By Rob Dorsett
Last Updated: 21/03/17 2:19pm
Leicester have offered Jamie Vardy extra security, according to Sky sources
Sky sources understand Leicester have offered Jamie Vardy and his family extra security after he said he and his wife have been targeted following Claudio Ranieri s sacking.
The England striker revealed his wife Rebekah has been “cut up” while driving with their children in the back of the car and has spoken of the death threats he gets “every week”.1 Vardy feels the threats are as a result of reports that he, and other senior players at Leicester, played a role in the Italian being sacked last month . The striker is adamant he had nothing to do with Ranieri’s sacking.
Leicester players have denied having any involvement in Claudio Ranieri’s sacking
The Premier League champions already have a full-time security staff in place to ensure the safety of the squad, and the club are aware of the threats made to Vardy and his family on social media. At the moment, the player has not requested any extra security measures be put in place. Vardy says the situation has not been helped by reports he was among a number of players plotting against Ranieri after a Champions League defeat at Sevilla, but he said he was actually sat in “anti-doping for three hours” after the game. “I read one story that said it the meeting was straight after the Sevilla game,” he said. “It said I was personally involved in a meeting when I was actually sat in anti-doping for three hours . A few of you media waited around for an interview after. “Then of course the story is out there and people pick it up and jump on it and you’re getting death threats about your family, kids, everything . On social media, you name it – walking down the street .
To be honest I get them every week. “Football fans don’t seem to like me . I just get on with it but when people are trying to cut your missus up while she’s driving along, with the kids in the back of the car, it’s not the best .
It’s happened plenty of times. “It is terrifying . All that can happen is they get banned on Twitter .
People get cut up but if there’s no cameras you’re screwed.”
Menie Estate: Kevin McKay’s firm provided security for golf course in Aberdeenshire. Brian Morgan.
The owner of a company that provided security for Donald Trump’s golf course in Aberdeenshire is on trial accused of a 420,000 tax fraud. Kevin McKay, of Aberdeen, is alleged to have submitted VAT documents to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) knowing they contained false details. The 46-year-old was reportedly involved in the fraudulent tax evasion of 419,799.34 between August 2008 and July 2014.
He is further claimed to have removed “criminal property” from Scotland by transferring over 100,000 into a Romanian bank account in September 2010. McKay is on trial at Aberdeen Sheriff Court and denies the allegations, He has lodged a special defence of incrimination against his ex-wife. The court heard on Wednesday his firm, International Personal Protection Services, provided security for the Menie Estate golf course between 2008 and 2009 after the now-US president established it. HMRC officer Ross Brown said invoices provided to the golf course in Aberdeenshire were examined by his colleagues. Records provided by other local businesses the security firm was contracted to were also checked during the investigation. The court heard security guards provided mobile patrols at Menie Estate with a total of 136 visits listed on an invoice shown to the jury. Other invoices showed security guards employed by International Protection had also worked at other businesses, including Miller Construction, Rotech Ltd and Robert Gordon’s University. Earlier, the court heard in evidence given by the ex-wife of the accused, Susan McKay, he had put the business in her name but she was not running it.
Defence lawyer John McLeod suggested she had forged her husband’s signature on documents but she denied the claims.
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The announcement of the creation of thousands of new housing units in the West Bank came as Israel begins to evacuate the illegal Israeli outpost of Amona near Ramallah in the West Bank. The Israeli High Court ordered residents to leave the area last year. Hundreds of members of Israeli security forces are at the site, and are currently blocking access to roads to the settlement to prevent the settlers’ supporters from joining efforts to resist the eviction . Around 600 settlers are already protesting and have set fires and strewn the road with rocks, nails and other debris in an attempt to hinder the security forces’ passage. The attempts to dismantle the outpost have recently been held up for months, and it has been more than a decade since the legal process began. CNN saw some settlers leaving the site of their own volition . Police say one family surrendered weapons that had been stashed in their home. “As part of the Amona evacuation, during dialogue and discussion taking place between Israeli police officials and those Amona families that have decided to leave the outpost of their own volition, one of the families gave the police a bag containing weapons, stun grenades and flares, which had been hidden in their home,” a statement from Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri read. Right-wing Jewish Home party leader and Education Minister in the Netanyahu government Naftali Bennett told his supporters to move beyond the perceived setback of the outpost’s clearance.
“From the ruins of Amona we will move to build a new settlement . From this mountain we will move towards applying Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria,” he said using the biblical terms for the West Bank.
Thousands of homes to be built
With the announcement, which will see the creation of an additional 3,000 settlement homes in the West Bank, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is attempting to appease his right-wing base, dissatisfied with the decommissioning of the Amona outpost. The government has approved the construction of the new units, according to a statement late Tuesday from Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman. While under international law the settlement program is illegal, Israel disputes this and insists the status of the West Bank is more ambiguous than international law allows . Many in the international community believe that such settlements are illegal and a barrier to any future “two-state” peace deal . Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. The UN Security Council resolution states that Israel’s settlement program has “no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law.” But Israel disputes this. The government-approved expansion of the settlement program is distinct from illegal settler outposts like Amona.
The announcement in Jerusalem, came just a week after 2,500 new settlement homes1 were approved by the administration . At the time, Netanyahu told the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, that the expansion was just a “first taste.””We are in a new period where life in Judea and Samaria is returning to normal,” Liberman said on his Facebook page2.
Of the 3,000 new homes, 2,000 are set to be built immediately while the rest are in various stages of planning, Liberman said. The decision, along with other recent expansion announcements, has drawn criticism from the Palestinian Authority and the EU.
A spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the latest settlement announcement in the occupied West Bank, which he said defied United Nations resolutions and international law. “We have started urgent consultations in order to take the necessary measures to confront the settlement activities,” spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said in a statement. “We call on the US administration to rein in this Israeli government’s policy, which is going to destroy the peace process.”
US President Donald Trump’s marked departure from his predecessor Barack Obama’s Israel policy has buoyed the Netanyahu administration’s desire to settle contentious areas of land. Last week’s announcement of 2,500 new homes came just days after Trump’s inauguration and marks one of the largest settlement expansions since 2013, according to the settlement watchdog Peace Trump also spoke with Netanyahu two days before the announcement. Israel had also reacted angrily to the US abstention in a UN vote on Israeli settlement activities prior to Trump taking office . Trump later expressed his support for the settlement program. With Trump in office, Netanyahu has been under pressure from his right-wing coalition partners to accelerate settlement construction. Almost two weeks ago he stalled a legislative push in an attempt by some politicians to annex parts of the West Bank, including Maale Adumim .
Located just outside Jerusalem, Maale Adumin is one of the largest settlements.
The new construction comes two weeks after a peace conference in Paris, which called for Israel and the Palestinians to embrace a two-state solution and find their way back to the negotiating table .
CNN’s Andrew Carey contributed to this report.