Cock ups will happen, of course they will

Innocent people were arrested and had their children taken away after police errors meant they were wrongly accused of being paedophiles.

The mistakes emerged in a report by Interception of Communications Commissioner Sir Stanley Burnton who analysed a series of blunders by officers handling phone and internet data.

It mean blameless individuals were arrested, saw their homes and electronic devices searched, and had their children taken into care as a result of serious errors.

What happens next is the important thing.

As our police laddie in London not handing over evidence to the defence shows, what happens next ain’t all peachy either.

I wonder

One of London’s most notorious former crime bosses has paid back almost three quarters of a million pounds in ill gotten gains, after being warned he would go back to prison if he failed to pay.

Terry Adams was hit with the bill under a confiscation order, after he was convicted for money laundering in 2007.

But the 63-year-old claimed he was too poor to pay, despite the courts being told he lived a lavish lifestyle, enjoying nights out at the Dorchester Hotel and the Royal Opera House.

The alleged former gangster, also argued that it would be against his human rights if he were forced to pay back the debt – which had risen to over £1 million with interest.

But despite claiming he had no money left, Adams came up with the full amount after being warned that he faced another two and a half years behind bars if he did not cough up.

Will we be seeing one of those rental cars of a recent divorcee heading back to the showroom?

Well, OK, if you say so

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A police interrogation of a Kansas City man charged with drug and gun offenses ended prematurely when an investigator was driven from the room by the suspect’s excessive flatulence.

A detective reported that when asked for his address, 24-year-old Sean Sykes Jr. “leaned to one side of his chair and released a loud fart before answering.”

The Kansas City Star reports that Sykes “continued to be flatulent” and the detective was forced to quickly end the interview.

Because some things are crimes and others are not

Gordon Brown has warned that “rogue bankers” could cause another financial crash because the failure to imprison them after the last crisis means it is “inevitable” they will start gambling again with public money.

Writing in his memoirs, which are published next week, the former Prime Minister warned the “mistakes of the past have not been heeded” and bankers who act fraudulently must be jailed, banned from future practice and their assets confiscated.

He questioned how Fred Goodwin, the former boss of RBS, could walk away with his past bonuses “untouched”, a tax-free lump sum of £5 million and a pension of £300,000 a year after the bank collapsed and was bailed out by the taxpayer.

Being an idiot, running a business badly, losing lots of money, these are not crimes. When people did commit actual crimes, like rigging Libor, they were jugged.

I wonder

A criminal gang who hijacked a supermarket in Malmö, southern Sweden, proceeded to run the shop for more than a day before police stepped in.
The gang, a group of men aged 21 to 28, entered the shop in central Malmö and threw out the staff working there.
They tricked shoppers that all was normal by telling them the till system had broken down, and that payments had to be made in cash or via a smartphone app.

Following a campaign of intimidation of the actual owners.

So we know the following. That it was an independent store, perhaps of the Spar buying cooperative type but not part of an actual chain. We also know that it took place in Malmo.

What ethnicity were the gang?


The Attorney General is to review the jail sentences of an Asian grooming gang after a judge ruled the exploitation of white girls was not racially motivated.

The judge’s decision meant stiffer penalties for racially aggravated crimes could not be applied in the case of the Newcastle-based sex ring.

Judge Penny Moreland said the gang picked out their victims “not because of their race, but because they were young, impressionable, naive and vulnerable”.

Prosecutor John Elvidge told Newcastle Crown Court the victims were “white, British and female” and the defendants were “of Asian extraction” but insisted there was no direct evidence race had played a part in the gang’s process for selecting the girls.

100 offences?

Quite rightly, her sentence is longer than that of the man jailed on her lies

A woman who made a series of false rape claims and sexual assault allegations has been jailed for 10 years.

Jemma Beale claimed she had been seriously sexually assaulted by six men and raped by nine, all strangers, in four different incidents over three years.

The 25-year-old was found guilty in July at Southwark crown court of four counts of perjury and four counts of perverting the course of justice.

The Metropolitan police said one of the rape allegations made to police by Beale in 2010 led to the conviction of a man, Mahad Cassim, who was jailed for seven years.

After the CPS and his defence team were alerted to the fact there were serious doubts over the validity of Beale’s allegations, the man subsequently appealed against his conviction and it was quashed at the court of appeal in July 2015.


No, not because it’s about rape, or false claims, or feminism, but because it’s perjury. The system simply does not work if people will lie to the courts.

And yes, we do go after rich white men too. Both Jeffrey Archer and Jonathan Aitken served time for it.


Seems a pity to charge him really

He is a graphic designer by day and a thief by night. Meet Siddharth Mehrotra, who would break into the houses of politicians and bureaucrats in the night.

Mehrotra, who hails from a well-to-do family, was arrested along with two other accomplices along with the stolen booty which includes a luxury sedan, expensive watches and cash money.

In the past few months, there was a rise in the incidents of house burglaries in Vasant Kunj area and a police team was formed to identify the burglars.

During the investigation, police examined CCTV footage of the area and statements of people who were arrested earlier on similar charges.

After conducting a recce in Vasant Kunj, the accused realized that there is no way the residents can communicate with the security guards in the residential blocks as there is no intercom system. Also, vehicles entering the blocks are not checked, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Ishwar Singh.

“Mehrotra, along with his associate Anurag Singh, would enter the blocks and park his car. They used to target the houses belong to politicians, bureaucrats and senior officers by reading the nameplate on the main door,” the DCP said.

And that the politicians and bureaucrats were the people worth targeting tells us something about what’s wrong with India…..

Not good, not good

At least nineteen concert-goers were killed last night and 50 injured in what was being treated as a terror attack when an explosion hit the Manchester Arena at the end of a pop show.

Witnesses described hearing a huge bang shortly after 10.30pm at the entrance to the Arena as thousands of people made their way out of a concert by the American singer Ariana Grande.

Police were last night reportedly looking into the possibility a suicide bomber had carried out deadly attack, but there was no official confirmation.

Wonder who will pop up to claim this?

Tariq Ali is a one, isn’t he?

That all changed with the ensuing civil war, in which the nascent Soviet state’s enemies were backed by the czar’s former Western allies. Amid the resulting chaos and millions of casualties, the Bolsheviks finally prevailed — but at a terrible political and moral cost, including the virtual extinction of the working class that had originally made the revolution.

Terrible political and moral cost. Not to say tens of millions of deaths but, you know, hey, the Bolshies won, right?

This is an essay in the series Red Century, about the legacy and history of communism 100 years after the Russian Revolution.

I’m waiting for the NYT to run some from the series on the other aberration of 20th century politics, fascism.

That’s the way to do it!

It is an ancient craft that dates back to the Iron Age, and characterises across vast swathes of rural Britain from the Cornish countryside to the Scottish Highlands.

Now dry stone walls will be built by ex-prisoners as part of a £10 million drive to stop traditional skills dying out.

Teach the recidivists the skills of tomorrow!


One of Britain’s most senior female judges warned drunken women that they will be a target for rapists as she retired from the bench today.
Lindsey Kushner QC said all women were entitled to ‘drink themselves into the ground’ but she warned their ‘disinhibited behaviour’ put them in danger of being raped by men who ‘gravitate’ to drunken females.

There really are vile monsters out there and yes, they will gravitate towards those less likely to resist.

That there will be those who argue about this shows quite how far wrong we’ve gone.

That shocking rise in hate crimes

A Muslim student appeared in a New York court on Thursday to admit to inventing a story that she was harassed by Donald Trump supporters on the subway.

Yasmin Seweid, 18, told police that a group of drunken white men yelled “Donald Trump!” at her, and called her a terrorist. She wrote an emotional Facebook post, saying it had been “dehumanizing”, and provided police with a description of the suspects.

Inconsistencies in the tale were put down to trauma.

But then, last week, her strict Muslim parents reported that she had disappeared from her home – only to reappear the following day. Questioned by the police, she broke down and admitted that she had made the story up to cover for being out late with her friends.

I never did bother to find out what Amanduh thought about this but no doubt we’ll be told that there’s a real fundamental truth in the original tale. You know, like the gang rape on campus in Virginia and so on….

Clever scam

Every Monday, Tuesday and Friday for the past decade, a pink building in Accra, the capital city of Ghana, flew an American flag from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Inside, a portrait of President Barack Obama hung on the wall, and people claiming to be consulate workers speaking English sold visas to the U.S., India and other countries to rural Ghanaians for $6,000 apiece.

The real Consulate across town sold the real visas for $160. But they were a little harder to qualify for…..

Has anyone actually seen this report?

A quarter of all Europeans think there are certain situations where rape can be ‘more acceptable’ – for example if the victim is drunk, scantily dressed or has invited a man to her home.

Because I’d really rather worry about translation there.

The shocking figures, which include wild variations between different countries, are included in a report on gender-based violence, commissioned by the European Union.

Are they really saying “more acceptable” or “more likely”, “more understandable” ?

Enquiring minds want to know.