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Man pleads guilty over killing the mother of Olympic athlete Chris Boardman



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A man has pleaded guilty for killing the mother of Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman, through careless driving. Boardman won gold in 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

Liam Rosney, 33, pleaded guilty prior to his trial on Monday at the Mold Crown court. He admitted killing Carol Boardman by careless driving. However, he denied the serious charge of causing her death by dangerous driving.

On July 16, 2016, Carol Boardman, mother of Chris Boardman who won gold in 1992 Barcelona Olympics, fell from her bicycle on a mini-roundabout in Connah’s Quay, North Wales and was hit by Rosney’s Mitsubishi pickup truck.

The 75-year old was taken to the hospital after suffering multiple injuries. She later died in the hospital.

Matthew Curtis, prosecuting, said the court has vigilantly considered the case and the situation. “In those circumstances we do not invite a trial in relation to count one,” Curtis said.

A jury that was sworn in for the trial and was expected to last three or four days, but was discharged after the guilty plea of Rosney. The prosecution alleged that Rosney, of Connah’s Quay, was talking over the phone with his wife, seconds before the crash took place.

Curtis claimed that Rosney attended three phone calls minutes before the crash happened. The car did not have a hands-free facility.

Curtis said: “The phone was being used on speaker mode, not requiring the defendant to handle the phone as he was talking, but plainly to accept or reject or end calls. The call ended prior to entry on to the roundabout, we know that from billing data.”

“What we will say the case is, then, is that the defendant continued to be distracted by a) the telephone calls which he had been taking, and b) his mobile telephone, which was on the passenger seat inside his vehicle. We know he did not see Mrs Boardman and first realised he may have collided with her when his vehicle was physically riding over Mrs Boardman’s body.”

Curtis said that a witness, Kayleigh Anders, saw Rosney looking down towards his lap and talking, it gave an impression that he was still on the phone.

In July, Rosney had faced trial, but the jury was discharged. He and his wife were charged for subverting the course of justice for allegedly deleting the call logs from their phone. However, the charges were later dropped.

Judge Rhys Rowlands said the guilty plea would attract some credit when Rosney was being sentenced but “nowhere near as much” as it would have if it had been made when he was on trial in July.

Chris Boardman took to Twitter to pay tributes to his mother, shortly after her death.

“Our mum was the most positive, outgoing person you could ever hope to meet and her generosity of spirit inspired everyone she met,” he said.

“Many of our childhood memories involve my mother and the outdoors, walking out over Hoylake sandbank, swimming in the deep gullies or hunting for fossils on Llandegla Moor in North Wales.

“Wanting to share her passion for cycling, even well into her 70s, she often took groups of young novices out on their first forays into North Wales. We love you Carol, may the wind be ever at your back.”


Jodi Chesney Murder: Police Appeals Witnesses to Come Forward



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Jodie Chesney, a 17-year old girl, was stabbed to death on Friday night on St Neot’s Road in Harold Hill, Romford.

The police said, Chesney, who is an A-level student, was playing music with friends before she was stabbed in the back without any warning. As per the latest statement by the Metropolitan Police, two men who stabbed the teenager didn’t say anything before leaving her fatally injured.

Homicide detectives are looking for the killers. One of the attackers is believed to be a black male in his late teens. Information about the other suspect has not been released.

A 49-year old woman, Teresa Farenden, who lives near the park, heard Chesney’s boyfriend crying for help after the attack.

“It was horrific, it was just the blood,” she told The Times.

Farenden tried performing CPR, including chest compression, on the girl – without releasing that the knife used in the attack was still stuck in her back.

“I didn’t see it because it was dark,” she said.”I didn’t realise at the time, but all I kept thinking once the police told me, was ‘Have I put the knife in further by giving her compressions?'”

According to the police, the Chesney’s group first saw the two men half an hour before the attack in the park.

“They left around 9pm without interacting with Jodie or her friends,” according to the statement.

“Around 30 minutes later the pair returned to the park and walked straight towards the group, where one of the males stabbed Jodie once in the back. Nothing was said by the two suspects, who ran off in the direction of Retford Road.”

Post-mortem report concluded that the death was caused due to trauma and haemorrhage.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams urged witnesses to come forward and provide any details they might be aware of.

“There has been excellent support from the local community and a number of people have shared information with police, but there will be other witnesses and people with information that may prove crucial,” Whellams said.

“Although the description of the suspect is limited, I am certain that people will have seen the two males hanging around the park or running away from the scene – or will otherwise have noticed something suspicious. I need those people to call me.”

Debbie Chesney, grandmother of Jodie Chesney, described the killing as an “unprovoked attack” on a Facebook post.

“How have we come to this point where kids can’t have a walk in a park without suffering an unprovoked attack?” she said.

Chesney was the fifth teenager, who has been stabbed to death in the capital in 2019. At least 24 teenagers were killed in London in 2018.

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27,000 Children Mobilised by Criminal Gangs, Report Claims



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The findings of a recent study carried out by the children’s commissioner suggested that around 27,000 children have been recruited directly or indirectly by ruthless criminals into gangs.

There is a systematic pattern through which gangs recruit vulnerable children and exploit them by pushing them towards violence and crime. They arm youngsters with weapons triggering the impulsive violence in the country.

The affected children that have been identified during the study were not the ones in the records, raising fears that most of the child gang members unknown to authorities may be victims to sex grooming too.

The report has also specified that the pattern of targeting children validates that the gangs target boys and girls aged between 10-17 years, who easily fall prey to the malicious plans of the gangs. It has also been reported that the adolescent ego is being pushed to join such gangs for gaining respect from their elders. 

“There’s a sense of those pushing you to do it, but at the end of the day the decision comes to you,” says one of the targeted youngster.

According to him, “When you sit down and speak to some of these youths, they’re lost. When I mean lost, in the sense of, they’re literally following and going along with it. A lot of them don’t know who they are or what they want to do.

“They just want to do what seems to be cool and on top of that to be fair there’s nothing really to do.”

Further findings of the report suggest that most of the youngsters involved felt the same way. Many just became a part of the gang due to their location, family or wider associations.

However, the remaining children who joined for reasons were majorly targeted through alternate techniques similar to those used to grooming for sexual abuse.

As per media statement given by Children’s commissioner Anne Longfield, the report has only provided skeleton information on the number of children in the gangs or the help they are getting or may get from these gangs.

The worrisome fact is that there has been little or no learning from the decade ago failings from child sexual exploitation and yet again a large number of children are at the risk of being a victim.

Most of the vulnerable children might never be able to recover from such an experience, leaving a lasting impact on their social, emotional and mental health.

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London Witnesses Knife Stabbings Spike in 2019



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The ancient city of London has been through a “dark” spate of unfortunate incidences since the turn of the calendar year. London has witnessed deaths of more than a dozen people due to stabbing.

The latest victim of stabbing in the sequence is a man, believed to be in his twenties, stabbed to death on the eve of Tuesday near Ilford station at about 8.48pm, according to reports. He was reported dead at the scene of the incident. His death was fifth on the day and fourth in less than eight hours of the first occurrence on Tuesday.

The day started on a bloody note when a young man in his mid-twenties was left critically injured from stabbing in Enfield, North London. 16 people have been reportedely killed in London so far this year. More than 30 percent of the killings have happened in the last nine days.

A witness, Zamirullah Stanikzai who works in a phone shop a short distance from the scene of one of the incidents in Ilford narrated that he saw two men who were brandishing their knives. According to Stanikzai, “I saw people running up and down the station when I went out.”

These incidences have sent “blast waves” across the city. Ilford South MP Mike Gapes in his tweet wrote that he was shocked and saddened by the news of the killing. The Metropolitan Police Service in a statement said the murder probe had been opened and no arrests had been made just yet.

Bright Akinleye was killed on February 18 in the lobby of a hotel in Euston Street in Camden, central London. He was stabbed outside the hotel. Akinleye was 22 years old.

Another victim Glendon Spence, 23, was on February 21 stabbed at a youth club in Brixton, South London. Just a day after, a 19-year-old man was killed by stabbing in Wood Green, North London.

February 25 witnessed the death of a man who was killed in a fight in Tower Hamlets, East London.

Police arrested three young men whose ages are 24, 26, and 27, after they were called at Green Street at midnight. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment while the suspects were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

On Tuesday afternoon, a man was taken into custody on suspicion of grievous bodily harm after a man in his mid-thirties suffered injuries from stabbing in the thigh following an altercation on Parsonage Road. The victim who was taken to the hospital for treatment was later discharged from the hospital. On the same day, a teenager was stabbed at South Ruislip stating in West London, according to a report.

There was a report of disturbance late afternoon according to the British Transport Police, after they received a call to that effect. The victim was hospitalized for stab wound on his abdomen.

The increasing occurrence of stabbing is of great concern in the city and authorities are worried that this could instill fear in people, especially the younger group.

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London: A Man Stabbed On Street, Dies In Hotel Lobby



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Last updated on February 20th, 2019

The police has taken at least 11 people in custody on suspicion of a man’s murder in a hotel lobby in Euston, London. According to the local sources, the incident took place at the Conference Venue on Euston Street, close to the busy train station.

The Metropolitan Police, after reaching the crime scene at 10:45pm, said the victim was stabbed outside the hotel, and he walked into the premises before slumping in the lobby. The hotel staff rushed to the victim’s rescue but he breath his last about 45 minutes later.

The onlookers described their horror as the injured victim shattered in the hotel lobby after crying out for help. One guest at the hotel said he suddenly heard things “kicking off” while he was about to sleep.

Ayesha Begum, who lives right next to where the man collapsed, told “Police were following a trail of blood.”

Police concluded that the victim was inhumanely attacked before he escaped into the hotel, which is located at a walking distance from Euston tube station.

Reverend Stuart Burgess, chairman of directors at The Wesley said, “It was a complete shock to the staff late last night, but they responded incredibly well and I want to pay tribute to them.”

“The staff and guests are quite amazed and shocked by the incident. Obviously we are not used to this happening.”

He added, some of the staff members who were working near the lobby during the incident are “trying to come to terms with it.”

Tarek, a hotel worker, said that the police arrested 11 people at separate London police stations, and the hotel awaits further information on suspicion of murder.

The incident is still under investigation and the inquiries are going on. The police is trying to obtain evidence from the CCTV footage of the crime scene.

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GPS Devices to Track Knife Crime Offenders in London



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Last updated on February 17th, 2019

Knife crime offenders in London will be tagged with tracking devices (GPS) upon their release from prison, said Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. The move has been aimed at countering the increasing knife violence, which has claimed numerous lives in the past.

Mayor of London, who has been criticized for not doing much about the issue said: “The causes of violent crime are extremely complex and involve deep-seated problems – such as poverty, inequality, social alienation and a lack of opportunities for young people – that enforcement alone won’t solve and have been made much worse by huge government cuts to the police and preventative services. He added “This innovative pilot will build on the good work of the City Hall-funded violent crime taskforce by helping offenders integrate back into society and reducing the risk of reoffending, as well as giving the police the information they need to thoroughly investigate reported crimes.”

The GPS would be tagged to prisoners who have served custodial sentences for crimes such as possession, robbery, wounding, and Grievous Bodily Harm or GBH. The implementation of the rule is scheduled for 18 February and is expected to lower the number of stabbings.

The ankle tags will automatically record the movements of the offenders against the location of reported crimes and revert back to the police with the information. The tags would be tied for a year after the criminals are released from jail.

Carina Heckroodt, head of the London extremism, gangs and organized crime unit in the National Probation Service, said: “These tags will provide a constant physical reminder of an offender’s license conditions, encouraging them to comply with their restrictions and deterring them from further offending and protecting victims.”

Even recently, a teenager named Jaden Moodie was stabbed to death in east London, in an attack that barely lasted for 30 seconds. The boy reportedly suffered eight stab wounds, which were inflicted by three male attackers. Another attack, which happened a week earlier, saw a man stabbed to death in east Dulwich, south-east London.

A total of 128 homicides were recorded in London in 2018, the highest number in a calendar year this decade. The tags can thus control such happenings, and instill fear inside the attacker’s mind, who have been viciously claiming lives for a very long period of time.

“I am determined to prevent violent crime scarring our society, terrorizing our communities and, most devastatingly, destroying the lives of our next generation,” the home secretary, Sajid Javid wrote in The Times. “The causes of violent crime are complex, and while I wish there was just one solution to end this, there is no magic wand we can wave,” he added condemning the increasing knife attacks.

London’s violence reduction head is also presently looking into the past murder and stabbing cases to develop a “public health approach” for tackling the increasing violence.

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