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New police plea a year after murder

Published in The Telegraph & Argus
29th March 2002


Yorkshire
A year after the brutal murder of a teenage prostitute, a leading police officer made a heartfelt appeal for help in catching her killer.

The last known sighting of Becky Hall was on Good Friday when she left her Bradford home, thought to be headed for the city's red light district. Thirteen days later, her savagely beaten body was found in an alleyway behind a car park at Thornton Street, just yards from where she and other prostitutes worked.

Police believe the mum-of-one, from Lydgate House, off Elizabeth Street, Little Horton, was killed shortly after her disappearance but her body laid undiscovered for 13 days. Rebecca's son Jordan was just four months old at the time of her murder.

Today Chief Supt Max McLean, who is leading the murder investigation, said: "Although there are still scientific tests on-going to determine exactly when Becky died I believe she was probably murdered last Good Friday." He said: "I am appealing to people to think back to Good Friday last year. Did you see Becky? Did you see anything suspicious in that area of Bradford that didn't look quite right?"

He added: "Perhaps a year ago your circumstances were different and for some reason you felt you couldn't come forward to the police."

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Glasgow refuses saunas' bid for licences Solicitor said dancing pole was to help disabled clients

Published in The Herald
1st March 2002


Glasgow
CLAIMS that dancing poles were used to help disabled clients out of bed and disco mirror-balls stimulated autistic customers were dismissed yesterday as councillors moved to close two of Glasgow's longest-running ''saunas''.

Solicitors for the Carlton Health Club, on the south side of the city, and Parkgrove House Health Club in the west end, vainly produced evidence to justify their applications for public entertainment (health and fitness) licences.

Claire McPherson, acting for Parkgrove, put forward the alternative uses for the poles and disco lights and mirror-balls, while Susan Hamilton, for the Carlton club, cited certificates authenticating the women's qualifications in massage therapy.

However, police said the certificates were forged. Chief Inspector Barry Donaldson also revealed that three of the Carlton ''masseuses'' had police records, which included police warnings for soliciting, and expressed concerns that the club could be used as a cover for prostitution. He added that there was no relevant equipment for massage.

At the hearing yesterday, councillors were also informed about wall-mounted chains and shackles in one ''treatment room'' at Parkgrove. But the applicant insisted these were in an upstairs flat in the manager's office, which did not form part of the application.

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Carly: Man in court again on murder charge

Published in The Bolton News
11th February 2002


Manchester
 A BOLTON man has appeared in court for a second time accused of the murder of a teenage prostitute.

Geoffrey Porter, aged 40, of Columbia Road, was brought before Manchester Crown Court in Minshull Street on Friday.

He is charged with murdering 17-year-old Carly Bateman on November 11 last year.

The teenager's naked body was discovered in an alleyway off Crawford Avenue, the Haulgh. A post morterm found she had been strangled. She had been working as a prostitute in the town to fund her drug habit.

The case was adjourned until February 22 for a plea and directions hearing to be held. Porter was remanded in custody.