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A couple who failed to prevent their grandchildren being placed for adoption were threatened with jail after information relating to the youngsters appeared on Facebook. Social services bosses at Central Bedfordshire Council complained that Simon Markwick, who is in his early 50s, and Tracey Markwick, who is in her late…
A former carer at a Catholic children's home has been found to have been part of a sadistic and vindictive regime of abuse involving nuns, priests and a paedophile Scout master. Despite three previous police investigations, details of what went on at the St Francis boys' home in Shefford, Bedfordshire,…
A "cruel and sadistic" carer molested boys at a Catholic children's home and terrorised them with a punishment known as The Clappers, a court heard. James McCann, 80, is accused of 52 charges of violent and sexual assaults on 26 boys aged between eight and 12. The Old Bailey heard…
Presentations from a recent University of Bedfordshire research forum on child sexual exploitation have been made available to download. The event with the theme 'Listening to Children and Young People' took place on July 18 and was hosted by the University's International Centre. Presentations can be viewed below. Carron Fox…
Two police officers have been sacked over their treatment of a man with autism. Pcs Christopher Thomas and Christopher Pitts, who both worked for Bedfordshire Police, pursued and detained Faruk Ali after he ran away from them in Luton in 2014. The officers faced charges of misconduct in a public…
A man in his 20s who has learning disabilities and could not tell a psychiatrist "how babies came" was married at a "very bling" £25,000 Muslim wedding in Pakistan, a family court judge has heard. The bride had worn "lavish" costumes, wedding photographs were bound in red leather, "much gold"…
Two local authorities have been duped into employing a social worker who, unknown to the other, was working nearly 60 hours a week. Social worker Tolulase Roche began working for Luton Borough Council on 10 May 2010 as a Service Manager but in 2013 her data appeared on a National…
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