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BBC: Operation Sanctuary review finds adult abuse 'extensive'

Operation Sanctuary review finds adult abuse 'extensive' 23 February 2018 Image copyright Northumbria Police Image caption Eighteen people were jailed for their involvement in the sexual abuse of vulnerable young women in Newcastle Vulnerable women are most likely being "extensively" abused across the UK and ministers need to urgently review sex exploitation laws, a report says. David Spicer led a review in the wake of Operation Sanctuary which saw 18 people jailed for the sexual abuse of young women groomed in Newcastle. He said exploitation was not being recognised in adults. The operation identified about 700 victims in total across the Northumbria Police area, 108 in Newcastle. The Home Office said it would "look carefully" at Mr Spicer's 33 recommendations, which also included a need for research into the cultural background of abusers, many of whom in the case of Sanctuary, Mr Spicer said, were from a "predominantly Asian or British Minority Ethnic culture or background". Reaction to critical report into Newcastle grooming Mr Spicer, who carried out the serious case review for the Newcastle Safeguarding Adults and Children Boards, said it was clear "adults were being targeted, groomed and exploited" as well as children. But he said authorities do not have the powers to intervene with adults to stop them "making bad choices" or forming "inappropriate relationships". Image caption David Spicer led the serious case review He said: "Vulnerability is not determined by age and it is likely that extensive abuse of vulnerable adults is taking place across the country unrecognised." Operation Sanctuary started in 2014 after a 21-year-old woman with a learning disability told police she had been a victim of sexual exploitation over a long period. Further reports from two 19-year-old women "confirmed" sexual exploitation was a much larger problem in Newcastle "than previously recognised". Mr Spicer said the operation had proved successful but it was only when Northumbria Police and other agencies like Newcastle City Council started looking for the issue they found it. 'Culture research needed' He also said the government needs to research the "profiles, motivations and cultural and background influences of perpetrators of sexual exploitation". In the Newcastle case, most of the men were British-born but all came from Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, Iraqi, Iranian or Turkish communities. Think tank the Quillam Foundation, which focuses on counter-extremism, said 84% of the 264 offenders convicted of grooming between 2005 and 2017 were of south Asian heritage. Mr Spicer said the perpetrator he spoke to "displayed no regret" and "spoke in a derogatory manner about a lack of morals in British girls". Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Vulnerable adults were also sexually exploited in Newcastle The report noted that there was no evidence that police and other agencies had been reluctant to investigate amid "misplaced" concerns over political correctness or allegations of racism. Mr Spicer also said confidentiality systems in sexual health services should be reviewed as a lack of information-sharing meant no-one spotted victims who went to multiple clinics. Medical professionals such as pharmacists should also be trained to spot signs of abuse, he said. Mr Spicer was also critical of the ordeal of victims giving evidence in court saying several complained it caused "lasting serious mental health problems". As well as reviewing the way victims are treated during trials, Mr Spicer also said the terminology of charges should be changed to avoid causing further distress. This was after victims complained the charge of inciting prostitution labelled them as prostitutes. A Home Office spokesman said: "These are abhorrent crimes that have had a devastating impact on the lives of the victims involved." View the full article

BBC: Jonathan Udall dies after Grand Canyon helicopter crash

Jonathan Udall dies after Grand Canyon helicopter crash 22 February 2018 A fourth British tourist has died following a helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon 12 days ago while on his honeymoon. Jonathan Udall, who is in his 30s and from Brighton, has been in hospital in Las Vegas since the accident on 10 February. His family has been told of his death. Mr Udall's wife, Ellie Milward, 29, was injured when the aircraft crashed in the remote Quartermaster Canyon and remains in a critical condition. Stuart Hill, 30, and his girlfriend Becky Dobson, 27, and brother Jason, 32, from Worthing, West Sussex, died. Another Briton, Jennifer Barham, 39, and the pilot Scott Booth, 42, were also injured. A message posted on Thursday on a crowdfunding page set up to help Mr Udall and Ms Milward, reads: "It is with a very heavy heart that I must type this. "Our good friend Jon Udall has succumb to his injuries. He was strong, brave and I will never forget him. Ellie is critical and is continuing to fight." Both Mr Udall and Ms Milward were friends with the other Britons in the helicopter. Severe weather The Eurocopter (now Airbus) EC130 helicopter had spun out of control as it came in to land before crashing and catching fire. The crash is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board but an initial report indicates possible causes could include a mechanical problem and gusty winds. The chief of the Hualapai Police, Francis Bradley, had described the terrain as "extremely rugged". He said the rescue efforts had been hampered by severe weather conditions and gusts of up to 50mph (80 km/h). Jason and Stuart Hill and Ms Dobson, who had been in the US for Stuart's 30th birthday, died at the scene. Image copyright Family handout/Facebook Image caption Stuart Hill, Becky Dobson, and Jason Hill were all from Worthing Jason Hill worked as a corporate lawyer for Shoosmiths in its Milton Keynes office. Stuart Hill was a salesman at a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Brighton, East Sussex, while his girlfriend Ms Dobson, worked as a veterinary receptionist for Vets 4 Pets in Worthing. The helicopter company involved - Papillon Airways - calls itself "the world's largest aerial sightseeing company" and says it flies more than 600,000 people a year. The Grand Canyon, which is more than 1.6km (one mile) deep, is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the US. Image copyright Teddy Fujimoto Image caption High winds delayed emergency services from getting the injured to hospital View the full article

Delayed emergency services network review... delayed *sigh* I'm not looking forward to this, especially as it has been suggested we'll be getting them sooner rather than later.

BBC: Boy, 2, killed in 'hit-and-run'

22 February 2018 Two-year-old boy dies and six-year-old brother critically ill after hit-and-run in Coventry - West Midlands Police This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. View the full article

BBC: Government 'has no plan' for Northern Ireland - Sinn Féin

Government 'has no plan' for Northern Ireland - Sinn Féin 21 February 2018 comments Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionUK PM 'is facilitating talks gridlock'The government "does not have a viable plan" to deal with the political stalemate in Northern Ireland, Sinn Féin's president has said. Mary Lou McDonald said she feared "entrenchment and drift" in efforts to restore the executive, which collapsed 13 months ago. PM Theresa May has held talks with Sinn Féin and the DUP at Westminster. It comes exactly a week after talks aimed at ending the deadlock at Stormont collapsed. What is direct rule? Stormont deadlock: Need-to-know guide Disputed Stormont 'deal' pages leaked In an interview with the BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg, Ms McDonald accused Mrs May of "facilitating the DUP blocking" the restoration of power-sharing. "I believe whether intentionally or not, Theresa May is actually facilitating the DUP blocking advancement and resolution on these core issues," she said. Mrs May has emphasised that her government remains committed to doing all it can to restore devolution. At a press conference outside Westminster earlier, the Sinn Féin president said: "We can only surmise from our meeting with the British prime minister that the government doesn't have a viable plan for carving a pathway for the restoration of the institutions. "We're disappointed that the government seems wedded to what they are calling 'a reflection period'," 'DUP crashed the bus' Ms McDonald added that her party called for the "reconvening of the inter-governmental conference as per the Good Friday Agreement" - the 1998 deal which brought an end to the Troubles in Northern Ireland. "We tried to impress upon the prime minister and secretary of state that standing still and doing nothing is simply not an option," she said. "Just because the DUP have crashed the bus, does not mean that everyone has to sit at home now and cross their fingers and hope against hope that things will improve and that these issues will be resolved." Image caption Nigel Dodds and Arlene Foster said the DUP was not contemplating introducing an Irish language act in Northern Ireland Budget 'within weeks' Following the DUP's meeting, Arlene Foster said she was hopeful a new budget would be in place for Northern Ireland "within weeks". "The people of Northern Ireland deserve to have a budget in place as soon as possible," she said. Her party colleague, MP Nigel Dodds added that the party "want to see devolved government" reinstated. "In the absence of the devolution that we all want, we can't continue to have Northern Ireland left in limbo as it has been in the last 13 months," he said. "We simply want a commonsense interim position, whereby ministers are taking decisions, budgets are being set, whilst we continue to work through the issues." Skip Twitter post by @markdevenport Report End of Twitter post by @markdevenport In relation to the draft agreement which was leaked on Tuesday, Arlene Foster said it contained "only one of a number of documents that were circulated and put out and about". She added that her party was not contemplating introducing an Irish language act in Northern Ireland. On Tuesday, Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley declined to immediately re-impose direct rule from Westminster. Image copyright Dominic Lipinski Image caption Theresa May hosted separate talks with Sinn Féin and the DUP on Wednesday Sinn Féin and the DUP - Northern Ireland's two main parties - had been in negotiations to end a 13-month stalemate at Stormont. The devolved government collapsed in a row over a botched green energy scheme. Talks between the DUP and Sinn Féin collapsed last week, and the two sides blamed each other for an impasse over a proposed Irish language act. The parties still disagree on whether or not a draft agreement was on the table before the talks broke down. Image copyright Reuters Image caption There has been a 13-month political stalemate in Northern Ireland On Tuesday, parts of the draft agreement being worked on were leaked and published. These confirmed what had already been reported about a three-stranded approach to the language question - which would have resulted in an Irish language act, an Ulster Scots act, and a so-called respecting language and diversity act. But there was a degree of ambiguity as to whether this had been fully signed off by all the parties. Meanwhile, on Wednesday morning, MPs on the Northern Ireland Affairs committee took evidence on the issue of devolution. They heard from witnesses including SDLP leader Colum Eastwood and loyalist blogger Jamie Bryson. Mr Eastwood told the committee that the power-sharing institutions could be out of action for five years "if we keep doing what we're doing". View the full article

BBC: Paedophile Falder jailed for 32 years

19 February 2018 Paedophile Matthew Falder has been sentenced to 32 years in jail after admitting 137 charges including rape and blackmail. Sentencing at Birmingham Crown Court, Judge Philip Parker QC said Falder's crimes began with voyeurism as a student, but escalated. He said the Cambridge graduate would spend a further six years on licence after his release from prison. Some of his victims, who were teenagers at the time, were visibly upset. Falder showed no emotion at all, he just stared straight ahead. View the full article

Drunk American tourist assaulted two armed police officers outside Buckingham Palace - repeatedly punching one in the face and trying to grab his Taser

An American tourist assaulted two armed police officers outside Buckingham Palace after asking them 'Do you know any jokes?', a court has heard. Lucky he wasn’t shot, sentence as expected pathetic.

BBC: Deep freeze body murder: Uncle guilty of killing Celine Dookhran

Deep freeze body murder: Uncle guilty of killing Celine Dookhran 14 February 2018 Image copyright Twitter Image caption Celine Dookhran was found dead in an empty house in Kingston, south-west London An uncle has been convicted of kidnapping, raping and slitting the throat of his niece before putting her body in a deep freezer. Mujahid Arshid, 33, was found guilty at the Old Bailey of murdering Celine Dookhran, 20, and the attempted murder of a second woman. Arshid, 28, snatched the women in July before taking them to a house in Kingston, south west London. His co-accused, Vincent Tappu, 28, was cleared of kidnapping charges. View the full article

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