Fraudster changed his name to ‘Mr Irish Dog Foods’ to cash £18,000 cheque | Another money mule changed his name to Mr Biscuits Leclerk to cash one of the missing cheques made out by Aldi to its suppliers.

Fraudster changed his name to ‘Mr Irish Dog Foods’ to cash £18,000 cheque

Fraudster changed his name to ‘Mr Irish Dog Foods’ to cash £18,000 cheque

Fraudster changed his name to ‘Mr Irish Dog Foods’ to cash £18,000 cheque

Fraudster changed his name to ‘Mr Irish Dog Foods’ to cash £18,000 cheque

Fraudster changed his name to ‘Mr Irish Dog Foods’ to cash £18,000 cheque

Fraudster changed his name to ‘Mr Irish Dog Foods’ to cash £18,000 cheque
Fraudster changed his name to ‘Mr Irish Dog Foods’ to cash £18,000 cheque
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A fraudster changed his name to Mr Irish Dog Foods in order to cash a stolen cheque, a court heard.

Money mules Evariste Luteke, 54, Marlon Aghostinho, 27, Antoinette Kalunga, 32 and George Sourou, 23, all helped launder missing cheques made out by supermarket Aldi to various suppliers.

Essex estate agent Sourou changed his name to Mr Irish Dog Foods before receiving a cheque for £17,833 and making a series of cash withdrawals.

When he was arrested police found a number of documents bearing the same bogus name.

Only £9,995 of the money was eventually recovered.

Inner London Crown Court heard how Aghostinho, from Tottenham, changed his bank account name to Mr Biscuits Leclerk in May 2016 and dispersed a total of £18,000.

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Healthcare support worker Kalunga, from Enfield, changed her account name to Kordis Ltd on May 5 and banked £29,950 which was similarly quickly transferred and withdrawn.

She again changed her account name using forged papers, this time to Shaper Haggart, but the cheque was blocked before a second payment could be received.

Prosecutor Jonathan Gold said: ‘All the offences were committed against HSBC bank who provided banking services to Aldi.

‘Theft of cheques made out by Aldi to its suppliers, then put in accounts set up by the defendants for taking the funds.

‘Mr Luteke’s offences concerns German food supplier Copack Tiefkuhlkost Ltd.

‘They supply Aldi with foods and Aldi pay them.

‘The cheque had not been received by the supplier, HSBC looked and saw that had been put in a Barclays business account.

‘The account was in the name of Mr Luteke trading as Copack Tiefkuhlkost Ltd.

‘He had set up an account in the same name so that when Aldi issued the cheque it could be stolen and put into his.

‘£28,000 was stolen and by the time Barclays froze the account only £10,000 was left.’

Mature student and father-of-three Luteke, from Croydon also had a business account which was used to transfer another £20,000 which was never recovered.

All four admitted entering into a money laundering arrangement and acquiring criminal property.

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Sourou was responsible for losses totalling £7,926, Aghostinho £17,950, Kalunga £27,950 and Luteke £37,197.

They were each handed six-month suspended sentences and ordered to carry out between 80 and 120 hours’ unpaid work.

Judge Samantha Crabb said: ‘You are all listed together for sentencing although I accept that there was no connection between you or operating together.

‘Each of your offences were committed against the same victim and headed by the same persons.

‘The offences followed on from the theft of cheques made by Aldi to various suppliers, paid into various accounts.

‘The money was dispersed in a variety of ways, I accept that you had no involvement in that.

‘However, your roles were pivotal in the removal of that money.’

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Winter Wonderland bouncers kick teen boy in the head after mass brawl

Winter Wonderland bouncers kick teen boy in the head after mass brawl

A bouncer has been sacked and another suspended after video emerged of a boy being kicked in the head at Winter Wonderland.

The boy can be seen on the ground as one member of security staff kicks him twice, and another punches him.

Two teens are in the video grappling with bouncers on Sunday night at the festival in London’s Hyde Park.

One of them, wearing a white coat, is wrestled to the ground and attacked by men in high-vis jackets.

A Hyde Park Winter Wonderland spokesperson said: ‘We are aware of an incident that took place on Sunday evening, which saw members of the security team respond.

‘Whilst handling this security issue, members of the security team acted inappropriately.

‘A full investigation is underway and a security team member has been released from his post. Another has been suspended.’

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It happened on the same night a brawl broke out at the event.

The Metropolitan Police say three people were arrested for public order offences at the popular Christmas attraction on Sunday but it is not known if they involved in the fight.

It is thought the brawl broke out as people queued to get into the main beer hall of Winter Wonderland’s Bavarian Village.

Footage from the scene shows security guards in high-vis vests forming a human chain in an attempt to break up the brawl.

Screams could be heard in the background as two men rapidly traded blows, with one getting his opponent in a headlock.

But others appeared to revel in the violence, as a video shared on social media shows a man jumping up and down with excitement.

Someone shouts as someone else shouts ‘Don’t punch the head’ as people circle around the pair to watch the fight.

An onlooker said massive crowd had gathered outside as the beer hall had been shut for an hour and was just re-opening.

People on social media condemned the ‘thuggish-low life behaviour’ and said the venue had become ‘unsafe for children’.

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Harley Watson, 12, died from 'severe head injury' after hit-and-run outside Essex school, inquest hears

Harley Watson, 12, died from 'severe head injury' after hit-and-run outside Essex school, inquest hears

A 12-year-old boy died from a severe head injury after a hit-and-run outside his school in Essex, an inquest has heard.

Harley Watson died in hospital after a vehicle ploughed into children who were leaving Debden Park High School in Loughton, earlier this month.

Essex coroner's officer Lynsey Chaffe, speaking at the opening of an inquest into Harley's death, said he was struck by a vehicle in Willingale Road.

"He was immediately conveyed to Whipps Cross Hospital where his death was confirmed at 4.43pm," said Ms Chaffe.

A post-mortem examination conducted at St Thomas' Hospital on December 6 gave Harley's provisional medical cause of death as a severe head injury, she said.

The two-minute hearing in Chelmsford was adjourned until a date to be fixed.

Essex senior coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray said: "Please could the court's sympathy be expressed to Harley's family at this very difficult time."

A 51-year-old man has been charged with murder over the incident, which happened shortly before 3.20pm on Decemeber 2.

Terence Glover, of Newmans Lane, Loughton, is also charged with the attempted murder of a woman and nine children and of driving a Ford Ka dangerously in Willingale Road, Loughton.

The attempted murder charges relate to 23-year-old Raquel Jimeno and six boys and three girls aged between 12 and 16 who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Glover has been remanded in custody and is next due to appear before Chelmsford Crown Court for a plea hearing on January 31.

Harley's family said in a statement released through Essex Police that they were "devastated by what has happened" and described him as a "good, kind, helpful and lovely boy".

Scores of well-wishers have donated to a GoFundMe.com fundraising page in his memory.

Reporting by PA Media

 

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Levi Davis: Tributes pour in for 'one in a million' mum stabbed to death after 'altercation' involving two vehicles

Levi Davis: Tributes pour in for 'one in a million' mum stabbed to death after 'altercation' involving two vehicles

Tributes have poured in for a "one in a million" young mother who was stabbed to death after an "altercation" involving two vehicles.

Levi Davis, 25, was knifed outside her home in Rushden, Northamptonshire, at about 8.30pm on Saturday.

Paramedics battled to save her but she died at the scene.

A man aged 27 arrested on suspicion of her murder remains in police custody in hospital.

Another 27-year-old man, Jake Dean Swords, of Rushden, has been charged with the attempted murder of the murder suspect. 

Swords will appear at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday morning.

Tributes poured in for Ms Davis on her Facebook page.

One person wrote: "RIP Davis girl, you one in a million. You didn't deserve this. Fly high beautiful. Thoughts are with your family and your babies."

Another woman added: "Not fair you were taken way to soon, in our home town as well. Girl you'll get justice."

A woman visiting the scene to lay flowers, told the Northamptonshire Telegraph: "Our daughters are in the same class. I found out yesterday afternoon, my partner saw it on Facebook.

"She was just always smiling and laughing and had such a good sense of humour and she was a brilliant mum.

"I felt I had to come up, we’ve only known each other for 18 months but we used to spend a lot of time together in the school holidays. It’s so sad."

Superintendent Dennis Murray said Ms Davis died after an "altercation" when two vehicles stopped at the junction of Wellingborough Road and St George's Way.

"We do know that those two vehicles were involved in some sort of ongoing altercation driving along the road," Supt Murray said.

He added: "My understanding from what we know so far is everyone involved in this incident knew each other. I do not believe at this time that it was a random attack but we remain open-minded."

Supt Murray said the two vehicles involved in the incident were a black Volkswagen Polo and a white Vauxhall "van-type vehicle".

He said a 13-year-old boy arrested over the incident had been "ruled out of the inquiry" and released with no further action.

 

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