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Sirrs was jailed for more than 12 years for his part in horrific racist attacks on Middle Eastern immigrants in Hull

Drug dealer Christopher Sirrs has this week been orders to pay back £3,000 from his ill-gotten gains – but he hides a shocking racist past.

Sirrs, 44, was one of two racist ringleaders who led a violent neo-Nazi campaign against asylum-seekers in Hull 14 years ago.

Sirrs was handed a 14-and-a-half year sentence which was cut to 12-and-a-half years on appeal, while his thug cohort Ben Povey was handed a 19-year sentence reduced to 15 years on appeal.

Bloodthirsty guttersnipes

During sentence, the judge at the time described them as “bloodthirsty guttersnipes”.

Povey and Sirrs mowed down an Iraqi asylum-seeker, sending him flying into the air “like a rag doll” and shattering his leg in three places. Later Povey, when asked about the attack, said to his girlfriend: “They should all die.”

Mugshots of Christopher Sirrs (left) and Ben Povey who was jailed in 2004 for racial violence

Mugshots of Christopher Sirrs (left) and Ben Povey who was jailed in 2004 for racial violence

It was just one of a serious of violent scenes which brought Hull’s racial tensions to melting point in the searing heat of July 2004.

Gang warfare

The city had become a battleground as gangs clashed in the streets, brandishing lead pipes, baseball bats, Samurai swords and planks of wood studded with nails. Cars were set alight with petrol bombs.

Judge Tom Cracknell said at the time the men were sentenced: “I regard Sirrs and Povey as very dangerous young men. They have not shown one moment of remorse about their conduct.”

Christopher Sirrs

Christopher Sirrs

The pair had joined the Hull Cruise Club – a group which spent its evenings driving souped-up cars around the streets.

Sirrs, then 30, was adept at manipulating younger members of a club which until then was described by police as a “nuisance rather than a menace”.

Thug who thinks he has a brain

Detective Inspector Mark Smith, the officer in charge, speaking after the men were sentenced said: “Sirrs is just a thug who thinks he has a brain.

“He likes to have people around him, likes to have muscle, and he seems to command respect among this element. [He] wouldn’t think twice about just petrol-bombing your house or car.”

Trouble flared in 2004 when a group of immigrants began driving their cars around the same area as the club. A minor clash led to a series of battles with cars being rammed or smashed up with baseball bats.

In mid-July Povey smashed the windscreen of a Vauxhall car driven by immigrants while Sirrs threw a petrol bomb at the vehicle. They pursued it with Povey swinging a Samurai sword from the open sunroof.

Mowed down

A few days later, two immigrants made the mistake of parking their car in the area before going out to a nightclub.

They returned in the early hours to be met by a gang hurling racist abuse because they believed they were among a group of Kosovans who had damaged the club’s cars.

One was hit with a baseball bat and the two fled up the street, with Sirrs and Povey in pursuit.

The car being driven by Sirrs, with Povey as passenger, crossed the central reservation and ploughed into the other man, sending him flying into the air, before driving off. Other members of the gang stayed to abuse the Iraqi with racist taunts as he lay there injured and in pain.

The attack led to further tension as members of the local immigrant community clashed violently with the gang members.

Witness intimidation

Sirrs and Povey had also tried to intimidate witnesses. Povey fire-bombed a car belonging to the family of a witness while both telephoned him to get him to change his statement.

Povey was convicted of causing Mr Mohammed grievous bodily harm with intent by a jury at Hull Crown Court. He was also jailed for making petrol bombs, intimidating witnesses, arson, violent disorder and possession of an offensive weapon.

Sirrs was jailed for grievous bodily harm, which he admitted, and convicted of possession of a Samurai sword and nail-embedded pickaxe handle, making an explosive substance, violent disorder and perverting the course of justice.

Others were also jailed following that summer of madness for assaults, arson, making explosives and violent disorder.

Sirrs has continued his life of crime and is back in jail after admitting possession of amphetamine with intent to supply and possessing criminal property.

Hull Daily Mail

A man who headbutted a former serviceman in the face after he tried to intervene in an argument between him and a former partner has been jailed for 32 months.

Daniel Sparham, who has been jailed for two-and-a-half years after he headbutted his neighbour so hard he broke a bone Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY

Daniel Sparham, who has been jailed for two-and-a-half years after he headbutted his neighbour so hard he broke a bone Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY

Daniel Sparham’s attack on William Stevely – who was in the RAF and had also worked for Norfolk police for seven years – led to the victim suffering a fracture to a bone in his face, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Marc Brown, prosecuting, said Mr Stevely suffered from osteoporosis, which made him more vulnerable to suffering broken bones, and as a result of falling to the ground during the attack he also suffered two fractures to his pelvis.

The court heard Mr Stevely and Sparham lived in neighbouring flats in Burnham Way, Lowestoft, and on the evening in question Mr Stevely had been in bed in his flat at about 11.30pm when he heard a lot of noise coming from Sparham’s flat.

He heard a man and a woman shouting and shortly afterwards he heard three knocks on his front door.

The victim got out of bed and answered the door and could see a female lying on the grass outside his flat in the recovery position.

Mr Stevely went over to the woman and spoke to her and was calling the police when Sparham came out of his flat.

Sparham became aggressive and as Mr Stevely tried to defuse the situation he was headbutted on the side of the face by Sparham, causing him to fall to the ground, said Mr Brown.

He returned to his flat and was subsequently arrested by police.

Mr Brown said that earlier in the evening there had been an argument between Sparham and his former partner during which he had called the police and officers had taken her to a friend’s house.

She had returned to Sparham’s flat and there had been a second argument during which Mr Stevely was attacked.

Sparham, 34, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Stevely in May last year.

Jailing him for 32 months, Judge John Devaux said Mr Stevely was more vulnerable than was obvious to Sparham because of his osteoporosis.

Matthew McNiff, for Sparham, said his client felt genuine remorse for what happened to Mr Stevely.

He said despite a bad record Sparham had made positive changes to his life and was in employment.

Eastern Daily Press

A man who hit a Somali woman with his car before going back to run her over as she lay helpless has been jailed for a minimum of 20 years.

Paul Moore, 21, was convicted of the attempted murder Zaynab Hussein after the attack in Leicester last September.

She remains confined to a bed after suffering life-changing injuries.

Moore, of Leicester, was also found guilty of attempted grievous bodily harm for trying to drive into a 12-year-old Somali girl.

Mother who was run over twice by attacker

The trial heard Moore targeted the pair in revenge for the London 7/7 bombings and the Parsons Green Tube station attack, which happened five days before.

Mrs Hussein was returning home after dropping off her two youngest children at school when she was knocked down.

She was thrown by the force of the impact into the wall of a house in the Beaumont Leys area of Leicester.

Jailing Moore for life, Mr Justice Soole said: “The courage of your victims, and the compassion and courage of all those who came to the aid of Mrs Hussein in different ways – and who notably come from across the diverse range of this local community – stand in stark contrast to your wickedness.

“All pedestrians were at risk from you that morning, however, the fact remains that you ultimately launched your assault on those who were in Islamic clothing.

“Your intention to kill Mrs Hussein was underlined by your wicked decision to return for a second assault with the car. It was only luck and her quick thinking that saved your second intended victim from injury.”

The judge added: “In circumstances where you have shown no remorse and where there is reason to believe that you may have taken satisfaction from what you did, the alternatives of an ordinary determinate sentence or an extended determinate sentence would provide inadequate protection to the public.”

BBC News

A Neo Nazi who had been on the run for over ten years for an unprovoked racially aggravated attack is finally behind bars.

Alan Thompson was sentenced on December 18th at Southend Crown Court to 11 years imprisonment for grievous bodily harm and 4 1/2 years imprisonment for violent disorder, to run concurrently for his part in a violent attack on two teenagers that left one of them fighting for their life back in 2002.

Darren Bagalo and his friend Farman Khan who were 17 and 18 at the time had been on a night out with family and friends in Romford town centre. As they made their way home a gang of men armed with knuckle dusters and knives attacked them, punching, kicking and stabbing both in a sustained attack.

Moments before the attack the assailants were seen by passers-by and CCTV making Nazi salutes.

The two youths were rushed to hospital where they underwent immediate surgery for serious stab wounds. Darren Bagalo’s injuries, which included stab wounds to the abdomen and torso and kicks to the head, were initially life-threatening, while Farman Khan had been stabbed in the arm.

In 2003 Neil Tarrant, Philip Curson, Paul Knight, Gavin Hockley and Alan Lethbridge were all found guilty of violent disorder at Snaresbrook crown court. A sixth man Robert Bell, who had stabbed one of the youths in the shoulder, was found guilty of violent disorder and GBH. The 6 men were sentenced to terms of imprisonment ranging from 1 1/2 years to 7 1/2 years.

The court heard the police found stacks of magazines supporting the Ku Klux Klan and Combat 18 at Gavin Hockley’s home. They also found 150 leaflets with the words Keep Romford White, as well as a photo of Curson,Hockley and Tarrant posing in front of a Nazi flag holding a knuckle duster, cosh and baseball bat.

Hockley had a collage of 150, mostly fascist, photos. In one picture he had cut out Adolf Hitler’s face and replaced it with his own.

Thompson,the seventh and final member of the gang was once a BNP member and was very close to their first councillor Derek Beackon.He was also a founder member with Combat 18 and was a high profile member of their north London unit when it was first established in 1992.

Hope not Hate

 John Tomlin. Picture: Metropolitan Police


John Tomlin. Picture: Metropolitan Police

A man has admitted intentionally flinging acid in the faces of two cousins, leaving them with horrific burns.

Aspiring model Resham Khan and Jameel Muhktar required plastic surgery to treat scars on their necks and faces after the assault through a car window on Resham’s 21st birthday, June 21.

John Tomlin, of Colman Road, Canning Town, today admitted two counts of intending to cause grevious bodily harm (GBH) at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

The 25-year-old, who appeared in the dock with tattooed teardrops on his cheeks, previously pleaded guilty to two lesser charges of inflicting GBH last month.

The court heard how Tomlin had got into an argument with 27-year-old Jameel in Tollgate Road at 9.13am.

When Jameel returned to his car, Tomlin approached and threw a corrosive substance through the open passenger window, hitting him and Resham.

Tomlin was remanded in custody for sentencing at Snaresbrook Cown Court on January 26.

Newham Recorder

A convicted killer who savagely bit off part of a man’s ear when violence erupted in a Medway street has been jailed for eight years.

Under an extended sentence for public protection, Ruben White, who has a previous conviction for manslaughter, will have to serve two thirds of the sentence before being considered for release.

The 28-year-old, of no fixed address, will be on licence for a further three years.

He was convicted in May with Liam Hudson, 28, of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Hudson, of Station Road, Rainham, was jailed for eight years. His girlfriend, Amelia Waters, 27, of the same address, was cleared of the charge but convicted of the lesser offence of unlawful wounding and sentenced to 21 months.

All three were given 21 months concurrent for affray. Hudson was acquitted of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

White left his victim, Ian Hayward, in need of reconstructive surgery following the attack in a residential street. The piece of ear he gnawed off was never found.

Judge Philip Statman said after the verdicts: “This is a grave offence and unfortunately it involves violence in the street with premeditation and use of a weapon, namely teeth.

“We have a very ugly injury which has occurred.”

Maidstone Crown Court heard the violence happened on November 2 last year following bad feeling toward’s Mr Hayward’s family over a previous road rage incident.

His son Sam had been with his wife Charlotte South and their six-month-old child in their Mitsubishi Shogun driving along Richmond Road in Gillingham.

Prosecutor Peter Alcock said they passed Hudson standing by an Audi A3 driven by Waters. They followed the Shogun.

Samuel phoned his father, who was working at a house nearby, to tell him about the situation.

When Miss South stopped at traffic lights, Waters pulled alongside and shouted: “Don’t smile —— —-, I will bite your —— nose off.”

Miss South replied that they had a baby in the car and she should back off.

She then drove to Cavendish Avenue where Ian Hayward was renovating a house. She went into the house with the baby.

The car containing Waters, Hudson and White stopped in the middle of the road and all three got out.

They approached Ian and Samuel Hayward and made a group attack on them with bleach being sprayed.

Ian Hayward told of being held face down over a car bonnet when he heard a crunching sound.

“I initially felt very little pain but I just heard like a crunching noise, like somebody eating cornflakes if you like,” he said.

White, formerly of Kingswood Road, Gillingham, was alleged to have held up a piece of Mr Hayward’s right ear saying: ‘I have got a bit of your ——- ear.’

But Judge Statman said he was not convinced that White “held it up as a trophy”.

White was jailed for three-and-a-half years in January 2011 for the single punch manslaughter of Lithuanian Saulius Klevinskas, 35, in Gillingham.

Judge Statman said the violence was in order to take revenge on the Hayward family.

“The three of you acted in concert to bring an ugly act of violence to Cavendish Avenue,” he said.

“Each of you were responsible for your own individual acts, as well as acting in concert one with the other.”

Hudson’s record, he said, was a classic one of a “tearaway youth” and then petty offending and anti-social behaviour.

The judge told Waters he could not be sure she had a weapon when she left the car she and Hudson were in.

“That being said, you bear responsibility in many respects that this happened in the first place,” he continued. “You don’t cover yourself in glory in that particular regard.

“I bear in mind the impact on your character this conviction has and the press reporting and the ignominy that has arisen from there.”

White was regarded as a model prisoner and had been given a privileged job, but his record was somewhat different to Hudson and Waters.

“Your victim has lost part of his ear,” he said. “He sustained psychological harm as well. One cannot say with any certainty whether his ear can be totally repaired.

“There is here a significant degree of premeditation. There is use of a weapon – in this case part of your body Mr White – your teeth – to behave in the manner you did.

“Further more, your have got bleach with you. It was not something that was simply left out with the rubbish for you to come by.”

He told all three: “I detect not a hint of remorse at any stage during the course of your trial. Now, I am told by your counsel you are genuinely sorry for what you have done.”

Judge Statman said he was satisfied White passed the “test” for dangerousness, as there had been an escalation in his level of violence.

Kent Online


A Forest Town man has been jailed for 14 years after police arrived at a house to find him strangling his ex-partner.

Joe Liffen was seen by an officer with his hands around the throat of the victim, who had lost consciousness, following a brutal and sustained attack, during which time he also punched the victim repeatedly.

Liffen, 26, of Cardle Close, jumped out of the bedroom window and fled after Nottinghamshire Police arrived at the scene at the victim’s home in Mansfield Woodhouse, in the early hours of November 15 2016.

Liffen admitted causing grievous bodily harm, breaching a restraining order and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice at a previous hearing. At Nottingham Crown Court today (Thursday 9 February) he was sentenced to 11 years for GBH, three years for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, to run consecutively and one year for breaching a restraining order, to run concurrently.

His aunt, Samantha Bailey, 48, of Chapel Fields, Ravenshead, was also sentenced to 15 months in prison after admitting conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

The court was told Liffen had previously received an 18-week jail sentence for assaulting the victim in March 2015 and a two-year restraining order, effective from his release, banning him from making contact with her. Despite the order he repeatedly made contact with her and tried to rekindle their relationship.

Liffen had a drink and drugs problem and was a “jealous” man, the court was told.

On the day of the latest assault, Liffen told the victim he was going to visit his ex-wife in Manchester. She then went for a night out with friends in Mansfield and was given a lift home by a male friend, who came into the house to use her downstairs toilet. When she went upstairs Liffen was waiting for her and put his hand over her mouth and told her not to speak, before throwing her on to the bed and repeatedly punching her in the face and head.

The 16st Liffen then sat on top of the 8st victim and started to strangle her.

Her friend heard the ordeal from downstairs and phoned the police, who arrived quickly and entered the house while the attack was still ongoing, before Liffen escaped.

The victim regained consciousness but started having seizures. She suffered bruising to her face and head, neck and throat and had a one-inch cut to the top of her left thigh.

Officers tracked down Liffen later that day and arrested him.

The court was told that while Liffen was remanded in custody in connection with the offence he sent numerous texts to the victim, trying to encourage her not to turn up to court to give evidence against him.

He also colluded with Bailey in an attempt to make her miss the court appearance.

The court was told Bailey paid for a hotel and beauty treatments in Nottingham for the victim on the day of the court appearance before sending a text saying “I’m making someone disappear.”

Speaking after the case, Temporary Detective Inspector Nikki Smith, of Nottinghamshire Police, who led the investigation, said: “This was a vicious, sustained attack on a vulnerable woman who had no chance of defending herself.

“She is lucky to be alive after the attack and, as the judge said, if it hadn’t been for the fast response of our officers this could have had an even more serious ending.

“Both Liffen and Bailey also put pressure on this vulnerable woman to miss her court date in an attempt to avoid justice being done.

“Domestic violence will not be tolerated in any form in Nottinghamshire and we would urge anyone who is a victim or a witness to domestic abuse to call us and we will do everything in our power to bring the perpetrators before the court.”

Mansfield Chad

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