Press release: we confirm the identity of sex offender Gaia accused of rape and call for other victims to come forwards

If you think you may have been a victim of Connor Hayes, you are invited to contact the family’s solicitor, Sarah Kellas, who can be reached via the civil rights law firm Birnberg Pierce on 02079110166. For emotional support, the family recommend survivors call the Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Connor Hayes, from… Continue Reading →

Press Release: Gaia Pope family respond to further delays to investigation of teenager’s death

On Thursday 16 October, Gaia’s family learned that inquest proceedings will be postponed again. This is due to further delays in the IOPC’s investigations into Dorset Police’s handling of her rape allegation and later disappearance. Deadlines for the IOPC investigation have been extended several times since May. Recent figures reveal Dorset to have the worst… Continue Reading →

Press Release: family respond to breaking news of Connor Hayes’ second conviction for sex offences

Gaia was a survivor of sexual violence and last year there was press coverage linking Connor Hayes to her disappearance. We are not in a position to comment on these claims while investigations are ongoing. However, now this man has been convicted of another sexual offence against a minor, we must at least speak to honour the strength and courage of all the survivors involved in this case, as well as their families and loved ones.

Press Release: Family of Gaia Pope call for answers as the IOPC announce investigation into Dorset Police following the death of the missing teenager

6 April 2018 – The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) today announce their investigation into the actions of Dorset police following the disappearance of Gaia Pope, who was 19 years old. Gaia was reported missing on 7 November 2017 in Swanage, Dorset by a family member. Her family communicated their concern for the missing… Continue Reading →

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