Criminal Gangs Search Property Websites and Social Media for Targets

Scotland Yard have warned that Criminal gangs are searching property websites and social media for potential targets for burglaries.

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Superintendent Sean Wilson said that people selling homes online or advertising goods on sites such as eBay or Gumtree should know that criminals are scouring the internet.

“If someone is advertising property for sale they should think about what else is on display in the background, such as an expensive picture, for instance, or jewellery,” Superintendent Sean Wilson has said, as he reminds people that they should be wary of selling homes online, or advertising goods on sites such as eBay or Gumtree, as criminals are constantly scouring the internet. Criminals themselves have admitted to doing this.

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Scotland Yard have therefore urged homeowners to take more precautions to protect their homes as the nights draw in now that the clocks have gone back and recent figures have shown the number of break-ins around London have risen by 13% in the last 12 months.

Madonna’s home in West Lodon was burglarised while she & her children slept. They took the keys to Ritchie’s Range Rover

The Met recently said it will no longer investigate low-level burglaries if it is not possible to identify a suspect. Mr Wilson, the force’s operational lead on burglary, insisted police were still investigating all burglaries – either in person or on the phone – but if there were no leads, no CCTV and no forensics then cases would be dropped. He said: “Forensic officers are sent to burglary scenes where there are forensic opportunities so it’s important for victims to take steps to preserve evidence by calling police as soon as possible and ensuring that until officers arrive, the scene is, where possible, left undisturbed – “This will improve our chances of identifying suspects.”

Paris Hilton was victim to the infamous Bling Ring – a group of burglars who pilfered from celebrity homes

He said officers were putting more effort into preventing burglaries through schemes such as the MetTrace project, for example, marking valuable items in people’s homes with an invisible liquid which can only be seen under UV light. Burglary in those areas has fallen 25 per cent since the launch. Police also support victims through “super-cocooning”, which includes extra patrols and encouraging neighbours to be vigilant.

£400,000 worth of goods were stolen from John Terry’s home after he posted a picture of himself skiing on holiday online

Mr Wilson urged homeowners to keep valuables out of sight, lock doors and windows and use timer lights to make the home appear occupied.

England goalkeeper Joe Hart is robbed at petrol station near his club’s training ground


England goalkeeper Joe Hart was travelling home when he was robbed by thieves on mopeds

Joe Hart, England goalkeeper is robbed by thieves on mopeds, who stole his phone, watch and wallet while he filled up at a petrol station near his club’s West Ham training ground.

A gang surrounded the 6ft5in goalkeeper with two mopeds as he got into his car and comes just two weeks after Hart’s £100,000 Range Rover was stolen from outside his home in Cheshire.

The three thieves struck near Romford, Essex, as the 30-year-old footballer was travelling home from the training ground.

The player – who is on loan from Manchester City – is thought to have not long returned from Lithuania with the England World Cup squad when the moped strike took place.

A source told The Sun: ‘Joe wasn’t hurt but he was pretty shaken up. He’s a big powerful guy and it took some nerve to rob him’ and added, ‘…if it can happen to the safest pair of hands in England it can happen to anyone.’ However, if anything, this incident only serves to sadly display how at risk our most exposed players can be, especially from targeted attacks.

The robbery came just 2 weeks after his £100,000 car was stolen from his Cheshire home

MI5 Director, Andrew Parker warns of ‘intense’ terror threat that can be ‘harder to detect’

Andrew Parker of the Security Service said UK Intelligence are facing an ‘intense’ terrorism  challenge.

The head of MI5 has now warned that the UK’s Intelligence services are facing an ‘intense’ challenge from terrorism.

Andrew Parker said there was currently ‘more terrorist activity coming at us, more quickly’ and that it can also be ‘harder to detect’. To date, the UK has suffered five terror attacks this year, and he said MI5 staff had been “deeply affected” by them.

He also added that more than 130 Britons who travelled to Iraq and Syria to fight with so-called Islamic State had died. MI5 was running 500 live operations involving 3,000 individuals involved in extremist activity in some way, he said.

Speaking in London, Mr Parker said the tempo of counter-terrorism operations was the highest he had seen in his 34-year career at MI5. Twenty attacks had been foiled in the last four years, including seven in the last seven months, he said – all related to what he called Islamist extremism.

The five attacks that got through this year included a suicide bomb attack after an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in May, killing 22. Five people were also killed in April during an attack near the Houses of Parliament, while eight people were killed when three attackers drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and launched a knife attack in Borough Market.
A man then drove a van into a crowd of worshippers near a mosque in north London in June, while a homemade bomb partially exploded in tube train at Parsons Green station last month, injuring 30 people.

In some cases, individuals like Khuram Butt – who was behind the London Bridge attack – were well known to MI5 and had been under investigation by the security services.

Flowers lay at St Anne’s Square in Manchester

News Source – BBC News

Sergio Aguero ‘suffers broken ribs’ in car crash in Amsterdam


Man City striker, Sergio Aguero has been badly injured in a car crash in Amsterdam, just hours after attending a concert. He was reported to be in a taxi on his way back to the airport when the incident occurred. 


City has said, “he was in Holland on his day off and has sustained injuries.”

Expected back in Manchester today, Aguero will be examined by City’s medical team, ahead of the Premier League trip to Chelsea on Saturday.

Police in Amsterdam have since confirmed that 2 people were in a taxi which crashed into the De Boelelaan area of the city.

It is thought that the player is facing the prospect of a substantial lay-off, however, as he has been reported to have suffered fractured ribs. If so, the striker could be facing at least 6 weeks in another huge set-back for City manager Pep Guardiola. 

A source close to Aguero has said the player is ‘Okay’, and we wish him strength and speedy recovery.

Chelsea ace Tiemoue Bakayoko involved in a car crash on his way home from Blues training


Source - The Sun

Chelsea star Tiemoue Bakayoko, 23, was driving along Blundel Lane near the Cobham facility at around 3.30pm when the crash happened on Thursday afternoon- escaping serious injury.

Police arrived at the scene at 4.40pm and have confirmed that luckily, no other vehicle was involved in the incident. Press pictures reveal the extent of the damage to Bakayoko’s vehicle, with the windscreen shattered and the roof caved in, which was caused when he veered off the road on Blundel Lane near the Blue’s Cobham training base.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time this season that there has been a car accident involving the Blues, as last month, a young fan was run over as he tried to collect autographs outside Cobham training centre.

What To Do In A Terror Attack

The UK terrorism threat level is currently at ‘critical’, meaning an attack is imminent. As members of the public, you will have naturally become more vigilant; it’s imperative that this remains, with an increased awareness of what is going on around you.

When travelling to and from work, consider if it is sensible to wear a uniform or company branding. Although the threat isn’t currently suspected to be directed at specific targets, we must take all reasonable measures to ensure personal safety.

Social media can be a useful way of communicating news, but please, ensure that your security settings are set to private and that you are mindful of what information you are sharing.

The following is based on Government advice.



Escape if you can.

Can you get away without exposing yourself to greater danger? This is better than surrender or negotiating.

Is there a safe route?

If it is safe, RUN. If it’s not…


Find cover from gunfire (which can get through glass, brick, wood and metal).

If you can see an attacker, they may be able to see you. Lock in/barricade yourself if possible.

Don’t hide by doors if possible. Stay aware of your exits. Be quiet, silence your phone and turn off vibrate.


Call 999 if possible.

If you can’t speak or make noise, wait and listen for the instructions that will be given to you.

Stop other people from entering the area, if it is safe to do so.

How to react to an armed police response:


  • Point guns at you.
  • Treat you firmly. Question you. Be unable to distinguish you from an attacker.
  • Move you from your location.

Remain calm and trust that the officers are there to enhance your safety.

If you ever see a suspicious item…

Do not touch. Try to identify an owner nearby.

Don’t be embarrassed about reporting it. Do not assume that anyone else will report it.

Move away and contact nearby staff, security or 999 if they’re not available.

Given the horrific events of this morning’s rush hour, which has sent shock waves through the country, there may be an increased police and security presence in densely populated areas, to provide reassurance to the public; it is essential that we all play our part.

Parsons Green: London Underground blast is terror incident

An explosion on a Tube train in South-West London is now being treated as terrorism.

A number of passengers have been injured following the blast, which occurred this morning during rush hour at Parsons Green station, in Fulham.


Witnesses have described seeing at least one passenger with facial injuries, and others have spoken of ‘panic’ as chaos ensued when alarmed passengers left the train from Parsons Green.

The station has been cordoned off and Police are advising people to avoid the area.


Passenger Peter Crowley said he was sat in the carriage when the explosion occurred. He said his head was burned by a “really intense fireball above my head”. He added, “There were people a lot worse than me.”

The UK terrorism threat level is currently at ‘severe’, meaning an attack is highly likely. As members of the public, you will naturally become more vigilant; it’s imperative that this remains, with an increased awareness of what is going on around you.

When travelling to and from work, consider if it is sensible to wear a uniform or company branding. Although the threat isn’t directed at specific targets, we must take all reasonable measures to ensure personal safety.

Social media can be a useful way of communicating news, but please, ensure that your security settings are set to private and that you are mindful of what information you are sharing.

Police have confirmed – “Our initial priority is to assess the level and nature of injuries. More information will follow when we have it.”

Image Sources: BBC News and The Guardian

Henrik Stenson’s Rental Home Burgled As He Played First Round

Defending Open champion Henrik Stenson’s rental home was burgled as he played his first round at Royal Birkdale on Thursday.

Henrik Stenson

The Swede said valuable personal items and all of his clothing were taken, but added that the Claret Jug, awarded to the winner of The Open, had already been returned to the R&A on Monday.

“I am extremely grateful my family were not in the house,” said Stenson, 41.

“I am going to try not to let this spoil the week in any way.”

Merseyside Police are investigating a burglary in Formby, less than seven miles from Royal Birkdale.

Police believe the incident occurred between midday and 14:25 BST and cash, cards, electrical items, clothes and watches were stolen.

An R&A spokesperson said: “We were very sorry to hear about the burglary and have offered any assistance we can provide to Henrik and his family.”

Stenson teed off at 09:47 BST on Thursday and finished on one under par.

He was a late starter as Friday’s second round got under way.

Published 21st July, BBC

Mother’s terror at the hands of a carjacking gang who stole her car

Police are hunting a gang of men described as Asian after the woman was stopped by the group when they pulled up to a set of traffic lights in Solihull, Birmingham on Saturday evening.

The men demanded she got out of her car but she refused, telling them her baby was in the backseat. As she went to check on her child, one of the men jumped into the driver’s seat and sped off.

Police are hunting a gang of men described as Asian after the woman was stopped by the group when they pulled up to a set of traffic lights in Solihull, Birmingham on Saturday evening. Above, stock image of Seven Star Road in Solihull 

Police are hunting a gang of men described as Asian after the woman was stopped by the group when they pulled up to a set of traffic lights in Solihull, Birmingham on Saturday evening. Above, stock image of Seven Star Road in Solihull

They raced off down Seven Star Road towards Warwick Road with the mother and baby still inside.

They pulled into a side road where the woman managed to escape with her baby before the thieves drove off.

Police said one of the suspects is described as being around 5ft 10ins, of stocky build with facial stubble and wearing a navy blue tracksuit.

The car they were originally in is described as having blacked-out windows.

In a statement Detective Sergeant Stew Lewis said: ‘There were a lot of people in the area when the robbery took place and I would ask them to get in touch if they haven’t done so already.

‘Luckily the woman and her baby were not hurt but the woman is very shaken by what happened.’

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London terror attack: what we know so far

Seven people have died after a terrorist attack at London Bridge and Borough Market. Here is what we know so far…

  • Seven people were killed and dozens injured during attacks in two closely connected areas of London on Saturday night. The police are treating the attacks as terrorist incidents.
  • Police were called after a white rental van was driven into pedestrians on London Bridge at about 9.58pm on Saturday night. The van continued on to nearby Borough Market where three attackers emerged and carried out multiple stabbings in pubs and restaurants.
  • Armed police arrived and shot the attackers dead within eight minutes of being alerted. The attackers were armed with knives and wore what turned out to be fake suicide vests.
  • On Sunday night, Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. “A detachment of Islamic State fighters executed yesterday’s London attack,” said a statement posted on the group’s Amaq media agency website.
  • The Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, said a Canadian national was among those killed in the attack. The victim was later named as Christine Archibald who had moved to Europe to be with her fiance. “She had room in her heart for everyone and believed strongly that every person was to be valued and respected,” her family said in a statement.
  • A French man is among those killed in the attack, the foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, confirmed. Seven people from France were injured, four of them critically. One person is still missing.
  • There were multiple casualties in addition to the deaths. London Ambulance Service said 48 people were taken to five hospitals in the capital and a number of others were treated at the scene for minor injuries. The NHS said on Monday that 18 were in a critical condition.
  • Eight armed police officers fired an estimated 50 rounds during the incident – an unprecedented number for the UK. One member of the public was caught in the gunfire when a bullet struck him in the head. A senior doctor at the Royal London hospital in east London said the man was expected to make a full recovery.
  • A British Transport Police officer armed only with his baton was stabbed in the face as he tackled the assailants. He suffered serious injuries, but is in a stable condition in hospital. An off-duty Metropolitan police officer was among others injured in the attack. Two more on-duty officers were described as “walking wounded”.
  • At least four Australian citizens were injured, according to the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull. Among them, Candice Hedge from Brisbane was stabbed in the neck and is recovering after being treated in St Thomas’ hospital. A man from New Zealand also suffered serious wounds in the attack. At least four French citizens were harmed, one seriously. Geoff Ho, a journalist with the Sunday Express, was left in intensive care after being stabbed in the throat when he tried to help a wounded bouncer.
  • Police raided two more properties in Newham and Barking in east London early on Monday morning. Counter-terrorist officers detained “a number of people”, the Metropolitan police said.
  • The Met arrested 12 people on Sunday after an operation in Barking in east London. One person, a 55-year-old man, has since been released. On Sunday morning, police raided a block of flats in the area where at least one of the suspects is thought to have lived. Another raid, at a flat in nearby East Ham, followed in the afternoon.
  • Speaking outside 10 Downing Street after she had chaired a meeting of Cobra, the government’s emergency committee, Theresa May condemned Islamist extremism and called the ideology a “perversion of Islam”. She said there was “a new trend in the threat we face,” with terrorism breeding terrorism. “It is time to say enough is enough,” she added.
  • The prime minister said there must be changes on four fronts: first, people who are drawn to Islamist extremism must be persuaded that western values are superior. Second, there must be a clampdown on the “safe spaces” on the internet where terrorism breeds. Third, she called for action at home where extremism may be tolerated. “There is – to be frank – far too much tolerance of extremism in our country,” she said. Finally, she proposed a review of counter-terrorism strategy and laws, and suggested longer sentences for some offences. She confirmed that the general election would go ahead on Thursday as planned.
  • After a brief suspension in election campaigning in the wake of the attack a bitter row erupted over cuts to police funding, with Jeremy Corbyn backing calls for May to resign over her record on the issue while she was home secretary. The prime minister dodged accusations that police numbers had fallen by tens of thousands since 2010 and that the number of armed officers had also fallen.
  • On a visit to London Bridge on Monday, the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said he was “furious that these three men are seeking to justify their actions by using the faith that I belong to. The ideology they follow is perverse, it is poisonous, and it has no place in Islam.”
  • Jeremy Corbyn delivered a speech on the attack in Carlisle on Sunday evening. He said that, if he won the election, he would commission a report on Friday on the changing nature of the terrorist threat. He also used the speech to criticise May for ignoring warnings about the impact of police cuts, as well as to criticise the US president, Donald Trump, for his comments about the London Bridge attack.
  • The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre at MI5 headquarters has recommended not to raise the official threat level from severe to critical, suggesting that it believes no more terrorists are at large.
  • The UK will observe a minute’s silence on Tuesday 6 June at 11am in remembrance of those who have lost their lives and all others affected by the attacks. Flags will remain at half-mast on Whitehall government buildings until Tuesday evening.
  • The Home Office has set up a website with information about the support available for people affected by the attacks.
  • A statement from the office of the French president, Emmanuel Macron, confirmed that French citizens were among the injured. He condemned “an abominable and cowardly attack against our free society”.

Source : The Guardian, Monday 5th June.