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A Pakistani policeman stands guard outside the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium
Sri Lanka’s cricket team arrived in Lahore under heavy security Sunday to play the final Twenty20 of a three-match series, eight years after they were attacked by gunmen there. The team and their officials were taken to a five-star hotel in a bomb-proof bus with hundreds of security guards on the roads and at the resort. International cricket was suspended in Pakistan after the 2009 gun attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore, which left eight people killed and seven visiting players and their staff members injured.
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Sri Lanka – the first major team to visit the country since the incident – will play a Twenty20 match on Sunday evening before flying back to Colombo via Dubai. Several Sri Lankan players and officials, including survivors who came under gunfire in 2009 and their head coach, had opted out of the Twenty20 fixture after some voiced concern about security.
Pakistani soldiers patrol outside the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium ahead of the T20 cricket match against Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka played two Tests, five one-day internationals and the first two Twenty20 matches of the series in the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan’s neutral venue since 2009. In the last eight years Pakistan have only hosted minnows Zimbabwe in 2015, the final of Pakistan Super League and a three-match Twenty20 series against a World XI — comprised of players from seven countries — earlier this year. Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera, appointed captain of the new-look team, said it was great to be back. “It’s nice to be in Pakistan again,” said Perera, who was part of the World XI last month. “We are thankful for a warm welcome and will do our best to entertain the crowd with some good cricket.”
Pakistani soldiers arrive at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium
Sri Lanka’s sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekera and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) President Thilanga Sumathipala are also on the tour while a two-member security delegation is in Lahore for the last two days to oversee security arrangements.
“We are thankful to the Sri Lankan team for coming to Pakistan and I request the fans to support both the teams during the match,” said Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed, whose team also arrived from Dubai early Sunday.
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Heavy security with air surveillance will be in place during the match with fans having to go through various check points and body searches.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) hopes a safe tour by Sri Lanka will help them convince the West Indies to visit for three Twenty20 internationals next month.
“It’s a historic moment,” PCB chairman Najam Sethi told AFP on Friday. “With improved security we hope fully-fledged international cricket will return to Pakistan in the next two years.”
Deemed to be one of the biggest robbery plots in British history, the pair who worked for cash handling company Loomis abused their positions in an attempt to make off in a security van loaded with 19 bags of cash, on March 14 this year.
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The pair were caught as the result of an investigation by the Metropolitan Police’s Flying Squad unit. CCTV recordings revealed shortly after the money was picked up at 8.30am, the van pulled over outside the security gates and Singh took a toilet break.
Former security guard Ranjeev Singh of Grampian Way, Slough both found guilty of conspiracy to steal (Image: Metropolitan Police)
However this was an unauthorised stop and against company protocols that deem any such stop to be called into the control centre so the van can be closely monitored. Siddique drove off on his own and, with the help of another man, unloaded the bags into a white transit van parked in West View, Feltham , where the security van was later found abandoned.
Former security guard Mohammad Siddique of Belgrave Road, Slough found guilty of conspiracy to steal (Image: Metropolitan Police)
A total of 19 bags of cash totalling 7m were missing from the vehicle. Siddique was found hours later, by a member of the public, his hands and ankles bound with cable ties and left on a service roads near the M40 in Buckinghamshire. Both men were arrested after Singh’s delay in alerting the control centre and Siddique’s inconsistent account of what happened.
When questioned by police as a victim, Siddique said he had been contacted weeks before by an unknown man who threatened to burn his house down.
Police reconstruction of how the 7m bags of Loomis cash would have looked (Image: Metropolitan Police)
However prosecution presented mobile phone data, from a cell found on Singh, which revealed it had been used to call Siddique during the time the cash was stolen. The phone analysis also revealed Rafaqat Hussain, 41, who previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal, had been in regular contact with Singh on the day of the theft. Flying Squad detectives established Hussain had called a recovery driver at 9.24am on the day of the theft and the white Ford transit van had been taken to a nearby recycling centre where it was scrapped.
Hussain s wife Razvana Zeib was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering after investigations revealed 900,000 had been transferred to a Pakistani bank account opened in her name.
Cash was allegedly swapped between vans in West View, Feltham (Image: Google)
Zeib, Hussain and another defendant, Gary Carrod, had organised for a house they wanted to buy with their share of the proceeds to be ransacked and burgled in an attempt to bring down the price. Siddique of Belgrave Road, Slough and Singh, of Grampian Way, Slough were both found guilty of conspiracy to steal. Rafaqat Hussain of Chadwick Road, Slough pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal, conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to commit money laundering at Kingston Crown Court on Monday September 11.
Hussain’s wife Razvana Zeib, 35, also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to commit money laundering at Kingston Crown Court on the same day.
Rafaqat Hussain of Chadwick Road, Slough pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal, conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to commit money laundering (Image: Metropolitan Police)
Gary Carrod, 34 of Nursery Road, Taplow, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle at Kingston Crown Court on Monday September 11. Detective Chief Inspector Mark Bedford, of the Met s Flying Squad, said: Although this was an organised theft involving months of planning, it would not have been possible without the calculating and devious actions of Singh and Siddique who abused their positions to subvert the secure processes put in place to prevent this type of offence.
The pair attempted to present themselves as victims of a robbery even going so far as arranging for Siddique to be tied up and left by a motorway to be found by innocent members of the public.
However, a swift and thorough investigation by the Flying Squad uncovered their lies, led to their accomplices being identified and ensured their successful conviction at court.
Razvana Zeib, 35, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to commit money laundering (Image: Metropolitan Police)
Both men are now likely to receive substantial custodial sentences reflecting their calculated abuse of their employer’s trust and the value of the monies stolen. The money from Credit Suisse bank was bound for the Bank of Ireland.
Helen Shaw from the CPS added: “Ranjeev Singh, Mohammad Siddique and Rafaqat Hussain staged this theft to steal 7m which has still not been recovered, crafting a plan to make it appear that they were victims.
Gary Carrod, 34 of Nursery Road, Taplow, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle (Image: Metropolitan Police)
Their elaborate plot quickly unravelled when inconsistencies in their story became apparent.
The prosecution used interrogation of mobile phone records and CCTV evidence to highlight the lies they told police, leading to today’s convictions.”
They will all be sentenced Wednesday October 18.
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1/58 27 August 2017
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan takes part in a release of doves as a show of respect for those who died in the Grenfell Tower fire, during the Notting Hill Carnival Family Day in west London. PA
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Eight people have died in a crash involving a minibus and two lorries on the M1 near Milton Keynes . All of those who died are believed to have been travelling in the minibus, which was from the Nottingham area . The two lorry drivers have been arrested, one of them on suspicion of driving while over the alcohol limit. Alamy
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A Science Museum employee poses next to the Wells Cathedral Clock mechanism during a photocall at the Science Museum in London, England .
The Wells Cathedral Clock mechanism is believed to be one of the oldest in the world. Getty Images
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Lavlyn Mendoza (left) and Jennifer Quila celebrate after collecting their GCSE results, at Sion-Manning Roman Catholic Girls school in west London
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Reverend Andrew Poppe takes part in cricket match on the Brambles sandbank at low tide on August 24, 2017 in Hamble, England . The annual event sees Hamble’s Royal Southern Yacht Club team take on the Cowes-based Island Sailing Club in a game of cricket . Spectators from the Isle of White and Southampton travel on boats to watch the match which lasts for around 45 minutes while the sandbank is exposed
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6/58 21 August 2017
People gather in Parliament Square to listen to the final chimes of Big Ben ahead of a four-year renovation plan in London . The bell will still be used for special occasions such as marking New Year, but will remain silent on a daily basis, to allow the work teams to carry out structural repairs
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The Liverpool crew enters the Mersey, during the start of the Clipper Round the World Race at the Albert Docks, Liverpool.
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Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage poses for photographs with veterans and Chelsea Pensioners next to a Spitfire on display at the Biggin Hill Festival of Flight in Biggin Hill, England . The Biggin Hill Festival of Flight is an annual airshow event and in 2017 the airport is celebrating its centenary . The airport only became exclusively business and general aviation in 1959, prior to which it was used by the British Royal Air Force. Getty
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The Isle of Skye is known as one of the most beautiful places in Scotland, however its infrastructure services are being stretched to the limit by the number of visitors heading there to enjoy its rugged scenic beauty. Getty Images
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Grainne Close (L) and Shannon Sickles (2nd L) alongside Henry Edmond Kane (3rd L) and Christopher Patrick Flanagan (4th L) at Belfast High Court speak to the media through their solicitor Mark O’Connor (R) after the ruling on whether to allow same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland in Belfast, Northern Ireland .
The judge dismissed both cases . Same-sex marriage is recognised in the rest of the United Kingdom but not in Northern Ireland were the largest political party, the DUP has blocked proposed legislation . Shannon Sickles and Grainne Close, the first women to have a civil partnership in the UK and Henry Edmond Kane and Christopher Patrick Flanagan were challenging the NI Assembly’s repeated refusal to legislate for same sex marriage. Getty
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Ratings line the flight deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth, the UK’s newest aircraft carrier, as she arrives in Portsmouth . The 65,000-tonne carrier, the largest warship ever to be built in Britain, is expected to be the Navy’s flagship for at least 50 years.
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People watch a bonfire in the bogside area of Londonderry, which is traditionally torched on August 15 to mark a Catholic feast day celebrating the assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven, but in modern times the fire has become a source of contention and associated with anti-social behaviour. PA
13/58 14 August 2017
An artist s impression showing the proposed London Garden Bridge . The 200m plan to build a bridge covered with trees over the River Thames in central London has been abandoned . The Garden Bridge Trust said it had failed to raise funds since losing the support of the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan in April
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Sir Mo Farah stands at the top of the Coca-Cola London Eye as he bids a final farewell to British track athletics after winning gold in the 10,000m and silver in the 5,000m at the IAAF World Championships in his home city
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A dog retrieves a shot grouse on Lofthouse Moor in North Yorkshire as the Glorious 12th, the official start of the grouse shooting season, gets underway.Grouse moor estates received millions of pounds in subsidies last year, according to analysis which comes amid a debate over the future of farming payments after Brexit
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Hot air balloons in the air after taking off in a mass ascent at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. PA
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The scene in Rosslyn Avenue, Sunderland, after an explosion at a house.
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Police on Goose Lane bridge which goes over the M11 motorway near Birchanger which is closed after a van driver was killed in a motorway crash after what “appears to be a lump of concrete” struck his windscreen and his vehicle hit a tree. PA
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Emergency services at the scene in Lavender Hill, southwest London, after a bus left the road and hit a shop. PA
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Guards march up to Windsor Castle in the rain as a yellow weather warning for rain has been issued for parts of the UK .
Heavy rain has brought flooding to the north-east of England
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A car on fire in the North Queen Street area of Belfast, close to the site of a contentious bonfire . The car was torched shortly after 10pm on Monday night
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A post-Brexit trade deal with the US could see a massive increase in the amount of cancer-causing toxins in British milk and baby food
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Acts gather amongst the crowds at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. PA
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New world 100m champion Justin Gatlin pays respect to Usain Bolt after the Jamaican s last solo race
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Katarina Johnson-Thompson of Great Britain (Lane 6) and Carolin Schafer of Germany (Lane 7) and their opponants compete in the Women’s Heptathlon 100 metres hurdles during day two of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium. Getty Images
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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is greeted by PSNI and Garda police officers representative of the gay community as he attends a Belfast Gay Pride breakfast meeting in Belfast, Northern Ireland . The Irish Prime Minister is on a two day visit to the province having already met with DUP leader Arlene Foster yesterday .
The DUP, Northern Ireland’s largest political party have so far blocked attempts to legalise gay marriage. Getty Images
Members of Unite employed by Serco at Barts Health NHS Trust, on strike over pay, protest outside Serco’s presentation of financial results at JP Morgan, in London. PA
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Athletics – IAAF World Athletics Championships Preview – London, Britain – August 3, 2017 Great Britain’s Mo Farah takes a photo in the stadium
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Britain’s Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney, addresses journalists during a press conference to deliver the quarterly inflation report in London, August 3, 2017 . REUTERS
Bank of England and British Airways workers stage a protest outside the Bank of England in the City of London.
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Britain’s Prince Philip, in his role as Captain General, Royal Marines, attends a Parade to mark the finale of the 1664 Global Challenge, on the Buckingham Palace Forecourt, in central London, Britain.The 96-year-old husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, made his final solo appearance at the official engagement on Wednesday, before retiring from active public life. REUTERS
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Jamaica’s Usain Bolt gestures during a press conference prior to Bolt’s last World Championship, in east London
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Horse and riders take part in the Riding of the Marches ford on the River Esk, alongside the Roman Bridge in Musselburgh, East Lothian, during the annual Musselburgh Festival organised by the Honest Toun’s Association.
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A wide view of play during day two of the 3rd Investec Test match between England and South Africa at The Kia Oval
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A nurse shows a message on his phone to colleagues as they take part in a protest near Downing Street in London . The Royal College of Nursing have launched a series of demonstrations, as part of their ‘Summer of Protest’ campaign against the 1 percent cap on annual pay rises for most NHS staff
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37/58 27 July 2017
Two men look through binoculars at US Navy Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W . Bush anchored off the coast on in Portsmouth, England . The 100,000 ton ship dropped anchor in the Solent this morning ahead of Exercise Saxon Warrior 2017, a training exercise between the UK and USA
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Connie Yates, mother of terminally-ill 11-month-old Charlie Gard, arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on where a High Court judge is set to decide where baby Charlie Gard will end his life
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UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson gestures while posing for a photograph at the Sydney Opera House, in Sydney . Johnson is there to attend AUKMIN, the annual meeting of UK and Australian Foreign and Defence Ministers. Dan Himbrechts
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Britain Prime Minister Theresa May walks with her husband Philip in Desenzano del Garda, by the Garda lake, as they holiday in northern Italy
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England team players pose after winning the ICC Women’s World Cup cricket final between England and India at Lord’s cricket ground in London
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Rajeshwari Gayakwad of India attempts to run out Jenny Gunn of England during the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 Final between England and India at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London
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Chris Froome, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, celebrates on the podium after the twentieth stage of the Tour de France cycling race, an individual time trial over 22.5 kilometers (14 miles) with start and finish in Marseille, France.
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Competitors take part in the swim stage during the AJ Bell London Triathlon 2017 at Royal Victoria Docks in London, England . The 21st annual AJ Bell Triathlon sees 13000 competitors take part in the world’s largest triathlon. Getty Images
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Environment Secretary Michael Gove looks at screens in the information pod in the forest zone at the WWF Living Planet Centre in Woking, after he told an audience of environmental and countryside organisations that Brexit gives scope for Britain to be a global leader in green policy
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Screen grabbed image taken from video issued by NATS showing air traffic over the UK yesterday at 12:15pm, with red representing departures, yellow arrivals, purple domestic and blue overflights . Air traffic controllers are dealing with the busiest day in the UK’s aviation history . A total of 8,800 planes are to be handled by controllers across the country over 24 hours, at the start of a summer season which is due to see a record 770,000 flights in UK airspace – 40,000 more than last year
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Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon shows off his cufflinks after cutting steel on the first Type 26 frigate at BAE System’s Govan Shipyard near Glasgow.
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Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson looks at a bipedal humanoid robot Wabian2 at Research Institute for Science and Engineering at Waseda University’s Kikuicho Campus in Tokyo
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A damaged road in Coverack, Cornwall, after intense rain caused flash flooding in the coastal village. PA
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Prince George holds hands with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they leave Warsaw
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Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during her visit to the site of Aberdeen Harbour’s expansion into Nigg Bay
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Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrives at Downing Street for the weekly cabinet meeting
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Daniel Goodfellow and Tom Daley of Great Britain compete during the Men’s Diving 10M Synchro Platform, preliminary round on day four of the Budapest 2017 FINA World Championships on July 17, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary
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Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson speaks to the press upon his arrival at the European Council for the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels
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Switzerland’s Roger Federer holds aloft the winner’s trophy after beating Croatia’s Marin Cilic in their men’s singles final match, during the presentation on the last day of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London . Roger Federer won 6-3, 6-1, 6-4.
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57/58 14 July 2017
The hearse departs St Joseph’s Church after the funeral service for six year old Sunderland FC fan, Bradley Lowery on in Hartlepool, England . Bradley was diagnosed with neuroblastoma aged only 18 months .
Hundreds of people lined the streets to pay their respects to the Sunderland football supporter who lost his battle with cancer last Friday.
58/58 13 July 2017
The EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, right, receives an Arsenal football top from Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn prior to a meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels