Tag: Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

Fugitive British Paedophile Arrested in Cambodia

Image of Angkor Wat Thailand

A British paedophile that has been on the run for two years was recently arrested in Cambodia.

Sexual Abuse

Damien Midgley, a horse riding instructor from Leeds, fled Britain after he was sentenced to six years in prison for sexually abusing a number of children during his lessons.

The 39 year old was charged with 11 offences of abusing four children under the age of 13. Upon his initial arrest, Midgley denied the offences, telling police officers in the UK that he had not touched the children sexually.

After fleeing the country while on bail, Midgley reportedly travelled to Thailand and then went on to Cambodia.

2014 Trial

The horse riding instructor had already left Britain when his trial started in 2014, instead he sent his lawyers to present his defence in court. As a plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf, his young victims had to endure telling the court exactly what he had done to them.

Midgley was convicted of all 11 charges brought against him. His offences included one count of inciting a child under thirteen to commit a sexual act and ten counts of sexually assaulting a girl under the age of thirteen.

Along with sentencing Midgley to six years imprisonment, the judge ordered him to sign the sex offender register for life.

British Authorities to be Alerted

Officers in Siem Reap, the Cambodian tourist town where Medgley was apprehended, announced that the paedophile had been arrested in a local bar. According to Cambodia’s Deputy Commissioner Colonel Kim San, British authorities will now be alerted of Medgley’s arrest and the deportation process will commence.

Sexual Abuse Claims – Expert Advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in directing sexual abuse claims in a considerate and compassionate manner. Our Abuse & Criminal Injuries Department is headed by Greg Neill – Greg is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL).

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Source: Mail Online

Insufficient Evidence to Charge Poppi Worthington’s Father

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has decided that the father of thirteen month old Poppi Worthington will not face criminal charges.

Sexual Assault

Poppi was found with serious injuries in her home in December 2012 and later died in hospital in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

A judge at the time, Mr Justice Peter Jackson, ruled that the injuries were caused by sexual assault at the hands of her father, Paul Worthington. Judge Jackson went on to say:

“Shorn to its essentials, the situation is one in which a healthy child with no medical condition or illness was put to bed by her mother one evening and brought downstairs eight hours later by her father in a lifeless state and with troubling injuries.”

He added:

“Careful assessment of the meticulous pathological and paediatric evidence has clearly established that the injuries were the result of trauma from outside the body.”

Not Enough Evidence

Mr Worthington was arrested at the time of the toddler’s death and questioned on suspicion of sexual assault. However, prosecutors made the decision that there was not enough evidence to “to provide a realistic prospect of conviction”, and he was not charged with any offence.

Following this, the CPS said they would review Poppi’s case. However, the organisation announced this week that after examining the original files, they also came to the conclusion that there was not enough evidence for a conviction.

A spokesperson for the CPS said that it was not their business “to decide whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, but to make fair, independent and objective assessments about whether it is appropriate to present charges for the criminal [courts] to consider”.

Agency & Police Failings

Following the decision from the CPS, the Chief Constable of Cumbria Police issued an apology to the toddler’s family:

“I would like to make a full and heartfelt apology to Poppi’s family and all those who loved her.

“Deficiencies in the initial police investigation contributed to the fact that, almost four years after her death, the cause still remains unascertained”.

In 2014, the police force referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Judge Jackson established that for nine months after Poppi’s death, ‘no real investigation’ was carried out by the force. The judge underlined numerous basic errors, such as police failing to gather items for forensic analysis and not securing the scene of the potential crime.

In June this year it was determined by a serious case review, that a total of six official agencies had missed significant signs that Poppi might have been at risk. The agencies at fault included child safe-guarding experts, health workers and mid-wives.

Speaking of how Poppi was let down by those who should have been looking out for her, a spokesperson for the NSPCC said:

“Nothing can change the circumstances which led to her tragic death, but justice cries out for someone to be brought to book for the terrible way she suffered.”

A second inquest into the child’s death is due to take place in the autumn of 2016.

Sexual Abuse Claims – Expert Advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in directing sexual abuse claims in a considerate and compassionate manner. Our Abuse & Criminal Injuries Department is headed by Greg Neill – Greg is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL).

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

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Source: The Guardian

British Paedophile Sentenced to 85 Years in US Jail

Domminich Shaw, a convicted British paedophile, has recently been sentenced to 85 years in a US prison for exchanging hundreds of indecent images with other online users.

Previous Arrest

The 35 year old was previously arrested in the UK in 2008 for the sexual assault of four young girls. However, almost immediately after his release three years later, he began to traffic pornographic material, including images and videos of babies and toddlers being sexually abused.

Using the wireless internet connections of his neighbours in west London, Shaw was able to create and share the explicit material with other paedophiles. He was on probation at the time and prosecutors have expressed their concern over the level of supervision of British sex offenders.

‘Among the worst offenders’

Requesting a 570 year sentence, prosecutors labelled Shaw “among the worst offenders involved in child pornography trafficking ever encountered by United States law enforcement”, adding that “no such person should be walking the streets”.

Shaw, who was extradited to the US in 2014, pleaded guilty to 26 charges and was sentenced last month (June 2016) by a federal judge in Indiana. His charges included conspiracies to receive, distribute and advertise child abuse images.

Officers were led to Shaw in 2010 after finding emails in the inbox of another paedophile, an American named David Bostic. The paedophile, who prosecutors have called a “key trading partner”, would distribute the indecent images produced by Shaw. Bostic, of Indiana, has since been sentenced to 315 years in prison.

2011 Police Raid

In January 2011, Shaw’s London home was raided. Officers from the Metropolitan Police found around 18,000 ‘carefully stored’ photographs of dead, mutilated and abused infants on DVDs, memory sticks and a laptop belonging to Shaw.

Under his online username Nepi, an abbreviation of the word nepiophelia – sexual attraction towards babies and toddlers, Shaw would contact other paedophiles. On one occasion, after striking up an online relationship with a paedophile posing as a woman, he spoke of his “plan to kidnap, rape and murder a child once he got off supervision”.

Shaw even created a website, ‘Nepi’s Kingdom’, where paedophiles had access to download hundreds of abuse images.

Around 3000 emails containing or relating to child abuse imagery were found in Shaw’s email account. One particular email was sent to more than 60 people and it contained around 13 links to material containing child abuse, including a video of a baby girl being raped.

Prosecutors described Shaw’s collection as containing “such horrific content that even seasoned forensic examiners in the United Kingdom and the United States found it difficult to describe and categorize without frequent breaks”.

Sexual Abuse Claims – Expert Advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in directing sexual abuse claims in a considerate and compassionate manner. Our Abuse & Criminal Injuries Department is headed by Greg Neill – Greg is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL).

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

You will be given the direct-dial of your case handler, meaning that you will always be able to reach the person you need.

Source: The Guardian

Upper Tribunal’s Landmark Ruling

In a landmark ruling, a 28 year old man born with severe learning difficulties after his mother was raped by her own father, has won the right to claim compensation.

The mother of the man, who for legal reasons is identified as Y, was abused by her father from the age of 11. Y was born after his mother had been raped by her biological father. As a result, Y suffers from a number of debilitating conditions. His conditions include issues with his hearing and sight, epilepsy and severe learning difficulties.

Judge Levenson

This decision by the Upper Tribunal comes 5 years after an application to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) was rejected. This application argued that a crime of violence had directly contributed towards the personal injury sustained by Y. A further appeal to the First Tier Tribunal was also rejected.

However, Judge Levenson of the Upper Tribunal quashed the original decision, referring the case back to CICA for further analysis.

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

The CICAs argument is based on the use of the phrase ‘personal injury’, whereby given its true meaning is the injury of a person. It claims that as the applicant was not a legal ‘person’ at the time the crime was committed against his mother, it is impossible to identify an injury.

The CICA also claims that that if the crime had not been committed, Y would not have existed in the first place. Its case was put forward by Ben Collins QC, who stated that ‘harm caused before birth which has consequences after birth cannot be treated as an injury to a living person’. This is mirrored in the ruling made by the Court of Appeal concerning children born with foetal alcohol syndrome.

Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme

However, Judge Levenson argued that Y is eligible for a pay out under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICS), as the scheme provided for compensation to be payable to “an applicant”.

He went on to say:

“Clearly, at the time of the claim the applicant is a person,

“There is no provision in the scheme that the applicant must have been ‘a person’ at the time that the crime of violence was committed.

“In everyday terms and in common parlance, it seems to me that he has suffered injuries.

“Those injuries have been sustained in, and are directly attributable to, a crime of violence.”

‘Landmark ruling’

Greg Neill, head of Abuse & Criminal Injuries here at Hampson Hughes Solicitors and member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL), said:

“This is a landmark ruling for individuals such as Y, those suffering from a genetic disorder as a result of a criminal act, who despite their often severe disabilities would otherwise be offered no hope of receiving compensation for their condition.

“I am hopeful that the ruling will encourage more testing of other CICA grey areas, which could potentially open more doors for claimants in the future.”

Criminal Injury – Expert Advice

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.

However, we are here to offer you professional & friendly advice if and when you need it. We will provide you with the expert legal representation you deserve.

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Source: BBC News

Two Men Jailed for Sexual Assault & Rape of Student

Two men have recently been jailed for the rape and sexual assault of a 19 year old student in Birmingham.

Incident

Zaheer Abbas, 30, and Sajad Hussain, 35 abducted and then raped the woman after she had been kicked out of the Snobs nightclub in Birmingham city centre.

Birmingham Crown Court heard how the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been ejected from the club by bouncers after being so intoxicated that she collapsed inside the venue. Abbas and Hussain saw her in a drunken state and proceeded to lure her into a transit van. The men then drove the student to an industrial estate in the Nechells area were she was sexually assaulted and raped in an hour long attack. After the assault, they drove the victim back to her student accommodation.

Sentencing

Both men denied any wrong doing, however two separate juries found both guilty of their respected offences. Mrs Justice Mary Stacey handed Abbas an 11 year custodial sentence for rape in December 2015, while Hussain received a total of 6 years for sexual assault this week.

Sentencing the pair, Judge Stacey said:

‘What you both did to her had devastating consequences.

‘After achieving her goal of getting into a top university because of your actions she dropped out.

‘She no longer goes out on her own and feels wary and fearful. She was clearly abducted, she had to be held up and was unable to walk unaided.

‘She was totally incapable. Abbas, you took her virginity from her which can never be reclaimed, you took her innocence and ruined her time in Birmingham.

‘Both of you have shown no remorse and have cynically attempted to portray her as a sexual predator when the exact opposite was true.’

She added:

‘This was a deeply distressing case. The distress on the face of the jurors was all too evident and understandable.’

Night club criticised

Judge Stacey also criticised the management of Snobs, one of Britain’s oldest nightclubs, as well as the venue’s cheap drinks promotions. Accusing the nightclub of acting ‘irresponsibly towards their customers’, Judge Stacey said:

‘Something needs to be said about Snobs nightclub.

‘We have heard how the establishment carries on serving drinks to students who have had far more than enough to drink.

‘Then they fail to take responsibility for the students, they removed (her) after she collapsed inside.
‘Snobs abandoned her on the street where she was prey to the likes of Abbas and Hussain.

‘The security officer is not personally to blame, it was a failure of Snobs itself to fail to put procedures in place, for example by arranging taxis to take them (students) home.

‘The disregard for customers allowed for the circumstances for this crime to occur.’

Sexual Abuse Claims – Expert Advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in directing sexual abuse claims in a considerate and compassionate manner. Our Abuse & Criminal Injuries Department is headed by Greg Neill – Greg is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL).

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

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Source: Mail Online

Mother & Partner Found Guilty of Son’s Murder

A 31 year old mother and her civil partner have been jailed this week for the murder of her 2 year old son.

Liam Fee was found dead at the home of his mother, Rachel Fee (nee Trelfa), and her civil partner, Nyomi Fee, 29, in Fife in March 2014.

The toddler was found with a ruptured heart caused by severe blunt trauma. Doctors added that he looked as though he had been in a car crash, such were the extent of his injuries. Double fractures of his thigh bone and arm were also discovered. In total, more than 30 injuries were found on Liam’s body.

Denial

Both Rachel & Nyomi immediately denied killing Liam, instead accusing another child in their care of their son’s murder. Livingston High Court heard how the couple told a 999 operator that the other child had strangled Liam, putting his hand over his mouth to keep him quiet.

The ambulance technician first to attend the scene following the emergency call, James Graham, told the jury that Nyomi Fee had shouted at the other young boy:

“You tell these men what you’ve done.”

Mr Graham added:

“He just stood there with a look to say, ‘I don’t know what I’ve done but it must be bad.’”

The child in question is one of two young boys who also suffered terrible abuse at the hands of the two women.

Police interviews

The two surviving boys were questioned by both a specially trained officer and a social worker as part of a ‘complex and challenging investigation’. Over the course of several interviews with the primary school children, who had been in the house on the day of Liam’s murder, it became clear to investigators that they had no involvement in his death.

During the interviews, it also became apparent that they had been abused by the two women themselves. Throughout the seven week trial, the jury watched over 20 hours of video footage in which the children detailed the harrowing abuse they had been subjected to.

One of the boys explained that the women would not allow him to use the toilet during the night and so he would often wet the bed. As punishment, he would be forced to stand under a cold shower for prolonged periods of time.

He also described how the women would call him ‘pudding hands’, in reference to how swollen his hands became after one particular incident were he was tied up with cable ties & locked in a man-made cage overnight.

The other child told police how the women had tied him naked to a chair, leaving him in a room filled with boxes containing snakes and rats overnight. He also described how he was once made to stand in a cold shower for a whole day.

Surviving children now ‘thriving’

The two surviving children, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are now “thriving”, attending school and “doing really well”, according to DI Rory Hamilton of Police Scotland’s major investigation team east.

DI Hamilton has praised the courage shown by the boys. He added:

“Details of Liam’s murder and the abuse carried out by the two women emerged during the course of interviews with two other boys in their care.

“During joint interviews with specially trained detectives and officials from Fife council, the evidence began to build towards a picture of horrendous abuse which directly contributed to the version of events being put forward by the two accused being utterly discredited.”

Conviction

Rachel and Nyomi Fee were convicted of a total of eight charges. As well as Liam’s murder, the couple were found guilty of assaulting the toddler in the two years prior to his death. They were also found guilty of four charges relating to the abuse of the other two children. The couple are due to be sentenced on 6 July.

Failure to prevent abuse

Questions are now being asked as to why the abuse of three young children was allowed to continue without any intervention from authorities – in particular Fife Council, its social work department, the NHS and Police Scotland. It has been reported that concerns were raised about Liam Fee’s welfare on around three separate occasions and yet no action was taken.

Staff at the nursery Liam attended alerted social services after they spotted that he had sustained a number of injuries and had lost weight. His childminder also voiced her concerns, as did neighbour Patricia Smith – whose child attended the same childminder. Mrs Smith apparently phoned social workers after seeing the Fee’s in the street. During the encounter, Liam was in his pram and Mrs Smith recalled how she did not know if he was sleeping or dead, such was his demeanour.

A senior social worker in Fife admitted to jurors that Liam ‘fell off their radar’ when an employee took time off due to illness and no one else was reassigned to Liam’s case.

Significant case review

A significant case review has now been set up by Fife’s Child Protection Committee (CPC) – the body representing all the agencies involved.

Former lead paediatrician for child protection in Edinburgh, Professor Jacqueline Mok, will head the review. Professor Mok will interview all staff members who were involved in the circumstances leading up to Liam’s death, as well as reviewing all records relating to the case.

Douglas Dunlop, the vice chairman of Fife’s CPC, has said:

“The circumstances of supporting families in situations such as this can be complex and there were a range of agencies involved in supporting Liam and his family and the details of that will be looked at through the Significant Case Review.”

Abuse Claims – Expert Advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in handling abuse claims in a considerate and compassionate manner. 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 6888 or email info@hh-law.co.uk. You will be given the direct-dial of your case handler, meaning that you will always be able to reach the person you need.

Source: BBC News; The Guardian; BBC News

Sir Cliff Richard – Historical Sex Assault Claims

It has emerged that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has recently received a file of evidence regarding Sir Cliff Richard and allegations of historical sexual assault.

Potential Criminal Charges

The CPS has stated that upon evaluation of the evidence, it will now decide as to whether or not criminal charges will be brought against the popular singer.

The evidence relates to claims involving the sexual assault of a young boy in the 1980s, which Sir Cliff denies.

Previous Police Interviews & Raid

The 75 year old has already been interviewed by police twice over the past couple of years with regards to the allegations, but has not once been arrested.

In August 2014, police raided Sir Cliff’s home in Sunningdale, Berkshire – after which he voluntarily attended an interview to assist with their investigations. Then in 2015, he again voluntarily attended a further interview in November.

A CPS spokesman said:

“We have received a full file of evidence from South Yorkshire Police.

“We will now carefully consider its contents in line with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, in order to establish whether there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction, and whether it is in the public interest to do so.”

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said:

“Investigation files relating to allegations of non-recent sexual abuse involving a 75-year-old man have been handed over to the CPS.

“The CPS will now consider the matter and South Yorkshire Police awaits their decision.”

Sexual Abuse Claims – Expert Advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in directing sexual abuse claims in a considerate and compassionate manner. Our Abuse & Criminal Injuries Department is headed by Greg Neill – Greg is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL).

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

You will be given the direct-dial of your case handler, meaning that you will always be able to reach the person you need.

Source: BBC News

Man Receives Police Caution after Uploading Explicit Images

A man who posted explicit images of his ex-girlfriends and other women on an American based pornography website has been let off with a caution.

Explicit Images Shared Online

Olly Whiting, 36, of Eastbourne, East Sussex, posted pictures of Charlotte White, an ex-girlfriend, online with a message encouraging those viewing the site to rape her because she ‘deserves it’. When posting the photos of White, Whiting added the caption: ‘100 to rape her … 20 to make her miscarry’, knowing that the 23 year old had previously suffered multiple miscarriages.

He also posted pictures of a 15 year old girl and also his sister, Charley Hough – now 21, wearing a school uniform at sixteen, asking people how much they would pay to rape her.

Images of a former colleague of Whiting, Nikki Elliot, also appeared on the site, including one image of her holding her young child, and were greeted with a barrage of explicit messages from various men.

Arrest & Police Caution

The four victims came forward & made complaints to police, after which Whiting was arrested. Following his arrest, police contacted the site’s owners and requested that the pictures, taken from the women’s’ personal Facebook accounts, be removed.

However, officers made the decision not to prosecute Whiting after he admitted to the offences and expressed remorse for his actions. Instead he was handed a caution for three counts of sending offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing messages and one count of revenge porn.

Caution Amounts to ‘slap on the wrist’

Whiting’s victims have now publically voiced their concern over the lack of a custodial sentence, likening the caution he received to a ‘slap on the wrist’. They have also accused police of not taking their complaints seriously.

His sister Charley has said that she is ‘honestly disgusted with the police’, she added:

‘Just the thought of Olly still walking around people having indecent thoughts makes me sick. I never want to see him again. He is evil.’

While his ex-girlfriend, Charlotte, who is also unsatisfied with Whiting’s punishment, said:

‘What Olly did makes me feel sick and violated.

‘They told me it doesn’t count as harassment because it wasn’t done directly to me, just through a website, but it still hurts.’

Whiting’s former colleague Nikki added:

‘It’s outrageous they let him go. He needs to be sectioned because he’s mentally disturbed.’

Response from Sussex Police

Inspector Rachel Barrow, from Sussex Police, said her force chose to issue Whiting with a caution due to his ‘remorse, the nature of the offences, and the likelihood of the caution being effective in preventing re-offending’.

Sexual Abuse Claims – Expert Advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in directing sexual abuse claims in a considerate and compassionate manner. Our Abuse & Criminal Injuries Department is headed by Greg Neill – Greg is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL).

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

You will be given the direct-dial of your case handler, meaning that you will always be able to reach the person you need.

Source: Mail Online

7 Month Delay in Alerting Public of Missing Sex Offender

Several police forces have recently come under fire for only now making public the fact that a man arrested for sex offences has skipped bail twice and is currently at large.

Police arrested 35 year old Michael Phillip Leaberry, of Ipswich, Suffolk, for child sex abuse offenses last year. However, he has not been seen since he skipped bail in September.

Police have only recently made it known to the public that Leaberry is a threat to children and that he is classed as missing.

Timeline of Events

• In September 2015 Leaberry skipped bail – he was due to attend a meeting in Flintshire, North Wales.
• Suffolk police described him as a missing person at the time.
• Leaberry was later found in Chelmsford, Essex living under the false name of Stephen Bugman.
• Leaberry skipped bail for the second time and has not been seen since.
• Another missing person search launched in November 2015 by police.
• The force has now admitted (May 2016) that they are yet to find him.

Demand for answers

An Ipswich MP is now demanding answers as to why it has taken so long for the police to alert locals of the threat this potential sex offender poses to the public. Mr Ben Gummer said:

‘There is clearly a considerable worry here. I will be seeking assurances from the chief constable that everything was done to inform the public in a legal and ethical way.’

Adding:

‘This is a very concerning case. It raises important issues that exist between keeping the public safe and ensuring a fair trial in the future – and also not impugning someone’s reputation who has not yet been convicted.

‘I think all of us, given the events of the last few months where accusations have been made that have proved to be false, need to be mindful of that.’

Leaberry has lived in numerous parts of the UK over the last few years, including North Wales, Cheshire, Norwich, Essex and Suffolk.

North Wales Police

Police have said that the delay in making this information public stemmed from the fact that they didn’t want to ‘undermine criminal proceedings’. A spokesperson for North Wales Police said:

‘Since Michael Leaberry has been missing, North Wales Police in conjunction with Suffolk Police have pursued all lines of enquiry to try and trace his whereabouts and safeguard the public.

‘These enquiries have continued since Michael Leaberry failed to answer bail.

‘Due to those enquiries proving negative, and after careful consideration that we do not undermine any subsequent criminal proceedings, we took the decision to release his full details and seek the support of the public.’

The force is now appealing for information and released the following statement this week:

‘North Wales Police are appealing for information to trace Michael Philip Leaberry, 35, who is wanted in connection with child sex offences in Flintshire.’

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Williams added:

‘I would also appeal to Mr Leaberry directly to come forward. Due to the nature of the [alleged] offences he is considered to present a risk of harm to children.’

Meanwhile, child protection charity the NSPCC has expressed concern over the situation. A spokesperson added:

‘The police often have to make complex operational decisions about whether to make a public appeal for information based on the intelligence they have about a suspect.

‘However, we’d expect serious consideration be given to alerting parents, schools and the wider community at the earliest possible opportunity when someone is thought to pose a risk to children.’

Sexual Abuse – Expert Advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in directing sexual abuse claims in a considerate and compassionate manner. Our Abuse & Criminal Injuries Department is headed by Greg Neill – Greg is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL).

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.

You will be given the direct-dial of your case handler, meaning that you will always be able to reach the person you need.

Source: Mail Online

Hillsborough Families to sue Police for £19 Million

It has emerged that survivors and the families of those who died during Hillsborough are to sue South Yorkshire and West Midlands police forces for ‘abuse on an industrial scale’.

‘Abuse on an industrial scale’

Lawyers acting for the hundreds of people directly affected by the 1989 disaster have said that they have now launched legal proceedings against both forces. The firm involved have declared that they are taking legal action for the “cover up and actions intended to wrongly blame the deceased and Liverpool Football Club supporters for the tragedy, for which there has still been no proper admission or apology”. They hope to

96 – Unlawfully killed

On Tuesday of this week (26th April 2016), following a 2 year inquest – the longest in British history – jurors determined that the 96 victims of the disaster were unlawfully killed. For 27 years there were claims that the fans of Liverpool FC were to blame, however jurors at the inquest unanimously agreed that the behaviour of fans did not contribute whatsoever to the tragedy that unfolded on that day:

‘Police errors in planning, defects at the stadium and delays in the emergency response all contributed to the disaster. The behaviour of fans was not to blame.’

They decided that match commander Ch Supt David Duckenfield had a duty of care to fans in the stadium that day and that he was in breach of that duty.

The jurors concluded that this breach amounted to gross negligence and therefor the 96 victims were unlawfully killed.

The men and women of the jury also determined:

• Defects at the stadium contributed the disaster
• There was an error in the safety certification of the Hillsborough stadium

Police chief suspended

Following Tuesday’s verdict, the South Yorkshire Police chief constable, David Crompton, was suspended. In part, due to his conduct during the inquest.

West Midlands police now face legal action regarding claims that officers in the force changed the statements of some Liverpool FC’s fans in the wake of the disaster.

Furthermore, the Crown Prosecution Service has stated that they are cooperating with two investigations into potential criminal offences committed by police officers and other individuals that may have led to the deaths of the 96 victims. The CPS has also confirmed that they are cooperating with an investigation into the alleged police cover-up afterwards.

Hillsborough – An overview

96 men, women and children died as a result of severe crushing at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium at the 1989 FA cup semi-final match between Liverpool Football Club and Nottingham Forrest.

• The match on the 15th April 1989 was sold out, with over 53,000 fans from both clubs arriving at the stadium for the planned 3pm kick off.

• The Leppings Lane end of the stadium was the smaller section of the stadium and had been allocated to the Liverpool supporters, despite the club having a larger group of fans than Nottingham Forrest.

• Fans begin to arrive at Leppings Lane at around 12pm and only seven turnstiles were opened to allow more than 10,000 fans into the standing terraces. At the time, such terraces were divided into ‘pens’ – high fences put in place to separate fans from the pitch.

• By 2.50pm, the two ‘pens’ behind the goal, pens 3 and 4, were at max capacity, whilst the other two pens either side – which were relatively empty – were badly sign posted.

• Police errors led to a dangerous situation with crowding outside the Leppings Lane end.

• By 2.59pm as more and more fans were guided into the two pens already full, severe crushing started to occur.

• At 3pm, the match kicked off and a few minutes later a crush barrier in pen 3 collapsed, causing fans to fall on top of one another.

• Supporters started to climb the fences to try and escape the crush. Some fans were hauled to safety by fans situated in the upper tiers.

• Survivors have told of how they witnessed other fans losing consciousness, many as they were crushed up against the wire fences and each other.

• At 3.06pm the referee stopped the match on the orders of Superintendent Roger Greenwood.

• Fans attempted to administer first aid to the injured, ripping up advertising hoardings to use as makeshift stretchers.

• Police delayed declaring a major incident. Ambulances were dispatched to the stadium, but access was delayed due to police reporting ‘crowd trouble’.

Source: BBC News; The Guardian; The Guardian