Two brothers who fleeced taxpayers out of £315,000 in a house-swapping scam involving their wives walked free after a judge said the ‘greatest punishment’ was the loss of their good names.

Mohammed Amin, 40, and his wife, Kauser Aktar, 38, switched homes with Aftab Ahmed, 39, and his wife Sobia Shaheen, 32, so the women could pretend to be tenants and claim housing benefits.

The Pakistani couples – who have 11 children between them – submitted bogus tenancy agreements for 16 years, raking in £314,452.25, Snaresbrook Crown Court in east London heard on Friday.

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adrian_roseA Royal Military Police reservist from Essex has been jailed for 17 years for raping a girl of 12 who he groomed through BlackBerry Messenger (BBM).

Adrian Rose, 36, of Rochester Drive in Westcliff-on-Sea, had been found guilty of eight rapes, five counts of child abduction and one of grooming a girl.

Judge Stephen Holt, sentencing at Norwich Crown Court, said the grooming and rapes were “highly planned”.

He said BBM, where messages are quickly deleted, was useful for paedophiles.

Rose, who was based in Aldershot, was also banned for life from using social networks unless he informed police and gave them his password for the site.

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A Spalding kebab shop owner has been prosecuted after selling vodka containing paint stripper chemicals.

Salaman Pelit, 41, licencee of Zorba 3 takeaway on Winsover Road in Spalding, was found guilty of selling non duty paid and fake vodka at Spalding Magistrates Court on January 30.

Lincolnshire Trading Standards prosecuted on the grounds that both Mr Pelit and Zorba 3 had been gaining financially from crime, after a raid in 2012 when 29 bottles of illegal alcohol were seized.

Tests on the seized alcohol proved that it was not vodka or any type of drinking alcohol and no details of the supplier or evidence that duty had been paid were present.

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A 73-YEAR-OLD man was threatened with a knife during a robbery in a Bletchley alleyway on Sunday.

At around 4pm he was walking down an alley way off Kincardine Drive leading to Ayr Way when he was approached by three men on the grass area in between Kincardine Drive and Pebbles Way.

They asked how he was in a friendly manner then crowded around him before one of the men pulled out a knife from his right wrist band and pointed it towards him.

A second man then took £140 cash from his pocket, whilst the man with the knife told him to remove his two rings which he did.

The offenders then walked back towards the grass area next to Pebbles Place.

The men are all black.

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Thames Valley Police is appealing for information after a 17-year-old boy was robbed in Slough on Tuesday (5/2).

At 8am the victim was walking along an alleyway between Nixey Close and Lascelles Park when a man stopped him and asked for the time. The victim did not have a watch but the offender asked him to check on his phone. No knife was seen but the offender threatened to stab the victim and stole his iPod and money. The victim was then told to carry on walking and not to look back while the offender left the scene.

The offender is an Asian man, in his mid twenties, slim, 5ft 9ins possibly with a goatee beard and spoke with a local accent. He was wearing grey cotton jogging bottoms and a dark blue shiny hooded raincoat that stopped at the waist. He wore the hood on the coat up with the draw strings pulled tightly.

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Laphaniel-FisherA gang of a dozen youths ransacked 45 mobile phone shops, wrenching handsets and tablets worth hundreds of thousands of pounds from displays, a court has heard.

They ‘steamed’ into stores across London in a three-month spree last summer, Croydon Crown Court heard.

Innocent members of the public were often caught up in the fracas, as the gang pushed them out of the way after rushing into the shop, crowding into customers, and violently wrenching the stock from displays complete with wires.

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anamul_hoqueA dangerous sex pest who groped a mum-of-two while she slept with her two young children has been jailed.

Anamul Hoque, 25, broke into the victim’s home in the early hours and entered her bedroom where she was asleep with her two sons aged eight and five.

Burnley Crown Court heard the mum-of-two awoke to find herself being groped by Hoque and she screamed out.

Hoque then fled from the house.

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