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Child sexual abuse is on the rise in the UK with the NSPCC announcing a 31% increase in police referrals in 2017 compared to the previous year. Worryingly, this is just the tip of the iceberg as child sexual abuse is widely under-reported. My research has revealed that a major…
The chairman of the Parole Board has apologised "unreservedly" over the failure to inform the victims of serial rapist John Worboys of his imminent release. Professor Nick Hardwick said he fully accepts there was a problem with the parole system, and that it was believed the victims had been informed…
A former attorney general has called for an independent inquiry into the system for disclosure of evidence in criminal cases, after the high-profile collapses of two rape prosecutions. Scotland Yard last month launched an urgent review of around 30 sex cases about to go to court, after the rape trial…
London cabbie rapist John Worboys is to be released from prison. The former stripper and adult film star was jailed indefinitely in 2009, with a minimum term of eight years for drugging and sexually assaulting women passengers. He was found guilty of assaulting 12 women during an 18-month reign of…
The former owner and an ex-manager of a children's home have been charged with sexually abusing young boys 40 years ago. John Webber, 77, of Clifton Hill, Brighton, East Sussex, and Don Grasty, 94, of Beach Road, Selsey, West Sussex, have been summonsed to appear at Worthing Magistrates' Court (pictured)…
The Metropolitan Police has removed from active duty the detective in charge of two collapsed rape trials that prompted Scotland Yard to urgently review around 30 sex cases due to go to trial. Further cases at an earlier stage in the justice process will also be examined, as the force…
Scotland's prosecution service is looking for victims of sexual crimes to give feedback on their experience of the judiciary, in an effort to improve the system. It comes after Rape Crisis Scotland said findings of an Inspectorate of Prosecution in Scotland report were unacceptable, highlighting one survivor who described the…
Scotland Yard has launched a major review of its sex crime investigations after the collapse of two rape cases in a week. The force has announced every live case, where the Metropolitan Police is in discussion with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), will be examined. It came after a second…
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