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Museum raids gang guilty over art thefts

Posted by Warren Fyfe on February 29, 2016 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image caption Thieves tried to tear the horn from a rhino’s head at Norwich Castle Museum Fourteen members of an organised crime gang have been convicted over their roles in stealing artefacts worth up to £57m from museums and an auction house. Items including Chinese jade and rhino horn were stolen in Cambridge, Durham, Norwich [...]

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Gang ‘smuggled 31 guns into UK on boat’

Posted by Warren Fyfe on February 29, 2016 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image copyright Julia Quenzler Image caption Defendants (left to right) Harry Shilling, Michael Defraine, Jennifer Arthy and John Smale Three men and a woman have gone on trial accused of illegally importing 31 automatic weapons into the UK. The Old Bailey heard the gang used a boat to smuggle the weapons, worth more than £100,000, [...]

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Migrants break down Macedonia fence

Posted by Warren Fyfe on February 29, 2016 in Warren Fyfe Site

Media captionMigrants tore down the fence using a ‘battering ram’ Macedonian police have fired tear gas at a crowd of migrants who destroyed a barbed-wire fence on the Greek border using a makeshift battering ram. TV footage showed migrants pushing against the fence at Idomeni in Greece, ripping away barbed wire. A section of fence [...]

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Tributes paid to ‘Father Jack’ actor

Posted by Warren Fyfe on February 28, 2016 in Warren Fyfe Site

Media caption‘Drink, drink, drink!’ Frank Kelly was known for his role as Father Jack Tributes have been paid to Irish actor Frank Kelly, best known for playing Father Jack Hackett in the comedy sitcom Father Ted, who has died aged 77. Kelly was a veteran of stage and screen, his career lasting 60 years. He [...]

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Sides allege Syria truce breaches

Posted by Warren Fyfe on February 28, 2016 in Warren Fyfe Site

Media captionQuentin Sommerville reports from Shaddadi, a town recently freed from control by so-called Islamic State Anti-government rebels and Russia have both reported breaches of the fragile truce in Syria – now in its second day. Russian planes have attacked several sites in northern Syria, activists say. Russia has not confirmed any sorties on Sunday [...]

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Leaving EU ‘a stride into the light’

Posted by Warren Fyfe on February 28, 2016 in Warren Fyfe Site

Media captionIain Duncan Smith says leaving the EU would be a “stride into the light” The campaign to leave the EU represents hope over pessimism, said Iain Duncan Smith, as he dismissed suggestions a UK exit would be a “leap into the dark”. The work and pensions secretary said leaving would be a “stride into [...]

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Attacks hit Syria as truce takes hold

Posted by Warren Fyfe on February 27, 2016 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image copyright AFP Image caption Syrian rebel positions around Damascus were heavily bombarded on Friday The first major temporary truce in Syria’s five-year civil war has come into effect. The “cessation of hostilities” began at midnight (22:00 GMT Friday) with early reports saying front lines were silent. However, Syrian state media said several shells had [...]

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Tributes to waterfall death sisters

Posted by Warren Fyfe on February 27, 2016 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image copyright Family handout Image caption Isobel Mackensie Squire (L) and Beth Anderson Tributes have been paid to two sisters from Sheffield who were found dead near a waterfall in Vietnam. Beth Anderson, 24, and Isobel Mackensie Squire, 19, had been living “a life of adventure”, their family said, adding: “Two bright lights have gone [...]

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G20 warns Brexit would be global ‘shock’

Posted by Warren Fyfe on February 27, 2016 in Warren Fyfe Site

Media captionGeorge Osborne: “This is deadly serious. It’s about people’s jobs and their livelihoods” Finance ministers from the world’s leading economies have warned of a “shock” to the global economy if the UK leaves the EU. The ministers gave their opinion in a statement released at the end of a two-day meeting of G20 nations [...]

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Brothers jailed in Rotherham abuse case

Posted by Warren Fyfe on February 26, 2016 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image copyright South Yorkshire Police Image caption Arshid, Basharat and Bannaras Hussain were sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court Three brothers who groomed, raped and sexually assaulted 15 teenage girls in Rotherham have been jailed. Arshid Hussain, 40, was jailed for 35 years while siblings Basharat, 39, and Bannaras, 36, were jailed for 25 and 19 [...]

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