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Twenty nine people have appeared in court facing a total of more than 170 charges relating to the sexual exploitation of 18 children. The 27 men and two women appeared before a district judge at Huddersfield Magistrates Court charged with offences including rape, trafficking, sexual activity with a child, child…
Child sex offences reported in Greater Manchester have increased fourfold in three years, new figures showed today with the number of known or suspected offenders doubling. And the numbers of children identified as at risk has trebled in two years to 1,732, a new report by Stockport MP Ann Coffey…
A garden filled with plants popular in the 1960s and 1970s to comfort people with dementia will form part of the Royal Horticultural Society's (RHS) Tatton Flower Show this summer. Cheshire-based designers Jane Bingham and Penny Hearn are creating a garden filled with features that will help people suffering from…
Greater Manchester mayoral candidate Andy Burnham discussed the future of health and social care across the region when he visited the University of Salford. The Leigh MP, who has served as both Secretary of State and Shadow Secretary of State for Health, provided an insight into the issues surrounding health…
Four children were rescued by police from a filthy house with walls smeared with excrement and used nappies strewn across bare floors. The youngsters, all under five, lived in "feral and dangerous" conditions in the property in Leyland, Lancashire. Their parents each admitted four counts of child neglect when they…
A High Court judge has asked a council boss for an explanation after complaining of "lackadaisical" efforts by social workers. Mr Justice MacDonald said social services staff at Cheshire East Borough Council had been asked to assess people who might be able to care for a vulnerable 11-month-old girl. The…
Two wealthy brothers who ran a dangerous and dirty care home with rooms like "prison cells" where residents were not bathed or showered for a month have been fined £80,800. Amjad and Amer Latif admitted 14 offences after a snap inspection horrified investigators and led to a court order to…
A report which concluded that senior detectives investigating the death of 13-month-old Poppi Worthington were "unstructured and disorganised" has left her mother "profoundly disappointed and distressed", say her lawyers. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) also indicated there was enough suspicion "on day one" to arrest her father, Paul Worthington,…
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