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'Jealous' stalker used webcams for 'sexual gratification'

Cyber stalker Andrew Meldrum has been described as a "jealous and controlling" man who pursued his plot for his own "personal sexual gratification".

Sentencing, Recorder Mark Heywood QC said: "It's clear from the evidence that many, many, many recordings were made by the computers of the three young women... concerning the most private acts in their own homes."

Recorder Mark Heywood QC said Andrew Meldrum, seen arriving for sentencing, "abused" the confidence of his victims.

In one case, Meldrum conned his victim into believing he could help solve her computer problems but instead installed software which allowed him to remotely access her webcam.

He remained undetected for 15 months until the women - who cannot be named for legal reasons - discovered the programme had been installed on their computers.

Meldrum, a former Goldsmiths University student, has been ordered to forfeit his computer and pay a contribution to prosecution costs of £2,100 plus a £100 victim surcharge.

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Suspended sentence for cyber stalker Andrew Meldrum

A cyber stalker who bugged computers to spy on women has walked free from court with a 12-month suspended sentence and a fine.

Andrew Meldrum, 30, secretly installed spying software on his victims' computers, allowing him to access private, nude pictures taken covertly.

Andrew Meldrum's 11,000 covert images included some of one victim naked, in her underwear, on the toilet and "in positions of intimacy". Credit: Police handout

Meldrum admitted three counts of unauthorised access to computer material and was found guilty of two counts of voyeurism after a trial at Woolwich Crown Court.

One of his victims wept in court and held her head in her hands at the sentence.

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Man to be sentenced in UK's first cyberstalking case

Andrew Meldrum had three separate victims. Credit: PA

A man is due to be sentenced today in the country's first cyberstalking case.

Andrew Meldrum, 30, remotely filmed a woman using software he installed on her laptop.

Meldrum has admitted three counts of unauthorised access to computer material and was found guilty of two counts of voyeurism after a trial at Woolwich Crown Court.

More than half of young gay people experience bullying

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Research by Stonewall shows that more than half (55 per cent) of gay young people experience homophobic bullying.

The Lesbian Gay and Bisexual charity says that if homophobic bullying goes unchallenged, it can have severe negative consequences for young people.

It says three out of five gay young people say homophobic bullying affects their school work and many have skipped school because of it. Homophobic bullying also impacts on young people's self-esteem and ambitions.

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Welby to Launch Homophobic Bullying Measures

The Archbishop of Canterbury wants children to be protected from homophobic bullying Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The Archbishop of Canterbury will be in Lewisham today to launch measures to tackle homophobic bullying in Church of England schools. Justin Welby recognises what he terms 'particular challenges in this area' and insists pupils must be protected.

The Archbishop explained that the guidance was about "challenging schools to strive towards a deeply accepting environment for all their pupils".

Professor Green in court charged with drink-driving

Professor Green is appearing in court charged with drink-driving. The rapper, who is married to Made In Chelsea's Millie Mackintosh, was arrested in November last year.

Stephen Manderson, better known as Professor Green Credit: PA Wire

Police were called to Tyrwhitt Road in Lewisham thinking they were turning up to a robbery. But when officers arrived, theys found a Mercedes had collided with a van. No one was injured.

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