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NCA: Former North Wales children’s home resident jailed for abuse in the 1970s Return to News 16 October 2018 A 64-year-old man has been given a three-and-a-half year prison sentence for sexual offences against a child committed more than 40 years ago. Graham Stridgeon, now known as Tony Gordon (pictured right), from Fleetwood, Lancashire, pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent assault and one count of ####### on 10 September 2018 at Mold Crown Court. This followed an investigation by the National Crime Agency into historic child abuse at children’s homes in North Wales. Stridgeon and his victim were residents at the Bryn Alyn children’s home in Wrexham at the time of the offences. The abuse took place at the home between June 1973 and December 1974. Stridgeon was several years older than his victim. On Tuesday 16 October he was sentenced to three years and six months in jail. NCA investigating officer Andy Sandham said: “Stridgeon picked on boys who were younger and more vulnerable, pretending he was going to help them. “The victim has been incredibly brave coming forward all these years later and retelling the abuse he was subjected to. “Stridgeon probably thought he’d got away with his crimes, but he, and others who committed crimes against children all those years ago, have been brought to justice and I hope their victims can take some comfort in that.” Operation Pallial, the independent NCA investigation into allegations of past abuse in the care system in North Wales, began in November 2012 at the request of Mark Polin, who was the Chief Constable of North Wales Police. Stridgeon is the 12th person to be convicted under operation Pallial. There are 4 further trials under Operation Pallial some scheduled for next year. Share this Page: View the full article Read this NCA: Hundreds arrested in national action against county lines drugs gangs Return to News National action to disrupt the drug dealing methodology known as county lines has led to more than 200 arrests and the safeguarding of 58 vulnerable people. With full results still to be collated, the week-long period of intensive law enforcement activity has so far delivered: More than 200 arrests 58 vulnerable people identified and safeguarded, including a number of children The seizure of deadly weapons including hunting knives, a firearm with ammunition, an axe, a meat cleaver and a samurai sword The seizure of tens of thousands of pounds of suspected criminal cash Significant quantities of heroin, crack cocaine and other illegal drugs seized The crackdown was overseen by the new National County Lines Coordination Centre, which is led jointly by the NCA and National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC). The Centre is mapping the threat from county lines nationally and prioritising action against the most significant perpetrators. It also provides support to front line officers dealing with county lines crime, and is working to deepen partnerships with non-law enforcement organisations in order to enhance the wider national response. Dozens of police forces and Regional Organised Crime Units (ROCUS) took action ranging from search warrants and intelligence gathering to community events designed to raise awareness of county lines and encourage reporting. The activity also included individuals currently serving prison sentences being arrested and charged with class A drugs supply. County lines is the name given to urban drug dealers expanding their activities into smaller towns and rural areas, primarily to supply crack cocaine and heroin to addicts in those locations. The method traditionally involves the use of a single phone line to communicate with drug users. These can generate between £3,000 and £5,000 per day, meaning they are defended from competing groups with violence and intimidation. The NCA and NPCC assess there to be approximately 1500 lines in operation in the UK. It is often children who are sent long distances to deal the drugs, and they will frequently be subject to violence and threats. Gangs will also set up dealing bases by taking over the homes of addicted or otherwise vulnerable people – a tactic known as ‘cuckooing’. National activity over the week therefore included visits to vulnerable people, including those at risk of cuckooing, as well as officer engagement with commercial accommodation providers and private hire drivers, who may come into contact with offenders or those being exploited by county lines groups. Sue Southern, NCA Deputy Director for Commodities and national county lines lead, said: “Tackling county lines and its consequences is a national law enforcement priority. Supply gangs are responsible for high levels of violence and the exploitation and abuse of vulnerable adults and children, and every territorial police force in England and Wales has now reported some level of county lines activity. “There are currently hundreds of live county lines investigations across the UK, and this period of intensification highlights the range of coordinated activity taking place to identify perpetrators, reduce violence, take away the proceeds of crime and safeguard the vulnerable. “While these operations will have substantially disrupted numerous county lines, our work is ongoing and we are pursuing all available means of strengthening the national response. “This requires collaboration across multiple sectors, ranging from law enforcement to safeguarding organisations and the private sector industries used by criminals to transport and store people and drugs. Through the National County Lines Coordination Centre we are working to enhance those partnerships.” Deputy Assistant Commissioner Duncan Ball, NPCC lead for gangs and county lines, said: “Last week’s operational intensification will be the first of many coordinated efforts by the newly-established National County Lines Coordination Centre, which is already strengthening our ability to effectively tackle county lines networks. “Our primary aim in dismantling these networks is protecting the young and vulnerable people who are exploited by gangs and are subject to violence, fear and intimidation. “This week’s intensification has protected 58 people from that violence, as well as removing a significant amount of drugs from the supply chain and disrupting gangs who profit from spreading fear and suffering throughout the UK. “Our partnership with the NCA, through the National County Lines Coordination Centre, ensures that all affected forces are able to share best practice and improve our collective response to the scourge of county lines offending.” The National County Lines Coordination Centre was set up with £3.6m of Home Office funding, and officially launched in September 2018. Share this Page: View the full article Read this NCA: Smuggler had £1.4m cocaine hidden in fuel tank Home News Smuggler had £1.4m cocaine hidden in fuel tank Return to News 16 October 2018 A Latvian man has been jailed for ten years for smuggling 14 kilos of cocaine with a street value of £1.4 million into the UK following a National Crime Agency investigation. Henri Kampans, aged 39, was found guilty following a four day trial at Canterbury Crown Court on Thursday 11 October. He was sentenced the same day. Kampans was driving a van when he was stopped at Dover Eastern Docks by Border Force officers on 4 September 2016. A check of the vehicle showed the bolts on the fuel tank had been interfered with. A scan revealed further abnormalities so it was removed and 14 taped packages were found inside (pictured right). During an interview with NCA investigators, Kampans denied knowing the drugs were in the fuel tank. He said he was approached by the owner of the van who asked him if he could drive it from Iecava in Latvia to London to deliver some post. Deborah Cook, NCA Dover branch investigations manager said: “What we have seen with cocaine is that it is a drug which fuels gang crime, exploitation and violence on the streets of the UK. While they may be low down in the criminal hierarchy, smugglers like Kampans play a crucial role in that chain of organised crime. “This is another example of how joint working with our Border Force colleagues has prevented a significant amount of Class A drugs reaching the UK.” Paul Morgan, Director Border Force South East and Europe, said: “This was a very sophisticated concealment and another excellent example of Border Force officers using their highly developed detection skills to prevent a substantial quantity of drugs from ending up on the streets of the UK, where they cause significant harm to both individuals and communities. “Working with our colleagues at the National Crime Agency (NCA) we are determined to do all we can to stop drug traffickers and ensure that those who involve themselves in this activity face the full consequences of their crimes.” Share this Page: View the full article Read this NCA: Operation Stovewood: man sentenced to nine years in prison for sexually abusing girl Return to News A 55 year-old man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for sexual activity with a child, following a National Crime Agency investigation into allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation in Rotherham. The offences against a girl who was aged 15 when the abuse first started, took place between 2004 and 2007. The investigation proved Darren Hyett, who was aged 41 at the time, targeted and groomed the 15-year-old girl. He bought her gifts, gave her alcohol and cigarettes and regularly took her out in his taxi after collecting her from a children’s home. In her victim impact statement she said: “Darren has impacted on my life in many ways and still does - many of these are invisible to the eyes of others. Darren has used and exploited my vulnerability and my childhood situation and destroyed part of me that I will never get back – I lost the innocence of being a child. “The nightmare of what he did to me never goes away and when I was contacted by the National Crime Agency the past crashed back into my life. I was forced to think about and face the reality of my abuse. “This process has been ongoing for nearly three years and culminated in coming to give evidence at court. I cannot put into words how the thought of facing my abuser made me feel. The only thing that has enabled me to cope is the support from friends and family, and the need to take control of my life for myself and my family” Operation Stovewood Senior Investigating Officer, Paul Williamson said: “The actions of Darren Hyett were premeditated and calculated. He took advantage of a vulnerable young girl, sexually abusing her for a number of years. “This is the latest conviction under Operation Stovewood and again I want to commend the bravery of the victim and witnesses who came to court to give their accounts of what happened. "Specific support packages are put in place for the victims and survivors we work with, starting when they are first contacted by the NCA, through any trials they are involved in and beyond according to their needs. “The courage shown by the victim and witnesses in this case has helped us convict Hyett and he is now behind bars, no longer posing a risk to young and vulnerable people of Rotherham”. Alison Cartmell from the CPS said: “Darren Hyett preyed on a young, vulnerable teenager and bought her gifts, cigarettes and drugs to gain control over her for his own sexual gratification. “He denied having sexual contact with the victim while she was under the age of 16, but evidence put forward by the CPS, including the victim’s accounts of the incidents, saw the jury find him guilty. “I would like to thank the victim who came forward and bravely supported this prosecution.” There are currently 22 separate investigations under the Stovewood umbrella, with 147 suspects identified and more than 290 complainants engaging with officers. 24 suspects have been charged and 12 have been arrested (or attended a police station voluntarily) and bailed or released under investigation. Share this Page: View the full article Read this NCA: Final member of Heathrow ‘airport insider’ cocaine smuggling group jailed Return to News A 66-year-old woman who was a courier for an organised crime group that used corrupt baggage handlers to smuggle £16million worth of drugs through London’s Heathrow Airport has been jailed for six years and three months. Felicia Kufuor was one of four couriers hired by the group to collect suitcases containing cocaine after arriving at Heathrow on an internal flight from other airports in the UK. The conspiracy involved two British Airways baggage handlers, Joysen Jhurry, 41, and Mohammad Ali, 42, moving the drug-filled suitcases off an inbound flight from Brazil and placing them on baggage carousels for domestic arrivals. It was then the cases would be picked up by the couriers without having been through customs controls. The criminal operation was brought to an end in December 2016 following an 18 month investigation led by the National Crime Agency, with support from Border Force and Heathrow Airport, during which over 100 kilos of cocaine and 44 kilos of cannabis were seized. Kufuor was found guilty of conspiring to import cocaine in February 2018 and was sentenced yesterday at Southwark Crown Court to six years and three months in prison. A further 11 members of the network were convicted of having varying roles and were sentenced to a total of over 139 years in April 2018. Wilfred Owusu, 31, and Michael Sutherland, 48, who organised for the cocaine to be flewn in from Brazil on at least six separate occasions, were both sentenced to 20 years in prison. Baggage handlers Jhurry and Ali received 16 and 15 years respectively. NCA regional head of investigations Brendan Foreman said: “Though she was lower in ranking in this criminal network’s hierarchy, Kufuor played a vital role in the conspiracy. “The organisers relied heavily on her and the other couriers in order to distribute the drugs to dealers and thus profit from their illicit activity. “Organised criminals involved in drug distribution are often also linked to violence, exploitation and gang culture meaning Kufuor played a part in a longer, more damaging chain. “Border Force, Airport authorities and the airline community were vital in helping us to stop this organised crime group in its tracks and pull together the evidence which lead to them all being sentenced to significant jail time.” Border Force Heathrow Director Nick Jariwalla said: “Border Force Officers played a crucial role in this lengthy investigation, helping to bring these individuals to justice. “They used their in-depth knowledge of the infrastructure at Heathrow to provide invaluable insight to colleagues at the National Crime Agency and the final operation to arrest suspects was very much a joint effort. “This is just one example of how Border Force officers keep restricted and prohibited items out of the country and prevent them getting into the hands of organised crime groups.” Share this Page: View the full article Read this BBC: Scottish couple named as Majorca flood victims Scottish couple named as Majorca flood victims 11 October 2018 Image copyright Facebook Image caption Antony and Delia Green were on holiday in Majorca A Scottish couple have been named as victims of a flash flood in Majorca. Antony and Delia Green, from Moffat, were passengers in a taxi which was swallowed up when water surged into the coastal resort of Sant Llorenc. The driver, Juan Sillero, was also killed. At least 10 people are believed to have died after torrential rainstorms hit the area around Sant Llorenc des Cardassar on Tuesday night. The Foreign Office said it was supporting their family. Mr and Mrs Green, both in their seventies, were on holiday on the island. Image copyright AFP Dumfriesshire MP David Mundell said: "I was deeply saddened to learn of the tragedy involving Mr and Mrs Green from Moffat and everyone affected by flash flooding in Majorca. "My thoughts are with Mr and Mrs Green's family and friends at this difficult time." A spokesperson for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "We are supporting the family of two British people following their deaths in Spain, and will do all we can to assist them at this deeply difficult time. "Our staff remain in contact with the Spanish authorities who are responsible for responding to the floods, and are ready to assist any other British people who require our help." Officials in Majorca have confirmed that 10 people have died in the flooding, and the search is ongoing for three people still reported missing, including a five-year-old child. Image copyright EPA Image caption Hundreds of residents have been forced to move to emergency shelters Weather forecasters reported that eight inches of rain fell in the area - 40 miles east of the capital of Palma on the Spanish island - in just four hours. Witnesses described a torrent of water and mud that buried cars and tore down trees. "It all happened in less than 10 minutes," one told Spanish TV. "We had to swim to try to survive." Hundreds of displaced residents are in emergency shelters, and about 80 soldiers were expected to join more than 100 rescuers who are working in the area. View the full article Read this 'Crazy' scene as 12 police officers forced off patrol looking after City Hospital patients This was the astonishing scene outside a Birmingham hospital as a dozen police officers were taken away from frontline duties looking after prisoners or vulnerable people. A picture of the car park at City Hospital showed three cars and three vans outside early on Thursday. https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/look-crazy-scene-12-police-15265775 Read this BBC: Matthew Hedges: Wife urges UAE to free husband held since May Matthew Hedges: Wife urges UAE to free husband held since May 11 October 2018 Image copyright Facebook Image caption Durham student Matthew Hedges was reportedly arrested in Dubai in May A British student has been detained for the last five months in the United Arab Emirates "without explanation" after a research trip, his wife has said. Matthew Hedges, a PhD student at Durham University, has been held in solitary confinement after being accused of spying, according to the Times. His wife said his rights were being "violated on a daily basis". UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has raised the case with his counterpart in the country. The Times reported that the 31-year-old was arrested on 5 May at Dubai airport as he tried to leave following a research trip to interview sources about the country's security policies. Mr Hedges's case was heard by a court in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, but was adjourned until another hearing on 24 October. His wife, Daniela Tejada, said in a statement: "We cannot believe this has happened. "We have been patient and done everything that has been advised, supposedly in Matt's best interest, but we can no longer go on like this." She said he had visited the country "exclusively for academic research purposes" and had been detained without charge in an undisclosed location. She added: "His rights are violated on a daily basis and I am shocked that more has not been done to get him out." Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Matthew Hedges' wife says he was on a research trip to the United Arab Emirates The Foreign Office statement said it was supporting a British man following his detention in the UAE. A statement added: "The foreign secretary has also personally raised his case with his Emirati counterpart." British officials have twice visited Mr Hedges, whose research interests include Middle Eastern politics, security studies and civil-military relations, according to Durham University's website. Ms Tejada said she was worried what effect the "traumatic experience" will have on her husband's health. She added: "I am shocked and confused by the whole situation and will do everything I can to make sure he comes home soon." View the full article Read this Read More Police News