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An 18-year-old who was allegedly allowed to "rot to death" had appeared healthy in the preceding months, his mother has told a court. Dawn Cranston, 45, claimed that her son, Jordan Burling, had experienced "fluctuations in his weight" in the years prior to June 2016, when paramedics supposedly discovered him…
A police force has made history by issuing a protection order for their first identified male victim of forced marriage. South Yorkshire Police described the move as a "huge step forward" in their efforts to prevent "honour-based abuse". The force said it issued a forced marriage protection order on the…
A woman who murdered her step-grandfather on Christmas Day by beating him with his own walking stick and stabbing him more than 120 times has been told she will serve at least 13 years in prison. Lindsey Fletcher, 39, claimed she attacked Michael Eaton when he tried to sexually abuse…
A convicted child killer dubbed the Beast of Wombwell died of natural causes days after he was found guilty of rape and before he could be charged with the murder of another teenager, an inquest has heard. Peter Pickering, 80, had been locked up for more than 45 years after…
A mother who was convinced by voices in her head to throw her 18-month-old son from the sixth floor of a block of flats to his death has been given an indefinite hospital order. Gemma Procter believed she was being told by God to "sacrifice" toddler son Elliot, who suffered…
Ministers have been urged to stump up more cash to help victims of child abuse rebuild their lives. Labour MP Sarah Champion, who has campaigned for victims of abuse in Rotherham, pushed the Government to bring forward new measures to provide more support. The number of potential victims of child…
A man and woman have been convicted of forced marriage after luring their daughter to Bangladesh in a bid to wed the 19-year-old to her first cousin. The teenager had previously told a jury at Leeds Crown Court that she had to endure "physical abuse" as her parents, who cannot…
A judge is expected to formally close the case of Peter Pickering - the child killer known as the Beast of Wombwell who died before he could be sentenced for a 1972 rape. Pickering died in March after suffering a heart attack at a secure psychiatric unit. He had been…
Detectives investigating the murder of a pharmacist in her own home have arrested a 37-year-old man. Jessica Patel, 34, was found dead at her Victorian semi in The Avenue, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, around 8.20pm on Monday. Originally from Leeds, she worked with her husband Mitesh at the Roman Road Pharmacy. Forensic…
A 19-year-old woman had to endure "physical abuse" as her parents attempted to force her to marry her first cousin and have a baby with him, a court has heard. The teenager's mother and father, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are on trial accused of luring her to…
The former owner of a social care franchise has been sentenced at York Crown Court for defrauding his clients following an investigation by North Yorkshire County Council. The investigation found that James Poole, a former owner of the Bluebird Care franchise in Harrogate, financially abused his clients while in a…
A judge has given doctors the go-ahead to perform a caesarean section on a woman who lacks the mental capacity to make decisions about treatment, following a hearing in a specialist court.Mr Justice Cohen approved treatment plans, agreed by doctors and lawyers representing the woman, after analysing evidence at a…
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