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Gary Glitter charged with sex offences

Gary Glitter has been charged with eight counts of sexual offences against girls.

The charges relate to two women who were aged between 12 and 14 at the time of the alleged offences between 1977 and 1980.

The former pop star – real name Paul Gadd – is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 19 June.

The Crown Prosecution Service said no further action would be taken over five allegations made by two other people.

Baljit Ubhey, chief crown prosecutor for CPS London, said: “We have carefully considered the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police Service.”

Mr Gadd, 70, was arrested on 28 October 2012 at his London home following an investigation by detectives from Operation Yewtree, which was set up after the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal.

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Ms Ubhey said police had been “providing material to the CPS since July 2013, with the most recent material submitted in March 2014”.

The charges relating to the first complainant, who was aged 12 or 13 at the time of the alleged offences, are:

Two counts of indecent assault between 31 January and 31 May 1977
One count of administering a drug or other thing in order to facilitate sexual intercourse between 31 January and 31 May 1977
One count of sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13 between 31 January and 31 May 1977
Two counts of indecent assault between 31 May and 31 December 1977
Charges relating to the second complainant, who was aged 13 or 14 at the time of the alleged offences, are two counts of indecent assault between 1 October 1979 and 31 December 1980.

Glitter rose to fame in the UK in the 1970s with a flamboyant stage persona and hits such as Rock and Roll (Part 2) and Leader of the Gang, the latter reaching No 1 in the UK music charts in 1973.


Abortion clinic guidance emphasises illegal gender grounds

New guidance issued for abortion clinics in England makes clear that terminating a pregnancy on the grounds of gender alone is illegal.

It also states “pre-signing” abortion certificates without considering a woman’s individual case is illegal.

The Department of Health guidance is being published after concerns over both issues were raised.

It will now assess abortion providers to ensure they are abiding by the updated rules.

The 113 independent clinics providing abortions for the NHS must do so in order to be re-approved to provide the service by the Health Secretary.

Officials say they do not expect to find any major problems.

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Concerns over sex selection were raised after secret filming by the Daily Telegraph appeared to show two doctors agreeing terminations of female foetuses could go ahead.

However no charges were brought – and the Crown Prosecution Service said it was satisfied there was no intention to proceed with a termination.

A subsequent investigation into the work of abortion clinics found 14 were pre-signing certificates.

The law says two doctors have to certify an abortion under the terms of the 1967 Abortion Act.

But pre-signing suggests the second doctor has not considered that woman’s individual case.

Under the updated guidance, doctors are reminded that pre-signing forms is not allowed and both doctors have a legal duty to certify abortions “in good faith”.

The updated guidance restates the rules governing abortions. It says:

abortion on the grounds of gender alone is not lawful
two doctor need to certify that an abortion is permitted under the criteria in the 1967 Abortion Act and be prepared to justify their decision
it is good practice for at least one of the doctors to have seen the pregnant woman
pre-signing of certificates is “not compliant” with the Act
Updated annual birth ratio statistics for England and Wales for 2008-2012 have also been published by the department.

This data is broken down by the mother’s country of birth and shows no evidence of sex selection occurring in the UK.

Ann Furedi, chief executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service which is a major provider of abortions for the NHS, said it abided by the guidance.

But she added: “There is no clinical need for two doctors to certify a woman’s reasons for abortion, in addition to obtaining her consent – it simply causes delays.”

Ann Scanlan, of the pro-life charity Life, said the organisation welcomed the re-emphasis on sex selection and pre-signing being against the law.

But Ms Scanlan said she was “disappointed but not surprised” that the guidance potentially allowed for neither of the two doctors certifying an abortion to actually see the woman concerned.

Azelle Rodney ‘Unlawfully Killed’ By Police

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An inquiry into the death of a man shot dead by police eight years ago has concluded that he was unlawfully killed.
Azelle Rodney, who was 24, died after the car he was in was stopped by armed officers in London.
An official report found the police marksman who shot Mr Rodney had no reason to believe he had picked up a weapon – so there was “no lawful justification” for killing him.
The officer who fired the fatal shots could now face criminal charges after the case was referred to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
Mr Rodney’s mother Susan Alexander said the report backed her view that her son was “executed” and demanded an apology from Scotland Yard.
Former High Court judge Sir Christopher Holland released his findings following the public inquiry into the shooting in Edgware, north London in 2005.
The VW Golf in which the victim was travelling with two other men was stopped by officers who feared the trio were on their way to stage an armed heist on Colombian drug dealers and had an automatic weapon capable of firing 1,000 rounds per minute.
Mr Rodney was shot six times, once each in the arm and back and four times in the head.
Sir Christopher’s critical conclusions raise the possibility of the officer, known only as E7, facing criminal charges for the shooting.
He found that even if the armed officer believed Mr Rodney had picked up a weapon, it was disproportionate to fire the four fatal head shots.
E7 told the inquiry that he had seen Mr Rodney start moving around, reaching down and then coming back up with his shoulders hunched.
But Sir Christopher’s report dismissed this account, which was also contradicted by eyewitnesses.
It said: “E7’s accounts of what he saw are not to be accepted. Prior to firing he did not believe that the man who turned out to be Azelle Rodney had picked up a gun and was about to use it.
“Further, on the basis of what he was able to see, he could not rationally have believed that.”
The officer has written to the inquiry to claim that the findings against him are ” irrational”.
Three guns were found in the Golf – a Colt .45 calibre pistol, a Baikal pistol and a smaller gun that looked like a key fob.
The Colt was not loaded, the Baikal was loaded but was not cocked and the safety catch was on, and the key fob gun was loaded, cocked and the safety catch was off.
During the 11-week public inquiry it emerged that E7 had previously shot two men dead during an incident in the 1980s, and injured another two.
Inquests into the men’s deaths later found that they had been lawfully killed, and the officer received a commendation from the-then Metropolitan Police Commissioner for his conduct.
The two injured men were later tried and jailed.
Sir Christopher found that Operation Tayport, which led to Mr Rodney’s death, was not run in a way that would minimise the threat to life.
He also concluded that the “hard stop” on the Golf “fell short of the standards set by the MPS”.
Drivers were not supposed to deliberately ram the suspect car but two of the police cars did.
The firearms officers were also supposed to be wearing police caps, but the two that could be seen in a video of the shooting were not.
Two officers also fired rounds into the tyres of the Golf after it had been rammed and hemmed in by unmarked police cars.
Sir Christopher has recommended that Scotland Yard now nominates a senior officer to carry out a review of the operation.
Speaking after the report was published, Mr Rodney’s mother Susan Alexander said: “I do not seek to justify what Azelle was doing on the day he died, but he was entitled to be apprehended and, if there was evidence, to be charged and brought before a court of law to face trial before a jury.
“The fact that he was strongly suspected in being involved in crime does not justify him or anyone else being summarily killed.”
She said she did not want any further delays in investigating what happened to her son, and asked for apologies from the police and watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: “I have read the findings carefully and want to express my personal sympathy to Mr Rodney’s family.
“The MPS deeply regrets his death, and I recognise how distressing the inquiry must have been for them.”
He said the force accepts recommendations made by Sir Christopher about how officers are debriefed after firearms operations.
The CPS said in a statement: “Following the publication of the report into Mr Rodney’s death, the IPCC has written to the Director of Public Prosecutions to ask that we review the case in light of new evidence provided to the Public Inquiry.
“This review will be completed as soon as practicable, in close liaison with the IPCC and in accordance with the Attorney General’s undertaking to the inquiry.”

Georgia Williams ‘Body’ Found, Police Say

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A body found on the Nant-y-Grath pass near Wrexham is believed to be that of teenager Georgia Williams, West Mercia Police said.

A 22-year-old man was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of murdering the 17-year-old who has been missing since Sunday.

Jamie Reynolds will appear in court in Telford, Shropshire tomorrow morning.

Reynolds was originally arrested in Glasgow on suspicion of kidnapping Miss Williams, of Wellington, Shropshire.

Superintendent Malik said the body had not been positively identified, but early indications suggested it was linked to Georgia’s disappearance.

He said: “Within the last hour, following liaison with the Crown Prosecution Service, we have charged 22-year-old Jamie Reynolds with the murder of Georgia Williams.

“For obvious legal reasons, I am not in a position to talk to you about that, to ensure a fair court outcome in due course.

“Sadly, yesterday afternoon, new evidence came to light which identified that Georgia had in fact died at an address in Wellington, in Telford here, and clearly that information has led us to where we are today.

“I can also confirm that this afternoon the body of a female, a young female, has been found in woodland in the pass near Nant-y-Garth in Wrexham, north Wales.

“At this moment in time we haven’t identified that body, but early indications do suggest it’s linked to the disappearance of Georgia Williams.”

Officers had been searching woodland and have taped off an area in a nature reserve about 17 miles from Wellington.

Uniformed officers and a police tent are currently at Brown Moss Nature Reserve, Shropshire.

Georgia had not been seen since telling her parents she was going to see friends at 7.30pm on Sunday.

Police said she had her mobile phone with her when she left, but the last calls and text messages were received from the device at about 8pm that night.

Superintendent Malik said police had been liaising closely with Georgia’s family, “who are naturally devastated by the events of yesterday afternoon and late this afternoon as well.”

He said all investigations were challenging. “This has proved particularly challenging given that colleagues are working relentlessly, but also that one of the colleagues, Georgia’s father, is a police officer within this organisation here, and it’s been emotional for them.

“Whenever someone from a police family is involved, it is particularly distressing, clearly.”

He thanked the investigation team for the progress they had made, the Crown Prosecution Service, and policing partners for their support, and the public and press.

Reynolds would be going to Telford Magistrates’ Court in the morning, he said.

Earlier, friends of Georgia spoke of their hope of her safe return as they leafleted people in her home town of Wellington in a bid to raise awareness about her disappearance.

She was described by close friends as “bubbly”, with a great sense of humour.

Katy Lafferty, who was Georgia’s best friend and helped organise the leaflet drop, said her disappearance was “heart-breaking”.

The 17-year-old praised the support that had been expressed by thousands of people via social media.

Liam Ball who goes to New College in Telford, where Georgia attended lectures, described his friend as “friendly, bubbly and lovely with a great sense of humour”.

The 18-year-old, of Shifnal, said: “She is everything you could want in a friend.

“If I didn’t feel like I was doing something to help I just wouldn’t be coping.”

Theresa May: murderers of police to receive whole-life jail sentences.

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Murderers of police officers are to be given whole-life sentences and be left to die in prison, the home secretary, Theresa May, is to reveal at the Police Federation conference.

May says it is time for “life to mean life” in such cases because murdering a police officer in the course of their duty represents an attack on the “fundamental basis of our society”.

She will tell the Police Federation on Wednesday: “We ask police officers to keep us safe by confronting and stopping violent criminals for us. We ask them to take risks so that we don’t have to. That is why I am clear that life should mean life for anyone convicted of killing a police officer.”

The move by May, who was jeered and heckled when she addressed the Police Federation conference last year, is likely to come into effect within months, and to receive a warm welcome from rank-and-file police officers. It will also thrill Tory backbenchers and seal May’s reputation as a hardline Conservative home secretary trying to put some steel into the party.

Twelve police officers have been killed while on duty since 2000.

The latest to die were two women police officers, Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone, who were killed during a gun and grenade attack when they responded to a routine burglary call last September in Manchester. Dale Creggan, aged 29, who has admitted murdering them, is yet to be sentenced as he is currently on trial for the separate killing of a father and son, which he denies.

Crown Prosecution Service guidelines currently reserve whole-life sentences for serial killers, child murderers or those who kill in the name of religion, politics or an idelogical cause.

The current starting point for the murder of a police or prison officer in the course of their duty is a life sentence with a minimum term of 30 years. David Bieber, who murdered PC Ian Broadhurst in December 2003, received a life sentence with a minimum of 37 years before he could be considered for parole.

Mustaf Jama, Yusuf Jama and Muzzaker Shah, the members of a criminal gang that shot dead PC Sharon Beshenivsky during a robbery in Bradford in 2005, were all given life sentences with a minimum term of 35 years.

The longest-serving police killer is Harry Roberts, who was imprisoned in 1966 for the murder of three police officers in Shepherd’s Bush, in west London. He was sentenced to a minimum term of 30 years before he could apply for parole but he has so far served 46 years. The parole board last decided in 2009 that he remained a risk to the public after he made violent threats to the owners of an animal sanctuary where he was working on day release.

The whole-life sentence was introduced in 1983, when Michael Howard was home secretary. Since then, at least 63 murderers have been told they will not be released from jail, including 23 as a result of an executive decision. They include Ian Brady, Rosemary West and Harold Shipman.

The change is to be made by the justice secretary, Chris Grayling, who will make an order under the 2003 Criminal Justice Act to change the starting point for the murder of a police officer from 30 years to a whole-life order. Grayling is shortly to consult the sentencing council, which represents the judges, on the move.

May said earlier this week that she was looking forward to the conference: “It is always an interesting experience,” she said.