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Retired vicar convicted of indecent assault

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A retired vicar has been convicted of three counts of indecent assault against a young boy.

Cyril Ashton Rowe, 78, (25.7.38) of Manor Road, Bournemouth was charged on 6 September 2016. All the offences were committed against one victim between 1979 and 1981. The victim, a boy, was between nine and eleven years old at the time.

The offences were reported to police on 13 August 2015.

At the time of the offences, Rowe was a vicar at St Matthias church in Stoke Newington. The victim attended the church as a chorister.

Rowe was interviewed under caution in January 2016 and charged as above.

On Wednesday, 8 February 2017, Rowe was found guilty after a trial at Bournemouth Crown Court.

The victim gave evidence at court via a link from a hospice in Streatham. He suffered from motor neurone disease, and, by blinking his eyes, he was able to 'speak' to the court via eye tracking technology.

The victim died, aged 47, on the same day that the guilty verdict was returned. He never heard that Rowe had been convicted.

Rowe will be sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court on 10th March.

Re-appeal to trace man in connection with Beckton kidnap, assault and robbery

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Police in Newham Borough are reiterating appeals to trace a man they would like to speak to in connection with a kidnap, assault and robbery

Officers continue to seek Shahidul Islam, 22 (13/04/1994), in connection with the kidnap of a 19-year-old man from Tollgate Road, E6 on 11 March 2016.

On that day the victim was taken at around 18:15hrs to a secluded area near Royal Dock Road, Beckton and assaulted and threatened with a firearm before being driven 30 miles to his home in Kent.

There the gang forced their way inside the property; held the victim's younger brother against his will, and stole two vehicles, along with the vehicle log books, and other items of value.

The victim was then driven back to Beckton and told to transfer £200 into one of the suspect's bank account. He was also told that he had a week to hand over an additional £10,000.

Throughout his ordeal the victim was kicked and punched by the suspects and he sustained cuts and bruises.

Detectives are continuing to appeal for the public's help in locating Shahidul Islam, but are warning he should not be approached and should instead call 999 immediately.

Anyone with any information on his whereabouts are urged to contact DC Raf Patel at Forest Gate Police Station on 0208 217 5889, or police via 101 or by tweeting @MetCC.

To give information anonymously Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111 or visit

The investigation so far has resulted in three people being convicted and sentenced.

Kousar Ahmed, 23, of Linton Gardens, E6; Riaz Ahmed, 23, of Whitchurch Road, RM3; and a 16-year-old of E6, were found guilty of kidnap, robbery and assault at Wood Green Crown Court in October 2016.

Kousar Ahmed and Riaz Ahmed were sentenced to seven years' imprisonment, and the 16-year-old was sentenced to three years imprisonment.

Appeal to identify man over assault on bus driver in Croydon

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Do you recognise this man?

Do you recognise this man?

Detectives have released images of a man they would like to speak to in connection with a vicious assault on a bus driver in Croydon.

The incident occurred on Saturday, 16 April 2016 at approximately 01:35hrs on a Route 75 bus whilst it was parked on the bus stand outside Fairfield Halls, Croydon.

The victim, a 53-year-old bus driver, was checking the upper deck of the bus when he heard the bus door open. He went downstairs to the lower deck and was approached by a man who punched and kicked him several times, knocking him to the floor.

The victim sustained a large cut to his forehead as well as substantial bruising. The ambulance service treated the victim for head injuries before taking him to hospital. He has since recovered from his injuries but is still suffering from emotional trauma.

The suspect is described as a light-skinned black man, aged between 25 and 35 years, of large build, approximately 6ft tall, with dark, tied back afro style hair and a beard. He wore a green hooded "Puffa" style coat. The suspect may live in the Croydon area.

The incident is being investigated by detectives from the Met's Roads and Transport Policing Command.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Anthony Barun on 07801 203 174 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Alternatively you can tweet @MetCC with any information.

There have been no arrests.

Updated: CCTV images released of man who assaulted girl in Leeds bakery

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SUSPECT: The man waiting at the counter of Greggs on the day of the assault

SUSPECT: The man waiting at the counter of Greggs on the day of the assault

Girl groped in Greggs

Detectives investigating a sexual assault on an eight-year-old girl in a Leeds bakers shop have  made an arrest after an appeal to find the man went viral online.

The victim was in the seating area of Greggs, in The Headrow, in Leeds city centre, when the incident occurred shortly after 3.30pm on Friday, February 12th.

She had been sat with her younger brother while her mother paid for items at the counter.

Detective Inspector Steve Greenbank, of Leeds District Safeguarding Unit, said: “This was clearly a distressing incident for the young girl involved.

Chief Inspector Mark Griffin, from the Leeds district policing team said, “A 34-year-old man from the Bradford area has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who shared our appeal for information, and for the public’s support in this matter.”