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The death of a 10-year-old in a house in Perth and Kinross is being treated as murder.Kane Morris died at the scene in Union Street, Coupar Angus, in the early hours of Sunday while an eight-year-old girl remains in a critical condition in hospital.A 37-year-old man has been arrested in…
Gangs operating so-called county lines drug networks are targeting private school children as they are "less likely to raise suspicion", the chief inspector of schools will say on Wednesday.The networks see urban dealers forcing children and other vulnerable people to courier illegal substances to customers in more rural areas and…
People across Wales are being urged by the Welsh Government to act and do more to ensure children and adults are not put at risk of abuse, neglect and exploitation. To mark the start of Safeguarding Week (12th – 16th November), the Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care,…
A children's home worker accused of sexually assaulting boys in his care used his connections with Manchester United to "buy a form of silence" from his victims, a court has heard.Bruce McLean, 62, was friends with footballers and, while working as a care worker in the 1970s and 1980s, would…
A former football coach has been jailed for six years after being convicted of historical child sex offences.James Torbett – who was involved in setting up Celtic Boys Club – abused his position of trust to sexually abuse three boys over eight years in the 1980s and 1990s.A court heard…
A man who was sexually abused at a children’s home in the 1970s has spoken of his belief a paedophile ring may have been operating inside the facility. David Whelan, who waived his right to anonymity, said he believed he was being groomed to be “passed on” while he was…
A police officer accused of the rape of a teenage girl had ambitions of working in a unit dealing with vulnerable youngsters, a court has heard. Cheshire Police constable Ian Naude, 30, is accused of raping and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old in October last year. On Thursday, Pc Laura McCormick…
A child was force-fed to the point where his mouth would bleed during a time in care that was “hell itself”, an inquiry has heard. A witness also told how he thought he was going to die during beatings at Quarrier’s Village in Renfrewshire in the 1960s and 1970s. He…
Men suspected of committing "dreadful offences" against children are not being pursued by prosecutors due to a lack of resources, ministers have been warned. Labour's Barry Sheerman (pictured) cited "senior police sources" as claiming the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) does not have the capacity to take on new cases linked…
Four men who were members of a gang that groomed and sexually abused vulnerable girls in Huddersfield have been jailed by a judge who told them their abuse "defies understanding". Leeds Crown Court heard on Thursday how some of the three teenage victims of Mohammed Akram, Niaz Ahmed, Mohammed Imran…
A man who spent two years in hospital after being subjected to cold baths for wetting his bed in a children’s home has described the institution as a “prison camp”. Thomas Hagan, 82, was a resident at Quarrier’s Village in Renfrewshire between 1938 and 1952 and said it “ruined” his…
A former resident of a children’s home has told an inquiry that suffering abuse “became a way of life” for him at the institution. The man described how his house parents at Quarrier’s Village in Renfrewshire in the 1960s would hit, push or shout at children habitually, on a daily…
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