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‘Hero’ who won bravery award EXPOSED as paedophile and jailed for abusing young girls

Published April 7, 2015 by misty534

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A hero who won a national bravery award has been exposed as a paedophile.

Wayne Morrison, aged 56, has been jailed for eleven years for sexually abusing young girls.

In 2005 Morrison, of Millbrook, Stalybridge, won an accolade at a ceremony sponsored by the Association of Chief Police Officers.

At a glitzy event at a Manchester hotel he picked up an award for rugby-tackling a mugger in Stockport town centre.

He was working as a street cleaner when he brought down the thief after seeing him snatch a woman pedestrian’s handbag.

Morrison’s glasses were sent flying as he struggled to detain the thief, who was kicking and punching.

But police arrived within minutes and arrested the man.

Morrison dusted himself down and returned the bag to the victim.

But at the time of the incident he had been abusing young girls for years.

At Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court, Morrison, was found guilty of all 12 counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault on a child under 13.

He had denied all the charges but was convicted after a week-long trial.

The offences took place between 1993 and 2014.

One of his victims told the M.E.N.: “I am very happy with the sentence he has got.”

Morrison was arrested in May 2014.

At the time of his award, Morrison told the MEN how he tackled the thief.

He said: “I just saw him sneaking up and had to do something.

“He went for me and I went for him. I rugby-tackled him and got him in a head-lock.

“He was being extremely violent but I knew if I let go it would get worse. It was about two or three minutes before the police arrived. If someone’s in danger like that, I wouldn’t walk past.”

After handing Wayne his award, Merdydd Hughes, the then chief constable of West Yorkshire Police, said: “Each and every day members of the public put themselves at risk to help others in need.

“These awards showcase some extraordinary stories of bravery and many selfless acts of kindness and we are delighted to be honouring these very brave people.”

AWARD: Wayne Morrison receives his police bravery award from Chief Superintendent Mark Granby (right) as the Mayor of Stockport, Colin MacAlister (left), and colleague Ross Hartley (back) look on
Wayne Morrison in December 2009 receiving his police bravery award from Chief Superintendent Mark Granby (right) as Mayor of Stockport Colin MacAlister (left) and colleague Ross Hartley (back) look on

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Depraved paedophile David Friedlander wanted to have sex with babies and toddler girls

Published March 27, 2015 by misty534

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Manchester paedophile David Friedlander discussed his sexual interest in babies and toddler girls in a police sting that found he carried sweets and children’s toys to lure children.

The 63-year-old was arrested in March after travelling from Manchester to London, where he had arranged to meet an individual who he believed had access to a child he was allegedly planning on abusing.

He had been exchanging emails with the individual over a period of time and had disclosed his sexual interest in babies and toddler girls.

However, when he arrived at the meeting place, he was arrested by National Crime Agency officers. During a search of his hotel room, officers discovered a black rucksack, containing a soft toy and some sweets. These items had previously been discussed in the email chat, specifically in relation to the sexual abuse of a child.

In September 2014, Friedlander pleaded guilty to arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence and making and possessing indecent images of children. Forensic analysis of the images categorised them as levels A to C.

He has been sentenced to five years in prison and Judge Hone QC made Friedlander the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and he will be on the Sex Offender’s Register for life.

Paul Phillips, Head of Operations at the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command said: “David Friedlander was actively communicating online with the sole purpose of accessing a child for sexual abuse. I have no doubt that swift action stopped him from committing offences more severe that the ones he pleaded guilty to.

“Child sexual exploitation is a top threat area for the NCA and we will continue to identify and apprehend people who we believe are likely to cause harm to children”.

by Lewis Dean

Manchester paedophile family: Father and son Joseph and John O’Neill jailed for 24 years

Published February 11, 2015 by misty534

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Manchester father and son John (L) and Joseph O’Neill (R) have been sentenced to 24 years behind bars

Manchester father and son Joseph and John O’Neill have been sentenced to 24 years behind bars for decades of sexual abuse against girls in Eccles, Salford and Hackney, in London.

Joseph O’Neill, 82, of Cromwell Road, Eccles, was sentenced to six years in prison at Minshull Street Crown Court on Monday after he was found guilty of sexual offences dating back to 1958.

He was accused of three counts of indecency with a child between 1984 and 1987, four counts of indecent assault between 1975 and 1980, one count of indecent assault between 1980 and 1982, three counts of indecency with a child between 1975 and 1981, and three counts of indecent assault between 1958 and 1963.

The girls were aged between five and 11 years old when the abuse occurred.

His son, John,  of Trident Road, Barton, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for a slew of sexual offences against girls also aged between five and 11 years old.

He was found guilty of three counts of indecent assault between 1986 and 1989, one count of rape between 1986 and 1989, eight counts of indecent assault between 1975 and 1980, three counts of indecency with a child between 1975 and 1981 and five counts of rape between 1975 and 1981.

Detective Constable Audra Corlett from the Child Abuse Investigation Team, in Salford, said: “I am pleased with the outcome and with the sentence handed down.

“The sentence reflects the seriousness of the abuse endured by the victims over a prolonged period of time.

“I want to take this opportunity to recognise the bravery of these women. Both John and Joseph O’Neill pleaded not guilty and forced their victims to stand trial and relive their experiences all over again.

“This case proves that we will take all reports of abuse seriously, no matter when it took place, and we will thoroughly investigate the claims of victims.

“It also proves to those committing the crimes that we will leave no stone unturned and justice will eventually catch up with you.”

 If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police or a support agency so you can get the help and support available.

By Lewis Dean

How the cops fail victims of child sexual exploitation

Published November 11, 2014 by misty534

A new report gives voice to young people at risk of sexual exploitation and blows apart the myth that “Asian gangs” are to blame, writes Sadie Robinson


We are continuously told that Asian grooming gangs are mainly responsible for child sexual exploitation.

And police say they get away with abuse because cops fear being called racist if they arrest Asian abusers.

But a recent report into child abuse in Greater Manchester has blown these myths apart.

It shows how the problem wasn’t cops being too “politically correct”.

It shows how authorities write off working class children as not credible—and not worth protecting.

One girl says of the police, “They seem to be expecting us to cause trouble. They look down on us so we would not go to them if we need help.

“The police have a stereotype of what we are.”

The Real Voices report was put together by Labour MP Ann Coffey.

It follows an investigation into child abuse in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

Coffey’s report said that between 2008 and 2013 “the total number of sexual offences against children under 16 was 12,879.

“Yet only 2,341 defendants were proceeded against and of those only 1,078 were found guilty.”

It seems some child abuse reports are more newsworthy than others. Right wing papers didn’t splash these figures on their front pages.

The Times relegated it to page 28. And The Daily Mail reported it on page ten with the complaint, “Author refuses to focus on Asians”.

Coffey said it was wrong to focus on “Asian gangs” because most abuse involves a single offender, not a group.

Greater Manchester Police have 260 live investigations into child sexual exploitation. Some 174 are recorded crimes and just 18 of them involve multiple perpetrators.

Coffey also spoke to the Rochdale Sunrise child sexual exploitation team, which supports young victims.

Around 15 percent of its cases involved groups while 85 percent involved a single offender.

As Coffey put it, “Any exploitation of children for sex is abhorrent even if it takes place within a one-to-one relationship.”

Both boys and girls described how girls are often treated as objects to be used and controlled.

One girl said, “There is no respect whatsoever from the boys on this estate. They are just obsessed with getting their leg over. It’s the culture.”

The report aimed to investigate what steps authorities have taken to better protect children in the wake of a case that saw nine abusers jailed in Rochdale in 2012.

Coffey found evidence of dismissive and sexist attitudes among police and other authorities (see below)—and of failures to protect children.

It paints a depressing picture of what growing up is like, particularly for girls. It shows that abuse and sexist attitudes can’t be explained away by reference to “Asian culture”.

Instead, they are widespread and go right to the top.

Stereotyped and ignored

Police refused to treat some abused children as victims because of their background or behaviour, according to Coffey’s report.

She wrote, “Young people are still too often being blamed for being a victim of a crime.”

Case files where the Crown Prosecution Service decided no further action would be taken show disgraceful attitudes towards vulnerable children.

One read, “The victim is known (as highlighted by social workers) to tend to wear sexualised clothes when she is out of school, such as cropped tops.”

Another read, “Because of her record and her unsettled background, she is far from an ideal victim.”

Coffey cites another report into abused children in Manchester that describes how a police call handler referred to a 13 year old boy as a “rent boy”.

She added that cops were not recording many sexual offences involving children as child sexual exploitation.

This was likely to lead to “significant underreporting”.

‘You have to grow up quick’

Girls reported being constantly judged on their appearance and feeling under pressure to do things to show they were “grown up”.

One main pressure they expressed was “fitting in or else feeling isolated”.

One said, “At high school you have to grow up quick.

“You feel you have to do certain things to show you have grown up.”

She added that girls were frightened of speaking out to strangers, “Girls who are in danger who do not have friends keep it to themselves. They keep it in.

“They are worried that they will be judged.”

A peer mentor who works with vulnerable children explained, “I have seen girls forced to do things they do not want to do.

“They did not feel they had the power to say no.

“The young people I work with do not trust anyone. They are frightened of being blamed.”

Girls who felt they came from the “wrong” background feel even more vulnerable and alone.

One girl said, “You have no one to speak to if you are not from a stable home.”

Another said that abusers “go for the girls with the rubbish family lives because they know they will get away with it”.

Traumatised and locked up

The report states that the trauma of sexual abuse can lead to “petty criminality, drug use, theft, criminal damage and assault”.

One prisoner said, “It made me lash out—criminal damage, theft, and expulsion from school. I turned to drugs to escape my low self-esteem.”

Children failed by the system

In the report Coffey acknowledges that child sexual exploitation can’t be separated from wider problems in society.

“Policies tackling the key issues of poverty, housing, poor education, unemployment, mental health, alcohol and drug use, and low aspirations, are vital,” she wrote.

As she put it, many children are simply being “failed by the system”.

Council cuts cause crisis

Since 2010 Greater Manchester councils have made over £938 million cuts. More than 25 percent has gone from Children’s Services.

Some 19,641 children were identified as in need last year. The main cause was “abuse or neglect”.

ITV News investigation finds hundreds of child abusers walking free in Manchester due to police failings

Published October 14, 2014 by misty534


Whistleblowers claim Greater Manchester Police failed to act on claims of child abuse. Credit: PA WireHundreds of child abusers are walking the streets of Manchester because police have failed to investigate claims of abuse, an ITV News investigation has found.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has been accused of covering up their failure to act on claims that gangs of Asian men abused young white girls over a 10-year period.

Victims say they have identified offenders but police have been reluctant to act.

Two former detectives have told ITV News senior officers were not interested in following up allegations because the crime is “difficult to prosecute”.

GMP Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy agreed that child sexual exploitation is a difficult crime to prosecute and claimed his officers “developed a mindset that victims in these sorts of cases would always been unreliable.”

he findings come just months after a damning report found at least 1,400 children were subjected to sexual exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013, with “blatant” collective failings by the council and South Yorkshire Police blamed for the abuse.

Former detective constable Margaret Oliver submitted a report to senior GMP officers more than 10 years ago with details of the abuse allegations.

Oliver said she disclosed the names of victims and offenders to her bosses who took no action.

Oliver – who eventually resigned over the inaction – claims there is a “lack of desire” to investigate abuse, blaming Sir Peter Fahy for the force’s failure to tackle the issue.

“There’s no lack of evidence, the evidence is there, there is a lack of desire to follow the lines of enquiry,” she said.

“Peter Fahy is responsible for GMP. He cannot pretend that he doesn’t know what is not being done in relation to the investigation of this kind of crime.

“I told him and I won’t be the only person who told him.”

She believes if the crime had been taken more seriously a decade ago the problem would not have escalated.

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Former detective constable Margaret Oliver speaking to ITV News.Credit: ITV News

Six years after Ms Oliver’s initial report, another detective voiced her concern that the problem had spiralled “out of control”.

Again, GMP bosses were said to be unwilling to get involved.

“I told them young girls were being abused but they didn’t listen or resource the investigation,” the officer said.

“They were only interested in target crimes: robbery, burglary and car theft.

“Because this kind of crime is difficult to prosecute and didn’t show up quickly on crime figures they weren’t interested.”

In 2012, nine men were convicted of raping and trafficking young girls as young as 13 in Rochdale.

However ITV News has been told GMP has files full of further names, evidence and statements from victims but no suspects have been charged.

Several police officers, who worked very closely to these investigations, say they are “gravely concerned” by the force’s apparent inability to investigate the crimes effectively.

The failure to stop the abuse of young girls in Rochdale is the subject of a major internal investigation at GMP, but the results of that report are yet to be delivered two years on.

In a letter obtained by ITV News, a third officer claims there is a “cover-up” within the force.

He says the report has been re-written on nine separate occasions to water down the apparent failings and to distance senior officers from the probe.

Simon Danczuk, MP for Rochdale, said officers have approached him with concerns over the failure to prosecute alleged rapists.

“It’s my view that there are rapists out there that have raped young girls in and around Rochdale, in and around greater Manchester and that the police aren’t effectively taking prosecutions against them.

“And I reached that conclusion by the fact that I have police officers coming to me and they are raising concerns.”

Addressing the claims, Sir Peter Fahy said: “We must try and do everything we can to contain these people, to get people arrested, to get people convicted, but we are misleading the public if we think absolutely police can solve this problem.

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Sir Peter Fahy speaking to ITV News’ Martin Geissler. Credit: ITV News

“We made mistakes in the past where some of our officers developed a mindset that victims in these sorts of cases would always been unreliable, and I think that was also a mindset which developed among prosecutors as well.

Asked whether that mindset had changed, Fahy replied: “It has changed but what hasn’t changed is the courts system.”

Fahy said GMP had to look at the issue in a “much broader way” to stop people abusing, adding: “We will look at people who are abusers and say even if we can’t get them for this particular offence, we will try and hit them with anything else we can even – if it’s their taxi licence, the shop they run or if they’re involved in any other form of criminality.”

Asked whether convicting people who rape children of less serious crimes was good enough, Fahy said: “If that’s the only thing we can get them for, then that’s what we have to get them for.”


Hundreds of child victims in new sex abuse scandal

Published October 6, 2014 by misty534


Hundreds of children in Manchester have been sexually exploited in the latest grooming scandal.

Details of more than 400 victims, linked to 105 crimes and 242 suspects, were reported across Greater Manchester in the ten months to January, and police received 2,286 pieces of information.

Campaigners fear that the true figure may be far higher and could exceed the 1,400 victims identified in a report on child sexual exploitation in Rotherham over a 16-year-period.

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Paedophile, 51, who amassed child porn collection so horrific judge couldn’t bear to look at it all is still SPARED prison

Published July 11, 2013 by misty534


  • Andrew Townsend of Manchester downloaded hundreds of photographs
  • But he was allowed to walk free from court by Judge Lindsey Kushner
  • She looked at a sample of the 1,400 images before sentencing Townsend
  • Could not bear to watch one video featuring extremely graphic content

A paedophile who downloaded child pornography so horrific that a judge could not even bear to watch the evidence tapes has been allowed to walk free from court.

Andrew Townsend, 51, of Hulme, Manchester, downloaded hundreds of vile photographs but was allowed to walk free after the judge ruled he would not learn his lesson behind bars.

Judge Lindsey Kushner, who looked at a sample of the 1,400 images before sentencing him, said she could not bear to watch all the contents of one of the videos featuring extremely graphic content.


Judge Lindsey Kushner ruled he would not learn his lesson behind bars

Townsend admitted 11 counts of downloading and sharing the pictures and videos after police raided his home in April last year. The judge said that what he did was not a victimless crime.

Judge Kusher told him: ‘You must be aware the subjects of these images are not indifferent to what is happening to you. The public must be made aware of just how infectious this material is.’

But the judge, sitting at Manchester Crown Court, rejected the option of sending Townsend to prison and instead gave him a three-year community order.

The court was told the rigorous programme, supervised by specialist probation officers, would not be available to him if he went to prison.

Judge Kushner said: ‘I’m not doing this because I’m frightened of sending someone to prison.

‘This is a successful programme with proven results. It is not to get people through the system quicker or to save money.’


Community order: Townsend admitted 11 counts of downloading and sharing the pictures and videos after police raided his home in April last year. The judge said that what he did was not a victimless crim

The court was told Townsend co-operated immediately with police when they seized computers, telling them where to find the images.

Judge Kushner described Townsend, who works in a bank, as a ‘quiet little man’ leading a humdrum life. He was diagnosed with HIV in 2001, and after a period of depression became more reclusive.

He began downloading relatively mild child porn and then progressed to hardcore images, sharing them with other people. His defence lawyer said Townsend was relieved when he was caught and was genuinely ashamed.

The court was told the likely 12 months he would spend in prison would mean he would not be able to get the help he needed to stop him re-offending.

Townsend was banned from unsupervised contact with under-16s and restrictions were placed on his use of the internet and computers.

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