A man has been found guilty of a knife attack on four police officers which was caught on horrifying CCTV footage. Alex Traykov, 20, used the alias Solomon when he rang 999 to report a fight at a house in Islington in October last year. He then lay in wait with a large kitchen knife hidden behind his back in the hallway of his friend's flat. The Old Bailey heard that within three minutes, four police constables arrived on the doorstep completely unprepared for the violence about to be unleashed on them. Traykov was cleared of attempted murder but convicted of three counts of wounding with intent and a fourth charge of attempted wounding with intent. Traykov brought the knife down onto the head of Pc Istarlin Said-Ali, 31, cutting her hand as she warded off a second blow. He lunged at Pc Rafal Zedziora, 34, cutting his face and slashing the back of his neck. He went on to attack Pc Ben Thomson, 40, before he was finally brought down by Pc Launa Watkins, 39, who Tasered him twice. … [Read more...] about Man guilty of knife attack on police after hoax 999 call
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April Fools’ Day is (apparently) the funniest day of the year, with jokers relishing in a whole 24-hours of playing pranks on their friends. From cheeky practical jokes on colleagues to nation-wide hoaxes, people have come up with some pretty inventive pranks over the years. To celebrate April Fools’ Day, news outlets will often run fake stories and companies will announce the launch of some bizarre new product. As April 1 fast approaches, we’ve rounded up some of the best April Fools’ Day pranks of all time: Spaghetti Trees In 1957, BBC’s Panorama ran a story on spaghetti trees in Switzerland enjoying an abundant harvest as the result of warm weather and of course, the “virtual disappearance of the spaghetti weevil.” If the concept of pasta growing on trees appears unfathomable to you, it certainly wasn’t for the hundreds of Brits who phoned up asking how they could plant their own. The Beeb’s hilarious response? “Place a … [Read more...] about The best April Fools’ Day pranks of all time
Up and down the land pranksters are planning. In a few days time the lords of misrule will be unleashed as April 1st rolls round once more and mischief comes to homes, offices and schools across the land. There's just one problem, pulling a prank on a colleague could get you sacked. That's because the laws of the land have no sense of fun - meaning actions that are considered questionable on March 31 are exactly as problematic on April 1st. To work out where it's safe to draw the line, and when you're putting your your job at risk, Mirror Money got hold of Jordan Brown, legal adviser from DAS Law, to explain all. What is the legal position on carrying out April fool’s jokes at work? Even though it’s the 1 of April, the normal rules governing your behaviour in the workplace still apply. When is a ‘prank’ considered going too far in the eyes of the law? Most people can enjoy a joke, but all too often someone oversteps the mark. And even if the joke is … [Read more...] about Don’t get sacked on April Fool’s Day
It was the worst High School shooting in US history - and the tragedy that was supposed to end school shootings once and for all. On Valentine’s Day last year, a 19-year-old former student rampaged through the Margory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 14 students and three teachers, and injuring 17 others. Following the massacre, student survivors began a movement against gun violence never before seen in the country. And as the group of grieving, impassioned teenagers travelled across the US to demand action, and finally marching on Washington, it seemed like momentum was building and the tide was finally turning. A year on, however, there is precious little to show as a legacy of the young victims of Parkland. And as survivors this week gave a series of interviews to remember their friends and fellow students, there was no sense of any achievements that might prevent the next tragedy, and only inconsolable grief. The assault weapons the students called … [Read more...] about Devastating impact of the Parkland school massacre one year on
WITH crime rates on the rise in the UK, new C4 show Famous and Fighting Crime calls on celebs to help fight the epidemic. Get ready to see some of your fave stars swap their glitzy lifestyles for the streets. When is Famous and Fighting Crime on Channel 4? The new series sees two of viewers' greatest interests united - celebrities and crime-fighting. The four part series will follow some of our most loved telly stars as they take to patrolling the streets and preventing crime with Cambridgeshire Police Force. McVitie heir and Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing is more used to his stomping ground on the King's Road than "the streets". While Rod Stewart's model wife Penny Lancaster will be swapping Loose Women for some of Britain's most dangerous men. They, along with a host of other celebs will join the 12,000 volunteer officers who help keep the UK safe amidst ongoing police cuts and crime rates at an all time high. The show starts TONIGHT (Monday, February 11) at 9pm on Channel 4. And … [Read more...] about When is Famous and Fighting Crime on Channel 4 and who’s in the line up?