Suspect Is Arrested Over Stabbings in Birmingham, England

LONDON — The police in Birmingham, England, arrested a man on Monday and charged him with stabbing eight people, killing one, in a series of apparently random attacks in the city early Sunday.

The suspect, a 27-year-old man whose name was not immediately released, was charged with murder and seven counts of attempted murder. He was detained in the Selly Oak neighborhood in southwest Birmingham around 4 a.m. local time, the police said.

A 23-year-old man died in the attacks on Sunday, and two other victims, aged 19 and 32, were in critical condition at a hospital on Monday, the police said. Five other victims, aged 23 to 33, sustained less serious injuries.

The police said they were unable to discern a pattern in the attacks, leading them to believe that the victims had been chosen at random. Steve Graham, chief superintendent of the West Midlands Police, said on Sunday that there was no indication the attacks were related to terrorism or gang violence, nor that they were a hate crime.

Starting in the early hours of Sunday, the assaults spanned the center of the city, which is about 120 miles northwest of London, lasted at least 90 minutes and ended in a bustling nightlife area. Witnesses said that an attacker wearing a hooded top had approached the victims without warning, and eluded bystanders’ attempts to capture him.

“It happened very quickly,” one witness, Savvas Sfrantziz, a bar owner in the nightlife area, told Sky News, describing one of the attacks. “He just went up to her and just stabbed her. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Officers sifted through surveillance camera footage and asked for photographs and videos from the public to help in the search. One tip led them to an address in Selly Oak, where the arrest was made.

In a statement released on Monday, the police said the arrest was “a crucial development,” but underlined that the investigation was continuing. “We still need to speak to any witnesses who saw what happened who’ve not yet spoken to us, or anyone who may have video footage or photos of the incidents or the attacker,” the statement added.

The mayor of Birmingham, Andy Street, said in a post on Twitter that the attacks were a “one-off tragedy.”

“But the message must be it is utterly uncharacteristic of Birmingham,” he added. “The thing that is characteristic will be seen to be a defiant response where all communities come together to condemn it and prove that we can continue all to live together in harmony.”

Knife crime in England and Wales has been on the rise for several years and reached a record annual high for the year ending March 2020, according to a government report. The police recorded 46,265 offenses involving knives or sharp instruments in that period, an increase of 6 percent over the previous 12 months. According to the Office for National Statistics, 256 people died in such attacks in England and Wales in the year up to March 2020.

Apart from the killing in Birmingham, there have been other fatal knife attacks in Britain in recent months. Three people were killed in June in a stabbing at a park in Reading, England, that the police described as terrorism. In July, there were three deadly stabbings and two fatal shootings in London in the space of a week.

Anna Schaverien contributed reporting.

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11 arrested, 3 cops hurt in 3rd night of Rochester protests over Daniel Prude’s death

Police used tear gas after agitators deployed fireworks, officials said.

After the third night of protests in Rochester, New York, nearly a dozen people were arrested and three officers were hospitalized as thousands took to the streets calling for justice for Daniel Prude, a Black man who died after being restrained by police during a mental health emergency.

Friday saw the largest crowds gathered since the release of body camera footage that showed Rochester police officers pinning Prude, 41, on the ground and placing a bag over his head before he lost consciousness.

Police declared Friday night’s protest an “unlawful assembly” following a peaceful gathering at Martin Luther King Jr. Park earlier in the evening, ABC News Rochester affiliate 13WHAM reported.

Upwards of 2,000 people were in downtown Rochester Friday night, officials said. Many demonstrators could be seen wearing goggles and carrying umbrellas as they marched toward police barricades chanting “Black Lives Matter.”

Police used pepper balls and pepper spray to disperse the crowd in response to “aggressive behavior,” the department said, citing protesters throwing rocks, bottles and other forms of debris.

Shortly after midnight, officers also deployed tear gas after “a group of agitators began hurling commercial grade fireworks directly at officers,” the department said.

Garbage cans and a bus shelter were also lit on fire.

The arrests included disorderly conduct and unlawful assembly, rioting and inciting a riot. Four people were remanded to the Monroe County Jail and seven were issued appearance tickets, authorities said.

Three officers were hospitalized, the department said. Two had cuts, severe swelling and contusions on their hands and legs, while a third had burns on their neck. All three were later released, officials said.

Joe Prude, the brother of Daniel Prude, could be seen leading demonstrators on Friday. Prude’s family is calling for the seven officers involved in his brother’s fatal encounter to be fired and criminal charges to be filed.

The seven officers were suspended with pay, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren announced Thursday, a day after the release of the body camera footage.

“That horrific moment was something that I won’t wish upon nobody to see. Don’t no family member deserve to see their family member there being tortured like that,” Joe Prude told ABC News this week.

Activists are also calling for the resignation of Warren and Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary, and for police to stop using pepper spray and pepper balls on protesters.

Elliot Shield, the attorney representing the Prude family, said the family intends to sue “everyone responsible for Daniel’s death.”

“This incident is only coming to light right now because we requested the body camera footage and all of the police reports under New York’s Freedom of Information law,” said Shield.

Officers responded to a 911 call made by Prude’s family on March 23 after they said he was going through a mental health issue. The body camera footage, first obtained by the Democrat and Chronicle, showed several officers approach Prude, who was naked and kneeling on the street.

Prude appears in the video to comply with the officers’ orders and questions as they placed him in handcuffs. He began to shout and spit at the officers, who then placed a spit bag over his head, the video showed.

Three officers are then seen pushing Prude to the ground and pinning him while he continues to shout and spit and eventually vomit, according to the video and police report. Prude appears to go lifeless minutes later.

An ambulance is later seen arriving and a paramedic attempts to do CPR before Prude is put on a stretcher and driven away. Prude died a week later. The Monroe County medical examiner declared his death a homicide due to “complications of asphyxia,” according to the preliminary autopsy report.

ABC News’ Joshua Hoyos contributed to this report.

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Coronavirus Australia live updates: Concern for vulnerable communities after positive cases detected in Queensland; 15 people arrested in anti-lockdown protests in Melbourne; 76 cases, 11 deaths in Victoria overnight, 5 cases in NSW; Plan to have Australia open ‘by Christmas’

More than 410,000 people in the US could die from the coronavirus by January 1, more than doubling the current death toll, a new model often cited by top health officials predicted Friday.

That would mean 224,000 more lives lost in the US over the next four months.

Near-universal mask use could cut the number of projected additional fatalities by more than half, according to the model from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

But it also warns the cumulative death toll could be much higher by the new year if all restrictions are eased.

“If a herd immunity strategy is pursued, meaning no further government intervention is taken from now to Jan 1st, the death toll could increase to 620,000,” according to IHME’s briefing.

The death rate could reach nearly 3,000 a day by December, an unprecedented number, due in part to “declining vigilance of the public,” the IHME expects.

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Man arrested over police seizure of high-powered guns, including assault rifle linked to ADF

A man has been arrested over a stash of high-powered weapons — including an automatic rifle linked to the Australian Defence Force — which were seized from a property in suburban Adelaide.

SA Police yesterday arrested the 32-year-old from Piccadilly in the Adelaide Hills and charged him with firearm and drug offences, after a Newton address was raided in January.

The property was one of several searched earlier this year as part of a joint investigation by police in SA and NSW, and the Australian Federal Police.

At the time, police allegedly discovered a “large commercial clandestine methamphetamine laboratory” in Harolds Cross in New South Wales and arrested two people.

Police also allegedly uncovered guns and methamphetamine stored in the tray of a Holden ute parked at the Newton property.

The ute was seized along with a Ford Territory for forensic examination, and sophisticated concealed compartments were allegedly located in both vehicles.

Police said they recovered a modified AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, two handguns, a revolver, ammunition, magazines, and a Steyr fully-automatic military rifle.

Steyr’s website states the weapon can function as a light machine gun, and is used by the military in several countries.

Assault rifles and handguns were among the firearms seized by police during the arrest.(ABC News: Brittany Evins)

The arrested man, Rohan Peter Wakefield, appeared via videolink in the Adelaide Magistrates Court this afternoon charged with multiple firearm offences.

He was released on bail, after an application was not opposed by prosecutors, and will be back before the court in December.

Rifle capable of causing ‘massive’ damage

Detective Superintendent Stephen Taylor said police were concerned to have discovered such high-powered weapons, and that the investigation was ongoing.

“Since January 2019 across South Australia, there’s been a total of 20 drive-by shootings where houses have actually been shot up … six of those related to the drug trade.

“We have sufficient information to substantiate that the drug lab in Harolds Cross is probably linked to the drug lab that we got last month in Morphett Vale and also the drug lab at Panorama.

Superintendent Taylor also said police were “sharply focused on disabling and dismantling serious organised crime syndicates” who were putting lives “at risk”.

“The seizures made during these investigations are significant and reveal the breadth of the offending that serious and organised crime syndicates are involved in,” he said.

Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said there had been significant effort to remove “unlawful firearms from the community”.

“It is often the case that the types of firearms that give us the greatest concern are in the hands of criminals or outlaw motorcycle gangs,” he said.

“To remove these firearms from people who may use them unlawfully is a positive for safety community and it’s a validation of the effort we put in to identifying offenders.”

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Van driver arrested after man and woman die and two children hurt in head-on crash in Cambridgeshire | UK News

A van driver has been arrested after a man and woman died in a head-on crash in Cambridgeshire.

Two children were also injured in the collision between a Ford Focus and a van on the A142 Isle of Ely Way in Chatteris shortly after 8pm on Thursday.

The car’s driver and a rear seat passenger, both aged in their 30s, died at the scene.

Two children, who were in the same vehicle, are being treated in hospital with minor injuries.

Cambridgeshire Police said the driver of the van was arrested on suspicion of two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and driving while unfit through drink or drugs.

The 32-year-old man from Lincoln suffered minor injuries and remains in custody at Thorpe Wood Police Station in Peterborough.

Police asked anyone with dash-cam footage or any other information about the incident to contact them.

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Melbourne anti-lockdown protests: Conspiracist James Bartolo arrested

Five samurai swords have allegedly been found at the house of a Melbourne conspiracy theorist dramatically arrested on Friday morning over inciting an illegal protest.

James Bartolo, 27, claimed he “was on the toilet” when police arrived at his Taylors Hill home armed with a search warrant about 8am on Friday.

He refused to open the door and let them inside, so police smashed it open and tackled him to the ground to restrain him.

Mr Bartolo, who runs a website called The Conscious Truth Network and is a major player in the anti-coronavirus conspiracy theorist movement, is the latest to be arrested over allegedly inciting an illegal anti-lockdown protest planned for Melbourne’s CBD on Saturday.

Mr Bartolo live streamed his arrest on Facebook, which showed him arguing with police and claiming they didn’t have “authorisation to be on the property”.

Police assured him they did in a back-and-forth lasting about three minutes that ended when Mr Bartolo was tackled to the ground and handcuffed inside his living room.

media_cameraPolice enter James Bartolo’s home.
He argued with police from his upstairs balcony until they smashed down the door.
media_cameraHe argued with police from his upstairs balcony until they smashed down the door.

“Open the door or we’ll force it,” one of the detectives can be heard saying in the footage.

“You said you’re coming down, you’re not.”

Police could also be heard yelling “stop resisting” as he was arrested.

Police confirmed they searched the property and seized several mobile phones and laptops as well as five samurai swords.

A police source told NCA NewsWire the alleged weapons find showed “why it was so important when we go into a house that we handcuff someone while the premises is secured”.

Mr Bartolo claimed police were illegally trespassing and he would press charges if they entered as he argued with them from his upstairs balcony.

He also claimed he told people not to go to the protest, which is at odds with his latest Facebook post that says: “5th of sep protest go ahead.”

Mr Bartolo claimed police were illegally trespassing.
media_cameraMr Bartolo claimed police were illegally trespassing.

He also created a poll asking his followers if it should be held on another day and voted himself to postpone the protest.

Mr Bartolo has since been charged with incitement, possession of prohibited weapons and two counts of resisting police. He was bailed to face court in May next year.

Mr Bartolo has previously uploaded a video of himself arguing with officers for 20 minutes at one of Melbourne’s coronavirus roadblocks about whether their actions were legal.

He previously encouraged Melburnians in stage 3 lockdown to breach checkpoints, arguing they are a violation of human rights.

He was arrested over alleged incitement on Friday.
media_cameraHe was arrested over alleged incitement on Friday.

'A wonderful journey of discovery' awaits those breaking lockdown restrictions: Vic Police Assistant Commissioner

Victoria Assistant Police Commissioner Luke Cornelius says it will be “a wonderful journey of discovery” to anyone who decides to protest in contravention of the state’s stage four standing orders.

He regularly shares videos claiming the pandemic is a hoax and questioning whether COVID-19 is actually infectious, as well as pushing 5G conspiracies.

The Conscious Truth Network Facebook page has more than 4000 followers.

Victoria Police has been contacted for comment.

Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius said on Thursday police had so far charged four people with incitement over Saturday’s planned protest, including pregnant Miners Rest woman Zoe Buhler, reality TV contestant turned conspiracist Fanos Panayides and 76-year-old Windsor man Solihin Millin twice.

Mr Cornelius said anyone who left home to protest would be fined and arrested if they failed to comply with police directions.

Those charged with incitement face court-imposed fines of up to $20,000.

Originally published as Cops seize conspiracist’s samurai swords

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Australian and Briton arrested in Bali over alleged drug offences

Two men, one from Britain and one from Australia have been arrested on the Indonesian island of Bali for possession of methamphetamine and ecstasy, police say.

Collum Park from Britain was arrested on Tuesday night with 11.8 grams of methamphetamine and 15 ecstasy pills, Denpasar police chief Jansen Panjaitan said in a statement. Denpasar is Bali’s capital.

Mr Park has been in Bali since 2019, he said.

Police allege, Aaron Wayne Coyle, an Australian who has been in Bali since early 2020, had 1.2 grams of methamphetamine on his person at the time of arrest.

“We suspect that the Briton is the drug dealer and distributor, while the Australian is the courier,” Mr Panjaitan said.

Both men are being held by Denpasar police for further investigation.

They are being charged under an article of the narcotics law which provides a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine.

Region home to world’s harshest drug penalties

Indonesian President Joko Widodo smiles standing in front of a river in Jakarta.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has been a vocal proponent of the death penalty for drug-related crimes.(AP: Dita Alangkara)

Many countries in South-East Asia have some of the globe’s harshest anti-drug policies, where convicted traffickers are often executed by a firing squad, while in Singapore convicted drug traffickers continue to be hanged.

For those convicted for personal drug possession, sentences can mean years of jail time.

Out of 14 countries identified as actively applying the death penalty for drug crimes by watchdog Harm Reduction International (HRI), nearly half are in South-East Asia: Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand.

Despite the region’s hard-line approach, a July 2019 report by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) found that South-East Asia was producing methamphetamine in “quantities unimaginable a decade ago” — much of which is making its way to Australian shores.

The report found the illicit methamphetamine market of South-East Asia and its neighbours in East Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Bangladesh, was worth between $US30.3 and $US61.4 billion ($44.5–$90 billion).

The Philippines, under President Rodrigo Duterte has garnered global attention for his bloody ‘war on drugs’, which has resulted in thousands of alleged extra-judicial killings by police and armed vigilantes, while prison populations have swelled.

Children along Road 10 in Navotas, north of Manila, watch as mortuary workers retrieve the body of Raymond Sarmieto.
Thousands of people have been killed in the Philippines’ ‘drug war’, but some estimate the number to be far higher.(Supplied: Vincent Go)

A UN Human Rights Council report released in June found Mr Duterte’s policies has lead to a “culture of impunity”, with thousands of people slaughtered under the drug purge.

In nearby Indonesia, the country has also raised eyebrows with President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo — generally presented as a moderate — who has been an enthusiastic advocate of the death penalty for drug-related crimes.

It was under his watch that Bali Nine members Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were killed by firing squad in 2015.

Several other Australians convicted of drug offences in the country have served significant jail time, including Schapelle Corby, who was sentenced to 20 years jail for cannabis importation in 2005.

Presently, more than 150 people are on death row in Indonesia, mostly for drug crimes, and about a third of them are foreigners.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has been approached by ABC for comment.


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Canberra man arrested with cannabis plants, firearms, as piglets returned to Yarralumla Play Station

A 39-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the theft of animals from the Yarralumla Play Station last week.

Known for its miniature train and mini golf, the Yarralumla Play Station is a popular daytime attraction in Canberra’s south.

On Wednesday, after being tipped off by a member of the public, ACT Policing and the RSPCA visited a home in the Canberra suburb of Deakin, where they discovered four piglets, allegedly stolen from the children’s farm at the Play Station.

RSPCA officers assessed the piglets and removed them from the house. An adolescent pig located in the back yard of the home was also removed.

Police also alleged they uncovered a locked room inside a shipping container which held a loaded bolt action rifle, with several other guns and ammunition inside a nearby gun safe.

They allegedly found several cannabis plants while searching the property.

Yarralumla Play Station owners said their “faith in humanity is slightly restored” with the return of the piglets.(ABC News: Tahlia Roy)

Alleged theft also wanted in NT and Thailand

It was later revealed in court the man accused of taking the piglets is wanted in the Northern Territory and Thailand for other crimes.

The colourful past led by Owen Van Duren, 39, was detailed in court documents when he sought bail in the ACT Magistrates Court today.

Magistrate Margaret Hunter queried the allegations when the charges were laid, asking: “Is this the poacher and the game keeper?”

Court documents showed Mr Van Duren once stole a power boat to escape authorities in Thailand and sailed it back to Australia.

Police said he is also wanted for alleged car theft in Darwin.

Mr Van Duren has only been charged with stealing the piglets – charges have not been laid for the alleged drug and weapon discoveries.

He was granted bail to return to court later this month.

Pig owners pleased at prompt return

The four piglets have been returned to the Yarralumla Play Station, much to the delight of their owners.

“We have some great news! The piglets have been found and returned,” Play Station management said on Facebook, thanking “the good Samaritan who reported it to the police”.

ACT Policing confirmed that the “other animals stolen from the Yarralumla Play Station have yet to be found”, including a three fully grown turkeys, two frizzle chickens and one Polish chicken.

“If you happen to see (or hear!) a little black and a little white frizzle chicken, or a Polish rooster with an attitude, and three large turkeys then please let the police know,” the Play Station asked on their Facebook page.

A turkey in a farm yard.
One of three turkeys stolen from Yarralumla Play Station last week.(ACT Policing)

Police are continuing their investigations into the poultry thefts, as well as the ownership of the discovered weapons cache.

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Mum arrested as daughter, 3, dies after spending four hours in car in 38C heat

A mum has been arrested after her three-year-old daughter died after passing out in a hot car while she slept after a drug-fuelled party.

Tianna Jones, 23, is accused of child abuse following the death of her daughter Delilah.

The toddler was found unresponsive inside the vehicle after getting out of her home in Phoenix, Arizona, on Sunday – as temperatures soared to 38C.

Jones called police after waking up and realising her daughter was missing.

A police report said she had fallen asleep during the day after partying and using drugs the night before.

The little girl was found unresponsive in her mother’s car (file image)

As officers searched the area, Jones realised her car keys were missing.

Police spokeswoman Sgt. Mercedes Fortune told Patch : “Officers walked to Jones’ car and found that the vehicle was parked.

“Officers looked inside and located Delilah inside of the vehicle unresponsive.”

The little girl was rushed to hospital, but medics were unable to save her life.

Jones said that her daughter had escaped several times because of a faulty latch.

She is believed to have climbed into the car and stayed there for more than four hours before her mum started looking for her.

Delilah had been removed from her mother’s custody on previous occasions because of neglect, a police report states.

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