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TV comedian accused of grooming teenager who killed himself uses top libel lawyer to explain himself to boy's family

13 April 2014 12:07:13 News | Mail Online

Last night the parents of Ben Cowburn spoke of their dismay at the TV comedian’s use of high-profile libel lawyers Carter-Ruck to make the approach.

Vice All News Time13 April 2014 12:07:13


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Teenager 'groomed' by famous comedian was haunted by his face on TV, inquest hears

25 March 2014 16:42:18 UK headlines

Ben Cowburn, 18, was haunted by seeing a famous comedian's face on TV and in magazines in the weeks before he took his own life, an inquest has heard        

Vice All News Time25 March 2014 16:42:18


Why has comic who 'groomed' overdose boy not been named? MPs criticise decision and say public should be concerned if 'deals are being done behind closed doors'

24 March 2014 03:47:31 News | Mail Online

An inquest has heard the gay comedian ‘took advantage’ of Ben Cowburn (pictured). But under an informal agreement his identity has been protected, and called 'Mr X' at an inquest.

Vice All News Time24 March 2014 03:47:31


Nursery abuser 'groomed parents'

12 March 2014 19:18:43 BBC News - UK

A review into the case of a nursery worker who abused boys calls for more robust procedures to detect offenders who seek to "groom parents".

Vice All News Time12 March 2014 19:18:43


'Police ignored victims of Rochdale child sex grooming gang because they were from COUNCIL ESTATES': Shocking report reveals failings allowed abuse to continue

20 December 2013 13:00:20 News | Mail Online

A damning 300-page report published today reveals Greater Manchester Police badly let down vulnerable girls who were groomed by the gang for sex.

Vice All News Time20 December 2013 13:00:20


AUDIO: 'I'll never get over daughter's grooming'

09 December 2013 23:22:02 BBC News - UK

The father of a girl who was the victim of the grooming gang in Rochdale has said discovering the news was "like being hit with a sledgehammer".

Vice All News Time09 December 2013 23:22:02


Pop star pics used to groom girls

06 December 2013 22:22:30 BBC News - UK

A man who used images of a US pop star to help him groom girls over the internet is jailed.

Vice All News Time06 December 2013 22:22:30


Is this Ben Needham? Picture of Roma man suspected of being British tot who disappeared in Greece 22 years ago

27 October 2013 01:09:06 mirror - News

Greek police will DNA test man who Ben’s mum Kerry believes could be the son who disappeared from Kos in 1991 aged two

Vice All News Time27 October 2013 01:09:06


Maria 'was groomed to be a child bride' by Roma Gypsy couple

24 October 2013 04:38:10 News | Mail Online

Police now believe that Maria, who is thought to be four or five, was being prepared for marriage at the age of 12.

Vice All News Time24 October 2013 04:38:10


Groom who staged bomb hoax on wedding day jailed

22 October 2013 16:40:13 UK headlines

A panicked groom who staged a bomb hoax on his wedding day so his bride would not find out he bungled the booking has been jailed for 12 months        

Vice All News Time22 October 2013 16:40:13


Ben Wheatley to direct Doctor Who

14 October 2013 14:48:05 BBC News - UK

Kill List and Sightseers director Ben Wheatley will direct Peter Capaldi's first two episodes as Doctor Who.

Vice All News Time14 October 2013 14:48:05


Georgie Thompson interview on dating Ben Ainslie

14 October 2013 11:19:52 Sport | Mail Online

Former Sky Sports presenter Georgie Thompson speaks openly for the first time about her relationship with British Olympic great Sir Ben Ainslie who she has been dating for six months.

Vice Sport Time14 October 2013 11:19:52


Man who groomed 14-year-old girl he met online while playing Xbox games abducted her and took her for sex in a tent on a beach

28 September 2013 04:13:37 News | Mail Online

A paedophile who had sex with a 14-year-old girl in a tent on a beach in Hartlepool has been found guilty of sexual grooming and child abduction.

Vice All News Time28 September 2013 04:13:37


VIDEO: British Sikh girls being groomed

03 September 2013 12:07:03 BBC News - UK

An Inside Out investigation exposes how British Sikh girls are being preyed upon by gangs of Muslim groomers who subject them to sexual abuse.

Vice All News Time03 September 2013 12:07:03


Sham marriage exposed after groom turns up with three different brides

17 August 2013 11:00:16 UK headlines

A man who attempted to set up a sham marriage to stay in the UK was caught by officials after his 'partner' failed to remember his name when booking the wedding and was then replaced by a different bride on the big day.        

Vice All News Time17 August 2013 11:00:16


Mother who groomed dog in park given £50 littering fine

19 July 2013 11:51:20 UK headlines

A mother who brushed her dogs' hair in a park was fined £50 for littering and told she should only groom her dog at home.        

Vice All News Time19 July 2013 11:51:20


Mother who groomed dog in park given £50 littering fine

19 July 2013 11:46:03 Politics News - UK Politics

A mother who brushed her dogs' hair in a park was fined £50 for littering and told she should only groom her dog at home.        

Vice Politics Time19 July 2013 11:46:03


Paedophile freed and not banned from Facebook despite using it to groom victims

15 July 2013 19:53:41 UK headlines

Paedophile who used network to groom victims allowed to continue using site despite repeated offences.        

Vice All News Time15 July 2013 19:53:41


Paedophile freed and not banned from Facebook despite using it to groom victims

15 July 2013 17:54:36 UK headlines

Paedophile who used network to groom victims allowed to continue using site despite repeated offences.        

Vice All News Time15 July 2013 17:54:36


Groom-to-be who contracted shingles after 'kidnap' prank finally able to tie the knot

12 July 2013 16:31:53 UK headlines

A groom who was left with a contagious stress disorder after being "kidnapped" in a stag do prank has finally been able to marry his fiancée.        

Vice All News Time12 July 2013 16:31:53


Oxford sex grooming gang jailed for life

27 June 2013 17:40:12 UK headlines

Members of an Oxford gang who groomed vulnerable young girls for sex, repeatedly raping them and threatening to harm them if they told anyone, have been jailed for life.        

Vice All News Time27 June 2013 17:40:12


Forgetful groom fails to mention his mother in wedding speech after thanking everyone else including the caterers

18 June 2013 03:38:46 News | Mail Online

Forgetful groom Richard Bainbridge, of Briston, Norfolk, accidentally missed out one very, very important person on his wedding day... the beloved mother who brought him up single-handed.

Vice All News Time18 June 2013 03:38:46


The Fiver | The power of good grooming and positive presentation

05 June 2013 17:26:20 Sport news, comment and results | theguardian.com

Click here to have the Fiver sent to your inbox every weekday at 5pm, or if your usual copy has stopped arriving SUITS YOU, SIR Roberto Martínez is considered an audacious manager so will not balk at the challenge that the Fiver hereby throws down to him: ditch the sharp suits, slick patter and permanent availability to the media – instead, cultivate a straggly beard and earthy hum while wearing denim tracksuits and a scowl. If the Spaniard remains one of the most respected gaffers in the game while following that Gok Wan guide, then the Fiver will truly accept that he deserves the acclaim and his lofty reputation is not just an example of the power of good grooming and positive presentation. As things stand, the Fiver just can't decide if Martinez is a prize pupil or smooth prefect. On one hand, the Fiver admires the fact that Martínez guided Wigan to FA Cup victory over Manchester City, especially as he did so while refusing to take the easy cop-out of resting players for league games. On the other, we know that trophies aren't everything, as David Moyes might say, and we can't help but notice that Wigan were barely out of the bottom three during Martínez's four-year tenure and, of course, they have just been relegated. We know he has nice principles, we're just not fully convinced he knows how to apply them. There's something about the 19,765 defensive blunders that Wigan made during his reign that doesn't feel right. So it seems slightly odd that Martinez has today been confirmed as the new manager of Everton, a year after he allegedly turned down a similar offer from Liverpool in order to stay at Wigan "and take the club to the next level", by which he presumably didn't mean the Championship. "Everton Football Club is today delighted to confirm the appointment of Roberto Martínez as its next manager," read a statement from the club in case the Fiver's word alone wouldn't do. "The 39-year-old Spaniard joins from Wigan Athletic and has signed a four-year contract at Goodison Park," added the statement, just in case anyone thought they had been referring to the 87-year-old Chinese Roberto Martínez, about whom we also have our doubts. QUOTE OF THE DAY "He's making some big mistakes. He has got a lot to learn" – Titus Bramble dishes out a sermon to Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio. Just let that one percolate for a minute. FIVER LETTERS "For a long time I thought I was Utah's sole Fiver reader until yesterday when I saw this . Is this a second, and clearly more dedicated reader, or the Fiver's long-lost cousin from the Beehive State, Multiple Wife, Caffeine-Free, 0% Alcohol, Vote Mitt Fiver?" – Killian Barrins. "Re: Tom Hillyard writing about Graham Arnold (yesterday's Fiver letters). I am not disagreeing with how grim things must be at Sheffield United but to cast aspersions on the mighty Central Coast Mariners cuts to my core. On the smallest budget of any club in the A-League the Mariners stormed home to be crowned champions playing some very attractive football. I suspect Mr Hillyard might follow those upmarket big spenders known as Sydney FC. Jealously me thinks" – Tony Thompson. " This is how grim things currently are at Sheffield United" – Chris Draper. "In light of the final line of yesterday's Fiver, should Scotland U-21 manager Billy Stark perhaps be advised to avoid Fiver Towers for the foreseeable future? Might Exeter City full-back Steve Tully be advised to stay away too? Winter is coming" – Neil Turner. • Send your letters to the.boss@guardian.co.uk . Also, if you've nothing better to do you can also tweet the Fiver . Today's winner of our prizeless letter o' the day prize is: Killian Barrins. JOIN GUARDIAN SOULMATES We keep trying to point out the utter futility of advertising an online dating service "for interesting people" in the Fiver to the naive folk who run Guardian Soulmates, but they still aren't having any of it. So here you go – sign up here to view profiles of the kind of erudite, sociable and friendly romantics who would never dream of going out with you. BITS AND BOBS Expect needless circulation of that photo now that Millwall have been given permission to speak with St Johnstone boss Steve Lomas over their managerial vacancy. "As with our previous two managers, we will not stand in the way of Steve," declared ambitious Saints chairman Steve Brown. Know-it-all José Mourinho has accused Cristiano Ronaldo of being … a bit of a know-it-all. "I had only one problem with him, very simple, very basic … because maybe he thinks he knows everything and the coach cannot help him to develop," said a pot about a kettle . Sunderland team-mates Phil Bardsley and Stéphane Sessègnon have returned from holiday to find their homes burgled . Northumbria police don't believe the crimes are connected. And Robert Lewandowski hopes his move from Borussia Dortmund is sorted out swiftly. Him and the Fiver both. "I assume that all will now be cleared up and I can join the club of my wish this summer," he cheered. RECOMMENDED VIEWING Greek children, a headfirst free-kick and the unluckiest miss ever: it's the amazing world of football season review: part two . STILL WANT MORE? Marina Hyde explains why José Mourinho's return to England is more booty call than love affair . With Michael Ballack's testimonial on the horizon, was he an arrogant player that was quite good or was he just really, really, really, really good? Marcus Christenson investigates . Keegan appointing Lawro as coach? David Pleat as Marbella's 'football adviser?' Why creating a job out of nothing isn't always the best idea . It's Gallery time, with Louise Taylor giving her rundown of the eight brightest young scamps in the European Under-21 Championships . Gregg Bakowski has defaced some of football's most

Vice All News Time05 June 2013 17:26:20


The Fiver | The power of good grooming and positive presentation

05 June 2013 17:26:19 Football news, match reports and fixtures | theguardian.com

Click here to have the Fiver sent to your inbox every weekday at 5pm, or if your usual copy has stopped arriving SUITS YOU, SIR Roberto Martínez is considered an audacious manager so will not balk at the challenge that the Fiver hereby throws down to him: ditch the sharp suits, slick patter and permanent availability to the media – instead, cultivate a straggly beard and earthy hum while wearing denim tracksuits and a scowl. If the Spaniard remains one of the most respected gaffers in the game while following that Gok Wan guide, then the Fiver will truly accept that he deserves the acclaim and his lofty reputation is not just an example of the power of good grooming and positive presentation. As things stand, the Fiver just can't decide if Martinez is a prize pupil or smooth prefect. On one hand, the Fiver admires the fact that Martínez guided Wigan to FA Cup victory over Manchester City, especially as he did so while refusing to take the easy cop-out of resting players for league games. On the other, we know that trophies aren't everything, as David Moyes might say, and we can't help but notice that Wigan were barely out of the bottom three during Martínez's four-year tenure and, of course, they have just been relegated. We know he has nice principles, we're just not fully convinced he knows how to apply them. There's something about the 19,765 defensive blunders that Wigan made during his reign that doesn't feel right. So it seems slightly odd that Martinez has today been confirmed as the new manager of Everton, a year after he allegedly turned down a similar offer from Liverpool in order to stay at Wigan "and take the club to the next level", by which he presumably didn't mean the Championship. "Everton Football Club is today delighted to confirm the appointment of Roberto Martínez as its next manager," read a statement from the club in case the Fiver's word alone wouldn't do. "The 39-year-old Spaniard joins from Wigan Athletic and has signed a four-year contract at Goodison Park," added the statement, just in case anyone thought they had been referring to the 87-year-old Chinese Roberto Martínez, about whom we also have our doubts. QUOTE OF THE DAY "He's making some big mistakes. He has got a lot to learn" – Titus Bramble dishes out a sermon to Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio. Just let that one percolate for a minute. FIVER LETTERS "For a long time I thought I was Utah's sole Fiver reader until yesterday when I saw this . Is this a second, and clearly more dedicated reader, or the Fiver's long-lost cousin from the Beehive State, Multiple Wife, Caffeine-Free, 0% Alcohol, Vote Mitt Fiver?" – Killian Barrins. "Re: Tom Hillyard writing about Graham Arnold (yesterday's Fiver letters). I am not disagreeing with how grim things must be at Sheffield United but to cast aspersions on the mighty Central Coast Mariners cuts to my core. On the smallest budget of any club in the A-League the Mariners stormed home to be crowned champions playing some very attractive football. I suspect Mr Hillyard might follow those upmarket big spenders known as Sydney FC. Jealously me thinks" – Tony Thompson. " This is how grim things currently are at Sheffield United" – Chris Draper. "In light of the final line of yesterday's Fiver, should Scotland U-21 manager Billy Stark perhaps be advised to avoid Fiver Towers for the foreseeable future? Might Exeter City full-back Steve Tully be advised to stay away too? Winter is coming" – Neil Turner. • Send your letters to the.boss@guardian.co.uk . Also, if you've nothing better to do you can also tweet the Fiver . Today's winner of our prizeless letter o' the day prize is: Killian Barrins. JOIN GUARDIAN SOULMATES We keep trying to point out the utter futility of advertising an online dating service "for interesting people" in the Fiver to the naive folk who run Guardian Soulmates, but they still aren't having any of it. So here you go – sign up here to view profiles of the kind of erudite, sociable and friendly romantics who would never dream of going out with you. BITS AND BOBS Expect needless circulation of that photo now that Millwall have been given permission to speak with St Johnstone boss Steve Lomas over their managerial vacancy. "As with our previous two managers, we will not stand in the way of Steve," declared ambitious Saints chairman Steve Brown. Know-it-all José Mourinho has accused Cristiano Ronaldo of being … a bit of a know-it-all. "I had only one problem with him, very simple, very basic … because maybe he thinks he knows everything and the coach cannot help him to develop," said a pot about a kettle . Sunderland team-mates Phil Bardsley and Stéphane Sessègnon have returned from holiday to find their homes burgled . Northumbria police don't believe the crimes are connected. And Robert Lewandowski hopes his move from Borussia Dortmund is sorted out swiftly. Him and the Fiver both. "I assume that all will now be cleared up and I can join the club of my wish this summer," he cheered. RECOMMENDED VIEWING Greek children, a headfirst free-kick and the unluckiest miss ever: it's the amazing world of football season review: part two . STILL WANT MORE? Marina Hyde explains why José Mourinho's return to England is more booty call than love affair . With Michael Ballack's testimonial on the horizon, was he an arrogant player that was quite good or was he just really, really, really, really good? Marcus Christenson investigates . Keegan appointing Lawro as coach? David Pleat as Marbella's 'football adviser?' Why creating a job out of nothing isn't always the best idea . It's Gallery time, with Louise Taylor giving her rundown of the eight brightest young scamps in the European Under-21 Championships . Gregg Bakowski has defaced some of football's most

Vice All News Time05 June 2013 17:26:19


Ben Jennings on lobbying and Doctor Who – cartoon

02 June 2013 23:46:36 Politics news, UK and world political comment and analysis | theguardian.com

As the lobbying scandal claims more victims, Matt Smith has announced his retirement from TV's Doctor Who Ben Jennings        

Vice Politics Time02 June 2013 23:46:36


Grumpy Cat groomed to star in her own movie

30 May 2013 12:09:53 Film | theguardian.com

Production company Broken Road in talks to make feline internet sensation a feature-film heroine It is the news that will bring hope to Lil Bub , the goats that yell like humans and other wannabe meme film stars everywhere: Grumpy Cat , the moody feline queen of Facebook, looks set to get her very own movie. Deadline reports that the winner of the 2013 Meme of the Year gong at this year's Webby Awards is at the centre of a feature-film project being put together by her managers and Hollywood production company Broken Road. Grumpy, Tardar Sauce to her owners away from the cameras, will be given the power of speech and launched into a Garfield-style feature film. "This started off as a picture of a cat, but rare is an image that evokes that much comedy," said Todd Garner of Broken Road. "You read all of the memes and the comments, and one is funnier than the next. We think we can build a big family comedy around this character." Grumpy's appeal is hard to deny. The mixed-breed cat, whose moody facial expression is the result of dwarfism and an underbite, has more than 930,000 likes on her Facebook page and more than 120,000 YouTube subscribers. She was also named most influential cat of the year by MSNBC and most important meme of the year by Mashable in 2012. In March, Grumpy emerged as the surprise star of the SXSW film and music festival after her appearances drew thousands of people. There may be trouble ahead for filmgoers if the makers of Grumpy Cat: the Movie are basing their project on the dubious success of the Garfield films, however. Both 2004's Garfield: the Movie and 2006 sequel Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties, featuring an apparently reluctant Bill Murray as the voice of the curmudgeonly cat, were widely panned. They did, however, take a combined $340m (£224m) at the global box office. Ben Child guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

Vice All News Time30 May 2013 12:09:53


AUDIO: Grooming victim: It started with cannabis

15 May 2013 11:40:04 BBC News - UK

The BBC's Alison Holt heard from one of the victims of sexual grooming who became known as Girl three during a trial where seven men were found guilty yesterday of charges including rape, arranging child prostitution and trafficking.

Vice All News Time15 May 2013 11:40:04


Oxford grooming gang: the missed opportunities

14 May 2013 19:48:06 UK headlines

Police officers repeatedly failed to save children from a gang of men who groomed and gang raped them in acts of "extreme depravity."        

Vice All News Time14 May 2013 19:48:06


Oxford paedophile ring found guilty of grooming vulnerable underage girls for sexual exploitation

14 May 2013 18:23:39 News | Mail Online

Seven men have been found guilty of a catalogue of charges involving underage girls who were groomed for sexual exploitation. Fighting broke out in the dock after two of the defendants were cleared.

Vice All News Time14 May 2013 18:23:39


BREAKING NEWS: Paedophile ring found guilty of grooming vulnerable underage girls for sexual exploitation after five month trial as fighting breaks out in the dock

14 May 2013 17:51:11 News | Mail Online

Seven men have been found guilty of a catalogue of charges involving underage girls who were groomed for sexual exploitation. Fighting broke out in the dock after two of the defendants were cleared.

Vice All News Time14 May 2013 17:51:11