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An investigation into widespread sexual crimes against vulnerable women and girls as young as 13 has resulted in 20 men facing a number of charges. Operation Sanctuary, launched by Northumbria Police last year, has involved the authorities speaking to more than 100 potential complainants as well as making a number…
A criminal investigation is to be started after a damning new report into Rotherham's child sexual exploitation prompted the replacement of its entire political leadership with Government commissioners. Communities secretary Eric Pickles announced the measures to replace the council's "wholly dysfunctional" political leadership just moments after the authority's entire cabinet…
A previously top-secret file containing allegations of "unnatural sexual behaviour" at Westminster which was found at the National Archives was not seen by an inquiry into the Home Office's handling of historic sex abuse claims. Home Secretary Theresa May said the file was not seen by NSPCC chief executive Peter…
New Zealand High Court judge Lowell Goddard has been named as chair of the troubled child abuse inquiry. Home Secretary Theresa May said Justice Goddard had been selected after a search that involved more than 150 candidates, "due diligence" on potential conflicts and consultation with victim groups. The existing panel…
A former nursery manager has been found guilty of raping a three-year-old boy and sexually abusing a girl, at the High Court in Glasgow today. Mark Maclennan, aged 30 from Bath, was employed at a Lochaber nursery when he raped a three-year-old between August 2012 and May 2013. He was…
The number of victims in the Rotherham sex exploitation scandal may be even more than the 1,400 children identified in a damning report, according to the town's MP and a project which tried to tackle the problem. Professor Alexis Jay's report provoked shock and controversy last summer when it described…
Police and prosecutors have today been given the clearest instructions yet on assessing the vital issue of consent in rape cases. A new toolkit called 'What is consent?' produced by The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) aims to move the issue well beyond the idea of "no means no" to spell…
A Stirling-based rape crisis centre has closed after failing to address claims of bullying against its manager. An employment tribunal judgement found Central Scotland Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Centre failed to address a series of accusations involving bullying and intimidation against manager Duncan Dennett. The tribunal found that Mr…
A nursery manager has gone on trial at the High Court in Glasgow accused of raping a toddler and sexually abusing two other children at a Lochaber nursery. Mark Maclennan, aged 30 from Bath, denies raping the boy between August 1, 2012 and May 23, 2013, when the child was…
A member of the independent panel into child sexual abuse has told MPs she has been "bullied" by the barrister conducting the embattled inquiry. Home Secretary Theresa May set up the inquiry to find out whether public bodies had neglected or covered up allegations of child sex abuse in the…
A file concerning past "unnatural sexual" behaviour at Westminster has been discovered among the National Archives. The document, previously classified, was uncovered by university lecturer Dr Chris Murphy late last year in Kew, south west London. A Cabinet Office spokeswoman said: "In this case, the file was kept closed and…
Opposition leader Ed Miliband has talked of his deep regret about the Rotherham child exploitation scandal and how "a Labour council didn't do the right things and didn't take the action that was necessary". Mr Miliband was responding to a question about the events in Rotherham when he spoke to…