London Lite Wednesday, 22 July 2009 98k coke haul on Gatwick jet POLICE have charged an air crew member at Gatwick after cocaine worth about 98,000 was seized. Ghana International Airways cabin attendant Kwaku Asante Ayirebi, 30, has been charged with attempting to smuggle drugs into the UK. A taste of Hong Kong in capital A LEADING Hong Kong restaurant will open at the top of the former Dickins & Jones store at Oxford Circus. The Aqua group, which owns Michelin-starred Hutong, will launch the venture in autumn -- its first project outside China. Hero put life on the line E Continued from Page 1 disposal experts and was about to return to Britain to take a high- profile job at headquarters in Middlesex. Paying tribute, Lieutenant Colonel Roger Lewis said: He was an extraordinary officer, composed, compassionate and with a single-minded determination to put others before himself. He understood fully the dangerous nature of his job, yet every day was the first to put his own life on the line. Capt Shepherd was leading a team clearing a route for Nato troops and locals when he was killed. Another member of his team suffered minor injuries. While in Afghanistan, he had dealt with more than 50 devices. His commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Bex, said: With a calm and confident air that belied his age, Dan was the man you would want in a difficult situation. In some small way it is a comfort knowing that he died doing the job he loved. Capt Shepherd, from Lincoln, leaves behind his widow, Kerry. 29-year-old Liverpool midfielder faces trial alone at Liverpool Crown Court after five co-defendants all pleaded guilty to affray and another admitted threatening behaviour. Gerrard, who denies the charge of affray, admits punching Mr McGee -- who was on a night out with girlfriend Gina Lond -- but claims to have been defending himself. Yesterday, prosecutors showed the court grainy CCTV footage apparently showing father-of-two Gerrard being held back by his friends. In the scuffle, he appears to hit Mr McGee with upper- cut punches. Mr McGee said the manager of the bar had asked him to be in charge of the music, but Gerrard tried to grab a card from his hand that controlled it. Today he told Gerrards barrister, John Kelsey-Fry, that because the footballer was famous he didnt expect any trouble. He added: When someone says some- thing like that to you, well, I felt threat- ened and vulnerable sitting down and looking up so my instinct was to stand up and talk to him. He was asked if he swore at Gerrard during the exchange and replied: One hundred per cent categorically not. He added that he could not remember all the words he exchanged with Gerrard in the heated conversation. He said: I dont recall how soon after the exchange I was hit. I remember a barrage of punches coming in at my face but I didnt know who had done what. Having watched the CCTV it was obvious Steven Gerrard hits me. Mr McGee said he was left reeling after being elbowed by the footballers friend John Doran and did not initially try to defend himself. He added that he ended up on the floor being kicked -- which Gerrard is not accused of taking part in -- and eventually stood up to defend himself. He added: I didnt throw any punches, I wasnt acting aggressively, I didnt hit anyone at all. Gerrard had been at the bar celebrating his two-goal contribution to Liverpools 5-1 win over Newcastle United. Those who admitted affray yesterday were Doran, 29, Ian Gerrard Smith, 19, and Paul McGrattan, 31, all from the Huyton area of Liverpool; Accrington Stanley players Robert Grant, 19, of Litherland, and Ian Dunbavin, 28, of Southport. John McGrattan, 34, from H u y t o n , ad m i t t e d t h re at e n i n g behaviour. The trial continues and may last a week, with the defence not expected until tomorrow at the earliest. E Continued from Page 1 Flashpoint:GerrardappearstoconfrontMcGee Held back: CCTV shows Gerrard in bar I was left reeling: Marcus McGee I stood up to talk to Gerrard ...and then the punches came H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html