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A gang of men who embarked on a "campaign of rape and other sexual abuse" against vulnerable teenage girls in Huddersfield has been given lengthy jail sentences, it can now be reported.Ringleader Amere Singh Dhaliwal, 35, was jailed for life earlier this year and told he must serve a minimum…
Official guidelines are needed to encourage responsible media reporting of domestic abuse killings, the son of a man who shot dead his wife and daughter said.Luke Hart said guidance, in the same vein as editorial rules on reporting suicide, would give victims dignity and a voice in death.Mr Hart (pictured)…
A "ruthless" sexual predator who had images of children being abused as the screensaver on his computer has been jailed for 14 years.Robert Hawkins was described by a judge as an "unrepentant paedophile" as he was sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh on Friday.The 58-year-old was convicted of the…
Devon and Cornwall Police has pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches in relation to an emergency response belt that was used on a man before he died in custody.Thomas Orchard, 32, died in hospital seven days after being arrested and taken to Heavitree Road police station in Exeter, Devon,…
An autistic woman who is obsessed with men is at the centre of proceedings in a specialist court.Social workers say the woman behaves in a "socially inappropriate" fashion in public places.Council social services bosses began litigation in the Court of Protection, where judges consider issues relating to people who lack…
Women in Northern Ireland are still using illegal abortion medication even though the procedure is freely available to them in England, a study found.Northern Ireland outlaws terminations in almost all cases. Abortion pills are illegal but can be bought over the internet.The NHS funds the procedure in England for women…
A husband and wife described as the "Fred and Rose West of Barry" have been jailed for a total of 36 years for grooming and raping teenage girls.Peter Griffiths, 65, and Avril Griffiths, 61, (pictured) abused the girls in a number of locations including at a sex party on a…
Almost two-thirds of people in Northern Ireland want local politicians to make the decisions on the region's abortion laws, a new poll has suggested.The results were released by anti-abortion group Both Lives Matter as it stepped up its campaign against moves to legislate on the contentious restrictions at Westminster.Both Lives…
A woman with learning difficulties should not be told that she has been covertly fitted with a contraceptive device, a judge has decided.Lord Justice Baker said the woman's personal autonomy and human rights had been infringed when the device was fitted without her knowledge six years ago.But he has concluded…
One of Britain's most prolific paedophiles, who blackmailed a string of vulnerable victims, has won a challenge against his "manifestly excessive" 32-year prison sentence.Cambridge graduate Matthew Falder had his custodial term reduced to 25 years by Court of Appeal judges in London on Tuesday.Bespectacled Falder watched the proceedings via video…
Hate crime in England and Wales rose by nearly a fifth last year, according to police figures.There were 94,098 such offences recorded by police in total in 2017/18, an increase of 17% on the previous year.This included 71,251 classed as race hate crimes; 11,638 (12%) offences triggered by sexual orientation;…
More than 200 suspected members of county lines drugs gangs have been arrested in a national crackdown.There are thought to be around 1,500 of the networks in operation in the UK, which involve urban dealers forcing children to carry drugs to customers in more rural areas.They also "cuckoo" the homes…
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