A plane from Cairo bound for New York was diverted by fighter jets to an emergency landing in the U.K. after a passenger discovered a letter threatening the aircraft, officials said Saturday.
Police said late Saturday there had been no arrests, and that authorities are working to ascertain who wrote the note in a lavatory which forced Flight 985 — carrying around 300 passengers en route to John F. Kennedy Airport — to make an emergency landing at Glasgow’s Prestwick Airport.
THE young thug scarred his victim for life after an argument playing bloody Xbox title Gears of War 3. The pair had met a few months earlier while playing the game online.
Video game Gears of War features violent scenes
A 13-YEAR-OLD thug slit the throat of another schoolboy after an argument about violent video games they had been playing.
The pair had met a few months earlier while playing Xbox game Gears of War 3 online.
But they had an apparently trivial fall-out that ended with the 14-year-old victim being brutally slashed.
A judge was told yesterday police believe 18-rated games such as Gears of War could have been “a factor” in the attack.
The 6ft attacker – who cannot be named for legal reasons but is already the father of a baby – admitted the assault.
His victim – described in court as “very polite” – is scarred for life and has been left traumatised.
The boys met online around Christmas 2011 playing the game that “contains graphic scenes of violence”, the court heard.
They eventually met in person and played football together with other children.
The court heard there was no animosity between the pair until a month before the slashing.
Prosecutor Andrew Brown QC said: “The pair had fall-outs online about the games they had been playing, including Gears of War 3. This amounted to name calling via the messaging system used in the game.”
On April 14 last year, the victim bumped into his attacker as he walked to a friend’s house in Clydebank.
The thug grabbed him by the throat and pulled a knife from his pocket.
Mr Brown said: “The accused struck the victim across the throat with the knife. The 14-year-old immediately put his hands to his throat and felt blood pouring from a large wound under his chin.”
The accused sneered “don’t die” before calmly walking off.
Paramedics were called and found him with a wound so deep it exposed his windpipe and required 20 staples to close.
The court was told the blow narrowly missed arteries and his voice box. The accused was quizzed after being detained at his Glasgow secondary school.
It was discovered he had sent two Xbox Live messages to his victim, saying: “Honestly you don’t know how upset I am. I’m sitting here on the Xbox just to say I’m sorry bro.”
Mr Brown told the court: “The reporting officer was of the opinion that the violent video games played online by the accused may have been a factor in his conduct.”
The accused – now 14 – had his bail continued yesterday by Judge Lord Turnbull.
As he left the dock grinning, the thug was kissed on the cheek by a woman at court supporting him.
He will be sentenced at the High Court in Livingston this month.
Alison Todd, of charity Children 1st, said last night: “The internet puts possibilities at young people’s fingertips but we need to remember children shouldn’t have access to 18-rated games and we need to do all we can to protect them from accessing this type of material.”
Extreme violence can be committed with a range of weaponry in the game
FROM its opening moments, Gears of War 3 plunges the gamer into a world of extreme violence and gore.
As a musclebound marine, the players lead a squad of humans in a blood-soaked battle against hordes of vicious aliens.
Blood spatters across the screen as enemies are gunned down or blown to pieces. Gamers experience intense running battles and explosions and they can use an array of gruesome weapons to dispatch enemies.
These include shotguns, grenades and an assault rifle with a chainsaw attachment that can be used to literally split your opponent’s head in half. If the player takes too much enemy fire, the screen fills with blood until he gets to cover or dies. Players can go online to join other gamers in repelling aliens.
A MAJOR study last year into the effects of violent video games suggested a long-term link with aggressive behaviour.
Psychologists at Brock University in Canada studied the game-playing habits of nearly 1500 local teenagers for four years. The data they gathered showed that teenagers who played violent games displayed a greater rise in levels of aggression.
The link remained even after researchers had taken other factors into account, such as gender, the influence of their parents and drug abuse.
The study also showed that teenagers who played non-violent video games displayed no increased levels of aggression.
Lead researcher Professor Teena Willoughby said: “It is clear that there is a long-term association between violent
video games and aggression.”
Investigations are continuing after a teenage girl was raped by two men on a double decker bus in Glasgow.
The attack happened on the top deck of the 57 bus as it left the Silverburn shopping centre in Pollok, Glasgow, at about 22:30 last Friday night.
The 14-year-old sat downstairs with a friend but then moved to the upper deck where she was assaulted and raped by two men.
Police have appealed for other passengers to come forward.
Detectives said the girl engaged in conversation with two men who had boarded the bus in the city centre.
Her friend, also 14, went up to see her and raised the alarm with passengers downstairs.
A woman and two men came to the girls’ aid. They all left the bus two stops along from Silverburn.
The passengers are said to have waited with the girls until they got another bus home, thought to be in the Darnley area of the city, where police were contacted.
No CCTV footage is available from the bus.
Both of the attackers are said to be aged around 18 to 20.
One is about 5ft 10in, with a shaved head and wearing a black jumper.
She has been left traumatised by her ordeal”
Det Con Jackie Carroll Strathclyde Police
The other man has brown, spiky hair and was wearing a tracksuit which may have been grey, with a body warmer or jacket.
Det Con Jackie Carroll of Strathclyde Police said: “This was a very frightening experience for the young girl concerned, and thankfully she was assisted by her friend and the Good Samaritans on the bus who ensured she got home safely.
“She has been left traumatised by her ordeal.
“We’re continuing extensive enquiries into the incident, and would like to trace two men and woman who came to her assistance, as they will have vital information which could help with our investigation.”
Police said the two men were very loud and using crude and lewd comments to other passengers.
The bus driver ejected them at Pollokshaws Road, near to the park, at about around 00:30 hours.
A spokesman for bus operator First Glasgow said: “Our thoughts are very much with the victim of the assault.”
“We are assisting the police with their investigation and would echo their appeal for anyone to come forward who may have information about the incident.
“The safety and security of our staff and passengers is our number one priority and we will continue to do everything we can to help the police apprehend the perpetrators.”