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Police apologise after Home Secretary wades into row over trans sex offender

politics and denying biology’ by the Home Secretary after calling out a Twitter user’s ‘hateful comments’ against a jailed trans woman.Sally Ann Dixon was sent to prison for 20 years after being convicted of historic sex offences against five girls and two boys before she had transitioned.Sussex Police had insisted it would not ‘tolerate any hateful comments’ about gender identity ‘regardless of crimes committed’ in response to a tweet expressing gender critical views.The force told the female Twitter user to familiarise herself with what it regarded as hate on its website.But then Home Secretary Suella Braverman waded into the row, telling the force to ‘focus on catching criminals not policing pronouns’.And within hours Sussex Police said yesterday that its initial comment had been ‘inconsistent with our usual style of engagement’, and deleted the tweet.Dixon, from Havant, Hampshire, was convicted of 30 indecent assaults between 1989 and 1996, when she was known as John Stephen Dixon.The 58-year-old, sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on September 8, transitioned to female in 2004, according to the force.When police referred to her as a ‘Woman convicted of historic offences against children in Sussex’ in a headline, there was a backlash on Twitter from users unhappy that it had not been made clear that the crimes were committed when Dixon was a man.Responding to one female Twitter user, Sussex Police asked her to ‘familiarise’ herself with hate speech.
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Royal family in “panic mode” over what Harry and Meghan might be cooking up next with Oprah
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are causing trouble for the royal family again. And by “causing trouble” we actually mean they’re not doing anything untoward or wrong but the palace is freaking out anyway.Related: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle become first British royals to publicly celebrate PrideRumors that the Sussexes are planning another sit-down with Oprah following last year’s bombshell interview began swirling late last month when they were photographed leaving the media mogul’s home in California.And it seems like #PrinceHarry and #MeghanMarkle made sure to tip off the paparazzi about their visit to #OprahWinfrey’s house! Wonder what they were yup to? https://t.co/CuCRtSwBLc— Perez (@ThePerezHilton) June 29, 2022While there could be any number of reasons why Harry and Meghan were hanging out with Oprah, the palace is now reportedly in “panic mode” that another explosive TV special could be in the works.Related: Gay former British soldier says Prince Harry protected him from homophobic abuseRoyal expert Daniela Elser notes that the Sussexes are “holding some pretty powerful cards,” especially with Harry’s new memoir coming out soon and the palace’s refusal to release its report about those dubious allegations of bullying made against Meghan.
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Rachel Riley claims JK Rowling’s trans views attacked due to her defence of Jews
Rachel Riley made her controversial comments after JK Rowling caused a social media storm by arguing that those who are biologically female and who have periods should be referred to as "women" and not "people who menstruate".The latter term was adopted by some to be more gender-inclusive to those who are trans, non-binary or gender non-conforming.Rachel, who was recently involved in an explosive libel case against one of Jeremy Corbyn's former aides in court, has claimed opinions on anti-semitism are at the heart of the trans debate."I think a lot of the attacks on JK Rowling are really because she spoke out for Jews and against Jeremy Corbyn and antisemitism," Rachel declared.Also discussing the Harry Potter author's philanthropic work, Riley defended: “She has made a real difference to the world.However, the Countdown star exclaimed: "[Just saying] this will get us both cancelled.”The trans debate has also focused on the use of the term "birthing people", which was introduced by a Brighton and Sussex Hospital Trust as an addition to "pregnant women" - something JK Rowling and fellow activists feel strongly about.Rachel had already experienced what she described as cancel culture when she sued a former aide of Labour politician Jeremy Corbyn for libel.Laura Murray had made a controversial tweet about her comments which Rachel claimed led to a campaign to have ousted from Countdown and cancelled.Rachel, who has been vocal in the past about troll attacks directed at her, says she received a barrage of "abuse" after commenting on eggs being thrown at Corbyn.The former leader of the Labour Party had been visiting a mosque in Finsbury Park, North London when he'd been pelted with eggs by a Brexit supporter back in
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