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More than 100,000 people have signed an online petition calling for the sexual health aid worker who first uncovered sexual abuse dramatised in BBC drama Three Girls to be recognised by the Government. Sara Rowbotham's work was said to have played a crucial role in exposing the abuse of young…
A former police detective who played a key role in bringing child sex abusers in Rochdale to justice has said a number of potential offenders are still at large. Detective Constable Maggie Oliver (pictured) persuaded young girls who were being sexually abused in the town to speak to police leading…
Viewers watching a BBC drama about the Rochdale abuse scandal have said they had to switch off because it was too disturbing while others heaped praise on the show and said it should be shown in schools. Three Girls tells the true story of widespread grooming and sexual assault of…
The independent inquiry into child sex abuse in England and Wales is looking at "tens of thousands of pages" of information about any potential failures to protect children in the care of the Nottinghamshire Councils alone, its counsel said. The scale of the task of officials currently trawling through information,…
Twenty nine people facing a total of more than 170 charges relating to the sexual exploitation of 18 children will go on trial next year in three separate groups, a judge has ruled. Twenty six men and two women appeared before a judge at Leeds Crown Court (pictured) charged with…
A detective accused of gross misconduct over his investigation into paedophile rock star Ian Watkins has been cleared of any wrongdoing. Detective Sergeant Andrew Whelan, who worked with the South Wales Police's child abuse investigation unit, was described as a "diligent, dedicated and conscientious" officer by the police misconduct hearing…
Moves to improve the accessibility of a scheme which gives concerned parents a chance to find out if a sex offender has access to their children have been announced by police. Under the existing scheme, parents, guardians or carers who suspect an individual may have inappropriate contact with a child…
A police officer is facing disciplinary action after being accused of gross misconduct in relation to his investigation of child sexual abuse claims against Lostprophets lead singer Ian Watkins. The police misconduct hearing for Detective Sergeant Andrew Whelan, who works for South Wales Police, started at the Waterton Centre in…
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