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Historic cases of child abuse at Leicestershire children's home emerge

Cases of child abuse have come to light in archived files from the 1960s at Donington Hall in Leicestershire. At the time it was a home that cared for children of stateless families after the war.

Documents show that two refugee boys, aged 11 and 14 were abused by Peter John Moor, who had been a housemaster there.

He appeared in court in Leicestershire in 1965 and was found guilty of two offences against the boys.

Called the Ockenden Venture it had been set up several years before - the idea being it would care for children of stateless families after the war.

Officials at the time said it was a disturbing case but 'little could be done'. Moor managed to avoid a register of those unsuitable to work with children by changing his name whenever he worked somewhere new.

In response Ockenden issued a statement saying:

Ockenden is shocked and appalled by the allegations of child abuse...The Housemaster was suspended and ultimately, convicted and imprisoned. It subsequently transpired that the housemaster had obtained his position at Donington Hall by disguising his true identity and his former convictions.

The Hall today has no connection whatsoever to what happened in the 1960s.

Nottinghamshire MP John Mann earlier this week said that a dossier containing details of abuse was circulated around Westminster - and has said he will be tabling a wide range of questions on abuse. Today he said he wants to know what was done in response to these allegations.

If you've been affected by anything relating to these cases and would like to get help there are several charities out there.

Two men jailed for 18 years for raping 12-year-old girl

Vinayak Rama and Reynold Carvalho Credit: Leicestershire Police

Two men from Leicester who raped a 12-year-old girl have been jailed for a total of more than 18 years.

Vinayak Rama, who is 29, of Kashmir Road, and 29-year-old Reynold Carvalho, of Prestwold Road, were sentenced today after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing.

Rama admitted to two counts of rape, and was handed 10 years and six months in prison. Carvalho pleaded guilty to oral rape and was jailed for eight years and three months. Both men have also been placed on the Sex Offenders Register.

They raped the 12-year-old after befriending her in Holden Street, Leicester, on 1 October 2013. She was raped in a car by Rama on two occasions and subjected to oral rape by Carvalho.

Police believe both may have committed other similar offences and are urging people who believe they may have been another of their victims to come forward.

Detective Constable Helen Small said:

Even if the incident is not recent we would still like to speak to you, we have specialist officers who can support and assist you through the process and please be assured we will take all reports extremely seriously.

Man fined £1,500 for fly-tipping waste in Walsall

The waste that was left in Skip Lane Credit: Walsall Council

A fly-tipper who dumped a bath, tiles and other bits of household waste by the side of a road in Walsall has been ordered to pay almost £1,500 by magistrates.

Adrian-ion Nenciu, 26, from Handsworth in Birmingham admitted to fly-tipping in Skip Lane in October last year.

The court heard he was seen in the act by an off-duty police sergeant, who asked Nenciu what he was doing before he phoned police. He also took pictures of the waste, which the court heard was the equivalent of a flat bed truck load.

The waste included a bath, tiles, wood, black bags, plastic and building waste. Nenciu was fined £650 and ordered to pay court costs of £806.10.

Council bosses have highlighted this case as a clear warning that people who leave waste at the side of the road face hefty fines in court.


Soldier blown up 17 TIMES and nicknamed 'Bomb Magnet' awarded Military Cross

Warrant Officer Class 1 Patrick Hyde, 38, has been nicknamed "Bomb Magnet" Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Warrant Officer Class 1 Patrick Hyde from Cheltenham was blown up 17 times in Afghanistan and Iraq, but casually shakes it off as an "occupational hazard".

The soldier, nicknamed the 'Bomb Magnet' for his encounters with IEDs and missiles received the Military Cross today at Buckingham Palace.

"There's no lucky charms, when you operate in Sangin, as I have done, it becomes a bit of an occupational hazard up there. I'm just fortunate enough that I've survived."

He was recognised last July for his bravery when he entered a compound where he feared there were IEDs - to rescue his commanding officer.

"He entered into a compound which had significant battle damage on it and I know the tell-tale signs of where IEDs are planted by insurgents and I wanted him out of there and the only way I could get him out of there was to go in and get him."

On his rescue mission an Afghan soldier stepped on an IED right in front of him - losing a leg. Warrant Officer Hyde arranged for troops to be rescued while lying injured on the ground.

He jokes,

"My family don't want me to go back"

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