Sunday, 8 July 2018

Heathrow Exec Crashes Merc On Morning Commute While Over Methamphetamine Limit

A senior sales executive with Heathrow Express lost his job after crashing his Mercedes on his morning commute while three times the methamphetamine limit.

Australian-born Tate Williams Crawford, 37, a graduate of Queensland’s Griffith University is now sweating on a Home Office decision to allow him to live and work in the UK.

The commercial sales expert, of Crampton Street, Walworth pleaded guilty to driving the silver 2.1 litre vehicle with 30 micrograms of the drug per litre of blood on January 22.

Prosecutor Kate Seal told Camberwell Green Magistrates Court it was 8.35am when police were called to a collision involving Williams Crawford in Harleyford Road, Kennington.

“The officers conducted a preliminary impairment test test at the roadside, which he failed.”

At Brixton Police Station a blood sample was taken, which proved he was under the influence of the drug.

Williams Crawford’s UK residency is via his marriage to a British citizen and the Home Office are awaiting the outcome of the case before granting him another two years.

“I lost my job because of the incident. I was driving to work,” he told the court.

“The Home Office wrote to me and said they could not approve me until the outcome of the case.

“I have joined a couple of NHS community counselling organisations. It has been very stressful, something I don’t want to face again, I want to keep a clean record.

“Because of the Home Office I am not allowed to work at the moment and we have had to take out a couple of credit cards to help the shortfall.

“I drove, I tested positive, yes. I did not realise how long I’d have to wait, I do apologise, I’m remorseful.

“Will it effect my employment possibilities? Yes probably.

“I’m thankful I did not cause harm to myself or to other people.”

He was fined £120, with £85 costs, ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge and was disqualified from driving for twelve months.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Skunk Dealer Jailed For 10 Years After Police Guns Raid

A skunk cannabis dealer caught by gang-busting cops with four handguns and a fake firearm is starting a ten-year prison sentence.
Kaziem Ofondo, 32, was also caught with 60 rounds of live ammunition when Operation Trident officers, who investigate black-on-black crime, raided his south-east London home.
A search warrant was executed at the address in Halesworth Road, Lewisham on April 28, last year.
Police found five kilos of the drug, plus £9,790 cash in one of the bedrooms.
Ofondo pleaded guilty to five charges of possessing a prohibited firearm, four charges of possessing associated ammunition and one count of possessing cannabis with intent to supply.
In a locked shed, officers discovered the four handguns and an imitation firearm with dozens of cartridges and a silencer.
Woolwich Crown Court heard Ofondo was arrested and interviewed, stating ‘no comment’ to all questions.
Detective Constable Darren Eyers, said: “Ofondo was caught with an arsenal of lethal weapons that posed a potentially fatal risk to members of the public.
Trident officers are working around the clock to arrest those involved in gun crime and seize the illegal firearms that only bring violence and misery to the streets of London.
“Anyone caught in possession of a prohibited weapon can expect to be arrested and subjected to a lengthy jail sentence.”

Friday, 6 July 2018

Cashpoint Robbers Snatch £200: CCTV Released

Police hunting a pair of cashpoint robbers, who snatched £200 from a young woman, have released these CCTV images of their suspects.
At approximately 2.00pm on Sunday, December 17, last year, the victim - a 27 year-old woman - used an ATM cash-point in Victory Parade, Woolwich.
As £200 in cash was dispensed from the machine, two males pushed past her and stole the cash before making off on foot towards Plumstead.
The first suspect is described as a black male, wearing a green hooded coat and blue jeans.
The second male was also black, wearing dark clothing.
Detective Constable Mark Day of Greenwich CID said: "We take robbery offences such as this extremely seriously, and I would urge anyone who recognises either of the suspects to call police.
Both are wanted for questioning in relation to this incident.
"I would also like to remind the public to be aware of who is around them when they use cash machines.
"In addition, people are advised to shield their PIN and to avoid any ATM that seems to have been tampered with.
"If you see anything suspicious, please call police."
Anyone who recognises the suspects, or has information that may assist police, should call detectives at Greenwich CID on 101.
To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Pickpocket Targeted Lone Female Nightbus Passenger He Also Molested

Police are hunting this suspect after a woman was sexually assaulted and pickpocketed after stepping off a night bus in the early hours of the morning.
The woman had just travelled on a N73 to Walthamstow bus station on March 11 and was approached between 3.00am and 4.00am by a male.
He began walking with her and she pushed him away when he molested her.
The suspect ran off and the woman realised her mobile phone and bank card was missing.
Shortly afterwards the card was used to withdraw cash from an ATM in the area.
The suspect is described as a white man, approximately 5ft 8ins tall, of slim build, in his mid to late twenties.
He was wearing a grey hooded jumper, a black jacket and a baseball cap.
He was carrying a small ‘man bag’ and wore distinctive trainers with reflectors on the toecaps.
Anyone who recognises the man in the image or has information they believe could be of significance is asked to contact officers at the Child Abuse and Sexual Offence Command on 020 8733 5999, or via 101 quoting reference 1397/11Mar.
To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Private Health Clinic Boss Sentenced For £77K Swindle

Defrauded: Nuffield Health
The general manager of a private health clinic in the heart of London's medical community has received a suspended prison sentence for the £77,000 swindle of his employer.

Calvin Holman, 35, submitted 65 bogus invoices over eighteen months at Nuffield Health, Queen Anne Street, Marylebone, resulting in the money being paid into accounts he controlled.

His marriage has since collapsed and Holman has moved back to his parents' home in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire from his former address in Forum House, Empire Way, Wembley.

He pleaded guilty to fraud between 2015 and 2017 and was sentenced to eighteen months imprisonment, suspended for two years and ordered to complete 200 hours community service work.

Southwark Crown Court heard he tried to defraud Nuffield Health of £77,193.92 and successfully received £65,212, which he must now pay back.

Judge Nicholas Lorraine-Smith said yesterday: “He was putting in false invoices. They looked a bit odd and someone looked into it.

He said he had been gambling heavily and was ashamed of that.”

Holman had been promoted five times by Nuffield Heath. “He was good at his job and was hugely trusted,” added the judge.

Seven days before his employers called the police Holman began seeking counselling for his gambling addiction.

The all-important feature was that he stopped before he was caught and was seeking counselling before the police arrested him,” said Judge Lorraine-Smith, who had deferred the case earlier this year.

Holman's lawyer Miss Rhianna Sadler told the judge: “He has taken what you said in January very seriously.

The problem at the last place he was working at was that gambling took over his life.

Things have been very difficult for him during the last six months. His marriage collapsed, his wife had a miscarriage immediately after the last hearing.”

Holman saved £2,600 with the help of his new insurance job to pay towards the compensation. “He's been proactive and has not wallowed in self-pity,” added Miss Sadler.

Judge Lorraine-Smith asked: “It's going to take him along time to pay it isn't? He must pay the money back, full stop. He stole it.

This is an intelligent man who is going to earn money. He stole money and he is going to have to pay it back.

Everything he has done since he was caught has been sensible.”

The judge told Holman directly: “You had a trusted position with Nuffield Health and for a period of eighteen months you were submitting false invoices.

It wasn't very sophisticated, but took place over a substantial period of time and each time you did it, it was another act of dishonesty and breach of trust.

Very importantly you stopped before you were caught and addressed your gambling problem before you were arrested.

You have been punished in a number of ways. You lost your job, your marriage also failed and your private life fell apart.

You hit rock bottom when you appeared in front of me on the last occasion. Before that you were a young man of good character with health and an impressive work record.

You have always expressed remorse and shame for what you did and not just because you were caught.

If I sent you to prison you would not be able to pay back the money and it will be the end of your career and I think you have been punished already.” 

Monday, 2 July 2018

Violent Watch Robber Wanted For Nicking £10K Breitling

Police are hunting this suspected violent robber, who punched a sales assistant in the face and ran off with a £10,000 Breitling watch.
On Saturday, January 6 the suspect entered a stockist of the luxury watch company in Westfield Shopping Centre, Stratford, east London.
He asked to try on the Breitling Super Avenger II, valued at over £10,000.
The suspect then assaulted the sales assistant by punching him in the face and fled the store taking the watch with him.
Detectives would like to hear from anyone who can name the male shown in this CCTV still, which were captured inside the shopping centre before the offence was committed.
The sales assistant, also male, did not suffer any lasting injuries.
Anyone who can name this person should call Flying Squad Detectives by dialling 101, quoting reference CAD5149/6Jan18 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Fake Taxi Driver Jailed For Double Rape Of Boozy Passenger

A fake taxi driver, who dragged his female passenger into a second-floor flat and raped her after a boozy night out, has been locked-up for a minimum of nine years.
Keith Gillings, 67, of Hanway Road, Hanwell was sentenced to life imprisonment for the offence and must serve that time until he can be considered for parole.
The court heard how on July 25, last year the victim, a 47-year-old woman was drinking with friends in Hammersmith.
At approximately 11.00pm, she left the pub and got into a vehicle she believed was her taxi.
The driver was Gillings, who took the victim to her home address, where she collected money and requested he take her to a local shop to get some tobacco.
Sometime later she realised Gillings was not going in the correct direction and when questioned he advised her that he knew a different shop that would still be open.
As the car approached traffic lights and slowed down the victim attempted to escape the vehicle, but it was locked.
Gillings grabbed her wrists and prevented her from getting out.
He took her to a block where he dragged the victim into a flat and raped her, twice.
After the attack the victim managed to escape from the flat and ran away.
Gillings gave chase, but could not catch her.
Detective Sergeant Trevor Struthes, from the Metropolitan Police's Child Abuse and Sexual Offences unit (CASO), said: "Officers carried out a thorough and in-depth investigation which brought a violent and depraved man to justice.
They worked tirelessly to support the victim through this ordeal and got her the best possible result when they arrested and charged Gillings.
"He will be spending nearly the remainder of his life behind bars, where he will not be able to attack and harm any other women again."

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Ritz Casino's Money Laundering Chief Jailed For Nicking £3K While A Cop

The head of anti-money laundering at Mayfair’s Ritz Hotel Casino pleaded for his freedom yesterday when jailed for stealing £3,000 from his former employers, the National Crime Agency.

Ex-police officer Alex Henderson, 31, was a counter-terrorism, drugs and money laundering investigator with the NCA before he was caught withdrawing lump sums from their account.

He pleaded guilty to stealing £3,090 from the NCA between October 13 and November 4 2016, plus a Samsung Galaxy S7 mobile phone, worth £408 between September 19 and 30.

Recorder of Westminster Judge Deborah Taylor sentenced Henderson, of Princes Park Lane, Hayes to sixteen months imprisonment for the offences.

Wiping away tears and looking at his wife in disbelief Henderson pleaded: “I can’t leave my children. I love you I’m sorry.”

As a security guard took him to the cells Henderson, who has repaid all the money, begged the judge: “Please reconsider.”

At a conference earlier this year Henderson was talking tough about companies punished for failing to enforce anti-money laundering regulations.

“I don’t have any sympathy for them. They’re very small fines for people doing a lot of wrong,’ he said. “You’re in a position of trust, you need to protect your staff, you need to protect your customers.”

He is open about his former undercover career with the NCA in his professional online profile.

Southwark Crown Court heard a credit card taken from secure storage was used at cashpoints on six occasions - for the maximum £500 each time - plus a £90 fee.

Prosecutor Miss Kerry Broome told the court: “Mr. Henderson was a NCA officer and had access to credit cards used by the agency.

“He worked with one other person and had access to the secure storage area and the PIN numbers.”

On November 15, 2016 his colleague was informed of suspicious activity on the credit card, with the PIN being used to withdraw cash.

“The card was still at the NCA and when Mr. Henderson was confronted he confessed he used the card.

“He accepted he had taken the card and the PIN and persuaded a friend to make cash withdrawals,” added Miss Broome.

The friend was questioned by police, but no charges were brought.

“He said he knew his friend was a police officer and he did it because he trusted him.

“A mobile phone had also been ordered on the NCA account and taken by Mr. Henderson for his own use.

“He immediately accepted that he had taken the money and bought the mobile phone.

“The money has not been paid back, but I understand Mr. Henderson is willing to do so,” explained Miss Broome. 

“He said his father asked him for money to pay household bills and his father was spoken to and confirmed he had asked for money, but was vague about the amounts.

“Not all the money went to Henderson snr.

“The defendant no longer works for the NCA.”

Judge Taylor told him: “You did not immediately accept the offences, you denied them. It is only when confronted with the evidence that you did accept it.

“There was some attempt to conceal evidence and a risk of suspicion falling on a co-worker.

“These are serious offences involving theft from an employer who gave you access and placed you in a position of trust.”

Friday, 29 June 2018

Carer Punched OAP, 82, In Face

A care worker at an OAP home punched a dementia-suffering resident in the face, inflicting a bleeding cut to his cheek.

Velma Lahai, 23, was employed at The Pines Care Home, West Hill, Putney, where a colleague witnessed her landing the early-morning blow on the vulnerable resident, who is also bipolar.

She was convicted of ill-treating the resident during an early-morning wake-up on December 18, last year.

Lahai of Sprewell House, Lytton Grove, Putney was sentenced to six weeks imprisonment, suspended for twelve months and ordered to complete 200 hours community service work.

She must also comply with a rehabilitation activity requirement of up to twenty days and pay £200 compensation to the victim and £100 costs.

Wimbledon Magistrates Court heard resident Jeremy Kemp, 82, is unable to look after himself and needs help changing his clothing and cleaning himself.

When Lahai and a colleague entered his room at 6am they found he was covered in his own urine.

The defendant was heard asking him: “Why did you kick me in the eye?” and punched him in the face.

Mr. Kemp immediately put his hands up to his face and blood started pouring from a wound to his cheek, which healed after two days.

He did not require hospital treatment and was cared for on site, with the wound being cleaned and dressed.

Lahai complained Mr. Kemp flicked faeces and urine into her eye and said the injury was nothing more than a 1.5cm scratch to the cheek, which quickly healed.

The victim was described in court as “extremely vulnerable” and was not able to give an account to the police or attend the trial.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Prize-Winning Gardener Cleared Of Damaging Neighbour's Lawn But Sentenced For Harassment Campaign

Gardeners At War: Oram
A pensioner has been banned from his communal rear gardens after a harassment campaign against his neighbour, who claims he was jealous of her collecting their leafy borough’s ‘In Bloom’ prize.

Retired employment agency boss Michael Oram, 73, can now only enjoy his plants and flowers from his living-room window or by peering over the garden wall.

The private Winchester College-educated Kew Gardens volunteer found himself in the dock at Wimbledon Magistrates Court charged with causing criminal damage to ‘grass’ belonging to his downstairs neighbour.

Twice-married granddad Oram, of The Barons, Twickenham was cleared after magistrates ruled basement neighbour Jasmine McMurdo, 55, exaggerated the alleged destruction on September 27, last year.

However Oram, whose King’s Road, Chelsea agency supplied domestic staff to the aristocracy and the rich and famous, was convicted of causing her harassment between January 19 and July 31, last year.

He was sentenced to six weeks imprisonment, suspended for a year and was made subject to a two-year Criminal Behaviour Order, which bans him from the rear gardens.

He must also pay £500 compensation to Ms McMurdo, plus £998 for damaging her floor, which he was convicted of deliberately flooding and £500 costs.

Ms McMurdo collected the silver prize from the mayor of Richmond-upon-Thames for their ‘Borough in Bloom’ competition last year, Oram having also received silver for the property’s front garden.

Neighbour: Jasmine McMurdo
“You did that out of spite didn’t you?” prosecutor Ms Roz Wardell asked Oram. “You deliberately pulled up her plants. You have a vendetta against Ms McMurdo don’t you?”

Oram was filmed on a security camera pulling at the lawn behind Ms McMurdo’s flat. “The CCTV shows and elderly man removing dead foliage and weeds,” he told the court.

“When I moved in it was a jungle of brambles, an utter mess. I’ve been tending this garden since 2006 when it was an utter wreck.

“Through blood, sweat and tears and my own cost and energy I have brought it back to the garden we have today.”

Oram says he was forced to move into his flat after losing his £3m Richmond Hill home in a divorce many years ago after having an affair with he and his wife’s attractive Peruvian au pair.

“Richmond prides itself on its green-fingered inhabitants and its parks and is one of the best areas to live in London.

“I was sad that I did not have the chance to collect the prize from the mayor.

“Ms McMurdo collected it and has been claiming it was a prize she gained, which I dispute. She’s not won an award for gardening, can you produce a certificate with her name on it?

“Ms McMurdo doesn’t know anything about plants whatsoever. In fact they were planted by a previous tenant who cared for that garden.

Prize-Winner: Oram Outside Court
“These gardens are kept by me. I spend all my disposable income on it. I do love the gardens.  

“This year I’m hoping to win the gold medal.

“I was removing plants that were past their prime and plants that were growing over the communal pathway. 

‘I was weeding the lawn, taking out dandelions and moss that are destructive to the lawn.

“This has been completely twisted. Everything is twisted against me.

“This case has been brought to damage and discredit me. Ms McMurdo is paranoid and has left signs for me next to plants on sticks.

“She also left me a note saying saying that she did not like to see me reclining in my bathing costume in the Summer.

“It is insulting for a man of my age and my high-birth and high-education compared to some people in this case who can’t even spell properly.

“I’m up against people who hate me,” added Oram, claiming his car and garden rockery has been vandalised.

“I’ve put up with hell and high water from this woman. It’s a vendetta.”

He denied deliberately drilling holes in his bathroom floor to flood Ms McMurdo. “There were faults with my washing machine.”

Even though still subject to a restraining order after a previous harassment conviction against the neighbour Oram insisted: “She issued death threats to me with a broken bottle to cut my neck.”

Clearing Oram of criminal damage magistrate Mr. David Martin announced: “Ms McMurdo said he tore up clumps of Umbrella Bamboo and Lavender, but we do not see that on the CCTV.”

When making the ‘Crimbo’ order against Oram the pensioner told the magistrate: “They are trying to extinguish the basic right of an Englishman to be in his garden.”

Ban: Oram Cannot Set Foot In Garden
Ms McMurdo said: “I have suffered harassment over the years. Mr. Oram has targeted me to drive me out and I have often been in tears.

“He has tried to make my flat uninhabitable and had now turned to vandalising my vegetables and flowers.”

She said Oram sent her a text warning: “If we don’t find peace the future is going to be very grim for you and your son.”

The NHS employee added: “I’ve been torn in two. I feel so unsafe with Mr. Oram living above me.

“I feel on edge all the time. I have a feeling of dread in my chest. I never know what I’m going to walk into.

“I just wait for something to happen. I have no enjoyment at being at home anymore.”

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Young Woman Accused Of Smuggling Cannabis Into Prison

A young Newton Abbot woman, accused of smuggling drugs into a mens' prison appeared in court today.

Lillian Baker, 22, of 25 Clifford Drive, Heathfield is charged with possessing cannabis resin at south London's HMP Wandsworth on May 26.

She is also charged with one count of giving a prisoner, Nicholas little, a prohibited article, namely herbal cannabis.

Baker was bailed to appear at Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court on July 24 for a plea and trial preparation hearing. 

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Benefit Cheat Gets Suspended Sentence For Claiming While Abroad

Thomas: No Smoke Without Fire
A woman who continued claiming four different benefits while abroad during a three-and-a-half year scam has received a suspended prison sentence.

Lorraine Thomas, 60, of Bevington Road, North Kensington claims she had to flee the UK due to violent domestic abuse.

Thomas pleaded guilty to five separate counts of dishonestly failing to disclose information to the Department of Work & Pensions and the London Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, namely that she was not a UK resident.

She was sentenced to nine months imprisonment, suspended for eighteen months.

The prosecution were given seven days to consider any application for compensation.

The charges relate to claims for Income Support; Employment Support Allowance; Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit between February 22, 2012 and August 2, 2015.

Thomas, a first-time offender, displayed mobility issues entering and exiting the secure dock at Southwark Crown Court.

Monday, 25 June 2018

Bus Pervert Who Molested Five Teens Is Hunted

Police are hunting a north London bus pervert after five teenage females complained of being groped.
Officers from the Roads and Transport Policing Command are appealing for help to identify this man suspected of sexual assaults.
At 6.30pm on January 25, the suspect was seen to board the route 279 bus at Tesco Ponders End and got off at Angel, Edmonton.
Whilst on the crowded bus, the suspect sexually assaulted an 18-year-old woman standing up and later sitting down.
He continued to assault her until she got off the bus.
At 7.20am on January 29, the suspect boarded the route 279 bus at White Hart Lane.
When a 14-year-old schoolgirl boarded the bus at Scotland Green, the suspect sexually assaulted her before disembarking at Enfield Highway.
At 7.45am on February 21, a 14-year-old girl boarded the route 279 bus at the Nightingale Road bus stop.
Whilst standing on the bus, the suspect sexually assaulted her.
Only when the victim disembarked at Ingersoll Road did the suspect stop and go to the upper deck.
At 8.00am on March 12, a 15-year-old girl boarded the route 34 bus at Cambridge Roundabout.
Whilst standing on the busy bus, she was sexually assaulted. The victim alighted at Green Lanes.
At 8.55am on March 15, a 17-year-old girl boarded a route 102 bus at Fortismere Avenue heading towards Bounds Green.
Whilst sitting upstairs, the suspect sat in a nearby seat and played with himself whilst watching the victim.
The victim got off the bus at Palmerston Road and the suspect remained on the bus.
The suspect has short black hair and a thin beard along his jaw.
He was wearing a two-tone padded blue jacket and blue jeans.
Detective Sergeant Edward Coleman, leading the investigation says: "We know of at least five offences committed by the same suspect on crowded buses.
“We would like to hear from anyone who may know this man's identity.
"We also want to hear from anyone who may have been the victim of a sexual assault while travelling on a bus."
Anyone with any information is asked to call Detective Sergeant Edward Coleman on 020 3054 6710 or 101 quoting reference CAD 2343/12Mar or tweet @MetCC.
To call anonymously, please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Teen Slashed By Sword-Wielding Gang: Four Suspects Wanted

Police are hunting a sword-wielding gang after a 17 year-old college student was chased and slashed in east London.
Police were called just before 6.00pm on Tuesday, April 17 to reports of a fight at Star Lane Park in West Ham.
The teen was found to be suffering from a slash wound to his right arm.
He had been making his way home after finishing college with his friends, when he noticed a group of hooded males running towards them, with one waving a sword.
His friends all ran off and he was chased into Birch Close, where he slipped and fell over.
The group caught up, surrounded him and slashed him as he tried to defend himself.
The group, were seen to board a train at the Star Lane Docklands Light Railway station.
The London Ambulance Service took the victim to an east London hospital where he received several stitches before being discharged.
The suspects are described as:
Suspect 1 is described as an Asian man, wearing a black hat, blue padded jacket over a green hooded top, green tracksuit trousers and brown shoes.
Suspect 2 is described as a black teenager, wearing a black jacket with ‘Crosshatch’ written down the left arm, black trousers and black shoes.
Suspect 3 is described as a white man, with a short brown beard. He was wearing a green hooded jacket over a dark blue hooded top, blue jeans and white trainers.
Suspect 4 is described as a black man with a beard. He was wearing a dark blue jacket over a grey hooded top, dark blue trousers and white trainers.
Detective Constable Georgina Hebron, from Newham Borough, said: “This is a nasty unprovoked attack on a teenager who was walking home from college.
We are appealing for anyone who may have seen the attack to come forward.”
Anyone with any information are asked to call detectives at Newham via 101 quoting reference CAD 6371/17Apr18 or tweet @MetCC.
To call anonymously, please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Friday, 22 June 2018

Ritz Hotel's Dodgy Cash Boss Awaits Fate For £3K Theft From Former Police Employers

Ex-Cop Henderson
The head of anti-money laundering at Mayfair’s Ritz Hotel Casino, who stole £3,000 while a serving police officer, has had sentencing adjourned for a probation report.

Alex Henderson, 31, was a counter-terrorism, drugs and money laundering investigator with the National Crime Agency (NCA) before he was caught withdrawing lump sums from their account.

He appeared on bail at Southwark Crown Court, where Judge Jeffrey Pegden QC ordered a pre-sentence report.

“Yes, he’s a man of good character, but it is a serious case,” said the judge, ordering Henderson to return on June 29.

He pleaded guilty to stealing £3,090 from the NCA between October 13 and November 4 2016, plus a Samsung Galaxy S7 mobile phone, worth £408 between September 19 and 30.

Henderson, of Princes Park Lane, Hayes admitted the offences at his first appearance at Westminster Magistrates Court.

At a conference earlier this year Henderson was talking tough about companies punished for failing to enforce anti-money laundering regulations.

“I don’t have any sympathy for them. They’re very small fines for people doing a lot of wrong,’ he said. “You’re in a position of trust, you need to protect your staff, you need to protect your customers.”

He is open about his former undercover career with the NCA in his professional online profile.

A credit card taken from secure storage was used at cashpoints on six occasions - for the maximum £500 each time - plus a £90 fee.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

"Couple Of Glasses Of Wine" Put NHS PA Over Drink-Drive Limit

Wimbledon Magistrates Court
An NHS administrator was caught drink-driving after “a couple of glasses of wine” when police spotted her looking at her phone while behind the wheel.

Yvonne Stupple, 58, from West Brompton, a PA for Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust says she is “mortified” by her arrest and court appearance.

She pleaded guilty to driving her Chevrolet vehicle with excess alcohol in her breath in York Road, Battersea at 10.25pm on May 25.

Her reading was 41 microgrammes - slightly over the 35 limit.

Wimbledon Magistrates Court heard officers pulled Stupple over after seeing her phone in her hand although she says her vehicle was stationary at the time.

As far as the officers were concerned she failed to pull over satisfactorily and appeared confused.

They followed her around a large roundabout and she stopped opposite a petrol station.

When asked if she had been drinking Stupple confessed she had a few glasses of wine.

Her lawyer told the court: “It is a case of misjudgement. She did not feel she was under the influence of alcohol.

“She waited a few hours and thought she was fine to drive.

“She puts her hands up and takes full responsibility.

“She is very embarrassed and is remorseful. She was stationary when she looked at her phone.

“She is mortified she is in this position after a couple of glasses of wine.”

Stupple was disqualified from driving for twelve months and fined £500, with £85 costs and ordered to pay a £50 victim surcharge.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Greenwich Observatory's Public Astronomer Charged With Downloading Child Porn

A Greenwich observatory astronomer, accused of making indecent photographs of children, has appeared in court for the first time.

Marek Kukula, 49, who has had a senior role at the Royal Museums Greenwich for the last decade, holds the title of Public Astronomer.

Kukula, of Millennium Square, Borough appeared on bail at Camberwell Green Magistrates Court, which sent him to Inner London Crown Court.

He is charged that on or before October 5, last year he made 34 Category A indecent images of a child.

He also faces two further charges that on or before the same date he made 107 Category B and 266 Category C indecent images of a child.

Kukula describes himself as an experienced science communicator with a background in astronomy research at UK universities and NASA’s Space Telescope Science Institute.

At the Royal Observatory Greenwich he oversees science content and exhibitions and public programmes and is a spokesperson for the landmark institution.

He is the author of two books: ‘The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who’ and ‘The Intimate Universe.’

While a project manager and researcher in residence at the University of Edinburgh he managed a national scheme to train young researchers and match them with secondary schools.

He has a degree in Physics with Astrophysics and a PhD in Radio Astronomy from the University of Manchester.

He was bailed to appear at the crown court on July 10.