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Mum is first West Midlands woman convicted of revenge porn

A mum-of-four has become the first woman in the West Midlands convicted under revenge porn laws after sharing naked images of her former partner on social media.

Credit: Dominic Lipinski / PA Wire

Ann-Marie Clarke from the Stoke area of Coventry posted intimate photos of her ex-boyfriend on Facebook and even set one image, with his genitals exposed, as her own profile picture.

The 36-year-old split from the man in June 2015 before distributing the images taken during a holiday in Mexico earlier this year.

West Midlands Police found Facebook message exchanges, instigated by Clarke, designed to humiliate the 32-year-old victim, which have left him “emotionally and psychologically scarred".

In a police interview she said the images were posted on Facebook some time earlier and had not been shared with the intention of causing him any distress. She claimed to have no recollection of changing her profile photo and blamed it on alcohol.

However, at Coventry Magistrates on 13 June she admitted disclosing private sexual photographs online and was fined £50. West Midlands Police is set to appeal the sentence.

Securing this revenge porn conviction sends out the message that distributing sensitive images is not a joke or a bit of a laugh but can be very distressing to victims.

It also shows that victims, and indeed offenders, for this type of offence can be either male or female.

The man in this case has suffered considerable emotional and psychological distress due to Clarke’s actions. We don’t believe the sentence handed down reflects that distress and we are planning to appeal it.

– Sergeant Alex Tarr from Coventry Police’s Public Protection Unit

West Midlands Police and prosecutors had also asked for a restraining order to be imposed but the request was refused by the court.

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Weekend Picks: Coventry Pride

Coventry Pride: Sat 18th - Sun 19th June (Fargo Village, Coventry)

A ‘Walk for Pride’ will take place on Saturday outside the Cathedral Credit: Samathy Barratt, Coventry Pride

Coventry Pride takes place this weekend. It will begin with a walk through the Coventry City Centre, starting from outside the Cathedral ruins.

Some of the forty entertainment acts of music, dance and poetry will feature across the two music stages. There’ll also be stalls around the FarGo Village venue selling food, craft products and delivering information on issues affecting LGBT+ people.

Coventry Pride 2016 is going to be an unforgettable event for Coventry. We're very happy to be making it happen!"

– Chair, Paul Desson-Baxter

For opening times and more information visit: www.coventrypride.org.uk

Coventry Council leader pays tribute to 'passionate' Jo Cox MP

Jo Cox MP Credit: PA

The Leader of Coventry City Council has paid tribute to Labour MP Jo Cox who died after being shot and stabbed in the street in Birstall, West Yorkshire.

Councillor George Duggins said:

The shocking news that such a bright and passionate MP has been taken from us in such a cruel way is difficult to comprehend.

Jo was, by all accounts, a great local MP, absolutely committed to doing the job she loved and this tragic news has had an impact on so many people.

Every politician – at local and national level – does their job because they want to make a difference to the lives of the people they represent and it’s particularly horrifying that Jo was doing just that on the day she was killed.

– Councillor George Duggins

The flag at the Council House is flying at half mast today and a book of condolences will be available in Council House reception for people to pay their own tribute to Jo.

Emergency services urge people to avoid 'heavily flooded' Coventry

Emergency services urge people to avoid 'heavily flooded' Coventry Credit: ITV News Central

West Midlands Fire Service are urging people to avoid certain roads in Coventry due to flooding.

They have tweeted:

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Concerns grow for missing grandmother

Concerns are growing for a grandmother from Coventry who was reported missing nearly a week ago.

Hayley Gill Credit: Family Handout

Hayley Gill, 54, was last seen in the city centre on June 8th.

Her family say they are concerned for her welfare.

Hayley's daughter, Carla Smith, who lives in Cork in Ireland, said: "She was last seen by a family member near to the Transport Museum and since then nobody has heard from her.

“I ring her once or twice a week and she always answers or texts me back, but I’ve heard nothing and she hasn’t answered the phone to my brothers either.

“We are very concerned.”

She is described as being 5ft 4in, of medium build and has tattoos on her hands and arms.

She also has bright red hair which is slightly longer than in the photo above.

West Midlands Police confirmed that Hayley has been reported missing and anyone who sees her is urged to call officers on 101.

Three arrested after Coventry street robbery

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man died following a street robbery in Coventry.

A 51-year-old man was found unconscious this morning Credit: PA Wire

A 51-year-old man was found unconscious near to Pool Meadow bus station at around 10.50am. He was taken to hospital but later died as a result of his injuries.

Police say they are investigating after the theft of a bicycle from outside of McDonalds in the city spilled over ending in a fight in the Lady Herbert's Garden area.

The three men, aged 27, 28 and 35, remain in custody.

"I want to appeal to anyone who was in the area yesterday morning and saw what happened to contact me as a matter of urgency."

– Det Insp Warren Hines, West Midlands Police
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