Former MI5 head warns court action over when spies can commit crimes risks exposing informants

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A former head of MI5 has warned that a legal challenge against the security services over when spies are allowed to commit crimes risks exposing informants who have entrenched themselves

Campaigners begin their action in the courts on Tuesday over a document which was released last year which states undercover agents were permitted to commit crimes if they thought it was necessary.

It was signed by David Cameron, and human rights activists are demanding an inquiry into the transparency of the secret services and how they conduct their operations.

But Lord Evans of Weardale, who was MI5 director general until 2013, told the BBC’s Radio 4 Today programme certain aspects of such sensitive material through the courts could put spies in danger.

Insisting that it was right that “there’s nothing wrong with bringing a case” against potential wrongdoing and that it “up to the courts to decide what the outcome would be”, he warned that some information could out informants.

He said: “One of the concerns here is that if the exact details of the parameters that are applied are made public then we’re in a situation where a terrorist group who is trying to find out if anybody is actually giving out information could set tasks for them in such a way as to be sure that if they refuse to do that task they know they are working for the intelligence services.

“Not only would that be bad for intelligence gathering, but it would also be very dangerous for the safety of the agent.”

Maya Foa, director of Reprieve – the campaign group bringing the legal action – said she wants to know “what the limits are to this policy”.

“We have only recently discovered that there has been a policy in operation for decades authorising agents of MI5 to potentially commit serious crimes including torture and unlawful killing,” she said.

“Does it mean they can torture? Does it mean they can kill people? Can we torture a five-year-old child of a suspect?”

Lord Evans dismissed the claims, and said: “This isn’t about torture, and it’s not about killing.

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“If you’re going to be able to understand the nature of the details of threats to mount terrorist attacks in this country – a really important source of intelligence is humans who are part of the conspiratorial group.

“For many years, probably for decades, we’ve been in a situation where human source intelligence has been absolutely critical for keeping this country safe.”

The former head of MI5 pointed out that by infiltrating a banned group like National Action, agents are already committing a crime by merely being a member.

But pushed on whether MI5 agents are permitted to carry out a punishment beatings such as kneecapping, he said: “The rules are very clear – they are, in this game or in this process to safeguard the public and in order to keep the country safe and able to maintain the rule of law.

“So that’s the ground rules. You have to act in a proportionate way.”

He added: “There are no specific rules on exactly which crimes but there is very clear process to ensure that this is only done at a level which is appropriate, which maintains security and maintains the rule of law.”

With many thanks to: The Telegraph and Gareth Davies for original story 

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Westminister paedophile ring: Top Tory MP ‘murdered girl at vile orgy’ claims new witness

The new witness has told police a FOURTH youngster this time a girl of 15 – may have been murdered by a VIP abuse ring which included politicians and a TV comedy star

(Image: Sunday Mirror)

A victim of a VIP paedophile ring believes a girl of 15 was killed at a vile orgy.

The new witness has told police he watched the teenager being taken into a ­terrifying “medical room” by a senior Tory MP – and never saw her again.

The sickening events are said to have taken place at London’s notorious Dolphin Square flats in the 1990s, the Sunday People can reveal.

He fears the teenager may have been killed by a brutal sadist acting out his horrific fantasies.

It would make her the fourth reported murder victim of a Westminster-based pervert ring, some of them household names.

The witness told the investigative website Exaro that he was himself abused while in his teens by prominent politicians and a famous comedian at the now notorious Dolphin Square complex in central London.

We are calling the man Darren, ­although that is not his real name ­because he lives in hiding, fearing for his own life. He is the third alleged victim of the gang to come forward.

Darren told us: “I would never have gone to those parties willingly. It was fear that led me to Dolphin Square.”

Dolphin Square in South West London Horrors: Dolphin Square in London (Image: Sunday Mirror)

Recalling the night in 1993 he ­believes a girl died, he said: “I ­witnessed a senior Tory politician go into the medical room with a girl who I know was 15.

“This was a bedroom containing a hospital-type bed with shackles, gimp masks and a tiled, washable floor.

“She was 15 and in care. I didn’t know her name but had been bumping into her for years at paedophile parties. I had been trafficked for sex since I was a young boy, initially by my father.

“She had a smashing smile and wore braces on her teeth.

“I never saw her leave that room, in fact I never saw her again. I fear she may have been killed.”

Darren has identified the exact apartment in the luxury Dolphin Square complex where he claims abuse parties were held while he was a teenager.

He says he was taken to up to 20 orgies, which were ­attended by around 30 VIPs, and has described ordeals – ­including beatings with a cane – to Scotland Yard detectives investigating a string of historic sex abuse claims.

VICTIM: Darren was used by VIPs

A former Tory cabinet minister ­already named to police by another alleged abuse victim, a Labour minister, and the famous TV comedy actor are among well-known faces he says were at Dolphin Square in the 1990s.

Darren claims he was driven to sex parties by the notorious paedophile Peter Righton, a former government adviser who had been recently fined for having indecent images of boys.

Righton would collect Darren and other boys from children’s homes in Suffolk and drive them to London in a luxury car, complete with leather seats and electric windows.

At Dolphin Square they would go to a four-bedroom serviced flat that had been rented out.

He recalled: “Guests would be standing around, chatting and drinking. There would be women there but they would leave before any sex took place.

“The attitude seemed to be that they would leave early so the boys could have their fun.”

Darren said that there were “very powerful” people at the gatherings. He went on: “They stood out a mile. I saw a former Labour minister at one party.

“They were very protective of their jackets. I think they were worried the boys would steal their wallets.”

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Darren claimed violation and ­humiliation inflicted on youngsters at Dolphin Square ­became a familiar routine to him.

He said: “This Tory ­cabinet minister always insisted I should be presented to him with ladies’ underwear on beneath my clothes.

“The game he liked to play was that he would pretend he had spotted that I was wearing the lingerie.

“He would tell me I was a naughty boy for turning him on and take me into a bedroom and punish me.

“I was spanked with a bamboo cane that he brought with him, which was painful. I was then sexually abused.

“He liked boys to dress up in lacy women’s underwear. He would make a game of it.

“The minister would be accompanied by a minder who stayed outside while I was abused.”

The Dolphin Square apartment had three rooms ­specially fitted out and decorated to cater for the tastes of party guests, Darren said.

He claimed the spanking ex-minister preferred a ­bedroom known as the “leopard room” because it had a leopard skin rug.

Another was known as the “gay room” because it was “flowery and ­effeminate”.

Darren claimed that in this room he was forced to give oral sex to the famous comedian. He said: “At first he was an interested spectator at the parties but then decided to take part.

“He was much kinder and more considerate than the others but it was still unpleasant.”

The worst of the three rooms was the so-called “medical room”.

Peter Right on trafficked Darren to abuse ‘parties’ (Image: PA)

Darren said: “This was the bedroom you did not want to be taken into. Fortunately, I was never taken in there but I remember one boy who did.

“He had been dressed up in tight leather shorts and went in with a senior Tory politician and some other men.

“I met him afterwards and he told me he had suffered humiliation too vile to describe and was then beaten up.”

Darren said the brutalised boy was under 16 at the time.

He recalled that traumatised children would gather in the kitchen at Dolphin Square to ­comfort each other after their ordeals. He admitted he was given £50 each time he attended a child abuse party.

But he insisted he only went because evil Righton forced him to. He said: “I would never have gone to those parties willingly – it was fear of Righton.

“One occasion when he attacked me stands out. It happened after I was taken into a bedroom with the famous TV personality and Peter was driving us back to Suffolk.

“I kept saying the name of the comic character played by the actor and saying that he was at the party. Peter kept saying, ‘No he wasn’t.’

“Then he suddenly swung a tremendous punch, while still keeping control of the car. It hit me flush on the chin and I may have passed out. It was a warning to keep my mouth shut.”

Darren was interviewed over three days by Met Police detectives and named his abusers.

Sunday People paedophile cover ring Exclusive: Another witness, Nick, described the Dolphin Square depravity

His account bears chilling similarities to allegations by a victim known as Nick, who claims three abused boys were killed in the 1980s.

His evidence is being investigated by Scotland Yard’s Operation Midland.

Officers have spoken to the families of two lads, Martin Allen and Vishal Mehrotra, who vanished in London.

Among those named by Darren is the recently convicted paedophile Charles Napier.

Darren says Napier abused him when he was 15 at Righton’s home. Righton ­ordered Darren to give Napier oral sex and when the horrified lad refused he was beaten until he complied.

He added: “I was kicked and punched in front of Napier, who stood there smirking. I had no choice and so I did as I was told. I was ordered to have sex with Napier on two other occasions.”

Napier, 67, is the half-brother of Conservative MP John Whittingdale.

The former treasurer of the Paedophile Information Exchange, Napier was jailed last month after pleading guilty to 31 counts of indecent assault against boys as young as eight at a school where he worked.

Trafficker: Establishment paedophile Charles Napier (Image: Rex)

Darren continued: “Peter abused me repeatedly when I was 15, as well as forcing me to have sex with other men.

“By the age of 16, I was no longer to his taste, he liked younger boys. But he still trafficked me around.

“I was 17 when Peter began taking me with other teenagers to Dolphin Square. I am sure he was making a mint organising paedophile sex parties.

“We were all aged ­between 14 and 17.”

Righton, who died in 2007, was one of Britain’s leading specialists in child care – but was also a founder of the Paedophile Information Exchange.

Darren’s testimony directly supports a claim made in Parliament by Labour MP Tom Watson, which linked Righton to a VIP paedophile ring.

And it adds to a picture of abuse at Dolphin Square first revealed by Exaro last July.

Scandal: Tom Watson (top left), Dolphin Square (bottom left) and whistleblower Nick (right)

People leads the way in the paedophile investigation
The Sunday People has led the way on smashing the high-powered network of VIP paedophiles since the story broke more than two years ago.

In October 2012, campaigning Labour MP Tom Watson stood up in the Commons and called on Prime Minister David Cameron to investigate a paedophile network with “links to the heart of the UK establishment – including 10 Downing Street”.

Since then, this newspaper has worked tirelessly to get to the truth.

Last year, we revealed the explosive testimony of the witness known as ‘Nick’. He went to police with claims about three possible murders linked to the VIP paedophile ring.

A survivor of abuse at the now notorious Dolphin Square apartments in central London, he alleges he saw three deaths between 1979 and 1982.

One of his accounts details a murder he claims to have witnessed at a London townhouse in 1980.

Two other men have since bravely told their tales, including Darren today.

There are many similarities between their memories and since we published our story, Scotland Yard has stepped up its investigation. It called a high-profile Press conference to encourage more witnesses to come forward.

Officers are re-examining 200 case files relating to children who went missing during the period.

With many thanks to the: DailyMirror for the original story

Ian Huntley writes to daughter from prison to try to explain why he murdered Holly and Jessica Chapman

Tormented Samantha Bryan has described her murderer father, who is in Durham’s Frankland Prison, as an “evil monster”

Soham killer Ian Huntley wrote to his daughter to try and explain why he killed Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, she has revealed.

Samantha Bryan, who describes her biological father as an “evil monster”said he showed no remorse in his letters.

Katie Bryan (right) ex partner of Ian Huntley with their daughter Samantha (left) (Image: Sunday Mirror)

Huntley murdered young Holly and Jessica in 2002, sparking one of the biggest manhunts the country has ever seen.

And now Samantha has spoken of the moment she found out what her dad had done, on the documentary show, The Killer In My Family.

The 20-year-old explains how she did not find out about her father’s heinous crimes until years later as she was just a baby at the time.

She said she discovered the truth about Huntley, who is imprisoned at HMP Frankland in Durham, when she was 17-years-old and recognised her mum in a picture of him online.

In the documentary, which airs on Really on Thursday, Samantha speaks about the moment her mother Kate gave her a box of newspaper clippings.

Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman (Image: PA)

She later wrote to him in a bid to find out when he murdered the two schoolgirls.

Huntley, who is serving a life sentence, replied to her in 2017, writing: “I have given an awful lot of thought… about how best to respond, and what, if anything.

“I should say I realise I can’t just say no and expect you to accept that.

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“Firstly I truly don’t relish the idea of discussing or you listening to the details of what was unimaginably the most horrendous day of my life.

“Furthermore, I can promise that even if you I did, you wouldn’t feel any better for it. Nor would you feel any closer to understanding. Fifteen years on, I still don’t understand what the hell went wrong that day.”

A photograph and flowers in remembrance of Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells (Image: Getty Images)

In the programme Samantha says: “I feel like because of who I am that people think I am like him. I would definitely say he is evil. And I would definitely say he is a monster.”

Samantha said she became curious about Huntley when she was 18 and said she “couldn’t stop crying” as she read the newspaper clippings about what he had done.

Cowardly attacker

She said: “By that stage I knew. My mum told me she had a box with everything in it and she would show me when I was ready.

“I waited for the time I was ready to see them from her. I didn’t ask much about Ian because I didn’t want to upset mum or my adopted dad.”

Samantha decided to go through the box of clippings on her own and said she “could not stop crying”.

Ian Huntley (Image: Evening Gazette)

She said: “It told me what supposedly happened that night to Holly and Jessica.”

She added: “Thinking back I can’t say there was anything that upset me more than the other. It was all very hard to read.

“I didn’t want people knowing who my biological father was because I knew certain people would know who he was.

“I wanted it to be something I would keep to myself,” she added.

Huntley murdered the 10-year-olds after luring them to his home.

He then he cut off their clothes and dumped their bodies in a ditch before burning their remains.

The pair had been at a family barbecue in their Cambridgeshire village before they went missing on August 4, 2002.

The vile killer gave TV interviews during the two week search for the girls, even joining in on searches during the appeal, while asking his then-girlfriend Maxine Carr to provide a false alibi.

But he was finally jailed for life in 2005, with the judge condemning his “merciless cynicism” and “cruelty” to the girls and their families.

With many thanks to the: Newcastle Chronicle for the original story.


Birmingham pub bombings: two Government intelligence folders have gone missing, inquest told

Top level documents from November 1974 have disappeared

Two folders of potentially important evidence relating to the Birmingham pub bombings have gone missing, it has emerged.

The folders, destined for a government intelligence sub committee at the time of the attacks in November 1974 have disappeared, the Coroner who will lead the new inquest has been informed.

A total of 21 people died when two devastating blasts ripped apart the Tavern in the Town and Mulberry Bush pubs in Birmingham city centre at the height of an IRA bombing campaign.

In a series of pre-inquest reviews, the issue of disclosure by the security forces, including West Midlands Police, MI5 and MI6, has been repeatedly raised by the families of those killed, through lawyers.

To date, 2,838 documents have been disclosed to lawyers for the relatives, totalling more than 28,000 pages.

Among these, the families have for the first time been given sight of two investigations into the bombings, Operation Aston and Operation Review.

But barrister Mr Kevin Morgan, who represents ten families, asked for further steps to be taken by the coroner, connected to disclosure.

He said: “We believe there would have been or should have been at the very highest level official documentation as to how to deal with this bombing campaign.

The Mulberry Bush pub after it was wrecked in the Birmingham pub bombings

“It appears, to me, there was a threat of violence to the people of England at the time that had not been seen since World War Two.

“Incendiary and explosive devices were being detonated throughout England. There had been lots of bombs.

“We would have thought the security services, particularly given their responsibilities and duties, would have formulated a plan to deal with that, rather than the alternative.

“If there are policies we need to consider if they were followed, whether they were appropriate, and if they weren’t followed, why they weren’t.”

Battling to win fair funding for the inquests – families of the victims of the Birmingham pub bombings

Fighting for the truth – families of the victims of the Birmingham pub bombings

West Midlands Police, and government agencies, including the Police Service of Northern Ireland, MI5, MI6 and the Ministry of Defence, have said they have disclosed all information they have been able to find within their records.

Mr Peter Skelton, counsel to Coroner Sir Peter Thornton said the relevance of “policies and procedures” to the inquest was not in doubt.

He said: “Whether it is possible to discern whether policies existed, and disappeared or ever existed, is quite difficult.”

The coroner has been told there is “no evidence” of involvement in the attacks by a state agent or informant.

The issue of whether there had been anyone with links to the British state within the IRA cell which carried out the attacks had been raised previously by families of the victims.

The Birmingham pub bombing victims

Turning to the evidence of witnesses at the forthcoming hearing, Mr Skelton said much of it would have to be read.

He said: “Forty-four years have passed, memories have faded and people have died. Many witnesses, those in the pubs, have physical and mental injuries that last, to this day.”

Sir Peter replied: “Some of them are really quite shocking

Mr Skelton added: “They remain extremely damaged. It follows much of the evidence will have to be read.”

The attack was the worst on the UK mainland since the Second World War, until the July 7/7 bombings.

A botched investigation by West Midlands Police led to the convictions of the Birmingham Six, who were found guilty of the murders a year later. But their convictions were overturned.

The coroner will rule on the disclosure application in due course, and the hearing was adjourned for a final pre-inquest hearing, on February 11.

The full inquest is set to begin on February 25.

With many thanks to the: Birmingham Mail for the original story.


RACE RAP Britain First deptuy leader Jayda Fransen jailed for nine months after racially abusing Muslim men.

The far-right group’s leader Paul Golding, 36, was handed 18 weeks at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court, while Fransen, 31, was caged for nine months

PAUL Golding and Jayda Fransen, the leader and deputy leader of far-right group Britain First, have been jailed for racially abusing Muslim men in Kent last year.

Golding, 36, was handed 18 weeks at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court for three counts of religiously aggravated harassment while Fransen, 31, was caged for nine months after being found guilty of four.

Paul Golding (second right) and Jayda Fransen (centre), leader and deputy leader of far-right group Britain First and supporters upon arrivial at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court where they are expected to receive verdicts in their trial for alleged hate crimes

They were arrested in May last year over the alleged distribution of leaflets and posting of online videos during a trial at Canterbury Crown Court, where three Muslim men and a teenager were convicted of rape and jailed.

Fransen allegedly went to the Kent home of one of the defendants, Tamin Rahmani, and shouted racist abuse through the front door.

His pregnant partner Kelli Best said she was alone with their two children, aged three years and 18 months, at the time of the incident on May 9 last year.

On a video played in court, Fransen could be seen banging on the door and shouting: “Come out and face me you disgusting rapist, come on.”

Far right activist Paul Golding protesting outside Regent’s Park Mosque

Fransen denied using the phrase “Muslim bastards”, or saying that all Muslims are rapists.

Golding said he was only acting as Fransen’s cameraman, and that it was her campaign.

Judge Justin Barron said their words and actions “demonstrated hostility” towards Muslims and the Muslim faith.

The judge said: “I have no doubt it was their joint intention to use the facts of the case (in Canterbury) for their own political ends.

“It was a campaign to draw attention to the race, religion and immigrant background of the defendants.”

Deputy leader of Britain First Jayda Fransen

Britain First is a far-right and British nationalist political party formed in 2011 by anti-abortion campaigner Jim Dowson and Paul Golding.

The group opposes mass immigration but says it is not racist but a loyalist movement.

Its Facebook page has 1.9million “likes”, but their social media posts, including praising a terrorist mosque attack in Finsbury Park, London, have attracted widespread criticism.

The group’s Twitter account is withheld in Germany.

With many thanks to: The Sun for the origional story.


LOYALIST paramilitaries are said to have warned some Larne publicans not to serve Catholics. Sinn Fein MLA Oliver McMullan said at least five bars in the Co An trim town had been visited on Saturday by loyalist paramilitaries who issued the warnings.


Mr McMullan urged police to “look at Larne as a priority” after visits which he said had led some publicans to debate increasing security.He said he was “concerned that the ongoing tensions between unionist paramilitaries in the Larne area is now manifesting itself in a sectarian campaign against local Catholics”. “Sime of the pubs are now considering introducing buzzer-style entrances to protect their premises,” Mr McMullan said. “This would be a retrograde step back into the days of the conflict and bar ownes should not be put under this pressure. “At a time when people are attemping to pomote Larne we see that unionist paramilitaries are determined to put their stamp on the town, making it an unwelcome place for many people.” Chief Inspector John Magill said police were “awre of recent allegations concerning intimidation in Larne town centre”. “Police are determined to tackle criminality including intimidation,” he said. “We are committed to protecting the community against criminal elements but the bottom line is that we need the assistance of the community so I would again ask that people come forward and help with our enquries.”

With many thanks to : Marie Louise McCrory, The Irish News.

THE GRIM REAPER – Greysteel psycho is freed from jail….again

Greysteel killer walks free for second time as prison staff tell us “He’s a nasty nutter”





TWISTED Grey steel killer Stephen Irwin is back walking the streets of Ulster, we can reveal. The 40-year-old UFF murderer walked out of Maghaberry Prison on Wednesday, in a shock decision which is certain to cause distress for the families of his eight victims.


Irwin was responsible for one of the darkest days of the Troubles when he walked into the Rising Sun Bar on Hallowe’en night in 1993 armed to the teeth. Wearing a boiler suit and a balaclaver he fired around 44 shots, killing eight innocent people, and even stopped at one stage to replace his magazine clip so he could cntinue his bloody rampage. Last night the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) confirmed Irwin had been released. The Sunday World has learned that Irwin – regarded as a hero within some loyalist circles – was released under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement for a SECOND time. Irwin – who revelled in the nick-name given to him ‘Stevie Greysteel’ – was released after convincing a panel of Sentence Review Commissioners (SRC) that he was fit to be set free.

The move has shocked senior prison officers who say Irwin is “extremely violent”. Irwin had already been given an undeserved second chance when he was originally released under the terms of the 1998 peace agreement. But the blood-thirsty thug was returned to jail to serve out the remainder of his eight life sentences when he was involved in a vicious knife attack during the Irish Cup Final in 2005. He was given another four years on top for slashing the throat of another football van in a frenzied attack in Windsor Park. But he was told at the time of that court case that even after the four years had been served he would have to convince the SRC that it was safe for him to be set free. It means instead of serving the other eight life sentences Irwin is currently living in the Shankill area of Belfast.



After he was released from prison the first time he refused to return to his home in Co Derry and instead moved into the Shankill because he had fallen in with Johnny Adair and his ‘C’ Company crew inside. There had been speculation within Maghaberry Prison that Irwin had been released on the orders of the Secretary of State, Teresa Villiers. However a spokesperson for the NIO said Ms Villiers had no involvement in Irwin’s release. The spokesperson said: “Mr Irwin applied to the Sentence Review Commissioners (SRC) for early release under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement. “The SRC is an independent body and it is for them, not the Secretary of State, to determine prisoners ‘ suitability for release.”The Sentence Review Commissioners determined that Mr Irwin’s application for early release should be granted.” Last night prison sources said officerd in Maghaberry said they were shocked Irwin had been deemed fit for release. “He had a very bad reputation inside the jail,” said the source. “In fact the prison officers used to call him Stevie ‘what the f**k are you looking at ‘ Irwin because that’s usually how he spoke to people. “He was a real nutter, an nasty little piece of work when he was in here and was responsible for a number of assaults. “Nobody could believe it when they heard he was being let out. “And nobody will be remotely suprised when he walks back through the gates at Maghaerry!” The UFF targeted The Rising Sun Bar in Graysteel because it was a Catholic area, however two of the eight people murdered were Protestant. Irwin subsequently bragged to his fellow inmates about how he prepared for his deathly bussiness when he opened fire on drinkers in the pub. The incident became known as the ‘Trick or Treat’ murders because Irwin messed up his speech.


He was supposed to read out a prepared UFF speech but got nervous and shouted ‘Trick or Treat’ instead. A woman in the bar, who thought it was a Hallowe’en prank said, “that’s not funny” and Irwin shot her first. It followed an IRA bomb attack on the Shankill Road in West Belfast just days earlier in which 10 people, including one of the bombers, were killed. One of his accomplices, Torrens Knight, was handed 12 life sentences for his part in the massacre and for his role in the separate murders of four workmen. He too was returned to jail in 2009 for attacking two woman who rowed with him and his wife in a bar. He also applied to the SRC and was released a year later. In 2006 the Sunday World published photos of Stephen Irwin inside the Old Maze prison partying with other loyalists and taking drugs. At the time it had been claimed he had penned a sick poem called ‘The Reaper’ which glorified the Greysteel massacre. His mother had contacted the Sunday World to deny her son had had anything to do with the poem. But we recieved photos of him sitting in his cell with the gruesome poem painted on his cell wall aloneside another of a gravestone with the words Trick or Treat – Rest in Pieces on it. Former inmates told us he bragged about his heinous crimes. “He was very proud of what he did at Graysteel and he showed no remorse at all,” said a former inmate. “He told everyone how he practised for a whole week to change the magazine on his AK-47 so he could re-load and kill as many people as possible,” said the former inmate. “He said he needed to be able to do it in five seconds just in case anyone tried to attack him when the first clip ran out. He said he practised it over 200 times.”

With many thanks to : Steven Moore, Sunday World.


Orangemen do not like being arrested, not just because nobody likes being arrested but because they consider themselves to be respectable pillars of society.


THE PSNI has accused the Orange Order of “reckless” and “inflammatory” statements leading up to this year’s Twelfth violence. During the flag protests, Chief Constable Matt Baggott was vocal about the tragedy of vulnerable young people acquiring criminal records for rioting.

The PSNI can square this circle by arresting senior members of the Orange Order for incitement. Arrests are apparently on the cards. Speaking to The Irish Newsa police source said “absolutely everything” is under consideration, including anti-terrorist legislation aimed at Islamic hate-preachers. However, there is no need to risk such an innovative approach when a straightforward offence is available. Incitement has been known since 2007 as “encouraging or assisting crime“. Jamie Bryson has been charged with. Breaching a restriction imposed by the Parades Commission is specifically listed in the law as one of the crimes it is an offence to encourage. Encouragement may include any act or failure to act with the intent and belief that a crime will be committed. Interestingly, the law says this can be proven if an act was merely “reckless”. Prior to last Friday’s return parade past Ardoyne, the Orange Order called for the Parades Commission to be “no longer recognized, acknowledged or engaged with by any member of the unionist community”. There is clearly a case to be made that this and similar statements encouraged breaching parades restrictions, giving that the Orange Order was about to embark on several hundred parades and the Parades Commission is the lawful regulatory body.

The Orange Order (disorder) claims no restrictions were breached by its protests, although the PSNI disagrees. However, this is beside the point and there is no need to get into the debate about when a protest becomes a parade. The law states that a crime does not have to take place for the offence of encouraging that crime to take place. All that counts is that the person doing the encouraging intended and believed the crime would occur. The punishment is the same as the crime encouraged, which in the case of breaching a Parades Commission restriction is up to six months imprisonment. It is less clear whether senior Orange men could be charged with encouraging public disorder, an offence that would attract several years in prison. The Orange Order said trouble was “inevitable” after the Parades Commission ruling on Ardoyne, which shows belief. But the law says an act is not encouragement solely because of its “foreseeable consequences”, so intent must be proven ass well. This is where the “reckless” provision might apply. Immediately before last Friday’s violence, senior Orangemen made speeches about “culture war”, ongoing war with the Protestant and unionist people”, “fighting the war on today’s battleground” and “waking us from our slumber”. They called on “this generation not to be found wanting” and warned that until three north Belfast lodges restricted by the Parades Commission had “got home, the rest of Twelfth day isn’t over for everyone else”. Then they sent those lodges and their followers up to police lines at the North of Ireland‘s most explosive interface.

Many people would say that was reckless with regard to whether or not violence would result, no matter how many mentions of “peaceful protest” accompanied the blood thirsty rhetoric. A good barrister could certainly make a case either way. The threshold for inciting public disorder can be surprisingly low for those not protected by the magical properties of a sash. One of the first people to appear in court after last weekend’s disturbances has been charged with “making obscence hand gestures with intent to provoke a breach of the peace”. This charge is not based on the encouragement llegislation but it still seems remarkable that senior Orange men can raise a metaphorical finger to the law around a flashpoint parade without suffering or expecting to suffer any legal consequences. Orange men do not like being arrested, not just because nobody likes being arrested but because they consider themselves to be respectable pillars of society. A perp walk is the one walk the Grand Wizards can never imagine  themselves doing. The psychological effect of being put before a judge for their actions would be highly significant. If the PSNI is afraid of provoking trouble, that sail has sailed. When facing a politically awkward arrest the PSNI has been known to claim, quite wrongly, that it cannot act without receiving a complaint. So perhaps a few complaints would help matters along. Residents and represtatives might care to explore that option.

With many thanks to : Newton Emerson, The Irish News.

Email address: newton@iiris



NOBODY likes to talk about the elephant in the room – you know, the big issue that none of us can deal with. In our case it’s the past.


The damning report by Her Majesty‘s Inspectorate of Constabulary into the working practice of the Historical Enquires Team should not come as a surprise to anyone. People talk about a hierarchy of victims and comment about how all murders should be treated equally. A fine sentiment. However, the truth is that murders ordered, facilitated, carried out by government agencies ARE different. We have no choice but to trust those who govern us, we have to abide by their laws, so yes it is different when a killing carried out by the State is not properly investigated. It may be argued that the soldiers or individuals who physically carried out the act are not as culpable as those who ordered them.

But the notion that because a killer wore a uniform means he or she should not be subjected to the full rigour of investigation is ridiculous, the fact that they weren’t sets those killings apart. State murder is differnt and it always will be, and the State will forever cling to their dirty secrets – we know that, it is the same the world over. I know victims’ families – on both sides – who have spoken very highly of their experience with the HET which leds me to a very obvious conclusion – this is an organisation operating with one hand tied behind its back. It is inconceivable that any attempt to properly investigate State murder is blocked, or hampered. The past isn’t going to go away, so we can only hope that someday the truth will come out. Sadly that is unlikely to happen until all those with too much to lose are dead and gone. For now the HET is being hung out to dry, the real answers lie further up the food chain.

With many thanks to : Richard Sullivan, Sunday World.


‘ What we are trying to eencourage is actually using plants such as climbing roses, barbarous plants that have a high thorn content, so you can protect your property – Kenny McHugh.


POLICE are advising homeowners to employ thorny plants to help deter burglars. Other practical tips contained in a new public information leaflet include laying gravel to hear intruders approach.

The PSNI explained to people in the Clooney Community Centre in Derry‘s Waterside the bbenefits of ‘defensive planting’ – flowers, shrubs and trees with sharp spines which would put off criminals. “What we are trying to encourage is actually using plants such as climbing roses, barbarous plants that have high thorn content, so you can protect your property,” Kenny McHugh from the crime prevention branch said. “When you look at the value of property that’s actually stored in your shed, on average your talking about £1,200 up to £1,500. “That’s very attractive to a burglar.” The event on Thursday was used to launch a public information leaflet on defensive planting which will be made available across the North of Ireland.

It includes a ‘spike rating’ of the best plants. “Criminals do not like climbingthrough prickly plants and hedges,” the leaflet says. “They know that a small item of ripped clothing or blood can help the police identify them.” Horticulturist Gareth Austin, who helped to develop the leaflet, said the response has been very positive. “A lot of what we’re covering is common-sense but it’s simple things that make the difference. “I’ve had tools go missing on me before and at £30 for a spade it all adds up. “All of my own tools are both visibly marked with UV ink.” The leaflet also encourages homeowners to keep boundary fences and hedges low to “allow as much natural surveillance as possible from neighbours and passing pedrestrians and traffic”. The PSNI urged anyone who suspects garden crime to call their neighbourhood crime prevention officer on 0845 600 800.

With many thanks to : CActual McGuigan, The Irish News.

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