Police report drug haul seizure worth up to £30 million in Brownhills, England

Monday, December 2, 2013

Police in the West Midlands in England today said nearly 200 kilograms worth of drugs with value possibly as great as £30 million (about US$49 million or €36 million) has been seized from a unit in the town of Brownhills. In what an officer described as “one of the largest [seizures] in the force’s 39 year history”, West Midlands Police reported recovering six big cellophane-wrapped cardboard boxes containing cannabis, cocaine, and MDMA (“ecstasy”) in a police raid operation on the Maybrook Industrial Estate in the town on Wednesday.

The impact this seizure will have on drug dealing in the region and the UK as a whole cannot be underestimated

The seized boxes, which had been loaded onto five freight pallets, contained 120 one-kilogram bags of cannabis, 50 one-kilogram bags of MDMA, and five one-kilogram bricks of cocaine. In a press release, West Midlands Police described what happened after officers found the drugs as they were being unloaded in the operation. “When officers opened the boxes they discovered a deep layer of protective foam chips beneath which the drugs were carefully layered”, the force said. “All the drugs were wrapped in thick plastic bags taped closed with the cannabis vacuum packed to prevent its distinctive pungent aroma from drawing unwanted attention.” Police moved the drugs via forklift truck to a flatbed lorry to remove them.

Detective Sergeant Carl Russell of West Midlands Police’s Force CID said the seizure was the largest he had ever made in the 24 years he has been in West Midlands Police and one of the biggest seizures the force has made since its formation in 1974. “The impact this seizure will have on drug dealing in the region and the UK as a whole cannot be underestimated”, he said. “The drugs had almost certainly been packed to order ready for shipping within Britain but possibly even further afield. Our operation will have a national effect and we are working closely with a range of law enforcement agencies to identify those involved in this crime at whatever level.”

Expert testing on the drugs is ongoing. Estimates described as “conservative” suggest the value of the drugs amounts to £10 million (about US$16.4 million or €12 million), although they could be worth as much as £30 million, subject to purity tests, police said.

Police arrested three men at the unit on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug. The men, a 50-year-old from Brownhills, a 51-year-old from the Norton area of Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, and one aged 53 from Brownhills, have been released on bail as police investigations to “hunt those responsible” continue. West Midlands Police told Wikinews no person has yet been charged in connection with the seizure. Supplying a controlled drug is an imprisonable offence in England, although length of jail sentences vary according to the class and quantity of drugs and the significance of offenders’ roles in committing the crime.

Do You Know I Turned My Useless Backyard Into My Dream Riding Arena?}

Submitted by: Andreas Paul

Horse riding is my passion since my childhood and as you all know that it flows in the veins of the country as well. It is known as the second largest spectator sport in Great Britain. Its probably one of the oldest too. I live in my farmhouse and it had a poor looking barn with and uneven terrain where I used tried ride halfheartedly. You know passion has no limits, so a secret plan was echoing in my mind and I was quietly saving for it. I was thinking about horse arena construction through trained hands. A friend of mine told me about some good professionals how could turn my haphazard ground into some serious rehearsal theater. After dreaming and awaiting a lot, finally that day came when my meeting was arranged and I was silent but overjoyed insides, quietly watching those guys taking measurement of my spare land. They also took a detailed notice of rusting barn and the very next day they came up with real big plans. They explained to me the whole process, gave an estimated completion time and then they were staring at me just waiting for my go. What in the world could stop me from saying lets go and they went like daggers from the bows. Every person took charge of his duties and started working at once.

Though it was drastic measure but let me explain it in my words what they did. It of course requires too much care and vast experience to build good horse arena surfaces, but generally saying they performed three major steps.

Firs sept was digging and leveling the field to properly laydown rest of the layers. They did it faster than I expected the covered the whole ground with rolling stones, Leveled them and the laid down a layer of membrane over the stone. And I began to feel like things are getting in shape.

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applying an appropriate layer. Next sept was quite simiple to me and that was laying down silica sand over the membrane. They explained to me it is not as simple as it looks. It takes much care in the selection of sand and evenly.

And then come the final and the most exiting stept of applying a rubber layer over it. Then nicely spreading and made my dream come true with that. Its hard to believe and still surpicess me and my friends that is that same backyard wher you could not even walk comfortbaly. Now now I can ride smothly. Me and my horses are really thankful to these guys. They have applied good PVC and Rubber layers over the barn and gave it a much longer life. It was really a satisfactory work.

About write

I write because I believe it is the best way of depicting my inner self. I have been writing for long on several topics and issues that I observe around me. To me, writing is similar to speaking but to a bigger audience. British peoples love for riding was convincing enough, so I decided to write about horse riding & equestrian surface, and I have put my efforts to convey my message to the readers and to deliver as much information possible, in my blog so, that it may amuse as well as add to the readers knowledge.

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Old deeds threaten Buffalo, NY hotel development
Buffalo, N.Y. Hotel Proposal Controversy
Recent Developments
  • “120 year-old documents threaten development on site of Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal” — Wikinews, November 21, 2006
  • “Proposal for Buffalo, N.Y. hotel reportedly dead: parcels for sale “by owner”” — Wikinews, November 16, 2006
  • “Contract to buy properties on site of Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal extended” — Wikinews, October 2, 2006
  • “Court date “as needed” for lawsuit against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal” — Wikinews, August 14, 2006
  • “Preliminary hearing for lawsuit against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal rescheduled” — Wikinews, July 26, 2006
  • “Elmwood Village Hotel proposal in Buffalo, N.Y. withdrawn” — Wikinews, July 13, 2006
  • “Preliminary hearing against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal delayed” — Wikinews, June 2, 2006
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  • “Hotel development proposal could displace Buffalo, NY business owners” — Wikinews, February 17, 2006

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Buffalo, New York — Buffalo, New York developers have been stymied by old real estate deeds.

The prospective Elmwood Village Hotel may be scuttled and businesses now located there may be forced to move.

Frustrations over property located in an area once known as “Granger Estates” circulate around a clause in the original deeds over land divided by then-owner Erastus Granger in the early 1800’s.

According to the documents, “no business establishment of any kind whatsoever” shall ever be constructed on the property, and they shall forever be exclusively for residential use only. Also prohibited are barns, farms and stables.

Sam Savarino, CEO of Savarino Companies, the prospective hotel developer, announced that his legal research team found the restrictions on properties located between 1109 and 1121 Elmwood Avenue which also stated in part that “no businesses, hospitality establishment of anykind whatsoever” shall ever be permitted to be built on the property.

Savarino, whom is expected to contest the restrictions, said that his company could have ignored the findings, but that, “we can’t risk the future of a multimillion-dollar project on the hope they wouldn’t be discovered. Our opponents would have had a field day if they’d surfaced after the fact.”

Savarino said his attorneys and researchers are anticipated to determine “exactly what weight the restrictions carry and if there’s a way for the courts to negate them.”

Existing businesses are also jeopardized.

Hans Mobius, owner of some of the restricted properties upon which a carriage house is built, said, he wasn’t aware of any restrictions, and “never had a reason to research the deed and title documents.” He confidently added that, “the lawyers can get this taken care of.”

Other threatened businesses include Don Apparel, H.O.D. Tattoo, Forest Plaza Art Gallery and Allentown Music.


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Purged Chinese leader Zhao Ziyang dies at 85

Monday, January 17, 2005

Zhao Ziyang, the General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party who was purged for sympathizing with the student protestors in the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 died on Monday in Beijing after 15 years of house arrest. He was 85.

Zhao was a reformer within the communist party who acted against corruption, and created programs of economic and agricultural reform that allowed parts of China to recover from the failure and famine of the Great Leap Forward. He disbanded communes and allowed farmers to tend their own land; he also introduced the plan to create special economic hubs in coastal areas — a system that is the current model for China.

In the 1980s, Zhao’s success gained him a variety of top posts within the Poliburo of the Communist Party, including in 1987 the post of General Secretary — highest rank within the party. He was seen by outsiders as a potential successor to the de facto Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, though on one occasion Zhao had denied that he would be fit for the role.

Zhao’s rule came to an end in 1989, as he sided with the student protesters advocating democracy in the Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Zhao’s position was not held by others within the core of the Politburo, and he was stripped of his post.

On May 19, 1989, Zhao arrived at Tiananmen Square and spoke to the protesters. In tears, he apologized for “coming too late” and asked them to abandon their protest.

Shortly afterward, Zhao was placed under house arrest despite never being charged. Two weeks later on June 4, the army was sent into the square to disband the protestors, leading to hundreds of deaths.

He never again made a public appearance and was confined to a courtyard house not far from Tiananmen Square. From there, Mr. Zhao ventured outside only rarely and under heavy escort to play golf at nearby courses.

Even in death, the government continues to fear that his name might ignite discontent among impoverished farmers, intellectuals, the unemployed and others who want to see sweeping political reforms.

Security at Tiananmen Square was visibly tightened in the days leading to Zhao Ziyang’s death, as reports emerged that he had slipped into a coma.

Official announcement of his passing Monday came via a short dispatch by the state news agency, which briefly said that he had died at a Beijing hospital after suffering longtime lung and heart ailments. The report referred to the deceased leader as “Comrade Zhao” and made no mention of his former titles.

He had been in a coma since Friday after suffering multiple strokes, a source close to his family said.

He is survived by his second wife, Liang Boqi, four sons, and a daughter.

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Timber Decking


Matt Buchel

Timber is sort of wood which is proper for buildings or for tools, utensils, furniture, carriages, fences, ships and is well known for its incomparable beauty, classiness, environmental friendliness and versatility.

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It is a fact that most people are now settling with wood crafting as gives smart and innovative style of fashion. Timber decking can be applied from indoors to outdoor regions, from porches to balconies, from yards to pool sides and delivering new details to your house. As such, timber decking products are relatively affordable, easy to construct, durable, require less maintenance and are naturally resistant to decay, weathering, splintering and insect infestation. It is the present day trend of extending the interior living space into the outer space thus, it generates freshness and convenience.

Timber has numerous functions like it can be used for timber decking, pool decking, framing and roofing, in pergolas, and for domestic fencing. Decking can also be added to hand rails, newel posts, and spindles to add the final touch to your outdoor area. The pool deck acts as a comforting area where entire family can gather for relaxation. With fine craftsmanship, you can figure and design your own lovely decks.

Outdoor living area manifests also your character and lifestyle. It is better to seek help with decking specialists for much fascinating and adaptable outdoor living area. Classy timber decking initiate elegance and enjoyable ambience that would elevate the worth of home and its lifestyle.

Australian people are known to be living their lives to the fullest. Thus, they exerted much of their efforts and intelligence just to look and create sophisticated and comfortable houses with timber decking designs like covered verandahs that protect the external walls from extreme heat of the sun. Moreover, these beautiful decks can be constructed in any location. Be it in Brisbane or Queensland, it can certainly give the elegant look you aim for.

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