Friday, December 19, 2014

Muslim charities lose government help over 'extremism'

Islamic Faith building sign and Eric Pickles
Birmingham charity Islamic Help said Eric Pickles had "besmirched" its reputation

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Two Muslim charities have lost their grants after the government claimed they had links with Islamist extremism.
A spokesman for Birmingham-based Islamic Help, said it was "surprised, dismayed and angered" by the action.
The Muslim Charities Forum (MCF), said the decision was based on "unfounded allegations".
The Department for Communities and Local Government said it would not fund any group "linked to individuals who fuel hatred, division and violence".
In a written statement the Secretary of State for the department, Eric Pickles, claimed Islamic Help had invited "an individual with extremist views" to speak at an event, and that the MCF - an umbrella organisation for Muslim charities - had "failed to reassure us that they have robust measures in place to investigate and challenge their members."
A spokesman for Islamic Help said the speaker alleged to have extremist views had not been identified to them.
The DCLG has so far refused to name him or her publicly.
'Not political platforms'
The spokesman for Islamic Help, which provides emergency relief following major disasters and has worked in Gaza, the Central African Republic and Syria, has said its events are to raise money for humanitarian work and not political platforms.
He said although the amount of money they would lose [about £7,000] was a "drop in the ocean", the move "besmirches the reputation and integrity" of people who had taken part in their campaigns.
The charity had not received any notification from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), the spokesman said.
Mr Pickles said only programmes which "uphold fundamental British values" would receive aid.
Both Islamic Help and the MCF had received the money through the Faith Minorities in Action project, which was set up by the DCLG in March last year.
The scheme, established in conjunction with the Extremism Task Force, was designed to encourage integration by promoting interfaith work, the role of women in faith, tackling youth crime and to provide child protection training.
'Best practice'
The Muslim Charities Forum was awarded the contract to implement the scheme, which included running workshops to "share experiences and best practice on addressing a wide variety of social and community issues".
Mr Pickles said the MCF had not been meeting objectives and was unable to reassure him that the body was sufficiently rigorous over its members' activities.
The MCF said it was unaware of any perceived failings, and that it had not been contacted by the DCLG about the decision to stop the cash.
A spokesman for the forum said: "We will continue to foster cooperation and positive relationships between Muslim charities and other faith and community groups.
"We have responded to the DCLG to reassure them of our processes, the vital importance of the work we do, and of the Faith Minorities in Action project."
The DCLG is due to launch a new call for applications from organisations able to work in collaboration with faith groups and to deliver effective support, Mr Pickles said.

British Government Warns Against 'Merry Christmas' Greetings...

Staff at a Government department have been urged to avoid writing the words “Merry Christmas” in seasonal email greetings to avoid upsetting anyone.
Instead, employees at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have reportedly been advised to stick to the more neutral term “Seasons Greetings”.
In a memo circulated around the department, recipients were also warned that images on their e-cards should not feature skin, according to The Sun.
 
The message, destined to bring accusations of cancelling Christmas raining down on the department, read: "As an organisation of multiple faiths and agnostics serving a community of the same and in the interest of inclusion, I'd avoid images with skin."
John O'Connell from the TaxPayers' Alliance told the newspaper: "This is tinsel-wrapped idiocy. Christmas is expensive enough for families without subsidising a civil servant to think up politically correct claptrap."
But a DECC spokesman denied any formal guidance about festive cards had been issued.
Moreover Ed Davey, the Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary, had used the word Christmas three times in his personal message to staff, he added.
The memo comes after it emerged that the equality and diversity team at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust had issued its staff with a set of guidelines intended to avoid legal action by any employees claiming they had been discriminated against because of the choice of timing, venue or catering for their Christmas events this year.
The briefing suggested choosing a time for the office Christmas party that was suitable for mothers so as to avoid being accused of sex discrimination and providing food that would be suitable for guests of all religions.
Neither DECC nor the NHS Trust is the first public body to face ridicule for an alleged excess of political correctness during the festive period.
In 1997 and 1998, Birmingham City Council ran a three-month promotional campaign called Winterval.
It included celebrations of Hallowe’en, Bonfire Night, Diwali, Ramadan, Eid, Hannukah, Advent, Christmas, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year.
Although never intended to serve as a substitute for Christmas, the term Winterval is still cited as a prime example of the so-called war on Christmas
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Islam Is NOT a Religion of Peace, Mr Cameron - Paul Weston 13/12/2014


Husband barred from having sex with wife by judge because she has mental age of a child and doesn't know that she can refuse

  • Woman is wife in a polygamous Islamic marriage to Bangladeshi man
  • 39-year-old is unable to make decisions about having sex, judge says
  • Judge asked to consider if she should leave care facility and go home
  • Husband had wanted her to be cared for at her home in London
A husband has been banned from having sex with his wife by a High Court judge because she does not know she can refuse his advances, it was revealed yesterday.

The unidentified Bangladeshi man, who lives in east London, claimed he has the right under his Islamic culture to have sex with the mentally-disabled woman aged 39 whenever he pleases.

He has already taken the wife's cousin as a second ‘wife’ in a polygamous Islamic marriage and had two children with her - although still demands the right to have sex with his first wife.


But with a mental age of four to eight, the wife - identified only as ‘TB’ - has been taken into care under the Mental Health Act by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets where the family lived.

All their four children have also been taken into care because she does not have the ability to care for them. But the husband - SA - married to her for 18 years, wanted her back home.

A Family Division judge refused this in an anonymised judgment released yesterday.

Mr Justice Mostyn said: ‘The evidence clearly shows that TB has barely an inkling of the health risks involved. She was unable to link sex to pregnancy.

‘Indeed she had virtually no idea how her babies came to be in her tummy (as she put it). Although she found sex enjoyable and comfortable she had no idea that she had a choice and could refuse.

‘Indeed the attitude of SA, based, as he told me on his culture and religion, was that he had a right to seek sex from her and that it was her duty to submit.’

The judge said efforts to enlighten TB about sex, her rights, and the risks involved had failed.
He added: ‘It is doubtful that TB has ever had the capacity to decide to have sex, notwithstanding that she has had four children.’



The couple had a ‘volatile’ relationship and there were instances of domestic violence when the husband lost his temper.

After their elder children had been taken into care the judge said it was ‘heartless’ of the husband to make her pregnant again knowing the child would be taken away at birth.

The judge said: ‘Sex is a, if not the, basic animal instinct. It is a very powerful instinct. Without it animal (or any) life would not exist.

Our modern society views with repugnance and amazement those barbarous relics that once said, for example, that a man can force sex on his wife
Mr Justice Mostyn, judge
‘Nature has made it intensely pleasurable in order to seek to ensure the propagation of the species.

 Most physically fit humans are mechanically capable of engaging in sex irrespective of their mental capacity.

‘Although it is a powerful instinct (I myself would not describe it as visceral) it still requires a positive choice and society demands that that choice is freely exercised by both parties.

‘Our modern society views with repugnance and amazement those barbarous relics that once said, for example, that a man can force sex on his wife.’

Her husband wanted her to come home so he could have sex with his two wives on alternate days, said the judge.

He added: 'The right to family life is a qualified right and the evidence overwhelmingly suggests that it is in her best interests that she should live apart from SA.

 For this reason also it is necessary that SA's right to a family life is compromised.’

He also declared that she did not have the capacity to consent to sex and should be held in accommodation where she received 24-hour care, with the situation reviewed every six months.

The judge said the polygamous marriage was valid under Islamic law but invalid in the UK.

muslim EXPOSES HIMSELF TO DOG WALKER IN WORCESTER

Yet another instance of a Muslim pervert who thinks its clever to expose himself to a random female. This latest offence happened in Gheluvelt Park, Worcester where are a lone female dog walker was flashed at. There has been that many indecent exposures carried out by Muslim sex offenders this year that I’ve totally lost count.
Here is a few others that have featured on KC this year

Witness appeal after man exposes himself to woman in Gheluvelt Park

A DOG walker was left shocked after a man exposed himself to her in a Worcester park.
The woman was walking along the brook in Gheluvelt Park at about 3pm on Friday, November 21, when she saw the man exposing himself to her. 
She shouted a warning at an elderly woman who was walking towards the bridge, at which point the man ran off.
Neither woman was touched or hurt in the incident.
The flasher was described as Asian, about 5ft 6in tall, of slight build and was clean shaven with dark skin. He is thought to be in his late 20s or early 30s and was wearing a black leather jacket, dark jeans and a knitted black beanie hat.
Constable Amanda Gregg is leading the investigation and has appealed for anyone who was in the area at the time to contact her.
“This is of particular concern given the time and place of the incident,” she said.
“We are working hard to ensure the offender is brought to justice and we urge anyone who may have been in the park at the time of the incident or may have seen someone matching the description to get in touch.”
Anyone with any information can call police on 101 quoting incident number 372-s-211114.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Britain was just 'days' from a terror attack - with FIVE plots foiled since the summer, Met police chief reveals

  • Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe reveals scale of terror threat faced by Britain
  • In last four months, five plots have been thwarted and 35 people arrested 
  • There is 'no doubt' UK extremists are as dangerous as Sydney gunman
  • Demanded an extra £50million to fund counter-terror operations
  • Children aged 15, including growing numbers of girls, travelling to Syria
Britain has been just days from a major terror attack, with five plots foiled in the last four months, Met Police chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe revealed today.

Terrorists have been 'very close to hurting somebody badly, or killing them' since the summer and there is 'no doubt' that there are extremists in the UK as dangerous as the gunman behind the Sydney café siege, the Commissioner warned.

And he claimed officers are struggling to cope with the mountain of digital files seized in police raids, with recent cases seeing terror suspects hours from being released before crucial evidence was found for them to be charged.

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Sir Bernard Hogan Howe warned officers are struggling to cope with the mountain of digital files seized in police raids
Sir Bernard Hogan Howe warned officers are struggling to cope with the mountain of digital files seized in police raids

David Cameron last night warned Britain could be hit 'at any moment' by a Sydney-style terror attack.

Two hostages died and Islamic extremist Man Haron Monis was killed after a 16-hour siege in the busy financial district of the Australian capital.

The Prime Minister said it was only through the efforts of the security services that plots to murder UK police officers 'in cold blood' had been foiled in recent months.

But Sir Bernard insisted that the police need extra resources to deal with the growing terror threat in Britain. In a wide-ranging interview, the country's most senior police chief:

  • Revealed five plots have been thwarted in the past four months, including some which were just days away from killing and maiming on the streets of Britain

  • Demanded an extra £50million to fund counter-terror operations, including tracking suspects and analysing digital evidence

  • Warned that children as young as 15, including growing numbers of girls, are travelling to fight in Syria, using Spain as a stop-off to Turkey to avoid detection

  • Appealed to members of the public, and even other criminals, to report any unusual behaviour which could be linked to terrorism

Sir Bernard told LBC Radio: 'In terms of plots over these last four months really it's probably five. We have arrested 35 people.'

The dramatic warning comes amid growing fears of a so-called lone wolf attack in the UK.
In Sydney, the Iranian asylum seeker Monis struck terror into the heart of the city after taking 17 staff and customers hostages inside the Lindt cafe in Martin Place.

The 50-year-old gunman is believed to have fired the first shots, which sparked teams of heavily armed police to swoop on the café at 2am on Tuesday.

Asked if there were people in Britain as dangerous as Monis, Sir Bernard told LBC radio: 'There will be, there's no doubt. You look at what happened to Lee Rigby.

'There are people out there who are dangerous, and that's why we keep arresting them because we need to stop them hurting people.

'And the operations we have talked about earlier, they have been very close to hurting somebody badly, or killing them. So they are a threat. Very, very close.'

Pressed on how close the plots had been to being carried out before being intercepted by police, he replied: 'I'm acknowledging days.'

Terror suspects can be held for up to 14 days before they must be charged or released.

Sir Bernard revealed: 'The last couple of case we have got right to the wire, to 13 days, I fact 13 and a half days, another one 12 days, and then we've found the thing we needed to prove the charge.

'Had we not got that we'd have had to release on bail. So for those reasons we need some help.'

The government last month announced that an extra £130million would be made available over the next two years for the security services to 'monitor and disrupt those self-starting terrorists'.

But Sir Bernard said Scotland Yard needed more money to cope with the rising threat level and the increasingly complex use of technology by criminals and terrorists. 

Police and security officials have previously warned it is 'almost inevitable' that Britain will be hit by an attack by fanatics who have been 'militarised' by Islamic State.

Sir Bernard warned that have a 'radicalised individual' with weapon taking many people hostage is 'a terrifying prospect' which is 'very difficult to guard against'.

He stressed that the best defence that the police has is good intelligence.

'It means members of the public tell us when they are worried about someone. Other criminals tell us when they are worried about people.

'We get some of our best information from criminals, for various motives, frankly sometimes financial, but sometimes they don't like them, sometimes they're frightened of them.

'We get the best information from people in that area.'

Last night the Prime Minister warned it was much harder for the authorities to prevent attacks by fanatics who are 'self-radicalised on the internet' than to tackle known extremists who had travelled to the Middle East.

Mr Cameron, appearing before senior MPs at the Commons Liaison Committee, said: 'The threat we face definitely includes those sort of self-starting, sometimes quite random attacks that could happen at any moment in Britain.

'We've seen over the last few months there have been a series of plots that have been detected and prevented that would have seen police officers or other authorities murdered in cold blood.

'It's thanks to the brilliance of our security services that these things have been prevented.'

But he added: 'We can't count on them to prevent it every time because it is one thing understanding the terror networks coming out of Pakistan or Afghanistan or Iraq and Syria, trying to monitor what they're doing, who's going and who's returning. 

That's one thing. 

'But people who are self-radicalised on the internet, who then suddenly do appalling things, that is much more difficult to prevent.'
 

'We need an extra £50million to find needles in digital haystack'


Scotland Yard has requested an extra £50million to track and prosecute terror suspects.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe revealed he has asked the government for 'more help', including staff to trawl millions of digital files seized in counter-terror raids.

He likened trying to find conclusive evidence of extremism to looking for a needle in a haystack, adding: 'The last job we had 10 haystacks and weren't sure which one the needle was in.'

Police need more resources to trawl computers, laptops and mobiles seized in raids to secure a prosecution, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said
Police need more resources to trawl computers, laptops and mobiles seized in raids to secure a prosecution, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said

Sir Bernard said: 'Have we got enough resources? Well we have asked the government for more help.

'We are losing money, but in this area we have got to invest so we have asked for around £50milion for across the country. We are waiting for an answer on that. We need it.'

He said counter-terror operations 'use lots of people' and cost a lot of money.They are resource intensive when trying to track suspects around the clock.

But once someone has been arrested, officers facing a daunting task in analysing their computer files for evidence.

Sir Bernard added: 'When we arrest them what we have found is we are seizing huge amounts of digital evidence, computers, laptops, all the things we all have.

'One of the operations, the last one I think, one person had about 19 devices. Now you think that's ridiculous. But you think how many devices you have at home.

The last job we had 10 haystacks and weren't sure which one the needle was in. It's really hard
'We get all that, then we've got to download it, and then having downloaded it we have got to find the stuff.

'Sometimes you are looking for a needle in a haystack. The last job we had 10 haystacks and weren't sure which one the needle was in. It's really hard. So we are getting backlogs in the digital retrieval.' 

The government insists that it does not break down the counter-terrorism budget into individual lump sums it is only ever published as a single total figure. 

Officials also refused to discuss the details of funding requests made by 'operational partners'.
Mr Cameron last month announced that an extra £130million would be made available over the next two years for the security services to 'monitor and disrupt those self-starting terrorists'.

The PM's official spokesman said: 'We have already protected funding for counter terrorism policing due to the ongoing threat posed to the UK by terrorism and more recently the Prime Minister announced an additional £130million to strengthen counter-terrorism capabilities. 

'This will include new funding to enhance our ability to monitor and disrupt terrorists and some of this funding will go to counter-terrorism policing.' 

A Home Office spokesman added: 'Public protection is the first responsibility of any government and we are committed to ensuring the police and other agencies have the resources they need to respond to changing threats.

'While all public services must constrain their spending, we have protected funding for counter terrorism policing due to the ongoing threat posed to the UK by terrorism.

'The Prime Minister has also announced an additional £130million which will be made available over the next two years to strengthen counter-terrorism capabilities.

 This will include new funding to enhance our ability to monitor and disrupt terrorists and additional resources for programmes to prevent radicalisation.'

Man who raped and beat woman in three hour ordeal jailed for 11 years

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Serwan__Abdullah
A man who kept a woman prisoner for three hours while he raped and beat her has been jailed for 11 years.
Serwan Abdullah repeatedly assaulted the woman in a house in Leicester in May this year. The woman’s young child was present throughout the attacks.
Her ordeal ended when she managed to escape from the house, clutching her child.
She was taken to safety by a passing motorist.
Police have praised the woman’s "immense bravery" and the motorist’s "quick thinking and kindness".
Abullah, (28), of Narborough Road, Leicester was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court earlier this month. He had been convicted of a series of crimes at an earlier hearing.
Leicestershire Police released details of the case today.
Officers said the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had endured a three hour ordeal at Abdullah’s hands.
He said he intended to kill her, officers said.
Believing he intended to carry out the threat, the woman ran into the street holding her young child and managed to flag down a passing motorist, who was on his way to work.
He took her to safety and alerted the police.
Abdullah was tracked down and arrested.
In November he was convicted of one count of rape, two counts of assault by penetration, one count of threats to kill and one count of actual bodily harm.
Detective Constable Michael Buckey, who led the investigation, said: "The victim was left traumatised by these events.
"She has shown immense bravery throughout this investigation and has had to relive the events when giving evidence at the trial.
"The passing motorist should also be recognised for his help to the distressed victim.
"His quick thinking and kindness assisted her in coming to no further harm for which I am sure she is extremely grateful.
"I am pleased with the verdict and I hope that it goes some way in helping the victim move on with her life and put the events of that night behind her."

Spared jail, mum who helped fraudster boyfriend dupe the taxman out of £1.2m

Mother-of-five Shabana Asim, from Rochdale, is handed suspended sentence at Manchester Crown Court for assisting VAT scam by Mubashir Alam

Shabana Asim
A mum-of-five who helped her fraudster boyfriend dupe the taxman into paying him a fortune has been spared jail.
As reported in the M.E.N. last month, Mubashir Alam - who also uses the name Mubbashir Ali - masterminded tax frauds which attempted to cheat £1.25m in VAT refunds.
His girlfriend, Shabana Asim has now been sentenced for fronting two of the businesses he used to cheat the system on an industrial scale.
Tax rules allow firms to reclaim VAT paid on goods and services they have bought for business use.
In order to scam huge sums, Alam, from Rochdale, registered company names and claimed to have spent a fortune on goods like sewing machines and material for the manufacture of children’s clothes and womenswear.
In reality the companies Alam, 39, set up were not making anything - but by faking invoices he duped the taxman into refunding VAT on goods he hadn’t bought.
Mubashir Alam
Convicted heroin dealer Alam began the fraud within weeks of leaving jail for another offence in 2007.
While in prison, he prepared for the scam by reading hundreds of books on business.
By 2010, he was under investigation for cheating £685,000 from the public purse.
Undeterred, he moved his operation to County Durham, where he set up new businesses which netted £140,000 in false refund claims, using his then-girlfriend Asim, 45, as a front.
Asim helped Alam secure premises for two of these bogus businesses in the north east, was named as a director, and signed cheques for the purposes of the fraud.
Manchester Crown Court heard that at first she believed the businesses were genuine, but carried on helping Alam when she realised what he was really up to, until her arrest in 2013.
Her lawyer told the court that Alam ‘took advantage’ of Asim, a single mum with no previous convictions.
Gemma Caffrey
Judge Martin Rudland, sentencing, concluded Asim, of Bentmeadows, Rochdale, had been much less involved than Gemma Caffrey, 33, who helped Alam between 2007 and 2010.
Caffrey, who had previous convictions for dishonesty, was jailed for six months last month.
Sentencing Asim, who admitted cheating the revenue, to six months suspended for two years, Judge Rudland said: “(Alam) seems to have used both of you - Caffrey and yourself - to assist in the preparation of a complex and sophisticated fraud.
"You were both at various times in a relationship with him, so he was able to assume some control over you.”
Alam was jailed for five years after admitting cheating the public revenue and furnishing false returns.

Two men held on suspicion of supporting a banned organisation 'after pro-Islamic State flyers handed out in London's Oxford Street'

  • Metropolitan Police arrested men aged 37 and 61 in Luton, Bedfordshire
  • They are accused of supporting one of 63 banned terrorist organisations
  • UK's banned groups include ISIS, Al Qaeda, Al Shabaab and Boko Haram
  • According to one report, arrests follow storm over leaflets in August 
Two men have been arrested by counter-terror police today on suspicion of supporting a banned organisation.

According to one report, the arrests followed a storm earlier this year over extremists handing out leaflets in London’s Oxford Street which urged Britons to join a new 'Islamic State'.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command arrested the men, aged 37 and 61, this morning in Luton, Bedfordshire.

They were taken to a nearby police station where they were due to be questioned under Schedule 5 of the Terrorism Act 2000, a Scotland Yard spokesman said.

There are 63 international terrorist organisations proscribed under the Terrorism Act 2000 including Islamic State (also known as ISIS), Al Qaeda, Al Shabaab, Al Muhajiroun and Boko Haram.

Although the vast majority are radical Islamist groups, the Act also proscribes Northern Ireland related groups such as the Irish Republican Army and Ulster Freedom Fighters.

According to the Telegraph's security editor Tom Whitehead, today's arrests came after a storm which surrounded leaflets which were handed out in London's busiest shopping street.

There was an outcry in August after the leaflets, which were photographed and appeared on Twitter, heralded the 'dawn of a new era' in a newly-created 'Islamic State'.

Declaring 'The Khilafah has been re-established', one leaflet claimed 'the Khilafah (Islamic State)' had been destroyed in 1924.

It added: 'After many attempts and great sacrifices... the Muslims with the help of Allah have announced the re-establishment of the Khilafah.'

The leaflet also called on Muslims to 'migrate and resettle' to the supposed state, 'obey' its leaders and 'expose lies and fabrications' about it, though did not state explicitly where it was. 

Commons Home Affairs Committee chairman Keith Vaz said at the time he would ask the Metropolitan Police to investigate, adding:

 'The public should not be subjected to a terrorist recruitment drive in the middle of Europe’s biggest shopping high street.'

Ghaffar Hussain, managing director of the anti-extremism foundation Quilliam, said at the time: 'This is a very disturbing development but one that should not come as a surprise since we are aware that around 500 British nationals have joined up with ISIS already.'

However, there was a debate over whether the leaflets broke the law, because the one pictured did not appear to reference any banned groups directly. 

A Metropolitan Police spokesman declined to confirm or deny the Telegraph's report

Khan Line drug gang 'thought they were untouchable'

Police knew there was major drugs supply chain in West Watford called the Khan Line years before slapping handcuffs on its ringleaders.
Yet it was only through a dangerous undercover operation that police finally pieced together who was behind the crack cocaine and heroin network blighting the town.
In an interview with the Watford Observer, Detective Inspector Tannis Perks, who led the team which smashed the gang, described the police operation which snared one of the town’s most prolific drug supply rings.
She said it was a series of arrests of low-level dealers in 2010 that gave officers their first real sniff of the operation in practice.
It was clear that the vulnerable and often young drug couriers picked up by police in West Watford were not organising themselves.
From that point the officers decided to launch an operation to uncover and take out those controlling the Khan Line.
“We knew whoever was running the Khan Line was causing a lot of misery for a lot of people,” said DI Perks.
From September 2010 undercover officers worked to build up a picture of how the operation was run.
They discovered that all calls came through to a single pay-as-you-go number, which was receiving in excess of 100 a day.

When calls came through drug users would order using slang such as “brandy” for heroin of “whisky” for crack.
A member of the Khan gang was allocated responsibility for the phone at the beginning of the day and line was open for business as soon as it was switched on.
DI Perks said once an order had been placed the caller was given a location for the pick-up.
The Khans would then contact a street dealer and direct them to the location with packages.
Both the locations and dealers chosen were at random to keep police from establishing a pattern and keep the Khans at arm’s length from the transactions.
The gang would also frequently change the house from which they operated to avoid police.
DI Perks said: “They picked on vulnerable individuals and took over their houses. They would turn up with the drugs phone and commandeer the house to run the line from.”
The service was only open to buyers the Khans knew or those whom had been vouched for by people they trusted.
The undercover work needed to get officers close enough to buy from the line was exhaustive and treacherous.
“It is a very stressful environment to work in for undercover officers, being on the ground and at risk of being compromised,” added DI Perks.
However undercover police managed to buy drugs from using the line numerous times - to the point where some of the Khans themselves sold directly to the officers.
During the operation police amassed other evidence linking the Khans to the drug dealing, including records of them topping up the Khan Line phone with credit and finger prints on drug packaging.
DI Perks said when she and her team felt they had enough to evidence they consulted with the Crime Prosecution Service.
The result was that in June last year 150 police raided 11 addresses across West Watford including in Whippendell Road, Euston Avenue and Durban Road West.
DI Perks said officer found drugs and cash and the gang members offered little resistance to the police.
Following the sentencing of the gang’s leaders, DI Perks added: “It is an absolutely cracking result for us, we are really, really pleased.
“I am sure many people in the community thought they were untouchable and they thought they were untouchable, but they were not as clever as they thought.”
On Monday ten members of the Khan Line gang were sentenced at St Albans Crown Court :
Arfan Khan, 27, of Durban Road West – sentenced to 9 years
Ahsan Khan, 25, of Durban Road West – sentenced to 7 years
Umar Khan, 31, of Trinity Hall Close – sentenced to 9 years
Simon Alcott, 41 of Wiggenhall Road– sentenced to 4 years
Lloyd Clarke, 22, of Euston Avenue – sentenced to 4 years
Jabraan Azlam, 25, of Charlock Way – sentenced to 4 years
Kazim Khan, 21 of Rose Gardens – sentenced to 5 years. (Plus 2 years for offences committed while on bail)
A 16 year old boy from Watford – sentenced to a 2 year youth rehabilitation order
Hussayn Naqvi, 18 of Longspring – sentenced to 2 years. (Plus 2 years concurrent for other offences committed while on bail)
Scott Messenger, aged 21 and from Broadfield Road in Hemel Hempstead – sentenced to 12 months suspended for 2 years
Four others were sentenced in connection with the Khan Line at an earlier hearing:
Attar Khan, 29, of Trinity Hall Close was fined £65, court costs of £85 and £15 victim surcharge
Lukan Briggs, 37, of Whippendell Road, received a community order of 18 months
Daniel Frame, 31, of Upper Lattimore Road, received a community order of 1 year with 80 hours unpaid work
Susan Armstrong, 44, of Whippendell Road, received a community order of 18 months