Month: February 2014

Operation Sanctuary update

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Dated: 28 Feb 2014

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This is an update into the ongoing Northumbria Police Operation ‘Sanctuary’.

Northumbria Police’s investigation into the sexual exploitation of vulnerable females has now been running for one month.

Since its launch Operation Sanctuary has seen 54 arrests across the force area.

Approximately 80 vulnerable women and girls have been identified and police, together with partners, are speaking to them and offering them support.

Officers are continuing to visit businesses across the force area, including; taxi firms, hotels, B&Bs, and takeaways to ask for people’s help and co-operation with the operation.

Northumbria Police’s Deputy Chief Constable, Steve Ashman, said: “Operation Sanctuary is progressing and we are acting on and following up all of the information that we are receiving from the public.”

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Muslim boys’ school bans women from applying for job as science teacher – Telegraph

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A Muslim boys’ school is facing claims of segregation after advertising for a temporary science teacher but making clear that women need not apply. The advert published by the outsourcing company Capita requested a “Male Science Teacher” to cover lessons, including some mathematics classes, until the end of the current academic year on a short term contract for up to £150 a day. 

Secular campaigners said the advertisement was just the latest in a series of demands for religious customs and practices to be “accommodated” in the education system as a result of giving faith groups the power to run schools.

It follows a storm over allegations that non-Muslim female staff at the Al-Madinah free school in Derby had been forced to wear headscarves in line with strict Islamic practices.

There have also been concerns that girls at other Islamic schools are being required to wear full veils as well as questions over segregation in classes.

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UK Government: BAN THE VEIL IN BRITAIN

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The Proposed Law to ban the face Veil in England and Wales will be debated in parliament this Friday 28th February 2014. The MP who sponsored the bill is Phillip Hollobone, a backbench Tory MP who has gone out of his way to re-order proceedings so that this bill stands a strong chance of being read on the day. After the first reading of the bill in September 2013, there was the most sustained period of positive media coverage against the face veil the UK has ever seen. Positive because at last, people in power are taking note of how we as a country do not need to live in fear of ‘who’ is under the veil. Children taught by women covered like this are scared as they cannot see a facial reaction to questions asked in class. It is not acceptable any more than it is normal. 

Sign the petition and write to your MP to let him know why this barbaric treatment of women must not be allowed in our country.  

Not only is the veil a sign of oppresion against women and young girls, it is a big security risk. If you value your liberty as a British citizen, stand up and be counted. SIGN NOW!

 

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Muslim Rapist jailed thanks to DNA match

A man who thought for years that he’d got away with rape has been jailed a decade later, thanks to a DNA match.

Ibrahim Khan of St Albans Avenue, Ashton-under-Lyne was found guilty of rape following a trial in December 2013.

Today, Thursday 27 February 2014, he was sentenced at Minshull Street Crown Court to eight years imprisonment.

In the early hours of Sunday 31 October 2004, a 19-year-old girl had been out in Altrincham town centre and flagged down a private hire taxi to take her home.

The taxi driver, Ibrahim Khan, told the young woman to get into the front passenger seat as it was warmer, which she did, and the taxi set off to take her home.

The 19-year-old quickly fell asleep in the passenger seat and woke a short time later to find that Khan was on top of her and was raping her.

The girl shouted at him to get off and managed to escape from the car and run home.

Following this attack, a full investigation was launched by police in Trafford, appeals were run in the media and a DNA sample of the offender was taken, but the culprit was never identified.

In November 2012, Khan was arrested for an unrelated matter and his DNA sample was obtained. This was quickly matched to the DNA profile taken from the rape in 2004 and he was subsequently arrested by GMP’s Serious Sexual Offences Unit.

Further investigation revealed that in 2004, Khan was working as a taxi driver in Ashton-Under-Lyne and had dropped off passengers in Altrincham that evening in October when he spotted the victim.

Detective Constable Rachel Ostick from GMP’s Serious Sexual Offences Unit said: “I would firstly like to commend the bravery shown by the victim in this case, who gave evidence at this trial nine years after the attack took place, forcing her to relive her rape ordeal once more in court. Finally today, justice has been served.

“On that night back in 2004, Khan knowingly accepted the fare when he was out of his area of operating. He took advantage of a vulnerable young woman who was fast asleep and raped her.  The public rely on taxi drivers to take them home safely, even when they are in vulnerable states and Khan abused this position of trust.

“I hope that today’s sentence will encourage other victims of rape to come forward and tell us about what has happened to them. We will investigate all reports thoroughly in order to bring justice to those men or women who have been raped, and there is wide-ranging support on offer to victims from both within the police and from other agencies.

“As this case demonstrates, we will also continue to utilise every tool and developing technology available to us to track down those responsible for carrying out these despicable crimes, no matter how long it takes.”

Greater Manchester is nationally recognised as a model of good practice in terms of support services available to victims.

– If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police or a support agency so you can get the help and support available.

– You can call Greater Manchester Police on 101, or alternatively people can refer themselves to St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0161 276 6515.

– St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them either as a self-referral or via Greater Manchester Police.

– Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential support service run by women for women and girls who have been raped or sexually abused. Confidential helpline: 0161 273 4500. Black and Minority Ethnic helpline: 0161 273 4514.

– Survivors Manchester offers support and counselling for adult male survivors of sexual abuse and rape, regardless of when the event happened. Contact 07919 246 267.