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Search for men in connection with reported sexual assault

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.

These CCTV images have been released in connection with a reported sexual assault Credit: Kent Police
These CCTV images have been released in connection with a reported sexual assault Credit: Kent Police
These CCTV images have been released in connection with a reported sexual assault Credit: Kent Police

"Since our appeal was issued, we have spoken to a number of people who claim to know who these men are. I’d like to thank the public for coming forward with that information which has enabled us to potentially identify them. We still wish to speak to the pair and are working to locate them as we believe they have information which will assist our investigation. If anyone has information about where they may be, we would ask that they contact us. It is thought they may have left the country. At this stage we are not looking for anyone else in connection with our investigation. I would like to reassure the public that Kent remains a safe place to live and work. Violent crime is rare but where incidents are reported to us Kent Police is committed to bringing offenders to justice."

– Detective Inspector Lee Whitehead

Anyone with any information can contact Kent Police by calling 01303 289600, quoting the crime reference number ZY/41908/14. Alternatively call CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Six bailed in alleged sex crimes plot

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.


Police officers arrested: statement from Hampshire force

Three serving police officers have been arrested Credit: Meridian

Three serving police officers arrested as part of investigation into sex offences: Hampshire Constabulary's Isle of Wight District commander, Superintendent Julie Fry said:

A key part of maintaining public trust and confidence is fulfilling our responsibility to investigate fully any allegation, irrespective of those involved.

Specialist officers are providing care and support to the victim, and we would ask the public and the media to respect the welfare of everyone affected at this early stage of the investigation.

– Supt. Julie Fry, Hampshire Police

Three police officers arrested during investigation into serious sexual offences

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.

Man jailed for sexually assaulting 3 girls

Dean Davies has been sentenced to six and a half years in prison Credit: Sussex Police

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."

"Over several years, Davies, from the age of 11 onward, carried out a series of serious sexual offences against three very vulnerable young girls he met and befriended, including several rapes. Eventually we were able to compile full accounts from the victims, and established the exact circumstances. All three were distressed by their experiences and had found difficulty in explaining what had happened at the time. We were impressed by their patience with the investigative process and their willingness to attend court and give their evidence, all of which was crucial in bringing Davies to justice. Anyone who feels they need support or advice whenever learning of this or any similar cases can call 101 at any time, and arrange to talk in confidence to specially trained police officers who can also if needed arrange access to a range of welfare and counselling services."

– Detective Constable Jo Barber


Online video campaign to target sexual assault incidents

Image from online video campaign Credit: Hampshire Police

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.

We are targeting young men as statistically they are more likely to commit an offence. Whether you are 16 and getting drunk at a friends party or 28 and heading into town for a few drinks, the message is simple, cross the line and its rape.

– Detective Chief Inspector Tara Williams

Teenager sexually assaulted in Southsea

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.

Police have released this CCTV image in connection with a sexual assault Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

"This incident happened in daylight in a busy area of Southsea. I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or can help us identify the men in the CCTV image to contact us."

– Detective Constable Mark Brockman

St John Ambulance medic jailed for sex assaults

John Franklin has been sentenced to eight years in prison Credit: Kent Police

A trained medic who sexually assaulted three women under the guise of performing medical assessments has been imprisoned.

John Franklin, 39 years-old, and formerly of Kent Avenue in Sittingbourne was in February 2014 convicted of two counts of sexual assault by penetration on a teenager in Sittingbourne.

As a member of St John Ambulance, Franklin asked his victim if he could perform a medical assessment on her in his private ambulance as part of his training. Whilst doing this, he carried out internal examinations and touched her intimately. Numerous experts declared that none of these acts were necessary or part of his training.

Franklin was charged and following a trial was convicted of two counts of assault by penetration. However, the jury could not reach a verdict on four other counts relating to other victims; three of sexual assault and one of rape. Sentencing was postponed until the conclusion of a retrial in relation to the remaining charges.

In September 2014 a retrial took place, with Franklin facing charges of sexual assault on two women on the Urban Blue Bus in Maidstone between 2011 and 2012. He also faced one count of rape and one of sexual assault that occurred in 1996. Franklin was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault. He was found not guilty of one count of rape and one count of sexual assault. On 16 October he was sentenced to eight years in prison for the four offences of which he was convicted.

"I’m glad that together with the Crown Prosecution Service and commitment of the victims we were able to bring Franklin back to court to face a retrial on four serious allegations that were outstanding from his previous trial. His victims bravely came forward and reported these violations and it is important for them to see justice being served with the substantial sentence that has been passed. I would like to thank the victims for their bravery and commitment and hope that they will be able to rebuild their lives now that this sentence has imposed. If anyone has been the victim of a sexual assault I would encourage them to report it. They will get our full support through any subsequent investigation and we will support you fully throughout the process."

– Detective Inspector Neil Kimber of Kent Police

Efit released in hunt for sex attacker

Efit of sex attacker. Credit: Kent Police

Detectives investigating a report of a sexual assault in Lordswood have released an efit image of a man they would like to speak to.

It is reported that a woman was walking a dog along a footpath between North Dane Way and Lords Wood Lane, in the area of Bromley Close, when she was inappropriately touched by an unknown man who ran away. The incident happened at around 8.30am on Friday 19 September.

The suspect was described as a white man, aged between 40 and 50, of stocky build and 5ft 11in tall. He was described as wearing a grey cotton tracksuit with a black scarf over his face, and had wrinkles around his eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact DS Darryll Paulson at Kent Police by calling 01634 792645 and quoting reference XY/033304/14. Alternatively call Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

"Local policing officers have focussed their patrols in this area and detectives are continuing to make enquiries in a bid to locate the suspect. I would encourage anyone who recognises the man in the efit image or has information about this incident to contact police."

– Detective Sergeant Darryll Paulson, Kent Police
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