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Appeal to identify males following football disorder

DETECTIVES investigating disorder following a Millwall v Everton match, that was held in January 2019, have released images of a further 18 people; believed to be Everton fans; who they would like to speak to in connection with the widespread disorder which occurred before, during and after the match on Saturday, 26 January 2019.

Detective Sergeant Matt Simpson from the Met's Public Order Investigation Team, said:- "We are working closely with Merseyside Police to identify the individuals in these pictures, who we believe to be Everton fans and I would urge anyone who recognises an individual to get in touch. We had an excellent response from the public when we issued the 1st set of images 2 weeks ago and I would now like to appeal again for the public's assistance in identifying these individuals, who we believe were involved in unacceptable disorder before, during and after the game. This was some of the worst football violence we have witnessed for some time, leaving 1 man with a life changing injury to his face."

Anyone who recognises the individuals in these images should call Police on:- 020 8246 9386 quoting the image number. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.

Wild West Web - Police record more than 5,000 grooming crimes in 18 months

MORE than 5,000 online grooming offences have been recorded by Police in England and Wales in just 18 months, data obtained by the NSPCC has revealed. The recorded use of Instagram has risen dramatically over the 18 month period. From April 2017 to September 2017, where the communication method was recorded, Instagram was used by groomers in 126 instances, whereas between April 2018 and September 2018 it was recorded 428 times; more than a 200% increase.  565 grooming offences were recorded by Police forces in the North West between April 2017 and April 2018. The data obtained from 39 of the 43 forces in England and Wales, under Freedom of Information laws, also shows that in the latest 6 month period, girls aged 12 to 15 were most likely to be targeted by groomers and victims included children as young as 5 years old.  Ahead of the imminent publication of the Government's Online Harms White Paper, the NSPCC is urging ministers to tame the Wild West Web by bringing in statutory regulation to enforce a legal duty of care to children on social networks, backed by hefty fines if they fail.

Peter Wanless, NSPCC chief executive, said:- "These figures are overwhelming evidence that keeping children safe cannot be left to social networks.  We cannot wait for the next tragedy before tech companies are made to act. It is hugely concerning to see the sharp spike in grooming offences on Instagram, and it is vital that the platform designs basic protection more carefully into the service it offers young people. After 10 years of failed self regulation by social networks, it is crucial that the Government's imminent Online Harms White Paper includes new laws that tackle online grooming once and for all."

Emily* was 13 when she was groomed online by a 24 year old man. She 1st met him in person because he was dating an older girl she knew. He had introduced himself and initially said he was 16, which quickly changed to 18. She told him she was 13. Later that evening he added her on Facebook and Snapchat.

Emily* said:- "It escalated very quickly from there. We exchanged texts which quickly became sexual, then photos and videos before arranging for him to come and pick me up after School. He drove me somewhere quiet… and took me into the woods and had sex with me. He drove me in the direction of home straight afterwards, refusing to even talk, and then kicked me out of the car at the traffic lights. I was bleeding and crying. This was my 1st sexual experience."

Emily's mother Wendy* said:- "We felt as though we had failed as parents; we knew about these social media sites, we thought we were doing everything we could to ensure our children's safety when they were online, but we still couldn't protect Emily* Somebody has got to take responsibility for what happens to children on their platforms. Simply put, if social media didn't exist, this would never have happened to Emily*.

Between April 2018 to September 2018, Police recorded 1,944 grooming offences. Police revealed which methods groomers used in 1,317 instances, and records show Instagram was used in 32%, Facebook in 23% and Snapchat in 14% of those instances. The NSPCC is concerned the majority of grooming offences continue to take place on the 3 largest sites with the resources to tackle this issue.

* Emily is not the real name of the child.

The Police response to victims of domestic abuse continues to improve

HMICFRS'S 4th report on the Police response to domestic abuse found continued improvement in how the Police identify, respond to and support victims of domestic abuse. The report recognises the good work being carried out by the majority of Police Forces including:-

Continued investment in training for their workForce on domestic abuse.

Developing multi agency safeguarding hubs (MASHs) to work in partnership with other organisations to better protect victims of domestic abuse.

The increased use of body worn video to capture evidence at the scene of an incident.

The increased roll out of Operation Encompass or similar schemes, which involve the Police and Schools working together to support children present at domestic abuse incidents.

These improvements are all the more impressive, given the increases seen in recorded levels of domestic abuse. It is important to acknowledge the pressure that the significant increases in demand is placing on Forces. Data collected during the 2017 PEEL inspection shows that recorded levels of domestic abuse rose by almost 90% since HMICFRS's 1st inspection in 2014. This is likely to represent improved recording of crimes and increased confidence in the Police with more victims coming forward. But some Police Forces are unable to explain the reasons for the rise.

HMI Zoë Billingham said:- "I'd like to congratulate Forces for their continued focus on improving services for victims and making sure that domestic abuse remains everyone's business. There's no question that Police Forces have come a very long way in responding to victims of domestic abuse; victims are now better supported and better protected. And, as a result of strong commitment and leadership from chief constables, Forces continue to make their response to domestic abuse a priority. In most Forces, Police Officers and staff understand how to recognise victims of domestic abuse and respond to their needs. But there is still some room for improvement in the speed in which Officers attend domestic abuse incidents. In some cases, we found that delays were impeding effective investigations and potentially putting victims of domestic abuse at serious risk of harm. And I'm troubled that we found the number of arrests for domestic abuse related crimes fell in 23 Forces, despite the overall number of these offences increasing, often substantially. Forces need to be able to explain why this is happening, and ensure they are taking positive action to protect victims. I'm also concerned that changes to the use of pre-charge bail could be making it easier for perpetrators to return to the abusive relationship, with more being released under investigation and not having bail conditions set, exposing victims to further potential harm. This is something we're looking closely at in the inspections we're carrying out now and will report on later this year."

The report outlines a number concerns around the use of bail. The number of people being released on all types of bail for domestic abuse crimes has fallen by 65%. Additionally, 16 Forces were unable to supply comparable year on year data on their use of bail for domestic abuse cases. This suggests that they may not be monitoring the use of bail. HMICFRS is undertaking further work to understand how bail is being used in domestic abuse crimes.

The full report can be found on:- JusticeInspectorates.Gov.UK.

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Deceased estates notice - Lilian May Jackam

Pursuant to the Trustee Act 1925, any persons having a claim against or an interest in the Estate of Lilian May Jackam (also known as Lillian May) Jackam (Deceased), late of Birch Abbey Rest Home, 55 Alexandra Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9HD, UK, who died on 04/10/2018, are required to send particulars thereof in writing, to the undersigned Solicitors, on or before 24/05/2019, after which date the Estate will be distributed having regard only to claims and interests of which they have had notice. Churches Solicitors, 12 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7BL, UK. Ref:- 'T553015.'

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