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Wednesday, December 31, 2014
French National Front members expelled over laxative wine ‘prank’
Marine Le Pen and her partner, Louis Aliot
Two activists from France’s far-right National Front have been expelled for
putting laxative in wine served to Louis Aliot, a deputy leader and domestic
partner of Marine Le Pen, the party chief.
Jean-David Eyquem, a former youth leader for the Front in the Bordeaux area,
and Jean-Baptiste Defrance, a former local council candidate, were excluded
permanently from the populist movement for allegedly attempting to sabotage
a press conference by Mr Aliot because of a dispute in the party over gay
marriage, officials confirmed today.
Damien Obrador, a Front councillor for the town of Cabanac-et-Villagrains,
near Bordeaux, was suspended for a............................ http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/europe/article4310560.ece
NWN: Are the antics of the 'populists' like Le Pen in the FN getting too much for nationalists in France ?
Are you sitting comfortably? Let's vote! New children's book primes the next generation for politics
'The Election' was crowdfunded through Kickstarter and received backing from representatives of the three main political parties
Widespread disillusionment with politics among young voters has
triggered a rush by the main parties to consider reducing the voting age
to 16. But one author has gone one further step in trying to engage the
young – by writing what is thought to be the first children's book in
the UK on general elections.
With 7 May just over four months away, The Election, a
picture book aimed at young children, tells the story of a boy named
Alex who asks his parents about politics and voting. Ellie Levenson, a
journalist and author, got the idea for the book after her own daughter
started asking questions when the family went to a polling station
during this year's local elections.
The story follows
preschooler Alex and his parents, who canvass for the stripy party, and
Evie and her parents, who are supporters of the spotty party.
Door-knocking, voting, television debates and results night are all
explained alongside colourful illustrations by Marek Jagucki.
Levenson said: "I wanted to normalise voting and participation from a
young age so that children don't grow up as thinking of politics as
something other people do, but as something that everyone does.
are inherently interested in how their society works and ask pertinent
questions all the time. When a child asks why another child doesn't have
as many toys as they do, the answers are political even if you're not
using terms like 'inequality' or 'public service cuts' in your answers,
and this books tries to give that a bit of context. I grew up with
politics being part of everyday conversation, and I've no doubt that's
why I ended up working for a think tank and then as a journalist."
book was crowdfunded through Kickstarter and received backing from
representatives of the three main political parties including Labour
councillors, a Tory MP and a Liberal Democrat peer. The book is the
first from Fisherton Press, a new publishing company set up by Ms
Levenson, who has titles by other authors lined up.
Levenson added: "It was really important in The Election for the parties
not to be recognisable as any real parties because it's about process
rather than policy. So there's the spotty party and the stripy party.
main moral of the story is tolerance – only one party wins, and you'll
have to read the book to find out which – but the children remain
friends anyway. I'll consider the book a success if the general election
in 2030 has a high turnout as a result of the young children who read
the book now coming of age." 'The Election' is published on 5 January and is online from today.
Lord Janners case has been re-opened in child sex abuse probe...........
So said investigative news website EXARO.
It looks like this carefully hidden behaviour by some of the top figures in our 'establishment' that even might lead to Buckingham Palace by all accounts.Might now be about to blow wide open. A similar case occured in Belgium a few years back.
Click on the above pic to enlarge, and read how corrupt 'our' politicians are and how beholden they are to the state of Israel.
EXARO doesn't allow for excerpts to be cut and pasted to we advise readers to view the below link;
7,500 Germans Gather to Sing Christmas Carols Against Islamisation
The German PEGIDA movement held its largest meeting yet last
night to protest what they call the ‘Islamisation of the Western World’,
despite stiff opposition from all sections of Germany’s elite including
politicians, media, and the arts.
PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against Islamisation of the West) has
grown rapidly since its inception in October, a peaceful ‘strolling’
movement opposing the exceptional violence seen in street battles
between Salafist Muslims and ethnic Kurds seen in many German cities
this year and enormous immigration. Now on it’s tenth ‘evening stroll’,
it has grown from a couple of hundred people, to 15,000 last week, to more than 17,500 last night.
In addition to the hundreds of banners with slogans such as ‘Against
Hatred, Violence, and the Quran’, ‘Against Religious Fanaticism’, and
‘No Sharia in Europe’, the thousands attending brought song sheets which
had been distributed online and sang favourite Christmas carols.
Despite the essentially ordinary character of many of the people
taking to the streets for the peaceful strolls, and the admission by
senior government and police figures that a great many of those joining
in are families bringing their children, the organisation has come in
for stiff criticism and rejection by the heights of the German elite.
Chancellor Merkel has suggested the leadership of PEGIDA have an
ulterior motive, despite their focus on non-violent protest and
apolitical principles. She even went as far to warn people thinking of
going on the weekly stroll to “watch out that they are not
instrumentalised by the organisers”. The SPD, Germany’s Labour-party
equivalent have gone as far as calling PEGIDA “Nazis in pinstripes”.
This is despite a report by the German police that there are
significantly more known troublemakers in the counter-protest movements,
than in PEGIDA itself.
It is not only German politics which is putting its weight behind the
counter-PEGIDA movement. Apparently dismayed that 17,500 people had
turned out in bad weather to sing Christian carols, the Protestant
Bishop of Dresden said PEGIDA were trying “to exploit a Christian symbol
and a Christian tradition” for political ends.
Germany’s art elite also showed their disapproval last night. The
directors of Dresden’s Bavarian State Opera house, outside which the
protests take place turned off the lights on the building, cloaking it
in darkness during the stroll. Colossal 50-foot banners were draped in
front of the building reading “humanity, respect, and diversity”.
No plans have yet been announced by PEGIDA for their next march. http://www.breitbart.com/london/2014/12/23/17500-germans-gather-to-sing-christmas-carols-against-islamisation/ NWN: We wonder who is behind this lot ? Zionists ?
The police and bomb disposal officers were called to the alert outside Portadown
A controlled explosion has been carried out on a device found under a soldier's car in Portadown, County Armagh.
It is understood the booby trap bomb was discovered under a serving soldier's vehicle at Corbracky Road.
Upper Bann MP David Simpson said it was his understanding
that the Army officer found the device earlier on Friday and that she
Bomb disposal officers were called to scene and a number of houses have been evacuated. 'Serious situation'
The bomb squad carried out a controlled explosion on the device at about 16:45 GMT.
Mr Simpson, who is a member of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), said it was a "very serious situation".
The serving soldier discovered the device under her car on the Corbracky Road, a rural area outside the town
"We have to pay tribute to the diligence of the individual who discovered it.
"Today we could have been looking at a fatality, but the
diligence was there and this device was discovered," the MP told the
BBC's Evening Extra programme. 'Worrying development'
Mr Simpson said he believed dissident republicans were
responsible for the attack but added that this had not yet been
confirmed by the security forces.
Justice Minister David Ford said it was a "worrying development".
"It shows the value of vigilance on the part of this
individual officer. It shows the need for vigilance, but I'm absolutely
delighted that clearly vigilance has paid off."
Mr Ford also praised the actions of the bomb disposal team. 'Evil act'
Sinn Féin MLA John O'Dowd condemned the attack and said those
responsible "do not speak for the local community and are not advancing
SDLP MLA Dolores Kelly said: "This was an evil act against an
individual and those who carried it out have no regard for the safety
of the wider public through their wanton recklessness for the lives of
The alert is continuing. Part of Corbracky Road has been closed to traffic and diversions are in place. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-30555216
Mohamad Iqbal & Najum Mohammed Iqbal charged in enslavement and trafficking case
The appalling conditions in which the victims were forced to live.
Two men have been charged after Operation Retriever officers raided a factory in Rochdale.
Mohamad Iqbal (born 23/08/1963) of Belmont Way, Rochdale, and Najum
Mohammed Iqbal (born 28/12/1973) of Harrison Close, Rochdale have both
been charged under Section 71(b) of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 –
“to knowingly require another person to perform forced or compulsory
Both men have been remanded in custody and will appear before Bury and Rochdale Magistrates Court on Thursday 18 December 2014.
NWN: Enriched Rochdale ! Britain banned slavery 200 years ago but non-whites like the above pair continue with this evil practice. At the Albert Dock complex in Liverpool there is a slavery museum which is used to 'bash white people' to make us feel sorry for non-whites. Slavery is used to promote 'white guilt'.The Slavery issue is hammered at white people 'night and day' but the reality is slavery is commonplace in parts of Africa and Asia.
Would people really care about Britain's booming population if it
was driven by WHITE families having more babies, Boris Johnson asks
Mayor called for a 'proper conversation' about how many people live in UK
He asked whether it was 'foreigners' that voters were really bothered about
London mayor said there should be a national debate about population size
with concerns about Britain's booming population should ask themselves
if they would be bothered if it was fuelled by a surge in white Anglo
Saxon protestant babies, the Mayor of London has said.
Johnson called for a 'proper conversation' about how many people live
in the UK and how far voters would be prepared to go to reduce the
a phone-in on BBC London 94.9, he questioned whether it was
'foreigners' that voters were actually concerned about rather than the
size of the population.
Boris Johnson insisted that no country had enjoyed sustained economic growth without an increase in its population
'Is it people who speak a different language? Is it people who cook a different type of food? What is it?' he said.
Mr Johnson insisted that no country had enjoyed sustained economic growth without an increase in its population.
added: 'All I'm saying to people is there is a trade-off and if you go
for a reduction there will be an economic price to pay.'
Conservative mayor said a state should be 'able to control its
frontiers' and 'proper controls' are needed at Britain's borders.
He added: 'I think we need a proper conversation about what we think the ultimate size of Britain should be.
'We are are now at 62/63 perhaps even 64 million now. Is that too many?
'If it is too many then by how many would people like that number reduced and how would they like it to be reduced?
what are they seriously calling for? Are we calling for sterilisation?
Are we calling for a Chinese-style one-baby policy?'
Boris Johnson will appear on this
week's 'The Jonathan Ross Show' to promote his book 'The Churchill
Factor: How One Man Made History'
He added: 'How would people feel if the population pressure was caused entirely by white Anglo Saxon protestant babies?
'How would they feel about that?
'I just think there is a lack of clarity about that and I think people need to ask themselves what they are really...'
NWN: And this from the mixed race foreigner "with a combination of Muslims and Jews"in his ancestry, this upper class buffoon Johnson was born in New York. Idiots like Johnson shouldn't even be allowed to vote, let alone stand for office.Being as Johnson is himself a 'foreigner', isn't he a little bit biased ?
And now slavery in Rochdale......Three men arrested for enslavement and trafficking offences
Three men have been arrested for enslavement and trafficking
offences as Greater Manchester Police’s joint operation with Rochdale
Council, Operation Retriever, entered its second phase.
This morning, Monday 15 December 2014, GMP officers, alongside partner
agency teams from Rochdale Council, the Home Office and HMRC, executed a
warrant at a factory on Ings Lane, Rochdale.
As a result of these warrants three men, aged 51, 43 and 40 were
arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to require another person to perform
forced or compulsory labour and conspiracy to commit trafficking
A 24-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of immigration offences.
Today’s action follows the Operation’s initial success in November, when
15 people across Greater Manchester were arrested and five charged for
their involvement in a trafficking ring which sold a pregnant woman into
a sham marriage and attempted to trick her into aborting her baby.
Intelligence gathered during phase one led officers from both GMP and the council to an address in Rochdale.
When they searched the property, they found 10 Eastern European
immigrants living in terrible conditions, with up to three or four
sleeping in each room.
A further investigation revealed that these men and women were being
taken to work in a factory in Rochdale each day, where they were paid
less than two pound per hour for working more than 80 hours per week.
Today’s raids upon that factory revealed a workforce of 20 Eastern
European immigrants, who have now been rescued from a life of physical
and verbal abuse, 80-hour weeks and terrible living conditions enforced
by the men who owned and ran the factory.
Detective Inspector James Faulkner of Greater Manchester Police’s
Rochdale Division, said: “This is another excellent result from a joint
operation which has strived to uncover and protect vulnerable victims
from the men and women hoping to exploit them for their own financial
“The men and women working in the factory have told us that they were
subjected to physical and verbal assaults at the hands of their
employers and forced to work more than 80-hours before ending up with
around £25 for their week’s work.
“This is a typical example of how modern slavery can work in the UK.
“The men and women are promised accommodation and jobs, but are forced
to live in cramped, terrible conditions before being taken to work in a
factory for more than 12 hours each day.
“At the end of the week, the factory owners pay them around £125 for
their 80 hours, but then take up to £100 away immediately for rent,
travel and other expenses.
“This leaves the men and women effectively working for pennies, while
simultaneously ensuring they remain reliant on the people enslaving
“When you consider that this factory was producing frames and pictures
for major high street companies, with contracts running into the
millions of pounds, it proves just how much money these men stood to
make from this exploitation.
“Now GMP and our partners in Rochdale Council will be striving to
safeguard these victims from further exploitation, and will do our
utmost to ensure that the people responsible for this injustice are
punished to the full extent of the law.”
Mark Widdup, Director of Economy and Environment with Rochdale Borough
Council said: "Today’s raid is another example of agencies working
together to share, connect and act on information, quickly and
“Through truly ground breaking initiatives like PET, the Partnership
Enforcement Team, we use all our tools and powers, be it through
housing, revenues and benefits or trading standards to disrupt
criminality in the Borough.
This meeting was to honour Spanish nationalist Jose Antonio Primo De Rivera. Griffin seems to have sold himself to the Spanish as still being the leader of the BNP. Crook Griffin was all in favour of banning folk who gave it the stiff right arm. But here we see him with his pal Fiore junketing in Madrid. Just how did 'Porko' Griffin get away with this subterfuge ?
Years ago when quite a few used to attend the Madrid rallies, Griffin would have got his nose bent by UK nationalists who attended this annual weekend. One of the first, if not the first, to organise groups to Madrid was the late John Peacock from Leicester who formed the group 'The Ring'.
How can Griffin keep a straight face ? He changes his view more than he changes his shirt !
More asylum seekers in Rochdale than the entire South East of England
It has emerged that there are more asylum seekers being placed in Rochdale than in the whole of the South East region.
Home Office figures have shown there are currently 615 asylum seekers in
Rochdale compared with 447 in the entire South East of England, which
includes just one in Windsor and Maidenhead where the Home Secretary,
Theresa May, is the MP.
In David Cameron’s backyard of West Oxfordshire there are no asylum seekers at all.
Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk has challenged the Government to address the
disproportionate number of asylum seekers being placed in Rochdale.
Mr Danczuk said: “I think we can be proud as a country that we offer
asylum to people who need it, but we need to make sure the burden is
spread fairly across the country. And we need to make sure that the
system is fair - I meet too many people in my surgery that are economic
migrants trying to claim asylum. The system at the moment is a shambles
and ministers need to explain why David Cameron’s constituency takes no
asylum seekers and a wildly disproportionate number are placed in
Rochdale. This is bad policy and runs the risk of not only putting extra
strain on community relations but also putting significant pressure on
services that are already struggling due to Government cuts.” http://www.rochdaleonline.co.uk/news-features/2/news-headlines/92869/more-asylum-seekers-in-rochdale-than-the-entire-south-east-of-england
Dad and sons battered Good Samaritan brothers in brutal road-rage hammer attack - but not jailed !
A father and his sons battered two brothers with a hammer in a terrifying road-rage attack.
Police were called to reports of a large group of men fighting in a street in Rochdale in July last year.
attack was sparked after brothers Ghulam Hussain and Shamash Hussain
stopped their car on Salkeld Street in Deeplish to help a friend.
Javed Akhtar, 50, pulled up behind the vehicle with his wife in his silver Nissan Micra.
He then began beeping his horn and claiming they were blocking the road, ManchesterMinshull Street Crown Court heard.
Widdicombe, prosecuting, said: “Javed Akthar continued to swear. He
started to get out, but his wife was trying to keep him in.
“He was getting more and more angry. He said he would be back in five minutes, got back in his car and drove off.”
A short time later, the victims were confronted by Javid Akhtar and a gang of between 10 and 15 men in nearby Salik Gardens.
Javid Akhtar was carrying a small wooden hammer, which he pointed at the two victims before the gang attacked.
his police interview, Ghulam Hussain said he saw a flash of silver and
was struck on the face near his right eyebrow, causing it to bleed.
He was struggling to see and fell to the ground, where he was kicked and punched by the gang.
Shamash Hussain tried to help his brother and ran towards the group before rugby tackling some of the men to the ground.
He was then also attacked and hit across the nose with a hammer.
Witnesses called police and both men were taken to hospital, suffering cuts and bruises to their faces.
Akhtar and his sons Junaid Akhtar, 22, Jamshed Akhtar, 20, and Bilal
Mohammed, 19, were all arrested at their home in Salik Gardens.
Police seized the silver Nissan Micra and discovered blood inside the passenger door, which matched that of the victims.
Sentencing the men, Judge Leslie Hull said: “There was some
sort of dispute, which arose from a vehicle disagreement and that led
all too quickly and dramatically to the violent behaviour used.”
While on bail, Mohammed carried out a further attack in April this year using a broom handle to attack Waqaas Javed.
repeatedly hitting Mr Javed in the face through the open window of his
car, he used the broom handle to smash the rear window.
to the second assault involving Mohammed, the judge added: “Bilal
Mohammed, when you again got involved in a dispute, this time you took a
stick and hit your victim fanatically. The injuries were not as bad as
they might have been.
“But to add insult to injury you then smashed his car.”
defendants pleaded guilty to affray and were each given 36-week prison
sentences suspended for 12 months, plus 180 hours of unpaid work and
Mohammed also pleaded guilty to separate charges of
common assault and criminal damage and was given an additional curfew,
12-month supervision order and ordered to attend an achieving peaceful
solutions course. http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/father-sons-battered-brothers-hammer-8171366
Franco and Jose Antonio rallies and demonstrations this weekend especially in Madrid
The above demonstration is being held in Alicante where Jose Antonio was
murdered by the communist gangsters of the Spanish Civil War 1936 -
Below is another demonstration held in central Madrid this weekend outside the home where Jose Antonio was born on Calle Genova near Plaza Colon.When after a rally a march will commence up to Moncloa where a number of falange will march with a wreath to the Valle de los Caidos in the mountains outside Madrid.
Named and shamed: Six men who were banned from approaching girls under 18 amid fears of grooming are allowed to be identified
from Birmingham are Omar Ahmed, 27, Sajid Hussain, 40, Mohammed Anjam,
31, Naseem Khan, 30, Mohammed Javed, 33, and Alam Shah, 36
They have been banned from approaching any girl under age of 18
High Court heard three of them found in hotel with girl in care, 17
Landmark ruling is despite police not having enough evidence to convict
Yet police refuse to release the men's photos - to protect their families
men have been named, shamed and barred from contacting underage girls in
a landmark anti-exploitation case - despite there not being enough
evidence to convict them of a crime.
injunction was won by authorities in Birmingham today against the six
men - three of whom were found with a 'vulnerable' girl in a hotel room.
can be named as Omar Ahmed, 27, Sajid Hussain, 40, Mohammed Anjam, 31,
Naseem Khan, 30, Mohammed Javed, 33, and Alam Shah, 36, after a judge
ruled it was in the public interest for their identities to be released.
was despite the objections of West Midlands Police - who despite
applying for the injunction, argued the men's names should be kept
secret to protect their private lives.
From left to right: Naseem Khan, Mohammed Javed and Allam Shah pictured outside London's High Court
The men were barred from contacting underage girls in a landmark anti-exploitation case in Birmingham
Even though the men have now been named, the force says it will not be releasing their photographs for the same reason.
spokesman said: 'We have a duty to consider the impact of releasing the
men's images on innocent family members, such as their partners and
their own young children.'
men's names were released by Mr Justice Keehan at the High Court in
London today after an application by journalists, who argued the public
had a right to know.
He said his decision took into account it was 'their own reprehensible conduct which has led them into this position.'
All six had been hit with injunctions after applications by Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police.
injunctions bar them from contacting, approaching or following the girl
and from approaching 'any female under the age of 18 years, not
previously associated with him, on a public highway, common land,
wasteland, parkland, playing field, public transport stop or station.'
must also not allow any female under the age of 18 not previously known
to them 'to enter into or remain in any private motor car or taxi in
which he is driving or travelling as a passenger.'
were also banned from texting or contacting the girl by any means
including 'face to face contact, telephone
(mobile/landline/facetime/skype etc), text messages, msm, blackberry,
chatrooms, or other social media'.
All six men were hit with injunctions after applications by Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police
Landmark ruling: The names of the six men were released today at the Royal Courts of Justice in London
they are forbidden from passing on details for the girl, 'for example
name, location, address, telephone numbers' or 'incite, encourage or
facilitate the introduction of the (the girl) to any other male.'
If the injunctions are broken, the men could be jailed for up to two years for contempt of court.
One of the men said the proceedings were 'racist' as he left court today.
came after social workers and police raised concerns about the welfare
of a vulnerable 17-year-old girl, who was in the care of the local
According to the council the girl went missing from care a shocking 102 times since July 2010, when she was just 13.
August and October this year the girl, now aged 17, was taken to
various hotels around Birmingham where she was sexually exploited.
the council's intervention the girl, who cannot be named for legal
reasons, was taken to a secure location for her own safety.
from Tyseley, Khan, from Bordesley Green, and Shah, from Small Heath,
claimed they were doing nothing wrong when police found them in a room
at the Ibis Hotel in Birmingham with the teenager.
Named and shamed: Mr Justice Keehan ruled the public had the right to know the six men's names
claimed he met the girl at petrol station in August, and was drunk so
he took her to the hotel room back and paid £40 in cash for the room.
said nothing inappropriate happened, although they were both drinking
vodka. He then said he called his friends Khan and Shah to take him
the judge said Javed's evidence was 'incredible' and he was 'plainly
lying.' He said the other two who claimed to have gone to the hotel to
take him home as a friend were also lying.
He said: 'I am satisfied all three of them were engaged in the sexual exploitation of the girl.'
said Javed either had been engaged in sexual activity with her, or was
planning her sexual exploitation, and brought the other two men to the
hotel room to have sex with her.
Meyer QC, for Birmingham City Council, said the council and police had
identified a 'number of individuals' found to be 'inappropriately' in
the company of the 17-year-old girl.
thought that there was not enough evidence to secure criminal
convictions - on a beyond reasonable doubt basis - 'at the current
they thought that there was enough evidence to obtain civil court
injunctions, which rely on the less strenuous test of the balance of
The first injunctions were granted on a temporary basis last month.
Permanent orders against Anjam, from Aston, and Ahmed, from Yardley, were secured on Monday.
Secured today were the injunctions on the three others and that against Hussain, from Tyseley.
A case against four other men, who cannot yet be named, continues.
Chief Superintendent Danny Long, of the West Midlands Police Public
Protection Unit, said similar measures may be used to tackle the 75 live
cases of child exploitation currently being investigated in Birmingham.
added: 'The injunctions give us the power to help to protect young
people without putting them at the heart of a judicial process.
found in a hotel room with a child is not a crime. Having a number of a
child is not a crime. Sharing a taxi with a child is not a crime.
'But these men will not be allowed to do that.'
COUNCIL: THIS IS AN INNOVATIVE NEW WAY TO STOP GROOMING
the hearing, Peter Hay, Director of People at Birmingham City Council,
said: 'Although there is not enough evidence for a criminal conviction
at present, we do have enough information to obtain injunctions - these
use a lower evidence threshold and the balance of probability.
'This is a ground-breaking approach, finding new ways to protect victims.
'We have to recognise that previous ways of dealing with this have not always worked.
often the victim has not seen herself as a victim so it has been
difficult to use the conventional criminal prosecution route.
Safeguarding: A lawyer representing
Birmingham City Council (pictured) told Mr Justice Keehan how bosses had
launched civil court proceedings against a number of men with the aim
of protecting the young
perpetrators befriend their victims and make them feel special it is
therefore harder to gather concrete evidence to use against them.
'We have used intelligence gathered by both agencies as well as evidence of perpetrators' criminal activities.
doesn't replace the criminal process but it is about finding
complementary ways of working together to do all we can to safeguard
'The young woman in question comes from a large family and has been known to Birmingham social services for a number of years.
'She is a bright young woman who cares deeply about her family, especially her siblings.
'We strongly believe that she is being consistently sexually exploited and has been since her early teenage years.
time she goes missing a police investigation is launched. She has been
found in hotel rooms with men in states of undress and in a state of
intoxication, despite lack of funds.
many attempts to work with her to understand the risks she was placing
herself in, she continued to have contact with these men.
'She is now safe, in secure accommodation for her own protection.'
Foreign terrorists and how bloodshed on an East London street, 100
years ago this week, has chilling parallels with Britain today
01:29, 17 December 2010
There was a high wind
blowing through East London that December night in 1910. Along
Houndsditch, the shops had shut and most of the area’s Jewish population
were at home preparing for the Sabbath. But their peace would soon be
shattered. The street was about to explode into a scene of violence that would leave three policemen dead and two crippled for life. It
would bring to light the ruthless activities of gangs of foreign
extremists that operated in London, using brutality and terror to
bankroll their revolutionary crusades.
Open fire: The Siege of Sidney Street which
happened in early 1911, two weeks after three policemen were shot dead
and two more crippled for life in Houndsditch, City of London
events, 100 years ago this week, have eerie parallels with a Britain
today that has become a hotbed of terror and radicalisation — as the
story of Luton-based Islamist suicide bomber Taimour Abdulwahab
al-Abdaly, who blew himself up in Sweden last Saturday, demonstrates so
vividly. At 10pm
that December night, a shopkeeper who lived in the flat above his luxury
goods shop on Houndsditch heard strange noises coming from downstairs.
Fearing a break-in at the jeweller’s next door, he went to alert nearby
policeman Walter Piper. He fetched two further constables, Walter Choate
and Ernest Woodhams, from a nearby beat. They were then joined by three sergeants — Bentley, Tucker and Bryant — as well as two plainclothes constables. At 11.30pm, Bentley approached the house that backed on to the jeweller’s — No 11 Exchange Buildings. A
man with brown hair and a dapper little moustache opened the door. When
Bentley asked him what he’d been doing, he didn’t reply, pretending not
Remembered: The three policemen killed (from
left to right) Sergeant Robert Bentley, 36, Sergeant Charles Tucker, 46,
and Pc Walter Charles Choat, 34
the policeman did not know was that he had stumbled across a cell of
foreign anarchists — individuals intent on using Britain as a base to
foment revolution back in their home countries, and who would stop at
nothing for their cause. Just
as today, Britain operated a liberal, open-door policy towards
immigrants. And London had become a magnet for those fleeing persecution
in their homeland. Most came to work in the sweatshops of the East End,
sending money back to help their families. But
others had no interest in settling peacefully. Britain’s tolerant laws
meant that they could operate freely in a way that would have seen them
imprisoned, tortured or killed in their home countries — and to finance
their revolutionary activities, they resorted to crime and violence, Armed
with guns brought in from abroad, they held up banks, shops and
factories, bringing terror to the streets of the very country that had
given them shelter. When he
approached No 11, Bentley had no idea of the terror that was about to
be unleashed. He asked the mouse-haired foreigner he encountered to
fetch someone who spoke English. The man disappeared back into the
house, leaving the door ajar. But
he didn’t come back — so after waiting on the doorstep for a few
minutes, Bentley went inside, followed by his colleague Sgt Bryant. It
was dark inside. Neither policemen was armed, it being extremely rare
for a policeman to carry a firearm in 1910, even though criminals were
increasingly doing so.
Anniversary: The newly unveiled plaque in Cutler Street commemorating the incident on December 16, 1910
the year before in London, seven policemen had been wounded and two
bystanders killed by two Latvian gunmen carrying out an armed robbery.
Both robbers had died in the ensuing gun battle. Though Bentley and Bryant did not know it, the men into whose lair they had just walked were compatriots of the dead robbers. And
they were every bit as ruthless and dedicated to their cause:
revolution in Latvia — a satellite state of Russia — and the overthrow
of the repressive Tsarist regime. The
Latvian gang had been planning this raid for weeks, renting the
buildings behind the jeweller’s and purchasing implements and chemicals
used for cutting metal (to break open the safe), and a drill to break
through the wall behind it. It was the noise of the drilling and the falling masonry that had alerted the neighbour. The
gang, whose brutal experiences in Latvia had left them with a deep
distrust of the police, carried guns and were prepared to shoot their
way out of trouble rather than be captured alive. Several
had been involved in a Latvian uprising five years earlier which had
been brutally crushed, with 14,000 men, women and children massacred in
reprisals by the Russian army. Ringleaders had been imprisoned and
tortured by the police.
Not forgotten: Flowers are laid in December 1910
after three police officers were shot dead. It remains the joint worst
attack on serving officers in British history
Jacob Peters, a Bolshevik, had his fingernails ripped out under
interrogation. Another of his comrades had his genitals ripped off. Peters
was the man now inside No 11 Exchange Buildings, along with George
Gardstein, the man who had opened the door to the police, and
Gardstein’s mistress, Nina Vassilleva. Two
other members of the gang, Joseph and Fritz Svaars, had stayed behind
at nearby lodgings with another veteran robber, Peter Piatkow, known as
‘Peter the Painter’ because he sometimes worked as a decorator.
HOW THE HOUNDSDITCH MURDERS HAPPENED
The Houndsditch murders took place
after the anarchist gang broke into HS Harris jewellers planning to
steal the contents of the safe. A neighbour heard suspicious noises
and alerted City of London Police, who sent officers to investigate,
armed only with whistles and truncheons. Sgt Bentley was shot dead after entering the house the burglars were using to gain access to the jewellers. Fighting their way out of the
building, the gang killed Sgt Tucker and Pc Choat. One of the burglars,
George Gardstein, was accidentally shot by his friends in the melee and
died from his wounds the next day. The funeral for the murdered policemen, who were all posthumously awarded the King's Police
Medal, was held at St Paul's
Cathedral on December 22 1910 and attended by then-home secretary
Winston Churchill and the Lord Mayor of London.
the policemen waited in the darkness of No 11 for Gardstein to return,
they realised they were being watched from the stairs. They could not see the man’s face, but asked him politely if they could look out of the back. The man pointed to a room to their right. ‘In there,’ he said. As
Bentley stepped into the room, the back door of the house was flung
open and another man, later identified as Jacob Peters, came towards him
firing a pistol while the man on the stairs, whom it transpired was
Gardstein, also opened fire with a long-barrelled Mauser gun. Bentley
was hit in the shoulder and the neck. His spinal cord was almost
severed, but he managed to stagger back to the front door and collapse
half into the street. Sgt Bryant, standing behind him, was shot in the arm and chest, falling over the dying Bentley into the street. He managed to stumble out of the cul-de-sac and slumped against the wall of a house. As
the anarchist Gardstein continued firing from the doorway, Peters
dashed out to clear the street of policemen so that they could escape. Despite
the bullets whizzing through the darkness, PC Woodhams ran forward to
help Bentley but was shot in the leg by Peters and fell unconscious. Sgt Tucker was hit in the hip and the heart. He staggered to the end of the cul-de-sac and collapsed, dead. Nina
Vassilleva, who had been waiting in an upstairs room as lookout, now
ran into the street after her lover, Gardstein. He had almost reached
the end of the street when Constable Choate, a gentle giant of a man,
stepped forward, courageously grasped him by the wrist and tried to
wrestle his gun from him. Gardstein fired repeatedly, hitting PC Choate in the leg, but the constable bravely held on, pushing the pistol away from him. Choate
was hit in the thigh, calf and foot but, despite his injuries, he
managed to drag Gardstein down and the two men struggled on the
ground.Then Peters, running forward with his pistol, shot Choate twice
in the spine, forcing him to release his grip on Gardstein.
Desperate men: Killer Jacob Peters, left, the ruthless revolutionary and Peter the painter who was never caught
Scene of the crime: Houndsditch, City of London, where the three police officers were shot dead and as the area appears today
The anarchists made their
escape. Peters dragged the wounded Gardstein out of the cul-de-sac, with
Vassilleva following behind. They
managed to drag Gardstein back to the lodgings of their accomplice
Fritz, where they laid him on a bed as he writhed in agony. A doctor was fetched but could do little as Gardstein refused to go to hospital. He died a few hours later. Meanwhile,
the wounded policemen were being rushed to hospital. Sgt Tucker was
found to be dead on arrival. Constable Choate, still conscious despite
eight bullet wounds, was operated on, but died at 5.20am. Sgt
Bentley was carried to St Bartholomew’s Hospital. The bullet in his
spine had paralysed his lower body. He regained consciousness long
enough to answer questions and speak to his pregnant wife, before dying
that evening. In all, 22 shots had been fired outside No 11. The
three dead policemen were given a state funeral in St Paul’s Cathedral
one week later, which was attended by dignitaries including the Lord
Mayor of London and the Home Secretary, Winston Churchill. Thousands
lined the route of the procession to pay their respects. Sgt Bryant and
Constable Woodhams were disabled for life. The doctor who had attended
Gardstein informed police of this bleeding man who refused to go to
hospital. But by the time they reached him, he was already dead. They
found underneath the mattress a loaded pistol and several rounds of
ammunition. Assuming that
the gun belonged to Gardstein, they blamed him for the murders, as the
bullets that had killed the policemen matched those in the gun. But —
as crime historian Donald Rumbelow reveals in his book on the
Houndsditch Murders — it had in fact been stuffed under the mattress by
Under orders: Scots Guards awaiting the command to fire during the siege of Sidney Street in 1911
Under oath: Sir Winston Churchill pictured in
the witness box during the Sidney Street inquest in 1911. The future
Prime Minister was present at the siege and reports suggested a bullet
went straight through his hat. Historians have dismissed the story
It was Peters who had
fired the fatal shots, but had seen the opportunity to pin the blame
onto the dying Gardstein before fleeing to another lodging to lie low. The
Houndsditch Murders created a huge wave of public revulsion and horror.
The police were under enormous pressure to catch the murderers, while
the public blamed the Liberal government for allowing immigration to go
unchecked and extremists to flourish unsupervised. As
Clive Bettington, head of the Jewish East End Celebration Society
that has helped fund a new exhibition on the murders, points out:
‘There’s a resonance with today’s situation. These people were allowed
into the country, in huge numbers, and no one knew who they were and
what they were doing. No one checked up on them. ‘They
took advantage of our liberal, tolerant attitude to carry out what were
essentially acts of terrorism to further their own ends.’ Within days, the police had managed to round up Nina Vassilleva and Jacob Peters, although he denied any involvement. Peter the Painter, identified by an informant as one of the gang, managed to flee the country a week after the killings. Meanwhile,
another informant tipped off police that two of the fellow anarchists —
Fritz and Joseph Svaars — were hiding out at a house in Sidney Street,
Stepney. In the early hours of January 3, 1911, 200 police officers
surrounded the house and a six-hour gun battle ensued. Winston
Churchill arrived to observe the battle scene and when the men inside
set fire to the house to cover their exit, he refused to allow the fire
brigade to put the flames out. When
firemen finally entered the building, two charred bodies were found and
identified as Fritz and Joseph Svaars. One fireman was killed by
falling debris. Incredibly, the two gang members brought to trial, Vassilleva and Peters, were subsequently acquitted through lack of evidence.
Not forgotten: The new plaque is in honour of
the three officers who were shot dead and two others crippled for life
by a gang of eastern European anarchists on this day 100 years ago
Three of the main witnesses were dead, and much of the evidence from that dark, confused night was deemed unreliable. As
the Daily Mail commented after the trial, five months after the
policemen’s murders: ‘Not a single one of their murderers has been
punished by the law.’ Two of the anarchists had died at Sidney Street,
but the rest had either escaped or been freed. Jacob Peters, the ruthless revolutionary who had fired the fatal shots that killed three unarmed men, remained in London. In 1917, he returned to Russia
following the revolution and became a leading member of the Bolshevik
party and deputy head of the Cheka, the Soviet secret police. Thousands of people were killed on
his orders during the Cheka’s brutal reign of terror. Peters took
pleasure in personally carrying out many of the death sentences on
‘enemies of the people’ himself, leading to his nickname of ‘The
Executioner.’ Peter the Painter, whose colourful
sobriquet had become synonymous with the killings, was never caught. In
2008, Tower Hamlets Community Housing named two houses after him,
despite the protests of the Police Federation and Sgt Bentley’s family
that they were glorifying the murders. Yesterday, however, that injustice
was somewhat rectified as City of London Police unveiled a plaque to
the three murdered policemen in Cutler Street, into which the
murderers fled after the shootout. With extremism and foreign
anarchists once more stalking London’s streets, abusing the tolerance
for which this country has long been famous, it is a fitting moment to
remember three policemen who died defending those freedoms.
The Museum of London Docklands exhibition on the Houndsditch Murders, London Under Siege opens tomorrow.
Huge crowd: Firefighters tackle the blaze during
the Siege of Sidney Street. It broke out six hours into the siege, but
Churchill refused them direct access, claiming he would wait for the
criminals to flee. However the door never opened and two gang members,
Fritz Svaars and William Sokolow, perished
Four Islamic terrorists planned to kill the Queen of England
this weekend — but British police foiled the assassination plot, reports
The anarchist assassins intended to stab Queen Elizabeth II Friday as
the country celebrated 96 years since the end of World War I — an
annual British jubilee — with numerous public appearances by her Royal
British police discovered the murder plot by the four terrorists,
ranging in age from 19 to 27, and conducted multiple raids in West
London and Buckinghamshire to thwart their plan.
Cops believe the suspected terrorists planned to use a knife to kill
the beloved 88-year-old Queen, but also think they likely had access to
Officials made Queen Elizabeth and Prime Minister David Cameron aware
of the potential threat, but her Royal Highness still plans to attend
the weekend’s festivities.
She was expected at Saturday’s annual Royal British Legion Festival, a military bash that celebrates the end of World War I, The Sun first reported.
Her Majesty is still slated to lay the first wreath at Sunday
Remembrance celebration following a two-minute moment of silence,
according to The Sun.
This is not the first time the Queen’s life has been threatened.
The Lithgow Plot was an assassination attempt on the Queen and her husband, Philip, who were on a royal tour in Australia.
The lovebirds were traveling from Sydney to Orange in 1970 when their
train struck a large wooden log, that was allegedly placed on the
tracks in hopes of causing the train to derail as it came barreling full
speed down the track.
But, for some reason, the train was traveling at an unusually slow speed, averting any crisis and sparring their lives.
The royal couple was reportedly kept in the dark about the 1970s
murder plot to avoid embarrassment for the Australian government, The Daily Mail reported.
She has reigned Queen for more than five decades, assuming the title
at age 25. Prince Charles, her oldest son, is next in line to the
throne, but is expected to pass the honor to his son, William.
The Duke of Cambridge and his wife, Kate Middleton, welcomed a son to
the royal family last July and are expecting another child in April.