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The mother of Ellie Butler - the six-year-old murdered by her father - has lost a bid to challenge her conviction. Ben Butler was convicted of murder in June 2016 following a trial at the Old Bailey and jailed for life with a minimum term of 23 years. Ellie's mother,…
Grooming gangs that preyed on 700 girls and vulnerable young women in the North East carried out their abuse with "arrogant persistence" before a major operation was launched to stop them, a Serious Case Review has found. A 150-page report has been published into the authorities' response to child sexual…
The Newcastle Safeguarding Adults Board (NSAB) and the Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB) have published a Joint Serious Case review to consider and learn from sexual exploitation involving children and young adults in Newcastle. The Joint Serious Case Review fulfills the NSAB's duty under Section 44 of the Care Act…
A former Church of England priest who sexually abused boys has been put behind bars for a second time. Colin Pritchard changed his name to Ifor Whittaker after he was handed a five-year sentence at Northampton Crown Court in 2008 after admitting abusing two children in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, between 1979…
The trial of a father accused of causing or allowing his six-year-old daughter to undergo female genital mutilation has collapsed after a judge ruled that the defendant had no case to answer. Judge Julian Lambert directed a jury of seven women and five men to find the 29-year-old taxi driver,…
Shortcomings are still rife in child protection investigations mounted by Britain's largest police force, a watchdog report reveals. An audit of cases found "significant weaknesses" remained apparent in Metropolitan Police inquiries involving under-18s, a year after a scathing critique exposed a catalogue of failings. The original assessment, published in November…
The adoptive mother of a baby who fought for justice after he was so violently assaulted he lost both his legs has told how "horrified" she was to learn his parents could escape prosecution. The woman said she could not "sit back and do nothing" when legally adopting Tony Smith…
The number of victims of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham appears to be even higher than the 1,400 figure which sparked a national outrage, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said. The NCA is conducting a huge investigation in the South Yorkshire town following the revelations in the 2014 Jay…
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