Crime

Ex- JC reporter cleared of assault

By Marcus Dysch, August 20, 2009

A former JC reporter has been cleared of assaulting her neighbour in an argument over her children’s football.

Susannah Marmot, 42, was found not guilty at the Old Bailey after just half an hour of jury deliberations. She faced one charge of actual bodily harm.

Mrs Marmot, of Edgware, north west London, was accused of attacking George Louka and leaving him needing 10 stitches following a row outside their homes in October last year. He had confiscated a ball belonging to the children after it rolled into his garden.

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Fears over policing as crime surges in Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 20, 2009

It is not just the numbers — 12 civilians murdered in less than three weeks since the beginning of August, an abnormally high body count for crime in Israel. It is also the utter senselessness of most of the deaths.

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Police hunt £40m Graff jewel thieves

By Jessica Elgot, August 12, 2009

Two armed robbers stole £40m worth of gems from Graff jewellers in Mayfair, in what has been called the biggest jewel heist in British history.

The shop is owned by Jewish billionaire Laurence Graff, who is the UK’s number one diamond dealer and the 36th richest man in the country, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.

The criminals, who were smartly dressed and posing as clients, pulled out handguns and fired two warning shots at the staff in the New Bond Street store, in a robbery whose details were kept secret by police for almost a week.

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No kosher cops in ethnic police project

By Leon Symons, July 30, 2009

A pilot scheme to give ethnic victims of crime the right to ask for a police officer from their own community is unlikely to involve the Jewish community.

The scheme is currently being tested by London’s Metropolitan Police with the Sikh and Punjabi community. The police is also encouraging its staff associations — which represent minority groups, such as Muslims and Hindus — to promote the initiative within their respective communities.

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Rabbis charged in New Jersey fraud swoop

By Jessica Elgot, July 24, 2009

Five rabbis are among those arrested for their alleged involvement in a huge money-laundering scheme, including the trafficking of human body parts, as a result of a 10-year investigation by the FBI in New Jersey.

FBI officials said they had arrested 44 people including two mayors, major political figures and rabbis, part of the Syrian-Jewish community who are said to have laundered the money through their personal charities.

The rabbis who have been charged include Saul Kassin, Grand Rabbi of the US Syrian-Jewish community.

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Police chief’s pledge to combat hate crime

By James Martin in Barnet, July 23, 2009

The new head of Barnet Police has pledged to do his “utmost to clamp down on antisemitic incidents” following a significant rise in cases within the borough.

Eighty-six incidents were reported in the year ending in March, compared to 53 over the previous 12 months. Close to half occurred in a two-month period from the start of Israel’s Gaza incursion.

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Father given police warning over church row

By Marcus Dysch, July 16, 2009

An argument over church rent has landed a Jewish father-of-three with a police harassment warning.

Martyn Saunders-Rawlings, a former member of Hastings and Bexhill Jewish Society, had protested against a council decision to lease a building to an evangelical group at a reduced rate and with an annual grant.

He wrote to Cathy and Glenn Khan, who run Hastings’ Sonrise Church, as well as sending letters and emails to other church leaders and his local newspaper during the past year.

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Read it and weep

By James Brewster, July 9, 2009

A sex attacker who claims he could be killed by red onions in the Irish prison diet if extradited from the UK to serve his sentence in Dublin has been sent packing by top judges.

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Richard Desmond begins libel battle

By Jessica Elgot, July 6, 2009

Express Newspapers owner Richard Desmond has begun a seven-day libel battle against Conrad Black's biographer Tom Bower.

The case, heard in the High Court today, will centre on allegations in Bower's biography of former Daily Telegraph owner Black that the Telegraph and Express Newspapers had a shared printing agreement.

The court heard legal arguments today and it is likely the jury will begin to hear evidence tommorrow.

Black is currently serving a prison sentence in Florida for fraud.

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Madoff's 'Jewish jail' plea denied by judge

By Jessica Elgot, July 6, 2009

Bernie Madoff, the billion-dollar fraudster who will spend the rest of his life in prison after a 150-year sentence has been refused the chance to serve in a ‘Jewish jail’.

His lawyer has asked the judge to recommend he serve his term in the medium-security Otisville Correctional Institute, which has an unusually high percentage of Jewish inmates, but the request was refused.

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