September 2017

Coventry paedophile’s claim to be a “Gold Commander” for 999 response denied by ambulance service

Ambulance chiefs say they “fully support” the jail sentence handed to a former manager who groomed and raped a 12-year-old girl.

Adrian Crowe is starting an eight-year sentence after travelling from Coventry to Merseyside where he raped the schoolgirl in a field earlier this year.

The 40-year-old was branded “every parents’ worst nightmare” by the judge in the case – and now West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS), who he worked for at the time, have spoken out following yesterday’s sentencing.

They commended the bravery of the victim in the “horrific” case and say that Crowe, of Kirkdale Avenue, Holbrooks, resigned shortly after his arrest.

The service also state that Crowe never held the position of Gold Commander during his time with WMAS, despite his barrister stating so during the court case.

A spokesman for WMAS said: “West Midlands Ambulance Service fully supports the tough sentence handed down by the court in the case of Adrian Crowe.

“The horrific nature of the case demanded nothing less and our thoughts are with the victim and her family.

“The bravery shown by the victim to gain this conviction cannot be underestimated.

“Mr Crowe was suspended on June 9, 2016, following an arrest made by police on that day. The Trust has co-operated fully with the police investigation.

“He subsequently resigned from his position as emergency preparedness manager, a non-clinical role, while still suspended on October 14, 2016. The resignation was accepted with immediate effect.

“Mr Crowe never held the position of Gold Commander during his time of employment at West Midlands Ambulance Service.

“The Trust always expects the highest level of care and professionalism from its staff and is extremely disappointed that that was not the case on this occasion.”

Crowe’s shocking attack was carried out in Meols, in Wirral, Merseyside, on June 19 after he had groomed the 12-year-old girl online.

Afterwards he drove her back to where he had picked her up and told her “not to tell anyone”.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that the paedophile had been using a dating chat service called Anti-chat to speak to a number of other underage girls – asking one girl if she was ‘jailbait’.

Crowe pleaded guilty at his first court appearance to the rape of a female under 13 and grooming, and was jailed for eight years plus an additional year on an extended licence. 

He was also issued with an indefinite sexual harm prevention order which restricts his internet use.

Jailing Crowe, Judge Alan Conrad QC told him: “This case represents what must be every parents’ worst nightmare.

“Their child, their innocent child, going on the internet and meeting somebody like you, who I categorise in the circumstances of this case as a sexual predator.”

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