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Sweet factory worker, 50 is jailed for 30 years for trying to murder six fellow staff by mowing them down in his Audi A4 after scuffle during Christmas bash

Andrew Wrigglesworth, from Birstall, West Yorkshire, deliberately drove into his colleagues in a 'horrendous' and 'barely conceivable' attack A sweet factory worker was today jailed for 30 years for trying to murder six of his colleagues by running them down in his car after a fight at the Christmas party.  Andrew Wrigglesworth, from Birstall, West Yorkshire, deliberately drove into his colleagues in a 'horrendous' and 'barely conceivable' attack while at the wheel of his red soft-top Audi A4.  The 50-year-old shouted 'I'm going to f***** kill them' and 'I'm going to run them over' before ploughing into the group, leaving one with permanent brain damage.  Staff had been enjoying a Christmas party at Moorlands Working Men's Club in Cleckheaton on 22 December last year. But an argument broke out at last orders and Wrigglesworth was punched in the face during a scuffle. Enraged, Wrigglesworth dashed to his Audi, yelling threats a

Don't say gangs! Courts urged to avoid using the word with reference to criminals because of its 'negative connotations'

Courts have been told to try to avoid saying criminals are in a gang because the word has ‘negative connotations’. The Crown Prosecution Service has released guidance telling lawyers they should not use the label to ‘prejudice’ defendants unless there is evidence to support gang membership. The document says: ‘Prosecutors should guard against unconscious bias and should not make assumptions about gang membership. The Crown Prosecution Service has released guidance telling lawyers they should not use the term gangs to ‘prejudice’ defendants unless there is evidence to support gang membership (file photo) ‘Given the negative connotations of the term, prosecutors should not refer to a group as a gang in proceedings unless there is evidence to support the assertion. ‘Using the term gang inappropriately risks casting the net of liability beyond that which can be established. It also disproportionately affects minority ethnic people. ‘However, prosecutors must also ensure that where there is

EXCLUSIVE: Britney Spears' father claims he helped the troubled star climb out of debt, build a $60M fortune and 'restore her to good health', as he fights singer's attempt to remove him as her conservator

Britney Spears' father helped his troubled daughter climb out of debt and build a $60 million fortune, his lawyer claims in newly-filed court documents found by And Jamie Spears, 68, who is fighting Britney's efforts to dump him as her conservator, also claims he helped the Toxic singer duck lawsuits which would have cost her tens of millions of dollars. 'For over 12 years, Mr Spears has more than capably and dutifully served as the conservator of his daughter's estate, always doing what he believed was in his daughter's best interest,' said Vivian Thoreen, attorney for Jamie, in a legal declaration. 'Mr. Spears has performed his job well. This is a fact. He has taken the estate from being in debt and facing tens of millions of dollars of lawsuits, to a current value of well over $60 million. 'Mr. Spears did this all while also serving as conservator of the person … and working diligently with a team of professionals to restore to good he

Moment murder suspect in handcuffs and leg brace escapes from back of jail transport van after it stopped at McDonald's

Authorities in Indiana have released surveillance video that captures the moment a murder suspect escaped from a private transport van at a McDonald's drive-thru window during his extradition from Texas.  The incident took place at 3pm on Monday in Gary, Indiana. The suspect, 22-year-old Leon Taylor, remained at large as of late Wednesday morning.   Footage from the parking lot of the McDonald's located at 35th and Grant Street in Gary depicts Taylor jumping out of the back of a black van and fleeing on foot, despite wearing a special leg brace intended to keep him from running. The driver of the vehicle, who is an employee of REDI Transports, a private company headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, makes a U-turn, then emerges from the van and tries to give chase, but to no avail.  The Lake County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday released surveillance video showing a murder suspect's escape from custody in Gary, Indiana  Leon Taylor is pictured jumping out of a transp

Man jumps to his death from Manhattan fifth-floor rooftop after stabbing his 'roommate' in head and leaving him covered in blood

A man jumped to his death from a fifth-floor rooftop in Lower Manhattan early Wednesday morning after police say he stabbed another man in the head. The violent incident took place on Canal Street near Division Street at around 9.30am. According to police, the two men, reportedly described as roommates, were arguing inside an apartment building when one of them, said to be a man in his 50s, pulled out a knife and stabbed the other in the head. Following the attack, the suspect ascended to the rooftop and jumped.  A man said to be in his 50s jumped to his death from a building on Canal Street in Manhattan early Wednesday The suicide came after the man stabbed his 43-year-old roommate in the head with a butcher's knife during a dispute An eyewitness told the New York Post the man said nothing before taking the fatal leap from the corner of the roof. A photographer on the scene captured an image of the unnamed suspect sprawled motionless on the ground, wearing nothing but a pair of

Police investigate 'suspicious' death of Michigan college freshman and Black Lives Matter activist, 18, whose body was found near campus sports fields

The body of an 18-year-old Michigan college freshman was found on Grand Valley State University's campus over the weekend, in what police are investigating as a 'suspicious' death.    The cause and manner of Taylor DeRosa’s death have not been disclosed as of Wednesday afternoon, though there is no immediate threat to the public, GVSU officials said. 'We have a moral obligation not to spread misinformation that fuels unhelpful suppositions and may hamper the investigation,' GVSU President Philomena Mantella said in a statement. College freshman Taylor DeRosa, 18 (left and right), was found dead on Grand Valley State University's Allendale, Michigan, campus, on Saturday morning A jogger came upon DeRosa's body near the intramural athletic fields south of West Campus Drive DeRosa graduated from high school in May and entered GVSU in the fall semester   DeRosa's body was discovered by a runner on Saturday morning near the intramural athletic fields south o

White man, 53, is sentenced to life in prison for shooting dead two black shoppers at a Kentucky Kroger

A white man convicted of fatally shooting two black shoppers at a Kentucky grocery store was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison. Gregory Bush, 53, pleaded guilty but mentally ill in Jefferson Circuit Court to two counts of murder, criminal attempted murder and wanton endangerment in connection with the shooting at the Kroger in Jeffersontown on October, 24, 2018, news outlets reported. A judge sentenced him to two life terms to be served concurrently without the possibility of parole. Pleading guilty but mentally ill means the Kentucky Department of Corrections must provide Bush with treatment and medication during his term, according to Jeff Cooke, a spokesman for the commonwealth's attorney's office. Gregory Bush, 53, was sentenced on Tuesday to life in prison after pleading guilty but mentally ill to two counts of murder, criminal attempted murder and wanton endangerment Bush, who is white, opened fire at the Jeffersontown, Kentucky, Kroger supermarket on October 24, 2018,

Joe Biden unveils Pete Buttigieg as his transportation secretary pick and defends his record on diversity saying he's made NINE 'precedent-busting' choices

President-elect Joe Biden played up Pete Buttigieg's barrier-breaking role, as he officially named the openly gay, 38-year-old ex-mayor to lead his Department of Transportation Wednesday in Wilmington.  Biden pointed out he had made 'eight precedent-busting appointments' so far.  'And today a ninth,' the president-elect said. 'The first ever openly gay nominee to lead a cabinet department. And one of the youngest cabinet members ever.'  President-elect Joe Biden unveiled Pete Buttigieg as his pick for secretary of Transportation at an event Wednesday in Wilmington, Delaware, where he played up that he's picked a cabinet of 'firsts'  Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who ran for the White House earlier this year, will make history if he's confirmed by the U.S. Senate, as the country's first openly gay Senate-confirmed cabinet member  Vice-President elect Kamala Harris joined the Wilmington, Delaware event introducing Pete Buttigie

Value of GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler's $10.5m mansion mysteriously plunged 60% to $4.15m overnight - saving her and New York Stock Exchange CEO husband tens of thousands in property tax each year

The appraised value of Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler and her husband’s Atlanta mansion, known as ‘Descante’, dropped suddenly – and mysteriously - by more than $6 million in 2016, saving the couple tens of thousands of dollars in taxes every year since, according to the Daily Beast. Loeffler and her New York Stock Exchange CEO husband, Jeffrey Sprecher, bought the 15,000-square-foot mansion for $10.5 million in 2009, making it the most expensive private home purchase in the city’s history at the time. The property held its value steady for the next seven years, based on appraisals conducted by the Fulton County government for tax purposes, before dramatically plummeting 60 percent to just $4.15 million in 2016, without explanation. According to the Daily Beast, the plunge in valuation resulted in a dramatic cut to the couple’s property tax bill. When the seven-bedroom Tuxedo Park home was still valued at $10.5 million, Loeffler and Sprecher were paying around $200,000 to the city and