Our courts have been kept busy dealing with cases ranging from paedophiles and murderers to dangerous drivers and career burglars so far in 2019. Among them are the trio who shocked the city last year when their plot to blow up a shop in Leicester's Hinckley Road left five dead. Aram Kurd, Arkan Ali and Hawkar Hassan were all handed life sentences for their crimes. A gang that brazenly targeted ATMs across the region using stolen telehandlers and high performance getaway cars have been jailed. Heathan Hall, Wayne Smith, and Swaley Price were part of a ruthless masked gang that tried to ram the police vehicles and a metal pole was also thrown at a police car in a bid to evade capture. Hannah Cobley, the woman who murdered her newborn baby, was also sentenced after jurors saw through her lies and found her guilty in less than two hours. Other crimes hitting the headlines include a woman whose repeated calls to 999 put lives at risk, a fraudster who stole cash donated for the family of … [Read more...] about Faces of 134 Leicester criminals in court so far in 2019
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On 6 August last year, 14 immigrant farmhands in Foggia, on the ankle of the Italian boot, were coming home from a 12-hour shift picking tomatoes in 40C heat. The minibus carrying them was registered in Bulgaria; the driver didn’t have a licence or insurance. The seats inside were wooden planks, and it was so crowded that passengers couldn’t even see out. The vehicle was travelling at speed when it collided head-on with a truck loaded with tomatoes. After the crash, you could see contorted limbs through the smashed windows. The entire front third of the vehicle was concertinaed and the roof was ripped open. Bags and clothing spilled out on to the road, and there were large patches of blood on the asphalt. Twelve of the 14 labourers died. Only two days before, also in Foggia, four labourers had died in a similar accident: 16 dead in 48 hours. In the Italian south, the lives of foreign agricultural labourers are so cheap that many NGOs have described their conditions as a … [Read more...] about Are your tinned tomatoes picked by slave labour?
Interview FiveThe interview room in Finglas Garda Station is not a nice place to be at the best of times. It is small, stuffy and not designed for more than three people to use comfortably for any length of time. By 2.30pm on May 25th last year all five of its occupants were feeling stressed. Among them was a 13-year-old boy who had been answering questions for nearly ten hours over two days. His mother, who in the first interview had sat beside the boy holding his hand, had moved her chair further away. She appeared to become more distressed by every new question put to her son. The boy’s solicitor who had remained silent for most of the process, had begun to clash with the interviewing gardaí more frequently over their questioning. For detectives Donal Daly and his colleague Damien Gannon, the stress came from the knowledge that they had only a few more hours to get the boy, who would later become known to the public as Boy B, to reveal how 14-year-old Ana Kriégel had … [Read more...] about Ana Kriegel murder trial: The complete story
The man in charge of running trains in Wales is no stranger to facing questions. A few weeks into the job and Transport for Wales head honcho James Price stood before politicians in the Welsh Assembly to be quizzed about how the firm was going to improve things on the railways after taking over from the heavily criticism Arriva Trains Wales. Things didn't get off to the greatest of starts, when floods and broken down trains caused delays and cancellations right across the network. So how have things gone since then? There are plenty of statistics and performance measures to gauge just how well TfW are doing, but for the best overview, nothing quite beats Twitter. We caught up with Mr Price at our offices - and laid bare people's complaints as well as their Tweets. "I can tell if it's a bad day, just by looking at Twitter," he admitted. TfW can get up to 300 tweets in a single day, with comments ranging from lateness, overcrowding to whether there is soya milk on the catering trolley. … [Read more...] about We put your complaints to the boss of Transport for Wales
Shaun McKinnon Arizona Republic Published 10:32 PM EDT May 24, 2019 GRASS VALLEY, Calif. Lou Conter is telling the story of the night his patrol bomber was shot down seven miles off the coast of New Guinea, dumping the seaplane's 10-man crew into the Pacific Ocean. The crew was not alone in the water. "We had 10 or 12 sharks around us all the time," Conter says. "I told the men, 'If a shark comes close, hit it in the nose with your fist as hard as you can.'" The men stayed afloat until another plane saw the burning wreckage and tossed out a life raft. The exhausted crew dragged ashore an hour later and hid in the jungle, fearful they would be captured by Japanese soldiers. The next night, an American PT boat retrieved all 10 men. As Conter told it, the story wasn't about punching sharks, or skulking in the jungle or chasing shadows to the waiting rescue boat. Conter was talking about survival, about coming back alive. His time in the war started that way. He was 20 when he … [Read more...] about USS Arizona: The men who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor