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Three men plead guilty to Spurs pitch invasion stunt

Stewards intercept one of the three men. Credit: PA

Three men have admitted to a pitch invasion stunt which forced a match to be temporarily halted.

Nathaniel Thompson, 23, Helder Gomes, 22, and Daniel Jarvis, 26, were arrested after bizarre scenes during Tottenham Hotspur's Uefa Europa League match against Partizan Belgrade on November 27.

The match had to be suspended shortly before half-time after the men ran on to the pitch at the north London club, one after the other.

Spurs striker Roberto Soldado tackles one of the pitch invaders. Credit: PA

Gomes and Thompson were detained by stewards and Jarvis was tackled on the White Hart Lane pitch by a player.

All three men pleaded guilty at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court to a charge of going on to a playing field without a lawful excuse or authority.

Although they were all wearing BassBuds T-shirts, the court heard that the stunt was not sanctioned by the headphone manufacturer.

The men must pay £155 each and will be subject to football banning orders for three years, meaning they will not be able to attend games in England or Wales until 2018.

Russian government pledges £10 billion to support banks

Russia's government will provide 1 trillion roubles (£10.3 billion) in support to "systematically important" banks in the latest attempt to prop up the country's flagging economy.

Finance Minister Anton Siluanov told reporters: "First of all, we will support systemically important banks, so that economic transactions will be provided for. They are the main holders of deposits, the main transactions are carried out in those (banks)."

He added that Russia' central bank would determine which banks were "systematically important".

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Fugitive arrested trying to sneak back into UK on plane

One of Britain's most wanted fugitives has been arrested while trying to sneak back into the UK in a light aircraft from the Netherlands.

Suspected drug smuggler Paul John Scott, 32, was picked up by police after flying into East Winch Airfield in Norfolk in a Cessna 170.

The pilot, who was also arrested, had raised suspicions by flying into the same airfield in a different aircraft earlier this month.

Paul John Scott's arrest came two weeks after an appeal for help capturing him was made on BBC's Crimewatch. Credit: National Crime Agency/Steve Ivie/YouTube

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said Scott is a suspected member of a drug-smuggling gang from Merseyside that plotted to smuggle up to 40 tonnes of drugs into the UK.

The NCA said he was wanted by the Guardia Civil in Spain in connection with the murder of a British man, Francis Brennan, in Alicante.

He appeared at Liverpool Magistrates Court yesterday, charged with conspiracy to import cocaine, and was remanded in custody until his next court appearance on 2 January.

The pilot, who was also arrested on suspicion of money laundering, was bailed pending further enquiries.

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Turkish pair face jail for shoot out with policeman

Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive

Two Turkish men are facing a lengthy spell behind bars after sparking a dramatic gunfight with an armed police officer.

Balaclava-wearing Sedat Meric fired at a north London pool bar three times in a revenge attack between rival gangs before turning his gun on the officer identified only as NC32 who tried to stop him.

Meric then fired eight rounds towards the officer, who ducked for cover behind a car. He only gave himself up after running out of ammunition.

The prosecution said the armed officer clearly identified himself, but the court heard he did not have time to put his police cap on and Meric fired in self defence thinking he was a Turkish gangster.

Meric and his accomplice Oktay Ayanoglu were found not guilty of attempted murder of NC32 but guilty of possessing a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life on May 23 this year following a trial at the Old Bailey.

The group's alleged leader Bulent Eren was earlier cleared of the offences after the jury decided it could not be certain that he was the man who had stayed by the getaway car and fled before he could be apprehended.

Adjourning sentencing to January 9, judge Michael Topolski warned Meric and Ayanoglu to expect "significant terms of imprisonment".

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