Man posts revenge porn on swingers websites

31st October 2019

Cases of revenge porn, the sharing of a “private sexual photograph or film” of another person without their consent and with the purpose of causing embarrassment or distress, continue to be reported on regularly in the media.  The disturbing case of Darren Rowe recently came to my attention. Darren Rowe, aged 49, a builder from […]

Theft of Passport Photographs

25th October 2019

A Durham passport worker, James Close has pleaded guilty to stealing 30 photographs of girls from passport applications and making indecent images of children. Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court heard that James Close stole the photographs whilst employed by the Passport Office in Durham.  The thefts occurred between May and December 2018. Following his guilty pleas […]

Acute Behavioural Disorder: do public authorities require better training?

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine describes Acute Behavioural Disorder (ABD) as the “sudden onset of aggressive and violent behaviour.” Recent cases demonstrate that most public authorities are ill-equipped to deal with cases of ABD. On 11 April 2017, Doug Oak was suffering from Acute Behavioural Disorder. This condition caused him to act erratically; for […]

Medomsley officers at court today

24th October 2019

Two former members of staff who used to work at Medomsley Detention Centre, County Durham have today appeared at court having been charged with offences arising from historical allegations of sexually and physically abusing young inmates at the Detention Centre. Ian Nicholson faces three counts of sexual assault, four counts of assault occasioning actual bodily […]

IICSA provisional decision to no longer investigate Medomsley abuse

18th October 2019

The Chair of IICSA has made a provisional decision that IICSA will no longer investigate the scandalous and significant level of child sexual abuse at the Detention Centre over more than two decades. On behalf of our clients we are disappointed with the Inquiry Chair’s Provisional Decision and have written to make extensive representations that […]

Former Tory lawyer sentenced for upskirting

10th October 2019

Former Tory government lawyer Daren Timson-Hunt recently became the fourth person to be convicted of the new offence of ‘Upskirting’ in England and Wales. The purposeful capturing of images under an individual’s clothing, for the purposes of obtaining sexual gratification, became an offence under the Voyeurism (Offences) Act in April of this year. Timson-Hunt pleaded […]

Former Liverpool Footballer has sentence reduced

9th October 2019

As the summer drew to a close, the national press was buzzing with opinions on the immediate prison sentence imposed on Dean Saunders, former Liverpool striker, for an offence of refusing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis. Saunders’ representative confirmed to Chester Magistrates Court that the sentence would be appealed to the Crown […]

10% of Police Staff not correctly vetted

1st October 2019

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary has stated in a recent report that Police Forces must do more to root out sexual predators. The report highlighted the case of Ian Naude who became a Police Officer and went on to rape a 13 year old girl. The Inspectorate referred to vetting being the first line of defence […]