Three former care workers have been jailed for a total of 35 years for historical sex offences against pupils at a school in Kent. John Ryall reports.
Former care workers at the now-defunct Swaylands School in Penshurst near Tunbridge Wells have been jailed for a total of 35 years for historical sex offences against pupils spanning three decades.
Colwyn Baker, 70 - found guilty of 20 offences by the jury at Maidstone Crown Court - was sentenced to 20 years.
David Hennessy, 75 - convicted of six offences - was jailed for 12 years.
Nigel Putman, 61 - found guilty of two offences - was jailed for three years.
Detectives are continuing to search for two men pictured on CCTV close to where an incident was reported on Christmas Day.
A woman reported she was the subject of a serious sexual assault in Pencester Court, Dover, at around 4am on 25th December. On 2nd January, Kent Police issued CCTV showing two men it wished to identify and speak to in relation to the incident.
One of them was pictured on CCTV wearing a Santa hat shortly after the incident occurred.
Six men, including three police officers, who were arrested over an alleged plot to commit serious sex crimes on the Isle of Wight have been bailed.<
The suspects were held in connection with claims of a conspiracy to commit serious sexual offences.
Hampshire Constabulary said the three police officers have been suspended from duty while the criminal investigation continues.
The arrests followed recent information from an alleged victim, who is a member of the public, about incidents said to have taken place this year.
Police have not disclosed the gender of the alleged victim or provided further information about how they came into contact with the officers or the other suspects.
Deputy police and crime commissioner for Hampshire Robin Jarman has said the allegations are being taken seriously and promised a "full and thorough" investigation.
Three police officers have been arrested on the Isle of Wight during an investigation into sex offences. Fred and Sangeeta are joined in the studio by Kerry Swain, who has more details.
Three serving police officers arrested as part of investigation into sex offences: Hampshire Constabulary's Isle of Wight District commander, Superintendent Julie Fry said:
Hampshire Police have arrested six men - three of them serving police officers - on suspicion of conspiracy to commit serious sexual offences on the Isle of Wight.
The arrests follows information from a victim. Alleged incidents are said to have taken place this year. The officers are serving members of Hampshire Constabulary.
The investigation is ongoing. More shortly.
A Polegate man has been sentenced to a total of six and a half years imprisonment for 18 sexual offences against three young girls known to him.
Dean Davies, 20, unemployed, of Walnut Walk, Polegate, was sentenced at Hove Crown Court on Tuesday after a two-week trial the previous month in which he had pleaded not guilty to all offences. The offences of which he was convicted were;
- nine sexual assaults on a girl then aged between six and seven during 2005 and 2006;
- four sexual assaults and one attempted sexual assault on a second girl then aged between 10 and 11 during 2006 and 2007; and two offences of attempted rape of the same girl during the same period;
- one offence of rape of a 16-year old girl in February 2013. He was found not guilty of two charges of rape of a fourth girl then aged 14 during 2009.
The charges, authorised by the Crown Prosecution Service, followed an investigation by detectives from East Sussex CID.
Sentencing Davies, Judge Guy Anthony said to him; "You did not have the courage to plead guilty, and the victims therefore had to give evidence in court."
A new campaign targeting young men is launching across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Men are being reminded that anything less than a yes is a no as part of the new initiative. The two year long campaign to target incidents of sexual assault and rape goes live on Monday, November 17, 2014. Via social media networks, men across the region will be asked to ‘test their pulling power’ using an online game, ‘Seal the Deal’. The ‘Seal the deal’ YouTube game is designed to demonstrate to men what constitutes rape and sexual assault, particularly in the context of a night out. The game takes place from the perspective of the man and allows people playing the game to make choices about what move to make, whether to take no for an answer and when to go home.
A 16-year-old girl has been sexually assaulted in broad daylight in a busy area of Southsea. Two men inappropriately touched the girl as she walked near St. John's College. Police are appealing for help identifying the men - seen here in a CCTV image.