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A man has been jailed after inciting a 14-year-old girl to have sex with him.

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Joseph Flanagan born 24/10/91 of Ashton under Lyne (but no fixed address) pleaded guilty to two counts of inciting a child to engage in penetrative sexual activity at an earlier hearing.

Today, Monday 13 January 2014 he was sentenced to two years at Minshull Street Crown Court.

He will be subject to a sexual offences prevention order for 10 years and will have to sign the sex offenders register also for 10 years.

On Wednesday 31 July 2013, Flanagan contacted the teenager on Facebook having previously met her at Ashton Markets.

For a number of days, Flanagan sent the girl messages, initially of a friendly manner. He then started to send graphic messages and images of himself before he asked her to meet him in the town centre.

The victim then broke contact with him before she confided in a family member as to what happened.

Police were called and the following investigation recovered the messages from Facebook. Flanagan was then arrested.

Detective Sergeant Dan Appleby from the Project Phoenix team, aimed at tackling child sexual exploitation in Tameside, said: “Flanagan groomed his victim and gave the impression he genuinely wanted to be friends. Little did she know that he would then begin to send graphic and sexual messages to her.

“Following the messages, she repeatedly told him that that what he was doing was against the law due to her age but he told her it could be their secret and no one would need to know. Flanagan doggedly pursued his sexual goal until the victim broke contact and told a family member.

“Thanks to the bravery of the victim and alertness of family members this offender was stopped in his tracks. Although the young person felt unable to provide evidence herself, the positive actions shown by her family members and the dedication of the officers involved enabled the police and the CPS to bring Flanagan to justice for what he has done.

“This serves as a message to those who are currently involved in this type of despicable crime that officers from the Phoenix Team in Tameside will find you.

“Victims of these crimes can be reassured that we will take all reports seriously and we will thoroughly investigate all cases with a view to putting offenders before the courts.”

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Heartwarming cops share chips with man who hasn’t eaten for days

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Two police officers this evening shared their chips with a man they found on the motorway who hasn’t eaten food in days.

The caring cops showed compassion and humanity when they could have just nicked the lad and sent him off to the cells.

But instead of taking him straight into police custody they stopped off for some chips.

Showing a truly caring side of British traffic cops who often don’t get the best press.

“The cops from the Leicestershire road policing unit tweeted that they had found on motorway suspected to be an illegal immigrant into the UK.

“He’s not eaten for days and we’ve not eaten for hours, so we’ve all shared some fine English cuisine …… a bag of chips!! 👍🏻 🍟”

These truly caring officers have shown this evening that police officers have hearts and they do care about people.

Policing is not always about crime, it’s the small acts of human kindness that go a long way.

We praise these officers for their genuine out of kindness out of their own pocket.

Helen tweeted “I know you’ll probably get people complain but. Compassion, humanity and care are great qualities.”

UK Cop Humour tweeted “Fab stuff and whilst we’re on the topic of spuds: why do potatoes make good detectives? Because they keep their eyes peeled.”

ElAine tweeted “I know some people’s heads will explode at this but well done for your compassion.”

Simply policing at it’s best. What ever your views you have to admit this is compassion and humility at it’s best.

These cops truly deserve to be recognised for great policing work.

Not every job needs to be a tick box, just because it’s a suspected illegal immigrant doesn’t mean they should be treat any different.

Top job with excellent policing skills, that will have ensured this suspect didn’t cause any problems for the officers.

Full up on chips, the officers then processes this man through custody and will refer to the home office immigration services.

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People injured after explosion at London TubeStation

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Police have evacuated a tube station in North London after terrified commuters reported an ‘explosion’ at the height of the rush-hour.

Homeowners and shopowners were told to stay inside after emergency services swamped Southgate Tube Station shortly before 8pm.

There are not believed to be many casualties.

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Awww Cleveland Police have just recruited these four legged friends

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Put your paws up for our two new recruits, Maggie and Skye who are the newest and youngest additions to the Force. At just 12 weeks old, the two English Springer Spaniels will soon begin their training to become Specialist Search Dogs.

Dog Trainer Constable Darren Gobie and Police Constable Chris Lambert are the lucky handlers of the pups. PC Lambert teamed up with a year 4 class at Myton Park School in Ingleby Barwick and allowed them to choose Skye’s name.

Chris and Skye will regularly visit the school over the next 18 months to allow them to follow her training process.

Speaking of the collaboration with the school, PC Lambert said: “I thought it would be a great idea to tie in with a school in the local community.

Recruiting new dogs is a huge deal and it’s an exciting and educational opportunity for the pupils to meet a police dog, choose her name collectively as a team and to better understand the training process for police dogs, and police roles in general.

The children were delighted to participate in this and I am sure they will all build a lovely bond with Skye over the coming months.”

PC Lambert, along with partner agencies will also be using the visits to the school to deliver lessons on internet safety and safety around animals.

The officers and the dogs will need to work very closely as team throughout the training process to build a special bond together.

Training is both mentally and physically challenging for both the dogs and handlers, as every programme must be passed to qualify.

Specialist dogs are used to detect a range of things with their highly developed sense of smell such as money, explosives, drugs and firearms.

They are also trained to work in public places including licenses premises to search for people in possession of narcotics.

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