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Jimmy Savile investigation completed after claims he abused child at Bournemouth children’s home

Published October 25, 2014 by misty534

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AN INVESTIGATION into claims Jimmy Savile sexually abused a child at a children’s home in Bournemouth has been completed.

The Bournemouth home, which has not been identified, was one of 20 children’s homes and schools across England and Wales to be investigated after new allegations against the disgraced television presenter came to light as part of Operation Yewtree.

The allegations, which date back to the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, were handed to the Department for Education (DfE) following a review of documents by the Metropolitan Police.

They included one historic incident which is alleged to have taken place at a children’s home in the borough.

Jane Portman, executive director for adults and children atBournemouth Borough Council, said the investigation into the claim has now been completed, but the findings would not be made public until reviewed by the Department for Education.

She said: “A thorough and detailed investigation has been carried out into an alleged historical incident in a children’s home in the Bournemouth area which was referred to us as part of the Metropolitan Police’s national Operation Yewtree.

“A comprehensive report of our investigation has been submitted to the Department for Education which will be made public in due course.”

Savile, who is thought to have abused up to 1,000 victims, had several links to Bournemouth.

The former BBC Radio 1 DJ bought a flat on the East Cliff and moved in during April 1972.

He kept the flat and visited occasionally where he was often seen running along the promenade.

The property was reportedly sold for charity when he died in 2011, aged 84.

Savile also once owned the popular Bournemouth cafe Norwegian Wood in Glen Fern Road and surrounding buildings and worked as a public relations consultant for the Maison Royale/Le Cardinal nightclub complex on Glen Fern Road from 1973 until 1978.

Bournemouth Echo

Education officer admits making indecent images of children

Published July 15, 2013 by misty534

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A children’s services council officer has admitted making more than 600 indecent images of children.

Robert Finlay, 53, of Barnes Crescent, Bournemouth, pleaded guilty to 17 counts of making the images between 1 January 2009 and 10 April.

Bournemouth Crown Court heard 91 of the 601 images were rated at levels four and five – the most serious level.

Finlay has been dismissed from his post as children’s services programme leader at Bournemouth Borough Council.

‘Shocked and stunned’

Jane Portman, the council’s executive director for children’s and adult services, said: “This has been a difficult time for all those in Children’s Services and many in the wider council, with staff genuinely shocked and stunned that one of their own colleagues has committed such serious crimes.

“We have robust recruitment processes in place at the council and full background checks, including Criminal Records Bureau disclosures, are made on any individual coming to work in Children’s Services.

“The case was no different with this individual, who came back with a clean record.”

Ms Portman said Finlay was suspended as soon as the council was alerted to the situation.

He was dealt with through the council’s disciplinary proceedings and later dismissed.

Finlay was bailed to reappear at Bournemouth Crown Court to be sentenced on 16 August.

 

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Teacher Simon Clannachan admits downloading child abuse images and extreme animal porn

Published July 1, 2013 by misty534

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A PRIMARY school teacher has admitted making indecent images of children and possessing extreme animal porn at court.

Simon Clannachan, 40, of Richmond Park Avenue, pleaded guilty to 21 counts at Bournemouth Crown Court.

The charges relate to 236 child abuse images of varying levels of severity, from grade one to the highest level, grade five.

The Kingsleigh Primary School teacher, who was suspended from his job and has since resigned, clasped his hands in front of him and rocked on his heels as he admitted the charges, which date from March 2009 until the same month of this year.

Seven of the charges relate to extreme pornographic images involving animals.

The rest of the charges relate to making indecent images of children.

Clannachan, who wore a suit and purple tie, looked ashen as he told the court he was guilty of each of the charges.

He kept his eyes fixed forward during the short hearing, when each of the 21 charges were read aloud.

His voice shook when admitting to all animal pornography charges.

Clannachan, represented by Kevin Hill, will be sentenced on July 26 at the same court.

He faces a number of bail conditions, including not to return to Kingsleigh Primary School without prior appointment, not to visit Richmond Park Road and not to have any unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18.

Kingsleigh headteacher Richard Gower said: “We are pleased this matter has been concluded through the Justice system and that Mr Clannachan has pleaded guilty to these heinous crimes.

“This has been a very difficult time for all those involved, not just our staff, many of whom have felt a deep sense of anger and betrayal that one of our profession could engage in such activities, but for everyone in our school community.

“Our parents particularly have been very supportive of the school and the actions that we have taken and I would like to extend my praise and sincere thanks to them for their understanding and patience in coming to terms with the situation. It has not been easy for any of us to say the least and support remains in place for those in need.

“There has been a thorough multi agency investigation throughout involving the Police and Children’s Social Care and from the very outset of this being brought to our attention Mr Clannachan has not returned to our school.

“I wish to make it clear that had he not resigned we would have brought dismissal proceedings against him.

“The school checks and vets all staff thoroughly and has robust safeguarding procedures in place to ensure children in its care are not at risk. Mr Clannachan was also subject to those checks but he had no previous record against him. He most certainly does now.

“Kingsleigh Primary is a great school where children thrive and teachers are passionate about learning. We have much to be proud of and one individual’s criminal actions does not change the way we feel about the school.

“As we learn to move on from this brief but dark chapter in our history I can speak for everyone at the school when I say we continue to concentrate our efforts on enabling all our children to reach their full potential in a safe environment.  They deserve this.”

Dorset Echo

Bournemouth school teacher faces child porn charges

Published June 4, 2013 by misty534

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A primary school teacher has appeared in court charged with making indecent images of children and possessing extreme pornographic images.

Simon Clannachan faces 14 counts of making indecent images of children and seven of possessing pornographic images portraying a sexual act with an animal.

Mr Clannachan, 40, has been suspended from his teaching post at Kingsleigh Primary School in Bournemouth.

None of the offences are believed to involve pupils attending the school.

‘Reassure parents’

Richard Gower, head teacher at Kingsleigh Primary School, has written to parents informing them that a member of school staff has been charged in relation to indecent images of children.

He added: “I have not been made aware of any evidence to suggest that this involved children at our school nor of any evidence of direct offences against children.”

Mr Gower has offered to talk to parents personally to offer reassurance.

Bournemouth magistrates released Mr Clannachan, of Richmond Park Avenue, Bournemouth, on bail.

He is due to appear at Bournemouth Crown Court on 1 July.

 

 

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A MAN who downloaded more than 30,000 images of child sexual abuse on his home computer has walked free from court.

Published May 16, 2013 by misty534

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Walking free: the man who downloaded 30,000 child abuse images

 

A tip-off from Luxembourg led police to arrest 25-year-old Daniel Murawski in Bournemouth.

A police forensic examiner found 30,317 still and moving images of children on his computer.

But a court released him on a three-year supervision order.

The sentence comes as the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (Ceop) Centre warned of a rising number of children put at risk by the availability of child abuse images online.

Clive Chamberlain, chairman of Dorset Police Federation, said: “I don’t think it sends out the right message to would-be sex offenders. I have seen people go to prison for downloading fewer indecent images; there should be more consistency in sentencing.

“I am also concerned that those who want to get away with downloading child pornography could possibly be encouraged to come to Dorset by this sentence which I simply don’t understand.”

Bournemouth West MP Conor Burns added: “The internet is providing a shield behind which unsavoury people are hiding and children are being exploited and I think it’s incumbent on all judges to hand out the severest sentences to people to send out a signal that there’s no place to hide.”

Bournemouth Crown Court heard how police had raided Murawski’s home in Howeth Road on September 13, 2011, after receiving information from the Luxembourg authorities linking him to a forum on which indecent images of children were posted.

A police forensic examiner found 30,317 still and moving images of children ranging in seriousness from grade one to the most serious grade five offences.

During interview Murawski said computer programming was his hobby and accepted he downloaded the images. But he denied any sexual interest in children.

In his defence, the court heard that Murawski was a man of good character who was “appalled” by his behaviour and wanted help to address his “problem”.

His employers said they were prepared to keep him on if he was not sent to prison and, despite being shocked, his family were also supporting him.

Judge Peter Johnson told Murawski, who admitted making indecent images of children: “You are physically 25 but emotionally barely out of your teens. What you did was clearly wrong.”

He imposed a three-year supervision order, with the condition that Murawski attends the Thames Valley sex offenders’ programme.

A 10-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) was imposed and Murawski will be a registered sex offender for five years.

Speaking to the Echo after the case, Murawski expressed remorse for his actions.

He said: “I’ve done wrong but I want to change.”

 

Bournmouth Echo