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Ray Winstone: Britain 'being raped by high taxes'

Britain is being "raped by high taxes", actor Ray Winstone said today. "I don't see what we're being given back," he told talkSPORT radio.

Ray Winstone says Britain is 'being raped by high taxes'. Credit: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

The star of Sweeney Todd and Sexy Beast, said: "I can see myself leaving here quite soon, actually. I love this country, but I've had enough of it, I don't see what we're being given back. I just see the country being raped."

As for politicians, the 56-year-old Londoner said: "I wouldn't trust any of them. Maybe we should all stop voting and then something would be done about it."

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Hallam: "Whole system was unfair"

In an interview with the BBC, Mr Hallam said that everything was unfair.

The whole system, the whole police process, the court process. Obviously it was not fair. Everything was not right.

The original police investigation was not done properly. They could have done things then to eliminate me but they never...

...It was horrible. I had to get used to it. I couldn't do anything. It was only, it was only my supporters and family who could help.

Hallam was victim of 'serious miscarriage of justice'

Sam Hallam's conviction was overturned in the light of fresh evidence relating to his alibi and identification.

His case came before the appeal judges after it was referred to the court by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), the independent body which investigates possible miscarriages of justice.

His QC Henry Blaxland told the judges yesterday that Sam Hallam has been the victim of:

"A serious miscarriage of justice brought about by a combination of manifestly unreliable identification evidence, the apparent failure of his own alibi, failure by police properly to investigate his alibi and non-disclosure by the prosecution of material that could have supported his case."

Sam Hallam's conviction quashed after serving seven years for murder

Sam Hallam, 24, leaving the Court of Appeal with his mother after he was freed on bail yesterday. Credit: Mike Hornby/PA Wire

Sam Hallam, 24, from east London, who spent more than seven years behind bars for a murder he insists he did not commit, had his conviction quashed by Court of Appeal judges today.

Mr Hallam, who was convicted at the Old Bailey in 2005 of the murder of a trainee chef and sentenced to life, was dramatically released on bail by the three judges yesterday after prosecutors said they were not opposing his appeal.

There was tumultuous applause and shouts of "justice" as the conviction was quashed.

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