Scanners scandal; latest on Couchman; elderly bullying

New scanners break child porn laws

The rapid introduction of full body scanners at British airports threatens to breach child protection laws which ban the creation of indecent images of children, the Guardian has learned.

Privacy campaigners claim the images created by the machines are so graphic they amount to “virtual strip-searching” and have called for safeguards to protect the privacy of passengers involved.

Read more on this story in today’s Guardian

Sex offender denies murdering teenager

A convicted sex offender today denied the kidnap, rape and murder of teenager Ashleigh Hall whom he allegedly met on the internet.

Peter Chapman, 33, is accused of strangling the 17-year-old childcare student, of Darlington, after posing as a younger man and befriending her on a social networking site.

Read more on this story in today’s Independent

Family stands by murder trial father Tony Couchman, who has died in jail

The family of a father due to stand trial yesterday for murdering his teenage daughter have insisted he was innocent after he killed himself in prison at the weekend.

Tony Couchman was accused of killing his 19-year-old daughter Victoria and burying her body in woodland close to their home in St Leonards, East Sussex.

Read more on this story in today’s Times

Elderly brothers forced out of their home by gang

Two elderly brothers have been left too frightened to return to their home after they were threatened by a six-man gang armed with a screwdriver.

The men were treated for shock after the gang broke into their home at Glasdrummond Road near Dungannon on Sunday night.

Read more on this story in today’s Belfast Telegraph

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