How the ECHO was banned from revealing Wirral grooming campaign

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How the ECHO was banned from revealing Wirral grooming campaign

Post  ALLAKAKA on Tue May 16, 2017 10:30 pm

The ECHO has been aware of - but banned from reporting on - fears that the Best Price newsagents in Birkenhead was a hub for child sexual exploitation for more than 15 months.
Our reporters have been following the case since just after the Rajenthiram brothers were interviewed by police, up to when they were then charged and eventually found guilty of more than two dozen sex offences against vulnerable Wirral teens.

Yet a series of court orders have prevented publication of the concerns raised throughout the case - until today.



Allegations surrounding the Best Price store first came to the attention of the ECHO in February 2016, when senior reporter Lorna Hughes was present at Wirral Magistrates’ Court as Merseyside Police applied for the shop to be shut down.
That application was made because detectives believed the premises had “been the location from which serious criminal activity has taken place”.
An overview of the case against the brothers was put forward but an order was made banning the ECHO from reporting on the hearing.
Such was the detail of the order, the ECHO could not even report Best Price had been closed by the authorities - even though that information was available on Wirral Council’s website from February 18, 2016, when Wallasey Town Hall’s licensing committee backed the crackdown.
A note highlighting a representation from Wirral’s Safeguarding Children’s Board offered a glimpse as to why The ECHO was banned from reporting the case.

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The brothers' Birkenhead store, Ilavarasan Rajenthiram, top, and Vinothan
On June 2, 2016, Merseyside Police announced it had charged both Ara and Vino Rajenthiram with a series of exploitation offences.

The ECHO was able to report on the charging decisions, and the initial court hearings that followed, though it could not name the shop the offences were linked to.

When the trial against the pair began in November, the ECHO was banned from writing anything further on the pair for the foreseeable future,

That order came after it emerged the brothers faced new allegations. It was feared that, should those new allegations lead to further charges, publicity surrounding the first trial could prevent the defendants from getting a fair second trial.

The ECHO’s court reporters argued the order was unnecessary, based on a collection of legal precedents, but were unable to persuade the judge.



Despite that, the ECHO was present at key stages throughout the trial - which after being listed for six weeks eventually took five months - and was the only media outlet in attendance for the two day summing up of the prosecution case.

After the brothers were found guilty, it was still unclear whether details of their case - including the warning messages sparked by the ordeal of the Rajenthirams’ victims - could be published.

A sentencing hearing in April was delayed for several hours as lawyers considered whether reporting restrictions should remain in place while the Crown Prosecution Service continued its deliberations over the new allegations.

But on Friday, it emerged the CPS had decided not to go ahead with further charges.



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Re: How the ECHO was banned from revealing Wirral grooming campaign

Post  Major on Tue May 16, 2017 11:22 pm

The place may be burnt down  if it is revealed.
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Re: How the ECHO was banned from revealing Wirral grooming campaign

Post  wyatt1 on Wed May 17, 2017 1:33 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:The place may be burnt down  if it is revealed.

Corruption is firmly rooted in the present Legal System (it is not a JUSTICE system, more of an INjustice system)  Needs to be weeded out from the top down, by any means.
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Re: How the ECHO was banned from revealing Wirral grooming campaign

Post  Major on Wed May 17, 2017 3:38 pm

Corruption in high places is rife and almost un prosecutable but when the hoi polloi err they get the book thrown at them.
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