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A father alleged to have sexually assaulted his 13-month-old daughter shortly before she collapsed and died is set to give evidence in person at her inquest next week. Lawyers for Paul Worthington, 49, had argued he should be excused attendance at the hearing in Kendal, Cumbria, because he had received…
Child murderer Jon Venables has been returned to prison for a second time after he was caught with child abuse images again, it has been reported. Venables, who along with Robert Thompson tortured and killed toddler James Bulger in 1993, was arrested last week, according to The Sun. Officials are…
The family court judge who ruled that Elsie Scully-Hicks could be adopted by a fitness instructor who murdered her should publish the reasoning behind the decision, a campaigner says. Former Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming says the judge who decided that Elsie could live with Matthew Scully-Hicks, and husband Craig…
The detective leading one of the country's biggest inquiries into historical sexual and physical abuse was "very confident" more former staff members of a detention centre will be prosecuted for allegedly preying on teenage inmates. Seven ex-employees of Medomsley Detention Centre in Consett, County Durham, have been summonsed to appear…
Nicola Sturgeon has urged residents in her constituency to report concerns about child sexual exploitation to the police. Officers are investigating claims of abuse in the Govanhill area of Glasgow. It follows a report in the The Times newspaper last week in which s pecialist agencies, social workers and residents…
Prime Minister Theresa May has given assurances to an MP that Government papers relating to the late Cyril Smith will not be withheld. Former shadow minister Lisa Nandy told the Commons that she had received a letter from the Prime Minister which stated the "work of the security services will…
A part-time fitness instructor who murdered his adopted baby daughter was a "Jekyll and Hyde" character who managed to convince his husband and the authorities that he was a "model citizen and parent", a family court judge has said. Matthew Scully-Hicks passed the rigorous adoption process with "flying colours" and…
A senior family court judge says the case of a baby girl murdered two weeks after being formally adopted is as serious as any he has dealt with. Mr Justice Moor says the death of 18-month-old Elsie Scully-Hicks gives rise to issues of significant public interest. Elsie was murdered by…
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