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Sex offenders pose as agents to exploit young girls online

There's a warning that sex offenders are posing as modelling agents to convince young girls online that they could have a career in front of the camera.

Police say they've received various reports this year of girls being contacted and asked for explicit pictures or videos. Officers are now working with the National Crime Agency to track down those behind the scam, as Michael Billington has been finding out.


Petitions call for review of sentences for Chunky's torturers

Chunky's attackers were banned from keeping animals for five years. Credit: RSPCA

Several petitions have been raised, calling for a review of the sentencing of four teenagers after they tortured Chunky the dog.

Louise Oldfield from Margate has started one of the petitions. It calls for an 'urgent review of the sentences'.

Four teenagers were banned from keeping animals for five years after they stole and tortured Chunky. The case has been described as one of the most disturbing cases RSPCA inspectors have ever seen.

The thugs broke his leg and neck, set him on fire and fed him drugs before dumping him at a rubbish tip in Manston Road, Margate.

The various petitions call for life bans for anyone abusing animals.

The dawn of Black Friday:Day of bargains begins

Shoppers are expected to descend on stores in search of a bargain

Retailers are expecting today to be their busiest as discounts are offered to try to kickstart the shopping sales rush.

Black Friday is seen as the biggest date in a bargain hunter's calendar - with stores offering discounts and deals.

For 24 hours only, shops will be offering cut price products from homeware to electronics to food.


Busy weekend for Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market

Around 350,000 people will visit the market in the run-up to Christmas Credit: ITV

It'll be a busy weekend for WInchester Cathedral Christmas Market.

Now in its 10th year and recognised as one of the best in Europe and renowned for its spectacular location, the market brings high quality exhibitors, Christmas gifts and an abundance of festive foods.

The pretty wooden chalets are situated in the Cathedral’s historic Close surrounding an open-air real ice rink. As many as 350,000 visitors are expected to shop there.

Appeal to help restore much-loved pier

The Dorset pier is in a state of disrepair and needs some TLC Credit: ITV Meridian

An appeal to raise £90,000 to restore Swanage Pier, is being launched today.

The Grade Two historic structure is at risk of collapse, according to a new survey.

Swanage Pier has already been allocated provisional funds of more than £800,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund. However, in order to secure the National Lottery cash Swanage Pier Trust needs to raise an additional £900,000 by August next year.

Swanage Pier suffered serious storm damage in March 2013, when a structural pile was swept out to sea in high tides and gale force winds.

That damage, which almost caused the pier's walkway to collapse, left the structure partially closed for months.

"When the trust took over management in 1984, the pier had been left to deteriorate for over 30 years, so they inherited a structure requiring significant maintenance and restoration.

– Swanage Pier Trust

Teenager to be sentenced over Fleet church fire

Firefighters tackled the blaze at the church in Fleet on the 22nd June Credit: ITV Meridian

A teenager is due to be sentenced for starting a fire at a grade two listed church in Hampshire.

The blaze tore through the roof of All Saints Church in Fleet in June. Thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused.

The boy, who's now seventeen, previously pleaded guilty to arson.

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