A warm welcome to students from their next Chancellor

Shirley Cheechoo, who will be installed next month as the University’s new Chancellor, has sent the following greeting to all Brock students as they prepare for the start of the Fall term:“I would like to welcome you to a great year here at Brock University – and some to a great beginning, filled with desires, hopes and dreams that we can all share.“Stop anyone in the halls and say ‘hello’. You are the stranger if you don’t. There are many who would like to walk with you and who may need a friend. If you are not new here, give a friendly welcome with an outstretched hand.“On behalf of the University I wish you all an enjoyable time together as you make this journey with us.” read more

Paedophile stripped of his British citizenship and facing deportation to India

A paedophile who groomed and raped a 7-year old child has been stripped of his British citizenship and faces deportation to India.The man, who can only be identified as RSD, came to the UK from India in 1997 and was granted British citizenship in 2004. But in 2011 he was convicted of 23 counts of sexual abuse of  ‘a male child within the family’.The court sentenced him to 14 years imprisonment and placed him on the sexual offenders’ register for life after finding him to have groomed and raped the boy between 2003 and 2010.Now, in what is believed to be the first case of its kind, the Home Secretary has removed his citizenship on the grounds that when he applied to be a UK citizen he lied about the fact he was sexually abusing a child.The man won his appeal against that decision but a senior judge has ruled in favour of the Home Secretary, upholding the decision to strip him of his passport.Last night child abuse lawyers welcomed the ruling.Richard Scorer, a specialist abuse lawyer at law firm Slater & Gordon, said: “This decision is to be welcomed as a statement of the seriousness with which grooming is viewed by the courts. Any court decision which highlights and reinforces the penalties for this kind of  will help to send out the message that perpetrators will face serious consequences.”In February this year the Home Secretary told RSD: “Given the fact that you began your sexual offences in 2003, prior to lodging your naturalisation application, and continued to do so many years after you were granted British citizenship, you were clearly not of good character. It was only because you concealed your sexual assaults that led (sic) to your application succeeding.”Judge Pitt, sitting in the Upper Tribunal of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber where he upheld the Home Secretary’s decision, said in a judgement published this month: “It is  my conclusion that the appellant obtained naturalisation in 2004 by deliberately concealing material facts.”The case follows the Rochdale child abuse scandal in which three men are facing deportation to Pakistan. Abdul Aziz, Adil Khan and Qari Abdul Rauf were among nine men jailed in May 2012 for their part in a grooming ring which plied vulnerable girls with drink and drugs so they could “pass them around” for sex.The court heard that some of the victims, who were aged in their early teens, were raped and physically assaulted and some were forced to have sex with ‘several men in a day, several times a week’.Following their conviction, Aziz, Khan and Rauf were  informed by the Home Office in 2015 that they would be stripped of their British citizenship, after which the home secretary would consider deporting them to Pakistan.But the new case extends the scope of the Home Secretary’s power by allowing the government to revoke citizenship if a pedophile has lied about the grooming of a child while undergoing the naturalisation process.  This was not the case with the Rochdale three  who had their citizenship revoked on the grounds that “deprivation is conducive to the public good because the person, while having that citizenship status, has conducted him or herself in a manner which is seriously prejudicial to the vital interests of the United Kingdom, any of the Islands, or any British overseas territory.”In 2017, 104 people were deprived of their citizenship because it was conducive to the public good. In 2016 the number was just 14.The Home Office declined to say how many British citizens have been stripped of their passports for child abuse.A Home Office spokesperson said: “Any British Citizen may be deprived of his or her citizenship if the Secretary of State is satisfied that it would be conducive to the public good. It is a power used for extreme and exceptional cases.“Deprivation on conducive grounds can be used where individuals pose a threat to national security, or have been involved in war crimes, serious and organised crime, and unacceptable behaviours such as extremism or glorification of terrorism, unless to deprive would render them stateless.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more