But the 30-year-old police community support officer has been accused of extorting money and sexual favours from prostitutes.
Yousaf, whose alleged offences include rape and blackmail, was arrested during a long-running investigation into the trafficking of women from Eastern Europe as sex workers.
The Scotland Yard civilian employee, pictured at what is believed to be a Punjabi family wedding, is suspected of demanding cash in return for keeping quiet about their activities.
Anti-corruption investigators believe he pocketed hundreds of pounds while working his beat in Upton Park, East London.
The married PCSO appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court charged with blackmail, rape and misconduct in a public office.
Watched by his mother and other family members, Yousaf was remanded in custody after the brief appearance.
The court was told he is accused of blackmailing women at a brothel on St Stephen’s Road near Upton Park Tube Station. According to the charge, he visited the illicit business in September and offered to keep police away in return for £500 a week.
It is claimed he also gave the women a mobile phone number – which ended in 999 – and told them to call him directly if they had any problems.
Yousaf allegedly later reduced the payment to £500 a fortnight.
The rape charge states that the PCSO demanded that one of the women perform a sex act on him on December 22 in lieu of payment.
The third charge, misconduct in a public office, involves the alleged offences of blackmail and forcing the woman to perform a sex act while on duty.
Yousaf was arrested 24 hours before his court appearance as part of what the Met described as an ‘ongoing investigation’ by its Human Trafficking Unit.
Yousaf worked in the Green Street East ward of Newham borough, alongside PCs, a sergeant and an inspector.
His role involved high-visibility patrols, meeting members of the community and dealing with low-level antisocial behaviour.
The PCSO has ambitions to be a fully-fledged police officer and had recently completed a course to help him qualify.
A Met police spokesman confirmed Yousaf was charged with rape, blackmail and misconduct in a public office last Friday.
‘The arrest follows an ongoing investigation by the Human Trafficking Unit,’ said. ‘The officer will be suspended from duty.’ Yousaf was ordered to appear at Southwark Crown Court on January 24.
Former British PCSO jailed for 14 years and fined £100,000 for smuggling 3lbs of crystal meth into Indonesia
Andrea Waldeck, 43, had previously served with Gloucestershire Police
Had faced at least 16 years in prison or even the death sentence
Says she will 'take time to consider verdict and whether I should appeal'
She blamed her decision to smuggle drugs on her 'state of mind'
Insisted she was threatened by Nigerian man she met in China
By Richard Shears PUBLISHED: 08:22, 22 January 2014 | UPDATED: 11:15, 22 January 2014
British former police community support officer Andrea Waldeck has been jailed for 14 years in Indonesia after pleading guilty to smuggling crystal meth into the country.
The 43-year-old former PCSO with Gloucestershire Police had previously admitted trafficking the drug, often referred to as 'ice', worth more than £3,000, into Surabaya, Indonesia's second largest city, in April last year.
Waldeck had earlier heard prosecutors demand a sentence of 16 years, so when the verdict was handed down by three judges her reaction was not unexpected.
She was also ordered to pay the equivalent of a fine of £100,000.
Presiding Judge Faturrachman, who uses only one name, said: 'Andrea Waldeck has been proven legally and convincingly guilty of offering to sell or become a middle person to sell drugs.'
Her immediate reaction was to tell her defence team through an interpreter that she would 'take time now to consider the verdict, my future and whether I should appeal.'
Dressed in a red prisoner's bib and clutching a Bible, she was then led from the court to begin her sentence.
Watch out PCSO Burda has got his eye on you
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 Barnet & Whetstone Press
A POLICE Community Support Officer with an uncanny ability to remember the faces of wanted criminals said he was “surprised” at being named the best in London by Scotland Yard.
The Metropolitan Police named Justin Burda its PCSO of the Year for his seven years service to his Brunswick Park Ward, during which he has got to know both law abiding residents and known criminals.
The 36-year-old, who went to East Barnet Secondary School, in Chestnut Grove, but now lives in Harrow, joined the force in 2007 following a seven-year bout of chronic fatigue syndrome, Myalgic Encephalopathy.
He told The Press: “I just wanted a role where you are out and about, talking to people, helping people; a community based role.
“It is a very social role. It is good to be part of the community. I grew up in Barnet so I know people, I went to East Barnet School and my parents still live in the borough.”
As well as his commitment to people living in Brunswick Park, Mr Burda was also honoured for his skill at recognising the faces of numerous suspects from images circulated by the Met. In the last year he has personally identified 26 suspects.
He said: “I think it is part of the feel where you get to know people in the community but you also get to know the criminals. I get to know them and they get to know me.”
Mr Burda added that he was honoured to receive the award.
“I was just happy to be nominated,” he said “I didn’t expect to win it, so that was a big surprise on the day. It is nice to have a community award.”
Judge blames collapse of drug trial on CPS 'cost cutting' on photocopies
Paul Cheston 21 January 2014
The trial of four suspected drug dealers and money launderers has been abandoned after a judge attacked “completely unacceptable” behaviour by the Crown Prosecution Service.
Judge Peter Murphy hit out at penny-pinching measures which had threatened to deprive the defendants of a fair trial. He also accused the CPS of “wilful, calculated and prolonged disobedience” of the rules of disclosure and directions of the court.
Lawyers believe the CPS’s attitude was dictated by the cost of photocopying thousands of pages of extra evidence and the knock-on effect on the Legal Aid bill of defence lawyers examining the evidence.
The judge stressed he had no criticism of the police or counsels’ conduct in the case at Blackfriars crown court. But the case “raises serious issues about the practice of the CPS where complex evidence is involved”. He ordered a transcript of his ruling be passed to the court’s resident judge Peter Marron to send to the “higher sources of the CPS”.
The case had involved charges of conspiracy to supply class-A drugs and laundering the proceeds. A month before the trial the prosecution revealed it had new phone evidence which the judge ordered should be disclosed to the defence. But when the trial opened and the evidence had not been passed on, the judge ruled it inadmissable.
Judge Murphy said: “What is disturbing about this is that I was told very candidly that the application by the Crown was being made primarily on financial grounds. If I understand that correctly, I think it means there are financial implications in serving a large number of pages of evidence that have to be reviewed by defence counsel.
“Why the CPS should concern itself with considerations of that kind was not explained.”
He added that the CPS had seemed to “fly in the face” of the accepted rules. An offer by the service to send to the defence only selected parts of the new evidence it intended to use in the trial was described by the judge as “completely unacceptable
Judge Morgan said: “I will not permit the prosecution to adduce evidence in circumstances in which there has clearly been wilful, calculated and prolonged disobedience not only to the rules but also the specific directions given by this court.”
As a result of the judge’s ruling the CPS dropped the charges and the trial collapsed. A spokesman denied that decisions to halt or continue cases were based on cost considerations alone
US makes Bitcoin exchange arrests after Silk Road closure
By Dave Lee Technology reporter, BBC News
The operators of two exchanges for the virtual currency Bitcoin have been arrested in the US.
The Department of Justice said Robert Faiella, known as BTCKing, and Charlie Shrem from BitInstant.com have both been charged with money laundering.
The authorities said the pair were engaged in a scheme to sell more than $1m (£603,000) in bitcoins to users of online drug marketplace the Silk Road.
The site was shut down last year and its alleged owner was arrested.
Mr Shrem, 24, was arrested on Sunday at New York's JFK airport. He was expected to appear in court on Monday, prosecutors said.
Mr Faiella, 52, was arrested on Monday at his home in Cape Coral, Florida.
Bitcoin exchanges are services that allow users to trade bitcoins for traditional currencies.
Mr Shrem is accused of allowing Mr Faiella to use BitInstant to purchase large quantities of bitcoins to sell on to Silk Road users who wanted to anonymously buy drugs.
The authorities said Mr Shrem was aware that the bitcoins were being used for such purchases, and therefore he was in violation of the Bank Secrecy Act.
The Act requires financial institutions in the US to alert authorities to any suspicious activity that may suggest money laundering is taking place.
Emily Spaven, managing editor of news site Coindesk, told the BBC: "Since the closure of Silk Road and arrest of alleged owner Ross Ulbricht, we always knew more arrests would follow.
"It is unfortunate Silk Road continues to make the headlines in association with Bitcoin - this is the dark side of Bitcoin, which the vast majority of digital currency users have no association with."
Following the arrests, James Hunt, from the US Drug Enforcement Agency, said in a statement: "Hiding behind their computers, both defendants are charged with knowingly contributing to and facilitating anonymous drug sales, earning substantial profits along the way.
A day in the life: revelations of a traffic warden
24 Jan 2014 The Scarborough News
A Scarborough traffic warden has shared their experiences, views and honest thoughts about what life is like in one of the most maligned occupations in today’s society.
This anonymous article written exclusively for The Scarborough News reveals what life is life on the other side of the parking ticket.
“Get a proper job” begins to ring in your ears after a few weeks as a Civil Enforcement Officer.
You may know me as a Parking Attendant, Traffic Warden, or maybe something a bit more explicit.
The job title may change but the job description is the same – maintain traffic flow throughout the town, ease congestion, prevent obstructions and risks.
In simple terms, our Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs, or fines) are meant to be a tool to stop people parking in the wrong place, at the wrong time, or for too long.
Why it isn’t a “proper job” has always been, and always will be, beyond me.
I work full time for an hourly wage enforcing parking regulations, as well as helping tourists and residents.
At the end of the day I take my cap off, my tie off, and my epaulettes, and go home.
By the way some treat people of my profession, it’s almost as if they see me as a Parking Attendant automaton that lives for the job and only the job, whose one and only desire is to give them a £50 fine for being seconds over a ticket expiry.
I’m not, and it isn’t. When I go home I relax, watch TV, and go to bed. Just like everyone else, I want to think of anything but my job when I’m not working.
As far as I’m concerned, I am asked to carry out a duty and I do so. If it wasn’t for the fact that I was getting paid for it, I would have no interest in it whatsoever. It’ just a job.
While we are on the subject of pay, let’s get one thing straight. Time and time again I have been jeered, or admittedly sometimes politely asked, about a dreaded “commission”.
“Do you get a bonus for each ticket you give?”, “All you want is the bonus!” Well, no - completely and utterly not.
In no way are we incentivised to issue PCNs. I could return to head office after a full day with no tickets issued and not an eyebrow would be raised.
The more people despise us the more they want to get away with things. Small trips are a problem.
“I was just popping into that shop!”, “I’ve only been an hour” are common things to hear.
How am I meant to know the ins and outs of your day? The only thing I see is a car, contravening.
You may be gone for two hours or two days, I cannot tell from your car. All I can do is give you the prescribed observation time which I have been strongly asked to do so by my bosses, and then issue a PCN.
My pedometer has told me I walk upwards of 10 miles a day, burning an average of 1,000 calories.
Mike Bower, Traffic Warden, 'Sacked Over Golliwog Keyring'
The Huffington Post UK | Posted: 24/01/2014
A traffic warden has been sacked over his golliwog keyring.
Mike Bower was sent a letter from NSL Parking on Christmas Eve terminating his contract because of the "inappropriate object."
The 52-year-old said that he kept the keyring in his pocket and never had any intention to cause offence.
He told The Bolton News the item only became an issue when the key ring fell off his bunch of keys, and he found it placed on his locker the next morning.
“The next thing I know I am being sacked," he said.
“I did not flash it about. I kept it very private.”
He insisted the keyring was just a collectable item.
"I am not a racist. I have lived in several other countries for quite a long period. It is not a racial item. It is just a keyring.”
A spokesman for NSL Parking confirmed Mr Vower's dismissal, citing the company's "diversity policy."
Mr Bower has said he is planning to take the company to court after an appeal against his dismissal was rejected.
The golliwog, golliwogg or golly was a black character in children's books in the late 19th century usually depicted as a type of rag doll. It was reproduced, both by commercial and hobby toy-makers as a children's toy called the "golliwog", and had great popularity in Europe and Australia into the 1970s. The doll is characterised by black skin, eyes rimmed in white, clown lips and frizzy hair. While home-made golliwogs were sometimes female, the golliwog was generally male. For this reason, in the period following World War II, the golliwog was seen, along with the teddy bear, as a suitable soft toy for a young boy.
The image of the doll has become the subject of heated debate. While some see the golliwog as a cherished cultural artifact and childhood tradition, others argue that the golliwog is a destructive instance of racism against people of African descent,
Douglas Carswell MP chases and catches a shoplifter
The Conservative MP for Clacton held the culprit until police arrived telling him: 'You won't want to hear this. I'm your local MP'
By Georgia Graham, Political Correspondent 3:56PM GMT 24 Jan 2014
A sprinting shoplifter got the surprise of his life when his own MP chased and caught him before handing him over to police.
Douglas Carswell, the Conservative MP for Clacton, saw a man running out of a shop in his Essex constituency with items falling out of his pockets and store detectives in pursuit.
Mr Carswell, who runs every day to keep fit, quickly outpaced him. Pinning him against the wall in an alley way to await police he told the suspected shoplifter: “You probably don’t want to hear this, but I’m your local MP.”
Mr Carswell, 42 who runs every day told The Telegraph: “I was walking down Pier Avenue in Clacton when I noticed a store detective shouting at someone sprinting.
“I thought, I think I can outpace this guy and gave chase. I ran down Pier Avenue, went after him into an alley way and put him up against the wall.
“I said, “You don’t want to hear this but I’m your MP.” I can put him down as not a supporter. His language was rather unparliamentarily. The store detective arrived.
"I had my iPad under my arm and tweeted, and the police later arrived.
“The thing that most struck me was how easy it was to outpace and catch him. I go running most mornings and do 100m sprints, and as I caught the guy up I thought, 'You’re not really that fit, are you mate?'”
He said when the police arrived they thanked him for his efforts and took the suspect away.
Following the heroics Mr Carswell tweeted: "Just chased and caught a shop lifter in Clacton ... waiting for police."
In another message he added: "Response time pretty effective. Arrested. Now off to my advice surgery."
Whittlesey cycle coding event has impressive turnout
20 January 2014 Wisbech Standard
The event, held at Whittlesey Police Station, gave residents the chance to make their bikes more secure from theft.
Cycle coding involves stamping into the metal of the bike, near the bottom bracket, your postcode and possibly your street number, making it close to unique as a cycle ID.
Marking and labelling a bike in this way acts as a deterrent to criminals and may help the police track it down if it’s stolen.
Unless a bike is well-identified, a thief may escape prosecution because there is no proof of theft.
Marking your bike can act as a deterrent to theft and may also help the police to return it to you if it is stolen and subsequently recovered.
To be effective, a security marking must:
Be clearly visible - hidden marks do not deter thieves unless they are backed up by visible ones, a tamper proof label for instance
Be securely fixed. If it comes off easily and leaves no trace then it won’t deter a thief
Be placed in two separate locations on the bicycle and not on any part which is easily removed and replaced
Give clear information that will quickly lead the finder to the owner of the bicycle
North Yorkshire Police welcome new recruits
20 January 2014 Harrogate News
North Yorkshire Police have welcomed 11 new Police Community Support Officers to the ranks following a passing out ceremony at police headquarters on Friday 17 January 2014.
Following an intensive 11-week training course, the new recruits are now ready for life on the beat and will begin working in their communities on Monday 20 January 2014.
Ready to help keep North Yorkshire’s communities safe are…
PCSO Scott Atkinson and PCSO Nicholas Woods who will both be based at Harrogate.
PCSO Eric Corfield who will be based at Catterick
PCSO Tess Forsdyke and PCSO Nathan Stuart who will both be based at Scarborough.
PCSO Jonathan Hields, PCSO Rebecca Lawrenson and PCSO Grant McNaught will all be based at York.
PCSO Georgina Lodge and PCSO Richard Stringer will be based at Stokesley.
PCSO Tim McGreevy will be based at Selby.
The officers were the first batch of recruits to carry out their training at Ripon police station where they got to grips with legislation, intelligence gathering, officers safety training, dealing with vulnerable people, major incidents and water, roads, firearms and drug awareness.
The officers also spent time engaging with the Ripon community before carrying out a three-day community placement in local organisations such as the YMCA, Youth services, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres, Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS), Henshaws Society for Blind People.
Lewisham PCSOs save man’s life: hailed as heroes
January 16, 2014 | Posted by: Rowen De Souza | Filed under: Lewisham
Two Lewisham Police Community Support Officers are being praised for saving the life of a 57-year-old-man who suddenly collapsed in Brockley Road on Christmas Eve.
PCSOs Karen Creech and Heather Watchorn, were on foot patrol in the area when the man suffered a heart attack. The duo were able to administer first aid and worked together to perform CPR on the man, before the paramedics arrived at the scene with a defibrillator.Initially the man was not responsive to CPR and had stopped breathing, but the PCSOs continued to fight to save him despite fearing the worst.
PCSO Creech called for an ambulance and continued to give the man CPR. By doing so, the pair were able to get the man breathing again before the paramedics arrived on the scene.
The man was still in critical condition while being taken to a South London hospital but is now stable and has been transferred out of intensive care.
PCSO Watchorn said: “This was the first time I have dealt with a situation like that and our immediate thoughts were, we have to help this man. What this has shown both of us is whatever you do next can make a huge difference to someone’s life.”
Chief Inspector Stuart Bell, responsible for Safer Neighbourhoods on Lewisham Borough praised the duo, saying: “The PCSOs acted quickly without hesitation in what was a spontaneous situation, and their actions undoubtedly gave this man the best opportunity for survival. This was the first time these officers have been faced to deal with such a situation and they excelled in their approach and attitude.”
Pcso Dave Falle retires
20 Jan 2014 16:00 Matt Jarram
“I know that Dave is a familiar face to many in and around Loughborough and he will be sorely missed"
A LOUGHBOROUGH police community support officer is leaving the team after 28 years of service.
Pcso Dave Falle, from the Loughborough Central Safer Neighbourhood Team, will be retiring in February after working 28 years for Leicestershire Police, firstly as a traffic warden and latterly as a police community support officer.
Insp Nathan Kirk, commander of Loughborough police, said: “I know that Dave is a familiar face to many in and around Loughborough and he will be sorely missed. Again, I would like to thank Dave for not only his work as a Pcso at Loughborough but for 28 years of dedicated public service. As a personal message to Dave I would say I hope your retirement is a long and happy one.”
Pc Michelle Preston, formerly one of the police’s Beacon Officers for the Loughborough Central Safer Neighbourhood Team, is also leaving after securing a place within the Criminal Investigation Department.