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A Sunderland thug has been jailed for his part in violence which broke out in Westminster and made headlines across the country.

But it’s not the first time Daniel Allan has found himself in trouble; the thug has over 110 convictions.

The 35-year-old, who lives in Ridley Terrace in Hendon, has now been sentenced to 28 months in prison Southwark Crown Court, after pleading guilty to violent disorder at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

He had travelled to the capital on June 13 to join in a demonstration held in Parliament Square.

Clashes broke out between protestors – who said they were protecting monuments from damage they feared would be caused by anti-racism campaigners – and police officers.

Allan was seen at 3.15pm that day, kicking a police sergeant in the back, knocking him to the ground in Bridge Street, just next to the Houses of Parliament.

The Metropolitan Police said footage of the attack was shared widely on social media, and a short time later, “officers recognised Allan due to his distinctive coloured clothing” which turned out to be a pair of luminous shorts.

He was arrested by City of London Police and later charged.

The Met Police has said the officer he struck was left with bruising to his back and was able to recover at home.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said 38 officers had been hurt during the disorder.

Back in February 2017, Newcastle Crown Court heard Allan had threatened to burn down a former partner’s home, threatening to take children hostage after smashing his way into her home and grabbing her phone.

Their ordeal happened after he had made 50 unanswered calls to the woman before he turned up drunk at her door early one January morning.

Police turned up and soon arrested Allan, who had been trying to hide in a nearby lane.

As he was sentenced 12 months after admitting burglary, the court was told at that stage he had 110 previous offences on his record.

His barrister said Allan believed his drink had been spiked and had been left distraught at the end of the relationship with the woman and had not gone to the house to steal anything.

Sunderland Echo

A stalker entered the private area of a hospital to harass his ex-wife and threatened to burn her house down.


Julian Proctor made his victim’s life a misery by breaching conditions not to contact her “literally hundreds of times.”

Leeds Crown court heard how the 50-year-old stalked his former partner for seven months after the breakdown of their 15-year relationship.

The marriage ended after years of Proctor being violent and controlling towards her.

On one occasion she suffered a fractured wrist as she jumped from a car to get away from him.

Bashir Ahmed, prosecuting, said the defendant has previous convictions for violence towards his wife.

In 2006 he was convicted of battery for breaking her nose.

Three years later, he was convicted of battery for grabbing her by the throat and squeezing until she almost passed out.

In October last year, police removed Proctor from the woman’s flat in Wakefield and arranged for the locks to be changed.

Proctor continued to refuse to accept that the relationship was over

He contacted his former partner on a daily basis by making phone phone calls and sending messages on WhatsApp and Facebook.

The defendant also sent and delivered flowers to her flat and to the hospital in Wakefield where she worked.

Mr Ahmed said Proctor would park outside the hospital and wait for her.

On one occasion he entered the hospital and accessed staff-only areas and her manager had to call security.

Proctor also resorted to blackmail by threatening to self-harm and burn her house down.

He was arrested but continued to stalk the woman while on police bail.

Proctor regularly followed her while she was shopping and even slept in his car outside her home.

He sent the victim messages saying: “I will follow you anywhere.”

On May 8 this year, Proctor sent her photos of him cutting his chest and wrists with a razor.

In his police interview, Procter denied the relationship had ended and said he loved the woman and wanted to talk to her.

He told officers: “Without (the victim) there is no life.”

In a statement to the court, the woman said she now suffers from anxiety and sleep problems.

She said she is always looking over her shoulder in case Procter is there and no longer leaves the house alone, which has affected her relationships.

She also described how she had resorted to sitting on her living room floor in the dark in hope that Proctor would think she was not at home.

Procter, of Drury Lane, Wakefield, pleaded guilty to stalking.

He has previous convictions for dishonesty, vehicle-related offences, making a threat to kill and affray.

Satpal Roth-Sharma, mitigating, said Proctor was abusing alcohol at the time of the offending.

He was jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Judge Simon Batiste told him: “It is clear you had no regard for the wishes of the complainant and the conditions of police bail had no real control of you because you were perfectly willing to breach those conditions literally hundreds of times.”

Wakefield Express

Daniel John Allan, pleaded guilty to one count of violent disorder against a police officer at Westminster Magistrates’ Court

A Sunderland man has admitted attacking a police officer during a day of violence in central London.

Daniel John Allan was remanded in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday for violence as right-wing protesters, Black Lives Matter supporters and the police clashed on Saturday.

Allan, a father of two from Ridley Terrace, in Sunderland, was arrested on Saturday after kicking a policeman in the back.

He was later spotted in the crowd due to his “distinctive appearance” – a pair of luminous shorts, the court heard.

Allan, 35, pleaded guilty to one count of violent disorder against a police officer and will be sentenced at a later date.

Jennifer Gatland, prosecuting, said Allan travelled from his home as groups of right-wing protesters sought to protect statues around Whitehall and Trafalgar Square.

She said Allan “kicked out” at a policeman from behind, “suddenly and without provocation”.

He was later spotted due to his distinctive attire.

Remanding Allan into custody, District Judge Nicholas Rimmer said: “The seriousness of your conduct consists of being part of wider protesters in which missiles were thrown.

“You personally kicked out at (the police sergeant), that appears to have catalysed the violence.”

Eleanor Fraser, for Allan, said he has a previous conviction for violence in 2010, and suffered with depression and anxiety.

The court heard he had a panic attack upon arrest, and then in police custody.

Saturday’s far-right demonstration took place after thousands of anti-racist protesters marched in multiple events sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of white police officers in the US last month.

The Chronicle

Daniel Allan had threatened to burn the family out of their home while drunk then smashed his way in during a Sunday morning raid in Sunderland

A burglar threatened to take two young children hostage after smashing his way into his ex partner’s home.

Daniel Allan had bombarded his former girlfriend with around 50 missed calls early on a Sunday morning while drunk.

When she eventually answered, he was abusive and told her he was coming round to put her windows out and said he would “burn all of them out of the house”.

Allan then turned up at the woman’s home in Sunderland and when she wouldn’t let him in, he broke her bathroom window and climbed in.

The thug then took the woman’s phone off her as she alerted police and made threats to take two young children hostage.

Now the 32-year-old, who has 110 previous convictions, has been jailed for 12 months at Newcastle Crown Court.

Prosecutor Kevin Wardlaw said it was early on Sunday January 15 that Allan started hounding his 38-year-old ex.

He told the court: “They had been in a relationship for some time and she describes the relationship as sometimes volatile and not without difficulties.

“There are no allegations of him being violent but he did threaten violence and that brought the relationship to an end.

“Early on the morning of Sunday January 15 she was at home in Sunderland when she received, from 5.30am, a number of attempts to contact her by phone.

“She knew, owing to the time of day, there was every likelihood he would be drunk.

“Almost 50 calls were received from him before she answered the phone.”

The court heard Allan was ranting at the woman and calling her names but the abuse then took a more sinister tone.

Mr Wardlaw said: “He said he was coming round to her address to put her windows out and would burn all of them out of the address.

“She ignored further calls and contacted the police because of her concerns.

“The defendant did attend her address and tried to get in.

“She refused access and he then went round to the rear of the address, broke a window and climbed in.

“She was on the phone to the police and he approached her and took the phone from her to prevent the call to the police continuing.

“A young child had woken up and he took hold of the child in his arms before leaving the address. He was drunk at the time.

“He had made threats to take the children hostage.”

Allan, of Ridley Terrace, Hendon, Sunderland, tried to hide from police nearby but was found and arrested.

He pleaded guilty to burglary and was jailed for 12 months.

Judge Penny Moreland told him: “You threatened to put her windows out and burn the family out of the property.

“You went round to the house and she, quite rightly, refused you entry to the house, so you went to the rear of the house, broke the bathroom window and climbed in.

“She had already contacted the police out of fear about what you might do if you came to the house.

“You took (the young child) in your arms and threatened her that you would take the children hostage.

“I regard the unpleasant and frightening threats you made to her as an aggravating feature of this offence.

“This is a serious offence and there must have been great fear occasioned to the victim and the two children.”

Andrew Walker, defending, said Allan had been a frequent visitor to the house and had lived there some of the time.

He added: “He was distraught at the end of the relationship.

“There was no intention to harm anyone.

“He fears he was spiked in his consumption of alcohol that night. He can’t explain why he behaved as he did.

“This is not a typical house burglary.”

The Chronicle

Daniel Lainchbury told the first victim ‘I’m going to rape you tonight’ and minutes later attacked another



A crazed attacker was “off his face” on mamba when he violently sexually assaulted two lone women in separate attacks minutes apart.

Daniel Lainchbury, who has no memory of his depraved actions, had earlier been seen in Leicester city centre “curled up in a ball stark naked”.

Having got dressed, he aggressively accosted a woman in St Martin’s Square at 9.15pm on Saturday, January 4.

The 28-year-old subjected the woman to what the judge said was “an absolutely terrifying” ordeal.

Lynsey Knott, prosecuting, told Leicester Crown Court that Lainchbury was shouting as he approached the woman, calling her a bitch, and made a lewd suggestion as he attempted to grab her.

She blocked him and held a car key against his neck, to which Lainchbury said: “You’re going to get frisky -. I like it when women get aggressive, it gets me excited.”

During a skirmish, Lainchbury pushed the woman against a wall, put his hand under her clothing and touched her indecently.

He told her: “I don’t care if there are police or security guards, I’m going to rape you tonight.”

He grabbed her indecently over her clothing as she fought him off.

A nearby resident went to help, but Lainchbury falsely claimed he was the victim’s boyfriend.

Two security guards arrived and he eventually let go. But he then grabbed the woman again as she walked off, and the guards had to intervene again.

The woman was able to flee, as Lainchbury made further threats of rape, and called the police.

A few minutes later, a female pedestrian rescued a second woman who was being groped by the defendant as he pinned her against a shop window.

The pedestrian pulled Lainchbury away, and the distressed victim made off.

When Lainchbury then turned his aggression towards the rescuer, she “forcefully kicked him” away as the police arrived.

In a victim impact statement, the first woman described feeling unsafe and paranoid about going out alone since the attack.

She said: “He kept saying he was going to rape me but I was strong enough to get him off.”

The attack has impacted on her plans to go travelling, said Miss Knott.

The second victim has not been identified.

Lainchbury, of Ofranville Close, Thurmaston, admitted two counts of sexual assault.

He accepted that the offences placed him in breach of a 12-month suspended prison sentence which he was given for robbing a lone woman of a mobile phone in October 2018.

‘Aggressive, intoxicated stranger’

Judge Martin Hurst said although the defendant had been diagnosed as suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, his actions were caused by the “voluntary taking of illegal drugs”.

He told Lainchbury: “When you take prescribed medication instead of illegal drugs you’re not a risk to others.

“The first victim was confronted by an aggressive, intoxicated stranger.

“It would have been absolutely terrifying.”

Judge Hurst added: “The other victim ran away and hasn’t been identified.”

He said the passer-by who bravely rescued her showed considerable fortitude.

The judge added: “You’ve no recollection and you’ve blamed it on the mamba or spice that you’d smoked – which makes people behave in a very strange way.

“You were clearly behaving oddly, having been seen curled up in a ball stark naked an hour earlier.”
‘Off his face’

James Varley, mitigating, said: “He’d smoked a large amount of mamba.

“It had a very bizarre effect upon him.

“He was off his face.”

Judge Hurst said: “He knows smoking drugs makes him psychotic.”

Mr Varley said: “He says he’s frightened himself, of what the drugs can make him do.

“He’d been warned that the illegal drugs inter-play with his mental health.

“He smoked a joint out of boredom and has now got himself locked up for a considerable period.”

Lainchbury, who appeared in court via a video link from prison, was jailed for four and a half years.

He will have to enlist on a sex offender register for life.

Leicester Mercury

COVENTRY killer Andrew Luke Henson was today starting an eight- year jail sentence for the drugs-related shooting of a man in a city pub.

A jury at Birmingham Crown Court unanimously cleared self-confessed drugs dealer Henson of murder but found him guilty of manslaughter on the basis of provocation because he was being assaulted with knives and bottles at the time.

Lee Michael Moore and Paul Trevor Case, who were jointly charged along with Henson of murder, were acquitted.

The jury took a little less than three hours to agree on their verdict and reject the claim that the three had plotted to kill Richard Waring, of Potters Green, Coventry.

Father-of-two Mr Waring was shot in the back with a sawn-off shotgun in the Crow in the Oak pub in Lockhurst Lane, Foleshill, on January 29 last year.

Jailing Henson, Judge Michael Astill said: “The evidence clearly shows you were subjected to a violent and vicious attack by others. It was a concerted attack when you were defenceless and alone. You reacted by losing your self control.”

Henson, aged 26, of Kingfield Road, Foleshill, was being beaten by a group of men in the pub when Mr Moore and Mr Case arrived to meet him.

Mr Moore was carrying a sawn-off shotgun retrieved from under the floorboards of his home in Guild Road, Foleshill. He claimed he brought it at the request of Henson who was going to pass it on to a criminal contact.

Mr Case took the gun and held it in the air to try to stop the attack on his friend. Henson tossed aside a bar stool he was using to fend off bottles and blows, grabbed the gun and shot Mr Waring, who was leaving the pub.

Although Mr Waring’s friends were attacking Henson, the court heard he was not involved.

Afterwards all three went on the run, claiming they feared reprisal attacks, but were arrested a few days later.

The judge recorded not guilty verdicts against Mr Moore, aged 26, and Mr Case, aged 32, of Cheylesmore, in relation to a further offence of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life. The same charge against Henson was allowed to lie on the file.

After the hearing Det Supt Barrie Simpson, who led the investigation, said: “It is another case where drugs and firearms have cost a life. We must continue the effort to combat drugs and firearms in the West Midlands.”

Free Library

From 2000

Thanks to Lee Garrett for the tip off.

A sex offender escaped from a care centre and fled to Spain, shortly after being spotted applying for his first passport, a judge heard.

Twenty-year-old Jordan Goodwin, also known as Jordan Hagan, stuffed pillows under the covers of his bed to give the impression he was sleeping, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard.

Then he forced open a secure window and ran away from the Huntercombe Centre in Underhill Street, Langley, that caters for people with mental health problems, on March 13.

He left a letter of explanation at the home of his partner and flew out of the country, said Mr Andrew Tucker, prosecuting.

He added: “He got to Spain but was arrested pretty quickly.

“A number of weeks earlier he had been seen filling in a passport application form and when asked why came up with some innocuous reason.”

But Judge Amjad Nawaz asked: “What other purpose could there be for a passport?”

The defendant had been made the subject of an indefinite hospital order at Derby Crown Court in 2011 after committing a serious sexual offence at the age of 12, it was said.

A European Arrest Warrant was issued four days after he vanished and, on March 24, he was flown from Madrid to Birmingham.

He was then detained by police at the airport on landing.

Mr Simon Hanns, defending, said: “There was some element of planning but whether the authorities should have been aware of this is another matter.

“He feels that the hospital order is no longer appropriate and he should now be back in society.”

Goodwin admitted escaping from custody and was given six months detention in a Young Offenders Institution.

However, he had already spent more than half the term in custody waiting for the case to be resolved.

That meant he was eligible for immediate release and could be transferred to a secure unit in Northamptonshire to continue his treatment.

Judge Nawaz told him: “You feel you are being dealt with unfairly by still being held on the hospital order but that is a matter for professionals and a tribunal to decide.

“I am keeping the sentence short to allow you to return to this order because that is in the best interest of, not just you, but also the general public.”

Express & Star.

From 2017

Thank to making-of-a-nazi on Twitter

A GRANDFATHER who was wrongly branded a paedophile has been found guilty of the attempted murder of his tormentor.

Mark Pearson repeatedly stabbed Michael Inwood with a lock knife in a horrific attack outside the Aldi store in Spennymoor on the afternoon of September 9.

Newcastle Crown Court was told Mr Inwood was stabbed eight times, including in the heart and lung, but he managed to survive the attack.

Pearson, 46, had denied trying to kill Mr Inwood but, following a trial, a jury convicted him of attempted murder as well as the less charge of carrying an offensive weapon.

The jury was told that Mr Inwood had wrongly accused Pearson of being a child sex offender which had led to several verbal altercations between the pair.

During a police interview read out during the trial, Pearson told police Mr Inwood was a bully who was “telling everyone” that he was a paedophile.

The attack happened outside the supermarket after he was called a paedophile on a bus in the town.

During his evidence, Pearson told the court: “If I meant to murder him I would have stood over the c*** and stabbed him again. How am I meant to know where his f*****g heart is? I don’t know about bodies.”

But during the trial Ian Brook, prosecuting, said Pearson’s account was not credible as he had changed his story several times and admitted lying about stabbing Mr Inwood.

Mr Brook also made reference to a message sent from Pearson’s phone to a friend shortly after the incident in which he said Mr Inwood had been stabbed and was “laid on the f*****g floor, flat out”.

Pearson, of Eden Road, Spennymoor, had denied stabbing Mr Inwood or carrying a knife.

Pearson, who is a father and grandfather, was found guilty on both counts this afternoon.

He has been remanded into custody and will be sentenced on May 1.

Northern Echo

Samantha Turner, 36, has been jailed after she admitted trying to hand over the items

Samantha Turner, 36, has been jailed after she admitted trying to hand over the items when she went to hug prisoner Stephen Benson in the Salford prison

Samantha Turner, 36, has been jailed after she admitted trying to hand over the items when she went to hug prisoner Stephen Benson in the Salford prison

The girlfriend of a prisoner at Forest Bank tried to smuggle in £33,000 worth of cocaine as well as Spice and mobile phones during a prison visit, a court heard.

Samantha Turner, 36, has been jailed after she admitted trying to hand over the items when she went to hug prisoner Stephen Benson in the Salford prison.

They both stood up and hugged each other, but prison staff noticed that Benson put his hands under the coat Turner was wearing as if he was fumbling for something, Manchester Crown Court heard.

Benson then took a black package, a taped up box the size of a child’s shoe box, and stuffed it down his tracksuit trousers.

The package was seized and was found to contain 10.96g of high purity cocaine, which prosecutors said could be worth anything from £16,000 to £33,200 inside prison.

There was also 14.22g of Spice, with a potential value of £1,442 in prison.

Such drugs can be worth anywhere up to 10 times their normal value inside the custodial environment, the court was told.

It also contained two iPhones, four small Xanco mobile phones, nine sim cards as well as phone chargers.

The court heard Turner said she thought the package contained a phone battery, Rizla papers and some tobacco.

Judge Richard Mansell QC said he couldn’t accept this claim, ‘given the size of the package concerned and the common knowledge that drugs and phones are the two most highly prized commodities for prisoners’.

The judge added: “It simply wouldn’t have been worth the risk to smuggle tobacco and a battery into prison and the size and weight of the package you received was clearly inconsistent with your claim.

“In any event, you willingly accepted a package which you were unable to examine and agreed to smuggle it to a prisoner, therefore it is neither defence nor mitigation of the seriousness of your offending.”

Defending, Neil Usher said Turner has had a ‘very difficult life’, and that she was emotionally vulnerable at the time.

She had been in an abusive relationship, and believed ‘she had finally met someone who understood and cared about her’.

Mr Usher said her relationship with Benson was ‘abusive and coercive’, and she began to suffer from poor mental health.

They knew each other when they were teenagers and had recently got back in touch on social media, the court heard.

Mr Usher said Turner, who has since moved to Plymouth and is in a new relationship, was asked by Benson to take in the package during the visit, on December 14, 2017.

He said she had been ‘exploited’.

Judge Mansell sentenced Turner to 18 months in prison.

Sentencing, the judge said: “The message must go out loud and clear from these courts that anyone who smuggles illicit items into prison, especially controlled drugs and phones, should expect to receive an immediate custodial sentence regardless of personal mitigation.”

Turner, of Ocean Street, Plymouth, pleaded guilty to two counts of conveying list A articles into prison, and four counts of conveying list B articles into prison.

Manchester Evening News

From 2019

There were shouts of “democracy is dead” and “shame on you” from Amy Dalla Mura and a packed public gallery when Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot gave her sentencing remarks on Monday.

A Brexiteer who repeatedly harassed Anna Soubry before standing against her in the general election has been jailed for 28 days.

Amy Dalla Mura, 56, targeted Ms Soubry between January and March this year, turning up at events and calling her a “traitor” on live television, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard.

Former MP Ms Soubry, a Remainer who lost her Broxtowe seat while standing for the Independent Group for Change, said she was left “frightened” following the incidents.

Dalla Mura, of Eton Villas, Hove, claimed that her behaviour was politically motivated and did not accept it was frightening, despite standing in the general election in the same constituency as Ms Soubry.

There were shouts of “democracy is dead” and “shame on you” from Dalla Mura and a packed public gallery when Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot gave her sentencing remarks on Monday.

“Ever since the murder of Jo Cox, MPs no longer feel able to put up with sustained intimidation,” she said.

“You showed an obsession and fixation with Ms Soubry which has led you to bullying and intimidating, and harassing, this now-ex MP for Broxtowe.”

Judge Arbuthnot said the actions “stop ordinary, decent people” becoming MPs.

“This damages our democracy. Because who wants to put up with this sort of harassment?” she added.

Frightening

Ahead of the sentencing, Judge Arbuthnot questioned why Dalla Mura had chosen to stand in Broxtowe, Nottinghamshire, just days after Ms Soubry told the trial she feared for her safety following the defendant’s actions.

“It was hard to see how (Dalla Mura) couldn’t have understood it was frightening,” Judge Arbuthnot said.

“Your client then stood against her in Broxtowe. That was the most serious point, that someone had been fixated not with Brexit but with Ms Soubry.

“Most people go and wave flags and shout. They don’t intimidate people right in their faces.”

She added: “Anyone with any sense would say it’s not a good time. I don’t mind standing in Hove but certainly not in Broxtowe.”

English Democrats

Ms Soubry, who became a target for Brexiteers after quitting the Tory party earlier this year, lost her seat to Conservative candidate Darren Henry after coming third in the general election, receiving some 4,668 votes.

Dalla Mura stood for the English Democrats and received 432 votes.

On January 23, Dalla Mura disrupted an event where Ms Soubry was speaking, repeatedly interrupting her and live streaming the event on Facebook.

Dalla Mura had to be escorted from the premises – the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel in central London – before the event could continue.

A second incident involved the 56-year-old branding Ms Soubry a “traitor” as she gave a live television interview to BBC’s Newsnight in Parliament’s Central Lobby, while once again using her mobile phone to video her.

The defendant was asked to stop filming in the premises, as it is not permitted, and left after police officers attended.

A week later, on March 22, Dalla Mura tried to intercept the MP outside the Cabinet Office in Westminster saying she wanted to “have a word”, but did not manage to find her.

London Economic