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Former doctor jailed for 18 years for abusing girls

Michael Salmon was convicted of raping a 16-year-old in his bedroom Credit: PA

A former children's doctor has been jailed for 18 years for indecently assaulting girls at the same hospital where Jimmy Savile abused patients.

79-year-old Michael Salmon was convicted of nine indecent assaults and two rapes carried out against six girls at Stoke Mandeville Hospital between 1973 and 1988.

Salmon was sentenced to 18 years behind bars for raping a 16-year-old in his bedroom after claiming to carry out an abortion on her.

The judge at Reading Crown Court sentenced him to 14 years for the second rape charge, to run concurrently, and two years behind bars for each of the nine counts of indecent assault.

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CPS: Crimes were 'extremely traumatic'

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Thames and Chiltern said: “Michael Salmon has been convicted today of offences which are particularly shocking due to the abuse of his position as a doctor taking advantage of the female patients in his care.

"His crimes were extremely traumatic for his victims who should have expected his support rather than this gross betrayal of their trust.

“Michael Salmon used his status to molest these vulnerable young girls and women who felt unable to complain as he was a doctor, and many of whom only bravely came forward after seeing other cases in the media.

"I hope they now feel that justice has been done.”


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Abuse doctor was 'prolific sexual offender'

A former children's doctor has been found guilty of indecently assaulting young girls at Stoke Mandeville Hospital was a "prolific sexual offender".

Designated Investigator Emma Barlow said: “I would like to thank all the witnesses for having the courage to come forward, face their abuser and tell the court what happened to them many years ago when they were child patients of Salmon.

“I would like to also thank the strength of the women who were the witnesses from an earlier conviction of Salmon in 1990.

They gave evidence to the court this time for matters they thought had been put to rest 25 years ago.”

Michael Salmon, 79, was convicted at Reading Crown Court. Credit: Thames Valley Police/PA Wire

Det Sgt Malcolm Wheeler from the Child Abuse Investigation Unit said: “Salmon was a prolific sexual offender who abused his position of power in order for his own sexual gratification.

“As a consultant paediatrician, he preyed on young girls who had been referred to him for a variety of health issues.

They trusted him, they believed him, because he was a doctor and they thought he was trustworthy.

“They have had to live with his actions their entire lives and it is only because of their bravery that Salmon now faces a long time behind bars."

Two arrested over alleged rape at Reading Festival

A 14-year-old boy and a 31-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of raping a young woman at Reading Festival.

The victim, 19, claims she was attacked in a caravan on the festival traders' site on Thursday night after having met the pair near an ice cream van.

The boy, from Surrey, and man, from London, are being held in custody, Thames Valley Police said.

Chief Inspector Dave Parker said: "There is currently a scene watch in place and I would like to reassure those attending the festival that crime levels remain low and crimes of this nature are very rare."

Police said there had been 21 arrests at the festival, where Arctic Monkeys are headlining, since Wednesday for drugs and theft offences.

Army place sandbags in Reading in bid to stop floods

Sandbags have been placed along Kennet in Southcote, Reading by the Army in a bid to stop the rising water in the area.

The Army also helped remove a fallen tree blocking access to an area where they wanted to place sandbags.


Reading MP hits out at 'flood tourist' Ed Miliband

The Conservative MP for Reading West has condemned a visit to the area by Labour leader Ed Miliband describing it as a "photo opportunity".

Alok Sharma is seen asking Mr Miliband "why are you actually here?" in a video on local news website Get Reading.

Army Reserve work to ease flooding at substation

An Army Reservist says flooding at a substation near Reading could have led to it going "out of business" had fire pumps not worked to remove water yesterday.

"The water was just below the door threshold," Major Mike Scott-Hyde from 7th Battalion, The Rifles told ITV News.

Army Reserves have been sandbagging a tributary near Pingewood Power Station today.

"The water that's overflowing from the canal is adding to the water that's already down at that substation," Major Scott-Hyde said.

"If we can try and stem that flow then the amount of pumping they have to do will be reduced to enable the substation to carry on functioning."

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Special arrival at funeral of creator of Thunderbirds

A replica of Lady Penelope's pink Rolls Royce has arrived at the service. Credit: ITV Meridian

The funeral is taking place today of Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson.

Mourners have gathered in Caversham to pay tribute to Mr Anderson who died at the age of 83-year-old last month.

A replica of Lady Penelope's pink Rolls Royce has arrived at the service.

Dead woman's injuries 'consistent with a fall from height'

The woman was found at the bottom of a fire escape stairwell in the early hours of Saturday at Reading's Madejski Stadium, police said. Credit: PA Wire

A 22-year-old woman found dead following a Christmas party at a Premier League football ground died from head injuries consistent with a fall from height, police said.

Detective Inspector Phil O'Neil said: "We are continuing to treat the woman's death as unexplained and are progressing a number of lines of inquiry in order to fully understand the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident.

"Inquiries such as this can take some time but we are keeping the woman's family fully informed of our progress."

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