Killer cucumbers

Posted: May 28, 2011 in General, Law & Disorder

Just when you thought it was time to eat salads.

IlieThree people in Britain have been diagnosed with a lethal strain of E.Coli that has already killed five people in Germany.

Almost 300 people in northern Germany are in hospital and around 500 more are being tested for the infection.

Organic cucumbers from Spain are thought to be the source of the bacteria, but travellers to Germany are also being advised to avoid eating raw tomatoes and lettuce.

The Robert Koch Institute, Germany’s national disease centre, said 60 cases had been reported in the last 24 hours alone, and infections have also been confirmed in Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands.

Britain’s Health Protection Authority has confirmed that the two UK victims are Germans who travelled from the country and fell ill after entering Britain. A third UK victim has been struck down with similar symptoms but is still undergoing tests.

A spokeswoman for the HPA said the outbreak in Germany was “very, very serious” and that although the bug was infectious, there had been no reports of secondary infection yet in the UK.

Just to let you know those hit worst by the infection contract haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS), a condition that can result in renal failure, seizures, strokes and coma.

In Spain, a spokesman for the AESA food safety agency said investigations were also under way. Mind you there has been no report of contamination within Spain. Blow you Jack they’re alright.

Moral of the story is buy British

Fake passport factory

A couple from south east London have admitted running a factory that made fake passports and identity documents.

Abiola Olatunji-Orelope, 34, was arrested along with his wife Folashade, 28, after their home in Claxton Path, Lewisham, was raided by the UK Border Agency on 9 September 2010.

Officers uncovered 50 counterfeit passports in various stages of construction purporting to be Ghanaian, Nigerian, Irish, Czech and even British issue.

They also seized twenty counterfeit German, Dutch and French Identity cards, around forty fake Home Office and other National Government rubber visa stamps and ink pads, cutting boards, razor blades, paint thinners, glue, laminates, forged visas and around thirty blank birth and marriage certificates.

Officers even found a book containing a list of orders from clients and passport sized photos ready to be used in the forgeries.

Abiola Olatunji-Orelope pleaded guilty to fraud, deception and possessing false identity documents. Let’s hope he doesn’t contact me and say he is innocent.

On Monday 23 May at Croydon Crown Court he was sentenced to only three years in prison. His wife admitted possessing false identity documents and was given a one year suspended sentence plus 140 hours community service.

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