LONDON (Reuters) – Jimmy Savile, the late BBC TV star at the centre of a child sex scandal that has shaken Britain’s state-funded broadcaster, may have abused up to 25 victims some as young as 13 over four decades, police said on Tuesday.
Detectives said they were looking into 120 lines of inquiry about Savile, the eccentric children’s presenter who was a British household name for both his TV and charity work, since allegations against him were first aired just over a week ago.
LONDON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Jimmy Savile, the late BBC TV star
at the centre of a child sex scandal that has shaken Britain’s
state-funded broadcaster, may have abused up to 25 victims some
as young as 13 over four decades, police said on Tuesday.
Detectives said they were looking into 120 lines of inquiry
about Savile, the eccentric children’s presenter who was a
British household name for both his TV and charity work, since
allegations against him were first aired just over a week ago.
LONDON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – To millions of Britons, Jimmy
Savile was a flamboyant cigar-chomping disc jockey, children’s
TV presenter and dedicated charity fundraiser, instantly
recognisable from his long blonde hair, eccentric clothing and
But claims Savile, who died last year and was knighted by
the queen for his charitable work, had sexually abused
schoolgirls while working at the BBC have shattered his
reputation and raised suggestions the state-funded broadcaster
covered up allegations against one of its top entertainers.
LONDON (Reuters) – Possible links between British intelligence agencies and former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, who died from poisoning in London in 2006, will be kept secret at the government’s request, a lawyer at a preliminary hearing on his death said on Thursday.
Litvinenko, a Kremlin critic who had been granted British citizenship, died days after he was poisoned with polonium-210, a highly toxic radioactive isotope, which was slipped to him in a cup of tea at a plush London hotel.
LONDON (Reuters) – One of Kweku Adoboli’s bosses said he reacted with disbelief when he heard that the alleged UBS rogue trader, a close colleague, had confessed to unauthorized deals which cost the Swiss bank $2.3 billion, a British court heard on Wednesday.
Ronald Greenidge, head of European cash trading at UBS in London, also said Adoboli had revealed he had an opportunity to close down his fraudulent deals at no cost to the bank weeks before the losses came to light, but had failed to do so.
LONDON (Reuters) – One of Britain’s most wanted fugitives killed two unarmed policewomen on Tuesday in a gun and grenade ambush, police said, killings which are likely to reignite a long-running debate over whether British officers should carry guns.
Police constables Fiona Bone, 32, and Nicola Hughes, 26, were gunned down in a hail of bullets after they responded to a hoax call about a burglary in the northern English city of Manchester.
LONDON, Sept 14 (Reuters) – UBS was not to blame for the
actions of a “rogue trader” who cost the Swiss bank $2.3 billion
as no system can prevent a dishonest employee abusing a trusted
position, the lawyer prosecuting former UBS trader Kweku Adoboli
said on Friday.
Sasha Wass told a London court that Adoboli knew how to
cheat the bank’s control system, lied to his bosses and
falsified records to hide what he was doing.
LONDON (Reuters) – “Naked gambling” by UBS (UBSN.VX: Quote, Profile, Research) trader Kweku Adoboli nearly brought down the massive Swiss bank as he wagered up to $12 billion, cooked the books and lied to bosses until his “pyramid of fraud” collapsed, a prosecutor told a London court on Friday.
Adoboli, the 32-year-old son of a U.N. diplomat from Ghana, is on trial by jury accused of fraud and false accounting that in the end cost UBS $2.3 billion. He has pleaded not guilty.
LONDON, Sept 14 (Reuters) – A British prosecutor accused
former UBS trader Kweku Adoboli on Friday of
fraudulently gambling away $2.3 billion, believing he had the
magic touch but instead causing “chaos and disaster to himself
and to all those around him”.
Adoboli, 32, is on trial at Southwark Crown Court accused of
two counts of fraud and two counts of false accounting. He has
pleaded not guilty.
LONDON (Reuters) – The first person on the scene of a quadruple murder in a quiet wooded area of the French Alps described it on Thursday as something from a Hollywood movie, with bullet-ridden bodies in a car whose engine was still running and blood everywhere.
Former British air force pilot Brett Martin had been out for a cycle ride last Wednesday when he came across another cyclist and three members of a holidaying British family who had been shot dead on a remote mountain road in the Annecy lake area.