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article imageThe latest from violent Britain

By Alexander Baron     Nov 22, 2012 in Crime
London - A baby boy killed by a dog, and five members of the same family killed in a deadly arson attack...not quite as bad as the Gaza Strip, but give us time.
On October 14, Dr Abdul Shakoor had a wife, three sons and two daughters. His wife Sabah Usmani was also a doctor, and as far as anybody is living the dream in an austerity strapped Britain, he was. All that was taken from him the following day when a mystery blaze ripped through the family home. He was the only survivor. A month on, his family buried, it has now been confirmed this fire was indeed arson. The crime was featured on the BBC Crimewatch programme last night.
A reward of £10,000 has been offered in connection with bringing the perpetrator(s) to justice; the key to this may be a laptop computer that was stolen the previous night; the fire actually gutted the Shakoor family home at Harlow, Essex in the small hours of Monday, October 15. Anyone with any information should contact Crimewatch or the police.
Punching somebody in the head is generally far less serious than arson even without loss of life, but police in East London would still like to feel the collar of this thug (pictured above) who ran up behind a 16 year old girl in High Street, Plaistow and punched her so hard in the back of the head that he sent her sprawling and knocked her unconscious.
The victim was taken to hospital by ambulance but fortunately was released the same day, obviously severely shaken in addition to her injuries. The Metropolitan Police have put the CCTV footage of the assault on YouTube. The victim's name hasn't been released, but although she appears to be white there has been no mention so far of this being a hate crime, though obviously it wasn't a love crime.
[The good news (hopefully) is that an arrest has now been made in connection with this attack since the Crimewatch programme].
In Trowbridge, a woman has been charged with the murder of a 51 year old man, and remanded in custody, while Ivan Leach who also featured on the Crimewatch programme was said to have escaped from prison and to be extremely dangerous. At least half this statement is a typical tabloid exaggeration. Leach absconded from an open prison - escaped indeed - he appears to be a lifer finishing off his sentence, although there is no suggestion that he has ever killed anyone. He did though appear to have solicited two schoolgirls for some sort of sexual act, and obviously needs to be back behind bars for the foreseeable future.
Finally, although we haven't hanged anyone for murder in this country since 1964, a dog that kills a human being can rightly expect a summary execution without appeal. Harry Harper was one week old when he was savaged by a Jack Russell, a breed that by virtue of its size can be deceptively vicious. The fatal attack happened at the home of the victim's grandparents. He died in hospital shortly afterwards. According to the BBC, West Mercia Police called it a tragic accident. Tragic definitely. The animal has now been destroyed.
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