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Retired Westminster & North Yorkshire teacher jailed over historical sexual assaults

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A retired teacher who worked at two leading faith schools has been sentenced for a string of historical sex assaults on young schoolboys.

David Lowe, 61 (27.09.53) of Charlotte Street South, Bristol, was previously found guilty on 28.1.15 at Southwark Crown Court of 15 counts of abuse involving 10 boys under the age of 13 years.

He appeared at the same court today, (Thursday, 5 February) where he was sentenced to a total of ten years’ imprisonment.

The court heard how Lowe worked at both the Westminster Cathedral Choir School and the Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire.

He specifically groomed 10 boys during his years as an English and Music teacher, bribing some with sweets and showering them with compliments.

Six victims, one just eight-years-old, had been targeted at the Westminster-based Catholic school, while a further four victims were abused at Catholic Ampleforth College.

The incidents, spanning seven years between 1978 and 1985, often took place while the boys were in their dormitories at night.

On other occasions Lowe would fondle pupils during individual singing lessons, in his private office or flat. He would also ‘punish’ boys by removing their lower clothing, placing them across his lap and smacking them.

One of the boys, now an adult in his 40s came forward to report the incident to police and Lowe was arrested at his Bristol home in November 2012.

Detective Sergeant Kirstie Martin, of the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said at the end of the hearing: “David Lowe was a well-respected and talented teacher. He knew the boys he targeted felt hugely loyal to their schools and their teachers. He used this knowledge to abuse his position of trust in a truly terrible way.

“He transpired to be a persistent offender who committed his crimes over a prolonged period. He used young boys, who were often staying away from the security of their own home, to his own advantage. His actions left his victims feeling frightened, lonely and confused.

“Despite the abuse his victims, now all adults, somehow found the courage to relive their experiences. That courage has directly secured Lowe’s conviction and we can only hope that they can now find some closure.”

“The MPS take every allegation of abuse extremely seriously. This case demonstrates our commitment to tackle such abuse no matter how many years have passed.”

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Verne Troyer has tragically died aged just 49

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Verne Troyer who was know for his role in Mini-Me within the Austin Powers films has tragically died today.

Verne had made it public that he was struggling with alcoholism & depression leading up to his death.

On April 3rd Verne was rushed to hospital following suspected alcohol poisoning. A friend contacted police after a call from Verne who appeared to be very upset, drunk and feeling suicidal.

His agent has released a statement requesting thoughts and prayers for Verne at a difficult time.

“Asking you to keep Verne in your thoughts and prayers. He’s getting the best care possible and is resting comfortably.

“Appreciate the support from family, friends, and fans around the world. We will keep you updated here.”

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Verne.

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Cops catch gang of criminals leaving Hartlepool in stolen cars

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Recently in Hartlepool there has been an increase in criminals targeting Ford Fiesta cars, because criminals have a device that gets them into the car without the need for a key.

Over recent months up to Three Fiesta at a time have been going missing.

This morning the gang was at it again but this tome they didn’t count on the CDSOU A Relief who this morning recovered not 1; not 2 but 3 Stolen Ford Fiesta motor cars all attempting to leave Hartlepool containing suspected travelling criminals.

Police said “One of the vehicles unfortunately lost control and crashed while the other 2 vehicles had their front tyres stung and limped to a stop with one of the vehicle’s going the wrong way onto the A19 which was stopped by an unmarked vehicle. The driver was detained after a short foot chase and with the assistance of dog section 2 more males were also detained from another vehicle.

“Offences these males were arrested on suspicion of were theft of motor vehicle; drink driving; drug driving; dangerous driving; fail to stop for Police; no insurance and no licence.”

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TV Presenter Dale Winton Dies Aged 62

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Dale Winton who was best known for his game show Supermarket Sweep and In It To Win it has tragically died aged 62z

His agent has this evening confirmed the very sad news that Winton has lost his life.

No further details around Winton’s death have been released and it is requested that his family are offered privacy at this very tragic time.

His long-term agent Jan Kennedy said:

It is with great sadness that we can confirm the passing of Dale Winton who died at home earlier today.

While we know many will share this terrible loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this time of grief.

A number of tributes have been left on Twitter

Winton started his career as a DJ in London and he was soon hosting his own show on local radio.

This lead Winton to joining the BBC Bristol to present Pet Watch for BBC One.

Over the years he also worked for Channel 4 ITV and on BBC One’s national lottery show.

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