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Office for National Statistics: Domestic Abuse Figures

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New figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that incidents of domestic abuse account for one in every ten crimes recorded by police.

1/3 of all violent crimes

Domestic abuse offences also account for a third of all reported violent crimes, according to the latest Crime Survey for England and Wales.

Areas in which domestic abuse is most common are the West Midlands, with 7.33 cases in every 100 adults, and Wales with an average of 7.07, whilst London is the least likely place for an offence to take place with just 4.57 cases in every 100 adults.

The report also confirms that there are more domestic homicide cases involving males killing females than cases where the female was the killer.

Domestic Abuse in England & Wales April 2015 – March 2016

1.8 million adults aged 16 – 59 experienced domestic abuse in the last year

1.2 million (64%) of those victims were female

651,000 (36%) were male

• A violent attack occurred in 78% of incidents

• Of those 1.8million adults, 1.03million reported the crime to police

• In 41% of all cases reported, police concluded that a domestic abuse incident had occurred

Offenders were charged in 70% of cases referred to the Crown Prosecution Service by police

• Offenders pleaded guilty in 68% of those cases referred to the CPS

• Meaning 91% of recorded ‘successful cases’ in the last year were due to guilty pleas

Domestic homicide figures

Another topic the survey looked into was domestic homicides, which account for a third of all murders in England and Wales. According to the ONS, there have been 432 cases of domestic murders between April 2012 and March 2015. 315 (73%) of those victims were female while 27%, or 117, were male.

Of women killed by a current or ex-partner, 97% were killed by a male compared to women being the offender in a third of cases in which a male was murdered by a current or former partner.

Commenting on the figures relating to domestic abuse, Lucy Hastings, of the charity Victim Support said:

“It is harrowing to learn that last year, nearly 2 million adults experienced domestic abuse, including one in eight women aged 16 to 19.

“That the prevalence is so high among this age group demonstrates the importance of high-quality sex and relationships education being available to equip young people with the tools they need to understand healthy relationships, make safe choices and know how to seek advice and support.”

While Louisa Rolf, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead on domestic abuse, said:

“The better our data, the better we understand domestic abuse as a crime and the more we can do to support victims and prevent harm, which is what really matters.

“However, this is only the first phase of a wider project and caution must be taken when interpreting the data or trying to make direct comparisons across different organisations, methodologies and points in time. For now, it should be used to stimulate thought rather than draw conclusions.”

Ms Rolf added that the statistics “do not currently represent the extent of our commitment to tackling domestic abuse and the scale of the challenge we face. It is still far too acceptable in society”. She went on to say:

“Reports to the police are continuing to rise, and the gap between experienced crime and recorded crime is narrowing. It is good to see more victims having the confidence to come forward and start to take back control from those who seek to control and intimidate them. Domestic abuse is a serious crime and never the fault of the victim. We are here to help.”

Abuse Claims – Expert Advice

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Source: Guardian

FBI Investigation Leads UK Police to Paedophile

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A British man has been arrested following an investigation by the FBI into child abuse and the dark web.

FBI investigation

As part of a worldwide probe into illegal online activities, law enforcement officers in the US accessed the servers of an internet forum called Playpen.

Whilst monitoring the site, on which users can access and exchange child abuse images, FBI officers acquired the IP address of someone using the site in Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland. The address was passed on to the UK’s National Crime Agency, who seized three computers from Steven Archer’s grandmother’s home in the town.

UK investigation

31 year old Archer originally denied any wrongdoing, leading to prosecutors spending more than £5,000 in preparation for the case – including sending computer experts to Newcastle from various parts in the UK.

However, after an interrogation of the three machines seized, it became apparent that Archer was indeed the user in Houghton who had been accessing the illicit site. Police found that the 31 year old had used the site for a total of ten hours and five minutes, during which time he had accessed a total of 964 images on the site.

During the police investigation it was found that of the 964 images Archer had accessed, only one remained on his computer – the rest had been deleted. It was also found after examining his computers that Archer had deliberately searched for images of child abuse.

Sentencing

Despite his initial denial, on the day of the trial Archer pleaded guilty to two charges of making indecent images of children.

Steven Archer was sentenced to 11 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, at Newcastle Crown Court.

Mr Recorder Euan Duff also outlined rehabilitation requirements and a sex offender treatment programme Archer must attend, as well as ordering him to sign the sex offenders register and abide by a sexual harm prevention order for five years.

The paedophile was ordered to pay £3,000 in costs.

Sexual abuse claims – expert advice

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Source: Sunderland Echo

Sexual Abuse | Former Football Players Speak Up

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Last week, the former professional footballer Andy Woodward waved his right to anonymity to speak publicly about the sexual abuse he suffered as a child by his youth coach, scout and serial paedophile, Barry Bennell.

Crew Alexandra

Bennell, now 62, was employed at Crewe Alexandra in the 80s and 90s. He also had a close association with Stoke and Manchester City, along with various other junior teams in Cheshire and Greater Manchester, as well as Derbyshire and Staffordshire.

Speaking on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show, Woodward said he was playing for Stockport Boys when he caught Bennell’s attention. He was invited to train with one of Bennell’s teams on Manchester City’s pitches at Platt Lane, before being directed towards Crewe Alexandra’s youth setup.

Sexual abuse

From the age of 11, Bennell would abuse Woodward at his home in the Peak District. A home which Mr Woodward describes as ‘a treasure trove, a child’s dream’ filled with fruit machines, pool tables and exotic animals. According to the former footballer, now 43, Bennell would use threats and blackmail to keep his victims quiet.

“What he’d do sometimes, to show the fear factor and make sure I never told anyone, was get out some nun-chucks,

“He was a master with them. He’d tell me to hold out a piece of paper. I’d be physically shaking. Then he’d hit it with enough force to split it in half and make a little comment: ‘You see what I can do, you see how powerful I am?’

“It was either threats of violence or he’d use football to manipulate control. If I upset him in any way, he’d drop me from the team. ‘At any point,’ he’d tell me, ‘you will go, you will disappear and that dream won’t happen.’ It was emotional blackmail, all the time.”

When Woodward was 14, Bennell began a relationship with his older sister. She was sixteen and as Bennell was significantly older, he told his teenage victim that he would never play football again he told anyone about their relationship. Once the relationship became public, the paedophile would come round for dinner every Sunday, forcing his victim to suffer in silence as he laughed and joked with his family. Then at age 18, Woodward was forced to stand by his abuser’s side as he married his sister and became his brother-in-law.

Woodward made his professional debut for Crewe aged 19 and went on to sign for Bury in 1995, then Sheffield United and Scunthorpe United. His career ended at the age of 29. According to Woodward, this was because he was unable to cope with the unbearable aftereffects of the abuse he had endured for so long – he would often break down, suffering panic attacks during matches.

Police investigation

Another victim of Bennell reported their abuse to police and three different forces began an investigation into the youth coach. The investigation, led by Cheshire, Derbyshire and North Wales police, also involved allegations of the abuse of young boys in Spain and the United States.

Multiple prison sentences

In 1998, Barry Bennell was sentenced to nine years in prison after he pleaded guilty to sexual offences against a six boys, aged between 9 and 15 at the time of their abuse. He was primarily charged with a total of 45 offences, including buggery and attempted buggery, but was only charged for 23. The other 22 cases were allowed to lie on file.

The hearing took place at Chester Crown Court, during which a number of disturbing truths came to light. The court heard how one of the offences had taken place at the home of Crewe Alexandra’s manager of more than 24 years, Dario Gradi – although he was unaware of the abuse. Another offence took place on one of the club’s training pitches. The Judge told the court that Bennell would exploit the power he had to “point young boys in the right direction and help them with their careers and wishes to become successful footballers. They were prepared to do almost anything you asked.”

Following his release, Bennell was sent back to jail – this time in the US. He was arrested in Florida and served a four-year sentence in the States for offences against a boy during a football tour. Bennell was described by US authorities as having “almost an insatiable appetite” for young boys.

Then in May 2015, the former scout was sentenced to two years in prison for another historical sexual offence, the abuse of a 12-year-old boy on a football course in Macclesfield in 1980.

Bennell has since been released from prison.

More victims come forward

Woodward has said that he has spoken of his abuse publicly in the belief there are many others who suffered the same ordeal. Due to Bennell’s employment and association with so many youth teams over a three decade period, it is thought the number of victims of sexual abuse in football could potentially be in the hundreds.

According to Chester police, since Mr Woodward’s interview on the Victoria Derbyshire programme a total of 11 people have come forward to speak of their abuse as young aspiring young footballers at the hands of Bennell.

Chris Unsworth, 44, said he decided to wave his anonymity after his girlfriend showed him Woodward’s interview on the show. Mr Unsworth was a youth player at Manchester City when Bennell was there. He then proceeded to move to Crewe with the coach when he was about 12 years old. Mr Unsworth would stay at Bennell’s house with a number of other boys. They would all stay in the same bed with Bennell and this is where the abuse would take place. Mr Unsworth was just 9 years old. He added:

“We never spoke to each other about it; I was raped between 50 and 100 times.”

Another victim, Jason Dunford, said that Bennell attempted to touch him when he was staying at a Butlins holiday camp after winning a football tournament with the Manchester City youth team. He told Bennell to ‘get off’ him and according to Mr Dunford he was ‘tormented’ by Bennell from that point.

Former Manchester City and England player, David White, 49, said Bennell abused him between 1979 and 1980.
Ex-Crewe Alexandra player Steve Walters, 44, said he had also been abused by Bennell when he was 13 or 14. The offence took place during a trip to Anglesey. Mr Walters added that he “struggles with nightmares and sleeping problems” and had has counselling.

Other abusers

In his interview, Woodward also added that he strongly believes that Bennell and another paedophile worked together to plot the abuse that took place.

A dedicated NSPCC hotline was set up after the claims relating to former footballers were made public. The hotline has received over 100 calls from alleged victims within the first two hours of going live.

Ex-Liverpool player Paul Stewart has come forward to speak of how he was abused by another coach every day for four years. Mr Stewart claims his abuser got away with the offences because he threatened to kill his relatives if he ever told anyone.

One other former footballer has spoken out about how he was a victim of George Ormond, the former Newcastle United youth coach who was jailed in 2002 for sexually abusing young footballers.

Sexual abuse & assault claims – expert advice

If you have been affected by any instance of physical sexual abuse or by any instance of non-physical sexual abuse, contact us today. We offer expert advice on sexual abuse claims, and we guarantee your confidentiality at all times. For further information, and to discover how we could help you, begin a conversation with our experienced and friendly team. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Source: BBC News; Guardian; Sky News; Liverpool Echo

Men Seek Help for Child Abuse Image Addiction

Over the last twelve months or so, 41 men from Merseyside have called a helpline looking for help after becoming addicted to child abuse images, according to a child abuse and exploitation charity.

Lucy Faithfull Foundation

According to figures published by the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, a charity that campaigns against the sexual exploitation of children, the men called the foundation’s anonymous helpline between October 2015 and September this year.

A further 20 adults, mainly wives and parents, called the helpline seeking advice as they were concerned about the internet viewing habits of their husband or son.

Stop It Now! Campaign

The foundation’s ‘Stop It Now!’ campaign includes a series of interactive videos in which the viewer must make decisions along the way that determine whether the character – a man from a loving home who becomes addicted to indecent images of children – seeks help or ends up in jail.

The campaign’s helpline received 33 calls between October 2015 and September 2016 from males in Cheshire asking for help with their child abuse image addiction. In that same time, the foundation received 36 calls from men in Greater Manchester and 35 from men in Lancashire also asking for help.

Chief Superintendent Chris Green, from Titan, the North West’s organised crime unit, said:

“Every one of us has a part to play in putting a stop to the sexual exploitation of children online and I would encourage parents, grandparents, teachers, health professionals, social services and any other adults to take time to better educate themselves.

“Titan, working alongside forces across the region, is committed to the protection and wider safeguarding of young people and, in doing so, we will work with partner agencies to, where possible, prevent such abuse and investigate such incidents.”

Child abuse prevention expert and founder of ‘Stop It Now!’ Donald Findlater added:

“Imagine what it is like for a husband and father to have to tell his wife and children that he has been arrested for viewing sexual images of children online, and then having to tell his boss and then his friends.

“We have worked with thousands of men after they have been arrested, all with bitter regrets about the harm they have done to their families, to the victims in the images they viewed and to themselves.

“We need the tens of thousands of men still viewing these images to realise that what they are doing is illegal and to make sure they stop.

“Here at Stop it Now! we give them all the help we can by phone and online – and it is confidential.
“But we also want to hear from wives, partners, parents who are worried about a loved one’s sexual behaviour online.

“We must not turn a blind eye to this behaviour.”

Sexual abuse claims – expert advice

If you have been affected by any instance of physical sexual abuse or by any instance of non-physical sexual abuse, contact us today. We offer expert advice on sexual abuse claims, and we guarantee your confidentiality at all times. For further information, and to discover how we could help you, begin a conversation with our experienced and friendly team. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Source: Liverpool Echo

Top Lawyer Quits Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry

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Another senior lawyer has resigned from the already troubled Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse within Anglican and Catholic churches.

Leading lawyer steps down

Aileen McColgan, who is leading the inquiry’s investigation, has quit over concerns regarding the inquiry’s leadership and the way it had previously responded to the resignation of lawyers instructed by it. Furthermore, BBC Newsnight reports that two other senior lawyers are also threatening to step down over similar concerns.

A spokeswoman for the inquiry said:

“We have a large legal team comprising a number of junior counsel, senior counsel and solicitors. They come and go subject to their professional obligations and we are not commenting on specifics.”

Previous issues

The inquiry has seen a number of high profile figures resign since it was launched two years ago. The current chair, Professor Alexis Jay, is the fourth person to head the inquiry after the previous judge, Dame Lowell Goddard stepped down earlier this year, again over concerns and criticisms surrounding her leadership.

In September, Ben Emmerson – the inquiry’s lead council – was suspended and then resigned a day later amid allegations of sexual assault. His junior colleague, Elizabeth Prochaska, also stood down.

Call for transparency

Chair of the House of Commons home affairs select committee, Yvette Cooper, has called on the inquiry to be ‘more transparent’. Miss Cooper added that her committee would be pursuing evidence from McColgan about why she quit. She went on to say:

“This is a really important inquiry into historic child abuse and it has had a very difficult two-year history so far. What we want is for it to get back on track. There are a lot of survivors depending on it to do a good job.

“We have contacted the other lawyers who have resigned and we have asked them for written evidence and I hope we will be able to do so with Aileen McColgan as well.

“If we can have some transparency about the things that have gone wrong in the past then that will help us be confident that it is all back on track now.”

She added:

“We are in a difficult interim position at the moment, because we know that there were a lot of problems under the previous chair. We don’t know what they were and she’s refused to give oral evidence to us.

“We have a gap now before the new chair has had the chance to set out the results of her review into the inquiry. Prof Jay did an extremely good job on the inquiry she did into Rotherham. And it is important that she should be able to set out her conclusions about how the inquiry should go forward.

“We are caught between those two with a lot of questions unanswered. What is unclear is how much this has been about legacy problems and personality issues … or whether there are ongoing problems for the future.”

Child sex abuse claims – expert advice

If you or anyone you know has been affected by any instance of physical sexual abuse or by any instance of non-physical sexual abuse, contact us today. We offer expert advice on child sex abuse claims, and we guarantee your confidentiality at all times. For further information, and to discover how we could help you, begin a conversation with our experienced and friendly team. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Source: BBC News; Guardian

Manchester Police Launch Manhunt after Rape

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Police in Manchester have launched a major manhunt after a woman was raped at knife-point in her own home at the weekend.

The attacker broke into the 22 year old victim’s home in Old Trafford at about 7.30pm on Saturday 12 November. According to police, he held a knife to his victim’s throat and ordered her to hand over any money she had before he raped her at knife-point.

DI Carl Gillbert, of Greater Manchester police, has appealed to the public for help after the ‘brutal and terrifying rape’. He went on to say:

“This is an absolutely shocking incident and one that is sure to cause much concern to anybody who hears about what has happened. We have increased patrols to provide reassurance to the local community and carry out further enquiries.

“This man forced his way into the address and subjected his victim to a brutal and terrifying rape. We have a team of specially trained officers working to investigate, and [they are] providing her with support at this difficult time.

“The attacker was completely unknown to the woman and I would ask the people of Old Trafford to please contact the investigation team if they believe they may have seen anything suspicious yesterday evening or in the hours following the rape.”

The attacker has been described as white and of medium build, in his 20s or 30s with dark hair. The man was wearing a dark hooded top or coat and dark coloured tracksuit bottoms. Police added that the man spoke with a local accent.

Anybody with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 7655 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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Source: Guardian

New Guidelines: Questioning of Vulnerable Witnesses

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New guidelines relating to vulnerable witnesses have been developed by the legal profession.

Witnesses under pressure

The new guidelines mean that vulnerable witnesses, including children and those with learning difficulties, will not be subject to unnecessarily harsh questioning in court.

The decision comes following a number of instances whereby witnesses have been put under too much pressure in court, including the case of Frances Andrade – a professional violinist who committed suicide four years ago after giving evidence of sexual assault.

Last year, it was also ruled that a judge can limit the cross-examination of a witness’s credibility if this has already been discussed, after a case in which a woman was questioned for almost a week about her past.

Free training programme for advocates

Following the new guidelines, legal bodies such as the Crown Prosecution Service, the Law Society, and the Bar Council amongst others, are offering a free training programme for those who deal with serious sexual offences.

Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC, chair of the Bar Council which represents barristers, said:

“Giving evidence can be difficult or intimidating, especially for vulnerable witnesses, and what they have to say is often vital to the outcome of the case.

“Using specific techniques for cross-examination helps vulnerable witnesses to feel more secure and means that they are more likely to give their best and most accurate evidence. That is in the interests of the witnesses themselves and the interests of justice.”

Miss Doerries added:

“Since a ruling in 2015 there has been a clear prohibition on unnecessarily repetitive cross-examination, and in cases involving vulnerable witnesses, the length and nature of cross-examination must be agreed in advance at a hearing.

“This training programme takes us a step further by developing less intrusive questioning techniques and adapting them for children and vulnerable adults.”

Sexual abuse – expert advice & support

If you have been affected by any instance of physical sexual abuse or by any instance of non-physical sexual abuse, contact us today. We offer expert advice on sexual abuse claims, and we guarantee your confidentiality at all times.

For further information, and to discover how we could help you, begin a conversation with our experienced and friendly team. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Source: Guardian

Two Arrested after Stabbing of 15 Year Old Schoolboy

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A 15 year old schoolboy has been left in a critical, but stable, condition after he was stabbed at his school.

The teenager was outside City of Birmingham School when two young males chased him back inside. The attack took place just after 1.30pm on Thursday 10 November.

Police have confirmed that two boys, aged 16 and 17, have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Superintendent Mark Payne said the investigation so far has been ‘fast paced’:

“We are working closely with the school and if anyone has any information then I am urging them to speak to police or to call us as a matter of urgency.”

It has not yet been confirmed if the two teenagers arrested also attend City of Birmingham School, which is the main pupil referral unit for Birmingham that, specialising in helping children with a range of behavioural issues.

Criminal Injuries – Expert Advice

Criminal injuries compensation may be available if you have experienced physical trauma or psychological trauma as a result of a violent crime. Speaking to a member of our team about your criminal injury may be the first time that you have spoken to anybody about your experience – this is common among our clients. We guarantee complete confidentiality throughout your claim.

We understand that if you have been subjected to an act of violence, your thoughts will turn to making a full recovery – compensation will likely be the last thing on your mind.

There is, however, a government Scheme that provides compensation to victims or their families who have been the innocent victims of violent crime. The Scheme is called the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme and is governed by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

If you would like expert advice on this type of case, contact Hampson Hughes Solicitors today on 0800 888 6 888 or email claims@hampsonhughes.com.

Source: BBC News

Sunderland Man Jailed for Illegal Images

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A 39 year old male from Sunderland has been jailed after police found him to be in possession of over one hundred illegal images and videos, just two months after he was handed a suspended sentence for a similar offence.

Previous offence

Christopher Hutchinson was arrested in October 2015 after a tip-off to police from his internet service provider. He was found to be in possession of around 174 indecent images and videos of children and a judge handed him a suspended sentence.

However just two months later, Hutchinson was found to have started another collection of disturbing images and films involving child abuse and people having sex with animals. The images and films, over one hundred in total, were stored on numerous SD cards and were only discovered when Hutchinson was arrested and searched over an unrelated offence.

Guilty plea

In court, Hutchinson pleaded guilty to making and possessing 40 movies and 37 still images of child abuse, many of which being in the most serious category.

He also pleaded guilty to possessing 25 films and images of extreme pornography involving animals.

Sentencing Hutchinson to two years in prison, Judge Tim Gittins told him:

“It cannot be said enough, the fact that these are images available on parts of the internet does not mean it is not an abuse by you of those children to download them and use them for your sexual gratification.”

The judge added that the fact the 39 year old had started a new collection within two months of being handed his last sentence showed ‘blatant disregard’ for the last court order.

Huthinson, who is already on the Sex Offenders Register and the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, has been assessed by the probation service as posing a “high risk of serious harm to young children by the commission of this sort of offence again”.

Sexual Abuse – Expert Advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in directing sexual abuse claims in a considerate and compassionate manner. You will be given the direct-dial of your case handler, meaning that you will always be able to reach the person you need.

For an open and friendly conversation about your situation, and to find out how we can assist you relevant to your individual experience, call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hh-law.co.uk.

Source: Sunderland Echo

Woman Who Accused Trump of Rape Drops Lawsuit

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A woman who accused Donald Trump of raping her when she was thirteen dropped her lawsuit against the Presidential candidate last week.

Alleged attack

The woman alleged that both Mr Trump and billionaire Jeffrey Epstein raped her in 1994. She claimed that Mr Trump tied her to a bed at a party in Mr Epstein’s Manhattan home before attacking her.

The alleged victim filed a lawsuit against the pair earlier in 2016 under the pseudonym Jane Doe and a tentative court date was set for the civil lawsuit against Mr Trump for 16 December 2016.

Voluntary dismissal

Thomas Meagher, one of the claimant’s lawyers, filed a voluntary one page document dismissing the case in district court in Manhattan, New York on Friday (4th November). Another lawyer for the alleged victim, Lisa Bloom, cited “numerous threats” against her client after she abruptly cancelled a planned event at which she was to speak publicly about her claims.

Ms Bloom went on to say:

“She is living in fear. She has decided that she is too afraid to show her face.

“She has been here all day, ready to do it, but unfortunately, she’s in terrible fear.”

Both Meagher and Bloom failed to immediately respond when asked by the Guardian to comment on the document filed last week.

A lawyer for the Trump Organisation claimed the allegations were “a complete fabrication” after the lawsuit was filed against him in June. Alan Garten said:

“This is basically a sham lawsuit brought by someone who desires to impact the presidential election.”

Mr Trump has always denied the allegation.

Sexual Abuse – Expert Advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in directing sexual abuse claims in a considerate and compassionate manner. You will be given the direct-dial of your case handler, meaning that you will always be able to reach the person you need.

For an open and friendly conversation about your situation, and to find out how we can assist you relevant to your individual experience, call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hh-law.co.uk.

Source: Independent; Guardian