Category: Courts

Victim left “on edge and powerless” in six-month campaign by stalker

A victim has shared her experience of being stalked and blackmailed by a man she considered a friend, after he was jailed for two and a half years.

Anwar Hussain, 27, from London pleaded guilty to stalking the woman for a period of six months, during which he threatened to release a compromising video of her if she didn’t pay him money. The video, in fact, never existed.

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Man haunted by sexual abuse as a child sees his abuser sentenced to more than ten years

As his abuser is sentenced for 10-and-a-half years, a man in his 30s, haunted by prolonged sexual abuse as a child, has told of his relief at finally being able to open up and speak about what happened to him.

The abuse began when he was aged around 10 in 2000, and continued for approximately five years, only stopping when he was in his mid-teens and at middle school. He finally found the courage to speak to police in 2018, after confiding in his partner about what had happened.

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Bedfordshire PCC pledges almost £100,000 to revolutionise the lives of families with drug and alcohol problems

Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway, has become the first PCC in the country to fund Family, Drug and Alcohol Courts (FDACs) which have been proven to be 50% better than any other method of care proceedings at helping parents to shake off addiction and retain care of their children five years on.

Commissioner Holloway has agreed to provide £50,000 of funding and also to pay for a specialist Domestic Abuse Expert to support parents attending the Family Drug and Alcohol Court.

She also provided the lead Judge – Judge Patrick Peruško – with the services of her Chief of Staff to help other key partners across Bedfordshire, such as those in the NHS, Public Health, Mental Health services and Safeguarding leads of the three local authorities to work together to bring all these parties into partnership to fund and support the unique FDAC process.

Family Drug and Alcohol Courts require a parent with addiction to agree a formal rehabilitation plan and work very regularly with the Family Court Judge and an FDAC team of specialists over a 26 week period, to address their behaviour and build better relationships with both their children and themselves.

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Juror receives suspended prison sentence

Police have issued a reminder to jurors after a man was given a suspended prison sentence for discussing a case outside of court.

The juror in question was overheard discussing a case while out for a meal with friends and family in January last year, including details of the trial and weapons that were used in the incident.

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