Crime

Corrupt safe deposit businessman jailed

By Robyn Rosen, March 7, 2011

A businessman who ran a corrupt safe deposit company which had £500 million worth of criminal assets seized by police has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison.

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Leeds teens are mugged at knifepoint

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 4, 2011

Nine Jewish teenage boys were robbed at knifepoint close to The Zone youth club in Leeds on Saturday night.

Two men, described as white and aged between 15 and 18, threatened the boys and made off with money and mobile phones.

Four of the victims suffered facial injuries, one receiving hospital treatment for a laceration. They had been walking to the club to attend a music event.

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Forged Israeli passports found in office of safe deposit thief

By Robyn Rosen, March 3, 2011

A businessman who ran a corrupt safe deposit company which had £500 million worth of criminal assets seized by police will be sentenced this week.

Milton Woolf, who was previously on the search committee at New London Synagogue to find a rabbi after the death of Rabbi Dr Louis Jacobs, charged criminals up to £70,000 to stash their loot in safety deposit boxes with “no questions asked”.

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Prestwich crime spree

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 3, 2011

A four-day burglary spree has rattled residents of the King's Road area of north Manchester.

Three homes on Tewkesbury Drive, Richmond Avenue and Harrogate Avenue in the predominantly Jewish area of Prestwich were targeted in the early hours of the morning between last Thursday and Sunday.

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Lawyer's court date over fund theft

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 18, 2011

A top lawyer is to face two charges of theft totalling £95,000.

David Friesner, one of Manchester's most highly regarded barristers, will appear before Leeds Magistrates' Court over £81,500 of missing funds at his former St John Street Chambers in Manchester.

He also faces a separate charge of stealing £13,500 which was paid to him by the Crown Prosecution Service.

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Israel revolted by Jordan's justice minister plea for murderer

By Jennifer Lipman, February 16, 2011

Israel’s Foreign Ministry has heavily condemned a Jordanian minister’s demands for the early release of a man convicted of murdering seven Israeli schoolgirls in 1997.

Ahmed Daqamseh, a former Jordanian soldier, shot the girls with an automatic rifle and injured seven others at Naharayim, a spot on the Israeli-Jordanian border.

The girls were on a school trip when they were murdered.

Daqamseh was sentenced to a life (25 years) behind bars, but this week the new Jordanian justice minister Hussein Mjali joined anti-Israel demonstrators to demand his release.

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Warrant for croc attack Stamford Hill husband

By Jessica Elgot, February 11, 2011

An arrest warrant has been issued for a strictly Orthodox man, convicted of clubbing his wife with a pink Croc sandal, because he failed to appear in court for sentencing today.

Solomon Glausiusz, 42, of Stamford Hill, who attacked his wife of 14 years, Yerusha while their baby daughter was being held, was convicted after a three-day trial last year.

The unemployed father of six pleaded not guilty and said the attack, in June 2009, had been in self-defence. He was due in Snaresbrook Crown Court this afternoon to be sentenced for actual bodily harm.

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Police tackle hate crime reporting

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 11, 2011

Greater Manchester Police are launching two initiatives to tackle under-reporting of antisemitic incidents.

In the next few weeks, the force will pilot a hate crime victim support system in Prestwich and Whitefield in partnership with the Community Security Trust. Prestwich's strictly Orthodox community will also have a forum at public meetings in a separate move to engender more engagement with police.

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Policewoman gets honour from Met

By Robyn Rosen, February 10, 2011

A beauty therapist turned police officer has received a Metropolitan Police commendation for ideas she developed to help reduce crime in nightclubs.

Jo Poole, 57, who has spent 17 years on the force, was presented with the award on Monday. "It means a lot to be recognised for your work," she said.

"I'm most proud of instigating the stickers at cash machines to warn people to look behind them when they take out money. It helped reduce crime in one street in Soho from 167 attacks in six months to nine."

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Jail for 'deceptive' Chasidic psychologist

By James Brewster, February 8, 2011

A top psychologist who used a string of aliases to avoid paying off massive debts had his sentence backed by top judges today.

Yehuda Crammer, of Danesway, Prestwich, was jailed for two years and six months at Manchester Crown Court last June after admitting two counts of "concealing property" in breach of the Insolvency Act.

Mr Justice Irwin, sitting in London's Appeal Court with Lord Justice Aikens and Judge Jeremy Roberts QC, said Crammer had been declared bankrupt in January 2004, with evidence suggesting he had accumulated over £1 million in debts.

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