Friday, 2 March 2018


Fury as Met blows £1m fighting compensation claims by two of John Worboys’ victims in the courts

The High Court ruled it had not properly investigated the attacks and was liable for the victims' suffering
COPS blew more than £1million fighting compensation claims by two victims of black cab rapist John Worboys.
The women battled for five years to share just £41,250.
 Metropolitan Police ran up over £1m in legal costs fighting two victims of black cab rapist John Worboys
Metropolitan Police ran up over £1m in legal costs fighting two victims of black cab rapist John Worboys
The High Court awarded cash in 2013 after ruling that the Met had not properly investigated the attacks on them and was liable for their suffering.
The force fought the case in the Court of Appeal — which ruled in the women’s favour in 2015 — and all the way to the Supreme Court, which last week also agreed.
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It ran up £946,727 in legal costs, figures from freedom of information laws show.
That ignores in-house costs of the Met’s lawyers, staff time and other backroom resources — taking the true sum over £1million.
 John Worboys leaving the High Court via prison van last month
John Worboys leaving the High Court via prison van last month
John Worboys victim tells Susanna Reid she feels guilty after cops failed to take her seriously
The Met admitted its case was not based on “factual differences” between it and the women about officers’ blunders.
It instead claimed the battle was about “interpretation of European human rights laws”.
But five Supreme Court justices agreed victims of serious crime should be able to sue cops if they fail to investigate properly.
Victim DSD was the first to report Worboys in 2003. She said she had a depressive disorder from police’s treatment of her. She was awarded £22,250.

Umar Haque swore children to secrecy and trained them for atrocities with terror-attack role play and physical exercises.
The self-styled teacher plotted 30 attacks
Image:The self-styled teacher plotted 30 attacks
A self-styled teacher has been found guilty of trying to recruit an "army of children" for Islamic State inspired attacks in London.
Umar Haque was convicted on Thursday of training young people, with role play and physical exercise, for attacks on 30 landmarks across the capital.
The 25-year-old plotted to target landmarks including Big Ben, the Queen's Guard and Westfield shopping centre, using guns and a car packed with explosives.
He groomed children as young as 11 at the Ripple Road mosque in Barking, showing them a violent IS video to give a more "holistic" view of the group and swearing them to secrecy, the court heard.
 Westminster tube Station
Image:Westminster Tube station was on the hit list of targets
One victim told police that Haque had aimed to gather an army of 300 men.
"Umar has been teaching us how to fight, do push-ups, given strength and within six years he was planning to do a big attack on London," the boy said.
"He's training us now so by the time I'm in Year 10 we will be physically strong enough to fight."
A self-styled teacher with no formal qualifications, Haque was able to access 250 young people over five years at two schools and at the Ripple Road Madrassa, potentially attempting to radicalise 110 of them.
Parents at the fee-paying Lantern of Knowledge Islamic school in Leyton were "horrified" when it emerged that Haque had been teaching their children religious studies and PE.
Umar Haque
Image:The 25-year-old was found guilty of planning attacks
After he was found guilty, Haque shouted "I want to say something" and was dragged from the dock by officers.
"You will clearly see Islamic State establish itself in the Arabian peninsula and that droughts will affect Europe and America," he yelled.
The plot was pursued with the help of others.
Abuthaher Mamun, 19, and Muhammad Abid, 27, were convicted of attempting to help the would-be terrorist with fundraising and support.
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In bugged conversations, Haque was recorded telling conspirators they were "here to cause terror" and saying he had been inspired by the 2017 Westminster Bridge attack.
"We are a death squad sent by Allah and his messengers to avenge my Arab brothers' blood," he said.
Handwritten notes presented in court revealed a hit list of targets including Transport for London, Shia Muslims, Heathrow, City banks, the media, embassies and Britain First
Giving evidence, Haque said the hoped-for attacks were "hypothetical", and the other accused men said they did not believe his terrorism intentions were serious.
Commander Dean Haydon, of the Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism command, said work was ongoing to safeguard 35 children who were "almost paralysed with fear" following Haque's attempts to radicalise them.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Alexander Palmer, who had a grudge against dog walkers, repeatedly stabbed 83-year-old Peter Wrighton in East Harling, Norfolk.
Peter Wrighton, who was murdered by former soldier Alexander Palmer
Image:Peter Wrighton was murdered while walking his dogs
A former soldier who had a grudge against dog walkers has been convicted of murdering an elderly man in a random attack.
Alexander Palmer repeatedly stabbed Peter Wrighton, 83, as he walked his two dogs in woodland near East Harling, Norfolk, in August.
His injuries were so severe that police initially believed he had been attacked by an animal.
Palmer, 24, denied murder but a jury took just 44 minutes to unanimously convict him at Nottingham Crown Court on Wednesday.
Alexander Palmer. Pic: Norfolk Police
Image:Alexander Palmer has been convicted of murder. Pic: Norfolk Police
Following the verdict, Mr Wrighton's family said mental health professionals had "failed" Palmer and they were "shocked, astounded and angered" at some of the evidence related to his care.
Palmer, who showed no emotion as the verdict was delivered, mouthed the words "I love you" to his family as the judge sent him to the cells.
Mr Justice Goose said: "It is inevitable the defendant will receive a sentence of life imprisonment. It will be up to me as to the minimum term he will have to serve."
Police were initially unaware of Palmer until a psychologist who treated him at RAF Marham contacted officers after reading reports about Mr Wrighton's murder.
While serving in the Army, he had been the victim of an assault which appeared to trigger problems that required help from mental health professionals.
Palmer told medical staff he had a voice in his head called "Little Alex" who told him to harm people or kill them, prosecutors said.
The voice would tell Palmer to stab the neck or throat of strangers and that dog walkers appeared to be a particular "bugbear" of his, the court heard.
Prosecutor Stephen Spence told the jury: "He appears to have some ill feeling or a grudge towards dog walkers. There were a number of references to attacks to the throat.
"Particularly of note was his desire to kill strangers; dog walkers seemed to be a particular bugbear of his."
The family of an 83-year-old man who was stabbed to death while walking his two dogs have described him as "a lovely, gentle husband, dad and grandfather".
Image:Mr Wrighton was out walking his dogs Gemma and Dylan
The court was told Palmer's personalised number plate read "L666 AHP", and was bought by his mother as a joke because he was a "little devil".
He left the Army, where he served in a commando regiment, in November 2015.
In a statement read outside court, Mr Wrighton's daughter Carol Todd described her father as a "lovely, gentle person" who was "quite simply in the wrong place at the wrong time".
The family of an 83-year-old man who was stabbed to death while walking his two dogs have described him as "a lovely, gentle husband, dad and grandfather".
Image:Mr Wrighton's family said he was a 'lovely, gentle person'
"We have all been struggling to come to terms with losing him in such a way and our mum, his wife of 59 years, has been left bereft and lonely," she said.
Ms Todd thanked police for their work on the case but added: "The revelations of the evidence relating to the mental health of Alexander Palmer have shocked, astounded and angered us.
"Evidently an intelligent person, he was able to take himself off medication and get himself discharged from care.
"We feel this should not have happened and mental health professionals failed him, his family and our family.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Umar Haque, 25, is accused of looking at London targets including Big Ben and trying to teach children how to be terrorists.
Umar Haque
Image:Umar Haque denies preparing acts of terror
A jury is deciding verdicts in the trial of a teacher who allegedly tried to groom youngsters into terrorism as he plotted attacks on landmarks including Big Ben.
Umar Haque, 25, is accused of training children for terrorism through role-play and physical exercises at the Ripple Road mosque in Barking, east London.
The Old Bailey previously heard claims he swore the children to secrecy, and he admitted to the court he showed them an IS video to give them a "more holistic" view of the terror group.
A young Muslim boy, whose police interview was played to jurors, told detectives that Haque was "teaching us terrorism, like how to fight", the court heard.
He claimed Haque aimed to get a "group of 300 men" and that the boys had acted out scenarios involving guns and a "car bomb".
 Westminster tube Station
Image:Big Ben was allegedly among the targets Haque had identified
Haque is also accused of looking at other targets in the capital, including the Queen's Guards and Westfield shopping centre.
His support for Islamic State-inspired atrocities, such as the Westminster Bridge attack, was revealed in secretly recorded conversations, prosecutors claim.
London-born Haque denies preparing acts of terrorism between 25 March and 18 May last year.
He also denies preparing terrorist acts by leading the children in exercises and role-play.
Three east London men Haque allegedly recruited through the mosque are also on trial.
Abuthaher Mamun, 19, denies preparing acts of terrorism.