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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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The Wesley Nightclub in Hartlepool is ablaze

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An area of Hartlepool town centre has been closed as flames rip through the former Wesley nightclub.

Police and Fire Fighters were quickly on the scene of the blaze at the former Wesley Nightclub and Chruch in Hartlepool.

The Grade II Listed Building has stood empty for a number of years and is a very iconic building within Hartlepool.

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Trevor Sherwood Police Hour editor said “The flames are reaching 20ft in the air and a large number of fire appliances are on the scene loud explosions can be heard from inside the building”

“I arrived on scene just before the first fire appliance  got there, loud bangs could be heard from inside and the fire quickly took hold”

“It was over 30 minutes before Cleveland Fire could get a hose safely on the building as they needed an aerial platform”.

Hugh flames can be seen for several miles as firefighters tackle the blaze. It took Firefighters almost 30 minutes before they were able to get a hose onto the fire which seemed to be mainly on the roof of the building with flames up to 20ft.

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Firefighters have been called to a blaze at the former Wesley nightclub and church in Wesley Square, Hartlepool.

The Wesley Chruch opened n 1872 and became an iconic image within Hartlepool sadly the church closed in 1973 and later reopened as a nightclub in the early 2000s and then later a gym complex.

The business was closed and has been empty for over 10 years left to fall to bits with many people within Hartlepool hoping the building could be brought back to life.

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Cleveland Fire Brigade was alerted to the fire just after 9pm and with a large number of fire appliances being sent the scene.

Cleveland Police assisted the fire brigade by enforcing a number of road closures on Victoria Road and Raby Road.

We have contacted Cleveland Fire Brigade for comment.

Members of the public are being warned to keep their windows shut as thick smoke is billowing across the centre of Hartlepool.

Cleveland Police have released a statement “Officers have been called to a report of a fire at an empty building known as the Wesley Nightclub on Victoria Road in Hartlepool on Saturday 9th December”

“Police are currently on scene with Cleveland Fire Brigade and it is believed no one is injured at this time.”

“Victoria Road and Wesley Square are currently closed and people are advised to avoid these areas until further notice.”

Anyone who may have witnessed what happened leading up to the fire is requested to contact Cleveland Police on 101.

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On-Duty Police Constable James Dixon has sadly died

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It is with great sadness that we report the death of Police Constable James Dixon and a 91-year-old woman following an incident on the A4 in Berkshire.

PC James Dixon died after the police motorcycle he was riding collided with a car on Bath Road near Hare Hatch at 13:50 GMT.

The pensioner was a passenger in the car and was killed while the driver was rushed to hospital.

Police Hour has now launched a readers appeal to help raise money to support the family of the fallen police officer and the 91-year-old victim who has not yet been named.

The road will remain closed for the remainder of Tuesday.

PC Dixon was a highly respected police

Officer of Thames Valley Police

A force spokesman said officers remained at the scene of the collision and had advised motorists to avoid the area.

The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

IPCC Associate Commissioner Guido Liguori said: “My thoughts and sympathies are with their families and friends and the colleagues of the officer at this very difficult time.

“IPCC investigators are attending the scene as part of an independent investigation to determine the circumstances which lead to the collision.”

PC Dixon was based at Loddon Valley police station, near Reading.

Police said the injuries of the driver involved are “not thought to be life threatening”.

Police Hour has now launched a readers appeal to help raise money to support the family of the fallen police officer and the 91-year-old victim who has not yet been named Please Donate now even if it’s just £5. 

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MI5 have prevented nine terror attacks this year

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MI5 have prevented nine terrorist attacks within the United Kingdom in the past year, its boss has told Downing Street officials.

They have also prevented a total of 13 terror attacks within the last four years Andrew Parker head of MI5 has confirmed.

Mr Parker told Theresa May that the defeat of Islamic State in Syria did not mean that the terrorist threat was over.

Mr Parker warned that social media was the new tool being used to incite terror attacks across the world.

Mr Parker has released the figures ahead of the publication of an investigation of the security services and police amid the wave of increased terror attacks within the UK.

The review looks at whether MI5 and counter terror cops could have prevented the five successful terror attacks within the UK.

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