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WorldViewers accuse Channel 5 of 'glorifying grooming' for featuring a man, 44, who started a relationship with a 16-year-old girl in a show about 'age gap love'

13:07  29 may  2019
13:07  29 may  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Viewers accuse Channel 5 of ' glorifying grooming ' for featuring a man , 44 , who started a relationship with a 16 - year - old girl in a show about ' age gap love '. Channel 5 tweeted a clip from an episode of their documentary Age Gap Love . The show followed a couple who have a 36 years

Channel 5 's Age Gap Love has been accused of 'normalising' grooming after featuring a couple who got together at the ages of 16 and 44 . The broadcaster tweeted out a teaser clip of last November's show , which featured 19- year - old Beth and 44 - year - old Andy

Viewers accuse Channel 5 of 'glorifying grooming' for featuring a man, 44, who started a relationship with a 16-year-old girl in a show about 'age gap love'© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A resurfaced clip of Channel 5's Age Gap Love which aired in November, showing the relationship between Andy, 47, and Beth, 19, (pictured) has sparked a debate on Twitter

Channel 5 has come under fire from viewers for 'normalising grooming' after posting a clip of a show about age gap relationships, featuring a man in his 40s who met his wife when she was 16.

The broadcaster tweeted a clip from Age Gap Love, which first aired in November 2018, to tease the return of the documentary series in June.

It featured bus driver Andy Telford from North Wales who was 44-years-old when he started a relationship with Beth Telford, 16, after becoming friends with her mother.

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“ Age - gap love ” – a reality show made by Viacom and broadcast by the UK’s Channel 5 network – promotes the relationship between a 16 - year - old girl and a 44 - year - old man . While the legal age of consent in the UK is 16, the program admits that the affection Andy had towards his teen wife began

The Channel 5 show Age Gap Love is glorifying grooming and promoting a dangerous narrative The show depicts a relationship that started when the woman was 16 and the man was 44 , he'd Age gaps in relationships aren't the problem if everyone in the relationship is old enough to choose

The pair were forced to move 170 miles from Llandudno in North Wales to Lancashire after neighbours branded Andy a 'paedo' when news of their controversial affair got out.

The couple have now been married for three years and have two children together, but Twitter users hit out at the channel for 'glorifying the grooming of an underage girl and the inappropriate relationship that follows.'

One wrote said: 'It is insane that you are screening this. Normalising predatory, middle aged men grooming young girls as a romantic, love-across-the-ages story is reprehensible.'

Viewers accuse Channel 5 of 'glorifying grooming' for featuring a man, 44, who started a relationship with a 16-year-old girl in a show about 'age gap love'© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Beth (pictured on their wedding day) who was 16-years-old when she decided to take her friendship with Andy further, gushed about wanting a family in the clip

Beth was just 16-years-old when she decided that she wanted to take her friendship further with Andy, who was initially a friend of her mother's.

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'We were all like one happy family,' said Andy. 'But needless to say, I didn't know that Beth was, like, getting these thoughts that she wanted me to be her "happy man forever" sort of thing.'

Speaking in the clip Beth revealed that she's not bothered by their age difference.

She said: 'The age doesn't really bother me. It never has done. I didn't see him as an old man or my dad, or anything like that.

'He's just sensitive. Like a big teddy bear.'

Viewers accuse Channel 5 of 'glorifying grooming' for featuring a man, 44, who started a relationship with a 16-year-old girl in a show about 'age gap love'
Viewers accuse Channel 5 of 'glorifying grooming' for featuring a man, 44, who started a relationship with a 16-year-old girl in a show about 'age gap love'
Viewers accuse Channel 5 of 'glorifying grooming' for featuring a man, 44, who started a relationship with a 16-year-old girl in a show about 'age gap love'

Andy and Beth have two children together - Timmy, two, and Conway, one.

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Beth continued: 'I've always wanted to make a family or to have a family. So, I just thought Andy would be the perfect man to do so.'

The episode has received a flood of backlash from viewers who argue Channel 5 are 'normalising grooming'.

One viewer wrote: 'This is not entertainment it is grooming, and reading between the lines, I'm going to suggest he was her 'step dad' or mum's partner at one point

'She doesn't seem him as a "dad", probably because he didn't behave as a dad and groomed a child.'

Viewers accuse Channel 5 of 'glorifying grooming' for featuring a man, 44, who started a relationship with a 16-year-old girl in a show about 'age gap love'
Viewers accuse Channel 5 of 'glorifying grooming' for featuring a man, 44, who started a relationship with a 16-year-old girl in a show about 'age gap love'
Viewers accuse Channel 5 of 'glorifying grooming' for featuring a man, 44, who started a relationship with a 16-year-old girl in a show about 'age gap love'
Viewers accuse Channel 5 of 'glorifying grooming' for featuring a man, 44, who started a relationship with a 16-year-old girl in a show about 'age gap love'
Viewers accuse Channel 5 of 'glorifying grooming' for featuring a man, 44, who started a relationship with a 16-year-old girl in a show about 'age gap love'
Viewers accuse Channel 5 of 'glorifying grooming' for featuring a man, 44, who started a relationship with a 16-year-old girl in a show about 'age gap love'
Viewers accuse Channel 5 of 'glorifying grooming' for featuring a man, 44, who started a relationship with a 16-year-old girl in a show about 'age gap love'
Viewers accuse Channel 5 of 'glorifying grooming' for featuring a man, 44, who started a relationship with a 16-year-old girl in a show about 'age gap love'
Viewers accuse Channel 5 of 'glorifying grooming' for featuring a man, 44, who started a relationship with a 16-year-old girl in a show about 'age gap love'
Viewers accuse Channel 5 of 'glorifying grooming' for featuring a man, 44, who started a relationship with a 16-year-old girl in a show about 'age gap love'
Viewers accuse Channel 5 of 'glorifying grooming' for featuring a man, 44, who started a relationship with a 16-year-old girl in a show about 'age gap love'
Viewers accuse Channel 5 of 'glorifying grooming' for featuring a man, 44, who started a relationship with a 16-year-old girl in a show about 'age gap love'
Viewers accuse Channel 5 of 'glorifying grooming' for featuring a man, 44, who started a relationship with a 16-year-old girl in a show about 'age gap love'

Many called for the show to be cancelled, and some even urged others to complain to Ofcom.

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Personally, anything past five years is a big gap for me. Ok as someone in a big age gap relationship who has been offended by so many comments in here, this is one I can agree with. Maybe some relationships with large age gaps work because the two people are at a similar level of

Viewers have accused the Channel 5 series Age Gap Love of "normalising grooming ". The complaints came after a show that documented the relationship of a couple who got together when the man was 44 and his partner was 16. The man was originally a friend of the 16 - year - old 's mother.

One person said: 'This show is disgusting and is very triggering. Do not glorify this.'

Another wrote: 'What actions do I need to take to see this show deleted and cancelled completely.'

A third added: 'I'm absolutely disgusted that the narrative of this clip is putting the emphasis on Beth as having instigated the relationship.

'He got to know her as a child. This reporting is obscene.'

Viewers accuse Channel 5 of 'glorifying grooming' for featuring a man, 44, who started a relationship with a 16-year-old girl in a show about 'age gap love'
Viewers accuse Channel 5 of 'glorifying grooming' for featuring a man, 44, who started a relationship with a 16-year-old girl in a show about 'age gap love'
Viewers accuse Channel 5 of 'glorifying grooming' for featuring a man, 44, who started a relationship with a 16-year-old girl in a show about 'age gap love'
Viewers accuse Channel 5 of 'glorifying grooming' for featuring a man, 44, who started a relationship with a 16-year-old girl in a show about 'age gap love'
Viewers accuse Channel 5 of 'glorifying grooming' for featuring a man, 44, who started a relationship with a 16-year-old girl in a show about 'age gap love'
Viewers accuse Channel 5 of 'glorifying grooming' for featuring a man, 44, who started a relationship with a 16-year-old girl in a show about 'age gap love'
Viewers accuse Channel 5 of 'glorifying grooming' for featuring a man, 44, who started a relationship with a 16-year-old girl in a show about 'age gap love'
Viewers accuse Channel 5 of 'glorifying grooming' for featuring a man, 44, who started a relationship with a 16-year-old girl in a show about 'age gap love'
Viewers accuse Channel 5 of 'glorifying grooming' for featuring a man, 44, who started a relationship with a 16-year-old girl in a show about 'age gap love'© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Many Twitter users have called for the programme to be cancelled and argue the couple's age gap is triggering

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