Murders, rapists, paedophiles and international drug smugglers were among the criminals jailed across Merseyside this year. In many cases, their victims showed tremendous courage in facing their tormentors in court or fighting back against the thugs who targeted them. Officers have spent months and in some cases years working tirelessly to bring these callous criminals to justice for their horrific crimes. Below are all the details about 500 of the men and women put behind bars in 2018. January Ryan Lacey Doorman Lacey was caught up in a mass brawl after a contingent of Eintracht Frankfurt fans travelled to Liverpool to “participate in violence”, on November 22, 2017. After trying to defend a colleague, Lacey was filmed “body-slamming” a local man, Damion Tucker, who was mistaken for one of the German group, before stamping on the head of Jan Richter-Gemer. Mr Richter-Gemer, 25, spent weeks in Aintree Hospital where he required intensive treatment for multiple … [Read more...] about 500 people locked up in Merseyside in 2018
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If there was one reason to feel smug about ourselves in 2018, apart from the weeks of sunny weather and our victory in the Six Nations Rugby Championship, it was the erratic goings-on across the Irish Sea in Britain as the country pulled itself apart over Brexit. Why can't they behave themselves, we wondered. Not since the era of rampant football hooliganism have we felt quite so sanctimonious about our neighbours. As at least one commentator remarked, negotiating with the British over Brexit is like starting a game of football, and then having to stand around while the opposing team's players fight amongst themselves in an extended brawl. Brexit started years ago as a row in the Conservative Party, and that is the way it continued in 2018. And looking west across the Atlantic, we could only shrug our shoulders and sigh at the incoherent and comical antics of President Donald Trump, as exposed by Michael Wolff in his book, Fire and Fury. How can the "free world" possibly be run by a … [Read more...] about 52 people who shaped 2018
HARROWING overhead images from the Indonesia quake and tsunami show the scale of the mass devastation that has left nearly 400 people dead and thousands homeless. Sulawesi residents are tonight sleeping on the streets, as bodies covered in medical yellow sheeting remain scattered along the shoreline of the city of Palu. At least 384 people were killed after a tsunami, triggered by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake, tore through the Pacific 'Ring of Fire' before crashing into the Indonesian coastal town at 500mph. According to local media, more than 500 people suffered serious injuries in Palu alone. Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo said "hundreds" were taking part in a beach festival when the tsunami struck Palu at dusk on Friday. Indonesian authorities have been criticised for lifting the tsunami warning just 34 minutes after it was issued, which led to many residents believing it was safe to head towards the beach in the scenic tourist town. The disaster struck on the same … [Read more...] about Harrowing photos reveal scale of destruction after massive Tsnuami leaves 384 dead sweeping people off the beach and dumping bodies on the shoreline
Cast your mind back 10 years. Survey the political scene. What can you see? The Labour Party has been in power for 11 years. And it seems to be winning the big argument. The new leaders of the Conservative Party, David Cameron and George Osborne, have stopped calling for tax cuts and are instead pledging to match Labour’s public service spending plans. “Sharing the proceeds of growth” is the mantra. Survey the economic scene. What’s going on there? Well, there’s much talk on the business pages of newspapers of a somewhat mysterious “credit crunch”. Northern Rock went under the year before. House prices are down. The stock market is looking a bit sickly. The economy seems to be slowing. Yet a recession warning by the chancellor, Alistair Darling, is viciously stamped on by aides of the prime minister, Gordon Brown. After all, the Treasury is projecting GDP growth only to dip slightly before rapidly bouncing back. The … [Read more...] about Financial crisis 10 years on: Have we seen any true reform?
After almost six weeks of searching for love on ITV’s Love Island, last week we finally saw Samira Mighty bow out of the competition. Her departure was described by many in the media as a “shock exit”, but for thousands who tune in each night, it may not have come as a surprise at all. Many of us knew that the reality show was never going to be the right platform for a black woman to build and sustain a romantic relationship. Samira decided to walk after the dumping of Frankie Foster, who she was coupled up with. Collectively, our sympathy for the 22-year-old was replaced with impatience as we failed to understand her grief over the dismissal of a guy who appeared only to have settled for her after failing to win the attention of fellow contestant Megan Barton-Hanson. This was until it emerged that the established romance between Frankie and Samira had been cruelly chopped out of the final edits of the show, including a night in the hideaway - an exclusive section of … [Read more...] about Does Reality TV Present A Level Playing Field For Black Women?