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A gang of seven men has been convicted of sexually exploiting vulnerable teenage girls in Rotherham. One of the complainants told a trial at Sheffield Crown Court (pictured) how she had sex with "at least 100 Asian men" by the time she was 16 and another described how she was…
A convicted child murderer has been told he will die in prison by a judge who described his "20-year campaign of rape and sexual assaults against children and women, fuelled by a sadistic desire to inflict pain for sexual gratification".John Taylor, 62, was serving a life sentence with a minimum…
A former orphanage resident has delivered a scathing attack on the organisation responsible for her care, saying it needs to take “responsibility” for the impact it has had on people’s lives.The witness said those who stayed at Quarrier’s Village in Renfrewshire had been left living as “charity cases”.She also claimed…
Children found to have severe dental decay should be referred to local safeguarding teams as it may be an indicator of wider neglect, dentistry experts have said.Researchers at London's King's College Hospital said two out of five (40%) children who needed oral and maxillofacial surgery due to dental decay over…
A former orphanage resident has told an inquiry he was sexually assaulted by three men over a number of years during his time in care.The witness, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was giving evidence to the Scottish Child Abuse in Inquiry in Edinburgh.The inquiry heard he was admitted…
A financial compensation scheme for victims of child abuse in care is to be set up by the Scottish Government.Ministers also intend to make fast-track payments to survivors aged 70 and over, and those approaching the end of their lives through illness.An independent inquiry is currently examining historical allegations of…
More than 360 people have made complaints of physical and sexual abuse against people at orphanages run by three voluntary organisations in Scotland, police have said.The announcement was made during the opening statements in phase three of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI) in Edinburgh on Tuesday.It is now looking…
An "opportunistic and predatory" sex offender who attacked a fellow resident at a care home was able to enter bedrooms "night or day" despite requiring 24/7 supervision, a court heard.Hillgreen Care Limited knew the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, needed constant one-on-one supervision to protect vulnerable residents…
The third phase of hearings in the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI) is to open with an investigation of residential childcare establishments run by large-scale care providers.The inquiry is tasked with examining historical allegations of the abuse of children in care and began taking statements from witnesses in the spring…
Huddersfield has joined a long list of English towns and cities where the same grim story has emerged of the sexual exploitation of teenage girls on a shocking scale.The stories of the victims in the Huddersfield prosecution are almost identical to those told in Rochdale, Rotherham, Newcastle, Oxford, Aylesbury, Telford…
A gang of men who embarked on a "campaign of rape and other sexual abuse" against vulnerable teenage girls in Huddersfield has been given lengthy jail sentences, it can now be reported.Ringleader Amere Singh Dhaliwal, 35, was jailed for life earlier this year and told he must serve a minimum…
A "ruthless" sexual predator who had images of children being abused as the screensaver on his computer has been jailed for 14 years.Robert Hawkins was described by a judge as an "unrepentant paedophile" as he was sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh on Friday.The 58-year-old was convicted of the…
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