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Turing family demand pardons for thousands of gay men

The family of Alan Turing have been to Downing Street to demand pardons for thousands of men prosecuted for being gay.

The Second World War code-breaker from Wilmslow was convicted over his sexuality. He was given a posthumous royal pardon two years ago.

His great-niece Rachel Barnes handed in a petition, with almost 500,000 signatures. She, and her son Tom, told ITV News that the family have had an incredible year and hope awareness surrounding Alan Turing can help thousands of other families.

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Alan Turing's family demand pardons for men convicted under anti-gay laws

The family of Wilmslow codebreaker Alan Turing will visit Downing Street today to demand the Government pardons 49,000 other men persecuted like him for their homosexuality.

Alan Turing Credit: Press Association

Turing, whose work cracking the German military codes was vital to the British war effort against Nazi Germany, was convicted in 1952 for gross indecency with a 19-year-old man.

He was given a postumous royal pardon in 2013.

Turing's great-niece and great-niece will hand over the petition, which attracted almost half-a-million signatures.

Alan Turing's family plea for more homosexual pardons

The family of Wilmslow codebreaker Alan Turing will visit Downing Street on Monday to demand the Government pardons 49,000 other men persecuted like him for their homosexuality.

Turing, whose work cracking the German military codes was vital to the British war effort against Nazi Germany, was convicted in 1952 for gross indecency with a 19-year-old man.

Alan Turing Credit: Press Association

He was chemically castrated, and two years later died from cyanide poisoning in an apparent suicide.

He was given a posthumous royal pardon in 2013 and campaigners want the Government to pardon all the men convicted under the same outdated law.

Turing's great-nephew, Nevil Hunt, his great-niece, Rachel Barnes, and her son, Thomas, will hand over the petition, which was signed by almost half-a-million people.

"I consider it to be fair and just that everybody who was convicted under the Gross Indecency Law is given a pardon.

It is illogical that my great uncle has been the only one to be pardoned when so many were convicted of the same crime.

I feel sure that Alan Turing would have also wanted justice for everybody."

– ALAN TURING'S GREAT-NIECE RACHEL BARNES

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Steve Bennett from Starchaser industries Credit: PA

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Sir Bobby Charlton goes back to school

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Sir Bobby meets Middleton Technology School students Credit: ITV Granada

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Sir Bobby Charlton launches Manchester United Foundation partner school

Sir Bobby meets PE students Credit: Ashley Derricott, ITV Granada

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Sir Bobby speaking to head teacher of Middleton Technology School Allison Crompton Credit: Ashley Derricott, ITV Granada
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