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BARROW PAEDOPHILE-WATCH GROUP ORGANISERS QUESTIONED

Published March 28, 2013 by misty534

POLICE have quizzed the organiser of a Facebook group set up to name and shame convicted paedophiles.

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upset Group administrator Keilly Devlin who says the Facebook page is a non-violence group and they have done nothing wrong LINDSEY DICKINGS

And the man targeted by police claims officers demanded access to computers and said the group needed to be shut down.

The visit by police came just hours after the Evening Mail ran the story about the Facebook group Tuesday.

Despite the crackdown organisers remain defiant and are vowing to continue their fight to protect children.

The group was set up just over two weeks ago in Barrow and already has more than 1,700 members.

The group ‘names and shames’ offenders across South Cumbria, telling followers where they live and what they have done.

A leading detective branded the site as “inappropriate”, claiming it could create more danger to the public by forcing offenders underground.

Group organisers hit back saying they were not doing anything illegal but simply running a legitimate group to protect children and keep parents informed.

John Wright, 43, who set up the group, says police turned up at his Salthouse Road home, Barrow, at 3.30pm on Tuesday.

The security guard said: “They came to my house demanding the page was shut down.”

Ian Craig, another administrator of the group, claims that he was also visited by police.

He said: “I’m not a happy person. I was woken by police wanting to check my computer for any activities regarding this page.

“I have shown them everything on here is non-violent to anyone named and shamed.

“It’s a group that likes to protect their kids, they have told me to delete myself from this page, which I won’t do.”

Keilly Devlin, a 37-year-old mum-of-three, from Barrow, is also a site administrator.

She said: “I’m really upset and frustrated that the police have acted in the way they have.

“I say stand up, stand proud – we have done nothing wrong.”

A Cumbria police spokesman said: “Police officers visited a man in Barrow yesterday to provide advice following concerns about an inappropriate Facebook discussion group about alleged offenders.

“The comments on that group are unregulated and the information may be incorrect and extremely harmful.

“The man was provided with advice and urged to take down the site which could compromise the monitoring programme that police and partners operate, 24/7, to manage the risks of offenders living in our communities.

Police also explained that this could have a negative impact on public safety.

“The visit was purely to provide advice. There were no searches and computers were not seized.”

A Facebook spokesman said the social network was “highly self-regulating”, and people can and do report content that they find questionable or offensive.

He added there are clear rules to make sure the content and opinions don’t go completely unchecked, adding: “We take our rules very seriously, and act quickly when they are broken.”

In relation to the Barrow group the spokesman said: “ The group did not violate our policies – there is a clear message on the group that tells members of the purpose of the group, which is non-violent.

“If the police has legal reasons to take the group down, they should contact directly our security team.”

Don’t click that link! New Facebook spam features child porn and an account-controlling virus

Published March 27, 2013 by misty534

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When will we learn? When something is shared on your Timeline with a suspicious-looking link and a vague write-up like “This is amazing” – even if the person who posted it is your most trusted friend – don’t click on it! A few weeks ago, that link would have led you to an endless loop of surveys; today, it’s a virus and incredibly graphic child pornography video.

Like most viruses that infiltrate the Facebook accounts of the unawares, this particular one invites users to “Watch this if you’re curious,” then seizes control of your account and propagates the same malicious link to all people on your friends list – which they will find annoying and very likely upsetting, to be sure. According to Daily Dot, we owe all this thanks to a group of high school kids in Connecticut who found the offending video share-worthy and passed it on to their friends. It escalated to a full-on FBI investigation when at least three cities alerted the agency of its existence.

The New Britain Police Department thought the best way to address a Facebook problem like this one is through Facebook itself.  They issued this warning on their page:

 

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Similarly, considering the origin of the virus outbreak, the Consolidated School District of New Britain posted one on their Facebook page as well.

Facebook maintains that it has zero tolerance for child pornography and will go through exhaustive efforts to eradicate such content from the social networking site.

This type of occurrence is bound to happen again, and the more you know, the better. No matter how much you trust the sharer, subject the content to scrutiny. Make sure the post is described well beyond indistinct invitations to click the link. If it’s not, don’t hesitate to verify through a comment. It’s better to be safe than be sorry, or in this case, be un-friended for undesirable Facebook activity.

Take time to read the Facebook community standards and don’t underestimate the value of discussing it with children who have accounts, if that’s the case. The only good news in this situation is that the authorities are trying to identify the man in the video, and the proliferation of it on Facebook means it will be hard for the perpetrator to hide much longer. 

 

Croydon Facebook prowler Umesh Kulasingham jailed for sexually abusing schoolgirl

Published March 27, 2013 by misty534

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An internet paedophile who sexually assaulted a schoolgirl after grooming her online has been jailed for eight years.

Umesh Kulasingham of Croydon, used a number of aliases and had communicated with the victim in 2009, when she was just 10-years-old.

After gaining her trust over a period of time, the 39-year-old convinced her to indecently pose for him over the internet. He then sent the girl indecent images of himself.

Inner London Crown Court heard after the activity stopped, Kulasingham contacted the victim again in August 2011 through her friend.

He threatened to send pornographic images of the girl to friends via the internet if she refused to meet him. He then met his victim and sexually abused her.

He remained in contact with her and his offending only came to light when the victim’s brother and sister discovered explicit text message on a mobile phone.

Kulasingham, who used the aliases Fiaz Khan, Arun Kula and Don GT, was arrested by officers from the MPS’s Operation Sapphire Complex Case Team and to this day has refused to disclose his computer password.

Following a trial in January, Kulasingham was found guilty of two counts of engaging in sexual activity with a girl aged between 13 and 15, two counts of grooming a girl under 13 and 13 counts of possession of indecent cartoon images of children.

He was also found guilty of one count of failing to provide passwords for encrypted computers.

DC Sarah Garrick said: “Kulasingham is a very intelligent, cunning, calculating, deceitful man, who hid the true nature of his offending from all his family.

“He created Facebook accounts from his address in alias names which he then used as cover to contact the victim. It is unknown how many other females he has contacted in this way.

“All of his contact with this victim was by the use of Facebook, MSN, Skype, webcam and numerous text messages. He has groomed a very young naive female.

“We know from interrogation of his mobile phone and computer that remains locked, that he was in contact with a number of other young girls who have never come forward.

“Today’s sentence reflects the devious methods he has used for his own gains. We believe there are a number of victims who have not come forward and would encourage them to do so.”

Anyone who has been contacted by this individual or someone else using the same method, should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

by Croydon Guardian

 

SOUTH CUMBRIA POLICE BLAST ‘PAEDOPHILE WATCH’ FACEBOOK GROUP

Published March 26, 2013 by misty534

A FACEBOOK group set up to inform parents about the location of convicted paedophiles has attracted more than 1,600 members – but has been slammed by police.

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CONTROVERSY Details of paedophiles across South Cumbria are readily available on the social media site, which police have condemned picture posed by model
 

The group names and shames offenders across South Cumbria, telling followers where they live and what they have done.

One of the group’s administrators says they are not doing anything illegal but simply running a legitimate group to protect children.

But a leading detective branded the site as “inappropriate”, claiming it could create more danger to the public by forcing offenders to go underground.

The group’s page, which was set up just two weeks ago, says: “This is non-violence page (sic) we do not support physical attacks. This page is just to expose and educate.

“The most important thing is the protection of our children and grandchildren.

“Just to recap this is to expose convicted abusers not hearsay.”

Keilly Devlin, a Barrow mum-of-three, is an administrator for the group and believes it helps protect children and inform parents.

The 37-year-old said: “From my point of view and the reason I joined is because it highlights convicted paedophiles living in our area.

“It basically names them so parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles know who the paedophiles are and what they’ve been convicted of, so parents can make an informed choice of where they let their children play. We are vigilant not vigilante.

“We are totally fed-up with paedophiles, child molesters being protected from us caring parents and our children. This country seems to have its laws twisted. How can it be right? Paedophiles have more rights to protection than our innocent, trusting children.”

Miss Devlin added that she was worried about the backlash from the police but the group had been running for some time and not one person had been threatened or hurt.

She added: “All the information we put on our (page) is from local papers and also information gathered from the Freedom of Information (Act).

“At the end of the day we don’t feel we are being informed or our children protected, we are running a legitimate group, we’re not doing anything illegal, we’re just trying to protect our children.

“The police will probably say that the paedophiles that have been named will just go underground. But, if this was to hopefully take off in every town or city in the country in a paedophile version of neighbourhood watch the paedophiles wouldn’t be able to go underground, they would stay right where we can see them; the country and more importantly our children would be a lot safer.

“It would be great if we could have a national database with pictures, convictions and locations of these people.”

Detective Inspector Nick Coughlan, speaking on behalf of the police and Cumbria Probation Trust, said: “Protecting the public is the absolute priority.

“We work closely, 24/7, to manage the risks of offenders living in our communities and sites like this, where members of the public want to take matters into their own hands, are inappropriate and undermine what agencies work to achieve.

“Dedicated teams from police and other MAPPA (Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangement) agencies continue to put in place measures to protect the public when offenders are housed in any community by ensuring offenders are identified and their activities are controlled.

“Should information about individuals’ living arrangements be released, offenders may go underground where they could not be effectively managed and supervised – causing a greater risk to the public.

“The comments on the site are not regulated and information may be incorrect and extremely harmful.”

 

 

25-stone North Wales man who posed as teenage girl now jailed

Published March 23, 2013 by misty534

A 25-STONE man in his 40s who received a suspended sentence last year after he posed as a teenage girl on Facebook has now been jailed.

Nicholas Charles Walker was sentenced to 11 months in custody for accessing adult porn sites, in breach of a sexual offences prevention order (SOPO) imposed last September.

Walker had been staying at the bail hostel at Ruabon near Wrexham, because of an outcry in his home village of Aberffraw on Anglesey after the original offences became known.

But staff at the Plas y Wern hostel found his behaviour suspicious and called North Wales Police who found he had deleted the internet history on his mobile phone, said prosecuting barrister Simon Rogers at Mold Crown Court.

Walker admitted breaching the order in February of this year and said that he had been on adult porn sites.

Judge Rhys Rowlands, said that he would be sentenced on that basis although he was sceptical.

If he had been on entirely legal sites then there would have been no need to delete the history, the judge said.

Walker had received a 50-week jail term suspended for two years after he admitted downloading indecent images of children from the internet, and making a threat to kill a 17-year-old boy who he met on Facebook posing as a teenage girl and persuaded him to perform a sexual act on a webcam.

Judge Rowlands said the defendant, said to be obsessed with images of children and those of young adult males, would have to serve nine months of the original 50 week suspended sentence – with an additional two months for breaching the SOPO.

“There are very real concerns about you and the risk you pose,” the judge said.