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Cases of Asian grooming gangs targeting white girls were not previously examined as "rigorously as they might have been", a former Crown Prosecution Service chief has admitted. Lord Macdonald of River Glaven said he believes this is no longer the case, with recent successful prosecutions showing the "so-called taboos" no…
Paying £10,000 to a convicted child rapist to infiltrate a paedophile gang "crossed a line", it has been claimed. Jim Gamble, who set up the Government's taskforce to fight child sexual exploitation, criticised the move by Northumbria Police. The force's chief constable had defended the decision, saying dangerous men would…
A chief constable said dangerous men would not be behind bars if he had not decided to pay a convicted child rapist almost £10,000 to spy on parties where it was suspected under-age girls were fed drugs and sexually abused. The NSPCC was "appalled" Northumbria Police chief Steve Ashman authorised…
Under-age girls and vulnerable young women were taken to parties in Newcastle and groomed with drugs before being raped and sexually abused, it can now be reported. A total of 17 men and one woman have been convicted of, or have admitted, charges including rape, supplying drugs and inciting prostitution,…
Police paid a convicted child rapist almost £10,000 to spy on parties where they suspected under-age girls would be intoxicated and sexually abused, a court heard. He was recruited despite being a sex offender who had drugged an under-age girl and invited another man to rape her after he had…
The "stepfather" of Baby P, who was jailed for a campaign of abuse against the little boy, has been refused parole. Steven Barker was handed a life sentence with a minimum of 10 years for raping a two-year-old girl and given a 12-year term to run concurrently for his ''major…
A former social worker involved in the case of murdered two-year-old Liam Fee said she feels as if the blame for his death has been placed on her. Lesley Bate was removed from the register in 2016 after the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) upheld 12 charges raised during her…
A child abuser has been jailed after carrying out a "sickening" catalogue of offences across a decade. Thomas Nelson raped and sexually assaulted four children, beginning in the 1990s. The 54-year-old, from Edinburgh, also provided a girl to have sex with other men when she was aged between four and…
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