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Human rights organisation welcomes Harris sentence

International Justice Mission, the human rights organisation which helped bring Simon Harris to justice, has praised both British and Kenyan police, after the ex-teacher from Herefordshire was sentenced to 17 years and four months for the abuse of Kenyan street children.

The organisation said the case showed that international borders should present no barrier to the prosecution of paedophiles like Harris.

Hannah Flint told ITV News the charity is "delighted" that many more children are protected from ever coming across Simon Harris.

Meanwhile Kelvin Lay, from the National Crime Agency, said the length of his sentence "reflects the crimes that Simon Harris has committed".

Report: The background to the trial of Simon Harris

A former teacher from Herefordshire has been sentenced to 17 years and four months in prison after being found guilty of abusing young boys in Kenya.

Simon Harris has been jailed for 17 years for abusing vulnerable Kenyan children Credit: West Mercia Police

In December, 55-year-old Simon Harris, from Pudleston near Leominster, was convicted of indecent and sexual assault on youngsters, and possessing indecent images of children.

Jailing Harris, the judge told the University of Southampton classics graduate he would serve half his sentence on licence and also handed him a life-long sexual offences prevention order.

Nancy Cole reports on the background to the case:

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Ex-teacher abused 'amongst the most vulnerable'

A judge who today sentenced a former teacher from Herefordshire to 17 years and four months in jail for the abuse of Kenyan street children, said he had abused "amongst the most vulnerable in the world."

Simon Harris has been jailed for 17 years for abusing vulnerable Kenyan children Credit: ITV News Central

Before his trial last year, Simon Harris admitted six counts of indecently assaulting three boys at a college in Devon, where he had been a housemaster in the 1980s.

Judge Parker said Harris, who later moved to Kenya, had continued his sexual offending against boys, and this time against street children whom he said "were amongst the most vulnerable in the world".

"You assumed a hallowed position among the locals," said the judge.

"You were revered as someone who could provide the gift of education.

"You were answerable to no-one - and once again you had access to boys."

Simon Harris' home in Kenya where the abuse took place Credit: ITV News Central

The judge added that Harris's charity work in education meant "no-one batted an eyelid" when he washed boys, and allowed youngsters to sleep in his bedroom at the remote home he owned on the outskirts of the town of Gilgil.

"You walked on water. But none of them knew you had a sexual motive."

Predatory teacher gets 17-year jail term for abuse

Simon Harris has been jailed for 17 years for abusing vulnerable Kenyan children Credit: West Mercia Police

A former public school teacher described as a prolific and calculating sexual predator has been jailed for 17 years and four months after abusing vulnerable young Kenyan street children.

Charity boss Simon Harris lured boys using food, money and the promise of schooling to his luxury home in the East African country where the abuse took place between 2002 and May 2013.

Simon Harris lured boys to his luxury home in the East African country between 2002 and May 2013 Credit: ITV News Central

Harris, 55, of Pudleston near Leominster in Herefordshire, was convicted after trial last year of three indecent assaults and five sexual assaults, with one victim thought to be as young as nine.

He was also found guilty of four charges of possessing indecent images of children.

Simon Harris was from Pudleston near Leominster in Herefordshire Credit: ITV News Central
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Ex-teacher jailed for 17 years four months over Kenya abuse

Former public school teacher and charity boss Simon Harris has been jailed at Birmingham Crown Court for 17 years and four months after abusing vulnerable Kenyan street children.

Harris lured boys using food, money and the promise of schooling to his luxury home in the East African country where the abuse took place between 2002 and May 2013.

Former public school teacher and charity boss Simon Harris has been jailed. Credit: West Mercia Police/PA Wire

Harris, of Pudleston near Leominster in Herefordshire, was convicted of three indecent assaults and five sexual assaults, with one victim thought to be as young as nine.

The 55 year old was also found guilty of four charges of possessing indecent images of children.

Two-year-old and elderly woman airlifted after crash

A two-year-old child was knocked unconscious in a two-car smash which left an elderly woman trapped in her car for almost two hours.

Both were airlifted to hospital for treatment after the crash, which happened on the on the B4361 at Nordan, north of Leominster.

Both people were airlifted to hospital Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

The elderly woman was freed from her car by emergency services and treated for chest injuries, before being flown to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.

The young child was in the second car and was knocked unconscious with serious head injuries in the crash, which happened at around 11.30pm yesterday, and was flown to Birmingham Children's Hospital.

A woman who was travelling with the child was assessed at the scene but later released.

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Four people taken to hospital after Herefordshire road crash

Four people have been taken to hospital after two cars collided on the A44 west of Leominster near Monkland in Herefordshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to the A44 just after 16.15 today (11 November).

"Crews arrived on scene to find two cars had been in collision.

“A female front seat passenger in her seventies was trapped in the vehicle. Once released, the woman was treated for chest and arm injuries. She was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for further assessment and treatment.

“The male driver of the car, believed to be in his seventies, was treated for minor injuries and taken to Hereford Hospital.

“Two patients travelling in the second car received minor injuries and were conveyed to Hereford Hospital.”

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson
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