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Anti-bullying campaigner: Get evidence and report the bully

The boss of an anti-bullying campaign says anyone affected by bullying should get evidence and report it.

Tesse Ojo urged parents to resist the urge to confront bullies, as this could inflame the situation, but instead speak to the target of the bullying to find out how they want it tackled.

She spoke about the case of Matthew Jones, who took his own life after being bullied, and said it is something the Diana Award sees too often.

Tesse spoke to John Shires and Christine Talbot:

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Retired vicar jailed for historic sex offences

A retired vicar who indecently assaulted a young girl over forty years ago has been jailed following a trial at Kingston Crown Court.

Graham Gregory, 79 of Brockfield Park Drive, Huntington, York was sentenced to three years in prison at Kingston Crown Court having been found guilty in 2014 of two counts of indecent assault on a girl under 13 years.

Gregory was acquitted of two further counts of indecent assault following a retrial at the same court.

Detectives were contacted by a woman in 2012 who claimed that she had been abused as a child between 1969 and 1971 when she lived in Wandsworth and attended the church where Gregory was curate. She told officers that he kissed her on several occasions before assaulting her.

A second woman - who also knew Gregory through the same church - informed officers that she too had been abused as a child.

Gregory denied the allegations but was charged with five counts of indecent assault, and found guilty of two.

Police are appealing for any other victims to come forward:

Gregory abused his position as a figure of trust and authority. It takes a lot of courage to report this type of crime and in some cases victims feel that they are only able to come forward years after the offence. This conviction highlights that regardless of how much time has passed, we remain committed to bringing offenders before the courts. I would urge anyone else who may have been a victim of Gregory’s abuse to contact with the police.

– Detective Constable Aaron Vardy, of the Met’s Sexual Offences Exploitation and Child Abuse Command
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