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A police officer accused of the rape of a teenage girl had ambitions of working in a unit dealing with vulnerable youngsters, a court has heard. Cheshire Police constable Ian Naude, 30, is accused of raping and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old in October last year. On Thursday, Pc Laura McCormick…
A 16-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of a university lecturer. Police were called to the home of Dr Barry Hounsome in Southcroft Road, Gosport, Hampshire, at 5.30pm on Monday. A murder inquiry was launched after the death of the health science lecturer who died of a head…
A mentally ill woman warned she could kill someone to get admitted to hospital hours before she murdered a grandmother, an inquest has heard. Nicola Edgington (pictured) was taken by police to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, on October 10 2011 after asking to be sectioned. She told the A&E receptionist:…
Men suspected of committing "dreadful offences" against children are not being pursued by prosecutors due to a lack of resources, ministers have been warned. Labour's Barry Sheerman (pictured) cited "senior police sources" as claiming the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) does not have the capacity to take on new cases linked…
Four men who were members of a gang that groomed and sexually abused vulnerable girls in Huddersfield have been jailed by a judge who told them their abuse "defies understanding". Leeds Crown Court heard on Thursday how some of the three teenage victims of Mohammed Akram, Niaz Ahmed, Mohammed Imran…
Tougher laws are needed to protect victims of online and social media-based abuse, a report by the Law Commission has said. The study, commissioned by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), found a "lack of coherence" in the current criminal law as it fails to keep pace…
High-ranking barrister Max Hill QC has pledged to build public trust in the criminal justice system as he takes over from Alison Saunders as Director of Public Prosecutions on Thursday. The former terrorism watchdog takes charge of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) after months in which it has been heavily…
Care staff failed to act on a host of warning signals in the weeks and months before a psychiatric patient murdered a grandmother, an inquest has heard. Nicola Edgington (pictured) virtually decapitated Sally Hodkin with a butcher's knife in Bexleyheath, south-east London, in October 2011, six years after killing her…
Plans have been announced for a new £950,000 centre to enable children and vulnerable adults to give evidence without attending court. The new centre will mean more of these witnesses will be be able to pre-record their evidence for criminal trials in advance, meaning they will not face the potentially…
An MP has expressed concern the number of people receiving custodial sentences for child sexual abuse (CSA) has fallen despite such crimes continuing to happen on a "massive scale". Rotherham MP Sarah Champion (pictured) said fewer cases are being passed on to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and police "cannot…
The epic scale of the National Crime Agency's (NCA) Rotherham investigation is in stark contrast to the way the hundreds of victims were ignored by the authorities as young teens. The NCA's Operation Stovewood inquiry into child sexual exploitation in the South Yorkshire town between 1997 and 2013 has 250…
A gang of seven men has been convicted of sexually exploiting vulnerable teenage girls in Rotherham. One of the complainants told a trial at Sheffield Crown Court (pictured) how she had sex with "at least 100 Asian men" by the time she was 16 and another described how she was…
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