Tuesday, 29 November 2011

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Monday, 28 November 2011

Racist woman in Croydon tram YouTube clip sought by police

A WOMAN who hurled racist abuse at passengers on a tram while holding a toddler in her arms is being sought by the police after a video of the incident, called My Tram Experience, went viral on YouTube.

The recording shows a dark-haired woman swearing and shouting at black and Asian passengers on a tram late at night.

More than 10,000 people have viewed the clip, called 'My Tram Experience', less than 24 hours after it was posted on YouTube yesterday (Sunday).

By mid-afternoon the hashtag #MyTramExperience was trending on Twitter.

British Transport Police (BTP) have launched an investigation and called for the passenger who recorded the incident to come forward.

The video begins as the woman, clutching a blonde-haired little boy, bemoans the impact of immigration on 'her Britain'.

She turns to another passenger and spits 'You aren't English,' before looking around the carriage and swearing at her fellow passengers and telling them to 'get back to their own countries'.

The woman does not react to the fact that her rant is being filmed by a passenger sitting in front of her.

As the little boy in her arms plays with a toy, another passenger intervenes: "Excuse me dear, there are little kids on the tram."

The woman responds: "So what? I've got a little kid here."

She then dares the woman, who is black, to throw her off the tram, and then swears at her and shouts: "Go back to Nicaragua, or wherever you come from."

A number of other passengers appear visibly angry and distressed. One young man gets to his feet but is persuaded not to react.

The woman then shouts: "You aren't British, you're black."

The carriage erupts. A white woman whose baby has just been woken up by the argument says: "I'm English, what have you got to say to me?"

Still holding the child the racist woman turns and points at the passengers behind her. She shouts: "Someone's got to talk up for these lot. Look, the whole tram, look at them."

Another passenger asks: "What's wrong with that?"

The woman replies: "Because it's all black and brown people."

The BTP said it would do everything in its power to locate the woman in the video.

A spokesman added: "At present, it is not entirely clear which tram stops the offence took place between and when it occurred.

"As a result, we need anyone who witnessed the incident, or with any information that could assist our investigation - including the identity of the woman - to contact us.

"We will not tolerate racism in any form on the rail network."

A Transport for London spokesman said: "TfL will not tolerate this disgusting and offensive behaviour and we will work with the police to fully investigate this incident."

Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on 0800 405040 quoting reference B6/LSA.


News: Boy, 14, found with guns let free because law says he is not a danger

A 14-year-old boy caught with two handguns and live ammunition has walked from court after a judge said he could not impose a custodial sentence because Parliament had “tied his hands”.

Boy, 14, found with guns let free because law says he is not a danger
The boy, who could not see over the ledge of the dock in court, was caught with two handguns Photo: Alamy

Judge Roger Chapple said he could not jail the teenager because he is not considered a “dangerous offender” and, with only one previous conviction — for carrying a knife — he is not considered to be a “persistent offender” in the eyes of the law.

The judge said he was left with little option other than to release the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, on a youth rehabilitation programme despite the fact that possessing an offensive weapon carries a sentence of up to 10 years behind bars for over-16s.

The boy, who could not see over the ledge of the dock in court, was caught with an Italian BBN Mini Gap Pistol and a Russian Tokarev TT-33 self-loading pistol, used by the Soviet Army. He also had 13 rounds of ammunition hidden under the floorboard when police raided his home in Manor Park, east London, on Aug 4 this year.

He admitted two counts of possessing a prohibited firearm and one of possessing ammunition without a licence and was sentenced to a three-year youth rehabilitation programme.

Sentencing the youth at Inner London Crown Court yesterday, Judge Chapple said: “Do I need to emphasise how dangerous guns are?

“They kill people: that is what they do, that is what they are intended for.

“Whilst a gun remains in criminal circulation the risk is high that it is going to be used to commit crime, to kill or to cause serious injury.

“Those who store guns for whatever reason keep them in the hands of the wrong people. That is what you did and the courts generally take a very, very serious view of this sort of thing and mark it with long prison sentences.

“If you were two years older than you are you would be facing a minimum sentence of three years’ detention. As it is Parliament has tied my hands almost completely. I have no power at all in the particular circumstances of your case to send you to any form of detention.

“There is really only one sentence I can pass, which is a youth rehabilitation order.”

Even a more rigorous Intensive Supervision and Surveillance programme could not be passed as the boy was not deemed to be a persistent offender.

Stephen Clayton, prosecuting, said: “The defendant said that he had befriended a boy in the local park and having gained his trust he was asked to look after a package.”

At first, police were told, he thought it was cash but when he opened it and realised there were two guns inside he still did not call the authorities. They believe he had possession of the weapons for about a week.

The boy was already serving a rehabilitation order after being stopped by police earlier this year, when he was 13, and found to be carrying a knife.

Judge Chapple added: “My powers are severely limited. No court can be other than deeply disturbed that a 14 year-old who already has a conviction for possessing an offensive weapon in a public place at just 13 and during the currency of a referral order he is found in possession of two handguns and ammunition to match.”

James Burley, in mitigation, said that his client, who hoped to be an engineer, had been excluded from his old school but had been improving his behaviour since he was placed on the first referral order.

“He is not involved in gangs in any way but he has involved himself in one of the most serious crimes on the statute book. He is somewhat used by those of a higher standing,” said Mr Burley.

Judge Chapple warned the boy: “You have a chance, please use it.

“Any further offences from now on and you will be considered a persistent offender.”

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Tuesday, 15 November 2011

News: Stephen Lawrence Case, Jury sworn in for Old Bailey trial

Artist's impression of Gary Dobson and David Norris
Gary Dobson and David Norris both deny murder

The trial of two men accused of murdering black teenager Stephen Lawrence 18 years ago has begun in front of an Old Bailey jury.

The eight men and four women who will hear the case against Gary Dobson, 36, and David Norris, 35, both of south London, were chosen from a panel of 24.

Meanwhile, prosecutor Mark Ellison QC has begun outlining his case.

Stephen, 18, was stabbed to death by a gang of white youths in Eltham, south-east London, on 22 April 1993.

Mr Ellison QC began his opening statement by handing jurors a map of Eltham, where the A-level student was killed at a bus stop.

On Monday, trial judge Mr Justice Treacy said new scientific evidence will be central.

He warned jurors not to discuss the case with "curious friends and family" and banned them from consulting the internet, so as not to jeopardise a fair trial.

He also described the trial as an important case with particular sensitivities, which had aroused strong feelings among many people.

Stephen's father Neville, 69, was amongst those in court to witness the start of the trial, which is forecast to last until at least Christmas.

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Thursday, 3 November 2011

News: The Governments new Gangs Stratergy

Young men in south London who say they have moved away from gang lifestyles

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Home Secretary Theresa May says the government's gangs strategy will help girls who are being "used as weapons" in turf wars.

Ministers are launching a youth violence team to target gangs.

The strategy, born out of the summer riots in England, pledges 100 expert advisers and intensive intervention with families.

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said the government's cuts meant the policy did not live up to the rhetoric.

The government's strategy pledges to cut the number of young people killed or seriously wounded in youth violence by 2015.

Among the chief victims to be targeted are girls, some of whom could also be gang members.

Theresa May said: "More often they would be the victims. They would be the partners of gang members. They would find themselves being abused and sometimes being used as weapons, raping a rival gang leader's girlfriend to get back at that gang."


  • Preventing young people becoming involved
  • Pathways out of violence and gang culture
  • Punishment and enforcement to suppress violence
  • Partnership working to join up the way local areas respond
  • Providing support to local areas wanting to tackle gangs

The gangs strategy includes a pledge to double the capacity of family nurse partnerships by recruiting 4,200 more health visitors. The government says it will also improve education for pupils excluded from schools.

Mrs May said the strategy would include looking at life sentences for gang members who trade in guns - but that enforcement alone could not solve the problem.

The plan, devised by the Home Office and other Whitehall departments, aims to intervene more precisely at every stage that someone could become a gang member.

Case study

On a dark estate, I met up with a group of men in their early 20s who are, to various extents, giving up their gang lifestyles. They told me it started when they were just children; bored, free from parental supervision and envious of the "legends" and money surrounding older gang members.

Groups of friends started getting involved with drug dealing, robbery and endless violent battles for "respect". They still live in fear for their lives. This year, one witnessed a friend being shot dead.

When it comes to enticing them away from the gang lifestyle, the approach taken by David Anthony - the youth worker who introduced us - seems to be working. Former gang members try to get them to join a "non-criminal" gang offering training and support.

His experience is that spending time and money on young people involved in gangs will pay off better than strong policing. The government believes both are necessary.

Mrs May said the strategy had to prevent youngsters signing up to gangs in the first place - but also provide "pathways out" for those who want to leave behind criminality and violence.

Supporting parents

She said: "It may be support to parents in terms of how they bring up a child."

"For youngsters at school it may be identifying those who look as if they might become gang members, helping to prevent that happening and offering them pathways out if they do become a gang member."

The government says it has earmarked £10m for early intervention work in the 30 most affected areas - but Labour said that sum has already been announced twice in the last year.

Yvette Cooper, shadow home secretary, questioned whether the strategy could deliver.

She said: "The home secretary is right to point to the devastating impact on victims of gang violence and intimidation.

"We welcome emphasis on early intervention. It sits badly with the 20% cuts to Sure Start and well over 20% cuts to the Youth Service.

"When you look at the reality behind the rhetoric this government is still making it harder, not easier, for the police and communities to tackle gang violence and crime."

Yvette Cooper: "The reality of the government's policy does not live up to the rhetoric"

Police say that approximately a fifth of those involved in the summer riots in London were known to be members of a gang. Overall, about half of all shootings and a fifth of serious violence in the capital is gang-related.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has released its own report into the riots - and urged the government to fully assess the impact of spending cuts to community services. In its report, it warns that vulnerable teenagers may find themselves without official support at the time they most need to be steered away from crime.

Sir Stuart Etherington, head of the NCVO, said: 'It is essential that the lessons of the riots are not ignored. While the actions of the rioters were deplorable, we must address the sense of despair and disconnection felt by many who felt they had nothing to lose by taking part."

News: Aston Villa's role in First World War revealed

Villa's unknown role in First World War revealed

By Laura Brett - Club Archivist

Villa have always had a close relationship with the magnificent military - but we didn't realise until the past few weeks that the club's name played a part in the First World War.

As we look ahead to our 'Armed Forces Day' this weekend for the Norwich game, we delved in the club's archives to find out about our long-term links.

There must have been a Villa fan involved in the drawing up of the trench map for the Battle of Bazentin Ridge.

As you can see above, there are two parallel trenches called 'Aston Trench' and 'Villa Trench.'

The Battle of Bazentin Ridge took place July 14-17 in 1916 and marked the second phase of the Battle of the Somme.

While it resulted in a tactical victory for the British, the cost was extremely high with 9,000 dead, wounded or missing.

The outbreak of the First World War came just before the 1914-15 season was due to start.

The FA, along with the clubs in the Football League, decided to play that term as they believed football played an important role in boosting the morale of players and supporters at home.

From the outset, Villa voted £50 to the War Fund and a percentage of all gates for the season.

In a meeting prior to the opening match, the players expressed a wish to contribute 5% of their earnings weekly to the war effort.

They also agreed to receive "preparedness training" and were soon kitted out with special uniforms and given strict military workouts by ex-army sergeant majors.

Also, 30 BSA territorial rifles were ordered and plans were drawn up for a firing range to be build near the ground.

The club encouraged the players to enlist with Middlesex Regiment's Football Battalion by offering to continue to pay half their wages to ensure their families were provided for.

It is difficult to confirm exactly how many of the players registered with Villa in 1914 signed up.

Recruitment drives took place during matches and appeals from Lord Kitchener for volunteers appeared regularly in the Villa News & Record until football was suspended at the end of the season.

While Villa Park was effectively closed for the remainder of the conflict, the club were able to raise money through 'colts' matches. This money was then used to pay for the 'Aston Villa Ambulance Car' to be used on the front line at a cost of £1,000.

The club also cashed in their pre-war stocks and shares to set up a war loan worth £3,000.

In the Second World War, football was suspended after just three matches of the 1939-40 season and in November 1939 the War Office commandeered Villa Park.

Players were given two weeks wages and told that their contracts were suspended for the foreseeable future.

Several of the younger players joined the forces while many others went to work at the Kynochs Munitions Factory in Witton.

Alan Wakeman, Eddie Lowe and Jack Maund became Bevin Boys at Hednesford Coalmine while Eric Houghton and captain Jimmy Allen joined the Police Force.

Villa helped the war effort in an unexpected way by renting 34 turnstiles to the Austin Motor Company and a large number of tip-up seats were loaned to air raid shelters.

The Board of Trade and the Ministry of Supplies rented space in the Trinity Road Stand from 1941 while other areas were rented to the Ministry of Works and fire watchers were now camped out in dressing rooms.

Villa Park escaped unscathed through the 1940 bombing of Aston but it was eventually hit in 1941 when the Trinity Road roof was holed by shrapnel, which also shattered large quantities of glass.

A bomb from either this raid or another left one bay of the Witton Lane Stand a tangled wreck.

Fortunately, compared to other grounds like Old Trafford or St Andrews, the damage was relatively small.

From 1943, Villa gradually regained control of the ground, though parts of it were damaged.

The seating loaned to air raid shelters were also damaged and the billiard table and piano belonging to the players that were loaned to the Birmingham Corporation were never seen again.

The club were awarded £3,650 in compensation by the War Office and Birmingham Corporation for these inconveniences.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Poem: Beauty lies within you

Beauty lies within you

A simple glance from you sweeps through my essentia,
Engulfing my every existence in your rays,
Clarity is all I desire... as my destination obscures,
Between the known and unknown are the doors,
Of which I shall open up blindly,
I wander on forth to see,
As I wonder what will be in store,

Woe is my lamentations,
Stuck with no control,
Burdened as I know to live with solace in my soul,
My heart is torn asunder,
How insatiably I yearn ,
Your being the only fill to truly satisfy my hunger,

You are the love of my life,
Indeed the life I love,
My feelings are omnipotent place nothing else above,
Beauty lies within you,
Though externally I see,
But plain sight no way quantifies just what you mean to me.

- Fonzo