Wednesday, June 03, 2020

TV reporter is attacked by screwdriver-wielding man yelling 'Allahu Akbar' while covering Black Lives Matter protest in London

  • Correspondent Sophie Walsh was assaulted during a live broadcast this morning
  • Footage was not captured of assault but reporter, 34, can be heard screaming
  • The attacker was arrested for threats to kill and possessing an offensive weapon
  • She later tweeted 'I'm shaken but okay' and thanked her 'incredible cameraman'
A reporter screamed live on air as she was attacked by a screwdriver-wielding man yelling 'Allahu Akbar' while covering the Black Lives Matter protest in London.
Nine News' Europe correspondent Sophie Walsh, 34, was assaulted while broadcasting at 9am this morning, according to the Australian network.
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Footage was not captured of the attack but Ms Walsh can be heard screaming and seen clearly shaken afterwards while relaying the incident to one of her colleagues.
She said: 'Sorry, I just had someone come up and try and... yeah. 
'A man just came up and grabbed me. He’s not armed. A man just came up and grabbed me though.'
A fellow presenter reported the attacker 'made motions to stab her' with the cameraman operator and bystanders chasing him down.
Footage later shows a man being detained by two police officers and held against a car bonnet.
The network said it is unclear whether the man 'had a screwdriver in his hand or in his pocket', reporting he was arrested for threats to kill and possessing an offensive weapon.
Ms Walsh later wrote on Twitter: 'Thank you for your messages. The man has been arrested for threats to kill and carrying a weapon. I’m shaken but okay. 
'Big thanks to my incredible cameraman Jason Conduit who chased him down armed with a light stand and got him arrested.'
Senior producer Michelle Taverniti also posted a picture of Mr Conduit chasing after the man 'with a light stand', captioning: 'Incredibly brave. We’re all thankful they’re alright.'


Monday, June 01, 2020

BBC puts Muslim in charge of religious television shows

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Fatima Salaria has been made the new commissioning editor for ethics and religion making her responsible for all the BBC’s religious content, including Songs of Praise. 

Ms Salaria has previously commissioned Muslims Like Us, a reality style show and produced Britain’s Jihadi Brides. 

She was made an assistant commissioner in 2015 during a BBC diversity drive.

Ms Salaria attracted criticism last year for giving Anthony Small a platform on Muslims Like Us. 

The convicted fraudster is now known as Abdul Haqq and was a member of hate preacher Anjem Choudray’s inner circle. 

He has expressed support for Islamic State and was cleared in 2015 of trying to join terror group. 

Previously a series producer for BBC current affairs, Ms Salaria has worked on programmes including including Carols at Kings and An Island Parish as well as series like My Mediterranean with Adrian Chiles.

Discussing the religion strategy for BBC programming on the corporation website, Ms Salaria says: “What I’m really interested in with religious programming is the fact that I want it to reflect the country that we live in.

“So rather than use that big word diverse, what does that actually mean, I basically want to reflect all of the different kind of faiths in this country.” 

According to the latest ONS figures, in 2011 Christianity remained the largest religion with 59.3 per cent of the population identifying themselves as Christian.

In total, 14.1 million people, around a quarter of the population in England and Wales, reported they have no religion in 2011.

More than 100 people complained in 2009 over the BBC’s decision to make Aaqil Ahmed the first Muslim to hold the post of head of religion and ethics, arguing the role should be given to a Christian because it is the UK’s main faith.

Tory MP Bill Cash suggests the role should be rotated between religions.

Muslims made up the second largest religious group with 4.8 per cent of the population of England and Wales.

He said: “We have got a very important situation regarding the sensitive handling of all matters of religion. It is really important that we have a proper balance, and it would appear that this is something that has to be evened out.”

The BBC defended Ms Salaria’s appointment. 

In a statement, the BBC said: “People should be judged by their ability to do the job, not their religious background and Fatima was appointed as she is an extremely talented commissioner - we’ve strengthened our focus on religion and ethics within television and have been clear that we plan to do even more to reflect the role of religion in modern Britain, with Christianity at the heart of our coverage.”

Saturday, May 30, 2020

moment thug mows down victim with his car before beating his unconscious body with a crowbar as he is jailed for four years

  • Aqeel Ahmed, 24, attacked his victim at a petrol station in Manchester 
  • CCTV footage showed Ahmed drive at his victim before hitting him with a bar
  • Greater Manchester Police arrested Ahmed at the crime scene on February 25
  • He was today jailed  for four years after pleading guilty to the attack 
A man who mowed down a stranger at a petrol station and then attacked him with a crowbar has been jailed for four years.
Aqeel Ahmed, 24, targeted his victim after a confrontation in the car park of the premises in Manchester.
He returned to his VW Touran car and sped back into the petrol station where he ploughed into the man who flew from his bonnet onto a parked vehicle. The incident was captured on CCTV.
Ahmed then leapt out and stamped on his victim's head three times while he lay unconscious on the floor.
The driver of the parked vehicle intervened and restrained Ahmed but the defendant broke free and struck his victim several times with a crowbar.
Aqeel Ahmed, 24, targeted his victim after a confrontation in the car park of a petrol station in Manchester on February 25
Aqeel Ahmed, 24, targeted his victim after a confrontation in the car park of a petrol station in Manchester on February 25
Police said the victim may not have survived the 'unrelenting' onslaught if it was not for the brave actions of the other motorist and also members of the public who swiftly raised the alarm.
Ahmed, of Queensgate, Bolton, was arrested at the scene on February 25 and his victim was treated in hospital for a laceration to the scalp.
He was sentenced on Thursday at Manchester Crown Court after admitting to attempting to cause grievous bodily harm, dangerous driving and drink-driving, Greater Manchester Police said.
Detective Constable Terry Macmillan said: 'This was an unrelenting attack on a man who Ahmed didn't even know, that could have caused life threatening injuries.
'If it wasn't for the bravery of the man who restrained Ahmed and other members of the public who quickly called police, his victim may not have survived.
CCTV showed the moment Ahmed drove at his victim before attacking him with a crowbar
CCTV showed the moment Ahmed drove at his victim before attacking him with a crowbar
Ahmed was arrested at the scene by Greater Manchester Police on February 25
Ahmed was arrested at the scene by Greater Manchester Police on February 25
'I would like to thank them for their quick-thinking actions that day.
'Ahmed's attack was senseless and brutal but thankfully CCTV footage of the events leading up to and after the assault has significantly helped to put this violent man behind bars.'

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Mosques across Britain could sound the call to prayer through loudspeakers after councils gave permission to alert the faithful during Ramadan

  • Several councils gave permission for call – known as the adhan – to be broadcast
  • Some communities were allowed to broadcast prayer during month of Ramadan
  • Mosque elders now planning to make adhan a permanent fixture after Ramadan 
Mosques across the country could start sounding the daily call to prayer through loudspeakers following a series of unofficial pilot programmes.
Scores of communities were allowed to use public address systems to alert the faithful during the holy month of Ramadan, which ended last night.
Several councils gave permission for the call – known as the adhan – to be broadcast each evening to help followers keep in touch with their places of worship during the lockdown.
Mosque elders are now planning to apply to councils to make the adhan a permanent fixture after Ramadan.
Mosques across the country could start sounding the daily call to prayer through loudspeakers following a series of unofficial pilot programmes. Pictured: Newham's Minhaj-ul-Quran mosque, in London, hopes to make the call to prayer every day
Mosques across the country could start sounding the daily call to prayer through loudspeakers following a series of unofficial pilot programmes. Pictured: Newham's Minhaj-ul-Quran mosque, in London, hopes to make the call to prayer every day
Allama Sadiq Qureshi, who is an imam at the Minhaj-ul-Quran mosque in Newham, East London, said: 'We want this practice to continue in the future.
'But at the same time, we must be bothered about our neighbours, we need their permission. If they are happy, then we are going to start it.
'Just one symbolic adhan per day, if Newham council allow us. Just one adhan at the day time, at dhuhr [afternoon prayer], then it will be really good.'
He said the Newham Muslim Forum, a local umbrella body of mosques, is considering making the application after Ramadan.
At least 25 mosques in London and dozens more across the country have joined over the past four weeks.
The initiative began when Kensington and Chelsea Council in London gave permission to the borough's biggest mosque, known as the Al-Manaar, to start broadcasting out the nightly reminder.
Following that, Waltham Forest Council in North-East London allowed nine mosques in the borough to broadcast the adhan every evening and again on Friday afternoons to mark the beginning of the most important ceremonial prayer of the Muslim week, known as jumuah.
One of the biggest mosques in the borough, the Waltham Forest Islamic Association (WFIA), sounded the adhan loud enough for it to be heard within a one-mile radius.
Video footage was posted on social media showing the muezzin – the cleric who makes the call to prayer – reciting from the rooftop of the mosque.
Other mosques in the borough have placed concert-style speakers on their front doors to make the call.
Yesterday, Raja Ilyas, the general secretary of the WFIA, said: 'My wish is that if we can recite adhan at least at jumuah or one time [per day], but it's my wish.
'I can't force my wish on anybody, especially on the local council and local residents – it's my wish being a Muslim.'
Meanwhile, council leaders have said the response they received from the community has been broadly positive, although there were some complaints.
Cllr Elizabeth Campbell, the Conservative leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, said: 'Allowing the adhan to be broadcast has helped encourage people to stay home and stay safe while maintaining the sense of togetherness and community.
'We've had a really positive response overall.'
Elsewhere, a cleric performed the adhan as a one-off outside the towers of Canary Wharf for the evening prayer. Other venues included Chesham, Buckinghamshire and Preston, Lancashire.
In Islamic countries, the adhan is broadcast from mosques five times a day for each of the daily ceremonial prayers.
The first call happens at dawn and the last one, known as isha, takes place around bedtime.
Until now, most mosques in Britain have been banned from using loudspeakers on noise pollution grounds.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Girl who said she was raped by Asian sex gang is charged with perverting course of justice

  • WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: 
  • The girl walked into police station to allege she was beaten up by grooming gang
  • She later claimed on social media that she was taken to an address on Tuesday 
  • Cumbria Police said today the teen had been charged with perverting the course of justice and was in custody, having allegedly breached her bail conditions
  • Police force also reassured the public it was investigating her claims robustly 
The teenage girl, in an image attached to her social media post, claimed she was put into a car on Tuesday and taken to an address so that three Asian men could have sex with her
The teenage girl, in an image attached to her social media post, claimed she was put into a car on Tuesday and taken to an address so that three Asian men could have sex with her
A 19-year-old girl has been charged with perverting the course of justice after telling police she was drugged and raped by an Asian sex gang in Cumbria.
The teenager, from Barrow-in-Furness, is currently in custody awaiting a court hearing, having allegedly breached her bail conditions.
Last night Cumbria Police confirmed it was investigating an incident of physical and sexual abuse that was reported by a woman in her late teens on Tuesday evening.
The girl later alleged on social media that she had been beaten, burned, drugged and trafficked for sex throughout the north of England by Pakistani men.
Her post included pictures of bruises, scratches and burn marks, and sparked a social media storm.
Cumbria Police revealed on Wednesday that they had launched a 12 month investigation into claims of sexual and physical abuse by an organised gang who were said to have trafficked girls and young women across the north of England.
An independent review team was called in to assess their handling of the investigation and safeguarding surrounding it.
Today the force said the only charges to arise from the investigation was against a young woman. In a statement it said: 'Cumbria Constabulary can confirm that a 19-year-old woman, from Barrow-in-Furness, is subject of ongoing criminal proceedings.
'She was charged with seven counts of perverting the course of justice on 26th March 2020 and was released on bail.
'She has subsequently been arrested on 20th May for breach of her bail conditions and has been remanded in custody, court date to be notified. '   
In the girl's shocking social media post, she'd claimed she was put into a car on Tuesday and taken to an address so that three Asian men could have sex with her.
'Afterwards I was beaten because I was in debt to these men for not attending "parties" for over seven weeks due to coronavirus,' she wrote. 
One of the pictures posted online by the teenage girl, showing bruising from the alleged abuse. The allegations are now the subject of a thorough police investigation
One of the pictures posted online by the teenage girl, showing bruising from the alleged abuse. The allegations are now the subject of a thorough police investigation
'The organisers of the party decided to beat me to teach me a lesson. They decided that I don't learn from being battered as I've received beatings before'.
She claimed her alleged abusers began to hack off one of her fingers as a punishment for 'continuing to make the same mistakes'.
One of them 'waved a knife around' while he and others in the gang threatened to kill her.
The girl supported her claims with a series of photographs showing her with black eyes, bruising to both her face and body, and what appear to be cigarette burns.
Responding to the public's horror at the social media post today, Cumbria's Head of Crime and safeguarding, Det Chief Supt Dean Holden, reiterated that there had been a robust response to the allegation.
Det Chief Holden said: 'What I can say about this particular scenario is that Cumbria Constabulary have been undertaking an operational investigation for nearly 12 months now that has been looking at specific allegations of abuse.
'That investigation has involved a dedicated investigative team, a senior investigating officer and significant resources dedicated to it.
'As a result of that investigation I can say that an individual has been charged with some offences. I have to be very careful what I say about that because I do not want to undermine any judicial processes, but what I can say is that the investigation was subjected to an independent peer review in March this year.
The girl posted this picture of her thumb covered in blood
The girl posted this picture of her thumb covered in blood
'That review was conducted by subject matter experts nationally, qualified and experienced in investigating sexual abuse and physical violence.
'Whilst that review did give us some minor recommendations the outcome was that the investigation was conducted with utmost integrity, transparency and professionalism.
'More importantly our safeguarding approach had been very robust and professional, which we had taken with partner agencies.
'So I want to reassure people this is not something we had ignored or otherwise dismissed, it is something we have taken extremely seriously and we have sought an independent review to ensure that our investigation is transparent and professional.
'What I would say is, when the question is asked, "Is there an organised gang of Asian men in Barrow conducting abuse or other exploitation against individuals?"
'Our investigation has shown that has not been corroborated or otherwise evidenced.
'Here in Cumbria Constabulary we are not complacent, we are humble and if individuals think they have information that suggests that is the scenario or have any information about abuse, sexual abuse or physical abuse they must contact us and put those reports in.
'We will take them very seriously and will do our utmost to investigate them and more importantly safeguard and support victims of crime. We have a really good relationship with our partner agencies and have been really well supported.'  
The girl alleged she had been both physically and sexually abused by the gang over a number of years.
She also claimed that despite the police investigation into her own case, other teenagers in the area are still being attacked and trafficked.
She claimed: 'I am not the only girl in (the area) who has gone through this or is going through this. I know plenty of girls involved – including girls from away.
'This is local men and men from away. These are mostly Pakistani men and some are business owners. I wish I could name all of those involved, but due to current ongoing investigations I'm not allowed'.
She had finally come forward after 'years of me being trafficked to places across Manchester, Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria…mostly Leeds, Huddersfield, Oldham, Preston, Blackpool, Lancaster and Morecambe.
'I have been to other places as well as attending "parties" locally. This is to have sex with Asian men with me receiving nothing for it'.
She adds: 'These are evil yet clever men. They know how to manipulate, convince and threaten girls into staying. When they can't, they use extreme violence.
'I used to believe that these people loved me. I realise now that they used me for their own gain and profit. They have beaten me on multiple occasions, sometimes for no reason at all.
'They have given me drugs to the point I was nearly addicted to heroin. They have stripped me naked, beaten me and dumped me in the middle of nowhere with nothing…no money, phone, ID, clothes, shoes, nothing.
'They did this once in winter (when) I got found with bad hypothermia. They have broken my ribs and many bones in my face. They have split my ear, cut my throat, attempted to cut my boobs and nipples off.
One of the pictured posted to social media by the teenage girl. Last night Cumbria Police confirmed it was investigating an incident of physical and sexual abuse
One of the pictured posted to social media by the teenage girl. Last night Cumbria Police confirmed it was investigating an incident of physical and sexual abuse
'They have carved words into my body, branded me with letters. They have disclocated my elbow, they have stabbed me, they have burnt me and used me as an ashtray to stamp cigarettes out.
'They have beaten me black (and blue). I have had a bleed on the brain from a head injury. I have lost some vision in one of my eyes from being smacked so badly.
'Now I have had my finger cut. They have put lit petrol rags and threatening letters through my letter box, they have followed me home, tried to drown me, strangled me and they have stalked me'.
She claimed members of the gang were sometimes armed and had either waved their guns around or else held them to her head.
For years she tried to cover up the abuse by claiming she had hurt herself in accidents. Her suffering caused her to attempt suicide as a way to escape.
'I lost all my self-respect and didn't actually care if I was killed because at least then all this would be over. I know now that this has gone too far and everything is not ok. I have scars across my body that won't go away, but even worse I have memories that won't disappear'.
'I am incredibly lucky not to be dead already. I thought the only way I could escape this life was to marry one of them, get pregnant or kill myself'.
Girl X insists she will continue to tell the police everything she knows so she can help them 'fix this'. She believes she deserves justice and will feel 'so proud of myself' if she can achieve it by bringing her alleged abusers to trial.
She wants other girls to be aware of the issue of grooming and to remember that 'if a man asks you to keep it a secret it's usually because what he is doing is wrong'.
Under-age girls should be shown the 'disturbing' images of her abuse if their families or friends felt it would help frighten them into staying clear of the gangs.
They might see the attention given to them by such men as 'fun and nice at the start', but the photographs represented the reality of 'how it ends'.

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Friday, May 22, 2020

Residents Voice Opposition to 1,000-Capacity Mosque on London’s Iconic Piccadilly Circus

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A bid to build a 1,000 capacity “mega-mosque” in one of London’s most iconic buildings has been met with a rash of last-minute objections from locals, with concerns citing its close proximity to the city’s world-famous historic gay quarter.
The plans submitted to the City of Westminster Council surround the Trocadero building [pictured, above] on Picadilly Circus in London’s cultural hub in the West End. Under the new design, the basements and part of the ground floor would be converted into a 1,000 capacity mosque.
The property is owned by Malawian-born, London-based developer Asif Aziz, and the conversion of part of the iconic building is being shepherded by his registered charity the Aziz Foundation. Among the trustees of the charity are Mr Aziz himself, and Talat Malik — a trustee of the Wimbledon mosque.
Stating that nurturing “disadvantaged communities who often lack representation and voice in mainstream society” is part of the mission of the foundation, the planning documents submitted to the council names Sheikh Sulayman Van Ael as the intended imam for the mosque. Sheikh Van Ael is a self-described Dutch Muslim convert who was born into an atheist family but found his faith in his teens.
While the application was lodged with the council in February, the council has seen a late surge of opposing statements to the plan from Londoners expressing apparently serious concerns. One of those is author and former Westminster City councillor JP Floru, who told Breitbart London the scale of the development and its proximity to the Soho district were worrying.
Soho, historically a centre of London’s gay and alternative culture and whose bars, cafes, and nightclubs lie just yards from the Trocadero building, has been cited in a number of responses to the planning application.
Mr Floru said: “This is not a small scale mosque catering for local demand. There are fewer than five per cent of Muslims living in this area, who use small local mosques. Setting up a 1,000 capacity flagship mosque right next to the long-standing gay district of Soho will damage local cohesion.
“The area is already heavily overcrowded — imagine adding another 1,000 after Friday prayers — road traffic will have to be stopped. Let’s keep central London for entertainment use, and place new large places of worship where there is local demand for it.”
Adding a remark on the apparent attitude of the council to the application, Floru added: “Perhaps it’s a sign of the times that local councillors have kept quiet about this application, and this controversial proposal for a mega-mosque on Piccadilly does not seem to have been in the media at all.”
The application, for its part, refutes the claim that the mosque is not needed, claiming other nearby mosques are already full to the point of turning away worshippers. Further, it claims as many as one-fifth of residents of Westminster are of the Muslim faith, and the document anticipates this figure will be found to be higher at the time of the coming 2021 census.
Reflecting the expressed concerns of the impact the mosque would have on the local environment, and the surge in traffic it could attract, Breitbart London reached out to the City of Westminster councillor with responsibility for these policy areas. No response had been received at the time of publication.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

“Boris Govt Makes Special Deal to Fly In Migrants from Greece Despite Pandemic,”

“Boris Johnson’s government had reached a special deal with Athens to fly in over 50 migrants from Greece, despite the coronavirus pandemic and the country’s flight ban.” This is in addition to the over 1,000 illegal boat migrants who have arrived in the UK during the coronavirus lockdown, 91 of whom arrived in a single day.
The new migrants from Greece are coming “from Syria, Somalia, and Afghanistan,” all while Greece has sought to protect its own country and fought off the surge of violent migrants after Turkey opened the floodgates.
The UK’s Labour Party not surprisingly was ecstatic over the Johnson government’s move: “I hope it is only a start,” said Lord Dubs, the Labour peer who helped facilitate the flights.” ‘
Johnson continues to disappoint, as he does nothing to stop illegal Muslim migrants from swarming into the UK, despite the ongoing issues of radicalization and jihad threats, rising crime and Muslim rape gangs assaulting British girls.

Teenage girl claims Asian grooming gang beat, burned and drugged her to force her into having sex with them in harrowing Facebook post

  • WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT 
  • The girl walked into police station to allege she was beaten up by grooming gang
  • She later claimed on social media that she was taken to an address on Tuesday
  • Teenager supported claims with photos of bruising and what appear to be burns
  • Cumbria Police said last night it was investigating a reported incident of abuse  
The teenage girl, in an image attached to her social media post, claimed she was put into a car on Tuesday and taken to an address so that three Asian men could have sex with her
The teenage girl, in an image attached to her social media post, claimed she was put into a car on Tuesday and taken to an address so that three Asian men could have sex with her
Police are investigating claims from a teenage girl who says an Asian grooming gang beat, burned and drugged her to force her into having sex with them.  
The girl, from Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria, walked into a police station to allege she had been beaten up for failing to attend so-called 'parties' at which other victims were routinely abused.
She later claimed in a Facebook post that she was put into a car on Tuesday and taken to an address so that three Asian men could have sex with her.
'Afterwards I was beaten because I was in debt to these men for not attending 'parties' for over seven weeks due to coronavirus,' she wrote. 
'The organisers of the party decided to beat me to teach me a lesson. They decided that I don't learn from being battered as I've received beatings before'.
She claimed her alleged abusers began to hack off one of her fingers as a punishment for 'continuing to make the same mistakes'.
One of them 'waved a knife around' while he and others in the gang threatened to kill her.
The girl supported her claims with a series of photographs showing her with black eyes, bruising to both her face and body, and what appear to be cigarette burns.
Last night Cumbria Police confirmed it was investigating an incident of physical and sexual abuse that was reported by a woman in her late teens on Tuesday evening.
One of the pictures posted online by the teenage girl, showing bruising from the alleged abuse. The allegations are now the subject of a thorough police investigation
One of the pictures posted online by the teenage girl, showing bruising from the alleged abuse. The allegations are now the subject of a thorough police investigation
The allegations are now the subject of a thorough investigation by a team of detectives.
In a statement the force added: 'The constabulary are aware of a post issued by a member of the public… on social media concerning the incident, which was reported to have occurred in the Barrow-in-Furness area'.
The girl alleged she had been both physically and sexually abused by the gang over a number of years.
The girl posted this picture of her thumb covered in blood
The girl posted this picture of her thumb covered in blood
She also claims that despite the police investigation into her own case, other teenagers in the area are still being attacked and trafficked.
'I am not the only girl in (the area) who has gone through this or is going through this. I know plenty of girls involved – including girls from away.
'This is local men and men from away. These are mostly Pakistani men and some are business owners. I wish I could name all of those involved, but due to current ongoing investigations I'm not allowed'.
She had finally come forward after 'years of me being trafficked to places across Manchester, Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria…mostly Leeds, Huddersfield, Oldham, Preston, Blackpool, Lancaster and Morecambe.
'I have been to other places as well as attending 'parties' locally'. This is to have sex with Asian men with me receiving nothing for it'.
She adds: 'These are evil yet clever men. They know how to manipulate, convince and threaten girls into staying. When they can't, they use extreme violence.
'I used to believe that these people loved me. I realise now that they used me for their own gain and profit. They have beaten me on multiple occasions, sometimes for no reason at all.
'They have given me drugs to the point I was nearly addicted to heroin. They have stripped me naked, beaten me and dumped me in the middle of nowhere with nothing…no money, phone, ID, clothes, shoes, nothing.
'They did this once in winter (when) I got found with bad hypothermia. They have broken my ribs and many bones in my face. They have split my ear, cut my throat, attempted to cut my boobs and nipples off.
One of the pictured posted to social media by the teenage girl. Last night Cumbria Police confirmed it was investigating an incident of physical and sexual abuse
One of the pictured posted to social media by the teenage girl. Last night Cumbria Police confirmed it was investigating an incident of physical and sexual abuse
'They have carved words into my body, branded me with letters. They have disclocated my elbow, they have stabbed me, they have burnt me and used me as an ashtray to stamp cigarettes out.
'They have beaten me black (and blue). I have had a bleed on the brain from a head injury. I have lost some vision in one of my eyes from being smacked so badly.
'Now I have had my finger cut. They have put lit petrol rags and threatening letters through my letter box, they have followed me home, tried to drown me, strangled me and they have stalked me'.
She claimed members of the gang were sometimes armed and had either waved their guns around or else held them to her head.
For years she tried to cover up the abuse by claiming she had hurt herself in accidents. Her suffering caused her to attempt suicide as a way to escape.
'I lost all my self-respect and didn't actually care if I was killed because at least then all this would be over. I know now that this has gone too far and everything is not ok. I have scars across my body that won't go away, but even worse I have memories that won't disappear'.
'I am incredibly lucky not to be dead already. I thought the only way I could escape this life was to marry one of them, get pregnant or kill myself'.
Girl X insists she will continue to tell the police everything she knows so she can help them 'fix this'. She believes she deserves justice and will feel 'so proud of myself' if she can achieve it by bringing her alleged abusers to trial.
She wants other girls to be aware of the issue of grooming and to remember that 'if a man asks you to keep it a secret it's usually because what he is doing is wrong'.
Under-age girls should be shown the 'disturbing' images of her abuse if their families or friends felt it would help frighten them into staying clear of the gangs.
They might see the attention given to them by such men as 'fun and nice at the start', but the photographs represented the reality of 'how it ends'.