Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Third British jihadi killed out of group who travelled together from Portsmouth to Syria to fight – as top officer warns at least five Britons are joining ISIS every week

  • Mamunur Roshid, 24, joined brutal terror group with his gang of extremists
  • Ifthekar Jaman, 23, and Muhammad Rahman, 25, were also killed in past year
  • Roshid part of group called the Britani Brigade Bangladeshi Bad Boys
  • They flew to Turkey on bogus holiday before slipping over border to Syria
  • Three dead young men all attended the same mosque in Portsmouth 
  • Met Commissioner says 100s of British extremists going to Syria each year
A third young Briton who travelled with friends to Syria to fight for Islamic State has been killed - and Britain's top police officer believes five British extremists a week are joining.

Mamunur Roshid, 24, joined the brutal terror group with his gang of extremists from Portsmouth, Hampshire, who pretended to go on a holiday to Turkey but then crossed into Syria.

His jihadist group also included Ifthekar Jaman, 23, and Primark worker Muhammad Hamidur Rahman, 25, who were also killed in Syria in the last 12 months.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe today the fighting by British militants like these are 'not just the horrors of distant lands' and warned of the threat posed at home by returning fighters. 

CCTV: Mamunur Roshid was one of five friends from Portsmouth who pretended to go on holiday but was in fact off to fight for Islamic State in Syria. They were caught on camera at Gatwick (pictured)
CCTV: Mamunur Roshid was one of five friends from Portsmouth who pretended to go on holiday but was in fact off to fight for Islamic State in Syria. They were caught on camera at Gatwick (pictured)
Ifthekar Jaman, 23, a radicalised Muslim in Syria
Primark supervisor Muhammad Rahman also died in Syria
New death: Briton Manunur Roshid, 24, has died fighting with Islamic State in Syria. His friends Ifthekar Jaman, 23, , and Primark supervisor Muhammad Rahman, also died there in the past 12 months

He said: 'We know that over 500 British nationals travelled to join the conflict. Many have returned and many will wish to do so in the coming months and perhaps in future years.

'We still have an average of five people joining them a week. Five a week doesn't sound much but when you realise there are 50 weeks in a year, 250 more would be 50 per cent more than we think have gone already.

'Those numbers are a minimum. Those are the ones that we believe have gone. There may be many more who set out to travel to another country and meandered over to Syria and Iraq in a way that is not always possible to spot when you have failed states and leaky borders.' 

Experts said today that Roshid may have been killed fighting for the town of Kobane, on Syria's border with Turkey, which has become the key target for ISIS fighters. 

His family are in the dark about how he died, according to a community leader.

A total of ten young extremists from Portsmouth are believed to have left the south coast city for Syria and ISIS.

Warning: Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe today the fighting by British militants like these are 'not just the horrors of distant lands'
Warning: Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe today the fighting by British militants like these are 'not just the horrors of distant lands'
Rashid was part of a group of five calling themselves the Britani Brigade Bangladeshi Bad Boys, the fanatics, all from Portsmouth, had been seduced by glamorous tales of martyrdom to join Islamic State – formerly Isis – establishing a Muslim caliphate in the Middle East.  

CCTV showed them breezing through Gatwick Airport and looking like tourists setting off on a fortnight's holiday to Turkey.

In reality, the smiling Britons captured on CCTV were heading to Syria to fight their so-called 'holy war'. 

As well as Roshid the group contained Muhammad Hamidur Rahman, 25, who is dead, Mashadur Choudhury, 31, who is in jail and Assad Uzzaman, 25,and Mehdi Hassan, 19, who are still fighting in Syria.

Ifthekar Jaman, 23, who was not on the Gatwick CCTV, 

According to The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence in London Roshid's death is the 25th confirmed British casualty have died in Syria.

Jaman, 23, was killed in a gun battle in December last year while Muhammad Hamidur Rahman, 25, died in August. A fourth man also from Portsmouth is also believed to be ill in hospital in Syria.

Jaman became known for his online advice and encouragement to fellow British Muslims seeking to go to Syria, including women, whom he urged to marry men back from the front lines. 

The 23-year-old became one of the most infamous British extremists when he boasted on BBC Newsnight that the 'holy war' in Syria was like '5-star jihad' because of its 'relaxing' nature.
He also claimed it was 'cool' to hold a gun. 

Place of worship: The men who fled for Syria attended the Jami Mosque in Portsmouth, pictured
Place of worship: The men who fled for Syria attended the Jami Mosque in Portsmouth, pictured
Jaman (right) with his friend, former Primark supervisor Muhammad Hamidur Rahman, 25, (left) who was also from Portsmouth and was shot dead in July
Jaman (right) with his friend, former Primark supervisor Muhammad Hamidur Rahman, 25, (left) who was also from Portsmouth and was shot dead in July

PORTSMOUTH IN SHOCK AFTER ANOTHER ISIS DEATH HITS CITY

Muslims in Portsmouth today spoke of their distress at Mr Roshid's death.
Businessman Foyzur Rahman, 50, said he 'felt for the family' but that it was 'stupid' to go to Syria.
The father-of-three, who runs a money transfer service near the Jami Mosque, said he was 'concerned' about youngsters becoming radicalised.
Mr Rahman, from Portsmouth, said: 'We feel very sad for Mr Roshid's family and ever so sorry for their loss, especially because we cannot understand why these young men are going out to Syria.
'It is not an Islamic war and it has nothing to do with religious hatred.
'I think the youngsters are being radicalised on the internet - it's not fair to connect our mosque to it.
'I believe 99.9 per cent of Muslims here do not support these men joining the jihad.
Waiter Mohammed Ahmed, 42, said he was 'worried' by the spate of deaths.
Mr Ahmed, who has three children aged 11, 10 and six, said: 'Losing our young people in the Syrian conflict is a real worry.
'People can learn and read the wrong things on the internet and it scares me.
'I tell my children that these young men joining the fight in Syria is wrong and they understand that, but I do not know what is going to happen in the future.
'Something is happening to these young boys to turn them into fighters and it is wrong.' 
Confirming Roshid's death, Abdul Jalil, chairman of the city's Jami mosque, which all of the men attended, said today: 'The parents are very upset. I went to visit them and they told me that he had been killed in Syria. This is very difficult for them.

'We are very worried. They are on the front line.
'Five people went there and three have been killed.'
'It is a very big shock for their parents and we are working with the community to make sure that does not happen again.

'We are working with the police, the crime prevention team and the council to warn people, our youngsters especially, telling them not to go to Syria and also to get parents to watch their children.'

The Jami Mosque's treasurer - who would not give his name - said members were 'very sad' when they learned of Mr Roshid's death late on Sunday.

He said: 'It is very sad news, and we all feel it is very bad that these young men are going out to fight.

'We ask ourselves - why are they going there? It is not an Islamic war, it does not involve us.' 

Roshid was killed on Friday and news of his death reached family members on Sunday.

A Foreign Office spokesman: 'We are aware of reports that a British national has been killed in Syria. The UK has advised for some time against all travel to Syria, where all UK consular services are suspended.

'As we do not have any representation in Syria, it is extremely difficult to get any confirmation of deaths or injuries and our options for supporting British nationals there are extremely limited.'

Sumel Chowdhury said the Muslim community did not support the views of the five men.
He said: 'In my view, they did not do a good thing. They did completely the wrong thing. We believe in peace, humanity and mankind.

'Islam does not say to kill people. It is completely unacceptable.'

Roshid was one of an estimated 500 Britons who have travelled to fight in Iraq and Syria, up to 30 of whom are believed to have died fighting.

Earlier this month four people were arrested for terrorism offences after the former home of Jaman, the ringleader of the group of five, was raided.

Jaman's mother and father, Enu Miah, 57, and Hena Choudhury, 48, were arrested and bailed, and his two brothers Tuhim, 26, and Mustakim, 23, were also arrested along with sister Tamannah Shaharin, 29.

Police stand guard outside the terrace house in Southsea, where Enu Miah, 57, and Hena Choudhury, 48, the parents of 23-year-old Ifthekar Jaman, were arrested in a dawn raid last week
Police stand guard outside the terrace house in Southsea, where Enu Miah, 57, and Hena Choudhury, 48, the parents of 23-year-old Ifthekar Jaman, were arrested in a dawn raid last week

THE HOMEGROWN JIHADISTS WHO LEFT PORTSMOUTH TO FIGHT FOR ISIS

Abu Abdullah Al Brittani
The 32-year-old, right, is one of ten Britons from Portsmouth to travel Syria to fight for ISIS.
A British jihadist who says he is fighting for ISIS has attempted to lure a child away from his parents with chilling online travel advice on how to reach the Middle East.
A man calling himself Abu Abdullah Al Brittani gave detailed information on how Iraq-bound Westerners can exchange currencies to an Ask.Fm user who described himself as 'underage', said he had never travelled alone before, and expressed concern about his mother and father finding out.
The post outlines ISIS' openness to luring Western fighters of all ages to their cause - including an estimated 500 Britons, many of whom end being used as little more than 'cannon fodder' to protect better trained local jihadists.
Abu Abdullah was behind an Ask.Fm travel guide for would-be jihadists that formed part of an attempt to recruit young Britons to Iraq and Syria.
One user asks him: 'I havent any traveling and i'm underage but what do you mean with no worries about money. honestly I don't know how to change money into tukish or syrian money. How does it work? I can't ask my parents or they will now [sic]'.
Despite the poster admitting he is a child and exhibiting clear naivety, Abu Abdullah responds: 'If u have $ or £ then u fine, any other currency exchange it to $ or £ before u get here and [God willing] u will be fine [sic].'
Another message describes the 'welcome pack' new ISIS recruits receive when they complete theIr induction process.
'After training u get a ak47 and magazines (4) a vest pack, grenade [sic]' he posted on Ask.Fm.
Another message contains detailed marriage advice for potential recruits.
Muhammad Hamidur Rahman
A former supervisor at Primark who wanted to join the world's most feared terrorist group, only to be killed in Syria.
Muhammad Hamidur Rahman, 25, from Portsmouth, was shot dead in a gun fight in July, a day before the Muslim festival if Eid, said his family.
His father, Abdul Hannan, 52, an Indian restaurant worker, said the family received a text message from a friend of Rahman in Syria who informed them that their son was dead.
Rahman is the second British jihadist from Portsmouth to die in Syria. The first was his friend Iftekhar Jaman, 23, who died in December.
Rahman's father, Mr Hannan, said that Jaman went to Syria first at the beginning of last year, and then took his son there by contacting him through social media.
He said that Rahman did not tell any member of his family that he was going to Syria, but suddenly disappeared from Portsmouth. Days later, they received a call from him saying he was in Syria.
Mr Hannan said: 'He asked us to pray for him, and said he wanted to become a shaheed (martyr) for the sake of Allah.'
Mashudur Choudhury
He became the first Briton to be found guilty of travelling to Syria to fight in the civil war.
Police said the conviction of Mashudur Choudhury, 31, right, was likely to pave the way for others returning from the fighting to be prosecuted.
The father of two went to fight with Al Qaeda to escape the shame of lying to his family about suffering from cancer.
Choudhury, from Portsmouth, borrowed £35,000 from his family, claiming it was for medical treatment.
But he blew it on foreign holidays, a luxury car and prostitutes.
Desperate to atone for his actions and 'make something of himself' he resolved to become a martyr fighting the brutal regime of Bashar Assad.
But he is believed to have failed the selection process to join a hardline group of Syrian rebels and was thrown out of their training camp in disgrace.
He was arrested by British anti-terror police on his return to Gatwick in October last year.
After a 12-day trial at Kingston Crown Court, West London, Choudhury was found guilty of engaging in conduct in preparation for terrorist acts.
Ifthekar Jaman
Ifthekar Jaman, 23, pictured as a child, died last year in a battlefield clash 2,000 miles from his Hampshire home last December after bragging how life in Syria was '5-star' jihad
Ifthekar Jaman, 23, pictured as a child, died last year in a battlefield clash 2,000 miles from his Hampshire home last December after bragging how life in Syria was '5-star' jihad
The young Briton boasted of fighting '5-star jihad' in Syria but was killed.
Ifthekar Jaman, 23, died last year in a battlefield clash 2,000 miles from his Hampshire home last December.
He was one of an estimated 350 British men to have taken up arms with Al Qaeda-linked groups in Syria – where they are known as British Kataa'ib, meaning British Brigade.
Speaking a month ago, Jaman declared he was ready to die as a martyr, vowing: 'I don't plan to come back. Life is for the hereafter... it's an eternal paradise so the sacrifice is small.'
He also urged fellow Britons to join him, using his Twitter account to glory in his hate-filled missions.
He described fighting in Syria as '5-star jihad' because of its 'relaxing' nature.
Photographs showed Jaman – a supporter of fanatical British cleric Anjem Choudary – apparently manning armed checkpoints in the Middle Eastern war zone just before his death. 

Sheffield people trafficker sues over time behind bars

A people trafficker from Sheffield plans to sue the government for his treatment in prison.
Mohamed Al-Kulefi, aged 42, of Pitsmoor Road, Pitsmoor, was sentenced to six years in 2012 over a plan to smuggle Kuwaiti stowaways into Hull.

He was moved to an open prison a year ago, but was returned to closed conditions after it was suggested he might be deported after release.

But his lawyers claim the decision to put him back behind lock and key was ‘unlawful’ as his status as a refugee meant he could not be deported.

His legal team said he would now be launching a claim for damages.

In a hearing at the Criminal Appeal Court in London, barrister Philip Rule said the UK Border Agency had now accepted that Al-Kulefi could not be removed from the UK.

He is originally from Kuwait, but is a refugee and now classed as stateless.

Mr Rule said: “It is the UK Border Agency who have caused the problem, because they failed to recognise early on that this is a person for whom deportation wasn’t an option.”

He said there was ‘no justification’ for depriving him of open prison conditions - and that moving him back to closed conditions had violated his human rights.

Mr Justice Collins said he had ‘no doubt’ Al-Kulefi has a ‘possible valid claim’ for damages.
“It is at the very least arguable that keeping him in closed conditions was not a decision that the prison service could lawfully make,” he said.

“There was clearly no power to do what they did.”

Charities with alleged ‘terror links’ face controls

British Prime Minister David Cameron will lay out plans to “crack down on” charities suspected of having links with terrorist organizations on Wednesday, including a ban on people becoming trustees if they are linked to extremist activities.
While the Charity Commission has welcomed the policies, charities working within the UK’s Muslim communities warn they could be Islamophobic, and risk stripping away civil liberties.
The measures, outlined in a draft Protection of Charities Bill also allows the Charity Commission to remove a trustee if he or she is deemed unfit and would make it easier for charities to be shut down if an inquiry into corruption or mismanagement is opened.
The statement comes as Cameron holds meetings with his “extremism taskforce” to discuss the government’s ongoing counter-terrorism measures.
Speaking on the new measures, Cameron said additional protections were needed to tackle “the menace of extremism and those who want to tear us apart.”
“Today’s changes will help make sure that when people donate to charity, their money always goes to genuinely good causes,” he added.
The new measures come as the government investigates the Muslim Brotherhood, a political organization accused of promoting an ‘Islamist ideology’ encouraging young British Muslims to take up arms in Syria and Iraq and join Islamic State (IS/ISIS/ISIL).


Sources told RT the government’s currently-unpublished report has uncovered a complex “web” of organizations, including charities and TV stations, with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Head of the Charity Commission Sir William Shawcross, whose organization has been accused of ‘disproportionately’ targeting Islamic charities, welcomed the PM’s amendments, saying the new powers will make the watchdog a “more efficient regulator.”

“We will play our full part in the pre-legislative scrutiny and will continue to push for more measures included in the consultation to be included in the bill,” he added.

However, Islamic charities in the UK have expressed concerns their organizations could be arbitrarily shut down, resulting in vulnerable people being left without vital support.
“The government has already turned up the heat on Muslim charities’ comments, and we’ve seen many charities’ bank accounts closed,” CAGE UK communications officer Amandla Thomas-Johnson told RT.
“The new laws will add suspicion on Muslim charities and will lead to suffering, and potentially a loss of life for people on the receiving end,” he added.
Thomas-Johnson also told RT the government was deliberately using the ongoing situation in Syria and Iraq to pass the new laws.
“The government is using the threat of IS to push through a raft of legislation that is empowering them further and stripping away our liberties. There is already legislation to deal with this issue and to have more is only adding fuel to the fire of suspicion against Muslim communities,” he said.
In August, Cameron called the fight against the IS a “generational struggle” and that the group posed a “greater and deeper threat” to the UK than any in its entire history.

Woman arrested in Bedfordshire and two houses raided over 'Syria-related terrorism'

  • Woman, 25, arrested in Bedfordshire this morning as two houses raided
  • Scotland Yard say she was detained on suspicion of plotting 'terrorist acts'
  • Probe is linked to Syria, where extremist group ISIS have set up enclave
  • Around 500 Britons are thought to have travelled to the region to fight 
A 25-year-old woman was arrested in Bedfordshire today on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts, Scotland Yard said.

Counter-terrorism officers took the young woman to a central London police station, where she remains in custody, the Metropolitan Police said.

Two addresses in Bedfordshire were being searched as part of the investigation which is linked to Syria.

A spokesman for the Met Police said: 'Officers from SO15 Counter Terrorism Command have this morning arrested a 25-year-old woman in Bedfordshire on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006. This investigation is related to Syria.'

Authorities believe more than 500 Britons have gone to Syria to fight alongside extremists, half of whom may have returned.

But police say that number will leap by 50 per cent within a year, despite the recent deaths of up to 30 British jihadis in the fighting.

Britain’s top policeman, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, said this week that at least five Britons a week are heading to the war-torn country to fight for Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists.

He said: 'Those numbers are a minimum. 

There may be many more who set out to travel to another country and meandered over to Syria and Iraq in a way that is not always possible to spot when you have failed states and leaky borders.'

Despite serious travel restrictions, devotees from around the globe areflocking to enslaverape, behead and massacre in the name of Allah.
Shouldn't it be OK for the rest of us to admit that Islam is different?

As many as 60 of the Britons who have travelled to the region are thought to be women offering themselves as so-called 'jihadi brides' to those fighting Western and local forces.

The women are thought to be travelling through Turkey before they are married off to extremists they have met through the internet.

It is believed around 500 Britons may have travelled to Syria to join ISIS fighters like those pictured in Raqqa
It is believed around 500 Britons may have travelled to Syria to join ISIS fighters like those pictured in Raqqa

Mia Bloom, from the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies in the US, said: 'ISIS is recruiting these women in order to be baby factories. They are seeing the establishment of an Islamic state and now they need to populate the state.'

Last week, a gang of terror suspects were charged with plotting to kill policemen and soldiers in London drive-by shootings.

Tarik Hassane, 21, Suhaib Majeed, 20, Nyall Hamlett, 24, and Momen Motasim, 21, all from London, appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court amid tight security as they were charged with an Islamic State-inspired gun plot.

It was alleged to have been formulated in response to a fatwa by a senior ISIS terrorist who called for followers to kill ‘disbelievers’ in their home countries.

Earlier this month, two houses in Portsmouth - including the family home of Ifthekar Jaman, a British man who died in Syria - were among properties raided by counter-terrorism police.

Officers from the South East Counter Terrorism Unit (Sectu) have been granted extra time to question two men aged 26 and 23, from Portsmouth, a 23-year-old woman from Farnborough and a 29-year-old woman from Greenwich who were arrested under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000 on suspicion of commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism.

Their detention is now authorised until October 28.

Taxi firm in Rochdale offers white drivers on demand after two of Pakistani origin were jailed for sex-grooming of girls in town

  • Minicab firm Car 2000 says customers are asking for white or 'local' drivers 
  • Firm bought out Eagle Taxis which was at the centre of grooming scandal
  • Two drivers of Pakistani origin were jailed for part in sex trafficking & rape
  • Labour MP Simon Danczuk has branded development 'extremely worrying'
Rochdale minicab firm Car 2000 is offering the choice after two taxi drivers of Pakistani origin were jailed for their part in the sex trafficking and rape of young white girls in the town.

The firm, which bought out Eagle Taxis - a company at the centre of the grooming scandal, has revealed that many customers were asking for white or ‘local’ drivers, it was reported last night.

Taxi company: Rochdale minicab firm Car 2000 (pictured) is offering the choice after two taxi drivers of Pakistani origin were jailed for their part in the sex trafficking and rape of young white girls in the town
Taxi company: Rochdale minicab firm Car 2000 (pictured) is offering the choice after two taxi drivers of Pakistani origin were jailed for their part in the sex trafficking and rape of young white girls in the town

Simon Danczuk, the town’s Labour MP, branded the development ‘extremely worrying’ but the council said Car 2000 was doing nothing wrong.

The firm’s boss, Stephen Campbell, manager of Car 2000, told the Guardian: ‘We have had quite a lot of customers requesting what they call a local driver.

‘A bit insane if you consider that most of the [Asian] lads were born in Rochdale. But it’s a business and we have got a duty to do what the customer asks us to.

'Wake-up call': Simon Danczuk, the town’s Labour MP, branded the development 'extremely worrying'
'Wake-up call': Simon Danczuk, the town’s Labour MP, branded the development 'extremely worrying'
‘I don’t think we can discriminate against the customer in the same way. It is a business at the end of the day. We have a large bank loan to pay back.’

Mr Campbell said around 20 drivers had left Eagle Taxis after the two drivers were prosecuted. 

He added: ‘One of them got a knife held to his throat, one of them had his car smashed up.’
Mr Campbell said the exodus cost him an estimated £40,000 - 30 per cent of the firm’s annual profit: ‘It was devastating.’

He said: ‘The Asian drivers are harder working, they do what they are asked and they don’t complain about it. 

'If the public could actually see these [Asian] people close up and see what they are about, I don’t think they would be asking for white drivers.

‘We do get a lot of customers ringing up and asking us for a particular Asian guy as well.’

But he said customers who had asked for a white driver might have to wait as long as 20 minutes -compared with the average wait of three minutes.

Mr Danczuk said: ‘This is extremely worrying and a stark reminder of the impact grooming scandals have had on northern towns. 


It must act as a wake-up call to politicians who just pretend tensions like this don’t exist and bury their heads in the sand.’

Mark Widdup, of Rochdale Council, said: ‘There is currently nothing in the conditions of their licence which state that they cannot operate such a policy, just as some firms choose to offer customers only female drivers.’

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Teenager was raped at knifepoint aged just 15

  • Paige Bilclough, 17, has waived her right to anonymity to discuss her ordeal
  • She was 15 when she was forced off the street at knifepoint by Abdul Miah
  • He was 19, and held a knife to her throat before forcing schoolgirl to strip
  • Raped her three times in 90-minute ordeal on wasteland in December 2012
  • He told her: 'You will always be the girl that got raped - no-one will like you 
  • Miah, from Newcastle, jailed for 12 years last May after three rape charges
  • Miss Bilclough, however, is planning to go to college and become a singer
  • She said: 'He's the one whose life is over - I am getting on with my life' 
  • Miss Bilclough, who is now 17, dreams of going on X Factor next year
A schoolgirl who was repeatedly raped in a 90-minute ordeal overheard by her mother has bravely waived her right to anonymity to speak out against her attacker.

Paige Bilclough was 15 when she was attacked at knifepoint by Abdul Miah, then 19, on a piece of wasteland in Newcastle.

As he assaulted her, he told her: 'You will always be the girl that got raped and no-one will like you.'

But today the 17-year-old from Newcastle's West End said: 'He's the one that should be ashamed - he has lost everything and is behind bars while I want to be a singer and am getting on with my life. 

Paige Bilclough, 17, was just 15 when she was raped three times at knifepoint by Abdul Miah, then 19
Paige Bilclough, 17, was just 15 when she was raped three times at knifepoint by Abdul Miah, then 19, right 
Miss Bilclough, who has chosen to waive her right to anonymity, was raped three times on wasteland, above
Miss Bilclough, who has chosen to waive her right to anonymity, was raped three times on wasteland, above

Miss Bilclough was walking from a youth club to her aunt's house in the city's Rye Hill in December 2012 when Miah walked up to her, put a knife to her throat, and marched her down a dark alleyway to a secluded piece of wasteland.

He then stuck his knife in a tree, ordered her to strip, and kept her there for an hour and a half, raping her three times.

'He just told me to take my clothes off,' she said.  'I was frozen and scared but I tried to do everything he said just so he wouldn't stab me.

'When you are in that situation you just focus on surviving.  Before it happened to me I thought I would have fought back, but you just do what you have to do to survive.'

The attack was overheard by her mother who, worried about her daughter not coming back, had called her mobile.  When the phone was answered, she heard a man's mumbles instead of her daughter's voice.

After the attack, during which Miah tried to degrade Miss Bilclough by telling her her life was ruined, he ordered her to dress and told her to empty her bag before grabbing cash and her phone and fleeing.

Dreams: The teenager, from Newcastle's West End, says it is Miah who should be ashamed, and whose life is ruined, while hers is just beginning
Miss Bilclough was dragged off this street in Newcastle in December 2012 as she walked to her aunt's house from a youth club
Dreams: The teenager, from Newcastle's West End, says it is Miah, who dragged her off this street in the city, right, who should be ashamed, saying his life is ruined while hers is just beginning

Sobbing, she fled to her aunt's house and reported the attack to police.  Detectives found CCTV images of him in a hooded top walking along the street and his knife was recovered from the scene.

Miah, of Elswick, was arrested five days later after police matched his DNA to a saliva sample taken when he was arrested in 2008 for taking a knife to his school Excelsior Academy.

He admitted three counts of rape, robbery, and having a knife, and was jailed for 12 years in May last year.
Miss Bilclough had wanted to face her rapist in court but her mother thought it would be too traumatic.

She said: 'I did want to go to court as I thought seeing him might have been a bit of closure for me.
'At the time it happened I didn't see his face, but after he was jailed I looked at the picture of him on the Newcastle Chronicle website and he just looked like a little kid.'

Convicted rapist Miah was sentenced to 12 years in jail at Newcastle's Law Courts, above, in May last year
Convicted rapist Miah was sentenced to 12 years in jail at Newcastle's Law Courts, above, in May last year

She said: 'He's got what he deserved - he's behind bars now, and that's the life he's going to live from now on.
'I'm getting on with my life, but he's lost everything.

'I'm not ashamed of what happened to me - he's the one that should be ashamed.'

Miss Bilclough is now working to put the attack behind her, saying: 'I do still think about it but there's no point in going over and over it.'

And she says surviving it has given her a new strength.

'It's really given me a new determination to keep going - it's like I have a new light in my life because I have been given a second chance.

'I could have died that night, and now I don't take anything for granted.'

The teenager now intends to train as a singer and vocal coach in the hope of becoming a professional singer.  
She said: 'I was going to try out for X Factor this year but I chickened out at the last minute.
'But I really want to do it next year.

'It's been hard to get my confidence up but I I'm going to work at it.'