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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.


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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.

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My Response To London Stabbings Not Good Enough – Sadiq Khan

SADIQ Khan has admitted his response to the wave of stabbings in London was “not good enough” as he re-opened his war of words with Donald Trump.

The capital’s Mayor once again blamed budget cuts for the 23 per cent increase in knife crime this year – saying he was “not excusing criminality” but said the Government needs to “to step up and help us”.

Speaking to the BBC, he also attacked the US President after Mr Trump used a world-exclusive interview with The Sun to say he is responsible for the terror attacks in London.

Mr Khan defended allowing a blimp of the American leader as a baby to fly over the city during this week’s visit by him to the UK.

He told The Andrew Marr Show “it’s not my job as the mayor to censor the views of Londoners and others”.

The Labour politician also said he understands why critics call Mr Trump racist, and again hinted that the reason he is criticised by him is because he is a Muslim.

But he was also taken to task over the sharp rise in violence in the city he presides over, with host Mr Marr telling him: “When you were elected as Mayor you said you were going to bring down violent crime.

“Since then violent crime and stabbings have soared.”

After trying to dodge the question and claim things were not that bad, he finally admitted: “It is not good enough, we have got to make sure we take action.”

However he once again tried to deflect blame away from City Hall to Whitehall, saying: “But I will tell you this, what doesn’t help is over the last eight years we have lost over £700 million.

“Police officer numbers have gone down and we need the government to help us in this regard because I am doing my bit in London.

“We have invested from City Hall £140 million in police, in a new violent crime taskforce, which is getting knifes off our streets and making sure we arrest those carrying knifes.

“The context is though, £140 million versus £1 billion worth of cuts and police and crime commissioners, police constables, Home Office civil servants all accept there is a link between a cut in police forces and an increase in crime.

“I am not excusing criminality but we need the government to step up and help us.”

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Harry Uzoka Was Killed By A Jealous Rival Over A Girl, Court Told

Brit-Nigerian model Harry Uzoka was stabbed to death by a less successful rival in a row over a girl which intensified on Instagram, a court has heard.

The renowned male model, 25, died on the pavement outside his home in Shepherd’s Bush, west London, after he was knifed in the heart.

The Old Bailey was told that he called George Koh, 24, “a fake” on Instagram and arranged a fight after finding out he claimed to have had sex with Mr Uzoka’s model girlfriend, Ruby Campbell.

Their relationship deteriorated after a French model, who had previously been in contact with both men on Instagram, arrived in London in late December last year, the jury was told.

The court was told that to her surprise she learnt that Mr Koh “had something of an obsession” with Mr Uzoka, with whom he apparently no longer spoke to because he had sex with his girlfriend.

Koh: jealous, less successful and obsessed

“Koh then added that Uzoka was a bad man and a liar. And so it seemed that admiration for another model and his success had turned to contempt,” the prosecutor said.

The jury was told a “confrontation” was arranged in Ollgar Road in Shepherd’s Bush following a series of phone calls and messages on WhatsApp and Instagram after Annecetta Lafon told Mr Uzoka of Mr Koh’s claims.

Prosecutor Richard Horwell QC said Mr Koh, along with Merse Dikanda and Jonathan Okigbo, both 24, were in possession of at least three knives, including a machete on January 11.

Mr Uzoka and his flatmate, Adrian Harper, were armed with dumbbell bars, but they fled when they were confronted with knives.

Mr Harper got away, but Mr Uzoka collapsed on the pavement outside his home after being stabbed in the heart.

“It is not difficult to work out which side won. Uzoka and Harper were outnumbered and bars stand little chance against knives,” he said.

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Man In His 40s Fighting For Life Following Broad Daylight Stabbing In Peckham

A man, believed to be aged in his late 40s, was found at a Peckham, South London bus stop at about 6.30 Saturday morning with multiple stab injuries and was rushed to a south London hospital.

He remains in critical condition, according to the Met.

A witness, a 37-year-old man from Peckham Rye, said: “I saw it on my way to work. I can’t believe this sort of thing is happening in broad daylight on a Saturday morning on a high street. It’s so shocking.

“It was at a bus stop and there were lots of people gathered around. It was quite early but there were still people going off to work. They looked really worried.

“The man was on the ground being treated, I think by police. There was already a police car there and another pulled up with its light on, parking on the pavement.

“He looked in a bad way. A few moments later I saw a ambulance car rushing up Peckham High Street.”

Cops confirmed the man was in a critical condition in hospital after suffering a number of stab wounds.

Another witness to the shocking morning attack said they say police and paramedics gathered around the person lying on the floor on their way to work.

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They told the Sun Online: “The scene was something out of the saw horror movie blood everywhere and loads of people trying CPR.

“They have placed blue and red tape and have blocked the road and surrounding areas

“It is touch and go at the moment.”

This morning in a separate case a 21-year-old man was charged with manslaughter after a girl, 17, was knifed to death in South London on Thursday.

At least 51 people have been fatally stabbed in London since the beginning of the year.

So far in 2018 there have been 1,296 stabbings in London up to the end of April, according to official statistics from the Met Police.

Family Business: The Brit-Yoruba Siblings Making Waves in UK’s Entertainment Industry

I was reading the credits of Anti Social, a movie I saw on Netflix which starred the artist Skepta and I saw to my shock and amazement that he had a Yoruba name Joseph Junior Adenuga.

How did I miss this?

Again, a fact that for some reason, I didn’t know or had somehow never come across.

And for someone who is always fishing out Brits of Nigerian descent actively involved in mainstream British activities, this came as a low blow to me. Nevertheless, I decided to google the artist to find out more about him – only to find out that he has a brother Jamie or JME,who is also a recording artist and not only that, the brothers have a sister Julie who is a top DJ and radio presenter!

This juicy information filled me with excitement as it is not often that you find multiple children of immigrants who are celebs in the entertainment industry. The only other set of Nigerian-Brit celebs are Burna Boy Damini Ogulu and his sister Nisi who is also a recording artist but the Adenuga siblings have 1 sibling over the Ogulus.

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Burna Boy Dami Ogulu and his sister Nisi

Joseph Junior Adenuga (Skepta)

Skepta was born Joseph Junior Adenuga on September 19, 1982 in Tottenham, North London, United Kingdom to immigrant parents from Ijebu Ode, Nigeria. The eldest of four siblings, the family grew up on Meridian Walk Estate, a council estate in Tottenham, North London.

Skepta was originally a DJ from Tottenham-based grime crew Meridian Crew. Early in his career, Skepta released a number of instrumentals, the most notable being “DTI (Pirate Station Anthem)” and “Private Caller”, the latter of which was released as a single and vocaled by various other members of Meridian Crew.

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Skepta began emceeing shortly before Meridian Crew disbanded in 2005, after which Skepta, alongside his brother Jme, joined Roll Deep for a short period of time before becoming founding members of Boy Better Know in 2006. Skepta publicly released his debut album Greatest Hits on 17 September 2007, on his label Boy Better Know.

His first single “Rolex Sweep” in September 2008 reached number 89 on the UK Singles Chart followed by the album Microphone Champion on 1 June 2009.

 

He has since released four albums and several singles that have kept him on top of the UK rap and Grime music scene.

In March 2014, Skepta provided a verse for the remix of “German Whip” by Meridian Dan, and in the same month, he released his new single, “That’s Not Me”, featuring his brother Jme, which peaked at number 21 on the UK charts.  The single’s music video won the award for Best Video at the 2014 MOBO Awards. Upon receiving the award, Skepta stated that the video cost him £80.  In late 2014, Skepta released another single titled “It Ain’t Safe” featuring A$AP Bari. This was followed in early 2015 with “Shutdown”, and the remix of “Ojuelegba” by Wizkid,  featuring Drake. Skepta and others joined Kanye West at a surprise show in London, performing numerous songs together during a shared set.0 He was also named one of GQs 50 best dressed British men in 2015.

Skepta’s made his acting debut in 2015 film Anti-Social.

On 6 May 2016. Konnichiwa was released to critical acclaim and became Grime’s highest charting album, peaking at number 2 in the UK music charts. The release of Konnichiwa was celebrated with a launch party on 5 May 2016 held in Tokyo and live streamed on Boiler Room, featuring a live performance of the entire album by Skepta.

Skepta began his “Banned From America” two-part, 14-show tour on April 16, 2017 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which covered cities throughout the United States and Europe. The tour was named as such in reference to Skepta’s forced cancellation of his 2016 “No Fear” American tour in support of Konnichiwa, when his application for a visa to enter the United States was denied.

 

Skepta who is currently dating supermodel and fashion icon Naomi Campbell, was honoured with the chieftaincy title of Amuludun of Ojo Ade in April 2018.

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Jamie Adenuga

Jamie, born 4 May 1985, better known by his stage name Jme, is also a grime MC. He co-founded the crew and label Boy Better Know. Jamie was previously part of the grime crew Meridian along with his older brother, Skepta.

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He attended St. Paul’s School and then Winchmore School in Winchmore Hill, Enfield along with his elder brother Skepta. Adenuga subsequently graduated from the University of Greenwich receiving first class honours in 3D Digital Design.

He started out producing by making mobile phone ringtones.  Jamie also co-owns his own T-shirt chain, bearing the labels of himself, his record label Boy Better Know, and his dormant nightclub Straight Outta Bethnal. He released his debut album Famous? and an album through a major label with the whole of Boy Better Know.

In October 2008, he became one of a small number of unsigned artists to headline at the London Astoria. As his fanbase has grown, Jme has travelled throughout Europe and North America with Tim Westwood to perform.

Read more about Jamie JME Adenuga

 

Julie Adenuga

Julie is the younger sister of JME and Skepta.

She made her debut in the music industry in 2010, when she joined London community radio station Rinse FM and then went on to present the drive time show.

In 2014, she created and hosted a music television show on Channel AKA and Daily Motion called Play It, which serves as a platform for UK rap and grime artists as well as singers and poets. Adenuga recently started a YouTube interview series, featuring artists such UK grime and rap artist Stormzy. As well as this, she hosted Vice Magazine’s online offshoot, Noisey’s, Grime Karaoke.

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As part of the 2015 Apple WWDC keynote, Adenuga was introduced as the London headline host of Beats 1 radio. Beats 1 is the global radio service from Apple Music.

To add to her presenting accolades, Adenuga wrote and presented Skepta’s ‘Greatness Only’ documentary for Noisey.  Her talents have been noted and recognised with mentions in Forbes 30 under 30, NME’s 500 Most Influential People in Britain and in Debrett’s 500 List: Music, with a feature in Fader quoting Apple dubbing Adenuga as one of London’s most vital tastemakers

Read more about Julie Adenuga

 

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