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Paul Kohler: Sentences deserved and justice was done

Paul Kohler has told ITV News he hopes to forgive his attackers who subjected him to a savage beating during a raid on his home.

Speaking after the four burglars were jailed at Kingston Crown Court today, Kohler said: "I feel vindicated. I don't want to be vindictive, i'm not going to glory in their long sentences, I think they were deserved and I think justice was done."

The 55-year-old university professor, who still suffers from double vision following the injuries he sustained during the attack, said he hoped in time to forgive his attackers but currently did not believe they felt any remorse.


£250,000 cannabis factory uncovered in Bromley

Bromley police discovered a cannabis factory when they raided a farmhouse in Chelsfield yesterday. They found 600 fully grown cannabis plants which would have yielded a potential annual income of £250,000.

The plants discovered in Bromley. Credit: Metropolitan Police

A 26 year-old woman and a 23 year-old man were arrested in connection with the plants.

This is a great result following concerns raised by the community. We will continue to act on information given to us by local residents and tackle the causes of crime on our borough.

– Sergeant Paul Law, Metropolitan Police
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Burglars jailed for 'savage' raid on lecturer's home

Pawel Honc and Oskar Pawlowicz Credit: PA Wire

Four Polish burglars who took part in a raid in which university professor was "savagely beaten" have been jailed.

Paul Kohler, 55, suffered a fractured eye socket, a fracture to his left jawbone, a broken nose and bruising that left him "utterly unrecognisable" during the attack at his home in Wimbledon, south London.

His wife, Samantha MacArthur, 50, was also threatened by the intruders on the night of August 11 last year.

Pawel Honc, 24, of no fixed address, and Mariusz Tomaszewski, 32, of Crusoe Road, Mitcham, south London, were both sentenced at Kingston Crown Court to 19 years after admitting grievous bodily harm with intent and aggravated burglary.

Mariusz Tomaszewski and Dawid Tychon Credit: PA Wire

Oskar Pawlowicz, 30, of Pitcairn Road in Mitcham, and Dawid Tychon, 29, of no fixed address, were both sentenced to 13 years after they pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary.

Sentencing the men, Judge Susan Tapping said they had targeted Mr Kohler's house either because they had the expectation of finding items of "significant value" to steal or because they chose the wrong address to collect a debt.


Chelsea striker Diego Costa suspended for three games after stamping incident

Costa is Chelsea's leading scorer this season. Credit: PA

Chelsea's Diego Costa will miss three games, including tomorrow's crunch Premier League match against Manchester City, after an Independent Regulatory Commission found he had stamped on Liverpool's Emre Can during a match on Tuesday.

Diego Costa will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after a charge of violent conduct against him was found proven by an Independent Regulatory Commission on Friday 30 January 2015.

– Football Association

He will also miss Premier League matches against Aston Villa and Everton.

EasyJet says long-haul airlines will go abroad if Heathrow doesn't expand

The Airports Commission is currently consulting on the expansion plans. Credit: PA

The budget airline EasyJet has said the expansion of Heathrow would ensure long-haul airlines stay in the UK instead of using airports abroad:

It is clear that long-haul airlines want to expand at Heathrow and if they can't, they will do so not at Gatwick but at other airports such as Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt. Heathrow does not currently have low-cost, short-haul airlines but an expanded Heathrow would allow airlines like EasyJet to operate there, providing more competition which will mean new routes, more services and lower fares. EasyJet's costs are on average 40% lower than legacy airlines and so we expect to be able to more than offset the increase in airport charges.

– EasyJet submission to the Airports Commission

However, the airline did not think expansion would work at Gatwick:

By comparison, the Gatwick proposal requires a significant increase in airport charges. This would inevitably lead to higher fares for Gatwick's passengers, the vast majority of whom are flying for leisure. Gatwick is a much improved airport under its new owners and management team and EasyJet is committed to continuing to grow our operations there. However, there is no evidence that passenger demand at Gatwick, and therefore its range of airlines and their networks, will be significantly expanded with an additional runway. Gatwick slots have been and are still readily available now which would allow long haul airlines to move to or expand at Gatwick. History shows that there is little appetite to do so and, in fact, many have left the airport.

– EasyJet submission to the Airports Commission

Gatwick though responded, saying environmental factors will also have to be taken into account:

EasyJet will take a position based on its own narrow commercial interests. The Government however will have to make a decision for the country balancing what is best for both the economy and the environment. That can only mean Gatwick. Gatwick can deliver its second runway without the massive environmental damage which has stopped Heathrow expansion time and time again. That means Britain can finally get on with it.

– Gatwick spokesman

Police search for sex attacker after assault in Stratford hotel

Police want to speak to this man. Credit: Metropolitan Police

The Met Police has released a CCTV image of a man they want to talk to after a woman was sexually assaulted in a Travelodge in Stratford. The man had invited the victim to a party on the 14th of March last year but she was then assaulted in a bathroom.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Metropolitan Police Service on 101 quoting ref: 5308685/14. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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