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Ex-pupil: Deputy headteacher fooled us all

A former Thorpe Hall pupil has told ITV News the school's deputy headteacher "fooled us all", amid allegations he stored nearly 600 indecent images of children as young as nine.

Martin Goldberg worked at Thorpe Hill school in Southend for 23 years. Credit: Google Maps

Ex-maths teacher Martin Goldberg, 46, was found dead at his Essex home just a day after police had spoken to him about claims he bought images of naked teenage boys over the internet.

"He fooled us all. Pupils and staff. He was always friendly with pupils but then all teachers were," the ex-pupil said.

"Only sense of weirdness was just the usual - I thought he was bit lonely and sad and had no life outside of school.

"His life revolved around school. He was an OK teacher, very very involved with ski trips and extra-curricular stuff."

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Police: No evidence Goldberg made inappropriate physical contact

Essex Police says it currently has no evidence to suggest a former deputy headteacher - who stored hundreds of indecent images of pupils - made "inappropriate physical contact" with any child.

It is important to stress that we have found no evidence of any other offences by Mr Goldberg involving these children. At this time there is nothing to suggest that he made inappropriate physical contact with any child.

There is also no information that he shared any of these images or that anyone else was aware of his offending.

Essex Police understands that this news may be extremely distressing to both parents and children and has set up a special number for people to call if they have any concerns or believe they have information that would assist the investigation.

– Essex Police


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Indecent images showed boys aged from nine to 12

Nearly 600 images found on the computer of a deputy head of an Essex school are believed to be of boys aged from nine to 12.

Essex Police believe the images - which were reportedly taken from 2000 onwards - were taken on a camera hidden inside a bag belonging to Martin Goldberg.

Seventy-five images were taken in Thorpe Hall's male changing rooms, with 465 others taken in a local swimming pool and 38 from two other locations.

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School 'angry and betrayed' by deputy head claims

The headteacher of an Essex school where a former deputy head is alleged to have taken indecent images of pupils says everyone at the school feels "angry and betrayed" by the claims.

In a statement to ITV News, Andrew Hampton said Martin Goldberg - who was found dead nearly three weeks ago - had an "exemplary record" during his 23 years at Thorpe Hall School.

The school Governors and staff are shocked by the news about Mr Goldberg.

He was a well-regarded teacher who had an exemplary record during his 23 years at the school and there were no indications whatsoever that Mr Goldberg was leading a double life.

Everyone at Thorpe Hall School feels surprised, angry and betrayed.

Our immediate focus is on supporting our pupils, parents and staff at this difficult time.

– Andrew Hampton, headteacher
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Indecent images of pupils found at dead teacher's home

Indecent images of pupils have been found at the home of a deputy headteacher who was recently found dead, Essex police say.

Martin Goldberg was found dead after being questioned by police.

Martin Goldberg, 46, a teacher at Thorpe Hall School, in Southend, had nearly 600 images of children undressing in changing rooms at the school, local swimming pool and at two other locations.

The images appeared to have been taken on a camera that was hidden inside a bag, detectives said.

Goldberg was found dead at his home in Shoeburyness on September 10 - just a day after police questioned him on suspicion of buying pictures of naked teenage boys from abroad.

Officers said they have identified four of the children in the images and have informed their parents.

Lewis Pugh becomes the first person to swim the Seven Seas

Lewis Pugh has swam in seven seas for his UN Ocean challenge Credit: ITV News

Lewis completed his final swim from Southend-on-Sea up to the Thames Barrier.

He broke the swim into two lengths – Southend to Gravesend on the 28th August and Gravesend to the Thames Barrier on the 29th August.

It took him 8 hours and 12 minutes.

He swam the last leg from Southend to the Thames Barrier Credit: ITV News

I've just completed the first long-distance swim in the Seven Seas of the ancient world. I've experienced some things I will never forget. And seen some things I wish I could erase from my memory, but which will haunt me for the rest of my days. I will never forget the people I met along this journey, the literally hundreds of people from all walks of life who helped us and supported us and jumped in the sea to swim with us, just to be part of this mission, just for their love of the sea.

– Lewis Pugh, Endurance Swimmer
He swam the Thames Estuary in 8 hours and 12 minutes. Credit: ITV News

The renowned endurance swimmer is the United Nation’s Patron of the Oceans.

The UN is urging all nations to set aside at least 10% of the world’s oceans as effective and well-managed Marine Protected Areas by 2020.

Details of all his swims are as follows:

  • 9th August, he swam from Monte Carlo, Monaco for 10km in the Mediterranean Sea. It took 3 hours and 33 minutes.
  • 12th August, he set off from Zadar, Croatia along the Kornati Islands swimming 10km in the Adriatic Sea. That swim took 3 hours and 55 minutes.
  • 16th August, he swam the Aegean Sea from Athens, Greece, It took 3 hours and 12 minutes.
  • 19th August, he left Istanbul, Turkey for a 10km swim in the Black Sea. That leg took hours and 48 minutes.
  • 21st August, he travelled to Aqaba, Jordan to swim the Red Sea in 2 hours and 57 minutes.
  • 25th August, he set off from Rass Al Hadd, Oman and swam 10km in the Arabian Sea for 3 hours and 15 minutes.
  • 28th-29th August, he swam from Southend up to the Thames Barrier, part of the North Sea. The 60km swim took 8 hours and 12 minutes.


Police appeal to find suspected fake charity workers

Essex Police are appealing for help to identify three people suspected of fraudulently collecting for charity in Southend. The collectors were asking for donations for the Scleroderma Society, a genuine UK-based not for profit organisation supporting all people with scleroderma.

Have you seen this teenager?

Asher Sekenofsky was last seen on Friday 11th July. Credit: Met Police

Police in Barnet are appealing for the public's help to trace a missing teenage boy from Edgware.

15-year old Asher Sekenofsky was last seen at around 1915hrs on Friday 11th July when he left his home and has not been seen since.

It is out of character for Asher to be out overnight and his family and officers are concerned for his safety and welfare.

Asher is described a white male, approx. 5ft 7ins tall with a broad shoulders but slim build, and curly brown hair.

He was last seen wearing a dark green sweatshirt with black tracksuit bottoms and carrying a small sports bag with the "HEAD" logo in on it. It is believed he may have taken a change of clothes with him.

He is known to frequent the Denmark Road area of Camden.

Anyone who has seen Asher or who knows of his whereabouts is asked to call police in Barnet on 101.

Police release photo of Southend stab victim

Hassan Mohammed was found dead in York Road, Southend, on Monday. Credit: Essex Police

Police have released a photo of a man who was stabbed to death in Southend on Monday.

Hassan Mohammed, 24, from Camberwell, south east London, was found dead in York Road.

The provisional results of a post-mortem examination found he died of blood loss as a result of two stab wounds.

Today his family described him as their "protector and best friend".

Stab victim was family 'protector'

The family of a man who died in a street stabbing in Essex have described him as their "protector and best friend".

24-year-old Hassan Mohammed from Camberwell, south east London, was found dead in York Road in Southend on Monday evening.

The provisional results of a post-mortem examination found he died of blood loss as a result of two stab wounds.

Hassan was a very friendly, caring person.

He grew from a boy into a man and was a protector and best friend to his family.

He was loved by all but especially by his two nieces who adored their Uncle Hass immensely.

We pray that justice is served and that he soon will be able to rest in peace.

– Hassan Mohammed's family

18-year-old Tajwar Alam from Tottenham, north London, has been charged with Mr Mohammed's murder.

He will appear before magistrates in Southend tomorrow.

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