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About the Author: Robbie Summers is an Account Executive at Portland and was a contributor to the BBC’s general election coverage in 2015.
18 APRIL 2017
The political landscape in Scotland is unlikely to shift significantly in June, with the SNP confident of another strong showing.
The party continues to poll well ahead of any other at around 45%. With the first-past-the-post electoral system, the SNP will be confident of retaining most, although not all, of its seats at Westminster. With Nicola Sturgeon currently polling as the most popular politician in Scotland she is again likely to feature at the centre of the SNP’s campaign, despite not standing for election.
Party officials are also confident that the campaign machine, and its membership base of over 100,000 people, will be able to move seamlessly from the local election campaigns to a general election campaign.
While the SNP will likely lose a small handful of seats in June, the party could welcome the opportunity to rid itself of scandal-stricken MPs Natalie McGarry and Michelle Thomson, both of whom were suspended from the Party whip shortly after their election in 2015, and will be ineligible for selection in 2017.
The Conservatives will be hoping to build on their successes at the Scottish Parliament elections, and are likely to pick up a small handful of seats, particularly in the Borders and the north east. The big question for the Conservatives in Scotland will be whether Ruth Davidson decides to stand. However with an independence referendum potentially on the horizon, she may feel Holyrood is the best place for her to make a case for the union.
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Student assistant at school in Stockholm sentenced to eight years imprisonment for rape against students | Free Times
Inrikes. Domestic. En 30-årig somalisk medborgare som arbetar som elevassistent på en skola i Stockholm dömdes idag till åtta års fängelse för upprepade våldtäkter mot tre olika pojkar; A 30-year-old Somali citizen working as a student assistant at a school in Stockholm was sentenced to eight years in prison for repeated rapes against three different boys; två av dem bara tio år gamla. Two of them only ten years old.
De två yngsta pojkarna har våldtäktsmannen kommit i kontakt med då de är elever på den kommunala skola han arbetar på, den tredje är storebror till en av de andra två pojkarna. The two youngest boys have been in contact with the rapist as they are students at the municipal school he is working on, the third is the big brother of one of the other two boys. På fritiden har 30-åringen dessutom varit fotbollstränare för ett av AIK:s pojklag som alla tre pojkarna spelar fotboll i. Stockholms stad listar fortfarande mannen såsom anställd på den aktuella skolan. In his spare time, the 30-year-old has also been a football coach for one of the AIK's boys' teams in which all three boys play soccer. The city of Stockholm still lists the man as an employee at the current school.
Pojkarna, varav två är födda 2006 och den tredje 2002, våldtogs med våld och under hot vid upprepade tillfällen från november 2015 fram till slutet av september ifjol. The boys, two of whom were born in 2006 and the third of 2002, were raped with violence and threatened repeatedly from November 2015 until the end of September. En av pojkarna berättar att när han protesterade tog mannen fram en kniv och höll den mot hans hals. One of the boys tells that when he protested, the man reached a knife and held it against his neck.
– Ska du ta av dig? - Will you take care of you? frågade mannen hotfullt. The man asked threatily.
Mannen filmade minst ett av övergreppen och hotade sprida filmen om pojkarna berättade för någon om våldtäkterna. The man filmed at least one of the abuse and threatened to spread the film if the boys told someone about the rape. I förhör har en av pojkarna detaljerat berättat hur mannen lade sin "snopp i min rumpa", en annan om att det gjorde jätteont att bli våldtagen. In interrogation, one of the boys has described in detail how the man put his "snap in my buttock", another thing that made it a big deal to be raped.
Våldtäkterna uppdagades när en bekant till en av pojkarnas föräldrar av en slump sett en pojke i bara kalsonger hemma hos mannen. The rapes were discovered when one acquainted with one of the boys' parents by chance, a boy in just men's home at home. Vittnet fattade misstankar och slog larm. The witness took suspicions and caused alarm. Hemma hos mannen har polisen säkrat flera DNA-spår, bland annat i form av kondomer som använts under våldtäkterna. At home, the police have secured several DNA tracks, including condoms used during rape. De har under rättegången kommit att bli viktig teknisk bevisning. During the trial they have become important technical evidence.
30-åringen döms till åtta års fängelse för grov våldtäkt mot barn. The 30-year-old is sentenced to eight years in prison for serious rape against children. Han ska dessutom betala ett stort skadestånd på nästan 1,2 miljoner kronor till de tre pojkarna. He will also pay a large amount of damages of almost SEK 1.2 million to the three boys.
4 Children taken for reporting a paedophile to police. Full interview with David Scott, Janice & Brian Docherty
TWO police officers have been arrested on suspicion of dealing Class A drugs.
PCs Kerry Reeve and Adam Jackson, both 35, were nicked in anti-corruption raids like TV’s Line of Duty.
Detectives are understood to have seized items including phones to probe for possible criminal connections.
And PC Reeve, who serves with in a Tactical Aid Unit, has published snaps of herself online in a low-cut top and in uniform.
One of her in police kit is captioned: “Night duty. I’m not a stripper, honest!”
On another, of her working at Oldham Athletic’s stadium, she wrote: “Footie fans, watch out.”
And in a third, showing her with two fellow officers, she warned: “Don’t mess with the best ’cos the best don’t mess.”
She was also pictured in full gear outside a burning Miss Selfridge store during 2011 Manchester riots.
Yesterday PC Reeve shouted “f*** off” when The Sun visited her home in Middleton, Gtr Manchester.
A man claiming be her partner smashed a window of our reporter’s car with his fist and jumped on the bonnet, denting it.
She and PC Jackson, of Bacup, Lancs, have been suspended.
A second man, 35, was arrested in nearby Haslingden.
A third, 29, was nicked in February. All four were released on bail.
Gtr Manchester Police said yesterday: “As part of an ongoing operation, officers from GMP executed a number of warrants in Middleton, Haslingden and Bacup.
“They arrested two men and a woman, all aged 35, on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.
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“A further arrest of a 29-year-old man was made on February 17.
“One of the men and the woman are serving officers with GMP.
“The officers have been suspended. All four have been bailed pending further enquiries.”
Watchdogs from the Independent Police Complaints Commission are also investigating.
The IPCC said: “We’re supervising an investigation conducted by Greater Manchester Police into allegations against two officers concerning the supply of drugs.
“The IPCC is regularly updated on progress and will be informed of the outcome in due course.”
BBC1 drama Line of Duty is based around the investigations of AC-12, a controversial police anti-corruption squad.
It was first shown in 2012 and was recently named among the top 50 BBC shows of all time.
Now in its fourth series, it features Vicky McClure as Det Sgt Kate Fleming, Martin Compston as Det Sgt Steve Arnott and Adrian Dunbar who plays Supt Ted Hastings.
AN anti-corruption cop put fake info in a crime report to get revenge on a colleague who complained about her, a tribunal heard yesterday.
Detective Sergeant Shona Bassano was also accused trying to cover her tracks by lying about when she submitted the file.
Former cop Alan Cotton, 47, claims he was forced to quit the police after being stitched up by DS Bassano’s Counter Corruption Unit.
He alleges she put her own “innuendo” in the report to get back at him for making a complaint. She insists she handed in the file in January 2011 — before Mr Cotton lodged the grievance.
But he accused her of not submitting it until March 2012 — four months after his complaint.
A DESPERATE ex-cop was driven to the brink of suicide after claiming he was fitted up by a force anti-corruption squad over a murder bid case.
Former Detective Constable Alan Cotton, 47, revealed how his life was “destroyed” by an alleged smear campaign which left his successful policing career in ruins.
Despite being cleared of any corruption, he insists he had no choice but to quit his job with the force.
And yesterday he told an employment tribunal of the devastating emotional impact the claims had made on his life.
Alan said: “Being accused of corruption is the worst thing you can label a cop with. It totally destroyed my life and I was at my lowest ebb. I’m ashamed to say I had thought of ending my life.
“It’s not something I’m proud of. I went to counselling and managed to get through it.”
Jerry Ablorh, 41, befriended the little girl’s mum using a false name then denied his crimes – forcing the victim to relive her ordeal in court.
By: JOSHUA TAYLOR 28 APR 2017
(Photo: Met Police)
A rapist told his five-year-old victim her mum would die if she told anyone about his sick crimes.
Jerry Ablorh, 41, who made his victim call him ‘Uncle John’, was found guilty of rape and two counts of sexual assault by penetration.
He has been jailed for 13 years for his “despicable” crimes.
The Met Police said Ablorh befriended the victim and her mum as he “built up their trust”.
He took the five-year-old girl to the park and sent photos to her mum to reassure her that everything was OK.
Ablorh told the girl to call him ‘Uncle John’ and gave her mum a false name of ‘Eugene’.
He took the victim to his home – an outhouse he was renting in a garden in Croydon, south London – where he raped her.
The sex offender told the little girl her mother would die if she told anyone, according to police.
Two years passed and Ablorh drifted out of the family’s life before the victim managed to tell her mum what had happened.
The crimes were reported to police and the victim was interviewed by specialist officers.
She sobbed throughout as she relived her ordeal and told them about being raped as well as further offences of sexual assault.
A major manhunt was launched to find Ablorh, who had ‘gone to ground’ after the crimes were reported.
He was was eventually seen on New Year’s Eve outside a church in Croydon and police were called.
In interview he denied any wrongdoing but was charged with two counts of rape and three counts of sexual assault by penetration.
He stood trial so the victim, now eight, had to give evidence via live video link.
The jury at Croydon Crown Court found Ablorh guilty of three offences and acquitted him of two.
Investigating officer PC Laura Davis, from the sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command, said: “Ablorh’s crimes were despicable.
“He singled out the victim before launching his attack. It was clearly the most horrible and terrifying experience for her, a girl of just five years old.
“There is every chance Ablorh has abused more children who have yet to come forward.
“We would appeal for anyone with information to contact us in confidence.”
Officers can be contacted on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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“Host Samuel William(s) helped to expose the corruption and abuse of power which started in the Aberdeen area and then spread throughout the UK.”
An update published from another source on 23 April 2017 shows that five years later Robert Green has not been silenced by imprisonment; and, like a terrier for the truth, hangs on and still pesters the Scottish authorities that would neglect a disabled child by covering up that girl`s abuse.
The sound quality is not the best but Robert does provide video evidence of letters that have gone back and forth to the Scottish government and their agents, as well as evidence of judicial corruption.
View here https://youtu.be/fZqLx3RrBT4
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Veteran crime reporter Ron McKay looks at the life of one of Glasgow’s most infamous gangland leaders.
The transition from old to new was swift and brutal.
Three shots at close range from a .22 pistol hit young Arthur Thompson, the first bullet grazing his cheek, the second smashing into his ribs, puncturing a lung, the third, deliberately fired into his anus, tearing through his gut and piercing his heart.
It was a late summer evening, the 31-year-old gangster was only six hours out of Noranside prison on a weekend parole, he had just eaten a curry, he was steps away from safety when the three-man hunting party struck outside the family home.
His father, Old Arthur, the head of the most notorious Glasgow crime family, found him on the pavement outside the Ponderosa, as it was called, after the ranch in the popular 1970s cowboy series Bonanza.
(Photo: Media Scotland)
It was hardly that, just two former council houses in Provanmill Road, bought, lashed together and titivated with bijou add-ons. Junior had tried to crawl to it even as his life seeped away. His limp, heavy body was rushed to the Royal Infirmary. In vain. The heir was dead. And the empire was crumbling.
For more than 30 years Arthur Thompson Snr had been the undisputed major crime figure in Glasgow, the Godfather, numero uno, although his name then wasn’t widely known. He preferred discretion, doing his business in the shadows, not for him spraying his money about and hanging out in the city clubs, cultivating reporters and TV stars like the young rogues who would displace him.
Thompson was born in Springburn in 1931 to a modest and law-abiding family. It was the year Ramsey MacDonald won a landslide election victory heading a party of national government, Hitler was seizing power in Germany, it was the year Abbey Road studios opened and Celtic goalkeeper John Thompson died after an on-field clash at Ibrox against Rangers.
(Photo: Media Scotland)
Growing up through the Second World War young Arthur was handy with his fists, better with a blade, and he earned himself a ferocious reputation. Although he wasn’t very tall, pushing 5’9”, he was broad and mean, with a flattened nose and a chilling, thousand-yard stare.
Arthur’s start in crime was as a strong arm for money lenders, the business he moved into on his own as he left his teens. He had a failsafe method of collection. Those who didn’t pay up promptly were usually crucified, nailed to the floor or to a door.
He also became a friend and enforcer for the Krays. There’s a story, or legend, that he made himself known to them by bursting into a club they drank in, the Double R, brandishing a gun and shouting, “I’m Arthur Thompson, from Glasgow. Remember my name”.
(Photo: Media Scotland)
For a time he was involved in heists and bank robbery, with a crew which included safecracker Paddy Meehan, later to be wrongly jailed (and subsequently pardoned) for murder. He served an 18-month sentence for extortion, but decided that prison wasn’t for him and he would put his money mainly into legitimate businesses, dancehalls and pubs, always through nominees.
But violence was never far away.
In the 1960s he was at war with another crime family, the Welshes, from Blackhill. In 1966 he dodged death when a bomb under the passenger seat of his car killed his mother-in-law. Shortly after, out driving, he spotted the two men he believed were responsible, Patrick Welsh and his associate James Goldie, and ran their van off the road and into a lamppost. Both men died, Arthur was charged with their murder but, unsurprisingly, the police were unable to persuade witnesses to testify. Just to keep it in the family, three years later Arthur’s wife Rita barged her way into Welsh home and stabbed Patrick Welsh’s wife in the chest. She served three years.
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The Welsh name, like that of Thompson, runs like a poisoned river through Glasgow crime. Paul Ferris, who was to be charged with young Arthur’s murder, was bullied by the Welshes when he was developing his crime moves in Blackhill. He retaliated brutally, a slashing and a scalping were involved, which was what brought him to the attention of Arthur, who hired him, treated him like another son, and put him to work as an enforcer and debt collector. A fateful mistake.
The sobriquet ‘Godfather’ is now ritually slapped on to any crime figure who hits the headlines, but there are similarities between the Thompsons and the Corleone family in the films and Mario Puzo novel. Sonny Corleone is ambushed and shot down. Like Arty. There is a weak younger son in both families, Fredo a fictional parallel to Billy Thompson, ridiculed and too weak to take over as clan leader, heroin-addicted, assaulted and stabbed several times, although, unlike Fredo, he survives.
By the 1980s the big money in crime was in drugs, heroin particularly, which flooded the city. The market then was reckoned to be worth £300 million. It was bonanza for the Ponderosa. No matter that with it came hundreds of overdose deaths, including Thompson’s daughter Margaret. Billy, too, took to the needle, both supplied by Arty, now head of the clan, swimming in cash and, unlike his father, highly visible and conspicuously wealthy. But also a target for those who wanted to take him down and take over.
The foundations of a coup were laid in 1985 when Fat Boy was sentenced to 11 years for supplying heroin. He believed he had been set up, and he probably was.
(Photo: Media Scotland)
A police stakeout saw him delivering to a street supplier in Easterhouse, John ‘Blind Jonah’ McKenzie (then with one eye, the second would be knifed out later!). Thompson spotted the set-up and drove off at high speed with the police giving chase, chucking packets of heroin from the the window as he dodged in and out of traffic.
But with the son banged-up and Old Arthur’s malign influence waning, his bevvying spiralling, other gangs and godfathers now began to unpick the Thompson empire. The old Godfather had reach, however, and might still pose problems. So he had to be removed.
Two attempts were made to take him out. In 1985 he was shot in the groin outside the Ponderosa. He managed to drive himself to the private Ross Hall hospital on the outskirts of the city, where he claimed, in legendary hard man style, that a drill bit had snapped and pierced his groin, a story he retold to the police who inevitably turned up to interview him.
(Photo: Media Scotland)
Then three years later, returning alone from his local pub, the Provanmill Inn, he was run over by a car driven by two men, and rammed up against a fence, again outside the Ponderosa. They also fired several shots at him, missing, but throwing down the pistol, hoping to incriminate him. Thompson suffered a broken leg. He would later say in the witness box, as he would about the murder of his son, that baby-faced Paul Ferris was responsible.
That testimony, breaking the risible gangster code of omerta, marked the end. The 30-year reign of Glasgow’s Godfather was over.
In 1993 he would die aged 61, in the most unlikely circumstances, of natural causes, in his bed in the Ponderosa. A daughter had passed before him, his youngest boy was a pathetic junkie, his eldest, named after him, had been gunned down and the man he believed had shot him, Ferris, had walked free after the longest and most costly trial in Scottish legal history.
Two teachers at same school arrested for having sex with female pupil | World | News | Express.co.uk
“Kirkpatrick told me I was just a nice little escape from reality,” she said in court documents.
The pupil said the men also touched her private parts during school hours.
Teachers Ryan Kirkpatrick and Chad Coy have been arrested for allegedly having sex with a pupil
She said she did not think they knew they were both performing sex acts with her during the same period between September 25 and October 21 last year.
The teen told investigators she was “scared” of Coy.
The girl, 17, said she twice performed oral sex on Chad Coy
Kirkpatrick told me I was just a nice little escape from reality
The girl admitted she was attracted to Kirkpatrick and would harmlessly flirt with him, said court files.
The pupil said she performed oral sex on Ryan Kirkpatrick once
Coy faces three charges of sexual activity with a student and Kirkpatrick two.
Both teachers have been on admin leave since November 1 “which means they have not been on any Orange County Public Schools campus in that time,” schools spokesman Shari Bobinski said.
“The district has been co-operating fully with law enforcement and will continue to do so.”
“We take these allegations very seriously.”
Coy is being held in Orange County Jail while Kirkpatrick was released after posting a $50,000 bond.
The allegations came just days after a married PE mistress working 15 minutes away was accused of sending 129,000 messages to a 14-year-old female pupil at Apopka Memorial Middle School.
Alyson London’s graphic messages included tips on orgasms and how to masturbate, said police.
Detectives reported hundreds of deleted messages of “sexual nature, rape, drugs and abuse”.
A teacher who shared the same office with London told investigators she saw her rubbing the girl’s shoulders in the room and they would “constantly touch each other’s legs, back, hair.”
London is awaiting trial on 22 charges.
The police chief who led the investigation into Madeleine McCann’s disappearance has claimed the probe was tainted when it was deemed an ‘abduction’
The police chief who led the investigation into Madeleine McCann’s disappearance has claimed the probe was tainted when it was deemed an ‘abduction’.
Goncalo Amaral claimed that Maddie’s parents Kate and Gerry received special treatment from British authorities because they were upper-middle class GPs.
The former detective said interference from the UK was detrimental to the investigation, claiming Portuguese prosecutors felt intimidated by the British.
Mr Amaral, 56, has always maintained his belief that Maddie’s parents were involved in the three-year-old’s disappearance from the Paria da luz resort in 2007, despite police in Portugal ruling them out as official suspects in 2008.
He told Portuguese magazine Sábado: ‘They belong to the upper-middle class and the British do not like their doctors to mess up abroad and get convicted for it.
‘It is not normal for an ambassador from a foreign country to come to the place to push in the sense that “this has to be quick”.
‘If the ambassador and even the consul had not appeared, the investigation would have been directed to what is normal – to suspect those who have responsibility for the custody of the child.’
He added: ‘The mistake was the statement about the abduction. It was almost a lack of respect to make the decision and to make it public.
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Goncalo Amaral (pictured) claimed that Maddie’s parents Kate and Gerry received special treatment from British authorities because they were upper-middle class GPs
Controversial figure Mr Amaral, 56, has always maintained his belief that Maddie’s parents Kate and Gerry (pictured) were involved in the three-year-old’s disappearance in 2007
‘When the couple left, the British police who were here to cooperate and help also left. The feeling was that the British police were here to protect the couple.’
Mr Amaral worked on the case when Maddie went missing from the apartment the McCanns were staying in in Praia da Luz as Kate and Gerry ate dinner with friends.
He was moved off the case and resigned six months later but wrote his book using police files as he put forward a theory she had died in the apartment.
The McCanns took legal action, saying there was no evidence and his work was defamatory.
The appeal hearing in Lisbon which ruled against the McCanns was held in private.
The apartment block in Luz in the Algarve, Portugal, where Madeleine McCann went missing
Mr Amaral, 56, who the McCanns first sued for libel in June 2009, won the lengthy legal fight after judges decided he had the ‘right to freedom of expression’.
Earlier this week, British detectives announced they had a ‘significant’ line of inquiry in the case, ten years after the youngster went missing.
Scotland Yard chief Mark Rowley said there are still ‘critical’ leads that are of ‘great interest’ in the investigation.
He also ruled out that Gerry and Kate McCann were involved in her abduction and said she could still be alive.
But described the possibility of a ‘burglary gone wrong’ as a ‘sensible hypothesis’ which has not been ‘entirely ruled out’.