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Carousel fraud attracts heaviest sentence

Expert Witness crime story Ravjani pictureConfiscation proceedings are underway to recover assets following the successful prosecution of a 15-strong criminal gang who attempted to defraud in excess of £176m in VAT through complex mobile phone trading scams – a so-called 'carousel fraud'. The ring leader, Dilawar Ravjani, was jailed for 17 years: the longest sentence ever given to an individual in the UK for this type of fraud.

The gang claimed to have sold four million mobile phones worth £1.7bn. In many cases the phones did not exist and the fraud came to light when they claimed to have sold thousands which were of models not then available in the UK. Over 5,700 fake business transactions were created, including many by vans crossing and re-crossing the Channel and amassing paperwork.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 July 2012 14:01

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General public can become their own legal expert

Your Expert Witness HandcuffsThe public can now track online what happened after a crime was committed in their neighbourhood, using new data published on the Government's crime mapping website, Police.uk. In this new development, residents can not only access street-level crime data but also see what action the local police have taken as a result. The site will also start to show whether offenders went to court.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 June 2012 15:56

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Mad or bad? Expert witnesses and the Breivik trial

Your Expert Witness anders breivikNorwegian Anders Breivik killed 77 people last year, as a statement against Norway’s liberal immigration policies. He was a member of an extreme right wing group and a product of a dysfunctional childhood. But was he rational and deliberate, or just mad? The Conversation reports.

Published in collaboration with The Conversation, a website that features commentary, research and analysis from Australian universities and the CSIRO.

On July 22, 2011, Norwegian Anders Breivik killed 77 people, as a statement against Norway’s liberal immigration policies. He was a member of an extreme right wing group and a product of a dysfunctional childhood. But was he rational and deliberate, or just mad?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 14:59

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New custody guidance published

Your Expert Witness cuffsA new, second edition of the ACPO Guidance on the Safer Detention and Handling of Persons in Police Custody has been published. The guidance focuses on practical issues within custody and aims to provide a definitive guide to police forces on strategic and operation policies to raise standards of care within custody.

Along with ACPO itself and the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), the guidance was shaped by the Independent Police Complaints Commission. The IPCC made a number of recommendations on best practice as a result of learning from its investigations into deaths and serious injuries, complaints appeals and its Study of Deaths in or Following Police Custody, which have been reflected in the new guidance.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 15:02

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David Bryant: 'Every parent's worst nightmare'

 57806223_bryantdavidedward17-09-1946A five-year-old girl had been lured into a car and taken away. That was at 19:30. It was now past midnight and there was no clue about where she might have been taken.

Det Ch Insp Steve Binks, of Northumbria Police, said: "Experience tells us that in cases like this, we can be looking at a murder.

"And then at half past midnight, she turns up 50 miles away in Darlington. She was alive, but we were clearly dealing with a very dangerous man."

It was May 1995. The girl had been taken from the Blakelaw area of Newcastle and was found, wearing only a coat and shoes, by a taxi driver.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 15:03

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