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Alleged child abuse victim Mairia Cahill was "failed" by a disjointed Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) investigation, a watchdog said. In 2010 Ms Cahill, a grand-niece of prominent Belfast republican Joe Cahill, told officers she had been sexually abused by alleged IRA member Martin Morris - who was acquitted…
The Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) had information about alleged abuse of children a decade before it was reported but did not investigate it, the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland said. The watchdog found the force's Criminal Investigation Department received intelligence in 2000 which linked a man to alleged harm of…
A teacher who manipulated people around the world to sexually abuse children in their care was branded a "malign puppet master" by a judge as he was jailed. Richard Clark (pictured) used a series of false identities in order to "manipulate" victims into committing sexual abuse on children, recording the…
A convicted sex offender killed a nurse in her home weeks after he told probation staff he might rape again, a watchdog review has revealed. Leroy Campbell Ipictured) raped and strangled Lisa Skidmore, attempted to murder her elderly mother and then set fire to the property in Wolverhampton in November…
Sexual incidents are "commonplace" on mental health wards, a new report suggests. Patients and staff have been left distressed after receiving unwanted advances and being spoken to in a sexualised manner, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said. The regulator is calling for new national guidance to improve safety on mental…
Ministers have been urged to make reporting child abuse mandatory after a major cover-up at two leading Catholic schools. The call in the House of Lords for action came after a report found monks at Ampleforth in North Yorkshire and Downside in Somerset hid allegations of "appalling sexual abuse" against…
A killer who strangled a mother-of-two during sex and then scattered pornography near her body has been convicted of murder. Jurors deliberated for an hour and 15 minutes before unanimously convicting Richard Bailey (pictured) of the murder of 33-year-old Charlotte Teeling, who had also been smothered. Birmingham Crown Court heard…
Intelligence around female genital mutilation (FGM) has been branded "quite frankly woeful" by the lead officer who said the lack of a conviction in the UK is unacceptable. Commander Ivan Balhatchet of the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) appealed to the public, support groups and those who work with children…
A disgraced police inspector who admitted making or distributing more than 300 indecent images of children has been sacked. Lee Bartram, of West Midlands Police, was thrown out of the force at a fast-track gross misconduct hearing held at its headquarters on Thursday. Chief Constable David Thompson told the special…
Twelve men have appeared in court charged with offences relating to the alleged sexual exploitation of children in Huddersfield. The hearings at the West Yorkshire town's magistrates court (pictured) on Thursday follow the appearance of 18 people on Wednesday, who were arrested as part of the same police investigation. For…
Victims of abuse in care are calling for a financial compensation scheme, with contributions from residential care providers, local authorities and religious orders as the “responsible” parties. A review group set up by the Scottish Government to look at a potential redress scheme for abuse survivors has made 14 recommendations…
Ministers have committed to order a review of hate crime law following calls to recognise misogyny as an aggravating factor if it motivated upskirting. Labour's Stella Creasy urged the Government to fund a Law Commission review into hate crime in new and existing legislation as the Voyeurism (Offences) Bill was…
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