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Police find body in lake at Dorset nature reserve

Ham Common, near Poole, is marked top right, above where Henderson was last seen in Corfe Castle Credit: Google Maps

Police have found what they believe to be the body of Samantha Henderson, 25, in a lake in Ham Common.

The local nature reserve, which has been cordoned off, is approximately 12 miles (20km) by road from her home in Corfe Castle, Dorset.

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Body 'thought to be Samantha Henderson'

Police, searching for the body of Samantha Henderson, disscovered a body in the lake at Ham Common.

The body is thought to be that of mother-of-four Samantha. Her next of kin have been informed.

The scene remains cordoned off while forensic investigators carry out their examinations. The search, off the A351 near Corfe Castle, is still ongoing.


Body found in search for Dorset mother-of-four

Police searching for missing mother-of-four Samantha Henderson, 25, have found a body in a lake, Dorset Police said.

A police statement said the body has not been formally identified, but is thought to be that of Miss Henderson. Her next of kin have been informed.

Miss Henderson, of Halves Cottages, was reported missing on the morning of 22nd January 2015.

Victim: Charles Napier abused friendship and trust

One of Charles Napier's victims, has said he believed he was the only one at his school being abused by the former teacher and that he is horrified by the scale of abuse.

Speaking exclusively to ITV News, he said Napier functioned in a "toy land" where he had access to "120 innocent boys kept away from their parents and in his care".

Watson: Napier should 'spill the beans' on former friends

MP Tom Watson has called for Charles Napier to "spill the beans" on his former contacts at the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) - a shady group that campaigned to abolish the age of consent in the 1970s.

Watson, who has been instrumental in launching Operation Fairbank, said in a statement today:

Charles Napier is a lifelong predatory paedophile who ruined the lives of the children he abused ... As part of Napier’s mitigation the trial judge was told that he now accepted that what he did as a young man was wrong.

I doubt he really does have remorse for his crimes but if he does, he can start to put matters right by spilling the beans on his former friends in PIE.

Did he have contact with any of the powerful child abusers in politics, the intelligence service, the police or the church?

– tom watson mp


Victim describes Charles Napier's grooming methods

One former pupil at the school where Charles Napier taught has described the ex-teacher's methods to ITV News.

Francis Wheen, now a successful journalist, said Napier used to give beer and cigarettes to a select group of pupils after sessions in the gym.

On one occasion, Mr Wheen said Napier touched him inappropriately, prompting him to move away and cut off his dealings with the teacher.

Judge: Napier joined school because of proximity to children

Charles Napier joined the school at which he taught, which cannot be named, after leaving university and when he was arrested last year he told police he already knew he was a paedophile at that time.

The judge said:

I have no doubt that ... you sought that post because of the proximity you would have to boys.

Within a very short time you were grooming those you had chosen, using the techniques of charm, flattery and the abuse of your power.

The number of indecent assaults must be into the hundreds.

– Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith

The judge said some of the victims' lives had been "dramatically damaged".

Prolific abuser Charles Napier sentenced to 13 years

Charles Napier, the half-brother of a senior Conservative MP, has been jailed for 13 years at Southwark Crown Court for carrying out hundreds of sexual assaults on young boys.

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