Ex-BBC DJ admits to 21 counts of child sex abuse

A former BBC DJ and radio presenter in the UK, Chris Denning, has admitted to abusing 11 children, some as young as eight, with one victim being abused at Jimmy Savile’s house.


Denning, 75, will be sentenced on 6 October, but is already in jail serving a 13-year sentence for sexual assaults on 24 different victims aged 9 – 16 carried out between the 1960s and 1980s.

Four of Denning’s victims were in court to see him plead guilty.

He will be sentenced at London’s Southwark Crown Court by the same judge who jailed him for his most recent offences.

He was part of the original crew that launched BBC Radio 1 in 1967, but left two years later. His career ended after he was first convicted of sex offences in 1974.

Prosecutor Jonathan Polnay said Denning had a “very long record of offences against young boys”.

Denning was a friend of Jimmy Savile’s, and the court heard he had abused one of his victims at Savile’s home, using “the allure of the record industry and celebrity” to attract his young victims, British tabloid The Sun reported.

Source: Press TV


#abuse, #child-abuse

A woman who missed two appointments because she was in hospital for open heart surgery has been stripped of her benefits.

“A woman who missed two appointments because she was in hospital for open heart surgery has been stripped of her benefits.

Lyn Wright, who has a heart condition, says she has been left feeling suicidal as a result of the effect of the decision made by Capita, on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions, to stop her Personal Independence Payments (PIP) which will see her lose almost £140 a week.”

Source – dailypost.co.uk

Britain ‘one of the most significant violators’ of the Arms Trade Treaty, says Oxfam


Oxfam has accused British MPs of being in “denial and disarray” over an agreement to sell arms to Saudi Arabia, saying the UK has become one of the most significant violators of the international Arms Trade Treaty.

There are concerns that the weapons are being used in Saudi Arabia’s air campaign in Yemen, where is it supporting the Yemeni government in its battle with Shiite Houthi rebels.

The 17-month war has reportedly left more than three million people displaced and over 14 million suffering hunger and malnutrition – almost half the country’s population.

Saudi Arabia says it tries to minimize civilian casualties, but the UN says estimates more than 6,000 have died.

The British government has faced repeated calls to ban weapon sales to Saudi Arabia since reports emerged alleging that the country was guilty of severe breaches of international humanitarian law.

Signatories to the Arms Trade Treaty, including the UK, are expected to review their international arms sales to ensure the weapons are not used or diverted for illegal purposes, war crimes, or against human rights.

Oxfam says the government has gone from being an “enthusiastic backer” of the international Arms Trade Treaty to “one of the most significant violators.”

Read more at RT


The NHS are testing a cannabis product for the first time

The following article is from The Independent


A cannabidiol (CBD) vaporiser that has helped thousands of people suffering from a variety of conditions is being tested by an NHS unit, an unprecedented step that could increase scrutiny on cannabis’ medical benefits and have a huge impact on the UK’s legislation on it.

The MediPen, a legal way to consume CBD, which, unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is non-psychoactive, has been on sale for a year now and drew very positive reviews, relieving the pain of people with everything from depression and anxiety to arthritis and fibromyalgia.

The company told The Independent it has been consulting with a group of production and regulatory support pharmacists from the NHS for the past few months, who have been testing their proprietary cannabis oil formulation.

A detailed public report outlining the testing process and extraction methodology will follow, and though it is only about confirming purity and cannabinoid profile at this stage, this is a big first step for the medical cannabis industry in the UK.

MediPen is confident that by setting a precedent for testing cannabis products with the NHS, it will have a huge impact on the public’s perception of cannabis.



“Over the past year the MediPen has quickly become without a doubt one of the most highly-rated CBD products in the world,” said managing director Jordan Owen. “We’ve recently been working very closely with a team of NHS production and regulatory support pharmacists who’ve been able to meticulously analyse our proprietary formulation for both safety and cannabinoid concentration.

“As the UK’s industry leading consumer cannabis biotechnology company, we’re excited to have set a new benchmark in providing a much-needed sense of legitimacy to the UK’s rapidly growing legal cannabis industry.”

“As the first consumer cannabis product to be tested by the NHS, we are confident that this will go a long way towards creating a properly regulated cannabis market in the UK and are extremely excited to see what the future holds.”

The NHS was unable to comment due to a non-disclosure agreement preventing them from sharing any client information, with the exemption of official government bodies such as the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). It did however point out that cannabidiol is present in the authorised multiple sclerosis spray product Sativex, though this is prescription only.

Calls for a more considered approach to cannabis legislation with medical benefits in mind have been consistently batted down by the Government, the most famous recent example being a petition to legalise the drug signed by more 230,000 Brits which was debated in Parliament but dismissed out of hand last year.


Homeless woman ‘hopes for a better tomorrow’ after fundraiser launched to help get her off the streets


Article from: getsurrey.co.uk

A homeless Godalming woman has “hope for a better tomorrow” after good Samaritans raised more than £1,500 to get her off the streets.

Sue, who has lived in Surrey for 30 years but became homeless 18 months ago after she said she fell behind with her rent due to the government’s “bedroom tax”.

She stayed at two shelters but ended up fearing for her life.

Since then, she has been on the streets of Godalming, “walking all day, trying to find a place to stay”.

After hearing of her plight, Debbie Holmes, 45, from Wormley and her friend, Tracey, decided to set up a Just Giving web page in the hope of raising £3,000 to pay for Sue’s outstanding debt to the housing association.

The pair has been “astounded” by the response, with donations totalling £1,500 on Friday – just a week after the fundraising effort was launched.

Sue told Get Surrey: “I had absolutely no idea they were doing this.

“It has been truly inspiring and wonderful to see this community pulling resources to help a person such as myself in crisis. The gestures of kindness and goodwill have been magnanimous and from the heart.

“I am humbled and so grateful for all the support you have shown me. I hope one day to look back and remember this time as one of learning.”


The two fundraisers declare they are now “life-long friends” after meeting when offering Sue toiletries.

Tracey said: “We were just two strangers. I met Debbie’s daughter, Lucy, who was talking to Sue on the street one day. I started talking to Debbie and it went from there. Having been homeless myself, I can see the other side and it is really hard.”

Debbie added: “Sue is such a strong woman who has kept her pride and dignity. We are just providing the stepping stone to help her out. The response from Godalming has been astounding. It was completely unexpected.

“We shared the fundraiser on Godalming Community Board’s Facebook page and the donations kept coming in.”

The Surrey County Council Youth Group has now stepped in, trying to raise more money by organising a “Stay Up All Night” event for Friday September 23.

Sue said she hoped her story would raise awareness about homelessness, adding: “It’s important that people understand what homelessness is all about. It is long-suffering.

“You are dirty, covered in petrol fumes, you don’t know where your next meal is coming from or if you will survive the night.

“I have seen fights and the nights can be scary. It is damaging to your health. There are many people who are talented who end up homeless and they have just fallen on tough times.

“There is a stereotype of what homelessness is but I hope for a better tomorrow and look forward to a future where no one is homeless.”

To help Sue get off the streets visit: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/helpsueoffthestreets.

High Court legal win for student sprayed with CS gas at protest

The following article is from http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/high-court-legal-win-student-11776474

A Midland student who was sprayed with CS gas by a police officer during a demonstration has scored a legal victory against the official police watchdog.

Lawrence Green, 26, complained to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) following an incident in Warwick University ’s Senate House building during a protest about tuition fees in December 2014.

The watchdog investigated before deciding the West Midlands Police officer had no case to answer in respect of the complaint in October last year.

But deputy High Court judge , Robin Purchas QC, today quashed the IPCC decision, saying it was “not rationally supportable on the objective evidence.”

The judge added that the commission’s role was to determine whether there was enough evidence to bring a misconduct case against the officer, and not to decide whether his actions on that day were justified.

The IPCC will now have to review the case again.

Judge Purchas told the court police were called to the building after an alleged assault on a security officer by one of the protesters.

When officers arrived and tried to reach the person accused of the assault, there was a stand off between them and a group of students – including Mr Green – during which he was sprayed “at close range” in the eyes with CS gas, the judge continued.


He added: “As a result, the claimant’s eyesight was affected and he was in pain, symptoms which lasted for some time afterwards.”

The incident was captured on CCTV and on other footage which was uploaded to YouTube.

The judge said the IPCC investigator who handled Mr Green’s complaint concluded the officer in question had no case to answer in relation to the alleged misconduct.

She based the decision on her findings that he “had to make a swift decision with limited means at his disposal” and chose to use CS gas which would not have lasting effects, the judge continued.

However, Judge Purchas said it appeared the investigator had accepted the officer’s actions were justified, when that was a decision for a disciplinary hearing.

He added: “In my judgment, if the investigator and the IPCC found as a fact that the officer was justified in the use of the CS spray at very close range, directly into the claimant’s eyes, that was not a finding which was properly part of the evaluation.

“It was, in effect, a finding that disposed of the complaint of misconduct in substance, and which they had no power to make.

“In so far as the investigator and the IPCC concluded that there was no evidence to support the conclusion that there was a case to answer, in my judgment, that conclusion is not rationally supportable on the objective evidence.

“I conclude that the decision of the IPCC, that there was no case to answer relating to misconduct, was unlawful and should be quashed.”


AOL money has ran an article titled ‘ Young jobless more likely to break rules over benefits’, if they had done their research they would know there are sanction targets for DWP staff so the headline should be ‘ Young jobless more likely to be set up for a sanction by DWP jobsworths.’

Of course the sanctions apply across the board and have lead to 1000s of people dying and dropping out of the system altogether.

Sanctions will  also now apply to in work welfare claimants under Universal Credit.


BBC Panorama 2015

The Guardian 2011


Ministers believe it to be true, so it must be true then.