UK News: Record number of blackmail offences in Nottinghamshire

Manchester City star Benjamin Mendy to stand trial Wednesday

  Manchester City star Benjamin Mendy to stand trial Wednesday Manchester City and France footballer Benjamin Mendy stands trial Wednesday for the alleged rape and assault of seven women, which could see his playing career end in jail if convicted. Mendy, 28, is due at Chester Crown Court in northwest England to face eight counts of rape, one count of sexual assault and one count of attempted rape, relating to seven young women. He pleaded not guilty in May to nine of the 10 charges, but was subsequently hit with the further rape count which has not yet been put to him in a court.

A record number of blackmail offences were reported to police in Nottinghamshire last year, figures show.

  Record number of blackmail offences in Nottinghamshire © Joe Giddens

Victim Support urged the Government and police forces across England and Wales – almost all of which saw a record number of offences last year – to take the crime seriously.

Home Office figures show Nottinghamshire Police recorded 424 blackmail offences in the year to March – up from 296 in 2020-21, and the most since comparable records began in 2012-13.

Across England and Wales, 22,000 such offences were recorded in 2021-22 – more than double the number before the coronavirus pandemic in 2019-20, and also a record.

All the past Strictly winners from previous series

  All the past Strictly winners from previous series The very first Strictly series aired in 2004.A host of famous faces are taking part in this year’s contest, including Will Mellor, Kym Marsh, Ellie Simmonds and Bros singer Matt Goss.

The crime – which is punishable by up to 14 years in jail – is one of the fastest growing over the last decade.

Victim Support said the rise could reflect more crimes or victims feeling more empowered to come forward, but warned many still choose not to as they feel embarrassed.

Diana Fawcett, chief executive of the charity, said: “This steep rise in reports of blackmail is seriously concerning – with only 1% of cases resulting in a charge, we risk victims losing trust in the criminal justice system.

“It is essential victims of blackmail are given practical and emotional support to help them recover and seek justice.

"Police forces and the Government must take this crime seriously and get to the bottom of why we’re seeing this increase.”

Fleur East breaks down in tears on ITV's Lorraine after Strictly Come Dancing announcement

  Fleur East breaks down in tears on ITV's Lorraine after Strictly Come Dancing announcement She appeared on ITV's Lorraine to discuss the newsThe Hits Radio host is the 12th star to sign up to the BBC One show. The hit programme will return to screens in the Autumn as a new set of celebrities take to the dance floor.

Although the figures do not break down the type of blackmail carried out, the National Crime Agency views "sextortion", or webcam blackmail – where victims are tricked into performing sexual acts on video – as a growing threat.

And the Revenge Porn Helpline, which supports those who have suffered intimate image abuse, said it was their most reported issue in 2021.

Zara Ward, a senior practitioner at the service, said: "In many of our cases we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg and so many of these instances go unreported because the scammers have a huge impact on their victims, and it can lead to a lot of victims remaining silent."

She said the pandemic drove much of people's daily communication online, including relationships, and a lot of scams now begin on dating apps or social media.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council said a rise in blackmail crimes is largely down to improvements in recording.

Ukraine and Russia once again accuses shots on the Zaporijjia

 Ukraine and Russia once again accuses shots on the Zaporijjia © Ed Jones nuclear power plant The Zaporijjia nuclear power plant, photographed since Nikopol in Ukraine on April 27, 2022 kyiv and Moscow again exchanged Shooting on the Zaporijjia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, occupied by Russia and targeted several times for a week.

It encourages anyone who has been a victim to report it to the police – where they will receive continued support – and not give in to demands.

Separate figures show that of the 20,360 blackmail investigations closed nationwide in 2021-22, just 1% resulted in a charge or summons, and 59% with no suspect identified.

Of these, 407 were concluded in Nottinghamshire, with 64% resulting in no suspect being identified, 34% abandoned due to evidential difficulties and less than 1% with a charge or summons.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “We are supporting police by funding crime prevention measures, including equipping police with better technology to help catch more criminals.

"We are working with partners across the criminal justice system to increase the number of cases being charged and prosecuted.”

The Samaritans offer support and advice to people feeling suicidal or vulnerable 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Their website is https://www.samaritans.org, email address [email protected] or call free on 116 123

Fort Boyard: The production responds to the accusations of "blackmail" of Vaimalama Chaves .
© Capture of screen France 2 Fort Boyard: the production responds to the accusations of "blackmail" of Vaimalama Chaves The teams of Fort Boyard have decided to react. Victim of numerous criticisms on social networks after his participation in the game, Vaimalama Chaves had accused the production of the program "blackmail". Accusations that producers who wanted to defend themselves. It is a controversy that affects the show Fort Boyard.

See also