Day: October 2, 2017


A kidnapper who was pulled over for driving without insurance has been jailed after police found a woman locked in the boot of his car.

Londoner Shafak Abbas, 24, was quizzed by police who grew suspicious due to his evasive answers.

They then found a BB gun in the footwell of his car and then he admitted what was in the boot. When officers opened the gold Mercedes boot they found the 26-year-old victim, who Abbas knew, crying and distressed.

However, Abbas still denied the kidnap in court despite the officers wearing bodycams. Abbas had already been disqualified from driving at Brighton Magistrates Court last year (Credit: PA) He was jailed yesterday for 15 months after a jury found him guilty of kidnap following a four-day trial.

Detective Constable Chris Bailey said: ‘Body Worn Video evidence has greatly assisted us in securing this conviction.

‘We will not tolerate violence and will do everything in our power to secure a prosecution and to ensure that justice is done.’ Abbas, of Wickford Street, Bethnal Green, had already been disqualified from driving by Brighton Magistrates’ Court on June 10, 2016 for two years.

Specialist firearms police after they spotted his stationary vehicle in a residential street in Canary Wharf, east London, at midday on April 18. He was arrested on suspicion of kidnap, firearms offences, and driving offences and later charged with kidnap, driving whilst disqualified, no insurance and possession of a firearm. Abbas has been also disqualified from driving until June 8, 2021.






A man has been jailed for ten years for sexually abusing a young girl in the 1990’s.

53 year old Carl Johnson, of Bowden Drive, London, SE21 was last month found guilty at Kingston Crown Court  of eight counts of indecent assault after a five-day-trial.

On 28 September, he was at the same court, sentenced to ten years in prison.

The offences were committed against the victim between 1991 and 1995 when she was between the ages of 13 and 15. He would have been around 27 years old at the time of the abuse.

Johnson took advantage of his position as a member of the church community at a Battersea Church and the young victim’s naivete to groom her.

Over time, he escalated the grooming into full blown sexual abuse over period spanning at least 4 years.

The victim came forward in 2014 and reported the abuse to the police who immediately opened an investigation.

Speaking on the case, DS Amanda Kearsley of the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command, said: “Johnson is a predatory offender who deliberately targeted a vulnerable child. Johnson was part of the same church community as the victim and he should have been there to provide support; instead he groomed her before committing offences over a prolonged period.

This has been a long and emotional process for the complainant. I would like to praise her courage and commitment to making sure Johnson was convicted. She has ensured he in not longer a risk to other young people.”


Panicked passengers forced their way out of their rush hour train after a man read out Bible passages in the carriage.

The train was just outside Wimbledon at around 8.30am, when the man started reading out phrases such as ‘death is not the end’. Commuters became scared, and started trying to get out of the carriage as quickly as possible.

Passengers evacuated a train before it had reached Wimbledon after a preacher “started talking about doomsday and panic spread in the carriage” on Monday morning (October 2). The chaos happened as the train was waiting outside Wimbledon station for a platform – not far from Parsons Green station which was the site of the bucket bomb explosion – at around 8.40am.

As the passengers forced open the doors and climbed frantically onto the tracks, the rail power lines were cut. The train was travelling from Shepperton to Waterloo, one of London’s busiest commuter lines.

Ian, who was on the train, tweeted that the man’s Bible-reading caused a ‘crush’ and a ‘commotion’. He said that someone asked the man to stop speaking ‘as he was scaring people’, after which ‘the guy stopped and stood there with his head down’.

Other passengers praised a guard, who apparently dealt with the situation with ‘compassion, restraint and bravery’.

However due to some reports made that the man was talking about “doomsday”   that were quickly found to be false, “his bag was checked where just a drinks bottle and some books were found.

Some busybody troublemaker ever went as far as saying the man said he “had a bomb”

A Network Rail spokesman said: ‘Passengers self-evacuated off a train and on to the tracks at Wimbledon this morning after a passenger incident. ‘British Transport Police are investigating and there were no injuries to passengers or staff.

The train was just outside Wimbledon (Picture: PA)

‘This has caused significant delays to services in and out of Waterloo continued for the rest of the morning. ‘A signal failure at Waterloo also caused some earlier disruption to trains – this was resolved by 0815.

We apologise for delays to journeys this morning and ask passengers to please check before they travel.’ A British Transport Police spokesperson told ‘We were called at 8.31am today to Wimbledon after reports of a disturbance on a train to Waterloo. Passengers evacuated themselves onto the tracks. ‘BTP attended and are carrying out enquiries at present. No one was injured and no arrests have been made.’


The word of God is truly “sharper than a double edged sword”

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It is generally believed that nurses are the richest people in the UK diaspora. The job itself doesn’t pay that much but practitioners rake in big money from endless overtime shifts and huge night, weekend and holiday allowances. If you see a Nigerian lady with  an expensive new ride – she is almost likely a nurse.


In the noughties, IT was a new industry and everyone wanted to be a part of it. Almost half of the entire Diasporan population and everyone else gravitated towards IT and took the expensive courses because of the high financial rewards. In no time, there was a massive glut and over population in the industry and many who had spent hundreds in training found there were no more jobs. However, those still employed in the field find it very rewarding indeed.



At best the care assistants are paid minimum wage but like nursing, worker in this field can earn loads of bucks from endless shifts, long hours and constant overtime. This kind of work, however, is not for the easily irritated, impatient or those who cannot get their hands dirty – for obvious reasons



Post office mail sorting is another area where folks can easily make loads of money if they can get in. The demand for overtime to cover sickness, maternity and holiday is high and at Christmas, casual sorters are employed for a minimum of 6 weeks on different shift patterns including overnight and weekends which boost the remuneration for those with the liver to work through the night and then work the early morning shift.



Doctors are traditionally very highly paid in comparison to many other professions in the UK. And Nigerian trained doctors who successfully complete accreditation and eligibility processes to allow them practice in the UK find they can earn very good money working with either a UK NHS Trust or by going into private practice. However, practitioners in this field find that Doctors have to work very long hours and have very little time for socialising.



Not unlike IT. Project Management is another new professional trend that many Nigerians have ventured into. Project Management came on the stage in the past 5 years and many have rushed to train for their Prince2 Certification. However, it doesn’t seem to have made the same impact as IT did in the noughties and there are not as many people going down this route. It does however generate huge incomes for those who have been able to make inroads into the field.



The civil service within the local council or central government departments for many is one of the easiest jobs if one can successfully get in. The hours are short and the pay can be very attractive especially if one can get into low or middle to high management posts



Many undocumented Nigerians used to be able to easily get work as Security Officers and make serious money due to weekend, overnight and holiday allowances on top of their basic pay which was quite fair. However, with the new checks and balances, regulation and laws regulating the industry, it is not so easy to get work in the area if you are illegal. However, for those still working in the field, the rewards can be quite attractive and it is still one of the most favoured jobs among many Nigerian men. Women are also gradually gravitating towards Security services.



Maybe it is the high level of drug use leading to a much higher level of mental illness in the UK or maybe the seriously hard economic conditions in the country sending many into depression and manic attacks, it seems that the UK mental wards are always full and the demand for mental nurses always high, as many of them always seem to be working. And loads of work means loads of money.



Train and bus drivers are one of the most essential occupations in the UK and particularly in cities such as London, Birmingham, Manchester etc. Buses work round the clock with no closing and trains and tubes in the capital city are gradually being phased into 24 hour operations. These professionals already enjoy really generous pays and allowances and their ability to hold London to ransom with their constant strikes and high demands means that they always get higher and faster pay increases and better benefits than other workers in the country.




Over 50 people have been reported killed after a gunman opened fire near a country music festival close to Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino late Sunday, according to the Las Vegas Police Department.

Over four hundred people were also injured in the shooting which is being described as the largest mass shooting in modern US history, at the south end of the Vegas Strip on S. Las Vegas Blvd. and across from McCarran International Airport, Clark County Fire Department officials confirmed to NBC News.

Police shut down the area and urged the public to stay away. Flights in and out of the airport were temporarily halted

 The shooter has been identified as 64 year old Stephen Paddock. He is known as a resident of the local old people’s community

The final night of the three-day Route 91 Harvest Music Festival was taking place at Las Vegas Village, an outdoor venue, when police said they were investigating reports of an “active shooter near/around Mandalay Bay Casino” at 10:38 p.m. (1:38 a.m. ET). The concert was being held across the street from the casino.

Image: Las Vegas police stand guard after shooting
Las Vegas police stand guard outside the grounds of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on Oct. 1. David Becker / Getty Images


Witness Account

Meghan Carney who was at the festival when the shooting broke out said “We heard what sounded like firecrackers going off. Then all of a sudden we heard what sounded like a machine gun. People started screaming that they were hit… When we started running out there were probably a couple hundred [people] on the ground,” she told MSNBC.

Image: Reported Shooting At Mandalay Bay In Las Vegas
People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival near Mandalay Bay after apparent gun fire Sunday night in Las Vegas, Nevada. David Becker / Getty Images

“People kept dropping and dropping… People were getting shot one foot away from us,” she said. “People were trying to save their friends. There were gunshots everywhere. Helping them would’ve meant that we got shot too.”

Jon Bessette said he was attending the festival when he heard gunshots around 10:00 p.m.

“The band ran off stage and it was pandemonium,” said Bessette. “Everyone was running, people were getting trampled.”

The shooting is reported to have lasted over 45 minutes with the shooter reloading at least 15 times.

Several artists performing at the music festival also reported hearing gunshots.

Las Vegas police are reporting that the shooter who has no prior history with law enforcement was shot by officers and no other suspects were being sought in connection with the tragic incident.

How ever, his female companion has been declared wanted by the police.

The shooting is not being treated as a terrorist incident.

A large part of the “Las Vegas Strip which houses many world known Hotels, Casinos and Events Venues is still under police cordon.

Facebook has set up a crisis response page to help people establish whether their loved ones are safe.

American President Donald Trump has addressed the nation. He sympathised with victims and the families  of those who were caught up in the shooting which he called an “act of pure evil”

He also paid homage to police officers,and first respondents who reacted swiftly and quickly to the scene. he said if not for their heroic actions, the number of dead could have been in the hundreds.

Former president Barak Obama had earlier said his heart was with all the families and victims of the attack.



The biggest recruitment campaign for firefighters in more than six years will launch in London on Monday (October 2).

London Fire Brigade (LFB) is looking for 400 new firefighters, with recruitment days set to be held at stations throughout the capital.

It estimates it needs at least 7,000 applicants to obtain the people it needs, and has re-established an Outreach Team that will go out into the community to talk about the numerous career opportunities that firefighting offers.

London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said the job can develop into other firefighting specialisms such as technical rescue, fire investigation and community prevention work.

    • Smoke alarm warning after lucky escape
    • The car burst into flames after a collision near Thorpe Park
      Dramatic rescue after car up in flames
  • Phone charger fire on the tube

“There is no more important time to become a firefighter in London,” she said

“The five terrorist attacks and the tragic Grenfell blaze this year has shown that our firefighters must be prepared to deal with every eventuality that can occur in our capital.”

She said tackling fires was now a smaller part of a modern firefighter’s role.

“In any given day you could be helping to stabilise the driver at a road traffic collision, pumping out water of a flooded property or fitting smoke alarms that save the life of an elderly Londoner,” she said.

“For those that go on to choose to follow specialist firefighting career paths you could travel the world rescuing people from collapsed buildings, solve the causes of complex fires with the service’s fire investigation team and help prevent fires and save lives through face-to-face community safety work.

London Fire Brigade commissioner Dany Cotton (Image: LFB)

“With our new campaign we hope to reach those people who never thought of firefighting as a career for them.

“Firefighting is a job for all and we especially want to reach women and black minority ethnic (BME) people as we strive to better reflect the communities we work in.”

Every candidate will need to meet ability tests on a range of skills including problem solving, physical strength, and communication, and must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a UK/EU citizen, without work restrictions or be a permanent resident in UK.
  • Pass certain rigorous physical and job related tests.
  • Pass medical and eye examinations.
  • Be at least 17 and a half-years-old as of the closing date of the advert.

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, said: “London’s firefighters do one of the most important jobs there is – helping to keep the rest of us safe.

“This year they have played a critical and heroic role in responding to deadly terrorist attacks and tackling the Grenfell Tower tragedy, but this is only a small proportion of their tireless work to protect and support London’s communities.”

The London Mayor is also encouraging woman and people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds to apply

He said he wanted the LFB “to become as diverse as the city it serves”.

A change in requirement means applicants do not have to live in the capital, or hold a driver’s licence.

Instead, successful applicants will be expected to pass their LGV test within the first three years of employment.

Successful applicants will be put through three stages of training – a pre-learning programme, a combination of classroom and practical sessions, and finally on-the-job development and consolidation of learning at a fire station.

The recruitment process will launch on Monday (October 2) afternoon.

For how to apply, visit the LFB website .

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