Anorak | Jake Ormerod And The Devon Paedos: Facebook A Daily Mail Witch Hunt?

Jake Ormerod And The Devon Paedos: Facebook A Daily Mail Witch Hunt?

by | 23rd, February 2011

JAKE Ormerod and the Devon Paedos: Anorak has already brought you news of Jake Ormerod, the criminal idiot charged under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 of engaging or inciting a girl to engage in sexual activity.

The police talk of a paedophile gang. They say they have identified 20 victims of a gang working in Devon. The number of alleged victims is rising.

You may have seen the scary letter the local council sent to the parents of schoolchildren in the area.

No child has been snatched off the street. The alleged victims are all said to be known to the alleged paedos. Also, no child has been assaulted via their Facebook page.

But the Daily Mail yelled:


It added :

Police believe at least 20 pupils – and fear as many as 50 – have been ensnared on Facebook and other social networking sites over the past three years.

The Mail made Facebook the enabler. Were the children ensnared on Facebook? Can you be trapped on a website that can be unplugged?

The victims are thought to have been plied with drink and drugs before being abused or raped. Some were as young as 12.

On Facebook? Is there a “ply” button on Facebook?

Facebook may now sue the Mail . A spokeswoman for Facebook says:

“While the inaccurate headline was quickly changed online, the damage of being wrongly tied to this story on the front page is worthy of an apology – to both Daily Mail readers and Facebook – of equal prominence.”


Facebook complained to the Daily Mail, and the newspaper changed the wording of the headline online pending a further investigation. The website – which is trying to adopt a tough stance against the Mail – also demanded an apology in print.

However, the Mail believes it has no reason to apologise and insiders said the newspaper had good reason to believe the mention of Facebook in the headline was appropriate. A spokesman for the Mail said: “We stand by our story.”

But the Mail was not unaided in its sensationalism. Detective Inspector Simon Snell told media:

“There appears to have been all manner of grooming taking place, which may have occurred on the internet. We are keeping an open mind with regards to Facebook, Bebo and other internet sites. We have interviewed around 20 children so far with regard to offences connected with child exploitation. We may deploy officers to interview further children.”

The Guardian says:

But Devon & Cornwall police, handling the investigation, this week indicated in private that in this case sites such as Facebook were not used as grooming tools, but for potential witnesses and victims to communicate with each other.

So. Why did the policeman mention Facebook? Why did he not stick to the facts? Why did he choose to speculate in

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