Crime

Murder victim's family await verdict

By Leon Symons, May 23, 2008

A North London couple fighting for justice for their murdered son face an anxious wait before finding out whether their five-year ordeal is at an end.


Murdered: Giles Van Cole

Irwin and Corinne Van Colle have this week sat patiently through a four-day House of Lords appeal granted to Hertfordshire Constabulary and due to finish yesterday.

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Manchester man guilty of £500k fraud

By Lynda Roughley, May 23, 2008

A Manchester businessman has been convicted of involvement in a huge international “advance fee” fraud.

Michael Rashman was found guilty of a fraud plot after a four-week trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

During the trial, prosecuting QC Jonathan Turner told the court that Rashman was “a clever man — and this was a clever fraud.

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East London hit by anti-Israel graffiti

By Leon Symons, May 23, 2008

Police in East London have appealed for witnesses and information following a rash of anti-Israel graffiti which hit two boroughs last week.

A number of sites in Hackney and Tower Hamlets were attacked with blue and silver paint. Almost all of them carried slogans, such as “Jihad is the only solution for Israel”, “Jihad for Israel” and “Jihad to Tel Aviv”.

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Antisemitic attackers burn man's property in Ireland

By Leon Symons, May 23, 2008

A spate of attacks against a businessman has culminated in antisemitic graffiti being daubed on the wall of his home in a village in County Galway.

Herb Meyer’s car had been set alight twice and now his wall has been sprayed with the words “Jew Go Home” alongside the word “Jew” and a swastika.

German-born Mr Meyer, who lives in the village of Tuam with his partner Armida Walsh, had been dividing his time between the Irish house and his main home in London.

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Fraud man sentenced

May 23, 2008

Raymond Nevitt, the driving force behind a £3.25 million fraud on trade creditors, was given a 45-month prison sentence on Tuesday at Manchester Crown Court. Two other former directors of the Ravelle Group, involved in the fraud, were given suspended sentences.

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Charedi man denied bail

May 16, 2008

A charedi man was denied bail last week despite a £1-million surety offer. US-born Avram Freisel, 55, who lives in Stamford Hill, appeared at an extradition hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

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US kosher factory raided

May 16, 2008

America's biggest kosher meat-packing plant was raided by immigration and customs officers this week seeking illegal immigrants. The Agriprocessors complex in Postville, Iowa, was established in 1987 by a butcher from Brooklyn Heights in New York, who arrived in Postville with some 200 Chasidim. More than 1,000 people work at the plant and there were thought to have been scores of arrests carried out by officials in the raid.

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Salford man denies flashing

May 9, 2008

A 33-year-old man pleaded not guilty at Salford Magistrates’ Court last week to a string of sex offences. Avraham Avraham, of Higher Broughton, Salford, faces seven charges of indecent exposure, said to have taken place between September last year and January of this year in Broughton Park and Whitefield. He was bailed to appear again in June.

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Nicole Farhi robbed

May 9, 2008

French-born fashion designer Nicole Farhi was recovering this week after being robbed at knifepoint outside her Hampstead, North-West London, home last Thursday. Ms Farhi, 61, who lives with her theatre-director husband David Hare, had her £8,000 ring, watch and cash stolen by two men. It is thought they had been waiting for her to return home, before making their escape in a car.

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Race victims ‘don’t want to go to court’

By Leon Symons, May 9, 2008

Many antisemitic crimes reported to police are going unpunished because victims do not want to go to court.

Others are not even thoroughly investigated because culprits cannot be identified, according to a Crown Prosecution Service report published this week.

The CPS also admitted that internal communications difficulties had led to a number of cases being pursued in error.

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