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A man who served almost three years in prison for a rape
that never happened has given his first
Mahad Kassim was one of 15 men who were falsely accused
by a 25-year-old of raping or assaulting her.
She's now serving a prison sentence for perjury.
He told the BBC she was evil and a monster who has damaged
the chances of justice for women who really have been raped.
This exclusive report is from Daniel Sandford.
Gemma Peel, jailed for ten years last month for falsely accusing 15
men by the raping her or sexually assaulting her over a period of just
three years. The court heard she did it to make her partner jealous and
for the ?14,000 compensation that she received. But it had a
devastating effect on the men she accused. One of them asked us not to
show his face. He has now given his first television interview. He spent
almost three years in prison convicted of rain, before being
completely cleared. I am angry. I am very angry. This alleyway was where
Gemma Peel had accused him of raping her but in fact she had asked him to
have sex. What do you think of her? Evil. I mean, she can't be a normal
person. If you are going around trying to destroy an innocent
person, that person is not normal. The day he was sentenced to seven
years in prison after being wrongly found guilty by a jury is etched on
his memory. I felt let down by the justice system. Not being believed.
The way I was treated by police. He wonders whether women who really
have been raped will be less likely to be believed in future. Let's take
for instance, a real human being is going through the same situation.
Who will believe them now? She is making it hard for the other
females, women out there. It is a peer supported by the judge at her
trial saying the files allegations of rain are likely to have the
perverse impact of increasing the likely could -- likelihood of guilty
men going free. People like her are rare. There are 160 times more
prosecutions for rate than for false allegations of rain.
Next: A poll for the BBC suggests a third of us feel less
safe in public places - compared to 12 months ago.
However, London has seen three terrorist attacks already this year.
It also found that the majority of us believe further attacks
are likely, but many say they're carrying on as normal.
Our Home Affairs Correspondent Nick Beake has been
The terror attacks this year in Westminster, London Bridge and
But what wider impact have the attacks had?
33% of Londoners said they feel less safe.
Everyone will have their own perspective, but
here are some views on the streets we found today.
Personally, I am not that scared or worried.
But at the same time, I'm just more aware.
I commute every morning so still using
the train and public transport and the bosses and the Tube with no
I am wary, but I think I have always been.
I do feel that the atmosphere now, a lot
of people are nervy and that makes you more nervous, but I still want
to go out and have a good time personally.
Experts say all of this is a big headache for the Government. The
attacks earlier this year caused the biggest loss of life since the 77
bombings in 2005. What we think that the likelihood of further terror
attacks on British cities? Our poll found 88% of Londoners thought that
the attacks are likely although very few people actually believe one of
their relatives will be evicted for the bid is clear the authorities
face a huge task of keeping us safe. We may have seen a surge in attacks
this year. I have total confidence in the British intelligence agency
and police in thwarting and disrupting attacks in the future.
Quiet confidence from a former Scotland Yard commander. This poll
suggests Londoners to feel less safe in light of the London attacks and
left-sided go to big events. Majority of us have not changed our
travel routine. Although we are mindful of the threat we are
carrying on as before. And you can see more
on Inside Out London's terror special which is available
on the BBC iPlayer. For the time in the UK McDonald's
workers have walked out on strike. Staff from a branch in south east
London protested outside the Palace of Westminster over pay
and zero hours contracts. The company said the people involved
represent one hundredth of one The first worker walking out on the
morning of the first ever strike by McDonald's staff in the UK. Staff at
this restaurant and one in Cambridge are striking for more pay and better
conditions. They also took part in a rally at Westminster. Many staff say
wages are too low and impossible to live on. Some of the 16-year-old
workers are on ?5 something an hour. I am on ?7 something and our
especially in London. We need a higher living wage. We need at least
?10 an hour to live on. After bills and rent we have nothing left at the
end of the month. We have people who are homeless and cannot afford to
eat properly because they are not earning enough. I can never move out
of my parents house or afford Uni. I can barely live off my wages. Jeremy
Corbyn to beat support and the Shadow Chancellor was there. I am
supporting the McDonald's strikers. A few years ago we launched a fast
food campaign and ending zero hours contracts. Making sure that the
company recognises a trade union. Unions are not recognised by
McDonald's. If they value their people as much as they say they did
they would not have a strike going on today. They would not have these
people making a brave and historic decision to walk out on strike.
McDonald's say strikers represented a tiny amount of its workforce. Out
of its 1270 restaurants strike action was only taken at two. Even
so these fast food workers have suddenly made their voices heard.
So what have McDonald's, a big employer, had to say about this?
McDonald's employs about 85,000 people in the UK. It told us that in
April it announced that workers would be offered a choice of
flexible or fixed contracts. 86% chose to stay on the flexible
contracts. It also says there have been three pay rises since April 20
16. It increased the average hourly rate by 15%. It also says that only
14 workers took part today in the action was related to internal
grievance procedures and not pay. So, as we have said, McDonald's, a
big employer, a major brand, doing over this has damaged their
reputation in anyway? McDonald's has put a lot into its advertising to
attract staff lately. Some glossy adverts that our viewers might have
seen. The website is full of testimonials say what a great pace
it is to work. Although this may have only affected two restaurants,
probably its image as a good employer will have taken the biggest
blow. Thank you for now. And it's over to Wendy now
for a look at this week's weather. Something a little fresher than we
got today. 23 degrees. We might just get there tomorrow. It is a warm and
humid start the week. Then it will become fresher midweek and turns
later on rather more autumnal. A low pressure system be felt on Thursday
night onwards into the end of the week for that you can see the wiggly
lines and how many of them that are. It'll be quite woozy towards the end
the week and into the weekend. -- quite breezy. One or two showers
trailing away north of London. Elsewhere there would be a bit of
cloud around and it will feel rather warm for the time of year. It will
be warm when we commute off to work in the morning as well. Through the
day we will seek a fair amount of cloud and bits and pieces of rain.
Temperatures at least 20, 21 in the best of the sunny spells. Perhaps a
tiny bit higher than that. It will feel fresher towards the end of the
day. Certainly so on Wednesday. A bit of a breeze blowing but there
will be decent spells of sunshine. Dry on Thursday as well. Overnight
will start to see some blustery showers showing up. Into the weekend
it will be a mixture of sunshine, blustery showers. Ill be windy and a
bit on the = as well. Good evening. We are in the heart of
the hurricane season in the US. Following hot off the heels of
Harvey is another significant