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Money launderer ordered to pay £80,000 pounds

A convicted money launderer has been ordered to pay back £79,887.84.

56-year-old Kevin O' Leary of Lilley Road, Liverpool, was convicted of conspiracy to launder money as part of Operation Binbrook.

As part of the operation over £1.1m cash was seized, which has since been forfeited by the Court and O'Leary was sentenced to 3 years 7 months.

However, the Court also found that O'Leary had benefited by a further total of £268,810.71 from his general criminal conduct and that he had assets of £79,887.84.

He was subsequently ordered to pay a total of £79,887.84 within three months.

If O'Leary does not pay he will serve a further 14 months in prison and he would still owe the money on his release from prison.

Those who think they can profit from their criminal activities and get away with it should think again.

We have again proven that a criminal investigation is not the end of a matter and we will conduct thorough financial investigations to ensure that criminals do not benefit financially from their illegal activity.

– Detective Sergeant Paul Rollinson

Cameron announces national minute of silence

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A national one minute's silence to commemorate the victims of the Tunisia beach attack will be held at midday on Friday, David Cameron has told the House of Commons.

It is believed around 30 Britons may have been killed in the attack, though only 18 British deaths have so far been confirmed.

Earlier Tunisian authorities said they had detained a group of suspects believed to be associated with gunman Seifeddine Rezgui - the first arrests since Friday's beach massacre.


Watch: CCTV of men stealing from a parked car

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Police have released CCTV footage of two men who we would like to trace following a theft from a car in Fulwood, Preston.

The incident happened at around 4.15am on Tuesday June 9 on Kennington Road.

The video shows a Ford Galaxy car was parked outside an address on the street when two men approached the vehicle and smashes the passenger side window. One of the men reaches inside and took a wallet containing around £100 cash.

The two men try the doors of other vehicles in the street and look through windows, but no other items were taken.

In a similar incident on Beechway on the same day an orange Peugeot 207 was damaged after someone smashed the driver’s side window. Nothing was taken from inside the car.

If anyone recognises the men in the CCTV footage they are urged to call PC Paul Goulding of Preston Police on 01772 209784

Eight man charged after £8.5 million pound heroine bust

Following the arrest of eight men on Friday, 26 June by officers from The North West Regional Crime Unit, TITAN and the National Crime Agency, the eighth man has now been charged with conspiring to import controlled heroin.

Anthony Laws, 56 years-old of Earlsferry Way, London, has been remanded in custody and will appear at Manchester Crown on Monday, July 13. Seven other men have also been charged with conspiring to import controlled heroin.

Officers recovered 77.5 kilos of heroin, with a street value in the region of £8.5 million during the operation.

This was a pre planned operation and again shows how TITAN with work with agencies and other forces, across geographical borders to ensure those involved in the supply of drugs are stopped.

This was a huge recovery of what is believed to be controlled drugs and TITAN and the NCA have now taken these drugs out if the hands of criminals, so they can no longer be used on our streets to cause misery and harm.

– Detective Chief Inspector John Webster from TITAN

Pro fracking advocate expresses disappointment

Chris Faulkner, CEO of Breitling Energy and an outspoken international fracking advocate and proponent voiced disappointment at today’s decision by Lancashire Council, although only likely a temporary delay in the UK adopting fracking.

I'm truly amazed at Council's decision today, but I can see their dilemma. They have the facts from multiple sources that this could be done safely, yet they drive past well organised and very vocal protests on their way into the meeting and obviously emotion prevailed over fact.

Since last Thursday, when the councillors deferred to reflect on legal advice, fracking has continued on many wells in the U.S. without incident, yet here they were just considering two very highly-monitored situations...

Lancashire has for now passed on reaping the vast economic benefits of mineral development, as numerous communities in the U.S. have done in recent years, and is going against Government wishes to diversity the UK’s energy supply and reduce reliance on gas imports and dirty coal for electricity generation.

I am sure Cuadrilla will appeal both this and last week’s decisions and the Planning Inspector is bound to have a more pragmatic view of these applications, more in line with national policy and the national interest.

– Chris Faulkner, CEO of Breitling Energy
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