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MPs call on Obama to block extradition of alleged hacker

More than 100 MPs are calling on Barack Obama to block the extradition of a Suffolk man accused of hacking into US government computer networks.

Lauri Love, from Stradishall near Newmarket, is alleged to have stolen significant amounts of data from US agencies including the federal Reserve, Nasa and the FBI. He could face up to 99 years in prison if found guilty.

105 cross-party backbenchers have signed a letter to the US President leader, stressing their "deep concern for the safety" Mr Love, who has Asperger's Syndrome.

The letter points out that the UK has prosecuted at least 12 people who have hacked US-based computer systems.

The UK criminal justice system is equipped to bring justice through sentencing and rehabilitating people who are adjudged to have committed these crimes.

Many of these 12 cases did not involve individuals who have significant mental health issues, nor Asperger syndrome and were not at a high risk of suicide, yet they were not extradited.

We would like to ask, why then is the United States insistent on Mr Love's extradition despite the UK having a proven track record of appropriately sentencing and rehabilitating individuals who have committed computer-hacking offences against the US?

– MPs' letter to Barack Obama

Mr Love, who also suffers from depression and severe eczema, has said a jail term in the US would cause his health to deteriorate and would lead to a mental breakdown or suicide.

"We are very happy for this young man to be tried in our courts and to see justice served here," Autism Commission chair Barry Sheerman MP said.

"But his mental health is so precious that we feel he would self-harm if he was sent back to the United States."


Lord Derby to appeal Hatchfield Farm decision

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Emily Knight

The landowner behind the controversial Hatchfield Farm housing development in Newmarket says he will appeal the Government's decision to refuse planning permission.

400 homes were due to be built on the site off Fordham Road.

The Council says it won't appeal and is working on a new growth plan for the town, but Lord Derby says he isn't giving up just yet.


Man sentenced to 3 years 4 months following Newmarket crash

Video report by ITV Anglia's Matthew Hudson.

Shaun Whiter and Joey Abbs Credit: Family photos

40-year-old Jan Adamec from Haverhill, has been sentenced to three years and four months in jail for causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

28-year-old Shaun Whiter was helping his friend, 30-year-old Joey Abbs, change a tyre on July 1 when a Ford Focus crashed into their cars. Shaun had to have both his legs amputated.

Adamec fled the scene of the collision and returned home to Shetland Road, Haverhill, leaving his two victims in a serious condition at the side of the road.

"Your reaction I can only describe as despicable. You did absolutely nothing to assist... You reversed and drove around the injured man... That was callous in the extreme."

– Judge Jonathan Hawarth

“Adamec showed a complete disregard for other road users and acted in a cowardly manner when he decided to leave Shaun and Joey by the roadside who were in need of urgent medical care.

“This sentence should serve as a deterrent to those persons who treat the roads like a playground. I would like to remind everyone that if you are involved in a collision where injury is caused, you must stop at the scene and report the collision to police.”

– PC James Thorne from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Roads Policing Unit
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