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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…
Two thirds of girls and women aged 14 to 21 have been sexually harassed in public, according to a survey. The poll by charity Plan International UK examined the exposure of young females to conduct including catcalling, groping and upskirting. More than 1,000 girls and women were asked about their…
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,…
A serial abuser found guilty of a catalogue of violent and sexual crimes over a period of more than 20 years has been jailed. Brian McTaggart, from Dundee, will serve a minimum of eight years and has been given an order of lifelong restriction. The 54-year-old was also placed on…
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"…
Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond has resigned his membership of the SNP amid allegations of sexual harassment. Mr Salmond made the revelation in a video message posted on social media on Wednesday evening. Two complaints were raised in January against the ex-SNP leader, who fiercely denies the allegations, and…
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…
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