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Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Government to deny 7/7 hero the vote

Government to deny 7/7 hero the vote

7/7 firefighter Simon Ford jailed for drug smuggling

A firefighter commended for his work in the 7 July London bombings has been jailed for 14 years for smuggling 110kg of cocaine into the UK.

Simon Ford, 41, was one of 33 people convicted for being part of a £80m drugs and money laundering operation.

It followed a series of raids by police on properties in London, Surrey, Kent and Hertfordshire in 2008.

Ford was commended for his role in rescuing people trapped after a bomb ripped apart a bus in Tavistock Square.

He was jailed last year but it can only be reported now after reporting restrictions were lifted by a judge at Southwark Crown Court.

Comment: Under the coalition's unlawful proposals only those serving under 4 years will get the vote.

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