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Increasing UK Knife Crime Figures Fuelled By Repeat Offenders

The number of knife criminals being dealt with by the justice system has risen to a 10-year high as more repeat blade offenders are taken to court, official figures revealed today.

The Ministry of Justice statistics show that 21,484 people — including 4,686 from London — were prosecuted or cautioned for knife offences in England and Wales in 2018. The figure is the highest since 2009.

According to the report in the Evening Standard, the number is also more than 2,000 up on the total two years previously and more than 5,000 higher than the tally for 2013.

It is a sign of how significantly knife crime has risen in recent years.

A total of 4,430 of the 2018 offenders were juveniles aged 17 or under.

That was slightly down on the previous year’s total but higher than any of the preceding years up to 2009 in a sign of the increased prevalence of knife use among children.

Today’s statistics also show the number of repeat offenders is growing, with 28 per cent of adults and juvenile knife criminals last year being convicted or cautioned for a second or more blade offence. That represented 5,497 such offenders and is the highest proportion of repeat blade users since the statistics began being recorded in 2008.

Of those convicted last year, 37 per cent were given an immediate custodial sentence.

That compares with a figure of 20 per cent in 2008 and reflects a steady increase in recent years in the numbers being sent to jail for knife offences.

The average sentence length has also risen over the same period from 5.3 months a decade ago to 8.1 months last year.

It still means, however, that most knife offenders avoid prison and that many of those who are jailed are released back onto the streets after a relatively short time.

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Entertainers React To Micheal Jackson Child Abuse Accusations Following The Airing Of Leaving Neverland Documentary

Following the airing of the controversial tv documentary last week portraying and allegedly revealing hidden secrets of the life of the late Pop Music legend Micheal Jackson as a child abuser, there has been a series of reactions particularly from many in the entertainment industry.

TV mogul Oprah Winfrey, previously believed to be a close friend of Micheal, changed her mind drastically after accusations were made. The documentary, Leaving Neverland was aired on OWN, a network that Oprah partly owns.

Radio stations across the world have stopped playing Micheal Jackson’s music and the  producers of The Simpsons have removed the Jackson episode from circulation.

The late singer’s two ex wives Debbie Rowe and Lisa Marie Presley have both refused to comment on the latest accusations

Actor Mark Lester also defended the King of Pop over the sexual abuse allegations

The Oliver! star admitted he felt SICK watching explosive new documentary Leaving Neverland and it had not changed his opinion on his late friend.

Lester controversially claimed Jackson was the victim after the Arvizo family “took advantage” of the popstar and called them “hooligans”.

One of the entertainers loyally defending the artist is music executive Clyde Jenkins who took his reaction to social media.

Jenkins twitted before the airing of the programm and commented ” This is just some of the stuff this one sided documentary conveniently left out. Anyone can make a documentary and make it look like it’s the whole truth. It’s not”

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Wade Robson… you should be ashamed of yourself!!! You and your family befriended the biggest star in the world. I personally recall your mom Joy calling MJJ Music with a sob story about needing money knowing that Michael Jackson loved her and your entire family and would do anything to help her. Michael especially loved you like a son because you dreamed of being a dancer as your mother took you around Australia impersonating who…. Michael Jackson.

Your family moved to the United States leaving your father behind and Michael gave you a record deal as part of a rap duo named QUO! It FAILED!!!

Michael Set you up with his niece Brandi and you guys were together for several years… until you CHEATED with other woman several Times…. she left you!

You still remained in the Jackson Circle…. Why? Because it opened doors for you being associated with Michael Jackson and his family.

That association with Michael Jackson afforded you the opportunity to befriend such artist as Justin Timberlake and Brittany spears… and what did you do…You started working with Justin as a Choreographer and then slept with his girlfriend Brittany Spears and was FIRED. Justin then wrote a song about it called “Cry Me A River”. And yet you called Justin your FRIEND!!!

You used your association with Michael Jackson to befriend PRINCE and Mayte…. and what did you do…. You slept with HER!!! Some friend you are!!

You use your association with Michael Jackson to get yourself a gig on a television dance show…. word gets out about your previous disregard and loyalty toward high profile celebrities… and what happens…. you get CUT from that show.

Michael Jackson plans his THIS IS IT concert and you BEG to be the choreographer for the show…. Michael Chooses another Choreographer…. what do you do now that your web of lies are catching up with you and you are now Hollywood damaged goods…. You turn on the one man who looked out for you and your family your ENTIRE life and make up child abuse/molestation allegations that you have emphatically stated for many many years….NEVER HAPPENED!!

Fast forward to today… Michael Jackson is sadly NO LONGER with us. You now beg Michaels Nephew Taj Jackson for VIP access to Michael Jacksons funeral for YOU and your entire family. yet you claim this monster molested you…Sick.

You are now considered a home wrecking, disloyal individual and is essentially blackballed from Hollywood. What do you do? Because You know the world knows you are associated with Michael Jackson…. you use that association once again to change your LIFE LONG STORY to now claim… Michael Jackson molested you. Why? because you are BROKE and your wife is demanding you start making money or she will leave you.

You now convince another broke kid from Michaels past (Pepsi commercial) to join you in a frivolous lawsuit against Michael Jacksons Estate for 100’s of Millions of dollars. The courts agree that there is no merit to this lawsuit and dismiss it!!

The Jackson family never fight back when people say disparaging things about their family. Mrs. Jackson once told me when i questioned her about this… she replied “because DIRT sinks and CREAM rises”

Wade knows this to be true as well…. so what does he do? He and James Safechuck concoct a story so salacious, so scandalous so despicable, and presents it to HBO for a one sided EXPLOSIVE televised documentary of LIES… in hopes that the Michael Jackson BILLION DOLLAR ESTATE will settle with you financially to make this documentary go away.

Well that documentary of LIES will air this weekend…. and unlike the Jackson’s past… this new generations of Jackson kids are not having it!! they are suing HBO for airing your lying ass!!

I hope when this is all said and done, the estate counter sues YOU in civil court and WIN! I hope it renders you penniless for the rest of your life. Michael Jackson was good to YOU, your mother Joy and your sister Chantel…. and because your gravy train has run out… THIS is how you repay him. You are a sad excuse for a human being!!!

Sorry for this long post… but knowing what i know I just couldn’t be silent.

For any of you who thought Michael Jackson was strange… I get it… because there is no one else on earth to compare him to. Yes, there are other child stars who grew up to “blend in” to society…and i get it… But when you are Michael Jackson and the only thing on earth that is more recognizable than you is the yellow “M” at McDonalds….. that in itself is “Strange!”

Anyways…. i say… boycott the documentary… and if you MUST WATCH… know that you now know the basis of the scandalous lies contained within the documentary!

Let that man rest in PEACE!!!

Jackson’s estate claims the film breaks broadcasting regulations

Jackson’s estate claimed Leaving Neverland breaks Channel 4’s broadcasting standards. They cite a section of the channel’s guidelines, which are publicly available, that states that if a show makes “significant allegations” then “those concerned should be given an appropriate and timely opportunity to respond”.

“I think we can all agree that the false allegations being made in your ‘documentary’ are ‘significant allegations’,” the letter states, adding that “it is hard to imagine more significant accusations that can possibly be made against anyone”.

Channel 4 – who co-produced the documentary with US network HBO – decide to go ahead with the broadcast.

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Jackson’s estate sue HBO for $100 million

The Jackson estate decides to sue HBO over the documentary, claiming that both Safechuck and Robson are motivated by money. The lawsuit alleges that both men, who previously testified on behalf of Jackson, had changed their stories as they were running out of money.

The lawsuit continues: “As you must know, contrary to all norms of documentary filmmaking, the Estate was never contacted by the supposed ‘documentarian’, Dan Reed (or anyone else associated with the programme) to provide the Estate’s view on, and responses to, the absolutely false claims that are the subject matter of the programme.

“Likewise, no one else who might offer evidence to contradict the programme’s premise was consulted either, as Dan Reed has publicly admitted.”

HBO respond by saying they were still going to air the documentary.

Also read: these accusers don’t seem credible to me – Washington Examiner

Dan Reed continues to defend the documentary

Leaving Neverland director Dan Reed defends Michael Jackson accusers

Speaking to The IndependentReed defends the documentary, saying he approached the project “with all the scepticism and rigour that I would approach a story about a terrorist attack”.

“When children are sexually abused they can form a deep attachment to the abuser,” he says, explaining why Robson and Safechuck might previously have defended Jackson against accusations of abuse. “They often don’t tell the parents, and the abuse often only comes to light when the victims are in their thirties and have their own families.”

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Jackson’s estate post concert film to YouTube

Michael Jackson with the Robson family 

During Leaving Neverland‘s broadcast on HBO, the Jackson estate uploads the singer’s Live in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour concert film to YouTube. “Don’t miss the magic from the King of Pop himself! Immerse yourself in Michael Jackson,” Jackson’s official Twitter account wrote alongside a link to the film.

Oprah interviews Safechuck and Robson

A taped interview of Oprah Winfrey with the two accusers airs directing after Leaving Neverland‘s broadcast in the US. “I know people all over the world are going to be in an uproar and debating whether or not Michael Jackson did these things and whether these two men are lying or not lying,” she says.

“But for me, this moment transcends Michael Jackson. It is much bigger than any one person. This is a moment in time that allows us to see this societal corruption, it’s like a scourge on humanity…. if it gets you, our audience, to see how it happens, then some good would have come of it.”

Robson said that, as a child, he had “no understanding that what Michael did to me sexually was abuse. I had no concept of it being that.” He adds: “From night one of the abuse, of the sexual stuff that Michael did to me, he told me it was love. He told me that he loved me and God brought us together… anything Michael would say to me was gospel.”

UK critics react to Leaving Neverland

Following the documentary’s broadcast in the UK, press reviews are posted. The Independent‘s critic concludes: “Jackson told us he was bad; he was evil.” Meanwhile, Lucy Mangan from The Guardian hails the film as “an astonishing piece of work”.

Corey Feldman backtracks on defence

Corey Feldman, who spent time at Jackson’s Neverland Ranch as a child, had defended the singer following the broadcast of Leaving Neverland. However, days later, the actor retracts the comments during an interview on CNN.

“It comes to a point where as an advocate for victims, as an advocate for changing the statutes of limitations to make sure that victims’ voices are heard, it becomes impossible for me to remain virtuous and not at least consider what’s being said and not listen to what the victims are saying — this is very important,” he says.

“We must give them their voice. We must allow them to speak. And therefore, we also must consider all sides of this, even as uncomfortable as that may be.”

Feldman however continues to assert that nothing “inappropriate” happened between him and Jackson.

“Michael Jackson innocent” posters appear in London

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Fans of Michael Jackson protest the documentary, claiming the singer is innocent. An advert on the side of a bus reads: “Fact don’t lie. People do.” It also features the address of the website MJInnocent.com, which links to a crowdfunding page for the bus adverts. Jackson fans also protest outside of Channel 4’s London offices.

Jackson songs climb the UK iTunes charts

While Billboard US reports that Jackson’s album sales fell 8,000 following Leaving Neverland‘s broadcast, reports emerge that the compilation album has reached the number 23 spot on the UK iTunes albums charts.

The records The Essential Michael Jackson, Thriller and Bad also make their way into the top 200.

Are Liam Payne And Naomi Campbell New Showbiz Couple?

Liam Payne and Naomi Campbell have reportedly been spotted enjoying a date night.

You’ve probably already heard the news that these two were flirting like nobody was watching over on Instagram last week.

Except everybody was watching because they have more than 23 million combined Insta followers… and now the whole world is desperate to know whether this is really happening.

Making absolutely no efforts to dampen the ‘are they, aren’t they?’ fire, apparently Liam, 25, and Naomi, 48, enjoyed an evening at London’s O2 Arena over the weekend where they watched Nigerian singer Davido perform.

A source told the Daily Star Online, “Liam and Naomi were keen to keep a low profile. They entered and exited the arena via the back door and were quickly whisked up to a VIP suite on Level 3.

Bright East London Teenager Wins £76k Scholarship To Top A-Levels School

A bright teenager will be swapping Canning Town for a sleepy village in Surrey after winning a £76,000 scholarship to a top fee-paying sixth form, east London newspaper, NewhamRecorder reports.

Sukai Secka, 15, takes up her places at Cranleigh School to study A-levels in English literature, politics and history next September.

Notable alumni at the independent school include film director Patrick Marber, former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger and Conservative MP Adam Holloway.

Sukai who completed her year 10 work experience at top London law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner, was supported through the application process with writing personal statements, applications, preparing for entrance exams and selection interview by the Eastside Young Leaders’ Academy (EYLA).

Sukai, who wants be a politician, was offered a place after coming through a gruelling series of assessments and interviews.

She said: “I can’t wait to get to my new school and start shaking things up a little bit. It is a very white and middle/upper-class environment.

“I got on very well with the students on my assessment day because they are all very motivated to do well, I am like that too.

“I am also different to them because I grew up in east London which is quite a tough place and has lots of diversity.

“The reason I think they accepted me was because I offer a very different perspective on life to their current students.

“Everyone should know how to mix with a diverse range of people.”

Sukai follows in the footsteps of former pupils Iyanuoluwa Agbedejobi and Teniola Akinola who have won places at fee paying schools.

Iyanuoluwa took up a £76,000 a year place at Wellington College in 2017 while Teniola joined City of London Freemen’s School last September on a £30,000 scholarship.

Iyanuoluwa Agbedejobi, studied A Levels in maths, further maths, physics and chemistry at Wellington College and planned to go on to read chemical engineering at Oxford University.

Teniola Akinola, is studying A-levels in history, physics and chemistry.

She was awarded the scholarship having been recommended for a place by youth charity Eastside Young Leader Academy.

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Teniola Akinola

Headteacher Stephen Gillatt said: “Like Iyanuoluwa and Teniola before her, Sukai has set the bar for other students to follow.

“As headteacher at this school I can tell you there is no shortage of intelligence or ambition. What we are instilling in our students is the confidence and belief that they can achieve.

“This is now the third year in a row the school have sent students to top fee-paying schools. We want our students to see the success of their peers and be inspired.”

Greenwich Man Prosecuted For £24,000 Fraudulent Carer’s Payments

A 62-year-old man from Abbey Wood has been prosecuted by the Royal Borough of Greenwich after fraudulently receiving over £24,000 in Direct Payments, for supposedly acting as a carer to a man claiming to be disabled and in need of care.

Charles Dickson, of Bastion Road, SE2, was sentenced to 20 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, for having fraudulently received money totalling £24,118.00.

Direct Payments are payments for people who have been assessed by the Council as needing assistance with their daily care needs, and provides them with a personal budget to employ their own carers.

From 4 January 2012 to 23 July 2015 Mr Dickson received regular payments into his bank account which he knew had been fraudulently claimed by a Direct Payments recipient, Mr Z, who had falsely provided Mr Dickson as his carer.

Evidence obtained by the Council’s Internal Audit and Anti-Fraud team identified that Mr Z had been out of the United Kingdom for a total of 37 months in the last five years but had continued to claim Direct Payments, stating that he had been receiving care at his home address in Nuthatch Gardens, Thamesmead, SE28. Throughout this period Mr Dickson submitted regular timesheets to the Council claiming that he had been providing care to Mr Z.

Previous investigation

In June 2016 Mr Dickson was interviewed but provided a “no comment” response to the questions put to him. Council investigators and the Metropolitan Police attempted to interview Mr Z, however they learned that he had returned to his home country of Ghana and refused to return to the United Kingdom to answer questions.

In December 2017 Mr Dickson was summonsed to appear at Bexley Magistrates Court to face four charges under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 relating to the £24,118.00 fraudulently obtained. On 11 December 2017 at Bexley Magistrates Court Mr Dickson pleaded guilty to all four charges and the matter was passed to Woolwich Crown Court for sentencing. On 16 April 2018 at Woolwich Crown Court Mr Dickson repeated his guilty pleas – His Honour Judge Raynor gave Mr Dickson three months to repay the money that he had fraudulently obtained.

On 6 August 2018 at Woolwich Crown Court, His Honour Judge Raynor heard that Mr Dickson had repaid the Royal Borough of Greenwich the full amount of money. His Honour Judge Raynor made it clear that he considered Mr Dickson to be a thoroughly dishonest man and that “he was a wolf in sheep’s clothing and has always been dishonest.”

As well as being sentenced to 20 months’ imprisonment (suspended for two years), Mr Dickson was ordered to undertake 220 hours of unpaid work in the community and was given a three-month curfew to remain at his home address from 8pm to 6am each day. His Honour Judge Raynor took into consideration the affect the curfew would have on Mr Dickson’s railway job and indicated he may well have to lose his job. Mr Dickson was also order to pay the Royal Borough of Greenwich legal costs of £2,887.52 and a victim surcharge of £150.00.

‘Learned a valuable lesson’

Councillor Christine Grice, Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, said: “It is essential that only people with a genuine need for assistance receive monies, so it was satisfying to hear that the fraudulent Direct Payments claim made by Mr Z has been stopped and that his co-conspirator has been brought to justice, and that the amount defrauded has been repaid. I hope Mr Dickson has learned a valuable lesson and that this case will serve as a deterrent for anyone who may wish to consider a similar criminal path.”

Help report fraud

If you suspect someone of committing fraud against the Royal Borough please call 0800 169 6975 or email fraud@royalgreenwich.gov.uk. Any information you give will be treated in confidence.


31 Year Old South London Man Charged With Murder of Sidique Kamara

A 31-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a drill rapper in Camberwell.

Sidique Kamara, 23, known as Incognito and part of the Moscow17 crew who posted rap videos on YouTube, was stabbed to death last week

Sidique Kamara, 23, who died after being stabbed in Camberwell (Image: PA)

The 23-year-old was repeatedly stabbed just after 7pm last Wednesday.

Kenneth Umezie, from Southwark, South London, was charged with murder and appeared in custody at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

The bearded and heavy-set defendant, wearing a grey custody tracksuit and thick-rimmed black glasses, spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.

Three other teenage boys, aged 16, 18 and 19, who were arrested as part of this inquiry have been released under investigation.

The attack happened in the same street where 17-year-old Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton – also a member of the collective – was found with a fatal gunshot wound in May.
The group’s tracks have received hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.

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The group’s tracks have received hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.

Some featured references to other groups in the capital, including long-running rivals Zone 2 from Peckham.

In one track, Moscow17 told Zone 2 to “check the scoreboard”, while another asked “How you gonna make it even?”.

A Zone 2 lyric in response told their rivals they would “roll up and burst them”

 


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Earlier this year, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick called on social media platforms such as YouTube to take down videos that glamorised violence, and, in an interview with Link Up TV earlier this year, Incognito spoke about the effect of drill music on crime in the capital.

“You see with the crime that’s happening right now, music does influence it. You’ve got to put your hands up and say drill music does influence it,” he said.

In response, the publisher removed hundreds of drill music videos fall their platform including Moscow17’s videos.

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Umezie was the boyfriend of a Nigerian woman, a London Underground worker Comfort Yinusa who was jailed for falsely accusing another Nigerian of rape in 2013.

The unnamed man had faced numerous police questioning and was on bail for 5 weeks before Yinusa recanted her statement and admitted her story was false.

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Parents…
Please keep close checks on your teenage and young kids and regularly enquire after their states of mind – especially those far away in college or Uni.

Depression & suicidal tendencies are quite rampant among our youth….and could be closer to home than you think.
A case that has just been brought to my attention has shaken me to my very core and is giving me great cause for concern.

May we not sorrow over our kids🙏🙏🙏🙏


Every UK Citizen With Income, Savings And Assets Abroad Must Read This

Many UK citizens particularly diasporans residing in the UK need to be aware of this mostly unknown HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) tax on offshore income.

Under this, as stated on the HMRC website gov.uk, the focus is on taxpayers who own property abroad and the government is about to commence a crackdown on defaulters and offenders.

If you’re a UK resident, you’re breaking the law if you fail to tell HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) about your taxable offshore income. HMRC is getting tougher on those who try to evade tax by hiding their assets or income offshore. We are increasing the size and range of penalties charged, and increasing the number of prosecutions of serious evaders.

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Many Nigerians resident in the UK own choice properties in high brow areas and cities such as Lekki in Lagos, and in Abuja

Income is considered ‘offshore income’ if it comes from a territory outside the United Kingdom. It includes:

  • interest from overseas bank or building society accounts
  • dividends and interest from overseas companies
  • rent from overseas properties
  • wages, benefits or royalties earned outside the UK

Foreign income is anything from outside England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are classed as foreign.

This means that Africans with landed properties on which they charge and collect rent, bank accounts and businesses back home but are residents of the United Kingdom are liable to these taxes

Specifically, the HMRC statement, states: Wealthy tax cheats with overseas property are now being targeted by a new 200-strong team of investigators and specialists?.

Provided you have been correctly following the tax rules of both the UK and the country where the property is located you should not have any problems. However, there are people who do not declare their overseas property and income to HMRC, so it is understandable why the authorities have decided to start this investigation.

Whether you need to pay depends on if you’re classed as ‘resident’ in the UK for tax.

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If you’re not UK resident, you won’t have to pay UK tax on your foreign income.

If you’re UK resident, you’ll normally pay tax on your foreign income. But you may not have to if your permanent home (‘domicile’) is abroad.

Read more about UK taxes 


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