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Some 27,725 Romanians were arrested for offences in London over the past five years, Scotland Yard said, including 10 for murder and more than 140 for rape.

The figures, published under the Freedom of Information Act, will fuel fears of a crime wave when restrictions on workers from Romania and Bulgaria are lifted in January next year.

Romanians came second only to Poles, who accounted for 34,905 arrests, including 84 for murder and almost 130 for rape.

However, there were some 587,000 migrants born in Poland living in the UK in 2011, estimates from the Office for National Statistics showed, compared with 87,000 Romanians.

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FulgenceA GUNMAN who murdered Marlon Campbell in Bellingham following an argument will serve a minimum of 35 years in jail.

Dwayne Fulgence, aged 28, of no fixed abode, was found guilty at the Old Bailey on January 31 of the murder as well as two counts of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger and one count of possession of ammunition.

Police had been called shortly before 9.15am on June 16 last year to reports of gunshots and a person injured in Lushington Road, Bellingham. There, they found Marlon Campbell suffering from gunshot wounds. He died the following day.

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Aly-AndersonONE of Sheffield’s major drug dealers who ran a crack and heroin den which made him a quarter of a million pounds a year has had his jail term cut.

Aly Anderson, aged 54, ran a ‘fortified drugs supermarket’ selling Class A drugs on Swanbourne Road, Sheffield Lane Top.

His 24-hour operation came to light after the death of Damian Taff, 29, who was stabbed to death outside in 2010.

Mr Taff, a dad-of-three from Grimesthorpe, was knifed through the heart in revenge for robbing another customer after visiting the den for a fix. His killer, Benjamin Grant, then 31, of Shiregreen, was jailed for 27 years.

Anderson, who ran the den, was in Spain at the time of Mr Taff’s murder, but officers arrested him when he returned to Sheffield a week later. He was jailed for 20 years after being convicted of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

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vincent_ashmanVincent Tony Ashman shot Danny “Dannyman” McCalla six times at the Tropical Harmony club.

Jailing him for life at Birmingham Crown Court today, the judge told Ashman that the murder had caused untold suffering.

Ashman fled to Jamaica after the murder in November 2009 but was extradited to the UK last July.

Jurors heard that 50-year-old Mr McCalla of Dudley had hit Ashman with a baton when the pair were on the dance floor. Ashman retaliated with a 9mm pistol.

Mr Justice Popplewell said: “When you murdered “Dannyman” McCalla by gunning him down in a nightclub you not only took his life, you also caused untold and lasting suffering to his family. You added to the family’s distress by pretending your innocence for over three years.”

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A man has been charged with the murder of a man in Hackney on Friday.

Lithuanian Giedruis Zinkeviucius, 38 from Pembury Close, Lower Clapton appeared in custody at Thames Magistrates on Monday charged with the murder of 40-year old Egidijus Ceplionis in the same road.

He was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey today.

A 38-year-old woman who was also arrested in connection with the murder was released on Sunday.

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mohammed_niaziSocial work managers ignored requests to visit a woman being abused by her partner days before he killed her in front of their toddler, according to leaked documents.

The NSPCC twice referred Charito Cruz to social services at Kingston Council because of Mohammed Asad Niazi’s abuse.

In December Niazi, 30, was found guilty of bludgeoning Ms Cruz to death with a hammer in 2011 and jailed for 12 years.

The council said it was now conducting a “domestic homicide review”.

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A man has been sentenced to life in prison following the brutal murder of a vulnerable pensioner and a burglary at a jewellery store in Bury St Edmunds.

Pytor Melanuik (also known as Ireneusz Melanuik) was told at Ipswich Crown Court that he will serve at least 26 years behind bars.

He also received a sentence of four years and eight months for burglary, to run concurrently, after earlier pleading guilty to the murder of 66-year-old Peter Avis and domestic burglary.

Suffolk Police were called by a member of the public at around 9.10 am on Friday January 13 2012 to a property in Abbeygate Street, Bury St Edmunds following concerns for the occupant at the address.

Once the property was entered the body of Peter Avis was found in a first floor flat and it was discovered that the flat and jewellery store below – ‘Collis & Son’ – had been burgled.

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