Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Record Co. Exec Gets Three Years For Fiddling Over £660K

Guilty: Schwier After His Plea

The former head of global production at record label giant Universal Music was jailed for three years today for stealing over £660,000 from the company, which he claims was mostly given away to his staff and to charity.

Duncan Schwier, 52, of Clifden Road, Twickenham left behind a paper trail when promoted, which revealed multiple invoice payments to non-existent companies for over a decade, which had been set-up by him.

The American-based French-owned multinational is the largest music corporation in the world and its artists include U2, Eminem, 50 Cent and Jennifer Lopez.

He pleaded guilty to one count of stealing £643,697.35 between December 31, 2001 and December 31, last year from his Kensington-based employers.

Prosecutor Mr. Olu Phillips told Isleworth Crown Court: "The defendant had in fact been employed by 'Atmosphere' music company going back to 1984 and over a series of acquisitions and name changes that company came to be the Universal Music Group.

"In that company, at at the end of June 2013, the defendant was the global head of production with Universal Music Group.

'He was promoted or moved from that position in early 2013 and another member of staff took over that position and that member of staff, seeking to familiarise himself with the financial system came across what appeared to be suspect invoices.

"There followed an enquiry and investigation and over that period the defendant had stolen £643,697.35p and that was by way of him submitting to the company invoices in the name of Bar Music and FF Music.

"These companies were fictitious and once the transactions were authorised the payments were made and funds went into one of his bank accounts."

There were three in-house interviews between Schwier and his bosses from July. "He straight away made admissions that it was him. He had created these companies and he had authorised and and arranged these invoices and taken payment."

Schwier Minutes After Pleading Guilty
Married Schwier, who has at least one daughter, put his six-bedroom detached Edwardian house on the market for £1.75m on August 1, last year, has repaid the stolen money in full.

He claims to have given away, due to his medical condition, £400,000 on his own staff in gifts and bonuses and £100,000 to various charities.

The court heard Schwier was unaware he had autoimmune condition Graves disease, plus other ailments, including a cancer scare, and stole to combat stress and worsening relationship with his staff.    

His lawyer, Mr. Lawrence Selby said: "He makes no criticism of Universal. They were completely in the dark as to his medical condition.

"Mr. Schwier himself was almost unaware of the medical condition he was suffering from, it took a considerable time to diagnose. He was unaware his behaviour had changed so dramatically.

"The person who behaved the way he did is not the Duncan Schwier people liked, respected and loved and that is a real tragedy.

"You have heard a large portion of the money stolen from Universal Music was for charity. That was a misguided sense of what was right and wrong at the time.

Schwier Worked At Beaumont House, Kensington Village
"He did glean some comfort from being in a position to assist others at the time he was suffering and enduring."

A music executive colleague at Zomba music described Schwier as having: "mood swings that were frequent and unpalatable" and that his: "behaviour, judgment and decision-making were impaired."

"Throughout this he was working in a pressure-cooker industry," added Mr. Selby. "Unable to cry for help and these thefts offered respite for his depression and suffering."

The first staff gift was an expensive guitar for a colleague who was leaving and the bonuses, parties and dinners followed.

He continued to drive his 15 year-old Volvo, which broke down as the weekend, the court heard and there was no evidence of an "extravagant" lifestyle and his daughter is now suffering one of his conditions.

"It's dishonesty over a period longer than a decade, dishonestly partly to reward your staff, but there was also significant financial gain for yourself," Judge Aidan Marron QC told the first-time offender.

"I accept throughout this period you were suffering serious medical difficulties that effected your judgement and predictability. I'm afraid a custodial sentence is inevitable."

Monday, 29 September 2014

Armed Robber Hunted For Lido Hold-Up

Police have released this CCTV image of a robbery suspect they are hunting after an early-morning hold-up at an open-air swimming pool in south-east London.
The robbery ocurred at approximately 6:15am on Monday July 28 at Charlton Lido, in Charlton Park.
The suspect entered the reception area, where he threatened staff with a firearm and made off with cash from the till.

Detectives from the Met’s Flying Squad are investigating the robbery and are releasing a CCTV image of a man they would like to identify.

Anyone who recognises the man featured, or with information should contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Ex-Teacher Jailed For Abusing Young Teen He Picked-Up On 'Grindr'

A former schoolteacher, who picked up a 14 year-old boy on social networking app 'Grindr' and took him home for sex, has been jailed for five years.
Gary Pearce, 40, of Ellenborough Road, Sidcup met the youth in a supermarket car park and returned him to the same location after taking the teen to his address.
He was convicted at Inner London Crown Court of one count of grooming a child and once count of sexual activity with a child.
Police were contacted by the parents of the victim after they found messages of a sexual nature on his phone.
Officers were told that in the summer of 2012 the victim had been in contact with Pearce through 'Grindr' and despite the victim informing the defendant of his age, they met.
Under police interview Pearce claimed his victim had told him he was of the age of consent but made no comment to all other questions put to him.
Detective Constable Chris Hammond said: "Despite being in a position of trust as a teacher Gary Pearce met the fourteen year-old victim through the internet, then arranged and proceeded to meet him in person.
"The Metropolitan Police is dedicated to protecting young and vulnerable people and encourage victims to come forward where they will be fully supported by specially trained officers."
Detective Inspector Neal Burton from the Sapphire Command said: "Pearce utilised the internet to manipulate the child into meeting him.
“This crime again shows the vulnerability of the internet and social media, which is used by paedophiles to meet their victims.
“This conviction will provide reassurance that we will relentlessly pursue those who commit these dreadful crimes against children."

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Rapist Who Imprisoned Woman In Her Own Home Gets 14 Years

A rapist, who held a woman hostage in her own home and repeatedly attacked her, has been jailed for fourteen years.
Patrick Healy, 48, of Upper Brockley Road, Brockley was convicted of five counts of raping the woman, whose keys he snatched and threatened to kill.
Croydon Crown Court heard Healy first raped the victim at her home in early December last year, but this was not reported to police and he returned to the address on the 22nd day of that month.
Healy pushed the woman inside and threatened to kill her, stole her keys and left the address, locking her inside. 

On his return he stopped her from leaving the address and repeatedly raped her until she convinced him to allow her to go to work.

Healy escorted the woman to her place of work and once he left she reported her ordeal to the police.

Officers attended the victim's home address where Healy was found hiding in a cupboard and he was arrested.

Detective Constable Keith Tran, from the Metropolitan Police Service's Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: "Rape is often under-reported and victims can suffer in silence.
“It took tremendous courage from this victim to come forward and report Healy to the police.
“However, once she did she was supported by a specially trained officer until Healy was convicted.
“As a result of her courage a violent offender, who subjected her to a protracted ordeal has been convicted and now faces a lengthy prison term.

"I hope this case gives other victims of rape and abuse the courage to report their offenders to the police with the confidence that they will be believed and they will be supported."

As well as the five rapes Healy was also convicted of false imprisonment, threats to kill, sexual assault and assault.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Drink-Driver Jailed For Battering Policeman With His Own Baton

A drink-driver, who collided with another motorist, headbutted a policeman as he was being arrested and smashed the officer over the head with his own baton.
Tex Baker, 27, of Kingsland, Harlow, Essex was jailed for five years and four months for atacking the 34 year-old officer as he tried to handcuff him in Sewardstone Road, Chingford on October 27, last year.
He was convicted at Snaresbrook Crown Court of causing grievous bodly harm, with intent, and driving with excess alcohol and was also banned from driving for two years.
Police were initially called to reports of a damage-only collision involving a suspected drunken driver.
The arresting officer was handcuffing Baker when he launched a sustained attack head-butting him several times and punching him.
He also managed to take the baton out of the officer’s hand and struck him over the head with it, leaving the policeman covered in blood.
Detective Chief Inspector Rob Plumb, from Waltham Forest Borough, said: “Officers on the frontline routinely face danger - it’s the nature of the job.
However, to attack anyone in this way, including a police officer, is a serious matter and this sentence shows the courts will not tolerate such despicable behaviour.” 

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Knife Murder Still Unsolved Over One Year On

Police are appealing for information as they continue to solve the killing of a young man in west London, who was fatally stabbed in the neck over a year ago.
Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC) continue to investigate the death of 23-year-old Surjeet Singh in Southall Park on August 26, last year.
A fight occurred at 8.50pm in the park and Mr. Singh was found injured in nearby Green Drive. He was pronounced dead at 9.57pm.
Police are appealing for anybody who may have witnessed the incident, knew the deceased or has any information that may assist the investigation.

Detective Inspector Tony Lynes said: “I appeal directly to the local community in Southall for information that may lead to the identification of Surjeet's killer.
“I am convinced the answer lies in the heart of the community, however, a year on we, nor Surjeet's family are any closer to knowing who attacked him and we need information from local people to help us.

“Detectives have arrested a number of people believed to have been involved in the fight, however police are appealing for information that may identify Surjeet's killer.
“No one has been has been convicted in relation with the violent disorder.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact the incident room on 020 8721 4868.
Alternatively if you have information and wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Eight people arrested in connection with the murder in August 2013 have now been released.
One man was released with no further action.
Seven others were acquitted on charges of violent disorder and conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm at Isleworth Crown Court in April this year.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Alleged Paedophile Invited Youngster To Play Scalextric

Accused: Barry Rosamond

A teenager, who encouraged his younger neighbour to visit him alone to play Scalextric and other games over three decades ago, sexually abused him by copying a Kama Sutra-style calender, a court heard yesterday.

Barry Rosamond, 50, of Great Tree Farm, Looe, Cornwall was aged fifteen to sixteen years-old and the young boy between nine and ten during the period he preyed upon the youngster, Croydon Crown Court was told.

Rosamond has pleaded not guilty to four counts of indecent assault; one count of attempted buggery and one count of indecency with a child said to have occurred in Beckenham, Kent between 1978 and 1980.

“He said: 'Come around on your own to play, don't bring the others,' “ the 44 year-old complainant told the jury.

The defendant initially encouraged the youngster to touch him intimately, promising to give him £5.00 on the first occasion, but afterwards handed over £3.00 in change, the court heard.

“I went round there and and he abused me many times. I use'd to see him as a father-figure. Maybe that's why I never said anything.

“I've managed to keep my head up, but it's been difficult. He did this to me and I crumbled mentally and I do not want to carry it anymore.

“I'm sick and tired of it. It's draining. He abused me many times.

“You bury this in alcohol, in drugs to block these images out of your head,” explained the complainant, denying suggestions he invented the accusations to blame someone for difficulties in his own life.

“That's rubbish, absolute rubbish,” he said, adding it was very difficult to come forward at the time.

“At that age you don't know what is going on. You think you're just mucking around, but later I felt dirty, so dirty and foolish.”

He said Rosamond would produce a wall calendar, which depicted silhouetted figures in various sexual poses, which he would copy with the youngster.

Five years ago the complainant suddenly spotted Rosamond, who was visiting the area, as he walked to his mother's home.

“He smiled at me and when I went into the house I was pacing up and down wondering what to do, but not wanting to do anything crazy.

“I put a note on his camper van windscreen, which said: 'I don't want to see you again.' “

Trial continues..........

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Scrap Dealer Accused Of Buying Memorial Plaques Nicked From Cemeteries

A rogue scrap metal dealer, who ran a "no questions asked" business, paid cash for stolen bronze memorial plaques heartless thieves swiped from five cemeteries, a jury were told today.

Over 723 plaques were stolen overnight from Croydon, Beckenham, Tonbridge & Malling, West Norwood and Putney Vale cemeteries and evidence of all of them were discovered during a police operation, which targeted DSM scrap yard.

It's boss, Joseph Collier, 72, of Woodhall Drive, Southwark cut the £75 plaques into tiny unidentifiable pieces and also bought an £1800 bronze sacred heart of Jesus statue stolen from a grave in Putney Vale, Croydon Crown Court was told.

During the police raid, which was the culmination of 'Operation Ferris', officers also seized a Thai bronze dragon statue, stolen from a front garden in Teddington, and Collier is also accused of trying to buy eight reels of copper belonging to UK Power Networks.

"They included memorial plaques from 2010, 2011 and 2012," explained prosecutor Mr. James Lofthouse. "These were not old, unwanted, unvisited memorials.

"Some had been recently visited and could not be said to be scrap metal and Mr. Collier would have known this as well.

"Various memorial plaques were pieced back together and shown to staff at the cemeteries and in all five instances they identified them."

Memorial Plaques
The first cemetery targeted by thieves was Croydon in September, 2011. "Staff reported the theft of a large amount of memorial plaques from their garden.

"They are all four inches by three inches and are secured to the ground by a twelve-inch metal spike and sixty-six were stolen."

Over 200 were then stolen from Beckenham, 148 from Tonbridge & Malling, 300 from West Norwood and 9 from Putney Vale.

DSM, of Bensham Lane, Croydon was searched on March 14, 2012 and Collier arrested on the premises.

"Officers found a number of plaques and fragments of plaques and Mr. Collier ran the business, he decided what to pay and accepted metal on a no questions asked basis," added Mr. Lofthouse.

"In several bags in the yard were found these bronze memorial plaques, with the names of the deceased, details and personal messages on them.

"some had been cut into small pieces rendering them unrecognisable. You would not have known what they were."

A member of Collier's staff was operating a cutting machine in one of the buildings.

"There was a memorial plaque with the corner cut off on the machine and a basket beside it containing plaques already chopped up.
Missing Statue: Bronze Dragon

"The bronze sacred heart of Jesus statue was found nearby along with the ornamental dragon."

Beckenham Cemetery had coated their plaques in identifiable 'Smart Water' and traces of it were found on the cutting machine.

The jury were also shown undercover surveillance footage of Collier buying the stolen items and handing over cash.

He has pleaded not guilty to two counts of possessing criminal property on May 14, 2012, namely the memorial plaques  and sacred heart statue and the ornamental dragon figure.

Collier also denies disguising criminal property, namely a quantity of memorial plaques, on the same date and attempting to receive stolen goods, namely eight reels of copper on March 27, last year.

Trial continues…………..  

Monday, 22 September 2014

Property Fraudster's Dodgy Mortgages With Help Of Girlfriend And Mum

Rachel Gledhill & Wayne Stubbs

A Huddersfield sales assistant posed as an IT consultant and a fine arts dealer during two mortgage frauds with her boyfriend, which illegally netted loans totalling £650,000, the Old Bailey heard today.

Rachel Gledhill, 39, of Armitage Road, Milnsbridge was working for Harvey Nichols, but lied in mortgage applications that she earned substantially more.

Her ex-boyfriend Wayne Stubbs, 44 and his mother Wendy Stubbs, 62, both of Briarwood House, Orpington Road, Chislehurst, Kent also deny the charges.

Prosecutor Mr. Nick Mather told the court Gledhill purchased 52 Hollyfield Avenue, Huddersfield in 2004 with the help of a £225,000 mortgage granted on the basis she was a £67,000 a year IT consultant.

“That is simply untrue, she is not an IT consultant and she was not earning that money. She was working as a sale assistant in Harvey Nichols.

“This is a lie on the mortgage application and this is part of a pattern of lies that go throughout this case.”

The jury were told Wayne was the mastermind behind the frauds. “This is not something Rachel Gledhill has decided to do off her own bat.”

The second property Gledhill purchased, 4 The Courtyard, Holwood, Keston, Kent, needed a £424,950 mortgage and she claimed to run her own successful fine arts business to obtain the loan in 2005.

“She say's she's a professional and had been doing this since May 1996 and owned one hundred per cent of the business.”

Gledhill claimed to net over £172,000 a year from the non-existent business, added Mr. Mather. “All of that was untrue because we known how much she was earning.”

The last known income for Gledhill was £12,000 in 2004 and from 2005 to 2011 she has no employment or tax records whatsoever.

“You can be confident these are lies in her documentation.”

Wendy Stubbs

4 The Courtyard was rented for £2,000 per month without the permission of the lender and sold in May, 2008 for £472,000, which the prosecution say is criminal property.

The Stubbs' were involved in further frauds on their own, added Mr. Maher. “It's about mortgage fraud and money laundering.

“These three defendants, individually and together, obtained a number of different mortgages and they did this by lying about their employment and income.

“Wayne is behind each and every one of these transactions. His fingerprints, euphemistically speaking, are all over this case.”

Wendy fronted the purchase of one property by claiming to be a £120,000 financial consultant.

“She has never, prior or since, earned that money. She was unemployed and on benefits.”

On another occasion she claimed to be a £75,000 a year interior designer and Wayne himself posed as a £110,000 a year unit trust dealer to obtain a big mortgage.

Wayne has not employment or tax history between 1995 and 2011. “He's a man who has no income at all as far as Revenue and Customs are concerned.

“He's someone seemingly under the radar with no income.”

Gledhill and Wayne are charged with obtaining a £225,000 mortgage on or before April 23, 2004, by deception, in relation to 52 Hollyfield Avenue, Huddersfield.

Gledhill alone is charged with obtaining a £424,950 mortgage, by deception, in relation to 4 The Courtyard, Holwood Estate, Westerham Road, Keston, Kent.

She is also charged with acquiring criminal property, namely rental income, from the address between June 1, 2006 and May 31, 2008 and Wayne is charged with entering into a money laundering arrangement.

Both Stubbs' are charged with obtaining a mortgage by deception, namely £300,000, on or before April 19, 2002 in relation to 166 Crofton Lane, Orpington.

They are similarly charged with obtaining £237,500 on or before August 29, 2003, plus a count of attempting to obtain that sum in relation to Flat 2, 55 Linden Gardens, Paddington.

Wendy is charged with acquiring criminal property, namely rental income from that address between February 4, 2005 and December 31, 2012 and Wayne with entering into a money laundering arrangement.

Wayne faces one count of fraud against Clydesdale Bank on or about March 12, 2008 in relation to the Linden Gardens property and his mother a count of acquiring criminal property and money laundering between 2008 and 2012.

Wayne alone is charged with obtaining a £237,500 mortage, by deception, in relation to Flat 16, Mount Arlington, 37 Park Hill Road, Bromley on or before July 27, 2004.

Both Stubbs' are charged with obtaining a £1,200,399 mortgage, by deception, on or before April 6, 2006 in relation to Briarwood House, Orpington Road, Chislehurst.

That property was rented out for £8,000 per month and Wendy is charged with acquiring criminal property between November 1, 2008 and November 30, 2010 and Wayne with money laundering.

Trial continues...........

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Take-Away Terror: Do You Know This Suspect?

Police have released this CCTV image of a suspect wanted after a man was attacked with a baseball bat and a knife outside a fast-food restaurant in north-west London.
Officers in Brent are investigating a violent incident, which ocurred in Coombe Road, near Neasden Lane at 10.15pm on September 4 and left the victim with a suspected fractured arm and hand and two deep cuts to the back of his head.
The 35 year-old victim had been in a fast food restaurant in Neasden Lane and was followed by two suspects who assaulted him with the weapons in a nearby street.
The victim ran back towards the restaurant and was assaulted by a further two men.

The suspects have been described as white Eastern European men believed to be Polish. 

Detective Constable Paul Connelly, from Brent CID, said: “I would like to speak with anyone who was in the area or inside the restaurant at the time of the incident who may have witnessed this assault.
“If you are the man in the photo or know who he is please contact the police.”

Enquiries continue and no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to call Brent CID via 101, alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Police Hunt Violent Muggers: CCTV Released

Police have released these CCTV images as they hunt two violent late-night robbers, who beat their victim and demanded his PIN to empty cash from his bank account.
The mugging ocurred outside the Citizen's Advice Bureau, Rushey Green, Catford at 11:30am on Wednesday, June 25.

Their target, a man in his 30's was walking home when he was approached by the two suspects.
The man had his mobile phone in his hand which was taken by one of the pair before both suspects walked off towards Holbeach Road.

The victim followed and the suspects turned on him, pushing him to the ground and kicking him several times.

One of the suspects then took the victim's wallet, took out a bank card and demanded the PIN.

The victim was told if the PIN was wrong he would be beaten further.
The suspect used the card and withdrew money from a nearby cash machine while his accomplice stayed with the victim. 

He went to a second cashpoint and withdrew more money before returning back to the victim and the other suspect.

The suspects left along Catford Broadway towards Canadian Avenue. 

Detective Constable Andy Trevett, said: “This was a terrifying experience for the victim, who was threatened with serious injury if he did not cooperate with the suspects.
“He was forced to hand over his PIN code in order for them to steal money.
“I am keen to hear from anyone who can help identify the men pictured or has information that can help assist my investigation.” 

Anyone who has information concerning this incident should call Lewisham CID on 020 8284 8413 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Privately-Educated City PA's Eight-Pint Police Race Rant

A privately-educated City PA, who also coaches youngsters at Chelsea FC, screamed racist abuse at two police officers and kicked a third after an eight-pint night out with pals in the West End.

Natasha Malook, 23, who attended Knightsbridge's £16,500 a year More House School and works for Investec Wealth and Investment passed out on the platform of Holland Park Underground Station and missed the last train home.

Police were called by the station supervisor and officers had to handcuff Malook - who lives with her family in a detached £1m house - after she struggled and shouted: "nigger", "paki" and "black bitch" at them.

Malook,of Monkville Avenue, Hampstead Garden Suburb pleaded guilty today to two counts of using racially-aggravated threatening behaviour towards PC's Tracey Taylor-Provost and Mohammed Wahab and assaulting PC Sophie Cunning in the early hours of April 18.

Hammersmith Magistrates Court heard her arrest and prosecution had jeopardised first-time offender Malook's renewal of her football coach's license.

Prosecutor Mr. Michael Sampson said: "She went out drinking with friends and had at least eight pints of beer and was drunk. She is seen on the station's CCTV wandering around and then sits on the platform and falls asleep.

"The supervisor tries to wake her, but she doesn't respond and by now the last train has departed and at 1.05am the police are called.

"PC Wahab tried to rouse her, but there was no response and he squeezed her earlobe and she told him to stop.

"The officers told her she has missed the last train and she was clearly drunk, her speech was slurred and there was a smell of alcohol on her breath."

Malook then shouted at PC Taylor-Provost: "Why don't you just f*** off? Do you know what your problem is? You've got a chip on your shoulder 'cos you're black."

Mr. Sampson explained: "She called PC Taylor-Provost a nigger and PC Wahab a paki and continued abusing the officers, using the words: 'black bitch' and 'lesbian c***.'

"She was handcuffed and tried to kick PC Taylor-Provost and was taken to the ground and leg restraints applied."

Malook was taken to British Transport Police's custody suite, where she assaulted detention officer PC Cunning.

"After being taken to a cell the handcuffs were removed and she struggled with the officer and kicked PC Cunning ."

Malook was later questioned when she sobered up. "She admitted she was drunk and said she could not recall what she said, but accepted she had behaved badly."

Her lawyer Miss Sue Semlani told the court: "The defendant is deeply ashamed of her actions. They are out of character.

"This was an offence motivated by alcohol and knows there is no excuse and no defence. It was a drunken rant.

"She says she cannot remember many of the things she said during this drunken rampage  and is apologetic.

"She knows she was uncooperative and is sorry for the language and in the heat of the moment as she is being restrained she has kicked out and injured the officer.

"She is a football coach and is due to renew her licence, but these proceedings have had a big impact on things."

Malook was fined £250 for each offence, ordered to pay £150 compensation to each officer, £300 costs and a £25 victim surcharge.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

'Oyster Row' Bus Suspect Hunted By Police

Police are hunting this bus passenger, who punched the driver after an early-morning 'Oyster-rage' row in west London.
Officers from the joint Transport for London and Metropolitan Police Service Workplace Violence Unit are appealing for help in identifying a man.
On Saturday July 5 at about 06:30am, the victim, who was driving a route 111 bus in Kingsley Road, Hounslow, was punched by the suspect following an altercation about his Oyster card.
The suspect then made off towards Hounslow East train station.

The driver was taken to West Middlesex hospital and treated for minor facial injuries and discharged the same day. 

The suspect is described as a black man of slim build, wearing a dark clothing.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Constable Andy Morland, leading the investigation for the Workplace Violence Unit on 0777 503 0912 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Laptop Teen Crashes Metropolitan Police's Website

A teenager, who crashed the Metropolitan Police Service's website by carrying out a cyber attack from his laptop, will be sentenced next month.
Jobless Jordan Jones, 19, of Windermere Avenue, Billingham, Cleveland slowed down the site over two days, eventually bring it grinding to a halt and inaccessible to the public.
His actions betweenAugust 12 and 14 last year resulted in a Denial of Service (DoS).
DoS attacks involve myriad requests sent to a single computer hosting a website, so that it is overloaded and effectively removed from the web.

Detectives from the Met's Cyber Crime Unit launched an investigation and, working with Cleveland Police, identified Jones as the culprit. 

On March 18 police arrested Jones at his home address, from which they also seized an encrypted laptop computer.
He pleaded guilty at Teeside Magistrates' Court to four unauthorised acts with intent to impair, or with recklessness as to impairing, the operation of a computer, under the Computer Misuse Act 1990, on 13 August 2014.

He is due to be sentenced at the same court on October 1.

Detective Inspector Sanjiv Gohil of the Met's Cyber Crime Unit, said: “Most denial of service attacks are aimed at businesses and the downtime to their websites can and often does cause a huge dip in their revenue.
In this case, the loss was to the public. Every day, thousands of people turn to the Met's website for advice about crime and to report offences.
“Being unable to do this and access the advice they are looking for there and then can make a huge difference to how crime impacts those people.

"I would like to reassure the public that there is no evidence of a compromise to anyone’s personal details as a result of this attack.” 

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Late-Night Face-Slashing: Suspect Identified

Police have released this photo of a suspect they wish to question after a man's face was slashed during a violent midnight incident.
Anthony John Kenny, 25, is wanted by Islington CID in connection with an attack at 12.20am on August 23 in Green Lanes, Stoke Newington.
Kenny is described as white and one of his distinguishing features is a missing left ear.
He also has two tattoos: 'Stand alone' inked on his neck and 'North London' on his left hand.

He has links with Islington, Chelmsford and St Albans.

The public are advised not to approach him and should call 999 if seen.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Islington CID on 07766 781861. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Bike-Theft Suspects Smashed Off-Duty Cop Over Head With Bolt Croppers

Police are hunting these two attempted bike-theft suspects after an off-duty policeman was struck over the head with a pair of heavy-duty bolt croppers outside Vauxhall railway station.
They are believed to be part of a gang of four fare-dodging youths, who exited the station without paying and headed straight for the commuter bike rack outside.
It was 10.50am on July 17 when the officer, aged 57, noticed the group leave via the station barriers without using a ticket or Oyster card.
He followed them group and noticed they approached bicycles that were chained to a nearby bike rack.
One of the suspects then produced a pair of bolt croppers - at which point the victim phoned 999 and identified himself to the group as a police officer.

The youth hit the officer over the head with the bolt croppers, knicking him to the ground before all four suspects made off towards South Lambeth Road. 

The victim was taken to hospital for his head injury, but was discharged later that day.

A 15-year-old boy was arrested in connection with the investigation on July 23 and has been bailed to return to a south London police in late September pending further enquiries. 

Detective Constable Sarah Francis, from Lambeth CID, who is investigating the incident said: “If you recognise any of these people, or indeed witnessed this incident then please get in touch. 

“This attack happened in broad daylight and resulted in the victim receiving hospital treatment.
I urge members of the community to come forward if they have any information with regards to the incident to help us catch those responsible.”

Anyone with information about this incident should contact DC Sarah Francis from Lambeth CID on 020 8649 2191, or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Drunken Ex-Air Stewardess Screamed At BA Flight Crew: "I'm Going To Shoot You In The Face."

 A drunken former air stewardess flying to London for her honeymoon screamed at British Airways cabin crew: "I'm going to shoot you in the face," after barricading herself inside a business class toilet.

American Brie Ann Johnson, 35, was joining her musician husband and had been drinking wine in the exclusive Club World upper deck on the 747 plane on top of her anti-anxiety Xanax medication.

She pleaded guilty at Isleworth Crown Court to being drunk on an aircraft and assaulting Craig Stoner and David Shaw on August 3 and received a suspended prison sentence.

Prosecutor Miss Pamela Reiss told the court trouble started ninety minutes into the New York to Heathrow flight and Mr. Stoner, a member of the cabin crew, was called to the upper deck.

"Miss Johnson was inside a toilet and there was groaning and banging noises coming from inside and when the staff knocked on the door she would not unlock it.

"Mr. Stoner decided to take the door off its hinges, but Miss Johnson put her back against it to stop him."

Eventually the door was removed and Miss Johnson, whose eyes were glazed, shouted: "F*** off. Get off me," and other passenger were noticeably upset.

"She would not walk and was carried back to the galley and wet herself. The crew detected the smell of alcohol on her breath and urine on her clothes.

"She threatened that she was going to shoot them in the face and put her hand into her jeans pocket and pulled out her passport," explained Miss Reiss.

"She then kicked down on Mr. Stoner's right shin then used her fist and made contact with his right eyebrow and he felt blood trickling down his face. He was cut.

"She also kicked Mr. Shaw, he was kicked on the shin and she did attempt to bite him and told him: 'I'm going to shoot you in the face.'

"At that point Mr. Shaw said: 'Get the handcuffs.' "Throughout the incident Miss Johnson was swearing all the time and upsetting her fellow passengers.

"When police officers arrived at Terminal Five to meet Miss Jonson she was clearly drunk."

Johnson's lawyer Miss Laura Hucknell said: "This was meant to be her honeymoon with her husband. She is in the country with him, he's a musician performing in a London concert and they have rented a flat.

"She is devastated and horrified at her behaviour, particularly as she is a former cabin staff employee herself.

"She has little, if any, memory of the incident, but was nervous and stressed when boarding and did not have anything to eat.

"She is terrified of the prospect of going into custody and has not slept since."

Judge Robin Johnson said: "This was alarming and violent behaviour and violence in an airplane inevitably carries immediate imprisonment.

"By the skin of your teeth I have decided not to send you to prison."

Johnson was sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for eighteen months, ordered to pay £2,000 compensation to Mr. Stoner, £1,000 to Mr. Shaw, £650 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.