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A woman is to receive damages from the man who harassed her for 12 years after they met through an online dating website. Paul Curran's campaign against former marketing consultant Lindsey Goldrick Dean caused her "enormous anxiety, mental distress and embarrassment", said counsel Gervase de Wilde in London on Monday.…
A Labour MP who has been the victim of vicious abuse by trolls on social media has called for them to lose their anonymity online. Jess Phillips said Parliament needs to act against the anonymous trolls who abuse her on a daily basis. The Birmingham Yardley MP said she wanted…
Social workers should use Facebook and Twitter to engage with people sharing extreme and violent material online, according to an expert on the far right and terrorism. Vidhya Ramalingam said they should have the same kind of conversations on social media that a youth worker might have had with a…
A man who pleaded guilty to stalking TV presenter Christine Lampard faces jail after sending her "very nasty" tweets, a judge has said. Christof King, 39, of Mowbray Road, Brent, in north west London, pleaded guilty to stalking last week, but he disputed the sending of the tweets. King (pictured),…
A former visitor services warden at Buckingham Palace has been jailed for nine months after downloading more than 15,000 child abuse images. Tony Aslett, 52, from Pagham, West Sussex, was jailed at Kingston Crown Court on Monday after he admitted seven counts of making indecent images of children, the National…
We’d like to introduce ourselves to the readers of Care Appointments. We’re the IWF (Internet Watch Foundation) and we’re the organisation removing child sexual abuse imagery from the internet. It’s a tough job, but a vital one, not only for the victims of this hideous abuse who we work to…
A children's charity is urging tech giants to take urgent action to protect youngsters from predators after it found more than half of 12-year-olds have livestreamed videos online. A YouGov survey carried out for Barnardo's found that 57% of 12-year-olds and more than one in four children aged 10 (28%)…
A Tory MP has raised concerns over the handling of child sexual exploitation cases claiming in some instances the "police don't fully understand grooming and the power that a perpetrator can exert". Lucy Allan, the MP for Telford, questioned whether current law was protecting children and young people from grooming…
Schools have been given new guidance to deal with allegations of child-on-child sexual violence and harassment. The Department for Education guidelines, which will come into force in September, set out advice for schools on how to manage reports of abuse and require staff to hold more than one emergency contact…
A paedophile who drove 130 miles with the intention of having sex with a 10-year-old girl has been jailed for eight years. Police officers had been tracking the online activities of 49-year-old Michael Bickerton, and arrested him shortly after he arrived. They found sex-related items in his car including a…
Children as young as three are being coerced into live-streaming their own sexual abuse from their homes, a study has found. Researchers discovered more than 2,000 videos of live-streamed child abuse on the internet over a three-month period - the vast majority (96%) showing a youngster on their own, often…
An online predator who groomed underage girls in an attempt to meet them for sex has been jailed for eight years, police said. Mohamed Mohamoud, of Uxbridge, contacted the children on Facebook, asking for their phone numbers and offering them drugs, alcohol and shopping trips to have sex with them.…
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