Savile suspect in 199 crimes
Television star Jimmy Savile is now a suspect in 199 crimes, the vast majority of them involving children or young people, including 31 rapes, police said on Wednesday in their most comprehensive review of the scandal. Revelations about Savile, who died last year, provoked outrage across Britain, where he had been a household name since the 1960s. News of Savile’s crimes threw his main employer, the BBC, into turmoil, and led to the resignation of the BBC’s director-general. Detectives launched their inquiry 10 weeks ago and since then, 450 people had come forward with allegations about Savile, said police. “These levels of reporting of sexual abuse against a single individual are unprecedented in the UK,” the police said in a statement.
Man cuts son on ‘holy day’
A Texan man told authorities he carved a pentagram into the back of his six-year-old son “because it is a holy day” in reference to the numerical date of 12-12-12, police said. Brent Troy Bartel, 39, of the Fort Worth suburb of Richland Hills, was in jail on Wednesday on a US$500,000 bond, charged with aggravated assault of a family member with a deadly weapon. Police officers responded to an emergency dispatch call shortly after midnight from a man who said: “I shed some innocent blood,” according to a recording of the call, released by police. When questioned by the dispatcher, the man said: “I inscribed a pentagram on my son.” When the dispatcher asked why, the man said: “Because it is a holy day,” according to the recording. He then hung up. Police arrived at the home and found the boy shirtless with a large pentagram carved on his back. Wednesday was 12-12-12 — a date some considered significant because such a match of day, month and year will not occur again in this century.
Drugs smuggled in breasts
Police arrested a Panamanian woman on Wednesday who landed in Barcelona from Bogota, Colombia, with cocaine stuffed inside her breast implants. The woman was taken to the police at Barcelona’s El Prat airport after her vague answers to questions about the reasons for her trip from Bogota raised suspicion at the border control, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. Authorities carry out rigorous checks of passengers arriving on so-called “hot flights” from Latin America, to fight drug smuggling. When border police discovered fresh scars and blood-stained gauze on the woman’s chest she was taken to a hospital to check her claim that she had recently undergone breast implant surgery. The implants were found to carry 1.38kg of cocaine.
Cannon propels marijuana
Mexican smugglers used a pneumatic-powered cannon to propel cans packed with 38kg of marijuana into the air and over a fence at the Mexican border near San Luis, Arizona, authorities said on Wednesday. Kyle Estes, a US Border Patrol spokesman, estimated the marijuana’s value at US$42,500. The plot was foiled when US Border Patrol agents discovered the 33 pot-filled cans last week before they could be picked up by smugglers in an area about 150m from the border fence, on the US side, Estes said. Agents searching the area about 320km southwest of Phoenix recovered a carbon dioxide tank used to propel objects from the cannon, he said.