Vasile Belea was separated from his son in Stockwell station when the tube doors closed on him before he could enter the train carriage
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Friday 02 October 2009
Relatives of Jean Charles de Menezes were told today that police officers involved in the fatal shooting will not face punishment.
Wednesday 22 July 2009
A junior school headteacher today defended using CCTV to monitor toilet blocks in an effort to deter vandals.
Tuesday 14 July 2009
A man who strangled seven pensioners more than 20 years ago today won his appeal against his murder convictions.
Friday 19 June 2009
The life story of the Brazilian man shot dead by police on a London Underground train because they believed he was a suicide bomber is celebrated in a film which premieres in his home town this evening.
Friday 12 June 2009
Kevin Smith, king of indie, is rounding up a feast of comic stars for his buddy-action laugh-fest 'A Couple of Dicks'. Seann William Scott and Adam Brody recently signed up for the Warner Bros-bankrolled comedy, joining Bruce Willis, right, and Tracy Morgan. The script, by Robb and Mark Cullen, follows a maverick cop (Willis) and his partner (Morgan) who, tracking a valuable stolen baseball card, tangle with a memorabilia-obsessed gangster and rescue a Mexican beauty who holds the key to millions in drug money. Scott plays a thief known as, uh, the Shit Bandit. Brody is an abrasive detective unhappy with Willis and Morgan. Scott recently starred in Universal's 'Role Models'. Brody next appears in Boaz Yakin's indie drama 'Death in Love' and 'Jennifer's Body', a dark comedy written by Diablo Cody, starring Megan Fox.
Friday 29 May 2009
Tuesday 26 May 2009
A senior police surveillance officer who admitted tampering with his evidence during the inquest into the death of Jean Charles de Menezes was cleared today by an official investigation.
Sunday 03 May 2009
On Tuesday of last week, 16-year-old Oluwaseyi Ogunyemi was murdered in Stockwell, south London. The headlines reported: "Teenager knifed to death as 30 youths rampage in bloody battle on the streets" and "Boy killed in 'tit for tat' murder". The truth is rather different.
Sunday 12 April 2009
Friday 30 January 2009
"ITV did a competent job of recreating the day the Metropolitan Police did such an incompetent job and the innocent Jean Charles de Menezes was shot dead. The introductory narration was unnecessarily hyperbolic, talking about 'a city gripped by panic and fear' and 'brought to its knees' in the aftermath of the London bombings." - thecustardtv.blogspot.com
Thursday 22 January 2009
Let's read the fine print first. Stockwell, ITV1's "fact-based drama" about the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, began with a familiar kind of disclaimer. "This is a true story," it read, "based on the testimony of police officers and eyewitnesses. Some events have been simplified and some characters and dialogue created for the purposes of dramatisation." Given the controversy that surrounded that incident, and that still persists despite official inquiries and inquests, it's worth examining some of those phrases more closely. Let's take "based on the testimony" first of all, a standard claim to research, which appears, at first glance, to have been admirably exhaustive. Police officers and eyewitnesses, you say? How thorough. The only problem being that the eyewitness statements in many cases directly contradicted those of police officers, so which do you privilege at the critical moment? Having both doesn't double the clarity, since they cancel each other out.
Sunday 14 December 2008
The more sensational aspects of the inquest into the killing by the police of Jean Charles de Menezes have concentrated on what happened in the Tube carriage at Stockwell. That was where the action was. The (disputed) details appal. But we should also look back up the police chain of command.
Saturday 13 December 2008
Saturday 13 December 2008
Three and a half years ago, Maria Otone de Menezes was a farm labourer living a quiet life in the unremarkable Brazilian village of Gonzaga.
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