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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.”

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Men in Black Injure Three from Acid Attacks in London

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Rising crime rate of the UK is often associated with the stabbing, but acid attacks remain a different reality to the offenses. On Friday, three men were injured with attacks suspiciously conducted using corrosive substance, in east London.

The first attack took place at Walthamstow High Street in the morning, where two men “wearing burkas” threw the substance on a market stall worker. Whereas, two other men became a victim to similar attack shortly before 7:30 p.m. at Cricketfield Road near Hackney Downs.

The 45-year-old Walthamstow victim was taken to an east London hospital for treatment, and the police believes there were no life-threatening injuries. However, a market trader stated that the man was hit in the face with a substance, which also affected his eye.

Whereas, the two victim of the second attack suffered from burns as per the police and paramedics. Aged in their 20s, the two can be seen sitting doused in water at road side in the images from the scene.

They were reportedly helped by the onlookers in the area, who poured water over their bodies in an effort to wash off the acid. Later, the victims were also taken to an east London hospital, and were reported to have no life threatening injuries after the acid attacks.

As per the reports, the police is looking for the two men in burkas, after the first attack. However, no arrests have been made yet, according to the Scotland Yard.

Following the reports of the attacks, police were called to Walthamstow High Street at around 6:30 a.m., whereas at 7:21 p.m. to Cricketfield Road.

A Met police spokesman stated, “It is alleged that the victim had been approached by two suspects, both wearing burkhas, and had the substance thrown at him before they fled in a waiting car.”

According to Acid Survivors Trust International (ASTI), the UK has one of the highest rates of acid attacks per capita across globe. In 2016, a total of 601 of such attacks were recorded, and London emerged as one of the most affected areas. The capital records more than half of the total incidents taking place within the country.

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North London: Mother of Three-Year-Old Stabbed in Thigh

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Last updated on June 16th, 2019

Mother of three-year-old boy was reportedly stabbed in North London after she refused to hand over her phone to the attacker. Christel Stainfield-Bruce, 36, was approached by a teenage boy, believed to be between 14 and 16, while she was pushing her baby in a pram along Caedmon Road in Islington on a Friday afternoon.

The attacker approached the women and asked her for directions before telling her “give me your phone”. Upon women’s denial, he stabbed her in the thigh and then ran off without snatching the device.

Despite erring to maintain a check on such activities, the number of stabbing cases in London has overwhelmingly surpassed the alarming levels. Even this year, dozens have already been pronounced dead; courtesy knife crimes.

Besides, post attack, Stainfield-Bruce received treatment in a hospital and is now recovering at home. The doctors confirmed that she was fine, yet really lucky because the knife only narrowly missed a major artery.

The victim though said that she was still in shock following the incident, and was really anxious about leaving her home. Correspondingly, with the crime rate climbing up so rapidly, the streets of London ought to have issued a blood-filled note to every civilian life, asking to beware of the surroundings.

“It feels so unnecessary,” the nursery worker told the BBC. “There was no gain, he didn’t even get my phone or bag or anything, but it must be a symptom of a wider problem.”

“What is the state of the country when young children are causing a big wound to people they don’t know; with people you’ve got no history with? What’s going through these people’s heads,” she added.

Metropolitan Police said officers were quick to react and reached the scene of crime shortly before 5pm on Friday. As per the initial reports, the assailant has been described as a black male, 5’3ft, wearing black coloured clothing, including jacket and a “trucker” style cap.

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NCA Appeals for More Aid to Bring Down Rise in Organised Crime

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On Sunday, Lynne Owens, the Director-General of the National Crime Agency(NCA) made a statement that the organised crime is targeting a lot more victims than terrorism, war and natural disasters combined. The agency also stated that there is a need of financial aid to get it under control.

Ms. Owens also in her interview said, “Against a backdrop of globalisation, extremism and technological advances, serious and organised crime is changing fast and law enforcement needs significant new investment to help combat it.”

The National Crime Agency will publish its thorough evaluation on Tuesday. In the evaluation, NCA will reveal how the perpetrators are using technological advancement and traditional methods to execute organised crimes. This combination might be one of the reasons why the law authorities are experiencing difficulties in stopping such crimes and nabbing the criminals.

Recently, the NCA confiscated belongings and property of worth millions of pounds from Amanda Nuttall due to reasons of money laundering. Award winning White Horse Hotel and a Bentley are among some of the assets seized after the involvement of money laundering was discovered.

Along with Mrs. Nuttall, her two accessories Property developer Eric Grove and Barrister Timothy Becker also gave up some of their assets. Investigators looking into the business of her husband Jonathan Nuttall said that he amassed the wealth illegally and held it in his wife’s name.

They also believe that Mr. Nuttall was involved in international money laundering and he is responsible for the transfer of hundreds of millions of pounds, made through various accounts of Hong Kong, Russia, Switzerland and UK.

According to Andy Lewis, the Head of Asset Denial in National Crime Agency said, “Jonathan Nuttall amassed considerable wealth as a result of his and others’ unlawful conduct.”

“He is not himself a party to the claim. That is because he structured his business affairs so that he didn’t hold any of the recoverable property himself,” he added.

According to the UK government, organised crimes alone cost £37 billion per year to the UK economy.

With continuous enhancement in the methods to conduct organised crimes, National Crime Agency might need to develop its ways to apprehend the offenders and curb the cases. Ms Owens’ suggestion of more aid to the agency might also help to put an end to the rapidly rising number of organised crimes.

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1 killed and 8 injured after two students opened fire in Colorado School

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Two high school students opened vacuous firing at students of a Colorado community school, killing at least one and injuring eight others.

According to the Douglas County sheriff officials, the 18-year-old Devon Erickson and a juvenile student rushed into the classrooms of STEM School Highlands Ranch, Colorado, on Tuesday afternoon, causing havoc in the corridors.

Within a few minutes, the suspects were engaged and taken into custody by the Douglas County sheriff officials.

Eight victims, of age 15 and older, received treatment at local hospitals, including two who were in critical condition. At least four other victims were released the same day. No employees or teachers were injured in the shooting, authorities have confirmed.

Sheriff Tony Spurlock said that the motive behind shooting was unclear, and the officials have not received any information about someone being particularly targeted by the juvenile shooters.

The FBI and Denver’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were rendering assistance in the investigation.

In an official statement, the White House said that the tragic incident was reported back to President Donald Trump, and he is monitoring the situation.

“Tragically, this community and those surrounding it know all too well these hateful and horrible acts of violence,” Judd Deere, the White House deputy press secretary, said. “We offer our full support to local law enforcement and first responders and thank them for their heroism.”

The STEM School and other nearby schools were completely evacuated and locked-down for many hours, as stated by the Douglas County School District.

Over 1,850 students in elementary, middle, and high school have been enrolled in STEM School, according to its website.

STEM School is situated close to the Columbine High School, where 13 people were shot dead by two students on April 20, 1999. The incident was so far the worst in US’s history.

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London Stabbings: Blood Spilled Day Witnesses Death and Injury

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Last updated on April 29th, 2019

Consuming lives at a nerve-wrecking pace, a pest named stabbing has added another infamous death to its list. A 29-year-old man was reportedly stabbed on Frampton Park Road in Hackney, London. However, it was not only the case reported in a day, with another victim reportedly stabbed, luckily escaping death, the cops informed.

Following the death of the 29-year-old, the detectives opened inquiry and have successfully caught hold of the suspect in the process.

Name of the victim hasn’t been confirmed by the police. However, he was described as a “decent young man” by a local youth worker and former schoolmate, Hannah. “It’s got to the point that the kids don’t value lives anymore. It’s just sad that this couldn’t have been prevented, “she said condemning the move.

Further commenting on the brutal activity, she affirmed that the antisocial behavior was pretty common in the area, with very minimal amount of people paying heed to the matter. “These are our kids that are dying,” she added showcasing the attention that the matter requires.

First information of the incident was reported at around 3pm and saw the 29-year-old pronounced dead, only a while after he was taken to the hospital. Likewise, a second incident, which took place just half-a-mile apart, also witnessed a man getting severely injured and taken to the hospital, where his situation was later confirmed as stable.

Dean Saliba, an eyewitness of the aftermath of the first killing said “I turned up after. Someone in the shop said he was stabbed in the back as he ran to escape”. “He was having a seizure when I arrived and there was a lot of blood,” she added.

Scotland Yard confirmed that one man was arrested on charges of suspicion of inflicting bodily harm and was taken in custody. A London ambulance service spokeswoman said it dispatched the air ambulance to deal with the first case, adding: “We treated a person at the scene and took them to hospital as a priority.”

London has been stuck midst knife stabbings for years now. Besides, even with measures such as increased government spending, the numbers have multiplied signaling the failure of government to control the youth of committing such horrendous crimes.

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