Day: January 9, 2019

UK Home Office Increases NHS Charge For Immigrants

The Home Office has doubled a charge for migrants to use the NHS, in a move that has been criticised for its impact on NHS workers and young people who have been in the UK since childhood.

The standard Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) will today double from £200 to £400 a year, a sum the Home Office says will bring much-needed funds to the National Health Service.

But those who have to pay it – even if they are already working and paying taxes – say the doubled charge will be crippling for people including NHS workers, families with children, and people who have been in the UK since childhood.

They say increased fees could contribute to a new Windrush scandal, as people unable to pay could lose their status, becoming illegal immigrants who risk being denied access to services or even deported.

Ijeoma Moore, who arrived in Britain from Nigeria when she was two years old, has to pay the surcharge every year as part of a ten-year route to citizenship.

Now 24, she says she is “terrified” about the increase, explaining that the repeated cost to renew her status is a huge financial and psychological pressure.

It’s always weighing on your mind,” she told Sky News.

“If you’re thinking of investing in your education, saving money, even going on holiday, you have to choose what’s more important. And what’s more important is always your papers.”

Ms Moore must pay the health charge, plus Home Office fees of £1,033, every two-and-a-half years. Now the surcharge has doubled, the cost comes to more than than £2,000 every time.

“You’re constantly saving,” Ms Moore, who works as a youth rights trainer, said. “It feels really unfair. It makes you feel like an outcast.”

The Home Office says that the health surcharge increase will raise much-needed money for “sustaining and protecting” the UK’s healthcare system.

“We welcome long-term migrants using the NHS, but we believe it is right that they make a fair and proportionate contribution to its long-term sustainability,” a spokesperson said.

“Parliament agrees and has approved the order we proposed to increase the immigration health surcharge so it better reflects the actual costs to the NHS.”

Mugger Beaten Black & Blue After Making The Grievous Mistake Of Trying To Rob a Professional Female Fighter

A street mugger in Rio de Janeiro thought he spotted an easy victim to rob but instead got the beating of his life as his ,”victim” turned out to be a female profesdional fightet

The thug learned a rather painful lesson when he accidentally took on strawweight Polyana Viana as she sat outside her apartment building waiting for an Uber.

Viana shared the experience with MMA Junkie’s Fernanda Prates, which went down on Saturday night.

”When he saw I saw him, he sat next to me,” Viana recounted. “He asked me the time, I said it, and I saw he wasn’t going to leave. So I already moved to put my cell phone in my waist. And then he said, ‘Give me the phone. Don’t try to react, because I’m armed.’ Then he put his hand over [a gun], but I realized it was too soft.”

He was really close to me. So I thought, ‘If it’s a gun, he won’t have time to draw it.’ So I stood up. I threw two punches and a kick. He fell, then I caught him in a rear-naked choke. Then I sat him down in the same place we were before and said, ‘Now we’ll wait for the police.’”

t turns out the man’s gun was just a cardboard cutout. Once his so-called weapon was revealed, the would be robber basically gave up.

“I was fine,” Viana continued. “I was fine because he didn’t even react after. Since he took the punches very quickly, I think he was scared. So he didn’t react anymore. He told me to let him go, like ‘I just asked for the time.’ I said, ‘Asked for the time my ass,’ because he saw I was very angry. I said I wouldn’t let go and that I was going to call the police. He said, ‘Call the police, then’ because he was scared I was going to beat him up more.”

This isn’t the UFC fighter’s first brush with crime fighting. When she lived in Belem, Viana said she took on two men on a motorcycle who once again were trying to get at her cell phone.

Viana is 2-0 against muggers and 10-2 in her MMA career. Currently sitting at 1-1 in the UFC, she kicked her promotional run off with an impressive first round submission win over Maia Stevenson before dropping a decision to JJ Aldrich at UFC 227. Viana is currently without a fight … so watch out, Rio criminals.

If you’re going to rob someone, best make sure they’re not a UFC fighter.

Homicide Detectives Continue Investigation Into Murder Of 14-year-old Boy In Leyton

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command continue to investigate after a 14-year-old boy was struck by a car and then fatally stabbed in Leyton in what police are treating as a targeted attack.

A crime scene remains in place and police are appealing for information and witnesses including anyone with dashcam footage to come forward.

Chief Superintendent Richard Tucker said: “Everyone is shocked and appalled by this murder. The age of the victim, a boy aged 14, beggars belief and I completely understand the alarm and concern it has raised from those who live and work in the area.

“A crime scene remains in place today as officers continue their painstaking work to piece together the details of the attack. A section 60 was put in place following this incident and is being continually reviewed.

“I would urge the local community to be patient and cooperate where possible with the work detectives are getting on with in the area.

“My officers will be out working to support investigators today and be there to talk to the public and listen to the concerns they have. Neighbourhood patrols will be stepped up in the area and locals can expect to see more police. I would urge anyone with information on the attack to contact police without delay. “

Police were called out to Bickley Road, Waltham Forest, shortly before 18.30hrs on Tuesday, 8 January to reports of a road traffic collision.

Officers and paramedics from the London Ambulance Service attended.

A 14-year-old boy was found with stab injuries. It has now been established by detectives the boy was riding a moped that had been involved in a collision with a car.

It is believed that three males got out of the car and then stabbed the victim before returning to the vehicle and driving off. Efforts to trace this vehicle, which is believed to be a black Mercedes B Class with extensive frontal damage, continue.

Despite efforts of paramedics, the victim died at 19.09hrs. His next of kin have been informed.

A crime scene remains place. The Homicide and Major Crime team are now investigating.

DCI Larry Smith from the Homicide and Major Crime Command said: “Everything that we have learned about this attack so far indicates it was targeted and intent on lethal force from the outset. We are doing everything we can to catch those who carried out this cowardly attack and bring them to justice.”

The London mayor, Sadiq Khan, tweeted:

No arrests have been made. Enquiries continue.

Anyone with information is asked to contact officers via 101 quoting CAD 5720/08JAN.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can also tweet police via @MetCC