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Sunday, 23 June 2013


FOCUS ON Julián Peribañez

It’s an amazing record.

First, the lead detective working for the McCann Team, Antonio Jiminez Raso, is arrested on 18 February 2008 on suspicion of assisting a violent, 27-strong criminal gang to steal 40kg of cocaine from a boat in Barcelona harbour, and other offences. Admittedly, four years later, he was acquitted - but only after the judge made sharp observations about how he and other police officers had got ‘far too close’ to leading gang members. He was finally released last year - but only after spending four years in jail.

Then, on 19 October 2009, the McCanns’ leading investigator during 2008, Kevin Halligen, was arrested, wanted in the U.S. for a $2 million fraud, to which he recently pleaded guilty. He spent three years in Belmarsh top security prison, fighting extradition with the help of the British Legal Aid scheme. Now he’s holed up in a U.S. jail, having spent nearly four years in prison.

Two of their investigators in jail for four years each was bad enough.

But earlier this year came news that a third man hired by the McCanns to look for Madeleine has been jailed: Julián Peribañez. He may not be a name that rings a loud bell, even for Madeleine McCann researchers, but he has had a significant role for the McCanns, as we shall see in a moment.

The fourth McCann man to have been arrested was Francisco Marco, the boss of Metodo 3. He and Peribañez were arrested in February this year as part of a police investigation into spying. Peribañez admitted his crime - illegally taping the conversations of politicians - and was remanded in custody. According to press reports (see below), Marco was arrested, but not remanded in custody.   

More about Julián Peribañez

So what do we know about  Julián Peribañez, the third McCann employee (so far) to be thrown in jail?

He was arrested earlier this year when police arrested four former members of Metodo 3. That news report was covered in this thread:

As far as I can see, there have been no updates into how the police’s investigation into Metodo 3 is going.

Peribañez in Praia da Luz

Peribañez can be spotted on this YouTube video:

…placed on YouTube by ‘fgordon666’. He tries hard to hide his face from the camera. He gets into a car with a baseball hat inscribed with ‘NYPD’ = New York Police Department. Later in the same video, we see Brian Kennedy strolling through the streets of Praia da Luz with a young man behind him. That’s his son Patrick Kennedy, usually called ‘Paddy’. Paddy’s roles included shadowing fellow McCann Team investigator Gary Hagland, with whom Peribañez worked closely (see below). Looking carefully at the papers being carried by Peribañez, they seem to include some ‘phone numbers – and the initials ‘GNR; can also be seen on his scrap of paper.

Peribañez interviews the ‘Jensen sisters’

An article by ‘Blackwatch’ on the old ‘Sargent’s Inn’ blog also refers to Peribañez; this time he’s interviewing the Jensen sisters, along with his co-worker Gary Hagland. Here’s an extract from Blackwatch’s article: Playing Doubles: Jayne Jensen, Annie Wiltshire and the Missing Police Statements” (Author Blackwatch (of 17/04/2011 @ 14:09:49, in Business Environments, viewed 1057 times, extracted from waybackmachine)


Concluding a fresh look at some of the key witnesses in the case, I thought I'd flag up the account provided by Maidstone sisters, Jayne Marie Jensen and Annie Wiltshire.

The two sisters hit the headlines in the last week of December 2007 when the Daily Mail  claimed that the pair had seen Robert Murat outside the apartment on the night of Madeleine's disappearance, contradicting Murat's claim that he was at home at this time with his mother. Their claims can be broken down into these basic points:

  • they allege they saw Robert Murat near the apartment complex at about 10.30pm, some 30 minutes after Kate McCann raised the alarm.
  • that Robert acted as their translator in their initial interviews with Police.
  • that although being interviewed by Police three times during those first few days, they were not asked to provide a formal statement until six months later when they spoke to Kent Police for 11 hours and also Gary Hagland and Julián Peribañez of Metodo 3.
  • that they were in the same daily tennis coaching group as Mr McCann.
  • that Robert had joined them briefly at their table on the night of May 4th to enquire if they had remembered anything else.


They also claimed to have seen two blond men earlier in the day Madeleine was reported missing.

The Daily Telegraph and Sky News both repeated the claims in subsequent days, the Daily Telegraph attempting to play down the claims of the sisters by suggesting that the police's failure to interview the pair had arisen as a result of them staying in another apartment block. But it's not a persuasive argument by any means. Several witnesses asked to provide formal statements were staying in different apartment blocks, including Neil Berry (in Block 6 across the road), Rajinder Balu and Jeremy Wilkins. Berry and Balu even mention having drinks with the two sisters Jayne and Annie in each of their respective statements.

And here's something else I don't understand; Neil Berry made THREE statements in all. He refers to two of the earlier statements in his final statement dated April 23rd 2008. However, both his May 7th 2007 and  January 8th 2008 statements are missing from the final police files.

Secondly, the statements that Jensen and Wiltshire claim to have provided to DC Jo Godfrey and DC Bob Sidoli of Kent Police at the end of an eleven hour interview in October 2007 are also missing from the files.

Neil Berry was later asked to supply a buccal swab in response to a witness account that placed him in the stairwell of apartment 5A on the night of May 3rd. The account - provided in September 2007 by an Ocean Club employee - was subsequently transformed into a sensational exclusive for The Daily Mirror on September 29th: 'New Madeleine suspect seen in stairwell’…


Much more could be written about evidence given by Jayne Jensen and Annie Wiltshire. And what we are not told here or in any other newspaper account  is whether  Gary Hagland and Julián Peribañez interviewed the Jensen sisters before or after they gave their 11-hour account to Kent Police. I suspect very much that it was before.

An article about Metodo 3 and Julián Peribañez

This article can be found at:  - and probably first appeared in April 2008

The following approximate translation appears there:


Julián Peribáñez is a detective. The agency of Julián Peribáñez, detective of the agency Metodo 3, has taken seven months searching for Madeleine. And contrary to what the Portuguese cops think, they are looking for her alive. More than 20 detectives have worked simultaneously on the case. An exorbitant cost. [Note: The Spanish word would be “exorbitante,” but I can’t think of any other way to translate it.] They have checked more than 2,500 clues and have followed a hundred in Argentina, Mexico, Morocco, Bosnia, Portugal...


He says: “We continue to look for Madeleine alive. Otherwise we would not be doing it,"  convinced. He does not scorn the Portuguese police, but he follows the trail of the British investigators: Maddie is alive; the parents have nothing to do with it; the Portuguese feel they are being treated like a colony and are going at it the easy way”.


The arrest of former Metodo 3 detectives


This article appeared in El Pais, 19 February 2013


Police officers on Tuesday searched the Barcelona and Madrid offices of Método 3, the now-defunct private detective firm at the centre of a political spying scandal in Catalonia. Investigators, including two anti-corruption prosecutors, were seen bringing out boxes of confiscated documents from the buildings.

The agency's owner, Francisco Marco, and three other detectives at the agency were arrested on Monday. The entire case has rocked Spain's political foundations after recordings surfaced of a 2010 lunch conversation between the head of the Popular Party in Catalonia, Alicia Sánchez-Camacho, and the former girlfriend of one of the sons of the region's ex-premier.

The ex-girlfriend, Victoria Álvarez, informed Sánchez-Camacho about Jordi Pujol Ferrusola's alleged money laundering activities in Andorra. Pujol Ferrusola is a son of former regional premier Jordi Pujol Soley, who served from 1980 to 2003.

Two of the suspects, Julián Peribañez and Alex Borrequero, who are still in custody, told investigators that they recorded the conversation ‘on the boss's orders’ [i.e. Francisco Marco] at the La Camarga restaurant in Barcelona. The ruling Catalan nationalist CiU bloc has organised a special squad of investigators and court personnel to help those politicians or other citizens who feel that they may have been spied on”.


Shades of Hacked Off!


This longer, trnjslated article by C. Morcillo/P. Muñoz appeared in ABC the following day (20 February 2013):

‘Método 3 grew with high-profile media cases; their enemies label it as ‘scam agency’ - and now it's going to be a consultancy agency’

Each time a new chief of police arrived to Catalonia, one of the first invitations he would receive was that of Francisco Marco: a letter to invite him to have dinner at the restaurant “La Camarga”, which has been the hub of operations [spy activities] of the detective agency Método 3, near to its headquarters. The current police chief, Eugenio Castro, politely declined the invitation, however his predecessor and some of the previous ones shared table and cloth with the influential Marco, with a degree in Law and an expert in self-promotion. One of his mottoes is “Let them speak about us, whether good or bad”, says one of his former colleagues.

Marco took to practice that popularity and in recent years his agency was a reference in the media, particularly after the parents of the British girl Madeleine McCann who disappeared in Portugal hired them to search her. Their hypothesis was that a paedophile ring had kidnapped her and in pursuit of that idea, according to the same sources, they charged about 70,000 euros [close to that amount] per month, with continuous trips to Portugal, Morocco and Britain.

Ghost expenses

“It was a scam. They said they had fifteen people working on the case but, no, there were just three. [Note: two of them were Antonio Jimenez Raso and Julián Peribañez. They made up invoices for hotel expenses and allowances for four people in the neighbouring country [Portugal] and only one person travelled there, who in addition didn’t speak a word of Portuguese.

“Along with Madeleine's case - of which nothing was ever found - the fame reached Método 3 with the advent of the former secret service spy Francisco Paesa [ see Guardian article here: ], who was ‘found’ in Paris, after being presumed dead [he had published his own obituary].

“Monitoring the vice-presidents of FC Barcelona and the involvement, which has yet to be clarified, of espionage of the current president of the Community of Madrid, Ignacio Gonzalez, are also included in the curriculum of this agency in which ‘thousands and thousands of euro have come in and no one know where they are’, says a detective who knows Método 3 track record.

Severance pay

“The agency was created by Marita Frnandez, the mother of Francisco Marco, in 1985. She had worked has a saleswoman for an Argentinian detective when she married her husband, a criminal lawyer. Since then they have lived years of success and constant commissions - although nothing to do with the 20,000 reports that were said to be destroyed by the Director of Método 3 - to the point of giving work to other agencies and individuals (they subcontracted) and then signed themselves those jobs. Their wide list of staff included an accountant, and in recent years, a former policeman heading the IT department.

“Juan Carlos Ruiloba was the chief of the Technological Crime Prevention unit at the Judiciary Police of Barcelona. Shifting to a second activity, he began working for Marco where he claimed he was very well paid. A little over a year ago, when the agency started to be less the buoyant business that it had been, Ruiloba left Método 3. According to sources related to the investigation, part of the money that he was owed was recovered with electronic equipment. Last week this former police officer turned to his former colleagues at the Judiciary and handed material, supposedly ‘sensitive’. He had waited over a year to do so.

Out of hand investigations

“He was not the only police officer connected to Método 3 Director. In fact, during many years it was a common practice to resort to certain professionals, such as the Forensic Science Police [Lab], in order to do specific tests, particularly when they did not have any other means at their disposal.

“The agency no longer exists officially since last November, in fact its Director has several pending labour disputes with former employees. However Marco, with a curriculum and voluminous list of customers, was already converting their business into a security consulting firm, outside of the police control to which detective agencies are subject.

“Método 3 has also been inspected - inspection in the offices of detectives are annual - however he has eluded comfortably both administrative and criminal penalties. In 1995 his father, his mother, him and a brother were arrested for illegally wiretapping businessmen. In that case it was revealed that they had investigated the governor of the Bank of Spain, Mariano Rubio, and his wife Carmen Posadas. The investigation was filed.

“In 2011, during a routine inspection, the Police detected serious irregularities, despite the proposed sanction, which arrived to Rubalcaba's Home Office - his brother has an excellent relationship with Marita Fernández - it was also unsuccessful.

“In May last year the agency number two, Elisenda Villena, was arrested during the ‘Pitiusa Operation’* - in which hundreds of detectives and intermediaries were charged. The agency log book - mandatory where clients and those who are investigated are recorded, as well as the dates of the jobs carried out - disappeared, because it was ‘lost in a flood’. Método 3, again, was not penalized.

Julián Peribañez on social media


Julián Peribañez appears to be on social media as follows (I am not 100% sure though).

Facebook, where he has 2 friends:!/juliusmc/about

Twitter, where he has 4 followers:

Linked In:    Note, there are some gaps in his CV, including this period:  November 2007 to May 2008, which is precisely the time he was said to be working for the McCanns/Metodo 3.

The McCanns were made arguidos on 8 September 2007, as this video reminds us:



Gary Hagland - The ‘mysterious seventh man’ in the McCann Team private investigations

Gary Hagland - The ‘mysterious seventh man’ in the McCann Team private investigations



Felicity Hathaway



Following the Madeleine Foundation meetings I attended back in 2009/10, where the name of Gary Hagland was brought up, I have done some investigations into him. I’m sorry it’s taken me a while to come back to you.


I am calling him the ‘mysterious seventh man’ because what I regard as the six other main private investigators in the case have been clearly (if not exactly prominently) publicised. They are:


Francisco Marco, boss of Metodo 3 (made bogus claims that Madeleine would be ‘home by Christmas)

Antonio Jimenez Raso, chief McCann investigator for Metodo 3 (former police officer, imprisoned from February 2008 to July 2012 on suspicion of involvement in a major criminal gang)

Julian Peribañez, assistant to Antonio Jimenez Raso

Kevin Halligen (known to the McCanns as Richard Halligen) (continuously in prison since October 2009 on suspicion of fraud, now convicted of fraud and serving time in prison in the U.S.)

Dave Edgar, Cheshire-based retired detective (said Jane Tanner might have seen a woman not a man on 3 May 2007, was ‘convinced’ that Madeleine was being held in a ‘prison lair’ close to Praia da Luz) 

Arthur Cowley, Flintshire-based retired detective (set up bogus company, ALPHAIG, to make it look as though he and Edgar were running a well-established detective agency called ‘Alpha Investigations Group’.


Gary Hagland, from Nottingham, was employed directly by the effective controller of the McCann Team’s private investigation, Brian Kennedy, from September 2007 to March 2008. It was a crucial phase of the investigation, covering the period from the date of the McCanns being declared ‘arguidos’ to the moment the McCanns succeeded in winning an estimated £550,000 in agreed libel damages from various British media.


So far as I can see, Hagland’s name has only cropped up twice publicly in relation to the McCann case. He was identified as a McCann Team investigator in articles by ‘Blackwatch’ on the old ‘Sargent’s Inn’ blog.  And he has contributed to an internet forum.. It is time that his role in the McCann Team investigation was highlighted.


He was born Gary Peter Hagland on 15 September 1954. He will therefore be 58 years old on 15 September 2012.


I have not yet managed to track down his secondary school and further education details, but at various times he has claimed to have the following academic qualifications: M.Sc. and M.B.A. (respectively: Master of Science and Masters degree in Business Administration).  It would be very unusual for someone to have two Masters’ degrees - and he doesn’t say which University he got them from.


Either in 1978 or 1979, at the age of about 24/25, he got a job working in the Criminal Intelligence Department of Royal Hong Kong Police. There is also evidence that he may have worked for a time on the Organised Crime and Triad Department of the force.  He worked there until 1985, when he returned home to England and made his home at Charleston House, Nottingham, where he has been living ever since.


I’ve been unable to discover what job he got on his return here from Hong Kong, but I have been able to establish that by September 1991 he was working as Associate Director of Compliance at Albert E Sharp and Co. ‘Compliance’ basically means compliance with various financial regulations designed to prevent fraud.


Clearly Hagland was becoming something of an expert in compliance with financial regulations because the Editor of the Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance invited Hagland to write an article on the subject. The article, ‘Effective Compliance v. Regulatory Gestation’, was published in 1993, in Vol. 2, Issue 1, pp. 11-21. Accompanying the article is a brief description of Gary Hagland, which states:


“Gary Hagland, AMSI, MIMgt, entered the fledgling area of compliance in 1985 after leaving the Royal Hong Kong Police where he had served in criminal intelligence for some six years.


I have not been able to track down what AMSI stands for. MIMgt is: ‘Member of the Institute of Management’.


On 3 May 1994, Gary Hagland became a Director of OMFS (AESFM) Ltd. On

2 January 1996 he became Director of OMFS (BSPEP) Ltd.  I have not yet been able to find out exactly what these companies do, but they were clearly connected with investment and finance. Gary Hagland’s role in OMFS (BSPEP) Ltd was as ‘Compliance Officer’.  Fellow Directors of the company included, at one time, Sir William Royden Stuttaford. 


At some time in the 1990s he also became a Director of  Gerrard (OMH) Ltd, but resigned this Directorship on 14 October 1998.


Just 11 days later, on 25 October 1998, he also resigned from the Boards of both OMFS (BSPEP) Ltd and OMFS (AESFM) Ltd.


In 1999, Hagland was clearly regarded more than ever as an expert in the fields of fraud and money laundering. An article by him was published that year in a journal called: ‘Money Laundering Bulletin’.


At some stage around then, he became a ‘consultant’ with special expertise on money-laundering for law firm Wragge and Co in their Birmingham office, where his job was: ‘advising clients on the active management of compliance risks, including money laundering’. He was also said towork with the Institute of Directors' Board consultancy department on the "Compliant Board" initiative that aims to guide company directors through the labyrinth of regulations and procedure that successful compliance demands’. An article about Hagland’s work for Wragge and Co. appeared in the Financial Times Director magazine, 30 March 2001, and is reproduced below (Appendix 1).


Clearly, then, he was an acknowledged expert in the fields of financial regulation, compliance, fraud and money laundering.


On 4 April 2002, Hagland became a Director of Heath Reid & People Limited, as their ‘Attorney’ - but resigned just 8 days later. Just for the record, his fellow-Directors at that time were:


Toby James Brook-Reid (also Company Secretary) (then aged 27)

Thomas Heath (then aged 31)

Dominique Fay Welch (then aged 26)

Philip Anthony Jones (then aged 41).


In September 2007 he was hired by Brian Kennedy. Kennedy had set up a base for his private investigations into Madeleine’s disappearance at a house in Knutsford, Cheshire, close to his home in Swettenham and to Wilmslow, the base for his Latium Group business empire.


Hagland resigned from the McCann Team in March 2008 - around the time the McCann Team hired Kevin Halligen as their lead investigator at a cost of £500,000 plus expenses.


In August of the same year, Hagland he became a Director of Investec Gresham II Ltd, resigning a few weeks later on 30 September. Investec Gresham II Ltd appears to be an investment fund, one of dozens of subsidiary companies of the international banking group, Investec (currently the subject of litigation in South Africa). A search of Investec Group companies shows that many of their investment funds appear to be placed for their clients in low tax havens such as the Cayman Islands, Jersey and Switzerland.    


Also, on 15 August 2008, Hagland became a Director of Investec Trust Holdings Ltd (ITH). At the time of his appointment, most of his fellow Directors of ITH were living in tax havens, thus:


Richard David Williams – Channel Islands

Robert Clifford – Channel Islands

Brian Williams – Channel Islands

James Michael Spittal – Channel Islands

Keith Hamilton Turberville – Channel Islands

Steven John Heilbron – South African Banker

Xavier Michel Louis Isaac – Switzerland.


It appears that Hagland remains a Director of this company to this day.


On 6 March 2010, there was an all-night ‘rave’ party at Nottingham Trent University (next door to Charleston House, where Hagland lives). One resident was apparently hospitalised as a result of the event, and, as reported in the Nottingham Post on 15 March 2010 (see below, Appendix 2), Hagland appeared to be taking the lead in protesting against the University’s failure to address the nuisance caused by these all-night parties.


Soon afterwards, on 9 April 2010, he became a Director of Charleston House, which appears to be owned and managed by its residents - but he resigned just 23 days later (2 May 2010). Charleston House (Nottingham) Ltd, based at Ossington Chambers, 6-8 Castle Gate, NEWARK, Nottinghamshire, NG24 1AX, Company No. 06611330, had been incorporated on 4 June 2008.  The founding Directors included Mr and Mrs David and Valerie Russell.  David Russell is shown as having a total of 18 Directorships.


Gary Hagland and the Jensen sisters


The old ‘Sargeants Inn’ website carried information about Gary Hagland’s involvement in interviewing the ‘Jensen sisters’ (Jayne Jenson and Annie Wiltshire). As far as I can tell, ‘Sargents Inn’ must have had a confidential source for this information, for I have seen it nowhere else.


Here is some information culled substantially from the ‘Sargents Inn’ site, no longer available on the internet.


Jayne Jensen claims to have seen Robert Murat around the Ocean Club at around 10.30pm on the evening of Thursday 3 May, the night Madeleine was reported missing. In this respect, she supported the accounts of three members of the ‘Tapas 7’, namely Rachael Oldfield, Fiona Payne, and Russell O’Brien. These three made statements on 15 and 16 May 2007 to the police claiming they had seen Robert Murat ‘hanging around the Ocean Club’ at around the same time as the Jensen sisters (i.e. around 10.30pm to 11.00pm). They claimed to have recognised Murat from footage being shown of him on TV the day he was arrested (15 May). The Jensen sisters also claimed to have seen two blond men hanging around one of the ground floor apartments before Madeleine was reported missing.    


The statements of the Jensen sisters and of the ‘Tapas 3’ (above) followed hard on the heels of Jane Tanner having reportedly been adamant, two days earlier, that Robert Murat was the person she claimed to have seen carrying a child from near the McCanns’ apartment at about 9.15pm on Thursday 3 May.    


About five to six month later (that is, around November 2007), according to the ‘Sargents Inn’, the Jensens sisters were, in turn, interviewed by Gary Hagland and Julian Peribañez) from Spanish detective agency Metodo 3, and either before then, or after, by Detective Constable Bob Sidoli and Detective Constable Jo Godfrey, both believed to be from Kent Police.  A Robert Sidoli is shown as living in Ashford, Kent. He may have a martial arts qualification. Peribañez was seen walking side by side with Clarence Mitchell in Praia da Luz in a Portuguese TV news bulletin, believed to be in November 2007.


It was on 13 November 2007 that Kennedy had two meetings, one with the Portuguese Police at Portimao Police Station, the other with his lawyer, Edward Smethurst and Robert Murat and his lawyer, Francisco Pagarate. Five days later, the McCanns and the Tapas 7 all met with their advisers at Rothley Court Manor. The day after that meeting, Panorama screened its documentary on the case.


None of these reports about the interviews of the Jensens come from the police, they all appear to come from anonymous sources such as: ‘a source close to the family’ or ‘a source close to the investigation’.


The Jensen sisters had played tennis on holiday in Praia da Luz with the McCanns. Rajinder Balu from Essex, and Neil Berry also drank with the Jensen sisters.


Neil Berry gave statements to the police on 7 May 2007 and on 8 January 2008 (when buccal swabs were taken). Berry’s 7 May statement is however  not in the Portuguese Police files. Rajinder Balu’s statement is also missing from the police files.


According to the Sargents Inn, the Jensen sisters were questioned, altogether, for a total of 11 hours. It is not known on what date they were questioned.



That is all I have for you at the moment.




Appendix 1: Article 30 March 2001 in Financial Times Director featuring Gary Hagland: 




Gary Hagland is a consultant with law firm Wragge & Co advising clients on the active management of compliance risks, including money laundering.


He works with the Institute of Directors' board consultancy department on the "Compliant Board" initiative that aims to guide company directors through the labyrinth of regulations and procedure that successful compliance demands. Mr Hagland paints a broad picture of the type of non-financial services businesses that may well be targets for the money launderer. These include auction houses, expensive car dealerships, property agents and developers - indeed any business that is used to handling high-value assets.


According to Mr Hagland, a problem for companies in complying with anti-money laundering initiatives is that their prevailing culture and ethos does not lend itself readily to accommodate scepticism about prospective customers. Rather, the opposite is likely to be the case. "To tackle the possible threat of being unwitting accomplices to a money laundering scheme, the challenge for non-financial businesses is to change their mindset, their core attitudes. The reputational focus of most businesses is clearly not on money laundering," says Mr Hagland.


Businesses used to dealing with wealthy clients are also used to handling those clients' wishes for anonymity and discretion; ideal conditions in which the money launderer can ply his trade. But businesses are required, increasingly, to interrogate rather than interview their clients and prospective clients.


In order to identify the risks, businesses need to ensure that they have a firm grasp of what money laundering is, how it may have an impact on their business, and the systems and procedures they may require to put in place in order to minimise their risk of exposure. But putting awareness into practice is more difficult. As Gary Hagland explains, practical guidance is thin on the ground: "One of the principal problems is that there is no established methodology for businesses to follow. Though business is told that it must be self-policing, there are no clear guidelines as to how they should go about fulfilling that role."


The risks associated with money laundering are clear enough. Money laundering is a criminal offence: any individual caught helping to process the proceeds of crime faces a lengthy prison sentence. Companies which stand accused of assisting with money laundering operations also risk substantial damage to their reputations.

But, how can you tell a money launderer?


For many businesses they are likely to be the kind of person that, on first impressions, they would welcome as a customer.


Money launderers are extremely well-funded, well-advised and make use of technically elaborate and sophisticated schemes to cover their tracks.


Appendix 2: Article in the Nottingham Evening Post on 15 March 2010, featuring a photo of Gary Hagland: 





AN all-night rave at student halls left a pensioner in hospital with stress caused by noise, residents claim.


Nottingham Trent University has been criticised for its response to the party, which was announced on Facebook.



PICTURE: Gary Hagland outside Canterbury Court.


Residents say Canterbury Court, in Peel Street, close to the university's city campus, has been an unofficial rave venue in recent years.


Gary Hagland, who lives in Charleston House, which neighbours Canterbury Court, said partygoers urinated and littered around the complex.


He also claims a couple had sex in a camper van in full view of residents at a similar party in 2008.


Mr Hagland, 55, a resident in Charleston House since 1985, said: "There have been a handful of parties like this in recent years and they are usually at the end of term.


"The mess that is left and the disturbance of people living here is something that is not being dealt with properly by the university, which leases this accommodation to its students.


"The noise and vibration from the music was so bad on this occasion that our neighbour had to go to hospital because her heartbeat got to about 200 from stress.


"Some of the students we have lived with have been hard-working and have been good neighbours.


"This party, though, is the worst one we have ever known."


It is understood hundreds attended the party, on Saturday, March 6, including uninvited guests and non-students.


Mr Hagland has contacted police, the council and senior staff at the university about the issue.


A spokeswoman for the university said: "The university is investigating and is in contact with both the residents of this property and those in the immediate area to determine the exact nature of the complaint.


"The university takes any complaints relating to its students very seriously and does not condone any anti-social behaviour.


"Any confirmed misconduct attributed to its students will be dealt with under the university's Student Code of Behaviour."


Notts Police said they did not receive an emergency call on the night.


A city centre beat manager is involved in the investigation.


Inspector Andy Townsend said: "Loud music and noise, which continues into the early hours, can be distressing and I hope, following these discussions, the situation does not arise again."