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Cases of Asian grooming gangs targeting white girls were not previously examined as "rigorously as they might have been", a former Crown Prosecution Service chief has admitted. Lord Macdonald of River Glaven said he believes this is no longer the case, with recent successful prosecutions showing the "so-called taboos" no…
A chief constable said dangerous men would not be behind bars if he had not decided to pay a convicted child rapist almost £10,000 to spy on parties where it was suspected under-age girls were fed drugs and sexually abused. The NSPCC was "appalled" Northumbria Police chief Steve Ashman authorised…
Under-age girls and vulnerable young women were taken to parties in Newcastle and groomed with drugs before being raped and sexually abused, it can now be reported. A total of 17 men and one woman have been convicted of, or have admitted, charges including rape, supplying drugs and inciting prostitution,…
A sadistic killer has been jailed for 33 years after he orchestrated and carried out a campaign of "Dark Ages" abuse against a vulnerable man, including feeding him his own testicle. Zahid Zaman, 43, was the ring leader of a cultish gang from North Tyneside that turned on Jimmy Prout,…
A sadistic gang have been convicted of a campaign of "Dark Ages" abuse against a vulnerable father-of-two, including forcing him to eat one of his own testicles, which eventually led to his death. Jimmy Prout, 45, thought the group were his friends but they turned on him and eventually dumped…
Care home staff could not lock doors to prevent a 14-year-old from running away before she and a 13-year-old friend murdered a vulnerable alcoholic in her own home, it has emerged. The killers, who posed for Snapchat selfies while putting Angela Wrightson through a five-hour ordeal, were already known to…
A 17-year-old girl with a history of mental health difficulties who was raped after going into council care and being placed in a specialist residential unit should move to secure accommodation for her own good, a family court judge has decided. Three men accused of offences were found not guilty…
A seven-year-old boy who stabbed Barbie dolls and made gestures to cut their throats should go into council care, a family court judge has ruled. The youngster arrived in the UK when he was three from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Judge Judith Moir heard. Social workers raised concerns about…
The murder of a 24-year-old who was stalked and had her neck slashed by her "psychopath" soldier ex-boyfriend is a "potent reminder" of why women reporting abuse must be taken seriously, a charity has said. Alice Ruggles was left to bleed to death in her own Gateshead flat last October…
A judge has decided not to name two adults given suspended jail terms for unlawfully contacting two children embroiled in family court litigation. Mr Justice Cobb, who is based in the Family Division of the High Court in London, accepted that his decision was unusual, but said anonymity was in…
A new wave of drug fuelled student super-parties held in houses could lead to a "perfect storm" of mass casualties, it has been warned. Organised through social media and often unofficially sponsored by drinks companies, the new phenomenon is posing huge risks to the students involved. With bouncers on the…
The NHS's longest serving chief executive has been placed on extended leave after an investigation was launched into "a number of very serious issues". Sir Leonard Fenwick, who has run the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for 40 years, was forced out in January after the inquiry began.…
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