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    Unreliable Witness 6: Eleanor Williams – Inside

    24 MAR 2024 · Police material is released, taking us to the moments they discover her battered at her flat and the night before her infamous post. They also reveal her reaction when accused of lying. Meanwhile Liz and Jason are given a psychiatric report charting medical records and interviews which reveal more on Ellie’s background and state of mind. And, finally, Liz hears from the young woman at the centre of it all - directly from prison.      Warning: This series discusses issues of sexual abuse, self-harm, violence and suicide  From Sky News Storycast, Unreliable Witness is presented by Jason Farrell and Liz Lane. Series Producer: Anne-Marie Bullock  Executive Producer: Louise Cotton  Sound Design: Matt Wareham  Additional Journalism: Sarah O’Connell  Sky Podcasts Editor: Paul Stanworth 
    38m 57s
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    Unreliable Witness 5: I’m Coming for You

    24 MAR 2024 · It’s revealed Mohammed Ramzan has been facing allegations other than from Ellie Williams. Liz and Jason meet ‘Sarah’ - who says she was groomed as a child in Hull and accuses Mo of being involved in the gang responsible. He claims something more sinister is at play. But his anger at the situation sees him back in court – in the dock.     Warning: This series discusses issues of sexual abuse, self-harm, violence and suicide    From Sky News Storycast, Unreliable Witness is presented by Jason Farrell and Liz Lane     Series Producer: Anne-Marie Bullock  Executive Producer: Louise Cotton  Sound Design: Matt Wareham  Additional Journalism: Sarah O’Connell  Sky Podcasts Editor: Paul Stanworth 
    31m 39s
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    Unreliable Witness 4: The Witness Who Went Home

    24 MAR 2024 · Ellie has been sentenced to 8 and a half years in prison but questions have been raised about what evidence was presented and left out in court. One potential witness who wasn’t called on says she could have supported parts of Ellie’s story. Liz and Jason ask why Williams wasn’t prosecuted in relation to the other men she had accused.     Warning: This series discusses issues of sexual abuse, self-harm, violence and suicide    From Sky News Storycast, Unreliable Witness is presented by Jason Farrell and Liz Lane     Series Producer: Anne-Marie Bullock  Executive Producer: Louise Cotton  Sound Design: Matt Wareham  Additional Journalism: Sarah O’Connell  Sky Podcasts Editor: Paul Stanworth 
    33m 43s
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    Unreliable Witness 3: I’m not a Psychopath

    24 MAR 2024 · After Covid delays, the trial is finally held and Ellie Williams is in the dock. Liz and Jason were among the reporters at court when the extent of her claims were revealed for the first time, shocking the media and public alike. She’s accused of perverting the course of justice against 5 men, including 4 who are white – of lying to police and falsifying evidence to back up her claims, including causing the horrific injuries to herself. Liz and Jason share some of the shocking twists and revelations of the 11-week trial and what Ellie has to say in her defence.     Warning: This series discusses issues of sexual abuse, self-harm, violence and suicide.    From Sky News Storycast, Unreliable Witness is presented by Jason Farrell and Liz Lane     Series Producer: Anne-Marie Bullock  Executive Producer: Louise Cotton  Sound Design: Matt Wareham  Additional Journalism: Sarah O’Connell  Sky Podcasts Editor: Paul Stanworth 
    34m 47s
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    Unreliable Witness 2: Recipe for a Witch Hunt

    24 MAR 2024 · The fuse has been lit...and with limited information from police or in the news, social media speculation starts fingers pointing. Barrow is about to hit boiling point. Asian businesses are attacked.  Individuals are targeted. Meanwhile local businessman Mohammed Ramzan is arrested – suspected of being a central figure in the grooming gang. But a senior detective coming onto the case starts to find holes in the account police have been told.     Warning: This series discusses issues of sexual abuse, self-harm, violence and suicide    From Sky News Storycast, Unreliable Witness is presented by Jason Farrell and Liz Lane     Series Producer: Anne-Marie Bullock  Executive Producer: Louise Cotton  Sound Design: Matt Wareham  Additional Journalism: Sarah O’Connell  Sky Podcasts Editor: Paul Stanworth 
    33m 7s
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    Unreliable Witness 1: Who is Ellie Williams?

    24 MAR 2024 · Ellie’s family and boss share their worries about her leading up to the infamous Facebook post. Unexplained injuries. Becoming withdrawn. Incessant messages. Harassment on the street. Then she started to go missing regularly. When she suddenly moves out of the family home, her family feel they’re losing contact. Eventually she turns up so badly injured she says she can’t take it any more and goes public with claims on social media that go viral and shock the nation.     Warning: This series discusses issues of sexual abuse, self-harm, violence and suicide. If you feel affected by the issues, you can call Samaritans for help on 116 123 or email https://samaritans.org in the UK. In the US, call the Samaritans branch in your area or 1 (800) 273-TALK    From Sky News Storycast, Unreliable Witness is presented by Jason Farrell and Liz Lane     Series Producer: Anne-Marie Bullock Executive Producer: Louise Cotton  Sound Design: Matt Wareham  Additional Journalism: Sarah O’Connell  Sky Podcasts Editor: Paul Stanworth 
    30m 59s
  • Introducing: Unreliable Witness

    18 MAR 2024 · At the height of lockdown, 19-year-old Ellie Williams claims on social media she’s been trafficked by an Asian grooming gang across the North of England. Photos of her horrific injuries add to the outrage and the post goes viral – shared more than 100 thousand times. Social media rumours lead to attacks on Asian men and businesses in her hometown of Barrow-in-Furness. But when she’s arrested for perverting the course of justice, things really explode and there are protest rallies and claims of a cover-up. At the trial the prosecution claims she’d lied, faked text messages and even caused the catalogue of injuries to herself.     In season 6 of StoryCast, Sky News’ Jason Farrell and Liz Lane, who reported on the case at the time, return to Barrow to investigate what could have led her to make these claims and if, underneath it all, there is some other secret buried amongst the lies. With access to her family, police investigators and those most impacted by her allegations, we ask: Why did Ellie Williams create such an elaborate lie? And what happened AFTER the trial – once all the media attention died down and other allegations began to emerge? 
    4m 49s
  • Patient 11: Episode 4 – Breaking free

    28 JAN 2024 · A long serving doctor and his partner agree to help Alexis break out of psychiatric care and flee the country, a decision that has the potential to change all their lives. This series discusses rape and sexual assault. Credits - From Sky News StoryCast, Patient 11 is written and produced by Robert Mulhern. Reporting by Rebecca Thomas and Robert Mulhern. Editing by Paul Stanworth. Data and Forensics by Saywah Mahmood. Social Media by David Chipakupaku. Story commissioner, Dave Terris. Graphics by Kelly Casanova. Press and marketing by Anna Phelan. If you were impacted by this story please email the StoryCast team on https://sky.uk
    18m 45s
  • Patient 11: Episode 3 – Escape Plan

    28 JAN 2024 · Enduring long periods in solitary and having descended to the darkest reaches of psychiatric care, Alexis plots an escape, one, that if successful, will take her thousands of miles from England. This series discusses rape and sexual assault.
    19m 47s
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    Patient 11: Episode 2 – In harm’s way

    28 JAN 2024 · Undiagnosed, legally detained and separated from her daughter for more than a year, Alexis is moved to an all-male psychiatric ward on Christmas Eve, 2013. What happens next will, ultimately, bring her to the attention of the most powerful institutions in the state. This series discusses rape and sexual assault.
    19m 20s

At the height of lockdown, 19-year-old Ellie Williams claims on social media she’s been trafficked by an Asian grooming gang across the North of England. Photos of her horrific injuries...

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At the height of lockdown, 19-year-old Ellie Williams claims on social media she’s been trafficked by an Asian grooming gang across the North of England. Photos of her horrific injuries add to the outrage and the post goes viral – shared more than 100 thousand times.

Social media rumours lead to attacks on Asian men and businesses in her hometown of Barrow-in-Furness. But when she’s arrested for perverting the course of justice, things really explode and there are protest rallies and claims of a cover-up. At the trial the prosecution claims she’d lied, faked text messages and even caused the catalogue of injuries to herself.  
 
In season 6 of StoryCast, Sky News’ Jason Farrell and Liz Lane, who reported on the case at the time, return to Barrow to investigate what could have led her to make these claims and if, underneath it all, there is some other secret buried amongst the lies.

With access to her family, police investigators and those most impacted by her allegations, we ask: Why did Ellie Williams create such an elaborate lie? And what happened AFTER the trial – once all the media attention died down and other allegations began to emerge? 

For more investigative stories from the award-winning Sky News StoryCast strand, listen to our past seasons.  
 
SEASON 5: Patient 11 (2024) 
Following the death of her brother, young mother Alexis Quinn seeks temporary respite in NHS psychiatric care, never imagining that three days, would turn into more than three year ordeal that would ultimately expose a national scandal. 
 
SEASON 4: StoryCast 21 (2021) 
Through extraordinary personal stories, Sky News revisits 21 of the world’s biggest news events this century. 
  
SEASON 3: Polonium and The Piano Player (2020) 
Two Russian agents release a miniature nuclear weapon in a 5-star London hotel. But former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko is not the only victim. 
  
SEASON 2: What happened to Annie? (2019)  
In 2005, the body of 30-year-old Swedish woman, Annie Börjesson, was found on Prestwick beach in Scotland. Could one of the world’s most secretive security agencies be behind her death? 
 
SEASON 1: The Hunt for the Brinks-Mat Gold (2018) 
In 1983, an armed gang stole £26m in gold bars from a high-security depot near Heathrow Airport. Dubbed the crime of the century, the heist changed the face of Britain’s criminal landscape and the life of one undercover Scotland Yard detective.  
  
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