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The police force investigating allegations former prime minister Sir Edward Heath was a paedophile will pass its findings to the national child sex abuse inquiry. The Wiltshire Police probe, called Operation Conifer, was launched in 2015 after Sir Edward was named as a suspect in an investigation into historical child…
Sarah Champion has resigned as shadow women and equalities secretary and apologised for her "extremely poor choice of words" in a newspaper article about child abuse. The Labour MP warned Britain has a "problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls" in a column for The Sun. Ms…
Two women have promised to champion the cause of Welsh victims after being appointed to advise the public inquiry into child sexual abuse. May Baxter-Thornton (left) from Newport and Emma Lewis (right) from Swansea, who have both experienced child sexual abuse, will sit on the victims and survivors panel of…
People are not raising potential cases of child abuse as they fear being labelled racist, according to a Labour frontbencher. Shadow women and equalities secretary Sarah Champion said there is a need to acknowledge the "majority of perpetrators have been British-Pakistani" in the English towns and cities where grooming gangs…
Britain's largest police force has failed to achieve any significant improvement in the quality of child protection investigations several months after a watchdog first raised the alarm, a report warns. An audit found a string of flaws were still apparent in some Metropolitan Police inquiries involving under-18s, despite inspectors delivering…
Modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK is much more prevalent than previously thought, with cases affecting "every large town and city in the country", the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said. The body is currently assisting on 300 live police operations targeting modern slavery, with alleged victims as…
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…
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