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Police officer 'had sex with female suspect and assaulted two others in station's cells'

Sergeant Richard Evans, 46, is accused of pulling down one woman’s underwear and having sex with her while he was in charge of the custody suite.

The married custody sergeant allegedly kissed the same woman and touched her breasts when he gave her a lift home in a police van.

Evans is also said to have sexually assaulted two other women while they were in police custody during his 11-year career with Gwent Police in South Wales.

Prosecutor John Philpotts said: “While acting in the capacity of a custody sergeant, he engaged in sexual activity with three females who were in his care.

“He also gave one of these females a lift in a police vehicle and on that occasion he touched her sexually.

“If a police officer engages in sexual activity with a member of the public who is in his care then that constitutes misconduct.”

Cardiff Crown Court heard that in 2003 he offered a woman a lift home in his police van before kissing her and touching her breast in the back of the vehicle.

The same woman was later arrested while drunk and taken to Ystrad Mynach police station near Caerphilly, South Wales.

The court was told she asked for a drink of water at which point Evans took her into a “sluice room” to have sex with her up against a sink.

Mr Philpotts added: “He approached her from behind, lowered her jeans and underwear and had sex with her.” 

The woman reportedly told other officers that the sex was “consensual”. 

Evans is also accused of touching another woman’s breasts and kissing her while she was being kept in custody at the police station.

Mr Philpotts said: “He assaulted her sexually by grabbing her by the hips and pushing his tongue in her mouth.” 

Evans allegedly made inappropriate comments to a third woman about her tongue piercings.

He then allegedly watched her getting change before pulling off a blanket she had wrapped around herself to stop him seeing her breasts. 

The woman told the court: “It made me feel very uncomfortable, I didn’t expect that from an officer of the law.

“It made me feel uneasy and sleazy and not very good at all.” 

Evans, of Pontypool, Gwent, denies misconduct in a public office and three charges of sexual assault.

The trial continues.

Express
18/08
4 Points
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Sports Pressure grows on Sheffield United as almost 65,000 people sign petition to stop Ched Evans returning to football

Almost 65,000 people have now signed an online petition urging Sheffield United not to re-sign convicted rapist Ched Evans once he is released from prison.

Former pro footballer Evans is set to leave jail in October after serving half of a five-year sentence for raping a 19-year-old woman, and his future has divided fans up and down the country.

Reports this week suggested his former team Sheffield United had opened talks with him in jail about signing him after his release.

But a huge number of people have now penned a petition, addressed to the club’s owners and board, telling them not to welcome the striker back into the game.

The petition says: ‘Ched Evans was convicted of rape. It was a process of justice.

‘To even consider reinstating him as a player at the same club is a deep insult to the woman who was raped and to all women like her who have suffered at the hands of a rapist.’

The Sheffield United Supporters Club have already said it expects most fans will welcome Evans, who is a highly-rated striker, back to the club while his partner told Sky News that he deserves another chance ‘to continue the job the job he loves’.

Sheffield United have denied claims that their manager has been to see Evans in prison, but have refused to rule out re-signing him.

Metro
16/08
5 Points
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Plans by Sheffield United to 're-hire rapist Ched Evans' branded an insult

The 25-year-old striker is due to be released from prison in the autumn after serving half his sentence for raping a 19-year-old woman.

He will be released in October and it is thought he will sign a £3million three-year contract with the club.

Rape campaigners have urged Sheffield United to think about the message that would be sent to fans if Evans rejoined the team.

The Wales international, who joined United from Manchester City for a £3 million fee in 2009, was found guilty following a two week trial in 2012 after jurors heard he had sex with his victim while she was too drunk to consent.

His friend and fellow footballer Clayton MacDonald was cleared of the same charge, but Evans was given a five-year sentence following a unanimous guilty verdict.

The Change.org petition, which has been signed 59,700 times, says: "To even consider reinstating him as a player at the same club is a deep insult to the woman who was raped and to all women like her who have suffered at the hands of a rapist.

"For the male leaders of the club to endorse him and 'welcome him back' is an absolute humiliation to all women who expect the men who commit gross acts of violence against women to pay for what they have done."

The petition continued: "Part of that is relinquishing the celebrity they attained, and in this case used as a tool to facilitate the violence. 

"The clear message to young boys and men is that you will be forgiven for this crime. Women will not be believed when they accuse you of that crime even if a court believes them.

"The message given is that men who commit such atrocious crimes will suffer only a small penance whilst the women they attack suffer for the rest of their lives. 

"Sheffield United Football Club must not reinforce that message."

Rape Crisis England and Wales's Director of communications Katie Russell said: "It is of course any convicted criminal's right to serve their sentence and then go back into employment. We absolutely stand by that.

"But at the same time we would urge Sheffield United to think very carefully about the message that they send when they immediately re-employ someone who's been convicted of such a very serious crime.

"If they choose to do that, which is their right, we urge them to seriously consider the impact that will have on huge numbers of their supporters.

"We urge them to make a very strong statement condemning sexual violence, condemning violence against women and girls and making it clear that misogyny, sexism, violence and sexual violence in particular won't be tolerated within football." 

Alan Smith, who is a member of the Sheffield United Supporters' Club, said that he had been told Evans will be returning to League One side.

He said: "He has served his time, he has served his sentence and we would have him back.

"Good players like that have got to carry on playing and if not for Sheffield United it would be for someone else, and we would regret that."

Evans' attempts to overturn his conviction have twice been rejected, but his legal team has now referred his case to the independent Criminal Cases Review Commission in another bid to clear his name.

Sheffield United have refused to comment on reports that manager Nigel Clough has been to visit Evans in prison but has confirmed that the club was in contact with him "subsequent to his conviction".

Express
13/08
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Ched Evans petition calls for ban on Sheffield United return

"Ched's work so happens to be a professional footballer so I think he should be allowed to return to his job."Ched would love to play for Sheffield again. More than 60,000 people have signed a petition calling on Sheffield United not to re-employ disgraced footballer Ched Evans.Evans, 25, was convicted of rape in April 2012 and jailed for five years.

More than 60,000 people have signed a petition calling on Sheffield United not to re-employ disgraced footballer Ched Evans.

Evans, 25, was convicted of rape in April 2012 and jailed for five years. He is due to be released in October.

The Blades have refused to comment on a possible return for the striker they signed for £3m in 2009.

However, Alan Smith from the official Sheffield United supporters' club said: "I've been told he will be back."

He added: "I think that for most supporters it's good he's coming back because of what he did for us before. I think that he's served his time."

However, Nicky, who is among the signatories to the petition, told BBC Radio 5 live's Victoria Derbyshire: "I appreciate he's done his time in prison but there's an argument about rehabilitation and many of us who have signed the petition do not feel Ched has been rehabilitated."

She added: "He continues to protest his innocence and for him to walk back into a high-profile job where he's seen as a role model as if nothing has happened is just really appalling."

Evans, a Welsh international, denied raping the 19-year-old woman in a hotel room in Rhyl, in north Wales, but was found guilty by a jury at Caernarfon Crown Court.

He has tried to have his conviction overturned and, in July, applied to the Criminal Cases Review Commission to review the case in the hope it will lead to a new appeal.

The footballer's girlfriend, Natasha Massey, told BBC Radio 5 live: "Ched will forever maintain his innocence and we will continue to appeal.

"Anyone who is released from prison, part of their rehabilitation is to return to work.

"Ched's work so happens to be a professional footballer so I think he should be allowed to return to his job.

"Ched would love to play for Sheffield again. He loved his time there."

Evans scored 42 goals in his 103 appearances for Sheffield United, who are among the favourites to gain promotion to the Championship this season.

BBC
13/08
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Ched Evans petition calls for ban on Sheffield United return

"Ched's work so happens to be a professional footballer so I think he should be allowed to return to his job."Ched would love to play for Sheffield again. More than 60,000 people have signed a petition calling on Sheffield United not to re-employ disgraced footballer Ched Evans.Evans, 25, was convicted of rape in April 2012 and jailed for five years.

More than 60,000 people have signed a petition calling on Sheffield United not to re-employ disgraced footballer Ched Evans.

Evans, 25, was convicted of rape in April 2012 and jailed for five years. He is due to be released in October.

The Blades have refused to comment on a possible return for the striker they signed for £3m in 2009.

However, Alan Smith from the official Sheffield United supporters' club said: "I've been told he will be back."

He added: "I think that for most supporters it's good he's coming back because of what he did for us before. I think that he's served his time."

However, Nicky, who is among the signatories to the petition, told BBC Radio 5 live's Victoria Derbyshire: "I appreciate he's done his time in prison but there's an argument about rehabilitation and many of us who have signed the petition do not feel Ched has been rehabilitated."

She added: "He continues to protest his innocence and for him to walk back into a high-profile job where he's seen as a role model as if nothing has happened is just really appalling."

Evans, a Welsh international, denied raping the 19-year-old woman in a hotel room in Rhyl, in north Wales, but was found guilty by a jury at Caernarfon Crown Court.

He has tried to have his conviction overturned and, in July, applied to the Criminal Cases Review Commission to review the case in the hope it will lead to a new appeal.

The footballer's girlfriend, Natasha Massey, told BBC Radio 5 live: "Ched will forever maintain his innocence and we will continue to appeal.

"Anyone who is released from prison, part of their rehabilitation is to return to work.

"Ched's work so happens to be a professional footballer so I think he should be allowed to return to his job.

"Ched would love to play for Sheffield again. He loved his time there."

Evans scored 42 goals in his 103 appearances for Sheffield United, who are among the favourites to gain promotion to the Championship this season.

BBC
13/08
1 Points
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One of Britain's most wanted criminals caught in South Africa

Martin Evans, 52, was captured in South Africa.

The former Young Businessperson of the Year first went on the run after cheating investors in an ostrich farm business out of £900,000.

He escaped to Spain and Holland shortly before his trial for fraud, and masterminded a drugs and money-laundering ring.

Evans was caught attempting to enter America on a fake passport in 2001, and was jailed for 21 years in the UK.

However, he absconded for the second time after being released on temporary licence from prison in Wiltshire in 2011, while six years into his sentence

A police source said: "Martin Evans was arrested in South Africa. He is one of the National Crime Agency's most wanted individuals.

"Investigations are ongoing as whether he was committing further offences under an alias while in South Africa."

The National Crime Agency had listed Evans on the most wanted section of its website.

The NCA article read: "Between 1999 and 2001 Evans led an organised crime group supplying cocaine, MDMA and ecstasy.

"The proceeds were converted into foreign currency and transported to the Netherlands to fund further drug consignments."

The agency said Evans had been known to use the aliases Martin Roydon Evans, Martin Wayne Evans, Anthony Hall and Paul Kelly.

In 2012, the Serious Organised Crime Agency said it believed the disgraced Pontarddulais businessman was one of eight British fugitives hiding in Cyprus.

Evans turned to crime after his once-successful double-glazing firm collapsed.

Express
03/08
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Sports Why players like Jonny Evans are vital to the future of Manchester United

When we played United at White Hart Lane my coaches were in the stands with the United players who weren't subs. Jonny Evans joined Manchester United when he was a youngster, after being first scouted when he was nine, having been brought up a Red.In an interview in 2009 he revealed that when he was on loan at Sunderland, his dad would only come to watch him play if United were playing away.'I'm a big Manchester United fan and have been all my life,' he explained.

Jonny Evans joined Manchester United when he was a youngster, after being first scouted when he was nine, having been brought up a Red.

In an interview in 2009 he revealed that when he was on loan at Sunderland, his dad would only come to watch him play if United were playing away.

‘I’m a big Manchester United fan and have been all my life,’ he explained. ‘All my family are huge United fans. My dad hasn’t missed a game for years at Old Trafford. He wouldn’t even miss a United match to come and watch me play at Sunderland.’

Evans isn’t the most gifted player to ever wear a United shirt but, like so many before him, he genuinely understands what it means to play for this club. United isn’t just a pay cheque or an opportunity to boost his status.

Towards the end of last season, Evans spoke in more detail about what the club meant to him.

‘I got a United poster for Christmas when I was five-years-old. My bedroom was all done out in Manchester United stuff: bed covers, posters? From a young age I was fanatical about United and I used to cry when the team lost. I feel really privileged to pull on the shirt and go out there and try and make a difference.’

In an era of billionaire owners, buying footballers who probably hadn’t even heard of the club they now play for when they were children, it is refreshing to see a player who is so passionate about their team.

Whilst United have produced some immensely talented players from the youth team, it is also worth noting the amount of players who, based on ability alone, would not be world beaters. But because of their love for their club, they played an important role for United.

The Neville brothers, Nicky Butt, John O’Shea, Wes Brown, Darren Fletcher and Danny Welbeck are amongst the group of players who have done great things for United over recent years, but would be dismissed by rival fans.

When United won the Treble, something no other English club has ever achieved, there were so many youth team players in the squad. They made over 300 appearances for United that season: David Beckham with 55, Gary Neville 54, Paul Scholes 51, Nicky Butt 47, Phil Neville 44, Ryan Giggs 41, and Wes Brown 21.

Footballers, particularly those at the top of their profession, are desperate to win. But having players who are desperate to win because they love their club gives them that something extra.

In 2009, Harry Redknapp, when manager of Tottenham Hotspur, reflected on why United’s inclusion of youth team graduates made them different from other teams at the top.

‘That’s why United are where they are. When we played United at White Hart Lane my coaches were in the stands with the United players who weren’t subs. They were jumping up and down at every decision and again when they scored their goals. There are not many clubs where you get that. I thought it was amazing.’

Evans is 26 now and if he has a bad season, then maybe it’s time for him to consider going elsewhere, but United fans will hoping that this is the season where he establishes himself seriously as the replacement for Nemanja Vidic or Rio Ferdinand.

And whatever he may go on to lack in ability in comparison to these players, hopefully he will make up for it in genuine love for the club to ensure a future at United.

MORE: Should the Premier League be getting scared of Manchester United again?

Metro
03/08
9 Points
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Sports Can Big Brother-style surveillance make Manchester United champions again?

Van Gaal has overhauled United's preparation and coaching to such an extent he has had cameras installed at the club's Carrington training ground to monitor players' performances.Then he goes through the tape with them individually and collectively pointing out what they are doing wrong.It is all part of his process to make players "train with their brain" rather than their legs."I think it is a lot more detailed at the training ground," said Northern Ireland international defender Evans.

Van Gaal has overhauled United's preparation and coaching to such an extent he has had cameras installed at the club's Carrington training ground to monitor players' performances.

Then he goes through the tape with them individually and collectively pointing out what they are doing wrong.

It is all part of his process to make players "train with their brain" rather than their legs.

"I think it is a lot more detailed at the training ground," said Northern Ireland international defender Evans. "They have spent thousands on it and a few of the lads have seen HD cameras around the pitch.

"We have this system at the minute where he can watch us on the pitch. I think a lot of teams use it but we are looking into it in quite a lot of detail.

"We have been watching and analysing videos of ourselves in defensive and attacking play and he has been telling us 'you can do this and that better'.

"There are things you are doing on the pitch - and the whole team will be feeling the same - and you are thinking 'am I in the right position?' Then he will show you in the video and you will know. We went through a tape last night and I was 10 yards out of position.

"I think it is new to every single player. We got a bit of that from the previous manager David Moyes last year - he looked at videos. But we are looking at things in more detail now. The case before was that as long as we got the results everything was fine."

Many 'old school' managers would argue that filling players brains with too much information can kill their natural spontaneity and instinct.

Evans might have agreed before Van Gaal's arrival fresh from guiding to Holland to third place in the World Cup.

"You don't want to lose your instinct and I think that is the case with a lot of footballers," he said. "Especially attacking players with flair, you don't want to take away their natural ability to score goals.

"Look at Wayne Rooney the other day [against Roma] and the way he bent one into the top corner and scored a fantastic goal out of nothing.

"There are times on the training pitch when you think 'am I in the right position here, it doesn't feel natural to me?'. But as time goes on you practice and with the repetition, it becomes natural.

"We are working on it a lot so it becomes second nature.

"The question is: do you lose that sort of thing by thinking too much? But I don't think you do. I don't think the manager thinks you can think enough.

"He said to us, 'you will find it hard'. Not so much the tactics and results but we would find it hard mentally because he is demanding and he wants us all to push ourselves to the limit.

"That is what it feels like. We are all going to bed and sleeping well anyway.

"He is demanding and he knows that himself. But that is the standard he has set for us. It is everything from the clothes you wear to the time you have a meal and everyone eating together which has all been well documented.

"There are a lot of fine details that we all have to stick to but I think what it does is give everyone a comfort because everyone knows 'right, that is the standard' and if anyone steps outside of the line even the other lads will be quick to help them out."

Van Gaal has warned it could take three months before the United players show the benefits of his coaching methods and philosophy, pointing to the slow starts made at all of his previous four clubs, Ajax, Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich.

Evans, 26, says his team-mates and him are determined to contradict the Dutchman, however, by making a flying start to the new season.

"It would be nice to prove him wrong," he said. "We want to be winning as soon as the opening game against Swansea comes round. We don't want to be thinking 'right three months now we are ready to go.'

"We want to be winning all our games. I think the manager is the same really - he wants to win every single game we play."

Making amends for last season's seventh place and failure to qualify for the Champions League is also a big incentive, says Evans, who became a father for the first time over the summer.

"It is a big motivation that people are saying Manchester United can't win the league," he said. "I think last year everyone hurt - the players, the fans - and I am sure David Moyes himself was hurting.

"It was a hard time to be a Manchester United player because the bar had been set high by so many great players before and you don't want to be that player or part of that team that didn't qualify for the Champions League. But it happened."

If the collective challenge for the team is to return to Europe's top table, then Evans' personal crusade is to nail down a place in the team with Van Gaal admitting he is looking to sign new defenders following the departures of experienced trio Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra.

"I am sure we will sign another centre-back or two but that is always the challenge [for the players] at Manchester United," said Evans.

"I think I have benefited playing with Rio and Nemanja for a long time and Wes Brown before that. I've learned a lot and this is a big time in my career now."

With 'Big Brother' watching, Evans knows there can be no slacking off.

Express
01/08
9 Points
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Phone hacking reporter Dan Evans spared jail

Ex-News of the World journalist Dan Evans has been sentenced to a 10-month jail sentence suspended for a year at the Old Bailey.

He pleaded guilty in September to two counts of phone hacking as well as making illegal payments to officials and perverting the course of justice.

He was a prosecution witness against his former editor Andy Coulson in the hacking trial.

The judge said he had reduced Evans's sentence as a result.

Last year, Evans admitted accessing the voicemails of 200 celebrities, politicians and sportspeople, and listening to more than 1,000 voicemails while he worked at the News of the World.

Evans also admitted hacking phones while he worked for the Sunday Mirror.

Evans, 38, of Kilburn, north London, pleaded guilty to one count of hacking at the Sunday Mirror, where he worked from 2003-2005, and one at the NotW, where he worked from 2004-2010.

Mr Justice Saunders also ordered Evans to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work in the community.

He said he had taken the guilty pleas and Evans's agreement to give evidence in the hacking trial and possibly other future trials into account.

"In the circumstances of this case, and in particular the co-operation that Mr Evans has given and has agreed to give the police and the prosecution in the future as compared with the lack of co-operation from others, I do feel able to suspend the sentence for a period of 12 months," the judge added.

"I would not have done that had Mr Evans not made a clean breast of his involvement in these offences."

Earlier this month, former News of the World editor Coulson was jailed for 18 months for conspiracy to hack phones.

Five fellow defendants - including former News International chief Rebekah Brooks - were cleared of all charges.

Mr Justice Saunders said Evans was one of "the only people who have been prepared to give evidence of their knowledge and involvement in phone hacking at the News of the World".

This was despite "undisputed evidence" of a great deal of hacking at the paper from 2004-2006, the judge added.

"Why so few people have been prepared to give evidence in court about what went on is not for me to say but it makes Mr Evans's position unique."

The judge said he would otherwise have given Evans a 24-month sentence and would not have suspended the term.

Meanwhile, four security personnel who worked for Mrs Brooks and her husband Charlie in July 2011 have had charges of perverting the course of justice dropped.

David Johnson, Lee Sandell, Daryl Jorsling and Paul Edwards were formally found not guilty after prosecutors offered no evidence against them.

It was alleged they had been involved in a plot to hide material from police investigating phone hacking.

Mrs Brooks and her husband Charlie were cleared of a similar charge at their trial.

Mrs Brooks was also cleared of conspiracy to hack phones and making illegal payments to public officials.

BBC
24/07
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