill, of Mallory Road, Whitby, Ellesmere pleaded guilty at Hendon Magistrates Court to assaulting the young fan on April 23.

He also pleaded guilty to possessing the flare at a designated sporting event and possessing a small amount of cocaine.

Prosecutor Miss Indira Gohlar told the court: "The victim was with her sister and father and when Everton scored the defendant lit a flare and started waving it.

"Sparks from the flare singed the ten year-old's hair and clothing, two layers of clothing were burnt through, and luckily there was no contact with the skin."

The girl's father complained to McGill, who said he was unaware of what had happened.

"On seeing security guards coming towards him he tried to discard the flare and was ejected and arrested," explained Miss Gohlar.

"When McGill was searched class A drugs were found in a tissue, which were tested and confirmed as cocaine.

"He admitted to the police he had lit the flare, saying he had got it from someone inside the stadium who had offered it to him.

"He also said he got the cocaine from someone inside the stadium, but did not pay for it, agreeing he would give them forty or fifty pounds on the next occasion.

"He said he did two lines of cocaine and throughout the day had consumed seven to eight pints of lager.

"He said he was not paralytic, but was a little bit drunk and said he lit the flare when he got carried away by Everton scoring.

"He admitted it was a stupid thing to do and he was sorry about the assault and said he only realised what had happened when the child's father told him.

"He said he was sorry and did not intend to hurt anybody.

"The incident could have escalated, but for the actions of the girl's father and the stewards," added Miss Gohlar, who also applied for a football banning order."

McGill confirmed to the court he was a long-term Everton FC fan and a banning order would punish him.

He also told police his actions were "idiotic".

McGill was bailed until June 8 for a pre-sentence report.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Detective Sergeant Jailed For Harassing Ex With Fake Prostitute Ads

Sex Leaflets: Ian Mangham
 A detective sergeant has been jailed for sixteen weeks for harassing his ex-girlfriend by distributing fake leaflets advertising her services as a prostitute.

Ian Mangham, 50, who wooed the mother-of-two when she reported her ex-husband to police placed the ads in local pub toilets and phone boxes.

It was revenge after business development manager Agnes Collowey, 38, dumped him and as a result she received phone calls and knocks on her door at all hours of the night.

"You are a serving police officer with a long and distinguished record over twenty-six years," District Judge Quentin Purdy told him.

"You are a man of good character and everything that goes with it facing custody for a disgraceful episode that was cruel and vindictive."

Mangham, of Baldwins Hill, Loughton, Essex denied, but was convicted of harassing her between October 23, 2014 and April 1, last year.

Hammersmith Magistrates Court heard Mangham was also the author of a hand-written note Agnes found stuffed in the letterbox of her Highams Park, Chingford home which read: 'Romanian whore. Dirty prostitute, get out of our street.'

She was also bombarded with junk mail, catalogues and brochures after Mangham completed hand-written coupons in her name for products and services.

"Far more aggravating were these leaflets advertising for those seeking sexual services and giving her full name, phone number and address.

"She had people knocking on her door in the middle of the night and phoning her and she knew they were seeking sexual services," added the judge.

Harassed: Agnes Collowey
Mangham was also ordered to pay Agnes £3,000 compensation and £500 prosecution costs and was made subject to an indefinite restraining order prohibiting him contacting her or her children.

He is now suicidal, revealed Mr. Alisdair Williamson, defending. "He was and remains ill and after the trial was admitted to Princess Alexandra Hospital.

"They were concerned about self-harming and that he would take his own life and as the probation report says, he is a broken man."

Mangham's house is for sale and he intends moving back in with his parents in Leamington Spa. 

"Please do not send him into immediate custody, he needs help and the clang of the prison door will not serve justice, but contribute to his ill health.

"Sometimes a man's life is a fragile edifice held together by the fragile bond of love and when that goes, everything goes and that happened to this man.

"It's pathetic and sad, but he'd return home to an empty house, lonely, and despite the support of the police service he could not admit to his colleagues the loneliness he felt."

Mangham began drinking heavily and his doctor put him on medication.

He has not yet confessed to being the author of the prostitute leaflets, but now concedes he was behind the avalanche of junk mail.

"He admits through me being the author of those coupons, it was one night of filling-in coupons in bitterness.

"It's difficult for a man to come to terms with the complete destruction of his life."

Before he was jailed Mangham, dressed in smart blue suit, white shirt and tie, said from behind the dock's security glass: "I am very sorry."

A handwriting expert confirmed there was a "very strong" probability he was the author of the coupons and prosecutor Mr. Michael Mallon said: "It's clear there is an obsession here."

One order was for jewellery engraved with the words: 'To My Best Lover' and 'To My Beloved Friend,' and another was for adult films.

They were together over four years after Agnes, a biology and chemistry graduate, was forced to attend Hornsey Police Station when her troublesome ex-husband reported her missing.

Their first date was on December 9, 2009 and in the early days Mangham slept on her couch.

She described their relationship as: "on-off", agreeing she ended it. "I did not see the point in continuing this relationship

"A few months after we broke up he was trying to persuade me to get back together with him," she told the court. "I tried to tell him that we were so different there was no point continuing."

She moved out in July, 2014, but Mangham turned up on the doorstep of her new home at 10.30pm three months later. "I was angry," she recalled

He then launched the harassment campaign, initially with the junk mail bombardment. "Letters were coming every day from different companies.

"They usually started with the words: 'Thank-you for your enquiry' when I had not made any enquiry

"Some were very upsetting, like one which offered to look after my dog after my death and I received a letter from an undertaker's and a mobility company."

Calls from local men seeking sex then began. "One called for sexual services and said he found my number in the mens toilet of a Chingford pub.

"I was constantly receiving text messages and some were very rude and I had people knocking on my door in the middle of the night."

One call was from a pub at the end of her road and another from a phone box opposite Highams Park train station, where a leaflet advertised Agnes's address and phone number.

"It made me feel scared and uncomfortable in my own home with my son. I feared for my safety," Agnes told the court, adding she also received mystery "aggressive" texts.

The dustbins outside her home were also pushed over late one night and someone applied for a credit card in her name.

Mangham told the court he was not behind the harassment campaign and denied there was anything inappropriate about having a relationship with a woman who had gone to the police.

"We just got talking and I believe her son took a liking to me," he said, denying there was ill-feeling after the split. "I had moved on and wished her well."

Mangham told the court he bought a home for himself and Agnes to live together in.

He agreed sending her a text, which read: "I want to marry you in Venice and be a father to your son."

When she moved out he loaned her £3,600 to cover a deposit and rent for her new home, plus another £500 to help her set-up a massage business as a sideline.

They continued to exchange texts and see each other in local pubs, even kissing on one occasion, which Mangham took as an indication they were back together.

"It was on," he told the court, explaining Agnes finally split with him in a text message.

He only turned up on the doorstep of her new home on October 24, 2014 to collect the money owed and not to harass her, Mangham claimed.

He agreed receiving a text from Agnes, which read: "This is harassment, I will report you to the police."

From that point on he said he had nothing more to do with her and the leaflets and junk mail must have been orchestrated by someone else.

He did admit reporting her to the benefits agency in November, 2014 and looking-up her new boyfriend's linkedIn page.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Tipper Truck Driver Accused Of Cocaine Pedestrian Death

A lorry driver accused of killing an elderly female pedestrian while under the influence of cocaine has appeared in court for the first time.

Anthony McArdle, 53, of Newham Way, Canning Town was driving a 32 tonne tipper truck, which struck Sushilaben Patel at 9.20am in Lewisham Road, Lewisham on October 9, last year.

She died two days later.

McArdle appeared at Bromley Magistrates Court and was bailed to appear at Woolwich Crown Court on June 2.

A condition of his bail is that he does not drive any vehicle on a public road.

He is charged with causing the death of Mrs Patel by careless driving and driving with a proportion of a controlled drug, namely cocaine, over the specified blood limit.

The prosecution also say a mirror on his tipper truck was misaligned, which restricted his view.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Bus Stop Knife-Point Mugging Of Lone Woman: E-Fit Of Suspect Released

Police have released this e-fit of a knifepoint robber, who attacked a lone woman at a bus stop in the early hours of the morning.
The 31 year-old victim was waiting for a bus in Boundary Road, near the junction with Finchley Road, South Hampstead at 5.55am on September 20, last year.
A young light-skinned black male suddenly approached and uneasy at the sudden presence of the suspect, the victim moved away from him.
The suspect waited under the bus shelter for a few moments before lunging towards the victim with a knife in his hands.
He held the knife to the victims' upper body and demanded that she hand over her possessions.
Fearing for her safety the victim handed over her bag containing her mobile, purse and other items.
The suspect then fled the scene running off down Boundary Road.
The victim was so shaken by the robbery she only felt comfortable calling police once she had reached the safety of her home.
The suspect is described as a black man, aged between 17 to 21-years old, approximately 5ft 8ins tall and of skinny build.
He was wearing a loose-fitting, dark-coloured jacket with a hood and dark jeans.
He also is said to have a deep voice.
Detective Constable Jonathan Bradshaw said: "This was a frightening incident on a lone woman as she was making her way home.
“Despite this happening some months ago the victim still remains shaken by the incident and is fearful of being out by herself.
"The robbery took place on the borders between Westminster and Camden and I believe that the man responsible is possibly someone who lives locally or knows the area quite well.
"We're keen to hear from anyone who recognises the man in the e-fit or anyone who has any information that could assist us with our inquiry."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Westminster CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.