Man spared jail after underage girl’s web of deceit

At-risk adult Sebastian Bickerton-King was deceived into a relationship with a girl who told him she was 16 when she was actually 15.
VULNERABLE: At-risk adult Sebastian Bickerton-King was deceived into a relationship with a girl who told him she was 16 when she was actually 15. Courtesy: Raymonds Press.

23-year-old Sebastian Bickerton-King has been spared jail, following an ordeal where he was lied to by his girlfriend that she was at the age of consent, when she was actually 15.

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, lured Sebastian Bickerton-King into exchanging sexual images with her by convincing him she was at the age of consent. Bickerton-King has Asperger syndrome, leading to the relationship becoming obsessional in nature.

After Sebastian Bickerton-King disclosed the images to the girl’s family following her threatening to kill herself, he was charged with offences relating to child pornography and revenge porn.

In defence of Sebastian Bickerton-King, his Counsel Caroline Bradley said: “The defendant had engrossed himself in the internet environment. In his own mind he was in love with the girl and he thought she was in love with him. He felt hugely rejected when she ended their relationship. She was vulnerable and so was he.

Judge Jonathan Bennett sitting at Derby Crown Court accepted from Bickerton-King’s defence that the “victim was 15 but I accept you (he) believed she was 16.” Judge Jonathan Bennett awarded against Bickerton-King a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, ordered him to enrol in a three-year sex offenders’ treatment program and awarded a five-year sexual harm prevention order against him.

GP rating sites out there and ‘unfair’

The number of websites allowing patients to post reviews of the care they receive from their GP practices is increasing. But doctors say that many reviews are unfairly negative and even abusive, with GPs often unable to respond to anonymous reviewers.

Leeds GP Richard Vautrey says that the profession is left increasingly open to criticism on TripAdvisor-style websites where care, compassion and life-saving expertise are rated by patients as if they were restaurants or hotels. “It is very easy to be a popular doctor, but it’s much harder to be a good one,” he said.

Government-run ratings website NHS Choices has given patients the chance to have their say about health services since 2007, with ratings out of five given for staff and practices — and anonymous messages left permanently for all the world to see.

In just nine years since its formation, the site has grown to 48 million views a month, according to NHS figures. And in recent years, several privately operated alternatives have sprung up — offering to guide patients through their choices.

But concerned doctors say the websites are leading to abuse, personal attacks and libellous comments — and could even pressure staff into providing treatment that isn’t in the best interests of patients in order to satisfy their demands.

Dr Richard Vautrey is deputy chair of the BMA GPs committee.
WHAT’S UP DOC? Dr Richard Vautrey is deputy chair of the BMA GPs committee. Courtesy: itv.com

Dr Richard Vautrey is also BMA GPs committee deputy chair. “Practices have had grave concerns with the simplistic and misleading sites such as NHS Choices, which bases judgements on the feedback from tiny numbers of patients who often have a particular axe to grind,” he said. “Such sites often don’t provide patients with useful or balanced information that patients can use to make truly evidence-based judgements about a practice or the care it delivers.

The BMA supports patient choice within the NHS where possible but has raised concerns about simple measures being used to define quality — the belief being that there is more to good care than headline statistics.

Bill Beeby is deputy chair of the GPC GP clinical and prescribing sub-committee. “I think if people use them properly it could be helpful, but that is not always the case,” he said. “Nobody is in a rush to give good reviews.

The Middlesbrough-based GP’s practice has been scarred with reviews ranging from the insulting to the potentially libellous — including one that said: “It is with no doubt that this surgery is failing patients.

Irfan Malik is a GP in Sherwood, Nottinghamshire. “Patients don’t always get what they want,” he said. “The doctor will have managed the situation correctly but the patient is not happy and may give a low rating.

Dr Malik’s surgery is given a five-star rating overall on NHS Choices based on 49 reviews, but a couple of patients have given one-star reviews, citing ‘poor service’ or ‘long waiting times’. “The majority of doctors dislike the ratings websites as people mostly go on to them to leave negative feedback and some can be hurtful,” he said. “Many practices, even the better ones, have low or medium scores. Some of the ratings websites can be difficult for the doctor or practice to reply to or challenge the comments.
We have so many hoops and assessments to jump through in general practice — further ratings websites would add to the already intense stress of the job.

In the UK there are still only a handful of private websites where patients are actively rating their doctors in any number, but some are taking off.

One of those websites, iWantGreatCare.org, shows thorough listings for GP surgeries, doctors and healthcare centres, with some receiving up to 3,000 reviews each.

In healthcare, rating systems are far more widely used in the USA, with a 2013 study of more than 4,000 people, by a firm called Profitable Practice, showing that around 60 per cent checked online before selecting a doctor.

And a simple search for a dermatology consultant in New York on a major website such as www.healthgrades.com , which gives doctors a rating out of five stars for patient satisfaction and a graph where their suitability to the patient’s needs is measured out of 100, reveals more than 400 doctors to choose from.

In 2012 a doctor in South Carolina admitted to prescribing a powerful opioid analgesic, Dilaudid (hydromorphone), to a patient with toothache — a measure described by a colleague of the doctor as ‘killing a flea with a sledgehammer‘.

When questioned about the decision, the doctor said he had been given low scores by patients during the previous month on one of the USA’s leading ratings websites, Press Ganey, and was angling for that to change.

And in 2013 a doctor at a Massachusetts hospital filed a $100,000 lawsuit against a patient who criticised his dying wife’s care in an open letter online — with the contents argued to be defamatory.

The challenge for GPs will be to engage with people in order to continue to provide high-quality care and the choice that patients want and deserve, but there must be a much greater sense of responsibility from those who expose them to unfair and demoralising criticism.

Eastenders actor’s ex and friend plead guilty to porn revenge

The ex-girlfriend of an Eastenders actor and her friend have pleaded guilty to porn revenge.

Emilia Marcou, 40 of Gorleston in Norfolk made public a video of a former Eastenders actor that she had sex with in a hotel. Marcou was aided by her friend, Sarah McKenna, 40 of Stansted, Essex.

Emilia Marcou pleaded guilty to porn revenge by disclosing an video with the intention to cause distress to her ex-boyfriend.
PORN E-VENGER: Emilia Marcou pleaded guilty to porn revenge by disclosing an video with the intention to cause distress to her ex-boyfriend. Courtesy: Luigi Cianfarano

Known as Porn E-Vengers, Emilia Marcou and Sarah McKenna pleaded guilty to porn revenge under section 33 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 at Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court.

Jonathan Bishop of Action on Digital Addiction and Cyberstalking is an Internet trolling and Cyberstalking expert. “The unconsented disclosure of sexual videos has only been a specific offence since 2015, but it has existed for much longer,” he said. “Max Mosley was affected by disclosures of sexual footage of him, but it is important to note that he would not have been protected by the new law because the disclosure was not specifically done to cause him distress, even if that is what happened as a result of the disclosure.
The law is designed to protect former partners from videos made with ex-lovers being disclosed by them, but as the Leveson Inquiry made clear, now that the video is in the public domain, the Eastenders actor concerned as a public figure could have little expectations of privacy, regardless of the porn revenge conviction.

Desperate Scarlett Johansson sent ‘needy’ texts

Scarlett Johansson would send endless texts to a former partner.
NEEDY: Scarlett Johansson would send endless texts to a former partner. Courtesy: Obtained from Wikipedia.

Scarlett Johansson has said how she once sent endless amounts of texts to a partner who gave her little attention.

Needy Johansson made the comments to Cosmopolitan magazine, saying the former partner was “forever unavailable.”

Needy Johansson spoke to Cosmopolitan about how she felt she had “lost” herself during the said relationship. “Why am I standing outside this bar at 1:30 in the morning texting while my friends are inside? Or taking a taxi to see him at some ungodly hour?” she recalled asking.

Scarlett Johansson has now settled down with Romain Dauriac, who has helped her bring up a daughter since 2014.

eHarmony’s new site looks to match users with perfect career

Starting March 30, online dating site eHarmony hopes to do for careers what it has done for dating: help people make the perfect match.

CAREER MINDED: eHarmony hopes to do for careers what it has done for dating: - help people make the perfect match. Courtesy: stock.tookapic.com
CAREER MINDED: eHarmony hopes to do for careers what it has done for dating: – help people make the perfect match. Courtesy: stock.tookapic.com

eHarmony has been working on the career-matching site for more than two years now. Dr Neil Clark Warren is an eHarmony founder and CEO. “We want to bring companies candidates that have been fully vetted,” he said.

According to eHarmony’s website 438 people get married every day as a result of eHarmony’s compatibility matching.

Now eHarmony is turning its sights on matching people with jobs, and companies with applicants. Elevated Careers states it intends to use proven technology to bring employers the most compatible candidates, matched on skills, company culture and personality.

In 2014, Dan Erickson, director of special projects and general manager of Elevated Careers said that instead of sending companies thousands of resumes, they want to provide a daily list of candidates who match with a company. This includes not just with the jobs and skills area, but with company culture, work values and knowledge.

Elevated Careers will pair applicants and jobs based not just on skills and qualifications but also cultural fit and the personality traits of the applicants’ supervisor and potential closest co-workers.

Nurse Practitioners ‘couldn’t do’ former Labour candidate’s job

A former Labour Parliamentary Candidate has said that Nurse Practitioners couldn’t do his job and that food banks should be abolished.

Former Labour Party candidate, Dr Adrian Heald, thinks food banks should be banned and Nurse Practitioners couldn't do his job. Courtesy: Obtained from Twitter.
WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED? Former Labour Party candidate, Dr Adrian Heald, thinks food banks should be banned and Nurse Practitioners couldn’t do his job. Courtesy: Obtained from Twitter.

Dr Adrian Heald is the former Parliamentary Candidate for Crewe & Nantwich, making money not only as a consultant, but through duties at Manchester University also. Dr Adrian Heald thinks that even with the aide of diagnostic technologies that a Nurse Practitioner couldn’t replace him. “Obviously you think a nurse practitioner could do my job,” he said to Crocels News reporter, Jonathan Bishop, adding: “assistant nurses can’t do research work.

Not only does Dr Adrian Heald think that no nurse could do his job, but he doesn’t want to be handing out prescriptions for food banks either. “I have patients who NEED food banks,” Dr Adrian Heald said. “I see people who are humiliated by having to use them.

Crocels News reporter, inventor and economist, Jonathan Bishop, said he was disgusted with the comments. “It is disgusting for Dr Adrian Heald to say that it is humiliating for people to have to use food banks,” he said. “For me food banks do a lot more for those on low incomes than paying taxes for bureaucrats at the Department for Work and Pensions to cut people’s welfare,” he continued. “I think people who give to food banks should have their taxes reduced as for me there is more satisfaction to be gained from donating to food banks than paying taxes for DWP to cream it away on payroll bills.
Food banks cut out the middle men and create a sense of community spirit and it is disgraceful for socialists like Dr Adrian Heald to want a bloated state rather than self-dependent communities.
Nurse practitioners with the aid of Crocels technology could easily do Dr Adrian Heald’s job, which at the end of the day is mainly data crunching medical symptoms and getting called Doctor for the privilege.

Jess Phillips criticised over talking-clock comment

A Birmingham MP has been criticised over her comments that she cannot understand why anyone would call the ‘talking-clock’ in today’s age.

Jess Phillips MP
OUT OF TOUCH? Jess Phillips MP says she does not understand why anyone would need to call the ‘Talking-Clock.’ Courtesy: Birmingham Mail

Jess Phillips, the Member of Parliament for Birmingham Yardley, posted on Twitter a comment saying: “Who still calls the talking clock… I thought it didn’t exist anymore. I cannot believe this.

Councillor Jonathan Bishop, who campaigned to deal with the digital divide while a councillor on Llantwit Fardre Community Council between 2003 and 2004 and Pontypridd Town Council between 2008 and 2012, said the comments of Jess Phillips showed ignorance. “It is disgraceful that Jess Phillips felt it appropriate to mock people who use telephone services like the Talking Clock,” he said. “Many people in the UK are still without broadband of any kind, and in some cases not having digital terrestrial television.
Just because Jess Phillips has the benefit of her allowances as a Member of Parliament, it does not mean she should expect others to have access to those communications services she takes for granted.
“Instead of mocking people for using the talking clock, she should be supporting my campaign to ensure there is no part of the United Kingdom that does not have access to mobile Internet or mobile broadband.

In the United Kingdom, a service called Dialaradio.co.uk was recently introduced, which allows people to access popular radio stations by telephone. Amazon.co.uk also launched Prime Stations, which allows access to radio stations via the Internet. Both services show that there is still demand for telephony and radio, with not everyone being able to access the services they need by either D.A.B radio or the subscription-free World Wide Web.

Clare’s Law protecting men’s rights

A government scheme to allow individuals to discover whether their current or prospective partner has a history of violence has had more than 1,300 requests in the last year, it has been confirmed.

Men’s rights activists are hailing the campaign a success, with it being known that many men are victims of domestic violence, such as where their female partners suffer from trauma re-enactment syndrome as a result of previous abusive relationships.

he Office of National Statistics states that 40% of domestic abuse is against men. Courtesy: f169bbs.com
OH MAN!: The Office of National Statistics states that 40% of domestic abuse is against men. Courtesy: f169bbs.com

A spokesperson from the Suffragents movement welcomes the service. “The Office of National Statistics states that 40% of Domestic Abuse is against men and of course no abuse on men or women is acceptable,” they said. “The worrying point is that men under report domestic abuse because of shame, they are reluctant to admit to family and friends that they are being abused either physically and more insidiously, mentally. ”

Figures obtained from the Press Association show that 3,760 requests were made under the service in the last year and 1,335 disclosures were made. The spokesperson from Suffragents raised the importance of confidential services like this to assist men’s rights. “Around 10% of men report domestic violence because of the history of being disbelieved by the police, staying to protect any children and a lot know that should they leave, spurious claims about unreasonable behaviour will be levied against them by a wife or partner,” they said. “With very few refuges available for men and their children they are forced to remain in an unhappy situation because of the culture of ignoring men in society.

Telephone radio service to combat digital divide

A new radio service is set to tackle the digital divide in rural communities and among motorists, for whom access to radio communications is being threatened.

Dialaradio.co.uk is one of the UK’s first, if not only, telephone accessible radio streaming services. The concept was born out of a frustration from not being able to access a D.A.B radio station.

By February 2015 a total of 1.5 million cars had been sold with D.A.B, but a significant proportion of vehicles are likely to lose coverage as the switchover takes place in the lead up to 2017. Ed Vaizey MP is the Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy. “In my view, digital radio needs to promote a broader and more diverse range of services,” he said. “But there remains the challenge of the existing stock of cars and finding a new low cost solution for cars, which do not have an installed DAB.

Dialaradio.co.uk is combating the digital divide by making radio accessible through any telephone handset in the UK
WITHOUT FRONTIERS: Dialaradio.co.uk is combating the digital divide by making radio accessible through any telephone handset in the UK. Courtesy: Obtained from excitecebu.com under a Creative Commons attribution licence.

Rural communities are also likely to be affected by changes to the way radio is broadcasted, meaning many will be without access to D.A.B. radios will be affected when the ‘Digital Switchover’ happens.

After years of development, planning and investment, Dialaradio.co.uk allows anyone to listen to any streaming radio station from around the world through their phone. With the availability hands-free mobile phone kits, as well as most areas being connected with traditional telephone lines, accessing the radio need not be out of the reach, even if D.A.B or analogue radio is.

The Dialaradio.co.uk service can be used completely free of charge, meaning that if telephone service providers allow access to landline minutes as part of a calling package, the call charge is also in effect free.

Digital radio to assist migration within the UK

KEEPING IN TOUCH: Dialaradio.co.uk allows refugees and other immigrants to keep in touch with their homeland through being able to access their home radio stations through their telephone: Courtesy: Rajesh Kumar Singh.
KEEPING IN TOUCH: Dialaradio.co.uk allows refugees and other immigrants to keep in touch with their homeland through being able to access their home radio stations through their telephone: Courtesy: Rajesh Kumar Singh.

A digital radio service has been launched, which will help many refugees in Great Britain, as well as other migrants, keep access to their favourite radio stations back home.

Dialaradio.co.uk seeks to provide access to global radio stations within the UK, for the cost of a standard phone call.

Stations include Arman FM from Kabul in Afghanistan, Radio 1 FM 91 from Lahore in Pakistan and Radio Maria from Kerala in India.

Patrick is the project manager for Dialaradio.co.uk and says the service is accessible to others emigrating also. “Not only do we provide access to radio stations from Asia and the Middle East, but also to various UK stations and those in Eastern and Northern Europe,” he said. “This means for example that a Glaswegian would be able to listen to Awaz FM from anywhere in the UK.
Dialaradio.co.uk will help people living in Britain be better informed about what is going on in their homeland, whether that station is in Brussels or Birmingham, London or Latvia.
This can only be good for integration of people into British life, wherever in the world they have come from.