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2005-10-11 04:32:53

By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - British police arrested seven people suspected of leading one of Europe's largest human smuggling rackets in a series of dawn raids on Tuesday. Eleven others were held for related offences. The arrests followed a two-year investigation into the ring which smuggled illegal immigrants, predominantly from Turkey, into London from mainland Europe. Police forces from five other countries were also involved. Detective Chief Superintendent Bill Skelly told...

2005-09-28 10:20:38

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON (Reuters) - The family of a Brazilian man mistakenly shot dead by British police following attacks on the London transport system visited the scene of his death on Wednesday and demanded justice for their slain son. Police shot Jean Charles de Menezes, 27, seven times in the head on July 22 as he boarded an underground train at Stockwell station in south London. They were hunting men behind a botched attack the previous day and believed the electrician had a...

2005-09-28 08:55:21

LONDON (Reuters) - The family of a Brazilian man shot dead by British police by mistake following attacks on the London transport system in July visited the scene of his death on Wednesday. Jean Charles de Menezes, 27, was shot seven times in the head on July 22 as he boarded an underground train at Stockwell station in south London when police hunting for the perpetrators of a botched attack the previous day believed he had a bomb. His parents, Matozinhos Otone Da Silva and Maria...

2005-09-23 04:21:00

LONDON (Reuters) - British police arrested a man under the terrorism act at Manchester airport on Friday morning after a struggle and are investigating a suspect package. "Police attempted to arrest the man who struggled with officers. A Taser gun was then used to detain the man," a spokeswoman for Manchester police said. An Army bomb disposal unit is investigating a suspect package that was found and part of terminal One and Two were closed, she said. An airport spokeswoman said...

2005-08-22 14:57:10

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON (Reuters) - Two senior Brazilian diplomats joined the investigation on Monday into the shooting to death last month by British police of a Brazilian man they had mistaken for a would-be suicide bomber. The killing of Jean Charles de Menezes, 27, in a London underground train as police hunted for men who a day earlier had left bombs that failed to explode on three trains and a bus has prompted calls for London police chief Ian Blair to resign. "We are here to...

2005-08-22 09:19:06

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON (Reuters) - Two senior Brazilian diplomats flew to Britain on Monday to join the investigation into the shooting to death last month by British police of a Brazilian man they had mistaken for a would-be suicide bomber. The killing of Jean Charles de Menezes, 27, in a London underground train as police hunted for men who a day earlier had left bombs that failed to explode on three trains and a bus has prompted calls for London police chief Ian Blair to resign....

2005-08-20 18:10:33

By Andrew Gray LONDON (Reuters) - London's police chief on Sunday defended his handling of the fatal shooting of a Brazilian electrician by his officers, insisting he still believed the dead man was a suicide bomber 24 hours after the killing. Ian Blair, Britain's most senior policeman, also suggested news media were concentrating too much on the shooting rather than the deadly suicide bombings police were investigating when they mistakenly killed 27-year-old Jean Charles de...

2005-08-20 13:35:01

By Tim Castle LONDON (Reuters) - The British government expressed confidence on Saturday in London police chief Ian Blair, under pressure over the police killing of a Brazilian electrician mistaken for a would-be suicide bomber. The family of Jean Charles de Menezes, shot eight times by police on an underground train last month, have called on Blair to quit after leaked investigation documents cast doubt on the official version of events and highlighted police blunders. But Home...

2005-08-20 06:40:59

By Tim Castle LONDON (Reuters) - London's police force has reviewed its controversial "shoot-to-kill" policy and left it largely unchanged despite the killing of a Brazilian mistaken for a would-be suicide bomber, Scotland Yard said on Saturday. "We have reviewed it and we have made one or two small changes, but the operation remains essentially the same," a Metropolitan police spokeswoman told Reuters. The spokeswoman declined to detail the changes, but London police chief Ian...

2005-08-19 08:20:51

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON (Reuters) - The family of an innocent Brazilian man shot dead by British police who mistook him for a would-be suicide bomber called on Friday for London police chief Ian Blair to resign. Electrician Jean Charles de Menezes, 27, was shot eight times at point blank range as he boarded an underground train on July 22, a day after four bombs failed to explode on the city's transport system. Blair said at the time de Menezes was under surveillance as part of a...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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