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London Tube bomb plotter’s helper DID tell council about criminal past – but bosses ‘regrettably’ failed to check before giving her top job

COUNCIL chiefs have admitted failing to carry out checks before handing a jihadi jailed for helping the 21/7 bombers a top job. Mulumebet Girma rose through housing department ranks after London’s Southwark Council failed to uncover her criminal past, The Sun exclusively revealed. The Ethiopian ex-model, who was even put on the cover of a […]

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COUNCIL chiefs have admitted failing to carry out checks before handing a jihadi jailed for helping the 21/7 bombers a top job.

Mulumebet Girma rose through housing department ranks after London’s Southwark Council failed to uncover her criminal past, The Sun exclusively revealed.

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Mulumebet Girma competing in the Miss Brighton contest in 2005[/caption]

The Ethiopian ex-model, who was even put on the cover of a council magazine to promote its apprenticeship scheme, has now been sacked.

Southward Council has revealed Girma, 33, disclosed an unspent conviction when applying for an apprenticeship, but checks were not carried out despite her having been in one of the UK’s highest-profile terror trials.

Eleanor Kelly, chief executive of Southwark Council, said: “Ms Girma did state that she had an unspent conviction on her initial application for an apprenticeship, but not in several subsequent internal job applications.

“At no point in any application did she declare that she has a conviction under the Terrorism Act or for terrorism offences.

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Convicted Mulumebet Girma was given a top job at London’s Southwark Council[/caption]

Girma was chosen to be on the cover for a council magazine

“When the initial unspent conviction was declared, the officer responsible should have established the details and escalated the matter to the HR director.

“Regrettably in this case, procedure was not followed.

“We now have a new head of HR in place who has been updating and strengthening our processes, and all applicants are now asked to give full details of any unspent conviction when they apply.”

Girma, got a job with Southwark Council as a trainee customer services assistant in 2013 — shortly after she was released early from a 10-year jail term.

Eleanor Kelly, the chief executive of Southwark Council, said changes have been made
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Eleanor Kelly, the chief executive of Southwark Council, said changes have been made[/caption]

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Osman was caught in Italy after Girma helped him flee[/caption]

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Girma buys The Sun in Brighton the day after bombing[/caption]

A simple Google search would have revealed ex-model Girma had been convicted under the Terrorism Act for assisting her brother-in-law Hussein Osman, who tried to blow up a packed commuter train on 21 July 2005.

There is even a Wikipedia page detailing her involvement, after Osman failed to blow up a train in Shepherd’s Bush when his rucksack bomb only partially exploded.

He was taken by Girma’s sister and brother to her home in Brighton, where the student and model tended burns to his legs.

Girma hid Osman – the father of her three nieces and nephews – in her home, and lied to the police about his whereabouts.

She then helped him to a safe house, and he later escaped to London and then Rome.

CCTV footage of Mulumebet Girma at a petrol station in Preston Road, Brighton
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Osman is seen on board the number 22 bus as it travelled from Wood Lane, west London before his failed suicide bombing[/caption]

In June 2008 Girma and her siblings were found guilty of assisting an offender and failing to disclose information on the plot.

She and her brother Esayas were both jailed for ten years, while her sister Yeshi - Osman's wife - was handed a 15-year-sentence.

Judge Paul Worsley told the siblings the sentences he was able to pass by law were "woefully inadequate to reflect the enormity" of the case.

He said the sisters had told the court a "tissue of lies".

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Girma got ten years for hiding the failed suicide bomber at her home[/caption]

He added: "In my judgment it is almost impossible to imagine more serious offending.

"I have no doubt that each of you were prepared to aid a ruthless fanatic and that you must have harboured hope that the bombers would have been successful in their mission to seek to damage our society where people can still go about their daily business fairly and with confidence.

"This court will reflect society's condemnation of what you did by imposing sentences which punish, deter others, and ensure the public are protected."

Girma appearing at court in 2008, where she was handed a ten-year-sentence
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Despite her previous offending Girma's solicitor has said her a career has been ruined for no good reason.

In a  statement Birnberg Peirce said: "In 2008 she was convicted of two offences which stemmed entirely from a familial relationship whereby she assisted her brother-in-law after his failed involvement in a terrorist incident.

"Her conviction was not for offences which required proof of terrorist motive or intent, neither of which she had - indeed she condemns all forms of terrorism.

"In halving her sentence the Court of Appeal recognised the personal dilemma faced by individuals placed in her situation and since her release she has done everything in her power to lead a law abiding existence.

"She disclosed her convictions in her application to Southwark Council, both in writing and orally and subsequently had a successful career which has now been destroyed for no purpose."

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Girma got the job with Southwark Council as a trainee customer services assistant in 2013[/caption]

Upon her release from jail, Girma had risen through the ranks to become a systems and performance analyst in the housing team.

She appeared on the cover of a council magazine to show off the success of its apprenticeship scheme.

A source said: “How did she manage to get this job without any checks? All it would take was a Google of her name to see her past.

“The database she had control over contains clients who are deemed ‘vulnerable.’ This is for a whole range of reasons — but one is them being on a watch list, or worries they could be at risk of links to terrorism…”

Southwark Tory councillor Michael Mitchell said: “This is a truly shocking blunder. Allowing someone with that background to work with potentially vulnerable clients is an entirely avoidable risk. It’s a huge error.”

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Hussein Osman tried to blow up a packed commuter train in 2005[/caption]

Two of Osman's accomplices, Muktar Said Ibrahim (left) and Ramzi Mohammed, during their arrest on July 29, 2005
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She was one of 40 apprentices in 2013 and eventually got a permanent job at the council's Peckham office.

Southwark Council has denied Girma denied she had direct access to watch list data.

Chief executive Eleanor Kelly said: “As soon as her background came to light we terminated her employment. She did not disclose her full offence.

“During her employment this individual never had access to police watch list data.

“We have fully reviewed her activity while she was employed at the council, including her computer usage, and no wrongdoing was uncovered.”

The pair were found in a seventh-floor west London flat, while Osman was arrested later that day in Italy
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Italian forensic experts examine Osman’s Rome hideout[/caption]

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The attempted bombing happened just two weeks after terrorists killed 52 passengers on July 7[/caption]

The July 21 bombers attempted to blow up Tube trains and a bus two weeks after terrorists killed 52 passengers in the July 7 attacks.

A huge death toll was averted because the four bombers failed to mix their devices’ chemicals properly.

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These entirely innocent snaps could be confused for something very rude indeed

THESE photos will prove whether you have a dirty mind or not. On the face of it they show a selection of innocent everyday items including an avocado, cheesy snacks, a child’s doodle and a plume of smoke. But, take a closer look and they are transformed into something altogether smuttier. Unfortunate sculptures resemble male […]

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THESE photos will prove whether you have a dirty mind or not.

On the face of it they show a selection of innocent everyday items including an avocado, cheesy snacks, a child’s doodle and a plume of smoke.

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Female vaper is caught at the exact moment she exhales an unfortunate-looking plume of smoke[/caption]

But, take a closer look and they are transformed into something altogether smuttier.

Unfortunate sculptures resemble male members while balloons and butter echo breasts.

Drinks machines and puddles also appear in the hilarious gallery.

Now, stop sniggering at the back.

Let’s Not Drink To That

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The design of this drinks machine bears a rather regrettable resemblance[/caption]

Pot On Earth?

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After a rain shower this pot hole takes on a whole new aspect[/caption]

What The Cluck?

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Whoever snapped this pair of eggs must have had the breast of intentions[/caption]

Avin’ None Of That

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You can see just a glimpse of the green flesh of this avocado in the snapshot[/caption]

Tomato Sauce

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This extraordinary looking tomato is unlikely to make it to supermarket shelves any time soon[/caption]

Fancy A Trunk-Up?

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This tree hollow has developed in an unfortunate place[/caption]

Meat And Two Veg

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This pea balancing on the top of a green bean would be enough to get any schoolboy sniggering[/caption]

Is That A Sea Or A B Cup?

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This underwater sight is chest amazing[/caption]

Bed Alert

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This mattress is won’t get the bum’s rush[/caption]

Wot’sthat?

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This cheesy snack looks like it could prove a bit of a mouthful[/caption]

Rudin

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This bulbous sculpture is a bit of a flop[/caption]

Cheesus

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This cheesy snack is not likely to go down well[/caption]

Breast Efforts

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The odd shape of this pink balloon is enough to spark a cheeky snigger[/caption]

Fro-go zone

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Ice poking out of the top of these frozen drinks makes for an unfortunate effect[/caption]

Monster Mistake

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This kids’ creation is a nightmarish vision[/caption]

For Butter Or Worse

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This pack of butter makes a bit of a boob[/caption]


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Parents share harrowing last photo of son, 6, hours before he died in hospital of meningitis to raise awareness

THE parents of a six-year-old boy who died from meningitis have released the harrowing last photo of their son in a bid to raise awareness. Oliver Hall died less than 24 hours after first showing signs he was ill. Despite the best efforts of doctors and nurses who “did everything they could” to save Oliver’s […]

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THE parents of a six-year-old boy who died from meningitis have released the harrowing last photo of their son in a bid to raise awareness.

Oliver Hall died less than 24 hours after first showing signs he was ill.

Oliver Hall died of meningitis less than 24 hours after falling ill in October this year
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Despite the best efforts of doctors and nurses who “did everything they could” to save Oliver’s life, the infection overwhelmed his body.

He passed away at the James Paget University Hospital in Norfolk on October 24.

At the age of six, Oliver was not vaccinated against the strain that cut his young life short – meningitis B.

In September 2015, the MenB vaccine was added to the NHS childhood immuisation programme, but only for babies under the age of 12 months.

The six-year-old's parents are calling for the MenB vaccine to be made available on the NHS to all children
The six-year-old’s parents are calling for the MenB vaccine to be made available on the NHS to all children
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Now, Oliver’s heartbroken parents are urging the Government to make it available free of charge to all kids.

Bryan and Georgie Hall, from Halesworth in Suffolk, have joined forces with Meningitis Now to raise awareness.

Mrs Hall said: “Oliver achieved so much in his short life. He will always be remembered.”

Now the couple are calling on health secretary Jeremy Hunt and the Government to widen the vaccination programme to protect more children.

The MenB jab was made available in September 2015 to kids under the age of one, but parents of older kids have to pay to have the jab
The MenB jab was made available in September 2015 to kids under the age of one, but parents of older kids have to pay to have the jab
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“The Government are saying it’s not cost effective to vaccinate more children against this disease.

“Meningitis Now are arguing that point.

“Our main goal is to help them get this vaccination rolled out to more children.”


MORE THAN A RASH What is meningitis, how can you catch it and what are the signs and symptoms of the deadly disease?


The charity argues that a vaccine for all would be cost-effective, when compared with the cost of treating the devastating disease.

Meningitis can affect people of all ages, but is more common in babies and young children.

Teenagers and young adults – particularly university students – are also at high risk, because they live and socialise close together, raising the risk of the disease spreading quickly.

On Friday, the Meningitis Research Foundation urged people to be alert to the signs and symptoms of the disease, as cases of the deadly infection are expected to treble over the festive period.

Oliver's parents have set up a fundraising website in their son's name, raising money for Meningitis Now
Oliver’s parents have set up a fundraising website in their son’s name, raising money for Meningitis Now
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There are five main groups of meningitis, but meningococcal B (Men B) is the most common, responsible for 55 per cent of cases of meningococcal meningitis.

While the MenB jab is available free of charge on the NHS to babies, it can be bought privately.

Boots and other pharmacies offer the two-dose course at a cost of £220.

Last month Mrs Hall met MPs and other families, who have lost their children to meningitis.

“On the back of this meeting, they are looking into setting up a working party with the main aim of looking into the cost effectiveness of the vaccine and rolling it out to children.

“That is a positive step.”

The couple set up the Oliver Hall Forever Fund tribute website, to raise money for Meningitis Now.

So far more than £4,000 has been raised in Oliver’s memory.

His mum added: “To see that total going up makes us feel that Oliver’s life was not in vain.”


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Brit musician Dave Sinclair found dead aged 31 after suffering heart attack

MUSICIAN Dave Sinclair has died after suffering a heart attack. The 31-year-old was found at his home, with tributes since pouring in for the legendary frontman who died last week. The singer’s mother Jo paid tribute to her “spark of life” son, telling Hull Daily Mail: “From the day he was born I can’t explain […]

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MUSICIAN Dave Sinclair has died after suffering a heart attack.

The 31-year-old was found at his home, with tributes since pouring in for the legendary frontman who died last week.

Tributes for Dave Sinclair have flowed after he was found dead
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The singer’s mother Jo paid tribute to her “spark of life” son, telling Hull Daily Mail: “From the day he was born I can’t explain the feeling he gave me.”

Dave, whose nickname was Cardo, played in bands including Mother and GST Cardinals.

Family and friends gathered at the Queens Pub in Hull to pay tribute to Dave, remembering the singer as a “rockstar”.

Friend Grant Dobbs said: “He was a rock and roll star. You had to meet the man for him to have such an effect on you.

The 31-year-old had only played his last gig two weeks ago
The 31-year-old had only played his last gig two weeks ago
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“He had the Cardo-effect. He’s touched everybody’s hearts in here. He never had a bad word to say about anyone.”

He said the young musician had only played his last gig two weeks ago before suffering the fatal heart attack.

Dave was found at his home in Dunswell on Tuesday.

Friends said that he was a true entertainer, on and off the stage.

The Polar Bear will be holding a tribute night to Dave on Friday.

Four members of The Paddingtons will perform a Strokes tribute act in honour of their friend.

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