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Former Bishop admits sex attacks on young men

The former Bishop of Lewes, Peter Ball, today became the most senior figure in the Church of England to be convicted of sex attacks on young men.

He pleaded guilty to historic abuse after failing in a bid to have his case thrown out on the word of a former Archbishop of Canterbury.

Admitting misconduct on charges relating to 16 young men, he then pleaded guilty to two more counts of indecent assault. Andy Dickenson reports and we hear from David Greenwood, chairman of Stop Church Child Abuse.


Man arrested in connection with sexual assault

Thames Valley Police has arrested a man in connection with the sexual assault of a woman in Oxford.

The arrest is in relation to an incident at around 4am today when the victim, a woman aged in her twenties, was approached by a man in Horspath Road, Oxford.

The man spoke to her before sexually assaulting her. The woman screamed and hit him and he subsequently ran away along Horspath Road towards Holloway.

A 20 year-old man from Oxford was arrested today on suspicion of sexual assault and currently remains in custody.

“Officers have been carrying out house-to house enquiries in the area and if anyone has any concerns please feel free to approach an officer. If anyone has any information which could assist with the investigation or if anyone witnessed the incident please call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101.”

– Det Insp Mike Roddy, from Oxfordshire Force CID

Police patrols stepped up following sexual assault

Detectives in Bournemouth are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after a girl was sexually assaulted in the Kinson area of the town.

The incident occurred at around 8pm on Monday in Cuckoo Woods.

An 11-year-old girl was walking home alone when she was approached by a man who inappropriately touched her. The man ran off when the victim’s phone rang.

The man is described as approximately 20 to 30 years of old, about five feet eight inches tall and of skinny build. He has dark olive skin, short black gelled hair over to one side and goatee style stubble. He wore a navy blue Nike T-shirt with the slogan ‘Just Do It’ on chest, black tracksuit bottoms and white Adidas trainers.

Local officers are conducting additional patrols in the area to reassure members of the public.

“This appears to have been an isolated incident. It was obviously very distressing for the young victim and we are seeking the public’s help to apprehend the offender. If anyone was in the area around this time and has any information, please call us. Did you see anyone acting strangely, do you know someone who fits this description and could have been in the area at the relevant time, again please call Dorset Police or Crimestoppers.”

– Detective Inspector Neil Phillips, of Dorset’s Child Abuse Investigation Team

Ex-British Airways pilot jailed for child sex offences

Bartle Frere, ex-BA pilot, jailed for child sex offences Credit: Dorset Police

A former British Airways pilot has been jailed for 12 and a half years for a string of child sex offences. Bartle Frere, 51, of Shipton Gorge, was handed the prison term at Bournemouth Crown Court after being convicted of 16 sex offences.

These included eight charges of sexually assaulting a boy from West Dorset between April 2000 and January 2003; four counts of making indecent images of boys in India in 2009; arranging or facilitating the abuse of teenage boys in India between 2009 and 2013; and one charge of attempting to record a person doing a private act in 2012.

Frere was previously found guilty of six charges of possessing indecent images of children and two charges of arranging or facilitating the abuse of boys in India, following a trial in September 2014.

The court heard that Frere was employed as a pilot by British Airways and regularly travelled to India and in particular the city of Chennai.

Concerns were raised that he was arranging for young boys to visit his hotel room.

On 9 November 2013 a search warrant was executed at Frere’s home and a number of computers and DVDs were seized.

The court heard that officers examined a huge volume of computer data and identified that Frere had been communicating via email with several boys in India. In the emails Frere arranged to meet the boys to engage in sexual acts.

How did Swaylands care workers get away with abuse for so long?

How did they get away with it for so long - and what will their victims receive in compensation?

The two big questions that follow the sentencing of three former care officers who abused pupils for three decades at the now-closed Swaylands residential boys' school near Tunbridge Wells in Kent.

Colwyn Baker, David Hennessy and Nigel Putman are starting jail sentences ranging from three to 20 years for what the trial judge described as 'one of the worst breaches of trust a court can deal with'.

Fred spoke to Alison Millar, the lawyer representing some of the 60-plus victims.


Former care workers jailed for a total of 35 years

From left: David Hennessey, Colwyn Baker and Nigel Putman Credit: ITV Meridian

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.

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.

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