FSUs Jameis Winston Cited For Stealing Crab Legs Crawfish

Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, who avoided serious trouble just months ago, found himself in silly trouble Wednesday. The Florida State star quarterback was issued a civil citation after sheriff’s deputies say he walked out of a supermarket without paying for $32 worth of crab legs and crawfish.According to Leon County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Michael Wood, Winston, 20, left the store without paying after ordering the food at the deli of a Publix in the Tallahassee area.  Publix employees called authorities, who went to Winston’s apartment, where he was “very cooperative” and said he forgot to pay for the food.After consulting with Publix managers, deputies issued Winston a civil citation that will require him to complete at least 20 hours of community service. If he does that, no criminal charges will be filed. He will also likely have to pay restitution.“The facts are not in dispute,” Wood said. “He left without paying.”Wood said Winston was cooperative.“He indicated to the deputies he had forgotten and when he got home he realized that he had not paid, but in fact he had made no effort to contact Publix or return to pay prior to the deputies’ arrival” three hours after Winston left the store, Wood said.Winston, in a signed statement, said he’s taking full responsibility for an “unfortunate” incident.“As reported in the news, last night I received an adult citation for petit theft from a local supermarket,” the statement read. “I went to the supermarket with the intent to purchase dinner but made a terrible mistake for which I’m taking full responsibility. In a moment of youthful ignorance, I walked out of the store without paying for one of my items.“I realize that I am in the public spotlight and my conduct needs to be above reproach. Over the last year, I’ve learned that my accomplishments on the fields can be a wonderful thing for my school, teammates, friends and family. At the same time, I must realize that my mistakes are magnified and can bring great embarrassment to all those who support me every day.“I make no excuses for my actions and will learn and grow from this unfortunate situation. I hope and pray my friends and family will view me as the 20-year-old young man that I am, and support me through this unfortunate situation. I am grateful to be able to participate in the adult citation program where I will complete community service.”Florida State suspended Winston from its baseball team as a result of the citation. The university’s athletic department code of conduct-discipline policy provides that a student-athlete with a civil citation is eligible to practice and compete, but that the head coach decides whether he will.A preseason All-American, Winston is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in 16 appearances this spring.“I am confident he will complete his community service obligation and the situation will be resolved soon,” FSU coach Mike Martin said.Winston led the Florida State football team to the national championship last season as a freshman, starring in the undefeated Seminoles’ 34-31 victory over Auburn in the championship game.“I fully support coach Martin’s decision and will also make sure that Jameis meets all obligations, which I know he will,” football coach Jimbo Fisher said.The civil citation is a pre-arrest diversion to keep people out of the criminal justice system, Wood said. It is a program, instituted within the past year, for nonviolent, minor crimes and first-time offenses for people without a criminal history, and is a discretionary decision by the officer. The Leon County Sheriff’s Office has issued only 32 citations since December.Winston has been linked to other trouble in the past.He was cleared in December of potential sexual assault charges by State Attorney Willie Meggs, who concluded there were too many gaps in the accuser’s story. Meggs said that the woman’s memory was faulty and that there was not enough evidence of a crime to win a conviction. read more

The Best And Worst Teams Of 2018 In Almost Any Sport

102018-19*New York JetsNFL133244 RankSeasonTeamSportElo RatingRelative Rank Since 2000 82017-18Phoenix SunsNBA127721 RankSeasonTeamSportElo RatingRelative Rank from bottom 92018-19*Clemson TigersCFB210618 62017-18Golden State WarriorsNBA174511 32018-19*Alabama Crimson TideCFB22293 22018Houston AstrosMLB15982 32018Miami MarlinsMLB143015 72018-19*New Orleans SaintsNFL173011 92018-19*Arizona CardinalsNFL132639 62018-19*UTEP MinersCFB93219 52017-18Alabama Crimson TideCFB22116 102017-18Philadelphia EaglesNFL171818 12018Boston Red SoxMLB16101 In terms of pure Elo rating, the most dominant pro team of 2018 was the Golden State Warriors, who finished their own championship season with a 1745 mark. That was enough for us to anoint them the NBA’s greatest-ever dynasty, since it was their third title in four years. That said, the 2018 Warriors were also a victim of their own previous success. One reason they ranked “only” 11th in the NBA in Elo since 2000 was that three previous Golden State teams rate among the top 10 (the 2016-17 team came in first, the 2014-15 team was second, and the 2015-16 team was ninth). Also, their high raw Elo doesn’t earn them as high a rank as it would in other leagues because the best NBA teams tend to have much larger Elo ratings than their counterparts in other sports, which we adjust for by measuring each team relative to the best teams in its own sport.Perhaps surprisingly, the Villanova Wildcats’ NCAA championship season ranks ahead of the Warriors by this accounting. That’s because ’Nova — on the heels of its second national championship in three years — was more dominant relative to other recent champs. Other than Villanova’s own 2015-16 team (which ranks second-best among college basketball teams since 2000 by Elo), no other college team this decade cracked the top seven in Elo. By contrast, a number of recent NBA teams finished their seasons with better Elo marks than Golden State.You’ll notice a few teams listed above are still in the middle of their seasons. The Alabama Crimson Tide are rewriting their own considerable record books this season, currently forging the third-best college football Elo season since 2000. And although the New Orleans Saints are far from a Super Bowl lock, they have separated themselves from the pack more than we might be inclined to think, with a more than 80-point lead over the No. 2 Chiefs.Before we move on to the worst teams, I want to at least acknowledge a big omission in the rankings above: hockey! (We don’t have Elo ratings for hockey.) No 2017-18 NHL team was especially dominant,4According to SRS. but I’d be curious where the 2018-19 Tampa Bay Lightning would stand in Elo. According to goal differential, they’re currently off to the league’s sixth-best 37-game start to a season since 2000, and they have an SRS score of +1.20 — a mark no team has matched over a full season since 1996.Worst team of 2018Baltimore Orioles (6th-worst season in MLB since 2000)If it wasn’t already apparent that MLB was an unbridled tankfest in 2018, the table below should underscore just how terrible this season’s crop of bad MLB teams were (mostly by design). Five of the 21 worst MLB seasons by Elo since 2000 all came in 2018, and none of this year’s teams were worse than the 47-win disgrace that played out the summer in Baltimore. Although my colleague Travis Sawchik and I concluded that the O’s could probably beat a bunch of minor leaguers, it wasn’t totally clear-cut — and that’s a ridiculous thing to be able to say about a major league ballclub. The 2018 Orioles were nothing more than a soul-crushing exercise in total futility, and it earned them the honor of our worst team of 2018. 22018Detroit TigersMLB142812 42017-18Villanova WildcatsCBB22075 * Current season still in progressTeams qualified if their season either started or ended in 2018. Among teams in MLB, the NFL, the NBA, NCAA football and NCAA men’s basketball.Source: ESPN * Current season still in progressTeams qualified if their season either started or ended in 2018. Among teams in MLB, the NFL, the NBA, NCAA football and NCAA men’s basketball.Source: ESPN 72018Kansas City RoyalsMLB143821 A cross-sport ranking of the crummiest teams of 2018Bottom 10 teams of the 2018 calendar year, based on end-of-season Elo rating relative to the worst teams in the same sport since 2000 The 2018 calendar year has been pretty incredible for sports fans. We saw a Winter Olympics and a World Cup, with Norway setting a new record for medals in the former and France’s young stars bursting onto the scene in the latter. In America’s professional ranks, some teams won their first-ever championships, while others kept winning so much we wondered if they’d broken their sport. And in college, the usual suspects continued to dominate.In commemoration of all the athletic feats we witnessed this year, we wanted to highlight the good (and the bad) of 2018 from a statistical perspective — to put everything into one bucket and see which performances, regardless of sport, will really stand out 10 or 20 years from now. I’ll mainly be sticking to the sports for which we have game-by-game Elo ratings and predictions, so that means a focus on men’s pro and college football and basketball, plus Major League Baseball. (Unfortunately, our club soccer data only goes back to 2016, so it’s difficult to put those numbers into historical context.)Even using Elo, it isn’t easy to judge teams across sports. In baseball, an Elo rating north of 1600 makes you an all-time great club; in the NBA, it makes you the sixth-best team in the Western Conference. So, to put all the teams on a similar scale, I gathered end-of-season1Or, for current seasons, the latest number available before publication. Elo marks for every team going back to 2000,2A period when the major pro leagues have all been roughly their current sizes in terms of teams and player pools. then ranked how 2018’s crop (any team whose season began or ended in this calendar year)3That means basketball and football schools and franchises can have two 2018 teams in our data set, since the previous season ended in the early part of this year and the current season began this fall. ranked relative to their sport’s best of the millennium.That process forms the basis of my best and worst team calculations. We also derived the best players of 2018 using a similar approach and determined the best upsets in the same manner, but we’ll save both of those groups for a follow-up article. OK, here goes … (Note: All data is as of Dec. 25, 2018.)Best team of 2018 Boston Red Sox (No. 1 season in MLB since 2000)As we noted after the Red Sox won the World Series in October, Boston’s championship squad belongs squarely in the conversation about the best teams in baseball history. They won 108 regular-season games, then stormed through the playoffs with an 11-3 record against a pair of 100-win American League opponents and a 92-win Dodgers team in the Fall Classic. The Red Sox’s year-end Elo rating of 1610 was easily the highest achieved by any baseball team this millennium, coming in 12 points ahead of the No. 2 team, this year’s Houston Astros — who Boston just happened to defeat in the ALCS. (Yes, it was a banner year for dominant baseball teams in 2018.) 42018Chicago White SoxMLB143417 82017-18New England PatriotsNFL172416 A cross-sport ranking of the best teams of 2018Top 10 teams of the 2018 calendar year, based on end-of-season Elo rating relative to the best teams in the same sport since 2000 52017-18Alabama A&M BulldogsCBB90817 12018Baltimore OriolesMLB14156 The UTEP Miners’ nightmarish football season is over,5They team is marked as “in progress” because while UTEP is finished, the college football season isn’t. with the Miners having somehow beaten Rice in early November to stave off a second consecutive 0-12 campaign. The 2017-18 Phoenix Suns are done too, having put the finishing touches on a 21-win season that earned them the top pick in this summer’s draft. (They took DeAndre Ayton, who seems like the real deal even if his team’s record is still horrific.)That leaves this season’s Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets, who are racing to the bottom of the NFL’s Elo rankings, as the only epically bad teams still playing. Arizona is in the driver’s seat for the No. 1 pick in next year’s draft; despite their dismal play, the Jets aren’t even currently in line for the second overall pick because they are narrowly behind in a strength-of-schedule tiebreaker with the San Francisco 49ers.That does it for the teams; we’ll be back before New Year’s with a look at the best individual players and most amazing upsets of 2018. read more

The Cubs Arent Just The BryantRizzo Show Anymore

D. Fowler7.5– The Cubs are getting help from more placesTop five Chicago Cubs players by share of weighted runs created (wRC), through July 21, 2018 Source: FanGraphs J. Baez11.8%– 2015-17 seasons2018 K. Bryant15.2– A. Russell7.1– K. Bryant11.0– A. Rizzo10.2– W. Contreras10.4– Since their incredible World Series run in 2016, the Chicago Cubs haven’t always lived up to the grand expectations set forth for their young core. The 2017 version never really clicked, even before the Los Angeles Dodgers dispatched them in the National League Championship Series, and this year’s club spent almost all of the first half trailing the upstart Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central race. And yet, the Cubs’ empire hasn’t crumbled yet. They recently fought their way back into first place, having won 15 of their past 20 games through Sunday’s win over visiting St. Louis, and our projection model has them tipped as the NL favorites.Unlike the 2016 Cubs, who enjoyed a historically effective pitching staff, Chicago’s primary weapon this season has been a dominant offense that is averaging an NL-best 5.2 runs per game. At a glance, that might not be too surprising for a team with Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo penciled in the lineup every day. But the driving forces behind this year’s offensive performance aren’t the leading names we’ve come to expect — and it remains to be seen whether this new configuration is sustainable as the team moves away from the All-Star break.From 2015 through 2017, there essentially wasn’t a better 1-2 offensive punch in baseball than Bryant and Rizzo. Together, the pair was responsible for 712 weighted runs created (according to FanGraphs.com) — the most by any two teammates over that span — and they generated 30.5 percent of the Cubs’ total runs — which, among duos, ranked second to the Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout-Kole Calhoun tandem.1Also known as “Trout plus whoever happened to log enough at-bats to finish a distant second on the team in wRC.” To the extent that Chicago was a legitimately great offensive team during those seasons, that was mainly the doing of the Cubs’ top two bats. A. Rizzo15.3%– PlayerShare of Cubs’ wRCPlayerShare of Cubs’ wRC B. Zobrist6.4– K. Schwarber10.2– This season, however, Chicago’s hitters have spread the contributions around. Through Saturday’s games, Bryant and Rizzo had generated only 21.2 percent of the Cubs’ weighted runs created, with an even greater share turned in by other tandems on the roster — such as Javier Baez and Willson Contreras (22.2 percent).For Rizzo, it has been an outright disappointing year. Going into the season, FanGraphs projected a weighted on-base average (wOBA) of .389, but through Saturday he had only managed to deliver a .337 mark, which is barely better than league average and represents his worst output since 2013. Rizzo’s power numbers are mostly to blame; he’s on pace for just 20 home runs after averaging 32 over the previous four seasons. Although StatCast indicators such as exit velocity suggest that Rizzo has been hitting the ball plenty hard, his swing has flattened out into more of a line-drive stroke, which has resulted in many fewer balls hit in the sweet spot for power and launch angle.Bryant has been much better than Rizzo, with a solid .371 wOBA that ranked 26th in baseball. But even that comes off as slightly unsatisfying after a 2017 season in which Bryant was a top-10 hitter and set career highs in batting average and on-base percentage. At 26, Bryant was supposed to be on an upward trajectory toward peak production, but this season has been a step backward — particularly given that his rates of hard-hit balls also have been trending in the wrong direction.Luckily for the Cubs, others have stepped in to pick up the slack. Baez is enjoying easily the best campaign of his career, and he has the potential to flirt with 30 homers before season’s end. Contreras, too, is tracking for his finest season (thanks especially to an uptick in playing time), and Albert Almora Jr. and Kyle Schwarber had a combined .351 wOBA after going for a .333 mark last season. Even Jason Heyward, whose struggles at the plate have held him back when compared with his star reputation in the field, boasted an above-average .337 wOBA. Not every Cubs player is having an outstanding year with the bat — sorry, Addison Russell — but most of them are: Of Chicago’s top 10 batters by plate appearances, nine (all but Russell) are above the league average in wOBA.2In terms of having a weighted runs created plus above 100.Naturally, the Cubs would love for their lesser stars to keep raking while Bryant and Rizzo revert to their previous form, although underperformers don’t appear any more likely to progress upward to their previous means than overperformers are to slide back downward. At least, that’s according to a quick and dirty study I did of qualified hitters3Specifically, players between the ages of 25 and 30 who had at least 250 plate appearances in a given season, had at least 1,000 career plate appearances going into that season and had at least 250 plate appearances the following season. since 1950. The 20 percent of players who overachieved most (in terms of wOBA, compared with that of their career previously) tended to give about 61 percent of their gains back the following season. Meanwhile, the 20 percent who underachieved most tended to regain about 67 percent of their previous form the next year. The difference wasn’t quite statistically significant — and that’s before considering that the sample is somewhat biased for underachieving players to bounce back. (Remember, they needed 250 plate appearances the next season to be considered.) So the Cubs should be prepared to take the good with the bad when it comes to which players revert to their previous standards of performance.Either way, Chicago will need to keep scoring runs. As Craig Edwards of FanGraphs wrote a few days ago, the Cubs’ starting pitching has been so bad that it’s on pace to accrue the fewest wins above replacement in recent franchise history. Chicago’s bullpen has been reliable enough to salvage some victories, and its defense is very good, per usual. But barring some kind of major trade to shore up the rotation, the Cubs will continue to ride their offense-first philosophy into the postseason and hope whatever regression comes is of the positive variety — such as Rizzo and Bryant turning into the team’s dominant combination of old — rather than the negative.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Day 2 draft recap OSU sets new NFL draft record five more

Former OSU wide receiver Michael Thomas (3) in a game versus Hawaii on Sept. 12. Thomas was selected by the New Orleans Saints on Day 2 of the NFL draft. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorAs another day of the 2016 NFL draft came to a close, Ohio State set another program record, while also breaking a league-wide mark.The Buckeyes had 10 draftees in the first three rounds, which solidified the hype and anticipation of the Scarlet and Gray draft class. Scouts and analysts from around the football world poured praise over players like Ezekiel Elliott and Darron Lee, and their predictions of a historic couple of days for OSU were validated. It took a while for the Buckeyes to see the first member of the 2015 team taken off the board on Day 2, but at No. 47 overall, wide receiver Michael Thomas broke the silence and began the chatter once again for the OSU draft class. It took just 10 picks on Thursday for the Scarlet and Gray to see three of their players selected in the first round. On Friday, OSU saw just two names taken off the board in the second round.Many analysts around the league thought safety Vonn Bell would be selected late in the first round, or no later than early-to-mid second round. But Bell found himself tirelessly waiting to hear his name called by the numerous former players who announced their team’s picks. In back-to-back picks, the Indianapolis Colts at No. 57 and the Pittsburgh Steelers at No. 58 selected safeties who did not play their home games in Columbus. Alas, at No. 61 overall, Bell finally saw his name taken off the board by the same team that drafted Thomas: the New Orleans Saints. With a pair of Buckeyes being selected in the second round, OSU tied Tennessee and USC for the NFL draft record of seven picks in the first two rounds from one school.Defensive lineman Adolphus Washington was picked up by the Buffalo Bills at No. 80. The outgoing senior defensive tackle started for three years with OSU.Washington tallied 13.5 sacks during his time with the Scarlet and Gray and could provide more push upfront for the Bills, who occasionally struggled to get to the quarterback at times.Just five picks later, OSU wide receiver Braxton Miller was chosen at No. 85 overall by the Houston Texans. OSU coach Urban Meyer was covering the draft for NFL Network and cracked a smile and raised his fists in celebration upon hearing Miller’s name called. Miller became the ninth Buckeye selected in the first three rounds, surpassing the University of Tennessee’s previous record of eight picks in three rounds set in 2000. But the Buckeyes weren’t done.With five picks remaining in the third round before Day 2 would come to a close, tight end Nick Vannett was selected by coach Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks. For those who weren’t believers of the truly unprecedented 2016 OSU draft class, having 10 draft picks in the top 94 selections is difficult to fathom.Now with 10 names on the board across most divisions of the NFL, much of the top talents for the Scarlet and Gray have found their new homes at the professional level. However, there are still plenty of notable Buckeyes available for NFL teams to invest in. Former OSU quarterback Cardale Jones, linebacker Joshua Perry, safety Tyvis Powell and wide receiver Jalin Marshall headline the prospects who hope to hear their names called on the third, and final, day. The chance for the Buckeyes to break the record of 14 players selected in a single draft from one school loomed a bit closer on Friday night. Four more players selected, and the Buckeyes will seize the record they set in 2004. read more

Mens hockey Ohio State scores three goals in under four minutes to

OSU sophomore forward Mason Jobst (26) tries to get past Michigan State redshirt freshman defender Jerad Rosburg (57) in a game on March 3 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Lantern photographerOhio State’s season is still alive.No. 3 seed OSU needed a strong showing in the Big Ten Tournament to improve its odds of earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, and the Buckeyes (21-10-6) are well on their way after downing No. 6 seed Michigan State 6-3 thanks to a third-period offensive explosion.The Buckeyes opened the game on fire offensively. Sophomore forward Mason Jobst netted a goal just four minutes into the action on the team’s first shot of the game off the assist from senior forward Nick Schilkey and sophomore defenseman Tommy Parran. Just over a minute later, Schilkey scored a power-play goal off the assist from Jobst and Dakota Joshua. OSU had a 2-0 lead on its first three shots of the game.As quickly as the Buckeyes got the lead, they gave it up. Michigan State scored three-unanswered goals off the sticks of senior forward Villiam Haag, junior forward Dylan Pavelek and freshman forward Sam Saliba.  Spartans held a 3-2 lead after the first period.The scoring slowed down in the second until OSU found the equalizer late in the period with a goal from sophomore forward Brendan Kearney. Kearney found space in front of the net and slotted a wrist shot over the shoulder of Michigan State senior goalkeeper Ed Minney.The Buckeye offense exploded again at the beginning of the third. Senior forward David Gust gave OSU the lead with a power-play goal just 20 seconds into the period off a rebound from a Jobst shot. Gust found the back of the net again just over a minute later with a wrist shot off the assist from junior defenseman Janik Moser, giving the Buckeyes a 5-3 lead.OSU got on the board yet again less than two minutes later, as freshman forward Tanner Laczynski scored off the assist from sophomore defenseman Tommy Parran and junior forward Matthew Weis. That goal marked the end of Minney’s day, as he was replaced by freshman goalkeeper John Lethemon for the remainder of the game.The Buckeyes continued to attack, but did not add another goal, coasting to a 6-3 win.With the win, OSU bolstered its NCAA Tournament resume and moves on to Friday’s Big Ten Tournament semifinals where it will take on No. 2 seed Wisconsin at 4:30 p.m. read more

Antique firearms dealer made bullets in his bedroom used in two murders

first_imgHe added: “Mohinder Surdhar is a firearms certificates holder, permitted to possess rifles and shotguns but not handguns.”It is now clear that Surdhar was supplying the organised crime group with the guns and ammunition.”Surdhar, who has admitted his involvement and pleaded guilty to this same conspiracy upon which you are trying Mr Edmunds, obtained the guns from various sources including Mr Edmunds and the specially-made or adapted ammunition from Edmunds.”Mr Fisher also told the jury police discovered Edmund spent £1,144,923 across 14 different credit card or bank accounts between 2009 and 2015.He said £841,777 had been paid into these accounts, including £45,000 in cheques alone from Dr Surdhar and £56,000 from ‘unknown sources’.”In fact over £650,000 that was paid into his bank accounts is simply recorded as ‘credit’, the precise nature of which is unknown whether it was cheques or cash,” Mr Fisher said. “He was doing other business as well, he was trading. Historically his business had mainly been in rifles. But we can’t trace where all that £650,000 has come from. Some of it no doubt is legitimate, how much of it is very difficult to tell.”Edmunds, who wore a blue and white shirt, listened to proceedings using a hearing loop.He denies a total of five charges including conspiracy to supply firearms and ammunition between January 1, 2009 and November 8, 2015.The trial, which is expected to last five weeks, continues. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. All the specially-made or adapted ammunition recovered by the police… matched ammunition found at Edmunds’ houseAndrew Fisher QC He has an expertise and almost encyclopaedic knowledge of guns and ammunitionAndrew Fisher QC An antique firearms dealer supplied guns and ammunition to the criminal underworld which were used in two murders and more than 90 shootings across Britain, a court heard.Paul Edmunds, 65, is accused of using his “encyclopaedic knowledge” of firearms legislation to import hundreds of pre-war handguns from the United States before making tens of thousands of rounds of specially-made ammunition in the garage and bedroom of his Cotswolds home.The prosecution claim he then supplied some of the weapons and ammo to gangsters in the West Midlands “almost upon demand”.Edmunds, of Hardwicke, Gloucestershire, went on trial accused of conspiracy to supply firearms and ammunition at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday. He also faces two other firearms charges and two counts of perverting the course of justice.The court heard Edmunds came to the attention of police after the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) noticed an increasing number of pre-war handguns at crime scenes, including several fatal shootings.They managed to arrest and convict an organised crime gang involved in supplying the firearms with the specially-made ammunition. Experts at NABIS realised tool markings on the ammunition matched those they had recovered over several years and set up Operation Gold Dust.Opening the prosecution case, Andrew Fisher QC said further enquiries then led them to Edmunds, who it is claimed was making the ammunition in his garage, attic and bedroom.He added: “The firearms experts at NABIS had noticed that since 2009, particularly in the Midlands, an increasing number of the police recoveries were of pre-war handguns for which there was no commercially available ammunition.”Most of these recoveries included specially-made ammunition for these guns and upon examination that much of this ammunition had been manufactured using the same equipment.”Microscopic examination enabled them to see tell-tale tool markings on the ammunition, rather like fingerprints, which all matched.”Thus it appeared to them that the same person or manufacturer was supplying all the specially-made or adapted ammunition recovered from over 90 different crime scenes around the country.”The court heard Edmunds is a licensed or registered firearms dealer who is permitted to possess handguns as well as rifles and shotguns.”Plainly he has an expertise and almost encyclopaedic knowledge of guns and ammunition,” Mr Fisher added. “He has used his knowledge and status as a registered firearms dealer to get round the legislation controlling firearms and it has now become clear has been supplying guns and ammunition wholly unlawfully for many years.”The court heard police discovered tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition and tools for making bullets for almost any and every calibre of gun at Edmunds’ home.Numerous guns were recovered at the property during a search, with only some of held properly under the terms of his dealer’s licence.”As to ammunition, his home contained in effect three separate armouries,” Mr Fisher continued.”The principle one was in his garage and this was the only one known to and inspected by the authorities.”The police discovered a second one in a bedroom where he undertook some of the modifications for the specially-adapted ammunition and a third one which was more of a store in the attic.”Upon examination it was found that all the specially-made or adapted ammunition recovered by the police in the 90 plus recoveries from crime scenes matched ammunition found at Edmunds’ house.”The tools had been filed or damaged in an attempt to disguise their unique tool markings as though trying to remove one’s fingerprints.”The prosecution claim that Edmunds had imported hundreds of guns from the United States without putting them on his Firearms Register.Mr Fisher said the dealer spent over $400,000, or £250,000, on firearms he imported between 2009 and 2015.He told the jury: “Using his encyclopaedic knowledge of firearms legislation Mr Edmunds managed to evade many of the controls.”This included costs and taxes, in order to make it both cheaper for him, thereby increasing the profits he could make, and more importantly easier to distribute the firearms into the illicit market.”The guns and his specially-made ammunition were then supplied through a middle man called Dr Mohinder Surdhar, the court heard.last_img read more

Trespassers climb over security barriers at Parliament just 10 days after Westminster

first_imgThe incident lasted approximately 30 seconds. The incident took place on Saturday, just 10 days after a deadly attack by Adrian Ajao, also known as  Khalid Masood, who took the lives of four people, when he drove his car into crowds and stabbed a policeman outside the Houses of Parliament.The attacker was shot dead by armed police after fatally wounding police constable Keith Palmer, who was stationed at the Palace’s western border. Adrian Ajao Adrian Ajao was responsible for the Westminster terror attackCredit:AFP / Metropolitan Police  Two 15-year-old boys managed to climb over the barriers into the grounds of the Palace of Westminster just days after a terror attack prompted questions over security at Parliament.The boys were chased by police after they were spotted scaling a low barrier into the car park at the southern end of the Palace, before crossing back into the public area when they were seen by nearby officers.The alleged trespassers were arrested and bailed, the Metropolitan Police said. The pair are not said to have gained access to any part of the building. Police guarding the Carriage Gates at the House of Parliament after the terror attack  Credit:Heathcliff O’Malley center_img Police guarding the Carriage Gates at the House of Parliament after the terror attack   Grave concerns over security measures at the site of Parliament were raised in the wake of the attack.Both youths were held at a central London police station and bailed on Sunday April 2, pending further inquiries in May.The incident is not being treated as terrorist-related, the Met said.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Donald Trump offers help to terminallyill baby Charlie Gard

first_imgChris Gard and Connie Yates with their son Charlie Gard Chris Gard and Connie Yates with their son Charlie GardCredit:PA A White House spokeswoman said: “Although the President himself has not spoken to the family – he does not want to pressure them in any way – members of the administration have spoken to the family in calls facilitated by the British government. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the UK and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so,” he wrote.His intervention came after Pope Francis called for Charlie’s parents to be allowed to “accompany and treat their child until the end”.The support will likely offer Charlie’s parents a glimmer of hope after exhausting every avenue in their heart breaking legal battle. A specialist who would oversee any treatment Charlie had at a hospital in the US told the High Court that therapy would provide a “small chance” of a meaningful improvement in Charlie’s brain function.Giving evidence via a telephone link from America, he said: “It may be a treatment, but not a cure.”(Charlie) may be able to interact. To smile. To look at objects.” Charlie’s parents were given more time to say goodbye to their son, who suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage, after making an emotional video plea. Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) had been due to turn off his life support last Friday.On Friday a picture of the couple sleeping on either side of their son in hospital was posted on their Twitter account alongside the hashtags #jesuisCharlieGard #charliesfight #letcharliegohome.His plight has touched people around the world and the family received donations totalling more than £1.3 million to take him to the US for therapy.His parents, both in their 30s and from Bedfont, west London, asked European court judges in Strasbourg, France, to consider their case after judges in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in London ruled in favour of GOSH doctors. “The President is just trying to be helpful if at all possible.”It is understood that a doctor and a hospital have been lined up to help if an agreement is reached.Theresa May’s official spokesman said that the Prime Minister’s thoughts were with Charlie and his family but declined to comment on Mr Trump’s tweet.Her official spokesman said: “This is a very sensitive case. I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to talk about it here at this point other than to say our thoughts are with him and his family.” If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2017 Supporters of Chris Gard and Connie Yates caseCredit:Nick Edwards But last week the European Court of Human Rights refused to intervene. On Sunday, campaigners carrying a banner that said “It’s Murder” gathered outside Buckingham Palace to protest against the court’s decision. US President Donald Trump has made an eleventh-hour intervention in the case of terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard by offering help to save him.The 10-month-old little boy has been at the centre of a lengthy legal battle as his parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, fought for him to be allowed to undergo a therapy trial in the US.Having lost the fight, the couple were spending their last hours with him before his life-support is turned off when Mr Trump waded into the legal struggle via Twitter to state that he would be “delighted” to help the terminally ill baby. Supporters of Chris Gard and Connie Yates caselast_img read more

Goodwood Racecourse imposes fourpint limit to clamp down on drunken behaviour

A four pint limit has been introduced at Goodwood Racecourse to tackle drunken behaviour.Alcohol restrictions, which mean people can only buy four drinks at one time, and increased security have been put in place as racing returns to the track for the first time since a mass brawl left six people in hospital.Video footage of the flare up – including a man being kicked in the head at the West Sussex racecourse – went viral earlier this month, prompting calls for action to prevent anti-social behaviour.Now a four-pint booze limit has been imposed at the track, which hosts racing for the first time since the trouble on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.Police with sniffer dogs will also be attending every fixture at the track, including the highly popular Glorious Goodwood meeting at the end of July. The limits will be in place for this year’s Glorious Goodwood eventCredit:Geoff Pugh Racegoers have also be encouraged to use “amnesty bins” to dump any prohibited substances.Mr Eade added: “We have concluded that we will make our security teams more visible.”We have changed some personnel and the composition of our rapid response teams, as well as taking even stronger measures to discourage drug use and excessive alcohol consumption.”Sussex Police have agreed to have a presence at each of our future fixtures and we continue to work with them on deploying other covert and overt methods of deterring anti-social behaviour and drug use.”We are also still helping them with their inquiries following the incident on May 5.”Sussex Police say no arrests had been made regarding the mass brawl, but inquiries were ongoing. Racegoers will also be subject to random bag searches and have the chance to take advantage of ‘hydration stations’ at every bar.Alex Eade, Goodwood general manager, said: “The racecourse will be implementing additional measures to help prevent future incidents from occurring.”Goodwood has also worked closely with the Racecourse Association and all the other Large Independent Racecourses to ensure best practice is shared.” Violence also erupted at Ascot racetrack in Berkshire the Saturday after the Goodwood fight – despite an increase in security. Goodwood Racecourse has imposed alcohol limits  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Goodwood Racecourse has imposed alcohol limits as racing returns for the first time since a mass brawlCredit:Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe After the Ascot brawl racegoer Tom Bickley tweeted: “Cracking day at Ascot yesterday. Slightly marred by the mass brawl after the final race.”Stella fuelled cokeheads who go out their way looking for a fight.”Similar scenes at Goodwood last week, no place for it at racing.” Another commenting on the video said: “That was sickening to watch, it’s not over exaggerating to say we almost witnessed someone dying there.”Goodwood general manager Alex Eade said: “We have concluded that we will make our security teams more visible.”We have changed some personnel and the composition of our rapid response teams as well as taking even stronger measures to discourage drug use and excessive alcohol consumption.”Videos from the track’s meeting on May 5 went viral, rocking the sport. They included a man lying on the ground being kicked in the head.Mr Eade said: “We have conducted a thorough and extensive review of everything that happened at our first fixture, of our existing policies, and held a detailed consultation with our safety advisory group and Sussex Police.”Goodwood’s initial response to the problems at its first meeting of the season were criticised.Many suggested police numbers and the course’s own security – particularly the use of officials not in high-visibility clothing but undercover – was inadequate. The limits will be in place for this year's Glorious Goodwood event read more