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Are harassment claims eroding trust in Westminster?

  • Video report by ITV News Correspondent Paul Davies

While the spate of allegations emerging from Westminster could spell a loss of trust in MPs, others believe the subject is becoming overblown.

Students at the University of Kent told how they felt "let down" and "heartbroken" in the wake of claims which have emerged in recent days.

Yet others believe it is due to a generation gap, with an "older generation that thinks it can get away with stuff like this and a younger generation that thinks it's culturally, wholly unacceptable," Dr Adrian Pabst, one of the university's politics professors explained.

Meanwhile, at Canterbury's Conservative Club, others believe the subject is overblown and "detracting from what [politicians] should be doing in their day jobs".

Canterbury: Where Labour won for first time since 1918

The cost of living and tuition fees were touted as reasons for Canterbury's shock result, where Labour won a seat for the first time since 1918.

Streams of students made their voices heard, overturning the old adage that the young are more concerned with selfies than society.

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'Canterbury Cannibal' jailed for nine years

An NHS nurse dubbed "the Canterbury Cannibal" has been sentenced to nine years in prison after being convicted of sexual grooming after plotting to behead and eat a girl.

Dale Bolinger has been sentenced to 9 years. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Dale Bolinger, 58, bought an axe from a DIY store, the day before he tried to meet the 14-year-old, whom he groomed had online.

He had chatted with the teenager, a Mexican girl called "Eva" said to be living in Germany, online.

In conversations, Bolinger described sex acts he wanted to perform on her and how he would murder her, which she said she wanted to happen.

As he was jailed today for a total of 11 offences, a judge said his behaviour was "abhorrent, shocking and dangerous".

Cannibal case nurse found guilty

A male NHS nurse with a cannibalism fetish has been found guilty of trying to meet a 14-year-old girl after sexually grooming her online and promising to behead and eat her.

Dale Bolinger, 58, bought an axe from a DIY store in Broadstairs, Kent, the day before he planned to meet the girl called "Eva".

Dale Bolinger was found guilty at Canterbury Crown Court. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Bolinger was found guilty of attempting to meet a girl under the age of 16 following sexual grooming, after jurors at Canterbury Crown Court deliberated for three hours.

Judge Adele Williams adjourned sentencing to September 19 after asking for a psychiatric and a pre-sentence report to be prepared to "assess the level of risk the defendant poses to the public".

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