Monday, March 21, 2005

Oops !

The theory :

Home Office Minister Hazel Blears on internet grooming by paedophiles :

'As part of our commitment to protecting children on the internet we have introduced a new grooming offence in the Sex Offences Bill and made the maximum penalty for possession of child pornography five years. At the same time a Home Office task force has produced guidance for web, chat and messaging services and run public awareness campaigns to inform parents and children of the risks posed by child internet crime.'

The practice :

'A Labour Party official has resigned after being arrested on suspicion of "grooming" a schoolboy on the internet. Peter Tuffley, 27, was arrested after a 13-year-old boy failed to return to his home in Bolton, Greater Manchester, on Saturday 12 March.

The teenager went home the following day but inquiries by police later revealed he had spent the night at a man's flat in Liverpool.

Mr Tuffley worked as a Labour Party regional organiser in Warrington.

He had previously worked in the Salford constituency office of Police Minister Hazel Blears.'

Not the first time Ms Blears has been long on rhetoric and short on reality.

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