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  1. sorethumb

     /  July 15, 2017

    Trump did something unfavourable. It’s gone viral: here it is [media]

  2. Trumpenreich

     /  July 15, 2017

    “Teens” throw acid in 5 peoples faces in London in 90min spree.

    [Deleted – “we all know” is speaking for people you can’t know about. I know little about it. PG]

    • According to the Mirror: Why is London the acid attack capital of Britain? ‘Moped spree’ latest in alarming spike of horrific crime

      The recent spike in acid attacks appears to be linked to low-level crime and gang violence concentrated in north and east London and Essexs.

      It is an easy weapon for criminals to get hold of – bleach can be bought from a newsagent for as little as £1.

      It does not carry the same danger or punishment as a knife or a gun.

      And in crimes where acid is used to settle a score, it has the added benefit of humiliating victims.

      John Tomlin, 25, has been charged with two counts of grievous bodily harm with intent.

      And twenty people were hurt when they were doused in a corrosive substance at Mangle nightclub in Dalston in April.

      A 22-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man were left blind in one eye.

      Arthur Collins, the ex-boyfriend of reality TV star Ferne McCann, has been charged with five counts of causing GBH with intent and 11 counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH).

      The 25-year-old and fellow defendant Andre Phoenix, 21, have pleaded not guilty and are due to stand trial in October.

      More details from the BBC:

      Metropolitan Police figures obtained by the BBC show men are twice as likely to be victims of acid attacks in London than women after being linked to a number of gang crimes.
      The vast majority of cases never reach trial.

      Dr Simon Harding, a criminologist and expert on gangs at Middlesex University, says acid is becoming “a weapon of first choice”.

      “Acid throwing is a way of showing dominance, power and control, building enormous fear among gang peer groups,” he says.

      Gang members know there are advantages in using acid to hurt someone rather than a knife because “the charges are more serious if you are caught with a knife and the tariff for prison sentences are much higher”.

      Dr Harding added that “acid is likely to attract a ‘GBH with intent’ charge while using a knife is more likely to lead to the attacker being charged with attempted murder”

      “There’s no specific offence of throwing acid. It’s a harder offence to prove because there is rarely any DNA evidence and its much easier to dispose of a plastic bottle than it is a knife.”

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  July 15, 2017

        Horrific. Two teenagers arrested for the latest. Bleach is not an acid attack but an oxidizing agent – very dangerous for eyes.

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  July 15, 2017

    Interesting analysis of China’s political problems and strategies: