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Sexual assault on child
« on: July 09, 2006, 02:57:21 pm »
Just in from Hertfordshire Constabulary. Only a few miles north of our patch, but probably worth posting to alert people because this guy might strike again.  There seems to be an increase in alleged sex-related incidents in recent weeks.

July 9, 2006
APPEAL FOR INFORMATION FOLLOWING SEXUAL ASSAULT IN HATFIELD
By Corp Comm


OFFICERS are appealing for information following the serious sexual assault of an eight-year-old girl in Hatfield on Friday (July 7) evening.

The incident took place in the underpass in Travellers Lane, near to the junction with Drakes Way, at some point between 6pm and 8pm.

The victim, who was with a 10-year-old girl, was approached by a man in his late 20s who then sexually assaulted her.

The man is described as a white man who was around 5ft 6ins to 5ft 7ins tall and smartly dressed.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen a man acting suspicious in the area around this time or anyone with information which may help us with our investigation.

Anyone with information should call 01707 354236.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Ross said: “This was a frightening experience for the young victim and we would urge anyone with information to come forward. We would also ask parents to give their children the following advice when out on their own:

  • If you are not with a parent, teacher, or other adult who is looking after you, don't talk to strangers and never go off with anyone you do not know, no matter how friendly they appear to be
  • If you are approached, walk away to somewhere you know is safe, or a busy place, and tell someone you know and trust what has happened
  • If you are going out alone or with friends always tell someone responsible for you where you are going and when you expect to be back
  • Don’t accept sweets, ice cream or anything else from anyone without asking someone your parent or guardian first. Just say ‘no’ and run away
  • If a grown-up asks for their help in looking after a puppy or minding a car, don’t. It’s not rude, it’s just being safe
  • If you are scared or troubled by anything that happens to them let them know they can ring the police on 999 for free and someone will come and help
  • Adults should also be aware that approaches to children may make them feel uneasy
  • Avoid alleyways, subways and other poorly-lit routes.

Central Area Commander Chief Superintendent Alison Roome-Gifford said: “We would like to reassure members of the public that this incident is not in any way linked to the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl in Lemsford last week. A 23-year-old man has now been charged in connection with that offence and has been remanded in custody.”

/end of news release.

 
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Re: Sexual assault on child
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2006, 09:34:25 pm »
Anyone that does this needs to be publically flogged and their genitals removed with a rusty blunt blade and left to die.  Sick Sick Sick.

What is wrong with the human psychy that can drive someone to behave in this way?

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Re: Sexual assault on child
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2006, 09:19:09 pm »
Hertfordshire Constabulary say they are linking four recent sexual approaches to children with the recent serious sexual assault on an eight-year-old in Hatfield. Best warn you children with the summer holidays approaching. It seems there is a predator at large. Click here for more details.
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Re: Sexual assault on child
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2006, 09:32:57 pm »
Whilst I agree with most of the sentiments expressed by Barmy, I do hope this terrible news will not deter all children from enjoying the outdoor life during this lovely hot summer weather. Tell your children of course, warn them, but encourage them to enjoy the countryside - preferably with other children of similar age. Hopefully with everyone vigilence this pervert will indeed be caught and get real justice. Whilst the courts might not be quite as strong as the opinions expressed above, we hope his fellow inmates at which ever 'establishment' he ends up in will ensure his life is never quite the same again. I can't understand the mentality of so much evil in this world, but please never forget the good.
 

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Re: Sexual assault on child
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2006, 09:51:12 pm »
Please don't misunderstand me - the world on the whole - at least my world is a reasonably decent place.  It is just people like this make my blood boil.  I am confident that whoever the perpetrator is will receive appropriate treatmment at her majesty's pleasure from his fellow residents whilst the wardens look the other way - although, I will now be accused of alledgeing that Wardens condone vigilante punishments in their Prisons - which I don't.  It just happens that way.

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Re: Sexual assault on child
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2006, 10:33:31 am »
Trouble is, these people are often segregated from the tougher prisoners because the authorities know what will happen to them if they are put in with the other prisoners.  It's an absolute joke!

I'd like to find where they keep all these sick people and drop something nasty on them - oh wait, they're all let out to offend again aren't they!
 

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Re: Sexual assault on child
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2006, 12:01:14 pm »
Hertfordshire Constabulary has highlighted 'stranger danger' in its regular schools out summer news release, just sent to this site. There is more on the robbery and crime issue, such as keeping phones and MP3s out of view, on BBC News Online today. Click here for that story.

July 20, 2006
SCHOOLS OUT FOR SUMMER
By Corporate Communication Dept


HERTFORDSHIRE Constabulary is issuing advice to parents and children to ensure young people stay safe and out of trouble during their summer holidays.

Community Teams across the county will be stepping up patrols during the school holidays and advice will be given to young people about road safety, stranger danger, personal safety and they will be warned of the consequences of trespassing and criminal damage.

Road Safety

Traffic is the biggest single killer of 12-16 year olds and national statistics show that teenagers are twice as likely to be knocked down and injured on our roads than toddlers.

One in two teenagers know someone their own age who has been injured on a road, most often because they are distracted – on the phone, sending a text, listening to music – and not paying attention.

These simple road safety messages can be used to help keep teenagers safe:

• Concentrate and be careful at all times.
• Be aware of the dangers of distractions. Using MP3 players, the phone or sending a text are all big distractions.
• When cycling always wear a helmet.
• Always take a safe route.
• At night be safe – wear reflective clothing.
• Don’t use mini-motos unless you have a licence and suitable documents.
• Be safe at all times.

Parents and Guardians are asked to talk through this advice with their children.

Stranger Danger

As the holidays get underway, police are issuing a reminder to children and young people not to talk to strangers when they are playing outdoors.

• If you are not with a parent, teacher, or other adult who is looking after you, dont talk to strangers and never go off with anyone you don’t know, no matter how friendly they appear to be.
• If you are approached, walk away to somewhere you know is safe or to a busy place and tell someone you know and trust what has happened.
• If you are going out alone or with friends always tell someone responsible for you where you are going and what time you’ll be home.
• Don’t accept sweets, ice cream or anything else from anyone without asking someone such as your parent or guardian first. Just say ‘no’.
• If a grown up asks for your help, for example for directions, looking for a puppy or minding a car don’t. It’s not rude to say no it’s just being safe.
• Parents should remind their children that if they are scared or troubled by anything that happens to them they should call the police on 999 for free and someone will come and help.
• Adults should also be aware that approaches to children might make them feel uneasy.

Detective Superintendent Jane Swinburne said: “Most children are very sensible and know they should never approach or be enticed away by a stranger. We want to reinforce this important message particularly at this time of year when there will be more youngsters outside playing in the good weather.

“This advice is based on common sense and we would ask parents to ensure their children know what to do if approached by a stranger.”

Robbery and Street Crime

Police are also reliterating advice to prevent children being victims of robbery as research shows that most commonly both offenders and victims are aged between 13 and 24 years old. Most youngsters now carry mobile phones and MP3 players and these together with cash and wallets are the items most frequently taken in robberies.

These simple guidelines should help to reduce the chances of becoming a victim of street crime:

• Keep wallets, purses, mobile phones, MP3 players and any other valuables out of sight.
• Don’t use or show off your mobile phone or MP3 player where it could easily be snatched.
• Don’t carry large amounts of cash.
• Don’t wear a lot of jewellery.
• When walking around after dusk, try to stick with friends or take a taxi.

Jane added: “Any incident that involves force or threat of force, is not bullying it is robbery, which carries much more serious penalties. We are warning offenders that this is a very serious crime, and one which the Constabulary takes very seriously.

“The victims are often very shaken and upset, although it is extremely unlikely that they are physically hurt we will take robust action against anyone involved in a robbery.”

Anyone with information on a robbery should contact police on 0845 33 00 222 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, where all information will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Trespassing and Criminal Damage

Finally police are warning youngsters who trespass or cause criminal damage that they will be prosecuted if they are caught.

The number of reports of criminal damage to schools increases over school holiday periods and Community teams across the county will be stepping up their patrols around empty schools during the holidays to prevent trespassers, vandals and burglars.

Jane added: “Trespassing is not only an offence, it is also extremely dangerous. Trespassers often cause criminal damage to property during the act of breaking in as well as putting themselves in danger by using equipment unsupervised.

“As tempting as it may seem trespassing is illegal and we will take swift action against anyone who we catch trespassing on private property or trying to use facilities without permission.”


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Re: Sexual assault on child
« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2006, 10:21:33 am »
News just in from Hertfordshire Constabulary

August 11, 2006
MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING HATFIELD SEXUAL ASSAULT
By Susie ODea


POLICE have arrested a 32-year-old Luton man in connection with a sexual assault on an eight-year-old girl. The assault occurred at around 7.15pm on Friday, July 7 in an underpass off Travellers Lane, Hatfield, near the junction with Drakes Way.

The man was arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with children and for rape of a child under 13 and has been released on police bail to return on September 11.

DI Keith Blundy of the Major Crime Enquiry Team said: “Although an arrest has been made in relation to this incident, we are still keen to hear from anyone who may have information about either the offender or the incident. If you know anything, please contact police urgently.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 01707 354432 or telephone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Your call will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

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