Mr. Annan’s co-chair at the 26 May meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – headquarters for the African Union – will be AU Commission Chairperson Alpha Oumar Konare.A UN spokesperson in New York said the meeting is meant to support all of the areas in which the AU Mission in Sudan (AMIS) is lacking and to try to bring as much international support as possible to end the suffering in Darfur.Yesterday the Security Council heard a briefing on Mr. Annan’s report on UN backing for AMIS, and called for more support for that mission. It also applauded the Union’s decision to expand its deployment to more than 7,000 troops.Also this week two senior UN officials – Mr. Annan’s Special Adviser Lakhdar Brahimi and the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno – began weeklong visits to assess the situation in Africa’s largest country.Meanwhile, a contingent of some 200 Nepalese soldiers arrived yesterday in Sudan as deployment of a 10,000-strong UN peacekeeping mission to enforce the peace accord ending a separate conflict in the country’s south began gaining momentum.An engineering battalion from Bangladesh is scheduled to follow the Nepalese group next week, while another battalion from India is expected to arrive by the end of the month.The Security Council voted unanimously in March to send 10,000 troops and 715 civilian police to southern Sudan for an initial period of six months to support January’s peace accord ending more than two decades of conflict between the Government and the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A).The peacekeepers of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), as part of a considerable mandate, will monitor and verify the ceasefire agreement, help set up a disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programme for ex-combatants, and promote national reconciliation and human rights. read more

Victims often did not initially realise they had been burgled The raids are thought to have netted kapaj £10 million over a decade The charge relating to the alleged Becker burglary was not put to Kapaj at yesterday’s hearing. Laurie Porter, the chairman of the Wimbledon Village neighbourhood police patrol, added: “I’m just thrilled we don’t have to worry about this man terrorising Wimbledon Village for the foreseeable future.“People have always been aware that he has been creeping around our gardens and our streets. I think I can speak for most of us when I say we will be sleeping more easily now he’s been caught.”He was remanded in custody for sentencing which will take place at the same court on June 21. Judge Peter Lodder QC described Kapaj as having “identified a particular area and conducted a sustained campaign”. To avoid triggering alarms, he would shimmy up drainpipes, as well as cutting cables to disable CCTV and closing windows behind to obscure the fact that anyone had been inside.He would focus on stealing cash and jewelry, rather than large electronic items and would sometimes only take a portion of what he found, so as to further cover his tracks.Such was the delicacy of his work that victims often did not initially realise they had been burgled and in some cases, au pairs and other domestic staff were sacked after being falsely accused of pilfering.After Mr Becker’s home was targeted in 2014, the tennis star’s wife, Lilly, said she could no longer enjoy her living there. One of Britain’s most elusive burglars – dubbed the Wimbledon Prowler – has admitted a string of raids on well-heeled residents which netted him an estimated £10 million over a decade-long crime spree.Asdrit Kapaj, 42, who ran a fish and chip shop in Altrincham, Greater Manchester, regularly made the 400-mile round journey to steal from affluent homes in south-west London district famous for the annual tennis tournament.Former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker and former Premier League footballer Nicolas Anelka were among the residents who were allegedly targeted by the prowler.Despite a significant police operation to foil his raids, the married father of two repeatedly slipped the net and is feared to have committed an estimated 400 burglaries between 2008 and 2019.All the while, Kapaj, who arrived from Kosovo as a teenager in the late 1990s, led a seemingly normal life in the north of England, where he ran his take away food business.The daring, decade-long campaign of burglaries, only came to an end when his car was repeatedly spotted on Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras travelling back and forward between Manchester and London.Yesterday, the man who had tormented the wealthy residents of Wimbledon for more than a decade, finally admitted his role, pleading guilty to 24 offences. At an earlier hearing Prosecutor Angela Mahadeot told Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court “AlthoughKapaj has no offences on his record, the Crown say that he has been successful in hiding his criminal behaviour over the years.”He has contacts in his home country of Kosovo and in Albania, he is likely to leave the country and the Crown say it is reasonable to assume he may not have been acting on his own.”He was finally linked to the spate of burglaries when he was arrested with his face covered by a snood and carrying a pocket knife, torch and gloves.Tahir Ali, defending, told a previous hearing he had struggled with a “gambling addiction”, but questioned prosecutors’ claim the offences were worth £10 million.Speaking after his conviction yesterday, one victim, Philippa Beck, 81, said she was struck by “blank amazement” upon learning the culprit’s identity.She added: “It really is (a relief). He was using our garden as a passage. Our burglary was June 2018, we were on holiday at the time.“He didn’t get very far with us because the alarm went. He crashed through a window – through £650 worth of window.” Kapaj was convicted at Kingston Crown Court of burglary, attempted burglary and being found equipped for burglary.His crimes were almost exclusively committed in the SW19 and SW20 postcodes.Prosecutors said the value of his haul – which was chiefly jewellery, designer clothes and cash – was £632,000, but a previous hearing was told it could be as high as £10 million.His methods were skillfully honed to avoid detection as he crept into the homes in the dead of night, often wearing a fisherman’s hat and hiding his face. The raids are thought to have netted kapaj £10 million over a decade Victims often did not initially realise they had been burgled Kapaj would cover his face and often wore a fishing hat on the raids Kapaj would cover his face and often wore a fishing hat on the raidsCredit:PA 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. read more