Man sentenced to
12 years for child sex abuse
A 36 year old man on 18
October 2011, was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court to 12 years in
prison for sexually abusing a young girl.
Kevin Duffy, of Trinity Road, Bootle, Merseyside, was found guilty
on 5 September 2011 of 7 of the 8 offences, put before the court,
including 3 counts of indecent assault and 4 counts of sexual
intercourse with a girl under the age of 13. He was found not guilty
of 1 count of indecent assault.
During the 2 week trial, the jury heard how Duffy indecently
assaulted and had unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl over a 2
and a-half year period from 1997 to 2001. The girl was just 4 years
old when the abuse started. The offences took place in the Gravesend
Following information received, detectives from the child abuse
investigation unit commenced an investigation. Duffy was arrested in
Merseyside by Kent officers on 4 November 2010 and later charged on
5 January 2011.
On sentencing, Judge Joy said the:- "Defendant groomed this
girl, using threats and coercion to prevent her reports"…
"The defendant’s extreme use of this girl was repeated"…
and "used nasty, manipulative threats of the worst kind..."…"This
was a course of conduct over 2 years, happening several times a
Detective Constable Naomi Moore, of the child abuse investigation
unit, said:- "Duffy is an evil man who preyed on this young
girl for more than 2 years for his own sexual gratification. He
committed a sustained campaign of abuse on the girl, who was only 4
years old. Duffy repeatedly and regularly sexually assaulted her
without a thought for the harm and suffering he was causing. The
success of this investigation would not have been possible without
her bravery and she should be commended for her courage in coming
forward to report these crimes. I hope the sentence imposed today
will allow the victim to continue to rebuild her life, knowing that
this man will remain in prison for some time. I also hope that this
sentencing will give past and present victims of these types of
offences the confidence to come forward to report these crimes to
Kent Police knowing that those responsible will be brought to
A Sex Offenders Prevention Order will continue until further notice
and Duffy will be required to sign the sex offenders register for
Merseyside schools scoop sustainability prizes
NOT 1, but 2 schools, on
Merseyside, have won prizes for their efforts to become more
sustainable from The Pod, EDF Energy’s online programme for greener
Their achievements were part of Green Britain Day, which saw more
than 1,350 schools celebrate and showcase ‘green’ projects across
the country. Schools downloaded lesson plans and activity packs to
help them save energy and water, produce less waste and conserve
Students at Townfield Primary School in Birkenhead celebrated Green
Britain Day by each writing down a pledge of one action they would
do to reduce their carbon footprint. They then uploaded photos of
their pledge-making to
jointhepod.org, to inspire
other schools. At Larkfield Primary School in Southport, students
put on a production called ‘A Big Green Adventure’, to highlight
environmental issues to parents.
For their efforts, the schools were entered into a prize draw and
each won a children’s renewable energy kit. Townfield Primary School
won a wind turbine kit and Larkfield Primary School won a
photovoltaic kit. The fully functioning kits allow children to
explore the benefits of renewable technology from the classroom.
65 schools across the country scooped prizes in the draw, with
tickets to the EDF Energy London Eye and money towards green
projects also up for grabs.
Robyn Broughton, EDF Energy’s schools programme manager, said:-
"It’s wonderful to see schools being so enthusiastic and creative
as they inspire pupils to learn and do something positive about
sustainability issues. Hopefully these prizes will inspire the
students to develop their ideas even further."
The schools were 2 of 39 schools in Merseyside that took part in the
third annual Green Britain Day on 18 May 2011.
More than 13,700 schools are registered with The Pod, which not only
provides teaching resources and a place for children to showcase
their work, but helps schools track and measure the savings they
make when completing green projects.
EDF Energy, has already educated more than 3.5 million school
children about sustainable living through The Pod.
Morrison says:- "The Government Has No Plan For Youth Jobs."
THE Labour Councillor for
Wavertree, Cllr Jake Morrison, has slammed new figures which show
Liverpool’s claimant count for Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) shooting
up above the national average.
Figures obtained by Cllr Morrison
show that there are almost 1,000 more people aged 18 to 24 claiming
JSA this year than there were a year ago.
Jake, who at 19 years old is the Labour’s youngest City Councillor
in the country, fears the long term effects this will have on young
people, unable to find jobs or training opportunities.
Cllr Jake Morrison said:- "These figures are shocking. They
show the impact of the Coalition Government’s disastrous economic
policies. This is a Government with no plan for growth, and no plan
for jobs, and no respect for the young victims of the economic
downturn. It is hitting young people the hardest. This is doing
lasting damage to the next generation, who have no chance of getting
the jobs and the skills they need. And the Government are doing
absolutely nothing to help young people. In my own ward of
Wavertree, I’ve seen the effects first hand. Youth unemployment was
below the national average in Wavertree under the Labour Government.
But these figures show it has now shot well above it. There are 44
more young people without jobs in Wavertree now than there were last
year. That’s 44 more young people being left behind by this
Government. That’s 44 more young people with untapped potential, 44
more young people with uncertain futures. And that’s just in
Wavertree – the figures for the rest of the city show there are
almost 1,000 more young people out of work in the last year – almost
7,000 in total. Its clear that only Labour has the answers to these
problems. Liverpool Labour has already announced proposals for 1,300
apprenticeships over the next 3 years. And the Labour Party’s Five
Point Economic Plan is a scheme that would immediately help
businesses in Wavertree deliver new jobs. Doing nothing is not an
option. But, that’s exactly what this government is doing: nothing."
Cllr Joe Anderson, Leader of Liverpool City Council, also said:-
"These figures are really concerning. The Government’s economic
policies are biting down now, and they’re leaving a whole generation
of people with no hope of finding a job, or getting the skills they
need to get one. Liverpool City Council is doing what it can to
help. We will deliver jobs and training for young people. We will
deliver new apprenticeships. We will build new schools, and we’ll do
it employing local people to build them. But the City Council can
only mop up the Government’s mess for so long. I am calling on David
Cameron and Nick Clegg to stop doing nothing, and to listen to the
plan Labour is offering to boost our economy, and to provide jobs."
Crimestoppers’ latest hunt for
suspected criminals in Spain includes 3 from Liverpool
THE Crime fighting charity
Crimestoppers’ latest campaign to locate 10 wanted fugitives,
believed to be hiding in Spain, includes an appeal for 3 men from
Liverpool, 1 wanted for suspected murder. Kevin Parle, from
Liverpool, is wanted in connection with the murders of 16 year old,
Liam Kelly in 2004 and 22 year old, Lucy Hargreaves in 2005.
Parle was part of a group of 3 men that broke into Hargreaves’ house
looking for her partner, Gary Campbell. They found her asleep on a
sofa and shot her 3 times, then doused her body in petrol and set it
alight. The 31 year old is also suspected of shooting dead
Liverpool teenager Liam Kelly a year before. Parle is
described as 6ft 5in tall, red-haired, with a small scar on the left
side of his head and speaks with a strong Liverpudlian accent.
Tony Downes and Kirk Bradley, both 25, are wanted for escaping
custody, after the police van transporting them was ambushed by a
masked gang with a sledgehammer. The pair were on trial for a series
of firearms offences at the time and were due at Liverpool Crown
Court. Crimestoppers’ campaign, run with the Serious Organised
Crime Agency (SOCA), is the seventh to launch under the charity’s
Operation Captura umbrella, and has so far seen 45 of 60 individuals
located since its first launch in 2006.
Lord Ashcroft, KCMG, Founder and
Chair of Crimestoppers, said:- "Operation Captura is a unique
partnership that has seen huge success in bringing some of the UK’s
most wanted fugitives to justice. A small number of suspected
criminals see Spain as a safe place to evade law enforcement but,
thanks to the confidence the UK, Spanish and ex-pat communities have
in Crimestoppers, these individuals will not be able to escape
justice for much longer."
James Brokenshire MP, Minister for Crime and Security at the Home
Office, said:- "Crimestoppers, SOCA and all the agencies
involved in Operation Captura have made an incredibly valuable
contribution to our efforts to pursue criminals and bring them to
justice. With over three quarters of Britain's most wanted in Spain
arrested over the last five years, fugitives still on the run should
be in no doubt that they have nowhere to hide. When crime crosses
borders it is more important than ever to work closely with our
international partners in order to keep the UK safe. Operation
Captura is a great example of this policing and security cooperation
in action. It shows that by working imaginatively and flexibly
together we can stop criminals in their tracks and bring to bear the
full force of the law."
Andy Baker, Deputy Director for SOCA, commented:- "Operation
Captura has proved immensely successful, not only in aiding the
arrest of individuals attempting to hide amongst the ex-pat
community in Spain, but also as a means of raising the profile of
suspected criminals and making Spain a hostile environment for
British criminals. We look forward to continuing this work with
Crimestoppers and extending the programme to other countries popular
for our ex-pats - where criminals mistakenly think they can hide
Crimestoppers’ Regional Manager for the North West, Gary Murray,
said:- "The 3 individuals wanted are all being sought in
connection with some very serious crimes and need to be brought back
to the UK to stand trial for their alleged offences. I would urge
anyone with information on their whereabouts to contact
Crimestoppers on our:- 0800 555 111 number or fill out one of our
online forms on our
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photos of these men...