Day: October 23, 2017


The trial of a hairdresser who deliberately infected sex partners he met on dating website Grindr with HIV was halted  because of a disruption by two dock officers.

The officers hired by security company GEOAmey were guarding Daryll Rowe during his trial at Lewes Crown Court.

They both fell asleep and subsequently started snoring.

their snoring was loud enough to force the judge presiding over the trial to stop the proceeding and order the two men removed from court.

In a packed court room during the opening of the prosecution case against Rowe on October 5, an usher was seen prodding a dock officer after loud snoring was heard.

Daryll Rowe

An apology has been made to the judge by GEOAmey the who employed the guards.
Rowe, of no fixed address, denies allegations from ten men. He pleaded not guilty to four charges of grievous bodily harm with intent and six charges of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent.

The trial continues.



Detectives are appealing for help to identify a man who died after falling from a hotel more than three years ago.

Police were called at approximately 12:15hrs on 20 March 2014 to the Hilton on Park Lane to reports of an injured man on the fourth floor roof.

Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended but sadly the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

It was established that the man had fallen from the 28th floor. His death is being treated as non-suspicious.

Despite extensive enquiries, officers have been unable to identify the man and have today released an efit of him in the hope that a family member or friend recognises him.

A check of the man’s Oyster card – which was not registered with Transport for London – revealed that he regularly travelled around the south London area, specifically Norwood, Crystal Palace and Streatham.

The man is described as black and aged between 40 and 50 years old. He had a medium build and cropped black hair.

At the time of his death, he was wearing a black Lonsdale fleece jacket, a white shirt with light pink and blue large checks, a white vest, grey/brown suit trousers with a black belt, grey socks and black loafers.

PC Gemma Scott, from Westminster Borough, said: “This is a very sad case in which not only has a man lost his life, but it is still possible that his family do not know that he has died.

“I would urge anyone who recognises the man from the efit to come forward and speak with us so that we can finally put a name to him.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact officers on 07917 517799 or via 101.



Justin Timberlake confirmed that he will perform during the Super Bowl LII halftime show before Sunday night’s game between the Patriots and Falcons.

It was reported in September that Timberlake was finalizing a contract to perform at the game that will take place on Feb. 4, 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.


Timberlake previously performed at Super Bowl XXVIII in Houston with Janet Jackson in 2004.

The performance will be mostly remembered for Justin infamously pulling off a part of Janet Jackson’s costume, revealing her breast on national television and causing a major international controversy.

​The wardrobe malfunction seen around the world caused the Federal Communications Commission to issue a five-second delay during all live performances on television.

Jay Z reportedly turned down headlining his own Super Bowl halftime show. Beyoncé, his wife, performed at Super Bowl XLVII and Super Bowl 50 in 2015.

Lady Gaga performed at last year’s Super Bowl halftime show after Adele revealed that she turned down the offer.


President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the immediate dismissal of Mr Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms who was allegedly reinstated following a previous termination

A statement issued from the office of the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity in Abuja on Monday, said the President’s directive was contained in a memo to the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita

The President’s SA, Media and Publicity Femi Adesina stated that the President equally demanded a full report of the circumstances of Maina’s recall and posting to the Ministry of Interior.

The report is to be submitted to the office of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, before the end of work today.


The information site Wikipedia describes Craigslist as an American classified advertisements website with sections devoted to jobs, housing, personals, for sale, items wanted, services, community, gigs, résumés, and discussion forums.

Craig Newmark began the service in 1995 as an email distribution list to friends, featuring local events in the San Francisco Bay Area. It became a web-based service in 1996 and expanded into other classified categories. It started expanding to other U.S. cities in 2000, and now covers 70 countries.

The popular site has grown to become a huge tool for buying or selling all manner of objects and products ranging form the most normal and useful to the downright weird and wacky. From sexual hookups to surrogate mums to women who want to conceive a child during the total eclipse – you can find them all on the site

But a recent BBC report has revealed that organised criminals are misusing the UK version of the popular classifieds site to trade in class A drugs and offer criminal services, according to the probe by the BBC.

The investigation, by regional news programme Inside Out, found reporters were openly able to buy cocaine online from a dealer in Derby, illegal cigarettes from two sellers in Corby and Carlisle and a £550 stolen passport from Kent.

According to leading intelligence and security expert Philip Ingram MBE, the levels of organised crime on the site are “frightening”.

After arranging an exchange of cocaine for £80 a gram on Craigslist, undercover reporter Jonathan Gibson said: “Controlled drugs are being sold next to second hand sofas.

Other people offered services on the site including money laundering, recruiting postmen to steal mail and fraudulently asking other people to take a learner driver’s theory test in exchange for money.

But criminal activities on the site is not limited to this side of the pond. A California woman was sentenced to five years in prison for a bizarre and elaborate scheme to frame her husband’s ex-fiancée for trying to have her raped.

For months, Diaz made it appear that her husband’s ex-fiancée, Michelle Suzanne Hadley, 30, had been harassing and stalking her, as well as recruiting men to go to Diaz’s home and rape her by posting “rape fantasy” ads on Craigslist.

And in Miami, Florida the Food for Florida cards that were issued to victims of the Hurricane Irma to help them get back on their feet are being advertised on Craigslist for cash. The cards which have a face value of $1,300 are being illegally sold for $700.

Also, a New Jersey corrections officer was charged with receiving images of child sexual abuse.  37-year-old Stephen Salamak was arrested after  an undercover officer made contact with him after he posted on Craigslist that he was looking for women and moms “that are into Cheese Pizza,” a reference to child pornography.

According to the BBC, Craigslist was contacted but has declined to comment.

See this story in full on BBC Inside Out  on BBC One on Monday 23 October.




As the clocks go back and the nights draw in, the Met has intensified its efforts to crack down on burglary and those who handle stolen goods. But they are also alerting the public to activities of burglars that tend to be on the increase during the winter months when it is darker for longer hours even when it is still daytime.

Homes remaining in darkness for longer in the evenings highlight the fact they may be empty, making them more attractive to burglars at this time of year.

Specialist teams will be deployed to track down wanted burglary suspects, whilst high visibility patrols will take place in burglary hotspot areas.

Officers will also be targeting organised criminal groups who continue to prey on the elderly and vulnerable by pretending to be officials to gain access to their homes.

Superintendent Sean Wilson, the Met’s operational lead for burglary said: “Burglary remains an important issue for the Met due to its devastating impact on victims.

“All burglaries will have an initial investigation and the level of further investigation will depend upon the realistic chances of identifying a suspect.


“I would ask Londoners to take simple measures to protect their homes. Follow our three Step Protect advice by protecting your property both inside and out.

“Forensic officers are sent to burglary scenes where there are forensic opportunities so it’s important for victims to take steps to preserve evidence by calling police as soon as possible and ensuring that until officers arrive, the scene is – where possible – left undisturbed. This will improve our chances of identifying suspects.

“We have enhanced our service in many ways, including through ‘super cocooning’ to support victims, using key messages through local communication networks to alert residents to potential offenders in their neighbourhoods. Officers are also continuing to distribute MetTrace property marking kits in burglary hotspot areas and they are working in partnership with the local authorities to prevent habitual known offenders from reoffending.

“We are also working with other forces from across the country in a coordinated effort so that burglars will have nowhere to hide. By also targeting people who handle stolen goods, we are sending a clear message that anyone who benefits from burglary is implicated in a serious crime.”

Over the past 32 months, the Met has been rolling out MetTrace kits to residents to help make their homes more secure.

The kits contain crime prevention advice and free SmartWater forensic marking equipment. Since the roll-out there has been a 25.3 per cent reduction in burglaries in MetTrace areas compared to 2.5 per cent in non-MetTrace areas – equating to 3,957 few burglaries in these areas.

The kits have been delivered to over 287,000 residents and 14,000 MetTrace signs have been put up across London.

A further 108,750 MetTrace kits will be delivered to residents over the next ten months.

In the current rolling 12 month period, there have been 73,851 burglary offences compared to 69,204 offences in the previous year, representing a 6.7 per cent increase.

Londoners are also encouraged to protect themselves and their homes particularly during the winter months.

The Met’s Be Safe crime prevention campaign aims to motivate, empower and mobilise Londoners to take simple crime prevention steps to reduce their vulnerability to crime, whilst officers continue to disrupt and arrest criminals.

The Met suggests the following 3 Step Protect to keep your home safe :

Protect: Valuables, Building, Outside.

Consider all three areas to protect your home from burglary.

1. Protect your valuables

– Don’t advertise your goods. Always keep valuables like tablets and laptops out of sight from windows and store keys away from the letterbox.

– Help police identify your property if stolen by using a property marking kit and taking photos. The MPS is currently providing SmartWater kits as part of the MetTrace operation visit for more information.

– Consider buying a safe or using other safe storage providers.

2. Safeguard your building

– Lock all windows and double lock doors when you go out, even if it’s only for a few minutes.

– Make your home look occupied: use timer lights when the nights get longer, and cancel deliveries if you’re going away.

– Make sure your locks are strong enough to keep burglars out.

3. Secure your outside

– Keep gates, sheds and garages locked and don’t leave tools lying around as they can be used to break in.

– Keep hedges at the front low and install outdoor lighting, so burglars have nowhere to hide.

– Install trellises and spiky plants to stop burglars from climbing over fences.

For more advice on how to keep your home safe, visit

+ Super cocooning works by encouraging residents to be extra vigilant and security conscious. Safer Neighbourhoods teams pay a home visit to victims and their neighbours as soon as possible after an offence is reported, to give crime prevention advice and gather local intelligence, whilst patrols are stepped up in the area.

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