‘Dangerous’ paedophile deported after Lancashire arrest

A ‘dangerous’ paedophile who was convicted of seven offences against children in Poland has been deported after being arrested in the Lancashire last month.

Convicted paedophile Marian Dorobek, 68, was taken from HMP Wandsworth on March 10 and handed over to the Polish authorities to be returned to Poland to serve his sentence, say police.

Insp Phil Hutchinson said: “The extradition of Dorobek has been challenging due to the tight timescales we had to work with initially when we had to get staff to arrest him at the port.

“However, it’s been extremely satisfying to work with Polish and British authorities to ensure this criminal is returned to Poland to commence his custodial sentence. He is one of the most dangerous offenders I have had the displeasure to come across.”

A police spokesman said: “Dorobek was arrested on Wednesday 1 February after officers received information that he was on a ferry due to arrive at Heysham Port at 12.15pm. Checks were carried out with the National Crime Agency and Polish authorities confirmed that he was wanted and that a European Arrest Warrant was being applied for.

“A police operation was put in place to arrest Dorobek, who was wanted after being convicted of rape and child sex offences. He was arrested on leaving the ferry under Section 5 of the Extradition Act 2003 as the European Arrest Warrant had not arrived. This was the first use of Section 5 within Lancashire.

“The Polish Government emailed the constabulary praising and thanking officers for their swift intervention and support."

Dorobek was convicted of seven offences against children in Poland. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison in the district court in Grudziadz, Poland on March 24, 2016, but then disappeared.

At the time of his arrest at Heysham, he had been visiting family on the Isle of Man.

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LATEST: Review could be held after children rescued from house covered in excrement

A Serious Case Review into the circumstances of four children found living in fetid conditions has “not been ruled out”, it emerged today.

The Lancashire Safeguarding Children’s Board, which ensures agencies work together effectively to keep children safe, may review the case if it receives a referral, a spokesman said.

A national outpouring of concern was triggered after it was revealed how the couple put the tots to bed in Leyland rooms smeared in excrement.

They had rashes and temperatures when police seized them.

Each parent admitted four counts of neglect. The children were placed with their grandmother as recommended by social services, but a family court later ruled they should be given ‘partial’ care, despite Lancashire County Council’s views.

In subsequent visits, workers noted a smell of cannabis, no stairgate, a strong smell of faeces and flies – sparking questions as to why the children had not been removed again. Their dad was jailed this week.

Preston MP Mark Hendrick (inset) said he hoped lessons would be learned and added: “Clearly the decision to let the grandmother have custody of the children, meaning that in the process the parents would still have access to them, turns out to have been a huge mistake. I am sure had the county council known the situation would occur again and the children would be subjected to the terrible conditions that are in the property, this would never have happened. However, that was not the case and we are left with a terrible story of neglect and abuse.”

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Judge questions why children were allowed to return to parents

A judge has questioned why a couple who let their four young children live in “squalor” in an excrement-covered house were allowed to continue to care for them.

Police stumbled upon the youngsters after visiting their Leyland home on an unrelated matter.

The hungry children, all aged under five, were sleeping in filthy rooms strewn with used nappies and faeces on the walls, and one screaming little girl was found trapped under a bed frame.

Officers had to go out and buy the youngsters food after seeing them pulling at discarded food wrappers in the kitchen – and finding the only item in the kitchen was cannabis hidden in a slow cooker.

Preston Crown Court heard the youngsters were taken away by police under a protection order and placed with their gran – but their parents, who have since admitted neglect, were allowed partial care of them again.

But Preston Crown Court heard, since a decision was made at a meeting in February to allow that scenario, concerns had been raised in various unannounced visits which noted a smell of cannabis, no stairgate, a strong smell of faeces, and flies. A social worker told the court if the concerns with the current “placement” continue, they would issue a 14 days notice with intent to remove the children.

Used nappies and faeces on the walls of a house where four children were living in Leyland. Their parents admitted child neglect when they appeared at Preston Crown Court on March 8, 2017

The Honorary Recorder of Preston, Judge Mark Brown, said: “I do not understand the local authority’s approach. There’s been chance upon chance upon chance.

“You know how terrible and squalid the conditions were. What more chance do these parents deserve? I’m astonished.”

“Surely the priority is the wellbeing of these children not the rights of the parents. Isn’t it about time action was taken?”

Speaking after the case, Lancashire County Council told the Post the children had been returned to their parents on the orders of a Family Court.

The dad, 23, was jailed this week for 14 months but the 29-year-old mother was given a suspended sentence on account of her mental health difficulties.

Prosecuting, Frances McEntee said it was “a case of protracted neglect with the youngsters having been described as kept in conditions of fetid squalor.”

Police officers came across the tots by chance in October 2015 while at the property on an unconnected matter. One officer opened a bedroom door when he heard a child inside.

Mr McEntee said: “He was hit by a vile and horrid stench.

“Officers found there was fecal matter smeared and sprayed across the walls and indeed it had become apparent that the lower half appeared to have been repainted.

“The officers noted 15 heavily soiled nappies full of urine and fecal matter which was open to the air.

Used nappies and faeces on the walls of a house where four children were living in Leyland. Their parents admitted child neglect when they appeared at Preston Crown Court on March 8, 2017

“The floor itself was covered in faeces and scraps or stale food and there appeared to be intermingling of the two.

“There were plastic children’s drinking cups with fluid that appeared to be settled, with fecal material on those cups.

“Within that room were two children, dressed in just t-shirts.

“One of them had dried blood across the bridge of this nose and upper lip. Their appearance was described as dishevelled and dirty with food in his hair and stains around the body.

“There appeared to be an abrasion to the forehead which appeared to have been neglected dirty and sore.

“They were very quiet. Neither child appeared to have been cleaned. The room had an upturned bed with a soiled mattress with no bedding or blankets.”

The court heard police checked the other bedroom and one was so appalled by the smell inside, he threw up.

They found a screaming toddler, pinned down by a bed-frame which they had to lift to free her.

The house had no hot running water, a dirty bathroom with a bath full of paint.

The children were seen pulling at empty packets of food and when police went to get them a drink they found their bottles were mouldy.

The court heard the youngsters did not show emotion and were “for all intents and purposes dumb – described as like zombies.”

In interview, the dad claimed one had had chickenpox that “must have spread.”

He claimed the children were bathed in the kitchen sink and he had been “trying his best” since his partner had mental health difficulties.

The mum suggested the tots were in habit of taking their nappies off and smearing it on the walls.

Used nappies and faeces on the walls of a house where four children were living in Leyland. Their parents admitted child neglect when they appeared at Preston Crown Court on March 8, 2017

Philip Boyd, defending the father, said: “He was a very young man. If he had been more mature and adequate at dealing with difficulties he would have been able to take assistance which was available to him.

“He tried to sort things out himself but they got worse and worse.

“This was not somebody who was being deliberately cruel – he was an inadequate young man feeling he could do it all himself.

Defending the mum, Mark Stewart said she was embarrassed and in a poor position mentally.

The judge told the couple: “You have been given chance after chance, but despite this concerns remain.

“What has happened since is relevant to my decision.

“This was a deplorable and appalling state of affairs. I’m satisfied that all of this shows you have complete indifference to their welfare.”

LANCASHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

Amanda Hatton, director of Children’s Services at County Hall, said: “The family were referred to the local authority for the first time when the police initially visited the property. At that point we secured placements for the children outside the family home. We put this matter before a family court. However, the Family Court did not agree with this position and the children were placed back in the care of their parents with the local authority undertaking close monitoring of the case. We are now working with extended family members to ensure the ongoing safety and wellbeing of the children.”

NSPCC

An NSPCC spokesman said: “The conditions these young children were forced to live in are horrendous and it is entirely right that the parents were brought to face justice in the courts.

“No child should have to endure such sickening squalor and neglect, and we hope the children receive all the help and support they need to recover from the trauma of their early years in that household.

“It is astounding that the family lived in these conditions for so long and we hope lessons are learned from this horrific case to prevent other children enduring similar neglect.”

POLICE

Detective Constable Lee Bradshaw-Wood, of the Public Protection Unit, said: “These people displayed an abject failure to provide basic care for such young, vulnerable children.

“The investigation established the feral and dangerous conditions that these poor children were living in.

The living accommodation was disgusting and unsafe and the children were dirty and their clothing was inadequate.

No child should have to live in those conditions.

“We are committed to working, along with our partner agencies, to ensure that all children in Lancashire are kept safe from harm.

If anyone has concerns around the safety of a child or young person they should contact us or Lancashire Social Services.

Information can also be passed anonymously via the NSPCC.”

Call 101 or the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 or for youngsters Childline on 0800 1111.

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SHOCKING: Four children rescued from filthy house covered in excrement

A couple have admitted letting their four children live in a “disgusting” house with no food and excrement smeared on the walls

The parents put the tots to bed in rooms covered in filthy open nappies, in a house branded “feral and dangerous” by police.

All four youngsters had rashes, temperatures and skin ailments when police rescued them from their Leyland home and took them to the hospital. One officer was so overpowered by the smell of faeces in the property that he was repeatedly sick.

At Preston Crown Court, each parent admitted four counts of neglect after a judge was told the youngsters, all under five, were so thirsty and hungry when police found them that officers had to go out and buy them food because there was nothing in the kitchen – except cannabis in a slow cooker.

They found a baby in a bouncer two feet away from a halogen heater, naked except for an overflowing nappy, a screaming little girl trapped under a bed frame in a room full of faeces and flies, and two toddlers in a bedroom with excrement sprayed on walls and exposed carpet rods.

The parents cannot be named to protect the identity of the vulnerable children, who were described in court as acting like “zombies”.

There was fecal matter smeared and sprayed across the walls.

The 29-year-old mum shook violently and cried in the dock, while the 23-year-old father appeared calm as he sat beside her.

He was jailed for 14 months but the judge accepted her mental condition meant she simply was not able to cope and suspended her 14-month sentence for two years, with a rehabilitation requirement.

The Honorary Recorder of Preston, Judge Mark Brown, criticised the local authority’s approach to the case, asking why the parents had been given “chance upon chance upon chance” after learning their access to the children had continued.

The judge told the couple: “This was a deplorable and appalling state of affairs. I’m satisfied that all of this shows you have complete indifference to their welfare.”

Prosecuting, Frances McEntee said: “This is a case of protracted neglect, the youngsters having been described as kept in conditions of fetid squalor quite literally. “Those matters came to light quite by chance quite by chance on October 25, 2015, at 11.45am.

“Officers had attended the address in relation to an unconnected matter, looking for a third party.

“Whilst they were dealing with the defendant, who had appeared at the door in just his underwear, the mum came forward protesting at the officers coming to her property suggesting they were bullying her.

“Permission was given for a search.

“Whilst they were on landing they noticed three bedrooms two of which had the door shut. A child could be heard.

“The door was tightly shut. The officer opened it and he was hit by a vile and horrid stench.

“Officers found there was fecal matter smeared and sprayed across the walls and indeed it had become apparent that the lower half appeared to have been repainted.

“The officers noted 15 heavily soiled nappies full of urine and fecal matter which was open to the air. The floor itself was covered in faeces and scraps or stale food and there appeared to be intermingling of the two. “There were plastic children’s drinking cups with fluid that appeared to be settled, with fecal material on those cups.

“Within that room were two children, dressed in just T-shirts.

“One of them had dried blood across the bridge of this nose and upper lip. Their appearance was described as dishevelled and dirty with food in his hair and stains around the body. There appeared to be an abrasion to the forehead which appeared to have been neglected, dirty and sore.

“They were very quiet. Neither child appeared to have been cleaned. The room had an upturned bed with a soiled mattress with no bedding or blankets.”

The court heard police checked the other bedroom.

Mr McEntee added: “The officer describes a response of retching at the smell – one officer was sick into his mouth a number of times.

“It was a similar state. Toys were strewn out over the floor. The state of the room was further enhanced by the number of flies buzzing around.

“The officer heard a child screaming and asked if there was a child in the room. The defendant denied this but the screaming continued.

“It could not be seen at that stage but having searched the room, officers located the toddler trapped against a mattress which was situated under a mattress, pinned down by the bedframe. Together they lifted the frame and pulled her out.”

The house had no hot running water, a dirty bathroom with a bath full of paint.

The children were seen pulling at empty packets of food and when police went to get them a drink they found their bottles were mouldy.

The court heard the youngsters did not show emotion and were “for all intents and purposes dumb – described as like zombies.”

In an interview, the dad claimed one had had chickenpox that “must have spread.”

He claimed the children were bathed in the kitchen sink and he had been “trying his best” since his partner had mental health difficulties.

The mum suggested the tots were in habit of taking their nappies off and smearing it on the walls.

Philip Boyd, defending the father, said: “He was a very young man. If he had been more mature and adequate at dealing with difficulties he would have been able to take assistance which was available to him.

“He tried to sort things out himself but they got worse and worse.

“This was not somebody who was being deliberately cruel – he was an inadequate young man feeling he could do it all himself.”

Defending the mum, Mark Stewart said she was embarrassed and in a poor position mentally.

Speaking after the hearing, Detective Constable Lee Bradshaw-Wood, of Lancashire police’s Public Protection Unit, said: “These people displayed an abject failure to provide basic care for such young, vulnerable children.

“The investigation established the feral and dangerous conditions that these poor children were living in. The living accommodation was disgusting and unsafe and the children were dirty and their clothing was inadequate. No child should have to live in those conditions.

“We are committed to working, along with our partner agencies, to ensure that all children in Lancashire are kept safe from harm. If anyone has concerns about the safety of a child or young person they should contact us or Lancashire Social Services. Information can also be passed anonymously via the NSPCC.”

The Post has asked County Hall to respond to the judge’s criticisms on the case.

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CAGED: \’Extremely dangerous\’ man jailed for knifepoint robberies in Chorley

A man who broke into two houses in Chorley and held his victims at knifepoint has been jailed.

Leon Martin, 27, of Ennerdale, Skelmersdale broke into the home of a 92-year-old woman on Glamis Drive and threatened her with a knife on December 23, 2016, say police.

He searched her house and left the scene after he was unable to find any items of value, they added.
The second attempted burglary happened minutes later at a nearby property on Southport Road when Martin entered the house and threatened two men who were inside.

He demanded money and car keys, putting a knife to the throat of one of the men as he marched him around the house. Two other family members who were in the house at the time managed to lock themselves in an upstairs bedroom where they were able to call police. Again Martin left the house without any property.

Police officers arrived at the scene and found Martin hiding in a nearby garden where he was arrested. He was later charged with two offences of assault with intent to rob and possession of a bladed article.

He appeared at Preston Crown Court on Monday, February 7 and pleaded guilty to all charges. He was sentenced to a total of eight years imprisonment.

DC Paul Price of South CID said: “This was a particularly nasty incident which was extremely distressing for all involved. To be faced with an unknown person wielding a large kitchen knife in their own home must have been absolutely terrifying for the victims.

“Incidents like this can traumatize those affected for a number of years; the fact that it occurred just two days before Christmas only compounds what was a truly horrific crime.

“The result at court means that an extremely dangerous offender, one who has shown he is willing to target the most vulnerable in our community, is now off the streets of Lancashire for a long time.”

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24 Years given to paedophile for the abuse of five-year-old

A “dangerous” Burnley paedophile has been sentenced to 24 years in prison after he was found guilty of a raft of sexual offences against a five-year-old girl.

Darren Carter, 45, of Accrington Road, Burnley, was convicted of a catalogue of offences against the youngster following a trial at Preston Crown Court in December, 2016.

He was sentenced on Monday, January 23rd to a determinate sentence of 24 years comprising of 19 years custody and an extended licence of five years for his crimes, which were carried out between 2010 and 2011 when the girl was just five-years-old.
Carter, who was labelled a “dangerous offender” by the judge, was convicted of offences including rape, attempted rape, sexual assault by penetration, taking indecent photos, and causing a child to watch sexual activity.

Detective Sargent Bryony Midgley of Blackburn CID, said: “Darren Carter is a truly dangerous and predatory paedophile who subjected his young victim to some truly abhorrent abuse, the depravity of which is reflected in this lengthy custodial sentence.

“I would like to commend the victim who has shown tremendous bravery in coming forward to report these crimes and throughout the court process. I hope that this sentence can help her to move on with her life safe in the knowledge her abuser is behind bars for a very long time,” Detective Sargent Midgley continued.

“Lancashire Constabulary remains committed to tackling the perpetrators of sexual abuse, regardless of how long ago the offences took place and I would urge anyone who has been a victim of a sexual offence to come forward and report it to us, safe in the knowledge that they will be treated sensitively and professionally at all times.”

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