POLICE are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a teenager who has been missing for almost a week.

POLICE are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a teenager who has been missing for almost a week.

Chloe Thynne, 16, was last seen at 3.15pm on Friday, July 21 getting on a bus from Thornley to Peterlee.

She had planned to catch a connecting bus to Trimdon to meet a friend who lived in the area but has not been seen since.

She is described as being 5ft 3in with dyed brown hair, usually in a ponytail.

She was wearing a grey and dark blue jumper, black leggings, black trainers and was carrying a tanned leather handbag.

Sergeant Andrew Liddell said: “We are extremely worried about Chloe, who has not been seen or heard from for nearly a week.

“We’d like to reassure her that she isn’t in any trouble – if you are reading this Chloe, please get in touch as we just want to know if you are safe and well.

“Anyone who has any information on Chloe’s whereabouts should get in touch.

“We also want to appeal to Chloe’s friends who may know where she is to contact us – we just need to know that she is safe.”

Call Durham Police on 101, quoting incident number 651 of July 21.

Why can’t we “just block” illegal websites?

Whenever we post stories about paedophiles who have been downloading child abuse images and videos, many readers are astonished that such sites are allowed to exist and ask why the government isn’t doing more to stop them.

 

In November 2016, the UK Government passed Investigatory Powers Act which allows the Police and other Intelligence Agencies to monitor citizens’ web traffics. Internet Service Providers also must retain records of all websites visited by customers for one year although not individual pages. If, for example, an online predator connects to the Kik messaging service on their phone, their ISP will record this, although as the connection is encrypted it’s not usually possible to tell who they spoke to or what was said.

Most messaging apps and modern websites use encryption to protect data passing between your device and the site. This is important to protect you from criminals like identity thieves who otherwise might be able to read your private information but it also makes it easier for criminals to disguise what they’re doing.

Monitoring website use can be useful however if a Judge has issued a Sexual Harm Prevention Order banning them from certain sites such as chat rooms. These orders can also be used to require convicted criminals to allow Police to search their web history at any time to check what sites they’ve visited. As the law stands in the UK, a Judge cannot ban someone from using the internet altogether.   

While the above laws are useful, there’s very little in practice that can be done to prevent someone with access to the internet from accessing illegal content. Although Sexual Harm Prevention Orders can be used to search devices, it’s very easy to boot a “live” version of the Operating System Linux from a DVD or USB stick in such a way that all traces of a person’s web browsing habits are lost after shutting down the machine. 

In light of this, why not cut the problem off at source by simply banning websites which host illegal content?

Since 2013, Internet Service Providers in the UK have made sure that certain websites are blocked, although this is usually done for websites which infringe Copyright such as the Pirate Bay. However the main reason that websites which contain more extreme illegal content such as child abuse images and videos aren’t blocked is that there’s no practical way to do so.

Enter the Darknet

The ‘Dark Net’ (or ‘Tor anonymity network‘) is an area of the internet which can’t be accessed by regular web browsers and search engines. Users who download the Tor Browser Bundle can connect anonymously to tor hidden services. These are websites which exist only within the dark web and have the domain extension .onion.

Data packets sent between the user and the dark web site are encrypted and passed through a number of relays around the world making it extremely difficult to trace either of them. As each encrypted packet of data traces a seemingly random route through the Tor network, even a user’s ISP won’t be able to tell exactly what websites are visited. Dark web sites can also be hosted on servers anywhere in the world, so even if the Police can trace where one is located, they may not be able to arrest the owner.

 

These means that many of the sites hosted in the dark net offer illegal content. This is by no means always the case, which explains in part why the government hasn’t tried to ban the Tor anonymity network altogether. The same anonymity which allows a paedophile to download pictures of child abuse, also protects human rights workers in Burma who want to communicate safely. The dark web sites which host blueprints for explosives also can be used to show Western new stories to people in countries which practise censorship.

Regardless of your opinion on the furious “security versus privacy” debate, there’s also very little that can be done practically to block the tor network. China is the only country that has had much success with doing this consistently but only through practising widespread censorship and spending millions on equipment and staff.

Tor also uses open source software – in other words the code used to create it is freely available. This makes it very difficult to insert a special ‘backdoor’ to allow law enforcement access to user’s web traffic and in any case, as the Tor Project points out, this would make your machine vulnerable to all sorts of attackers.

What can we do?

While tor hidden services are theoretically secure, there have been times they have been discovered and shut down in practice. In October 2013 for example, the Silk Road, a one stop online black market for illegal drugs, was seized and deactivated. This was partly due to the fact the site’s creator Ross Ulbricht had not implemented the code properly, making it easier to trace the site’s location. In 2014, the FBI were also able to seize and shut down the Silk Road’s successor, the imaginatively named “Silk Road 2.0” by exploiting a vulnerability in the Tor Browser Bundle which allowed them to trace users’ location.

No computer system is perfect and new vulnerabilities are uncovered all the time. For this reason, the Tor project themselves list weaknesses which mean that it’s actually very tricky to connect to or run a dark web site anonymously. There’s also the fact that if a paedophile uses a third party web provider to host a dark web site, they may discover it and shut it down themselves. 

The solution to taking down illegal websites therefore is to allow the Police to do their job, however long it takes. Remember also that the Police will sometimes keep an illegal site running after they seize it to gather evidence about users. 

 

Words by: Nate Drake (@NateWriter)

Ex-lorry driver tells ‘girl’ “the old bill would lock me up lol x”

An ex-lorry driver encouraged what he thought was a 13-year-old girl to send him indecent images telling her: “I like young girls they look sexy”.

Stephen Brown, 37, used the Kik social media messenger in May 2015 to begin talking to a person he thought was called Lauren, aged 13.

Discovering her age he said he was 34 and made the comment: “I like young girls they look sexy”.

Brown asked her to send him a picture because he wanted to see if she looked “HOT”.

After a series of more suggestive comments Brown, formerly of Milner Close, Caterham, Surrey, asked: “Can any one see ur phone” before sending an image of an erect penis.

Brown talked to the girl 11 more times on Kik between 12 May 2015 and 7 July 2015.

Brown continued to ask her for photographs and after receiving a picture of a pair of knickers he asked if she would meet in person.

He asked her to confirm that she wanted to meet him, saying: “Even though it could be classed as illegal what we do”; “As long as no one catches us we will be fine x”, and: “The old bill would lock me up x lol”.

Brown’s messages became more explicit and he reminded her to delete her messages “so no one finds them”.

On 18 June 2015 Brown, now of Uxbridge Street, Burton-on-Trent, Derbyshire, sent two pictures of himself to the victim: one lying on his back with his naked torso exposed and the other a close up of an erect penis with a pair of naked legs resting on a duvet.

A National Crime Agency investigation showed the messages were sent from Brown’s mobile phone.

When first interviewed he denied any knowledge of sending pictures and talking to Lauren.

During his second interview he confirmed that the facial images and two images of an erect penis were his and that he had taken the photographs.

He tried to blame someone else for using his phone and said he only ever looked at farming related websites.

NCA officers found mobile phones and a tablet at Brown’s home containing evidence of the online conversations and indecent images of children – one category A (the most serious), six category B, 57 at category C and one extreme image.

Today, at Croydon Crown Court he was given a 21-month jail sentence suspended for two years.

He was also put on the sex offenders register for 15 years and given a sexual harm prevention order for the same duration, as well as being ordered to attend a 30-day rehabilitation court, perform 200 hours of community service and told to pay £500 costs.

He admitted three counts of making indecent images of children, possessing extreme pornography and causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

A charge of attempting to commit an offence of meeting a child following sexual grooming was left to lie on file.

Senior investigating officer Robert Willis said: “Every child in sexual abuse images is a victim and everyone using these sick images reinforces the market for the abuse.

“Brown’s deviant interest in children is clear for all to see in the messages he sent.”

EXCLUSIVE: Stanley paedophile walks free from court after downloading more than 35,000 child abuse images and videos.

Paedo Ian James Stoker of Stanley, Co Durham has walked free from Durham Crown Court with a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to downloading a haul of more than 35,000 sickening child abuse images and videos.

His sickening stash which police seized involved Category A – C (A been the highest category).

 

Our source told us: “He was smiling when he walked free from the court building”.

 

His plead guilty to:

  • 3 Counts of making indecent images of children.
  • 3 Count of distributing indecent images of children.
  • 1 Count of processioning indecent images of children.

 

He was sentenced to 2 years’ imprisonment but that sentence was suspended. He was told he must abide by the Sex Offenders Requirements and sign the Sex Offenders Register for 5 years and abide by a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.

If you think this sentence is too lenient like we do, you can email the Attorney General’s Office for a review of the case: [email protected] If you do decide to email the Attorney’s General for review of this sentence please include within your email:

 

Name: Ian James Stoker.

Date of sentence: 21st July 2017.

Charges sentenced for: Making, distributing and possession of indecent images of children.

 

Pics: GOTN (Guardians of The North)..

Words: Dark Justice..

Youth worker jailed for watching live rape of child online

A youth worker who watched a live stream of a six-year-old boy being raped and urged on the attacker was jailed today following an investigation by the National Crime Agency (NCA).

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Darren Williams (pictured top), 44, of Newport, is the first to be sentenced of four men, including a primary school teacher, convicted of child sex offences in relation to the online chat room where the rape was streamed.

Eleven years

Williams was jailed for 11 years at Cardiff Crown Court today (12 July 2017) for his part in the rape, which took place in July 2015.

He had pleaded guilty to a charge of encouraging or assisting the rape of a six-year-old boy and admitted six charges of encouraging or assisting the showing of indecent images of children.

During the live stream Williams sent messages to the rapist instructing him to “put the sound on” and to “prove it’s live” by “smacking” the victim and making him “say hi”.

He also sent messages telling chat room users that the rape was about to be streamed and encouraging them to join him in watching it take place.

Worked with children

Williams, who drove minibuses for children’s charities in Gwent, was arrested in December 2015 and this year admitted seven counts including encouraging or assisting the rape of a six-year-old boy.

The rapist who broadcast the attack, a Pennsylvanian named William Chandler Augusta, was detected by the Canadian authorities and arrested in the US in February this year.

He was later sentenced for a range of offences to a term of up to 30 years in jail.

His victim was identified by police officers in the US and protective measures taken.

Four convicted

The NCA investigation has seen four men plead guilty to offences relating to the chatroom.

In June primary school teacher Wayne Brookes (pictured bottom), 43, of Weston-Super-Mare, admitted four offences relating to indecent images of children on the chat room. He will be sentenced on 1 August at Bristol Crown Court.

Wayne Brookes

 

Philip Crabtree, 35, of Newcastle-Under-Lyme, pleaded guilty to 12 offences on 27 June, and will be sentenced at Stoke Crown Court on a date to be set.

Christian Johnson Lueking, 36, of Raynes Park, London pleaded guilty to one offence of encouraging the showing of indecent images of children earlier in the month. He will be sentenced at Kingston Crown Court on 18 August.

Vital intervention

Colin Radcliffe, operations manager at the NCA’s child exploitation and online protection (CEOP) command, said: “Darren Williams drove children to activities where they would play sport and have fun together.

“As it’s clear that he believes children can be horrifically abused for his pleasure his arrest was a vital intervention.

“These men thought they’d found a corner of the internet where they could avoid the consequences of participating in abuse.

“They were wrong and others like them should know NCA officers have skills and tools that mean no one seeking to harm children is safe from the law.

“Protecting children is an integral part of the NCA’s mission and our officers are dedicated to ensuring people like these are brought to justice.”

Paedophile chat channel dedicated to ‘youthful beauty’ closed down

Two men have been to sentenced to a total of eight years in prison after they admitted creating and running an online chat channel dedicated to viewing and sharing indecent images of children (IIOC).

Brett McBain (51) from Balham, London and David Buckley (54) from Goole, Humberside set up #TheOtherPlace in 2014 describing it as “a channel for the respectful appreciation of youthful beauty”.

David Buckely (left) and Brett McBain

In reality, #TheOtherPlace saw up to 60 users at a time sharing links to as many as 2,500 IIOC in any 24 hour period, including the most severe category A images.

An accompanying blog provided information on how to access the channel, technical tips and rules that users had to adhere to.

NCA officers began investigating #TheOtherPlace following the receipt of intelligence from Western Australian Police, who identified that someone with the username “MrBrett” was a constant presence in the channel posting links to IIOC, commenting on images and directing the activities of other users.

Officers from the NCA’s CEOP Command identified “MrBrett” as Brett McBain and he was arrested at his home address on 25 May 2016 whilst logged into #TheOtherPlace. This enabled NCA officers to maximise child safeguarding opportunities and also prevented McBain concealing or destroying any evidence.

Forensic examinations of McBain’s digital devices showed he was in possession of more than 160,000 category A-C child abuse images, as well as an electronic diary that detailed his fantasies of sexually abusing children. Chat logs also recovered from his laptop showed that he and an individual – ‘Ladybird’ – had planned and set up #TheOtherPlace together, with ‘Ladybird’ regularly undertaking the administration of the channel and posting links to IIOC.

Analysis of communications data assisted CEOP officers to identify ‘Ladybird’ as David Buckley. With the support of Humberside Police, Buckley was arrested at his home address on the 2 August 2016 and during his interview, he admitted to setting up #TheOtherPlace in conjunction with McBain.

In February 2017, McBain was charged with ten offences including making and possessing indecent images of children and conspiracy to distribute indecent images of children. Buckley was charged with conspiracy to distribute indecent images of children

McBain pleaded guilty to all charges in March 2017. Buckley initially pleaded not guilty but later changed his plea and accepted all charges in May 2017.

Martin Ludlow from the National Crime Agency said:

“These two like-minded individuals brazenly set up a chat room for the sole purpose of viewing and sharing child sexual abuse images. They never met in real life but managed to orchestrate and run the site for two years by communicating with each other online.

“We have dismantled #TheOtherPlace in its entirety, stopping victims being re-victimised each and every time their image is viewed.”

McBain pleaded guilty to all charges in March 2017 and was sentenced to five years. Buckley initially pleaded not guilty but later changed his plea and accepted all charges in May 2017. He was sentenced to three years.

Detective Senior Sergeant Colin Keen from Western Australia Police (WA) said the working relationship between the WA Police and the National Crime Agency has led to significant breakthroughs in protecting children and targeting child exploitation material worldwide.

“WA Police initiated Operation Amadeus after investigating the potential distribution of child exploitation material through online chat rooms, and particularly though the Chat Channel #TheOtherPlace,” Keen said.

“Our investigations immediately led to the identification of children at risk, and a number of men in Australia were charged as a result.

“Further liaison with the National Crime Agency in the UK provided positive outcomes in that a joint international approach was adopted. This allowed both agencies to jointly collect and share valuable intelligence and evidence, eventually leading to the subsequent prosecutions.

“The investigations by WA Police will continue as a result, and information has been further shared with other Australian police jurisdictions.

“We are pleased with what has been achieved to date and will continue to work with other law enforcement organisations, such as the National Crime Agency, to actively pursue those who exploit children and put them at risk.”

Police are appealing for information following the rape of a woman in her home in Ashington

Police were called to an address in the North Seaton area of Ashington at around 1.50am on Wednesday, July 5, following a report of a woman aged in her 20s being raped in her home by an intruder.

The offender is described as around white, age 20-40, around 5’5″-5’7″, of slim build with broad shoulders and was wearing light grey hoodie with the word ‘Henley’ across the front.

DCI Helen Anderson said: “We are making enquiries as part of this extensive investigation. Our house to house enquiries are ongoing, we are conducting searches in the area and continuing with efforts to progress CCTV. It’s vital that we locate the offender and we are now appealing for help from the public to help us find the man responsible for this attack. We are keen to speak to anyone who may have been in the North Seaton area in the early hours of Wednesday, July 5 and who saw something suspicious, or someone matching the description, to contact us straightaway.”

“We would also like to reassert that we believe this is not connected to any other incident but would nevertheless encourage the public to remain vigilant. There will be a strong police presence in the area, and we would encourage you to approach our officers with any concerns you may have. I would like to assure residents that extra patrols will continue to be visible in the area to provide reassurance to the community.”

If anyone saw anything contact Police on 101 quoting log 55 050717 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

58-year-old man arrested in relation to indecent exposure incident in Sunderland

Police are appealing for witnesses after an indecent exposure in Sunderland,
The incident happened between 5.25pm and 5.35pm on Saturday July 1 at the bus stop on Holmeside opposite to Bakers Oven.


A man exposed himself while at the bus stop causing concern to members of the public.
Enquiries are on-going and police are appealing for witnesses.


A 58 year old man has been arrested on suspicion for outraging public decency and has been released under investigation.
Any witnesses should ring Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 874 010717 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police are investigating a rape in the North Seaton area of Ashington

At around 1.50am today (Wednesday) police received a report that a woman had been raped at an address in the North Seaton area of Ashington.

“The victim is our utmost priority and our specialist officers are working closely with her to offer all the support she needs. While we are treating this as an isolated incident we do have officers on patrol in the area to reassure the public.”

– DCI Helen Anderson

 

Anyone with information that may help the investigation should contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 55 050717 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Man gets justice more than a decade after being abused by a family friend

A Dark Justice representative has been able to confirm that Darren Alderson (44), formerly of Britannia Court, Elswick, Tyne and Wear has been sentenced to thirty nine month’s imprisonment for two counts of sexual abuse of a five year old boy, Alderson was 24 when he started abusing the child who is entitled to anonymity for life.

PICTURED: Darren Alderson

 

The abuse took place while he was babysitting the child.

 

Alderson was summoned to appear in Newcastle Crown Court to answer two counts of indecent assault on a male person, contrary to the Sexual Offences Act (1956) in February 2016.

 

The jury delivered a unanimous verdict of guilty for the first count of indecent assault, and a majority verdict of 10:2 on the second count.

 

Words by: Nate Drake (@NateWriter)