The Andrew Norfolk Archive

This is the archive of the multi-award winning investigative journalist, Andrew Norfolk:

G4S knew of red door fears four years ago

  • The Times
  • Published: 21 January 2016
  • UK News

Senior officials at G4S knew four years ago of concerns that asylum seekers in northeast England felt “branded” by the red doors of their houses.

‘Poor are being dumped on the poor’

  • The Times
  • Published: 21 January 2016
  • UK News

The wealthy owner of every red-door Middlesbrough address where asylum seekers are housed is earning millions each year by “dumping the poor on the poor”, a council leader claimed yesterday.

Apartheid of the asylum seekers on British streets

  • The Times
  • Published: 20 January 2016
  • UK News

A secret apartheid policy brands hundreds of asylum seekers in England’s poorest town by housing them in properties with red front doors, it can be revealed.

No escape from hateful badge

  • The Times
  • Published: 20 January 2016
  • UK News

It seemed like a good idea. If your red front door is a caste mark that invites daily scorn and contempt, why not paint it a different colour?…

Red mark of shame opens door to attacks on asylum seekers

  • The Times
  • Published: 20 January 2016
  • UK News

Screens of grey steel mask the doors and windows of abandoned houses on dreary streets. The rows of boarded Victorian terraces were scheduled for demolition in 2005. Bulldozers eventually moved in but their work is incomplete. What survives in the Gresham area of Middlesbrough is a skeletal…

Poorest areas in north become human dumping grounds

  • The Times
  • Published: 20 January 2016
  • UK News

The poorest areas in Britain are being used as dumping grounds for asylum seekers despite a plan to share the pressure more evenly across the country.

Rotherham boss ‘helped broker deal over girl’

  • The Times
  • Published: 16 January 2016
  • Crime

Rotherham council’s former deputy leader helped to broker a no-prosecution deal that led an alleged serial child abuser to hand a missing girl to police at a petrol station, a court was told.

Rotherham detective had sex with girls, grooming trial told

  • The Times
  • Published: 19 December 2015
  • Crime

A corrupt police officer had sex with young girls and passed drugs to a man accused of targeting children for violent abuse, a Rotherham sex-grooming trial was told yesterday.

Muslim Council ‘secretly linked’ to Brotherhood

Andrew Norfolk, Michael Savage, Faisal Hanif and Bel Trew
  • The Times
  • Published: 18 December 2015
  • Faith

Britain’s biggest Islamic organisation and its largest Muslim student group have undeclared links to the Muslim Brotherhood, a fundamentalist network that has at times incited violence and terror, a government report claimed yesterday.

Sex abuse witness spoke out ‘to expose police lies’

  • The Times
  • Published: 16 December 2015
  • Crime

A witness in the Rotherham sex-grooming trial told a jury yesterday that she chose to reveal her childhood abuse by Asian men because she wanted such crimes to be no longer “swept under the carpet” by the authorities.

Woman ‘kept slave girls for sex grooming gang’

  • The Times
  • Published: 12 December 2015
  • Crime

A child who was plied with alcohol until she passed out in the home of an older woman awoke to find she was being sexually attacked by one of a number of Asian men who abused girls in Rotherham, a court was told yesterday.

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Girls ‘beaten, tortured and forced into sex almost daily’

  • The Times
  • Published: 11 December 2015
  • Crime

For more than a decade, terrified children in an English town were routinely beaten, burnt and spat upon by men who groomed and sexually abused girls as young as 11 before “passing them on” to friends and relatives, a court was told yesterday.

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A prep school tragedy

  • The Times
  • Published: 10 October 2015
  • Magazine

The boy who will one day kill himself is devouring a new Harry Potter novel. Too bulky for small hands, it sits on a reading stand at the family’s holiday home in Brittany. Eight-year-old eyes scan each line at lightning speed, sparkling with curiosity and just a hint of mischief.

St Paul’s ignored concerns about ‘unstable’ teacher

Andrew Norfolk, Lucy Holden and Billy Kenber
  • The Times
  • Published: 10 October 2015
  • UK News

One of England’s most famous schools failed to protect young boys from a “highly unstable” teacher who became infatuated with some pupils and bullied and humiliated others, a damning review has found.

Police officers investigated over Rotherham misconduct

  • The Times
  • Published: 27 August 2015
  • Crime

Twenty-seven police officers have been placed under formal investigation for alleged misconduct linked to the Rotherham sex-grooming scandal.

Amnesty director’s links to global network of Islamists

  • The Times
  • Published: 17 August 2015
  • UK News

A senior employee of Amnesty International has undeclared private links to men alleged to be key players in a secretive network of global Islamists, The Times can reveal.

A shadowy web traced back to Bradford

  • The Times
  • Published: 17 August 2015
  • UK News

Converted Victorian villas on opposite sides of a Bradford street link Amnesty International’s Yasmin Hussein to a complex network of Brotherhood-linked individuals, companies and charities.

Campaign allies on the wrong side of human rights

  • The Times
  • Published: 17 August 2015
  • UK News

Amnesty International is no stranger to criticism of its ambivalence towards Islamism. Attention has focused on its willingness to work with organisations whose beliefs — including the imposition of Sharia — are said to make them unsuitable partners for a charity seeking to defend women’s…

Migrant culture is not a get-out-of-jail card

I do not know Mrs Justice Pauffley but it is probably a safe bet that she is unlikely to pose naked on a sacred Malaysian mountain.

Barnardo’s tackles Rotherham abuse

  • The Times
  • Published: 03 August 2015
  • Crime

The UK’s biggest specialist project to tackle the sexual exploitation of children is to be launched in a scandal-hit town where the abuse of hundreds of young girls ran unchecked for more than a decade.

Youth worker blew whistle on sex grooming scandal

  • The Times
  • Published: 05 June 2015
  • Crime

A youth service manager has unmasked herself as the whistleblower who provided a journalist from The Times with key reports exposing the Rotherham child sexual abuse scandal in an attempt to persuade others to follow suit.

Sermons focus on the injustices to Muslims worldwide

  • The Times
  • Published: 11 July 2015
  • Faith

A spokesman for the Leeds Grand Mosque denied that it was influenced or run by the Muslim Brotherhood, but the converted church has long been a platform for political Islam. Firas al-Rawi is one of many men linked to the global movement to have held senior roles in its management. More than a…

Mosque link to children’s suicide film

  • The Times
  • Published: 11 July 2015
  • Crime

A former chairman of the best-known mosque in Leeds owned a company linked to the distribution of a children’s DVD that glorified suicide bomb attacks on Israelis.

Unwitting students fund Islamist projects with their rent payments

  • The Times
  • Published: 10 July 2015
  • UK News

Rent payments of university students are being funnelled through a charity with close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood to fund Islamist projects across Europe, The Times has found.

A breeding ground for groups intent on violence

  • The Times
  • Published: 10 July 2015
  • UK News

Those who urge the West to engage with the Muslim Brotherhood hail its supporters as democrats who denounce terrorism and espouse universal values of freedom and human rights.

The money trail: from student digs to ‘mothership of Islamism’

  • The Times
  • Published: 10 July 2015
  • UK News

The block of flats opposite Leeds University’s school of engineering carries no blue plaque marking its contribution to a movement once described as “the mothership of all Islamist extremist groups around the world”. In Britain, the Muslim Brotherhood treads lightly.

Hundreds of suspects identified in new Rotherham sex abuse inquiry

  • The Times
  • Published: 25 June 2015
  • Crime

The scale and nature of the mass sexual abuse that was routinely inflicted upon hundreds of vulnerable girls in Rotherham was “horrendous”, the officer heading a criminal inquiry into the scandal-hit town said yesterday.

Barrister arrested on suspicion of perverting justice

  • The Times
  • Published: 20 June 2015
  • Crime

A defence barrister who was criticised for his conduct in a sex-grooming trial has been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

Migrant culture

Sir, As an immigrant, I completely agree with Andrew Norfolk (Opinion, June 13) when he writes about Damian Green, the former criminal justice minister, saying (in relation to the age of consent) that if one comes and lives in Britain then one obeys the laws and observes the…

Isis internet agents lured teenage British bomber

  • The Times
  • Published: 15 June 2015
  • Crime

The family of a teenager believed to be Britain’s youngest suicide bomber accused Islamic State leaders of cowardice yesterday for luring him into carrying out their “dirty work”.

Family mourns ‘suicide bomber’

  • The Times
  • Published: 15 June 2015
  • Crime

With classmates’ messages scrawled on his shirt, a school tie thrown casually over one shoulder and a lopsided baseball cap on his head, Talha Asmal looks just like any other schoolboy celebrating the end of term.

Man charged with 45 sex offences

  • The Times
  • Published: 13 June 2015
  • Crime

Police investigating an alleged sex-grooming network in Rotherham have charged a man with 45 offences against girls in the town.

Girl, 13, was blamed as men queued to assualt her

  • The Times
  • Published: 29 October 2014
  • Crime

Amy’s file is a training manual in how not to conduct a criminal inquiry into sex offences against a child (Andrew Norfolk and Billy Kenber write). From day one, when a 999 call was made after the 13-year-old broke down and told her mother of multiple rapes, a series of neatly typed…

Rotherham sex-grooming suspect skips bail and flees to Pakistan

  • The Times
  • Published: 11 June 2015
  • Crime

A key suspect in a police investigation triggered by the Rotherham sex-grooming scandal has skipped bail and fled to Pakistan.

Troubled 12-year-old Muslim girl was groomed, then abused in a cemetery

  • The Times
  • Published: 03 June 2015
  • Crime

Four men who groomed a Muslim child with cigarettes and alcohol before subjecting her to multiple episodes of sexual abuse for more than two years were sentenced to jail yesterday.

Campaigner had tragic blind spot

  • The Times
  • Published: 23 May 2015
  • UK News

Sue Berelowitz is a passionate advocate for children’s rights whose work on child sexual exploitation earned her both admirers and critics. As deputy children’s commissioner, the former speech and language therapist led significant inquiries into sexual abuse involving groups and gangs…

Pit villagers counting on Ed to change their world

  • The Times
  • Published: 08 May 2015
  • Politics

Ed Miliband awaited destiny a long way from his London home but most definitely among friends.

Rotherham child sex abuse: How the truth finally came out

  • The Times
  • Published: 28 August 2014
  • Life

In 2003, I moved from London to Leeds to become north-east correspondent of The Times. One of the first stories I covered, briefly, was from Keighley in West Yorkshire, where the local Labour MP, Ann Cryer, revealed concerns about the targeting of young teenage girls by “Asian men” outside…

Prep school teacher caught with 3,000 indecent images of boys

  • The Times
  • Published: 06 May 2015
  • News

A former teacher at one of England’s most prestigious preparatory schools has admitted possessing thousands of indecent images of young boys.

Former London teacher admits possessing indecent images of children

  • The Times
  • Published: 05 May 2015
  • Crime

A former teacher at one of England’s most prestigious preparatory schools has admitted possessing thousands of indecent images of young boys.

Rotherham review lists police failings

  • The Times
  • Published: 24 April 2015
  • Crime

Police in Rotherham missed numerous opportunities to investigate and prosecute men for sex-grooming crimes against young teenage girls, an independent review has found.

Questions about the Rotherham sex scandal

Sir, Andrew Norfolk’s piece on the harrowing Rotherham child abuse report (“Officials hid evidence for a decade”, Aug 27) was a salutary lesson in the post-Leveson era.

Twelve on trial for grooming Muslim girl

  • The Times
  • Published: 22 April 2015
  • Crime

Twelve men went on trial yesterday accused of multiple sex offences against a 13-year-old Muslim girl.

Restaurateur raped child then gave her £5 ‘reward’

  • The Times
  • Published: 14 April 2015
  • Crime

A restaurant owner who handed a child a £5 “reward” after plying her with alcohol and then raping her is facing a lengthy prison sentence for multiple sex offences against young girls.

Social workers failed to stop girl being groomed

Andrew Norfolk and Paul Stokes
  • The Times
  • Published: 14 April 2015
  • Crime

Social workers knew that a girl aged 12 was meeting a man who groomed her online but took no action to end his pursuit of children.

Community ‘needs to engage’ to stop teenagers joining Isis

  • The Times
  • Published: 09 April 2015
  • UK News

Friends of two boys who left Britain to join Islamic State fighters in Syria may seek to follow them, a Muslim leader warned last night.

Families say extremists brainwashed runaway boys

  • The Times
  • Published: 08 April 2015
  • UK News

The brother of Britain’s youngest convicted terrorist is feared to have travelled to Syria with a schoolboy neighbour to join Islamist militants.

Urban enclave where segregation is a reality

  • The Times
  • Published: 08 April 2015
  • UK News

The streets that until last week were home to Islamic State’s newest recruits are some of the most racially segregated in Britain.

Yorkshire teens slip net to reach Syria

Andrew Norfolk and Gabriella Swerling
  • The Times
  • Published: 07 April 2015
  • UK News

The teenage brother of Britain’s youngest convicted terrorist is thought to have fled to Syria in an attempt to reach Islamic State fighters, it emerged last night.

‘We have a version of Islam here now that I don’t even recognise’

  • The Times
  • Published: 04 April 2015
  • Law

He does not carry one but Nazir Afzal talks a lot about sticks and using them to beat people. That the targets for his metaphorical retribution often belong to ethnic minority communities has won the senior prosecutor a reputation for venturing where others fear to tread, not least into…

Schools fear Easter terror exodus

  • The Times
  • Published: 01 April 2015
  • UK News

Head teachers are not informing the police about pupils they have been told may try to join jihadists in Syria because they do not want them to be criminalised, a senior prosecutor has warned.

Norfolk and Loyd triumph at British journalism awards

Jenny Booth
  • The Times
  • Published: 03 December 2014
  • Media News

Andrew Norfolk was last night named Journalist of the Year as Times Newspapers scooped seven awards at the 2014 British Journalism Awards.

Wilful Blindness

On Wednesday night, with a straight face, the deputy children’s commissioner said on television that the plague of sex grooming in Rotherham and other towns was the result of an “often wilful turning of a blind eye”. The analysis was right; the gall, breathtaking. This was the same deputy…

Uncomfortable truths like Rotherham are the most important to tell

  • The Times
  • Published: 04 December 2014
  • Thunderer

Rotherham became front page news in August when an independent inquiry found that at least 1,400 children were subjected to appalling sexual exploitation, partly because of failings by South Yorkshire Police and the local council.

Colet Court and St Paul’s: a culture of child abuse

  • The Times
  • Published: 20 May 2014
  • Life

At the height of the 1960s, when London’s pulse was a planet’s heartbeat, sex had just been invented and blessed were the young for they had inherited the world and all the LSD it contained, a nightly ritual was performed within the walls of a large Victorian building on Hammersmith Road…

Junior detective ran Rochdale sex abuse inquiry

Andrew Norfolk and Nigel Bunyan
  • The Times
  • Published: 13 March 2015
  • Crime

A shambolic police inquiry into a sex-grooming network whose members preyed on girls across three counties was left in the hands of one junior officer because such crimes were not a priority for one of Britain’s biggest police forces, it is revealed today.

The Times triumphs at the Press Awards

The Times triumphed last night at the annual Press Awards with wins in eight categories including Newspaper of the Year.

Council leader in child-sex scandal hangs on to OBE

  • The Times
  • Published: 11 March 2015
  • UK News

The former leader of a disgraced council at the centre of a sex-grooming scandal faced calls yesterday for him to give up his OBE.

Protest as report links Islam with child abuse

Rose Wild
  • The Times
  • Published: 10 March 2015
  • Feedback

On Wednesday our front page featured a story about the findings of the serious case review (SCR) into a child-abuse network in Oxfordshire. The headline, “Muslim sex grooming: call for national debate”, gave rise to a substantial postbag, ranging from the thoughtful to the formulaic and the…

They are slags, not victims, lawyer tells grooming trial

  • The Times
  • Published: 07 March 2015
  • Crime

Six children who bravely gave evidence of being groomed and used for gang sex were accused by a defence lawyer of claiming serial abuse because “it’s better to be a victim than a slag”.

Faith groups unite against grooming gangs

  • The Times
  • Published: 05 March 2015
  • Crime

Young Sikh and Hindu girls in Britain are as vulnerable as white children to “predatory grooming by members of the Muslim community”, faith groups claimed last night.

Call for national debate on Muslim sex grooming

  • The Times
  • Published: 04 March 2015
  • Crime

An urgent national debate is needed to address the disproportionate number of Muslim men among groups convicted of using and selling young teenagers for sex, according to a landmark report.

Oxford gang-rape victims were dismissed as ‘very difficult girls’

  • The Times
  • Published: 04 March 2015
  • Crime

Care professionals in Oxford tolerated abusive relationships between children and older men because they were “reluctant to take a moral stance on right and wrong” in relation to underage sex, a damning report suggested yesterday.

Sex grooming victims dismissed as ‘difficult girls making bad choices’

  • The Times
  • Published: 03 March 2015
  • UK News

Children subjected to multiple “indescribably awful” sex crimes were labelled by care professionals as “very difficult girls making bad choices”, a report finds today.

Ignore grooming and face five years in jail, care workers told

  • The Times
  • Published: 03 March 2015
  • UK News

Care professionals who fail to protect girls targeted by sex-grooming gangs face up to five years in prison under tough new sanctions unveiled today that aim to banish a “culture of denial”.

PM demands action on grooming gangs

  • The Times
  • Published: 27 February 2015
  • Crime

David Cameron is to host a Downing Street conference to demand decisive action against sex-grooming criminals.

Girls in Rotherham are still being groomed by sex gangs, warns MP

  • The Times
  • Published: 21 February 2015
  • Crime

Young girls are still being targeted for sex by groups of men on the streets of Rotherham, the town’s MP has said.

Abuse was easy for too long

  • The Times
  • Published: 21 February 2015
  • Crime

Confronted last year by the sex-grooming horrors of Rotherham, some have hoped that the endemic exploitation of girls by organised groups of men were sins confined to one Yorkshire town.

Children still at risk of abuse as councils ‘fail to accept reality’

  • The Times
  • Published: 17 February 2015
  • Crime

Children groomed and used for sex by adults remain unidentified in many areas of England because authorities are “failing to face up to the realities” of such abuse, a report claims today.

Twenty-five West Yorkshire men charged with sexual assault of single victim

Andrew Norfolk and Paul Stokes
  • The Times
  • Published: 13 February 2015
  • Crime

Twenty-five men appeared in court yesterday accused of dozens of child-sex offences including multiple rapes, all of them allegedly committed against the same girl.

PC suspected over sex grooming dies in car accident

  • The Times
  • Published: 07 February 2015
  • UK News

A police officer who was under investigation for alleged misconduct linked to the Rotherham sex-grooming scandal has died after a car accident.

Rotherham report

Sir, Andrew Norfolk’s report (“Rotherham: finally the truth behind the lies”, Feb 5) is the latest example of the good that a persistent journalistic campaign can do. It has led to the imprisonment of persistent wrongdoers, the wholesale removal of a council cabinet, and an awakening…

Councillor who ‘stifled talks’ on Rotherham sex grooming

  • The Times
  • Published: 06 February 2015
  • Politics

A Labour councillor in Rotherham is under investigation by the party for his alleged use of bullying and intimidation to stifle discussion of the town’s sex-grooming scandal.

Culture of bullying, sexism and bias towards ethnic minorities

  • The Times
  • Published: 05 February 2015
  • UK News

From elected members to employees at Rotherham Council, in departments from children’s services to taxi licensing, the Casey report identifies a culture of bullying and sexist leadership, frightened juniors and a crippling, group-think terror of being accused of offending ethnic minority…

Rotherham: finally the truth behind the lies

Andrew Norfolk and Gabriella Swerling
  • The Times
  • Published: 05 February 2015
  • UK News

Leaders of a council which abandoned its own children resigned en masse yesterday after a devastating report revealed their abject response to the Rotherham abuse scandal.

Jahangir Akhtar: kingpin who ‘had influence over police’

  • The Times
  • Published: 05 February 2015
  • UK News

The man described in the Casey report as an intimidating and “powerful figure” in Rotherham politics, thought to have “influence that extended to the police”, is a former taxi driver with a criminal conviction for his role in a violent restaurant brawl.

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Justice won’t be done until more abusers stand trial

  • The Times
  • Published: 05 February 2015
  • UK News

As of today, there has been only one prosecution of a group of Pakistani-origin men for the sexual exploitation of young teenage girls in Rotherham. It comes after an investigation called Operation Central that led to charges against eight men, aged from 20 to 30, for offences against four…

Rotherham report: council staff failed to act on abuse for fear of being called racists

  • The Times
  • Published: 04 February 2015
  • Crime

Whitehall-appointed commissioners are to take over Rotherham council after a report exposed a culture of complete denial about the town’s child sexual exploitation scandal as well as “bullying, sexism, suppression and misplaced ‘political correctness”’.

Rotherham: politicians and police ‘abused girls’

  • The Times
  • Published: 04 February 2015
  • Crime

A corrupt police officer and two councillors have been accused of having sex with victims of one of Britain’s worst child abuse scandals, The Times can reveal.

Christian school ‘let gay pupils be bullied’

Andrew Norfolk and Nicola Woolcock
  • The Times
  • Published: 24 January 2015
  • Education

Teachers labelled young girls “sluts” and ignored a campaign of abuse against lesbian pupils at a school with links to a Christian group that condemns all homosexual practice, it was claimed last night.

Snoopergate

…in the White House that brought down the 37th president of the United States. In 2012, anonymous whistle-blowers helped The Times’s Andrew Norfolk to reveal the systematic grooming of teenage girls in Rotherham. Every day, the ability of journalists to expose wrongdoing and hold…

Swift recovery of head spared sex trial

  • The Times
  • Published: 25 November 2014
  • UK News

A former headmaster accused of sexually abusing five boys at an independent school enjoyed a remarkable return to health within months of a judge ruling that he was too ill to stand trial.

Headmaster failed sex abuse pupils, judge says

  • The Times
  • Published: 07 November 2014
  • Crime

A headmaster who covered up a paedophile teacher’s serial sex attacks on young boys at an exclusive boarding school has been accused by a judge of a “shameful and abject failure” to protect vulnerable children.

Somalis convicted over sexual abuse of 11-year-old girls

  • The Times
  • Published: 28 November 2014
  • Crime

Girls aged 11 were groomed for abuse when a group of Somali men embarked on a two-year campaign to use and sell British children for sex.

Brothers held in sex-grooming case

  • The Times
  • Published: 21 November 2014
  • Crime

Three brothers were arrested yesterday by police investigating an alleged sex-grooming network whose members are suspected of abusing dozens of girls in Rotherham.

Councils leaving children exposed to sex grooming

  • The Times
  • Published: 19 November 2014
  • Crime

Tackling child sexual exploitation is still given too low a priority by many local authorities despite scandals in Rotherham and elsewhere, Ofsted says today.

Ten police face inquiry over abuse cases

  • The Times
  • Published: 19 November 2014
  • UK News

At least ten police officers are to be investigated over their handling of sex-grooming crimes in a town where hundreds of children were abused over a 16-year period.

School covered up teacher’s sex abuse to save reputation

  • The Times
  • Published: 06 November 2014
  • Crime

An exclusive school covered up a teacher’s serial sexual abuse of young boys because it feared a scandal would do “untold damage” to its reputation.

Men banned from contact with teenage girls

  • The Times
  • Published: 18 November 2014
  • Crime

Two men from Birmingham have been banned from approaching girls under the age of 18 after a council became the first to use civil injunctions to prevent child sexual exploitation.

Boy, 16, gets 20 years for classroom murder of teacher Ann Maguire

  • The Times
  • Published: 04 November 2014
  • Crime

The first pupil to murder a teacher in a British classroom was jailed for at least 20 years yesterday as it emerged that his only regret was failing to kill two other members of staff.

How to make our children safe

  • The Sunday Times
  • Published: 31 August 2014
  • Focus

No one wanted the Rotherham story to be true. We must bear that in mind as we try to understand how professionals paid to protect children can have let 1,400 girls be abused under their noses, mainly by Pakistani men.

Everything I did is fine and dandy, says classroom killer

  • The Times
  • Published: 04 November 2014
  • Crime

With a wink to a fellow pupil, Will Cornick calmly left the classroom and strolled along a school corridor to murder his Spanish teacher.

Don’t ignore sex crimes, urge Muslim professionals

Andrew Norfolk and Imran Azam
  • The Times
  • Published: 03 November 2014
  • Crime

Pakistanis in Britain must confront “the evil in our midst” by publicly condemning sex grooming crimes committed by men from their community, Muslim speakers have demanded.

Sex exploitation of girls seen as normal

  • The Times
  • Published: 30 October 2014
  • Crime

Sex-grooming offences against children have become “the new social norm” for girls in some urban areas, an independent inquiry has found.

Rotherham police dismissed abuse victims as ‘silly girls’

  • The Times
  • Published: 29 October 2014
  • Crime

Sex criminals who abused vulnerable children escaped justice because police in Rotherham dismissed victims as “silly girls” and “lovesick teenagers”, a secret recording reveals.

Judge bans seven men from approaching girls

  • The Times
  • Published: 29 October 2014
  • Law

At least seven men have been ordered not to approach girls in public places after concerns over sex grooming were raised about their contact with a teenager in the care of social services.

Arrest over sex abuse at famous public school

  • The Times
  • Published: 23 July 2014
  • Crime

Another ex-teacher at one of England’s most famous public schools was arrested yesterday as police continued to investigate multiple allegations of historic sexual abuse against boys.

Anger at Rotherham childcare chief’s £40,000 pay-off

  • The Times
  • Published: 19 October 2014
  • UK News

A £40,000 pay-off to the former head of children’s services in a town where hundreds of children were groomed and abused was an inexcusable “reward for failure”, it was claimed tonight.

Force ‘concealed sex-grooming record’

  • The Times
  • Published: 18 October 2014
  • Crime

Police and child-protection workers in England’s second-largest city concealed evidence about the scale of sex-grooming offences and the ethnicity of offenders, it was claimed yesterday.

Police officer took bribes from grooming gang, claims charity

  • The Times
  • Published: 18 October 2014
  • UK News

A corrupt police officer was on the payroll of men who targeted and sexually abused children in Rotherham, a charity worker has claimed.

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Barnardo’s blamed girl for her own rape

  • The Times
  • Published: 17 October 2014
  • Crime

A children’s charity worker blamed a girl aged 16 for her sexual abuse by a group of Pakistani men in Leeds, it emerged yesterday.

Bullying rife at council that ignored child abuse

  • The Times
  • Published: 14 October 2014
  • UK News

The former leader of Rotherham council was at the centre of a bullying and sexist culture in which it was difficult for female staff to raise concerns about the exploitation of young teenage girls, MPs have been told.

Salute the owners who fund quality journalism

I was at the Orwell Prize ceremony when this newspaper’s Andrew Norfolk won the award for his investigative journalism into predatory sex gangs.

Doubts over evidence of Joyce Thacker, former childcare chief at Rotherham

  • The Times
  • Published: 23 September 2014
  • UK News

A former leading official at Rotherham council was criticised by a senior MP last night after “very serious” doubts emerged about the accuracy of her evidence to a parliamentary inquiry.

Disgraced police commissioner is facing new inquiry

  • The Times
  • Published: 17 September 2014
  • Law

A police and crime commissioner who bowed to pressure and resigned yesterday over the Rotherham abuse scandal may be censured for giving misleading evidence under oath to a parliamentary inquiry, it can be revealed.

Police arrest child-sex victim for yelling at alleged abuser

  • The Times
  • Published: 15 September 2014
  • Crime

Police in Rotherham were criticised yesterday for the “thuggish and insensitive” arrest of a woman who confronted the man she has accused of grooming, beating and pimping her when she was a child.

Rotherham MP opposed call for sex abuse inquiry

  • The Times
  • Published: 12 September 2014
  • Politics

A Rotherham Labour MP opposed calls for a investigation into the town’s child-sex scandal because he did not think it would help young victims or their families, it can be revealed.

Council lost details of Rotherham abuse

  • The Times
  • Published: 11 September 2014
  • Crime

Reports that provided the first detailed evidence of a large-scale sex-grooming scandal in Rotherham have disappeared from the council’s archives, it was revealed last night.

Police ‘threatened’ female researcher who tried to expose Rotherham abuse

  • The Times
  • Published: 10 September 2014
  • UK News

A Home Office researcher feared for her life after being threatened by police officers over her attempts to expose widespread sex-grooming in Rotherham, MPs were told yesterday.

Rotherham council chief and officer ‘discussed grooming crisis’

  • The Times
  • Published: 09 September 2014
  • Crime

A conversation between South Yorkshire’s top policeman and the man who ran Rotherham council triggered moves to discipline the researcher who first uncovered a sex-grooming crisis in the town, it is revealed today.

Rotherham chief executive quits in face of growing scandal

  • The Times
  • Published: 08 September 2014
  • UK News

The chief executive of Rotherham council is to leave the authority in the wake of the town’s child sex-grooming scandal, it was announced today.

Rotherham victim ‘told police chief of abuse’

  • The Times
  • Published: 08 September 2014
  • UK News

A police and crime commissioner who is facing calls for his resignation over the Rotherham child-sex scandal knew for years that local girls were being groomed and ruthlessly abused by men, it was claimed yesterday.

Rotherham girl: we told Shaun Wright about our sexual abuse

  • The Times
  • Published: 08 September 2014
  • Crime

By the time she met Shaun Wright it was already too late for Julie. Her young body, an object for men’s routine pleasure since the age of 11, had already suffered a lifetime’s casual brutality.

May blames fear of racist label for allowing sex abuse of girls

  • The Times
  • Published: 03 September 2014
  • Politics

Hundreds of girls suffered years of appalling sex abuse on the back streets of Rotherham because of the “institutionalised political correctness” of police and a Labour-run council, the home secretary claimed yesterday.

Labour suspends four councillors who ‘let down’ Rotherham

Andrew Norfolk and Jenny Booth
  • The Times
  • Published: 02 September 2014
  • UK News

Labour suspended four of its senior party members in Rotherham in the row over the cover-up of organised child sexual abuse.

Woman accused of Rotherham cover-up still in child safety job

  • The Times
  • Published: 02 September 2014
  • Crime

A senior council officer accused of trying to suppress a damning report on child sex crimes in Rotherham 12 years ago is today responsible for the safety of thousands of children in a neighbouring town, The Times can reveal.

Police chief was sent details of girls raped in his town

  • The Times
  • Published: 30 August 2014
  • UK News

A former police chief who has said that the sexual grooming of children was “never raised” with him as a high ­priority was sent two letters giving detailed account of the pattern of abuse in Rotherham.

‘They made us feel we were bad parents’

  • The Times
  • Published: 30 August 2014
  • UK News

At 12 his daughter was still playing with dolls. A year later she was raped in a back alley. For one Rotherham father, the report that detonated a grooming scandal has carried a very personal message.

Rotherham ‘seized files in grooming cover-up’

  • The Times
  • Published: 29 August 2014
  • UK News

Senior staff at Rotherham council ordered a raid on one of their offices to remove case files and wipe computer records detailing the scale and severity of the town’s sex-grooming crisis, sources have told The Times.

‘They’re just sorry it’s been exposed’

  • The Times
  • Published: 29 August 2014
  • UK News

It has been quite a week for Jessica. When the Rotherham inquiry report was published on Tuesday, she felt exhilarated and vindicated. But as the days have passed her fierce joy at finally being believed has been dampened by a growing sense of outrage.

Case files wiped after report on grooming gangs

  • The Times
  • Published: 29 August 2014
  • UK News

When staff at a specialist Rotherham youth service arrived for work on a Monday morning to discover that their office had been raided, they initially suspected a burglary.

Care chief played down sex claim concerns

  • The Times
  • Published: 28 August 2014
  • UK News

The manager responsible for protecting children in Rotherham played down concerns about the scale of grooming in the town five months ago, The Times can reveal.

Scandal of the 1,400 lost girls in Rotherham

  • The Times
  • Published: 27 August 2014
  • Crime

Failings by social workers and police allowed 1,400 children in a northern town to suffer years of “appalling abuse”, almost all at the hands of men of Pakistani origin, an independent inquiry has found.

‘Professionals who did nothing to help me are as bad as my rapists’

  • The Times
  • Published: 27 August 2014
  • Crime

She sat quietly at home yesterday, gradually absorbing the findings of an inquiry which finally told the world that she was telling the truth.

Council chief resigns and says sorry

  • The Times
  • Published: 27 August 2014
  • Crime

Roger Stone is the only senior figure at Rotherham council to take personal responsibility for a decade of catastrophic lapses in child protection, but it was being suggested last night that he should not be the last.

Seventh teacher held over pupil abuse claims

  • The Times
  • Published: 02 August 2014
  • Crime

A seventh ex-teacher has been arrested by police investigating the alleged sexual abuse of boys at one of England’s leading independent schools.

Paid experts agree to lie in court evidence

  • The Times
  • Published: 09 June 2014
  • UK News

Expert witnesses who are allegedly willing to help paying clients to hide the truth have been exposed by an undercover investigation by Panorama.

Former Colet Court teacher charged over abuse images

  • The Times
  • Published: 04 June 2014
  • Crime

A former teacher at one of England’s most prestigious prep schools is to appear in court accused of possessing child-abuse images.

Boys got detention for telling of teacher abuse

  • The Times
  • Published: 28 March 2014
  • UK News

The headmaster of an elite preparatory school punished two pupils for their “wickedness” in reporting serial sexual abuse by a paedophile schoolmaster.

Teachers ‘abused boys at Osborne’s old school’

  • The Times
  • Published: 25 March 2014
  • Crime

At least six teachers at one of Britain’s most famous and successful public schools are suspected of sexually abusing boys as young as 10 over two decades.

Teacher kept job for 16 years after pupils found sex tapes

  • The Times
  • Published: 20 May 2014
  • Crime

A paedophile teacher kept his job at a top public school for 16 years after pupils found his collection of indecent videos.

‘The teacher sat us on his lap until his face went very red’

  • The Times
  • Published: 25 March 2014
  • Crime

By the age of 12, Luke Redmond had been sexually assaulted by three men. All were teachers at a prestigious school paid handsomely by his parents to give their son the best possible start in life.

Auntie needs to go on a crash diet to survive

Michael Burleigh

I love the BBC,” proclaim the corporation’s solipsistic non-adverts, following programme teasers and trailers that we’re assured are not adverts either. I’m one of the 95 per cent of people who technically “use” the BBC each week, though only as a very small percentage of my digital world. On…

Care home staff took no action while woman groomed girls aged 11 for sex

  • The Times
  • Published: 03 May 2014
  • Crime

A young woman who befriended and groomed girls as young as 11 before forcing them to have paid sex with dozens of men was facing jail last night for a host of child-prostitution offences, five years after care staff were first told about her crimes.

Accused teacher kept on working for 24 years

  • The Times
  • Published: 01 May 2014
  • Crime

A teacher kept his job at a leading school for 24 years after he was accused of fondling a young boy in a classroom, it has been alleged.

Abuse claims against 18 teachers by ex-pupils at top public school

  • The Times
  • Published: 30 April 2014
  • Crime

A team of specialist Scotland Yard detectives led by the officer who headed the Jimmy Savile inquiry is to investigate claims that up to 18 paedophile teachers may have abused dozens of boys for several decades at one of Britain’s most famous public schools.

Friend to stars had easy access to boys

  • The Times
  • Published: 25 March 2014
  • Crime

Many hundreds would be a modest estimate of the number of young boys with whom Alan Doggett was allowed close contact after his suspected abuse of a pupil came to the attention of St Paul’s School.

Boy who allegedly stabbed teacher to death ‘had grudge against her’

Andrew Norfolk, Sean O’Neill and John Simpson
  • The Times
  • Published: 29 April 2014
  • Crime

The teenage boy who allegedly stabbed to death a much-loved teacher in front of a full classroom yesterday was said by fellow pupils to have held a deep grudge against her.

Screams filled the halls as boy was pinned down by teachers

  • The Times
  • Published: 29 April 2014
  • Crime

The church doors opened and they came. At 6.30pm, a pale sun glowing, hundreds upon hundreds of children silently filled rows of wooden pews until there was standing room only. They came to sit with heads bowed, to weep for a teacher.

Police look into ‘decades of abuse’ at top school

  • The Times
  • Published: 09 April 2014
  • Crime

Police have begun a criminal inquiry into decades of alleged sexual abuse at a top boys’ public school, as it emerged that a current teacher was arrested just six months ago for possessing indecent images of children.

Muslim peer Lord Ahmed blames Jewish conspiracy for jailing him

  • The Times
  • Published: 01 April 2014
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A Labour peer who was jailed for sending text messages shortly before his car was in a fatal motorway crash has blamed his imprisonment on a Jewish conspiracy.

Tory MP Peter Bone avoids criminal charges over care home funding

  • The Times
  • Published: 25 March 2014
  • UK News

A Conservative MP who was the subject of a year-long fraud inquiry linked to the sale of his mother-in-law’s home will not face criminal charges, it was announced today.

Fury as judge imprisons child sex victim for 20 hours

  • The Times
  • Published: 05 March 2014
  • UK News

A child victim of sex abuse was imprisoned for 20 hours to make her give evidence against her attacker.

The happy teenager who was transformed by Rotherham sex abuser

  • The Times
  • Published: 23 August 2013
  • Crime

It is the story of a man who stole childhoods, and a town whose care authorities wrote detailed reports about what he was doing, then sat back and let him get on with it.

MP’s wife says fraud case has made her ill

  • The Times
  • Published: 03 March 2014
  • Politics

The wife of a Conservative MP who is being investigated by police over a possible fraud has revealed that doctors have found a lump on her breast which she has said was caused by the stress of their situation.

Judge is unmoved by criticism over holding abused girl in cell

Andrew Norfolk and Paul Stokes
  • The Times
  • Published: 06 March 2014
  • UK News

A judge’s decision to order the arrest of a young sex-abuse victim who was imprisoned for 20 hours before giving evidence against her attacker was condemned by the Government yesterday as “hugely regrettable”.

Resignation call over Oxford child sex abuse scandal

  • The Times
  • Published: 16 May 2013
  • Crime

A mother’s vain quest for help to rescue her 13-year-old daughter from an Oxford grooming gang is revealed today in a series of letters that show child-protection professionals knew of the girl’s exploitation at least eight years ago.

Justice lets down a 15-year-old sex victim

Andrew Norfolk and Paul Stokes
  • The Times
  • Published: 05 March 2014
  • Law

The advice is straightforward. Prosecutors must take “such steps as are possible” to reduce to a minimum the anxiety and fear experienced by a child witness during a criminal trial. Examples of best practice do not include arresting a girl and holding her prisoner for 20 hours before she…

Caldicott school head jailed for eight years for abusing boys

  • The Times
  • Published: 06 February 2014
  • Crime

A former teacher once hailed as the finest prep school headmaster of his generation was starting an eight-year prison sentence last night for the serial sexual abuse of young pupils.

Prep school paedophile found dead on train track before sentencing

  • The Times
  • Published: 05 February 2014
  • Crime

A former teacher who was due to be sentenced on Thursday for multiple sex crimes against young boys at an elite prep school is believed to have committed suicide.

Fraud case MP almost £200,000 in debt

  • The Times
  • Published: 26 February 2014
  • Politics

A money trail linked to the sale of his mother-in-law’s home lies at the heart of a criminal investigation into a leading Conservative MP.

Tory MP Peter Bone and wife in fraud quiz ‘endure horror story’

  • The Times
  • Published: 25 February 2014
  • Crime

A Conservative MP who is under criminal investigation as part of a £100,000 benefits fraud inquiry claimed today that he and his wife had endured a “personal horror story at the hands of the police”.

Tory MP is quizzed over £100,000 benefits fraud

  • The Times
  • Published: 25 February 2014
  • UK News

A Conservative MP who demands a “zero-tolerance” approach to criminals is under police investigation over an alleged £100,000 benefits fraud linked to his mother-in-law’s finances.

Seasoned Tory rebel with many causes

  • The Times
  • Published: 25 February 2014
  • UK News

Shy and retiring Peter Bone is not. It took long years and three general election defeats before the arch-Eurosceptic finally took his Westminster seat in 2005, determined to make up for lost time.

TV review: Things We Won’t Say about Race That Are True; The Truth About Sugar

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Failure Rewarded

Sue Berelowitz did not cover herself in glory as deputy children’s commissioner –—and neither, as The Times reveals today, did she do so in the manner in which she ceased to hold the post. At the end of last month Ms Berelowitz took voluntary redundancy, with a severance payment almost double…

Clegg praises courage of former Caldicott classmate who told of sex abuse

  • The Times
  • Published: 13 February 2014
  • UK News

Nick Clegg yesterday praised the courage of a former friend and classmate whose testimony helped bring to justice a group of paedophile prep-school teachers.

Prep school paedophiles allowed to avoid justice

  • The Times
  • Published: 18 December 2013
  • Crime

Paedophile teachers turned one of England’s leading prep schools into a child-abuse factory for two decades but escaped justice for ten years because a judge decided that it was unfair to put one of them on trial, it can be revealed.

Teacher’s letter that told abuse victim he had ‘worn out’ video of the attack

  • The Times
  • Published: 21 January 2014
  • UK News

The teachers at 130 independent schools named by The Times as having links to child abuse represent merely “the tip of a very large iceberg”, it was claimed last night.

130 private schools in child abuse scandal

  • The Times
  • Published: 20 January 2014
  • UK News

Teachers at 130 independent schools have been implicated in sex crimes against hundreds of children, an analysis by The Times reveals today. Experts warn of a looming scandal over the abuse of boys in boarding schools during the past half century.

Reporter accused of bias against Pakistanis

  • The Times
  • Published: 05 February 2015
  • UK News

Rotherham councillors attacked exposés in The Times of widespread child sex offences in the town as politically motivated lies from the “Murdoch press”, the report revealed.

The scandal of child abuse at elite schools

Sir, This disclosure of abuse in schools is welcome, for boarding schools are very “closed worlds” and children as young as 7 are still being sent into the care of strangers solely because it is “the done thing”. Abusers can find it easy to groom children who are very lonely and vulnerable as…

Ex-teacher tells of his shame over ‘evil acts’

  • The Times
  • Published: 20 January 2014
  • UK News

A man convicted of sexually abusing two boys at a prep school more than 40 years ago spoke yesterday of “an overwhelming sense of shame” that will stay with him for rest of his life.

Closed worlds where abusers groomed boys with impunity

  • The Times
  • Published: 20 January 2014
  • UK News

Because it was the done thing, parents once paid handsomely to place their young sons in the spartan care of strangers who were, in some cases, career specialists in the stealing of childhoods.

Sex gangs exposé

Sir, In your excellent leading article (“A Shameful Betrayal”, May 16) you stated: “A decade ago Channel 4 made a documentary on Asian men grooming white girls for sex in Bradford but withdrew it at the request of police.”…

Police seek power to curb grooming

  • The Times
  • Published: 13 January 2014
  • Crime

Police would gain new powers to close food takeaways, corner shops and taxi offices linked to the sexual grooming of children under a measure to be debated in Parliament this week.

Rochdale agencies ‘let down child abuse victims at every stage’

  • The Times
  • Published: 20 December 2013
  • Crime

Girls who suffered years of abuse by members of a sex-grooming network were failed at every stage by child-protection agencies that made “moral judgments” about the victims because of their “class and background”, a review has found.

The smiles that hid long reign of sex attacks by Caldicott teachers

  • The Times
  • Published: 20 December 2013
  • Crime

Standing shoulder to shoulder for their annual school photograph, four young friends smile into the camera as they pose for an image that will one day tell a tale of dreams fulfilled and betrayed.

Call for trials on mandatory reporting of child abuse

  • The Times
  • Published: 20 December 2013
  • Crime

Teachers, social workers and doctors should be forced to report suspicions of child sex abuse under a series of trials, the Children’s Commissioner will say today.

A life ruined by Caldicott paedophile

  • The Times
  • Published: 19 December 2013
  • Crime

A pupil “timetabled for rape” at an elite prep school where he was a classmate of Nick Clegg revealed yesterday how years of abuse by two teachers damaged him for life.

A life ruined by Caldicott paedophile

  • The Times
  • Published: 18 December 2013
  • Crime

A pupil “timetabled for rape” at an elite prep school where he was a classmate of Nick Clegg revealed yesterday how years of abuse by two teachers damaged him for life.

Model English prep school that hid a dark heart of depravity

  • The Times
  • Published: 18 December 2013
  • Crime

Immaculate playing fields, impeccably dressed boys. It seemed the very model of a traditional English prep school, but its heart was rotten to the core. For two decades, parents eager for their sons to win entry to a top public school paid handsomely for the privilege of entrusting them to…

Head ‘abused rugby boys’ in the 1960s

  • The Times
  • Published: 16 November 2013
  • Crime

Boys who starred on the rugby field were among a “chosen” elite selected for sexual abuse by a charismatic prep school headmaster who drove an E-type Jaguar, a court was told.

Clegg’s prep school head accused of abusing pupils

  • The Times
  • Published: 15 November 2013
  • Crime

The former headmaster of one of England’s leading prep schools exploited its atmosphere of “sexual disinhibition” to groom and sexually abuse “a large number” of young boys during the 1960s, a court was told yesterday.

Floods: Deadly wind tunnel brings city to standstill

  • The Times
  • Published: 06 December 2013
  • UK News

Part of Leeds ground to a standstill yesterday when one of the city’s busiest roads was closed because the council feared extreme winds at the base of Yorkshire’s tallest building were a danger to the public.

Sex education failure ‘leads to rape and abuse’

  • The Times
  • Published: 26 November 2013
  • Education

Teenage girls are falling victim to degrading sexual violence and exploitation by their classmates because schools fail to give pupils vital information about sex and healthy relationships, an inquiry has found.

Law to combat hotel sex abuse

  • The Times
  • Published: 20 November 2013
  • Law

Hotels will be forced to disclose personal details of guests under new police powers targeting premises linked to the sexual exploitation of young girls.

Check children’s phones for sex abuse, parents told

  • The Times
  • Published: 19 November 2013
  • Crime

Parents are warned today that they are putting their children at risk from sexual predators by failing to carry out basic checks on their mobile phones.

Car crime ‘higher priority than child-sex crimes’

  • The Times
  • Published: 12 November 2013
  • Crime

Officers in some districts of a police force that investigated a child-protection scandal give greater priority to car crime than the grooming for sex of young girls, according to a report. An inspection of South Yorkshire Police’s approach to child sexual exploitation revealed serious…

Police in Rochdale failed to stop abuse of girl, 15

  • The Times
  • Published: 09 November 2013
  • Crime

Police in a scandal-hit town failed to act when an under-age girl told detectives that she had been raped by an older man, it can be revealed after five men were convicted of sexually abusing her.

Familiar lapses that will shame town for ever

  • The Times
  • Published: 09 November 2013
  • Crime

Rochdale will be scarred for ever by the systemic child protection failings that in past years allowed groups of men to groom and abuse young teenagers in the town with virtual impunity.

Staff at children’s home ‘blamed’ girls who were sexually abused

  • The Times
  • Published: 07 November 2013
  • Crime

Staff working in some children’s homes displayed “shocking” attitudes towards young residents who were being groomed and used for sex by men, a leading children’s charity told MPs yesterday.

Staff at children’s homes ‘blamed young victims for abuse’

  • The Times
  • Published: 06 November 2013
  • UK News

Staff working in some children’s homes displayed “shocking” attitudes towards young residents who were being groomed and used for sex by men, a leading children’s charity told MPs today.

Boys aged 14 ‘joined group sex attacks on five schoolgirls’

  • The Times
  • Published: 05 November 2013
  • Crime

Two 14-year-old boys joined a group of men and older teenagers in subjecting five schoolgirls to sex attacks over an eight-month period, a court has heard.

Too little cared for, and too little mourned

  • The Times
  • Published: 01 November 2013
  • Crime

There goes Charlene Downes, ten years ago today, skipping towards the bright lights of Blackpool. Never to be seen again.

New inquiry ten years after sex crime victim Charlene Downes vanished

  • The Times
  • Published: 01 November 2013
  • Crime

A new police inquiry is to be launched into the unsolved murder of a 14-year-old girl who vanished from a seaside town where dozens of men were using her for sex.

Times reporter wins Orwell Prize

Times Staff
  • The Times
  • Published: 15 May 2013
  • UK News

Andrew Norfolk, chief investigative reporter of The Times, was named as the joint winner of the Orwell Prize for Journalism last night.

Four men groomed girls for sex, court told

  • The Times
  • Published: 25 October 2013
  • Crime

A taxi driver who groomed a 13-year-old girl before using her for sex told the child that his wife was “s*** in bed”, a court heard yesterday.

Sex offender infected with HIV abused dozens of boys

  • The Times
  • Published: 14 October 2013
  • Crime

A prolific sex offender who may have groomed hundreds of teenage boys across England has the virus that causes Aids.

Child sexual predators to face fast-track justice plan

  • The Times
  • Published: 10 October 2013
  • Crime

Sexual predators who target children face up to five years in jail under tough new powers that can be enforced even if they have not been convicted of an offence.

UK sex gangs investigation: join our live webchat at 2pm

  • The Times
  • Published: 05 January 2011
  • Crime

Times, journalist Andrew Norfolk exposes a culture of silence that has facilitated the sexual exploitation of hundreds of British girls. For more than a decade child protection experts have identified a pattern of sex offending in towns and cities across Northern England and the…

Inquiry called into grooming scandal of girls in council care

  • The Times
  • Published: 05 September 2013
  • UK News

An independent inquiry is to be held into a child-protection scandal at a local authority in whose area numerous girls fell prey to sex-grooming gangs, it was announced yesterday.

QCs, carers and police join sex abusers in blaming the children

  • The Times
  • Published: 08 August 2013
  • UK News

If it is any consolation to Robert Colover, who appears to believe that a 13-year-old girl is capable of forcing a 41-year-old man to have sex with her, he is not alone in blaming child victims for their abuse.

Hugo Rifkind on TV: Truths about race? The problem was some weren’t true

When I was the diarist for this newspaper, and fairly fresh in the job, we once got hold of an internal email sent around at the BBC. “The Commission for Racial Equality press office says that Trevor Phillips has never been knighted,” it read. “So please can we stop calling him sir.”…

‘Rising tensions ’ between Muslims and Sikhs over hidden pattern of sex grooming

  • The Times
  • Published: 02 September 2013
  • Crime

Outrage over a hidden pattern of sex grooming triggered a mob attack on a restaurant and fears of escalating tension between Sikh and Muslim communities.

Middle-class girl was turned into men’s sexual plaything

  • The Times
  • Published: 31 August 2013
  • Crime

Six men have been jailed for their roles in turning a middle-class Sikh teenager into a sexual plaything.

Police face inquiries on grooming case failures

  • The Times
  • Published: 30 August 2013
  • Crime

A series of reviews will investigate the police handling of sex-grooming crimes in a town where groups of men were left free to pimp and traffic children with virtual impunity, it was announced yesterday.

Receptionist gave grooming victim’s records to accused

  • The Times
  • Published: 30 August 2013
  • Crime

A social services worker illegally accessed private records about a sex-grooming victim as part of an attempt to sabotage the prosecution of the suspected perpetrators, it can be revealed today.

Five arrests over sexual abuse of young girl in Manchester

  • The Times
  • Published: 29 August 2013
  • Crime

Five men were arrested yesterday as part of a police inquiry into the alleged sexual abuse and exploitation of a young teenage girl.

Times reporter recognised for ‘great skill’ of sex gang investigation

Tom Farmery
  • The Times
  • Published: 27 February 2013
  • Media News

Andrew Norfolk, the chief investigative reporter for The Times, last night won the Paul Foot Award for Investigative and Campaigning Journalism for his two year investigation into the sexual exploitation of teenage girls by gangs of men.

Grooming row: council chief quits over claims

  • The Times
  • Published: 24 August 2013
  • Crime

The deputy leader of a local authority hit by a sex-grooming scandal resigned last night after details of his role in the recovery of a missing child were revealed.

Handover of missing girl was assisted by councillor

  • The Times
  • Published: 23 August 2013
  • Crime

A man who is now the deputy leader of Rotherham Council played a role in discussions that led to an extraordinary deal under which a violent offender agreed to hand a missing child to police after being assured that he would not be detained.

Grooming scandal of child sex town

  • The Times
  • Published: 23 August 2013
  • Crime

A child in the care of social services was allowed extensive daily contact with a violent adult offender who was suspected of grooming more than a dozen young teenagers to use and sell for sex, it is revealed today.

Press Awards 2014: The Times wins Newspaper of the Year

  • The Times
  • Published: 11 March 2015
  • The Times

For the second time in three years, The Times has won Newspaper of the Year at the Press Awards. The paper scooped eight awards, more than any other newspaper.

Child abuse victims get handpicked trial judges

  • The Times
  • Published: 07 August 2013
  • UK News

Child victims of sexual abuse will receive greater protection in criminal trials, with the introduction of a hand-picked panel of specialist judges to try their cases.

Lord Judge’s Judgment

Few recent phenomena have caused more upset and worry than the child sex grooming cases. The revelation that gangs in several of our cities had been systematically exploiting, abusing and raping vulnerable young girls was difficult enough. But the growing knowledge of our multiple failures in…

‘Trial that shamed British justice’ led to changes in child abuse trials

  • The Times
  • Published: 07 August 2013
  • UK News

A tale of two trials illustrates the role played by judges in determining whether young witnesses are protected from the worst excesses of cross-examination.

Why the witness box is such an ordeal in sex grooming trials

  • The Times
  • Published: 06 August 2013
  • Law

Giving evidence in a criminal trial is daunting. When the witness is a teenager asked to provide graphic detail in public about sexual offences allegedly committed against her by numerous men, it can be like entering a lion’s den. Some children are eaten alive.

Girl, 17, tried to kill herself after ordeal at sex trial

  • The Times
  • Published: 06 August 2013
  • UK News

A teenager tried to kill herself during the trial of ten men accused of grooming her for sex from the age of 11, it can be revealed today.

Ten charged with grooming offences against teenage girls

  • The Times
  • Published: 03 August 2013
  • Crime

Ten men have been charged after a police investigation into a suspected sex-grooming network in the West Midlands.

Racial stereotypes are not a bad thing, says equality chief

  • The Times
  • Published: 07 March 2015
  • Politics

Anti-racism has become an “ugly new doctrine” that endangers lives, fosters abuse and encourages the growth of protest parties such as Ukip, according to the former head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Three men convicted of child sex offences at Manchester grooming trial

  • The Times
  • Published: 25 July 2013
  • Crime

Three men who viewed young teenage girls as “available bodies for sexual pleasure” have been convicted of a series of child-sex offences at the conclusion of Britain’s latest sex-grooming trial.

Sex offenders could face longer in jail

  • The Times
  • Published: 25 July 2013
  • Law

Sex offenders including people downloading images of child abuse could receive longer sentences under Government plans to tackle sexual exploitation, the policing minister said yesterday.

Muslims unite to condemn ‘evil’ of child grooming and child abuse

  • The Times
  • Published: 29 June 2013
  • UK News

Muslims across Britain joined together in an unprecedented show of unity yesterday when a sermon condemning the grooming and sexual abuse of children was delivered in hundreds of mosques.

Five get life terms for Oxford grooming ring

  • The Times
  • Published: 28 June 2013
  • Crime

Five men who groomed and subjected young girls to years of grotesque sexual abuse were jailed for life yesterday by a judge who said that they had put the victims and their families “through years of sheer torture”.

45 Years

This devastating, glinting miniature of a drama stars Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay as a retired English couple, who discover their solid 45-year-old marriage has rickety foundations. In performances that draw on the extraordinary depths of both actors, Rampling (Kate) and Courtenay…

Ruined lives and failures: parents tell of sex abuse

  • The Times
  • Published: 27 June 2013
  • Crime

Men who groomed teenagers for sex left a legacy of ruined lives and broken families, a court heard yesterday.

Undying grief over boy who took train ride out of his family’s life

  • The Times
  • Published: 14 September 2012
  • Families

As each year passes, the still-frame images grow more haunting. Captured on this day five years ago, they show a small, slim boy walking out of a railway station.

Girls in care to get more protection from abusers

  • The Times
  • Published: 25 June 2013
  • UK News

Children’s homes are to be overhauled to give girls greater protection from predators and sexual exploitation, as ministers admit system-wide failings.

Saturday interview: Sarah Champion

  • The Times
  • Published: 21 February 2015
  • Politics

We have all had time to reflect on the revolting details and shocking extent of the abuse of girls by gangs in Rotherham of men mainly of Pakistani origin. Because politicians are involved and independent inquiries have reported back, it is easy for those of us on the outside to regard this…

England’s mosques hear imam’s sermon against teen grooming

  • The Times
  • Published: 14 June 2013
  • Faith

Muslim worshippers in mosques across England will hear a sermon that condemns the grooming and sexual abuse of young girls by organised groups of men, it was revealed yesterday.

Failure to join the dots led to Oxford victims’ continued abuse

  • The Times
  • Published: 15 May 2013
  • Crime

Damning evidence that some care professionals blamed vulnerable children in Oxford for their own abuse was revealed during the trial. One described a girl, 13, as “sexualised and dangerous”.

More prosecutions likely after new guidelines in child sex abuse cases

  • The Times
  • Published: 11 June 2013
  • Law

Hundreds more prosecutions for child sex abuse are expected as a result of a radical overhaul of the way police and prosecutors handle such cases that is outlined today.

Child victims spared ‘live’ grilling by defence team

  • The Times
  • Published: 11 June 2013
  • Law

Child victims of sex abuse will be spared the ordeal of giving evidence live in court, after the Government bowed to growing concerns about the aggressive treatment of young witnesses by defence lawyers.

Child abuse failings must lead to new law, MPs say

  • The Times
  • Published: 10 June 2013
  • Politics

Catastrophic blunders at two scandal-hit councils mean that ministers must consider changing the law and force any professional to report suspicions of child abuse to an appropriate authority, MPs say today.

Ten things about race that are true but we can’t say

Trevor Philips
  • The Sunday Times
  • Published: 15 March 2015
  • Features

When I took over as chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) in March 2003, I was braced for trouble. Race and religion are the most divisive and potent flashpoints in western societies. I was pretty well prepared for the job of race relations tsar. I had been a journalist for 25…

Three arrested at child-sex guest house

  • The Times
  • Published: 07 June 2013
  • Crime

Three men were arrested yesterday at a guest house where children were brutally abused by members of a sex-grooming network.

Minorities are told to abide by British laws

  • The Times
  • Published: 06 June 2013
  • Crime

Men from ethnic minorities linked to sex crimes against young girls must learn to operate by the laws and customs of this country, a minister warned last night.

Suicide fears prompt demand for courts to be softer on victims

  • The Times
  • Published: 06 June 2013
  • Law

Young witnesses are often so damaged by the ordeal of giving evidence in child-sex trials that it is “only a matter of time” before a troubled teenager commits suicide, the head of a national charity warned yesterday.

Fear of racial backlash allowed child sex abuse to go on

  • The Times
  • Published: 24 May 2013
  • Crime

An abject failure of local authority leadership that exposed girls to years of exploitation by an organised street-grooming network is disclosed in a review of the Rochdale child sex scandal published today.

Abuse trial that shamed the British legal system

  • The Times
  • Published: 23 May 2013
  • Law

Demands for vulnerable witnesses to receive greater protection in child sex cases are made today as the full details of a trial that critics say shamed British justice can finally be revealed.

Humiliation in court: how the law treated abuse victims

  • The Times
  • Published: 23 May 2013
  • Law

More than three months into a criminal trial whose prospect of concluding grew bleaker as each week limped by, a juror was heard to remark that she wanted her life back.

How an adopted child fell victim to Oxford sex gang

  • The Times
  • Published: 18 May 2013
  • Crime

It was the bright little face and wistful eyes that clinched it. The ten-year-old in the photo was one of many children in an “Argos catalogue” of hopefuls seeking adoption.

Oxford council head and police chief will not quit over child sex scandal

  • The Times
  • Published: 15 May 2013
  • Crime

The chief constable and council chief executive whose failings allowed a street-grooming gang to abuse girls as young as 11 with virtual impunity have both refused to resign.

Police and social workers apologise as Oxford sex ring found guilty

  • The Times
  • Published: 15 May 2013
  • Crime

Failings by police and care workers allowed a street-grooming gang to abuse girls as young as 11 with virtual impunity, it emerged yesterday, as seven men were convicted for a series of brutal sex assaults.

Lord Ahmed quits Labour Party after ‘anti-Semitic interview’

  • The Times
  • Published: 14 May 2013
  • Politics

A Labour peer who blamed his imprisonment for dangerous driving on a Jewish conspiracy resigned from the party last night, two days before he was due to face a disciplinary hearing over his remarks.

We must say the unsayable about Rotherham

  • The Times
  • Published: 09 February 2015
  • Columnists

In her report on the shocking Rotherham child abuse scandal, Louise Casey, head of the government’s troubled families programme, threw the book at the council as “not fit for purpose”. The lessons of this story, however, surely go way beyond this one disgraced local authority.

Ukip accused of voyeurism as Rotherham protest halts Farage

  • The Times
  • Published: 07 February 2015
  • Politics

Ukip is guilty of “rubber-necking” at child sex abuse victims in Rotherham, the town’s Labour MP claimed yesterday as Nigel Farage was forced to abandon a visit.

Three men who used girl, 13, like ‘a piece of meat’ are jailed

  • The Times
  • Published: 27 April 2013
  • Crime

Three men who took a 13-year-old girl from London to Suffolk and used her “like a piece of meat” during four days of sexual abuse were yesterday jailed for a total of 28 years.

Posterity proves a kinder judge of ‘wilderness walk’

  • The Times
  • Published: 12 April 2013
  • Politics

For those who could never forgive the destruction of jobs and entire communities, the stark image of the lady strolling in a post-industrial wasteland of her own creation became a defining symbol of the Thatcher years.

Jenny Nicholl: coroner records verdict of unlawful killing despite missing body

  • The Times
  • Published: 25 November 2009
  • Crime

Andrew Norfolk A coroner recorded a verdict of unlawful killing yesterday in the case of a young woman whose body has never been found.

Lord Ahmed apologises for ‘twisted’ Jewish conspiracy outburst

  • The Times
  • Published: 29 March 2013
  • UK News

A Labour peer apologised yesterday for blaming his imprisonment on a Jewish conspiracy, yet offered no explanation for his anti-Semitic remarks.

Abrupt end to sex grooming trial as accused changes plea

  • The Times
  • Published: 27 March 2013
  • Crime

A man who targeted and groomed a girl before having sex with her in a house where men gathered to drink, take drugs and sexually abuse young teenagers was facing jail tonight after a sex-grooming trial came to an abrupt conclusion.

Accused man ‘texted congratulations to raped teenager on getting pregnant’

  • The Times
  • Published: 25 March 2013
  • Crime

The alleged leader of a child sex-grooming ring sent a text message to a 14-year-old girl after she fell pregnant, congratulating her on “having a Paki kid inside your stomach”, a court heard today.

Pakistani community ‘must help to root out its child sex offenders’

  • The Times
  • Published: 21 March 2013
  • Crime

The law-abiding majority of British Pakistanis must do more to confront and root out a minority of men from the community who have been responsible for “appalling crimes” of child sexual exploitation, a government minister said yesterday.

Imams criticise ‘wall of silence’ over grooming

  • The Times
  • Published: 20 March 2013
  • Crime

Groups of men of Pakistani origin who target and groom children for sex were condemned yesterday by two leading Islamic scholars.

MPs consider court changes in abuse cases

  • The Times
  • Published: 18 March 2013
  • Politics

An attempt to introduce new measures to protect witnesses in child sex-grooming trials will be debated by MPs today. Its backers seek the introduction of specialist courts to make it less daunting for the victims of child sexual abuse to give evidence in criminal cases.

The motorway journey that ended with prison for Lord Ahmed

  • The Times
  • Published: 14 March 2013
  • UK News

Lord Ahmed’s motorway journey may have ended in a crash and a man’s death but he used a TV interview in Pakistan to play down the seriousness of his dangerous-driving conviction.

Labour peer faces expulsion after Miliband brands remarks ‘disgraceful’

  • The Times
  • Published: 14 March 2013
  • UK News

The Labour peer who blamed his jail term for dangerous driving on a Jewish conspiracy was facing expulsion from the party last night after senior figures reacted with horror to his comments.

Muslim peer Lord Ahmed blames Jewish conspiracy for jailing him

  • The Times
  • Published: 14 March 2013
  • UK News

A Labour peer who was jailed for sending text messages shortly before his car was in a fatal motorway crash has blamed his imprisonment on a Jewish conspiracy.

Profile: Nazir Ahmed

  • The Times
  • Published: 14 March 2013
  • UK News

He was the 12-year-old boy who arrived in Britain from Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, speaking not a word of English, and was advised by a careers teacher to look for a job as a car mechanic.

Two men guilty of grooming girls they labelled as ‘fresh meat’

  • The Times
  • Published: 07 March 2013
  • Crime

Two men who cruised a town’s streets in search of young girls were each jailed for more than 17 years yesterday for multiple sex offences against children who were groomed for abuse with alcohol, drugs and car rides.

Police knew girl went missing 126 times, grooming trial told

  • The Times
  • Published: 28 February 2013
  • Crime

A girl identified by care staff as the victim of an adult sex-grooming network went missing from her children’s home 126 times in 15 months, a court was told yesterday.

Girl, 12, was branded by sex groomer, court told

  • The Times
  • Published: 22 February 2013
  • Crime

A young woman told a sex grooming trial yesterday that a man branded her with a piece of hot metal so that everyone would know that he owned her.

‘Boyfriend forced girl to perform oral sex on others to prove her love’

  • The Times
  • Published: 20 February 2013
  • Crime

A man in his early 30s asked a 12-year-old girl to perform sex acts on Pakistani men to prove that she loved him, a court heard today.

Doctor arranged golf round as he attended to teenage rape victim, court hears

  • The Times
  • Published: 14 February 2013
  • Crime

A doctor asked to carry out medical tests on a traumatised 14-year-old girl after she was raped made a telephone call to arrange a round of golf while she lay on his examination table, a court has been told.

Teen girl ‘raped and beaten’ by child sex gang

  • The Times
  • Published: 07 February 2013
  • Crime

A young woman told a jury today that when she was 14 she was regularly sent from Oxford to London to be met by well-dressed strangers who took her to flats and apartments for sex.

Girl tells court of ‘conveyor-belt’ sex

  • The Times
  • Published: 30 January 2013
  • Crime

A jury trying nine alleged members of a sex-grooming ring was yesterday shown a 13-year-old girl’s self-portrait with severed arms, her legs manacled and her soul “ripped out”.

Four more arrests in High Wycombe child sex inquiry

  • The Times
  • Published: 29 January 2013
  • Crime

A further four men have been arrested by police investigating a series of child-sex offences that were allegedly committed over a five-year period against a girl in Buckinghamshire.

Nine men accused of child rape and trafficking

  • The Times
  • Published: 16 January 2013
  • Crime

Men travelled across the country “by appointment” to use and abuse vulnerable young girls who were befriended, drugged and then subjected to violent sexual acts of extreme depravity, a court heard yesterday.

Abuse girl’s three-year nightmare started when she was 12, court hears

  • The Times
  • Published: 15 January 2013
  • Crime

A girl who was aged 12 when she was first targeted for sex, turned from a “sweet and innocent” child into an angry and aggressive 14-year-old who self-harmed because “it takes away the pain”, the Old Bailey was told.

MPs seek hidden files on Rotherham sex-grooming

  • The Times
  • Published: 09 January 2013
  • UK News

A council that “failed dismally” to protect hundreds of young girls from child-sex groomers has been ordered by MPs to disclose unpublished internal reports about the scale of the problem.

Children’s watchdog denies political correctness over sex abuse

Andrew Norfolk and Jenny Booth
  • The Times
  • Published: 21 November 2012
  • Crime

The children’s watchdog has been asked to give evidence to MPs about her report on organised child sex abuse that has become mired in controversy for playing down the role of Asian gangs.

‘Media prejudice’ claim as child-sex report turns a blind eye to Asian gangs

  • The Times
  • Published: 21 November 2012
  • Crime

Thousands of children in England are being raped by men every year, a national inquiry into sexual exploitation claims today. But it faced immediate criticism for failing to address a crime model involving the targeting of white girls by networks of British Pakistani men.

Third senior Rochdale figure quits over child grooming

  • The Times
  • Published: 04 December 2012
  • UK News

The woman in charge of the organisation responsible for protecting children in Rochdale from harm has resigned — the third such resignation within five months.

More men come forward with Cyril Smith abuse claims

  • The Times
  • Published: 29 November 2012
  • Crime

The Liberal Democrats came under increasing pressure last night after more men alleged that they had been abused as boys by the late Cyril Smith, Liberal MP for Rochdale from 1972 to 1992.

Labour battling on all sides in Rotherham

Andrew Norfolk and Imran Azam
  • The Times
  • Published: 27 November 2012
  • Politics

Labour was battling internal divisions and assaults from both wings of the political spectrum last night in a bitter by-election contest for its previously-safe Rotherham seat.

Nigel Farage goes to war as David Cameron calls UKIP members ‘closet racists’

Andrew Norfolk, Michael Savage and Imran Azam
  • The Times
  • Published: 27 November 2012
  • Politics

David Cameron stood by his old denunciation that the UK Independence Party is mainly comprised of “loonies, fruitcakes and closet racists” last night, after its leader said he would never form a pact with the Tories while the Prime Minister remained in charge.

Rochdale takeaway closed over grooming fears

  • The Times
  • Published: 23 November 2012
  • Crime

A food takeaway outlet near a town notorious for street-grooming sex crimes against young teenage girls has been closed down as police investigate new exploitation allegations.

Child grooming report ignores ethnicity issue, say angry critics

  • The Times
  • Published: 22 November 2012
  • Crime

The father of a girl who was raped and ruthlessly used for sex by men has criticised a report on sex-grooming gangs for “failing to confront the truth” about attitudes towards white girls held by some men of Pakistani origin.

Speaking Out

Today’s report by Sue Berelowitz, the Deputy Children’s Commissioner for England, marks another step forward in the understanding of a peculiarly unpleasant crime: the sexual exploitation of girls as young as 11, by predatory men operating in gangs and groups.

A well-meant report that has chosen to ignore the elephant

  • The Times
  • Published: 21 November 2012
  • Crime

Two years ago, The Times began to explore a pattern of seemingly unlinked child-sex crimes whose victims typically came from the back streets of deprived communities of post-industrial Yorkshire and Lancashire.

Rochdale boss who quit ‘too ill’ to face MPs over scandal

  • The Times
  • Published: 02 November 2012
  • Politics

A council officer who ran services for vulnerable children in a town hit by a sex-grooming scandal has angered MPs by refusing to give evidence to a parliamentary inquiry.

Police let down sex abuse victims, says angry child protection chief Peter Davies

  • The Times
  • Published: 30 October 2012
  • Crime

Children groomed and used for sex by adults were let down by police who failed to recognise that they were victims of “an evil crime”, a senior officer said yesterday.

We failed grooming victims, law chief Keir Starmer admits

  • The Times
  • Published: 24 October 2012
  • Crime

A generation of girls was betrayed by the justice system’s flawed approach to sexual exploitation, England’s chief prosecutor has admitted.

Police chief admits force has failed to charge sex groomers

  • The Times
  • Published: 17 October 2012
  • Crime

A police force hit by a scandal over groups of men grooming girls for sex has failed to prosecute anyone for such offences this year, MPs were told yesterday.

Why did police not stop sex-groomers’ crime, asks judge

  • The Times
  • Published: 12 October 2012
  • Crime

The failure by police and social services to protect children from sex-grooming networks was caused by a damaging “culture of non-interference”, a retired senior judge said yesterday.

Long sentences for brothers who revelled in power of ‘using and abusing’ young girls

  • The Times
  • Published: 06 October 2012
  • Crime

Two brothers who treated young white girls as “sexual commodities” to be bought and sold as they pleased were given long jail sentences yesterday by a judge who said they set out to “use and abuse” vulnerable children.

Care chief quits amid sex-grooming scandal

  • The Times
  • Published: 05 October 2012
  • Crime

The head of children’s services at a council accused of failing to tackle the grooming of young girls for sex was allowed to resign yesterday without facing any disciplinary action.

Labour finally has something to say

  • The Times
  • Published: 03 October 2012
  • Politics

Eighteen months after The Times first exposed a pattern of sex crimes involving organised groups of men and young teenage girls, it is heartening that Labour finally has something to say.

Demand for earlier police interventions to end sex-grooming

  • The Times
  • Published: 03 October 2012
  • Politics

Yvette Cooper will demand today that the Government introduce safeguards to stop a repeat of the sexual abuse in Rochdale, The Times has learnt.

Brothers among nine men accused of abusing young girls

  • The Times
  • Published: 29 September 2012
  • Crime

Nine men appeared at London’s Old Bailey yesterday accused of multiple sex offences against six young girls from Oxford.

Rotherham’s verdict on official failure to act: anger but not surprise:

  • The Times
  • Published: 29 September 2012
  • Crime

A pale sun offered little warmth yesterday for a South Yorkshire town rocked by the exposure of a child-protection scandal. Shoppers moved briskly through the pedestrianised centre and few worshippers lingered on the way to Friday prayers.

National action to fight the child-sex gangs

  • The Times
  • Published: 28 September 2012
  • Crime

A new national forum to tackle the sexual exploitation of children is to be launched after damning revelations about the abuse of hundreds of children by organised groups of men.

Policeman yawned loudly as girl, 15, described how she was forced to have sex

  • The Times
  • Published: 28 September 2012
  • Crime

A girl aged 15 was abused by more than 20 men as a result of mistakes made by police and social services after the teenager first told officers that she was being used by men for sex.

Council chief faces MPs over sex gang scandal

  • The Times
  • Published: 27 September 2012
  • Crime

The chief executive of Rochdale Council has been summoned before MPs to explain why his social workers failed to protect dozens of children who were sexually exploited by Asian men.

Abuse report reveals catalogue of missed chances

  • The Times
  • Published: 27 September 2012
  • Crime

Police and social services missed numerous opportunities over several years to protect dozens of children who fell victim to a network of sex-grooming offenders, a report published today reveals.

Police chief faces wrath of MPs over grooming

  • The Times
  • Published: 26 September 2012
  • Crime

MPs have summoned a chief constable to explain his force’s apparent failings during a ten-year child-sex scandal exposed by The Times.

Solutions to child sexual exploitation

Sir, Denis MacShane (Opinion, Sept 25) is right to echo the indignation over revelations about child sexual exploitation, albeit only now after Andrew Norfolk reveals it has been going on in his own backyard. He is wrong to suggest, though, that ministers have not been on the case.

You, the editor

Andrew Norfolk’s articles on child sexual exploitation in South Yorkshire continued to dominate the news pages and what a horrific story of neglect and incompetence he told. This was first-class reporting and followed on from recent Times campaigns on cycle safety and adoption.

Amy’s parents thought she was happy and safe. They were wrong

  • The Times
  • Published: 25 September 2012
  • Crime

Amy comes from a stable, loving home, far removed from the background of family dysfunction or residential care often associated with victims of child sexual exploitation.

‘They started off being right nice and ended up right horrible’

  • The Times
  • Published: 25 September 2012
  • Crime

The 13-year-old girl sat in a large armchair, gazed around the room, then began to answer questions from two police officers. From the lips of a child came a truly hellish tale that took almost three hours to tell.

Revelation of child-sex scandal prompts calls for public inquiry

  • The Times
  • Published: 25 September 2012
  • Politics

There were calls for a public inquiry last night after revelations in The Times about a long-running child-sex scandal prompted outrage from leading politicians and children’s charities.

You, the editor

Amid the brouhaha of Jonjo Shelvey’s sending-off at Anfield yesterday, Oliver Kay’s otherwise lively match report in the game confirmed that, when it comes to sport, no quip is too cheap. On an emotional day on which 96 balloons were released to commemorate the Hillsborough tragedy he…

Police files reveal vast child protection scandal

  • The Times
  • Published: 24 September 2012
  • Crime

Confidential police reports and intelligence files that reveal a hidden truth about the sale and extensive use of English children for sex are exposed today.

Authorities wrote lots of reports but seemed helpless to take real action

  • The Times
  • Published: 24 September 2012
  • Crime

Adults commit sex offences against a child. Police and social services are informed. They respond immediately because they have a duty to protect the weak and vulnerable. Or so one might think.

Crimes of Silence

Protecting children from adults who intend them harm is as fundamental an obligation as any society can have. The Times reveals today a longstanding and systematic failure on the part of police and social services in South Yorkshire. Organised gangs of men preyed for years on young, teenage…

Book club: The Translation of the Bones

  • The Times
  • Published: 08 September 2012
  • Fiction

In an inner-city London parish Easter approaches, but the rhythms of Catholic ritual are fractured when a simple-minded young woman falls from an altar while bathing a grubby plaster figurine of Jesus. She collapses because she sees or thinks she sees a miracle. As word spreads, an eclectic…

Brothers found guilty of selling young girls for sex

  • The Times
  • Published: 09 August 2012
  • Crime

Two brothers who targeted girls as young as 13 to sell for sex to foreign restaurant workers face lengthy prison sentences after a jury convicted them of numerous offences against troubled British teenagers. Ahdel and Mubarek Ali targeted, groomed and abused vulnerable girls who mistook their…

Silence fostered by a fear of being branded racist

Sean O’Neill
  • The Times
  • Published: 30 June 2011
  • Crime

A nagging concern that a pattern of horrific sex crimes had not been identified by the authorities and not reported by the media drove Andrew Norfolk, a reporter for The Times, to investigate the issue of street grooming.

Exploitation of white girls ‘is an Asian problem’

  • The Times
  • Published: 08 June 2012
  • Crime

A senior prosecutor ended years of official denials over a pattern of race-linked sex crimes yesterday when he publicly acknowledged that the grooming and sexual exploitation of white girls by group offenders was “a particular problem in Asian communities”.

Officials hid vital facts about men suspected of grooming girl for sex

  • The Times
  • Published: 07 June 2012
  • UK News

An official report into the way care agencies dealt with a murdered girl concealed key information about adults suspected of grooming and using her for sex from the age of 11, The Times can reveal today.

Social services knew children who sold sex in red-light area

  • The Times
  • Published: 14 July 2012
  • Crime

At least 15 children stood on the streets of a city’s red-light district to sell themselves for sex, it can be revealed today, after five men were found guilty of paying cash to exploit three of them.

Abuse cases only ‘tip of the iceberg’

  • The Times
  • Published: 04 July 2012
  • Crime

Cases of child-sex grooming revealed by The Times were “the tip of the iceberg”, a minister said yesterday, as he warned that thousands of children across England were being used for sex by adults.

Out of Sight

Children from troubled backgrounds have few lifelines. One may be their school. Another may be a relative or friend who lives near by. These can be vital to a child feeling wanted, being understood, or staying sane. That is why one of the worst things the State can do is to sever those…

Care home reform to curb ‘export trade’ in vulnerable children

  • The Times
  • Published: 03 July 2012
  • UK News

Councils that conduct an “export trade” in troubled children from southern England to cheaper care homes in the North will have to account for their actions under government reforms detailed today.

Concern at venture capitalists who make millions out of children in care

  • The Times
  • Published: 02 July 2012
  • UK News

Private equity firms are making huge profits from the care of damaged children in the UK care system, with one fund making a return of more than 500 per cent in only six years, The Times has found.

Parents tell of ‘sex-grooming’ nightmare

  • The Times
  • Published: 29 June 2012
  • Crime

The parents of a girl said to have been groomed and sold for sex to restaurant workers told a court yesterday how they fought a vain battle for three years for action against her abusers.

Rapist who told child victims to call him ‘Daddy’ gets 19 years

  • The Times
  • Published: 22 June 2012
  • Crime

The leader of a network of men who groomed young girls for sex can finally be named after a jury in a separate trial found him guilty of raping a child 30 times.

Brothers ‘used girl as a commodity’ court is told

  • The Times
  • Published: 19 June 2012
  • Crime

Restaurant workers queued to have sex with a teenage girl whose abusers viewed her as “a commodity” to be sold for money as and when they pleased, a court was told yesterday.

You, the editor

I was relieved and pleased to see the smiling face of victorious Antonis Samaras on the front page. But I was equally satisfied to see that mental illness is receiving coverage in your paper. I was particularly struck by Richard Layard’s Opinion article, highlighting the discrimination and…

Care system sanctions child sex with adults, report finds

  • The Times
  • Published: 18 June 2012
  • UK News

A belief that it is acceptable for adults to have sex with children who “consent” to their abuse is ingrained in the child protection system, a damning report into children’s homes claims today.

How MPs voted on gay marriage: full list

Sadie Gray
  • The Times
  • Published: 05 February 2013
  • Politics

Swayne. Stuart Andrew (Pudsey), Greg Barker (Bexhill & Battle), John Baron (Basildon & Billericay), Gavin Barwell (Croydon Central), Richard Benyon (Newbury), Crispin Blunt (Reigate), Nick Boles (Grantham & Stamford), Peter Bottomley (Worthing West), Karen Bradley (Staffordshire…

Troubled girls ‘were given cash, drink and cuddly toys in exchange for sex with men’

  • The Times
  • Published: 14 June 2012
  • Crime

Girls from troubled backgrounds were given cigarettes, food, cuddly toys and even a ride on a tractor to encourage them to have sex with adults, a court was told yesterday.

Teenager ‘raped and abused’ in Lancashire drugs den

  • The Times
  • Published: 13 June 2012
  • Crime

A girl aged 14 was groomed then repeatedly used for sex by a group of men who treated her with “indignity and contempt”, a court was told yesterday.

MPs launch inquiry into sexual exploitation of children

Andrew Norfolk and Ruth Maclean
  • The Times
  • Published: 13 June 2012
  • Crime

A parliamentary inquiry into the sexual exploitation of children was announced yesterday after MPs were told that thousands of victims have been identified across the country.

A case of moral cowardice

  • The Times
  • Published: 07 June 2012
  • UK News

Moral cowardice defined the decision-making process that led to large sections of the Laura Wilson serious case review remaining hidden from public scrutiny. It belonged to the same school of thought that for at least 20 years has allowed hundreds of young teenage girls to fall victim to…

No protection was offered

  • The Times
  • Published: 07 June 2012
  • UK News

When she was 13, Laura Wilson and her family appeared on ITV1’s The Jeremy Kyle Show in a programme about out-of-control children. In front of more than 1 million viewers, her elder sister turned to Laura to warn her that “your attitude is going to get you into real big danger”.

‘Race-taunt police officer punched father of girl who was groomed for sex by gang’

  • The Times
  • Published: 29 May 2012
  • Crime

Claims that a policeman used racist language and punched the father of a 15-year-old girl who had been groomed for sex by men are being investigated by the police complaints watchdog.

15 years for kebab-shop brothel man

  • The Times
  • Published: 16 May 2012
  • Crime

A man who ran a teenage brothel from his kebab shop in Carlisle, Cumbria, has been jailed for 15 years.

Demand for debate on Pakistani men and sex grooming

  • The Times
  • Published: 16 May 2012
  • Crime

Britain needs an open debate about “issues around culture” that may explain why men of Pakistani heritage are over-represented among offenders prosecuted for street-grooming sex offences against white girls, a government minister said yesterday.

Kebab shop owner ran teenage brothel

  • The Times
  • Published: 15 May 2012
  • Crime

A man who ran a brothel from his kebab shop and trawled city streets to persuade troubled young teenagers to have sex with him and other takeaway workers was found guilty yesterday of numerous offences against five girls.

Bride ‘beaten to death at home’

  • The Times
  • Published: 04 January 2007
  • UK News

LEEDS A young woman who flew to Britain for an arranged marriage died within five months of her wedding after being repeatedly beaten by her husband, a jury at Leeds Crown Court was told (Andrew Norfolk writes).

Care homes ‘must be improved to stop abuses’

  • The Times
  • Published: 11 May 2012
  • Politics

A minister has demanded improvements at children’s homes after revelations that hundreds of girls in care are being targeted by men for sex.

Gove acts swiftly on scandal of care homes

  • The Times
  • Published: 10 May 2012
  • Politics

Michael Gove has demanded new safeguards to protect girls in children’s homes from being groomed for sex by organised gangs of men.

How children’s home failed to protect its only resident from sex abuse by 25 men

  • The Times
  • Published: 10 May 2012
  • Crime

A teenage girl who in one night was sexually abused by 25 men was the sole resident of a privately run children’s home that charged £252,000 a year to provide her with “intense and individual care”.

Let’s be honest. There’s a clear link with Islam

Yesterday morning I woke up to the smell of smoke. It was coming from my radio. The Deputy Children’s Commissioner Sue Berelowitz was being interviewed about the Rochdale grooming case. “It’s not a problem confined to one community,” she told listeners. “It is absolutely happening across all…

Sex grooming men jailed for campaign of teenage abuse

  • The Times
  • Published: 09 May 2012
  • Crime

Nine members of a street-grooming network who sexually abused teenage girls were jailed today by a judge who said they had treated their young white victims “as though they were worthless and beyond all respect”.

Children’s homes ‘powerless’ to protect the vulnerable from predatory sex gangs

  • The Times
  • Published: 09 May 2012
  • Crime

For more than 20 years, girls and some boys in children’s homes across Britain have been soft targets for men from a variety of backgrounds who seek to use and sell children for sex.

Far Right nearly caused trial to collapse

  • The Times
  • Published: 09 May 2012
  • Crime

The violent spectre of the far Right loomed over the Rochdale sex-grooming trial from start to finish.

‘Asians pick me up. They get me drunk, they give me drugs and have sex with me. I want to move’

  • The Times
  • Published: 09 May 2012
  • Crime

Sobbing in her bedroom at a children’s home, a 15-year-old girl sat down to write a short note. It took her 28 words to explain why she had gone missing 19 times in three months. She folded the sheet, walked to the top of the stairs, called for a member of staff and dropped the paper to him.

A nation’s shame: hundreds of girls sexually abused by networks of men

  • The Times
  • Published: 09 May 2012
  • Crime

Hundreds of girls in children’s homes are being sexually abused by organised networks of men, The Times reveals today.

Police and care blunders led to years of abuse

  • The Times
  • Published: 09 May 2012
  • Crime

Blunders by police and care professionals exposed young teenagers to more than two years of sexual abuse by an ever-widening group of predatory men.

Grooming network guilty of teenage girl abuse

  • The Times
  • Published: 08 May 2012
  • Crime

Nine members of a sex-grooming network which stretched across northern England were convicted today of numerous offences linked to the systematic abuse of young teenage girls.

Kebab shop owner targeted pre-teens for sex, court hears

  • The Times
  • Published: 24 April 2012
  • Crime

A man accused of running a brothel from his kebab shop targeted girls as young as 12 for sex because he liked “fresh meat”, a court heard.

Five jailed for sex attacks on trapped girls

  • The Times
  • Published: 21 April 2012
  • Crime

Five men who lured two girls to a house before subjecting them to a weekend of sex attacks were jailed yesterday.

Child-sex victims ‘ran a prostitution empire’

  • The Times
  • Published: 05 April 2012
  • Crime

A 59-year-old man accused of child-sex offences claimed yesterday in court that the under-age girls he and other men allegedly groomed for exploitation were entrepreneurs with enough acumen to “win The Apprentice”.

Former union chief guilty of charity theft

  • The Times
  • Published: 04 April 2012
  • Crime

The former leader of a trade union that was involved in a multimillion-pound financial scandal exposed by The Times has been convicted of stealing almost £150,000 from a charity for sick and injured miners.

Thirteen seized in raid on child prostitution ring

  • The Times
  • Published: 23 March 2012
  • Crime

Vulnerable girls in care were groomed by men who then sold them for sex, police said yesterday as they made a series of arrests in connection with a child-prostitution ring.

Men laughed and joked as they sexually assaulted ‘sweet’ schoolgirl

  • The Times
  • Published: 22 March 2012
  • Crime

A “sweet, polite” schoolgirl was an academic high-flyer until she suffered a night of sexual violence during which a group of men laughed, joked and sang as they filmed the sobbing, naked teenager on their mobile phones, a court heard.

‘Rapists filmed girl, 15, carried from house to house for sex’

  • The Times
  • Published: 20 March 2012
  • Crime

A drunken, sobbing Asian schoolgirl became “an object to use and abuse” for men who subjected the naked child to a series of rapes and sexual assaults as they filmed their crimes on a mobile phone, a court heard yesterday.

Muslim men abducted girls for sex attacks

  • The Times
  • Published: 15 March 2012
  • Crime

A man convicted with four others yesterday for his role in subjecting two girls to a weekend of degrading sexual attacks told The Times that their young victims “enjoyed it”.

Also showing, film

Edward Porter
  • The Sunday Times
  • Published: 30 August 2015
  • Culture

…pensioner in Norfolk, receives a letter telling him that the body of his first love, who fell down a crevasse while they were hiking in Switzerland in 1962, has been found preserved in the ice. His response to this news reveals how much the dead woman still means to him, and leaves his…

Sex-groom suspects ‘passed teenage girls round like ball’

  • The Times
  • Published: 06 March 2012
  • Crime

A Pakistani man kept “a big list of people who owed him money” for “taking white girls to chill” in his flat, a sex-grooming trial heard yesterday.

Girl used for sex after police failed to act

  • The Times
  • Published: 24 February 2012
  • Crime

A girl aged 15 was used for sex by more than 20 men after police failed to act when the teenager told officers that she was being passed around members of the British Pakistani community, a court was told yesterday.

Alleged rapist ‘said under-age sex was allowed in his country’

  • The Times
  • Published: 23 February 2012
  • Crime

An alleged rapist and child pimp told a 15-year-old girl that he was doing nothing wrong by delivering her to numerous Pakistani men for sex because “in his country you’re allowed to have sex with girls from the age of 11”, a court was told yesterday.

Drunken young girls ‘forced to swap sex for pizza’

  • The Times
  • Published: 22 February 2012
  • Crime

Teenage girls were regularly numbed by alcohol then “passed around” large groups of men to be used for sex, a court was told yesterday.

Two teenage girls ‘taken to flat and raped by gang’

  • The Times
  • Published: 15 February 2012
  • Crime

Two teenage girls were lured from their home town to a dingy Birmingham flat where they were subjected to a degrading weekend of sexual attacks by a group of men who “believed they could do with them as they pleased”, a court was told yesterday.

Shaun Wright resigns over Rotherham scandal – but what took him so long?

Callum Jones
  • The Times
  • Published: 16 September 2014
  • Politics

In late August, senior figures in Westminster were queueing up to call for the resignation of Shaun Wright. The prime minister, deputy prime minister, leader of the opposition, home secretary, shadow home secretary and home affairs select committee chairman were all united in the belief that…

Muslims jailed over gay hate leaflets

  • The Times
  • Published: 11 February 2012
  • Crime

Three Muslims who handed out leaflets calling for homosexuals to be put to death were starting prison sentences last night.

Three Muslims found guilty of gay-hate crime

  • The Times
  • Published: 20 January 2012
  • Crime

Three Muslims who handed out leaflets demanding the death penalty for homosexuality have become the first defendants to be convicted under a new law targeting gay-hate crime.

Five Muslims are first to go on trial under new anti-gay-hate law

  • The Times
  • Published: 11 January 2012
  • Crime

Five Muslims who handed out leaflets that allegedly preached loathing and abhorrence of homosexuals yesterday became the first to go on trial charged under a new law targeting gay-hate crime.

Town that didn’t think its lost girls worth saving

Where did they go, the lost girls? The ones at primary school with grubby dresses and sudden rage. I’d see them in the seedy upper gallery of the shopping centre, talking with security guards or dodgy older boys. At school we stayed well clear: they were hard, reckless, love-bitten. I hadn’t…

As a liberal leftie I didn’t want to raise grooming, says Dennis MacShane

  • The Times
  • Published: 28 August 2014
  • Crime

A former Labour MP for Rotherham has admitted that he held back from confronting the problem of Asian groups sexually exploiting young girls because he is a “Guardian-reading liberal leftie”.

Labour calls for PCC to quit over Rotherham abuse scandal

Jenny Booth
  • The Times
  • Published: 27 August 2014
  • Crime

Pressure was mounting today for South Yorkshire’s police and crime commissioner to resign after a devastating report into organised child sexual abuse in Rotherham.

Murdered girl was victim of Pakistani sex grooming gang

  • The Times
  • Published: 02 December 2011
  • Crime

A teenager murdered after she brought “shame” on the British Pakistani family of a young man with whom she was having sex had been groomed from the age of 12 to be used for sex by adults, The Times reveals today.

We must take responsibility, says Barnardo’s as experts meet

  • The Times
  • Published: 23 November 2011
  • Crime

The crimes of men who target, groom and then exploit young teenagers for sex will be the focus today of a national meeting called to discuss the problem.

Judges told to protect victims in abuse cases

  • The Times
  • Published: 22 November 2011
  • Crime

A leaked report into child sexual exploitation will tell judges that they should change the way vulnerable victims give evidence in court in an attempt to ensure that more abusers and rapists are convicted.

Notes, reports and meetings, but still no action to save girl from sex gang

  • The Times
  • Published: 22 November 2011
  • Crime

A paper trail that documents the downfall of a teenage girl who is being sexually abused exposes damning evidence of the way that care professionals have failed the child and her family.

The fear of causing offence has allowed abuse to become almost endemic

  • The Times
  • Published: 22 November 2011
  • Crime

Eight years ago Ann Cryer, then Labour MP for Keighley, caused outrage when she spoke publicly about groups of Asian men grooming and sexually exploiting girls in her West Yorkshire town.

Raped, pimped and driven to suicide: the 16-year-old girl failed at every turn

  • The Times
  • Published: 21 November 2011
  • Crime

Four months after her 16th birthday, Chloe jumped from a bridge above the M1.

Action on the gangs who groom girls for sex

  • The Times
  • Published: 21 November 2011
  • Crime

A catalogue of failures by police and care agencies to protect teenage girls from being raped and sold for sex is forcing the Government to pursue abusers.

Fresh tactics to tackle abusers

  • The Times
  • Published: 21 November 2011
  • Crime

No police force has a flawless approach to the sex grooming of children but studies have suggested that Lancashire has the greatest level of commitment to tackling such crimes.

Imams say abuse ‘disgraces Islam’ as child agencies deny a race link

  • The Times
  • Published: 04 November 2011
  • Crime

British Muslims are rounding on men who are “disgracing Islam” by their participation in the grooming and sexual abuse of girls in parts of the North and the Midlands.

Four appear in court over grooming and sexual exploitation charges

  • The Times
  • Published: 21 October 2011
  • UK News

Four men have appeared in court charged with offences linked to the grooming and sexual exploitation of teenage girls.

Inquiry into alarming scale of child sex grooming

  • The Times
  • Published: 14 October 2011
  • Crime

A major inquiry is to be established to discover “the hidden and unknown truth” about groups of men involved in the systematic grooming and sexual abuse of thousands of English teenagers.

Seven to stand trial in sex grooming case

  • The Times
  • Published: 21 September 2011
  • Crime

Seven men will appear before a jury next year after the collapse of a four-month trial at which they denied 52 charges involving the alleged grooming and sexual exploitation of teenage girls.

Child-sex trial halted

  • The Times
  • Published: 07 September 2011
  • Crime

A jury that spent 15 weeks listening to the evidence of British girls said to have been the victims of child-sex offences was discharged yesterday.

Teenager lured rape victim to derelict house

  • The Times
  • Published: 03 September 2011
  • Crime

A former victim of child sex groomers was jailed for seven years for luring two girls to a derelict house where one of them was raped by three men.

Prosecutors ordered to crack down on sex abuse

  • The Times
  • Published: 06 March 2013
  • Law

A new strategy to bring more sex offenders to justice is needed to prevent “another Savile”, Britain’s top prosecutor will warn today.

Hit-and-run deaths bring simmering race tensions to the boil

  • The Times
  • Published: 11 August 2011
  • Crime

Tension crackled like static on the dusty streets of Winson Green yesterday. In a city whose Asian and African-Caribbean communities have not always enjoyed harmonious relations, young British Pakistanis gathered in huddles predicting a looming race war.

Teenager relives child sex ordeal in court to ‘help other young girls’

  • The Times
  • Published: 05 August 2011
  • Crime

A girl who was allegedly sold for sex to restaurant workers told a court that she wanted to give evidence for the sake of “other young girls”.

Teenager sobs as she is forced to read out sex abuse details

  • The Times
  • Published: 04 August 2011
  • Crime

An alleged victim of child-sex groomers sobbed in court yesterday as she was labelled “a wicked woman” and a “compulsive liar” by a barrister defending one of the men accused of selling her for sex to restaurant workers.

I’m not ready to hoist the white flag over liberal agenda

Kevin Myers
  • The Sunday Times
  • Published: 31 August 2014
  • News

What is going on, please? Why are Limerick gardai being allowed to fly a gay pride flag over their station? How can they now be seen to be neutral if there’s a disagreement between gay rights activists and antis, if such a position is even lawful these days? (The way things are going, it soon…

Four face jail after sex assaults on girls, 16

  • The Times
  • Published: 03 August 2011
  • Crime

Three men who used a teenage girl to lure two younger girls to a dark and empty house were facing jail last night after a jury found them guilty of subjecting the pair to a terrifying series of sex attacks.

The only people to grow rich were the pitmen’s solicitors

  • The Times
  • Published: 16 July 2011
  • Law

The compensation scheme was meant for miners whose health was irreparably damaged by their work, but the only people to grow rich were solicitors.

Age-progressive photographs created in hunt for missing Andrew Gosden

  • The Times
  • Published: 12 September 2009
  • UK News

Kevin Gosden has a recurring dream in which he finds himself identifying his missing son’s body in a mortuary. He says it brings him comfort.

Alleged abuse victim ‘made claims to get compensation’

  • The Times
  • Published: 15 July 2011
  • Crime

The alleged sex-grooming victim was repeatedly accused of lying and challenged about stealing from her parents, shoplifting, and withdrawing money on her father’s credit card without his permission.

I was scared — they had so much control, says teenager at centre of child-sex trial

  • The Times
  • Published: 15 July 2011
  • Crime

A teenager said to have been the victim of multiple child-sex offences broke down and sobbed in court after 12 days of cross-examination by lawyers defending seven men accused of grooming, using and selling her for sex.

Minister tells police: don’t let race stop grooming probes

  • The Times
  • Published: 25 June 2011
  • Crime

Charities working with child-sex victims have backed a government minister’s demand that “closed” ethnicminority communities must no longer offer a hiding place for men who groom and exploit young teenagers.

Girl ‘was told to say she lied on abuse ring’

  • The Times
  • Published: 24 June 2011
  • Crime

A girl who was allegedly groomed to be sold for sex to numerous men was warned that she would be “ripped apart” by defence lawyers if she gave evidence against her abusers, a court heard yesterday.

Restaurant and chip shop workers would queue up for sex when I was 16, says girl

  • The Times
  • Published: 21 June 2011
  • Crime

A teenager told a court yesterday that she was sold at 16 for sex to restaurant workers. Eight men from two Indian restaurants and a fish and chip shop waited “one after the other” to have sex with her, she said, for sums ranging from £20 to £40.

Suspects ‘befriended 13-year-old girl then raped her’

  • The Times
  • Published: 16 June 2011
  • Crime

A girl aged 13 thought that she was in love but was raped twice by men who were grooming and controlling child prostitutes, a court heard yesterday.

Court goes into extra time in Paul Gascoigne trial

  • The Times
  • Published: 04 November 2010
  • Law

It would have been one of the most unlikely debuts in British legal history.

‘She thought these men valued her. They did, but only as a commodity’

  • The Times
  • Published: 15 June 2011
  • Crime

The victims of the child sex grooming gang, many of whom were the products of severely disrupted families, had little sense of self-worth, the jury was told. They might appear streetwise, yet their youth, vulnerability and naivety left them unable “to distinguish between abuse and affection…

Young girls lured with drink were ‘sold for sex’

  • The Times
  • Published: 15 June 2011
  • Crime

Young girls became “sexual commodities” for sale to dozens of men after they were drawn into an adult world of cars, alcohol and drugs, a court was told yesterday in what is believed to be the first trial involving charges of sex trafficking of a British child in the UK.

Barnardo’s calls for crackdown on child sex offenders

  • The Times
  • Published: 15 June 2011
  • Law

A demand for greater efforts to prosecute offenders who groom and exploit thousands of young people for sex every year will be made today by the children’s charity Barnardo’s.

Worried parents sounded alarm over suspected sexual exploitation

  • The Times
  • Published: 15 June 2011
  • Crime

The criminal charges faced by the nine men in the dock were the result of a police investigation called Operation Chalice, jurors were told.

Eight men face trial on charges of sexually exploiting girls

  • The Times
  • Published: 09 June 2011
  • Crime

Eight men appeared in court yesterday accused of involvement in the sexual exploitation of young girls.

MPs commend Times reporter for exposing child grooming gangs

  • The Times
  • Published: 05 December 2012
  • Crime

Most of the men investigated over child sex grooming by a police force in the past decade were from an Asian background, MPs were told yesterday.

Ban kept at kebab shop ‘luring girls’

  • The Times
  • Published: 07 May 2011
  • UK News

Young girls were lured “as a moth to a flame” to the bright lights of a kebab shop run by a man cleared of murdering a 14-year-old, a judge ruled yesterday.

A perfect son, a model family — so what made him run away?

  • The Times
  • Published: 27 October 2007
  • Families

His parents are haunted by the stark, still-frame closed-circuit television footage of their son leaving King’s Cross. In three consecutive shots, Andrew Gosden walks from the concourse towards the railway station exit and emerges on to the pavement.

Kebab shop owner cleared of teenager’s murder ‘lured under-age girls for sex’

  • The Times
  • Published: 19 April 2011
  • Crime

Young girls were fed drugs and encouraged to have sex after being lured to a kebab shop run by a man who was cleared of murdering a 14-year-old girl, a court was told yesterday.

Paul Gascoigne spared jail for drink driving

  • The Times
  • Published: 10 December 2010
  • Crime

Paul Gascoigne aims to build a new life on the South Coast, a court was told yesterday, as the former England footballer was spared prison to enable him to continue a course of residential treatment for his alcoholism.

Barnardo’s criticises Times for ‘race fixation’

  • The Times
  • Published: 08 April 2011
  • UK News

The head of a national children’s charity rebuked The Times yesterday for revealing that more than 60 girls in Blackpool were groomed for sexual exploitation by a group of “non-white” men from a cluster of takeaway food restaurants.

Six police units in one county to trap sex predator gangs

  • The Times
  • Published: 08 April 2011
  • Crime

The sexual exploitation of children by older men has become such an endemic problem in towns across northern England that one county has established six dedicated police units to address the issue.

Sex grooming scandal inside a seaside town

  • The Times
  • Published: 07 April 2011
  • Crime

More than sixty schoolgirls in a seaside town were being groomed for sex by a group of men who have been linked with the unsolved disappearance and murder of a 14-year-old, The Times reveals today.

In a car in the dark alley, a man’s arm reached out to caress a child

  • The Times
  • Published: 07 April 2011
  • Crime

Lined by empty crates and rotting food from giant waste bins, the alleyway is spared midnight invisibility by the pale glow from its solitary lamppost and small parcels of light that escape the gaping back doors of some takeaway food outlets.

Reaction to The Times investigation

  • The Times
  • Published: 07 April 2011
  • Crime

The Times investigation into the sexual exploitation of white girls by groups of older men was published in January and prompted the Government to order a national inquiry into street grooming.

Union leaders accused of theft from miners’ charity

  • The Times
  • Published: 01 April 2011
  • Crime

Two trade union leaders yesterday appeared in court charged with stealing almost £150,000 from a charity for sick and elderly coal miners.

One year on, missing Andrew Gosden is still a blank space in family’s heart

  • The Times
  • Published: 13 September 2008
  • UK News

Eyes averted and voice lowered to a whisper, Kevin Gosden confesses that in the darkest hours he has found himself envying the parents of murdered children.

Knifemen sentenced to life for Srebrenica ‘revenge’ prison attack

  • The Times
  • Published: 22 February 2011
  • UK News

Three Muslims who sought revenge for the Srebrenica massacre by slashing the throat of a Bosnian Serb war criminal were handed life sentences yesterday.

‘Hate and violence’ taught at Muslim schools, secret filming reveals

  • The Times
  • Published: 12 February 2011
  • Education

Young pupils at an Islamic secondary school are being taught hatred for British values and contempt for other religions, an undercover investigation has found.

War criminal in jail ‘had throat cut by avenging Muslims’

  • The Times
  • Published: 08 February 2011
  • Europe

A Bosnian Serb war criminal had his throat cut in a British prison cell by three Muslims seeking revenge for his role in the slaughter of thousands of Bosnian Muslim men and boys in the former Yugoslavia, a court heard yesterday.

Serb general attacked in prison cell ‘to avenge Bosnia killings’

  • The Times
  • Published: 07 February 2011
  • Crime

A former Bosnian Serb general had his throat slashed in a British prison cell by three Muslim prisoners who were seeking revenge for his role in the mass killing of Bosnian Muslims in the former Yugoslavia, a court was told today.

How the dream of being a soldier led to a jail sentence

  • The Times
  • Published: 05 March 2010
  • UK News

He was the little boy who dreamt of becoming a soldier, but six months’ service in Afghanistan made him a champion of the anti-war movement. Coward or hero? Joe Glenton says he simply learnt to think for himself.

From pit to palace: the Middletons’ astonishing journey

  • The Times
  • Published: 18 November 2010
  • UK News

Her ancestors toiled underground for generations to earn slave wages in coal mines owned by his great-grandmother’s family. Now they are to marry.

Men ‘used girls in exchange for drinks and mobile phone credit’

  • The Times
  • Published: 22 January 2011
  • Crime

Eight men accused of serious sexual offences appeared in court yesterday to deny more than 50 offences against young girls, some of whom allegedly exchanged sex for food, alcohol and mobile-phone credit.

Sentence delayed as Paul Gascoigne goes to rehab again

  • The Times
  • Published: 12 November 2010
  • Crime

Paul Gascoigne was granted a four-week delay yesterday before he learns whether he is to be jailed for drink-driving, after a court heard that he was being treated in an alcohol addiction clinic.

Anger as educational film on grooming withheld

  • The Times
  • Published: 21 January 2011
  • UK News

An acclaimed film that was supposed to be shown in schools to warn girls about the dangers of on-street grooming for sexual exploitation is still being withheld from distribution, almost three years after it was commissioned by a government crime agency.

Race fears deterred people from speaking out

  • The Times
  • Published: 17 January 2011
  • Crime

For the past nine years, as northeast correspondent of The Times, I watched a succession of child-sex court cases that appeared to have a common thread, without knowing quite what we should to do about it.

Girl’s arrest ‘deeply regrettable and will be overturned’

  • The Times
  • Published: 15 January 2011
  • Crime

The head of child protection in Rotherham pledged last night to overturn Anna’s conviction for being drunk and disorderly, describing as “deeply regrettable” the decision to arrest the 13-year-old when she was found in a house with three adult men who were freed without charge.

‘He took my girl and sold her for sex. How do you expect us to feel?’

  • The Times
  • Published: 15 January 2011
  • Crime

At the age of 11, Anna was an innocent, sunny-faced child. Two years later, so many men had used her small body for sex that she had forgotten what childhood was.

Child protection squad will investigate patterns of sex abuse

  • The Times
  • Published: 13 January 2011
  • Crime

Britain’s child protection squad is to investigate “patterns of offending” that may link cases of on-street grooming in which vulnerable young girls are used for sex by groups of older men.

Botched 2008 investigation left sex gang free to abuse

  • The Times
  • Published: 11 January 2011
  • Crime

A flawed police investigation allegedly exposed vulnerable girls to a lengthy campaign of rape and sexual assault by a gang of older men who groomed them for horrific exploitation, The Times has learnt.

Sex gang victim: he named car ‘Rape Rover’

Andrew Norfolk and Russell Jenkins
  • The Times
  • Published: 08 January 2011
  • Crime

A young woman has spoken of how she fell under the malign influence of Abid Siddique, the “puppet master” who nicknamed his car the “Rape Rover”.

Derby sex gang: the charge sheet

Andrew Norfolk and Russell Jenkins
  • The Times
  • Published: 07 January 2011
  • Crime

Thirteen men, all from Derby, were eventually charged in relation to the case and nine were convicted of offences including rape, sex with a child, sexual assault, false imprisonment, perverting the course of justice and making child pornography.

Problem of Muslim men grooming young women also exists in The Netherlands

  • The Times
  • Published: 06 January 2011
  • Crime

In the Netherlands they call them loverboys, young men who ensnare younger Dutch girls via a lengthy grooming process. It begins with gifts and declarations of undying love and ends with a lost young woman working “in the window” as a prostitute.

Woman who braved a racial minefield to expose scandal of exploited girls

  • The Times
  • Published: 06 January 2011
  • Crime

A phone call eight years ago from a sobbing woman persuaded Ann Cryer to take the first steps of a journey that would lead to her being vilified by some people as a racist and hailed by others as a champion of girls’ and women’s rights.

Our culture is also at fault for this awful abuse

This is a form of racism that is abhorrent and totally unacceptable in a society that prides itself on equality and justice.” These were the words, written in this newspaper yesterday, by Mohammed Shafiq, of the Ramadhan Foundation, concerning the seduction and serial rape of under-age girls…

Calls for major police inquiry on ‘grotesque’ sex gangs

  • The Times
  • Published: 06 January 2011
  • Crime

An investigation by The Times into the sexual exploitation of hundreds of young girls sparked calls yesterday for a national police inquiry as Nick Clegg described the actions of criminal pimping gangs as “grotesque”.

Barnardo’s demands inquiry into sex exploitation of British girls

  • The Times
  • Published: 05 January 2011
  • Crime

The UK’s largest children’s charity called tonight for Home Office action to investigate the dominant role played by British Pakistani men in the on-street grooming and sexual exploitation of hundreds of British girls.

Revealed: conspiracy of silence on UK sex gangs

  • The Times
  • Published: 05 January 2011
  • Crime

A culture of silence that has facilitated the sexual exploitation of hundreds of young British girls by criminal pimping gangs is exposed by The Times today.

‘Some of these men have children the same age; they are bad apples’

  • The Times
  • Published: 05 January 2011
  • Crime

The voices of three young Muslim men climb in anger. They want to share their revulsion for fellow members of their Pakistani community who took a group of impressionable British schoolgirls and turned them into a collection of broken sex toys.

Family haunted by thugs’ murder of shopkeeper

Andrew Norfolk and Russell Jenkins
  • The Times
  • Published: 22 October 2010
  • Crime

It is the sheer pointlessness of Gurmail Singh’s death that haunts his family. The gentle and much loved Sikh shopkeeper was murdered in his corner shop by two young thugs in search of free cigarettes and alcohol.

Profiles: people not prostitutes

  • The Times
  • Published: 22 December 2010
  • News

SUSAN RUSHWORTH…

I had my doubts and could have stopped him, says friend

  • The Times
  • Published: 22 December 2010
  • Crime

A phone call to the police that he did not make will haunt a former friend of Stephen Griffiths for the rest of his life.

‘Crossbow Cannibal’ jailed for life for murders

  • The Times
  • Published: 22 December 2010
  • Crime

A postgraduate student who murdered, dismembered and then ate the flesh of three women was under no supervision despite a history of violent offending and a psychiatric diagnosis that he was “a sadistic psychopath” who was “strongly attracted to the idea of killing others”.

Inside the killer’s flat, crossbows were propped against an armchair

  • The Times
  • Published: 22 December 2010
  • Crime

At first glance, the small flat where Stephen Griffiths dismembered the bodies of three women seemed unremarkable.

Arsonist who killed two jockeys jailed

  • The Times
  • Published: 11 December 2010
  • Crime

A labourer who killed two talented young jockeys when he set fire to a block of flats in a drunken act of revenge will serve at least seven and a half years in jail.

Commentary: Gazza’s sad toll of final chances

  • The Times
  • Published: 09 December 2010
  • UK News

As he stood nervously awaiting sentence today, you wondered whether there was any hope left for Paul Gascoigne.

Law firm avoids tribunal for slicing money from miners’ compensation

  • The Times
  • Published: 09 December 2010
  • UK News

Partners at a law firm paid £150 million by the Government for handling compensation claims by sick miners will not face a disciplinary tribunal for slicing money from their clients’ damages.

Police officer raped vulnerable women he arrested

  • The Times
  • Published: 25 November 2010
  • Crime

A police officer who used threats and blackmail to rape vulnerable women had already been accused of sexually assaulting young male soldiers during a previous career in the Army, it emerged yesterday.

Men convicted of child sex abuse cruised city streets in search of teenage victims

  • The Times
  • Published: 25 November 2010
  • Crime

Two men who roamed a city’s streets to groom girls for rape and abuse were among eight convicted of offences linked to the exploitation of 15 children, it was revealed yesterday.

Two who killed shopkeeper in botched robbery jailed for 20 years

  • The Times
  • Published: 17 November 2010
  • Crime

Two young men who used wine bottles to batter a village shopkeeper to death during a botched robbery were told yesterday that they would serve at least 20 years in prison for his murder.

For Gascoigne the hardest lesson the clinic teaches is still unlearnt

  • The Times
  • Published: 12 November 2010
  • UK News

The Providence Projects centre to which Paul Gascoigne has been admitted, for the third time since July, offers treatment to those affected by the “devastating effects of the disease of addiction”.

Let’s not discard the good work with the bad

  • The Times
  • Published: 10 November 2010
  • Politics

At no stage in the 18 years of his life did Leeds-born Hasib Hussain cross the radar of the police. In death, strapping a rucksack to his back in July 2005 and blowing up the number 30 bus in London’s Tavistock Square, he became world famous.

Jail for sexual predators who preyed on schoolgirls

  • The Times
  • Published: 06 November 2010
  • Crime

Five “sexual predators” who ruined the childhood of three vulnerable schoolgirls were starting jail sentences of between four and 11 years last night.

Schoolgirls aged 13 groomed and used for sex while under supervision

  • The Times
  • Published: 05 November 2010
  • Crime

Three schoolgirls under the supervision of social workers were groomed and given alcohol by five men who sexually abused them over several months. A nurse who examined one of the girls said it looked as though she had been raped more than 50 times.

Samantha Cameron campaigns solo as Sarah Brown plays the passive wife

  • The Times
  • Published: 08 April 2010
  • Politics

Samantha Cameron put Sarah Brown on the spot yesterday by campaigning solo for the first time in two of the Tories’ target seats. The wife of the Conservative leader adopted a woman-of-the-people look in skinny black jeans and Converse trainers as she toured a charity project for the homeless…

How ‘bogus colleges’ chief built business on web of deception

  • The Times
  • Published: 14 August 2010
  • Education

The man running a college that is under police investigation for allegedly selling language qualifications to would-be British citizens used a web of deception to build his life in Britain.

Serbian war criminal’s prison attackers charged over ‘revenge’

  • The Times
  • Published: 19 October 2010
  • UK News

Three Muslim prisoners have been charged with the attempted murder of a Serbian war criminal, allegedly in revenge for his role in Europe’s worst atrocity since the Second World War.

Stephen Griffiths, who is accused of prostitutes’ murder, in court

  • The Times
  • Published: 16 October 2010
  • Crime

A PhD student accused of murdering three prostitutes sat with his head bowed and his arms tightly folded yesterday during a brief hearing at Bradford Crown Court.

Policeman ‘used threats to rape women he arrested’

  • The Times
  • Published: 13 October 2010
  • Crime

A police officer used threats and blackmail to rape and abuse vulnerable women after they were arrested for minor crimes, a court was told yesterday.

Postmistress murder trial delayed as suspect is granted bail

  • The Times
  • Published: 28 September 2010
  • Crime

A man accused of murdering his postmistress wife in a North Yorkshire village has been granted bail.

Six arrested after Koran is burnt on 9/11

  • The Times
  • Published: 24 September 2010
  • Crime

Six people have been arrested after a group of young men were filmed setting fire to the Koran “in memory of 9/11”. They were detained on suspicion of stirring up racial hatred after footage of the book burning, which took place in the back yard of a pub in Gateshead, was posted on the…

‘Selfless’ army dog handler killed after asking to stay on

  • The Times
  • Published: 24 September 2010
  • Defence

The handler of an Army dog trained to sniff out explosives was killed in Afghanistan after he postponed his scheduled return to Britain because he did not want to leave his comrades with insufficient cover, an inquest was told yesterday.

Titus Bramble arrested on suspicion of rape

  • The Times
  • Published: 23 September 2010
  • Sunderland

A Premier League footballer and his brother were arrested yesterday after a woman claimed she was raped in a hotel.

‘Young people are being used as free labour’

  • The Times
  • Published: 22 September 2010
  • UK News

Young graduates desperate for a job are increasingly being exploited by cost-cutting employers who flout minimum wage legislation by using them as unpaid interns in roles formerly performed by salaried employees, it is claimed today.

Labourer who disappeared in Northern Ireland buried 29 years later

  • The Times
  • Published: 18 September 2010
  • UK News

In Northern Ireland, they are called The Disappeared. One of them will be brought home today in a coffin, to the very church where his wife and children waited in vain for his arrival at a Sunday Mass 29 years ago.

Mother paralysed by freak accident during pole-dancing fitness class

A mother broke her neck and has been left paralysed after a freak accident during a pole-dancing fitness class.

British Muslims welcome the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI

  • The Times
  • Published: 15 September 2010
  • Faith

The 12-year-old pupil at a Roman Catholic girls’ school bubbles with excitement when she talks about the Pope’s visit to Britain. She is a Muslim.

Shopkeeper ‘battered to death with wine bottles’

  • The Times
  • Published: 03 September 2010
  • Crime

A 63-year-old was left dying in a pool of blood after he bravely defended his corner shop from a gang of young robbers, a court was told.

Missiles thrown as far-right rally turns violent in Bradford

  • The Times
  • Published: 28 August 2010
  • UK News

Far-right thugs hurled bottles and stones at police and anti-fascist demonstrators today as an English Defence League rally in Bradford descended into violence.

Bradford fears worst as protesters threaten to smash anti-Islam rally

  • The Times
  • Published: 28 August 2010
  • UK News

Hundreds of anti-fascist protesters will oppose more than a thousand far-right supporters who are staging an anti- Islamist rally in Bradford today. The city is home to one of Britain’s largest Pakistani communities.

Rumour, alarm and anger that provoked riot of 2001

  • The Times
  • Published: 28 August 2010
  • UK News

The trigger for the 2001 Bradford riots, which began in the city centre on a hot July afternoon and developed into the worst street disorder witnessed in Britain for 20 years, was a decision by the far-right National Front to stage a rally in the city.

Coalition tensions scupper tax avoidance crackdown

Sam Coates, Gráinne Gilmore and Andrew Norfolk
  • The Times
  • Published: 21 August 2010
  • Politics

A cherished Liberal Democrat plan to reduce tax avoidance was in doubt yesterday as the coalition tried to play down the fallout from Tory links with two billionaire businessmen.

Leader faces show of anger from region fearing cuts

  • The Times
  • Published: 20 August 2010
  • Politics

The Deputy Prime Minister stood accused yesterday of betraying voters in the North East by supporting spending cuts that were part of a Tory “ideological crusade” to attack the weakest members of society.

Woman led ring of child abusers for over ten years

Danielle Sheridan
  • The Times
  • Published: 28 July 2015
  • Crime

A woman has been found guilty of running a paedophile ring that subjected five young children to sexual and physical abuse for more than a decade…

Language course ‘scam’ is new immigration gateway

  • The Times
  • Published: 13 August 2010
  • Crime

A college that appears to have no qualified teachers is under investigation after allegedly creating a fraudulent gateway to British citizenship by selling English language certificates to hundreds of Asian immigrants.

Times probe led to law reform

  • The Times
  • Published: 13 August 2010
  • Crime

A parliamentary inquiry and a series of arrests and deportations resulted from a Times investigation last year that exposed rampant abuse of Britain’s border controls by an interlinked web of bogus international colleges.

An Oxford certificate in 15 minutes: the backstreet route to citizenship

  • The Times
  • Published: 13 August 2010
  • Crime

The illusion begins with the grand name. It looks impressive on paper but to visit the premises of Oxford College of Management Sciences is to travel a long way from the dreaming spires of academia.

Raoul Moat cremated after low-key funeral

  • The Times
  • Published: 03 August 2010
  • Crime

Raoul Moat’s body was cremated yesterday after a short family funeral.

Multistorey that hosted Get Carter murder meets a brutal end

  • The Times
  • Published: 27 July 2010
  • UK News

To howls of anguish from film buffs and lovers of Brutalist architecture, demolition work began yesterday on a concrete multistorey car park that was the setting for a climactic scene in the 1971 British gangster film Get Carter.

Helping and coping: guinea pigs rise to the Cameron Challenge

  • The Times
  • Published: 22 July 2010
  • UK News

A group of teenagers spoke with enthusiasm yesterday of the three weeks that they have just spent as David Cameron’s guinea pigs.

Moat’s family insist on second post-mortem examination

  • The Times
  • Published: 21 July 2010
  • Crime

A second post-mortem examination is to be carried out on the body of Raoul Moat. It will be conducted by an independent forensic pathologist at the request of the killer’s family.

Britain’s 500 most influential

  • The Sunday Times
  • Published: 26 January 2014
  • News Review

Trevor Robinson – Debretts…

Soldier killed on patrol was awaiting new armour

A Territorial Army soldier who was killed after serving only two weeks in Afghanistan told friends that his battalion was still awaiting delivery of new body armour and helmets.

Samantha Cameron finds time to visit father’s estate on campaign trip

  • The Times
  • Published: 09 April 2010
  • Politics

Samantha Cameron opted for the classless look today as she donned jeans and trainers for her first solo outing of the campaign — but still found time to pop in for lunch at her aristocratic father’s country estate.

World Cup live: Germany up next for England

Ben Smith, Frank Praverman and Robert Dineen

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‘Crossbow cannibal’ may be moved to psychiatric hospital

  • The Times
  • Published: 08 June 2010
  • Crime

A criminology student accused of murdering three prostitutes may be held in a high-security psychiatric hospital because of concerns about his mental state, a court was told yesterday.

The taxi driver’s route that left a community shattered

  • The Times
  • Published: 05 June 2010
  • Crime

It was one of those early summer mornings when it feels so good to be alive that staying indoors is simply not an option.

Cumbria gunman Derrick Bird’s first victims were brother and solicitor

Adam Fresco, Andrew Norfolk, Mike Wade and Sean O’Neill
  • The Times
  • Published: 03 June 2010
  • Crime

A man who shot dead 12 people yesterday before turning his weapon on himself picked his twin brother and a solicitor as his first victims, it is believed.

Sunny half-term day in Lakes ends with ‘blood flowing on the streets’

Andrew Norfolk, Mike Wade, Russell Jenkins and Sean O’Neill
  • The Times
  • Published: 03 June 2010
  • Crime

Derrick Bird ended his rampage as it had begun, shattering the peace of a sunny day in the Lake District with gunfire. As with so many mass killers, his final victim was himself.

Cumbria gunman Derrick Bird gave cryptic warning of his intentions

Adam Fresco, Andrew Norfolk, Mike Wade and Sean O’Neill
  • The Times
  • Published: 03 June 2010
  • Crime

A man who shot dead 12 people yesterday before turning his weapon on himself gave a chilling warning of his intentions hours before his killing spree.

A quiet man’s massacre: how taxi driver turned into random killer

  • The Times
  • Published: 03 June 2010
  • Crime

To his friends in the adjacent villages of Rowrah and Frizington, Derrick Bird was a hard working, self-employed taxi driver who liked nothing more than an evening out with them.

‘Serial killer’ police await forensics on tools find

  • The Times
  • Published: 01 June 2010
  • Crime

Bones found in a river where police are searching for two Bradford prostitutes allegedly murdered by a serial killer are not human, it was revealed yesterday.

Detectives seek details in view of a bigger picture

  • The Times
  • Published: 31 May 2010
  • Crime

A team of 45 detectives and 70 other police officers are working on a case that began as a missing-person investigation when Susan Rushworth, 43, a mother of three, disappeared last June.

Knives, saws and bones found in police search for Bradford prostitutes

  • The Times
  • Published: 31 May 2010
  • Crime

Knives and hacksaws have been found in a river where police divers recovered the severed body parts of a prostitute allegedly murdered by a serial killer.

‘Crossbow cannibal’ case: police find more body parts

Andrew Norfolk, Russell Jenkins and Sadie Gray
  • The Times
  • Published: 29 May 2010
  • Crime

Police investigating the suspected murders of two prostitutes have found what they believe to be human remains in the River Aire in Shipley, West Yorkshire.

The accused gazed across the court at the victims’ relatives

  • The Times
  • Published: 29 May 2010
  • Crime

This was no ordinary day at Bradford Magistrates’ Court. The routine series of motoring offences, shoplifting and petty acts of vandalism was interrupted for five minutes by a hearing that no one present will ever forget.

‘Crossbow cannibal’ follows the path of the Ripper

Andrew Norfolk and Russell Jenkins
  • The Times
  • Published: 29 May 2010
  • Crime

A criminology student accused of murdering three prostitutes described himself as “the Crossbow Cannibal” in court yesterday.

Crime student charged with murder after death of prostitutes

Russell Jenkins and Andrew Norfolk
  • The Times
  • Published: 28 May 2010
  • Crime

A former public schoolboy studying for a PhD in criminology was charged yesterday with murdering three prostitutes.

‘Serial killer’ executed victim with crossbow

  • The Times
  • Published: 27 May 2010
  • Crime

A university student suspected of murdering three prostitutes in Bradford was arrested after detectives obtained CCTV footage of the moment when a killer fired a crossbow bolt into a woman’s head.

Homicide student held over murder of three prostitutes

  • The Times
  • Published: 27 May 2010
  • Crime

A suspected serial killer who was being questioned last night over the murder of three prostitutes is studying criminal justice at a university. Stephen Griffiths, 40, is understood to be following a course at the University of Bradford, where he is specialising in homicide studies. He has a…

Police question suspected prostitute serial killer

  • The Times
  • Published: 26 May 2010
  • Crime

A suspected serial killer is being questioned by police about the murder of three prostitutes.

Council cleared over boy who drowned on Yorkshire Dales cave trip

  • The Times
  • Published: 26 May 2010
  • UK News

A council has been cleared of any wrongdoing over the death of a boy who drowned when schoolchildren had to swim through a flooded underground tunnel during a caving trip.

$100,000 for royal night at museum

Iain Dey and Roya Nikkhah
  • The Sunday Times
  • Published: 23 November 2014
  • UK News

WHEN the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sweep up the steps of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art for a dinner next month, the 450 guests waiting to join them will be far richer than the food on offer.

Judge attacks CPS after rape acquittal

  • The Times
  • Published: 25 May 2010
  • Crime

A judge has attacked prosecutors whose decision to charge a medical student with rape was based on allegations made by a woman who had previously accused another man of the same offence. The man had subsequently committed suicide.

Last but not least: election stragglers will be first to vote on Lib-Con coalition

  • The Times
  • Published: 24 May 2010
  • Politics

In the multicoloured new electoral map of Britain a gaping white hole covers a large swath of rural northern England. It is the constituency that the general election forgot.

British mother admits killing children found dead in Spanish hotel, says judge

  • The Times
  • Published: 22 May 2010
  • Europe

Lianne Smith, the British woman whose children were found dead in a Spanish hotel room, has been charged with their murder as it emerged that she may have spent the whole night with their bodies.

Mother in hotel child murders ran pre-school group

  • The Times
  • Published: 21 May 2010
  • Crime

A British mother who was arrested in connection with the murder of two children in a Spanish holiday resort is due to appear in court today in Blanes on the Costa Brava.

Hotel deaths family were on the run

  • The Times
  • Published: 20 May 2010
  • Crime

The father of two children allegedly killed by their mother in a Spanish hotel room has been charged with a series of sex crimes against a young girl.

Al-Qaeda man can stay in Britain despite posing threat, judge rules

Andrew Norfolk, Richard Ford and Sean O’Neill
  • The Times
  • Published: 19 May 2010
  • Crime

The leader of an al-Qaeda terrorist cell that plotted a bomb atrocity in Britain will not be deported after a tribunal ruled that his human rights would be breached if he were ill treated by Pakistan’s security services.

Teesside comes out to grieve as steel production ceases at Redcar

They came to stand together yesterday, workers, children and their grandparents, bearing witness to the death of steel production in a community that was once the industry’s beating heart. A small brass band braved the chill air outside the entrance to the sprawling Corus steelworks in…

Teesside comes out to grieve as steel production ceases at Redcar

  • The Times
  • Published: 20 February 2010
  • UK News

They came to stand together yesterday, workers, children and their grandparents, bearing witness to the death of steel production in a community that was once the industry’s beating heart. A small brass band braved the chill air outside the entrance to the sprawling Corus steelworks in…

Ministers go to the North East as Corus plant prepares for shutdown

  • The Times
  • Published: 18 February 2010
  • Politics

A dozen ministers will visit local communities heavily affected by unemployment today as the Cabinet comes to the North East.

Playwright Alan Ayckbourn tells court he assumed burglar was a house guest

Andrew Norfolk and Tom Whitwell
  • The Times
  • Published: 12 May 2010
  • Crime

The scene belonged in one of his plays. Famous dramatist encounters burglar in his home, assumes the intruder is a house guest, smiles benignly and wanders past. Bemused criminal says quiet prayer of thanks before stealing jewellery worth thousands of pounds.

Twitter user fined for issuing joke airport bomb threat

Andrew Norfolk and Tom Whitwell
  • The Times
  • Published: 11 May 2010
  • Crime

A trainee accountant who made a joke bomb threat on Twitter after his local airport was closed by heavy snow was found guilty yesterday of sending a menacing electronic message.

Man who fatally stabbed pregnant woman ‘heard voices in his head’, court told

Andrew Norfolk and Tom Whitwell
  • The Times
  • Published: 10 May 2010
  • Crime

A man who claimed to hear voices telling him to harm people approached a pregnant young woman as she walked to work, stabbed her fatally in the back with a knife then strolled calmly away as she lay screaming, a court heard today.

Sadistic child torturers fail to get sentences cut in Edlington case

  • The Times
  • Published: 06 May 2010
  • Crime

Two young brothers who sadistically attacked, sexually humiliated and tortured two children failed yesterday in an attempt to have their jail sentences reduced.

Body found after blaze at Harrogate hotel

  • The Times
  • Published: 05 May 2010
  • UK News

A body was discovered today after 90 firefighters tackled a blaze which swept through the upper floors of a large Victorian hotel.

Rory Stewart treks from South Asia to the Conservative benches

  • The Times
  • Published: 05 May 2010
  • Politics

Talking newts and quoting T. S. Eliot in a rural tearoom stands a dangerous young man. Cynics will encounter Rory Stewart, 37, at their peril: he might just begin to restore their faith in politicians.

Cleggmania set to boost Lib Dem vote in local elections

Andrew Norfolk, Fiona Hamilton and Jill Sherman
  • The Times
  • Published: 04 May 2010
  • Politics

Cleggmania is expected to have a huge impact on the local council elections being held on the same day as the general election, with the Liberal Democrats taking control of several London councils and winning dozens of seats across England.

Caretaker accused of revenge arson attack that killed two jockeys

  • The Times
  • Published: 28 April 2010
  • Crime

Two young jockeys were killed after a neighbour set fire to their block of flats because he was “consumed with resentment and anger” after being refused admission to a house party, a court was told yesterday.

Lies, dirty tricks — or just part of the rough and tumble of politics?

  • The Times
  • Published: 24 April 2010
  • Politics

The small village of Thorpe Audlin seems a world away from the febrile mood of a general election campaign and allegations of Labour dirty tricks.

Jeweller releases footage of raid for which no one was convicted

Andrew Norfolk and Tom Whitwell
  • The Times
  • Published: 22 April 2010
  • Crime

John Bradley was sipping a morning cup of peppermint tea when two masked thugs wielding an axe and a samurai sword burst into his exclusive jewellery store.

Paul Gascoigne denies driving while four times over alcohol limit

  • The Times
  • Published: 17 April 2010
  • UK News

Paul Gascoigne, the former England footballer, will stand trial this summer accused of driving while more than four times over the legal alcohol limit.

Husband of murdered postmistress charged with murder

  • The Times
  • Published: 16 April 2010
  • Crime

A man who described how his wife was beaten to death when an armed robber raided their village post office has been charged with her murder.

Boy left to die alone in flooded cave as pupils swam to safety

  • The Times
  • Published: 15 April 2010
  • UK News

A boy drowned when safety lapses by a county council led to panic-stricken children crawling through a flooded underground tunnel during a school caving trip, a court heard yesterday.

Teenager jailed for killing his cousin and injuring another in a car crash

  • The Times
  • Published: 15 January 2010
  • Crime

A freak family tragedy came to court yesterday when the parents of an 11-year-old girl who was knocked down and killed by a speeding car saw their nephew jailed for the “impatient and aggressive” driving that caused their daughter’s death.

I’m going to be a bachelor boy: how Cliff broke first girlfriend’s heart

  • The Times
  • Published: 10 April 2010
  • Music

She was a pretty young dancer who was in love and hoping for a marriage proposal. He was a handsome pop singer who had his heart set on stardom and was willing to sacrifice any hope of a lasting relationship.

Drunk motorcycle instructor fell from bike three times during lesson

  • The Times
  • Published: 07 April 2010
  • UK News

A motorcycle instructor who was so drunk that she repeatedly fell off her bike during a lesson has been banned from driving for three years.

How Middleton class are you?

Francesca Hornak
  • The Sunday Times
  • Published: 16 August 2015
  • People

While most new mothers are just about getting to grips with leaving the house, the Duchess of Cambridge has been jumping off boats, getting her advanced Padi qualification. Of course she has — because she’s the ultimate, shining example of Middle(ton) class.

Uncle held over stabbing to death of girl aged 12

  • The Times
  • Published: 05 April 2010
  • Crime

The uncle of a 12-year-old girl was being held on suspicion of murder last night after his niece’s body was found in a bedroom at his house.

Solicitors who grew rich from sick miners’ scheme repay £6.9m

  • The Times
  • Published: 01 April 2010
  • Law

Solicitors who grew wealthy by handling compensation claims for sick miners have been shamed into handing back £6.9 million that was sliced from their clients’ damages.

Mother’s plea to find post office killer

  • The Times
  • Published: 27 March 2010
  • Crime

The mother of a woman found murdered at a village post office has appealed for help in the police search for the killer.

Family of murdered post office worker Diana Garbutt speak of their anguish

  • The Times
  • Published: 26 March 2010
  • Crime

The mother of a woman found murdered in a village post office appealed for help today as she described her family’s anguish at the killing.

Top Yorkshire police officers face inquiryover alleged nepotism

  • The Times
  • Published: 26 March 2010
  • UK News

The two most senior officers in a police force that is working to solve several high-profile murders are under investigation for alleged nepotism.

New peerages provoke backlash

  • The Times
  • Published: 15 May 2015
  • Politics

Downing Street announced a raft of peerages yesterday, allowing David Cameron to propel business figures and political advisers into government jobs.

Serious Fraud Office ends inquiry into miners’ union and claims over damages

  • The Times
  • Published: 24 March 2010
  • UK News

The Serious Fraud Office has abandoned a long-running criminal inquiry into a miners’ union and the world’s largest personal injury compensation scheme.

Teenagers who died after taking mephedrone were not ‘typical druggies’

  • The Times
  • Published: 18 March 2010
  • Health

Family and friends of the two teenagers who died after taking mephedrone insisted yesterday that both were strongly opposed to the use of illegal drugs.

Class supervisor at school of scandal jailed for having sex with pupil

  • The Times
  • Published: 13 March 2010
  • Crime

A classroom supervisor was jailed yesterday for having sex with a 15-year-old girl at a scandal-hit school where 16 members of staff have been investigated for relationships with pupils.

System failed family of ‘the British Fritzl’

  • The Times
  • Published: 11 March 2010
  • Crime

A father who repeatedly raped his two daughters and made them pregnant 18 times during a tyrannical 35-year campaign of physical and sexual abuse escaped detection because of a litany of failings by care professionals, a report revealed yesterday.

System failed family of ‘the British Fritzl’

  • The Times
  • Published: 11 March 2010
  • Crime

A father who repeatedly raped his two daughters and made them pregnant 18 times during a tyrannical 35-year campaign of physical and sexual abuse escaped detection because of a litany of failings by care professionals, a report revealed yesterday.

Sex offender Peter Chapman killed girl after posing as a teenager on Facebook

  • The Times
  • Published: 09 March 2010
  • Crime

A homeless sex offender posed as a handsome teenager on Facebook to lure a 17-year-old girl to a secluded location where she was kidnapped, gagged, raped and murdered.

Peter Sutcliffe, the bullied mummy’s boy who gave millions nightmares

  • The Times
  • Published: 02 March 2010
  • Crime

When the end came, it was almost an anti-climax. A cold January night in a red-light district of Sheffield, a car parked in an office driveway with a man and a prostitute inside, two alert police officers and a routine arrest after checks revealed that the Rover 3500 had false number plates.

Shannon Matthews kidnap report unlikely until after election

  • The Times
  • Published: 01 March 2010
  • Politics

An investigation into why social services failed to prevent one of the most notorious recent cases of child abuse is running a year late and is unlikely to be completed before the election.

Everyone liked Gurmail Singh – except the thugs who beat him to death

  • The Times
  • Published: 26 February 2010
  • Crime

Gurmail Singh, a 63-year-old grandfather, ran a corner shop — the only shop — in a village perched on a steep hill above the sprawling former mill town of Huddersfield. His murder inside the store last Saturday evening has provoked anguish and anger in Cowcliffe, where villagers have been…

‘Brother charged’ after nine-year-old stabbed to death

  • The Times
  • Published: 20 February 2010
  • Crime

A boy aged 9 has died after allegedly being stabbed with a kitchen knife by his mentally ill elder brother.

‘Cash for access’ accusations over Cabinet’s awayday to Durham

  • The Times
  • Published: 19 February 2010
  • Politics

There were renewed calls to block costly regional Cabinet visits after yesterday’s awayday to Durham resulted in “cash for access” accusations.

Disillusioned class of 2010 have no idea which party to support

Unburdened by ideology and bored by Iraq, they sit in coffee bars to fret about tuition fees and their chances of finding a job.

Ancient Hindu funeral ceremony brought a sense of unity and serenity

  • The Times
  • Published: 11 February 2010
  • Faith

In a corner of a field, far from any road or building, a human corpse was reduced to ashes as flames consumed the first open-air funeral pyre lit in Britain for 72 years.

Ian Lavery: the unforgiving class warrior who condemns party for selling out

  • The Times
  • Published: 11 February 2010
  • Politics

Ian Lavery’s politics belong to a world where the seams that forge a class warrior run deep.

I can die in peace, says Hindu, after judges back fight for open-air pyre

  • The Times
  • Published: 10 February 2010
  • Faith

Hindus and Sikhs in Britain won a landmark court victory yesterday that will allow mourners to cremate their dead on funeral pyres.

RSPCA ordered to pay lecturer’s £1.3 million legal costs

  • The Times
  • Published: 06 February 2010
  • Families

The RSPCA was ordered to pay the bulk of £1.3 million legal costs yesterday after losing a lengthy court battle over the bequest of a family farm.

We’ll publish Shannon Matthews care report in full, pledge Tories

  • The Times
  • Published: 28 January 2010
  • Politics

The Conservatives pledged last night that an incoming Tory government would publish the full report into social workers’ disastrous dealings with the family of Shannon Matthews, the kidnapped schoolgirl who was drugged and held captive for 25 days by an accomplice of her mother.

Victims’ families demand Edlington boys be named

  • The Times
  • Published: 25 January 2010
  • Crime

Pressure was growing on the Government last night to release the full findings of a confidential inquiry into the Edlington torture case.

Brothers’ sadistic attack could have been prevented, says inquiry

  • The Times
  • Published: 23 January 2010
  • News

The two violent brothers were treated like “naughty boys” by social workers who were more concerned with helping their mother, according to the findings of an inquiry. The attack, according to the report, was entirely preventable by Doncaster children’s services and many opportunities to…

Boy torturers of Edlington: parents face prosecution

  • The Times
  • Published: 23 January 2010
  • Crime

The parents of two brothers whose “toxic” upbringing led them to torture two innocent children face prosecution for neglect and child abuse, police revealed last night.

How more than 30 chances to prevent attack were missed

Andrew Norfolk, Rosemary Bennett and Social Affairs
  • The Times
  • Published: 23 January 2010
  • Crime

The two violent brothers were treated like “naughty boys” by social workers who were more concerned with helping their mother, according to the findings of an inquiry. The attack, according to the report, was entirely preventable by Doncaster children’s services and many opportunities to…

Edlington brothers will be kept apart in secure units

  • The Times
  • Published: 22 January 2010
  • Crime

The brothers who escaped the boredom of a day when there was “nowt to do” by torturing two innocent children and leaving them for dead will be kept apart for the duration of their indefinite time in captivity.

Parents of Edlington torture brothers could face charges

  • The Times
  • Published: 22 January 2010
  • Crime

The parents of the brothers who tortured two young boys and left them for dead in wasteland by a South Yorkshire pit village could themselves face prosecution, a senior police officer said today.

‘Sadistic’ Edlington child torturers jailed for at least five years

  • The Times
  • Published: 22 January 2010
  • Crime

The mother of one of the two children tortured and left for dead in a South Yorkshire pit village shouted and swore at her son’s attackers today as the two young brothers were taken off for an indefinite period of detention.

90 minutes of horror: the Edlington assault

  • The Times
  • Published: 22 January 2010
  • Crime

The two brothers sentenced today for last year’s Edlington assault had rehearsed their crime a week earlier, on March 28, luring a 12-year-old to a secluded spot by promising to show him a toad. Their vicious attack was interrupted by a passing fisherman.

Judge is refused care authorities’ report in Edlington torture case

Andrew Norfolk, Rosemary Bennett and Social Affairs
  • The Times
  • Published: 22 January 2010
  • Crime

Care authorities have refused to allow a High Court judge to read a confidential report into their handling of two young brothers who sadistically tortured two children and left them for dead.

Edlington child torturers: we attacked because we were bored

  • The Times
  • Published: 21 January 2010
  • Crime

Two young brothers inflicted numerous injuries on two children during a sadistic 90-minute orgy of violence, torture and sexual abuse that began because they were bored and there was “nothing to do”, a court heard today.

Court shown footage of brothers’ savage attack on Edlington children

  • The Times
  • Published: 21 January 2010
  • Crime

A few seconds of graphic footage captured on a mobile phone brought into bloody reality yesterday the savagery of an attack carried out on two children by a pair of young brothers who laughed as they told their victims they were about to die.

Edlington: younger brother a psychopath in the making

  • The Times
  • Published: 21 January 2010
  • Crime

A child psychiatrist told the court that the younger of the two brothers who carried out the Edlington attack was in danger of turning into a psychopath.

Edlington: mobile phone footage of child attack

  • The Times
  • Published: 20 January 2010
  • UK News

A few seconds of graphic footage captured on a mobile phone today brought into bloody reality the brutality of an attack carried out on two defenceless children by a pair of young brothers as Gordon Brown clashed angrily with David Cameron over the case.

Edlington report finds multiple failings by numerous agencies

  • The Times
  • Published: 19 January 2010
  • UK News

An horrific assault in which two children were almost killed by brothers aged 10 and 11 should have been prevented by the agencies that were supposed to be caring for the young attackers, a report has found.

Struck off: lawyer who made £13m from sick miners

  • The Times
  • Published: 01 May 2009
  • UK News

A former television presenter who became one of Britain’s highest-earning solicitors has been struck off for “disgraceful” misconduct in his handling of sick miners’ compensation claims.

‘Women of Steel’ to receive thanks for their war effort

  • The Times
  • Published: 13 January 2010
  • Life

It has taken 65 years, but a small army of women who performed back-breaking roles to keep Britain’s steelworks in production during the Second World War are finally to be granted official recognition.

Bleach attack teenager Jordan Horsley given 12-month sentence

  • The Times
  • Published: 12 January 2010
  • Crime

A boy who squirted bleach over a woman’s head after she complained about the noise he was making at a cinema was sentenced to 12 months in detention yesterday.

Daughter defeats RSPCA ‘townies’ after inheritance battle over £2m farm

  • The Times
  • Published: 10 October 2009
  • Law

A woman disinherited by her mother’s decision to leave the family’s £2.3 million farm to the RSPCA celebrated victory yesterday when a court declared the will invalid.

The hardy Ripon citizens who defied the elements and the safety curbs

  • The Times
  • Published: 09 January 2010
  • Weather

In a small northern English city they looked out of their windows at the snow this week, shivered slightly and then got on with what the British sometimes forget they are good at. They coped.

King’s College of Management gets new licence after fake places scandal

  • The Times
  • Published: 21 December 2009
  • UK News

A college exposed by The Times for providing fake places to more than 1,000 foreign nationals has been awarded a new government licence to bring hundreds of overseas students to Britain.

Kieren Fallon leads tributes to jockeys Jan Wilson and Jamie Kyne

  • The Times
  • Published: 07 September 2009
  • Crime

Two young jockeys who were killed when fire swept through a block of flats may have been the innocent victims of a drunken argument.

Derby holds key to Tory hopes of election victory

Andrew Norfolk and Emily Gosden
  • The Times
  • Published: 10 December 2009
  • Economics

Derby North is one of the key Labour seats targeted by the Conservatives as they seek a return to power at Westminster. The Tories held it between 1983 and 1997. Bob Laxton, the Labour MP since then, stands down next year.

Tale of two towns: one slated and the other praised by Oneplace

  • The Times
  • Published: 09 December 2009
  • Politics

Down in the dumps: Doncaster…

Boy, aged 10, will become Britain’s youngest convicted prisoner

  • The Times
  • Published: 04 September 2009
  • Crime

The brothers aged 10 and 12 are almost certain to be sent to secure children’s homes like the units that once housed Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, the boys who murdered James Bulger, 2.

Beresfords lawyers who profited from sick miners lose appeal

  • The Times
  • Published: 03 December 2009
  • Law

Two former lawyers whose firm earned £136 million by handling compensation claims for sick miners lost their appeal yesterday against being struck off for dishonesty.

Display of remorse keeps poppy scandal student Philip Laing out of jail

  • The Times
  • Published: 27 November 2009
  • Crime

A student who urinated on a war memorial after a seven-hour drinking binge was spared a jail sentence yesterday by a judge who said that he had never seen anyone more contrite.

Flood victim PC Bill Barker died doing what he loved: helping others

  • The Times
  • Published: 21 November 2009
  • UK News

As the people of Cumbria began a massive clean-up operation last night, many were struggling to come to terms with the loss of a respected community policeman who was swept away in swollen flood waters as he went to the aid of stranded motorists.

Dancer Rita Marcolo to have epileptic fit on stage

The Arts Council has given a epileptic dancer £14,000 to stop taking her medication and have a seizure on stage.

Nurse Helen Smith is buried 30 years after Saudi balcony-plunge death

  • The Times
  • Published: 10 November 2009
  • UK News

In a 17-minute ceremony before a handful of mourners the funeral of a British nurse finally took place yesterday — more than 30 years after her mysterious balcony-plunge death during a late-night drinks party in Saudi Arabia.

‘Islam does not justify this act of terrorism’

Andrew Norfolk, Richard Kerbaj and Ruth Gledhill

Worshippers at one of Britain’s biggest mosques reacted to the Fort Hood shooting yesterday by saying Muslims who serve in the Armed Forces are complicit in killing their “brothers and sisters” in Afghanistan.

Elderly man lost will to live after five burglaries in three months

  • The Times
  • Published: 07 November 2009
  • Crime

An elderly man starved to death in his home after losing the will to live following a series of burglaries. Vincent Adcock, 74, locked himself away and stopped eating after his terraced house in Bury, Greater Manchester, was targeted by thieves five time in three months.

‘Carnage’ pub crawl student Philip Laing may be jailed for urinating on poppy wreath

  • The Times
  • Published: 05 November 2009
  • Crime

A university student who provoked national outrage after he was photographed urinating on a wreath of poppies at a war memorial was told yesterday that he may be jailed for his “disgusting and reprehensible” act.

Alnwick Castle falls to Christian Perdrier, the general from Disneyland

  • The Times
  • Published: 31 October 2009
  • UK News

A proud English castle that withstood invaders for 700 years has fallen without a fight. To the man from Disney.

Peter Chapman charged with Facebook killing of Ashleigh Hall, 17

  • The Times
  • Published: 29 October 2009
  • Crime

A homeless drifter appeared in court yesterday accused of kidnapping and killing a 17-year-old girl he allegedly met on the social networking site Facebook.

Millionaire gangmaster faces jail for running slave labour army

  • The Times
  • Published: 04 February 2005
  • UK News

A UKRAINIAN gangmaster earned millions of pounds by sending an army of illegal immigrants to work as slave labour in British factories, a court was told yesterday.

RAF under fire over ‘Top Gun’ Puma crash that killed three servicemen

  • The Times
  • Published: 27 October 2009
  • UK News

A helicopter crash that killed three servicemen was caused by inadequate “administration, airmanship and discipline” on the part of the Royal Air Force, a coroner ruled yesterday.

Humour lightens mood for Royal Mail strikers in morning gloom

  • The Times
  • Published: 23 October 2009
  • UK News

To shiver under leaden skies on an early morning picket line at a soulless industrial estate is to accept that one’s victories, if they come, will be small.

Postal workers promise fresh misery with new strike

  • The Times
  • Published: 22 October 2009
  • UK News

Consumers and businesses face a fresh wave of postal strikes at the end of next week as thousands of Royal Mail sorters and drivers joined picket lines in the first of a series of rolling stoppages in the run-up to Christmas.

On the picket line: this is not about pay, say Royal Mail strikers

  • The Times
  • Published: 22 October 2009
  • UK News

With earnings of only £17,000 a year and a wife who works full-time as an unpaid carer, Steve Simmonds says that life is already a struggle.

Ken Clarke warns strikers Tories would privatise Royal Mail

  • The Times
  • Published: 22 October 2009
  • UK News

Ken Clarke today gave the clearest indication yet that a Conservative Government would privatise the whole of Royal Mail in a move to tackle Britain’s postal services.

Lord Mandelson accused as Royal Mail workers strike

  • The Times
  • Published: 22 October 2009
  • UK News

The Business Secretary Lord Mandelson was accused today of deliberately provoking Britain’s first nationwide postal strike in two years as thousands of Royal Mail workers joined the first in a series of rolling stoppages before Christmas.

Priests in London and Yorkshire say they are tempted to join Rome

  • The Times
  • Published: 22 October 2009
  • Faith

The villages of the ancient parishes of Broughton, Marton and Thornton nestle in a corner of North Yorkshire that is perilously close to the Lancashire border. And even closer to Rome.

Hate mail campaign against family shatters Yorkshire village idyll

  • The Times
  • Published: 14 October 2009
  • UK News

It already had a parish church, a pub, a war memorial, a village hall and a green but, until this year, something was missing from the small community nestling in the craggy hills of the Yorkshire Dales. Now the rural idyll has been shattered by its own unsolved crime.

Kirklees cuts carbon emissions with its free insulation scheme

Insulation freebie wins Kirklees praise Local authority cuts annual carbon emissions by 28,000 tonnes by offering residents free home insulation package Promise a Yorkshireman something for nothing and he will immediately ask for the catch.

Troubled, violent lives of girls in suicide pact

  • The Times
  • Published: 07 October 2009
  • Scotland

A disturbing picture of the lives of two teenage girls who killed themselves by jumping off the Erskine Bridge emerged yesterday as attention turned to the care home where they spent their last hours.

Troubled past of death leap girls Neve Lafferty and Georgia Rowe

  • The Times
  • Published: 07 October 2009
  • UK News

Two teenage girls who agreed a pact to jump off a bridge at a notorious suicide spot had deeply troubled pasts, it emerged yesterday as an inquiry began into their deaths.

RAF Puma air crew were heard ‘laughing and whooping’ before crash

  • The Times
  • Published: 06 October 2009
  • UK News

The crew of a low-flying RAF helicopter were heard laughing and joking before a fatal crash in North Yorkshire, when a cockpit recording of the flight was played at the inquest yesterday.

Cancer jab ‘was not to blame’ for Natalie Morton’s death

  • The Times
  • Published: 30 September 2009
  • Health

A vaccine to protect against cervical cancer was unlikely to have caused the death of the schoolgirl Natalie Morton, health officials said last night.

Claudia Lawrence inquiry extended to Cyprus as police scrutinise text messages

Andrew Norfolk and Michael Theodoulou
  • The Times
  • Published: 19 September 2009
  • Crime

Police searching for a chef who vanished without trace six months ago have extended their murder investigation to Cyprus. Four detectives have been sent to the island to track down several men with whom Claudia Lawrence may have come into contact.

Classroom supervisor faces retrial over affair with 15-year-old pupil

  • The Times
  • Published: 18 September 2009
  • Crime

A classroom supervisor who had an affair with a pupil aged 15 may face a retrial after a jury failed to reach a verdict on charges against him.

She said she was 16, says classroom assistant on trial over affair with pupil

  • The Times
  • Published: 17 September 2009
  • Crime

A classroom supervisor who had sex several times with a 15-year-old pupil at a scandal-racked school told a court yesterday that “nobody in their right mind would sleep with a child”.

Scandal after fifth staff member admits affair with pupil

  • The Times
  • Published: 16 September 2009
  • Education

A classroom supervisor had sex with a 15-year-old pupil at a school where three teachers had already been convicted for having relationships with students, a court was told yesterday.

Edlington says village is tainted by sadistic brothers, 10 and 11

  • The Times
  • Published: 05 September 2009
  • Crime

The wise outsider stepped lightly yesterday in the village where brothers aged 10 and 11 almost killed two children by subjecting them to the horror of pre-planned torture, sexual humiliation and prolonged, sadistic violence.

Edlington: chance encounter that ended in bloody horror

  • The Times
  • Published: 04 September 2009
  • Crime

On a steeply sloping stretch of abandoned wasteland near Edlington two brothers decided to torture two children to within an inch of their lives.

Edlington horror: boys aged 10 and 12 admit torturing children

  • The Times
  • Published: 04 September 2009
  • Crime

Two brothers aged 10 and 12 who tortured and sexually humiliated two boys were spared trial for attempted murder yesterday when prosecutors decided to accept their guilty pleas to lesser charges.

Misery memoir: diary of living next door to Edlington boys from hell

  • The Times
  • Published: 04 September 2009
  • Crime

A diary kept by an 11-year-old girl recorded the daily fear and misery of living next door to two of Britain’s youngest violent criminals.

Tests begin after remains of three babies found at house in St Helens

  • The Times
  • Published: 03 September 2009
  • Crime

The discovery of the remains of three newborn babies believed to have been hidden since the 1980s could lead to a complex and lengthy forensic science examination lasting months.

Edlington: lost brothers whose lives took a savage turn

  • The Times
  • Published: 03 September 2009
  • Crime

The schoolboys in Lord of the Flies reverted to primal savagery after a plane crash left them abandoned on an island with no adult supervision.

TV chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright pleads guilty to hare coursing charge

  • The Times
  • Published: 02 September 2009
  • UK News

Television chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright escaped punishment yesterday after she admitted being a spectator at an hare coursing event.

‘Approved’ college sells diplomas to help foreign students stay in UK

  • The Times
  • Published: 22 May 2009
  • Crime

Visa curbs still being flouted | Route to riches | Comment: Ed Husain…

Brothers awaiting attempted murder trial face new charges over third boy

  • The Times
  • Published: 26 August 2009
  • Crime

Two young brothers awaiting trial for the attempted murder of two children have also been charged with attacking and threatening to kill another child a week earlier.

Pakistani students held in anti-terror raids abandon deportation fight

  • The Times
  • Published: 22 August 2009
  • Crime

Two Pakistani students arrested during counter-terrorism raids in Manchester and Liverpool flew home last night after giving up their fight against deportation.

Sean Upton’s widow wears first Elizabeth Cross at his funeral

  • The Times
  • Published: 19 August 2009
  • UK News

The widow of a soldier killed in Afghanistan attended his funeral yesterday wearing the first of 8,000 Elizabeth Crosses commemorating members of the Armed Forces who have given their lives for their country since the Second World War.

John Darwin, the canoe fraudster, smuggles his memoirs out of jail

  • The Times
  • Published: 18 August 2009
  • UK News

A man jailed for faking his own death in a canoe exploited lax prison security to smuggle his memoirs from his cell in the belief that they would earn him a fortune.

Huge wanted poster dominates Manchester city centre

  • The Times
  • Published: 17 August 2009
  • Crime

Photographs of a 16-year-old boy wanted in connection with a gangland killing were broadcast on a giant screen in the city where the shooting happened.

Flags fly at half mast for footballing legend Sir Bobby Robson

  • The Times
  • Published: 01 August 2009
  • Football

Sir Bobby Robson, who died yesterday, aged 76, was a man of whom bad words were last said so long ago that they have long been forgotten.

Boyfriend sentenced to life in jail for murder of Amy Leigh Barnes

  • The Times
  • Published: 29 July 2009
  • Crime

A football coach was told that he would spend at least 24 years in prison after he was found guilty yesterday of murdering his girlfriend, a model, who named her killer with her dying words.

Serial bigamist Emily Horne allowed to walk free

  • The Times
  • Published: 28 July 2009
  • Crime

A former glamour model who married five men without divorcing any of them was given a suspended prison sentence yesterday by a judge who said she had “undermined the institution of marriage”.

Computer glitch in Yorkshire causes chaos over Tamiflu collection points

  • The Times
  • Published: 25 July 2009
  • Health

Pity “flu friends” seeking Tamiflu in Leeds yesterday who had the misfortune to consult the Government’s flu pandemic website in search of their nearest collection point.

Beshenivsky killer Mustaf Jama captured in secret Somalia operation

  • The Times
  • Published: 23 July 2009
  • Crime

A police killer who fled to a lawless region of one of the world’s most dangerous countries was captured and returned to Britain after a top-secret intelligence operation.

Government slammed for failure over bogus colleges and economic migrants

  • The Times
  • Published: 21 July 2009
  • UK News

Private colleges should face compulsory regulation to prevent “bogus” institutions from operating as a front for illegal immigration, a parliamentary committee recommends today.

Family questioned after young mother dies of suspected poisoning

  • The Times
  • Published: 15 July 2009
  • Crime

Four members of the same family have been questioned by police over the suspected fatal poisoning of a young mother who came to Britain after an arranged marriage in Pakistan.

Who ate all the pies? Britain’s obesity capital resists health drive

  • The Times
  • Published: 11 July 2009
  • Health

On the front line of Britain’s fight against obesity lies a town with a guilty secret — it has an abiding passion for pork pies.

Man given job of closing bogus colleges was sacked by university

  • The Times
  • Published: 29 June 2009
  • Education

A company awarded an important role in the Government’s attempt to shut down hundreds of bogus colleges is run by a man who was dismissed from his post at a university, The Times has discovered.

Defiance on picket line at Lindsey oil refinery in Lincolnshire

At the eye of a growing industrial storm they may be, but the sacked construction workers holding placards on the picket line yesterday were in a resilient mood. They have been here before, manning the barricades in January and pledging that their fight was for the future of an entire…

Lorry driver Paulo Jorge Nogueira da Silva jailed over motorway collision that killed family

  • The Times
  • Published: 17 February 2009
  • Crime

A Portuguese lorry driver who caused a motorway collision that killed a couple and their four children will spend 18 months in jail.

Indian immigrants earned millions from visa fraud factory

  • The Times
  • Published: 04 June 2009
  • Crime

Two illegal immigrants from India earned millions of pounds from a visa fraud “factory” that helped an estimated 4,000 bogus students to cheat Britain’s “shambolic” border controls.

Investigation of colleges by The Times prompts parliamentary inquiry

  • The Times
  • Published: 23 May 2009
  • Crime

A parliamentary inquiry has been ordered after an investigation by The Times exposed rampant abuse of Britain’s immigration controls by fraudsters at a network of bogus international colleges.

Business as usual for college founders flouting crackdown

  • The Times
  • Published: 22 May 2009
  • Crime

Tahir Siddique, the visa scam mastermind, looked a busy man last week as he shuttled between one of his former colleges and an operation that he is preparing to start.

Former pub became the centre of a web of bogus colleges

With its humble setting, the building might seem an unlikely nerve centre for an elaborate, multimillion-pound fraud that made a mockery of UK immigration policy.

Eight of ten Pakistani terror suspects had links to bogus college

Andrew Norfolk, Fran Yeoman and Russell Jenkins
  • The Times
  • Published: 21 May 2009
  • Crime

Eight of the ten Pakistani students arrested in April during anti-terror raids in Manchester and Liverpool enrolled at Manchester College of Professional Studies between November 2006 and October 2007. All were released without charge but are being held in prison pending their appeals against…

Forger set up own colleges and gave himself fake degrees

  • The Times
  • Published: 21 May 2009
  • Crime

Fayaz Ali Khan’s expertise in creating false documentation as an aid to entering the UK and to extending one’s stay as a student was acquired long before he opened his first sham college.

Four terror suspects won university places through bogus Manchester college

  • The Times
  • Published: 21 May 2009
  • Crime

Four terrorism suspects were given places at English universities after leaving the bogus Manchester College of Professional Studies.

Part-owner of bogus college is linked to two murders in Pakistan

Andrew Norfolk and Zahid Hussain
  • The Times
  • Published: 21 May 2009
  • Crime

A part-owner of Manchester College of Professional Studies has been linked to two murders in Pakistan. He was, before his unmasking by The Times, living in the UK under an assumed name.

Sham colleges open doors to Pakistani terror suspects

  • The Times
  • Published: 21 May 2009
  • Crime

Leading article | Former pub at centre of web | Forger gave himself fake degrees | Part-owner ‘linked to murders’…

Iqra: the backstreet bookshop that taught frontline war

  • The Times
  • Published: 29 April 2009
  • Crime

Few outsiders took much notice of the bookshop whose shabby frontage and fading paint blended seamlessly into the rundown Leeds suburb.

Police commander remaining silent on his past

  • The Times
  • Published: 15 April 2009
  • Liverpool

Hillsborough: the disaster that changed football’s landscape for good | Audio: Tony Evans recalls the nightmare | Graphic: how the tragedy unfolded | Police commander remaining silent | Trevor Hicks: 20 years of grief | How The Times reported events…

Terror arrests: police granted more time for ‘al-Qaeda plot’ interviews

Andrew Norfolk and Russell Jenkins
  • The Times
  • Published: 15 April 2009
  • Crime

Detectives are still questioning 11 suspects in connection with an alleged al-Qaeda terror plot a week after they were arrested in a series of armed raids in the North West.

Stockport Road, Manchester, where colleges for Pakistani students cluster

Andrew Norfolk and Russell Jenkins
  • The Times
  • Published: 15 April 2009
  • Education

The bustling, shabby road of kebab shops and halal butchers does not immediately suggest a natural home for the dreaming spires of British academia.

Bogus foreign students free to flout new laws

  • The Times
  • Published: 15 April 2009
  • Education

Thousands of bogus students remain free to enter Britain despite new laws aimed at tightening controls on immigration. The Times has learnt that hundreds of colleges recently approved by the Home Office to accept non-EU students have not been inspected by its officers.

Student visa scam allowing terror suspects into Britain

Andrew Norfolk and Richard Kerbaj
  • The Times
  • Published: 14 April 2009
  • Crime

A suspected terrorist linked to an alleged al-Qaeda plot to attack Manchester was a student at a bogus college that sold places on fake courses to hundreds of Pakistanis seeking entry to Britain.

Terror arrests: police search for Liverpool bomb factory

Andrew Norfolk and Russell Jenkins
  • The Times
  • Published: 10 April 2009
  • Crime

Police feared that terrorists were within ten days of launching an attack. Last night officers were searching Liverpool for a bomb factory that may have been used to store explosives.

Scramble to find the Easter bomb factory

Andrew Norfolk, Michael Evans and Russell Jenkins
  • The Times
  • Published: 10 April 2009
  • Crime

Raid on students | The visas loophole | Why police had to act early | Dark days at the Yard | Why resignation was too quick…

PC John Dougal killed Hayley Adamson while chasing car at 94mph

  • The Times
  • Published: 09 April 2009
  • Crime

A police officer who knocked down and killed a schoolgirl as he drove at 94mph in a 30mph zone with no blue lights or siren faces jail after he was convicted yesterday of causing death by dangerous driving.

Brothers appear in court over Edlington ‘torture’

  • The Times
  • Published: 08 April 2009
  • Crime

Two young brothers appeared in court yesterday charged with the attempted murder of two children. The boys, aged 10 and 11, whose faces could barely be seen through the glass screen behind which they sat in the adult dock, are said to have tried to kill two young friends on waste ground near…

Brothers charged with attempting to murder young boys in Doncaster village

  • The Times
  • Published: 07 April 2009
  • Crime

Two brothers aged 10 and 11 were this afternoon charged with attempted murder over an assault in which two young children were allegedly tortured with knives, bricks and burning cigarettes.

Edlington boys held for ‘torture’ of children were in care

  • The Times
  • Published: 07 April 2009
  • Crime

Two young brothers were in the care of social services and may already have been reported to the police when they allegedly attacked and tortured two children with knives, bricks and burning cigarettes, leaving one for dead.

Edlington victim: ‘I was terrified. They said they were going to kill me’

  • The Times
  • Published: 07 April 2009
  • Crime

It belonged to a two-year-old child murdered 16 years ago, whose name haunts a generation. The fate of James Bulger lets no one forget that young children are capable of acts of unspeakable cruelty.

Boys accused of ‘torturing’ young friends in New Edlington are brothers

  • The Times
  • Published: 06 April 2009
  • Crime

Two boys, aged 10 and 11, accused of brutally assaulting and torturing a pair of fellow schoolboys in South Yorkshire are brothers, it can be revealed…

£80m buy-to-let fraudster John Potts jailed

  • The Times
  • Published: 03 April 2009
  • Crime

A company director whose luxurious lifestyle was funded by an £80 million property fraud has been jailed for five years.

45 Years at Berlin Film Festival

The UK entry in competition at the Berlin Film Festival is a devastating miniature of a drama starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay. 45 Years observes a retired English couple at close range, as the husband discovers that the body of his girlfriend, killed 50 years ago in a mountain…

State of limbo: Paul Lamplugh on Claudia Lawrence’s disappearance

  • The Times
  • Published: 28 March 2009
  • Crime

Eleven days ago, a young woman chatted on the phone to her mother before sending a text message to a friend. Then she vanished without trace.

Missing chef Claudia Lawrence ‘harmed by someone she trusted’

  • The Times
  • Published: 26 March 2009
  • UK News

The detective leading the hunt for a missing university chef said that it was highly likely that she “came to harm” after meeting someone whom she trusted.

Fears over Claudia Lawrence who disappeared as she walked to work

  • The Times
  • Published: 24 March 2009
  • Crime

A solicitor’s daughter who is thought to have gone missing as she walked to work may have been abducted, police said.

Hindu Davender Kumar Ghai fights for right to open-air funeral pyre

  • The Times
  • Published: 21 March 2009
  • Life

Government lawyers will tell a High Court judge next week that allowing an elderly man’s last wish would be abhorrent to the majority of the British population. The man likely to cause such offence is a Hindu aged 70 who wants to follow the dictates of his religion by having a natural…

Family ‘tortured’ by Mugabe’s thugs face deportation from UK

  • The Times
  • Published: 07 March 2009
  • Politics

A mother and her two daughters who say they sought sanctuary in Britain after fleeing persecution in Zimbabwe face deportation because an immigration judge says they are lying.

Lord Ahmed given 3 months for sending texts before fatal accident

  • The Times
  • Published: 26 February 2009
  • Crime

Graphic: Lord Ahmed’s drive…

Lord Ahmed jailed for sending texts before fatal crash

  • The Times
  • Published: 25 February 2009
  • Crime

The Labour life peer Lord Ahmed was today sentenced to 12 weeks in jail for dangerous driving after he admitted sending text messages from behind the wheel before a fatal road accident.

Britons Paul and Laura Makin held over ‘£1m of cocaine in cases’

Andrew Norfolk, Hannah Strange and Isla Margarita

A British couple have been arrested in front of their children on suspicion of smuggling cocaine as the family were about to board a flight home from a Venezuelan island.

Chasing Savile’s ghost threatens to leave today’s victims behind

Can we now, please, stop trying to convict Jimmy Savile by proxy? That is surely the message of the acquittal of the DJ Dave Lee Travis on 12 charges of indecent assault, only a week after the acquittal of the Coronation Street actor William Roache.

Six lawyers at Raleys guilty of misconduct over £7m miners’ awards

  • The Times
  • Published: 18 February 2009
  • Law

Three solicitors whose deal with Arthur Scargill led their firm to slice £7.7 million from compensation awards to sick coalminers were suspended yesterday for professional misconduct.

Janette Mercer, mother of Rhys Jones’ killer, admits lying to police

  • The Times
  • Published: 16 February 2009
  • Crime

The mother of Sean Mercer, the teenager who killed 11-year-old Rhys Jones, faces a prison sentence after she admitted lying to protect her son during the murder inquiry.

Teacher Lynn Walls jailed over sex texts to Warcraft boy

  • The Times
  • Published: 14 February 2009
  • Crime

A primary school teacher who sent sexually explicit text messages to a 14-year-old boy whom she met through an interactive computer game was jailed for 12 months yesterday.

Taxi driver James Brown leaps into icy pond to save trapped motorist

  • The Times
  • Published: 12 February 2009
  • UK News

A woman trapped upside down in a sinking car was rescued by a taxi driver who ignored warnings from the emergency services that it was too dangerous for him to enter the freezing water.

Head ‘forced out’ over ban on Muslim assemblies

  • The Times
  • Published: 10 February 2009
  • Education

A head teacher who was accused of racism after she tried to scrap separate assemblies for Muslim children at her school has resigned.

Sledge victim Francesca Anobile was expected to win Oxbridge place

  • The Times
  • Published: 05 February 2009
  • UK News

A gifted A-level student who died while sledging was expected to win a place at Oxford or Cambridge.

Leeds chef Anthony Morley ‘chopped up gay lover and cooked him with fresh herbs’

  • The Times
  • Published: 07 October 2008
  • Crime

A chef who fatally stabbed his gay lover carved off part of the dead man’s thigh and seasoned it with fresh herbs before frying the flesh in olive oil, a court heard yesterday.

‘We’ve been used and abused by greedy employers. Enough is enough’

  • The Times
  • Published: 31 January 2009
  • Economics

Dawn of new age of industrial unrest | Web encouraged every skilled man to strike | Comment: British Jobs and British Workers | Q&A: British industrial strikes | Phrase that has come back to haunt Brown | A whole new European world of work…

In depth: the folorn foreign ‘invaders’ stuck on a rusting barge

  • The Times
  • Published: 30 January 2009
  • UK News

The Italian and Portuguese workers billed as the stormtroopers of an invading army intent on stealing British jobs looked pretty miserable today.

Wildcat strikes over foreign workers spread across Britain

Andrew Norfolk, Nico Hines and Christine Buckley
  • The Times
  • Published: 30 January 2009
  • UK News

Comment: Ian King | Honda suspends UK production | The French revolt: who won? | List: The affected sites | ‘Invaders’ stuck on rusting barge |…

Artist denies manslaughter after two died inside inflatable artwork

  • The Times
  • Published: 29 January 2009
  • Crime

The creator of an inflatable artwork that broke free and carried dozens of people into the air, killing two women when they fell from it, stopped an evacuation that could have saved lives, a court was told yesterday.

Karen Matthews sentenced to eight years in jail for kidnapping daughter, Shannon

  • The Times
  • Published: 24 January 2009
  • Crime

Karen Matthews and her accomplice in the “truly despicable” kidnapping of her nine-year-old daughter were each jailed for eight years yesterday by a judge who revealed the girl was deeply traumatised by her time in captivity.

‘Pupils should feel valued’

  • The Times
  • Published: 24 January 2009
  • Education

St George the Martyr was founded by the Church almost 300 years ago to educate seven young chimney sweeps. Now the pupils at the Central London primary school come from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds, with half from Bangladeshi families.

Church vows to keep faith with its schools, despite Muslim majority

  • The Times
  • Published: 24 January 2009
  • Education

Christian families are such a rarity in some inner-city communities that two Church of England schools now cater exclusively for Muslim pupils, The Times has learnt.

Tory activists in Bradford ‘used empty homes in postal vote scam’

  • The Times
  • Published: 15 January 2009
  • Politics

Tory activists in a marginal seat hatched a postal ballot fraud in an attempt to rig the voting system at the last general election, a court was told yesterday.

Anti-violence campaigner Pat Regan killed in stabbing frenzy by psychotic grandson

  • The Times
  • Published: 10 January 2009
  • Crime

A woman who campaigned tirelessly against guns, knives and gang culture was stabbed to death in a frenzied attack carried out by her grandson.

Doctor Hisham al-Shwaikh in Britain loses 16 relatives in Gaza

A Palestinian doctor who works in Britain said yesterday that 16 members of his family were killed by the Israeli mortar attack on a United Nations-run school in Gaza.

£6m of sick miners’ awards went to Arthur Scargill’s union

  • The Times
  • Published: 07 January 2009
  • Law

Arthur Scargill’s trade union was paid more than £6 million by a firm of solicitors that deducted the money from compensation awarded to sick miners for industrial disease, a tribunal was told.

‘Barrister’ who bought wig and robes on eBay is jailed

  • The Times
  • Published: 16 December 2008
  • Crime

A man who posed as a barrister at a series of court hearings after buying his robes and wig on eBay was jailed for two years yesterday.

More solicitors to face tribunal over coalminers’ scandal

  • The Times
  • Published: 13 December 2008
  • Law

Solicitors across Britain are bracing themselves for further sanctions over the coalminers’ compensation scandal that led to two lawyers being struck off for dishonesty. Jim Beresford and Doug Smith, former partners in a Doncaster law firm that was paid £136 million by the Government for…

Beresford solicitors struck off after being found guilty over sick miners scandal

  • The Times
  • Published: 12 December 2008
  • Law

How The Times broke the story…

How The Times broke the story of Beresfords – the millionaire solicitors

  • The Times
  • Published: 11 December 2008
  • UK News

The senior partners in a firm of South Yorkshire solicitors have been paid almost £30 million for settling thousands of compensation claims on behalf of dead or sick miners. Until late 2003, Beresfords’ head office was to be found among a shabby line of redbrick terraced buildings on tired…

Inquiry launced into social services’ handling of Shannon Matthews

  • The Times
  • Published: 05 December 2008
  • Crime

Leading article | In-depth | Expert view | Commentary…

Theirs and Theirs alone

A few years ago, when Michael Donovan, the uncle of Karen Matthews’ ex-partner, was employed as a delivery driver, his boss sent him out to put £20 of diesel in the van. Later, when Donovan had returned, his colleagues were bemused to see him driving back and forth in front of the company’s…

How one case exposed the grim reality of life for thousands in the poorest communities

  • The Times
  • Published: 05 December 2008
  • UK News

What hope is there for Shannon Matthews and the broken children of Dewsbury Moor? To jaded observers of life on this most bleak and wind-swept of northern council estates, the path to adult dysfunction seems soul-deadeningly inevitable.

Social services ruled Shannon Matthews was safe

  • The Times
  • Published: 05 December 2008
  • Crime

Leading article | In-depth | Expert view | Commentary…

Shannon’s family known to be problem for 12 years

  • The Times
  • Published: 05 December 2008
  • Crime

An investigation into the social services’ handling of the Shannon Matthews case was ordered yesterday after it emerged that staff knew of serious problems in the family for 12 years before she was kidnapped.

She came from the wrong sort of family for many to care

  • The Times
  • Published: 05 December 2008
  • Crime

We all cared a lot in the days after she was found, when the blame for the disappearance of Shannon Matthews moved ever closer to her own family’s front door.

Exclusive: Shannon Matthews fed cocktail of drugs and anti-depressants

  • The Times
  • Published: 04 December 2008
  • Crime

Shannon Matthews was systematically doped with anti-depressants and a cocktail of prescription drugs including opiates, it can be revealed today after her mother was convicted of the child’s abduction.

Scribbled notes shed light on Shannon’s disturbing world

  • The Times
  • Published: 04 December 2008
  • UK News

Two sheets of paper, not shown to the jury but found during the Shannon Matthews investigation, offer a glimpse inside the strange world of Michael Donovan, Karen Matthews and her daughter.

Shannon case was no Maddie – it was Shameless, without the humour

  • The Times
  • Published: 04 December 2008
  • UK News

We all cared a lot in the days after she was found, when the blame for the disappearance of Shannon Matthews moved ever closer to her own family’s front door.

PC Angela Cornes decided Banaz Mahmod was a lying drunk

  • The Times
  • Published: 01 December 2008
  • Crime

On a wet New Year’s Eve, two police officers were called to a caf? in Wimbledon where a young woman had collapsed in the doorway, barefoot, bleeding and pleading for help.

Promotion for PC Angela Cornes who ignored victim Banaz Mahmod

  • The Times
  • Published: 01 December 2008
  • Crime

A police officer whose blunders were criticised after Britain’s most notorious “honour” killing has escaped punishment after the collapse of disciplinary proceedings against her.

Shannon Matthews ‘kidnapper’ was charged with abducting own daughter

  • The Times
  • Published: 25 November 2008
  • Crime

Michael Donovan was charged with abducting his own daughter 15 months before he allegedly kidnapped Shannon Matthews and held her captive in his flat, a court heard today.

Broken jaw for Michael Donovan halts Shannon Matthews kidnap trial

  • The Times
  • Published: 25 November 2008
  • Crime

The trial of the man accused of kidnapping and imprisoning Shannon Matthews was halted yesterday after it emerged that he had undergone an emergency operation on a fractured jaw.

Shannon ‘taken on outings as hundreds of police searched’

  • The Times
  • Published: 21 November 2008
  • Crime

Shannon Matthews was taken on a series of outings during the 24 days she was missing from home while hundreds of police officers searched for her, a court was told yesterday.

Police officer: Karen Matthews ‘admitted Shannon was with Michael Donovan’

  • The Times
  • Published: 20 November 2008
  • Crime

A detective told jurors yesterday of the moment when Karen Matthews took “the biggest intake of breath I’ve ever heard” and finally admitted that she had been involved in the disappearance of her daughter.

We did nothing wrong in making millions out of sick miners, law firm tells tribunal

  • The Times
  • Published: 20 November 2008
  • Law

A law firm that earned £141 million from a government industrial disease compensation scheme denied yesterday that it had exploited sick miners and their families.

Miner ‘didn’t realise he was signing away his money’

  • The Times
  • Published: 19 November 2008
  • Law

A former coalminer told a tribunal that he was “treated terribly” by a solicitors’ firm that sliced a £2,330 “success fee” from compensation he was awarded for industrial disease.

Solicitors accused over ‘dubious deals’ with union official that cost sick miners thousands

  • The Times
  • Published: 18 November 2008
  • Law

THIS STORY IS SUBJECT TO A LEGAL COMPLAINT…

Michael Donovan, accused of kidnapping Shannon Matthews, beaten up in prison

  • The Times
  • Published: 15 November 2008
  • Crime

The man accused of kidnapping Shannon Matthews was beaten up when he returned to prison after the second day of his trial, a court heard yesterday.

Shannon Matthews’s mother ‘showed grief in public but then laughed and joked with friends’

  • The Times
  • Published: 14 November 2008
  • Crime

Shannon Matthews’s mother was a “Jekyll and Hyde” character who showed public grief over her kidnapped daughter while privately behaving as though she did not have a care in the world, the jury at her trial was told yesterday.

Shannon ‘was drugged and tied to beam in kidnap set up by her mother’

  • The Times
  • Published: 13 November 2008
  • Crime

Shannon Matthews, the girl whose disappearance prompted a nationwide alert this year, was drugged and tethered with a strap inside a flat in a kidnap orchestrated by her mother, a court was told yesterday.

Police questioned thousands and searched 1,800 properties in a £3.2m ‘race against time’

  • The Times
  • Published: 13 November 2008
  • Crime

More than 300 police and even more local volunteers were involved in the £3.2 million search operation to find Shannon Matthews, the jury at Leeds Crown Court was told.

Blinded pilot guided to safe landing by RAF after suffering mid-air stroke

  • The Times
  • Published: 08 November 2008
  • UK News

A pilot who suddenly lost his sight while flying solo at 15,000ft survived unhurt after an RAF emergency rescue operation guided him to the ground.

Richard Pohle of The Times is Photojournalist of the Year

  • The Times
  • Published: 03 December 2013
  • Media News

Times photographer Richard Pohle was declared Photojournalist of the Year at last night’s British Journalism Awards for his coverage of the anti-fracking protest at Balcombe, West Sussex, and the war in Afghanistan.

‘He’s black, from a single parent family, so what excuse is there now?

Andrew Norfolk, Kaya Burgess and Simon Bruxelles
  • The Times
  • Published: 06 November 2008
  • UK News

The shabby Leeds suburb that is the heartbeat of the city’s black community looked the same as ever yesterday. But it felt a little different. No street parties are yet planned, but on a cold afternoon there was a buzz in the queue at the bus stop. Shop assistants served smiling faces. There…

Public prepared to put doubts aside and pay tribute to all who made the ultimate sacrifice

  • The Times
  • Published: 01 November 2008
  • Politics

The poppy harvest will be rich in Peterborough this year. Seven months ago, personnel from a nearby RAF base were banned from wearing their uniforms in public in the city: its streets had been deemed too dangerous. Servicemen and women had been threatened and insulted. Cars had been attacked…

Surge in recruitment as support for troops rises

Andrew Norfolk and Michael Evans
  • The Times
  • Published: 01 November 2008
  • Politics

A wave of public support for the Armed Forces has swelled recruitment and contributions to military charities such as the Poppy Appeal.

Police guilty of embarrassing case of mistaken identity

  • The Times
  • Published: 29 October 2008
  • UK News

It was a case of mistaken identity which the National Black Police Association will not repeat in a hurry.

Irony but no GCSEs in South Bradford

  • The Times
  • Published: 16 October 2008
  • Education

A yellowing poster in a window of Holme Wood’s library promises that school is “your route to a sparkling future”. The message would not appear to have hit home.

Behind closed doors: how uncertainty has penetrated one affluent city suburb

Financial meltdown seems a distant prospect when one strolls on a sun-soaked afternoon through the dappled shadows of trees lining the gently winding road in an affluent suburb of a British city.

Flat linked to bomb factory used by 7/7 terrorists

  • The Times
  • Published: 09 October 2008
  • Crime

A flat being searched by police investigating the July 7 bombings is linked to another address used by the terrorists to make explosives, The Times has learnt.

‘Bradford & Bingley gambled our cash and the town’s heritage. They made fortunes but destroyed the business’

The giant wall banner outside Bradford & Bingley’s West Yorkshire head office is a proclamation of faith in a secure and certain future.

Christian amulet that ruined my life is not a hoax

  • The Times
  • Published: 22 September 2008
  • UK News

The archaeologist who discovered a silver cross exposed by scientists last week as a Roman “hoax” says he is convinced that the find is genuine.

Sex cases PC jailed for grooming girl, 13

  • The Times
  • Published: 22 June 2007
  • Crime

A police officer who had responsibility for monitoring sex offenders was jailed for two years yesterday for grooming a 13-year-old girl for sex.

‘Someone has made a fortune. I hope they’ll pay for what they’ve done to us’

A collective mood of uncertainty, anger and bewilderment gripped Halifax staff yesterday in the West Yorkshire mill town from which the former building society takes its name.

Thousands in Leeds left out of pocket by the buy-to-let crash

It seemed so easy: you slapped down the deposit for a flat in the new tower block rising from a vacant plot in the centre of a thriving northern city, sat back and watched your money grow. Rental income would more than cover the cost of your low-interest mortgage. The capital value of the…

Craig Meehan denies child pornography charges

  • The Times
  • Published: 08 September 2008
  • Crime

More than 130 images of child pornography were found on a computer seized from the home of a missing schoolgirl, a court heard heard today.

‘My mother’s 89 and has lost everything. The power of the water was unbelievable’

  • The Times
  • Published: 08 September 2008
  • Weather

An upturned fridge-freezer, resting alongside a park bench on the roof of a detritus-strewn Volkswagen, told the story of the havoc wreaked by a surge of flood water in a small Northumberland market town.

Manslaughter trial collapses after juror turns amateur sleuth

  • The Times
  • Published: 20 August 2008
  • UK News

A juror who turned amateur detective and began his own investigation into the manslaughter case he was hearing has caused the trial to be abandoned.

Battle of the bins – residents’ barricade forces dustcart crew to pick up rubbish

  • The Times
  • Published: 16 August 2008
  • UK News

They are calling it the Battle of Birks Road. An indignant group of neighbours stood like David against the Goliath of local authority instransigence: council refusemen and their waste lorry.

Time to visit Sunderland, before it comes to visit you

  • The Times
  • Published: 16 August 2008
  • Politics

If the authors of a report by David Cameron’s once favourite think-tank are to be believed, anyone planning to visit Sunderland should do so soon because the city is destined for extinction.

Police probe possible dead cat link to killers of Xi Zhou and Zhen Xing Yang

  • The Times
  • Published: 13 August 2008
  • Crime

Video: police describe the murder scene…

Murdered Chinese students Xi Zhou and Zhen Xing Yang may have welcomed killer

  • The Times
  • Published: 12 August 2008
  • Crime

The two Chinese students murdered in their flat near Newcastle University were hard workers who had graduated with good degrees, police said yesterday.

Footie, a facelift and the feelgood factor: Hull’s new Tiger economy

  • The Times
  • Published: 09 August 2008
  • UK News

A giant banner by the entrance to the new £200 million shopping centre proudly informs visitors that Hull is a “Premiership city”.

Anne Darwin gave performance of a lifetime as grieving widow and wronged wife

  • The Times
  • Published: 24 July 2008
  • Crime

As the grieving widow of a husband lost at sea, Anne Darwin gave the performance of her life. It earned her £250,000.

News in Brief

  • The Times
  • Published: 14 March 2008
  • UK News

…‘Dead’ canoeist admits fraud offences…

‘Radical convert, Nicholas Roddis, planted hoax bomb on a bus’

  • The Times
  • Published: 01 July 2008
  • Crime

Leeds A young white man who adopted a radical Islamic creed planted a hoax bomb on a bus after becoming excited by graphic images of terrorist violence, a court was told yesterday.

War in the Willows ends as squatters are evicted

  • The Times
  • Published: 30 June 2008
  • Property

Goring-on-Thames Squatters have been evicted from the house reputed to be the inspiration for Ratty’s home in Wind in the Willows. Coombe End Farmhouse, near Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, which is owned by the National Trust, was occupied in April.

David Davis: the ‘champion of liberty’ faces the forces of beauty

  • The Times
  • Published: 28 June 2008
  • Politics

There was more whimper than bang when Britain’s champion of Magna Carta launched his by-election campaign yesterday.

‘Honour’ killing victim Mehmood shot and left to die

  • The Times
  • Published: 27 June 2008
  • UK News

During the final, terrifying seconds of his life Mian Shahid Mehmood would have needed no one to tell him that he was a long way from home.

Cold-blooded ‘honour’ killers shot man who married for love

  • The Times
  • Published: 27 June 2008
  • Crime

A man and three contract killers he hired to carry out the cold-blooded execution of his sister’s husband because she married for love against her family’s wishes were jailed for life yesterday.

Muslim teenager Ahmed Hassan murdered by white thug Michael Brook

  • The Times
  • Published: 23 June 2008
  • Crime

A Muslim schoolboy described as a perfect pupil and a model son was murdered by a drunken white teenager who had only been released from custody three days earlier, a court heard today.

‘Sometimes I feel as though my head will explode’

  • The Times
  • Published: 21 June 2008
  • Property

The white caravan glinting in bright sunlight on the driveway is one of the latest models, but the appeal fades somewhat when you have been forced to live in it for a year.

Girl found hanged in bedroom had become obsessed with ‘emo’ culture

  • The Times
  • Published: 19 June 2008
  • UK News

A girl aged 12 who was found hanged in her bedroom had become obsessed with a teenage sub-culture known as “emo”, an inquest was told yesterday.

Fruit-and veg-man to challenge David Davis

  • The Times
  • Published: 18 June 2008
  • Politics

A fruit-and-veg trader is to pack up his market stall for a month after announcing himself as the latest challenger to David Davis in the by-election for his constituency seat.

Bemused voters stand by their man

  • The Times
  • Published: 14 June 2008
  • Politics

As by-elections go, this one is shaping up to be the wackiest race in memory.

David Davis’s quixotic mission is likely to meet scant opposition

  • The Times
  • Published: 13 June 2008
  • Politics

Nearly 800 years after Magna Carta was sealed on the banks of the Thames, David Davis will use the suburbs of Hull to launch a civil liberties revolution to defend promises made by King John in 1215.

British Army captains face court martial over cocaine charges

  • The Times
  • Published: 10 June 2008
  • Crime

The two most senior British Army officers to be accused of drugs offences will face a court martial later this year.

Solicitor Jim Beresford makes £30m from sick miners’ compensation scheme

  • The Times
  • Published: 09 June 2008
  • Law

A solicitor who specialises in claiming compensation for sick coalminers has banked a personal profit of more than £30 million from the government-funded scheme.

World’s biggest injury payout leaves miners outraged

  • The Times
  • Published: 09 June 2008
  • Law

It was never supposed to turn out like this. In 1998 the High Court found British Coal negligent in respect of two mining-related conditions, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and vibration white finger. What followed this ruling would develop, at a cost of £7.5 billion, into the largest…

Mothers Against Violence campaigner Pat Regan: Grandson held over death

  • The Times
  • Published: 03 June 2008
  • Crime

Statistically, she was just another victim of violent Britain, but the bleak irony of Pat Regan’s death will be lost on no one. The 53-year-old mother of five made it her mission to wipe guns and knives from the streets. On Sunday, she was found stabbed to death.

Pat Regan’s burning desire to make streets safer

  • The Times
  • Published: 03 June 2008
  • Crime

Statistically, she was just another victim of violent Britain, but the bleak irony of Pat Regan’s death will be lost on no one.

Dewsbury: Kidnap, lynching and a suicide

  • The Times
  • Published: 28 May 2008
  • Crime

It is fast becoming the town that dare not speak its name.

‘If the dam goes, the water will destroy everything in its path’

  • The Times
  • Published: 27 June 2007
  • Weather

Emergency services were still fighting last night to prevent the collapse of a dam holding back millions of gallons of water at a reservoir overlooking a South Yorkshire valley.

Comment: violent Islam appeals to social misfits

  • The Times
  • Published: 24 May 2008
  • UK News

It is the exclusive club that will accept almost anyone as a member. To become a Western foot soldier of jihadist Islam, and in some cases its sacrificial, exploding lamb, requires no one to pass a test of intellect or psychological stability.

Crewe: sighs of relief in town under the spotlight

Andrew Norfolk and Russell Jenkins
  • The Times
  • Published: 24 May 2008
  • Politics

She emerged hesitantly from Crewe library, a middle-aged woman bearing a bag of shopping and a wary expression.

Reformed jihadist released as court case begins

  • The Times
  • Published: 22 May 2008
  • Crime

A former jihadist recruiter who now seeks to deradicalise young Muslims was released without charge yesterday after being held for 12 days under the Terrorism Act.

Girl, 16, killed by a police car ‘driving at high speed and with no headlights’

  • The Times
  • Published: 21 May 2008
  • UK News

A schoolgirl who was about to sit her GCSE exams was killed crossing a road when she was struck and hurled 50ft through the air by a police car travelling at high speed.

Police face scrutiny over the arrest of radical jihadist who renounced violence

  • The Times
  • Published: 19 May 2008
  • Politics

He was the poster boy for jihadist extremism who become one of its most vocal opponents, meeting a government minister and being offered Home Office funding to support his deradicalisation work among young Muslims.

Nick Clegg hails Sheffield victory

  • The Times
  • Published: 03 May 2008
  • Politics

Sheffield, the steel city and former Labour fortress where David Blunkett cut his political teeth, succumbed to Liberal Democrat control yesterday. The victory was especially sweet for the party leader, Nick Clegg, who represents the city as an MP.

BNP celebrate after securing Assembly seat

  • The Times
  • Published: 03 May 2008
  • Politics

The British National Party scored its most significant electoral victory to date last night, as it won a seat on the London Assembly.

Daughters say farewell to oldest British serviceman killed in Afghanistan

  • The Times
  • Published: 02 May 2008
  • UK News

Five sisters held hands in bright sunshine yesterday as a Harrier jet flew overhead to mark the funeral of their father, the oldest British serviceman to be killed in the conflict in Afghanistan.

Bee sting caused crash that killed couple

  • The Times
  • Published: 14 April 2007
  • UK News

A retired couple died in a head-on collision with a minibus whose driver had lost control of his vehicle after being stung by a bee.

BBC ‘censored Christian party broadcast’

  • The Times
  • Published: 29 April 2008
  • Politics

The BBC is facing a High Court challenge over its decision to censor a party political broadcast in the run-up to Thursday’s local elections.

Labour fights to hold Sheffield ahead of local election

  • The Times
  • Published: 25 April 2008
  • Politics

Arms folded and with one eye on her young grandson’s perilous ascent of a nearby slide, Kath Denton snorts before delivering a caustic verdict on the promises made by local politicians.

‘They are hard at work, putting money back into the community. Hats off to them’

A very English rain teemed down yesterday morning on a cluster of bedraggled stalls in the centre of the market town where 25 per cent of the population comes from Eastern Europe.

Craig Meehan denies child-porn claim

  • The Times
  • Published: 19 April 2008
  • Crime

Craig Meehan, the former partner of the mother of Shannon Matthews, pleaded not guilty yesterday to possessing 140 indecent images of children.

Shannon mum to stand trial with alleged abductor

Andrew Norfolk and Jenny Booth
  • The Times
  • Published: 16 April 2008
  • Crime

The mother of Shannon Matthews will go on trial alongside the man accused of abducting her nine-year-old daughter, she learnt today.

Father of five Gary Thompson is conflict’s oldest victim

  • The Times
  • Published: 16 April 2008
  • Asia

A proud father who wanted the women of Afghanistan to enjoy the same freedom as his own daughters has become the oldest British service-man to be killed in the conflict.

Couple close to Shannon family held for fraud

  • The Times
  • Published: 14 April 2008
  • UK News

A married couple with close links to Shannon Matthews’ family are being questioned on suspicion of benefit fraud.

Shannon Matthews’s mother ‘lied to police repeatedly during 24-day search’

  • The Times
  • Published: 10 April 2008
  • Crime

Shannon Matthews’s mother appeared in court yesterday accused of concealing information that would have led to the rescue of her missing daughter.

Neighbours who stood by Shannon Matthew’s family watch it fall apart

  • The Times
  • Published: 08 April 2008
  • Crime

When the search was at its height, a harrowing recording of the 999 call in which Karen Matthews reported her daughter’s disappearance was played to a listening nation.

Karen Matthews ‘told friends she knew where Shannon was from start’

  • The Times
  • Published: 08 April 2008
  • Crime

The Shannon Matthews saga took an extraordinary twist yesterday when it was claimed that the schoolgirl’s mother may have been fully aware of the identity of her daughter’s alleged kidnapper.

Barnsley jokes are wearing thin as the town finds reasons to smile

  • The Times
  • Published: 05 April 2008
  • Football

They are on their way. Thousands of people from Barnsley are heading to Wembley to watch their football team in tomorrow’s FA Cup semi-final.

Shannon Matthews’s stepfather charged

  • The Times
  • Published: 03 April 2008
  • Crime

The stepfather of Shannon Matthews, the schoolgirl who was missing for 24 days, was charged last night with ten offences of possessing indecent images of children.

Stepfather of Shannon Matthews is arrested over child porn find

  • The Times
  • Published: 02 April 2008
  • Crime

Craig Meehan, the stepfather of Shannon Matthews, has been arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography.

BNP advances on Middle England to exploit ‘fear’ of Polish migrants

  • The Times
  • Published: 23 April 2007
  • Politics

In the Victorian spa town of Harrogate, there are ladies at lunch who would appear to regard the very mention of party politics as an act of unseemly vulgarity.

Scars and bruises of a girl who wanted to be young, free and single

  • The Times
  • Published: 29 March 2008
  • UK News

Gazing from the bedroom window of the house that was her virtual prison for two years, Ayesha would fantasise about what it might feel like to be free. The bright and articulate teenager had been locked away because her refusal to marry her first cousin made her a threat to her family’s sense…

Philip Balmforth: the police worker who fought forced marriages

  • The Times
  • Published: 29 March 2008
  • UK News

A police worker praised by MPs for protecting thousands of girls from forced marriages is facing dismissal for speaking publicly about their plight.

Michael Donovan is charged over Shannon Matthews kidnap and false imprisonment

  • The Times
  • Published: 18 March 2008
  • Crime

A man will appear in court today accused of snatching Shannon Matthews and holding her captive in his flat.

Police get more time to question Shannon suspect

  • The Times
  • Published: 17 March 2008
  • Crime

Police investigating the disappearance of Shannon Matthews were this morning granted more time to question the man suspected of abducting her.

Most Shannon Matthews ‘tip-offs’ were waste of time, officers reply to critics

  • The Times
  • Published: 17 March 2008
  • Crime

Police hit back last night at criticism that detectives missed vital clues that should have led them more quickly to the house where Shannon Matthews was found.

‘Shannon Matthews had not run away from home. This was a real abduction’

  • The Times
  • Published: 17 March 2008
  • Crime

Police interviewing Shannon Matthews are certain that she was kidnapped and held captive during her 24 missing days.

Vilified, sneered at, but Dewsbury is happy to celebrate its miracle

  • The Times
  • Published: 15 March 2008
  • UK News

Little girls who go missing for 24 days very rarely turn up safe and well.

The Times leads Press Awards nominations

Times Staff
  • The Times
  • Published: 08 February 2013
  • Media News

The Times leads the nominations league table at this year’s Press Awards with 24 including newspaper of the year, scoop of the year, and front page of the year. The Sunday Times comes fourth in the table with 17 nominations, including one for the late Marie Colvin, who died reporting on the…

Jailed for terrorist manual

  • The Times
  • Published: 12 March 2008
  • Crime

LEEDS A friend of the London suicide bomber Mohammed Sidique Khan was jailed yesterday for owning a training manual for al-Qaeda terrorists. Khalid Khaliq, 34, was jailed for 16 months, after the manual was found at his Leeds home following the atrocity on July 7, 2005, Leeds Crown Court…

From Pan to Peter: the artefacts of East Anglia’s many religious beliefs

Gail Turner
  • The Times
  • Published: 22 October 2010
  • Faith

…number of different faiths that have played their part over the ages in Norfolk and is a timely reminder that religious diversity is nothing new in Britain. The Art of Faith shows Norfolk as a microcosm of Britain’s spiritual beliefs through the centuries — from the Bronze Age to the…

Nurse was a serial killer in the process of perfecting his craft

Andrew Norfolk and Russell Jenkins
  • The Times
  • Published: 04 March 2008
  • Crime

Profile: nurse with deadly disdain for the elderly…

The nurse with a deadly disdain for the elderly

  • The Times
  • Published: 03 March 2008
  • Crime

Colin Campbell Norris got away with his first three murders between June and October 2002 because the deaths of the three elderly hospital patients in his care were put down to natural causes.

Career of banker who took exams for student is ruined

  • The Times
  • Published: 01 March 2008
  • Education

A City banker received a suspended prison sentence yesterday for posing as an undergraduate to help a student to pass his examinations.

Poor little Shannon Matthews. Too poor for us to care that she is lost?

  • The Times
  • Published: 01 March 2008
  • UK News

Sarah Payne, smiling in her school uniform; Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, in their Manchester United shirts; Madeleine McCann, staring inquisitively with her distinctive bleeding iris . . .

Gordon Brown holds talks with Iraqi Prime Minister over hostage videotape

Andrew Norfolk and Michael Evans
  • The Times
  • Published: 28 February 2008
  • Iraq

The fate of the five Britons held hostage in Iraq was the subject of urgent telephone exchanges between Gordon Brown and the Iraqi Prime Minister yesterday after the videotaped message from Peter Moore, one of the group that has been held in captivity for eight months.

Murder of son and attack on daughter ‘were father’s revenge for wife’s affair’

  • The Times
  • Published: 26 February 2008
  • Crime

A father murdered his son and repeatedly stabbed his daughter to punish their mother for having an affair, a court was told yesterday.

Shannon Matthews, 9, missing after walking home alone

  • The Times
  • Published: 21 February 2008
  • UK News

More than 200 police officers were searching last night for a nine-year-old girl who went missing on her way home from school.

Leader of plot to behead soldier jailed for life

  • The Times
  • Published: 18 February 2008
  • Crime

The fanatical leader of an Islamist terror cell in Birmingham, who plotted to kidnap a British Muslim soldier and broadcast footage of him being beheaded “like a pig”, was sentenced to life in prison today.

Murder conviction is quashed after 14 years

  • The Times
  • Published: 13 January 2007
  • UK News

A former aircraft engineer who served 14 years of a life sentence for the murder of a retired science teacher was freed yesterday after his conviction was quashed by the High Court.

English whisky firm raises glass to nationalism

Marc Horne
  • The Sunday Times
  • Published: 19 April 2015
  • scotland

THE rise of Scottish nationalism is said to have fuelled an unexpected surge in sales of English whisky, writes Marc Horne.

Lawyers forced to repay millions taken from sick miners’ compensation

  • The Times
  • Published: 08 February 2008
  • Law

Law firms that grew rich by exploiting sick miners are to be forced to repay tens of millions of pounds that they wrongly sliced from their clients’ compensation.

Daughter, 3, raised ‘to be terrorist’s wife’

  • The Times
  • Published: 07 February 2008
  • Crime

An Islamist fanatic who plotted to kidnap and behead a British Muslim solider was grooming his three-year-old daughter to marry a jihadi terrorist, a court was told yesterday.

Boy, 13, arrested after teenage football prodigy is stabbed in school attack

  • The Times
  • Published: 02 February 2008
  • Crime

Children watched in horror when a boy aged 14 was stabbed repeatedly by a fellow pupil in a classroom yesterday.

Islamic fanatic who plotted to kidnap soldier and broadcast his execution

  • The Times
  • Published: 30 January 2008
  • Crime

The fanatical leader of an Islamist terror cell plotted to snatch a British Muslim soldier on leave and film him being beheaded “like a pig”, a court heard yesterday. He wanted to broadcast the beheading “to cause panic and fear within the British Armed Forces and the wider public”.

‘Items sent as earthquake aid’

  • The Times
  • Published: 30 January 2008
  • Crime

Parviz Khan shipped equipment to terrorists in Pakistan by using the “cynical cover” of providing humanitarian aid to earthquake victims, Leicester Crown Court was told.

Record £440,000 paid for F1 number plate

A record price has been set for a British vehicle registration number after a businessman paid £440,625 to buy the Formula One initials F1.

City banker Jerome Drean faces prison for taking student’s place in final-year exams

  • The Times
  • Published: 22 January 2008
  • Crime

A City investment banker may be jailed after posing as a university undergraduate to help a student to cheat his way to success in a series of final-year economics examinations.

News in Brief

  • The Times
  • Published: 10 January 2008
  • UK News

Canoeist and wife in court…

Teenager is jailed over taxi rape lie

  • The Times
  • Published: 08 January 2008
  • Crime

HULL A teenager who falsely accused a taxi driver of rape has been jailed after the man proved his innocence by producing a recorded conversation of her repeatedly asking him for sex.

British imams ‘failing young Muslims’

Andrew Norfolk and Justin Gest
  • The Times
  • Published: 07 January 2008
  • Faith

Attempts to reform British mosques and win back a “lost generation” of young Muslims are being undermined by the poor quality of home-trained imams, a leading Islamic scholar says.

Lessons behind closed doors matter to us all

  • The Times
  • Published: 07 January 2008
  • Faith

Before the 9/11 attack on America in 2001, little attention was paid to the lessons held behind the closed doors of Britain’s Islamic seminaries.

Father in search for his runaway dog is beaten to death by gang

  • The Times
  • Published: 03 January 2008
  • Crime

A father was killed in an attack by a group of youths after leaving his home early on New Year’s day to look for the family’s pet dog.

Second man arrested over shooting of PC Katie Jackson

  • The Times
  • Published: 01 January 2008
  • Crime

Detectives hunting a gunman who shot a policewoman in the leg have made a second arrest, Lancashire police said today.

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