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Fuelled by grief, Mamba and extremism, how dad’s obsession with social workers turned to terrifying campaign to kill

Dean Killen, who said he would kill social workers in Grimsby, after the tragic death of his son

Dean Killen, who said he would kill social workers in Grimsby, after the tragic death of his son

A man who terrorised social workers had links to right wing extremists and convictions for stalking and carrying a concealed knife.

Dean Killen’s campaign of hate against Grimsby social workers was driven by the loss of his son who had died tragically while in foster care.

But his grief also masked a history of menacing behaviour, links to the far right and sinister social media posts in which he calmed he would “be killed” in a plot to overthrow the government.

Killen is now regarded as one of the most serious threats to the safety of social workers in Grimsby and North east Lincolnshire, despite starting a three year jail sentence for threatening to kill them.

North East Lincolnshire Council described Killen’s abuse and threats, as “deeply frightening for staff”.

Killen sent messages and left voicemails with individual social workers threatening to kill them. He also claimed they would be tracked down by a vigilante group named in court.

But Grimsby Live can also reveal that during his hate campaign he also contacted the far right group Britain First and its leader Paul Golding. Golding, a former British National Party member, is currently serving a jail sentence for race hate crimes.

After contacting Golding, Killen, who also followed a series of far right and extremist groups on social media, claimed in one social media post “U watch what happens if they team up with me”.

In another more disturbing post with echoes of violent extremists, Killen claimed he would “be killed” in an attempt to “replace the government” following his son’s death.

He wrote: “I hope you understand dum Britain. I will be killed but this country has destroyed me so I give your country back to you.”

One of Killen's social media posts

One of Killen’s social media posts

Killen’s hate was fuelled by the tragic death of his nine-year-old son Leon who passed away after suffering an epileptic seizure. All four of Killen’s children, aged nine to 17, had been in foster care and he had been banned from attending Leon’s funeral.

Social workers later sent a letter to Killen telling him where his son had been buried in Grimsby.

The tragic death and repercussions triggered a surge in Killen’s hate of social workers in Grimsby and also brought him into confrontations with police.

Killen was known to police in Lincolnshire where he had lived and worked around Horncastle, Boston and Lincoln.

In 2007 he had been found with a 3-inch lock-knife concealed in his jacket when police were called to a domestic incident and found him acting suspiciously in a van.

Weeks later he was banned from approaching a couple who had been his neighbours and anyone in his former estate in Horncastle.

But Killen paid no attention to the courts. A few months later, he was jailed for continuing his campaign of intimidation against the couple after it was revealed he had sent the woman a barrage of aggressive texts and confronted her in the street and outside a school.

He was arrested and jailed but later appealed against the nine month prison term. Throwing out his appeal in 2008, a judge said Killen had been guilty of “repeated, thoroughly unpleasant and intimidating behaviour” and his “flagrant disobedience” to court orders was “deliberate and repeated”.

Killen moved to Lincoln where he had worked as a handyman and skirmished with police as he increasingly turned to the so-called “zombie drug” Black Mamba.

When his son died in August last year, Killen again embarked on a targeted campaign against police and social workers, holding the authorities and individual social workers responsible for the death.

Two of the Facebook posts made by Killen before he said he would kill a social worker

Two of the Facebook posts made by Killen before he said he would kill a social worker

In November Killen received a 16 week suspended prison sentence after a violent confrontation with police.

In January he confronted police after they broke up a chaotic protest in which he had laid out a banner on the cenotaph in central Lincoln saying: “Jail for corrupt social workers, police and judges”.

A few days later he boasted of fighting in the street, posing for selfies on Facebook showing injuries to his eye and mouth, saying: “Two fights in two days. The old me is back. Av been on a lot of scuffs this past year n plenty ov em coppers. I’m not ashamed. They took my kids so I fight. I will not stop. This system has done it with me.”

A complaint about his treatment by Lincolnshire police was thrown out after he claimed they had used too much force when arresting him.

The findings reveal that one officer had to use “distracting punches” to subdue Killen and “prevent further injury to any person”.

Now obsessed with the thought of revenge against social workers or police, on January 19 he called 999 claiming his son had been murdered and that he wanted to kill someone.

He then spoke to a senior police officer on the phone telling her he was going to kill the social workers and branding one of them a “child killer”.

Convinced Killen was now so unstable, he posed a real threat to the safety of social workers and police, officers moved to arrest him. Under questioning, he told police that after the death of his son he “did not care about the lives of others”.

Killen was sentenced at Grimsby Crown Court but in the dock remained defiant. Handcuffed in the dock, Recorder Gurdial Singh commented on Killen: “It’s me he wants to thump”.

As evidence was led, Killen called from the dock “You know nothing, you know nothing.”

And as he was led to the cells, he looked across the court, saying: “When I get out, you’ll know. I shall show you what has happened when I get out.”

After the case, North East Lincolnshire Council said the case showed the challenges its social workers faced.

A spokesman for the council said: “As the evidence of this case has shown, there is and was no excuse whatsoever for the threats made to social workers, who carry out very important and sensitive work in protecting children and families in such situations.

“The actions of the defendant were deeply frightening for staff concerned and there is really no justification for him behaving like who did towards people who were carrying out their jobs in very difficult family circumstances.”
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Gang attacked man at house in Lincoln Boulevard with weapons and broken bottle

Jonathan West, who has a history of violence, was jailed for attacking a man at this house in Grimsby (Image: Grimsby Telegraph)

Jonathan West, who has a history of violence, was jailed for attacking a man at this house in Grimsby (Image: Grimsby Telegraph)

Three menacing vigilantes hurled bricks, nails and fencing at a man outside his home and one of them viciously attacked him with a baseball bat.

He also hurled a broken bottle at him after trying to slash him with it, a court heard.

The three troublemakers spray-painted “nonce” across a window at his boarded-up home after midnight before confronting him.

Jonathan West, 26, of Redbourne Road, Grimsby, admitted assault, causing actual bodily harm, on November 10 and affray.

Jeremy Evans, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that West and two other males went to a man’s home and spray-painted the word “nonce” across a bay window and directly underneath on chipboard.

The premises in Lincoln Boulevard, Grimsby, were boarded up after previous attacks.

The occupier was watching TV in the rear kitchen area after midnight when he heard a noise and got dressed.

He went outside and seized West, who had a spray can and a baseball bat, and asked him: “What are you doing?”

West swung the bat towards the man, who put up his arm to block the blows but suffered bruises.

“Police received several calls from members of the public aware of a disturbance going on,” said Mr Evans.

The intruders — one of them wearing a motorcycle helmet — pulled nails from fence panels and threw whatever they had at the occupier.

He was able to prise the baseball bat away from West, who picked up an already broken bottle and tried to slash out with it.

He threw it and it hit the man, causing a skin wound. Masonry and bits of fence were thrown by all three.

The occupier retreated back into his home and objects continued to be thrown.

One of the males, not West, made threats to stab the man and took exception to the baseball bat being taken.

There was a confrontation before the troublemakers retreated but West was arrested later in the morning.

He had convictions for 59 previous offences dating back to 2002, including wounding, affray, burglary and breaching an antisocial behaviour order.

Dale Brook, mitigating, said West had been in custody since November 11 and had no intention of approaching or contacting the victim.

He was keen to receive help to stay out of trouble.

There was a history between West and the man involved.

West was jailed for 10 months but, because of his time in custody, was expected to be released shortly.

He was given a five-year restraining order.
Grimsby Telegraph

Jasper Gough has been jailed at Grimsby Crown Court for sexual assault and assault. He also glassed a man in a bar

Jasper Gough, who has been jailed for three years and nine months

Jasper Gough, who has been jailed for three years and nine months

A woman who was sexually assaulted and beaten by a man says the vile things he did to her will remain in her thoughts forever.

Jasper Gough has been jailed for what he did to the woman – but not before putting his victim through three years of torture before he admitted it.

He also glassed a man in a nasty pub confrontation during a separate and unrelated incident.

Gough, 26, of Tennyson Road, Cleethorpes, admitted sexually assaulting the woman and a common assault offence against her in May 2015.

He also admitted a separate offence of assault, causing actual bodily harm, against a man out on a friend’s birthday celebration on June 29, 2016.

He was jailed for three years and nine months at Grimsby Crown Court and given a five-year restraining order banning him from contacting the woman and a two-year order relating to the glassing victim.

He was also ordered to register as a sex offender indefinitely.

After the hearing, the woman said: “This whole court case has lasted three long years and, during that time, he has lived a normal, happy life, living in the same town as me and my son while everyone and his family called me a liar.

“Those three years have been torture for me – for him to just turn around and admit the offences three years later, when he could have admitted them at the start.

“But he had to drag out the process as much as he possibly could, as if he hasn’t put me through enough.

“The vile things Jasper did to me will remain in my thoughts forever now.

“Jasper had a controlling violent temper and manipulates people. His family will always defend him, making him always think he isn’t wrong for what he does to women.

“To them, it’s never his fault. It’s horrifying knowing I had to live in a town while a man who sexually abused me and battered me is walking about.

“At times, I felt like the justice system completely failed me.”

Her words came as two victims of the same domestic abuser called for a register identifying offenders to help prevent repeat behaviour in a further relationship.

The victim’s father told the Grimsby Telegraph: “He is disgusting. I can’t explain what it’s done to the family. It’s just been disturbing.”

A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service said that the “glassing” happened at the Barracuda bar in Cleethorpes.

Gough used a hard plastic glass as a weapon and pushed it into the face of the victim, who was having a night out with friends for a birthday celebration.

It was believed that the victim had worked as a doorman but was not working in that capacity at the time of the attack.

He is believed to have suffered cuts, bleeding and a chipped tooth.

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Teenager jailed after trying to have sex in an AMBULANCE when paramedics left the doors open while collecting a 92-year-old patient

Kyle Hargreaves was caught kissing a girl on a stretcher in the ambulance
When confronted, the 18-year-old replied ‘we are just trying to have sex’
He punched paramedic Michael Newman three times and spat in his face

An 18-year-old who assaulted a paramedic after he was caught trying to have sex in an ambulance has been jailed.

Paramedics found Kyle Hargreaves kissing a girl on a stretcher in the back of the vehicle, which had been called to an address in Grimsby, Lincolnshire.

The ambulance crew had left the doors open while they collected a 92-year-old man with chest pain from inside the property.

They returned to find Hargreaves and the girl, who has not been named, lying on top of each other.

When confronted by paramedic Michael Newman, Hargreaves said: ‘What’s your problem? We are just trying to have sex’.

The teenager then punched Mr Newman three times as the patient was being carried out to the vehicle.

Hargreaves, of Immingham, Lincolnshire, pleaded guilty to assaulting Mr Newman and breaching his Antisocial Behaviour Order by using threatening behaviour towards him.

He was jailed for two years and eight months at Grimsby Crown Court.

The court was told that the ambulance responded to the call shortly after 10pm on February 15.

One of the crew left the back doors of the ambulance open, which is normal practice, when he brought a chair inside for the man.

In the few minutes the crew were away, Hargreaves and the girl, sneaked inside.

When paramedic Michael Newman returned to the vehicle, he found Hargreaves and the girl kissing on the stretcher. He said they appeared to have been drinking.

He told them to get out of the ambulance because the crew needed to take the patient to hospital. Hargreaves told him they were ‘trying to have sex’.

The teenager threatened the crew before punching Mr Newman three times in the face, the court heard.

The 92-year-old man, who was still in the carry chair, was protected by an ambulance technician and the patient’s son at the time.

The panic button on the crew’s radio was used to alert the police.

The girl who was with Hargreaves bit ambulance technician William Heron on his hand. Mr Newman suffered a huge black eye, a cut to his nose and a nose bleed.

Hargreaves spat saliva and blood into Mr Newman’s face.

The crew restrained Hargreaves until the police arrived by holding him down. Another crew was sent out to take the pensioner to hospital.

Judge David Tremberg branded the punching and spitting assault on the paramedic ‘disgusting’ and ‘uncivilised’ behaviour towards a paramedic who was just doing his job.

Craig Lowe, mitigating, said Hargreaves had a long history of offending and he faced longer custodial sentences if he did not tackle his drinking.

After the hearing, Steve Pratten, of the East Midlands Ambulance Service, said: ‘This was a disgraceful act, not only to attack an emergency ambulance crew while they were engaged on their duties and were trying to look after a patient, but it was also completely selfish and completely irresponsible because of what they were trying to use the ambulance for.

‘We are very pleased with the sentence. We think it reflects the serious nature of the incident.

‘We are also pleased that the Crown Prosecution Service has worked with us and Humberside Police in being able to get a conviction.

‘It sends a clear message that any form of violence and aggression to any of our staff will not be tolerated.’

Mr Pratten said the pensioner needed to go to hospital but did not suffer any serious effects from being caught up in the violent incident.

‘Both of our staff have been supported by East Midlands Ambulance Service through counselling and occupational health services.

‘The technician who was bitten on the hand had to have a series of injections.

‘Both crew members returned to work the following day for their shifts, a sign of their professionalism and dedication in returning to work and taking no sickness time.

Hargreaves admitted separate matters of robbery and theft against a newsagents on the same day.

The ASBO had been made at Grimsby Youth Court on February 25, 2013.
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Joshua Ingram sparked outrage when he walked free from Grimsby Crown Court in October after shoving a toddler’s head into a wall, threatening to throw him out of a window and telling him he was going to kill his mum.

Joshua Ingram leaves Grimsby Crown Court laughing with supporters after he admitted threatening a terrified toddler and his mum that he would kill them (Image: Grimsby Telegraph)

Joshua Ingram leaves Grimsby Crown Court laughing with supporters after he admitted threatening a terrified toddler and his mum that he would kill them (Image: Grimsby Telegraph)

The violent teenager who threatened to throw a toddler out of a window has been locked up today after a court ruled he should never have walked free in the first place.

Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC MP referred Joshua Ingram’s original sentence to the Court of Appeal as unduly lenient.

Ingram, 18, of Gilbey Road, caused outrage when he walked free from Grimsby Crown Court smirking in October.

He had launched an attack on his ex-girlfriend and her two-year-old son after the toddler agitated him. Ingram who was staying at his ex-girlfriend’s house lost his temper with the child and started swearing. The child’s mother carried the boy into another room; however, when she passed Ingram on the landing he shoved the child’s head into the wall so hard it caused a bang.

Ingram then started to damage property in the living room before following her upstairs and taking her phone so she could not call the police.

He then lunged towards the child in an attempt to try to grab him. He threatened to throw the child down the stairs and against a wall.

The boy was screaming and his mother was lying on top of him on his bed trying to shield him from attack.

Ingram also had a vegetable knife and threatened repeatedly to kill the mother and child. He threw the knife to the floor with such force that it broke. He then grabbed the child again and placed a pillow over the mother’s head and told the child that he was going to kill her.

Recorder Peter Makepeace QC originally sentenced Ingram to two years detention in a young offenders institution suspended for two years. But today, The Court of Appeal agreed that this was too lenient and increased his sentence to three years in a young offenders’ institute.

It later emerged that he had posted a sick Facebook post as he sat in court waiting to be sentenced.

The abusive post, which appeared to be directed at his victim was published at 12.48pm from the court building, and said: “Hahaha what a trampy liarr, still laughinggg like alwaysss (sic).”

Swaggering Ingram, described by his own solicitor as a “stupid young man”, walked free from court at 1.10pm after being given his suspended prison sentence and a life ban from contacting his victims.

A woman who appeared to be a relative later replied to his status, posting: “Bit daft writing this don’t you think?”

Speaking after today’s hearing, the Solicitor General said: “This young man’s violent temper left a defenceless child and mother fearing for their lives.

“The original sentence failed to take proper account of the seriousness of the offence.

“I’m pleased the court has seen fit to impose an immediate custodial sentence and I hope it brings some comfort to the victim.”

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Kyle Hargreaves from Grimsby has been given six weeks to sort his life out after being arrested for a series of offences

Kyle Hargreaves has been given six weeks to turn his life around

Kyle Hargreaves has been given six weeks to turn his life around

A man lost it in Asda throwing air punches and taunting strangers before hurling a beer crate across the shop.

Kyle Hargreaves was seen behaving ‘bizarrely’ at the superstore before flailing his arms at one man and turning violent.

Grimsby Magistrates Court heard it was one of a series of offences by Hargreaves.

Andrew Stirling, prosecuting, said: “He tried to throw a crate of beer and was throwing punches into the air.”

He also terrified an aunt who had shown him kindness in the past kicking and damaged her door during a nasty confrontation.

Hargreaves, 21, of Sutcliffe Avenue, Nunsthorpe estate, Grimsby, admitted damaging a door, belonging to his aunt, on December 19 when he was refused entry.

Hargreaves also admitted damaging a door at Humber Care on December 21 by breaking it when he was locked out and could not get in.

He admitted using threatening behaviour on December 16 in the Asda incident.

Craig Davy, mitigating, said Hargreaves had been drinking when he caused the damage.

“His aunt has been quite good to him in the past and he is disgusted that he behaved towards his auntie in this way,” said Mr Davy.

“He has been addicted to alcohol for a very long time since childhood.

“He had a very difficult upbringing and he turned to alcohol at a very early age. It’s destroying his life.

“His offending is based on his addiction to alcohol. He regrets his actions greatly.

“He wants to reduce his alcohol intake and get completely off alcohol.”

Sentence was deferred until February 5 so Hargreaves can prove he can keep out of trouble and tackle his problems.

Grimsby Telegraph

Josh Ingram made a post on Facebook from Grimsby Crown Court where he was sentenced for threatening to kill a young woman and her son

Joshua Ingram leaves Grimsby Crown Court minutes after a taunting post, inset, appeared on his Facebook page (Image: Grimsby Telegraph)

Joshua Ingram leaves Grimsby Crown Court minutes after a taunting post, inset, appeared on his Facebook page (Image: Grimsby Telegraph)


A grinning thug from Grimsby posted a sick Facebook post as he sat in court waiting to be sentenced for assaulting a woman and threatening to throw her terrified toddler out of a window.

Josh Ingram, 18, of Gilbey Road, joked and larked about with his supporters outside Grimsby Crown Court after he escaped jail, despite admitting charges of making threats to kill, assault and causing criminal damage.

But moments earlier, while still in court, Ingram made an abusive post on his Facebook page which appeared to be directed at his victim.

Writing a status update at 12.48pm from the court building, Ingram wrote: “Hahaha what a trampy liarr, still laughinggg like alwaysss (sic).”

Swaggering Ingram, described by his own solicitor as a “stupid young man”, walked free from court at 1.10pm after being given a suspended prison sentence and a life ban from contacting his victims.

A woman who appeared to be a relative later replied to his status, posting: “Bit daft writing this don’t you think?

The court was told how Ingram had shoved the toddler’s head into a wall, put a knife against his mum’s face and tried to smother her with a pillow during the terrifying ordeal on May 7, in which he told them both they would die.

During the court case, Craig Lowe, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that Ingram was at the home of his ex-girlfriend when his mood changed and he became very “nasty” towards her very young son.

He shoved the toddler’s head against a wall, causing him to scream, and told the woman: “You watch. I’m going to go mad.”

Ingram “smashed up stuff” and threw the boy’s rocking horse across the room. The boy was screaming and shaking.

ngram told the woman: “I’m going to throw him down the stairs. I’m going to throw him out of the window.”

The teenager later grabbed a knife and looked “so angry” before shouting: “I’m going to kill you both. You’re both going to die.”

Ingram put the knife to the woman’s face and told the boy: “I’m going to kill you.”

In mitigation Richard Hackfath, said Ingram was completely ill-equipped to deal with the responsibilities of his first proper relationship.

“He accepts his behaviour was completely beyond the pale,” said Mr Hackfath.

“It was terrible behaviour. This is a stupid young man who has behaved appallingly badly.”

Ingram was given a two-year suspended custodial sentence, 150 hours’ unpaid work, a three-month curfew, two years of supervision and 30 days’ rehabilitation.

He was also given a lifelong restraining order banning him from contacting the mother and her son.

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