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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…
The number of recorded sexual offences against children in Scotland has risen in the last year, figures show. NSPCC Scotland found there were 4,762 offences recorded by Police Scotland in 2016/17, up 9% from 4,368 in the previous year. The most common form of offence related to indecent images of…
The number of alleged child sexual crimes reported to police has reached a record high, a leading charity has warned. Forces in the UK recorded 64,667 sexual offences allegedly perpetrated against victims aged under 18 in 2016/17, according to figures obtained by the NSPCC. This was a rise of 15%…
A taxi driver allegedly told a passenger that his daughter had been the victim of female genital mutilation (FGM), saying that it was done "so women don't feel sexy all the time". The father, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, denies a charge of cruelty on a child under…
Serial paedophile Barry Bennell has been branded "the devil incarnate" by a judge who jailed him for 30 years for abusing 12 young footballers he coached. The former Crewe Alexandra coach and Manchester City scout was convicted at Liverpool Crown Court of 50 child sexual offences committed between 1979 and…
One of Britain's most prolific paedophiles, who blackmailed a string of vulnerable victims including a girl who was ordered to eat dog food, has been jailed for 32 years. Cambridge graduate Dr Matthew Falder has admitted 137 offences, including blackmail, voyeurism and encouraging the rape of a child, relating to…
Labour MP Sarah Champion has raised concerns about child sexual abuse. The former frontbencher, in an interview with the Commons House magazine, also alleged that sitting MPs could "in some way or another" have been "involved" in abusive or inappropriate behaviour. In the interview, Ms Champion argued that abuse was…
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