Andrew Norfolk Chief Investigative Reporter
Published at 12:01AM, March 25 2014
At least six teachers at one of Britain’s most famous and successful public schools are suspected of sexually abusing boys as young as 10 over two decades. The schoolmasters, all of whom taught at St Paul’s School or its junior division, Colet Court, are implicated in numerous alleged sexual assaults against pupils between the 1960s and the 1980s, an investigation by The Times has established. One, a close friend of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, became a member of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), the pro-paedophilia pressure group that has been linked to senior Labour Party figures. Alan Doggett, director of music at Colet Court, was allowed to resign after suspected serial abuse of a young pupil was exposed. He went on to teach at another leading institution, the City of London School, and became director of an acclaimed boys’ choir.
Britain has lost EVERY attempt to stop draconian new laws from Brussels since 1996, damning report reveals
UK government has failed in 55 attempts to block the European Council
It includes laws on car emissions and the 2013 draft EU budget
Think tank calls for 'red card' veto for national governments
By Gerri Peev
PUBLISHED: 10:31, 25 March 2014 | UPDATED: 11:10, 25 March 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron is under pressure to deliver on his pledge to claw powers back from Brussels
Britain’s opposition to draconian Brussels’ measures has been over-ruled by the EU on every occasion since records began.
Official figures show that the British government has failed to stop 55 new laws being introduced by the European Council since 1996.
Experts said it was evidence that Britain had little influence in Europe and over other member states.
Matthew Elliott, CEO of the pressure group Business for Britain, said: ‘It is clear that Britain’s influence in Europe is not as high as many would have us believe.
'With the EU regularly acting against the UK’s national interest, the Government must push for proper safeguards in the forthcoming renegotiation.’
EU legislation that Britain has tried to block includes restrictions on car emissions which the UK government warned would cost the UK up to £56 billion and the draft 2013 EU budget which the Treasury said would cost the UK £8.6 bn.
The UK’s voting power in the Council of Ministers has decreased from 17 per cent to 8 per cent since 1973, when it first joined the European community.
In the European Parliament, it has also more than halved from 20 per cent to 9.5 per cent and in the European Commission it plummeted from 15 per cent to 4 per cent.
The figures for how objections have been ignored - obtained under freedom of information requests - came just days after polling by Lord Ashcroft, the former Tory party treasurer, revealed that 72 per cent of Britons had no confidence in the country’s ability to secure a better deal from Brussels.
Britain has voted ‘no’ on 55 separate occasions since 1996 - but on every occasion, that legislation was passed by the Council.
Police hunt man wearing deer stalker hat after murder of Stratford cab controller.
Dominic Harris and Justin Davenport
Published: 25 March 2014
Updated: 16:58, 25 March 2014
Police investigating the murder of a cab controller in Stratford last night are hunting a man in a deer stalker hat who was seen running from scene.
Dispatcher Mohammed Yasser Afzal was stabbed in the neck inside the office of E20 Cars on Broadway in east London at 8pm last night.
Paramedics rushed the 22-year-old to a hospital in the area but he died last night, the Metropolitan Police said.
His next of kin has been informed. A post-mortem examination will take place in due course.
Detectives are trying to trace a man who was carrying a JD Sports plastic bag and wearing a hat with flaps covering his ears. He was seen running towards Chant Street after the stabbing.
No arrests have been made.
Detective Chief Inspector John Sandlin, who is leading the investigation, said: "At this early stage in our investigation I wish to identify a man who was seen outside E20 Car's between approximately 7.45-8pm.
"We understand this man entered the premises briefly before leaving and running towards Chant Street, E15.
"I am also appealing for anyone who was waiting at the bus stop situated outside the cab office or people already on buses heading towards Bow or Stratford Station which may have stopped there, to contact the incident room."
Anyone with information should call police on 020 8345 3865 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
My Friend in Briscoe road awoke to find two strangers in his house last week fortunately they ran off.Another chap I know in Arterial avenue came back from Spain this week to find his house ransacked he is 80 years old.
“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”
Matthew is right. He was also the founder of the Taxpayer's Alliance.
The answer is clear join The Freedom Association's "Better Off Out" campaign. I've been a member for many years and they talk a lot of sense.
Teenager's hand left 'hanging by a thread' after axe attack in Islington
Attack: the teenager was found close to Islington Town Hall
Published: 28 March 2014
Updated: 06:54, 28 March 2014
A teenager's hand was left “hanging by a thread” after a horrifying axe attack in front of shoppers and diners on one of London’s busiest high streets.
The 17-year-old, who was himself armed with a machete, was attacked by another youth wielding a hatchet in Upper Street, Islington, at 6pm last night.
Restaurant workers rushed to the victim’s aid as blood soaked the pavement yards from where one young couple were dining opposite Islington Town Hall.
A workman who saw the attack said the axe slash had cut the teenager “to the bone” and his hand had been “hanging by a thread”.
The terrifying attack, captured on CCTV by a local business owner, has raised fears of an escalation in a postcode war between gangs from rival housing estates in the upmarket district.
Ferat Disha, manager at the Blue Legume restaurant, who helped bandage the victim’s wound, said he was “shocked and horrified”.
He said: “One had a knife, not a normal knife but professional looking, and the other an axe. A lorry driver who saw it all said they charged at each other so maybe they knew each other.
“The guy with the axe hit him on the wrist and there was a big cut. Blood was shooting out of his arm going quite far in the air.
“I got a cloth, we had some first aid training recently, and gave it to a bald guy who was pressing on the wound. His hand was almost off it was that bad.
“He was really lucky that people were there otherwise he would have died immediately because he was losing so much blood.”
Frederico Perez, manager at the Comedor steak house, said: “When he walked past the restaurant he was already covering his arm, he was cut very, very badly. Maybe he was trying to protect himself with his hand.
“There was a couple sat there eating so they must have been very shocked by the whole thing.”
The victim collapsed in the doorway of Zaco off-licence and was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to the Whittington Hospital in Highgate, north London, where he was later arrested. The other youth fled the scene and police are appealing for witnesses.
Councillor Paul Convery, Islington council’s cabinet member for community safety, said: “For this to happen on one of Islington’s busiest streets at the busiest time of day is very worrying.
“It’s been peaceful for the last couple of years as we’ve taken some of the leading players out.
“Maybe this is siblings turning 14 or 15 and stepping up, or it’s a score settling. But it is something we are going to get on top of.
“What is very concerning is that the youth who was attacked is not co-operating with the authorities. There has been an upswing in gang activity, which was discussed at the crime summit held on Saturday. It is something we will be dealing with.”
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Police were called at around 6pm to reports of one man attacking another with what was reported to be an axe or hatchet. Officers attended and found a male in his late teens suffering form an injury to his arm.
“His injuries are not thought to be life threatening. Officers from Islington are investigating.”
Sam Coates Deputy Political Editor
Published 1 minute ago
Energy bosses have admitted that their customer service has been poor, bills have been confusing and complaints badly handled in an extraordinary indictment of industry practice. Senior executives from among the “Big Six” suppliers concede for the first time that their treatment of consumers has made them vulnerable to attacks by politicians, in a frank assessment of failures that has been seen by The Times. “Customers were taken for granted, service was poor, and no one bothered to explain the situation to them,” leading energy figures told interviewers compiling a report for YouGov, the polling and research company. “The industry broadly accepts it helped to create the political opportunity that [Ed] Miliband seized,” the report added
The big six Energy suppliers have been getting away with day light robbery for many years, now Miliband called their bluff, they have started to freeze their own high prices.
Its now time for the government to get on the side of the public and not the city bankers and make all the big six freeze prices until 2016.
Beaten, abused and paid £25 a week: the plight of UK domestic workers employed by wealthy foreigners and diplomats
Paul Peachey Author Biography
Monday 31 March 2014
Domestic workers employed by wealthy foreigners and diplomats in the UK are being beaten, abused and paid as little as £100 a month, according to a major new report.
Interviews with 33 overseas cleaners, nannies and cooks have revealed a system that is failing to hold abusers to account or help women to escape violent employers – many from oil-rich Gulf states – who brought them legally to Britain, according to Human Rights Watch.
Those who manage to flee generally find they have little legal right to remain in Britain, because of new visa rules introduced in 2012 that ban overseas domestic workers from switching employers.
The domestic workers, all but one of them women, told of working long hours, having their passports confiscated and working for far less than the minimum wage.
Some told of being given only leftovers to eat and of being locked inside and stopped from speaking to their families.
One of the women, a 38-year-old from the Philippines, told researchers that she was paid just £135 after a month in Britain, where she had travelled with her employers to look after their baby boy while he was in hospital.
She said she was denied toiletries and had to use the baby’s soap to clean herself. She made sanitary towels from the child’s nappies.
Another woman, who came to Britain from Qatar, said she had not been given sufficient food. “I sat with them in restaurants [in London] looking at them eating,” she said.
Some 15,000 domestic workers, many from Asia and Africa, travel to the UK every year with their employers. But the report points out that Britain is one of nine countries that refused to sign up to an international agreement last year giving domestic workers the same labour protections as other workers.
Under the changes introduced in 2012, overseas domestic workers are allowed a maximum six-month visa and are not allowed to change employers.
Charities have warned that this means they are dependent on the employer, and either have to remain in post while being exploited, or leave and be in breach of their immigration status.
Half of jobs in IDS's seat fall short of living wage
Iain Duncan Smith's constituency has more jobs which pay less than the living wage
Joseph Watts, Political Correspondent
Published: 31 March 2014
Updated: 11:40, 31 March 2014
The London constituency of Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has more jobs which pay less than the living wage than almost any other area in Britain.
Only days ago Mr Duncan Smith — who vowed to “make work pay” — hailed benefit reforms he said encouraged people back into employment.
But research to be published tomorrow suggests almost half the jobs in his own constituency, Chingford and Woodford Green, fall short of the living wage. The data shows that one in five jobs across Britain paid less than this wage, reflecting warnings that rising employment masks a boom in low-paid work. The study, by the TUC, also suggests women are far more likely to earn less than the benchmark wage, set at £8.80 an hour in London.
‘People were heaving’: Man tells of horror at finding suspected severed human leg in Rush Green lake
Police are combing the area for evidence.
John Toner, Reporter Wednesday, April 2, 2014
2:09 PM (Romford recorder)
The man who discovered the suspected severed human leg in a Rush Green park lake has told of his shock at making the gruesome discovery.
Divers have been searching the water since this morning
The resident, who did not want to be named, said he was called over to White Hart Lakes, in The Chase nature reserve, by a fisherman, who had seen “something unusual”.
He said: “I got there and this thing that looked like part of a pig was lying on the verge half out of the water but I couldn’t tell what it was so I got a stick and flipped it over to find hair and a tattoo on the other side. It was disgusting.
“The stench of rotting flesh was really strong – a couple of the people there were heaving. It looked as if it had been crudely hacked at with a saw.”
The leg was discovered at about 6pm yesterday and parts of the park remain sealed off to the public as murder detectives investigate.
Police divers have been searching water today.
Local fisherman had seen unusual objects in the water days previous to the discovery, Sam Dear, manager of Robertsons Fishing Tackle shop in the Oxlow Lane said.
He added: “A few of our customers had mentioned seeing something odd in the water a few days ago but made nothing of it.”
Murder detectives have told the family of missing father-of-two Neill Buchel about the find - less than two miles from the place where the 39-year-old was last seen on Thursday, March 13.
Lead investigator in the case Det Ch Insp Chris Jones said it was “too early to confirm” if the find was relevant to his investigation but made an appeal for anglers to come forward with any information.
The body part is currently undergoing forensic analysis.