Police also uphold this claim, citing several unsavoury cases where podgy, balding men who have given up 20 years in IT, have tried to introduce young females to the seedier sides of life
One victim, Claire, 19, spoke tearfully. “Derek seemed nice and normal on the phone, although I did wonder why the terms and conditions of his half price lessons needed me to dress in a mini skirt and meet him on a street corner.
The lesson was fine. He seemed very competent and with the thought of being able to drive I signed up for the intensive course. Day one went well on the city streets, but” she broke off, dabbing her eyes and choking back more tears “then he introduced me to.... speed. Just 40mph at first, and I came out of it OK, he said I handled it well” her eyes lowered as she went on “but that 40mph became, 50, then 60, then a dual carriageway. Oh those white lines and flashing lights – what a rush
My first trip on the motorway heightened my senses so much! He drove, just to be on the right side of legal, but we pulled over into Newport Pagnell services, and ....” she quietened and then the shine in her eyes dimmed to shame “it was just a cheeseburger, I gave in to him for a fucking cheeseburger, not even any fries...After he finished he took off the L plates and sat me in the drivers seat. “Go for it kid” he said, and I did.
That speed kicked in again, the noise, the close brush of the Eddie Stobart lorries, fifth gear.....but no matter the rush I knew I had to be home. I had no idea what his plans were but he wanted to get me out of the country to meet “other girls”...thats when the penny dropped”
Claire is now recovering at home with her family while Derek is facing trafficking charges