Gang war fear after mafia boss slaying

By Yaakov Katz, November 19, 2008

Police fear that this week's slaying of a top mobster in Tel Aviv will lead to an all-out crime war in Israeli cities.

On Monday, 53-year-old Yaacov Alperon, a former boxer and one of Israel's top mobsters, died in a meticulously planned car bombing in central Tel Aviv shortly after attending a court hearing for one of his sons, suspected of running an extortion racket. Two bystanders were injured.


Car-jackers beat me up and sped off with my dog

By Marcus Dysch, November 6, 2008

A mother-of-three has spoken of how a gang beat and threatened to kill her before stealing her car and driving off with her pedigree dog as she left a nail salon in North-West London.

Lorretta Paterson, who runs gift shop Temptations in Temple Fortune, suffered cuts and bruises when she was severely beaten by three men, last Friday.

The incident is the latest in a series of attacks on Jewish business owners in the area.


Masked men rob driver of his BMW

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 6, 2008

A man has been left shaken after masked thieves stole his black BMW from outside his home.

The 57-year-old victim, who does not want to be named, said three men dressed in dark clothes and balaclavas demanded his car keys when he left the vehicle to open the garage in Park Lane, Whitefield, Manchester. The assailants then drove off at high speed.


Duggan family wins hearing

By Craig Silver, November 6, 2008

The family of Jeremiah Duggan won a preliminary hearing this week at the High Court which could lead to a second inquest into the 22-year old's death.


Jewellers robbed: 2 charged

October 30, 2008

Two men have been charged with robbery following an attack on a jewellery store run by two Jewish brothers, David and Richard Share.

A gang entered Share jewellers in Leeds on Tuesday last week after smashing a window and climbing into the main customer showroom.


Music couple face theft charge

October 30, 2008

The former managers of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Master of The Queen's Music, have been charged with the theft of £447,000 from the composer.

Michael Arnold, 75, and his wife Judith, 73, of Golders Green, North-West London, have been bailed to appear before West London magistrates' court on November 3 charged with the theft of £447,049.


Warning: fraudster on loose

By Leon Symons, October 10, 2008

A warning has been issued to every minister in the United Synagogue to be on their guard in case a convicted conman turns up on their doorstep.

The warning was sent out a day after the man, 40-year-old Bradley Silver, was given a suspended prison sentence after he admitted three charges relating to forged cheques.


Conman pretends to be Meretz UK chair

By Candice Krieger, October 10, 2008

The chairman of a British-based progressive Zionist group is the latest victim of a Nigerian email scam.
Someone claiming to be Meretz UK's Yehuda Erdman wrote an email - received by members of the organisation and at the JC - saying he was stranded in Nigeria, where he was working with HIV and Aids sufferers. He appealed - in very questionable English - for hundreds of dollars.

The email reads: "It as [sic] been a very sad and bad moment for me, the present condition that I found myself is very intoxicated for me to explain.


Police find suitcase believed to hold missing girl

September 12, 2008

Police divers have found a red suitcase in the Yarkon River thought to contain the remains of missing four-year-old girl Rose Pizem, believed to have been murdered by her grandfather.

After intensive searches for the child, who has been missing since May, divers located a red case which matched the description of the one that the girl's grandfather, Ronnie Ron, told police he had put her body after killing her.


Crime ‘kingpin’ faces extradition

By Yaakov Katz, August 28, 2008

Organised crime in Israel may have been dealt a blow this week with the arrest of alleged mobster Itzik Abergil following an extradition request by the United States.

Mr Abergil has featured on Israeli police's "most-wanted" lists for the past two decades and has repeatedly been investigated on a wide range of allegations including drug-dealing, money-laundering, illegal gambling and, most recently, murder, with the July botched mob hit on a Bat Yam beach that killed Marguerita Lautin, a 31-year-old mother-of-two.