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Two 86-year-old men have been charged in connection with an investigation into historical abuse at a school dating back to the 1960s. West Mercia Police said both would appear in court later this month, in connection with a lengthy inquiry into allegations at St Gilbert's School for boys in Hartlebury,…
Former Conservative prime minister Sir Edward Heath would be questioned over allegations that he raped and indecently assaulted boys as young as 10 were he alive today, a controversial police report has said. A Wiltshire Police investigation, called Operation Conifer, concluded that seven of the claims would have been sufficiently…
A long-standing time-bar which stopped survivors of childhood abuse in Scotland being able to pursue civil damages after three years has been abolished. The introduction of new legislation means victims no longer face a barrier which requires personal injury actions to be made within a certain period after the incident.…
The godson of Sir Edward Heath has called for an official inquiry into police handling of child sex abuse allegations against the former prime minister. Lincoln Seligman said he believes there were serious flaws in Operation Conifer, which has investigated claims against the former Conservative leader for the past two…
Anti-grooming materials that aim to help prevent children and young people from being targeted by paedophiles online are being launched at Swansea University today. ‌Swansea University researchers studying the language and methods used by online groomers found that children could be contacted by adults via the internet, groomed, and a…
A 44-year-old woman who posed as a teenage girl on Facebook to groom a 15-year-old boy for sex has been jailed for three years. Marie Dent, from Clacton-on-Sea, set up a fake account and began befriending young people online, Essex Police said. After she exchanged messages with a 15-year-old boy,…
Around 1.2 million children who have suffered abuse are being let down by mental health services, according to a new report. The study from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) says that 83% of local plans in England are inadequate, with one in five failing…
Two victims of abuse in Rochdale fear they will not live to see the outcome of the far-reaching child sexual abuse inquiry, their counsel has said. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) will look at allegations of the sexual abuse and exploitation of children at Cambridge House Boys'…
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