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Police forces across the country are being asked to record abuse and harassment of women as a hate crime. Campaign groups want constabularies in England and Wales to follow the example of Nottinghamshire Police in expanding the scope of hate crime offending to include misogyny. An open letter co-signed by…
A teenager has appeared in court charged with the rape and murder of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail, who was found dead on the Isle of Bute. The 16-year-old male, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, made no plea during a private appearance at Greenock Sheriff Court (pictured) on Friday, the…
An investigation has been launched into the police response to an allegation of rape made by teenager Gaia Pope-Sutherland before her death. The 19-year-old was found dead on November 18 last year after being reported missing from Swanage, Dorset, 11 days earlier. Her family have said she developed symptoms of…
A predatory paedophile who worked with Newcastle United's youth players and sexually abused boys over three decades has been jailed for 20 years. George Ormond, 62, worked with a prominent youth team in the city in the 1970s and 1980s, before assisting at the Premier League club in the 1990s.…
A global DBS check for aid workers should be introduced to better protect vulnerable children from sexual abuse, ministers have been told. Labour former minister Stephen Twigg made the call after the Charity Commission revealed around 1,100 complaints about safeguarding in aid agencies had been made since the Oxfam sex…
Sexual harassment on the Tube could be tackled with targeted adverts, the Minister for Women has said. Victoria Atkins also hit out at the "offensive" portrayal of women in music videos as she gave evidence to MPs on combating sexual harassment in public places. Asked about whether the Government should…
Focus on the Brexit "soap opera" has delayed the Government's response to a report examining abuse of British children sent overseas, a minister has suggested. Jackie Doyle-Price thanked Labour's Lisa Nandy (Wigan) for bringing forward the debate on the Child Migration Programmes, telling MPs it would help her "focus the…
The second phase of hearings into allegations of abuse at children's homes run by a religious order has drawn to a close following weeks of "powerful, compelling and disturbing" testimony. In excess of 70 people have provided evidence to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry since it began looking specifically at…
Around 1,100 complaints about safeguarding in aid agencies have been made since the Oxfam sex scandal in February, the head of the Charity Commission has said. Chief executive Helen Stephenson said the number of reports made in the last four months was around the same as it received in the…
A detective constable failed to properly investigate child sex abuse claims and was only found out when the matter came to light again a year later. Sussex Police officer Celia MacDonald decided no crime had been committed, did not record a crime or investigate further, the force said. A gross…
A man known only as Nick who sparked a £2.5 million police investigation into a claimed Westminster paedophile ring has been charged with allegedly lying about child murders and abuse. The accuser, 50, whose name has been withheld for legal reasons, made a series of bombshell allegations including killings, rape…
A predatory paedophile who helped in Newcastle United's youth set up has been convicted of sexually abusing young players spanning almost 25 years. In the 1970 and 1980s George Ormond coached at a prominent junior club in the city before assisting at the Premier League side in the 1990s and…