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Britain Today.
There's nothing much better than waking up to the UK's BBC Breakfast programme where news, current affairs,
arts and weather are offered.

The two Presenters -probably like many early-morning shows of the similar vein on television around the world,
pitch articles that are supposed to be neutral, upbeat and informative and with a slight-cheesy leaning toward
entertaining a standard household preparing for a new day.

But I'm sure the BBC's Diversity Department also take the opportunity to make sure that the couple of stories that
are presented every twenty minutes, benefits those of the public who believe rainbow-coloured unicorns chase the
evil white man into the sea and multiculturalism is the Holy Grail that only women, gays and people of colour can

Bad things are something only the white dudes do and so, the BBC Breakfast programme stays away from the
darker areas of the world, where reality messes with their paradigm.

Quote:Two men arrested in Bognor Regis after women find ‘pills’ in kebab.

'Three women in their 20s reported finding the pills in their food after they returned home from Istanbul Grill in High
Street, Bognor Regis, around 2am on Sunday 29 December, according to police.

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Following enquiries, officers arrested two local men, aged 30 and 42, on suspicion of administering poison with
intent to endanger life or inflict grievous bodily harm, confirmed police. Both suspects remain in police custody
at this stage.

District Commander, Chief Inspector Jon Carter, said: “I understand this incident may cause concern.
“However, police have taken prompt action to protect the public with the arrest of two people, and are working
with partners, especially in the district council, to enhance protective measures.

“The investigation is at an early stage, and exactly what happened, and the motivations of those involved are not
yet fully understood. “However, there is nothing to suggest that any other food outlets are involved, or that there is
any link with any particular section of the wider community.

“Local officers will be present in the area, and I would ask for the support of the public in allowing officers to investigate
this matter.”...'

(From link) '...Images shared on social media have shown a shish kebab with a blue capsule inside,
which contained several white pills tightly wrapped in plastic...'
Bognor Regis Observer:
(An area of London)

Quote:Streatham Hill stabbing live: Woman rushed to hospital after knife attack.

'A woman in her 30s has been rushed to hospital after she was stabbed in Streatham Hill .
Officers from the Met Police were called to Downton Avenue at 5.20pm on Monday, December 30 after reports
of a woman being attacked. Police have confirmed that the woman's injuries are thankfully not life-threatening
or life-changing.

So far no arrests have been made and enquiries are continuing.
The busy road is still closed as officers investigate and gather evidence from the scene.

Description of the attacker
The mum was attacked from behind by a lone attacker, described as a black man, around 6ft tall and wearing dark
clothing. The man did not speak as he stabbed the victim three times before running off down Downton Avenue away
from the High Road

Detectives are investigating, with forensic specialists brought in to search for evidence and CCTV analysis taking place.
At this stage, officers retain an open mind as to any motive.
The Met have confirmed the 36-year-old mum was stabbed three times in front of her child, who she was pushing in a
pushchair at the time along Downton Avenue...'
My London:

(South London)

Quote:Thornton Heath stab victim is named.

'A 60-year-old man who was stabbed to death the day before Christmas Eve in Thornton Heath has been named
as John Kennet. Police were called at around 9.30pm on Monday, December 23 to reports of a stabbing in
Woodcroft Road, Thornton Heath.

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Mr Kennett was found outside a residential address suffering from stab wounds and was pronounced dead at the
scene at 9.49pm. A 50-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and taken into custody.
While in custody he became unwell and was taken to hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

A 41-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of murder in the evening on Thursday, December 26.
He remains in custody at a South London police station.

Detective chief inspector Simon Harding said: “The victim was found injured in a residential street. While it is not a
heavy footfall location, there may have been members of the public travelling through Woodcroft Road who saw
something. I urge those people to come forward and speak to my officers without delay.

“No matter how insignificant you think it may be please do make the call. We are building the sequence of events
leading up to and immediately following this attack which has led to a man’s death, your call could complete the
picture.” Police believe the victim and suspect were known to each other...'
London News Online:

More you say...? Well, lets see.
(Glasgow area)

Quote:Police lock down street in Stepps after residents report hearing gunshots.

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'Police locked down a street in Stepps near Glasgow after residents reported hearing gunshots.
Officers were called to reports of a firearm being discharged at a property on Flynn Gardens at around
7pm on Monday, December 30.

Nobody has been injured in the incident with police in north Lanarkshire carrying out door-to-door enquiries
in the area.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Around 7.00pm on Monday, 30 December, officers attended Flynn
Gardens in Stepps following a report that a firearm had been discharged at a house.
"No-one has been injured and enquiries, which are at an early stage, are ongoing.

"Officers are carrying out door-to-door enquiries in the area...'
The Daily Record:

Staying in Scotland and using an old favourite of Gordi and myself... The Sunday Post.

Quote:Sharp rise in children visiting gender clinic.

'Children as young as four are attending a Scots gender clinic as the number of youngsters referred soars.
Referrals to the Young People’s Gender Service at the Sandyford clinic in Glasgow have climbed by more
than 80% in a year for those aged between four and 10.

The clinic recorded 298 cases in 2018 among children of all ages.

Some critics have claimed children are being encouraged to begin the process of changing their gender too
early and too quickly. Six psychologists at the Tavistock Centre in England resigned claiming their work was
hampered by concerns around accusations of transphobia.

An inquiry has been launched at Tavistock after it emerged almost three-quarters of children referred were girls
and used Freedom of Information laws to ask the Scots clinic for figures.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said the number of referred children aged 11 to 16 increased from 198 in 2017
to 264 in 2018. For those aged four to 10 there was an increase from 18 to 33.
One referral fell outsides the age categories.

Trina Budge, co-founder, said: “We really do need more information about what is going on.”
The health board said: “There has been an increase in the number of young people across Europe seeking referral
to gender services. “The reasons are complex and multifaceted.”...'
The Sunday Post:

And finally for 2019, an old article recalled probably due to Journalists wanting to be out the door for their
New Year's Eve piss-up! And talking of urine...

Quote:Antiques Roadshow expert is left stunned after discovering what he thought was 150-year-old port
when he tasted it was actually urine and brass pins.

*Andy McConnell was handed mysterious bottle during an episode in Cornwall 
*After tasting liquid he concluded that it was probably vintage port or red wine
*But several years later was shocked to find out what bottle actually contained

'An Antiques Roadshow tasted what he thought was a 150-year-old bottle of port - only to discover it was actually
full of urine, several brass pins and one human hair.

Glass expert Andy McConnell was handed the mysterious bottle during an episode in Trelissick, Cornwall, after a
local found it buried in the threshold of their house. The excited specialist used a syringe to extract the contents and
move it into a glass while remarking 'it's very brown'. He then used a finger to taste some.

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Andy McConnell and Fiona Bruce.

After grimacing, the expert told the audience: 'I think it's port - port or red wine... or it's full of rusty old nails and that's
rust!' Following the recording in 2016, scientists at Loughborough University used an x-ray to check the contents.
Host Fiona Bruce then revealed the results of their survey during a recent show. 

She said: 'Inside were these brass pins, all of these dating from the late 1840s and the liquid - urine, a tiny bit of alcohol
and one human hair.' Bruce then revealed the object was actually a witches' bottle - which had been buried by the front
door of the house to guard against evil spirits.

Adding that it also contained a type of cockle called and ostracod, she continued: 'So what this was not a bottle of port or
wine but a witches’ bottle.

'So buried in the threshold of the house as a talisman against witchcraft, against curses, against misfortune coming into
the home. So you glad you tried it?'
Andy McConnell was unrepentant and insisted: 'It was too much of a good opportunity to miss!'...'
Daily Mail:

A Witch's bottle, eh...? One of Mystics, no doubt!!!

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If I ever move back to the states or any other so called civilized country it will be away from big cities where the dregs of humanity seem to collect.
Yep never liked living in big citys, I like the small places. But at times they do feel some what cramped with everyone seeming to know what you have been doing
Quote:A Witch's bottle, eh...? One of Mystics, no doubt!!!

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(12-31-2019, 01:14 PM)Wallfire Wrote: Yep never liked living in big citys, I like the small places. But at times they do feel some what cramped with everyone seeming to know what you have been doing

The key is to be "The Crazy Old Hermit" - everyone knows you're there, but are afraid to screw around too much for fear of what you might do. They don't know your business then, because they are too afraid to watch. It's nice to be nice, but there is a lot to be said for cringing, fear-filled respect.

"Slipping up" and allowing a single person to witness you burying a wine bottle full of piss and brass pins doesn't hurt, either...

Diogenes was eating bread and lentils for supper. He was seen by the philosopher Aristippus, who lived comfortably by flattering the king.

Said Aristippus, ‘If you would learn to be subservient to the king you would not have to live on lentils.’ Said Diogenes, ‘Learn to live on lentils and you will not have to be subservient to the king.’

With the costly New Year celebrations being the focal point of the mainstream media's attention and Mayor Khan
proclaiming on the BBC that London is diverse and embraces many cultures, it would be unkind of me to be a
'Debbie-Downer' on the first day of 2020.

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But in reality, the world doesn't work that way.

Quote:UPDATE: Man arrested in east London for terrorism offences released without charge.

'A man who was arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences has been released without charge.
The 21-year-old man was arrested on 28 December at a residential address in east London on suspicion
of the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism under Section 40 (1) (b) Terrorism Act
(TACT) 2000.

He was detained under TACT and taken to a south London police station and a warrant of further detention was
applied for and granted until Saturday, 4 January. After further enquiries, the man was subsequently released
without charge on 31 December.
+ The arrest was not connected to the terror attack at Fishmonger's Hall...'

Well it looked like he squealed, so much for Islamic loyalty! (I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess it's not
the Christians, Catholics, Jehovah's witnesses, Mormons or Wiccans!)

Quote:UPDATE: Five arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences.

'A man arrested on suspicion of a terrorism offence has been released on bail and four other men arrested
on suspicion of terrorism offences remain in police custody.

Officers from the Met's Counter Terrorism Command along with colleagues from the Counter Terrorism Policing
North West (CTPNW) unit and the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) CTP arrested the five men
[A-E] on the morning of 30 December at addresses in north London, Manchester and the Peterborough areas.

A 21-year-old man [A] was arrested in Manchester on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of
an act of terrorism under Section 40(1)(b) Terrorism Act (TACT) 2000.

A 19-year-old man was arrested in Peterborough and two men [D – 23yrs; E – 22yrs] were arrested in north
London on suspicion of the same offence.

A warrant of further detention was applied for and granted at Westminster Magistrates’ Court meaning the four men
[A;B;D;E] can be detained up until 06 January 2020.

A 19-year-old man [C] was also arrested in Peterborough on suspicion of encouraging terrorism, under section 1
of TACT 2000. He has since been released on bail to a date in late January 2020.

Searches remain ongoing at a number of addresses in Manchester, Peterborough and north London and the
investigation is being led by detectives from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command with support from CTPNW
and ERSOU colleagues.

The arrests were part of a pre-planned operation and there is not believed to be any imminent threat to the public
in relation to this. The arrests are not linked to the attack at Fishmongers’ Hall in London on 29 November, nor the
forthcoming New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Enquiries continue.

The Met:

Such diversity, such a great global city. Where in the past you may have heard names like 'Harry Smif' -minus the 'H', of
course and 'Tommy-The-Axe' being whispered into a local copper's ear regarding a crime, today's criminals hold titles
that don't slip off the tongue so easily.

Quote:A second man has been charged by detectives investigating a double murder.

An investigation was launched after the discovery of a body found in Hertfordshire was linked to the murder of a man in

Besnik Berisha, 42 (28.06.77), of Martock Gardens, Friern Barnet N11, was arrested on Monday, 23 December and was
charged on Wednesday, 25 December with the murder of a 30-year-old man found in the area of Barnet Bypass, near
Scratchwood Park on Thursday, 19 December and the murder of a 35-year-old man found by officers from Hertfordshire
Constabulary in Hogg Lane, Elstree on Friday, 20 December.

He is due to appear in custody at Willesden Magistrates’ Court today, Thursday, 26 December.
Another man, Kaziku Tuwisana, 31 (23.03.88), of no fixed address, was arrested in Barnet on Thursday, 19 December.
He was charged with two counts of murder on Monday, 23 December.

He appeared at Brent Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 23 December. He is next due to appear at Inner London Crown Court
on Friday, 27 December...'

But eh, it's a new decade, right...? A chance to turn the page and not naturally assuming the south of England is
rife with foreign criminality engaging in a long-term plan to bring the British Isles down to their own original set
of social-interactions.

Is this where I cross my fingers?

Quote:New Year carnage: Four people are arrested after a man was stabbed to death on Milton Keynes
housing estate.

'Four people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was stabbed in Milton Keynes.
Police were called to an address in Carradine Crescent, in Oxley Park, just after 3.30pm on Tuesday
to reports of a stabbing.

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Thames Valley Police said a man in his early 20s later died at Milton Keynes University Hospital.

A murder investigation was launched and four people have been arrested on suspicion of murder and
remain in police custody, the force added.

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Dejan Avramovich said police believe the victim and
attackers were known to each other and appealed for witnesses who may have seen an altercation
in the area to come forward.

Det Insp Avramovich added: 'This is a fast-moving murder investigation, and we currently have four
people in custody in connection with this incident. 'The victim's next of kin have been made aware
and are being supported by specially trained officers at this time.

'I appreciate the concern that this incident will cause in the local community, but I would like to reassure
members of the public that we have made arrests and are investigating the circumstances of this
incident thoroughly.

'We believe the victim and the offenders were known to one another, and do not believe there to be a
wider threat to the local community.'...'
Daily Mail:

Maybe we can get our asses back into gear and fix this. Free movement hasn't assisted crime statistics and
neither has this culture of accepting anyone who looks different to you has a higher place in social community

Seriously, we need to grow-up.

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(12-31-2019, 08:38 PM)Ninurta Wrote:
(12-31-2019, 01:14 PM)Wallfire Wrote: Yep never liked living in big citys, I like the small places. But at times they do feel some what cramped with everyone seeming to know what you have been doing

The key is to be "The Crazy Old Hermit" - everyone knows you're there, but are afraid to screw around too much for fear of what you might do. They don't know your business then, because they are too afraid to watch. It's nice to be nice, but there is a lot to be said for cringing, fear-filled respect.

"Slipping up" and allowing a single person to witness you burying a wine bottle full of piss and brass pins doesn't hurt, either...

Well I do remember about 20 years ago it was a big thing that I was seen drunk in the village center, thing is I was on a two week course in England at the time. I also remember that I use to go and talk to my friend once a week to find out what I had been doing during the week.
Yep the good old times
When you need attention, the current craze is to announce who you'd like to fuck.
Oh how I miss that school-yard mentality.

Quote:Layla Moran: Lib Dem MP announces she is pansexual.

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Layla Moran.

'Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran has announced she is pansexual and in a relationship with a woman.
The MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, who previously only had relationships with men, told PinkNews she
is in a relationship with ex-Lib Dem press officer Rosy Cobb.

Pansexuality describes those who are attracted to a person regardless of their sex or gender.
"It's about the person themselves," said Ms Moran,

Speaking to the PinkNews website, Ms Moran - a potential candidate to become the next Lib Dem leader
- also criticised Parliament as a "weird, backwards place" for LGBTQ people...'

That last statement makes me proud. A small group of people democratically elected to govern a diverse range
of the public by using sensible and optimistic policies to benefit all. But this lady wants them to talk about the
dangers of men's penises and the empowerment one feels from sticking your fingers in vaginas.

Quote:'..She said coming out in the context of being an MP had been "slightly more difficult" than telling her friends and family.
The MP also shared a picture of herself and Ms Cobb on Twitter, writing that she is now "just happy".

Follow Follow @LaylaMoran
2020 is a new decade and a new path in my journey. Last year I fell in love with a wonderful woman.
Something I’d never even considered before. Now I am just happy #Pansexual #OutAndProud
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"It was really wonderful on the one hand, but also quite surprising for me in how I had identified before," she said.
"I feel now is the time to talk about it, because as an MP I spend a lot of my time defending our community and talking
about our community. I want people to know I am part of our community as well."

She said her family and friends have been supportive, but some people had suggested being in a same-sex relationship
could damage her career. "They definitely would not have said anything like that had she been a man," she added.

"Parliament is a weird, backwards place. I don't know if there's any other (MPs) who would identify as pansexual, and not 
hat many who identify as bisexual - there are a few women who are brilliant role models who have come out in their lesbian

'The person matters'
Ms Moran, who did not rule out running to take over as Lib Dem leader, was asked to describe pansexuality to someone
who is not familiar with the term. "Pansexuality, to me, means it doesn't matter about the physical attributions of the person
you fall in love with, it's about the person themselves," she said.

"It doesn't matter if they're a man or a woman or gender non-conforming, it doesn't matter if they identify as gay or not...'

Then why bring it up?

Quote:"In the end, these are all things that don't matter - the thing that matters is the person, and that you love the person."
According to the charity the LGBT Foundation, pansexuality is different from bisexuality - but they are not mutually
exclusive and some people identify as both.

"Being bisexual means being attracted to more than one gender, while being pansexual means being attracted to
people regardless of gender," the foundation said. "Pansexuality is included under the bisexual umbrella, which covers
anyone who experiences sexual or romantic attraction to more than one gender."...'

And that you've dyed your hair a particular colour.

Quote:'...Meanwhile, charity Stonewall says pansexual "refers to a person whose romantic and/or sexual attraction towards others
is not limited by sex or gender" - and bisexual people may also describe themselves as pansexual...'

Thanks BBC, your Diversity Department will be proud and now the country can get back to solving real grown-up stuff.
(How many 'Me' and 'I''s are in her article...? That should tell you everything)

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Not to be out-done by the Paris stabbing, London picked up it's now-regular role from 2019 and went back
to de-populating the capital with another knife incident of a presumed foreign national.

The Finsbury park area is renown for problems as the mosque there was a breeding ground for Islamic
radicalisation and has a heavy Muslim presence. It's also where the recently-deflated Labour leader lives.

Quote:Murder investigation after stabbing in Finsbury Park, London.

'A man has been stabbed to death in Finsbury Park, north London, prompting a murder investigation.
The victim, a man in his 30s, was found on Charteris Road, close to the junction with Lennox Road, shortly
before 19:00 GMT.

The Met Police said he was pronounced dead less an hour later and no arrests had been made.
The victim was a food delivery moped rider, according to friends gathered close to the scene.
Delivery riders gathered in nearby Stroud Green Road said the dead man had been the victim of a road rage
attack following an argument with a car driver.

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One said the victim was a 30-year-old Algerian known as "Taki", although he was unsure of the English spelling.
A friend of the deceased told PA news agency: "He was a good man. He doesn't make any trouble - he works
and he goes home and he ends up being killed while he's working."

He added: "Its not safe to work by yourself anymore - what can you do? If someone comes at you with a knife
you give them what you have or they are going to stab you." Another 23-year-old rider, who gave his name as
Paul, said: "Taki was a nice guy. He was a gentleman.

"I would talk to him everyday. He always said hello."
Last year, 90 people were stabbed to death in London, according to police statistics...'

Normal -Mayor Khan.

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During Prime Minister's Question Time in the British House of Commons today (8th Jan 2020), a couple of
curious things were brought up.

PM Boris Johnson condemned the Iranian airstrikes on US bases and explained how and why Qassem
Suleimani had been -in President Trump's terms, 'terminated'. Due to the rituals of this place, the Leader
of The Opposition steps up and asks questions pertaining to the matters of that day and the Prime Minister
answers them.
That opposition leader is Jeremy Corbyn of the Labour Party.

The BBC wrote of today's proceedings:

Quote:Iran attack: PM says Soleimani 'had British blood on his hands'.

'Boris Johnson has said General Qasem Soleimani, killed by a US drone strike last week, had "the blood
of British troops on his hands". He told the Commons the Iranian general was also responsible for a string
of attacks on innocent civilians but called for "urgent de-escalation".

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He warned Iran not to repeat "reckless" attacks after ballistic missiles were fired at Iraqi air bases earlier.
Iran's Revolutionary Guard said they were in response to Soleimani's death...'

Not automatically agreeing with condemning Soleimani's past-actions, Jeremy Corbyn asked his questions.

Quote:'...Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn questioned the legality of the drone strike ordered by US President Donald
Trump that killed Soleimani outside Baghdad airport on Friday...'

Without once displaying his disdain for the terrorist-General's previous behavior, Corbyn kept on asking the
same question and finally, Prime Minister Johnson had had enough.

However, Johnson's reply wasn't offered in the BBC article and so, I found it in the Guardian.. well down at the
bottom of their piece. It was after Jeremy Corbyn suggested that the Prime Minister was going soft on President
Trump for interests involving a UK/US trade deal.

Johnson response:

Quote:'...Johnson implied Corbyn was reciting a conspiracy theory, saying he was waiting for the “little green men” to come
out at the end. He said Corbyn took £10,000 from Iranian TV and is yet to condemn Suleimani’s activities...'
The Guardian:

£10,000 accepted from Iranian Television...? Well, it seems Corbyn's affinity with terrorists knows no bounds!
Here's a video showing the moment and remember, in the House of Commons, one cannot accuse another without

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Here's an horrific story of a man -Reynhard Sinaga, who after drugging males he met in and around nightclubs, etc, committed
vile sexual attacks on them and recorded them for later pleasure. He was caught in 2017 and Sinaga was only convicted in
January of 2020.

God-only-knows what he's actually been up to.

Quote:Reynhard Sinaga: 'Evil sexual predator' jailed for life for 136 rapes.

'A man convicted of 159 sex offences, including 136 rapes, will "never be safe to be released", a judge has said.
Reynhard Sinaga was found guilty of luring 48 men from outside Manchester clubs to his flat, where he drugged
and assaulted them - filming the attacks.

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(Left) After completing a degree in architecture at the University of Indonesia, Sinaga moved to the UK in 2007
(Right) Sinaga's flat where the crimes took place.

Police say they have evidence Sinaga, 36, who is being named for the first time, targeted at least 190 victims.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Sinaga was "the most prolific rapist in British legal history".
The judge ruled his life sentence must include a minimum of 30 years in jail.

Reporting restrictions were also lifted at a sentencing hearing at Manchester Crown Court on Monday, meaning Sinaga
could be identified for the first time. The post-graduate student was already serving life, with a minimum term of 20 years,
for the offences he was convicted of in two earlier trials, which took place in summer 2018 and last spring.

Across four separate trials, the Indonesian national was found guilty of 136 counts of rape, eight counts of attempted rape,
14 counts of sexual assault, and one count of assault by penetration, against a total of 48 victims.

Detectives say they have been unable to identify a further 70 victims and are now appealing for anyone who believes they
may have been abused by Sinaga to come forward. At the hearing, Judge Suzanne Goddard QC said Sinaga was "an evil
serial sexual predator who has preyed upon young men" who wanted "nothing more than a good night out with their friends".

"In my judgment you are a highly dangerous, cunning and deceitful individual who will never be safe to be released," she said
- adding that the decision to release prisoners is made by the Parole Board.

Sinaga would wait for men leaving nightclubs and bars before leading them to his flat in Montana House, Princess Street,
often with the offer of somewhere to have a drink or call a taxi. He drugged his victims before assaulting them while they were
unconscious. When the victims woke up many of them had no memory of what had happened.

The student, who denied the charges, had claimed all the sexual activity was consensual and that each man had agreed to being
filmed while pretending to be asleep - a defence described by the judge as "ludicrous".
At an earlier sentencing, the judge said she was sure that Sinaga had used a form of date rape drug such as GHB.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said she was "deeply concerned" by the use of such a drug.

In victim impact statements read out in court, one victim said Sinaga had "destroyed a part of my life", while another said:
"I hope he never comes out of prison and he rots in hell." "I have periods where I can't get up and face the day," another added.
Many of the victims were unaware they had been raped until they were contacted by police.

Lisa Waters, of the St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester, where victims received support, said some men found
this "very difficult to process", with some experiencing mental health issues and suicidal thoughts. Sinaga, who was studying for a
PHD at the University of Leeds, carried out his attacks over several years.

The rapist was caught in June 2017 when one victim, who regained consciousness while being assaulted, fought Sinaga off and
called the police. When officers seized Sinaga's phone they found he had filmed each of his attacks - amounting to hundreds of
hours of footage. The discovery led to the launch of the largest rape inquiry in British history.

Assistant Chief Constable Mabbs Hussain said the true extent of Sinaga's offending would probably never be known.
"We suspect he's offended over a period of 10 years," he said. "The information and evidence we are going from is largely
from trophies that he's collected from the victims of his crimes."

Investigators traced dozens of victims from the videos using clues found in Sinaga's Manchester flat, such as stolen phones, ID cards
and watches. The University of Manchester, where Sinaga was previously a student, said some members of its community had been
"directly affected" by the case and it had set up a dedicated confidential phone line to offer support.

A statement from Vice-Chancellor Dame Nancy Rothwell, said the news was "profoundly distressing" and her thoughts were with all
those affected.

'Staggering tally'
Judge Goddard said the "scale and enormity" of Sinaga's offending meant it was "accurate" for one of his victims to have described
him as a monster. She added that Sinaga had shown "not a jot of remorse" and at times appeared to be "actually enjoying the trial

Following the sentencing, Ian Rushton, from the CPS, said Sinaga was "the most prolific rapist in British legal history" and possibly
"in the world". "His extreme sense of sexual entitlement almost defies belief and he would no doubt still be adding to his staggering
tally had he not been caught," he said.
He added that he thought Sinaga took "a particular pleasure in preying on heterosexual men".

Home Secretary Priti Patel said in response to Sinaga's "truly sickening crimes" she had asked an independent council to prioritise
a review into whether controls for drugs like GHB were "tough enough".
GHB (gammahydroxybutyrate) is a class C drug. Anyone found in possession of it can be imprisoned for up to two years.

Sinaga's trials took place across 18 months at Manchester Crown Court, resulting in unanimous guilty verdicts on all charges.
His convictions relate to crimes he committed from January 2015 to June 2017, but police believe he began offending years earlier...'


Here's a video from someone who usually only deals with the paranormal, but lives in the Manchester area. Deborah Hatswell ponders
on whether the 'Pusher'-problem has a connection to Sinaga. The story of the Pusher is about dead young men beng found in the main
canal that runs through the Manchester city-centre and there was an idea that someone was pushing these -many times, drunken young
men into the fast-flowing water.

There's also many strange disappearances of young men and women in the northern city and Ms. Hatswell looks for any links to this
disgusting monster. I hope the Mancunian accent doesn't impede the listening.

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#BelieveAllWamman... sort of.

Quote:Woman who posed as boy to sexually assault up to 50 girls is jailed.

A woman who posed as a teenage boy to groom and sexually assault up to 50 girls has been jailed for
eight years. Gemma Watts, 21, travelled the country by train to meet the girls, who believed they were
in a relationship with a boy close to their own age.

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Gemma Watts . Ruining the narrative.

Disguised with her long hair tied into a bun and wearing a baseball cap, baggy jogging bottoms and a
hoodie, Watts convinced them she was 16-year-old “Jake Waton”. She used her own picture on Jake’s
Snapchat and Instagram accounts, targeting girls aged 14 to 16 by liking their profiles.

Watts, who lived at home with her mother in Enfield, north London, shared skateboarding videos, used
teenage slang and flattered them with complimentary messages, calling them “babe” or other pet names.
She swapped messages with victims, including intimate photographs, using WhatsApp, Snapchat, or text,
and spoke on the phone before meeting them in person.

Watts was so convincing that she even spent time as Jake with some of the girls’ parents. All of Watts’ victims
believed they were in a relationship with a teenage boy until police revealed she was in fact an adult woman.

The judge, Susan Evans, said there had been significant planning and elements of Watts’s behaviour were
predatory. All the girls she had targeted were vulnerable and some had previously been bullied and had low

The judge said it was worrying that even after being warned by police, Watts continued to groom and meet girls.
“It seems that nothing deterred you,” she said. Evans accepted Watts had a low IQ, was immature, had issues
about her own sexuality and had no previous convictions.
But she said some of the abuse was sustained and some victims had suffered severe psychological harm...'

So a low IQ isn't equated with psychological manipulation?! I'm sure Dr. Lector will feel hurt!

Quote:'Winchester crown court heard that Watts groomed girls as young as 13. On at least one occasion, Watts stuffed
rolled-up socks into her shorts to trick a victim into thinking she had a penis and lied that her breasts were
“man boobs” because she had previously been overweight. The court heard she physically assaulted one
victim and once held a knife towards her throat.

After discovering they had been tricked, some of the victims said they had self-harmed, contemplated killing
themselves and found it difficult to trust anyone. One said: “She’s in my head … I think what she has done to
me is gross, horrible.”
Another said she felt physically sick when she found out she had been deceived and had moved college
because she believed Watts would track her down.

One victim saw images of Watts without her disguise. Watts initially claimed the picture was her cousin and
then claimed it was Jake trying out women’s clothing. When a victim asked Watts why Jake’s bedroom was
pink, she said it used to be a female relative’s room.

After she was arrested, Watts told police she saw it as a game and claimed: “I was only trying to cheer them up
” Barnaby Shaw, prosecuting, said: “It is apparent she was adept at manipulating people.”
Defending, Patrick Maggs said Watts, who had no previous convictions, had a low IQ and was struggling with
her gender and sexuality...'

No previous convictions, until one gets to the bottom of the article!

Quote:'DC Phillipa Kenwright from the Metropolitan police said: “It’s been life-changing for all of the victims involved.
They believed they were in a relationship with a young teenage boy, to then find out this was actually a female.

“For some of these girls it was their first relationship … She’s duped them the whole time. A lot of these victims
are young, quite innocent. They have been completely taken in by Gemma Watts. They all believed they were in
a relationship with a male.”

Investigators have identified a total of seven victims, some of whom do not want to give a statement.
But DC Kenwright said: “I think there will be further victims, who were in a relationship with Watts, who will now
realise she is a woman. I think there could be 20 to 50. I think she had been grooming other young victims online
using social media profiles, which are very believable.”

Watts first came to the attention of Hampshire police in March 2018 after a doctor raised concerns that a girl
was in a relationship with an older boy. The Met got involved in July that year after the defendant admitted she
had been sexually active as Jake with the first three victims.

She was released under investigation by Hampshire police but arrested again in October 2018 by British Transport
Police officers, who found her with the fourth girl, from the West Midlands, after the victim was reported missing by
her parents.

Officers had initially believed Watts was 16-year-old Jake and were taking her home to London before making the
link. Scotland Yard secured a civil sexual risk order in November 2018, in an effort to protect the public, which Watts
breached just two weeks later.

She was held on remand after being arrested for sexual assault in March last year but was free again in August when
she was acquitted. Watts was finally charged in September and pleaded guilty to seven offences of sexual assault
and grooming against 14- and 15-year-old girls in November...'
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Another fine example of the Police getting to grips with crime or just a deflection piece?
Anyway, does anyone in South Wales or the Plymouth area of the UK recognise these two e-fit images from
42 years ago?

Quote:E-fits of witnesses released after rugby players gang raped woman at hotel.

'The victim of the assault, who was 17 at the time of the 1978 attack, has urgently called on two
witnesses to name her attackers. The duo's e-fits have been released by police.

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The e-fits of two witnesses to a gang rape by members of a touring rugby team have been released more
than 40 years after the assault. The woman, then 17, was raped multiples times by several mean at a hotel
in Plymouth in 1978.
Police believe the men were part of a rugby club visiting from Plymouth and South Wales.

The victim had been with a friend at the Safari Club, now known as the Notte Inn, when they met a man understood
to have been in his 20s. The victim and her friend had been socialising in the Safari Club –now known as the Notte
Inn –when they met a man, believed to be in his twenties.

He said he was a maths teacher and was part of a sports team on tour from South Wales. The girl left her friend and
went with the teacher to his room at the Strathmore Hotel. Around an hour later a large group of men, believed to have
been known to the teacher, barged into the room and the victim was subjected to multiple rapes.

The men who committed the offence were all described as white, clean shaven and believed to be in their twenties.
Afterwards, during the early evening, the teacher and another man visited the Duke of Cornwall Hotel with the traumatised
girl and her friend.
Police are trying to trace these two men as vital witnesses. The victim has helped create e-fit images of them.

Detective Superintendent Jo Hall, who is leading the investigation, said: "I believe these men are the key to identifying the
individuals who carried out this horrendous attack as it is clear that the group of men are known to each other.

"We must remember that these images are based on the men in 1978, over 40 years ago, so they would have changed
considerably in that time and are likely to be in their sixties now.

"I would like to hear from anyone who recognises these men and I would remind the public that I am seeking these men as
witnesses to a horrific crime upon a young female." As part of the investigation, detectives are also appealing for the help
of anyone who was working or staying at the hotel at the time.

Ms Hall added: "These offences have had a significant impact upon the life of this woman and they remain with her to this day.
"Although this happened over 40 years ago there is every likelihood that allegiances have changed in that time and now is the
time to do the right thing.

"If you recognise either of these men or have any information about these offences or who could have committed them please
contact us. I need the help of the public to trace the men responsible."
The alleged offences took place on a Saturday in late January or early February in 1978 at the now closed Strathmore Hotel in
Elliot Street...'
The Daily Star: They pay for stories.


More 'fun and games' in the Manchester area of the UK. Doesn't make you proud to be British?

Quote:Paedophile couple jailed after plotting to molest friend’s son, 5.

'A mother has described her best friend as a monster after it emerged she had plotted to sexually abuse
her young son with her boyfriend.

The mum, who cannot be named, said she finds it difficult to trust anyone after messages revealed Keeli Burlingham
and Peter Taylor, both 33, wanted to molest her five-year-old boy. They have been jailed for 30 years for sex attacks
on five children as young as three were uncovered.

The mother said: ‘I was there for Keeli and she was there for me. I felt she was my best friend and yet she has committed
the ultimate betrayal, I found it too hard to understand that she could do something like that… ‘I see her as two people
–the previous best friend and a monster. I struggle to trust anyone now.
‘I didn’t understand what hatred was before this but I understand now. I have never been so angry in my life I don’t think I
can get over this or let this lie.’ 

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The bullsh*t images Keeli Burlingham and Peter Taylor used in the cyber-world.

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The sad reality of the same couple off the the internet.

The couple met online in 2016 and Taylor asked Burlingham, both from Dukinfield, Manchester, to dress as a schoolgirl
for him for sexual kicks. But then the messages took a sinister turn and they ended up swapping images and conversations
so graphic that a senior detective described them as the most appalling she had ever read.

Prosecutors said Burlingham had been manipulated by Taylor, but added that she also got a sexual kick out of the child
abuse. Burlingham sent pictures of herself to Taylor while molesting a three-year-old girl she was babysitting.

She also sent images she secretly took of an 11-year-old girl getting undressed in a changing room, who he later molested
in a swimming pool.

Taylor became obsessed with the girl and the pair exchanged messages suggesting they give her friends sleeping tablets
so they could abuse them. She also sent images she secretly took of a girl getting undressed at a swimming pool who he
became obsessed with and went on to abuse.

Police found they had more than 5,000 pictures of children, including 1,044 of the most serious images. Burlingham and
Taylor blamed their sexual offending on having ‘low self esteem’ as a result of failed marriages, adding that she was
desperate to please him.
Taylor was jailed for 18 years after denying the allegation while Burlingham pleaded guilty and received a 12-year prison

Judge Mark Savill said: ‘You were concealing a dark secret –a revolting sexual attraction to young children of both sexes
that was lying dormant prior to you meeting Burlingham. ‘The actions of both of you were outrageous and abhorrent and
involved the most precious members of our society –its children.

‘While most of the children are never likely to appreciate what was done to them I have in mind their parents who will have
to deal with and suppress these events throughout their life.’ Detective Chief Inspector Judith Holmes said: ‘Prison is
absolutely where they belong.

Discussions between the two planning the sexual abuse found on their phones were some of the most appalling
conversations I have seen in my career.’...'

How does a person get like this?

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I love the way the BBC attempt to paint this criminal as a reformed 'get-back-to-work' type of guy
even after listing his previous convictions.
Please note that one facet of his past criminal behavior are machete attacks.

Quote:Leyton machete attack: Van driver guilty of wounding PC.

'A van driver who repeatedly struck a police officer with a machete during a routine traffic stop has been found guilty
of wounding with intent.

Muhammad Rodwan attacked PC Stuart Outten, 29, after he was pulled over in Leyton, east London,
on 7 August. The officer was badly injured and has yet to return to work.

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PC Outten suffered several injuries including six wounds to the head.
Muhammad Rodwan was convicted of wounding with intent but found not guilty of attempted murder.
Several of Rodwan's dreadlocks were pulled out during the struggle.

Rodwan, 56, of Luton, had claimed he was acting in self defence. He was convicted of wounding with intent but found
not guilty of attempted murder. In a victim impact statement read out to the Old Bailey PC Outten said: "This incident
has changed my life but I hope it has not changed the way I police."

Rodwan, who has previous convictions for rape and two other machete attacks, was also cleared by the jury of possessing
an offensive weapon. Mrs Justice Carr adjourned sentencing until Friday morning.

PC Outten suffered six blows to the head from a 2ft-long blade after stopping Rodwan's white van for having no insurance.
The defendant said he was not aware at the time that the insurance on his van had expired 12 days earlier.

Following the attack PC Outten said he counted himself "very lucky" to survive, saying "thankfully" his head was hard enough
to withstand the onslaught. He suffered six deep wounds to the head, exposing his skull, slash wounds to his arm, several
broken fingers and three severed tendons in one hand.
Bleeding heavily from deep gashes to the head and arm the Met Police officer Tasered Rodwan twice before subduing him,
the Old Bailey heard.

Rodwan told jurors he did not recall punching PC Outten before he was arrested.
In the struggle, the officer pulled some of Rodwan's dreadlocks out, which was "extremely painful", and grabbed his throat, he
said. "I could not breathe at all," Rodwan told his trial.
"It felt like he cracked my throat, squeezed so hard it felt like it was popping."

Rodwan said he retrieved his machete from the van but could not remember how many times he hit PC Outten with it before
getting out. He said: "I was just trying to hit him to get him away from me."

The defendant said he did not know Pc Outten had a Taser and had raised the machete up to "try to scare him away from me".

Graphic footage from the police officer's body worn camera showed Rodwan punching the officer before grabbing a sharpened
machete as Pc Outten tried to arrest him. Rodwan had claimed he had the machete in his van for his gardening work.
The jury was told the defendant had a conviction for rape in 1982.

And in 1997 at Snaresbrook Crown Court he was convicted of two offences of wounding with intent for an unprovoked machete
on a tenant and his friend for which he was sentenced to nine years in prison.

At the time of his arrest last year, Rodwan gave a relative's address in Luton, Bedfordshire, but went on to tell jurors he slept in
his van around Waltham Forest. During his trial, Mrs Justice Carr ruled Rodwan's violent past was inadmissible despite jurors
asking about previous convictions.

Det Ch Insp Nathan Munson, who led the investigation, said: "Rodwan was not acting in self-defence on that day - the number of
blows, the force of the blows and targeted blows to PC Outten's head proved this.
"It is reassuring for Londoners to know this violent individual will be unable to cause harm to other members of the emergency
services or the wider public."

Following the verdicts, Det Ch Supt Richard Tucker paid tribute to PC Outten, saying: "He did what I would hope the vast majority
of police officers in the country would do. "He had the training, he put that into action, notwithstanding he was very, very lucky that
day and I'm very, very proud of Stuart.
"He did an amazing job to apprehend that individual."

According to figures from the Metropolitan Police, 5,900 officers and staff were attacked between January and December last year,
compared to 5,700 in the period between November 2018 and October 2019.
A total of 45% involved some form of injury, and of those, 10% amounted to grievous bodily harm or grievous bodily harm with intent...'

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I don't know why I'm replying to the above post. I actually have no words.   tinyhuh 

Until the "courts" start laying down some serious penalties for these attackers, it will never change. But, we know why they don't. It's all about hurting the optics of their "diversity-friendly" views.

It makes my blood boil!   tinyok
(01-23-2020, 06:42 PM)Mystic Wanderer Wrote: I don't know why I'm replying to the above post. I actually have no words.   tinyhuh 

Until the "courts" start laying down some serious penalties for these attackers, it will never change. But, we know why they don't. It's all about hurting the optics of their "diversity-friendly" views.

It makes my blood boil!   tinyok

I understand you're astonishment, but you see, it's not his fault because of the colour of his skin.
The BBC regularly tell me so.
Edith Head Gives Good Wardrobe. 
Where do they get these people from?

Quote:Professor who said British Empire did more damage than Nazis hits out at white ‘psychosis’.

'An academic has hit out at the ‘psychosis of whiteness’ after saying the British Empire did more
damage than the Nazis.

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Dr Kehinde Andrews.

Birmingham City University’s Dr Kehinde Andrews appeared on Good Morning Britain on Monday
to discuss the renaming of the MBE and OBE. He appeared alongside Breakin’ Convention founder
Jonzi D, a dancer and spoken word artist, who turned down an MBE for its connection to the British
Empire and the empire’s history of slavery. Jonzi D said: ‘I didn’t want the label of ‘Member of the
British Empire’ on my chest.’

Piers Morgan then challenged the panel on whether they accepted the empire ‘wasn’t all bad’.
Journalist Toby Young said the empire abolished slavery, which Dr Andrews said was ‘not true’.

The professor of black studies said: ‘The way we remember this history is so bad, that we actually
think we can find comfort in this system which killed tens of millions, probably hundreds of millions of
people, rape, murder, torture, famine.

‘Whiteness is a psychosis – you can’t have a reasonable explanation.’ Both Piers and Susanna Reid
challenged the professor on his use of the word ‘psychosis’ and accused the professor of racism.

Dr Andrews told the programme: ‘Whiteness is not just for white people, there are black people, Asian
people, who also purport the psychosis of whiteness. It’s about the idea.
‘It’s about the fact that in the 21st century, 60% of British people believe that empire was a force for good.
‘That’s like saying the Nazis built motorways, so we should celebrate them. It’s literally an irrational view.’

He added: ‘The British Empire did far more harm for the world for a far more sustained period of time.
It lasted for like 300 years.’
The professor went on to say that concentration camps were first trialled in the British Empire and that
‘the logic of race, that this is something you can kill, and rape, and murder for’ was ‘heavily trialled’ in
the British Empire.

Furious viewers slammed the ‘anti-white’ academic online before he took to Twitter to back up his claim.
Taking to his social media page, he posted a grab of author Carol Anderson’s book White Rage and wrote:

‘Yes, Whiteness is a psychosis.
Much respect to @ProfCAnderson for the excellent White Rage.
First stop on my reading our for the #PsychosisOfWhiteness book.’

He later tweeted:
‘The British Empire lasted far longer, did more damage and in many
ways, paved the way for the Nazi’s and their genocidal ideology.
‘We do no favours to the victims of the Holocaust by pretending
otherwise. If we forget the past we are likely to repeat it.’

Dr Andrews previously narrated a film titled the Psychosis of Whiteness which investigated perceptions of
race and racism by exploring cinematic representations of the slave trade. The documentary looked at the
way big budget films focus on the transatlantic slave trade and, according to its synopsis, argues that ‘rather
than blaming the powerful institutions that are responsible for slavery, these films rewrite history by praising
those same institutions for abolishing the slave trade’...'

He's a Mong.

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It may seem to some that I'm cherry-picking articles just to be the usual white male racist,
but there are caucasians who commit crimes, but rarely are they part of the law enforcement.

I would also wager that the BBC felt uncomfortable reporting this one too!

Quote:Bradford policeman guilty of insurance fraud.

'A serving police officer has been found guilty of making a fraudulent insurance claim - after his own dashcam
footage incriminated him.

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Mohammed Yasin Mulla's dashcam footage indicated he had been lying.

Mohammed Yasin Mulla had claimed flying debris cracked his car's windscreen, causing injury and repair costs.
Mulla, a West Yorkshire Police officer, made claims of about £10,000 after driving on the M606 in Bradford.
He was found guilty of fraud by false representation and sentenced to 250 hours of unpaid work, plus court costs.

The 38-year-old, of Elwyn Grove, Bradford, claimed debris that flew off a van in front cracked his car's windscreen
and caused damage to the bonnet and roof. He also claimed to have suffered neck and shoulder injuries because
he had suddenly swerved and braked.

However, his trial at Leeds Crown Court heard that Mulla's own dashcam footage showed a piece of polystyrene
flying towards his car, but missing it. It did not cause any damage and Mulla had not tried to avoid it

Det Ch Supt Oz Khan said West Yorkshire Police's professional standards directorate was investigating and would
consider "appropriate action". "The officer remains on restricted duties," he added.

Det Con Peter Gartland, of City of London Police, which led the investigation, said: "Police officers are expected to be
honest and act with integrity, and the vast majority do, but cases such as this one threaten to damage the police's

Allianz Insurance suspected a fraudulent claim and forwarded the case in January 2018.
James Burge, of Allianz, said: "What was unusual in this case, was that the defendant provided the dashcam footage
that ended up incriminating him."...'

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My guess is they'll find this old fella dead in his cell within six months. Dirty bastard.
A six-year-old kid... where's those shears, I'll sort it.

Quote:Man jailed 50 years after raping girl in Prescot.

'A man who raped a six-year-old girl when he was a teenager has been jailed almost 50 years after the offence.
Thomas Nulty, 64, raped the child in the early 1970s in Prescot, Merseyside, Liverpool Crown Court heard.
The victim revealed her ordeal to police in April 2018.

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Nulty denied rape but was convicted following a trial, and admitted five offences involving the sexual abuse of
two other children. He has been jailed for seven years and six months.

Judge Gary Woodhall said he had taken into account that Nulty had been 16 years old at the time and "did not
have family nurturing to understand boundaries and behaviour". Nulty, now of Huddersfield Road, Oldham, had
been brought up in two care homes where he was abused as a young boy, the court heard.

'Little empathy'
The court heard he raped the girl in her own bed while babysitting her. He threatened her not to tell anyone or her
mother would die. Judge Woodhall, who ordered him to sign on the sex offenders register for life, said Nulty "had
shown little empathy or remorse", adding: "You admitted having been sexually aroused by the power it gave you."

He said the rape victim spoke of how his behaviour had "ruined her life" and she had needed help for mental health
issues. In an impact statement she told how when she was young she had tried to kill herself and had always felt
"isolated and alone".
She described herself as always being in a state of anxiety.

Nulty was jailed for five years in 1995 for indecently assaulting a 12-year-old girl and a young woman.
The judge pointed out that while in jail he had undergone a sex offender's treatment programme and had not

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It seems that the UK's Home Office has become aware of what their grooming-gang findings
may mean to those who reside on this little island with these perverted men.

Quote:Grooming gang review kept secret as Home Office claims releasing findings ‘not in public interest’.

'The government is refusing to release official research on the characteristics of grooming gangs, claiming
it is not in the “public interest”.

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Members of a grooming gang convicted of abusing girls in Huddersfield.

Survivors accused ministers of making “empty promises”, while a man who prosecuted abusers in Rochdale
called for the Home Office to “show some courage and publish” its findings. It comes after The Independent
revealed that almost 19,000 suspected child sexual exploitation victims were identified by local authorities
in just one year, sparking renewed calls for prevention efforts.

Sajid Javid promised the review as home secretary in July 2018, pledging that there would be “no no-go areas
of inquiry”. “I will not let cultural or political sensitivities get in the way of understanding the problem and doing
something about it,” he said at the time.

“We know that in these recent high profile cases, where people convicted have been disproportionately from a
Pakistani background. “I’ve instructed my officials to explore the particular contexts and characteristics of these
types of gangs.”

But the government has made no further announcements on the review following Mr Javid’s move to the Treasury
last year. It has, however, said it will soon publish a national strategy that will set out a “whole system response to
all forms of child sexual abuse”.

In December, The Independent was told that the work had been completed but would only be used for internal
policy-making and would not be publicly released. In response to a freedom of information (FOI) request asking
for the research carried out and any reports drawn up as a result, the Home Office confirmed it held the information
but would not release it.

In a letter to The Independent, officials said they had applied a “public interest test” but the information was exempt
from the act because it concerned the development of government policy. “One of the main purposes of the exemption
is to protect the ‘safe space’ necessary for ministers and officials to consider policy options in private without risk of
premature disclosure,” it added. 

“Disclosure would risk pre-empting decisions still to be made by ministers. In addition, the information could be
misleading if made public and used out of context.”

The Home Office’s FOI unit said the documents also included “operationally sensitive” information from police and
could prejudice ongoing investigations.
The letter added: “We recognise that this topic in general and any insight and learning are matters of strong public
interest, although it does not necessarily follow that it is in the public interest to disclose any specific information
relating to it.”

Sammy Woodhouse, a Rotherham victim who helped expose the scandal, told The Independent she believed the
research was going to be made public. “I always got the impression they were going to do a full report and get
something official,” she said.

“A lot of people were backing it, it’s ridiculous they’re not releasing it.
“We keep hearing ‘we’re going to do this and that’, and when it actually comes to it there’s nothing. It’s empty promises
all the time.”

Another woman, who was also sexually abused by a grooming gang in Rotherham and wanted to remain anonymous,
said she was “disappointed and frustrated” by the decision not to release the report. “The government’s repeated failure
to acknowledge the role of racism and religious bigotry in grooming gang crime has led to inadequate investigation,
protection and prosecution,” she said.
“Prevention of future grooming gang crime can only come through counter-narrative sex and relationships education.”

The woman is campaigning for changes to hate crime guidance and the creation of a parliamentary committee to
examine gender-based violence linked to faith and belief. A former chief prosecutor who initiated charges against
a grooming gang in Rochdale warned that far-right groups were using a “vacuum” of reliable information to spread
their beliefs and gain support. 

Nazir Afzal said he had been calling for formal research on potential links between ethnicity and street-based abuse
since 2012. “The misinformation and anecdote are exploited by white supremacists and others with an agenda,” he
“The sooner we have evidence, the sooner we can truly confront it. The Home Office should show some courage and

Mr Javid’s original pledge was in response to a letter from a cross-party group of politicians who called for the Home
Office to undertake research into common patterns of behaviour and drivers of grooming gangs.

Sarah Champion, the Labour MP for Rotherham, was among the signatories and voiced hope at the time that the review
would prevent abuse and protect children. The Home Office has said it will soon publish a national strategy that will set
out a “whole system response to all forms of child sexual abuse”.

A spokesperson for the government department said: “Child sexual abuse is a sickening crime and predators who abuse
children will face the full force of the law. “We’re pursuing work on a number of fronts to understand the characteristics of
group-based offending and the contexts in which it occurs.
This includes ongoing work commissioned by the previous home secretary and will inform future government policies on
child sexual abuse.

“New sentencing laws will also ensure the most serious violent and sexual offenders spend time in prison that matches
the severity of their crimes, protecting victims and giving the public confidence in the criminal justice system.”...'
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