Police officers Tasered a man in Haringey, North London after he attacked them, coughing and saying he had coronavirus. The suspect, later found not to have any symptoms of the infection, was arrested on suspicion of public order offences and assault on an emergency worker.
A man armed with what appeared to be a firearm allegedly approached a van driver in Port Glasgow, Scotland and demanded he get out of his vehicle. The thief then drove off in the van, leaving the victim “badly shaken”. A burnt-out van, believed to be the stolen vehicle, was found later the same night and seized for forensic examination.
The Scottish Sun
Armed police officers were deployed following reports of a man with a gun on a residential street in Glasgow, Scotland. Officers searched the area and retrieved a replica firearm. No arrests have yet been reported.
Runcorn and Widnes World
Rajesh Bali has been ordered to complete 60 hours of unpaid work and pay a £90 victim surcharge plus £85 court costs after admitting possession of an offensive weapon. Bali was found carrying a Taser at a music festival site in Daresbury, Cheshire in August last year. The Taser is to be forfeited and destroyed.
Burglars have reportedly stolen five deactivated handguns from a house in Enfield, North London. The firearms (Llama 22 calibre handgun, Smith and Weston 44 Magnum revolver, Walther PPK handgun, Beretta Cheetah pistol and Beretta Tomcat pistol), were rare weapons used in 007 Bond films, forming part of a large collection started 50 years ago. Although police are investigating the robbery, the owner of the collection said he is unsure that the items will be found. He added: “Quite frankly they're either going to sell it to someone they just met in the pub for £500 or they'll be used in crime.”
Daniel Magee, aged 39, has been handed a suspended prison sentence of twelve months and ordered to carry out eight days of rehabilitation activity after pleading guilty to making explosives, possessing three stun guns and importing prohibited weapons. After two parcels from China were intercepted by the Royal Mail in October last year and found to contain a baton and two flick knives, police officers arrested Magee at his home in Bristol. Magee directed officers to a box that contained weapons including three stun guns, swords, knives, crossbows and crossbow bolts, knuckle dusters, body armour, holsters, camouflage clothing and smoke pellets. In a bedroom drawer, officers also found fourteen chocolate eggs containing gun powder and ammunition; although these did not contain fuses, they could explode if thrown into a fire. Magee explained that he had been collecting the items, mainly lawful, for twenty years to prepare for “an apocalypse”. The judge also imposed a three-month curfew between 7pm and 6am and ordered Magee to pay a £149 surcharge and £250 towards prosecution costs.
Police Tasered man on the M4 near Swindon, Wiltshire following a high-speed pursuit. Click on media link to read full report.
South London Press
Flavien Cortes, aged 38, has been jailed for six years after pleading guilty to drugs offences, possession of stun guns and possession of false passports. Following a surveillance operation, police officers executed a search warrant at Cortes’ address in Soho, London in January this year. They recovered large quantities of cash, Class A, B and C drugs, two Taser-style firearms disguised as a cattle prod and a torch, and passports in different names. Officers also found a room designed to facilitate sexual activity with equipment used to record and share online sexual activity. The court heard that Cortes supplied large quantities of drugs and offered bondage-themed sexual services to men from the address.
Abid Hussain was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of an imitation firearm, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, possession of an offensive weapon in a public place, possession of a bladed article, threatening a person with a bladed article, witness intimidation, stalking and racially-aggravated harassment, including fear of violence. In March 2018, Hussain verbally abused a man walking on a street in Bury, Greater Manchester, before hitting him on the face with the butt of an imitation firearm. Following a scuffle, the victim managed to run home where his partner called the police. Hussain was arrested later the same night, “clearly drunk”. While on bail, Hussain threatened a woman with a metal bar and a bottle, and stalked and racially abused a second woman. In a victim statement, the man attacked with the gun said: “This incident has left me feeling very shaken and scared for my safety when I am out of the house alone.”
Police officers used their car to knock down a moped driver after he allegedly rode “recklessly” around Westminster, London and charged at officers. The man was Tasered and arrested on suspicion of failing to stop for police, breaching a court order, driving while disqualified and assault on an emergency worker. The incident took place despite the coronavirus lockdown, during which people are only allowed out for a specific set of reasons.
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