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The sick and twisted man “kept demanding” more pictures from the schoolgirl

The Gatwick Airport worker asked the teenage girl if she fancied him


A self-confessed “dirty old man” from South Croydon sent a schoolgirl sexually explicit Facebook messages, wanted to know if she was sleeping with boys and asked if she fancied him .

Andrew Rogers, from Wilson Close, which is just off Bartlett Street, started messaging the girl shortly before her 15th birthday.

The 55-year-old, who works at Gatwick Airport, had met the girl once before when she was 10.

Jonathan Rogers, prosecuting, said Rogers promised the girl money or an iPhone, and told her to show how much she wanted them by sending him pictures of herself.

In one exchange, Rogers referred to himself as a “dirty old man” and called her a “dirty schoolgirl.”

He also wanted to know if she was sleeping with boys, whether she fancied him, and whether she had seen “c**k” before.

Mr Rogers said: “It’s clear from these messages he knew exactly how old she was.

“He repeatedly asked her to show him how much she loved him and how much she missed him, by sending him ‘a nice photo.’

“The messages became increasingly concerning.”

The disturbing messages were discovered by the girl’s mum, at their family home in Liverpool, and police were alerted, as reported by our sister site the Liverpool Echo.

Rogers initially denied any wrongdoing.

He appeared at Liverpool Crown Court charged with sexual communication with a child and changed his plea to guilty as his trial was about to get underway.

Jonathan Rosen, defending, admitted Rogers had “a problem which needs to be addressed.”

“He is deeply ashamed and apologetic about his actions,” said Mr Rosen.

The girl’s mum, in her impact statement, said Rogers’ behaviour had had a “devastating effect” on her family.

It had led to the teenager, now 17, self-harming and threatening to commit suicide.

She added: “She should be going out and enjoying herself, instead she’s angry and depressed.”

Balding Rogers – who hung his head throughout most of the proceedings – was jailed for a total of 23 weeks.

He was also given a sexual harm prevention order and put on the sex offenders’ register for seven years.

Judge Denis Watson, QC, said: “The communications via Facebook messaging had an increasingly sexual theme to them.

“You made repeated requests for photos. Although she sent them, you weren’t satisfied with those and kept demanding others.

“I have absolutely no doubt you wanted a sexual pose.

“These were linked to offers by you of providing her with money, a phone, or both.

“Parts of this came close to grooming.”

Speaking afterwards, the girl’s mum said: “I hope this will encourage other young girls to open up and come forward.

“There must be hundreds of kids this has happened to who are too quiet or too frightened to say anything.”

An NSPCC spokesperson said: “Rogers’ predatory targeting of this vulnerable young girl has left her with serious emotional and mental scars which will take significant time to heal.

“The NSPCC works with victims of child abuse and their families to help them work through their trauma and we hope this girl is receiving all appropriate support.

“Rogers’ repulsive behaviour highlights the need for robust legislation to crack down on websites and social media platforms that leave young people exposed to paedophiles. We urge the Government to do all it can to ensure tech firms are held responsible for our children’s safety.”

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Thomas Allen being led away by police during the demos in Sunderland

Thomas Allen being led away by police during the demos in Sunderland

A protester used his head as a weapon to charge at and injure a policeman battling to keep rivals apart during a mass demonstration in Sunderland city centre, a court heard.

Thomas Allen, 58, has been fined and ordered to pay the officer compensation by magistrates who scolded him for his actions.

They were told the unprovoked attack caused the PC to tumble to the ground, causing grazing to an arm.

Despite the assault, he was able to keep hold of Allen, of Hartside Road, Pennywell, Sunderland, who was arrested.

Even Allen’s defence solicitor admitted his client was still “hyped up” when later questioned at a police station.

Sentencing Allen, who is believed to be jobless, magistrates in South Tyneside criticised him for being part of trouble which led to three arrests on the day.

Democractic Football Lads Alliance protest through Sinderland City centre

Democractic Football Lads Alliance protest through Sinderland City centre

They said police had better things to do than wrestle with a man of his age during what should have been an entirely peaceful protest.

The court heard Allen was part of two marches organised by left and right wing groups which descended on the city on Saturday, September 15.

One was by Wearside-based Justice for the Women and Children Group, which was joined by the Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA).

A counter demonstration was held by Sunderland Unites and Stand Up To Racism North East, which included members of trade unions, political parties and politicians.

Trouble flared close to Keel Square when members of the DFLA ignored march stewards and tried to break through the police lines which separated them from the other group.

Prosecutor Lesley Burgess said: “The officer was in uniform and part of an incident ongoing in Sunderland city centre.

“He was keeping the peace between left and right wing activists. As part of the cordon, he was directing members of the protest.

“He instructed Mr Allen to continue on his way and in the direction of where the demonstration was a heading.

“Mr Allen took no notice. He ducked his head and charged at the officer into his stomach.

“The officer says that he had no regard for him and forced him to fall backwards, and they were both forced to the floor together.

“He kept hold of him and got a graze to his elbow.”

Harry Burn, defending, described Allen, who admitted one charge of assault when he appeared in court, as “hyped up” even after his arrest.

He said his client had denied the offence when interviewed, but admitted he might have pushed the policeman.

Mr Burn said: “It was not nice for the police officer. But the injury is what it is, it’s a graze to an arm.

“It’s not too serious. He hasn’t needed medical support, but it was his job and he didn’t need that to happen.

“Mr Allen apologises to the officer and to the court.”

Magistrates fined Allen £80 – reduced from £120 due to his guilty plea – and ordered him to pay £100 compensation to the officer.

He must also pay a £30 victim surcharge and £85 court costs, with the entire amount being paid at £10 a week.

Sunderland Echo