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Man used Facebook to try and meet girl, 12, for sex

Brett Ford used Facebook to try and meet up with a 12-year-old girl for sex Credit: Sussex Police

A man who used Facebook to incite a 12-year-old girl into sexual activity has been jailed.

Brett Ford, 20, of Newick Road, Brighton, sent the girl explicit messages with lewd images.

He also used Facebook to try to arrange to meet her for sex on several occasions this year.

Ford admitted the offences and was jailed for two years and one month.

He will also have to be on the Sex Offender Register for 10 years.

Detective Constable Paul Hitchcock, Sussex Police, said: "The custodial sentence sends a strong message that this kind of exploitative behaviour of children will not be tolerated."


Police believe grandfather was burgled while at granddaughter's funeral

Police are appealing for help after a burglary at an address in Victoria Road, Sandown sometime between Tuesday, January 21 and Sunday, January 26.

A number of items were taken in the burglary including a brown metal cash tin with ‘Dad’ printed on it containing £300-£500 in pound coins, a gold sovereign ring, and a plain gold wedding band.

The occupant of the property, a 60-year-old man, is the grandfather of 14-year-old Kiri Jade Hodgekinson who died very recently in a road traffic collision on the Isle of Wight. It is believed that this burglary may have happened on the day of Kiri's funeral as people had access to the address to use facilities and offer condolences. The cash tin in particular is fairly distinctive and would have been quite heavy. If anyone is aware of someone recently coming into possession of items matching this description please contact us.”

– Det Con Katy Lee

Offensive Facebook page abuses fatal crash victim

Inspector Terry Clawson said: "The page has since been taken down but has already caused unbearable upset for Kiri-Jade's family and friends.

"We're taking this matter very seriously and investigating it from a criminal perspective.

"We're working with Facebook and following other lines of inquiries and we will be taking appropriate action.

"If you have any information that can assist with our inquiries, please contact us directly. If you come across any similar sites, please also let us know and avoid commenting on them."

Family pay tribute to Kiri-Jade

Kiri-Jade Hodgkinson Credit: Hampshire Police

Kiri-Jade Hodgkinson died after the car she was travelling in was involved in a collision on the Mersley Down road on the Isle of Wight.

In a statement, her family said: “Kiri-Jade is a loving 14-year-old girl with a zest for life. She is adored by her loving mother Carly and her 8-year-old sister Megan. “Kiri-Jade is part of an extended family who all miss her dreadfully."


Police investigate offensive Facebook page

Police are appealing for information about an offensive Facebook page that was set up after a teenager died on the Isle of Wight. 14-year-old Kiri-Jade Hodgkinson was killed in a car crash last week on the Mersley Down Road.

The page has since been taken down, and the Hodgkinson family said it has already caused unbearable upset amongst friends and the family. Hampshire Police are now considering it as a criminal matter.

Burglars follow Facebook

More people are raising the chances of having their homes burgled by posting they're out or on holiday on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Experts warn incidents are likely to rise over the Christmas period, especially as many people post photos of their gifts. David Wood reports. His piece includes interviews with Teresa Bateman and social media expert Benjamin Cohen.

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