Category: UK Bulletins

Wolf whistling and sexist remarks could become hate crimes in London

Wolf whistling or making sexist remarks on London’s streets could become a hate crime.
The Metropolitan Police revealed it is speaking with other UK forces to assess whether it is worth cracking down on gender-based hate crimes after a pilot scheme was launched in the East Midlands last year.
The trial, led by Nottinghamshire Police, saw sexist incidents like street harassment, verbal abuse and taking photos without consent recorded as hate crimes, carrying tougher penalties for offenders.

 Police chiefs are now considering rolling out the idea elsewhere in the UK, suggesting a harsher stance on everyday sexism could stop it escalating into sexual harassment or assault.

Man stabbed 'after confronting girl in clown mask' in Portsmouth


A man has been treated in hospital after being stabbed following a confrontation with a young girl wearing a clown mask in Portsmouth.

Four people from Southsea were arrested after the attack in Sedgley Close at 8.30pm on Thursday.

The 34-year-old woman, two 18-year-old men and a 17-year-old boy are being held in police custody.

The 28-year-old victim has now been discharged from hospital.

Detective Inspector Linda Howard from Hampshire Constabulary said: “It has been reported that this incident was sparked by an earlier altercation involving a child wearing a clown mask.

“This is one of the lines of inquiry being followed.”

She added: “But at this time we would ask people not to speculate further and instead contact the investigation team if you have any information about what happened.”

The Eastern Investigations Team can be contacted on 101 quoting 44160406459.

Alternatively, anyone with information can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Alleged hacker Lauri Love to be extradited to US

Lauri Love is accused of hacking into the FBI, the US central bank and the country's missile defence agency
Lauri Love is accused of hacking into the FBI, the US central bank and the country’s missile defence agency

An autistic man suspected of hacking into US government computer systems is to be extradited from Britain to face trial, a court has ruled.

Lauri Love, 31, who has Asperger’s syndrome, is accused of hacking into the FBI, the US central bank and the country’s missile defence agency.
Mr Love, from Stradishall, Suffolk, has previously said he feared he would die in a US prison if he was extradited.
A judge at Westminster Magistrates’ Court made the extradition ruling.

Radical preacher Anjem Choudary jailed for five-and-a-half years

Anjem Choudary
Anjem Choudary

Radical preacher Anjem Choudary has been jailed for five-and-a-half years for inviting support for the so-called Islamic State group.

The 49-year-old was convicted at the Old Bailey after backing the group in an oath of allegiance published online.
Police say Choudary’s followers carried out attacks in the UK and abroad.
The judge, who described Choudary as calculating and dangerous, passed the same sentence on his confidant Mohammed Mizanur Rahman, 33.
Both men were also sentenced to a notification order lasting 15 years, which requires them to tell police if details such as their address change.
Choudary, of Ilford, east London, and Rahman, from Palmers Green, north London, were convicted last month of inviting support for IS – an offence contrary to section 12 of the Terrorism Act 2000 – between 29 June 2014 and 6 March 2015.
The trial heard the pair also used speeches to urge support for IS, which is also known as Daesh, after it declared a caliphate in the summer of 2014.

John Bullough discusses how “to make Perth a great small European city”

Development board chairman John Bullough.
Development board chairman John Bullough.

The people of Perth have been invited to have their say on the direction the city should take in the coming years as it expands and flourishes.

“Everyone has a part to play” says the introduction to the Perth City Plan which envisages Perth having a population of around 60,000 by 2035.

The 20-year vision has been drawn up by the Perth City Development Board but councillors have endorsed the plan which will now go out to consultation with residents, businesses and national bodies.

Board chairman John Bullough, who also has interests in the future development of the city as executive chairman of McEwen’s of Perth, said:

“I am really pleased that councillors have accepted the Perth City Plan as a basis for how the private and public sectors in Perth and Kinross can help to achieve our city’s ambitions. This is a significant step in what looks set to be an exciting journey for Perth to grow and expand in a way which will attract external investment and support the growth and development of existing business.

The board’s involvement means that this city plan isn’t like anything that Perth has seen before, it’s not just the view of one organisation, it’s a collective vision built from the broad range of experience available within the development board to make Perth a great small European city.

Developing the city isn’t just about building more roads, houses or schools. We need all of these things, but the Perth City Plan sets out actions for smart growth so that we are building the right houses, with high quality designs, to create a new generation of sustainable communities and neighbourhoods with access to employment and services.”