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Seventeen men and a woman have appeared in court charged with offences relating to the alleged sexual exploitation of children in Huddersfield. More than 20 police were on duty outside the West Yorkshire town's magistrates' court as the defendants appeared before District Judge Michael Fanning in small batches. A small…
Residential establishments run by three male religious orders will be examined by the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry in a phase of public hearings announced to begin in summer next year. Institutions run by the Order of Benedictines, the Marist Brothers and the Christian Brothers - orders within the Catholic Church…
A 25-year-old mother convicted of allowing the manslaughter of her infant son at the hands of his father has been jailed for 18 months. Laura Davies (pictured) was told she had failed to heed "warning signals" before the death of six-month-old Kayden Walker - including a comment from his father,…
Sajid Javid has warned internet giants they could face new laws unless they step up efforts to tackle child abuse content. The Home Secretary called on the likes of Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Twitter to spearhead the response in the same way as they have intensified activity to remove terrorist…
A family court judge has raised concerns over the way two children who complained of being sexually abused were questioned by a social worker. Judge Kambiz Moradifar said the social worker had questioned the youngsters, who are aged seven and six, despite having almost no experience in sex abuse cases…
A crackdown on online child sex offenders saw 131 suspects arrested - including teachers, a children's entertainer, and a former police officer. More than 200 raids led to 164 children being safeguarded following the one-week operation by the National Crime Agency (NCA) and forces in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern…
At least 80,000 people in the UK are estimated to pose a sexual threat to children online, the Home Secretary is to reveal. Sajid Javid will disclose the figure and describe his shock at discovering the scale of the danger posed by paedophiles on the internet. In a flagship speech,…
High-risk paedophiles on Merseyside are not being checked on enough by police, and neighbourhood officers often do not even know where they live, according to a report by watchdogs. Merseyside Police's sex offender unit, responsible for child protection, was "seriously overstretched" and had a backlog of almost 100 overdue visits…
The co-founder of a children's soft play company has been jailed for spying on dozens of women and schoolgirls, authorities said. Former Eddie Catz director Darren Johnson was sentenced to 16 months' imprisonment at Kingston Crown Court on Wednesday, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said. The married 51-year-old used "peepholes"…
Survivors who were abused as children after being sent abroad under state-backed programmes are suing the Government for compensation. Thousands of Britons, many in care or from poor families, were sent abroad to countries including Australia and New Zealand in the post-Second World War years partly to save on care…
The Pope vowed to pursue justice for victims of church abuse in Ireland as he ended his historic visit to the country by seeking forgiveness for its dark litany of clerical crimes. Addressing a large crowd of pilgrims at an open air Mass in Dublin's Phoenix Park, Francis laid bare…
A former ice-cream seller has been jailed for "using his position" to groom and then abuse children. David Budd, 72, was handed an eight year and 10 month sentence at Snaresbrook Crown Court (pictured) in north-east London on Thursday after admitting a string of historical offences, Metropolitan Police said. Budd's…
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