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Man found guilty of terrorism offences

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A 22-year-old man from Luton has been found guilty of terrorism offences after planning to fight with Daesh in Syria.

Mubashir Jamil (08.01.95), of Luton, was convicted today of being engaged in conduct in preparation for giving effect to the intention to commit acts of terrorism.

He has been remanded in custody ahead of sentencing on 23 November.

The Old Bailey heard that between November 2015 and April 2016, Jamil sent numerous online messages to people he believed could help him in his endeavours, including a covert police officer.

Jamil told the officer about his dreams of travelling to Syria to fight for Daesh and his intention to get fit ahead of his journey. He bought a punchbag and pull-up bar but told the covert officer he was cautious of drawing attention to his fitness programme and had bought a football to play with "so it's less suspicious".

Before deciding to travel to Syria, Jamil considered other options, including carrying out a suicide bomb attack. He talked of wanting to see attacks similar to those in Belgium and Paris. In one message, he wrote: "I am saying if you guys can send me someone quickly, and he fits a explosive [sic] belt on me and tells me how to press, I can go find good targets on the same day and press it."

But Jamil decided to pursue his plans to fight in Syria instead. On Saturday, 9 April he booked a ticket to fly to Turkey on Saturday, 30 April. However, officers arrested him on Wednesday, 27 April before he could travel out.

They seized his iPhone and two laptops from his home; these featured pro-Daesh documents including "How to survive in the West - A mujahid guide" and "The Islamic State 2015", as well as a copy of his flight tickets.

They also seized approximately £1,000 cash - found in his bedroom - under the Police And Criminal Evidence Act.

Commander Dean Haydon, head of the Met's Counter Terrorism Command, said: "Mubashir Jamil, seemingly inspired by the terrorist atrocities in Belgium and France, was determined to support Daesh by fighting for them in Syria or taking lives here in the UK. Ultimately, he decided to go to Syria and the Met's Counter Terrorism Command gathered solid evidence of Jamil's plans before arresting him ahead of his flight date.

"Counter terrorism teams across the UK are carrying out hundreds of investigations but we need communities to work with us to fight terrorism. I urge them to do this by being vigilant and reporting anything suspicious, including if they think someone they know is being radicalised."

Detective Superintendent Glen Channer, from the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit Counter Terrorism Policing said: "Luton is a fantastic town with great diversity and strong communities; however this case shows how vigilant we must be to identify and weed out those individuals with extreme views of any kind.

"We simply will not tolerate those who spread fear and hate in our communities and will continue to target, arrest and disrupt anyone involved in such criminality. Communities play a crucially important role in defeating terrorism and I would urge people to report any suspicious behaviour via the anti-terrorist hotline."

Anyone who notices suspicious behaviour or is concerned that someone they know is being radicalised is urged to call the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or seek help and advice from a wide range of agencies at http://www.preventtragedies.co.uk

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Two former security guards found guilty of a conspiracy to steal £7 million

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Mohammed Naheen Siddique and Ranjeev Singh

Mohammed Naheen Siddique and Ranjeev Singh

 

Two former security guards have been found guilty of a conspiracy to steal £7 million after a three week-long trial at Kingston Crown Court.

Mohammed Naheen Siddique, 32 of Belgrave Road, Slough, and Ranjeev Singh, 40 of Grampian Way, Slough staged a robbery in an attempt to steal 19 bags of cash due to be transported to the Bank of Ireland.

The pair, who both worked for the cash handling company Loomis, were caught as the result of an investigation by the Met’s Flying Squad.

The court heard Siddique and Singh were working together on the same shift on Tuesday, 14th March and had been tasked with picking up £7 million in cash from the British Airways cargo depot at Heathrow Airport.

Analysis of CCTV footage revealed that, shortly after the money was picked up at 08:30hrs, the Loomis van pulled over outside the security gates to allow Singh to use the toilet.

This was an unauthorised stop and against all Loomis protocols and instructions, which stated that if an operative needed such a stop then he/she should call into the control centre so that closer monitoring of the van could occur.

While Singh was in the toilet, Siddique drove off and then parked it a short distance away in West View, Feltham.

Singh took 20 minutes to raise the alarm with his employer and, when asked whether he had tried to contact Siddique, he said he did not have his phone.

The delay in alerting the Loomis control centre enabled Siddique, who was helped by another man, to unload the bags of cash into a white Transit van parked in West View.

In order to create the impression of a robbery, Siddique’s hands and ankles were bound with cable ties and he was left on a service road near the M40 in Buckinghamshire. Siddique was later found by a member of the public at 11.15hrs.

Flying Squad detectives arrested Singh and Siddique after suspicions were raised by Singh’s inexplicable delay in raising the alarm and Siddique’s inconsistent account of what had happened.

During an interview in which he was being treated as a witness, Siddique claimed the theft had been organised by a man who had threatened to burn his house down.

However, analysis of a mobile phone found on Singh, - despite his claims that he didn’t have one - revealed that it had been used to call Siddique during the period the cash was stolen.

The phone cell analysis also revealed Rafaqat Hussain, who previosuly pleaded guilty to the conspiracy to steal, had been in regular contact with Singh on the day of the theft.

Flying Squad detectives established that Hussain had called a recovery driver on the day of the theft and the white Ford transit van, parked a short distance from Hussain’s house, had been loaded on to a vehicle transporter and taken to a nearby recycling centre where it was scrapped.

Hussain’s wife Razvana Zeib was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering after investigations revealed £900,000 had been transferred to a Pakistani bank account opened in her name.

Zeib and another defendant, Gary Carrod, were also charged with conspiracy to burgle after a house in Stoke Poges, which Hussain was planning to buy at a knockdown price, was burgled and ransacked.

Gary Carrod, 33, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle at Kingston Crown Court on Monday, 11th September.

Rafaqat Hussain, 41, and Razvana Zeib, 35, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal, conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to commit money laundering at Kingston Crown Court on Monday, 11th September.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Bedford, of the Met’s Flying Squad, said: Although this was an organised theft involving months of planning, it would not have been possible without the calculating and devious actions of Singh and Siddique who abused their positions to subvert the secure processes put in place to prevent this type of offence.

“The pair attempted to present themselves as victims of a robbery even going so far as arranging for Siddique to be tied up and left by a motorway to be found by innocent members of the public.

“However, a swift and thorough investigation by the Flying Squad uncovered their lies, led to their accomplices being identified and ensured their successful conviction at court.

“Both men are now likely to receive substantial custodial sentences reflecting their calculated abuse of their employer's trust and the value of the monies stolen.”

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Man guilty of murdering five-year-old boy

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A man who beat his girlfriend's five-year-old son to death simply because he lost one of his trainers has been found guilty of murder.

Marvyn Iheanacho, 39 (01.06.78), of Wesley Avenue, Hounslow, was convicted at Woolwich Crown Court on Friday, 21 July of killing Alex Malcolm.

Detective Chief Inspector Tony Lynes, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said:"Iheanacho subjected that poor little boy to a brutal assault after flying into an uncontrollable rage just because Alex lost one of his shoes.

"Afterwards Iheanacho came up with various stories to try to cover his tracks, insisted his girlfriend lie for him and attacked her when she tried to get medical help for her unconscious son.

"It is no surprise the jury easily saw through his stories and while nothing can bring Alex back, I hope Iheanacho's conviction today provides his mother and father, and their families with some comfort."

Liliya Breha, Alex's mother, said: "Alex was so small but he was my strength and my purpose for living. The hardest thing I have ever had to hear, was that my child died. I remember it like it was yesterday. Lying next to him in a hospital and praying that everything would be fine, that he will open his eyes. I didn't even get to tell him I love him. All I got was to put my hand on his chest and feel every single one of his final heartbeats."

The court heard that on 20 November 2016, Iheanacho had spent the day with his girlfriend, Alex's mother, and Alex. Later that afternoon he said he wanted to go out to get a DVD and see a friend and would take Alex with him.

CCTV showed the pair getting on a bus at 16:39hrs heading towards Rushley Green. They were then seen walking towards Mountsfield Park in Catford, arriving around 17:15hrs.

They went to the play area.

Just before 18:00hrs, a witness heard Iheanacho shouting at Alex after he realised the boy had lost his shoe.

Through the park gates she saw Iheanacho and described him as "raging" at Alex who was keeping very quiet.

She then heard repeated booming noises and saw the gate vigorously moving as if it was being punched by someone.

The witness's dogs began barking and the punching stopped. She saw Iheanacho bending over Alex and whispering to him before they moved away.

Another witness heard the loud banging, a male voice screaming about the lost shoe and a child's voice fearfully saying sorry.

The prosecution said the banging noise was Iheanacho assaulting Alex.

At around 18:00hrs a dog-walker in the park saw Iheanacho talking on his phone and a child lying on his back on a bench with his arm dangling down.

They overheard Iheanacho saying something had been lost and he was looking for it and "he's fallen asleep and he's heavy".

Phone records showed that Iheanacho had twice called his girlfriend to tell her about the lost shoe. Alex's mother asked to speak to her son but Iheanacho did not put him on the line.

Iheanacho then picked up Alex and walked from the park to a mini cab office on Rushey Green.

Despite Alex clearly needing urgent medical attention, Ihenacho did not take him to Lewisham Hospital which was a five-minute walk from the mini cab office.

Instead he took a cab back to his girlfriend and Alex's home in Beckenham and rang her on the way, asking her to come outside.

When they arrived he told her that Alex had fainted and fallen on his knees. Alex's mother noticed he had a bruised face and what looked like a slap mark. He was breathing but seemed unconscious. Iheanacho told her Alex had hit his head as he fell and he had slapped him to try to wake him up. He wouldn't let her call an ambulance and they took Alex upstairs.

Alex's mother was now screaming and Iheanacho assaulted her, kneeing her in the chest, jumping on her back and trying to choke her. He suddenly stopped and laid Alex down on a bed.

Alex's mother noticed her son was cold, his face had turned blue and he had stopped breathing. She grabbed the phone and called an ambulance which arrived at 20:42hrs.

Iheanacho told the paramedics varying accounts of what had happened including that Alex had fallen onto his knees and hit his head and that Alex had fallen from a climbing frame but not hit his head.

Iheanacho did not go to the hospital but told his girlfriend as she left with Alex that she should say she had been there when Alex suffered his injuries as it "looked bad - Alex was in my care".

A CT scan at Lewisham Hospital revealed Alex had severe brain swelling. He was transferred to Kings College Hospital for an operation.

Iheanacho arrived along with police. He gave a statement stating he had been with Alex's mother when he heard the boy scream and turned to see he had fallen and bumped his head. He later told other officers a different story.

When enquiries revealed Iheanacho had been in the cab alone with Alex and his girlfriend was not there, he was arrested for grievous bodily harm and subsequently charged.

Police attended the park, via the Carswell Road entrance, and found Alex's gloves and his lost trainer in the play area. The red jacket he had been wearing that day was recovered from his home. When examined, tiny blue fragments were found which matched the blue paint on the park gates.

Alex's mother found a notebook at her home in which Iheanacho had written under the heading "mistakes". He wrote that he had an overwhelming anger and he had beaten Alex for "sicking up in the cab". In evidence Iheanacho said he had written the notes in August 2016.

Alex died at 15:20hrs on 22 November 2016. A post-mortem examination gave cause of death as head injuries and noted large areas of bruising to his face and body, causing by being assaulted and slapped. He had a significant brain injury and internal bruising to his stomach, caused by a kick, stamp or punch.

Iheanacho was charged on Thursday, 2 February with murder.

Sentencing will take place at Woolwich Crown Court on Tuesday, 25 July.

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Policeman pleads guilty to perverting the course of justice following car crash

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Police Constable Miladur Khan, 30, has pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice following a car crash where he lied about being the driver. He said that he was trying to protect his uninsured brother Mured Khan.

PC Khan, attached to East Area Command Unit, admitted the offence after appearing at Southwark Crown Court on Tuesday, 2nd May.

Mured Khan, 26, of Stepney Way, E1, also stood trial charged with driving without insurance. He pleaded guilty to the offence at Thames Magistrates' Court and was disqualified from driving for six months and fined £200. He was made to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and court costs of £85.

The convictions followed a road traffic collision between two vehicles in Burdett Road, E14, on Wednesday, 29th June 2016.

PC Khan was asked several times to confirm if he was the driver and he said he was. However, the local authority CCTV confirmed that PC Khan was not the driver at the time of the collision.

The officer was interviewed under caution on 1st July 2016 and subsequently charged.

PC Khan appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, 4th April where the case was transferred to Southwark Crown Court for plea and directions on Tuesday, 2nd May.

PC Khan has been bailed for sentencing on Tuesday, 30th May.

He remains on restricted duties and a decision will now be made as to whether the officer is suspended from duty.
Once the criminal proceedings are complete an internal misconduct review will take place.

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Cardiff man pleads guilty to terrorism offences

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Samata Ullah, 34, from Cardiff has pleaded guilty to five terrorism offences on Monday 20th March.

Ullah was arrested in Cardiff, on 22 September 2016, by officers from the MPS Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) supported by the Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit [WECTU].

On 29 April 2016, officers from the Kenyan Anti-Terrorism Police arrested a man in Kenya. His electrical devices showed that he was in regular contact with someone of a similar extremist mind-set and the pair had had discussions about developing the specialist skills to assist ISIS in their campaign of terror.

The Kenyan Office of the director of public prosecutor shared this information with international partners who then supplied the information to the authorities in the UK. Officers from the MPS Counter Terrorism Command, supported by WECTU, launched an investigation into Samata Ullah - the man the Kenyan suspect had been speaking to.

During the course of their investigation into Ullah's activities, officers established Ullah was not just a supporter of ISIS but an active member. They found evidence that he assisted others, who shared his mind-set, teaching them how to keep their actions and communications secret.

He assisted in the development of a web site with the purpose of helping people prepare for acts of terrorism - specifically hacking into computers. Numerous documents and videos found on his devices and his own communications revealed his radical mind-set and items found by officers when they searched Ullah's home included a USB cuff link on which he had saved infamous ISIS publications.

Commander Dean Haydon, MPS Counter Terrorism Command, said: "Just because Ullah's activity was in the virtual world we never underestimated how dangerous his activity was. He sat in his bedroom in Wales and created online content with the sole intention of aiding people who wanted to actively support ISIS and avoid getting caught by the authorities.

"This is just the sort of information that may have helped people involved in planning devastating, low technical level, attacks on crowded places as we have seen in other cities across the world.

"This conviction is a success, but we need to keep succeeding, which makes it important that we all remain vigilant and people act at the earliest opportunity by calling us confidentially if they are concerned about any suspicious activity."

Ullah pleaded guilty to the following offences:-

Membership of a proscribed organisation. On or before 22 September 2016 Ullah belonged or professed to belong to a proscribed organisation namely ISIS. Contrary to section 11 Terrorism Act 2000.

Terrorist Training. Between 31 December 2015 and 22 September 2016 Ullah provided instruction or training in the use of encryption programmes, and at the time he provided the instruction or training, he knew that a person receiving it intended to use the skills in which he is being instructed or trained for or in connection with the commission or preparation of acts of terrorism or for assisting the commission or preparation by others of such acts.

Preparation for terrorism. Between 31 December 2015 and 22 September 2016 Ullah, with the intention of assisting another or others to commit acts of terrorism, engaged in conduct in preparation for giving effect to his intention namely, by researching an encryption programme, developing an encrypted version of his blog site and publishing the instructions around the use of programme on his blog site. Contrary to section 5 Terrorism Act 2006.

On or before 22 September 2016, Ullah had in his possession an article namely one Universal Serial Bus (USB) cufflink that had an operating system loaded on to it for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism, contrary to section 57 Terrorism Act 2000.

On or before 22 September 2016, Ullah had in his possession articles namely a book about guided missiles and a PDF version of a book about advanced missile guidance and control for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism, contrary to section 57 Terrorism Act 2000.

Detective Superintendent Lee Porter - Head of WECTU said: "Ullah's activities came as a shock for those who knew him, including his family and the local community. His actions and desires do not represent the people of Cardiff or Wales who have repeatedly voiced and demonstrated their resilience to extremist views.

"The police and the security and intelligence agencies depend on information from you. Be our eyes and ears and help keep yourself, your family and your local community safe. Please visit the Action Counters Terrorism website for more information on how you can help us."

More information on what to look out for can be found at https://act.campaign.gov.uk/ where you can report your concerns online or by calling police confidentially on 0800 789321.

Sentencing has been set for 28 April at the Old Bailey.

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Friends found guilty after Lambo smashed into building & caused over £100,000 damage

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SMASH: The high-powered supercar caused more than £100,000 of damage

SMASH: The high-powered supercar caused more than £100,000 of damage

 

Lamborghini Gallardo crash duo found guilty

Two men involved in crashing a supercar into a shop have been convicted of lying to cover their actions after they tried to blame the incident on a mystery customer at the cafe where one of them worked.

Talal Alkassab, 39, and Diyaa Lababidi, 33, both pleaded guilty on 14th March at Southwark Crown Court to conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

The collision, which caused more than £100,000 worth of damage, saw a Lamborghini Gallardo plough into a shop in Westminster on 23rd July 2015.

Their convictions follow a lengthy investigation by police in Westminster.

On 23rd July 2015 police were called shortly before 07:30AM, after receiving reports a car had hit the front of shops in Woodstock Street W1.

The high-powered car had collided with several street bollards and the glass and metal frontage of the property, causing significant damage.

TALAL ALKASSAB: After hiring the Lamborghini, Alkassab lied about being involved in the incident

TALAL ALKASSAB: After hiring the Lamborghini, Alkassab lied about being involved in the incident

 

After checking CCTV footage the police discovered that the collision had occurred around 00:15 that morning. The car had driven up Woodstock Street before accelerating and colliding with the building at speed. Two people were seen getting out and the vehicle remained there until it was recovered around three hours later. No call was made to notify police of the accident.

Alkassab and Lababidi were eventually arrested after an extensive police investigation.

It was discovered that it was Alkassab who hired the Lamborghini on 22nd July 2015. He told police an unknown customer at the nearby cafe where he worked had taken the keys to the car without his knowledge, and it was he who crashed the vehicle while parking it.

However, text messages were uncovered between Alkassab and Lababidi, which lead to Alkassab eventually admitting to police that his friend Lababidi had been driving.

Lababidi was charged earlier in the investigation with driving offences. He had appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 2nd February 2016 where he pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention, failure to report a road traffic collision, having no insurance and driving a motor vehicle otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

DIYAA LABABIDI: The 33-year-old has already been charged with several driving offences related to the incident

DIYAA LABABIDI: The 33-year-old has already been charged with several driving offences related to the incident

 

He received an eight-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months for failing to report the collision and was disqualified from driving for six months for driving without insurance. His licence was also endorsed for driving without due care and attention and driving without a licence.

Lababidi was ordered to pay £714.13 compensation to Westminster Council for damage to bollards, as well as £85 prosecution costs and an £80 victim surcharge. Charges of attempted insurance fraud were left to lie on file for Alkassab.

PC Colin Moore, of Westminster police, said: "Alkassab and Lababidi were not only involved in a serious collision that caused thousands of pounds worth of damage but Alkassan then lied to police over a considerable period of time, protracting our enquiries and delaying the matter in coming to court.

"I am pleased they have finally been held accountable for their actions and, with summer approaching, I hope this case sends a message to those who drive such vehicles about the responsibilities that come with that and the efforts police will take to tackle their anti-social use."

They are due to be sentenced on 11th April.

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Man found guilty of attempting to fly to Syria to join ISIS

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A Londoner who attempted to travel to Syria has today, Tuesday, 28 February been found guilty of a terrorism offences.

Patrick Kabele, 32 (26.02.84) of High Road, NW10 was found guilty of preparation of terrorist acts - namely attempting to travel to Syria - contrary to section 5(1)(a) of the Terrorism Act 2006.

He has remanded in custody and will appear at Woolwich Crown Court to be sentenced on a date to be confirmed.

The court heard how Kabele was stopped under schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act at Gatwick Airport on 20 August 2016, as he attempted to board a flight to Sabiha Gokcen Airport, Istanbul.

When he was searched he was in possession of £3,000 along with numerous media devices. He refused to answer questions about his travel plans and was reminded of his duty to answer questions under Schedule 7. When he continued to answer no comment he was arrested under paragraph 18 of Schedule 7 of TACT for wilfully failing to comply.

On 23 August 2016 Counter Terrorism officers were contacted in relation to the above and took ownership of the investigation.

Inspection of his media devices revealed his plans and on the 24 August officers from the Met's Counter Terrorism Command attended his home and arrested him on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts.

On the 25 August he was charged with preparation of terrorist acts. The acts being applying for a Turkish visa; purchasing his flight ticket; attending the airport and having in his possession of £3,000 in cash. All of these preparations were done so that Kabele could travel out to fight with ISIS.

Commander Dean Haydon, MPS Counter Terrorism Command said: "Kabele's intention to join ISIS is made very clear in his own notes. Due to the good work of officers at the airport, who spotted Kabele and questionned him, as well as the investigation team who pieced the case together, we have prevented someone from travelling to fight for a terrorist group."

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“Smile please, I can’t see you”: Paul Gascoigne guilty over racial slur

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SHAMED: Paul Gascoigne signed autographs as he left Dudley Magistrates’ Court (Pic cred: Twitter)

SHAMED: Paul Gascoigne signed autographs as he left Dudley Magistrates’ Court (Pic cred: Twitter)

Paul Gascoigne, the former England footballer, has been fined £1,000 after admitting to making a racist ‘joke’ in front of hundreds of people at his An Evening With Gazza’ show.

Dudley Magistrates' Court heard that Gascoigne ‘humiliated’ a black security guard assigned to protect him during one of his shows in Wolverhampton.

The 49-year-old was fined because he used ‘threatening or abusive words or behaviour’.

Gascoigne asked Errol Rowe: “Can you smile please, because I can't see you?”

District Judge Graham Wilkinson also ordered Gascoigne to pay Mr Rowe £1,000 in compensation.

Mr Wilkinson told the former England star: “You sought to get a laugh from an audience of over 1,000 people because of the colour of Mr Rowe's skin.”

He praised the Crown Prosecution Service for taking the case to court, saying Gascoigne's comment at Wolverhampton Civic Hall on 30th November was an example of ‘insidious’ racism which needed to be challenged.

The judge continued: “Mr Rowe was clearly humiliated on stage, as part of an act.

“As a society it is important that we challenge racially-aggravated behaviour in all its forms.

“It is the creeping 'low-level' racism that society still needs to challenge.

“A message needs to be sent that in the 21st century society that we live in, such action, such words will not be tolerated.

“It is not acceptable to laugh words like this off as some form of joke.”

He told Gascoigne what happened was a ‘stain on his character’.

When interviewed by police, Gascoigne had said he meant no offence and that it was ‘just good humour’.

He added: “I’m upset that I upset him. Looking back, I said the wrong thing. I’ve upset somebody. I apologise from the bottom of my heart. It will never happen again.” 

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