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BBC: Ian Tomlin: Murder charges over Battersea father's death Ian Tomlin: Murder charges over Battersea father's death 19 October 2018 Related TopicsLondon violence Image copyright Met Police Image caption Ian Tomlin was described as a "great father" Two men have been charged with murdering a father who was beaten to death outside his home in Battersea, south-west London. Ian Tomlin, 46, was killed outside flats on Charlotte Despard Avenue on Wednesday. Gary Beech, 48, who lives on the same street, and Michael Swan, 45, from Wandsworth, will appear at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court on Saturday. Mr Tomlin's cause of death was a head injury caused by blunt force trauma. A post-mortem examination was carried out on Friday. The Metropolitan Police said extra patrols would be carried out around the estate where Mr Tomlin was killed. The victim's father, Cecil Tomlin, told the Evening Standard his son was "a great father" to two children. Mr Tomlin worked for a waste company contracted to Wandsworth Council, whose leader Ravi Govindia described the killing as "truly shocking". View the full article Read this NCA: Essex drug dealers stored cocaine in industrial unit Return to News Two drug dealers have been jailed for 17 years after 20kg of cocaine with a potential street value of over £1.5 million was found in an Essex industrial unit. Daniel Reuter, aged 34, of Church Road, Billericay, and Kyle Cookson, aged 32, of Gladden Fields, South Woodham Ferrers, were stopped in a van by officers from the joint NCA and Metropolitan Police Service’s Organised Crime Partnership (OCP) outside an industrial unit on Ash Tree Farm Industrial Estate, Roxwell, in July 2018. An initial search of the cargo area at the industrial estate revealed a carrier bag containing envelopes with five one-kilo blocks inside, packed in with boxes of frozen food. Inside the unit, another ten kilos were found in a safe. A further five kilos were recovered from the van. Officers discovered another van at the unit had been fitted with a purpose-built, steel void, accessed by a removable wooden floor, which was used to conceal drugs. A small amount of cash and two luxury watches were recovered from Reuter’s home address during a separate search. Reuter and Cookson both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs and were sentenced to nine years and eight years respectively at Woolwich Crown Court on Friday. Spencer Barnett from the Organised Crime Partnership, said: “Reuter and Cookson used the industrial unit to coordinate their illicit activities, shown by the heat sealing machines, brown tape and other items of packaging found at the site.” “The sentencing today is a result of the OCP’s efforts to protect communities from the violence, gang culture and criminal activity fuelled by the illegal supply of class A drugs.” Share this Page: View the full article Read this BBC: Huddersfield grooming: Twenty guilty of campaign of rape and abuse Huddersfield grooming: Twenty guilty of campaign of rape and abuse 19 October 2018 Twenty men have been found guilty of being part of grooming gang that raped and abused girls as young as 11 in Huddersfield. The men were convicted of more than 120 offences against 15 girls. Victims were plied with drink and drugs and then "used and abused at will" in a seven year "campaign of rape and abuse" between 2004 and 2011. At Leeds Crown Court, the ringleader, Amere Singh Dhaliwal, 35, was jailed for life with a minimum of 18 years. Other members of the gang were jailed for between five and 18 years. View the full article Read this NCA: Ex-police worker invited offenders to watch him abuse his fictional eight-year-old nephew Return to News 19 October 2018 An ex-police worker who used an online chatroom to view indecent images of children has been found guilty following a trial at Reading Crown Court. National Crime Agency officers arrested David Gunn, 55, on 9 June 2016 on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children. Investigators discovered Gunn’s online persona ‘smokepig’ was present in an online chatroom on 22 June 2015 where pre-recorded child sexual abuse was being streamed. Further forensic examinations of his electronic devices showed he accessed the same chatroom in August 2015 and invited other users to watch him abuse his – fictional – eight-year-old nephew. Gunn, of Bull Street, Stratford Upon Avon and formerly of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, claimed he did this to trap other users and report them to the police. However, Gunn, who worked at a front enquiry office for Thames Valley Police, did not take notes of this activity, or report anything to law enforcement. A jury unanimously convicted him of five counts of making indecent images of children. Graham Ellis, NCA operations manager said: “Gunn was logged into the online chatroom at the time the pre-recorded images were being streamed, showing his interest in viewing such images. “He claimed he invented an eight-year-old to trap other online users in the same chat-room, but didn’t provide us with any evidence this was his plan, and didn’t subsequently report it to police. “With the rise of digital technology, sharing images and moving footage has never been easier, whether that be on the dark web, or on more conventional social media websites. “Offenders think they won’t be found. They are wrong. “The NCA and our law enforcement partners are committed to tackling the threat posed by offenders like Gunn, and will bring them to justice.” The Lucy Faithfull Foundation runs the Stop It Now! helpline which offers confidential advice to anyone concerned about their own or someone else’s behaviour towards children. Share this Page: View the full article Read this BBC: Anjem Choudary: Radical preacher released from prison Anjem Choudary: Radical preacher released from prison 19 October 2018 Image copyright PA Image caption Anjem Choudary will serve the second half of his sentence outside of prison Radical preacher Anjem Choudary, jailed for inviting support for the Islamic State group, has been released. The cleric was sentenced in 2016 to five-and-a-half years in prison. He led an extremist network linked to violent jihadists, including one of the killers of soldier Lee Rigby in 2013. Choudary, 51, has now served half of his sentence and will complete the rest under strict supervision. Police are preparing up to 25 measures to control him, the BBC understands. Who is Anjem Choudary? Mr Choudary, from Ilford in east London, once headed up the al-Muhajiroun network - a leading extremist group which was banned under terrorism laws. He did not organise terror attacks, but is considered one of the UK's most dangerous radicalisers. He has been described as a "hardened dangerous terrorist" and someone who has had a "huge influence on Islamist extremism in this country" by former Met Police terror chief Richard Walton. Read more: Who is Anjem Choudary and why was he in prison? Why is he being released now? When an offender is released at the midway point of their sentence, the rest is spent in the community "on licence". He will not be free but must comply with a list of conditions. If he breaches them, he risks being recalled to prison. How will he be monitored? Police and MI5 are expected to be among several agencies monitoring Choudary, after his release on Friday morning from Belmarsh prison. He will be placed in a probation hostel for six months, the BBC understands. The conditions he must obey include: A ban from preaching at or attending certain mosques He will only be allowed to associate with people who have been approved by the authorities He will be allowed one phone and is banned from using an internet-enabled device without permission Use of the internet will be supervised He will not be able to leave the UK without permission. Earlier this week, it was announced Choudary had his assets frozen and was listed on a global record of known terrorists. overseen by the United Nations Security Council. The asset-freezing order means he will be under extremely strict financial controls which typically mean the authorities will be alerted if he tries to open a bank account or move money. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe former head of counter-terror at the Met police speaks to Newsnight ahead of Anjem Choudary's release Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday that authorities including the police, prison and probation service have "significant experience in dealing with such offenders". Analysis: What impact has Choudary's sentencing had? By BBC home affairs correspondent, Dominic Casciani When Choudary was charged in 2015 with inviting support for IS, it was a moment of great success for counter-terrorism chiefs - and they were already trying to build cases against other associates. Some, including close confidantes, were jailed. At least four others, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were subject to a Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measure (TPim), a form of control that places two years of restrictions on the movements and activities of terrorism suspects who have not been charged with a crime. Detectives also looked for evidence of standard crimes - such as fraud - as a means to further "disrupt" the network. The insider view is that this work has been generally successful because it made the targets aware they could no longer act with impunity. In theory, it created space for the security service MI5 and their police detective colleagues to focus on more urgent threats. Read more View the full article Read this NCA: 73 arrested as national modern slavery crackdown targets sexual exploitation Home News 73 arrested as national modern slavery crackdown targets sexual exploitation Return to News 18 October 2018 More than 90 potential victims of slavery have been identified and 73 people arrested following a fortnight of law enforcement activity targeting modern slavery and human trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation. The co-ordinated action which took place in September was led by the National Crime Agency’s Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Unit and involved 37 police forces from across the UK, as well as other partners including Border Force and Immigration Enforcement. It was the latest strand of Project Aidant, the NCA-led law enforcement response to modern slavery and human trafficking. Of those arrested, 24 were for modern slavery offences, 19 were for controlling prostitution, while the rest were for a variety of offences including conspiracy to rape, money laundering and immigration offences. The activity focused on the use of adult services websites (ASWs) by traffickers to advertise victims of sexual exploitation, with at least 16 forces identifying potential victims on ASWs. A total of 91 potential victims were identified throughout the fortnight. As well as the enforcement activity with police forces, the NCA partnered with the NGO Stop The Traffik to raise awareness of the difference between sex work and sexual exploitation and to encourage better reporting of trafficking concerns. The NCA also worked with the nursing profession to raise awareness of trafficking amongst those working in the health sector – who are most likely to come into contact with potential victims seeking medical support. NCA deputy director Tom Dowdall said: “Although some people choose to work in the sex industry, we know that others are forced into it against their will, unable to leave, threatened with violence against them or their family. “This activity, which was months in the planning, aimed to identify and safeguard victims of sexual exploitation and arrest and disrupt their traffickers. “As a result of this and the NCA’s wider work we have supported police forces and law enforcement partners to better identify victims of sexual exploitation who are being advertised on the internet. “This has led to the results we are releasing today – with numerous offenders identified and disrupted as well as potential victims protected.” While most adverts on ASWs do not relate to trafficked victims, NCA experts believe that those involved in exploitation use the sheer volume of adverts on such platforms to hide their criminal operations. Tom Dowdall added: “We know from sex workers who are not being exploited that ASWs provide safety benefits as they are able to vet customers and avoid those with a history of abuse or violence. “However we recognise that ASWs also provide offenders with the ability to easily advertise multiple victims, increase the amount of sexual services victims are forced to provide, and maximise criminal profits. “Our focus is therefore on those exploited victims and the criminals controlling them.” Although estimating the true scale of modern slavery in the UK remains very difficult, on the basis of the operations going on across policing and law enforcement nationally the NCA believes there are likely to be tens of thousands of victims. Around 950 criminal investigations are now under way into modern slavery and human trafficking across the UK, up from 300 in August 2017. The public continues to play a key role in helping to tackle the problem. Suspicions relating to modern slavery and human trafficking should be reported via the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121700, local police on 101, or 999 in an emergency. Share this Page: View the full article Read this 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. 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