Category Archives: Crime


g7ukTalk: 27 April 2007

UPDATE (October 2008): this podcast has ‘retired’ into the archives. I’ve left the production notes below. Chris joins me to talk about: * Queer Up North: Europe’s leading queer arts festival which starts here in Manchester in the next few days, with events throughout May. * Peter Tatchell * Our show Bargain Hunters: why we […]


127 dead in Baghdad. 32 dead in Virginia

At least 127 people have been killed in five or more car bombings in Baghdad. ‘A Reuters photographer at the scene said many women and children were among the victims. More than 90 people were injured in the attack.’ (The Guardian). Meanwhile 32 died in Virginia yesterday. Gosh I wonder which of these tragedies will […]


British taxpayers may have lost £8.4bn to VAT fraudsters

BBC Panorama reports on a European investigation which suggests that a VAT (sales tax) scam may have cost the UK up to £8.4 billion (£8,400,000,000). The theft comes from so-called ‘carousel fraud’, where crooks repeatedly import and export high value goods such as mobile phones, failing to pay VAT but then claiming it back from […]


Man threatened with arrest due to ‘annoying’ gnome

The BBC reports the story of man in Cornwall who has been threatened with arrest due to having an ‘annoying’ garden gnome: “Now police have served Mr MacKillop with a notice for “placing a garden gnome with intent to cause harassment”. Mr MacKillop, 46, was woken in the night by two officers who warned him […]


Meet the trained Police rats

Police in Columbia are training rats to sniff out landmines. Lola the rat has a ninety percent success rate in locating explosive material in her training maze. Soon she will be working out in the field (literally). Police say rats are much smarter than dogs and can be trained in half the time (three months […]