Senior forward Anthony Greco during a game against Canisius on Nov. 13. OSU won 4-1. Credit: Courtesy of OSUWhen Ohio State senior captain Anthony Greco was notified that Friday’s game against Nebraska-Omaha would be his 100th as a Buckeye, he gave an uncommon response for a college hockey player reaching that type of milestone.“It is? Really?” he asked. “I didn’t know that.”It is actually fitting that he said that. If one sees him play, it’s clear he skates with the energy of someone stepping on the ice for his first college game.The son of Paul, a New York City firefighter, and Mary Jane, a nurse, Greco has dedicated his life to the game of hockey, leaving home at the age of 12 to attend perineal hockey powerhouse Shattuck St. Mary’s School in Faribault, Minnesota.For a kid that young to make that impactful of a decision on his life says a lot, but the now 22-year-old Greco did not mind at all.“It wasn’t tough for me at the time because I kind of just saw it as one big vacation at the time of making the decision,” Greco said. “When you get there, you realize it’s a lot different. You can’t go home to mom and dad after a game, after practice or after a day of school. It was an adjustment, but I really enjoyed the people that I met there. It definitely made me grow up a lot faster.”Following his stay at Shattuck, Greco spent time with the Waterloo Black Hawks and the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League, the top junior league in the United States.Then it was time to make his decision on where to play in college.In his second year in the league, after participating in the USHL Fall Classic, the most highly scouted event in the country attended by NCAA and NHL scouts alike, Boston University, Ohio State and St. Cloud State were among his top choices.His decision to come to OSU was based off of the loyalty of coach Steve Rohlik and his staff, as well as his desire to come to a city that has a lot to offer.“I’m from New York, so I wanted to go to a big school and be surrounded by a lot of people,” Greco said. “I don’t think in the Big Ten there’s a better city to go to with so much stuff to do.”A total of 99 games later, Greco has been through a lot. There have been many highs, but also many lows, like being a goal away from an NCAA title birth his sophomore year. Still, he has plenty of games yet to play this season.“To be able to come and play 100 games, that’s a lot of college hockey games, and he still has a lot to go,” Rohlik said. “He’s put some bricks in the wall here at Ohio State. When he leaves here, hopefully he can do something special.”After solid seasons in his freshman and sophomore years, Greco enjoyed a breakout campaign last year in which he put up a team-high 15 goals. He added eight assists for a career-high 23 points in 36 games played.So far this year, he is on pace to pass that point total after 10 games with four goals and four assists.“He brings passion and excitement to the rink every day,” fellow captain and classmate Craig Dalrymple said. “As a player, we know what he’s got, what he is going to bring every day. You see speed, you see skill, you see a guy that is going to be the first on the forecheck. As a person outside of the rink, he’s everything you could ask for. If you need him for something, he is going to be there for you.”In terms of what the future holds for Greco, he is no different than any other player who laced up the skates for the first time as a young boy, chasing the ultimate dream of playing in the NHL some day.“Everyone says that they want to play in the NHL,” Greco said. “I’m going to take the best path to get there. Whether that’s going hopefully to the American Hockey League or going over to Europe in Finland or Sweden or something along those lines, I want to play at the highest level that I’m capable of playing at and do the best I can and see where it takes me.”Greco’s 100th game is set to be played on Friday at Nebraska-Omaha. Puck-drop is scheduled for 8:07 p.m., followed by a rematch at the same time the following night.
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The Ohio State women’s volleyball team will see postseason action for the second straight year after receiving an at-large bid to the 2010 NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes will face Atlantic Sun Conference champion Lipscomb (24-6) at 6 p.m. Friday at the Thomas J. Frericks Center at the University of Dayton. “They’re a very good all-around team,” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said. “They run things very fast, they’re efficient and they don’t make a ton of mistakes.” Lipscomb is a change of pace from the big, powerful teams the Buckeyes face in the Big Ten. “They’re a little bit different from the teams we’ve seen because of their speed and how they run their offense,” Carlston said. “They have six or seven just all-around great volleyball players.” The Buckeyes are going to have to tweak their game plan for a new type of opponent, junior middle blocker Kelli Barhorst said. “We’re really going to utilize their left side because they are a shorter, scrappier team,” she said. “We’re going to use our power against them.” The Buckeyes are glad to see the Big Ten gauntlet end but realize that their schedule has prepared them for tournament play, senior outside hitter Katie Dull said. “Every week in the Big Ten, every game it was like, ‘OK, this is the most important match of the season,’” she said. With a record of 22-11 and a sixth-place finish in the Big Ten, making the tournament wasn’t a sure thing for the Buckeyes. Carlston said the selection show was a nerve-racking experience for the team, watching all the schools get picked in front of them before they finally got selected to the last bracket. “It was a very nervous moment for us,” Barhorst said. Carlston said the goal heading into Friday’s match is getting the team healthy. “We’re trying to get everyone healthy this week so we are ready to go at full strength Friday,” Carlston said. The Buckeyes hope that, with the match being close to home, there will be a swarm of scarlet and gray in the stands. “We’ve got the band going, we’ve got a bus or two going, we’ve got Block ‘O,’” Carlston said. “You never know who is going to make the road trip.” If the Buckeyes win Friday, they will advance to play the winner between Horizon League champion Butler (21-9) and Atlantic 10 champion Dayton (27-3) at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary (11) serves the ball during a match against Michigan Sept. 27 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team will be playing for more than a win when it takes the court against No. 20 Illinois.OSU (16-12, 4-12) is fighting for a berth in the NCAA Tournament this season, after dropping 10 of their last 12 matches.“Right now, we’re fighting to get into the tournament,” junior defensive specialist Alyssa Winner said.The Buckeyes are scheduled for a chance to better their ranking as they host two Big Ten opponents this weekend. OSU is set to play No. 20 Illinois at 7 p.m. Friday before welcoming Northwestern for an 8:30 p.m. match Saturday.“This weekend we need to win, period,” sophomore outside hitter Katie Mitchell said. “We need to come out with two wins, and we’re working really hard this week to get them.”OSU has experienced both positive and negative streaks so far this season. The Buckeyes started off with 13 straight wins, before losing two, winning one and then losing eight consecutive matches. Since then, OSU is 2-2, but still searching for a boost.Beyond looking to increase their chances at making the NCAA Tournament, the players will be aiming to honor three departing seniors on the squad as well.Seniors outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary, libero Davionna DiSalvatore and defensive specialist Julianne Mandolfo, will be honored during Senior Night against Illinois.Sophomore middle blocker Andrea Kacsits said sending her teammates out on top would mean a lot.“A couple weeks ago, we decided we are absolutely playing for our seniors,” she said. “We don’t want their careers to be done. We love our team and we don’t want it to be over yet.“Ending on a positive note would be a positive for everybody.”Leary said her time has gone by “really fast,” but she is looking forward to facing the Illini and Wildcats.“We’ve had a good week of practice, so I’m excited to see what our team can do,” Leary said. “They’re two really big games for us and we just need to take one game at a time.”While Senior Night will have already passed, the three veterans are not scheduled to play their final home games until Nov. 27 when OSU hosts No. 2 Penn State. After taking on the Nittany Lions, the Buckeyes are scheduled to wrap up their 2013 regular season with a road match against Iowa Nov. 30.
Ohio State redshirt senior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) guards a Michigan player on an inbound play in the first half in the game against Michigan on Dec. 4. Ohio State won 71-62. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop allowed a transition dunk from William & Mary leading scorer Nathan Knight less than two minutes into the game. Head coach Chris Holtmann had enough.At the first media timeout, Holtmann sat Bates-Diop for a lack of effort on defense with the Buckeyes trailing the Tribe 12-10. Two minutes later, Bates-Diop checked back into the game and had one of the best games of his career.He scored a career-high 27 points and made 11-of-16 shots to lead Ohio State to a 97-62 blowout victory against William & Mary on Saturday.“I think it kind of just helped because it reset my mind,” Bates-Diop said. “I obviously wasn’t ready to play in those first few minutes so then him taking me out reset my mind, got back in and I was ready to play.”Bates-Diop played at the small forward, power forward and center against William & Mary, creating difficult matchups at each position. When Knight exited the first half with his third foul with 7:49 remaining, the Buckeyes attacked the paint with Bates-Diop and freshman center Kaleb Wesson — who scored 17 — leading the way.Ohio State shot 65 percent from the field and made 11-of-21 3-point attempts.William & Mary entered the game ranked 316th in adjusted defensive efficiency, according to KenPom. So before discussing the Buckeyes a prolific offensive team, take Saturday’s game with a grain of salt. However, it’s time to start considering Bates-Diop as a possible first-team all-Big Ten player.In Ohio State’s two conference games this season against Wisconsin and Michigan, Bates-Diop shot at least 50 percent and made two triples in each game . He’s averaging 17.5 points and 10.5 rebounds. He’s now averaging more than 18 points and nine rebounds per game with six double-doubles.Against Ohio State’s toughest opponent to date, Gonzaga, Bates-Diop grabbed 10 rebounds, but scored just seven points. If he’s going to become Ohio State’s first all-Big Ten player since the 2014-15 season, he will have to put up consistent performances against the conference’s bluebloods of Michigan State and Purdue.Holtmann said Friday before the game that sometimes it takes an extra reminder for a quieter player like Bates-Diop to get going. It appeared to work Saturday.“It’s just the mindset,” Bates-Diop said. “He’s doing a great job getting me there, it’s on me obviously, but he’s not afraid obviously to sit me for any stretch of time if I’m not doing those things I need to be doing. Obviously that worked, clearly.”Kaleb WessonIt’s probably time to conclude the center position belongs to Kaleb Wesson. Since Micah Potter went down with an injury in the second-half against Northeastern, the freshman has started every game in Potter’s place and has continued to improve.Saturday, Wesson tied a career high with seven rebounds — four of which were on the offensive glass — and recorded three steals, two assists and two blocks. He faced a double team in the post on almost every possession, which was when perhaps he displayed his most impressive talent yet by throwing cross-court passes on the mark for wide-open shooters in the corner.“He can read traps and double teams,” Holtmann said. “Eventually he’ll get to the point where he’ll command a double team most every game … his passing will really allow us to play through that.”Ohio State is not going to overwhelm any team with its shooting, which might be a reason teams will double Wesson more and risk leaving shooters open. Wesson’s passing ability, as Holtmann touched on, could lead to an increase in confidence in those shooters.“He’s been doing it all summer,” redshirt senior guard Kam Williams said. “He’s been doing it in practice, so he’s just going out there and displaying his talents. We all believe in him, so this isn’t really a surprise for us.”Another thing to continue to watch in Wesson is the big man’s footwork. The rebounds he was able to grab Saturday were because he put himself in great position against a defender. His footwork also allowed him to maneuver in the post off pump-fakes. If there is one thing to watch in Wesson as he moves forward as the starter at center, it would be his fouls. He finished the game with four fouls for the third straight game and the sixth time overall this season. He has fouled out twice. Holtmann has said throughout the season he expects Wesson to run into foul trouble, and that could be what separates him from seeing starter minutes when Potter returns.C.J. Jackson and Musa Jallow switchJunior guard C.J. Jackson returned to the starting lineup Saturday with freshman forward Musa Jallow heading back to the bench. Jackson was moved to the bench following a loss to Clemson, in a game he turned the ball over five times and had three assists. Since then, he had turned the ball over three times with six assists in two games. He continued that production Saturday.Jackson dished out six assists with only one turnover. He scored 16 points on 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range.William & Mary is ranked 345th of 351 teams in opponent turnover percentage. Holtmann said the test for Jackson’s newly found poise in running the point will be against teams that create turnovers.“But so far, he’s been able to make more poised, smart decisions with the ball,” he said. “And he’s, offensively, really impacting the game with his ability to make 3s.”TidbitsThe Buckeyes were thin on the bench Saturday with freshman forward Kyle Young sitting out with a sprained ankle. Holtmann said he will probably be available next Saturday against Appalachian State. If Ohio State is to lose any bench depth at a position, it’s probably best at the small forward or power forward because Bates-Diop can be moved around and create matchup problems for traditional centers.The 3-point shooting for Ohio State has risen substantially in the past three games. The Buckeyes are now shooting 36.2 percent from 3, following another 50-plus percent day beyond the arc. In the past two games, Ohio State missed all 11 3-point shots in the second half, but that factor was mitigated by strong first-half 3-point shooting against Wisconsin and Michigan. Ohio State was 7-for-8 in the first half against the Badgers and 5-for-8 against Michigan.“I think we’re taking better ones. I think that’s probably it,” Holtmann said. “I think we’re taking a higher quality of 3s than what we took at times early in the year.Ohio State also defended the 3-point line well Saturday against a William & Mary team that makes more than 12 shots from deep per game. The Tribe was 5-for-16 Saturday. Holtmann said when drawing up a game plan, he remembered a conversation he had with college basketball statistical analyst Ken Pomeroy about teams who shoot at incredibly efficient levels like William & Mary.“What’s really key is limited their attempts,” he said. “Now that extends you and opens you up to slips and drives, and that effects your 2-point field goal percentage a bit. But I’ve seen those guys shoot through eight games and if we were going to allow them to shoot 28 to 30 3s, they’re going to make 14 or 15 of those and we’re in trouble. So we did try to limit their attempts and that was important for us.”
A farmer is facing sentence for breaking a reveller’s nose at a Cuban-themed nightclub after he had spent all day drinking at a Test match.Mitchel Britten, 24, drank more than half a gallon of beer watching England play New Zealand at Lord’s before going to the Embargo Republica club in Chelsea’s Kings Road.Britten, who helps run a farm that sells eggs to Marks and Spencer and The Happy Egg Co, was on the dancefloor with Neil Brotherston when he attacked his fellow clubber.Mr Brotherston suffered a broken nose, which required surgery, and he spent two days in hospital recovering after the attack on May 25 last year. Mitchell Britten described himself as being in a ‘merry sort of state’Credit:Luigi Cianfarano/Central Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Britten and his friends then went to Pizza Express, where they shared a bottle of wine, before going back to the Chelsea apartment they rented for the weekend to change for a night out. Stephen Spence, defending, asked Britten if he was drunk, to which he replied: “Not at all, no.”Britten described being in a “merry sort of state” and said: “I had one gin and tonic there and that’s all I can remember. I knew what I was doing. They wouldn’t have let me in the club if I was too drunk.”Britten accepted that he headbutted Mr Brotherston and that he had not moved towards him.Mr Wright asked: “Why did you move so close to him?”Britten said: “I just believed we were dancing at the time.”Mr Wright asked: “Why choose him to dance with? I don’t know, I was just dancing in general.”Britten, of Wymondham, Norfolk, was acquitted of inflicting grievous bodily harm, but convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.His sentence was adjourned until December 16 while reports are prepared. Britten claimed he “had to push Mr Brotherson with my head into his nose to get some personal space”.The farmer explained he could not use his hands to push him away because he was holding his drink at the time.A jury of seven men and five women took just over two hours to find Britten guilty of causing actual bodily harm after a two-day trial at Isleworth Crown Court.The farmer said he had “anything between three and five beers, with food” at the match as England bowled out New Zealand to win the Test on the fifth day. Neil Brotherston spent two days in hospital after suffering a broken noseCredit:Central News
There will be no service at all on the Victoria or Waterloo & City lines, and all other lines will be severely affected, with limited services in outer London.TfL said it will try to run as many services as possible but passengers were told that most Zone 1 stations are likely to be closed throughout the action. The stations that do operate are likely only to open after 7am and close by 7pm.Normal service should be resumed by Tuesday morning. When is the tube strike?London Underground workers are striking for 24 hours from 6pm on Sunday 8 January.However, people have been warned not to rely on Tube services after 6pm on Monday, even though the strike will technically be over by that time.Which lines and stations are affected? Transport for London (TfL) advised passengers that there will be a severely reduced service across the Tube network on Sunday evening and all day on Monday because of the strike.National Rail services will not be affected by the strike but there will be no Underground services from key interchange stations such as Victoria, King’s Cross, Waterloo, Paddington, Euston, Bank and London Bridge.Piccadilly line services will run between Hammersmith and Heathrow Terminals 1, 2 and 3, but there will be no service to Terminals 4 or 5. Mr Khan said: “This strike is going to be a huge inconvenience to commuters, tourists and TfL staff, and it is pointless.”There is a good deal sitting on the table that will ensure station safety and staffing levels across the Tube network. I am willing to carry on negotiations.”This historic dispute has nothing to do with the millions of Londoners this strike is punishing. It must be called off.” Why is the strike happening? Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union and the Transport Salaried Staffs Association are walking out in a long-running dispute over jobs and ticket office closures.They rejected a last minute offer from Transport for London as well as a plea from Mayor Sadiq Khan to call off the action.The unions say over 800 jobs have been axed as ticket offices closed, claiming staff are being abused by passengers facing queues at ticket machines.TSSA reps rejected the latest offer, following an earlier decision by the RMT. This tube strike will cause misery to millions of Londoners. Latest @TfL travel advice here https://t.co/EH11ajs3kS #TubeStrike— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) January 8, 2017 Journey affected by #TubeStrike? We have additional support for @SantanderCycles at Newgate St/Soho Square on Monday https://t.co/26cDbiMa5g pic.twitter.com/Sk6cit0mOU— Transport for London (@TfL) January 8, 2017 Victoria station – Closed – Due to strike action. All trains are not stopping.— Victoria line (@victorialine) January 8, 2017 The majority of DLR services are expected to operate normally, although the line is likely to be busier than normal, and if Bank station is closed then trains will have to terminate before then.London Overground services will be running, but again they are expected to be very busy. National Rail and TfL Rail services are not affected by the strike.TfL also recommends walking and cycling as other ways of getting around town. What are the other options for getting around London?TfL will be deploying “travel ambassadors” in order to help people get around the city, there will be around 150 extra buses, while river services will also be enhanced. However, buses are expected to be very crowded. What about Southern Rail?Southern Railway train drivers are set to strike too.Aslef, the drivers’ union, says there will be three 24-hour walkouts as the bitter dispute over driver-only trains rumbles on. There will be no Southern services during the strikes next Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Three further strikes are planned later in the month. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Cyber criminals are believed to have used Russian servers to access messages and documents from the computer system of the agency which runs David Beckham’s publicity.Leaked emails between Mr Beckham and his publicist Mr Oliveira suggested his attempts to use his charity work were part of a campaign for a knighthood.Here are 10 things we learned from the email leaks:Hackers believed to be using Russian servers accessed millions of messages and documents from the computer system of the PR agency that looks after David Beckham’s publicity. Mr Beckham’s business team refused to cooperate with the blackmailers’ demands for £1 million to avoid an email leak and called the police early last year.The leaked emails between Mr Beckham and his publicist Mr Oliveira suggested his attempts to use his charity work were part of a campaign for a knighthood. In one message the 41-year-old former England captain branded the Honours Committee “unappreciative c***s” after missing out on a knighthood in 2013 and dismissed lesser awards, ranting: “Unless it’s a knighthood f*** off”.Mr Beckham’s team say the emails had been doctored and others had been taken out of context.The blackmailer went by the fake name Artem Lovuzov, and told Doyen Sports, part of Mr Oliveira’s firm Doyen Global, chief executive Neilo Lucas: “A generous donation, and you can be sure that all the information I possess will be destroyed.” A source told the Daily Mirror the blackmailers made an approach by email and attempted to meet via another third party.Several prominent companies are thought to have been targeted during the cyber attack. The hackers are understood to have targeted a number of businesses connected to the football world.In one email Beckham appears to object to singer Katherine Jenkins being given an OBE. The email to Mr Oliveira states: “Katherine Jenkins OBE for what? Singing at the rugby and going to see the troops, plus admitting to taking coke … F***ing joke and if you get asked we should think of a cutting remark.”Katherine Jenkins hit back at Beckham over his criticism of her in the leaked emails.Mr Beckham also allegedly put off leading a group of 100 youngsters on behalf of Unicef on a visit to Downing Street amid fears of losing a tax perk. Unicef, the charity which Mr Beckham has worked closely with, came to the star’s defence. Although it would not comment on the veracity of the emails because it had not seen the originals, it described Beckham “as generously giving his time, energy and support to help raise awareness and funds for Unicef’s work for children”. Following the news, John Pugh, a Liberal Democrat MP who sits on the public accounts committee, said they should not create a “bend it for Beckham” rule. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
She is said to have split with Prince Harry amid frustrations about life in the public eye, and the impact it had on her career as a fledgling actress.Appearing on Radio 4 Woman’s Hour to discuss the role new role, at the Old Red Lion Theatre, London, she was asked by interviewer Emma Barnett whether the publicity she received while dating the Prince gave her an insight into “being defined by a much more famous man”. “Yeah, I think it’s that thing of being pigeonholed,” she said. “Especially in this country, I find people are very quick to put you in a box or put you in a corner and think ‘oh well you’re that so you must be this’. Peter Hamilton Dyer and Cressida Bonas in Mrs OrwellCredit:PA Cressida Bonas, the actress, has spoken of her frustration at being “pigeonholed” as Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriend, despite forging a career of her own.Bonas, who dated Prince Harry from 2012 to 2014, said she had found people “very quick” to put her in a box, admitting it is “incredibly frustrating” to be defined by her relationship to a man.An actress, she is now playing Sonia Brownell, a literary editor remembered as the second wife of George Orwell and custodian of his estate. “It’s about making a stand and saying no this is who I am and this is what I want to do.”She added: “It’s the same with Sonia, but obviously in a completely different context.“I think if Sonia were in today’s world she’d be celebrated because she’s very ambitious, very modern, but at that time, in that world, it was a man’s world.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Prince Harry, who is now dating actress Meghan Markle “It’s incredibly frustrating, especially in the industry that I’m in. But, you know, it is the way it is. The Telegraph awarded the play three stars, noting Bonas has “mastered the arts of playing a slightly bored, glacial, but perhaps secretly ravishingly hot, upper-crust English rose”.She has previously starred in An Evening With Lucian Freud on stage, and is due to appear in film Tulip Fever alongside Dame Judi Dench and Cara Delevingne. Cressida Bonas and Prince Harry in 2014
Radiotherapy can provide extended survival time for thousands of men with prostate cancer, a major trial has shown.A study in London demonstrates for the first time that adding the treatment to standard hormone therapy in men with a locally-advanced form of the disease significantly holds back their cancer.Up untill now doctors have thought it pointless targeting the main tumour itself once the disease has begun to spread to nearby lymph nodes and bones.But the new approach, reported in The Lancet, significantly increased the proportion of patients who were alive after three years, despite the local spread.While 70 per cent of those given hormone therapy alone survived for three years, around 80 per cent of those in the study who received hormone therapy and radiotherapy were alive after the same period.Prostate cancer is the most common cancer affecting UK men, with 47,000 diagnosed every year, of whom around 11,500 die.Scientists at University College London and The Royal Marsden Hospital, where the trial of 2,000 patients took place, say the results mean more than 3,000 men in England could benefit from the combined treatment.Dr Chris Parker, lead researcher of the study based at The Royal Marsden, said: “Our results show a powerful effect for certain men with advanced prostate cancer. “These findings could and should change standard of care worldwide.“Until now, it was thought that there was no point in treating the prostate itself if the cancer had already spread because it would be like shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted.“However, this study proves the benefit of prostate radiotherapy for these men.“Unlike many new drugs for cancer, radiotherapy is a simple, relatively cheap treatment that is readily available in most parts of the world.”The research team stressed that the benefit was restricted to men with locally-advanced prostate cancer and was not seen in patients whose cancer had spread to other organs or distant bonesProfessor Charles Swanton, Cancer Research UK’s chief clinician, said: “This is a monumental finding that could help thousands of men worldwide.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
The chief constable said detectives were using ground-breaking techniques to review and uncover forensic evidence which was not previously available. They include DNA and finger marks and new exhibits from families.Mr Boutcher added: “I can present a wealth of new information, of evidence to the Director of Public Prosecutions . Show more “I am now bringing in all those people that I think were responsible for offences.”I want to get those people who still know something, who felt that Kenova would just get closed down, or that Kenova would never result in any prosecutions, who now see things differently, who are beginning to have more confidence that Kenova is going to deliver on promises we made, to do our best to investigate things.”We want those people to come and speak to us, to call us, to come and meet us, to listen to how we deal with things.”Witnesses have told how records were removed or invented by members of the security forces, said Mr Boutcher, who is due to present files to prosecutors next year in a bid to secure convictions.Dozens of detectives are probing more than 50 murders. Suspects, including members of the security forces and the Provisional IRA, are being brought in for questioning. IRA members who witnessed suspected informants being tortured at the height of the Troubles have come forward to help an investigation into a high-level Army mole.Bedfordshire Police Chief Constable Jon Boutcher is gathering information about the prized double agent known as Stakeknife, who reputedly led the Republican organisation’s “nutting squad”.The unit brutally interrogated and murdered suspected spies and informers during the conflict in Northern Ireland.It is feared Stakeknife’s British handlers may have known about – but failed to act on – planned murders by the unit in order to protect his identity.Operation Kenova, the name of the investigation, is centred on possible crimes by paramilitaries, agents and Army and police handlers linked to Stakeknife, allegedly the military’s highest-ranking spy within the IRA. Multiple murders, attempted murders, torture and unlawful imprisonments are included.In 2003, Stakeknife was widely named as west Belfast man Freddie Scappaticci, but he has always strongly denied the allegation.Mr Boutcher claimed people who owned premises where victims were detained have also spoken to independent detectives. “I need to make sure that information is sufficient to persuade him to prosecute people responsible for these offences.”Operation Kenova has gathered more than 12,000 documents, secured 1,000 statements and conducted 129 interviews with witnesses, victims and families, resulting in more than 6,000 investigative actions.Mr Boutcher said his detectives had access to every document in unedited and at times poorly-indexed form.Most of those whom detectives have spoken to have been victims or witnesses but various suspects have been identified, the senior officer added.Investigators based in London and Belfast also conducted full forensic reviews on numerous murder and abduction cases which have led to 199 requests for new forensic examinations, resulting in several new DNA profiles and suspect finger marks. Bedfordshire Police Chief Constable Jon Boutcher is leading an investigation into StakeknifeCredit:PA He said: “We have spoken to members of the IRA who have come forward and told us that they were present when people were held, when people were tortured, and have named the people involved. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.