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Dissident republicans who have "nothing to offer their communities" have "exploited and goaded" children into violence in Londonderry, according to the Northern Ireland Secretary. Karen Bradley hit out as she responded to an urgent question in the Commons, which pressed her to update MPs on recent violence in the region.…
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has been fined £200,000 after sending a bulk email that identified possible victims of child sexual abuse. Vulnerable people were placed at risk owing to the error, after the email was sent to 90 inquiry participants on February 27 last year, the…
The Home Office had opportunities to question the response of the police and other agencies to reports of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham years before the scandal erupted in the town, according to a newly published review. An investigation into what information had been passed to the Home Office, published…
A toddler who suffered wrist fractures probably had her arm pulled or twisted, a specialist has told a family court judge. The little girl also suffered a rib fracture consistent with a "shaking episode", Judge Kate Purkiss heard. The judge concluded that the youngster's injuries were "inflicted" and "non-accidental". But…
A history teacher at a top private school has been jailed for 17 years for raping one of his pupils, leaving her suffering a "life sentence" of suicidal thoughts and self-harming. James Husband is the fifth Christ's Hospital School teacher to be convicted of sexually abusing students over a period…
A teenager charged with raping and murdering schoolgirl Alesha MacPhail on the Isle of Bute has appeared in court for a second time. The 16-year-old male, who cannot be identified due to his age, made no plea at Greenock Sheriff Court on Friday. He was fully committed and remanded in…
A "full, independent review" is under way into what contact agencies had with Jordan Burling before his death after a jury heard he was "invisible to the authorities". Speaking outside Leeds Crown Court, James Rogers, chairman of the Safer Leeds executive, read a statement on behalf of the Safer Leeds…
A teenager who died at home looked "hauntingly reminiscent of starving victims in the extermination camps of the Second World War", according to a judge who jailed his mother, grandmother and sister. Jordan Burling, 18, was left to "rot to death" at his home in Leeds, a jury has been…
A Nigerian couple living in England unlawfully have claimed asylum after telling immigration officials that their two daughters will be subjected to female genital mutilation if they return to Nigeria. They say they are members of a tribe in which female genital mutilation (FGM) "remains a compulsory norm". The couple…
Shocking accounts of aid workers abusing children have been set out to MPs investigating exploitation in the charity sector. Young boys and girls revealed a decade ago that they were being abused and their families told how they were powerless to act, the International Development Committee heard. Corinna Csaky set…
A woman who suffered a "lifetime" of abuse from her bullying father has been jailed for nine years after she killed and buried him in her back garden after finding his horde of child abuse photographs. Barbara Coombes (pictured) found a box of photographs belonging to her father, Kenneth Coombes,…
Jordan Burling was "invisible to the authorities". The young man had a very troubled life but only had minimal contact with state agencies, including the education system. Prosecutor Nicholas Lumley QC told Leeds Crown Court: "We do not pretend that Jordan Burling had an especially healthy or happy life, even…
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